WM – Chapter 41: Takatsuki Makoto encounters ○○

“Please save me… I will do anything you want to repay you…” 

That girl said this with a feeble and fleeting voice.

She was approaching us with unsteady steps that felt like she could trip at any moment.

“Are you okay? Did you get separated from your allies?” (Lucy)

Lucy was about to walk to where she is with a worried expression.

I grabbed her tightly with my hand.

“Makoto? What’s the matter?” (Lucy)

“…”

“Don’t tell me you plan on demanding something from this worn-out girl.” (Lucy)

Lucy shows an angered face.

“…U-Uhm, if it is something I can do, I will do anything…”

The girl continues to plead for help.

“It is okay. When in trouble, we help each other out! We won’t demand a reward! Makoto, get your hand off!” (Lucy)

“…Haaah…” (Makoto)

I let out a big sigh.

“Hey! Are you telling me I’m a goody-two-shoes?! Fine. I didn’t know you were such a heartless person, Makoto…” (Lucy)

“Lucy, that’s a monster.” (Makoto)

Detection has been ringing all this time, it’s been incredibly annoying.

“Huh?” (Lucy)

“Tch!” 

Lucy was dumbfounded.

The girl that was making a painful expression warped her face into a provoking one.

*Crack Crack Crack Crack Crack*

 A lot of legs began to grow out from her lower half.

“An arachne, huh.” (Makoto)

“Kyaaaaaaa!” (Lucy)

Lucy, that’s noisy.

“If you are scared of spiders, move to the back.” (Makoto)

“That’s not it. I was simply surprised. I am not scared!” (Lucy)

The arachne attacks us yelling ‘sha!’ as she jumps.

[Water Magic: Ice Needle].

Ice needles stab the eyes of the arachne.

“Gyaaaah!”, she raised a scream.

“She has spider eyes on her body, but can’t she see from those?” (Makoto)

“What are you analyzing calmly?! [Stone Bullet]!” (Lucy)

Lucy points her staff and a rock the size of a person appears, and was shot like a cannon.

*Squash!*

A displeasing sound was made and the spider woman was crushed.

The arachne was now under the rock and didn’t move anymore.

“Did it die?” (Lucy)

“There’s the chance that it is faking dead, so let’s confirm.” (Makoto)

[Water Magic: Ice Needle].

I aimed for her eyes again, and she raised an ‘Aaaaah!’ scream. It seems like she was playing dead.

“Lucy-san, your turn.” (Makoto)

“Makoto, you are merciless. [Fire Element Grant].” (Lucy)

Lucy adds the fire element to the rock she shot.

An uncomfortable smell wafted around, and the arachne had her legs flailing around, and in time, she stopped moving.

“Good job, Lucy.” (Makoto)

“That really surprised me. What’s with that girl?” (Lucy)

“Mary-san told us that there are a lot of monsters that transform into humans. Arachne, Lamias, Harpies; there’s also undeads that look like humans. Let’s be careful as we advance.” (Makoto)

“There’s no way I would mistake a zombie for a human.” (Lucy)

“Think of them as vampires… Lucy, stop.” (Makoto)

“H-Hey, Makoto…” (Lucy)

Lucy must have noticed too.

*Tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck tuck*

Sounds.

Not the footsteps of people.

Insects.

The sound of insects crawling.

“This is…” (Lucy)

“Yeah, we are surrounded.” (Makoto)

Monsters that were big spiders with the top of a woman appeared.

They were all glaring at our direction.

There’s some who are licking their lips.

Yup, carnivorous girls.

“This place…” (Lucy)

“Was the lair of the arachnes, huh.” (Makoto)

“I hate this…” (Lucy)

So Lucy really is the kind of girl that hates insects.

Well, that’s normal.

“We are running.” (Makoto)

The cluster of arachnes slowly closes the distance to us.

“H-How?” (Lucy)

Lucy had a pale face.

“Spirit-sans, Spirit-sans.” (Makoto)

I call them.

This time around, it was in a hurry.

[Water Magic: Raging Water Dragon].

It doesn’t look like a small hindering technique will be working here, so I use the strongest magic I can use right now.

A dragon made of water sent flying the arachnes together with Lucy and I.

The minute control of Spirit Magic is complicated, but I somehow managed to direct the water dragon to the underground lake.

Lucy and I were slammed into the underground lake while being caught in the magic I used.

“Puha! That was one violent way to run away.” (Lucy)

“No, we didn’t manage to run away completely.” (Makoto)

It seems like the arachnes aren’t good at swimming, so they don’t go as far as swimming into the lake.

They are shooting webstrings from the shore.

It would be bad if we were to get caught by those.

“Hey, aren’t the other monsters gathering?” (Lucy)

“Right. We rampaged a bit too much.” (Makoto)

At the shore, there’s not only arachnes, but also orcs, cave wolves, and goblins.

“Lucy, don’t bite your tongue!” (Makoto)

“Eh? Hieee!” (Lucy)

I use water magic to accelerate the water around us. 

[Evade]! 

*Splash!*

The giant mouth of a snake appeared right at the place where we were just a moment ago.

“S-Sea Serpent!” (Lucy)

“There’s a whole lot of monsters inside the water too.” (Makoto)

“There’s harpies coming from above…” (Lucy)

There certainly are a number of harpies flying around above us.

Lucy’s eyes were going a bit blank.

Oi oi, it is too soon to give up.

“Look. It doesn’t seem like the monsters are getting along too well.” (Makoto)

“Eh?” (Lucy)

The arachnes, orcs, and cave wolves were competing with each other.

Ah, the Sea Serpent dragged an orc in.

The pitiful ‘Buhiii!’ noise was erased by the sound of the waterfall.

“Makoto!”, Lucy shouts.

“Kyahahahaha!” 

A harpy attacked us from the back!

“I can see you!” (Makoto)

Thanks to my RPG Player skill, I have a 360° view.

With my dagger, I cut off the legs of the harpy that thought we hadn’t noticed her and had our guards lowered.

“That was close…” (Makoto)

Even if I am calm thanks to Clear Mind, I was a bit agitated there.

(Makoto, are you okay?) (Noah)

“Do I look okay?” (Makoto)

Goddess-sama, please guide me a bit more.

“H-Hey, what should we do now…” (Lucy)

Lucy held my shoulder tightly.

The harpies above, the sea serpent underwater, the arachnes and the other monsters surrounding us.

There’s nowhere to run.

This is the first time I have been surrounded by monsters to this extent.

[Clear Mind 99%].

Calm down.

(Makoto, you should be able to somehow manage to escape if you were alone, right?) (Noah)

That’s quite the bad natured thing to say, Goddess-sama.

A smirk appeared on my face.

[Evade]!

The sea serpent attacks us again.

“Lucy, I will concentrate on evading, so I don’t care where, eliminate the monsters from the shore.” (Makoto)

“B-But if we get to the shore, you won’t be able to use your water magic!” (Lucy)

Right.

I borrowed the power of the Spirits just a few moments ago, so I can’t use it again so soon.

The moment we are at shore, I will become useless.

[Evade]!

I avoided the attack of the harpy, and cut her with my dagger.

With her wing injured, I could see her plunging into the lake.

There’s no sign of the monsters reducing in numbers.

Rather, the number of arachnes has increased.

However, there’s a whole lot of monsters at the shore fighting each other at their whim.

Aah, this is bad.

Really bad.

Run away alone

Don’t abandon my comrade

Giving me such a messed up option! 

“Lucy, don’t give up!” (Makoto)

“O-Okay.” (Lucy)

I held the hand of Lucy, and took a stance with my dagger once again.

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39 thoughts on “WM – Chapter 41: Takatsuki Makoto encounters ○○

  1. At what point does he get roped into helping with the Lamia genocide, ‘cuz I’m still convinced that was him lying to the harpy queen, about not being very good at cooling magic?

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    1. Why would he help monsters? Especially since he’s currently being attacked by harpies that want to rip him apart so why would he then ally with those very same harpies that tried to kill him?

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      1. Why? Hostage maybe, they could be holding Lucy, or he was buying time in the sealed Lamia base, rather than worry about all the dragons, and arachne outside, he could even be cooperating just long enough, for the cooldown with the spirits to be up.

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    2. Okay, firstly, that was uncalled for. If someone’s mistaken, then they’re mistaken. No need to insult them because that makes you the asshole.

      Second, time is wonky with this dual storytelling and there’s no way to tell if it’s happening concurrently. We only started on Sasaki’s side now, but since she was mentioned to be 1 year old, it’s established she transferred over alongside everyone else and we’re only jumping in and around the timeline with her. It’s easily possible for that mage to have been Takki depending on how circumstances work out on his side, so they’re not even mistaken.

      Lastly, the mere fact that the human is involved with reviving the demon king is a spoiler. Stop it. No one asked.

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  2. I’m not upset. Thought that he’d finally catch up to his classmate/girl. The chapters are short, I guess. Thanks for the chapter, how does the donation box work? Donated the other day and don’t see it showing at all. I want to make sure it got there.

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  3. Oh hey. Exactly what we expected. Lucy fell for it hard and even criticizes Takki for not buying it. This girl definitely would’ve died without his help by now.

    Noah is definitely on the ruthless side. She’s fine with anyone else but her one follower dying. As expected of the keeper of the last demon lord. As long as she has Takki’s well-being as her main interest, it should be fine…?

    That said…Lucy really is getting to be a burden. It’s fine if she’s bad at magic. That part can be helpful if it’s used right and she’ll definitely get better with experience The problem is that she’s beyond careless, reckless, impulsive, and can’t read the mood at all. She isn’t a burden because she’s a bad magician, she’s a burden because she’s a bad adventurer.

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  4. It’s like those questions that the teacher puts on an exam specifically to get you riled up so you make mistakes on other questions. Just wait for reinforcements to show up!

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  5. Dammit Lucy quit Aqua-ing it up and falling for such obvious traps. Even if Makoto didn’t have skills to sense monsters, he would still be wary about some random woman showing up without armor and ragged clothes but no obvious injuries asking for help and saying that she would do anything with an emphasis on the word ‘anything’ which makes it clear it is supposed to be taken in a sexual way. Meanwhile Lucy just immediately agrees and tries to rush to her aid.

    Anyways I thought that the woman would be one of Aya’s lamia sisters but nope, she was an arachne.

    Meanwhile Noah is being a bit too cold-blooded. She should know by now that Makoto would never abandon Lucy yet she still suggests it. Anyways from a practical standpoint it is better to not abandon her since she’s the firepower of the two and it would be easier to escape back to the upper floors with her around.

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  6. Thank you for the chapter! You do amazing work as always! Keep it up.

    Am I misunderstanding something but couldn’t Takki use water control to cause the lake to become a tsunami and overflow the monsters on the shore? Or does that require a level of control he doesn’t have?

    On a separate note/random thought, has anyone else thought that he could use water control to turn water into something like a snowboard/wakeboard and then stand on it and use it to fly/manoeuvre the tough the air? I mean the water balls he makes are able to float in mid air and he can move them freely in mid air, couldn’t he do the same but with a larger volume (provided he is near a water source) and just you know combine it with water walk so as to move in any and all directions

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    1. Maybe there is a restriction like the water need to move in fixed referential, Makoto here, or if it is more complicated to control a moving one like x and y of the referential constantly changing?
      Maybe it needed to be linked to the body of water it came from like the time with the river?
      If it is the case, the energy for reversing the flow of a waterfall might be too much for him.

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    2. I think his control it’s limited by the mass when it is not generated through magic. Even if he can move enough water to make the support he can’t effectively bear a person’s weight.
      For the same reason he can create a current in the lake but not ‘raising’ it into a wave.
      This is just my speculation though.

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  7. I love how the author is playing with us and leading the wrong way! x)
    It is not a lamia! It is my trap card Arachne! XD
    Quite happy I at least guess it right for [Detection]! ^^
    This skill is seriously Over Powered, love it! x)

    Here is my next guess.
    The Light Hero will face off the Earth Dragon and make it fall in the lake, wich will help Makoto and Lucy in their pandemonium with him following the dragon to give it the finishing blow! ^^

    Thanks for th chapter! 😉

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