23. Chapter 23
Asama Yuuto looked at the scars in the earth he had carved. The fight wasn’t his first time. Still, when he killed someone, he was bound to be sentimental. It was something inevitable for him.
It was half a year ago that Yuuto came to this world.
When he was leaving school with his two childhood friends, they followed a black cat. The destination where they were guided was, an old shrine.
There were no figures, and the black cat was lost. Yuuto and his friends tried to go home, but suddenly they were pulled into the black whirlpool that suddenly appeared.
When Yuuto woke up, the shrine wasn’t there, instead, it was an old stone ruin.
Surrounded by anachronistic humans as they exited the entrance, it was Johanna, a female knight who claimed to be a knight belonging to the Order of Reharzen, who gave a tenacious and persistent explanation to Yuuto, who was extremely confused.
The four-hour conversation and the demonstration of <Magic> and 《Skill》 provided sufficient evidence to believe that it was a different world.
Under Johanna, who had taken such a troublesome role of a guide, Yuuto and his friends, who had been trained in knowledge and skills every day, had come to be called “The Three Heroes” in a different world, and each of them would be active inside and outside the country.
Among them, Yuuto manifested <Magic> and 《Skill》 specialized in battle. Originally, Yuuto, who had high athletic abilities enough to be selected as a representative in a sports tournament, was engaged in fighting as if to forget his previous world.
In the Craist Kingdom, which had a powerful demon territory nearby, demons were both a hateful opponent, but also a resource.
The defeated monsters would be processed and turned into daily necessities and armor. Yuuto still could vividly remember the day he ate the orcs he killed.
Even so, Yuuto couldn’t get used to killing people. The first time he turned his sword on humans was in the village near the Demon Realm, where soldiers from the fallen Kanoa Kingdom became bandits and rampaged there.
Yuuto wasn’t a person with a sense of justice, but he possessed the morals and conscience of a modern human being. To tell the truth, he was reluctant to kill humans.
The subjugation team drove the bandits to the hideout.
Yuuto’s hands were trembling, but he then clenched his fist, trying to hold his emotion, and went to the offensive.
From the start, the rush was expected to cost a lot, but unexpectedly, the result wasn’t what was expected.
Yuuto fired in the skill 《Holy Slash》. The hideout barrier was blown away with a single blow, and more than a dozen bandits died instantly. The rest was also subdued by the knights. Yuuto himself fought with the hiding bandit and stabbed the bandit’s chest with a sword.
The sensation he felt on his hands remained for months, and he couldn’t even eat properly for several days. Yuuto, was after all only a high school student, so he was under an unbearable mental burden.
Even so, it was largely thanks to the existence of the knights and his childhood friends who were transported to this world together with him.
Such Yuuto finally returned from the sea of thought to reality.
“…I wonder, how many people have died this time?”
Yuuto’s 《Holy Slash》had destroyed the building where the enemy company commander was, killing forty or fifty people in total, including the Highserk soldiers who were about to leave.
Although his comrades and the freed villagers thanked him, Yuuto’s heart hadn’t brightened up.
“Yuuto, what are you worried about?”
It was Isaki Makoto, the same transferee, who called out to Yuuto.
“Sorry that it’s me. Ayane is treating the injured.”
Makoto laughed it off while hitting Yuuto’s waist.
Makoto hitting Yuuto’s waist Illustration
Makoto also participated in the battle and killed enemy soldiers with range magic.
“You’ve worried about it more than enough. I know it’s hard to change your mindset, but we have no choice other than to live here.”
“Yeah, we can’t go back anymore.”
There were two meanings behind Yuuto’s words. One was that they couldn’t return to the original world and the other was that they couldn’t return to life without killing other people.
Yuuto and the others were blessed with both the environment and the guardian. In addition to being taken care of until they adapted, they lived a life that could be called the “upper class” in this world. In this world, they had seen the tragic scene many times where the powerless were brutally overrun.
If the invasive Highserk Empire was left unattended, the Craist Kingdom would eventually become a vassal state or at worst, be destroyed, like the Principality of Myard and the Kanoa Kingdom, so Yuuto decided for himself.
That he would protect the country, the place where he and his friends had been taken care of. There was no longer any way for them to escape the battle.
“It’s okay. There are Johanna-san and the others, and look, we’re in the same boat, so let’s do our best.”
“Right, let’s definitely survive in this world.”
“Yeah, yeah, let’s survive together….. Ah, right. You haven’t eaten yet, right? Let’s eat. There are dried orc meat and bean soup. And marinated fighting swordfish.”
“Orc again, well, even though it looks like “that”, but the taste is quite addictive, right?”
“That’s right. So, let’s invite Ayane to eat together.”
Taken by Makoto, Yuuto disappeared into the tent.
Came to this world and lost immeasurable things, but still gained something else. That was what Yuuto thought.
In any case, Yuuto managed to switch his mind and focus his consciousness on the food.
TN : I’ll keep the Japanese person name, as (the surname comes before the given name), in the narration.
Also, here, the image of the character design of Isaki Makoto and Ayane
Isaki Makoto(Character Design 1)
Ayane(Character Design 1)
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