Owari no Chronicle:Volume14 Chapter 25
Chapter 25: Twist of the World
The world seen from the hilltop
The world seen from the city
The world seen from the depths of the night
I want to take care of them all
The Leviathan stopped moving in the sky above Shinjuku Station.
The sounds of changing and evolving armor occasionally descended from those cloudy heavens, but the Leviathan was otherwise entirely still.
A pair of eyes looked up at it from the center of the earth seal barrier in front of the station.
“It is showing no sign of moving anytime soon. It only needs to wait for the negative concepts inside to fully activate, so it must see no reason to waste its forces.”
Sayama stood in the center of that earth circle that had opened a meter from the ground.
Several other figures surrounded him in the clearing before the station’s east entrance.
Some were people, some were not, some were machines, and some were dragons.
The nearest of them all, Shinjou, asked him a question.
“What are we going to do, Sayama-kun?”
“Well.” He nodded. “The standard course of action before the final battle is for the boy and girl to sneak off and do indecent things. And all on the pretext of ‘this might be our last chance’. Of course, I think the best possible way to transfer responsibility for such inappropriate acts would be-… What is it, Shinjou-kun? Why are you activating Wanambi with a smile? Are you cold? Oh, we cannot have that! We must warm each other up this very moment!”
“Don’t transfer responsibility to the cold!! Besides, we already did that cliché!”
While Shinjou pulled on Sayama’s tie and shook him, Heo blushed a little and turned toward Harakawa.
“H-Harakawa, u-um, don’t take this the wrong way, but it’s true this might be our last chance…”
Harakawa expressionlessly placed a hand on her head.
“Do you want to eat some pudding?”
“Wh-why are you treating me like a child!?”
“You were giving that pudding a pretty longing look back in the supermarket.”
“I-I w-was n-n-n-not!”
“It was the one with a cow wearing a jersey on the package. Was it called Jersey Milk Cream & Pudding?”
Heo hung her head in defeat.
“If we make it back alive, I want that pun pudding as a reward.”
“If that’s what you want. But eat it all yourself. It’ll probably make you grow. Widthwise.”
“Wh-why can’t you just be honest for once!?” she shouted with her fists clenched. “Just the night before last, you dragged me outside without any clothes on, but you only watched without doing anything! I-it was just too much and I really thought I was going to fall! And then while we got down to business and I was gasping for breath, saying I couldn’t keep going, you told me I could, told me to ‘get set’, and then kept riding me. I didn’t think I could get any higher than that!”
She placed her hands on her cheeks and waved her head left and right.
“Harakawa! You’re the one that’s always going inside me and saying things like ‘is it here?’ or ‘that should do it’!”
“At least explain what you’re talking about first!!”
Harakawa saw the others glaring at him and Odor being held back by Roger and Diana.
“Calm down, Heo Thunderson. Talking about the happy things too much will raise a death flag for you.”
“Wh-what’s wrong with just talking?”
“This isn’t reality. It’s a space filled with insanity. There’s a decent possibility of those flags actually working.”
As soon as he said that, the crowd split to let two people through.
One was a boy and the other was a girl clinging to his neck from behind.
“I’ve got great news, everyone! Sibyl-san still had a copy of Mikage-san’s medical exam results and it looks like she really has become human.”
“Nn. Ryuuji-kun, we were too busy yesterday, but let’s take a bath together when we get back.”
“Of course! Oh, I can’t wait.”
Heo paled at their conversation.
“He’s raising all sorts of dangerous flags, isn’t he?”
“Calm down, Heo. He’s always like that, so he’s built up an immunity to flags. Your standard flag won’t be enough to kill him.”
“Wh-what kind of ominous things are you two talking about!?”
They all took their turn ignoring Hiba.
On the opposite end from him, Kazami and Izumo walked up. They held their weapons and a 4th-Gear creature to remove their exhaustion.
“Oh, things sure are lively over here. How are your preparations going?”
“And do you have anything to eat? I’m kind of starving over here.”
“Starving?” asked one creature. “Going to die?”
“Yeah, it sure feels like it after running so much. I could use some water too.”
The two of them found a rest table and started chowing down on the food laid out there.
The others had been too nervous to touch the food, but those two had no such reservations.
“The rest of you should eat too. Even if we lose, would you rather lose with your stomach full or while you’re starving? The same goes for winning. And our odds of victory seem better if we’ve eaten, don’t they?”
The others exchanged a glance and slowly started eating too.
Kazami and Izumo’s pace was still faster, though.
As Shinjou watched them from behind, she tugged on Sayama’s sleeve.
“They really are carnivorous beasts, aren’t they?”
“You say something, Shinjou?”
Shinjou and everyone else averted their gaze.
Wanambi and the Messengers even moved away as they controlled some nearby machines.
“Carnivorous” “Strange” “Empty-headed” “Dilemma”
But Kazami and Izumo were not the only ones being avoided. No one approached the figures in black armored uniforms protected by a mechanical dragon and god of war.
A simple bed had been prepared in the center and the members of the Army had wrapped a girl in a blanket and placed her there.
Mikoku slept at the center of that ring of people. She almost seemed a prisoner of her body’s weariness.
Hajji nodded toward her and then faced forward, where Tatsumi stood.
Looking somewhat pale, Tatsumi placed her trembling hands in her coat pockets.
When she turned around, she found the UCAT members and Sayama.
“We will help you fight. And we have one thing to ask.”
“If it is about Mikoku-kun, then we will honor what I announced before the battle,” replied Sayama. “I believe that letting her live will provide a memorial service for all of the lost worlds. She attempted to revive all that was destroyed and yet she failed. We must let this be a world in which she wants to keep living and to create something. If we punished her and did not allow that, we would be the ones in the wrong.”
“Isn’t that…going too easy on her?”
Sayama shrugged at Tatsumi’s question.
“It is not. After all, her life will not be an easy one.”
For only a brief moment, his eyes turned to the girl in the blanket.
“The world knows nothing of the Concept War or of today. And in that world, she will always remember the lives she herself took. Also…”
He looked across the others.
“She will live in constant fear that someone with a grudge will attack her and that might very well happen. But if she can gain allies and manage to smile and act on her own even a little, then I would call that a victory for us all.”
Tatsumi nodded and then Sayama asked her something.
“What happened to the mechanical dragon and god of war that tried to attack us during the battle on top of the Leviathan?”
“They quickly lost control and fell,” said Alex. “That was most likely due to Noah losing control of the Leviathan.”
“To be honest, it really saved us,” said Tatsumi. “The No. 0 of the Seraph and Lords models are on the same level as Alex or Typhon. But…”
She looked up into the sky.
The Leviathan was there and a white ring had formed around it.
“If the Leviathan desires the greatest possible combat power, all of the gods of war and mechanical dragons stored inside will be installed with Noah’s knowledge. All of the gods of war and mechanical dragons will probably be on Typhon or Alex’s level next time. Wouldn’t it be best to start fighting right away?”
She then looked down to Georgius on Sayama’s hands.
“Besides, one half of Georgius there destroyed Mikoku’s philosopher’s stone, right? Maybe a strike from both hands would be enough to destroy the Leviathan’s negative concepts.”
“You want to me attack something that big with my fists?”
Everyone turned toward him when they heard that.
He raised both Georgiuses with a bitter smile and Shinjou asked him a question with her eyebrows lowered.
“C-can you not do it? Is it too big?”
“Georgius is a striking weapon, Shinjou-kun. Normally, it would simply be impossible.”
“Th-then…” began Shinjou.
“But there is one method that is not exactly normal.”
Shinjou listened to Sayama’s serious words.
“Yes, are you listening, Shinjou-kun? There is one method.”
Everyone waited in silence for him to continue.
But Shinjou’s loud voice shattered that silence.
She was blushing and she covered her chest and crotch.
“N-no asking for something in exchange for telling me!”
Dumbfounded, Sayama turned toward her.
He seemed to be asking what she was talking about.
A few seconds later, he slowly nodded.
“That is a great idea!!”
“Waaah!! Why did I say that!?”
“C-calm down, Shinjou-kun. Um, okay. Sorry, everyone, but Shinjou-kun and I will be leaving for a bit. Yes, yes. You can kill some eating the food over there.”
“W-wah! W-wait! Don’t pick me up! Don’t!”
“Ha ha ha. You do not want me to hold you? Then how about a backwards piggy back ride? Oh, dear. Now I cannot see.”
Ex-St was nearby, so Shinjou grabbed it and slammed it down on his head.
She expected a groan of pain or surprise after the dull impact, but…
An awkward sound escaped his throat and he collapsed to the side.
Shinjou caught her breath next to him.
“Honestly, you really need to think about the overall situation before doing things like that.”
She then watched for five seconds as Sayama remained entirely motionless.
“Oh, no! Wh-what have I done!?”
The others gave their comments while she frantically tried to shake him awake.
“Harakawa, is it just me or does Shinjou need to think about the overall situation too?”
“That’s because the Sayama virus has infected the morality part of her brain. There’s no saving her now.”
“D-don’t scare me like that!! I need to wake Sayama-kun up!”
“Then wake him.”
That comment came from Kazami who turned around with a spoon in her mouth. She started ripping apart a large shrimp at the table and she pointed toward Sayama with her chin.
Shinjou looked over and realized Sayama had lifted his head a bit while still lying on the ground.
“Sayama-kun, what is that pose supposed to be?”
“You cannot tell? I wish to lie in your lap, Shinjou-kun.”
“Oh?” She nodded. “W-well, it’s a little embarrassing, so no turning around, okay?”
She stuck Ex-St under his head.
Sayama immediately started stroking his hands across Ex-St’s surface.
“Heh heh. Shinjou-kun, you must have been running too much. Your legs are a little hard today.”
“N-not too much touching okay? That’s pretty sensitive.”
“There is no way I could resist, Shinjou-kun. Ohh, such wonderful curves. And here…hm? I-I found some kind of lewd hole!”
“Ah, d-don’t touch that hole! I-it’s going to come out! The hot blast is going to come out!”
“Then is this small protrusion your love button, Shinjou-kun!?”
“Let us see that reaction!”
As soon as Sayama pressed the button, Ex-St fired and everyone along the line of fire fled.
The recoil launched Ex-St backwards and it crashed into Izumo as he ate some sushi.
Kazami calmly moved her plate of gratin out of the way while Izumo was sent flipping over the table. He soon popped back up with a plate on his head.
“Y-you idiot! M-my precious tuna is flying through the sky!”
Shinjou averted her gaze and Sayama spun around on the ground like a break dancer after his pillow launched itself out from under him.
Everyone gave him a worried look and Shinjou waited for the perfect timing.
…This really is no time to be doing this.
Her casual kick hit his head, causing him to roll forward, but he sat up afterwards.
He swayed unsteadily while sitting crosslegged on the ground, so Shinjou sighed and sat down too.
“Anyway, Sayama-kun, can we get back on topic?”
“Are you going to ignore everything you did to me?”
“That’s right. …Or do you want me to do it more?”
“Ha ha ha. That is the same thing you said last night, Shinjou-kun.”
For some reason, the others gave her kind looks, but she waved her hands at them.
“Don’t listen to him! Don’t listen! He’s a crazy person!”
She turned toward Hiba, thanking him for the interruption.
“Wh-what is it!? I hope it’s something fun.”
“Well, maybe it’s just me, but I think you’re actively making all of this more complicated than it has to be.”
She thought about that for a moment and finally hung her head.
“I just got a lecture from Ryuuji-kun of all people…”
“That’s the depressing part!?”
Sayama nodded next to her, steadied himself, and looked across the others.
“Calm down, everyone. You people really do not make it easy to hold a conversation in peace.”
“I don’t want to hear that from you!!”
He ignored their shouts and raised his left hand.
For some reason, it was Ooki who pushed through the crowd.
Shinjou frowned and saw Sayama look at the woman.
“Ha ha ha. That is quite the new look, Sibyl-kun. …Why are you here, defective teacher?”
“That’s just mean! S-Sibyl-san gave me her report.”
Ooki sighed and looked down at said report.
“O-okay… With the Le-Levi-Leviathan? Overhead, the surrounding a-aut-automa-…”
“Someone help this illiterate.”
“Testament.” #8 peered at the report from the side. “With the Leviathan overhead, the surrounding automatons have arranged their conceptual defenses in a ring. As things are, even approaching the Leviathan would be impossible.”
“Wow, #8-san, you’re a really good reader.”
Ooki sounded utterly impressed and #8 gave a shallow nod.
“This is one of a maid’s jobs.”
“Wow, maids sure are amazing.”
Everyone looked down toward the ground until a new voice asked a question. It was Boldman, leader of the standard division unit, and he looked back down at his gun as he did.
“What are we going to do?”
“Are you worried, Boldman-kun? Worry too much and your hair will fall-… Oh, I-I suppose nothing will ever grow on that barren land again. My apologies. …It is cold this time of year, so be careful.”
After Sayama’s comment, Shinjou smiled and lightly tapped him on the shoulder.
“You keep getting off topic!”
“Now that you mention it…”
She hung her head again, but he breathed in and spoke without warning.
“There is a way to stop the negative concepts and a way to get my fists to the Leviathan.”
Shinjou quickly looked up and saw his eyes raised in a smile.
He then revealed how they could win.
“We will release the concepts.”
It was 11:23 PM.
With thirty-seven minutes until the negative concepts fully activated, the Leviathan noticed movement down below.
The Leviathan determined this was a futile attempt.
It was protected by a giant defense field made by the angels and the surrounding sealing walls would be broken in another thirty-seven minutes.
The negative concepts would devour everything and the world would be remade as a world with nothing that could be lost.
That was a wonderful thing.
The Leviathan had something that was not quite a mind and it was filled with two missions.
The first was to create a new world and the second was not to lose anything.
It would fulfill those missions. It would fulfill them in the most perfect form.
With that in mind, the Leviathan decided to let the remaining time pass by.
But then something arrived.
It was a cannon blast.
A white line shot straight up from the circular seal directly below.
The light pierced the sky without losing much – if any – energy and it sprayed against the bottom of the defense field.
It could not breach the field, but a few of the automatons maintaining the field were fried.
And as if to double check that effect…
Another blast arrived. Except this one was not alone. Dozens if not hundreds came with it. They were all deflected, but they produced a great noise and shook the wind.
And it did not stop.
It was a trivial number of the whole, but fried automatons fell from the sky.
I see, thought the Leviathan. Such an unpleasant noise.
There was just one sound the Leviathan liked.
It knew that fact, but it did not remember what that sound was.
Some small vestiges of the sound remained inside it and all other sounds were designated “unpleasant”.
And so the Leviathan let its power spill forth.
The dolls, giants, and dragons contained inside it had been modified in a very short period of time.
The remnants of the incomplete positive concepts had been shifted to the negative side by the negative concepts and that power had been linked to this new army. It was a negative army.
That army was black.
The pitch black force passed through the white halo and dropped down, down, down.
But the Leviathan also saw something flying upwards and weaving back and forth to avoid the falling black army.
It was a mist that rose even higher than the Leviathan.
That mist flying alongside the seal in the heavens contained a boy with a flight philosopher’s stone hanging from his neck.
He stood high in the sky with a great dragon of mist protecting him.
The Leviathan wondered what he could hope to accomplish.
The Leviathan also had another question.
Wasn’t the seal in the sky Wanambi’s and the one below Mukiti’s?
That was when more light appeared.
The powerful light came from directly below and the surrounding eight directions.
“Begin releasing the Concept Cores!!”
A voice reverberated from the sky above.
“We will now break down the negative concepts by releasing the positive concepts!!”
Sayama looked down below with Baku on his head.
A giant dragon lived in the sky above Tokyo.
It was the Leviathan.
It was surrounded and protected by a great halo and light surrounded it in eight directions.
Those eight lights came from the release of the Concept Cores.
But their positions had changed.
They were all positioned 180 degrees from their original position.
Region 1: North. Leader is Kazami.
Region 2: Northeast. Leader is Brunhild.
Region 3: East. Leader is Izumo.
Region 4: Southeast. Leader is Abram.
Region 5: South. Leader is Hiba.
Region 6: Southwest. Leader is Kashima.
Region 7: West. Leader is Heo.
Region 8: Northwest. Leader is Chao Yu.
Region 9: Heaven. Leader is Sayama.
Region 10: Earth. Leader is Shinjou.
They had a single reason for these reversed positions.
“The dragons will return to their origins! Therefore, if we release the concepts and make the declaration…”
Sayama swung his arm and willed his voice to reach them all.
“The dragons will race to their origins and destroy the negative concepts contained within the Leviathan at the center! That will release both the positive and negative concepts!!” he shouted. “Our estimates say it will take ten minutes to fully deploy the Concept Cores! Bear with it until then, everyone!! This will be…”
His voice rang through the heavens.
“This will be the Leviathan Road’s final battle!!”
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