Chapter 45:

Kotaro and Jiro

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


When we were kids, Daigo and I used to build sandcastles in the playground sandbox.Bookmark here

I wasn’t sure how many hours had passed. By then, the sun had set, and the sky had taken on a reddish-orange hue.Bookmark here


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“If we don’t go home soon, we’ll get into trouble, Ryo-chin.”Bookmark here


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“We’re almost done, Dai-chin. Let’s finish this before we leave.”Bookmark here


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“But Ryo-chin, it’ll be gone by tomorrow. Why work so hard on something that won’t last?”Bookmark here


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“Whether it lasts or not isn’t important.”Bookmark here


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I thought I’d lost everything when my parents died in an accident, but I was mistaken.Bookmark here


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“Even if they’re no longer here, their memories will live on within me.”Bookmark here


While the harpies were distracted by Hironobu’s shadow clones, Shoko and I carried Kotaro and Jiro outside the ravine.Bookmark here


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Their bodies were no longer recognizable, having been pecked apart by the creatures’ sharp beaks.Bookmark here


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“Shoko! Take them and head back to camp first!!”Bookmark here


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I yelled frantically, but Shoko shook her head.Bookmark here


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“It’s no use. They’re barely breathing. We won’t make it!!”Bookmark here


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“I don’t care! Just take them!”Bookmark here


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“No! We have to leave them behind and rescue the other three!”Bookmark here


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I looked at Kotaro and Jiro.Bookmark here

The two teenage gangsters had always hung out together.Bookmark here

I’d found them collapsed on top of one other in the same spot. Jiro was covering Kotaro’s body, most likely trying to shield him from the attacks.Bookmark here


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“I wanna save them both!!”Bookmark here


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There weren’t many of Hironobu’s clones left.Bookmark here

It was only a matter of time before the harpies noticed us.Bookmark here

Tsuyoshi was carrying a limp Kyoya on his shoulders, but his gait was slow due to his injuries.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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Mirai’s words replayed in my head.Bookmark here

Still, I couldn’t move.Bookmark here

When I first heard that statement, I thought I had the resolve to push through no matter what.Bookmark here

I hadn’t understood what it meant to abandon my classmates, who were still alive.Bookmark here


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“G-go...”Bookmark here


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His voice was barely above a whisper.Bookmark here


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“L-leave us...”Bookmark here


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“And g-go...”Bookmark here


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Kotaro and Jiro groaned, using what little strength they had.Bookmark here


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“It’s gonna be okay! We can fix you when we get back, so come with—”Bookmark here


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Smack! My cheek stung from the force of Shoko’s slap.Bookmark here

She screamed at me, blinking back tears.Bookmark here


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“Don’t let their efforts go in vain!!”Bookmark here


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My mind went blank for a second.Bookmark here

Shoko was right. If I went on like this, I wouldn’t be able to save anyone.Bookmark here

I looked back at Kotaro and Jiro.Bookmark here


“You’ve got an attitude, doncha, tough guy?”Bookmark here


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“You messing with us? Better watch it!”Bookmark here


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I argued a lot with Eiko’s group, especially over Daigo.Bookmark here

Every time I ran into Kotaro and Jiro, the three of us simply glanced at each other with disdain. We’d never once had a proper conversation.Bookmark here

I never thought of getting to know them or opening up to them.Bookmark here

For the first time, I found myself talking to them face to face.Bookmark here


“I’ll be back soon.”Bookmark here


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In reply, the two of them gave me a thumbs up. Their hands hardly had any fingers left.Bookmark here


“See ya.”Bookmark here


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“Take care of the rest for us.”Bookmark here


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I felt them calling after me loud and clear, so I answered with a reassuring “leave it to me” in reply.Bookmark here


That was the last time I ever spoke to them.Bookmark here

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