Ponkotsu Chronicle - 10
Chapter 10 The Cool Real Thing
I ran towards Gray, not the academy. However, I couldn’t rescue her in time and she was swallowed by the black fog right in front of me.
「Damn it! Hey, are you alive!?」
The black fog cleared up immediately.
When I rushed over immediately after, I found Gray lying face down on the ground. Her shoulders are shaking slightly, so she’s still breathing. It seems that she’s barely conscious. When I lifted her on my shoulder, I heard her groaning.
「What… are you…. Quickly, the wand…」
I know. Gray has a point. I should have run to the academy and delivered the wand to Faria using the opening Gray made by sacrificing herself. It was a terrible misjudgment.
I carry Gray on my shoulder like a log and run away from the spot. However, since I had moved so boldly, there’s no way the black monster won’t notice me. It’s holding up its palm and clearly aiming at me.
Gray hit my back weakly while being carried by me.
「Don’t worry about me. Just abandon me and run! Quickly get the wand to Faria-san.」
My back was hit with her fist as hard as she could muster.
And then, Gray shouted.
「What the hell are you doing!? I just went out of my way to do super cool self-sacrifice, you know!? If you were able to deliver the wand to Faria-san because of this, I would have become the hero who saved this town, you know!? I might have been admitted to the academy because of that achievement! You damn fool!」
「Ahh jeez, this is really the worst! This is the worst! Just abandon me and deliver the wand to Faria-san! Are you planning to make a mess of the chance of my big turning point in my life!?」
I think I should have abandoned this girl and ran.
No, it would have turned out as she wanted and that’s annoying.
「Look behind you! The fog will come again! Quickly hide somewhere!」
When I look back while running away, the giant’s palm is directed at us. There’s no place to hide.
The next moment, my vision was covered by the black fog and became completely dark.
Maybe it was because she was exposed to the fog for the second time, Gray, who was rampaging on my shoulder, suddenly became quiet.
There’s no change in my body.
I thought it would be the end for me, but I don’t feel any pain or discomfort. The only thing that happened was that my vision became worse.
For the time being, I escape in the opposite direction of the giant while being surrounded by fog.
「Hey, are you alright? This is the second time, but are you alive?」
「… Y-yes… but, it’s tough because it took away all of my magic power….」
Gray responded while breathing faintly.
「It took your magic power?」
「Yes. That fog seems to absorb the power…」
「Ah, I see.」
I got it.
Just like when Gray used the strengthening magic and then exhausted herself, when humans in this era run out of magic, they will have symptoms close to oxygen deficiency and exhaustion.
However, I came from an era where magic power doesn’t exist. In other words, it’s like living in a high place and getting used to the thin air. Since I don’t have any magic power to be stolen from me, the black fog has no effect on me.
Then, there’s a change in the movement of the black giant, who had only released black fog from its palm until now.
The fog has already cleared. When I look back, I can see the giant clenching its huge fist and swinging it.
I let out a pathetic scream and ran away as fast as I could. A few seconds later, the fist slammed into the spot where I was, creating a huge hole in the ground.
The giant’s movements are slow. However, no matter how slow the movements are, the giant body’s stride can close the distance, that I’ve made with a dash, with just one step
Before coming to this era, I had been running away from the officers, but to think that I end up running away in this era as well.
「This is why I told you to run away with the wand! The situation just got worse, you know!?」
「You sure are energetic when blaming others!」
It seems that Gray has no more strength to rampage, but only her mouth is still healthy.
Well, I guess I deserved the complaint.
「To begin with, why did you come back to save me? Alan-san, you are not such a good person, right?」
「Yeah. I should have abandoned you. I’m regretting that.」
「Even though you came back on your own, what’s with those remarks?」
I also think that I really did a foolish thing.
Thanks to that, I’m in a tight spot now.
「Just so you know, I hate you.」
「Haa? What’s with you? ‘I hate you but I still saved you,’ are you trying to show off that you are a good person? It’s no use trying to patronize me.」
「Shut up. I won’t say it again, so listen carefully.」
Why am I so irresistibly angry with Gray of this era?
Although I want to avoid quarreling, why do I end up fighting with her over every word she says?
There’s a very simple reason for this.
「I liked the Great Hero, 【Silver Moon】 Gray. I really admired her, not as an illegal digger. I really admired the humble, true Great Hero who saved the world but never boasted about it.」
It was a poor life, far from amusement. Even so, the legend of the heroes, that I learned as a material for illegal digging, made my heart beat faster.
Even though I was living the miserable life of a scoundrel, it is human nature to admire such a ‘cool existence’.
「Hee~, is that so? You were admiring me, huh~?」
「That’s why I was so disappointed when I saw you in person. To be honest, I even wanted you to disappear.」
「Isn’t that a bit harsh?」
Gray struggled on my shoulder and protested, but I couldn’t lie to myself. This real Gray made me disillusioned that much.
「However, just for a moment ago, you looked like the real thing. More than Faria-san, more than anyone. Whatever the reason was, you tried to save everyone in this town by sacrificing yourself. You boasted of it, right?」
What I remember is the face of Gray who was smiling at me and saying ‘I did it!’.
It is said that the only thing that the Great Hero Gray boasted of in her life was that she didn’t let anyone die in front of her. For a moment, the image of Gray from earlier overlapped with the image of that Great Hero.
While carrying Gray on my right shoulder, I take out the ‘Wand of the World Tree’ from my pocket with my left hand. Then, I present it in front of Gray.
「That’s why you should do it. It doesn’t matter even if you are a liar or a fake. Show your guts and defeat that monster here.」
「Don’t be ridiculous…. Do you really think I can do that?」
「It’s not about you can or can’t. I’m telling you to do it. If you don’t do it, we and everyone else in this town will die. Are you okay with that? It’s all your responsibility, you know?」
I stir her up as much as I can.
Normally, if a little girl like her were to take responsibility for the lives of the residents in this town, she would be crushed by it.
However, Gray was different.
She laughed a bit and replied with a cheeky tone.
「It’s not all, the responsibility is fifty-fifty. The half one is yours for expecting me to do this! No! 80%! No, 90% is your fault!」
Gray shouted so and resolutely picked up the wand while being carried on my shoulder.
At that moment, light gushed out from the wand.