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Chapter 1 – Alien Invasion
While Iris and Usagi took action in the other world, there was a huge panic on Earth. Suddenly, something that looked like a huge spaceship appeared right above a certain house.
“What the hell is that?”
“Could they be filming something?”
“How could they be filming something like that?”
“Hey… record, record!”
Gradually, people began to gather, and even a police helicopter began to move, and the situation developed into a huge commotion. It’s no wonder because the spaceship didn’t leave the scene but continued to float quietly in the sky.
More and more people gather around Yuuya’s house in the distance. Suddenly, one of them noticed something strange.
“Hey, hey, they keep coming!”
In addition to the spaceship floating right above Yuuya’s house, countless other saucer-shaped spaceships with an emblem of a dragon on them arrived one after another.
Unaware of the large crowd of people, the police, and the countless spaceships that were arriving, Yuuya was──.
──I was in a tight spot right now.
Just when I thought I was finally going to be able to relax, a girl… named Merl-san, an alien from the planet Amel, suddenly arrived at my house on Earth. She told me that she was looking for the blueprint of an important weapon hidden in my house. And I managed to figure out what it might be.
The only problem was that Ouma-san seemed to have messed with the blueprint somehow, and he’s really flustered.
There were many things I wanted to say, such as why there was such a thing in my house in the first place and what kind of things my grandfather collected, but first, I need Merl-san to calm down.
Just as I was about to open my mouth, Merl-san stuck out her left hand toward me. Then, the terminal-like device attached to her left arm instantly broke apart and began to deform in some mechanical way, eventually transforming into a cannon-like shape.
Thrusting out her arm that had been transformed into a cannon that looked dangerous, Merl-san declared with a serious expression.
(This is your final warning. Give me the blueprint immediately.)
“I-I’ll give it to you, but──.”
The moment I was about to hurriedly answer Merl-san, Yuti, who was standing next to me watching the proceedings, instantly distanced herself from us, readied her bow, and pointed it at Merl-san!
(…What are you imitating?)
“…Alert. This girl’s got her weapon up. That means enemy.”
To Yuti, who could not understand Merl-san’s words, it seemed that I had been threatened with a weapon for no reason whatsoever, and she was radiating a murderous spirit that was about to pierce Merl-san.
Yuti, a disciple of the Bow Saint, had a ruthlessly high fighting ability. Normally, one would cower at the mere touch of her murderous intent, but Merl-san’s expression remained cool.
(You’ve made a fool of me, haven’t you? To attack me with such a primitive weapon──.)
The moment she was about to say that much.
Suddenly, the ceiling of my house blew out!
(T-that dragon crest… they already know where it is?)
Merl-san was staring at the open ceiling in amazement, but I couldn’t be more upset. My grandfather’s house was suddenly damaged, after all.
I looked up at the sky in dismay and saw countless spaceships floating in the sky. Then, light was emitted from such UFOs, and some kind of humanoid creature came down from inside.
(Kukuku… it’s a pity, Amel alien. We know that this place possesses the blueprint you seek.)
If Merl-san’s words are correct, then the people floating in the air in front of me must be the Dragonia aliens.
What’s unique about them is that while Merl-san’s figure is completely the same as Earth people, the Dragonias have dragon-like horns growing out of their temples, and when looking at them closely, I can even see what looks like scales on their bodies.
They wore the same tight-fitting, full-body suit that Merl-san also wore, but with a somewhat futuristic armor design, and in their hands, they held what looked like a spear. The spear’s tip was not made of metal but some kind of glowing mass of energy.
The Dragonia smiled derisively.
(Now, be a good boy and give me the blueprint.)
(I refuse. I can’t let you have it…!)
(Hmph… How can you still say that in this situation?)
The moment one of the Dragonia aliens gave the order to the sky, one of the spaceships floating in the sky exploded and crashed… that is, on my house.
(Kuhahaha! Now you’ll never be able to return to your home planet, will you? Well, if you’re smart enough to give me the blueprint, I’ll take you back to your planet. …That will be the end of your planet, though!)
Merl-san gave a piercing look at the Dragonia aliens laughing in the sky.
(I’ll never give it to you…!)
(If that’s the case… then we’ll take it by force…!)
Starting with the words of one of the Dragonia aliens, the other Dragonia aliens came charging towards my house one after another.
In front of these Dragonia aliens, Merl-san held up the cannon on her left arm.
(Stop it! The people of this planet have absolutely nothing to do with this!)
(So what? No one cares how many creatures from this remote planet disappear.)
Energy was concentrated in Merl-san’s left arm at a tremendous rate. And then, finally, a huge beam was shot at the Dragonia aliens. Some of the Dragonia aliens were instantly obliterated by the blow.
(Hmph… As expected of the Amel aliens. It seems that they have the technology to do so. But how many more times can you use that weapon?)
While the fierce battle between Merl-san and the Dragonia aliens was unfolding, I hurriedly used my water magic to put out the fire so that the falling debris from the spaceship would not burn my house.
Then, Night and the others cooperate with me. And we all succeeded in putting out the fire, running around frantically. In the midst of the fierce firefight, the Dragonia aliens showed their frustration because they could not defeat Merl-san.
(Tsk… it’s too much trouble. I’ll just wipe out this whole city…!)
(Wha… Are you insane?)
(Yes, I’m insane! You’ll perish for the sake of the prosperity of our planet Dragonia. There is no greater honor than that!)
(I won’t let that happen…!)
As the conversation went on and on, leaving the rest of us behind, a somewhat bewildered-looking Yuti approached me with her bow at the ready.
“…Confused. Suddenly, an incomprehensible woman came from the sky, and then an even more incomprehensible group came. What’s going on?”
Yuti called out to me, but I was not paying attention.
“They’re going to destroy Grandpa’s house… and this city…?”
I stared at the people fighting in the sky, despite Yuti’s confusion.
(W-what is this power ─ Guwaaaahhh?)
When I activated the [Holy King’s Authority], a golden dragon-like wave motion was released from my body. As if my intentions were reflected directly, the golden dragon attacked the Dragonias one after another.
However, their bodies did not seem to be injured, and those who the golden dragon ate seemed to have lost consciousness at that moment.
Since I had already activated the [Holy King’s Authority] once during the battle against Avis, I could feel my strength and life force being drained at a tremendous rate.
But I couldn’t let this happen.
I couldn’t stand the sight of a stranger suddenly coming and destroying this house full of memories with my grandfather. And the way they talked about how they would easily kill the people of this town who had nothing to do with them!
Seeing the [Holy King’s Authority] that I invoked with anger, Ouma-san, who had remained indifferent, murmured with some amusement.
“Hou? You can now use the power of the [Holy King] as an attack against people other than the Evil, huh… Umu umu.”
As Ouma-san said, it was the first time that the power of the [Holy King] had been activated against an existence other than the Evil, and the Dragonia aliens who had not yet lost consciousness ran away while the others lost consciousness and collapsed one after another.
(I-I never heard of this! How could someone with such power exist on a remote planet like this…!?)
(Report to the mothership immediately!)
(W-we need to retreat! Let’s go at once──.)
(I won’t let you escape!)
As I reached the limit of my physical strength and was about to fall, Yuti supported me, and Merl-san held up her cannon towards the fleeing Dragonia aliens.
The largest amount of energy that had ever been released was focused on the cannon on her left arm and was released at once. The power was so great that it seemed to burn up everything in the sky, not only the Dragonian aliens but also the spaceships that were floating in the sky.
Finally, all of the Dragonia aliens, including all of the spaceships floating in the sky, disappeared.
As I was watching the scene, almost fainting, Ouma-san approached me with a look of dismay.
“You fool… You knew what would happen if you used that power twice, didn’t you?”
“It’s because… they’re… this city.”
As I struggled to formulate words in my fading consciousness, Ouma-san let out a sigh.
“Sigh… Well, it’s my fault this time, too. Take it.”
And the moment Ouma-san lightly touched me; I felt something warm flow into my body. The warmth was so comforting that I finally let go of my consciousness.
“I gave away my life force. Now the amount that had been consumed earlier would no longer be a problem. You’re such a troublesome master…”
Just before I lost consciousness, I heard Ouma-san’s voice.
When Yuuya lost consciousness, Merl, who had been pointing the cannon at the sky, finally released her stance. At that moment, smoke erupted from the cannon with tremendous force.
(…I must have pushed myself a little too hard. I’m afraid the battle mode will be useless for a while.)
Merl, who had disarmed herself with a sigh, now turned her attention to the people who had gathered outside the house. Some people were either speechless or struggling to record the unrealistic scene that had suddenly unfolded.
(…I don’t want my existence or the blueprint to be revealed from their memories. Let’s just erase the memory here.)
Merl then operated the terminal on her left arm, which had just been transformed into a cannon.
(The information alteration… It seems that it’s safe. Then──.)
The moment Merl operated the terminal, a special wave motion was emitted from the terminal. The wave motion easily reached people’s brains and instantly erased all the memories they had seen so far.
Moreover, the waves were not limited to Merl’s vicinity but spread across the entire planet, without a single exception, erasing all records of spaceships, aliens, and even herself.
Furthermore, the wave motion affected not only the human brain but also the electronic devices on the planet, completely erasing all the records that had already been released to the sea of the Internet.
Those who were directly watching the battle or the videos that had been spread out were momentarily blinded by the erasure of their memories and could only vaguely perceive the situation in front of them and what had just happened.
“H-huh…? What was I doing…?”
“I’m feeling fuzzy…”
“More importantly, why are we in this place?”
“I-I don’t know?”
“It’s bad! We have to hurry, or we’ll be late!”
Everyone wondered why they were here, but they returned to their daily lives as if nothing had happened. Originally, they could have guessed that something had happened if their doubts had prevailed when their memories had disappeared or if they had seen Yuuya’s house, which was now in a cruel state in front of them.
But Merl had already taken care of that as well.
(Fuh… I was able to falsify the information, guide the thoughts, and deploy camouflage… all in time.)
Yes, at the same time Merl erased the information, she guided the people’s thoughts towards their daily lives and deployed a wave of camouflage to prevent them from properly perceiving what was happening in front of them.
(Now, if I don’t get the blueprint back soon… I’m sure I won’t miss a beat, but it’s only a matter of time before they come back to this place.)
As Merl hurried to leave, she thought about how she could get the blueprint back by force this time.
(…I really wanted to ask them to give it to me peacefully, but I can’t stay here long. The Dragonias have already found me, so let’s just get it and go home.)
Now that the Dragonias had discovered her location, Merl had no time to spare. She immediately decided to rush back to Amel from Earth.
“──Don’t get carried away! Little girl.”
Suddenly, Merl was hit by tremendous pressure. It’s invisible energy violence, and Merl couldn’t stand it, so she was knocked down to the ground and fell to her knees.
Then Ouma quietly flew up to her. In the background, Night, Akatsuki, and Ciel are also present.
When Merl was sweating profusely because she was completely unable to move, Ouma looked down at her coldly.
“As long as what you are looking for is in this house and Yuuya has tried to give it to you, there is nothing to complain about. But you… don’t you know what you’ve done?”
When Ouma told her that, Merl took another look at her surroundings. There was a pile of rubble where Yuuya’s house was spread out.
As if in tune with Ouma’s words, the usually mild-mannered Night growled, Akatsuki moved his paws quickly like a boxing shadow, and Ciel raised his dusky voice. Merl desperately tried to keep her distance from Night and the others who were slowly closing in on her, but she was finally cornered against the wall.
With the added pressure of Night and the others, Merl was finally unable to say anything.
“Why, don’t be so afraid. You’re the one who caused this mess. Then you know what you have to do, don’t you?”
Merl could no longer do anything but nod in response to Ouma and the others’ words.