Tenko who interrupted my usage of my trump card smiled and then spoke.
Tenko assumed a hip firing stance with her shotgun. She then set ablaze her surroundings.
It was a barrier made of flames. It was most probably deployed to counter the blades of wind.
And when she passed us, I saw there were traces of blood on her. Her bleeding still hasn’t stopped.
“I’ll back you up, no matter how little.”
Elder Dwarf placed her hands on the ground.
Upon doing so, thick walls that ran along with Tenko on both of her sides appeared.
A protection against the wind.
I guess by some kind of trick, the walls were made to be flammable.
Elder Dwarf was quite a considerate fellow.
“Elder Dwarf, what’s Tenko planning to do?”
“It’s built with a full-automatic feature? First time I’ve heard of it.”
“Will it be safe? Will there be no accidental discharge?”
“It’s something I can’t do. But if anyone can do it, it’s gotta be Tenko.”
“It certainly seems so.”
“I’m vexed by my inability to do anything.”
Elder Dwarf tightened her fists.
Tenko advanced straight ahead, keeping her body close to the ground.
Hang in there, I cheered within my mind.
Just a little more, just a little bit more and you’re there.
And then, the Emerald Dragon slammed its tail to the ground.
From its jade green tail, countless sharp scales scattered.
Those scales then flew and swirled around with the tornado.
Tenko’s barrier made of flames was easily penetrated.
I shouted so and saw Tenko bloodied all over as she tried to stand.
No matter how I looked at it, she was battered.
And yet, Tenko still thought of diving in.
“Stop it, Tenko. It’s enough already.”
“No! Tenko won’t betray Oto-san’s trust on her.”
Tenko, injured and all, once again plunged in.
As I hesitated, Elder Dwarf shouted something.
“El-chan, stop it!”
“It’s alright, a name is, still…”
“But Tenko, I thought you’ve always wanted a name.”
That must have been Tenko’s true heart’s desire being voiced out.
But now, that same girl was saying such things.
She must have grown up during our time together.
And for that, I was eternally happy.
I loved Tenko even under normal circumstances but this made me love her even more.
My overflowing emotions could no longer be suppressed.
Tenko was facing a dilemma so I…
“Don’t lose, Quina!”
I called out her name and yelled.
The moment I said her name, some thumping sound echoed in my head and we were connected.
Tenko’s, no, Quina’s power flowed into me and my power flowed into her.
It felt good. And warm.
Tenko turned around, surprise in her face.
“Quina. That is your name. You’re my first [Monster of the Covenant].”
“But a name, I didn’t want it like this.”
But Tenko swelled her face and pouted instead.
“…that’s not true.”
Tenko… no, Quina cried. As she did, she smiled and nodded her head.
The second wave.
However, this time, it wasn’t just about enduring, this was now a heroic march full of hope.
[Monsters of the Covenant].
A Demon Lord’s greatest assets.
By giving a monster a name, the Demon Lord was also giving power to the monster.
If I had made her to be on a static level, I might not have gone through this much trouble.
It wasn’t just information that flowed into me, her thoughts as well.
I knew the things Quina was thinking about.
And my thoughts flowed into her too.
A newly born power. We decided on the form it would take.
Quina shouted so.
Originally, it was a power that only changed one’s appearance.
No more than a mere deception.
However, it combined with my [Creation] to reach a greater height.
“Oto-san, a young Quina won’t be able to beat that storm so, I’ll become a stronger Quina to do so.”
Her body was then enveloped in light.
All her injuries vanished. Not just that either. She grew up.
From a young girl of about twelve years of age to girl on the latter half of her teens.
“This, if I’m like this, I can do it.”
It wasn’t just her appearance that changed.
Her steps were heavy enough to shake the ground each time she took a step forward.
She moved at a speed that left everything following after her.
Her flame barrier even burned any and all scales that came into contact with it to ashes.
The Emerald Dragon held fear to the suddenly stronger Quina.
It increased the thickness of the wind surrounding him.
But she just brushed away that storm.
Flames of gold and red then flared up. It was so beautiful, I was captivated.
And then, she was finally in range.
“El-chan, thanks and sorry for this.”
She then readied her shotgun.
The four 4-gauge shells in the magazine she switched into were instantly spewed out.
Even after Quina had her stats increased, she was still pressed back due to the excessive recoil.
The four gunshots were so fast, their sounds overlapped each other.
The ED-01S shotgun which has already done its job could no longer endure and thus broke down.
The Emerald Dragon suffered a fatal wound. The wind surrounding it dispersed.
Quina glared and dashed toward it.
“It all ends with this!! [Golden Crimson Wild Dance]!”
“GA, GA, GA”
I guess even an Emerald dragon would be powerless when burned from the inside out.
Quina returned to her twelve-year-old form and hobbled towards us, only to fall forward.
I hurriedly supported her.
“Are you alright, Quina?”
“You did well, Quina. We’ll handle things from now on so just rest.”
“Yeah, okay. But hey, Oto-san, I have request: stroke my head please.”
“But of course.”
And thus I gently stroked her head.
She looked happy as she smiled.
“Tenko, no, Quina loves Oto-san.”
When I wrapped my arm around the back of her head, just like that, she fell asleep.
Quina has done more than what was expected of her. The rest was up to us now.
This was the third and final room.
All that was left was to break the crystal.
But when I was thinking so…
A screen in the sky was being displayed.
Clapping sounds echoed from the screen.
The other Demon Lords were celebrating my victory.
I then waved my hand to them.
The smashed Skeletons were coming back. How great.
Quina’s transformed form: