Chapter 23:

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Extracurriculars 怪獣教師


"What did you see?" A brazen woman gruffly asked her subordinate.Bookmark here

"Not much of anything once they went inside the academy. But there was a giant blast that went straight through the roof. It was awfully close to where I was situated. That was undoubtedly him."Bookmark here

"Anything else?" she replied. "I wasn't expecting much in the first place, but it never hurts to ask. There's only so much you or I could see from this hill, though."Bookmark here

"Nothin' else, sorry."Bookmark here

"It's fine. Now I know what needs to be done. White Noise, prepare to engage. Not today, but soon."Bookmark here

"You really think that's a good idea?" White Noise asked with concern. "You don't know if you've got the right guy. You also don't know if he's as powerful as we've been told."Bookmark here

"I'm sure he's my guy. He is undoubtedly the seventh Origin of Chaos. And I'm sure he's far stronger than we've been told."Bookmark here

"Y'know, I didn't see a whole lot, but I heard just about everything. The guy's got a lot to deal with already. Maybe we should let him be for now."Bookmark here

"We can't keep observing forever. I'm positive I could take him now. If not, I'm confident I could at least sway him to hear me out, but who knows two weeks from now? His growth could be exponential. Sitting around isn't something we can afford to do anymore."Bookmark here

"I haven't been working under you for too long, but from what I hear you've been watching him since he was a kid."Bookmark here

"I supervised. What's the problem?"Bookmark here

"The problem is that no one knew you were doing it. And here you are, watching him in secret to this day. What's the deal?"Bookmark here

"He's the seventh Origin of Chaos. He can't cause Heaven's Divide under any circumstances."Bookmark here

"It'll be fine. Hasn't Heaven's Divide happened once already?"Bookmark here

"And they're still counting deaths almost a millennia later. Do you want it to happen a second time?"Bookmark here

"...I realize how dumb of a statement that was. Regardless, are you sure you don't have any ulterior motives, Ms. 'Chaos Bride'? Even knowing he could end this world, you're a bit obsessed."Bookmark here

"As the fourth Origin of Chaos, I'm simply doing what the others won't because they're all lazy assholes, that's all. Nothing else to it. Not at all." said the "Chaos Bride", with bright red cheeks.Bookmark here

"He's also several years younger than you. Don't you think this is a bit odd?"Bookmark here

"His soul predates time, even if he probably hasn't realized it yet."Bookmark here

"...You do you. I still think it's weird."Bookmark here

"There is nothing weird going on. I've been watching him to make sure he doesn't end this world."Bookmark here

"Whatever. You sure you wanna do this?"Bookmark here

"This isn't a choice. Wait too long and any number of things could happen. He could start Heaven's Divide. Those stuck-in-the-past lap dogs called the Sacred Oath could catch wind of this. Hell, I could die. The point is that there's too much risk to keep doing nothing. I'm certain the time to act is finally upon us."Bookmark here

"It's been many years that you waited for this. Aren't you excited that you finally get to meet your man?" White Noise asked playfully, pushing the right buttons for her amusement. Her superior was surprisingly easy to read.Bookmark here

"Shut it. Head back for now, I'll contact you when everything is ready."Bookmark here

White Noise retreated from the hill. "Chaos Bride" sat atop the hill to be with her thoughts. "I get to meet him soon. I don't want to fight him, so let's hope things don't come down to the worst." She said to herself.Bookmark here

"I wouldn't worry about that." Said a gruff male voice from behind her. She turned around to see a man in a black suit standing behind her, one hand in his right pocket. She recoiled back and drew a handgun on the man. He maintained his composure facing down the barrel. "Relax, I'm not going to hurt you," He said, as he then narrowed his eyes. "Unless you make me."Bookmark here

"...Do I know you?" She asked.Bookmark here

"No, but I know you. I hear you've been watching Takuya for a lot of his life. It was a bit of a mind opener for me to hear that some random person had been there during parts of his life that I wasn't. I don't think you're bad though. I did some digging and found out that you've protected him from threats many times. I even found out that you scared off the only bully Takuya ever had. I don't know what your endgame is, but you have my thanks."Bookmark here

"Huh?"Bookmark here

"Hmm..." The man thought out loud as he looked her over for a few seconds. "Okay, you have my approval. I think you're a bit old for him, but that doesn't matter if you'll take care of him and treat him right. What matters is that you truly care about him, and I believe you do. I'd hurry up if I were you, though. I hear he's very popular with women."Bookmark here

"What are you talking about? Who are you?" She asked.Bookmark here

"Your father-in-law, if things go well for you."Bookmark here

"You're..." She abruptly blurts as the pieces start fitting together.Bookmark here

"Inotani Keiji. It's a pleasure."Bookmark here

She lowered her handgun. "Indeed, it is a pleasure."Bookmark here

"I've heard so much about the fourth Origin of Chaos, 'Chaos Bride', but who are you really?"Bookmark here

"Wakabayashi Eden."Bookmark here

"Interesting given name." he said, hoping for an explanation.Bookmark here

"My father was from Azmarin, my mother from Hwen."Bookmark here

"I see. Well, both Inotani Eden and Wakabayashi Takuya sound very nice."Bookmark here

"Why do you keep bringing that up?" She asked, becoming agitated.Bookmark here

"You're the one who wants to marry him, are you not?"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

"My son is yours, but I can't guarantee he'll accept that. I can't guarantee that other women will let you do that either."Bookmark here

"Why are you all of a sudden pressuring me about this?"Bookmark here

"You've been watching him all this time and didn't notice? As of recent, he's been surrounded by girls at all times. You'd be a fool to think they're just his allies."Bookmark here

"And why come to me instead of the other girls who have actually talked to him?"Bookmark here

"You care the most out of the ones I know of. I'd say you have the most dedication to him, making sure he's safe and happy throughout his life without even letting yourself be seen. I think you deserve to stand by his side more than anyone. Whether or not you stand by his side is out of my control, but it seems you plan to do so very soon. I truly hope you do."Bookmark here

"There's something for you to gain from my involvement with Takuya, but I'm not expecting to pry that information out of you today."Bookmark here

"There's always another reason for everything. Not everyone can pick up on it as fast as you."Bookmark here

"Did you come here just to encourage me to date your son?"Bookmark here

"Of course not. That would be silly. Though I did almost forget." Keiji said, beginning to rustle his hand around in his pocket. He pulled out a miniature portrait of a woman and tossed it to Eden. "Have you seen her?"Bookmark here

"I haven't seen his mother in a few years."Bookmark here

"That's what I thought. I just wanted to make sur-"Bookmark here

"But I have a few ideas about where she might be."Bookmark here

"...I don't have hope, but let's hear it."Bookmark here

"Just as I heard that you did, your wife also went overseas to work. But she left after you. What if she did leave the kingdom, but not of her own free will?"Bookmark here

"A kidnapping?"Bookmark here

"Probably not. It's just a hypothesis. But it's possible if you haven't heard from her in a while."Bookmark here

"It's been years since I was able to establish contact with her."Bookmark here

"Can you think of any places without cell service she would have gone to on her own?"Bookmark here

"No. And if I could, mail service exists everywhere."Bookmark here

"No matter where you are, there's always that one remote place isolated from everything else. It's possible she's in a place like that. If you wanted to leave somewhere overseas and hide away from the world, where would you go?"Bookmark here

"If it were me, I wouldn't leave. I'd just travel a short distance away and hide out, letting everyone think I left the country. That would..."Bookmark here

"Think you're onto something?" Eden asked.Bookmark here

"I think I am."Bookmark here

"Can you find her?"Bookmark here

"I hope."Bookmark here

"I hope so too," Eden sighed. "The sooner we find the second Origin of Chaos the better."Bookmark here

"I don't care about that. I just want to see my wife. Even more, I want Takuya to see his mother."Bookmark here

"Let's hope she didn't actually leave the kingdom."Bookmark here

"Let's hope wherever she went was her choice." Said Keiji with passionate concern. "If anyone did anything to her, they're going to answer for it... I'm honestly ashamed of myself for sitting by all this time and focusing on work while she's missing. I'm done with that. It's time to stop sitting around and find her. And it's time for you to stop watching and start participating."Bookmark here

"When you find Chaos Exodus, tell her to swing by for drinks sometime." Eden chided, attempting to brighten the mood.Bookmark here

"When you find Takuya, tell him dad says hi. And be nice to him."Bookmark here

"I'll fight him if he makes me."Bookmark here

"He's not strong enough to split Heaven again. But he could mop the floor with you if you're careless."Bookmark here

"I'm not trying to fight him."Bookmark here

"Yeah, I believe you. Now, I bet you're tired of me nagging you, so I'll be on my way. I have someone to find. And you have your own goals. I do hope to welcome you into the family one day. However far away that day may be... I hope she'll be there when that day comes. Well, see you around."Bookmark here

"Wait!" She shouted, trying to hold him up. "How come I've been watching over Takuya all these years, but I've never seen you until now?"Bookmark here

Before she finished her inquiry, Keiji had vanished, leaving behind a distortion in the air, a sign that he had disappeared too fast for the light to match his pace.Bookmark here

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