The young witch shook her head.
Without accepting Miki, her unsullied spiritual power was effective on the demon beast. However, she was still not as powerful as the fox demon beast version of Chizuko Nagato. However, after accepting Miki, her spiritual power was naturally contaminated and mutated. The current she was imbued with demon beast attributes. Although her strength was on par with the opponent’s level, both sides were still on equal ground. She knew this would happen, but she still made this choice in the end.
“I can’t protect you when I was six years old.” The young witch looked up and greeted the opponent eye to eye.
——[On this day, the Nagato family is going to enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms to celebrate Saburo Nagato’s return. Saburo Nagato began to talk about some of his dangerous experiences on the battlefield. Speaking of the terrible place, Chizuko Nagato nervously grasped the sleeve of her mother, Haru Narukami. But even though she was afraid, Chizuko Nagato’s eyes were filled with admiration. Unripe Rice Village was a remote village. There were not many men willing to go to war. The only ambitious people in the village were probably the men from the Nagato family who inherited the samurai’s blood. Since childhood, Chizuko Nagato was envious of the village’s children. Their parents were always by their side. She sometimes thought that if Saburo Nagato did not go on the battlefield, he might have started teaching her the Nagato family’s sword technique. Sometimes, when she saw Brother Shinji learning the sword technique from Nagato Munechika, she had the urge to follow along with it. Although Nagato Munechika was relatively open-minded, he was still unwilling to teach the ancestral sword technique to women.]
——[The things children imagine and think are always simpler. ]
——[“Father, I want to learn sword art, can you teach me?”]
—[During the dinner, Chizuko Nagato was brave to say what she thought in her heart, which drew everyone’s attention. Haru Narukami touched Chizuko Nagato’s hair, looked at her husband Saburo Nagato, smiled, and said, “This kid wanting to learn sword technique probably wants to become the king among the children in the village. Don’t agree to her.”]
—[Saburo Nagato looks at Chizuko Nagato in interest. Haru Narukami was just pregnant with the child that year. Until she was born, he could not accompany her. He consciously thought he owed the child a lot, so he asked curiously, “Since you want to learn the sword technique, have you ever held a wooden Saber?”]
——[Chizuko Nagato secretly glanced at Shinji Nagato, who was viewing the cherry blossoms, and said with a grimace, “Yes! I took the Brother Shinji’s wooden saber for practice!”]
—[“When did it happen!?” Shinji Nagato’s face suddenly became ugly. The samurai’s katana was equivalent to their life. How could others pick their katana up and play at will, even if it was just a wooden saber? He looked at his father, Nagato Munechika, in horror. Although his father was friendly to everyone, his father had always been very strict with him.]
—[Nagato Munechika did not make a statement at this time but looked at Chizuko Nagato curiously. He suddenly smiled and asked, “How do you feel when you took Shinji’s wooden saber?”]
—[Chizuko Nagato gestured a few times and said childishly, “It’s effortless! Chizuko can do it! Uncle, you can teach me the sword technique too! I also want to be like my father. I want to make contributions after I grow up!”]
—[Everyone laughed, just as if they were a child’s dream. ]
—[Saburo Nagato soon stopped laughing. He caressed Chizuko Nagato’s head and said, “I can teach you the sword technique. But before you learn the sword technique, you need to promise me one condition. Do you want to promise me? “]
—[“Father, please tell me!”]
—[“Don’t steal Shinji’s wooden saber in the future. I will personally prepare a saber suitable for you.”]
—[It was the summer of the year. Saburo Nagato brought fresh bamboo in the summer. He cut it into thin strips, then bundled them into, and finally made a bamboo saber for Chizuko Nagato. Naturally, the bamboo saber did not have any sharp edges. Chizuko Nagato didn’t mind. She took Saburo Nagato’s bamboo saber. Then, she summoned Axiu and became the king among the village children, as Haru Narukami said.]
“Protect? What’s a joke?”
The demon beast-like Chizuko Nagato treated it as an awful joke, pointed at the young witch, and sneered, “How are you going to protect me? You are so timid that you can’t even accept your real power!” You are not worthy at all! Even if you turn into a demon beast and willing to use this power, can you treat the past as if nothing happened? Impossible! It was me who you abandoned at the beginning! You are an incredibly selfish person! You cut me apart for your own sake. All your perceptions directly ignored my existence! How many times!? How many times have I lingered by your side, but you didn’t see me!? Even if you bat an eye, what have you looked into!? What are you trying to do now? Turning into a demon beast like me means that you can forgive yourself? Or are you pitying me… pity yourself? All of these are just your wishful thoughts!”
“Only Master Eric needs me!” Chizuko Nagato of the fox demon beast version ignited cyan demon beast fire. “Only Master Eric cares about me! He will not be afraid of me! He taught me to control my power! He showed me the weakness of human beings! It’s your turn to grow. You, who only hides in the shrine and can only read books, what qualifications do you have! What growth do you achieve? You do it on a whim and feel that you can do it! After that, you will once again do the things you used to do again!”
“Perhaps…” The young witch nodded, then frowned, “Eric, is he the one that develops the situation into this? Is he the guy behind all of this?”
“You don’t need to know!” Chizuko Nagato of the demon beast fox version screamed, “You and I are no longer related to each other! From now on, I live on as Miki in the name Master Eric gave to me! I will return the name, Chizuko Nagato, back to you!”
The young witch frowned, then sighed softly. She didn’t know what her ending would be like. She looked around, but she felt a gaze toward her.
The half demon beast boy with long silver hair wearing a red robe looked back at her on the ground.
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