Chapter 32:

Injury Swap

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

When I came to, I was no longer on the castle turret.Bookmark here

I sat up on the bed and took in my surroundings.Bookmark here

The room was lined with large test tubes containing various creatures and human fetuses preserved in formalin. Power cords hooked up to unfamiliar machinery ran in all directions.Bookmark here

I must be in the castle’s basement lab.Bookmark here

I’d heard rumors about it, but this was my first time actually seeing the inside.Bookmark here

“How am I still alive?”Bookmark here

The outlaw had shot me in the head.Bookmark here

I even remembered the feeling of the bullet entering my right eye.Bookmark here

However, when I touched my eye, I found it perfectly intact.Bookmark here

“I’ve transferred your wound. You’ll be fine.”Bookmark here

Charlotte was sitting on a chair in the corner of the lab, smiling at me.Bookmark here

“Although, I lost a valuable homunculus specimen in the process. Oh, well.”Bookmark here

A dead creature with a bullet wound to its head bobbed up and down in one of the large test tubes behind her.Bookmark here

“Why don’t you fight instead? I bet you’d be able to defeat that outlaw.”Bookmark here

“Oh please. I’m renting this, you know. There’s a limit to how many times I can use this skill, not to mention the overdue fees are ridiculously expensive.”Bookmark here

“Rental Shop.” That was the name of Charlotte’s skill.Bookmark here

I wasn’t sure about its limits and constraints, but it was the most potent skill out there as far as I knew.Bookmark here

However, it seemed that she was trying to avoid a showdown with the outlaw.Bookmark here

“How long was I asleep for?”Bookmark here

“I’d say about an hour. Units 11 and 12 were annihilated while you were out cold.”Bookmark here

She says that as if it’s no big deal. Does she realize how many people have lost their lives?
“There was one survivor, so I managed to confirm a ninth skill: an inverted cross pendant named ‘Chika Kawai.’ Funnily enough, it happens to be the same injury swap skill that I just used on you.”Bookmark here

Could it really be a coincidence?Bookmark here

I couldn’t help but feel there was more to it.Bookmark here

Color rose into Charlotte’s cheeks, and a giddiness crept into her voice whenever she talked about the outlaw, despite being enemies with him.Bookmark here

In those moments, she resembled a young girl pining for her beloved.Bookmark here

“We’ve never had a survivor before. Are they still in one piece?”Bookmark here

“She’s lost her left eye and right ear, and her left arm’s barely attached to her shoulder by a piece of skin. Her body’s fractured in 32 places as a result of swapping injuries.”Bookmark here

Yikes. It sounded like she’d been severely battered.Bookmark here

“I wonder why he let her live.”Bookmark here

“I’m not sure. According to her, he crushed a stone that was lying beside her after talking to someone.”Bookmark here

“Talking? With whom?”Bookmark here

Charlotte pondered for a while before answering.Bookmark here

“Someone who wasn’t present at that moment, I think. The future’s been altered. In my prophecy, there hadn’t been any survivors in this battle.”Bookmark here

Damn, she can even see into the future? She truly is a menace.Bookmark here

I prayed that she hadn’t caught on to my plans.Bookmark here

“If someone’s intervened, that would be highly unforgivable.”Bookmark here

Charlotte’s face contorted in jealousy, as though her lover had been stolen away by another woman.Bookmark here

“Perhaps we should move on to the main event.”Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”
I suddenly felt incredibly uneasy.Bookmark here

“Let me ask you something. Who do you think is more powerful: a single person who possesses 40 different skills, or a coterie of 40 skill users?”Bookmark here

“The don’t mean...?”Bookmark here

Bingo, Charlotte seemed to say, a wicked grin on her face.Bookmark here

“I’m going to dispatch Unit Zero.”Bookmark here

Unit Zero was the unit my classmates were in.Bookmark here

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