092 – Just by a Hair’s Breadth




Translator: SFBaka

Editor: Thor’s Stone

092 – Just by a Hair’s Breadth

With the arrival of the independent fleet helmed by Lieutenant Commander Serena, the chaotic battle came to a halt… Or at least, that was what we hoped would happen.

“Aren’t they fighting more fiercely than before?”

Yep. The enemies didn’t stop. The battleship Krishna was sticking to still kept trying to lose us, and the remaining small combat craft were still trying to tear us off said battleship.

『I repeat! Immediately halt combat and depower your generators! Your acts are severe enough to be court martialed by the military disciplinary council! If you do not comply, we will be forced to bring down your ships in accordance with article six, paragraph three of the Imperial military codex! Halt combat and depower your generators now!』

Lieutenant Commander Serena bellowed her orders through the comms once more. She was obviously getting irritated, as evidenced by her voice. However, the enemy ships just wouldn’t stop. Or rather, they’re completely ignoring the Pelican IV and concentrating their fire on us. Their objective is as plain as day.

“Will they stop?”

“I don’t think so?”

“Is it really impossible?”

“Their objective is obviously me. I do not know just how my uncle was able to enlist their services, it’s evident that there’s no more path of retreat for them.”

Chris calmly analyzed the situation. I couldn’t let my concentration break for even a moment, so I wasn’t able to see her expression, but she sounded rather down. I’m sure she was making a cute frustrated expression. That uncle of hers was definitely a bona fide villain for trying to kill such a cute and loveable girl. There’s no doubt.

『Make sure to avoid damaging the Vuestor as much as possible. All ships, weapons free!』

『……Roger. All ships, weapons free!』

A shrill alert rang out within Krishna’s cockpit. At the same time, several heat signatures were simultaneously released by all the remaining combat craft and the two heavy cruisers.

What weapons free meant was to unleash every available weapon at one’s disposal in order to eliminate one’s enemies. And that meant they didn’t care about involving the battleship in their attack and fired all their weapons in order to bring Krishna down! Hahaha! You damn bastards!

“Are these guys insane!?”

“Multiple missiles incoming!”

『All ships, weapons free! Bring down the rogue ships! Begin firing!』

Lieutenant Commander Serena finally ran out of patience and ordered the independent fleet to attack. Now that it’s come to this, there’s no point in using the battleship as a shield anymore. They really were serious about not caring if the battleship gets damaged. If we take on all of those shots, we’d be toast. And Krishna would definitely get destroyed before the battleship does.

“Nuuuuuoooooh! Dammit!”




I disengaged from the battleship’s rear and jumped straight through the hail of lasers and missiles. I fired consecutive shots of the shot cannons in order to clear out the seeker missiles heading our way. I then plunged the ship inside the resulting explosion.

“Yeah! That went well!”

I used the explosion as cover in order to disappear from the enemy’s sights and took that opportunity to break away. Elma also did great by discharging all the remaining flares just as Krishna plunged into the explosions of flames, causing even more seeker missiles to go off. As expected of Elma. I’m really impressed.

But this doesn’t mean we’ve escaped danger. We ended up right in the sights of an enemy heavy cruiser instead. The enemy heavy cruiser’s main laser cannon charged up and prepared to fire at us.



Krishna dispersed chaff in order to obstruct the lock of the enemy ship as I made evasive maneuvers. However, since we were right in front of the ship, we weren’t able to avoid the entire brunt of the attack. Another shrill alert rang out inside the cockpit, and Krishna’s energy shield began flickering weakly. Even Krishna’s shields wouldn’t be able to bear a direct hit from a military heavy cruiser’s main cannon.

“T-The shield!?”

“It’s fine. It’s nothing to panic about just yet.”

“Y-You sure are calm, Hiro-sama.”

As I calmed down the flustered Mimi, I managed to get around the enemy heavy cruiser. But extremely powerful-looking crimson laser rays were still persistently blasting away at Krishna from behind. The enemy heavy cruiser must have changed bearings and turned around in order to target us once more.

“Man. I’d had my fill of thrills today. Please don’t add any more.”

“Now I’m sure you’re already a hopeless case, idiot.”

“If we got hit by that just now……”

“It’s okay. It’s okay, I tell you. It’s all according to plan.”

I was lying through my teeth though.

If we took a hit from that earlier blast, Krishna would have been damaged severely. It would probably manage to survive though. Krishna’s hull was military grade after all. And it’s of the highest quality to boot. It’s insanely expensive though.

I actually experienced taking a direct hit from a heavy cruiser during my time playing Stella Online. I wasn’t able to evade in time, and it was ugly.

“That was dangerous.”

Before long, Krishna was able to escape the range of the heavy cruiser. Of course, the other cruiser and combat craft were still hot on our tail, and we were again chased by enemy fire.

But they exposed their flanks to Lieutenant Commander Serena’s fleet in order to target us, so they took heavy damage from the independent fleet’s support fire.

“That was really close.”

“We were right in the middle of the battle, so it couldn’t be helped.”

“If we ever took a direct hit, we would have been shot down.”

Even if they were both using military models, the independent fleet had more advanced ships, so they were able to successfully neutralize the enemies one after another. One ship got its main engine blown right off, one got its thrusters melted, and one had its upper deck, which housed a majority of its weapons, damaged beyond repair.

The combat crafts and corvettes were all shot down, so the only remaining ship that was combat capable was the battleship.

“Oh boy. It’s finally over.”

I was currently hiding at the blind spot of an enemy heavy cruiser that had its propulsion systems destroyed. But there was still a danger of the enemy detecting Krishna and firing its main cannon at us, so I was being real careful about it.

“Um, do we still need to hide?”

“It’s best not to take any unnecessary risks.”

“That’s right.”

“Yes. Exactly.”

I answered Mimi’s question. Elma and Chris agreed with me as well. At this point, me revealing Krishna’s position would be a real stupid thing to do. I’m sure they’d immediately shoot us down with their powerful main cannon.

In any case, the ones who attacked us are probably members of the Imperial military, so I can’t just carelessly attack them without justification. The battle earlier was okay because it was an act of self defense. And there were other members of the Imperial military present on the scene after all. One wrong move and we’d be in more trouble than we bargained for. That’s why I held off on using anti-ship reactive torpedoes and avoided firing on the enemy cruisers. I only shot down the small combat craft that came after us.

If Lieutenant Commander Serena didn’t make it, then I would have had no qualms with exchanging fire with them, but I’m sure Krishna would have taken considerable damage as a result. And the possibility of us getting shot down wasn’t zero as well. In fact, Krishna’s shield nearly got saturated and brought down during this battle.

『I repeat. Depower your generators. Further sacrifices are meaningless.』

After a short silence, the remaining enemy ships finally depowered their generators.

『This is the Battleship Vuestor’s First Mate, Major Romando Kestrel. Our ship has obeyed your command and depowered our generator.』

『Very well. What about the Captain?』

『Our ship’s Captain, Colonel Eugen Herrassmith, has chosen to voluntarily take his life, and I have taken over command.』

『……I see. Proceed with rescuing the survivors. Prepare to be boarded as well.』


Just what drove these proud Imperial soldiers to desperately attack us like that? Anyway, it looks like the situation has been resolved for the time being. Lieutenant Commander Serena’s flagship, Restalias, has approached the rogue flagship, Vuestor, and her men were now preparing to board it. Cruisers assigned to the independent fleet also proceeded to approach the other moored rogue cruisers. They will now proceed to assume control of the rogue ships.

But voluntary suicide huh? What an unpleasant affair.

“So it’s finally over……?”

“Probably. We still can’t let our guard down though.”

“That’s right. There’s still a risk of the enemy ships powering up again and attacking us the moment we show ourselves. Let’s watch the situation for now and head back to the Pelican IV later.”

After saying so, I leaned back on the pilot seat and reached out for the gravity sphere floating beside me. I brought out the straw and took a sip out of the non-carbonated cola inside the sphere. Man, having a sweet drink right after an intense battle sure hits the spot.

Eh? Whatever happened to the carbonated drinks, you ask? They’re all stored inside the cargo hold. When I opened a bottle inside Krishna, the contents burst out even if I didn’t shake the bottle, resulting in everyone (myself included) getting drenched. So the girls expressly forbade me from opening any carbonated drink while onboard the ship. Just why did it suddenly go off like that though? Is it due to the lack of natural atmospheric pressure? Was there a problem with the artificial gravity inside the ship? I have no idea.

“Are you alright, May?”

『Yes. There seems to be no problems with my functions. I did not receive any damage.』

“Great. The battle’s mostly over, but be prepared for the possibility of unexpected tactical maneuvers until we get back to the Pelican IV.”


Now then, guess we’ll just have to wait it out. At least, we’ll wait until Lieutenant Commander Serena and her men finish taking control of the enemy ships.




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Comments (2)

  1. Citizen27

    That was the closest fight hes had in a while. Damn.

  2. RPGsus

    Woo, now the mobile anti pirate fleet just about doubled their ranks if they are allowed to assimilate the “rogue military fleet”.
    No doubt there is going to be a hellish amount of red tape for her in the future though. My condolences, stalker waifu-san.

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