The stadium is drumming with applause and cries. Audience shouting supportive words, fans cheering for their favourite candidates.
“Lolli Heartstone! You’re the best!”
“Genevieve Hedley! Fight! Fight!”
The competition is fierce between the candidates, all of them chasing after the cute little puffballs like predators hunting for their preys.
“Candidates are breaking their own record by the seconds. Their marks keep refresh that even our rankings board couldn’t keep up!” Mushyroro said. “Let’s see how did they do by the last update!” She turn to look and gaped , couldn’t believe what she is seeing
“Oh my god. I couldn’t believe my eyes! This is...”
The Cyshroom shriek as Bliss chase after it with full speed.
“ Aaah~ Please ! Stop running !”
After falling and bumping on branches for numerous time, Bliss finally get the hang of the flying broom. Bliss narrowed her eyes as she focused on the Cyshroom at the front.
Bind! She thought as a transparent string shoots out, tying the puffball. It struggles, squeaking to no avail. With a motion of a light pull by her fingers, Bliss closes the distance between them.
With a little smile, happy she finally caught it, she activates the question screen. Her brows furrowed when she finish reading the question. Heaving yet another deep sigh, Bliss pray to the gods that she’d finally get at least one question right.
“The answer is D!” She cried, eyes shut, praying .
A second of silence pass by.
Opening her eyes slowly, Bliss steals a peek, hoping that she can get it correct. When a buzz sounded along with the appears of a huge ‘X’, she knew she got it wrong...again. Her shoulders droop, sighing. Then, she shakes her head, slapping both of her cheeks.
You can do this, Bliss! You didn’t come all the way here to mope around. This round isn’t over yet, you still have your chance!
She shut her eyes, trying to grasp the faint trail of the Cyshrooms. Focus, Bliss.
Picking up a strong magic presence, Lolli looks up. Lolli Hearstone from the wizards house, she is proficient in all kind of magic spells and have a huge bank of knowledge in regards to magic.
However, what piqued her interest the most are magic rituals. Magic rituals are spells that need high concentration and skills, due to the fact that every single detail needs to be perfect during the casting.
Apart from the caster own magic, the caster need to seek the aid of others' magic or magic elements. Aid as in the magic trails that leave behind by other creatures that pass by or the natures magic elements.
It is similar to alchemy, but instead of using tangible ingredients, casting a magic ritual combines the caster magic with the magic elements of one surroundings. Thus, Lolli is pretty sensitive to the magic in others, she can easily pick up the magic trails of other people.
She’s the girl who is with Hedley, is this her magic? Who is she?
All around Bliss are vicious chasing between candidates and Cyshrooms, the competition intensifies with each passing minute. Compared to them Bliss’s surroundings are calm, silent even. The blonde sat on her broom, eyes closed, expression serene as if she couldn’t even hear the cries around her.
Got it! Bliss’s eyes flutter open in a flash, numerous transparent strings shot out, capturing the Cyshrooms that are hiding in every corner; earning herself a waves of gasps.
The candidates followed the source of the magic strings and saw a blonde surrounded by a school of Cyshrooms. The numbers are shocking. Candidates wonder if all the Cyshrooms in the jungle are in custody of this blond girl.
"All right, you guys are mine now." Speaking in a soft voice, Bliss flashes a smile at the Cyshrooms around her with a tilt of her head.
The Cyshrooms exchanges glances with each other, trembling a little at the sight of the girl's eerie smile.
Bliss quickly glances at each Cyshrooms thinking which one to start first, her eyes land on one at her right. Her smile grows wider as the fear ball up in the Cyshrooms heart.
"I'll start with you first."
The Cyshrooms shriek in a high pitch voice as though doom just bestow upon it. With a flick of her fingers, she pulled the Cyshrooms towards her.
“Oh my god. I couldn’t believe my eyes! This is...”
On the ranking board plastered:
Bliss Brooklyn--Points: -1533.
"When you thought Candidate Brooklyn is going to make a huge comeback after being the first who got negative points using that amazing stunt with an army of Cyshrooms; WELL, think again! Candidate Brooklyn continue to bring shock to us! Eyes on the ranking board folks! She just got herself negative 1553 points! And it is increasing by the second!" Mushyroro announced spiking excitement to the crowd.
Sherlock wiggles his whiskers, exchanging glances with both Blitz and Crow.
"What is she doing?" Sherlock murmured.
"Please..she need to pass this!" Blitz prayed. Blitz had listen to Bliss's stories of her grandparents and hometown, he knew how much this means to her.
Back at Daisyfield town, Smith stared at the screen intently, not saying a single word.
"Oh dear, can Bliss pass this?" Pam asked, more like speaking to herself. Smith is too focus in watching the preliminary.
Back at the field...
"Oh no...Bliss..." Eve looks at the ranking board and then back at Bliss with worried gaze.
Alec glances over as well, his lips pursed, fist clenched.
Bliss's expression is blank, she is mortified. The Cyshrooms around her all turned pink, Bliss slowly fly down, dropping herself to the ground with a soft 'thud'. The binds on the Cyshrooms fades away, releasing them from their captivity. The initial fear within them are gone, instead of running away, they surrounds Bliss, curiously observing the blonde.
Opening the ranking board, Bliss's lips are trembling, her whole body is trembling. She doesn't know what came over her when she bind all the Cyshrooms. She thought she can at least get some of the questions correct.
Her eyes widen and she felt her heart stop when she saw what is written on the board!
"Candidate Brooklyn just bring the shock to the next level! I can't believe my eyes! That school of Cyshrooms all turned pink but she doesn't even get a single correct! This must've look bad on her score!"
Bliss Brooklyn--Points: -88550
The audience are stunned.
"It will take a miracle for her to turn things around now!" Mushyroro said. "She might as well just drop out. Better luck next year Candidate Brooklyn ."
Bliss heaved a sigh, how can she pass this now. Just when she thought it is hopeless and is trying her best to think of a brighter side of things.
Her miracle appear.
"It's the Diamond Cyshroom!"
"I'm gonna get it!"
Bliss glances up when she felt a light shine down on her. The Diamond Cyshroom is just flying above her, the sunlight rippled down upon it, it's shinning like a star in the sky.
Her fist clenched up, eyes glued to that Cyshroom with tiara, her heart filled with determination.
No, the Diamond Cyshroom is mine!
Bliss: Author-sama! I will be getting that Diamond Cyshroom right?! I'm the heroine of this story, I can't fail this. o(；△；)o
Cherilyn (Author): Don't worry, Bliss. Even if you didn't get the Diamond Cyshroom, you will pass this.
Bliss: Σ(`･ω･Ⅲ) What? Does that mean I won't get that Diamond Cyshroom?
Cherilyn (Author): Uh...I didn't...say that. Oh! Look at the time, I need to go. Bye~
Bliss: Wa-wait! Come back!