Narae watches as they leave and enter the bathroom, Danmi is stripping her gown skillfully while she walks entering completely naked. A rustling sound can be heard as Lilia quickly undoes her own clothes and then helps herself to Metztli’s.
“Do you really have to do that?” Cleamon asks.
“Of course! Because it’s fun” she says with a smile.
“And now it’s your turn!” she says taking off his shirt and unbuttons his pants. Slowly she takes his pants off leaving just his underwear.
“Danmi it’s your turn to have some fun, you can do the rest” Lilia says.
Danmi’s eyes shine and she wastes no time reaching down Cleamon’s underwear, instead of taking them off, she fondles around a bit. Cleamon’s face shows signs of pleasure and slight embarrassment, because Lilia is clearly enjoying watching the scene.
After a few seconds she finally takes his underwear off, leaving him exposed. Metztli shies away from the view with her cheeks completely red.
“Metztli you can take care of the washing since you seemed to enjoy that” Lilia says grabbing Metztli’s arm.
“Then I’ll wash all of you” Cleamon says.
The next hour they have fun washing and bathing together while relaxing their muscles. A part of training is resting, if you stress your body too much your muscles will tear and rip, if you continuously cultivate your Magic Soul can become unstable until you rest. This, however, is rare unless you use a multitude of potion which everyone is using.
“Lilia can I talk to you for a minute?” Cleamon says as the rest leaves the bathroom and heads back towards the living room.
“What’s wrong?” she asks a bit confused.
“Well, I was wondering if you are ready to learn another Affinity. I think your Magic Soul should be stable and strong enough to give it a try. Your cultivation has been rising considerable over the past weeks. Using the cultivation technique I gave you, you should be able to now try a close neighbor Affinity to either water or air. Is there anything in particular you would like to learn?” Cleamon asks her seriously.
“I don’t think I’m ready yet, I want to focus more on Intent. I’ve been getting the hang of it more and more lately, but it’s still too slow in activation. For real combat it would be a bigger advantage to be able to active my spell without saying anything. Can you give me some hints on how to improve it instead?” she says with her head hanging low.
“Don’t look so sad, what you did in just two weeks is amazing. I know it’s hard to grasp the conceps of Intent, but it’s different for every person. There has to be a sudden connection to your Magic Soul that allows you to tap into it’s power at will. It usually happens when you’re in a life or death situation, but that’s out of the question now. I won’t stand to put you in that kind of situation, I can’t bear the thought of losing you” Cleamon says grabbing her hands.
“Then what about you! You left on some sort of adventure and who knows what danger you faced during it. I was worried sick about you, there wasn’t a moment where I worried about losing you” Lilia says with tears falling down her cheeks.
“I-I’m sorry. It was selfish of me to do this to you, there is something we could do but it will require the king’s permission and that of the headmaster. I’ll see if I can arrange it for our group, but don’t get your hopes up. Currently they are busy doing something else so they don’t have time to deal with this” Cleamon says thinking deeply.
“Thank you, just promise me you won’t leave me alone like that again!” she says pouting.
“I promise, but there might come a time where we have to split up for a while in order to progress our training. You will notice in due time and will have to deal with that in your own way” Cleamon says vaguely.
“Can’t you be more specific?” she says.
“Sorry, but that would spoil it. Besides I’m not sure if it’s possible yet so I don’t want to make an empty promise”.
“Let’s go to bed now, we’ll need our energy tomorrow” Cleamon says.
They leave the bathroom hand in hand, still naked.
The bed they now have is so big even a king would think it’s too much. Cleamon looks slightly surprised at the size of it.
“Was it really necessary to get a bed this big?” he asks.
“Knowing us, we’ll need it in the future” Lilia says poking Cleamon in the sides with a smile.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” he looks at her slightly confused.
“At the rate you are gather these cute girls I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few months the others haven’t joined us her” she says proudly.
“Why are you acting like you’re proud of that?”
“Well, it’s fun isn’t it? Being able to be so close to others and join in the same pleasure. It makes me feel delighted and excited. Maybe the next girl to join us should be your sister? She has always had her eyes on you” Lilia says with a big smile.
“Shit I forgot! I’m supposed to tell her about the king’s answer, she actually wanted to live here and train together with me. I’m such a bad brother, with all the events going on I forgot about her. She’s going to be so disappointed in me” Cleamon says holding his head in his hands.
“Then go quickly and tell her, if you’re back within an hour you still have plenty of time. It’s still early and if you wanted you could stay awake for a few days” she says slapping him on his butt.
“Okay I’ll be back in an hour then, wait for me!” he says quickly grabbing some clothes, putting them on while leaving the room.
He nearly bumps into Cecily on his way out.
“What’s the hurry?” she asks slightly surprised.
“Sorry, my sister, gotta run!” he says and runs off still putting on his shirt and socks on the way down.
‘What was that about? Sister? Is she coming tonight?’ Cecily wonders.
She knocks on the door and enters Cleamon’s room.
‘How could I forget about this’ Cleamon thinks activating his Wind magic soaring along the rooftops.
‘I hope she’s still awake… Mom and dad will be surprised to hear this as well, she probable hasn’t told them yet’
Feeling slightly more safe now that his follower his been subdued he unleashes even more power. Within five minutes he arrives at his house and checks if anything or anyone has followed him.
‘Can’t sense anything near me that should alarm me’ he thinks. He notices Jenny’s window is open, being part of the family he can easily enter the barrier surrounding the house and jumps in.
Jenny is sitting on her bed cross-legged and in full concentration on her cultivation. She doesn’t even hear Cleamon enter and remains silent.
Cleamon watches her for a few minutes and decides to interrupt. He closes in on her face with his and slightly blows on it.
“Kyaaaa!” she opens her eyes and slaps Cleamon right across the room, he ends up upside down with his back against the wall.
“Don’t you think you overdid it a little?” he says rubbing his cheek.
“Cleamon where have you been! I’ve been waiting here for hours to get an answer! And now you come back and scare me like that! Do you want to die?” she says stomping her feet on her way to Cleamon.
She grabs him from the floor and drags him over to her bed and throws him on it.
“So what’s the answer? Now you’re going to tell me that the answer is no after all you did?” she says as her eyes nearly are on fire.
Cleamon feels proud of his little sister, with this kind of attitude she’ll be a force to be reckoned with as her cultivation grows.
“Actually, I’ve got good and bad news. Which do you want first?” Cleamon says calmly while his sister takes position on his lap pinning his arms down and staring intensely into his eyes.
“Tell me the bad first” she says a bit hesitant.
“If you continue this, we might not remain just brother and sister” he says staring intently into her eyes.
He cheeks immediately flush red and her mouth opens as if trying to say something but it won’t come out.
“As for the good news, I got your approval. You can come with me right away if you want, but you have to tell our parents”
Jenny shows him the brightest smile ever, nearly making his eyes tear up.
She jumps up and pulls Cleamon up.
The walk out her room and in the hallway there is a big bag of stuff waiting.
‘I guess she was really looking forward to it…’ Cleamon thinks.
They head downstairs where they are greeted by their parents.
“I heard you will take Jenny to train at the castle, is this really true?” her mom asks.
“Yes, I’ve got permission. It’s a rare case as she’s still a bit young, but with good guidance she’ll be the strongest of her age by far” Cleamon says proudly.
“Promise you’ll visit every weekend, it’s hard enough not seeing you for weeks. We all worry about your well-being, is everything going okay?” his mom asks.
“Yes it’s all fine, we got new living space today so it’s good timing she can come along” Cleamon says rubbing Jenny’s head.
“Take good care of your sister and don’t spoil her too much, if it’s okay can you ask if we can come and visit one day?” the father asks.
“Of course, I’ll ask as soon as I can find the opportunity”
“And Jenny, don’t bother your brother too much, I know this is probable hard for you, but he needs to focus on his training as well. He can’t have you clinging onto him like a jealous lover, there is plenty of time to do that later in life” her mom says in a stern voice.
“Y-yes mom” Jenny says embarrassed.
After a few more minutes of small-talk and advice they finally leave towards to castle.