“Hurry up and move!”
“I know! I know already!”
They gathered all the customers into a corner of the floor while shooting their guns from time to time.
At the resting place or reading space next to the bookstore were fifty people including the children.
There were less than ten criminals, but none of these people felt like resisting when a gun was pointed at them.
“Let’s start by making something clear.”
Said a man in suit as he pointed his automatic rifle at them while standing on top of a bench.
“We are heroes of justice!”
What are they saying after doing something like this? The customers all thought that, but with the armed criminals surrounding them, they had no choice but to keep quiet.
The man in suit knew that but he continued without flustering.
“I understand that our actions aren’t persuasive, but I want you all to think!”
The man said with serious face as he gestured.
“About what happened this past 8 years! About how the otherworld Garesto appeared and twisted our world!”
The man spoke feverously as if he were giving a speech.
The customers were anxious because guns were pointed at them, but gradually, their attention was taken by man.
“Our world changed because incompetent politicians accepted these unknown existences. I’m sure you all remember – How our daily lives were destroyed. How our dreams were taken. How we were miserably crushed by their rules!”
A number of people changed their expression.
They were all young. Most of them were in the latter half of their teens or in their twenties.
In other words, these were people who were still just students or new members of society 8 years ago.
It could be said that it was their generation that were troubled the most by the cultural exchange.
There were differences in the extent of the changes they underwent, but they all understood what the man in suit was saying.
“We should have never interacted with the otherworld!”
“The politicians just accepted them without thinking!”
The other armed criminals yelled in response to the man in suit as if to say that they were in the right and that the interaction with Garesto was wrong.
“I wanted to be a boxer and trained desperately everyday, but because of them I never got a chance to debut!”
“I was supposed to get a scholarship abroad from track and field, but those guys who never did anything before were chosen over me!”
“My company went bankrupt because Garesto had to bring all sorts of things and we couldn’t sell any of our stock! It’s ridiculous that the companies who just managed to get a consignment by chance were the ones to survive!”
“Everyone in my family is unhappy because of Garesto! My parents lost their jobs just because they couldn’t use Garesto’s equipment! My younger sister is being bullied at school just because her stats are low! I was supposed to get my dream job, but the Garestonians stole it!”
The criminals surrounded the customers and poured out their bitter feelings.
Humans were simple creatures who are weak to stories of ‘I worked so hard and yet I was treated poorly’.
People would sympathize with such people even if a gun was aimed at them. Or perhaps, it’s precisely because of that that they can’t help but sympathize.
Either way these were stories that could have happened to the customers or could happen to them in the future.
“Is it really okay to leave things like this!? The government keeps saying that the interaction with the otherworld will open the curtains to a new age!
But that’s a lie!
Garesto’s appearance has only turned this world strange!
it’s true that they brought new technology, but what about the people researching those things?
New jobs were made, but what about the people who lost their jobs?
There are sacrifices that come with change. Does that mean that the people who can’t adapt have to be abandoned!?”
The words of the man in suit spurred the displeasure of the armed men even further.
Only a few were able to benefit from the changes, while most of the people had to change the way they lived.
Most of these people, however, either gave up or just accepted the little benefits and convenience they got.
In other words, they just covered up their displeasure.
Under the instruction of another man, a girl was brought before the customers.
They pushed her onto the ground, and she swallowed her breath as she raised her body.
She was also able to hear what the armed men were saying, so she knew that these men were people who were against Garesto.
That’s why she could still understand why they eyed her so harshly.
She quivered for no reason. She felt fear in the gazes other than that.
She wore a beret over her head, so although it was hard to tell from the side, since her blue hair wasn’t completely hidden, anyone could still tell that she was a Garestonian.
Those sharp reproachful looks told her that much.
The people who weren’t looking at her were still fine, but there was a considerable number of people glaring at her.
It seemed as if they were blaming her, saying, ‘it’s you and your people’s fault’.
Evidently, she had been brought out to spur the people’s hate for Garestonian.
Someone did once say that it’s easy to manipulate people when you give them something to direct their emotions to.
“This kind of thing…”
But this girl was more concerned about the bitterness of these people than to fear what they might do to her.
She had heard that things were going well. That they were accepted wherever they went.
That the elements missing in their respective worlds had encroached into each other and that they were now making progress.
But she never knew that there were people who couldn’t adapt with the changes.
Apparently, the girl being speechless was unexpected. Or perhaps the man in suit simply didn’t like it, but either way, he looked down at her and continued his speech.
“Behold! Here lies a Garestonian before you!
But don’t be fooled! It may look like a woman, but it is not human! It is a demon that will destroy our world!”
Do it, the man signaled with his gaze.
Apparently, they would much rather show it in action than try to convince the people with words.
At the man’s behest, the biggest one of the criminals had a rod in is his hands.
It was a chain pole that could be found anywhere in the department store as a decoration.
Normally, it was a tool to indicate that entering an area was prohibited, but that tool had now lost its chain and was being aimed at the girl as a weapon.
The man raised the chain pole with both hands and aimed the stone weight toward the girl, then the man swung down toward the girl. Immediately, the girl covered her head and her face with her arms.
As expected, there were people who closed their eyes, but that abnormality (normal) still occurred before them.
“Tch, you monster!”
The strong-looking man was swinging about that pole, giving rise to dull sounds as it slammed into the defenseless girl, and yet that defenseless girl was able to receive that weapon with her slender arms as if it were nothing.
“If Garesto— If you people just never came here!!
I would never have lost anything, you demon!”
Although her clothes became wrinkled and dirty, she didn’t falter even a little despite being hit by that pole.
The Garestonians had high stats on average. Her resistance was a B+ and her strength was A. With those two attributes together, the difference in muscles was irrelevant.
But that only held true in situations other than this one.
She was hit that much but she was not hurt even a little!
She may look like us on the outside, but the truth is she is nothing more than a monster!”
“That’s, kyaa, stop it!!”
“It’s your fault! It’s your people’s fault!!!”
The girl tried to refute their words, but the man wouldn’t let up.
The girl could indeed endure the man’s attacks, but it was not as if there was no pain or impact.
Every time she was hit, her face would twist, and fear and panic would make her curl.
But these armed men were being incited, and so failed to notice the change in her expressions.
The only thing they saw was a terrifying creature that didn’t get hurt in the face of violence.
“At this rate, these monsters will one day rule our world!
That’s why we must rise up now as the proud Earthlings and expel Garesto from this world! We don’t need monsters in our world!”
The customers watched that spectacle with fear.
They all feared the monster that wouldn’t get hurt no matter how many times a weapon smashed into it.
And the girl saw the terrifying way in which they looked at her. Those eyes that said ‘You’re scary’.
“S, top, it!”
The girl didn’t resist against the violence. She didn’t know what to do.
The man swinging the weapon was scary. The killing intent aimed at her was scary. The eyes of the crowd was scary.
Everything was scary and she had no idea what was going on.
Even the choice to ask for help vanished from the girl’s head.
“Go to hell, monster! You, you, you—!?”
But as the man was showering her with abuse, there was a sudden change to his voice.
Wondering what happened, the girl looked up, and a sticky substance could be seen stuck onto the man’s face.
“Stop it!” Someone cried.
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Thanks for the chapter!
As always, the logic of the anti-garesto people is absolutely stupid~
Well, what do you expect? They are human afterall. Not some machine that ignore emotion. Smartass~
They are partly right. Like Shinichi said a few releases ago Earth adopted another world’s system without needing it and (I think) without properly adapting it.
They just reinforce the system they hate, by showing low stats lead to violent temperament, and stupidity.
Not true; their points are pretty valid. Another world basically just merged with theirs and the politicians, for their own selfish benefits just accepted it.
Garesto people are also at fault. See, their entire culture is based off of power, and the earthlings are naturally weaker. In other words, these ordinary people are becoming second class citizens in their own homes because of the invaders.
In a way, it’s existence IS a problem.
The problem is their final execution and method. They are attacking an innocent young girl…
Politics is the real issue over all. Also, some of the problems aren’t really fair to complain about, cause Garesto people are just naturally superior in many aspects; they are super humans among humans. It’s not their fault. But the Garesto people are a natural threat.
Thanks for the chapter!
Well even without interacting with otherworld if change era or something people who cant adapting cannot be survive
They only have revenge in their mind and space goat
Sort of. But there is also the fact that the invading people automatically have a higher status and the fact that the world is changing around THEM rather than them adapting to the world. It’s one thing if only some of the traits came into the modern our world, but to have your entire culture being uprooted by outsiders is a big issue.
It’s one thing if the change was the world’s own technology just improving or some other change. But it’s another if another world just comes in, with their citizen’s being the higher society automatically and then the entire nation’s system being changed.
Not just technology, but laws, standards and etc.
For a person being gone for a few years, Earth was nearly unrecognizable.
And they didn’t just bring the benefits of the culture, but the negatives too.
this seems more like a cult brainwashing tho since first they made them hostages which would make them desperate then made them sypathise with them then made someone else the enemy then started to attack that enemy and make them out as being a monster so that they would be scared of them or there is nothing wrong with what they doing if they could continue with what they were doing it probably would have worked
The thing is, they were just using facts and sympathy. In a way, they weren’t wrong… but they tried to humiliate an innocent girl (even if she was a part of the invading group).
And they originally didn’t harm anyone, just held them up to get their voice heard.
It was a situation that if they didn’t try to harm anyone, their argument would have some merit. Even the use of weapons and stuff could be justified since that would be the only way to get attention.
But that all only work if they didn’t harm anyone.
They are in the wrong, not cause of their points, but the fact that they are harming innocents. If they didn’t attack the girl, then they’d just be having a point.
Thanks for the chapter XD
Thanks for the chapter & cliff hanger~
For f*ck sake for those who complains about that kind of things. Have you realize that’s an everyday occurrence that’s happening before every tech age change. Many dies, but can you also see human never extinct!!! They stand stubbornly trying to survive that natural selection, many keep struggling & living till we reach what have now. You may complain or anything, but never blame others for your own miserableness
The issue is that the government just accepted these outsiders as citizens and instantly change the system to benefit these invaders.
And in fact, it shouldn’t have changed that way. Sure, they should have some change, but not as drastic and culturally different as they did.
You seem to be viewing the situation with only them being against progress; but it isn’t. It was technically an invasion.
Also, you realize that your natural selection point doesn’t make sense. How many revolutions happened because of violence against the system???
Too much Garesto culture was forcefully added into their society, and the immigrants became upper class citizens.
That wasn’t progress, that was invasion. That isn’t natural selection either. It was just rich politicians being greedy.
Thanks for the chapter. 🙂
Thanks for the chapter, well when the stupid people chant their lack of intelligence is when the world is at most danger.