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- Ringo (/u/Ringo_17)
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ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO TAPPEI NAGATSUKI, THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF RE:ZERO STARTING A LIFE IN A DIFFERENT WORLD FROM ZERO, THIS IS A TRANSLATION OF THE FREE JAPANESE WEB NOVEL INTO ENGLISH
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ーーWith his final words washed away by the wind, Natsuki Subaru’s consciousness came to an end.
Speaking of irony, ironically enough, his 『Death』 this time had been a 『Death』 of his own volition.
Perhaps that is why, his mind and heart had remained calm at the moment of 『Death』ーー that was not the case, of course, he possessed uneasiness and nervousness for jumping into the circumstance of 『Death』 on his own accord.
However, unlike till now, he had faced the 『Death』 he had anticipated with much more sincerity than his other 『Deaths』 up to this time.
Of course, he did not believe that him choosing to die had truly saved Shaula.
She did not want to kill him, so she wanted him to command her to die.
Shaula, who had been concerned about Subaru to that extent, had let Subaru throw himself to his death right in front of her eyes. The weight of that impact was unknown, and it must have greatly shattered her heart, which had continued to await for four hundred years.
That is why, that was nothing more than Subaru’s self-satisfaction. The worst kind of self-satisfaction, of exaggerating and not seeing the result for himself with his own eyes.
Subaru: “ーーSo what.”
If all that is fastened to him was nothing but self-satisfaction, nothing but hypocrisy, what was wrong with that.
In the end, the method to catch and halt the impact of all happenings in this world can only be wielded in one’s own weighing scales. Unaccomplished good deeds hold no meaning, and the word known as hypocrisy doesn’t ultimately exist.
ーーAll of them, surviving.
After his discussion with Shaula, Subaru cemented the final objective he had touted.
ーーNo, precisely speaking, the survival of all of them had been his goal from the beginning. Just that judgement had decided whether to include Shaula in that or not, and Subaru chose to love all of them.
He shall lead the way to solve all of the catastrophes surrounding this sand tower.
For that purpose, he would do anything he could.
Subaru: “The meaning, behind why I am myself. ーーIsn’t that so, 『Natsuki Subaru』.”
Along with that instantaneous decision, he awakened from the deep, deep abyss of 『Death』ーー.
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???: “ーーSubaru, are you certain of what you said earlier?”
Subaru: “Yeah, don’t be doubtful after coming this far. It’s the information I collected after meeting it face to face and everything. If it couldn’t be made the best use out of, I wouldn’t bring it up!”
Replying with harsh language to the sideward face of the good-looking man running at an average speed, Subaru dashed while pulling the tiny palm.
Running past the fourth layer’s aisle, they aimed for the second layer 『Electra』ーー carrying frustration, as Subaru sprinted while pulling Beatrice’s hand, Julius’ yellow eyes glanced sideways at him.
Julius: “Subaru, the colour of your face has not gotten any better. So indeed, the happening in the book was……”
Subaru: “I’m not hiding how worried I am. Don’t even try telling me I should have quietly caved into the Green Room, you.”
Julius: “I would recommend you to stay calm here if it weren’t for this situation, but unfortunately things are quite bustling. Right now, we must use anything we can, even if they are grains of sand.”
Subaru: “You have nothing to say so you’ll call me as using grains of sand, huh……”
Julius: “They can be exposed to the wind if it is meagre enough. If possible, when in a position capable of reaching the eyes.”
Narrowing his eyes at his elegant manner of speaking, Subaru thought of his words about exposure to the wind to be sarcasm.
The truth is, in terms of experience, Subaru’s 『Death』 just a few minutes ago had been exposed to wind. Julius comparing Subaru’s existence to grains of sand was not necessarily a mistake either.
Subaru: “But, grains of sand have their own qualities.”
Beatrice: “On top of that, those grains of sand have Betty with them, I suppose. In other words, they are grains of sand with the cutest companion, in fact.”
Subaru: “What, I guess you’re talking about the sand that got into your shoes.”
Beatrice: “That’s not what that means, I suppose!”
Smiling at Beatrice, who puffed her cheeks, Subaru pulled that body by directing strength into his arm. Beatrice let out a shriek, saying “Wa~h ~hk”, and her light frame tightly fit into Subaru’s chest.
Running while pulling her hand was something quite romantic, but right now he wanted to give import to speed. Fortunately, Beatrice’s body was light like an angel’s feather, so carrying her and running was an easy victory as well.
Subaru: “Well, I haven’t ever carried an angel’s feather, though.”
Julius: “About time, idle talk ends here. ーーSubaru, I do believe it is annoying but”
Subaru: “Yeah, it’s annoying. Though I can’t tell you to relax even if I rip my mouth apart, but…… it is absolute that that guy Reid, and 『Gluttony』 will come in contact. We have to go, to hold that off.”
Halting his legs, Julius asked while gazing at the humongous stairway that led to the second layer, which lay right ahead of them. Interrupting that enquiry, Subaru affirmed that he possessed confirmation.
It was inconceivable for that to be untrue. After all, this was something he had heard from Julius himself. And, if they could obstruct thisーー,
Subaru: “We can put out a safe, against Reid messing everything up.”
Julius: “……At any rate, it would be better if his trespassing can be avoided in this chaos. Even if it is just for confirming his movements, it is well worth it to make our way here.”
Positioning his legs ahead of the humongous stairway, Julius nodded at Subaru. Returning a nod to that, Subaru, while keeping Beatrice in his grasp, stepped onto the final level of the stairway.
Beatrice: “Subaru, your condition really is bad, in fact. The book’s effect is visible, I suppose.”
For a single moment, looking at Subaru, who had shaken his head violently, Beatrice touched his cheek out of anxiety. Whilst gaining tranquility from the warmth of that small palm, Subaru shook his head, saying “I’m fine”.
Subaru: “Exhaustion from reading did not lower my wisdom. On top of that, it’s just as what I told Julius. This is no time to stay in bed. ーーThis is the time when everyone should put their strength together.”
Beatrice: “……When about to really reach the limit, absolutely tell Betty, in fact.”
Subaru: “……Yeah, I know.”
Responding to Beatrice, who was pressurising him based on her senses, Subaru took in a long, deep breath.
His body felt sluggish. His head felt heavy. His nausea was increasing without pause, and he felt congestion in his blood vessels, as if in place of blood, coal tar had been poured into them.
All of this, was the result of Subaru taking over Ram’s inferior physical form through 『Cor Leonis』.
What he had harvested was the aftermath of having strode across 『Return by Death”, and the continuation of 『Cor Leonis』. ーーEqual to his uneasiness by the memories of 『Death』, what he carried over by the Authority.
Thanks to that, he was able to grasp on the positions of his comrades at the current moment. Everyone, was abiding by Subaru’s instructions, and had started to respond to each of the respective attacks.
Within those responses of his comrades, also existed Meili, in the balcony, and Shaula, struggling fiercely. She was certainly there, and fighting for Subaru and the others’ーー no, Subaru’s sake.
Subaru: “I will, definitely save you.”
Whispering behind him, Subaru followed Julius’ back, who had gone ahead of him.
The humongous stairway, which cleared over the first layer of the tower and went through the layer above that, was long. But, neither was this the time to spit up complaints, nor the situation to leak whining.
His entire body was sore, his bones had been shattered to pieces, they were a necessary compensation to break out of this situation.
Julius: “Subaru, let’s advance!”
Julius’ dignified voice resounded, and Subaru raised his face while running out of breath. And, Julius, who had reached the utmost step, turned half of his body back and gestured to Subaru with his hand.
Abiding by that, the moment he galloped over the stairway, he was met with the space that opened up.
The complete opposite arrangement of rooms from the fourth layer, which had multiple rooms dividing the floor, like a spherical wineglass that had been shattered. The second layer 『Electra』, which divided all of their worth of existence by the 『Trial』, is where they had arrived.
And, in 『Electra』, where the three of Subaru, Beatrice and Julius had arrived, the first generation 『Sword Saint』 Reid, and the Sin Archbishop of 『Gluttony』 wereーー,
Reid: “ーーHey, you. Is that all ya’ve got, you. It ain’t no joke, you. Didn’t ya come here to entertain me, you. It’s lackin’, you. Don’t make me laugh, you. No, at least make me laugh ya know, you. It’s not interestin’ or anythin’, you.”
They came across the scene where the 『Sword Saint』 Reid Astrea went on and on complaining, having grabbed a single leg of the young boy that had been mercilessly struck down onto the floor.
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Julius: “This is……”
Staring at the spectacle before their eyes, the one to whisper that in blank surprise was Julius. However, the mental state of Subaru, who was looking at the same scene, was absolutely the same as what he had whispered.
Then, what scene had they been expecting, was something quite difficult to determine now that if it were to be mentionedーー,
Reid: “A~h? What is it, you all. Y’all comin’ here too, ain’t that some enthusiasm. Or, do ya have business with not me, but this guy?”
Gluttony: “Kah, kah, kah……”
Saying that, Reid scratched the area of his chest with his right hand, and with his other hand, the leg of the young boy he had in his gripーー the Sin Archbishop of 『Gluttony』, he lifted him upside down, and made a look of suspicion.
Just as mentioned before, what scene had they been expecting was something quite difficult to determine now that if it were to be mentioned, but at the very least, this scene far surpassed what Subaru had assumed.
Subaru: “I had heard that Reid and 『Gluttony』 were negotiating, but……”
Beatrice: “Negotiating…… this, I suppose? Betty thinks that even battle would be a lacking expression for this, in fact.”
Julius: “Yes, I agree. It is difficult to even call this a conversation.”
With that, Beatrice and Julius arrived at the same conclusion at the words Subaru had whispered. However, the reaction of those two did not make sense from Subaru’s perspective.
Because the contact between Reid and 『Gluttony』, the one to express it as negotiation from what he had heard, last time, had been Julius, who must have witnessed a similar situation.
In any caseーー,
Subaru: “The scene where 『Gluttony』 got overwhelmingly whipped down, would that be correct?”
Though nobody had asked for it, that is what Subaru worded what he say as.
In the white space of the second layer 『Electra』, indeed, the one-on-one battle 『Gluttony』 and Reid had engaged in, traces of it remained in various spots.
They were, the crevices on the floor caused by being stepped firmly upon, or the cracks in walls which gave the impression of being caused by slashing strikes, aside from those, the traces of black burns caused by firing, or the scattered lumps of earth which were not supposed to be here, that precisely made clear the characteristic of 『Gluttony』, it was unmistakable that the departments of all kinds of special moves had been lavish feasts.
ーーThe departments of those techniques, had been struck and smashed to atoms by the natural calamity known as Reid.
Subaru: “Earthquake, thunder, fire, are all of them Reid……”
Reid: “So, what’re ya’ll gonna do, you all. Do ya wanna go for the 『Trial』? Ya can go for it since ya’ve a slight good expression. But, young fish, you can’t. Ah, you can’t.”
Julius: “Why do you say, he is an exception?”
Reid: “Don’tcha get it jus’ by takin’ a look. A guy who ain’t perfect or can’t even become a game companion, instead of bein’ imperfect, is jus’ full of holes, ain’t that so. Don’t stand in front of me when ya’re like that. I start wantin’ to kill ya with a single finger, ya know. “
Gluttony: “Gi, gughya~a~a~!!”
While saying that, Reid stabbed his right hand’s finger into the torso of 『Gluttony』 whom he had in his grip. With his guts mercilessly gouged, the Sin Archbishop of 『Gluttony』 gave rise to an unseemly shriek.
Though it was unknown how old 『Gluttony』 physically was, even so, from the standpoint of his outward appearance, the young boy of thirteen or fourteen was being harassed by an adult, was the emotion he felt, difficult to suppress upon that sight.
It seemed as if Julius also had the identical feeling, and soーー,
Julius: “Reid Astrea, you must also be possessing the dignity as a knight. Then, what reason is there to torment that young boy any more than needed……”
Reid: “Hey, you, don’t be sayin’ idiotic stuff.”
Said Reid without changing the tone of his voice, and declared, while possessing only the sword spirit similar to penetrating cold, at Julius, who tried to offer commencing conversation from a fresh start.
Reid shook the body of 『Gluttony』 left and right whose leg he had grabbed,
Reid: “The dignity of a swordsma~n? If ya scatter that about in exaggeration, that’s exactly why the thing known as the preparedness of a swordsman exists. Are ya gonna fight without even the preparedness to die. If ya’re gonna have an attitude that makes light of it like that, then there’d be no choice but to teach it to ya with pain. Huh?”
The preparedness and dignity of a swordsman, if the argument was to be placed such a sumo ring, the one to be at the inferior position would be Julius. On top of having pride hang outside earlier, Reid’s words about preparedness possessed a constant persuasive power.
On top of that, though the visible person was painful to even look at,
Subaru: “If 『Gluttony』 collapses, then the result certainly is alright……”
Though it was obvious, the Sin Archbishop of 『Gluttony』 was not included in his touted objective of everyone’s survival.
The ones Subaru wanted to save, were at maximum Emilia, Beatrice, Ram, Rem, Meili, Echidna, Julius and Shaula. On top of that, the two of Patrasche and Gyan.
『Gluttony』 and Reid were not subject to that. If the two of them were to crush each otherーー to call it that results in an outcome too unilateral, but it was advantageous for Subaru and the others if that happens.
Reid: “First of all, you. Is this guy your friend. If that’s so, then it’s not as if I don’t get why you’re gettin’ so heated up……”
Julius: “No, absolutely not. That Sin Archbishop of 『Gluttony』 is a bitter enemy for myself as well, an opponent with whom, in the worst case scenario, if I were to fight to the extremity, one may end up taking the other’s life.”
Reid: “Huh? Then why’re ya gettin’ so mad? Because your prey got snatched away?”
Julius: “ーーIt is because, you are kicking the pride of a swordsman.”
Julius told the 『Sword Saint』ーー the man who was the first one to that title, bestowed upon only those who stand at the pinnacle of the sword.
That declaration of Julius’, which couldn’t even be an insult, was silently being heard by Reid, who narrowed his eye which was not covered by the eyepatch.
At the waitful watch of that 『Sword Saint』, Julius continued, as if slashing the atmosphere.
Julius: “If battling swordsmen, warriors, knights is something where one must prepare his body for death beforehand, then it is fine to submit to losing one’s life at the extremity of the battle. However, that, at most, is the extremity of battle, death at the extremity upon one’s desperate efforts all being exhausted is how it should be. The victor, absolutely, must not play around with the life of the defeated.”
Reid: “……You’re sayin’ stuff which make my ears itchy. Who the hell is gonna listen to all that.”
Julius: “I do not mind should they be named as even inexperienced ideals, or sweet nothings! Merely, embodying those ideals and sweet nothings, is the way of the knight I believe in.”
Asserting that boldly, Julius unsheathed his own knight sword.
From what he had heard, the knight sword which had gotten fractured onceーー it was not supposed to be a sword he had a habit of using, hence, it was something suspicious which his hand was growing accustomed to.
But above all, what must have always been in his fundamental values, those will never waver.
That is because they had certainly, always continued to glitter within his self.
That glittering something, did not let Julius overlook Reid’s unjustness.
Even if the one to fall victim to that unjustness was to be a Sin Archbishop, someone who had committed grave atrocities, as an example.
Reid: “ーーThe way of the knight, huh.”
Unexpectedly, that whisper jolted the atmosphere in 『Electra』.
That was, a quiet tone of voice.
That was, not a voice harbouring emotions of little significance.
That was, nothing but an echo which seemed as if it had slipped in amongst the other nonchalant and bored echoes.
ーーHowever, that was, the signal of eruption of the first generation 『Sword Saint』, Reid Astrea.
Reid: “Hey, you. For how long are gonna ya keep sleepin’. Wake the hell up.”
Gluttony: “Gughi ~tsu!”
While groaning, directing strength of grip such that he could crush that grabbed leg with his hand, gave rise to 『Gluttony』 shrieking upon his leg almost being crushed. And, Reid looked down onto the upside down Sin Archbishop,
Reid: “You, ya said some interestin’ stuff, isn’t it. Did ya say ya were gonna eat me up, taste me up, lick me up. ーーI will, let ya do that.”
Gluttony: “ーー. Gihi, gaha, ahahaha ~tsu! What’s up with that ~tsu! What’s that what’s that, what happened so suddenly ~tsu! Why so suddenly, do you feel like that, red-haired onii-san! Even though you swung we or us around this much because you were against that hu~h!”
Reid: “I changed my mind. ーーAh, that’s right that’s right.”
While distorting his face to the pain, 『Gluttony』 tried to regain his state of health, as Reid glared at him. After that, as if having suddenly noticed something, Reid rotated his neck around,
Reid: “Ones like ya’ll will be intrudin’ right away anyway, ain’t that so.”
Remarkably saying that, Reid stepped ahead diagonally.
At that moment, shining violet crystals were thrown into the spot Reid was standing on. A shrill sound as that of shattering glass reverberated, and the violet arrows themselves along with the floor smashed and got scattered about.
However, they missed their aim. And, Reid, who had been their aim, took a single step and leapt, and shortened his distance to Subaru and the others, who had commenced that attack just now.
Beatrice: “ーー~hk! Subaru, not good I suppo……”
Beatrice’s warning rendered fruitless, 『Gluttony』 got struck at Subaru’s torso, delivering a side blow.
Handling a human as a blunt weapon, the unstoppable force mercilessly sent Subaru flying, who had been carrying Beatrice.
Subaru: “Gahagh ~hk!”
Reid: “It’s good ya didn’t hesitate, you all. This is much better than that beautiful girl in terms of fightin’. Well, the broken fragments of your ability haven’t been reassembled, though.”
With no flexibility to even respond to Reid’s brief review, Subaru rolled over while holding Beatrice with all his might. He must not feel, with his internal organs overturned by the single blow just now, accompanied with Ram’s burden, his physical strength and, if anything, the origin of his life had been shorn off.
Julius: “Subaru! Beatrice-sama! Kgh…… ~hk.”
And, whilst fearing for the blown away Subaru and Beatrice, Julius, in a single instant, piercingly charged towards Reid, who had shortened the distance in between. However, Reid strode on and crushed that with his feet, and hammered a kick into Julius’ abdomen, who had tilted the axis of his legs.
Though Julius received that with the handle of the knight sword he had instantaneously drawn, he could not block even being lunged through by the shock wave. With his guts churned by the perforating single blow, he fell back greatly.
And, in the mean timeーー,
Reid: “Here, try it out and see. To eat me up, or to die at the same pace by bein’ played around by me, choose one, if ya’d like then I’d have no choice but to make a move. Ain’t that the thing called life, hey you.”
Gluttony: “ーーA~h, ah, ah ~tsu! We get it, we do get it, we really get it, we completely get it, as we get it, so we get it, as we want to get it, because we get it! Gluttonous drinking ~tsu! Gluttony ~tsu! We’ll do as your wish ~tsu! We can’t stay without eating ~tsu.”
Remaining upside down, raising his face right towards the front, 『Gluttony』 smiled at Reid. And, 『Gluttony』 stretched his hand, grabbing the area of Reid’s left eye, which had been concealed by the eyepatch.
He subsequently opened his mouth andーー,
Gluttony: “Reid Astrea.”
Licking, 『Gluttony』 let go of Reid from his hand, as if tearing something off. And, gazing lovingly at his palm where that something was not even present, he exposed his tongue.
At the same pace, he chewed that invisible something, and reverberated a slurping sound as if indulging in it.
Suddenly, change arrived in a single instant.
As if it had been an illusion or something, Reid’s form vanished in the blink of an eye. With the tall figure disappearing from the space it was certainly supposed to be in, 『Gluttony』, whose leg had been grabbed, fell onto the floor. At the same pace, his hands skilfully made a reversal, 『Gluttony』 made an agile landing, and looked at his own palm.
What was recurring in those eyes, was something close to the nothingness, desolateness, dismay of seemingly a gourmet delicacy, which had exhausted its extravagance, disappearing from the top of the plateーー,
Gluttony: “A~h, so ama~zing. That kind of flavour, this kind of flavour, which kind of flavour would be it be like, we imagined a lot a lot a lo~t about it but…… it was above expectations ~tsu!”
Subaru: “He ate, Reid……?”
Gluttony: “A~h, you saw that, right ~tsu!? We did eat him! We indeed ate him! Really, isn’t it the best, this is the flavour which cannot be imagined ~tsu! Even we, who are called something like『Bizarre Eating』, at this guy’s rich taste, are able to to get it ~tsu! Even when Ley’s say is unknownーー”
Leaning backwards, while touching his own sharp canines, 『Gluttony』 praised Reid’s flavour. As far as thought could go, it was the worst food report in human historyーー it got, stopped in the middle.
It was not as if something had barged in as an obstruction. The origin lay in 『Gluttony』 himself.
Gluttony: “ーーWha? Ah, ah, a~h, a~h, a~a~a~a~h?”
Beatrice: “J-Just, what is being started up this time, in fact……”
Subaru: “No, that is……”
Putting his hands on his own throat and abdomen, 『Gluttony』 started making movement as if practicing speech. Though Beatrice found that condition to be ominous, Subaru had an idea regarding the abnormality.
If the exchange between Reid and 『Gluttony』 just a moment agoーー if that, was what Julius spoke of as “negotiation” then,
Gluttony: “Wa-Wa-Wa~-Wait, hieh, gihi, gihihi ~tsu. Strange, it’s strange, isn’t it strange ~tsu! After all, this is…… you, odd, isn’t it?”
Gluttony: “It ain’t odd, you. To eat or be eaten, that’s how life works, ain’t that so.“
Strangling his own throat, 『Gluttony』 fired words as if answering his own questions. That tone of voice met clear change, as if pulled into the change of that tone of voice, and change ensued in 『Gluttony’s』 flesh body itself.
It was a change as if the waxing and waning of the moon, and the expression of questioning when it even happened was appropriate for it.
Subaru did not avert his eyes at all.
The same went for Beatrice, who was in his chest, and of course, Julius, who had prepared his sword. However, while remaining captured in the field of vision of the three, 『Gluttony』 erased that form of his in an instant.
And instead, the one standing at the spot where 『Gluttony』 had been wasーー,
???: “ーーAh, a fresh body really is different. It feels as if blood is flowin’ through flesh. I’m already feelin’ hungry. At least come after fillin’ your stomach, mentally adult brat.”
Saying that, the one who had carried out substituting for the former player, having exited the stage known as the Pleiades Watchtower for merely a few ten seconds, the existence who was blooming a second time at the centre of the stage, was Reid.
Reid Astrea, had stolen the flesh body of the Sin Archbishop of 『Gluttony』 and had achieved resurrection into the present world.
Julius: “This is……”
The result of the negotiations between Reid and 『Gluttony』 from Julius’ perspective.
Of course, the details of the content of conversation between Reid and 『Gluttony』 must have changed due to Subaru and the others’ intervention, but approximately it should have remained the same.
In other wordsーー,
Subaru: “What the hell’s the negotiation, speaking while putting on airs……”
Beatrice: “Subaru, this is not the time to be saying all that, I suppose. 『Gluttony』 has disappeared, and Reid has……”
Using rough words for Julius’ pretentious phraseology the previous time, was Subaru. Within those arms, Beatrice called for further vigilance but Subaru patted her head lightly, and gazed towards Reidーー,
Subaru: “Strictly speaking, taking a backhand grip onto the Authority of 『Gluttony』 which reconstructs eaten opponents, and painted out the opponent’s self…… is that right?”
Reid: “Don’t go around sayin’ difficult stuff. As if I’d know such convenient stuff. So, don’t swagger with stuff I’d no way in hell know, damn young fish. Young fish? A~h, hm? You…… ah? You, this, you, that’s it, isn’t it, you.”
Though his spirit had hijacked that flesh body, Reid made a wry face unrelated to that truth. He unusually groaned, saying hm, and gently put a finger in his own eyepatch. And turning that over, though there was no particular need for an eyepatch, he looked at Subaru with his healthy blue eye.
Looking, gazing, staring,
Reid: “ーーYou, ya’re pretty disgustin’.”
Reid: “Good job not havin’ your head gettin’ screwed up with that. No, has it gotten so? What it’ll be precisely because it has gotten so, I ain’t got an idea. I haven’t even given it a thought.”
What was he saying, thinking that, Subaru became truly perplexed at Reid’s attitude.
On top of being perplexed, the shivers and nausea enclosing his entire body were about to hit critical point. Though it was obvious, Ram’s inferior physical form was worsening as much as Ram’s body increased its voltage, and was throwing the backfire of recoil she was originally supposed to have felt into Subaru.
This time, Subaru had not personally met up with Ram, so there were no means for Ram to find out the reason why her body was favourably working.
If that were to be thought now, it seemed as if Ram had been substantially concerned regarding Subaru last time as well.
Though he had noticed that concern of Ram’s, who was not in this place, only after dying twiceーー,
Reid: “I see I see I do see. I ain’t got any idea, but it looks like ya’re the ones these guys are aimin’ for, ain’t that so. Then, that makes things faster.”
Julius: “Reid! Your opponent is myself!”
Stepping ahead, Julius fired a slashing strike. But Reid attempted receive that with the chopsticks he had drawn out from his bosomーー,
The slashing strike lightly touched the tip of the chopsticks, and blood spouted out of Reid’s right hand, despite him wanting to receive it. Looking at that, Reid made a suspicious look, Julius raised his eyebrows in faint surprise as well.
For having witnessed that with his own eyes, that alone was a harvest for Subaru.
Clicking his tongue, Reid gyrated his chopsticks as if spinning a pen between the gap of his fingers, and skilfully repelled Julius’ knight sword. At the same pace, stepping ahead with a single blow he lapsed the distance between him and Julius, who had instantaneously drawn his body back, and aimed his palm towards his abdomen,
Reid: “Your opponent is myself, did ya say that?”
Reid: “No way you’ll be gettin’ to have an exchange with me, after carryin’ around a princess in your arms back there!”
The further twisted sole of the palm burst open Julius’ abdomen, and the slender tall figure, while continuing to bleed, was blown away backwards. He tried to position his lengthy legs to the floor in order to kill off that vigour, but still unable to kill it, Julius’ body turned upward at the bottom on the floor, and tumbled over at the same pace.
And, concluding his battle with Julius, who had widened the distance in between, Reid turned back,
Subaru: “Shi ~hk!”
Aiming for that sideward face of Reid’s, Subaru fired the whip which was at the back of his waist. However, without the occurrence of a miracle such as his body continuing to remember it, the tip of the whip flew towards the wrong direction.
The effect of lost memories, was not only in his mind but also affecting the recursive actions of his flesh body. As a result of fully realising that, Subaru took in a heavy inhale.
At the same time as thatーー,
Reid: “You, with such a borin’ trick……”
Beatrice: “ーーThat boring trick, is the recommendation of you getting an end of being buried, in fact.”
Going past his amazement, Reid expressed his rage, and from his hind echoed the loud sound of striking hands. Upon observing, that was Beatrice, who had both her hands her free, away from Subaru.
However, even if their hands were detached, there was a certain connection between them. Beatrice extracted an extremely small amount of something like MP from the path of Subaruーー and exercised great magic.
Beatrice: “ーーUl Shamak.”
The moment immediately after Beatrice’s chant had achieved completion, what arose in the space was an enormous black hole.
That which had appeared all of a sudden in the air, manifested as an existence accompanied by primordial fear such as its unknown bounds and unknown depths, and tried to swallow Reid, who was right in front of it.
Subaru: “That, is……”
At a single glance, it could be understood that it was the great magic in effect within the space.
That was more of an issue of imaging it so, rather than having knowledge about it. Subaru had heard of Beatrice being a wasteful spirit, but the intensity of the real great magic could not even be in the same league of comparison.
Subaru had been unaware, that this was even possible. This was, a harvest.
That black hole swallowed Reid, and repelled away his 『Sword Saint』 off to somewhere unknownーー,
Reid: “What, it’s jus’ air. Somethin’ like air’s everywhere, as if it can stop me.”
With just a single swing of his chopsticks, Reid broke through that immense magic with extreme easiness.
A carefree attitude as if, quite literally, slashing through airーー no, for him, it truly was exactly that. He did not have the nature of taking roundabouts around something which he was capable of doing and then boasting about it.
He had slashed the air, so that was his explanation. That was all there was to it.
Subaru: “Slashing dimensions, I image it as quite a superior ability, you know……”
Reid: “Heyhey, don’t put such cool names on it, better food can be served, ya know. If ya’ll stay persistent jus’ because things have gotten a bit lively, that won’t be interestin’ or anythin’, ya know.”
Swinging his chopsticks at the same angle as when he had slashed Beatrice’s magic, the moment immediately afterwards, Subaru’s body had been diagonally burst open from his chest to his waist.
Subaru: “Gha, a~a~a~!!”
Julius: “Subaruーー ~hk!”
Tasting the sensation of scorching heat, Subaru collapsed on the spot, as Beatrice and Julius call for him. At the voices of those two, Subaru gnashed his molars, and glared at Reid with bloodshot eyes.
And, turning his palm towards the two trying the rush up to him, he managed to halt their legs.
Subaru: “I’m, al, right……”
Shaking his head left and right, he urged the two to not worry for him. Of course, just by conveying such words to the two, there was no way he could truly convince them.
The chest wound, was shallow. ーーNo, it was not shallow. Though it was not shallow, it did not ache. It could be expressed as not being unbearable. At any rate, though it was bitter, it was alright. It was not worthy of making those two experience bitter, painful emotions. Gnashing molars, the blood on the verge of being vomitedーー nausea? Whichever it was, vomiting must be restrained from. Facing the front, glaring ahead, Reid must be carefully observed.
Reid: “As if ya can reach me with that, you.”
With a stunned expression, Reid was looking at Subaru, who was bleeding from the area of his lips.
Facing that Reid, Subaru stretched out his hand, and raised a single finger.
Subaru: “ーーY-Yeah. I will, reach you.”
Even right now. I can reach you. In a place not necessarily here.
I will, for sure, save Emilia, Beatrice, Ram, Rem, Meili, Echidna, Julius, Shaula, Patrasche, Gyan.
Without failing, a single person.
『Gluttony』 and Reid were exceptions. ーーThe 『Natsuki Subaru』 who is not Natsuki Subaru as well.
That is why, right now, at this momentーー,
Subaru: “ーーThis is, count one.”
Overlapping with 『Death』 necessary for a counterattack, was an accomplishment of『Natsuki Subaru’s』 as well.
At the very end of the end, Reid’s blue eyes sheened a dull flash towards Subaru, who had made that declaration.
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■ Count 1.
・ The fight between Reid and 『Gluttony』 cannot be stopped.
・ If it’s Julius, then there is a chance for them to succeed.
・ ーーNatsuki Subaru, has no chance of succeeding.