The Truth of Readvent

再臨の真実


[in a hallway of Chaldea]

Fou:

Fooh, fooh♪

Mash:

Fou, you’re in a good mood. You had a big appetite during lunch earlier.

  1. It was quite tasty today.
  2. The menu keeps changing.

Dr. Roman:

A Servant is in charge of meals today. I wonder who it is… maybe I’ll drop in on the kitchen later.

???:

AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! W-W-W-W-WHAT THE BLOODY HELL!?

Dr. Roman:

Hm? Something’s up. Who was that voice just now? I don’t remember hearing it before.

Mash:

It may be an intruder. Motion detected. Contact in 3… 2… 1-

[A boy runs into you]

Fou:

Foh!

???:

Ow!
Ouch… Hey, watch where you’re going! Stop spacing out in the middle of the corridor, you git!

  1. You’re one to talk. Running isn’t allowed in the hallways.
  2. No worries. You’re puny so you just bounced off.

[1] ???:

Open your eyes! It’s an emergency! Anyone in my position would be running at mach speed!

[2] ???:

You’re seriously looking down on me, aren’t you!?

Mash:

Excuse us. You just ran into Senpai, but who are you? You’re not one of Chaldea’s staff…

???:

Ah… Well, uh, how do I put this… Oh, Gudao and Mash, it’s just you.
Great timing! Help me out, guys! We need to do something before everyone else sees me!

Mash:

?

Dr. Roman:

??

  1. ???
  2. …Who are you?

Fou:

Foh?

???:

You still don’t know!? It’s me, Wav- I mean, El-Melloi II!

El-Melloi II (Boy):

I know it sounds mad, but I suddenly turned back into a kid!

Mashu:

!

  1. No way!
  2. There’s no resemblance at all!

Dr. Roman:

Seriously, is your bone structure even the same!?

El-Melloi II (Boy):

It’s really me! You should be able to tell if you’re my Master, right!?
Mashu, you’re a Servant so you should, too! I’m El-Melloi II!

Mash:

Y-Yes… It’s surprising, but you’re right. Somehow. We’re shockingly equal in height.

El-Melloi II (Boy):

Don’t call me a midget! Th-Though, it’s not like I have time to be worrying about that right now…

  1. What happened?
  2. Do you know what caused this?

El-Melloi II (Boy):

I have a lead, of course. It has to be the work of that obnoxious, wicked goddess!
That’s right. It has to be her. I knew there was something sketchy about that freebie…
Who gets freebies from a cafe? I’ve never seen anything like that at a cafe…
Umm, anyway, it’s time to rei-shift, Gudao! We need to hurry and crash their hideout!

[Rei-shift to a beach]

Mash:

And we’ve arrived on a familiar island. This was… the “Shaped Isle,” right?

El-Melloi II (Boy):

If it was the real thing, it’d be the Shapeless Isle. OI, EVIL GODDESSES! GET YOUR ARSES OUT HERE!

Stheno:

Oh, dear. Gudao and Mashu. I was wondering who it was. And… oh, my. My, my my.
I almost didn’t recognize you because you’re so small, but if it isn’t the Professor with you as well.
I welcome this sudden, unscheduled visit. So, what offering do you have for me this time?

Dr. Roman:

…You need offerings to even talk to her. These goddesses are always so ridiculous.

  1. Sorry, I’m empty-handed.
  2. …I’ll come back again.

[1] Stheno:

That’s too bad… But not to worry. Instead of a present, I get an interesting toy- *cough*cough*
You’ve brought a sophisticated conversationalist and dashing gentleman with you. He’s the best possible way to relieve my boredom.♡

[2] El-Melloi II (Boy):

Where are you going!?
It’s not like you’d find a present that satisfies her anywhere in the whole world!
She’s like Princess Kaguya of Japan! She enjoys making impossible demands, having men run left and right at her whim!

[2] Stheno:

How rude. And what a grave misunderstanding. Don’t make me get serious, Gudao.

Euryale:

Stheno! Hey, Stheno! Where were you? Medusa’s coming back in the aftern-
Oh, if it isn’t Gudao. Is Mashu here, too?
Oooh, did you come to play with us? Good timing. Today, we and Medusa-
Huh, who’s that seedy-looking guy there? You’re fidgeting so much I thought you were a sand crab. Are you a human?

El-Melloi II (Boy):

I-I’ve never heard such insults! Why is it that with every breath you two take, you have to gouge out people’s hearts!?
Enough talk! Just change me back, already! Gudao won’t let it go if you don’t!

Mash:

(…Senpai, he suddenly put demands on you. It goes without saying that this will probably come to blows.)

Euryale:

Excuse me? You just showed up out of nowhere and started saying-

Stheno:

Shh! Quiet, Euryale. I just thought of a great plot.
…Ahem. It’s such a waste that an A-class Servant like yourself has gone to ruin, Sir El-Melloi II.
Why not continue getting younger, until you relive your entire life starting as an infant? I’m sure a bright, rosy future with different possibilities awaits you.

El-Melloi II (Boy):

That’s it, I’m kicking your arse. She threatens me, humanity, and the entire male gender just by existing!

Stheno:

[blushing] My, such barbaric remarks!
It seems that in every age, there are men who force their rationalizations on others, and lay hands on meek women…
But the modern woman is strong. I have a perfect self-defense system.
Now, come forth, guardians of the island. Let us test their mettle first!

[battle]

El-Melloi II (Boy):

Hm. You can even deal with golems now, Gudao.
Are we done with your minions? Then accept your defeat and dispel this curse on me.

Euryale:

Wow. I was just going to spectate since this is Stheno’s show, but you’re pissing me off.
We’re not so forgiving to uppity, shady brats who think they can talk big at us.
I’ll show you out abilities that have made many a brave champion break down in tears. Do you mind, Stheno?

Stheno:

Not at all. Now that it’s come to this, I suppose we have no choice. (grins) Ready…

Euryale:

RIIIIIIIIIIISE, MEDUUUUUUSAAAAAAA!!!

Medusa:

First Sister, Second Sister… Um, would you mind not calling me out like you’re summoning a giant robot-

Euryale:

Shut up. Don’t talk back to your sisters! And take care of that! That!
That insolent brat laid hands on us!

Stheno:

Yes, he ignored us when we tried to greet our guests, and assaulted us without provocation.

Mash:

…I see. She’s not lying. Nope.

Medusa:

……Oh? Is that true, sir?

El-Melloi II (Boy):

Whoa, whoa! Oi, this Servant is freakin’ scary! No, wait!
We came here to talk! But negotiations broke down so we had to resort to force!

Mash:

…Unfortunately, this is also true.

Medusa:

Then prepare yourselves. For your punishment, I will petrify you for a hundred years.
I’ll turn you into small statues, but you’ll make fine paperweights.

El-Melloi II (Boy):

Hahaha, the Rider class is a professional at getting on my nerves!
I’m counting on you, Gudao- no Master! Teach that huge lady a lesson!

Medusa:

………………… 😦

[battle]

Mash:

We’ve defeated the Servant Rider. …But is it really okay to be fighting for such petty reasons?

Medusa:

Argh…

Euryale:

Wow, Medusa, could you be any more pathetic?
Don’t tell me you held back because you were fighting a kid!

Stheno:

That’s not it, Euryale.
Medusa didn’t lose because her moves are dull and heavy, but because Gudao-san is getting stronger.

Medusa:

(I… I’m not heavy… I’m not heavy, First Sister… *sob*)

El-Melloi II (Boy):

Even your vaunted Medusa can’t stand up to us on her own. Now, come along quietly and-

Stheno:

Just what are you talking about? The real fight begins now. The golems are defeated, and Medusa was worthless…
Which means that we’ll need to get serious too. You’ll forgive me for invoking a forbidden name.

Medusa:

Huh!? First Sister, you don’t mean…!?

Euryale:

Ohhh, I get it! They’ve pushed us this far, so we’ve got no choice but to use that!
Hee hee, you’d better watch out, little monkey! Demon God of the Shapeless Isle, famed throughout Greek myth—-

Devourer of a hundred champions, true form of the three Gorgon goddesses — we’ll unseal you now!

[All three Gorgon sisters glow. Then, you fight them again. That’s it.]

Euryale:

Yeah, there’s no such thing as a “true form” Gorgon. If there were, we wouldn’t be putting on shows in a place like this.

Medusa:

(…Twice… I’ve been beaten up twice for reasons I don’t understand… Why me?)

El-Melloi II (Boy):

*pant* *pant* Don’t scare me like that… That was just all three of you in a party…
But really, enough of the jokes. Just accept defeat and get rid of this curse!

Medusa:

A… curse? Don’t tell me my sisters are causing trouble again…

El-Melloi II (Boy):

You’re okay. I know you’re always a victim. Sorry for roughing you up. Go ahead and relax.
But you two! Stheno and Euryale! You cursed me to turn back into a kid!

Euryale:

Turn you younger…? Huh? What do you mean?
Wait, then, are you telling me that munchkin there is-

Stheno:

Hee hee. You didn’t notice, did you, Euryale? That’s El-Melloi II.
Though for some reason, he’s been changed back into his youthful form.

Euryale:

No way!? That bitter, grizzled guy used to look like this!? Just how hard of a life did you lead to grow up like that!?

El-Melloi II (Boy):

That’s my business! Leave it alone! Wait. Euryale, you didn’t know?

Euryale:

Nope. Had I known, I would’ve made even more fun of you.

El-Melloi II (Boy):

That means… Don’t tell me…

Stheno:

Yes, it’s as you suspect, my Lord. ♡
This isn’t our fault.

El-Melloi II (Boy):

Wha-

Mash:

Wha-

  1. WHAT!?
  2. That’s what I thought anyway!

El-Melloi II (Boy):

Th-Th-Th-Then why’d this happen!? I can’t think of any other external factors!

Dr. Roman:

Well, if the cause isn’t external then it’s pretty clear. It just means that’s always how you were supposed to grow, right?

Fou:

Foh.

Mash:

A logical deduction. You turned younger thanks to Spiritual Base Readvent.

El-Melloi II (Boy):

That… That can’t be… What would even be the point!?
Readvents are supposed to change you in ways that make you stronger! What am I supposed to if I shrink down to my old, incompetent form!?

Stheno:

There might be feats that you can only achieve in that form…
No, rather, that form represents “the origin of an idea.”
Your powers as a Servant haven’t declined, have they?
This form is strongest… no, most appropriate to you when you are fighting in a “leading role.”
Hee hee. It’s adorable that you didn’t realize it. Are you sure you should be so dense?
So I decided to play along with you. I consider it a most excellent offering to satisfy our boredom.♡

El-Melloi II (Boy):

Argh. Arrrgh. Arrrrrrrrrgh…
Again and again… again and again!

Stheno:

Still, it’s hard for us to only accept gifts all the time…
So if you play with us a bit more, I might tell you about an elixir that can restore you to your former self, Sir El-Melloi.

Mash:

Ah… Senpai, let’s go.
El-Melloi is in for a battle he can’t hope to win.

Dr. Roman:

If you challenge a goddess, she’ll just play with you and toss you aside, eh… I have to be careful too.

  1. Yeah, let’s go back to Chaldea.
  2. Good luck, El-Melloi.

El-Melloi II (Boy):

Fine, damn it, leave! Just you watch, I’ll find a way to get back to my old form!

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