Chapter 39:

Hironobu Kume, Pt. 3

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


I fled the scene and ran for my life. After a while, I could no longer hear anything, and I finally dared to look behind me.Bookmark here


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The ravine where the harpies had attacked us was now a speck in the distance. I didn’t appear to be followed either.Bookmark here


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“Ha, haha.”Bookmark here


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A chuckle escaped my throat.Bookmark here


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“Hahaha! Suck on that, you assholes! I made it out alive!!”Bookmark here


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The gang members had called me names, treated me like their personal servant, and ridiculed me endlessly.Bookmark here


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But I was the one that survived, not them.Bookmark here

Do you hear that? I’m the sole survivor!Bookmark here


“Hey, you have a PlayStation at your house, doncha? Can we chill at your place?”Bookmark here


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“Mind if I join too? I wanna play Monster Trapper. D’ya have it, turdage?”Bookmark here


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(Huh? What the...?)Bookmark here


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Suddenly, I had a flashback of the time I hung out with Kotaro and Jiro.Bookmark here

I shook my head vigorously as if to push that image out of my mind.Bookmark here


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“Thanks for always being our manservant. I have one leftover bread roll, by the way. You want it?”Bookmark here


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This time it was Kyoya who interrupted my thoughts.Bookmark here

No! Don’t mistake those gestures for kindness.Bookmark here

They only said those things so I’d continue to do their bidding.Bookmark here


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“Some punk from another school shook ya down? Screw ‘em, I’ll kill anyone who tries to mess with my dudes!”Bookmark here


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Tsuyoshi really did beat the guy to a pulp and ended up getting suspended from school. Bookmark here

Despite that, he made no mention of it and simply returned my money to me.Bookmark here


Why am I remembering all this now?Bookmark here


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Being with them made me miserable most of the time.Bookmark here


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They were mean to me. They bullied me.Bookmark here


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And yet.Bookmark here


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Why? What the hell’s wrong with me?!Bookmark here


Before I knew it, I was walking back the way I came.Bookmark here


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(Why’re you going back when you managed to escape?)Bookmark here


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(Don’t be an idiot! You’re smarter than this!)Bookmark here


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The rational side of my brain tried to knock some sense into me.Bookmark here

(Don’t get me wrong, I’m only going back to check on them. This isn’t some rescue mission! I just want to find out what happened to them!!) I reasoned.Bookmark here

Look at how Tsukasa abandoned me.Bookmark here


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Can you blame me if I leave the teenage gang members to die?Bookmark here

I’m just going to observe them from a distance, that’s all.Bookmark here

I convinced myself as I broke into a run.Bookmark here


When I returned to the ravine, I was overcome with regret.Bookmark here


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Kotaro and Jiro had been ripped apart by the harpies, and they’d been near-mauled to death. Bookmark here

They both appeared to be barely alive, as their fingers twitched slightly every now and then.Bookmark here

Kyoya had used his skill to create a wall of thread between him and the harpies, but he was slumped on the ground, seemingly unable to move anymore.Bookmark here


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Tsuyoshi was nowhere to be found.Bookmark here

Instead, I spotted a single mound made up entirely of harpies.Bookmark here

If those harpies had been there since I left, then Tsuyoshi must be long dead by now.Bookmark here

I shouldn’t have returned.Bookmark here


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I was about to head back when the massive pile quivered.Bookmark here


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“*groan*...AAAARGH!!”Bookmark here


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It was Tsuyoshi.Bookmark here


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With a piercing battle cry, the mound exploded.Bookmark here

The pile of harpies scattered, and a blood-drenched Tsuyoshi emerged from within.Bookmark here

His hardening skill had worn off ages ago, and his whole body was riddled with peck marks.Bookmark here

On top of that, his left eye was missing, and his intestines were hanging out from his stomach.Bookmark here

However, his wounds hardly seemed to bother him as he stumbled towards the harpies swarming around Kotaro and Jiro.Bookmark here


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“Quit messin’ with my friends, you FUCKING BASTARDS!!”Bookmark here


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Tears streamed down my face.Bookmark here


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These must be the emotions Tsukasa had hardened himself to. I get it now.Bookmark here

Sure, I might survive if I rid myself of these feelings. But I might as well be dead if I do that.Bookmark here

Wouldn’t you agree, Tsukasa?Bookmark here


“This way! We’re gonna make a run for it. Follow me, guys!”Bookmark here

I used my skill as a diversion to let everyone else escape.Bookmark here

This wasn’t such a bad way to die now, was it?Bookmark here


With that, I thrust myself at the flock of harpies.Bookmark here

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