Death Flag Volume 2 Chapter 25

(Erika’s POV)

 

Many of those who had returned from the mission were injured. Some of them needed long-term care, but it could be said that they were fortunate none of them died.

And all of them said that Harold was the reason why they were still alive.

 

Yuno said that in order to buy time for their escape, Harold had challenged the Imperial Army’s Major General to a duel despite being wounded all over. Once I was told so, I was suddenly driven by the urge to visit Harold as soon as possible.

I wanted to see him with my own eyes, I wanted to convey to him my gratitude.

But Harold doesn’t want such things, he’d only see it as a bother.

 

Still, I wanted to at least convey the gratitude I had towards him for saving the people of the Household, including Yuno, himself.

However, I wasn’t allowed to follow through with those actions immediately.

 

Only those who were at the scene at the time knew how severely Harold had been injured. It wasn’t impossible for me to visit Harold myself, but first I had to wait for the Knights to return to the Royal Capital.

If I went and visited the expedition group myself, I’d only cause problems.

 

So that’s why I headed to the Capital ahead of them and decided to wait for Harold’s return.

That was the decision I made when I arrived at the Capital a month ago, but from the time that The Knight’s finished their expedition and returned, two weeks had already passed.

 

“…am I not allowed to see him today either?”

 

I could feel my face twisting into a pained expression.

Yuno was stood beside me, her soft smile was the same as always, but there seemed to be a shadow over it. Although she returned as my handmaiden due to not having been injured too badly, she wasn’t the same, our master-retainer relationship was filled with a discouraged feeling.

 

On the day the information of the Knight’s return from the expedition became public, I tried to set up a meeting with Harold at their headquarters, but was denied entry. I’ve been visiting them every day since to no avail. He seemed to be alive at least, or else why would they interfere for this long?

Although I’m relieved to know that, the time where I’m not allowed to see him without a good reason only stretches longer and longer.

 

During the expedition, Harold was said to have been donning the military uniform of the Sarian Empire. I suspected that the fact that he was found like that became a big issue within the Order, developing into a troublesome problem.

Because if Harold who was supposed to be a knight of the Kingdom was indeed wearing the military uniform of the empire, it was inevitable for them to doubt him.

Perhaps it was taking a long time to prove his innocence.

 

While thinking about what hardships Harold was going through, I went and visited the Order’s Headquarters again today.

 

“…you’re here again?”

 

After seeing Yuno and me, the soldiers at the gate made tired faces.

Every day for two weeks straight, I’ve been begging them to let me see Harold, and although I don’t think I’ve pestered them for that long, it’d probably still be tiring to deal with.

I’m sorry for having to put you through this again, but I have to,

 

“Good day Lowry-san, would it be possible for me to see Harold-sama today?”

 

“Haa… Just like what I said last time, he’s not allowed any visitors.”

 

Today is also no-good.

It would be inconvenient if I stayed here any longer. After all, Lowry is just doing his job.

But as I was turning around to leave, a man called out to me from the side.

 

“Oh, what’s this? Is there something wrong?”

 

The man who had gotten all of our attention when he walked in had a facial expression on that could only be described as giddy.

 

“Oh, it’s just Cody, what’re you here for?”

 

“Well, I thought I saw Lawry-kun bullying an innocent little girl…”

 

“I have done no such thing!”

 

“Joking~ Joking~”

 

The man named Cody broke out in laughter.

After seeing such an interaction, it was probably safe to say he was Harold’s superior officer. A man whose very being could be described as ‘loose’, from his expressions and clothes to his warm atmosphere.

Even if she had had her face hidden at the time, Yuno still had contact with him before, but luckily there’s no indication that he’s noticed. Despite this, Yuno decided to play it safe and not talk in front of him, just to make sure.

 

As I thought about such things, Cody turned towards me while ending his conversation with Lowrey.

What he said next was unexpected.

 

“Okay, let’s go.”

 

Cody said so while pointing at the Order’s Headquarters. In other words, he was saying it was okay to enter.

 

“Hey, Cody!”

 

“Is it really okay?”

 

“Of course it is! I mean, you’re Harold-kun’s fiancée, right?”

 

“On paper, yes, that’s how our relationship is. How did you know that?”

 

“I know because I’m actually Harold-kun’s boss, and he always boasted about how proud he was of yo-”

 

“Please excuse me for interrupting, but that’s a lie, right?”

 

“Ah… um, yeah.”

 

I cut-off his explanation mid-way, but I didn’t feel bad, I knew that Harold wouldn’t say such things.

Cody, whose words had been obstructed, obediently admitted his lie.

 

“Well, the fact that I’m his boss is true, so is there anything you want to know? If I can answer you, I will.”

 

“I’ll take your word for it, Cody-sama.”

 

I already knew, so I didn’t have to worry if he was lying or not. Lawry seemed to decide that it’d be best if he just pretended to not be affiliated with us, “If something happens, take responsibility for it yourself.”

After this Yuno and I were taken by Cody to a reception room used for visitors. He said that we should wait here while he prepared some tea, quickly leaving us alone.

 

Barely after I sat down on a chair, there was a knock on the door, was he back already?

But before I could answer it, the voice of someone I wasn’t expecting came out.

 

“I’m entering.”

 

The moment the owner of the voice saw me, he quickly grew stiff from shock. It seems that despite his usual calm facade, he does have times when he can be surprised and show more emotions.

 

“I heard that you were hurt, but it looks like you’re fine, Harold-sama.”

 

“Haa~ Really?”

 

Sarcastic remarks came flying the moment he recovered from his rigidness. Same as usual.

Though he seems to be a lot healthier than when I exchanged words with him last time in the Sumeragi Household.

 

“You’re alive…”

 

“Yeah, I am, now what do you want?”

 

Harold was now face-to-face with me. This wasn’t good, but I couldn’t just turn away from him!

I revised my posture and dropped the tone of my voice to make sure nobody could listen in from outside.

 

“You safety has now been confirmed, I thank you for your assistance on this matter.”

 

I sent my line of sight towards Yuno who was at my side. Picking up on that she smiled and bowed her head in thanks.

Thankfully, Harold seems to have planned for everything.

 

“Unnecessary…”

 

“I apologise, although I was aware of how inconvenient this would be for you, I just wanted to see you and confirm it myself.”

 

“…”

 

Harold was silent.

All of my worries and gratitude were just to fulfil my selfishness. Harold didn’t have any obligation to receive it, and I don’t think he will.

But it’s fine. Just being able to see Harold’s healthy state was enough of a reason to visit the Royal Capital.

 

It’s true that I don’t want to bother Harold, but my feelings are my first priority. So as to satisfy my desires, I made him explain everything to me, even though I didn’t really care about what happened. The very fact that he was having a conversation with me put me on cloud-nine.

On the other hand, I felt depressed at how immature of a person I was since I’d never be able to support Harold like this.

 

“Is that everything you wanted to talk about?”

 

“N-no I… nevermind.”

 

I tried to stop Harold, who was already standing up to leave, but caught myself. I didn’t have any more words to say to him.

That’s just how it was.

 

I answered facing downwards, my gaze still locked onto Harold. I’ve always been chasing it, but his back constantly seemed to be out of my reach.

 

“In that case, let’s finish this already. I won’t be able to act freely as long as you’re here, bastard.”

 

“Thank you for letting us use up your valuable time.”

 

“Don’t bother me if you understand, and next time try not to get involved with that stupid man.”

 

“Of course, next time I’ll… huh?”

 

Next time? Does that mean he expects me to come and visit again?

Then why? Why did he keep me away this past while?

 

He only said two words, but I couldn’t think straight anymore, and I don’t think he’d very happy if I just started spouting out questions.

Whether he was aware of my feelings or not, what he did next blew away all of my expectations.

 

As if it were a passing whim, Harold put his hand on top of my head. He didn’t stroke it or anything like that, it was more like he just placed it on my head with a light pop.

His hand, which I had just felt for the first time, was very warm.

 

“That scolding of yours from before was somewhat helpful, so I’ll commend you this once… Erika.”

 

That request I made to Harold back in the mansion, asking him to rely on someone. That desire I wanted for him.

I wonder if my feelings had supported him back then, even if it was only a little.

 

Without minding the me who was still too stunned for words, Harold left the reception room, but I only came to my senses once I heard the door close with a bang.

 

gjsmxmm

 

“…just now, he said my name?!”

 

Once that realisation dawned on me, I felt like my heart was going to explode. My body temperature rose to the extent that I swore I could feel steam coming out of my ears.

Harold had touched me with his hand. He touched me of his own accord.

He called me by my name for the first time. Not ‘you’, or ‘bastard’, but Erika.

 

I held my mouth with my hands, crouching down on the spot to hide my face.

There was no way I could show this face of mine to Yuno, who was like an older sister to me. This face of mine that was dyed redder than the sunset, with tears of joy travelling down its cheek.

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

(Harold’s POV)

 

“Wanting to talk more just because you haven’t seen each other in a long time. Don’t you know guys who move too quickly are hated?”

 

The one speaking was Cody, the mastermind who had led me to the room Erika was waiting in before running away.

Like hell I needed him to do that!

 

Mentally, I was the same age as Cody, but physically I was still a child. There wasn’t much I could do against such an opponent.

When I threw a kick upwards towards his crotch, he was regrettably able to prevent it before it landed.

 

“Bastard, that’s your idea of helping me? Don’t do unnecessary things.”

 

“We wouldn’t have let her in normally, you know? For the past two weeks, she’s been requesting a meeting with you at the front gate every day, we couldn’t just leave her.”

 

Two weeks had passed since the expedition troops had returned home. Although it was safe to say it was all over, it only truly hit home after Erika visited to say her thanks.

If more people in the world were like Erika, then the world would surely be filled with compassion.

Although the probability of my death would also spike along with it.

 

“Leaving sweet Erika-chan all alone like that…”

 

“Shut up already. In the first place I’m supposed to be under house arrest, I shouldn’t have been able to meet her.”

 

“Usually you are, but today’s the day your verdict is decided.”

 

“…I didn’t hear about any of this.”

 

“Of course, because I only told you right now-”

 

This time I threw out a high kick to his face, but this one was blocked as well.

I clicked my tongue.

 

“Tell me about such things sooner, idiot.”

 

“It’s okay, you don’t have to worry about anything. I properly explained everything at the conference room, about how you successfully defeated the Empire’s army alone, drastically reducing the number of casualties among the Order as a result.”

 

Instead of a punishment, won’t you be receiving a reward? Cody cheerfully added.

But in reality, I could only see that as a flag statement.

 

(Idiot, don’t start planting flags right after I worked so hard to avoid one.)

 

At that moment when I retorted in my head, I had received my flag in a record time.

A voice called out to me from behind.

 

“Hey, kid!”

 

…bastard, who’re you?

 

“I’m the representative from the conference room, and you’re Harold Stokes, correct?”

 

“Yeah?”

 

“… I was told that you were under house arrest.”

 

“This was only temporary, I’ll be returning immediately.”

 

“No, that’s no longer necessary.”

 

The man from the conference room told me to wait where I was.

He then took out a parchment from a cylinder container that had a string hanging from its bottom. Opening it up so that I could easily see it, he read out its contents.

A desperate situation was written there.

 

『Harold Stokes, the aforementioned is hereby sentenced to execution by beheading. On suspicions of being a foreign spy, and for withholding information on the Imperial Army’s raid, he shall be punished as a traitor, as the one who forfeited the lives of those who could have been saved.』

 

“This is our official decision. The punishment shall be carried out one week from now, and until then you shall be detained in the prison held beneath the conference room. Come.”

 

After overcoming the biggest crisis I had ever experienced, an oversized death flag was waiting for me.


Translated by KuroInfinity. Written by Izumi (泉).

A/N: This is the end of part two. Next chapter will be the start of part three.

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132 thoughts on “Death Flag Volume 2 Chapter 25

      1. Yep my prediction was right. I have wished that Cody gone taking flight with him chasing Yuno groups to hide him for alternative development instead.
        I guess Cody going AWOL with him later with Robinson and co trying to find allies inside the order as well as helping him investigate the higher up from inside.

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    1. Those higher ups the one planned the raid so it’s just a set up apparently. If he did come as a foreign spies the order should have been wiped out instead taking his achievement alone in combating the empire soldiers on his own into account.

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  1. became a bug issue -> became a big issue
    to be in house arrest, -> to be under house arrest,

    holy crap, that ending was the biggest cliff I’ve seen in a LONG time

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  2. what the?! execution?! isnt that too much!
    Harold is a hero! how could they do that to him
    what an absurd verdict they have given!
    poor Erika and when their relationship is just starting to move a bit.

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    1. The chances of him actually dying are zero here, and also, things like this happening irl isn’t actually unlikely considering how much corruption there is. I have a feeling Erika’s going to end up joining him as a fugitive, and he’ll probably join the hero party, allowing Erika to assist them like she was originally supposed to.

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        1. Yeah, *looks at title of novel*

          Also, I said that for two reasons, 1)They can help him against Justus, since they won in the original timeline and 2) he’s been worried their growth period is too small now, making it possible they might lose the final battle

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          1. yeah true, but their growth period is slow due to the scenarios being executed too early since Harold did some irregulars from the original.
            I have no comment about Justus though since it didn’t exactly explain his possible senario

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            1. Yeah I know, and he literally said he’s worried that at the accelerated rate they’ll die due to being too weak, so I could easily imagine him (even if temporarily) joining them and training them.

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      1. Nah, he’s gonna leave Erica behind and run off into the sunset, which prompts her to leave the house to look for him. I assume she would think that her best chance of finding him would be to tag along the hero party, so she joined them just like in the original work, while Harold would just travel around randomly just like how HE was in the original work.

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    2. Your forgeting the plot so far.

      Harold was sent on this mission to determine why he already knew how to fight against the Knight order. Because they thought he was a spy.

      Then he appeared at different battles with the knights and announced himself as a soldier in a foreign government (though masked) then he is found injured and unmasked still wearing that soldiers uniform. I mean that’s like screaming I’m a spy.

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      1. i didn’t forget the plot, and it is basically as you’ve said but i do think that even if we speculate it logically about the proceeding chapters, I think its better if we just anticipate it.
        dont you think so, since having agreements and arguments about this really cuts out some of the fun 🙂

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    1. Nah, see, after Harold’s execution, Erika is going to raise an army of her own, become the new demon lord, and burn that kingdom to the ground. The new title will be, “My Vengeance Shows No Sign Of Ending!” 😆

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  3. It’s that line you know since he met his fiance before a verdict… after this war is over I’ll marry you… and it was over you know… and yes the death flag triggered…

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  4. Thanks for the chapter~!

    So our big bad is someone high up in the hierarchy eh? Since Harold piqued his interest, he engineered this situation to force a choice on him; run to him or die.

    Lucky for us, our MC has a 3rd choice 😉

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  5. Man the death flags just keep on coming. 😂 Wouldn’t be the same if it didn’t I guess (the title…). Looking forward how this plays out.
    I think this was actually done by someone pulling strings somewhere (oh! what if Cody still ends up as a mercenary after this? *gasps* but for a completely different reason?! *dendendannnn*)

    Thank you very much Kuroooooo(inf) gokurouuu you worked hard! You seriously always make my day whenever you post updates! 😄

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  6. Thanks for the chapter, milady Kuro.

    My head’s already going through all the scenarios that can happen that will avoid this death flag…

    …Headache! I have a headache. Pessimists should not engage in this overthinking practice. Oh the horrors I’ve imagined!

    Milady Kuro, won’t you heal this hellish migraine by saying yes to my proposal?

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    1. The knights already thought he was a spy and then he goes awol during a large skirmish and is found after the skirmish in the enemies military clothes. I mean that’s screaming I’m a spy.

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  7. Finally, We have pass that one picture. You won’t know how much trouble I went through just to read the moment I saw them. I’m on my trip so I read them on the road, train, taxi or even while walking, risking my life in the process. But that is really well worth it. You have my gratitude.

    Oh and wish you a happy holiday with your Family, friends, lovers, cats & dogs, slaves, pet cactus, house ghosts or whatever life form you fancy. with warm milk cookies, cake and meals.

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  8. good for you erika. but well happiness always hunt by despair. please enjoy your short-life happiness to the fullest. and face the cruel reality later. hahahahaha.
    anyway thank you very much for the chapter. i think this chapter has become my favorite chapter of Death Flag.
    can’t wait to see Erika drown in abyss of Despair and hopelessness.

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  9. . ∧,_,∧ 
    .(`・ω・)つ━☆・*。
    .⊂   ノ   ・゜+.
    . し’´J  ☆*・ °。。
    .     /\   Thanks!! Nepu!!!
    .    / ★∴ \  Merry X-mas!
    .   (人_人_人)   And A
    .   / ∴∵★ \ Happy Nepu Year!
    .   (_人_人_人_)   ∧ ∧
    .   / .☆∴∵∴. \ ( ´・ω・)
    .  (_人★人☆人_) /  ⌒ヽ
    .     ̄凵   (人___つ_つ
    Erika goes red when Harold is a bit kind… what would happen when Harold goes dere-dere?

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  10. Oh wow, that Harold X Erika was so sweet.

    I’m actually happy with the other plot development. I mean, it would be boring if this turned into “everyone loves Harold”. Though I admit stuff like Yuno’s misunderstanding despite that are good as well.

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  11. Well this was a hell of a chapter, thanks Kuro!

    From a sweet touching moment with Erika, to a towering Death Flag is quite a jump. Though I totally expected this outcome. This is probably going to end up driving Cody to abandon the Order. As for Harold he’s obviously not going to die. But I’m getting the feeling that Eustas is going to be the one to save him out of personal curiosity.
    Which funnily enough would put them both in the same places they were in the game, with Cody independent and Harold working for Eustas. Which would be interesting, implying that fate is putting everything on the same path. Which is actually bad, since that ends with Harold dying at the end…….

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  12. What a pleasant chapter Bleck. We had a nice interaction with Erika and Yuno was able to express her gratitude. Hmm? The execution? Why, isn’t it just par for the course for Harold’s reputation and name to be in the mud, and therefore unsalvageable? As long as there are people who empathize with Harold and understand his true character, then he’ll be fine. Bleck… I wouldn’t be surprised if a certain mercenary group were to be formed within the next volume just to free Harold. Bleck!

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    1. I’m not worried at all you know… nope nothing to worry about… Jiji Kuro will disspell all our fears in the next few releases Bleck! … not that I have any fears to be disspelled bleck! Blehehehehe Bleck…

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  13. Thank you for the chapter! This story is so good! But I didn’t expect such a situation. What will this death sentence lead to? I think Cody is going to leave the Order, maybe Robinson and the other guys will follow him. But then, what about Erika? How will they relationship go from now on? * rolls on the floor anxiously *

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  14. Well damn. That’s one hell of a bomb to drop at the end of a volume.
    Anyway, I have a prediction for what’s going to happen next. The biggest difference between the original story and this world now is what Harold just prevented, the death of Cody’s squad which served as the catalyst for his disillusionment with and eventual defection from the Order. However, Harold has prevented that, removing the catalyst, which isn’t too good for following the original story. What I think is going to happen now is that Harold being sentenced to death by an obvious conspiracy from the upper echelons of the government will serve as that catalyst. I think what’s going to happen next volume is that Cody will rescue Harold and defect from the Order, taking his squad, who also know the truth, with him.
    Also, damn the government messed up. The best thing they could do for their plans would have been to do nothing to him. Trying to execute him for knowing too much will backfire immensely.

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  15. Wow, that was a whopper of a death flag @.@ And here I was thinking this would be like every other light novel out there and have the volume end on a mini arc conclusion/good place to leave it until the next volume. How silly of me to NOT expect a mega death flag from THIS novel right at the end of the volume, haha. Ahhh, thank you very much sloth san! I hope you have some very well deserved rest time! You really went up and beyond with catching up and even gave us an apology chapter o.o so awesome..!

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  16. Sugar, salt and a pinch of pepper…

    If you get happiness then you get a rise in the level of your death flag… Simple karma… 😄

    Thanks for the chapter…

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  17. Although the relation between erika and harold took up a step on the ladder, the end of volume 2 was as cruel as it can get.
    anyway, thank you for your hard work you’ve done on this chapter!
    greetings fromout a small village in the middle of nowhere in the netherlands~🎵

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  18. Now I’m wondering if this is going to be this timeline’s reason for Cody defecting and leaving the order, to leave and protect Harold from the execution.

    Would do nicely to put the chronology a bit closer to the original timeline, even if by a little.

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        1. Yeah, my wallet was crying for a while after I made that purchase… (^^|||

          But so far its worth it, its so much fun that I don’t regret buying it at all. They say the campaign takes about 40 hours, while if you really want to make the best of the game (side quests, legendary hunts and dungeons etc.) it’ll take over 200 hours to complete. 😀

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          1. Lol… I remember sinking 100 hours into Final Fantasy X… Wonder what happened to that save… 😅

            FF9 is still my favorite, though. Rather than 7, I wish 9 would get a remake… 😥

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  19. hmmm isn’t this actually only the first or second death flag to ever happen? I thought the first real one in original timeline is when the villagers revolt against the stokes. and there wasn’t any other time that new harold was in real danger, unless we count the magician general that he just fought. so the title of this series is actually wrong! his death flags aren’t actually that frequent, or maybe they will be from now on.

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    1. from the reader perspective, YES . but from harol perspective is NO.

      first death flag

      if he kill his maid he will rise the death flag ( hero and heroin hate him and will take revenge)

      second Death Flag

      didn’t he mention at the very beginning that if the last boss survive it’s may cause the absolute Death Flag for him and very one ( Unbreakable Unavoidable death flag. and now he try his very best to prevent it. but i think it’s counter him. For example, he try to make colette ? to meet hero without hate him too much yes it’s good. it’s very effective. but when he meet her again he just a weak ? mind ( i think physical too ) so she won’t be able help hero much.

      third Death Flag
      he want erika to hate him. so that she will left on the journey with the hero’s party. he did mention that erika is the healer. without erika support the wont be able to defeat last boss. at this point the First Death Flag will rise.

      Forth Death Flag

      Revolt from his domain and monster attack. i didn’t see how he will counter this death flag yet but he did mention right this one also one of the reason he being hate by people

      Fifth Death Flag

      the scientist who cause everything is the one who drive harold to death. and his first mission is the key trigger him to meet scientist.

      Sixth Death Flag

      in other to prevent the Fifth Death Flag he rise the sixth. facing general class. and now he was sentenced to death.

      another one is Erika

      he was worried that Erika wont leave on the journey with hero.

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  20. What a deep cliff…

    Pitiful Erika… Her fiancee sentenced to be executed after he pat her head xD

    I wanna see how dispirited Erika is later in the stories…

    THANKS FOR THE WORK!

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  21. ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J dammit Harold and Erika awkward romance is sooo cute o(*≧▽≦)ツ┌═┐….
    But dammit the verdict ruined the good mood (╯°口°)╯┴—┴
    ○| ̄|_ why can't harold escape the death flag…

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  22. well its look like Cody and co. will lose their trust at the Order and help Harold into a jailbreak and quit the knight sht – and create a mercenary group-

    and our cute Erika will hear Harold has been executed. and will cry in despair in their territory and meet the hero while resolving the miasma problem……. and thing go back to the original timeline in the game??

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  23. With how many chapters she posted before the end of december I actually dont mind waiting a bit more, but yea kuro keep up the good work and hope you post soon. Thanks.

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  24. where are you my love its been many moons since well last heard from you I hope you are doing okay in a place I can’t see 😂😂 😂 😂

    but seriously what happened to you is everything going okay on your end 😕

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  25. Ahahahaha! Wooow, now I feel refreshed. Odd. Why is it that everything leading up to this had me on the verge of a melt down, and finally getting this part makes me relax.

    Thanks so much for the chapter Kuro!

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