“N-No… I don’t really see anything,” I heard a murmur from Lilia. I expected as much, but I turned to see everyone with looks of panic on their faces. Ignoring them, I turned to face my sister and asked her the same thing. I was less afraid of her seeing the light, but not recognizing what to actually spot.
Thankfully, she responded, “Bruhder, I think I see a small pretty light!”
The next step involved doing something that only I was capable of doing. I had to will mana of all four elemental attributes at once into their bodies. Doing this, they would be able to see a lot more clearly the specks of mana that were scattered in their bodies.
“Okay, I’m going to start now. You guys will feel a little feverish, but I want you guys to endure it and just focus on the specks of light.” As soon as I said that, I willed my quadra elemental mana into them.
The reason that all four elements had to be exerted into them was because the mana that had yet to gather and form a mana core was at its purest form, meaning all four elements needed to be exerted at the same power into their bodies to trigger any sort of responses from the dormant mana inside them.
“Eep!” “Hng!” Lilia and Ellie yelped out a little in surprise.
“I-I think I see some of the lights! They’re so pretty!” exclaimed Lilia.
“Wow! So many!” echoed my little sister.
“Okay, this part is important. I’m going to help you guys with this part, but your job is to try and connect all of the little lights, okay? Do you get that, Ellie? Pretend that all of the little lights are friends and they need to meet together. Can you do that for me, Ellie?” This was the trickiest and longest part and I had to make sure that they understood what to do.
“O-Okay! I think I get it!”
“The lights are friends? Okay!”
I remained in my position for over an hour to trigger the dormant mana in their bodies, at least to the point that they would be visible enough for them to manipulate and gather.
Taking a deep breath, I removed my hands from their backs, instructing them to continue gathering the little lights until the lights disappear.
“How is it? D-Do you think Lilia will be able to become a mage?” Both the Helstea parents were a mess. They had anxious looks on their faces while Vincent was nervously chewing on a fingernail. I looked at my mother and even she had a hint of uneasiness in her eyes.
I responded with a wide smile. “Don’t worry, both Lilia and my little sister should awaken as mages within a few years. My plan was to do this with them every day for the few months that I’d be home. By then, they should be capable of training on their own to form a mana cor…”
Tabitha didn’t even let me finish as she picked me up into a big hug. “Oh thank you thank you thank you. My baby will be able to learn magic! Oh my goodness, I was so worried what her future would be like since both of us aren’t mages. *Sniff* Uuu… thank you so much, Arthur.”
Vincent’s face was streaming tears as he kept his gaze on his daughter, meditating. My mother patted my head silently, giving me a proud smile.
It wasn’t as big of a deal for Ellie to become a mage since our whole family could use magic. The chances of her never awakening would have been slim to none even if I didn’t do anything; I was just speeding up the process. I had figured the faster she learned magic, the faster she would be able to protect herself.
The two girls lasted a couple of hours before the mana I exerted dispersed out of their bodies. Surprisingly, Lilia actually lasted longer than Ellie. She definitely had more willpower than my four-year-old sister.
My father came a bit after from the Guild Hall and was ecstatic for the Helstea family that they were going to have their first mage in the family.
Picking up Eleanor and rubbing his beard on her cheek, my father just cooed, “Aww, my little baby is going to be strong like her older brother! Promise me you won’t be stronger than father, okay? Or he’ll be very sad.”
My mother just laughed at this while my sister just giggled, pushing Father’s face away. “Papa! Your beard tickles! St~op, hehe!”
We had a great dinner party that night. Vincent and Tabitha went all-out on the delicacies, leaving my mouth watering and Sylv drooling right next to me. We ended the night with everyone merry, Vincent going around offering drinks to even the maids and butlers.
The following days had consisted of condensing my mana core and my elemental skills along with my dragon will’s powers. This was a mind-numbingly slow process, and I felt myself stagnating because of the lack of stimulation.
I spent a few days out of the week sparring with Father, but I could tell he was afraid of hurting me, always holding back, even when it was unnecessary.
Besides my training, I spent a couple of hours every day watching over my sister and Lilia while they continued their journey to form their cores. It was a strenuous process, and I could see my sister becoming a bit more impatient with the training, but I did my best to help her through it by making games out of it.
During this time, I got to talk to my mother about her abilities as an Emitter. I asked how she was able to learn it and train it when there were so few Emitters and she smiled at me mysteriously, saying how a woman needed to have a few secrets of her own.
I guess I would have to ask her again when she was feeling less secretive.
Two weeks before my birthday and the start of my career as an adventurer, I was startled by loud, obnoxious knocks on the front door. Opening the door, the faces of the all too familiar group made my lips curl up.