Prologue – Those Lined Up Before the Horizon
There existed a market.
This market was situated in the temporary residential district, which in turn was located at the tip of the cargo ship Shinagawa, on the deck of its bow.
This temporary residential area was a place that was not managed very strictly.
“That’s why the Yakuza offices are there.”
Oriotorai’s words echoed in front of one of the buildings that stood in a line, spaces between them.
Her back towards the black-painted office that had been created out of a modified cargo container, Oriotorai looked at the deck.
There, more than ten students had collapsed on the floor, unmoving. Most of them were on their faces or lying face-up, but depending on the person, some were crying and wetting the deck.
Facing all of them, Oriotorai’s breath was not ragged in the slightest.
“Come on; don’t just sleep after getting here after me. Um, Suzu?”
“Ye….Yes, what…is it?”
The girl sitting next to the collapsed and stationary Persona-kun spoke with a questioning tone. Keeping her eyes lowered and continuing to kneel, she turned towards Oriotorai. In response, Oriotorai flashed her a smile.
“Are you the only one alive?”
“Yes?…Ah, no, I-I, wa-was car-car-carried so, ah, yes.”
“That’s a choice based upon teamwork, so it’s fine. One survivor, and it seems that you properly rescued those who were retired on the way here. Far better than your second year.”
‘Yes’, Suzu nodded.
At that moment, the front gate of the office behind Oriotorai opened.
Hearing the sharp noise, Suzu pulled her body back, her eyes still lowered, and Oriotorai tilted her neck towards her back.
A distance of twenty meters. Opening and exiting the door of the office was an angular giant who could not have been below three meters in height. Oriotorai looked at his four arms, which were covered with crimson scales.
“My, my, how the devils have fallen. Or rather, we’re in the air right now.”
“Who the hell are you!?”
The deep voice rang out, sending Suzu’s body trembling. Everyone, lying down, picked themselves up.
They looked at Oriotorai and the circumstances surrounding her.
“Sensei…Are you really going to do this?”
‘That’s right’, Oriotorai said, not even bothering to turn her body to face the devil walking towards her from behind.
Neither did she draw the longsword that was slung over her shoulder.
“Well then everyone, we’ll be having the practical lesson now. Got it? Thanks to the fact that their organs contain approximations of Fluid reactors, the accumulation speed of their inner-fuelled Bless isn’t a joke. Not only is their skin heavily armoured, their strength is about the same as a light god of war.”
“Well, aren’t you an expert!?” the approaching crimson devil said.
“Who the hell are you guys!? Having a field trip in front of our building!?”
“Mmm. Ahh, the truth is, the night watch asked me to do this. Please get them, they said. Ah, but personally, I’m here about the land buyout at Takao the other day. Remember that?”
“Huh? You think I’d remember things that happen all the time!?”
“I see”, Oriotorai said. She slowly turned her body to face the devil.
“It must be pretty horrible to be blown away without even knowing the reason why.”
The devil came. His massive strength as well as the bone structure that supported it brought the gigantic body which exceeded three hundred kilograms in weight to a speed of 150 km/h with one step. The charge that brought the four hammer-like arms swinging forward had also been used during the charge, so it was not meant to be used against people.
The fact that the crimson devil charged Oriotorai led to this.
“Maybe you’re worried ’cause I mentioned the night watch? Good call, but…”
Before the colossal body closing in, Oriotorai said this.
“I will now give a demonstration.”