Cursed 011: Aftermath of the Broken Seal Incident

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Chapter 11: Aftermath of the Broken Seal Incident

There was a man sitting amidst the wisteria, perched on top of one of the wisteria’s supporting poles.

Although the poles didn’t look like they could hold anything more than a songbird.

Cloaked in dark, black clothes and wearing a white oni mask, everything about him screamed “suspicious”.

With a deep voice he sighed, then chuckled.

“Kakaka. What a marvelous sight. A sea of flames!”

He said imperiously, spreading his arms wide in sheer rapture.

Sssssszk-!

Just as he’d fully spread them out there was a sound that cut through the air.

The suspicious man; his mask and body, were sliced through into many pieces.

Flutter flutter flutter. (more…)

wfb: Chapter 95

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Chapter 95: Nature will totally overtake human infrastructure in almost no time at all if you let it. Just take a look at the mini trees growing through my asphalt driveway.

…It really is eerie.

When we reached the former tree elf “city”, it feels like a ghost town.

Not that it feels like it’s absolutely abandoned. It almost feels like there’s a presence here.

But it’s not a presence strong enough to be from anything living.

So yeah, like a town full of ghosts.

Needless to say, this tree city didn’t look like what Hibiki-chan was expecting.

There was nothing nailed or built onto or into the trees.

Thick, woody vines ran, almost naturally unnatural, around the base of the trees, winding up as a ramp.

Boughs were lowered, as if steps that ran between tree to tree, and branches seemed to be knit together to make platforms.

Not like the trees were forced into their situations, but like they just happened to grow there…  and yet, even though it looks so organic, it also looks orderly.

At least, you can tell it had at one point. (more…)

OVRMMO 095: Jostled in the Stagecoach

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Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki
Author: Shiina Howahowa

Jostled in the Stagecoach

Earth boarded the newly debuted stagecoaches and carefreely had fun watching the scenery.
To try riding the stagecoaches that came out in the patch some time after the Fairy Country expansion was implemented, there was that motive as well.
The destination of this stagecoach is the East Fortresstown; the fare is high at 4,000Glo, but moving at high speeds and avoiding conflicts with monsters are huge merits.

“Hey, you, got a minute?”

The stagecoaches are public transportation, so of course riding it with someone else comes up more than often enough; aside from Earth, there are two other people riding with him.
It’s the man from the guy-girl couple that’s riding together that spoke up.

“You that Earth-san with all the nicknames?”
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Cursed 010: Honoka

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Chapter 10: Honoka

“Oi oi oi… what’s’is, what’s’is? Are you joshin’ me? This ain’t right- *gehogeho* Augh, i’b swallowing wadder-! Gah, glub glub glub!”

“Keep that barrier up, Gakuto, or my heel’s going up your behind. Ugh, this rain…”

“Yer not even standin’ in it!”

A thin man, not looking unlike a drowned weasel, stood outside the park.

He could barely stand because of the rain and winds, and flinched at the distant thunder.

Inside, a woman with a dyed streak of pink hair in a long ponytail tapped her foot impatiently. Strangely, she wasn’t being rained on at all.

Strangely, nothing within the park was being rained on.

Above and around the park a barely visible, thin blue film was stretched out.

Both the man and the woman were wearing jackets that belonged to Tsunato’s crime scene investigation units.

“Tch. This is because you live too close to the park. WHY do WE have to be the ones to respond to this damn spectacle?” (more…)

Wfb: Chapter 94

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Chapter 94: Chapters with a lot of random stuff happening is hard to come up with titles for

My nodachi won’t be much use, but I examine it anyway.

Un. Good.

Katana v3, and several tantos…

Clean, sharp, and ready to go.

As for other supplies, I still have bandages, ointments, and water ready to … actually, because I have Inventory, is there really a worry that I wasn’t able to bring something?

Although that doesn’t help if I’m short-sighted and didn’t put something we needed IN to Inventory, but since we’ve been traveling dangerous roads, I already have a lot of stuff that we will need for investigating the area around Warden’s Post.

Ah, I guess it’s still good to investigate the condition of the stuff we might need. Even if my Inventory has time stop, the moment when you need something is a horrible time to realize it got partially destroyed the last time you took it out.

I quietly stow the rest of the things I was inspecting. Quietly because I’m in the small room Hibiki-chan and I are staying in, and Hibiki-chan is sleeping.

Un, even though I’m not really tired, maybe I’ll take the time to get an hour or two of rest –

Just when I thought that, I hear some sniffling coming from the other side of the room.

Was I imagining it?

I listen carefully.

Un. Hibiki-chan’s breathing has changed from sleeping to awake.

Did she have a nightmare? (more…)

OVRMMO 094.75: In front of the coliseum

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Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki
Author: Shiina Howahowa

The opinions saying that they wanted to read was many, so though I didn’t have plans to write it, screw it.
Even so, my usual writing style has…

Extra Edition; In Front of the Coliseum

At long last, the PvP tournament of the 20 Liberators has drawn near to the day after tomorrow.
In front of the coliseum made in Nexia, a large amount of people were enveloped in a frenzied atmosphere; as for why

“The cutoff for purchasing admission tickets, as well as betting tickets, is close at had, so those who want them should hurry up!”

The NPC vendor girl advertised with a loud, authoritative voice.
The admission tickets are self explanatory, but as for the betting tickets, you buy the ticket of whichever party you think will win as a bet; the entire sum of money used to buy betting tickets will be split amongst all the possessors of the winning betting ticket.
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Cursed 09: A Time to be by Her Side

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Chapter 9: A Time to be by Her Side

The surroundings are dark. Kousei couldn’t see anything in the pitch-black darkness.

Oh, though he could see himself perfectly well.

Where is this?

… Is what he’d like to say, but it’s another dream, huh?

Kousei was… well, he wasn’t exactly used to this, but it wasn’t something he hadn’t experienced before.

The so-called lucid dream… although he couldn’t control what happened in these dreams at all. (more…)

OriginStory 025: Unknown Market Prices

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Chapter 25: Unknown Market Prices

“Right, right, so what’d ya want to know, Naru-han?”

After showing his overwhelming delight over his ticket into the Dark Guild, Goya finally calmed down enough to get back to business.

I cough.

“Ahem. Well, it’s not much, actually. Three things. One, I want to improve my Item Bag. I think I’ve already maxed it out at level for a normie, but I want to know how to optimize it, or if there is a way to optimize it. Two, I want to know what you know about [Scribe] and the other found Talents so far.”

“Mumumu… Understood. Then, when ya say that ya maxed out your Item Bag at a normie level, ya mean ya bought all the biggest additions ya can get right now from the NPC vendors? What’s that put ya at?” (more…)

VendM 049: Not Quite the Ideal Hero

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Jidou Hanbaiki ni Umarekawatta ore wa Meikyuu o Samayou
Author: Hiru Kuma

Not Quite the Ideal Hero

After coming to the Maze Level, the new regulars have increased. The couple that runs the weapon-armor shop and the parent and child that run the inn, the Hunter Association receptionists; these are the residents from here that come pretty much every day to buy, it seems.

Or like, the number of this level’s residents is way too few. Even if you say it’s not a popular level, with 10 people in total then their commerce should be doomed. This is just an outsider’s unneeded worry, but when Ramis, who harbored the same question as me, questioned the receptionists, the mystery was solved.
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Cursed 08: Chapter 8: Each Others’ Hurts

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Chapter 8: Each Others’ Hurts

Back in Tokyo, a figure of a tall man who stood head above the crowd walked the streets.

People stared as he passed by.

Tall and broad shouldered with a long, prominent, western-styled nose and full beard, it was little wonder they stared.

“Is he a Hollywood actor?”

Young women whispered together as they watched him go by.

The man was completely unconcerned at their whispers.

“Oh, what a good smell…”

He approached a counter where they were selling cream croquettes.

“Excuse me…”

“Yes, welcome – eh! Um… <I kyant s-peak English>!” (more…)