Visitor Chapter (II) is the 10th volume in the Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Light Novel series.

Synopsis

December, 2095. In exchange for Shizuku going to study in the USNA, Lina has been attending Magic High School in Japan.

Tatsuya figured out her true identity as a member of USNA special forces right away but as soon as one mystery is solved, another breaks out.

Right around the same time as Lina's arrival in Japan, there has been a series of attacks on magicians by something called the "vampire." But while Tatsuya and Mikihiko try to use old magic to discover the identity of this criminal, an assault on their school occurs!

World Affairs as of 2095

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This section begins by summarizing changes in the names and borders of various countries, resulting from conquests, around the globe in the aftermath of World War III. It also mentions military alliances, a split in the EU, isolated nations, and nations entirely destroyed by the war.

Chapter 8

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Next Sunday morning Tatsuya summoned Erika’s group and Kazuto-Mayumi pair at the Students Council Office to provide information he has on vampire incident. He told them that he has managed to implant a ‘synthetic molecular transmitter’ that sends out a set electronic signal every three hours into the vampire’s body and it could be tracked by utilizing the antennae placed on street cameras that are used to detect illegal electronic signals. He provided the signal frequency to both of the group without answering any of their inquiries. He left the Office after providing the information and after implying that he has no interest in doing anything further if the officials can do anything about the situation and he have no problem whether they cooperate or go separately.

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At the same time Tatsuya left the campus, Lina was dragged out of her bed by her roommate (Silvie). They were discussing about what happened on the previous night and believed they would not be getting off without any reprimand. Silvie told her that the HQ is sending Spec Ops as reinforcement and there is nothing that they could do about it. She also told her that Mia is scheduled to arrive at First High around lunch which surprised Lina and her smile stiffened when she heard about it. She disliked anyone seeing her current disguise as a normal High School student, seeing her like that Silvia smirked in secret.

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American West Coast, Saturday evening, Jan 28. Shizuku was at a house party being thrown in her dorms. She was approached by Raymond S. Clark and they both started having small chat after which they moved to the yard. Apparently, she asked Raymond about Vampire incidents which have happened in USNA. Raymond provided the details he got and keeps on trying to hit on her which she kept on misunderstanding as his curiosity.

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After providing information about parasites to Erika’s and Mayumi’s group, Tatsuya and Miyuki took a detour for some shopping to relax. They were not using the motorcycle, but bus instead. Tatsuya was feeling bad about pushing the vampire hunt to Erika and Mayumi’s group. Miyuki pointed out that Tatsuya is becoming more and more kind, when he asked how she said -He cannot forgive himself for letting Leo get hurt, and while the time together with Lina has been limited, He doesn’t want to do anything Violent towards Lina who has become their friend-. Miyuki said that she is happy that Tatsuya have those heartfelt feelings for someone other than herself and have more humane emotions than he believed himself to possessed. This made Tatsuya embarrassed which he tried to hide from her, and made Miyuki overjoyed since he showed that side to her.

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Both Erika and Mayumi were currently cooperating with each other to hunt the parasites. Mayumi was responsible for information control while Katsuto and Erika lead the mobile units. Unfortunately, the transmitter Tatsuya provided was not strong, though the antennae could capture the signal waves, the target could cover a whole lot of ground in 3 hours furthermore, the signal was only emitted once every ten minutes.

Mayumi was annoyed at Tatsuya for not participating on the hunt. She swore to herself that she will make him eat the most bitter chocolate during Valentine’s Day.

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Earlier in the week, Tatsuya found a rather familiar sight of Erika Sprawled over her desk for the past few days. She seemed to be exhausted enough to not wake up even while Tatsuya and Mizuki talked to each other in normal volume near her. Tatsuya told Mizuki to let Erika sleep when he was asked if they should wake her up, He didn’t have the spare energy to worry about other people’s mental framework at the time.

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The reason for his lack of spare energy can be explained by a telephone call he received half a day before from Shizuku. She called to inform him about what she learned about the parasite inside from Raymond. She seemed drunk and her attire made even Miyuki blush. She reluctantly put on a robe after being told to do so.

She provided the information she got from Raymond to Tatsuya, he was surprised to hear about the information and when he realized that the reason for the blackhole experiment was conducted due to the magic he used during Yokohama incident (Material Burst).

Miyuki asked him how it is related to the Vampires hesitantly. He Explains how in his theory gravity is the only force which can interact between alternate dimensions and also supports the dimensional barrier which separates this side from the other which is filled with magical energy and how miniature blackholes could destroys the barrier temporarily, this gap created by the blackhole allows magical energies which are beyond the control of magic sequences may seep through which spontaneously forms an information body.

Realising the terror, Shizuku was shaking slightly and Miyuki was latched onto Tatsuya’s arm as if she never wanted to let go.

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Mikihiko showed up in class after the second period was over. Today he was also being cared for in the infirmary. He complained to Tatsuya for leaving him alone to deal with everything last Sunday, he was the only one who talked when Mayumi just sat smiling while Erika shut her mouth with a displeased look on her face and he had got ulcer due to all the pressure he felt during then.

Erika finally revived around lunch time. Maybe because she finally revitalized, she grabbed Mizuki and dragged into an empty classroom (the lab that Mikihiko frequented) and started complaining about how the number of vampires to chase has increased. They started with on and now they have three to chase.

After Erika’s ranting has settled down Mizuki asked why she was fighting with Tatsuya. Erika was startled by her sudden question and denied it. Mizuki says she understands that Erika was not the one who caused it since even if Erika made a fuss Tatsuya would most probably smile and accept it. Erika felt like she was just insulted by Mizuki, she denied fighting with Tatsuya but she is feeling awkward from her side. She said she was feeling embarrassed for getting mad when she saw Tatsuya was also helping Mayumi with the parasite hunt even though she didn’t ask for Tatsuya to help her on the hunt and assumed he would chip in and she don’t plan on dragging this for long.

Mikihiko entered the classroom with sandwiches and handed one to Erika and Mizuki saying they are from Tatsuya and since Erika appeared to be avoiding him, he had Mikihiko deliver them. During their conversation Mizuki suddenly felt sudden pain and grumbling about some sort of aura, noticing that something was amiss, Mikihiko hurriedly pulled out a talisman and casted a barrier which blocked spirits, he also sensed a ‘demonic’ presence when he concentrated himself which was familiar to him. All three of them went to the office where their CAD are kept to retrieve them.

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Lieutenant Silvia, call sign “Mercury One”, served as Major Angelina Sirius’s support during her mission to Japan. As a “1st Class” member of Comet “Mercury”, Silvia’s duties typically resided in supporting from the rear, such as utilizing magic to gather and analyse data. Currently she was searching for USNA soldiers who were under Stars umbrella in Japan praying that she doesn’t find any vampire wavelength from any of them, but contrary to her exaptation she found something she could not believe.

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As Lina dined with her classmates from Class A (not with Miyuki’s group), she remembered Mia would visit today at First High so she decided to visit her after she is done with lunch. While she was thinking about it she sensed the aura of the masked individual. She also discovered the rough direction and found out it was coming from beyond the door where worker was coming out of and got worried about Mia. She excused herself from her friends and hurried towards the location.

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The vampires were communicating with each other using pushion wave and was checking the formation spread out along the wall and doorway. They concluded it was a mistake for rating First High as a normal high school. Mia was feeling uneasy in her heart and felt that they should not have gone there.

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After lunch Tatsuya, Miyuki and Honoka arrived on the school rooftop, owning to Erika’s sour mood today, it turned out only three of them taking lunch together. While they were on the rooftop Miyuki noticed some uncomfortable waves and told Tatsuya about it(pushion waves, since psion waves would not be able to escape from Tatsuya’s detection), while wondering how to uncover the source of that pushion wave and investigate it he got he received a call from Mayumi through his information terminal informing that the vampire is on the school campus and told him the location.

Immediately after receiving the information Tatsuya used flying type magic and jumped off from the roof, followed by Miyuki leaving behind Honoka alone on the rooftop( she lacked a personal Flying-Type device).

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Mikihiko and Erika were trying to get their CAD from the storage room when Katsuto arrived to retrieve his CAD, with the help of Katsuto, Erika and Mikihiko were able to acquire their own CAD without much trouble.

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Lina hurried towards the place were Michaela’s trailer is supposed to be. She was still struggling with herself regarding whether she should visit Michaela at the trailer for Maximilian Devices. Caught between her duty towards her comrades and her mission, Lina was stuck between a rock and a hard place. She had adopted an attitude that avoided enemy detection, but had neglected to e wary of her surroundings.

Even if she could see Michaela descending from the trailer at a distance, Lina didn’t feel anything in particular as she sighed.

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Tatsuya and Miyuki saw Lina trying to contact a woman and identified her as “Mia” based on Lina’s lip movements. Tatsuya assumed that this woman must be the USNA agent send to infiltrate Maximilian Devices. Based on yesterday’s interrogation, Lina said she was hunting for vampires and while they were aware that the deserters fled to Japan, they were unaware of their actual identities. There was a high chance that a vampire was disguised as one of their agents.

Tatsuya found it hard to imagine someone like ‘Sirus’ of stars would be unable to identify her target even after repeated head-on confrontation with her target. He used his “sight” to sweep over that women and immediately found a massive amount of “spirits” dancing around the women’s surroundings.

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In regards to Angelina Sirius’s unexpected request for contact on First High’s campus, Michaela Honda felt a surge of confusion and anxiety. There was no was she could ignore her direct superior and doing so would cause suspicion.

Michaela left the trailer and walked towards Lina while trying to assume an air of normality. Towards the spirits that kept hounding her, she waved her hands like someone trying to fend off a pest.

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Mikihiko noticed the female technician attempting to avoid the spirits and concluded she was the vampire. Erika noticed Lina and assumed she was the leader. Mikihiko invoked a wide area magic that inhibited the senses using his talismans. Mikihiko, Erika, Katsuto got ready for battle while Mizuki was behind them unable to hide her dismayed expression.

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Lina felt confused seeing Michaela waving her arms as if she was shooing insects, it was the middle of winter and there should not be any insects around due to the cold weather. Lina decided that Michaela’s actions were not important at this time and she should warn Michaela to escape from there as she has noticed the presence of ‘vampires’, but before she would Lina noticed that they were surrounded.

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Miyuki was surprised to see the large trailer she was watching suddenly disappear and asked Tatsuya if it was due to a barrier. Tatsuya conformed it was and it should be cast by Mikihiko, he added that the effect lies in cutting off sight and hearing and it looks like it can’t affect physical movement.

Tatsuya contacted Mayumi and asked her to turn off the recording devices in that area, after getting conformation that the devices were off Tatsuya and Miyuki flew out oft the classroom window from where they were hiding.

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Erika initiated attack on Mia, Lina tried to blow Erika away but was stopped by Katsuto, Erika used that chance to attack Mia but her blade was caught by Mia barehanded without using any CAD and Mia’s hand was wrapped in a barrier magic. Lina noticed that Miya was using the same magic as the masked magician she was chasing.

At the same time Lina was contacted by Silvie using magic, Silvie informed that Mia was the masked magician. Erika stabbed Mia on her chest, but it healed as soon as she was forced to retreat by Mia. Miyuki stepped in from the shadows along with Tatsuya and froze Mia completely before Mia could react. Erika, Tatsuya and Katsuto were on a dead lock on arresting Lina and securing Mia, Mikihiko was the only one who was observing the whole situation and noticed the danger. Mia who was frozen exploded and the parasite was freed from its host. After a long battle with the help of Mizuki to locate the Parasite, Tatsuya and Mikihiko managed to damage it significantly and chase it away.

From Tatsuya’s perspective, their net gain from the combat was effectively zero. The most they could say was that their score wasn’t negative. Tatsuya forcibly made sure he didn’t it was a disaster out loud. For him, it was nothing more than rubbing salt into an open wound. There was no wat Tatsuya would do something that would leave such a mess on his hands.

Chapter 9

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In order for the parasite to survive, it is forced to ingest pushions continuously. However, in the physical world it is unable to gather pushions without a physical form that is able to do so. After repeatedly using its power while in basic form and after being immersed in a high stream of psions, the portion that enabled it to invade the physical dimension had largely been shorn away along with most of its psions. In order for it to survive, pushions were absolutely vital, but with insufficient psions, interfering with the physical world would become difficult.

It needed a place to rest. A location that was meaningless, save for its congregation of pushions. For example, blood that had just been separated from a living body, a mindless doll granted a humanoid form to obtain pushions. It avoided the moving humans and finally located a receptacle for rest in one of the storage rooms located near the edge of First High’s campus.

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The next morning.

Erika was still sulking. She believed that Lina was working along side the vampires, and after yesterdays incident Tatsuya let Lina go even after an overwhelming 6-to-1 advantage over her and the fact that Erika was unable to do anything against the Parasite after it took on the form of an information body added to her frustration.

Tatsuya told Erika not to over thing things and paint Lina black completely, and if she is truly guilty, he will take necessary action against Lina. Erika asked if he can win against Lina, (she still does not know Lina is the crimson haired Magician with golden pupils. Still, based on their back and forth struggle with the parasite yesterday, she judged that Lina was no run of the mill opponent) Tatsuya said victory and defeat are a matter of luck but he will not hold back if the time comes. Erika returned back to her usual mood soon after.

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Meanwhile Lina was being reproached at a hearing in the USNA embassy. They wanted to know how she did not know the person who lived next door for almost a month was a parasite and wanted her to undergo a full body examination there to see if there are any ‘bite’ marks of any sort. She was about to explode when reinforcements arrived from Colonel Virginia Barans who barged into the meeting.

After the Canadian military was assimilated and reorganized, she became the number two of the department established to monitor both those in uniform and black ops. That was colonel Barans’s task. USNA Joint Chiefs of Staff Intelligence Division, Internal Affairs, First Deputy Director. Due to her title no one dared to reprimand her.

After stepping out of the meeting room, Lina found Silvia waiting for her. Silvia apologized for not being able to figure out Michaela’s real identity sooner. Silvia told her that she is ordered to return to USNA for intense examination to conform that she is not infected, and Colonel Barans told Lina that she is not allowed to return to USNA unless and until she is deemed to be free of infection to prevent an event where Lina turns against the military in the influence of a parasite. In case of Silvia, if she turns into a vampire and betrays the military, the possibility of classified intelligence leaking to foreign nations is considered and ordered to return to USNA as soon as possible.

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Kuroba Mitsugu received a call from Maya while he was at his hotel room in Yokohama. Maya asked him about information on Parasite. Mitsugu informed that there of the 12 Parasites hosts, 4 were eliminated by the Americans, one was done in by Tatsuya and Miyuki the previous day, and the remaining 7 has already been identifies and located by him.

Maya praised him and mentions that the ‘client’ asked her to hasten the action against them and orders Mitsugu to kill the remaining hosts. Mitsugu mentions that it would not solve the problem, in reply Maya said she is more interested in finding out how the parasite detaches after the host dies, how far they can move as an information bodies, how long does it take to filly assimilate withing a new host and how much time is needed before they can move again. She ordered Mitsugu to collect those data after eliminating them.

Mitsugu affirmed his orders and hung up.

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Tatsuya was is trying to develop a method to fight the parasite with the help of Yakumo, Miyuki was watching over his training. It has been a full week since the day after the vampire invaded the school campus. On the second day after that, Tatsuya had reached out to Yakumo regarding training, and today was the seventh day.

Tatsuya was having difficulty with it, he was comforted by Yakumo and faced by Miyuki’s eyes that far exceeded expectation and bordered upon pure faith he decided to push forward without complaining.

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In late January of 2096, bad news came from across the Pacific. The Shiba siblings were having their breakfast when the news on the television caught the attention of both of them. The news contained information about a certain experiment to counter the secret weapon that the Japanese military wielded on the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The goal of the experiment was to summon demons and make contract with them to counter the Japanese super weapon. The news also said that the experiment failed and the magicians who were suppose to make a contract with the demons instead got processed leading to the vampire incident which started late last year.

Tatsuya noticed the unusual way of packaging the news which includes concerns towards magic and magicians. With overwhelming majority of people unable to use magic it was not worth the time to consider which side the media would take. He was more interested in the source of the information which had been reported in the news.

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The news report in the morning caused headache to Lina, she believed it was not the time to attend school and act as if nothing happened but she was ordered to move as usual so she had to go to school. On the path to school gate she was approached by Tatsuya, she tried to flee like a rabbit but failed to do so with Miyuki blocking her.

Tatsuya asked about the news broadcast and how much of it is true. Lina said that all key parts are lies and only laid down the truth on the surface. Tatsuya asked Lina where might have they got the information from as those type of information should be classified. Lina speculated that it should have been an organization called “Seven Sages” whose identities are unknown and no matter what they did they could not identify any clues about them.

In the end he asked if drawing the parasite was the intended result. Lina rejected it completely and she got furious. Lina said that she has already executed 3 of the ‘infected’ and if it was someone’s plan all along, she would not forgive that person under any circumstances.

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“Two seconds… it’s quite difficult to match Oji-sama.”

Kuroba Mitsugu was mocking himself after assassinating one of the ‘Vampires’ using his magic. “Poisoned Bees”…, a sensory interference spell that increased the target’s pain perception infinitely until death. In terms of killing power, this magic pales in comparison to the “Reaper’s Blade” created by his uncle, Yotsuba Genzou, the head of the Yotsuba Family two generations ago. On the other hand, “Poisoned Bees” was a superb magic for assassination as it only needed a tiny prick of a pin or needle to finish the opponent leaving no evidence behind while “Reaper’s Blade” require personal delivery to ensure death, leaving behind wounds on a corps and blood splatter everywhere.

“Poisoned Bees” was also not restricted to Mitsugu alone since unlike other sensory interference magic, it had an Activation Sequence that wasn’t caster specific with a well streamlined process. Currently all of the Kuroba agents employed “Poisoned Bees” as their trump card.

Mitsugu’s subordinate informed him that the execution has been completed and there were no causalities. He ordered his subordinates to not loose track of the information bodies and to not slack off.

Chapter 10

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The news broadcast has stirred up the Magician-discriminatory actions stemming from the humanists became a large wave and swept across the North American continent from east to the west.

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{Explanations about diplomacy and secret meeting between them behind closed doors and so on are given}

In the middle of a night in a foreign country, two middle aged men were having a secret meeting where one of them was of an European descent and the other seemed to be from Japan. The slight smile on their faces remained the same and there was no change in their voice during the conversation, but the strange atmosphere between them was evident from the beginning.

The European man was trying to get information about the magician and magic which destroyed the ‘Asian Alliance Armada’ while the other person was not giving him any hints and says the military is not giving any information.

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Fujibayashi was playing a recording of the conversation between the two diplomates to Tatsuya and Miyuki. She arrived at the Shiba households under the guise of ‘a pre-recruitment interview’. The conversation between them involved the possibility of USNA delaying their fleet to support Japan during the invasion of Yokohama by GAA.

Fujibayashi handed Tatsuya courtesy chocolate while she was leaving since she won’t be able to during valentine’s day due to work.

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Tomorrow would be Valentine’s day, and its frivolous ambience would permeate the First High School campus all day long. In this matter, magicians (to be) were also normal young girls.

Honoka was making a lot of mistake during her work at the Student Council due to this particular reason. Even with repeated suggestions by her fellow coworkers to take rest and leave earlier for the day worrying about her she desperately denied about her condition and continued working. Lina was also present at the office {her real identity was still a secret from normal students}.

In the end Honoka left when Miyuki told her that she is not getting any work done and its better to take rest. Miyuki knew why Honoka was doing a lot of mistakes and Honoka also knew that Miyuki understood the reason, she finally stopped working and left after apologizing.

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Miyuki was explaining the reason why Honoka left the Student Council Office early while they were on the way to the station, Lina was together with them and the conversation switched to who Lina was going to give chocolate to and Lina asked Miyuki if she was going to give “I love you” chocolate to Tatsuya in order to tease her but Miyuki’s answer made her unable to counter.

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Izumi and Kazumi were peeking at Mayumi who seems to be making chocolate with a creepy laughter (Izumi and Kazumi are given a general introduction). They wondered who was going to get the chocolate. They saw that Mayumi was using chocolates which are 95% cacao and zero percent sugar and also noticed a bag of expresso powder.

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Tatsuya was training with Yakumo to find a method to fight against the parasites, Miyuki was worried that Tatsuya would do something which can have grave side effects on his body to develop the magic, but was reassured by him that he is not and wont do any such things to himself.

Miyuki was not at the Temple for just watching over Tatsuya. It was February 14, and she had come to the temple on the same day last year and the year before to give her appreciation to Yakumo by giving him some chocolates. Yakumo accepted the chocolates happily while getting a cold look from Tatsuya.

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Colonel Balance asks what is bothering her subordinate as they watch Lina with the Shiba siblings via satellite.

The operator explains he was shaken as for a moment it looked like Tatsuya looked directly at the camera and was aware that they were watching.

Balance dismisses it as impossible as they are watching via a surveillance satellite. Just to be safe they watch the moment in question again and he does look up, but the moment is dismissed by Balance as him looking at the sky on a whim.

Balance then looks at the feed of Lina inside her commuter. Lina’s unstable behaviour was a bigger concern.

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Lina returned to the rented apartment.

She had curtesy chocolates with her she had intended to give to Tatsuya as, though enemies, they had fought side by side and he was keeping her identity a secret, but when he saw him embrace Miyuki, she could not bring herself to give him them.

Lina’s inner turmoil left her frustrated and uncertain why, though she vehemently denied having any feelings for him.

As she enters her apartment her mind quickly cools as she can sense a presence despite the fact Silvia had returned to the USNA, and so enters cautiously and prepares to rush in.

Before Lina can act, Balance calls out, commenting on Lina’s perception abilities.

Lina prepares tea and teacakes and joins Balance at the dining room table.

Balance begins by mentioning the majority of her career has been covert operations and a major part of that is managing personal relations. Balance they states her concern directly, she is concerned Lina is becoming too emotionally involved with the target (Tatsuya), and looks at Lina’s bag.

Lina realises anything she says to retort this will not be believed.

Balance then states she understands Lina’s special circumstances, the only person assigned to command the STARS unit in their teens. She goes on to say many voices believed she was too young, and Balance admits she too would have said so were she asked.

Balance goes on to say she understands that Lina being sixteen will make it hard for her to control her emotions around people her own age.

Lina’s reaction prompts Balance to point out she might seem like an old lady, but she is still young herself, leading Lina to refute she was having such rude thoughts and breaking the tension.

Lina opens up and states she does have inappropriate feelings for Tatsuya, given her position, but they are those for a rival and not a love interest, bringing up the fight she lost, the first since becoming the ‘Sirius’.

Balance states that will make things simple, and then gives Lina her orders.

Hunting the deserters is on hold for the time being and she is to return to her primary assignment; securing the target with the sequence to convert mass to energy, and if they cannot be secured render them unable to cast, meaning assassinate. For now, they will assume Tatsuya is the target, and they will strike tomorrow evening using Stardust. Lina will equip Brionac and intervene when she judges it necessary.

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Erika has a long commute to and from school. It had been suggested she get a room closer, but she insisted on staying at home to be stubborn.

Erika returns home to her outbuilding by the dojo where she lives alone and collapses on the bed exhausted from the holiday’s traditions and the unwanted attention from boys and some girls her age and is glad that she is not as attractive as Miyuki and so able to avoid such hardships.

The situation makes her think of her late mother, Anna Rosen Katori, who passed when Erika was fourteen. Anna had been her father’s mistress and as Erika had been born whilst his wife was on her sickbed, Erika was denied the Chiba name until she took the First High entrance exam.

After everything she now believed she was the happiest she has been with classmates that warmed her heart, friends she could squabble with and tease, and a childhood friend she could also tease, all who acknowledges her own ‘power’. As she was happy, she did not want to waste time on romance.

Someone signals the doorbell to signal they are coming in, and Erika makes no effort to see who it is as it is too early for dinner when her siblings hate dining with her. After pondering who it could be, Erika is bout to rouse herself when there is a knock at her door and from the footsteps, realised it was her brother Naotsugu.

As she invited him in she took a more respectful place by the desk.

Naotsugu enters and apologises and Erika asks what he wants.

Naotsugu tells her that Shiba Tatsuya is under surveillance by the National Defence Force. Erika was in disbelief, but likely for another reason than why Naotsugu suspected as she knew he was a civilian member of the defence force which was a national secret. She found it ridiculous they had surveillance on a member of their own organisation.

Naotsugu tells her he has an informal order; he is to watch and protect.

Naotsugu recommends that she keep her distance from Tatsuya for the time being.

Erika decides to be subtle and try for more information and so states she is in the same class at school.

Naotsugu says in school should not be an issue, tipping Erika off to the fact Tatsuya was being used as bait, meaning the aggressors were not Lina’s group, though she could be involved.

Erika tells Naotsugu that though she and Tatsuya are friends to the point they go to the station together, they are not close enough to make plans for after school.

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Immediately after they got home, Miyuki took the paper bag full of chocolates Tatsuya and stowed it in the refrigerator, much to Tatsuya’s relief the resentment from previous years was cooler this year. Miyuki then asks him to stay in his room until dinner and realising she means to stay there until called, Tatsuya meekly goes to his room and remains there.

One hour later Tatsuya comes down for dinner and is greeted to a meal with a chocolate theme, and Miyuki wearing a Julie Andrew’s style waitress uniform.

The meal was overloaded with chocolate.

The pair dine together but after finishing dessert, Miyuki looked a little flushed leading Tatsuya to suspect she failed to cook off enough of the brandy in the fondue. Whilst she is clearing the plates away Miyuki stumbles and Tatsuya has to catch her and the plates. Tatsuya then tells her to rest on the sofa and clears the plates for the HAR to take care of.

This left Miyuki a little depressed for ruining the atmosphere she had created.

And lamented her curse.

"…Why must I be Onii-sama's younger sister?

Unintentionally voicing a piece of her forbidden true feelings.

Panicked, Miyuki checks that Tatsuya did not hear.

A thought that must never be uttered.

Miyuki is not unhappy to be Tatsuya’s sister as it is the reason that they can be together. But part of her longed for a different relationship and she feared the day it outgrew the part happy to be a sister and overwhelm her, and the thought of Tatsuya finding out. Miyuki was relieved, but there was also regret that he had not heard her.

Chapter 11

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The parasite slowly figures out how to use its new vessel, using the pool of psions it has luckily acquired until it could see and operate the vessels mechanisms. Finally succeeding it makes the vessel appear happy using its own power, the vessel lacking such an ability, while it searched for ‘that person’ with the brain it had acquired.

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February Fifteenth A mysterious confusion floated over the campus of First High due to an incident which Tatsuya is summoned to investigate on his break after a first year involved begged him to do so.

Tatsuya arrives to find President Azusa, Isori, Kanon and Hattori, the Group Management Leader already there with a crowd of concerned people. The issue is that the Type P94 H3 housekeeping robot was smiling and magic was detected. The smiling in of itself is not an issue but Type P94 units do not have such a function installed so it was likely caused by magic, which is a cause for concern. They are informed Tsuzura-sensei investigated but could not reach any conclusions other than it seems to be emanating from the unit’s chest compartment where the power source and electronic brain are. But as the unit has no induction stone installed, this should be impossible. Isori also reports that pushions have also been detected. Tatsuya asks if the control system is working and Isori confirms the unit is following orders. Isori sums up by asking Tatsuya to investigate the unit’s electronic brain since he is the foremost expert in the school on CADs, in Isori’s opinion, and quietly mentions the Golden Electron Silkworms from the Nine Schools Competition. Tatsuya agrees but states he will need somewhere to do the checks. Azusa gets permission to use the maintenance room after fourth period.

The maintenance room is normally used by students and staff to modify their CADs but was not just for modifying CADs. Tatsuya brings the P94 unit, along with Isori and Azusa, Miyuki, Honoka, Erika, Leo, Mikihiko and Mizuki. Kanon is on an errand and Hattori is keeping the onlookers out.

While eating lunch, Tatsuya asks for all the details. Isori tells him the facts; on February 15th at 7:00pm the 3H type P94 nicknamed Pixie, was reactivated from suspended mode by a wireless device automatically for the morning self-diagnostic, so there were no students in the garage. But instead of shutting down afterwards, the P94 began electronically communicating with the server to access the student register of this school. Thinking it was malware a shutdown command was sent to completely shut down the unit, a command which cannot be ignored by domestic units. However, Pixie did not shut down and continued until the server cut itself off on the other end. Throughout the incident, the cameras recorded Pixie smiling a seemingly happy and excited smile. Isori then confirms the logs verify everything.

After pondering for a moment, Tatsuya states the P94 continued to operate when the electronics were supposed to be shut down because something other than electricity was sending command signals to control the machine. Either pushions or psions.

Tatsuya begins his investigation and activates Pixie, ordering her to browse her logs and enter inspection mode.

Pixie agrees but is looking into his eyes and not his pocket where she should be scanning for the access card as Tatsuya’s face is not registered for this level of clearance.

Everyone starts to realise something is wrong when Pixie suddenly moves and launches into a hug and embraces Tatsuya, shocking everyone. Miyuki is angry about the situation, pointing out Tatsuya could have easily evaded but when Tatsuya tells her that Pixie would have collided with her had he dodged, Miyuki quickly apologises.

Azusa comments they should move things along and Tatsuya orders Pixie to sit down and Pixie obeys, though reluctantly. Tatsuya asks Mizuki to look inside of Pixie and asks Mikihiko to guard her while he does, tipping both off to what Tatsuya suspects.

Once Mikihiko is ready, Mizuki looks into Pixie and her eyes widened. Faster than Mizuki could speak Pixie makes a humanlike expression as Mizuki reports a parasite is inside Pixie. She then examines the pattern and then examines Honoka and looks back and forth comparing the two. Mizuki then tells them the parasite’s wave pattern resembles Honoka’s, much to Honoka’s horror and explains the parasite seems to be under the influence of Honoka’s thought waves but they are not linked, it’s more a duplication, like they are burned into it. Honoka quickly denies doing it and Mizuki calmly explains she does not think it’s deliberate.

Mikihiko speculates that Honoka imprinted onto the parasite which then possessed Pixie, or it was in Pixie and then Honoka’s thoughts got burned in.

Pixie itself then confirms it by telepathically stating that she awoke to strong and distinctive thoughts she has about Tatsuya. Tatsuya asks if she can speak, and Pixie explains she can, but it is hard to use the body’s voice. Tatsuya then proceeds to question Pixie as the others watch on.

Tatsuya asks how Pixie understands their language and she explains the knowledge was retained from the previous host, but only the knowledge, which is within the parasite, not the memories of the host so she does not know how many hosts she has had.

Tatsuya asks if they have emotions and Pixie explains they desire to survive, and Tatsuya concludes their likes and dislikes are derived from that.

Tatsuya asks its name and Pixie states to use the individual’s name, Pixie and confirms she can access the electronic brain.

Tatsuya asks if Pixie is hostile. She states she is Tatsuya’s underling due to the desire to be so which she attained from Honoka. Honoka tries to intercede but is restrained by Erika and Miyuki. Pixie explains such highly pure thoughts form the core of their self; the closest word would be prayer.

Pixie then states the prayer that awakened her, her core:

— I want to devote myself to you.

— I want to be useful to you.

— I want to serve you.

— I want to become yours.

— I want to dedicate all of me to you

Having this heard, Honoka would likely be screaming were she not restrained.

Pixie goes on to explain she does not know how she was drawn into this world as it was lost with the previous hosts memories so all that she is now is this desire to serve Tatsuya.

Honoka collapses at this point, though Tatsuya does not care as his mind was occupied by knowledge rather than emotion.

Tatsuya states them having an ego is unexpected, as is the fact they are persistently passive. Pixie affirms that they did not desire to come into this world as desire is derived from the host.

Tatsuya reconfirms that Pixie desires to obey him and then prohibits her from using her psychic powers without permission, as is her making human expressions. Pixie complies.

Chapter 12

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The Shiba siblings discuss the situation and their surprise at Pixie in their personal car, which Tatsuya had purchased so he could deliver Miyuki to places in a secure and prestigious manner as her high station as a very high-class Ojou-sama warranted. And in addition to school, she underwent additional studies as training for her position.

Miyuki asks how Tatsuya intends to proceed with the situation with Pixie and he explains she cannot be removed from the school as they do not know if Pixie was telling the truth and know too little of the parasites. All they know for sure is that it has imprinted from Honoka, as Mizuki confirmed it. Until they can confirm Pixie cannot contact the other parasites and call them in whilst he and Miyuki are sleeping, he will not keep her close. Ending by stating that the authenticity of the information that is extracted is something that can be decided by them.

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Tatsuya leaves Miyuki at her etiquette school, where men are prohibited from entering. As it would take too long to realistically return home while Miyuki had her classes, Tatsuya instead heads to a local food venue as usual, this time a family-oriented restaurant. Killing two hours while not eating would be a problem usually, so Tatsuya orders something expensive to avoid causing an issue and then gazes out of the window, focusing his mind to observe both his and Miyuki’s locations within the information dimension, absorbing the information from every nook and cranny. Nothing could threaten Miyuki in this ‘observation field’. This ability is what allowed Tatsuya to overcome his gender and become Miyuki’s bodyguard. Tatsuya normally uses this unconsciously, but right now it has been actively used to monitor the existence of any and all cause and effect.

Tatsuya still could only read information on the ‘present’ and twenty-four hours of the ‘past’. As a result, it is extraordinarily effective at searching for enemies.

Within that observation field, the information about the looming adversaries was displayed, targeting himself.

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Lt. Colonel Virginia Balance relieves a report that the troops are in position.

They had analysed Tatsuya’s daily habits and the fact that they were so few opportunities to attack had shocked her. He trains every morning before school, goes to an unknown location on a Sunday but they cannot determine where. The only thing they understood from two weeks of observation was that he was no ordinary high school student and is likely an agent of a special ops group, but they doubted it as Tatsuya has no connections to anyone. And Lina had established the degree of difficulty of getting to him when he was with his younger sister.

This evening was one of the few chances to strike.

Balance radios Lina, who is on standby in a nearby park.

The plan was for Stardust members disguised as robbers to attack the restaurant and try to subdue abduct Tatsuya, if that fails, they retreat and lead him to Lina’s location.

The plan was simple, but that was all the situation afforded and the biggest concern was for the Stardust to be wiped out too quickly, but Balance thought that these five men being destroyed by one boy in the middle of his teens was unthinkable.

That said, if they were defeated, all their records were gone so they were no issue if it failed.

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Having finished talking to Balance, Lina did the final check on the tactical magic weapon, ‘Brionac’, a weapon only she could use. Though portable, its maximum power rivals a battleship’s main armament.

The ridiculous looking armament was combined with a CAD, it was a magic weapon which worked purely by magic power.

Lina doubted this operation was going to work, that the Stardust would be quickly wiped out

At first, Lina had thought Miyuki the tougher adversary, but such thoughts had now completely disappeared. Any inclination to treat Tatsuya lightly due to his lower rank were gone now.

— What could the magic that turned ‘Dancing Blades’ to dust be?

— What on earth was the technique that cancelled the effects of 'Muspelheim’?

At the time, she thought it was simply magic dispersing the molecular bonds and neutralising the activation sequences. But when she thought about the latter, her mind froze as such a thing could not be done.

At the time both her and Miyuki’s magic had been competing. In order for magic to be neutralized, a calculation sequence must overwrite the magic sequence. In short, at that time, if Tatsuya had neutralized the magic then he had invoked at over twice Lina’s interference power.

The thought made her body shake.

The Stars vice commander, Benjamin Canopus might have been able to figure out that Tatsuya had used ‘Gram Dispersion’ to do that, but Lina was unaware of its existence. Lina joined at a young age so she las a lot of combat experience but had little time to acquire knowledge. And that was making her uneasy.

To put it simply, the girl was too young to be the commander of the Stars, the embodiment of the weakness of the abhorrent practice of completely relying on strength to determine leadership and she was now paying the price for her deficiencies against a foe that had both combat experience and knowledge.

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Tatsuya does not believe himself a battle junkie as all the fights he has been in hadn’t been started by him, they were to protect Miyuki and her prestige. At the same time, he is not a practitioner of non-resistance.

Tatsuya sees the five men arrive and makes his decision in a second, settles his bill and heads outside.

The men, wearing ski-masks, arrived as Tatsuya left the shop, leaving them a little perplexed but the stares did not continue for long.

Tatsuya moved first and simply walked past them leaving them astonished.

As they attackers came to their senses one aimed a gun at him. Analysing the device which made it obvious they were from the USNA, Tatsuya realises it’s a non-lethal attack to capture him.

Tatsuya uses his magic to dismantle the gun and pulls further back while the men are in shock, interfering with an object under the influence of someone else’s magic, is normally impossible due to the sheer power required to do so, especially when the object is being touched by them.

Tatsuya had no reason not to capitalise on their shock, but as this was a public street with cameras and passers-by, killing them would be problematic with so many witnesses.

Tatsuya strikes the first of the men and flash casts oscillation magic into them.

It fails and Tatsuya immediately evades and strikes the man again in the opening left by their counterattack, this time it works, and they fall.

Tatsuya realises the reason the first strike failed was because the men are either modified, or more likely reinforced humans. As he evades and dodges the men as they continued their attack, Tatsuya analyses the men’s information. The information of their warped structure of their bodies tells him this was not simply DNA modification, unmistakably it is the result of multiple preposterous reinforcements. The men are on the brink of death from the modifications, and it would be more appropriate for them to be hospitalised, just like shooting stars just before they burned out.

Given the recklessness of such opponents, Tatsuya realises he must finish them quickly.

Just as he makes the distance and begins to get ready to take them all down, Chiba Naotsugu intrudes on the fight.

Naotsugu had been observing Tatsuya as ordered and had not anticipated the fight. From Tatsuya’s educational records, he believed Tatsuya to be timid. Naotsugu jumps from the roof of the building he’s on and uses magic to run at 120kph to reach the fight within thirty seconds. Sensing Tatsuya’s use of magic, Naotsugu wonders if Tatsuya can use magic martial arts and realises the dossier, he was given on Tatsuya must be missing information.

Switching Tatsuya from target to observe to target to protect, Naotsugu readies his kodachi armament device for battle.

Naotsugu recalls the information on the enemies attacking Tatsuya. Stardust, human weapons made from magicians, a suicide squad. This unit are modified for close combat. Naotsugu reflects that suicide soldiers are the most dangerous in the world and believes they will be too much for a high school boy so on arrival, he interposes himself between Tatsuya and the Stardust members.

Tatsuya knew both the USNA and another party were observing him, but he had not expected intervention. The fact Naotsugu was showing Tatsuya his back meant he likely was not an enemy and knew he was Erika’s elder brother but did not know why he was intervening.

Also unexpected, Naotsugu introduces himself to Tatsuya and states he will deal with the situation. Tatsuya steps back and leaves it to Naotsugu.

One of them down, the remaining four all produce guns and took aim while activating magic to stop incoming projectiles.

Faster than they can pull the trigger, Naotsugu closes the distance at a speed the three he wasn’t charging at would lose sight of him and using the magic ‘Pressure Cut’ on the edge of the kodachi, cuts of the first man’s hand holding the gun. The other thee try to shoot Naotsugu but is rapid and erratic movements, enabled by the use of magic, to prevent them from keeping track of him.

While Tatsuya was analysing Naotsugu’s abilities, all four men were rendered powerless.

Just as Tatsuya took a step towards Naotsugu to thank him the pair are assailed by a intense sense of danger and a shining ray of light hits the kodachi Naotsugu raised to defend himself. The beam is cut in two, but the electromagnetic wave’s influence from the beam renders Naotsugu unable to move.

Tatsuya looks to where the attack originated and sees the masked magician ‘Angelina Sirius’ who was looking at Tatsuya with a gaze of invitation.

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