Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 53 [Mounting Questions] (Part 1/3)

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Translator: TranslationChicken

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Editor: TranslationChicken

(Thank You Roanz, Kizarat, Nero, VimalChris, Soriosh, H-X, Aaron, Baegislash, Rodolfo, Ahbahl, Jean-Loup, Jake for helping me with proofreading on the Live Draft! <3)

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ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO TAPPEI NAGATSUKI, THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF RE:ZERO, THIS IS A TRANSLATION OF THE FREE JAPANESE WEB NOVEL INTO ENGLISH
JAPANESE WEB NOVEL SOURCE: HTTP://NCODE.SYOSETU.COM/N2267BE/219/

Previous Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2017/11/14/rezero-arc-4-chapter-52-subtle-changes-part-2-2/

ARC 4

THE EVERLASTING COVENANT

 Chapter 53 [Mounting Questions]

 

After leaving the Tomb and returning to the Sanctuary, their discussion continued in Lewes’ house.
In terms of content, there was almost no difference from the previous loops: Emilia announced that she had failed her Trial and that she intended to keep trying.

Beyond that, Emilia didn’t give any more details, and, noticing this, Ram dismissed the meeting on account of Emilia’s health.
Going through the night’s events in their minds, they each left for their respective lodgings, until the only ones left in the room were Emilia, Subaru, and Ram.

[Ram: Ram will now help Emilia-sama retire for the night, but it seems a Barusu hasn’t realized that he’s overstayed his welcome]

[Subaru: Thanks for the non-roundabout way of telling me. Considering Emilia’s condition, I guess I should leave you to it…… but, I just want to have a minute. Can I be alone with Emilia for a bit?]

[Ram: Disgraceful]

[Subaru: You’re the one who immediately thought of it like that!]

He vehemently objected to Ram’s look of disdain, but the pink-haired maid only pretended not to hear anything. Then, she looked to Emilia, who was sitting on the bed,

[Ram: What do you think, Emilia-sama? If you do not wish to hear Barusu’s rubbish, Ram will dispose of him straight away]

[Subaru: What do you know? How can the gentle, kind-hearted Emilia-tan possibly reject me, right?]

[Emilia: I’m reeeaally tired tonight, if Subaru wants to chat about all sorts of voluminous topics like usual, then we’d better not……]

[Subaru: Haven’t heard anyone say “voluminous” in a while. ……Besides, I’m not in the mood for that either. I’ll leave seducing Emilia-tan for another time. I just wanted to talk about the Tomb for a bit]

Despite this usual exchange between them, Emilia still looked uneasy. But, hearing Subaru bring up the topic of the Trials, Emilia closed her eyes for a moment before turning her violet pupils to Ram with [Sorry], signaling her to leave the room.
Silently obeying her instruction, Ram bowed and headed for the door. And as she passed by Subaru’s side, she quietly whispered――

[Ram: Please refrain from any topics that might overburden Emilia-sama]

――Issuing this severe command lest he should forget.
With the sound of the bedroom door closing, only Subaru and Emilia were left in the room.
On the bed, Emilia looked up at Subaru with an earnest gaze in her eyes, and Subaru lightly shrugged,

[Subaru: I barely had a chance to check while inside the Tomb, but are you really feeling alright? Considering the way I found you, I’m still really worried]

[Emilia: It’s, alright. Mn, thanks. But really, I don’t feel anything strange with my body or mind. Besides, if there’s anything to worry about, I should be more worried about Subaru, you know?]

[Subaru: W-why’s that?]

[Emilia: There’s no “w-why” anything. Subaru.. even though I’m glad you came to find me in the Tomb when I didn’t come back, something also happened to you in there, right? Ram said it had been almost thirty minutes after you went in when you came out with me again]

In front of Emilia’s reproachful gaze, Subaru poked out his tongue in his mind.
Despite trying to throw her off the scent inside the Tomb, it seemed that Emilia still noticed something was off from Ram’s superfluous remarks. ――Imagining what might have happened over the unaccounted timespan from when he entered the Tomb to when they came out again, Emilia’s face stiffened.

Naturally, the events of the Trial resurfaced in her mind.
For the first Trial, she had to face her own past, and in the initial loop, just the thought that Subaru might know what happened within that Trial distressed Emilia to no end.
Even though she had remained calm in this loop so far, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine that she’d lose her current composure when she reaches that same conclusion. So,

[Emilia: Subaru, could it be…… Subaru took the Trial as well……?]

[Subaru: Nono, nothing like that. I mean, it’s not like they’d let anyone take the Trials. Besides, I was only in there for so long because I was trying to wake Emilia up]

[Emilia: Because of me?]

[Subaru: Yeah. It looked like you were having a nightmare so I was frantically trying to wake you up, but you were sound asleep, like you were trapped inside the dream. I thought about carrying you out just like that, but I got a feeling that something crazy bad might happen if I did]

He said, with exaggerated movements to cover his deception.
Emilia didn’t say anything to refute him. Naturally, she had no way to verify whether he was telling the truth. Since Subaru said so, even if she had doubts in her mind, there was no way to prove them.

[Emilia: I…… see. Sorry, for having that weird thought]

[Subaru: No, don’t be. Although, if only I could take the Trials too, maybe I’d be able to be at Emilia’s side and we could beat the Trials together]

[Emilia: ……I don’t know. Subaru and I might not see the same things……]

Emilia’s words grew weak towards the end, but she didn’t probe any further into Subaru’s lies.
She didn’t want anyone to know the truth of the past she failed to overcome, and her mental state probably made her want to believe Subaru when he claimed to know nothing about its contents.
Even now, Subaru was playing Emilia’s heart in the palm of his hand.

[Emilia: So then, what was it that you wanted to talk about? That wasn’t the main subject just now, right?]

[Subaru: Yeah. That wasn’t the main subject. There’s something else I wanted to ask]

[Emilia: Something you wanted to ask?]

Emilia tilted her head.
Watching the cascade of silver hair falling from her shoulders, Subaru went on, [Yeah, something I wanted to ask],

[Subaru: Lately, I haven’t seen Puck around…… is he still not responding?]

[Emilia: Uh, mn…… yeah. Puck still hasn’t responded. I keep calling him, but it’s like he’s asleep inside the crystal]

Suddenly hearing that name brought up, Emilia cast down her eyes and answered.
Her white fingers reached to her chest, and grasped onto the green, beautifully glistening crystal. But the crystal that housed the Great Spirit Puck seemed to have all but lost its radiance.

[Subaru: ……Any idea why?]

[Emilia: Even though there were times like this before when my calls couldn’t reach him, he’d always be back after two or three days. But this time it’s been almost a week…… I’m starting to get worried too]

It was the same little grey cat who once proclaimed that it will protect Emilia.
As that tiny figure emerged in Subaru’s mind, his thoughts turned to the calamities that befell the Sanctuary, and to Emilia, caught up within it.

When the so-called Great Rabbit attacked the Sanctuary, most likely everyone present became its food――that was what Subaru imagined, at least.
Garfiel, Ram, Roswaal and the others would have all been among the victims. And naturally, Emilia would have been one of them.

The sensation of being shredded, devoured, having their own existence become slivers of meat in another organism’s belly――the thought of what Emilia and the others must have experienced filled Subaru’s lungs with boiling rage and grief.
But, setting this fury aside, Subaru’s thoughts landed on the useless spirit who sat idly by while harm was allowed to come to Emilia.

It was the same in the last loop when Emilia’s body was possessed by the Witch.
The flood of shadows was covering over all the world, and Emilia was wrapped in that eerie shroud. Her body was taken over by the Witch’s will while the tall-talking Great Spirit did nothing.
All talk and no action, hollow words in the extreme.

[Subaru: All this time, the only big contributions from that guy were the fight with Elsa and those Sapporo Snow Festivals I got caught up in…… Can’t help but think that he’s totally unreliable at this point]

While holding his chin, showering complaints about Puck, Subaru forced his mind to think.
Calamities were about to befall the Sanctuary, which meant that Emilia would be in danger. Since Garfiel and Roswaal could not repel them, Subaru would have to find something to even the odds, and Puck was precisely what he needed.

[Subaru: You don’t happen to know any other way to reach Puck, do you? If he’s here, all sorts of topics could suddenly move forward]

[Emilia: ――――I don’t… know of any… I think]

Subaru didn’t expect much from this question, and Emilia gave the expected reply. It was just that there was something about the brief moment of hesitation before her answer that tugged at Subaru. But, before he could ask about it,

[Emilia: Was there something you wanted to ask Puck?]

[Subaru: Hm? Ah, yeah, since it’s a Witch’s Tomb, and it’s been there for over 400 years, I figured we should ask a guy who was around back then. Maybe we could make a few breakthroughs that way]

Hearing Subaru’s prepared excuse, Emilia nodded in agreement. Then, as if earnestly considering his proposal,

[Emilia: That’s… right. Puck might, just know something…… mn, I got it. I’ll try even harder than usual to call him]

[Subaru: O-K. I’ll look forward to Emilia-tan’s success, then]

Emilia was determined to beat the Trials. She was unaware that Subaru had taken the Trial as well. And, so far, her motivation hadn’t waned.
Puck was still holed up in his crystal, unwilling to come out, so probably couldn’t be expected to make an appearance in this loop. Considering how he wouldn’t offer any help to make things easier for Subaru, and how they left things at the end of their last conversation, Subaru’s opinion of Puck was only continuously worsening.

[Subaru: Well, I shouldn’t stay too long. Ram will get some weird suspicions and that’ll give her even more reasons to bully me, so I better get going. Although, if Emilia-tan wants someone to sleep with, I wouldn’t mind……]

[Emilia: I don’t want someone to sleep with though?]

[Subaru: Oooog. So straightforward……got nothing to say to that…]

Giving the confused-looking Emilia a wry smile, Subaru headed for the door.
In any case, this was as far as their conversation would go tonight. He had no way to delve any deeper into Emilia’s personal problems right now.
All Subaru could do was create an environment where Emilia could focus on her Trials while he would try to break through the dire circumstances surrounding them.

Emilia will challenge the Tomb, and Subaru will challenge the Sanctuary.
Meanwhile, he mustn’t let Emilia know of his efforts behind the scenes. To her, that would only be another burden.

[Subaru: Well, good night, Emilia-tan. If you get nightmares, you’re always welcome to come fleeing to my side]

[Emilia: If I go all the way to bother Subaru, the villagers will be pretty shocked, right? ……Hey, Subaru]

[Subaru: Hm?]

Just as he was about to leave with that joke, he was stopped by Emilia’s call.
Turning around with his hand on the door, he saw that Emilia’s lips were trembling and there was hesitation in her eyes,

[Emilia: No, it’s nothing. Good night. Stay safe]

[Subaru: No kidding about that last part… G’night]

With a wave of his hand, Subaru burned Emilia’s smile into his mind as he left the room.

 

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Next Part 2/3: https://translationchicken.com/2017/11/21/rezero-arc-4-chapter-53-mounting-questions-part-2-3/

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Aw… it hurts every time I see Subaru lying to Emilia…

I wonder if Echidona told her about Subaru’s Trial… and deep down she knew that he was lying but decided to trust him anyway…

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Please let me know if you see any typos ❤

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Chapter 53 Live Draft:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/re-zero-arc-4-53-15382521

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Next Part 2/3: https://translationchicken.com/2017/11/21/rezero-arc-4-chapter-53-mounting-questions-part-2-3/

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          1. Beginning of arc 4 while they were ridong in on the carriage, it was mentioned that the kadt time she had toalked to Pick was when he told her to keep her hair in a ponytail until they next meet to keep up with the contract. Was included with a bit of exposition about how usually spirit user contracts had more complex conditions than Puck/Emilia’s

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        1. I also heard that being mentioned in the official english translation of the manga. ch.2 volume 3 had a bonus mini story that mentioned how Puck is usually the one to tell Emilia to style her hair and take care of herself.

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        1. Well when emilia dies puck travels from somewhere to get to where emilia’s body is but thinking the span of time that the events that happened that emilia was killed subaru died too quickly every time if puck was to show up

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    1. >> Emilia has been wanting to tell Subaru something but keeps on saying “no nevermind”

      As much as I hate this “writing device” / contrived way of creating tension in stories I truly, truly hate it. It’s one of my biggest personal pet peeves. That said, it is really hard for me to criticize Tappei Nagatsuki! I just adore this story and as always thank you sooooo much Chicken-sama!!!

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  1. [Subaru: I was barely had a chance to check inside the Tomb, but are you really feeling alright? Considering the way I found you, I’m still really worried]

    I think you dont need the “was”

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  2. Third comment? I’ll take it!

    By the way, is it possible that Emilia might be seeing Subaru in her trials? We all know of Flugel’s book, but no idea of what it’s completely capable of.

    it would be one hell of a twist if Future Subaru enter Emilia’s “trial” and tried to guide her in the right path.

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        1. What Flu gel’s book is capable of has yet been revealed. But I assume it erased Subaru’s memories…. Or swapped his memories with his past self.
          Flugel’s book might be an Advanced version of Edichna’s book. might.

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  3. I just want to say I’ve been with following you Chicken-sama since you started this endeavor and I’m still surprised, impressed, and very pleased every time I see a new chapter notification most would’ve lost motivation at this point. You should be very proud of all the hard work and dedication you’ve put into these translations and you should know we all appreciate it deeply. All hail Chicken-sama patron saint of the chicken cult.

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      1. No problem 😀

        By the way Chicken two things I’ve always wondered if you would be so kind as to answer.

        1: Where/How did you learn Japanese/English (whichever came first) and
        2: Where did you learn your style of composition I’ve always found it very unique I’ve never seen it before. (Not that it’s bad just something I haven’t been exposed to.)

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  4. It’s really sad to read about Subaru lies to Emilia about the trials. For me, if Echidona told Emilia about Subaru’s trial, then that would make this sadder. Emilia will know that Subaru is lying to her and this will only add more burden and frustration to her mental state, cause Subaru passed his and she can’t with hers 😦

    And I think Emilia needs to talk to Subaru about her past. To release the built-up frustrations and her regrets, this’ll likely give her the courage and strength to accept her past and to make peace with herself. And also to past the first trial. I think.

    Thanks for the chapter!

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    1. What would happen if Echidna said what Subaru’s powers are to Emilia somehow . Would anyone be punished by that ?
      If Emilia then confirmed that she knew , she would die or not ?

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      1. Subaru returned to death to a point where he didn’t talk to Echidna about return to death so I think it isn’t possible unless she knows from his scanned memory during first trial. And Echidna meet Subaru after completing his first trial so I guess it should also be applied to Emilia as well

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      1. Um, he’s not intending do on purpose. He knows how things will go if he tells her the truth. It’s gonna worsen her confident if he does. If Emilia won’t tell him about her past then it’s best for her continue on without anymore distractions or things burdening her. You need keep in mind of the context.

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      2. To Subaru, lying to Emilia is a last resort. When telling her the truth may legitimately cause everybody to die, her included – plus he knows this fact (often from experience) – who can blame him for twisting the truth? Keeping Emilia on track so that she can complete the trial is more important than anything else, though it is sad to see Subaru forced to lie. Especially when he knows how important promises are to Emilia by now, and doesn’t want her to lose faith in him.

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        1. >> To Subaru, lying to Emilia is a last resort. When telling her the truth may legitimately cause everybody to die, her included – plus he knows this fact (often from experience) – who can blame him for twisting the truth?

          I’m sure one of the most devastating loops / memories of death that Subaru has is of when he found out what happens when he speaks about RBD to Emilia. That was brutal for us as well. I’m sure he’ll go to any length to avoid seeing her executed in that way ever again.

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  5. Feel like she wants to tell him about his past, but she cant yet. Think once she will tell him, the trials will go forward. Think he was doing the right thing here, to not pressure her into anything. But the lying part i dunno, can go both ways pretty fast tbh. She isnt dumb either, if she knows he took the trials, she can imagine why he isnt telling her.

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    1. I think she’s feeling a combo of “I don’t want to burden Subaru any further considering it seems like things are already taking a toll on him” and “I’m not ready to divulge my past to Subaru yet.”

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      1. Ah, I assumed Puck mad ice cream and sculptures for a festival but it was about that…

        I suppose for Emilia in her smoothed over timeline Puck never got the chance to disappoint.

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      2. Actually I think Subaru was talking about an extra chapter where Puck made a snow festival for the villagers. There were sculptures and stuff in it, also it happened in the main loop so Emilia would know what he’s talking about.

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        1. I second this interpretation. I doubt Subaru would consider Puck’s “accomplishment” as repeatedly killing him in the same sentence as praising him in fighting Elsa.

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  6. Has she met echidona yet though? Cause subaru only had to meet her in the first place to gain the qualification to take the trial which emilia didn’t have to do. Then the next chance you get to meet echidona is when you pass the trials but then again I don’t know about failing since subaru passed it in the first try

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  7. I noticed it while readingyour comments at the end of the chaptersm could you perhaps be reading the novel while translating it (i mean you haven’t gone any further than the chapter you’re translating)

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  8. It brakes my heart seeing these two keeping secrets from each other (Subaru especially). Its a difficult situation to deal with but I think they should lay as many of their cards on the table as possible before things get out of hand (if they haven’t already).

    Exallent work as usual Oh Holy Chicken! Thank you! ; D

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  9. I always wondered how Emilia or Rem would react when seeing all the shit Subaru been through no matter how many times he gets destroyed and especially Rem cuz she wrecked him couple times but since she’s AFK now I guess Emilia would feel more disturbed than passionate or insanely guilty

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      1. I don’t think she’s the gossipy type maybe if Emilia asked why Subaru looks so fucked up and on verge of suiciding all the time then that’s another story, I don’t think the witch of greed is too stingy to hold such an informations nor she would go exposing Subaru’s miserable situation for no reason.

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  10. It might be kinda bad for Subaru to be lying, but it’s definitely the right thing to do in this situation. I just wish he figured out how to lie sooner, that would’ve saved everyone a lot of pain.

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    1. Wanikani.

      It’s free until level 3, which is after you’ve learned about 100 kanji, but costs money after that, Definitely worth it though.

      Also, you should use Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese to learn the grammar.
      You can also use Duolingo to learn some example sentences.

      Been doing this since February, and I can almost read the WN without translations now. Just need to learn some more kanji.

      I’m considering trying to help Chicken with his translations when I get to the point where I can read the WN without looking up as many words as I need now. If I have the time to, of course.

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  11. So what had happened was:

    [Emilia: Hey, Subaru]

    *time freezes before Emilia speaks*
    *Witch’s shadow appears caressing Subaru’s face and gives Emilia the “shh” gesture*
    *World returns to normal*

    [Subaru: Hm?]

    [Emilia: Nevermind bro… Nevermind]

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  12. AHHH! “My brain trembles” and my heart throbs. Emilia-samaaaa! Poor Subaru, always forced to lie.
    Much as I like Rem, Emilia X Subaru is the only way to go. Still, could their luck be any worse? Thanks for your Effort, Chicken-dono.

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  13. Subaru has been trapped in the sanctuary for what it seems to be eternity holy cow, can’t wait how all these unfolds and the start of the next arc >_<

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  14. Here I am for my fix, even though I read ahead quite a bit – your translations are always a treat (plus I’m addicted enough to re-read everything at this stage). I’m seriously considering teaching myself Japanese just so I can read the original source myself at this stage. Which is something I’ve only ever considered perhaps once in my life for any other series before this…

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  16. I’m new to Re:Zero, and am finally caught up with the latest non-spoiler chapters. Thank you so much for continuing this translation! I’ve gotten into quite the bit of trouble by binge-reading everything in the last week, hehe

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  17. I wonder if Emilia gets beaten up by Echidona… after all she has the resemblance of Satella and Echidona despises her .-.
    I’d also explain a little more why Emilia is so mentally broken in all these previous loops. I think ppl are underestimating the title Witch – maybe Echidona isnt as harmless as ppl think she is ^^

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