Toaru Majutsu no Index:NT Volume4 Sub.10
The person had her hair tied in locks and was dressed up as a maid. However, it wasn’t the get-up of someone working in an old French-style city, but the get-up of a maid on a certain electronics street, giving out leaflets that were poorly designed and had a fluorescent yellow based color. The mini-skirt, the frills, the black corset and the psychedelic outfit that broke historical tradition were extremely abnormal.
However, what was more ridiculous than this get-up was the way that person showed up.
Directly under the militaristic man.
The girl that crouched her body seemed to have gotten under the opponent’s feet as she launched a sudden attack on Oumi Shuri.
With a stiff sound, the girl’s hands grabbed Oumi Shuri’s garden shovel kunai. The girl in maid clothing showed a smile and whispered to her.
“That’s enough of a commotion. If you want to say that you can only be redeemed through killing, I’ll just have you be on your way.”
Immediately after, the girl used her hands to grab Oumi Shuri’s kunai and her leg was suddenly extended out to the ceiling. It wasn’t aimed at the face of the man in military attire. The inside of the slender leg of the girl curled and held itself around his wrist that was holding the dagger like a handcuff.
The girl then spun.
Her other leg on the ground kicked off hard. With Oumi Shuri’s kunai as the axis, her legs spun like bamboo dragonflies. The pain that came with her wrist being grabbed caused Oumi Shuri to let go of the kunai. The maid then spun again while using her hand to grab onto the inside of the military-dressed man’s knee. Unknowingly, the girl’s head was higher than the man’s position. She then used the knee of the leg she used to leap up to slam hard into the man’s jaw.
The knee was buried into the man’s face, and the girl moved it outside before using the other leg that was holding down the opponent’s wrist to press down on the man’s shoulder. She didn’t care that she was wearing a skirt and pressed her entire weight down. She had positioned herself where she could restrain the man’s head with her thighs, causing the man to fall back like that.
A blunt sound rang.
The girl who sat on the man checked that her butt and the floor pancaked the target and made him lose consciousness. She stood up and used both hands to toy with the dagger and the kunai.
“…Um. Did I give too much service? I deliberately used such shameful actions to hurt my pride a little bit, but I’m able to fulfill the life experience of this fallen person…Honestly, my talent’s really troubling me.”
As she watched the girl mutter, Oumi Shuri cautiously put her hands behind her back.
On first look, it seemed that she wanted to use a tricky fighting technique of using her arms before kicking out with her legs. However, this alone wouldn’t be enough to explain her actions. Everyone knew that Kouga ninja skills were rationalized through logical circumstances. Thus, she knew that it was impossible to do that action using a human body’s muscles. However, no matter how she thought about it, there were a lot of paradoxes to it, but this person did go in on the target.
It was obviously a supernatural power.
This was a person who used something Oumi Shuri wanted.
“Who are you?”
“Mm—. Kumokawa Maria.”
The girl dressed in the strange maid outfit clearly introduced herself.
“I’m from Academy City, but don’t worry. I have no relation to those people who attacked this city. I’m not a participant of Natural Selector, but our goal is the same. Like you, I’m here to watch battles between monsters. But speaking of which, I’m just simply looking for someone.”
Even though she said that, their levels of resolve were far different.
Oumi Shuri, who systematically joined Natural Selector to safely obtain information about supernatural powers, and Kumokawa Maria, who snuck in even under the premise that she would end up in a fierce fight with the Anti-Academy City Science Guardians.
To be honest, if Oumi Shuri had known that it would be this dangerous, she could have changed her plans.
Either way, it would be bothersome if her aims were known by others.
Oumi Shuri took out a shuriken behind her back, but Kumokawa Maria warned her, perhaps to stop her.
“Don’t do that. If you don’t have a water cannon loaded with liquid red pepper, you won’t be able to hurt my eyes. If you want to hurt my pride, you better bring along a flamethrower.”
“I do have steamed yellow mustard and fresh green wasabi.”
“Ah—...Forget about the peppers. There’s a risk that I could lose my vision with wasabi. Speaking of which, those don’t have the JIS mark, right?” Kumokawa Maria moved the conversation ahead. “Even if we fight, you’ll be the loser. If you’re fine with that, be my guest, but whenever possible, I try to avoid meaningless battles. It’s not an interesting experience to kill off a life I barely managed to save. To be honest, my pride that was slightly hurt just now may snap.”
“Why…why are you so confident…?”
“I don’t think I would lose to an opponent that could only use both hands to fight when I use all four limbs. My hands can be used for walking, and I can use my right hand and right leg to jump pretty far, you know? However, it’ll be many times more cumbersome, and I would still need some time to plan.”
Oumi Shuri thought about that.
“Did I get found out? It’s impossible for me to jump far, but it’s possible for me to use my right hand and right foot to throw or twist. I can use my right leg for kendo and my left leg to throw a javelin. The professionals would be furious if I used my feet to wield a bamboo sword though. But I won’t lose.”
Oumi Shuri tried to draw out the water cannon of liquid red pepper that was hidden under her skirt and quickly fire it. Immediately after, Kumokawa Maria’s head moved 180 degrees to where her knee had just been. She didn’t care that what was under her skirt was exposed as she lifted a leg towards the sky to maintain her balance before using her right hand and leg to stand.
“This would make it difficult to attack, and there are drastic changes in some fatal areas. This is a fighting skill that’s most suited against those who fight on two legs, which means that this wasn’t good at all.”
Kumokawa gently spun around like a ballet dancer. Her head and limbs returned back to position too.
“However, if you originally attacked me, logically, I should be using my hand to grab onto your foot, and then my foot will slam onto your head. It doesn’t matter when it’s a trial period, but I suppose free service time is over?”
However, Oumi Shuri realized that her skill wasn’t perfect.
No matter whether it was a hit, a grappling move, or a throw, the power would be closely related to the enemy’s mass. A tricky movement probably wouldn’t use that much mass to move, but it was likely that Kumokawa Maria used the unique spinning movement to increase her power.
Or rather, it was a supernatural power that couldn’t be explained from before.
“Then, how about it? A match?”
“You got it.”
Oumi Shuri reached a hand out, and Kumokawa Maria tossed the confiscated gardening trowel-type kunai back at her. Oumi Shuri had her weapon back and thought.
Right now, what she should do wasn’t to seek victory just to prove her existence.
But to use the “treasure” known as the supernatural power to build a bridge leading to victory.
Thus, even if she was looked down on, she shouldn’t feel hurt. Or rather, the stubborn insistence on the meaningless victory and benefit and getting beaten without leaving anything behind would be even more senseless.
“What do you intend to do?” Kumokawa Maria said to the pondering Oumi Shuri.
“What? What do you mean?”
“The detour. I’m asking you if you intend to peep there.”
Explosions and tremors.
Right now, at where the detour was, it seemed that the storm between the Kiharas and Gremlin continued. It was a battle between humans who were using knowledge that surpassed humanity and wits to survive to the fullest.
She already used all her strength just to spy on them.
She would definitely die if she became involved.
And she couldn’t distinguish between the two. Besides, she couldn’t deny the possibility of being devoured immediately if she challenged them.
Even in that sort of situation, Oumi Shuri answered.
Due to the thorough modification of her physical body, the girl who looked ten years old was the elite who had the role of the Pioneer. Those eyes showed the light of her existence that would not be extinguished no matter what damage happened to her body.
“I must get the cornerstone that will revitalize the Kouga. It doesn’t matter even if Natural Selector can’t continue. If I must be eliminated by someone, my fate shall contribute by letting someone else fall into such a threat in the future. I must go no matter what.”
Kumokawa Maria sighed.
She shook her head from side to side.
“I guess there’s no choice. I’ll hurt your pride to protect your life.”
There was no more time for any doubts.
Immediately after, Kumokawa Maria landed on four limbs and leaped over in a puzzling manner. Oumi Shuri lost consciousness.