The Classless Transferee's Skill Copy - Chapter 75
Chapter 75: The Resolve to Defeat, and the Resolve to Save
Two men suddenly appeared…
And those two men had knocked Masked Jetter away and captured Snow.
“Let go of Snow, bastards!”
I called out to Snow so he would speak, but he didn’t respond.
They strengthened their grip on him, and put a knife to his neck.
But why wasn’t Snow resisting…?
No, he seemed to be trying to resist…
But he wasn’t moving at all.
That previous attack must have paralyzed him…!
“Nope. This man makes for good material. Now then… Once again, well met, Asou Aruto. I am Saches Ignect… And this is my partner Norm Barth.
Giving me his name, the man named Saches stared directly at me.
But it didn’t escape my notice that his eyes were filled with killing intent.
Then, the man named Norm spoke.
“We know about what you’ve been doing. You’ve snuffed out our allies in Absolute Demise some time ago, after all.”
As I expected, they were connected to Absolute Demise!
“If we reveal any more to you, it’ll be troublesome. It’ll mess up our plans and all.”
By “our,” did they mean their allies…?!
“You guys still have allies?!”
“Ah. We can’t answer that.”
Their target is… me?!
But why’d they take Snow as then?!
“If you wanted to eliminate me, you should have come to kill me directly!”
“That’d be boring. Rather than snuff you out physically, crushing your spirit would be quicker and easier.”
Crushing my… spirit?!
Seeing me in confusion, Saches and Norm snickered.
Then, from his pocket, Snow took something out.
The thing in question was the Monster Drug I had grown so used to seeing.
“When someone drinks this medicine, they immediately turn into a monster… You know as much, right?”
“And now, I’ll make this guy you call a friend drink it.”
Hearing what Saches said, Snow, still held captive, and the rest of our eyes widened.
Were they planning to turn Snow into a monster and unleash him on us…?!
“Here. Drink this!”
Saches held Snow back, and Norm forced the Monster Drug into his mouth.
Unwilling to drink it, he closed his mouth and resisted.
“Snow! No, Stoooooop!”
I moved to help Snow, who was resisting, but my body stopped in place.
I can’t move even though I’m trying to!
Why?! I looked once again at Saches and Norm, both my hands on the ground.
“Shadow Chain… Sorry, but I’ve restrained your movements with chains made of shadow. Well then, Saches, do the honors.”
“Got it. Hmph!”
Norm looked at Saches as if to convey something, and Saches nodded, kicking Snow, who was still fighting back, in the stomach.
Having his stomach kicked, Snow unintentionally opened his mouth, and the Monster Drug was poured into his mouth.
Afterward, in order for Snow not to open his mouth back up, Saches held his jaw in place and tried to make him swallow.
However, Snow still desperately resisted.
I put all my strength into trying to save him, but my body still couldn’t move.
“Stop…! Stop it!”
Vexed at the fact that I couldn’t do anything but scream, I continued raising my voice.
“Kukuku… It must be good, seeing a friend important to you turn into a monster in front of your very eyes.”
Having been silently watching the scene, Yuugure’s body slowly trembled and his expression filled with anger.
He wasn’t angry because the fight was interrupted… Rather, he was angry at their behavior.
“That was an incredibly disgusting thing to do, you bastards… I’ll kill you!!”
Brandishing a gun in his right hand, he was about to shoot when he suddenly stopped moving.
That must be Norm’s doing…!
“Ugh… You bastards!”
Like me, Yuugure seemed to be resisting, but he couldn’t move.
Sashes and Norm tried to get Snow to take the Monster Drug as Yuugure and I stayed in the background.
His resistance was futile, and after taking so many blows, he reached his limits and took the drug…
As Snow gulped the medicine down, I locked eyes with him.
I could see the words “I’m sorry” in his eyes.
Seeing that Snow had swallowed the Monster Drug, Saches and Norm let go of him.
Then, Snow embraced himself in pain.
“Gah…! Guh…! Aaaaaah…!”
From inside him, a purple light glowed, and Snow was enveloped in it.
When the light disappeared, Snow reappeared, clad in a black helmet and armor, his face replaced with a demonic visage…
The black-clad knight shrieked, causing vibrations in the area.
People covered their ears, and some even fainted.
“A Black Knight…! Seriously…?!”
When Yuugure saw the monster Snow had turned into, his expression tensed.
He had turned into a Black Knight—a monster that appeared in very tough dungeons…
After its screech, the Black Knight attacked us.
Because we were under the influence of Norm’s skill, I was immobilized and couldn’t defend or evade the attack. However, Masked Jetter obstructed the Black Knight’s movement.
“Stop, Snow-kun! Don’t let your soul degenerate into a monster’s!”
Masked Jetter desperately pleaded with the Black Knight.
However, the Black Knight pulled Masked Jetter’s arm off itself and kicked him away.
He was beaten to the ground and collapsed there.
Able to move again, the Black Knight shrieked, turning its gaze to the barrier surrounding us.
Then, he leaped to the barrier and thrust at it countless times with the rapier it had.
The barrier was considerably tough, but it gradually began to crack, and in a flash, it was destroyed.
At this rate, the crowd would get injured…!
The breaking of the barrier caused the crowd to be overtaken by fear, and they began to run.
However, perhaps in response to the screams of the audience, the Black Knight put power into its rapier and sent a slash flying at the crowd.
The slash headed towards the audience, who had not yet finished evacuating.
I couldn’t move, so I called out a certain person’s name.
“Meryl! Protect everyone!!!”
In response to me, Meryl set up a Big Barrier.
The slash collided with the Big Barrier that Meryl had set up.
However, the slash wasn’t powerful enough to break through, and it dissipated…
“…! Wait, Snow!”
While shrieking, the Black Knight tried to leap out of the stadium.
I shouted, trying to stop the Black Knight, but it managed to leap out…
“Kukuku, Asou Aruto. You’ve got to defeat that Black Knight, or the town will suffer casualties, no?”
“Well, if you can beat it.”
Cackling and smiling fearlessly, Saches and Norm disappeared…
And with that, we could also move again.
“Tch… this turned out just as troublesome as I thought it would. Oi, Asou. Lend me your power.”
Lend my power…!
“I’ll crush those bastards; then I’ll stop that Black Knight. I helped you out, so help me out here too.”
So he’s prepared to fight the Black Knight—no, Snow…
I lost my strength and fell to both my knees.
“…Hey. When a human that’s turned into a monster is defeated, what happens to them?”
Yuugure looked at me in confusion at my question.
“What’re you asking me all of a sudden? I’m sure you know as much, right?”
That’s right. I knew as much.
When defeating a human that’s turned into a monster, they would disappear, just like a monster would.
It’s something I’ve seen happen to multiple people.
So why’d I ask him such a question…?
“I can’t defeat Snow… I can’t bring myself to kill him…!”
I couldn’t lay a hand on such an important friend.
When I said that, Yuugure guffawed, and grabbed me by the chest.
“You’re always saying such wimpy stuff! So, what is it? You didn’t care when you killed all the other humans that turned into monsters, but now that it’s your friend we’re talking about, you suddenly hesitate?! Do you not care about all the others you’ve killed?!”
“I’ll tell you what. If we don’t stop him, others will die! That means he’ll become a murderer! Are you okay with that?! He’s an important friend to you, isn’t he?! If he’s your friend… then free him!”
“Defeating him doesn’t just mean killing him. Right now, he’s suffering. Defeating him and freeing him from his suffering should be your purpose, right?!”
There was no choice but to do it…!
I don’t want Snow to suffer any more than this…!
“Alright…! I’ll stop Snow…!”
I grabbed Yuugure’s arm and pulled it away from my chest.
Then, I looked directly at him and asked him for a certain favor.
“…Before that, I have a favor to ask, Yuugure.”
“Hit me. If I can’t get myself together, I’ll lose it in front of Snow again.
Hearing this, Yuugure laughed.
“Alright then. I won’t show any mercy!”
Just as he said, he slapped me mercilessly.
The sound of the slap rang out, and I fell to the ground.
I stood up, wiping the blood off of the cut on my mouth.
“I’m up… Once again, lend me your power, Kiriya!”
“…Just this once.”
Thus, having joined forces, Kiriya and I stared at where the Black Knight had ran off to…