Chapter 24:

Weapon Creation

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

Chika and Shizuka stared at my finished weapon in utter dismay.

“No way. Ew, gross.”

Ew, ew, Chika repeated, while Shizuka gave me a pained smile.

“Aw, c’mon. I think it’s pretty cool.”

Saburo said encouragingly.

“Creating weapons out of the enemies you defeatedーit’s like something out of a video game, dontcha think?”

“Er, I guess? Thanks, Saburo.”

I’d fashioned myself a weapon by tying one of the lizardman’s claws to the end of a long branch.

Although I’d meant for it to resemble a spear, it ended up looking like a farming hoe instead.

My weapon seemed much more suitable for scratching rather than stabbing.

“It looks really gross and cool at the same time. Care to make one for me?”
Charlotte was the only girl who seemed to appreciate it. Not that that made me happy at all.

However, now that I had a weapon, I should be able to make myself a bit more useful in battle.

“Hey, Ryo. Do you mind covering it up when you’re not using it?”

Shizuka pleaded as she passed me a cloth bag, which I used to cover the claws.

Apparently, she couldn’t stand seeing part of the lizardman’s body.

“Sorry for being so useless.”

“No, don’t say that...”

I was at a loss for words as tears threatened to spill from Shizuka’s eyes.

“Hey, don’t worry about it. We all have stuff we’re scared of. Anyway, let’s rest until night falls. I’m pooped.”

Saburo helped ease the tension between us.

Something seemed off. This wasn’t like the apathetic Saburo I was used to.

Although he appeared to be his unmotivated self, he also seemed somewhat concerned about us.

“We’ll take turns resting. Us guys will take first watch, so the three of you go ahead and rest.”

Shizuka, Chika, and Charlotte nodded and went off to rest behind some rocks.

Come to think of it, I hadn’t slept even once since arriving on this planet.

After a while, I heard the girls breathing softly in their sleep.

“Now then. Why don’t we chat for a bit, Ryo?”

“S-sure. What is it?”

I had a bad feeling about this.

Since we got cut off from the rest of the class, Saburo had become more cooperative. It didn’t seem like he’d had a change of heart, though.

I doubted that Saburo, who was usually indifferent to everything, had suddenly found motivation all of a sudden.

“To be honest, I wanna call it quits. I don’t want to try so hard to survive.”

I thought so. I guess he'd been making those torches as a sort of farewell gift.

“I think Shizuka feels the same. She doesn’t want to keep killing monsters to survive. I’m thinking of staying behind with her.”

“...Yeah. I’m pretty sure she’d say the same if you asked her.”

It was highly probable that was how things would turn out.

If anything, perhaps Saburo had decided to stay with Shizuka for her sake.

In that case, there was only one option left for me.

“I’ll stay here, too. Let’s forget about going to the castle.”

Looking back, I’m not sure if we made the right or wrong decision.

One thing I know for certain, however, is that I’ll never forget the time we spent together by the river.