Earh 25 2

Chapter 25 Decision

Edited by: Kanaa-senpai

 As the timing of the end of the battle is left to the discretion of each individual, the students may fight until the very end of the time, or declare defeat once they have received a valid hit. And because there are times when students fight more than one opponent in a day, they choose the latter

 Well, there are exceptions, such as the last match between Kamishiro and Maria. But another reason is that Chihiro doesn’t want to get into a mud fight with Aika

 When Chihiro gave up, Aika relaxed her stance and let out a sigh of relief

 ”Thank you very much. …That was a little close”

 ”A little close?”

 Chihiro asked, returning Aika’s bow

 The answer came calmly with a smile

 ”Yes. If you don’t decide early, Izumi will read everything”

 ”Is that so?”

 ”Yes, I think it’s an amazing ability”

 The reason why Chihiro’s mind-reading is so effective is because Aika is so straightforward

 Chihiro didn’t want to point this out, because he didn’t want to undermine her strengths, so he didn’t say anything

 Instead, he said something else to Aika

 ”Takatsuki-san, how can I become stronger?”


 Aika’s eyes blinked. She can’t seem to keep up

 ”No matter who I fight, I won’t be able to win like now. …I thought Takatsuki-san might be able to help me figure out why”

 As a student of martial arts, she must have a certain level of observation. It would be useful to get advice from that perspective

 If he asks Kamishiro for the same kind of advice, it’s unlikely to be helpful because they are on different levels, and Maria and Riko are the type to make the most of their abilities. And they are not very good at telling others how to fight

 ”I see… I see…”

 After receiving Chihiro’s advice, Aika tilted her head for a moment, and then said

 ”It’s a little strange for me to say, but maybe Izumi-kun is too simple”

 Because he can read minds, he concentrates too much on responding to others. Or, even when he goes for the opponent himself, his movements are too simple to be read

 ”Well, I have often been told, “If you use feints or unusual moves, your opponent will be confused. Also, if you’re not good at such things, you should simply train to become stronger””

 ”…That’s difficult, Takatsuki-san”

 After all, neither of these things can be learned overnight

 Aika agreed with him with a wry smile

 ”That can’t be helped. Everyone is working hard”

 ”That’s true”

 The conversation then died down

 Aika turned her gaze to the distance. There, after the match, Kamishiro is having a conversation with his opponent

 ”Kamishiro, he’s great, isn’t he? He’s so direct”


 A strangely cute voice came looking back at him

 She is blushing somehow. Perhaps she is surprised that Chihiro guessed who she is looking at

 After a few seconds of puzzling, Aika nodded her head

 ”Yeah, I guess so. I think he’s cool”

 Then she looked up and said,

 ”B-But… It’s not like I like him, or anything. It’s just that everyone makes fun of me”

 Her expression seemed to indicate that she is more than aware of Kamishiro

 ”You’re worrying about it too much. They’re probably just teasing you”

 Chihiro replied to Aika, still not pointing it out

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 ”I’m going to train”

 After school, Chihiro returned to his apartment and told Maria and Riko

 Needless to say, this is the strategy Maria and Riko had proposed to take Aika away from Kamishiro, and it’s the result of his conversation with Aika

 ”Heh. I see you’ve decided to take this seriously”

 Riko, who had changed from her uniform to her casual clothes, said while playing with her glass of iced tea

 ”Well, sort of. I don’t think I can win, though”

 Maria, sitting opposite Riko, smiles and nods

 ”Why not? I think you should try it. Is there anything we can do to help?”

 ”I’d be happy to, but you don’t have to. I’m selfish”

 Chihiro went to the trouble of telling them because he would be home late. If he’s going to train outside of class, it will be after school, so he’d better tell his roommate

 ”Okay, okay, Izumi-kun. …you’re right, we wouldn’t be able to handle the same training as you”

 ”? What do you mean?”

 Riko is puzzled by Maria’s words

 ”Izumi-kun recovers several times more during sleep than normal people. He’s going to take advantage of that and do additional training every day”

 ”I didn’t know that at all”

 ”I’m sorry, I didn’t get a chance to tell you”

 Chihiro just acquired it and it’s not like he’s going to use it in public, so if he doesn’t say anything, no one will know

 ”You have that ability and you’re an E?”

 ”No, I haven’t been evaluated since I got it”

 It’s an ability that has no effect on the outside world, so its social value is low, and its effect on rank is unknown

 ”I’ve thought about it, but I think the fastest way to get stronger in a short period of time is to use my abilities. Then, all I can do is to train every day”

 The increased recovery from sleep means that he can sleep less. If Chihiro takes advantage of this, even if he is too tired, if he can sleep in one night, it will not affect him in the morning

 Thus, he can continue to abuse his body to the limit every day

 ”It’s kind of sweaty… Well, I’ll help you if I feel like it”

 That was Riko’s only response to Chihiro’s words. Riko’s response is simple, but her expression is not as harsh as her words. In fact, there is even a smile on her face

 ”That’s why you should do it to your heart’s content. But don’t forget to study one more thing”

 ”Another thing?”

 Chihiro doesn’t think Maria is talking about the test

 And as he expected, Maria got up from her seat and took out the DVD and picture book she bought yesterday

 ”I’m talking about this one. And of course, don’t forget to hold us, okay?”

 ”…Isn’t that too hard?”

 ”Don’t worry. That’s what you’re good for, right?”

 (Well… it’s not easy to be a Master)

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