In Zara's Footsteps 「ザラを継ぐ者 Zara o Tsugu Mono」 is the 138th Page of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover.

Summary

In a flashback, in Tolsa village, Zara Ideale is given a flower bouquet from a flower salesman who admires him for his accomplishments as a Magic Knight, Zara appreciates the flowers and says that they are his favorite, though Zara tells him that he should not just give flowers away.

In the present, during the time that Yami Sukehiros three pet magical beasts escaped into the woods and the Black Bulls went hunting for them, Zora Ideale was not interested in playing hunter, so he leaves to go train on his own. As he is walking back toward his home town, he thinks that the rest of the squad would just slow him down.

Zora visits his fathers grave to leave a Bouquet of his fathers favorite flower. When he gets there, he notices that there is already a flower bouquet at the grave. Zora wonders who could have left them. Zara was once the pride of Tolsa, but those days are long gone. Zora overhears noise coming from nearby. He goes to investigate and finds a young boy named Ina practicing his Water Magic. Ina is practicing hitting a target with a water blast and Zora was impressed at what Ina is capable of, especially considering that Ina has not yet received his Grimoire.

A group of young Nobles find Ina practicing and the leader of the group, Kaito hits the target from further away with a fire blast. Zora realizes that they must be out on a country getaway, as there is no other reason for a Noble to be so far out in the boonies. The three Nobles belittle Ina for being a commoner with weak magic. They mock his ambition to join the Magic Knights, believing that only the upper class have strong enough magic to be Magic Knights. Ina responds by telling them that there are plenty of commoners among the Magic Knights ranks already. However the boys dismiss this as said commoners possessing problematic about the top brass. Ina assured that Zara Ideale got into the Magic Knights fairly, though the three Nobles had no idea who Zara was. When they hear Zara was a member of the Purple Orca squad, they note how the Purple Orcas are the worst squad, and laugh when they hear that Zara died on a mission. Ina tries to defend Zara's honor by attacking the three boys, but Kaito's two friends retaliate with their Earth Magic and Tree Magic. Zora steps in and scares off the three boys with one of his Rainbow Stinkbugs. Zora scolds Ina for picking a fight against such harsh odds, it was three against one and the Nobles all already had their Grimoires.

Ina's father, the same man who gave Zara that flower bouquet all those years ago, comes over to check on his son. Ina complains about having been born a commoner and this angers Zora. Zora carries Ina back to Zara's grave, and after a brief trade of insults, Zora shows Ina the Zora the Supermage doll that Zara made when Zora was a kid. Zora tells Ina that Zara was able to become a Magic Knight because he had something that others did not, though Ina does not know what he means by that.

Ina is seen helping his father tend to the flower fields. Ina's father lets him return to his training. Ina returns to his target practice while Zora sit up overhead in a tree branch. Kaito finds Ina again and demands that Ina apologize for earlier. Ina refuses as he has nothing to apologize for. Kaito reveals that he is in possession of a magic item, bracelet that enhances his magic power. He once again demands that Ina apologize as he activates his magic, though he has a little trouble controlling it. Zora notes that the situation is not good. Kaito loses control of his magic completely an a powerful blast of fire head straight towards Ina. Zora stops the blast and sends it back with his Trap Magic. The flames burn part of Kaito's sleeve and cause him to drop the bracelet. Zora tells Kaito not to get in over his head and Kaito runs away leaving the Magic tool behind, which Ina picks up.

When Ina gets home and has dinner with his father, an angry Noble, Kaito's father, barges in and accuses Ina of stealing his magic tool, which Kaito confirms. Kaito's father finds the bracelet in Ina's possession, but Ina denies having stolen it, stating that he picked it up after Kaito dropped it. Ina's father comes to his sons defense and Kaito's father attacks them with his Fire Magic. Surprisingly, Ina's father is able to handle the flames with his Water Magic. Ina's father states that while he was never able to join the Magic Knights, he never stopped training his magic.

Kaito's father threatens to go to the Magic Knights, but Zora steps in and removes his cloak, revealing his Magic Knight robe. Zora reveals to Kaito's father that he say Kaito drop the Magic tool earlier. Zora confirms his story by removing Kaito's jacket, revealing the damage that been done earlier. Zora scares Kaito into telling the truth and running away. Kaito's father tries to make a dramatic and elitist exit, but Zora ruins it by threatening him and scaring him away as well.

The next morning, Ina says that he finally understands what Zora meant about Zara having a quality that others did not. Ina says goodbye with a handshake, but Zora slipped one if his stinkbugs into Ina's hand.

As he is returning to the Black Bulls base, Zora notes that his squad mates would be lost without him.

Magic and Spells used

Magic Spells

Petit Clover

Super Sorcerer Zora! 「スーパー魔導士ゾラさん Sūpā Madōshi Zora-san」: Zora shows off his new Zora figure. When Ina catches him and accuses him of playing with dolls and lying, Zora gets frustrated and accidentally smashes the figure on the ground.

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