Chapter 31 – Competition



Author: Luo Jiang Shen Original Source: SFACG
Translator: Silva English Source: Re:Library

The night of this parallel world was very dark, yet the daytime was always not bright enough.

Like now, for instance, it was morning and the sun had already shone upon the courtyard of the Matsuda Clan, yet it was hard to differentiate it from the late afternoon. It felt as though the darkness was still clinging to the vast sky.

Matsuda Nagahide, Kimura, and Kanzaki were sitting sternly on the stage. Each wearing a serious expression.

Directly below the stage stood Taro and the other kenjutsu disciples.

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Nagahide had an ugly expression as he asked Kimura again in a low voice, “Are you still unable to find Miss Kagami?”

Kimura could only shake his head helplessly.

“Hahahahahaha!” That Taro laughed foolishly, “Uncle, that girlie must be scared of me and decided to hide!”

“That’s right! That’s right!” One petite youngster cut in, “Since the result is obvious, who would willingly come and get beaten up!”

“Hmph,” Taro complemented, “She must have known that she can’t beat me, so she ran away through the night in fear that she might become a slave!”

Nagahide frowned and thought, ‘Miss Kagami is very talented, will she really do something like this? Although it is hard to believe, it is not impossible either.’

“Uncle, I bet that woman has already run away, is there still a need to continue this competition?” said Taro proudly as he waved his wooden sword.

“Hmm…” Nagahide felt a little awkward. Why did Lily disappear without a word, she shouldn’t be this kind of person.

“Master!” The other youth with tanned skin said, “There’s a big discrepancy in strength between us and brother Taro, there’d be no point in this competition. We forfeit the match!”

“Forfeit! Forfeit!” The other brats shouted in unison. These brats were usually either beat up by Taro and frightened by him or followed him around to earn some pocket change. One could say they were already Taro’s underlings.

“Uncle! Can you please decide to let me join the samurai’s qualification test quickly? Taro urged him with an air of complacency. Despite the fact that he didn’t receive any news from the mountain bandits last night, he didn’t think it was a problem.

“Ugh…” Nagahide regarded bushido as his way of life so he naturally couldn’t take back his words. Since Lily didn’t show up, then he had no choice but to keep his promise.

“If that’s the case, the winner of today’s competition is—”

Just when Nagahide was about to declare the winner with great reluctance, he suddenly saw a figure with messy yukata walking over from the main gate.

“Miss Kagami!” Nagahide’s senile eyes lit up.

“What?!?!” Taro turned around in shock to find Lily looking at him with slightly cold eyes.

“How is this possible!” Taro was greatly surprised, “How is this girlie able to come back! Did Goro and gang fail to take care of her? Or they didn’t meet up in the first place?”

Lily narrowed her beautiful eyes slightly. She was almost certain who incited the event last night after taking one look at Taro’s expression.

“Miss Kagami! You didn’t come back for the whole night, just where did you go?” Nagahide had a face full of dissatisfaction and resisted the urge to stand up.

“Elder, the fact is… I was a little unsettled last night so I went to take a stroll. I unexpectedly lost my way in the forest and only managed to find the way back at daybreak. I apologize for making the elder worry.” Lily said it flatly and cast a cold glance at Taro.

That glance was cold enough to cause even Taro’s ginormous body to shake.

Lily didn’t mention about the ambush from last night due to two main reasons. Firstly, it was pointless as long as Taro continued to feign ignorance. With his background, perhaps he would even go to the Hojos and claim that he had been framed. Secondly, she had killed the bandits. Nobody could care about these evildoers even if they were to die at the roadside, but it would be troublesome if she were to admit it.

Lily wholehearted hoped to gain enough strength to travel this dangerous parallel world and look for a way to awaken senior sister’s soul. After that, she would return home with her beloved senior sister. She didn’t want to be drawn into the cycle of hatred in this parallel world.

“Going out to take a stroll?!” Kimura lashed out, “Did you know how worried we were? Besides, you should be fully aware that today is the day of the competition, how can you be so careless?!”

“Forget it!” Nagahide frowned as he waved his hand. He had a complicated look on his face. It was obvious to him that Lily didn’t tell the truth, but since she didn’t want to say it, then she wouldn’t spill the beans no matter how much they asked.

Matsuda raised his voice and said, “Since Miss Kagami is already here, and the appointed time has already passed, we shall begin the competition now!”

“Elder… I want to take a bath first,” said Lily as she brushed her hair with a gentle look.

“Miss Kagami! Did you know we had already waited for you the entire morning? You didn’t come back the whole now, almost missed the competition, and you still dare to say something like this!” Kimura was unable to hold his anger anymore.

Taro followed up with a sarcastic remark, “Hmph, why don’t you just admit defeat if you are scared to fight with me?”

Lily helplessly flung her hair and said light-heartedly, “If that’s the case, then let’s finish this quickly.”

Veins popped out from Taro’s forehead. Why is this woman so easygoing? Is she so indifferent because she had already given up on winning or she just didn’t put me in her eyes?

“F*cking vixen! This great me will let you taste my power in a moment later!” Taro cursed in his heart.

“Miss Kagami, Taro! This is a fight with my Matsuda Clan’s one and only recommendation letter on the line, it is not a child’s play!” Nagahide said sternly.

Lily turned around and bowed ninety degrees towards Nagahide, “Yes, elder, this little one understands.”

“Then let the competition commence!” Nagahide declared.

“Elder, may I borrow another wooden sword?” asked Lily.

“Miss Kagami, where is your wooden sword?” asked Kimura.

“I lost it.”

“What?!” Kimura jumped down the stage and ran towards Lily, “Miss Kagami, what am I going to do about you? We only have one such long wooden sword in the storeroom. It was made with top-grade ironwood and cost at least 200 mon!1 How can you say you lost it just like that!”

“I’m sorry…” Lily didn’t know how to answer, she couldn’t just up and say the wooden sword snapped when she used it to cut the bad guy’s skull right?

“Kimura!” Nagahide said, “It’s not necessarily to say too much, take Miss Kagami to the storeroom.”

“Yes.” Kimura accepted the order.

Lily followed Kimura into the storeroom, but everyone was shocked yet again when she came out.2

Contrary to everyone’s expectation, Lily was holding a short wooden tanto3 this time around.4

“Miss Kagami, you want to use this tanto to fight?” Nagahide asked in puzzlement.

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Lily said silently, “Well, this is enough.”

“What?!” Taro shouted furiously, “Kagami Lily! You mother f*cking ⓑⓐⓢⓣⓐⓡⓓ, do you even have the intention to take this competition seriously?! Or are you trying to find an excuse for when you lose?!”
Lily ignored him and asked Nagahide, “Elder, can we begin now? I will end it soon.”

“What?!?! You—” Taro was so angry that his face turned as red as a tomato. The wooden sword in his plump hand let out a cracking sound. Taro had a penetration force that almost reached the samurai’s standard, an ordinary person would be disabled even if they were lucky enough to survive after receiving a hit from Taro.

Nagahide said, “That’s enough, Taro. Since Miss Kagami picked this as her weapon, she will bear the consequences herself. You are competing with the swords, there’s no need for more words.”

“Hmph! F*cking ⓢⓛⓤⓣ! This will be over at once and you won’t even know how you die!” Taro flushed with anger and cursed in his heart.

The two took some distance from each other and stopped when they were approximately ten steps apart. Lily looked especially frail compared to the tall and robust Taro, and the tanto in her hand caused the spectators to worry about her.

Taro held the wooden sword with both hands and pointed it at Lily. A fierce expression was pasted on his face. It’s not like he had never beaten a girl before, and he also had no intention to go easy on Lily.

As for Lily, she assumed a delicate stance. She held the tanto in a reverse grip with her left hand in front of her chest.

They faced each other and stopped speaking, a momentary silence took over the yard.

“Let’s begin,” said Nagahide.

“Ⓢⓛⓤⓣ! C’mere!” Taro waved his wooden sword as a sign of provocation, “This older brother will let you make the first move! Otherwise, you might faint from one hit and won’t even have the chance to wave your sword. Then other people will start saying that I am bullying a woman!”

This Taro was accustomed to insult his opponent in a fight. It looked like he was doing it just for the heck of it, but he was actually preparing to make a dirty move! Taro was very good in a fight, who knew how many opponents had already been beaten by him. There were even some that had been killed by him.

“Since you have said this much, then I will take up your offer.” Lily slid her foot and changed her stance.

A cold glint flashed in her eyes as she sprinted towards Taro with the maximum speed an ordinary girl could reach.

After determining Lily’s speed, Taro revealed a self-satisfied expression as though he had already won. He lifted the wooden sword over his head and began channeling strength starting from his waist!

When she was about to enter Taro’s sword range, Lily’s speed suddenly increased by several-fold!

“Woosh—!”

As a wisp of dust was raised, Lily was already in front of Taro. She held the wooden tanto with her left hand and pushed the handle with her right hand.

“Pfff—!”

With Lily’s kinetic energy as the propulsion, that wooden tanto pierced into Taro’s chest.

Although Taro was stout and strong, his chest didn’t have that much meat. His breastbones fractured from Lily’s merciless stab.

Taro’s wooden sword was still raised over his head. He was stopped in the middle of his action.

“Gyaaaa—!” Due to the severe pain transmitted from his chest, Taro let out a cry and all sounds from him ceased thereafter.

All they saw was Taro’s eyes turning white as his body slowly fell to the side.

With a “thump”, Taro’s heavy body crashed onto the ground.

All the spectators on the scene were slack-jawed, regardless of the samurais or disciples. They were unable to believe what had happened in this split second.

From start to finish, not even two seconds had passed. It happened almost in the blink of an eye.

The outcome had already been decided.

Nagahide was also looking at Lily in shock. He believed that Lily had a chance of winning, but her winning rate shouldn’t be too high. Taro had rich experience in real combat. It was more likely that Lily would suffer losses. However, this was an experience and lesson she needed if she continued to pursue the path of kenjutsu.

He absolutely never anticipated this. The battle was already over before he could take a breath.

“T-The victor is… Miss Kagami—!” Matsuda Nagahide yelled.

“Miss Kagami has obtained the rights to enter the samurai qualification test!”

Nobody present continued to voice out their doubts.



References

  1. Here’s a Japanese currency lesson by Wiki sensei. Short version: 4000 mon = 16 shu = 4 bu = 1 ryo
  2. I’ll bet she chose a real katana?
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tant%C5%8D
  4. Ok… guess not

40 thoughts on “Chapter 31 – Competition”

    1. Well, stomach is a non-vital spot, she probably wouldn’t be able to knock out Taro in one hit and receives a counterattack in retaliation

      1. actually stomach is actually is one vital spot… more fragile than the chest, since on the chest got covered by breastbone while the stomach is not. the thrust force Lily gave to that fatty actually can makes him got life-threatening problem or got killed immediately, on light side probably cannot knock out that fatty, but the damage would made him feel the new level of pain and next to impossible to continue the battle. and thats what i want to happen, rather than knock out, better for that fatass still conscious and feel the pain while enjoying the humiliation at the same time.

        1. Hm… I doubt it’s as easy as you say, Taro’s stomach is protected by a layer of fats, so her attack would be shallow, especially with how short the tanto was.

          Besides, Taro was accustomed to battle so he probably has some pain endurance, with the light damage to his stomach, I’m sure he has more than enough leeway to counterattack.

          It would be lethal only if she had a real sword with enough length to slit through Taro’s stomach. Don’t forget she was holding a short wooden tanto. No matter how much penetration force she has, slitting a stomach with a short wooden sword is asking too much.

        2. not the sharpness, the blunt impact is also deadly to the stomach
          since stomach has many vital organs too
          and the fats is actually not helping much like on anime or movies, the fats cannot protect it from the impact, more like the organs inside would get crushed by fats that got pushed by the impact’s force, thats why on real fight the punch on the stomach is giving more damage than punch on the chest or face. moreover Lily’s strength is beyond normal human so the impact force of that blunt tanto is like got hit by Bike on the road.
          Taro is in the end just a brat, and he’s talented, and from how he’s arrogantly declare he’s genius and always get spoiled, he probably never get seriously injured, so his endurance is low. he’s only accustomed to battle that he won over, not accustomed to pain, its different than someone where’s he almost died or suffered injuries in the battles. that person would have much better endurance since he already accustomed to it.

        3. I’m not sure which vital organs you’re referring to, but the vital organs I’m referring to are the heart, brain, and lungs, those are the organs that’d be life threatening if damaged. Whereas there are only stomach, liver, and intestines in the lower body, all of which I don’t see as vitals, or at least bodily function wouldn’t cease immediately with these organs destroyed.

          Even if they’re destroyed from blunt force impact, I’d like to think Taro would at least be able to bring down his sword on Lily.

          I mean, if you get hit by something and experienced pain, you would instinctively try to repel whatever that attacked you no?

          If Taro don’t faint in one attack or get send flying by the blunt force impact, Lily would undoubtedly get hurt.

        4. liver is included as vital organ btw….

          almost all of our vital organs are gathered around our chest and abdomen
          you know that all professional fighter always go for the stomach? because they aiming for Solar Plexus, it would create shock to their bodies and incapacitate them, usually not knock out but it can if you hit the liver.
          but on different force, like what Lily did, it did Lethal to the body. thats why on Kendo there’s gears that protect the chest and abdomen, since like i said, they full of vital organs.
          Lily thurst can makes Taro’s chestbone crack and got send flying, moreover the stomach. and blunt can pierce the meat if the force strong enough, like when someone got pierced by a wood. there’s article about that if you interest.
          “if you get hit by something and experienced pain, you would instinctively try to repel whatever that attacked you” is apply not only the stomach, but on entire body, even the head.
          don’t underestimated Lily too much, remember that Lily fighting against 4 bandits together, and even though they are bandits they still a Samurais, and she fighting against 4 of them at the same time, so even though Taro still can get up, Lily still can manage to win either way. Lily didn’t even use her spirit power, Lily herself says that if she used it, she can instantly kill all of them.

        5. > Lily thurst can makes Taro’s chestbone crack and got send flying

          I don’t think her thrust did send Taro flying though. He just stopped in mid-action and fell towards the ground after fainting.

          Well not that I don’t believe Lily could theoretically send him flying by applying more force though, but that would literally destroy all his organs and kill him.

        6. oh sorry forgot about that, that from another novel i’ve read earlier…. LOL

          actually it can, since this is Isekai after all, Common Sense of Earth didn’t get along with Isekai’s Common sense, getting send flying by the blunt force usually just makes him seriously injured and didn’t kill him.

        7. I’m not saying she can’t, but considering Taro’s weight though, it’d need quite a lot of force to send him flying.

        8. Taro is still a teenager, so even though he’s fat, probably he just has same weight with an full grown adult ~
          there’s a woman using sword that big as her and swing it effortlessly against big Demon, slice him in two, the power on that swing is already outside of normal human standard, and there’s no way for the sword that big as human is lightweight, if she can swing it, then she can throw it.
          what Lily do is like childplay when compared to that women she met at hyakki yakkou, that women would make Taro become meatball and throw him like a pro pitcher.

        9. Don’t forget Taro is as tall as an adult, maybe even taller, standing at 1.85 meter. Add the weight of an overweight man over that height, I’m sure he’s heavier than your ordinary adult xD

          And I think you’re missing the point here, I never said Lily couldn’t send Taro flying. Heck, with her 200+ penetration force, she could easily kill Taro.

          I’m just saying that if Lily used more strength, Taro might really just die from that.

        10. The fact that Taro is not knocked away is not to his advantage. Knocking things back means that kinetic energy is dispersed in the displacing motion. So they’re “rolling” with the hit.

          But since he’s taking the entirety of it as very concentrated blunt-force trauma and having it disperse into his body directly? His weight works against him in this case. He’s got a lot of inertia. Harder to move. Not easy to push around. The disadvantages, I’ve already spoken of.

          Shotguns don’t knock people over like in video games and movies. They enter the body and a person drops dead. That’s it. Because the energy is breaking their body, not shoving them back.

          Without the benefit of magic powers, I can take a length of steel roughly three feet, and three pounds, with the center of gravity towards the handle, and still puncture a hole in your chest. This is with a simple taper and no sharpening. I would have to brace it like so:

          http://www.schlachtschule.org/pictures/a-half.jpg

          But I could do it. Without the benefit of being shot out of a cannon either. Taro would likely be experienced enough to defend against such an attack. But no amount of fat would save him from if it is allowed within distance. Only armor would save him.

          Your translation says the tanto *pierced.* And that his chest bones broke. Whatever that means.
          If have a couple of clean breaks to a couple of ribs, you may survive. So long as it’s not puncturing your lungs. It just floats. Unpleasant but survivable.

          But if I have a wooden dowel rod literally piercing my chest? I don’t know about you, that sounds lethal to me. This isn’t a couple of ribs. This is ripping open my chest cavity and creating complex fractures in everything it hits. No floating ribs here. We’re talking about shrapnel now. Having a sharpened piece of your ribs in your lungs. That’s not where it belongs.

          Infection and internal bleeding are a thing. And Taro does not have the benefit of modern medicine. No surgeons will seal the internal bleeding. No antibiotics for infection.

          If he survived an injury of that nature, he’d never be the same athlete again. He won’t heal straight. He’ll be bedridden a long time. He’ll never be a samurai. An old man before his time. Death would be a mercy at that point.

          Lily is a human bullet hitting you. Because wizards did it.

        11. I don’t think I went as far as saying his chest bone broke, all I said was that Taro’s chest bone fractured… right?

          And yea, I know about how the energy is dispersed when one gets send flying away by a hit. I was just saying that that Lily would need to apply more strength to send him flying taking his weight into consideration. 😛

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        1. I assumed she *was* trying to kill him.

          I took the tanto to be an insult added to injury. To make no question of who the superior fighter was.

        2. So wait, wait, are people confused that:

          “With Lily’s kinetic energy as the propulsion, that wooden tanto pierced into Taro’s chest.”

          And:

          “His breastbones fractured from Lily’s merciless stab.”

          Constitutes anything less than lethal intent? Because I will tell you, I would find it immensely refreshing if Lily just straight-up kills a minor antagonist.

          Frankly, Taro is a scumbag and deserves it.

        3. Well, first off, Taro is not a nobody like those bandits, killing him here would be bad, especially in front of so many people. Though it still wouldn’t change the enmity she receives from Daidouji.

          And besides, Lily only wanted to end the battle ASAP so she could take a bath, she didn’t even put Taro in her eyes.

          If she killed Taro right then and there, her bath would inevitably be delayed.

        4. I never understood the need to preserve characters for as long as possible. It’s not like there’s a fictitious character tax.

          Killing Taro opens the door for future grudges from his family. And oh, demons are a thing. You’re not about to run out of bad guys to use.

        5. > Killing Taro opens the door for future grudges from his family.

          Isn’t that what Lily’s trying to avoid? Though I doubt it’s already too late, but at least it won’t give them a legit reason to come disturb her. Taro lost in a fair fight after all. If they come bringing all the family clan on her due to a loss from a fair fight, they’d lose all credibility.

        6. Yep, exactly. It really doesn’t matter what Lily does. She’s already covered by the “rule of the strong” samurai thing, but it still wouldn’t stop his family from hounding her. Might as well kill the brat for some easy catharsis.

          Taro reads like a small fry and I really do hope he is dead.

        7. Wow, you sounded exactly like those super proud Chinese protagonist in wuxia novels.

          You have the same mindset as them, “Just kill anyone you don’t like.”

          Though I agree killing is sometimes a solution to avoid future trouble, killing Taro in this case is really a bad idea. There are too many witness and it’d only invite more troubles in the future.

          If she wants to kill him, she should silently assassinate him without anyone to bear witness.

          I don’t really like the idea of inviting troubles voluntarily because the protagonists are too proud for their own good. In fact, I’m tired of reading those and the very reason I stopped reading wuxia and xianxia novels.

        8. *shrugs*
          She’s in trouble anyway. I don’t foresee a life of peace from Taro’s quarters. He will always hate her. His family will always hate her by extension. Taro’s mom is never going to think of her anything other than a conniving ***** who injured her son and stole his rightful place as a samurai.

          None of that changes if he’s dead. He beats women and hires thugs to assassinate them. That’s not really the sort of person who deserves any position of authority, particularly since the novel states that samurai can use their discretion to simply kill whoever. Makes little matter if Lily gets the seat and starts it off with Taro.

          I kind of like the idea also partly because Lily will have a reputation similar to the first swordswoman she saw on the first night. Cold, cruel and powerful. It gets people talking. Which is amusing enough in its own right.

        9. Either way, I like Lily’s current mindset to avoid any unnecessary troubles. It’s a completely different thing when troubles come to find her themselves compared to voluntarily inviting troubles.

          If Lily had a haughty personality and likes to invite troubles upon herself, I probably would drop this novel sooner than later.

        10. Quite pointedly, Lily walked into an ambush and killed some bandits, knowing full well it was a trap. Lily already decided to kill on behalf of his girlfriend’s spirit. That decision *is* trouble.

          I’m not saying Lily would be haughty, merely that she’d be perceived to be so. And that is funny to me.

        11. I mean, I don’t have problem if trouble comes to find her and she deals with it accordingly. The only problem I have is that if the trouble comes finding her due to her personality or conduct, which always happens when the protagonist can’t suck it up and is too proud for their own good.

          Lily once she said do not want to get tangled up in this world’s cycle of hatred and I find that thinking admirable.

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