Arc 7, Chapter 52 – “Love Can’t Be Bequeathed”

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――By using the Soul Marriage Technique on the Castle, her Od was being instilled into even inorganic substances.

This was the reality of the extraordinary phenomenon of Yorna, who was using the spiraling roof tiles as a foothold.

Abel had spoken of her Soul Marriage Technique being applied to the more than hundred people chasing after Subaru’s group like it was already something unusual, but that was not even the strange part.

If he assumed she was handing out part of her Od, even to her own castle and kiseru.

Subaru: [That seems extremely bad for your body…!]

In the first place, the act of handing over Mana to someone else was quite tiring in itself.

In fact, Subaru had firsthand knowledge of how difficult it was, as he would regularly exchange Mana with Beatrice, with whom he had a contractual relationship.

While in the Sand Sea, on their way to the Watchtower, for example, Beatrice had taken a lot of Mana from him, and even though it had been only the necessary amount, he’d gotten dog-tired.

Additionally, the risk of trouble occurring with his Od tied to Beatrice alone―― in Yorna’s case, by simple calculation that risk was more than a hundredfold.

On top of that, she herself had the power to unfold a heck of a battle.

In reality, the fact that she was supposed to be dog-tired because she was sharing her power with everyone was, considering she had split the Castle with an axe kick, quite unbelievable.

Olbart: [Hahaa, you’re usin’ some strange skills. Geez, no matter how long I live, techniques I dunno come out one after the other, it’s a real headache.]

Yorna: [That’s the kind of fertile ground we live on, so there’s no point for you to lament it. From my point of view, Old Man Olbart’s skills are also troublesome enough… It’d be better to make you disappear.]

Olbart: [Kakakakka! I won’t be taken outta the picture so easily… Wuoh!?]

Olbart, laughing with his big mouth open, sprung backward in response to the hostility that followed that immediately.

Instantly, the roof beneath Olbart’s feet exploded, and roof tiles shot up from the impact from directly below. It was much like a reprisal for the previous attack that had launched Yorna.

And yet unlike Olbart’s single blow, Yorna’s attacks fired in rapid succession, as if hot on his heels.

Bang bang bang, with that sound, shockwaves chased after Olbart as he spun backward and hopped away. That had been accomplished by Yorna simply waving a supple finger of hers, using a roof tile fixed up in the air.

Olbart: [Yo! Ho! Huh! Take this!]

Yorna: [Old Man Olbart, you sure are a stubborn man.]

Olbart: [If ya got the impression they’re flies, ya dunno elderly opponents, lass. However――]

Cutting off his words there, Olbart twisted his body as he spun backward. As he did, with his back turned while in an upside-down position, the roof lifted like a wave to greet him.

Chased by shock waves from his front, and by surging waves of roof tiles from his back, he was being attacked on both sides―― the sight of the castle tower surging like an ocean made Subaru want to doubt his eyes.

But doubting his eyes was what he’d want to do for what happened directly after that as well.

Olbart: [――――]

As the roof tiles approached like a tidal wave, seeing that, Olbart kicked himself off the air itself, heading into the roof tiles of his own accord head-first.

Albeit it looked like a wave given its appearance, the tiles that made up the large wave had not lost their hardness and weight.

If he went in head-first, his whole body would be thrashed, his bones broken, and, in the end, his head would be tragically smashed. Without thinking, Subaru covered Louis’s face as he hugged her, hearing her protest with a “Uu!”.

But that cruel outcome never came to pass.

Olbart: [Ain’t I amazin’ for bein’ able ta put the technique of hidin’ in the ground into use without preparation?]

At the moment of collision, Olbart plunged soundlessly into the waves of roof tiles as if he were diving into water, and jumped straight out the back of the surge of roof waves. Scraping the torn-off roof tiles with his heels, Olbart flashed a cunning smile showing his white teeth, acting as if it had been nothing special.

In fact, Olbart had yet to display the depth of his abilities.

On the other hand, Yorna might have already exposed what terrors the Soul Marriage Technique held, but,

Yorna: [Will you be able to achieve your goal while merely running away like that, Old Man Olbart?]

With composure, she looked down from the sky towards the monstrous old man, who had still not sustained an injury.

Both of them had shown only a fraction of their power. That alone was enough to prove that the Nine Divine Generals, the Empire’s greatest warriors, held tremendous strength.

However, if the fight continued in that way, it could be presumed their even match would continue, as both sides would not give in.

Apparently, Subaru and Louis watching from the sidelines were not the only ones with this impression.

Olbart: [Good grief, that’s a painful thing to hear. Tho’, if the Third stubbornly holds out against the Seventh, well, it can’t be helped that His Excellency’d be angered.]

Yorna: [Then, what shall we do?]

Olbart: [Good question. Well, it’s not like I’ve been runnin’ ‘round aimlessly either…]

Raising her shapely eyebrows, Yorna asked that of Olbart, who stroked his chin. As he rubbed it, the monstrous old man’s cheeks twisted, his gaze turning in another direction.

Those glowing yellow eyes turned to the two children watching the battle from the sidelines――,

Subaru: [――Hk.]

Yorna: [Old Man!!]

Suddenly, Olbart’s gaze sharpened and Subaru drew back.

Immediately afterward, Yorna, her eyebrows raised, kicked off the roof tiles, throwing herself furiously at Olbart. Once again, Yorna rained down intense strikes on Olbart, similar to those at the start.

However――,

Olbart: [It’s ‘cause of somethin’ like that, that’cha haven’t reached His Excellency even once despite so many rebellions.]

Olbart spat that out, and a leg of his, incomparably shorter than Yorna’s, sprung up. But, the sole of his shoe collided directly with the thick sole on Yorna’s heel, sending shockwaves through the long hair of the two.

Yorna gnashed her teeth, Olbart clenched his own, and in a second the bodies of both were blown in opposite directions. Yorna and Olbart, each at the same time.

Then, as soon as he saw that there was a wide distance between them, Olbart plunged his left and right arms into his sleeves and then pulled something out. ――Between his fingers, there were round and black lumps, four in each hand.

Subaru: [Ration balls!?]

Olbart: [Ngh, looks like that, right? But, things’d get messy if ya ate ‘em. ――For ya see, chunks of Fire Magic Stones are tightly stuffed in ‘em.]

Hearing Subaru’s shriek, Olbart laughed and gave a grand swing of both his arms.

If his words were to be believed, those black balls were bombs. Propelled with an impact, they flew towards Yorna who was showing a large opening―― No, that wasn’t it.

Olbart: [In the latest rebellion, that lot were the bunch we fought, right? I wouldn’t have used something like this against them, so it’s fresh, isn’t it?]

His cheeks distorted, Olbart threw the bombs over the roof into the open sky.

From the way he hurled them, it seemed there was no particular aim, and because of that, there was no doubt about it. ――For Olbart, a bomb just needed to fall onto a place with people.

Only that――,

Olbart: [I’ve heard it said that’cha and the folks of this city are awfully tough, but… Are ya tougher than the folks of my village were?]

Yorna: [――You lowlife!]

The size of the bomb was small, but the hidden power there-in was wholly unknown.

There was also the question of how many people in the city were under the effect of Yorna’s Soul Marriage Technique at the moment. In conclusion, leaving those bombs as they were would be far too reckless.

Yorna instantly drew that conclusion as well. Hence――,

Yorna: [HaAAAaaa!!]

Stomping her foot hard enough to smash the roof, Yorna brandished her arm wide. Clutched in her hand, was the kiseru that had been used to attack Olbart.

At the same time, the smoke overflowing from the tip of the pipe traced the same arc as the full swing of her arm, and the mass of purple smoke flashed across the sky of Chaosflame like a horizontal slash.

――That mass of purple smoke had entirely caught the bombs scattered about.

Immediately afterward, the tremendous sound of chained explosions, thunderous booms and shock waves dyed the sky of the Castle. One of the explosions occurred near Subaru and Louis, blinding them and making it impossible for them to stand.

Subaru: [Kah――]

He faintly remembered seeing on the television or in a book that one should plug their ears and open their mouth when an explosion occurred.

As a result of failing to do both, Subaru’s body suffered great damage. His head was rocked, his vision was colored bright-red. That was how out of the ordinary Olbart’s bomb was.

Olbart was out of his mind to be carrying around so many of those things.

That he was going to scatter them all over the city without mercy was also clear――.

Louis: [Uau!]

There was a shout, and Subaru’s shoulders were shaken by a small hand.

Upon taking a look, he saw Louis projected in his deep-red, obscured vision and noticed that her facial expression was changed. Her mouth quivering in terror, tears were welling up in Louis’s blue eyes.

Seeing that before his eyes, Subaru went to reply with “I’m fine”,

Subaru: [――Ah.]

――At the edge of his red field of view, he caught sight of Olbart appearing behind Yorna.

Subaru: [――――]

As she was busy dealing with the bombs that had been thrown, her pose was still the same, having done a full swing of her kiseru. Olbart, having appeared right behind her, was about to draw his arm in, and loosen a strike of his hand being used as a sword.

His aim was the center of Yorna’s back; if this were a manga, it would be a situation in which her heart would be pierced with one blow.

If it truly would play out like something out of a manga, he didn’t know. But enough had been seen in the fight so far to know that both Yorna and Olbart were superhumans with manga-like powers.

If it continued unchanged, Yorna would die. So――,

Subaru: [Louis――!]

Grabbing Louis’s hand that was on his shoulder, Subaru pointed towards Yorna and Olbart.

He’d told her the procedure in detail before entering the Castle, and Louis, setting it in motion, opened both her big round eyes―― the next moment, Subaru’s vision flickered, and the teleport happened.

And so――,

Subaru: [Ah.]

Before he could inhale once, Subaru leaked a dumbfounded voice.

The reason was simple, because even his blurry bright-red vision was taken away by a sudden warm feeling. Through that sensation, he understood that the cause for that was some kind of fluid that had been poured on his face without warning.

As he tried to wipe that sensation away with his arm, he noticed a sense of discomfort.

Louis’s grip was too light.

Olbart: [The hell was that just now? Ya weaklings are supposed ta be over there.]

The sound of Olbart’s voice of curiosity made Subaru look up dumbfounded. Within his view was the monstrous old man, his head slightly tilted, shaking his hand vigorously.

Within Subaru’s vision of red, an even redder arm waved with vigor.

Subaru: [Louis…?]

As he watched, Subaru called Louis’s name, gripping her hand tighter.

He thought that they had to get out of that place at once. They would have to leap two times, maybe more. Perhaps he’d throw up, but that would be bearable.

He would bear it, so they had to get out of there, right now.

Because of that――,

Subaru: [Louis! We’ve got to hurry…]

Olbart: [Nah, sayin’ somethin’ that absurd’s quite pitiful ta look at. There’s nothin’ left above her neck, is there?]

Subaru: [――Huh?]

Hearing those words spoken so indifferently, Subaru was not able to understand their meaning.

Perhaps him being smaller and his brain younger was why he didn’t get them. He had been told something he didn’t get, something his little brain didn’t want to understand, and because of that.

And because of that, even if he were told that nothing of her head was left.

Yorna: [How dare… you do that!!]

Shortly after, with a shout of anger, something shot over Subaru’s head, and Olbart jumped sideways to avoid it. An impact shaped like a straight line ran through the place where Olbart had been just before, and the newly-repaired castle tower was once again destroyed.

But Olbart was unconcerned by the sort of dreadful power in that blow,

Olbart: [Oh, scary, scary. But ya should be grateful, foxgirl.]

Yorna: [What do you mean!?]

Olbart: [If it weren’t for the boy and lassie there, you’d be dead, ya know? Well, at this rate, it’s only a matter of time anyhow.]

Yorna: [――――]

Shaking his upraised finger, Olbart continued in a carefree tone.

Yorna held her breath, and Subaru felt her attention going from the monstrous old man to himself. However, Subaru slumped on the spot, and the best he could do was pull Louis’s lifeless arm towards him.

Subaru: [Lou, is…]

His vision was red, and he couldn’t see Louis’s figure properly.

If that was because of the disorder of Subaru’s eyes, or because Louis’s figure had turned bright-red, he couldn’t even tell.

But there was one thing that could be said. ――Louis had died.

Even though Subaru had not found any answer on what should be done about her.

She had acted as she had been told to by Subaru, and as a result, she died.

Subaru, had let her die.

Yorna: [Child! Child, look at me!]

Suddenly, Subaru’s face cast downward was lifted by two hands clasping both his cheeks.

In front of him, in his red vision, was a beautiful woman’s face. The reason as to why he had not been able to tell it was Yorna at first glance was because the expression on her face was one of grief.

It was different from the confident face she had shown the previous day to Subaru and the false Emperor, and their respective entourages.

It was different from the kind face that had tried to treat Subaru and the others politely this very day.

Right now, Yorna’s eyes were shaking as she stared at Subaru with a pained expression.

He finally understood the reason why, due to the reflection of Yorna’s eyes before him.

Subaru: [――Ah.]

Subaru dropped to his knees, with that face of his being in an awful condition.

His left eyeball had burst into bright-red, and his right one had popped out of its socket, held by a string. His eyeball had been pushed out of its orbit because of the impact of the explosion, which had not been dampened at all.

It was, like some special effects from a cheap-looking zombie movie, somewhat weird to look at.

Subaru: [Haaa.]

Realizing his circumstances, Subaru’s vision, solely that of his left eye, wavered as he let out an exhale. But Yorna’s hands did not allow him to fall.

Yorna, moving her lips and staring into Subaru’s face, spoke, “Child――”,

Yorna: [――Love me. Right now.]

With eyes looking straight ahead, she declared something utterly absurd.

To love, and to do it at this moment, was awfully absurd. In the first place, he didn’t know what he should do specifically, and loving someone was no trivial thing to do.

He did believe Yorna was a nice person, and she was beautiful, but――,

Yorna: [Child! If you love me, those wounds will also…]

Olbart: [Kakakakka! Oioi, that’s one hell of a thing ta ask for, lass, for real. Not that I know much ‘bout it, but love doesn’t bud so easily, does it?]

Yorna: [Silence!]

Shouting out in anger towards Olbart behind her teasing her, Yorna’s eyes were tinged with a deep hue.

Watching that happen near him, Subaru repeated faint breaths to prepare, as to accept the waves of pain slowly arriving.

Even if one of his eyeballs had burst, and one of them had popped out, he did not have fatal injuries.

Unlike Louis, he still had his head. He knew that, soon enough, deathly pain would flare up. He was sure he would scream and yell and cause Yorna plenty of trouble.

He didn’t want to cause any more trouble――,

Yorna: [Child.]

One word was spoken, and Subaru’s consciousness flickered up.

Then, much like an attack that made use of a gap of just one moment, Yorna’s serious face approached his own.

Subaru: [――――]

Yorna’s lips, overlapped with Subaru’s own.

A soft sensation hit his face, and he could feel her breath right up close. It took him a while to realize that he was being kissed.

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Partly because he was younger, and partly because he didn’t have much experience to begin with. His scarce memories were rather distant and he considered them to be very, very moving experiences, but this――.

Yorna: [My lips aren’t cheap. With this…]

The kiss ended, Yorna distanced her face, and she interrupted the words onto which she was clinging. However, Subaru vaguely understood what the words that were to follow would be.

What she wanted to say was―― Can you love me now?

If Subaru were to love Yorna, the situation would change.

That was most likely the root of Yorna’s power, or something like the origin of her strength.

However――,

Subaru: [There’s a girl I like, so…]

On the other side of his bright-red vision, the face of the girl he liked, located in a distant place, emerged.

When he gazed at her smiling face, his heart would throb. Therefore, Subaru could not love Yorna.

He could not love her, and so, upon hearing that, Yorna’s face tensed up in grave pain. It was difficult to look at that.

Olbart: [――Well, things don’t always turn out so well with men and women.]

In a moment, along with that voice filled with something like disappointment, Subaru’s field of view changed completely.

Subaru: [――――]

Yorna’s face, which was right in front of him, disappeared, and all he could see was the sky being dyed red.

Similarly to Louis’s teleport, his vision shifted quickly―― No, it was different from Louis’s.

If it were like Louis’s teleport, the world would reflect something different, more vivid, in an instant.

But what was happening to Subaru at the moment was much rougher and cruder. His vision was spinning, and there was no interruption like there would be in a teleport, and he saw everything from the ground, ground that was a continuous plane.

Just above him was Yorna on her knees, and Olbart’s form standing before her. Next to Yorna, was the body of a fallen girl, perhaps that of Louis.

There was one other thing, something, or someone, standing between Yorna and Olbart.

That was――,

Subaru: [――Ah]

――It was the body of the young Subaru, a child missing his head.

Olbart: [Good grief, it’s mentally tough ta kill a child. Well, physically it’s easier tho’, isn’t it?]

Yorna: [Old Man――!]

With a blood-curdling scream, Yorna’s body plunged into Olbart. He met it head-on, and the bodies of the two clashed, causing the Crimson Lapis Castle to rock violently.

It rocked, it cracked, it shattered, and once again the destruction spread and spread, and then, something happened.

From that point onward, Subaru did not understand what was happening.

He did not understand anything anymore. Without understanding anything, Subaru’s head bounced off the roof――,

It bounced――.

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――Dark, he was dragged into a dark space.

???: [――――]

It was an empty space; he had no hands or feet and was floating; it was incomprehensible, neither sky nor ground existed, drifting about, nothing shook, nothing resisted, nothing was experienced, nothing shuddered.

It was like he had been acquainted with it many times before, it was like this was the first time he laid eyes upon it.

It was like it was drifting away, it was like it was infinitely close.

Amidst the seemingly everlasting darkness, in the space completely dominated by darkness, there was an echo.

An echo, of weeping, of someone’s crying voice, one that made his non-existing heart beat, of a voice.

???: [I love you.]

Those, were words of love.

Like an appeal for love, a request for love, a plead for love, a deferment of love, the voice had requested love for love.

???: [I love you. I love you. I love you.]

That accretion of love, originally, was supposed to be that of words filled with various emotions.

The likes of happiness, of anger, of sadness, of pleasure; the whirlpool of emotions was filled with that sort.

And yet, that which filled the love in this everlasting darkness, was nothing more than a single emotion.

???: [I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you――]

Crammed among the entirety of those emotions, in the entirety of that whirling love, was only “sadness”.

Sadness, of sadness, of sad, that love sobbed, saddened by sadness.

Unceasingly, there was sobbing.

Unceasingly, the sobbing made him yearn for death just because he was listening to it.

Love was sadness, love was made of sadness, love was made of sad, love was saddening sadness.

While sobbing, while carrying out love on love, while saddened by sadness, they united at the terminus.

???: [――Where are you?]

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Olbart: [I’ve heard it said that’cha and the folks of this city are awfully tough, but… Are ya tougher than the folks of my village were?]

Yorna: [――You lowlife!]

The whirling, spinning vision of red performed a rotation, and tense voices struck his eardrums.

One was that of an old man, and the other was that of a woman―― he could understand they were Olbart and Yorna respectively.

He understood, but that was the only thing he could understand.

Subaru: [Huh…]

Yorna: [HaAAAaaa!!]

Immediately after letting out a dazed voice, there was a massive boom, and, stepping hard on the roof of the Castle, Yorna’s foot crushed it. At the same time, the golden kiseru in her hand was swung.

A large, horizontal, arcing blow from the kiseru, with tremendous speed and destructive power, spread a large plume of purple smoke across the skies of Chaosflame.

Subaru knew what it was for and what would happen next.

He knew, but it would happen before the knowledge he was aware of could catch up with reality.

――A bomb struck by Yorna’s purple smoke exploded, and a shockwave engulfed the area.

Subaru: [Gah――]

His whole body bathed by the same shock that had bathed it mere moments ago, Subaru’s field of vision was dyed bright-red.

He thought he heard a small sound like something being split, and he immediately drew the connection to his reddened vision. The sound had been the bursting of his eyeball. Hence, Subaru’s vision had turned red.

If so, before long, the other side of his field of vision would turn dark――,

Subaru: [Ah, g-gyAHHHHHH――!!]

Covering his face with both hands, Subaru screamed as he was struck by two things, pain and “understanding”.

He had gained “understanding”. One of his eyeballs had been ruptured and the other one popped out. As long as his brain didn’t want to understand, it was possible to ignore the pain.

But, if he knew what had happened to begin with, he would not be able to ignore the pain.

Subaru: [AAAAAGH! AGH, GYAHHHH!!]

Louis: [Uau! Uauu!]

A small body clutched Subaru, who had collapsed onto his back on the spot, wailing loudly.

His name was being called. He did not understand. His ears were burning, and his own voice was too loud. The pain, the gushing of blood, he could hear it. He did not understand whether it was blood flowing inside or outside his body. It hurt, it just hurt. It hurt it hurt it hurt it hurt, it hurt.

Somebody, help. I don’t want pain. I don’t like pain. I don’t like, pain.

It hurt, it hurt because it hurt, it hurt because it hurt, because it hurt, it hurt it hurt it hurt it hurt it hurt――.

Subaru: [Wa――]

Olbart: [Oioi, isn’t that a bad idea?]

Subaru: [――Hk.]

Pain swirling around in his head, his red vision glazed over.

Right beside Subaru, there was a hand holding him down as he tried to roll around, but it was getting in his way. He wanted to scream louder, flail around more, and let the pain escape from his body.

No, it was his face that hurt. His eyes and his ears. So, if it hurt somewhere else, if this pain would go somewhere else.

Louis: [Uau! Auaa――]

Thud thud, he banged his head on the ground. A strong force pulled him up. Someone fastened their arms behind his back, making him unable to move. It hurt, he was afraid of being hurt. He hated it, he was scared, he was going to die.

Subaru: [Guh…]

Olbart: [Kakh, ya can’t be serious, foxgirl. What kinda body ya got that won’t die from that? So that’s what Cecilus was talkin’ ‘bout when he said he couldn’t lop off yer head?]

Yorna: […There’s no way I’m going to reveal my womanly secrets to a lousy man who lays his hands on children.]

In the distance, someone was arguing. Caught between his own voice and the voice that was trying to hold him back, he couldn’t hear anything. He couldn’t understand. It hurt, everything was wrong.

Yes, everything was wrong. The red and the pain, everything was their fault. Everything was because of them.

Subaru: [It’s because of them…! That’s, that’s, that’s their fault! Not mine! Even though it’s not mine, uuuugh!]

Louis: [Uu!!]

Squirming and struggling, Subaru tried to push all of it somewhere else. What if he pushed everything to something else and was able to escape, what should he do if he could escape?

He would think about such a thing after he escaped. He would think about it after he escaped, so.

Olbart: [Wahwah, I can’t stand hearin’ the sound of children cryin’. ――Shuddup.]

Yorna: [Wait…!]

A woman’s desperate voice and an uninterested hoarse voice.

After hearing them, something approached with the sound of scraping. From behind his head, fastening their arms behind his back, someone hugged Subaru tightly.

But, being embraced by them did not help.

Because a bright-red, heated light swelled up again, engulfing Subaru and the rest.

He was swallowed, and the pain went away, and then――.

 

 

Olbart: [I’ve heard it said that’cha and the folks of this city are awfully tough, but… Are ya tougher than the folks of my village were?]

Yorna: [――You lowlife!]

A moment later, again he heard the voices he had heard just a while ago, and hearing them again, his consciousness turned white.

Subaru: [Huh…?]

Immediately after everything was suddenly and abruptly cut off, the replay began anew.

Other colors returned to his bright-red vision, he felt the sound of the wind in his deaf ears, felt the warmth of the soft girl right beside him, and――,

Yorna: [HaAAAaaa!!]

The voice of a vigorous woman was raised in volume, and a moment later, an arm was swung with tremendous force.

The trajectory of the swinging arm was already known to him.

――A series of explosions rang out, and a shock dyed his vision bright-red.

Subaru: [GYAHHHH――!!]

Covering his face and taking in the pain of his ruptured and popped-out eyeballs, Subaru collapsed back-first onto the roof, and yelled.

Louis: [Uau! Uaau!]

Someone’s voice, seemingly crying, jumped onto his fallen body.

As he felt it, as he listened to the world drowned out by harsh sounds, as he lamented the pain and suffering, Subaru’s head was filled with tears, fear, and “why”.

Perhaps, he was dead. He was dead.

He knew death. It was very painful and cruel, it kept him away from this place. But then it returned him to this place immediately, and then he died; it was painful however, due to the red explosion.

Even knowing this, Subaru repeated in his mind, “Why?”.

――This, isn’t it.

Vaguely, a sensation rang in his head, almost pushing him away with pain and redness. But it was a feeling of absolute certainty that he could not let go of.

An eyeball burst, an eyeball popped out, his eardrums ruptured, he was crying out in pain, he would soon after this die in a horrible way yet again despite wishing that the pain would be kept at a distance. Along with tears, snot, drool, and the leakage of some urine, his frenetic head thought such.

Subaru: [Tihs, isn…] [1]

Louis: [Uau! Au, uu!]

Subaru: [This isn’t, mine…]

It’s not.

It’s not, it’s not, it’s not.

It’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not.

It’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not.

It’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not――.

Subaru: [Tihs is…] [1]

Before the pain filled his head, he thought of something that he must never forget.

Again and again, Subaru was thrown into this world of red and pain, and this, this was――.

Subaru: [Not it…!]

――It was not Natsuki Subaru’s Return by Death, but something else.

 

 

Translation note:

[1] The misspelling is intentional.

47 thoughts on “Arc 7, Chapter 52 – “Love Can’t Be Bequeathed””

  1. I heard that the Translators of the Heretic Division are strong, but I wonder if they are stronger than those in Witch Cult Translations?

  2. Oh man, the iconic Chaosflame line is different, but I guess it’s probably closer to what Olbart says?

  3. I Hear The People Of Chaosflame Are Strong But I Wonder If They’re Stronger Than Those In The Shinobi Village?

  4. Thank you for the translation! This chapter is very puzzling thought… So we have the confirmation that RBD is having issues. Either something is messing with it or something is overwritting it. Although to me it looks like Subaru is using Al’s power (confirming that Al’s power nature is that of an authority? Subaru being a magnet to this kind of power it can be theorize that he received this authority after Al lost his).
    Just thought about a theory but since arc4, we know that there is a difference between Satella and the witch of Envy. What if for example Subaru got the authority from Satella, while Al got the authority from the witch of Envy?

    1. Holy shit, Jonna is terrible, I have goosebumps, stupidly as if I refused confessions, she cut off the head of the Subaru

      1. I think she just cut off his head because he was dying and without “loving” her he couldn’t heal, so she just made him die faster.

      2. What no , read the chapter again

        It was orbart the killed Subaru not yorna

        Yorna face twisted in pain because she knew she could not save him

        Since her soul marriage technic could have healed Subaru but it won’t work since he doesn’t love her so orbart killed him

        Learn how to read

    2. Al’s power isn’t limited to just himself as shown in side stories. It’s possible that Al kept trying to activate his power over and over while thinking of Subaru since he was worried about him, and that the power recognized Al as the ‘subjugator’, making Subaru the one looping. But that’s just speculation, and until we get confirmation from Al it’s up in the air.

  5. Oh I get it RBD became less effective because distance from Satella. Where are you line get me hint. But maybe that not the case…

  6. No wonder Al lost one of his arm, his ability rewinds at a time close to the moment of death. I don’t know how Subaru will be able to get away from this. This chapter was crazy!

  7. Hmmm… If I remember correctly, I believe Pandora’s Vain-Glory authority functioned similarly to this…a redo closer to the death point, but the big difference here is, the time line is still being reset rather then a continuation..

    Really can’t wait for the next chapter, thanks for the swift releases, I’m so engrossed with this story

    1. Well, good point. I long ago figured that rbd undo things basically like Pandora’s autority.
      I even have theory that Subaru using lesser version vainglory autority and not envy or pride. Also Pandora more likely ally with Satella and that why Satella in touch with Subaru while Pandora for some reason conseal herself. Only speculation but seems logical.
      Main oint also that Tappei always do things in most unexpected way. So I trying find that most unexpected.

      1. RbD literally moves back time. Pandora undoes her death manually while said peers are aware of it.

        Your theories are retarded.

        1. While Barsaru’s theory may be a long shot, I don’t believe your statement is entirely correct either.

          RbD is not time travel. Flashing all the way back to the White Whale arc, it’s stated that those timelines that Subaru died in continue unfortunately. The Subaru existing during that time is really dead, as well as the impressions he leaves behind there.

          You are correct about Pandora though, and any relationship between her and Satella are very vague. Pandora is an enigma at this point. Making a brief but impactful appearance during Emelia’s remembrance arc.

          While my statement before pretty clearly mentions that I don’t believe they are connected at the moment, I am curious if and when we’ll see her make an appearance.

          Heck, for all we know, RbD could be the inheritance of her power, but manifesting a different ability, similar to how Greeds power is not the same in Subaru’s possession.

          This is why I love Re:Zero and Tappei as an Author, the man’s got thick layers that are hard to see past.

          While we all may have different theories, ideas, and thoughts on the progress, I believe we can discuss these more maturely then adding toxicity to the end of your comment. If your here, you obviously love the series as much as everyone else, try to relate…

          1. Yawn.

            Oh sorry, I stopped reading after you mentioned that RbD doesn’t redo events and had the audacity to cite Echidna’s “many worlds” rip-off idea. Nowhere in the entire story does it explicitly say anything about worldlines moving in parallel.

            Infact it was even debunked by the story itself after OD Lagna showed Subaru that it clearly remembers his deaths in the library.

            And Pandora will probably not be making an appearance anytime soon given that Satella is very much placing Subaru in such a tight situation to find him and presumably wipe him and everything.

            [Spoiler: She finds him.]

            1. Hmmm….I believe during that very same Arc where you reference OD Lagna, Subaru and company discover an Obelisk at the top of Pleiades Watchtower with handprints that just so happen to match those around him and himself. We also use Shaula’s refences to Subaru’s similarity being uncanny to her Master. These don’t have any validity in supporting time travel, as Subaru can’t go forward with his ability. And if he went back, why would he have memories of leaving Japan behind? Strange don’t you think?

              Satella cornering him seems like a far reaching theory, but I have no basis to rebuke it. It just seems strange that if she’s having trouble finding him and he’s staying present in one timeline why that would be an issue.

              Audacity of myself aside, in the same mindset it would be quite audacious to be so steadfast in your theories that you believe you possess the correct answers to all these ideas despite the story not being complete.

              I don’t believe Tappei himself would need to begin an argument with “Yawn” or end a statement with “Your theories are retarded” to make a compelling case.

              It’s quite easy to hide behind anonymity and talk down to other’s no? Despite the fact you may sound quite intelligent, it’s quite sad it all falls short on deaf ears when your attitude is so detestable.

              Im sure you’ll reply, you seem to be one of those “Last word and I win” types. So feel free. Me taking up your valuable time must be killing all those other people whom I’m sure love talking to you. Best of luck in your theorizing 🙂

              1. I find it quite humorous that you attempt to take a shot at my social life, Shura/Barusu/Wynn. (Please stop pretending to be different people because it says a lot about yours.)

                I have theorized: absolutely nothing.

                Your first paragraph refutes: Absolutely nothing.

                Shaula can’t tell who is who visually. She uses their scent to distinguish people; since Subaru has such a strong scent of WoE (Something that Flugel also carries) she thinks Subaru is said person.

                I’m absolutely baffled as to how you can even reach these conclusions lmao.

                I truly hope you aren’t so delusional that you’d think implementing a quandary challenge would stop me from replying. Don’t worry, I’ve been guilty of using “have the last word” when I was 14 too :).

    2. Well, good point. I long ago figured that rbd undo things basically like Pandora’s autority.
      I even have theory that Subaru using lesser version vainglory autority and not envy or pride. Also Pandora more likely ally with Satella and that why Satella in touch with Subaru while Pandora for some reason conseal herself. Only speculation but seems logical.
      Major point also that Tappei always do things in most unexpected way. So I trying find that most unexpected.

  8. bien, lei sobre un comentario de tappei que haria pasar a subaru por un infierno en el arco 8 y 9, pero despues de leer esto, creo que adelanto el infierno

    1. Bastante en realidad, incluso desde el arco 5 se empezo a notar cuando los timelapses de RBD son mucho, pero mucho mas cortos. O sea, literalmente es cuestion de segundos que Subaru está antes de morir tras cada “loop”. Simplemente aterrador

  9. I have a theory that Subaru’s authority (envy). The authority of envy allows you to steal other authorities. That’s how he got the power pride, greed. and laziness. RBD its could be Pandora’s vanglory or Al’s pride.

  10. Here so could anyone answer my question:
    I’m seeing that everyone is saying that Al has some sort of ability like RBD and I was wondering where people got this idea from, so I looked at the wiki and it said it was revealed in Arc 5!
    I absolutely just can’t remember this happening, was it shown when he fought Capella or is it a Light Novel Exclusive thing or something?
    I’d really appreciate an answer cause I feel like I’m going crazy missing this detail!
    (P.S. Thanks for the translation as always!)

    1. In main story its batlle with Capella. You may want to reread it. But there is also a bit of info in side stories with him. (Ah, I want ex 5 translation…)

    2. It’s heavily hinted at but never explicitly explained, but circumstances around Al constantly imlpy he has some kind of power, folks have been piecing it together from things he said and that other say about him.

      The general conclusion is that he has a more controllable version of return by death, but it probably can’t go back more than a few minutes at best. Every once in a while Al drops a comment like “I already tried that way a dozen times” before a fight even started (namely the fight with the archbishop of lust), even Olbart brought up that Al had some kind of trick, and remember that in the sequence where they were fleeing from the castle, Al managed to block every single attack that was meant to hit Subaru and Medium, take note of his comments. He even apologizes later for the group getting turned into kids as if it was his fault for not preventing it, as if he had some control over that situation.

      1. Ah thanks I did end up rereading his fight against Capella and saw what you mean so I’ll have to keep my eye out from now on!

  11. Oh boy this is CRAZY!
    This has to be one of the worst checkpoints ever! Subaru does not deserve this much pain.

  12. So Deaths #11, #12, and soon to be #13 of the arc.

    With the body of a ten year old, at one of the worst checkpoints he’s ever gotten.

    Seriously, I didn’t believe the theory that RbD was malfunctioning until now.

  13. Hands up, this is one of the greatest chapter in Re:Zero ever. That first death loop is so poetic af. The storytelling in this chapter is at its peak. Damn Tappei-sensei. This is FIRE!!!!

  14. There’s a lot of things on my mind due to this chapter, but most of all… I can’t believe I actually felt awful about Louis dying.

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