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Have you ever heard of a gladiatorial match?
It’s a form of entertainment, watching gladiators kill each other.
I know many people think of slaves when they think of gladiators.
Apparently there are people who specialize in this field.
It’s probably because it’s profitable.
But I also heard that they are popular with the ladies.
Public executions, gladiatorial fights, it’s hard to understand why people in the past liked such bloody things.
If you think about it calmly, even in Japan, gore manga and novels tend to be well-received.
I guess you could say that eroticism and gore have always been everyone’s favorite.
Human nature itself is not much different whether it is modern Japan with its developed sense of ethics, people from the past, or people from other worlds.
If you think about it calmly, Humans were born about 250,000 years ago in the history of the Earth.
Humans only started farming about 10,000 years ago.
In other words, human beings have been doing this for most of their lives, from birth to the present day.
The concept of basic human rights was born only in the last few hundred years after all.
People don’t change in a mere few hundred years.
Humans, after all, have not evolved much since the time of the apes.
I’ve gone way off topic.
I don’t care about the history of mankind.
Why did I start talking about gladiators?
The reason for this is simple.
The reason is that a gladiatorial match is about to take place now.
It’s so exciting.
I looked down at the arena from the special seat I’d been given.
The arena was filled with spectators.
Two-thirds of the people filling the seats were from the DeMorgal kingdom country and one-third were soldiers from my country.
The people of the Rosyth Kingdom have the right to watch.
This was Carlo’s statement.
Besides me, Raymond and Bartolo were also in the special seats.
All the important figures of DeMorgal Kingdom were in the special seats too with Carlo in the center.
And the emissaries from various countries who came to see the fights were here too.
Carlo stood up and shouted loudly.
“Everyone, I welcome you all to today’s program.”
A cheer goes up.
Carlo is the hero who defeated the Kingdom of Rozel and brought peace to the DeMorgal Kingdom.
The depth of that support can be seen in the eyes of the people.
Carlo tells the audience in a loud voice as the venue is filled with an unusual heat.
“Now! Let the gladiatorial combat begin! Gladiators.”
The people’s gaze gathers at the eastern gate.
The heavy gate opened and two soldiers dragged one man on the stage.
The man had his hands tied with rope.
Advancing to the center, the soldier unties the rope and then kicks the man away.
The crowd cheered in unison when Carlo announced his name.
The gladiatorial match, or public execution, was about to begin.
We can see the cruel death of the man who made us unhappy.
The people are very excited.
A strange heat and madness swirled the atmosphere.
My heart raced and my mood naturally lifted.
Emotions of aversion to the coming tragedy mixed with some anticipation.
I see. That’s why I’m so excited.
This has to be experienced to be believed.
You can’t understand this elation until you feel it.
Now, for the first time, I understood why the people wanted a gladiatorial match.
For people who can’t read books, who are starving for entertainment, this gladiatorial match would be very exciting.
“And his opponent.”
The people’s gaze gathers at the western gate.
A blonde woman came out.
The crowd cheered.
Some of them even whistle and shout at Alice, “Let me hold you!”
She was very popular.
Perhaps because of genetics, blondes are rare among Adrenians.
Alice, with her rich golden hair, was irresistible on her own.
By the way, Alice and Aldo both were bare handed.
It’s not fair that one of them is bare handed and the other has a weapon, since it’s supposed to be a gladiatorial match.
There was no way I was going to let Aldo carry a weapon.
Well, Alice can kill people with her bare hands, so there is no problem.
“Now, the rules are simple. All you have to do is kill your opponent. If Aldo kills Alice, Aldo will be freed, and if Alice kills Aldo she will be freed from her slavery. Begin!”
The crowd cheered loudly again as Carlo announced the start.
“Come on! Kill him!!”
“Alice, please marry me!”
Well, I wonder what will happen.
Alice looked at the man in front of her.
The man looked pale and stunned.
He still hadn’t sorted out the situation he was in.
And the chains that still bind her were in-front of her.
Alice’s heart was beating wildly.
Alice suppressed her chest with her right hand.
“Good luck, Aldo!”
“Alice, ha ha.”
It was clear that the audience wanted to see the death of Aldo.
In Germanis, Alice’s hometown, there were no such atrocities.
What’s the fun in killing people together?
Alice was at a loss to understand.
But that didn’t matter now.
“Master Aldo, no, Aldo. Are you ready?”
Alice braced herself.
Killing intent poured out of Alice.
Aldo was hit head-on by Alice’s killing intent his buttocks.
With a strong face, he backed away and tried to escape.
Alice looked down at him coldly and c down.
“Don’t come here!”(Aldo)
Alice meditated once and calmed her breathing.
-I can do it.-
Alice produced a thread from her fingertips.
The hardened thread became as hard as iron.
It could easily tear off a person’s skin.
Alice pounced on Aldo.
She sticks out his right hand and tries to stick a needle made of thread into Aldo’s eye.
However, the needle did not pierce Aldo.
Because Alice’s hand stopped just before it touched Aldo’s eyes.
Alice’s hands trembled.
Her face turns pale and sweat gushes out from her body.
“Ha, ha, ha.”
Alice was breathing hard.
She grabbed her right hand with her left and managed to thrust it at Aldo.
However, Alice’s right hand became as hard as stone and did not move.
What are you doing?
“Kill him quick!”
“Oh! Aldo, this is your chance!”
Aldo looked puzzled.
Why have the needles stopped?
But when he saw Alice shaking, he finally grasped the situation.
Aldo patted Alice’s right hand with his hand.
Alice let out a small cry.
Alice backed away, her face turning pale.
Aldo slowly stood up and approached Alice.
With tears in her eyes, Alice begged Aldo’s forgiveness.
“Hey, what are you doing!”
“Why are you running away!?”
“Don’t bully little Alice!”
The crowd shouted in frustration and threw stones at him.
Pebbles rained down on Aldo and Alice.
Aldo ignored the pebbles raining down on him and kicked Alice in the stomach.
Alice screamed in agony and crouched down.
Aldo grabbed Alice by the hair and punched her in the face as hard as he could.
“What were you going to do to me, slave? Alice.”
Aldo kicks Alice in the face as she apologizes.
Letting out a small scream, Alice rolled on the ground.
Aldo presses down on top of Alice and punches her in her beautiful face.
“Don’t mess with me! I am, I am the King of this land! I’m the man who will be King! Why, why, why!”
Aldo takes his unreasonable anger out on Alice.
Alice begged Aldo’s forgiveness, smearing her beautiful face with mud, tears and snot.
It’s a one-sided game.
“Look, Alice. I’m very forgiving. I’ll give you a chance. Die, kill yourself!”
Alice knows that even if she killed herself here nothing would change. There was no chance Aldo would survive.
Aldo will be released.
He would be stripped of his clothes and left alone.
Neither Almus nor Carlo would lay a hand on him.
But it was obvious that the people would torture Aldo to death on their own.
(But if I’m going to die…)
If I win against Aldo, Aldo will die.
We don’t want to cause any trouble.
That’s good then, isn’t it?
I don’t see why I need to be afraid to try.
Alice was lost in thought.
(Are you sure you want to do that?)
A clear voice echoed in the arena.
The voice was strangely well spoken.
The audience, Aldo, and Alice all turned their attention to the one who had made the call.
It was Almus.
Almus asks Alice in a loud voice, staring at her.
You’ll never be free. Is that what you want? Are you willing to end your life bound by such chains, …chains weaker than a spider’s thread?
Almus said, then sat down quietly.
His eyes were fixed firmly on Alice.
“What the hell was that? Well, anyway, Alice! Die!
Aldo starts hitting Alice again.
He hits me in the face, in the stomach, in the chest.
Occasionally my hair is pulled and I am rolled around on the ground.
He grabbed me by the chest and tore my clothes off.
Alice thought so as Aldo did what he wanted.
Aldo’s fist drops into Alice’s face again.
However, the fist did not shoot Alice in the face.
Because Alice had grabbed his fist.
“Hey, what the hell! Alice! Let go of me! You can’t hit me!”
“I want to be, I want to be free!”
Strangely enough, the sound echoed through the arena.
“Huh? Oh, my hand, my hand!”
Aldo holds his crushed fist and screams.
Fingers bent in directions they shouldn’t be, bones popping out of the flesh.
A trickle of blood stained the ground.
“I will kill you and be free!”
Alice punched Aldo in the face.
Aldo bounced off the ground three times before hitting the wall of the arena.
Alice grabbed Aldo’s arm, who was slammed against the wall and breathing hard.
Aldo is thrown about ten meters into the air.
He fell right in the middle of the arena.
“Oh, gosh, I’m the King of this country.”
Alice got on top of Aldo, who was out of breath, and punched him repeatedly.
“Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh, help me, Marlin.”
Aldo shouts out the name of his first love, a woman.
But she didn’t come.
Merlin was in the process of making her own pudding, having seen the pudding the diplomat brought in and wanting to eat it.
She put on an apron and started humming.
Making sweets is a girl’s favorite thing to do.
“No, I don’t want to die, I don’t want to be in pain, help me, forgive me, Alice!”
Alice stops hitting him.
“Oh, Alice, …forgive me.”
She stomped on Aldo’s stomach.
A sound like a frog being squashed comes from Aldo’s mouth.
Air leaked from Aldo’s mouth.
“When I asked for forgiveness!”
His internal organs were crushed.
“Have you ever stopped!!”
His mouth was overflowing with his guts.
His guts were overflowing from his backside too.
His stomach ripped open.
Aldo was dead and Alice was free.
Okay, it’s done!
“What have you done? Mongoose. It smells sweet.”
“Pudding. Want some? I haven’t made it in two hundred years, so I can’t guarantee the taste.”
Merlin offered him some pudding, which he scooped up with his spoon and put it in his mouth.
Curio’s face broke into a smile.
“This is delicious!”
“Right? I’ll give you one serving.”
Merlin handed the pudding to Curio with a look of pride on her face.
They were both in the middle of escaping reality after they left.
“Hmm. …Well, I guess it’s about time I left my job as a Court Sorcerer. I’ve got a lot of research to do, and I need to focus on that rather than politics right now.”
“Oh, research, huh? Please let me know when it’s finished.”
“Okay. I am sure you’ll be surprised.”
They begin to make small talk about nothing.
“Are you sure this is the right place?”
Merlin tilted her head.
Curio smiled bitterly.
“The boy from DeMorgal.”
“Oh, that little brat? Oh, and you said his name was Aldo. What about it?”
“No, he was in love with you. Without any spell…”
Both when she was on Earth and after she came to the other world, Merlin was very popular.
It is because of the fact that Merlin herself was a beautiful girl.
It may also be that the Caucasian Gauls find the Mongoloid Merlin to be exotic and attractive.
“Oh, by the way, today is the day of his execution, isn’t it? Do you want to say a prayer?”
The two of them meditated for five seconds.
“Yes, it’s done. Come on, let’s eat!”
They then began to eat the pudding.