Nanaki from Today Onward
The world is beautiful, Mother has told me that. Mother told me that I must not hate the world, she told me to become a human that can affirm the world.
Taking those words to heart, I have worked hard even in this world where Mother is gone. I have worked extraordinarily hard. Treating unreasonability as food and overcoming difficulty, I have grown. But even so, it seems it is not enough. The current me can no longer see my path.
“We implore you Nanaki-sama!! Please!! Please dismiss your armaments!!”
Could you grant this foolish daughter your guidance?
I have worked hard to affirm the world. I have obtained the strength to be able to affirm the world. But that was all a misunderstanding. The things I believed in, my own pride, was it all a fake?
“Hav, have the Five Emperors not arrived yet!? There is no way just us alone can stop Nanaki-sama……guaaa!?”
“Why is Nanaki-sama, one of the Five Emperors, going on such a rampage!? Please answer!!”
What did I do wrong? The current me knows nothing.
not your fault
Mother said this too, Nanaki is a special human. So be helpful to a lot of people. I have also become aware that I am special a short time after mother passed away. And thus, in order to be help even more people, I have wielded my power in this imperial capital.
The people were happy. I was loved by my countrymen.
And yet, why——
why did it become like this
“You have fallen to the demon’s path, Lightning Empress Nanaki.”
Why would they, who were my comrades, point their swords at me?
“I’m on the demon’s path? Sword Emperor Silver”
“Look at your feet. There is no way that path made of the corpses of your countrymen is the path of a human.”
“No, this is a human’s path, Silver. This is the result of various paths colliding. They were just, weak.”
“A dirty heart”
Ah, Sword Emperor Silver, Martial Emperor Raicou, Flame Empress Envy, Sky Empress Salia. Why must I confront them, those who were known as the Five Emperors with me, us who had stood together and watched each other’s backs?
“The prophecy was right. You will die here, Lightning Empress Nanaki.”
Within their hearts, I no longer exist.
It made me doubt Mother’s words about the world being beautiful. What exactly did I do? I devoted myself to the capital and eliminated the enemies of the capital. And yet, and yet because of some prophecy, with that one vague sentence my world was changed.
just because of some prophecy
“Don’t let your guard down Silver. Even she is a child, she is the same as us, one of the Five Emperors.”
“I know, it’s shameful to go against a brat of sixteen with four people but……this one is a monster.”
“She defeated the Ice Emperor at the age of twelve in a duel after all. If you underestimate her we will be done in.”
“Envy, that wasn’t a duel. That was murder, that Ice Emperor was killed by a mere twelve year old child without being able to do anything.”
you have become strong
Is this world overflowing with enmity really so beautiful? Could it be that the world is denying me because I am unable to affirm the world? Ah, Mother. Even your warmth has already become a faint thing. I can’t remember it, the happiness from that time.
you have done well
I have already worked hard enough.
Mother, please forgive this incompetent daughter. From the beginning, I had not liked this world which stole my beloved Mother. I have been covering it up all along, I have not been able to erase this dark feeling burning in me. I cannot love this world.
Have I disappointed you?
But, just for a bit longer, let me stay as Mother’s daughter. Please, just one more time. From that place where my strength cannot reach, please watch over your unsightly struggling daughter, Nanaki.
I cannot love the same world as them. So I will change it, I will change my own world. I have finally realised that what was necessary was farewells. Goodbye, world that I wanted to like. Since it seems that I am hated, I will go, to find a world I can love.
Let us sing our farewells together. And then please celebrate with this foolish Nanaki.
I heard Silver’s bellow. He is enraged. With an unparalleled strength that led him to be hailed as a Five Emperor, he closed in on me with a speed that can be called godspeed, he swung the sword that is said to cut everything at me. I liked his kind strength that came from his love of the capital. But I must say my farewells.
“Guh!? I didn’t make it!!”
“Back off Silver!!”
“Calling down a god in the middle of the capital……!! What have you done……”
“That’s not armament manifestation……She called the real body!!”
Lightning of Legend, Ilveng=Nazgul. The jet black lightning god gently embraced me. Come to think of it, that day you comforted me too. Even though I was the one that defeated you.
It’s okay now
“This is……the Lightning of Legend……!?”
“It’s the monster that killed a hundred gods during the age of the god world war, there is no way but to defeat it except with all of us!!”
“To defeat such a monster alone……Nanaki is……”
“Unless you do that you can’t make the contract. This is her full strength……This girl, she’s really been hiding her real strength.”
physical but emotional?
It is just that there was no opponent where I could go all out. After all, the Five Emperors were comrades. But now it has become a situation where we have to fight each other. This four people are really strong, so to make it hard to find me I have to use my full strength.
shall we go?
“Let’s go, Ilveng=Nazgul”
Nanaki will leave on a journey. Could you pray for me? For this incompetent daughter? Nanaki wants to try taking a look, a look at the beautiful world Mother spoke of. I was lacking in strength, I could not affirm the world that Mother loved. Thus I will go to search.
“Until now I have been in your care, Silver.”
“Please convey this to her majesty and everyone else, ‘Please take care of yourselves'”
“That’s just a threat to not come chasing after you……”
“It is my true feelings.”
I returned the cloak of the imperial knights by draping it over Silver. Like this, I have become just Nanaki. When I looked up at the sky, a blue bird flew like it was inviting me. Happiness might be in the west.
journey to the west
From today onward, the world will be reborn.
from the ashes?
No, the one that is to be reborn is definitely Nanaki.
a new life
And so, everyone from the world I could not love, everyone from the world I want to love, the you over there, the you over there too and everyone looking at me from afar too, please, applaud.
And please celebrate with me.
“——Happy Birthday, Nanaki.”
Hecate’s new series, hopefully it can be kept up ( also I couldn’t find anyone else working on this, but if there is someone please tell me )
Edited (10/3/2017): corrected so many things….was I that careless? Or should I just take it as having improved since then?
And just going to throw this out there for anyone reading this in a way that reveals ‘it’ just ignore the italicised stuff, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, good.