Chapter 41:

Rescue

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


“Why do you have to go rescue them?!”Bookmark here


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Shizuka yelled at me when I told the others in the cave that I would be going with Shoko’s group to rescue Section Four.Bookmark here


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“You got yourself into trouble only yesterday! Do you mean to repeat the same mistake again?!”Bookmark here


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It was pretty scary to see the usually quiet Shizuka fuming. She must be genuinely concerned about me.Bookmark here


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“No. It’s not like I’m going alone, and I’ll merely be there to support the others. We need a guy to do some heavy lifting just in case.”Bookmark here


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“Then why not take Saburo instead?!”Bookmark here


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 “Actually, there’s something else I want the rest of you to do. It’s potentially more dangerous than rescuing Section Four.”Bookmark here


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Hearing that, Shizuka finally calmed down a bit.Bookmark here


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“What is it? I don’t wanna do anything that requires a ton of effort.”Bookmark here


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Saburo scratched his head lazily. However, this plan wouldn’t work without his cooperation.Bookmark here


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“I want you to catch the two lizardmen that escaped yesterday—unscathed, if possible. So we can heal the guys that got wounded with Chika’s injury swap skill.”Bookmark here


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“Seriously?! I have to use that skill AGAIN?! I don’t wanna; it scares me to death!!”Bookmark here


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“Go look for the lizardmen? What a drag.”Bookmark here


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Chika and Saburo began complaining as if on cue.Bookmark here


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“Not to worry. My bugs know where they are, so we can set up some traps and catch them. Easy-peasy. You too, Shizuka. C’mon!”Bookmark here


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Itsuko chirped, forcing everyone out of the cave.Bookmark here


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“Hey, stop pushing us, Itsuko! Ryo! Don’t you dare be so reckless this time!”Bookmark here


After the others left, only me, Mirai, Shoko, and Charlotte remained in the cave.Bookmark here

Charlotte simply smiled at me, not saying a word.Bookmark here


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“I don’t think we’ll be able to save everyone. It’s cruel, but we might have to choose who gets to live and who doesn’t. Be prepared for the worst.”Bookmark here


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I nodded gravely at Mirai’s words.Bookmark here


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According to her, some future outcomes could be altered while some were set in stone.Bookmark here

None of her predictions showed a future where everyone survived.Bookmark here


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“Don’t die.”Bookmark here


Charlotte spoke before I left.Bookmark here


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“It won’t be fun anymore if you end up dead.”Bookmark here


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“I won’t. I’ve learned my lesson.”Bookmark here


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Charlotte and I held each other’s gaze for a while.Bookmark here


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“Hiyah!”Bookmark here


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Itsuko returned to the cave and uttered a weird cry, stepping between the two of us.Bookmark here


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“No looking into each other’s eyes, you two. I’m gonna be super mad if you share another kiss.”Bookmark here

Itsuko chided, and I got shoved outside as well.Bookmark here


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“See you later.”Bookmark here


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Charlotte was waving at me as I left the cave.Bookmark here


“We’re almost there. Be on your guard.”Bookmark here


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Shoko hugged me from behind as we flew.Bookmark here


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Since her skill allowed her to manipulate gravity, I was apparently almost weightless.Bookmark here

It’d been decided that just the two of us would head to Section Four’s rescue so as not to put too much strain on Shoko.Bookmark here


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“What the...?!”Bookmark here


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We rushed through the fields in a blur and arrived at a sheer cliff.Bookmark here


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“Remember, our mission is to save them. Don’t try anything too rash.”Bookmark here


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“I know, Shoko.”Bookmark here


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I nodded and fixed my gaze on the cliff before me.Bookmark here

Dozens of bird-like creatures swarmed in the sky above.Bookmark here

My hair stood on end as I made out their appearance.Bookmark here

The monsters were repulsive, resembling a cross between a bird and a human.Bookmark here


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“Ryo! Look!”Bookmark here


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“Oh shit.”Bookmark here


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My breath caught in my throat.Bookmark here

I scrunched up my nose as a foul smell hit my nostrils. The members of Section Four were being devoured by the bird-like creatures.Bookmark here

Only one person was moving: Tsuyoshi.Bookmark here

He was putting up a fight, even as he bled all over, battered and bruised.Bookmark here


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


Just then, someone rushed into the flock of monsters.Bookmark here


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It was Hironobu.Bookmark here


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As he jumped, he split off into more than ten identical selves. That must be a shadow cloning skill!Bookmark here


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“Let’s go, Ryo!”Bookmark here


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“Got it!”Bookmark here


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Mirai said that we wouldn’t be able to save everyone.Bookmark here

Even so, this near-total annihilation was more devastating than I’d anticipated.Bookmark here

I rushed to their aid, trembling.Bookmark here


This was merely the gateway to more despair to come.Bookmark here


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