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Chapter 7 - The danmaku training

Chrono Megumi stood in front of Sakuya Izayoi. The Dark Ninja was very determined, because now he had the chance to become more powerful...
- Okay, Chrono, try to hit me! - said the chief maid.
Chrono used his Multiple Throw skill, but it was completely ineffective, Sakuya easily avoided all the kunais.
- Is that your best? Come on, try again!
The ninja threw kunais once more, but the results were the same.
- Damn it, let me explain the basics of danmaku fighting. - Sakuya was a bit disappointed at this time. - Concentrate on your weapons, and concentrate on the target. Don't throw your kunais mindlessly, plan your moves!
- I'll do my best! - answered Chrono. He brought out some more kunais slowly, but he didn't throw them at once. After a short time, the kunais started to glow in his hand, and when he threw them... the throwing needles didn't go in a linear way, but in a sort of homing method. Sakuya blocked them with some knives.
- Wow, you learn quite fast, and you have the potential, too. After a lot more training, you could even learn attacks like mine! - the chief maid winked.
- Allow me to try this again! - Chrono became very excited. - Maybe I can do other attack forms, too...
This time the Dark Ninja made some circular slashing moves with his kunais. When the glowing started again, he threw them... and the needles went in a two-sided spiral(like the shape of number eight). After that, Chrono thought that he learned much in such a short time, but Sakuya said something.
- Well, you are quite good for a beginner, but it's just the beginning of your training. But I think there'll be a time when you'll be as good as me!
- Thank you, I'm glad that I can learn danmaku from someone like you! - answered Chrono.
While Sakuya trained Chrono, Exa and Patchouli were in the library. The Lighting Mage's danmaku studying played a role there.
- So, you want to learn danmaku, right? - asked Patchouli.
- Yes, that was my intention. - answered Exa.
- All right, then I'll explain everything you need. As a danmaku mage, you need to reach the flows of magical energy. When you will be experienced, like me, you can cast danmaku spells without it, but at first, you're required to do that.
- And how can I reach the flows of magical energy?
- It requires three steps: First, you decide what kind of spell you want to cast - in your case, it would be lighting-based. Second, concentrate on that element, lighting would be associated with sparks, flashes, and pure magical energy - yes, your magic is a bit similar to Marisa's magical lasers and her Master Spark.
- Really?
- Yes, lighting is a form of energy.
- Oh, I see.
- Third, you must chant the spell's name, but you begin it with the name of the sign...
- Sign?
- Yes, danmaku spell types are called signs. So, you name the sign, and the spell.
- Ok, I want to try it!
- My final hint, is that you need to connect to the Power of Magic, to reach the flows of energy. The spell will be even more effective!
- Thank you!
Exa put his hands together, closed his eyes, and invoked the pictures of a storm in his mind. Dark clouds, flashes, lightings, that feeling filled him completely. And so, he opened his eyes, and spread his arms.
'Power of Magic,
I have the strength to blast,
Power of Magic,
Electricity in a mass,
Power of Magic...
Spread Sign: [Sparks]!'
When he finished, a lot of electrical charges come from his hands - it was like Charged Bolt (from Diablo II), but much more effective and dense.
- Wow, I never thought I can do such things! - Exa said surprisingly.
- It is because you're already experienced in lighting magic, you're just beginner in danmaku. Do you want to give another shot? - asked Patchouli.
- Sure, why not?
Exa repeated the method he used before, but this time, he used his skills to create a one-line attack:
'Power of Magic,
Give me the force,
Power of Magic,
I'm calling the storms,
Power of Magic...
Concentrated Sign: [Lighting Bolt]!'
A great lighting comes from Exa's right hand - much bigger than any of his previous ones. However, he was very tired after that.
- There is one more thing you should know...don't cast danmaku spells mindlessly, these are very tiring for a novice like you. - said Patchouli. Anyway, you should take a rest now.
- All right... - answered Exa, but then Meirin ran to the library.
- The demons! The demons are everywhere!
- What? What are you talking about? - asked Patchouli and Exa.
- I was practising martial arts, when the sky turned dark, and dark creatures crowded the whole place. Sakuya and Chrono kept an eye on them, but they didn't start to attack... yet. What could be their plan?
- Anyway, let's go! - they went out of the library to look what happened...
Note 1 : The library's books and such are protected by magic, that's why no books get damaged.
Note 2 : Chapter 8 plays at the same time as Chapter 7.



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