"Sagittarius Style, Sneaker Art, Ninja Mode; Dog Spirit, Ring Twelve - Orange Nine-tailed Fox!"
A giant orange demon fox spirit of nine tails embraced Julia, placing her into its core, and roared gruesomely, fire blazing on its fur. Riza widened eyes, as well as the spectator friends - such power!
"A nine-tailed fox?! But back when I fought Dog spirit of Akuma Fujimoto, it evolved into a Three-headed Wolf at Ring Twelve!"
"The answer is simple - Akuma was a man! Sagittarius Style, Sneaker Art, Ninja Mode - Shredding Claws!" the Fox spirit grew sharp, fiery claws and swung them at Riza at full force. Julia grinned, thinking that she had got her, but suddenly, an incantation came from Riza's part now:
"Sagittarius Style, Singer Art, Siren Mode; Mouse Spirit, Ring Twelve - Orange Fire Demon Mouse!" a large, clawed hand of a fearsome, growling Orange Fire Mouse clutched the Fox's claws and evaded the hit. Riza smirked with pride and cried another incantation: "Sagittarius Style, Singer Art, Siren Mode - Mouse Squeal!"
The Mouse spirit, following Riza's movements, let out a gruesome, deafening squeal of a rodent. Julia yelled as her ears began bleeding, and tried to cover them, but it didn't help - the squeal still cut through her eardrums. Byakuya instantly covered everyone with a Fire Shield so that the squeal wouldn't reach them.
"Woah, now that I call a Siren..." Scott blinked - this woman was a beast!
"Go, sis!" Tiger rooted for Riza.
"Huh? She's your sister?"
"Hehe, Tiger and we call each other 'sisters', but we're in fact best friends. We're not family-related," Tamie shyly beamed.
"We're soul sisters!" Tiger grinned.
"Nice," Scott chuckled, and then looked back at Riza: "But she's truly impressive, to be able to stop Julia's movements with her chant..."
"It's still not enough," Byakuya coldly noted, "Julia's not a weakling either".
"Ugh, whose side are you on?" Tamie frowned at him and crossed arms.
"He's just stating a fact," Kokuyo took up, "There's no way a Celestial Lady could lose that easily. But I still believe Riza can pull it off".
The two Sagittarius women were fiercely battling. Riza continued squealing and it became unbearable for tormented Julia. She sneered and yelled:
"Sagittarius Style, Sneaker Art, Ninja Mode - Archer Centauress Summoning!"
Out of a blazing fire that appeared out of thin air, sprang a horse-legged beast with a woman's head and body. She was holding a bow and had girt a quiver full of golden-headed arrows on her back.
"Woah, she can summon her respective sign guardian?" Tamie gasped - only extremely skilled Zodiac Masters could summon their sign guardians, the symbols of their respective sign, and the Libra couldn't even do that, save for Bearers, as their sign was an inanimate object.
"Ugh, this is getting complicated!" Tiger frowned. Go, sis!
"My lady!" the centauress cried out, referring to Julia who was getting deafened by Riza's chant, which didn't really affect the centauress herself.
"Ugh, stop her!"
"Understood!" the centauress took aim with her golden-headed arrow, turned it into a light ray and pierced right through Riza's Mouse spirit core.
"Ah, sis!" Tiger and Tamie yelled in distress.
Riza widened eyes as she couldn't even react - the light ray matched the light speed. It pierced through her Mouse's core and made it vanish, dropping her to the ground wounded. The centauress vanished back in the blazing fire. Riza coughed and looked up at laughing Julia who still had maintained her Fox spirit.
"You're irritating me! I'm done playing!" she wove signs: "Sagittarius Style, Sneaker Art, Ninja Mode, Final Craft - Blast of Jupiter!"
"No, sis!" Tiger and Tamie got worked up - that shot was going to kill Riza, now when she was collapsed and couldn't dodge at all!
"Julia, stop!" Byakuya sprang up and rushed towards them, but they were too far away.
Riza gazed at the gruesome red-to-orange blast coming towards her, and closed eyes, bracing herself for the fateful hit, as she could hear her friends' desperate shrieks...
Sorry, maman... her heart sank - so it was the end, huh?
Someone overshadowed her, and the light from the blast vanished. She heard gasps and stupefied shouts, so she curiously reopened her eyes, and her jaw dropped - before her, stood a random guy who had just dodged the Blast of Jupiter with his bare hand, by transforming it into a blaze and scattering it into thin air. He playfully grinned, rubbed his bushy pink hair which so greatly resembled Edmund's hairstyle, and gazed into stupefied Julia's and the friends' faces with his blue-to-green dazzling eyes:
"Edmond Meerjung, enchanté..."
(TRANSLATION: Enchanté - Pleasure to meet you (French)).
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Zodiac Circle (Zariel Legends #1)Fantasy
In the realm of Zariel, every person can manipulate one of the four elements their zodiac belongs to - Fire, Earth, Air or Water. Tamie Wingfield dreams to become the greatest Zodiac Master of all time. For that, she decides to join the Rose Cruce...