Chapter 44: Finish in one shot

Kookie once again wishes to find an editor, but her translator’s pride/perfectionism is very frustrating. Also outsourcing GIFs now, because it’s hard to find the perfect GIF! >w<
More cliffies.

Finish in one shot.

“Anyway, I’m surprised you didn’t die from that.”

Weiss says to me, posed with his knife but not taking a single step forward yet.

“The poison should have been properly applied though……”

It seems he couldn’t bear the mystery of my being here even now.

“Ah, the poison did have an effect. The pain was there.”

Indeed, there was an effect, but it was merely a little.
I didn’t really intend on telling him that much though……

“……”

Once again, silence started dominating the space between us.
But even when we were talking, and now when it was silent like this, we continued to stand with our knives pointed at each other.
It’s just that we were both awaiting our opponents’ move.

“……Um, can I say something?”

Weiss released his stance, and said such.

“……What is it?”

I didn’t know what Weiss’s aim was so I kept up my stance without neglect.

“Since it seems like we’re finally going to fight seriously, wouldn’t you like to fight in a more spacious area instead of a cramped room like this?”
“……Huh?”

No, of course I understood what Weiss was trying to say. But he said it in a light tone unbecoming of this tense atmosphere, so I was a little surprised.

“W-well, I don’t really mind if it’s just that though……”

If we can fight in a wide area then it’ll be easier to move around, which I’d also appreciate more.

“Is there a good place around here? The outskirts of town where we were before is also okay but I don’t want any interferences…..”

……A nearby place that’s spacious and easy to fight in. If we’re talking about a place like that but still won’t have many interruptions then……
It’s that place――

 

And so, we have come to a place where we could fight seriously.
That place was where I, and the other adventurers would be countlessly be hit, and continue to be hit ― the place where our adventurer classes were held.
If it’s here, the adventurers won’t come because they’re busy with the ogre subjugation, and the non-adventurers shouldn’t have any special business here and won’t come either.

“Hmm, so there was this kind of place in town……”

As I expected, Weiss only just came to the town recently and didn’t seem to know about this place.

“Then, let’s really start this time.”

At those words, I point my knife at Weiss once again.

“Ah, even though I say start, standing at a standstill and not moving like before is bothersome so let’s throw a stick and both strike when it falls or something, okay? Then it won’t take very long.”
“……If you’re alright with that then I don’t really mind either.”

Indeed, I suppose Weiss’s proposed method really wouldn’t waste time pointlessly.
Furthermore, I can go heal everyone as [Arnest] if I finish quickly.

“Then we’ll go with that.”
“…….Kay.”

If I was asked whether the words of a traitor like Weiss could be believed, I’m not sure I could say it’s completely fine.
However, when I think about the king and the other guys I encountered on the way here, whose gazes never met mine but trailed behind me, I somehow feel like it’s alright.

Weiss picks up a fallen branch from hereabouts.

“Don’t be defeated so easily, okay?”
“Yeah, don’t worry. Because I’m going to cut you up instead――”

After saying such, Weiss flings the stick with all his strength, right above his head.
At the same time, he moves further away from me and continues waiting for the stick to fall.
While we check the whereabouts of the stick, we take our eyes off each other.

The stick approaches the ground while spinning.
After I confirm that, I promptly lower my body, preparing to move under Weiss.
……At last, the stick falls to the ground.
When I heard the clear sound of it clattering, I and Weiss had already broken off running towards each other.
My hand was tightly grasping my well-accustomed knife and I simply focused on the enemy before my eyes.
I’ll finish this in one shot――――!!
Our respective distances had already reached within arm’s length.
Weiss made a move first.
While I held my knife in my right hand, a strike came at me.
Indeed, that attack was fast….. However, it’s not at Dude-sensei’s level!!
The attack was truly dangerous but there wasn’t anything in particular to do after I avoided it.
……Because after that I’ll let my arm finish it on its own.
As always, my arm extends towards Weiss.
And then, the clasped knife slashing down at my opponent――

“Wha!?”

――didn’t happen.
My knife was blocked by the additional knife Weiss had hidden in his other hand――

Chapter 43: Admire the [Jet-Black Saviour]-sama

Kookie needs to find something Chinese to (temporarily) translate. Kookie has been bailing on her Chinese studies for too long but needs to practice for her Exams.

Many cliffhangers incoming, which of course means I have more chapters to do… Where did my leecher life go? D:

Admire the [Jet-black Saviour]-sama

After parting with Aura, I ran towards the town, where Weiss had headed to some time ago.

Unexpectedly, the town was no different and was operating normally as usual.
The one thing that varied was that everyone was looking at me.
Then again, I was in my [Jet-Black Saviour] outfit so it probably couldn’t be helped.

“U-um…… Might you be the [Jet-black Saviour]-sama by any chance……?”

Among the people watching me, one inquires timidly.
……I suppose I better not tell them that I’m the real one.
If they know I’m the real deal, my actions might be impeded in the future.

“No, I just admire the [Jet-black Saviour]-sama, you see?”

Even though I’m the real one, it seems to be better to lie here.
When I say such, I could hear voices of agreement saying, “as expected,” from the people around.
However, my outfit was still as such, so people couldn’t help peeping over here to catch a glimpse.
It’s probably better to temporarily head to the guild for now……
Right now all the adventurers have been recruited for the subjugation party so there shouldn’t be many people there.

 

I tried to take a route that lead me out of the public gaze as much as possible, and finally managed to arrive at the guild.
Just in case, I open the guild door quietly.

“Wha!?”

The guild was dyed in blood――
The guild master who had taken care of me in the past, and many familiar people wearing armour were lying on the floor.

“……Uu.”
“!? Hey, are you alright!?”

I imagined the worst case scenario of everyone possibly being dead, but then the guild master gave a moan.
When I looked closely, everyone seemed to be injured but fortunately there wasn’t a single person dead.
I immediately start healing everyone.
Apart from the guild master, no one else regained consciousness even after I healed them, so I go to the sole conscious person, the guild master, to confirm what happened.

“Guild master, what happened……?”
“……I thought an adventurer came, but he suddenly assaulted us with a sword. Close combat isn’t really my forte, and I fell behind when I made a blunder……”

It’s just a guess, but she’s probably talking about Weiss.

“……And so, where is that adventurer now?”

If I don’t catch up to Weiss as soon as possible, the damage might spread even further.

“Yes!! That’s right!! He should be heading to the room inside the guild right now, but Asha and the king are on standby there!!”
“Ehh!?”

If by any chance the king gets killed, it won’t just end in a serious affair.
And Asha-san’s there as well?
The moment I heard that, I single-mindedly ran to the guild’s interior without even asking about the guild master lack of movement.

When I was about to turn the corner in the guild’s long corridor, I heard some kind of loud noise from the interior.
Thinking that something was happening, I put myself on guard and a familiar person came flying from around the corner at that moment.
It was Asha-san, dressed in a receptionist uniform――
I cast a heal right away and catch her by a hair’s breath.

“Eh!? Nest-san!?”

Even in a black cloak, Asha-san immediately recognises me.
I thought her face flushed a deep red when she was in my arms, but then she immediately extracted herself from my embrace.

“Asha-san, where’s the king!?”

The fact that Asha-san came flying out probably meant that Weiss was already there.

“I-inside the room.”
“Got it!!”

I headed towards the room Asha-san had been in with full speed.
When I entered the room, Weiss was already swinging a knife down at the King.
……Damn! At this rate, the knife will hit him!!
I slip my body into the space between Weiss and the King on the spur of the moment, and stuck my arm out towards the descending knife.
It might be because the poison was still in effect, I could tell that a foreign object had entered my body unlike before.
It seems that I was able to protect the king.

“Your majesty!! Please take this chance to escape now!!”

Weiss been taken aback at my appearance, whom he should have killed, and still hadn’t grasped the current situation

“U-understood.”

At my words, the king fled out the room in a hurry. I can be relieved for now……

 

“……What’s the meaning of this? I’m sure that time.. I thought I killed you but……”

Finally Weiss opens his mouth.
And I guess I should say I expected it, but he asked about the incident.

“Right, about that…… Yeah, I was playing dead.”
“…….”

Weiss became shocked speechless at that.

“Well, that’s irrelevant right now, right?”
“……That’s true.”

Weiss and I quietly took a stance with our knives――