As ever, no such thing as a free lunch in this story.
Final Battle ⑫
Author’s comments: Katia’s perspective
Kyouya’s collapsed body turned into dust and disappeared. Immediately after having seen that happen with his own eyes, Shun collapsed without even trying to break his fall.
「I guess we’ve reached our limits as well.」
Darkness Dragon Reise-san calmly stated that. Afterwards, he approached the still fallen Lightning Dragon Gouka-san.
「Do you have any last words?」
「I’m sorry to say this but you won’t be able to eat anything anymore though.」
Gouka-san’s body took a powerful strike from Kyouya, becoming a tragic sight to behold. With Shun now unconscious, it is impossible to revive him. On top of that, Shun’s revival has a time limit. If it’s not done immediately following death, then there won’t be time.
「Busy over there. There’s not enough time.」
In the distance where Reise-san was staring with his head raised, the light of recovery magic shone. Just earlier, Light Dragon Byaku-san and Sue who had borrowed her power had been knocked flying. Although she was borrowing Byaku-san’s power, there’s no way that Sue could take a blow from Kyouya and come out unscathed. That’s something easy to imagine from just how remarkably far she was blown away, despite having her guard up. Recovery specialist Byaku-san is over there, performing Sue’s treatment. In short, she can’t afford to rush back here.
「Ah… when I die… it’s fine… to eat me. I’m sure I could satisfy your hunger.」
「You fool. Eating something so small wouldn’t be enough to satisfy us you know.」
I can’t tell if the words that Gouka-san utters are serious or a joke. In comparison, Wind Dragon Hyuvan-san responds in a very lighthearted tone. However, Hyuvan-san’s voice was trembling.
「Yeah. But, before I die, I better offer up myself as well.」
With the last of his words, Gouka-san’s body turns into dust like with Kyouya.
「……You fool. How can we eat you now. Right until the very end, you were one big fool you know……」
In a tearful voice, Hyuvan-san watches the dust from Gouka-san until it dissipates, while Fire Dragon Guen-san also covers his face with one hand.
「Somebody, make contact with Mr Ronant. Let’s withdraw for now and regroup.」
Amongst them only Reise-san was calm. You could even call him indifferent.
「How about waiting a little bit?」
Because of that, I reflexively admonished him.
「Even now Iena is buying us time. Will you let Iena’s self-sacrifice come to nothing?」
I couldn’t refute his response.
「Reise is correct. I’ll make contact.」
Guen-san says that while clutching his hand that Kyouya had sliced off. Shun has collapsed, everyone is covered in wounds starting with Guen-san. I’m almost out of MP as well since I’ve had my barrier from Chastity activated the whole time. If even I am in such a state, then it must be worse for Guen-san and co who were actually fighting I’m sure.
「Good grief. We can finally get away from this hot place.」
All of a sudden, Ice Dragon Nier-san shows up after having been out of sight until now. Just where have you been hiding all this time I wonder?
「Nier. Please go collect Byaku and Suelecia-jou.」
While complaining Nier-san obediently heads over to where Byaku-san’s medical treatment light can be seen.
Before long, thanks to Ronant-sama who came via Teleport, we retreated from the Elro Great Labyrinth.
「How’s the kid doing?」
「He hasn’t woken up yet.」
After returning to our base everyone got some rest. I was sitting next to the bed Shun was sleeping in, watching Shun’s condition.
「You should get some sleep too, jou-chan.」
「……I can’t sleep.」
Ronant-sama might be worried about me, but even when I closed my eyes I didn’t feel like I could sleep at all. Even though my fatigue has reached its peak.
「You’re overwrought aren’t you. It often occurs on the battlefield. In such cases though, once you reach your limit you’ll just suddenly collapse. Like this kid.」
Ronant-sama shrugged his shoulders while saying so. Even by just watching it, Shun’s revival by Kindness seems quite hard on him. He continued to revive Guen-san and co until he collapsed after all.
「However, with regards to the kid collapsing, there’s more to it than that. Isn’t there?」
Ronant-sama glares at the entrance to the room. Over there, Darkness Dragon Reise-san was standing.
「I’ve lived a long time after all. Though not at much as an ancient dragon of course.」
Going by Reise-san’s words, it was like he was confirming that he was hiding something. Something… about Shun.
「What do you mean?」
「Don’t glare at me like that please. It’s not like even I had known in the first place.」
While saying that, Reise-san approached the bed, and peered into Shun’s face.
「Didn’t you think that it was strange? Reviving the dead – a miracle that should be impossible. Even with the System in this world that’s still the case. Rather, precisely because the System exists, reviving the dead and the like shouldn’t be allowed. Despite that, don’t you think it’s much too cheap for it to just cost MP to make such a miracle occur?」
Now that he mentions it, that’s right. In the video games of my previous life revival magic was commonplace, so I was under the impression that it was just one of those things, but in reality things like reviving the dead are nothing short of a miracle. Then, once you’ve heard that much you’ll get a bad premonition. A bad premonition that’s more like conviction.
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「He’s… eroding his soul.」
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