Vs Dagruel Part 5
‘This might be impossible――’That’s the honest impression of the Demon Lord Ruminas Valentine . Her plan was to kill Dagruel using her strongest technique in the first attack, but it had no effect . With Death’s Blessing, the life and death reversing technique, Dagruel should have died . However, the result was that the instant death effect was nullified, and Ruminas’ secret technique was defeated . At that time, Ruminas was able to partly foresee that thing would proceed this way . The one on one fight between Albert and Grasword continued . Both of them didn’t even take a step back, it seemingly an even fight . However, when the fight between the two was observed with Ultimate Skill『Lustful Lord Asmosdeus』, the situation shows a different outlook . Against Grasword who’s a mass of energy, Albert was distributing energy into every important point of his body . The decrease of their vitality was insignificant, but the difference in the aggregate amount gave hint of the outcome of the battle . In other words, before Albert finished to cut down Grasword, the outcome will be decided . Albert’s defeat, that was the situation would be . However, no one could criticize Albert . Rather, with his wonderful skill, he was fighting evenly against the sword king . If the difference of the energy was not taken into consideration and only the sword techniques matters, it can be said that Alberto’s superior . However, even so, the situation didn’t change . The way things are going right now, Albert’s defeat was just a matter of time . On the other side, the battle between Adalman and Fenn also growing intense . The young man with black hair who wears the jet black colored priest clothes against the skinny, small giant who wielding Gleipnir . Adalman had possessed and combined with the Death Dragon Wenti, and his energy has increased greatly . However, even so, the difference was obvious as Fenn who is in front of Adalman can rival a True Dragon . For Ruminas who can see vitality in numerical form, the differences were despair inducing . Against Fenn who’s called both the Fighting God and Fist God, for Adalman to be able to survive this far was a miracle . In the flurry of throwing, punching, and joint locks, it was obvious that physical strike was the main constituent . Joint locks were meaningless, since for a spiritual life form, physical damage would completely recovered in an instant . He just barely able to modify the technique to perform a throwing technique to deal and blow away the opponent . However, in the end, that technique was for defending, Adalman couldn’t expect Fenn to be damaged by the throw . In other words, he just stalling for time . After Adalman understands his own disadvantage, he was fighting with the objective of exhausting the enemy by a long period of combat and not aiming for victory . However even so, he was concentrating so hard like he was treading on thin ice . In Ruminas’ sight, she could see Adalman’s appearance who ward off Fenn’s attack by casting away all of his defense and manipulated his energy to concentrated on a point . In order to cover the difference of the energy density, Adalman was fighting by concentrating all of his power on one point . It was already such ability that could be called as a miracle . However, it won’t continue more longer, Ruminas thought that it wouldn’t take a long time for Adalman to lose . And then, Shion . The woman who fighting against Dagruel and standing up many times in front of him . Her appearance reminded Ruminas of the Hero Chloe who saved her in the past . Blood flows out from her head without any sign of stopping . Even the wound in her whole body, bore new wounds after recovering . Shion’s attack couldn’t touch Dagruel, she was mortally injured due to Dagruel’s counterattack . Even so, Shion stood up, she kept challenging Dagruel over and over . 「Ah, Nee-san! Please stop it already!」「Shion-sama! You can’t win against our pops――」「It, it’s dangerous . As it is right now, Shion-sama will……」 Even Dagruel’s sons were flustered at first . However, would they broke through their hesitation mid-battle and, 「Uooooooooo! Pops!! We will be your opponents!」「There’s no other way . I’m prepared for it!」「I’ll do it! And then, I’ll get praised!」 Exactly as stated in their determination, they went to face Dagruel . And right now, they were barely alive bearing serious injury, lying on the ground while being powerless to stand up . Those three were strong as majins . That’s why they were alive . However, that’s all . In front of Dagruel’s absolute strength, it was all useless .
(This is impossible right . There’s no reason that we can win . Even I only able to go this far huh―)To Ruminas’s ear who reached the stage of resignation partly,「Princess, the preparation for the retreat was complete ――」Such whispered voice was heard . The “Seven Celestial Sages” who command the raid seems to have advanced the preparation for a concealed transfer secretly . They have judged that there’s no chance for victory in this war and likely to have made their safety a priority . Certainly――That’s right, certainly, if she was the Ruminas from before, she would withdrew without any hesitation . Such thing as going to war with no chance of winning was nonsense . The country can be rebuild, it wasn’t something she need to be concerned with . Ruminas and her kin has eternal life, there’s no reason for them to fight betting their life on it . However ――(Will I be really fine? Will it be a correct action for me to withdraw from this place?)Ruminas hesitated . Shion was barely being able to stand up because Ruminas’ support . She used an ability increasing skill, so even a near death serious injury would recover immediately . . . . . . Improving Shion’s regeneration power to the utmost limit was also one of Ruminas’ ability . If Ruminas withdrew now, it meant Shion would die immediately . (Abandoning the front and running away alone by myself? Such a thing, such an ungraceful action, I’ll never accept it!I’m the proud “Queen of Nightmare”, you know!!)And so, Ruminas steeled herself . 「I won’t . I won’t retreat . If by any chance I get killed here, go select the next master from the seven lords . I’m one of the proud Octagram . Such thing as running away ungracefully is not fitting for me . Don’t you think so?」She said so and sprouted a beautiful smile . An alluring smile which didn’t suit the face of a young girl . The “Seven Celestial Sages” who heard it have their eyes wide opened with surprise instantly . Their master who attached so much importance to life, surprised them with such boast . However ――at the same time, they were deeply aware . That’s right, it didn’t suit Demon Lord Ruminas Valentine who called as the Queen of the Night to be running away . Because she’s the vampire princess who always acted gracefully and reigned nobly . 「I’ll not obey such order . 」「Yes . 」「At the time of your ruin, we’ll also follow . 」 The “Seven Celestial Sages” disobeyed Ruminas’ order for the first time . Although she was surprised by it, it wasn’t unpleasant feelings which perplexed Ruminas . Far from it, it was instead pleasant feelings . 「Fuu, you fools . Then, strengthen the barrier quickly! Hurry up, you blockheads!!」 Ruminas cheerfully ordered them . 『As your will! Then, the city defense will――』「I see . Change the barrier’s attribute using the Holy Demonic Inversion technique . Don’t allow those angels invading the Holy City! As long as we buys some time, Demon Lord Rimuru will send reinforcement!」「――Princess, do you believe in Demon Lord Rimuru……?」「Humph! I don’t believe in him . However――There are people who believe in their master while fighting . Don’t you think that the act is worth believing in?」As she said so, the “Seven Celestial Sages” shifted their focus on the battlefield . How the Demon Lord Rimuru’s subordinates were fighting couldn’t be assessed as just stalling for time . In this situation, even they’re betting their life to buy time, despite it practically having no meaning at all . It may be reasonable for their own country, but they had devoted their own life in order to defend the territory of an allied country . Their action was a strong proof of them believing that their master would never abandon them . 「Indeed…… ‘Believing’――Such word, we have forgot about it for a long time . 」「Well then, we will start the strategy . 」「May fortune with you, Princess!」
Bowing all together, the “Seven Celestial Sages” left . ‘Will it be really alright?’ so Ruminas hesitated . But, she didn’t regret . In front of her, Shion stood up once more . No matter how she was wounded, she rises up many times . ‘That’s right, I, I should do the only thing I can do!’ and so, at the moment Ruminas tried to support Shion again―― 「Good grief, I have become the opponent because I feel the sign of awakening, but it’s disappointing . Or…… because there’s a person who defends you, you can be at ease?If that’s the case, first I’ll deal with your recovery means . That way, you might grow a bit . 」 She heard Dagruel’s muttering voice . It took a moment for her to realize the meaning of it . 「St, stop it!」 Shion shouted in panic, but she received Dagruel’s blow and became silent . She didn’t seem to be dead, but it was very unlikely for her to move . Glancing at her, Dagruel turned around and began to walk towards Ruminas . Ruminas prepared herself . 「Very well, Dagruel . I shall become your next opponent!」 Ruminas put herself on guard towards Dagruel . The words she said for herself, she felt funny in her mind . Far from being an opponent, to Dagruel someone like Ruminas was equal to garbage, so she thought . 「Fumu . As expected, Ruminas . The pride of a Demon Lord is not just for show heh . 」 To Dagruel’s words, she laughed thinly . Such thing as pride, she didn’t think about it at all . However, Ruminas just thought that she didn’t want to betray Shion . (It’s strange . Unlike with Chloe, I haven’t associate with her for a long time . Fighting against Dagruel even though there’s no chance for me to win . Why didn’t I run away?――Did I also believe? That someone would come to help . Such thing, such convenient thing, would not happen . )She pondered and understood . Suddenly, the image of that selfish and carefree black dragon crossed in her mind . A smile floats naturally on her mouth . Her appearance make Dagruel felt strange, but he ignored it without saying anything ―― 「Well then, HERE I GO!」 At the same time as him shouting, his fist was thrust out towards Ruminas . Her soul was frozen in fear . However, Ruminas didn’t run away . Evasion was impossible . Recognized that, Ruminas mocked herself . (――it’s so different . Struggling till the end . I’m like a different person……)But, there was no dissatisfaction, instead, she puffed her chest proudly . At least at the end she has her pride as a Demon Lord, and she can boast as she challenged a strong person without running away . At least, in her final moments, with her hand, that hateful arrogant evil dragon―― Ruminas’ mind then stopped for a moment . It occurred immediately before Dagruel’s fist reached Ruminas . The time had stopped because of Velzard . Right now, currently . Something happened before Dagruel’s fist reach Ruminas . ――The powerful fist in front of her eyes . And then, a palm of someone with tanned skin received it . Dagruel’s attack which had an overwhelming power was obstructed by a man who suddenly appeared in front of Ruminas . Then, 「Kuahahaha! I, have arrived!」 While laughing loudly, the man shouted in loud voice . However, time was currently stopped, the man’s voice didn’t reach anyone . With the exception of Dagruel . No, it reached Ruminas actually . (Did he come here!!?)However, Ruminas was conscious but her body can’t move . In such confusing situation, Veldora’s voice reached Ruminas――(What’s this, I can’t speak!? Has time stopped . . . . . . ? But who did it?)She was flustered because she shouted instinctively, but Ruminas noticed that she couldn’t speak . And so, trying to grasp the situation, finally she realized that currently the world’s movement had stopped . (What a carefree guy! Even when the world stopped, for him to be able to move like it’s natural――)It was surprising as Ruminas continuously thought . At the same time, it became very ridiculous . The tension that strained her before death had loosened, she felt a sense of relief filled her heart for some reason . (Impossible . For me to feel relieved just because Veldora have came――that can’t be possible!)She threw away such feelings which crossed in her mind and focus on the current situation . There was no light, she couldn’t understand anything inside the stopped world . However, Ruminas’ super perception began to perceive the situation faintly . Only Veldora and Dagruel who calmly moving . She listened carefully to the conversation of those two, 「What… . the…!? Even though I have make my entrance coolly with a lot of trouble… . . for the world to be stopped?!」「Oh, it’s Veldora . It was a miraculous timing, but you have my condolences . Even though I said that, I’m not the one who do it, okay?」「Unuuu, I know . The one who can do thing like this is probably my aneue . As for the length, enough to stop time for two seconds, that person has the useless habit of stopping time for a long time . 」「Oh well, there’s no meaning to stop time for a long time . If there’s someone else who can move inside the stopped world, stopping time doesn’t have any meaning . 」「That’s right . I have advised her several times, but she doesn’t listen to me . Oh well, it’s fine as I don’t really care anyway . She messed around such as stopping time when it was punishment time…… oh well, forget it . There’s another thing to discus――」「Uh, what?」「Umu . To match the timing when the time moving again, I want to redo my arrival . So, as I decided to be cool, it’s necessary to make Ruminas impressed you know」「……can I hear the reason?」「Kuahahahaha! What, it’s simple y’know . I till now have done various thingTherefore, Ruminas considerably resents me . If I make her indebted to me while displaying how cool I’m, she would forget everything, that’s the plan . Kukukuku . For that reason, I was hiding myself from sight . I don’t know when you might go berserk so I was a bit worried here . Yet… . . Even though I had made my entry so cool with a lot of trouble, it was ruined because of my aneue . That’s the reason . Can I ask you for that?」 ‘Haaーーーー’, Ruminas seemed to hear Dagruel’s tired sigh . And then, Ruminas also felt the same . (This rotten lizard, I’ll strangle him later!)Ruminas raged with her face turning red . If she could move now, she’d gifted him a kick without a doubt . ‘Perhaps, I’d be able to move because of anger?’ Thinking so, she hated Veldora’s attitude . Veldora didn’t think that Ruminas can hear him in the stopped world, she deemed it to be his carelessness . “I’ll teach him a lesson without fail later!” Ruminas sworn so in her mind . At the time when Dagruel about to answer Veldora’s offer, there was a person who tried to stand up with a staggering movement . It was Shion . Her eyes were bloodshot, the open wounds on her whole body haven’t recovered . However, it was strange that no blood flowing out . While cladding in a strange atmosphere, Shion completely stood up . ‘Hm?’ so Dagruel gazed at her, 「Shion, huh . You were able to move even in the stopped world……?Hm,『Envy』seems to have disappear . This is, I see――」 Veldora noticed something and stopped talking . Then as if to interrupted his word, 「――Ve, Veldora-sama… . . th, that person… is my prey . Wo, would you hand over him to me?」 Shion asked Veldora while panting, using her sword as a cane to stand . Veldora looked at her while squinting his eyes, 「I see, very well . I will lend you a bit of my power . Fight well to your heart’s content,!」 He responded so . 「Th, thank you very much――」 Shion seemed ready to fall, so Veldora supported her . And, from where Veldora touched Shion, his energy flowed . 「Hu! Although I had said that I would lend it to you, there is no fragment of restraint from you eh . (Perhaps, I should collect it later from Rimuru ……)」 Veldora grumbled, looking worn out while Shion’s complexion improved fast . The wounds on her body healed, even her clothes, before anyone aware, had become as good as new . Dagruel raised one of his brow tolerating it, standing silently waiting for Shion’s preparation to complete . Then―― 《Individual: Shion undergo ability evolution, Ultimate Skill『Tyranny Lord Susanoo』was acquired . 》 Unchanged by even the stopped world, “The Voice of the World” was heard . It was the moment when Shion had awoken ultimate power . 「I have kept you waiting . However, as you hoped for, I shall give you some amusement . 」「Fumu . Well then, I shall accept your offer . 」 The two nod to the other gladly and once again confront each other . In the stopped world where it was difficult to perceive the opponent’s presence, the fight between Shion and Dagruel begun . Meanwhile――(By any chance, is my turn only……)Veldora was anxious about such thing, there was no one who noticed it . Momotaros’ reference . Den-O Elder sister (formal) .