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Friday, April 23
The Higashihongan family has been protecting the
Higashihongan shrine as the head priests for many
generations. With a long lasting history, the branch shrine
that is the Higashihongan shrine has existed for over 500
years. And the main shrine, the Hongan shrine, has existed
for longer than there exists records of it.
Because of their long history, the Higashihongan family owns
vast lands and assets, and they are one of the few distinct
families in Harukaze city. Thanks to that, their land is the size
of a baseball stadium, with a large and luxurious Japanese-
styled mansion on it and a garden that has been devised in
such a way that all four seasons can be enjoyed to their
fullest within their land.
"I-I've come to a helluva place...”
Having been guided to the guest room, Yurika looked around
with restless eyes. Normally she lived in the wardrobe of a
small six tatami mat big room, so to her, this place was like a
different world. Despite sitting in a wide room, she couldn't
take it easy, and was instead only getting more and more
Ahh! Save me, Satomi-san!
Yurika instinctively called out for her roommate's help in her
mind. This room also had a very luxurious feel to it. Though it
wasn't a room that had been covered in gold to show off
riches, as Yurika sat all alone in the room surrounded by the
finely crafted pillars, the lacquered furniture, and the
magnificent drawings on the wall, she felt like she was being
looked down on by the rich. It was like her surroundings were
telling her that this was no place for a poor girl like her and to
hurry on out of here and go to somewhere more fitting for
her. Of course, this was all just Yurika's complex. In fact, the
residents of this mansion had welcomed her in with utmost
care and were far from looking down on her.
"I am sorry for calling for you, Yurika-chan.”
As proof of this, a resident of this mansion entered the guest
room with a smile.
Her name was Higashihongan Kanae. She was the wife of the
current head of the family, Higashihongan Soutarou, and the
mother of Yurika's friend, Sanae.
“I wanted to talk to you in peace and quiet. About Nana-chan
Yurika and Kanae had a common acquaintance.
On a certain Friday after school, Yurika had visited the
Higashihongan family on her own. This was because when
she had visited this mansion before with Theia and the
others, Kanae had asked if she could come by another day so
that the two could talk. So Yurika took some time off, though
she didn't have much to take time off from, to come visit the
"Yurika-chan, could you stand up and spin around to show me
"Ah, Yes! ...Like this?"
Yurika accepted Kanae's request and stood up before slowly
rotating around. Staring at Yurika, Kanae had a nostalgic look
in her eyes.
"Thank you, Yurika-chan. Though some small details have
changed, it really is the outfit Nana-chan had."
"Yes. These are Nana-san's clothes that I adjusted for myself.
I... am a bit taller than Nana-san... so I couldn't wear them
like they were..."
"That's true. Nana-chan was pretty small... Thank you, Yurika-
Kanae gently smiled at Yurika who seemed to be quite
embarrassed. Yurika was embarrassed because there were
problems with her adjustments. Nana had a very delicate
body, so Yurika couldn't wear the outfit unless she made the
area around the waist and butt larger. The only adjustment
she could boast about would be the adjustment around the
“So... is Nana-chan okay?"
Kanae waited for Yurika to sit back down before continuing to
speak. As she voiced her question, some anxiety could be
seen in her expression. She had invited Yurika because she
wanted to ask this question.
“Yes. But around spring last year, she was seriously injured
and can no longer use magic... That's why I, her disciple, took
on her role."
“So that's what happened..."
Hearing that Nana was safe was enough for the tension in
Kanae's expression to go away. Seeing that, Yurika could
sense what kind of relationship Kanae and Nana had.
“Kanae-san, you cooperated with Nana-san, right?"
A cooperator was a Japanese that helped a magician from
Folsaria when they were operating in Japan.
Since the magicians came from Folsaria, a different world,
they were technically illegal aliens. Because of that, they are
not registered anywhere on Earth. So for them to operate in
Japan, they need someone to cooperate with them.
“Yes... Until a little after we defeated Maya, Dark Navy."
Maya was Maki's master and the previous Dark Navy. Nana
had defeated Maya with Kanae's cooperation. Because of
that, Maya retired and allowed for Maki to succeed her as
Dark Navy. Those were the events of several years ago.
“After that, Nana-chan left without saying a word.... so I was a
little worried. I'm happy to hear that she's okay, Yurika-chan.”
"Kanae-san, Nana-san was, uhm..."
“I know. Nana-chan left in order to not put our lives in
"There was also the problem with Sanae's body, so I'm sure
she wanted to relieve me of my role as fast as possible.”
"I think so too. Nana-san always said to stop coming to see
her because it was dangerous too...”
Eleven years ago, Nana had been unable to fully save Sanae.
She was only able to perform an imperfect merging of
Sanae's soul with her body with her magic, so she had
expected that Sanae's life would eventually end. That's why
in order for Kanae to spend as much time with her family as
possible, Nana had quietly left. Or so Yurika and Kanae
"About Sanae... could it be because of you that she's gotten
There was one more thing on Kanae's mind apart from Nana's
safety, and that was the reason for her daughter's sudden
Kanae had been told by Nana that Sanae wouldn't live for
long. In fact, as the years passed on, Sanae grew weaker and
weaker. But just as Kanae had prepared for her daughter's
death, Sanae's condition suddenly improved. And shortly
thereafter, Sanae brought home Yurika as her friend. Seeing
what Yurika had with her, Kanae reached a certain
conclusion, and that was that Yurika had healed Sanae with
“I did help, but magic alone couldn't have saved her... Uhm,
about one quarter of it was my doing.”
Since Yurika's skills with magic were inferior to Nana's, she
couldn't save Sanae on her own. In fact, Kiriha had been the
one to treat Sanae while she was supporting her. And Yurika
believed the biggest reason Sanae had been saved was
because of the bonds she had to the people around her. She
thought of her own actions as half of half the work, or one
"The ratio doesn't matter. Thank you for saving Sanae,
Being directly thanked by Kanae, Yurika blushed and was
I-It's kind of been strange lately...
Recently, there had been more cases of Yurika being thanked,
trusted and needed. Since this was something she couldn't
imagine up until now, Yurika was embarrassed by this
situation. This was because she hadn't noticed her own
growth, so she believed her surroundings had suddenly
But... I kinda feel really happy...
And while she felt strange about the change in her
surroundings, she also felt happy. The sensation that she
could be of help to others made her more positive. Although
she wasn't as good as Nana, if she did everything she could,
she might be able to save someone like she had with Sanae.
That's what she felt like doing, and that was her original goal
to begin with. In other words, one could say that the incident
regarding Sanae turned Yurika into a full-fledged magical girl.
And thanks to her maturing, her abilities were improving as
well. While she might still not compare to the Nana of the
past right now, she might in the future. Right now, Yurika was
no longer pessimistic and was instead starting to believe in
her own future.
“Besides, when she is with you, Sanae acts like she has
returned to what she used to be like... As her parent, I
couldn't be happier. I guess I have to show some gratitude for
that as well. Thank you, Yurika-chan."
Thanks to the hard work of Yurika and the others, the two
Sanaes had managed to return as one, but it would be a
stretch to say that they were now one and the same.
Normally, the modest personality developed by Sanae's body
was on the surface. While Sanae had been struggling against
her disease, she had to restrain herself in order to not get
sick, causing her personality to become more modest.
However, when she was with Yurika, Koutarou and the others,
her personality as a ghost that was carved into her soul
surfaced. This personality was the one she had before her
soul and body split, and it was more active than if she had
matured normally in her body. Simply put, it was a lot more
Though the two had managed to safely merge, their
personalities weren't quite blending in, and they would
suddenly switch between the two. When she was with Yurika
and the others, she was bright and cheerful, and when she
was not, she was a lot more withdrawn. As a result, it looked
like she was putting up a brave front or was suffering from
multiple personality disorder. However, they shared
memories and still liked and hated the same things, so it
could still be argued that they were one.
On top of that, to Kanae and her family, Sanae acted and
looked like she did before the entire ordeal when she was
with Yurika and the others. Since Kanae and the others were
bothered by Sanae's modest personality ever since she had
been admitted to the hospital, this was a welcome change.
According to Kiriha's explanation it seemed like Sanae's two
personalities would eventually blend into one. Once fully
merged, Sanae's personality would probably end up
somewhere between the modest Sanae and the active Sanae.
Kiriha said that it would probably be close to the personality
Sanae would develop if her soul hadn't split from her body to
And that change had already started. Even when Sanae
wasn't beside Yurika, Koutarou and the others, she was a little
"But... it really wasn't just thanks to me. Everything worked
out because Sanae-chan loves everyone and because
everyone loves Sanae-chan."
Yurika lightly shook her head and put her hands on her chest
before tilting her head and smiling.
"So Kanae-san, if possible, I want you to be grateful for the
feelings Sanae-chan and everyone share for each other. That
is what saved Sanae-chan..."
Hearing Yurika's answer, Kanae's eyes opened wide. But they
soon thereafter narrowed and she smiled at Yurika. Her
expression at this time looked really happy, as if she had
found something nostalgic.
“...You really are Nana-chan's disciple."
This time, Yurika opened her eyes in surprise.
“That earnest heart trying to do right, that strong will that
won't lose to anything and that deep love that wraps around
everything... You are just like Nana-chan."
The words spoken by Kanae had more than enough power to
To Yurika who was striving to become like Nana, these words
were the best kind of praise she could receive.
“Thank you very much!"
“Fufufu... I just hope my girl could turn out like you..."
“I can't recommend that. I don't have very good grades..."
"Oh my, is that so?"
Like that, the two began chatting about themselves and their
common friend with smiles on their faces. It was as if two old
friends had met for the first time in ten years, so lively
chatter could be heard from the guest room until the sun set.
During their talk, Yurika gave Kanae a simple introduction to
everyone's situation and about Sanae. She believed that
Kanae would keep it a secret, so Yurika spoke in a casual
manner. Kanae did the same as she happily listened to Yurika.
But when Yurika got to the part where Kiriha used a machine
that used spiritual energy, Kanae furrowed her brows and
took Yurika out to the city at night.
“This is the place, Yurika-chan."
“This is pretty dark..."
“Wait a moment, I'll put the lights on right now.”
“Continue All Light.”
“Right, Yurika-chan was a magician.”
Kanae had taken Yurika to the basement of a certain building.
It was an abandoned building that hadn't seen use in years,
so when Yurika lit it up with her magic, she could see
unlawfully dumped consumer electronics and cars, as well as
a bunch of cracks in the walls and ceiling.
“Is there something about these ruins?”
It didn't look too out of place for Yurika, as it looked like any
“Just a moment... I think it was around here...”
Relying on Yurika's magic to light up the area, Kanae
searched her vicinity. After a few minutes had passed and
Yurika began fearing the darkness of the ruins, Kanae finally
found what she was looking for.
“What's wrong, Yurika-chan?”
“N-No, it's nothing...”
Since she was a magical girl, Yurika blushed as she couldn't
say that she was afraid of the dark. Unaware of Yurika's
situation, Kanae called her over to herself.
“Yurika, could you come over here.”
Yurika tilted her head while approaching Kanae. Kanae had a
serious expression on her face, much different from what she
had shown a moment before.
“It's about this...”
Yurika could see the remains of a destroyed machine. It
seemed like the machine had been destroyed by a violent
attack and fragments of all sizes were scattered about. And
looking at the corrosion and dust gathered on the fragments,
it became clear that many years had passed since the
machine was destroyed.
“Huh!? Isn't this!?”
Yurika who wasn't big on machinery just assumed it was
some broken device, but after staring at it for a while, she
noticed a familiar seal and design.
“Isn't this Kiriha-san's device!?”
The remains of the machine looked just like what Kiriha had.
It had the same unique traits to it like Karama, Korama and
the device used to treat Sanae. They had clear common
features that even Yurika could distinguish.
“Spiritual energy devices belong to the underground people...
so why would it be in a place like this?”
“This is what Dark Navy... uhm, more accurately the previous
Dark Navy, was using. Yurika-chan, look down.”
Yurika could see some kind of pattern carved into the ground
by her feet. It had completely lost its power, but it was a
magical circle used for rituals. As a magician, Yurika quickly
understood what that meant.
“Kanae-san, did the previous Dark Navy use magic and
machines from the underground people together!?"
“If this is a machine the underground people use then there is
no doubt about it. Nana-chan said that Maya was using this
device to store her sacrifice's spiritual energy in order to use
it for her ritual.”
Hearing Yurika's story about Sanae, Kanae was reminded of
this place. She then determined that it would be better if
Yurika took a look for herself, and so she guided her here.
“...Which means that at the very least, Darkness Rainbow
came into contact with the underground people ten years ago
and worked together...”
Yurika's expression stiffened as she felt a chill run down her
I-I have to hurry and talk to Kiriha-san about this!
Thinking back about the time when they had used magic and
a spiritual energy device to save Sanae, it was hard to
imagine just how much power one could gain from using the
two together. And when considering that Darkness Rainbow
came into contact with the underground people ten years
ago, and those people most likely being from the faction that
stood against Kiriha, one could imagine that Rainbow
Darkness could use spiritual energy to fight against Rainbow
Heart, and at the same time, the radical faction that stood
against Kiriha would be able to use magic.
At this rate, Rainbow Heart will lose! Kiriha-san too!
Of course, the opponent wouldn't show the ace up their
sleeve during small skirmishes, they would instead save it for
a major battle.
Thinking about that, Yurika couldn't imagine that Rainbow
Heart or Kiriha would have an easy time.
Today, there were no club activities after school for the
knitting society. The current president, Harumi, had an
examination scheduled in the hospital tomorrow, so it was
common practice for the society to take the day before off to
Having suddenly gotten some free time on his hands,
Koutarou decided to visit Clan. He hadn't talked a lot with
Clan lately, but she had been of help often during important
events. He figured that he should go see her without bringing
with him any problems.
“Clan, are you shutting yourself in again?"
“If I don't shut myself in, I can't get any research done."
When Koutarou entered the Cradle, Clan was facing a
computer in her laboratory. She had a ton of topics she
wanted to research, such as Signaltin and time and space.
Seeing Clan like that, Koutarou got a little worried. Since Clan
wasn't in any sunlight and barely moved, her complexion was
getting a little worse. Bothered by that, he wanted to bring
“That might be true, but you are a princess. If you keep
shutting yourself in and ruining your complexion, your
citizens will worry."
“My, Bertorion, you speak like a vassal... Did you finally
decide to serve me?"
“I have no intentions of serving someone so unhealthy. I'm
just worried about your future.”
Hearing those words, Clan's face turned red and she began to
”1 don't need you to tell me that. By the time I get married, I
will take good care of my physical condition!”
"Hm? Marriage? What are you talking about?”
At this point, Koutarou only thought that Clan wouldn't be
able to live if she collapsed, but Clan took this in a different
"Are you getting married to someone?”
"Kya Kya Kya! N-No I am not! There's no way I'll marry
Clan blushed so hard even her ears turned red as she
intensely shook her head so fast that even her glasses were
"Hmm, so you have no intentions of marrying. What a
... 1-1'II kill him... I'll kill this man...”
With her face still red and looking down, Clan's shoulders
shook. She wanted to tell Koutarou 'In that case, why don't
you marry me'. In the past, Clan had pushed others away to
focus on her research all on her own; she was that self-
conceited and selfish. There hadn't been anyone else that
she had allowed to get as close to her as Koutarou. That's
why when she thought of her own future, of her marriage,
Koutarou's face naturally appeared in her mind. But she
didn't have the courage to say that out loud. Clan was far
more pure than her appearance let on.
“Well, that aside, Ruth-san who is a proper citizen of
Forthorthe is here too so don't show her too miserable of an
“T-That aside? ...This man just shoved my feelings to the
side... I'll kill him... I really will kill him..."
Clan's face was still red and her shoulders continued shaking
from frustration and anger. Ruth who was nearby then
whispered in a small voice only Clan could hear.
“...I understand how you must feel, Clan-sama."
Ruth had a wry smile on her face as she whispered.
Ruth had come with Koutarou to visit Clan. When she heard
that Koutarou was going to see Clan she offered to come with
him. Since Ruth and Clan shared Koutarou's secret, their
relationship had been turning to a positive one.
“I'm surprised you can stay sane while you're always hearing
“I have already conveyed my feelings to Master..."
Clan and Ruth started talking in secret. Koutarou was busy
staring around the laboratory in awe so he didn't hear what
the two were talking about.
“So what happened?"
“Nothing remarkable. But every day is full of happiness."
“That doesn't sound like something I could do. I have my own
pride after all."
"One day I will make Bertorion cry while begging 'Please keep
me at your side'."
Clan said so with a disappointed expression.
Hearing those words, Ruth stifled her voice and began
"What's the matter, Pardomshiha?"
"N-No, It's nothing... fufu, fufufufu."
Ruth was laughing because the meaning behind Clan's words
were practically the same as Theia's. But since Theia and
Clan's relationship still had ways to go, Ruth couldn't reveal
the reason for why she was laughing.
Koutarou took Clan and Ruth with him and left the Cradle.
This was because Koutarou wanted Clan to get some sunlight,
but he also had another reason. In fact, there was something
he wanted to ask of Clan, and that had been part of the
reason for why he had come to see her.
“Here I go, Ruth-san."
"Okay. Should I do it like I did before?”
Koutarou and Ruth were both carrying weapons and
protection while facing each other.
Koutarou was wearing a blue armor used to control the
spaceship, the Blue Knight. In each of his hands was a
knight's sword. However, both of the blades were blunted,
and Ruth was using a protective barrier so there was no fear
Ruth was also wearing an armor designed for combat. Like
with Koutarou, it was also powered and it increased Ruth's
strength significantly. She was holding a thin sword in her
right hand. However, this sword was a little heavier and
larger than what she normally used. It was this way to match
her increase in strength and to balance her better due to her
armor. Of course, this weapon was also blunted.
Koutarou and Ruth had been sparring like this for a while.
Koutarou wanted to show Clan how he and Ruth fought.
Koutarou kicked off the ground and dashed forward. His
power was increased by the armor and he moved at a speed
that showed that the armor wasn't weighing him down. With
his right sword ready to swing and his left sword in front of
him, he approached Ruth.
“Here he comes.”
Ruth took a stance and stood ready to face Koutarou who was
rapidly approaching. Her stance at this time was defensive;
as she had such a peaceful personality, her stance naturally
turned out that way. Her style was to defend and go for
counter attacks. However, she was focused even more on
defense this time around since Koutarou had asked her to put
up a solid defense.
Koutarou exhaled briefly before swinging the sword in his left
A shrill sound rang out, and before the sound could disappear
the sword in his right hand was swung down towards Ruth.
However, Ruth was able to dodge this attack by twisting her
However, that wasn't all Ruth did. Using the mobility of her
thin sword to the best of its capabilities, Ruth launched an
attack at Koutarou. The tip of her sword created a sharp
whooshing noise as it cut through the air and headed towards
Koutarou kicked off the ground and managed to evade Ruth's
However, because of that forced movement, a large opening
appeared in Koutarou's stance. Ruth went and launched
several attacks towards him. Since Ruth was serious, diligent
and wanted to show off her good side to Koutarou, she had
practiced at great lengths. And her continuous attack was an
elegant one without any wasted movements. All Koutarou
could do was bring up his swords to use them as shields.
"Y-You've gotten better, Ruth-san!”
"That's because my teacher was good!”
Koutarou and Ruth's match continued for a while. Ruth was
dominant the entire match, using her swift attacks to force
Koutarou on the defensive. Based on the fact that the
defensive girl was taking the offensive, one could say that
she was overwhelming Koutarou.
Ruth easily deflected Koutarou's right sword with a smile on
her face. She then closed in and thrust out her left fist. The
fist was wrapped in red light as the armor read Ruth's
intentions and filled her fist with energy to attack.
I won't make it at this rate!
Koutarou decided to abandon his left sword and swung out
his own left fist. Because of the timing, Koutarou's sword
wouldn't make it, so his fist started to fill with electricity and
release sparks. This electricity was thanks to Kiriha's gauntlet
which had been incorporated into Koutarou's armor.
The two's fists collided and cancelled each other's attacks
out. Thanks to that, this attack didn't end their battle, but the
two stopped moving.
“You have really improved, Ruth-san."
“Fufufu, that's because I haven't missed a single thing you've
“Then I better take care not to say anything strange."
“Aha, you don't have to worry, because I quickly forget about
things inconvenient to you, Master."
The two smiled at each other and lowered their weapons.
Though their battle hadn't reached a conclusion, what they
needed to do had been done.
“...So there you have it, it goes something like this. What do
you think, Clan?"
Koutarou returned his right sword to its sheath and picked up
the other sword he had dropped. As he put that sword into its
sheath, he approached Clan.
“Frankly put, I can't recommend using two swords at the
same time in this state."
Clan operated her bracelet while shaking her head. Then
several holograms projected by her bracelet appeared in her
surroundings. The holograms consisted of footage and sound
from Koutarou and Ruth's battle, along with data extracted
from their fight.
“I've recorded you fighting with a single sword, holding two
swords and only using one and using two swords at the same
time... but only the first two uses seem practical. In close
combat, just holding two swords is dangerous.”
”1 thought so.”
Koutarou agreed with Clan's answer and nodded his head.
Koutarou wanted to consult Clan about how he should use his
swords. Signaltin enchanted with magic and Saguratin
infused with Sanae's spiritual energy both had their own
unique traits, and he had to think of how he should use them.
In total, Koutarou could think of three different usages.
The first was to keep fighting with a single sword like he had
up until now, and then change his sword based on the
situation. Though it would take time to switch, the fact that
he didn't need to change his fighting style made this an
The second way was to hold one sword in each hand, but only
using one at a time like the fight against the monster with
Sanae a few weeks ago. Back then it was a sort of last resort,
but not having to waste time changing weapons was a logical
The third way was to dual wield and use both of swords at the
same time. Though the difficulty increased significantly, it
was the most convenient way to use the swords. In this case,
Koutarou would be able to respond to situations flexibly.
Koutarou's ideal was of course to dual wield them, but since
he realized how difficult that would be, he had come to
"When I'm wearing the armor, I can't feel the heaviness of
the swords, but I end up being swung around by them.”
Without the armor, using two swords at once was not
realistic. The knight sword was a little too big to be used with
one hand and the momentum from swinging one had a great
effect on the user. Koutarou figured that he would be alright if
he wore the armor, but the results were unsatisfactory. He
also wanted to know the reason behind that.
“The problem isn't with the weight you feel, but with the
mass. The armor might take the load off the body, but that
doesn't change the mass of the sword, so the centrifugal
force and inertia are the same. If anything, it will get even
worse when you swing even faster with the strengthened
power from the armor.”
"Clan-sama, does that mean that when attacking with two
swords at once, you have to change your technique?”
"Based on the results from the data, that would be the case.
Using two knight swords at once would mean you would have
to invent a new style of sword fighting. It is not a very
Using two long swords at the same time meant that their
movements would get in the way of one another. On top of
that, the mass of the swords would affect Koutarou so he
would have to use techniques developed specifically for this.
"If it's just about offensive power, then doing what you two
did at the end and using the built-in weapons in your left
hands would be far better.”
Using two swords at once was unrealistic. In that case, letting
go off the sword with one hand and using the weapon built in
to the left hand would be better. That was the conclusion Clan
reached based on her data.
"I see. If you say it's impossible, then there's no doubting it.”
Clan's conclusion was the same as Koutarou's sensation.
Having proved this with his own sensations, Koutarou
accepted this result.
“I will come up with something regarding how to use the
"...Those words bother me."
Koutarou was satisfied, but Clan was not. Her eyes behind her
beloved antique glasses were filled with irritation as she
frowned. She looked like a young girl throwing a tantrum.
"What are you getting so angry for?”
"It's not impossible for me! You take that back!”
Clan couldn't forgive that Koutarou thought there was
something she couldn't do.
"If you say it's impossible. ”
To Clan, those words were the same as she wasn't being
"But you just said that it wasn't realistic..."
"That was just a generalization!”
Clan reached out her hand towards Koutarou and began to
irritatingly poke at his chest with the tip of her finger.
"I will become your master!! As if I could allow there to be
something impossible for me!!”
Clan admitted that Koutarou was the legendary Blue Knight.
So in order to become his master, she was prepared to
surpass his legend with her skills in science. Right now, she
was aiming to become Koutarou's master in both name and
“So can you do it?"
“A foolish question! All you have to do is beg me! To say, 'Oh,
Princess Clariossa, please lend me your power'! You have that
With his arms crossed, Koutarou looked at Clan who had
thrown her head back and realized his mistake.
To people that get along well, this might mean to expect good things from the
The solution to this problem was far more difficult than the
devices Koutarou had asked Clan to make to practice with.
That's why Koutarou didn't want to ask for the impossible.
But that might have been a mistake.
Thanks to the invader girls, Koutarou had realized that he
tended not to expect anything from others. In other words,
Koutarou only requested things from others in a narrower
range than what they really could do.
It seems like that was the problem this time around. Koutarou
could have expected Clan to solve this problem.
“I'm sorry. It's just as you say.”
“You may reflect on your actions to your heart's content.”
“I don't want to ask princess Clariossa, but you, Clan. Could
you do it, Clan?”
At this moment, Clan's expression froze up.
Princess Clariossa and Clan both referred to the same person,
but Koutarou was asking Clan. The Blue Knight wasn't asking
princess Clariossa. This was a request from a partner that she
had gone through hardships with and who hoped to continue
to be partners in the future as well.
Clan properly understood the meaning behind those words.
That's why her expression soon unfroze and she smiled at
"That much is obvious. Who do you think I am?”
"A slightly sly, stubborn but always reliable girl.”
"As long as you know that. Leave it to me, Koutarou.”
"Yeah, thanks, Clan."
"Then I'll get to work immediately.... fufu, fufufufu....”
Koutarou had said the word sly, but as of late, there hadn't
been any slyness in Clan's expressions. And right now, she
had such a bright smile she looked like she might break into
dance at any moment.
Clan's idea was to use the armor's gravity inertia control to
control the mass of the swords as needed. If she succeeded,
Koutarou should be able to use two swords with the same
sense he had been cultivating so far.
However, there were of course many difficulties. Not only did
the mass control system for the swords need to derive its
data from Koutarou's movements, but the problem with the
two swords interfering with one another needed to be taken
into consideration as well. Other people might be able to
solve each problem separately, but only Clan could solve the
incredibly difficult task of solving all these problems at once.
Clan took Koutarou and Ruth back to her laboratory and took
several measurements on Koutarou and the armor. She also
took the operation data from Ruth's armor. After this, she
would throw the data into her computer and calculate the
“But still, it won't be possible today or tomorrow."
“I know. I'm not asking for that much."
“I'll also need to perform some adjustments so come back
again after a while."
“Thank you very much."
However, a large amount of time would be needed to
calculate those parameters. So Koutarou and Ruth decided to
leave the rest to Clan and head home.
“Then I'll see you later, Clan."
“I will take my leave, Clan-sama."
Koutarou lightly waved his hand at Clan while Ruth deeply
bowed. That was when Clan sent a questioning glance
“...Say, Pardomshiha, don't you suspect that I would try to do
something with you even giving me access to the Blue
Koutarou's armor was originally a part of the controls for the
spaceship, the Blue Knight. That's why Clan couldn't touch up
on the armor without Koutarou or Ruth, the registered users
for the armor, by her side. Clan had only been able to
perform repairs to the armor in the past Forthorthe because
Koutarou had been with her and given his permission.
But now Koutarou had his life to take care of, so he couldn't
stay by Clan's side all this time. So Ruth decided to register
Clan as a crew member of the Blue Knight so that she could
modify the armor.
Clan wasn't sure why Ruth would do that as if she didn't have
a sense of danger.
“Could it be that you wish to perform maintenance on the
entire Blue Knight!?”
Ruth's eyes sparkled. There was not a single fiber in her body
that believed that Clan would perform an evil deed.
“No! I'm talking about setting up a backdoor into the system
or setting up traps on board the ship!”
Ruth's carefree attitude confused Clan. Just a little while ago,
she had been Theia and Ruth's enemy.
"Haah... why would you do that? Would it be for a surprise
party or something?”
Clan's intentions didn't seem to reach Ruth as she blinked
repeatedly and looked with a confused expression at Clan.
"Of course not! Geez! I'm asking if you're not worried that I
might eliminate Theiamillis-san to raise my position in the
rights to the throne!"
Eventually Clan got annoyed by Ruth's lack of worry. As a
result, she directly spoke what she had been insinuating. And
Ruth was finally able to understand what Clan was trying to
"No, not really.”
Ruth shook her head and her short, arranged hair flapped
"That's because right now, you don't wish to become
empress through such methods, Clan-sama.”
Ruth then put her hands on her chest and smiled at Clan.
Having seen Alaia up close, Clan now knew what it meant to
be a princess and an empress. At the very least, if she wasn't
a princess that the Blue Knight, Koutarou, would accept, she
was not suitable to be empress. That's why Clan was
planning on winning against Theia fair and square. She
wouldn't get in Theia's way, and if needed, she would
challenge her up front. If she didn't, she would never be able
to become someone that could surpass Alaia.
Ruth had realized this. She had seen this from her behavior
and her relationship with Koutarou. Though she might have
read Clan's behavior wrongly, she wouldn't do the same with
Clan's relationship with Koutarou. Ruth was very confident in
her own judgment.
“Clan, you are just thinking too hard about it. I'm always
telling you, aren't I?"
Koutarou smiled next to Ruth as well.
When he did, Clan's face turned a little red. She wasn't used
to having a man she was close to speak so friendly to her.
“Being so sly, you wouldn't do anything evil that would leave
evidence behind, right? You elegantly do evil in a way that no
one would find out about. You're not the type that would do
something as a registered user. Believe in yourself more."
However, Koutarou's next words instantly inverted Clan's
feelings. Her expression turned into one of anger and her
face turned even redder as she shouted at Koutarou.
“Quit messing around! As if someone who seeks to become
the empress of Forthorthe would trap others! Something like
“That's right. It's just as you say."
However, Koutarou put his hand on Clan's head before she
could finish shouting. And as if praising a child, he tapped her
“It's alright, don't worry. Both me and Ruth-san believe in
you. The others might not do so yet, but they will eventually.
Theia will too.”
Koutarou and Ruth smiled and stared at Clan's face.
This caused Clan's face to turn even redder and she turned
her eyes down as if to escape.
Clan had asked Ruth her question because she was worried if
Ruth really trusted her since they were enemies before. But
in the end, it seemed like that worry was for nothing. And
Koutarou had called her sly on purpose to get her angry and
draw out her true intentions. Having realized that, Clan was
unable to raise her head from relief and embarrassment.
“Clan, believe in yourself more.”
"...I'll hold off on killing you for now, Koutarou...”
Clan mumbled as she put her hands on her chest. As she did,
she could feel her own heat and elevated heart beat.
I would bet my life on this feeling... but to think this kind of feeling was
resting inside of me...
In the past, Clan had only thought of others as being
disposable after their use had expired. However, having
stepped out of her laboratory on a whim, she had learned the
importance of it. Clan herself thought it was strange, but now
she loved others and the world. And Clan felt happy about it.
Hmm? What was that?”
“It was nothing."
Clan spun around and showed her back to Koutarou and Ruth
and headed towards a shelf.
“...Pardomshiha, let me give you something good."
“Here they are, take these."
Clan then pulled out something from the shelf and brought it
Clan was holding two metallic sticks in her hand. They were
just about the same size as batons used in relays.
“These are... beam swords, correct?"
By emitting a beam from the stick, a sword is made; they
were so called beam swords. She knew that, but Ruth
couldn't understand why she had been given the swords and
she looked at Clan with a confused expression.
“Yes. As a sign of our friendship, I will give you these."
As Clan nodded and smiled, Koutarou tapped Clan on the
“Oh... You do have a good side to you Clan."
Koutarou knew very well what the meaning behind this
Clan's face turned red once more and she turned her face
away from Koutarou. She really wasn't used to receiving
compliments from people close to her.
“What do you mean, Master?”
Ruth asked not Clan who had fallen silent, but Koutarou. She
still didn't understand the meaning behind the present.
“Actually, these are the swords Lord Flairhan used. You know,
the swords of light that appeared in legend.”
“These are!? Is that true!?”
The moment Ruth heard Koutarou's explanation, her eyes
shot open and she stared in astonishment. The two beam
swords in her hand held a very big meaning to the
Pardomshiha family. They were the weapons of one of the
characters that appeared in the legend of the Blue Knight,
Flairhan Pardomshiha, that she had used in the final battle of
the coup d'etat.
“Yes, I guarantee it.”
“To think they actually existed...”
Ruth had a tight grip around the swords as her eyes
The two swords of light that could cut through anything.
Since they were described as magic swords, historians
doubted they even existed. But in reality they did, and they
were now in Ruth's hands. Holding the weapons of her
greatest ancestor in her hands, Ruth was moved to tears.
"W-Well, it's not something that can be made public, and
there's no point in me holding onto them. So you take them.”
"Thank you very much, Clan-sama! I will take great care of
"W-What an exaggerated reaction, they are just beam
Attempting to escape from Ruth who was repeatedly bowing
her head deeply, Clan returned to her desk.
"...Hey, Clan, let me teach you something."
Seeing Clan like that, Koutarou gave off a small smile.
Clan moved just her eyes to look at Koutarou. She was too
embarrassed to turn her face towards him.
"Playing the villain is not possible for you anymore. How
about you realize who you are now?”
"...T-That's none of your business! You're always calling me
"If I don't, I'd have to treat you like a princess."
"Then do so!!”
"Are you seriously saying that?"
"Uuhh... Not really...”
Clan became flustered, adjusted her glasses and grabbed the
hems of her skirt.
”1 am your partner, and accomplice, then there's also...
"Thank you for everything. You're a great help.”
Koutarou's next words made Clan's eyes pop out.
"I hope you can take care of me in the future as well."
Clan tried to retort, but she was unable to form words. Shortly
afterwards, Clan glanced at Koutarou through her glasses
with a grudge in her eyes. And then she finally managed to
squeeze out of a few words.
"...Geez... I really will kill you...”
As Koutarou looked at Clan's eyes he thought to himself-
"Yeah. Come kill me whenever you want. How about a day
when Ruth prepares some snacks?”
-that he was really happy to have been able to reconcile with
At first, the room in which the girl known as Aika Maki lived in
was very empty.
She would only be staying at this city until she had
completed her objective, that was why she hadn't kept
anything but the most necessary things in her room. It was a
room similar to a business man's out-of-town hotel room. And
without any superfluous decorations, it didn't look like a room
a girl in her teens lived in.
However, after the new year began, Maki's room had started
Clothes of many vivid colors were hung up on the clothes
rack, and by the bed was a dressing table that wasn't there
last year. In the dressing table were tools for make-up,
though few in number. Moreover, her plain table now had a
checkered tablecloth over it, and next to it lay two large
cushions. And wallpapers now covered the concrete wall.
There were also many other small changes.
It was no longer the empty room of the past. In a few months,
the room had changed, and while it was still simple, it was
changing to a room fitting for a teenage girl.
“Which one should I try next... A little too much exposure
would be embarrassing, so how about this white one.... But
won't it be seen as childish with it being so frilly..."
Maki was standing in her colorful room all alone while holding
her own fashion show. She alternated between her newly
bought clothes and her favorite clothes while trying to decide
what to wear the coming weekend.
“If I match it with this white ribbon, it will probably look cute,
so even if it's a little childish... but I will be getting on rides,
so if I wear clothes with too many accessories it might get in
Clothes, purse, accessories and make-up.
Maki didn't have a lot of each to choose from, but there were
countless combinations, and she was trying to find the best
combination. Because of that, she had been working hard on
this since she came home.
“But... all the girls around Satomi-kun leave such a strong
impression, so I should pick something flashing... No, no, I
shouldn't force it..."
In fact, Maki had an appointment to go out to play tomorrow.
She would be going out with some classmates she got along
with to visit an amusement park. The reason why she was
holding her own fashion show was because she wanted to
show off her cute side to one of them. She wanted to attract
the attention of that person, and have him praise her.
“My underwear... I should just wear normal underwear.... He
won't be seeing those tomorrow.... No, he might, depending
on the attraction... then... I should pick these flashy ones....
Aah, it's too early for these!”
Having imagined something embarrassing, Maki grabbed a
nearby cushion and buried her face into it. It was obvious
what Maki wanted from her beloved person, but being a
beginner at love, she didn't know the best method to achieve
her desired result. That's why she continued to bury her face
into the cushion. Her worries were deep.
“...What am I doing..."
After doing that for a while, Maki suddenly stopped. While still
hugging her cushion, she looked up at the ceiling.
“...To think I had such girlish feelings inside me..."
Maki couldn't help but be confused.
Ever since she had been a child, she had lived a severe life
and had been involved in fierce battles. During that time, she
only thought of outsmarting others and using them. That's
why she had been detached from feelings like love, to the
point where she started believing that she could never
experience such feelings.
However, her meeting with a certain boy had changed Maki's
If it's with him, I'm sure we can fill each other's solitude. We can save each
Her exchange with the boy had woken up such feelings in
Maki. And by the time Maki realized her feelings, her
surroundings completely changed. Everything around her
looked like it was sparkling. Everything she did was funny.
Having someone support her and supporting someone herself
made Maki's life brighter. It was most likely the first glimpse
of hope in her life.
“...I... could die for Satomi-kun's sake... and I used to think
that only fools died for others..."
Maki had found value in her life for the first time ever. It was
the first time she wished that these days would continue like
this forever. Of course, since she had been caught up in
battles since she was a child, it took time for her to admit
those feelings. She also tried to play it off using various
excuses, like saying it was necessary for her mission. But
now, her feelings had grown to the point where she could no
longer hide from them.
However, that deviated from the goals of Darkness Rainbow
which she was a part of. Darkness Rainbow's style was to
fulfill your own wishes using the power of magic. However,
Maki didn't want to force her way with magic any further. She
only wished to continue living out these days. That meant
that her Dark Navy self was being lost. However, she was not
yet aware of that.
“Okay, let's do this. I have to draw Satomi-kun's attention
Maki stood up, let go of the cushion and faced her clothes
Like this, Maki lived her days like a normal girl, not knowing
what her actions really meant.
“...It looks like you're blending in well, Maki."
However, the time those days would end had come. It was as
sudden as when they had first started. And the one to let
Maki know the end had come was the voice of someone she
knew very well.
“You've even gotten a lot more feminine in the time I haven't
When Maki hurriedly turned around in the direction of the
voice, she saw a woman in an indigo robe very similar to her
It was the previous Dark Navy, and Maki's master.
Maya was injured in a battle against Nana several years ago
and allowed for her disciple to succeed her.
Though the wound she had received wasn't fatal, it was
serious enough for her to lose several parts of her body. As a
result, Maya was reduced to a state where she couldn't even
walk, let alone fight any further. Of course, accompanying the
loss of the parts of her body, she also lost a lot of her magical
power. That's why Maya's life as a soldier ended.
"Maya-sama, is your body alright!?”
"Yes. I found a superb doctor.”
That Maya was now standing in front of Maki on her own two
legs. She had hidden her presence to the point that she could
sneak up right next to Maki. In other words, it meant her life
as a soldier had been recovered. That's why Maki was left
speechless from surprise.
"That said, I haven't fully healed yet, so as part of my
rehabilitation I came to cheer you on.”
While she spoke, Maya formed a fist with her right hand in
front of Maki.
Amazing... such an elaborate artificial arm. Just where did she... ?
Maki held her breath as she stared at Maya's right arm.
Maya's original right arm had been blown away during her
battle with Nana, so her right arm should be artificial.
However, it was expertly crafted, making it hard to tell
whether it was artificial just by looking at it. Its texture was
almost exactly the same as the rest of her body, and only
some lines and markings on the arm hinted that it was
artificial. However, simply claiming that it was a tattoo would
be enough to convince people. Its movements were also very
natural, and it looked like a real arm. It even had the same
wasted movements found only in living beings incorporated
An artificial arm as elaborate as this could not have been
made in Folsaria. The same was true for modern science in
Japan. That's why Maki realized that Maya must have had a
very special cooperator.
"I also came to brag about my rejuvenated appearance to
Artificial body parts of the same craft as her arm made up for
the other parts of Maya's lost body. Her skin that had been
mostly burned had been replaced with artificial material. As a
result, Maya looked like she had gotten more than ten years
younger. Maya was more than ten years older than Maki, but
now they looked like they could be sisters.
“But you don't have to worry. I don't have any intentions on
retaking the title of Dark Navy from you. Sadly, my magic
capabilities are the same."
The only weak point of her artificial body was that it couldn't
be filled with magic power. Magicians focused the magical
power in their bodies into a single point to cast spells.
However, this artificial body didn't have the capability to
create magical power. Though it was possible to supplement
her body, it wasn't possible to supplement her magical
power. Because of that, Maya's magical power was now at
the same level as a standard magician. She didn't have the
power needed to be a top leader of Darkness Rainbow.
“No, I would never be worried... I am glad to see you fine,
Maya is Maki's master. Seeing her master so healthy made
her happy, and she naturally formed a smile.
“...You've changed, Maki. The you in the past would have
been more cautious... could this be confidence from getting
Seeing Maki like that, Maya smiled happily. But seeing her
master's expression, Maki froze up instead.
Oh no, I acted like I would next to Satomi-kun...!
Ever since she had realized her own feelings, Maki began to
spend her days happily. She no longer hurt others or doubted
their motives. They were days not filled with hostility, but
with friendship and love.
However, the original Dark Navy wasn't like that. Not only
was she hostile towards the magical girls from Rainbow
Heart, but power struggles occurred within Darkness Rainbow
as well. Her everyday was filled with malice and hostility.
Spending her life like that caused her heart to close off. The
Maki of the past, the magical girl Dark Navy, had such a
frozen and closed off heart.
I better make sure I don't get suspected or Satomi-kun will be in danger!
Having realized the change within her heart, Maki hurriedly
gathered up the negative feelings within her. She didn't have
much malice left within her, but for better or for worse, she
had a sense of danger and anxiety. Imagining the person she
loved in danger; those feelings swelled up and filled her
“...It has been quite some time since I started naming myself
as Dark Navy. I can't stay as your poor disciple forever."
Those gathered ill feelings barely managed to recreate her
mask as Dark Navy.
“That's true. I'm sorry, Dark Navy."
Fortunately, Maya didn't suspect Maki.
Darkness Rainbow was a gathering of people without concern
to begin with, and even if there was a change, one would
suspect it was because of a mission or a plot. Maya had
noticed a small change in Maki, but she thought it was just
due to her objectives in this place. Or it could have been a
plot to make use of Maya. Either way, she thought of it as
something perfectly normal.
In Darkness Rainbow, people used others or are used
themselves. The bond between master and disciple was
nothing more than that.
“No, there is no need to apologize..."
Maki smiled without letting anything on, but in reality she
was greatly shook.
...Just a while ago I was like this...
Maki could see a glimpse of her past self in Maya. She saw
someone who didn't look for bonds with others and only
thought of using others and of nothing being used herself.
Seeing that, Maki couldn't help but feel fear that her beloved
person would be attacked by Maya. And that image greatly
I have to protect him... I have to protect Satomi-kun from my darkness...
This city had changed Maki a lot, but the darkness and past
she once carried with her had changed its appearance and
shown up in front of Maki as Maya. Now, Maki's beloved
person was now exposed to that threat. Her own existence
threatened the existence of her beloved, and that gave Maki
an unbearable pain.
Maya wasn't the only one from Folsaria to pay a visit to Maki.
Once Maki and Maya's greetings were over, the other two
appeared in Maki's room. These two also had magical girl
outfits similar to Maki's, but their colors were different: dark
red and dark green. They were Maki's allies that went by the
names Dark Crimson and Dark Green.
“Maki, you've gotten very girly in the short time we haven't
seen each other."
The girl in the red outfit, Dark Crimson, looked at Maki's
clothes spread out throughout the room and smiled.
Dark Crimson had an active and unyielding personality. She
only wanted to get stronger and fight powerful foes. Her
frame of mind was similar to that of a martial artist. She
strived to become the strongest magical girl and trained hard
day and night. She specialized in energy type offensive
Because of that personality, she didn't care much for being
feminine. Dark Crimson had no makeup on her and her hair
was unkempt, which moved as if it was flames. She had also
removed the parts of her outfit that made it hard to move in,
so its design was different. She was clean, but not very
feminine. That was the kind of girl Dark Crimson was.
Dark Crimson felt a sense of closeness to Maki, who lacked
almost as much femininity as her. Maki hated feigning who
she really was, so she never wore makeup or fancy clothes.
But that Maki had now changed, and to Dark Crimson, it
made for good material to tease her.
“I am only doing it out of necessity.”
Maki frowned as she said that. Since she hated lies, this
wasn't one. To the current Maki, being feminine was
"Well, I guess. There's no way Maki would do this because
she wanted to... But, just thinking about it makes me laugh."
However, Dark Crimson interpreted it differently from Maki.
She didn't think Maki wanted to be feminine herself, but that
she was reluctantly doing it because she had to do so for her
"If you want to laugh just go ahead and do so."
"T-Then I'll take you up on your word. Ahahahaha!”
Of course, Maki didn't correct that misunderstanding. There
was no reason to reveal the truth and ruin her position. And
since she wasn't doing it reluctantly, she wasn't particularly
I understand how you feel, Crimson.... Even I myself find it funny...
In fact, Maki was happy that Dark Crimson had
misunderstood. While maintaining her unhappy expression,
she felt a sense of relief that Dark Crimson was putting that
dangerous topic aside.
"By the way, Green, what brought the two of you here?"
Maki left Dark Crimson laughing and turned to Dark Green
who was standing next to her.
The girl wearing a dark green outfit was the shortest of the
seven top leaders of Darkness Rainbow. Since she was
standing next to Dark Crimson, the tallest of the seven, there
was more than a head's difference in height.
“...We got free from our previous jobs at the same time Maya-
san recovered, so we came to take a look at how it's going."
Dark Green responded in a very proper manner as she
adjusted her glasses. It wasn't just her height, but even her
personality was the opposite of Dark Crimson's. Her specialty
was also the opposite, as she focused on fortune telling and
illusions. She was a magician skilled in information gathering
“I said that I was fine alone."
Dark Green's words made Maya drop her shoulders. As
someone with a lot of pride and confidence, Maya wasn't very
happy being told that she needed protection, even though
she had just recovered.
“I believe in Maya-san's abilities as well, but I don't believe as
much in that new body."
“I can agree with that."
Maya herself aside, it wasn't easy to place trust in the
technology that supplemented parts of Maya's body. Maya
felt the same herself and didn't complain any further.
“...So the three of us have gone on ahead. This time, our goal
is to scout the surroundings of that magic power for our an
all-out attack, and if possible, seize it for ourselves."
Darkness Rainbow was after the magic power that gathered
in room 106. They prioritized claiming that magic power, but
in truth, they only wanted it as a means to complete their
main goal, which was to destroy Rainbow Heart.
For that goal, Crimson and Green had received different
missions as well. And due to sheer coincidence, Maya had
returned to service with a new body just as they had finished
their missions, so they came to Kitsushouharukaze city
Their true battle, the decisive battle against Rainbow Heart,
lay beyond. If they were able to obtain the concentrated
magic power, their position in the battle would be more
advantageous. That was the reason behind Maki's
“What about the other four?"
“Purple-san is working on restraining Rainbow Heart. Yellow-
san is making a weapon in preparation for the battle. Blue-
san is still busy training her disciple, and Orange-san is
“...So we're almost there..."
One year ago, in their battle against Rainbow Nana, five of
the seven leaders of Darkness Rainbow had sustained severe
injuries. As a result, Crimson, Orange and Yellow needed long¬
term treatment, while Blue and Green had to retire and give
their titles to their disciples. That's why the Green standing in
front of Maki was a different person than the Green from one
However, their situation had improved during the year and
they had now started taking action again. Like Maki said, the
decisive battle against Rainbow Heart was closing in, and the
preliminary battle would be when they seize the magic power
in room 106.
“It is obvious that whichever side controls this magic power
during the final battle will have an advantage. So this is
where it starts..."
Maki mumbled to herself with a severe expression as she
realized the situation.
I have to keep Satomi-kun away from this battle...
There was a massive quantity of magic power in room 106. It
was in a league of its own when compared to the other
artifacts, powerful magical items that Maki and the others
had gathered. It was suspected to be related to Signaltin and
Encyclopedia, but Maki felt something else that kept her from
being certain of that. And in the center of it all was her
beloved. If she left this situation be, it was obvious that her
beloved would become the center of the conflict. That's why
Maki racked her head thinking of ways to avoid that.
“The ideal would be if we could seize it now, but if worse
comes to worst, we have to seal it before the decisive battle.”
Maya continued on from where Maki left off. Darkness
Rainbow's absolute priority was to make sure that Rainbow
Heart didn't use this magic power themselves. Seizing the
magic power came second.
“Then let's blow away the building around the magic power. If
we clear the surroundings, they can't make any moves
Listening to Maya's words, Crimson proposed a rough plan.
The plan was that by destroying Corona House, neither side
would be able to use the magic power. It was an unwritten
law that magicians concealed magic from the society while
on Earth. By removing the building, it would become
impossible to do things in secret. Crimson's idea was simple
and rough, but quite effective.
However, Maki immediately rejected this plan.
Crimson was dissatisfied as she had confidence in her plan.
Maki continued on in an attempt to convince her.
“Then we can't use the magic power either. And then there's
the problem with rebuilding it; we can aim to destroy the
Even if they destroyed the building, there wouldn't be in any
point if was rebuilt before their decisive battle. The same was
true for sealing the magic power. If they were going to do it,
they should do so just before the battle. Their focus right now
should be on seizing the magic power.
Hearing Maki's words, Crimson frowned. She hated trouble,
but since she understood what Maki meant, she didn't say
“Green, what do you think?”
Instead, Crimson asked for Green's opinion. Green was the
calmest and most intelligent of the four in the room. That's
why Crimson was going to follow Green's opinion.
“Hmm... In order not to waste all of Navy-san's efforts up
until now, let's not blow up any buildings this time.”
Green slightly tilted her head and indicated the clothes lying
scattered around the room.
Crimson easily gave up on arguing when Green supported
Maki's opinion. She wasn't good at discussions to begin with,
and was satisfied if she got to fight against strong opponents.
Thank you, Green...
If Corona House was blown up, its residents wouldn't escape
unscathed. Since Maki wanted to protect one of the residents,
she was grateful that Green agreed with her.
“...So Maki, how about that boy in question?"
Crimson who was hasty, pushed the discussion forward. Maki
answered Crimson's question while feeling relief.
“Our relationship is going well. I'm sure he would think of me
as a good friend."
“Hmm, for someone who hates dealing with others, you've
“Maki, could you take just that boy somewhere else?"
That was when Maya intervened. She had heard reports of
the boy who used a powerful artifact. It would be for the best
if he would join their cause, but if not, they needed to
separate him from the magic power. It was common practice
to pull the most difficult opponent away from a fight.
And looking at everything that had happened, it looked as if
the artifact he had made use of the magic power in room
106. As such, it was thought to be inevitable to keep him
away until they could seize control of the magic power.
“I wasn't the one that planned it, but I actually have plans on
going out with him tomorrow.”
“Then try to stall him for as long as you can. I am interested
in him, so I actually wanted to meet him, but I have more
important business to attend to."
Maya smiled as she insinuated something.
Maya-sama is after Yurika...
Maya was planning on eliminating Rainbow Heart's arc-
wizard, Yurika, while Maki was keeping the boy away.
Having realized her master's intentions upon seeing her
smile, Maki nodded firmly.
Maki had no objections, things were developing in an ideal
direction for her.
I can protect Satomi-kun if it's tomorrow...
The person Maki wanted to protect and the person Maya
regarded as dangerous was the same person. Maki didn't just
want to protect Koutarou from physical harm, but she also
wanted to separate him from evil all together.
That person isn't someone who is used to fighting. He shouldn't fight...
The boy was talented at fighting, and the weapon he used
was powerful, but that didn't mean that fighting suited him.
Maki believed that he was the kind of person that hurt
himself every time he hurt others, and that he would
eventually be unable to bear that pain and meet a sad end.
That's why Maki wanted to keep the boy away from the battle
in order to protect him. She loved the boy the way he was
now. He was neither a soldier nor a hero, just a normal boy
that was a little out of it. But Maki loved that boy who held
the same kind of solitude as she did. She loved him more
“Wouldn't it be dangerous with just Navy-san? The artifact of
the person in question is supposedly very powerful..."
Green furrowed her eyebrows. Maki hadn't taken up the
offensive because the person in question was very strong.
That's why having Maki alone with him tomorrow should be a
“I'll be fine, Green. I've been working for this up until today."
Maki had no intentions of fighting with the boy. She also
didn't think that he would attack her. She didn't think there
would be any danger even if she was alone. However, saying
that she would be fine wasn't enough to satisfy Green.
“However, if it does develop into a fight then, you might not
be able to hold him back— Oh?"
But as she spoke, Green noticed something and made an
astonished expression. After staring at Maki for a moment,
“...I see, so that's how it is."
Maki wasn't following what Green meant. So she showed an
expression of confusion.
“Navy-san, you've already made a contract with a devil or
something, haven't you? That's why you'll be fine on your
own... I finally understand."
In contrast to Maki, Green seemed satisfied and nodded.
A magician could see the magical power surrounding people.
Green specialized in fortune telling and information
gathering, so she was exceptionally good at it. Because of
that, she was able to see concealed magic that normal
magicians would overlook.
Green had spotted a special type of magical power within
Maki. It was a kind of magic that compelled two intelligent
creatures to help one another.
To magicians, this was called a contract or engage, and there
were primarily two reasons to use this. One was to contract a
demon to serve the magician, a so called familiar. The other
was when making a deal with a creature of a higher existence
than the magician, and forming a contract where they will
help once specific conditions are met.
When forming contracts with powerful beings, more complex
conditions tended to be used. And Green had spotted a
complex contract within Maki. That's why Green assumed
that Maki had made a contract with a devil, a demon of very
Maki was at a loss for words.
A contract? There's no such... to begin with, with who? When?
Maki had no recollection of forming a contract with someone,
so she was confused by what Green had pointed out, to the
point where she suspected that Green might just be jesting.
“So Green, what kind of contract is it?"
While Maki was puzzled by the situation, Crimson muscled
her way into the conversation.
If Maki had made a contract with someone, it would mean
that she had gotten a big power-up. To Crimson who valued
strength over all, this was an interesting topic.
“It's an equal and persistent contract with a mental
connection between the parties... and there's no limit to the
mutual assistance. It's almost like they're one and the same.
It's quite a drastic contract...”
"Maki... are you planning on marrying that devil or
Having heard about the details of Maki's contract, Crimson
showed an amazed expression and started laughing. The
contract was far stronger and complex than what she had
imagined. Simply put, it was a contract that bound their
hearts and exposed their very existence to one another, until
death do they apart, they would continue to protect one
another. It was such a complex contract that Crimson couldn't
help but laugh and compare it to marriage. It also meant that
since it was so complex, she must have made a contract with
someone very powerful. Crimson could imagine just how
much Maki powered up from that contract, and in that sense,
she couldn't help but laugh.
When Green mentioned that word, a certain boy appeared in
That was when Maki realized that there was one person that
fit Green's description of a contract. But that thing greatly
shook her up.
But... that's... impossible...
If that really was the truth, everything that Maki believed
might have been fake.
“What kind of guy is it? Tell us, Maki."
Interested by Maki being so shaken up, Crimson closed in on
her and pushed further. Crimson simply believed that Maki
had gotten a power-up so there was no deeper meaning in
“Just leave it at that, Crimson. Even if we're allies, it's against
the rules to investigate each other's abilities.”
Maki had been unable to answer and felt her face getting
pale. That was when her master, Maya, gave her a helping
It was the rule that the members of Darkness Rainbow didn't
report each action they took. So pushing Maki to reveal the
contract was a violation of that rule.
“...Haah.... we finally got to an interesting topic...”
Crimson quickly stepped back. She sighed regretfully, but she
easily gave up. Crimson only wanted to take a look at the
creature Maki had contracted, but it was also true that this
would put Maki at a disadvantage. So Crimson thought that
Maya's words were justifiable.
“Green, you too.”
“Yes, Maya-san. And I'm sorry, Navy-san...”
Green politely bowed her head as she apologized for selfishly
revealing that Maki had formed a contract.
“...No, that's okay..."
Maki forgave Green, but her mind was in a different place.
“S-Satomi-kun, I... I... "
Her body trembled as unease seeped out from the bottom
from her heart.
Just a few moments ago, Maki had been leaping for joy as she
was cheerfully trying to pick out what clothes to wear for
I...just what... are these feelings...
However, there was no joy within her now. The solitude and
despair that had disappeared began invading her again.
Evening in Room 106
Friday, April 23
Ruth and Koutarou were walking arm in arm. As they did, the
space between them disappeared. Brushing up close
together, they walked down the residential area wrapped in
twilight. They were on their way back from Clan's spaceship
to Corona House.
“Master, it has gotten warmer, hasn't it?"
Ruth smiled with her cheek resting on Koutarou's shoulder.
She was looking at the night sky of the early summer and the
first star of the evening. The calendar having passed spring
meant brighter nights were upon them.
“If it's warm then why not let go?"
“Geez... you always try to separate like that, Master..."
“...Sorry. I'm not used to it..."
When the two were alone, Ruth would call Koutarou 'Master'.
As of late, she would also start to link her arm with his. These
were all Ruth's desires.
"I think I have the right to stick to you from time to time as
"Ruth-san, you're always so diligent and serious, so... it's a bit
"Fufufu, please get used to it. Normally, Master has the right
to freely make use of my mind and body...”
Ruth had been feeling that she was the only one missing out
on physical contact with Koutarou.
Sanae had been hanging on Koutarou since she was a ghost,
and she continued doing so after regaining her body. Theia's
relation with Koutarou was fierce, both in the past and
present. Since Yurika lived her life so sloppily, Koutarou
constantly had to follow up on her. And Kiriha lived to play
pranks on Koutarou.
Looking at it like that, because of Ruth's serious personality,
she had been missing out on contact with Koutarou. Bothered
by that, she wanted to at least stick to him while it was just
the two of them. If Koutarou were to refuse her, he would feel
like he was only rejecting her, so he had no choice but to
accept her desires.
"But... if you really don't like it... please say so... that is not
Just saying those words was enough for the smile to
disappear from Ruth. She didn't want to trouble Koutarou for
"If I really didn't like it, it wouldn't bother me."
Koutarou on the other, started smiling as he spoke.
A normal person can probably do this without any resistance...
Thanks to the girls around him, Koutarou had realized the
psychological fault he carried.
Koutarou didn't expect much from others; that's why he
unconsciously tried to get away from linking his arm with
Ruth. In other words, he didn't expect to form a deep bond
But Koutarou felt that wouldn't do. And while it might be hard
to change his personality right away, he felt like he should
change it little by little.
“Then... I will wait."
“Her highness and I will always wait for you. Until the day
when master can accept us...”
As Ruth said that while still leaning on Koutarou, she put
more force into the arm linked with Koutarou's. While he
couldn't see her expression, the warmth coming through
Ruth's arms conveyed the depth of her feelings.
“Why would you go so far...”
“That's because... we want to save you and become happy.”
If Koutarou had just been the Blue Knight of legend, Ruth
probably wouldn't have loved him this much.
She loved Koutarou because he was imperfect. It was
because she wasn't just being protected, but she could
protect him as well.
“...That is what I think love is.”
Ruth looked up at Koutarou and narrowed her eyes. As she
did, the gentle light in her eyes shot straight into Koutarou's
heart. That light then broke down another piece of something
hard within his heart.
With his heart a little lighter, Koutarou spoke to Ruth.
“I don't want you to tell this to anyone else, but...”
Ruth quietly nodded without changing her expression.
"There are times when... I think of Ruth-san and everyone
else as angels or something similar."
That was Koutarou's true feelings. The most gratitude he
could ever show to the girls that treated him so well despite
his many flaws.
"You are wrong, Master."
However, Ruth shook her head at these words. But her eyes
remained as gentle as before.
"We are just human. Because... if we really were angels, we
wouldn't think to fall in love with anyone, would we?"
Hearing that, Koutarou was at a loss for words.
"...We are just normal humans that love you and want to be
In the end, Koutarou wasn't able to say a word.
It's things like those that make you look like angels...
As he was being stared at by Ruth's gentle eyes, the best he
could do was mumble inside of his mind.
As Koutarou and Ruth returned to Corona House, they were
greeted by a bizarre sight. Seeing that, the two opened their
eyes wide in surprise.
It was the sight of Sanae collapsed in front of room 106. She
was lying down on the ground with her face pressed up
against the door, as if she had tried to break through the door
with her face.
“It's okay, Ruth-san. It's the usual thing.”
Koutarou lightly touched Ruth's head as she screamed and
held onto his arm. Ruth then timidly looked up. There were
tears forming in her eyes.
"...I-I can't get used to this no matter how many times I see
"Really now, that Sanae... I keep telling her...”
Having realized the situation, Ruth felt relieved and let go of
Koutarou's arm. And as Koutarou complained, he approached
the collapsed Sanae.
She was unconscious, and her body was completely limp. As
a result, Koutarou had a hard time lifting Sanae up.
Ruth opened the door for Koutarou.
Koutarou entered room 106 carrying Sanae. As he did, he
could hear the sound of the TV. A person that had come
home before him was watching TV.
"She really is..."
Feeling a bit of strength leave his body, Koutarou headed
towards the inner room. When he entered the room, he was
welcomed with a magnificent transformation scene of a
magical girl on the TV, and the back of a ghost.
“The magical girl of love and courage! Love Love Heart!"
“It's finally here!"
“Don't give me that!"
Koutarou struck the back of the head of the ghost, Sanae.
“Auu... Ah, welcome home, Koutarou."
The ghost Sanae pressed the power switch on the remote and
turned to Koutarou. The magical girl on the TV disappeared.
Sanae had been watching the episodes of the magical girl
show that she had missed while she had lost her memories
that Yurika had recorded for her.
“Sanae, how many times do I have to tell you? Don't leave
your body lying around."
“Ah, you're right."
That was when Sanae realized that she had escaped her own
body, she blushed slightly as she apologized to Koutarou.
“I'm sorry, Koutarou. My old habit just got the better of me..."
Sanae had recovered her body, but when she tried to pass
through the door like she had as a ghost, her body was left on
“If the neighbors see your body like that, there'll be an
“I understand, I'll be careful."
Sanae hadn't done it on purpose, but she obediently reflected
on her actions. Sanae was the one who would be troubled if
nobody could stay in the room because an incident occurred.
“Then that's good... Here, your body."
Koutarou presented Sanae's body that he had been carrying
to her ghost form. However, she shook her head and pointed
towards the wall with the window.
“I don't need it. Leave it over there. I'll put it on later."
“Wear it properly. You're taking up space for two and getting
in the way."
“Geez, how could you say that this bundle of adorable,
Sanae-chan is in the way!? Isn't it just more of a profit having
two of me!?”
“One is fine. The room is already small."
“But, if I wear it now, my forehead will definitely hurt."
Sanae pointed to her body's forehead. It was swollen and red,
and looked quite painful.
It looked painful to Koutarou as well, so he carried Sanae's
body to the wall while complaining.
Sanae came up with a good idea and clapped her hands
“As a thanks, you can touch my boobs! I'll forgive you."
“As if I would!”
Sanae thought it was a brilliant idea, but Koutarou instantly
“You joker. You know you want to touch them ~ Koutarou-
chan~, you don't have to hold back-"
“What's the fun of touching someone without anything
“...Is that how it is?”
“I don't know about others, but at least I'm that way. If you
don't wear Sanae-san, it's not much different from touching a
Sanae's personality was still not fully merged. The ghost
Sanae's personality appears when she is with Koutarou and
the others, and when she's not, the personality of Sanae-san
that had been in the hospital is on the surface. And when
neither of them are inside her body, it's not much different
from a doll.
“Hmm... I feel like I've learned something new."
“Then wear it."
“No way. The forehead will hurt."
Koutarou put down Sanae's body by the wall while smiling
wryly. At the same time, he fixed her clothes that had gotten
“You better put it on after a little while."
Sanae energetically nodded and looked back towards the TV
to continue watching her anime.
Koutarou looked at Sanae's body by the wall and the Sanae
sitting in front of the TV before dropping his shoulders and
heading towards the tea table in the middle of the room. That
was when his eyes met with a girl sitting there.
“What's wrong, Theia? You're making a strange face.”
“Ah, no, it's...”
Theia had both her hands pushed against her cheeks and was
staring at Koutarou. But when her eyes met with Koutarou's,
her face was dyed red and she averted her eyes. Theia kept
her mouth shut and didn't say anything. Koutarou wondered
what she was doing and sat down next to her.
“Your highness, it won't be conveyed if it's only in your mind.”
However, after being told by Ruth who was with her, Theia
glanced at Koutarou. She then looked down at her chest
before opening her mouth.
“Uhm, I recalled something when I overheard you and Sanae
Theia then stopped speaking for a moment and looked at
Koutarou's face. And after confirming that he wasn't laughing,
“When we first met, you said something, remember? You said
'Even I have the right to choose which breasts I fondle'...”
Hearing Theia's words, Koutarou thought back to that time.
Back then, Koutarou and unexpectedly touched Theia's
breasts. And as Theia criticized him, he responded with those
“...Something like that happened.”
Koutarou started feeling nostalgic and looked towards the
wall the furthest into the room that led to the Blue Knight. On
that day, Theia had appeared from the wall.
Back then, Koutarou couldn't imagine that the day would
come when he and Theia could speak calmly like this to one
another. They were quite immature back then; that was how
Koutarou felt as he smiled and thought back to their past
“So... I want you listen without laughing, but...”
Hearing those words, Koutarou turned back to look in the
direction of the voice. There, he saw a Theia who had grown a
little bigger compared to last year. And with her eyes still
turned away, she continued squeezing out words.
“1-1 was wondering... if you still think the... same way...”
What does Koutarou think of her breasts? After listening to
Koutarou and Sanae, that's what Theia had started thinking
“Yes, my breast have barely grown in this year! But, even
then, t-they have gotten a little bigger!”
A flat chest. In the past, that was what Koutarou had called
Theia's breasts, and Theia was aware of her size as well. But
as time passed and Theia fell in love with Koutarou, she
began worrying what he felt about her breasts. Does he still
not want to touch them? Or has he changed his evaluation of
them? To others it might sound stupid, but this was important
“They shouldn't be as shapeless as you think! Surely!”
Theia was desperate. Theia had her belief that Koutarou
would stay by her side as long as she stayed true to her fate.
But she also wanted Koutarou to love her as a woman. If
Koutarou didn't want to touch her breasts, it would mean that
those weren't loved. And that was a serious problem that
could shake her position as a woman.
Theia's series of words showed Koutarou how she felt for him.
As a result, Koutarou could feel himself compelled by
something inside of him. If he let down his guard, he felt that
he might embrace the Theia in front of him.
Wait, calm down! That would be bad!
However, as Koutarou's arm started to move slightly, he
managed to stop himself. This was because he recalled the
problems regarding this room. After taking several deep
breaths, he smiled at Theia.
“Actually... the breasts' size are unrelated to whether or not I
want to touch them.”
Though he had calmed down, talking about girls' breasts was
uncomfortable for Koutarou. As a result, he couldn't keep
himself from blushing.
“But... that's not what you said back then..."
Koutarou spoke out his intentions, but Theia couldn't accept
that right away since he was saying the opposite of what he
had before. So Theia looked up at Koutarou with an inquisitive
look. That was when Koutarou decided to expand on his
“Back then, I didn't like you, so I brought the size of your
breasts into the argument, even though I didn't really care."
Back then, Koutarou wanted to prove his innocence, so he
pointed out that small breasts weren't worth touching.
“Then, you don't care if my breasts are small?"
Theia slightly leaned forward and her expression got a little
“The problem is what is inside, not the size of your breasts,
As Koutarou said that, he turned to look towards the TV. In
front of the TV was Sanae who was swinging from joy to
“...I see. I understand."
Theia looked at Sanae and nodded.
He would touch because he wants to. Touching someone's breasts just
because they're large certainly is sad...
If the body was all that was important, Sanae probably
wouldn't have made it back. But that wasn't the case. Then
the same would hold true for the figure, the face, the breasts
and height. If any of those were the only important things,
they couldn't have a proper relationship. The only time the
appearance was a problem was when their relationship was
And what's important isn't if the sword is broken or not, but if the oath in it is
not. How immature of me to be so concerned of the size of my breasts...
In fact, if appearance or position was important, Theia would
not have chosen Koutarou. The same was true for Koutarou.
She had fallen in love with him because that was the kind of
man he was. Theia had been so concerned about her breasts
that she had overlooked that. Having realized that, Theia
called out to Koutarou with the smile she always wore.
“Then... the problem is if you love me or not, yes?”
Theia knew that Koutarou loved everyone, but she wasn't
asking about that; she was asking if he loved her as a
woman. If he didn't just want to talk and laugh together, but
also to embrace her and feel her warmth. That should be the
deciding factor if Koutarou wanted to touch her breasts or
“What do you think?”
“I don't know. But I do know that you won't run away if I
touch you like this.”
Theia had put her hand on top of Koutarou's without him
noticing. And once he noticed, he didn't try to shake her off,
nor did he feel that it was unpleasant.
“You love me enough to allow this. Then it's only a matter of
time before you'll want to touch my breasts...”
Theia narrowed her eyes and held onto Koutarou's hand.
“Fufufu, such futile resistance, Satomi Koutarou."
Koutarou criticized what Theia was saying, but on the inside
he was thinking the opposite.
Futile resistance, huh... that might really be the case...
Just a moment ago, Koutarou was about to embrace Theia.
He had barely managed to hold himself back, but that was
exactly what Theia was pointing out. He was aware of that,
and rejecting that more than needed would be odd. That's
why, despite what he was saying, Koutarou lightly held
Theia's hand as well. As if responding to that, Theia entwined
her fingers with Koutarou's.
“Yes. I am selfish. I'm an invader after all."
Theia's invasion was progressing smoothly.
That's why her smile at this time was overflowing with
While waiting for Ruth to finish making the tea, the bored
Koutarou was looking at what Theia was doing. She had
intently been drawing something on a large piece of paper for
a while now.
“By the way, what are you doing?"
“I thought of a way to power-up your armor."
Theia showed a big smile and presented the paper to
“Let's see... The Super Koutarou I've Thought Up 1 ?"
That was what was written at the very top of the paper. On
the paper were a large amount of ideas to strengthen
Koutarou's armor. Koutarou couldn't help but lower his
eyebrows when he read the title.
“Hey, don't use me for your games, Theia."
“How rude, I am fully serious... There have been a lot of
troublesome incidents lately, right? So I figured there would
be no harm in preparing for any future trouble."
The title aside, Koutarou could agree with Theia's idea. The
peace of room 106 was something all the residents wished
“Then Theia, what's the meaning of this drawing? It's a big
mess and I can't understand it.”
Below the title, many lines formed a complex figure, and it
was impossible to understand what Theia meant by power up
from just a single look at it. That's why Koutarou needed an
”1 came up with additional equipment. But, if they got in the
way of your movement, there wouldn't be any point, so I was
thinking of positioning small unmanned fighters of various
types around you. And that formation would support you in
"Hmm... so where am I in this drawing? There are too many
lines for me to tell.”
"Uhm, around here.”
Theia used the pen in her hand to draw a circle around the
center of the drawing.
"...You're an idiot, aren't you?”
As she did, Koutarou was fully amazed.
"What do you mean with idiot?!”
Disliking Koutarou's reaction, Theia puffed up her cheeks and
"I'm completely buried in your additional equipment! This is
far beyond that level!”
The circle marker that Theia drew was very small. It was only
obvious that Koutarou couldn't spot himself in that, as about
99% was taken up by the additional equipment.
"With this you will never lose! No matter what enemy you
face, you will be okay!”
"What's the point of me being in the middle of all of this!?"
"You will be the victor!”
"Just use the Blue Knight from the start!”
A swarm of unmanned fighters surrounded Koutarou for
several dozen meters. With this, there was absolutely no
point of Koutarou fighting, and it would be more efficient to
just use the spaceship, the Blue Knight, to attack. This idea
for a power-up was straight up useless.
"I don't want that! I want you to be strong! I want Super
"...Satomi-sama, you don't understand anything. These plans
are filled with my own and her highness's dreams and
Theia was throwing a fuss, while Ruth, who was pouring up
tea, began talking about romance.
The two of them had absolute confidence in this power-up
"With this you can save me and Ruth from any danger, and
you'll stand in the spotlight and defeat the enemy!”
"With this, the unmanned fighters will be the ones in the
"No, it will be Satomi-sama.”
"Give me a break!”
Koutarou wanted to defend the peace of room 106 as
efficiently as possible, while Ruth and Theia wanted Koutarou
to shine. Their discussion had reached a deadlock.
“...What are you clamoring about?"
That was when Kiriha appeared in the room. Kiriha had gone
out with Shizuka to buy groceries for tonight's supper and she
had just gotten back.
“I was thinking how much of an idiot Theia is."
“What do you mean with idiot?! Is that a word you'd use on
your master whom you love?!"
“Master or not, you are an idiot!"
“Your highness, maybe we should hear Kiriha-sama's
“Yes! Take a look at this, Kiriha! Koutarou saw this and called
Theia took the drawing from Koutarou's hand and pushed it
towards Kiriha. Having received the drawing, Kiriha carefully
looked it through.
“...Hmm, 'The Super Koutarou I've Thought Up', huh..."
Having deciphered the complex drawing, Kiriha lowered her
“Tell her, Kiriha-san! Teach this idiot about reality!"
Koutarou had high hopes that the normally calm Kiriha would
be able to convince Theia.
“Theia-dono, this plan has several large holes in it."
“Yeah, like that!"
Hearing just the words he wanted to hear from Kiriha,
Koutarou had a satisfied smile on his face as he nodded.
Theia on the other hand got excited and pressed Kiriha.
“To fill those holes, I see a need to add in mass produced
“I thought so! As expected from Kiriha! You do get it!"
However, things didn't develop the way Koutarou wanted.
Having received Kiriha's backup, Theia gained even more
“So you're the same as them, Kiriha-san!?“
Having had his hopes betrayed, Koutarou could feel his
strength leave his body.
“Absolute safety, complete victory! That is the way to go!"
“What a splendid plan, your highness."
While looking at Theia whose eyes were sparkling from
excitement, and Ruth who was giving her an applause, in the
corner of his eye, Koutarou complained to Kiriha.
“...Why are you joining in too?"
“Yes. It might be useless from a strategic point of view."
“But, with that, you won't have to fight."
“You are strong, but... we don't want you to dirty your hands
for our sake. But in that sense, it's a very useful plan."
Kiriha had a different point of view from Theia. She would
prefer it if Koutarou didn't have to fight. Rather than Koutarou
holding a sword, she preferred Koutarou holding a kitchen
knife and cooking.
“I understand that too... but, isn't there a better way?”
Koutarou didn't want to see Kiriha and the others fight either.
In order for the girls to solve their individual problems they
had to fight. But Koutarou preferred the girls when they were
normal. That's why he understood what Kiriha felt, but he
didn't understand what the point in only powering him up
“Fufu... don't worry, that plan won't be realized.”
“Yeah. Even though Theia-dono has highly advanced
technology, there's a limit. It will naturally turn into
something more realistic.”
Kiriha was sensitive to the feelings of others, so she
understood Koutarou's confusion. The girls wanting to make
Koutarou stronger probably has part of their desires as
maidens mixed into it.
The girls weren't thinking of protecting everyone efficiently,
but would rather have Koutarou eliminate all enemies without
taking so much as a step, while at the same time protecting
everyone. In other words, they were trying to create an
invincible prince on a white horse.
But even if they tried to convey that to Koutarou, he wouldn't
understand. Since that was how Kiriha thought, she told him
that it was unrealistic and tried to convince him instead.
“Then that's good."
“Yes, you only need to smile."
“I'll explain so go put on your body."
“Realistically speaking, nothing is more effective than us
“That's not true. I will eventually make Koutarou into the
strongest man in the universe."
“...So some grand make-believe will start at some point,
“Satomi-sama, please call it production."
“For me, a legendary princess, you are my knight. If you
aren't able to at least split a planet or two in half, you won't
be much to talk about."
“As if I would be able to do that!!"
Koutarou and the girls continued this discussion with no
consideration whatsoever, although it could more accurately
be described as playing. The discussion itself didn't hold that
much of a meaning.
And outside the room was a single pair of eyes watching over
Koutarou and the others. They belonged to Yurika, who had
been unable to enter the room ever since she returned.
Yurika was pressed up against the wall and hiding by the
hallway leading into the inner room and looking in. The room
was overflowing with a harmonious atmosphere, but the
same couldn't be said for Yurika's mind.
W-What should I do...
Yurika's heart started beating faster and she was feeling dizzy
from the blood rising to her head. Moreover, even though she
wasn't moving, she was unable to settle down, but at the
same time she didn't want to go away either. Her mouth was
drying up and her breathing was strangely fast.
As of late, Yurika was unable to settle down when she was
next to Koutarou. When he entered her view, she would get
worked up and be unable to think of anything. But she didn't
want to leave his side or take her eyes off him. She wanted to
feel his presence nearby and look at him. But when she was
next to him, she didn't know what to do. This was the first
time in Yurika's life that she experienced this kind of feeling.
“W-Why am I....”
“Can you see something? Yurika-chan?"
That was when Shizuka who had been putting away groceries
in the fridge came over to Yurika. Shizuka joined Yurika and
pressed up against the wall and peered into the inner room.
Since Yurika had been focused on what was going on inside
the room, she felt as if her heart had stopped when Shizuka
"Hmm, it looks the same to me...”
Shizuka left the surprised Yurika be and watched over the
room. However, she couldn't spot anything out of the
ordinary. That was when she realized that Yurika was the odd
Now that I think about it, Yurika has been acting strange lately...
Having gotten used to living in room 106, Yurika had gotten
bolder, for better or worse. But after the incident with Sanae,
she had started behaving suspiciously. The Yurika from just a
while ago would have entered the room like it was her right
to do so. But now, she was acting as timidly as she had when
she first came to room 106.
"Could it be that you got into a fight with someone?”
That was the only reason Shizuka could think of. Yurika
replied by quickly shaking her head.
"It's not like we fought or anything.”
As she did, her twin tails swung to the sides. Seeing that,
Shizuka noticed that the ribbons at the root of her twin tails
were a little off balance.
"Did something happen between you and Satomi-kun?”
Koutarou had been tying Yurika's ribbons for a while now. Not
only was Koutarou in the knitting society, but he was also
serious about it so he took great care of her ribbons. That's
why, if the balance was off, Yurika must have been the one to
tie them and not Koutarou.
"N-Not at all! That kind of thing would never-!”
Having something close to the truth pointed out, Yurika
panicked and shook her head as her face turned as red as an
Seeing Yurika's reaction, Shizuka guessed Yurika's
circumstance and clapped her hands together.
“What, so that's it...”
Shizuka showed a mean smile.
And just as Yurika had a bad feeling about Shizuka's smile,
Shizuka swooped up one of Yurika's legs and lightly pushed
her upper body. By doing that, Yurika lost her balance and
entered the inner room. Because she disliked exercise, Yurika
was unable to regain her balance and took a pratfall next to
“Ow ow ow...”
“Are you okay, Yurika?”
Having entered the room and fallen on her butt, Koutarou
gave her a worried look.
“Auu, Ahh, Awaaa...”
Yurika fumbled around and trembled in shame. She had
shown her normal ungraceful and sloppy appearance, but
right now, Yurika was unbelievably embarrassed that
Koutarou had seen it.
"I-I-I'm okay, I'm okay!”
Yurika crawled on the floor and escaped from Koutarou. But
since the inner room was so small, she didn't get far. At most
she could only get to the other side of the tea table.
"That was weird.”
Koutarou slightly tilted his head, but since this wasn't the first
time he had seen Yurika's eccentric behavior, he didn't think
much of it and continued his conversation with the girls.
Once Koutarou took his glance off of Yurika, she was finally
able to take a deep breath. That was when Shizuka sat down
next to her.
"That's no good, Yurika-chan. You have to try harder.”
”Shizuka-san! T-There are better ways to do it!”
"Even if you say that, you have a habit of running away, so if
I don't do something like that, you won't even try."
"T-That's... true, but..."
"...You want to get along with Satomi-kun, right?”
Shizuka whispered into Yurika's ear.
As she did, Yurika's face turned red and she was at a loss for
words. However, her silence eloquently conveyed how she
“...If you at least don't behave like normal, Satomi-kun will
get lonely you know?"
“...How do I behave like normal?"
“...Just do what you want to do."
Yurika's face was turning redder and redder and her voice
became quieter. She was already whispering to begin with,
and now even Shizuka had a hard time hearing Yurika.
“...Having Koutarou see my strange sleeping face, gently
brushing my disordered hair and scolding me to go to bed
earlier when it looks like I'll be late for school... I don't want
that, I'd be so embarrassed I could die!"
Everything that had been natural before was now unbearably
embarrassing. She didn't want to show her miserable
appearance to the person she cared for. She wanted him to
see her lovely and cute self. It wasn't until now that Yurika's
feminine side had begun maturing.
“...Yurika-chan, could this be your... first love?"
Yurika remained silent and kept her face looking down.
“...I see... how great..."
Shizuka gently narrowed her eyes and smiled at Yurika.
“...My first love wasn't like a wonderful great love like Yurika-
chan's... I wish it was..."
Shizuka's first love was a long time ago, while she was still a
grade-schooler. It was just a normal first love for a child, and
it ended without anything happening. When compared to
that, Yurika's first love looked like it was shining brilliantly and
“...I would prefer it your way...”
Yurika on the other hand had the opposite opinion.
During her year with Koutarou, she had shown her disgraceful
appearance to him countless times. And now that she had
developed romantic feelings for him, that was like a hopeless
and unfavorable legacy. Having only shown that side to her,
she worried that Koutarou wouldn't be able to see her as a
woman even if she confessed to him. At best, she could only
stay as a freeloader or become like a younger sister. That was
what Yurika thought.
After the dinner and games had ended, Koutarou and the
others continued talking. There were the five invader girls,
Koutarou and Shizuka, for a total of seven people. With seven
people in the small room it was very stuffy, but nobody
complained. Instead, they were simply chatting about
nothing especially important. And the seven loved the calm
atmosphere that was created.
“Koutarou, it's starting to get warmer now, isn't it."
Though Sanae had recovered her body, she still liked to be by
Koutarou's back, and she peacefully spent her time clinging
“Well it's almost summer, so you won't be able to cling onto
my back for any longer."
Sanae's body was light so the weight wasn't much of a
problem. The actual problem was her body heat. Once
summer came around, the heat that would build up between
Koutarou and Sanae should become unbearable.
“If that happens I'll just strip out of my body."
To Sanae, doing astral projection was easy. She was now
cheerfully spending her days while switching between her
body and her ghost form.
“Koutarou, this rice cracker is quite delicious."
Next to Koutarou and Sanae, Theia was eating a rice cracker.
After finishing one, she picked up a new one and put it in her
“Give me one too."
Koutarou couldn't move himself, so he asked Theia to get him
one. Unlike before, it was harder to move with Sanae on his
And instead of reaching for the bag, Theia turned towards
Koutarou and presented him with the rice cracker that had
been in her mouth.
“I don't want one you've already started on.”
However, Koutarou had no intentions of eating a rice cracker
Theia had already bit into. When he did, Theia took the rice
cracker and let out a small sigh.
“...You really are a wuss... Ruth.”
Ruth who was sitting next to Theia, pulled out a rice cracker
from the bag and presented it to Koutarou. Sanae took it and
split it in half. She put one half in her mouth and pushed the
other half into Koutarou's.
“Oh, it really is good.”
“You're right! ...How does it taste for you, Koutarou?”
After tasting the rice cracker herself, Sanae used her spiritual
powers to read Koutarou's sense of taste.
“...I think it'll be more delicious if Koutarou eats it.”
Sanae stopped eating herself, and focused on Koutarou's
taste. Since there is a difference in how individuals feel taste
there were cases when things tasted better for Koutarou than
for Sanae. In those cases, Sanae would do as she did as a
ghost and let Koutarou do the eating while she read his
”1 shall leave the rest to you, now make me proud.”
Sanae then lightly pulled the bag of rice crackers closer with
her spiritual powers.
"That's a convenient power...”
Koutarou put his hand into the bag and pulled out a rice
cracker while smiling wryly. That was when Kiriha who was
folding laundry in front of the wardrobe called out to him.
"Koutarou, the bath should be ready by now. Why don't you
"Hm, yeah, thanks. I think I'll do just that.”
Koutarou pushed the new rice cracker into his mouth and
removed Sanae's arms around his neck.
"You're already done?"
"Yeah. Sorry, but you'll have to eat them yourself."
Koutarou left the pouting Sanae where she was and
approached Kiriha. As he did, she gave him a new set of
clothes and a towel. They had just been washed and were
“You could just give me those unfolded ones."
“No, that won't do."
Kiriha smiled and picked up the next piece of laundry.
“But I'll wear them in a moment."
“That's right. But take the already folded ones."
Kiriha then carefully folded each piece of clothing. It was a
casual act, but she did so with deep love and consideration.
Facing her like left Koutarou a little embarrassed.
Would she be like this if we got married...
He began doing something he rarely ever did before, which
was imagining a future together with someone. That was how
Koutarou started feeling as he looked at Kiriha folding the
laundry and felt both happy and embarrassed. This was the
first time he had felt like this.
I wonder if the old man felt like this before he married mom...
Koutarou thought of his father who had transferred far away.
He felt like he wanted to ask his father what caused him to
marry his mother.
Confused as to why Koutarou was just standing there, Kiriha
stopped folding the laundry and looked up at him.
“Hm? Ah, sorry. I'll go take a bath."
“You can take your time."
After Koutarou returned to his self, he entered the bathroom
as Kiriha smiled and saw him off. In response to that, one
person let out a large sigh of relief.
That person was Yurika. As Yurika exhaled, she fell onto the
tea table. Having spent a long period of time under extreme
tension, she completely relaxed her body.
“What's wrong, Yurika, you're acting strange. ...Well, you
were strange to begin with, but you're stranger than normal."
Sanae, who was watching TV near Yurika, looked over with a
confused expression. Since she could see auras, she knew
that Yurika's emotions were disorderly. The disorder that had
started a while back confused Sanae.
“Strange... it's everyone else who are strange. How can you
all be fine in this kind of situation?"
Yurika replied while still leaning on the tea table. She was at a
“What kind of situation?"
“Living together with Satomi-san!"
That was Yurika's problem. She just couldn't accept that.
“What? Yurika, did Koutarou do something to you?"
“Could it be the ointment for stiff shoulders that he put up
your nose during our last penalty game?"
“Ah, that looked painful..."
“Well... at worst he might have tried out some more wrestling
techniques on her.”
"Or could it be that he did something lewd to you?"
"That's not it, that's not it at all! That would have been a lot
To Yurika, penalty games or being the object of desire was far
easier to deal with than her current predicament.
"Then what's the problem?"
The group mysteriously looked at Yurika. To them, her actions
were what was strange.
"...T-The person that really treasures me and is always with
me every day, and also needs me i-is not a girl!!"
Yurika had friends, there was obviously Koutarou, the invader
girls and Harumi and her master Nana.
But this was the first time that Yurika was vaguely conscious
of her own sloppiness and both she and the other party
needed one another. The fact that the other party was a boy
was a problem. Up until now, Yurika had never been close to
anyone but girls.
This was the first time Yurika had noticed a boy that she felt
more than just friendship towards, and she was puzzled
because he was too close to her.
"Are you... an idiot?"
Theia retorted harshly.
"That's saying too much, your highness. There wasn't any
groundwork in place like for me and you."
“Even if you say that..."
Theia had been with Ruth, wherein the two had mutual trust
for one another, for a long time, so she was used to dealing
with people like that. That's why once she realized her
feelings on Valentine's day, her feelings had not been as
It's not like I don't know how she feels...
Theia thought that the confusion Yurika was feeling was
similar to what she had felt when Koutarou had suddenly
vanished and just as suddenly returned. That was when Theia
first noticed her feelings and she had been greatly shaken up
by that person disappearing and reappearing. That's why it
wasn't like she didn't understand Yurika's feelings.
However, Yurika's current state looked similar to what she
had felt after her confession, that's why she couldn't really
sympathize with Yurika.
“If you don't like being with Koutarou, then you can just run
away. That's what you're good at, right?"
Sanae tilted her head.
Love is love and hate is hate. To Sanae who had a straight
and honest personality, Yurika's situation was beyond her
“If I didn't like it I would have run away a long time ago!! I'm
troubled because I do!!"
Yurika wanted to be with Koutarou.
Thinking back to all the days she had spent in this room, she
realized that she had been happy for the entire year. The first
few months had been chaotic, but the latest months had
been like living in a calm and sunny place. There was no way
that Yurika could hate Koutarou, who was the center of that
sunlight. If anything, she was troubled because she couldn't
hate him. She didn't want to disappoint Koutarou by showing
him her ungraceful sides, but she didn't know what to do to
show him a more proper and cuter version of herself. As a
result, Yurika was in a torturous situation where she didn't
want to run away, but wanted to escape at the same time.
“...Yurika-chan, your way of thinking is similar to Satomi-
kun's. You're worried that there's no way that someone would
love you. But that's not true at all."
Shizuka who had learned of Yurika's circumstances a while
ago was smiling. Shizuka loved this kind of positive gossip.
She always wanted to listen to happy stories like this. It's
possible that her parents' absence was the reason for this.
“Satomi Koutarou needs the normal you. You don't have to do
anything out of the ordinary, just be yourself."
Yurika's appearance was adorable to Kiriha, who understood
Koutarou's personality better than anyone else. Yurika was
alternating between joy and sorrow while striving to create a
better relationship through trial and error. Since Kiriha
thought that their bond was wonderful, she simply watched
over Yurika and avoided any actual intervention.
“Really!? Would that really be alright!? Won't he just think I'm
some strange girl!?”
Yurika had no confidence.
She knew that Koutarou needed her normal self, but she was
anxious that his opinion of her as a woman would just keep
falling. She wanted the person she liked to think highly of her.
“Have some confidence Ho-! It's fun taking care of Yurika-
“You'll be alright Ho-, useless girls can be cute Ho-!”
“I don't want that-!! Aaaaaaa...”
Yurika slumped down over the tea table after hearing the
haniwas' follow-up. Her problems remained unsolved. At this
rate, Koutarou would get out of the bath without her having a
single countermeasure in place. And so, Yurika racked her
brain once more.
“Well... you can do it... let's go, Ruth.”
Theia threw a side glance at Yurika and stood up before
heading towards the wall leading to the Blue Knight.
“Are you already done, your highness?”
Ruth quickly followed after Theia, but since it was a little too
early to go to sleep, Ruth was interested in Theia's intentions.
That was when Theia whispered back so only Ruth could hear.
“...It's would be best to give her some time. Especially in her
Theia was planning on giving Yurika time; time to think on her
own and time to spend together with just Koutarou.
“I see. What a wonderful idea.”
"Of course. I am not a dictator."
"Yes. Well then everyone, good night."
"Aa!? Wait, Theia-chan, Ruth-sanM"
The two left room 106, ignoring Yurika's pleas.
"Well then, maybe I should go for the day as well."
"...Here I am hearing that there are problems, but that's
all? ...Geez, I have to carry this body all the way home..."
"Karama, Korama, you don't have to watch over this room for
today. Leave the two alone. Instead keep watch outside."
"You're the best, Nee-san, Ho-!"
Realizing Theia's intentions, the other girls stood up one after
"Ah, don't go!!"
At this rate, Yurika would be alone with Koutarou. Yurika had
nowhere to run. She thought of jumping into the wardrobe
and hiding under her futon, but she thought that was
ungraceful and was unable to do so. She could already see
Koutarou opening the door to the wardrobe and telling her to
get in the bath.
"Please, don't leave me alone!!"
Yurika clung onto Shizuka in an attempt to keep her here.
Being alone with Koutarou was like torture to Yurika, so she
"Yurika-chan, let me know what happened tomorrow.”
However, Shizuka casually grabbed Yurika's wrist and gently
threw her onto the floor before leaving like nothing had
happened. By the time Yurika hurriedly got back up, there
was no one else in room 106 but Yurika and Koutarou.
"Uaaa... ahhh... auuuu-”
Yurika was at a loss as she reached out towards the front
I-If it's going to be like this, then I should just work hard to become a girl
that can keep it together!
Yurika had always been thinking that nobody would like her.
She thought Harumi and Nana only got close to her because
they were especially kind. But reality was different, the girls
in room 106 liked Yurika, and Koutarou needed her.
Yurika didn't know how that had happened, but she began
worrying that if she didn't do something special she would be
hated. That's why Yurika had been repeating completely
useless things without end. The other girls had hurried on
home because they knew that no matter what happened, it
couldn't make the situation worse.
I have to run! But where!? Even though this is the place where I can feel at
ease the most!? T-Then I should at least make myself look a little better... but
I can't use the bathroom because Satomi-san is on the other side of the
glass!! T-T-Then l-l-let's put on some tea... but, how do you do that!? Teach
me, Kiriha-saaa~n!! Then what about I pretend to be studying!? T-That won't
work either, I can't show Satomi-san all the mistakes I would make!!
Yurika rolled around on the floor and time passed as she
couldn't come up with anything.
"S-Save me, Satomi-san! Wait, Satomi-san was the problem!
Noooooo, what should I do!?”
That was when Koutarou stepped out of the bathroom while
wiping his head with a towel. Yurika was still rolling around on
the floor, but Koutarou didn't think too much of it. He then
approached the fridge, pulled out a bottle of barley-tea and
poured it into a cup.
"l-l-lt's nothing, nothing at all.”
Yurika shook her head in a fluster as Koutarou entered the
inner room with his cup in hand.
"Oh? Did everyone already go home?”
Koutarou had entered the room to confirm how many people
in the room he should pour up barley tea for, but he only saw
"Y-Yes, just a moment ago!”
If it was just Yurika, there was no need to confirm. Koutarou
prepared a cup for Yurika and poured up some barley tea.
Since Yurika was such a glutton, he couldn't imagine her
"Yurika, would you like it sweet or not?"
Next, Koutarou opened up a cupboard and began choosing a
“Eh!? Sweet or not!?"
From Yurika's position, she couldn't see Koutarou. So she
didn't interpret Koutarou's words as asking what kind of
snack she would like.
Sweet or not, w-w-what does he mean!? Could he be talking about k-k-ki...
Koutarou's sudden appearance had confused Yurika even
further. She completely misunderstood him, and so, she
answered in the following fashion.
“...1-1 would like a sweet one over an intense one... l-it's my
Yurika felt like steam was coming out of her head. Her heart
was throbbing unbelievably fast. Her mind blanked out, and
she could no longer understand anything. As a result, Yurika
didn't notice her imagination was rapidly going out of control
“Got it, a sweet one."
Yurika didn't respond, and instead simulated what was going
to happen next.
Simulations where Koutarou would forcibly push her down on
the floor, or she would push him to the floor. Or closing her
eyes and having him gently whisper in her ear.
Thanks to her shoujo mangas, Yurika's preparation was
perfect, and by the time Koutarou entered the room she had
run through more than 30 different simulations. As a result, a
clear image had formed in Yurika's mind.
And that image was of her and Koutarou pressing their lips
against one another.
I-I-I'm going to kiss with Satomi-san!! Uwaa, Uwaaaaaaa!!
Despite it being just a fantasy, it looked like the ever-
approaching reality to Yurika. And if today was a kiss, what
would tomorrow be? What about the day after that? Yurika's
mind filled with the intense scenes she had read from her
“What ahe yho dhoin?”
Unaware of Yurika's delusions, Koutarou approached her with
a cup in each hand a bag of jam donuts in his mouth.
Yurika naturally glanced towards Koutarou's move and
spotted the bag of jam donuts. That was when she realized
she had made an incredibly misunderstanding.
“T-That's right, that's only obvious! Snacks, sweet snacks! Of
course that's what it would be!”
With Yurika's face still red, she began making excuses to no
one in particular. She was unbearably embarrassed by her
own misunderstanding, to the point where she wanted to
jump into a hole and hide. Unfortunately there were no holes
in this room.
“What are you talking about?”
Koutarou looked at Yurika after putting down the cups and
bean donuts on the tea table.
“Aha, aha, ahahahahaha.”
Yurika's face was for some reason beet red and she was
desperately continuing her fake laughter. Seeing that,
Koutarou grew gradually worried.
"...Are you really okay?"
With her red face and strange behavior, Koutarou began
worrying if she had caught a cold or something. When he did,
her strange behavior up until now began making sense.
"Yurika, bring your face a little closer."
Koutarou had a serious expression as he approached Yurika.
Bring my face a little closer? Could he... really!?
Her delusion that had been shattered revived once more.
Even though that couldn't be the case, Yurika couldn't think
of any other reason.
"U-u-uhmm... please, be gentle..."
Yurika turned her face towards Koutarou and closed her eyes.
"Don't worry, it's not like I'm going to hit you."
Yurika had believed that her first kiss was still a long time
I really... will... kiss...
Yurika waited for that moment, full of expectations.
"Hmm, it doesn't look like you have a fever."
However, when Koutarou put his hand on her forehead she
realized she had misunderstood once more.
"Nooooooo, I don't want this, I can't take this anymore!!”
Yurika probably wouldn't be as embarrassed walking to
school naked as she was right now. Yurika couldn't stand this
situation anymore, so she got up and dashed out of the inner
room. Koutarou who was left behind simply stood there,
confused by Yurika's actions.
"Yurika, really, what's wrong with you!?”
Yurika was so fast that all Koutarou could do was throw his
question as Yurika's back.
"The bath, that's right, I'm getting into the bath before going
Like that, Yurika ran into the bathroom, her only remaining
And that was when she finally noticed.
What do I do? What do I do!? I-I-I'm living in the same room as a boy!!
She realized a very obvious fact that had gone unnoticed for
an entire year.
When she came to, Yurika was looking up at the ceiling in
room 106's inner room.
Trying to remember what had happened just before, Yurika
blankly stared up at the ceiling. As time passed, she
gradually began absorbing the situation around her.
"Next up is baseball. A fierce battle of skill between both
The first thing she heard was the news being broadcast on
the TV. She heard the voice of a female announcer presenting
the news. She realized that there was someone else in the
room with her as she didn't watch the news.
The next thing she felt was a breeze. It was a gentle breeze
that cooled her hot body. After being hit by the breeze for a
while, Yurika looked in the direction it was coming from.
In front of her, she could see a lone boy. The boy was holding
a fan in his hand. He was the one responsible for the breeze
Yurika was feeling.
Yurika loved that boy, so just seeing him made her happy.
While still in a daze, she looked at the boy and smiled.
“Did you wake up, Yurika?”
Hearing Yurika's muffled laughter, the boy looked at her face.
“Are you okay?"
He had a worried but gentle look.
Satomi-san was worried for me...
Seeing that, Yurika felt a little guilty. But at the same time,
she was happy that he was worrying for her. That's why
Yurika wanted to put the boy at ease. She began thinking of
what kind of situation she was in.
Uhm, did I fight with Maki-chan? Or someone else from Darkness Rainbow?
Did one of Theia-chan's enemies show up? Or was it about Sanae-chan's
Most of the time the boy had worried for Yurika had been
during such crises. And during such times, there were times
she would be hurt, but fortunately, Yurika couldn't see
anything strange on her body.
“I'm fine, I'm fine... there's nothing wrong..."
Confirming that she was alright, Yurika smiled at the boy.
I'm okay... so don't worry, I'll always be with you...
It seemed Yurika's feelings reached the boy as his worried
look disappeared, leaving behind his gentle expression.
Satisfied by that, Yurika continued looking at the boy while
wishing that she could always stay like this.
“I see... that's good. You really surprised me you know? While
I was thinking that you were taking an unexpectedly long
bath, I heard a sudden noise from the bathroom."
Hearing that word, Yurika's brain began working rapidly. Her
daze vanished and her mind cleared up.
“And when I came to see what was happening I found you
collapsed in the bathroom...”
“Ah, n-now that I think about it...”
That was when Yurika remembered what had happened to
Yurika had run into the bathroom to escape from the boy,
Koutarou, in front of her, but she had been too scared to
leave so she stayed in the tub. When she began thinking that
she couldn't stay in any longer, she suddenly stood up and
she lost her balance.
That was as far as Yurika could remember. After she fell, she
had lost consciousness.
“...Did you carry me out, Satomi-san?”
“Yeah. And now you finally woke up.”
“I see... I'm sorry for making you worry...”
“Just lie down for a while. You have a big bump on your
Yurika moved her hand and touched her forehead. As she did,
she could feel a wet towel and some pain. It was a bump she
had gotten by hitting something as she fell.
“If you start to feel bad, don't just endure it, let me know
"Ahaha, I don't endure anything at all.”
"No, you're the type that only endures during the most
As Koutarou said that, he changed the towel on Yurika's head.
The new towel felt cold. However, Koutarou's words were so
impactful that Yurika forgot about that sensation. Eventually,
that shock turned into joy.
...If I am with this person, if it's for this person... then I can probably do
Koutarou said these things knowing Yurika's bad sides. Yurika
hadn't met a person like this before. Or it might be that she
had decided beforehand that this kind of person didn't exist.
But now, here was someone that accepted her good and bad
sides. That's why Yurika felt like crying, but she held it in and
smiled at Koutarou.
"...Do I look that patient?”
"Less patient and more foolish, I guess."
If Yurika had been the way she had been until now, she would
have probably started complaining, unable to accept being
called foolish. But now, she could for some reason accept
that word. This confused Yurika, but she didn't find it strange.
"I think so. Fools have... confidence after all..."
"What's wrong? Does it hurt?”
Yurika could no longer hold back her feelings very well, and a
portion of her emotions that broke free turned into tears and
fell. Seeing that, Koutarou remembered that Yurika had hit
her head and closed in a little.
Yurika shook her head.
“It's just... that I was thinking about how you understand
me... and that made me so happy...”
Yurika revealed her feelings in a natural fashion.
Before she had stormed into the bathroom, Yurika had been
so embarrassed she couldn't even speak to Koutarou, let
alone look at his face. But now was different. Something in
Yurika's heart was changing. What exactly that was remained
unclear, but her heart started to beat faster, in a different
way than the out of control throbbing from before. Those
beats spread Yurika and Koutarou's feelings throughout her
In fact, the one embarrassed at this time, was Koutarou.
What is this... For some reason... Yurika looks like a girl today, or rather, she
Seeing Yurika smile, Koutarou felt his heart starting to beat
faster. It was a feeling he hadn't felt before. It was quite
obviously different from the trust he showed towards her. It
was the moment when something changed inside Koutarou's
Both sides remained silent. But unlike before, neither of them
felt troubled by this situation. They felt a little embarrassed,
but they both felt at ease in this silence. And like that, time
passed, and once the towel on Yurika's head was starting to
become lukewarm, Yurika got up.
"Uhm... can I ask you something?”
As Yurika said that, she looked at her body. She was wearing
the pajamas made from soft cloth she always wore to bed.
"Hm? Yeah sure.”
Koutarou took the towel from Yurika and wringed it out in a
bowl of water.
Yurika started blushing a little. What she was about to say
was something that she wanted to know, but took courage to
ask. She felt like this moment was her only chance. That's
why she mustered all the courage she could get and asked
Koutarou her question.
"Satomi-san, you... carried me... from the bathroom to here,
Koutarou stopped moving his hands.
"And then... you put clothes on me... right?”
Koutarou's answer was slightly delayed. He realized what
Yurika wanted to ask. And then Yurika's face turned even
"T-Then, you... saw it... right? My, uhm, naked... body...”
Yurika mustered all the courage she could, but even then her
voice was very quiet by the end of her sentence. And while
her face was turned down, she looked up with her eyes to
watch how Koutarou reacted.
"I'm sorry. But I had to... I'll try to forget it as quickly as
Even Koutarou knew that a girl would be embarrassed about
having her naked body seen by others. That's why he
"No... that's not what I meant...”
Yurika lightly shook her head.
Koutarou hadn't expected Yurika to react like this. Surprised,
Koutarou's eyes opened wide.
"Don't you have any other impressions... other than being
sorry? I mean..."
Yurika's next words surprised him even more. Koutarou was
left at a complete loss for words.
Yurika was well aware that Koutarou had seen her body due
to his good intentions. To the Yurika of the past, that might
have been good enough, but now she wanted another feeling
to be mixed in. She was obviously embarrassed and would
hide in a hole if she could. But she wanted Koutarou to be
interested in her as a girl.
“How... was it? Did... you feel anything?"
4 / | //
Didn't feel anything.
Just before Koutarou was about that he shut his mouth.
Wait, is that answer actually true?
Not feeling anything after seeing a woman naked. In general
that might be accurate, but was that really true for Koutarou
and Yurika? That was what Koutarou was wondering.
The invader girls had pointed out Koutarou's flawed
personality. That had been why he hurt Ruth during her
arranged marriage and why he hadn't hoped for Sanae to
recover. And like with them, wouldn't Yurika simply reject his
answer? An answer too correct might sound cold to the
people close to him.
Realizing that, Koutarou gave a different answer from what
he normally would have.
“Well, uhm... I think you looked, beautiful..."
Thinking that delving into details would be going too far and
that not seeing anything would be strange, this was the
utmost impression Koutarou was able to express.
Yurika lifted her head and a bit of joy was mixed in with her
embarrassed expression. Seeing that, Koutarou felt like his
decision had been correct.
I can be a little open with Yurika and the others...
At this time, Koutarou was reminded of a very natural thing.
“No more comments..."
“I know I was the one who asked, but... I would prefer it that
The two fell silent once more. They were even more
embarrassed than before, and their hearts were racing, but
they didn't feel uncomfortable. That's why Koutarou and
Yurika didn't go against their senses and simply let time pass.
However, at some point they could hear a noise from Shizuka
on the floor above them. It was just the sound of Shizuka
knocking something down, but to Koutarou and Yurika, it felt
like Shizuka had suddenly jumped in between the two.
“Ah, u-hm, so where were we?"
“T-That's right, I have something I wanted to talk to you about
From the moment they heard that noise, the calm and gentle
atmosphere between them changed back to their normal
atmosphere. After noticing Shizuka's existence, they couldn't
return to that special atmosphere.
“Yurika, could you look at this.”
“What is this...?”
Koutarou spoke at a rapid pace and put down several
pamphlets in front of Yurika. The pamphlets them all used
large, square buildings as their background.
“They're pamphlets of universities. I got them from the
The pamphlets Koutarou had put down were all entrance
guides to nearby universities. Koutarou wanted to show these
to Yurika, so he had gone to the teacher in charge of guide to
pick them up.
“Actually, recently in the knitting society, we got on to the
topic of Sakuraba-senpai's graduation. You know she's
already on her third year, right?"
Yurika and the others had become second years. That meant
that Harumi had become a third year, and she would have
university exams this year.
“While we were talking about schools, I started getting more
and more worried about what you will do. That's why I
“What I will do..."
Yurika touched the pamphlets with a look of blank surprise.
I had never even thought of that...
That wasn't because she hadn't planned for anything. But
because since she was a magical girl, the concept of moving
on to study in a university had never occurred to her. Once
the problem with room 106 cleared up, the chances of her
next being in this city weren't all that high.
“Yurika, according to the teacher, you should be able to get
into the universities around here, even with your grades if
you work hard these next two years. Where do you want to
Yurika's grades were always balancing a thin line between
passing and failing.
But the pamphlets Koutarou had brought with him were all
universities she could get into if she studied for it. Of course,
she would need to put in some serious efforts.
“E-Even if you suddenly bring that up, I..."
Yurika couldn't decide.
This was the first time she had even considered studying in a
university. And in order to give Yurika a hint, Koutarou
“By the way, this is where Sakuraba-senpai will be going.
Kitsushou University. With her grades, she would pass the
exam with flying colors, but there's also the worries for her
body, so that's why she picked this. It would be hard for you
to get in though. That's why if you want to go to the same
university as Sakuraba-senpai you would have to start
studying now, or it will be too late."
Kitsushou University was a local university from before the
merge of Kitsushou city and Harukaze city. When the
difficulty of the entrance exam is compared to all other
universities, it would end up on the upper half of the list. For
an honors student like Harumi, it was easy to get in. But
because of her weak constitution, she had picked this
university because it was close to the hospital.
And since Harumi and Yurika were best friends, Koutarou
figured that Yurika would want to enter the same university.
“Sakuraba-senpai will be going to Kitsushou University..."
Yurika mumbled to herself as she picked up their pamphlet.
Will I... study at a university... ?
After becoming a magical girl instead of Nana, Yurika had
figured that she wouldn't be able to live a normal life. She
had only entered Harukaze High School because she wanted
to harass Koutarou and make him leave room 106. And now,
a chance to live a normal life had suddenly appeared in front
of her. That's why this still didn't feel real to Yurika.
“What university will you go to, Satomi-san?"
Yurika who wanted a few more hints asked Koutarou what
school he was interested in.
“I'll be going to one of the local universities, Kitsushou
University or Harukaze University. But like you, I'm not sure if
I'll get in."
Koutarou was interested in either Kitsushou University or
Harukaze University. But those were different from what he
had originally been planning. In the past, he was planning to
enter a university that he could get into with his grades,
regardless of proximity to him.
But as of late, Koutarou felt like making an effort to stay in
the same city his friends lived in. This was a feeling he had
awoken to after the incident with Sanae.
“I'll try to get into Kitsushou University and if that doesn't
work, I'll lower the bar a little and aim for Harukaze
University, I guess. Haru U has a famous baseball club, so it's
Harukaze University was a technical university, and it was
around the middle of the list in terms of difficulty to get in.
Since it was a university with plenty of sports clubs, it was
attractive to Koutarou, but it was a bit further away than
Kitsushou University. As a result, both universities were about
as attractive. And if Koutarou aimed to get into the more
difficult Kitsushou University, he would have an easier time
getting into Harukaze University if he failed. Because of that,
his current choice was Kitsushou University.
"Satomi-san is going to Kitsushou U too...”
"What will you do?"
"...I, uhm... I never thought about it...”
Yurika honestly revealed her hesitation. She still wasn't sure
how she felt.
"Then take some time to think about it."
Yurika looked at the pamphlet once more. She imagined
herself heading towards the white building pictured on it.
There, she saw herself, Koutarou and Harumi pass through
the gates together. To her, that was like a dream come true.
After thinking for a while, she eventually turned towards
"Uhm, Satomi-san, can I ask you something?"
"What... do you think I should do? Not just what university,
but if I should go study at a university or not to begin with..."
Yurika still couldn't make a decision. She was a coward, and it
took courage to head towards a new future. What's more, it's
a future she was supposed to have given up. She felt like she
couldn't decide herself.
"I think that's something you decide for yourself."
Koutarou's answer was the same he had given Ruth during
her arranged marriage. In the end, this was something Yurika
had to decide on. But he didn't stop there.
“But I think you would be better off studying at a university.
And instead of going somewhere far away, I would like you to
live somewhere close. That way would be more fun."
Even if the commotion around room 106 were to end,
Koutarou wanted these happy days to continue. He had never
wished for that before, feeling that he shouldn't try hoping.
But there are those who wish for it. Yurika might be one of
those as well. In that case, should he wish for the same and
show his intent? Koutarou held back his negative thoughts
and held hopes for Yurika's future.
Yurika knew about Koutarou's past. She had heard Kiriha's
interpretation of what he felt. As a result, Yurika knew what
was going on inside of Koutarou.
I have to protect him...
A poor soul that had given up on the future because he had
lost his mother was now desperately reaching for a bright
future. That's why Yurika wanted to protect this small injured
And if Satomi-san protects me too...
Yurika could use magic, but she wasn't all-powerful. No
matter how much power she might have, she was still a
normal girl. Fighting alone was hard, and lonely. Yurika felt
like she could continue trying if she had someone by her side.
Above all, she believed that two people supporting one
another was a wonderful thing.
“I... want to go to Kitsushou University. Together with Satomi-
san and Sakuraba-senpai..."
That's why Yurika wanted to go to a university. She wanted
support and be supported by Koutarou and Harumi, laugh
together and live together. And of course with the invader
girls as well. Right now, she felt like that was a wonderful
“Because, I love Satomi-san, Sakuraba-senpai and
This was a first for Yurika. She wanted to live happily. She
loved not just Koutarou and everyone. That's why she wanted
to be with everyone.
It was a declaration of love towards everyone related to
Yurika. This was something that she had been lacking a year
ago. After one long year, she had finally obtained the nature
necessary to be a magical girl.
“I see... that's good..."
Koutarou smiled and nodded at Yurika. He was happy for her
choice, and felt relieved as well. Yurika wouldn't go away
even after they graduate.
Yurika's eyes moistened and she smiled embarrassingly.
The person she loved the most said that he wanted to be with
her, and he had been happy when she said she wanted to be
with him as well. There was nothing as happy as this. She felt
happy that she had come here, from the bottom of her heart.
“Then come over here, Yurika."
Koutarou put away the pamphlets and beckoned over Yurika.
Yurika blushed, and with her eyes still moist she crawled over
I misunderstood before... but this time... there's no misunderstanding,
Koutarou's eyes were gentle. They both knew they treasured
each other. And the time to confirm that feeling directly had
come. In other words, it was time to kiss.
If it Satomi-san... no, I want it to be with Satomi-san... I don't want it to be
with anyone else... it would be alright to kiss here... right?
Yurika's mind was full of what would happen. But unlike
before, she wasn't becoming confused. Since she knew her
feelings had reached, she didn't try to run away...
I... love this person...
Yurika felt her heart being squeezed, she was sure of that
feeling. Following her heart, she was now right in front of
Koutarou. Now all she had to do was leave herself to that
“Alright, let's start right away."
Koutarou put a pen in Yurika's hand and put down a book in
front of her. With fire in his eyes, he loudly declared.
“You only faintly remember the multiplication table, right?
We'll start from here!”
Koutarou tapped the cover of the book.
'Fun Mathematics for Second Grade of Elementary School'
The book in front of her was a collection of problems for
grade schoolers. In contrast to Yurika's expressions, Koutarou
was planning on having Yurika study right away now that she
had decided to continue her studies in a university.
”S-Satomi-san, c-can't you treasure the moment a little
more? Can't you follow your heart!?”
Yurika had been in cloud nine, but was thrown right back into
And that all too intense change caused Yurika to cry as she
"It's because you keep slacking like this that you're in such a
However, Koutarou shook his head with a stern expression.
I'll make her remember multiplication by today or tomorrow, and then during
the rest of the week its division and fractions. But... it might still be too late. I
have so much more I need to drive into her!
Koutarou burned with his athletic spirit. He was going to use
any means possible to get Yurika into Kitsushou University.
"You're wrong! That might be true normally, but right now, I
am definitely the one who's right!”
Yurika knew that she had to study, and that she had to begin
as quickly as possible. But that wasn't right now, at this time.
Even if she had asked 100 people, Yurika was convinced that
they would all agree with her.
“Quit whining and get to work! I'll do them with you.”
But Koutarou refused to listen to her. He had already decided
that he would get Yurika into Kitsushou University. That they
would go together. And he was aiming for the shortest route
"This is wrong! There is definitely something wrong here!”
"It's good for you to notice your own mistakes. So get on with
Yurika finally started moving her pen after Koutarou scolded
I might have fallen in love with a useless person... Wait, aaaahhh!? He is
useless on his own!!
As she did, Yurika noticed an important mistake she had
made, but the damage was already done.
The Magical Girls' Morning
Saturday, April 24
The next morning, when the invader girls came to room 106,
they saw Yurika crying and prostrating.
"P-Please, forgive me already, Satomi-san! I know the
multiplication table, so please, don't give me any more
multiplication! No more!”
"Shut it, Yurika, what is seven times nine?"
"It's 63! Please, forgive me now, I feel like I'm going to go
"What's eight times five?"
"l-lt's 40... Uuuhh —..."
Koutarou sat straight on the opposite of the table from Yurika
with a stern expression while asking her questions from the
collection of problems. Yurika, on the other hand, was
completely exhausted and was desperately appealing to
Koutarou to make him stop. However, Koutarou flat out
ignored her and continued asking her questions. They had
been doing this since last night.
The atmosphere around the two was bizarre. That alone was
already surprising, but what surprised the invader girls the
most wasn't that.
“Two times seven.”
“Yurika has mastered multiplications?! How?!”
“Just what happened after we left?!”
Everyone was well aware of Yurika's grades. She was so bad
that they doubted she could even do extremely simple
multiplication. And now, that Yurika had completely mastered
the multiplication table. Sanae and Theia were astonished
and watched over the two.
“How did he teach that Yurika multiplication in a single night?
No, more importantly, just how did it turn into this after we
“It seems like some big misunderstanding happened...”
Shizuka and Ruth shared their sentiment. These two were
wondering why Koutarou and Yurika were studying in the first
place. They had expected Koutarou and Yurika's relationship
to take a step forward, and as a result, the two would return
to their usual selves.
“Please help me, please, Satomi-san won't... Satomi-san
won't stop with his math drills!”
Yurika clung onto Kiriha and begged for help.
“Impossible. Once Satomi Koutarou has decided on
something he will definitely go through with it.”
However, Kiriha shook her head with a thin smile. She could
vaguely imagine what had happened between the two.
She believed that because their relationship had progressed,
there was now a need for Yurika to study. Going to a
university or getting a job. Regardless of reason, since this
was related to Koutarou's future, his determination carried a
lot of weight. In that case, he wouldn't listen no matter what
Yurika cried and dropped her shoulders.
Yurika, you should notice that this is how Onii-chan expresses his love. What
The Kii inside of Kiriha began expressing her dissatisfaction.
She was frustrated that Yurika hadn't noticed Koutarou's
obvious expression of love. That's why she felt Yurika should
notice that and enjoy it more.
And thus, the girls had all kinds of impressions regarding
Koutarou and Yurika, but neither of the two noticed that and
continued their practice.
"Five times four."
However, because she had stayed up all night, Yurika was
exhausted and let her guard down now that the other invader
girls had arrived, Yurika's answer was slightly delayed.
"20! You have to be able to answer something like this right
Sanae who had taken up her position on Koutarou's back
answered before Yurika. Having had plenty of sleep, this kind
of calculation was easy.
“You lost to Sanae, Yurika."
“I didn't get it wrong! I didn't get it wrong!!"
“Yurika, an additional 20 as penalty."
She had hoped her nightmare was going to end soon, but the
end was nowhere near. Like this, Koutarou had been giving
Yurika hope and then taking it away.
“Don't cry. It'll be over soon. It's just 20 more."
“That's what you've been saying since yesterday!! But no
matter how hard I try, it never ends!! I don't want this
Yurika had been shown hope several times, and been given
despair just as many times. As a result, the multiplication
table had been carved into Yurika as a trauma she would
“...So that's how he's been teaching Yurika..."
“A living hell..."
“Once Satomi Koutarou has decided on something he won't
stop after all."
“At this rate, Yurika-sama might be able to multiply two
numbers in her head by tomorrow..."
While the girls pitied Yurika, they were a little envious that
Koutarou was this into it.
“Come on, Yurika, quit spacing out, here's the next problem."
“Please! Make it stop!"
“Tarou-kun has six boxes of tennis balls. In each of these
boxes are four balls. How many balls are there in total?'"
“T-There are 24... I can't do this anymore! My head's about to
“Don't worry, Yurika. You're someone who can pull through
when you need it."
“That gentle glance and trust look a lot more like a grudge
That was when the alarm of a clock that was near Yurika went
off. It was now 9 in the morning.
“Satomi-san! That's it! It's over!”
Yurika picked up the alarm and showed it to Koutarou.
“Time's up huh..."
After confirming the time, Koutarou turned off the alarm.
Truth be told, Koutarou and Yurika had their own businesses
to take care of today. Koutarou had promised some of his
classmates to go play at an amusement park, and Yurika had
promised to meet with Harumi. That's why if they didn't leave
soon, they would be late.
“I guess it can't be helped. Yurika, the studying ends here for
now. We'll continue later."
Hearing those words, the exhausted Yurika collapsed on the
tea table. She had to hurry and get ready, but she remained
"Oh, and I think you already know this, but come back before
the curfew. If you break the curfew..."
A dangerous light could be seen in Koutarou's eyes.
After leaving behind a short scream, Yurika ran out of the
room in the blink of an eye.
"Yurika looks like you, you know?”
"What about her?”
"The part where she doesn't work for herself. The way she
does and sees it is a little different though."
"I see... that might be true..."
Looking at Yurika as she escaped room 106, Koutarou thought
to himself that just like he needed drastic treatment, then so
Koutarou reached the station once the clock had passed
9:45AM. There was still some time left before the promised
time of 10AM, so Koutarou decided to stroll through a nearby
“Oh, there it is."
Koutarou was visiting the bookstore to find some more
teaching material for Yurika.
Yurika was only on the level of a second year grade schooler,
and she was especially bad at math. Since she hadn't fully
learned basic arithmetic operations, it was having a bad
influence on her other subjects. For example, she couldn't
make salt water at the requested density. In social studies,
she couldn't properly convert yen to dollars. When told to
calculate the average time on a 100 meter run in PE she
didn't stand a chance, and while she was concerned about
her weight, she couldn't properly do any calorie calculation.
The basis of all her problems was her poor math skills. Having
determined that to be the case, Koutarou decided to start
Yurika's education with math. As such, he was looking for
some material for math.
“Third year math is still too early. But she has her pride... No,
no, results are more important than her pride..."
“What are you doing, Satomi-kun?"
Maki appeared in front of Koutarou as he picked up a
textbook. Instead of her normal school uniform, she was
wearing casual clothes and gave off a soft impression. Maki
was one of the people that Koutarou was going out to play
“Good morning, Aika-san. I was just thinking of making Yurika
study a little."
Koutarou showed the collection of problems to Maki. Seeing
the cover, Maki put a hand in front of her mouth and smiled a
“Yurika-san is bad at studying after all."
“That's why we're starting from the basics."
“Yurika-san's reading is a little spotty too."
“Really? What am I going to do with her..."
Koutarou and Maki went through books with problems for
grade schoolers one after another and confirmed their
contents. They were after problems that were within Yurika's
reach. After finding some interesting books, Koutarou planned
to pick them up on his way home from the amusement park.
Satomi-kun treasures Yurika...
That was what Maki felt as she glanced at Koutarou. There
was no one that would go this far for just a classmate. This
was proof that they were best friends, or maybe even
something more. And he was thinking more about Yurika than
Maki who was right next to him. This made Maki feel a little
Were these new clothes... for nothing... ?
Maki looked down on the outfit she was wearing and let out a
small sigh. She was wearing a brightly colored one piece
dress with a lot frills. She also had a large ribbon as a hair
accessory to go with her dress. Maki had done her best to
make herself look as cute as possible, because she wanted to
show a different side of herself to Koutarou. She then wanted
him to at least say something. She didn't mind if it wasn't a
compliment, she just wanted him to acknowledge that she
looked different from normal. However, Koutarou was
occupied with something different and wasn't even looking at
her. Maki felt lonely; it wasn't envy towards Yurika, but a
loneliness because she had no place in Koutarou's mind.
“By the way, Aika-san."
Maki had dropped her shoulders and was looking down on the
floor, only to look up when Koutarou called up to her. She saw
him holding a collection of problems with his back turned
towards her. That back made her feel even lonelier.
“You have an awfully cute feeling around you today, did you
give up on your underhanded use of money?"
Just those words from Koutarou was enough to blow Maki's
loneliness away. In its place, her normal yearning for
Koutarou filled her heart.
“...Why can't you just say that I look cute, Satomi-kun."
“Sorry. It seems that's my flaw. I've been hearing a lot about
it recently. They tell me to quit trying to distance myself from
Keeping distance from others and not expecting anything
from them was the flaw of Koutarou's personality that the
invader girls pointed out. Even here, that flaw reared its face.
But since he wanted to mend that flaw, Koutarou honestly
“Uhm, so in this case... you look cute today, Aika-san. That's
An unexpected image appeared in Maki's mind. She saw a
young boy embracing a half-knit sweater. Maki hugged that
boy in her mind and smiled at Koutarou.
“...You would have gotten full marks if not for your last
"You're so strict, Aika-san.”
Koutarou turned towards Maki and smiled. As he did, an
image floated up into his head for just a moment. But the
smile he saw on Maki was so bright the image vanished
before becoming clear.
"There has never been a moment in history where women
haven't been strict."
"Yeah. You women are always strict, except during the most
Koutarou and Maki laughed together Maki was happy just
being able to laugh together like this. Koutarou was smiling at
her. There was nothing better than this.
" Navy-san, you've already made a contract with a devil or something,
Maki remembered the words that Dark Green had spoken
yesterday. In that moment, anxiety began spreading through
That's right, I have to confirm that...
Koutarou turned his back towards Maki and started looking
through books again. Maki pointed her palm towards her back
and mumbled something.
It was a spell that analyzed the effects of magic. Maki wasn't
wearing her magical girl outfit or holding her cane, but she
could use simple spells even in this state. Maki was going to
use this spell to examine herself and Koutarou.
It wasn't Green's misunderstanding... there really is a magical contract
Maki wasn't specialized in information related spells like
Green, so she couldn't detect the magic until she got closer
to Koutarou. As a result, she had now been able to confirm
the magical contract between herself and Koutarou.
This... really is from that time...
Maki had no recollection of forming a contract with someone
herself. Which would mean that the other side, Koutarou, had
formed the contract. And Maki had only one time in mind.
It was a few months ago during their ski trip. Maki had been
seriously injured in the mountains, and had been healed by
Koutarou using magic. But since Koutarou wasn't a magician,
he had let his sword use its powerful magic. The sword
emitted its pure white light and healed Maki's wound. And in
that light, Maki had seen a single boy. A boy trembling in
solitude. And Maki had told that boy, “It's okay, I'll always be
If that is the contract... everything would make sense...
Something similar happened to Koutarou, and as a result, a
contract was formed. It was hard to imagine Koutarou
forming a contract on purpose since he wasn't very
knowledgeable about magic. It was likely that the sword had
created the contract in order to save Maki.
" It's an equal and persistent contract with a mental connection between the
parties... and there's no limit to the mutual assistance. It's almost like they're
one the same. It's quite a drastic contract... ”
But the contract that Green had mentioned worried Maki.
Do I really love Satomi-kun... ?
Maki loved Koutarou. But now, she couldn't trust in her own
feelings. Maki started doubting herself and wondered if her
feelings were only due to the contract.
Up until now, Maki had felt like Koutarou was reading her
mind several times. In everyday life and in battle. She
thought that was because they had good compatibility. That's
why she had begun feeling for Koutarou, thinking that they
shared the same feelings and could fill each other's
But if a contract existed between them, then that might not
be the case. Their compatibility and her feelings for Koutarou
might just be an illusion created by the contract.
Back then, Maki had completely given up on her life. Even if
her wounds were healed, it wasn't sure if she would survive in
that state. And with the mental wound from the past that
Koutarou had, he probably wouldn't be able to stand having
someone die in front of him.
In order for the two to live together, the sword formed a
contract. It pushed them to treasure one another. Maki had
been given hope, the treatment had succeeded and
Koutarou's mind had been protected.
In other words, in order to save Maki and protect Koutarou,
Maki might have been brainwashed.
If I annul this contract, that question would be answered, but...
There was a strong compulsion caused by the contract
binding the two. The two were tied together forever and
urged them to save one another. It was possible to annul that
contract by going through the correct procedures. However,
the safety and consent of both parties were the conditions.
If the contract was annulled, Maki would recover even if she
was brainwashed. And by doing that, she would know if her
current feelings were from her own intentions.
But if I am being brainwashed... should I really annul the contract? Even
though Satomi-san might be killed by me... ?
However, Maki hesitated to annul the contract.
She was scared that she might become someone else,
worried that she might become Koutarou's enemy once more.
That's why she wasn't trying to annul the contract right away.
If I'm not being brainwashed then I can just annul the contract... then I will
know how I really feel...
While Maki feared brainwashing, she wanted to trust in her
feelings. She wanted her love for Koutarou to be her own,
rather than a construct by the contract.
But with the contract, her feelings would remain a doubt and
she would probably always be uneasy. The only solution to
this was to annul the contract and confirm it herself. That's
why, for at least this purpose, Maki wanted to annul the
...What should I do...
Maki continued worrying.
If she annulled the contract, she would know if her feelings
were true or not. However, if she did, she might become
Koutarou's enemy again. And once annulled, the contract
wouldn't return. It wasn't an easy decision.
“Is something the matter, Aika-san?”
Koutarou called out to Maki as she worried. He found it
strange that she suddenly fell silent.
“No, it's nothing at all."
Maki hurriedly smiled and shook her head. As she did, the
ribbon on the back of her head swayed back and forth.
“...Satomi-kun, it's almost 10AM, let's go."
“Hm? Ah, yeah."
Maki grabbed the sleeve of Koutarou's shirt and led the way.
At the same time, she kept her head low to keep Koutarou
from seeing her face.
I have to return to my usual self before we get out of this store... I have to
protect Satomi-kun today...
In the end, though she continued worrying, Maki decided to
maintain her current state.
Even if her feelings were a product of a contract, changing
into someone else was scary. And if she really was being
brainwashed, the risk was too high. To Maki, keeping
Koutarou out of harm's way took priority. That's why, as long
as the possibility of her being brainwashed remained, she
couldn't annul the contract.
I will definitely protect him. From any enemy... even if it's the original me...
It was because Maki had lived most of her life inside
darkness, she didn't want to let go of the warmth she had
within her reach, even if it was just an illusion.
Sakuraba Harumi had to go to the hospital in the morning for
a check-up. Yurika was tagging along with her, and once
Harumi was done, the two would go out to play. They were
expecting to go out to eat and shop.
“—and then, Satomi-san hit me."
“Fufu, if Satomi-kun hit you then you must have really
skipped studying for a long time."
The two were currently talking in the waiting room at the
hospital. Harumi's check-up was over, and all that was left
was to pay. Because there were a lot of people that used this
hospital, and because the calculations were complex, Harumi
had to wait ten minutes every time before she could pay. The
two were using that time to talk, but the topic naturally
shifted to Koutarou.
“Anyways, Satomi-san is the one who's wrong. Satomi-san is
fundamentally lacking in love towards me."
Yurika puffed her cheeks as she said that.
“Nijino-san, truth be told, you don't actually believe that,
However, with just a single look at Yurika's face, Harumi had
decided that Yurika wasn't telling the truth. While looking at
her face, Harumi gently smiled.
“That's not true. Satomi-san is always violent and mean."
Yurika continued shaking her head.
“That's a lie. I don't believe it."
But even then, Harumi didn't believe Yurika's words.
“T-That's not true! Why would you think that?"
“Fufufu... that's because lately, you seem so happy whenever
you talk about Satomi-san."
The moment Harumi pointed that out, Yurika started
blushing. Seeing that change in expression, Harumi was
convinced that her suspicion were true.
“You haven't noticed yourself? Even now, you sounded really
happy when you said that Satomi-kun hit you... Even back
when you mentioned your snacks being stolen, you sounded
Harumi had noticed that Yurika sounded really happy as of
late whenever she spoke about Koutarou. Whenever she did,
even if she seemed unhappy, her eyes were always laughing.
And during these past few weeks, there had been a big
change. When Yurika spoke of Koutarou like she did in the
past, she had a different atmosphere to her. She still seemed
happy, but now her happy feelings seemed mixed.
“It's like I'm watching myself... that's why I can tell."
“Do you love Satomi-kun too, Nijino-san?"
Yurika was in love; that was what Harumi had concluded in
almost no time at all, because she had been the same. Yurika
had the same eyes that Harumi did when she would fix her
hair in front of a mirror before going to her club activities.
The conclusion was clear, but Yurika was unable to answer
right away. She was of course embarrassed, but the biggest
reason was something else.
I've... fallen in love with the person Sakuraba-senpai loves...
At first, Yurika had been working to get Harumi and Koutarou
together. She had consulted with Harumi and given her
advice. But after time passed and she learned more about
Koutarou, she fell in love with him herself. This was a big
miscalculation for Yurika, and at the same time, the guilty
truth. That's why Yurika couldn't reveal her own feelings to
“You don't have to hide it, Nijino-san. I understand your
feelings... and while they might not show it, I believe there
are many girls that love Satomi-kun..."
Harumi had no intentions of blaming Yurika. To her, giving up
on love because of the order in which people met or the order
in which they fell in love with someone was too sad. She
believed that everyone should have a fair chance. And
because she found Satomi Koutarou to be attractive, she felt
it was only obvious that Yurika would fall in love with him too.
Yurika felt so guilty she couldn't look at Harumi's face.
However, she responded in a quiet voice and nodded her
head ever so slightly.
“I see... that's great...”
Seeing that, Harumi happily nodded.
Yurika found Harumi's reaction strange and hurriedly looked
up at her. As she did, she found Harumi looking at her with a
gentle expression. And because Yurika wanted to know the
meaning behind Harumi's words, she looked right back at her.
"Nijino-san... don't you think we're plain compared to many of
the girls around Satomi-kun?”
However, what Harumi said, wasn't an answer to the question
she asked; instead, Harumi answered with a different
question. Yurika was somewhat confused, but she honestly
answered the question.
"...Uhm... I think so...”
Yurika felt the same thing Harumi did.
Theia was a shining, strong and beautiful princess.
Kiriha was far more mature and wiser, and left the others
behind when it came to femininity.
Sanae was honest and straight to the point. When it came to
loveliness, she wouldn't lose to anyone.
Ruth was serious and single-minded. Though she had nothing
that stood out, when all her positives were summed up, she
was something that you could safely entrust your home to.
Not only was Shizuka an expert at martial arts, but she was a
reliable person who managed Corona House on her own. Her
bright character and gossip loving personality only helped to
make her stand out more.
Just by thinking for a moment, Yurika could easily think of five
attractive girls around Koutarou. Compared to them, only
Yurika's bad sides stood out, and when looking at her good
parts, she was only a plain girl.
The same could be said about Harumi. She was originally shy
and weak to pressure. She had been improving as of late, but
she was still introverted. As a result, she had a hard time
expressing the deep love and kindness within her.
As a result, Yurika and Harumi were plain girls when it came
to appealing to men.
“That's why... would you like to work together with me to
make Satomi-kun turn our way?”
That was all to an unexpected request. Harumi wanted to
work together with Yurika to appeal to Koutarou. It was a
surprising proposition, but for them it might be an effective
I see. That's why she said it was great...
That was when Yurika finally understood Harumi's intentions.
Harumi knew that she was someone that didn't stand out,
and that she was in need of improvement. That was when
she learned of Yurika's true feelings. That's why she felt
relieved and asked for Yurika's cooperation.
“If the two of us work together, I think we can, how do I say
this... support the lonely part inside of Satomi-kun."
This might have been what was really important to Harumi.
There was something she had always wondered about; why
did a man like Koutarou join the knitting society? Harumi had
been thinking about that the entire year. And just recently,
she had reached a certain conclusion.
During their club activities, Koutarou had been excessively
concerned with learning how to knit sweaters. In fact, when
he first joined, he had mentioned sweaters. That's why
Harumi started thinking that it held a great meaning to
Moreover, Koutarou would very rarely show an extremely
lonely expression during their club activities. Since Koutarou
had taken care not to show that expression, Harumi hadn't
noticed until half a year later after he joined the society. Ever
since then, whenever Harumi saw that face, she felt the need
to do something.
Harumi began thinking that Koutarou's obsession with
knitting sweaters had something to do with that loneliness. If
those two were related, then Harumi would need help. She
believed she couldn't heal his heart on her own.
“I think Satomi-kun has some sad memories about a sweater.
That's why he is desperately trying to learn how to knit one
despite being a boy. I can teach him how to knit, but my body
is frail and I will be graduating next year. That's why I can't
heal his loneliness. That's why I wanted you to help me,
Yurika truly believed that Harumi was amazing. Yurika knew
of Koutarou's past thanks to Kiriha. The fact is that the half-
knit sweater was a keepsake from his mother. But even then,
she didn't notice how to heal Koutarou. However, Harumi who
had no idea of Koutarou's past had found a way. Kiriha and
the others had said that Yurika was closest to Koutarou, but in
fact, the closest one of all was Harumi.
Satomi-san joined the knitting society because he wanted to finish his
mother's half-knit sweater... That is probably to get his feelings in order...
That's why Satomi-san won't be able to fully trust in others before it's
complete... In that case, even if we get continue to get closer to Satomi-san,
we will eventually hit another wall! This is surely the piece of the puzzle we
At this moment, Yurika was the first of the girls around
Koutarou to find a method to fully mend Koutarou's wounded
In order to heal Koutarou's heart, the girls needed to give
Koutarou their warmth in their own ways, while he had to
complete his mother's sweater by his own hands. Like Harumi
said, without both of these things, Koutarou can't be saved.
He could only fully heal once he had both.
I can save him... No, if we all combine our powers, we can save Satomi-
Up until now, Yurika had always been the one being saved,
but now was her chance to save Koutarou. That conviction
filled Yurika with a powerful sense of joy. Yurika was grateful
for this chance. She might not have reached this conclusion if
it wasn't for all the girls around Koutarou.
“I understand, Sakuraba-senpai! Let's start out with the two
Yurika decided to start out with her and Harumi. She would
eventually need to explain the situation to all the girls of
room 106, but Yurika felt like Harumi, who had reached this
answer, deserved to lead the way. Harumi also had the
handicap of not being involved with room 106.
“Thank you, Nijino-san!"
Harumi smiled happily. Nothing was as reassuring as having
her closest friend support and help her. And she could be of
help to the boy she loved. That's why her smile at this time
looked like it belonged to a child.
“For the time being, I will join the knitting society! With that,
we can maintain the minimum amount of people and
preserve the society!"
According to school regulations, clubs required a minimum of
four people, and societies a minimum of two. Since the
knitting society was unable to get any new members, it
would be shut down if no new members joined before April of
next year. And if Koutarou's sweater wasn't completed before
that time, things might become problematic. So in order to
avoid that, Yurika decided to join the knitting society.
“Fufu... that's quite crafty of you, Nijino-san. It would be a big
help if you did."
“But, but... won't I get in the way?"
Yurika had been keeping her distance from the knitting
society in order to not get in the way of Koutarou and Harumi.
From that viewpoint, having Yurika join the society would be
“Not at all. I think it's more important to help Satomi-kun.
And Nijino-san, we decided that we would work together,
While Harumi might be troubled by having others join the
knitting society because she would be unable to be alone
with Koutarou, she had no problems with Yurika joining. If it
was just Yurika, she could continue the same way she always
had. If we she was with Yurika, she would be able to muster
more courage to become bolder.
Relieved, Yurika's eyes started sparkling. She was happy that
she could be of help without getting in Harumi's way, in fact,
she welcomed the situation. That was because Harumi was
making up for Yurika's own faults.
"With this, I think we can have club activities even when I am
in the hospital. I'm counting on you, Nijino-san."
"This Nijino Yurika will do her best!”
Harumi and Yurika smiled and continued chatting. The topics
were friendship and love. They two were enjoying their lives
to its fullest.
"...Oh, you two sound like you're having fun."
That was when someone called out to the two. Looking in the
direction of the two, they saw a woman wearing an elegant
"Nice to meet you, Higashihongan-san."
"What an unusual combination. May I join you?”
The woman's name was Higashihongan Kanae.
She was someone close to both Yurika and Harumi.
Saturday, April 24
Harumi and Kanae first met a few years ago when Harumi
was admitted. Back then, Sanae's condition was still light, so
Harumi and Sanae were hospitalized in the same sickroom.
That's why Harumi didn't just know Kanae, but also knew
Sanae, though only the Sanae with the modest personality.
After being released, Harumi would show up every so often to
visit Sanae, and then she would also meet Kanae.
Kanae was currently in the hospital to pick up a few personal
belongings left behind by Sanae. On her way back, she just
happened to spot Harumi and Yurika.
Having finished their businesses, the three left the hospital
and decided to eat lunch at a family restaurant. They were
now done eating and were peacefully chatting.
“Hmm, so the two of you will be going after the same boy
together... Girls nowadays sure are bold.”
Kanae swirled her glass of iced coffee around while smiling
Kanae's frank expression made Harumi blush. Still in her late
teens, Harumi didn't have the same level of confidence an
“Am I wrong?"
Kanae gave Harumi a teasing glance. She was enjoying
seeing Harumi's innocent blushing.
“I don't think you're wrong, but... I feel like the nuance has
“Fufu, it hasn't changed... But I'm a little jealous. Friendship
and love, huh... It's been a while since I talked about that
Kanae went through her memories and smiled nostalgically.
She imagined herself shining in her teens and dreamed of
going back to that time.
“About thirty years ago?"
However, she had only felt like teen for a few seconds.
Yurika's oblivious and ruthless comment dragged her back to
“Yurika-chan, are you picking a fight with me?"
Kanae smiled, but her eyes were twitching.
“N-Not at all!!”
Yurika hurriedly shook her head.
I've done it! I've done it again!
Yurika knew that having a rich enemy was bad. And she was
also scared of Koutarou's punishment. That's why she
continued shaking her head as fast as she could.
“I came to pick a fight. Kanae."
That was when a new voice joined in. The voice belonged to a
woman in her late twenties wearing an indigo suit. The
moment they saw that woman, both Kanae and Yurika's
expressions froze up.
“Long time no see, Kanae."
“Maya?! Why are you?!"
“This person is using magic... wait, Darkness Rainbow?!"
“Nice to meet you, Rainbow Yurika. My Maki is always in your
care. I am Maki's master, Maya."
The woman that had appeared in front of Yurika and the
others was Maya, a magician from Darkness Rainbow.
Yurika's master, Nana, and her partner at the time, Kanae,
had defeated Maya a few years ago. Back then, the injuries
Maya had sustained were severe and she was no longer fit for
battle. That's why her disciple, Maki, had taken up the name
of Dark Navy.
“Maya... what is that body?.."
“You'll find out soon. Very soon."
However, Maya didn't seem to be under the effect of a
serious injury. Her movements looked just the same as they
had before to Kanae, not to mention she looked even younger
than she did back then, as if she had grown younger these
past few years. Kanae was more surprised by that than by
Maya's sudden appearance.
“Nijino-san, what's going on? Who is that person? Why are we
Harumi was even more confused than Kanae was.
After Maya had appeared, the group had moved to an
abandoned building. While they directed hostility to one
another, they exchanged harsh words.
Having suddenly been dragged into a dangerous world,
Harumi couldn't do anything but be confused.
“Sakuraba-senpai, it's dangerous so please stay away.”
“A fight will start. That person is my and Kanae-san's enemy."
Harumi thought that Yurika was joking, that she was only
pretending that this was like her favorite anime. However,
the atmosphere she felt was different. It was far too serious
to be considered a joke. Yurika hadn't showed this serious of
an expression, even during their plays.
Enemy... That person is Nijino-san and Kanae-san's enemy...
Harumi looked at Maya. Even she could feel an ominous
presence coming from her. However, her common sense kept
saying that it was all just a joke. Her sensation and common
sense clashed, which only served to confuse Harumi even
"I will explain the details later. Please just do as I say,
"O-Okay. I understand...”
Harumi did as Yurika said and got away from the other three.
She didn't understand a thing, but she had no reason to
doubt Yurika. After confirming that Harumi was at a safe
distance, Yurika approached Kanae. Meanwhile, Kanae and
Maya's discussion continued.
"Maya, let Sakuraba-san go. She is unrelated to this.”
"Fufufu, I can't do that. I have my own circumstances here.”
Maya refused Kanae's request, full of confidence. But on the
inside, she was thinking something different.
On the surface she is a weak girl. However, her second personality holds a
vast amount of power. Knowing that, there's no way I would just let her go, is
Maya had been given a report from Maki, so she knew of the
power Harumi had. Based on Maya's objective, there was no
way that she would set Harumi free.
“No matter what? Sakuraba-senpai is just a normal person."
Yurika came to Kanae's side and asked for Harumi to be let
Yurika didn't know of Harumi's power. That was because she
had been unconscious when Harumi had shown her powers.
That's why she tried to keep Harumi as far away from danger
“No matter what. No matter who that girl is."
But even then, Maya wouldn't let Harumi go. Maya fearlessly
smiled as she tore off the clothes she was wearing, revealing
a magical girl outfit that looked familiar to Kanae. But that
familiarity ended there.
“Mode change, combat mode! Aura amplification rate to 1.5."
“Ready. Combat mode with aura amplification rate to 1.5
On Maya's command, her wrists began emitting an indigo
glow as if she was wearing bracelets. At the same time, the
lines that resembled tattoos began glowing with the same
light and opened up a little. In that gap, very complex looking
machinery could be seen. Most of Maya's body was now
composed of machines.
“Maya?! Is that body—?!"
Seeing the machinery through the gaps in her body, Kanae
realized how Maya had recovered. But she couldn't imagine
that this could be done with modern science. It was a very
shocking sight for Kanae.
“Are you jealous? I found a wonderful beauty salon. Aren't I
“A cyborg?! Kanae-san, get away!! That's dangerous!!"
Yurika warned Kanae who was standing still. In response,
Kanae followed Yurika's advice and got some distance
between herself and Maya. Thanks to her manga and anime,
she understood the danger faster than Kanae.
“That's a good intuition! As expected from Nana's disciple I
Maya grinned as her body changed even further. Various
mechanisms popped out from the gaps forming on her body.
Things such as exhaust tubes, armor and weapons appeared.
Maya had thrown away her beautiful body and changed into a
brutal combat machine.
“Come, Angel Halo! Encyclopedia!"
In return, Yurika called for her own canes.
Her intuition told her that if she didn't reveal her identity and
held back on magic, she would have no chance of winning.
Having transformed into a magical girl, the first thing Yurika
did was to give Kanae a weapon and create a barrier.
“Armed — Encyclopedia!"
One of the two canes in Yurika's hand transformed into a bow.
Yurika then threw it to Kanae.
“Please use that, Kanae-san!"
Kanae easily caught the bow mid air and swiftly readied
herself. As she did, the bow readjusted itself to perfectly suit
It works the same way as with Nana-chan... I can fight with this!
Kanae then drew the bow and an arrow appeared out of
nowhere. Kanae recalled her breathing from her previous
battles and pointed the bow towards Maya.
“Sanctuary — Modifier — Effective Area — Colossal!"
At the same time, Yurika finished casting her barrier. With
this, there was no need to worry about their fight being
witnessed by anyone outside the building.
“Are the two of you ready yet?"
Despite having finished her own preparations, Maya waited
for Yurika and Kanae to finish up their own. She did want to
wait for the barrier to be put up, but the biggest reason for
this was because she had absolute confidence in her own
She was convinced that there was no way she would lose to
Kanae, who was growing weary from age, and Yurika, who
was still immature.
“That confidence of yours will be fatal."
“That might be true, if your partner had been Nana."
The reason she had been defeated by Nana was because of
her overconfidence in her power. Maya could honestly accept
“But you two are not as strong as the past Kanae and Nana.
Maya took a stance.
As she did, a sound similar to a switch being pressed could be
heard in several places on her body. That sound served as the
gong to start the battle. It was the sound of the safety
devices of Maya's weapons being released.
“—I'm far stronger than I was before!"
Maya kicked off the ground. And in that moment, she
disappeared from Yurika's sight.
“Above you, Yurika-chan!"
Yurika had lost track of Maya, but Kanae who had excellent
eyesight had not. As she warned Yurika, she released an
“You really are a little slower, Kanae!"
Maya kicked off the ceiling of the building and changed her
direction. As a result, the arrow missed her.
“Should I introduce you to a good salon?!"
Maya had kicked off the ceiling and was now charging
towards Kanae at a fierce speed. Maya greatly wounded her
arm with a hand that transformed into a blade.
“I think I'll pass!"
But Kanae wasn't just going to let herself be done in. She
swapped the bow from her left hand to her right and swung
it. It handled similarly to a golf club.
“I'm still young after all!"
“My, that's too bad!"
Maya's right hand and Kanae's bow collided. If Kanae's
weapon had been a normal bow, it probably would have been
destroyed in that hit. However, since it was originally
Encyclopedia, it endured the blow.
“Maybe you should lose a little weight instead!"
While retaining its bow form, Encyclopedia unleashed a spell.
The bow read Kanae's wish to blow Maya away and activated
a shockwave spell.
“I'll let the people who made my body know!"
But even the close range shockwave didn't affect Maya's
confidence. Without even trying to dodge, she pointed her
left arm towards Kanae.
The next moment, the shock wave crashed into the parts of
Maya's body covered in armor and dispersed. And at the
same time, Maya fired the gun protruding from her left arm.
What Maya fired weren't normal bullets, but bullets of indigo
light. Energy was discharged directly from Maya's body.
Kanae hurriedly took evasive actions, but she was too close
to dodge all of the fired bullets. At this rate, she would
definitely be hit.
"Quick Cast!! Force Field!!"
But just before the bullets hit Kanae, a yellow shield of light
appeared in the way of the bullets.
The shield of light blocked the majority of the bullets, but it
was unable to withstand the barrage and the last remaining
bullets continued flying towards Kanae.
Flowever, thanks to Yurika buying her some time, Kanae
barely managed to avoid the shots. She escaped with only
one bullet grazing her cheek and another cutting off a few
strands of hair.
"Oh... aren't you working hard."
Taking some distance once more, Maya seemed a little
impressed as she looked at Kanae and Yurika, but her
confidence remained the same.
"Please be careful, Kanae-san."
"...Thank you, Yurika-chan."
Yurika stepped forward to keep Maya in check. Meanwhile,
Kanae got up and readied her bow again. As she did, the bow
changed its shape and bowstring according to Kanae's will.
It's a little hard to draw, but if I don't have enough power I won't be able to
hit her at that speed...
Maya was moving far faster than she had before. Maya was
good at using magic to enhance her body's abilities, but even
back then she hadn't been this fast.
“...What is this I wonder... I don't know what is up with her
body and her weapons..."
Yurika held her cane and looked at Maya's body again.
Despite it not being her real body, she can still move that fluidly, and she
moves at that speed without even using any magic . Her defense is quite
impressive as well. And that weapon just now is strange... Not even a
machine gun can break through a force field that easily... It probably isn't
magic, but something else...
An overwhelming speed, attacks hard to defend against and
strong defenses. Yurika could only think of one person with
that kind of power.
“If I don't treat this as if I'm fighting against Satomi-san I'll be
Maya reminded Yurika of Koutarou. He had help from Sanae,
and Kiriha's gauntlet and haniwas were— once Yurika
reached that point in her thoughts she had an epiphany.
“I see!! The underground people made your body, didn't
Yurika remembered the remains of the altar that Kanae had
showed her yesterday. They were pieces of spiritual energy
devices. If Maya had connections to the underground people
back then, chances were high she still did now. And with the
underground people's technology Maya's smooth movements
and overwhelming speed could be explained.
"Hmm... I guess you're not as stupid as you look, just like
Maya's smile disappeared.
At the same time, several new weapons appeared on her
"But because of that, you now have to die."
Maya wanted to keep her connections to the underground
people a secret.
But now that Yurika had found out the truth, she had to kill
her or her relations with the underground people might
worsen. Maya had been buying time up until now, but now
her goal became to kill Yurika and the others. Playtime was
"Kanae-san, I'll raise your strength with magic! I'll leave the
attacking to you!"
"Okay! I'll count on you to back me up!"
Kanae dashed forward holding her bow. Yurika wouldn't be
able to lock onto Maya, so she left the attacking to Kanae.
"Quick — And — Double Cast! Lightning Reflex, Mighty
Yurika enhanced Kanae's reflexes and strength with magic.
With this, she would have an easier time keeping up with
Maya, and she would be able to use her bow more easily.
There were other parts she wanted to enhance as well, but
since Maya was already making her move, even by forcibly
speeding her spells up, two was her limit.
“How about this?!”
Kanae sent one arrow after another towards Maya. She could
clearly see Maya and could more easily draw the bowstring.
The fired arrows rushed straight towards Maya.
“Good, Kanae!! It's like you've returned to how you used to
“Automatic interception system activated. Beginning
However, Maya wasn't without her own plans. Two antennas
thrust up from her body and started firing powerful lightning
bolts. Though the bolts didn't directly hit the arrows, the
electromagnetism they created had an effect on the metallic
tips of the arrows. As a result, the arrows that were headed
straight towards Maya veered off course and missed.
“But you're still a bit off!! You really have gotten old, Kanae!!”
“It's not over yet!!”
In that moment, the bow in Kanae's hand greatly changed its
shape. As the bow returned to its original form of a cane,
Kanae swung it. Kanae was skilled with both bows and
naginatas. Kanae was going to fight against Maya using the
cane as a replacement for a naginata.
“I see, so you have more weapons than before!”
In response, Maya fired the gun on her left arm while
“Protection From Soul Energy!"
But this time, the bullets were completely blocked by Yurika's
defensive spell. Knowing that she was going up against the
underground people's technology, she realized that
protection from spiritual energy would be more effective than
protection from physical attacks.
Maya and Kanae clashed, and the blade in Maya's right hand
crashed into Kanae's cane.
Kanae's cane was made out of wood, but thanks to the magic
power inside, it was harder than steel. As a result, the cane
successfully blocked Maya's blade. But her strike was heavy,
and so was Maya's body, thanks to all the machinery in her.
What's more, her speed was abnormal. Because of that,
Kanae couldn't hold off the blow despite being strengthened
by Yurika's magic.
“I've got you, KaanaeeeM"
With Kanae being blown upwards, Maya unleashed a kick with
her long legs.
A blade appeared at her foot, just like with her hand. Maya
was planning on finishing off Kanae with this attack.
“Quick Cast — Push!”
But before Maya's leg could reach, Kanae was blown away by
Yurika's spell. Thanks to that, Maya ended up missing
Kanae then used the cane's magic to make a soft landing. But
despite having survived the crisis, Kanae's expression was
She's strong... and her attack pattern is completely different from the past... If
I let my guard down for a moment, I will die!
The cane transformed into a bow once more. Kanae wanted
to wipe the sweat off her forehead away, but she wasn't
given the time to do so.
The battle continued in Maya's favor. She could attack any
way she pleased thanks to the many weapons she had, and
though Yurika and Kanae had the numerical advantage, they
were forced to defend themselves. Harumi knew next to
nothing about fighting, but even she could tell that Yurika and
Kanae were being driven into a corner.
“What is going on...? Just who are Nijino-san and
Harumi was overwhelmed by the spectacle taking place in
front of her eyes.
A battle had suddenly started, and she had no idea why. She
was confused by the woman with the mechanical body, and
Kanae who fought against her. But what confused her the
most was Yurika's appearance.
“It's like she's a real magician... Wasn't that supposed to be
As Yurika fought, she looked just like a magical girl that would
appear on an anime. And for every time they swung their
arms, the earth tore up and the air was burnt and scorched. It
was obvious that this wasn't some kind of special effect. With
a spectacle that ignored common sense like this playing out
in front of her, Harumi started question if this was even real.
That was when a doubt floated up in Harumi's mind. It was a
sensation of deja vu.
Haven't I seen something like this before...?
A faint memory appeared in her mind. It was the sight of
Yurika fighting against a girl in an indigo outfit. However, that
memory was very hazy and she couldn't remember it very
well. But she could somehow feel that the memory she had
was of something that had happened in the past.
What is this... I feel like I'm forgetting something important... ?
Harumi began focusing on her own mind, searching through
her memories, trying to recall that vague memory.
It wasn't this year. It was probably after the first play... I talked to Nijino-san
and Satomi-kun, and then we, all of us and Matsudaira-san, went out to
play... No... Was it a little before that?
Based on her own sensations, the clothes worn at the time
and her surroundings, Harumi got a feel for roughly when it
had happened. And using that as her guide, Harumi's
memories gradually started getting clearer.
That's right... Back then, this woman... No, not her, it was probably a
different girl with similar clothes... I was kidnapped by that girl, and was
unable to move...
Something was glowing on Harumi's forehead, and it started
glowing brighter the clearer her memory got. That pure-white
glow turned into a torrent of magical power and was trying to
break the spell put on Harumi's memory to pieces.
Harumi could remember a large fireball. At the same time, a
fireball appeared in reality as well.
"I don't know what you're planning, but I won't let you do
Maya created a fireball just like Maki had in Harumi's
memories. Maya sensed the magical power that Harumi was
releasing and made the first move to keep Harumi from
interrupting her fight with Yurika and Kanae.
"Run away, Sakuraba-senpai!!"
Yurika shouted. It was a situation very similar to last time, but
this time, Yurika had just cast a spell and was now unable to
protect Harumi. And since the attack this time around wasn't
magic, Maya was far faster than Maki had been. Moreover,
Kanae couldn't stop Maya's attack from her position. At this
rate, Harumi's life was in danger.
"...Good bye, young lady."
In the end, Yurika's warning hadn't been quick enough.
Harumi wasn't a magician, and she didn't have the ability nor
the will to fight. Being just a normal girl, Harumi simply stood
there with a blank stare.
And then I was swallowed by crimson flames.
Darkness Rainbow wasn't just after Yurika. Dark Green and
Dark Crimson were planning on attacking room 106 of Corona
Darkness Rainbow's main goal was to seize the magic power
concentrated in room 106. Maya's attack on Yurika was a
diversion to stall for time. This room was their real goal.
“Are you ready, Green?”
“Yes. My forecast is telling me to watch out for a girl with
golden hair that uses the key word 'Blue Knight'. I can see a
multitude of different attacks stemming from that. And one
“Don't enjoy your battle with the girl wearing an apron too
much. If you got too into it, I can see several futures where
you get the rug pulled out from under you.”
“Okay, okay. Despite your calm looking expression, you're
After invading the premises of Corona House, Crimson and
Green released the spell that concealed them. They had
already put up a barrier to keep people away so there was no
need for them to worry about being spotted.
“Crimson, take a step to your right quickly.”
“Okay, okay, you're so demanding...”
The two of them both took a single step to the right, and that
was when it happened.
A beam of light appeared just where they had been standing.
The light carved a large hole into the ground and the
shockwave created from the heated air greatly shook the
"Kyaaaaa?! What's going on?!”
"...It's the enemy's attack. They noticed us approaching when
we put up the barrier.”
Having predicted the enemy's attack, Green simply shook
from the enemy's overhead laser attack, but Crimson lost her
balance. She then hurriedly rebalanced herself and
complained to Green.
"Let me know those important things sooner!”
"It's okay. We'll be using a mental link from now on.”
As Green activated a new spell, the people that had attacked
them appeared. They were five girls around the same age as
Green and Crimson.
"Oh... to think you would dodge that... How interesting."
"Your highness, this is strange. According to the observed
data, these two took evasive action just before the weapon
"But it doesn't look like they sensed an aura."
"Then did they wiretap us? How rude, I'll have to call the
"If they wiretapped us, they probably would have moved
sooner. It seems like it's something different."
Theia, Ruth, Sanae, Shizuka and Kiriha. The five girls of room
106 stood in Crimson and Green's way, ready for a fight.
"But should we really have attacked out of nowhere?"
"No problems. They couldn't be anything than enemies in this
Sanae was worried about having attacked right away, but
Theia had made a grounded decision. There had been signs
that informed her of their raid.
First, all signals between Koutarou's bracelet and the Blue
Knight, except for the signal that used gravitational waves,
had been suddenly cut off. Finding that strange, Ruth
investigated the situation and found that most
communications methods around Koutarou had been cut off.
They had also lost contact with Yurika. In that situation,
communications in Corona Flouse had been disrupted as well.
And at the same time, two girls had snuck into the premises
of Corona Flouse. This had all been circumstantial evidence,
but Theia made the call that they weren't friendly and used
the Blue Knight to attack without hesitation.
”1 like that swift decision of yours.”
Crimson smiled. A fire started in her eyes, she was excited to
fight against a powerful opponent.
"Of course. Those are the basics of battle. Make a preemptive
strike with overwhelming force. It's your own fault for
carelessly approaching after such an imperfect diversion...
Theia smiled elegantly and covered her mouth with an even
more elegant folding fan. Enraged by Theia's behavior,
Crimson readied her cane and roared.
"Then I'll turn you into cinders right now!! I'll make you regret
talking down to me!!”
Crimson was conscious of her own error. She also felt
ashamed for her ungraceful appearance during the
bombardment. So having Theia throw some harsh words
towards her, Crimson's blood started to boil.
“Calm down, Crimson.”
“I understand how you feel, but don't fall for their
provocation. That girl is very calculating.”
But with Dark Green's calm words, Crimson barely managed
to hold herself back. Seeing that, Theia closed her fan and
erased her sarcastic smile.
“I see... so that's the kind of combination you two have...”
Like Green said, Theia was simply trying to provoke them.
She was no longer the type of person that would aggravate
others for no reason. Skilled in battles, Theia was trying to
extract info from Crimson by provoking her.
They're unknowns, but I've figured out a bit... These people really are behind
the diversions... The green one is in charge of information, and the red one
can use high energy attacks. The reckless red is being controlled by the calm
green. Based on this relation, the green one is the leader... and then there's
that cane that the red one was going to attack with... Surely that can't be a
magical cane, can it...?
This brief exchange of words had been enough for Theia to
obtain a lot of information. Upon analyzing the information,
Theia reached a certain conclusion. To confirm it, she asked
Kiriha who was by her side.
“Kiriha, what do you think?”
“I believe I have reached the same conclusion as you, Theia-
dono. Sadly, I cannot think of anything else.”
”1 see... so they really are...”
Theia grinded her teeth. IfTheia and Kiriha were right, the
two in front of them wouldn't be foes they could so easily
"What do you mean, Theia-chan?”
Shizuka who hadn't understood asked Theia.
"...Those two are magicians."
Shizuka and Sanae's eyes opened wide in surprise. Even Ruth
who was behind them was surprised.
"Your highness, are you sure?!”
"...You might think that I am being foolish, but I am almost
completely convinced. They are like Yurika, in a good way.”
Like Yurika in a good way. That meant that they had the same
kind of power Yurika had when she had saved Sanae from her
crisis. It meant that they could use magic.
In other words—
"Our enemies are magical girls. If you look down on them
thinking they're just cosplayers, you're in for a world of hurt."
—It meant that they were troublesome enemies that could
fight in an abundance of ways.
Theia had reached conclusion that the two were magical girls
because of their canes and the situation.
Both of them had canes of different shapes. The interference
in Corona House very closely resembled the barrier that
Yurika had put up using Encyclopedia. On top of that, the
cloak they had used to approach was incredibly advanced
and had allowed them to slip past all of the sensors that
Theia and Ruth had set up. It was hard to believe that could
be possible with the current level of technology on Earth.
Koutarou had brought Yurika's cane in from another world,
but it worked without any problems in this world as well. That
meant that the laws of physics allowed for the existence of
magic. In that case, it wouldn't be strange for there to be real
With this, it meant that either the two were magicians, or
they had science advanced enough to deceive Forthorthe's
sensors. Either way, it was clear that they were dangerous.
And in the worst case scenario, them being magical girls was
the most dangerous. Based on Yurika's past efforts, it was
more troublesome going up against magic that could be used
for all kinds of things rather than Forthorthe's technology that
became a lot more limited in a battle.
“That's right. You will all be defeated by our magic."
With a confident smile, Crimson readied her cane. As she did,
the crimson outfit she was wearing began to emit a faint red
glow, making it look like she was on fire.
“But it's nothing personal... Green, are you ready?”
"Yes. The first attack will come in 33 seconds. ”
Green silently nodded. However, her voice reached Crimson.
This was thanks to a telepathy spell.
“What kind of attack?”
"The girl in the apron will lead the attack. ”
When Green readied her cane, several holograms appeared
around her. The holograms displayed characters and images,
and it looked very similar to the holograms Clan could
produce with her bracelet.
“An enemy that can do what Yurika-chan did back then, huh...
then I will lead the way. Everyone else please back me up.”
“Shizuka, I'll help too!”
“We're counting on you, Shizuka, Sanae. Blue Knight, auto
select using the anti-personnel laser as the starting point.”
“As you wish, my princess.”
“Karama, Korama, change the settings on the Spiritual
Energy Field, raise its resistance towards elemental attacks
as much as you can. I will permit the use of spiritual energy
weapons. Release your limits, I will allow you to force
yourselves to the point that you break if need be.”
“Leave it to us Ho-!”
“We're going up against enemies we know nothing about!
Everyone, please don't push yourselves too much until I can
gather the necessary data!”
Shizuka was the vanguard with Sanae backing her up with
her spiritual powers. Theia would be shooting from a distance
to make the best use of her firepower. Kiriha took charge
while her high mobility haniwas would cover everyone. And
Ruth stayed in the back to gather and analyze data.
I just hope this is good enough...
It was a sturdy and the strongest possible formation, but
even then Kiriha felt like it was lacking. Based on her own
experiences of using Encyclopedia, Kiriha knew just how
flexible magic was.
"Are you just about ready yet?"
"...Don't play around too much, Crimson."
As proof of that, despite standing in front of five, Crimson and
Green were still confident. They had no doubt that they would
The invader girls made the first move.
“Here I go!”
With her exceptional physical strength and speed, her hair,
apron and skirt swayed as she rapidly approached the enemy
“Shizuka, I couldn't strengthen your body as well as
Koutarou's, so don't get overconfident!”
“I got it, thank you Sanae-chan!”
As Sanae said that from the rear, Shizuka kicked off the
ground and jumped. With her body strengthened even further
by Sanae's spiritual energy, she shot through the air like a
bullet. Shizuka then lightly rotated mid-air and thrust out her
right leg. She flew towards Crimson, trying to hit her with a
" That kick is just a diversion. The real attack is a ranged attack afterwards,
counter attack after you've dodged that. ”
As Shizuka's kick approached, Crimson took a mysterious
step. After parting from Shizuka for a moment, Crimson
stepped forward again as if she was going around her.
The next moment a laser passed through the area where she
had been standing. This laser was fired from a weapon that
Theia had summoned.
“It's not over yet! Sanae-chan God Arrow— wait, what?!”
As Sanae was about to attack because Theia's attack had
missed, many Crimsons appeared in the area. Surprised by
that, Sanae's attack was delayed for a moment.
"Crimson, attacks won't come from this position."
"Hmm, then let's start the counter attack!”
Several dozen Crimsons then readied their canes all at the
Shizuka who had missed her kick was trying to land curled up
and crossed her arms, bracing for Crimson's attack. She knew
that she was the target thanks to the power to see the
intention to attack, given to her by Sanae.
"Sanae, they're just holograms! Just attack!"
Sanae fired an arrow from her bow made out of spiritual
energy. That arrow was also made out of spiritual energy so it
split into several dozen smaller arrows midair and assaulted
the crowd of Crimsons.
"They're all fakes?!"
All the Crimsons hit by Sanae's arrows disappeared entirely.
As Theia had said, they were all illusions created by Green.
But, there were so many holograms that Sanae couldn't get
rid of all of them. And the real Crimson was still present
“Infernal Fire — Modifier — High Concentration."
Three Crimsons remained, and all three of them made the
exact same movements and produced a large burning red
ball of flame each. That large ball then contracted and shrank
to the size of a tennis ball. This increased the heat of the
fireball, and it shone like a miniature sun.
And those three fireballs were all sent towards Shizuka.
“Kya Kya Kya!”
Shizuka didn't know which one was real. Moreover, she had
just landed and couldn't move away in time. That's why all
she could do was let out a scream.
“Leave it to us Ho-!"
“Shizuka-chan, you can take it easy Ho-!”
Just before the fireballs were about to hit Shizuka, Karama
and Korama appeared in front of her. They then pointed their
arms forwards and emitted a yellow light. That light turned
into a large membrane that enveloped Shizuka and the
The moment the fireballs crashed into the haniwas'
membrane of light, a large explosion occurred. The shock
wave from the explosion caused the entirety of Corona House
to tremble. Because of the explosion, Shizuka and the
haniwas were wrapped in flames and their appearance
couldn't be seen from the outside.
"*cough* *cough, cough*”
"Shizuka-chan, quickly fall back Ho-”
”1 know, but, *cough*”
"This way Ho-”
Fortunately, Shizuka and the haniwas appeared shortly after
again. The haniwas were bringing Shizuka back to Theia as
she was having a coughing fit. Both Shizuka and the haniwas
were a bit dirty from the explosion, but they had no injuries.
”...l think we're a strange bunch, but you might be even more
so. Normally at least one person would die from that.”
Crimson gave words of praise to Shizuka who had safely
gotten out of her pinch. Infernal Fire was one of Crimson's
strongest attacks, so taking a direct hit from that and being
unharmed was quite surprising.
But she didn't stop at being surprised, and while she was
praising Shizuka, she communicated with Green without the
use of words.
"Green, what's next?”
"The next is in 18 seconds. Those cute machines will try something. ”
"Let me know when you get more details. ”
Crimson and Green were confident that they would win, but
that was if they could work together without making any
mistakes. The two couldn't afford to let their guard down.
"Your highness, this really is strange. The enemy is moving to
where our attacks won't hit just before they're fired. It's as if
they know where the attacks will come to begin with.”
"But they're not reading our auras. I can't feel that they're
using spiritual energy at all.”
"Could it be profiling?"
"No... I can't imagine our opponents have enough information
on us to do that. It would make more sense to suspect magic
is playing a hand in this. I don't know if they're reading our
minds or auras though..."
At the same time, the invader girls worked on improving their
cooperation against the two unknown enemies. They realized
that they had no chance of winning if they all fought on their
"Karama, Korama, don't let them get close.”
"Leave it to us Ho-"
"Blue Knight, keep them restrained. Put interception on auto
"As you wish, my princess."
The two got back into formation and tried to keep the two
magical girls at bay while planning their strategy. If their
attacks were being read, they couldn't carelessly go on the
offensive. Meanwhile, the two magical girls weren't taking the
offensive either. They were waiting for the invader girls to
show an opening while blocking Karama, Korama and the
Blue Knight's attacks.
"...Uhm, can I say something stupid?"
Shizuka dusted off her clothes while speaking coyly.
“Go ahead. I am willing to try any plan."
Theia nodded seriously. She was ready to try anything.
“Those girls are magicians, right?"
“That's right. There's no doubting that."
Kiriha said that. The fireball that Crimson had fired from her
cane all but proved that they were magicians. As the fireball
was being generated, Karama's, Korama's and the Blue
Knight's gathered data revealed that it wasn't being created
by science or spiritual energy.
“Then... can't they just see the future in a crystal ball like the
witches from fairy tales?"
Shizuka had embarrassingly spoken out, prepared to made
fun of, but Kiriha and Theia did no such thing. Instead, their
eyes opened wide and looked at each other.
“Kiriha, what are the chances?!"
“It can't be dismissed."
Kiriha figured that since Koutarou had travelled through time,
it must be possible to obtain information from the future in
some way. The problem was whether it actually could be
done or not.
“...We have to confirm how they are reading our moves, and
including the possibility of future forecast."
“Then what do we do?"
Kiriha swiftly gathered her thoughts and conveyed them to
her allies. The girls all moved out, following Kiriha's
directions. Sensing that, a grin appeared on Crimson's face.
“Looks like they're finally getting motivated. Finally, I was
getting bored of playing with these toys."
"The girl with the golden hair will make the first move by summoning
another machine. Don't get too surprised, because a large amount of small
missiles will come flying at you. They follow heat sources so after they lock
onto you, use Flare to avoid them. ”
“Really, how many surprises do those girls have? Multiple
While listening to what Green was saying, Crimson attacked
the haniwas flying in the air with energy balls created by
magic. However, since the haniwas stopped their attack and
began falling back, the energy ball missed and continued
flying forward until it could no longer be seen. And in the next
moment, Theia made her move.
“Let's do this! Blue Knight! Anti-personnel multi-missile!”
“As you wish, my princess.”
Space-time holes opened up on both sides near Theia, and a
big box appeared from each hole. The box was about a meter
and a half tall and it had a quite squarish design for
something from Forthorthe.
“Target locked, beginning attack.”
As the Blue Knight's Al signaled, the boxes opened and
revealed 16 missiles about 50 centimeters in length.
The missiles all began spewing out fire at the same time and
flew out of the box. The missiles flew straight up for a
moment before turning towards the two magical girls at once.
“Here I go!"
As the missiles changed direction, Shizuka started running.
While their enemies were intercepting the missiles, she was
going to close in on them.
Crimson held her cane above her head and chanted a short
incantation. As she did, a bright glowing ball of light
appeared between her and the missiles.
The missiles misidentified the light as their target and started
following it. Crimson manipulated the ball of light to send the
missiles of in a random direction. The missiles continued
chasing after the ball of light and flew off somewhere.
“Now it's my turn!”
Shizuka who had approached Crimson while she was dealing
with the missiles launched her attack while keeping her
“I've been waiting!”
Crimson held her cane in both hands and moved up to
intercept Shizuka. To Crimson who only sought after strength,
having a close quarter fight was a welcome event.
“You don't need to. ”
Just a moment before Crimson's battle would start, the soil by
Shizuka's foot sunk down. Since Shizuka was just about to
take a step she lost her balance.
“Hey Green, let me have some fun too!"
"Only once we've thinned their numbers a little. ”
“You better mean it!"
As Crimson was complaining to Green, Shizuka rolled by at a
terrific speed. Because she had fallen properly, she hadn't
taken any serious damage, but she lost her breath and was
unable to move.
“Seriously... I hate these kind of throwaway matches the
Crimson jumped towards Shizuka while she was unable to
move. Crimson then pointed her feet down and fell towards
Shizuka. She was going to finish off Shizuka while she was
unable to move by slamming her feet into Shizuka's stomach.
“ Bend your legs, Crimson
“Look out, Shizuka!"
But the spiritual energy arrow that Sanae had fired barely
managed to save Shizuka. Since Crimson had to bend her
legs to avoid Sanae's attack, a slight delay occurred in her
attack. During that time, Shizuka rolled out of the way and
managed to avoid the attack with just her side being grazed.
“Fall back to three meters behind me. ”
“Okay, okay, boy we sure are busy, aren't we?"
“Blue Knight, pull the enemy away from Shizuka! I'll leave the
method of attacking to you!"
“As you wish, my princess."
The weapon that Theia had summoned from the Blue Knight
spewed a large amount of bullets between Shizuka and
Crimson. However, since Crimson had already moved to
evade, the bullets never hit. And like that, Crimson fell back
even further alongside with Green.
“So she did avoid it!"
Despite the attack simply being dodged, Kiriha's expression
distorted in astonishment. In fact, Theia's attack had revealed
an important truth.
“Ruth, how does it look?!”
“They are just barely outside of the Blue knight's set attack
radius. It's like they've analyzed the Blue Knight's combat
All the attacks up until this point had been performed with a
For example, the missiles were to find out if the girls were
really using magic to find out what they were doing. Since the
missiles had many different methods of tracking, they were
testing to see if they would use the correct counter
measures, revealing if their attacks were being read in some
fashion. And in fact, Crimson and Green had correctly used
heat to deal with the missiles. If they didn't know what kind
of tracking method the missiles used, it would make sense to
use magic to protect themselves, so this revealed that their
moves were being read somehow.
And the most important attack was Theia's last. Theia had
left everything to the Blue Knight. In other words, if the
magical girls had been using magic to read their minds or
intention to attack, they shouldn't have been able to avoid
this attack. And yet, Crimson and Green had accurately fallen
back to outside of the Blue Knight's attack radius. It was hard
to think that the Blue Knight's attack systems had been
analyzed in this short amount of time, which left very few
“Green, looks like they've found out."
“So it seems. A large amount of forecasts just disappeared."
Despite having their opponents find out about the secret to
their strength, Crimson and Green were still confident. The
two simply smiled as they stood in front of the five
“I didn't think it was possible, but... you are reading the
“That's right. So just give up and die."
It was only obvious that they would remain confident.
The two of them knew that their advantage wouldn't
disappear just from having their secret revealed.
Contract and Descent
Saturday, April 24
Koutarou and Maki's names were displayed on a screen
showing today's top ten high scores by the exit of an
attraction. The attraction was similar to a game where groups
of two get on a ride and compete over who can kill the most
monsters. Koutarou and Maki had gone together and
managed to get the top score by a large margin.
“...Hey, Kou. Don't you feel anything after seeing this result?”
Looking up on the screen that was brilliantly displaying
'Koutarou & Maki' at the top of the leaderboard, Kenji dropped
his shoulders in amazement.
“Feel anything? What do you mean?”
“This is what I'm talking about... you're always like this...”
Kenji put his hand on the confused Koutarou's shoulder and
lost all will to speak. To Kenji, having a feminine girl like Maki
go all out on an attraction like this, it looked like Maki was
sending special signals. However, Koutarou couldn't feel that,
or he could have been intentionally ignoring it.
"Satomi-kun and Aika-san should just stop beating around the
bush and date already. Having two people this synced up is
”1 think so too. It feels like fate.”
Kenji and a group of girls all shared the same opinion that
since Koutarou and Maki were so compatible, they should just
start dating. The group of girls had gossiped about the
special atmosphere between Koutarou and Maki several
times in the past as well. And with their score on the
attraction only fueling the flames, they decided that now was
the time to match up the two.
"What do you think about that, Maki-chan?”
"Even if you ask me... uhm... I'm just always after money,
_ _ //
Maki's face turned red as she blushed. Her feelings were
already clear to herself.
"Oh? She doesn't seem to be against it? Oh you..."
Having her sides nudged by her classmate's elbow, Maki
instinctively looked at Koutarou. As she did, her eyes met
Koutarou had a perplexed expression at first, but when he
saw Maki's eyes, his expression was replaced with a smile.
She's certainly a girl that has a different feel to her compared to the other
Whenever Koutarou would look at Maki, he felt a mysterious
feeling. He felt a sense of duty that demanded that he
protect her. At the same time, he felt a sense of trust that she
would value the same things he did. Koutarou didn't know
what made him feel that way, but the feeling was far from
unpleasant. It might be the same thing that Koutarou feels for
the invader girls. And the fact that he felt this about just a
classmate confused Koutarou.
She's just a normal classmate, but could it be because we share a secret... ?
The only reason Koutarou could think off was when he had
saved her life at the mountain. He vaguely felt that might be
“I won't accept this! Aika-san can't go out with Satomi!”
“Yeah! The guy who betrayed the unpopular boys alliance
can't find happiness!"
But that was as long as Koutarou and Maki could look at each
other. The dissatisfaction amongst the boys of the group
exploded and they blew away the sweet atmosphere between
“I am Maki-chan's fated person! Stop spewing your selfish
“Are you guys stupid?! Just accept that score as reality!"
“No, it's a mistake! As if something digital like that could
measure bonds and fate!"
“What you're saying is a sound argument, but you only look
like an idiot right now!”
The quarrel grew more intense, leaving out the two in
question entirely. Koutarou felt like he had been left behind.
He found that funnier and funnier, until he started laughing.
As he laughed, a quiet laugh came from next to him. When
Koutarou looked in that direction, he saw Maki laughing. Their
eyes met and Maki's eyes narrowed. That was when Koutarou
was convinced that she was feeling the same thing as he
What is this, really..
It was a mysterious feeling. And the fact was Maki made him
feel comfortable. That's why Koutarou could accept that to
him, Maki is an important existence.
A muffled buzzing sound could be heard. Maki had received a
mail on her phone.
The mail Maki had gotten was very short. The subject said
'Commencing action' and there was no text. The mail had
been sent according to a prior decision, which is why Maki
knew what was happening just by reading the subject.
So it's starting...
The mail indicated that Maki's allies were on the move. Maki's
job was to keep Koutarou here until her allies were done with
their jobs. Keeping Koutarou, who was considered their
strongest foe here, and away from the action, was Maki's job.
And Maki felt a significant meaning in this. She didn't want
Koutarou to fight with anyone. It wasn't just that she was
worried he might lose his life, but she also didn't want him to
be dirtied by being exposed to his enemy's malice.
But... is this really alright...
However, Maki didn't feel satisfied by that. She felt like she
was betraying Koutarou in a way. If Koutarou learned of what
was going on, he would surely try to resolve it. And despite
knowing that, Maki couldn't tell Koutarou the truth. That was
to protect Koutarou, but it went against his wishes. That's
why she couldn't quite accept what she was doing.
I don't know what's right and what's wrong... Is this because of the contract
What disturbed Maki even more was the contract between
her and Koutarou. Since they had a mental connection
because of the contract, Maki tended to give priority to
Koutarou's intentions. That's why although she herself
prioritized Koutarou's safety, there was a chance that the
contract prioritized Koutarou's intentions and imprinted those
Such various circumstances confused Maki. That's why she
blankly stared at her cellphone's screen.
And as she did, she could hear the sound of a cell phone
vibrating again. But that cellphone didn't belong to Maki, but
What was actually vibrating wasn't a cellphone, but the
bracelet on Koutarou's right wrist. Koutarou put his cellphone
by his ear and ordered his bracelet to answer the call at the
same time. By doing this, he could use his bracelet without
his surroundings suspecting anything.
“What's up, Clan."
Since Koutarou had gotten the bracelet from Clan, she was
the only one who could contact him with it. Everyone else
would just normally call him on his cellphone. That's why
Koutarou didn't even need to check who was calling him.
“Are you safe, Bertorion?!"
As Koutarou expected, the voice belonged to Clan. But the
voice coming from the bracelet was strung up and louder
than normal. That surprised Koutarou and he almost dropped
“W-What now, all of a sudden?!"
“Just answer!! Are you safe?!"
“Y-Yeah... I'm safe. There is nothing but peace here."
Koutarou looked at his surroundings before answering Clan.
The amusement park was a peaceful place. If there was any
kind of noteworthy incident, it would be his classmates who
were still quarreling.
“Which means that the problem is somewhere else?!"
“What do you mean? What's happened?"
“I just received an emergency rescue signal from
Pardomshiha using gravitational waves! I just assumed she
was with you which is why I called!"
“So that's why!"
Sensing what might have happened, Koutarou turned his
back to his classmates and whispered instructions to Clan.
“...Clan, please confirm everyone's whereabouts and the
situation at once. Ruth-san wouldn't send you a rescue signal
unless something serious had happened."
Ruth believed in Clan and had forgiven her, but Theia and
Clan hadn't reconciled yet. Because of that, Ruth wouldn't
frequently contact Clan. And if Ruth was now asking for help
from Clan, something serious must have happened.
“I think so too, I've already sent an unmanned fighter. I will
let you know what's going on once I find out."
“...Thank you, Clan."
“There's no need for thanks. Master and servant help each
other out, right?"
Koutarou nodded at Clan's words and realized a change in
how he felt.
I'm thinking that it might not be so bad to be Clan's vassal...
Master and servant helped each other out. Being told that,
Koutarou didn't feel anything out of place. He no longer felt
any resistance to what Clan was saying. Clan was starting to
properly display her nature as a princess.
"W-Well, enough of that! Bertorion, please move to this
position. I will send your armor there!”
As Clan gave Koutarou instructions, a hologram of the
amusement park's map appeared in front of him. There was a
red marker blinking in an alley by a warehouse a few blocks
away from the amusement park.
Right now, Clan had the authority to use the Blue Knight's
systems. Using that, she would send Koutarou his armor. And
the closest place that didn't attract any attention was that
"...Got it, I'll go right away."
Koutarou drilled the location of the marker into his head
before ending the communication. He then took swift action.
He imagined that it was an emergency, so sadly, this was the
end of his fun weekend.
Koutarou explained to his friends that an urgent situation had
come up and that he had to go. After making humble
apologies, he dashed out of the amusement park and headed
towards the alley Clan had marked out. Since it was in the
opposite direction of the station where he had come from, it
looked like he was taking a roundabout way at first glance,
but this was actually the fastest way back to
Returning using the train would take several tens of minutes,
including the time it would take to get to the station. But
since this might be an emergency, he couldn't take his time.
That's why Koutarou was going to go pick up the Blue
Knight's armor and fly back. Using the full power of his armor,
he should be able to reach the city in a few minutes.
"Bertorion, there are two places in Harukaze city where I
can't observe any electromagnetic radiation!”
"Your residence and a redevelopment zone in the suburbs!”
"Examine those areas some more!”
While running through the unpopulated warehouse area,
Koutarou continued his call with Clan. Clan was sending him
information the moment she got it. Thanks to that, Koutarou
was able to get an understanding of what situation the
invader girls was in.
Only Yurika and I went out today. So is Yurika in the redevelopment zone?
It's close to the hospital too... The other five are probably in Corona House...
Did someone attack Corona House, waiting for me and Yurika to clear out?
Do they know about us? But why go after Yurika? She's just a cosplayer. No,
could it be that they know that Yurika can use magic now?
As information started coming in, Koutarou began to think of
a lot of questions, his anxiety growing for each one formed.
Koutarou felt that he needed to hurry, knowing that the
invader girls were in a dangerous situation, even though he
knew that they wouldn't go down easily. They had become
very important to him.
“I will send the armor to you now! Once it's been transferred,
forcibly activate it! Omit the startup system check! Activate
using individual setting, Reios Fatra Bertorion, version 38
As Koutarou ran into the alley by the warehouse he saw a two
meter tall space-time hole. From it, a blue armor standing
upright slowly appeared. As the armor was appearing, it blew
away a ton of dust that had gathered in the alley. The armor's
blue color seemed to be glowing as it waited in the dark alley.
Flaving been successfully transferred, the armor sensed
Koutarou's approach and opened up its front. In contrast to
its classical look, it was filled to the brim with technology. It
was a masterpiece of advanced science that had saved
Koutarou's life many times in the past.
Seeing the armor waiting for him, Koutarou started running
faster. Fie was rushing as he thought that he would now be
able to head to the girls.
There was just a few meters left to the armor now.
And that was when something abnormal happened.
“...Activate Engage. Activate Safeguard, using the exception
article to preserve life. Make Satomi-kun unable to run."
The familiar voice of a girl echoed through the alley. And at
the same time, Koutarou's lower body stopped moving. As a
result, Koutarou stopped just in front of the armor.
“I can't move my legs?! What is going on?!"
Koutarou did his best to try and move his legs. However, they
didn't budge at all. It was as if they had taken root into the
ground. It was different from being forcibly stopped by
someone else. It felt like the orders Koutarou sent to his lower
body weren't being conveyed.
“...I activated the contract between us, Satomi-kun. If it's to
protect you, the contract will unrestrictedly restrain you."
A lone girl appeared in front of Koutarou. It was one his
classmates, wearing an indigo outfit. It was Aika Maki, whom
he had been playing with at the amusement park just a while
“Aika-san?! Are you the one doing this?!"
Koutarou didn't know what was going on. He didn't know why
his legs wouldn't move or why Maki was in front of him.
Based on her tone, he could guess that she was responsible,
but he couldn't imagine a normal classmate to be able to do
something like this. Confused, Koutarou pressed Maki for an
“No. You're the one who did it."
But Maki's answer only made Koutarou even more confused.
“To be precise, your sword did."
“My sword— Signaltin?!"
When Maki said that, he started focusing on himself. He
looked for the source of what was restraining him.
This is certainly Signaltin's magical power... Her majesty's power is at
Doing that, Koutarou could feel Signaltin's magic power. It
was the white magical power that had Alaia's presence. Even
Koutarou, who had no talent for magic could tell.
“But why?! Why is Signaltin restraining me?!”
Koutarou couldn't believe the situation he was in. The power
that Alaia had given to him was depriving him of his freedom.
He had always believed that Alaia would always be on his
side no matter what, so this was a very shocking event.
“...It's because you tried to save me...”
Maki quietly spoke to Koutarou. Her eyes were even more
settled down than her voice, and felt very calming.
“That's why the sword fulfilled your wish, and created a
magical bond between you and me.”
“A magical bond...?”
“Yes... don't you remember? Back in the snowy mountain,
when you were trying to heal my wounds, you should have
seen something in that white light.”
“In the snowy mountain... Ah..."
Koutarou could clearly remember it, even now. Inside of a
lodge covered with snow, he desperately tried to save Maki
using Signaltin's powers. And in the white light, he had seen
the appearance of a young girl hurt all over, trembling from
solitude and from the cold.
“I saw it... a hurt and trembling girl..."
“I see... at that time, I saw a boy. A boy embracing a half-knit
sweater and crying...”
Maki clearly remembered as well. In the light, she had seen a
young boy covered in someone else's blood embracing a
sweater and sitting down with a look of blank surprise.
“...Back then I had given up on everything. I had lost the will
to live. I probably wouldn't have been saved if just my
wounds were healed. That's why the sword tried to give me
hope. The hope that I wasn't alone.”
“So that girl... was you...”
That girl, the dying Maki, didn't just need her wounds healed,
but also a will to live. And the source of that will was a bond
with someone else. That's why Signaltin had showed Maki's
true appearance to Koutarou. It was to tell Koutarou what was
needed to save Maki.
“And you... saw me...”
“You needed it too, right? Hope that you weren't alone...”
“I, think so... Somewhere deep inside me, I was rejecting
Having lost his mother, Koutarou stopped trying to develop
any deep connections with others. That's why he needed a
bond as well. A powerful bond that would never be torn apart.
That's why he showed Maki his true self. It was to tell Maki
what was needed to save Koutarou.
" Just wait, I'll save you right now!”
"It's okay, I'll always be with you...”
The two of them had wanted to embrace each other. To warm
their chilled minds and bodies. To hold their small hand and
tell them that they are not alone.
They wanted to protect that weak existence in front of them.
“That's why your sword created a magic bond between us. In
order to save both you and I."
The two's common desire called forth a new spell from
A contract to connect their hearts, a contract, a bond that
would never be cut.
At that time, the two of them needed that no matter what.
“A magical bond... But... can that really be..."
“You should have felt it before. Haven't you ever known what
I was going to do? Haven't I ever known what you were going
to do? When I take an unnatural action, why do you not doubt
Koutarou had indeed felt it before.
He had felt like Maki had read his mind in the past, both
during everyday life and in battle. And he had also known
what Maki had wanted him to do.
And... why don't I doubt Aika-san... ? What was Aika-san doing on that snowy
mountain? Why was she able to freely use the magical cane? Even now... why
am I believing her wild story?
Koutarou could come up with a lot of questions, but he didn't
doubt Maki. Somewhere deep in his heart, he trusted her.
That's why he accepted what she was saying.
“A magical bond... a contract... Using that, you're sealing off
my legs, right?”
"That's right. That's why you would never be able to break
free. Please stay with me here for a while."
Signaltin was the source of the contract's power. And if it was
Signaltin's doing, then calling for it wouldn't resolve the
situation. In other words, Koutarou had no means to break
free from this situation.
"Bertorion! I've got footage! Theiamillis-san and the others
are currently fighting against someone!”
That was when two holograms appeared alongside Clan's
cornered voice. One of the holograms showed Theia's group
and the other showed Yurika's group. Both groups could be
seen fighting against someone.
"Everyone?! It really is the enemy— Wait, that's the woman
from ten years ago?!”
Koutarou started to panic as he saw the girls fighting. Both
groups were at a disadvantage, and it looked like they would
be defeated. What made Koutarou worry the most was when
he spotted the woman, Maya, whom he had fought against
eleven years ago. He was well aware of how strong and
dangerous she was. If he didn't rush over there right now,
Yurika and the others would be in danger.
"Aika-san, please let me go right now! I have to go to help
The girls of room 106 were in danger. Koutarou desperately
pleaded with Maki, but she simply shook her head.
”1 can't. Not letting you do that is my job.”
"What?! What does that mean?!”
"It means just what I said. Because, I...”
Maki paused for a moment and showed an adamant
expression before continuing.
"I am your enemy! I am a member of Darkness Rainbow, the
group targeting room 106!”
"You're lying! I don't believe you! There's no way you would
be my enemy!”
Koutarou instantly denied what Maki had said.
To him, Maki was a classmate he got along well with. She
couldn't be an enemy, and he didn't want to believe it.
"I don't want to believe it either! I don't want to fight against
you! That's why I can't let you go! Because if I do, I would
have to fight you!”
"There's no need to fight even if you let me go, right?! We
could just stop!! You're not the kind of girl that would fight!!”
There was no need for the girl trembling alone to fight. What
was needed wasn't to fight and win, but to gently stay by
“I can't! We would definitely become enemies! Letting you go
would mean to annul the contract! If I do, you won't think of
me as important! And I won't think of you as important! We'll
only be able to see each other as enemies!”
The existence of the contract was driving Maki into a corner.
Clan who could break free from the magical girls' barrier had
been able to inform Koutarou about the battle sooner than
expected. Because of that, Maki had to forcibly stop
Koutarou. But Maki's magic couldn't breakthrough Signaltin's
powers that were protecting Koutarou. That's why the only
method she could stop him was by activating the contract.
After activating the contract, it wouldn't return to ordinary for
a while. In order to free Koutarou in this situation, the
contract would have be annulled with both parties' consent.
But Maki wouldn't choose to annul the contract. Doing that
would mean that the magical bond would disappear, along
with Maki's feelings for Koutarou, and Koutarou's feelings for
Maki. In other words, they would return to when they were
”1 don't want that! I love you, Satomi-kun! I want to have
these feelings forever! I don't want to return to the me that
tried to kill you!”
Maki was crying.
She didn't want to lose who she was now. Being saved by
Koutarou, she had learned the joys of living for the first time
in her life. Even if that was an illusion created by magic,
having spent all of her live alone, it was an illusion she was
ready to cling onto. She couldn't stand that if she returned to
normal, she might try to kill Koutarou.
“And if everyone dies during this, I will forever hate you!!"
“I'm even okay with that!! Because, because, I will be able to
keep you from fighting!! I can keep loving you!!"
To Maki, annulling the contract would be the same as her
Annulling the contract would mean that she would return to
her lone self living in the darkness. It would mean she would
be letting go of the light she had slowly been gathering ever
since Koutarou had saved her.
That's why even if Koutarou hated her, even if she was just
living inside of an illusion, she couldn't annul the contract.
“If everyone dies, I will hate you!! And after that, how would I
even continue living?! I just finally learned the meaning of
living with others!!"
At this rate, Koutarou would lose everything.
Having lost a loved family member, Koutarou had started
rejecting others, and at this rate, the girls that had taught
him that he can't stay like that were going to lose their lives.
Koutarou would surely start hating Maki who wouldn't let him
go save them, and that hate would drive them apart. In effect
Koutarou would lose all those close to him.
He would lose the bright future he had finally found.
“I don't care if you hate me! You can curse me if you want!
But even then, I will stay by your side! I will forever protect
you so you will never be alone!"
Maki was prepared to endure Koutarou's abhorrence and stay
by his side. Maki would rather be in the flames of hatred than
return to the dark coldness of solitude.
“So please, Satomi-kunM Let me stay as your Maki!!"
In the past, Koutarou might not have been able to say
anything to Maki who had been trembling in the coldness of
solitude, searching for love but never finding it, and now that
she was cornered, she would try to warm herself by the
flames of his hatred. Koutarou knew just how scary it was to
lose that warmth. That's why he had been rejecting others.
“Is that what you want?! Do you really want that kind of
But the Koutarou of now was different. He couldn't stay quiet.
He knew that she couldn't stay like that.
“What else can I do?! We were enemies before we even met!!
But I love you!! I don't want to lose this warmth!!”
These had been words he had spoken for Maki's sake. But as
he was shouting them, he realized the path he needed to
That's right... I have to believe... I have to believe in the same things Aika-
san has to...
Koutarou had to believe, in order to save Maki, to save
himself, and to save the kind people that he wanted to
rescue. That was—
“Our future is not as dark as we believe!!”
—that their future would surely be bright.
That obvious and natural thing was what Koutarou and Maki
had to believe in.
“There's no way that our relationship is all just a product of
magic! We are the ones that make our own future!"
“Do you really believe that?! Won't you be all alone, crying, in
that future?! And won't I be frozen in a dungeon?!"
Truth be told, Maki wanted to believe as well. But she didn't
want to lose something she believed in. She had been
betrayed so many times in her life already. That's why when
she was dying in the snowy mountain, she had given up.
“Of course!! If you believe, you will never be alone again!!
Believe!! Don't try to isolate yourself!!"
To Koutarou, Maki was like another version of himself. That's
why he knew what she needed. It was what he had been
taught by the invader girls. If she didn't reject others herself,
she would surely feel warmth by her side. He wanted to teach
her that, and continued to pour warmth into her. He wanted
to affirm her future.
“Even if the spell disappears, it's not like our everyday up
until today will too! Our relationship isn't something made
just out of magic!"
True, magic might have been the start. But after that,
Koutarou and Maki had spent so much time together.
Koutarou couldn't believe that all of that would just vanish.
And there was a reason why he was thinking like that.
“Don't you think so?! Remember!! What do you think of the
people you went out to play with today?! Do you not feel
anything at all?! Or are they your enemies?! That's not right,
Those words left Maki astonished.
There shouldn't be a change in how Maki felt towards her
classmates before and after being saved by Koutarou. The
contract only existed between her and him. That's why she
shouldn't think of her classmates as nothing but clueless
people who had no idea of the truth.
"...1-1... think... of everyone... as... as my... friends...”
Intensely shaken up, Maki spoke out how she felt.
She thought of her classmates as friends. In the months since
Maki had come to Harukaze high school, her feelings had
changed without her even realizing it.
"Even if the magic disappears, we won't become enemies
again! As if something like that would ever happen! And if it's
like you said, you have friends now! You won't be alone!”
Koutarou was convinced.
Even if they had been hostile in the past, there should have
been a change in Maki's feelings for Koutarou and they
shouldn't be enemies anymore. But even if they weren't
enemies, they might start feeling more distant towards one
another. But Maki now had friends. Even if she was to
become estranged with Koutarou, she wouldn't be alone.
That's right... I'm hopeful... I am hoping everyone in class has a bright
The words Koutarou spoke to Maki were also words to himself.
What Maki needed to believe in was the same he needed to
believe in. By trying to save Maki, he could see that he was
changing himself little by little.
“Even if our relationship gets a little worse, we can just
rebuild it! You're not alone. We have all the time we need to
“Do you really, really think so? Am I not alone?!"
Maki unconsciously approached Koutarou, one step at a time.
She already knew that she wasn't alone, that even if she
annulled the contract she wouldn't return to her cold self. But
she was still anxious about one thing, and she wanted
courage to be able to proceed.
“Believe! Open your eyes and look around! Don't give up and
close your heart!"
“Will you stay as my friend too, Satomi-kun?! Even if I
change, would you be able to endure for a while?!"
Maki felt anxious that if she annulled the contract her
feelings towards Koutarou would start to sway. That's why she
wanted the courage to be able to believe that wouldn't
“I will probably do something terrible! I might say cruel things
and hurt you! But would you still be my friend?!"
And she believed that Koutarou would give her that courage.
While loudly appealing, she stood right in front of Koutarou,
peering into his eyes.
“Don't worry! You're our classmate, Aika Maki!!"
Maki saw Koutarou's strong will in his eyes. Catching that
somewhere deep inside her, Maki turned her face down. From
her face, several drops of water spilled onto the ground,
forming a spotted pattern. Maki then stepped forward step by
step until her forehead was pressed against Koutarou's chest.
"...Satomi-kun... please... even if it's just for now... could you
please hold me...”
Koutarou still couldn't move his lower body, but his arms
moved. That's why he adhered to her request and embraced
the girl crying right in front of him.
I have to protect her... I did swear to after all...
With a strong urge to protect her, Koutarou held Maki's body.
As he did, Maki clung onto his body as if trying to get as close
to him as possible.
“...Satomi-kun, I... I...”
“It's okay, Aika-san. There's no way that anxiety and sadness
is a product of magic. Those tears of yours are without a
doubt your own."
With her tears still flowing, Maki strongly embraced Koutarou.
And Koutarou embraced her right back.
It definitely will be okay... these no way that all of these feelings are just
created by magic... As if magic could create so much sadness... It's just as
While feeling Koutarou's warmth, Maki finally made up her
“...Satomi-kun... I understand... I will... believe... in these
feelings that I've felt up until today..."
Maki believed in the feelings that she had for Koutarou, that
her feelings wouldn't all vanish just because she annulled the
“In return... can I ask you for one thing...?"
“...I want to stay like this until the contract is annulled...”
”1 understand... I'll stay like this...”
"...Thank you. Satomi-kun...”
While shedding tears, Maki pressed her body against
Koutarou. But there was no fear or sadness on her face. She
believed in her own feelings. She had believed to take a step
forward towards her own future.
That's why she was able to declare without any hesitation.
"...Disengage, Koutarou and Maki..."
They were words that reported the end of a bond, but at the
same time they were words that formed a new eternal bond.
As Maki annulled the contract, a pure-white light enveloped
them as it had before. The two were then torn apart from
each other, leaving them alone in the light.
But in the next moment, a young girl appeared in front of
Koutarou, and a young boy appeared in front of Maki. The boy
and girl rapidly grew into the current Koutarou and Maki. And
then the two found themselves facing each other in the pure-
Maki pressed her hands against her chest as she looked at
Koutarou with a surprised expression.
"What do you mean?"
Koutarou smiled at Maki. In contrast to her, he was calm. That
might have been because he could feel Alaia's presence from
the white light surrounding them.
"This is strange, Satomi-kun... I annulled the contract, but
nothing is changing..."
"There's no change?"
Maki tilted her head and continued speaking.
"...I still love you as much as I did a moment ago... and I don't
have even an inkling of an urge to kill you... I thought my
feelings would change because of the annulment...”
The contract was already annulled, and Koutarou had
regained his freedom as proof of that. That's why there
should have been a change within Maki. But that hadn't
happened, and that confused Maki.
Maki hadn't expected all of her love for Koutarou to vanish
once she annulled the contract, but she still expected some
kind of change.
But now with the contract gone, it turned out that that worry
was for nothing. Maki's feelings remained the same.
"Fu, fufufufu, ahahaha!”
That was when Koutarou suddenly started laughing. He had
an idea why that was the case.
”1 see, so that's it! It's obvious once you think about it!!
Koutarou realized that Maki was thinking too hard about and
couldn't stop laughing.
Seeing Koutarou laughing like that, Maki looked at him with
suspicion. Koutarou desperately tried to hold the laughter in
while giving her an explanation.
"...Kukuku, I was just thinking that I had forgotten who had
given me this power.”
Koutarou looked at the light enveloping them.
"That person is wise, virtuous and overflowing with
benevolence... and there's no way that this sword that holds
her feelings and oath would selfishly rewrite your feelings,
Aika-san. I think it returned you to normal after it was no
Alaia's feelings and oath were embodied in Signaltin. So the
sword brainwashing Maki would be the same as Alaia
brainwashing her, and Koutarou couldn't imagine her doing
something as twisted as that. In that case, its effects should
have gradually waned after Maki was able to live on her own.
In other words, the sword was only borrowing its effect from
the bond that would eventually form between Maki and
"Then... there was never any fear of brainwashing?”
"Yeah. I can't think of any reason for why there hasn't been
any change in you.”
"No, that's not true.”
Having understood the truth, Maki showed a delighted smile.
Her feelings had been her own. She loved Koutarou out of her
"My feelings of love towards you are hundreds of times larger
than my feelings of hostility towards you, so I just might not
be feeling the change."
She didn't know what was the truth, and because of that, she
believed that her feelings were stronger. That was the more
Koutarou instinctively blushed at Maki's sudden declaration of
love. Even though the contract was supposed to have been
annulled, her feelings were seemingly transmitted directly to
Koutarou. The annulment of the contract had almost no effect
on their compatibility.
Maki was showing a refreshing smile since she had been
freed from a lot of suffering. Her smile was as innocent as a
child, but at the same time it was filled with affection.
"To be honest, I wanted to tease you a little more, but...
please go. There are no more people you need to save here.”
Maki felt like she shouldn't keep Koutarou here anymore. He
had something he had to do. So she was going to see him off
A dull sound rang out.
"Ow?! What are you doing?! I was being serious!!”
Maki puffed up her cheeks and put her hands on her
reddened forehead. Koutarou's fist had struck her at about
70% strength of what he used on Yurika. So it might have
been a bit too much for a normal girl.
"You just don't get it, Aika-san.”
But Koutarou wasn't apologizing, instead he scolded her.
"Don't give me that 'Eh?'! Here!”
Koutarou presented his right hand to Maki.
Maki didn't understand what Koutarou was doing, so she
simply alternated looking at Koutarou's hand and his face.
“I told you, didn't I?! Don't try to isolate yourself!"
That was when Maki understood that Koutarou had no
intention of leaving her alone.
"Aika-san, you don't have to fight anymore! But come with
me and pray that I will win from nearby!"
As the words reached Maki's ears, Koutarou grasped onto
Maki's left hand.
In that moment, Maki's heart started throbbing at an
explosive pace. That heartbeat sent boiling blood throughout
all of Maki's body.
I was... born for this person... To love him, and to be loved... Definitely, I'm
sure of it...
Maki's feelings elevated and she showed no signs of calming
down. She felt like she had to do something, but she didn't
know what. She couldn't think of anything because she was
in a daze and couldn't gather her thoughts. No matter how
many deep breaths she took, she couldn't get rid of that
Normally one would feel unhappy when in such a bad
condition. But Maki felt an overwhelming happiness.
"...I understand, Satomi-kun."
"I will pray. But it won't be for your victory. I will pray that
your future will be bright, forever and ever...”
Maki held Koutarou's hand. That was her everything for now.
Wrapped in the flames produced by Maya, Harumi fell to the
ground unable to so much as even scream. Without any
protection against the high temperatures, Harumi's body was
being severely burned in several places. They were injuries
so severe that even people without any kind of medical
knowledge could tell they were fatal.
Of course, even Yurika knew that as she ran towards Harumi.
The moment she had seen Harumi, she knew that her life was
With these bums, not even my strongest healing spell would be good
enough!! Sakuraba-senpai will die!!
Yurika had knowledge of healing spells, and their effect far
exceeded modern medical science. But Harumi's injuries
were so grave that not even that would be enough. It was a
miracle that she was even still breathing.
How can I save her?!
Yurika desperately racked her brain. She went through all of
the spells she had learned and examined her possibilities of
saving Harumi, but she couldn't think of a spell that could
save her. With Harumi dying in front of her, Yurika was
It won't work using ordinary means! I need to think of a combination of
spells that would keep her alive... No, maybe I could anchor her soul and
turn her into a ghost like with Sanae-chan?!
Next she considered using a combination of spells. But even
then she couldn't think of a way to keep Harumi alive.
Cornered, Yurika began considering anchoring Harumi's soul
to the land of living while she would heal her body.
Wait, Sanae-chan?! That's right, if I do what Sanae-chan does then it might
However that was when Yurika had an epiphany. It was an
idea that had arisen when she started thinking about Sanae.
She was confident that her idea would work. With a
determined expression she firmly grasped her cane.
If I merge with Sakuraba-senpai like Sanae does, then there's a chance I can
Yurika was going to use a merging spell.
When merging with living creatures, both minds merged into
one while their body entered a state in between the two
bodies. In other words, if the gravely injured Harumi and
uninjured Yurika merged, then once merged, their body would
have half the burns. And in that state, Yurika's healing magic
might have an effect. Then, after treating her, she simply
needed to separate again.
However, this was an incredibly dangerous bet. There was no
guarantee that healing magic would have an effect even after
they merged, not to mention it wasn't certain that they could
use magic once Yurika and Harumi merged. On top of that, if
healing magic failed after they merged, Yurika might die as
well. But Yurika put her hopes on this faint possibility. She
wanted to save Harumi, regardless of the risk.
“Temporary Fusion! Modifier — Stabilize, Effective Time Half!”
Yurika held her cane overhead and chanted her spell. She had
put in two additional modifications to its normal spell. Since
she just needed enough time to cast her healing spell, she
shortened the effective time and used that magic power for
greater stability instead. All she could do now was pray that
she would be conscious after the merge and that she would
be able to cast her healing spell.
Please, go well! Please, let me save Sakuraba-senpai!
The orange light that had gathered at the tip of her cane
enveloped her and Harumi's bodies. Yurika's and Harumi's
outlines gradually began to fade and melted into the orange
light. The orange light started glowing brighter and
eventually turned into two large masses of light.
While Yurika was trying to save Harumi, Kanae and Maya
“...How foolish. Just what could come out of that?”
But when she sensed Yurika's spell activating, she stopped
moving for a moment and showed an amazed expression as
she looked at the two girls wrapped in light. Not missing that
large opening, Kanae swung her cane down to attack Maya.
“I won't let you interfere!”
“I wouldn't interfere. If I just let her be, Rainbow will use up
her magical power. And once she's unable to use magic, she
The cane sensed Kanae's urge to rush and cast a spell that
sped her up. Moreover, there was a large opening now that
Maya was distracted by Yurika and Harumi. But even then
Maya was one step ahead. She began moving once more and
easily dodged Kanae's cane while attacking with the blade on
the right hand.
“And you won't beat me on your own... I win, Kanae."
Kanae was barely able to block the attack. That's why she
had been unable to dodge Maya's follow up kick and took it
straight on. The attack sent her flying and she slammed into
the ground. Their difference in power was obvious. It was just
like Maya said, Kanae couldn't beat Maya on her own.
“It looks like your disciple will take the same path you did,
Leaving Kanae alone as she was no longer able to move,
Maya stared at Yurika and Harumi. She could see the two
masses of lights around Yurika and Harumi merging into one
large mass of light. Yurika and Harumi's merging was almost
complete, but Maya had no intention of intervening. Because
she knew that she would have the advantage if she didn't.
Maya figured that even if Yurika managed to heal Harumi, she
would have severely depleted her magical power from the
healing spell and merging spell. Merging was already a highly
advanced spell, and one of the strongest possible healing
spells would be needed as well. Maya couldn't imagine that
Yurika would have much magical power left considering she
had used several spells in their fight just before this. She
would probably reach her limit after casting a few more
spells. That's why letting Yurika do as she pleased should
allow things to develop more favorably for Maya.
“I guess that just means she was a good disciple...”
In the past, Nana had thrown away her life as a magician in
order to save the powerless Yurika. And now, Yurika was
about to throw herself into a situation where she would be
unable to win in order to save Harumi. In the end, Nana and
Yurika were very similar, as they walked down the same path.
That was what Maya was thinking as the orange light started
taking the form a person.
However, the future developed in a direction that Maya
Suddenly, other colors began mixing in with the orange light.
They were blue and white. The new colors enveloped the
orange light and changed into a three-colored stripe. The
orange light began dying down and instead the blue and
white light grew stronger.
"It wasn't just a normal merging?! Is it a transformation?! Or
is it a summon?! No, that doesn't matter!! I won't let you,
Maya thrust her arms forward and began incanting a spell.
"Multiple Energy Bolt! Target Option — Sidewinder!!”
With most of her body now mechanical, Maya had lost a
majority of her magical power. But it wasn't like she was
completely unable to use spells. The usage was limited, but
she was able to use spells in the moments she had to. Now
was one of those moments.
It doesn't matter what that is, I won't let it go the way Yurika wants!
Maya's intuition as a warrior told her that what was about to
appear in front of her was very dangerous. That's why she
didn't hesitate to use magic.
She focused on the miniature cane built into her right arm
and several red lights started to surround her arm. At the
same time, Maya started aiming with the gun in her left arm.
She was going to attack with both her gun and her spell.
Maya's attack was slightly faster than Yurika and Harumi's
merging. The magical arrows created by magic, and the
bullets fired from her left arm assaulted the two. Both attacks
were deadly, and should be fatal to Yurika and Harumi who
"The attacks disappeared?! How?!"
The arrows and bullets disappeared just before reaching
Yurika and Harumi. It was like the attacks had just been an
illusion. They hadn't been blocked or repelled; they had
simply, in the literal meaning of the word, disappeared.
"That's not possible! Just the aftereffect of them emerging
erased my attacks! Just what is going to appear?!"
Both Maya and Kanae, who had finally managed to get up,
were unable to take their eyes of the spectacle taking place
in front of them. The two continued to stand and blankly
stare at the blue and white light.
The blue and white light grew stronger as the ground and air
started trembling alongside a roaring sound. And with that,
the light that had just swelled up shrank in an instant, and a
lone girl appeared. It was a girl unfamiliar to both Maya and
"That's... Yurika-chan and Sakuraba-san's merged form...?”
"No! That's not something easy as that!"
The girl was supposed to share Yurika's and Harumi's traits.
But her face had no traces of either of them. She had long
and beautiful white hair, and sometimes a hint of blue could
be found in it. Moreover, the clothes she was wearing were
neither Yurika's nor Harumi's, but a distinct looking shrine
maiden's outfit based on blue and white.
But what stood out the most were the two globes floating
around her. They were about the size of a volleyball and
made from a translucent material like glass. The globes
glowed in a distinct color each, blue and white.
She didn't look like the merged form of Yurika and Harumi at
all. Moreover, her body had no signs of any burns. It was as if
Yurika and Harumi had been replaced by someone else.
“...That is without a doubt a being of higher existence... Just
what did you do, Nijino Yurika?!"
Maya seemed mortified as she ground her teeth. She could
tell from experience that she stood no chance against the girl
in front of her. That was how much power the girl was
“...What was I... I think I tried to save myself and me and me
But the girl that had appeared was puzzled as well. Her
memories were clouded and she couldn't even tell who she
was herself. She didn't know the people around her, where
she was or what was even happening.
“Take this, you monster!"
Seeing the girl standing still in a blank surprise, Maya saw her
chance and attacked. She attacked the same way she had
If this doesn't beat her, I don't stand a chance!
Maya figured that this was her first and last chance of
However, the moment the girl sensed danger and let out a
scream, Maya's attacks disappeared just like they had before.
The girl hadn't done anything but let out a scream.
“Impossible! That wasn't magic or spiritual energy, and she
didn't use any kind of tool either! She simply erased my
attack without any motion! To think such power existed in the
world! The difference in power is like light and day!!”
Maya was astonished. This was no longer even a fight. Maya
gave up and accepted her defeat. Like an elephant crushing
an ant, she would probably be defeated without her opponent
even realizing she was an enemy.
“...What is happening...? I don't know... anything...”
But the girl didn't attack Maya. The attack only confused the
girl even more, and not understanding anything made her
even more scared. But in the next moment, she suddenly
“...But I can tell... that person is approaching...”
The girl was supposedly looking at a wall, but she seemed to
be looking at something far, far away, as if the wall wasn't
even there. There, she saw something, which brightened her
expression as she mumbled.
“...Everything will be fine... That person will save me...”
That was when the two globes around the girl suddenly
disappeared without a sound. At the same time, her outline
faded, and she was surrounded by an orange light once
more. Eventually, the mass of light split into two and the two
masses gradually took the shape of a person each. One was
Harumi and the other was Yurika. Having merged into one,
the two girls now returned to their original forms.
“Hah, hahaha, what, was that all?! What a bluff!"
Having accepted her own defeat after the appearance of an
unknown enemy, Maya instinctively found herself laughing as
the enemy suddenly disappeared.
Sustaining something like that would take a vast amount of energy. It's only
obvious that they would be unable to sustain it for long! There was no need
for me to panic!
Maya found her own fear incredibly amusing. Because of the
relief she felt from escaping her crisis and her realization of
how ridiculous the situation really was, her laughter
continued for a while longer.
Yurika, who had regained her form, was surprised by the
same thing Maya had been.
W-We just transformed into something! I think it's probably because of
surplus of power in the merging... but the transformation was so powerful
that I couldn't sustain it for long! That's why we returned to ourselves!
Yurika didn't have a clear understanding of what had
happened either. She still couldn't tell what she had
transformed into or what she had been thinking at the time.
All she knew was that something unexpected had happened.
“Ah?! T-That's right, Sakuraba-senpai!!"
That was when Yurika remembered Harumi. Yurika forcibly
moved her exhausted body and crawled up to Harumi who
was lying next to her.
“...Thank god, her wounds are healed..."
Having crawled up to Harumi, Yurika closely examined her
body and found that all of the burns on her body had
vanished without a trace. Yurika figured that it was likely to
be an aftereffect of their transformation.
“...I don't know what happened, but I was able to save
Relieved that Harumi had been able to recover her beautiful
body, tears formed in her eyes. At that time, Harumi opened
Harumi looked at Yurika's face and tried to get up. Yurika
hurriedly reached out with her hands and supported Harumi.
“Sakuraba-senpai!! Are you okay?!"
“Yes. Thanks to Nijino-san."
Harumi smiled and nodded.
“You can tell?!"
“Yes. Maybe it's because we merged... but I still have some of
“Now that you mention it, I also have..."
When Yurika focused on her memories, she could sometimes
remember memories that completely ignored the flow.
Because they were memories of knitting and taking
examinations in the hospital, she could tell they belonged to
Harumi right away.
And because they had shared memories, Harumi had reached
a certain truth.
"Nijino-san, you really were a real magical girl...”
"That's... yes, I'm sorry for not telling you..."
Yurika had been about to deny what Harumi was saying, but
she quickly changed her mind.
Harumi now had some memories of Yurika being a magical
girl, excuses wouldn't work anymore.
"It's okay, you don't have to worry. I can understand why you
wanted to hide it. Because... it's for that person..."
Yurika blushed at Harumi's words. Harumi started blushing as
well. The two had fallen in love with the same person. And
now that they had shared memories, they knew the reason
for why the other loved that person.
Pretend wrestling with Satomi-kun... It hurts, but it's a warm and happy
feeling... Maybe I should have Satomi-kun try some techniques on me too... If
he did it to Nijino-san he might be willing to do it on me too... Submission,
So this is how Sakuraba-senpai and Satomi-san met... He had appeared out
of nowhere and saved her while she was surrounded by enemies... It's like
from a shoujo manga... Ah, that's her memories from the play. They first met
during the club recruitment... But this is like from a shoujo manga too... I'm
jealous... As for me, our meeting was...
Yurika saw a different side to the person she loved. Their
memories elevated their feelings and their romantic feelings
grew greater than ever before.
But that was as long as the two could continue smiling.
“Sorry to interrupt after your successful treatment, but it's
about time for you all to die."
Maya approached with weapons in both hands. She was
making it her top priority to kill the two. Having seen Yurika
and Harumi's merge and transformation, she couldn't guess
what else they had in store even if Yurika runs out of magical
power. Even if there were no more tricks up their sleeves,
they would become problematic if she let them escape now.
“Sakuraba-senpai, get behind me! I will protect you!”
“Nijino-san, no! You don't have enough magical power left to
fight against her!”
Yurika was about to step forward and defend Harumi when
she was stopped. Since Harumi had Yurika's memories, she
knew Yurika didn't have enough power left to fight.
“Run away, both of you!!”
But before Maya could attack, Kanae squeezed out what
remaining strength she had left and stood in Maya's path.
“There's no need for all three of us to die!! Now go!!”
Kanae turned her cane into a bow and fired arrow after arrow
towards Maya. However, Maya shot the arrows down with her
gun, dodged them or repelled them with her blade. Kanae
couldn't hit Maya with her injuries and without Yurika backing
her up. Moreover, Maya was completely unharmed.
“At least your spirit is the same as it was back then, Kanae."
“I won't let you kill those two! They're my daughter's
“Just stay down, Kanae. There's no need for you to die as
Maya's attacks could easily hit their mark though. Kanae tried
protecting herself with her cane, but was unable to fully block
Kanae received a direct hit from Maya's knee and fell down
on the spot. Kanae still tried getting up, but she had reached
her limit. Not even she could muster enough strength to
stand up again.
“Good bye you two. You did try hard though."
Maya gave the two her parting words and turned the barrel of
the gun on her left arm on them and at the same time she
started concentrating on her right arm again. Seeing that,
Yurika and Harumi strongly embraced one another as if trying
to protect the other. They knew they were about die.
“Energy Javelin — Modifier — Area Effect."
Alongside Maya's indifferent voice, several bullets and spears
of red light assaulted Yurika and Harumi.
"...I'm sorry forgetting you involved, Sakuraba-senpai..."
“Don't worry. You are my best friend..."
Having used up all of their power, the two were helpless.
Tightly holding on to one another, they closed their eyes. The
two of them could at least take comfort that their last
moments hadn't been alone.
However, neither attack reached Yurika and Harumi. The only
thing that reached them was the sound of consecutive impact
sounds, similar to a jackhammer used on a street.
Confused by this, Yurika opened her eyes. In front of her was
a wide back wrapped in a blue armor.
“Clan, the bullets weren't properly blocked. Are you sure you
didn't break the barrier when you were messing with it?"
“Of course not! The distortion field is operating normally! The
enemy's attack is what's unusual!"
Next, hearing that voice, Harumi opened her eyes wide in
shock and found the same thing Yurika did.
“I'd think so. She's a magician."
“Even taking that into consideration, the bullet's power is
abnormal! Take care not to use any brute force approaches
until I can gather all the data! Not even your armor can take
too many hits of that!"
“I'll take as much care as you care for dinner."
“Bertorion, you're being awfully mean today!”
A vivid blue armor. A reliable and wide back. A powerful voice
that gives you courage just from hearing it. But at the same
time, a very casual atmosphere. That appearance and
behavior was something that Harumi could never forget, and
driven by a deep relief and overflowing with nostalgia,
Harumi instinctively shouted out their names.
Hearing Harumi's and Yurika's surprised voices, that person,
Koutarou, turned around.
“Are you okay, Sakuraba-senpai? Yurika?"
“Yes! Nijino-san saved me!”
Harumi was in tears, but she had regained her smile.
As long as this person is with me, I will be okay... No, that's not it... I will
accept any future that this person brings!
Harumi felt like the last piece of the puzzle fell into place, and
that her world was now complete. Her place in the world was
here. Feeling like she was being led by destiny, Harumi was
wrapped in a deep sense of joy.
“Is that so... Good job, Yurika.”
Learning that Yurika had done her best again, Koutarou
showed a small smile. Hearing that Yurika had given it her all
made Koutarou happy. He felt similar to what a brother would
feel towards his normally useless younger sister.
And that younger sister was the same. Happy, Yurika nodded
her head repeatedly with tears in her eyes.
“But, but, Satomi-san, why are you here?!"
Koutarou's appearance came as a surprise to Yurika. She
hadn't been able to contact him, and Sanae who could follow
the traces of auras wasn't with him either. It should be
impossible for the outside world to peek inside of Yurika's
“...Yurika, apparently the barrier you magicians make cuts off
electromagnetic radiation and sound too well.”
Because the barrier to ward off people completely isolated
the area, it actually made it easier for Clan to detect with her
sensors. If the barrier had also released dummy
electromagnetic radiation and sounds, Clan would have
struggled to find it.
“You magicians... Satomi-san, d-did you...”
Koutarou's answer came as a big surprise, and Yurika's face
turned pale. Anxiety, fear and panic filled her chest. Yurika
hadn't been surprised by the method to find her barrier, she
was surprised by what Koutarou had said first.
He knows... Satomi-san knows the one thing I didn't want him to know...
The words 'you magicians' affirmed that Yurika wasn't just a
freeloading cosplayer in a very roundabout way. But that she
was indeed a real magical girl.
“Y-You're wrong! 1-1'm not a magician! Uhm... I'm just
cosplaying with the cane you gave me!!”
In the past she might have confirmed that he was right, but
now Yurika was desperately denying it. She rapidly shook her
head, causing her hair to sway and her tears to scatter.
There was no way Yurika could affirm it since it would be the
same as throwing away the days they had spent together. For
the first time in her life, she had found a person that needed
her. And Yurika needed that person as well. Because of that,
she had to conceal the fact that she was a magical girl no
matter what. This wasn't just for his sake; Yurika also wanted
him to think of her as very normal, and if possible, cute girl.
"I'm a bad girl! I'm just a useless girl! It's not like that! I'm not
a real magician!”
She wanted him to scold her when she was sloppy. She
wanted him to hit her when she was up to no good. She
wanted to be his practice partner for wrestling techniques
whenever she had free time. And she wanted him to praise
her if she raised her grades a little. She wanted him to pat
her on the head if she didn't place last in a race at school.
She wanted the two of them to read manga and discuss it
together. She wanted to fight over snacks. Yurika simply
wanted to live a normal life and get excited and depressed
over normal things.
But she was about to lose that. If Koutarou found out that she
was a magical girl, he would definitely look at her in a
different way. Yurika was desperate to save her everyday life.
She was unsightly and giving it her all. Yurika cried out like an
infant being pulled apart from its family.
"Calm down, Yurika."
"You're wrong, you're—”
A dull sound rang out.
Yurika ignored Koutarou's attempt calm her down and
continued arguing vehemently. But she finally stopped
speaking when she felt a familiar pain strike her head.
"Yurika, I only want to know one thing.”
Holding her forehead, Yurika looked up and saw Koutarou
staring right at her. He had a powerful gentle and a very
"What are you going to do after you graduate?"
Koutarou's words pierced Yurika's heart and easily swept
away all the anxiety, fear and panic that Yurika was feeling.
Instead, she was filled with relief, hope and happiness.
This person really is... my... my...!!
Tears spilled from Yurika's eyes, but she responded with a
"I will go to Kitsushou U! Together with Satomi-san and
There was a mountain of things that Yurika wanted to say,
but simply saying that she wanted to go to Kitsushou
University was enough to convey all of it. Yurika knew just
what Koutarou had meant with his question. That was all they
needed for now.
"...Got it. Leave the rest to me. Just do your multiplications or
something and wait."
"Yes... I don't want to do anymore multiplication, but I'll try..."
After nodding, Yurika felt her strength leaving her and
slumped to the floor. And like Koutarou had said, she started
doing multiplication in her head.
Turning his back towards Yurika and the others, Koutarou
closed in on Maya one step at a time. Meanwhile, Maya put
her hands on her hips and calmly waited on him.
“I've kept you waiting.”
"That's not quite true. Well... if this was a date that we have
decided on beforehand, I might have given you a slap
Surprise wasn't the only reason as to why Maya hadn't
attacked Koutarou all this time. Since she knew how powerful
Koutarou was, she had to make adjustments to her
mechanical body to best oppose him.
In exchange for this power up, the amount of time I can continue fighting will
drop considerably... But I guess it can't be helped if it's a date with this boy...
There were limiters on Maya's body to keep it from breaking
itself by going too fast or too strong. And Maya had released
those in order to fight Koutarou. As a result, Maya wouldn't be
able to fight for as long, but she had gotten even stronger
"Well, I was on a date with your disciple."
"If you're here... does that mean that Maki is dead?"
Maya slightly narrowed her eyes. It was a minor change, but
her expression turned much sharper. But Koutarou shook his
head towards her.
“No. I have her captured. There are a lot of things I want to
ask her after all."
“I see. Then take good care of her. You should get some good
use out of her."
Maya smiled, her sharp expression from before softened up.
“And those are the words from her master?”
“Since she was captured, she's only a risk now.”
“I'll just pretend I didn't hear that. I feel bad for your
“How kind as always...”
Maya said nostalgically and showed a small smile.
“But still... I had wondered after hearing Maki's report, but to
think it really was you. What a surprise.”
“It's been around eleven years, hasn't it?”
“You shouldn't keep a girl waiting for her date that long.”
“Are you at the age to be called a girl?”
“I feel bad for Kanae if you put it like that.”
Maya indicated the place where Kanae laid collapsed and
laughed. In fact, Maya and Kanae were the same age.
“As for me, just like you can see, both my mind and body are
young enough for girl to fit.”
Maya took a pose to show off her good looks. And she did
indeed have the charm to pass of as a girl.
“That said, in the short time since we last met, your
atmosphere has changed quite a bit. You've turned into a
Koutarou observed Maya's body with a serious expression.
Maya's body was indeed that of a beautiful girl's, but there
were markings and mechanical parts all over her body, and
by her shoulders and legs, her body had split apart and
machines stuck out. Even Koutarou could tell that her body
was mostly artificial.
She has artificial legs and arms... and her torso too? She's practically a
Despite her charming appearance, Koutarou wasn't going to
fall for her, though his heart might beat a little faster because
of the tension and fear.
“Boy, a good man doesn't stare a girl's body like that. And
strange goes both ways."
Maya showed a soft smile, but she was carefully observing
He was a special boy to begin with, but... he doesn't seem to have aged a day
in eleven years? And that armor is suspicious too. It wasn't in Maki's
report.... and it seems to be hiding a few tricks up its sleeves... It also
nullified the energy javelins... Either its the boy's power or the armor's... And
since he's here after dealing with Maki, he might be using magic too...
Maya had witnessed Koutarou break through the wall and
ceiling of the abandoned building to protect Yurika and
Harumi. That's why she could get a hunch of what kind of
power the armor had. And adding that power onto Koutarou's
own, Maya imagined she was in for a problematic fight.
“I guess so. I've become quite a strange boy myself.”
Koutarou said as he laughed, though his eyes were not.
"So here's a proposal... What if instead of just having this
date, we start dating seriously?"
"I think we both want to avoid a war of attrition against an
opponent with unknown powers, no?”
"...Are you asking me to join you?"
"My, we'd be real lovers. I don't hate children like you, boy. If
we team up, we could defeat any enemy."
Maya was serious. Ever since she figured that the boy that
Maki was fighting against might be the same person that she
had fought eleven years ago, she had wanted to recruit him
to her side. However, her reason was different from Maki's.
She only wanted Koutarou's power. This was another reason
as to why Maya hadn't attacked.
"It's not like we want to kill you. We're just after the vast
magical power in that room. And we'll do anything we have
to, whether that's fighting or becoming lovers."
Koutarou recalled what Yurika had said in the past.
Now that I think about it, she was talking about evil magical girls targeting
the magical power in my room... Since she's a real magical girl, I guess it
makes sense for her to have been telling the truth...
As a result, Koutarou understood that there was at least some
truth to Maya's words.
“If you become my lover, I will spare the others. Even Yurika
over there. Of course, you would have to persuade them..."
Maya knew that Koutarou could control the magical power in
room 106 to a certain degree. In other words, stealing the
magical power from the room and making Koutarou her ally
was essentially the same thing. Moreover, if she could make
Koutarou her pawn, she could regain a leading role in
Darkness Rainbow. On the other, deciphering and controlling
the power wouldn't help Maya. That was why pulling Koutarou
over to her side was nothing but positive.
“I see, so that's how it is..."
While he didn't know Maya's private circumstances, he
understood that she was seriously trying to make him her
“How about it? It shouldn't be such a bad deal for you. You'll
be able to protect your friends after all..."
Maya whispered to Koutarou in a flirtatious and sweet voice.
It was an alluring voice that would sway any man's heart.
However, Koutarou rejected Maya's proposal without any
hesitation. Unable to accept that, Maya questioned him.
“Why?! What don't you like about it?!"
“Honestly, it's not a bad deal. And you're beautiful."
“It's simple. It's because there's someone that wants to
protect that room from you guys."
"Yurika?! You're saying you prefer her over me?!”
Maya, who was full of pride, erupted. She would have been
able to easily ignore any other reason and choose to fight.
But Koutarou's reason had been Yurika of all things. Maya was
convinced that she was superior to Yurika in all ways
possible, in both her strength and her femininity. That's why
she couldn't accept it, her pride didn't let her, both as a
warrior and as a woman.
"You would probably never understand just how amazing
"There's no way I'd understand! She is a complete failure!"
Maya took a stance while rejecting Koutarou's words. The
weapons installed on her body pointed towards Koutarou, one
"That's right. We're all failures. Unlike you..."
Yurika's wish was enough of a reason for Koutarou to fight.
What lead him to feel that way was because they were both
failures and because of all the time they had spent together.
And so, Koutarou chose to fight.
What he was protecting was something hard to put into
words. Power, talent, price or status didn't matter. That was
because Koutarou and the invader girls had been able to find
peace despite that.
"...Cradle, give me my sword."
"As you wish, my lord."
Therefore, the sword will shine.
To realize the oath and wish put into it.
Saturday, April 24
Crimson and Green's cooperation was only disordered for 30
seconds or so.
Before that, their teamwork had been perfect and they had
been cornering Theia and the others. But during those 30
seconds, their movements got visibly worse.
“What's wrong, Green?! Your forecasts are wrong?!"
“ I'm sorry, Crimson! Just a moment ago, some higher level of being
descended onto the world and threw my predictions off! ”
“Just what world did it come from, damnit, during these busy
times! ...Could it be that devil Maki contracted?!"
"I think so... But if it's by Maya-san, things might be a little more
Green's voice was clouded. If the higher level of being wasn't
summoned by Maki, then chances were that Maya was in
“Wait, you mean that Yurika might have summoned it?!"
With most of her body now replaced with machines, Maya
couldn't use any large-scale summoning magic. That's why if
Maki hadn't summoned her contracted partner, then Yurika
would probably be the one responsible for summoning the
higher level being.
"We can't disregard that possibility. That's why we need to hurry and finish
up over here! ”
Green and Crimson wanted to wrap things up at room 106 as
quickly as possible and move to help Maya or Maki. Their
disordered cooperation had already recovered so it shouldn't
be that hard.
"After the blond haired girl attacks with her energy bullet, she'll pass over
the manhole up ahead. ”
“Explosion — Modifier — Time Trigger!”
“Force Field — Modifier — Area Effect!”
Following Green's forecast, Crimson placed a timed spell
while Green activated a defensive spell.
“Blue Knight! Fire the Particle Cannon at full speed!”
“As you wish, my princess.”
And just like Green had foreseen, Theia took action. The
cannon she summoned from the Blue Knight opened fire. But
since they had prepared a defensive barrier before Theia
opened fire, her attacks were all blocked.
Realizing her attacks were blocked, Theia charged forward for
her next attack. But once she reached the manhole, an
explosion suddenly happened around her.
Ruth let out a cry. The explosion was from an offensive spell
Crimson had prepared beforehand.
“I-I'm fine! Don't worry!”
“Alert Message, increased load on the distortion field. Any
further combat action will be dangerous.”
But fortunately, Theia appeared from the flames unharmed.
She then returned to Kiriha and the others. That said, her
dress was scorched and dirtied from the explosion. Having
taken several attacks from the enemy, Theia's barrier was
reaching its limit.
“ Ki ri ha, our attacks have stopped hitting again!”
Theia reported the situation while swatting away the dirt from
her face and dress.
“It's like they're reading your movements, Theia-chan.”
Shizuka mortifyingly grinded her teeth since the enemy didn't
let her close in. Now that the enemy had regained their
ability to see the future, there was nothing she could do.
“Her forecasts have recovered, huh...”
“They seem to have regained the ability alongside the second
Using the data that Ruth had gathered, Kiriha analyzed the
“...A second gravity quake, their forecasts recovered... and
Kiriha's expression didn't have the same calmness to it as
she did when laundering Koutarou's clothes. Instead, she had
the serious expression of a commander in combat.
"What do we do, Kiriha!! At this rate we'll die!!"
Sanae knew how the battle was progressing better than
anyone else. She could tell the state of everyone's strength,
energy and fighting spirit by looking at their auras. And
currently, the magical girls were above them by quite a bit.
At this rate, defeat was inevitable.
"Did you figure something out?!”
"Yeah. I only have a rough idea, but... luck really is on our
Kiriha smiled confidently. But Sanae didn't understand what
Kiriha was saying so she leaned forward and asked for more
"I don't understand if you put it like that! Explain in more
"Got it. I want you to move the way I say from now on. For
Kiriha explained her plan to Theia and the others.
"...Would something like that work?”
"Yeah. Judging how things have gone so far, there shouldn't
be any problems."
Shizuka and the others hadn't been expecting something like
that, but Kiriha still had the same confident smile.
Crimson and Green started feeling something was off as they
started taking minor counter attacks. Green's forecasts were
still accurate, and Crimson's powerful attacks continued
damaging her enemies. But they would get surrounded by
their enemies for just a moment and suffer counter attacks.
Crimson frowned turned her mantle back over. As she did, the
haniwas shot out electricity and fire. Crimson took some
minor burns and felt a little numb in her hands.
"Green! Something's wrong!”
"I'm sorry! I don't really — Kyaaaaaaaa!!”
And another difference was that Green took her first big hit of
the fight. They were all attacks that Green couldn't predict.
Having relied on her forecast to fight, this was an attack she
"I-I'm fine! Somehow /”
"What's going on?!”
Crimson and Green were falling into a state of chaos. The
forecasts were still accurate, yet they were taking minor hits,
and sometimes attacks that hadn't been foreseen would
come. This was a situation that neither Green nor Crimson
“...So this is what you'd call the egg of Columbus..."
Theia spoke a phrase she had just learned in class while she
admired her own bullseye. Their struggle up until now
seemed like just a dream.
“Just what are you doing?!"
Distancing herself, Crimson threw her question at Theia and
the others. Despite the perfect forecasts, the enemy was
surpassing them. She was so perplexed that she even asked
her enemies for the answer.
“Nothing. If I were to say, it's that we understand the laws of
nature of this world better than you."
Kiriha was the one to answer the question as she carefully
observed Crimson and Green. Kiriha wasn't getting
overconfident. She knew that even if she revealed the truth,
the forecasts wouldn't start working again.
“That's not possible!! Green's forecasts are perfect!!"
“Indeed, your forecasts are perfect."
Kiriha affirmed Crimson's words. But even with her forecasts
being perfect Kiriha and the others still had a chance to win.
“But even then there's a limit. Because of the uncertainty of
the world, there's only so much you could see. And your own
actions aren't taken into consideration or the forecasts would
Because the future was uncertain, forecasts would see
several futures. Green gave Crimson directions based on the
most probable futures. And for the same reason, they could
only see a little further into the future.
Whenever they would attack, the forecasts would affect their
own actions, reducing the accuracy. Fighting using counter
attacks was the most reliable way of dealing with forecasts.
“On top of that, there's a limit to how often you can use
magic to produce forecasts. On top of that, she had to convey
everything she has seen to you.”
Since magic was used to see into the future, there was a limit
to its use. And there was a limit to the information being
conveyed, even when using a mental link. It wasn't like the
two had unlimited energy, perfect communication and instant
“You should have finished this fight before we noticed that.”
The biggest problem was giving Kiriha enough time to figure
out the characteristics of forecasts. She now understood the
true nature of forecasts better than the magical girls. And
using that understanding as her basis, she set up a strategy.
That was the reason as to why the invader girls' attacks
“Impossible!! How is that even possible?!”
“In the end, forecasts are just information. If the user is
dominated by its forecast, it'll lose things it could win.”
Kiriha's plan was a very simple one.
First, use large scale attacks to force the magical girls to keep
moving. Doing that, the magical girls own evasive actions will
change the future, reducing the accuracy of the forecasts.
The invader girls would be divided into those who attacked
first, and those who waited for Crimson to attack. That would
make the forecasts that didn't work that far into the future in
the first place even less accurate, and make it harder for
Crimson to dodge.
In other words, because Kiriha understood how the forecasts
worked, the more accurate the forecast was, the more
Crimson and Green would be dominated by it. If the magical
girls relied a little less on the forecasts, this wouldn't have
happened. This was a crisis their overconfidence had caused.
“You shouldn't have focused on just magic, but also tried to
learn a little bit more about the world. This is the limit for
“That hurts, Kiriha."
Theia laughed. When she had first come to room 106, she
hadn't known much about the world either. She had broken
out of her shell now, but she felt a little embarrassed and felt
as she was looking into a mirror.
“Your highness, I've finished altering the settings."
“Alright! Blue Knight! Attack! I will leave everything to you!"
“As you wish, my princess."
Theia and Ruth were in charge of the trump attack.
“What are you doing?!”
“Who knows? Because not even I do."
“ Get away right now, Crimson! I can see hundreds of different attacks and I
have no idea which one is coming!”
Following Kiriha's instructions, Ruth had made changes to the
Blue Knight's settings. Normally, the Blue Knight's artificial
intelligence chose an appropriate weapon following Theia's or
Ruth's instructions. Because of that, it would only make
logical attacks, making it relatively easy to create forecasts.
However, Ruth had altered the settings to choose a weapon
at random. As a result, the chances for any of the attacks to
be chosen was equal. Even weapons for use in space might
be chosen. Not even Theia knew what weapon would be
chosen. The attack radius, target and weapon were all
random. Green's forecasts were useless because of the
Simply put, one could say that future forecasts was the
ultimate method of reading the opponent's habits. That's why
if the attacker essentially rolled a dice to attack, forecasts
wouldn't be accurate. And what's worse was that the dice
had hundreds of sides. An accurate forecast was out of the
All Crimson and Green could do in this situation was fall back
as quickly as possible. But that was exactly what Kiriha
wanted. There was no need for Theia to actually attack. Her
aim was to create a future that was impossible to predict and
make Crimson and Green retreat.
“...To corner a fortune teller that can see the future with just
your head... Kiriha-san, just what kind of brain do you
Being supported by Sanae, Shizuka chased after Green and
Crimson. With her physical abilities enhanced by Sanae, it
was easy to catch up to them.
“You're too slow!"
Shizuka's target was the fortune teller, Green. Having gotten
within range, Shizuka sent her right fist flying towards Green,
who was attempting to attack her. Shizuka's fist hit Green's
jaw before she could finish her incantation.
And while Green was launched into the air by the attack,
Shizuka attacked her repeatedly. She launched a combination
attack of several punches, an elbow strike into a roundhouse
kick, for a total of a seven hit combo, as Green collapsed onto
“You've finally come!”
Shizuka jumped backwards, and in the next instant Crimson
swung her cane where she had been standing.
Crimson's cane slammed into the ground and cracked the
“Aaaaaaahhhh?! The parking lot!!”
Shizuka screamed. The battle between Shizuka and the
others vs the magical girls was taking place in the parking lot
behind Corona House. Of course, since it was her parents'
heritage, she was deeply attached to it. So seeing the asphalt
crack and shatter, she was incredibly shocked.
“I told you before... If you break something... I'll make you
“You didn't, you didn't! You told us, Shizuka!”
"...Have you heard of bone breaking torture...? Apparently
you start with the hands and feet, and break bones from
small to large... ufu, ufufufu, ufufufufu!"
"You better hurry up and run away, Red! Once she's like this,
you don't stand a chance!"
"Just the way I like it!"
To Crimson who only sought power, going up against a
martial arts expert was just what she wanted. She also had to
save Green, so no one would be able to criticize her. Crimson
grasped her cane in both hands and charged against Shizuka.
Her cane started transforming until it formed a spearhead
and an axe's blade. They were made out of offensive magic
and had no physical form. The cane weighed and handled like
it normally did, but it now had the power of a great axe.
Crimson made use of her exceptional physical strength to
spin it around like a pinwheel and swung the great axe at
As the great axe tore through the air it headed for Shizuka at
But having had her parking lot destroyed, Shizuka moved
even faster. She moved at such speed that Crimson had no
chance of hitting her without any forecasts.
Shizuka dashed in under the axe and thrust her hands
forwards alongside a yell. She poured all of her weight and
momentum into the strike and crushed the defensive spell
that Crimson was wearing without any troubles.
“It's not over yet!”
But that wasn't enough to defeat Crimson. She didn't hesitate
to drop her axe and pulled out a knife from the back of her
waist and used it to attack Shizuka. The knife moved much
faster than the axe, and it worked well in close combat. Its
silver blade shone as Crimson attempted to run Shizuka
through with it.
“For you to be able to beat me on your own—"
However, Shizuka grabbed onto Crimson's arm without any
troubles and followed through by throwing her. Crimson
wasn't even given the time to fall properly.
“—You should have stuck to being either a pure warrior, or a
Along with a dull impact sound, Crimson's body slammed into
ground, right next to Green.
Having been slammed into the asphalt, Crimson lost
consciousness and remained motionless. Once they lost their
advantage of forecasts and long ranged magic attacks, the
difference in ability was obvious. The invader girls had won
after all displaying their own merits.
“Now then, what do we do with these girls..."
Despite having beaten them down, Shizuka was still boiling
with anger and glared at the two collapsed magical girls.
“I wonder if they can repair the asphalt with magic. Ah, and if
they can't, they'll just have to do it by hand..."
Corona House and its related facilities was Shizuka's family
keepsake. And now it was also the place where her new
family returned to. And having damaged that, Shizuka wasn't
about to forgive the magical girls just by knocking them out.
“Quick Cast — Mystic Mist!!"
The next moment, a dense fog wrapped the two collapsed
“Crimson, keep it together!"
“Ah?! They're escaping?!"
The fog was a magical mist that Green used for distractions.
Neither Shizuka nor Sanae could see through it. And using
this moment, Green grabbed Crimson and escaped.
“Blue Knight! Attack!"
“As you wish, my princess."
Theia had been able to track them using the Blue Knight's
heat sensor and radar, but she was only able to get off
sporadic attacks. Lasers and beams would be highly
ineffective in the mist, and she couldn't point ballistic
weaponry towards her surroundings. While that was going on,
Green activated a new spell and completely hid their
“Ahh, damnit! They got away before they could repair the
“So she was just faking it, or maybe she woke up just then...
It seems I still have much to learn."
“Let's throw a net at them the next time they collapse."
“Hmm, that sounds good... I'm sure the Blue Knight has
“Yes. There is a net gun for riot suppression. I will prepare it."
The party was mortified over letting the magical girls escape.
But no one had said that they should have finished off the
unconscious Green. They all felt that, neither this place, nor
any of them, should be covered in blood.
"Shizuka-chan, leave it to us Ho-!”
"That's right Ho-! We're good at this kind of construction
"Really?! Please do!!”
Eventually the mist faded away. And as expected, nobody
was there. The invaders had allowed the magical girls to
"But still... those two withdrew awfully easily..."
Theia continued her searching as she tilted her head. Theia's
intuition that the magical girls should have been able to use
the cover of the mist to launch some more attacks.
"That might have been because of their forecast."
Kiriha answered Theia's doubts.
"A forecast? At this time?”
"Yes. With the properties of future forecasts being what it is,
it would be more effectively used for macro futures, like for
strategy or economy, rather than the micro futures in battle.
Strategically speaking, pulling back here might have been
"Strategy... Which means that they might be gathering their
forces and going after Yurika or Koutarou?”
"That's right. We should hurry up and meet with them too."
With the magical girls' goal being unclear, it would be difficult
to figure out what they were after.
But regardless of whatever goal their enemy had, protecting
Koutarou and Yurika couldn't work against them.
“Ruth, Shizuka, could you stay behind? Just in case."
“Got it. Be careful, you three."
“Yeah! We'll be right back with Koutarou and Yurika!"
“Then let's go, men!"
Thus, Kiriha, Theia and Sanae left Corona House in order to
save Koutarou and Yurika.
Obeying Koutarou's summons, a knight sword and a metal
rod similar to a flashlight appeared.
“Clan, what's this?"
“It's a test for dual wielding! We'll start out by using Signaltin
with a beam sword!"
“Since the left weapon is a beam sword without physical
form, there's no need to worry about inertia! And since the
blade can be turned off, there's no need to worry about the
two swords interfering with each other!"
“You really are a genius, Clan!!"
There was a big problem with using a sword without physical
form, and that was that despite having the same length as an
actual sword, it was too easy to swing around and the user
might end up hurting themselves.
In fact, accidents like that happened frequently when this
type of weapon first appeared. As a result, there were few
users of it, considering how useful it was, and it was only
used as a weapon in case of emergencies for decades. The
weapon didn't become commonly used until around a decade
after safety devices that could withstand practical use had
been developed, and the initial bad reputation had been
A beam sword's safety device worked by constantly keeping
watch of its blade and turning off if it was about to hit its
user. The sword did however function normally when cutting
down opponents. Once this safety device had been built in,
the beam sword became a lot safer and more convenient,
and there was a considerable amount of people that used
one in each hand. Thanks to the safety device, there was no
need for any special training either.
As Clan was researching how to use two knight swords, she
came up with the idea of using one beam sword. If it was just
one sword, Koutarou should be able to control it with one
hand. That's why, if the other was a beam sword, there
shouldn't be any problem.
In order to use a knight sword like a beam sword, the sword's
inertia and mass needed to be controlled and a hole in space
and time was needed to be used to control its length. And the
step before doing that, was using a knight sword in parallel to
a beam sword.
Just as Clan had decided to test her theory in the field, she
learned that the enemy was Maya. And in order to fight Maya,
a beam sword was necessary, so this combination was
inevitable in a sense.
“The algorithm for controlling two swords is still incomplete,
so I think you'll run into some trouble! So don't put too much
faith into the beam sword's automatic control! Try to use
manual controls during the most important times!"
Koutarou grabbed Signaltin's handle with his right hand and
the beam sword's handle with his left. As he did, he heard a
familiar phrase spoken to him by the artificial intelligence.
“Your excellency, Blue Knight, this ship, the Cradle, will pray
for your fortune and glory in place of the nation of
As Koutarou grabbed a hold of Signaltin's handle, a large
amount of pure-white magical power began overflowing.
However, the magical power overflowing this time was only a
fraction of what it normally was.
The magical power is less than usual... Is it because of the contract with
Aika-san? Or did her majesty save someone else?
Signaltin's magical power had weakened, but Koutarou took a
stance, not really minding it too much. Excluding the special
situation Koutarou was in, he was only planning on using two
knight swords. Those were the only two weapons he had
sworn an oath on. That's why it didn't matter if the magical
power had weakened or not.
There were several mysteries surrounding Signaltin that
Koutarou didn't understand. But because he believed in this
sword that held Alaia's oath and emotions, he wasn't too
bothered by the magical power weakening a little. He felt
that it must have been needed for something else.
"I saw that white light before... but the light is stronger than
back then... I see, so this is the true form?”
Even if the magical power had weakened a little, Signaltin
was far more powerful than normal weapons. From a realistic
point of view, there was no need for Koutarou to use another
"But, I won't let you get away like you did eleven years ago!
I'll kill you, this time for sure!”
Maya showed a violent expression and glared at Koutarou.
She wasn't going to let Koutarou live, not when he had
rejected her and chosen Yurika over her. She was fiercely
jealous and boiling with rage from having her pride hurt.
”1 haven't seen you like this before...”
Koutarou readied the sword in his right hand and adjusted the
grip on the beam sword's handle in his left while looking at
Just how little of her original body does she even have left?
Trying to figure out what parts he could attack, Koutarou used
his ability to see spiritual energy that he had gotten from
Sanae, and found something unexpected.
Her only remaining real body parts consisted of the insides of
her head and the vicinity around the center of her body. He
could clearly see spiritual energy travel between them. What
was strange was that the machinery was exchanging spiritual
energy as well. Seeing that, Koutarou got a bad feeling.
Could this body be...
Some amount of spiritual energy could travel through
artificial arms and legs, but this was far above that level.
Though it wasn't at the same amount as a living body, the
flow was just like that of a real body.
I guess I'll just have to find out...
Koutarou adjusted his grip on his sword. If things were the
way he suspected, Maya had an abnormal amount of power.
"Then burn the charm of this body into your eyes until you
“I think I'll pass!”
The two moved at the same time. The next moment, Maya
fired the gun on her left arm and the bullets rapidly
"I'm counting on you, Signaltin!”
Koutarou wished for Signaltin to use a defensive spell.
The bullets had their momentum slowed by the armor's
barrier before being repelled by Signaltin's defensive spell.
Signaltin had weakened, but all it had to do was stop the
bullets that got past the armor's barrier, so there was no
"You won't let me take it easy as always!"
"That goes both ways!”
Realizing that her gunfire wasn't effective, Maya changed the
weapon on her left. The gun deployed on her left arm
returned back into her body and a blade appeared on her left
hand, the same as the one on her right. Maya closed in under
the hopes of being able to deal more damage up close.
"Tiny Memory Flash — Modifier — Touch Trigger!”
The blades in both hands were covered in an indigo light. In
the next moment, a girl's voice reached Koutarou's ear. It
hadn't reached him as a sound, but as magic.
" Satomi-kun! ”
Koutarou replied the same way. The voice belonged to Aika
Maki. She had formed a mental link between herself and
“The light on Maya-sama's hands are spells that will cause you to lose your
memory! If you touch them you'll lose several seconds of your memory! It's
my own and Maya-sama's specialty!”
“So it was memory loss that made it feel like I jumped forward in time!”
“Be careful! If you take that, you'll take on continuous attacks!”
“I got it! But, Aika-san... ”
Koutarou laughed a little as he activated the beam sword.
“...You don't have to worry that much. ”
Not only did Maki's words reach Koutarou, but her worry for
his well-being did as well. It was a strong and deep feeling.
“Stupid, you don't even know how I feel!”
“What are you laughing for?!"
Maki's and Maya's voices overlapped. Maya thought that the
laugh was directed at her and got even angrier.
“My little angel is quite angry! I just found it so funny!"
“Meanie! You don't have to put it like that!”
“You're making a fool of me?! I'll make you regret that!"
Koutarou's beam sword and Maya's left blade collided.
However, since the beam sword didn't have a physical form,
the spell cast on it didn't activate. But Maya didn't stop there
Using her right blade, she tried to pierce through Koutarou.
Maya thrust her blade right behind Koutarou's beam sword.
By doing that, Koutarou couldn't use his right sword as the
beam sword was in the way. That's why Maya was convinced
her attack would hit and her expression was distorted with
"You're good! However—!”
But Koutarou swung his sword down anyways, and at the
same time, the beam sword's blade was erased. As a result,
his sword's trajectory followed a straight line.
Surprised, Maya forcibly changed the trajectory of her right
This time, the right handed weapons collided. Signaltin had a
physical form, but it also had the ability to dispel magic, so
Maya's spell wasn't activated this time either.
"So this is what she meant... You're a lifesaver, Clan."
"That weapon really is cheating!"
Maya kicked off of Koutarou and tried to distance herself.
Koutarou followed up by slashing with his beam sword, but
Maya performed a somersault midair and dodged it, escaping
out of his range.
Damn, she has way more speed now...
Koutarou looked at Maya as he thought to himself. With her
now artificial body, she was even faster than before. Koutarou
was using spiritual energy to increase his physical strength
and using Sanae's power to see his opponent's intention to
attack, but Maya's movements were too fast for him. He was
in a bad spot, and then he got even worse news.
"Bertorion, I've figured out a little about the opponent.
Whenever that woman moves, she emits an energy pattern
that matches with data I have.”
"...What is it matching with?"
"Those robots that Kii always has with her.”
By Kii, Clan of course meant Kiriha. And by robots, she meant
the two haniwas she had with her. In other words—.
"Cheating goes both ways as well... That body of yours was
made by the underground people, right?”
"As expected from my boy... to think you even know of
Hearing Koutarou's words, Maya narrowed her eyes, and the
fury in her eyes weakened. Recognizing how dangerous
Koutarou was, she had regained her cool.
"But, now that you know that, you'll have to die."
Maya showed a cold blooded smile. It was beautiful, but it
made a chill run down Koutarou's spine.
"Not good... The situation might be more complex than we
Up until now, he had only had to deal with individual
enemies. But since Maya's body was made from spiritual
energy machinery, and Maya herself was an evil magical girl,
it would mean that Kiriha and Yurika's enemies are working
together. Which meant that they would eventually attack
together. Just imagining that made Koutarou feel more
threatened than Maya did.
Seeing Koutarou and Maya fight, Yurika realized that she
might be able to save Kanae now. Kanae was still collapsed
on the floor covered with injuries, which Yurika had to heal.
Kanae was holding onto Encyclopedia, so even if Yurika was
out of power, she should still be able to treat Kanae. And with
Encyclopedia, she would be able to support Koutarou a little.
"Sakuraba-senpai, please wait here.”
"You're going to help Kanae-san, aren't you?”
"Then I'll go too."
"If we stand out too much, Maya will notice us. And I can't
protect you anymore right now, so please stay here."
"...But... No, I understand. Please be careful, Nijino-san.”
Harumi wanted to go with Yurika. She believed that she
should live and die by Yurika's side. But she realized that she
would just get in the way and that they would stand out more
if the both of them went. That's why Harumi unwillingly
"I'll be back.”
If Nijino-san fails, then it'll be my turn... For now, I have to believe in her...
Harumi told herself as she saw Yurika off. Yurika snuck from
cover to cover, carefully moving forward.
"I will stay here...”
Harumi looked back at Koutarou's and Maya's battle. She was
going to warn Yurika if Maya noticed her.
Satomi-kun is strong... It's like he's the real Blue Knight...
As Harumi watched the battle, that thought snuck up on her.
Harumi had some of Yurika's memories, and in some of those
memories, Koutarou was fighting as well, but the way he was
now was much stronger now than how he was in those
memories. Harumi couldn't help but think about the blue
armor he was wearing, or about the knight sword in his right
Why am I so curious about those? And that crest engraved on his chest... it
looks like it says 'Theiamillis's Blue Knight'... That's referring to Satomi-
kun's friend, Theiamillis-san, isn't it... ?
Seeing Koutarou wear that blue armor and holding that
sword, Harumi grew more and more unsettled. Her feelings
for Koutarou overflowed from her heart and questioned if
Harumi should really just sit here and do nothing. That said,
she didn't know what to do. Confused and unsettled, she
watched Koutarou and Maya with great focus. Because of
that, she didn't realize that the words engraved on Koutarou's
chest made of use of characters she couldn't normally read.
The Blue Knight... Theiamillis's Blue Knight... Satomi-san... Koutarou-
sama... What is this, I feel like I know something... What exactly do I... the
sword... is that Signaltin... ?
Harumi was lost in thought when a sword-like crest started
appearing on her forehead. As it did, Harumi could recall all
kinds of memories.
An old temple... A rusted sword... Satomi-kun and I... I revived the sword, and
gave it to Koutarou-sama... Is this a scene from the play? No, this kind of
place wasn't in the play... Then what? Is it from my dreams? Is it from one of
Nijino-san's memories? Or is it really mine?
Each memory Harumi recalled only served to confuse her
more. She felt like it might have been from the play, but at
the same time maybe not. But it was quite a bit too far off to
be reality. Unable to differentiate from the play and reality,
Harumi's confusion didn't look like it would settle down
That was when it happened.
The beam saber in Koutarou's left hand didn't activate
properly and left him wide-open in front of Maya. Not missing
her chance, Maya thrust her blade at him.
Harumi screamed, but that wouldn't stop Maya. What Harumi
needed was real power, a power strong enough to save
Koutarou. If not, she wouldn't be able to teach him how to
knit a sweater.
But Harumi couldn't do anything but helplessly watch as
Koutarou was about to be pierced by Maya's blade. It was just
a very short moment, but to Harumi it felt like an eternity.
That was just how painful it felt.
Unable to bear that pain, Harumi let out another scream.
Along with someone's voice, Harumi's world stopped. Not
Koutarou, Maya, Yurika nor Kanae moved. Nobody could,
except for Harumi. And that was just her mind.
" Who's there?!”
Unable to shift her glance, Harumi called out to the owner of
the voice. But since she couldn't form any words, she simply
ended up shouting in her mind.
"I am you... and you are me... ”
That was when a lone girl appeared in front of Harumi. It was
as if she was looking into a mirror as the girl looked just like
her. But the color of her hair and the clothes she was wearing
were different. The girl had silver hair, and she was wearing a
pure-white dress similar to what Harumi had worn on stage.
" W-What do you mean ?! ”
"I'm sorry, there's no time to explain...”
The silver haired Harumi shook her head apologetically.
" Harumi... do you love Koutarou-sama?”
She turned to look at Koutarou who was still unmoving.
"Of course! That's why I have to hurry and do something! At this rate,
Satomi-kun will die. ”
In this stopped world, Koutarou looked like he were to be
stabbed by Maya any moment.
"I see... So you wish to save him?”
"Yes!! You don't?! Aren't you me too?!”
" Yes... I wish to save him too... I love him just as much as you do...”
“Then help me! Two's better than one! Before Satomi-kun dies!”
"...Certainly, I have the power to save him. However, I can't do it myself. All
I can do is entrust my powers and memories to someone and have them
succeed my duty. ”
The silver haired Harumi looked down with a sad expression.
She believed it was a sinful thing to do.
"Then I will do it! If that will save Satomi-kun.”
“If you succeed my duty, you will no longer be able to live a normal life.
Even then, would you still do it?”
The silver haired Harumi didn't think one could be happy
throwing away their normal life and casting themselves into
the battle. In order to find happiness there, one needed
powerful emotions and oaths, or they would live unhappily.
"Even if that's not the case, I will be with Satomi-kun, won't I?!”
"Yes. Even if you were to be separated by an endless time and a countless
"Then I don't care what happens to me! As long as I can walk alongside
Harumi had powerful emotions and oaths. She wanted to
protect the person dear to her. She wanted to teach him how
to knit a sweater. And for that cause, she was ready to throw
Harumi... you too are...
The silver haired Harumi knew Harumi's feelings painfully
well. It was as if she was looking at her past self. That's why
she was able to make her decision.
"...I understand. Harumi, I will entrust you with everything.”
The silver haired Harumi nodded and smiled. She felt like she
could trust and believe in Harumi. The silver haired Harumi's
body was wrapped in a pure-white light, and in that light her
body gradually lost its shape as she began to assimilate into
"But... please don't forget. Your life is yours in the end. You mustn't be
influenced by my memories. Just think of my memories... Yes, think of them as
a product of getting into your role in the play.”
"Play? Role? Wait, could you be —”
"I am you. I was you before you. And like you, I loved the same person.”
In the next moment, the silver haired Harumi's shape
completely vanished, and she turned into that pure-white
"Couldyou be, the Silver —”
The light was then poured into Harumi's body.
"Good bye, Harumi... We will probably never meet again. Live your own
life... and if possible, stay with him until the end, this time...”
Once she had become one with the light, Harumi felt a love
as deep as her own for Koutarou.
Koutarou and Maya's battle was growing more intense and
fierce by the second. Koutarou made up for the overwhelming
difference in speed with skill and experience. Adding in the
armor and the power of his weapons, they were about equal.
“This is bad, Bertorion! I can't keep up with the errors the
algorithm is spitting out anymore! Take some distance and
let's reset it!"
“She's not the kind of opponent that would give me the time
to do that!”
Koutarou shouted at Clan and called out to Maki in his mind.
“Aika-san, for how much longer will the spell you cast on me last?!”
" You're just about out of them! Maya-sama still has plenty of time left, so if
you fight after you've run out, you probably won't be able to block her
“Kuh, I guess I'll have to continue like this then!”
Koutarou muttered to himself in a frustrated tone and swung
Signaltin at Maya. However, Maya quickly moved out of the
“What's the matter, boy?! Your movements are getting
The saber won't make it in time! I'll just continue like this!
Holding the beam sword in his left hand, Koutarou swung his
fist at Maya.
Since this had been an unexpected attack, Maya was struck
by Koutarou's fist. But she wouldn't just let herself get
punched. As she was falling back, she swung her blades
down and left large scars on Koutarou's armor.
“How are you going to repay me for this, boy? You've dented
the area around my chest."
“Alert Message. The damage of the chest armor has
exceeded 78%. The next attack to the same part has a 90%
chance of mortally wounding the wearer."
Maya's and the armor's complaints reached Koutarou's ears
at the same time.
Both Koutarou and Maya could beat one another if their
attacks hit. Maya had less magical power than before, so her
magical defenses were weaker, leaving her with no means to
protect herself from Signaltin. And at the same time, despite
Maki having cast some protection on Koutarou's armor, it was
unable to withstand Maya's spiritual energy infused attacks.
With both sides only one hit away from defeat, speed and
technique continued to clash.
“...What's so bad about it? Now you have an excuse to get
“Hmm, I was worried that you wouldn't be able to go on,
being out of breath and all, but if you keep talking like that,
then it looks like I can enjoy this date for a little longer."
However, this situation was more disadvantageous for
Koutarou. Unlike Maya, whose body was almost nothing but
machinery, Koutarou was flesh and bone beneath his armor.
Because of that, his movements were more limited and his
body grew more exhausted the longer the fight continued. If
the evenly matched battle continued on for much longer,
Koutarou would lose. And since she knew that, Maya was
showing a confident smile.
Crap... do I have to finish this right now?
The system controlling his two swords was letting out cries
and his armor was continually warning him. On top of that,
Koutarou was out of breath and exhausted. He wouldn't be
able to go all out for much longer.
But... how do I catch her? I'm this powered up and I still can't catch up.
Having gotten a mechanical body, Maya's movements
surpassed the limits of man. Since Koutarou couldn't escape
from the bonds of his body, he was stuck at that limit. So in
order for him to catch up to Maya, he needed to come up
with a good idea. But Maya wasn't going to give him time to
“There's still plenty of time! Let's have some more fun, my
“Don't give me that crap! I just escaped from a date with
Maya's blades had a red light around them as she dashed
forward with a smile.
" Satomi-kun, she has attack spells cast on both of her blades! Don't fall for
her words, she's going for the finishing blow!”
"So she's coming! In that case—!”
Koutarou changed his fighting style in accordance to Maki's
Since Maki knew Maya and magic very well, she had saved
Koutarou several times already. And now, her advice gave
him his last chance of victory.
If she's going to finish me off, she should be targeting the damaged chest
plate!! As long as I know where she's going to be attacking....!!
Koutarou swung Signaltin, putting all of his force behind it.
The blade cut through the air and headed straight for Maya.
“Woops! That was closeJ’”
However, Maya lowered her posture a little and dodged it.
But that was just what Koutarou was aiming for. His goal was
to limit Maya's mobility by swinging Signaltin. And if she was
now aiming for his chest, then there weren't many paths she
“Now it's my turn!”
Maya headed down the path Koutarou had expected.
Koutarou moved his left and placed his beam sword in Maya's
path. Now as long as the blade activated, the events would
develop exactly the way he had expected.
Along with a noisy sound, the armor reported an error with
the beam sword. Because of his overuse of the
malfunctioning system, the beam sword had lost its function
at the worst possible time.
With the beam sword failing to activate, Koutarou was left
completely defenseless as Maya pressed her charge. The
blade in her right hand had an ominous red glow to it. She
was aiming for Koutarou's torso, the spot where the armor
“Bye bye, boy. I loved you."
Maya thrust her right hand forward.
Koutarou steeled himself. He would die the moment she
thrust her blade through his armor. It was now an
"Noooooooooooo! Satomi-kun, Satomi-kuuun!!”
Koutarou could hear Maki screaming in his mind. At the same
time, Maya's hand was pushing forward and closing in on
him. Maya's face twisted with malice and a dark joy spread
throughout her chest.
It was in that moment that Signaltin began glowing brightly.
And it was as powerful as the girl's voice that filled the area.
Maya's body received a large shock and she was sent flying.
It was as if she had been thrown back by the glow and the
However, it had no effect on Koutarou at all. He simply stood
there, wrapped in that light. He noticed that the light had a
pulse. Sensing that the pulse was similar to that of a person's
heartbeat, a girl's name appeared in Koutarou's head.
“...This, is... her majesty's...? Her majesty, Alaia's...?"
He felt the warmth he had felt in the past when Alaia had
been controlling Signaltin directly. That's what he felt right
now, but that was impossible. Alaia was an endless time and
a countless distance away. There was no way she could be
here. But Alaia's sword was radiating. Her oath and wish was
Guided by the light, Koutarou turned around. There, he saw a
lone girl standing. It was a girl with long hair and a crest of a
sword glowing on her forehead. At first, it had looked like her
hair was silver colored.
“Alaia— No! Is that?!"
But he quickly realized he had made a mistake. The girl's hair
was black. The person standing there was not the person he
was looking for.
Temporarily disappointed over the person not being Alaia,
Koutarou soon found himself surprised again.
Why is Sakuraba-senpai controlling Signaltin?! And that crest on her
forehead is the same as her majesty's... What is going on?!
While Koutarou was too confused to say anything, Harumi
herself started shedding tears and struggled to speak.
“...Thank god... he's alive... Satomi-kun is alive..."
With the crest still glowing on her forehead, Harumi shed
tears of relief. Koutarou who was about to die was alive and
well. Relieved by that, Harumi continued crying.
“...I'm glad... I'm really so glad...”
"Sakuraba-senpai, what is this? How are you controlling
”...l don't know... I don't know what is going on...”
Harumi shook her head at Koutarou's question. She was
confused as well. She had seen that Koutarou was about to
lose his life and felt like she had to save him. She had prayed
for that. And by doing that, light suddenly started overflowing
from her body, causing Koutarou's sword to glow and to send
the enemy flying. This came as a surprise to Harumi as well,
as she simply continued to cry.
"...But... Satomi-kun... there's one thing... that I do know...”
Harumi looked at Koutarou with tears falling from her eyes.
"...And that is that from now on, I will protect you—”
A strong resolve and love resided in those eyes.
And driven by that intense and deep emotion, she continued.
"—and always be at your side...”
In that moment, the crest on Harumi's forehead started
glowing even brighter. At the same time, Signaltin grew even
What is going on?! This isn't her majesty, but Sakuraba-senpai, yet, she can
control Signaltin as well as her majesty ... No, even better?!
Signaltin was radiating light.
The glow was brighter than anything Koutarou had ever seen.
“...So win, Satomi-kun! I will protect you, from any enemy
and any hardship!"
And as those words left Harumi's mouth, all the confusion
and hesitation vanished from Koutarou's mind.
There is no point in asking who and why!! If the rusted iron scrap is still
glowing like this, if the oath and emotion put into this sword still remain —//
“—Then I will use my life and everyone's powers to protect
our future!! Sakuraba-senpai!!"
Having been separated by an endless time and a countless
distance, the previous relationship of master and servant had
changed into that of a senior and junior, and connected that
oath and emotion once more.
Having regained her balance, Maya faced Koutarou without
flinching, despite Signaltin continuously growing in power.
“No matter how much magical power you have, it doesn't
mean a thing if you don't hit!”
Maya attacked Koutarou. She charged at him with the fastest
speed she could possibly move at. The mechanisms were
screeching and the system was giving her countless
warnings, but Maya swung her blades widely as if to shake all
of that off of her.
Signaltin had grown more powerful, but it had been weaker to
start with, so now it wasn't all that different from what Maki
had reported before. On top of that, Maya was convinced she
wouldn't be hit. Having surpassed the limits of man, Maya
wasn't scared of her opponent.
Signaltin easily blocked Maya's blades. Of course, Maya was
moving too fast for the sword itself to block, but her attack
was stopped by the barrier that Signaltin was emitting.
Why?! It's not that much more powerful than Maki had reported, so why
can't I break through this force field?!
Maya was astonished.
The spiritual energy weapons that Maya was using should be
able to break through magical defensives quite effectively.
According to Maki's report on Signaltin's capabilities, they
were powerful enough to break through any defense Signaltin
could output. So even if Signaltin had grown a little more
powerful, her weapons should still be able to destroy the
barrier. Yet despite that, the blades didn't stand a chance. It
was an unthinkable situation.
“This is that type of sword.”
“I see, that girl is doing something, isn't she?!”
Maya shifted her look to Harumi who was behind Koutarou.
Harumi had her eyes closed and her hands clasped together
as if she was praying.
Maya could see a line of magical power traversing from
Harumi to Signaltin. She had also received a report on
Harumi from the last time Maki had fought Koutarou. That's
why she knew that Harumi could control some unknown form
of magic. So it was hard to imagine that Harumi was
unrelated to all this.
Realizing that he wouldn't be able to hide it from Maya,
Koutarou confirmed her suspicions.
“This sword was made to be used by two people. It simply
hadn't been able to until now. That's why you only know of
the incomplete form of this sword. You misunderstood,
Koutarou would wield the sword while another controls its
magical power. They would control the magic and release it
for attack or defense, and also change its properties
depending on the opponent's offense and defense. They also
used the sword's surplus magical power to use magic and
support the wielder.
The two work as one.
And that is Signaltin's true form. It was the power that Alaia
gave to Koutarou to protect him.
"Go on, Satomi-kun! Do whatever you want! I'll keep up with you!”
"That's why if you think that the sword's power just got
Harumi's voice was conveyed to Koutarou through the sword
as he casually swung the sword at Maya. As he did, the
magical power being used to protect him changed shape and
increased his attack range. The range was altered based on
how Maya was moving, making it harder for her to dodge. It
also had an electric property to it, causing the most damage
possible to her.
The strike broke through the magical barrier Maya was using
and shocked her. The impact was terrific and she was thrown
to the ground as she was being shocked.
"—that's what'll happen."
That was where Koutarou stopped his attack, but Harumi
didn't stop there. She started incanting something in ancient
" Gather ; spirits of the wind, gather as an arm and destroy my enemy!! Roar!!
As a result, Signaltin's surplus magical power turned into a
giant hammer of air that fell down onto the collapsed Maya.
"H-How is this even possible?! This is completely different
Maya desperately moved her body in an attempt to dodge
She managed to avoid the attack just barely, and that was
only thanks to her superhuman speed. If not for that, she
probably would have lost right there.
"I'm sorry, Satomi-kun! I was a little too slow!”
"No, that's great, Sakuraba-senpai!"
Koutarou smiled and readied his sword. He actually knew the
reason why Harumi's attack had missed. Even though Maya's
body was mostly machine, Harumi was hesitant to attack
another person. That's why Maya had been able to avoid it.
But Koutarou felt that was fine. Fighting didn't suit Harumi,
Koutarou felt the same way he did about Yurika.
"I will attack! Please focus on supporting me, senpai!”
"Okay, I understand!"
Koutarou chased after Maya and charged forwards. As Maya
got up, she changed her blade weapons into guns and aimed
"Then I'll just do this! That girl is your Achilles' heel!”
And unlike Harumi, Maya didn't hesitate to pull the trigger.
She fired a large amount of bullets towards Harumi who was
in her praying pose.
“Protection From Soul Energy!! And please, Encyclopedia!!"
However, two barriers stood in the way of the bullets. Yurika
had cast a barrier to protect Harumi from spiritual energy,
and she also used the cane in her hand to cast a spell to
defend from physical attacks. Thanks to the two defensive
spells, Maya's bullets were completely blocked.
“Are you okay, Sakuraba-senpai?!"
“Thank you, Nijino-san!!"
“Satomi-san, I will protect Sakuraba-senpai! Don't worry!"
Yurika no longer had enough magical power to defeat Maya.
However, she still had enough to cast a few defensive spells,
and she had also gotten Encyclopedia from Kanae. That's
why she would be able to protect Harumi for a while.
“Yurika, I'll leave that to you!"
She would do what she needed when she had to. That's the
kind of person Yurika was to Koutarou.
“Curse you, Yurikaaaaaa!!"
Having had her attack stopped by Yurika and being shown
Koutarou's trust on her, Maya was driven by an intense fury
and jealousy. Being thought of as below Yurika by anyone was
an unbearable humiliation to her.
"I'll kill you, kill you all! All of you!!”
Fury and jealousy turned into hate and drove Maya to attack.
She no longer looked anything like the mind controlling
magician, Dark Navy.
Watching over the battle, Maki's feelings were quite complex.
I'm sure I was once like that too...
Looking at Maya the way she was right now made Maki feel
sad. She also felt sorry as she thought that she must have
looked like this in the past as well. That's why Maki made a
" Satomi-kun, please don't kill Maya-sama... ”
"Don't worry, I understand. She is still your master, right?”
Maya was getting emotional and was full of openings, and all
Koutarou on the other hand remained calm and was fighting
with his friends.
The conclusion of this battle was already decided.
" Thank you, Satomi-kun...”
"No, that really helps. I'm a half-assed soldier that can't kill people on my
In order to actually finish the fight, Koutarou raised Signaltin
above his head. At the same time, he focused on Kiriha's
gauntlet on his left hand and created a fireball. He used
Sanae's power to see Maya's movements, and he was being
protected by Ruth, Theia and Clan's armor, along with
Yurika's and Maki's magic. And Shizuka was protecting the
place he wished to return to even now.
Ten versus one... Sanae said allies of justice could gang up on their foes,
but... this might be overdoing it a little...
Koutarou swung his sword down on Maya, aiming for her arm.
Signaltin cut straight through Maya's blades and chopped off
her right arm.
And as she momentarily stopped, the fireball produced by his
left gauntlet attacked her.
The fireball exploded by the center of her body and sent her
"Uh, d-damnit... To think I would be this cornered by anyone
other than Nana!”
Having been slammed into the ground, Maya used her
remaining left arm to lift her body. Though the armor plate
covering her torso had been destroyed and revealed the
machinery behind it. Maya had taken a lot of damage, and
was unable to properly move.
Koutarou lowered his sword as he faced Maya.
"Just give up and go home."
"...Kill me. If you don't, I'll just come after you, over and over
Maya's body was seriously damaged, but the hatred in her
eyes was as livid as ever. Maya directed a fierce killing intent
towards Koutarou, as if he was a lover that had betrayed her.
"I bet you will..."
Koutarou was aware of the risk, but he couldn't kill Maya. And
so, he returned the sword to its sheath.
Maya took this as an insult and her hate grew even more
“You'll regret this!!”
“Yeah. I've always been regretting. That's the kind of life I've
lived. I'm used to it."
Koutarou smiled wryly as he said that and turned his glance
towards a concrete pillar nearby.
“And are the two of you hiding over there going to fight me
Koutarou spoke out towards the pillar, and behind it, two
magical girls, Crimson and Green, appeared. However,
neither of them looked like they were going to fight.
“Are you joking? If I'm going to fight against a monster like
you, I'll have to make proper preparations first.”
“...We only came to save Maya-san.”
“I see. Then take her and leave.”
Koutarou couldn't sense any intention to attack from their
words or from their auras. That's why he took several steps
back and gave them room. The girls ran up to Maya with thei
eyes filled with hostility towards Koutarou.
“Are you okay, Maya-san?”
“I'll lend you my shoulder.”
Maya somehow managed to stand up with the help of the two
girls. But even then, her focus was directed at Koutarou
rather than her allies. Unable to admit that had been the
reason for her loss.
“...Boy, what is your name?"
“...Koutarou... The next time we meet... I will definitely kill
you, with my own hands..."
“If that's what you want, then don't come alone."
Maya turned her face away from Koutarou and left with the
support of the two girls. Eventually, they disappeared into the
darkness of the far side of the abandoned building.
“...Bertorion, are you okay with just letting her go like that?"
Clan had a concerned look on her face on the other side of
the communication device.
“Clan, is the person you want to make a vassal the kind of
guy that would one-sidedly kill the other party?"
“Of course not! I was just worried for your safety! That's why
I was wondering if you were fine with not capturing her?!"
“...Just believe that I'll win next time too. That's what I've
decided to do."
Our future is bright.
That is what Koutarou had told Maki, and he had decided to
believe in that as well.
"...Geez... you really don't understand a woman's feelings.”
”1 hear that a lot.”
As Koutarou laughed, a space-time hole appeared in front of
"I'm retrieving Signaltin. Theiamillis-san and the others are
on their way to you right now."
"That's too bad."
Koutarou realized what Clan was trying to do and pushed
Signaltin into the hole. The hole took Signaltin with it and
"Now just do what you have to do before Theiamillis-san
"Sorry for always making you help me."
"You're not joking. Just when was this role assigned to me..."
The hologram of Clan puffed up her cheeks a little in
dissatisfaction. Seeing that expression, Koutarou chuckled
and honestly stated what he felt.
"Well, that would be around the time you became a worthy
Clan's face turned red as she yelled at Koutarou before she
one-sidedly turned off her communication.
"I got her angry again... I was trying to praise her too..."
Koutarou smiled wryly as he looked at the hologram not
projecting anything. After Koutarou turned off his
communication, he decided to heed Clan's advice and do
what he had to do.
“...Now then... where should I start explaining... There's not
much time either..."
Before Theia arrived, Koutarou had some explaining to do to
the several people looking at him.
The Day of Beginnings
Saturday, April 24
On that night, eleven people gathered in room 106. With that
many people in the small room full of furniture, it was hard to
Right next to Koutarou were Maki and Clan who seemed a
little uncomfortable. Next to them were Harumi and Yurika.
Facing those two were Theia, Ruth and Kiriha who were
drinking tea, Shizuka, Sanae and Kanae.
“Koutarou, should I really be here?”
“Yeah, Satomi-kun. Just a while ago I was everyone's
“Just shut up and sit down.”
Koutarou wanted to properly introduce Maki and Clan. The
two now allied themselves with Koutarou, but because of
their history with the girls of room 106, they tried to distance
themselves. However, Koutarou didn't think very well of that
and decided to use this chance to solve the problems
regarding these two.
“So... I'll start by introducing them. This is Clan..."
As Koutarou said that, he tapped Clan on the head a few
times with his right hand. Because of the uncomfortable
situation she was in, Clan couldn't raise her head. She was
pulling back because just a few months ago she had been
after Theia's and Koutarou's lives. She simply looked at the
tea table in front of her without moving a muscle.
“And this is Aika Maki-san."
This time, Koutarou tapped Maki on the head with his left
hand. Maki was practically in the same situation as Clan and
had a stiff expression and was all tensed up. Because she
knew that she was in front of Kanae and Sanae, she didn't
dare look at them. Because of her uneasiness, she was tightly
holding onto Koutarou's sleeve and wasn't letting go.
“Clan and I went missing during the play, if you all remember.
Back then, we reluctantly had to work together and our
feelings of hostility gradually waned. Ever since, she has
secretly been helping me. Like the incident with Sanae for
example... Hey, don't just be quiet, say something, Clan."
“Say something? L-Like what?"
Clan couldn't come up with anything to say. She knew that
she couldn't get friendly with everyone after what she had
“Like your name or something.”
“...I'm Clariossa Daora Forthorthe.”
“You really only said your name.”
"B-Because you told me to say it!”
Being so anxious, Clan only spoke her name, but her
interaction with Koutarou showed everyone in the room what
kind of relationship they had.
"Well, anyways... about Aika-san... As you all know, Aika-san
is our classmate... but as it turns out, up until today she was
actually an evil magical girl."
When Koutarou revealed her identity, Maki held her breath
and grabbed onto Koutarou's sleeve even harder. She was
well aware of her poor position.
"Aika-san became an evil magical girl because her savior was
one, but in the end, being evil didn't suit her. Aika-san saved
me. And in her heart, she's an honest and good girl. She had
no choice but to do evil because she had nowhere else to go,
and in order to repay the kindness she had been shown."
"...Satomi-kun, I'm going home. I don't belong here..."
Unable to endure the tension, Maki pulled on Koutarou's
sleeve and wished to leave room 106. However, Koutarou
grabbed a hold of Maki's arm and shook his head.
"Just sit down right there. If you run away now, where will you
"You have to start your new life. You get that, right?"
Maki who had been starting to get up was persuaded by
Koutarou and sat back down.
She had chosen the life of Aika Maki over the life of Dark
Navy. That's why she no longer had a place in Darkness
Rainbow. In order for her to live as herself, she had to face
“We're pretending that Aika-san has been caught and is now
our hostage until things calm down. If we don't, they'll come
after her to finish off the traitor. But in reality, she is our
classmate as always."
After saying that, Koutarou looked at everyone in the room
“And this is just my request, and... I know it might be
emotionally difficult, but I want you to get along with these
Koutarou put his hands on the tea table and lowered his
head. Maki and Clan to his sides followed his lead and
lowered their heads as well. The two stiffened up as the time
of reckoning had come.
“There's something I want to say."
Theia raised her hand. Seeing that, Clan's face turned pale.
“1-1 do too!"
“I have one thing to say too."
Next, Sanae and Yurika raised their hands. This caused Maki's
face to turn pale as well.
People that would ask them to pay for their crimes had
Though they feared the situation, they were ready to accept
any criticism because they knew this was a passage they had
Having raised his head, Koutarou urged the three who had
raised their hands to speak. The girls put their hands down
on the tea table and leaned forward as they spoke.
“Does that mean that Clan will be put into the rotation for
cleaning duty of this room?!"
“Hey, MakiM You're a magical girl too, right?! Let's make a
new outfit for you to match ours!!"
“Satomi-san, living in the wardrobe any more is impossible!
Now that Maki-chan is joining, I want to leave the wardrobe
and live here too!”
However, what the three girls had said caused Clan and Maki
to let out an astonished voice at the same time. They
hurriedly raised their heads and looked at the people that
had spoken to them.
“Well, I guess it would."
“Alright! Now I only have to clean once a week!"
“Isn't that great, your highness?"
“Satomi-san, now is the time to increase my residential
“That's a no.
"I can't let Aika-san stay in the wardrobe.”
"Mama! I need drawing paper!"
"Yes, yes. Maki-chan, that's what's happening, so are you free
Nobody criticized Clan or Maki. NotTheia, Yurika, Sanae nor
Kanae, nor did any of the other girls. In fact, they welcomed
"Aika-san, if you have nowhere to stay, why don't you live
with me? It's just above this room."
"Isn't that great, Clan-sama. Now I don't have to sneak
around when meeting with you."
"Why isn't anyone saying anything...?”
This situation confused both Maki and Clan. Despite
supposedly being enemies, the residents of this room had
easily accepted them. Not understanding what was going on,
the two simply sat there with a confused look.
"...That's because we were all enemies once too."
Kiriha was the one to answer their question. She slightly
narrowed her eyes and showed Clan and Maki a friendly
smile. She especially trusted Clan, whom she had met eleven
"If we were to criticize you, we would be rejecting ourselves,
and that is something we cannot do."
At first, everyone was attacking each other. They had
overcome that to get to where they were now. That's why no
one in the room criticized Clan or Maki. Everything was fine
as long as they had a change of heart. What was important
was the now, not the past.
“But Kii, even then—"
“Of course, that's not the only reason."
Being called Kii by Clan, Kiriha's expression changed into an
even gentler one.
“Satomi Koutarou lowered his head for your sake. In that
case, we just have to believe him. We will accept anything he
has decided... Isn't that the same for you two?"
“Yes, it is."
Maki was still half in doubt, but Clan's expression softened up
a little. Having an old friend here helped a lot.
“Theiamillis-san, I formally apologize for my actions up until
Clan bowed towards Theia, and in return, Theia nodded with
“I accept that apology. Don't worry about it anymore. We may
be rivals, but we reach further heights by competing with
respect for each other, rather than hate."
“Theiamillis-san... You're right, I won't lose!"
“Fufufu... that's the spirit. I won't lose either!"
Clan and Theia laughed at one another. Seeing that, Maki
looked at Yurika and the Higashihongan family pair.
Noticing that, Koutarou and Harumi had Yurika and Maki face
each other. Yurika only seemed confused, but Maki suddenly
tried to make a run for it. However, Koutarou grabbed onto
her with both hands and stopped her. After that, Maki finally
gave up and slowly started speaking.
"I'm sorry, Nijino Yurika. I've done a lot of terrible things to
"It's fine, Maki-chan. If we each had the other's saviors, I
might have been the one apologizing...”
Yurika also accepted Maki's apology. Nana had been the one
to save Yurika, but that was just by chance. Having seen
Maki's change up close, Yurika felt almost no hostility towards
her. The only thing still bothering her was that Maki was still
an official member of Darkness Rainbow. But she also knew
that Maki couldn't leave right away in these circumstances,
so she decided not to think about it.
"And to Kanae-san and her daughter, it seems my master did
some horrible things to you..."
"That is not your fault, Maki-chan."
"Mama, did something happen in the past?”
"It did, but that has been resolved and has nothing to do with
"Hmm. Oh well.
“...Thank you very much."
Maki lowered her head one last time.
As such, Clan and Maki were accepted by the girls of room
106, and took the first step of their new lives.
Though Clan and Maki's problems had been solved, Koutarou
had one more problem remaining.
And that was the problem of what to do with Sakuraba
Harumi who had been dragged into everyone else's
Just a while ago, Harumi learned how to control magic and
Signaltin's power. But not even she knew why. To her, it
seemed like she was suddenly able to do it after merging with
Yurika. And without any other possible reasons, Koutarou and
the others figured that Harumi's change was a by-product of
the merging. Yurika admitted that something strange had
happened during the merge, and the space quake that had
occurred from it was observed by the Blue Knight, lending
credibility to the theory.
This would mean that Harumi was now the third magician
after Yurika and Maki. And she was also capable of controlling
Signaltin, though that fact was only known to those present
at the time. That's why Harumi had now become a somewhat
unique assistant to Koutarou and the others. Harumi herself
wanted to use her powers to help them.
But there was someone against that idea.
And that was Koutarou himself.
"...I'm against this. Sakuraba-senpai has a poor constitution,
and she's not very athletic. It's far too dangerous for her to
always be with us.”
Koutarou worried for Harumi's safety. It was clear that magic
put a strain on her body, and he was also against Harumi
“That's why I think it's best if we just let her help
To Koutarou the ideal solution would be to keep Harumi at the
same distance she had always been so that she wouldn't get
involved in any fights.
“But... Satomi-kun, I can't stay quiet after learning about
Just like Koutarou was worrying about Harumi, Harumi
worried for the safety of Koutarou, Yurika and all of the
invader girls. To her, they were special people that had shown
her the outside world through their two plays together. That's
why she wanted to repay her debt and protect their everyday
by doing whatever she could.
“Satomi-kun and everyone are my precious friends! Please
don't leave me out! Please!”
And the main driving force for Harumi was her strong desire
to walk together with Koutarou and the others. She wanted to
help those she got along with. She wanted to be with the boy
she loved. She knew better than anyone else just how lonely
a life of simply staring at things from a distance was.
Koutarou started hesitating as Harumi eagerly appealed to
He wanted to keep her away out of worry for her safety, but
at the same time, he felt like his flaw of keeping a distance to
others was influencing his decision. Koutarou was unable to
decide on what was the right thing to do.
"...Satomi-kun, can I say something?”
As Koutarou was deep in thought, Maki raised her hand and
asked for permission to speak.
"What is it, Aika-san?”
"Based on what happened today, chances are that Sakuraba-
san will become another target for Darkness Rainbow. In that
case, keeping her close might be the safest thing to do."
Maki's opinion was perfectly logical. Keeping Harumi away
also meant it was harder to protect her. So with a clear threat
like Darkness Rainbow now around, there was a need to
always keep an eye on her.
However, Koutarou still couldn't make a decision. Like with
Yurika, fighting didn't suit Harumi. If possible, he wanted her
to live peacefully.
"Koutarou, do you hate Harumi?"
Sanae questioned Koutarou, and he responded by shaking his
"Of course not, it's just that I want her to be as safe as
With a serious expression, Sanae pointed her right index
finger towards Koutarou and spoke her mind.
“You know what, Koutarou, the best way to do that is to
personally protect what is precious to you. Keeping precious
things at a distance is one of your bad habits."
“She's right, Satomi-san! We just need to make Sakuraba-
senpai promise not to strain herself, and then all of us can
protect her together!"
Yurika agreed with Sanae. And it wasn't just her, everyone in
the room agreed. They all shared the same feelings Harumi
did. That's why they felt that she couldn't be kept at a
distance because of her weak constitution.
Harumi earnestly appealed to Koutarou and stared straight
into his eyes.
And with that, Koutarou finally changed his mind.
“I understand. Sakuraba-senpai, please try to stay with one of
us whenever possible."
“Thank you, Satomi-kun!"
“However! You must promise not to force yourself if a fight
“I understand! I promise!"
Tears of joy started forming around Harumi's eyes as she
Like that, another three invaders were welcomed into room
106, reaching a previously unprecedented population. And
with Kanae here as well, everyone was grateful that it wasn't
However, this population only lasted until after dinner. Once
everyone had eaten, the invaders left room 106 one after
another. They all had their own businesses to attend to. This
included making preparations for their new lives or business
regarding their position. Because of that, there was a need to
leave room 106 for now. That's why only Koutarou and Yurika
remained in the room.
“Now that everyone's left, this room feels so much bigger..."
Koutarou muttered as he sat down at the tea table and
looked at the front door. Because it was just the two of them,
that quiet muttering reached Yurika as well.
“Even though I don't think like that at all when everyone is
Koutarou's back looked awfully lonely to Yurika, and she felt
like she should do something to cheer him up. So she decided
to slowly approach him from behind.
After placing herself right behind Koutarou, Yurika stood on
her knees and used her hands to block Koutarou's view. It
looked just like she was hugging him.
Yurika whispered to Koutarou. It was just the two of them, and
they were now very close. It was a very gentle and very quiet
“...Did I leave too...?"
“Of course not. I just can't see you."
Koutarou could hear Yurika's voice, her hands were pressed
against his face, and her body against his back. Though he
couldn't see her, it was clear she was there.
“Then, I think that's true for everyone else too. You just can't
see them, but their feelings are still around."
Thanks to Yurika pointing that out, Koutarou started feeling
the same way. Though he couldn't see them, he wasn't alone.
That felt very good for him.
Koutarou could only hear Yurika's laugh and feel her warmth.
And because her voice was gentle and calm, he got the urge
to look at her face. But at the same time, he felt like staying
this way. It was a strange feeling he hadn't felt before.
I see... so this is the real Yurika...
This was Yurika's true nature, which was normally hidden by
all kinds of things. It wasn't until the two were left alone that
Koutarou could see it. That's why he started being able to
accept things he couldn't before.
“You... really are a magical girl, aren't you?"
The truth that Yurika was a magical girl was something he
never wanted to admit, but at last, he was able to accept it.
“Yes... I'm sorry for never telling you..."
“Don't worry. I understand why.”
Koutarou wanted to protect his everyday life with Yurika, and
she had gone along with that. That's why he had no intention
of blaming her; in fact, he felt quite the opposite.
“Thank you, Yurika.”
As Yurika responded to Koutarou, she pushed her hands onto
his face a little stronger. Just doing that was enough to
convey how she felt. Yurika then stopped covering Koutarou's
eyes and wiped away her tears. She wanted to continue
doing it, but that would be hard to do while crying. Having
finished wiping away her tears, she put her hand on
Koutarou's shoulder. And as if waiting for that, Koutarou
“But... even if that's the truth, I don't want to admit it. To me,
you're a classmate and a cosplay loving stupid freeloader.”
That was Koutarou's wish. He wanted her to be a classmate,
not a magical girl. That was something he could only say in
this atmosphere and when they weren't looking at each
With her hand still on Koutarou's shoulder, she started
shedding tears again. But she no longer tried to wipe them
They were warm tears of joy, and she knew it would be a
waste to wipe them away.
“...I... prefer it that way too...”
Yurika wanted to succeed Nana and become a splendid
magical girl. But at the same time, she wanted to be a
normal girl when she was with Koutarou. She wanted to
spend plain and normal days together, and by doing that, she
felt like she would have the courage to overcome anything.
And in that sense, Yurika's wish perfectly matched Koutarou's.
"That's why... I'll work my hardest to make sure you don't
have to be a magical girl."
If an enemy appeared, he would work together with her to
drive them away.
If there was a mission that had to be accomplished, he would
help and finish it as soon as possible.
He wanted to limit the amount of time that Yurika had to be a
Overwhelmed with emotion Yurika spun her arms around
Koutarou and tightly embraced him.
Right now, she could understand how Sanae felt.
Even when they were this close, Yurika wanted to get even
closer. To the point where if she could leave her body and
enter his, she would do so. But because she couldn't, she
simply tightened her embrace. She didn't know of any other
way to convey her feelings.
“...So you just take it easy and cosplay to your heart's
“...I'll believe in you... Satomi-san..."
In the end, Yurika was a cosplayer. She left the reality where
she was a magical girl behind to continue cosplaying, and
being Koutarou's classmate. That's what both Koutarou and
Yurika wanted. It was the future they both wished for.
The two simply let time pass like that. Having understood
each other's feelings, they didn't need anything else.
Wait... at this rate, I might...
But after some time had passed, Yurika's heart started
beating faster. And those beats told Yurika to advance their
relationship past just gently supporting each other and to
Be able to... kiss Satomi-kun... If I get a little closer...
It was clear that Yurika loved Koutarou. She was convinced
that Koutarou treasured her as well. That's why she felt like if
she took the step forward, they might be able to become
lovers. And her heart was screaming at her to take action.
“Yurika, it's about time..."
That's why Yurika felt like her heart stopped when Koutarou
whispered to her. She thought Koutarou felt the same way,
and she was about to lose her mind from all the joy she felt.
...Even if I die now, I'm sure I wouldn't regret it...
Koutarou removed Yurika's arms and forcibly pulled her
closer. Yurika didn't resist, and simply entrusted her body to
Koutarou. Her heart raced as she wondered what would
happen. She was at the very peak of happiness now.
“Grab your pen. We're starting."
However, things didn't play out the way Yurika had hoped.
Yurika was forced to sit next to Koutarou as he put a pen in
her hand. Surprised, Yurika hurriedly looked towards
Koutarou. As she did, she saw him holding a large number of
“W-Wait, Satomi-san, isn't it a little early for that?!"
Yurika started panicking.
The gap between reality and dream made her desperate to
try and stop Koutarou.
“If anything it's too late! We're going to go through how to
calculate the volume tonight! You don't have any time to
However, Koutarou was ruthless. He had already discarded
the atmosphere from just a moment ago. The scary Koutarou
from this morning had returned.
“That's not what I meant!! Why can't we just take a little
more time to confirm our bond and love?! Skinship is
important too you know?!"
Yurika was convinced that she was in the right this time. That
things should proceed in a certain order.
“We can do that all we want later! However, you can only
study now! We're already behind schedule, Yurika! Do you
Koutarou easily rejected her proposal.
“You're the one that doesn't understand!!"
Like that, the night grew late. But Yurika was unable to accept
this truth and cried as she slammed her fists into the table.
“Normally this is where things get more romantic! Where we
gaze into each other's eyes, hug and kiss! This is wrong, this
is completely wrong!!"
“Shut it and get to work! You don't have any rights until your
grades go up!"
“Noooooooo, I don't want thiiiiiss!!"
However, when Yurika turns into an adult, she would probably
fondly think back of this day as the day when their wonderful
everyday life began.
While Yurika was spending a painful and sad night, Kiriha and
Theia were staring at each other inside the maintenance
division of the Blue Knight's hangar. They were in the middle
of some kind of work as they operated machine tools.
“There's no mistaking it. This is without a doubt spiritual
“Yes. What's more, this is even more advanced than the
currently produced model. It's not something that was
imitated somewhere else.”
The two of them were analyzing the arm that Maya had lost,
and the results had just now appeared.
“Which means it's a prototype developed by the People of the
“It must be. All of the parts are of high quality, even where
it's not needed. This is the hallmark of a test model.”
Maya's artificial arm had been made using the People of the
Earth's technology. What's more is that it had been made
using the highest quality parts, far surpassing that of Karama
and Korama. The fact that Maya had this could only mean
“So the magicians and People of the Earth get along so well
that they were given such a high cost prototype... This sure is
“Since Maya was behind the incident eleven years ago, it
seems quite clear that they were cooperating since back
Kiriha had never seen spiritual energy technology in the
shape of a human. This meant that it had been made in
secret by the faction opposing her. In other words, the radical
faction and Darkness Rainbow were working together.
And when Kiriha had been kidnapped as a child by Maya, she
had supposedly used spiritual energy technology as well.
Kiriha had heard of this from Kanae just a while ago. In other
words, they had been working together for at least eleven
“...Kiriha, how does this situation look to you?"
“Considering the fact that they've given the prototype to the
magicians, they're past the data collection needed for mass
production. It wouldn't be strange for them to already have
mass produced models ready. And if they hand those over to
the magicians, they will probably get something extremely
valuable in return.”
“If that's the case, you will have to redo your strategy.”
“Yes. I must report this to the chief right away...”
Kiriha mortifyingly ground her teeth.
I just hope I'll make it in time.
If the radical faction was supplying Darkness Rainbow with
their technology, it was only obvious that Darkness Rainbow
would be doing the same for the radicals. The radical faction
had obtained the power of magic without Kiriha and the
others finding out about it. What's more is that it should be
rather powerful magic. If that newfound power was used
against the conservatives who had no knowledge of magic,
they wouldn't stand a chance. Kiriha and the others in the
conservative faction had to come up with a plan before the
radical faction took action.
That was when Theia's bracelet started vibrating. Theia
raised her arm slightly and opened a holographic window.
She was getting a report that she had received word from
"What is it?”
"I've received a message from my home world.”
Theia controlled a nearby terminal and called up the long¬
distance communications system.
A concealed line using gravitational waves? It has encryption strength A...
what is going on ?
Feeling uneasy by the strong security of the inbound
communication, Theia opened the message. In that moment,
her eyes shot wide open.
Worried after seeing Theia's reaction, Kiriha ran up to her.
Theia started to explain the contents of the message in a
"My mother, it seems my mother has fallen ill!"
"Flow could this be!”
It was only obvious for the security to be this severe as it
reported that the current emperor of the Holy Forthorthe
Galactic Empire, Elfaria, had fallen ill.
Happy New Year! It's the Author Takehaya.
This time I have safely delivered Volume 12, where evil
magicians start moving, and the story's structure starts to
change once more.
This series has now been around for four years, and I am
deeply moved. I planned to make this into a long story from
the very beginning, but because of the fear that it might be
cancelled, I developed stories in so that it could end on its
third or sixth volume.
In the three volume version, volume two and three would
continue in the same fashion as volume 1 before ending. It
would end before any foreshadowing began.
In the six volume version, volume two would develop the
same way it did now, and then there would be one volume for
each invader girl, wrapping up all plots.
Because of that, I could only write the first volume in a way
that would work with all three of these versions. Since the
characters backgrounds and true intentions would differ in
these three versions, there were many times where I could
only write a character's lines and their actions, giving me
plenty of problems.
Fortunately, thanks to the support of my readers, this series
has been able to flourish. Thanks to that, the restrictions
were eased by the third volume and then once more on the
seventh, which made it easy for me to start gradually using
the foreshadowing. As a result, it is now much easier for me
to write than it was at the start. Now I can just write about
whatever I want while making use of what's been
foreshadowed. This kind of hard work was necessary as I tried
to write a long story without having much previous
experience. Well, it's my own fault (lol).
Whoops, looks like I've already run out of space to write my
afterword on, so I will leave it at this. Though things might
have gotten easier, I will work to write something that meets
everyone's expectations, I hope you can continue to support
Well then, let us meet in the afterword of Volume 13.
PS: Though it might be a little late, I've made a Twitter
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