Chapter 11:

Soldier Final Chapter: Soldier X713

Worm


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Soldier X713Bookmark here

The Lost Children.Bookmark here

These are the title given to the children that were abandoned by a criminal organization named Lupus Lab.Bookmark here

Lupus Lab conducted human experiments, mostly to kids, in different continents, but their main base is at Veronia.Bookmark here

Many labs have already been raided by both the human country and the demon country, but it is unsure if they have purged them all.Bookmark here

In the purged labs, the kids were saved… But the kids that Lupus Lab released because they were deemed a “failure” weren’t found.Bookmark here

These released children were failed experiments. They were released by the Lupus lab into towns with absolutely nothing. On the outside, they look like normal street children but they have been altered.Bookmark here

The lifespan of these children was said to be reduced down to 30% because of the experiments. Meaning they would die on their 20’s or 30’s.Bookmark here

I am one of those children.Bookmark here

I remember being on the lab and being injected by unknown things. I was considered a failure. When I was 12 years old, I was considered a “failed” experiment.Bookmark here

I roamed the streets for a year, doing nothing but go into the garbage cans and finding food. Sometimes, I would eat grass or leave just to fill my stomach.Bookmark here

One day, when I was dying, I saw a girl holding a book and reading it. She looks like 3 years older than me. While she is reading, I read the title of the book on the cover page.Bookmark here

“Magic for dummies?”Bookmark here

The girl noticed me reading the book cover. She extended her hand to me.Bookmark here

“You can read?”Bookmark here

“Yes…”Bookmark here

“Do you need a place to stay in?”Bookmark here

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“Okay, I’ll take care of you. But don’t expect too much okay? I just need some muscle!”Bookmark here

The girl’s name was Leia. Her parents were adventurers and had died 5 years ago.Bookmark here

She had to live on a tent on the side of the road. But because she was an adventurer, she was able to live in going on quests.Bookmark here

I remember the first quest we took together…Bookmark here

The reward wasn’t even enough for a single meal. She split it up with me even though I haven’t done anything.Bookmark here

I remember the first time she got a class level up. The whole guild celebrated with her. We started to gain fame because of her.Bookmark here

After that, I didn’t know why, but I got famous. We entered some parties and my name became famous as someone who can find ways to defeat any enemy.Bookmark here

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A few years after, we were invited to join the army. Which we did, and we were included in a unit formed with unique people.Bookmark here

Akasha, who was the daughter of a fallen noble. Kyle and Mark, just your ordinary soldier. Lastly, Evans, who was one of the top students of the magic school.Bookmark here

We were a unit that achieved a lot in just a span of a year.Bookmark here

I remember that time with Akasha…Bookmark here

It was after the of a celebration of a coming of age of one of Akasha’s friend when she was still a noble. We were hired as guards for the event.Bookmark here

I was standing on the lawn. On the balcony on the moonlit night, Akasha is standing tall and looking towards the moon.Bookmark here

I couldn’t help but stare at her figure that isn’t hidden by armor.Bookmark here

While I was looking, Akasha noticed me.Bookmark here

“Oh, Soldier… I didn’t know you were still awake.”Bookmark here

“I was doing a last patrol… maybe some drunk soldiers are loitering around. It would be bad if hey harass a noble. They’ll complain annoyingly and our jobs might be considered a failure.”Bookmark here

“…Hey, can we talk? Can you come up here?”Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

She looked like she was serious.Bookmark here

I went up the stairs and stood with her on the balcony.Bookmark here

“Say, have you ever wondered who your parents were?”Bookmark here

“Doesn’t really matter… I never really knew what a parent is, so I don’t really feel that something was lacking in my life. I think I’m leading a fairly good life.”Bookmark here

“I wish I was like you…”Bookmark here

“…?”Bookmark here

“…The Naquof family fell because of my father. He had an affair with a commoner. Because my father is only a mere baron who had married into my mother’s family which was a count, he received severe punishment. They divorced and my whole family was removed from nobility…”Bookmark here

She looked up the sky.Bookmark here

“When I think of the happy times me, my father, my mother, and my sister sat on one table, I can’t help but feel lonely… I wished those times would last forever.”Bookmark here

“…Do you hate your father for what he’s done?”Bookmark here

“Yes… after that incident, I really hated him… but as I grew up, I understood. I realized that he was only forced into marriage with my mother and he had always loved the commoner. We are all just humans. We would commit mistakes from time to time. We might say that he’s married and should care for his family other than his feelings of love, but we weren’t really put into his situation. How we see things and how he saw things were different. I understand that now…”Bookmark here

She looked at me.Bookmark here

“I understood it because of you…”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

She jumped towards me and hugged me.Bookmark here

“I already know you and Leia are already an official couple… and yet… I have this feeling of wanting to be with you… even though I have good relationships with Leia, I could not help but keep myself from throwing myself at you… Even though I know that the consequences are severe, I could not help but follow my heart…”Bookmark here

She looked up to my eyes.Bookmark here

“So—”Bookmark here

“Sorry, I don’t want things to be complicated. I don’t want to take advantage of your feelings. If I have to avoid you, I will avoid you with all my might. I’m sorry, I know I will hurt you, but I don’t want to change the peace we have right now. You and me might now have a superficial relationship from now on, but I still want to keep this peace. I’m really sorry…”Bookmark here

“…Hahaha, as expected of you… you don’t even want to hear my words.”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry. I will act like a jerk just to keep this peace.”Bookmark here

She started to tear up…Bookmark here

“Ahhh… I can’t believe my romance is over just like that… after all this time of holding back… what….a….waste…..”Bookmark here

She rested her eyes on her arms that are placed on the balcony railing and started crying softly.Bookmark here

All I could do was look at the moon upwards and accompany her.Bookmark here

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I remember those times with Kyle and Mark before me and Leia became a couple...Bookmark here

“What did you two call me here for?”Bookmark here

“Your alone, right?” Kyle asked me with a serious face.Bookmark here

“Yeah.”Bookmark here

“Okay, here’s the plan. We would go to the public bath and you would share your sneaking ability with us then we would enter the girl’s—”Bookmark here

“I’m out.”Bookmark here

“Waaaait! Aren’t you interested?”Bookmark here

“Hahaha! Soldier, don’t be a girl!”Bookmark here

“If not going to jail would make me a girl, I would gladly do it.”Bookmark here

“It’s only a night at jail! The risks are low!”Bookmark here

“Hey, Soldier. Do you really love Leia? Don’t you want to see her naked?” Mark asked with a serious face.Bookmark here

“Well, I have seen her body accidentally because I lived with her…”Bookmark here

““Dieee!!!!””Bookmark here

“Hey, stop! What are you doing!”Bookmark here

…After a few minutes of dodging arrows and punches.Bookmark here

“Okay Soldier, what about Akasha? Don’t you want to see her bombshell body?”Bookmark here

“Nope.”Bookmark here

Kyle thought deeply then bumped his palm with a fist.Bookmark here

“Aren’t you interested? I mean, looking at her muscle build would prove beneficial to you. You will know her strengths if you know what muscles she uses the most and you can incorporate that with a strategy.”Bookmark here

“Okay, I understand. Let’s go.”Bookmark here

Yes, this is all for strategy…Bookmark here

…All for strategy.Bookmark here

Before we even entered the bath, we were caught by the bath owner and were all sent to jail for the night.Bookmark here

It seems that the reason of looking at the muscles of your teammates to know their strengths for the sake of battle isn’t accepted by the police.Bookmark here

We almost lost our position in the army, good thing Akasha saved us.Bookmark here

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I could never forget Evans.Bookmark here

“I love Leia.”Bookmark here

“I do not care.”Bookmark here

Evans had feelings for Leia. In fact, I only realized my feelings for her when Evans had started making a move on her.Bookmark here

Good thing Leia was dense… Evans had always had his own ways of getting to the heart of girls, but Leia’s defenses were absolute.Bookmark here

Because of this challenge, Evans became more active in making his moves. But still, Leia is dense.Bookmark here

Even though I realized my feelings for Leia, I still felt sorry for Evans’ futile effort.Bookmark here

He gave up when Leia and me became a couple.Bookmark here

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I cannot forget that night.Bookmark here

It was a night after we finished a mission.Bookmark here

We are sitting next to each other on her bed.Bookmark here

The reason I was there was due to me being worried about her. She seemed down after the mission.Bookmark here

The mission was the same quest that was given to Leia’s parent’s before she died. We were able to finish that mission with a little challenge.Bookmark here

But it came to clear that the reason why her parents died was because the difficulty level of the quest was wrong when her parents took it up.Bookmark here

It should’ve been a high difficulty mission but it was classified as a low difficulty mission.Bookmark here

“…To think that my parents died because of such reasons…”Bookmark here

“It was understandable. Not all quest and missions have accurate difficulty levels. Most high difficulty ones are only accurately assessed after a few deaths have happened.”Bookmark here

“…And my parents died just for that mission to be assessed properly?”Bookmark here

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“Hahaha, this is just like you… you don’t defend me, but defend the facts… you always didn’t care about the feelings of others…”Bookmark here

“But it’s the truth…”Bookmark here

“I know… but you didn’t have to be so direct about it…”Bookmark here

Did… I hurt her feelings? All I did was say something right. There was nothing wrong with what I said…Bookmark here

“…Sorry.”Bookmark here

“No, it’s okay… I understand you…”Bookmark here

“…Hey are you angry?”Bookmark here

“Of course not…”Bookmark here

“You are angry…”Bookmark here

“I’m not!”Bookmark here

“Yes, you are. If I think about it, you are very angry at the army or the adventurer’s guild right now. If only the guild had a proper way of assessing difficulties, your parents would be alive right now. If only there was a proper system, it shouldn’t have resulted like that. Isn’t that right?”Bookmark here

She started crying and put her head on my chest.Bookmark here

“If you knew, you shouldn’t have asked… idiot…”Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

But…Bookmark here

“Because it happened, I met you.”Bookmark here

“*Hic*…What are you trying to say?”Bookmark here

“I’m saying that I am only with you because something was taken away from you. If you think about it that way. Maybe I needed a place to go, so it was decided that your parents were only fated to die for me to have a place to stay in.”Bookmark here

I subconsciously made a lonely smile.Bookmark here

“…I may have been a curse.”Bookmark here

“A curse? I have never thought of you that way!”Bookmark here

“I want to compensate for the death of your parents.”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“Leia, let’s become a family.”Bookmark here

“Huh?”Bookmark here

“Let’s get married.”Bookmark here

“!?!?!?!”Bookmark here

Leia suddenly turned red and looked at me in the face. She was just crying, so her eyes are glistening.Bookmark here

“W-W-What are you saying!? You skipped to marriage already!?”Bookmark here

“What? is there any need for more?”Bookmark here

“B-B-But, we need to be a couple first… and… and…”Bookmark here

“What are you talking about? That’s just a useless waste of time.”Bookmark here

“Wait…”Bookmark here

She looked at me with blank eyes.Bookmark here

“Do you just want to be in a family with me to replace my parents or something? Don’t you feel anything at all?”Bookmark here

“What are you talking about? I love you, you are my everything, and I would kill myself if you die.”Bookmark here

“Aaaarghh!”Bookmark here

She suddenly punched me on the chest.Bookmark here

“That hurt…”Bookmark here

“W-W-Why would you suddenly say something like that!? That’s very scary!”Bookmark here

“That’s scary…?”Bookmark here

“When did you start thinking like this!?”Bookmark here

“I can’t remember… maybe for a long time now?”Bookmark here

“W-Waahh… I can’t believe this…”Bookmark here

She held both of her hand on her chest and kept quiet.Bookmark here

“…So, we’re getting married?”Bookmark here

“Can you stop with the marriage stuff!?”Bookmark here

“Then what is it that you want?”Bookmark here

“C-Can we start with being a couple with marriage in mind?”Bookmark here

“…Isn’t that just the same?”Bookmark here

“It’s different!”Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

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“Fine, let’s go with that.”Bookmark here

“T-Then, we’re not going to get married yet!”Bookmark here

“But there’s only one thing I will do, even if we’re not married.”Bookmark here

“Eh?”Bookmark here

I pinned her down on the bed.Bookmark here

“W-What? what?”Bookmark here

“I’ve been holding back for a long time. Your soft lips… your long eyelashes… your smooth skin…”Bookmark here

“Wait, Soldier? Soldier! W-What’s that look in your eyes!?”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry, but I really can’t take it anymore. My chest is about to burst.”Bookmark here

“E-Eh? This is just too fast! Too fast I tell you!”Bookmark here

That first night was the most unforgettable one.Bookmark here

…When morning came, she woke up with a refreshed smile while I almost died of dehydration.Bookmark here

To think it was that dangerous…Bookmark here

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—Hahaha, those times were really fun…Bookmark here

Thinking about it, didn’t we meet the same fate as her parents?Bookmark here

Receiving a mission with a wrong assessment?Bookmark here

Hahaha, can’t believe that it’s all over now…Bookmark here

Everyone is dead… Leia died with me not being able to do anything about it…Bookmark here

I now understand how Leia felt… it’s all their fault…Bookmark here

I can’t blame them for it, but it’s all their fault…Bookmark here

I looked at the black limbless monster in front of me.Bookmark here

This monster might be death itself…Bookmark here

I’ll do everything for Leia even after death…Bookmark here

So please…Bookmark here

With all my strength… even if my body feels being pulled to the ground and I feel like I’ve started to disappear… even if my brain is starting to sink down to my skull…Bookmark here

I need to at least convey my feelings…Bookmark here

Even if this is just a futile attempt to speak to death…Bookmark here

Please… get…Bookmark here

“Avenge… Leia…”Bookmark here

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