Chapter 36:

Chapter 36 - The end of the world (Part 2)

Vehemence 激烈

Uehara kept trying to use her hallucinations against the giant, but she couldn’t reach. I was covering her weak spots and was on full defence. It seemed like the giant was concentrating his attacks towards me. Bookmark here

“Moriuchi, pin down his arm and I’ll climb up his giant body. If I get close enough, I’ll be able to stop him before he destroys the entire school building.”Bookmark here

Other Outliners wanted to join us, but Uehara instructed them to evacuate everyone from the building and spread information about the current situation while we distracted him. It seemed like there were several assailants that appeared out of nowhere. I let Xykoss be at his full potential for him to dig his claws into the giant’s hand and keep it from moving. Blood was running down from his wounds, but the giant wasn’t showing any reaction to it. Uehara took that opportunity and jumped to sprint up his forearm, ready to use her Paroxys on him.Bookmark here

“Iadra. Receiveth hath lost and caterwauling out thy souls.”Bookmark here

The giant tried to grab her with his other hand, but she was quicker. She performed a cartwheel in the air and switched arms. Her moves were nimble but swift. There was no way that he could catch her. Or at least that’s what I thought. She had told me to be on defence and that she would handle it herself. I believed her. My eyes widened and I climbed on top of the giant’s arm as well.Bookmark here

“Xykoss, split!”Bookmark here

My hammer turned into a claw. I was running as fast as I could. The giant’s arm was not pinned down anymore, and he started to move around again. His attention was back on me, but thankfully because of his giant body, he was slow. The thing that caught my attention and got me worried were the ghouls that were crawling around his body. They were the same ones that I had seen back when I was in Kyoto. That meant, that he was here and most likely other members of the RIP. They were hiding behind his back. That’s why we didn’t notice them at first.Bookmark here

“Uehara, look out!”Bookmark here

I screamed from the top of my lungs, but my voice didn’t reach her. She was too occupied to get to the top, while dodging the giant’s attacks. I got too impatient and made a leap of faith to get to the other arm while using one of the ghouls as a stepping board. Xykoss was closely following me while ripping any ghouls apart that would get into our way. Uehara managed to get on top of the giant’s shoulder. His eyes were covered by his long, black hair and he was breathing heavily through his mouth. He was only wearing a pair of brown trousers. His entire body was riddled with different lengths of scars and shapes of marks. He reminded me of Frankenstein’s monster. I saw Uehara using her Paroxys and expected the giant to stop moving, but nothing happened. Bookmark here

“Xykoss, throw me over to where Uehara is and follow me after you get rid of these ghouls.”Bookmark here

He did as I told him and I flew through the air, over the ghouls and landed on the giant’s upper arm. Something didn’t feel right. I was rushing to get to the top, as I saw Uehara getting closer and closer to the giant’s face. Bookmark here

“Uehara, get away from there!”Bookmark here

She stopped and looked back. My voice finally reached her, but it was too late. The giant turned his head towards Uehara and opened his mouth. It looked like a dark and endless abyss. I jumped forward and held out my hand as far as I could, but it wasn’t enough. Within a heartbeat, the gaping hole that was the giant’s mouth closed. Blood spurted on to my face and Uehara slowly fell from his shoulder. I rammed my claw into his flesh and managed to grab the one arm that was still intact. She was dangling in mid-air and I could see her face getting paler and paler. Her uniform was drenched in blood that was coming from where her other arm should have been. Bookmark here

“Uehara, I got you! Don’t let go! I’ll pull you up!”Bookmark here

I was feeling dizzy, and my hand was shaking. Looking at Uehara was reminding me of Charlotte. I shook my head vigorously to snap myself out of it. This was not the time for feeling bad. I had to get her out of here, no matter what.Bookmark here

“Moriuchi, let go of me.”Bookmark here

Her voice was faint, but I could still understand her.Bookmark here

“What are you saying? I’m not going to let go!”Bookmark here

“Stupid, behind you.”Bookmark here

The shoulder that we were on started moving. A large shadow was casted over us, and I could feel his breath on my neck. The giant was going for another bite. I tried to pull up her back up but was too slow. Uehara placed both of her feet against the giant’s body to quickly push herself up. She performed another cartwheel and came between me and the giant. Her hand was still warm, and I was still holding it. Both of my arms dropped next to my body, and I kept looking up at the giant’s face which was only centimetres away from mine. She was right there, but not anymore. What was left of her was the hand that I was still desperately holding on to like my life depended on it. Bookmark here

“Give her back.”Bookmark here

It was a whimper. My view of the giant became blurry.Bookmark here

“I said, give her back!”Bookmark here

I shouted.Bookmark here

“Give her back!”Bookmark here

I shouted again. Xykoss felt the disturbance of my feelings and instantly rushed to me. His sharp growl pierced through the air and without any hesitation, he digged his claws into the giant’s mouth to pry it open. There was no sound coming from the giant nor from his mouth. I let go of Uehara’s hand and pushed myself off the ground and dived into the abyss, hoping to find her. It smelled sour and the tongue I was standing on was slippery and felt soft. The teeth were all rotten and white spots were covering the flesh of his cheeks. I frantically was moving my eyes around when the tongue underneath me started moving. Bookmark here

“Moriuchi.”Bookmark here

It was Uehara’s voice. I stabbed the tongue with my claw to lift it up as much as I could to see her emerging from underneath. She was barely conscious and alive. I quickly grabbed her and pulled her out of the giant’s mouth, to only find Xykoss covered in ghouls. One arm was lost but I grabbed her served hand and put her on my back to get off the giant’s body and get back down.Bookmark here

“Xykoss, defend my back.”Bookmark here

We urgently needed backup or else I wouldn’t last long against so many enemies. And I needed to prioritise getting Uehara to safety as well. The giant lifted his hand into the clouds to then bring it back down at a worrying speed. I stopped in my tracks to see if there was a way out or else, we would most certainly die.Bookmark here

“Xykoss, cover Uehara with your body!”Bookmark here

I ordered him, but it wasn’t necessary. A lightning spear pierced through the giant’s hand, followed by lightning striking his head. Bookmark here

“I got this. Take them away.”Bookmark here

His voice was calm. I couldn’t see his face, only his back, but that was enough for me to know that we would be okay now. Xykoss did as he was instructed by Yu, who was completely swallowed in sparks and lightning. He jumped down from the building with me and Uehara in his arms. We were back inside the school building. All I could see was how the giant was struggling and hear lightning and thunder crashing. I took off my jacket to tie up Uehara’s shoulder where her arm was missing and was putting pressure on her wrist where her hand was missing. She had lost consciousness. Xykoss was getting rid of the few remaining ghouls that were crawling around us. Not long after Yu had arrived, Takumi, Sano-san and Takaki-san joined us as well.Bookmark here

“Takaki, get Uehara-san some first-aid and if possible, to the nearest hospital as fast as possible. Toshiko is covering the entire school ground with her Paroxys, so the enemies won’t be able to follow you.”Bookmark here

Sano-san instructed Takaki-san who took Uehara from my arms into his. I stood up and noticed the familiar orange tint to the air. But before Takaki-san could leave with Uehara, I grabbed him by his jacket.Bookmark here

“Use your Paroxys to rewind time.”Bookmark here

He stared back at me without saying anything.Bookmark here

“Quick! Use your Paroxys now! Not only will it save Uehara, but we’ll be able to defend ourselves.”Bookmark here

He averted his eyes from mine and firmed his grip on Uehara.Bookmark here

“I can’t. There needs to be an interval of at least 72 hours between each usage of my Paroxys. Yesterday, me and Satoshi went on a mission and I used-“Bookmark here

“Your Paroxys.”Bookmark here

I loosened my grip on his jacket and took a step back while shaking my head.Bookmark here

“Yes. And it hasn’t been 72 hours yet.”Bookmark here

“And you can only rewind the last 24 hours, so it will be too late.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, unfortunately. Also, I can only revive people from the dead if it hasn’t been over 30 minutes before I used my Paroxys.”Bookmark here

I completely let go of his jacket and dropped to my knees.Bookmark here

“That’s not good enough. Uehara won’t last long enough for you to get to a hospital. She has lost too much blood.”Bookmark here

I was talking to myself. Bookmark here

“I’ll try my best and get her to a hospital, so they can do a blood transfusion.”Bookmark here

I heaved myself up and grabbed Takaki-san by his collar.Bookmark here

“It will be too late! You know that too! Can’t you see that she’s barely breathing? She’s dying! Do something!”Bookmark here

My voice was shaky, and I could barely say the words. Sano-san grabbed my hands and made me let go of him.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry.”Bookmark here

Takaki-san whispered.Bookmark here

“Don’t be.”Bookmark here

Uehara opened her eyes. Her voice was weak.Bookmark here

“I was bound to die one day. It’s just happens to be today. At least, I was able to protect one of our juniors. Even if it was Moriuchi Ayumi. Also, you’re not here for me, are you, Daisuke?”Bookmark here

“No. I’m here to take Moriuchi Ayumi to safety with the help of Takumi.”Bookmark here

I turned around and looked him in the face.Bookmark here

“What are you talking about? We can’t just leave Uehara. We have to protect her, like she protected me!” Bookmark here

“We were told to get you to safety. The RIP is after you, so if they manage to capture you, it’ll be over.”Bookmark here

I grabbed my hair and shook my head again.Bookmark here

“I don’t understand what you’re saying. I have to fight. Yu is fighting this giant right here. Uehara fought as well. Why am I supposed to run away?”Bookmark here

Sano-san came closer to me. I could tell by his face that he wasn’t listening to me at all. His hand touched my stomach and he rotated it like a clock’s hand.Bookmark here

“Micith. Changeth, bendeth and twisteth. Beest what I wanteth thee to beest.”Bookmark here

A red light emerged and engulfed me. My body was getting smaller and smaller. It had shrunk to a child’s size. Without any explanation, he picked me up and started walking into the opposite direction. Takumi silently followed us. Bookmark here

“Let me go! Let go of me right now!” Bookmark here

“We have to go or else her sacrifice will be meaningless.”Bookmark here

“What are you saying? What sacrifice? Uehara is right there and alive.”Bookmark here

She was right there, in front of me. Still in Takaki-san’s arms. She had just talked to us. So, why were her eyes closed again? Why was Takaki-san crying? She had a gold pin. She was strong. So, how could Uehara die then? I buried my face into Sano-san’s jacket and screamed and cried while he carried me further and further away from her until I couldn’t see her anymore.Bookmark here

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