Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest compete edition
The Golden Vampire Princess
The sound of water dripping reached his ears. A chilly wind blew past his cheek, and
his whole body shivered. Hajime groaned softly as he opened his eyes. His cheek was
resting on something hard, while the lower half of his body was freezing cold.
Groggily, he pushed himself up off the ground, an aching pain running throughout his
entire body all the while.
”Owwww, where… I thought I… ” He steadied his head with one hand, then tried to
recall how hed ended up in that position.
His surroundings were relatively dark, but thanks to the green crystals scattered
about, it wasn pitch black. He looked behind him and saw a river five meters wide,
and noticed that he was still half submerged within it. His upper body was resting on
a boulder that jutted out from the riverbank.
”Oh yeah… the bridge broke, and then I fell. And then… ” A haze lifted from his mind,
and his brain finally started working again.
A stroke of luck had saved him from falling to his death.
Halfway down the cliff he had seen an opening in the wall from which water was
flooding out. A waterfall, basically. There had in fact been numerous little waterfalls
as he continued to fall, and Hajime had found himself swept away by them, until
eventually they had guided him into one of the openings in the cliff, much like a water
slide from hell. The fact that he was still alive was nothing short of a miracle.
Especially considering that halfway through his water ride, something smacked into
him and knocked him out. Honestly, even he didn comprehend just how miraculous
his survival was.
”I don really remember what happened, but I guess Im not dead at least… Achoo! IIts really cold. ” His body temperature had dropped dangerously low due to how much
time hed spent in the cold water. He ran the risk of developing hypothermia if he
stayed submerged much longer, so Hajime quickly pulled himself out. Shivering, he
stripped and started wringing out his clothes.
Then, in nothing but his underwear, he cast a transmutation spell. He used it to carve
a magic circle into the hard earth.
”Gah, Im so cold that its hard to concentrate… ” He was trying to inscribe the ”flare ”
spell. It was a very basic spell that even kids could cast with a ten centimeter magic
However, not only did Hajime have no mana crystals with which to enhance the magic
circle, he also had a magical affinity of zero. As such, he needed a complicated magic
circle over one meter in diameter just to cast a simple flare spell.
After ten grueling minutes he finally finished his magic circle and chanted the
”Mine desire is fire. Fire, imbued with the essence of light— Flare… Gah, why does
such a simple spell have such an exaggerated incantation? Can believe I have to chant
something so embarrassing… Haah… ” He sighed again, something hed been doing
quite frequently as of late, and brought himself closer to the fist-sized flame. He also
laid his clothes out next to it to dry.
”Where am I…? I fell pretty far down, so can I even make it back up? ” Worry gripped
his chest as he calmed down and considered his situation while warming himself by
He felt like bawling his eyes out, and tears did form in the corners of his eyes, but
Hajime knew he would break down completely if he let himself cry, so he held them
back. He stubbornly wiped his tears, then slapped his cheeks.
”Im gonna do this. Ive gotta get back to the surface somehow. Itll be fine, Im sure Ill
figure something out. ” He gave himself a pep talk and renewed his determination,
wiping the sullen expression off his face. After that he simply gazed into the flames,
mulling over his options.
After about twenty minutes he warmed himself sufficiently and his clothes were
mostly dry, so he decided to head out. He didn know what floor he was on, but he
was clearly deep in the labyrinth, and it wouldn be strange for monsters to pop out
at any time. Hajime walked as cautiously as he could down the long passageway.
The path Hajime was going down resembled a cave of sorts.
It was nothing like the orderly rectangular passageways hed been on in the upper
floors. Boulders and other obstructions showed up at random intervals, and the path
itself was twisting and winding. Much like the path they had found at the end of the
However, the size of this one was on a completely different scale. Even with boulders
and the like obstructing parts of the path, it was twenty meters wide. In fact, even the
”narrow ” stretches were still at least ten meters wide. Though it slowed his progress,
Hajime moved from cover to cover, making sure to stick to the shadows as he
He had no idea how long he walked for. Around the time Hajime was starting to grow
tired, he found himself at a fork in the road. Though it was more like a street
intersection than a fork. Hajime hid behind a boulder as he deliberated which way to
While he was thinking, he saw something move out of the corner of his eye, and he
hurriedly shrank back, behind the safety of the boulder.
He timidly peeked out from behind the boulder and saw a giant white ball of fur
hopping down the passage directly across his. It had rather long ears and looked just
like a rabbit. However, it was the size of a dog, and it also had very thick hind legs. Plus,
there were veins of pulsing dark red mana trailing down its body. It looked quite
It was clearly deadly, and Hajime decided to go down one of the paths to avoid running
into it. Judging by the position of its ears, Hajime determined that it would have a
harder time spotting him if he went right.
He held his breath and waited for the perfect moment to run. Eventually the rabbit
turned around and lowered its head, busily sniffing the ground. It was at that moment
that Hajime attempted to leap out from behind the boulder.
But then the rabbit suddenly twitched, rising back up as it did. It warily looked around,
its ears twitching.
Crap! D-Did it see me? O-Or am I safe? Hajime had quickly retreated behind the safety
of the boulder, and he tried to calm his pounding heart as he clung to the rock face for
dear life. He broke out in a cold sweat, afraid the rabbits exceptional hearing would
be able to pick up on his pounding heartbeat.
However, it was not Hajime that had spooked the rabbit.
”Graaaaaah! ” With a bestial roar, a white-furred wolf monster leaped out from behind
a different boulder, heading straight for the rabbit.
The wolf was as big as a large dog, and had two tails sprouting from its behind. Just
like the rabbit, pulsing veins of dark red mana ran down its body. Then, out of
nowhere, two more Twin-tailed Wolves suddenly leaped out into the open.
Hajime peeked out from behind the boulder once more to see what was happening.
The wolves were clearly attacking the poor bunny, though the creature was nowhere
near cute enough to warrant a description like ”bunny. ” Hajime slowly got to his feet,
planning on escaping during the confusion of the fight. However…
”Kyuuu! ” The rabbit let out a cute squeal, then leaped up, did a turn in midair, and
caught one of the wolves with a powerful roundhouse kick.
Boom! It didn sound anything like how a kick should, and connected squarely with
the face of its target.
A second later— Crack! Together with a very ominous sound, the wolfs head was
turned to a very unnatural angle.
Hajime stood stock still as the battle raged on.
The rabbit then used the centrifugal force of its spin to turn itself upside down and
hurtle toward the ground like a meteor. Then, a mere instant before impact, it righted
itself once more. A powerful axe kick came down on the wolf standing at the rabbits
point of landing.
Smash! The second wolf didn even have time to cry out before its head was
Two more wolves came out of hiding and charged the rabbit.
Hajime thought that was the end for the rabbit, but it flipped itself upside down, and
like a breakdancer, stood on its ears while spinning, legs spread out. The two new
wolves were sent flying by the tornado kicks and slammed into the wall. And they hit
that wall with a splat, spraying blood everywhere, and slid to the ground, unmoving.
The last wolf growled menacingly, its tails standing straight up. Suddenly, electricity
began running down its tails. It looked like that was the magic the wolves could use.
”Graaaah!! ” The wolf roared, and bolts of lightning flew toward the rabbit. But with
nimble steps, the rabbit swiftly dodged the incoming bolts of lightning. Then, at the
moment the lightning attacks stopped, the rabbit hopped forward and hit the last wolf
with somersault kick. The wolfs head bent back with a sickening crack, and it fell to
the ground, utterly still. It was yet another wolf with a broken neck.
The Kickmaster Rabbit let out another squeal.
”Kyu! ” Is that supposed to be a victory cry? After that, it started scratching its ears with
Youve gotta be freaking kidding me. Hajime smiled in disbelief, his body still
completely still. ”Dangerous ” didn do the beast justice. That thing made the Traum
Soldiers Hajime and the others had fought earlier look like nothing more than toy
skeletons. In fact, it mightve even been more dangerous than the Behemoth they had
fought, since the Behemoths attack patterns had at least been easy to read.
Hajime trembled in fear, knowing that his life was forfeit if he were discovered. Due to
his fear, he unconsciously took a step back. But that was a mistake.
Clatter. The noise reverberated throughout the cavern.
He had accidentally kicked a pebble when hed stepped back. He couldn believe hed
made such a basic blunder. Rivulets of cold sweat were pouring down his forehead
after the fact. The rabbits neck creaked like a badly oiled machine as it turned to look
in the direction of the kicked pebble.
The Kickmaster Rabbit clearly saw Hajime. Its glowing red eyes glared at him. His
entire body stiffened, like a deer caught in headlights. His brain was yelling at him to
run, but it felt like his nerves had all been cut, so his body refused to listen.
The rabbit turned its whole body around, then began gathering strength for a leap.
Here it comes! Hajime instinctively managed to guess the moment of the rabbits leap.
The speed of its jump was so ridiculously fast that it left afterimages behind it.
Driven purely by instinct, Hajime threw himself to the side. An instant later, a kick with
the force of a cannonball slammed into the ground Hajime had been standing on. The
force of it gouged the earth below. Hajime rolled over and over on the hard ground
before coming to a stop in a sitting position. His face paled when he saw the pulverized
ground and he quickly started running.
The rabbit leisurely got back up and dove toward him with another earth-shattering
leap. Hajime hurriedly transmuted a wall behind him, but the rabbit easily blew it
away and aimed another kick at Hajime. He instinctively brought up his left arm to
shield himself from the blow. That somehow helped him avoid getting his face blown
apart, but the shockwave of the kick sent him flying backward. Waves of excruciating
pain ran down his left arm.
”Gaaaah! ” When he looked down, he saw his arm was dangling at a very unnatural
angle. His bones had been completely shattered. He crouched down in pain, then
looked over at the rabbit. This time it wasn lunging forward, but leisurely hopping
toward him. He wasn sure if it was just his imagination, but it felt almost like the
rabbit was looking down on him. It was toying with him.
But even then, all Hajime could do was unceremoniously continue backing up. Finally,
the Kickmaster Rabbit stopped right in front of him. It glared down at Hajime as if it
were looking at a worm. It then raised one if its legs up high, as if to show off before
slaughtering its prey.
So this is where I die… Hajime thought, sinking into the depths of despair. He looked
up at the rabbit with defeated eyes. Its leg came swinging down, together with a
whoosh of wind.
Hajime closed his eyes, terrified of what was coming.
”…… ” However, the blow he was expecting never came.
Hajime timidly opened his eyes to the sight of the rabbits foot inches from his face.
The rabbit had stopped just before hitting him. Hajime despaired, thinking the rabbit
intended to toy with him further, but then he noticed there was something off about
it. A closer glance revealed that the rabbit was trembling.
Wh-What? Whys it shaking? It almost looks like its scared… It wasn ”almost: ” it
actually was scared.
A new monster had appeared from the right-hand corridor Hajime had tried to escape
into. And said monster was massive. It stood over two meters tall, and like everything
else on that floor so far, had white fur. And just like the others, it had veins of dark red
mana running down its body. The closest thing it resembled was a bear. However,
unlike a bear, it had massive forearms that went all the way down to its feet, which
ended in wicked sharp claws over thirty centimeters long.
The Claw Bear had closed in while the rabbit had been focused on Hajime, and it glared
down at both of them. A moment of silence enveloped the corridor. The rabbit had
gone stiff out of fear and stopped moving. Rather, it couldn move. It was in the exact
same situation that Hajime had been in mere moments ago. It was staring up at the
bear, completely immobilized.
”…Grrrrr. ” The bear let out a low growl, as if tired of watching two unmoving statues.
”Wha—!? ” The rabbit quickly did an about-face and began hopping away as fast as
possible. The explosive jumps it had used to annihilate its foes were instead being
used to jet it to safety as fast as possible.
However, its escape was still unsuccessful.
The Claw Bear rushed forward, surprisingly fast for its large frame, and swiped its paw
at the Kickmaster Rabbit. The rabbit nimbly dodged, twisting its body to avoid the
paws sharp claws.
It looked to Hajime like the rabbit had somehow managed to dodge perfectly, avoiding
even a glancing blow.
However… The moment the rabbit landed, a fountain of blood spurted forth, and the
two halves of the rabbit fell in different directions.
Hajime watched on in shock. That overwhelmingly powerful rabbit had been killed so
easily. It hadn even had time to put up a fight. Hajime understood why it had been so
scared and ran earlier. That monster was on a completely different level. Even the
rabbits Capoeira-esque martial art skills had been of no use in the face of its might.
The bear leisurely walked up to the rabbits corpse, speared one chunk of it with its
claw, and began scarfing it down, making sickening squelching noises.
Hajime was rooted to the spot. The combination of fear and the bears sharp gaze kept
him pinned in place. It kept its eyes on Hajime even as it chewed on the rabbit.
It finished the rabbit off in three huge bites, then turned its body around and roared
at Hajime. Its eyes told Hajime everything he needed to know. The bears next meal
would be him.
Panic gripped his mind as he stared into the eyes of the predator.
”Uwaaaaaah!!! ” He let out a garbled scream and momentarily forgot about the pain of
his broken left arm as he mounted a desperate escape attempt.
However, it was impossible for Hajime to escape from an enemy not even that rabbit
had been able to flee from. He heard the sound of rushing wind, and an instant later
something hard hit his left side. He was flung against the wall.
”Gahaah! ” Hajime coughed violently as all the air was pushed out of his lungs, before
sliding down the wall to fall in a heap on the ground. His vision blurred over, but he
could still make out the bear chewing on something.
But he couldn quite make out what it was. It had already finished eating the rabbit,
so it couldn have been that. Then he realized the bear was chewing a very familiar
looking arm. Still confused, Hajime looked over to his left side, which had become
inexplicably lighter. Or, more specifically, to where his left arm should have been…
”H-Huh? ” His expressions stiffened, and he tilted his head in bewilderment. Why don
I have an arm? Why is there so much blood spurting out? His mind, no, his entire being
was rejecting the reality his eyes saw. But he could only feign ignorance for so long.
The excruciating pain of having his arm ripped off finally hit, which brought him back
to reality soon enough.
”Agaaaaaaaaahh!!! ” Hajimes scream of anguish echoed throughout the labyrinth. His
left arm had been torn cleanly off from the elbow down.
That was the bears particular magic ability. Its claws were wrapped in blades of wind,
and could cut thirty centimeters past what their length would suggest. All that
considered, it was a miracle Hajime only lost his arm. Hajime wasn sure if it was
because the bear was toying with him too, or if he was just lucky, but that last attack
should have cut him in half.
After it finished wolfing down his arm, the bear slowly started walking toward Hajime.
Unlike the rabbit, it didn seem to be looking down on Hajime. Instead, it merely saw
him as food, nothing more.
It slowly extended one of its claws toward Hajime. The fact that he wasn ripped to
shreds by it told Hajime the bear meant to eat him alive.
”Aaaaaah! Gaaaah! T-Transmute! ” His face covered in tears, snot, and drool, Hajime
screamed out his transmutation spell and set his right hand against the wall behind
him. He was barely even aware of his own actions any longer.
He had been ridiculed as incompetent and had no magical affinity or physical talents
to speak of, so Hajime, the weakest of them all, relied on the only power he did possess.
A skill that was normally only used to craft armor and weapons.
Hajime, who possessed a job normally only meant for blacksmiths, desperately fought
back. Because hed been ridiculed for his lack of strength, hed used all of his
knowledge to think of unique ways to put his power to use. His results had been so
unorthodox that hed surprised even the knights, and his fervent devotion to his lone
skill had even made him somewhat useful to his other classmates. This was why, even
in the pits of hell, Hajime instinctively relied on this skill, and it was also why that skill
was able to save him.
His sky blue mana shone briefly, and a depression opened up in the wall behind him.
Hajime barely avoided the bears outstretched paw and tumbled back into the hole he
had created behind him.
The bear roared, furious that its prey had managed to escape from right under its nose.
”Graaaaaaaaaah!!! ” It wrapped wind blades around its claws once more, then thrust
its paw into the hole Hajime had made for himself. The wall screeched angrily as the
bears claws gouged furrows into it.
”Aaaaaaah! Transmute! Transmute! Transmute! ” Hajimes panicked mind registered
the bears roar and the sound of the walls being gouged away, so he continued
transmuting in succession, trying to put as much distance between him and the bear
He didn dare look back for even a second. He just kept transmuting. And crawling
forward into each new opening he made. The pain of losing his left arm was
temporarily forgotten. His survival instincts had kicked in, and he transmuted like his
life depended on it. Which, frankly, it did.
He had no way to tell how far hed dragged himself. Hajime had no idea; he just knew
he could no longer hear the bear thundering behind him. In truth, he had not actually
traveled all that far. Transmutation was only effective within two meters of his target
(this was still double what it had been initially), and blood loss had slowed him
considerably. He wouldn be able to keep moving for much longer.
In fact, he was already on the verge of unconsciousness. Still, he squeezed every last
ounce of strength out of him to keep crawling forward. However…
”Transmute… Transmute… Transmute… Transm… ” He kept chanting the incantation,
but the wall in front of him remained unchanged. His mana had run out before his
consciousness. Drained of all his strength, his hand fell away from the wall and he
collapsed on the ground.
Hajime used every ounce of his willpower to keep himself conscious, rolling himself
onto his back. He gazed blankly at the dark ceiling above him. There were no green
crystals there to light his surroundings.
Hajime began recalling events from his past. Guess this is what they mean when they
say your life flashes before your eyes. He went over his life, from preschool, to
elementary, to middle school, and then finally to high school. Memories flew by, until
at last they stopped… on the night he had talked with Kaori. He recalled the moonlight
spilling in from the window, and the promise he had made with her.
His consciousness finally faded as he recalled that fond memory. But before he sank
fully into unconsciousness, he felt water dripping onto his cheek. They felt like
Drip… Drip… The water trailed down his cheek and dripped into his mouth. Hajimes
faint consciousness slowly began to grow brighter. Bewildered, he slowly opened his
Im alive…? Did someone save me? He raised himself up, only to bump his head on the
”Agah!? ” He remembered too late that he had made the ceiling above him a mere fifty
centimeters tall. Hajime raised his arms up to the ceiling to transmute a larger hole.
However, only a single arm entered his line of sight, and he cried out in surprise.
He stared at the stump of his left arm in disbelief for a moment before remembering
he had lost it recently. A sharp pang of pain ran down where his left arm should have
been. He was experiencing phantom pain for the first time. His face twisted in anguish
and he reflexively gripped his left arm, only to realize— That there was slight swelling
where his arm had been cut off, and the wound had already closed.
”H-How…? It was bleeding so much… ” It was too dark to see, but if there had been any
light it wouldve been clear that Hajime was lying in a pool of his own blood. In fact,
Hajime had lost so much blood that he should by all rights have been dead.
He felt around with his right hand and felt the sticky sensation of blood all around him.
It was recent enough that it hadn dried yet. With that, he was able to confirm that his
bleeding out had not been just a dream, and that it had been only a few minutes since
Hajime lost consciousness.
And yet his wound had completely closed up, and as Hajime pondered how such a
thing was possible, he felt water drip onto his cheeks and mouth once more. He felt
somewhat revitalized as the drops slid down his throat.
”Don tell me… this is what saved me? ” Hajime was still a little lightheaded from the
blood loss and phantom pain pangs, but he reached his hand out to the source of the
water and transmuted the earth around it.
Still somewhat unsteady, he continued transmuting deeper and deeper into the wall.
The strange liquid that he now realized couldn possibly have been water, continued
oozing out of cracks in the rock. Interestingly enough, it restored his mana as well, so
Hajime was able to continue transmuting without running out of energy. Hajime
deliriously continued transmuting, single-mindedly seeking out the waters source.
Eventually, the slow trickle transformed into a faster stream, and Hajime finally
arrived at the source of the liquid.
”This… is… ” The source of the liquid was a basketball-sized crystal that emitted a pale
The crystal was buried into the wall around it, and the liquid was pouring out from
underneath it. It had an aura of wondrous beauty about it. The light it emitted was just
a shade darker than an aquamarines. Hajime stared at it in wonder, his pain
momentarily forgotten. Then, as if drawn to it, he put his mouth to the crystal.
As he did so the, the pain, the haze that had fallen over his mind, and the fatigue, all
left his body. As he had suspected, it was the liquid from this crystal that had saved
Hajimes life. Which meant that the liquid contained some kind of healing agent. His
phantom pain could never be cured for good, and the blood hed lost wasn coming
back, but the rest of his wounds and all of his mana were restored in an instant.
Though Hajime didn know it, the crystal was actually a ”Divinity Stone. ” Divinity
Stones were rare crystals, and considered to be one of the worlds greatest historical
treasures. Modern day people thought them a lost legend.
Divinity Stones were created when a large clump of mana pooled together and
crystallized over the course of a thousand years. They ranged from thirty to forty
centimeters in diameter, and then over the course of a few hundred years their
saturated mana liquefied and poured back into the earth.
The liquid they secreted was known as Ambrosia, and it healed all wounds. It couldn
regrow missing limbs, but supposedly it extended ones life so long as they continued
to drink it, and was also referred to as the elixir of life. Legend claimed that Ehit healed
the masses with this very Ambrosia.
He realized hed just narrowly escaped a very painful death, and Hajime slumped
down against the wall. He hugged his trembling body, then buried his face in his knees,
the fear of death still fresh in mind. He no longer had the energy to try and escape. The
constant stress and fear had finally broken him.
If it was just enemies he had to face, then he might have managed somehow. He would
have rejoiced at the fact he was still alive, then gotten back up.
But those eyes the bear had looked at him with broke him. Those were the eyes of a
predator that saw Hajime as nothing more than food. The eyes most humans, who
stood at the top of the food chain, never even had to dream about. Those eyes, and the
sight of the bear chewing on his own arm, had completely crushed Hajimes spirit.
Someone… anyone… please save me… But he was deep within the pits of hell, so there
was absolutely no way his thoughts would reach anyone. He didn know how long he
sat there. But for the longest time, he just huddled in a fetal position, begging for
salvation he knew would not come.
Four days had now passed since Hajime had fallen from the bridge.
In that time he had barely moved, drawing the sustenance he needed from the Divinity
Stone. However, while Ambrosia could keep a man alive through all but the most
heinous of conditions, it could not sate his hunger. Though he couldn die, Hajime
suffered constant pangs of hunger, along with the phantom pain that ran down his
missing left arm.
Why is this happening to me? That question had been something he constantly thought
He couldn sleep because of the pain and hunger, and if he drank more Ambrosia, all
it did was clear his mind to let him feel the pain more vividly. Over and over, his fatigue
brought him to the edge of consciousness, only for the pain and hunger to draw him
back. And then to escape the pain he would drink more Ambrosia, which only invited
further pain. He had repeated that cycle more times than he could count.
At some point, Hajime stopped drinking the Ambrosia altogether. He had
unconsciously chosen the fastest way to end his pain.
”If all that awaits me is eternal pain… then I might as well… ” He muttered to himself,
clearly defeated, and let his consciousness slip away.
Three days after that.
The pain which had passed a certain threshold had abated for a while, but that was
simply the calm before the storm. His starvation came back in full force, and
excruciating hunger pangs continuously wracked his stomach. The phantom pain
continued as well, tormenting Hajime all the while. It felt as if his fingernails were
slowly being peeled off one by one, and then salt was dumped in the open wounds.
Im… still not dead yet…? Aaah… Please, please… I just want to live… While craving
death, he still instinctively clung to life. His thoughts began to contradict themselves.
Hajime was no longer capable of rational thought. His delirious mumblings no longer
made any semblance of sense.
Yet another three days passed.
Without the Ambrosias aid, he would expire in another two days. He had drunk
nothing in that time as well, so his thirst mingled with his hunger.
However, a short while earlier, around the eighth day since discovering the Divinity
Stone, a strange shift in his mentality had begun. Hovering between wishing for death
and praying for salvation, his mind had begun to warp, and dark thoughts began
welling up from Hajimes subconscious.
Like slime, it had slowly oozed into the cracks in his heart caused by his suffering, and
slowly eaten away at his soul.
Why do I have to suffer so much…? What did I ever do to deserve this? Why me… Why did
it end up like this? God just kidnapped me and dropped me off at this place… And then
my classmates betrayed me… I was looked down on by a rabbit… And then that bastard
ate my arm… His thoughts continued to grow darker. Like black ink slowly spreading
through white parchment, Hajimes pure heart slowly grew sullied.
Someone was at fault, someone had pushed this unfairness on him, someone had hurt
him like this… His mind started searching for an enemy to hate. The pain and hunger
and darkness all slowly eroded away Hajimes sanity. His dark thoughts continued to
Why isn anyone coming to save me? If no ones going to save me, what should I do? How
can I make this pain go away? By the ninth day, Hajime was trying to find a way out of
Thoughts of how to escape the pain were all that filled him, and even anger and hatred
were slowly being worn away. There was no time to be trapped by such petty feelings.
Because no matter how much he raged against his foes, Hajimes pain never lessened.
In order to escape the absurd and unreasonable situation he was stuck in, unneeded
feelings had to be discarded.
What is it I want? I want to live. And whats stopping me from living? The enemy. And
just who is the enemy? Everyone and everything that gets in my way, everything that
pushes this unreasonable fate onto me. So what is it I should do? I should… I should…
The tenth day. Both hatred and anger had vanished from his heart. The unfair god that
thrust him into this world, the classmate that betrayed him, the monsters that wanted
to kill him… even the smile of the girl who said she would protect him… they all ceased
Compared to the pressing need for survival, such tiny feelings meant nothing. Hajimes
will resolved into a hardened point. Like the tip of a sword forged from the fires of hell.
Sharp, strong, and able to cut through anything.
And his will desired to… Kill them. There was no hatred, hostility, or anger in those
words. Just a simple statement of fact. In order to live, he had to kill.
Anything that threatened his life was an enemy. And all enemies were to be… Killed.
Kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill
kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill kill. In order to escape the relentless hunger,
he had to kill them and eat them. It was at that moment that the kind, quiet Hajime
Nagumo, the Hajime who blew everything off with an apology and a smile, the Hajime
Kaori had come to admire, ceased to exist.
And a new Hajime Nagumo, one who was willing to mercilessly slaughter anything
that stood in his path, was born.
His shattered soul had reformed once more. And it was not as a mere patchwork,
hastily repaired soul. No, this was a soul reforged in the darkness and despair of hell,
a soul tempered in pain and instinct. A soul harder than steel.
Hajime dragged his weakened body over to the cavity where the Ambrosia had spilled,
then lapped it up like a dog. His hunger and pain still remained, but his body regained
Then he roughly wiped his mouth, his eyes sparkling ferociously as a wicked grin
spread over his face. His canines peeked through his cruel smile. It was a complete
about-face from the kind of person he had been before.
Hajime stood up, and began muttering while he transmuted the ground.
”Ill kill them. ”
Twin-tailed Wolves made their dens in certain parts of the labyrinth floor. They
usually moved together in packs of four to six. Alone, they were among the weakest of
the monsters that roamed the floor, so they always acted in groups. This pack was no
exception, and was a group of four.
They skirted from boulder to boulder, vigilant of their surroundings, searching for a
suitable hunting ground. Twin-tailed Wolves generally preferred to ambush their prey.
They wandered the corridors for a while until finding what they deemed a suitable
hunting spot and all hid behind different boulders. All that remained was to wait for
prey to fall into their trap. One of the wolves slipped between a small crack in a nearby
boulder and the wall, then erased its presence. It licked its lips in anticipation,
imagining the flesh it would soon feast on, when suddenly it felt a rather odd sense of
As the wolves key to survival was their cooperation, the members of a pack all shared
a peculiar link with each other. It wasn as straightforward as telepathy, but they were
basically able to tell what the rest of their pack was doing and where they were. And
it was that link that tipped the wolf off. They were a pack of four, and yet the wolf could
only sense two of its other companions. The wolf that should have been lying in wait
on the other end of the corridor suddenly vanished.
Suspicious, the wolf slowly rose on its haunches, when suddenly another one of its
comrades howled. The wolf that was hiding on the same side of the wall as the one
that had disappeared was feeling a sense of impatience. It was caught in something
and trying to escape, but seemed unable to do so.
The two wolves on the other side of the corridor rose to go to its aid. But then the
struggling wolfs presence suddenly vanished as well.
Confused, the two wolves rushed over to the far side, but found no one there.
Bewildered at the turn of events, the two wolves put their snouts to the ground and
began sniffing the area their pack members had been in moments ago.
Suddenly, the ground under them began to cave in, and the walls jutted out to encase
them. They tried to jump out, but before they could, the ground around their feet rose
up and hardened around them. Normally, the wolves would have easily been able to
shatter such frail shackles. Had they not been confused by this unusual situation, they
would never have even fallen for such a simple trap.
However, their assailant had predicted their confusion, as well as their hesitation. And
their precious few moments of confusion were enough for him to trap them.
”Graaaah!? ” The two wolves howled angrily as they found themselves stuck fast inside
the wall… Then the wall swallowed them whole, and only the echoes of their screams
It was, of course, Hajime who had trapped the four wolves. Ever since he had resolved
to strike back, he had spent each day in ceaseless training, ignoring his pain and
hunger. The Ambrosia extended his life and restored his mana, so he was able to focus
on his transmutation twenty-four seven. He worked on his speed, his precision, and
his range. He knew then that had he gone outside with his current level of skill, he
would have died instantly. So he made his base where the Divinity Stone was, and
honed the only weapon he possessed. That weapon was, of course, transmutation.
Though he had ignored his pain while he trained, it only continued to grow as time
passed. But that pain only spurred his determination, and he redoubled his efforts to
improve his transmutation. Thanks to his focused training, his skills increased far
more rapidly than they had been until now, and he was able to transmute from over
three meters away now. Unfortunately, his talent for earth magic itself had not grown
Once he had decided hed trained enough, he created a small stone container in which
he scooped up some Ambrosia, and began wandering the dungeon, transmuting,
searching for his first target.
That was when he had found the pack of Twin-tailed Wolves. He had followed them
silently for a while. Of course, he was nearly spotted numerous times, but every time
he managed to transmute walls around him and remain inconspicuous. Then, the
moment the four split up to head to their ambush points, he had transmuted the wall
and dragged one of the wolves into it.
”Now then, still alive, are we? Well, I can kill anything directly with transmutation, I
suppose. I could maybe make spikes come out of the earth, but they wouldn have
enough force to kill monsters this deep in the labyrinth. ” Hajime grinned wolfishly as
he peered down at the trapped monsters through a small hole at his feet. The wolves
were all trapped within the wall itself, and couldn budge an inch. They were all
whimpering softly, panic evident in their eyes.
He had, in fact, tried to attack a monster by transmuting a spike to stab it from
underneath before, but it hadn even had enough power to penetrate its hide. That
was, after all, something more in the domain of earth magic and not transmutation. In
the end, it was still a skill used for mineral processing and production, so it would be
impossible for a production skill to have any real power. Which was why trapping
them was the best he could do with it.
”I could just suffocate you in here… but Im not patient enough to wait that long. ”
Hajimes eyes had the glint of a predator to them by that point.
Hajime put his right hand up against the wall and transmuted it. He cut away parts of
the boulder little by little, focusing on the image in his mind to make sure his work
stayed precise. Eventually, he was able to make a spiral-tipped spear. He then began
working on the shaft. He added a handle where the grip would normally be.
”Now then, time for a little digging! ” Hajime pointed his spear down at the wolves as
he said that. He thrust down, and felt their tough fur and skin deflect his spearhead.
”So I can stab through, huh? Well, I expected that, though. ” Why had he not just
crafted himself a knife or sword? That was because the stronger a monster got, the
tougher its outer hide was, usually. Obviously there were species that were exceptions
to the rule, but as Hajime had spent all his time at the castle studying, he knew that a
normal knife or sword wouldn penetrate the hides of monsters at this level.
And that was why he began to twist the handle he made for himself, while applying a
steady downward pressure. The spiral-shaped tip began to rotate as he twisted. He
had made a drill to pierce the thick hide of monsters.
He pushed the weight of his entire body down into the drill as he turned it with his
right hand. Slowly but surely, the drill began to penetrate the wolfs thick hide.
”Graaaaah!? ” The wolf howled in pain.
”It hurts, doesn it? Well, Im not gonna apologize for it. Gotta do this to live after all.
Youd eat me if you had the chance, so we
e even. ” He spoke to the wolf while
continuing his slow drilling. The wolf tried to struggle, but it was unable to move at all
due to the stone tomb.
Finally, the drill pierced the flesh of the wolf. And Hajime mercilessly gouged out its
insides. The wolf screamed in agony as it died. Its howls lasted for a while, until
suddenly, it spasmed and grew still.
”Alright, with this I finally have some food. ” Hajime smiled happily as he drilled the
other three wolves to death. Once they were all dead, Hajime transmuted their corpses
up to him, then began awkwardly peeling away their fur with one hand.
After that, driven by his hunger, he began to devour them. He cut a ghastly figure as he
tore into their flesh, illuminated dimly by the green light of the crystals. The green
light that defined his hell. He greedily devoured the wolf, every bit the animal he had
”Agah… Gah, tastes like shit! ” He spat curses, but that didn stop him from eating the
wolf. His entire mind was focused on his meal.
The flesh was tough and stringy, and the fresh blood clogged his throat, but he tore at
the meat and swallowed it all happily nonetheless. It was his first time tasting food in
two weeks. His stomach protested at the sudden infusion of flesh, and resisted its
ingestion. But Hajime didn care what his stomach thought, so he continued wolfing
the wolf down.
He looked just like a feral monster. Any modern human would have found his current
The meat smelled raw and disgusting, bringing tears to his eyes, but Hajime felt the
food relieve his excruciating hunger pangs, and compared to those, such minor
inconveniences were nothing. He had never imagined eating meat could be such a
euphoric experience. He ate and ate and ate.
Hours passed, and still he continued to consume. He gulped it all down with Ambrosia,
and had the priests of the Holy Church known his barbaric meal was accompanied
with such a sacred drink, they would have fainted. However, around the time he was
finally starting to feel full, Hajime began to notice a change occurring within his body.
”Ah? Gah!? Agaaaah! ” Searing pain shot through him. It felt as if something were eating
away at him from within. As time passed, the pain only grew worse.
”Guaaaaaaaah!!! Wh-Whats— Gaaaaaaah!!! ” It was unendurable agony. The pain was
trying to eat him from the inside out. Hajime writhed on the ground, screaming in
terror. This pain was far, far worse than the hunger pangs he had been feeling
With a trembling hand, Hajime pulled a stone vial out of his pocket, ripped the cap off,
and poured its contents down his throat. The Ambrosia did its work, and the pain
began to recede, but then, eventually, it returned once more.
”Hiii… Gugaaaaaah! Why… won it heal… Gaaaaah! ” Along with the pain Hajime, began
to feel his body throb. It began to pulse, like one big organism. In fact, he could hear
his body creaking too.
However, an instant later the Ambrosia kicked in again and began repairing his body.
Once the healing finished, the pain returned. Then he was healed again.
Thanks to the Ambrosia, he couldn even faint. Its healing powers had backfired on
Hajime screamed incoherently, smacking his head against the wall over and over, but
the pain showed no signs of ending. He begged for someone to end his pain, but of
course no one granted his wish.
Eventually, Hajimes body began to morph.
The color was bleached from his hair. He was unsure whether it was from the pain or
for some other reason entirely, but his distinctively Japanese black hair slowly turned
white. Then, his muscles and bones began to grow slightly, giving him a toned
appearance. Red veins ran down the inside of his body, though he wasn aware of that
at the time.
There existed a phenomenon known as overcompensation. When one attempted
muscle training, their muscles actually tore, and the body simply regrew them a bit
stronger to overcompensate. And that same thing was happening to Hajime.
A monsters meat was poison to humans. Because of the mana crystals distilled into
their blood, a monsters specialized organs allowed them to directly interface with
magic, and give them superior physical strength. The mana that circulated through
monsters affected even their bones and muscles.
This transformed mana allowed monsters to use magic without incantations or magic
circles, though no one knew exactly how. Regardless of the particulars, a monsters
mana was poison to humans, and killed any who tried to ingest it. It would eat a person
away from the inside, destroying their very cells.
There were people who had tried to eat monsters in the past and they had all, without
exception, died. In fact, Hajime had read all about this, but his extreme hunger had led
him to forget.
Had Hajime just eaten the wolfs flesh, he would have died an agonizing, but swift
death. But there had been something that prevented that. And that was the Ambrosia.
It healed him every time his body was destroyed. As a result, his body was forced to
evolve at an unnaturally rapid pace.
It was broken, then repaired. Broken, then repaired. With each cycle, his body slowly
changed. Almost like a reincarnation of sorts. His frail human body was forcibly
transformed into something stronger, and he went through a ritual of rebirth. It could
be said Hajimes screams were akin to the cries of a newborn.
Finally the pain receded, and Hajime slumped to the ground. The hair on his head had
turned white, and underneath his clothes, veins of dark red mana ran down his body.
Just like the Twin-tail Wolves, or the Kickmaster Rabbits, or the Claw Bears.
Hajimes right hand twitched. He slowly opened his eyes, then groggily looked down
at his right hand, and finally clawed at the ground, slowly curling his fingers into a fist.
He clenched and unclenched his hand multiple times, confirming that he was indeed
still alive, and that his body still listened to him, before slowly getting up.
”Come to think of it, you weren supposed to eat monster meat… I can believe I did
something so retarded… Well, I wouldn have lasted much longer without food either,
though… ” Exhausted, Hajime smiled self-deprecatingly.
His hunger had faded, and the specter of his left arm no longer pained him either. For
the first time in what felt like an eternity, he was free of pain. In fact, his body felt
surprisingly light, and power was overflowing from within him.
Despite how much the constant pain had exhausted him mentally, he still felt better
than he ever had in his life. He looked over at his arm, then down at his stomach, and
saw very prominent muscles. He had grown a little taller too. He had originally been a
mere 165 centimeters tall, but he had grown a full ten centimeters.
”What happened to my body? I feel different somehow… ” And it wasn just the outside.
The inside of Hajimes body somehow felt different as well. It was at once both hot and
cold, an indescribably strange feeling. If he focused, he could make dark red veins float
up to the top of his arm.
”Uwaaah, th-thats gross! Its like I turned into a monster or something… I better not
have, that would make for a terrible joke. Oh yeah, I should check my status plate… ”
He fished around for the status plate he had completely forgotten about, eventually
pulling it out of his pocket. It appeared he hadn lost it yet. He examined his current
stats, imagining it would give him some insight to the changes in his body.
Hajime Nagumo Age: 17 Male Level: 8
Magic Defense: 300
Skills: Transmute — Mana Manipulation — Iron Stomach — Lightning Field —
”What in tarnation? ” A little of the old Hajime returned as the shock made him slip
into his weird accent. His stats had all risen astronomically, and he had three new
skills. But his level had only risen to eight. Since a persons level represented the
proportion of the total potential they had reached, it would seem that Hajimes growth
limits had increased as well.
”Mana Manipulation? ” If he took it literally, that would mean Hajime had gained the
power to directly control mana.
Could that weird sensation Ive been feeling be mana? Hajime thought, and attempted
to activate his Mana Manipulation skill.
When he focused, Hajime saw those dark red veins come up to the surface of his skin
again. He concentrated on an image of that sensation rushing to his right hand all at
once. As he did so, the strange sensation, or rather his mana, began slowly flowing
down to his hand.
”Oh? Oooooooh! ” He unconsciously cried out at the inexplicable sensation of mana
moving throughout his body. Then, suddenly, his mana poured into the magic circle
inscribed on the glove he was wearing without him having to say anything. Surprised,
Hajime attempted to transmute something. The ground rose up without him saying a
”No way. I didn even need to chant an incantation? I thought direct mana control
wasn supposed to be possible for anyone except monsters…? Does that mean I
absorbed a monsters special abilities by eating it? ” That was indeed the case. Hajime
had acquired the power of monsters. He then moved to try out another of his new
skills, Lightning Field.
”Umm… how am I supposed to use this? Since it says Lightning Field, it must have
something to do with electricity, right? Could it be? Do I have the same skill the wolf
used when it gathered electricity in its tail? ” He tried various things, but none of them
seemed to do anything. Unlike Mana Manipulation, he couldn physically feel the skill
inside him, so he wasn exactly sure how to go about activating it.
While pondering to himself, he remembered that when he was transmuting, he always
needed a mental image of the effect he was trying to produce. The less one relied on a
magic circle to define the characteristics of a spell, the more they needed a mental
image to guide its creation.
Hajime formed an image of crackling static electricity in his mind. Suddenly, red
lightning started trailing down his fingertips.
”Oooh, I did it! I see. So to use a monsters magic, I need a good mental image of its
properties. And now that I take a closer look… my manas become reddish just like the
monsters. ” He continued practicing making electrical discharges over and over.
However, unlike the Twin-tailed Wolves, he was unable to fire off the electricity he
could generate. From the sound of the name ”Lightning Field, ” Hajime surmised that
he could only wrap himself in lightning, and transfer it via direct contact. So he
practiced adjusting the flow of the current, as well as the voltage of the electricity he
The skill Iron Stomach most likely did exactly what its name suggested. Hajime most
certainly didn want to suffer that hellish pain of eating monster meat ever again.
However, there didn appear to be any other source of food in the labyrinth either.
Which would have meant that he would be forced to choose between starvation and
agonizing pain. Fortunately, he assumed that skill of his prevented him from having to
make such a choice.
He took another strip of wolf flesh and seared it with his Lightning Field. Since he was
no longer half-mad with hunger, he realized there was no need to eat the meat raw. He
tried to ignore the pungent odor of burning flesh as he cooked the meat. Then he
steeled himself, taking a bite of the meat.
A few seconds passed… a minute… ten minutes… and still nothing happened. Hajime
grilled some more meat and ate it. And still there was no pain. He wasn sure if it was
due to his Iron Stomach, or if his body had just adapted to monster flesh. He also didn
care too much. He was just glad he could eat again, without having to suffer every time
After he had eaten his fill, Hajime returned to his base. As he was, he might even have
had a chance against that bear. He decided to spend some time training his new skills
He went back to where hed left the wolves corpses and cut their meat into strips. He
had a much easier time peeling their fur off this time. He piled as much meat as he
could hold into another one of his stone containers, and carefully took it back to his
Once safe in his base with a supply of food, Hajime spent the next few days diligently
training his skills.
All of his skills grew at a fast pace. His transmutation skill underwent a change as well.
It appeared that he had mastered it to the point where derivative skills began to pop
up. The derivative skill he had learned from it was ”Ore Appraisal. ” It was a high-level
derivative skill that was rare even among royal blacksmiths.
Appraisal magic was generally far more complex than offensive magic, and therefore
required suitably large magic circles to activate. For that reason, only certain academic
facilities and large institutions had appraisal magic circles. However, people with
appraisal skills could appraise anything within their domain of analysis with a small
magic circle and simple incantation, as long as they were touching their target. It was
a derivative skill, so it was by definition impossible to innately possess. Only through
long years of transmutation training could one obtain the skill.
When he acquired it, Hajime made sure to appraise every single ore and mineral he
could find. When he appraised the green glowstones, the following appeared on his
Green glowstone: This ore can absorb mana. When it is saturated with mana, it emits
a faint green light. If you break a saturated glowstone, the light it has contained within
explodes out all at once in a brilliant flash.
A very simple explanation. However, it was still very useful information. Hajime
grinned wickedly as a plan came to mind. He wandered the labyrinth, looking for other
stones to appraise, and ran into a certain mineral that gave him the idea for a weapon
that would soon become his trump card.
Blastrock: A combustible ore. When exposed to fire, it burns like oil. As it burns, it
slowly decreases in volume until it finally burns to cinders. Burning large quantities
of blastrock in a confined space will make it explode violently. Depending on its
quantity and pressure, its possible to create flames as strong as those created by fire
Hajime could feel all the pieces coming together when he read that explanation.
Blastrock is just like gunpowder back on earth. With something like this, I can make a
weapon out of Transmutation, even!
Hajime stared at the stone excitedly. It would take a great deal of trial and error to get
things the way he wanted them, but he was still overjoyed. He finally had a combat use
for the transmutation that had saved his life so many times before.
He began zealously working on his project, so focused on his transmuting that he
didn eat or sleep for days. After thousands of failed attempts, Hajime finally
A modern weapon that boasted immense strength and fired projectiles that traveled
faster than the speed of sound. The weapon was about thirty-five centimeters long,
made of the hardest and densest material he could find, taur, and it boasted six
chambers. The barrel was rectangular. The bullets were made from the same superhard taur stone, and each shot was packed with powdered blastrock.
He had made himself a revolver. But the difference was that it used more than just the
power of blastrock combustion to propel its bullets. Hajime was able to use his
Lightning Field skill to electrically accelerate his shots like a railgun. The combination
made his bullets pack more of a punch than an anti-tank rifle. He decided to name it
Donner. It was going to be his partner moving forward, so he reasoned it needed a
”With this, both those monsters… and the exit… are in my sights! ” Hajime stared
proudly at Donner, the weapon he had made by using the guns he remembered from
his old world as a reference.
The most common class in the world, Synergist, which was thought to be good for
nothing more than crafting swords and armor, had brought forth modern weaponry
into this fantasy world with the power of its sole skill, Transmute.
Taur stone: A black, hard rock. On the Mohs scale that went up to 10, it would rank an
8 for hardness. It is able to handle heat and direct impacts well, but is weak to the cold.
Cooling the stone makes it brittle and fragile. However, reheating it will restore its
”Munch… Munch… Man, even rabbit meat tastes like shit… ” A few days after he had
finished crafting Donner, Hajime was sitting outside his base eating rabbit meat. By
rabbit meat, he of course meant Kickmaster Rabbit meat. The same powerful rabbit
that had looked down on Hajime before was nothing more than his prey. Hajime had
hoped the rabbits meat might taste a bit better, but it was every bit as disgusting as
the wolves he had eaten. It was still monster meat, after all.
Despite its disgusting taste, he still ate it with gusto. Thanks to his Iron Stomach skill,
he was able to eat as much as he wanted whenever he felt himself getting hungry.
Using the magic he had acquired from monsters made him grow hungry quickly, and
since he had used that magic to take down the rabbit, he had eaten it all to replenish
If he overused his magic, his hunger pangs would flare up again, and while he wouldn
die thanks to the Ambrosia he carried with him everywhere, he still needed to be
careful about how much magic he used.
Incidentally, he had killed the Kickmaster Rabbit by luring it into a trap. He had drawn
water from the river he had first woken up in, and lured the rabbit close. Once it had
dashed forward into the wet surface he had created, he had used Lightning Field to
transmit a powerful electric shock. Once the electricity passed, smoke started rising
from the rabbits body, and as he had expected, its movements had been slowed.
Hajime had finished the weakened rabbit off with Donner.
Just as he thought, his railgun powered revolver was able to obliterate the rabbits
face, the bullet moving three kilometers per second as it punched through its head.
Donner was even more powerful than Hajime had imagined.
”Now then, that was my first time eating rabbit meat, so lets see how my stats
Hajime Nagumo Age: 17 Male Level: 12
Magic Defense: 350
Skills: Transmute [+Ore Appraisal] [+Precision Transmutation] [+Ore Perception] —
Mana Manipulation — Iron Stomach — Lightning Field — Air Dance [+Aerodynamic]
[+Supersonic Step] — Language Comprehension
As he had thought, eating monsters increased his stats. Though he hadn gotten much
stronger by eating more Twin-tail Wolves, his stats had taken a huge leap when he ate
a new type of monster.
Guess Ill test out what this ”Air Dance ” does. What first came to Hajimes mind was the
way that rabbit had moved. It had rushed forward so fast that hed only been able to
make it out as a blur. He inferred that that was most likely the Supersonic Step skill at
work. Come to think of it, its a lot like the fast movement stuff you see in anime.
Hajime kept the image of explosive power gathering in his legs and dashed forward.
He felt mana gather within his legs. The ground underneath his feet exploded in a
shower of rubble as Hajime leaped forward… and slammed face first into the wall.
”Owww! C-Controlling my acceleration is harder than I thought. ” However, his
experiment was still a success. He imagined that if he trained it a little, he too would
be able to move like the rabbit had. Used in tandem with his revolver, those skills
would be a powerful weapon indeed.
Next, he tried to use Aerodynamics. However, he found himself unable to activate it.
He had a hard time figuring out just what kind of skill it was from the name alone.
After testing a bunch of different things, Hajime suddenly remembered how the rabbit
had sometimes looked to be standing in midair. And so, he quickly stuck his foot out
and imagined there being an invisible shield supporting it from below. Then he
He found himself face-planting magnificently into the ground.
”Guooooh!? ” He cradled his face in his hand as he rolled around in pain. After the
aching subsided a little, he sullenly drank a bit of Ambrosia.
”Well… at least it works… ” The reason he had faceplanted into the ground despite
jumping forward was because he hadn properly formed his footing. That was why he
had effectively stumbled and fallen in midair. Aerodynamic was apparently a skill that
allowed him to create footholds in midair. He had obtained multiple skills at once from
the rabbit, though they were all derivative skills of the skill Air Dance.
Pleased that he had obtained multiple skills at once, Hajime began training them at
once. He wanted to be strong enough to take down that Claw Bear. He figured hed be
able to defeat it at long-range with Donner easily enough, but he wanted to make
completely sure, just in case. And there was always the possibility of even stronger
monsters showing up. Optimism in the labyrinth got you killed. Once he was certain
he could kill even Claw Bears, it would be time to start searching for an exit.
Hajime redoubled his resolve, training harder than ever before.
A figure sped down the labyrinth corridors so fast that he appeared no more than a
That figure was, of course, Hajime. Having completely mastered Air Dance, he was
using Supersonic Step to dash off the walls, while sometimes also using Aerodynamic
to create mid-air footholds for himself. He traversed the labyrinth at high speed,
seeking out his mortal foe, the Claw Bear.
In all honesty, searching for an exit should have taken priority, but Hajime was
consumed by the desire to get revenge on the bear. He wouldn be able to move on
unless he was able to prove to himself that he was more than a match for the monster
that had once crushed his spirit.
”Graaaaah! ” He ran into a pack of Twin-tailed Wolves, and one of them leaped at him.
Hajime calmly vaulted into the air, did a mid-air somersault, pulled out Donner, which
was strapped to his right leg with a holster made of transmuted threads, and fired.
Bang! The sound of combusting blastrock echoed down the corridor and Hajimes
Lightning Field-accelerated bullet pulverized the head of the first Twin-tailed Wolf.
He then used Aerodynamic to do a double jump in the air, before taking aim and firing
a volley of shots at the other wolves. They didn all hit their mark, but he was still able
to annihilate the pack with only a single barrage.
Hajime held Donner in the crook of his left armpit and quickly began reloading. Then,
without so much as a backward glance at the fallen wolves, he dashed off once more.
After a while spent killing any Kickmaster Rabbits or Twin-tailed Wolves that he came
across, Hajime finally spotted his prey.
The Claw Bear was in the middle of a meal. It was chewing on the remains of what
appeared to have been a Kickmaster Rabbit. Hajime grinned triumphantly and began
leisurely walking closer.
The Claw Bear was the strongest monster to appear on this floor. In other words, it
was the king. While there were hordes of Twin-tailed Wolves and Kickmaster Rabbits,
the Claw Bear was the only one of its kind.
Thus, it stood to reason that there was nothing stronger inhabiting the floor. The other
monsters all took great pains to stay out of its way, and if they ever encountered it,
they ran as fast as they could in the other direction. No creature dared oppose it. The
thought of anyone approaching it of their own free will was patently absurd.
However, that very absurdity was currently unfolding before the bears eyes.
”Sup, bear. Been a while. Did you like the taste of my arm? ”
The Claw Bear narrowed its angry eyes. What is this creature? Why doesn it run? Why
is it not trembling in fear? Why does despair not fill its eyes? The bear was confused,
having never seen something like this before.
”Im here for my revenge match. But first, Im going to make you see me as your enemy,
and not just prey. ”
Hajime pulled Donner out of its holster and pointed it at the Claw Bear. He then slowly
asked himself a question as he took aim.
”Am I scared? ” The answer was a definitive ”No. ” He wasn shivering in fear, nor was
he in the grips of despair. No, the only emotions roiling within him were a fierce will
to survive, and a burning desire to kill his enemies.
Hajimes lips curled upward into a ferocious grin.
”Im going to kill you and eat you, you bastard. ” He pulled Donners trigger. With a
resounding bang, a hardened bullet of taur sped toward the Claw Bear at three
kilometers per second.
”Gaaaooo!? ” It instantly dropped to the ground with a roar, narrowly avoiding Hajimes
It had started moving even before Hajime had pulled the trigger. It was of course
impossible for the bear to see the bullet Hajime had fired, but Hajimes bloodlust had
made it reflexively dodge. It wasn this floors strongest monster for nothing. It had
reacted far faster than its massive, two meter long, frame would have suggested.
However, even then it hadn been able to completely avoid the attack. The bullet had
grazed its shoulder, gouging out a slice of it.
The Claw Bear angrily glared at Hajime, blood staining the white fur around its
shoulder. It looked like it finally saw him as an enemy and not just food.
”Graaaooooo!!! ” With a furious roar, it charged Hajime. The ground thundered as its
tree trunk sized legs pounded down the corridor, making for a truly awe-inspiring
”Hahaha! Thats right! Im your enemy! Not just some prey to be hunted! ” Despite how
foreboding the Claw Bear looked as it bore down on Hajime, his smile didn waver.
This was the moment of truth. It was the moment that would decide if Hajime could
overcome the monster that had eaten his left arm, crushed his soul, and been the
impetus of his transformation. A necessary ritual he needed to overcome, if he was
ever to move forward. Something deep inside made him feel that he would give up for
good if he failed at that point. He couldn explain how or why, he just knew.
He took aim, firing Donner once more at the charging bear. He had aimed squarely at
its forehead, but the Claw Bear somehow managed to roll to the side, even while
charging forward. It made no sense for something so big to be so fast.
It barreled its way into range of Hajime and swiped at him with one of its massive
claws. The edge of its claws looked slightly warped as they swept down. Is that related
to its special magic?
Hajime recalled that the rabbit that had supposedly dodged the bears swipe had still
been cut in half. So instead of just barely dodging to the side, he leaped back with all
”Hah. ” An instant later the bears claw swiped past where Hajime had just been
standing, followed by a ferocious gale. He gasped in pain, then looked down and saw
shallow cuts running down his chest. He hadn been able to completely dodge it. His
reaction time wasn able to keep up with the rapid increase in his physical abilities.
The Claw Bear roared, angry that its prey still lived, and in the blink of an eye, swiped
down a second time at his enemy.
e fast! ” Hajime cursed without realizing it as he saw a second set of wind
blades bear down on him. He instantly used Aerodynamic to flee into the air while
firing off a third shot. However, the Claw Bear instantly changed directions the
moment it saw the red flash from Donner, completely ignoring the laws of inertia.
Upon closer inspection, Hajime saw deep ruts in the ground and realized it must have
used its claws as a fulcrum to pivot off of. It was certainly far more intelligent and far
more agile than a normal beast.
”Gaaaaaaoo!!! ” It roared again, then swung its foreclaws in a cross at Hajime, who was
still up in the air. Warning bells went off inside Hajimes head. Without sparing a
moment to think, Hajime activated both Aerodynamic and Supersonic Step at the same
time, then dashed away from that spot.
He felt a gust of wind brush past his thigh, and a second later the wall behind him had
a crosshatched lattice of furrows gouged into it.
”Guh. Damn bastard. You can do that too? ” Hajime groaned as he fell to the ground. He
hit the ground off-balance, and fell. He righted himself instantly, but staggered as a
sharp pain ran through his thigh. It seemed that the Claw Bear could throw its wind
Hajimes expression twisted into a pained grimace, but he took no time to dwell on it
and fired Donner once more. He didn have time to nurse his wounds, as the bear had
already started closing in once more. He pulled the trigger again, firing twice in quick
succession. Even with its inhuman agility the Claw Bear wasn able to dodge both
bullets, and took two hits, one to the temple, and the other to its flank. Though it had
managed to avoid fatal injuries, it had still been blown off the course of its charge. The
distraction proved enough to stop the next barrage of wind claws from going off.
However, though it had veered a little off course, the Claw Bear still charged forward
like a cannonball. Though he wasn directly in the bears trajectory any longer, his
wounded leg prevented him from dodging, so the bear still managed to hurtle into
him. It felt like being hit by a truck. Hajime was blasted backward from the force of the
”Gahah!? ” The impact forced the air out of his lungs, which made Hajime snarl
Donners chamber held six bullets. He had fired five, but he still had one left. There
was no way he would be able to reload in the middle of this fight, and his own stats
weren high enough that he could beat the Claw Bear without Donners overwhelming
firepower. Each shot that missed was a shot that had brought him that much closer to
death. And yet, Hajime still grinned. Because with this, his victory was now assured.
As he slammed into the ground, he flung Donner into the air. He then pulled something
out of his pocket and threw it at the injured Claw Bear.
”Im quite proud of how this one turned out. Youd best be careful if you don want to
die. ” Though there was no way for the bear to understand Hajimes words, it still
looked down at the object that rolled to its feet when he mumbled that. What lay there
was a small emerald ball, about five centimeters in diameter. And that ball suddenly
burst in an explosion of light.
It was Hajimes makeshift flash grenade. The principle behind it was simple. He had
taken a piece of green glowstone and filled it to the brim with mana. After that he had
applied a thin coating over it to keep the light from leaking through. He had then
packed a small quantity of blastrock in the rocks center, and created the blastrock
fuse that led all the way to a coated surface.
Finally, he had lit the fuse by using Lightning Field. The blastrock on the outside
burned slowly until it reached the packed center where it exploded violently. With the
crystal shattered, the glowstone released its light all at once in a brilliant emerald
flash. He had set the fuse to explode three seconds after he lit it. Though it had taken
a great deal of effort to make, he was proud of the end result.
The bear, who had no knowledge of modern weaponry, naturally found its gaze drawn
to the grenade, and when it exploded it blinded the Claw Bear. It roared in pain, wildly
swinging its front paws. Being blinded had sent it into a panic.
And Hajime planned to take full advantage of that. He scooped Donner off the ground,
took aim, and fired. The electrically accelerated bullet hit the rampaging bear squarely
in its left shoulder, and ripped it clean off.
”Graaaaaaooooo!!! ” Its roar was loud enough to crack eardrums. The Claw Bear had
never suffered such pain before. Gouts of blood spurted from the stump that had once
been its arm. The blown off left arm spun in the air a few times before losing its inertia
and flopping back down to the ground with a wet thud.
”What an ironic twist of fate. ” Hajime had not actually aimed for the Claw Bears left
arm. He just wasn that good a shot yet. He had enough practice from fighting Twintailed Wolves and the like to hit an enemy that was charging straight at him, but he
certainly wasn good enough to hit a flailing enemy with pinpoint accuracy. So the fact
that Hajime had taken the bears left arm, just as it had done to him, was a complete
Hajime kept a close eye on the bear, which was still flailing around blindly, and pushed
Donner up against his body with his stump of a left arm and reloaded.
He fired once more. Though the bear was still disoriented, its beastlike sixth sense let
it perceive Hajimes bloodlust and it leaped to the side. It seemed it was Hajimes
bloodlust that gave the Claw Bear enough forewarning to dodge railgun accelerated
bullets. Once he realized this, Hajime narrowed his eyes, and used Supersonic Step to
dash past the bear, over to where his severed left arm lay.
The bear turned to look at him with its furious, hate-filled red eyes. It seemed it had
finally recovered its eyesight. As it was watching, Hajime lifted up the bears left arm,
and bit down on it. His jaws had been greatly strengthened from eating demon meat
for so long, so he easily tore through the tough skin and sinew. It was a repetition of
the time when the Claw Bear had eaten Hajimes arm in front of him, except this time
it was Hajime doing the eating.
”Hamf, mmf, no matter how many times I eat it, demon meat still tastes like shit…
Though for some reason this is just a little bit better than the others. ” Hajime looked
down at the bear, who was watching him warily by that point. It didn move. There
was fear in its eyes, but the shock of seeing its own flesh eaten in front of it, combined
with its still blurry eyesight, prevented it from moving.
Glad for the reprieve, Hajime continued chewing. Suddenly, he felt something. Sharp
pains pulsed through his body, just like the first time he had eaten monster meat.
”Wha—!? ” He quickly pulled out a vial of Ambrosia and ingested it. The pain wasn as
bad as the first time, but it was still sharp enough that he fell to one knee, unable to
keep himself upright. It appeared the Claw Bear was a different species entirely
compared to the Twin-tailed Wolves or Kickmaster Rabbits, and absorbing its power
brought with it the old pain.
Of course, the bear wasn about to let that chance slip past. It roared in defiance and
charged forward. Hajime was still on one knee, unable to move. At this rate he would
be trampled by the bear, and it would just be a repeat of their first encounter. But when
that thought crossed his mind, something suddenly occurred to Hajime and he
He put his right hand on the ground… and wrapped it in lightning. All of the lightning
released by his full power Lightning Field raced down the liquid coating the ground,
and zapped the bear standing on the other end.
The liquid was of course the bears blood. The sea of blood that had poured out of its
stump of a left arm. When Hajime had brandished the Claw Bears arm right in front
of it, he had spilled drops of blood everywhere, and created a small puddle of it around
where he stood.
He was not so arrogant that he would eat in the middle of a fight just to show off. He
hadn predicted the pain of eating monster meat to return, but the rest of it had all
been part of his trap. Even eating the arm right in front of the bear had been to goad it
into charging headlong at him. The pain had thrown a bit of a wrench in his plans, but
everything had still ended up working out just fine.
The moment the bear had stepped into the pool of its own blood, thousands of volts
of electricity fried its entire body. The electricity burned the Claw Bears flesh,
scorching some nerves as it did. However, though he had unleashed it at full power, its
might was still a far cry from the actual thing. Unlike the Twin-tailed Wolves, he was
unable to shoot lightning bolts, and his Lightning Field could only output half the
power of the original. But even that much was still enough to paralyze the bear for a
”Graooooo! ” The Claw Bear let out a low growl, then collapsed to its knees, shivering
in a puddle of its own electrically charged blood. Even down on all fours— or rather
all threes— it still glared murderously at Hajime.
He glared right back at it, and painfully got to his feet. He slowly pulled Donner out of
its holster, and walked over to the Claw Bear. He pushed the muzzle against its
e my prey now, ” he said with finality, pulling the trigger one last time. The taur
bullet fulfilled its duty, utterly pulverizing the Claw Bears head.
One final gunshot echoed throughout the empty corridor.
Up until the moment of its death, the Claw Bear never took its gaze off Hajime.
Similarly, Hajime never took his gaze off the Claw Bear.
The exhilarating rush of joy he had expected never came. But there was no sense of
emptiness either. He had simply done what was necessary. Necessary in order to live,
in order to earn the right to survive.
Hajime closed his eyes and rethought his mindset. After a moment of quiet
deliberation, he resolved to continue living like this. He did not enjoy fighting. He just
wanted to avoid pain. He just wanted to be able to eat his fill.
He just… wanted to live.
Overthrowing his unreasonable fate, killing everything that opposed him, they were
all simply steps he took in order to survive.
He swore to himself. That he would survive… and… make it back home.
”Thats right… I just want… to go home. I don care about anything else. Ill make it
home, no matter what I have to do. Ill grant this one wish of mine, by my own hands.
And no matter who they may be, anyone that tries to stand in my way… ” Hajime
opened his eyes and smiled viciously.
”Will die by these hands. ”
Hajime Nagumo Age: 17 Male Level: 17
Magic Defense: 400
Skills: Transmute [+Ore Appraisal] [+Precision Transmutation] [+Ore Perception]
[+Ore Desynthesis] [+Ore Synthesis] — Mana Manipulation — Iron Stomach —
Lightning Field — Air Dance [+Aerodynamic] [+Supersonic Step] — Gale Claw —
Let us turn back the clock a few weeks.
Shizuku Yaegashi gazed sorrowfully at her still-sleeping friend. The summoned heroes
had all been granted private rooms in the Heiligh Palace, and Shizuku was currently
resting in one of them.
It had been five days since their desperate life and death struggle in the labyrinth. They
had rested one night in Horauds inn before taking an express carriage back to the
palace. After having tasted death and despair, the students were in no condition to
continue their practical training course. Furthermore, even if he had been treated as
a useless hanger-on, a member of the heros party had died and that fact needed to be
reported to the king and the Holy Church.
And though they knew they were being cruel, the knights couldn allow the heroes
fighting spirits to break. They had to restore the mental stability of the students before
their psyches shattered completely.
As Shizuku recalled the events that had transpired since Hajimes death, part of her
wished that Kaori would wake up quickly, while another part of her hoped that she
might just sleep forever.
Every single person who heard the report of Hajimes death was first shocked that a
member of the heros group could have died, and then relieved when they heard it was
just the ”worthless ” Hajime.
Even the king and Ishtar reacted similarly. One of the powerful heroes who would save
this nation couldn be allowed to die in a dungeon. Someone who couldn survive a
dungeon excursion would stand no chance against the demons, and would only serve
to spread further unease among the people. The messengers of Ehit, the heroes
brought forth from another world, had to be invincible.
At least the king and Ishtar had been somewhat respectful. There were some nobles
within the palace that had insulted and belittled Hajime behind his back instead.
Of course they said nothing incriminating publicly, but when they were talking
privately among fellow nobles, many of them had whispered their scorn for him. They
all abased him with statements like ”Thank god it was the worthless one that died, ”
and ”Im so glad the incompetent got weeded out from Gods messengers. ” Shizuku
had trembled with rage when she had heard such snide comments, and had nearly
come to blows with those nobles multiple times.
And had Kouki not flown off the handle before her, she probably would have beaten
them to a pulp. Because of Koukis heated protests, the king and the Holy Church
seemingly decided that it would be dangerous to let a negative opinion of Hajime
spread. Therefore, they quietly dealt with anyone who badmouthed him… However,
all that served to accomplish was increase Koukis popularity. Most people saw Koukis
anger as proof that he was kindhearted enough to care for even the weakest of his
party, and the general opinion that Hajime had been nothing more than a burden to
such a noble hero remained cemented in the minds of the people.
Despite the fact that the only reason the rest of them were still alive was because
Hajime had held back a monster not even the great hero Kouki had been able to touch.
Despite the fact that he was only dead because some idiotic classmate had fired a stray
fireball that had hit him.
However, as if by some unwritten agreement, the students all agreed not to talk about
that stray fireball. Everyone was sure they had kept perfect control over their magic,
but it had been a veritable storm of spells, and no one wanted to consider the
possibility that it could have been their misaimed fireball that had led to Hajimes
demise. Because if it had been them, they would become a murderer.
As a result, they all closed their eyes to reality, choosing instead to pretend that it was
some mistake on Hajimes part that had led to his death. After all, dead men tell no
tales. Rather than worry about who had killed Hajime, it was far easier to pretend he
had died due to his own mistakes. That way none of them would have to worry.
Without any collusion on their part, the students all came to that conclusion, and thus
the topic was not discussed.
In order to uncover the truth behind Hajimes death, Captain Meld decided it would
be necessary to interrogate the students. He did not think the truth was something as
innocent as a stray fireball. And even if it were, that was all the more reason to uncover
the truth, so he could give the student who had accidentally killed Hajime the
counseling they needed.
The longer the matter remained unsettled, the more problems it would cause down
the line. And most importantly, Captain Meld simply wanted to know. Even though he
had promised to save Hajime after they had fled to safety, his words had turned out to
be as hollow as he now felt.
However, Captain Meld was not allowed to go through with his plan. Because Ishtar
had forbidden him from questioning the students. He had protested the ban hotly, but
even the king forbade him from meeting with them, so he had no choice but to comply.
”If you knew… youd be furious, wouldn you? ” Shizuku whispered quietly, then took
Kaoris hand. She had not woken since that day in the labyrinth.
According to the doctor there was nothing wrong with her physically. She had
apparently just fallen into a self-imposed slumber to protect herself from the mental
shock. The doctor had said she would awaken on her own eventually.
Shizuku tightly gripped Kaoris hand and prayed to no one in particular, ”Please, please
don let any further harm come to my kind and gentle friend. ” And at those words,
Kaoris hand twitched slightly.
”Huh!? Kaori!? Can you hear me!? Kaori! ” Shizuku yelled out her name over and over.
Eventually, Kaoris eyelids began to flutter. Shizuku kept calling out her best friends
name. As if responding to her words, Kaoris fingers curled around Shizukus hand.
And slowly, she opened her eyes.
”Kaori! ” Shizuku leaned over the bed and looked down at Kaori, tears in her eyes. Kaori
looked around dazedly, before her mind finally started working again, and her eyes
fell on Shizuku.
”Yes, its me. Shizuku. How do you feel, Kaori? Does it hurt anywhere? ”
”N-No Im fine. My body does feel a bit heavy… but thats probably because I slept for
so long… ”
”Thats right, you slept for five whole days… so its normal to feel a little numb. ”
Shizuku hurried to help Kaori, who was trying to rise, and smiled sadly as she told her
how long shed slept for. Kaori started acting odd when she heard that.
”Five days? How did I sleep… for that long… I thought I was in the labyrinth… and then
I… ” As she saw Kaoris eyes grow more and more distant, Shizuku panicked and
quickly tried to change the subject. However, Kaoris memories returned before
Shizuku could get even a word out.
”And then… Ah… What happened to Nagumo-kun? ”
Shizuku grimaced, unsure of how to explain. From Shizukus pained expression, Kaori
was able to surmise that the nightmare she saw in her memories was indeed true.
However, Kaori was still unable to accept that harsh reality.
”…It can be true. Please, tell me its a lie, Shizuku-chan. You guys saved Nagumo-kun
after I fainted, right? Right? Tell me you did. Im in the castle right now, right? We all
made it back safely to the castle, right? Nagumo-kuns just… out training, right? Hes
down at the parade grounds, right? Right, that has to be it… Im going to go check right
now. I have to thank him… so can you please let me go, Shizuku-chan? ”
Incoherent ramblings spilled from Kaoris mouth as she tried to get up and go look for
Hajime, but Shizuku firmly grabbed on to Kaoris arm and refused to let go.
Despite Shizukus anguished expression, she kept a strong grip on Kaoris arm.
”Kaori… You understand, don you…? Hes not here anymore. ”
”Stop it… ”
”Its just like you remembered, Kaori. ”
”Stop it. ”
”Hes… Nagumo-kuns… ”
”Stop, I said stop it! ”
”Kaori! Hes dead! ”
”No! Hes not dead! I know it! Stop saying such cruel things! I won forgive anyone for
saying that, not even you, Shizuku-chan! ”
Kaori kept shaking her head, struggling to break free from Shizukus grasp all the
while. But Shizuku refused to loosen her grip even a smidge. Instead, she hugged
Kaori, trying to warm her frozen heart.
”Let me go! Let me go right now! I have to go look for Nagumo-kun! Please, Im begging
you… I know hes still alive somewhere… so please! ” She yelled at Shizuku to let her
go, but was still sobbing into her chest as she did.
Kaori clung to Shizuku like a drowning man to a rock, wailing so loudly her voice went
hoarse. All Shizuku could do for her best friend was hug her as tightly as possible.
Praying that she might somehow ease the pain in Kaoris heart.
The two of them stayed like that for hours, until the clear blue sky had been stained
blood red by the setting sun. Kaori sniffled slightly in Shizukus arms, and stirred
slightly. Shizuku worriedly looked down at Kaori.
”Shizuku-chan… Nagumo-kun… he fell, didn he…? Hes not here anymore, is he? ”
Kaori whispered in a trembling voice. Shizuku didn want to give her any false hope.
If she told Kaori he was still alive, that might alleviate her pain in the short run. But it
would scar Kaori forever when she finally discovered the truth. And Shizuku couldn
bear to see her best friend hurt any more than she already was.
”Thats right. ”
”Back then, it looked like Nagumo-kun got hit by one of our fireballs… Who cast it? ”
”I don know. Everyones trying to forget it ever happened. Its too scary to think about
for them. Because if they were the one that did it… ”
”I see. ”
”Do you hate them for it? ”
”…Im not sure. If I found out for sure who it was… Id definitely hate them. But… if no
one knows… then maybe its better that way. Because if I did find out, I wouldn be
able to hold back… ”
”I see… ” Kaori spoke haltingly, her face still buried in Shizukus arms. Suddenly, she
wiped the tears from her puffy, red eyes, and looked up at Shizuku with renewed
”Shizuku-chan, I don believe it. Nagumo-kun has to be alive somewhere. I won
believe that hes dead. ”
”Kaori, you… ” Shizuku looked down sadly at Kaori. However, Kaori cupped Shizukus
cheeks with her hands, then continued speaking.
”I know. I know that its foolish to think he survived that fall… But you know, theres
no proof that he died. So what if the chance of him surviving is less than 1% of 1%?
Its still not zero… So I choose to believe. ”
”Im going to get stronger. Strong enough to protect him even from whats down there,
and then Ill go look for him. I won rest until Ive confirmed with my own two eyes…
whats happened to Nagumo-kun… Shizuku-chan. ”
”What is it? ”
”Will you help me? ”
”…… ” Shizuku met Kaoris unwavering gaze. There was no sign of madness or
desperation in her eyes. Just an unbreakable will, one that would not rest until she had
confirmed the truth for herself. Nothing could change her mind when Kaori got like
this. She was far too stubborn for even her own family to deal with, let alone Shizuku.
In all honesty, it was probably safe to say the possibility Kaori was referring to might
as well be zero. It would be natural to assume anyone who thought differently was
simply trying to escape from reality.
Even her childhood friends, Kouki and Ryutarou, would probably try and tell Kaori she
wasn acting sane. But that was precisely why only a single answer came to Shizukus
”Of course I will. Until youve found an answer you can accept, at least. ”
”Shizuku-chan! ” Kaori hugged Shizuku and thanked her over and over.
”I don need any thanks. We
e best friends, remember? ” Shizuku replied, ever the
manly samurai. The title that magazines had given her was rather apt.
Just then, the door to the room suddenly burst open.
”Shizuku! Has Kaori woken… up…? ”
”Yeah, hows Kaori… doing…? ”
Kouki and Ryutarou came hurtling into the room. They had come to check up on Kaori.
It seemed apparent that they had rushed straight over after training, as dirt still caked
Ever since the labyrinth excursion, the two had trained harder than ever before. They
had both been hit pretty hard by Hajimes death as well. After all, they were the ones
who had refused to retreat, which had caused the nearly fatal crisis that Hajime had
to save them from. They were both training hard so that they would never do
something so unsightly ever again.
Aside from those two, however, there was a third figure hanging back in the doorway.
Shizuku directed a question toward him, her voice full of suspicion.
”Why are you— ”
”I-Ill leave now! ”
The figure hurriedly apologized, overruling Shizukus words. Looking as if theyd seen
something they shouldn have, they hurriedly left the room. Kaori looked at them in
confusion. However, the clever Shizuku realized what the cause must have been.
Kaori was currently sitting on Shizukus lap, and holding Shizukus face in her hands.
To an outsider it must have seemed like they were about to kiss each other. Shizuku,
too, was holding Kaori by the small of her back and her shoulder, like a lover.
It must have looked like a very romantic scene. Had this been a manga, there would
have no doubt been flower petals everywhere in the background. Shizuku sighed
deeply, moving away from Kaori, who was still staring blankly in confusion.
”Hurry up and get back here, you moron! ”
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