Chapter 1:


I’m Taking Revenge for My Murdered Classmates Using Weapons Made from Their Souls

We were on our school trip traveling by bus.Bookmark here

It was the summer of our second year of high school, and our hearts thumped in anticipation of spending the next few days in Okinawa.Bookmark here

Daigo was sitting next to me. We chatted about dumb teenager stuff—or to be more accurate, I talked while he listened.Bookmark here

He was well-built, nearly two meters tall, and a man of few words. Although he never said much, he would nod from time to time to let me know that he was listening.Bookmark here

As well as being strong, he was a kind and considerate guy. I was proud to call him my best friend since elementary school.Bookmark here

I gazed out the window at the clear blue Okinawan sea, which seemed to stretch endlessly into the distance. I experienced a sense of freedom I had not felt in Tokyo, with its plethora of high-rise buildings. My excitement grew. Bookmark here

A split second later, that view changed. Bookmark here

The bus was gone.Bookmark here

Somehow, we had been transported abruptly to a place that resembled a church.Bookmark here

A statue of the Virgin Mary stood at the back, grossly deformed and missing her head. Hoards of angels danced on the stained glass windows. Somewhere, a pipe organ played classical music, even though there was no one to be seen.Bookmark here

It was an eerie church.Bookmark here

My classmates were murmuring among themselves.Bookmark here

No one seemed to understand what was happening.Bookmark here

As we were trying to make sense of our situation, the church doors opened, and a woman wearing a black dress sauntered in.Bookmark here

Her cute and frilly clothing was reminiscent of Gothic Lolita fashion. She appeared to be around our age.Bookmark here

She didn’t look Japanese, though. Her hair was blonde, and her eyes were red and almond-shaped. Although she was pretty, she seemed like someone hard to approach.Bookmark here

The woman made her way through the crowd and walked up to the statue of the Virgin Mary.Bookmark here

She then turned around to face us, pulled up the sides of her skirt, and made an exaggerated curtsy.Bookmark here

“Greetings, and welcome, Saviors. My name is Charlotte. Charlotte Charles Sharia den Chateaubriand XVIII.”Bookmark here

The woman introduced herself with an aristocratic-sounding name. Bookmark here

“‘Saviors?’ What do you mean? And where are we?”Bookmark here

The first to speak up was our class president, Hiroshi.Bookmark here

Everyone gasped in amazement at his ability to act calmly and swiftly despite the situation.Bookmark here

“Dude. Don’t you know that the first person to speak usually ends up dying?”Bookmark here

Eiko, one of the teenage gang members, stirred the pot unnecessarily, which only caused everyone to feel more on edge.Bookmark here

“Now, now, everyone. Calm down. It’s all right. You are here because I require your assistance. I have absolutely no reason to kill any of our valuable assets.”Bookmark here

Charlotte beamed at us reassuringly.Bookmark here

“‘Assistance?’ You want us to help you with something?”Bookmark here

“That’s right, my dear Savior. I’m glad you understand. You shall be fighting a war presently.”Bookmark here

A war. It sounds like a line from a movie, but to hear it in real life sent chills down my spine.Bookmark here

The whole class ceased talking.Bookmark here

Some of the girls were trying to stifle their tears. Bookmark here

“There’s no need to be afraid. As Saviors, you have each been bestowed with a powerful skill on your way here.”Bookmark here

A “skill?” Does she mean a special ability, like in video games?Bookmark here

“Do you feel any different?”Bookmark here

Daigo shook his head slowly at my question.Bookmark here

I didn’t feel any different, either.Bookmark here

“Please check your phones. I’ve sent each of you a message briefly describing your skill type.”Bookmark here

All of us looked at our phones immediately.Bookmark here

“What is this skill? I don’t get it!”Bookmark here

“Ugh, what the heck?! This totally sucks!”
“A defense skill? Wish I’d gotten an attack skill instead.”Bookmark here

While my classmates voiced their surprise or disappointment, I stared in disbelief at my screen. Bookmark here

Student number 2 (male), Ryo Izumi. Bookmark here

Skill: None. Bookmark here

That can’t be right. How am I supposed to fight empty-handed?Bookmark here

I glanced at Charlotte, standing in front of the Virgin Mary.Bookmark here

As if noticing my gaze, she winked at me and smiled.Bookmark here

“Let’s start this war, shall we?” Bookmark here

Thus began our long and harrowing nightmare.Bookmark here

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