Chapter 21 – Bathing in the Moonlight

Demon Sword Maiden

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The best way to practice spirit power was for the body to make a connection with nature.

And the 《Moon Grace》 Lily was practicing gave the optimum effect whilst bathing in moonlight.

It was now very late at night. The only ones who resided at the backhouses were the Matsuda couple and herself. Granny Ayashi should also be sleeping right about now.

Additionally, Lily had excellent eyesight and hearing. If anyone really woke up or approached, she just needed to quickly get back into the house and close the door.

But even so, Lily still felt her heart thumping loudly.

“Seriously! It’s not like I am doing something shameful! If I don’t have strength, how am I supposed to go on an adventure and find a way to awaken senior sister’s soul!”

“This is my destiny, I should just remain calm.”

Even if Lily could remain vigilant of other people approaching, the biggest problem was that… this time, she had no choice but to look at her own body.

That was because 《Moon Grace》 required her to meditate and absorb the essence of the moon with every inch of her skin.

How could she meditate without even seeing it once?

Lily sat in seiza under the moon. Her beautiful black hair glowed under the moonlight and draped on her straight back. She lifted the big breasts that would make most girls jealous. Even if some pregnant women had comparable size, their shape and plumpness couldn’t be compared.

“Senior sister… I’m sorry… Lily is only doing this for your sake.”

Lily untied the bathrobe and slipped it towards both sides of her arms. She pulled it towards the rear and exposed her glossy back.

Then she picked up a really long white towel and twisted it into a band.

She raised it above her head.

Took a deep breath, and then—

“Slap! Slap! Slap!” She whipped her back with the towel. A small frown creased on her forehead as she nibbled on her lips.

Soon, her white back became red.

“Lily is going to look at senior sister’s body without permission. Even if it is for the sake of training, it is still a crime. Punishment is necessary! Senior sister… please forgive me with this…”

Lily silently decided in her heart, she had to frequently urge herself like this if she couldn’t avoid doing this kind of thing in the future! She was not a strong-willed person after all.

Lily folded the towel and put it at the side. She sat straight, grabbed her bathrobe, and flash—

The bathrobe rolled down from her smooth skin.

Lily blushed as she lowered her head to look at her body which she had never laid eyes on until now…

In that split second, even Lily’s mind was in a shambles.

Why was there such a fascinating thing in this world? It was clearly one part of her body, yet it was so divine and inviolable.

Those pair of things were so beautiful that she didn’t dare to touch.

They were pure and spotlessly white, just like two sets of snow mountains under the moon. Yet at the same time, they were like the bewitching valley which were drooled over by the demons and monsters of hell.

Lily couldn’t bear to look anymore and bashfully lifted up her head, though her eyes were still unwilling to part from the beautiful sight under the twin peaks.

The lingering scent of loneliness wears down jades, just as the tangy grass darkens the marsh.1

This was the first time Lily had come to understood her own body. At this time, Lily felt that her body had become one with the moonlight and the garden. She could feel the connection between them harmonizing.

The summer insects were chirping in the wild garden, and a half-naked beauty could be seen among them.

The moonlight shone upon her back and formed a thin silvery white thread which outlined her beautiful body. Her body also scattered a refreshing smell which could only come from a girl during the summer night.

If there was a god peeking nearby, they would have mistaken her as the spirit of this garden.

Lily breathed gently. Even if she closed her eyes now, she already understood just how beautiful and attractive she was. This was very beneficial in regards to her spirit power training! She was greedy and looked a little too much, so she needed to punish herself again in the future for this wrongdoing. But even so, it was worth it.2

Understanding her own body was Lily’s first step in spirit power training.

After that, she began recalling the training methods of 《Moon Grace》.

According to 《Moon Grace》, learning spirit power was divided into three most basic steps: Absorption, Conversion, and Body Strengthening.

The first step, Absorption, was the most important step. This was a very long process, but everyone had a different absorption rate. This was also the thing which decided the gap between one’s training speed. Of course, one could also rely on external factors by going to places with dense spirit power, since it would increase the efficiency.

And after the absorption, the spirit power should be converted to energy which was suitable for the human body, then that energy would be used to strengthen the body.

There were some good secret techniques for the conversion of spirit power and strengthening of the body, but there were also bad ones out there. The efficiency of the best one had a huge disparity from the worst one! Some of the discontinued secret techniques could bring about side effects to the body. There was even the possibility that it could destroy the body. That most extreme case was that the body would explode.

However, it wouldn’t lead to that in most cases. When the side effects exceeded what the human body could endure, they would naturally stop to rest and recover before continuing.

After all, too far was as bad as not enough.3

And this 《Moon Grace》 claimed the secret techniques recorded within were most suitable for females. There was practically no side effect to the body if it was practiced by a female. If there was one, it would be that the practitioner would become more feminine.

For Lily, who was already a beauty among the women, it was unimaginable what kind of side effect it would bring about.

“I’m still not sure if this secret technique is as good as that female fighter claimed. Anyway, I could feel her level was extraordinary from those letters, so I chose to believe in her!”

“Now then, let’s begin.”

Lily shut her eyes.

The first step was to probe for the presence of spirit power.

《Moon Grace》 relied on the perspective of the girls to sense this universe and inexhaustible spirit power. To begin with, Lily was very sensitive even though she was once a boy. He lacked masculinity due to his intuition that was more sensitive than a girl’s. Lily often felt frustrated over this, but now that it had merged with the girl’s originally sensitive body, she was like a fish back in the water.

But even so, Lily still felt at a lost with her eyes closed. She couldn’t sense anything at all.

How come? Could it be that I do not have talent? Or is there an error in 《Moon Grace》?

Well, it’s true that on the first page of Moon Grace, it did mention there only one among a hundred can sense the existence of spirit power.

N-no… let’s remain calm and composed. I shouldn’t rush these things. Let’s take it slowly. Just like how when I first came to Heian, those spirits that were peeking at me from the forest, those eyes in the water, and how those vegetations were seemingly looking at me that morning. If these feelings were not caused by spirit power, then what else could they be?

Gradually, in the darkness, little specks of light appeared before her eyes. The little specks of light were pure, gentle, and warm.

When Lily focused her attention on one of the light specks, it felt as though she could hear its life story.

Starting from a seed to a sprout, from a sprout to a flower, and from a flower until it withered.

It was growing and multiplying in this garden without end. It was just a weed growing at the corner of the garden, but it was filled with endless tales.

The leading roles of these tales were the innumerable spirit power that pushed the world forward.

She slowly began to sense more and more of these spirit power. She gradually began to feel as though she was sitting in the middle of a boundless starry sky, an endless sea of stars formed by the spirit power floating in her surroundings!

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  1. I don’t think I will enjoy translating the content of this Moon Grace book, the words mostly don’t make sense to me :(
  2. Yep, I know right~
  3. 过犹不及: idiom, from the Analects
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