ghty feeling circulated throughout your whole body.
Once I’d reached this point, even if I tried, I couldn’t stop it from happening anymore.

It might have been that phenomenon in sports called zone or something.
Or maybe it was something totally different.
However, I didn’t really care about all that.
What was important was just one thing.

「Ah….」

The course of the nine incoming killing blades.
My consciousness had seen it clearly.

Not all of them were released at the same time.
As if it were a warm up, the first one came by itself.

First, there was a spear of light that came at me from the front, which I blew away using my iron club.

After that, a cluster of spears was released.
The second spear was shot toward my head to make me drop down.
The third fang was aimed to hit me as I crouched to avoid the second spear.
Furthermore, there was a fourth one that was supposed to pierce the area between the second and third spears.

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I couldn’t escape to the sides either.
The fifth and sixth spears obstructed my paths to the right and to the left.

Of these five spears, I could only deal with one.

I threw my iron club on the fourth spear’s route to intercept it and somersaulted between the second and third spears, allowing them to pass by me.

The seventh spear was aimed for where I would land, and I used both my hands to jump and twist my body to evade it.
But, as if it wasn’t permitting me to evade it, the eighth spear.
I looked straight at it as I floundered in the air.
Unable to get away from it, I watched as it pierced straight through me―――before that moment.

The rapier that came flying had knocked away the spear of light, and I was able to land somewhat successfully.
Then, while the last spear came at me, I opened my menu and ignored it.

As expected, right before the last spear pierced me, Rou lept in as swiftly as the wind and sacrificed her arm.
It was blown away by the spear.

As that happened, I noticed that Apocalypse had a little bit of surprise on its face.

「Go.」

Yeah, I knew.

That was why I had prepared myself.

Believing that Rou would to help me, during those few seconds, I had changed my equipment.

Using all my strength, I jumped.

Using the iron club that had been blown away as a stepping stone, I redirected myself.
And then I soared through the skies like a red bullet.
Well, that being said, I didn’t actually have any skills that let me run through the skies, so that was nothing but a metaphor.

Holding the end of the two-handed club with both of my hands, I spun it around me once.

(Sorry, Haruru.
I hope you can somehow forgive me.)

In my thoughts that were stretched to their utmost limit, feeling apologetic for doing so, I chose one of my arts.
Shouting in desperation, I used one of the strongest cards in my hand.

「FFIIIINNNIIISSSHEEEEEER!!!」

A blow that destroyed the weapon itself, Finisher was an extremely heavy blow.

Adding the force generated by the rotation, I poured my soul into driving the two-handed club made by Haruru into the horn of Apocalypse.

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GGAAAAAAAGGIIIIIIIN.
A thunderous sound rang out, and the whole body of the True Dragon shook.

Just one percent.
No, it hadn’t removed even one percent, but there was certainly a tiny bit of empty space in Apocalypse’s HP bar.

The moment I confirmed that, I totally lost my focus, and all the strength in my body disappeared.
In those few seconds of defense and offence, I had totally used up all of my power.

There was Ravenous Wolf’s weak point, slip damage (damage over time).

And on top of that, there was the fall damage I would take.

Since I’d die from one or the other soon, I was satisfied with hitting the dragon once.

Let’s proudly fall.
As I thought that, I noticed that there was no sensation of falling.
I was floating, or rather, you could say that 「I had stopped.」

Rou and I…no, it was the world itself that was stopped.
When I tried to move, I found I was fixed in place as if experiencing sleep paralysis.
And during that shocking phenomenon, an even more shocking thing happened to us.

『I have stopped the flow of time through space.
Right now, your bodies have been released from the influence of time.』

The dragon before us had just talked.

Well, the dragon had AI, just like the monster Red Wolf did, but being able to talk? That was on a whole different scale.
I was super surprised on the inside, but I didn’t have any means to express that in this frozen space.

In this world where everything had stopped, only Apocalypse moved.
Its voice did not send vibrations through the air to your ears but was instead a mysterious tone that you could hear directly inside your head.

Different than the True Dragon from earlier, it gazed at us with kind eyes and only just now began to create a black-colored magic circle in the skies.

『O child of human and child of Oni.
This is the reward for being able to break a fragment of my horn.
I shall show you a fragment of the truth of magic,《Truth Magic (Kotowari Mahou)》.

The dark magic circle that sat in the skies had gradually started to spread and multiply, and as the circles started piling on top of each other, it changed into a layered magic circle.
Before I knew it, the array had become several hundred meters wide, covering the skies.
While the magic circle creaked as it continued to expand, Apocalypse quietly released it.

『F a l l D o w n』

At the words of the dragon, time began to move once again.

If I were to describe that magic in a sentence, I would say this.

The skies, they came falling.

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