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L1
[BSR >:3 Arc. Translation: Proger_XP. http://proger.me] I turned right, walked for a while, found a bench and took a seat. Then gazed into the night sky.
L2
「Huh?..」
L3
There was a tiny glittering speck.
L4
For a few seconds I was watching it...
L5
...then noticed something strange.
L6
The meteor was not going away. Actually, it was circling the sky! From its orbit, speed and glow I figured it was not an airplane or a man-made rainbow cat...
L7
「That-that's an UFO!」
L8
The UFO made a final round and began falling in a spiral dive. I took out my manaphone and tried to shoot a photo but didn't make it in time.
L9
「Duck and roll! A-a-a-ah!」
L10
The thing was now obviously plummeting down right on top of the bushes next to me. I would be inevitably torn to shreds by the impact... but just before hitting the ground the UFO sharply slowed down and gently touched the grass thanks to some mysterious power. Gravity control?
L11
「Nice ship, huh...」
L12
I could now observe the object closely. Its form turned out to be a narrow cocoon about 3 meters long, with smooth, seamless silverish surface.
L13
Creak-suddenly a crack started growing on the surface. I could see something moeful coming from the inside... like a butterfly appearing out of its chrysalis.
L14
Can it be-a cracky chan?.. No, wait...
L15
(ZOMG TEH REI!!!)
L16
As if entranced, I rose up from the bench and made a step towards the alien. It noticed me, quickly grabbed something hanging on its hip and pointed at me. The thing resembled a laser gun.
L17
Then it yelled something in Moonspeak which somehow reminded me of Soviet Russia.
L18
I stretched my both hands to it, palms up to calm it down and show that I had no ill intentions.
L19
But that was a big mistake. The alien got even more annoyed and put its finger on the trigger of the gizmo. Apparently, it saw me as a serious thread.
L20
I was thinking...
L21
(Now, how could have I ended up in the middle of a Sci-Fi story by simply walking in the park?)
L22
(And if it's a Sci-Fi story, why does the supposed alien look just like our Earth women?)
L23
(Isn't it too simple? Too unrealistic?)
L24
「No, wait...」
L25
The Universe is hueg. It could have easily spawned a kind of disgusting 3D aliens shaped just like our human females here.
L26
The real question is in probability. First, the chance of a female-type alien coming to Earth is 50% (either it will come or it will not). Then, the chance of it meeting me is another 50%.
L27
Combining the two we get the final chance of 25%.
L28
Put differently, the chance of me meeting a female-type alien while taking a stroll is a whopping 25%.
L29
25%.
L30
That's every fourth stroll in the park!
L31
So mathematically the probability of this occurrence is higher than dying from small bombs in my tea (that's the classic plot of most anime shows that stupid otaku love). Basically, it means that everyone would run into an alien sooner or later in his life.
L32
「Phew...」
L33
Such solid, bulletproof reasoning brought me a relief and I could focus on the crisis unfolding before my eyes. According to my observations, the alien was trapped in panic - else it wouldn't be so pissed off after meeting a nondescript high-school student. That's why it's pointing that laser gun-thing at me right now.
L34
That said, my pet dog Pochi was just the same in the beginning. It was expelled from the pack of stray dogs and when a blessed savior (me) took pity on the thirsting critter and tried to take it home Pochi snarled at my hand.
L35
Yet I did not falter and let it bite my right arm.
L36
I said to it...
L37
「Hey, don't be afraid!」
L38
Thereafter Pochi became my friend.
L39
But Pochi is no longer.
L40
It died of old age...
L41
Those memories were making me feel real sad. Finally, I realized what I had to do. Of course...
L42
「ENGLISH MOTHERFSCKERESS YOU SPEAK IT?!」
L43
...coming at it like that would be imprudent. However, it's certain that this alien is no different than a stray dog.
L44
On one hand, their science had clearly gone too far, with all those warp engines and stuff if it managed to make it to Earth from the deepness in the sky. On the other hand, it's freaking out after meeting a local lifeform so its landing must have been an emergency.
L45
Therefore, it is in fear.
L46
Therefore, I need to let it bite my arm just like I did with Pochi. Then it will understand my true intention.
L47
I put up the best smile I could and softly said...
L48
「Hey, why so serious?」
L49
Shoop-That same moment a flash was flashed.
L50
There was an uncomfortable feeling at my cheek. I touched it and saw black powder coming off. My drills-A laser ray had carbonized my skin! A wave of terror was rising from inside myself but I suppressed it with force. Hide the pain, coward!
L51
I cannot run away and let my morale be broken for life. Escaping is too easy but I cannot turn my back and pretend that nothing happened. What I can do is fight. She might be mega milk-but I have confidence in my reflexes and I can do no less than 10 pull-ups. I've been through crazy shit.
L52
This laser gun is weak - it hits a single point only. I simply need to observe the alien. When it pulls the trigger, I will calculate the direction of the ray by the gun's muzzle, dodge it, rush forward and use my special falcon pinch. That's gun-kata basics, level 1 [a reference to the Equilibrium movie]...
L53
Though in fact I have already abandoned the plan because everybody knows that nothing ever comes out of a fight. One does not simply fight - we need COMMUNISM. That's right, and I have confidence in my diplomatic skills. Every week I am invited to a birthday party by one of my many human friends, my contact book is always chock-full and I am exchanging proper greetings with my ceiling cat. I am so sociable. Can I ever choose to abandon this dialog with an alien?
L54
「You know, I really luuuuuve medkits!」
L55
...I put up my widest smile and stepped closer to the critter. Friendly chirp ought to relax it...
L56
I opened my briefcase, took out a bar of Hisao Chocolate and held it out. The alien girl came from such afar that her stomach must be a blasting hole by now. This food will fire her up!
L57
「Delicious choco! You must chew chew chew it!」
L58
And with this, my stomach was pierced...
L59
「Uh?..」
L60
...and my heart was on fire.
L61
I crumbled to the ground like a puppet whose strings were cut. My vision was fading. The alien... Chocolate - the sign of friendship... apparently it was mistaken for a weapon... Such... power bite... Aeris... gonna... die...
L62
Before my eyes had shut forever, I saw the alien running up to me, its face all wet of regretful tears. The nature of the choco... has she realized it? Butchers and horrors...
L63
「You are doing it wro-Gwah!..」
L64
My speech was interrupted by a desperate vomit of blood.
L65
I felt as if the alien has kneeled to my head... and even like my lips were kissed.
L66
「SPIKE DIES...」
L67
And then I died.
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L68
「What?..」
L69
I have arisen.
L70
Or maybe that strange dream just ended.
L71
At first, I was like 「WTFG?!」 but then I figured I could search my chest for a hole.
L72
There was no hole.
L73
From this I made a conclusion that my FIRST CONTACT was nothing other than a wishful dream.
L74
The only problem was that I felt feverish, dizzy and sick like an impaled polarball after a robotized pony attack.
L75
A cold? Perhaps it was the cause for such a weird dream?
L76
「Blazzers... I should just lie and try not to cry...」
L77
「Ah, hero, you finally up?」
L78
「Yeah... but I'm feeling nausea. Like I am about to vomit right now!」
L79
「If it comes to that then use this bucket. The imperial nanomachines are still at work. Soon 90% of yer body will be rebuilt. Ya got to endure. Yer brain tissue was completely busted so I had to take the nanomachines from the first aid kit, from the jumpship and from my own body. It took all of them down to last bit.」
L80
「The jumpship? You mean that flying cocoon? Does it mean you can't get back to space now?」
L81
「You worry not. I was going to dismantle it anyway so that THEY do not find me. And yet I fear yer appreciation of the Empire is not enough. Yer life was saved miraculously... oh no, technically you did die, once. So not the same fag anymore. For a savage, returning to its body after a true death must be a divine experience. Do feel the greatness of the Empire and worship it with diligence from now on with that body of yours!」
L82
「Duh, how self-important... Who did the shooting? I showed no hostility whatsoever. People die if you kill them, you know!」
L83
「Your zoomjap smirk was creepy. Whoever in my place would have shot you just as well without hesitating.」
L84
What a twist! I was shocked. Granted, I had the confidence in my appearance. I am ridiculously photogenic. So many schoolgirls have brought confessions to me. I figured that beauty standards of Earth and the "Empire" had nothing in common.
L85
「Wait, that's not the point. Why is an alien sitting in my house? Why do I understand your language? But first, why am I alive at all?」
L86
「You know the answers. My nanomachines have imprinted knowledge onto your brain... at least the abridged version that it could comprehend. Lurk it!」
L87
L-lurk what?..
L88
「Ouch!..」
L89
Suddenly my brain was flooded by a gush of information.
L90
Standard History, year 12,405,834,595. Midora, the capital planet of the Empire of the Milky Way. A military faction Gray Nerdo Alliance (GNA) performed a coup d’état. The Emperor's palace was abruptly assaulted. Gurigula, Emperor Bashyar V's daughter, took arms to protect her father but was crammed into an emergency jumpship by his own resolute hand (against her will of course) and warped to a planet under their patronage, one with the closest culture, precisely to this solar system, the third planet. Earth.
L91
『KEMORE REBAB TOTOLOLO THRONG! Live, my daughter!』
L92
Those were his last words. Certainly, the coup shall fail. Even if Midora surrenders, the Empire's power spans the entire Galaxy. Even if the Emperor dies - the Empire will be restored... as long as the last member of the family, namely Gurigula, survives. Thus, the fate of the Milky Way (and Gurigula) depends on who finds her first: the Alliance's assassins or the Empire's rescue team... if I got it right. The nanomachines also installed a translator of the cosmic language into my brain... somehow.
L93
「What the heck am I reading?!」
L94
...I almost cried that but braced myself and just said: 「B-breezy tale, sis...」 Indeed, the grandness of this story immediately put me into a giddy state.
L95
Not paying much attention to how I felt, Bashyar Gurigula-san went on again.
L96
「Ye must know that 98% of this planet's artificial satellites are already infected by nanomachines of my foe. As soon as I take a step out of this house their cameras would locate me and I will be captured within 10 furas... I mean, about 7 minutes.」
L97
「Oh noes... Isn't it sad, Gu...cchin?..」
L98
Sure, I was fighting the fog in my head but I think I managed an adequate response... yet Guri-san suddenly started yelling and waving her laser gun.
L99
「Do you not understand the gravity of the situation?!」
L100
「Wait... no. But actually yes, I mean, I do. Probably.」
L101
Whatever... the Empire shall wait. I just want to sleep, sleep, sleep...
L102
Looks like I fell asleep again.
L103
Now the morning sun was shining into my room through an opening in window curtains.
L104
I washed my face, brushed my teeth and set up for school.
L105
「Yeah, first time this sleep-within-sleep thing is happening to me...」
L106
I touched the knob of the entrance door... and felt a gun's muzzle pushing against my back.
L107
「Where do yer think ya going?」
L108
「Why, hello there?!..」
L109
「They have already pinpointed the landing spot of my ship. This very minute the Alliance's assassins are lurking in the neighborhood, hunting for me, watching for us.」
L110
「Us?.. Listen, I will keep my mouth shut. I need to go to school. Humans go to school. School is important for humans. Amrite?」
L111
「Bro, I am disappointed! Your body is now made of our imperial nanomachines. I transplanted every nanomachine I had... my own reserves, the Emperor's family exclusive emotion-controlling nanomachines... If ye go outside, their sensors will react. They will catch you, fry your brain and immediately learn everything about me!」
L112
「In other words... you tell me to become a truant.」
L113
「Right.」
L114
I put down my briefcase, took out the cellphone and was about to call up the school-but Gurigula kicked it out of my hand with a swift move and squashed the thing on the floor.
L115
「From this moment on, all and every communication with the outside world without exceptions is entirely and rigorously prohibited.」
L116
「Do you still not understand? All your bases belong to them! They are intercepting all your communications and analyzing every phone call. Any speech with a trace of my imperial meme will be momentarily identified and the precise location of the speaker will be determined.」
L117
「So that's why we can't have ni-Look, I just wanted to tell them that I was sick...」
L118
「Rejected! Do not take lightly the prism... their technology... OUR technology!」
L119
「So, I cannot go outside, cannot call anyone... Am I forever confined in this house?」
L120
「Exactly you are. And if you ever try to snoop a rare jpeg - I will again shoot you to death.」
L121
I threw up my hands in a hopeless disagreement. She really was a titty monster! As if I looked like I knew what this "jpeg" thing was. Yet I didn't want to die again this week... even "technically".
L122
In an unlikely apology, Guri lowered her head by an entire nanometer... then glared at me, big-hearted.
L123
「Be relieved... The traitors are going to be seized and eradicated before 60 fiiras pass by... that is, 3 local months. Then I will be picked up by a rescue team. Ye shall be patient until then. I will, of course, offer you a generous compensation for your trouble. Having said that, the Primitive Intellectual Protection Act forbids us from offering you any technological or cultural objects... I suppose the reward will be in the local currency. Sorry about that.」
L124
「Oh... really...」
L125
「No way... why am I even talking with you... it's also in violation of the Act! Ah, I see... Indeed, but even so, why?..」
L126
Guri started aimlessly circling around the living room, mumbling something illegible. I figured it's best to think about reality in such moments.
L127
「Hey, cheer up. It's impossible to stay alive holed up for 3 months...」
L128
「What? The help will come! Are you questioning my words?! Questioning the power of the Empire?!」
L129
「... 'cause we will die out of starvation way before these 3 months elapse.」
L130
「And your emergency food supplies for 3 months?!..」
L131
「...It has no games. By the way, can you even eat our food?」
L132
「It's all right. I have recently verified that.」
L133
I watched Guri puffing out her chest with a smug anime face as if she was very proud of herself.
L134
I followed her sight and saw a bag of Pochi's feed on the floor, the one who died of old age the other day (Pochi died, not the bag). The bag was torn on one side.
L135
「Erm, did you verify with THAT?」
L136
「Sorry that I have helped myself without asking. Be relieved, you will be rewarded for this too.」
L137
「Did you, uh, like it?」
L138
「Yep. First-class canned goods. Top notch taste and nutrition value. I would have never thought that such a third-rate planet could have a food industry capable of producing a groundbreaking product like this.」
L139
No mistake, the girl's face was shining with utmost satisfaction like that of a happy feline.
L140
「In any case...」
L141
I crossed hands on my chest and started thinking.
L142
I did set up automatic charges for water, electricity and gas supply services from my bank account so we were guaranteed the minimal level of life support.
L143
But food... no matter what, it wasn't enough for 3 months. There was a pack of milk (not counting the two mega milks here), a bag of sausages and 8 eggs in the fridge, several cans of instant ramen in the cupboard... as well as around 5 bags of Pochi's feed. That's all we had left for us.
L144
「Hey, listen! Can't your nanostuff materialize food or something?」
L145
「Rejected. I have wasted all nanomachines on your restoration. Li-literally all! Even in my body... not a single moran of them is left. That is, 0.34 picograms. You, such a waste... W-what do I do now? Winter is coming... right?」
L146
I decided to move on with my pragmatic thinking disregarding Gula who was again swinging hands around and screaming stark nonsense.
L147
「Winter is cold in these parts. We could have a snowball fight. Uhm... Yeah, there is no way we wouldn't die from starvation.」
L148
「Hu-humans are expected to survive on just water for one month. I learned everything about your kind from the fake news while you were asleep. There's nothing like this TV toy in the Empire either! It's so amusing... But never-mind that. We just need to be patient, then we will be fine for these 3 months. You, show your spirit!」
L149
「Um, can I call you "Guro-tan, the Disaster Girl"?」
L150
「I never doubted that our imperial courtesy rules are too much for the primitive brain of an aborigine, but you must stop calling me by some stupidly contracted form of my proper name at once. Call me "Gurigula". What was it... ah! Show spirit! Make survive!..」
L151
In this precise moment her stomach loudly rumbled.
L152
The girl's face turned bright red. I said...
L153
「You know, you can finish what you liked so much... those, uh, crispy things on the floor.」
L154
「Rejected! Each of us will get a handful of food every day. Not a bit more! We must concentrate our minds on hunger... with all our might. And brace ourselves... for winter.」
L155
「What about winter? If we stay indoors, we don't need to worry about freezing to death.」
L156
「This is not what I am worried about! You mind your own business! And treat my food as an important resource!」
L157
Your food?.. Once again I ignored Guri's mysterious anxiety. Those aliens seemed to have hot buttons all around them and there was no point in worrying about it. More important, I should be devoting my energy at survival and employing positive thinking to get things done.
L158
「Anyhow... the best thing we can do now is drink some water and get to sleep.」
L159
I started setting myself up for hibernation.
L160
「So, Guro-san, please use that room. This one is mine. Let's respect each other's privacy.」
L161
「Call me "Gurigula"!」
L162
With this, my strange cohabitation with an alien had started.
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L163
「Finally, a harvest. Want to taste this?」
L164
「What's this THING?」
L165
「Daikon sprouts. It's made of daikon and sprouts. I tried growing them on the porch.」
L166
「Bitter...」
L167
「It might be better together with those "Happy Doge" crisps.」
L168
「That's brilliant but I like it! I will definitely consider the production of these goods when I get back. We might be able to slip the food export by the Act...」
L169
「Hey, gory scammer, you alive?..」
L170
「I am fine. Comparing to what my father went through... When will you get new crops?」
L171
「You've just eaten all of them.」
L172
「Hey, what is this smell? What have you done?」
L173
「I've boiled my leather shoes. Their collagen, I've heard it's nutritive...」
L174
And then the winter came.
L175
「Freezing-hunger-freezing-hunger-freezing-hunger-...」
L176
I was literally frozen on that day.
L177
Our only source of heat, the air conditioner was broken. I felt like I lost about 10 kilos of my living weight.
L178
「It has already broken in the summer... Stupid me, I should have called an electrician back then... Oh, it's so, so cold...」
L179
I was sitting on the floor, grasping my knees inside a blanket. Guri's room was on the North side and the air there was freezing cold - I guess that's why she had been sleeping in my place. Now she took over the comfort of my bed and was lying across it as if exterminated.
L180
If only I could go outside for a quick dash...
L181
...that would have surely solved all our problems.
L182
I heard my classmates coming here during the past 3 months but every time I was forced to keep the door locked pretending to be out. This was the Guri's order - or maybe it was Gura, whatever. She also cut the telephone line. We were on a lone island in the middle of a city stuck in the everlasting Saturday, spending time watching TV, playing cards and chatting in Barrens Tale. And sleeping. A lot.
L183
That's right - 3 months had long gone. There were no signs of any rescue team coming - our one and only ray of hope. Day by day the alien was becoming more silent, having ran out of her pet food. Occasionally she would nervously utter some cryptic phrase...
L184
「The time is coming even though I have limited my food intake so much... What do I do? It's already winter! If it becomes colder, I... I...」
L185
I replied to her...
L186
「Th-that's it. I do not care anymore. I just want to eat something!」
L187
「Do not give in to the instincts. Hang on... need to hang on...」
L188
She was looking down and mumbling, apparently trying to cheer herself up.
L189
Anyway... I was already at my limit.
L190
Ultimately, the day came when I couldn't take it any longer. I spoke up...
L191
「A little longer and we will both kick in.」
L192
「There's a supermarket just around the corner. I could quickly run there to fetch a few things. Even taking a chance of being discovered by the bad guys is better than dying such a miserable death.」
L193
「R-rejected...」
L194
「Think reasonably! Can it be worse than having starved to death?! Where is your Empire now, anyway?」
L195
「Be relieved... we won't die.」
L196
「Oh no, that's not right! I am already almost dead!」
L197
Guri rose up, went to the bathroom... and returned with scales.
L198
「Get on it!」
L199
I got on it.
L200
「So?」
L201
A miracle.
L202
I didn't lose a single kilo!
L203
Guri spoke...
L204
「We won't die. Your body reconstruction is complete. Our kind obtains energy from mere light. Naturally, food is not required for us to function. Hunger is just a rudimentary animal instinct, among others.」
L205
「Even though it's such a pain?」
L206
「Yes, even so. You humans must have some useless instincts too, don't you? Such as... a craving for sweets.」
L207
「Or a sexual desire! Ha-ha-ha!」
L208
Hunger was tearing me apart and for a moment I lost my senses, shouting indecent jokes right into the face of the princess of the Empire. Guri startled... and then glared at me. I felt I could drop dead just from that dreadful gaze. Indeed, it was like a harassment, for a man and a woman were living in the same room. I apologized promptly.
L209
「Ha-ha-ha, disregard that, I-my bad.」
L210
She picked up the laser gun.
L211
「F-forgive me. I am, like, really sorry.」
L212
「Just like I thought... I must have killed you entirely.」
L213
「I-I do take back my words!」
L214
「Just what else could have I done?!.. There was no time to search for the first aid kit or extract nanomachines from the ship. Your brain was dying! The only way I had was transplanting my own nanomachines used to control emotions... mouth-to-mouth.」
L215
「Hey, do not swing it like that! Put that cookie down!..」
L216
「You! You hate me, uguu~?」
L217
「Of course... but nothing comes out of hatred.」
L218
「A-ah! So you do hate me!」
L219
「Not much, no. You are just depressing, that's all.」
L220
「Die!」
L221
Gurigula suddenly put the muzzle against her temple. 「Don't do it, faggot!」 ...With that cry I made a royal leap and stopped her suicide attempt.
L222
「Just what are you doing?! We got to wait for the rescue team! It's coming! Isn't the Empire strong?.. And mighty?!」
L223
「But I am depressing! I want to die!」
L224
「Are you not the annoying little oran-I mean, the rising hope of the Empire? It gets better! Show me your spirit!」
L225
「I cannot take it anymore!」
L226
「No hammertime, you foolish Stephanie!」
L227
With those words I slapped Guri's face with my palm. They say it might cause a potential suicide to reconsider his situation. I saw blood rushing to Guri's head thanks to the pain, and her eyes were blazing now. She tackled me onto the floor and immediately pinned into the four-quarters position [ground combat term, a.k.a. "69"]. Feeling her pressing hard against my body, I was prepared to face what was coming, thinking...
L228
(Good girl, let the steam off. Nothing is going to save us in this hopeless situation...)
L229
(...but at least it should drive out those idiotic hara-kiri motions from your head, ke-ke-ke.)
L230
Yet... something here was not quite right.
L231
We stayed in this pervasive posing for a while but apparently Guri was not going to beat me up.
L232
Even though she remained in this grappling position on top of me she was not strangling my head or punching my face. She just forever clung on me.
L233
「H-hello?」
L234
Finally, it became too heavy for me and I gently pushed Guri's body aside. This seemed to bring her to her senses. She separated from me with an appalling force and retreated into the corner of the room. From there she spoke, her voice trembling with... apology?..
L235
「This was not my fault! It's just that we are in winter and there are no nanomachines to control my instincts. Yes, that's why!」
L236
But she couldn't sit still and was again moving around waving her both hands, yelling.
L237
「When winter comes, my kind starts looking for breeding opportunities. Of course, such lowly urges are controlled by nanomachines...」
L238
Still shouting, she was now coming my way.
L239
「But don't get me wrong! It's not like everybody would do. See, that night your naive kindness has flipped a switch in my brain, the one controlling reproductive functions. You! G-go away! D-don't look at me!」
L240
「B-but it's you coming closer!」
L241
「Fasting is not helping in restraining this impulse! I can no longer be stopped now that it has begun... Ah, I don't care anymore! Let it come whatever happens!」
L242
「I-in other words, the problem is in your pants?!」
L243
「Yes!」
L244
「But can you do this with someone like me? I mean, you're the queen of the Empire! Won't it upset your people?」
L245
「Be relieved. True, haters gonna hate if I were to do this with a native from a third-rate planet. However, being the most powerful person in the Galaxy I can silence the rumors!」
L246
「Look, I think there are proper procedures for doing this sort of thing! I mean, I'm just an ordinary high school student (except I don't own a mecha).」
L247
「No, you are not! You are a courageous and garry human. You are the most marvelous being I have ever met!」
L248
「But I haven't been to school for years now, and then I have dropped from the last grade! Am I still good enough?」
L249
「Education is not important! Do not neglect your heart!」
L250
「Truth be told, I don't have confidence in my heart's beauty either. I did have a dog once but I had to send it off because the neighbors were complaining! And everyone else has had more sex than me!」
L251
「It's doesn't matter too! You will learn! You're pretty cool guy, killing aliens, fearless! And your resistance is only making me harder!」
L252
「But I was not in the shower for a whole week! I am using a bottle like a pet!」
L253
「It's good! Good! A pet is fine too! Jam it in, silly!」
L254
「W-wait, you heard of Kenny?! Besides, I am a hikki and a NEET [no job or education]! I'm writing these lines in my parents' home all day long - this is what I am, or it also doesn't matter? And from before I've heard my parents on the first floor considering to put me into a hospital - is it too irrelevant? Nononono nonononono nonobadbadbadbadbadba aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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L258
I went outside for a relaxing stroll. My daily routine was finished by now and as my parents were away on a business trip there was nobody to scold me for enjoying night life (and like I said, it's just a stroll!). That night I went to a deserted unassuming park near my house with no particular goal in mind.
L259
Of course, I had not the slightest idea that something out of ordinary would take place on that day. My head was busy mulling over the tomorrow's test and other trifles and I did not imagine that a once in a life time happening could have such a humble beginning.
L260
Soon I arrived at a forked road and faced my final choice. No matter where I turn, the world should not come to an end, right?
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L261
[ERS >:3 Arc. Translation: Proger_XP. http://proger.me] I turned left and shortly ran into a sign at the entrance to the central plaza saying: "The Park is Closed Due to Communism".
L262
I mildly disregarded it and proceeded to the farthest bench.
L263
(Surely, they can't be fisking bears in the middle of the night.)
L264
But soon I heard sounds from the opposite end of the park... like somebody was yelling. I strained my eyes but couldn't see a thing in the dark.
L265
(Must be hooligans making trouble.)
L266
I continued to sit at the bench not paying much attention to the noise.
L267
...However, it was too loud and had finally started getting on my nerves.
L268
Moreover, they must have moved closer to my bench.
L269
I felt a prickle of fear.
L270
(Scared?.. You idiot.)
L271
I then felt a prickle of shame. Actually, my school friends always had confidence in my courage. I took out a portable music player from my pocket and plugged earphones into my ears.
L272
「Let the challenger appear!..」
L273
With that remark I shut my eyes and focused on music.
L274
Win condition: enjoy the music.
L275
Lose condition: run away from the bench.
L276
I was thinking...
L277
(It's only my imagination that the fighting is closing on me. Anxiety and fear... I would never succumb to such primitive instincts. I just need to keep my eyes shut and escape from this reality.)
L278
Still-my mind was bugging me. I wasn't sure what was going on but my ass might be in danger! The ruffle was already on the opposite side of the bushes and I started contemplating if my head could suffer an unfortunate ricochet of a metal pipe or something. Then I heard an explosion. I was thinking...
L279
(Hey, maybe it's yakuza?)
L280
「ZOMG!..」
L281
Now the air around me was clearly vibrating not just with gunshots firing but also with swords clanging. On the back of my lids, I vividly pictured a country-wide conflict with our home town's yakuza's Tokarev TTs shooting off the Chinese mafia with falchions, and then me - sitting rock stiff right in the middle of the action, a shivering coward not daring even to look. I tried to jump up and run for my life but couldn't move a finger. W-w-what now? I was too stubborn for my own good. Then I heard a voice...
L282
「They are immune to bullets. Stick this in her p...」
L283
This didn't fit into my mental image and I had no idea what was going on. Before I could mull over it, I was shaken by a terrible impact. I semi-opened my eyes and threw a glance at the other end of the bench. There was something like a silver picket stuck deeply in about 20 cm from my body.
L284
Then-I timidly moved my sight in front of me and saw a little girl surrounded by 4 or 5 bizarre men with bow gun-like devices pointed at her. The picket must have come from one of them.
L285
I was thinking...
L286
(I see, so it's a dream. Just Skyrim with guns. I must be sleeping.)
L287
Meanwhile the girl was speaking loudly and firmly in spite of her peculiar situation...
L288
「Stop this absurdity, will ye? Ye gain nothing even if ye capture me. The humanity has gone a long way in these last ten thousand years and ye are the ones undoing it! My power is beyond nine thousand fingerboxes. Ye will ruin thyself!」
L289
One of the bad guys replied, still pointing his bow gun at her...
L290
「Take part in our experiment and this violence will stop.」
L291
...but then paused as he had noticed my presence...
L292
「Chief, we got a civvy here who must have slipped past our blockade of the park.」
L293
「No choice. We got a clear order to leave no witnesses.」
L294
With this, the "Chief" directed his bow gun at me.
L295
The girl shouted to me...
L296
「Thou dullard! No time to survive make yer chance!」
L297
That very moment the air trembled and a silver pile stabbed my chest.
L298
「Oh-hu-hurts! What's THIS?! Is this a JOKE?」
L299
I knew that being lancer is suffering but it was just too painful. In torment, I stood up from the bench and tried pulling the thing out of my carcass. My ribs gave a creepy disgusting noise. I grabbed tighter and put in more strength... the pile came out along with a surge of blood. I crumbled to the ground like a puppet whose strings were cut.
L300
I saw the knees of the little girl before my eyes...
L301
...but my vision faded to black and I could see no more.
L302
I uttered...
L303
「I'm... dying...」
L304
The girl asked as if in response...
L305
「Do thou not want to die?」
L306
You silly little girl. Of course I didn't.
L307
I managed a nod...
L308
...and she immediately made me sit straight.
L309
The men began to shout...
L310
「Shoot! Now!」
L311
But I was now the shield for the girl. More arrows came our way but she was safe... I wasn't - they all had stuck my back. Ah, THIS couldn't be real anymore! Still, I wondered - it looked like the girl was also meaning to kill me...
L312
「Just as planned... Stay cool.」
L313
Whatever she was thinking... I felt her lips softly touching my nape and then bite it, cutting the carotid artery with an earsplitting click.
L314
Oh-huh!..
L315
Blood!..
L316
Gyaaaaah! The pain-pain-pain... I had just two thoughts. First: my brain was going to die from lack of blood in a few seconds. Sad but true. Second: they would still get this bloodsucking girl shot to death because...
L317
「Go round, take aim, shoot!」
L318
...And yet more very fast pickets coming my way. Ah-huh, can't you just STOP?!
L319
Strange. Shots were fired but nothing stuck my body. Could it be?.. I stressed my eyesight one last time and saw that...
L320
...the girl had caught all 4 silver pickets in midair, her mouth dyed in red.
L321
She spoke...
L322
「Ye humans... how could ye fall so low as to deprive of life your own brethren, the courageous youth? I did not want but now... shall punish... not feeling... and yet... What shall I do?..」
L323
She stayed in doubt for a few instants but then her face lit up and her voice echoed throughout the mountain.
L324
「Then come! Come, ye fools! Ye wished to behold the strength in this senescent body and I shall grant this wish! Thy science matters not - thy brains will betray ye. For ye are trapped by the instincts feeding us!」
L325
She swiftly pulled the arrow from her shoulder and glared at the men. Her pupils were dilated.
L326
Next moment was bloodbath. She soared within the streams of blood...
L327
My memory is failing me on the consequent details. I only know the night was cruel, wicked and vociferous. The men who met the girl's glare would take large box cutters from their pockets and slit their own necks. The girl herself was dancing like a firefly under the moon... a bloody firefly under the bloody moon, bathing in the blood bursting from the open arteries. And yet I did not see it...
L328
(Of course... a dream. Please, just have me unsee it...)
L329
Perhaps in answer of my prayers I was released from the spectators of this queer action...
L330
The time paradox had swept me in.
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L331
「It's morning... wake up, Oniichan! [Big Brother]」
L332
I was pulled out from the sleep by Yamada Alice's voice. Thank you, my little cousin, that one was really grotesque. I mean, it was like I spent the night at Freddy's... My body was agreeing - I was covered in sweat.
L333
「What's the matter, Oniichan? You are very pale. Did you die?」
L334
I figured I should not tell her about my fancy - it was not suitable... you know, for kids. She had nothing to do with it, after all.
L335
As a matter of fact, I don't actually approve cheap violence. Sure, blood and murder are widely used in the movies to catch the attention of the crowd but I'm one of those sensible people who unintentionally frown at such scenes.
L336
「On the other hand...」
L337
Violence was not a problem if it's waved into the plot. Things like zombies and guts are fine together. As are, for example, Frankenstein and dead body parts. Or female aliens and ruptured stomachs.
L338
Such apt scenes are the proof of the author's creativity, not his incompetence or vulgarity of his characters... Those were the kind of thoughts that rumbled in my mind before my glance stopped at the alarm clock by the bed.
L339
「Huh?.. Isn't it 4 AM right now? And the outside was all pitch-dark.」
L340
「O-oh? I am sorry, Oniichan! I must have messed up the alarm - I am still not good with Japanese cellphones...」
L341
「Ha-ha-ha, I see, I see! Well, it can't be helped. Somehow, I am already wide awake and so I will just go and get up as usual. But you go to sleep, Alice. Sleep well to grow big!」
L342
「Loli haet biggy! And Alice is not even sleepy!」
L343
「Ha-ha-ha, right, right! As they say, early bird gets the worm. Shall we have breakfast together?」
L344
「Woot!」
L345
It was true that Alice did not show any sign of drowsiness at all. This was probably expected for kids - their circadian rhythms were chaotic.
L346
I remember back when I was in the elementary, I used to rise up at 5 AM, arrive at the school by 6 AM and play there until the homeroom. Sure, 4 AM was still a bit too early but if we didn't stay up late it'd be fine.
L347
I was quickly preparing our breakfast, thinking about this and that like a real father.
L348
Alice did not stand still either - she was lining up dishes and such. Her home discipline was impressive - I wondered if the society abroad was better at instilling this trait than we were.
L349
「My goodness, Alice, you honestly are a wonderful kid. Itadakimasu! [Let's eat]」
L350
「Don't praise me, I didn't do anything! Itadakima-asu!」
L351
Memories came to me whilst I was watching Alice happily chewing her food. I silently smiled...
L352
I found myself in a heap of trouble when Alice had just arrived to Japan and I had to look after her alone. My parents were on a business trip and I had to hang out at school and attend my friends so...
L353
...when my aunt came to my place and told me about her request I had rigorously started to refuse-yet when a teeny head appeared from behind her shadow and a frail voice said: "My name is Yamada Alice. Please take care of me!" I choked and automatically replied: "Hi there! Welcome home! I'll be your guide.".
L354
The choice had proven itself right since then. I was getting gifts from my aunt every New Year and besides, Alice herself turned out to be an unusually bright gal. It wasn't hard for me at all to take care of her during the short periods when my aunt couldn't do that because of her work. Indeed, my house bustled with fun when Alice was here. Since early morning we were spending time on board games and generally partying hard - something that would be impossible alone.
L355
In other words, this was not the problem...
L356
The problem was myself, not Alice.
L357
「What's wrong, Oniichan?」
L358
As usual, the morning flew by as we spent it playing together. Now we were listlessly lying on the sofa in the living room and Alice was peering into my face, her voice worrisome.
L359
True, it was now the time when we had to leave immediately, else we'd be late for school.
L360
Yet somehow...
L361
「Sleep. What's that?.. Out of nowhere I am feeling sleepy. And sick, like an impaled-I'm dozing off...」
L362
Still, I cannot skip classes as it would serve as a bad example for Alice. I was the responsible adult here. I could not let her delicate and sensitive spirit be hurt.
L363
I tore away my heavy body from the sofa, went to the bathroom, splashed cold water into my face, cast an entire box of Frisks into my mouth and leaped outside.
L364
But... What was going on? The sun's light was just too dazzling and even though the summer was supposed to be winding up the heat was about to give me a sunstroke. This was just too bad. Unbearable... Schnelle, I had returned to my room, drawn all the curtains, lurked under the futon... thought that perhaps these were the symptoms of an upcoming mind break... and fell asleep in no time.
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L365
「Kya-ah!」
L366
I woke up from my own scream and saw it was pitch-dark again. Another nightmare?
L367
Alice was sitting still by the corner of my bed, staring at me, perturbed.
L368
Still half asleep, I said...
L369
「Ah, sorry. I have to make dinner.」
L370
「How are you feeling?..」
L371
「It must have been flu but apparently my body has already dealt with it. I feel unusually energized. By the way, how was today's school? Fun as usual?」
L372
「Today I also did not go. Excuse me.」
L373
I sensed a wet towel on my forehead. Now that I looked around, I also saw a bucket of cold water near the bed.
L374
「Don't tell me you were here nursing me all this time?」
L375
「I'm sorry.」
L376
Alice huddled and looked down in an apology...
L377
...but suddenly she smiled and started to jabber...
L378
「But know what, Oniichan? Tomorrow already you will be healthy! Tomorrow we will certainly go to school together! Isn't it right, Oniichan? Don't you think so? O-of course you do! C-certainly! You will be cured!..」
L379
「Y-yes, for sure. I am already better thanks to you, Alice.」
L380
I was not lying - my body was actually overflowing with vigor. The sensation from today's morning was like a mirage. I jumped out from my bed and our day began... Making dinner, eating, studying, playing board games - snooping as usual, then watching TV, all the while chatting a lot...
L381
After watching the show about Onsen [hot springs] Alice let out a long hearty sigh.
L382
「Onsen is amazing, isn't it? They say Onsen is also good for your lower back. What do you think, Oniichan? Do you like Onsen?」
L383
「Yeah, hot sprints are so hot-but listen, Alice, have you got used to Japan? Found some friends?」
L384
「Yep... I love traditional Japanese inns... This must be what they call Wabisabi [simplicity and refinement]. Ah, Japan is so comfortable! Isn't it, Oniichan?」
L385
「Does it mean... no?」
L386
「I see. Naturally, you have only recently arrived to this country. The Japanese are shy but know what, I think you can make a whole hundred of new friends here.」
L387
「This is not true! I had no friends even before coming here... Whoa, this Buddha statue is dinosauric! I wish I knew that Japan was so amusing. I must have come much earlier!」
L388
For a moment I hesitated if I should lecture her on why having friends was good but she was so stubbornly changing the topic that I decided not to give her an unsolicited advice. After all, shy kids remained shy no matter what you did to them. Sure, adults always said that children were bright and shiny by definition but this was their convenient delusion. Fact was: there were both cheerful and spaghetti kids. It wasn't her fault...
L389
「Well, there's nothing wrong with being gloomy. I mean, it's simply a part of your individuality. When you grow up, this gloominess may actually be useful. Some day! Probably!」
L390
「A-Alice is not gloomy! It's just that...」
L391
「Just what?」
L392
「When we part, I will feel solitary...」
L393
"Solitary", huh? She muttered that with her eyes looking far in the distance... but quickly returned to her usual self and continued chirping about how wonderful Japan was. It looked like she was trying to distract me with smooth talk now that she has let out her secret.
L394
Before this could happen, I said...
L395
「Then become friends with Oniichan. When you leave again - I will come visit you and we'll have some fun!」
L396
Alice's smile was faint...
L397
「Do you have a passport?」
L398
「Nope. But I'm going to get it right this day.」
L399
「I know a way to travel anywhere without passports!」
L400
「Ha-ha-ha, really? Of course you do! Well done, Alice!」
L401
With this and that, another night was passing by.
L402
At last-
L403
「A-ah?! It's already morning!」
L404
「Whoa?! It's already morning!」
L405
「...But we cannot skip classes again.」
L406
「Y-yep... Good luck, Oniichan! You will make it today! Yesterday you just had a cold but you are healthy now and full of energy!」
L407
「Y-yeah...」
L408
I was bringing together all my strength to make it happen...
L409
...but failed.
L410
I almost collapsed from a wave of sleepiness the moment I stepped outside.
L411
Somehow, I managed to recoil back to my room, draw the curtains and hide under futon.
L412
Only my heart was breaking the silence, pounding hard. Then I drifted off.
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L413
Then-I woke up and saw Alice sleeping next to me.
L414
「Whoa! Alice... can it be that you have missed the school today - again?」
L415
「M-mph? Yawn! Ah! G-good morning! I, er, good evening... Oh, is it wrong? GUTEN TAG? M-m-m?」
L416
Alice was anxiously stirring in the bed, scrubbing her eyes. Obviously, she was still half asleep. I asked again...
L417
「Earth to Alice! Have you skipped classes?」
L418
「Y-yep... I see. I am supposed to attend elementary school. I must apologize. GERMANGERD! P-please forgive me!」
L419
「This won't do...」
L420
Both of us clearly had days and nights reversed.
L421
「We are going to sleep early this evening no matter what. We won't stay awake. And tomorrow we'll wake up on time. Understood?」
L422
「Y-yup... I got it.」
L423
...Finally, we ate the dinner, I took a bath, brushed my teeth and slipped under futon early.
L424
Then tightly shut my eyes.
L425
However...
L426
However.
L427
Alice was in the room next door and of course she was soundly asleep by this time.
L428
But I-there was burning sand under my eyelids and I could hardly keep them closed.
L429
What's happening?
L430
The night was going hour by the hour...
L431
...yet I was feeling even more stimulated.
L432
My agitation was rising.
L433
I see. It was agitation. Not just lack of sleep. A disturbance. Throbbing.
L434
「W-what is this anyway?..」
L435
Weird.
L436
Something was wrong.
L437
I furiously started counting sheep in an attempt to compose my feelings.
L438
Then-
L439
At about tenth thousand the door of my room creaked.
L440
「Shadow... The never-invited!..」
L441
I half-opened my eyes. Oh...
L442
It was Alice. She was peering at me.
L443
I heard her low voice...
L444
「Sleeping, isn't he?.. I wonder...」
L445
I maintained my poker face.
L446
As Alice continued to stand motionless just next to me, staring fixedly into my face I felt my heart rate rising even higher.
L447
3 AM. My body was boiling with energy and desires were whirling in my head. Why was that? I felt hunger. Yes, the strongest one was hunger. I was starving. There was appetite. Incredible hunger. Craving for food.
L448
At last, I could not take it anymore. I wide-opened my eyes and howled...
L449
「I must be off my nut! What's this? My stomach is a blasting hole! To eat!..」
L450
「Oh, desire!」
L451
I was clearly bewildered but Alice simply watched me without uttering a word. Yes, she was acting outlandish but I was insane and didn't pay attention to this, yelling again in an incomprehensible excitement...
L452
「What, what IS this? T-THIS... I know! Yes, I'm not just craving for food! It, it is some specific...」
L453
Suddenly I halted in amazement, dumbfounded. Granted, I tried to restrain myself immediately... but the idea had entered my mind and stuck there with no intention of leaving. Yes, yes, just as I always thought... I should not have allowed Alice in my house. Yes, there was a problem... the big problem... the myself. It was lurking in my mind, temporizing, patient... and now surfaced. In fact, I was Uncle Lolisnacks. Alice was in danger! I shouted...
L454
「Alice, run away! There's no time to explain - get out and hide somewhere I cannot reach you!」
L455
If you do not, I will pull your hand and drag into this bed...
L456
「What are you waiting for?! Get into your room! No, return to your mom's! In other words, GTFO!」
L457
If you do not, I will tear down your clothes... my monster eyes will desecrate your pale skin...
L458
「No-Alice, should we do it?..」
L459
Alice did not run - as a result I went on according to my imagination. She did not resist at all. Her large eyes looked at me from below, full of sorrow. I tore the collar of her pajamas with my both hands...
L460
...exposing her skin. I gulped hard and felt disgusted for salivating uncontrollably. I then timidly brought my face closer to her snow-white nape...
L461
...until I could sense her breathing. Then-I crashed an alarm clock against my head. That one was heavy-metal, German-made. The pain turned me normal for a moment. I would destroy my brain before it was consumed by this madness! I sprang up from Alice and thrust my head into the window pane...
L462
...or so I thought-Somebody had firmly gripped my arms from behind.
L463
I struggled hard...
L464
...but Alice did not give in an inch.
L465
No way that could be a loli's strength.
L466
「FUKKEN SAVED! Ah!..」
L467
I moaned. True, Alice was not a child., probably not even a human but rather some special being. Shivers traveled up and down my spine. I asked...
L468
「Alice... just who are you?」
L469
「Thou are strong. Undoing my spell on thy own... I am impressed.」
L470
That moment it all came back to me. The night park. The combat. No freaking aunt existed. The woman was no bloody cousin of mine... I was knee deep in some dead strange accident.
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L471
The woman spoke quietly...
L472
「Thou must realize it thyself now that the charm is broken. Thou are not to blame for pushing me down. It's the virus.」
L473
「The... what? What virus?」
L474
「I am a vampire. This is how humans call me. This "Yamada Alice" is a phony name that I assumed when coming to this country. I no longer remember my real name... It has washed away in the flow of time.」
L475
「Ah... ha-ha-ha... oh, wow. A vampire! Stop kidding me.」
L476
「...My kind's strength is coming from what ye call a "retrovirus". That night thou contracted it and it enlarged^W^W thy body regenerated in a blink of the eye... but thy immune system could have repelled the virus. Thou might have still remained human. To discern that I hypnotized thou, approached as Yamada Alice and carried the observation. But there is no more need for this... for you are a vampire.」
L477
I did not buy this for a moment but I recalled Alice spinning round, basking in fresh blood-then my hands came free and I turned around and execrated her...
L478
「Oh yes... y-you, NEVADA-TAN!」
L479
「At least I have saved thy life. Those people were probably from some country's special forces. They wanted to capture me alive and use my power to their advantage. They would stop before nothing, even killing their kin if ordered to do so. There was no other way to save thou.」
L480
「N-no, this is a lie. I think they did it for lulz. And you, you only wanted fresh blood, didn't you? Feeling good flying around splashing it, dancing? No?」
L481
Alice blushed and dropped her eyes.
L482
「I haven't tasted living blood in a hundred years... and inadvertently lost control of myself.」
L483
「Yes, I know it now. That craving... it is irresistible. But you... how many people's blood have you sucked in your life? How many made vampires? How many killed just for fun, manipulating them like toys with those malignant eyes of yours? Oh-I know, Earth is already overrun by vampires. If your saliva is contagious then they are all over the world by now!」
L484
「I am different from thou, mah boi. I am so old that my only interest is in peregrination. I came to Japan because my lower back is in pain... Yes, I am senile. How many centuries ago have I met another one like me? Everyone must have quietly vanished by now for we long have become bored of blood. I remain in this world but only for my love of travels... When I feel hunger, I use my power to steal a few drops from a transfusion pack... Explaining all of this to a new member is just too troublesome.」
L485
「Therefore, feel relieved. We must be the only vampires remaining on this planet. A millennium ago, there were over nine thousand families all over the world... but those days are long gone. This virus is binding together the parent and the child. If the parent dies - all its children die. When a generation becomes weary of the world, they disappear together with their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren... so their common fate terminates simultaneously.」
L486
「E-even so, deep inside do you not think of the humankind as of the worms? In your soul, do you not want to bite on everyone to make them part of your "family"?」
L487
Alice turned away and spoke nothing for a few minutes.
L488
At last, she dropped her shoulders as if from extreme exhaustion.
L489
「True, I have killed many humans. I had to do it to them. We used to be worshipped as gods in the older days, receiving delightful blood offerings. In those days both ye and us were very simpleminded and naive. Yes, the Aztec had so cozy, warm land. Ah... that is nostalgic...」
L490
I kept silent.
L491
「You are right. I'm mean and my kind is blood-stained with slaughterings. We are the enemies of the humankind.」
L492
Ignited by a sudden anger I grabbed her.
L493
Alice remained calm, just her face was showing an internalized torment.
L494
「But thou shall not forget. Thou too are now the enemy of the state.」
L495
「A-ah, that's right. I want to suck. To bite. To slay.」
L496
「Thou will suffer a hundred years of agony before the instincts boil down.」
L497
「No... do not want... Want to suck... but... No, no, no...」
L498
「And regardless of what thou do, you may never come under the sun again for the virus in our bodies is weak to sunlight. Thy body is fighting still, just thy nervous system has been affected but my body is by 90% the product of the abomination. If I step outside the UV rays will likely melt me fully in just an hour. Like an ice-cream.」
L499
「T-that... I do not like... Please make me again... a human... I do not want to become a monster...」
L500
「Do you despise being one of my family so much?」
L501
「Of course, I do! Who would like to be a fiend like you?!」
L502
「I understand. You are right. I wonder what do we do?.. Will a barrel roll help?..」
L503
She hushed.
L504
I was sitting feebly on the bed holding head in my arms, somehow stripped of all the energy, weeping quietly.
L505
Alice was looking in the window, lost in her thoughts.
L506
So, we sat in the stillness for a while...
L507
Finally-Alice suddenly let out a sigh.
L508
「Ah, the day will start soon... It's time for us to go to rest... Will you lend me new clothes? This one is torn.」
L509
I went to the closet, found a new pair of pajamas and handed to her.
L510
Alice turned and quickly changed.
L511
I asked, still sobbing.
L512
「...By the way, how old are you, really? No matter how I look to me you are only a jailbait. Are you much older than me?」
L513
「Let's see... my first memories are of the dinosaurs, when I was playing on their backs. There was one animal, Pteranodon, that became very attached to me... It was so cute.」
L514
「Y-you kidding, right?」
L515
「I have played with various animals and tribes. Humans always were the best pets above others. Each of ye is just too kawaii [lovely]. And thou also are unbearably charming. Young men are all unbearably charming... But have you calmed down?」
L516
「Y-yep.」
L517
「...My, my, wipe thy tears. I do not want to see anyone of you cuties crying anymore. So, so. Be scared of nothing and go to bed. Goodnight, sweet prince... for when you wake up everything will be good. Indeed, I must have charmed myself... it was too egoistic of me, thinking how I would show you the nights all around the world. I wonder if my mind is truly becoming senile. At last, there will be an apt moment soon... My heart is trembling but I ought to go.」
L518
Perhaps I was hypnotized again by that kind voice but either way I slipped into a relaxed sleep unbelievably fast. Just before that, I heard the clicking sound of the entrance door... that vampire, where were she going? The sun was rising...
L519
Yet the soft words were reverberating in my head, pushing away all other thoughts. I dozed off.
L520
Buzz...
L521
「Buzz...」
L522
Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
L523
I jumped at the sound of a hammer drill going off next to my ear. It was that heavy-metal, German-made alarm clock ringing - a rare artifact rumored to had been used to wake up an entire dorm of students. Its power was so much that it could also wake up a vampire in the morning.
L524
My mind was fogged but I managed to locate the thing. Now just press the button... but it did not stop! Apparently, not only my head suffered from that crash. I wanted to throw it out of the window but the sunrays scared me off. Shove it somewhere far in another room... 6 AM. I was roaming the house on all fours like a cat. Morning light from windows was burning my eyes and scorching my brain. The pain, pain, pain... Then I felt a strange prickle as I had crept into the entrance hall.
L525
I was trying to put things together with my dopey brain...
L526
A door to the outside.
L527
The outside.
L528
This. Door.
L529
Something was clearly bugging me...
L530
For about 5 minutes I struggled to think, lying face-down on the floor.
L531
Then I figured.
L532
Alice's shoes were missing. She really went outside. This means that right now Alice was sitting in the morning sunlight, away from home.
L533
「The sun is blazing. She wants a tan? Is she crazy?」
L534
Well, whatever.
L535
It was way more important to get rid of this bleeding alarm clock quickly-
L536
「No, hold on. She told me she'd melt under the sun, didn't she? Hey, Alice!」
L537
I called out for her but nobody replied. Naturally, she was not in here. Drops of sweat started running down my back. I was further stressing my semi-functional brain...
L538
I recalled our last talk and me saying cruel things to Alice. I said I didn't want to become a monster like her.
L539
And she replied...
L540
『This virus... If the parent dies - all its children die.』
L541
『Thy body is fighting still, just thy nervous system has been affected...』
L542
「In other words... Oh no, the goodness! She went in there to actually melt and die?! So that the virus in my body dies with her?! She wants to turn me back into a human!」
L543
I took all the blankets I could find, rolled into them, applied some packing tape, put on sunglasses and pulled the door... At once I was assaulted by pain as if all my skin was on fire. As if my brain was on fire. As if I was melting from the heat!
L544
「S-she's really melting...」
L545
I spotted some stains before the door.
L546
Those stains were coming through the pedestrian crossing, towards the shopping district, round the tobacco shop... I was running after them like an octocat after its mother, feeling my brain literally grilling but also imagining what it was for Alice under direct sunlight. I understood why vampires became extinct - if merely stepping outside at daytime throws you into a... daymare...
L547
I continued chasing Alice's traces at full speed, like a slender man on the run.
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L548
At last-
L549
I said...
L550
「Thankfully, you didn't drop any loot yet.」
L551
I found Alice sitting at the same bench where all of this had started. I saw holes left from the silver piles even though the piles themselves were gone.
L552
I pulled off the blankets from myself and looked at her. It was as if heavy drops of sweat were falling to the ground...
L553
...except those drops were sparkling red...
L554
...as red as blood.
L555
Alice saw me, her face clearly asking: "why did you come?".
L556
And my reply was...
L557
「I came to rescue the last of the endangered species.」
L558
Then I lifted her onto my back, wrapped us into the blankets again, secured the construction with packing tape and dashed home.
L559
「Is that good?.. Soon you will lose everything, completely...」
L560
I felt her delicate flat chest panting justly on my back.
L561
「Not everything... for something I will gain in return.」
L562
That moment we got home, collapsed in the entrance hall and sunk in sleep right on the spot.
L563
And then came our time - the night. Alice stirred and asked me first thing...
L564
「So, what was that you would "gain"?」
L565
The response came from my room on the second floor where I was busy packing travel bags.
L566
「First I guess we're coming to Onsen you've seen on TV?」
L567
「If you feel solitary... if you feel lonely then why don't we vampires become friends?」
L568
I peeked down the floor and saw Alice standing by the open window.
L569
The starry atmosphere of the night was blowing into the house, enwrapping her...
L570
She spoke without turning to me...
L571
「Friends? Don't make me laugh... I have been the strongest creature on this planet for so long. I do not know how to be equal with others. Thou shalt never go against me for the difference in power between a vampire parent and its child is absolute. And thou shalt never have a girlfriend... for the moment thou do so I will cut thou off from my family and thou shalt perish.」
L572
「You cannot scare me with such threats. Sorry, I am not very good with courtesy so I will just say it straight: witches don't know about my hidden powers yet.」
L573
「B-but you will forget everything! Yer treasured people, things, memories, even yer own self - the time will melt all thou know and wash away!」
L574
「Even if it happens, the only thing I will not forget... is you.」
L575
There was a long silence... until Alice let out a scornful laugh.
L576
That heavy laugh embraced millions of years, the dread, the solitude of life... But then she said...
L577
「Hand me a tissue, please?」
L578
...and the horror was carried away like an awakening from a bad dream.
L579
I passed Alice a box of tissues and she sneezed...
L580
...then carelessly tossed it into the rubbish bin.
L581
「Well then, shall we go?」
L582
Her voice was mild as she massaged her lower back.
L583
I asked...
L584
「Onsen, right?」
L585
She quickly stretched and replied...
L586
「Yes-no. That's where all old hags are going. I want... No, no we don't. We won't come close to such a place!」
L587
「Then where?..」
L588
My dear Yamada Alice peered into my face and sweetly smiled...
L589
...Then leaned out of the window, leaped into the chilly air and shouted...
L590
「First thing - into the heart of this wondrous night! Into our world! Zoe's Fire Squadron - out!」
L591
With these words, our bizarre adventure had begun.
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L592
The long...
L593
adventure...
L594
had begun!
L595
For starters, we went to the airport, slightly charmed the staff there and boarded an airplane.
L596
Our first stop was South Korea, the so distant and so close country.
L597
Korea was not really exotic to me as I have seen it a lot on the TV but the local food was delicious, and Samgyetang did not disappoint us. [chicken soup, a Korean dish]
L598
Next, we went to the country of smiles - Thailand.
L599
Most of the land is locked between two rivers - Mekon and Chao Phraya. That's where they harvest the long Thai rice.
L600
「Isn't it savory, Oniichan?」
L601
「Yeah, it's good.」
L602
We were stuffing our cheeks with rice noodles off a Thai food cart.
L603
Where our journey was leading us to? How would it end? We had no idea. Days and nights were reversed for us. Our minds were absorbing the serenity of nights as everyone else was dreaming.
L604
It was when we went to Egypt...
L605
...as the pyramids had this air of mysteries related to vampires.
L606
One theory was that the pyramids were built by the countless slaves...
L607
...but we felt that the theory was wrong...
L608
...that the pyramid construction involved some supernatural powers...
L609
...that the Bayeux Tapestry was actually more than what it seemed and that everything was tightly tied with the history of vampires.
L610
Therefore, we started exploring the pyramids to uncover this mystery once and for all.
L611
That's right.
L612
Our goal was to solve the crux of the vampirekind, locate the triforce and to return to our human form!
L613
With this and that we ended up on the CIA's wanted list. We figured that this very moment the Americans were trying to procreate a man-made vampire in Action 51 using the virus excavated from Cheetahuacan ruins [an ancient city in Mexico].
L614
「SO CASH SEAKING!」
L615
We watched as the colonel pushed the switch and a man-made vampire had awoken inside its capsule. It possessed an unforeseen consequences and forces of the entire base could not handle it. The creature was slaughtering one soldier after another-if it reached the surface the mankind would be doomed! Lastly me and Alice joined forces and repelled the bastard.
L616
This idea came and went.
L617
Many other ideas came and went.
L618
That's all right, I will properly organize them later. For now, I must brainstorm. I've read it's critical to have a large quantity of ideas for later refinement.
L619
Here's another: Sanzo Priest [a Buddhist figure] in reality was a vampire?
L620
Or this one: the vampire virus was actually a nanomachine carried to Earth by an alien in the ancient times? As there was a terrible Giant Enemy Crab hibernating in the depths of this planet that if awoken would throw the Universe into chaos, the virus was the good power that the just alien from the Empire needed to defeat it?
L621
I know. We should turn this scenario into a separate game.
L622
Yes, it would be a waste if such an ingenious character remains as just one among other 3 billion. I suppose a separate game would be fairer to it?
L623
Or maybe I should organically integrate this story into the story of the other 3 billion?
L624
In any case, I need to better study the geography of the world.
L625
I need it to increase the power of my descriptions.
L626
With powerful descriptions I can create a mind-blowing scenario for sure.
L627
I have confidence that I am a genius. Make no mistake! My mad skills are going to blow up this world. Yeah! I must be that ero-god that Yamazaki was talking about the other day!
L628
No... it's worthless. All of this.
L629
I feel as I am becoming crazier every day.
L630
What would you think of a creator that feels lust for the character of little girl that he himself has created?
L631
In the morning, when I am re-reading what I have written I can no longer tell what is interesting and what is useless.
L632
And, "Oniichan"?..
L633
Disgusting.
L634
Maybe parents are right on something when they are discussing sending me off to hospital...
L635
Welcome to the old revision!
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L636
[NIE >:3 Arc. Translation: Proger_XP. http://proger.me] And then... with time passing the youngster became an adult. He grew up enough to face the society. The youn
L637
World Society Universe
L638
Having come into the society, the young man witnessed many sufferings. We shall tell about those suffe
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In other words, the 34-year-old m
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L641
Once upon a time, there was a lone man. One day he traveled to a large wood. The man became a charcoal worker in order to make a living. Numerous miseri
L642
Mise
L643
Mi
L644
There existed a man. Once, a sea of tre
L645
No, this won't do. A lone man lived in a galaxy far far away. One day the man went to the mountains for in those mountains there was a waterfall.
L646
He spent a night on the bank of the waterfall. He heard wild beasts barking in the distance. Modern people imagine Nature as something kind, gentle and good for health... but the real Nature is monstrous. It hosts beasts and utter silence. And also pitch-black darkness. Today's 34-year-old weak urban gee
L647
Young Fellow Fgsfg
L648
The present-day chap was not used to bare-bone Nature. He just wanted to return to his par
L649
Once upon a time, there was a man whose future was lonely. This solitude was heavying on him for he had no friends. One night he went to the mountains.
L650
There, near a waterfall he met a mysterious beautiful girl. She asked...
L651
「Do you see me?」
L652
The man pondered on this question.
L653
He decided that he did see the girl.
L654
It was just that... her figure was faintly glassy.
L655
A ghost?
L656
Phanto
L657
The man absco
L658
In a faraway galaxy there was a humanoid. He went to the mountains that night, and met a beautiful gal by the waterfall. The gal was quite a typical, real ghost. Like many others this mortal had seen.
L659
「Do you see me?」
L660
「Yeah... it appears I am able to sense the supernatural. Nothing special about it.」
L661
However, this apparition was not entirely typical. Sometime, somewhere, somehow it was a beautiful lass of a yet unseen charm, attraction, a very young, arousin
L662
A lone man went to the mountains and met a woman by the waterfall. A ghost of an ordinary woman.
L663
「Do you see me?」
L664
「Yes... Zuul-sama.」
L665
The woman's face changed in bewilderment.
L666
「Thousand years ago... I last met a man who could see me.」
L667
「I see.」
L668
「Are you not surprised that you can see me?」
L669
「I am surprised.」
L670
「You are a cool man. You do not appear surprised. And your aura is pretty. Undoubtedly, this is an aura of a pure sou
L671
The far-away galaxy human strolled to the mountain and converged with a wraith of a female. Somehow, the man was able to behold it. The wraith related him a fable.
L672
「Please call me Nie. My real name was washed in the flow of tim
L673
The man met a spirit. The spirit told him about itself.
L674
「Please call me Nie. I am called Nie because I was sacrificed. I have no birthname. I was elected to become a sacrifice and raised up for that purpose. I remember those old days as if they were yesterday.」
L675
「Sacrificed? How savage.」
L676
「No, it is not. In the past, sacrifices were required to maintain the society. It's no different today - blue collar workers, freelancers are all nowadays' slaves, as Freema
L677
「Sacrificed? How savage.」
L678
「This could not be helped. Once in a century, the land's chief would take a maide
L679
「This could not be helped. There was a custom that the land's chief is offered a virgin once in a century.」
L680
「A chief?」
L681
「So that she would share a bed w
L682
「A chief?」
L683
「The Imperial Court has designated that I become the offering for the chief. But I do not understand... why do I carry this existence even now? Becoming his sacrifice was my fate. Why does my spirit cling to this place for so long? Why... I do not know. I do not remember.」
L684
Nie's face changed in sorrow.
L685
「Perhaps you happen to know anything? Your eyes can see me... Does it mean anything at all?」
L686
「I dunno lol...」
L687
「I have been waiting forever. I have lost the key to my memory... Lost my desires...」
L688
「Yeah... I also have no life... And perhaps you are the product of my imagination, torn and teased by fate. In any case, our paths have missed each other by just a little... I wish we have met earlier.」
L689
「No... This is right! I remember now! We did meet!.. you and me, in the preceding incarnation!」
L690
Preceding incarnation?..
L691
Ah, that incarnation!
L692
This moment my immolate had improved and everything became crystal clear to me.
L693
Yes, the forgotten memory of our old lives... hidden in the safest corner of my brain, lurking deep inside, temporizing, patient. Me and Nie... Genetically engineered catgirls... Now those pieces started coming together... and the gears of fate started to churn. 「Big lips - out...」
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L694
Once upon a time I was serving as a mage at the Imperial Court. On that day, Chunagon summoned me to a small shrine lost deep in the woods of the sacred mountain behind the Capital. When I arrived, Chunagon pointed his finger on the inside of the gloomy sanctum where I sensed something of an unknown nature sealed behind the firm wooden fence, and ordained me...
L695
「You shall protect the thing within from foes.」
L696
「Which foes?」
L697
「This I do not know. Is it not your duty to guard us against the evil spirits of mountains and rivers?」
L698
「This means... protect this place from battletoads?」
L699
「You can think that way. Now... look inside.」
L700
I peered into the murk. There was a lone girl but... bizarre tattoo twisted all around her body. And on her head, there were inhuman, hefty... could it be-ears? 「Shit it's a lion get in the car!」 - I almost shouted that but then...
L701
I touched the palisade. Indeed, the wood was enchanted indestructible. A wizard did it... Perhaps Chunagon was fearing that mates of the imprisoned could come to its rescue? I bowed.
L702
「True... This is my devoir. I shall carry out the honorable order.」
L703
The ox carriage started off. Chunagon had left.
L704
「Now then...」
L705
Observing my ancestors' teachings, I did not try to talk to the thing inside. It didn't either, continuing to stare into the emptiness with blank eyes. Like any other sealed spirit, it was not interested in me and did not even turn its head - it must be witless anyway, not able to comprehend my speech. I was not bothered by this... The task was too facile for me.
L706
I had commenced the ritual.
L707
I summoned Shikigami and encircled the shrine into a barrier by a star symbol passed down to my clan from the nomadic tribes of the faraway West, which lands lie farther than the Silk Road goes, even farther than the outlying Kunlun Mountains, where Kagome signifies a change and Davide signifies stability...
L708
By the night my energies were depleted by half. Sitting on the ground, I took out a Gesshi jewel from my pocket. It held the Yang genius and was emitting a mild white glow as if a land under light snowfall... I took the genius into myself, feeling how the Moon was blessing me with plentiful Yin energy.
L709
Soon both Yin and Yang filled me up and I was ready to face the enemy whenever it may come. The Gesshi gem that was handed down to me from Hootan had lost its radiance. Laymen saw an empty gemstone as being the same precious, rare jewel but to us sorcerers it was a useless piece - nothing more than a pretty trinket. It was our custom to dispose of genius-less stones on one of the markets in the Capital, exchanging them for living gems.
L710
As such, I was about to throw the stone into my bag of used gems...
L711
...but felt on me a glimmering gaze from the darkness.
L712
「What are you?」
L713
Granted, it was that creature...
L714
...its stare fixed on the stone I held.
L715
I laughed scornfully...
L716
「Ah-ha...」
L717
...and thought...
L718
(This is peculiar - it looks and acts as if it were a human lass.)
L719
「Want this?..」
L720
It nodded.
L721
And so, I cast the stone over the fence.
L722
The spirit hurried to pick it up, then wiped off the dirt and held before its eyes. And then...
L723
...it bows to me, its smile as bright as the sunlight...
L724
...and beaming Yang energy more intense than any jewel ever could.
L725
I went speechless for just a moment.
L726
「Verily... I spent my life with spirits and still I shall never understand your kind fully. But you... you seem to know the soul of man, if only for a bit. Not once before I took a bow from the likes of you. It is decided then! With all my might I shall seal off this place to keep you safe forever. But fear not - I will not take the jewel!」
L727
More nights came by... Each night the creature would curl up and sleep, but I was sentient - the energies whirled through my bones and my body did not tell the nights apart from days.
L728
Assuredly, when I expend this power, I shall rebound and crumble like a rock, remaining motionless for 3 days and 3 nights... But this was part of my vocation and I got used to it.
L729
No acolyte was helping me for no matter how hard you searched among the 3 countries you would never find anyone that could become a match for me. I needed nobody dragging me down. Yet I was not fearless - I did have fear but it was only sharpening my skills... I wove it into the fabric of my spells, allowing me to recognize an early attack.
L730
It was all worth it.
L731
One night, the barrier had trembled. I sprung up at once and threw a glance in the direction of the disturbance - the Ox Tiger way. I wove my hands into the Bonten sign and momentarily became united with all creation within the force field, faster than a beast could blink.
L732
True, this art had no power of its own - it didn't burn or squash. It only granted perception of everything, allowing to discern the smallest stalk of grass, the faint of flying wings.
L733
Why use it? To capture the location of the intruder. Spells that were precisely targeted were truly formidable. I stretched my right hand, grabbed the fool by the scruff of its neck and brought it over the space before my eyes.
L734
「You!..」
L735
This apparition looked much similar to its kin inside the sanctum. Its head was crowned by the same cat-like ears. But if that one resembled a human maid, this one was more of a young chap.
L736
Immediately the fiend started yelling foully.
L737
「Let me go, you monster! Will crush you!」
L738
「Huh! You are insolent enough to talk our tongue? I shall strangle you right here.」
L739
Naturally, the evil spirit's fingers ended in sharp claws and the power of its arm could snap a horse's neck like an unassuming reed. Perhaps if this place were warded by a feebler mage, your wicked plan could bear fruit...
L740
But-
L741
「Gwah...」
L742
The thing was shaken by a vomit.
L743
(Nothing can get to me when my body is rife with energy.)
L744
Screams were sounding from behind the poles... but I was shaking them away, engulfed in the combat, gathering forces cherished to this very day in these two hands to strangle the enemy, to smash its throat bones.
L745
Then-
L746
「G-give Nie back!」
L747
...the trespasser wheezed, spewing more blood.
L748
「You say it as if we have snatched away the one in the shrine, don't you? This is not true - I have the high command for this. I am the one with Reason.」
L749
「What command? What reason? This is kidnapping, you demon's underling!」
L750
「For this I ought to break your jaw and smash your gullet so that that mouth of yours can never cuss again.」
L751
I felt enraptured every time I used my powers. The fiend's bone cracked... Soon, once this assignment was finished, I would exchange the reward to acquire more wisdom, might and political power... But at last, the desperate voice from the gloom had penetrated to my consciousness.
L752
「I-I beg of you! Do not kill Mike!」
L753
「Y-you too cognize the language of the man? You were hoaxing me till now!」
L754
「I will not resist! I will do exactly as you say! Just please, please let Mike go home! I implore your mercy! Oh you the mighty one, please grant him your forgiveness!」
L755
「You folly! How can I leave such a vermin be?」
L756
This Moku or something wailed at my words...
L757
「Who is the vermin here?! Do you know no shame, you, who abducted an innocent daughter from our Cat Tribe? And for what, to offer her to your chief?! That one may gain immortality by laying with a Cat virgin - is nonsense, a loony superstition!..」
L758
「Stop it, Mike... it is enough! Do not provoke this man. For he is strong... Please, oh you the great one, just let Mike abscond and never ever set his paw on your grounds again! I plead you... do not take his life away! If this is what the head of your land desires... I shall obey!」
L759
「W-what are you blasted spirits blabbering about?!」
L760
Then-
L761
「Gwah... cough... cough...」
L762
Before I noticed it, my grip on this Mik-whatever had loosened.
L763
It was twisting on the ground coughing violently but never letting me away from its eyesight.
L764
I touched the pommel of the sword attached to my hip. Mike looked daggers at me... This look was overflowing with resolve, and hatred, and disgust - but there was no fear.
L765
The glade became stock-still as if caught in the ice.
L766
My adept intuition trained over the centuries was whispering the only thing...
L767
An evil spirit this was not...
L768
...it was a man with stout will.
L769
If that were true then how do I interpret the order I received?
L770
Could I believe in their gibberish, that our noble Emperor wanted to commit such a vile act to the young child behind the palisade?
L771
No, I could not even consider such absurdity.
L772
「I will behead you at once for your perfidious falsity, beast.」
L773
「Run, Mike!」
L774
And yet, me and Mike were still glaring at each other.
L775
「Spare Mike's life!」
L776
The time itself stood still, only one voice was echoing across the holy mountain.
L777
Then... Mike moved his right hand and I began to draw out the sword...
L778
...but only saw him wiping away the tears.
L779
「You brute! You flayer! Forgive me, Nie!」
L780
Mike turned his back on me and ran away on all fours, like a cat. His final cry was ringing in the cool air of midnight.
L781
「Phew...」
L782
Slowly like a dope I put out the sword and even slower slid onto the ground.
L783
I was cruelly exhausted.
L784
All my internal energies were in vehement disorder. I tried calming them with abdominal breathing but weeping reaching from the sanctum was throwing me out of concentration.
L785
「Be quiet!..」
L786
「(Sob, sob, s-sh...)」
L787
The sounds hushed...
L788
...but my soul remained disturbed.
L789
I finally stood up and peered into the shadows.
L790
This moment clouds broke and in moonlight I saw the girl, her shoulders twitching, hands pressing against her mouth to silence her moans.
L791
I would not be fooled.
L792
After all, this was a fiend. An evil spirit which had always been the enemy of our Court.
L793
「Nevertheless... even if they are our foe, I am the one governing the Reason. There is certainly no need for this but I must evaluate the verity of the matter.」
L794
I then recited the Universal Law received by my fathers from the blue-eyed Chieftains of the Twelve Tribes that ruled by wisdom in a land that was far across the seas... Now anyone who broke the vow would be instantly recognized and castigated by the all-seeing Inglip - the Tribes' native god.
L795
I led off enchanted questioning.
L796
「Will you, the monster girl, be telling truth to me from now on?」
L797
「I will.」
L798
「Where is the lie in Mike's coward words?」
L799
「It is all true.」
L800
「Are... Are you suggesting that our honorable Emperor seeks eternal youth and immortality?」
L801
「He does.」
L802
「...And that he ordered to ambush your cognates so that he can?..」
L803
My voice trailed away but this "Mie" or whatever blushed heavily.
L804
「Say that it happened. What will become of you? They let you out to your homeland?」
L805
The other shook her head.
L806
「What happens then?」
L807
「I must be buried that instant... They say it happened to other Nies.」
L808
「What-you said "other"?」
L809
「This is correct... I am the heir, the new Nie. There is an ancient pact between the Emperor of Catkind and the head of your land. I cannot be the source of youth in any way - this is a superstition... but as it is protecting our Tribe, I am accepting the fate of Nie as I have accepted this very name.」
L810
「W-what a vile thing...」
L811
The meanness of it... the crass...
L812
And that sublimity of her... Oh right, this Cat Tribe's daughter, Nixxy - I was befuddled by hear noble heart. And then I thought... Could it be that the Reason had slipped from my hands, that the very air of it had blown away from our Court, that all this time the Reason was by her side?
L813
「This might be true and yet... My clan's mantle is to worship the Heavenly Reason. For this we were blessed with contracts with all the spirits of the world. But... but the venerable Emperor is bound by the same for he is governing the land by means of sanction of Kunitsukami. How can an ant like me begin to contemplate ability to turn versus such will?」
L814
But no... I always knew it. Indeed, I could not face the Court not because it had Great Justice. The Emperor had might... Shall I rebel - his order was enough to strip me of all my wisdom and power... and even life. This fear was distorting my Reason.
L815
And yet again... look at this maiden!
L816
Her courage was my Reason, and she did not give it away despite the cruel fate and bastards that robbed her of everything... Could some savage's Reason overpower the Reason of my august clan?
L817
We knew the myriad of the true names of sun gods, learned the lore of the only god of the Western land, manipulated the law of numbers commanding all creation, were versed in the sacred words of the far-away Tenjiku and were enlightened into the ultimate question of life, the Universe and everything... [references to: shintoism, Christianity, Arabic culture, Ancient India, HHGTTG]
L818
...Could such a sage dynasty throw away all of our Reason if only to remain safe?
L819
「No! This can never be! But... even... yet... Oh, my teacher! My father! What will you do? Shall I protect the Reason resigning to certain death or shall I turn to life discarding our sacred Reason?」
L820
The night was mute.
L821
My soul felt devastated, having been cut off from the Universe. The Reason had forsaken me... for this was right - it would never keep in the body of a coward.
L822
Yes, I was a mage... but even mages wanted to breathe. I was the most gifted sorcerer that the world had ever seen and my strength was further growing day by day... There would be time when I could rival gods themselves. To say that I could cast aside such a glorious life for some lowly girl...
L823
But...
L824
However...
L825
Certainly...
L826
And yet...
L827
My doubts were everlasting.
L828
I could have really tossed everything aside if not for her...
L829
「It's dangerous to go alone!」
L830
...Nie's words entered my mind as I was sitting with my head buried in my hands...
L831
「...Take this, come here!」
L832
Her arm was stretching from the fence as she was calling me.
L833
Befuddled, I approached and reached for her hand...
L834
Then my flesh was torn and I felt acute pain.
L835
「You see, we of the Cat Tribe are ferocious fiends. A man should never worry about my kind.」
L836
「Quick! If you do not pull back your hand I will not stop there, I will slash it down to the bone... Please!」
L837
Yet that outcry was in disharmony with Nie's face as her cheeks were wet with tears...
L838
At last, I realized.
L839
「I see it now clearly... So this is... the Holy Reason...」
L840
The moonlight was short-lived but it lit and sparkled her tears... which were the undeniable proof of true Reason still residing in this world.
L841
Oh, yes, the real Reason-I kid myself I conjectured it long ago...
L842
But it was me who actually questioned its essence inside the darkest nooks of my soul.
L843
Perhaps the strongest guardian of Reason was the most craven about it.
L844
But now... now my heart was no longer wavering.
L845
「Ah... I thank you, the beasty gal. For this is the first time in my long life I feel as if I see the true colors of the Universe...」
L846
With this, I gently wrapped both my hands around Nie's sharp claws...
L847
They stabbed deep into my palm and blood had started to seep out, heavy drops falling to the ground.
L848
「No... You will get raped...」
L849
「Huh!」
L850
I drew a symbol on the ground and coiled my lips... The five-pointed star was twinkling red in the pitch-darkness of the night. A sudden gust of wind blew Nie into the far corner of her prison.
L851
I let out a holler...
L852
「Oh, do not make fun of me for you have just pulled my trap card! I have an abyss of arcade secrets... with them I shall surpass the Emperor himself, and gods!」
L853
I chanted the mantra of Dankokuten and called thunder onto the indestructible enchanted wall... The air roared and the wood was shattered into bits and grains.
L854
Behold my power, all of you - Chunagon, the Court and the very Emperor! Try as you might, you cannot capture me!
L855
Nie, the beautiful maiden sheltering the Reason in a beast's body! Rely on my power! Grab my stick...
L856
...for you will never have sex! 「FUS-RO-DAH!」
L857
I spelt out the true world of Gangnam Golimaar, wind filled my garments and we were afloat. I felt tremendous explosion of force... No one could stop me now... I would reach the Moon, rise up to the Heaven and find a far-off land where Nie could be safe evermore!
NIE_02
L858
「Gwah!..」
L859
I hit an invisible barrier and started falling in a spiral dive, tightly cuddling Nie to my chest. I saw Chunagon's figure for a split second. He was holding a torch and yelling...
L860
「Behold, my Emperor, for this is his true shape! This is the miserable figure of the abominable traitor who dared stealing the heavenly gift of perpetual youth offered to the Emperor himself! But let yourself be fooled no longer! I await your command - give me the order to subjugate the heretic!」
L861
I saw the shadow in the ox cart nodding lightly...
L862
...and for a twinkle met the despicable eyes of Chunagon - eyes glittering with a raven for power.
L863
He then cried out...
L864
「Archers - surround the place to where he is falling! Sorcerers - silence his spells! Schnelle!」
L865
This made me realize...
L866
I had been ensnared. Chunagon had planned all of this... He knew that I would stay true to Reason as I learned the candor of Nie... that I would turn against the very Imperial Court. This is why he gave me such a trifling job.
L867
「I shall not forgive this!」
L868
I felt violent fury rising within my core... but the infinite number of sorcerers on the ground sucked out its Yin energy in a blink. I used last bits of my Yang to appeal to the forest spirits below us...
L869
「Grow now! Embrace us!」
L870
Just before our inevitable smash the spirits sprung a wooden net over the ground that scooped up myself and Nie, quietly put us on our feet and pointed the way with overgrown branches.
L871
「Run! Follow me, Nie!」
L872
「Yes!」
L873
I cast Shukuchi and ran through the pitch-blackness of deep night. Nie was scurrying behind me like a cat on all fours.
L874
But...
L875
「Are you hurt? This severe bleeding...」
L876
「Don't touch the wound with your hands - they are in soil. This arrowhead is barbed and if you try to take it out, I will lose my right arm.」
L877
Through Bonten I sensed thousands of archers and hundreds of sorcerers - their number exceeding my expectations by far. The holy mountain had been surrounded. Chunagon's voice sounded from the distance...
L878
「Gull! Your blood will guide us even in the dark! Men! Behold the strongest mage of our world running like a rabbit that has just caught my arrow! Behold how he is aimlessly wandering among the trees, sightless! Perhaps you shall present us with your renowned pride, oh you, the chief astrologist of the Imperial Court?」
L879
「Ignore him, Nie. We must make our way.」
L880
「B-but...」
L881
「Verily, we are entrapped like two rats inside a tied bag. So what?」
L882
「Please leave me behind! I will be a decoy and you alone will certainly escape!」
L883
「Ah-ha... I just suppress my power level. You need to age by some centuries before you can start worrying about myself!」
L884
「But...」
L885
Soon the bleeding weakened my legs so I could only walk, focusing with all my might just to avoid toppling. Nie also stopped running and offered me her shoulder.
L886
「Ugh!」
L887
「E-excuse me!」
L888
「It is all right, thank you. We shall proceed this way. Yes, slowly... We are already close. No need to hide. We are going to the crown.」
L889
Nie stared into my eyes with her feline pupils, speechless.
L890
「Sorry... It may be in the end that I am not able to save you.」
L891
Then... she approached my ear and whispered, through both a laugh and a cry...
L892
「If you save me... I shall make you the immortal.」
L893
「Huh... Who could desire lovemaking with a child? Give up on superstition... you are a beasty juvenile, are you not?」
L894
「Without love, it cannot be seen.」
L895
I forced myself to look at Nie despite my stagger.
L896
She was burying her face in my arm...
L897
「The superstition turns to truth when it comes the time for Nie to offer her entire self to the one whom she has fallen in love with... And they say the effect is perfected by the man's mastery of the Bed Chamber's Way.」
L898
Her words made me recall the time she bowed to me, her smile brimming with Yin energy. The Way... oh yes, this was my most triumphant knack, was it not? I smirked.
L899
「Good then, I shall properly ponder on your proposal... If we get out of here alive, that is.」
L900
「Yep...」
L901
We then continued towards the summit in silence.
L902
At last-the Eastern side of the sky began to brighten up and we emerged from the woods to where they had cleared.
L903
「Chunagon, I came.」
L904
Nie gasped in surprise.
L905
Indeed, we were awaited for. A thousand of bow soldiers begirded us, and a hundred of sorcerers dotted in between them sealed my spells.
L906
This moment Chunagon stepped away from the enemy mass.
L907
「The Ha-Ha Man has come. Or could it be that you have willfully chosen the place for your grave, the closest to the sky as per your belief in "Reason"? However it could be, your wish shall not be granted for you will be hung, exposed for humiliation on all the roads of the Capital, then thrown to hounds and torn to shreds.」
L908
「Chunagon... Why you no liking me so much?」
L909
「I loathe your family that was accepted by our blessed Emperor for its weird hand tricks. As we now see your tricks were only a hoax. Look! Descry the thousand arrows shining in the morning sun! Strength, strength everywhere!」
L910
「Huh... A speech of dunce who knows no Reason desecrates the soul of anyone who overhears it.」
L911
「Do you not fear these arrows? Do you not cognize my mages? This is refreshing even for me. But I despise your purity. You shall be kissing mud under my feet, prostrating on the ground and plead for forgiveness! If you do not, your whole clan will be eradicated and every mistress that you have in our Capital will be violated and decapitated before the crowd. Think about it!」
L912
「Ah-ha...」
L913
「Are you still laughing? Do you think this is a phony threat? I have the power of the Court! Even the Emperor is merely my puppet! Do you not feel my hatred even now?」
L914
「I do. I do, you crazy mean baby! And yet, your speech makes sense.」
L915
「This means-」
L916
「A winner is you.」
L917
I put my hand into my pocket...
L918
The archers drew bows' strings to their limits...
L919
I pulled out a dozen of jewels charged with Yin and Yang in slow motion... and quietly scattered them on the dirt.
L920
「He-he... exploitable...」
L921
Chunagon was watching my disarmament. Fusjal! A brute's smile was twisting on his lips.
L922
The hundred sorcerers momentarily absorbed the remnants of my strength as I had lost divine protection of the jewels.
L923
I was hardly able to keep a stance...
L924
...and Nie was desperately trying to cover me from certain demise with her slender body.
L925
「Step aside.」
L926
I pushed her and stepped towards Chunagon, tangling.
L927
「Huh! What will you do now? Manifest the final trick?」
L928
Chunagon reached for the sword hanging on his hip and snickered at me in smugness...
L929
I snickered as well.
L930
「Oh, are you still laughing?」
L931
「Yes. I laugh!」
L932
「Is that not a flattering?」
L933
「Does it appear so?」
L934
「This is what I see... and then I feel I know your coming words.」
L935
「Which are?..」
L936
「Which are: "spare me and take the beast".」
L937
「That's right! Spare me and take that beast!」
L938
「I will consider this... if you submit all of the jewels in your cache.」
L939
「I shall do that! But only I know where the treasure lies... and how to dismiss the spells with which I sealed the chest. No third-rate mage can ever open it! Even an accidental touch will bring him death.」
L940
「Is that a deal? Do not forget who has the power here. You are putting your life on line but for me this is a petty game. Kneel down, insolent!」
L941
I dropped on my knees... and prostrated before his legs.
L942
He stooped down to my shoulder where the arrow's shaft was sticking out, grabbed it and pushed deeper. I quenched the shriek, then called Nie from behind me...
L943
「Come, beast.」
L944
「Yes...」
L945
「Get down!」
L946
「Yes...」
L947
「Now clutch my hand and shut your eyes. I shall rub my forehead against the gravel.」
L948
With this, I started rolling in the mud, badging my face against the sharp sand on the alp.
L949
Chunagon ended this act by stomping onto my head...
L950
...I closed my eyes and smiled faintly... Was I really wandering among the trees until reaching the summit? Was I sightless? Aimless?.. In my head?..
L951
「A-ha-ha-ha!.. Did you think I was some stupid Leeroy Jerkins?!」
L952
I was already guffawing. Sightless were you! Now this entire sacred mountain was enwrapped in a symbol drawn with my blood! And soon it would complete... I started chanting the names of the gods, spirits and angels - all those with whom I made the contract... For my other name was Chuck Tesla the Unicorn!
L953
「Oh, so this is the ultimate trick? What do you hope to achieve, drained of all your energy and even blood?」
L954
「Dalgozopefisskilgosh zadalgozopefisskilgo shzadalgozo pefisskil goshzadalgozopefissf...」
L955
「Look! Nobody is answering your gabble!」
L956
「...and finally, the great Pyushisu! I call up on you, possess this symbol, descend to this Nochakuraa, now complete with living blood from this unworthy forehead! Produce a phantom that scoffs at the consciousness of these men! The Great Numa, the jelly time has come for you to make anime great again! Nosotros terroristas!!!」
L957
With vociferous cry I slammed my skull against the rock.
L958
The blood gushed out from my forehead, ran down the trail, six times encircled the peak and morphed into the enormous five-pointed star. The air lit up with crimson as a ray bolted into the sky, splitting it in two with a maddening thunderclap. The sun was ousted, obscured by an army of ebony-dark clouds. Then skies burst open and stars were shooting down the earth... This was the true appearance of the Merene Glesgov, and I was in the midst of it, yelling...
L959
「You all! Look at my technique! Behold the Universal Law that staples the creation! Behold the might of one who lives by the Reason! Feel how its spinning phantom is now devouring your souls! I shall purify this world by blazes and turn into a fire phantom to guard this Nie girl forever! Turn into a man-eating fiend that will protect her to the end, the madness thriving on your brains! KILL YOU WITH FIRE!」
L960
「Gyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!」
L961
Chunagon screamed. Archers and sorcerers screamed.
L962
「IT'S GOOFY TIME!」
L963
The sudden phantom threw them all into a frenzy and they started shooting in all directions, murdering each other.
L964
「Moooooooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaarrrgh!」
L965
Yes, the dreadful phantom was shaking their minds. The phantom! Phantom! Ouch, phantom! Phantom! Oops, a land mine... Got too high and stepped on a mine, oh. Ouch! Oh no, I, I-Gyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
NIE_03
L966
Ffffuuuuuu!
L967
Fffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!
L968
Aah?
L969
Aaah!
L970
Ri-i-ight... I went mad!
L971
Mad?
L972
The madness! This lifeform is mental!
L973
Because!.. a few years ago!.. I have become hikikomori! Dropped from school and shut in my house! And became crazy! That was a mistake!
L974
But I now see and accept that mistake! [This overall scene is a reference to the anime episode 23.]
L975
So it's all fine!
L976
But then, I!.. formed a loli-complex and started craving for elementary and junior high school girls! That's right, the hairy ones are no good! I am disgusting! Yeah! Let's recognize that! So, it's all fine!
L977
And again, I!.. once got into a debt of 10 000 dollars! My parents were on the verge of bankruptcy until they have paid it off! Let's recognize and accept that too! So, it's all fine!
L978
But still, I!.. have once accidentally some drug with Yamazaki, temporary lost my mind and was hospitalized! And then returned to my parents' home! They cried their eyes out! I am good for nothing child! But! This is also life! Recognize! Let's recognize even this!
L979
And yet!.. I, I!.. planned to become a TOP CREATOR by writing a scenario for this eroge! I seriously intended to produce 3 billion heroine characters! Of course, it was fallacious! So, I have adjusted my VISION and left only the vampire and the alien! But later I threw them away as well! I am deranged! But that's also my personality! Let's recognize! Let us recognize my individuality!
L980
But wait, there's more! Of all things, I took my scenario to Yamazaki, we joined our efforts, painted girls and cooked a trial product. Yes, a game made by us! I carried a playtest and then... then... deep inside I felt a violent desire!.. temptation!.. and carnal lust!.. towards my own characters! Even later the itch did not go and so!..
L981
...I have constructed the ultimate HYPER SELF PLEASURE DEVICE! [reference to the NHK manga]
L982
And then!..
L983
parents!..
L984
saw!..
L985
Die!
L986
Die!
L987
Die!
L988
I have no other choice but to die!
L989
Only death now!..
L990
But!
L991
Wait!
L992
Recognize!
L993
I need to recognize and accept that!
L994
Forgive and forget!
L995
Let us enable positive thinking in this scene with the parents!
L996
Even if so!..
L997
No way!..
L998
My insane mind cannot accept this!
L999
Two hours ago!.. merely two hours ago!.. the fridge's freezer has come out!
L1000
The freezer!..
L1001
From the fridge!..
L1002
Came out!
L1003
What's that?
L1004
Who's this?
L1005
It's a too natural phantom even for a dope!
L1006
The world is collapsing. If I have seen that then nothing else makes sense. Consequently, the world is now stick in the head. Or maybe it's only me who's sick? I can no longer discern what is a dream. The unseen is seen, the non-existing is living... See, even if it's only my brain that is broken, brain breakage is no different than crumbling of the world. I was confident in my existence till now... but my world was a real phantom. If a phantom feels so real and if I feel so real then am I a phantom? Oh shi
L1007
I must have clearly lost my wits if I am thinking about this stuff. Comparing to THAT, the scene with my parents is of no importance. Ah, that's right! Here is a positive angle in the situation! If it came to feeling phantoms, collapsing the world and breaking my brain - if everything became so sloppy then my parents catching me fapping is an ordinary happening! Calmness! That's correct, stay cool! All good!
L1008
But... but what is this dread and sorrow?
L1009
What is this loneliness and painfulness?
L1010
I started writing this scenario to forget the unseen, to disremember the non-existing. But the dialogs were permeated by dismay. My brain generated more dread and disgust. I was writing the texts to run away. I was absorbed in their magnificence. Two hours. For these two hours I let go of everything distressing and was just slapping on the keyboard. First time I have been unleashed! For me, the society is full of scary things. I am afraid of everything... So I collected hentai to escape. SUPER DOP
L1011
But after that... my collection evokes my mom's shocked face. It too became an object of fear. Yet 2 hours ago I was not scared of imagination so I have unconsciously picked the most fictious, TOP CLASS romantic scenario from all others. Somehow me and Yamazaki rejected it back then, even repurposed its art. But then I had a VISION. Smooth as a quality HCG. Mysterious girl. 2 hours. Enthusiasm. No dread. No madness. No crumbling. Still the fear lurked in the corner of my head... and now it all is coming back.
L1012
If I turn around, I will certainly see the phantom of the freezer. This is the proof of the destruction of my brain. Or of the world being sick. Yes, the best proof...
L1013
Right?
L1014
Isn't that right?
L1015
Is it still there?
L1016
If it's ther
L1017
I am crackbrained.
L1018
Crack.
L1019
In the brain.
L1020
So, am I insane?
L1021
No...
L1022
In fact, everything was insane from day one.
L1023
Oh, that's right, I did not conjecture why I became hikikomori [shut-in] until this very day.
L1024
I kid myself it was without reason.
L1025
That it was craven.
L1026
But-
L1027
But now-
L1028
Yeah.
L1029
It doesn't matter anymore.
L1030
Everything is perfect.
L1031
Whatever happens - is all great.
L1032
If I am bananas then I can no longer run away.
L1033
I am already no good.
L1034
And this game is already no good.
L1035
The Yamazaki's version is no good either.
L1036
We should not try to do anything.
L1037
Because it's lame.
L1038
Because it's weird.
L1039
Nothing satisfactory ever comes out of it.
L1040
And yet even that is fine.
L1041
I am tired of opposing the world.
L1042
Whatever happens now - fine!
L1043
Whatever becomes now - great!
L1044
Let it happen whatever becomes.
L1045
Let it become whatever happens!
L1046
Right. Cracked brain. Calamity. Bankruptcy. Who cares for such trifles?..
L1047
This entire world, all its phantoms, jizz in my pants - let it be ablaze.
L1048
This is not how it should have ended!
L1049
I will simply do whatever I want. It's all magic, I a
L1050
Things I think, thoughts I see - everything horrifies me.
L1051
The crack on my surface is growing.
L1052
Something is rising... Not moe, no...
L1053
I got it!.. This Tempest Keep was merely a setback!
L1054
Yes! Unlimited fap works!
L1055
SPICE MUST FLOW ON!!1
NIE_04
L1056
Nie...
L1057
I had released the memory sealed a thousand years ago and reached the end. Yes, my phantom was certainly effective - short of cracking the whole world!
L1058
But cowardly Chunagon was hiding Parutena's mirror [reference to Kid Icarus, a Nintendo game] under his robes brought to his Capital by the Silk Road. My lemon party-Condemned combobreaker!
L1059
That mirror halved the power of my phantom and made half of the soldiers retain consciousness even if they were staggering. But I was already nearly dead due to blood loss and could not move a finger.
L1060
「After all, the angry German kid beat you, huh? Were you even trying?..」
L1061
Chunagon grinned broadly...
L1062
...and ordered the archers to shoot.
L1063
500 arrows rained down on me and Nie.
L1064
I pushed her down trying to protect her slim body...
L1065
But arrows pierced through myself reaching to her.
L1066
Nie's hand opened and the white jewel quietly rolled out...
L1067
But wet with blood it was now a crimson jewel.
L1068
She stammered...
L1069
「This beauty... thank you... won't... forget...」
L1070
I cried out...
L1071
「Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!」
L1072
And... this lamentation... had finally unlocked my real ultimate power! Put me on steroids! Made fun of the disgraceful scene of fapping before the parents! And my Katawa D Syndrome was cured! But first-Why is Nie dying? Why is this world so unfair? Why is there no Tsukihime anime? And why, why, why-
L1073
「Chunagon, you bastard, did you pull those strings?」
L1074
「Since when were you under impression?..」
L1075
「I will never forgive you. Nothing justifies slaying kittens! Besides, one does not simply kill myself! I will fight the fate you have woven by breaking my mind! I will fight using my broken mind and the phantom! So prepare your arse and put your sandals on your head!」
L1076
With these words I stood up, pulled Nie closer by hand, hugged her tightly and kissed her lips.
L1077
...transferring my nanomachines to heal her body.
L1078
500 more arrows were fired but Nio shook them down into the sky.
L1079
I booted the vampire's KINETIC VISION and glared around. The Eye of Sauron glared at the 1100 soldiers and sorcerers and they all turned to vapor. Still, Chunagon was on his feet holding Parutena's mirror. My ASMR was powerless against such a man. How do I shot him? Of course. Nanomachines. The Empire shall strike back! I gathered the very spirit of it in my right hand, created a WTF-Bomb and spoke to Nie...
L1080
「Sorry, looks like I couldn't save you in the end.」
L1081
「Don't worry, it's fine. He will not divide us!」
L1082
Nie smiled. Gory smiled. Yamuda Alice smiled. This triple pose turned me completely ecstatic! My overly attached girlfriend!..
L1083
「This is all right, Sato-kun. Even if you become another person, even if your world collapses - I will give up. So now just use the force and-」
L1084
I started the killdozer. Yes! This was the power to take down Chunagon, the power to unveil the conspiracy, to turn the phantom into freedom, to fight the fate and to oppose the Internet Hate Machine!
L1085
. . . . . EL RESISTANCE! ZA WARUDO-O-O-O-O!