Date A Live Volume 8 Chapter 5
Chapter 5: WitchcraftWitch’s Work
The several existing buildings owned by
Woodman visited one of them and was at the 3rd floor underground.
“—–This way. Sir Woodman”
The young organization member leading Woodman stopped his legs at the end of the long corridor.
Over there, there was a narrow residential space separated by iron bars. Basically, it was a jail.
There was one man inside. He was a middle-aged man wearing plain work clothes. There are several wounds thought to be left just recently on his face, and body.
“Around 2 months ago from now, it is the DEM member captured during the events in Arubi Island. We found out he is the second chief executive colonel James A Paddington from his ID but, we don’t know anything else other than that”
“Nothing? Does that mean he is silent?”
“Rather than calling it silent……………..”
The organization member made a troubled face and *gan**gan* slammed on the iron bars. However, Paddington inside the jail was lying down on the bed and did not respond back at all.
“That’s the case. We tried several times interrogating him using a Realizer but, it’s like memories slipped out from his head”
“I see. It’s a hand that guy would use”
The organization member tilted his head. Woodman [No] replied back with that.
“Can I talk a little with him”
“Haa…………..I don’t mind, though……………”
The organization member made a dubious face while stepping back. When Woodman ordered Karen, the wheelchair was faced towards Paddington inside the cage.
“—–Yaa, James. Will you talk with me a bit”
And. The moment he called out to him.
Being persistently unresponsive until now, Paddington jumped out from the bed as if he was a doll with a spring attached onto it.
The organization member twitched his shoulders. But, Paddington did not bother about that and after he walked towards Woodman with unsteady steps, *gashan* such a sound was produced and he lay on the iron bars. After his eyes became unfocused, his lips covered with drool was forced towards Woodman and the group’s presence.
Paddington made a code-like broken voice echoed from the depths of his throat and his head shook repeatedly after some intervals.
However, after a few seconds. The weird dissonant voice echoing out from Paddington’s throat was stabilized and could be heard as a voice.
“—–Yaa, Long time no see, Elliot.”
He made a voice different from usual.
No………………calling the impression ‘made a voice’ correct could be strange. Paddington’s face did not change until now. Even though voices were coming out, his lips and tongue were not moving. It is already appropriate say, a different voice was echoing out from a human-type speaker.
The organization member raised a voice filled with dismay. Well, that was only normal. Woodman made a small shrug with his shoulders before, at Paddington——no, more precisely, towards the guy at the other side of him.
“Aah……it’s been 30 years. Are you doing well Ike?”
“Thanks to you. How about you, Elliot?”
“I have no confidence in my side. My eyes has completely gotten bad just recently.”
“Oh well oh well.”
After the unknown voice was released out from a zombie-state man, they had a small chat for a while. The organization member at the side was looking at him with disgusted eyes.
“By the way, Elliot. Why don’t you come back to us. You should know this too but, we Inversed
“Sadly, I don’t have such intentions, Ike. I told you that many times 30 years ago.”
When Woodman said that, the [Voice] sighed regretfully.
“That was a letdown. Even when 30 years passed, it looks like the fever that harmed you has not completely healed.”
The same time he said that, Paddington’s body slowly slithered down the iron bars.
“——–then, I won’t go easy on you the next time we meet. I will use the Spirits for my dearest realization.”
“I won’t let that happen. That’s what
And——at the same time, after Paddington prostrate on the ground, he spat out a large amount of blood from his mouth.
The organization member loses his cool before operating the terminal, and starting to contact the upper floor.
While looking at the situation, Woodman slightly brought his eyebrows closer.
“You don’t change at all, Ike.——-everything is just the way it is from 30 years back.”
After that, he called out to the girl holding onto the wheelchair’s handle without changing his face direction.
“Not far away, it might be possible there will be a direct battle with DEM…………please be prepared, Karen.”
“There is no problem. I understand my sister and I won’t understand each other from years ago.”
From Woodman’s words.
Karen NoraN Mathers, replied back without changing the tone of her voice.
At the same time. Inside a room in the building of the British HQ of DEM industries, the company managing director Isaac Wescott made a sigh.
And, after he operated the buttons near his hands, he called the person outside.
After some time passed, the room door was knocked.
“—-Pardon my rudeness”
After saying that, Ellen entered the room.
“Is there something you need, Ike?”
“No…………it’s not a big deal though.”
Westcott said that while directing his sights towards Ellen.
“I just thought Murdoch’s opinion made sense, in the last board meeting”
“And, which is?”
“The fact that we lost large numbers of Wizards in the last battle. Especially, the loss of Adeptus 2 Takamiya Mana and Adeptus 3 Jessica Bailey will make a huge problem in targeting Spirits from now on”
“……………are you saying, a replacement member?”
Ellen raised the side of her eyebrows while saying that. There is no mistake there is a glimpse of slight displeasure on her expression. Westcott made a small shrug with his shoulders.
“Naturally, everything would progress nicely if I have you. But, it is just a reserve to the end. It’s reality that even you move easier that way right?”
Ellen made a sigh before looking back at Westcott again.
“——-But even so, who on earth? A wizard who holds the power worthy of a DEM Adeptus numbers. If it is SSS Artemisia, then regretfully she is——–“
After Westcott stopped Ellen’s words, he lifted the side of his lips.
“——–Well wasn’t there one. An extraordinary Wizard that inflicted a wound on your body”
—Outside the room, *Chichichi*he heard the sparrows chirping.
Shidou silently took a glance at the morning sun from his room window, before looking alternately at the data on the screen of his personal computer and the scary amount of documents scattered around nearby.
On it, particular details and response towards Shidou from the suspects were written down closely together. Several information investigated by
That was not all. Shidou requested Reine and looked through the video recording on all suspects. Tentatively,
“…………..It’s……… already morning huh”
Shidou scratched his blurry eye while operating his personal computer to display the list of the remaining suspects.
—it has been quickly 2 days after Tohka disappeared.
During that time, Shidou made a mistake in pinpointing the criminal twice and a total of 4 suspects were lost.
The next day Tohka disappeared, Tama-chan-sensei pinpointed by Shidou disappeared together with Tonomachi.
And again on the next day. Just like Tama-chan-sensei, Shidou who reconsidered back his information from the start, pinpointed Hazakura Mai since he did not talk to her before according to his past information then——-Mai, and Mii disappeared.
Right now the only ones left were Kotori, Origami, Kaguya, and Miku, these four people.
But——–no matter how many times he investigated these 4 people, he could not find any traces of Natsumi.
However, Shidou was swimming in thoughts inside his hazy conscious.
—Something was pulling his mind.
The suspects completely have no suspicious points coming out. That fact sprouted a certain possibility inside Shidou’s mind.
He was still not certain. Also, it’s not like he clearly knows who Natsumi was disguised as. But, that possibility was a thought filled with powerful poison that might flip Shidou’s actions until now upside down.
“………….Maybe, this is——“
Shidou placed his elbow on the table and brought his hands to his mouth. Maybe it was because of lack of sleep or excessive stress; just those movements caused him to feel a little nauseatic.
And, when Shidou was silently thinking for a while, the door suddenly opened from behind and Kotori entered the room.
“Shidou……………wait a second. Don’t tell me you didn’t sleep?”
Kotori raised her eyebrows and walked closer to Shidou.
“I told you before, don’t force yourself. I understand your feeling but, we will lose everything if you destroy your body condition”
“It’s okay, something this much. Today……………is a day for re-investigation. Errr——-first off was Kaguya right?”
After Shidou replied with half his eyes opened, he extended his hand to pick up the documents that fell on the floor just now.
But at that moment, he suddenly felt dizzy, and fell on his knees on the spot.
“Aaah Mouu, Like I said………!”
Kotori said that in irritation and took Shidou’s hand.
“I told you so…………..! Anyway, hurry up and rest! You can’t even make a normal decision if you are at that state!”
“I don’t have that——-free time…………I finally, understood something. I have to find Natsumi faster or else”
“Enough of that. No matter, I was planning to cancel the investigation in the afternoon and evenings so, please sleep for a while now!”
Hearing that from Kotori, Shidou immediately swung her hands off.
“Cancel………..? What do you mean? Doesn’t that mean we would lose clues unnecessarily. Why would you…………..!”
“Calm down a bit”
*Pisu* Kotori chopped Shidou’s head. It’s not like she put in a lot of strength but, it was a tremendous strike to Shidou right now. He then fell face flat on the ground from the head rocking impact.
“Just stay like that and look at this”
After saying that, Kotori showed a white card in her hand.
For an instant, he thought it was the message card sealed together with the photos from Natsumi but, it would seem the sentence writing was different. He blinked his eyes and read the sentence written on it.[Let’s end this game.
Tonight, catch me.
If not, everyone will disappear.
After Shidou gasped, he raised his body and snatched the card away from Kotori’s hand.
“It was in the post, when I woke up in the morning. A challenge letter from Natsumi…………that should be it”
Shidou gulped from Kotori’s words.
“Tonight…………..if I don’t find Natsumi, the remaining suspects will disappear…………that’s it?”
“If we take it literally, that would be the case”
Kotori said that while shrugging her shoulders. Shidou clenched his teeth while placing his hands on his forehead.
He did what he can. He checked everything he could think of. But even so, Shidou has not selected a Natsumi-like person from the remaining 4 suspects.
But even so……………..the time limit suddenly came forth. Telling him not to get impatient is impossible.
—Today, if Shidou made a mistake in his decision, all of the remaining suspects will disappear.
That extraordinary pressure, gripped Shidou’s heart tightly.
But——-Shidou clenched his teeth.
“…………Kotori. I have something I want to ask from you. Will you listen?”
“What? I will handle it properly if it is within my limits.”
Kotori made a meek face and replied. Shidou summed up his thoughts while slowly saying his plan.
After a few seconds. After hearing that, Kotori *fuumu* groaned and placed her hands on her chin.
“I see. Alright. I will have that prepared”
“……………..that’s a life saver. Honestly, I still am lacking conclusive evidence.”
“In exchange, you have to sleep properly until that time. That is my condition.”
“………….Aah, I understand”
After Shidou nodded honestly, he stood up and made small yawns while lying his body down on his bed.
He then slowly raised his right hand and bends his fingers one by one before making a fist.
Even now, Shidou was still not positive who Natsumi was disguised as. If this is called a puzzle then, it would be in a state where the last few pieces were missing.
That is why——-regardless whether if Natsumi’s challenge letter reached him or not, Shidou might request the same thing to Kotori.
He looked at empty space while mumbling.
“Tonight……..I will definitely—–find you”
Disguised as XXX, Natsumi made a smile in a good mood.
She remembered Shidou’s face when she cause the disappearance of Yuzuru on day 1, Yoshino and Ai on day 2, Tohka on day 3, Tamae and Tonomachi on day 4, Mai and Mii on day 5.
An indescribable expression from the mixture of fear, uneasiness, dismay, and despair. Each time it was pictured in her mind, Natsumi would feel a pleasant ecstatic feeling run through her body.
However, that was no good.
—It was no longer enough for her.
Natsumi was craving. For a bigger fear than anything before. For Shidou’s expression to be tormented with despair to its limits. That is why——–one more letter. She sent the last letter to Shidou.
In order to erase all of the remaining suspects.
In order to see Shidou’s expression in that instant.
And after all of it ended——–in order to suck Shidou in too after he was on his knees from despair.
“I will not forgive…………those who saw my secret. I won’t let it end by erasing them. I will make them die from despair of losing all their comrades”
After Natsumi muttered that, she clenched her teeth.
“No one……….can find me anyway”
At night on that day.
After taking enough sleep (Rather, half of it was taken forcefully) Shidou and Kotori were together in a dim room.
It would seem this was a place under a facility owned by
The width of the room size is around 20 tatami mats. Although there were tall tables placed here and there, there is nothing else than that and the space looks like a dance hall.
Originally, it seems to be more convenient if they used the
Thus——not long later, the sound of the room door slowly opening was produced.
And from there, 3 girls were slowly walking into the room.
“Kuku, how idealistic. It’s a suitable stage for us to give judgment to your wicked king”
The 1st person was Kaguya.
“Amazing, it’s like we are in a secret base—”
The 2nd person was Miku.
And the last——Origami.
After including Shidou and Kotori who were originally in the room, it would become 5 people.
All of the remaining suspects in the current situation were right now gathered in this room.
Yes. That was what Shidou requested Kotori.
He wanted her to make an environment where he can talk with all of the remaining suspects, with everyone of them gathered in one place.
In order to get his last conviction, that was a factor that was needed by all cost.
And—–there is one more. It was his honest thoughts for wanting everyone’s new opinion.
Everyone should have been given a rough explanation about the situation from the
“—–Glad all of you could turn up.”
After Kotori said that, the 3 girls were looking at her in a slight perplexed manner while walking towards Shidou and Kotori.
*Suu* Shidou then breathed in and looked at the girls in turns.
“………everyone, I think you all should have heard it. First off………………let me apologize. Sorry. Everyone got dragged into this because of me…………I am really sorry”
He then took a deep bow. When he did that, he could hear a commotion from everyone.
“Fuun, do not mind it. Rather than that, I rather have you apologize to us for keeping quiet about something this important”
“U—n, so that means that date was a part of the investigation. That’s a little disappointing”
Everyone said. Shidou took another deep bow before slowly lifting his head.
“I know it was selfish. But………..I beg of you all. Everyone……..please lend me your strength………..!”
He said that as if he was appealing. And, everyone uniformly made a strong nod.—–except for one person.
Maintaining silence from just now, Origami stared at Shidou while opening her mouth.
“What does this mean”
“! Sorry, Origami. But, I beg you. I need your strength”
Origami immediately cast her eyes downwards and shook her head, when Shidou said that as if he was appealing to her.
“I don’t want you to misunderstand. It is only natural for me to lend Shidou my strength. Even more if it is regarding spirits.——-What I want to ask, isn’t those”
“Eh? You’re saying……………..”
“Where is this place? Who was the one who explained the situation to us just now? I thought about this before. What on earth do you have connections with?”
Shidou hesitated by reflex. It’s true that, it was a normal question from Origami’s perspective.
“Your wrinkles will increase if you worry about small details”
Standing in the left side beside Shidou, Kotori replied with that. Origami’s thorn filled sights were poured towards Kotori’s direction.
Kotori responded with half her eyes opened from Origami’s voice. Both of them looked at each other for a while.
Thinking back, both of them had a deep fate. Once, Origami doubted Kotori as her parent’s revenge and initiated an attack at her before.
In the end, understanding it was a misunderstanding; Shidou managed to stop both of them by interfering but———the strange relationship between them did not disappear.
But. After Origami cast her eyes downwards without saying anything, she made a small sigh and averted her sights from Kotori.
“——-I will listen to what you can say later. Anyway, I have no objection in cooperating with Shidou”
“A-aah………..Thank you, Origami”
“I don’t mind. But”
“Since you call me suddenly, I was a little, expectant”
“………….That’s………how should I say it, sorry”
He could only say it like that. He lowered his head slightly……………in reality, starting from Origami, everyone was brought together by Reine and he has no idea what method she used to call them out.
“Kuku, it’s settled then”
At that moment, Kaguya spread both her hands, and raised a loud voice while taking a pose.
“Let’s get it started then. The selection ceremony to bring out the atrocity lurking within us out to the light!”
“A-ra, you look quite into this”
“Isn’t that obvious!”
Kaguya spread out her hands exaggeratedly when Kotori said that.
“That insolent person that kidnapped Yuzuru is inside here right!? Then I will find that person and unless she pays a suitable compensation——I will not feel satisfied……………!”
Half-way through her words, her normal self came out. Kaguya probably noticed that and *Kohon* made a cough before retaking a pose.
“Anyway! I will definitely find that spirit that made Yuzuru and the rest disappear!”
After saying that, she gripped her fist tightly. Even from the side-view, it looks like strength was put into it. Mostly likely, she wants to direct all of the saved up emotions that had nowhere to go because of Yuzuru’s sudden disappearance towards the criminal.
“Yeah yeah, I understand you are into this so, calm down for now”
Kotori lifted the chupa chups she has in her mouth and moved her lips.
“The situation is as what you have been explained before entering this room. There is one spirit with the power of transformation inside here and we have to find her no matter what. All of the investigation results have been collected into these documents. If you have something bothering you or a question, we don’t mind it no matter how small it is. Please go ahead and say it”
After saying that, she showed a table nearby. There were several sets of documents suppressed by double clips placed on it.
Everyone took the documents and glanced through it for a while.
And after a while, Miku *fuuu* sighed.
“I see–…………the question darling asked at that time had these meanings”
Origami twitched her eyebrows. Shidou hurried and let out his voice.
“We-well, why don’t we leave that for later”
After Origami was discontent while honestly keeping quiet, she once again dropped her sights on the documents.
And as if to replace that, *piin* Kaguya erected her finger.
“So, Shidou. What kind of appearance does that Natsumi have”
“Eh? Aah, that’s——-“
“——-it’s repulsive, a horribly unattractive face”
Kotori interrupted Shidou’s words and said that.
“For example, she had face like a toad that got run over by a car. Her droopy eyes very far apart and her nose was heading upwards like a pig, her skin was completely filled with pockmarks like the craters on the moon. She has a fat body; a terrible body so much that it made me thinks her bust waist hip might have the same value. And, anyway her face is just plain big. Mostly like around three heads together. Somehow rather than spirit, she was more of a monster”
With a serious look, Kotori continuously explained Natsumi appearance. But all of it, does not even bear a slight similarity to Shido’s memories and was obviously garbage information.
When Shidou was about to say something, Kotori [Shh] erected one finger up.
At that moment, he guessed it. Most definitely, this was to lure out Natsumi’s reaction from inside them. Being told slanderous like that, there are not that many people that would not take notice to that. Even if it isn’t shown in their expression or actions, there should be some kind of response coming from the observation device installed in this room.
“……………..there is none of that response”
Reine’s voice was heard in Shidou’s right ear.
Kotori probably received the same announcement. *Tsk* she clicked her tongue and operated the small terminal placed on top of the table.
“…………………That’s a joke. Please look at this”
At the same time Kotori said that, Natsumi’s figure was shown out on the terminal’s screen. It was a beautiful girl.
“Eeh……………. That’s totally different from what you said. Kotori-chan you are such a scary child”
Sweat was flowing down on Miku’s cheeks while she brought her eyebrows together. However, Kotori did not really bother about that and urged her with a [Is there anything else] question.
“However, I am a little curious, on how come Shidou and Kotori was doing this but still unable to catch even her tails”
The next one who said that was Kaguya.
“In the first place, is it true that Natsumi is really inside here? Isn’t it a possibility that she lied and was actually disguised as someone else, and is immersed in joy looking at Shidou panicking?”
After saying that, Kaguya tilted her head.
“……………..of course, that possibility isn’t zero. But——–“
Kotori folded her arms while making an eye signal to Shidou. Shidou tilted his head slightly forward to respond to her.
“Aah. Although I didn’t talk to her for that long………….most likely, I think she wasn’t lying”
“Houu? How can you say that? The opponent is a spirit that made Yuzuru and the rest disappear you know? I think it would be hard to believe her”
“Hnn, how should I put it……………I felt that Natsumi holds a strong confidence in her abilities. And also, Natsumi said clearly that [I am inside one of these]. Leaving aside from her strikes in the gap of the rules, I think she won’t obviously break the rules”
Kaguya made a difficult groan before nodding to show she agreed.
“I see. Well, it was you who has a direct conversation with Natsumi. I’ll believe in that”
After saying that, Kaguya returned her sights to the document.
And after a while, Origami lifted her face after she finished reading all the documents.
“Shidou. Is it possible to show me the photos and card send by the spirit
“Aah, of course”
After Shidou nodded, he took out a white envelope from the bag he brought and handed it to Origami.
Having received the documents, Origami took the photos and card from inside and lined up on top the table. From the side, Kaguya and Miku took a peek at that.
“Fuun………………I see. So it means it was taken while hiding.”
“Wait! Half-my eyes are opened–!”
Kaguya snorted and Miku was *puri**puri* getting angry. However, Origami did not stop to bother about them and crawls her sights on the lined up photos and card one by one.
And, after a moment of silence and hand placing on her chin, she lifted her face.
“——–there is one thing I want to confirm”
“Aah, what is it?”
“Is it possible that the
Being told that. Shidou opened his eyes wide.
“Other than spirit and human………..?”
“Yes. To put it more specifically, it is possible for her to transform into a material that does not conduct life activities, or, into an existence clearly with a different volume from her original form, that is what I meant. For example, changing into a size that can be gathered on the palm or thin like a paper”
Shidou made a small nod from Origami’s words.
Now that he thinks back, the first time when Shidou met her, Natsumi turned the AST members into comical characters. If it is possible from a third person, then it isn’t strange for her to transform her body into something else other than humans.
“It might be possible. But, to be able to change her body to different extreme sizes…………..I am not sure about that”
“You can’t say it is not impossible, that’s it?”
“Aah…………..that would be the case”
Origami nodded. Then sitting next to her, Miku *pon* hit her hand as if she thought of something.
“Eh, is it perhaps–……………”
While saying that, she pointed towards the photo lined up on the table.
“The Spirit-san might be disguised as one of these photos…………..something like that, is what you meant?”
Shidou placed his hand on his chin. It’s true that………..he can’t completely deny it.
“I am inside one of these. Can you guess which one am I? “
Yes. Thinking from only the words, according to the words [Inside these]——Natsumi might be inside one of the photo’s itself.
After Origami took a glance at Miku, she nodded.
“Normally, if you were told [I am inside one of these] after being shown the photos then, you will think that the Spirit will be one of the people taken in the photo.——however in this case, it’s not like it was stated to be like that”
She glared at the photos lined up on the table and continued.
“In the first place, I had an odd feeling on the rules itself. As time passes, the suspects will decrease. It’s true that it is an effective way to plant uneasiness onto Shidou. However, at the same time, she will suffer a risk of making herself easier to be found.——if she has the confidence to never be found then, there is no way she would take this route”
Shidou nodded in Origami’s words. That was the odd feeling Shidou has been feeling the whole time.
Hearing that talk, Kaguya *fuun* exhaled while folding her arms.
“——I see. But, even if that is the case, what should we do about it? There are 12 photos you know? Don’t tell me you are going to designated each of them one by one?”
“There is no need for that”
After Origami said that, she piled up the photos spread out on the table.
And, in the next instant.
When he thought Origami placed her hands into her pocket, *Kaa* such a sound was produced and a knife was piercing through the piled up photos. The blade was completely penetrated and has reached until the table.
“This is the shortest and fastest method to confirm”
After Origami said that without moving any of her eyebrows, she twisted the knife pierced into the photo and gouged out.
—but, the photos did not show any response.
“…………….It would seem, it was wrong”
Origami said it in a slight disappointment while putting the knife into her pocket. Shidou wiped of the sweat that he had no idea when it appeared off his forehead with his hands……………while thinking that if Natsumi was really disguised as the photo then, what on earth would have happened.
“Fuun, back to the starting point again huh”
“Buuut, I think what Origami-san said is true. But, it doesn’t feel like she wants to enjoy the thrill. I think she is striking within the rule gaps, so that she would never be found. That’s because, there are only 4 suspects remaining at the current point you know—? Isn’t it at the probability rate where we might guess who she is, even if it is a random guess”
Miku said that while placing her finger at her chin. Shidou agreed with her. He made a small nod.
However. Kaguya made a difficult face and glared at Miku.
“So what are you saying? Are you saying Natsumi isn’t inside the suspects? Didn’t Shidou just deny that just now”
“I-I did say that but………………”
“Don’t tell me, you are trying to make us think Natsumi isn’t within one of us”
Kaguya said that with half her eyes opened. When she did that, Miku *muu* turned sulky and distorted her mouth to a へcharacter.
“What do you mean by that—. I will get angry even if it is Kaguya-chan”
“Fuun, are you panicking because I hit a bulls-eye? That’s even more suspicious. There is a black wave coming out from your back”
“Wait, please calm down both of you………………”
Kotori hurried and rushed between Kaguya and Miku. Both of them glared at each other through Kotori for a while.
“Now shouldn’t be the time to be quarreling. Shidou, please say something”
However, Shidou was silently pressing his mouth while observing everyone’s behavior.
“Shidou…………….? What’s wrong”
“………………Aah, like I guessed, perhaps——-“
After Shidou mumbled to himself, *Gari**Gari* he scratched his head.
“Origami, could you show me the photos a bit?”
Origami handed the over the piled up photos to him.
Shidou lined up the photos filled with holes because of the knife on his hand, and started staring fixed at them.
“The remaining suspects is 4 people……………but, no matter how much I investigate, I can’t find someone like Natsumi inside here………………… striking within the rule gaps, so that she would never be found ……………[I am inside one of these. Can you guess which one am I? ]………….“
That was the single possibility discovered by Shidou after continuously thinking and close investigation of several information regardless of whether it was day or night.
He was *butsu**butsu* mumbling like chanting a magic and made a thin sigh.
And while crawling his sights to everyone, Shidou let out his words.
“——Maybe, Natsumi isn’t within any of you”
Everyone opened their eyes wide when Shidou said that.
Nonetheless it was only natural. Even though he purposely gathered all of them to find Natsumi, he says that Natsumi might not be within one of them. It could be better off putting the cart before the horse.
“Wait a second, what are you saying Shidou?”
“That’s right. Isn’t it different from what you said just now”
Kotori and Kaguya said that while raising their eyebrows. But, Shidou swung his head to the sides.
“No, what I am saying wasn’t regarding Natsumi isn’t one of the people inside the photos. To the end, I am saying
she isn’t in the currently remaining 4 people
And, when Shidou said that.
Maybe she guessed the meaning of those words, late by a beat, Kotori twitched her eyebrows.
She then started flipping through the documents on her head with tremendous speed. Kaguya and Miku were blankly looking at that manner.
“I see………………. impossible………..but if that is case then ………….”
“Ehh? Eh? Wait a second, I haven’t agreed yet so explain to me”
When Miku asked like a pest, Kotori agreed while sweat is flowing down her forehead.
“…………..yes. Maybe, this is———“
And——-the moment Kotori was about to say something.
The space in the center of the room distorted in an instant, and a pale radiance was flowing out from that spot——-
Everyone’s dismay echoed throughout the room.
Shidou looked over to the room clock in panic. 1130pm——-there was still 30 minutes left until 12am.
“What does this mean? Today hasn’t passed yet!”
When Shidou shouted, as if to answer him,
“——–Ufufu, don’t be panicked like that. Since this is the final night so, let’s have more fun shall we?”
Natsumi continued with a joyful smile.
“It’s a special rule for the final night. Today’s designation time, is 10 times faster than usual, a 10 minutes. If you could not guess who am I in that 10 minutes, or you did not designate anyone, I will give you another 10 minutes for designation again. Finally, it would be your lost if you can’t guess who I am until it turns to the last suspect. Then I will be taking the [Existence] of everyone over here right now”
Kotori making a click with her tongue could be heard, when Shidou frowned his face while saying that.
“30 minutes………..huh. You thought of something nasty again”
“What……..do you mean?”
“——there are 4 remaining suspects”
Origami was the one that answered Shidou’s question, not Kotori. While glaring at Natsumi, she continued on with a quiet tone.
“Starting now, by any chance we fail to designate the criminal once it will reach a time over and by the time it reaches 12am, only one suspect will be left remaining. Which means,
After Shidou gripped his fist, he once again brought his sights to the girls in the rooms again.
Kotori, Origami, Kaguya, Miku.
Everyone’s expression was colored with nervousness, anger and uneasiness. From a glance, it doesn’t look like there is a Spirit that steals everyone [Existence] inside here.
But, as if to stop such thoughts for Shidou, Natsumi continued her words.
“Aah, oh yeah oh yeah. Since everyone is gathered together, I don’t mind if someone else other than Shidou-kun designates me today. But of course, there are only 10 minutes per turn for the designation timing so, think properly before designating. By any chance the votes are in the same values, I will have that designation voided”
“…………..you sure, did as you like”
Shidou unintentionally raised his eyebrows from the bewildering added additional rule.
But, he can’t afford to stay in discord for too long. There are only 30 minutes left. And, there are only 3 more times left to designate Natsumi.
If he lets that go——-everyone here will be erased by
And, at that moment, Kotori brought her eyes towards Natsumi being shown on
“—–the timing is perfect. I have something I want to confirm with the game star”
“A-ra, what is it?”
“This rule says you are inside these photos. One person will disappear per day by the chances of the guessing is failed. By the chances of the designated criminal’s name is wrong, the mistaken person will disappear too…………am I right?”
When Kotori said that, Natsumi shrugged her shoulders to play a fool.
“Ohh, I wonder…………….is what I wanted to say but, well, I’ll answer you that much.—–Your recognition is not wrong”
After Natsumi said that, Kotori made a small snort while sending her sights to Shidou.
He replied those sights with a nod. The question just now was exactly the same as what Shidou is trying to do.
“Wha-what does this mean? Hey Kotori, will you explain?”
Kaguya brought her eyebrows closer while saying that.
When she did that, Kotori threw the documents to the table and let her hear her words.
“…………..perhaps, we might have made a big misunderstanding”
Kaguya tilted her head from Kotori’s words. Kotori sorted the photos lined up on the table while continuing the rest.
“We are trying to find Natsumi inside the people taken inside these photos”
“Umu……………..but that is the game’s rule right?”
“Yes. The previously given condition is correct. But———if the thoughts after that, was completely been directed then”
While saying that, Kotori separated the photos on the table into 2 groups.
The arrangements were Origami, Kotori, Kaguya, and Miku these four in the left side. And, in the right side the, remaining 8 people.
Basically, it’s the current remaining suspects, and everyone else that has already disappeared.
“Wha-what do you…….….mean?”
“What Tobiichi Origami and Miku said just now has been continuously bugging me. The remaining 4 suspects here right now have received most detailed inspections and analysis inside the original 12 peoples. Of course, the opponent is a spirit. It is not strange at all even if she holds a power that crosses our predictions. But, by any chance——-if Natsumi was
missing from within us, then everything will make sense”
The same time with Kaguya and Miku raising a dismayed voice, Origami opened her eyes wide and started flipping through the documents she was holding to.
And after crawling her eyes through the sentences, she slowly lifted her face.
“——I see. That’s true, that nothing of that was written”
“Wai-wait a second, does that mean…………..”
Miku pressed her forehead to calm her confused head down. Shidou nodded in agreement.
“…………….Yes. Thinking normally, the criminal exists within the remaining suspects.—–but, this isn’t a detective novel. Even if they have disappeared, it doesn’t mean the suspects have died.
There was no rule written stating that Natsumi isn’t going to be the one to disappear the last in the end of the day
When Shidou said that, Kaguya and Miku gasped and their eyes turned into circles and opened wide.
Yes. That was——one of the possibilities Shidou has reached.
The remaining 4 suspects that does not show anything suspicious no matter how much he inspects.
The game rule that becomes disadvantageous to Natsumi the further it advances.
If his hypothesis is correct then………………everything will connect.
“Then Shidou, Kotori. Are you saying Natsumi is within the already disappeared suspects instead of us right here?”
Kaguya asked with sweat flowing down her cheeks. When she did that, Kotori made a difficult face and placed her hand on her chin.
“More specifically———-even within the number of people that has already disappeared, it was someone else other than the people who has disappeared when Shidou designated them. As expected it would be a violation to the rule if she acts innocent when she is being designated by Shidou”
After saying that, Kotori excluded the photos of Yoshino, Tama-chan-sensei, and Mai from the photos separated in the right side of the table.
The remaining ones were Yuzuru, Ai, Tohka, Tonomachi and Mii, these 5 photos. They were all people that has been erased by Natsumi by the end of the day.
“Wai-wait a minute—. Doesn’t that make it even harder compared to now—–? Aren’t you just increasing the numbers of suspects!” Miku raised a screaming voice. It’s true that, there are 4 remaining suspects here. In addition to there being only 3 chances left, the choices has been widened.
However. Origami swung her head to deny that.
“—–It’s true that would be the case when looking at the numbers. However, in reality that isn’t the case. From what I saw from the documents, there is only one person that has almost certainly guaranteed their safety zone”
Shidou raised his eyebrows from Origami’s words. Shidou has only reached the Natsumi candidates to the end and has not gained the final absolute material yet.
But, Kotori nodded as if to agree with Origami’s words.
“Yes. It’s true that once that person disappear after designation, the thought of that person being Natsumi will disappear from our minds. If that is the case, then it would exactly be the same as escaping to the safety zone”
Kotori continued while distorting her eyebrows.
“But, even if that is the case, the first condition is same with everybody. No matter if the possibility rate is low, if that person were to be designated by Shidou before disappearing then, Natsumi would be the one to lose.——-Shidou, think back properly. There should only be one person. Depending on coincidence, there is only one person that managed to run away from your designation.”
Being told that. Shidou immersed in thoughts.
And, immediately he came in conclusion to the person Kotori and Origami was talking about.
“Don’t tell me……………Yuzuru……….?”
Shidou called out the name of the girl that disappeared on the first night and gulped. When he did that, Kotori and Origami cast their eyes downwards as if to show their agreements.
But, the moment she heard that, Yuzuru’s sister Kaguya distorted her face in displeasure.
“What did you say? Shidou, are you saying Yuzuru is the criminal?”
After saying that, she quickly brought her face closer. Shidou swung his head in panic.
“Wait a second. I did not——-“
But, Kotori continued as if to interrupt Shidou’s words.
“It is also in the documents but………….it was starting from the 2nd day when
Which means——Shidou was not given the means to designate the criminal.
On that evening, Yuzuru disappeared because of
“In the night of the first day. Yuzuru disappeared. But, in other words, doesn’t that have the same meaning as it being impossible to designate her as a criminal?”
Kotori said more. It felt like Kaguya was feeling disgusted about the fact that Yuzuru was being doubted but, maybe because there was no materials that could be seen to be used to object, she kept her mouth shut.
Kotori made a sigh and looked at Natsumi.
“…………..That’s one ill-natured way of thinking. But as a result, that careful precaution has instead caught your tail.———-the one you were disguised as was, Yuzuru”
Kotori said it, in a confident manner.
But, Shidou was in thought.
It’s true that the logic was connected. However, for some reason. He felt there was something decisive still missing.
“Fuun…………is that okay?”
Natsumi replied in a carefree manner.
“It’s perfectly 10 minutes. Those who agrees with Kotori-chan’s opinion please raise your hand”
When Natsumi said that, Kotori, also Origami, Miku, and Kaguya with hesitation, all raised their hands.
Kotori faced over to him in suspicion. But, even after that, Shidou did not raise his hands.
Natsumi *Nii* raised the side of her lips.
“Okay, time over. Because of the large number of agreements, Yamai Yuzuru-chan will be designated”
After saying that, Natsumi being shown on
Standing over there, when they thought Origami’s body made a pale glow, she was sucked into
“——-Fufu, Wr.on.g. The concept was interesting but, how regretful~”
Natsumi laughed in an unbearable happy manner, and made a circle with her fingers as if to provoke Shidou and the group.
“Well, since the designated Yuzuru-chan has already been disappeared, so it is a little regretful only one person could be erased.——alright, designation time reset. Please choose the next designated person. Fufu, there are only 2 more chances. Can you guess who I am?”
“N-no way, impossible………….”
Kotori’s face was filled with horror.
“Are you saying Yuzuru isn’t it……….!? The-then who on earth………..!”
After saying that, she placed her elbow on the table while making a shocked expression.
But that was only natural.——everything has returned back to the beginning in this situation. There is no time left until the next designation. Everyone’s heartbeats were getting faster but, they knew it as if they were holding it on their hands.
She carried her head while facing towards the documents again.
Yuzuru wasn’t Natsumi. Then is it either one of the remaining, Tohka, Ai, Tonomachi, and Mii. But even if that is the case, there was no other people Shidou can think off that has clearly ran away from his designation other than Yuzuru. Impossible, did Natsumi really exposed herself into danger just to enjoy the match………?
However, if he think like that then, the condition itself will become meaningless. If Natsumi was enjoying the match then, she might simply be within the remaining 3 girls here now too———
Thoughts were going around in circles in his head. Shidou hit the temple of his forehead with his fingers to calm the chaos in his head down.
And, wondering how much time has passed, Natsumi was hugging her stomach while laughing as if she was enjoying everyone’s dismay.
“Well, well, how terrible. The famous detective reasoning ended already? If you don’t hurry up and find me, then everyone will have to get along with each other inside the mirror world you know? Fufu, but rest assured. Onee-san will properly use your figures effectively”
Kaguya kicked the ground and kicked towards
“How dare you do this to Yuzuru…………! To Tohka! To Yoshino! To Origami! To Tama-chan! To Ai, Mai Mii! And Shidou’s friend………….! Give them back! Give them back…………..!”
But, there was no way that attack would work on the Angel.
Her back was slammed towards the wall, and Kaguya leaked an anguish moan.
“………………it’s useless, stop it! Even if you use limit break your Reiryoku, the current you have no power to do anything about the Angel”
Kotori said that like a groan while making a stern expression.
“Bu-but even if that is the case, if this goes on………!”
And, the moment Kaguya was about to punch
“—–Alright, when you were doing this and that, it’s already time. It looks like you all haven’t designated yet so, what are you all going to do?”
It seems 10 minutes has passed before anyone knew about it. Natsumi crawled her sights as if to survey everyone.
“Looks like you all didn’t designate. Then……….”
Around the time Natsumi was about to say something, Kotori shouted.
“Ko-Kotori? Is Tohka Natsumi?”
“……………..honestly, it was a random guess. But, we can’t allow out valuable criminal designation chance to slip away”
“Tohka-chan is alright right?”
Natsumi asked back. Shidou also has no one he could think of. He nodded painfully.
When he did that, Kaguya’s body glowed palely this time——-and was sucked into
“How regretful. Tohka-chan is also wrong.———alright, there are only 10 minutes left to 12am. The next designation is the last chance. Fufu, well, will you be able to guess who I am?”
And, silence visited the room once again.
But, that also did not last very long. Miku carried her head while shouting.
“Wha-Wha-what the hell is this………….! I don’t want this anymore! Let me go back………….!”
“Calm down! Calm down Miku! It will be what Natsumi wants if you break down!”
“Da-darling……….that’s because, that’s because……………!”
Miku stopped large drops of tears on her eyes and made a hiccup.
Shidou calmed Miku down while clenching his teeth.
—Something. There was something decisive still missing. Natsumi is within the people
“That’s right……………something————there must be something definitely. There is no way this snake lady would challenge us without preparing anything. Something that would completely place her in the safety zone, there must be something…………..!”
Kotori has sweat flowing down her forehead while turning the pages of the documents violently.
Shidou brought his eyes at the photos lined up on the table.
Erased by Natsumi, there are 3 people that have yet been designated.
But, is Natsumi really within one of these. Even he no longer understood that anymore. Shidou placed his hands on his chest to calm down the heartbeat that was turning faster because of the circumstances while glaring at the documents and photo’s alternately.
However, the answer could not come out no matter how much he think.
“——Alright, sorry to barge in when you all are in trouble, but there are 5 minutes left”
And, Natsumi then *kusu**kusu* laughed while raising her voice.
Shidou gasped. When he checked the clock, it’s true that 5 minutes has already passed. Clearly, their body time clocks have turned shorter compared to just now. Impatience called out to dismay, and the dismay caused their decision making to collapse. Shidou was making shaking exhales while scratching his head.
“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! No more! I don’t want this anymoreeeeeeeeeeee!”
Like that, maybe she could not bear the nervousness brought to its limits, Miku disheveled her hair and shouted.
After her teeth *Gachi**gachi* clattered in a dismayed manner, Miku quickly took off her hair ornament and made Shidou hold it.
“Mi-Miku? What are you———“
“Ev-even if I disappear, please don’t forget about me………………, remember me, when, y-you look at the hair ornament…………”
“Why are you saying something so ill-omened! I won’t let you disappear! I will definitely………..find Natsumi!”
After shouting, he gave Miku’s hair ornament back. But Miku, did not try to receive it.
“Tha-that’s because……………if I am wearing it, won’t it disappear together with me when I disappear………….! So-something like not leaving anything on darling’s side……………..I don’t want that!”
“What are you——–“
At that moment.
Shidou felt an electrifying feeling flowing through his body.
Origami disappeared, Kaguya disappeared—–and the remaining people were Miku and Kotori, these two only leaving Shidou out of the equation. What’s more, the countdown was steadily being continued and after a few minutes, the last person will be erased by
A desperate situation like a painting. Normally, it would not be strange if his given up face would peek out. But———Shidou trembled from the possibility that scratched his mind.
The hole in the rule Shidou found. Natsumi is not limited to the people that have already disappeared.
The possibility Origami presented. Natsumi is able to transform into something else than humans.
And then, just now, the words Miku said.
It will disappear together, if I was worn on the body
That connected all of the odd feeling clouding Shidou’s mind into one.
“Don’t tell, me…………..”
When Shidou released a half-dumbfounded voice, Kotori and Miku looked over to him in doubt.
But right now, Shidou does not have the leisure to reply to both of their replies. He was only standing there, and connecting the information inside his head.
This game was strange from the beginning.
Just several lines of words were given at first. But as day passes by, several various factors were added on.
Taking of it that was increased normally as the basis, Shidou, Kotori and Reine conjured up the rule Natsumi set up.
That is. If that is what Natsumi targeted.
At a glance, the additional rules could only be thought as selfish acts but, if it was something used for hiding a single event then.
“[I am inside one of these. Can you guess which one am I? ]……….”
While mumbling the rule that he had put in his mouth many times already; Shidou dropped his sight onto one from the other photos lined up on the table.
There was one point he had completely not bothered about until now.
A single photo, that is clearly different from the other 11 papers.
“……………..Natsumi. There is one thing I want to confirm”
He sends his sights towards Natsumi and asked.
“Fuun? What is it? I won’t listen if it is a beg for your life”
Natsumi replied back in a calm and composed manner. However, Shidou did not borrow his ears to her provocation and continued his words.
“————-there are 12 papers of photos you sent over. But, are there…………
really 12 suspects
“Fufu, Well, I wonder about that”
Even when Shidou said that, Natsumi replied back in a not so panicked manner.
But———that was enough for Shidou to be convinced.
That’s because, Natsumi has replied back once.——to the Kotori’s question previously.
But even so, she did not answer Shidou’s question and evaded it.
Which means, that would only serve as support to Shidou’s speculations.
He recalled back the conversation he had with the suspect few days back.
When he did that, the small matter that he wasn’t really bothered about at that time, revived back inside his mind.
There is no—-mistake.
Shidou moisten his throat with saliva and slowly lifted his face.
“———I’ve got it, Kotori, Miku”
When Shidou said that quietly, Kotori and Miku gasped——–Natsumi twitched the side of her eyebrows.
“Yo-you’ve got it………….you mean who Natsumi is disguised as?”
“I-is it true, Darling”
“Aah. It’s thanks to everyone. If it was me alone……….I will definitely not have found it”
“………..Who on earth is it?”
Kotori made a doubtful face and asked. Shidou took a deep breath before continuing.
“We made a mistake in the first condition. Natsumi did not move herself to the safety zone quickly. In the first place………..she was already in the safety zone”
“…………what do you mean?”
“I was convinced from Natsumi’s reply just now. Natsumi———
not once has she said there were 12 suspects at all
Miku opened her eyes wide and started counting the lined up photos. But of course, there were only 12 photos lined up there.
Shidou slowly swung his head.
“Yes. There are only 12 photos. But, the one who defined the number of suspects were us, not Natsumi. The real suspects were 13 people——-no, more specifically,
there were 12 people and 1 existence
Kotori made a surprised face from Shidou’s words.
She then looked towards a certain photo.
“Impossible, there is no way………….but, it’s true that if that was the case then——“
“Darling, there is no time left, there are 30 seconds left!”
Miku raised a shrill voice. After Shidou took a deep breath, he slowly raised his right hand and———–*pin* erected his index finger and directed it to
He pointed his fingers at
“Am I right,
After saying that, Natsumi being shown by
“………….Yoshinon, huh. Is it the puppet Yoshino-chan wears”
“Aah, that’s right. You were disguised as Yoshinon, these past few days”
“……………….Can I hear the reason?”
Natsumi stroke her chin with hand while asking. Shidou stared at her emerald eyes while resuming his words.
“——–It was thanks to Origami and Miku I could notice that. The possibility of Natsumi disguising as something else other than humans……..and, the fact of objects being worn on the suspects will disappear along with the suspect. When I combined both of it and think, the only thing I could think about was Yoshinon”
Natsumi was expressionless while folding her arms. Shidou did not mind that and continued.
“And, I noticed that possibility………….I recalled back something strange”
Kotori asked. Shidou did not avert his sights away from Natsumi and made a small nod.
“Aah. The first day of the investigation, when Yoshino and Yoshinon were dressed up and came to our house———–I was surprised from Yoshinon appearing from the gap of the door at first and accidentally threw my cellphone at it”
“Now that I think about it………………I think I’ve seen that video before”
“But, Yoshinon dodged it perfectly. It was as if, it saw the cellphone flying towards it.——-Yoshino’s eyes were clearly at the opposite side of the door”
Kotori opened her eyes wide.
Yes. It was forgetful since he always talks to it normally but, that is a personality that will only appear through the puppet, when Yoshino wears the puppet [Yoshinon] on her left hand. All of its senses should be dependent on Yoshino.
Thinking normally———-it should not be able to evade.
“Also………….there is one more. When I threw a conversation about an event before to confirm, Yoshinon said that it was in Origami’s house. It’s true that, when Yoshino lost Yoshinon, I found Yoshinon inside Origami’s room. But———— there was no way it could know. Yoshinon is just a puppet, when it is separated from Yoshino”
Yes. There is no way Yoshinon would know. Something likes the place where it was being kept.
But, Natsumi knew about it. Maybe she traced back the memories when she was transformed as Shidou……………..or maybe, during the time she was trying to make an assessment on who she was going to transform as, she might have found out about Yoshinon from Origami’s memories but, she was holding an information that Yoshinon should have not known.
“You accidentally let out your voice. Your movements and voice, you should have left it all to Yoshino…………! Maybe you were trying to clear the suspicions away from complementing the information, or maybe you planned to give hints feigning in composure, I don’t know about that but, for just one word, you accidentally let out your words………….!”
After saying that, he pointed at
“Well, how about that, Natsumi! Are you disguised as Yoshinon or not!?”
Being shown on
—in an instant.
Being pointed by Shidou,
Next off, the same time with the shaking immediately intensifying, there were cracks starting to appear on
The light that looks like several giant search lights collected together, was filling the room. Shidou covered his face in reflex.
“Wha-what is this………..!”
The radiance calmed down after a while and his slightly burned out eyes have finally gotten used to the brightness.
At that moment, Shidou noticed. Inside the room, there were several people who were not there a moment ago, lying on the floor.
Yes. All of them———were his comrades erased by
After Shidou shouted, a few number of them pressed their heads while slowly raising their body.
“! Did I………..come back?”
Tohka, Kaguya, and Origami, each of them blinked their eyes in order. In the next moment, maybe Kaguya understood the situation; she looked around and ran towards Yuzuru who was senseless.
Kaguya shook Yuzuru’s body. And after an instant, Yuzuru made a small cough.
“Hazy. Kagu…………ya. You sure are noisy…………as usual”
Kaguya’s face was mushy from tears while, hugging Yuzuru. Yuzuru was surprised for a while but, she immediately hugged Kaguya back gently.
Tama-chan-sensei, Tonomachi, Ai Mai Mii were still out cold. Judging from Tohka, Yuzuru and the rest waking up, rather than the sequence they were captured by
“Thank god……….everyone…….is safe………..”
After Shidou made a big sigh, he collapsed to the ground weakly.
Although he designated the criminal impressively, honestly speaking, his heart was beating violently until it was as if it was going to explode.
Tohka ran towards Shidou.
“Wha-what happened? Where is this place?”
However, because the thread of nervousness has snapped, Shidou does not have the spare energy left to replay Tohka’s question in detail. He made a powerless smile and pats her head.
“Nu……………, what’s wrong Shidou……………mu—………”
Tohka’s face was suspicious at first but, not long later, she started ringing her throat comfortably.
It somehow turned fun so, Shidou’s mouth relaxed.
But——at that moment.
On the side of Shidou’s view, he discovered a certain silhouette.
Just like everyone else, there was one girl squatting on the floor.——–the girl wearing a big witch hat.
After Shidou’s body once again made into tension, he borrowed Tohka’s hand while standing up. He then slowly walked towards the foresaid girl.
It would seem, everyone in his surroundings has noticed Shidou’s destination. Origami, Kotori, Miku, the Yamai sisters moved towards Natsumi as if to surround her.
“——-it’s my win. Give it up”
When Shidou said that, Natsumi twitched her shoulders and slowly lifted her face.
And, the moment he saw Natsumi who was covered by the visor of the big hat,
Shidou, forgotten the nervousness from just now and made an idiotic voice.
The reason was simple. That’s because the girl right now sinking down on the ground right now in front him, was different from the Natsumi in Shidou’s memories.
She has a thin and small body. Her pale skin looked quite unhealthy and her small body height looked even smaller due her being hunched back. She has servile eyebrows and her eyes were distorted making it gloomy, there were no traces of confidence at all in that expression. Narrowly, her hair was the same color as the Natsumi inside Shidou’s memories but, it wasn’t the silky long hair but instead, it was a messy hairstyle which has not been tended to.
Over there was a small girl that doesn’t look like that sexy Natsumi at all.
Natsumi immediately touched her face and made a shocked face when Shidou said that while raising his eyebrows.
She then raised a voice filled with despair and bends her back even further to hide her figure by grabbing the visor of her hat.
When Shidou tilted his head, Kotori made a small snort.
“————-the one Shidou met before was the form she transformed into by using reiryoku.”
Shidou opened his eyes wide, and *pon* hit his hands.
Natsumi then raised a voice that could not become a scream and while hiding herself with her hat, she raised her right hand.
Responding to Natsumi’s voice,
In the next moment, Natsumi’s body glowed and her figure transformed into the adult Onee-san which Shidou has seen before.
Natsumi hatefully, glared at Shidou and everyone before, releasing an oppressive voice from her throat.
“You found out………huh. You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out You found out you found ouuutttttttttttttttt————!”
She then twisted her body in rage while continuing.
“Not once but twice…………….you saw my secret…………! I-I won’t forgive you. I will never forgive you. Every one of you, I won’t let everyone of you off the hook easilyyyyyyyy!!”
After Natsumi raised a scream, she held up
The moment Natsumi shouted,
He reflexively closed his eyes and frown his face.
Although the light calmed down after a few seconds. His eyes immediately got used to it and the room turned back to its dim self.
A higher pitched voice than usual was echoed from Tohka.
Shidou looked over there and——–his body froze.
“Shidou, what is this. I can’t move my body accordingly………..!?”
While saying that, she dragged her loose pajamas and Tohka who has an outer appearance of an elementary 3rd grade student, flapped her arms and legs.
But, the strange occurrence wasn’t limited to that.
When he tried looking at everyone around him, leaving the unconscious people aside, everyone was turned younger just like Tohka.
“What……..the hell is………….”
After Shidou raised his eyebrows, Natsumi who was holding up
“Serve’s you all right………..! Allll of you, should just stay as a chibi forever……….!”
After Natsumi raised a loud laugh, she straddled onto
“Wa-wait! Natsumi! Natsumiiiii!”
Even though he shouted, that high-pitched voice only fruitlessly echoed inside the room.
To be continued
Translation Notes and References
Term for elder sister or elder woman
Small figure, Midget, Tiny