WM – Chapter 42: Takatsuki Makoto’s reunion

“Hah!” 

I –Sasaki Aya– woke up.

“Eh?” 

I didn’t die?

I look at my own body.

There’s no big wound.

Even though I remember my body being torn apart.

I look around.

This is the space at the back of the waterfall that I like.

The one that’s right at the exit of the lair.

“Mother-sama! Everyone!” 

I ran to the lair.

That was a dream! Everyone is alive!

That must be the case! 

The familiar big rock that protects the entrance of the lair was destroyed from the inside.

The inside that was normally so lively was now dead silent and there’s no one.

“Cold…” 

It is not the usual home.

It is the same as that nightmare.

It wasn’t a dream…

“Uh…uh…wuuu…” 

Tears overflow.

The last moments of everyone were burned in my eyes.

Those hollow eyes.

The bloodied Mother-sama.

Why…did something like that…

The lair of the Lamias had a spell cast that only allowed Lamias to enter.

That’s why it is impossible for enemies to enter —unless someone betrays them.

Elder Sister-sama —no, that Bitch.

My siblings, Mother-sama, my older sisters…

I don’t know why, but I am alive.

Then, I will crush the enemy.

I must not die until then.

After that, I hunted monsters. Hunted, hunted, hunted, hunted, and continued hunting.

Especially harpies.

I was crushing them completely wondering if that boss might come out, but when they fly away, it is hard to catch them.

They have begun to run away the moment they see me.

Damn it!

The place I sleep in is the Lamia lair where there’s no one.

The door has been destroyed, so it isn’t as safe as before, but I don’t know any other place.

I thought that maybe the traitor would come back, but she didn’t show herself.

Where did she go?

Maybe she bit the dust somewhere.

But in the off-chance that she is alive…

I will kill her.

Killing that traitor and the boss of the harpies is my reason for living.

But I am not that strong.

Now that I think about it, Mother-sama has said this: “If you want to become stronger, eat humans. They hold strong powers blessed by the Gods. If you eat a human with high mana, you can become stronger. Just like me.”

The current me cannot defeat the boss of the harpies.

I have to become stronger…

I can’t go choosing my methods.

I continued fighting all alone for a while.

One day…

I noticed that a big sound was made from the underground lake.

I hurriedly jumped out from my lair. 

I thought that maybe an enemy attacked, but it seems like that wasn’t the case.

The monsters are gathering.

That’s…humans?

Are those the so called adventurers that the older sisters were talking about?

There’s two humans.

A bright red haired girl, and a black haired boy with gray attire.

The girl must be a mage, she has a staff after all.

What’s the man? Lightweight armor, and a dagger.

A thief, maybe?

Mana is overflowing from the female mage.

I can feel a powerful lifeforce.

(If I attack her…if I eat her, maybe I can become stronger?) 

But before that, there’s the hated harpies.

I will deal with those first! 

I observe those two while crushing the harpies.

If I had to compare, the overwhelmingly stronger one should be the mage woman.

The man has lifeforce comparable to that of the goblins around here.

That’s what I thought at first.

But…

(No… The problematic one is the man.) 

They were surrounded by several tens of monsters. 

The female mage is desperately chanting magic, and trying to evade the sea serpent and the strings of the arachnes while raising screams.

On the other hand, the man holding a dagger…

(Does he have eyes on his back?) 

He was avoiding the attacks of the harpies that were coming from the back with minimal movements.

Nimbly escaping from the sea serpent that jumps out from the water.

Cutting the arachne webs deftly.

Even though he doesn’t look like he has much physical strength, he was dealing with all the attacks carefreely as if he were dancing.

(Moreover, what’s with that calmness of his?) 

Even though he was fighting for his life here, avoiding the attacks of the monsters by a paper-thin difference, he scratched his cheek.

It is as if he is saying ‘good grief, this is troubling’.

(The problematic one is that black haired man… Let’s hunt him first.) 

I raised my concentration.

Even so, that gesture of scratching his cheek…

I feel like I have seen it before, but I can’t remember.

◇◇

– Makoto POV –

“Damn it, they are not decreasing in numbers.” (Makoto)

“[Falling Meteor]!” (Lucy)

The spell that Lucy shot raised a gigantic water splash.

This is already the 7th spell shot.

It got several monsters, but there’s still a lot.

“Are you okay, Lucy?” (Makoto)

“Yeah, I am still okay in mana.” (Lucy)

As bottomless as ever, Monarch Mage.

But her concentration is already at its limit.

“Lucy, don’t use magic for a while. I will continue evading.” (Makoto)

“U-Understood…” (Lucy)

Lucy was swaying as she wrapped her arm around my waist. 

I look around.

There’s more than 50 monsters surrounding us.

Most of the monsters are low or mid class. 

There’s 2 that I have to be careful about.

One of them is the giant crocodile-looking monster.

King Crocodile.

There was information about it in the guild.

It is apparently the ruler of the underground lake.

Just that, it seems like it isn’t interested in us right now, and is attacking orcs and goblins. 

That’s why I am not worried about it. 

The problem is the other one.

By the time I noticed, it was already mixed in the free-for-all fight, a single lamia.

(I heard that Lamias normally act in groups though…) 

This Lamia is acting alone. 

At a glance, it looks like it is fighting the harpies and arachnes and has no interest over here, but…

(She is aiming at us…) (Makoto)

The Detection Skill’s alert has been ringing for a while now.

(Moreover, she is crazy strong.) (Makoto)

Lamias are Mid Class.

But this one is crushing orcs with one hit, and ripping apart the wings of harpies as if they were paper.

Or more like, the harpies ran away when they saw that Lamia.

On that point alone, we are lucky, but that one Lamia is a lot more worrying…

It has been 10 minutes since the time I used the Spirit Magic.

I want to use a big spell and deal with the monsters, but…

(In a situation where that Lamia is aiming at us, I don’t want to use magic.)

It would create an opening.

I want to distract her if possible.

“Lucy.” (Makoto)

“Haah, haaah… What?” (Lucy)

“No, it is nothing.” (Makoto)

I was going to tell her to be careful about that Lamia, but it doesn’t seem like she has the leeway.

I will deal with it.

I purposely have my back face the Lamia.

I have a 360° view, so it is not like I am letting the Lamia out of my sight.

(Will she take the bait?) (Makoto)

I avoided the attacks of the surrounding monsters with my back still directed at the Lamia for a while.

I wait for that moment with a dagger in hand.

(Here it comes!) (Makoto)

The Lamia lunges at us, closing the distance.

(Fast!) (Makoto)

I swing my dagger the moment I turn around, but it painfully cuts air.

[Water Magic: Ice Needle]!

I cast my real intention, the blinding spell.

Ice needles were created right at the face of the Lamia, and shot.

(She avoided it?!) (Makoto)

This is the first time this spell has been avoided.

“Damn it!” (Makoto)

This is a bit bad.

I am a total mess at close combat. 

The eyes of the Lamia and I meet in close distance.

(What a beautiful monster.) (Makoto)

While holding an out-of-place impression, I readjust my posture to protect Lucy.

But it isn’t attacking at all.

The monster in front of me had her eyes wide open as if it were surprised.

“Takatsuki-kun…?” 

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58 thoughts on “WM – Chapter 42: Takatsuki Makoto’s reunion

  1. Oh, so the Lamia were wiped out a while ago! Then she was just at the point where she might start her own Lamia nest, by eating people…wonder if the jealous sister was backstabbed, or if she’s still out there?

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    1. It’s incredibly easy to imagine Onee-sama getting rewarded exactly as a traitor deserves, but then poor Sasaki wouldn’t get her revenge.

      I do wonder how she survived. Extra life? She still sounds like a platformer, so…Hmm.

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      1. PLATFORMER, of course, double jump, charged attacks and extra life. She is a Warioland/Castlevania player, does the tail counts as a whip?
        Or it could have been a oracle stuff, we still dont know if the goddess has already given her power but i doubt it

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      2. Depends on what kind of game character she is now, it’s possible she just had a big enough health bar, that she survived lethal damage, rather than having a 1up. Though with all her kills, as the guardian of her little sisters, she could have plenty of point awarded 1ups, if she’s a platformer.

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      3. I don’t think it’s as simple as her having high vitality, since she explicitly mentioned being “torn apart”.

        If she didn’t actually die and respawn, then it’s gotta be some kind of crazy regeneration.

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      4. Like I said, depends on how it works, there was a manga I read a few years ago, where the mc had really high hp, but the damage still gets through, so someone could tear his throat out, or gouge out his heart, and he just didn’t die. HP regen would eventually restore the missing body parts, in that one. So maybe it’s like those high level vampires in other stories, she was torn to pieces, didn’t die, and just didn’t wake up until she’d put herself together.

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  2. With some more time to think about it, anybody else wonder if reincarnators falling through the gaps of human knowledge, and being born as monsters, is why there are occasionally stronger named monsters, Demon Lords?

    Also, wonder if the jealous sister might have taken the chance to study the materials, to get back at Saya, by moving into a human town…?

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    1. Named monsters sounds likely and honestly has been a running hypothesis since she reincarnated as a lamia. This in turn begs the question, how many more female students didnt spawn in the church with the others?

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    2. I’m sure some named monsters are reincarnators but I can’t think all of them could be. Otherwise the world would be filled with Rous, Rimurus, and Kumoko-chans since the named monsters would have human level intelligence paired with monster strength and could do a lot of things.

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      1. Depends on their life experience, in this world, Kumoko hatched out of her egg to the sight of her mother eating tons of her siblings. If anybody else had been born into a similar environment, the kill or be killed stress of their every day could be enough to keep them from doing any deep thinking. So not really human level intelligence, on average, but for the few things they really focus on, like that one boss monster living in a cave, that drops an advanced piece of technology, like a better weapon than what you can get at that level, or the random home appliance you need for your base.

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  3. *takes deep breath* Oh thank god!

    Things were really looking like they were gonna kill each other. I think things are settled for now, though. Sa-san was able to get an ID on him-or should we call her Harpy Slayer? Anyway, she can give them shelter in her Lamia Cave and they can properly catch up and rest.

    Takki! The ball will be in your court now, in a lot of ways!
    Your old friend from a previous world Sasaki Aya is on a warpath to avenge her isekai family!
    [Help her slaughter them all] <
    [Try to talk her out of it]

    Lucy better be on the ball from now on, because it looks like Sasaki is much more competent than her, and that means she has value as food to make her stronger. Jokes aside, I do hope Lucy doesn't get snippy with Sa-san. Actually, I can kinda see her being on board for the revenge quest.

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      1. Don’t they say people grow when they have a rival? Before Mary was something of a rival but wasn’t with Takki as often as Lucy.

        Perhaps being in close proximity to someone who is capable AND competing for the affections off the man she likes will stimulate her to grow… We can hope right. I certainly do. For all her over eager blundering and denseness I like Lucy and hope she grows as a person

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  4. Thanks for the chapter! Finally the two have met! Though it seems like shes not ready to join the party yet… would makoto convince her to train outside instead? Maybe, not sure, cant wait for the next chapter

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  5. What a cliff.

    So I guess Aya doesn’t look like her original self since Makoto didn’t recognize her. Anyways I wonder what happened to the elder sister? I would assume that the harpies killed her right after she opened the cave for them since harpies and lamias are mortal enemies but who knows. There’s just as much chance that she is still alive so Aya can have her revenge.

    Now how will Lucy react? She’s already clingy and jealous when the guild receptionist tries to flirt with Makoto and now there’s gonna be another pretty girl that has feelings for Makoto.

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  6. Thank you immensely for the chapter! Been eagerly awaiting it since yesterday.

    Now I have to wait two days for the hopefully reveal and team up. AARG!!!

    On a side cliffhanger is really not a good term because when I have arrived at it all I want to do is run forward and jump off to reach the next part! Not something I would do with an actual cliff!

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  7. Thanks for the chapter! ^^
    I utterly failed my guess! x)
    Not the Light Hero but the Lamia! XD
    Ayasaki fight! o/
    What’s up next?! Will Makoto believe it’s her? Is she wearing something? What level of confusion will fall upon Lucy from this encounter? Was it the Godess plan all along or a misstep? Is death awaiting them? Will the Light Hero come and bring more chaos?!
    Discover it in the next episod of Weakest Mage!!!!!

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  8. Thanks for the wonderfull chapter, well thats one way to encounter an old classmate, nothing better that a bloody free for ll bloodbath to find old friends. Now wondering how did she survive the attack from the Harpys.

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  9. It’s nice getting Makoto described as a badass from an outsider.
    His life force is at the level of a goblin, huh, the nun said it was because he was severely weakened and his heart stopped beating if I remember correctly.
    I wonder when and if the problem will be resolved.

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  10. I’m really impressed with this light novel. Good writing, the main character actually seems competent, I like how the combat works (and that there’s planning involved) and the translation is top notch

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