Sevens: Epilogue

Epilogue

The first night after arriving at the imperial capital.

I absentmindedly sat on the frame of the window, and stared outside.

The moon was pretty, and I just wanted to stare at it.

The Third called out to me.

『You seem to be quite lost in that. Was parting really that painful?』

I hung my head, and smiled a little.

Looking into the room, Novem and Aria were sleeping in the same bed. We did consider booking two rooms, but there wasn’t anywhere with such vacancies.

If we had one more person, we probably would have been allowed to book two rooms for two each.

“Yes, it sure is painful. I mean, he left just after he acknowledged me.”

As I said that, the Third abandoned his teasing tone.

『As long as you remember him, the First will be delighted. More importantly, it looks like you’ve become just a little more decent of a man as of late.』

“Just a little, is it?”

As always, his evaluations are harsh. I smiled.

It’s just that in my inner most thoughts, I did agree with him. Of all things, his evaluation of me was likely higher than my own.

『Right, just a little. But you definitely are maturing. The First’s actions weren’t a waste. Be relieved.』

Meaning the ancestors wouldn’t forgive it if I continued to be indecisive after the First left.

“… Even now, I have no idea what it is I should aim for. I mean, Aria was left to me, and I plan to look out for her one way or another. We’ll surely part someday, but I’ll make sure she can stand on her own feet before that.”

『Oh? Were you not opposed to Novem’s harem plan? Even when it was something you should have been overjoyed with as a man… well, it’s not like I don’t get where you’re coming from.』

Truly, if you’re a man, then dreaming of harems is natural.

But if you asked me if I really want one, the answer is vague.

I’m suspicious of whether or not I can even bring happiness to Novem alone.

She had sold all the furnishings prepared for her wedding to raise funds for me.

When will I ever be able to repay such a debt?

“For now, we’ll just see the world as adventurers. And while we’re doing that, the answer may come up… There are just too many things I know nothing about.”

As I said that, the Third agreed.

『Humans have nothing but unknowns. Even if they act like they know everything, that’s surely a lie. That’s why there’s no way but to spend your whole life learning it. There’s plenty of wisdom you won’t find in a book, and I agree with your opinion, Lyle.』

“Thank you, Third Generation.”

There, the Third cautioned me.

『Whoops, looks like we talked too much. The princess is waking up, so let’s bring the conversation to a close here.』

The Third closed his mouth, and Aria woke up.

She raised the upper half of her body, and the the red gem dangling from her neck looked as if it were letting off light.

She called out.

“… You were still awake?”

She looked quite sleepy, but her form was also quite defenseless. She rubbed her eyes, and looked in my direction.

While thinking it would be nice if she looked at me as more of a man, I looked back, and saw there was no helping it given the person I was anyways.

She left the bed, and drew near me.

And she turned to the pendant on my neck.

“You have a number of Skills too, right? As I thought, is that an heirloom of sorts?”

As she stared at my blue Jewel, I nodded.

Rather than concealing it, it looks like she thought that it was hard for me to use them due to my frail constitution.  Even if I had a blue gem hanging from my neck, she didn’t think I could make use of it.

“… It’s something that’s been passed down through the heads of the Walt House. A precious heirloom.”

She lowered herself into a nearby chair, and touched her own red gem.

“I see. Even when I also have one, it’s complicated to use… They were apparently all the rage in the past, but now that the technology to make them has been lost, they’ve fallen out of production. But since they’re heavily unbalanced, they’re not too sought after.”

Magic Tools made their appearance, and the gems that had been used up to that point were soon abandoned.

It was because there was no choice on the Skills in a gem.

It was looked on as merely a device to record the Skills that manifested in people.

I’m not sure if she’s in a good mood or something, but Aria was talking a lot today.

“Fufu.”

“What’s up?”

“I just remembered something. You see, this red gem that’s been passed through the Lockwarde family women, it actually has quite an interesting story behind it.”

“Interesting story.”

As I showed some interest, she began to talk.

It started with a single woman, who married into the House.

“When gems first started spreading, there were only ones without anything recorded on them.”

“… Right.”

The First learned that later, and I remembered him regretting it.

When you look back at the Walt House’s start, it’s just a funny story at this point.

“And my ancestor that married in, you see, she brought it with her. But the Lockwarde House already had one. So they didn’t know why she brought one herself.”

When that woman came in with her red gem, the Lockwarde House already had a gem in their possession.

Since using multiple ones at once would cause problems, the gem stayed with that woman.

“And so, that ancestor made it so that the gem was to be passed down to the Lockwarde Family women. Along with her own story of failure.”

“And that’s interesting?”

“Rather than interesting, perhaps a little tragic? Before she married, it seems my ancestor had a person she liked. For that person’s sake, she paid a large sum, and bought the gem.”

Hearing up to that point, it looked like it would turn into a drama.

From the flow of the story, it sounded like her husband, and the person she liked were different people.

“This isn’t going to have a punchline, is it?”

As I said that, Aria told me to wait for the end.

“You see, that ancestor was quite bad with words, and she couldn’t convey her feelings to that man. What’s more, they had never even talked once! She would just occasionally see him from afar, and she was satisfied with that. Don’t you think that’s foolish?”

On that, I wasn’t really sure how to respond.

I do find it off that she never even called out to him, but I guess the First Generation was in a similar situation.

“… Well, it is a bit questionable.”

“Right! And so a few years passed without her being able to hand it over, talks of marriage came, and she wasn’t able to refuse. So all she brought with her was the red gem she bought for that man. Even when she heard that the man wanted a red gem, she was never even able to talk to him.”

A small question popped up in my head.

I was a little curious about the man that woman had fallen for.

“What sort of person was the man?”

“I don’t know the specifics, but it seems there were a lot of youths who rushed out to reclaim land. It seems that man headed a pioneering corps, and went far away from the capital. When my ancestor heard that, she bought this to at least be able to convey her feelings in the end, but she was never able to hand it over. She’s too hopeless, isn’t she?”

Could it be? I thought, so I decided to ask.

While there should be plenty of men out there who fit the description, I couldn’t stand by without confirming it.

“D-do you know that person’s name? Perhaps appearance!”

As I drew closer, Aria seemed surprised.

“Appearance is beyond me… if it’s his name, then…”

She probably never thought I would show this much interest. Aria seemed a little perplexed.

And with a gesture as if to try remembering, she voiced the name.

“I believe it was Ballze or 【Basil】 or something like that. He was the third son of a Knight House, and it was love across rank, it seems. I mean, it looks like my ancestor was the daughter of the baron at the time, and perhaps even if she called out to him, nothing would come of it. Her name was 【Alice】.”

“I… see…”

It looks like her feelings did go through.

I found myself unsure of what to say.

If only one of them had called out… but if that happened, then neither me nor Aria would be born.

Having heard the story, the Ancestors let out their impressions.

The Second was blunt.

『They’re both idiots.』

The Third as well…

『How should I put this, perhaps it really was 『Fate』. He never had the opportunity to hear it to the end… how should I put this, if you ask if it’s fitting, I guess it is fitting of the First.』

The Fourth was a little regretful.

『While I do feel it’s a little sad, I’m a bit envious.』

The Fifth was cold.

『Well, it wasn’t fated to be. If it was, they’d have ended up together.』

The Sixth…

『Even if love across status comes to fruition, whether that will bring happiness or not is…』

The Seventh was similar to the Sixth. But slightly different.

『It all depends on the circumstances. If that woman called Alice had many sisters, perhaps she would have been allowed to chase after the First on his journey. They had just gotten themselves out of an era of chaos, and it probably wasn’t a time so set in ranks as ours. If he was to become independent, then marrying wouldn’t have been too bad of an option.』

Imperial Nobles, unlike provincial Nobles, didn’t command too much military force.

They lived by receiving money from the palace.

I can’t say which is better, but in a position like that, it would be important for them to have connections with the provincial Nobles as well.

(So there really was a chance for them to be together… truly, perhaps my meeting with Aria really was fate, Founder.)

As I was thinking about such things, Aria called out.

“What’s wrong? Suddenly making such a sad face… while it may be sad, it’s a cautionary tale for the Lockwarde House’s women. Make sure you get your feelings across clearly, is the moral. But there’s also an official stance. Do that in order to be a warrior woman, they say. It’s just that, these sorts of womanly worries have an underside to them… isn’t it strange?”

“… Haha, the gap really is large.”

I thought it would have been better if only she brought it up earlier, but I realized that nothing could be done even if she did.

It’s something that already passed long ago.

Seeing me act differently than usual, she brought forth a question.

“Are you really alright? You’ve been acting a little strange for a while.”

“No, I was just thinking of how fate really exists.”

“Fate?”

She was making a puzzled face, so I continued.

“You see, my family, the Walt House’s founder… his name was Basil Walt. In order to reach the side of the woman he liked, he went off to become a feudal lord.”

Hearing that, Aria opened her eyes wide.

“Eh, do you mean…”

“It looks like neither of them were able to call out. It’s just that, he gained himself some land, and was doing his best in preparation to confess to her.”

The story of a man who, for the sake of a single woman, joined a dangerous corps, and cut down the monster-infested forests.

“When he finally returned, the girl he loved had already been married, it seems. Her name was Alice-san.”

Having heard that, Aria looked like she was grasping for words.

And after a while, she opened her mouth.

“I wonder what it is. I’m simply not sure what it is I should say. But if fate really does exist somewhere out there, then perhaps the fact that we met is also some sort of destiny.”

As she said that with a bitter smile, I nodded.

“That would be nice.”

I removed my gaze from Aria, and looked up at the moon.

Looking at that round moon, I thought if only I could bring this story to the First Generation… and found my incessantly mulling self to be a little pitiful.

I shook off the feelings, and looked at nothing but the moon.

The words came out naturally.

“The moon sure is beautiful tonight.”

For some reason, Aria’s face was flushed a little.

The Fourth spoke.

『The bastard did it. He unconsciously did it!!』

The Fifth raised a questioning voice.

『What is it? You’re being loud. What’s so strange about the moon being beautiful?』

The Second was the same.

『Yes, today’s moon really is shining nicely.』

It seems that the Fourth was pissed off, looking at us.

『Why don’t any of you notice it! Lyle, you like books, right? Haven’t you ever read of something like this? Never!?』

While thinking he was being noisy, I said I was going to sleep, and headed for the bed.

(No, what’s so wrong about the moon being beautiful? I mean it is, isn’t it?)

But this time, Aria started gazing up at the moon.

(So she wanted to look at it to? No, I guess that’s fine… I’m going to sleep.)

“I’ll be off to sleep first. Good night.”

Without meeting my eyes, she muttered in a small voice.

“G-good ni…”

About Yoraikun

A college student who really should be doing something more productive with his time. Also, he can read a bit of Japanese.
This entry was posted in Sevens and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

173 Responses to Sevens: Epilogue

  1. zekkendo says:

    I need a catchphrase. Thanks!

    Liked by 6 people

  2. Jordan says:

    first.

    Like

  3. Life says:

    Secret Passive Skill [Harem Master] Leveled up!
    Thanks for the chapter!!!!

    Liked by 8 people

  4. Lyle the lady killer. This boy is going to go far. Let’s hope his sister doesn’t take it away from him.
    RAFU!

    Like

  5. GonZ555 says:

    Thank you for the chapter :)

    Like

    • GonZ555 says:

      i didn’t know the reference but why do i suddenly remember suikoden 2 from ps1
      agh.. this series is making me want to take out my ps1 out and play it again..

      Like

      • Rudeus Greyrat says:

        Uh, apparently, when this famous Japanese writer was asked to translate “I love you”, he translated it as, “The moon sure is beautiful tonight” or so.

        Liked by 6 people

      • Eiourion says:

        There are scenes about the moon or show the moon. When the trio plus that girl was in jail. When luka was finally killed.

        Like

        • starltyz says:

          Luka.. That damned monster. He got my respect for being strong and probably he’ll not lose if Jowy didn’t betray him.
          Oh and damn! U guys make me want to continue my pursuit of Clive story which so far I never make it to the end a.k.a fail. Don’t forget Muku-Ranger. I cant obtain more than the one behind that tree.

          Like

  6. RKain says:

    Hahaha. So this is the moment when Aria has completely fallen.

    My thanks to you, Yoraikun.

    Like

  7. zekkendo says:

    What’s the origin of that “the moons is beautiful” thing? I keep seeing it, but i can’t remember

    Like

  8. Granhelios says:

    ALERT!!! HIGH DENSITY MATERIAL INCOMING!!!!!!
    also, thanks for the chapter

    Like

  9. shirayukibns says:

    Okay so at this point it’s confirmed that not only is Lyle dense as lead, but all the ancestoes except for the 4th….. yup

    Liked by 1 person

  10. kirindas says:

    Thanks for the epilogue! The intertwining tales of unrequited love.

    Like

  11. kerfirou says:

    Sooo, Lyle is finishing up the First proposal for him to Her descendant?

    What a Filial boy!………not.

    Like

  12. alzamer2 says:

    thanks for the release
    with this the 2nd arc finished
    i know i asked the question before but because I’m more afraid from the teaser ( the translator discontinued the project) than i hate then
    is there any plan to make this series a main project

    Like

  13. Veribadd says:

    plot twist, his sister will become a yandere brocon and murder all of his harem.

    Like

    • Darkaeluz says:

      You… I like that!

      Like

    • ArKain says:

      Conspiracy Keanu: What if Novem is the real monster who slowly turns anyone she meets into her puppet, and Celes knew this and was trying to break up the marriage between Lyle and Novem in order to protect him?

      Like

      • Plot Twist: Lyle is the monster and Celes traveled back in time to prevent him from destroying the world.

        Like

        • Nanashi says:

          By killing all his acquaintances, brainwashing his family and kicking him out of the house, leaving him to his own methods instead of killing him. Because after the time travel happened she said “Man, Lyle really needs to get out of the house and become OP by amassing crap tons of experience before I fight him”

          Like

        • Eiourion says:

          To prevent a murderer to became a murderer then you you have to remove the reason for him/her becoming one. If one is prophesized to be one, persecuting will only persuade him/her becoming one. There is a manga/anime where those prophesied to be the one that will destroy the world are gathered to experience love in form of family.

          In final fantasy the main antagonist is from the future that destroyed the world. Some fans theorize that since she would be born in a time where people know there would be a tryant will be born and persecuted them. In the end the treatment cause her to become one.

          Like

  14. cbslue says:

    first,i feel for u man…..TT^TT……..lyle stop bein a bitch and take aria into your harem in honer of the first !!!! make her happy in his place !!!

    Like

  15. thejum says:

    Aria affection + 10

    Aria’s relationship status has improved from “Conflicted” to “Interested”.

    Like

  16. diablo says:

    Thanks for the overdose! I mean chapter :))

    Like

  17. Scarecrow says:

    How sweet, I almost wished there won’t be more girls to come… Almost.

    Like

  18. Yami says:

    Someone explain to me what’s the meaning behind the moon is shinning bright. Since i don’t get what’s the reference for it. Also, the author did a nice job wrapping the story about the 1st generation unrequited love

    Like

    • Phyr says:

      Sosuke Natsume, a Meiji era writer, was also a translator by trade. In Japanese culture, it’s common to be hesitant to say bluntly sweet words like “I love you.” When translating an English text that included the line “I love you,” Sosuke elected to translate it as “The moon is beautiful tonight.” Now, in modern Japanese literature, a classic way to imply “I love you” is to say that the moon is beautiful tonight.

      Like

  19. EzCo says:

    I wonder how much mana that lady killer passive takes up.

    Like

  20. ArKain says:

    Good thing First ain’t around anymore, otherwise Lyle would have fainted. Going to make for some great stories for the next guy who gets the jewel though.

    Like

  21. bksadiq says:

    i dont thing so he will meet has sister to soon maybe after 2 years she will start her plan to chaos the world

    Like

  22. a says:

    fourth s right this fucking lyle really did it this time.maybe he s gaining some of fourth’s some of skills as passive over time:D

    Like

  23. BakaGrappler says:

    You know, all of this particular chapter… I was left thinking… when the 9th generation gets that Jewel, what kinda hell is gonna be raised when Basil realizes that Lyle made an actual harem with Aria in it and make nookie nookie with the likeness of the wild First’s unrequited love, and then reveals to him the story he heard from Aria in this chapter.

    Bets on how long it’ll take for Lyle’s child to pass out from the commotion?

    Liked by 1 person

    • shirayukibns says:

      I’d give them 20 seconds at most

      Like

    • Maruku says:

      Well it depends actually, if the 9th generation is like Lyle then it is possible that the Ancestors would start talking to him as well, if not then we will have to wait for a generation where the heir would have an evil little sister that would kick him out of the newly found Lyle House (really hoping he would just make one and destroy the Walt House guehehe). I think out of six generation after the founder, the 8th; Lyle, was the first to have an audience with the previous generation (minus his dad) if I am not mistaken.

      Like

      • zekkendo says:

        . . . the ninth is lyle . . .

        Liked by 1 person

        • I thought Lyle’s the eighth? His father wasn’t selected to succeed. His grandfather (7th) chose Lyle, who got shafted by Celes.

          Like

        • Yoraikun says:

          No his father’s the current head. Celes is just the Heir at this point. If Lyle really was the head, there would be nothing anyone would be able to do otherwise.

          Like

        • That guy says:

          Lyle’s the Ninth head. Lyle’s father did succeed as the house head from the Seventh, making him the Eighth. It’s not that his father wasn’t selected, he just never made time to find out what the gardener wanted to receive the Gem. Celes is the only one the ancestors have an issue with succeeding since she’s a girl.

          Lyle was supposed to be the Ninth head of the Walt house, and is the Eight inheritor for the Gem. That’s all there is to it.

          Like

      • alu says:

        Although Lyle is 9th, the problem will be the 10th generation.
        With an harem, how many children will there be to fight to be the next head?

        Like

  24. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Like

  25. hezat says:

    Life ‘s a bitch …

    well thanks yorai chii :3

    Like

  26. koblat says:

    and thanks to this chap… that phrase…

    Like

  27. Dracona says:

    This was great I hope it will become main project

    Like

  28. alu says:

    “When my answer ” -> “When my ancestor”
    (D.A.U.)

    Like

  29. SamS347 says:

    Side effects from growth remained on him maybe lol,
    Well at this point he should have scored some point on Aria, fate really exists but as they explained it, if it really worked then none of them would here to talk about it eh…

    God dammit I kinda miss the savage First…

    Thanks for the chapter Yoraikun.

    Like

  30. ZaX says:

    Kind of funny how they all ended up. 1 female acquaintance from each generation and harem achieved. Thanks for the chapter!

    Like

  31. assisonfire says:

    You could say he lacked…

    『Experience』

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

    Liked by 2 people

  32. Rnfunk¥$! says:

    OH… man vol 2 is complete, thanks yorai-sama!! :-)

    Like

  33. Verdant Knight Runner says:

    Oh the Biggest regret any man in love can have is the “What If?” This is a very painful and true story I myself experiences something similar as I met with some of the defendants of my great grandfathers crush and let me say that this sadly occurs too damn much in real life it’s heartbreaking

    Like

    • Izanau says:

      Yap, Me too already experience ‘what if’. Damn its make me remember the sadness.

      Like

    • diegodeveze says:

      I have a friend who used to be my best female friend back in high school. We got along super well and I always had a thing for her, but I thought we were better as friends and that I didn’t have a chance.

      We stopped hanging out after she changed schools, but still talk from time to time, and one time she told me she had a crush on me since she first met me, but -she didn’t say this, but she implied it- that faded over time.

      I regretted it slightly since she really is one of the best female friends I’ve ever had, but she was kind of a hoe too, so it didn’t bother me much. It was more like ”Damn, I should’ve”. Not to tragic, tbh.

      Like

  34. and says:

    thanks for the chapter

    Like

  35. Weiss says:

    Thank for the chapter

    Like

  36. Chronos5884 says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

    Like

  37. hum, novem is suspicious (she always tries to avoid attention and she agreed with Lyle having a harem too easily) but i dont think that she is a monster trying to manipulate Lyle (because if she were a monster then what celes (and considering what she did in the previous chapter) would be?) if novem is going to be something maybe she is the same thing as celes but tring to rise Lyle as her champion against celes and in the end novem is going to sacrifice herself to get rid of celes leaving Lyle and aria to to tell the tale through their gems

    Like

  38. Thanks for the chapter Yoraikun!

    Ahhh, Lyle…stereotypical genius-but-dense protagonist…and no one here paid any mind to the fact that Novem was in the same room and had most likely heard every single word…

    Liked by 1 person

  39. zekkendo says:

    If lyle has a harem, is there going to be war between however many kids he ends up having over the jewel?

    Like

    • diablo says:

      i’d say there will be a war between the mothers to establish which one will remain alive, along with her offsprings (if the harem will have too many yanderes, that is)

      Like

  40. Nunchan says:

    While reading ixam still have a slight hope that the first gen just make a lie that he will dissapear

    And after ho learn the truth about alice , he will come out and speak something,

    …… Ohh So sad

    Like

  41. Anononon says:

    humm the more i observe novem the more i think she act like a guardian to lyle not a lover, she sure look happy when he say he want only her but she keep the other girl on range too, something like a sister love? strange…

    Like

  42. k says:

    Thank for the update

    Like

  43. “The moon sure is beautiful tonight

    Like

  44. Such beautiful words. True harem + 1

    Like

  45. i often dont like jap novels anymore cause the MC is always murderer by a truck(seriusly! o.O) is a total looser and/or is kind of socialy deranged. this novel is really good, love the characters and this chapter is beautifull!!

    Like

  46. lenyekpenyek says:

    Alright, having OP enemies, close friends dying, MC powering up little by little. Other than having a yandere girl, it feels like Kuro no Maou. Loving it so far.

    This story keeps getting better and better. So excited for each chapter. Thanks for the 2 volumes so far Yoraikun. Keep up the goodwork, and the godlike speed lol.

    Like

  47. Adam Jensen says:

    Reading this while listening to “Snake Eater” keeps making me imagine lyle as big boss.

    Like

  48. cheesepizza says:

    Looking at the comments I can just say I called it…

    Like

  49. Orphiex says:

    Got a question. Should have asked it in an earlier post, but I didn’t think of it until now so what the heck.

    So, [Magic Tools] let one person use one [Skill], right? And [Gems] let one person use one or more [Skills] at a lower level. But [Jewels] not only let one person use eight or more [Skills], but teach their holder how to use those [Skills] at full power. The question is, how far does the teaching go? Is it possible that now that Lyle’s been completely acknowledged and trained by the First, he can use the First’s [Skill] even if he loses the [Jewel]? Or rather, can [Jewels] teach [Skills] permanently?

    Also, did the author ever establish whether a [Gem] can absorb more than eight [Skills]? Or does a [Jewel] lose the ability to absorb new [Skills] in exchange for the ability to fully train those [Skills]?

    Like

    • Yoraikun says:

      Magic Tools can store a number of Skills as well, but their stock is limited, and you can’t get more than what you purchased. Gems record Skills of whoever holds them, but it isn’t established how long it takes to record them. It has not been established if they have a limit either.
      Magic Tools are preferred because you can actually choose the Skills you get, while a gem only give you the basic Skills of whoever held it before.
      As for how far the teaching goes, who know?

      Like

      • Orphiex says:

        Cool, thanks. That clears things right up. As for the teaching thing, well, I’m sure that we’ll find out about it sooner or later.

        Like

So, what's on your mind?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s