Sevens: Before Clearing a Labyrinth

Before Clearing a Labryinth

『If reforming her is impossible, then smash her eyes.』

Having been told that, without my feelings in order, I walked around Arumsaas memo in hand.

It was passed noon, and seeing Shannon’s face felt awkward, so I searched for the private school Clara informed me of.

“I think that’s overkill…”

What I couldn’t understand was how crushing eyes was the correct retribution for petty mischief.

To Shannon, her lack of eyes was compensated for with a Skill, allowing her to sense her surroundings.

Since the Skill acted through her empty eyes, making it so she can’t see… crushing them would make her unable to receive information from the environment, even if it was the effects of a Skill.

That was the Fifth’s theory.

As I was worrying about it, the Sixth spoke.

『Are you still mulling over it? I can understand how you feel, but that power is too much for that child. It’s only because Milleia had a personality like Shannon’s elder sister that my pops was able to feel relieved even though she had that power.』

It seems she was a nice person.

With his dry personality, the Fifth thought it unnecessary to dispatch Milleia, so I was able to understand that her personality was likely similar to Miranda-san’s.

The Fifth was…

『If you leave her be like that, it won’t end with mischief. Now, you should crush all those future monster candidates while you have the chance.』

I responded in a low voice.

There were a lot of passersby, so even if I spoke, no one turned to look at me.

On the large street, there were numerous signs for private schooling posted up.

Various catch phrases as well.

There were some that reeked of suspicion, and others that drew the eyes.

“Monster candidate, is it? I can’t think of her as being on Celes’ level.”

On my frank thoughts, the Fifth called me naïve.

『She can sense whenever someone uses a Skill, and she can touch the flow of Mana. Right now, she’s likely just using it to perpetrate childish mischief from afar, but if she was in the mood, Milleia was able to even control a person’s heart. That girl was nice, so she used that power to heal the wounded hearts of those with trauma. You get it? It’s something too good for that mischievous kid.』

The Sixth spoke.

『The one who learned of its healing usage was the Circry House head. He fell for her, and talks proceeded all the way to marriage. Both me and pops wanted to keep her close, but considering Milleia’s happiness, we sent her off.』

Perhaps as he remembered the scene, his voice had a regretful tone mixed into it.

But the Fifth was the same as always.

『She married into the notable family of civil officers, the Circry House, so in the end, I think it was beneficial to the Walt House. It was quite an advantage for us to have connections with imperial nobles.』

I guess he won’t change.

If you ask if it’s fitting the Fifth, it is, but…

The Sixth spoke.

『If she got serious, you wouldn’t be able to lay a hand on her. The reason we had the Third teach his Skill was so you could build a resistance against her.』

It was apparently my duty to reform the girl who received a power beyond her caliber.

It wasn’t as if she was seeing with her eyes, but still, she could carry out life normally, and was feigning impairment. I found it a little ominous.

I thought it was something I didn’t have to know, but her misdeeds against us were escalating by the day.

Right now, there wasn’t a problem if the three of us stayed out of the house, but if someone stayed behind, they might be in serious danger.

(She can even lay her hands on someone’s mind? No, she uses her Mana to lay hands on it… regardless, if I don’t do something about it, her eyes are…)

I don’t want to do it. Those are my honest feelings.

But the ancestors are egging me on.

It’s not like they’re forcing me to crush them. If I can reform her, then I can go in a direction without gore, otherwise, while it’s pitiable…

Something like that.

(Why do I have to worry over something like this…)

Why did it even come to this?

If we moved out, would Shannon stop caring about us? In that case… would Miranda-san be safe?

Those sorts of thoughts only furthered my worries.

(In the first place… I can’t imagine that child turning out like Celes.)

The Celes I knew of was a true monster.

Just as the First Generation Head called her, a monster whose simple existence could warp her surroundings, and drag them in… that sensation, when I separated from her, I noticed how strange it had been, but while I was there, I never thought it the least peculiar.

I can’t see Shannon as a monster of that level.

If you call her dangerous, she probably is, but I felt we were being a little too wary of her.

(Perhaps the Fifth and Sixth are seeing that Milleia-san’s shadow on Shannon.)

To me, the one I truly should be wary of was the one who mastered the usage of her eyes, that Milleia-san, I think.

And the one she resembled was…

As I was lost in thought, the Third called out.

『Lyle, isn’t this the place?』

“… Looks like it.”

I saw a sword training hall with a large sign hung up over it.

From what I heard from Clara, it was the place the former adventurer opened, it seems.

From inside the room, I could hear a shouting voice.

“You’re stepping in too shallow!”
“Yes!”
“Do you think you can survive a labyrinth like that!? Let out your voice!”
“Yes!”

While listening to the voices, I peered into the hall.

It seemed to have been opened by a swordsman who fought on the front lines.

Looking at the hall, the Second offered his impression of it…

『… Eh~? That’s the swordsman who reached the fiftieth level? Doesn’t he seem a little weak?』

The Third agreed, but his opinion was a little different.

『That’s definitely how he looks, but could he be hiding his ability? As a fellow swordsman, I’m curious. It’s just that, no matter how I look at it, he isn’t very…』

The Fourth.

『That’s standard training hall-trained swordplay. No, I won’t say that’s bad, but… since it was five years ago, did his skills dull from being separated from the battlefield?』

The Fifth.

『Won’t it be fine if Lyle fights him?』

The Sixth…

『Right』

Seventh…

『So he’s challenging the school? It may be nice if he experienced it while he’s young. Lyle, that’s how it is, so…』

“… What do you mean that’s how it is. Do you guys have some grudges against training halls? Why do I have to challenge…”

I unintentionally grumbled aloud, and the my eyes met a disciple close by. It looks like he overheard me.

“I-it’s a challenger! Teacher!! They finally came! A challenger has appeared!”

I extended my hand towards the disciple’s back, and opened my mouth. I knew he wouldn’t be listening, but I tried giving an excuse.

“N-no, well… that’s wrong…”

I heard the Third’s voice.

『With this, you can’t run away, Lyle. Look, resolve yourself, and show off your sword skills honed by real battle! Don’t lose to some indoor-trained swordplay!』

(… Before I was kicked out, that’s practically what I was doing, you know?)

Looking at the training hall set astir, I ran off.

I fled.

The Sixth spoke.

『What, so you won’t do it? How boring… this sort of thing is actually quite fun, you know?』

As I ran, I shouted out.

“It’s definitely not fun! What sort of pitiful reason is there for me to have to challenge a training hall!? I planned to have them teach me a thing or two about the labyrinth!”

The disciples that rushed out of the hall chased after me.

Perhaps because the blood had gone to their heads, their faces were bright red.

At this rate, it doesn’t look like anything will happen even if I apologize.

Using the Fourth’s 【Speed】, I raised my running speed to evade my persuers before concealing myself for a while.

Before returning to the mansion, I headed for the other location listed on the memo.

There, a magician was supposedly teaching the compounding he learned from his Skill.

There are a large number of people who were able to display their expertise in compounding with Skills, and in the city of scholars, quite a few students held such Skills.

A glass-wearing robed man offered me some tea.

“This is herb tea.”

“Thank you. And well… I want to ask about the time you reached the lowest floor of the labyrinth.”

When I told him my business, he told me to wait until after he finished his lesson.

I waited in the classroom, and listened to his talk as I waited for the time to pass.

“There are a lot who bring that up. But I doubt I will be of much help to you, you know. While it’s true that I went there, I was support. I used magic to light the area, or occasionally conducted healing to contribute to the party.”

“No, I wanted to ask about what I should be wary of… at the training hall, I was mistaken as a challenger, and I was unable to state my business.”

As I said that, he stifled some laughter.

While I thought it strange, he explained the circumstances.

“Like me, he was mainly a baggage carrier. He did participate in battle, so it’s not like he’s weak or anything. He truly has some skill. But he was not part of the party’s main fighting force.”

Apparently, the skilled members left Arumsaas for Beim.

Their numbers apparently numbered close to fifty, but as support was important in the labyrinth, their actual fighting force numbered less than fifteen.

“Now, they may be leading a mercenary brigade, or something of the like. It’s often the case that the profits of that are greater than being an adventurer. Also, I hear that the amount of skirmishes around has increased lately.”

The man made a slightly sorrowful face.

“The medicine I make is flying off the shelves, so students gathered around me, though.”

From the man smiling wryly, I asked what to watch out for within the labyrinth.

According to him…

“The labyrinth changes based on the location. In Arumsaas’ one, a leader of monsters will obstruct your way every ten floors. The tenth and twentieth floor bosses are often subjugated, but thirtieth onwards are usually left alone.”

“They do revive, right?”

“Yes, in about a week to ten days. But the ones you have to worry about are the bosses that were left unsubjugated. As time goes on, they become stronger. Even when they’re already so powerful, they store up more power, so they can become quite troublesome.”

The man offering me a warning continued on.

“If you challenge it, you may have a Skill manifest, you know? Or perhaps you already have one? But please be cautious when your Skills grow stronger. There are plenty of Skills out there them make it feel like your own power increased more than it did, and there are many an adventure who faced failure because of that. Skills and Growths, those two things are what drive adventurers mad.”

The nice-sounding man laughed, and told me to take it as some advice from a senior in the business.

The Seventh spoke.

『Hmm, he seems to be a good adventurer. Perhaps his opinions clashed with his former party, so he remained in Arumsaas. Clara acted on hearsay, and she wasn’t too knowledgeable on all else.』

It’s not like Clara was in the wrong, and I received some valuable information, so I’m thankful.

“I apologize, but can I ask one last thing?”

“What is it?”

In the end, I tried asking.

For argument’s sake, I did take on Damien Valle’s request, so I planned to confirm it.

“To defeat something on the level of the fortieth floor’s boss, how large of a party would be needed?”

The man thought go a moment, before smiling.

It seems he noticed it was for the request of one of the city of scholars’ seven great.

“So you took on Damien Valle’s request? In our time, we challenged it with close to fifty, and I get the feeling we barely scraped by. The result will change based on just how strong you are, and just how proficient comrades you have, but generally, if you have six, it will be hard once you cross the tenth floor. If you have talent, then wit six, perhaps the twentieth is the limit. Rather than strength, it’s the consecutive battles that make it difficult. If you want to push yourself, it may be possible, but that would make you a failure as an adventurer.”

Strength isn’t everything.

If you don’t earn, then there’s no meaning in it as an adventurer.

After defeating a monster, if you’re going to give up on its materials and magic stones, the man said I might be able to reach the thirtieth floor’s boss.

I offered my thanks, and left the school.

I also purchased some medicine he was selling, and he gave the parting words of, ‘don’t push yourself.’

Along the road back to the mansion.

On an empty path, I tried testing the Fifth’s second stage, 【Dimension】, and the Sixth’s 【Spec】.

A greater three dimensional map popped up in my head, and I was able to gain a greatre understanding of the presences moving around the city.

After the next turn is a party of two men.

Their ages were in the early half of their teens, and they were playing around.

Having become able to access more detailed information, confirmed the usage restrictions placed on them.

“My sources of information have increased all at once.”

It was a good things, but at the same time, a large amount of information was flooding into my head all at once.

I’ll need some time before I can get used to it.

The Sixth gave me some advice.

『Don’t keep up a Skill you can’t use well. Based on the situation, there are times when all you need is a flat plane map. You can’t underestimate the Mana consumption either.』

I planned to do just as he said.

But right now, I was testing the Skills, so I continued to walk with them on.

I turned the corner, and found two children playing around.

(… Isn’t this Skill considerably amazing? The Sixth told me never to tell anyone of its specifics, and I kinda understood him.)

The one who thought up its usage rules was the Sixth.

And he was also the one who understood just how amazing of a Skill it was.

Of course, the Fifth was amazing in his own right.

Rather than perceiving it, there were some things you would never notice unless you looked at a map.

That’s where he came it.

He must have had efficiency on his mind, and whether it be for governing or war, this Skill was proficient.

The Second spoke to me.

『Well then, Lyle, have you resolved yourself? Of course, first you’ll need to grasp some definite evidence that Shannon can see.』

If I wanted to try persuading her, I would have to unmask her true nature first.

It was also a necessary factor if I wanted to tell Miranda-san the truth of the matter.

(It won’t be nice if I get looked on as a man making false accusations at his landlord’s sister. I really don’t think I should get involved, but… we’re under Miranda-san’s care at the moment.)

Novem and Aria generally took care of the housework.

To Miranda-san, who was busy with her schoolwork, it was something she was extremely thankful for.

But from our point of view as adventurers returning from a job, finding food on the table when we returned was on another level.

On top of being able to find rest immediately, it was extremely relieving.

Miranda-san’s aid to us was nothing small.

If we left, then Shannon might continue to drive out one servant after another, and Miranda-san would be troubled.

(… I’ll have to reform her.)

I wondered just how I should deal with the girl.

About Yoraikun

A college student who really should be doing something more productive with his time. Also, he can read a bit of Japanese.
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68 Responses to Sevens: Before Clearing a Labyrinth

  1. Jordan says:

    Thanks again

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  2. Neftiaf says:

    Thanks, here i was getting bored at my job wondering what to read🙂

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  3. MELANCHOLY says:

    I hope the reformation is successful

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  4. yorai is fast thanks
    Rafu~~
    Tali~~
    Ria~~

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  5. Kaiflame says:

    Off, if you’re reforming someone obviously the only 2 ways are crushing them or seducing (accidentally) them… In a novel.

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  6. lazyguy says:

    There is one sure-fire way of reforming her… make her fall in love with you and then mold her to your tastes Lyle….

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  7. Leguron says:

    If I was Lyle I would tell Novem everything about Shannon. Then I would try to get the schedule of all the people in the mansion. I would then hire shady adventurers to rob the mansion. When they break in the sister would already be killed and Lyle and Novem would kill the adventurers. This way the big sister could be recruited and then he should recruit Clara as support.

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    • cbslue says:

      a truly diabolical one u are aintcha………o.0

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    • Yoraikun says:

      I’ll have to give you a failing grade on that one. There are too many leads that could be traced, that would destroy both Miranda’s, and Aria’s trust of you. What’s more, you’re underestimating Shannon. She hasn’t shown any power directly yet, so it’s unknown what level of strength is required to dispatch her. About Clara, I think she would tag along if he asked anyways. There’s nothing preventing that, especially not the sister. There’s no reason the big sister would join you either(Though she likely would if you SAVED her sister), and there’s also a big reason that’s yet to be revealed as to why that wouldn’t work.
      Your plan is easily avoidable cruelty for the sake of cruelty.
      … Ah…
      Also, he isn’t an edgy revenge driven vengeful moron. And this is his reality where he doesn’t really want to hurt others so easily. Why do you think he’s hesitating on crushing her eyes?
      But that last point isn’t why your plan wouldn’t work at all. It’s why he wouldn’t do it.
      Anyways, what you posted is a poorly thought out excuse for violence and death.

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      • Leguron says:

        So how would you deal with it yourself? Would you ignore the issue, try to change her personality, talk with her big sister or get rid of her? The only thing in my plan that will likely fail is the hired help. I don’t know if they tell other people about it and then everyone knows that it was me who hired people to rob the mansion. I think Lyle and Novem should be strong enough to kill her. They could maybe use poison to weaken her beforehand or outright poison her with a poison that shows no signs on the skin and then mutilate the body. I think the big sister wouldn’t have an anchor anymore that keeps her in the city and she would be grateful that you killed the murderer of her sister. Novem could use her manipulative charm as well. Saving the sister from completely turning evil would most likely make her join you that is right but I think Lyle’s ancestors are right in advising him to kill another possible “monster”. I don’t know if that would be cruel. He is just killing a possible threat and has to do it in a certain way to not be persecuted in this city. He is an adventurer and not a noble. His ancestors probably did similar stuff.
        But you are right that this isn’t something that Lyle would do. He wouldn’t choose the easy and morally questional route and if he fails there is too much on the line. He would have to leave the city, he could loose his adventurer status and Aria would leave him.

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        • The Unkowning Fan says:

          And besides they don’t even have the money for it anyway, they’re poor.

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        • UltimaLuminaire says:

          “do it a certain way to not be persecuted in this city.”

          Yo, check yourself.
          You just hired people to kill someone. That kind of action is incredibly traceable, especially in a world filled with Skills and Adventurers. Furthermore, killing her is not what the 5th and 6th asked of Lyle. Crushing her eyes was just their compromise. Morality has nothing to do with how bad your idea is. You do that dumb **** and not only will people find out (Aria and Novem aren’t brain dead and will ask questions before you can convince them to do something this stupid), but the 5th and 6th (possibly all the other personas in the Jewel) will hate you. I get it, you want to read a power fantasy where the MC gives no **** and takes no ****, goes from safe location to safe location killing any who would cause uncertainty in their future, but that’s not what Lyle has the tools (or the values) for. He’s not over-powered or perfect enough to just wreck everyone and have his way with the world “for the good of me and mine own” indefinitely. You want to read that about some MC who could do it, get away with it, and never stop chugging? Go read RE: Monster or something.

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        • Leguron says:

          I can’t reply to @UltimaLuminaire so I will reply here. I suggested to plan it with Novem. I think even if Novem didn’t agree with his plan Novem wouldn’t leave him or tell someone about his plan. Lyle would tell Novem that Shannon has the potential to become like Celes and Shannon is trying to manipulate the people around her. They could try to change her, crush her eyes or kill her. I don’t know if the ancestors would hate Lyle. They are waiting for Lyle to come up with a plan for his life. I think his plan should be to become stronger, get a reliable group of people, get funds and ally yourself with other influential people and then try to kill Celes and get his life back. If he has to murder, lie and steal I think his ancestors wouldn’t mind. They all did their share of bad stuff. I agree that Lyle at the moment is not capable of doing a lot of stuff.I think that Lylle has the ability to do it but he doesn’t want to do it this way.
          Actually I’m reading RE:Monster on the side and I’m at day 168. The start of it was really interesting but it is only wish fulfilling stuff and nothing serious can happen to the MC. It is just overdone.
          @TheUnkowning Fan. I think that asking someone to rob a mansion is not that expensive. They have like 60 gold coins and that is a large sum. They could give them half upfront and promise the rest after the job is done. Then after everything is done they loot the upfront part back.

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        • Owl says:

          As ironic as it may sound here, you’re off on a fantasy trip.

          It’s like saying you’re going to get rich in Vegas by winning all your games.

          More wishful thinking than an actual plan. You have better luck wishing for Death March’s Meteor and using it on the city than something so convoluted and full of holes. At least with a genocide, you hide the murder in the death of the whole city rather than wish whoever you hired didn’t talk.

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  8. thejum says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

    I really do wonder how he can unmask her.

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  9. kirindas says:

    Thanks for the new chapter!

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  10. AsianOtakuGuy says:

    Aye😀

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  11. diablo says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  12. a random thrill seeker says:

    I know exactly who should reform Shannon. A certain meat jelly from ISSTH (I shall seal the heavens) should do the trick. However, there is also the chance she might go mad.

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  13. goblinrou says:

    Call the spanish inquisition. Shell never expect it…no one does!

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  14. RKain says:

    My thanks to you, Yoraikun.

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  15. UltimaLuminaire says:

    Thanks for another round, Yoraikun.
    All that’s needed is for Lyle to master mental resistance and share it with his team of detectives. At least then it’s possible to investigate on even ground.

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  16. Chronos5884 says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  17. a says:

    hmm it looks like lyle ll break shannon instead:P

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  18. sdeligar says:

    Thank you

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  19. Pun says:

    My advise to Lyle, Go consult Novem. kaka

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  20. Trash says:

    So, monster = warped mind + appropriate skills.
    How about this: Celes was neglected by the parenta because of Lyle, then when she demands affection, her skill manifested and let her controls her surrounding.

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  21. All Night says:

    Any news on “iyo” and kitsune-san?

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  22. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Shannon just doesn’t get enough love from the parental unit. The reason she’s so fixated on her big sister is that Miranda was the only one to show her affection. Give her some loving and she might melt. I say ‘might’ because there’s nothing sure when it comes to psychology, though I think the chances are above 50%.

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  23. Eiourion says:

    If you want to convince anyone that she could see employ the tactics of investigators at least in fiction to determine left handed or right handed.

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  24. k says:

    Thank for the update

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  25. First step is to man up Lyle

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  26. ZaX says:

    Reforming is gonna be a lot harder to pull off knowing how twisted she is. Thanks for the chapter.

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  27. GonZ555 says:

    Thank you for the chapter🙂

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  28. Is.. is he gonna spank her?

    He’s gonna spank her isn’t he?

    Goddamned harem manga have ruined my mind

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  29. Bobenstein says:

    From how her mind was twisted from being in her presence I have an idea of what’s going on. The sister, likely wishing to receive praise like her brother and have them focus on her started it all. Maybe it corrupted due to lack of understanding, maybe because she was young she became spoiled and it just continually escalated. The more corrupt she became the more it affected those around her because of her desire changing.

    Probably due to her ability even affecting him it caused hi ability to focus on her subconsciously without him being aware due to him being affected and oblivious as well. Her strength likely from leveling up repeatedly over five years.

    I’m guessing like Shannon, Novem had her desires twisted too. While she cared for neither of them to focus on her they simply became corrupted. For Novem I’m guessing it was her desire to be with and to help him succeed. After his bs declaration it’s stuck in her head to absolutely help make it a reality and create a harem. That’s why she’s all smiles and subservient while trying to make his stated wish come true despite how ridiculous it was.

    These are guesses but it seriously comes off this way. Celes may have even affected herself somehow. For sure I feel sorry for the sweet Novem, but also Shannon who was likely similarly kind hearted and wished to be normal and with her beloved sister.

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  30. Seinvolf says:

    Thank u always for ur great work…
    ^^…

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  31. All Night says:

    Would be easier to find this if it was actually listed in the nav bar😦 had to search through a year as a half of history logs to refund this, and no one will pick it up if it isn’t listed.

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