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Rebuild World Chapter 227: The Aftermaths

Author:Hikoukai Category:Unreal Update time:2022-09-12 22:55:46

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On the third day of his stay in the hospital, Akira finally went through the surgery, to stick his new arm to his body. Akiras body was already fixed on the operating table, ready for the surgery. The doctor took the new arm out of the liquid tank and placed it on the operating table, he then cut the overgrown part and readjust the stump. After that, he proceeded to shave the stump on Akiras shoulder before sticking both stumps together.

The surgery was done while Akira was conscious. When the doctor finished connecting some of the nerves, he then asked Akira to try to move it. Akira looked away from the cross-section of the cut as he tried to move his new arm.

“How is it Do you feel any discomfort”

“Its okay.”

Due to the painkiller, Akira did not feel any pain at all. The still detached new arm also only had a numb sensation due to the drug. The surgery continued to connect the bone, the nerves, and then the flesh. Akira had to try to move his arms a few times in the middle of the surgery to check on the connection. In the end, the doctor wrapped it in a medical tape, and with that, the surgery was finished.

Akira tried to move around his new arm to give a final check. As expected of an expensive treatment, there was no discomfort, it was as if it was his original arm right from the start.

“Try not to do any heavy-lifting for the next 3 days. If its possible, I recommend using an augmented suit.”

“Okay, thank you.”

“By the way, about the multiple arms, in case youre interested…”

“T-thank you for the offer, but no thanks.”

“I see…”

Akira felt a shiver down his spine from the disappointed doctor, so he quickly put on his augmented suit and left the hospital.

—*—*—*—

As Shizuka was waiting in her shop, she noticed Akira frightfully entering it. The moment their eyes met, Akira gave a rather stiff smile, so Shizuka simply smiled and waved at him to come over.

“Its not like Im angry, so you can just enter the shop normally.”

“Ah, yes.”

Shizuka left the counter and went to Akira, she then hugged Akira tightly and gently patted his head.

“…I dont know what happened, but it seems that it was a rough one. Im glad that youre okay and thats the most important thing. Youre okay, right”

“Yes, Im alright.”

“Its all good then. Im happy as long as you return and visit me in good health.”

Shizuka gave another squeeze before letting Akira go and returned back to the counter. She then returned to her usual business smile and asked.

“So then, I guess I should return back to my job as this shops manager. Akira, what can I do for you today”

“Right, I actually want to order another set of equipment…”

Akira lost his bike, vehicle, and rifles, not to mention that his augmented suit was close to being unusable. So he needed to buy replacements for them. Shizuka was not that surprised. Especially when Akira was back in the same situation again. She could not help but smile bitterly.

“Well, thats just so like you, or more like, it must have been rough.”

“Its not like Im doing this intentionally. Well, Ive already partially given up on how things always end up like this. Fortunately, I have the money to buy good equipment, so Ill at least buy my safety with money.”

Shizuka smiled mischievously.

“A lot of funds, frequent orders, and only buying expensive products. It seems that youre turning into an excellent customer for me. Considering that Im reaping profits as well, as a part of the special treatment for a loyal customer, Ill prioritize your order.”

“Thank you very much!”

Seeing Akira smiling happily, Shizuka replied with a big smile.

“Ah, by the way, Akira, are you interested in augmented suits from Kiryou”

“Kiryou”

“Someone from that company came to my shop yesterday saying that they want to put their augmented suit in my shop. Since my shop doesnt usually sell that kind of augmented suit, I refused. But they were so desperate that they even offered some special deals which make it actually sound suspicious instead, so I decided to just keep it for now. Although I cant really tell you the details, basically Hunters that satisfy certain prerequisites should be able to buy this augmented suit with a special discount. You might be able to get that discount as well, so, what do you think”

Shizuka only said so casually, but seeing Akira gave a rather weird response there, she then inquired.

“Oh, are you familiar with that name”

“Uhh, well, actually…”

After listening to Akiras story about Yodogawa, Shizuka nodded, looking convinced and a bit amazed.

“So thats why. Basically, theyre hunting for a potential customer. Well, its true when a high ranking Hunter is using their product, they can use it as advertisement. I can understand wanting to secure a customer who often destroys their equipment and keeps coming back to buy expensive products.”

In reality, her intuition was telling that was not everything. But since it did not cause any inconvenience for both Akira and her, she decided not to inquire any further.

“So then, what are you going to do If you dont have anything against it, Im thinking of accepting their offer. Of course, as long as it doesnt have any strings attached. Its a good offer both for you and me. If theres anything to worry about, it might be that your equipment will lean toward what they manufacture from here on out. But as long as that discount applies and other companies dont give you any discount, the cost-performance ratio of their product is great.”

“If its really a good offer for me and Shizuka-san, then please accept their offer.”

“Alright, Ill discuss the details with them, so can you at least tell me your budget for now”

“Im thinking about 2 billion Aurum.”

Among the ammo and other expendables he had used up in that expedition, the hospitalization fee, the regeneration treatment, and the budget for his new equipment, Akiras account, which was brimming with cash from selling the old-world automata, turned pitiful once more. He still had enough to get by, although the digits were reduced significantly.

Shizuka smiled amusedly and commented.

“Good grief, Akira, youve really grown up to be a great Hunter. No wonder even companies try to get you on their side.”

Akira smiled bitterly and replied.

“That seems to be indeed the case, huh”

Shizuka raised her eyebrows. That reply just now showed no self-depreciation that Akira always had up until now. But she did think that this was a good change and was happy for him.

—*—*—*—

Yanagisawa was waiting inside a hideout in the lower district of Kugamayama city. It was a highly secretive place suitable for dangerous conversations and conspiracies. For example, a meeting with one of the nationalists. Although he had another hideout in the inner wall, smuggling a nationalist inside the wall was too much of a task even for Yanagisawa.

Yanagisawa was thinking inside that hideout as he mumbled.

“But still, to think Katsuya died.”

After making that deal with Tsubaki, Yanagisawa returned back to the city to deal with the clean-up and the aftermath. Once he was done, he then ordered one of his men to check up on Katsuya. That was when he received a report that Katsuya was already dead. Since that was completely unexpected, Yanagisawa ordered for a closer investigation. But the report regarding Katsuyas death did not change much.

[So the reason why she didnt ask for my help to deal with Katsuya was not because it violated their rules, but because she already knew Katsuya was dead… No, I believe its the former. She needed to get him killed through a method that didnt violate their rules. She basically used the jamming to cut off his support and then made use of the chaos. If Hunters fight each other, accidents are very likely to happen. Im sure thats the gist of it.]

It did not matter how many times Yanagisawa tried to rethink it, he could not differentiate if everything was all according to Tsubakis plan, or that everything lined up due to coincidence. But since he would be dealing with Tsubaki in the future, Yanagisawa assumed that the first guess was the correct one as he tried to rethink the whole incident.

[If I assume that this was all Tsubakis plan, then just how far does her scheme go Was the large-scale expedition also part of her plan too No, what about that attack on the forward base Wait, no, is it from that huge humanoid monsters attack Can it be even earlier than that]

Yanagisawa went through all the recent incidents in chronological order to pull out all possibilities.

[…Now that I think about it, there was a small commotion about old-world terminals. Was it from that time Tsubaki might have transported those terminals here. Ive already confirmed that she did something similar in the past to bait Hunters. Thats why City Management was able to quickly determine where those terminals came from. After all, the same thing happened in the past. She might have deliberately released those terminals out to encourage City Management to organize an expedition. Then all the incidents preceding the expedition, such as the attack on the forward base, were for the sake of thinning out City Managements resources. Once that happened, City Management would send out a bigger army to ensure the success of the expedition. In such a manner, she would have basically manipulated the army. Taking that opportunity, she crushed the oncoming army, which resulted in plenty of deaths. To eliminate more people, the bigger the army, the more chaotic it was, the greater the death count…]

Yanagisawas smile turned sharp. Everything was nothing but his guess, he had no proof that it was the real truth. But he also did not have any argument to deny that guess as well.

[Well, it doesnt really matter. It seems that we can get along well from here on out. I just need to always keep my guard up, thats all there is to it.]

Although they were not allies, they were no longer enemies as well. Furthermore, they had the same objective as well. Excessive suspicion would only cause problems. Thus, Yanagisawa decided not to delve any further into this matter.

The security system of the hideout suddenly issued Yanagisawa a warning. There was a guest. Yanagisawa did grant passage for certain individuals to his hideout, but since some of them often changed their faces or bodies, the system could not account for them.

Because of that, Yanagisawa was no longer surprised when he met an entirely different person with the same name as his guest. But this time, he was surprised when he saw his guests face. 

He was surprised to meet someone he recognised though, he knew that this person wearing that face was not one and the same.

“Youre… Katsuya Shouldnt you be dead No, more than that, how did you get in here”

The boy with Katsuyas face replied cryptically.

“Ive given up my name for the great cause, or so I want to say, but… You can just call me with my previous name.”

Yanagisawa came up with many guesses from that quick reply, his face then turned stern as he said.

“I know that followers of the great cause can change any of their body parts excluding the brain, but you, you even changed your brain, didnt you”

“Although its way more important than any other body part, the brain is nothing more than another part of our body that can be freely replaced.”

That young boy was Nergo. That head was gathered straight from its dead owner. There was still a mark leftover from where Akira split the head to two.

Yanagisawa tilted his head.

“What happened to Katsuyas mind”

“Hes already dead for good. Or at least, theres no leftover of his personality in the brain. So, he no longer exists.”

“Is he really dead”

“What is death It is a difficult question to answer. Technology developments continue to blur the line between life and death. People cant return back to life. If someone returns back to life, it means that theyre still alive right from the start. To put it differently, theyre not dead yet. Although its theoretically possible to resurrect someone, its still open to interpretation whether life after resurrection is still considered as dead or not.”

“Im not talking about that.”

“You might already know about this. We had a separate deal with Tsubaki to help her cause more chaos during the expedition. At that time, she told us not to cause any harm to him. Even after I took the head off from his corpse, I did not receive any complaint from Tsubaki. So basically, according to the current standard, our standard, and the old-world standard, Katsuya is already dead.”

Yanagisawa was convinced by that argument, Katsuya was really dead for good.

“Hmmm, is that so So then, How does it feel using Katsuyas brain Does it feel good”

Nergo made an expression that was unlike Katsuya as he shook his head and explained.

“Unfortunately, it didnt work out as I had hoped. I bet his death also cut off any of his connection to the old-world domain. Either that or we made a mistake while handling his brain, which caused some kind of incompatibility to the hardware. The reason doesnt matter, in the end, I wasnt able to recover his ability to connect to the old-world domain.”

“I see, thats indeed unfortunate.”

Yanagisawa returned to his usual joking attitude as he smiled and said.

“So then, what do you need from me today Ah, in case you want information about Katsuya in order to slip into Drankam, just to let you know, I dont mind if you want to do that but everyone already knows that Katsuya is dead. Im pretty sure its too late for you to do that now. But, do you still want to try”

“No, there are too many people over there who were under his local network. They wont recognize me as Katsuya even if I use his brain and face. I bet their personal identification system would identify me as a different person. Just to be safe, I wont be going there as Nergo either. Im planning to change face and work as a different person after this.”

“Hmmm, so, why are you here”

“I just want to check something.”

“Check on something If you want to ask me something, you could have just sent it to me through the usual line though.”

“No, theres something that I want to confirm, and I was able to do so.”

“So then”

“The reason why youre looking for us is not for safe-keeping, but for eradication. Ive confirmed that with absolute proof.”

Yanagisawas joking attitude vanished. His smile vanished. Only silent pressure and a pair of eyes that could pierce through ones soul remained.

“So, now that you know, what are you going to do”

Yanagisawa said that but he knew Nergo was not someone he could easily deal with.

“Nothing in particular. Unknown factors are a source of disruptions. If I really have to say it, then my objective is to remove these factors.”

“I see.”

After that, a short silence wafted between them. Both of them were trying to figure out what their opponent was thinking. Nergo was the first one to open his mouth.

“Its completely unrelated, but isnt it about time for you to tell us about your real plan I do believe that both of us are moving for the sake of humanity. And I think that you share some of the same principles with us. After all, we were able to work together although only for a limited capacity. I think we can work together to realize our ideals.”

Yanagisawa seemed to hesitate for a bit, he then carefully said.

“…I have to refuse. I cant tell you, or at least, not now. Although, if its after I have everything I need to reach my goal, I do think that we can be allies.”

“I see, thats indeed regrettable. Now then, we shall wait patiently for the day that you have everything you need to reach your goal.”

Nergo only said so and left.

Yanagisawa relaxed his tense body and sighed.

“Give me a break already.”

Nergo did not fear death. But it was not because he could not die. It was because of the way he saw the worth of his life and his soul. It was for the sake of the great cause that he lived, murdered, and ultimately died for.

But that was exactly why Yanagisawa thought that he was a pain to deal with. If it was because of his immortality, Yanagisawa could still corner him by taking away his immortality. Even if it was only temporarily, he would be able to convince him that he had already lost. That would have been enough to scare him. But against those who laugh in the face of certain death, that method would be meaningless.

“What a huge pain in the neck.”

Inside the room where there was no one else but him, Yanagisawa started complaining and cursing.

After Nergo left Yanagisawas hideout, he then frowned and muttered.

“It doesnt look like it would go well, huh”

The reason why Yanagisawa refused the offer and decided to still stay in Kugamayama city, was for the sake of getting what he needed for his goal. The thing he needed most probably lay somewhere deep inside Kuzusuhara ruin, in the direction where the supply line was being pushed. The existence of an old-world connector that he could not control was an obstacle for him to reach the thing that he sought after.

Nergo noticed that from his last exchange with Yanagisawa. Yanagisawa himself might have deliberately done that as a form of compromise as well as a warning:I would fight back if you get in my way.

“As I thought, this isnt going to be easy.”

Nergo understood well that it was a compromise as well as a warning. But even after knowing that, he was still trying to think of a way to get Yanagisawa on their side, unfortunately, no good idea came up.

—*—*—*—

Yumina was standing in the middle of a white room. Her consciousness was hazy, but she could recognize Katsuya, who was standing not too far away from her. She did not think much and immediately went toward Katsuya. But she suddenly stopped in front of him.

She was staring at that person that was obviously Katsuya from the outside. She then tilted her head and said.

“…You are not Katsuya. Who are you”

“As I thought, you can tell, huh”

That Katsuya vanished, and in its place, a girl appeared. She was an extraordinarily beautiful girl with a friendly smile. However, Yumina looked at her as if was a threat.

“Im here with an offer, I hope you will hear me out.”

“An offer”

“Thats right. Its a very good offer for you and the rest who have lost Katsuya.”

The girl started explaining her offer with an amicable smile on her face.

Yumina woke up on the infirmary bed. Her consciousness was still hazy as she pushed herself up and looked around, confused. She felt like she just had a dream but she could not remember what it was. She could not remember who she was talking to and what she refused. As her hazy consciousness retreated, it also carried away that thought and vanished altogether.

“What was that…”

Yumina looked confused for a few seconds. When she regained her calm, she then went through her memories. She remembered that she was busy preparing to retreat when she was inside the ruin, but nothing past that.

After that, Arabe came in and explained what had happened to Yumina.

“I see… So Katsuya is already…”

“Unfortunately, yes.”

Yumina was very saddened by the news, but for some reason, she was not surprised. Although she did not know the reason why, she somehow already knew that Katsuya was dead.

“I know that you havent fully recovered yet and you might need time to reorganize your feelings. You can just take it easy for the time being.”

“…Yes, thank you very much.”

Arabe felt a slight pang of guilt seeing Yumina politely bow at him, but he then shook that feeling off and returned back to business.

“Ah, and also, I know that I should bring this after you have fully recovered, but its my job, you see. I have something that I need to talk to you about, so please just listen to it calmly, okay”

Arabe awkwardly took out a peace treaty and gave it to Yumina as he started explaining its content. Yumina only listened silently, and when Arabe finished, she signed her name on the treaty and returned it back to Arabe.

Arabe was a bit surprised by that as he looked at Yumina with eyes full of questions. His biggest worry was that Yumina only accepted that in appearance while was scheming for revenge inside.

“Uhh, well, it might be weird for me to say this since Im the one who came to you with this subject, but, are you really okay with this”

Yumina still had a saddened expression on her face as she forced a smile.

“Yes, I honestly dont want this conflict to escalate any further. Moreover, I think Katsuya wouldnt want us to hold on to this grudge and cause even more deaths.”

Arabe sighed in relief, it seemed that there was nothing for him to worry about.

“Thanks, actually, there are quite a lot of people who have refused, you see. Although Im sure that its not like they will try to kill Akira, considering our relationship with City Management, we need to do this properly. Im sure that they will change their mind once they calm down after a few days. At that time, I plan to try and convince them as well. If they still insist on not signing the peace treaty, we have no other choice but to strip them of their equipment and kick them out of Drankam. To be honest, Im really troubled by this.”

“Can you tell me who refused Ill try to convince them.”

“Really Thank you.”

Arabe, who seemed exhausted, thanked Yumina with a serious expression.

“By the way, did Airi also refuse”

Yumina actually asked that question purely out of curiosity. But seeing Arabe make a conflicted expression, she felt that something did not go well as her expression turned cloudy.

“Uhh, Airi is still alive, right I heard that from someone else before…”

“…Yeah, we were able to save her, but… I guess Ill tell you. You will get to know eventually. We did save her and treat her, her life was in no immediate danger. She woke up not too long before you. Once I received that report from the hospital, I came to her room with the peace treaty too, but… She was no longer there.”

“Shes gone”

“Yeah, it seems like she had sneaked out of the hospital. We dispatched some of our guys to look for her, but we have not found her so far. I think shes currently confused and panicking but…”

The worry in Yuminas chest turned worse. The shock even caused her to feel dizzy. But right now, she remembered a portion of her dream.

[So only you alone refuse, huh]

The girl inside Yuminas dream said so, it meant that someone else accepted her offer.

Airi was traversing through the wasteland on a vehicle. She was well-armed. Both the vehicle and her equipments were not from Drankam. She had them ready beforehand just to be safe in case she got kicked out of Drankam. She had been slowly gathering these equipment in secret.

Not too long after she left the city, she found some monsters. Airi jumped off the vehicle and directed her rifle at them, she closed her eyes and did not even try to take aim as she pulled the trigger. After holding down the trigger for a few seconds, she opened her eyes. All her shots hit and all the monsters in front of her were already dead.

A voice came out from her information terminal. Airi looked at the display, there was the girl that Yumina saw in her dream.

“How was it”

“…Yes, Ive confirmed it, we have a deal… What should I call you”

“You can call me anything.”

“…I cant think of a name.”

“In that case, you can call me Alias. Were just like the embodiment of that word after all.”

“Alright, Alias. Ill be in your care.”

“Likewise.”

Airi returned back to her vehicle and set out into the wasteland. As she left Kugamayama city behind, her face was filled with determination.

From the start I liked Yumina more and always saw Airi as backup number 2 for Katsuya. 

I think Yumina can side with Akira. The difference in their personality kinda seems complimentary. But well, I doubt Airi will be able to do much to Akira anyways.-

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