|Author: Hayaken||Original Source: Syosetu||Word Count: 2016 characters|
|Translator: Mab||English Source: Re:Library||Word Count: 826 words|
|Editor(s): Hydra, Liomad|
That was unusual. Rafinha had never ever threatened the relationship between them like this before.
「?! Ah… O-okay!」
Inglis absolutely didn’t want to be cut off by Rafinha. She couldn’t even imagine it. She couldn’t live like that. In a panic, she grabbed Diego by the nape and hoisted him up again.
「He wants to suck the power from Alina and the other kids! They will end up like Ian! I will NEVER allow that!」
「I-, I see… That can’t be helped, then…」
Do I have to resign and just beat him again? Just when the opportunity came…well, it’s better than being estranged from Rani.
「No, that is no longer necessary!」
Diego, suspended in the air on his neck, spoke out.
「Hm? What do you mean?」
「Look at the hand that you use to grab my neck!」
「Hmm? What is this?」
It looked familiar. It was the same pattern that she saw on the upper arm of Alina.
「That’s the ‘Submittance Sign’! He’s thinking of sucking your power, Glis! Watch out!」
「Too late! I will use the power I steal from you to end your life!」
「Ooh, nice idea!」
Questioning exclamations rose from all directions.
「No, you see… If he is absorbing it from me, that means Alina and the other children are safe……which means it should be okay, right Rani? Right? Right?」
「W-, well… that’s true, but……」
「Then it’s decided! Please, absorb my power dry already!」
「Just how much do you want to belittle me?!」
「……Personally, I just want to see you in your most powerful state. Can you please reach the very limit of your power and fight me with your everything already? That is the least you can do to atone for the sin of hurting Rani!」
「Fine by me! Don’t you regret it!」
The mana that Inglis wore around her body flowed into Diego. The radiance of the glow on Diego’s body increased and expanded as time went by.
「Fu……FUHAHAHAHAHAAA!!! What a tremendous surge of power!! What I felt before was nothing compared to this! The power I absorbed from the kids and Ian cannot even measure up to the tiniest bit! Marvelous, MARVELOUUSSS!!!」
Perhaps excited by the sheer volume of mana flowing from Inglis, Diego let out a half-crazed scream. The initial impression of composure that he had was nowhere to be seen.
「I am glad to hear that. Now, grow even stronger, okay?」
Inglis smiled and gave a nod to Diego. And then, suddenly, the stream of light that was flowing from her to him ceased.
「Fu……! FUHAHAHA!!! It’s all dry now, is it! Now there’s nothing to fear! Get ready for…」
「No, there is more, you know?」
The mana that Diego sucked was just the portion of mana that Inglis had converted from Ether that she wore. If she ran out of it, she just needed to convert more from Ether. She still had plenty of Ether.
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「Nuu?! Power is surging into me once again……what’s the meaning of this?! I’m sure I’ve sucked everything?!」
「Now now, don’t sweat the details. Having more strength is great, right?」
「Fu……FUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA! I AM UNSTOPPABLE! Now, I’ve absorbed EVERYTHING!! Drop dead!」
「No, no, it’s still too soon. Come on, here’s more mana for you.」
「HAA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!! I CAN DEFEAT ANYTHING!!! I CAN KILL EVERYTHING!!! NOTHING IN THIS WORLD IS EQUAL TO ME!! I HAVE GAINED THE ULTIMATE POWER!!!!」
「Good for you. You’re shining really bright, you know?」
「G-, Glis, you’re overdoing it!! I can’t even open my eyes!!」
Literally, the luminosity of the glow that Diego had was so extreme it was difficult for anyone there to properly open their eyes.
「Oh please, there’s still more. You can still go on, right? You can still get stronger, right? It feels wonderful, right?」
Diego laughed hysterically, as though he had lost all reason, and leaped up high into the air. Was he about to reach his limit? He severed the flow on his own and he was acting strange too. It seemed that he was planning to jump up high and launch a dive attack.
「Now, it’s about time to demonstrate your new power.」
Inglis followed Diego with her eyes and prepared herself for the impact.
Diego’s body shone even brighter. And then… his figure swelled up much like a balloon.
With a deafening explosion, just like a balloon that was pumped with too much air, Diego’s body exploded!
「N-, no way! I haven’t even had my fight!」
Whilst Inglis muttered that to herself in her astonishment, the shockwave of the explosion had blown away all the damaged walls and the seats from the theatre. All that was left was an empty husk, a shadow of what was once the Royal Grand Theatre.