Date A Live Volume 10 Chapter 5
Chapter 5: The Descending Of The Devil King To Darkness
The time is 10:30pm. Shidou and the girls were in a hospital room in the city.
After the previous events, the Space quake alarm was turned off and people returned back to the city and school. Shidou and the group who were locked in a grapple, got scolded by the school nurse on why they did not evacuate before getting transported to the hospital.
Even though they were in a sealed state, the Spirits had a tougher body than humans. Even if it’s just healing wounds, they’re much faster than a normal human.
Although it was like that, they can’t heal like Kurumi and Kotori so they still had painful wounds on their body. Having seen that, it was only normal for the school nurse to call 117 without any argument. Well, to Shidou who was planning to bring them to the hospital, it saved the trouble for him.
“muuu…………Shidou, I am hungry…………”
After being re-bandaged nicely, Tohka told him. Shidou made a wry smile and shrugged his shoulders. She had dinner just a while ago but, the amount served by the hospital was definitely not enough for Tohka.
“………seriously, I have no choice huh. But it’s already late so, it will be food easy for digestion. Should I buy jelly from the convenience store for you?”
Tohka nodded happily. And when they were having that conversation, the other Spirits who saw that from the side [Buuu] were making unsatisfied voices.
“Hey Shidou. What’s the idea of giving the forbidden fruit to my kinsman after leaving me aside”
“Unsatisfied. Shidou is lacking the awareness that he is Yuzuru and Kaguya’s shared property”
“Aaah, it’s always Tohka-san, that’s not fair”
Yes. Luckily, it seems the door to the big room was opened so everyone managed to enter the same room. Shidou, Yoshino and Natsumi had no serious injuries but, since everyone had no home to go back to, they were specially allowed to stay there until they get the confirmation for an empty evacuation facility.
In Tenguu city, there exists several temporary facilities for residents to gather after losing their homes from the space quake disaster but since the disaster occurred in the middle of the residential area this time, there were many people who had lost their homes and it caused support to be late.
In the end, the area around the Itsuka house was concluded to be a disaster zone from a Space quake. However, it was only normal. Origami probably did it so that it would turn out this way —–since a space quake disaster was generally an explosion that occurs when a Spirit appears and when the AST and Spirits fight. It has not strayed from that definition.
“Alright alright………..I’ll buy some for everyone so wait for me.—–How about you two Yoshino, Natsumi?”
After saying that, he looked into the room. Yoshino and Natsumi were sitting side by side on a chair placed at the side of the wall.
No, speaking more precisely, both of them were closing their eyes and while *suu**suu* they were giving off sleeping breaths; they were snuggling by leaning on each other. It seems they fell asleep from the tiredness.
After Shidou’s mouth relaxed, he took an extra blanket and placed it on both of them. A lot of things happened today, it was normal.
Shidou slightly brought his eyebrows closer. He could hear a shaking sound from somewhere.
“Mu, what’s wrong Shidou”
“No, I thought I heard a weird sound……wait, ah”
At that moment, Shidou noticed the identity of the sound. Yes. It was the vibration from a phone.
“Is it from Yoshino…..? Now that I think about it, she forgot to turn off her phone before entering the hospital………”
Shidou scratched his cheeks before, *umu* making a nod. Of course, it was strictly forbidden to use a phone in the hospital but, that’s something hard to ask from a Spirit. It was Shidou’s mistake to forget about that.
“I have no choice……..I can’t leave it alone anyways”
He had no idea who was the one calling her but, it will be a problem if that person keeps calling if he leaves it alone. In order to turn off the power, Shidou extended his hands to Yoshino’s clothes pocket.
But, the phone was not in the pocket he picked. It’s probably in somewhere else. Shidou counted on the sound of the vibration and looked around Yoshino’s body for it.
He found the phone in the pocket in the inner side of her clothes and took it.
And at that moment.
Yoshino suddenly made a ticklish voice and slowly opened her eyes.
And after looking around blankly for a while, her face turned red when she saw him feeling around her body and his face was right in front of her.
After saying that, her body froze while tears were oozing out at the corner of her eyes………somehow, it seems she misunderstood something.
“Wai…………, you’re wrong Yoshino! This is—-“
And when Shidou was about to explain himself, Natsumi who was sleeping beside Yoshino woke up this time.
“Hnn………..What is it, its so noi…..s-y….”
Natsumi then opened her eyes wide and raised her right hand to magnificently launch an uppercut to Shidou’s chin.
“You, rotten fienddddd!”
After Shidou made an odd shout, he got blown away in a parabolic line from the momentum of Natsumi’s uppercut, he then fell face upwards on the hospital floor. *Kan**kan**kan*! The sound of the match being over rang. He thought he heard that.
Since Yoshino and Natsumi were sitting at the other side of the curtain, it was at a blind spot from the bed side. By Tohka and the girls’ view, they probably saw Shidou suddenly get blown away. She opened her eyes wide and let out a surprised voice.
Shidou weakly swung his hand to tell her that he was alright before stroking his chin while slowly raising his body.
“A-are you okay, Yoshino….! Did he do anything strange to you!?”
“E-err…….Ye-yes. More importantly, Shidou-san is…….”
“Forget about that useless guy! I-I never thought he would do something that perverted to Yoshino when I was sleeping beside her…………!”
“Yo-you’re misunderstanding…..I just—–“
Shidou showed Yoshino’s phone he was holding to Natsumi to explain himself.
But—–he raised his eyebrows and stopped his words.
The reason was simple. On Yoshino’s phone’s calling screen, he saw a familiar name being displayed on it.
The moment he recognized that, Shidou immediately pressed the accept button and placed the phone on his ears. He was well-aware that calling in the hospital was forbidden but—–his body moved before he was conscious about that fact.
When he did that, he could hear a familiar voice coming from the receiver.
“………..Hello, is this Yoshino?”
“——Kotori! Is it Kotori!?”
Shidou replied back in an excited voice.
Yes. What he heard from the other side of the receiver was definitely Shidou’s sister- Kotori’s voice.
“Hou, she’s safe huh”
Maybe they reacted to the name Shidou said, the girls raised their voice. Shidou nodded to reply to them before focusing back on the phone.
“Shidou? Aah………this is good, it looks like you’re safe. How about everyone else?”
“Aah, everyone’s safe——I can’t say that but, at least they are alive”
“Yes. That is great”
“Rather, that’s my line. Where were you? Is
After Shidou said that, Kotori turned silent for a while. He could only hear regretful breathing.
“—–Right now, we are in the underground facility
Shidou opened his eyes wide in shock when he heard the sudden announcement.
“Wha-what do you mean?”
“…………Just like what I meant. We lost to DEM. The ship damage is over 30%. Running away after using all the
Shidou lost his words.
It’s not like he could not understand her words. But, the word [Defeat] and
But, thinking rationally, it was something not impossible.
“Fundamentally yes…………..but, the gap got quite filled in after the development of DEM new model-
That woman. The moment Shidou heard those words. The face of a certain girl popped up in Shidou’s mind. She has silky pale blonde hair and eyes filled with confidence.—–The face of the strongest Wizard, Ellen Mather.
Shidou probably understood the situation in the silence. Kotori made a sigh before continuing on.
“………….Well, talking about the past won’t do anything. —-More importantly, tell me something. Where did you go? Everyone being alive would mean that, they beat Tobiichi Origami?”
Shidou hesitated for a moment before making a sigh and briefly explained the events that happened a few hours ago.
About the fact that he got confined by Origami. About Yoshino and Natsumi saving him. And, by the time he reached the place the Spirits was fighting—-he saw Origami as a Spirit.
“Tobiichi Origami turned into a Spirit…..!?”
Kotori made a voice filled with shock.
“What is going on? Did
“I don’t know. But—–That is the only plausible answer”
“………………uh, oh damn. Why at a time like this……..!”
Kotori said it painfully. However, it was only natural for her to do so. To Kotori,
“So, where’s Tobiichi Origami?”
“She flew somewhere……..I don’t know where she went”
“……….I see. I understand. We will look for her. Shidou, you should start preparing your heart too”
“Preparing my heart?”
“Well, that’s obvious right. No matter who it is, a Spirit is a Spirit. You have to conquer Tobiichi Origami next you know?”
It’s true now that she mentioned it. Shidou’s job is to raise the Spirit’s affection level and to seal their Reiryoku by kissing them. Of course, Origami was not an exception too.
……..but for some reason, when he thinks of Origami being the opponent, the image of being [Eaten] by Origami instead of [Conquering] her popped up in his mind. Even though the sealing must be done, he feels that a big problem would occur once he kisses her.
Maybe she noticed Shidou’s state, Kotori *Haaa* sighed.
“——Oh well, there is plenty more stuff I want to ask too but for now, let’s do that when we meet up later. It’s bad to talk too long in the hospital anyway”
“Eh? How did you………”
“Whose phone are you using to have a conversation with me now?”
After hearing Kotori’s words, Shidou understood. Now that he thinks about it, he had heard before that there is a tracking device placed in the phones given to the Spirits in case any problems come up.
“I sent an organization member there to pick you all up just now; it won’t be long until they reach there. Please follow the instructions given later. We will deal with the hospital so, set the tracking device”
“Aah, I get it………but, everyone is injured………”
“Don’t worry. It won’t be as good as
“I see. Understood”
Luckily, everyone did not have injuries that would prevent them from moving by themselves. Shidou looked at everyone before making a soft sigh.
“The member should be there already. I’ll leave the details later”
The same time with Kotori’s words, he could hear the sound of a car engine outside.
He stood up from the spot and looked out the window to find several cars instead of ambulances stopping beside the hospital. Most likely, those were the members Kotori was talking about.
At that moment, Shidou noticed the surroundings getting darker. The sky was already dark and the moon could clearly be seen.
“Aah, I get it. Then, see you later—-“
Shidou finished his greetings and was about to cut the line,
—At that moment.
“Good Work Ellen”
After completing her mission magnificently and finishing several missions, Ellen suddenly got called by that voice when she entered her hotel room.
When she looked over, she found Isaac Westcott sitting on the room’s sofa as if he was waiting for her return.
“That was a magnificent display of skill. I could only say it’s as expected from you”
“No, getting hit once was my calculation’s mistake. It seems the opponent had an astounding crew with them”
Westcott made a small smile while shrugging his shoulders when he heard Ellen’s words.
“So, is the crew safe?”
“Unknown. I told them to evacuate but, I got refused”
“I see, now that’s disappointing. I will pray that many of the crew would survive”
Westcott mumbled that without any irony mixed in it. Actually, he was being serious. Ellen’s target this time was
Nonetheless, it’s not like all of
Westcott probably understood that too. In response to those words, gloominess could be seen on his face.
“—More importantly, Ike”
“Aah, I know”
When Ellen said that, Westcott tilted his head forward to tell her he knew before pointing the terminal on the table to Ellen.
A certain image was being shown on screen.
—The appearance of Tobiichi Origami in a pure white Astral dress.
Yes. Ellen also detected a new Reiha reading on the observation device installed in the ship but——she still doubted her ears when she got the report from HQ.
That’s because, Tobiichi Origami turned into a Spirit when she was battling with a Spirit.
“Haha, this is unexpected even for me too. I never would have thought she would become a Spirit”
After saying that, Westcott made a smile as if he was enjoying this from the bottom of his heart.
“No, I should be grieving on the loss of an excellent Wizard here. —–Aah, how could this happen. She would have definitely been a great addition to our forces”
“Your mouth is smiling, Ike”
“Oops, my mistake”
Even though he said that, Westcott did not even try to hide his mouth. Ellen made a soft sigh before continuing her words.
“So, where is she now?”
“Aah, she was flying around Tenguu city just a while ago but, she suddenly disappeared”
“Her response disappeared? Does she have the ability to conceal her Reiha?”
“As expected, you think so too?”
“It’s obvious that we will target her now that she became a Spirit. It’s only natural to hide herself”
“I wonder. It’s proper to think like that but——It’s the Spirit’s way of doing things that makes our imagination ineffective to them”
While saying that, Westcott stood up from the sofa and slowly walked over to the window.
The cloudless night sky expanded outside the window and one moon was being enshrined right in the middle.
“She might unexpectedly be seeing us from there”
Westcott said that in a joking tone and made a smile,
—At that moment.
“…………Well then, I wonder if Origami achieved her goal.”
Under the moonlight. Sitting at the edge of a building’s roof, Kurumi mumbled to herself.
“Ufufu, who knows?”
When she said that, a voice similar to Kurumi’s echoed out from her shadow to reply her.
“It’s probably impossible. The world is tough. The wish of a girl will easily be grounded into pieces”
“Ah-ra, I don’t understand. Did you see Origami-san? If she has that much power, it would be possible for her”
“What does [Me] think?”
Next, her talkative clones started talking. Kurumi *fuu* exhaled before shrugging her shoulders.
“I can’t say anything. —-Well, but personally, I wish Origami would achieve her wish”
When Kurumi said that, her clones in the shadow giggled.
“Ufufu, those are words un-like [Me]. Did you get hit by the moonlight?”
But, Kurumi did not get mad and raised her lips before looking up at the magnificent moon floating in the sky.
The moonlight might make a person mad. Then tonight, the whim of the lunatic Kurumi might have been because she got hit by the moon’s poison.
“Well—–It should be alright. Even I feel like doing that now and then”
After saying that, Kurumi placed her body weight on her hands and lightly bent her body,
—At that moment.
The moon floating in the sky—Split in half.
Having seen the sky from the hospital window, Shidou opened his eyes wide at the sudden event.
The full moon floating in the sky had a crack in it.
Of course, it’s impossible for the moon to really split in half. He immediately noticed a shadow appearing in front of the bright moon.
But—–He had no clue what it is. It’s not a cloud, a sort of bird nor was it an airplane. The space was having cracks and that made it look like the moon was nicely getting cut up.
“What, is there something wrong?”
Kotori’s dubious voice could be heard from the phone receiver. But, Shidou could not reply back.
Next, those cracks eroded the moon and covered the light as if it ate the moon.
No——Shidou noticed something there.
“…….What is this—–“
It was not only the moon.
The already night sky got covered by those cracks of darkness.
He could finally understand when he focused his eyes. Under the dark sky, an even darker darkness was being formed like a spider’s nest.
He could not see how big the radius of it was. From what all of what he could see, the sky was being encroached by darkness. Maybe a city, or a state, or maybe the whole of Kantou region, or maybe—–
It was spreading wider and wider until it made him think that.
A different color than the night sky was spreading in the sky.
The darkness formed in the sky vibrated like a living-thing and at the same time, the hospital Shidou and the girls were in was shaking violently.
Everyone panicked; some clung onto the curtain and some even hid under the bed.
But………Shidou picked up something by instinct. This was not an earthquake.
Immediately when he realized that, an unnatural phenomenon attacked the hospital Shidou and the girls were in.——condensed darkness poured down from the sky like a black beam and pierced through the ceiling, and floors before going through the next floor.
And a few moments later, the beam hit the ground and caused a stronger shake compared to the previous attack on the group’s hospital room.
“Wha….! Wha-what is it!?”
For a moment, he thought DEM’s Wizards appeared above them and attacked the group but—–he was wrong.
When he looked out the window, torrents of black beams that attacked the group just now were pouring down from the sky to destroy the city.
He was lost for words when he saw that scene.
Several black beams were being pulled to the ground from the sky. Those beams easily pierced through the buildings lined up and destroyed them all instantaneously. Trees were mowed down, vehicles exploded, and roads were being crushed. The quiet city got destroyed in an instant and turned into a chaotic scene from hell.
“Wh-what’s happening, Shidou”
Tohka jumped out of the bed in panic.
As if to show the destruction of the city, a very loud alarm started to rang.
At the same time, an alarm could be heard from the phone’s receiver which was in-call. It was slightly different from the sounds in
“……….! Kotori, this is—–“
“It’s a Spirit! But, what is with this phenomenon…..! A strong Spirit like this appearing all of a sudden without any….wa-r-ning……”
Shidou raised his eyebrows when he heard Kotori’s words lose their energy half-way.
“Kotori? Oi, what’s wrong”
“This readings——–This is not a normal Spirit. This is…an Inverse-type……!?”
Shidou opened his eyes wide when he heard those words.
Inverse-type. Shidou has only seen one Spirit called like that.
He does not know the details. But, he heard that it will appear when a Spirit was filled up with deep despair and it will have a power different from its usual self.
And—–it’s also the negative Spirit that the leader of Shidou’s group’s enemy–Isaac Westcott was trying to create.
“Why………..Why would something like that appear suddenly! Is this DEM’s work…..!?”
“I don’t know! Anyway, it’s dangerous there! Hurry—-“
But the moment Kotori urged him to evacuate. Several rays of light exploded from the sky and easily destroyed the hospital the group was in. The ground collapsed and his body was thrown into mid-air. The phone slipped off his hands and flew somewhere.
His body and rubble were falling to the ground.
But, someone suddenly carried him from his stomach and pulled him upwards, helping Shidou to get through the rain of rubble.
“Are you okay, Shidou!”
After coughing, he looked over to the person and found out it was Tohka. It seems, she immediately carried Shidou out from the collapsing hospital.
She was in her complete Astral Dress that she manifested. —-yes. In the end, he could not get a time to be together and hasn’t performed the re-sealing for her Reiryoku.
In the next moment, the other Spirits who were in their limited Astral dress descended behind Tohka. It seems everyone’s safe.
He let out a relieved sigh for now. But, Shidou and the girls weren’t the only ones in the hospital. There are still many other patients, nurses and doctors; they should be trapped under the rubble.
“Kuh….Everyone! lend me a hand! We need to get rid of this rubble—-“
But, just when Shidou said that, another beam that should be called dark rain splashed down from the sky again and changed the surrounding scenery. The rubble broke even more, and it looks as if it the ground was gouged out.
In this situation, there was no way he could rescue them. No, before even that problem, the hospital was not the only place getting destroyed; the destruction of the whole city was spreading out. First off—–they had to do something about the beam falling down from the sky like rain.
Even though she inversed, the opponent was still a Spirit. Then just like that time with Tohka, it should be possible to turn her back to normal. Shidou looked up to the sky and looked at the Spirit for her appearance.
Shidou saw a small shadow in the air and let out an astonished voice.
Inside the black sky. There was one girl, wearing an Astral dress which looks like it’s the embodiment of darkness floating in the sky.
She was hugging her knees and was looking downwards as if she was rejecting the outside world while slowly drifting in the sky by defying gravity. And as if to protect her, the several [Wing] around her were making a circle around her.
From the hell he could see, that place was the only one quiet and calm as if it was isolated away.
Her appearance—-looks like an embryo floating in the water.
But, the Spirit’s weird appearance wasn’t the reason why Shidou’s eyes were stolen.
Since she was squatting, he could not see her face and expression.
However, Shidou knew her in one glance.
The name of the girl he had talked to many times.
Yes. The Spirit floating in the darkness was Shidou’s classmate-Tobiichi Origami.
Tohka made a dubious voice. And in the next moment, Kaguya and the others were gasping in terror.
“Wha……What is [That]….!?”
“Doubt. Master Origami……..is that you?”
After saying that, she raised her eyebrows in horror. Yoshino’s and Miku’s reactions were similar with Natsumi’s.
But, it was only natural.
Even though she was just floating in the air, the overwhelming pressure Origami was giving off could be understood well by Shidou too.
That was exactly the manifestation of despair. The appearance of the [Devil King] that would bring destruction to the world.
Shidou made a sullen face.
He knew that Origami turned into a Spirit. Even though it was for a moment, Shidou had seen her and even the girls said that they fought with Origami who was wearing an Astral Dress.
But, that should still be the same Spirit transformation like Kotori and Miku.
It has only been one evening since Shidou recognized Origami.
—In that short time, does it mean that Origami experienced a despair that would make her overturn her own existence? In that unbelievable imagination, Shidou gulped.
“Just……….what happened to you, Origami……!”
Shidou shouted. But of course, there was no way his voice would reach Origami. The arrows of darkness shot from the sky did not weaken and continued overrunning his familiar city.
If the demon world really existed then the city would be suitably called that. The scenery was so weird that it made him carry such an obscure thought.
Origami who was rooted to the sky was making the world go crazy by making black trees grow out from the ground.
A few minutes ago, the city Shidou was familiar with, has turned into a den of chaotic despair.
Shidou managed to bring his collapsing body up and shouted once more.
That Origami has a strong mentality but, it’s still unbelievable for him that she turned into that. He could not imagine what had happened to her. Shidou felt an illusion as if his heart was breaking when he saw her like that.
However, Shidou can’t fall to his knees now.
It’s true that the situation was hopeless. But, If Origami was the inverse Spirit then—–there is still a way left.
The girls probably knew that too, they nodded while looking over to Shidou’s direction.
“—–I don’t know what happened to Tobiichi Origami but, the only human that can make her sane again would be you Shidou”
“……..aah, that’s right”
After he nodded, the Yamai sisters looked at each other as if they got affected by Tohka and Shidou’s words. They poured strength into their body to hold down their trembling legs before standing beside Shidou on each side.
“Ka…..kaka, its good you know. If you even spout even one cowardly line, I would forcefully drag you up to the sky”
“Contract………Yuguru and Kaguya will bring you to Master Origami.—-Shidou, please wake Master Origami up”
As if to respond to her voice, Tohka manifested
“Kaguya, Yuzuru………sorry for making you two join this”
“Fu-fuun, don’t worry about it”
“Consent. As payment, please help Master Origami”
At that moment, a valor song started echoing. At the same time, he felt that the glow coming from the Astral Dress Tohka and the Yamai sisters were wearing turned stronger.
“Ufufu. It’ll be a problem if you forget about me”
After saying that, Miku showed a smile.
After she did that, Natsumi and Yoshino also raised their voice too next.
“F-for the ground…………please leave it to me…….. I think I can block some of the beams with
“………..Fuun, I’ll help out since I have no choice. I will turn the rubble into fluffy cotton”
After Shidou sucked in air, he slowly exhaled it out.
Shidou was not the only one. That was very re-assuring for him.
After Shidou said that, everyone smiled—–and looked upwards to Origami.
“Well———Let’s go! I will open the path! Follow me!”
Tohka shouted and jumped up to the sky after kicking the ground.
As if to continue after that, the wind covered Kaguya and Yuzuru before they flew to the sky. At the same time, Shidou’s body floated up like them while he was being carried in the wind they made.
Even though he turned over from the unfamiliar feeling, he somehow managed to regain his balance. Looking at his state, the Yamai Sister’s laughed.
“You can fly well unexpectedly, Shidou”
“Praise. How skillful”
He replied back while sweat was flowing down like he was being treated like a child.
However, that conversation did not last long. Origami probably judged them as a threat when they were flying towards her. The several black [Wing] floating systematically around the squatting Origami changed their trajectory as if they got stimulated suddenly and pointed their tip towards them.
Black beams were fired from those tips all together at once.
Clusters of darkness with a more condensed power compared to the [Rain] falling down attacked the group. Of course for Shidou too, everything would end if the Yamai sisters in their manifested limit Astral dress gets a direct hit.
Tohka brandished her sword together with a loud shout while she was flying in front of Shidou and the girls. And following her sword’s movements, the Reiryoku slash was released, countering the approaching attacks.
“Take the chance when I block the attacks, and go! ……..I won’t last long.”
Tohka made a painful expression while readying her sword again—–when he looked carefully at her, he found several parts of her Astral dress broken and Tohka had painful wounds on her skin.
Even if Tohka was able to manifest her complete Astral dress, there was no way she could fill in the gaps of the overwhelming number of attacks. What’s more, Tohka was in a condition where the wounds she got from the fight she had with Origami previously were not healed yet. It was by no means a situation where a wrong decision could be forgiven.
Shidou frowned his face in reflex. However, he shook his face immediately and raised his voice.
“Kaguya! Yuzuru! Please!”
There was no way he would not feel uneasy at all at Tohka’s painful appearance even though she has her full powers back. There was no way his heart wouldn’t feel painful; that he had to leave this place to Tohka and move on ahead.
But, Shidou still had to go on. He had to return Origami back into Origami as fast as possible. That is the only way to repay everyone for lending him their powers.
“Leave it to me!”
“Understood. Let’s go”
The Yamai sisters probably knew Shidou’s determination and nodded without even a pinch of hesitation before twisting their body in the sky and charged towards Origami with a tremendous speed after coming out of Tohka’s shadow.
But, at that moment.
“—–This is a problem, we can’t have you hurting an inverse-type”
Just when that unexpected voice echoed, a slash came from downwards. The barrier of wind carrying Shidou got dispelled, and Shidou’s body got thrown into the air.
However, the floating feeling was just for a moment. The Pendulum Yuzuru shot from above appeared and covered Shidou’s body in wind again.
Nonetheless, the dangerous situation did not change. Shidou distorted his expression while glaring at the owner of the voice that appeared out of nowhere.
Yes. The person that appeared was a DEM wizard in a white CR-unit—-Ellen Mathers.
“Long time no see, Itsuka Shidou”
“………….I never wanted to see you again though”
Even though Shidou said it in detest, Ellen looked behind without giving him any attention and—-took a glance at the crouching Origami.
“——It’s a beautiful Inverse-type, not inferior to
“…………… Don’t screw with me! I am not handing Origami to you!”
“You won’t achieve anything by howling loudly. Quietly—–“
In an instant, a loud shout echoed to interrupt Ellen’s words.—-It was Kaguya. Having manifested a giant lance Angel, Kaguya charged at Ellen with tremendous speed.
Of course, Kaguya can’t take on Ellen now that she could only swing her powers in limit form. Actually, Ellen easily blocked Kaguya’s charge attack with the laser blade she was holding.
However, she managed to create a chance from the strongest Wizard with that sudden Angel charge attack, even though it was for an instant.
In the timing as if she knew Kaguya’s surprise attack, Yuzuru spun her body in the spot.
When she did that, Shidou’s body which was being supported by Yuzuru’s pendulum got shot towards Origami like a marble flicked by a finger.
Gravity suddenly attacked his body and it almost caused him to faint but——he somehow managed to resist it by biting his tongue in his mouth. There was no way he could let go of the good opportunity and time created by Kaguya and Yuzuru’s sacrifice with such a reason.
Shidou advanced with the wind’s energy and—-approached Origami.
Instantly, Shidou was wrapped in a weird float. He was ignoring gravity; it was a weird feeling different from the feeling when he was being covered in the Yamai’s wind.
Even though he raised his eye brows at the feeling as if he got lost in another world for a moment, he immediately recalled back on what he should be doing.
Shidou called out Origami’s name when he saw her hugging her knees while squatting in front of him.
However, there was no response.
“Origami, it’s me! It’s Shidou! Can you hear me!?”
Even though he shook her shoulders, the results were the same. As if she could not hear anything, she remained lifeless and would not even move.
It was clearly a weird situation. Just what could cause that Origami to become like this. Shidou clenched his teeth and made a sullen face.
But, he had no time to be leisurely. Everyone worked hard to help Shidou reach there. Shidou started thinking desperately for a way to break this situation.
“……………, that’s right—–“
He then recalled something—–about the time he dealt with an Inverse-type Spirit.
A few months ago from now, there was a time when Tohka inversed just like Origami.
At that time, forget about everyone, Tohka even forgotten about her own name and just like what it meant; she turned into someone else.
At that time, the method Shidou used to turn Tohka back to normal—-and miraculously enough, it was the same method to seal a Spirit.
Which means—-A kiss.
He could not be sure if he was able to seal her Reiryoku. But, it was possible enough to bring back Origami’s consciousness like the time with Tohka.
The situation was very grim. After Shidou made his decision, he touched Origami’s head with his hands and lifted her face which was looking downwards.
But—At that instant.
Shidou felt an impact as if his heart got grabbed tightly and his body froze.
The reason was simple. It was Origami’s—-face.
Her face structure was no different from the normal Origami in his memories. She’s the beautiful girl that looks like a doll.
But her expression.
He said it in a blank tone.
Lightless eyes. Her cheeks were ruined with tears. Dry lips.
She had a dead face as if she seen all kinds of despair in this world. If a stranger sees her, they would probably mistake her as a corpse; and it won’t be a joke.
For a moment, Shidou intuitively found out something.
—Origami was in an unrecoverable situation.
His voice leaked out powerlessly.
At that moment, Shidou’s body which was covered with a weird float suddenly fell towards the ground as if the existence of gravity came back. ——It was as if, Shidou’s broken heart was found out.
After Shidou fell down, he crashed to the ground like that.
Tremendous pain and impact assaulted his body and it made him immobile. His consciousness turned hazy and he could not breathe for a while.
But not long later, another feeling other than pain was born in Shidou’s body. —–It was a scorching heat enough to make him scream out.
But, those flames weren’t there to burn Shidou’s body. It was the healing flames given by the Spirit of flames-Kotori.
After Shidou clenched his teeth from the scorching feeling, he raised his body while his breathing was rough.
All of the wounds formed on his body, his crumbled bones, and several internal organs healed. Shidou calmed his breathing before placing his hands on his forehead.
The face of Origami he saw just now was burned into his mind and would not leave him. She had dead eyes filled with deep darkness.
There was no disappointment or bad intentions. There was nothing there at all.
She had an empty face as if she threw everything about herself away.
Shidou had no idea on what to say to Origami when she’s like that.
However. Shidou swung his head to deny the resignation that passed by his mind.
If Shidou gives up then at that moment, everything about Origami will end. The Origami Shidou knew about will never come back.
And that’s something—-He will never allow happen.
She’s calm, frank, and extremely bad with Tohka, most of her actions are extreme, and would always cause trouble for Shidou—-but, he does not want to lose that clumsy girl.
After Shidou made a thin sigh to calm his heart, he lifted his face.
Origami who was acting like an embryo was still floating in the middle of the sky. Around her, Tohka and the Yamai sisters were having a chaotic battle with the countless [Wing] and Ellen.
What should he do? He could not give out a clear answer. But, it was clear that he has to reach Origami once more time.
But, the moment Shidou stepped out again, the several units of [Wing] up in the sky pointed its tips at Shidou.
Shidou gasped. Several ideas ran around in his mind instantly. Just how would he defend against her attacks? Manifest
Or recklessly withstand it by counting on the recovery abilities given by Kotori? Various thoughts came and went.
However, when he was doing that,
at the tips of the [Wing] and released it accurately at Shidou after taking a good aim.
He steeled his body for the incoming attack.
However—-The attack he predicted did not come.
The moment the [Wing] was about to shoot its beam, a light of Maryoku was splashed from the right side and blasted away the [Wing] pointed its tips towards Shidou.
When he looked over there, he saw a giant airship with severe damage on its frame somehow maintaining its Territory .
He called out its name by reflex.
Yes. The object floating there was the
“—–Like I thought, you were being reckless”
He could hear Kotori’s tired voice coming from
“Retreat for now—–That’s what I want to do but, looks like the situation won’t allow any leisure huh. Since the teleporter is active we will pick you up and send you to Tobiichi Origami—-“
Before Kotori could finish her words, the [Wing] that
Kotori’s anguish groan leaked out from the speaker.
But——That was all he could hear.
The several [Wing] hovering in the sky fired beams all at once at
There was no answer even though he shouted.
Having been pierced by the power beams fired all at once,
After Shidou let out a shrill shout, he ran towards the direction that
No—-more specifically, he was about to run to them.
He raised his eyebrows at the weird feeling assaulting his body.
The moment Shidou was about to move from the spot, his body suddenly became heavy and caused him to be immobile.
“Wha-what the heck………is this……….”
His body lost its energy and it became hard to maintain his posture. Shidou fell to his knees in reflex.
He distorted his face while pouring strength into his legs to somehow bring himself up. But, the tremendous weariness curling around Shidou’s body increased its influence as if to discourage Shidou.
Yes—–he felt his energy was getting sucked away by someone.
“Don’t tell me, this is……”
Having reached that thought, Shidou let out a painful voice and lowered his sights to the ground.
He then noticed something weird.
The place Shidou was at was destroyed and was lighted by sparks coming from destroyed street lights but——a shadow continued lurking at the ground.
The same time he found that out, the shadow under Shidou’s foot swell like a living thing and one girl crawled out from it.
It was a beautiful girl in a black and red dress; she was so beautiful that it gave him the chills. Her eyes were different, her hair was tied up and her left eye carved with the clock numbers was characteristic.
“Ufufu………Long time no see, Shidou-san”
The girl——Kurumi giggled before lifting the hem of her skirt and bending her knees exaggeratedly.
“You………….What, do you want……! At a time like, this—-“
Shidou distorted his expression and said that.
Yes. Shidou remembered about the shadow spread out under his foot. . It’s the field Kurumi uses to suck [Time] from humans.
However…………..the effect was in a completely different level compared to what Shidou saw before. Having sealed the powers of several Spirits, although he was feeling tired; it was possible for Shidou to move inside the field. However—–this was clearly different. It has an overwhelming power as if it was stealing Shidou’s life by the roots. Shidou could not move normally and was stuck on the spot.
Kurumi took on an elegant pose and smiled when she heard Shidou’s words.
“Oh my, you said something strange. Don’t tell me a wonderful person like Shidou-san would forget my goal?”
Kurumi’s goal. That’s——
Shidou, and gain the Reiryoku of the Spirits sealed in Shidou’s body. Of course, there was no way he forgot about that.
Kurumi’s smile broadens.
“At a time like this………..you say that right? Ufufu, it’s the exact opposite you know? The Spirit’s look like they are busy. There’s no way I won’t let this good chance to get away right?”
After saying that, Kurumi walked over to Shidou who has fallen to his knees and lifted Shidou’s face with bewitching hand movements.
Kurumi’s word might be true. It’s not like Kurumi was their comrades nor was she affiliated with DEM. Their situation was probably not related to Kurumi. Instead, it was an extremely normal thought to take advantage of this chaos to achieve her goal.
But…………Shidou couldn’t afford to stop now.
“Kurumi…..! Please! Don’t disturb me!”
After Shidou shouted, Kurumi shrug her shoulders as if his reaction was interesting.
“Oh my oh my, It’s sad to have Shidou-san saying that to me.—–In what form am I disturbing you?”
“I………….I have to save Kotori and the others! I have to save Tohka and the girls! Also—–I have to go to Origami no matter what! If not, Origami is going to—–“
Kurumi leaked out a tired sigh when she heard Shidou’s words before narrowing her eyes while looking behind—-to take a glance at Origami.
Her playful attitude from just now vanished and she continued talking in a soft tone.
Shidou brought his eyebrows closer when he heard Kurumi’s words.
“Everything you do becomes meaningless once you
become like that
. No voice can reach Origami-san now. —–and even if it’s Shidou-san too”
“Tch, That’s—–You won’t know unless you try—rig-ht”
Shidou stopped his words half way to stop disheartening himself.
It’s not like he gave up and it’s not like all his energy was sucked up by her
But, Kurumi was making a discouraged face which Shidou has not seen before while biting her own thumb.
“…………Seriously, what did she find out at that time”
Not understanding what Kurumi meant, he made a dubious face.
However, Kurumi did not reply and sighed.
“Well——anyway. I will do what I should be doing”
After she said that, Kurumi took a step back and raised both her hands.
As if to match her actions, 2 slender guns flew out from the shadows under her feet and settled in Kurumi’s hands.
One was a long infantry gun. The other one was a short gun. Both of them had delicate antique designs carved; they were guns from the olden ages.
Next off, a giant clock with clock numbers on it appeared from the shadows.
After she said that,
Kurumi then distorted her lips to a smile and pointed two slender guns towards Shidou.
Shidou opened his eyes in reflex at her unexpected actions.
Kurumi’s goal was to steal the Reiryoku from Shidou. He could not understand Kurumi’s action for a moment and became dumbfounded.
But, he did not have the leisure to talk. He has no clue what kind of effect the bullet loaded in Kurumi’s gun has but, it’s not hard to imagine that its effect would be to disadvantage Shidou.
Shidou grit his teeth and poured his strength into his body to get away from the place by crawling out of the ground.
Yes. Shidou must not get shot here. He has to climb back up to the sky to save Origami.
But, Kurumi’s voice echoed as if to laugh at Shidou’s determination.
“That’s why I told you.—–everything you do becomes meaningless once you
become like that
At the same time, Kurumi pulled the trigger without any hesitation. The percussion hammer fell and a bullet was shot.
The concentrated shadow bullet left a path in the black air and pierced through Shidou who was trying to run away.
Shidou made a painful expression but—–he immediately brought his eyebrows closer at the weird feeling.
It did not hurt at all even though he took a direct hit from the bullet.
For a moment there, he thought Kotori’s recovery powers immediately activated but……he was wrong. There wasn’t the scorching feeling when his wounds are healing.
But even so, Shidou’s [Time] did not come back, advance, or stop. At the very least Shidou could not find any aftereffects from the bullet by his cognition.
“Kuru………..mi? What are you planning to do……?”
After Shidou turned to Kurumi when he felt dubious, at that moment, Kurumi made a charming smile and placed her finger into the trigger hole of the other slender gun.
“Ufufu, that’s right huh, I guess in your words it would be—-“
She then smiled.
“Okay then—–Let’s begin our war?”
Kurumi pulled the trigger.
The black bullet pierced his forehead.
Just like the bullet just now, this bullet did not hurt even though it landed.
The moment the bullet was shot into his head, Shidou felt a weird feeling as if his body turned into a gel state and was shoved into a mixer before stirred recklessly.
He lost his sense of balance, and could not distinguish up from down. His feelings turned weak as if his consciousness was getting cut into small pieces and—–Shidou fainted.
—His consciousness which has fallen into the darkness slowly came back.
During that event, the first thing Shidou felt was it was hot.
Nonetheless, it was not like severe heat like Kotori’s flames. It was lower in temperature and it felt like the heat from a distant fire.
After a few seconds. Shidou slightly opened his eyelids.
But, he immediately closed his eyes.
The reason was simple. The moment he opened his eyelids, a blinding light flew into his view and it burned his eyes which became used to darkness.
Shidou was in disclosure while he immersed himself in thought. What was that light……?
For a moment, Shidou thought he was secured by the hospital or the
But—–he immediately found out that his imagination was wrong.
His eardrums captured the sound of bugs.
Shidou twist his head and opened his eyelids while placing the palms of his hands in front of his eyes to make a shade.
When he did that, he found out he was outside—-and what’s more, he was sleeping in the middle of the road.
Adding on, the sun was shining brilliantly and was illumination his surroundings.
After Shidou raised his body, he looked around restlessly.
Shidou thought it became day time when he was unconscious but—–he was wrong.
The world Shidou was in right now was clearly weird.
“Why……….The city isn’t destroyed……?”
Yes. The city that Origami mercilessly destroyed was back to normal.
Shidou raised his eyebrows in doubt while looking at his surroundings again to grasp the situation.
The place Shidou was lying down was a path with little people passing by. Even if the exposure from the sun was not that bad, sunlight was pouring down reaching to every corners of the road…………rather, it was just a little hot. Just like summer time.
At that moment, Shidou recalled something he realized just now. —-Yes. Voices of various species of cicadas were echoing.
Adding on, green trees could be seen growing beside the road, and the pedestrians were wearing short sleeved clothing.
“…………….What the heck is this”
Shidou was making a surprised expression while he was using his sweaty shirt to fan himself.
It’s like…….Forget that, it really is summer.
—Weird. This is clearly weird. Shidou placed his hands on his forehead and started thinking.
If Shidou’s memories were correct, then it’s November now. It’s the time when red leaves should be gone and the footsteps of winter are approaching.
But, the scenery expanding in his view could only be seen as summer.
Shidou swung his head.
It’s true that he can’t ignore this important problem. But, there was something he had to confirm first now.
Of course—-It was about Tohka, Origami and the others.
After Shidou stood up while staggering, he raised his voice.
But, there was no reply.
“Kotori! Yoshino! Natsumi! Miku! Kaguya! Yuzuru!……….Kurumii! Anyone! Is there anyone!?”
Even though he shouted, there was no one that would respond to his call. There were several pedestrians looking at him with a suspicious sight as if they noticed Shidou’s existence because of his voice.
“Damn, Just what is going on here………..!”
Shidou clenched his fist and punched a block wall in irritation.
If his hand didn’t hurt then, he might be able to laugh off this situation as a dream. But, the dull pain when he punched the concrete was immediately felt at his harden fingers.
Then, the world that Shidou has been seeing until now might be a dream instead? Origami turning into a Spirit was just a nonsensical event and all of that just happened inside Shidou’s head? He know that this was not true and that unavoidable thought was erased.
What was with this place? Where did Tohka, Origami and the others go? Why is the season different?
—He had no idea on what was happening to his body.
But, he won’t understand anything if he stands stills there.
Shidou must get as much information possible, so he walked forward in an unsteady state.
And not long later, he reached an open space. It was a wide main street. There were various shops lined up on both sides on the road and many people were coming and going.
At that moment. Shidou brought his eyebrows closer.
He felt the scenery was familiar.
Yes. This was definitely Tenguu city. This was the road Shidou has passed by countless times already.
But……weird. Something’s weird.
The buildings that should be familiar to him were………..somehow clashing with his memories.
Since he was not conscious of the buildings’ minor details when passing through, he could not clearly designate which parts were different but—-It was a weird feeling, as if he had made his way into a parallel world that looks like his world.
After Shidou tried searching for the identity of that weird feeling, he walked forward while looking at his surroundings attentively.
At that moment.
Shidou looked around restlessly while walking and ended up bumping into a girl walking in front him. The girl fell on her butt and the memo she held fell to the ground.
“So-sorry, I was daydreaming…..!”
“Ah, no, I apologize too”
When Shidou apologized in panic, the girl immediately stood up and bow down. Shidou bent down and picked up the memo that fell onto the ground before handing it to the girl.
But………….at that moment, he froze.
The reason was simple. He knows this small girl wearing glasses.
Yes. It was Shidou’s homeroom teacher-Okamine Tamae.
However, Tama-chan-sensei opened her eyes wide in an unexpected manner.
“You……….How did you know my nickname?”
After saying that, she tilted her head. Shidou made a surprised expression.
“Huh….? No, what are you saying? It’s me. Itsuka Shidou”
After Tama-chan-sensei thought for a while, she opened her eyes wide as if she suddenly realized something and immediately *Poh*……….her cheeks turned red.
“I-is this perhaps, that? Are you hitting on me?”
Even though Shidou brought his eyebrows closer, it seems that Tama-chan did not worry about it. She was being bashful and continued her words.
“Iyaaa, it really happens huh, this kind of stuff. Ufufu, oh this is embarrassing. Ah, but how old are you? I am often mistaken as underage but, I am already 24 you know?”
“………….no, please don’t deflate your age by 5 years”
Shidou opened his eyes half-way and said that while sweat was flowing down his forehead. Speaking of the famous teacher Tama-chan of Raizen high school, she’s a maiden at the critical age of 29 years old. Everyone in the class knows that.
However, the moment Shidou said that, Tama-chan’s [Mumuu!] turned stern.
“Wha, I did not deflate my age, how rude!”
“No no no, that’s because Sensei should be 29…….”
“Are you saying that again! Enough! Please give me back my memo!”
Tama-chan pulled away the memo from Shidou’s hands. She then opened it while complaining and started walking to brush aside Shidou while lowering her sights.
“How rude of you. To a girl you first met……..”
When Tama-chan passed by Shidou, he opened his eyes wide when he saw the date in her opened memo.
“Wh-what is it…….?”
Tama-chan sent a dubious sight when she saw Shidou suddenly raise a stupid voice.
But the current Shidou did not worry about that. There was only one point—-the number printed in the memo was controlling Shidou’s consciousness.
“So-Sorry, and…..Is that [Today]’s page?”
“Yes…….? What are you saying? It’s obvious right?”
After Tama-chan made a suspicious face, she opened her memo and showed Shidou.
Shidou brought his face closer to the page and started at the date printed into the paper.
“…….., 5 years ago….?”
He mumbled blankly.
Yes. The date written was from 5 years ago.
To be continued