Arifureta Chapter 99

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The Apostle’s Raid, and The Kings Capital is Invaded

In a room where the only light source was produced by light from the moon, there was a contrast of black and white spreading from the narrow grate window.

It was a simple and plain room, only around six tatami mats in size with a small desk, a chair, a wooden bed, and a simple toilet. If compared to Earth’s prison cells, it would be obvious that this was much worse.

In such a bad prison, Hatayama Aiko was sitting on the bed in the corner, currently burying her face in her knees.

It had been three days since Aiko was brought to that room.

Due to the bracelet artifact she wore on her wrist, Aiko could not use magic. Still, she tried to escape at first. As expected, it wasn’t possible to pry open a steel door with her physical strength alone; moreover, the window grate opening was only big enough for one of her arms to just barely pass through.

Even then, the current rooms position at the very top of an expensive temple, the Kamiyama temple, even though it should be impossible to reach the ground safely, there are members of the church standing on watch.

In such a position, Aiko worried about her student’s safety; however, she couldn’t do anything and was thus dejected and gloomy. Her already small body stature became even smaller on the bed.

“… I need to get to my students… but how… ”

Aiko muttered slightly while looking up. She remembered what the nun with the silver hair had said to her as she was kidnaped. Aiko wondered if what she heard from Hajime would become an inconvenience if she told it to Kouki and the rest. It was obvious who the “master” that the nun spoke of was. And it appeared that they’d taken an interest in the students as well.

Aiko’s mind became filled with unspeakable uneasiness. She recalled the events of Ul where one of her students lost their life, Yukitoshi Shimizu. “Possibly, again, another student will…” with those kind of thoughts in her mind Aiko became even more anxious.

Being confined in this open room, she tried to think about things that she could currently do. If she settled down and looked back calmly, the royal palace felt too unnatural and covered with a thick sense of incongruity. In Aiko’s mind, with a strong posture, she remembered the dangerous atmosphere that King Elhild and other leaders carried.

Surely, Aiko began to guess that the nun with silver hair had done something. She definitely said the word “charm”. If that was true, then they were using something along the lines of brainwashing.

However, at the same time, when talking with Shizuku and Liliana, such an odd sense of incongruity was not there. Though becoming relieved about that, there was still a strong uneasiness built up in her chest due to being confined.

While praying for their safety, she remembered another concern. It was the words, “elimination of the irregular.” Those were the words she heard just before completely losing consciousness. For some reason, Aiko recalled a certain student.

The person that she owed her life to, the student that killed Yukitoshi Shimizu. While holding strong will and overpowering strength, the boy who thought seriously and listened to Aiko’s words. And, a lot of things happened, a various amount of things, deep inside, as expected deep inside, though she shouldn’t think about it, but she still ended up remembering.

The memory that she desperately tried to seal in her mind was once again remembered, and for some reason her cheeks became hot. Though Aiko was shaking her head to clear her mind of it, she began to worry about Hajime’s safety, and carelessly muttered his name.

“… Nagumo-kun.”

“Ou? what, sensei?”

“Fe!?”

From the sudden answer to her unconscious mumbling, Aiko instinctively let out an unexpected voice. There shouldn’t be anyone else in the room. While looking throughout the room, Aiko inclined her head. “Was it a hallucination?” she thought. However, Aiko was definitely not hallucinating. Again, she heard the voice.

“Over here, Sensei.”

“Eh?”

Aiko’s body became alerted to the voice. It wasn’t a hallucination after all! Her gaze peered towards the narrow grate window. There was the appearance of Hajime peeping through from the other side.

“Eh? Eh? Nagumo-kun? Eh? This is the top floor… of this temple… eh?”

“Ah~, yes. First of all, calm down Sensei. I’m almost done checking for traps……”

Disregarding Aiko’s confused stare, Hajime confirmed whether there were any traps with his Magic Eye, before “Transmuting” was used and bright red sparks appeared. A hole big enough for one person to pass through was made, and with that the invasion was complete.

The room Aiko was confined in was about one hundred meters above ground level. However, he entered it as if he was on solid ground! That is to say, for Hajime to casually open a hole and walk right in, it caused Aiko to stare in shock.

Hajime showed a small smile towards the amazed Aiko.

“What? Is it really that surprising? Didn’t you notice that I was coming? Though I should have already cut off all traces of my presence… I’ve lost a bit of my confidence now.”

“He? Noticed? Eh?”

“No, because, you call out my name. Didn’t you sense me outside the window?”

Obviously, Aiko shouldn’t feel Hajime’s presence unless “Perception” was used, but Aiko simply called out his name because of her desires. While thinking that, Aiko couldn’t say that she unconsciously muttered his name. She quickly thought that changing the topic would be the best choice.

“Um, besides that, why are you here……”

“To help, of course.”

“Wa, for me? Nagumo-kun? You came all the way here to help me?”

To Aiko, who began to blush and mumble strangely “awawa”, Hajime carefully examined her stature. Surely she hasn’t already been brainwashed? Hajime thought this while frowning. With a serious look in his eyes, he began to closely examine Aiko with his Magic Eye to look for signs of magic manipulation.

While walking up towards Aiko who sat on the bed, he watched her in great detail. Aiko started blushing a great deal and her heartbeat escalated. Anyway, the boy that she was just thinking about came to help after hearing about her predicament. He was beside her on the bed at night, watching her with an intense expression. It’s just a student and teacher, there shouldn’t be any particular problem, right? Though she thought so… Aiko wasn’t confident to say it out loud. She became stiff, as she could do nothing but return the gaze that Hajime is giving her.

Hajime, thinking that it’ll be ok now that the Magic Eye didn’t pick up any kind of magic manipulation, grabbed onto Aiko’s hand. He was going to remove the artifact that was binding her magic.

However, Aiko whose hand was suddenly grabbed…“Hyau~!” a strange voice leaked out. She shrunk down a bit.

“Stop! It’s no good! Nagumo-kun! Such thing can’t be permitted! I’m a teacher!” she began to yell.

“No, isn’t it inconvenient if your magic is sealed? Or, is there something wrong with it? Though there doesn’t seem to be any traps.”

“Eh? Ah, this thing…..”

“… what else is there?”

“Ah, ahaha… sorry. It’s nothing… ”

Suspicion passed, Hajime’s eyes began to show a disappointed look. Aiko tried to deceive him with a fake smile. And, changing the topic, asked how he knew where she was being locked up.

“The princess told us.”

“Princess? Princess Lilina?”

“Ahh. She witnessed you being kidnapped. While judging that Amanogawa (Kouki) and them were under surveillance, she decided to escape the royal capital. Then she requested our help.”

“Lili did… then Nagumo-kun accepted her request.”

“Maa~na, I seem to be responsible for this situation too… though Sensei might not have wanted to see me… well, please endure it until we return to everybody.”

After Hajime finished removing the artifact that sealed Aiko’s magic, he stood up. Aiko predicted that Hajime’s last line was about Shimizu’s death. And Aiko’s eyes looked straight at the dubious Hajime, then began saying what she truly felt about it.

“Not wanting to see you, there’s no such thing. You’ve come to help, I’m really glad… Certainly, Shimizu-kun’s situation can’t be completely forgotten, and I’ll likely never be able to forget it… still, the intentions you had when you pulled the trigger….. I think I understand them. I don’t hold a grudge against you, I don’t hate you either.”

“… Sensei.”

To the wide eyed Hajime, Aiko revealed an anxious smile with gentleness.

“At that time, because I couldn’t say it properly… now, please let me say it… Thank you for helping me. I’m sorry for making you pull the trigger.”

“………”

Hajime had a wry smile because it appears that Yue was correct, still, it’s a fact that he caused Aiko pain; however, he couldn’t bring it up.

“I, I only did what I wanted to do. Though I’ll receive your gratitude, you don’t have to apologize. Rather than that, let’s leave soon. The princess should have reached Amanogawa and the rest already. After we join up with them, it’s necessary to talk about the future.”

“I understand. … Nagumo-kun, please be careful. The church sees you as a heretic. And, to the one that kidnapped me, you are probably…..”

“I know. Either way, after I deliver you, I’ll be taking care of the unfinished business, probably, at that time, the church and I will clash against one another… I’ve already prepared for it though.”

Hajime nodded to Aiko with a gaze of strong will. Aiko’s cheek becomes hot again due to that gaze. Aiko tried to word out her concerns once more.

But at that time, a roaring sound of something breaking was heard from afar, the air also trembled a bit.

With that Aiko’s body stiffened up and she turned her eyes towards Hajime. Hajime was staring out and concentrating on something in the far distance. At that moment, Hajime gained information from Yue’s group who were on the ground.

“Che, with this timing… well, in a sense it’s convenient…”

After a while, Hajime glances back at Aiko while clicking his tongue. Though Aiko didn’t know that Hajime had telepathy, but because she knew he had a lot of artifacts, she guessed that he learned something. Her glance gave off the impression of wanting to know what was going on.

“Sensei, it’s a surprise attack from the Demons. It seemed that sound just now was the outer barrier covering the kingdom being broken to pieces.”

“A surprise attack from the Demons!? That means…..”

“Ahh, right now, the Heilig Kingdom is being invaded. I’ve just gained information from my companions through “Telepathy”. It appears that the Demons also brought along a large army of demons. It’s a complete surprise attack”

To Hajime’s briefing, Aiko’s face becomes pale, “That can’t be”, was leaked out while shaking her head.

That’s true. First of all, it’s impossible to not notice an invasion with the amount of forces that was advancing towards the kingdom. The great barrier that surrounded the Kingdom’s capital was also strong enough to ward away all average attacks and was unexpectedly stubborn against powerful ones. No one would believe that the two biggest hurdles were completely cleared so easily.

“Sensei, first of all, we’ll temporarily join up with Amanogawa and the rest of the group. Then we’ll talk about what to do.”

“Ye, yes.”

Aiko who stiffened up from the tension was now being held by Hajime’s right hand. “Uhya!” A strange voice was leaked out, she wrapped her arms around Hajime’s neck from the suddenness of the action.

Then in that moment….

Ka!!

A severe silver light poured in from the outside.

“~!?”

A light as strong as the moonlight’s rays came pouring into the room, instinctively alarm bells were raised in Aiko’s mind.

However, Hajime wasn’t shaken at all and proceeded to jump out of the room through the hole he previously made. Aiko screamed while clinging onto Hajime due to the rapid movements, but there wasn’t any time to worry.

It was simultaneous, Hajime grabbed Aiko and dashed out of the room before the light completely eradicated the room in the very next moment.

Boba~!!

There wasn’t a roaring sound when the room was crushed, it just simply evaporated, scattering into particles. The top of the temple was made of steel, now it has become nothing more than particles much finer than sand, it was then blown away in the night wind and disappeared into the sky.

To the specific phenomenon, Hajime while using “Aerodynamic” to stand in the air, opening his eyes wide and muttering.

“…. Was that… decomposition?”

“Nicely answered, irregular.”

To his short muttering came an unexpected answer, a voice resembling the ringing of a bell, however, it was cold and void of all emotions.

When Hajime turned his glance to where the voice sounded, there was a woman with silver hair and blue eyes glaring at Hajime from the nearby rooftop. Hajime, then guessed that this was the woman that kidnapped Aiko.

Though this woman was unlike Liliana’s description. She wasn’t wearing a nun’s habit, instead, this woman was clad in a completely white dress and armor. The dress was sleeveless and only went up to knee height, her arms, legs, and head were clad in protective armor, with a metallic plate hung on both sides of her waist. It was the figure of a warrior no matter how you looked at it. Exactly like a Valkyrie.

The silver-haired woman, leaped through the air as if gravity had no hold of her. And, in one rotation positioned herself in front of the moon, a pair of silver wings expanding behind her back.

The wings expanded with a “Basaa”, it appeared that the silver wings were shrouded in a silver-light magic. With the moon behind her, she looked mysteriously divine as her silver hair drifted in the wind. She carried beauty and charm that was out of this world.

However, unfortunately not her eyes. Despite her immense beauty, only her eyes gave off a cold impression as if frozen in ice. It was not the coldness of hating another being.Iit was exactly like a single-minded mechanical tool. It was the eyes of a doll.

The silver-haired woman, while looking down on Hajime, who held Aiko closely, slowly extended both arms out horizontally.

Then, the gauntlets shined momentarily, and in the next moment, a large white sword appeared in both hands. The large sword was nearly two meters in length and it was also clad in a silver-light magic. The silver-haired woman seemed unaffected by its weight, calling out to Hajime without an ounce of feelings.

“I am Nointo. I am “God’s Apostle”, for my master, I will remove all unnecessary pieces.”

A declaration of war. The woman that introduced herself as Nointo, in the truest sense, she was “God’s Apostle”. Finally, it seemed they’d decided to intervene with Hajime. To directly remove them from “god’s game”.

Silver magic gushed out around Nointo. A huge pressure attacked Hajime and Aiko, it was as if they were standing underneath a huge waterfall.

Though Aiko was trying to endure it desperately, her expression turned blue and then white. Her body started trembling uncontrollably. Thinking “we’re finished” while nearly losing her consciousness, a bright red magic suddenly surrounded Aiko. The bright red magic shined even more to protect Aiko, it completely blocked out the pressure that Nointo released.

Aiko opened her eyes widely. She turned her face to Hajime who she assumed was the cause. Then, without even shaking one bit, he received the pressure. She saw Hajime’s appearance bearing his teeth ferociously.

As he received it, Aiko’s skeptical gaze was no longer on his mind. Hajime, just like Nointo, declared war.

“Kill me if you can, puppet of God.”

With those words as the signal, at an altitude of 8,000 meters in the sky over Kamiyama, “God’s Apostle” and the “Monster” that rose out from hell clashed with one another.

 

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Shortly before Nointo’s raid on Hajime, Yue, Shia, Kaori, and Liliana advanced through the royal palace using hidden passages. Their purpose was to take Liliana to Kouki’s group.

Originally, it was decided that Yue and the rest would to rescue Aiko at Kamiyama, and also search for the great labyrinth and the Age of Gods magic because Liliana situation of finding Kouki’s group to help with her current situation was a trivial task.

However, to ensure Aiko’s safety, they needed to make sure that Kouki’s group had not been brainwashed. It was necessary to confirm whether they were safe.

Besides, Kamiyama was literally the head temple for the church. Even to rescue Aiko, it was preferable that they didn’t cause an uproar. To not be noticed, one person would be enough to search for Aiko’s place of confinement, so Hajime went alone.

Therefore, Yue who remained at the Kingdom’s capital, to Kaori who insisted on helping Liliana, decided to tag along because it wasn’t that much trouble in the first place.

Still, just in case of emergencies, Tio was put on standby somewhere in the Kingdom. This was because they needed someone to overlook the overall situation of the Kingdom.

As such, Yue’s group traveled in the palace through hidden passages and appeared into a guest room. Behind where they came through, the antique quietly returned to its natural spot, hiding the passageway as if nothing had happened.

“At this time, everyone is likely sleeping in their own rooms… For the time being, let’s head for Shizuku’s bedroom.”

Liliana lowered her voice in the darkness. Then turned to face the direction of Shizuku’s room. Rather than relying on Kouki the hero, her evaluation was realistically shown.

Nodding in agreement with Liliana, Shia led the group because she had the highest perception in the party. Shizuku and the others were currently sleeping in the higher class rooms so they were currently in a separate area. The group was advancing through the corridors with silent steps as the moonlight seeped through.

And, after advancing a while, it happened.

Zudoooon!!

Pakyaaaan!!

The roaring sound resembled that of a bombardment, right afterward, the sound of glass breaking could be heard throughout the Kingdom’s capital. The air shook and trembled from the impact, the windows in the corridor that Yue’s group were taking also rattled.

“Wawa, what on earth!?”

“This is…..it can’t be!?”

Shia while using her rabbit ears to their maximum point to hear people who might appear, instinctively covers up both of her rabbit ears while leaking out a voice. Right afterward, Liliana’s face turned pale, and she rushed up to the window. Yue and the others also approach the window to see what was going on.

And, to the spectacle that greeted their eyes……

“Such a thing… the great barrier… it was broken?”

Liliana covered her mouth and said in a shaking voice. It’s just as she said, in the night sky of the Kingdom’s capital, the great barrier broke into particles of magic and scattered like dust.

Liliana could only watch the spectacle in amazement, a light flashed at that next moment, the roaring sound was heard once again. And, the thin film of light which covered the Kingdom’s capital began wavering.

“Even the second barrier… why…. is it so fragile? With this, soon…..”

What was the great barrier that Liliana spoke of? There were three huge magic barriers that defend the kingdom from foreign enemies. An artifact generated the barrier into three points, magicians of the imperial court poured their magic powers into it regularly to sustain the barriers. Its strength had been proven many times, the kingdom had been defended from the Demon’s invasion for hundreds of years. This was one of the reasons why the war was still at a state of standstill.

A barrier of absolute protection was broken down in a single moment. And, just now, the second barrier was also close to breaking. The closer the barriers were to the kingdom, the stronger they became, but if the second barrier was about to break at any moment now, it was only a matter of time before the last one fell as well. The royal palace was getting noisy. It appears they’d noticed that the barrier was broken. Lights began to flicker on at many places.

“It can’t be, an inside job? … But, giving a hand… to the enemy forces? Just what is going on…”

It was Yue who answered Liliana who was too absorbed in the idea while being stunned.

“Do you hear me? Mistress, should I brief you on the situation?”

Their telepathy stones started shining, a voice resounded from it. It was the voice of Tio who was left in the kingdom’s capital. From the way of talking, they roughly grasped what was going on.

“Nn… please do, Tio.”

“Understood. About one kilometer south of the kingdom’s capital, there are Demons leading a large army of monsters. The white dragon from that time is there too. Its breath was what had destroyed the barrier. However, I don’t see the leader’s figure.”

“It can’t be, an invasion? How, how on earth did they manage to get so close……”

To Tio’s report, Liliana frowned with a doubtful expression.

Towards that doubtfulness, Yue and the rest could also imagine it. The rider of the white dragon, Freed Bagua, the Demons from the time where space magic was obtained at the Great Volcano. Even for Yue, it was virtually impossible to open a “gate” for a whole army to pass through, but if there was some assistance it might be possible.

To actually warp all the way from the southern continent without attracting attention, to appear right underneath our noses at the kingdom’s capital. There is no other way but that. Though the white dragon is attacking, he probably can’t move around much if that were the case. He’s probably resting in the back giving orders.

In the meantime, the sound of glass being broken resounded through the air again. The second barrier was broken. While frustrated, Liliana urged them to meet up with Kouki and the rest. However, Yue shook her head.

“…We separate here. You guys go on.”

“Na, here? What do you…”

Liliana frowned dubiously and started to say that quickly meeting up with Kouki and the rest and planning their next actions would be best. While Yue was opening the window, her eyes narrowed and spoke of her reason coldly.

“……The Demon rider of the white dragon hurt Hajime… I’m going to beat him until he cries.”

Apparently, due to the surprise attack at the Great Volcano, Yue carried a deep grudge against Freed. All members at the place could do nothing towards Yue’s dangerous atmosphere.

“A, are you angry, Yue-san…..”

“…..Shia? Have you already forgotten?”

“No way. I’ll continue to beat him even if he starts crying and apologizing.”

Though Shia instinctively tsukomi’d at the angry Yue, Yue’s words were expressionless, Shia started saying something even more extreme. From Shia who usually wore a bright smile, she declared her intents impressively with a deadpanned expression. Shia also seemed to not be able to forgive what had happened before.

“And that’s why, Kaori-san, Lili-san. Yue and I, to discipline the owner of that giant lizard, we’ll be leaving here.”

“… Nn, anyone else who obstructs us as well.”

As soon as they said that, both Yue and Shia went out the window without hearing what Kaori and Liliana had to say. Freed’s life was on the line. Escape, Freed! Quickly, run away! … Is what his companions would have said if they were there.

The night breeze and noise entered through the open window. For a while, Kaori and Liliana stood silently still in place, then they began to advance once again like nothing had happened.

“…. Nagumo-san… is very loved….”

“Yes… insanely… if not…. they’re quite the powerful enemies.”

“Kaori… to survive, work hard ok? I’ll support you.”

“Yes. Thank you, Lili….”

Afterward, Lili turned around and muttered in a sad voice, “The way I’m treated is becoming more and more crude…”

The comment was left admirably for Kaori. “Actually, would Lili cry if I said that I also wanted to go?” While thinking that in the corner of her head, Kaori and Lili quickly hurried towards Kouki and the rest of the group.

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