Campione!:Volume 1 Epilogue
The battle with Athena took place during the night hours of Saturday morning.
Just like any normal company, Kusanagi Godou's Jounan Academy was also off today. It was originally going to be a restful and relaxing day, spent to recover his battle wounds--- a leisure day like that.
But he had received a fierce scolding during the meeting between him and Mariya Yuri, to the point that both his mind and body felt bared to the bones.
Still he tried his best.
He was a righteous person who would do his best to peacefully resolve problems regardless of how difficult they were. Furthermore, what he did with Erica last night was indispensable for seizing the upper hand during his fight.
These were all sincerely explained to the best of his abilities.
But Yuri's response was still cold.
"So that's how, that's how it was. But from Kusanagi-san's point of view, as long as these efforts were displayed through the results; even if you say this is another effort---"
It still hasn't finished.
"Is that how....... Kusanagi-san, is this excuse your idea? Or is it Erica's? Don't you feel it's a rather ridiculous? Such unrealistic, convenient reasons should be moderated at least. Don't think that some nonsense excuse could fool me."
Not a single way out was offered.
The result was three continuous hours of cold, nonstop scolding; he really learned his lesson in full this time.
Face to face with the beautiful yet harsh girl, alone with just the two of them, the entire time had felt like he was sitting on needles......
Yuri ended up being cold the entire day, her words filled with barbs.
Despite this, Godou was very thankful that she cared for him over so many little details.
Sometimes when her words ended, she would ask Godou about his body's condition.
"Are you really...... alright? Though your body is really strong and different from usual people, but isn't there still a chance of something going wrong?...... it's hard to believe that you're already fully healed, just completely abnormal in every way, but such a weird thing only happens because you're an absurd person like that!"
She berated him with seeming anger.
Though it wasn't very frank, but Godou knew it was because she worried over him.
Even though she was in mortal peril yesterday, she still worried over others more than herself; she really was a kind and strong girl.
--- So no matter how angry or how cold she was to him, it was all a sign of consideration to Godou.
Thinking this way, Godou bowed and apologized seriously even at the end of all the scolding.
Sometimes halfway through her speech, Yuri blushed and revealed a troubled impression: "this was a little too much......" fidgeting somewhat in embarrassment.
This happened on Saturday.
But on the next day, Sunday, something really bad happened again.
It happened when Godou held the newspaper as he watched the news in the living room television.
Edogawa, Koto, Central, and Port districts were engulfed by the darkness for around four hours.
Regarding this, the official rhetoric was a failure of the power supply and it was still under investigation--- they held a press meeting that didn't clarify anything.
He confirmed the television and newspaper contents; every media was using this as its top headline.
But none of them reported in detail about how all lighting and ignition tools had failed to function.
It was obvious that someone was controlling the information.
Historical Compilation Committee.
Probably done by those people he heard about yesterday. No, definitely them.
But, just how did they manage this impossibly hard task? Just as Godou thought over this---
Just then, Shizuka opened the glass door and entered the living room.
For some reason, his little sister's eyes were filled with a ferocious murderous intent, and he felt really strange.
"What's wrong? In a bad mood?"
"Nothing--- I just met Mariya-senpai during the tea ceremony club's activities."
What about it?
Godou continued to read the paper as he pretended to listen; not like it would be anything important.
"Senpai told me to tell onii-chan that she was too rude yesterday and was really apologetic."
Godou gave a perfunctory reply as he leisurely read the paper.
But the situation was turning to a completely unexpected direction.
"Onii-chan met senpai yesterday as well? I remember that you arranged to meet on Friday over the phone. Then you secretly met again yesterday...... I hope Onii-chan can spill everything for me now."
Shizuka suddenly said.
"Just what kind of relationship do you have with Mariya-senpai? Isn't it abnormal to visit a girl two days in a row? Doesn't feel like a normal friendship...... so, Onii-chan, if your conscience is clear, will you swear to god? How about it? Do you dare?"
Stubborn, and too eager to find the source.
Plus the thoughts about Erica halfway through, things were getting worse and worse.
"Don't tell me, Onii-chan is playing both at once? I really guessed it! I always worried that someday you'd become the same as grandpa. Just as I expected! Ever since you let go of the baseball you've always trained in, I had thought something was wrong. Maybe, you had let go of your sport activities because of these immoral habits. Onii-chan, I thought you were better than this!"
Little sis, why do you always speculate your brother to be so low?
Shizuka completely didn't understand Godou's rebuttal.
"Hmph! I can tell if you're lying or not just by watching your face. Onii-chan has that expression of concealing things that he doesn't dare explain."
She was spot on.
Although he didn't do anything regrettable, this wasn't something that he should explain to just anyone.
As a result, Godou fell into the predicament of having to avoid his sister.
Then on Monday morning.
Godou left his home. Although his physical wounds had healed, his emotional wounds had grown worse.
--- His holidays must have gone wrong somewhere.
His heart felt strongly about this.
The baffling forced trip to Rome, not to mention even after the unrest caused by that duel, only the fierce scolding of the miko and his little sister followed. If this kept up for a second week, his body wouldn't be able to take it.
Weren't holidays supposed to be spent in happiness and peace, in a laid-back way?
The only lucky thing was that Erica stopped pestering him.
After going their different ways during the night he fought Athena, Godou had called her numerous times.
Though he knew nothing good would come from meeting her. But, she did come here from Italy, so he should at least see her again before she leaves. Now that he thought about it, he also hasn't bid farewell to Anna yet.
But he couldn't get through to her cell phone, nor did he see her since.
Did she return already? No, that wouldn't be Erica's style.
Godou continued down his usual path to school with his worrisome mood.
His little sister, who normally went to school with him, wasn't here this morning. Because of her day duties, she had left early today.
Private Jounan Academy High School Section.
Freedom wasn't anything special; high school freshmen could be seen everywhere.
That was Kusanagi Godou's title in everyday life. Not godslayer, not a monster, and definitely not the seventh devil king.
"Come to think of it, that other night, didn't Anna-san say something strange......?"
Godou suddenly remembered this and felt confused.
'If you come back safely, I'll personally make a delicious meal for you to eat'......something like that.
She was technically on a business trip, where would she cook at? Unless she meant the next time he goes to Italy......
Godou thought as he continued walking forward.
A moment later, he completely understood the truth of the matter, as he noticed a girl's silhouette just a little further up ahead.
"Ciao, Godou. How is it? Does the uniform fit me? This is the first time I wore a uniform, so it feels a bit strange."
A familiar voice greeted him in an intimate tone.
The beautiful girl before him wore a uniform he was used to seeing.
So that's how it is. At that time, Anna had already prepared for long-term living in Japan with her master; that was why Erica had brought a confidante who was good at Japanese.
"Oy, Erica, though I understand now, I still want to ask you; are you seriously planning to live in Japan? What's up with that getup?"
"Just a uniform, isn't this the uniform of Godou's school? Although I don't get the point of everyone wearing the same thing, but it can't be helped, so I just have to accept it."
Deliberately swaying her blonde hair, Erica spun about to show off to Godou.
She wore a blazer of the Jounan Academy on her upper body.
The height of her waist was obviously different from Japanese girls, and because she wore the same uniform, her slender and long legs became very noticeable.
"Starting from today, I'll be studying abroad at Godou's school, and I've been moving all weekend. So I didn't notice your calls, sorry."
A smile like that of a devil's.
You're not sorry at all! Godou cursed silently.
Since it was Erica, this was definitely intentional, all for now--- for the purpose of seeing Godou's shocked expression.
"You, don't you have a job as part of a secret association in Milan? Doesn't that job have heavy responsibilities? Can you really do something like this?"
"Of course. I told them I was leaving to take care of Godou, and everyone happily sent me off. You still don't understand your own position; for the purpose of maintaining good relationships with godslayers, even the highest ranking leaders would often take long trips."
Erica stepped towards Godou as though a predator towards its prey.
By the time he noticed, she had already grabbed his wrist.
"From now on, we'll be together every day; I'm in the same class as Godou after all. Alright, let's go."
With his hand pulled by Erica, the two of them continued walking towards school.
Since she was too strong, he couldn't get away at all.
He had no way of escaping--- Godou eyed his surroundings before he felt despair settle in.
"Kusanagi-san, you really can't change your rotten habits; even after telling you so, you're back to doing such shameless things just a few days later!"
Even though, Godou didn't meet the qualifications to pray to god.
But right now, he couldn't help but curse the gods for tormenting him. Out of all times, it had to be now for Erica and Mariya Yuri to meet!
Of course, both Yuri and Erica wore the same uniform from Jounan Academy.
It was the first time he saw this girl wearing their uniform; it was neat and fit her well, but then her scary expression drew nearer.
"Will you two step apart already? Just what is going on with this uniform, Erica-san? Don't tell me you really decided to stay in Japan?"
Yuri's eyes were as cold as ice as her gaze focused unerringly on them.
Within that icy gaze, flames of anger swirled and boiled.
"Yep, think about it: Two people love each other, but can't see one another unless they fly for twelve hours. That just doesn't make any sense. Besides, I can easily do my work over here, so isn't this great news?"
The uncaring Erica explained to the angry miko.
Work--- this girl really plans to use my strength; this really impressed Godou. Such forwardness without any concealment was part of Erica's character, regardless of whether it was good or bad.
She was a witch who deviously planned her strategy before manipulating others.
Yet despite this, Godou never wanted to open the distance between them, most likely because of her forwardness.
But from the perspective of someone as serious as Yuri, Godou was definitely fascinated by feminine allure.
Yuri quickly turned to face Godou, who was analyzing the situation to escape reality.
"Last time, I purposefully told you to firmly reject Erica's temptations. I, I seriously hoped that you would be able to do so; but just what is happening now?"
"S-sorry, Mariya-san. But, I really didn't know either...... and even if I did, I doubt I could stop Erica."
"Seriously! You're still taking such an attitude. She acts a little spoiled and ends up leading you around by your nose, even though you just learned your lesson recently!"
Yuri was indignant.
Couldn't be helped, since Erica and Godou were the ones really responsible for Tokyo being engulfed by darkness, so they couldn't say anything in response.
"Let's stop the boring conversation and go to school. Even though we'll always be together from now on, it's best to extend the honeymoon for as long as possible, so let's go enjoy ourselves, alright?"
"!? Kusanagi-san, don't be deceived by her temptation! ---Fine, from today on, I'll temporarily stay with you two. I have to supervise and make sure neither of you do anything weird."
At that moment, Godou finally realized the dangerous situation he was in.
Query: to analyze, what kind of situation was he in?
Answer: to be dragged to school hand-in-hand by a blond beauty, while being the male closest to the one classified as the academy's most beautiful girl.
Yes, maybe it was because of Yuri's agitation, but she had already neared Godou's chest.
It looked like the blonde lover was trying to lure away a womanizing husband, while the wife tearfully tried to bring him back......
He was being stared at painfully by the students of Jounan Academy, as though they were looking at a criminal.
--- Godou shuddered.
If this continued, would he become a celebrity through notoriety!?
"Ah, right. Since I'm finally living in Japan, I should properly introduce myself to Godou's family and let them know we're in a relationship."
"Kusanagi-san, you can't do this! To have a relationship with this woman, just how do you plan on explaining yourself to Shizuka--- your little sister and your family?"
"Not a problem. As long as I'm cordial, most normal people will gladly welcome me. I'm confident of this, so you don't need to worry."
"Do you plan to deceive even Kusanagi-san's family?"
"Don't say it in such a bad way; isn't it expected to establish a good relationship with the family of one's lover? Don't you think so Godou?"
"Kusanagi-san, don't just stand there, hurry up and stop Erica-san!"
Caught in between the two girls, Godou already lost any way of escaping.
He couldn't think of a way to escape this predicament no matter what. The only thing he could do now was to pray for some god to appear and rescue him.
--- God, please give me a peaceful life.
Nothing extravagant, just that I don't want to meet any more gods or devils, and lead a peaceful everyday life. So please, god, grant my wish.
Kusanagi Godou's urgent wish had no chance of happening anytime soon.
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