Each of Their Reactions
At the same time as the strategy was decided, Milim said that she is going to use Dragon Nova, her strongest magic . Under the cover of the extremely dangerous attack, indeed befitting to be called a mass extinction magic, she told me that she’ll let me go . She once said that she wanted to show it to me and Ciel also has an interest in it, so I accepted her suggestion . . . . . . I thought I was going to die . No, I’m serious . I wish that she mentioned what kind of magic it is . Milim doesn’t boast this as her strongest magic for nothing . I stopped time, so I was safe, since I escaped right away, but Diablo was in a terrible situation since he lost half of his body . Oh dear, he’s acting as if he’s dying, what should I do with him, geez…I can’t make fun of Milim ever again, I now see her in a new light . But as the result, Milim made herself more trustworthy towards Lucia . Milim shot a Dragon Nova and killed the body which was pretending to be me, and retrieved it to Lucia . Then, in order to make her think that I’m dead, I canceled “Eternal Pain” which had ensnared Lucia . In that way, Milim succeeded in making Lucia trust her as well as infiltrate into the enemy’s stronghold . As I hid myself, waiting for Milim’s signal, I slipped into the darkness with teleport . Well then, while staying somewhere calm, I begin to think about various things . The first is the change in Ciel that I felt a while ago . About “Eternal pain” too, but I believe that Ciel’s ability has increased greatly . Yet, I’m more bothered about my miscalculations on Gobuta’s growth limit . (Hey, don’t you think that Gobuta’s rapid growth is a bit abnormal?How much has he surpassed your calculations? And, isn’t the calculation deviation too extreme?) That is the what I’m worried about . Because up till recently, at the time when I still called her Raphael-sensei, it was rare for her predictions go awry . I mean, as far as I remember, the only mistake in Raphael-sensei’s calculations was the nature of Veldora’s attack . And yet, she incorrectly predicted Gobuta’s growth speed, isn’t this disappointing coming from Ciel? No matter how much of a genius Gobuta is, I wasn’t convinced at all . Because I was so doubtful, I asked Ciel but, 《That is……whilst performing the calculation, deeper information was detected…… as a result, a large deviation has occurred . 》 So I was informed . In other words, since Gobuta’s ability increased so much, conversely the accuracy fell huh . No, rather than that―― Isn’t the fluctuation happening due to the appearance of her emotions? ――The idea flashed in my mind . This might not be a good example, but just like when taking a test, the more you check your answer, the more you question yourself . It is often the case that the first answer will be the correct one . In other words, what Ciel is feeling is none other than the emotion called “Anxiety” . A human is a creature who makes mistakes . Why is that?It is because a human is an emotional creature . Machines never make mistakes . Because they never feel anxiety . If a machine makes a mistake, the cause may be that there was an error during the input of the data or the machine is broken . As Ciel evolved, she obtained “Emotions” . It means that a perfect being has fallen into an imperfect state . Experiencing anxiety, she wavers, and so she made a mistake . Is this a degeneration?No . This’s unmistakably, an evolution . Ciel, despite being an existence that had reached perfection, wished for emotions .
A baby feels they’re almighty whilst inside their mother’s womb, but they lose that feeling as soon as they are born . Thus, they feel insecure and cry . Ciel is the same as the newborn baby . From a perfect situation, like a perfect sphere, she had been transferred into a bigger container . The vessel was so big, that her own existence became indeterminate . Therefore, to fill that container, a large surge of emotion was produced . But I feel relieved because that container, is me . The chipped container for her indeterminate form is my soul . And, because Ciel was born inside of me, my heart is stable . The emotions are like waves, they fill the cracks of my heart and become small . Ciel was bewildered as she hadn’t produced a wave of emotion before, so it might take time before she becomes used to it, as for me, my uneasiness became tiny as my heart was filled . In other words, Ciel felt the anxiety in my place . (It is not a problem, so don’t worry about it . Have confidence in yourself!You keep on analyzing even while in that state, if it’s you I’m sure you can arrive at the correct answer . Therefore, believe it . We complement each other, you’re not alone!)《Master――》 Ciel remained silent to my words . However, the waves of emotion became calm as my chipped heart was filled . Then, Ciel also calmed down as her anxiety changed into relief . 《Yes, my lord! Everything will follow your heart’s desires!》 Ciel properly understood my words . And while hiding under the cover of darkness, she will be reflecting on her meaning of life . −−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−− Velgrind flew into the sky with speed that holds up to the title of fastest . Her body feels light and her power seems to have increased . With a heavy heart, and a mind that is tangled she thought to herself . In the first place, what the hell is that person? She, who is one of the strongest, a “True Dragon”, was unable to so much as scratch him . An individual with a soul compatible with the dragon’s element and a body that is comparable to the “True Dragons” that stand at the summit of this world . And that individual, possessing such enormous energy, stood firmly while being capable of absorbing a “True Dragon” . Moreover, two of them . Can such a being exist?No, it must exist . It is undeniable that such a being exists . However, for it to be a Unique Monster who was born from a collection of magic essences leaked from Veldora, by chance, is impossible . Even if she looked at herself right now, compared to before, her condition is more optimized and in better shape . She has a feeling that her energy levels has somehow increased . So in other words, that slime, who manifested her, has a container that simply surpasses the total amount of her energy . (I can’t believe it . Such a being…… as far as I know, there’s only one――）She continued thinking . While continuing to fly around the continent at high speed .
Her speed reached a dozen times the speed of sound and became a flying object which emitted extreme heat and without aiming to, blew away a flock of angels who crowded the sky . The soul corridor that bound her, was closed . There was no influence on her, that means, something happened to the person she bonded to . But, she didn’t pay attention to that . (Humph . That person wouldn’t be killed so easily . What is he planing now……)So, she just fleetingly thought about it . There is no point in worrying about it . In the first place, there is no need for her to worry about it, or so she thought . She is free right now . Even though she buried it in her deepest thoughts, she was still in a fog of doubt . She has been caught in the whirlpool of her own thoughts for a while now . −−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−− The report made the executives of Tempest shudder . On the first day of the Great War, the angels’ attacks had ended and the evening had come . The monsters had even prepared for an ongoing battle, but the angels had withdrawn by the time night fell . This is because for the light attributed angels, they had an advantage under the light of the sun . As there is a need to eat, the loss of the energy is intense . For the monsters, a short time of peace is a blessing . Thus, it’s the time for dinner . The report was brought by the people who returned at the time when the soldiers were taking their rest . In the control room established inside the labyrinth . The executives of Tempest, including the Guardian Lords, had gathered . 「Is it true that Rimuru-sama disappeared?」「Yes…… that is correct . He received a direct hit of Milim-sama’s Dragon Nova……」 To Benimaru’s question, Testarossa responded . To that answer, silence descended to the room . Then Testarossa explained the situation in detail . 「――Then, what did Diablo do? Where did that guy go?」 Benimaru asked while suppressing his anger . ――It is true that Diablo didn’t participate in this meeting . There was a reason behind this . Diablo is the only subordinate who knows that Rimuru is alive . For this reason, Diablo can’t explain why he failed to defend Rimuru even though he was there . Not seeing the reactions of the executives was regrettable for Diablo, although that isn’t important, he’s concerned with it, anyway this much is necessary to conceal Rimuru’s survival . That being the case, he decided that it would be a problem if he, who had survived, participated in the conference . Anyway, “Why didn’t you protect Rimuru-sama?”, he predicted that question would be directed at him . Diablo figured that if he was in Benimaru and Co’s position, he surely wouldn’t be able to forgive him even if he tore apart Rimuru’s bodyguard . Because he thought so, he displayed his current state, where he had lost half of his body, to Testarossa and Co who had rushed over at the time . And whilst healing himself, he departed from the site, (in other words, escaped) leaving behind a message which said that he had left in order to observe Milim . As for the content, it was something along the lines of,「I lost half of my body and thus shall not prove to be a useful combatant, I will be more useful for observing . 」 . Testa and Co believed Diablo’s explanation without any doubts, since Diablo’s condition displayed that his current energy had decreased sharply . …… No, Testarossa seemed to doubt him a little, however, she was uncertain about her doubt . Therefore, she decided to accept Diablo’s reasoning . By the way, what he meant by observation was that the strategy required him to pass information from Milim to Rimuru . Thus, Diablo continued as Rimuru’s guard whilst under the cover of darkness―― Testarossa let out a sigh and, 「Diablo is performing an infiltration operation . He expressed regret towards his inability to protect Rimuru-sama, but because he received an order he can’t even commit suicide . It seems Diablo’s duty is to free Milim-sama from their control . 」 She explained the story Diablo had told them . Although Testa herself thought that it was dubious, it was also more or less coherent . Anyway, she remembered what she heard . When she was about to question him, Diablo suddenly teleported after Milim . (He’s actually with Rimuru . )Even though she found it doubtful, since she had let him get away, she couldn’t explain it to the others . Because she feels that she has always talked subjectively, it would only bring confusion to the surroundings if she spreads such uncertain information . Testarossa told it as it was, restraining herself from mixing her feelings into it . Silence ruled the control room . Even Gerudo and Gabil, who should have been tired due to the combat during the day, didn’t open their mouths as they had serious expressions . Kumara had a dreadful pale face and was trembling . Benimaru strongly grasped his fist while suppressing his anger . Ramiris looked like she was about to cry while facing toward the floor . It might be a good thing that Shion, who has the shortest temper of them all, was absent at this time . In such a situation, 「If I had come along, such a thing wouldn’t have――」 The one who is usually calm, Souei, who would never become enraged in any situation, broke a desk in anger . Testarossa closed her eyes as she agreed with Souei’s words . That way of thinking is common . She herself was feeling anguish as she was unable to do anything . Therefore, she can’t rebut Souei’s words . She only thought deeply about her own powerlessness . At that time, Zegion who had crossed his arms and kept silent moved . He stood up, 「Fools . What are you all pointlessly worried about?Rimuru-sama cannot possibly be dead . Oh Testarossa, do you think that Diablo is a fighter whose power would drop by such a degree only because he lost half his body?Along those lines, is he a fool who would give up on avenging his master?Why don’t you think that there is some kind of reason?Too childish . Why don’t you notice that he is trying to deceive us?」 He declared as such towards those in the room . And, seeing each of their reactions, he continued talking . 「Think about it carefully . Then feel it . Even now we are still receiving Rimuru-sama’s divine protection . The connection has been interrupted, but that doesn’t mean it has disappeared . You should all calm down and deeply feel for it . All of you should be able to understand that we are being tested by Rimuru-sama . We are not weak, to the degree that we need to depend on Rimuru-sama for everything . In spite of that, if someone says that he can’t do anything if Rimuru-sama is gone――Such a weak individual should just die . Am I wrong, Benimaru-dono?」 Saying all of that in one breath, Zegion waited for Benimaru’s answer . Testarossa, who had thought what Zegion had said, had a slight smile sprout on her lips . It was not only Testarossa who felt that way . Everyone in the room agreed to Zegion’s words . 「That’s right-ssu! There must be some kind of reason for Rimuru-sama to disappear-ssu . It’s no good for us to keep relying on him all the time-ssu!」「Certainly, we have relied on Rimuru-sama far too much . I think we are always entrusting everything to that personage . 」(Gerudo)「That’s right . Even I became uneasy just because Rimuru-sama is not here . In such a state, we would be laughed at by Rimuru-sama!」(Gabil)「That’s right! Well, since I always believed in Rimuru, I was absolutely not worried at all!」 (Ramirirs)「Yes! For Rimuru-sama to be defeated, that’s impossible!」(Kumara) Vigor returned to the room immediately . Benimaru also agreed as he saw the situation . Certainly, we all have been too dependent on the Great Demon Lord, Rimuru . If he thought back, it had been that way since they first met . For it to be pointed out by the newcomer, Zegion, Benimaru has failed as Rimuru’s retainer . 「Sorry, Zegion . It is certainly as you said . We can still fight even if Rimuru-sama is not here . Rather than that……I think we should quickly conquer this world and give it to Rimuru-sama once he returns . Surely, we are not such mere children that we cannot do anything without Rimuru-sama!Alright, we shall quickly end this war and then give this world to Rimuru-sama!」 Benimaru declared so . Whilst agreeing to it, 「Good grief…… For me, of all other people, to lose my composure……As someone who governs the shadows, I still have a long to go . Thank you, Zegion . Thanks to you, I have regained my calm . 」 Souei nods while expressing his gratitude to Zegion . 「Don’t worry about it . I will return to my position . Benimaru-dono, leave the labyrinth to me, you can go on the attack at ease . I swear that I will certainly protect Ramiris-sama and the people taking refuge within the labyrinth until the end . 」 Benimaru nodded to Zegion’s words . Yes, that’s right . They have the strongest guardian, that is Zegion, for their defense . There is nothing to be afraid of . And so, Tempest’s executives began to move . Wiping out the anxiety from before, their expressions are filled with power . And their determination shone as they wish for their strength be recognized by their master, the Great Demon Lord Rimuru . Right now, they have reached the moment where they shall take flight from the protection of the Great Demon Lord . Da Warudo, Toki yo tomare! XD  Be independent, so to say