Chapter 38:

Hironobu Kume, Pt. 2

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


A path about five meters in width stretched before us, surrounded on both sides by sheer cliffs.Bookmark here


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The craggy walls let in very little sunlight, and we trudged through semi-darkness.Bookmark here

It was the perfect place for monsters to lie in wait.Bookmark here


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Whether he was aware of that or not, Tsuyoshi marched on with the ease of someone taking a stroll in his own garden. The rest of us followed at a distance.Bookmark here


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“Eeygaah!”Bookmark here


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The creature appeared from above, letting out a blood-curdling shriek.Bookmark here


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“A harpy...”Bookmark here


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The words slipped out of my mouth.Bookmark here

I’d seen those creatures often in online games.Bookmark here

They were a half-human, half-bird hybrid, whose chest and above was that of a woman. They had wings instead of arms, and the lower half of their body resembled a bird.Bookmark here


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In the games I played, the harpies were depicted as beautiful maidens. These creatures, however, were so ugly they didn’t even look human.Bookmark here


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“Damn. I may be starved for women, but that ain’t it.”Bookmark here


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“Actually, I think she’s borderline acceptable.”Bookmark here


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Kotaro and Jiro snickered like the idiots they were.Bookmark here


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Seriously? This wasn’t the time for jokes.Bookmark here


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The harpy swooped down at a terrifying speed, heading straight for Tsuyoshi’s head with its sharp talons outstretched.Bookmark here


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Clang! There was a loud sound like metal striking metal, and the harpy’s talons bounced off Tsuyoshi’s body. His skin had changed in color.Bookmark here


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“That ain’t gonna work.”Bookmark here


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Tsuyoshi said, closing his hand around the harpy’s neck.Bookmark here


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Tsuyoshi’s hardening skill allowed him to make his body as hard as iron while he held his breath.Bookmark here


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There was a sinister-sounding snap, and the harpy stopped struggling and went limp.Bookmark here

Although it didn’t seem like he squeezed it very hard, he’d apparently broken its neck.Bookmark here


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“Aieee! Reeeaaaggg!!”Bookmark here


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The other harpies began shrieking, realizing that one of their kin had been murdered. Another harpy immediately charged at Tsuyoshi.Bookmark here


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“Hooah!”Bookmark here


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This time, Tsuyoshi grabbed the harpy’s head before it could attack him, his movements swift as a catcher receiving a ball.Bookmark here


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He then slammed the harpy to the ground, and its head cracked into pieces like a split watermelon.Bookmark here


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“Holy shit! You’re awesome, Tsuyoshi!”Bookmark here


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“Dang, he’s really gonna wipe them out all by himself!”Bookmark here


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While Kotaro and Jiro whooped, still unconcerned, Kyoya fixed his eyes on the cliff’s top.Bookmark here

“This is bad. I underestimated the situation.”Bookmark here


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Jolted by Kyoya’s words, I followed his gaze.Bookmark here

What I saw made my blood run cold.Bookmark here

It wasn’t dim because we were surrounded by cliffs.Bookmark here

Hundreds of thousands of harpies flew above us, darkening the sky.Bookmark here


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“Crap! Let’s get out of here, Tsuyoshi!”Bookmark here


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Kyoya yelled a fraction of a second too late.Bookmark here

A massive flock of harpies swooped towards Tsuyoshi.Bookmark here

Before we knew it, they’d covered him from head to toe, and he vanished from our sight.Bookmark here

More and more harpies appeared. Here I was, witnessing a person being torn apart alive by birds.Bookmark here


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I couldn’t help turning away from the surreal sight before me.Bookmark here


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“Ah...AAAAAHHH!”Bookmark here


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Kotaro, who’d been clowning around until then, suddenly yelled and unleashed a spear from his hand.Bookmark here


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Kotaro’s long spear skill allowed him to lengthen his spear as much as he wanted.Bookmark here

The spear stretched all the way to the mound of harpies surrounding Tsuyoshi and pierced it right in the center.Bookmark here


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“Y-you idiot! What the hell are you doing?!”Bookmark here


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The usually calm Kyoya shouted at Kotaro, for his attack had drawn the harpies’ attention to us.Bookmark here


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“Aiiieeeee!!”Bookmark here


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It happened so fast.Bookmark here

Kotaro, who’d been clutching his spear, was swarmed by harpies like Tsuyoshi.Bookmark here

His final screams were filled with agony.Bookmark here


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“K-Kotaro! NOOOOO! KOTARO!!”Bookmark here


Kotaro’s best friend, Jiro, howled, wild-eyed and frantic.Bookmark here


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“Forget it! It’s too late! Let’s get outta here!”Bookmark here


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“NO! He’s my best friend! We’ve always stuck together no matter what!!”Bookmark here


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Jiro dove into the swarm of harpies, ignoring Kyoya’s attempts to stop him.Bookmark here

By that time, I’d already flung all the bags I was carrying and had begun to run.Bookmark here

I’ll escape while these guys become bird food. Anything to buy some time!Bookmark here


I ran as fast as I could, not daring to look back.Bookmark here

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