CCM 73 – Yo, That Escalated Quickly

[What the…..]

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I can’t help but get confused about what just happened.

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Something came out from Em’s after she was hit by the Goddess’ magic.

And it’s something inexplicably horrible.

It’s something circular in shape and different portions of its body pulsate and wriggles each and every moment. Not to mention the numerous eyes continuously moving each second… Err, yeah, it’s just too creepy.

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[Gah… gahhh gah….. Aaagghh–meeerrreee–hhuummaaannn– daarreess….]

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What’s more, this creature appears to possess some form of intelligence.

No matter how ear-piercing that voice was, I’m sure it just said a full sentence.

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[Goddess-sama, don’t tell me…]

[Yes. This is the real culprit that’s been corrupting Em.]

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I see.

Then that also means that defeating this thing would set Em free, right?.

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[Once it’s been pulled out from its host, it will not be as strong as it is before. That’s why Arios-san, we should hurry and finish it off….]

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However, it seems like it took a lot of toll for the Goddess to pull the creature off from Em’s body as well.

I can tell just by glancing at her profile that her projection is already starting to fade away.

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[…Understood.]

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I nodded my head and immediately executed a quick step.

I rush straight towards that horrifying creature while not forgetting to use Cheat Code Manipulation and activate Attack Powers Up (low).

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Sword of Origin.

-First Form

–Real Godspeed Flash

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My sword left it’s sheathe and slashed the horrifying creature right off its center.

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[NuUuOoooooo!!!]

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It really isn’t that strong as the Goddess said.

It screeches menacingly as it continues to wriggle more heavily.

This thing sure is gross and ugly.

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[Hoowww daareee a meageerrr humaaannn!! You really think you can kill me off…!!!]

[……..]

[I shall reign!!! The strongest, I shall have it all!!! I…! It is I..!!!]

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It’s body deformed due to my sword, the creature begins to scream more terribly.

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–Was it greed?

I am not really sure but the creature possesses that kind of conviction as I further observe it.

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[GAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!]

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The horrifying creature then drags it’s whole voluminous body as it attempts to ram at me.

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[…Die.]

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I welcomed it with a flick of my sword and delivered the finishing blow.

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[aaaahhhhh….]

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A voice that was tinted with a hint of hysteria suddenly resounded. It was Em.

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Her appearance significantly weakened compared to earlier when she unleased her dark waves. I’m sure it’s because the dark aura that’s been coming off from her body has finally disappeared.

Or maybe… it’s due to a different reason.

Like maybe, it’s because of the faint warm light that’s dancing around her.

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[…It.. isn’t painful anymore…]

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It seems Em is still confused as she reaffirms the changes in her.

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[I can’t even hear that creepy voice anymore… My body isn’t pulsating either…?]

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Looking at the young girl, I can’t help but be happy and talk to her in the kindest way I can.

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[Yeah. Also, It should never appear or happen again.]

[–You are now free from the shackles and sufferings you have endured after all these years. You’ve done well, child.]

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The Goddess says so as she gently looks at Em.

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…I guess it’s about time.

Though she is still here, her projection is now so much weaker than before.

Despite all of this, her smile alone is akin to a blessing that’s been brought down from the heavens. As expected of a Goddess.

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Em, seeing the Goddess for the first time, can’t help but ask.

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[Uhm… y-you are…?]

[Hm… I guess it would be easier for you to understand it this way but I am known as the Goddess Dies by the people.]

[G-goddess-sama!!?]

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Em sure can’t hide her surprise.

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[Why is the Goddess-sama…!? Oh, is it because Arios-sama is also a god…?]

[No no no, how did it come to that!]

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I can’t hide my bewilderment in front of these two ladies but when I look at the Goddess, she just laughs at me with ‘fufu’ without attempting to deny it. WHY?!

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[Em-san, now that you are freed from the sufferings you had, you can use your powers however you want. In the future… I hope you will use your powers for your own will and benefit.]

[..My own will… and benefit…?]

[Yes. Still, it may be too hard for you though.]

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I see.

I kinda understand where the Goddess is coming from.

The young girl has been restrained and had only obeyed someone for all of her life after all.

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Perhaps it will take time for those words to sink into her.

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[T-then…!]

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Em then suddenly holds my hand for some reason as she looks at the Goddess with some kind of conviction.

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[I will use my powers for Arios-sama! He is my god after all…]

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Yo, that escalated quickly. Like seriously.

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[Fufufu… I see.]

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The goddess smiles at Em with fascination in her gaze before she shifts her eyes and meets mine.

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[Arios-san… The fated day I warned you about comes closer for every moment that’s passed. As such, can I ask you to investigate the family of the Alds? I believe… we will be able to take a huge leap once we discover what’s lurking behind those doors.]

[The Ald family, is it…]

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Euphias Ald.

The person who was once Em’s master and had Em live in an inhumane manner.

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[Understood. I am not certain of how I can be of help but… I will do as much as I can.]

[…Thank you so much.]

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The Goddess then lifts her hand and places it to my cheek as she rapidly disappears.

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[I’m sorry for always asking you to do things for me. Arios-san, someday, if it’s you—]

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And exactly at that moment, the Goddess vanishes and left without any more traces.

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Translator’s Notes:

  1. This is for the week! Happy weekdays!
  2. I sure hope a more action pack chapters to come soon. The villains and obstacles that Arios will face are now taking a more definite shape!

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