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My death Flags show no Sign of Ending – Chapter 65

Here is chapter 65, did my best to edit it, please do tell me if there are mistakes etc….

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Chapter 65

(Erica’s Pov)

After Harold’s departure, there was an awkward atmosphere within the banquet hall. But, despite his incongruous behavior, there was so much power behind his threatening attitude that nobody seemed willing to blame him.
In the middle of that whole ordeal, Erica had seen the look in Harold’s eyes. It was a look of deep, deep despair.
Then there was those words that Harold was about to speak. Guessing from Harold’s nature and his speech and behavior so far, finding the continuation of his sentence was but a natural deduction.

―― I have no need for things like a fiancee.

He had likely started saying that.
Though Erica couldn’t think of why he hesitated to actually say those words, she believed it had something to do with the hopelessness that was reflected in his eyes.

【”I am extremely sorry. Please allow me to apologize for his impoliteness.”】

Itsuki bowed his head to Mr. and Mrs. Berlioz. On the other hand, the couple told him there was no need to fret over it.

【”It’s fine. It’s my husband who went and said something insensible. Rather, Aurelian should be the one Apologizing.”】

【”Mhm, certainly, I didn’t consider Lord’s feelings. Perhaps he has already settled on a companion?”】


Itsuki hesitated to talk as he stared at Erica with sidelong glances. And Aurelian seemed to have guessed something from that.

【”Could that companion be you, Erica? If that’s the case, then allow me to apologize to you, as well.”】

Well, it was natural to have that thought after looking at Itsuki’s reaction. The Berlioz family knew about the story from five years ago regarding a boy named Harold who demanded to break off his engagement with Erica.
However, they did not think that the young man they had been talking to just before was the very same person as that boy, which is why they came to the conclusion that Lord was Erica’s new fiance.
They were correct, but they were also wrong. And Harold would have certainly perfered to reply that they were wrong.

【”There is no need to apologize. Lord and I are not in that kind of relationship.”】

Which is why Erica answered that. She decided not to look at the sad expression on Itsuki’s face.
But still, her heart was aching.

【”Then, does he have someone else?”】(Aurelian)

【”…..I haven’t heard about that. Although we’ve been associating with Lord for a long time, he’s not one to talk much about himself.”】(Itsuki)

Indeed, Erica didn’t know what was really going on in Harold’s mind. Of course, Itsuki and Erica had heard the bad rumors about him, but they did not believe them.
He was often misunderstood because of that behavior of his… Or rather, he made people misunderstand him on purpose.
He took on the disgrace of being a murderer so as to save a parent and her child, he acted in a way that would make Erica hate him so that she could cancel her engagement without having to worry, and he put his life on the line, killing the country’s enemies, in order to save many members of the knight order and the Stellar tribe. The result was Harold’s current situation.
He was treated way too unjustly. Still, there were many things he could have done to prove his innocence, and yet he didn’t, so Erica and Itsuki had to respect his choice.

【”He’s a mysterious person.”】(Brigitte)

【”You can say that. But, he’s not a bad person. He’s willing to stand up for other people and to fight for the sake of protecting them.”】(Itsuki)

【”Now that’s a real warrior! Next time, I’d like to have an actual formal bout with him.”】(Aurelian)

【”Right, but there is no fighting halfheartedly against him. Actually, I have…”】(Itsuki)

Aurelian once again got excited. Itsuki, who had had proper bouts with Harold, started talking about their fights.
And like that, the awkwardness in the air vanished.
However, there was a still a little anxiety remaining in Erica’s heart.

Harold’s pupils reflected such a strong despair. She had never seen him have those kinds of eyes before.
At the time, Erica had the illusion that Harold was grovelling in the face of his own destiny. Of course, that was nothing more than an illusion. She was likely just worrying too much.
However, Erica didn’t only know about Harold’s strength, she also knew he had ordinary weaknesses. He was constantly fighting against his inner weaknesses, and it’s for the sake of stepping over those very same weaknesses that he was so strong.

That was Harold’s way of life. He fought off his weaknesses, he fought off people’s evil ways,  he fought off monsters, and then, he fought off the world.
Erica felt that, perhaps even she was Harold’s enemy. Which is why she believed he was seeking power excessively.
Training for ten hours a day starting from his childhood was just not normal. In other words, something was pushing Harold to do so without fail.
As if fate had forced him to fight from birth.

(…. As if the idea of fighting off everything had been “planted” inside his brain.)

Those words intuitively went through Erica’s mind.
She could picture the seeds of fate, which were quarreling within Harold, as they were about to blossom. That terrible picture made her shiver.
No way. That couldn’t possibly happen, right?
But still, that unpleasant image was now stuck to her mind and just wouldn’t come off.

She was worried because of how much she cared about Harold, and how little she knew about him. She was worried because she did not know how Harold felt, or what he thought.
In that case, she knew what she had to do. And even if Harold didn’t want it, even if he would hate her for it, she believed that, if it could benefit him, she had to do it without hesitation.
No matter how unfavorable the results would be for Erica herself.

Although Harold had rushed out in spite of himself, he couldn’t just wander inside a stranger’s home. Having said that, despite having rushed outside, he remembered that he might get lost as he was not familiar with the place. Therefore, in the end, he simply covered a distance from which he could keep the Berlioz family’s mansion in his line of sight. He was currently resting his elbows on the handrail of a bridge that went over the waterway.

(Damn I screwed up….)

He had heard criminals on television before claiming【”My blood just rushed to my head for a moment.”】, and now, he felt like he could understand what they meant. Of course, just like them, he was “regretting and reflecting”.
As Harold found excuses for himself, he was confused over his sudden outburst of “emotions that he couldn’t have possibly felt”. He had been trying to make Erica hate him for eight years, he had tried every possible means to cancel his engagement with her, and yet he had almost reflexively blurted out that she was his fiancee.
In other words, what he felt was――.

【”Like hell that would happen….!”】

With a low voice, he groaned in denial of his own thoughts.
There was absolutely no way what he felt was love. Harold was a young and healthy man. He only temporarily lost control of himself from seeing Erica’s attractive figure. It was nothing more than a physiological phenomenon, lust. That had to be it.

However, there was another problem, and that was the sulky behavior Harold had showed while he left his seat without Aurelian’s permission.
Even though Aurelian was also in the wrong, as Itsuki had said, he was this region’s leader. The Berlioz house had an even higher standing than Harold’s family, and yet a youngster like himself went and treated them with that much contempt. It would be no surprise if he was banned from entering the region for the rest of his life.

If that were to happen, he wouldn’t be able to follow Ituski’s request, and he didn’t know what Justus would say about that.
Though he considered apologizing now that he had regained his calm, it was surely going to be extremely difficult for him to express his gratitude properly. Or rather, the situation would most likely grow even worse if he tried that.
Under the light of dusk, Harold was wondering what he should do.

【”What are you doing in such a place?”】

Harold turned around towards the voice that should have had nothing do to here.
And then, in the middle of a vista that mirrored Medieval Europe, he caught a glimpse of Erika’s standing figure; dressed in a kimono, in an other-worldly contrast to her surroundings. Her startling beauty would probably spur anyone on.
She was not expressionless, but Harold couldn’t read her emotions from her facial expression, though she did give him chills.

【”I can go wherever the hell I want. What’d you come for?”】

【”My big brother thought you might have gotten lost.”】

【”Don’t treat me like an infant. It’s disgusting.”】

【”I’m just as troubled as you are.”】

Well, that was certainly right. It was safe to assume that Itsuki had pushed Erica’s back, telling her【”Go comfort Harold now, it’s a perfect opportunity.”】. In that sense, Harold felt sorry for her as she was being jerked around no less than him.

【”Then hurry up and go report to that foolish brother of yours that his concern is useless.”】

【”I’ll do just that, but first, there is something I’d like to personally ask you, Harold-sama.”】

【”Something you’d like to ask?”】

When he said that, Harold remembered. Itsuki had kept his presence completely secret from Erica.
So it was only natural that she would wonder why Harold was here. Though normally it would have been okay to explain it to her once they met face to face, the atmosphere and timing to do so had completely vanished thanks to Itsuki’s shenanigans.
He really excelled at creating trouble.

【”Hey, young miss, you’ve got quite the unusual get-up going on there. Are you here sightseeing?”】

Suddenly, a voice came in between Harold and Erica. The owner of that voice was a very well tanned, dark skinned man who had healthy, firm muscles. From his tank-top shirt, his short baggy trousers, his feet that were bare except for a pair of sandals, and the bandanna around his head, Harold could guess upon the very first sight that the man was a sailor.
At the same time, Harold figured what the man’s greetings were for.

【”We’re not going to board your boat.”】

At a nearby dock, on the waterway, one small boat was anchored, and unlike the ones made for traveling and transportation, it had a few simple decorations on it. Its size and shape weren’t much different from that of the other small boats in the area, but it felt like it was rather made for pleasure cruises.
This sailor was probably the owner of that boat.

【”Well, don’t say that. I mean, this is your chance to show how reliable your are to your lady.”】

Despite Harold’s cold answer, the sailor did not seem to be discouraged. On the contrary, he went and misunderstood Harold and Erica as being a pair of lovers.
It was no strange thought to have from the point of view of a third party. The problem was that the man’s misunderstanding had put a land mine between Harold and Erica.
Troubled by the sailor, Harold tried to walk away from that place. But his feet were stopped by one unexpected statement.

【”Right, right. Then, a trip for two people, please.”】

Harold couldn’t believe his ears. If Erica wanted to have a pseudo-pleasure cruise, she was free to do suit herself.
However, she said “two people”. In this situation, it was impossible for those two people to be anyone other than Harold and Erica.

【”…..I don’t see your maid anywhere.”】

【”Juno is helping with setting up the assembly hall.”】

Though Harold bet on a small possibility, all he got in return was an answer equivalent to a “what about it?”. As expected, it seemed like Erca wanted to ride on the boat with Harold.
Harold couldn’t understand what Erica was thinking at all. However, if she just wanted to have a talk, she wouldn’t have needed to go out of her way to board on the boat. Harold’s mind was confused as he couldn’t think of a logical answer.
As if she had seen an opportunity in that confusion, Erica took hold of Harold’s hand.

【”Let’s go, Harold-sama.”】

【Hey, what hell are you….!”】

【”But you won’t get on if I don’t do that, right?”】

【”Obviously! Why would I want to go with…. let go of my damn hand!”】

【”My big brother said that, when dealing with Harold-sama, the more aggressive I am, the better.”】

【”And you believe that guy’s words?!”】

【”I don’t. I’m just using them at my own convenience.”】

That was unnecessarily vicious. Erica really was her brother’s sister.
Having concluded that it was impossible to convince Erica with words, Harold used all of his strength to shake her off. However, from some reason, he couldn’t free himself from her grasp.
No matter how many times he tried, his strength would just scatter and leave him. His efforts had little to no effect.
It was Erica, who was holding Harold’s left hand, that gave him an explanation to that incomprehensible phenomenon.

【”Harold-sama, do you know about “Aiki”? Aiki is a sort of taijutsu, putting it simply, it’s a technique that robs the opponent’s body of its freedom.”】

From those words, Harold had a cold sweat.
Erica, who spoke indifferently, was mysteriously threatening. Actually, Harold even felt that she was a little scary.

(I do know about it, but why the hell does Aikido exist in this world?!)

Even if it somehow did exist in this world, it was still weird for Erica to make use of Aikido.
In the game, there was no close quarter combat command for Erica. Her only physical attack was archery, and besides, she was supposed to be a character that specialized in magic and focused only on rear-support.
And yet, how could she master something like Aikido?
It appeared that she had evolved beyond Harold’s expectations.

【”Wow, didn’t think the young miss was actually the most reliable one in this couple. Never easy to deal with a woman stronger than you, is it? Just hang in there, Lady-killer.”】

With a look that had surprise and sympathy mixed in it, the sailor lightly hit Harold’s back to comfort him.
Although Harold was very dissatisfied, in the end, he couldn’t shake off Erica’s hand and was taken to the small boat while feeling shy as the curious eyes of the people around had gathered on him, having likely seen  “a man with an evil look in his eyes who dared to complain while being led by the hand of a stunning beauty”.
In that small boat, Harold couldn’t help but feel like he was riding with the grim reaper over the river Styx.

Author’s note: The founder of Aikido, Mr.Morihei Ueshiba once said “Aiki is love.”

Translator’s note: So, about that river Styx thing, I changed the sentence for the original so that you guys may understand what this means without having to research for 24 hours. The river Styx, to make it easy for you to understand, is basically that river in the realm of the dead from disney’s Hercules, that’s easier to understand than the children of limbo that the author references ><

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  1. From disney’s… Yeah, sure, throw disney in… (Bull)… In —Greek mythology—, Styx is a deity and a river that forms the boundary between Earth and the Underworld.

    1. Yeah, I just thought people wouldn’t want to bother doing the research, so I referred to disney to give them an idea ^^ I know about the river, I didn’t come up with the name at random ><

  2. In the former, I feel so agitated about them mistaking Lord as Erica’s new fiance.
    But latter, it’s good to see Erica already possesses the aggressiveness to make Harold’s heart faltered.

    I do hope the next chap will have Harold flustered more by Erica.

    1. And I’ve just realized..
      ”I’ll do just that, but first, there is something I’d like to personally ask you, Harold-sama.”

      Erica didn’t ask him, yet. Before the sailor interfered.

  3. Rasta

    Thank you for the chapter! I was pissed at Erica’s misunderstanding about Harold wanting to say he needed no fiancee, but man, Erica’s aggressiveness made up for it. This ship will sail. I thought the sailor would be the typical dude who would hit on Erica, but he was actually the real MVP.

    1. *after the boat ride*
      Sailor: “My cousin also officiates weddings, my second cousin is the best tailor in the kingdom, my fifth cousin is world reknown real estate agent, and my nephew owns a bakery.”

  4. SaMu

    They are on a literal ship now … well, it’s just a gondola but I’m not complaining. Harold did, not that it amounted to much. Harold GET!

  5. aa3naan4

    It looks like a gondola, but it is actually a mighty battleship.
    Harold, better hold on tight, or you will be thrown into the river of love.

  6. darkxheero00

    thanks for the chapter!
    I feel like Harold will only go honest when he’s faced with stupidly big death flag…

    I wish Harold will go dying anytime or cornered badly soon so he can go for his honest mode again and shows dere side of him to Erika…

  7. Atanaxia

    The classic “MC suddenly can’t do anything when confronted with heroine” cliche

    Thanks for the chapter~~~!

    1. Dusty

      But this isn’t all out romance though. It’s more… A perfect balance of politics, action, farming (in the beginning), comedy, drama, etc.

      That said, if you want romance, I’d recommend​ “Yuusha Party no Kawaii”, “Magi’s Grandson”, “I’m a NEET but when I went to Hello Work”(God damned Nips and their naming sense) if you haven’t already read those.

      For action romance (read: tag-a-long harem, but still relevant to the MC); “The Amber Sword” “World Teacher” “Hail the King” and “Yuusha no Furi mo Raku Janai–Riyuu?”

      1. Ah, no. what I mean is an novel with a good drama, naturally un-hatable characters with a complex that strikes right in the kokoro. The perfect example would be The Lazy King, though it’s short but you can definitely hear the whistling of the feels train. The characters are greatly, AMAZINGLY, defined that even a newbie reader can understand the emotion. Btw, I’m not into a very big realm.

        I’ve read all your first recommendation but only Yuusha Party somewhat, barely, did justice. Hello work got MC resembling the detestable MC in Death March (I’d rather go for Alterier Tanaka for self-proclaimed very cool MC), as for the Magi’s Grandson, meh~ mass produced author surrogate or worse, I mean look look the flow. no hardships at all? normal life with a fiance who barely doesn’t have a background? You can find those anywhere. Well, As for the second, forgive me, as far as harem is concerned, I can only recall Sevens (excluding baka-tsuki novels), I’m not too fond of them.

  8. sup

    The ukiyoe thing is an idiom: https://kotobank.jp/word/%E6%B5%AE%E4%B8%96%E9%9B%A2%E3%82%8C-439245

    It means sublime, otherworldly, transcendent. I’d translate the line like this:

    “And then he caught a glimpse of Erika’s figure as she stood motionless in the middle of a vista that mirrored Medieval Europe; dressed in a kimono, she was somehow ethereal. Her startling beauty would probably spur anyone on.”

    Also I think KuroInfinity’s (Sloth’s) translation of Star Reader Stellar tribe might be better: Star Aria Tribe (although 詠 might be more accurately translated as “hymn”, “paean”, etc., “aria” sounds cooler).

    1. aa3naan4

      浮世絵離れ should be a typo in the original text.
      A few Japanese readers commented about it.
      The correct word should be 浮世離れ as mentioned by sup-san.

      1. sup

        I guess if you want to keep it an artistic metaphor, you could do something like “it’s as if she were lifted from an idealized painting”. Doubt many people would connect the meaning though.

    2. Well, the star reader stellar tribe is what the previous translator translated it as, I wanted to keep it the same so as not confuse people ><

      1. sup

        Oh, Madao’s translation. I looked up that chapter, and 星詠 is apparently read as ステラ (Stella). If that’s the case, I’d just go with Stella Tribe instead of retaining the star-hymn/star-verse part at all. Just looks weird in English as it is.

        1. Ohh, I get it, so he read the “above the word” thingy the author put and put it there, then I’ll take off the star reader thing, but I’ll keep the stellar part, so that the readers will know they have something to do with the stars x)

    3. Alright, I fixed it >< Though I did keep the contrast past 'cause I think that's the author was trying to make, with her wearing a kimono in a medieval-Europe setting, especially since the sailor told her her outfit was unusual and all

  9. Penguinobeano

    I’m pretty sure that the original Harold also exists within the Harold that is normally portrayed(I think it was shown when he fought the enemy commander at the battle with the star aria tribe), so all that needs to happen for this ship to truly fly would be for that Harold to fully accept Erica, then maybe he we’d see him being nice to her, and her alone. I think the first trigger for this that we are going to see, will be either her suitors at the wedding or if someone insults her. I get the feeling that if Harold realizes and accepts his feelings that he will become extremely over protective and doting.

  10. Metroxylon

    “In the middle of that whole ordeal, Erica had seen the look in Harold’s eyes. It was a look of deep, deep despair.”
    “As if fate had forced him to fight from birth.”
    Erica is really sharp, she can understand Harold’s villainous role with just a glances.
    But she wrongfully understood one thing. Harold despaired because of almost losing Erica!

    Thank you, bitgray. You are great!

    1. Metroxylon

      Pardon me for the mistake, defiring.
      Really sorry, I was also reading on Swamp Girl’s translation by bitgray around the time the comment was written. He also doing a great job translating.
      It’s really embarrassing to mix you up..

      Hope that you still willing to accept my gratitude.
      Thank you again, defiring.

      1. I was wondering if bitgray was a sort of weird nickname you gave me, but anyway, I’m happy you enjoy my translations 😀

        Maybe I’ll check out swamp girl while I’m at it x)

  11. SSS

    It seems that Harold is thinking too much into what he wanted to say even if he didn’t say it…. and she is sure too aggressive but compared to 10 hours… sorry 12 hour training daily… you think you can win???

  12. Misery's End

    Not that I blame ya, but it’s really sad that we live ina day and age where a person has to explain a major mythological landmark in Greek mythology by using Disney animated movies

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