Accident on a Dreary November Night, Part II

11月の物寂しい夜の出来事 Ⅱ


Fran:
…uh.

Mash:
Are you all right, Fran?

Fran:
uh, uh.

Mash:
Okay, then.
Doctor, are you sure you detected the other Fran from before?

Dr. Roman:
Yeah. I’ve had background processes monitoring for her ever since.
We didn’t pick up anything until she suddenly came here.
It’s probably Fran’s little sister.

Fran:
…uh.

  1. She isn’t your sister?
  2. She’s your enemy?

Fran:
uh.

Dr. Roman:
I see. In that case, let’s call her E-Fran.
E for “enemy.” That should be fine, right?

Fran:
uuuh… uh.

Mash:
She seems to have accepted the nickname… terribly reluctantly.

Dr. Roman:
O-Oh, okay. Then, I want you to check out that town first.
But, be ready. I’m not picking up any signs of life.

Mash:
That means…

Dr. Roman:
Yeah. It’s sure to be destroyed.

Fran:
…uh…


Mash:
It really is just like before… There isn’t a single person here.

Dr. Roman:
Magical energy detected. …Homunculi, probably.
Multiple incoming. Be careful!

Fran:
UUUUUHHHNAAAAAOOOOOH!!

Mash:
It’ll be okay, Master. We can deal with these easily!

[battle]


Mash:
It’s over. These were made from cadavers as well.

???:
Correct. Nonetheless, they were of great utility to me.

Fran:
ah…!?

???:
It’s been a while.
I never thought you, the subject without a name, would steal my own and be enshrined as a Heroic Spirit.

Dr. Roman:
I knew it. He’s…

Mash:
Victor Frankenstein.

Fran:
uh…

Victor:
Indeed.
You became a Servant, while I became a wraith.
But through some twist of fate… I have been born into a marvelous new environment.
I am the lingering remnants and grudges of the past. That is all I am, yet if I will it, I can repeat the past. I can do it all over.
I can recreate that miracle! I can again grasp that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that God granted me!

Dr. Roman:
It could be because of the singularity… Even this relatively stable era has started to wane.

Mash:
In other words… A possible world where Victor Frankenstein was alive was realized.
Even if it wasn’t a change that affected the whole world, it was enough to cause the deaths of this entire town.

E-Fran:
Father. Is it… okay… now?

Victor:
Yes, Eve.

Fran:
…!

Victor:
Kill them.
Do this, and you will be the start of a new legend to replace her.
You will be Eve, the first woman.  Adam’s mate. You will be her completed form.

E-Fran:
Yes, yes, yes! I’ll become Eve, I will! I’ll kill my sister, I will!

Fran:
…uh.

Victor:
So you can’t even form words. What a failure you were.

Fran:
Shut… up.

Victor:
!?

Fran:
Talking… really tires me out. But… I have to say… this.
Father… sister. You have… long since… ended.
I will find… my own… companion. I will… give myself… a name.
So… come with… me!

Victor:
HOW DARE YOU!!!

E-Fran:
Silence!!!

Mash:
Fran! We’ll fight with you!

Fran:
Yeah. Together!

[battle]


Fran:
*pant* *pant* *pant*

E-Fran:
Argh… Why!? How!? You! Sister! This… isn’t… right!
You shouldn’t be… this… strong!

Fran:
NAAAAAOOOOOOOOHHHHH!!!

E-Fran:
*whimpers*

Gaaahhh!?

Victor:
…Good grief.

E-Fran:
F-Father. Fa…ther. Fa…ther. No… no… no… She’s strong… So strong… Too strong…!

Victor:
Calm yourself, Eve. I never expected anything from you.

E-Fran:
Huh?

Victor:
In the end, the defect lay in the synthesized soul.
It’s because you weren’t made from magic circuits like a homunculus.
A deteriorated soul is inferior to that of a human, so it has no hope of surpassing a Heroic Spirit.
I only created you for one reason.

E-Fran:
Fa…ther…?

[extreme violence]

Fran:
!?

Mash:
What!?

Dr. Roman:
Hey, hey! What’s going on!?

Mash:
Victor Frankenstein is killing E-Fran!

E-Fran:
Why…? I did everything… for you… Father…

Victor:
I know that, of course. You were a failed product, after all.
I was also a failure of a human. So, I will inherit your body.
My soul, my knowledge, and my will. Your flesh, and your power.
I will fuse these, and create Eve for the first time. It troubles me slightly that the gender is wrong, but no matter.

E-Fran:
No! Why? No! No! No! I don’t want to be… you… Father!
I just wanted… you to.. praise me… Father!

[Victor assimilates E-Fran’s body]

Fran:

Victor:
Now, let us continue. As Eve, I am now a different being.
Come forth, shadows.

Mash:
Shadow Servants!? You can summon those now!?

Victor:
Naturally. You’ve wandered into my world, my era, and my domain.
I have removed Eve’s limiters. Time to test out this unparalleled power!

Mash:
This may be nothing but a tiny crack in history, but we can’t ignore it.

  1. Agreed.

Fran:
uuuh!

  1. Take him down, Fran.
  2. Avenge your sister, Fran.

Fran:
Understood.

NAAAAAOOOOOORGH!!!

[battle]


Victor:
No… impossible. Inconceivable. This must be a mistake. I was granted life by a miracle.
Was I not resurrected to perform miracles? That’s right. That’s right. That’s how it should be…

Fran:
…No. You… just happened… to be here.

Victor:
Enough of your prattle! Damn you… this is rubbish!

Fran:
You could have just… lived. With someone you… loved.
If you had… we wouldn’t have met… again.

Victor:
No. You’re lying. Liar! I have been chosen!
I have been chosen by this era, by this great singularity, to lead a revolution of history!
R-Right…?

[Victor dies]

Mash:
All right. The mass grave is quiet now. Let us pray for the fallen.
…If Jeanne were here, I’m sure she could offer some fitting prayers for these victims.

Fou:
Foh!

Fran:
…uh.

Master. Let’s… go.
Let’s go… save the…. world. I’ll try my best.

  1. Thank you, Fran.
  2. I have high hopes for you, Fran.

Fran:
Yeah!

 

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