Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? Blood 35

The end is nigh! And then…?

Blood 35 – After the end

Under goshujin-sama’s orders, I’ve gotten stuck with acting as Natsume-kun’s assistant. To be honest, I’m not really good with Natsume-kun. He was at the summit of the school hierarchy, so he was someone far above me who was low in the social standings. Also, due to the way he would continuously ignore the opinion of others and be jerking others around with orders, somehow or other I feel he’s like goshujin-sama. Perhaps because of all that, even though my status values are far higher than his, somehow I couldn’t oppose him. Thanks to that I’ve built up a huge amount of stress over the last few days.

What I’ve been up to, is making use of Charm on the higher-ups in one part of the Empire, turning them into puppets. From that basis, the soldiers are being assembled and preparations for an expedition are being made. Then, once Natsume-kun gives the command, they’ll be able to march on the elf village right away. However, I didn’t make a move on the magician who is called the strongest in the empire. I only looked at him from afar, but he seemed to be considerably strong for a human, so I wasn’t quite confident as to whether or not my Charm would work on him. Well, by having the higher-ups give out orders, that magician can also be ordered about indirectly anyway, and most of all Natsume-kun himself is the Prince as well. Even if I don’t seize all of them, there shouldn’t be any problems.

And so, after I’d assisted Natsume-kun take possession of the Empire, I returned to the Demon King’s Castle for the first time in several days. That being said, I can’t just laze around either. After getting one night’s sleep, next I had to participate in the conference with the Divine Word Religion after all.

Apparently the conference with the Divine Word Religion is progressing steadily. It seems that Merazofis has been participating as a substitute for me, but he said that progress is being made steadily and without any problems. At that time I was shown something like a recording of the proceedings, but unfortunately it was all gobbledygook to me. Even if I’m shown this stuff like political horse-trading or the details of military tactics, I won’t really get it you know. Since I took lessons on the basics at the academy, if I was so inclined then I could probably make sense of it if I read through it carefully, but I can’t be bothered. It’s just such a hassle. It’s best to just leave these kinds of details to those that understand them. To handle what I’m ordered to do by goshujin-sama is enough for me. Until the end.

「Ugh! It stinks!」

On opening the door, my nose was assaulted by a smell that was laden in the air. The strong smell of alcohol alone was enough that it felt like it could make me drunk. Having walked into the room, I opened the windows fully to refresh the air. Even with that the dregs of the smell didn’t disappear, and with a grimace I shifted my gaze to the owner of the room.

「Ugh, uhhh…」

The owner of the room, was sprawled on the bed while looking pale. Anyone could tell from the condition of this girl, that she was suffering from a hangover.

「Hey, you do realise that you have a conference with the Divine Word Religion today, right?」

I called out to the body that was sloppily lying on the bed, or rather, to Felmina. I’m not sure whether she heard me or not, as all I could hear was a muffled groan, so it seems she can’t talk properly. On looking around the room in exasperation, on top of the desk was a bundle of documents, and on the opposite side I caught sight of a collection of empty bottles. It was clear at a glance that with a pacing like she was drinking tea while organising the documents, she was actually drinking alcohol while working. And with there being a number of empty bottles that had been carelessly allowed to roll off onto the floor, the room had taken on the appearance of that of a useless drunken bum.

How did things end up like that? At the least, before I went to the Empire a few days ago, I hadn’t seen or heard of Felmina having an any inclination towards alcohol at all, right? Just what chain of events led to her evolving into such a drunkard? Or rather, not so much evolving as degenerating?

Because Felmina hadn’t arrived yet, I had come here at Ariel-san’s request to check up on her, but I never expected her to be hungover. Naturally I associate alcohol with goshujin-sama, but for such a diligent and straight-laced person like Felmina to actually expose herself to such foolishness…… Seriously, what happened?

「Ugh、******」

Ding-dong. Please wait for a moment.

 

「Are you feeling better?」
「Yes. While having to be cared for by you of all people is the ultimate disgrace, fortunately I am feeling much better now. It is exceedingly annoying to say this, but thank you very much.」
「If you’re able to say that much then I guess you really are better huh.」

Even though I went to the effort of cleaning up the vomit and even using Treatment Magic on her, this is her attitude. She really pisses me off.

「So? Just what is the meaning of this awful scene? Did goshujin-sama force you to drink 100 shots of alcohol or what?」

The only thing I could conceive of was that this was due to some kind of crazy punishment game, but since we’re talking about that goshujin-sama, the scary thing is that it’s actually quite possible.

「No. It is merely because I could not cope unless I drank alcohol myself.」

Perhaps it’s because she was still feeling unwell, but unusually for Felmina she straight out voiced her complaints.

「Can I ask just one thing?」
「What?」

Normally she wouldn’t seriously ask me anything, but since Felmina is still weakened, I found myself thinking against my better judgement that I ought to answer her properly. Yes, against my better judgement.

「After goshujin-sama has brought the System to an end, what are you going to do?」

Because of that, I wasn’t able to respond right away to Felmina’s question. Normally I might have just tried to evade the issue with a response laced with sarcasm. However, because I thought I should respond seriously against my better judgement, I couldn’t say such a response. Because I had no response.

「Sorry. I asked something stupid. Please report to Maou-sama and goshujin-sama that I am still preparing things and ask them to please wait a little bit longer.」

Felmina saw through that my lack of a response was my response. Driven out from the room, I was at a loss. For the time being, I set out to return to where goshujin-sama and the others were, as requested. However, even as I walked forwards, I wasn’t able to see what was ahead of me.

Whether it’s goshujin-sama, or whether it’s Ariel-san, and also, whether it’s Kyouya-kun, they’re focused on the end. Heading towards that end, they are taking action. I am doing the same, but there is one clear difference. That is, whether they are focused on what’s after the end, or not.

I think goshujin-sama is taking action with a focus on what’s after the end. In Ariel-san’s case, she has no future after the end, and is taking action as though the end is the end. In Kyouya-kun’s case, probably…… Amongst them, I’m the only one with no assumptions about what’s after the end. I’m unable to.

After the System has ended, what will become of me? I have no idea at all. For now, I can just abide by goshujin-sama’s orders. But, what about afterwards? For what comes afterwards, I will have to think about what actions to take myself. Because it’s most likely that goshujin-sama will no longer be there beside me anymore.

I want to ask what to do myself. Just what should I do I wonder?


Vamp「I’m the one with more experience in dealing with puke girls! I’ve perfected the way to dispose of it as well!」
Shiro「……」


 

Translation notes:

“After the end” – this is slightly awkward to translate since it can mean both the “end” itself and also what’s beyond it. Sort of “above and beyond the end” but within the context of the chapter it’s more about what’s after the “end”. Based on the context, the “end” here would be the “end of the System”.

“Ding-dong. Please wait for a moment” – imagine this as being a holding screen that comes up on a TV or similar. There is a similar “notice” back in chapter 86 (Dance of Victory).

“goshujin-sama will no longer be there beside me anymore” – to be clear about what’s expressed in the original Japanese, there is a specific but subtle sense that Sophia would prefer to be with Shiro.

“Vamp” – for these little bonus lines at the end of some chapters, the author tends to use a shortened form of their name (or how they’re referred to by Shiro or in chapter titles). In Sophia’s case this is actually just “blood” but this wouldn’t make much sense in context so I changed it to “Vamp” instead.

“Puke girls” – See Blood 31 for the reference.

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KuRuuRuu
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Thank you for the chapter!!
Well, Sophia.. in case of that Ronant, just tell him that it was Shiro’s order and he will do anything~

Reaper Phoenix
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Thanks 4 the chapter!

Aww… Sophia doesn’t want to separate from Shiro.

Pun
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Felmina x Sophia doujins, when?

NZPIEFACE
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Earliest estimate would be C93.

It’ll take at least a year and a half from this being a monthly manga to being an anime where it’ll have enough chapters and maybe popularity to have an anime.

Unless of course it is like Tejina Senpai, which has already got doujins when it’s still only a manga.

NZPIEFACE
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Woops, let me change that to C95.
Forgot that we’re almost to C91, and that it should take at least half a season from when an anime starts airing for people to complete doujinshis.

Thoraxe41
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I’d like to add in, if the did an anime (12 eps). It would pretty much only cover spider form Shiro. Nothing for fans to work with body wise. Unless your in to Spider……Scenes.

NZPIEFACE
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“In Kyouya-kun’s case, probably…… ”
Probably what???
TELL US DAMN IT

Anonymous
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Death too. He have harmed his soul too much when he was in rage.

Peridoritoblog
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So he’s somehow doomed,but still has a little more hope to survive than Ariel

Amuris
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I think he’ll be fine. There’s a big difference between him and Ariel’s experience points. He probably isn’t going to go through soul collapse from it.

Guest
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I am not certain that it is the system collapse that dooms Ariel. She could presumably be protected along with Kumoko’s pets as far as the system is concerned. Wrath is damaged but not about to keel-over dead from soul degradation. The protection should be sufficient. I still like to think that Ariel is not completely doomed. Kumoko could have been disingenuous when saying that Ariel is doomed. This novel is fond of unreliable perspectives(taboo 10 anyone? How many times did we see Blow die?) and it would not be unheard of for a character to hide something. It could… Read more »
chaoton
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It’s an existential question. If Ariel’s soul was about to break and you add soul glue into it, would that still be Ariel.

While Shiro is nothing but a spider with conscious, Ariel is partly that but still mostly she is.

k
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thank for the update

accountmadeforants
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Oh dear, Sophia, just don’t tell goshujin-sama that you think she and Natsume are (somewhat) alike. She -really- doesn’t like that guy.

In any case, it’s great to see them starting to think about what will happen after the System is shut down. And I really hope the series continues well beyond that point, as well.

John
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I’d absolutely love to see more of Shiro + new side characters. Hopefully at that point it doesn’t divulge into a power-up wn where they go to a new dimension or something where gods ‘train’ that’d be stupid and redundant. At this point we could really focus on character development (like the blood/oni side stories!)

accountmadeforants
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Yeah, that’s my worry as well. I don’t want them to stay stuck on this one backwater planet with its incompetent goddess when there’s evidently so much more out there (or even just beyond the planet going to shit), but I also don’t want it to turn into plain old power creep. That said, I’m sure the author can pull it off. We’ve been getting a lot of politics as of late, but considering this story originally thrived on a constant stream of “what is this place. what is going on. how does any of this even work. oh god… Read more »
Guest
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That… That could actually be pretty awesome! Seeing Kumoko somehow god-blocked and cheering/advising/demanding/complaining(With intermittent telepathy that always shares either too much or too little or usually both…) about everyone struggling through Elro-Labyrinth-level challenges. It sounds like a recipe for abundant amusement.

Still, this seems to be a very focused story. Pretty much all of the plot-threads are converging at a single point. I would be extremely surprised if it continued. Most likely the author will move on to other things and come back and do some sort of spin-off if those other things are unsuccessful…

chaoton
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The author could even tell everyone’s story all over again from each perspective, reincarnator or not.

chaoton
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She is one smart girl. She deserve better.

Poor Felmina ;-;

taetaetik
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thank for the chapter.

GonZ555
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Meatbun delivery~
Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

Ding dong. Cleaning service ?

libraryrocker
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Yay! Sophia learned a skill that will surely help her after the end of the system!!!

Thanks so much for all your hard work!!

Amuris
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…wait…is puke girl/puke girl clean up crew a job?

John
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I’ve been so patient!!!
Nice job on the TLs, I’ve really noticed you getting better at this ! thanks so much

Setsuyume Edenfault
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Aw, that was sweet! Good to see Sophia thinking about things now… you’re better off without Shiraori, she doesn’t deserve you anywas Sophia-chan!

John
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quite the opposite, apparently she has some affection for her.

Oak
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Thanks for the chapter

Anonymous
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Apparently, mommy is going back to Japan after taking down the system.

Anonymous
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Thank you for the chapter!

captainduck
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It just clicked now clicked for me that destroying the system is probably going to end up with ariel dying. She has so much stats and skills theres no way she will survive that. So thats why Ariel is handling it as if its the end, wow.

But ofcourse theres a good chance that shiro might be able to find that loophole and save her along with the reincarnators, but i doubt ariel even knows that. Such determination.

ModoTheGreat
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It’s even worse! Ariel’s been alive since before the System started and her soul has been mutated far beyond its natural limits due to the insane amount of stats and skills she’s attained. If her soul was an elastic strap, it’s been reinforced and stretched tenfold by power from the System — for what should be ages (Dustin reports like 70 reincarnations since the thing started, right?). When the System dies, the elastic will snap (physical death). It will also have lost its elastic properties from the stretching, going beyond repair (soul death). Ariel will cease to exist in every… Read more »
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