Chapter 154.2 : Trampling
F^^CK………… THE GREAT ME IS………………
Looking down on Lucius’s writhing figure, Rio unhesitatingly stabbed his sword into his abdomen.
「GAH! ? 」
Lucius raised an unsightly scream, feeling the searing pain in his abdomen.
Even while screaming, he was still asking himself such questions――,
However, he had no more time to think on it any longer, for excruciating pain was running across his whole body. The pain was even more than what he felt before since electric currents were flowing out from Rio’s sword and reached Lucius’s bloody abdomen. Completely paralyzing his body.
「BAS, TA-…………….. ARD! 」
Lucius’s eyes were filled with hatred as he watched Rio looking down on him from above. Yet, even after receiving Lucius’s killing intent, Rio still did not react, not even twitching eyebrow could be seen. He mercilessly trampled on the already ragged Lucius.
Rio shouted, however, that word was not directed for Lucius.
That command was directed for Duran who was watching from behind. Hearing that command, Duran body’s twitched a little before coming to a standstill.
「Do not move. My business is only with this man. Not you. Or are you willing to give your life to safe this man? 」
Rio warned Duran without even sparing a glance at him.
Duran didn’t speak as he pondered with a troubled face. Then, he loosened the grip on his sword.
F^^CK………. AT LEAST THAT BASTARD REIS……………
Lucius frowned as he guessed that he couldn’t expect any more assistance from Duran. In the end, their relationship was that of business partners. Though they got along with each other quite well, it still didn’t mean that they had a strong trusting relationship. Furthermore, their contract has stipulations in it, allowing it to be aborted if the situation called for it.
（THE GREAT ME, SHOULDN’T DIE IN THIS KIND OF PLACE.）
Even with his paralyzed body and blurring vision, Lucius still didn’t give up.
「…………….. Did you kill my father too? 」
Rio asked that question that had always bothered him, keeping a close watch on Lucius, expression still placid.
「……….. If I did, what would you do? 」
「Just kill you. That’s all.」
When he heard Lucius make such a daring provocation, Rio forcefully twisted the sword embedded in Lucius’s abdomen as retaliation.
「GUH-HA…………. ThaT’S HuR-GAAH! 」
Rio twisted his sword again.
DAMN IT, TRAMPLING DOWN ON HIS OPPONENT SHOULD BE MY SPECIALITY! It hurts, I lost too much blood!
Lucius thought while feeling as if his body was boiled in searing hot oil. Even when he felt that way, he still desperately endured it. Up until this moment, he still did not want to accept that their roles had been reversed. He couldn’t accept it; that his role as the one who trampled and robbing others, and Rio’s own role of being trampled and pillaged by him in the past, had changed.
Trampling upon others and robbing them of whatever they deemed important had always been his raison d’etre. For that very reason, he would use any and all means available no matter how cowardly they were. That was why he kept bluffing, pretending to be tough. That was his way of life, up till now. That’s why――, [E/D: Raison d’etre is reasons for existing, one’s life mission. As in, they dedicated their whole life for that one reason only.]
Before he knew it, Lucius started laughing. Contrary to what one expected people’s do when hatred filled people’s brain and heart, Lucius laughed.
With a frown on his face, Rio withdrew his sword from Lucius’s abdomen.
It had been dirtied with Lucius’s blood that came from his abdomen and the one coughed out by him. However, he didn’t pay attention to its state right now. He kept looking at Lucius, who was already on his death’s door, and put more strength into the hands that was gripping his sword.
This bastard………….. Is the one who killed mother. And might be the one who killed father too.
That new speculation just dawned upon Rio moments ago, making the blazing flame of hatred and revenge burned even brighter and more terrifying than before. At the same time though, he recalled the figure of Ayame, his mother who he missed so very much even up till now.
His long forgotten blissful memories with his mother. Those blissful days which would never return, and her endless love that was out of his reach forever. Those loss had broken some part of him long ago, and made him decided to walk on the path of revenge, a path that he had abandoned before. And this man right here, was the reason for all of those.
That was why Rio didn’t feel even a shred of pity when he looked at the figure of the dying Lucius . He simply couldn’t allow that feeling for this man. They couldn’t turn back time, not now, not ever. Since that time, Rio had long since decided to hunt this man down even to the end of the world, and he would definitely kill him if he was still alive.
That was why――.
Rio suddenly swung his sword. In order to never see the face of the man before him ever again, he decided to use all his strength to erase every last cell of the man before him.
Looking at Rio’s converging magic power that shone with a brilliant light, Duran muttered with a dumbfounded voice.
This………….. Is the end of that man. Contrary to my expectations, it turned out to be far easier than I imagined. No, That’s just how terrifying this brat’s willpower and strength are.
A few seconds later.
Keeping his distance from Lucius, Rio swung down his sword.
「DAMN IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT, YES, I AM THE ONE WHO KILLED YOUR FATHER! RIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! 」
Maybe because he sensed his own death, Lucius raised such desperate death throes. However, it was useless. The next moment, a gigantic pillar of light loaded with a terrifying amount of heat rained down incessantly on him. His last shout vanished to nothingness as he was engulfed by the torrents of light.
The pillar of light flowing out from Rio’s sword beared the resemblance with the light attack from Alfred’s holy sword, the sword of the king, and it engulfed the entire area, leaving no shadowed cornered untouched.
A while later, the torrent of light that engulfed the place where Lucius used to be finally abated bit by bit. When the light had completely receded, it could be seen that everything that exist within that area of attack was literally annihilated from this world.
The ground was gone along with Lucius’s body. In its place, a deep hole was created.
Without even blinking his eyes, Rio looked over at the hole where Lucius’s body used to be at. The existence of that hole seemed to reflect Rio’s current mental state.
I did it…………… I DID IT
He muttered within his heart. It was unknown to whom those words were meant for, but then again, perhaps only Rio himself knew that answer.
However, instead of sense of accomplishment upon avenging his parents. He felt empty, as if a dark big hole opened up in his heart, oozing darkness from within. [TL : The Dark Force!!!]
But this was definitely the result that Rio wished for. The end of the road that Rio decided to tread on. Thus, he had no regrets.
「…………….. I guess it’s time for me to go back.」
Standing solemnly, Rio muttered to no one.
As for going back… Where or if it was really okay for him to go back, even Rio himself didn’t know.
Nevertheless, because there were people waiting for his return――
Furthermore, Rio himself wished to return.