At first, Noah was still on the fence on whether or not to learn magic from Gildarts.
He wasn’t sure just how strong this supposedly ultra destructive [Crush] is. But judging by how Gildarts who boasts strength on par with a ten saint couldn’t completely rein in this magic and would inadvertently destroy stuff making Magnolia renovate as a result, one could see just how strong this [Crush] is.
Noah has magic power like none has ever seen before, he will definitely see a drastic increase in power after learning magic. With a foundation like this augmented by [Crush], one cannot put an upper limit on just how much strength he will gain at the end of this journey.
But then, there’s a tiny issue.
If even Gildarts couldn’t control his [Crush], once he learned [Crush], what will happen then?
His magic power rampage could cause disasters just by the sheer amount. Now if he were to use [Crush] with that ridiculous amount of magic power and cause a calamity, it probably won’t be the kind that happens with Gildarts!
Noah went through hell trying to control his magic power, but realizing that his magic may yet cause more disasters, can he really go ahead without hesitations?
He started learning how to control his magic power so that he wouldn’t cause problems for those close to him after learning magic. But it would beat the whole purpose if he would still cause troubles after learning [Crush].
Furthermore, after a magician learns magic, his magic power would increase with practice and strengthening of his magic. If Noah doesn’t want to cause troubles for others around him, he still needs to work hard after this.
This journey will be both strenuous and long in nature.
Noah pondered over this for quite some time before finally making up his mind on learning [Crush] from Gildarts.
Noah inhaled deeply and nodded seriously.
“I haven’t told gramps yet but I think gramps would not object to it.”
Gildarts exlaimed with intrigue.
“Because I have made up my mind!”
Noah brought up his head and said such a line.
“Once I begin learning [Crush], for each day that I can’t control it properly, I shall not return to Fairy Tail!”
Everyone around them was surprised.
Mira, Lisanna, Erza and the rest got agitated.
But, Noah kept his eyes on Gildarts, his unwavering eyes seem to be conveying how steadfast he is in this decision.
Gildarts scratched his head.
“Now this is a bit troubling…”
Just when Gildarts is anxious, an old voice came from beyound the crowd.
Everybody parted to form a path and Makarov who walked over appeared in front of everyone.
The surrounding members all greeted.
Natsu and Gray hurriedly greeted Makarov as well.
“You came at just the right time, persuade Noah!”
Noah turned towards Makarov who walked over in slow strides, he remianed silent.
Gildarts glanced at Makarov and shurgged.
“Your timing is just right, I don’t know what to make of this.”
“Why don’t you help Noah!”
Mira, Lisanna and the others all cried out.
Makarov lifted a hand to quell the surrounding sounds. He arrived in front of Noah and stared straight at him.
“Are you sure?”
Noah who spent the whole day yesterday ruminating had no doubt now.
“I have made up my mind!”
“That is all one ever needs!”
Makarov didn’t hesitate either and turned back to Gildarts.
“Gildarts, do you have any objections?”
“I don’t mind it particularly!”
Gildarts shrugged honestly.
“[Crush] is a magic sought after for its destructiveness, but the magic itself is very hard to control and manage. Normally, any person preferring stability would not choose this, if someone wants to learn it, I won’t hide the magic deliberately.”
And then, Gildarts took another turn with his words.
“However, I have no patience to stay in a place for so long, not to mention I don’t have the time to spare teaching someone. Instead, let me go home and write [Crush] down, then let Noah learn it on his own!”
“That will do!”
Noah answered with a big grin on his face.
“Ma, take it as a reward for pushing me back and an apology for hurting you after subsequently getting serious!”
Gildarts turned around while waving goodbye to him.
“Now then, I am going home. The magic book should be done by today, you can go get it at my place the next day!”
With that, Gildarts left in the direction of his house.
And so another chapter in Fairy Tail’s book was laid to rest just like that.
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“Noah, are you really sure about this?”
After returning to Fairy Tail, Gray asked without even giving him any room to rest.
“The thing about you not returning to Fairy Tail if you don’t control your magic, are you serious about it?”
“It’s magic not even Gildarts can control yet you know!”
Lisanna said while sounding a bit conflicted.
“If Noah Onii-san never learned to control it, doesn’t that mean you won’t be returning?”
“[Crush] is indeed very strong but didn’ty ou say something about a magic shouldn’t be judged purely based on its strength?”
Mira said in an agitated manner.
“With so many magic in the archive, I don’t believe that you won’t be able to find another one to your liking!”
“Why don’t you reconsider it?”
Erza looked like she has some objections about this idea as well.
“I think everyone has a point, you should reconsider!”
Natsu, Cana, and Elfman nodded to the others opinion.
He looked at the youth gang in front of him before sighing.
“Hey, can you guys have a little faith in me please? Just because Gildarts couldn’t do it, doesn’t mean I can’t ya know?”
“I did say I won’t return to Fairy Tail but I won’t be going anywhere.”
Without giving them any moment to retort, Noah continued.
“I will just find a place nearby with no population and diligently practice magic, even if I don’t return to the guild, I won’t be running off to god knows where.”
“You mean the river side?”
“No, I am planning to go towards a mountain nearby!”
“[Crush] can bring about destruction on a peerless scale, an instance of carelessness can cause wide spread destruction. That would be troubling as I don’t want to destroy the place I had been training at for 2 years.”
Everyone exchanged looks.
“Have some faith in me!”
Noah cut the story short.
“I will be back!”
Seeing as Noah doesn’t intend to change his decision, nobody could say anything and they all helplessly nodded.
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The next morning.
A medium sized mountain near Magnolia found an arming sword armed backpacking youth named Noah among its inhabitants.
Lifting his head, he gazed at this mountain that is not too big or small and looked at his hand.
Within it, there are papers with scribbles all over it.
The corners of his mouth raised and he walked towards the mountain top.