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.
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“No way. Ew, gross.”Bookmark here

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

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

Saburo said encouragingly.Bookmark here

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

“Er, I guess? Thanks, Saburo.”Bookmark here

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

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

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

“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.Bookmark here

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

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

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

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

“Sorry for being so useless.”Bookmark here

“No, don’t say that...”Bookmark here

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

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

Saburo helped ease the tension between us.Bookmark here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“S-sure. What is it?”Bookmark here

I had a bad feeling about this.Bookmark here

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.Bookmark here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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