Chapter 22 – What I Wanted to Hear

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“What do you mean by ‘win’, you coward!”

Our one-on-one duel was interrupted, right!?

“What are you talking about? You lost because you couldn’t stand up to my strength.”

… You *******, you’re seriously saying that.

What was that crap about heroes! That they shouldn’t own slaves!

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You trash, acting like a hero while rigging this battle to satisfy yourself.

“Your comrade interfered in the middle of our fight! That’s why I staggered!”

“Ha! Is that lie the bitching of a loser?”

“That’s not it, you *******!”

That coward Motoyasu looked down on me, ignoring my complaints while feeling victorious.

Even though there really was an intrusion… that *******!

“Is that so.”

The spectators had their eyes on Motoyasu.

Did they not see what happened..? Everyone was completely silent.

“There is no need to believe the words of a criminal Hero. Hero of the Spear! It is your victory!”

That *******!

Just like that, the king boldly announced the result.

Even then, some of the crowd were unsure. They looked around as if they wanted to speak up. However, there was no one who would challenge what the king had declared.

Because the king had silenced all dissent.

This kingdom was a complete dictatorship!

“As expected of Motoyasu-sama!”

The ***** who was the instigator of this incident shamelessly rushed to Motoyasu’s side.

Furthermore, the castle’s magicians only cast healing magic on Motoyasu, treating his wounds.

Looks like they had no intention of helping me.

“Fumu, as expected of the Hero whom my daughter, Malty, has selected.”

The king says as he places his hand on Mein’s shoulder.

“W-what..!?”

Mein is the king’s daughter!?

“Ah… I was also surprised at the time upon hearing that Mein is a princess. She used a fake name in order to slip amongst us.”

“Yes… I wanted to help for the sake of world peace~”

… I see. So it’s like that.

It seemed strange how easily I was labeled a criminal with just the victim’s testimony.

So that’s what it was… The king overlooked his idiotic daughter’s selfishness and pushed a false crime onto me using fake evidence. For the sake of the Hero that his daughter had chosen, he sacrificed me and reclaimed my money because I was the weakest among the Heroes.

And because Motoyasu saved the princess from me, they ended up becoming closer, more so than all the other girls around him.

This also explains why I received additional funds at the beginning.

In other words, she was able to obtain good equipment for herself as well as support her chosen hero, Motoyasu.

If Motoyasu alone started off with equipment far better than the other Heroes, then even he would find it suspicious and be wary.

With such meticulous planning, there’s definitely no way to find the truth other than from the culprits themselves. In the end the result was a worthless, criminal Shield Hero and the Spear Hero who magnificently saved the princess.

Piece by piece, everything began to make sense.

There was no evidence other than the blow1 I received, which did no damage apart from making me stagger. There was no clear evidence that the princess was cheating.

Any objections to this rigged match were probably silenced behind the scenes.

So she could interfere in our duel and cover for her favored hero, Motoyasu.

In that case, it must have been planned from the start for Motoyasu and I to have this duel.

…Oh, it’s so simple. All she had to do was whisper this to him:

“‘That girl has been forced into slavery by the Shield Hero. Please save her.'”

A chance to both test her potential husband as well as to show herself in a good light. If it’s her, she definitely won’t let that chance slip by.

If they do get married in the end, this will become a heroic tale of how they rescued a slave from a criminal.

And in the distant future, her name will be carried on as the wife of the virtuous Hero who defeated the evil Hero.

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****! This trash king and ***** princess!

No, wait… the princess, a *****…?

This phrase, where have I heard it before?

Where? Where did I hear such a thing?

… I remember now. I read it in the ‘Four Heavenly Weapon’s Manual’.2.

In that book the princess was a ***** who whored herself to all the Heroes.

If the book I read in the library is related to this world, then it makes sense that the princess is a *****. The same can apply to all these other shitty Heroes.3

A seething rage from the very depths of my body enveloped me.

Curse Series

The conditions for unlocking this shield have been met.

My vision distorted as my shield was swallowed by the pitch black emotion overflowing from my heart.

“Now then Motoyasu-dono, the girl which the Shield Hero has kept enslaved is waiting.”

The crowd separated as the magicians began to release Raphtalia from the slave curse.

The magicians brought a bowl overflowing with a certain liquid and smeared it on the slave mark etched onto her chest.

The mark faded away before my eyes.

Raphtalia was now officially freed from her enslavement.

My stomach churned as my heart was consumed by a dark feeling.

It’s as if this world was ridiculing and scorning me, all the while laughing at my struggles.

All I can see… are the dark grins of the shadowy presences around me.

“Raphtalia-chan!”

Motoyasu rushed over to her.

Raphtalia, with the gag now removed from her mouth and tears flowing down her face–

–slapped Motoyasu.

“You… coward!”

“… Eh?”

Motoyasu had a dumbfounded look on his face after being hit.

“I never asked to be saved by your cowardly tactics!”

“B-but Raphtalia-chan was being exploited by him, right?”

“Naofumi-sama has never forced me to do anything! Only when I was too afraid to fight did he ever use the curse!”

Slipping in and out of consciousness, I couldn’t hear what was being said.

No, I could actually hear it.

But I did not want to listen to anyone.

I just want to hurry and run away from here.

I want to return to my world.

“He shouldn’t have done that!”

“Naofumi-sama can’t defeat any monsters by himself. That’s why he has to rely on someone else to defeat them!”

“You don’t need to do that! He’ll just use you until you’re broken!”

“Naofumi-sama has never once let any monsters harm me! And if I become tired he lets me rest!”

“N, No… he’s not the type to be so considerate…”

“… Would you be able to offer your hand to a dirty slave wrecked with illness?”

“Eh?”

“Naofumi-sama has done so much for me. He allowed me eat whatever I wanted. He gave me precious medicine when I was sick. Would you be able to do that?”

“I- I would!”

“Then you should have another slave by your side right now!”

“!?”

For some reason… Raphtalia ran over to me.

“S-stay away!”

This… is hell.

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A maliciously created world.

Women – no – everyone in this world scorns me as if to torture me.

If she touches me, then I’ll just be reliving those bad memories.

Raphtalia witnesses my condition and again glared at Motoyasu.

“I’ve heard the rumors… that Naofumi-sama forced himself onto his companion, that he is an awful Hero.”

“A-Ah. He’s a rapist! As a female slave, you should understand that, right!?”

“Why would I!? Naofumi-sama has never once laid his hands on me!”

Raphtalia then grabbed my hand.

“L-let go!”

“Naofumi-sama… How can I earn your trust?”

“Let go of my hand!”

Everyone in this world accuses me of a crime I didn’t commit.

“I didn’t do it!”

Pompf…

Something covered my frienzied self.

“Please calm yourself Naofumi-sama. Please hear me out and give me a chance to earn your trust.”

“…Eh?!”

“…Or is it that you cannot trust anyone but a slave who can never disobey nor betray you? In that case please let’s go to that place where we first met. So you can put a new curse on me. ”

“Y-you’re lying!… This is another trick to deceive me!”

What was that!? Who?! This voice… these words… how come they managed to force their way into my heart?

“No matter what happens, I will always believe in you, Naofumi-sama”

“Shut up! You people are just going to pin more crimes on me!”

“…I don’t believe those rumors. You are a person who would never do such a thing.”

Ever since I arrived in this world, it was the first time… that I had heard the words I have been wishing for.

Slowly the darkness that obscured my vision cleared out.

And I could feel the warmth of another person.

“Even if the whole world unites to blame you, Naofumi-sama. I will not… No matter how many time it takes, I will tell them all: Naofumi-sama did not do it.”

When I lifted my head, what laid in front of me was not a little girl, but a young woman around the age of seventeen.

While her features looked like those of Raphtalia, she was an unbelievably cute girl.

What should have been dry, cracked skin was now a healthy complexion, with beautiful hair that was slightly dusty in color.

The body that was once all skin and bones was now curvy with a fit, robust figure.

Most prominently, her eyes were no longer filled with hopelessness, but brimmed with a strong will.

I could not recognize a girl like her.

“Naofumi-sama, now let’s go and place the curse on me again.”

“W-who are you?”

“Eh? What are you saying? It’s me, Raphtalia.”

“No-no-no, isn’t Raphtalia a little girl?”

She claimed to be Raphtalia. Troubled, she tilted her head while trying to convince me.

“Geez, Naofumi-sama is always treating me like a child.”

That voice… is definitely the voice of the Raphtalia I remember.

However, her body was completely different.

No-no-no, this is strange even if she was Raphtalia.

“Naofumi-sama, I’ll say this due to the circumstances.”

“What?”

“When young Demi-humans raise their level, their bodies also mature quickly in order to match their level growth.”

“Eh?”

“Demi-humans are not like humans. It is the same with monsters.”

Embarrassed, the girl who claimed to be Raphtalia continued.

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“Although my… my mind is still that of a child, my body has already become similar to an adult.”

While telling me this, Raphtalia once again buried my head into her voluptuous chest.

“Please believe me. I believe that Naofumi-sama has not committed any crimes. You are the great Shield Hero who has saved my life, given me precious medicine, taught me how to survive and how to fight. I am your sword, and I will follow you no matter what hardships we may face.”

Those were… the words that I wanted to hear.

The words spoken ever since Raphtalia swore to fight alongside me.

“If you don’t believe me, then make me your slave or do whatever you wish with me. I will always stay with you.”

“Ku…u….uu….”

From the first kind words that I received since arriving in this world, I unwittingly began to weep.

Although I felt that I shouldn’t cry no matter what, I couldn’t stop the tears from falling.

“Uuu….. uuuuuuuuu…”

“The duel just now… Motoyasu, you are disqualified.”

“Haa!?”

Ren and Itsuki appeared from within the crowd and said.

“We saw it clearly from above, your companion targeted Naofumi with wind magic.”

“No, but… That can’t be.”

“The king has become silent. You understand from that much, right?”

“… Is that what happened?”

Motoyasu’s head swept through the room, looking at the audience.

“But he attacked me with monsters.”

“They did no damage. You can check it for yourself.”

Acting self-righteous now, Ren scolds Motoyasu.

“But… He! He aimed for my face and crotch!”

“Using dirty tactics after being forced into a fight where he had no chance of winning. We should overlook something like that.”

After hearing Itsuki’s words, Moyotasu gave up arguing with a displeased look.

“This fight seems to be your mistake this time, so just let it go.”

“Hmph… what a shitty result. I’m still suspicious that Raphtalia-chan is being brainwashed.”

“How can you still say that after looking at them like this?”

“That’s right.”

With the atmosphere turning awkward, the heroes began to leave while the crowd returned to the castle.

“… Hmph! How boring.”

“Yes… this was quite a disappointing result.”

The two royalties who were dissatisfied with the match’s conclusion left in irritation. Only Raphtalia and I were left in the yard.

“It must have been tough for you. I didn’t realize it at all. From now on, I want to share in your hardships.”

My consciousness drifted away when I heard her kind voice.

After that, I slept while being embraced by Raphtalia for about another hour.

I was surprised. I didn’t realize Raphtalia had already grown up so much.

Why didn’t I notice?

… I was too stressed, probably.

I didn’t have the luxury of noticing Raphtalia’s growth. All I could see were her rising stats in the status screen.

The feast has long ended. So I fell into a deep sleep in a dusty unused room, originally prepared for the servants.

Someone believes in me. With just that, I feel like a burden had been lifted from my heart.

The meaning of this became clear the next day during breakfast.

For the first time since I was betrayed by Mein, my sense of taste had returned.



References


  1. dq10 reference I think, ignored 
  2. name of book that transported him, taken from BT 
  3. unsure how to word, lit: just like all these shitty Heroes, the princess being a ***** makes sense if this world is related to the book I read in that library. 

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