(A rush job in between various New Years activities, please excuse any blunders.)
Following up on 312, Kaede is downed by Quintum’s attack, and the Great Paru-sama takes a hit from Quartum. Sextum tells the remaining Ala Alba members to surrender.
Meanwhile, Negi is “between life and death” and ‘Nagi’ talks with him:
“Hey. Is it alright if you don’t go?”
“Go…? Where do I have to go?”
“What, you’ve even forgotten that? Man, you’re just helpless.”
“Yes… I… that’s right. I get the feeling… there’s some place I have to be…
But no matter where I go, these black things are heavy, and I can’t move my body. And they hurt very much.
I’m sure… anyone I touch, will be hurt.”
“That so… well, I guess it can’t be helped, then.”
Sextum approaches Dunamis:
“Excuse my rudeness, Master.”
“I have put you through much trouble, Sextum. But I am not your Master. Do not forget that he is, to the last, our Master.
Hmph. The boy damaged my regeneration core. As might be expected, even I was on the brink.”
Having recovered from his battle with Negi, Dunamis says that he wouldn’t do anything to the girls again, as according to the contract… but of course, Sextum is standing right there.
Back to Quintum:
Twenty minutes until the activation…
Well, it’s fine as long as I take back both.
Kotarou gets back up:
“Alright, I’ll hold him back.
You guys hurry the hell up and get out of here.”
“You can’t do it, Kotarou-kun! You still have a hole in your stomach…”
“Idiot, it’s just a scratch.
Halfpint! Get Nodoka-neechan up!
Once she’s up, you can escape by Teleporting with the Great Grand Master Key!
Get some distance, then wake her up! Beat her if you have to!
Don’t let Kaede-neechan’s efforts go to waste!
I won’t last long, so get moving!”
Yue carries Nodoka while Makie (still doped by Ako) carries Asuna, and they get ready to move. Natsumi, in hysterics:
“No – you can’t!
If you’re staying behind, then I’m staying too, Kotarou-kun!”
“What are you, stupid?! You can’t do a damn thing here!”
Asakura slaps some sense into her and the four of them retreat into the Palace, leaving Kotarou alone to face Quintum, who arrives shortly:
So this… is what they call an overwhelming difference in power, huh.
This is pissing me off.
It’s a shame I won’t be able to keep training until I get to that level.
Asakura closes the doors just as a wave of light catches up behind them. Makie is worrying that the initial lightning attack might have killed Nodoka, but Yue tells her that Nodoka is still breathing and can be recovered using the basic magic she learned as a Valkyrie.
Quintum crashes through the doors; Asakura tries to call for another shot from Chachamaru, but of course, there’s no response. Yue and Makie leave Nodoka and Asuna to Natsumi; Yue tells her that Nodoka will wake up in one minute, and they summon their weapons:
“We won’t give up.”
“Not until the very end.”
Quintum arrives – Yue and Makie take some time to reflect, and Makie tells Yue to bring the Ariadne girls to Japan so they can all have some fun together.
“That’s… a good idea.
I’m sure Collet, and Bea-san, and Iinchou will be delighted.”
“Yeah! I’m sure it’ll be fun!
And finally, after the smokes clear, Quintum appears before Natsumi.
Ku attacks with her Artifact, but Sextum hits her with a ‘cube’ of water and freezes it, trapping her.
Now then… allow me to guide you all to the eternal garden.
We return to Negi:
This is enough for a ten-year-old kid…
You really did well.
There’s nothing for you to be ashamed about.
If you move from here now, you’ll die, or at best, you’ll become a monster.
And if you recklessly try to move anyway,
you’ll hurt someone, break something.
It’s just not worth it.
Is it okay, to leave it like that?
(See you all Saturday.)