The Hero and the Separation
I used magic power to form a black sword, gambling all of my magic power on a single attack .
But Scampelier’s form disappeared .
I could not follow such speed . So close to the fortress, devils were almost undefeatable existences .
But that was difficult to avoid . If she could be beaten so easily, the First Expedition Regiment wouldn’t have lost three hundred people on that day .
I didn’t know what she wanted to do; I had no way of predicting her actions .
My whole body felt like it had been submerged in deep water . A chill ran from my feet to my brain .
In the next second, there was the possibility of getting killed .
Perhaps there wouldn’t even be a second .
“It really is nice to see you, Leon . ”
At some unknown time, Scampelier appeared from behind me and hugged my neck .
…… But I never wanted to see you again .
Complex emotions filled my mind, and my awareness became fainter .
I wasn’t entering the heartless state, but I could only feel what I should do .
I slowly raised my sword .
In this state I should use––
The pinnacle of Moon God’s Style .
A penetrating sound of shattering air . The black sword slashed at air .
Fruitless again .
Two fair legs squeezed around my neck . This time, Scampelier was perched on my head .
“Why do you want to attack me? Leon . ”
Slender fingers lightly caressed my cheek .
“Aren’t we of the same type?”
“Yes, I once believed that . ”
I pried open the two legs around my neck .
Like an old friend, Scampelier ruffled my hair .
“Scampelier, we, in the end, are different . ”
I threw down the sword and grabbed her legs .
Flames of magic power covered my entire body .
Little Miracle was at its limits, but an almost indiscernible light still fanned these flames .
There was also the tiny light in my heart .
That was also part of my Little Miracle .
You and I are different, Scampelier .
I have a Venus that guides me forward . I will never lose my way .
I have things I want to protect, and you do not .
In order to protect those things, I destroy . You simply exterminate .
Thus, I can bring about a miracle, no matter how small .
Right at this time, it appeared .
The flames rose in the air, more exuberant than when I faced off against the dragon, more exuberant than during the Disaster of the Three Hundred .
If it’s the present me, perhaps I can do it .
After the dragon died, rain began to pitter patter .
The city floating above wasn’t like a real entity . The rain could freely pass through it .
“What do you want to do? Leon . ”
Scampelier looked at me in interest .
Is there still a use for questions?
A ring of air pulsed beneath my feet, and the cobblestone groaned .
I gritted my teeth, then looked at Ailee .
Ailee, deformed by sobs .
Right now, I definitely was wearing a lonely expression .
Goodbye, Ailee .
I thrust all of my magic power into my feet, and the ground cracked .
The boundary between sky and earth became blurry . Everything rushed by me as a column of multi-colored light .
The ground where I had been standing had turned into a fairly large pit .
I calmly flew towards that blood moon .
Bringing Scampelier with me .
“As I thought . Leon, you still chose to go with me?”
I stepped on to the wall of the fortress, then used Little Miracle to replenish my magic power .
Then I shot off the wall . Not even a crack appeared in the sturdy fortress .
Without cushion, the force made my ankle bone break .
I crossed over the fortress, flying for the horizon .
Muttered Scampelier quietly .
I can do it, this altitude .
Above the cloud layer, air was scarce and breathing was hard .
The city was all in ruins . The people were fairly centralized, so when we dropped, there wouldn’t be any injuries .
“Do you get it, Scampelier?”
I didn’t turn to look at her .
“I am a sinner and you are a devil . We are not suited to live in this world . ”
The rushing air blew through my hair .
Scamepelier did not say anything .
Fall down .
Like a shooting star, fall down!
I grabbed both her legs, my whole body burning bright with the magic power flames .
I surpassed the cloud layer, the bloody moon, the fortress .
I could see the whole city from above .
At this moment, I felt like I was flying .
At this moment, I wanted to go in the air and embrace my Ailee .
The moment before I died, I felt that the a high altitude was beautiful for the first time .
My body sliced through the air, scorched by the wind resistance .
Like I really was burning .
That said, I also want to apologize to you, Scampelier .
We were both looking for a place to call home .
I found mine, but you didn’t .
But be at peace . In hell, we will all see each other again .
We will repay our sins––
Every inch of bone in my body screamed in pain .
The giant impact would immediately shatter my body into fragments .
We will die together, Scampelier .
Just as I thought that, my body came out safe and sound .
There was a giant hole over ten meters wide in the ground . The impact ground the cobblestone into powder .
But in the center of the pit was me, still alive .
Scameplier was princess carrying me while standing at the center of the impact .
I still didn’t understand what happened . Once again, I had returned to the front of the crowd .
Everything felt like it had happened a lifetime ago .
“You changed, Leon . ”
Scameplier set me on the ground lightly .
“I want to know what made you change . ”
Then, Scamepelier disappeared in front of me .
Wait a moment .
It couldn’t be––
“Was it you?”
Scampelier held Ailee’s jaw, looking into her eyes .
With tears still in her eyes, Ailee stared back without an ounce of fear .
“Stop! It has nothing to do with her!!”
I struggled to stand, but just as I sat up, my hands and feet were bound to the ground by black chains .
“Oh? Is that so . ”
Scameplier looked at me, who was struggling futilely .
Then she looked at Ailee again .
“Hmm . What’s your relationship with Leon?”
I’m begging you .
I’m begging you, Ailee!!
Do not say it, a thousand times, don’t say it!!
“There is no relationship!! We’re just friends!!”
I shouted .
I threw my whole body against the chains, but they weren’t damaged in the slightest .
Ailee went blank .
For a moment, doubt appeared on her face .
Then, she used her sleeve to dry the tears on her face .
Then, it was that smile .
Ailee slowly parted her lips .
I wailed and struggled like a wild animal .
Only a little bit, only this time–
“Remember me well, you shitty devil . I am Leon’s fiancée . ”
I violently broke off my hand and threw off the chains .
I didn’t feel any pain .
Just as I was about touch Scampelier .
Without emotion, Scampelier pierced her right hand through Ailee’s chest .
Just like she pierced Walker, an unemotional attack .
What have you done to Ailee!!!!
I went to punch Scampelier . Actually, I didn’t have a fist, only a stump .
Scameplier’s figure disappeared . Without her support, Ailee slumped onto the ground .
I managed to stop my momentum and grabbed Ailee .
“It’s……fine now . ”
Said Ailee faintly .
“What’s good about this!!! Why would you say that!!”
Ailee’s eyes had already lost their spirit and turned dull .
Bloods started to trickle out of her mouth .
“Hey, Leon . You still haven’t said you like me, right?”
I bit my lips .
My face started to tremble .
This is not bad .
Because I am a fairly slow person, even Ailee did the confession .
But now, I used all of my strength to shout into the rain .
“I love you Ailee, I always loved you!!”
Ailee smiled .
“I can’t hear you . But, this is good Leon . I still died as your fiancée . I didn’t need to have some other engagement . That really is… . good . ”
I was helpless to respond to her smile, and laughed in the rain .
A smile for a smile .
In the end, Ailee’s lips moved, but the words could not come out .
––Goodbye, Leon .
But I still heard her last voice .
Just like when we were kids, Ailee’s clear but mischievous voice .
And now, I who lost both arms had no way of hugging her .