The Beginning After The End | Chapter 88 | A Wills Unwillingness

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Chapter 88 - A Wills Unwillingness



 Chapter 88: A Will’s Unwillingness


ARTHUR LEYWIN


Tess didnʼt wake up until late into the afternoon of the day after. Virion had left in the morning to deal with what had happened to their home, and left a note on the other side of my door telling me to take "good care" of Tess until he got things sorted out. It normally wouldʼve sounded serious if not for the winking face he crudely drew at the bottom of the note, making me question what exactly Grampsʼ definition of taking good care of someone was.


And furthermore, what was going on inside his crooked head.


"Grandpa?"


I was meditating on the living room floor with Sylvie still sleeping on my lap when Tess came out, rubbing her half-opened eyes, bedhead ablaze.


"A-Art? Whereʼs Grandpa?" Flustered after realizing it wasnʼt Virion who she had called out to, Tess quickly turned around, frantically matting down her hair.


"Good morning, or rather, good afternoon." Smiling, I got up and handed her a glass of water. "Your Grandpa went back to your house in the morning to get everything sorted out."


"Oh. Maybe I should go too… I was the one responsible for all of this, afterall."


"Thereʼs nothing either one of us could do. Donʼt worry too much for now. Virion and your parents will probably be back here later tonight. Weʼll go back to my house in Xyrus after making sure everything is okay since we have to go to school tomorrow," I explained.


"Still… there must be something I could help out— wait, what? Iʼm going to your house?" She still had her hands glued to the side of her head when she reeled back in surprise, once again unleashing her bedhead in all of its glory.


"Yup. Virion asked me yesterday. Itʼll be easier that way, and itʼll probably be more comfortable than staying at this inn."


"I think my heart would be a lot more comfortable staying here."


"Well, none of your family will be able to be here with you, so Iʼm sure Virion would feel a lot more reassured if you stayed with my family until we get to the dorms," I rebutted.


She remained quiet for a moment before timidly nodding in consent. Even with her hair reminding me of an unkept lionʼs mane, she was still somehow cute.


"Kyu!"


Sylvie woke up to the lingering scent of food and leeched a few bites to eat from Tess.


After finishing her breakfast, the princess sat down next to me on the living room floor where I was training and pet Sylvie, who made herself comfortable on Tessʼ lap.


"Hehe, so cute," Tess cooed as she rubbed my formidable draconic Asuraʼs belly.


"Tess, what did it feel like when you activated the first phase of your beast will?" I asked.


"Umm, it felt like a sudden surge of power spilled out and surrounded me. Then, all of a sudden, I couldnʼt really move my body," Tess explained. "It felt like I was trapped in someone elseʼs body, but I wasnʼt really scared though, for some reason."


"Mmm," I nodded.


The beast will wouldnʼt attack its host so it made sense for Tess to have a lack of fear. It didnʼt make sense, though, for the beast will to have such a strong sense of defiance. Even if she skipped the integration stage, Tessʼ body still had fully fused with the beast will. The will might be difficult to control and to use properly, but it shouldnʼt have gotten that out of hand. Ironic as it sounded, it felt like the beast will had its own…well, had its own will.


"I want you to rouse the elderwood guardianʼs beast will." I kneeled down in front of her before instructing.


"W-What? Is that safe?" Tess looked up, her eyes widening.


"It should be; youʼre not going to initiate the first phase. Just get a sense for the beast will inside of your mana core and let it stream out into the rest of your body. That way, Iʼll be able to sense more clearly whatʼs going on." I scooted until I was at armʼs length of Tess, making the princess shuffle away.


Wasnʼt it her that so boldly initiated a kiss last time? Why was she being so shy now?


"Iʼm going to have to place my hand on your abdomen, Tess. Donʼt move," I sighed, scooting closer.


"You make it sound like touching a girlʼs belly isnʼt anything serious," Tess pouted, clicking her tongue.


"Itʼs not if itʼs for the sake of training."


"Tch…"


As she began meditating, I placed the palm of my hand on her abdomen. Closing my eyes as well, I began examining her mana core. Soon enough, as Tess began to release the innate mana from the beast will, a flood of emerald-green particles of mana flooded over the golden gray specks of wood and wind attribute mana that circulated inside her body.


Tess had a strained look as beads of sweat rolled down her cheeks. Small sparks of mana began bursting out of her body as her cramped face told me she was doing her best from releasing the beast willʼs power which seemingly wanted to break loose.


"Tessia, itʼs okay! Stop now!" I hurriedly yelled.


As the princess began trying to recall the beast will back into her mana core, she began convulsing. I put my hand back to her mana core to try and sense the activity going on inside of her body, and I couldnʼt help but be shocked.


The elderwood guardianʼs beast will, which occupied Tessʼ mana core and was integrated with the rest of her body, was fighting back trying to take control over the rest of Tessʼ innate mana.


What was going on? How could the beast will go against the hostʼs will like this? This was different from Tess actually manifesting the first phase of her beast will and having that go out of control. The beast willʼs mana particles were still inside of her body when this happened.


A rather crude comparison popped into mind while thinking of this. People of this world didnʼt really suffer from this, but from my world, non-practitioners who couldnʼt reinforce their body with ki suffered from diseases and illnesses. While there were horrible diseases that aged the body twice as fast or burned the organs from the inside, I would have to say that the scariest disease would be the Drackins Virus. This virus would sread through the nerves and make the victim lose control of their limbs and eventually, their mind. Since the virus couldnʼt infect practitioners, it was contained fairly quickly, but even then, the epidemic that lasted a year had over three hundred thousand fatalities.


This phenomenon that was happening to Tess reminded me of something akin to that virus. Just like the Drackins Virus, the beast willʼs mana particles werenʼt integrating and reinforcing Tessʼ body, but instead weakening the mana formed from her own mana core. It didnʼt seem to the degree of taking over Tessʼ body and mind at this stage, but it was still eerily comparable.


As the internal battle between Tessʼ innate mana and her beast will ensued, I could sense the mana levels in her core slowly dwindling. The beast will was clearly less rampant than when we were at the training grounds back in Xyrus Academy; whether that was thanks to the help of Windsom, I couldnʼt be sure. However, I doubt even Windsom predicted that the elderwood guardianʼs beast will that I acquired would be such an unpredictable outlier.


As Tess continued to fight, trying to contain the beast will that wasnʼt even fully released, I gathered some mana into her body as well, making sure to incorporate all four elemental attributes so it wouldnʼt be rejected, before transferring it directly to her mana core. While I didnʼt give as much mana to Tess as I did to Prince Curtis back down at the dungeon, I still felt a tangible drain from my core.


Meanwhile, Sylvie circled around us, warily, knowing that something was wrong. She tilted her head and peeked around me, trying to get a better view of what was going on until Tess collapsed on her back, her chest rising and falling from the shortage of breath.


"Well, that didnʼt go quite as planned," I huffed, leaning back on my arms as well.


"Tell...tell me about it. I donʼt get whatʼs wrong though. It feels like Iʼm holding onto a gate, trying to keep some sort rabid monster caged inside from breaking free."


I couldnʼt help but let out a wry laugh at the accuracy of such a metaphor. Tessʼ mana core quite literally was serving as the "cage" that kept the rabid beast will from coming loose.


With still a pile of questions unanswered, we decided not to touch the elderwood guardianʼs beast will for the time being. We were either going to have to find an unconventional way to have her gain control over this power or have her become stronger in order to properly keep the beast will in check.


Grandpa Virion, along with Tessiaʼs parents, Alduin and Merial Eralith, arrived at the inn suite later in the evening. Needless to say, the former King and Queen of the elves were relieved, seeing for themselves that their daughter was safe.


The five of us and Sylvie, who was curled up on my lap, sleeping, situated ourselves on the couches before getting into the topic of whatʼs to come.


We discussed briefly about what happened exactly at the castle, but when Tess tried to chime in, Virion cut her off and explained in her stead. Gramps played the whole thing down, mentioning that part of the explosion was actually his fault and that he was just trying to test the limits of Tessʼ beast will.


I sat there, perplexed for a moment as to why he might have been hiding the true reason, but when our eyes met, his gaze told me that he would explain later.


It was decided that, while the Eralith Castle was being rebuilt, the family, minus Tess, would stay with Rinia.


Now that was a name that I hadnʼt heard in a long time. I owed a lot to the granny that had the extremely rare gift of foresight. She was the one that allowed me to make contact with my parents after first arriving at the Kingdom of Elenoir after rescuing Tess at the time.


"Arthur, why donʼt we go together to Riniaʼs house before you and Tessia set out for Xyrus? The journey is a bit far after she moved but since you saw her as a child, Iʼm sure sheʼd appreciate it if you came by and said hello," Merial chimed. "She is going to be very surprised at how much youʼve grown."


"Iʼd like that," I responded back with a nostalgic smile reaching my cheeks.


"Ooh, I havenʼt seen Grandma Rinia in a long time too!" Tess leaned forward, her expression indicating that she was looking forward to it as well.


"Hmm, while youʼre at it, having her get a good read on you should be a good idea." Virionʼs gaze was focused on some random spot on the ground as he pondered at the idea.


Alduin nodded in agreement before saying, "Yes, I think so too. Father, I remember you telling me how Rinia was rather interested in Arthurʼs future."


After that, it was decided that before leaving for Xyrus early in the afternoon, weʼd stop by Grandma Riniaʼs house, or cottage, to be more precise.


Needless to say, it was odd. I, myself, was sleeping on the same bed with Grandpa Virion while Tess and her parents slept in the other room. I was rather fine with it but sleeping in the same quarters as the royal family of the elves would put anyone else on pins and needles. I still wanted to sleep in the living room, for comfortʼs sake, but Gramps refused, saying that only through sharing tight quarters did men truly bond.


That and bathing together in the nude…


Supposedly…


Elves have some weird customs.


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