Absolute Duo - Volume Volume 1 - Chapter 7
’’Tooru. That voice was..............!!’’
’’Miyabi, stay here! I leave Tachibana to you!’’
’’U-un! H-how about Tooru-kun.............!?’’
’’Let's go, Tooru.’’
When Julie faced her sights towards me, she nodded back probably knowing my intentions.
’’Aah, let's go Julie!’’
’’B-be careful Tooru-kun, Julie-chan!’’
With Miyabi's worried voice coming from behind, towards the direction of the voice-------we climbed up stairs.
(What is this uneasiness...............!)
It's the same like that day.
Same like that day with the dojo wrapped in flames, an indescribable nasty premonition was swirling in the depths of my heart.
(What did..............wasn't this just a normal practice match?)
It's true that, in case of getting attacked by a <<Blaze>>, an instantaneous pain would be produced.
But in the very end it was for an instant, what's more it should be slightly painful, and not be something strong enough to cause a shout.
When we reached to the highest floor, there was a shadow standing in the middle of the corridor---------a silhouette of a characteristic rabbit ears was there.
In front of the sights of that shadow, I shouted the name of my friends lying down beside the wall.
From our shout Tsukimi-sensei who was standing still in front of Tora, turned over to us with a shocked face.
’’Tsukimi-sensei! What on earth happened!?’’
’’I-I don't know, I just came here too!’’
’’Tooru. Tora and the rest have bad injuries.’’
When I approached closer to Tora after being called by Julie, there was a pool of blood spreading under his feet.
From what we could see, he looks like he was cut by a sharp edged tool, and suffered serious injuries in several parts.
Nearby him, his partner Tatsu also suffered serious injuries just like him. And was unconscious.
’’This side also has the same injuries.’’
’’Looks like it. Anyway, we have to bring them to the first-aid room quickly.........!’’
’’It's okay--. Now that we are here, we can immediately contact the rescue team.’’
’’Is that so. Thank you very much, Tsukimi-sensei.’’
’’Uun, it is my job anyway.......more importantly, these injuries------’’
After she started performing first-aid on Tora and Tatsu, Tsukimi-sensei's expression turned cloudy.
’’Is there something wrong?’’
’’Un. It is just a possibility but.........is this something caused from the <<Blaze>>........’’
It's true that, to hurt Tora and Tatsu who <<Exceed>>s like this, needs the same-------no, needs a power more than that or else it would be difficult. Inspecting like this, the possibility of the opponent is an <<Exceed>>is very high but--------
There was only one thing I couldn't comprehend.
’’Wasn't <<Blaze>>a weapon that could not injure a person?’’
Yes, that was it. My question was exactly what Julie said.
Hesitating to say, Tsukimi-sensei was having worries whether is it alright to tell us--------it was that response.
’’Sensei, please tell us. Is this something caused from the <<Blaze>>, didn't you just say that just now?’’
’’I-I get it, I will tell you but------this is a very important confidential secret regarding the <<Lucifer>>so keep this a secret okay? ............... Actually, the fact that the <<Blaze>>is a weapon that can't hurt people, is a flat-out lie’’
’’Are you saying it is a lie?’’
’’Just like you know, the <<Blaze>>is a weapon manifested from someone's <<Soul>>. That's why, it gives mental damage by meddling with that person <<Soul>>--------you understand until here right.................did you not question this before? That even though the <<Blaze>>can damage walls or the ground, how come it can't hurt a person’’
Tachibana's <<ChainIron chain>>plowed down a tree, and Miyabi's <<LanceChivalry lance>>destroyed the walls.
’’Then, why is it peoples are the only ones that haven't been injured yet?’’
’’.............. That is because;all of you recognize the <<Blaze>>as a weapon that could not injure people.’’
’’That was the first thing the director...........---------!’’
’’...............that means, those words were the safety lock placed on us.’’
’’Un, that is right. It is needed to know the truth in order to open the lock. But, it is impossible to hurt someone with a <<Blaze>>with only that. There is one more, an important thing needed. That is--------’’
Making a strict expression that has not been seen until now, Tsukimi-sensei put the <<Blaze>>'s hidden truth in her mouth.
’’To put in killing intent’’
’’Hostility, malice...........strong intentions of hurting people will turn it into a lethal weapon. With just one way put into the heart, it is a weapon that could easily take away someone's life-------and that is the <<Blaze>>............ah, just like what I said, this is a highly classified information so the special lecture ends here, I am counting on you.’’
(To think the <<Blaze>>had this kind of secret hidden..........no, right now-----)
I moved my sights from sensei to Tora, and looked at his condition.
Although first-aid was done, thinking about the large amount of bleeding, it would be bad if this goes on.
’’The rescue team is late........’’
Judging from the time Tsukimi-sensei contacted them, it is not weird for them to be running over here anytime by now ..........
’’The rescue team isn't coming.’’
When I looked behind, Tsukimi-sensei was looking down on me while making a smile-------
And before I knew it, she was holding the silhouette of a fiendish looking <<TebutjeFang sword>>.
’’That-- is-- why--, I said the rescue group isn't coming........!’’
’’What, do you mean.........?’’
With her tone changed, I somehow managed to ask her while feeling surprised from the change of her atmosphere.
’’I said the special lecture ended right.’’
Tsukimi-sensei lifted the sides of her mouth.
That was a joyful smile-----------------but a smile filled with evil intent.
Immediately right after, the cold steel was swung down.
The drawn trail, felt frightfully slow--------
*Gikiin*!! With the sound of metal clashing, the time started flowing back to normal.
With his consciousness back, Tora threw his <<KatarSymbolic short sword>>, and bounced back the <<TebutjeFang sword>>being swung down towards me.
’’Fu,un...........Get away fast, you idiot...........thi,s fella............is a monster............’’
’’What do you mean Monster.........?’’
For Tora who usually is filled with confidence to say that, Tsukimi-sensei should be quite a strong user.
’’Seriously, disturbing me when you just escaped death................ I should have quickly finished you off instead of playing around.’’
’’Kill................Tsukimi-sensei! Why!? Why are you doing this!!’’
’’Hnn--, before I answer that question.......... I will give you one more special lecture as a service♥’’
In an instant, her usual tone returned and she swing the <<TebutjeFang sword>>up------and cut the <<KatarSymbolic short sword>>in half.
Immediately, Tora raised a shout and at the same time with his voice interrupted, he powerlessly collapsed to the floor.
That figure made me have a flashback of my sister-----Otoha.
’’You bastard, what did you do-------------?!’’
I draw back my fist like shooting an arrow, and released a single strike from the anger.
---but, it hit empty space and the wall behind was destroyed.
’’Kuhah. That's one heck of a power from that <<Level>>. .............. Well, it doesn't mean anything unless it hits though.’’
*Kuku* looking at Tsukimi-sensei making a ridiculing smile, my back muscles became cold.
Monster--------It took an instant for me to understand the reason why Tora said that.
Tsukimi-sensei who was supposed to be standing in front of me, made a distance of more than 10 meters in the slight instant she evaded my attack.
’’Special lecture number 2. When the <<Blaze>>is destroyed, that person will be unconscious and won't wake up for at least a whole day so be careful♪l. Well if that is all we get when having the <<Soul>>be destroyed, it is something that I cannot ask for more☆------Okay then, regarding why I am doing this...’’
She cut her words temporarily and replaced back the atmosphere around her.
’’It's work, it's work. It's a simple job of cleaning promising looking new students.’’
’’You say, work..........? Don't say something ridiculous!! Killing people as a job-------’’
’’Remember this, you brat. Any adults can kill if it is a job. The only difference is the killing method, either directly or indirectly.’’
’’...............if this is a job that means, this isn't your arbitrary then.’’
Even when Julie asked, Tsukimi made a light smile and swung her head.
’’That goes against the duty of confidentially so I can't answer. ............well then, it's about time we end our little talk. As special service, I'll kill you bastards first before these bastards...............however, if either one of you bastards run away then------------’’
’’Who the hell will run away!!’’
I ground my teeth, clenched my fist, and answered.
That scenery---------I never want to see someone die again.
’’I won't let anyone die in front of me anymore!! Never!!’’
’’...............Same here, Tooru. I won't let anyone die in front of me............!’’
Julie nodded and stood beside me.
’’Kuhah, mere <<Level 1I>>s barking like that...........’’
*Kukuku* while laughing, Tsukimi-sensei----------no, Tsukimi expanded the killing intent she was releasing.
’’Well then let's start!! Entertain me even if it last for one minute, one second!!’’
Signaling with her shout, Tsukimi kicked the ground and charged-------
Her figure suddenly disappeared and I doubted my eyes.
It was exactly in that moment I raised my sights from hearing Julie's voice, Tsukimi kicked the ceiling.
My reaction was one moment late from those unexpected movements.
*Gyariiin*! The <<TebutjeFang sword>>aimed at me, was ward off by Julie this time, protecting me.
She landed on the ground without losing her balance and Tsukimi released a second attack by making a side sweep.
*Gakyaaan*! The sound of metal violently clashing echoed.
This time, even though I used my <<Shield>>to block-------------
She then swung down with all her strength like that and I was blown away.
’’Tooru, are you okay............!?’’
’’Aah, I am okay.............but, what power.........’’
The moment when I thought I completely blocked her, I was then pushed back.
The movement she showed before was frighteningly fast, and her power surpasses mine while her speed surpasses Julie's.
Her abilities that she showed during the physical ability enhancement training were only just a portion of it.
’’Kuhaha, I'm glad I'm glad. From not ending just from that.’’
While making a fun smile, she made a sharp and heavy attack with a breathtaking speed.
Even though I kept on barely protecting myself, it was a one sided defensive battle and the situation will certainly get gradually bad if this keeps up.
---if it is one person.
’’I won't let you. I will be troubled if you forget about me.’’
Julie went behind Tsukimi and made a side sweep with her sword--------
But, Tsukimi repelled it with her <<TebutjeFang sword>>without looking back.
’’On top of it being 2 going against 1, I can't really praise you for attacking from behind, silver head.’’
’’I don't think it is unfair if the opponent is in a much higher class.’’
’’Same thoughts here!’’
In no time, I attacked.
Although her carefree smile did not break, as expected even Tsukimi had no choice but to go defensive from the cooperative offence.
’’Oooto, this is fun, this is fun.’’
2 vs 1. Even though we performed quite a number of hits, we couldn't land something that could be called a final hit.
.............but, the moment when Tsukimi slightly stopped her legs when blocking Julie's attack.
That very instant, I clenched my fist hard and stepped into the most important and also the final chance of winning.
Right now once more, I pulled my fist back like shooting an arrow, and the 2nd time of the strike I can shoot daily------- MjolnirThunder god's strike-------was released.
My muscle and bone creaked. If this doesn't hit, then I would probably be powerless.
But----------------it was slightly far away.
Although it is cruel, my fist only scratched Tsukimi's clothes.
’’Kuhahahaha. Y.o.u m.i.s.s! The distance was just a little off!’’
Just a few centimeters, but that made a big difference in the distinguishing victory.
I became impatient from the winning chance I saw for an instant and slightly failed in judging the distance.
’’Well then, it's my turn next, <<Irregular>>!!’’
’’I already told you I won't let you..............!!’’
Towards Tsukimi holding the <<TebutjeFang sword>>aloft, even though Julie once again forced her way through using combination hits, Tsukimi took back steps to avoid.
However the flow did not stop there.
Although Tsukimi once again went on the defensive from Julie's specialty charging combination hits, she could not get rid of the carefree smile from her face.
Not long later, the moment the flow was interrupted-----
The corner of the joyful smile Tsukimi was making lifted further up.
’’Kukuh, this time for sure, let's go with my turn then!’’
Although it is just one sword, she is not inferior at all to Julie's combination attacks------no, it was an evil blade storm even faster.
Completely turning defensive, Julie somehow managed to block but, she was retreating little by little.
*Gyariin*! The nasty sound of metal clashing echoed and Julie lost her balance.
A straight attack was done there. Even though it was hard, Julie managed to block but couldn't kill off Tsukimi's physical strength and got blown away just like that.
Raising a shout and not caring about my body, I jumped at Julie to catch her.
But, I was pushed away by the strong blow and after a flashy sound echoed, the classroom door was broken through and we showily charged into the tables scattering all around.
’’Uh,kuh..............!! Julie, are you okay!?’’
’’Ja----. Thanks to you........but even so, it was an unbelievable strength. It's expected from someone selected to be a special teacher here.’’
It would seem she wasn't injured, and I made a sigh of relief.
---but, after I immediately re-brace myself, I made a bitter decision and said it.
’’Julie, take Tora and the rest with you and run away.’’
’’I will buy some time. That's why Julie, after you move Tora and Tatsu to a safer place, call Mikuni-sensei for help-----’’
The moment I said until there, Julie used her index finger and touched my lips before swinging her head.
’’Nai, I refuse. You won't last 5 minutes with that body.’’
’’........You saw through it huh.’’
’’You said MjolnirThunder god's strike causes quite a burden in the body. And just now, Tooru said this. I won't let anyone die in front of me anymore. And I said this. I won't let anyone die in front of me. so-------’’
Julie directed her Ruby eyesred eyes towards the nearby entrance.
’’I won't run.’’
The sun completely fallen and a bunny ear silhouette entered the dim classroom.
’’Well then, it's about time we end this.’’
’’...............you can end it if you want but, what are you planning after killing us? Isn't time the only problem for the academy side to notice?’’
’’No need to worry, I won't do something that will expose me. Even if I am exposed, a school is a place where if a problem occurs, they will use their power to cover it up instead of investigation for the cause..........okay, now that my question is cleared, it is my turn to ask questions too.’’