Chapter 3 - The Last Lightning Bolt
During the practice fights that Mr. Cornelius and I have had over the last few years he has only used one of his unique magics at a time since he told me that the training room in the library could not handle both magics at the same time, but today is different for the first time we are outside the library and Mr. Cornelius does not plan to hold back, I am so nervous that my legs won't stop shaking, suddenly Mr. Cornelius' firm and strong voice interrupted my thoughts.
— If you have time to fantasize in front of your opponent you better be prepared to die Alexander! —
Not even a second after Mr. Cornelius finished speaking when an immense magical pressure surrounded the whole field and a great storm covered the sun above us, and before I could blink Mr. Cornelius appeared in front of me wrapped in a white armor of electricity that covered his whole body and with one of his fists pointing to my stomach, because of the scare I barely managed to cover my body with mana to receive the impact with the least possible damage, but I think I was very positive about it, At the moment when Mr. Cornelius' fist hit my stomach I could feel an immense sharp pain running through my body just before flying out of control, and when I thought it could not be worse Mr. Cornelius appeared behind me and hit me again but this time in the back changing my direction in flight without letting me react and so it happened repeatedly, for a few seconds I was brutally beaten without the possibility of defending myself and just before losing consciousness I could hear the voice of Mr. Cornelius as a slight whisper.
— This is the difference of affinity, now it's up to you to find the way to shorten that difference hi... — I didn't manage to hear completely the words of Mr. Cornelius.
I didn't manage to hear completely the words of Mr. Cornelius since I lost consciousness, I don't know how much time passed but when I opened my eyes I was in my room inside the library, my whole body hurts and I have parts of cauterized skin where Mr. Cornelius hit me, after examining my current condition a feeling of frustration and anger dominated me so completely that I couldn't avoid screaming with all my strength and with tears in my eyes.
— Damn it! Not a damn scratch! 8 years and not a damn scratch! —
I could only repeat those words as I hit the mattress of my bed repeatedly, after a few minutes my anger subsided and after a huge sigh I let out in a faint whisper.
— I guess I'm still no match for Mr. Cornelius —
After saying those words I was ready to look for Mr. Cornelius to thank him for his time today, but just after standing up 2 immense magical pressures whipped my agonizing body, I could feel how the air was so thick that I could hardly breathe, I concentrated on distributing my mana in my body to resist the change of atmosphere and to be able to think lucidly, a few seconds later I managed to reincorporate my senses and focus on the two magical pressures, calmly I closed my eyes and concentrated.
— One of the two pressures is that of Mr. Cornelius, but I don't know the other one, and the worst thing is that the other magical pressure feels stronger and darker and the other one is the one of Mr. Cornelius —
While I felt the magical pressures something was disturbing me, little by little the magical pressure of Mr. Cornelius becomes weaker and weaker, when I felt this I panicked and ran as fast as I could out of my room which is on the 4th floor of the library towards the exit, but suddenly some tremors generated by the magical shock began to deteriorate the structure of the library that began to collapse over my head, I tried to move faster but my body was in a deplorable state due to my previous encounter, staggering because of the continuous earthquakes I approached as fast as possible to the library door, but when I was right in front of it, a great explosion of light knocked down the library and blinded me.
Weak and with my senses dazed I tried to get out of the rubble as fast as possible to find Mr. Cornelius, I advanced through the rubble scared and wounded when suddenly I realized that the immense magical pressures had disappeared, fear and worry overflowed my mind and I began to crawl desperately through the rubble as fast as possible and suddenly the figure of a man at least 2m tall and as muscular as a beast appeared in the distance, a great jet black hair, a wavy red and black beard as if it were fire and a I had a smile from ear to ear that gave me chills, but after rejoining after that impression something even more terrifying captured my intention in the hands of that man lay Mr. Cornelius completely inert as if he were a doll, after a few seconds a creepy and somber voice echoed throughout the place.
— The most powerful wizard they said! Don't you think that nickname is too big for you R - A - I - J - I - N! Hahahaha! What good jokes these damned nobles like to make! And to think that you used to be so feared in the whole continent! —
After the man's creepy speech I could only watch as he approached Mr. Cornelius and whispered something in his ear, seconds later the man's hand was covered with a glowing black magic and in less than a blink of an eye it pierced Mr. Cornelius' chest, and a choked scream came out of my mouth.
— Noooooo! —
Shortly after that the man turned his head in my direction and I felt as if I was in front of a monster, my whole body began to tremble and sweat, before I could notice the man appeared in front of me covered by a dark mana that did not allow me to see his appearance beyond his complexion and his creepy violet eyes, I could not breathe and just when I thought it was my end I closed my eyes tightly and shortly after I could hear the man's voice whispering in my ear.
— Calm down, chick, it's not your turn yet, you still have to taste the despair and loneliness —
After hearing those words an absolute silence ruled the atmosphere and after a few seconds I opened my eyes slowly, the man had disappeared, when I recovered from the shock, I could not help shouting with all my strength.
— Father, where are you? —
After a few seconds the subtle and faint voice of Mr. Cornelius was heard in the distance.
— Alex.......ander —
I crawled as fast as I could to the source of the voice and when I arrived I found an image that will remain engraved in my mind, the man who raised me and who I considered my only family was lying in front of me on the floor covered in blood and with a huge hole in the center of his chest, his eyes seemed empty and dull, when I saw him I could not help but approach, cry, scream and beg.
— Please don't leave me! Please father! The wizards of the school will cure him! Please resist! I'm going to get help! You resist! —
After that gesture I looked at Mr. Cornelius with tears in my eyes, Mr. Cornelius wiped the tears from my cheek with his thumb and with a slight smile he said to me.
— Live your life...... Travel the world....... Fall in love....... Be a man who takes care of his family and his own....... Y........ Never forget......... that you........ You are Alexander Nihil....... My privilege....... And......... My pride....... See you later....... Son......................... —
Tears welled up more and more from my eyes as I heard the last words of the man who took me in and cared for me like a father, between endless tears and sobs I said to my father.
— I swear, I swear I will live this life to the fullest and thank you for everything, father —