Chapter 26: Yuki

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Log #2: Humanity

My name is Shura Averin, and I have elected to be humanity's scribe regarding the nuances and biological discoveries of Shade and similar creatures. Together with Elvira, we shall record everything that there is to know about this world and its inhabitants. One day, we will be free. One day, we will be strong. Until then, we will be brave. We will be united. We will learn about the world around us and use that information to grow and improve ourselves. Never will we falter and break, never will we give in. It is our duty, our destiny, to retake this planet, and by my family name I swear we shall. Humanity isn't in the dusk of creation; we are in the shadow of its greatest dawn.

-General Bryce Averin

500 BPE


A white room.

All alone.

Exactly where I belong.

Exactly what I deserve.

...

Even still...

Even despite my pathetic self...

Even despite my bland personality...

This white solitude...

This strange feeling...

... ...

It doesn't feel right.

They are waiting for me.

My friends. My comrades.

My acquaintances. My family.

I don't deserve them, but they are waiting for me. They all are waiting for me.

Even though I am alone in this white eternity. They are waiting for me.

They want to wait.

They want me to return to them.

... ... ...

I don't know why...

...but I...

...want to go back, too...

...I want to see everyone smile, and laugh, and play together...

...I want everyone to fight and train...

...to learn and change...

...to stumble and fall...

...and get back up again...

...and then do it all again tomorrow.

Such a future... Am I worthy of it?

Do I really deserve such great comrades, such amazing friends?

Is it really okay for me to laugh along with them...?

That girl... Alison... She said it was okay.

She said we could laugh together.

She cried.

But she smiled.

Maybe I... Can smile, too.

Maybe all I need...

...is a little courage.


Chapter 27: The Sun Rises in Every World

Kazuki Yuki stood alone in a white room, man-sized wings folded behind his back. He had gotten used to his elven features, temporary as they were. This world of the cave within Alfheim, the monsters and trials he'd encountered... He could feel that everything led to this white room. It wasn't much of a room in actuality—there were no walls and no ceiling, and the ground hardly felt real. It was absolutely silent, as the very world held its breath in anticipation of the chapters to come. But he had made it nevertheless, and as his reward, a girl stood in front of him. Someone he recognized immediately.

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