Chapter 8 – Shia Haulia’s Circumstances
“Please help my tribe!” (Shia)
Rabbit-eared girl Shia Haulia’s voice echoed in the canyon. Apparently, this rabbit wasn’t alone and her tribe was also in a similar predicament. She was very desperate, and though Yue kept increasing the strength of her kicks, she showed no sign of letting go despite the shoe marks on her cheek.
Because she was so desperate, Hajime couldn’t help but use… … his [Lightning Clad].
Although he adjusted the voltage and current to be non-lethal, he believed that she probably wouldn’t be able to move for a while. Shia’s rabbit ears straightened out and her hair produced smoke. When Lightning-Clad stopped, she fell over in convulsions.
“Geez, what a shameless rabbit. Shall we go, Yue?” (Hajime)
“… Nn” (Yue)
Hajime started pouring magic power into the bike.
But before he could leave-
“I, I won’t let go~” (Shia)
Shia got up like a zombie and clung onto Hajime’s leg. Surprised, Hajime immediately stopped injecting magic power into the bike.
“You’re just like a zombie. Although it was non-lethal, how did you manage to get up? You scared me for a moment.” (Hajime)
“… Creepy” (Yue)
“Uu~what did you say! I also have something to say, you know! Kicking and then electrocuting me, that was so cruel! I’ll sue you, you know! As an apology, please help my tribe!” (Shia)
In her anger, Shia demanded their aid with unexpected composure. Though Hajime thought about dragging her on the ground as he drove onwards, when he thought that she wouldn’t let go anytime soon, the image of a blood-stained rabbit-eared girl who continued to cling to his leg gave him the chills.
“Geez, what is it? I’ll hear you out, for now, so let go. Hey, don’t casually wipe your filthy face with my coat!” (Hajime)
When he said that he’ll hear her out, Shia’s face started to brighten with a smile and she casually began wiping her dirty face with Hajime’s coat. What good etiquette. Irritated, Hajime hit her once again and she let out a cry while crouching.
“Hyun! I-I was hit again! Even father has never hit me before! Look at me well, I’m a beauty! And with these proportions, … wait … can it be that you’re into guys?! So that’s why you’re not affected by my beauty! Guuhuu!?” (Shia)
Because he heard an improper remark, Hajime gave her a heel-drop to the head. Veins could be seen popping out of his forehead.
“Who’s homo, you annoying rabbit! Now that you mention it, how do you know about that? Yue and you, where the heck did you learn that from? Well, let’s put that aside for now. Though I don’t know where that seduction gag came from, the reason I refused your invitation is that there is a higher level bishoujo beside me. Look at Yue’s dignified form and tell me how you could seduce me!” (Hajime)
While saying that Hajime stole a glance at Yue. Upon hearing his words, Yue covered her blushing face with her hands while shaking in excitement. Her hair that reflected the sunlight shone with starlight. Her bisque doll-like skin now dyed in faint red was capable of charming anyone without exception.
She wore a pure white dress shirt and black mini-skirt decorated with frills, and a long, light gray coat with an azure blue ribbon tie adorning her head with short boots and knee socks. All of it was made from Oscar’s clothing collection and demonic beast materials gathered by Yue herself. Considering the beasts were from hell, it also provided high defense for the wearer.
Hajime wore similar clothing composed of a black coat lined with red, black pants and a white dress shirt. This was also made by Yue. At first, Yue made him white clothes to give themselves a pair-look, which of course looked quite embarrassing because of his white hair made him all-white. Hajime felt it was unpleasant, and so settled with his current style.
Shia could only flinch and groan when she saw Yue’s beauty. But there was one thing that needed to be corrected: this was his subjective view that removed body proportion from the picture. In that sense, Shia wouldn’t lose in terms of being a bishoujo.
With long and straight snow-white hair tinted with a blue highlight and clear-blue eyes, white eyebrows and eyelashes, and her white, supple skin made her figure feel alluring. Her legs were also slender and long. Her rabbit ears and tail that occasionally twitched added to her cuteness. If furry-lovers (kemona) saw her, they would surely unconsciously shed a tear of joy.
Above all, there is one thing that Shia had that Yue lacked: her big boobs. Her ragtag clothes emphasized her profound weapons. They were truly a weapon that couldn’t keep silent. They would shake violently every time she moved. They shook violently, not just bounce, for confirmation.
In short, her confidence in her figure and beauty was not strange at all. It could be said that Hajime was the strange one; before, he would surely jump on the chance to meet a rabbit-eared beauty.
Even so, Shia’s pride was damaged. And in her ignorance, the forbidden words were said-
“Bu-but! If it’s a comparison of size, it’s my win! Don’t you see that girl is flat-chested!” (Shia)
Her shout echoed in the valley. Yue, who was trembling in embarrassment suddenly got off of the bike with her expression hidden behind her bangs.
Hajime could only mutter a few words in prayer while looking at the sky and silently gesture a prayer to the heavens. Shia, rest in peace….
At that time, a slope steeper than the [Raisen Great Canyon] could be seen peering above Shia.
Yue’s whisper-like voice can be heard by the trembling Shia’s ear.
”… Have you said your prayers?” (Yue)
”… I’m sorry…” (Shia)
”… …… Just die!” ‘Storm Emperor’” (Yue)
Suddenly, a tornado appeared and swallow up Shia, launching her high into the atmosphere. Her scream echoed in the canyon on the way up. After 10 seconds, Gusha!1 She fell in front of Hajime and Yue.
Her body convulsed although her head buried in the ground. It was completely gag-like. Though her figure was extraordinary, she could only be described as a failure. Having only worn tattered clothes, she could only be called garbage. With her body stuck in the ground, her clothes hung towards the ground, revealing what would cause all mankind to die from a nosebleed.
Yue seemed to express a feeling of a “job well done” while walking back to Hajime. With him sitting on the bike, she pensively looked up at him.
“…. Do you like them big?” (Yue)
It truly a problematic question. If Hajime said “yes” then he would suffer the same fate as that regrettable rabbit that was still convulsing. But if he didn’t, he would be lying to Yue. Both must be avoided.
“…. Yue, it’s not about the size. Who the partner is, is the most important.” (Hajime)
For now, instead of decisive “yes” or “no”, Hajime answered vaguely. Yue narrowed her eyes in consent, then proceeded to silently sit on the back seat.
In secret, Hajime broke out in cold sweat trying to find some topic to break the silence, but nothing came to mind. Hajime’s brain was truly useless.
However, his eyes glanced at Shia who was currently trying to free her head from the ground while her body trembled as both hands gripped the earth. Having failed to break the silence, he tried to make this their topic.
“She’s moving… truly a zombie. Her endurance is truly unnatural…” (Hajime)
After a long silence, she answered, and that relieved him. At the same time, Shia pulled out her mud-covered head with a “pop”.
“Uu~ Those cruel eyes. Even though I didn’t want to be seen like this…” (Shia)
With tear-filled eyes, Shia patted her tattered clothes and muttered some unknown words while crawling closer to Hajime. It was truly like a horror film.
“Haa~, how high is your endurance? It’s not normal you know…. What are you?” (Hajime)
With Hajime’s suspicions, Shia sat up and finally told her tale. She made a serious expression while sitting in front of Hajime and Yue who were on the bike. It was late, but-.
“Let me reintroduce myself. I am Shia Haulia from Haulia Rabbitman Tribe. The truth is….”
Finally, Shia began her story.
Shia and her tribe, the Haulia Rabbitman tribe, one of the hundred Rabbitman tribes, used to live quietly in the [Haltzena Sea of Trees]. Members of the Rabbitman tribe have excellent hearing and stealth skills, but their stats are low compared to other demi-human tribes, and because of that, they are ranked lower compared to other demi-human tribes. They are gentle and dislike fighting, and treat the entire tribe as one family. In addition, rabbit-eared women generally had excellent figures, different from an elf’s beauty. Because they are cute, they are often caught by the empire to be enslaved, as they are in demand.
One day in the Haulia tribe, one of Rabbitman tribes, a girl was born with an abnormality. Even though Rabbitmen normally have dark blue hair, that child’s hair was white with a blue hue. Moreover, she had magic powers that demi-humans shouldn’t have: the ability to directly manipulate magic and a peculiar skill.
Of course, the tribe was greatly puzzled. Here was a child that couldn’t be born to the Rabbitman tribe, no, that any demi-human tribe. The baby had powers similar to a demonic beast, and so would be discriminated against in any tribe normally. However, she was born into the Rabbitman tribe that shared a deep connection as a clan of a hundred. So the Haulia tribe decided to raise the girl.
However, if her existence were to be found by the demi-human country of Faea Belgaen, she would be executed for sure. That is how much they despise demonic beasts. The law of this nation was that as soon as a demonic beast is found, it must be annihilated; any citizen seen allowing a demonic beast escape would be exiled. In addition, any demi-human capable of using magic would be discriminated against by humans and demi-humans alike. If a tribe was capable of wielding magic, they would’ve been eradicated by both demihumans and humans alike.
Therefore, the Haulia tribe hid the girl and raised her in secret for sixteen years. However, her existence was exposed. Because of that, the Haulia tribe escaped out of the [Haltina Sea of Trees] before getting caught by Faea Belgaen.
The plan was to go to the northern mountain area for the time being because they could produce products from the mountains for a living. Although it was uncivilized, it was better than being caught by the empire or a slave trader.
However, their attempt to flee was crushed by the empire. Even though they escaped the [Haltina Sea of Trees], they were immediately found by the empire’s soldiers. It was unknown why the soldiers were there, but after encountering one squadron, the Haulia tribe had no choice but to run away to the south.
Though the men tried to obstruct the soldiers to buy the women and children time to run, the difference in battle potential between the trained empire soldiers, who could use magic, and the gentle, peaceful Rabbitman tribe was too great. By the time they noticed, half the tribe was already captured.
The rest kept desperately running away to avoid annihilation and arrived at the [Raisen Great Canyon], and entered as it was their only path to avoid enslavement. Indeed, the empire’s army didn’t enter. The tribe decided to wait here until the army retreated. The tribe was hoping that the empire’s soldiers would withdraw before the monsters attacked.
However, the empire’s soldiers didn’t try to withdraw at all. They decided to wait at the canyon entrance, positioning themselves by the staircase down into the canyon. They waited for the Rabbitman tribe to come out when they were tired of being attacked by demonic beasts.
And that was what happened, the demonic beasts attacked them. After being attacked, they couldn’t wait for the empire to retreat anymore. Between escaping the canyon or fleeing from the demonic beasts, the Haulia tribe decided to escape further into the canyon. That was why they jumped into the depths of hell…
“…. Of the 60 people that entered the canyon, only 40 are left. My tribe will be annihilated if this keeps up. Please help us!” (Shia)
From the start, Shia tried to appeal to Yue and Hajime with regret and bitterness. Shia was the same as Yue and Hajime, an exception to this world’s norm. She was atavistic, like Yue.
After finished listening to her story, Hajime answered frankly without any change in his expression.
“I refuse.” (Hajime)