90-90 Empathy

 The sudden appearance of the monster caused the cathedral building to collapse, sending us flying through the air with the shattered floor.
 We almost all hit the ground with the debris, but thanks to the wall of air that Astila had quickly created, we landed slowly and looked around.

"This is ────.

 We had all fallen to the entrance of the Labyrinth of Sorrows, where I had been with Sigil and the others earlier.
 There was a big hole in the floor where the monster had climbed, but other than that, the floor was intact, and the floor here seemed to be much stronger than the building above.

 Thank God, I didn't fall too far down.
 I was a little relieved, but not for long.

 The monster floating in the sky, spreading its black wings, held up its hands, which sprouted here and there on its swollen body. ────

I'm not sure what to do.

 I'm not sure what to make of this.
 It's ──── not good.
 It's coming straight down on us.


 I struck the huge black thunderbolt with my sword, just as it was about to strike me.
 My sword firmly catches the black lightning, but ──── it's no good. It's not heavy at all.
 I was prepared for this from the moment I saw it, but it's nothing compared to what I saw earlier.
 I've been putting all my strength into my arms from the start, but I can't support it.
 My arms, legs, and every muscle in my body were torn apart before I could even scream.

 I caught the lightning with my sword.
 But it was only for a moment.

 Immediately, my arm holding the ──── black sword was flipped with great force.

"[Divine Shield]

 But before I knew it, Inez, who was standing behind me, quickly created a huge shield of light and changed the trajectory of the lightning.
 Then the huge black lightning shot up into the sky and exploded far above.
 The entire sky was instantly covered in blackness, and even though the explosion was far above the ground, the blast blew away the rubble of the buildings and sent them flying high into the air.

It's a lot more powerful than ──── it was a while ago.
Was that lightning fired by the ...... monster?
Yeah. I just survived one hit and now I'm like this.

 I showed my palm to Lean, who was stunned by the monster's lightning.
 My hand, which was holding the sword, was burnt and smoking.
 I only touched it for a moment, and now it's like this.
 Fortunately, my low heels are enough to heal it quickly,......, but it would be unbearable to take that kind of thing in succession.

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.
 I shuddered at the mere thought of it, and a cold sweat broke out all over my body.

 ...... Not only does that monster look like a monster, but its power has been greatly increased.
 How can you beat something like that? ......?

"Master Linneburg,────, be prepared. There's a horde of demons coming.

 It's a good idea to be aware of what's going on in your life and what you can do about it.

 ──── Are you saying that all those things are "demons"?

 A lot of them crawled up from the pile of rubble and quickly filled the area around us.
 Fortunately, they all seem to be much smaller than skeletons and goblins, but ...... there are just too many of them.
 I'm not kidding when I say that the skeletons floating on top of us are quite a challenge.

 Lean and Inez are quickly slaying them,────, but the numbers don't seem to be decreasing at all.
 On the contrary, they seem to be increasing in number.
 They seem to be springing up one after another inexhaustibly.

That's not good. Do we need to do something about this as well?
"...... Yes, if we don't all form up and deal with them properly, we're going to be wiped out soon.

 Lean looked around and said something like that.
 It's definitely a bad situation.
 Lean and Inez are fighting those demons like they're nothing, but Sigil and the others are fighting at a distance.
 They were about to be crushed by the swarm of demons.
 Other soldiers, who had been lying on the ground looking unwell earlier, were caught up in the swarm of demons and were in confusion.
 The soldiers who are fighting under the protection of Astira and the Prince seem to be safe, but the problem is the people who are isolated.

The problem is the people who are isolated. "...... They're not very good at fighting. We should go help them as soon as possible.
Yes ......, but that thing ──── is still moving.

 The creature in the sky was looking at me with a lot of beady eyes and seemed to be watching me.
 When I looked up, I felt like I was eye to eye with a bunch of creepy eyeballs.
 Then I saw the power gradually gathering in the monster's hands.

 ──── It's trying to do something again.

I'm not sure what to do.

 I'm not sure what to make of it, but I think it's a good idea.
 That's not good either.
 I'm not sure what to make of it.
 And the scale of it is incomparable to the one I just saw.
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 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it. ────

I'm not sure what to do.
"Storm Wall".

 I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but it's a good idea.

I'm not sure what to do.

 I'm not sure what to make of this.

 That monster is truly relentless.
 But ────

[Divine Shield]

 I quickly ran up the pile of rubble to repel the lightning, and Inez, standing behind me, instantly changed the trajectory.
 I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not.

 The vortex of flames seemed to have been pushed back into the sky thanks to Lean and Astira.
 Now that monster was burning from the flames he had unleashed.
 This much, somehow, seemed manageable.

 ......, but there's really no end to it.
 The monster upstairs could unleash as much magic as it wanted.
 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm going to try.

 ──── I'm a little nervous about this.
 It's hard to go save all the people who are about to be crushed by a bunch of monsters at this point.


 I flicked the claws and fangs of the demons that were attacking the soldiers one by one as far as I could reach.
 I just keep playing their weapons from the edge of my sight and smash them as much as I can.
 It's only a relief compared to the speed at which demons are sprouting, but it's better than doing nothing.

 But if I continue like this, I'll be outnumbered.
 Just as I was feeling anxious, the area suddenly brightened and I felt something approaching.

"What's ────?

 This is a great way to make sure that you don't get caught in the middle of a disaster.

 ────Not good.
 I'm not sure what to make of it.
 It's a good idea to take a look at your own personal life and the way you live it.

 But ────

[Divine Shield]

 Before I knew it, Inez had deployed her "shield of light" to catch the monster's huge body and countless fists.
 The earth shook with the impact, and Inez's feet sank into the ground.

Inez, are you okay?
──── I'm fine. My shield won't falter at this level. But ...... we can't go on like this. ...... Lord Noor. Can't you do something about it?

 Inez's voice was unusually weak.
 It is true that this is not the way it should be.
 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.
 Inez's shield is strong, but this situation is not good.

 But if you're asking me what I can do, I honestly can't think of anything.

"──── Ines

 At that time, there was one person who quietly called out to her.
 It was Rollo.

I need a favor. Can you help me with the shield for a moment?
"...... Rolo? What the hell are you talking about ......?

"...... just for a few moments, when it's safe for everyone. No? ......?

 For some reason, he seemed very calm.
 For some reason, he seemed very calm in this situation.
 He looked a little different from the Rollo I knew.
 I thought he looked different since he came to Mithra, but ────
 I thought he looked different since he came to Mithra, but he also looked like a different person than the one I just met.

"Is there ...... something you can do to ...... break the ice?

 In the event that you're not sure what to do, you can always ask for help.

It's not really a breakthrough, ...... but I think I can keep this monster at bay for a little while. In the meantime, I want you to get into position. ...... It'll make things a lot easier. That's right, Lean.

 I'm sure you'll be able to find a lot more information on this subject in the coming weeks.

I'm sure you'll be able to find something that works for you. ...... Yes, it's true that we need time to form up. But Lolo ...... what the hell are you going to do ......?
"Don't worry. I'm not going to be that reckless. I think I have a pretty good chance of winning.

 I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one who has a problem with this," he said, pulling a small leather bag from his jacket pocket and smiling.
 Leanne and Ines seemed to be convinced of something when they saw it.

"──── Okay. Inez, can you do that for me?
"......Yes. We'll find the right time. ──── Be ready.

 Inez watched the monster's movements and raised a huge shield of light.

It's a great idea.

 Then the monster was flung wide into the sky.
 But he was undamaged.
 He was just lifted right under my nose.

...... Rollo, let's undo the shield.
"──── Yeah, thanks, Inez.

 Shortly after, Inez's shield of light disappeared, opening up her vision and allowing Rollo to face the monster.
 In the midst of a horde of demons, a small boy stood alone, facing the huge monster.
 It was a strange sight.
 Rolo was undaunted by the situation, and quietly spoke to the monster floating in front of him.

"──── Hey, you(...). Can you hear my voice?

 Then I felt the wriggling body of the monster stop moving for a moment.

"I'm sorry you can't (・・・・・) eat (・・・・) as much as you'd like (......).
 I'm sure you're thinking right now that it wasn't supposed to be like this.

"──── Rollo?

 The monster didn't move and seemed to be listening.
 Everyone watched in amazement as Rollo suddenly started talking to the monster.

...... Are you frustrated, ......? That was really scary, wasn't it?
 Now you're trying so hard not to let me see into your mind and manipulate you again. But ...... understands. You're too frightened to (・・・・・・) approach (・・・・) us the way (・・・・・) you want to (・・・・・). ...... Isn't that right?

 The creature wriggled eerily in the air as if to answer Rollo's call.

 With just a shriek from his huge body, the monster sent countless cracks into the ground.
 The ground around us crumbled and caved in as fast as we could see.
 Rolo didn't seem to care, and continued to talk to the monster.

──── Yeah, I know. You've already built up enough power to destroy the city of Mithra (here) in an instant if you wanted to.
 ...... But why don't you do that, ......?
 That's weird. Why is that? ...... It's like you don't want to do it (・・・・・).

""────aah, aaah, aaah, aaah ────aah, aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah"

 The monster's power is increasing explosively.
 Countless black thunderbolts shot out from arms sprouting from all over the monster's body, shattering buildings all over the city of Mithra.

 The ──── thing is clearly enraged.
 It's reacting to Rollo's words.

"...... I know. You're lost (・・・・), aren't you? You don't want to lose what you've collected. That's why you're only half-heartedly attacking (・・・・・・・) like that right now. ──── That's right.

 His form swells and his power increases.

""────aah, aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah ────aah, aaah, aaah"

 A black thunderbolt struck Rollo in front of his eyes, sending flakes of debris crashing down on his head.

"...... Yes, you're right. Of course, you have a long, long life ahead of you, unlike us, so I don't mind if you wipe it all out. You could just start all over again. You can do that.
 Are you sure you're okay with that, though?
 Are you happy with that, ......?

 I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.

It's a shame, isn't it? It's a shame, isn't it. ...... You wanted my blood, didn't you? You wanted my blood, didn't you? You said my blood was the best thing that ever happened to you.  

 You've been holding out on being hungry for a long, long time, haven't you?
 ...... are you sure you want to give up so easily?

""────aahhhh, ────aahhhh."

 The intimidation emanating from the monster increases.
 I can see that black lightning clinging to his arms as they begin to multiply further.

 ──── This time, it will surely be more intense than before.
 I felt a disturbing presence and tightened my grip on my sword.
 But ────

 He stared straight at the monster and refused to move.

──── But there's a nasty one out there.
 If I don't kill it here, I don't know what will happen next.
 So (・・・・・), I had no choice.
 ──── you thought (・・・・・) and gave up (・・・・・・).
 You're shooting that magic because you're not sure you can beat us, right?
 Because ...... you're scared. Because I'm scared.
 You want to make the bad things go away.
 You've chosen to run away (・・・・・・) because you know you're weak (・・・・).

 The monster stopped moving.

"......I know that feeling. But ...... it's okay.
 You don't have to be afraid like that anymore. Because ────

 And the next thing you know, Rollo is kicking the ground.

The next thing you know, Rollo kicks the ground and says, "────, I'm going to take you over there.

 The next moment, Roro kicked the ground and said, "I'll go over there.