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Day 365

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there was a name YoIsamu i changed to rusty iron knight-jtkes123

Day 365

Today is our birthday. 


It been just one year after my reincarnation. Suddenly a lot of my memories are coming back to me, really a lot of a storage is needed in a year as dense as this one. 

That night, which is a beginning as well as the end, I was killed by Aoi, who was like a little sister to me. 

Also, even if I try to calmly look back on that now, I still tilt my head and wonder why this happened.


I totally do not have any simmering hatred to the Aoi who killed me, and am even worried that she has been arrested after that as the murderer. 

If there is a complaint, it is only with my own tameness in being so frankly killed. 

Even if I was stabbed in the stomach by surprise by Aoi, who is almost like a relative to me, even if the murder weapon is a special kind of military weapons, I should have made ​​a little more of a resistance. 


When I try to think of the "why" of that time - my memory is hazy. Memories of that time are not clear. 

Whether it is something interfering with me, the question floats around my mind, but I decided to give up thinking on that because it became so troublesome. 

Well, anyway, after I was killed, for some reason, I was reincarnated as a small goblin, engaged in a struggle for survival, and experienced various meetings and farewells. 


Here I have been able to realize the rawness of life. As well as having been able to experience the death that comes with it.

Looking back on many things, like the meals shared with Minokichi-kun and Kanami-chan, it all started with eating caterpillars that became a breakfast and munching in synchronization with all our members, including those who stopped at the level of goblins without advancing through 【Existence Evolution】. 

The meat was well prepared, spilling over with juices. 


Knowing what I do now, the 【Sacred Treasures】 and dragon meat is not comparable, but reminiscing of the days of being newborn, has a special nostalgic taste. 

While immersed in deep emotion, I look over everyone's faces sitting in a circle. 

Each seems to have eaten a caterpillar while thinking of something. 

Those who simply enjoy the caterpillar. Those who have decided something. Those who are tinged with sorrow. Those who look up at the sky with a distant eye. Those who are smiling. There are really different reactions. 

There were several Caterpillars distributed for the sake of synchronization per goblin. 

Since there is only a certain amount, soon after they have eaten I go around pouring a drink of the direct demon liquor into everyone's cup. 

The amount is about the same as a sake cup. Although there is a sense of injustice since the size of most bodies is different, it can not be helped because of a small amount of the amount of demon drink available. Here we get test our patience. 

When I had poured into each cup, everyone drank at once. 


Same as when they ate the caterpillars, their reactions are also different. 

There are those who visibly relax their face after simply drinking such delicious sake. Those who shed tears of gratitude at drinking such a choice demon drink that is not available to their rank. Those who ascended to the great heights from the impact beyond their experience. Finally, those who shiver in ecstasy. 


Even though there was someone that had more to drink, like me. 

Burasato and Supesei are not sitting in our circle, I was a bit envious there, but unfortunately, our birthday festival is my main concern. 


Only today the seat of the protagonist is not negotiable. 


While there was such an act for the morning, just as yesterday I spent the day having fun, until around the evening. 

As the world was dyed red, the finals of the battle tournament, that is the most exciting part of the birthday festival, was held. 

The location of the battlefield has been selected as the «External Training Field». 

Anyway, the field has been improved in the search for robustness so that it can now also reduce the damage from those fighting here, so that you can fight all out with abandon. 

The ones that ended up surviving in the tournament and reaching the finals was Rusty Iron Knight and Redhead. 


A combination of good and bad points, the fight of two that won out through their abilities, it led to an intensely heated final match, but progresses from start to end YoIsamu held onto the advantage. 


As if there was an agreement between the two, each chose to not use any ability, fighting only with combat techniques trained from their pure physical ability. 

In terms of purely physical performance, the difference between the two is not much. 

Going by gender Rusty Iron Knight has more endurance and would outweigh because of his gender, but is exceeded by Redhead in agility and flexibility. 

Moving around Rusty Iron Knight, that is actually set up comfortably, at high speed Redhead chose tactics intended for disrupting his balance. 


Just her legs, that was all that he could catch from Redhead's movement, such was the expected difficulty for that beast who was just using both arms to reach all in his field of view, it might have been difficult to counter in a narrow battle field. 


If he showed even a slight chance, the Nail Fang of Redhead, like a true carnivore, would have taken a piece of YoIsamu's neck. 


However unlike before, Rusty Iron Knight prevented all the attacks from Redhead with a minimum of wasted movement, by knocking them to the side or with a simple parry. 


At the Birthday Festival, it was Rusty Iron Knight who splendidly took the victory. 


It is a pity that Redhead lost this time because I was personally supporting her, but still her growth rate is comparable in degree Minokichi-kun and Kanami-chan. 

Initially I could not help but think that Redhead was so much weaker. 

Still, she might win next time, no matter others might expect. 

Anyway, we presented the prize to the winner Rusty Iron Knight, and carried on to the last event of the Birthday Festival's second day of entertainment. 


It was a simple concept, to hit an attacker in a circle with a diameter of about three meters within the time limit. 

That is, the target this time is me. 

Of course it is only natural to resist their attacks, since it is not possible for me to move from within the circle, it can either be simultaneous attacks by participants from a long distance, but those that dare could also challenge in close combat. 


If it is possible for anyone to get even a single blow in, that success comes with drop items obtained from dungeon class bosses, or the equivalent in anything you desire, you can win such prizes. 


The last event that began so, closed in the middle act of success. 


While happening in a large forest where the noise is incessant even at night, the last of the day was spent enjoying myself. 


Would it not be a good way of ending the day if it seems to be speaking to us. 

By the way, the first to have cleared the last event was Kanami-chan. 

If it is an attack, such as freezing the space, it could not be prevented. 


What did Kanami-chan demand in the end? 


That also means that there is an opportunity.


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 “三百六十五日目”

 今日は俺達同期の誕生日である。

 転生してから早一年。ふと思い返せば色々と、本当に色々とあった濃密な一年の記憶が過る。


 終わりであり始まりでもあるあの夜、俺は妹分だった(アオイ)に殺された。


 今こうして冷静に振り返ってみても、何故こうなったのだろうかと小首を傾げる。

 俺は俺を殺した葵を怨む気は全く無いし、あの後殺人犯として逮捕されていないかと心配ですらある。

 不満があるとすれば、あっさりと殺された自分自身の不甲斐なさにこそあった。

 ほぼ身内である葵に腹を不意打ちで刺されたとしても、凶器が軍用兵器の一種だとしても、もう少し抵抗できただろうに。

 何故あの時にはもっと――と思い起こそうとすると、記憶が霞む。あの時の記憶がハッキリとしない。

 何かに干渉されているのか、という疑問が浮かぶが、面倒になったので思考は一時放棄する。


 まあ、ともあれ、殺された後は何故か小鬼(ゴブリン)に転生し、生存闘争を繰り広げ、様々な出会いと別れを経験した。

 生を実感する事があった。死を体験する事があった。


 色々と振り返りながら、ミノ吉くんやカナ美ちゃんを始め、【存在進化】する素質が無くて小鬼(ゴブリン)で止まってしまった者も含め、同期のメンバー全員でボリボリと朝食となる芋虫を喰う。

 プリプリとした身、零れる体液。

 【神器】や竜肉を知った今では比べものにならないが、生まれたばかりの頃を思い起こさせる、懐かしく特別な味がした。


 感慨にひたりつつ、円座している皆の顔を見る。


 それぞれ何かを想いながら芋虫を喰っているようだ。

 単純に芋虫を味わう者。何か決意したような者。憂いを帯びている者。遠い眼をして空を仰ぐ者。笑みを浮かべている者。実に様々だ。


 同期に配布した芋虫は一鬼につき数匹程度。

 すぐに無くなる量でしかないので、喰った後は皆が持つ酒杯に俺が直接鬼酒の一つを注いでいく。

 量はお猪口程度。身体の大きさが違うので不公平感はあるが、鬼酒の量が少ないのだから仕方ない。ここは我慢してもらう。

 そして全員の酒杯に注がれると、皆一斉に飲んだ。


 芋虫を喰った時と同じく、その反応もまた様々だ。


 ただ単純に美味い酒を飲める事に頬を緩める者。階級的に普段は飲む事の出来ない上等な鬼酒を飲んで感涙する者。未体験の衝撃に昇天しかける者。恍惚に身を震わせる者。

 そして俺のように更に酒を飲む者などがいた。


 少し離れた場所で円座に加わっていないブラ里さんやスペ星さん達が羨ましそうにコチラを見ていたが、残念、誕生祭は俺達がメインである。

 今日ばかりは主役の座は譲れない。


 朝からそんな一幕がありつつ、昨日のように楽しく過ごして、夕方頃。

 赤く染まった世界の中で、誕生祭で最も盛り上がっている喧嘩トーナメントの決勝戦が執り行われた。


 場所は≪外部訓練場≫に設置された決闘場。

 とにかく頑丈さを求めて改良されているここなら全力で戦っても被害を抑える事ができるので、思い切り戦う事が可能である。


 そしてトーナメントで勝ち残り、決勝でぶつかったのは陽勇と赤髪ショートだった。

 組み合わせの良し悪しはあれ、実力で勝ち進んだ両者の戦いは決勝戦らしく激しく熱いものになったが、終始陽勇が優位なまま進んで行く。


 両者の間に何か取り決めでもあるのか、それぞれ固有の能力は殆ど使用せず、純粋な身体能力と鍛えた戦闘技術のみで戦っていた。

 肉体の性能だけでみれば、両者の間に差はあまり無い。

 性別により膂力や耐久力などは陽勇の方が勝るだろうが、瞬発力や柔軟性なら赤髪ショートの方が上回るだろう。

 現にゆったりと構える陽勇の周囲を高速で移動し、撹乱する戦法を赤髪ショートは選択した。

 両脚だけでなく、時に両腕も使った予想し難い獣のような動きをする赤髪ショートを視界に捉え続ける事は、狭い決闘場では困難だったに違いない。

 僅かにでも隙を見せれば、肉食獣のように赤髪ショートの爪牙は陽勇の首を掻き切っただろう。


 しかし以前と異なり、憑き物が落ちたように変わった陽勇は無駄の無い動きで赤髪ショートの攻撃を全て防ぎ、あるいは受け流して、真正面からねじ伏せた。


 誕生祭で、見事優勝したのは陽勇だった。


 個人的に応援していたので今回負けたのは残念だが、それでも赤髪ショートの成長速度はミノ吉くんやカナ美ちゃん達に匹敵する程である。

 最初はあんなに弱かったのに、と思わずにはいられない。

 もしかしたら次回は勝つかもしれない、と期待していよう。


 ともあれ、優勝者である陽勇に景品を渡し、そのまま誕生祭二日目最後の催し物を行った。


 その内容は単純で、制限時間内に直径三メートル程度の円の中に居る俺に攻撃を当てる事。

 つまりは、俺を標的にした的当てである。


 的である俺も当然抵抗はするが、円内から動く事は出来ないので、参加者は遠距離から一斉攻撃をしてもいいし、あえて接近戦を挑んでもいい。

 とにかく誰でもいいから一撃でも入れる事が出来れば、成功者には階級ボスなどから得たアイテムや、あるいはそれと同等の願いを叶えられる範囲で叶える、といった景品がもらえる。


 そうして始めた最後の催しは、盛況の中幕を閉じた。

 夜なのに絶え間ない騒音で大森林を騒がせながら、最後まで面白おかしく過ごす。

 滅茶苦茶してきた俺達らしいと言えばらしい終わり方ではないだろうか。


 ちなみに、最後の催しを最初にクリアしたのはカナ美ちゃんである。

 空間を凍結させるような攻撃をされれば、流石に防ぎきれなかったのだ。


 そしてカナ美ちゃんが何を求めたのか。

 それはまた、機会があればという事で。





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