Accident on a Dreary November Night, Part I

11月の物寂しい夜の出来事 Ⅰ


Fran:

Mash:
Are you all right, Fran?

Fran:
…uuh.

Mash:
Another artificial human like you exists in this age… Is Chaldea’s analysis really correct?
London is quite distant from Victor Frankenstein’s home…

Fran:
uh.

Mash:
So you don’t know, either… Still, we should take a look.
Ah, Fran. Please wake up our Master.
I’ll take a look around the area and then regroup with you.

Fran:
uhh!

Mash:
…Nothing seems out of place. Okay, time to regroup with Master-

[electricity sound]

Mash:
Wh-What was that!?

Fran:
…uuhh!

Mash:
Um. Master wasn’t really waking up, so you thought he might be terribly ill.
So you thought to apply an electric shock to his illness… and hit him with Blasted Tree?


That’s horrible!

Fran:
uh?


  1. I thought I was gonna die.
  2. There I was, crossing the River Styx…

Mash:
I’m glad you survived.

Fran:
u…

Mash:
It’s okay, Fran. Our Master isn’t angry.

Fran:
uh?

  1. I’m not mad.
  2. Just be careful from now on.

Fran:
uuh…

Mash:
I think she understands.


Mash:
Doctor, we’re about to arrive at the target point. Are you getting any readings?

Dr. Roman:
Hmm. That’s weird. For a moment, I got a powerful mana reading. But it’s gone now.
There are still traces, but they’re fading as we speak. By the time you get there, it’ll probably be closer to zero.

Mash:
Was it a summoning ritual of some kind?

Dr. Roman:
I wonder… This isn’t enough to know for sure. I’m not getting any biological readings that seem hostile, so go ahead and check it out.

Fran:
…u? u, uuh.

Mash:
What is it, Fran? You saw something strange… over there?

There are… signs that something was buried here.

Dr. Roman:
Let’s follow them.

Fran:
uuuhh…

  1. What’s wrong?
  2. Is something there?

Fran:
u, u.

Mash:
Under the earth…?

Huh… voices!

Fran:
uuuuu!!

Dr. Roman:
W-Wait! You shouldn’t dig that up. It’s bad!

Mash:
Doctor, what in the world happened here!?

Dr. Roman:
There are human remains there!

Fran:
…!?

Mash:
These aren’t human… but homunculus remains? And it’s still alive!

Fran:
uh!!!

Dr. Roman:
But it was dead just earlier with no signs of magical energy!

Mash:
Let’s go, Master!

[battle]


Mash:
…Whew. Confirming loss of life signs.

Dr. Roman:
Same here. Good grief, that surprised me…

Fran:
uu…

Mash:
Fran?
…You want to examine the homunculus?

Fran:
uh.

Mash:
Doctor, can you run an analysis?

Dr. Roman:
Yeah. I need a little time, but I’ll take care of it.
Also, about that strong mana we detected earlier, we’ve picked up something similar in that fortress-like compound up ahead.
You should investigate right away. Taking the homunculi into account, the situation seems bad.

Mash:
Acknowledged. We’ll head there immediately.


Fran:
…uuuh.

Mash:
Please calm down, Fran. Nobody’s here.
There are no signs of people.
…This is looking increasingly dire.

Fran:
uuu… uuh!

Mash:
Fran!?

  1. Follow her!
  2. Catch her!

Mash:
Right. Wait, Fran!


Fran:
…uuh!

???:
So… you came. My defective… big sister.

Fran:
!?

???:
What a… funny… expression.
Or have you…. never… looked in… a mirror?

Mash:
Fran, you’re so fast-
Huh!?

  1. The same face…?
  2. Another Fran…?

Fran (?):
So that’s… your new… Master.
I knew it. Even your morals… are flawed.
Once your master… abandons you… you’ll die.
That’s our… law.

Yet… you became… a Heroic Spirit. You… swore loyalty… to a new… Master.
Sister. Your very nervous system… is defective.

Fran:
uuh…!

Fran (?):
That’s right… you can’t even talk. My pitiful… sister!
Look how much… I can talk! Father… loves me!
I’m… nothing… like you!

Mash:
Who are you?
What happened to the people in this fort?

Fran (?):
Foolish… human.
Did you think… I’d tell you… just because you asked?

Mash:
No, the answer is clear enough. You killed them all.

Fran (?):
Hehehe. You’re wrong.
We didn’t… kill them. We granted them… new life.

Mash:
Huh!?
It couldn’t be…!

Dr. Roman:
I figured it out. That homunculus was made from human parts!
As you know, a homunculus is shaped around a core of magic circuits, but these were made from cadavers and animated by magical energy.
Rather than homunculi, they’re artificial humans, like Fran!

Fran (?):
Ahahahaha! First, let’s give you a test.
Good luck… sister.

Mash:
Here they come! Get ready, Fran!

Fran:
u…

  1. Fran!
  2. Calm down!

Fran:

…uh. (nodding)
NAAAAAAAAAOOOOOHHH!!!

[battle]


Fran (?):
Hmph, I expected… as much. Fine. I’ll fight you.
You’ll be good… test subjects. I’m still not… perfect.
But… if I defeat you… sister. I’m sure I will be.
Here I come!

Fran:
SHAAAAH!!!

[battle]


Fran (?):
Guah!? You shouldn’t be! This strong!

???:
Return to me.

Fran (?):
Father!?

Fran:
!!!

???:
We’ve taken plenty of samples. It’s time to leave this place.
Don’t worry. I will perfect you.

Fran (?):
…Understood, Father.

Mash:
Don’t let them escape!

Fran (?):
Blasted Tree!!!

Mash:
Argh!

Fran:
…uuh!

Fran (?):
Farewell, sister. Our next meeting will. Probably. Be our last.

[The other Fran leaves.]

Fran:
…uh.

Mash:
They’re getting away! Doctor!

Dr. Roman:
It’s no use trying. They left no magical traces. …Which explains a lot.
I just realized it, but the mana readings coming from the fortress were a lure…
Yup, they didn’t leave a single trail. Pursuit is futile. Sorry.
We’ve got data on her, at least. We should be able to track her next time… I hope.

Fran:
uuuuh!

  1. We’ll settle this next time!

Mash:
You’re right. We need to get stronger…

Fran:
…uh, uh. (nodding)

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