[summary] No.6 ~ 2929
Author/Circle: Kino Hinoki, Asano Atsuko
“Safu, I really want to show this to you: the place where I lived in West Block.”
Shion: It’s amazing…there’s hardly anything but books here!
Shion: Yeah! Not the digital stuff–real actual BOOKS!
He introduces her to Inukashi, singing their praises as a wonderful person. Inukashi gives Safu a sniff–
–and pronounces Safu rather nice-smelling, sure not to give anyone who eats her a stomachache. Shion explains that despite Inukashi’s language, they’re quite trustworthy and will never lie to you. Safu stretches out her hand in greeting, rather surprising Inukashi.
Then there’s Rikiga-san, a friend of Shion’s mother who–despite his drinking and language–is a rather nice fellow who’s often the but of Inukashi’s and Nezumi’s jokes.
But more than anything else…he has to tell her about Nezumi. He wants her to know…all about him.
How they met four years before on a stormy night, how Shion has felt captivated by him ever since then.
“Safu…his words and gaze pierce right through me–slicing into me, overwhelming me…rescuing me. Thanks to him, I’ve been melted down and built back up, given new life.”
Safu is, to him, a precious, irreplaceable friend–one whom he could never compare to another.
Alarms are sounding, instructing all to leave immediately, and through a distant haze, Shion sees himself being dragged away by Nezumi, with Safu leading the way for their exit.
They’re all three fleeing together. They’re all three alive and safe, and they’re going to escape from here and see sunlight again. Escape…and make it back safely to that place. That nostalgic, memory-filled place.
But then–Safu pauses and points the way out, urging them to leave. Shion reaches for her, begging her to come with them, but she states that this is as far as she can go.
Shion is having none of it, calling her name and begging her to wait. Safu thanks him and Nezumi–
–and bids them farewell. When Shion continues to struggle, Nezumi delivers a sound punch to his gut, dragging Shion’s dead weight away as the alarms continue to blare about them. They make it into an elevator and have a few moments to recover, which Shion spends continuing to call for Safu, no longer strong enough to stand, so heavy in body and soul.
What are they doing here? Where is Safu? Why did they leave her behind? Nezumi told him not to rely on others–to figure things out for himself, but he wants, so badly, for Nezumi to say the answer right now. Tell him what’s right. Why are they here..after leaving Safu behind?
‘Please tell me, Nezumi.’
“Are you satisfied, now?”
Safu realizes that it’s Elyurias speaking to her here, and the voice continues to ask if she’s truly fine with how things turned out, if she’s satisfied with this. Safu isn’t entirely sure…and tears begin to stream down her face.
Shion…has left. He came this far, and she’d thought it would be enough, just seeing him again…so what is this feeling she’s left with now?
‘Shion…why is he the one standing by your side? Why…isn’t it me? Why didn’t I…get to be the one who gets to spend their life with you?’
Elyurias reminds her here that even if she couldn’t have lived her life with him, they could have at least shared their death together–but Safu didn’t want that. Safu shakes her head–no, she never wanted that in the least. She wanted Shion to live–to live…and change the world. So that none ever had to suffer and die needlessly like her again.
She asks Elyurias what she plans to do now–and receives the reply that Safu should just sit back and watch if she’s so very curious. Safu doesn’t quite understand this, but Elyurias announces that it’s time.
And the world erupts into explosion.
Shion is hit by the knowledge that it’s over, and Nezumi must rush him out of the elevator, huffing and looking on uncomfortably as Shion breaks down, holding his head in pain.
Everything explodes around them as the facility shuts down, destroying all, and Nezumi jerks Shion along behind him, ordering them to head below-ground. Everyone is in a panic when they reach ground level–some have wounds from explosions, others are being trampled to death by the mob; there’s blood and death and confusion everywhere. Just then, a blast of air precedes the release of all VCs in the facility, freeing everyone to run amok and creating even more panic. Nezumi’s losing hope that they’ll be able to escape safely and grabs Shion’s wrist to leave–but Shion refuses to budge.
Shion: “Why did you kill her?”
Nezumi is shocked into silence, slowly releasing Shion’s hand.
Shion: “Answer me…Nezumi.”
Shion: “…did you kill Safu?”