Volume 7: The Girl in the Forest of Darkness

The Twenty-fourth Chapter

by Yura Kairi
Translation by Marfisa

[10]
Ange- Nightmares?

Those who haunt dreams during sleep.

[11]
Deceitful tempters.
Messengers of ominous nightmares.

Luva- Yes. Soul-stealing demons who take possession of people's desires and replace them with
dreams of ambition.

Luva- Rosalia and Lumiale remain asleep trapped in a dream.

[12]
Luva- Oscar was swallowed into the space created by the Nightmares.

Those two people are Nightmares?

Ange- Rosalia is possessed by a Nightmare?
Why...

[13]
Luva- The pendants I gave you were the agents which summoned the Nightmares.
I'm... responsible.

Ange- Luva-sama.

Zephel- It doesn't matter who's responsible!

Marcel- Zephel.

Zephel- As for that, I...

What I said to her...

[14]
Marcel- Yes. We all noticed something was strange.
But until this happened, we couldn't do anything for Rosalia.

Luva- That's right...

[15]
Everyone is hurt.
What should I do.

Rosalia...

[16]
Randy- The problems are just beginning.

Randy- Demons like Nightmares have gotten into this Flying City.
I still can't believe it a little,
that a person can be hurt in a dream.
Do you get possessed if you have even a little negative emotion?

[17]
Randy- When I think about it, I feel a little scared to go to sleep.

Zephel- If they peeked inside your simple head, even Nightmares would run away in a panic.

Randy- What!?

Marcel- It's alright. If you keep your heart strong, they can't take advantage.
It's only a dream.

Marcel- Besides, I'm sure the Nightmares won't go near you, Randy or Zephel.
Your way of looking at things is straightforward and you're strong.

*chirping*

*Though one could also say naive.*
Marcel- You two really resemble each other in that.
Though you're exactly opposite in the way you express yourselves.

[18]
Zephel- Don't put me together with that carefree jerk!!

Randy- Carefree!?

Randy- Well excuse me for getting put together with a sourpuss like you!!

Zephel- What!? You're one to talk!!

Marcel- Oh, stop it already!!

Marcel- I can't deal with you today!!
Both of you, think about what kind of situation we're in right now!!

Zephel- *Humph.*

Marcel- That reminds me, what about Angelique?

Randy- Ah, she said she was going to Julious-sama's.

Randy- *I also still have to go to report to Clavis-sama.*

Marcel- I see.

[19]
Julious- Angelique?

Ange- Julious-sama, please tell me. What should I do?
Isn't there anything I can do to help everyone... to help Rosalia?

Julious- As a Queen Candidate, I would like for you to think first about cultivating the
continent.
You should leave the rest to us.

[20]
Ange- Even though Rosalia is still asleep, I'm to continue the examination by myself?

Julious- Even at a time like this, the continent is continuing to grow. It must be guided
properly.
Lacking the Sacreas of Fire and Water for cultivation,
in order to achieve a balance, a more prudent cultivation is desired.

!!

Ange- It's no the Sacreas of Fire and Water. It's Oscar-sama and Lumiale-sama.

Ange- Lumiale-sama won't wake up and Oscar-sama is missing.
Aren't you worried, Julious-sama?

[21]
*standing*

*startled*

Julious- Oscar went into the Nightmare's space as flesh and blood.

!?

Julious- He also has a sword with the Sacrea of Light sealed in it.
And Lumiale too does not appear to have become a prisoner of the Nightmares easily.
He must be making some move.
That is what I believe.

In order to save Rosalia.

Ange- ... But... maybe they're hurt and can't move. Maybe they're being tortured by the
Nightmares.
I think that and I worry...

[22]
Ange- I... can't be calm like you.

Marcel- Angelique.

Ange- Marcel-sama.

Marcel- Are you crying?

Ange- ...... Julious-sama is cruel... why.

*squeeze*

[23]
Marcel- I don't know what Julious-sama told you, but
I'm sure Julious-sama is the one most shaken by Oscar-sama being gone.

Marcel-sama.

Marcel- He's the person Julious-sama depends on as his right arm.
Still, as the head Guardian, at times he must judge the situation calmly and choose the best
course.
However hard the choice may be.

Marcel- I thought he was scary at first too. But he's not. Julious-sama is really a very gentle
and stouthearted person.

*smile*

They say Julious-sama is a person raised to be a Guardian from birth.

[24]
Ange- Um...

Julious- Angelique,
what's the matter?

Julious- I'm sorry about before.
I understand your feelings for everyone, but.

Julious- I always want for words.

Julious- Maybe I was too harsh on Rosalia too because of my expectations.

[25]
Ange- Julious-sama.

Julious- I don't understand women's feelings like Oscar.

Ange- That's not true. Oscar-sama always only says rude things.
Women's feelings...

Julious- Really?

Julious- At the beginning of the examination, you were depressed.

When I saw you, you were only crying.

Julious- Only the time you were with Oscar did you seem spirited.

Julious- He probably did it on purpose.

Julious- To cheer you up.

Huh?

[26]
*blush*
Ange- Oh.

Julious- Volunteering even to dare to play the villain's role...
he's that kind of man.

Ange- Julious-sama.

*rattling*

*clattering*

[27]
Ange- Julious-sama...
Why do you believe in Oscar-sama so much?

Julious- What about you? What did you think at the time of the incident in Elysion?

Ange- I... wanted to believe.
*gasp*

Ange- I wanted to believe. I wanted to believe in the people straining to live.

[28]
Julious- Right. The person leading the people must believe.
If you don't believe in those people who serve, exerting their strength and risking their lives,
what do you believe in.

Julious- I'd like you to keep in mind.
I too wish to be dependable to Her Majesty.
That helps me.

It is a faithful trust and
a life-risking respect and affection.

[29]
Ange- ........

Julious- What's the matter, Angelique?

Ange- I'm sorry, Julious-sama.
I'm sorry.

Julious- For what are you apologizing?

Julious- Angelique.

[30]
Julious- Don't cry... I don't know how to stop your tears.

Ange- Yes. I'm sorry.

Julious- ... So, for what are you apologizing...

*Kya!*
Ange- I'm sorry, I just.

Ange- Oh, I apologized again.

Julious- .........

*clattering*

[31]
Ange- *giggle*

Julious- Heh.

Ange- Julious-sama, I believe too.
In Oscar-sama.
In you...

Julious- Good night.

[32]
Ange- Luva-sama.

Luva- Ah, Angelique.

Ange- How is Rosalia...

Luva- She's still the same.

Ange- That Rosalia, who was positive, unyielding, and who shone dazzlingly with self-confidence,
has turned out like this...

Luva- She was the perfect Queen Candidate.
But, on the other hand, that effort and pressure were probably considerable.

[33]
Luva- I wanted to soothe her heart if even a little. It turned out like this.

Ange- Luva-sama.

Ange- I think your feelings are getting across to Rosalia.
I'm sure.

Luva- Thank you, Angelique.

Luva- Good night to you too. Sleep is an important rest to face tomorrow.
*I must also be going now.*

Ange- Yes.

Luva- Pleasant dreams.

Ange- Good night.

Nightmare- PLEASANT DREAMS.
PLEASANT DREAMS. *chuckling*

Luva- Who's there!?

*snickering*

Nightmare- WELL THEN, FOR YOU, UNPLEASANT DREAMS.

[35]
Luva- A Nightmare!?

Luva- Get away from Rosalia.

Nightmare- *chuckling*... THE GUARDIAN OF EARTH, LUVA-SAMA.
SHALL I TELL YOU THE REAL REASON ROSALIA WON'T WAKE UP?

Luva- What did you say?

Nightmare- THE OPPORTUNITY WAS A TRIVIAL THING. IT WAS THE PENDANTS YOU GAVE.
ONE MADE INTO TWO. ONE EACH TO THE TWO.

[36]
Nightmare- BUT ROSALIA BELIEVED IT WAS GIVEN ONLY TO HER.

*gasp*

Nightmare- SHE MISTOOK THE MEANING OF YOUR GOODWILL.

Nightmare- IT WAS A PRECIOUS GIFT FROM YOU.
BUT THE OTHER QUEEN CANDIDATE ALSO HAD ONE.

Luva- ...I,
What have I done.

THE OPPORTUNITY WAS A SMALL EMOTIONAL WOUND.
AFTER, IT ONLY WIDENED.

Nightmare- THE DREAM OF THE QUEEN CANDIDATE WHO HAS THE QUEEN'S SACREA EMPOWERED EVEN THE SMALL
STONE.

Rosalia!!

[37]
Nightmare- PEOPLE'S HEARTS ARE COMPLEX.
YOUR GOODWILL IS FUTILE.
ALWAYS.
ALWAYS.
ALWAYS.

Luva- Be quiet!

[38]
Luva- Taking advantage of the weak part of people's hearts, you fasten your claws on it,
Inspiring despair.
That's your usual routine, isn't it?

Luva- Though it's a demon's nature, it's too filthy!!

[39]
Luva- Leave. I won't allow you to come near Rosalia again!

Nightmare- Ugh.

*poof*

*silence*

Luva- Rosalia... forgive me.

[40]
Luva- I... we,
should have thought more about how vulnerable you, who wear the armor of being a perfect Queen
Candidate, are inside.

Luva- Open your eyes and give me another chance, Rosalia.

*silky*

Luva- We'll certainly save you.
Absolutely.

[Twenty-fourth Chapter/End]

 

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