Rika found it difficult to concentrate that day. Ever since she received the message from Mio, asking if they could meet after school on the roof of the large building. Rika had agreed, of course, and could only hope that this meeting was to discuss their future plans together.
Rika was a beautiful girl. She had long, pink hair that was tied back into two ponytails. She had beautiful, bright blue eyes, small rounded shoulders and was garbed in a white cloak with a matching skirt and brown, leather boots that were strapped tightly to her feet.
When the final bell rang, Rika hesitated for a moment before standing. Her heart was pounding in her chest and she knew her cheeks were growing bright red in color. “OK.” The girl thought, breathing deeply. “Let’s do this!”
Rika climbed the four flights of stairs and made her way through a large, heavy wooden door. Soon the girl was standing on the roof of the school. The sun was shining brightly overhead and a warm breeze blew through the girl’s hair. To her delight, Rika spotted Mio immediately.
Even though the girl had her back to Rika, as she gazed out over the massive forest that surrounded the entire school, the girl could make out her features perfectly. Mio had short, silver hair that fell to her shoulders. She had beautiful, dark red eyes, small rounded shoulders. The girl was garbed in a white breastplate, with a dark blue shirt underneath, a dark blue skirt and black leather boots that rose just below her knees. Pushed close to her eyes was a pair of glasses. Fitted to the leather straps that kept the breastplate from falling off was a swords sheath. The sheath was empty, but when the girls entered the forest, Mio always brought her sword with her. The last article of clothing was a short, blue cape that fell to the small of the girl’s back.
“Mio?” Rika said, taking a few steps toward the girl.
“Oh! Rika!” Mio said, turning to her best friend and smiling. “Thanks for meeting me up here. Sorry it’s on such short notice.”
“No,” Rika said, blushing even more. The girl closed her eyes and touched her cheeks. “I was happy to meet you here.”
“Thanks,” Mio said, taking a deep breath. “There’s something important I want to discuss with you.” Mio began. “It’s very important.”
“Yes?” Rika said, she was starting to feel even more nervous.
“It’s something that I’ve been wanting to ask you for a long time. I want us to unite and…”
Rika felt like she would faint. Her dreams of being confessed to by Mio were about to come true. “Yes!?” Rika said, her voice was louder than she meant it to be.
“… Become the new heroes of this school!” Mio said, smiling broadly.
“What…” Rika said.
“This school needs new heroes! The ones we’ve got have failed us.” Mio said, turning on her heels and crossing her arms in front of her chest. “May and her bodyguards. They don’t care anymore. That’s why our world is so corrupt now.”
Rika wiped the disappointed look off her face. It was true. Their school was tied to the world and the eternal barrier that surrounded it. When the people believed in the heroes of the school the barrier grew stronger, but for a while now May and her friends have refused to battle any of the evil that now roams the earth. It’s gotten so bad that many villages have built large, stone walls to keep it out.
“So what should we do?” Rika asked.
“It’s not going to be easy, but we need to start facing down this evil,” Mio said, turning to Rika. “Would you lend your magic to me?” She asked.
Rika blushed again. “Of course,” she said, nodding. “I am a white mage after all.”
Mio smiled and blushed a little herself. “Thanks Rika! I knew you’d say that.”
Rika sighed deeply. She was happy to help Mio, but she still felt a little disappointed. Taking her place beside Mio the girl gazed out over the forest. In the far distance was a large city where their king and queen reigned. And stretched out in other directions were small villages.
“So…where should we get started anyways?” Rika asked, looking at Mio through the corners of her eyes.
“That’s a good question,” Mio said. “We could start with that weird plant monster that lives between us and the kingdom.”
“Actually that’s not a bad place to start,” Rika agreed. “But I don’t know how much help I’ll be against it. I don’t know any fire spells and, even if I did, I doubt I could control the flames.”
“Don’t worry about it,” Mio said, patting Rika’s shoulders. “Just being with me is enough.”
“I love you, Mio!” Rika blurted out.
Mio blushed. “I know! Let’s go!”
Mio grabbed her sword and slid the blade into its holster. Meeting Rika outside the school, the two girls made their way into the forest. Because of the large plant monster, most of the students refused to go to the kingdom.
The two girls followed the path for several minutes. Each one kept a weary eye on the trees beside them and the path that stretched out before them.
“Have you ever seen this monster before?” Rika asked, she was walking very close to Mio.
“I haven’t,” Mio admitted. “I heard it’s big and it can scoop up students with its vines and devour them whole.”
“I heard that too,” Rika said, sighing deeply. “Come to think of it. We really don’t need to go the kingdom anyways, right? I heard the king was planning on raising everyone’s taxes anyways! I say we…” Before Rika could utter another word, the sound of several twigs snapping overhead caught the girl’s attention.
Rika and Mio glanced up and gasped. Looming over them was a giant monster. The monster looked like the head of a rose, except this one’s petals were lined with thousands of razor sharp teeth. It also had dozens of vines that whipped the air.
“Oh boy…” Rika breathed.
The vines aimed themselves at Mio and Rika, suddenly they struck out at the girls.
Mio pushed Rika away before leaping several yards backward. The girl gasped as the vines slammed into the ground, sending smoke and other debris into the air.
Mio landed gracefully a few feet away. Rika on the other hand had landed hard on her stomach. “Mio’s being mean to me…!” The girl whined.
“Get out of there!” Mio shouted.
Rika glanced over her shoulder and spotted several vines slithering toward her. The girl screamed and started scrambling to her feet, but she couldn’t stand.
Mio roared in anger as she rushed towards the vines. Grabbing the hilt of her sword she unsheathed the blade and hacked the vines cleanly in two. The plant monster roared in anger as green blood exploded from it’s severed vines.
Mio grabbed Rika’s hand and pulled the girl to her feet. “Are you OK?” She asked.
“Yeah. Sorry.” Rika said, feeling ashamed. “I’m not helping.”
“Don’t be silly. You’re a white mage. Help in your own way!” Mio said, smiling and winking at Rika.
Rika couldn’t help, but smile herself. “Right!” She said, nodding. The girl quickly rose her hands and formed a shield that enveloped both herself and Mio.
Mio quickly turned on her heels in time to see the giant plant monster slam into the shield. Pink sparks were launched into the air as the creature slowly began realizing it hadn’t landed on it’s prey. The creature roared in anger and slammed several tentacles into the shield.
“Uh-oh…” Rika breathed, as sweat began trickling down her brow. “I can’t keep this up.” The girl breathed.
Mio cursed under her breath. “It’s OK Rika.” Mio said, wrapping her arms around Rika’s waist. “Stop now!”
Rika did as she was told and dropped the shield. As soon as she did the monster started to fall and the tentacles shot at the girls, but before they could hit their target Mio, who was carrying Rika, leapt out of the way.
The two girls landed several yards away. “You OK?” Mio asked, letting Rika go.
“I’m good,” Rika said, taking several deep breaths.
“Good. I’ll…” Before Mio could say another word. Several vines wrapped around the girl’s arms and waist and hoisted the girl high into the air.
“NO!” Rika screamed. The girl watched helplessly as the monster opened it’s mouth wide and exposed several thousand more razor sharp teeth.
Mio struggled against the vines, but they were too powerful for her. All the girl could do was watch as the vines moved her closer and closer to the monsters gaping maw.
It was at that moment that the girl had an idea. Moving her left arm forwards she aimed the tip of her sword at the vine holding it and stabbed it. The monster roared in pain, it’s vines shook. Mio grabbed the vine holding her right arm and pulled it so hard that it ripped.
The monster roared again, but this time the vines lost their grip on the girl. Mio landed gracefully on her feet and turned. The monster was very angry. It had wrapped it’s tentacles around several trees and was moving towards both Mio and Rika.
“Heal!” Rika shouted. A healing magic enveloped Mio.
“Thanks!” Mio said, it wasn’t until Rika cast the heel magic that Mio noticed she had several cuts on her. “Stand back, OK?” Mio shouted.
“Right!” Rika said.
Mio charged at the monster. The monster roared and shot several tentacles at the girl. Just as they were about to hit Mio in the chest, the girl jumped to the right and kept running, but this time she wasn’t running at the monster. Instead she was running at a nearby tree. Raising the sword, Mio sliced through the trunk of the tree and watched as it fell on top of the monster.
The ground beneath Mio and Rika’s feet shook. When the shaking stopped both girls turned their eyes towards the creature. After several moments they realized they had won the fight.
“You did it Mio!” Rika cheered, running up to Mio.
“We did it silly.” Mio said, patting Rika’s head. “Now let’s go tell everyone the road is now monster free!”
Mio and Rika were both surprised at how fast things started to change. In less than a day the students and teachers were flocking to the kingdom. Not only that, but the girls had both received special rewards from the school and the king himself. The rewards weren’t what the girls were happy about. They were happy about other things.
“This is pretty cool.” Rika said, holding up a bracelet the king had given her.
“What does it do?” Mio asked.
Rika slid the bracelet on. “Oh! It’s a magic amplifier .” Rika said, glancing down at the bracelet. “It doesn’t amplify my magic by much, but I shouldn’t wear out as fast.” The girl observed.
“That’s cool.” Mio said. The girl opened the package she had been given by the king. Inside were a pair of brown, leather gloves. “Very nice!” Mio said, sliding the gloves on. The girl smiled as the gloves magically resized to fit her hands perfectly. “Remember Rika, we need to send a thank you letter to the king and the schools principal.”
“Right.” Rika said, nodding. “I’ll have mine finished tomorrow.”
The two girls were heading towards their dorms. The sun was about to set over the horizon and both girls were exhausted from celebrating with the other students.
“Look at the conquering heroes!” Came a familiar voice.
Mio and Rika turned and spotted a purple haired girl leaning against the side of the school. The girl had her arms crossed in front of her chest. Mio and Rika recognized her immediately. She was the black mage who worked for May. “You must feel proud of yourselves, huh?”
“W-why shouldn’t we?” Rika asked.
“Excuse me?” The black mage said, narrowing her eyes at Rika.
Rika gasped and ducked behind Mio. “I’m not scared of you!” She squeaked.
A light blue haired girl, wearing a white coat, matching mask that covered her nose and mouth appeared beside the girl. This girl carried a long katana in her left hand.
“We’ve done more in one day than you three have in months.” Mio said.
“What was that!” The purple haired girl, shouted. The girl was about to launch an attack against Mio, but the blue haired girl stopped her by placing a firm hand on her shoulder and shaking her head. “You’re right.” The purple haired girl said. “I heard you had trouble with that plant monster, right?” The girl asked.
Mio looked away for a moment before nodding.
“If I were you. And I’m glad I’m not, but if I were… I would recruit someone who could fight.”
“Hey!” Rika snapped, glaring at the girl from behind Mio. “Mio needs me!”
“That’s right.” Mio said, angrily. “No one could replace Rika.”
“Who said anything about replacing her?” The purple haired girl said. “Let’s go, ok?” She said, turning her attention to the blue haired girl. “Let’s let the new heroes get some sleepy-bye!” And with that the girls headed back into the school.
“Those jerks!” Rika said, sticking her cute little tongue out at the door the two girls had just went through. Rika sighed. She knew they had a point. They needed another member. Someone who could fight along side Mio.
“You ready?” Mio asked, glancing over her shoulder at Rika.
“Yeah.” Rika said, nodding. All Rika wanted to do was crawl under her covers and dream about Mio, but the girl knew she wouldn’t be getting much sleep that night. The girl didn’t have a choice. She needed to find someone to fight with Mio.