Maseki Gurume – Vol 2 Chapter 5 Part 4

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Part 4

 

About ten minutes had passed. Ain opened his eyes in the basement of the castle, in Katima’s laboratory.

“You awake-nya?”

“Huh… I’m… how did I get here…?”

He felt a dull ache in the back of his head.

Apparently, he was…

“…Hah. I didn’t expect them to use force.”

“No wonder they did-nya. So, how are you feeling-nya?”

“I’m fine. If anything, I’m feeling worse.”

“Umu. That’s just normal for now-nya.”

Ain raised his head.

“Huh, I’m not wearing my school uniform anymore.”

He had somehow been wearing the crown prince’s uniform that he usually wore in the castle.

“Did someone change my clothes?”

“It was me-nya ─ kidding-nya. It was Martha-nya. So don’t look at me like you’re looking at something weird-nya.”

“Hah… I’m a little embarrassed that she changed my clothes while I was sleeping.”

“There’s nothing to be embarrassed about-nya. It only takes a few seconds for Martha to do it-nya.”

Even though he wanted to admire her skill, he took a deep breath and looked around.

He was lying on the sofa in the lab. The sofa was not uncomfortable to sleep on, probably because it was a luxury item. He stood up, walked to the door of the lab, and turned the doorknob.

“Hey. I want to ask you just in case, you’re not going to let me out, are you?”

But when the door didn’t open at all, Ain smiled bitterly.

“I won’t let you out-nya. Even if I let you out, you won’t be able to get out because the door is locked from the outside-nya.”

“I guess so. So… does that mean I’m completely trapped?”

“There’s only one way for you to go out-nya. Kill me here and let someone outside unlock the door-nya. Then, once you’re out of here, you have to escape the castle without being caught and head for the train station-nya.”

“…What are you talking about?”

There is practically nothing he can do. There was no way out of this situation. He did not want to think about harming Katima, and it would be difficult to open the lock.

“No, there is one thing. I can use the Dark Knight to make a forced way out.”

“Impossible-nya.”

Under normal circumstances, this would have been no problem, but today it was impossible.

“…Using magic is nearly useless in this room-nya. A perfectly designed seal has been prepared-nya. Father is so serious about this-nya…”

“That’s too well prepared…”

“Only a Demon King or someone close in power would be able to break through such a fortress-nya…”

Ain is once again out of options.

Is there really nothing more that can be done? Is this really the end? The only thing he could do was to wait for Chris to return safely… The thought of that made him feel like he was going crazy.

“What do you recommend, Katima-san?”

“Shut up and wait-nya. Pray that Chris comes back safely-nya.”

“You mean I should pray to God?”

He hadn’t said the word “God” in a long time. The exchange in the white space, which he had not thought about until this day, flashed through his mind.

“Hah… God, little girl God. Please give me some guidance.”

Ain prayed, not expecting anything, of course. It’s hard to tell if she’s looking at him or not. But, it was better than not doing anything.

“What is that pray-nya… That pray can’t even be said a pray-nya.”

What nonsense, Katima breathed out.

“It’s okay. She will understand me now.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about, but that’s okay-nya. Just do it until you’re satisfied-nya.”

“…Will do.”

Ain continued to pray. Young girl, young girl… he wondered what she was doing now. Is she still wearing that dress that looks like she might catch a cold? It seems crazy to be in that white place all the time, but… It seems like it is already happening ─ the only word that comes to his mind is disrespect.

──And then.

“H-huh? Katima-san…?”

She was walking around the lab, and her movements stopped unnaturally. No, upon closer inspection, it seems to be in ridiculously slow motion. Like a broken television set, the colors disappeared from Ain’s vision, and even the sound disappeared in a world of black and white.

Ain could move his body without any discomfort, and he realized that he was the only one who had changed.

“This is…”

He had no idea, but could it be magic?

He thought about the effect of the seal that Sylvird had put on, but then he wondered why it didn’t work on right now.

While he was looking around in confusion, after a shock that seemed to cut through his brain…

 

〝Take a good look at the room. You fool.〟

 

He heard a voice. That time, that place. It was the voice of a special being who had sent him to this world.

“…?”

Shortly after hearing the voice.

He was struck by the shock of what he had just seen, but when he smiled at the voice he heard so clearly, the color returned to the world as if nothing had happened.

“Haha…! Thank you, God.”

“Hmm? Did you say something-nya?”

“No, I didn’t say anything to you, Katima-san.”

“…? Are you talking to yourself-nya?”

Was the voice he just heard a hallucination, or was it a real voice? No one knew the answer. But it was definitely a clue.

Take a good look at the room ─ there must be some kind of key to this lab.

“If you have time to pray, I can help you-nya.”

“You say you want to help me? What?”

“It’s obvious-nya. You’ve gone to a lot of trouble to buy me new materials, so I want to help you with your search!”

Katima’s expression was not as relaxed as usual. She was also worried about Chris, just like Ain.

(I’m sorry, Katima-san. I acted on my own…? Oh, yeah, there was that thing…!)

He apologized for acting selfishly… and Ain found it. From the advice God had given him, he had found a way out of the situation in the lab.

“Thank you, God. So you’re still looking out for me, huh?”

“A-Ain? What are you talking about-nya?”

Katima looked worriedly at Ain, wondering if he had lost his mind.

“No, it’s nothing. I need your help, so please wait.”

“Nyaa… t-that’s okay-nya.”

Then, Ain approached the means to break the situation ─ the cursed magic stone.

“You don’t really know what this magical stone is, do you?”

“That’s right-nya. That’s why the document is supposed to be the key, but-nya… the translation isn’t progressing at all-nya!”

Ain regained his composure. Feeling relieved, Katima sat down on the sofa and looked away from Ain, who was looking at the magic stone from a short distance away.

With one last look to make sure she was doing so, Ain finally reached for it.

‘Katima-san… sorry.”

“Hmm? What’s that-nya?”

“Even if it is cursed, I need the power of this magic stone right now!”

She replied while looking at the book and gave a blank reply to the word sorry. In the meantime, Ain’s hand grasped the cursed magic stone tightly and forcefully.

“…I-it’s coming…!”

As before, as soon as he grabbed the cursed stone. A thicker, more powerful illusory hand emerges from the back of his body.

“Wha… why can you use the illusory hand-nya…? Stop it-nya!”

Katima stood up in a hurry and tried to hit Ain’s back. But this time, unlike before.

 

“──Don’t move.”

 

A woman’s voice could be heard in the room, and unlike the presence Katima had felt before, it clearly conveyed her presence.

Katima’s whole body froze as if in a metal bind, and she found that even the movement of her fingertips… In other words, her actions were blocked except for her breathing.

“Why can’t I move-nya…? Ain! What on earth are you doing-nya?”

While she was confused and wary, Ain was surrounded by a gentle, warm aura. It’s full of sweet charm that makes him want to surrender himself to it, similar to the one he felt for Olivia.

(This magic stone doesn’t have the slightest taste.)

What he felt instead was a warm feeling, and he continued to absorb the magic stone. Like a baby sucking on a mother’s milk, he kept sucking until the end came.

“Y-you’re sucking on it-nya! Stop it; it’s dangerous-nya!”

“I said I’m sorry… Katima-san.”

As he ignored her and continued to absorb the cursed magic stone, it finally lost its color. When it becomes an empty magic stone, he can see at a glance that there are no more contents left, and the last voice echoes.

 

“Thank you… and welcome back.”

 

…That’s what he heard

The woman’s voice was even gentler than before, and Ain smiled naturally. He quietly put down the empty magic stone, bewildered by the power that pervaded him and by how he knew how to use it.

“It’s over.”

“Don’t just say… it’s over-nya…!”

Katima, who cannot move her body, seems to have difficulty speaking and says with sweat on her face.

“Ah, sorry. …Oops, are you okay?”

“Nya, nya-nya-nya…? It works, but… what on earth did you do-nya?”

“I don’t know much about it, but I know how to use it. So, since Katima-san is fine now… I’ll take my leave.”

As soon as he held up his hand, a sound like a broken glass filled the lab. Katima wondered what the noise was but understood when Ain opened the door without any trouble.

“Did you break the seal-nya…?”

“I’m sorry. But when I get back, I’ll be sure to pay for it.”

“How did you break the seal-nya…? No, what do you mean by pay for it-nya?”

“You know, it’s rare for a monster to appear once every hundred or two hundred years. So when I come back, I’ll use the materials to pay you… So just wait.”

Seeing Ain come out of the lab, the knight who was guarding the lab also lost their composure.

That’s right, since Katima also mentioned that the seal of this laboratory could only be broken by the resistance of a Demon King or someone close to it.

“Y-Your Highness…?”

“How did you get out?”

“Thanks for guarding; I’ll be out in a bit.”

How did Ain manage to break it? What was the identity of the magic stone he absorbed? Katima could not understand a single thing.

Ain said as if to inspire himself.

“Now, let’s go to the port city of Magna.”

 

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