Chapter 25:

Valkyries

Azure Sins (Pure ver.)


It was only a second before the source of the sounds came into her sights. Witnessing Aisellia riding a two-wheeled vehicle on a path directly for the red demon. In the final seconds, Aisellia threw her weight to one side causing the bike to turn sideways on its path, leaping off at the last second leading the bike to slide and crash into the demon's legs while she continued to move in the same direction from the momentum left from the bike. The vehicle's collected speed and weight swept the creature's legs, forcibly removing its feet from the earth, leaving the demon horizontal in the air. The demon's eyes opened wide as its consciousness returned, only able to witness Aisellia in mid-air in front of its face. The human woman held her knees tucked close to her stomach as she already aimed down the barrel of her Angelo weapon. The Iron sights pointed at the demon's face at point-blank range. tears streaming down her face, with her expression displaying her utter fear.Bookmark here

"F-fuck off bastard!"Bookmark here

Aisellia screamed before she pulled back on the trigger, unleashing a large beam of light from the barrel of her gun. The beam engulfing the demon's upper body in its light, quickly traveling far enough to reach the goblin mass in the distance, eradicating a large quantity of them, leaving a wide empty path of scorched earth through their forces. Just as the beam was fired, the force easily pushed Aisellia through the air backward at a fast pace, only able to tightly shut her eyes feeling the air painfully press against her back but she knew she could not let go of the trigger no matter what. Leiliana could only stare in the distance shocked by what she had seen. Her eyes locked in one direction, unable to even react to Aisellia herself who zoomed through the air passing her by. Aisellia's flight soon stopped, falling into Miyaura's chest, being embraced by the demon girl's arms wrapping around her. Feeling herself being caught, her eyes slowly opened as she smiled, being familiar with the sensation of what cushioned against her back. With her feet touching the ground once again she began to giggle before looking back over her shoulder.Bookmark here

"Great catch Miyaura! I had a feeling you would catch me. Or else I don't think I would have been bold enough to try that."Bookmark here

She said, seeing a smiling Miyaura behind her.Bookmark here

"Hee-hee! How'd you know it was me?"Bookmark here

"I knew just from the feeling, I could only think your boobs could make such a cushion to cover my entire back and break my fall. You hug me from behind quite often enough for me to know."Bookmark here

Aisellia responded, giggling.Bookmark here

"Plus..."Bookmark here

Aisellia now looking into Miyaura's eyes could see the joy she held ever more evident by her matching great smile.Bookmark here

"Only you and him are lewd enough to use catching me as an excuse to grope me."Bookmark here

Miyaura could only giggle knowing her hands were noticed, groping onto Aisellia's breasts. Miyaura's hands kneading and squeezing on Aisellia's breasts once she had caught her friend safely from the air. Aisellia attempting not to giggle even further, her face becoming blush as she could feel Miyaura rest her chin atop a shoulder, seeing her eyes staring happily down to her breasts as her friend's hands continued to play.Bookmark here

"Heh, this girl."Bookmark here

She said before she looked forward, seeing Leiliana making her way towards them. Leiliana's face revealed her confusion as she got closer. Although once closer even her cheeks had blushed red, seeing Aisellia casually standing looking, waiting for her to arrive seeming unbothered by the lewd girl fondling her chest from behind. Aisellia could see the confusion in Leiliana once she stood in front of them. The captain's eyes struggling to look away, being even more confused seeing Aisellia watching her nonchalantly while being groped, her head tilting curiously not knowing just what unsettled the captain.Bookmark here

"Are you okay Leiliana? Your face is all red. Well, you two have been fighting the entire time, it makes sense you might be feeling unwell."Bookmark here

"I-I feel fine, just a little exhausted. I knew you two were close, I just didn't think...er"Bookmark here

"Hm? Oh!"Bookmark here

Aisellia said surprised, looking and watching Miyaura's hands play with her chest.Bookmark here

"Oh, no-no. We're not a couple. This one here and a certain someone just really likes my boobs, they're pretty obsessed I'd say. Hm? Guess I'm really getting used to it all."Bookmark here

"So you both aren't into women? Even being able to do such things out in the open?"Bookmark here

"Correct!"Bookmark here

"Speak for yourself Aisellia, I like both! Hee-hee!"Bookmark here

Miyaura announced happily, holding her large smile while her hands worked their ways. Although it was only a matter of time, Aisellia's body flinched and stiffened, her mouth opening slightly allowing a faint moan to escape her lips. Leiliana stood in shock at what she heard and saw.Bookmark here

"Mm! You are right though...Down girl, that's enough."Bookmark here

On command Miyaura released Aisellia from her grasps, moving herself to Aisellia's side who in turn began looking around them.Bookmark here

"Hey...guys."Bookmark here

"So you've noticed too..."Bookmark here

Leiliana responded to Aisellia. Both began looking around themselves.Bookmark here

"They haven't moved closer to us at all."Bookmark here

Aisellia revealed leading Miyaura to quickly begin looking at their surroundings. There they stood in a large circular clearing and around them the massive enemy forces stood motionless but the girls could easily see they had all been watching from a great distance. Taking a step closer to the girls, Leiliana staggered her way beside them.Bookmark here

"Be careful, there's a stronger demon somewhere nearby. When demons aren't acting chaotically on impulses it usually means something stronger is controlling it. We should have prepared sooner but if it's something that can command this many demons...we may have been doomed from the start."Bookmark here

Leiliana explained, gritting her teeth together in frustration.Bookmark here

"What?! How?!"Bookmark here

Aisellia quickly questioned her shocked expression paired with Miyaura's own as their gaze quickly shifted to Leiliana.Bookmark here

"Now's the best time if we had any. Are you two familiar with Soul Links?"Bookmark here

"Yes, when a human's soul becomes cursed and linked to a demon. Practically becoming both cattle and slave but for the servant, your lifespan and health becomes dependent on the demon's will to give them the sustenance to maintain their life. In most cases, humans give themselves to demons to save their own life or the life of a loved one...or for the false hope of power fed to them by demons."Bookmark here

Finishing her sentence, Aisellia thought about the priest from her capital who offered his body to a demon.Bookmark here

"Correct Aisellia. More powerful demons however can force servitude on weaker demons, forming their own Soul Link even if it requires shattering their minds to make it happen. If my suspicions are right...we may be dealing with a demon powerful enough to command all these goblins. Only a Goblin Shaman would be able to control other goblins with ease but this number...is unheard of."Bookmark here

Quickly Leiliana and Miyaura simultaneously turned their gaze in the direction the headquarters of the cult was located.Bookmark here

"Aisellia you can't sense energy but Miyaura, I know you have to feel that."Bookmark here

"Yeah, it's fucking huge..."Bookmark here

(I get it now, I'm able to sense the presence and direction of Sin while you're capable of a more precise sense, even able to gauge its power...whatever it's coming from...)Bookmark here

Leiliana thought to herself. Miyaura's eyes narrowed as she kept her locked in the distance. Suddenly taking a step backward with the look of fear expressed on her face, causing the others to look at her.Bookmark here

"Oh no... it's not coming from just one, it's like a group of demons are marching this way! It's too much for me to feel each one, maybe it's because I'm still new to feeling things out, but there has to be around one hundred easy. Each one just as strong as the red demon..."Bookmark here

In the far distance...Bookmark here

Thousands of demons marched towards the battle, many looking similar color variation to the red demon marched at point, behind them over one thousand demons follow behind. Creatures of varying appearances with some having monstrous animalistic features and physiology while the majority simply held the appearance of abomination to the sense of sight. Behind them all was the goblin shaman, staff in hand, his eyes rolled back for a second before returning to their normal position.Bookmark here

"His form is unstable. Master needs more blood, more fear, and more sin to stabilize into this realm in order to move outside the ritual site. Hmph, being able to see through other goblin eyes, it's easy to see most of those humans are dead now. But no matter."Bookmark here

The shaman tapped the base of his staff on the ground several times creating a deafening silence over the demon forces, instantly ceasing their march. Sinful black energy was once again drained from the corpses of the battlefield ahead of them. Reaping the darkness from the fallen bodies of both humans and goblins. The collective energy was directed into the body of a rather large demon whose veins began pushing against its skin as its body began convulsing. Soon its muscle mass began steadily increasing and stretching its skin's limits before erupting in a bloody mess, no longer having limits to stretch from shredding off the demon's body itself. With a tap of the shaman's staff into the blood, the liquid began moving, creating a circle formation similar to the one he had used prior inside the castle ruins.Bookmark here

A great pillar of pitch-black ooze erupting from the circle, shooting high enough into the sky. Quickly catching the attention of the girls who all stood mouths agape at the sight. before it fell back down to the earth. From the black mass, a figure slowly formed while shifting its shape into a massive monstrous dark form greatly towering overall. The girls could only look on in horror at the massive black figure they could see in the distance. Leiliana looked at the figure and soon turning to face the girls.Bookmark here

"Aisellia...Miyaura. I'll clear a way for you back towards the city...there's no reason you two should die here."Bookmark here

"What?!"Bookmark here

Miyaura cried out, shifting her gaze over to Leiliana simultaneously with Aisellia.Bookmark here

"We can't leave you! You even look like you've barely had the energy to stand. It would be like leaving you to die!"Bookmark here

"What else can you do Aisellia?! To survive you must be realistic!"Bookmark here

Leiliana loudly questioned, screaming with enough passion to silence Aisellia. Miyaura's attention seemed to be elsewhere in the moment, looking around as if she were hearing something.Bookmark here

(Who said that? Huh someone's in my head.....Really? Okay I'm listening.)Bookmark here

Miyaura thought. Her eyes quickly looking down towards the ground while they continued in their conversation.Bookmark here

"I may be spent but I can still fight even if it's a small amount and that should buy you enough time. If Miyaura carries you I'm sure you'll be able to escape the Goblins."Bookmark here

"There has to be something we can do! If that thing gets past you..."Bookmark here

"....Not just Orion, its destruction could likely wipe out the entire Deseria region of the country. If you two escape, the guild may receive word soon enough to send messengers across the country for a united front. Each country may isolate from each other to a degree but they would have to swallow their pride for the survival of humanity."Bookmark here

Both girls could only stand in silence with their heads hung low understanding the truth of Leiliana's words alongside the threat they faced.Bookmark here

"Look girls, I chose this path for myself as a huntress. This is why I fight...so I can't give up now...or ever."Bookmark here

"But..." Aisellia began.Bookmark here

"But...what are you going to do?"Bookmark here

"I...I don't know but I have to think of something."Bookmark here

"I may not know much right now. But you would have to fight through those goblins to even get to the big one. You won't likely have the strength to fight something like that."Bookmark here

"I can't deny that. It's reasonable to say I might have exhausted everything I have left just to break through those lines."Bookmark here

Miyaura stood silently while the two of them conversed. Her eyes staring at the ground with her hands soon clenching to a fist. After the others were finished she tightly shut her eyes as she steeled her heart in the decision she had been silently weighing in her mind.Bookmark here

"Leila...can break through those goblins and make a path through for me to the big guy?"Bookmark here

"Huh? Leila? Me?"Bookmark here

"Yes, you, the one with the pretty emerald eyes, pretty black hair, and a body endowed with the assets and figure deadlier than your spear was!"Bookmark here

"Again...Me?" (A nickname...I've never...had people to give me one before. It feels....strangely comforting.)Bookmark here

Leiliana said seeming rather stubborn in not acknowledging the praise given to her yet it was still enough to cause her to blush, shyly looking away while trying to avoid the praise and nickname that embarrassed her slightly from the fact she sort of liked the name.Bookmark here

"If you can do it I might be able to give us a chance against that big thing!"Bookmark here

Miyaura's claims surprised both of them. Aisellia seeing the determination in Miyaura made her smile, choosing to fully support her friend if she had an idea.Bookmark here

"What can we do? You are really confident when you have an idea, sometimes they have a good basis to work with."Bookmark here

Aisellia said, looking over to Leiliana as she took a step closer to Miyaura's side. "What's your idea Miyaura?"Bookmark here

"I can't explain it all so you'll just have to trust me!"Bookmark here

(Just what the hell am I doing? These girls are...not your normal girls that are for sure. Hm. Living life...I thought I was just an unusual girl in this world. Something is still better than no plan. Miyaura has displayed power and skill rarely seen. She's surprised me with her tenacity and if she's still willing to fight...she plans to push her limits giving everything she has left. Aisellia is a brilliant girl whose mind is far above the average person. She may not have combat ability but her planning got them through the ambush. Not to mention she's still standing after unleashing her Angelo.)Bookmark here

Leiliana thought to herself while looking back at the demon remains Aisellia had slain.Bookmark here

(They must not even know the true power within Angelo, they are more than just weapons capable of harming demons. Unleashing its inner power drains a substantial amount of life force from even an expert hunter and only allowing humans with a heart filled with light to draw on its true power. This devastating power is what makes only us captains capable of wielding them for even a short time. It takes decades to perfect on average but recruits are trained from their first day of the academy to build up and properly utilize this energy. Yet the volume Aisellia released was remarkable for someone like her. If she were an average girl it would have drained the entirety of her life. The guild master tends to say Angelo choose their wielders.)Bookmark here

Leiliana looked intently into the intense and determined eyes held by the girls looking at her.Bookmark here

"Hm...Without my spear, it will be difficult but If you need a path I should be able to clear one."Bookmark here

"Hm? Spear?"Bookmark here

Aisellia questioned before lifting the skirt of her dress, not revealing just her upper thigh but a rectangular holster strapped to her upper thigh. Opening it she retrieved a thin cylinder from the holster and held it out to Leiliana.Bookmark here

"What's this?"Bookmark here

Leiliana asked as she too grasps the item being handed to her. Once her fingers wrapped around the cylinder it suddenly expanded from both ends, quickly displaying its full Silver pole on this Naginata spear. On one end a gold pommel sat on the circular base of the weapon, on the other side, its large blade endowed with gold melding the blade to the pole.Bookmark here

"THIS IS-?! How?! How did you get your hands on-"Bookmark here

"I'll have to explain later, right now we need to think about what we're dealing with now. Miyaura, what was your idea? I'll come up with a plan, Three girls...Ones useless, and the other two are exhausted...we'll need the best shot we can get."Bookmark here

A great distance away...Bookmark here

There the Shaman stood wearing a sinister smile as the pillar began shaping into the massive creature of darkness towering overall. Six red eyes gleaming through its dark figure where what would be its face, the eyes scanning the area around itself, seeing the demons upfront and immediately after, the goblin horde a distance away.Bookmark here

"Yes! Yes! Now you will slaughter the feeble humans, I will reign strong as sovereign of the new realm of humans under demon dominion! The most powerful demons can't enter this world yet here I, after decades of preying on these disgusting human creatures, finally found a way to bridge worlds. With it, I've made this demon more powerful than it could have been in its prime!"Bookmark here

Hearing the Goblin Shaman's words, the creature glared menacingly for a few seconds, the shaman fearfully took several steps back before the hand of the massive being reached down towards the shaman.Bookmark here

"What?! What are you doing?!"Bookmark here

Were the only words the Shaman was able to speak, its head being gripped between the dark being index finger and thumb, lifting it until he was face to face with the demon. Just one of its eyes easily dwarfed the shaman in size by comparison. After an extended silence, the being spoke.Bookmark here

"What...do you know...of my true power...inferior creature?"Bookmark here

Squeezing more on the shamans head, its veins began to push against its skin, its body stiffening and twitching uncontrollably as its agonizing screams filled the air around them. The demon looked forward, using the shaman's abilities to connect and see through the eyes of all goblins under its control. The demon forcibly hijacking the shaman's mind and its great power, forced its way into the minds that make up the goblin horde.Bookmark here

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