𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟑𝟏: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐭’𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬
“Ugh. . .Uu. . .!”
“Don’t push yourself.”
While chasing him, Randolph-sama is concerned about me, who is severely injured.
I appreciate it, but his concern is unnecessary.
Rather than worrying about me, we need to quickly finish him off and save Emilia-sama.
“I’m fine, so please save Emilia-sama. . .!”
“But. . .”
“Randolph-sama! He’s fine! His eyes are burning with passion! With that spirit, he can do anything!”
“Carpaccio, you should keep quiet.”
Carpaccio-dono is famous for his passionate speeches about determination in the castle, but for now, I can agree with him.
With this feeling, I can do anything.
No, this feeling won’t let me stop.
I don’t feel any pain right now.
“Randolph-sama, I’m really fine.”
“. . .I understand. I won’t say anything more. But, I’ll tell you one thing. ━━Don’t die.”
“. . .Yes.”
I answered Randolph-sama’s words with a slight hesitation.
I don’t care what happens to my life for Emilia-sama.
That’s what I thought.
However, now that I’ve answered Randolph-sama like this, I can’t die until I save Emilia-sama at least.
As we were chasing the weakened Goblin Lord, he suddenly changed direction and went down a slope in the cave.
He must have given up on escaping outside.
I’m glad that the trap we set in advance worked.
“As expected, it was the right decision to block the cave in advance.
This is thanks to you, who perfectly remembered the layout of the cave.”
When I explored with Emilia-sama before, I had mostly finished mapping.
In addition to the passages we discovered at that time, we blocked all possible paths with Randolph-sama’s ice magic before we encountered the Goblin Lord.
Just in case he tried to escape with Emilia-sama.
And so, we also entered the underground of the cave, chasing the Goblin Lord.
🔹𝔄𝔴𝔢𝔟𝔰𝔱𝔬𝔯𝔦𝔢𝔰.𝔠𝔬𝔪 ― ℑ𝔫𝔡𝔲𝔩𝔤e 𝔦𝔫 𝔞 𝔠𝔬𝔩𝔩𝔢𝔠𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫 𝔬𝔣 𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔫𝔰𝔩𝔞𝔱𝔢𝔡 𝔫𝔬𝔳𝔢𝔩𝔰 𝔴𝔦𝔱𝔥 “𝔡𝔞𝔦𝔩y 𝔲𝔭𝔡𝔞𝔱𝔢𝔰” 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔢𝔵𝔠𝔩𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔳𝔢 𝔞𝔠𝔠𝔢𝔰𝔰 𝔱𝔬 𝔞𝔡𝔳𝔞𝔫𝔠𝔢𝔡 𝔠𝔥𝔞𝔭𝔱𝔢𝔯𝔰🔹
However, we lost sight of the Goblin Lord as soon as we entered.
No matter what, we shouldn’t have lost sight of him so easily.
I have a feeling as if he disappeared into the wall.
In this case. . .Emilia-sama. . .!
“Calm down, Denise.
Before we entered here, we searched for all possible entrances on the ground.
And there was none.
In other words, he can’t escape from here.
We just need to find him, make sure to finish him off, and then save the reckless princess.
Isn’t that right?”
“. . .You’re right.”
Thanks to Randolph-sama’s calm advice, I managed to regain my composure.
I mustn’t rush.
He is already weakened enough.
The defeat of the Goblin Lord, the biggest obstacle to rescuing Emilia-sama, is already half achieved.
So, if I proceed calmly and surely, I can definitely save Emilia-sama.
So calm down, me.
Telling myself that, we proceed while mapping accurately.
However, another obstacle stood in our way.
“Ugh. . .What is this. . .?!”
“Cough, it’s poison.”
The deeper we go into the cave, the more it is covered with a thick fog of poison.
We neutralize the poison with healing magic and antidote potions, and still move forward.
But I can’t completely hide the feeling of sickness, and my aching and weakened head keeps thinking negative thoughts.
In this fog of poison, Emilia-sama might already. . .
I shake my head to get rid of such thoughts.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that Emilia-sama is on this floor.
She might be trapped on another floor.
We can search for her after defeating the Goblin Lord.
I told myself this and somehow managed to stay sane.
At that time,
“. . .Ah.”
I found a person lying face down on the cave floor.
There’s no mistaking it.
Although it’s painful, the golden hair that was as smooth as silk.
Although she has lost her clothes and is covered in wounds, her body is full of feminine charm.
There’s no mistake. . .!
I ran to the fallen Emilia-sama, and slowly picked her up.
Her body is cold.
Ah, I must warm her up quickly.
No, I need to treat her wounds first.
And then, and then. . .
“. . .Huh?”
When I realized it, I was pierced in the heart by the rapier held in Emilia-sama’s hand.
With Francesca, Emilia-sama’s true equipment.
Ah, this is a fatal wound.
The calm part of my mind tells me that I can’t be saved anymore.
But I don’t understand what happened.
I can’t hear the voices of Carpaccio and Randolph-sama.
. . .Ah, that’s right.
First, I must heal Emilia-sama’s wounds.
I cast my highest healing magic on Emilia-sama in my arms.
However, instead of recovering, parts of Emilia-sama’s body turned to dust.
“What the hell are these guys?!”
I saw the black golems running towards us at the edge of my vision, but I didn’t have the luxury to think about that.
Healing magic didn’t work on Emilia-sama.
On the contrary, she was taking damage.
My head, which I pride myself on being good at, understood the meaning of this phenomenon.
Not accepting healing magic is a characteristic of undead monsters.
There is a way to turn people into undead.
As a forbidden magic.
So, was the Goblin Lord a user of that magic?
No, that doesn’t matter.
“Ah. . .”
Despair hits my heart.
If she has become an undead, it means that Emilia-sama is already dead.
I, I couldn’t save Emilia-sama.
Then, at least.
“. . .《Flame Pillar》.”
I used fire magic.
A pillar of blazing fire rose up around me and Emilia-sama, burning us.
I burn and mourn Emilia-sama.
At least, I’ll give you a human end.
I’ll accompany you.
I heard Randolph-sama’s voice.
Even though you told me not to die, and I said “yes.”
I couldn’t keep my promise.
But, I wonder why.
The fact that I can die holding you in my arms, I feel a little saved.
Just before I lost consciousness, in the last moment of my life.
I was disrespectfully stealing Emilia-sama’s lips.
As if I had always wanted to do this, pushed by a strange feeling.
At that moment, I felt like you smiled a little, but it must have been my imagination.