The Weakest Summoner’s School Conquest – I Became Strong Only After Losing – Chapter 20

𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬

“Uh, guh. . . . . .”

Albero was thrown against the wall with a tremendous force, receiving several blows all over his body.

When he came to, he felt intense pain throughout his body. As he opened his eyes, a scene he couldn’t comprehend unfolded before him.

“. . . . . .???”

The school building was severely damaged.

The elongated wooden building was almost half-gone, with trees and vegetation blown away, leaving the area barren.

It looked as if a massive force had blown everything away.

“Wha━. . . . . .ggh, ah. . . . . .?!”

When he tried to sit up, a severe pain shot through his right arm.

He cautiously moved his neck and looked at his right arm━━Albero’s right arm had a piece of wood stuck in it and was bent in a strange direction.

Albero turned pale and trembled.

“Ow, ahhh. . . . . .what, what’s happening?”

His right arm was immobile.

Moreover, his back hurt and so did his left leg.

Looking down, he realized that he was in bad shape. His uniform was torn, and blood was seeping through.

“. . . . . .huh?”

Then, he noticed.

Several of his classmates were scattered around him.

Albero trembled because, at a glance, they seemed. . . . . .dead.

“Albe. . . . . .ro. . . . . .”

“. . . . . .How. . . . . .Howl?”

“He. . . . . .y. . . . . .”

“Howl!!”

Howl was close to Albero.

But both of his legs were broken and bent, and he was covered in blood.

Dragging himself, Albero made his way to Howl.

“Hey, what happened. . . . . .hey.”

“Don’t speak so loudly. . . . . .it resonates. . . . . .calm down, calm down.”

Howl seemed to be speaking both to Albero and trying to reassure himself.

He took a deep breath and raised his bloody face.

“Look. . . . . .the school building, it’s half destroyed. . . . . .probably. . . . . .something big fell.”

“Don’t, speak. . . . . .ggh, damn it, we need help now.”

“Yeah. . . . . .Ratts, Marlon. . . . . .where’s Rachel?”

“. . . . . .I’ll look. Stay still. . . . . .”

Albero checked his own body.

He was bleeding and in a bad state, but except for his right arm, he could move.

Strangely, the pain had subsided a bit. Accepting the injury on his right arm, strength returned to Albero’s body.

He stood up to inspect the classroom again. . . . . .and then despaired.

“. . . . . .uh.”

The scene was horrifying.

The school was in ruins. The smell of blood and moans of pain filled the air.

Students who were caught in the explosion were scattered everywhere. Some were. . . . . .clearly dead.

“. . . . . .”

Tears welled up in Albero’s eyes.

But he wiped them away with his left hand.

“Everyone. . . . . .anyone who can move, respond! Everyone!!”

Even though he said “move”, it was barely.

Screaming out caused a jolt of pain to shoot through his right arm.

Still, a few students shakily got to their feet.

Among them was Ratts.

“Albero. . . . . .”

“Ratts, you’re okay. . . . . .I’m relieved.”

“I’m not okay. . . . . . I hurt all over.”

Ratts had a severe gash on his back.

And Rachel, who seemed mostly unharmed, was supporting him.

“. . . . . .He protected me.”

“Huh, I just felt like it. . . . . .don’t worry about it.”

“You. . . . . .you’re impressive.”

“Heh, shut up.”

The two seemed to be okay.

Albero searched for Marlon, who was nearby before the explosion.

And he found him.

“Ma, Marlon!”

“Ah. . . . . .”

Marlon was sitting against a wall with a piece of wood impaled in his stomach.

It was risky to move him carelessly. Albero clenched his teeth.

Then, Rachel shouted.

“Everyone!! Those who can move, gather!! We need to rescue the injured and call for help!”

Following Rachel’s instructions, one able-bodied male was sent to call for help.

The remaining people who could move carried the injured outside the school building, making sure not to move them recklessly.

Among them. . . . . .there were also fatalities. Rachel, with tears streaming down her face, carried them, and Albero gritted his teeth.

After most of the rescue operations were completed, they waited for help.

Albero stayed by Marlon’s side.

“Marlon, hang in there.”

“Ah. . . . . .uh, hmm.”

“It’s going to be okay. Once you’re healed, let’s eat lots of food. We can ask Laby for meat.”

“Ah. . . . . .okay.”

Marlon nods weakly.

He looks pale, and his breathing is faint. He’s in critical condition.

Ratts and Howl are also by Marlon’s side.

“Damn it. . . . . .Marlon, don’t die on us.”

“Ratts, don’t say weird things. . . . . .Albero, don’t push yourself either.”

“I’m fine. . . . . .ugh.”

Albero grips his right arm.

He makeshift splints it and tears his uniform to wrap around the arm.

All they can do now is wait for rescue━━

“Oh? Wow, there are lots of humans here. . . . . .but all I smell is weakness.”

Albero heard that voice.

When he looked in the direction of the voice, there was a strange man.

Dark skin, white hair and horns growing on his head.

He opened his mouth with a smirk, revealing jagged teeth.

He didn’t understand the meaning. Why was an outsider like this here?

Then, Rachel approached the man and said,

“Excuse me, you!”

“Hmm?”

“You’re from outside, right? I’m sorry, but can you help us?”

“Hmm, sure.”

“Thank you. Can you please go to the staff room and tell the teachers━━”

Squish━━

There’s a squishy sound.

“. . . . . .Eh?”

“I’ll help. Heh, starting with an appetizer, I guess.”

Rachel has a gaping hole in her chest, with the man holding her heart.

Rachel’s eyes roll back as she starts to fall, but the man catches and holds her.

“Mmm. . . . . .young women taste so good.”

The man eats Rachel’s heart.

Then. . . . . .his mouth expands unbelievably wide and swallows Rachel whole.

“. . . . . .R, Rachel?”

“Hmm. She was tasty. . . . . .but there seems to be more delicious flesh around.”

“Rachel. . . . . .Rachel!!”

“Ratts!!”

“You bastard!!”

Ratts jumps up and charges at the man.

The man looks at Ratts and licks his lips.

“I don’t need men.”

He aims his right hand at Ratts and releases a bright light.

The light engulfs Ratts, evaporating half of him.

“Gasp. . . . . .ah.”

“Ratts!!!!!!”

Ratts, missing half of his body, collapses.

The man scans his surroundings and grins.

“Alright. I’ll eat the women and kill the men. Then, let’s move on to the main course!”

The man, Abel, engulfs his hands in light and directs flames at the nearby boys.

The flames instantly engulf them.

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“Gyaaaah!!”

“Got the girl~!”

“Huh. . . . . .Noooo!”

The girl was instantly decapitated and swallowed whole.

Albero rushed to Ratts.

“Ratts. . . . . .Ratts!!”

“Ah. . . . . .I. . . . . .can’t. . . . . .go on. . . . . .”

“Ratts. . . . . .”

Albero couldn’t stop his tears.

Blood poured non-stop from the half-torn Ratts. His insides were gruesomely torn out.

Yet, Ratts. . . . . .was smiling.

“Albero. . . . . .I had fun. . . . . .”

And then, Ratts took his last breath.

Albero, gripping the remaining hand of Ratts, cried.

Then. . . . . .he realized.

“━━Eh?”

On the other side of the half-destroyed school building was. . . . . .his sister Esterize.

Not just Esterize. His brother Rashild, Fugil, and familiar senior B-class students, all were there.

Why aren’t they helping?

Why are they just watching?

Why are they looking at Demon Abel, not the students under attack?

And then━━Albero realized.

“A, Ashe. . . . . .”

“━━What?”

Ashe looked at Albero. . . . . .and looked away.

They won’t help.

It means. . . . . .they’ve abandoned them. They never intended to help from the start.

His childhood friend Ashe had abandoned Albero.

“You idiot!!”

“Huh?!”

Albero’s body rolled.

From the side came an impact. . . . . .and then he saw Howl grabbing the demon’s leg, and Marlon pushing Albero away.

“Run, Albero!”

“Howl!!”

“Hehe, I had fun. . . . . .Thanks!!”

“Who’s this guy? Annoying.”

※Crush

Abel crushed Howl’s back with his foot.

The foot penetrated Howl’s back, and he breathed his last.

Then, Marlon.

“Albero. . . . . .run.”

“Let go, Marlon! You too.”

“I can’t anymore. . . . . .just you, run.”

“Marlon!!”

Albero couldn’t stop his tears.

Marlon coughed up blood, pushing Albero away with the last of his strength.

Before he knew it. . . . . .only Marlon and Albero were left alive.

And then━━

“Ah, they’re dead. Well then, you’re the last. . . . . .Oh? There’s a bunch over there. . . . . .And they all smell so good!!”

Abel noticed Esterize and the others in the distance.

He kicked the lifeless Marlon aside, and raised his hand towards Albero.

“Well, die.”

“. . . . . .!!”

Albero looked at Abel’s palm.

He’s going to die. But he wasn’t afraid.

Then, a black mole emerged from the ground near Albero, latching onto and thrashing at Abel’s foot.

『Mogu!!』

“Huh? What’s this?”

『Mogu!!』

“Mog!! Stop it. . . . . .Stop it!!”

“Damn, you’re ruining my meal. . . . . .”

『Mogu?!』

Mog was crushed. Simultaneously, Albero coughed up blood.

A summoner and their Summoned beast share the same fate. If one gets hurt, so does the other.

And now, Albero’s life is. . . . . .

“Well, bye-bye.”

Abel’s hand glowed white━━

“Noooooo!!”

A pink-haired girl shielded Albero.

And then, the white light burns up Laby’s pink chest.

“G-fu. . . . . .”

“Ah?! Girl!! You’ve done it. . . . . .don’t come out all of a sudden!!”

“. . . . . .Eh.”

Laby collapsed and leaned on Albero, who was still crouched down.

“. . . . . .I’m sorry.”

“Huh. . . . . .?”

“Ah, haha. . . . . .I. . . . . .I mean. . . . . .your. . . . . .”

“Hey, hey. . . . . .hey?”

“. . . . . .”

Laby died quietly.

He died protecting Albero.

“. . . . . .”

“Seriously. Enough. Bye.”

“A───.”

For just a moment, his heart felt hot.

And then────A large hole was made in Albero’s chest, and he lost consciousness.

On this day, all F-class students were wiped out by a lone demon attack.

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