First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 38
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
This time, there are descriptions of grotesque, torture, and cruelty. If you are uncomfortable with this, you are cautioned to be prepared.
(Third person POV)
“Are you safe, Miss? I apologize for not being present at this crucial moment.”
Ichiko gave a bow as she removed the tags and handcuffs attached to Ryo.
“It doesn’t matter. After all, you’re not my bodyguard anymore.”
While checking the state of her unbound arms, Ryo called out to Ichiko.
“I see you’re hardly startled at the sight of me.”
“With all that commotion taking place, it makes sense for you to have that appearance.”
Ichiko pulled Ryo’s hand and helped her to her feet.
“Ichiko, I have a few questions for you.”
“Be my guest, Lady Ryo.”
They were facing each other at more or less the same distance. It was a spectacle that had never been witnessed before.
“How can you utilize Kurokiri’s skill, ≪Monster Create≫?”
“There exists a skill called ≪The Lord Will Exercise His Power in My Path≫ and this is the effect of that skill.”
“And for what purpose did you acquire it?”
“To save Izumi.”
“Izumi… That’s her, isn’t it?”
Ryo’s eyes darted to Izumi, who was standing at the entrance of the room.
“(I’m Izumi, 9 years old. My voice doesn’t come out, so I carry on a conversation by means of writing.)”
“I discovered Izumi when her entire body was being dismembered, and the only way to save her was to attain that skill.”
“I see. That brings me to my next question.”
Ryo took a step closer to Ichiko.
“I can understand the circumstances of your acquisition of the skill. However, why would you use that skill on patients who had very little time left to live?”
“It was the only solution that could preserve their lives.”
Taking another step closer, she extended her hand to reach Ichiko.
“Yes. It is true that you saved those people’s lives. But in exchange, those people have been changed into ‘Kirijin,’ haven’t they? Is there anything you can refute to that?”
“There’s nothing I can say in opposition to it. All of them agreed to cease being human beings. Lady Ryo. Allow me to state unequivocally. ‘Those individuals voluntarily chose to become Kirijin, and I helped them to do so by my own volition’.”
Ryo’s palm landed on Ichiko’s face, emitting a resounding bang that rippled throughout the area.
“Ichiko…” Ryo uttered, her eyes welling up with tears. “You’ve turned on me… We made a pact to support each other get through this ordeal and vanquish Kurokiri…”
“Lady Ryo… I am…”
“Don’t say anything… just get out of my sight now…”
“…I understand. Izumi, let’s go.”
Ichiko took Izumi out of the room. On the lower floor, a mass of police vehicles and ambulances had already congregated following reports from the vicinity.
And as they were leaving, Ichiko remarked, “Lady Ryo. I still have the desire to defeat Kurokiri, but I lack the capability to achieve that, and the only way for me to save or defeat someone else is to rely on Kurokiri’s strength. That’s all there is to it. And I’m sure that Kurokiri will…”
“He’ll embrace[i] me even if I am this type of person.”
After leaving those words, only a weeping Ryo had been left behind.
“They came in such large numbers.”
Ahead of me were tons of police, riot squads, the military, and the press.
And behind me were the perpetrators of the abduction, bound and tumbled.
“You two are the ‘Kirijin’ Hisano Ichiko and the ‘Kirijin’ Kokoro Izumi! You are both charged with murder, trespassing, and confinement…”
“Shut up! These human beings who have been overlooked,” I spat out the words. “From now on, I will demonstrate to you the consequences of those who dared to meddle with these people who were merely carrying on with their daily lives like human beings, instead of harming kin like us. Disarray Devil’s Darning Needle!”
Responding to my voice, the Disarray Devil’s Darning Needle immobilized the surrounding humans through the sound of its wings.
I then took a position behind one of the men who had been restrained… and decapitated him.
As a natural phenomenon, a torrent of blood gushed forth from the head I decapitated, and the sight of it sent some people pale, while others were left at a loss of words. I wondered whether the ones who collapsed in a heap of foam were the happiest. Only a few people remained upright, despite being in excruciating agony.
“This man was driving the car when he kidnapped a kin. And this is the result of his consequence.”
The second person was put to death by crushing his limbs before being pierced in the chest.
“This man carried the unconscious kin into the car.”
Without much ado, I proceeded with the execution. It seemed that half of the people watching had already slipped into unconsciousness.
For the third one, I split him in half at the waist so that he perished in unbearable pain.
“This one is the one who knocked out the kin.”
“And this piece of scum is the mastermind behind the kidnapping operation,” I added, opening my mouth to glare at the final one. “He is the one who is to blame for all that has happened.”
“Heeeee! P-Please save me…”
“Therefore, you shall be devoured alive and die!”
Grrr, gelr, blechu.
Then he was consumed alive by the Disarray Devil’s Darning Needle which sent him to his doom. Of course, I ensured that he was slowly masticated from the limbs to avoid an easy death.
Finally, I switched her attention back to the humans in the surroundings. There were only a handful of people in the surrounding area who were still conscious.
“This is what fate befalls those who meddle with the innocent kin. Now, let’s depart.”
At my words, I nodded and Disarray Devil’s Darning Needle brought its legs close to me. I ascended into the air as a result, clutching Izumi in my right arm and Disarray Devil’s Darning Needle’s leg in my left.
“Well then, excuse me.”
After uttering these words, Izumi and I vanished into the night sky.
[i] The accurate word is affirm but that doesn’t sound right to me so I change it to embrace.
Check out other Outer World Story series in order: Outer World Story: The Black Mist that Devours (First series), Outer World Story: Pumpkin Sorcerer (Third series), Outer World Story: Basilisk of Ice Sculpture (Fourth series)
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