Chapter 4 – The ‘Seven Swords’ Claudia
Anyway, the proper question now is what should we do about this situation?
The expression on Ingrid’s face, which is neither sad nor wistful, is worrisome, but ──.
“Master, there seems to be a Controller placed on her forehead.”
Suddenly, Milfa announced.
Looking closer, I could see a hexagonal red something stuck on Ingrid’s forehead.
I reached out with my right hand and plucked it off.
The instant it was removed, Ingrid’s body flinched for a bit then collapsed on top of me as if she had lost strength.
“Planting a part of one’s own body then injecting magic power on them to make them their own puppets. They are one of the abilities known to exist in S-Class demons and above.” Told Milfa.
“This is why they are classified as a dangerous class and are able to herd out demons with far little abilities than them. Though with this that it became easy for them to subject lower-strength species to do their bidding, It became easier too, for them to be released. Once you remove their intermediary, the effects of the controller will dissipate.”
“Oh, so you also knew about the ‘Devil’s Bud’? I didn’t know you could defeat my physical control just like that.”
Jarvise murmurs in surprise from afar.
I glared at the old woman and then held out my hand to help Ingrid up.
Then, my eyes met Ingrid’s lips.
The lips that had just touched me are extremely warm── no, now is not the time for that!
“You okay, Ingrid?”
I asked in a slightly raised tone.
But Ingrid just blushed and turned away.
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Then she touched her trembling lips with her own fingertips.
Because of that, the memory of kissing her came back to me again…along with the embarrassment and shame that came alongside it.
“That was an accident that was an accident that was an accident that was an accident……erase memory erase memory erase memory erase memory……”
I resumed from my fantasy, only to find Ingrid suddenly talking to herself repeatedly at an alarming rate. Ah, I think I broke her.
“You can do your lovey-dovey strawberry time later, boy!”
Out of the blue, Claudia stepped closer and shouted to us.
“W-wait, it’s a misunderstanding. There’s no lovey-dovey or strawberry factor or whatever between…”
Ingrid stammered an excuse.
“Save your pleasing acts for later. We have to deal with this demon first.”
Claudia said with a dignified face and approached my side.
Then she whispered to me.
“I need you to back me up, boy. I’ve heard that your magic sword technique can send out blasts and shockwaves all around you. To be honest, it’s not ideal for fighting in tight spaces…….”
“Well, that’s for sure.”
“And if you just slash randomly, you might get manipulated by the scattered ‘Devil Buds.’ We still don’t know how your mage was caught, but it would be more suitable for me to take the job as I can make her buds disappear the same time I slash.”
“But the opponent is so strong that even an S-class adventurer would have trouble with it one-on-one. Are you okay with that?”
“Hmph. Who do you think I am?”
Along with a pair of eyes full of fighting spirit, she looked absolutely stunning as she spoke those words. So radiant, that her fierceness never once made her beauty look out of place, even if we’re in the middle of battle.
Yes, she’s just like those Valkyries in legends.
“Though I’m saying that, this thing is still an S-Class. You’ll never know what kind of tricks they might have up their sleeves. This is why I’m asking you to back me up if something happens.”
“……Okay. If it looks bad, I’ll help you right away.”
“Well, I might say back me up, but don’t blow up the whole cave and bury us all alive, boy.”
Claudia smiled jokingly and turned her back on me.
Suddenly, a shiver ran down my spine.
What is this feeling?
It’s super bad, as if something is──.
“Hmm, finally. And I thought you’re going to fight alone? I hope you’ll excite me with that plan of yours, as I had already given you too much time waiting.”
Jarvise was still standing arrogantly as she was.
Yet she was already with her arms lowered, ready to fire her arm spears at any time.
“I have a plan. A great plan, in fact. And it’s THIS!”
Claudia rushed towards the direction of the demon.
“I can’t believe you just called charging ahead a plan! Haha, I didn’t think you were planning to die all this time!”
The old woman extended her arms like a spear, just like before.
But now, she’s using both her left and right arms at the same time.
Claudia slashed the two incoming arm spears with her twin swords, just like before, and disintegrates them with lightning strikes soon as they made contact with her blade.
However, the severed part immediately regenerated and was thrust out at her once again, with one of the arms drawing an arc and closing in behind her.
Without even turning around, our female swordsman haphazardly cuts it off and disintegrates it.
But it quickly regenerated and came back at her with another arm spear.
“I’m telling you, it’s futile.”
Claudia easily slashes it, obliterates it, and continues to accelerate even more.
In the end, it has led to a super speedy exchange between attack and defense.
Regenerate. Slash. Disintegrate. Approach. This chapter translation is made possible by stabbing with a syringe translations. check up-to-date translations only at this site.
Regenerate. Slash. Disintegrate again. Approach again.
“As long as I slash you quicker than you regenerate, I won’t have any problems.”
It was plan to overwhelm the opponent at the very front!
Claudia, who never stopped running, finally came within striking distance of the old woman. Then,
“Edge Three ──Tempest!”
The three swords clad in wind magic cut off the old woman’s limbs.
Furthermore, towards the body of the demon that was sent flying in the air,
“Edge Five – Blaze”
Five swords clad in flames suddenly appeared around Claudia, and were shot out like homing missiles of a cruiser ship.
“With this, it’s over.”
The demon who has lost her limbs was literally in a helpless state, but as the five flaming swords closed in on the defenseless Jarvise,
“──naïve, young lady.”
The old woman just smiled and spat something out of her mouth.
Seeing it closer with my sharpened vision, It was a piece of her very own tongue! She just gnawed and made her own tongue a projectile!
The next thing I saw was Claudia letting out a groan of pain, along with the old woman’s laughter overlapping with that voice.
A moment later──.
A hideous black glow suddenly burst out from the limbless old woman’s body.
I shouted unconsciously towards the woman who was caught in the explosion.
Claudia slowly looks back.
Then, a chill runs down all over my body.
From there, in front of us was still Claudia, and gone were the traces of the old woman.
However, Claudia is──for some reason, smiling.
No, that person is not Claudia anymore.
I looked at her, feeling dumbfounded at first, but it was immediately followed by a surge of despair upon confirming it.
A red hexagon is now stuck to her forehead.
It must be from the piece of flesh from the tongue that the old woman had spat out.
Yes, it was the controller that the Demon Jarvise used to manipulate her targets.
“Claudia’s body……has been taken over!”