Chapter 60-2: A Battle Beneath the Waters


[…That’s it. That makes every person living in this city suspicious.]

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After Sybilla says so, with the exception of the three of us, everyone around started to seem different.

I look at Emmy whose face is stricken with fear and anxiety looking back at me.

Sybilla then claps her hands all of a sudden.

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[Maa, there’s nothing we can do about it even after knowing so. We even don’t know since when did the demon lord started to mix in with the people but the fact that he is still in Seiris after all this time must mean an obsession keeps him tied in this place, no?]

[Putting the city aside, what should we do?]

[Looking at it objectively, finishing off the demon lord seems too troublesome at this point, don’t you agree? The probability of the demon lord assassinating us in broad daylight surrounded by lots of people is low as well. That’s why I put the issue of the Demon Lord aside in my head. There’s a probability it can transform but if that’s not the case then assassinating us would lead its disguise to break and with Emmy’s presence, there is a high chance for it to fail. When that happens, then the demon lord will not be able to step in this city anymore.]

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…To be able to think so much up to this point… Apart from being able to completely read the situation in a bigger perspective, she also notices that it is useless to be too wary against the demon lord.

[That’s just how as far as I can predict things given the circumstances… Predictions are different to prophecies. I am not a prophet so I really can’t guarantee a bull’s eye. However–]

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Sybilla appears to be defeated for an instant before she resumes her words.

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[–Prophecies aren’t derived from a person’s intellectual ability but on a skill instead. That’s why in certain sense, it is dangerous to solely rely on probabilities. I only think given the circumstance and arrive at possibilities.]

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After saying those words, Sybilla started to walk once again.

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Emmy stares at Sybilla’s back before she whispers in a small voice.

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[It seems she’s taken responsibility for what happened.]

[…Responsibility? THAT Sybilla?]

[Un. She might be blaming herself for putting us in danger even though we are supposed to rest. That must be why she really isn’t in the mood to enjoy herself… I really wanted to swim with Sybilla-san earlier but she just stood still watching over us and it felt so lonely…]

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I can tell that the two of them have gotten really close to each other and of course wanted to play together.

Emmy… I can clearly see how much you care about Sybilla.

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I also felt today that even though Sybilla smiles, her mind lies elsewhere in a far away place.

…Certainly, considering the fact as well that the previous dusk magi was defeated by the demon lord of the third dungeon of Seiris, there must be a heavier sense of responsibility on her shoulders.

In a sense, putting some of the responsibility due to an external factor to Sybilla could be acceptable but… Because she was not able to predict and avoid a certain thing from happening, she is blaming herself and is taking full responsibility.

This side of you, just how high and mighty do you think of yourself.

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We kept our mouths shut as we chased Sybilla’s back and returned to the inn.

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We have a buffet of seafood for dinner and I enjoy it and eat with relish together with Emmy. To be able to eat this much seafood, I can’t help but feel envy to the people living here in Seiris. 

Maybe because me and Emmy played too much today but we are so hungry we pick up food after the other that it makes me think that perhaps we are the only ones who ate all the servings.

Seiris’ dishes have completely dominated our palates.

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But if we ended up eating the same dishes everyday no matter how delicious it is, perhaps the meat and vegetables in the village will become the dishes I will start to miss.

That must be what it means to get sick of the taste of the food.

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…Even at this time, Sybilla hardly spoke a word.

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The sun has completely set when we return to our room.

I, Emmy, and ofcourse… together with the usually rowdy and talkative Sybilla who is now completely silent, the three of us entered the room with an awkward atmosphere. 

At the same time, it made me realize once again how our party is completely centered around Sybilla.

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[…Fu, fufufu….]

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Hearing a laughter so sudden from behind us, Emmy and I turn around immediately.

That’s… The thing that both of us have been waiting for all this time back in the city, Sybilla’s fearless smile.

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[Russell, Heal and Cure.]

[Got it.]

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I use recovery magic as Sybilla said and I can feel my tiredness from playing all day as well as the fatigue fading all away.

…I am starting to really get worried but still I had fun earlier with Emmy. Looking at her right now, she seems so energetic that it’s hard to believe she’s been sweating and screaming earlier in the morning. 

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[Well then, could both of you please fully equip yourselves and follow me.]

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Listening to Sybilla who has gotten her confidence back along with her reliable words, we started to follow behind her into the night with completely different feelings earlier.

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The place we headed to is the beach.

A beach without anybody else apart from us three.

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[Wa. So pretty….]

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In the pitch black sky floats a big full moon.

The reflection of its image from the face of the sea continues to sway as its moonlight extends all the way to the shore. 

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Then suddenly, Sybilla walks up beside me.

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[It’s fine for Russell as well to say ‘pretty’ to the moon, you know?]

[Why does it sound like I have to get your permission before saying so… For the record, the moon really is beautiful.]

[Yosh.]

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I don’t know why but Sybilla nods her head before moving away after I gave my impression.

I can’t discern for what it’s worth as I look onto Emmy who meets my gaze while tilting her head. Sybilla looks satisfied though so I guess that’s just fine…

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We start to walk for the meantime.

In a sandy beach where landmarks are not spread around, the surrounding appears to be hardly different from one another. The best bet to use as a mark are the traces of the stalls or buildings nearby to identify one’s own position.

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Just how far did we walk from where we started.

Below a steep cliff that people who like to bathe under the sun would hardly ever approach, Sybilla’s footsteps begin to halt.

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[Fu, fufufu…]

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In a place where there is not even a single thing, she starts to laugh unreasonably as if she’s having too much fun.

It really makes me doubt if she really is a goddess as I try to avert my gaze. No matter how I look at it, I just see a random dangerous woman in front of me.1

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…But, considering how closed up Sybilla was for the rest of the day, there must be a reason why she started to laugh happily.

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[I was outplayed several times already but to not be able to know immediately why I was defeated is something that can never ever be permitted, no?]

[Outplayed, you say… Is this related to the demon lord?]

[Yeah. Well then, Emmy-chan]

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Sybilla uses the back of her hand to tap a boulder.

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[Could you please move close to this place for me.]

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And as Sybilla said, Emmy move close to the boulder before she involuntarily muttered [ah-] with a small voice.

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[You’ve noticed it, no?]

[I can feel air below my feet….]

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Emmy then puts her hand on to the rock without Sybilla saying so. Then… The wall of the cliff starts to screech. 

Sybilla looks at Emmy with her arms crossed and starts to speak.

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[Needle Rabbit. A monster from the second dungeon. Due to the incident this morning, the guards and the gatekeeper are desperately investigating that place.]

[Which should be the obvious choice of action.]

[Precisely, it is the obvious choice… After all, if you want to hide a tree, you put it in a forest!]

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At the same time Sybilla raises her voice at the end of her words, Emmy with the power she has gotten from the Sun Goddess’ blessing, uses all of her strength and has blown the boulder far away!

As for me… As for how the monster was able to get into the beach without anyone noticing and as for where it had come from… The answer for all of these questions lies on to the spectacle right in front of my eyes.

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That guy, the location he chose to hide the needle rabbit is a place in the city where a dungeon spawns the very same monster. 

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[They’re of the same species of monsters after all so it’s normal for us to ignore such a possibility, isn’t it~ That’s right– The possibility of the existence of the Seiris fourth dungeon!]

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What appeared below the place where the boulder Emmy has pushed off is a dungeon entrance nobody has ever known before.


Translator’s Note:

  1. Congratulations! Your Dusk Goddess has evolved into a Midnight Karen! Nah, I’m just playing. Happy weekend! This is it for the 1st chapter release!

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4 thoughts on “Chapter 60-2: A Battle Beneath the Waters

  1. Thanks for the chapter, it’s a shame that when i am back, the Ilustration has been revoked. Waaaaa! Atleast i can see their face on overlap site.

    1. I included a character intro in the TOC 🙂 Or you can click next. If the host penalizes the site again, I will delete it. I hope you can check it out before it happens!

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