Toaru Majutsu no Index:GT Volume3 Ending
Hamazura Shiage was propped up on her shoulder.
He finally managed to emerge into the open world with the help of track suit girl Takitsubo Rikou. The track suit boy and the girl who had lent him her jacket had been free to do what they wanted, but they had come with Hamazura and Takitsubo for some reason.
He had chosen not to pass through the Vanishing Tunnel known as Academy City’s Greatest Taboo.
They had climbed the long, long stairway back into the city.
Anti-Skill was waiting for him.
Fortunately, it was Yomikawa Aiho.
He pulled away from his worried girlfriend and put his hands in the air.
“I realized it wouldn’t work.”
“I knew I could never escape the dark side if I kept walking through the darkness down there. Even if I left Academy City and found a safe world with a warm house and comfort, I could never escape from the dark side’s shadow. So I came here to break free.”
He looked Yomikawa in the eye.
“I will make up for my crimes.”
It was a simple statement.
He had lost his temporary goal of escaping to safety ever since he threw out the Coin of Nicholas. He had stepped away from the direction defined by the assumption that he could escape as long as he had that coin.
He had chosen a new goal for himself.
“But now it’s my turn to lay out the accusations for the things I was forced to do against my will. I broke the law, but I was a victim too. I’m not giving up. I will use my rights to do what I can in this city. Because I’m never finding freedom otherwise.”
“That’s the right way to do this.” Yomikawa sounded relieved. “I’ve honestly had enough of this myself. Way too much has happened today and I doubt I have the full picture from just my point of view. I would appreciate it if you gave me a hand. I want to cleanse this city.”
“Takitsubo comes first. Can you arrange for her to get dialysis? And if possible, can you help the kids heading outside the city on a train?”
Hamazura Shiage felt like he had found a new beginning here.
Until a dry sound reached his ears.
He had an odd almost-smile on his face.
His body tilted diagonally. He could not support his own weight any longer, so he collapsed to the wet, snowy ground.
It had come from straight ahead and at point-blank range.
The handgun that smelled like fireworks remained in the Anti-Skill officer’s holster. The safety was even on. No one had touched it, yet the lead bullet had shot out. Yomikawa Aiho herself looked shocked.
Hamazura understood. He recognized this cause of death.
It seemed fitting to him.
The dark side was the dark side. You could not assume you would survive just because you started categorizing yourself as beneficial and the others as harmful.
(I guess this is my punishment for thinking I was a good person after relying on violence.)
Yomikawa had not done this. He understood that immediately. He had simply assumed this was over when it was not. Some unseen force was likely at play. Yomikawa Aiho’s greatest conviction was her refusal to aim her gun at a child, so it was such a cruel irony for her gun to malfunction like this.
He felt bad for doing this to her.
He wanted to say so, but his tongue refused to move.
Takitsubo Rikou was shouting something from nearby, but her voice sounded so distant. He could not feel her shaking him, so he could guess he was in a bad enough state that she was hesitant to move him.
Good, he smiled.
He felt it was a win that this had not been aimed at his girlfriend or the gym clothes kids.
His thoughts turned to something else while time slowed to a crawl for him. He smiled and accepted it. He had never carried out his very first promise in this entire mess. He felt that kind of sloppiness was just like him.
(I never did get that charm to your sister, did I?)