Sevens: Singer

Singer

… Eva of Nihil.

The third daughter of the tribe known as the Nihil, she took flight from her travelling troupe and ended up in Centralle with the intentions of travelling further away.

Singing her songs to pay her lodging, she was currently spinning out a certain tale.

“The squad lead by Norma arrived in Johnny Village. Thinking it was but a Hippogryph, they had not a hundred men!”

How many times does that make this?

In the can to her front dropped small and normal copper coins. Sometimes, even large coppers were thrown in, telling her of her own tale of success.

“Unable to abandon the village in danger, the one to stand was Norma, head of the force!”

“That Norma did…?”
“Yeah, likely story.”
“But in all truth, she did parade in with a Hippogryph.”
“And no Gryphon, right?”

Hearing that, Eva spoke on with a smile.

“A highly skilled adventurer who aided the mission. He tried to flee, but Norma held him down! The defeated Gryphon shall belong to you! So pay in advance! Breaking under Norma’s earnest persuasion, that adventurer promised his cooperation, and earned the right to buy the beast for five hundred gold!”

Without an instrument on hand, she had asked some nearby minstrels to provide musical accompaniment.

Those around were also aiding in her profits, and there seemed to be no break in the crowd of those flocking around her.

(I never thought they’d get this heated up over it. As I thought, fresh material really is important!)

Rejoicing on how she heard the story first, Eva proudly let the crowd hear the story while wearing her clothing made for business.

She did want to tell it in song, but her song had yet to be completed, so she could only preach.

She had received payment from Novem, and was instructed to spread the details to other singers as well.

In exchange, what Eva sought for was the truth.

(A truth only I’m to know of… I’ll sing the hell out of it one day!)

And a large crowd continued to grow around Eva as she chronicled their exploits.

The expeditionary force had just returned, so all over the place were singers imitating the girl after having heard the tale from her mouth.

Having rumors spread was a good thing, so Eva didn’t really mind it.

The speech reached its final stage…

“And like that, the Expeditionary Force brought down the mighty Gryphon. Heroes numbering only one hundred… you all have seen them too, have you not? The faces of the great men who slew the beast!”

When the squadron had returned, quite a large number had gathered to meet them.

When the talks ended…

“Oy, come to think of it, I did see a party dragging around a Gryphon at the gate a while back.”
“Ah, that one! Then they really did do it.”
“That Norma did? I’m still in doubt here, man.”

With a smile, Eva…

“If you’d like to hear the stories of individual heroes, then find me here tomorrow!”

It was only for a short while today, but the earnings were several times over her usual amount.

The dispersing crowd seemed to return to their business happily, having gained a new topic of conversation.

Eva paid the fees of the Elf Minstrels she had asked for the music.

She addressed the two tall young men.

“You two have nice voices. Want to work here tomorrow as well?”

“We’re thinking of leaving Centralle already. Eva of the Nihil Tribe, was it? Happy we could do business with you.”

And with that, she saw off the two with their instruments. She began thinking over what to treat herself to with the day’s earnings…

… The Royal Palace.

After turning in her reports on the expedition, Norma made an enervated expression.

Her aide Clark was the same.

“I’m thankful to receive such words of praise from his majesty, but that meeting was much too stiff.”

While she said that, she did send joyous glances towards the medal she received.

Seeing her, Clark let out a sigh.

He had received the very same medal, but he couldn’t find it in himself to be happy over it.

“What’s wrong? Your promotion is now a given. There’s nothing more for you to ask for. You’ll also be an official decurio soon.”

Clark spoke.

“Yes, I’m thankful for that. But a group that large has risen in rank. On top of that, even if they may be without heritage rights, an order of new knights have come to be. You can’t look down at the yearly annuity that’ll cost.”

Norma spoke.

“And that’s the job of the civil officials.”

Clark responded.

“And you don’t think this incident may have been contrived by those very same officials? Just where do you expect them to produce the money to pay such a number?”

Perhaps not wanting to think about it, Norma averted her eyes.

Her spirits sunk at Clark’s premonitions of ill fortune.

(What a pessimist. That’s exactly why he never got promoted. But, with this, I’ll officially be a centurio… Finally back to the starting point.)

Norma had no parents to speak of.

A mother she lost at a young age.

A father killed in battle.

And within her family’s plummeting status, and those around distancing themselves, Norma tried to do whatever she could to return the House to its former status.

A small change made a big difference.

Regain the glory of the past, the honor of the House…

With that in mind, she frantically kept her eyes on rising up.

(With this reward, I’ll just name my brother my successor, and take my place as legal guardian. My ill repute and all else need not get in the boy’s way…)

The Arnette House was still accepted by the world as a military family… that’s what Norma thought to herself.

She was merely displeased with the fall of the House’s rank.

Because her father, who sacrificed himself for a mission received a negative evaluation for such an act.

She entered a knight brigade, and became knowledgeable on such matters.

That when the Arnette House had fallen, a new house had manifested to take its payroll.

What’s more, imperial nobles… a house created for the sole purpose of giving a second or third son something to succeed.

(The king has given me his praise. This time I’ll be on the side that takes.)

Seeing the darkened smile on Norma’s face, Clark could do nothing but let out a sigh…

“… Why did I do it yet again…”

On top of a bed at the inn, I sat with my arms around my knees. While my stomach did hurt quite a bit, I had received a considerable amount of psychological damage.

Since morning, I didn’t want to meet a single soul.

After handing over the Gryphon to the merchant, I spaced out with a dark expression on my face.

Hearing a knock on the door, I shouted out in reply.

“Is it Novem? Come in.”

“Pardon me. Lyle-sama, how does your stomach feel?”

I just ate too much.

On top of the pain, I also felt quite heavy.

And perhaps because I felt quite cornered mentally, I’ll bet my expression is locked in quite a gloomy one.

“… Terrible. In various ways.”

“R-really.”

Perhaps Novem understood my sentiment, as she left what she brought atop the room’s table.

“I’ve prepared some soup, so please eat it.”

“… I don’t want to eat anything.”

When I buried my face into my knees, Novem picked up the bowl and spoon.

“Just a little is enough. I’ve put in herbs that work for overeating. Now…”

Novem made an ‘aaaah’ sound, and I let the soup come into my mouth.

It went down easily, and tasted great.

“… If only I hadn’t been in such high spirits.”

As I sat regretfully, Novem made a bitter smile.

“It happens to everyone.”
“But never to you, Novem?”

When I said that, Novem…

“Well… my constitution is one where the change is never too prominent.”

Hearing her say it quite bluntly, I only got even more depressed.

The Sixth…

『Lyle, you really are a pain in the ass. It’s more or less an experience everyone out there goes through. Get over it already.』

There, the Seventh spoke.

『That’s right Lyle. That Sixth over there is a man who turned defiant, ran away from the house, came back, and got over it. Normally, they don’t come back, you know. But with a calm face, that guy…』

The Fifth too.

『Ah, right, that did happen. Did I tell you that one?』

The Seventh spoke.

『Yes, I heard it from my grandfather.』

The Sixth seemed flustered. The memories of the heads of the past remained up to the point they last touched the Jewel. They didn’t have all the memories up to their deaths.

『Don’t say it!!』

The runaway delinquent boy. The Sixth.

While it makes for good material to tease him on, I’m here boldly offering up even better material, so there’s nothing I can do about it.

I want to forget.

I want to make it so it never came to be.

“Now, Lyle-sama… aaaaah.”

“Aaaah.”

The spoon came in my mouth, and I drank the soup.

The Fourth spoke in an irritated tone.

『… If you’re that depressed, then quit it with the shameless flirting.』

 

Dinner time.

I endured the embarrassment, came down to the inn’s first floor, and ate alongside everyone.

A downhearted Monica held her twin tails in both hands, and fidgeted with them.

The fact that I became bedridden came as quite a shock, or that she was lamenting her own ineptitude, or something.

(Well, it’s Monica, so it’ll be fine.)

Unlike yesterday, I ate a small portion. I addressed everyone on our future objectives.

“I plan to head on to the free city of Beim. It’s known as the city of adventurers, and merchants and goods are found in abundance. After getting our equipment in order, we can take a coupled carriage, but… are there any opinions on the matter?”

Maybe Shannon thought it was irrelevant to her, as she continued with her meal.

Are you really okay with that? Or so I thought, when Miranda scolded Shannon into participation.

“Hey, you listen up too!”

“Don’t hit me! I’m properly listening, you hear. Beim, right? The free city of Beim. Even I know of it.”

Rather than not being a part of any specific country, it was more that its affiliation was never made certain.

It’s best to think of it as a country in itself.

It had its own port, and carried out trade. A large quantity of adventurers and mercenaries resided there.

Clara spoke.

“Beim also holds the Guild’s main headquarters. Of course, the number of adventurers and mercenary brigades is high, there are more than four locations usable as receptions desks. I doubt we’ll be visiting the headquarters, but it seems you’ll have to consider where you plan to use as a main receptionist.”

The city couldn’t be self-reliant on food supplies, and they bought them from surrounding countries and lords.

Its border didn’t come into contact with Bahnseim’s, so a coupled carriage would only take us as far as Bahnseim’s national border.

While gnawing on a piece of ham, Aria…

“Doesn’t it have horrid public order? A party full of women with one lone man… we won’t be targeted?”

With her growing manly aura, I was about to tell Aria, ‘You’ll be fine,’ but she glared at me, so I kept my mouth shut.

Novem spoke.

“We’ve been planning to go to Beim for a while. While we may have few companions at the moment, if the party grows any larger in scale, we’ll require a higher maintenance cost. While the probability of us being targeted isn’t zero, I doubt it will fluctuate much even if we had a few more.”

If it’s in regards to money, we’ve been earning a lot as of late.

I mean, there was a certain noble who put out five hundred gold for a Hippogryph.

About the problem with numbers, if we plan on increasing any further, we’ll have to start hiring more support in all actuality.

We’ll also have to rotate offense.

Clara spoke.

“This party is superior when it comes to ability, but with its nature, getting a male will be difficult. Even if you want to gather more women, I think that will be difficult within Centralle.”

Aria had finished eating, and was reaching her hand out for a drink.

“Should we try recruiting elsewhere?”

Clara shook her head.

“There are a number of small Guilds on the way to Beim. The adventurers working at such places are usually there out of attachment to the location, so it will be difficult.”

Even adventurers had the concept of home.

Travelling around, challenging the labyrinths, gathering comrades, and adventuring even more…

It’s not like they’re all like that.

Miranda spoke.

“Before heading to Beim, we’ll have to get our luggage in order. I’ll bet they have a better selection of goods there than here… if we buy a ticket, we can get to the border, and after that…”

Novem spoke.

“Rather than looking into it, I just asked Eva-san, but it seems that while in Bahnseim, Beim and some other places make use of coupled carriages, a larger portion of places do not.”

Meaning we might be going on foot.

Monica revived.

“Then it’s time to roll out Porter! I, Monica will take care of all the modifications!”

Shannon spoke.

“So it’s already decided? Ah…”

“What?”

Shannon was looking at me with a face that seemed to want to say something.

“I refrained from asking it up to now, but…”

“Yeah, what is it?”

She spoke to me.

“Just what is the goal of this party supposed to be? They usually have one, right? Like growing to the scale of a mercenary brigade, or raising your name, and coming under the service of some country, or something like that.”

Hearing that, I stayed silent.

Miranda…

“… Yeah, I’ve yet to hear it as well, but could it be there isn’t one?”

Aria was…

“I-I want to become first rate as an Adventurer… I don’t know about the rest.”

Clara.

“Well, getting in experience is important for support, and if I follow alongside this party, I’m sure to encounter quite a bit. I’m thinking of opening up a bookstore in the future.”

Novem spoke.

“Lyle-sama’s goal is to become a top-class adventurer, and to be surrounded by women. The fruition of such a goal is coming quite close.”

I covered my face with both my hands, and turned red to my ears.

“That’s wrong. While I definitely said it, I never thought it’d actually get underway.”

And as cold eyes began to gather on me, Monica…

“Be at ease, Chicken Dickwad. I shall always be by your side. I’ll never part, you hear… I’ll definitely never part, so prepare yourself, dammit!”

As she drew closer, I hit her on the head.

“Don’t get so excited all of a sudden. You’re scaring the children.”

“… Kuh, it’s a pain that none of my databases work on him. Is this that so-called generation gap?”

I thought.

(While she may be saying something, I’m sure she’s wrong.)

The conversation had derailed, so I put all the opinions together.

“Um, well then, we’ll be taking care of preparations for the voyage to Beim. Rest a while, and recover energy, while gathering information on the free city.”

There weren’t any particular objections voiced, so I finalized the trip to Beim.

(Come to think of it, I’ll be getting some free time, but how should I spend it?)

Even if I’m to collect info, it’s only for the trip.

Like how their current state is, or which roads would be safest.

That’s all I need to learn.

(… Maybe I should get a hobby. And messing around a bit doesn’t sound bad.)

That’s what I thought.

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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73 Responses to Sevens: Singer

  1. AsianOtakuGuy says:

    Aye😀

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  2. Max says:

    Thanks for the great work

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  3. GonZ555 says:

    Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter 😄

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  4. WindBlade13 says:

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  5. loidplus says:

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  6. mr pie says:

    messing around, huh >.>

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  7. 0:EX says:

    Norma still doesn’t change a bit for her greed huh…

    Eva the singing elf…could she will be part of lyle harem?
    anyway thanks for the chapter, Yorai-kun.

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  8. necrosis says:

    the backlash from Mr. Lyle wasn’t that bad this time and this chapter seemed a little mild in excitement
    Although I have the eerie feeling that either the singer Eva or Norma might run into Celes and be the next victims and Lyle will have already left
    I wonder how many people would be sad

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  9. kirindas says:

    Thanks for the new chapter!

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  10. PAAD77 says:

    THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER

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  11. doom_chicken says:

    Thanks for the translations as always~

    Edits/suggestions:

    “A addressed everyone on our future objectives”
    “A” -> “I”?

    “While gnawing in a piece of ham, Aria”
    “in” -> “on”

    “if plan on increasing any further”
    “if we plan”

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  12. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Does anybody else get the feeling that Celes is going to kill again soon? This chapter and the last seems to have lined up all the potential victims.

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  13. goblinrou says:

    Harem is the goal of most isekai ln/wns, Lyle!

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  14. Chronos5884 says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  15. BakaGrappler says:

    Iyo.
    Keep up the good work with your classes.

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  16. diukes says:

    Lyle just run away with monica! Screw harem route

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  17. ftxnexus says:

    We all got the gist that Monica was made in a “modern” world right? But what I don’t get is why Monica called mana a mysterious energy. Guess I have to reread it to be more sure. Btw was there any magic circles or formations on Monica?

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    • Yoraikun says:

      There are no magic circles on her, but there’s a strange pattern on her forehead(perhaps a serial number). She would have called Mana a mysterious energy if her time didn’t have magic, right?

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      • ftxnexus says:

        Thx for the clearance, then my bet the “modern” people mostly like incorportated magic into their creations without them knowing it. Making it a secondary effect, while in Lyle’s time. It becomes a “main” effect\function, boosting the regeneration and such.

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        • Sean says:

          I think not, because you have to remember that the civilization during Monica’s time were more technologically advance then we are based upon Monica’s statements and actions. And if Monica can sense magic but can’t identify it would mean it’s nonexistence in the past.maybe.
          I don’t know if there are any Terry Brooks (and a few other authors before him) fans out there but it seems to follow the same premise.maybe.

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        • ftxnexus says:

          When she first got connected to Lyle, i guess a mana flow path was made. Afterwards her high spec body was infused with mana and it somehow evolved? For example even tho she already has the specs to percieve it. She doesnt know what it actually is, perfer getting feel for it from Lyle.

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      • Based on the magic, and medieval setting, it’s likely there’s genetic modification so that people can use magic in the old time. There’s also a “Fall” period where the apocalypse fall on the world and everything fall waaaaaaay down, so that people doesnt remember much about the mechanical civilization.
        We are talking about at least 3000 years here, because to compare, we modern people still reasonably know what life was 2600 years before.

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        • Manthin says:

          we only know what life was 2600 years ago because we have technology and science to study it. While I doubt early medieval people knew much about the life of ancient Rome/Greece 500-1000 years before them. So the timeframe does not have to be so big especially since we dont know what happened to “our” society in this universe (I mean we dont know the level of damage).

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        • There are those two magic things I dont know if you know. Books. And Oral knowledge. In the east, Asia, people of ASEAN or China know about life in India 600 years before Christ because there are books, albeit written in Sanskrit script, about the life of Buddha, and his teachings. Local homegrown monks and priests aside, there’s also travelling missionary from India visit China and Vietnam, bringing with them knowledge, and know how to read the books that merchants sell. Sure, it’s a view very limited, but it is there to remind people that in a land far far way, in a time long long ago, there is such person, such people, such country. And because it’s religious, a lot of people know about it.

          Compared to the setting of the story, with the amount of people know about ancient time, 3000~ years seems about right.

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  18. Yultel says:

    More of a culture gap than generation gap.

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  19. monsterbandage says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  20. punpun says:

    manly aria is eris 2.0

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  21. machinaforce says:

    Thanks for the chapter I needed this after my horrible tax returns…

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  22. GM_Rusaku says:

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    |  Thanks!!!! Nepu!!!! |
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    ぶお~ん( ⊃┳⊃
        ε´ヽJ⌒ノ
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    ≡≡≡◎-◎^^⊃^⊃

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  23. diablo says:

    Thanks for the new chapter!

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  24. joakofrias says:

    some cover image, if someone doesn`t see them http://herobunko.com/news/3257/

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    • BakaGrappler says:

      Who’s the one in the robe with the axe? I don’t think I remember her.

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    • Manthin says:

      no matter how many times I look at the images Aria and (especially) Novem look… wrong… what I mean is that Aria has none of her “manly” aura (then again I suppose the image is before her training) and Novem… well I always imagined her as a mature looking type, more like the girl with the halberd (also I am pretty sure Novem’s eyes are supposed to be violet/purple and not blue). Also Celes… looks disturbing (which is VERY fitting, but still I feel disturbed).

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  25. nosiop says:

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  26. Raufgar says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  27. Bloom-san says:

    Thanks for this. This volume feels kinda strange. Unlike in the second volumes of each arc so far, it’s not too obvious where the story is heading. The build-up is also kinda strange. In this chapter, we’re seeing ‘quite a lot’ of Eva and Norma, who haven’t established a decently solid relationship with the main characters. Celes is also around so not having a good sense of what’s going to happen is scary.

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  28. iamviruz says:

    Mess with Eva then~~

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  29. k says:

    thank for the update

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  30. Thnx for the chapter.

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  31. KozuKy says:

    “Be at ease, Chicken Dickwad. I shall always be by your side. I’ll never part, you hear… I’ll definitely never part, so prepare yourself, dammit!”

    Monica is just so cute~

    Thanks for the chapter😀

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  32. ZaX says:

    Hahaha his harem is getting there! Thanks for the chapter.

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  33. smile says:

    TY for the chapter!

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  34. naleastie says:

    I wonder why Lyle doesn’t even consider taking revenge.. did he really just turn the page? The first definitly said she would bring troubles to the country so I thought he would at least consider taking actions against her at some point… but it seems that he just forgot about her.

    Feeew.. I read those 80 chapters in 3days… I was kinda expecting something cliché/bad when reading the synopsis, however when I started it… it was actually excellent right from the start. Thanks for translating this series, Yoraikun!

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    • Sean says:

      There’s a great fear inside Lyle called a ‘trauma’ caused by Celes.
      He’s so terrified that the idea of confronting her isn’t even an afterthought, he wants nothing to do with Celes and believes he doesn’t stand a chance no matter how strong he becomes.

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      • Sean says:

        How did u not see that?

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        • naleastie says:

          Welp, he fought Celes plenty of times, didn’t he? Although I understand that last fight was *quite* violent. I never got the impression he was truly traumatized. It’s true he doesn’t want to speak of that time as they were bitter days, but.. I’ve never noticed “terror” ..?

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        • Sean says:

          He only fought Celes once.Throughout that entire fight Lyle states how afraid he is of dying and of her. In later chapters when Celes is brought up around the elders, they point out how ridged and withdrawn he becomes at the mention of her, heck when he has his first Mr. Lyle and he starts spouting off all the outlandish things he can do, the only one he pulls a 180 on is the ‘ I could take on Celes’ which he then takes back with a nope never going happen.

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        • naleastie says:

          Hmm re-reading the fight, it doesn’t state he fought against her before.. but I still think you’re exaggerating. He says he’s afraid, yet he still continues the fight. I doubt he actually thought she wanted to kill him until she actually cast her Fire Storm.

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        • Sean says:

          I’m not sure we’re reading the same story. Just because your scared doesn’t mean you turn tail and run. We already know Lyle isn’t afraid to fight other enemies but when your first life or death battle was against a monster like Celes it’s easy to think he’s fearless when the bar was set so high. Plus if Lyle gave up he would have nothing left and his life wouldn’t have any meaning. Dead if fights, dead if he doesn’t and toss in the fact that he was angry as Hell with 5 years of pent up desperation for attention your going to fight. Also look up what, why, and how trauma works and the effects it can have on an individual.

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        • naleastie says:

          Aaah I see your point ! Yeah, it makes sense now… welp, my bad. (I guess I was making a fuss over pointless details haha)

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        • Sean says:

          Hahaha…sure.😉

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  35. tigeryama says:

    Damn, finally powered through all the chapters and now there isnt any left😥 ahahaha thanks for the chapter😀

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