Translator: DarkHeartedAlchemist Editor: Weasalopes
【Episode 4: Day and Night, Part 10】
「Eh? No way…. How?!」
Asagao was dumbfounded for only a moment before she shook her head to collect herself before she send even more arms and legs flying my way. I also saw that she deployed a large number of eyeballs again. Some of them were rolling on the ground like before, and some of them were shot at me as if they were bullets shot from a firearm. But now that I saw through that, there was no way in hell that it was going to work a second time.
Keeping myself close to the ground I dashed forward through the onslaught of limbs towards Asagao who constantly tried to increase the distance between us and I cut off the threads that connected the eyeballs to her. Those of them that were in the air fell to the ground with a clattering noise and the ones rolling on the ground stopped moving altogether.
She began to pull the severed threads back towards herself, so I used this opportunity to get close to her by grabbing one of them and allowing myself to be pulled towards her.
「U-Using such cheap tricks to get close to me, you really are hopeless!」
In a feat of panic, Asagao slashed the space between me and her with her threads, opening a small special rift that sucked in all the limbs that were in front of it.
What I was going to now was beyond reckless, but I allowed my body to be sucked into it as well.
「What?! Are you out of your mind, Monjiro-san?!」
Inside the rift, I saw exactly what I was hoping to see: the thread continues to stretch from one portal to another, which was presumably next or close to Asagao herself. So if I get close enough and then sever the thread…!
As expected, I got out at the rift’s other side and landed in front of Asagao. Shortly after, the rift closed itself with a slight screeching sound. Having my target within my hand’s reach and not giving her a chance to react, I opened my eyes and gazed upon her to see a surprising revelation.
Among all the threads that were connected to her body, one of them was different from the others. It was a 「Red Thread」 connected to her chest, but it was not connected to any of the limbs she was fighting me with.
It was connected to Yugao’s chest.
If I had to take a wild guess, then it’d be that that was the link between Yugao’s 『Angelic Gift Azrael』 and Asagao’s doll, its creation. In other words, her source of power. If I sever that thread, then this Asagao will probably…
I pounced forward and swung my knife with the intention of cutting this 「Red Thread」…
Yugao-chan spread her black wings and flew between Asagao’s body and my knife with incredible speed. But my attack was already set into motion. She won’t make it in time to stop me from striking Asagao in the chest to cut the thread that connected the two of them. Damn it, my body, stop! STOP! I SAID STOP IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!!!!!!!!!
My throat explodes not with a scream, but rather with a beastly howl and a metallic taste of blood when I desperately try to use every ounce of my willpower to stop the knife’s tip from reaching its destination. My whole body felt like it was being torn apart muscle after muscle, and my vision grew dark for a brief instance.
「Haa… haa… haa…」
But thanks to that I was able to stop my knife just as I was about to sunk it into Asagao’s chest to the very base of the hilt. Having succeeded in going against my assassin’s instincts, I allow Yugao-chan to fly past me so she could jump straight into her sister’s arms.
「Guh, haaa… haaa… haaa…」
My head hurts like it’s about to burst open, knife is so heavy in my weary hand and I’m bleeding all over, but… but it looks like I did it. I actually did it. I managed to save both Yugao-chan and Asagao without hurting either of them! I managed to stop myself with my own will even though 『Code Calvariae』 was still active!
Yugao-chan holds Asagao’s body as she cries. To comfort her, Asagao hugged her and gently stroked her younger sister’s back. Could it be that this is the end? Is it finally over now?
If that is indeed the case, then there’s no need for me to hold that knife anymore. I didn’t want to use it at all, but I couldn’t have made it this far without it. Only now have I realized that for me, this knife was the symbol of my fight, as well as my victory against my former self.
When I was lost in such thoughts, someone took the knife out of my hand. When I looked at that someone, it turned out to be Shiki. She hid it in one of her pockets and gently hugged my head into her chest, filling my nose with a nostalgic smell that I felt like I’ve smelled somewhere before.
「Good job conquering 『Code Calvariae』, Monjiro. You did great.」
Yes, I today, I managed to triumph over the curse in my right shoulder. Even if it was just a Limited Mode, not a genuine thing. I truly felt like I’ve made a huge step in overcoming the stigma the legacy of my bloodline left imprinted in me today.
The feeling of Shiki’s chest on my cheek is incredibly soft. I want to enjoy it as long as there is still strength left in my body.
「I know that you probably feel great now, Monjiro, but I’m afraid that I must disappoint you. The softness you’re feeling right now is regrettably not the one of my own chest, but rather of this little thingy right here, see?」
Thinking on how to retort to Shiki’s prank I looked at the object she was talking about with my weakening sight… and when I saw the thing in question… let’s say that if I wasn’t on the verge of losing my consciousness, I would’ve probably jumped up in the air and scream like a little girl.
In Shiki’s hand was a grotesque, pulsating blob the size of a clenched fist. Yes, you guessed it. It was my heart.
「Where did you…」
「It was left there on the altar, so I took the liberty of appropriating it. It’s honestly fascinating, if not just a little bit creepy.」
So much has happened that I almost forgot about my missing heart but looking at it now I realized just how lonely I’ve felt without it.
「I think it’s high time to return this bad boy to where he belongs, so if you’ll excuse me…」
Now that neither Yugao-chan or Asagao were interested in fighting me, I think we can consider this case as closed. Still, a chance to have a close look at your own organs does not come often, so I stare at my heart for as long as I can. Then, for some reason, it began to emit a faint reddish light, it lifted itself from Shiki’s hand as if it was levitating and slid right into my still opened chest.
The moment it went back into my body, I could literally feel my blood coursing through my veins again. I could also feel that my head was still resting on Shiki’s small but comfortable chest, and the fact that I was doing something so bold so openly without feeling the slightest bit of shame made me feel so overwhelmingly nervous that I instinctively freed myself from Shiki’s embrace.
「I, I-I I’M SORRY!!!」
「You don’t have to be, there was nothing you could do about it. At least we know that your emotions have returned. Or at least your lust did.」
It was true that there was nothing I could do about it, I’m glad we’re on the same page here. With Shiki’s help I got to the spot where I have left my glasses, cleaned them of the blood they were smeared with, put them back on my nose and confirmed my current condition. I can gladly report that I have them fully under my control again, but I don’t think it can help me in my current situation. Shiki’s chest! I’ve groped it with my hands before and just now I had my face buried in it! Even if she was fine with it, wasn’t that going way overboard in terms of skinship?! It definitely is! I feel like we have plowed through the first and the second base with a force of a battering ram and jumped straight to the third and that is not something that friends should be doing with each other!!!!
What should I do? What should I do?! What should I do?! How can I take responsibility?!
With the return of my heart, my personality returned to normal as well. And remembering all that has happened throughout the last hours, a crap-load of alarm bells started ringing in my head.
「Monjiro, as fun as watching you freak out over nothing is, let’s put the matter of your unexpectedly pure heart aside for now, all right?」
I don’t know if molesting can be considered nothing, but fine, have it your way I guess!
「We went through quite an ordeal today, there can be no doubt about it. But thanks to that, I think our original purpose of coming here has been fulfilled. We have persevered through another one of Kaguya’s 「Dangerous Days」.」
「You think so?」
It would be great if that was the case; it would mean one less thing to worry about.
「Yes, I do think so. 「You, the one who is walking beyond the beaten path, and who has obtained a genuine heart: The time has come for you to return from the midst of darkness…」 I think this line might be referring to those two.」
Certainly, the path that Yugao-chan walked on for the last four years was far from the normal, beaten one. And as for Asagao’s doll, it really can be said that even if she’s not a real human, her heart is truly a genuine one. In a sense, I guess it can be said that both of them were freed from their own 「darkness」 and returned to the light. So yeah, it looks like all of the conditions mentioned in Shiinamachi-senpai’s story have been met. It’s as if it was all destined to happen, and we were simply playing the roles that were assigned to us.
「So you think it’s safe to say that we’re done here?」
「Most probably, yes.」
Well, we won’t know for sure until we go back to senpai’s side, so I think we’d best be on our way.
When I finally spoke to the two of them they both stopped crying and looked back at me, their eyes were swollen from crying, but now that it was all over they both looked like a huge weight has been lifted from their small shoulders. It was a truly refreshing sight.
「Let’s go back home, okay? All of us. If we hurry up, you think we’ll still be able to make it for breakfast?」
Hearing me say something so ordinarily plain, the twins just blinked their eyes for a few times.
「Sure, we can do that, if you’re fine with just rice balls that is.」
「I’ll even help you make them if you want! I have lots of hands, after all!」
Looking at the bizarre sight of a doll who waves the massive amount of her hands around as if she was forming rice balls, I couldn’t help it but to laugh.
Seeing me like that, the two of them smiled and also began to laugh.
And finally, Shiki laughed quietly as well as a relieved smile bloomed on her face.