Chapter 19:

Skill Check

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

“What should we do now?”
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After burying Futoshi, we gathered round to discuss our next move.Bookmark here

It must have been past noon.Bookmark here

The temperature had risen, and the blood-red sun was glaring down on us even more harshly.Bookmark here

Insects buzzed and hummed around the riverbed, sounding unlike anything I’d ever heard of.Bookmark here

Their buzzing reminded me of cicadas, except louder and more grating. I felt ill listening to them.
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“Even if we catch up to the others, they’re just gonna attack us again, right? Let Tsukasa and his team recapture the castle. We can go at our own pace.”Bookmark here

Although Saburo hadn’t been motivated from the start, he had a point.Bookmark here

At this rate, we might very well end up having to bury another comrade.Bookmark here

“Can we still go home even if we arrive at the castle later?”Bookmark here

“Sure. I really don’t care what you do, so long as you take back the castle.”Bookmark here

Shizuka and Chika breathed a sigh of relief at Charlotte’s words.Bookmark here

I guessed they didn’t want to fight anymore.Bookmark here

“However, I’m quite certain that we’ll run into some monsters at least once on the way. Do you think the five of us can make it?”Bookmark here

She’s right. I highly doubted we’d be able to get there without engaging in battle.

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“Can you guys show me your phones?”Bookmark here

Saburo’s skill was the only one we’d seen so far.Bookmark here

Depending on what Shizuka and Chika’s skills were, we might be able to come up with some sort of plan.Bookmark here

“Huh? But...”Bookmark here

“Come on, Chika. It’s the least we can do.”Bookmark here

Chika seemed reluctant at first, but Shizuka managed to convince her.Bookmark here

Apparently, these two knew each other’s skills.Bookmark here

The four of us formed a circle and shared our screens with each other.

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Student number 9 (male), Saburo Tanaka.Bookmark here

Skill: Sloth.Bookmark here

Makes time pass slowly for both target and skill user.

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Student number 4 (female), Chika Kawai.Bookmark here

Skill: Injury swap.Bookmark here

Transfers damage inflicted on your body to target.

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Student number 14 (female), Shizuka Nanami.Bookmark here

Skill: Bazooka.Bookmark here

Transforms anger and resentment into ammunition. 

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

Skill: None.Bookmark here

Countdown: 38 remaining.

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I was shocked to see Shizuka and Chika’s skills.Bookmark here

Depending on how you used them, they could be incredibly powerful.Bookmark here

Apparently, Tsukasa hadn’t been ranking us by the potency of our skills alone, but also by whether we were able to wield those skills to their full potential.Bookmark here

I guessed neither Shizuka nor Chika had used their skills during the goblin attack.Bookmark here

“What about you, Charlotte?”Bookmark here

“I don’t have any skills since I’m not a Savior.”Bookmark here

This meant that Charlotte was pretty much the fifth wheel of our group. I could say the same about myself, though, since I didn’t have a skill either.Bookmark here

However, if we used Shizuka, Chika, and Saburo’s skills effectively, we might have a slim chance at survival.Bookmark here

“What’s that countdown for, Ryo?”Bookmark here

“I don’t know. It only appeared later on. Charlotte, do you know anything about it?”Bookmark here

I was just as clueless as Shizuka. Charlotte took a peek at my screen.Bookmark here

“I’m not sure. Looks like it got updated on its own. I’ve never seen anything like it.”Bookmark here

Charlotte smiled as if she were genuinely enjoying herself.Bookmark here

“I wonder what will happen when the number reaches zero? I’m very curious.”Bookmark here

Charlotte looked at me like a scientist observing a lab rat, her face devoid of all emotion.Bookmark here

A chill ran down my spine, and I quickly turned away to escape her gaze.Bookmark here

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