Second Death Row Series: A Death Row Convict Teaches at a School of Magic - Cel a117
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
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While Shizuku’s mutterings were faint, they could be clearly heard reverberating through the corridor’s temporary silence.
I shrugged exaggeratedly.
“Sigh… Shizuku, I go by Kanaki Taiga over here, so please refrain from using such confusing words. Everyone will get confused.”
As I spoke, I lifted my left hand and aimed toward the hostage who was closest to me and was staring at me petrified before unleashing “Judgment”.
A black beam of light engulfed the hostage and swept up the individuals nearby one by one, reigniting the panic at last.
I lifted my left arm to unleash more magic toward the hostage, who was shrieking like a maniac and fleeing toward the exit, when something whizzed past at high speed and simultaneously blew my arm off.
“I won’t allow you to do as you please any longer!”
When I looked, Shizuku held her cane toward me and shouted authoritatively.
That was probably a Magic Bullet, but it was too fast. Rain’s Invisible Magic Bullet was a nuisance likewise, but in Shizuku’s case, the bullet was so fast that it could not even be sighted, and therefore was invisible. Even with my enhanced dynamic vision, I can’t capture the speed of this bullet. Evading after seeing it would be too late―
I fled into the crowd before the next bullet was fired.
Once I was mixed in with the panicked crowd, not only could I hide myself, but the hostages would serve as a barrier against Shizuku and the others, rendering them ineffective in their attacks. In the meantime, Shizuku, who was a pure magician, would not stand a chance if confronted in a combat situation.
That was the course of action that I took, but it turned out to be an unexpected outcome.
For some reason, Shizuku did not lose sight of me, who was supposed to be well blended in the crowd flooding toward the exit, and she was definitely looking at me.
As I examined Shizuku’s eyes closely, I noticed that they were tinted with gold and there was a crimson light in the depths of her eyes. Those eyes were familiar to me. As I recalled, Mira also had eyes of that color when she used her “Heavenly Eye”.
The Magic Bullet of Shizuku, which was precisely targeted, sailed past the crowd and landed on my left shoulder. The piercing agony was followed by an instantaneous closing of the wound. Thanks to having wiped out all the surviving magicians I had taken hostage, I had more stocks left than I had ever had before. Damage of this magnitude would regenerate within a second, therefore, posing no problem.
Shizuku’s “Heavenly Eye” was a slight obstacle, however. With eyes that never lost sight of me and such precise magic control ability, the chances of being stopped before I could get close to her were high. Even so, it might be possible to overcome this by relying on my regenerative ability, but I would like to avoid being halted in my tracks in front of the knights along with Shizuku…
“Well, shall I tolerate a little consumption…”
Even as I was mulling it over, the other knights were amassing to protect Shizuku, who was in the rear guard. Abandoning the pursuit of a clean victory, I opted for a more forceful victory, even if it was a bit muddy.
As if rushing toward her, I drew a zigzag trajectory and approached Shizuku, dodging all the hostages who were running in this direction.
She too sensed my intention and released Magic Bullets as if to restrain me, but her Magic Bullets, which she shot with accuracy while maneuvering between people, were conversely easy to predict. A slight deflection of the body right before the magic was released would result in some wounds, but not fatal wounds that would bring me to a standstill.
When the distance between me and Shizuku was only about five meters, I leaped out of the wave of people.
The Magic Bullet that flew from Shizuku pierced through my chest, yet I did not stop.
The moment I deployed “Chakrameth” and the blade was about to reach Shizuku’s throat, a blinding light flashed in front of my eyes.
By the next instant, a myriad of superball-sized balls of light appeared around Shizuku and penetrated my body at once.
Each ball of light was insanely heated, and upon impacting my body, they melted my skin and shot out from my back in the blink of an eye. Dozens of places on my body were subjected to these balls of light.
Like a corpse from a B-grade horror movie, my entire body was devoured like an insect bite, and despite my instantaneous regeneration, I was forced to fall back against the balls of light that charged at me once more.
“You have terrifying magic! I wouldn’t be shocked if it were designated as forbidden!”
“You are the first person I’ve ever employed it on. Most likely, you are the first and last person I will ever use this on!”
Having said this resolutely, Shizuku looked at me, who was again hidden by a wave of people, and took a stance to launch Magic Bullets while deploying balls of light in the surroundings. In time, the four knights nearby also joined Shizuku, further aggravating the situation.
Seriously… today was a day when things didn’t go the way I wanted them to.
Knights with magic swords at the ready slowly approached in between, and Shizuku, who had deployed balls of light in the air, glared at me.
An unwitting sigh leaked out. Was I this shortsighted? My attempts to keep my power in check had resulted in the waste of time and effort.
I put my hands in my pockets and ridiculed myself.
If this was going to happen, I should have been more serious from the beginning―
I shattered the magic crystal stone and at the same time, I sprinted toward the knights ahead.
When I poured the magical power of the magic crystal stone into both legs, the floor I stepped on was gouged out as if it were going to explode.
In a flash, the faces of the knights visibly stiffen at the sight of me appearing before them.
Just a second later, the Chakrameth I wielded slashed deeply into the knight’s neck, instantly killing him.
Other knights rushed to attack me after seeing their fallen comrade, but it was beyond their scope to challenge me to a close combat in a state of lack of vigor.
When the knight’s sword struck from the left, I kicked it with my left foot, which still held the magical power of the magic crystal stone, and shattered it. Immediately after that, I felt the ball of light controlled by Shizuku flying at me, and I crushed one more magic crystal stone…
…All twenty-six balls of light flew at once, and I knocked them all down with my bare hands.
Shizuku, who apparently couldn’t catch up with her thoughts, uttered a dazed voice.
Her stupid face was so full of openings that I wanted to plunge my fist into it with all my force, but I couldn’t do it because the muscle fibers in both of my arms were shredded and needed to be regenerated by the non-human standard.
Well, at any rate, I would not kill her because she still had value to me.
Perhaps seeing me with my arms slumped, the two remaining knights launched their attacks at the same time. It was a brilliant coordination for a spur-of-the-moment decision.
My arms were not entirely regenerated yet, so I went in close to the knight and kicked at the sword’s brim, which was swung at me.
Then another knight immediately slashed at me from behind, so I delivered a spinning kick toward the back and sent the sword bouncing away.
Having lost his weapon, the knight still raised his fist at me, yelling a war cry. It was a fine call, and I would have liked to have been hit at least once at the end, but I thought to myself, “I don’t have the obligation to go that far with him, he’s not my student,” so I defended myself with my regenerated arm and decided to counter with a strike that would blind his eyes.
With the sloppy sensation transmitted from my fingertips, I pulled my finger out of his eye and thrust it in front of the other knight, who was about to slash at me from behind. His face scrunched up and his movements slowed, and the knight’s jaw was smashed with a fist imbued with magical power.
As there was a hint of magical power again from Shizuku’s side, I threw the knight, who was clutching his eye and crouching down, toward Shizuku, and the ball of light that was about to attack me stopped its movement. In the process, I shattered a magic crystal stone.
Shizuku’s right hand, which hastily turned her cane toward my side, was swallowed by a black ray of light and vanished in the next instant.
“A-Ahhhhhhhh!! M-My arm! My armmmmmmmm!”
A pleasant squeal, inconceivable from the usual Shizuku, was uttered, and I was enveloped in a momentary sense of euphoria. No matter how grown-up Shizuku may be, losing one of her arms will likely send her into a panic.
I walked up to Shizuku, who was trembling as she held back the blood spilling from the base of her missing right arm, and she brought her pale face up to mine. Even with her face all pale, Shizuku’s face was still a beauty.
When I kicked and broke her remaining left arm while adjusting it, she let out an inarticulate screech.
Laughter emanated spontaneously from my lips as I watched Shizuku thrashing about in pain.
Indeed, why was Eto, whose legs had been amputated, able to look so serene when the mere process of being fractured inflicted so much pain?
“That looks painful.”
“Why don’t you say something?”
When I kicked her broken left arm, she let out a cry that could be described as a roar.
“Look, the blood hasn’t stopped and if it continues at this rate, you will bleed to death. Shouldn’t you ask your dependable brother for help?”
After confirming that the spark of rationality had returned to Shizuku’s eyes, I shrugged without any degree of excessiveness.
“…Well, I think it’s time for me to escape, I’ve had enough of playing around. I don’t have much time to spare.”
My back was turned to Shizuku and I started to run, and Shizuku’s gaze lingered on my back for a while.
Eventually, I turned a corner, and as soon as Shizuku’s gaze disappeared, I stopped walking.
Now, I can’t wait much longer, but I wonder if she will be able to successfully get hooked on the fishing line.
Somewhat expectantly, I started walking again and called Alice.
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