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987 Devil & Demon

 Powerful airwaves from the clash of blades shook the ground. Celestina widened her wings, the black chain sword in her hand wrapping the scarlet sword of the Balor Devil. Flames of black and red splashed, burning everything around them into ashes. The devils around them shrieked. They tried to assist their master, only to be burned to ashes immediately. The rasps of blades screeched in their ears. Celestina lifted her head proudly and spiraled skyward. She lashed out the chain sword as a whip while the Balor Devil roared, widening its pupil-less eyes and emitting fiery laser beams at her. Celestina swiftly folded her wings around her and negated the attack effortlessly.

"Lowly bast*rd. You will never defeat me!"

Celestina brandished the chain sword at the Balor Devil again. The Balor Devil sensed the threat from the pitch-black flames and flapped its wings to retreat hurriedly. At the same time, it clutched its blazing sword with both hands, swinging it forward to unleash a conical flame. Celestina pushed her left hand forward when suddenly, the air by her palm twisted to reveal a void like a menacing mouth, devouring the blistering flames completely. Then, she darted forward and clashed with the Balor Devil once more.

"Erm... Should we help her?"

Richard asked in lingering fear. As a mage, he knew a lot about the underworld. The Balor Devil was well-known as a high-class devils. In fact, when the Balor Devil appeared moments ago, many apprentices were stricken into silence. Its incomparable presence and evil aura struck their faces, leaving them breathless. This almost shattered their will of fighting against the devils.

But in comparison, Celestina's attacks were much more surprising to the apprentices. This slender high-class demon appeared to be stronger than the Balor Devil. Although she seemed like a tiny rascal in the face of the massive Balor Devil, her attacks were incredibly lethal and terrifying.

"No, it's not necessary. You're better off staying in safety."

Rhode shook his head decisively. His intention of sending Celestina out there was to lure Grazite to this place because a battle between a demon and the devils wouldn't raise his suspicions. On the other hand, the situation would be different if he sent Celia out. No matter what, the combined attacks of a demon and angel would easily raise Grazite's alertness. And now, they only needed to watch the show and wait for the mastermind to show up.

Rhode wasn't worried that Celestina would lose to the Balor Devil. This demon young lady was sharper than she looked.

The hall was in a complete mess. The devils swarmed the place like roaring waves, only to be repelled by the light beams from the metal guards and the powerful punches of the stone giants. The six-armed snake devils brandished their swords at the stone giants. Even though they had the upper hand from the start, the powers of the remaining stone giants were strengthened and they were now equally matched with the six-armed snake devils. On the other hand, the black and red flames from Celestina and the Balor Devil engulfed half the hall. Rhode and his group hid in the corner in the safety of the metal guards' defense. Fortunately for them, the hall was wide enough. If not, they would have been squashed like sardines.

The battle between Celestina and the Balor Devil continued.

Demons and devils were experts in spell casting and spell casters from the human world were basically nothing in their eyes. In an instant, various lethal spells bombarded the hall. But this was only the start for Celestina and the Balor Devil.

"Die, bast*rd!"

Celestina's crisp voice made the harsh-sounding, evil curses sound melodic. She extended her hand and cast a yellow cloud around the Balor Devil. The air around it instantly turned dry as though all water in the surroundings were absorbed. The sea of devils shriveled, before eventually vanishing into ashes entirely by the blazing flames. The Balor Devil raised its sword. As magical radiance flickered from its blade, another translucent barrier enveloped it entirely to resist the threat of the yellow cloud. Then, the Balor Devil stretched out its left hand. The dark magic of death surging inside its body coalesced on its palm and blasted ahead in a silent beam. But the beam was instantly devoured by the pitch-black flames burning around Celestina.

At the same time, Celestina was preparing the next spell. She swung the blazing chain sword at her target again, while her left hand gestured complicatedly in midair. At this moment, indistinct hell runes appeared around her. While the chain sword struck the Balor Devil, the runes around her completely coalesced. She retracted the chain sword and pointed her left index finger at the Balor Devil. Shortly after, a deep green laser emitted from her fingertip, instantly diminishing the Balor Devil's barrier. At the same time, a dozen of dazzling magical missiles erupted from the hell runes, bombarding the defenseless devil who was caught unprepared. It howled in agony, crashing to the ground from midair.

Boom!

Scarlet flames erupted yet again, destroying a large number of its 'allies' on the surface.

"Oh, my goodness..."

The mages were stunned like rural farmers who witnessed spells for the first time. But they couldn't be blamed for this reaction. This battle was enough for them to prostrate in admiration, especially after seeing the unique spells that Celestina cast.

The principle of this was actually really simple. Powerful figures who possessed large amounts of magical power could coalesce runes in midair. What Celestina did was nothing more than 'simultaneous spell-casting'. While her left hand was gesturing the spell, the runes around her were constructing a high-level barrage of missiles. When the timing of the runes and her hand gestures matched perfectly, she could cast two spells at once.

But the mages knew that this wasn't achievable by ordinary people. Mages needed to focus with absolute attention to ensure there were no mistakes during the casting of spells. If not, a tiny mistake could result in total failure. But this demon young lady displayed how one should perfectly cast a spell. Moreover, she was also multitasking, brandishing her chain sword while casting two spells.

The perfect combination of sword skills and spells, as well as close-range and long-range attacks. This was Celestina's true strength as a demon.

"Not bad at all."

Rhode praised, gazing at Celestina who hovered in midair. In fact, even though she was usually arrogant and couldn't lift her head proudly before the other holy sword spirits except Celia, that was because she hadn't been able to find a worthy opponent for her to unleash her strength. With this strength of hers, most people in this world were only ants in her eyes.

"Damn this filthy demon!"

The Balor Devil crawled to its feet, glaring fiercely at Celestina in midair. Then, the demon young lady's body suddenly became distorted and vanished before its eyes, only to be replaced by a devil that took her place. The devil trembled and bulged like a balloon. Boom! It exploded and rained bloody flesh from above.

No!

The Balor Devil's heart sank immediately. It had gathered all its remaining strength to cast this explosion spell to get rid of the annoying demon. But it didn't expect her to predict its move. The instant they exchanged glances, Celestina swapped places with a devil to suffer the devastation of the spell in her place.

And this was the end of the Balor Devil because at this moment, a razor-sharp chain sword struck and penetrated its chest. Then, Celestina snarled.

"Devils are always so predictable with those tedious attacks. Bast*rds like you should feel honored to die in my hands!"

"No---!"

The Balor Devil struggled to pull the chain sword out of its chest. But this time, the black flames exploded, engulfing it entirely.