Chapter 10:

Non-Fortuitous Meeting

Little green apocalypse



Turn off the light…

I want to sleep…


We must go.

I need to wake up.



What the hell is this idiot Hiko doing here?!

He slept with me?!

The last thing I remember is falling asleep in his arms…

This idea burns my mind.

My body has changed.

It’s not possible otherwise.

Let’s see, let’s see...

…! Something has indeed change in my body.

What is that?

My heart?


It’s something else…

“Slept well?”

“Ah! Buah! Y…Yes!”

“Ah… I must have fallen asleep. Sorry, that was not intended.”

“This-this-this is nothing. Don-don’t worry.”

My body is shaking.

Why am I panicking?

Calm down, damn it!

“It… It’s going to be time to go, get ready!”

“Oh… Okay.”

Good, yes, like that, everything Is fine.

I must prepare, we must prepare to leave.

Ah… Hiko infects me with his idiocy…

Is it really heritable?

“Are you stupid?”

“…Why are you looking at me with those eyes?”

“It doesn’t pass on, that sort of thing.”


“You lie!”

“Stop thinking that I’m constantly lying to you! God damn… Don’t you trust me?”

“… Yes. But I don’t want you to trick me like the last time. You tricked me!”

“And besides, this change in my body is your fault.”

“What did you do?!”


“There is something, there.”

“… Your heart?”

“Something has change?”

“No. But, yes. Next to.”

“Your lungs.”

“… No. It’s not that.”

“You really don’t know what it is?”

“… Are you saying there’s something new?”


“… Your feelings?”

… Feelings?

“… What are you implying?”

“Me? Uh…”

“Well then…”


“Argh, I don’t know. I’m not in your head.”

“Yes, you are.”

“So, tell me what’s going on.”


*sigh* You might be in love.”

“In love? From whom?”



“From you, idiot Hiko?”

“Stop calling me that?”

In love with Hiko?

… I can’t really see what that really means.

“Are you sure?”

“I don’t know, it’s your body.”


“How do you come to this statement so quickly?!”

It’s not logical.

Love is when you want to be with someone, right?

“… We’ll see that later.”

“You’re cold…”

“Ah… Whatever! Let’s go, we still have a long way to go.”


Again, not a cloud…

“Here, takes some water. You shouldn’t get dehydrated on the road.”

“… Thanks.”

Ah… Water, it’s so great!


It’s strange.

“Are you sure you haven’t done anything?”

“We’re not going to talk about it all day…”




What are you going here?”

“I finally found some people.”

I feel a strong animosity.

Be careful, Hiko.

“Who are you?”

“Me? Just a simple survivor.”

“This event brought me the salvation that I have been waiting for so long.”

“I was sick of this hole. Come and let’s fight.”

“It’s time to test this parasite.”


We must flee.

Something’s wrong.


“Ah, so I’m really losing strength in range.”

“No big deal, let’s have a melee combat.”

“Come back here! Give me what you have in your bags!”

“Run! Faster!”

“He must not catch up with us! It’s a life-or-death matter!”

“How did he survive with this thing inside his body?!”


It’s exhausting to run.

“We need… a plan.”

“We may not be able to… sow him.”

“We have to neutralize him.”

“We must not kill him.”


“He wants to kill us, Lyre!”

“… Or even worse.”

“A man alone, entrenched behind his most carnal desires, devoid of any common sense. This apocalypse did not help his state of mind.”

“There kinds of people have been jailed for serious crimes. They are dangerous people!”

“We are in a new world. It’s kill or be killed.”

“You’ll have to get used to it.”

“I refuse to kill anyone! It would be totally against my principles!”

“… You won’t say that when he gets to mentally break you.”

“If you don’t want to kill him, I’ll do it for you.”

“I wouldn’t take any additional risk. My duty is to protect you.”

“… There is bound to be another solution.”

“We don’t have to kill him!”


“Your ideals will kill you!”

“You don’t have to think like that. Saving the world is good, but you can’t save everyone.”

“There is no saving one or ten thousand people, the important thing is to save ourselves for now.”

“… We just have to keep running away.”

“You saw him like me! He merged with these plants.”

“And you know what plants are like.”

“He will hunt us down day and night;”

“If we don’t deal with him now…”

“… I don’t even want to imagine it.”

“Not all men are good, Lyre.”

“… They are not all bad.”

“It’s betraying their hopes that drives people crazy.”

“This man has a past, he has a history, and he also has a future.”

“We are not… We have no right to end his destiny.”


“You won’t go back on your decision?”

“… No.”

“… Very well.”

“Run away, I’ll hold him back.”


“We won’t be able to protect ourselves from him once the sun has gone down.”

“The second we fall asleep it will be over.”

“I refuse to give my benefactress as food, because she has too good a heart to be able to kill someone.”

“Go this way. Eventually you’ll get out of town, and you’ll just have to follow the path.”

“You’ll find yourself there soon.”

“I’m not going to leave you here!”

“… Don’t worry, I’m used to it.”

“People were very harsh in my school, harassment addicts.”

“Those who did not follow the group, they were pushed aside.”

“It’s a pack. If you don’t follow what they say, we’ll shut you out.”

“It will be fine.”

“… And this isn’t the first time I’ve had to kill someone.”

“But the first time it will be a human conscious of what he is.”

“… Thank you for everything Lyre.”

“I hope you find your mother.”

“See you.”

What do I do?

What do I have to do?

I must help him.


This is what I have to do.


… I don’t know.

I could use plants…

I deviate from my beliefs.

What should I listen to…?

My desire… Or my dream?

What is my dream, now?

It hurts.

This thing, close to my heart.

It sending me a signal.

Sorry Hiko.

I think I will make a mistake.

No, I already made a mistake.

I think I’ll do a second.

“Forgive me, Hiko…”

“Wrap it up!”



“I don’t want…”

“I don’t want… for you to go.”


“You know very well that it’s not your plants that are going to stop me.”

“And stop doing that, you’re going to draw him here.”

“I don’t care.”

“Hold him back!”

“…! Stop it, stupid!”

“You are stupid!”

I don’t know what else to do.

That makes two.

“Imprison him!”


“Every time you run away, I’ll do another one.”

“… You can’t bluff with me.”

“In that case, go ahead. Get out.”

Make them wilt.


“I stop.”

“So don’t do that anymore.”

“You won’t last a fourth time.”


“I still have power.”

“I’m the one who will save the world.”

“It’s nothing…”

“… God damn.”

“God damn!”

Did I make the right choice?

I have a headache.

My eyesight is cloudy…

It hurts… My heart hurts.


“Hurry up. We will find refuge in the underground.”

“… I’m coming.”


“You can’t do it without me, now run!”


“What went through your mind?”

“Is that how you imagine it, saving the world?”

“Drain your power to hold me back, until you pass out?”

“You knew very well that I couldn’t go anymore if you weren’t safe.”

“Don’t you want to end this? See your mother again?”


“Answer me!”


Afraid of the unknown.

I don’t want to abandon you.

“I don’t want…”

“I told you that wasn’t a problem.”

“He wouldn’t have killed me, he’s wanting you.”

“It was you he was looking at.”

“It was almost if he hadn’t noticed my presence!”

“Think accordingly, Lyre. You do not owe me anything. I don’t need my brother or you anymore to live.”

“And if you die, your dream will die with you.”

“You understand?! I’m not reconciled in your objectives. You can’t save everyone!”

“And I won’t make your dream come true for you. So, pull yourself together!”


“Haha! How touching all these remonstrances!”

“Oh! But you really are kids.”

“Damn vision, I start chasing children.”

“… Well, no big deal. That should do.”

“Surrender wisely, or you will die.”


“You will fight against me.”

“I forbid you to touch any of this hair. And never look at her again.”

“Don’t breathe the same air as her. I will wipe you off the face of this planet.”

“You should never have existed.”

“It’s your fault…!”

“Oh! You’re losing your mind, kiddo.”

“It’s okay. I was starting to get bored in this desert. You will keep me busy.”

“The others starved to death feeding me, can you imagine?”

… ?!

“Useless these minions. And once I looked for more…”

“This filth attacked me. But I managed to tame him.”

“So, I’m going to take full advantage of that power. I will become the kind of this new world.”

“And you two will be my first vassals.”

“You’ll take care of me… The way I ask you to.”

“Especially you, sweety. We’re really going to enjoy ourselves.”


“I told you not to look at her.”


“… URGH!”



“My energy…”

“Filth kid…!”

… Hiko.

What do I do?

I’m completely lost between my feelings.

My body refuses to move.

I don’t know what to do…

I have to stop Hiko…

… Or I have to stop him.

… If Hiko distracts him, I can do it.


You, the buried one, children of the dark lands…

Lend me your strength this time!”

“… Wow!”

“No, Lyre! I was going to finish him!”

“… We must not kill him, Hiko.”

“Let’s go while there’s still time.”


“You underestimated me there, kid.”

“Do you think that my strength is not enough to break simple plants?!”


He broke them…

He broken my prison…

“You are within reach, boy.”


“Then? You have to touch me to do your thing there, right?”

“What could I do with you.”

“You’re a bit like me, actually. Haha!”

He masters his plants better than me.

And his physical strength is incomparable to ours.

We can’t do anything…

“Go away, Lyre!”

“Go away while there’s still time!”

“… Your name is Lyre?”

“Are you that crazy girl’s daughter?”


“What do you know about my mother?”

“… I only met her a few days after these events. She kept talking to the group about you. She seemed to want to find you, so she informed our group.”

“This time it pissed me off.”

“She felt so superior… But I couldn’t devote myself to doing something to her.”

“That murderous aura… I won’t soon forget it.”

“… I hate that.”

“But since you’re her kid, I’m going to be able to let off steam with you.”

“Come here.”

“I’m coming. Don’t hurt him.”

“Eh? You’re not the one making the rules here, hurry up!”

“You feel superior like your mother, right?”


“No, don’t do that Lyre!”

“Shut up, kid!”


“Ah. Damn. I think I broke his arm.”

… Eh?

“More fragile that it looks these things.”

What’s happening.

My head is boiling.

It’s like this time…

This feeling, it’s going to explode.


I mustn’t…

I don’t want to show this again…

“… Stop. Leave him alone.”

“Eh? What are you mumbling?”

“Leave him alone.”

“Leave him alone.”

Leave him alone.

“Leave him alone.”

“Eh?! Who did you think you were?!”

“At the point where I am, might as well break the other part.”



Use your other arm.

I’ll take care of his arm.



… I didn’t want to show this.

“Ordered! Attack his right arm!”


“… When?!”

“You can to that too, little one!”

… I don’t want to hear your voice anymore.

It irritates me.

What have you done to my Hiko?

“… Lyre.”

“…Eh. How do you talk in my head?”

It doesn’t matter.

You disrupted our trip.

I just wanted to be with him…

Because of you…


“You’re not saying anything more?”

“You wanted attention, right?”

“Heh heh, you had to say it right away.”



Impossible to control my reaction.

It hadn’t happened since this time.

I remember.

I was mad at mom.

When I woke up, my clothes were torn and my skin was scarred.

The earth has risen and the trees had been cut…

… Over several hundred meters.

My mom called this phenomenon:

Emotional Threshold Negative Zero


It hurts.


It’s just very tiring.

It’s better…

Everything is going better.

… Hiko will take me for a monster.

… I see it in your eyes.

This fear.

Maybe that’s why.

This is the reason. The reason why I shouldn’t go out.

That’s why you’re looking for me, mom.

… I did some really bad things.

You’re not going to be happy.

I think i…

I made two big mistakes.


I never found myself alone.

Well, I was for a few days, nothing more.

I wonder what that does.

Wander alone, following my goal.


… Not you.

You broke the balance



“Sorry about that, Lyre. But you’re going to sleep for now.”

Energy drain…

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