It was our fourth day of classes at Doom Valley Prep School. I'd been killed and resurrected over twenty times, nearly permanently died at least twice, and probably more than that, gotten into two fights, been transformed again into an even sexier girl, blew up the face of my teacher, ended up naked in front of class, got a concussion in potions class, set my dress on fire, nearly destroyed the magic classroom with a spell gone wrong, almost got detention once, and then got a week long detention the very next day, I think that was pretty impressive even for Doom Valley.
Trudging along to breakfast, I didn't feel as confident as I had the night before. Sure my friends were going to try help me, but I was doing detention everyday for a week in a high level combat class. What could they possibly give me that would help?
Taking a seat, I saw that Rocks For Brains was sitting by himself. He didn't look up from his enormous bowl of something. Barbarina on the other hand managed to hit me right on the temple with her elbow.
“Ow! Watch where your going!” I snapped.
The barbarian looked back long enough to smirk and say, “You're going to die. Shame I won't be able to get your scalp a second time.”
“You OK?” Garth asked, sitting down beside me.
“Yeah. Just not feeling confident about my detention,” I said. Turning to look at him, I saw he had a nasty bruise on his cheek. “Oh, you got hurt.”
He shrugged. “Yeah. Barbarina managed to punch me when I took her down. It's not bad, only hurts when I talk.”
I gave him a hug. I wouldn't normally give a guy a hug, but having been hugged so often by my friends, it had sort of become a habit. And my feeling were all over the place, so I just went with it. Very awkwardly and hesitantly he wrapped his arms around me, which felt almost as nice as getting hugged by my girl friends.
We didn't hug for long, but by the time we were done everyone else was there. The girls were grinning, while the boys gave Garth a thumbs up. I didn't know why it was such a big deal, we'd just hugged. Naomi and the girls hugged me all the time.
“Good morning everyone,” Ella said. “Boys, how is Victor doing?”
Gold looked away from Clarice, who had been feeding him a piece of fruit. “Ah, he's not doing that well. Rock For Brains told him to leave Petra alone, or he'd stomp on him. A lot of the other guys are muttering about getting some revenge on him.”
The princess grinned like a cat. “Excellent. If you'd be so kind to pass on the word that the first person who punishes Victor in a suitably painful or humiliating way will gain my favour, it would be appreciated.”
We all shared a look. Ella had never talked that way before, she'd always sounded sophisticated and confident, now she sounded like royalty ordering an execution. But this was Victor we were talking about, if anyone deserved it, it was that psychic creep.
Looking around I noticed that Victor wasn't sitting at his usual table, instead he was a far one with his back firmly against the wall. Micheal was beside him, the little freak didn't look so good. His skin was greyish and as he ate a breakfast sandwich I saw his hand was wrapped in a black bandaged with what looked like red runes all over it. That couldn't be healthy.
My mood lifted at seeing my two biggest enemies brought down to size.
“Now that our enemies are mostly dealt with, the important thing is protecting Petra from her detention. We don't want to see her killed or maimed. So today try to come up with anything that might help her survive, buy enchanted items from other classmates, make potions of healing, invisibility, shielding, or whatever you think can help. I'll cover all expenses, and I'm willing to discuss favours during lunch or class with anyone,” Ella said.
“Petra and I can make some quick healing potions in class,” Calci said. “They won't be very strong, but they'll help if she sprains an ankle or something.”
“Very good, Calci.”
“Maybe we can... borrow one of the shield pins from combat class. That would really help,” Naomi said.
“We have to return those after class,” I pointed out.
“You had yours stolen last class. You couldn't return it and you didn't get into trouble.”
Ella grinned. “If you could steal one for each of us, that would be very helpful. But for right now try to just steal one of them. And Petra should do it, she's already got detention, it's expected that she'll attempt to protect herself. They likely won't punish her as much as someone else.”
“Wh-” I started to say only to stop and think about it. I already had detention, what more could they do to me? And this was my problem, if anyone should get in trouble trying to help me, it should be me. Sure most people at Doom Valley would probably want to make someone else take the responsibility, but I didn't want to be here. I wanted to be a hero. Well it was time I started acting like one.
“Good idea,” I said. “I'll do it.”
“Are you sure?” Naomi asked.
“Y-yes. I can do this.”
Everyone but Ella gave me worried or disbelieving looks. The princess just smiled and nodded in respect. It helped make me feel better about my decision.
In magic class everyone watched me as I went to my seat. They were whispering to each other, and snickering or giggling evilly. I wanted to hide, or better yet run away, but I couldn't do that. It was time for me to act like a hero. With my chin up, and my chest pushed out, I pretended that everything was right with the world.
Mage Malacoda came into class making everyone quiet down. “Today class we're going to practice your dispel shield. You can try to dispel a magical spell as it's being cast, but usually only the best mages can accomplish that quickly enough to matter. If you're about to get a blast poison gas to the face, which will go through most shields, remembering the exact words to counter it is rather difficult. Repeating them perfectly in time to stop it is almost impossible. So it's best if you set up a dispel shield before you are under fire.”
We spent the first half of class going over the spell, breaking it down into its basic components, and learning how they were connected. Then several minutes were spent going through the motions and the words. It was very thorough, but it was also one of the more important spells we could learn, so I was happy to spend the time on it.
I partnered up with Garth just like last time, hoping that this time things would go better. “So who should go first?” I asked.
“How about you try the spell first, that way if you get it wrong we can work on it some more,” he said.
Nodding at his logic, I carefully cast the spell and felt a tingle that told me the spell had worked. Now to see how well it worked.
Muttering some words, Garth cast his minor wind spell.
I felt the wind hit my dispel shield, and then it began to whistle. I found myself picked up by hurricane force wind, and thrown right into Calci. We both went down, landing on top of her partner, and slid along the ground into the wall.
Getting to my feet, I helped Calci up who was more confused than hurt. Her partner wasn't so lucky. The girl was out cold from having been used as a sled by a heavy dwarf and myself.
“What happened?” I asked.
Mage Malacoda shook his head and rubbed his eyes, like he couldn't believe what had just happened. “You've managed a one in ten million feat, Petra. Somehow you made a dispel shield that increases the power of a spell.”
“Uh-huh. I don't know how I did that.”
“Neither do I,” he replied. “Now you and Calci can get Lauri to the nurse. It looks like you've broken her.”
We each grabbed the unconscious girl under an arm and started making our way out of the classroom.
The nurses office was much like I remembered it. The centaur nurse sighed when she saw me come in. “You're back so soon,” she said dryly.
“Uh yeah, but it's not for me this time. Our classmate fell and got hurt,” I said.
“Well we were kind of blown into her by a spell gone wrong, and she softened our landing.”
The nurse facepalmed. “Fine, put her on the table.”
Calci and I did as we were told, then stepped back. The nurse moved in to look her over, her large horse body pushed me to the side. Glass rattled as I moved. Looking back, I saw that there were several potions on the counter.
As casually as possible I grabbed a few of the smaller ones, shoving them into my pants pockets. “Well if that's everything, we should get back to class,” I said.
“Yes you should. Tell your teacher she's out for the day,” the nurse said, not bothering to look at us.
“Will do,” I said, motioning for Calci to move quickly.
Once we were in the hallway, Calci gave me an odd look. “What was that about? I wanted to see what would happen.”
“I got some help for tonight,” I said, taking a potion of something halfway out of my pocket.
The dwarf broke into a grin and stroked her small beard. “Great work, Petra, there may be hope for you after all.
With a new found bounce in my step, we headed for class.
Well, she can use her anti-dispel magic to sell herself out as a familiar to a mage... seems like a pretty powerful spell if you ask me.
Pretty girl, selling herself out as a familiar... Maybe not a good idea.
@Domoviye unless it is to Ella, even then that would be debatable
@zamu_theowlhousefan Unless, it's a legal way to escape punishment.
Besides, there are worse things than selling oneself to a reasonably fair friend and crush
Petra, holy sh*t figure out how to push your spells through that shield on the way to your enemies.
She may eventually learn how to do that. If she remembers how she messed up casting the spell.
If that "increasings spell power instead of dispelling shield" is repeatable and not just one-time occurance it would be cheat-like ability by it's own right as it could be used to amplify effects of beneficial spells.
@Luis I like how you think.
@Luis considering the degree of amplification, imagine putting that at the end of a flamethrower, basically a portable dragon's breath at that point.
But that also makes me wonder about stacking amplification or amplifying actual dragon's breath.
And is there an upper limit for amplification or can she amplify anything to ludicrous degrees.
@Ewstein I would assume there is an upper limit. And people have likely weaponized it in the past, considering the teacher knew what she had done, but was just amazed she managed it.
Grabbing random, possibly unmarked, potions from an alchemist sounds like a bad idea in general. Are they clearly labelled, or do they have a way to verify the contents?
We shall have to wait and see. They were in the nurses office, so they shouldn't be instant death potions.
@Domoviye Frankly, I'd suspect something like: Mind-Bleach (write down important events of the day as precaution) , Concentrated Panaceum (please use soundproof room, till spiders go away), Phoenix Blood Potion (fire hazard, remove alien objects from wounds and place patient on THICK ceramic platform before use).
Absolutely safe potions , that are perfectly fine to use without dropper and have no side-effects
@Quesa Of course.
Heh. Now She's an amplifier. That would explain why her magic doesn't work properly. Her spells are affected by something... possibly something to do with her bloodline. Who knows, petra may have God-blood. That would certainly explain the God/Godess of Fate "testing" her so much... maybe She's Family.
Though I doubt that. It's well known that Fate is a bit*h.
Looking forward to the next chapter.
Thanks for commenting.
And yeah, in this world Fate truly is a bit*h. No one wishing a long and healthy life calls on her for help. She may just give you what you ask for and well... things get interesting at that point.
@Domoviye Peter prayed with Holy Virgin, God of death and the one of murder with intention to change fate.
It surely did not affect what Fate did to him and does not suggest how hard it may be for Petra to go beyong hugs
@Quesa Actually it didn't.
Peter was all ready Fate's Chew Toy before then.
The moment he had the dream of the woman with dice for eyes, it was too late for him.
@Domoviye Then, Petra avoided fate of most anime protagonists
On the other hand... it means that was the... funnier option
I think Petra is cursed by Roger Rabbit or something.
The classic cartoons have helped provide inspiration for certain parts.
"Now that our enemies are mostly dealt with
yeah, about that ... i recommend that you crush them completely. If you leave them like that, they'll come back to bite you later. That said Ella has taken some steps to ensure their demise
The dwarf broke into a grin and stroked her small beard. "Great work, Petra, there may be hope for you after all.
She is learning. Can't have her stay the same for too long.
Wait, all of this happened in FOUR DAYS?!?
4 days of class, 2 or 3 days of preparation for class.
Então a habilidade especial dela e aumenta a potência de todos os feitiços? Por que todo feitiço da errado ou acaba saindo com muito poder, mas n sei se e o efeito de vira garota ou ele e azarado mesmo
Really, Really unlucky, mixed with natural incompetency.
@Domoviye sinto pena dessa pobre alma
Petra's about to earn her Klepto badge?
She is in subterfuge, and wanted to make it her main class.
@Domoviye Sounds like extra credit! Of course, assuming the instructor finds out without Petra getting caught.
An anti-dispel shield would be perfect if she were buffing someone else's casting.