Ashera created a water sphere, moving it freely in all directions—looking from the side, the water sphere danced through the air.
When Mom called out, Ashera turned towards us, but the water sphere remained afloat, not falling, swaying gently in place.
“Ashera, show Aldo your skills.”
In response to Mother’s words, Ashera grinned and nodded, but both the teacher and the student had very mischievous expressions.
First, the water sphere turned into an ice sphere. Then, the ice sphere changed its shape into that of a bird.
The ice bird flew around in the air, and before I knew it, a fire butterfly appeared.
Ice and fire approached and moved away from each other, and I found myself captivated by the fantastical sight.
I wonder how much time had passed. After a while, both the bird and the butterfly slowly dissolved into the air, as if melting away.
“Aldo, what do you think?”
Ashera asked me with a smug expression.
“It was beautiful… It reminded me of Ashera at the party.”
In response to my heartfelt compliment, Ashera blushed and looked down.
“All right, all right. Let’s focus on our training now.”
Mother chimed in with a grin.
“Mother, can I practice any type of magic here?”
“It’s fine… On a second thought, no!”
“Magic that affects the surroundings is prohibited. And dangerous magic too!”
“Where should I practice dangerous magic then?”
“I told you not to use dangerous magic!”
“I mean it!”
“Master, I don’t think he really understands.”
It seemed that neither of them had much faith in me. I couldn’t figure it out.
Regaining my focus, I decided to start my magic training right away. First, I wanted to try a classic fire magic spell, something right out of an isekai world.
I gathered a fistful of magic power and shaped it like a bullet. Of course, I made it spin as fast as possible, and then I transformed it into fire magic. I tried to make the temperature as high as possible…
(Temperature is equal to the vibration of atoms, right? Come on, little atoms, start dancing~ just kidding)
The flame changed from red to white and then to blue…
(I’m aiming for that tree. All right, here it goes!)
I named my fire magic “Fire” and fired it at super high speed. Just as I thought it hit the tree as intended, the trunk of the tree caught fire, and the remaining debris of the tree also ignited dramatically.
There was a massive explosion at the point where it pierced the tree, and flames ravaged the surroundings…
“What… is this…”
I stood stunned by the extent of the damage caused by my own spell.
“We have to put out the fire! Get water!”
Mother and Ashera summoned water and desperately tried to put out the flames.
I had been trying to manipulate my magic power since earlier, but my magic power felt completely drained, and I felt extremely fatigued.
If I didn’t release my power, I felt like I would collapse.
Thanks to the hard work of the two, they managed to extinguish the fire. However, both of them looked pale, possibly from overexerting their magic power.
“Aldo… What did you do…”
“Just regular magic…”
I tried to apologize to them, barely managing to stand up with my weary body, but…
Oh, the world is spinning… This is not good…
In front of my mother and Ashera, I lost consciousness.
I had been sleeping for who knows how long, and when I woke up, I found myself in my room. Looking outside, it was pitch black. I had no idea how long I had been unconscious.
Recalling my daytime blunder, I made my way to the living room with heavy steps. The silence inside the mansion was eerie…
Upon arriving in the living room, I found my parents unusually drinking alcohol. My father drinking was one thing, but this might be the first time I’d seen my mother drink.
“Mom, I’m sorry.”
When I spoke, both of them turned with surprised expressions.
“Aldo, is your body okay?”
My mother got up and started patting me.
With my assurance, they finally sat back down.
“Are you hungry?”
“Now that you mention it, I’m a little hungry.”
“Okay, let’s have some soup and bread. Roland, can you take care of it?”
It seemed like I could have a light meal.
“Mom, how long was I unconscious?”
“It’s around 11:00 PM now, so about nine hours?”
“I see… Why did I lose consciousness?”
“It’s mana depletion.”
“Humans constantly use mana just by being alive. If the mana in your body decreases significantly, you’ll involuntarily lose consciousness and fall into sleep. That’s what mana depletion is.”
“I only cast one spell…”
“That one spell was the problem. Even I couldn’t cast such a powerful spell.”
“A powerful spell?”
“After I put you to bed and returned to the scene, there was a massive hole in the ground. Moreover, the ground had turned into glass due to an incredibly high temperature…”
As I talked with my mother, Roland brought our meal. The maids must have already gone to rest… Roland had a day off tomorrow.
“Aldo, tell us exactly what kind of magic you used.”
“I just cast a regular fire spell…”
“If that’s regular, then humanity would have been wiped out a long time ago!”
“Hmm… My magic power was like a clenched fist in terms of quantity, the shape was something like this.”
I drew a shape on the table with my finger.
“I made it spin very fast, and then I transformed it into fire magic.”
“What about the color? The color of the fire was clearly abnormal.”
“Oh, I increased the temperature.”
“Temperature? I’m talking about the color.”
“Well, you see, when the temperature of fire rises, it changes colors from red to yellow, yellow to white, and white to blue.”
“Why do you… know something like that?”
“I don’t know…”
“You don’t know…?”
“Haa, never mind. I think I’ve figured out the cause of your mana depletion.”
“Why is that?”
Mom gave me a stern look.
“Usually, when you turn mana into fire, you immediately release it.”
“Is that so?”
“You rotated it, increased the temperature unbelievably high, and fired it rapidly, and that’s where you used up your mana.”
“If you fired it, would your mana also deplete?”
“I don’t think it would deplete for me.”
“Why just for me?”
“Because your mana quantity is less than mine.”
“How can I increase my mana quantity?”
“You can’t increase it.”
“What? I meant how to increase it.”
“It doesn’t increase. Your mana quantity is determined at birth, and it doesn’t change no matter what you do.”
“Eh? So, does that mean I’ll run out of magic power with just one spell from now on?”
“That spell is an exception. I’m not even sure if I can cast it twice…”
“Is that so…”
“Your mana quantity is about the same as an average magician. I think it’s about half of mine.”
“An average magician… Half of yours…”
“Listen, the value of a magician isn’t determined by the quantity of mana. Even for the same spell, the amount of mana used changes with proficiency.”
“It changes with proficiency…”
“Yes! The most important thing is to keep practicing without giving up.”
“You have talent. I guarantee that. Once you learn how to use mana, you’ll become a wonderful magician.”
“I should emphasize close combat and control the release, just as in my initial concept… I can improve that earlier spell by condensing it… After all, I can kill any creature with a 1 cm hole without blowing its head off.”
“Ah, Aldo? Are you listening?”
“Eh? Oh, what were we talking about?”
“Don’t get down, you’re wonderful, and…”
“Oh, I’m not bothered by it. But more importantly, I need to refine and improve that previous spell.”
“Oh, I see… You’re not bothered… That’s right… You’re not bothered…”
“Even with my current mana quantity, there are plenty of things I can do!”
“Well, I’ll go to bed now. Good night, Mom, Dad.”
“Good night, Aldo.”
Even though I had just woken up, staying up late at the age of 10 wasn’t a good idea. To at least get into bed, I headed back to my room.
Remaining in the living room, the conversation went on.
“Roland, everything’s fine now. You can rest. I want you to take it easy all day tomorrow.”
“Understood. Thank you, Lord Joshua.”
Roland left, leaving Joshua and Rafina alone. They poured wine into their glasses and savored it slowly.
“Rafina, Aldo is growing up gracefully.”
“How far do you think our son will go?”
“I wonder… He’s going to surpass our sight soon.”
Upon Joshua’s words, Rafina gave him a serious glare.
“It’s not decided.”
“That’s right. I’m sorry, my Rafi…”
“I wish we hadn’t shown him the ring…”
The night with the blue ring slowly passed.