Chapter 63:

Shizuka Nanami, Pt. 6

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


“Sh-Sh-Sh-Shizuka! Hu-hurry up and sh-sh-shoot!”

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Saburo stuttered while holding Hironobu down. Hironobu had let go of Saburo, who he probably acknowledged as a zombie now.

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“I-I can feel myself...slipping away. Not much...time left. Y-you gotta sh-shoot, now.”

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I was running out of time. I raised my arm and pointed the bazooka at Saburo, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

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“I’m glad I came.”

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Charlotte whispered behind me. There was a camcorder in her hand; I had no idea when she’d pulled it out.

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“Because now, I get to film this moving scene up-close.”

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A cold fury unlike anything I’d ever experienced rose in me like a tidal wave.Bookmark here

I caught a glimpse of the following message on my phone, which I’d dropped earlier.Bookmark here


“Your ammo has been charged up to 200 percent. Activating dire artillery mode. You may now fire a power grenade launcher.”Bookmark here


“NOOOOOO!!”

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I stomped on my phone over and over and over.Bookmark here

My right hand reverted to its usual form at the same time my screen cracked.

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“I see. So you refuse to shoot.”

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The expression on Charlotte’s face then was hard to describe.Bookmark here

She looked as though she were crying, laughing, angry, and delighted, all at once.

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“I won’t shoot.”

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Hironobu and Saburo slowly advanced towards me. I looked at Charlotte without turning around.

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“Honestly, I’m a bit jealous. That was something I failed to do.”

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The two zombies bit my neck from behind on both sides, but I no longer felt afraid.Bookmark here

Thank you, Hironobu, for saving me so many times.Bookmark here

Sorry, Saburo. I couldn’t shoot after all.Bookmark here

And finally. Goodbye, Ryo.Bookmark here

An image of him holding a bunch of hydrangeas in the classroom flashed through my mind, and tears welled up in my eyes. They turned black as they rolled down my cheeks.

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“Blue hydrangeas, eh...?”

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Charlotte muttered.

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“How fitting.”

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“...How...?”

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I didn’t say my thought out loud. How did Charlotte know about the blue hydrangeas?

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“Oops, my bad. I’m filming the inside of your head as well. Makes things more interesting, don’t you think?”

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“H-how d-dare! You intrude on...!”

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All sorts of emotions swirled inside me, making it difficult to articulate my thoughts. Something else was blocking out my rage of having my memory of Ryo tarnished. I felt like I was losing a grip on myself.

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Right. I’m no longer...

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“‘Enduring love.’ That’s what blue hydrangeas symbolize. It’s a pity you never got to tell him.”

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“Stop ruining...my m-m-memories with Ryo! You bitch!”

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That was the last image I saw before I ceased to think.Bookmark here

It was sacred: something that belonged only to me.Bookmark here

I was arranging flowers in the classroom with Ryo. Although we didn’t exchange any words, just seeing those flowers together with him made me happy.Bookmark here

I beamed, and Ryo glanced at me with a small smile.

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“How...how dare you!!”Bookmark here


I was plunged into darkness. Everything faded to black, like the end of a film.

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“Good night, Shizuka.”Bookmark here


The last thing I saw was Ryo smiling at me.Bookmark here

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