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Volume 1 - CH 46

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Tooru unravelled the 3D magic formation and his hand flashed to his waist, closing on the hilt of his sword.

“T-Tooru…!!”

“Get down Makia. We’re not as helpless as we were back on Earth… At least, now we might be able to…”

That’s right, we can now fight and struggle for our life instead of being silently murdered.

Our MP has even increased, moreover, there are two of us.

I might even have the chance to avenge our previous deaths.

Tooru especially hates the Hero.

“… again? Black Demon King…”

“…”

“Do you plan to lose to me again and be killed?”

The Hero is very calm. He is practically beaming down at us. He is particularly good at provoking Tooru.

“You bastard!!”

“Tooru!! Calm down!!””

I am nearly sick with fear as cold sweat covers my body. What should I do? How do I handle this clash of murderous intent?

Tooru’s foundation is not stable. I can see his black aura snapping and distorting.

His magic is trying to manifest itself.

“Stop, Tooru! If you use your magic here, this entire space will…”

“… But Makia…!!”

I have to restrain Tooru, who looks hell-bent on taking the Hero’s life. He is glaring at the Hero and biting at his lip while our mutual enemy is smiling at us.

“Hey, Hero, are you planning to kill us again…?!”

“…”

The Hero snickers, his eyes flashing under his military cap.

“When the time comes. Speaking of which, Crimson Witch, I think you’re misremembering something here. Didn’t you commit suicide? Moreover, you took my life along when you snuffed yourself off.”

“… that’s true. Well, if that’s the case, are you prepared to be taken away with me again?”

“…”

The composed smile on his face faded.

I grab Tooru’s sword, the blade biting deeply into my hand, and blood flows down the silver blade.

“Makia… you…”

“Just in case,”

…plop, plop, plop

The sound of blood dripping onto the ground sound very loud.

“Hey, Hero. You just said ‘when the time comes’, that means you won’t be killing us now, right? If that’s the case…what? You can only kill us under some sort of condition?”

“… I suppose you could say that. However, it’s not like you will understand even if I tell you the reasons.”

“What is that supposed to mean!?”

I can tell that Tooru’s sword is absorbing more and more magic. However, since I am holding it, it remained still. He must have calmed down a little.

“If that is so, why are you here? If you’re not here to kill us, then why…”

“…”

His gaze never wavers.

Since I cannot read his information or expression, I begin to falter too.

plop

The silence hurts. Especially since it is shot through with bloodlust from both sides.

What should I do?

Should we just kill him now?

“Hey, enough! You can’t fight here!”

The girl with green hair, who had been ignored by all of us, suddenly rushes forward, her hands and clothes fluttering angrily.

“… Green Shrine Maiden…”

The Hero is looking at her with a rather profound expression.

“This is the Sanctuary! No fights allowed!”

She is mostly repeating herself, however, I can tell that she is sincerely trying her hardest to stop us from fighting.

Well, when a cute and innocent-looking girl suddenly thrust herself forward, it is a bit difficult to maintain the killing intent laden atmosphere.

I let go of Tooru’s sword and inhale deeply, [1] hold my breath for two seconds before exhaling slowly.

“… well, that’s fine with me. Put away your sword, Tooru, won’t you? And don’t forget to cancel the magic formations.”

“Is that wise…?”

“It’s fine. He has no intention of killing us now, so it’s fine.”

With a little ‘tsk’, Tooru put his sword back into its scabbard. The space distorting black magic dispersed.

Till the end, the Hero did nothing.

“I shall grant you one nugget of wisdom. …beyond that door rests the answer to the question that you are looking for.”

“…?”

“Then again… you might not wish to know what lies beyond this space.”

Step by step, the Hero walks past the shafts of light, alternately in the light and shadows as he approaches us.

“Are you saying that the answer to why you killed us twice lies beyond that door?”

“… [1] pfft… hahahahaha…”

“What’s so funny?”

Tooru grits his teeth and grabs the Hero by the collar. Yet, the Hero continues to laugh like a crazy person.

“Twice…? Black Demon King… Are you sure that I have only killed you ‘twice’…?”

“Wha…?”

Thinking that it is probably best not to be too close to the Hero longer than necessary, I grab Tooru and pull him back.

Tooru staggers backwards, “W-what are you doing?”

“Just… stop!! Why are you always like this when it comes to that guy?”

What happened to the usual easygoing Tooru?

Well, I know how you feel but…

The Hero straightens his collar, as though nothing untoward had happened, and strides past us.

As if reacting to my sharp gaze, he looks back at me.

“Once the Holy Festival is over, you may open this door and see what is beyond it. While you’re there, you might acquire a better understanding of what is happening.”

“….?”

The Hero places his hand before the black door and an enormous amount of MP pours into the black hole of [2] what I realized is the trunk of a huge tree. [2] The tree had been so huge that I had at first thought it was a wooden wall.

Infused with magic, the door opens and a rather nostalgic scent slips out.

“W-Wait!! Hero!!”

I shout at him, but the gap in the tree is shining too brightly and I have to close my eyes. When I open them next, the Hero is already gone.

“He’s gone…”

“Damn… What was that all about?”

“Tooru, I understand how you feel, but…”

I lift my foot, meaning to walk towards the door, but hesitate. Then, I put my foot back down, slowly.

“Right, let’s come here with Ulysses once the Holy Festival is over.”

“Makia…”

As for the girl, the so-called ‘Green Shrine Maiden’ if the Hero is to be believed, she had chirped, ‘Aah, I’m going in~~’ when the door opened and followed the Hero inside.

The door is slowly turning black again, presumably locking itself against outsiders. From the looks of it, this is not a door that either of us could open.

I clench my bloodied hand and grab Tooru’s clothes with the other.

Though I cannot fully predict what will happen next, I cannot help but feel uneasy about all of this.

[Gumihou: This chapter seems kind of patchy…]

[1] Where did this tree come from?!

Is the black door in the ceiling or suspended in the middle of a room or a black hollow in a tree in the middle of the room?!

Aaarrgghhh!!

Fixed it so that it is at least vaguely made sense

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