Chapter 60:

Saburo Tanaka, Pt. 2

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


Desperate to escape the goblin zombies, I ran through the riverbed without stopping until I reached a large forest, where I slumped against a tree, exhausted.Bookmark here

The forest was shrouded in darkness and completely silent, as though all sound had disappeared from the world. I breathed a sigh of relief.

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When was the last time I’d run this much?Bookmark here

I took a deep breath and filled my lungs with fresh air before exhaling again, grateful that I was still alive.

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“Phew.”

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Something else escaped me as I sighed. It took a while for me to realize I was crying.Bookmark here


Why the hell was I crying? I didn’t get it.Bookmark here

Because I’d abandoned my friends?Bookmark here

Because I didn’t want to die?Bookmark here

I thought I didn’t give a damn about any of those things.Bookmark here

I finally realized that I’d been fooling myself all along.Bookmark here

I was a fake emo who pretended to despair at the state of the world when, in reality, I was just lonely.

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“*sob* Waaaah!!”

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I began to weep ugly, heaving sobs.Bookmark here

I got separated from Chika and Kyoya on the way, but I never looked back once. I didn’t want to face the fact that I’d abandoned Shizuka and Hironobu.Bookmark here

We’d only been together for a few days, but that was the first time I’d ever spent any time with friends.

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What an idiot I was to realize how much something meant to me only after losing it.Bookmark here

Why didn’t I realize until it was too late?

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“Hgh, *sob* *gasp*...”

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“My, aren’t you a big cry-baby?”

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I looked up at the sound of someone’s voice.Bookmark here

Charlotte stood before me, a small grin plastered on her face as always.

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“Y-you came back?”

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“Mhm. I was asked to. I didn’t want to, but here we are.”

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How did she come and go so fast? Although that puzzled me, that wasn’t what I wanted to ask her.

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“Why did you come back?”

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“Mirai predicted Shizuka and Hironobu’s deaths. I was asked to rescue them.”

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“C-can they...?”

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Can they still be saved? I meant to ask, but the look on Charlotte’s face gave me pause.Bookmark here

It didn’t seem like the kind of smile you’d expect from someone who intended to help somebody.

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“Hmm, depends. I’m not sure if we’ll make it in time anyway. I have other things to do, so I can’t exactly risk my life either.”

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Charlotte said, walking past me as I continued to sob in a ball on the ground.

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“Still. Better than a scaredy-cat who ran away without doing anything.”

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Charlotte began to go back the way I came from.

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“Oh?”

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Before I knew it, I was running after Charlotte.

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“You’re coming? You might die if you come with me.”

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I continued to follow her wordlessly.

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“You’re an idiot. A loveable idiot, that is. The odds of those two surviving have increased just a bit.”

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It wasn’t from the guilt of abandoning them.Bookmark here

I simply wanted to see my friends again.Bookmark here

That desire flooded my heart and spurred me on.Bookmark here


After lying to myself all this time, I was finally being honest about my feelings.Bookmark here

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