Memory 21

Jan. 30th, 2013 03:29 pm
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Memory Phone calls and a test [ep4] (Significant Negative)
Game: Alice's tea party
Day: 214
Form: A scrap of Emerald coloured paper. Eat it to receive your memory.

Battler is alone with Maria in the guest house late on the evening of the first day when the phone rings. It's Jessica, who explains in a pained voice that she is already dead: the enemy is not human, and due to failing their tests both she and George have been killed. When she has finished, insisting to the end that Battler must not doubt that the culprit is a witch who uses strange magic, the line goes quiet.

Just as Battler's about to dash out, the phone rings again. It's Kyrie, reporting that though she managed to escape the dungeon she'd been imprisoned in, she'll likely die soon. She tells Battler that Kinzo had arrived in the middle of the family conference, summoned strange fantasy creatures to kill six of the people there, and imprisoned the rest. Though Kyrie and the others escaped, all the rest were killed, and Kyrie is under attack even as she speaks. Battler tells her about Jessica's phone call, confirming her suspicion: this way, her death will be the final one to complete the ceremony for Beatrice's resurrection. She tells him not to doubt whatever witch or demon he sees, not to look for any trick or true nature in what he sees. After that, in her final moments, she apologises for being cold to Battler due to him being Asumu's son. Battler tells her that right now he sees her as his mother, but even as he does, there is a strange sound, and Kyrie no longer answers.

Maria is unfazed by the news of all the deaths; she and Battler have now been invited to the Golden Land, she says, where all wishes come true and all the dead can come back to life. Battler's about to get out, either to find any possible survivors or to take vengeance against Kinzo and Beatrice, when the phone rings once more. Maria answers it cheerfully.
Of course, the sound of the phone also reached Battler's ears as he was about to dash out of the house. With a violent forcefulness, he turned around and dashed into the cousins' room...

BATTLER: M, Maria......! Who, ......was the phone call from...?!

With a terrifying look on his face, Battler yelled at Maria, who was on the phone.

You couldn't blame him...... Right now, the only humans left alive on the island were himself, Maria, Gohda, and Kumasawa. But there was no way those two could call after being locked up in the gardening storehouse.

......Which meant, .........there was only one person. It had to be Kinzo.

After continuing her pleasant chat with the person on the other end of the phone for a while, Maria slowly turned to face Battler. .........Then, with an unsettling expression on her face, she laughed 'kihihihihihihihihihihihi'. ......It felt almost as though the person on the other end of the line was chatting about Battler.

BATTLER: Maria..., who's on the phone? ......Grandfather......?!

Battler couldn't imagine that this was the case. ...After all, it was inconceivable that Maria would talk intimately with Kinzo, ......and that she would be chatting about Battler with that eerie smile on her face.

So just what kind of person could be on the phone, ......who could make Maria chat with a smile like that?

.........At that time, in the back of his mind, the words Kyrie had spoken to him drifted up. Even if a witch does appear, there is no need to doubt it. ......Just, .........believe that it exists......

MARIA: Yes. Battler just came back. He sure is hasty. Kihihihihihihihihihihihihi......

BATTLER: Maria!! Who's on the phone?! Who?!?!

MARIA: ......Hand it over? Sure. ............Here, Battler.

After getting the consent of the person on the other end, she held the receiver out to Battler...

BATTLER: ..................uh.

MARIA: Here.

Maria held the receiver out for him to take, ......as though it was perfectly normal.

Battler hesitated just a bit before taking the receiver. ......Because, .........by accepting the existence of the person at the other end, .........he would have no choice but to acknowledge them.

.........As Kyrie said... ......There is no longer, ......any need, ......to doubt that they exist.

Battler took the receiver. As he did, Maria briskly left the room.

Battler, who was slightly fearful about finding out for sure who was at the other end of the receiver, questioned Maria before taking the call.

BATTLER: H, hey! Where are you going...?!

MARIA: To where Maria's test is. ......I wonder who the Ushiromiya family head will be, Battler or Maria. Kihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihi.

BATTLER: .........D, don't go!! You'll be killed!!

MARIA: Won't be killed. The ceremony is already over. ...And even if killed, I'll be revived. ......Whether one of us becomes the head or not, we are already invited to the Golden Land. See you.

BATTLER: Wait!! Maria...!!!

Battler stretched his hand out to Maria's back as she left, ......but the cord of the receiver that he was gripping stopped him, just like a chain.

......He readied himself. ...Battler put the receiver to his ear......

BATTLER: ............H, ......hello......?

BEATRICE: <Congratulaatioooooooons>!! <And I'm fi~ne>!! <And yooooooooooouuuuu>?! Aaaaahhhhyahhyahhyahhyaaaaa!!!

Screwed up, mocking English filled his ears. ......It was the voice of a woman he didn't know. ......Who......, the inside of his head was starting to freeze up......, .........who............

BEATRICE: What do you mean 'who', Ushiromiya Battleeeeer...? Normally, you'd answer <ye~s, I'm fine>! Right?? That takes me back...you do that one in middle school, right? That thing you do in pairs! Uhhyahyahyahyahyahyaaaaahh!!!

BATTLER: Y, ...you're insane......Who are you?!! Answer me!!!

BEATRICE: Say it in Engliish. Isn't that your specialtyyyyy?

BATTLER: ......D, don't fuck with me......Who are you!! That damn geezer's underling?!

BEATRICE: Underling's mean way to say it, is it not? At least say prisoner. ......Kinzo is my prisoner! Ri~~ght? Wahhahahahahahahahaha...

That last laugh didn't sound like it was aimed at Battler. ......It was almost as though Kinzo was right next to the phone, cackling as well...

BATTLER: ......S, ......say your name!! Who are you?! Who?!!!

BEATRICE: Try and guess, you could win an invite to Hawaii? Ahhyahhyahhhyaaaah!! Fffinally. Finally!! Mmmmmmm, it was so looooooong, the days leading up to today were reeeeeeally long...!! I seriously waited one thousand years for today, get it?? I owe it to you! My big resurrection!! <Thank you>, Kinzo! Just for you, I'll lend an ear to that last 'I'll tak that move back' of yo~urs!!!

[...]

BEATRICE: I'm in the be-st mood today, so here's some great service!! Hey, hey, Kinzo, don't use Chateau Petrus as a decoration! It's from 1947, right?! If you don't open it today, just when do you plan on opening it?! Let's drown ourselves in it and plaaaaaaaaay! Then let's whack each other with the empty bottles! Uhhyahhyahhyahhya!!

[...]

BEATRICE: And what about you, Kinzoooooo?! Aren't you happy to be reunited with meee? Aaah, it's the living world! The earthly world!! Long live my flesh!!

BATTLER: ......What, ......are you going on about.........? ...Are you saying that you're, ......B, Beatrice or something...?

BEATRICE: <Ye~eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeess, I aaaaaaaaaaamm>!! Thank's to Kinzo's 13-person-murder ceremony, I've finally been resurrected...!! It's nice having a mouth, it's nice having a tongue! How fun it is to be able to talk to you like this! Come to think of it, even though we slapped each other with abuse so many times, over and over again, this is the first time we've had a conversation like this on the board during the game, isn't it? How very fresh!! Oh, did you hear that *pop* sound just now?! I opened it, I seriously opened that Chateau Petrus!! Do you know how much a single bottle costs?! Almost as much as a whole 10 kilogram ingot, you seeeeeeeeeeeee?!?! Hii-hhahhahhahhahha!!

BATTLER: C, cut the crap...!! Beatrice...?!! The Golden Witch, you say?! Give it a rest!! Where are you?! Is that damn geezer with you too?! I'll beat the shit out of both of you!! Where are you now?! Answer me!!

BEATRICE: Oh, so you want to meet me? Uhhihihihi, it's tough being such a popular woman! But please, don't try to chat me up when Kinzo's around, okaay? This guy gets seriously jealous so he has a bad temper, you see? .........But when Kinzo isn't around and we're all alone, I'll love you all ya want in secret, alright...? Uhyaaahhahhahhahhaaakkyakkyakkyakkyakkya!!!

BATTLER: Y, you're insane.........

[...]

BEATRICE: Well then, Battleer! I, the Golden Witch Beatrice, will be running your test myself! As for the place...yes. At the front entrance to this mansion! Battleer, make sure you try seriously hard for the test to become the next head, okaay? ......I mean, Kinzo's practically dead on his feet. If you become the next head, you'll be the new owner of everything on this island. ......If it's you, ......I wouldn't mind becoming all yours, see......? Just like Kinzo did, ......control me, okay......? Kuhhihihihihihihihihi, uhhyahhahhahahahahahaha!

BATTLER: Th, the front entrance of the mansion...... Perfect...!! You drunk bastard!! I'll wake you up from your drunkenness. My hot punch'll fix your hangover!! Prepare yourself!!

Battler impulsively slammed the receiver down. There was no need to talk through it anymore. ......I'll meet her face to face and settle this!!
Battler runs out without even bothering to take an umbrella. He goes to the shed where Gohda and Kumasawa are locked up in search of backup, but finds them dead by hanging. Since the shed is still locked, it seems they must have committed suicide. In the garden, he finds George dead in the arbour, with what seems to be a bullet hole through his forehead.

Finally, he comes to the entrance of the mansion. There he finds a small box set on the ground, and as he's considering what to do with that, he hears the big clock in the entrance hall striking midnight.
That sound quieted, ............and I could hear an eerie laugh coming out of nowhere...... I got the feeling that the voice was coming from the heavens, ......and I looked up at the sky.

......What I saw there, ........., was a woman I had never seen before. No, it's not true that I never saw her before. ......I saw her once today. Yes, in the portrait inside the mansion......

The clothes were different, ......but that face was just like the witch of the portrait...... Aaah, who am I kidding...I already know who this person is...!!

BATTLER: ......A, ......are you Beatrice?!!!

BEATRICE: Yahhooooooooooi, Battleeeeeeeeeeeeeer...!!

From the second floor balcony, ......leaning out under an umbrella and waving high-spiritedly, ......was without a doubt, ......the witch of the portrait, ...Beatrice.........!!

Was the plan for the boss to take a birds-eye view and let the goat underlings torture me to death...?! I adjusted my grip on the spear, and, imagining goats creeping out of the surrounding shadows and the entrance and surrounding me, I raised my guard in all directions...

BEATRICE: Ahhaha, be at ease, there's no one here but you and me, see? Without the goat furniture, there are no demon butlers or Teacher, and the demon that's my close friend either. And, without the gold butterflies that help compose my flesh, there are no magic circles, and no summoners as witnesses!! ......Do you know what that means?

BATTLER: No clue. Quit babbling...

BEATRICE: It is true that I have met you several times even in this world. Almost as though we just missed each other. ......As you know, this world of humans is filled with a toxin just by your existence and your doubting of me. Almost like solid ramparts strengthening the guard around you, the king! And through multiple games, I have advanced pieces one by one, split them apart, and cornered them, leveling your ramparts bit by bit. Then a faint crack finally opened, and I sent a bishop in, so that it could approach right up next to you. ......But as you know, bishops are pieces with blind spots. As long as you stay on the black squares, a black bishop can wield a massive influence, but if you escape just one step to a white square, even if I close in right next to you, I will not be able to touch you. That is why I have progressed through this game by sending in various pieces so that you cannot stay on a white square, forcing you out in front of me, the one who controls the black squares next to you. Howeeever!! There are now holes opened up all over your ramparts, and I was able to send in not a bishop, but a full queen!! Do you know what kind of piece a queen is?

BATTLER: A rook+bishop. ......Is this what you're trying to say? ...That now, you not only control the black squares that are part of the illusion of the witch, but have been able to eat into the white squares of the human world at will...?!

BEATRICE: That is correct!! You have been calling the squares where the gold butterflies that are my minions exist 'the Illusion of the Witch', and without an observer, you have theorized that these were unrealistic and denied them, right...? *cackle*cackle*, I know......!! For that very reason, I have openly descended to the white squares like this!! Do not worry, I'll call plenty of gold butterflies and goats, demons and witches later! If you wish, I will invite you to the Golden Land!! There, any wish can be granted...!! Wahhahahahahahahahahahahahaha...!!

BATTLER: ......It's starting to look like someone knocked an ink bottle over the chessboard of this island.

BEATRICE: I see, a pleasant phrasing...! *cackle*cackle*, soon, you will be covered in ink as well. You will finally become covered with pitch black, and surely become a black king...! You really are pitiful, drowning in a sea of ink right now, aren't you?

BATTLER: No, that's wrong. I'll admit that the island has been stained completely black from your ink bottle, ......but there's still a white square left.

BEATRICE: Hoh, where...?!!

BATTLER: The place right under my feet. .........Your ink of magic tried to cover the entire island, but it can't cover the ground my feet are standing on. ...Even if this island seems to be stained pitch-black at a glance, I am me. I'm here, stepping on a white square!!

It's strange... Until a second ago, I was shivering all over. ......But now that she's appeared openly right before my eyes like this, my terror has actually lessened.

Interesting. Ghosts are most terrifying when you can only sense them. When you can see them, and they have a face you can plant your fist into, there's nothing scary about it...!!

......However, she is definitely not an interesting nor friendly person. ......She can kill me instantly by snapping a finger while rolling around giggling.

Whether we interpret the result of her snapping her fingers as magic flying at me or underlings showing up to shoot me, it doesn't matter.

......Anyway, whether this is fantasy or mystery, that queen is in a position where she can kill me just by snapping her fingers......! ...I see, ......so this is the meaning, ........of the queen of this island, ...who reigns over both the white and black squares......?!

BEATRICE: Well then. It might be interesting to wait until you catch a cold in all that rain, but it's about time to move to the matter at hand. .........You noticed that there is a box there? Your test is inside of it.

BATTLER: Wait. ......After all that's happened, I'm not interested in some stupid game about who'll be the next head. My game is to take you and the damn geezer, ......and all of those who killed everyone, and smack 'em with a Gian punch. One of those face-crushers.

BEATRICE: Hoh. So you will fly in the sky up to my balcony? Very well, very well, *cackle*! Then, look, come on right now, here here, up up!

BATTLER: ......Damn you, acting so carefree just because you're in a completely safe place...I'm coming over there right now, so prepare yourself and wait for me!!

BEATRICE: Aah, no, no. The door is locked. Of course, the shutters are down for all the windows. My castle isn't so fragile that a single knight like you could break in!

I tried opening the door to the entrance anyway, ......but it really was locked. When I looked around, I noticed that the shutters were closed on the windows after all. ......Normally, those wouldn't be closed.

BATTLER: ......Tch. Looks like you've prepared for everything. ......Where's the key?!

Gohda-san and Kumasawa-san probably had master keys, but they were in the closed room of the gardening shed. ......I can only give up for now...!

BATTLER: Damn...............Guess she's no fool herself.

BEATRICE: Do you really want to be right beside me so muuch? Alright, if you impressively pass your test, why don't I grant you an audience? If you pass, then you will be the next head, and my new master. ......My flesh and soul will be yours to do with as you please. Because I am the Ushiromiya family's furniture! Ahhahhahhahhahha!!

BATTLER: ............Well, it looks like you want to make me take this test no matter what. ......Alright. I'll take it on. ...If I pass, my first prize wll be a punch to your face.

BEATRICE: Scary, scaary... But it's not like I mind being controlled by violence, you see? Grab onto my head! Make my face twist in pain, tear me apart like a hawk does with its talons to its prey, scratch at me and violate me...!! Aaah, remind me of Kinzo in his younger days once more...!! That single time in my thousand year life! Remind me of that day I was taught the joy of being controlled, surrendering and being reduced to furniture!! Uhyaaaahhyahhyahhyahhya!!

BATTLER: ......You damn drunk, we aren't getting anywhere.

Ignoring the stupidly smiling witch, I picked up the box.

BEATRICE: Yes. Open it. Inside is a letter. Read it.

BATTLER: ....................

I opened it. ......There was a faint smell of cigarettes. Apparently, it really had originally been a cigar case. But there were no cigarettes or cigars inside.

Instead, there was a western envelope with the One-winged Eagle crest. And when I opened that too, ......there was a letter inside.

I looked up at the witch. She was grinning down at me. ......It seemed she was looking forward to seeing what kind of reaction I'd have to the contents.

......Damn, just perfect. Its contents were something like this...

Among the three mentioned below. In order to gain two, sacrifice one.

1. Your life
2. ___'s life
3. Everyone else's lives

If you do not choose one, all of the above will be lost.

BATTLER: .........What's this? Some pretty creepy stuff's written here. More importantly, the second one is blank, so I don't even know whose life.

BEATRICE: Hmm. That second one is where you put the name of the one that person loves the most. For Jessica's test, it was Kanon's name, and for George's test it was Shannon's name. ......Since they had obvious feelings for certain people, those names were written in beforehand, but I don't know who you have feelings for. So I didn't know whose name to write, and left it blank.

BATTLER: That's perfect. I love you, Beatrice. I'll stick your name in here. In that case, I'll choose the second choice. Is that alright?

BEATRICE: Hey hey, quit joking, quit joking. Heey, please Battler. Tell me the name of the person you have feelings for. If you don't, then this won't be a test, right?

BATTLER: Sorry. I don't have any girl in particular. Even if I did, why the hell would I tell you?

BEATRICE: In that case, this test will not work for you. Hmm, what a shame, what a shame. And I was really wondering what kind of woman was your cup of tea! *cackle*cackle*!

BATTLER: .........What would you do if I said I liked flat-chested lolis with long, black hair? That wouldn't match you at all, right?

BEATRICE: Lies, you breast sommelier! Blonde and bouncy is best, right? Am I not truly the embodiment of your ideal, *cackle*cackle*!

BATTLER: If guessing your bust size is the test to become the next head, I'll take it gladly.

BEATRICE: Ah, yes. This was the test to choose the next head. It was so fun chatting with you that I've been getting a bit off topic. ......Then let us begin the test for the next head. I will question you to see whether you are qualified to be the next Ushiromiya family head. Answer with care.

The witch, who had been joking around like she was drunk until a second ago, suddenly regained her dignity. ......She looked as though she truly had stepped out of that dignified portrait...

BEATRICE: .........I am the Ushiromiya family alchemist, the Golden Witch and the Endless Witch, Beatrice. ......Do you have the qualifications to inherit the Ushiromiya family and all of my gold. That is what I will test. .........State your name.

BATTLER: ............Ushiromiya...Battler.

When faced with a dignity you wouldn't have imagined from her appearance a short while ago, I answered without any hesitation. ......And from that, ......yes, I see, ......I can see why she is worthy of calling herself the queen of this island in the truest sense.

BEATRICE: Very well, Ushiromiya Battler. .........However, for these six years, you have thrown away that Ushiromiya name, have you not...? Why is that...?

BATTLER: .........Nn, .....................Because I ran out of love for that old bastard.

BEATRICE: I know. It was because you felt your father's remarriage disgraced the death of your mother, who you respected, yes...? I see, you have no blood relation to the new mother whatsoever. It's not as though I don't understand why you would feel unable to accept that mother. ......However, no matter who your father remarried with, that wouldn't change the fact that his blood runs in your veins, correct?

BATTLER: .........What are you trying to say?

BEATRICE: I can somewhat understand your childishness which led you to resist your father's remarriage because you wanted him all to yourself. However, was throwing away the Ushiromiya name as a means of resistance not a disgrace to your family and blood? .........You were born and raised Ushiromiya, were you not? Do you think you were qualified to forget that debt and throw away the Ushiromiya name?

BATTLER: ......It had nothing to do with you. This is between me and Dad...!

BEATRICE: The Ushiromiya name does not belong to you and your father alone. That was your childishness, nothing more than your resistance from not being able to forgive the fact that your father was stolen away by an unknown woman. ......Those six years during which you threw away the Ushiromiya family register were a significantly long period where you covered the Ushiromiya family in mud. Know the depths of that sin.

BATTLER: ............Well, sorry I'm so childish...

BEATRICE: However. Even though it occurred around the time of the deaths of your grandparents, you did well to return to the Ushiromiya register. For that, let us give you a chance to purify that sin yourself. Now is the time to compensate for your sin of six years ago. Come, try to remember, remember your own sin. Remember that, confess, and repent. ............That shall be the test that I give you.

......At that time, a massive thunderclap rang out, making my mind go blank.

BATTLER: .....................You tell me to repent, ...but what do you mean? .........Are you trying to tell me to apologize?

BEATRICE: .........The test has already begun. You may think as you wish.

The witch's expression did not look like one of a person thrusting a tough question on someone and sneering at them. ......She was seriously asking, and he could even feel a quiet determination. Even though the rain fell on Battler, he did not shift his eyes from that gaze.

......The witch threw her umbrella away. She abandoned herself to the falling rain.

So that the rain would fall on her until Battler answered that question. ......She had chosen to let the rain fall on her as well until he reached an answer. For some reason, Battler knew that. ......But, even so, ......he didn't understand.

BATTLER: N, ......no, ...well. ......If you ask me that, I'd have to say it was me being childish... All things considered, even Dad getting remarried didn't make us even regarding the debt I owed him for raising me. ......I hear that Dad always kept on paying for my living expenses, ......and that he even said he wanted to participate in school events. .........The only reason he couldn't come, ......is that I told Grandpa and Grandma not to let him come no matter what......

BEATRICE: ...........................

BATTLER: ......I, it's true that, ......you could probably explain it away as my childish resistance. .........But you know, ...in that case, ......who would clear away Mom's, ......Ushiromiya Asumu's regrets...?! Even though Mom was so devoted to our family, and did the very best she could...?! And even so, Dad was also cheating with Kyrie-san. He even got her pregnant with Ange...! And then, along with her birth, he rushed to move them into his register. ......If that isn't a betrayal of Mom, then what is?! Who will clear up Mom's regrets?!! ......But what you're saying is also right. Even though the cheating was a fact, the debt I owed for being raised was also real. In that case, they cancel each other out, so there's absolutely nothing wrong with me leaving the family, is there?!! That's right, I had the right, ......no, the duty to smack Dad in Mom's place, didn't I?! I let him get away without that! I left without saying anything, as though I hadn't been there in the first place!! And Dad forgot about me and started a new family with Kyrie-san and Ange! Doesn't that settle everything?!!

But since then, six years have passed. ......Time healed the anger.

Kyrie-san also understood my anger, and even so, she wracked her brains, trying to interact with me. Ange didn't know anything about the situation, and even though I lived in a separate house, she was raised believing that I was her real big brother.

......Dad nonchalantly said to come home any time I wanted.

BATTLER: It started to get more and more ridiculous!! I thought it was about time for me to cool my head as well. So I said I'd put it all behind me as long as Dad apologized. On the day of Grandpa's funeral! And then, he really did put his hands on the floor and apologize...!! Looking unbelievably pathetic...! Dad did that and seriously bowed his head to me, you see...?! ......When I saw that, it felt like it'd be stupid to keep it up any longer. I'm sure Mom thought the same thing! Every time Dad and I fought, Mom would always laugh and mediate for us. 'Oh, were you fighting over something that silly?' is what she'd say. ......I could feel Mom saying that and laughing...!! Therefore, ......while I couldn't go so far as to say I'd forgive him, .........I thought it might be alright to start over again from zero. So I decided to wind everything back to how it was six years ago. .........Then I returned to the Ushiromiya family register...!! I'd also cried, raged, and worried for a whole six years! It might have been the same way with Dad, and for my dead Mom. Maybe even for Kyrie-san and Ange. ......So we went back to zero, and I returned to being Ushiromiya Battler!!! That's my immediate family's problem, ......and has nothing to do with the Ushiromiya family!! You aren't qualified to judge that to be a sin, and I have no duty to show repentance to you! If there was anyone I should have done that for, you've already killed them!! So I won't apologize for anything! I won't repent!! That is my answer for this test!!!

BEATRICE: .......................................Is that all...?

BATTLER: What.........? ...................

Part of me had fully responded to her provocation, and I'd supposedly vented out all the stuff that I'd kept inside my chest, stuff I hadn't wanted to show anyone. That was what the witch had supposedly been expecting. ......And yet, the witch's blank expression didn't change in the slightest.

I had been sure she would start cackling and guffawing, sneering at my childish, foolish, and shameful past. But to the contrary, I could feel a sense of shock about her, ......something you could almost call disappointment.

BATTLER: .........What do you mean 'is that all', ......I've exposed everything about me, right? Why so unsatisfied?

BEATRICE: The settlement of your sins is still insufficient.

BATTLER: Settlement? ......What the hell, are you asking me to prostrate myself right here and apologize like Dad did...?!

BEATRICE: ............That's not it. I have no interest in matters concerning your immediate family or your home. Wher are we? Rokkenjima. The main residence of the Ushiromiya head family. ......Isn't there a sin you should remember, fitting for this place......?

BATTLER: .............Are you, ......saying that I have...another sin......?

BEATRICE: ......Remember, Ushiromiya Battler. .........Also, not being able to remember that is your sin. For that reason, I shall forgive you. If you can remember that, I shall forgive you. .........Remembering that is my test of atonoment for you.

BATTLER: .........Even if you, ......tell me to remember......

[meta]

BEATRICE: .............Remember. ......That's why it is a sin.

BATTLER: Sorry, Beato. ......I have absolutely no memory of it. ......You make it feel like I caused you trouble six years ago or something, but I supposedly met you for the first time at this family conference. It's true that your legend also existed six years ago, but I shouldn't have been acquainted with you.

BEATRICE: ......Naturally. On the Rokkenjima of six years ago, I was not yet materialized.

BATTLER: Then what kind of sin are you saying I have? ......Are you saying, ......I've sinned against you somehow...?

BEATRICE: Don't make me say the same thing twice. I was not materialized six years ago. There is no way I was acquainted with you. In the world of you, it was as though I didn't exist.

......Beato's cold eyes, ......felt as though they were seeking some kind of sin. At a glance, it felt as though she still hated me for some way I'd treated her, and that she blamed me for it.

However, ......I naturally didn't have a clue, and Beato had said it herself. Six years ago, there was no link between us. Six years ago, no person called Beatrice existed for me.

BATTLER: .........At least give me a hint. ......Does this crime, ......have anything to do with you and me......?

BEATRICE: I had no connection to you six years ago. Remove me from your thoughts already. ......Why...do you think it is a sin against me?

BATTLER: .........Your, ......eyes.

BEATRICE: Eyes...? .............Hoh.

BATTLER: You see, ......your eyes are whispering at me to apologize. ......But I had no connection with you six years ago, and it looks like you acknowledge that too. .........Is that true? ......Is it really not a problem between me and you......?

BEATRICE: .........I already said it wasn't. No problem between me and you has anything to do with this.

BATTLER: But still, ......your eyes are telling me differently. ............So I don't even have a clue. .........Can you say it in red? Can you proclaim that the sin you're telling me to remember isn't something between you and me?

BEATRICE: .................................Very well.

The sin I am now demanding that you remember is not between Ushiromiya Battler and Beatrice.

BATTLER: .........Then, why are you looking at me with those eyes......?

BEATRICE: I don't know. .........I am simply gazing at you blankly. If it feels that way to you, ......perhaps that is because there is something that makes you feel that way.

BATTLER: ...............................What kind of sin are you saying I have?

BEATRICE: Ushiromiya Battler has a sin.

BATTLER: ......I'm asking you what kind. It's probably just some stupid sin, like hitting someone or tricking someone.

BEATRICE: Because of your sin, people die.

BATTLER: L, liar...! I've never killed anyone...!! Then say it! Who did I kill?! When? Who? How?!

BEATRICE: Due to your sin, a great many humans on this island die. No one escapes, all die.

BATTLER: Wh, ..........whaaaaa?!?! Wh, what kind of incomprehensible thing are you saying?! Are you saying I killed everyone?! I'm a killer?!

BEATRICE: It doesn't mean you carried it out directly. ..........However, because you committed a sin, from an imperfection in the cogs that stretch back a full six years, a wiggle was created, ......and tonight, this many lives are lost.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
You are one of the causes of this tragedy.

BATTLER: .......Qu, ......quit messing around!! I'm the cause?! Then what?! Are you saying 13 people died because I abandoned the Ushiromiya register six years ago?! Are you saying that 13 people died because I came back to the Ushiromiya family after six years?! Don't fuck with me, give it a rest!!! For these six years, I've been the man farthest from the Ushiromiya family, right?! How could I have influenced what in which way?! It's not like I came to the family conference because I wanted to, right?! I'd returned to the gathering after six years, so to make up for that lost time, I came to Rokkenjima reluctantly...!! It's not like I had some duty to come here today! I came back, and because of that a massacre occurred? Then what?! You're saying that if I hadn't come back, no one would've had to die?! Say it in red!! Can you say in red that, if I hadn't come back, this massacre crime wouldn't have occurred?! ......There's no way you can say it, because you're the culprit for everything!! Repeat it!! 'If Ushiromiya Battler hadn't returned to Rokkenjima, the crime wouldn't have occurred'. If you can say it, try saying it...!! ......Can't do it, can you? You can't say it! The culprit is you, not me!! Don't just try to rub that responsibility off onto meeeeeeee!!!

BEATRICE: ...........................

BATTLER: .......Answer, in red!! Try to repeat it...!! You can't! My existence has nothing to do with the crime. Quit saying incomprehensible stuff and trying to confuse meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

I began to remember that the raindrops which kept pounding down were cold. ......The rain earlier had just hurt, .......but now I felt a tormenting cold from those raindrops......

BEATRICE: ....................................Is there nothing that you remember?

BATTLER: .........Sorry. I don't even have a clue.

BEATRICE: ......................

BATTLER: ......Hey. ......I'm starting to get a little pissed off. ......If there's something you wanna say, then say it. If you have a grudge against me, you just have to say it out loud. ......Don't say it in such a dirty way, telling me to remember.

BEATRICE: .............I'll ask one more time. ......Can you remember any sin?

BATTLER: No!! I can't remember anything...!!

[...]

The witch who had questioned Battler hid herself, and the other witch, who had appeared from behind, remained. She was certainly identical, the same witch, .........but her expression was somehow indifferent and ice-cold, ......completely removed from the one who, despite seeming drunk up until then, had been in high spirits.

BATTLER: ................Hey!! Are you listening?! Isn't this enough for that test thing?! I don't care whether I passed or failed! I won't be satisfied until I can bash your face!! Come down here!! Or else open this door...!!

The witch did not answer. Her eyes were as ice-cold as Battler's shoulders. ......She was clearly a different person since the time she had first appeared on that balcony.

The witch gazed into my eyes, ......and gave two small shakes of the head. Even without words, I was able to gather that she was expressing some kind of disappointment... Without saying anything, the witch turned on her heels.

After that, only Battler remained, the cold rain still beating down on him.........
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