Dodging Hiroshi’s strike, Gray throws the bottle of Moon Drip to Natsu

Dodging Hiroshi’s strike, Gray throws the bottle of Moon Drip to Natsu

Initially striking back, Gray is quickly knocked down and realizes his opponent has turned into a Demon

Continuing to stare down Hiroshi, Gray listens as the treasure hunter explains that Sylph Labyrinth won the Secret Treasure Games, making them the best Treasure Hunting Guild in Fiore; hearing Natsu praise them for such an achievement, the Ice-Make Mage demands that Natsu cease such an action. However, when Drake states that Team Natsu are a bunch of “random Mages,” Gray scoffs at this and retorts that aren’t random Mages before revealing that he stole their bottle of Moon Drip, leaving the treasure hunters utterly befuddled. Hiroshi then attacks Gray, demanding that he return their Moon Drip; Gray refuses, stating that they need save the giants and must therefore keep it. [352] Gray soon looks on in shock as Happy fails to catch the bottle of Moon Drip, leading to its breaking and spillage unto the ground. [353] However, seeing the Moon Drip melt only a small portion of the ice, Gray states that it wasn’t enough to save the village, despite what they thought. [354] Seeing Natsu run off, Gray demands that he wait and chases after him. [355]

Ignoring him, the man claims that he is going to eat him, and begins to climb the rocky ledge separating them

Chasing after the Fire Dragon Slayer, Gray becomes separated from the rest of his friends. Arriving alone at the Sun Village, he spots a man walking nearby, and calls out to him, asking if he is affiliated with the Sylph Labyrinth treasure hunters. As the man turns to look at him, Gray realizes that his mouth is furry and his teeth pointed and overgrown, and quickly questions what is wrong with the man. Beginning to back up, Gray suddenly realizes that his clothes are too big: he has been turned into a child. Questioning what the hell is happening, Gray begins to recall the events of his childhood and the trauma he faced at the hands of the Demon Deliora, and, looking down at his opponent, suddenly relates the two when he realizes they look and act in a similar way. Breaking down and screaming in fear, Gray is reached by the man, who grabs him in his giant hands by his neck and hoists him up, commenting that it’s not unusual for those turned into kids to remember their childhood experiences. As Gray squirms in his grasp, the man comments that there are certain places people must not go in their life, the Sun Village being one, as it is one side of the gate to the underworld. Beginning to cry, Gray hears a voice nearby, which tries to sooth him and calm him down by reminding him that Deliora is gone. As the voice encourages him to be strong for the sake of his friends, Gray realizes that the voice he is hearing is Ultear’s, and angrily strikes out at the hands encasing him, causing the man to drop him to the ground. Landing and drying his tears, Gray recounts how so many nostalgic parts of his past seem to have accumulated in one place, and asks the monstrous man if he is responsible for the freezing of the village. As the man confirms that he is, Gray takes his stance, vowing to fight and show him what real Ice Magic can do. [356]

Gray is told that thanks to the Law of Regression Magic, he won’t be able to do anything with his child-like body but as the Succubus Eye member says this, he realizes that he’s stepped off the cliff and is now on Gray’s ice. Seeing this, Gray cancels his Magic, causing the Dark Mage to fall down the cliff. Asked when he did that, Gray reveals not all of his abilities were lowered, and his mind in fact feels better than ever, stating that due to being a kid, his imagination, the basis of his Ice-Make Magic, has been drastically improved. As the Succubus Eye member returns, Gray tricks him with a transparent layer of ice over the ground, allowing him to hide underneath. Taking the chance to attack, Gray uses his Ice-Make hammer but is shocked to see its minuscule size. Undeterred, Gray turns the ice into snow, setting a cold chill upon the Mage’s head. Taking note of this, Gray realizes that the Dark Mage is not the one who froze the village as a real ice Mage would not such a minor amount of coldness. Telling him he’s not very strong, Gray states that one has to make their opponents weak to fight them. [357] Suddenly, Gray finds himself back in his normal body, whereupon his comment is here he is promptly attacked the furious Dark Mage. Seeing him, and remembering Deliora, Gray realizes his opponent is a Demon from the Book of Zeref. [358]