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Period 52: The Negi Crew Departs! Off to Wales and Mundus Magicus!
One day had passed since the mysterious planet had last heard from Abo and Cado. Within that same day they were listed KIA (Killed in Action) by the new Emperor who had recently left due to some business. Everything was going normal for the two aliens that were in the flight control tower. A humanoid alien was playing an alien version of shogi with his brown/green friend with a scale-like armor until the radar in the control tower was going off the hook. "Something's coming!" spoke the humanoid alien.
"Is it Kureeza-sama?" asked the Omicronian.
"It couldn't be. He just barely departed." The humanoid-looking alien went ahead to check on the signal as did his partner.
The Omicronian began to study where the signal was coming from. "It's a round pod. That's a combatant," he said.
The humanoid alien's eyes flung wide open when he realize who the signal belong to. "The signal belongs to Tullece-sama!" He needed to do something fast, otherwise the Saiyan might kill everyone here. After all, he was in personal favor with the Emperor.
"That's strange," said the Omicronian. "I thought that he was supposed to come in a few days, not right now. Could something have happened?"
Grabbing hold on the microphone, the humanoid alien shouted, "Hey this is the flight control room! Tullece-sama is about to arrive! Fall out to greet him at once!"
Within moments, a party of three soldiers gathered themselves to greet the approaching Saiyan pod. Two of them were four-armed, pig-like-nosed, purple aliens while the other one was another humanoid alien, albeit a bit weaker looking than the first one that was introduced. As they waited, the Saiyan pod immediately crashed into the soft pad, allowing it to absorb most of the destructive impact.
The three soldiers went into standing position, waiting to greet the Saiyan for when he got out. However, there was no sign of movement coming from the pod. "I-Is something the matter?" questioned the humanoid alien. "He's not coming out."
The darker purple four-armed alien pressed the button on his scouter to check to see if this was really Tullece. It was indeed in fact Tullece except that something was wrong with him! "Hey, his life sign readings are awfully low," commented the darker purple four-armed alien.
"What?" The two other aliens commented as they went to check Tullece's condition. And true enough, Tullece was in pretty bad shape. He was on life support now! His injuries had gotten worse ever since he left Earth.
"He's using his life support equipment!" exclaimed the darker purple four-armed alien.
"This is bad! Hurry and carry him to the treatment room!"
Within moments, Tullece was taken to the Treatment Room where he was placed inside a medical machine, a large container that immediately filled itself up with some form of liquid. Tullece was immediately put into the tank and hooked up with a breathing apparatus and other various wires. This allowed the operators of the machine to monitors the recipient's vitals from outside the tank. Due to the special healing liquid, it usually would take about 5 hours for the person to be healed but because of Tullece's extensive injuries, he was inside the chamber for one whole day.
The doctor monitoring the Saiyan's vitals noticed that Tullece had fully recovered. "There," he said as he began to drain the liquid from the tank as well as the wires and breathing apparatus that Tullece that had on. "You are healed. You may open your eyes." And slowly, Tullece opened his eyes. The scar that Gohan had left on his face was completely gone so where the others that Asuna had left on him.
Even though the Saiyan looked completely rejuvenated, there was still a problem for him as a certain part of him was missing. "Unfortunately, I was unable to regrow your tail," stated the doctor on the Saiyan's missing part.
"No matter," Tullece said. "It will grow back in due time." As he got out of the tank, Tullece couldn't help himself but look at his rejuvenated body. He also noticed a massive power increase due to his innate Saiyan genes. The evil Saiyan grinned as he was back in action once again, ready to wreak havoc upon the universe.
A few minutes later…
"Tullece-sama, as mighty as you are, you were put through quite a bit of trouble, weren't you?" questioned the alien doctor as inspected what remained of Tullece's armor. "If this super strong rubber protector was left in tatters, you were lucky to return to us in one piece."
Tullece couldn't agree more even though he didn't say out loud. He was definitely thankful for the armor as he was putting on a new set. This time though he was wearing a black body suit to go with the chest armor plate of dark gray. "It would take quite a bit for this to end up like this," continued the alien doctor. "What in the world happened on this planet Earth?"
Tullece didn't answer as he recalled the fight on Earth and his humiliation at being hit hard by Gohan's attacks. That brat was sure going to get it this time! "Is Kureeza-sama around?" Tullece asked the doctor.
"N-No, he has departed."
"He's already tired of this planet, is he?"
The doctor gulped as he was a little nervous around the Saiyan. Even though they worked for the same Emperor, Tullece was different than Kureeza's regular soldiers. He would usually torture an entire race, even kill them just to achieve his goals. Then he noticed that Tullece was almost finished in dressing himself. "U-Um, Manudara-sama said that once your treatment was completed, he needed to speak to you, and to report to the Training Room."
Tullece frowned his eyebrows as he finished putting on the armor plate. "Hmph, you tell him that I said, unfortunately, I don't have anything to talk to him about." With that, the Saiyan walked out of the dressing room.
The doctor blinked a few times in confusion. "B-But…" How was he supposed say that to Manudara now? The doctor then noticed on the table that Tullece left behind. It was red glassed scouter. Chasing after the Saiyan, the doctor said, "Tullece-sama, um, you forgot your Scouter."
"I don't need it. You can have it," Tullece immediately responded, leaving behind a confused doctor. I'll head for Earth first thing in the morning, Tullece said to himself as he walked through the hallways of the medical building. This time, I'll blow them to smithereens for sure. No, before that, I'll go to Planet Minerva…
"Yo, Tullece!" spoke a voice. Tullece looked up to see a Hulk-like alien in front of him. He, of course, had green skin and long black wavy hair. Tullece didn't expect to see this guy so soon. Didn't he tell the doctor to tell this clown to buzz off? "Word is you got your butt kicked. Who was it that caused the supposedly invincible Saiyan such agony?"
"Get lost, Manudara," Tullece stated as he walked by the Hulk-like alien. "I don't have time to listen to your worthless drivel."
"Now, just listen," Manudara said, putting his hand on Tullece's shoulder. Tullece frowned his eyebrows even more as he didn't liked to be stopped but Manudara was confident of himself. "Kureeza-sama is upset with you, going off by yourself like that especially for so long."
"If he's not here, he can't gripe about it," said the Saiyan. He immediately looked at Manudara's hand and glared at the Hulk-like alien. "Now, remove that filthy hand of yours."
Manudara gritted his teeth in anger. He hated this part of Tullece. Why was Kureeza so insisted on having this Saiyan around? Breathing deeply, Manudara calmed himself down as he continued to speak to Tullece. "Still, Kureeza-sama is a magnanimous person, even more so than his father."
"Should I care?"
"You should Tullece," Manudara replied. "After all, he seems willing to forgive you, since you discovered something quite sensational."
"He was thrilled that he might be able to gain eternal life and youth."
Tullece's eyes flung wide open once he heard Manudara say that comment. "Say what! Then, you mean Kureeza-sama departed for…"
"Hmph, that's right… Planet Minerva." Tullece clenched his fists in anger. Damn! Tullece cursed to himself. He was listening in to what I was saying on the Scouters? I have to beat him to it, or I'll be working for that bastard forever!
"You apparently wanted to use the Calicem Crystallinum to gain eternal life, but you'll have to give up on that now," continued the Hulk-like alien. "Once Kureeza-sama has his wish granted, he plans to exterminate everyone on that pathetic planet."
Then Tullece had no time to waste then. "That bastard!" The Saiyan ran across the hallways and far away from Manudara.
Tullece continued to run until he was close to the landing platform, ready to take a pod spaceship to Planet Minerva. However, the good doctor was there waiting for him. "T-Tullece-sama!" he called out.
The Saiyan stopped himself once he noticed that the doctor was holding onto the scouter that he had left behind. "Give me that! I'm going to need it after all!" Tullece continued to run and quickly entered a pod. He entered the coordinates of where Planet Minerva was located and took off, leaving behind a pissed off Manudara. "I won't let you do it! They belong to me!" shouted Tullece as his ship coursed through space at lightning speed.
Nine days later…
On Earth, the appointed date had finally come. It was August 12th, the day for when the Negima Club was to depart for England and to the Magical World. Everyone was getting ready for the trip. Negi was packing more things than he needed as he wanted to be cautious even though Chamo had mentioned that it might have been going overboard. Gohan, meanwhile, prepared his usual things in his Capsules.
"Many, I can't believe these days passed by so quickly," Gohan muttered as he recounted what happened after their trip to the ex-destroyed Satan hotel. Ayaka and some of the girls wanted to try to steal the badges that Eva had made for the club. Gohan, Negi and Kotarou were unsure why Ayaka and the others were so adamant in taking the badges from the girls but the girls in the club knew why. It was suggestion done by Evangeline to see how much they have progressed in their training. Luckily, no one's was taken.
After that came the dates that Gohan had promised some of the girls as he took out Setsuna, Haruna, and Yuna. Even Asuna was taken out on a date, due to her passing the final exam as it was her reward. Gohan went with Setsuna to visit some nearby temples that Gohan wanted to get a good look at. He had been very interested in the rich culture that each temple contained while Setsuna explained some of the temple's purposes. Over all, it was good date for both them. However, Setsuna wanted to get, maybe, a kiss from the demi-saiyan but of course that didn't happen as Gohan was a bit dense when it came to dating women. She would try again later though as she promised herself to be a bit more forward with herself the next time they would go out.
With Haruna, they went to the ComicFest in Tokyo that they do during the summer time. It was a great experience for Gohan as he got to learn more about manga, especially Dojinshi. He learned that certain artists either can make parodies of existing manga or even make issues themselves without going to a major publishing company like Weekly Shonen Jump and others. However, he also learned that certain artists like expand the existing manga by doing relationships either between men or even women. One time, he accidentally looked into one of the 18+ mangas that were in display and let's say that it was something unexpected for the demi-saiyan warrior. Other than that episode, Gohan had a great time with the manga artist.
Now, with Yuna, things were a bit awkward for the demi-saiyan. The reason was that every time he saw Yuna's face, he couldn't help but remember her confession during his little trip to the future. He pondered on whether the Yuna of this current timeline still liked him like that. It would be best to figure that out. So he took Yuna out for a lunch date which of course her father was there in the same place with a woman. What a coincidence! Yuna started to get a bit jealous of the new woman in his father's life and started to follow her around while pulling Gohan along for the ride. Later, after a few minutes of spying, Yuna and Gohan learned that the woman that was with her father was actually a good friend of his and Yuna's mother. It was indeed quite an adventure for Gohan but despite that, he didn't get the chance to ask Yuna. Maybe after his trip from Mundus Magicus he will ask her in a proper date.
Asuna's date was interesting to say the least. It was awkward for the both of them as they walked around Mahora as they were finally alone. Gohan couldn't help but remember the kiss the two of them shared at the Mahora Budokai while Asuna was nervous in general. It was like her date with Takamichi all over again, except she felt that maybe Gohan had feelings for her as well. It was nerve wrecking for both of them! Luckily, the two of them had been spotted by Negi and Kotarou with them deciding to join the demi-saiyan and the orange haired girl. It did ease up the tension between them but both of them let out a sigh of disappointment that their time alone was ruined. However, when they did that, they both blushed at the same time. Overall, they had a lot of fun just relaxing.
Gohan let out a sigh as he finished reminiscing. He had a lot of fun during those days up until today. The only regret that he had was that he wished had been a little less nervous during his date with Asuna. Maybe, once the trip was over, he could have a proper date with Asuna in the near future. Gohan smiled at that thought. "Yosh! Then let's get ready then," Gohan said excitedly as he grabbed his Capsule pouch and put it in his pocket. And with that, Gohan left the room.
As he walking through the hallways, Gohan wanted to see how everybody was doing. As he walked towards where he sensed Negi's ki signature, he heard a voice. "You're all rarin' to go, Gohan-sensei."
Gohan turned around to see Chisame, leaning against a column. "Chisame-san!" The demi-saiyan greeted. "What are you doing here?"
"I heard about what happened to Negi-sensei's village six years ago."
Gohan's eyes widened. "You did?"
Chisame nodded. "He was saved by his father, who he thought was dead," she said. "Now, you and him are going to the Magical world to look for him, right?"
"Are you sure it's safe?" Chisame asked.
Gohan wasn't sure how to answer that question. Truth be told, he never had been to Mundus Magicus so he couldn't tell if it was safe or not. However, he knew the answer. "I might not be the best person to ask that question Chisame-san," he said. "But, if there is any danger to any one, I will be sure to protect them with my life."
Chisame blushed a bit on Gohan's confidence. Within a second though, she chuckled. "Feh… what a bunch of weirdos," she said. "Getting dragged into a selfish 10 year old's business. Training like crazy to prepare…"
Chisame sighed. "Sorry about that. I was a bit harsh there. They're coming with you two of their free will. Negi-sensei would of course want to go alone, wouldn't he?"
Gohan couldn't help but nod. "It is true. Negi-san would have gone by himself if he truly wanted to, leaving us all behind." Gohan's sad mouth turned upright. "But then again, I would definitely find him and help him the best I can. After all, I made a promise with him that he we would help him find his father and I never break a promise."
Chisame smiled at Gohan's determination. "You know that it is not your responsibility to protect him all the time or even that matter go with him at all?"
Gohan blinked a few times in confusion. "What do you mean Chisame-san?"
"Do you really need to follow through your promise of helping him? Does he really have to find his old man? Can't you two just have fun with the people here? Why expose yourselves to danger?" Gohan was unsure on how to respond to those questions as it seemed more like questions pointed at Negi himself. Chisame sighed once again. "Don't overthink about it too much, Gohan-sensei. I just wanted to know that's all."
"Well… you could ask Negi-san yourself you know, especially since you are coming with us?"
"In your dreams," Chisame immediately responded.
"What do you mean?"
"The only reason on why I helped everybody else during MahoraFest was because everyone's goals happened to coincide with mine. I have no reason whatsoever to participate in this new venture."
"I see. I understand," Gohan said with a disappointed look on his face.
"What? You look disappointed, sensei."
"Well, to be perfectly honest, I had hoped you would come with Chisame-san," Gohan said, surprising Chisame completely. A blush appeared on her face. "But, you're right. You don't have to come with us if you don't want to." Gohan started to walk ahead, leaving behind a blushed Chisame. "Enjoy your summer break, Chisame-san. We'll meet again."
Chisame stood still as she began to ponder on what she should do now. Originally, she was going to stay in Mahora and not get any more involved with these people. But after hearing Gohan mention about how he had hoped that she would come. "Oh man, they should have just minded their own business," she muttered to herself as she went the opposite direction.
Meanwhile, Gohan continued to walk around the resort, noticing how everyone was getting ready in their own way. He coincidentally had run to Konoka, Setsuna and Asuna as they were finishing up packing their own things. Konoka went and hugged the demi-saiyan tightly while Setsuna and Asuna were a bit nervous and jealous at Konoka's forwardness. But they were satisfied once Gohan had mentioned that they all looked cute. Right around that time, one of Chachamaru's sisters had asked for Gohan to come along. The demi-saiyan of course obliged.
After a few minutes of following Chachamaru's sisters, Gohan found himself at the edge of the castle with Eva walking towards him. "How do you like the view, assistant?" she asked.
"It never surprises me," Gohan said. "After all the time that I have spent here training, the view is still amazing as always."
"I'm glad that you like it."
Gohan smiled. "Now that the day has finally arrived, what is your honest opinion on our group capabilities, Evangeline-san?"
"I give them a passing grade," Eva responded. "You should all be fine. There are discrepancies in strength and experience, but I doubt even the official Knights of the Magical World have this much talent. Everyone will be prepared for the random thugs and magical beasts. In fact, you guys won't be in danger unless you meet the real deal. So I wouldn't worry about them too much."
"I'm glad," Gohan said with his father's signature grin on his face. "I hope this trip turns out to be just another relaxing vacation."
Eva smirked as she closed in on the demi-saiyan; getting a curious look from him. "Well then, this won't be needed then."
"Needed for wha–" Gohan was suddenly interrupted when Eva pulled the demi-saiyan down to her level and kissed him directly on the lips. It was a long kiss which involved some tongue action that Gohan was a little unprepared for. After a minute of kissing, Eva let go of the entranced demi-saiyan.
"See you when you get back," Eva said as she left Gohan behind.
Gohan was flustered and blushing like crazy. He couldn't believe what just happened. Why did the Dark Mage do something like that to him? Could she possibly have an ulterior motive of trying to motivate him or something? Luckily, Gohan didn't have to ponder for long as Asuna and Negi called out for him to come along. Gohan snapped out of his funk and went rushing to join with the others as they all went to Narita International Airport.
Once they had arrived, Negi, Gohan and Asuna went ahead to pick up the plane tickets for everyone. Each person in the club received one, however there was one problem. There was an extra ticket. "It seems Chisame-san isn't coming," Chachamaru commented.
Everyone bent their heads down slightly in disappointment. "Oh well," Asuna said. "She'll have a fun summer, for sure."
"What do you mean, Chairman?" Everyone turned their heads around to see Chisame standing before them. Chisame had come to join them. All the girls went to greet Chisame while she tried to stop them from doing something stupid according to her eyes.
Gohan looked at Chisame in confusion as he thought that she wasn't going to come. Chisame needed to say something to this 'idiot'. "I didn't say I was coming yet, did I?"
"I've gotten tired of the internet lately," Chisame responded. "I don't have a specific reason. You really didn't answer my question the other day anyways."
"Well, I heard it won't be dangerous. If something does happen, you'll save our butts, right?"
Gohan nodded with a confident smile on his face. "Yes, of course! That's a promise, Chisame-san!" Chisame smiled at the demi-saiyan's determination. Soon, the both of them were called by everyone that they needed to get to the gate quickly if they wanted to get a spot for the boarding line. Gohan and Chisame looked at each other and nodded with smiles on their faces. They proceeded to follow everyone else to the gate where their flight to England was awaiting for them and then afterwards, Wales and then Mundus Magicus.
After a day of traveling…
The Negima club had finally arrived in London. Everyone was in awe, including the demi-saiyan Son Gohan. It was his first time that he actually came to another country that wasn't for fighting an enemy. He had been in different parts of the world due to fighting against enemies like the Artificial Human Cell and the evil Majin Boo. This was becoming a good experience for him.
However, everyone knew that they didn't have time to visit everything in London as they had to catch a train ride to Wales. But on the way there, they had encountered some people that they never thought would be able to meet up with them.
It was Ayaka and her group which consisted of Ako, Akira, Natsumi, Chizuru, Madoka, Misa, Shiina, Yuna, Makie, Fuka and Fumika. Almost the entire 3-A class had come to England! Gohan couldn't help but face palm himself. This is going to be a long trip, Gohan said to himself. And sure enough, it was going to be one.
After taking a train to Wales, everyone had finally arrived in Negi's village. They all stood atop of a grassy hill overlooking over a small village. Everyone was in awe while Ayaka was in tears of joy. Asuna wondered why the Class Rep was so touched by seeing this but of course she knew the answer to that. Gohan was definitely impressed at the sight as well. It reminded him a bit of his home near Mount Paouzu. Seeing Negi standing by himself, Gohan walked over and asked, "So, what's up, Negi-san?"
"Nothing Gohan," replied the boy teacher. "I left here just a short while ago, but it seems to be ages ago. It feels unreal."
Gohan chuckled which got a confused look from Negi. "Of course it would. We've gone through quite a lot," he said, wearing his father's signature grin on his face.
"That's right," Asuna said as she joined the two. "C'mon Negi, cut loose a little! Be a kid!" Negi nodded in agreement before he heard a familiar voice.
"Negi!" Everyone turned their attention to the direction of the voice to see a long blonde haired woman running up the hill towards them. She was wearing a long skirt and blouse as she continued to run up the hill. "Negi!" she cried out again. Everyone wondered who this woman was, but Negi and Anya knew for sure who it was.
A big and bright smile appeared on Negi's face once he had spotted the woman. "SIS!" Upon saying that, Negi ran towards his sister's arms, even though they were technically cousins.
"BIG SIS!" He jumped into his sister, Nekane's arms, losing himself to childish behavior. Some of the girls awed at the scene while Negi twirled around his sister like a doll. "Sis, how are you? You're doing well?"
"What about you, Negi? No colds? Are you eating healthy?"
Asuna smiled at the scene. "He can be a regular kid sometimes," she commented. Gohan, who stood next to the orange haired girl, couldn't agree more.
Turning his body towards his students and friends, Negi introduced everyone. "Sis, let me introduce you to everyone here. These are my students and friends."
"Oh my… there's a lot of people here."
Negi scratched the back of his neck while chuckling. "This isn't the entire class, either," Negi commented. "Ah, Big Sis," the boy teacher said as he grabbed Nekane's hand and brought her to Gohan, who was a little unprepared, "this is Son Gohan. The person I told you about."
Gohan stepped forward and bow in greeting to Nekane. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Nekane-san," he said. "My name is Son Gohan and I'm his assistant teacher. Negi-san has told me a lot about you. You should be very proud of him," Gohan said as he ruffled the boy teacher's hair.
Gohan offered his hand to shake with Nekane since they were in a culture where greetings were done through a handshake. However, the demi-saiyan was completely caught by surprise when Nekane hugged him instead of shaking his hand. "Thank you so much for looking after Negi," she said, nearly breaking into tears. "He means so much to me. It is good to know that someone like you was looking after him." Gohan smiled as he returned the hug.
A few moments later, Gohan pulled back from Nekane's hug. Displaying his father's signature grin on his face, he said, "Negi-san is incredible person. I am very glad to have met him as well as help him in his journey. You have a great younger brother." Nekane nodded in agreement as the girls all went to greet her as well.
After a few minutes of chatting, Nekane took everyone to their appropriate lodging where they were served lunch. She asked a few chefs to help out with the preparations since it was large group and also, she had heard about Gohan's ferocious appetite, so they were going to need a large amount of food for their guests.
Of course, none of that prepared her for what she was bore witness to. Gohan was eating so many plates while the girls were eating normally as if they had been accustomed to it. Nekane and everyone else that wasn't part of Negi's group were gaping at the sight.
The chef then declared an eating contest for the demi-saiyan after he finished his tenth plate. He promised that he would keep serving the demi-saiyan until he gave up. He, of course, surrendered after Gohan finished his 20th plate. However, the demi-saiyan continued to eat until the other chefs had surrendered as well. Nekane and everyone else had their eyes popping out in shock while Gohan looked at his huge stack of plates. "Oh man, that was some good food," the demi-saiyan commented.
"He ate enough food for thirty people."
"More like a small kingdom," Nekane said, surprised that someone like Gohan would eat so much and not get fat at all. Was it because he was a martial artist like Negi told her?
Gohan looked at Nekane's reaction and immediately blushed in embarrassment. "Sorry about that, Nekane-san," the demi-saiyan said. "I was just hungry since the plane wouldn't give me additional food."
"Of course they wouldn't," Asuna muttered. "You would have emptied out all of their trays and no one would have been able to eat."
Nekane chuckled. "It's okay, Mr. Son. I just have never seen someone eat that much before."
"You'd be very surprise Big Sis," Negi stated, referring to of course, to Son Goku and his rival, Vegeta.
After the meal was over, Negi gave everyone a tour of where he lived and the academy at which he studied. Everyone was in awe at everything that they saw. Ayaka, however, was beaming with joy at seeing Negi's past. Some of the girls knew why the Class Rep was like that. Later on, Negi had told Nekane that he had something to discuss with her which was most urgent.
Later that night, Negi told Nekane what he had planned to do. "By God! You're going to the Magical World?" Nekane fainted right there, catching Negi by surprise. Within moments later, Nekane had woken up. "Why are you going all of a sudden?" she asked.
"I'm sorry, Sis. I want to find Father," Negi said determinedly.
Nekane was shocked but she knew that when Negi was like this, there was no use in trying to change his mind. He was very stubborn. "I understand," she said. "You're still 10, though. You should wait until you get older. It's too dangerous for you."
"Don't worry, Nekane-san," said a voice. Negi and Nekane turned their attention towards the direction of the voice to see that it was Son Gohan who had spoken. Leaning against a column and with his father's signature grin on his face, Gohan said, "I'm going to help him."
"Mr. Son!" Nekane said. "Negi had told me that you were strong but you would be no match for what lies ahead at the gate to the Magical World. You can't possibly be prepared for what is in the Magical World!"
"Then I'll help him," spoke another voice. This time around it was a much older man wearing a wizard's robe and had a long white beard. Gohan was curious as to who this mysterious person was, but he soon found out once Negi spoke to the old man.
"Grandpa!" Negi greeted. "I'm back! It's been a while!"
"In China, they say 'If one has not met a man for three days, observe carefully'," the old man commented. "You've grown up so much. Konoemon has told me quite a bit. I hear you've been quite bold! Did you run into troubles?"
Negi chuckled nervously. "Uh, Grandpa…"
"I know," interrupted the old man. "This day has come earlier than I expected. Are you willing to see this through?"
Without hesitation, Negi immediately responded, "Yes!"
The old man chuckled slightly. "You can face the future without dwelling on the past," the old man said. "Not like anyone will blame you. You're still a kid."
"I can't… I can't do that…"
The old man chuckled at Negi's stubbornness. "You're stubborn. It's not always an advantage, you know. You may want to learn to relax." Motioning for everyone to follow him, the old man continued to speak, "Fine, come with me." Gohan, Nekane, Negi and the old man passed through one of the buildings and proceeded down a flight of stairs. Then all of them had reached upon a set of doors that looked very intimidating.
Negi gulped as the old man explained to him, "After that incident, everyone in your village was carried over here." The old man opened the door and once everyone took a peek inside, Negi's and Gohan's eyes flung wide open. There was a whole mass of people, except that they were petrified. Gohan realized who they were as these were the people that Wilhelm and other demons had attacked six years ago. He clenched his fist.
Negi looked at the first pertried person and said, "Grandpa… Stan… it's me… Negi. It's been 6 years already. You're still the same. If you and my sister didn't help me, I'd be… I'd probably be turned into stone like everyone else in the village." I would have never met Gohan, Asuna-san, or anyone else in Class 3-A, Negi said to himself.
Spotting another familiar petried person, Negi called out, "Uncle! Mr. Stan, Uncle… take a look! I've grown quite a lot since then! I'm here thanks to you. I just wanted to tell you that." Gohan was impressed. Any normal person would have broken down crying or something, but not Negi, he was different. He had definitely grown up ever since he met the boy teacher so many months ago. Gohan patted Negi on the shoulder, letting him now that he was here with him.
"I wanted to show you this," the old man spoke up, "so you can move forward from the past. I don't want you to have to suffer more burden."
"I know," Negi responded. "I can't handle the burden all on my own. It's pointless."
"You got that right, Negi-san," Gohan said. "After all, you have us to share the burden with. You have matured a lot."
"Dummy! He hasn't matured!" exclaimed a voice. Everyone turned around to see that it was Anya who said those comments. Plus, she had brought along Asuna, Setsuna, Konoka, Nodoka, Yue and Chisame to the chamber. Pointing at Negi, Anya continued her rant, "You haven't changed at all!"
"Anya!" Nekane said, surprised to see the young girl here.
"Anya, how dare you bring people here?" the old man commented.
"Think about it, Grandpa!" Anya said, ignoring the old man's comments. "These people are here to help Negi. We all have the right to see this!" The girls were quiet upon seeing this sight. Even Konoka, who was always cheery, was quiet. Gohan had expected this reaction. It's not every day that people like them see something like this in their lifetimes.
Anya continued to prod around the place. "This is such a dreary place, as usual! Those frozen in cool poses… maybe we can sell them on the Internet! There's more than 200 of these!" commented Anya.
Asuna was starting to have a problem with Anya's attitude towards this whole situation. "I don't think that's right, Anya-chan."
"Asuna, you like older guys, right?" Anya asked. "What about this bearded one? You should have him in your room!"
Asuna clenched her fists in anger. "That's enough!"
"He's handsome, too."
"Anya-chan!" Asuna was about to give a piece of her mind to that girl, especially disrespecting the people here in this room. However, she stopped when Negi pulled her arm.
"Asuna-san…" Asuna turned her head to see Negi telling her not to go and fight Anya. Pointing to where Anya was at, Negi said, "That over there… that's Anya's mother." Everyone moved their eyes towards where Anya was at and noticed that she taking real good care of a petrified woman. After having seen enough, Gohan motioned everyone to come outside as he didn't want everyone to get really depressed about it.
While outside, Negi spoke about Anya. "Anya found out about that place before I did. She went down and found her mother like that. She avoided the incident because she was living in the school dorm."
"I see," Asuna responded. "I need to ask though. Negi, are you all right?"
"What?" Negi replied. "What do you mean?"
"I mean seeing that room and all…"
"I'm fine," replied the boy teacher. "I was prepared for it. Looking at Anya's strength, I have to be just as strong!"
Gohan grinned. "True." Everyone nodded in agreement with the demi-saiyan.
"Besides, that room is my starting point. I recognized that today," Negi explained. "I'm glad I saw everyone in my village. I have to work hard so I don't disappoint Mr. Stan!"
Suddenly, the boy teacher found himself under the arm of Gohan. "And don't forget about us, Negi-san. It is not only you that has to work hard, you know. We are all in this together."
Konoka nodded in agreement. "If I work really hard, maybe I can bring them back," she said. Gohan smiled at the young girl's determination and so were the others. With that commitment set, all of them went to bed as they had to get up early the next day for their trip to the magical world, Mundus Magicus!
The next day…
Gohan got everything ready. Putting on his Kame uniform underneath his travel suit, Gohan let his room to meet up with everyone outside. It was very foggy at Negi's village, perfect for the Negima club to leave behind the non-club members in the village. The Negima club then met up with Donet McGuiness, a friend of both Yuna's father and the headmaster of Mahora Academy. She was going to be their guide to the entrance of the magical world. Negi turned around and said goodbye to his sister. With that, the Negima Club was ready to depart.
A few minutes later, everyone started to put on mage robes that Donet had given to the club at the lodge. Gohan felt a little uncomfortable with the robe. It didn't give him much mobility. He wondered if Negi could teach him how to use it properly. As everyone finished putting on the robes, Donet gave out her instructions. "Be sure to follow me," she said. "Don't get lost."
"All right, Donet-san!" Konoka replied happily as she was very excited to get to finally see the Magical World.
"Umm, I have a question," Yue said. "What happens if we get lost?"
"We won't reach the Gate unless we perform the rituals in order," Donet replied. "If you get lost, you'll wander for a few hours in a daze then end up at the back entrance of the village."
"That sucks," commented Haruna as they continued to walk forward while Asuna stayed behind a bit.
"I'm sorry, Iincho and Makie-chan!" Asuna said. "I'm leaving."
"What are you sorry about?" Asuna flinched. She turned around and saw Ayaka standing before her. What was with this girl and her dedication to Negi?
"What are you doing here?" Asuna asked. "Um, uh, well, no, I was going to say, you're not planning to follow us…"
Ayaka smiled. "Of course! I'll walk through fire and follow Negi-sensei until the end of the planet!"
"Gyah!" Asuna shrieked.
"That was a joke, you idiot!" Ayaka screamed angrily. "I don't break promises!"
"I can't be with you, Asuna-san. Just make sure Negi-sensei doesn't get hurt, or you'll have hell to pay. All right?"
Asuna nodded as she gripped her hand in confidence. "You betcha!" she said to the Class Rep. "I may get torn up, but I'll bring him back in one piece!"
"You're not going to be injured, either!"
"What am I supposed to do?"
"I want everyone to be safe and sound!"
Asuna smiled, trying to relax Ayaka's anxiety. "It's supposed to be a very safe trip; safter than I thought at first."
"I hope so," Ayaka replied. "I just have a bad feeling…"
"Don't worry," Asuna said. "You'll be wrong, as usual."
"Asuna-san! What are you doing?" The demi-saiyan called out. "You'll be left behind!"
Asuna was about to say more to the Class Rep, but Ayaka would hear none of it. "Now go," she said, motioning for the orange haired girl to get going.
"Thank you, Iincho," Asuna stated. "I'll tell you everything one day."
"I'm counting on it. I'll be waiting for everyone to get back," Ayaka as she and Asuna waved goodbye at each other once more. Asuna ran happily towards Gohan as the two of them went to try to catch up with the rest of them. Ayaka sighed. "Have a safe trip, Negi-sensei… Asuna-san." With that, the Class Rep went back to the lodge. However, little did she know that some of her classmates proceeded to follow Negi and the others.
Meanwhile, back with the Negi crew, they continued to walk through the fog while Donet had a magic circle in front of her to guide the way to the Gate. "Um, Donet-san?" Yue said.
"About where we're going, can normal people wander in?" asked Yue.
Donet shook her head. "That's impossible," she replied. "The Gate is 'nowhere.' It is in a 'different world.' Common folk can't reach it. But there have been people who get spirited once every ten years or so by accident. The likelihood is as good as winning the lottery, though." Gohan couldn't help but let out a sigh of relief. He thought that because some of the girls came all the way to Wales, they would try to follow them. Good thing there wasn't anyone in the class that had the devil's luck. Or so he thought.
Either way, they had arrived at the appointed location. Everyone awed at what was ahead them. Before them lied a large collection of rocks, or henges some archeologists would call, in a circular formation. The composed stones had a variety of sizes. It was similar to the infamous prehistoric monument, Stonehenge. "Impressive," Gohan muttered.
Then he noticed a crowd of people waiting in front of the center part of Magical Stonehenge as Konoka called it. "Donet-san, I see many people over there," pointed out the demi-saiyan.
"That's not a lot actually Gohan-sensei," Donet stated. "There are only a few gates in the world. The Gate opens once a week at most. Sometimes, only once a month."
"Once a week, eh?" Kazumi commented. "No wonder there's not much activity."
"It's an isolated country," Chisame added.
"Either way," grinned Kotarou, "I'm looking forward to this and seeing the magical world! Can't wait to see what kind of opponents there are!" Ku Fei nodded in agreement.
"Kotarou-kun, we are not here to go out and fight someone," Asuna reprimanded the two martial artists. "We are here to look for Negi's father, got it?" Ku Fei and the young hanyou nodded obediently.
"By the way, why is the Gate not open yet de-gozaru?" Kaede asked.
"There's still an hour left," Donet replied.
"Good plenty of time to eat breakfast!" Gohan said with a big smile on his face as he sat before a huge array of plates. Asuna couldn't help but face fault. Gohan really did like to eat. Kotarou and Ku Fei decided to join as well, opening up their snacks.
Anya flinched once she noticed that Kotarou was eating the sandwiches. "Kotarou, that sandwich…" However, Anya had accidentally bumped into someone. Bowing in apology, Anya went over there to give Kotarou a piece of her mind. However, little did Anya know that the person that she had bumped into was none other than Fate Averruncus. The white haired boy took a glance at Negi and the group and proceeded to walk forward, ready to begin the next phase of their plan.
Author's note: Hey everyone! Hope you all enjoyed the chapter! Fate and Tullece make their appearance once again! It's been 43 chapters since we last saw Fate and 6 chapters for Tullece. As for the mysterious creature, I'm sorry to say that it is not Coola. He is long dead. His name is Kureeza and there are some hints of who he is. If you have read Toriyama's other works, you would know who this guy is. Much more on him in later chapters!
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