Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey Book 03 – Spectre, Sleeping on My Chest – Chapter 7 – Epilogue

Chapter 7 – Epilogue

Tap……tap……tap……
The footsteps were slow and rough. It was dark everywhere, looking into the darkness you would stare into nothingness.
The smell of the charred wood was intense, the entire mansion had been burned down to the ground, the only thing that remained was the basement. The smell of sewage remained, even though the heat evaporated the sewage water, the air was filled with a rancid smell. On the floor was pieces of a broken sink, shards of glass were everywhere, a peculiar body laid on the floor.
Tap……Tap……
The footsteps stopped at the entrance to the basement. The owner of the footsteps lifted his right arm, and chanted:
“I give birth to thee, tiny little spirits.”
With the sound of the incantation, a small fire appeared in his hand. The room was illuminated——and so too was the person. It was a young dark haired man, probably around twenty years old. Large bags were under his eyes, they had a sinister look, as he squinted them. The youth had a quiet demeanour, the air around him was strange.
His mouth slowly opened.
“I think something is wrong……”
He said in a questioning tone. Then someone answered.
“……You mean me?”
The voice came from a huge fish on the floor. It lay there motionless, its lower abdomen was torn off, blood was all over the floor, the air smelled a little like gas.
“You really are alive, Fonogorosu. I’ve got questions, three in fact.”
The youth——it was Orphen. He scratched the headband on his forehead.
“I’m guessing you don’t have much time left for questions, I’ll try and be quick. About the statue of the goddesses, I want to hear you say it, what meaning does it have?”
“…………”
Fonogorosu was silent for a moment, then he said:
“I was a heretic, an apostate——are you satisfied with that answer?”
“So you wanted the statue of the goddesses to be destroyed, I thought this place was originally some kind of religious meeting place. Maybe you cursed the gods, or lived in fear of them.”
Fonogorosu didn’t answer, he angrily asked the next question.
“I’ll ask the second question. Why did you want to make man-made beasts? Even the dragon race has exceeded their fighting abilities, and there isn’t even any war now.”
“……Like the previous question and answer. I’m afraid……an equal fighting force is needed.”
“……What are you afraid of?”
“I can’t say. He said I would die. Speaking of the dead——in any case, my body has already perished. Death no longer matters, but I want to die in their hands. I don’t want to know if the soul is destroyed. If you think you know the words——”
His voice was filled with emptiness, it echoed throughout the room.
“Then you might be able to understand it. I was in Kimurakku.”
“The Churches Headquarters in Kimurakku……?”
Orphen asked, but Fonogorosu was silent. Orphen sighed deeply, he also wanted to ask him about Ramon Fonogorosu.
He asked another question.
“……How are you able to speak?”
The fishes body lay there motionless, there was no sounds coming from it. It was exactly like a corpse. But then a sound echoed in the basement……
Fonogorosu didn’t answer. Orphen suddenly noticed that the belly of the fish was cracking open, he could see a vague silhouette——it was a skinny withered old man, he was wrapped in robes, he looked afraid. In the blink of Orphen’s eye, it disappeared.
……Maybe, maybe he became a true undead.
Orphen thought, as he quietly clenched his right hand. The fire in his hand disappeared.
“……Goodbye, Fonogorosu.”
Orphen said, he then turned around. He footsteps echoed in the basement as he walked away.
The only thing that was left in that room was darkness, pieces of glass, rubble, water marks, the dead body of a man-made fish beast, the lonely souls of the undead, and many lost secrets.
***
“Well, Dortin! Let’s take advantage of this opportunity!”
Vulcan shouted. He ran out of the Inn, jumping onto the road leading to the next village, Dortin chased after him. He whispered:
“……Who would have known things went so smoothly?”
Vulcan intended to get away scot free from the loan shark, as to avoid paying him the money he was owed. However, he was caught and mercilessly beaten for thirty minutes to the point where his joints were dislocated, but now he has recovered, and started running as fast as a rabbit.
Though his brother wasn’t as fast.
“Slow down, brother!”
Dortin was slowly catching up, but Vulcan wasn’t slowing down.
“Must we escape from this village?”
“That goes without saying!”
Vulcan simply answered. He held one finger in the air.
“Onward, to the hope of tomorrow! I am the Masmaturian Bulldog, Volcano Vulcan, I will be victorious!”
“In other words, that won’t happen.”
Dortin looked helpless. Vulcan hesitated for a moment, he was going to reprimand him, but he thought of something else.
“However, my brother!”
“Hey!”
“Listen to me!”
“Back at that place——
“What!”
“They tied a rope to your feet!”
“My feet?”
“Yes, a rope……”
By the time Vulcan knew what he was saying, his face hit the ground. It seemed someone pulled on the rope.
“You are such an idiot……”
“I’m sorry, but you didn’t give me time to tell you.”
Dortin said, staring at Vulcan on the ground.
“What bastard did this prank……I’m going to dice him up and cook him with some dried mushrooms……”
Vulcan slowly stood up, and grabbed hold of the rope, it was tied to a black silhouette not far away.
“Hehehehe……”
“L-Loan shark!”
Vulcan shouted. The silhouette——Orphen, grinned wildly.
“Seems like you forgot about someone.”
“D-Damn you, Dortin! You were the one who said I wouldn’t succeed.”
“When did I say that……?”
Dortin said, but no one was listening.
The loan sharks eyes were full of energy, he lifted his arms up.
“Okay! You owe me money plus interest! If you don’t pay me I’ll be forced to have you arrested.”
“You should have some compassion when it comes to money.”
Dortin whispered to Vulcan.
“Come on, a little further and we’ll be out of here.”
“No.”
“Hey……just give me a second to……”
“I don’t think so.”
The black sorcerer smiled. Vulcan looked very frightened.
“I know, you can use my body as payment.”
 “Sure, I’ll bring you to a butcher and sell you.”
The sorcerer smiled.
Vulcan was so scared he couldn’t talk.
At that time——
A black figure suddenly appeared on the road. The persons long black hair was full of sheen, the tall beautiful woman was wearing a full body leather outfit. Orphen noticed her, he turned away.
“Don’t bully him, pity him.”
The woman threw a flirtatious wink towards Orphen. Vulcan thought this beautiful woman was here to save him.
“It’s a goddess!”
Vulcan said to her, she lifted her leg and kicked Vulcan in the face. Her hand moved to her mouth, she couldn’t hold back the laughter, the sound of a metallic object came from her bag.
“I want you to have this. Stop avoiding me.”
“What is this, Hirietta?”
The sorcerer asked. Hirietta replied:
“It’s your reward for helping me.”
“Oh……”
It was a leather bag, it was full of coins. The coins looked a little different from what was normally used on the continent, regardless of this fact, the value isn’t diminished. He didn’t know if they were copper or gold, but he didn’t care as the bag was full of money.
The sorcerer wondered for a moment, but he shook his head.
“I don’t want it.”
“Me me me me me……”
Vulcan said.
“I bet you don’t need a woman to give you money. Stop trying to be such a gentleman.”
Hirietta shot Orphen a puzzled look.
“Just take it, this isn’t dubious money. It’s money that I’ve saved since running away from home.”
“Dubious money, that sounds about right.”
Vulcan was now trying to stand up, he tried to reach for the money, Hirietta kicked him back to the ground.
“It’s alright, I don’t need it.”
“Why is that?”
“Because I didn’t do this for the money.”
Orphen got closer to Hirietta, nearing Vulcan on the ground. 
At that moment——
“I have you now!”
Vulcan jumped to his feet, he hit Orphen in the foot with the blunt side of his sword. The sorcerers face instantly turned white, the pain was intense, he groaned out aloud.
“Hurry, Dortin!”
Vulcan screamed, as tried to break free of the rope.
“I should have expected a move like that……”
“The money……”
“I’ll make you scream so much you’ll be having nightmares in the middle of the night……”
Hirietta then stepped in front of Orphen, but he shook his head.
“How about I make it more interesting.”
“What have you got in mind?”
Dortin said, wondering if it was something mischievous. Hirietta smiled.
“Well, this man——he is very talented, even though he’s a little awkward. Help him out a little.”
Orphen was perplexed.
“No, I won’t accept any kind of him from them two. Besides, I’ve already got a partner.”
Orphen flatly refused. He then looked around, he saw that the rope was cut, and Vulcan had already started running away.
“…………?”
Orphen smiled.
“Hey, Majic! Did you get that rope ready?”
“Yes!”
There was a tree across the road——a rope was tied to the tree, it lead to another tree across the road, Majic pulled it and Vulcan ran straight into it, sending him face first into the ground.
“You beast!”
Vulcan struggled, but he was too exhausted to move.
 “It worked? It worked!”
Hirietta and Orphen laughed together, this would probably be the last time they did this. Nevertheless, both of them valued and cherished the moments they spent together. Later in life Orphen would reflect on this village, and the scary ghost stories that he left behind for all the children of the village.
End of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey Book 03: Spectre, Sleeping on My Chest
Translated by Ciaran Hillock aka Dirk Diggler
Do not replicate or copy this work without permission.

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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey – Doll, comply with my commands – Chapter 6 – Epilogue

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen
Doll, Comply With My Command
Chapter 6 – Epilogue
“……I knew the reunion was a mess from the very beginning——I thought about it, I thought we would have a calm conversion just like all those years ago.”
Orphen said as he put his elbows on the table. Stephanie was sitting opposite of him, with half a smile, she then picked up a small cup and took a sip.
“Three years ago I was lying on that bed.”
She said as she smiled, Orphen smiled somewhat unnaturally——he thought about some bad memories.
They were in Alenhatan City’s central street, there were lots of students walking the street——students from all over the continent come here just for this café. Both of them came for the same reason, Orphen sat idly sipping something.
Orphen coughed——or rather pretended to cough. Looking back on his attitude, he began to talk.
“You know, when I first arrived here……I thought about you.”
“Really? That pleases me.”
“Well……I don’t deserve such pleasure. For a while, my current business venture hasn’t been doing too well……”
“I see.”
“But now, I feel like I’m better than what I once was——”
Orphen really didn’t know how to express himself, Stephanie put her cup on the table.
“If I run into any trouble, can I find you again?”
“Well……yeah.”
Orphen answered in a very vague manner. He saw Stephanie’s eyes flicker for a moment, then she said:
“That young girl……Cleo, what did you say to her?”
“Huh?”
Orphen didn’t know how to answer. A sinister smile appeared on Stephanie’s face.
“She asked could she cry on my shoulder, what did you say to her? ——Are you, in love with her?”
“Whoa……”
Orphen panicked.
 “Cat got your tongue?”
Stephanie giggled for a while.
“Anyway, Cleo said you seemed sick. I could take you to a doctor, just like old times……”
“I’m alright, it’s not that painful.”
Stephanie said, showing her chest as proof.
“Since then, I’ve been reborn……I am enjoying my new life”
“A new beginning.”
Orphen said with a satirical voice——he then lowered his voice as he spoke.
“I always thought it was funny that when the doctor was fixing you’re face, he gave you the face of a woman instead of a man.”
“Excuse me!”
Stephanie’s face became contorted as she flipped the table
“It wasn’t an accident, I wanted this! And he didn’t just fix my face, he also helped me get a pair of rubber breasts, some cream to make my skin more ladylike, remove my facial hair, and so on. That way I became more like a real woman——”
“Calm down! I know you’ve changed a lot in three years, Stephen.”
“And don’t you forget it!”
“Cleo also said that after you’re transformation you’re magical powers significantly weakened, is that true?”
“What transformation? I was reborn!”
Both of them stared at each other for a while, then Orphen fixed the table and sat back down on his chair. He picked up the empty cup with trembling hands, and held it until he calmed down.
“Anyway……it’s a thing of the past.”
“…………”
Stephanie also calmed down, fixed her hair and then sat down. Orphen stared at his cup, watching her in the cups reflection.
“So, what are you going to do next?”
“Is that a joke? The Alliance of Sorcerers in Alenhatan City is no more, I’m obviously going home.”
“Home?”
“To the south——to my apartment.”
“……What about your parents, have you been in contact?”
“I don’t want to talk about that. Anyway, what are your plans?”
“Tomorrow, we head north.”
“North?”
“Yeah. Those two damn trolls didn’t pay me back the money they owed me, they fled north.”
Then he got up from his chair.
“By the way, Cleo should be feeling better now. She spent some time in the Inn’s café cooking supper, she also did some babysitting if you don’t believe it. Anyway, I hope we meet again……farewell, Steph.”
Both of them exchanged their goodbyes and waved at each other.
Stephanie didn’t say anything, she just stared at her empty cup.
“Hey, the food is ready.”
“Ah——okay.”
Cleo looked very happy as she brought a tray over to Orphen, some type of cheesecake seemed to be on the plate.
“I originally wanted to make something better for you to eat, but the old man downstairs was reluctant to let me cook. So, this will have to do.”
“Oh, I’m sorry——for arriving late.”
Orphen said to her in an apologetic tone.
“And I’m sorry for last night, I wasn’t thinking straight and I let you get captured.”
“Don’t worry, it’s all over now.”
Cleo said dismissively.
Orphen felt like he was doing something wrong, something very wrong. He took a fork and the cheesecake.
“You know, next time let’s do something safer. Starting tomorrow we’ll do some sightseeing, I know a couple of places which are worth seeing, you interested?”
Orphen tried to talk about other things while he cut a slice of the cheesecake and put it into his mouth. He bit down, his eyes widened. But it wasn’t the food that made him do so, it was Cleo’s reaction.
“Cleo……”
Orphen watched her uncomfortably as her hands started to shake.
“I’m going to savour this, you’re punishment that is……you’re sweet punishment.”
A devilish grin appeared on Cleo’s face.
“Soap, don’t waste it now.”
He then looked towards Majic, his apprentice was sticking his tongue of his mouth at him. It seems he wasn’t the only guinea pig in this experiment.
“Cleo……what have you done?”
Orphen’s voice trembled, but the girl was even happier now.
“You can wash your underwear and socks in the bathtub. I’ve already picked out an outfit for you, so you better wear it. And don’t forget to pay back the money for the clothes……here is the receipt.”
“Is that why you are so happy? Did you……”
Orphen said in a miserable tone. The soap in his mouth was giving him a headache, his hands began to shake.


Cleo still looked at him, with that same happy smile. Orphen tried to wonder the motivation behind her smile, but he thought nothing of it. He then ate the rest of the soap filled cheesecake, knowing nothing of what Cleo had in store for him.

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey – Beast, respond to my call – Chapter 7 – Epilogue

Epilogue

A summer breeze flew into Totokanta, you could even taste it in the air. It was a sunny day in June, and the city’s environment was very warm. Enhancing the cities particular green scenery.

The courtyard of the Everlasting residence was in a mess after the last battle. Orphen spent three days fixing the area, but even after that there was still a lot to do. 

Two horses made a neighing sound, showing their anxiety. Two chestnut colored horses were tied to a carriage, which Orphen was given charge of.

“Are you ready?”

“Yeah, no problem.”

Orphen was in a daze as he heard their voices, and he immediately turned his head the other way. Standing in front of the west entrance of the Everlasting estate, Tishtiny and Mariabelle were waiting to see him off. He didn’t know why, but Cleo wasn’t there.

Orphen just watched the two horses.


“Most of the work is already done, anyway, I’m all done here.”

“So, those two guys escaped with the sword?”

Tishtiny’s smile soon turned into a frown. She cocked her eyebrow which showed her beautiful eyebrows and dignified wrinkles.

“Those guys are probably trying to find a place where they can sell the sword. They sure could make a pretty penny out of it.”

Orphen sighed, and scratched his head.

“Um……where is Cleo? I thought she would be here.”

“That girl——”

Tishtiny and Mariabelle looked to the side, both of their mouths opened slightly. Tishtiny didn’t even finish her sentence, her shoulder trembled a little.

Tishtiny watched Orphen’s reaction.

He spoke with a wry smile.

“……You’re a very good woman, Tishtiny. However, I thought you were wiser.”

“Is that so?”

Tishtiny struck a pose, sticking her hands on her hips.

“Whoops, that was a slip of the tongue. You are a wise mother, really.”

“That girl will please you.”

“As long as she follows my orders. Though, if I encounter a situation I can’t deal with, I’ll send her back.”

Orphen finished, he moved his gaze from Tishtiny over to Mariabelle. Looking at them side by side, he could tell that they were mother and daughter. He always thought that Mariaballe was the kind of girl who didn’t talk much, but this didn’t seem to be the case. Mariabelle took a deep breath, with her cheery-colored lips she spoke.

“I really think, our marriage is a good idea.”

Orphen was surprised by this, and hesitated for a moment. Her slender arms wrapped around his neck, and she gently kissed him on the cheek. Feeling her touch, he recalled a memory.

“She’s went through a lot, she’s head over heels for you……”

How could this happen, Orphen felt somewhat dizzy. He smiled back at her.

***

Leaving the city, Orphen rode the carriage which was moving at a briskly pace. Orphen then thought about Vulcan, he knew he would go after the sword. And that means heading to the Tower of Fang, in the north of the continent.

He then came to stairway road, a few days ago Azalie passed here in a carriage. Orphen started to think, he then slowed down the horses with the reins, so he could enjoy the relaxing breeze.

***

“This is Vulcan’s sword.”

Staring down at the ground, he saw Azalie panting.

“That idiot doesn’t even know how to use a sword, he usually beat’s it off his brother’s head. You know what? His head is probably harder than steel. But anyway, because of this the sword was almost destroyed. Though, Azalie, at least it could still break your ribs.”

“You could have killed me.”

Her face was covered with sweat, Orphen flung back Vulcan’s sword.

“You were killed once by a sword, I don’t want you dying by one again.”

“So, what are you going to do with me?”

“…………”

Orphen picked up the sword of Baltanders and thought for a moment, thinking about what he would do next.

“You can choose your own destiny.”

Orphen said, as he handed the sword over to Azalie.

“This sword was able to change you into that monster, it can probably be used to change you back into your old self. Or, you can continue using Childman’s identity. No matter what you choose, I will fulfill your desire. But——”

Orphen took a more serious tone.

“As long as you still feel guilty, no matter what path you take, don’t appear in front of me again. No matter what the reason, because you killed Childman.”

Azalie breathed hard for a while, then fell silent. He thought she was unconscious because of the pain, but she spoke.

***

“Are you going to show yourself, I’m getting a little bored riding alone.”

Sitting in the front of the carriage Orphen spoke, but didn’t turn around. Although the carriage wasn’t that big, it was capable of holding a couple of people. Then the curtains suddenly opened.

“How long have you known?”
Cleo’s head poked out of the curtains, with a surprised look on her face.

Orphen said feebly.

“Tishtiny already gave me a hint.”

“So, am I allowed to come along?”

Orphen turned around and looked her straight in the girls eyes. It lasted a moment, but then he smiled, and she smiled too. Cleo took that as a yes, she was ecstatic.

“You haven’t come out from behind the curtains, what are you hiding?”

“I’m not hiding anything.”

She looked behind herself, and Orphen noticed this.

“Wait, who else is back there?”

Suddenly another face appeared out from behind the curtains.

“Majic!”

“Hello, I was wondering if you could teach me magic. That, and you didn’t even say goodbye.”

“I know, but how did you get into this carriage?”

“What, didn’t I tell you?”

Cleo said in surprise.

“Well, me and Majic went to the same school. Even though we were in different years, our classroom was the same. He mentioned the name Orphen and I was astounded that he knew you.”

“I said…”

Orphen muttered a desperate cry, but Majic interrupted him.

“I talked with my father after you disappeared for a couple of days. I told him I wanted you to teach me magic, but he told me to forget about it. But I insisted——”

“Okay, I understand. Damn, that Bagup——”
Orphen had no choice but to vent his anger on the reins, forcing the horses to move faster. He then looked up at the sky, it was a picturesque summer day. Feeling the wind on his face, he thought to himself about how he wouldn’t be alone on his next journey.