It seemed that Dias and Lilanthe were on high alert for the remainder of the week. We still trained, but we stuck close to the mansion. Dias was exceedingly vigilant, whilst my mother stuck to me like glue. When nothing in the week transpired, they started to relax slightly, but still cautious, not really letting me out of their sight.
I took this time to read a bit more about the geography of this world. There were several countries surrounding ours and almost all of them were kingdoms. To the east
Hylia had shockingly mastered several more fire-related spells and I was somewhat glad for her, because she was fulfilling her own goals. I began to appreciate her silence in a philosophical kind of way and though we spoke, it was rarely about consequential things. It seemed there was some sort of unwritten rule that prevented Hylia from touching on magic. Like she was afraid that in doing so, it would summon my disapproval and she was receive a lecture or something along those lines.
I wouldn’t do that, but that was beside the point. She had already mastered the proficiency requirements to advance into being an Initiate. These rankings were apparently granted by Magi or Adepts via delegated appointment from the Spire.
I wondered what the Spire was. It sounded like it was important to the magical practitioners here.
Hylia approached me for the first time in a long while and considered me for a few seconds before speaking. I was reading another book, but when she looked like she was ready, I put it down and raised an eyebrow.
“Yes?” I asked.
Hylia sighed. “I’ve decided to go back to the Spire, today and complete my training.”
“Is that so?” I commented dryly. “Well, good luck with that.”
“I just want to say thank you for getting me this far, even though…”
“That’s alright,” I said mildly, “but you have no obligation to me.”
Hylia swallowed whatever she was about to say and angrily muttered something under her breath that I couldn’t catch. She threw me a contemptuous glare and shrugged.
“Well, what do you know? I can learn new spells and I’m qualified to move up from being an Initiate to being a fully-fledged Apprentice. If you’re nice to me, I might introduce you to someone at the Spire.”
“Not interested,” I replied stoically. At least, not right now. I needed to gather a bit more intelligence.
Hylia lifted her chin angrily, but then abruptly looked like she changed her mind and threw me a disdainful look instead. She looked like she considered me a lost cause, which was funny seeing as how I was the one that initially rejected her as a student.
“Don’t bother continuing with magic, then. In the future I’m going to be more powerful than you can ever imagine and you’ll regret that attitude you have with me, whatever you are.”
She probably still thought I was some sort of possessed creature. Well, seeing as I’m sort of inhabiting this body and I’m remembering something like a past life, I can’t really disagree.
She waited for my answer, but I found it too tiresome to respond, but she kept standing there until I set down the book and met her gaze.
“If you would like to do so, then that is your choice.”
With that, Hylia left even more furious than ever.
The next day, she was gone.
Dunno, I'm sorry for the spam, usually I like to keep everything in one chapter, but this is really going nuts.