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final part of Alicization web chapter 7 summary
Administrator ordered Schuderkin to clean up the mess he made, while she stepped back to watch from behind.
Kirito, Alice and Eugeo were force to fight from distant as they didn't want to be too close to the supreme priest, so they were in disadvantage, Alice used her sword moves to block the large magic attacks from the elder without any chance to counter attack.
On his largest and final attack spell, Alice told Kirito and Eugeo that she could hold the attack for 10 secs and asked them to do something.
Eugeo fired an ice arrow to Administrator to distract Schuderkin, as soon as the elder looked other way, Kirito unleashed Vorpal Strike, cutting him into two in a single attack.
Administrator didn't care about the elder, after some words exchanged, she summoned a golem made out of numerous blades. Alice and Kirito, under the impression that Administrator couldn't kill a human, charged in to fight the golem, but the battle turned to be a one-side slaughter.
Alice was stabbed through her heart, Kirito was cut deep at his abdomen, a fatal wound. Eugeo saw how easily they were defeated, couldn't do anything but to wait for his death. Suddenly, Charlotte came out of his shirt and told him to use the dagger Cardinal gave him on the door, before she enlarged her body and charge in to buy time for Eugeo.
Charlotte only got him a few seconds before she was killed, but it was enough, Cardinal appeared from the door and incapacitated the golem before curing Alice and Kirito.
Cardinal told Kirito that Charlotte was a named monster, or an NPC with top-down AI, Charlotte liked them after watching them for so long and decided to followed them even after Cardinal dismissed her from the duty.
It turned out that the supreme priest wanted to force Cardinal to come out all along, she brought the room into enclosed space, blocking Cardinal from escaping like she did 200 years ago, before reviving the sword golem.
Kirito thought Administrator certainly could singlehandedly drive off the Dark Territory's invasion by mass producing something like this, then the supreme priest explained that each sword was transformed from a human, with the memory fragments of their important person, they became a mindless killing machine, she planned to turn half population of Human World into the golems to deal with Dark Territory.
Cardinal didn't think she could win, she offered her life in exchange for Administrator to let the three go. The supreme priest accepted and proceed to kill Cardinal.
On her final moment, Eugeo asked Cardinal to turn him into a sword, he knew full well he wouldn't be able to return to human afterward but he couldn't flee and let the supreme priest do as she pleased. The supreme priest noticed what they were doing but Alice jumped in to buy them time, she was badly burned and loss conscious.
Cardinal merged Eugeo's body into his Blue Rose Sword, turned it to be a big white sword. Cardinal then release memories of Alice's memory piece, giving life to the Giant Sword. It proceed to destroy the sword golem, and before Kirito could stop, the giant sword charged into Administrator.
She intercept the white sword with her silver rapier, the rapier was smashed into pieces in the impact, but the white sword also broken in half, the broken blade cut right shoulder of Administrator, before turning back into human form.
Eugeo laid in a sea of his own blood, his body was cut in half under his waist, the Blue Rose Sword had its blade half broken as well.
As Kirito watched his best buddy in that state, his sense became dull, he could hear nor smell anything, color faded off his vision. He came all the way here to release Eugeo from this world, but he now loss his goal. He couldn't do anything but waiting for the approaching Administrator to release him from this world, so he didn't have to see or hear anything anymore.
Administrator turned her left arm into a long sword, but just before she could stab him, a silhouette jumped between them, Kirito realized it wasn't the first time something like this happened. He couldn't let it repeat itself again.
Administrator's sword pierced through Alice's cloth and part of her white skin, but it wasn't fatal, the sword also missed Kirito entirely. Alice, noticed he could still fight, relief and loss her conscious again.
Kirito started using his sword skills to fight the supreme priest, first by Vertical Square, which was countered by her stabbing to his abdomen. He thought she might learn about this skill from Eugeo before he reached the room, so he switched to his highest rank sword skill even Eugeo didn't know about, the 10-hit Nova Ascension, which was also countered on its first hit, making it failed completely by the 8-hit rapier skill, Star Splash, the skill which was Asuna's pride. He couldn't believe she could access his memory. He third attempt was Vorpal Strike from a 5m distant, this time Administrator turned her sword into a katana and countered it with a katana skill Kirito didn't know.
Completely lose even in sword fight, Kirito convinced he could never win against her and told her to do as she pleased.
Eugeo's voice reached him, saying it wasn't like him to give up like that. Eugeo recalled the time that Alice was taken away 9 years ago, that he couldn't move even slightly, but Kirito bravely stood up against the Knight. That's why this time, he wanted to be the one pushing Kirito, to encourage Kirito to stand up again.
Eugeo turned the sea of blood of his and Kirito into a blade of Blue Rose Sword and stopped Kirito's bleeding. With two swords in his hands, Kirito charged into Administrator.
Kirito's right arm was cut apart by Administrator's blade, but at the same time, he managed to cut her left arm, before stabbing her heart, blew it away. At the same time, Blue Rose Sword loss its power and returned to its broken state.
The supreme priest couldn't heal her wounds, she brought out the system console and proceed to logout of this world, but just before she could leave to the outside world, the burning upper part of Schuderkin body grabbed hold of her and wouldn't let go, the flame engulfed both before disappearing without a trace.
Kirito realized Eugeo didn't have much Life left, it should be just a few minute if he was left in that state, he tried to connect Eugeo body and stop the bleeding, but it ended in futile. As Kirito desperately tried to save Eugeo,
"It's…… alright. It's……better…… this way… Kirito."
"What are you saying! How could this be better!!?"
Even to my voice that became like a scream, a satisfied smile didn't fade off Eugeo's face.
"The duty… I must do… was completely accomplished…… From here on…… we have to walk…… on a different path……"
"That's not gonna happen!! I won't accept such fate!! Something like that, I absolutely won't accept!!"
My persuasion, tinged with a crying voice like a little child, that I argued vehemently was once again, denied by Eugeo's pupils.
"……If……this goes on… it'll become unavoidable… that you… and I…… will have to fight each other…… for Alice. Because I… want to return memories… to her body…… while you… want to protect the soul… of Integrity Knight Alice……"
That was what I feared from the bottom of my heart, but it was still in the future that I didn't think about it yet. I still didn't know if I'd agree to erase the Knight Alice and restore Alice of Rulid village or not.
I couldn't answer that question now.
But, my hesitated self still said to Eugeo in tears,
"Then let's fight!! Once you make a complete recovery from your injuries, we'll fight!!"
However, a clear smile of Eugeo still didn't waver,
"My…… sword… is already… broken. Also… I won't agree… to such fate. The battle… between you… and me… something like that…… I won't ever… accept it."
As Eugeo muttered, beads of tear welled up in his eyes, before soundlessly flowing down.
"I was… always envy you…… Kirito. You're… stronger than anyone…… being loved by everyone. Even if it's Alice…… I think she would…… But…… I finally……understood. Love……isn't what to demand… but it's to be given… Alice… was the one…… who told me."
After he finished his words, Eugeo lifted up his left hand, wrapped within his palm was a prism shining in violet, it touched my finger.
Suddenly, the world was dyed in white light, melt and vanished.
Kirito found himself under the shade of trees, under a sunny sky. He was with Alice, she was making a leather scabbard, while himself was cutting a short sword out of a branch of white silver oak. He already finished the blade, only thing left was to finish up the hilt.
After a while, Kirito said to Alice that they should go back, or else it might be exposed, but Alice asked him to stay a bit longer. Kirito couldn't help but agree to her.
At the same time they returned to their works, Eugeo appeared from the bushes behind them and asked what they were up to. Kirito said to Alice that they had been found out, Alice then walked to Eugeo and offered the short sword in the leather scabbard to him, saying it's a 3-day early birthday gift for him, as his wooden sword already broke.
"Really…… this really even heavier than Nii-chan's sword! It's great……I……I'll treasure it. Thank you both of you. I'm glad…… it's the first time I'm this happy for the birthday present……"
"O……Oi, don't cry!"
I looked at his eyes and quickly called out when I saw small lights in this eyes. 'Don't cry,' as I rubbed my own eyes.
Eugeo also looked straight at me,
and smile again.
Suddenly, his smiling face was wrapped in rainbow color.
A suffocating pain in my chest. A strong, and came out of nowhere nostalgia, and a sense of loss. The overflowing tears came out endlessly, wet my cheeks.
My face was the same as Alice and Eugeo stood before me, a smile while crying face——
"We…… we three certainly live in the same time. Our path might diverge here…… but our memories will remain forever. Continue living within you. That's why ——"
Then the scene under the shades of trees vanished, and I was once again, at the highest floor of Central Cathedral.
"That's why —— don't cry, Kirito."
As Eugeo whispered, his hands loss their strength, his right hand dropped onto the floor, while his left hand dropped on his chest. The prism in his palm was on the verge of losing its light.
What I saw just now, that short scene, was certainly my memory. That one scene was all I could recall, but the fact that Alice, Eugeo and I grew up together and were tied in an unshakable bond warmed my heart and slightly eased my pain.
"Yeah…… the memories are here with me."
I pointed at my chest and muttered in a voice mixed with sobbing.
"It's forever here."
"That's right…… that's why we're forever buddy. Where are you…… Kirito… I can't see you……"
Eugeo was still smiling, but light faded off his pupils as he muttered. I leaned forward and wrapped Eugeo's head in my left hand. The beads of tear gushed out from my eyes and drip down to his cheek.
"Here, I'm here."
Eugeo looked to somewhere faraway, his smile was slightly deepened.
"I see it…… a shining light… in the darkness…… As if…… the star…… on a night sky…… that I looked… looked up to…… every night… from the root of… Gigas Cedar, yes… like a shining…… of your sword……"
"That's right…… that sword…… "Sword of Night Sky"…… should be a good name… What do you think……?"
"Ah…… it's a good name. Thank you, Eugeo."
I tightly embraced the body of my friend, which became gradually lighter. His final words, was like a drop onto a water surface,
"To cover this…… sorrowful…… world…… in kindness………… like a night sky…………"
Then, his eyelids soundlessly came down.
The meager weight that remained in my arm, was the face of Eugeo looking upward.
Eugeo stood at a gloomy corridor he didn't know.
But he wasn't alone.
Tied with his left hand and followed him, was smiling Alice, who was in a blue dress.
He put a little force in his grasping hand, before asking,
"Now…… it should be fine, right?"
Alice firmly nodded, causing the big ribbon tied her golden hair to shook.
"Yes. We can entrust to rest to both of them. I'm sure they could guide the world to its ideal direction."
"That's right. Well…… should we go now?"
Unnoticed, Eugeo returned to his younger self. He tightly clutched the hand of the young girl of the same height, and started walking toward a white light that could be seen from the corridor.
At the same time, the content of the two light cubes were erased and initialized. As the light disappeared from the prism in Eugeo hand.
Kirito went to Alice, he found she was badly injured, but fortunately, the burn helped stop her bleeding, so she wasn't in danger of losing any more Life.
He then walked to the system console and contacted the outside world, which temporally set the FLA rate to 1.0.
At first, all he could hear was confusion, as if someone was watching a movie, but he soon realized that the Ocean Turtle was under attack, Higa Takeru noticed Kirito had called and told Kikuoka. They didn't have time to explain the situation to Kirito, Kikuoka only asked Kirito to find Alice and bring her to the "World End Alter".
Higa noticed the intruder starting to cut the power source, which would cause a power surge and it would fry Kirito's Fluctlight because all safety devices was removed from his STL for the medical treatment purpose.
Kikuoka ordered for the evacuation of Dr.Koujiro and Asuna, and increased the FLA to its maximum value. It was then, that the power was cut.
At that moment, a whirlpool of sparks came down from the sky, through the ceiling and pierced through Kirito's body. There was no impact, no pain, nor sound.
But he noticed it did a great damage to him, not physically nor sensationally, but to his very soul. His important things that made his very existence, were pulled out and tore apart one by one.
Even that word, didn't have any meaning.
Just before my consciousness was snatched away, I heard a call from somewhere far away.
The voice I missed it so much I could cry, the voice I love so much I could go insane. That was——
Whose voice is that?
-End of Chapter 7-
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