"I don't know." Hanako said, touching the sealed cave entrance with her hand.
"I just thought that Ikari still being able to change forms meant that at least she wasn't affected in the same way we were."
She turned towards the fox-girl and adressed her directly. The sneeze was so adorable and cute that Hanako almost felt a physical need to pet Ikari.
"I'm sorry if I put pressure on you. I just...I don't know what else to do. As far as I know, no human without spiritual powers is able to break rocks. Not without tools, anyway. I hoped that maybe…"
It was almost fascinating how much it frustrated her, to be this weak, even if it wasn't her fault at all. She turned around again and faced the rocks. In a more or less hopeless attempt to do at least something she drew her sword and tapped the rock with the pommel. She didn't expect to gain anything from it, but she had read novels in which the characters did something of that sort to determine…
Wait a second. It actually did sound different when she tapped the rock in the sealed entrance, compared to the walls next to it. She had no idea what it meant, but it was different. This had to mean that the rock was different, right? Probably. Maybe.
Frustrated Hanako resheathed her sword and pushed against the rock with both her hands. It was an obviously futile attempt, but she tried anyway. She pushed until the muscles in her arms, shoulders and back began protesting. In a last effort, before she gave it up, she concentrated all she had. Just then a faint, nebulous blue glow appeared around her body, like a bright st elmo's fire. In the blink of an eye it was gone again, but it had been clearly visible.
Surprised Hanako looked at her hands.
"Hey...the effect seems to be weaker here. I could feel just a little bit come back. Not much, but...maybe if I use a full incantation…"
She raised her right arm, palm towards the rocks, her left arm supporting it. She'd need something strong to have any effect in her weakened state.
"Take cover, you two, I'll try something."
A deep breath, focus…
"Ye lord! Mask of blood and flesh, all creation, flutter of wings, ye who bears the name of Man! Inferno and pandemonium, the sea barrier surges, march on to the south!"
A row of tiny pearls of sweat formed on her forehead. The strain of a full incantation in this state was incredible and her sight blurred a little bit.
"Hadō 32: Shakkaho!"
A dim flash of red light, springing from her palm and hitting the rocks. A low hissing sound.
She moved to the sealed entrance. The rock was warm, even hot in some places. But that was it.
With a frustrated moan she sat down, back against the wall next to the entrance. Damn it! She should have known. She had never been very good in Kido, and even in the best conditions useless in the higher spells. Attempting a Hadō high up in the first third...she should have known.
"Should have used Sho...it's weaker, but also easier. And a kinetic blast at the least. However…"
She gestured at the blocked entrance that was still blocked, stubborn and defiant.
"Ah, I wish I could summon barriers. There are some kido spells that can block spiritual pressure. That would probably shield us enough. You don't happen to know any spell of that sort?"
Hanako's tone was dripping with cynicism during her last words. It was clearly anger at her own shortcomings. She couldn't expect Yuukinan or Ikari to know kido, much less exactly the barrier they would need. Hell, she wasn't even that shure that she remembered it right. But she couldn't help and fall back into some of her old habits when dealing with her own failure.
"Sorry…" she mumbled. "I am just no genius at kido and without my full spiritual pressure I don't know what I could do to break this."
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