Saturday, June 4, 2016

Gakusen Toshi Asterisk Volume 1 - A Chance Meeting with the Flame Princess

Chapter 1: The Petalblaze Witch(Gruene Rose)

Ayato caught it almost by reflex as it fluttered down from the sky.

Appearing to shine brilliantly in the first rays of the early summer sun, looking for an instant so much like a snow-white feather -- what he grasped in his hand was nothing quite so spectacular; it was just a handkerchief.

Judging from the embroidery of the lovely, yet clumsy flower pattern, it was likely not a manufactured item, but handmade. It seemed a little worn, and closer inspection revealed the vestiges of past repairs.

The deep sentiment its owner held for that handkerchief was clearly conveyed.

It was inconceivable that it had been intentionally discarded.
"...Was it stolen by the wind?"

If that was the case, then where on earth did it come from...?

Looking around as he thought that, Ayato smiled wryly.

After all, Ayato had only just now arrived at this city -- and also only just arrived at Seidoukan Academy. Having arrived a little earlier than expected, he'd gone for a stroll around the school grounds to kill time until the appointed time, but the site was so large that he had no sense of his
current location. Even if he'd followed the footpath, and thus wasn't lost per se, there was still no way for a newcomer to find the handkerchief's owner.

"It can't be helped; I'll turn it in at the office later."

Anyway, since he would meet with the Student Council President after this, he could hand it over then.

Thinking that, Ayato carefully folded the handkerchief and put it in his pocket.

The current time would still be regarded as the early morning, and birdsong echoed through the boardwalk surrounded by bright green trees.

Looking at the scenery, so abundantly favored with nature's grace, it was hard to imagine this was an artificial island. Nonetheless, this was one section of the War-Academy City Asterisk, well-known throughout theworld. It went without saying that no expense had been spared when it came to groundskeeping.

However, Ayato was brought to his senses after hearing a faintly panicked voice from the other side of such trees.

Clear as a bell, and lovely enough not to lose out to the small birds' singing, and yet a voice which revealed a strong will.

"Ahhh! Of all the things that could happen, why at a time like this...!"

But, listening carefully, the content of what he overheard could hardly be referred to as lovely.

Turning in the direction of the voice, he looked up at a room with a large, open window.
Standing in a location set a little away from the footpath was a building of neat and classic structure.
"Anyway, I'd better go after it before it flies far away...!"

The voice which floated over from the other side of the fluttering curtain was filled with urgency.
"... I see."

Ayato turned his gaze to his pocket before looking up once again at the room.
Originally, Ayato was not that perceptive a person.

Nonetheless, if it was, after all, a situation as easy to understand as this, then it was another matter.
"The fourth floor, huh... Well, since there are also footholds, I think there shouldn't be a problem."

Though there was an iron fence about two meters high between the walkway and the building, Ayato jumped over it lightly, without needing a running start. Taking hold of a nearby tree branch, he casually climbed up.

For Ayato, a member of the <Starpulse Generation>(Genestella), such a task was indeed trivial.


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