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Chapter 12




The next morning was their first full-fledged workout . Instead of the usual thirty minutes, it took more than three hours . They did a lot of exercises on uneven bars . Then there was a crawl under barbed wire, rope climbing, jumping and a lot more . When it was time for a break, most of the squad just fell on the ground, completely exhausted .

"I told you before," Captain Pain shouted, "that was just the beginning . Now your real workouts have begun! So pull yourself together, wussies!" For some reason, he was thoroughly enjoying his job .

"Get your asses up to the shower! You have two hours until the counseling session! Get up and move!"

Weakly groaning, the squad stood up and went to the shower .

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"I forgot to ask, what are your stats?" Orisa asked, washing Onuki's back . As usual, they were together in the shower, helping each other .

"Six in Magic, five in Agility and Dexterity, four in Luck . "

"Oh? Looks quite nice, I think . " Orisa was a little jealous . Maybe not a little .

"I don't want to fight, anyway . Don't think I can pull it off . " Onuki's voice was trembling .

"Hopefully, they'll send you to a crafting station or something, then . "

Orisa covered herself in a long towel and got out of the stall . She saw Iten heading to the lockers and quickly moved to catch up with him .

"Iten! Iten, wait!"

"Oh, Orisa? How are you? Is everything okay?" His voice was calm and smooth as usual .

"Yes! Um . . . I'm really sorry about yesterday's evening! I dragged you into that mess! It's all my fault! I'm so sorry, and thank you for saving me!" She bowed down deeply . As she was about to straighten herself, the towel became untied by sudden movements and dropped on the floor .

"Is this a part of your speech?" He asked with the same calm expression .

"What?! No! No-no-no! Oh, god, why . . . " Orisa was crimson . She convulsively grabbed the towel and covered herself again . 'Is he a level one hundred harem protagonist or something?'

Looking up from the floor, she saw Iten smiling slightly . 'He was joking! For the first time! Today, the world achieved something significant!'

"Good," he continued, "I don't want any more girls chasing after me, that's not why we are here . Anyway, I'm glad I was able to help . And I hope our agreement on the library is still in place?"

"Yes-yes, it sure is!"

"Great . Okay, see you at the counseling session . "

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After lunch, the squad arrived into an already familiar gym where they did their first Mana training . Both Captain Pain and Youko Satou greeted them .

"As you've been told, today we'll be doing a counseling session . The topic is your characteristics and possible future . " Youko started the session .

"But that's not the only reason you are gathered here, pups . You'll continue your Mana training in the meantime . And no bullshit . " The Captain looked at Orisa angrily .


"Yes . We will start the training, and then you'll be called one by one into the office for your guidance . The first to go will be people who don't need my help with their path . " Youko continued .

"And when you are done," Captain Pain raised his voice, "you'll come back here and quietly, and I repeat, quietly continue your training . Is this clear?"

"Crystal clear, Captain Pain!"

"Good . Miss Satou, send me the first one whenever you are ready . " The Captain left the gym .

Youko took out a box filled with crystals and started handing them out, two crystals for every cadet .

"Mana control is not only about guiding your Mana to your hands . " She began the lecture . "Mana control is about many different things . Shape your Mana . "

She formed a shield-like object around her right hand .

"Change its element . " On the palm of her outstretched hand appeared a globe of Mana . Next moment it burned, creating a small fireball . She clutched her fist, and the fireball changed into an electrical knife .

While keeping the knife in her right hand, she stretched out the left hand . After a moment, another lightning knife appeared . She showed it to the class and then changed its element to fire .

"Guide it into different places . Change it simultaneously and into different forms . " She finished with a satisfied look on her face . The squad sat in awe .

"Miss Satou, a question . " Iten raised his hand and continued after the nod from Youko . "How can a close-range fighter benefit from this technic?"

"Good question . " She grabbed a shield and a sword from the stand . The sword immediately inflamed . "Fire attacks are effective against most Wavespawn . " She then lowered the sword and moved the shield to the front . "Though, they are not as good for defense . But that thing is effective . " Her shield started to sparkle, releasing occasional lightning arcs in every direction . "You can shock or even stun a weak Wavespawn with a lightning shield when guarding . There are other methods, of course, but I'm not a close-range fighter . "

"By the way, Miss Satou, what is your specialty?" Orisa asked, curious .

"Counter-magic, weakening magic . " She said calmly . "But on a low level, I can do almost anything . " Seeing as there were no more questions, she continued . "Your today's lesson is to guide Mana into different crystals . "

"The first step is," She continued after a small pause, "to light both crystals at the same time . Next, you will need to light only right and only left crystal . And the last step - constantly switch between them, lighting the right, the left and then both of them . "

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'I will conquer this power of mine! This time I will control it and properly guide it . '



The first thing Orisa did with her crystals was a recall of her lightning sensation . It rose up in her stomach and moved into her hands . Both crystals sparkled and immediately exploded .

Youko raised one eyebrow and gave her two other crystals .

'Or maybe not . . . '

Orisa calmed down and tried to recreate the sensation she felt during Mana transfer . A fresh, cold sensation that radiated pleasantly all over her body . She was extremely focused . People began to leave the room to get the consultation, but Orisa saw nothing, noticed nothing .

Slowly, bit by bit she recalled that feeling . She felt it running through her stomach, through her legs and hands, across the lungs . And in the heart . It was everywhere .

'How was I able to never notice it before? It's right here, it's everywhere!' She mused .

When Orisa opened her eyes, she saw Toatre happily blinking some strange rhythm with her crystals . Iten carefully lighted one crystal and, after a few seconds of concentration, the second one . Few other people managed to ignite at least one .

Some more time passed, and Youko left the room . Orisa managed to light both crystals, but it was too hard to choose one of them . 'Huh, I can do both now, why is it so hard to do just one?' She felt a constant flow of Mana like it was a river . 'To block the flow in one hand? How can I do it?' Block the flow . . . Deny it . . . Turn it off . . . Yes, turn it off!'

Orisa made both crystals glow, then imagined a switch in her left wrist, felt Mana pass through it . Saw how the switch connected her forearm to her palm . And then she flipped the switch off . Left crystal stopped glowing . She also felt that her hand lost this cold and pleasant sensation .

'Holy crap, I made it!'

"Okay, class, we are done for today . " Said Youko from the doorframe . "You can leave now . Remember, the squad leader testing and interview will be held tomorrow . "

Orisa lost her sense of time; it was already past 8 PM . The squad members began to leave .

"Orisa, come with me . " Youko went away, and Orisa quickly followed her .

They entered a small room with a table and four seats . One of them was occupied by the Captain . The atmosphere was heavy .

'I'm totally screwed, right?' She thought to herself .

"So, regarding your stats . " Captain Pain began . "As you may have guessed, you have two prominent characteristics . Them being Spirit and Dexterity . " Orisa quietly nodded . "We haven't talked about their meaning yet to prevent cadets from jumping to wrong conclusions . "

"Dexterity is useful for fighters . It boosts precision and concentration . It also helps you manage your Mana better . " Seeing Orisa's confused look, Youko explained further . "People with low Dexterity can only do basic things with their Mana . They can't make complex flows, and their Mana usage is slow and clunky at best . "

"The main aspect of Spirit characteristic is the amount of Mana you have, and its recovery speed . Another thing high Spirit allows is Mana manipulation and Mana transformation . Like my electric knife, for example . "

"So, to put it simply, you'll have a lot of Mana, and you'll probably be able to control it well . " Interjected the Captain . "But you have no Magic and Agility, so your spells will be weak and slow . You have no Strength to be a fighter or archer . "

"And for support magic, you'll need much more Luck . So that mostly leaves us with crafting and engineering professions . " Finished Youko .

"I understand . " Orisa said in a calm, even voice . Her world was slowly crumbling apart . 'What is the point of me being reborn here if my build is trash?'



"So . . . We recommend you to focus on reading about Mana engineering in your free time . We'll introduce you to local masters, too . " Youko finished reluctantly, a painful look on her face .

"I won't be able to fight at all? What is the point of all this training, then?" Orisa asked .

"There is a point . And you'll be able to do something, we'll think of a way for you to pass all the tests . They are mandatory, anyway . " Captain Pain said with a guilty expression .

"I understand . Thank you for your help, I will be in your care . " Orisa replied blandly, stood up, bowed and left the room .

"Poor girl, she already had a lot happen to her, and now this . " Said Captain Pain suddenly .

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Orisa sat on a bench, brooding over her re-life when she heard footsteps .

"Orisa . Want to have a walk?" Rakasha said expectantly .

She gave him a long look, questioning his motives . Then she remembered Toatre and her story .

'Oh my, this will be FUN . ' Thanks to her, Orisa already knew what to expect from Rakasha . 'But, well, thanks for the nice distraction, O Merciful God of this world . ' She then cleared her throat and began:

"Ok, listen," She said sternly, "I'm not going to have sex with you, okay?"

"Why?" This question made Orisa think for a moment .

"Because I don't like men . " She chose a save option in the end .

"Oh . Understood . " Rakasha turned and was about to leave when Orisa called him .

"But if you want to talk, I'm okay . " She really needed a distraction .

He pondered her invitation and then sat by her side .

"And, Rakasha, I don't think you should wander around, asking girls for service . " She said in the same stern voice .

"Why?" This question made Orisa think even more .

"Because it's for people who are close to each other . It's a personal matter in most cases . At first, people talk . They get to know each other better . Then they might start to like each other . And later, much later, they might do the deed . " She paused, thinking about the last part . "But in rare cases, yes, some girls would like to have sex and nothing more . "

"How complicated . "

They sat in silence for some time . Then Rakasha finally said with a frustrated voice:

"I don't understand you, humans . You have an enormous desire that can't be quenched, and yet you complicate things this much . " He paused, looking at his feet and clenching his fists . "In me world, everything was simple . We had a mating season, where everyone knew what they needed to do . And outside of that, we lived our lives in peace . "

Orisa felt the anger radiating from him .

"But here . . . Me now have this!" He pointed to his crotch . "Every morning it is shouting to me . Every time me see a female it is shouting to me . No matter what me do! Me hate it, this body, this world, everything!"

"I understand how you feel . " She said in a pitying voice .

"Really? Females feel the same?" Rakasha was surprised .

'Oh fuck, what am I saying!?' She panicked, looking for a way to smooth things and lead the conversation away .

"Well, I can imagine how hard it is . . . "

"Me see . Okay, me go to sleep . Good night . " Rakasha stood up .

"Wait . I'm not sure this will work out, but try talking to Mira . She might help you . "

"Me thank you, friend . " He nodded and went away .

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'Well, that didn't help at all . What should I do now? Time to give up?'

She pondered the question . Her plan was to dive into the library, but did she have enough time? 'Reading every book in search of something? I don't even know what to look for . So how am I supposed to find an answer, if I don't even know the question?'

She sat on the bench, lost and empty . 'I wish Rita was here . . . Wait, Rita!' Orisa dashed to her dorm to get a pen and papers .

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"Dear Rita, how are you? I hope your hand is well and you are all right yourself . I'm sorry for delaying the letter for that long, but I think you know how hectic it is here .

Many things happened, mostly bad, but some of them good, too .

I'll write about them down below . But before that, I need to talk to you about a pressing matter . Today we had a meeting about characteristics .

So, dear Rita, I'm in deep shit . . . "

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Close to midnight, someone knocked on the Captain's door . For a few seconds nothing happened, but then a hoarse 'Come in' followed . When the door closed behind the visitor, Captain Pain raised his eyes from the papers he was reading and asked in an irritated tone:

"What do you need, kid?"


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