A present from Tony Yon, I actually did nothing.
Arrogant and Conceited Heart
TL:Tony Yon Ed:Crash
“I guess this place will do.”
The giant figure who wore dark blue robes–the Beast King nodded and said that after looking around for awhile.
“No problem. Or rather, this will end in three minutes right? We don’t have to go this far.”
The one who said that lightly was Hiyuki who wore short line above the knee with roses arrangement—Rose of Wartime Fire (Anne of Geierstein).
“Well the line up is a bit special after all. We can’t let others see.”
He looked at Hiyuki and the one who followed her closely from behind. It was a fair skinned beastman with nine tails, the divine beast Utsuho, who had transformed into her human form and was smiling wryly.
That said, the Beast King himself who stood at the top of beastmen will also draw attention even if he doesn’t mean to.
“Umm, divine beast-sama…”
Asmina, the lion tribe’s shrine maiden, showed an unusually timid attitude while addressing Utsuho.
“What is it, shrine maiden of the lions?”
“After this tournament ends, by all means, I implore you, please visit our tribe. All the members of our tribe will welcome your presence with our utmost respect.”
“—Hmm. As long there will be a banquet of fresh harvested goods and sacred wine then I won’t mind, however…”
Pressing the folded folding fan to her mouth, she looked at Asmina in a pleased manner—by the way she is pleased with Asmina, since she is a ‘piquant child,’ or so she said while squinting her eyes—and continued.
“I am Princess’ retainer, so I can’t do it without Princess’ permission.”
–In a flash Asmina’s gaze fell (height wise) automatically to Hiyuki’s beautiful face.
“Only if he can hold on for three minutes. If he can’t or if he does something unsightly, well, you know the answer yourself.”
Hearing Hiyuki’s answer the blood drained from Asmina’s face, and she quickly grabbed her brother’s chest tightly and shook it roughly, although Revan, who stood beside her, hadn’t caught up with the situation.
“Did you hear that! Did you get it, Revan-nii-sama!? Our tribe’s life or death is on the line, or rather the entire beast-kin tribe’s reason for existence is in peril right now!! If Hiyuki-sama abandons us then our tribe will meet its end. If divine beast-sama abandons us you will be labeled as the one disgracing our tribe and those labels will stick onward with our descendants!! Do you really understand!?”
“I know I know! I just need to win, right!?”
Revan broke free from her hands with force, and answered as if they’re troublesome things.
“Ah, this idiot brother of mine really doesn’t understand a thing! Do you think you have a chance this late in the game!?” In an instant, understanding the hopelessness, Asmina crumbled down in despair.
In a place a little bit away from them, Hiyuki talked to the Beast King in an uncomfortable manner.
“How should I put it, even the simpleton who didn’t think about anything (Joey) and the idiot who was too trusting (Prince Ashyl) both have lovable parts in them, but this is the first time I’ve seen a nitwit who completely doesn’t have a clear understanding of his opponent at all. –Is this personality perhaps created by the environment?”
“…I am truly ashamed.”
The Beast King lowered his head with a sour expression.
“I actually planned to only beat him up a little, but it seems if I don’t completely destroy him it won’t do. –By the way, since we study from the same mentor, though it’s not quite satisfactory he’s still my senior apprentice, is it fine for me to beat him to pulp?”
“This is not a personal affair after all, so both of you should show your full capacity and compare them for me to see. If you hold back I think it will disgrace me.”
“—Eh!? Hiyuki-sama is also grand uncle’s disciple!? Then you’re senior and junior apprentices with brother!?”
Hearing their conversation Asmina said that in a hysteric voice.
Revan also started to show vigilance in his eyes.
“Well I just received his training recently, so I think it’s still presumptuous to claim to be a junior disciple.”
Hiyuki shrugged her shoulder lightly.
“I see. –Also, it’s not junior disciple but junior sister disciple.”
Hiyuki’s eyes avoided Asmina as she corrected her about it.
“..Ah, right. Junior sister disciple, yup.”
“That’s right. That is why there’s no need to hold back.”
Hearing the Beast King’s solemn voice, Revan his took his stance with his two fists clenched and said ‘Understood’. However, as expected he was still looking down on her—she’s a new disciple and a girl—that kind of aura was still visible from him.
“Then I too am ready.”
Hiyuki also took her stance, however she had her palms open.
“Princess, are you not going to use Sinner of Rose (Gilles de Reis)?”
Utsuho tilted her head in confusion.
“Well, today is just something like a greeting. –Then, here I come!”
In an instant with her leg strength Hiyuki kicked the ground and closed the gap of 5 meters in almost 0 seconds.
And at the same time she waved her right hand at the still dumbfounded Revan’s face. Asmina who looked on from the distance can’t even see the after image as Hiyuki’s palm traveled to and fro eight times.
One moment later the clear slapping sound resounded.
And the next moment, together with her yell, Hiyuki sent a low kick toward Revan’s right leg—at the backside around the ligament–and drove it upward.
Revan who lost his balance looked at his flank and saw Hiyuki’s right leg that was covered by her skirt was raised lightly,
And it flew at him as roundhouse kick.
GAN! Together with a heavy sound Revan’s face was repelled and his legs even left the ground.
Furthermore, with her right leg still folded, she used her left leg as an axis and turned around like comet, and without killing her momentum added centrifugal force to drive another roundhouse kick toward Revan’s abdomen.
A heavy and blunt voice as if beating a drum was resounded. And Revan’s body was sent flying around 10 meters from the ground. And when his body finally landed, because he unable to mitigate the force, he dug a trench with his body and in the end rolled into the ground like a rag before stopping.
“…It’s settled, huh.”
Utsuho muttered while covering her mouth with the folding fan and yawned in boredom.
“Far from three minutes, he didn’t even last ten seconds.”
The Beast King offered his agreement blandly.
“Well I guess so—?”
Hiyuki sighed in lamentation.
Good grief, what a dull result. The three of them showed similar expressions.
At that time—
They noticed some movement from the cloud of dust.
And when they looked at it, they saw Revan who should have lost consciousness trying to stand up.
He has surprising fighting spirit—or not, the three of them glanced to their side.
The one who stood there was Asmina with both her hands open and aimed toward her brother. From her palms a faint light mist flowed toward her brother.
“…Ahaha, actually usually I cast strengthening magic at brother before he fights, but I completely forgot this time. That’s why I cast it midway… Is it perhaps not allowed?”
Asmina made an excuse with a troubled expression.
Everyone here can see what she used just now is not strengthening magic, but healing magic. However, Utsuho let it slide with no interest, the Beast King just shrugged his shoulder lightly, and Hiyuki—
“I see, well since it’s just an accident then that’s fine. I’ll allow it this time.”
But I won’t allow it a second time. Knowing what Hiyuki implied, Asmina nodded with a stiff expression.
“…Tch, I was unprepared…!”
Thanks to Asmina’s healing magic, Revan who recovered from the damage wiped the blood in his mouth and tried to stand up.
“Unprepared…? Please stop saying something like that, Revan-nii-sama!”
Looking at Revan’s attitude, he didn’t seem to willing to listen to Asmina’s reprimands. Hiyuki’s eyes closed halfway and she pointed her finger towards herself,
“It seems I need to hit both sides or it will be meaningless. Previously I was the one who attacked, now it’s your turn.”
“Don’t be cocky–!”
Using something like the thunder leg or echo step, Revan strongly kicked the ground and as if he was gliding, he reached Hiyuki’s range.
“–Don’t screw with me! I’ve been training hard since I was five for more than ten years! There’s no way I will lose to someone who just started training yesterday!”
While screaming that in his heart, he used the skill he learned directly from the Beast King, a trusting technique used for beheading, toward Hiyuki with all his power.
“You have a lot of useless movements.”
While lightly commenting on his strike, Hiyuki turned to the side when his attack almost hit her and caught his right wrist,
Not giving him any chance to react, Hiyuki swept his leg and threw him to the ground with a one armed shoulder throw.
While Revan was writhing in agony on the ground, Hiyuki looked at the Beast King,
“Actually, about this technique’s weakness, if the opponent fixed their position at the point of impact or let it slide, it will be turned into a simple striking technique. –Well, since the current opponent is inexperienced I don’t even need to use parallel thought.”
“That’s true. Well it’s true that it might be better to learn the foundation rather than various small techniques when still young, since leaving it to power and speed is more effective…but to think his skill has become this dull.”
“Good grief, a loser who doesn’t understand their position is painful to watch.”
Hearing Hiyuki’s voice, the Beast King’s disgusted response, and Utsuho’s sneer,
With an angered expression he forcibly stood up and threw all the emotion he felt toward Hiyuki,
“I won’t forgive you!!”
After shouting he ran towards Hiyuki.
His movements can’t be called refined, having both his self-confidence and pride destroyed, he left it all to his emotions, just like a wounded beast.
However towards that center thrust which was done half-reflexively, Hiyuki turned counter clockwise to evade it, then drove her left elbow towards Revan’s stomach,
Thrown a few meters by the impact, the air in Revan’s lung left his body and quickly his consciousness was covered by a veil of darkness.
“Hang in there, Revan-nii-sama!”
On the verge of falling to the darkness, hearing her sister’s familiar voice and feeling the warm drop of something fall from her cheek, Revan opened his hazy eyes.
It seems he was sprawled on his back. And Asmina was crying and calling while covering him up.
Though he lost consciousness only for a few seconds, apparently it reset his anger and returned his emotions to a blank state,
–She’s crying. For my sake…. I made her cry.
Asmina cared about him from the bottom of her heart. When he noticed her figure he felt something ripping his heart.
And then at that time he noticed, while the Beast king reprimanded him, at the same time his strict gaze never abandoned him. Also, the consideration and worry in Hiyuki’s eyes, while she beat him up. Noticing all of that, he felt a shame he never felt before.
–what the hell am I doing…
I became conceited because I was called the ‘Beast King Successor,’ and believed that I am strong and can do anything if I feel like. It is because of that pride that I disregarded people around me and lived as I pleased.
And the result was that no one, not even me, cared about myself.
And then because of my confidence of being strong, when I was defeated by this girl who was smaller than me, I can’t accept my own inexperience but resent her instead.
What an unsightly person I have become.
Resenting others won’t make me advance forward. Rather, what awaits me is only self-destruction.
When he noticed that, he felt a fire ignited in his body.
–I can’t let it end like this!
His eyes opened. There’s no longer any cloudiness in it.
“I am fine, Asmina. Don’t worry.”
He smiled, and patted her head like he did when they were still children.
Resisting the urge to vomit, and the cold sweat flowing in his body, Revan stood up and bowed toward Hiyuki.
“Your Highness, may I ask for one more chance?”
“Sure. With pleasure.”
Toward Hiyuki who smiled happily, he once again expressed his thanks.
“The next head of Nu Gruv tribe, Revan, coming!”
“Imperial Crimson Sovereign, Hiyuki. I accept that challenge!”
Finishing their greetings, Revan stepped in. Actually his condition is no longer suited for battle, but with his remaining will power he sent a straight thrust towards Hiyuki.
Different from before, his speed has fallen, and yet there’s no more useless movements, a move faithful to the basics.
Hiyuki smiled, and sent a similar thrust.
And the time their techniques met, a dry slapping sound resounded between them.
Then…in front Asmina who waited with bated breath, Revan’s body slowly slid and fell.
He already passed the limits of his mind and body, but the expression he showed is one of satisfaction.
Leaving the rest to Asmina who rushed towards Revan, Hiyuki smiled wryly from feeling the numbness in her left hand which was used to parry Revan’s strike.
“Then, did all of that reach three minutes?”
“There are many things I am not satisfied with, but I guess he barely passed.”
In response to Hiyuki’s question, the Beast King answered with his usual stern expression.
“—Hmm. Well, he did have the willpower.”
It seems Utsuho’s opinion of him changed slightly.
“Well, I think he won’t lose at the preliminaries at least.”
Hiyuki shook her head.
Ep 11 end.