Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 80 [A Rough Tongue] (Part 2/2)

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Translator: TranslationChicken

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Editor: TranslationChicken

(Thank you Austin, Brototype for helping me proofread 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/248/

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Previous Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2018/05/16/rezero-arc-4-interlude-ii-chapter-79-5-after-the-guests-have-left/

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Otto possessed the Divine Protection of Anima Whispering, which allowed him to speak with animals, bugs, and various other life forms. Naturally, that meant he could communicate with Patrasche as well.
What was Patrasche thinking when she pulled Subaru outside in spite of her injuries? ――What could be laying at the root of her actions unsettled him to no end.

But Otto frowned at Subaru’s request, looking reluctant.

[Otto: Honestly, I’d rather not, Natsuki-san]

[Subaru: Don’t say that, just please]

[Otto: From what I can guess from your mutterings to Patrasche-chan… Natsuki-san, you were just inside the Tomb taking the Trial, right? After this morning, I’d already vaguely suspected that you’re qualified for the Trials, but, from the looks of it… you failed?]

[Subaru: ……Yeah, pretty much]

Though the intensity of his interactions with the Witches had muddled his memory, in this loop, Subaru had yet to tell the others about taking the First Trial. After revealing it only to Garfiel, he re-entered the Tomb to the Second Trial and the Witches’ tea party.
The Trial wasn’t the only reason he was so distraught, but Subaru saw no reason to correct Otto’s misunderstanding and merely nodded his head.

Hearing this, Otto slumped his shoulders and let out an astonished sigh.

[Otto: I can imagine several reasons why you did that…… but what you did was stupid, Natsuki-san. You got yourself hurt inside, and on top of that you worried your dragon and got us where we are now. Patrasche-chan has a keen intuition, and she must’ve sensed that something’s happened to you. That’s why she knocked me out of the way and rushed over…… and her wounds couldn’t have been unrelated, either]

[Subaru: ――――]

Otto followed the same train of thought to reach the same conclusion.
Subaru had figured as much. But the question was why did Patrasche go so far for him? That was what he wanted Otto to ask her.

[Otto: What. What’s with that look? You mean you’re actually serious about what you said?]

[Subaru: How about we flip this. Do I really look like I’m in a state to be joking right now?]

[Otto: I’m sure you’ll find a way to tell terrible jokes even when you’re ragged and torn, Natsuki-san. In this case, I would’ve been happier if you were joking. ――You really don’t know?]

Before Subaru could refute that quiet question, he found himself overwhelmed by Otto’s gaze.
It was almost a look of disbelief, as if Otto was looking down at Subaru like he was an idiot. So, was there something huge Subaru had overlooked, or what?

But finding no answers, Subaru only fidgeted, furrowing his brows and looking confused. Sweat rose on his forehead from the anxiety, but still nothing came to mind.
Seeing this, Otto sighed once again,

[Otto: My Divine Protection isn’t as all-powerful as you think, Natsuki-san. While it can communicate ideas, that doesn’t mean it can do translations. Even if what you say makes sense to me, I can’t act as an intermediary and convey it to someone else, there’s a tricky problem of nuance]

[Subaru: ――――]

[Otto: That look’s totally saying “Do it anyway”. Well, I can do it, but…… I don’t really… see the… point…]

Drooping his head, muttering in dissatisfaction, Otto nonetheless gave in to Subaru’s request.
Otto approached Patrasche, who was still rubbing against Subaru with her snout, and gently stroked her jet-black back,

{Otto: ――――}

The sound that came out of Otto’s opened mouth was scraping and shrill.
Bearing no resemblance to human speech, it was the product of the Divine Protection of Anima Whispering, which was converting his words into a cry that ground dragons could understand.
Patrasche lifted her head and answered in a similar screech. Hearing this, Otto opened his mouth again, and they went on exchanging these screeches, until,

[Otto: That’s about it, but…… uumnnn, it’s kind of hard to find the proper words to communicate this. The way dragons express emotions is different from humans as well, so how do I explain this from only what I can understand……]

[Subaru: Stop playing around. Just tell me, please]

[Otto: It’s not that I’m playing around…… ugh, this is really problematic! I mean, it’s really going to require an insane amount of consideration to get this right]

Scratching his head, Otto looked up several times as he deliberated, only to lower his head again to continue thinking while Subaru started impatiently fidgeting. Then, Otto sighed, and,

[Otto: Alright, here it is. I’ve chosen the words that… probably… will be the closest I can manage]

[Subaru: Right…… so what did Patrasche say?]

[Otto: Mmmnn, it would be something like “Well don’t make me say it out loud”]

[Subaru: ――huh?]

Subaru’s eyes widened as Otto embarrassedly scratched his cheek.
Subaru waited a bit longer to see if Otto had anything else to say, but it didn’t seem like any more words were coming. Seeing the dumbfounded Subaru, [Well], Otto went on,

[Otto: Patrasche-chan said “Well don’t make me say it out loud”. And in my opinion, that sounds about right]

[Subaru: Don’t make me say…… what…..?]

[Otto: Whichever way you take it, that’s what it means. If I have to supplement it with my own opinion, it would be “Do I really have to tell you for you to understand this?”. Something like that]

Seeing Subaru’s confusion deepen, Otto held up a finger with [You listening?],

[Otto: When you don’t know whether someone is in danger, but you couldn’t bear standing still and rush out, paying no heed to your own injuries as you lend them your hand, then you stay at their side until they wake up, and finally give them a relieved smile when they wake―― I think whether it’s a human or a dragon, when they do something like that for another person, it’s pretty obvious what they’re thinking]

[Subaru: a――]

[Otto: So even if you’re not Patrasche-chan, you should know what “Don’t make me say it” means. If you still can’t tell from her attitude, then you’re just way too daft. You’re really lucky, aren’t you?]

Hearing Otto’s exasperated question, Subaru realized just how stupid he was.
He looked at Patrasche, still sitting at his side, and found her staring at him with the same relieved gaze. As if noticing the shift in his mind, she wagged her long tail and stood up,

[Patrasche: ――――]

Once again, she brought her snout over, and Subaru’s hand naturally moved to pat it.
Stroking his palm over her hard, craggy hide, Subaru’s voice was trembling,

[Subaru: So, um…… you, like me, huh]

[Patrasche: ――――]

[Subaru: You love me… that’s why you’re here for me… huh]

Something that had weighed on his chest suddenly dropped with a thunk.
Patrasche growled in reply, then violently rubbed her snout inside his palms as if to hide her embarrassment. Subaru furrowed his brows at the sensation scraping his skin, and, when he opened his mouth,

[Subaru: Ou.. a……]

[Otto: Natsuki-san?]

A droplet of heat rolled down his cheek.
It was a teardrop. For before he knew it, the tears that had abruptly welled up in his eyes overflowed. Quickly wiping it with his hand, it was too late to hide it. Otto already saw it.

[Otto: Are you… crying because you realized your ground dragon is attached to you… Natsuki-san…….]

[Subaru: Nonono…… that’s not what this is…… the timing’s just lined up too well…… ugh, just when I thought it didn’t feel real, the answer suddenly flew into my mind when I wasn’t prepared……]

The unfair timing of this revelation caused even more emotions to come flooding in even as Subaru desperately tried to restrain them.
Back at the Witches’ tea party, Subaru had realized that he didn’t want to die. And that just as much as he wanted to protect those he loved, he also wanted to be there alongside them in the end.
As for whether he was worthy enough for them to care about him, that was more difficult to say, and so he swore that he would find out.

And now, there was Patrasche’s unconditional loyalty.
Being hit with something like this before he had done anything, what was he supposed to do?

The answer to the question he had been agonizing over, Patrasche had just given it to him alongside his awakening.

At least to Patrasche, Subaru was precious enough that, when she sensed he was in a nightmare, she rushed there to pull him out even though it meant injuring herself to do it.

[Subaru: Didn’t think I’d be getting this lesson from you. ――Thank you, Patrasche]

Answering the loyalty she was directing at him, Subaru filled his strokes with sentiment as he patted Patrasche. And, standing still, Patrasche resolutely stretched out her neck to savor his touch. All the while, she was swaying her tail in indication of her happiness.

[Otto: Now that you’ve reconfirmed your bond with Patrasche-chan, are you alright, Natsuki-san?]

[Subaru: Yeah, that helped a lot, thank you. ……Am I alright?]

[Otto: I mean physically and mentally. The Trial must’ve been really hard on you, right? You looked like you were almost crying from loneliness, and Emilia-sama was the same way]

Just when Subaru was about to refute Otto’s observation, he realized just how frail he must have been, and did not say anything. Instead, his thoughts turned to Emilia,

[Subaru: It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. But I think it was easier on me than it was on Emilia. More importantly, since you were worried about me…… does that mean you love me too?]

[Otto: Can you please refrain from turning it into something repulsive!? There’re lines you shouldn’t cross even if you’re feeling lonely! Is Patrasche-chan not enough for you that now you have to ask that question to anyone you meet?]

[Subaru: Can’t I? Honestly, right now I’m right on the fence about whether or not to give myself validation here, so I’d like to get one more encouraging message please]

[Otto: Right, right, good to see you’re back to your usual self…… My worries for you were purely out of consideration for our future cooperation, I hope you don’t misunderstand]

Scowling at the warning signs of Subaru’s returning eccentricity, Otto threw up his arms, saying this.
“Future cooperation” was a rather pretentious way to put it, but for Otto, who would like to clearly maintain his standing as a merchant, this was a necessary thing to say.

[Otto: My acquaintance with you, Natsuki-san, is purely to preserve cordial relations with Margrave Mathers. Should any problems arise on that front, or if it starts to looks like my life is in danger, I’ll be scurrying away as fast as my legs can take me. I’d like you to remember that]

Making that rather unfeeling statement, what Otto said was not so much heartless as it was already the implicit understanding between them. The fact that Otto kept going out of his way to say it only showed that he was a kind person at heart, late as it is to mention this.

[Subaru: Right, yeah. You’d…… actually, no]

Just as Subaru was about to accept Otto’s realist remark with a nod, he stopped.
Listening to him just now, a sense of awryness scraped across his chest.
Then, arriving at the answer instantly, [haa] Subaru sighed.

[Otto: ……What is it?]

[Subaru: I just remembered. Yeah, remembered… remembered]

Nodding several times in front of the confused-looking Otto, Subaru held his hand to his head and tilted back his neck.
Subaru and Otto had operated together many times in these loops inside the Sanctuary. Each time, Subaru had seen him.
And because Subaru had seen him,

[Subaru: You’ll scurry away at the first sign of danger…… huh]

[Otto: Yeah, you bet. It’s obvious, isn’t it? There’s no reason for me to extend my concerns to you or anyone else. Where there’s life, there’s hope, as they say……]

[Subaru: You wouldn’t run]

[Otto: ――huh?]

As Otto tried to take a realist’s stance by assuming this frivolous tone, Subaru muttered.
Seeing Otto’s eyes widen, Subaru looked at him straight on, and said,

[Subaru: ――You wouldn’t leave me and run, Otto]

Otto had snuck into a hidden building guarded by a violence-ready Garfiel to help Subaru.
And he had resisted the beastified Garfiel alongside the villagers to stop it from devouring Subaru.

Even as he dressed himself in heartless words and pretended to be a bad person, Subaru knew that he wasn’t.
That’s because,

[Subaru: Otto. ――You’re my friend]

 

-=Chapter 80 End=-

 

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Next Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2018/05/23/rezero-arc-4-chapter-81-light-part-1-2/

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Patrasche… ❤

It’s good to see Subaru getting help from now on

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Let me know if you find any typos! ❤

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Chapter 81 Live Draft: 
https://www.patreon.com/posts/re-zero-arc-4-81-18985433

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Next Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2018/05/23/rezero-arc-4-chapter-81-light-part-1-2/

106 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 80 [A Rough Tongue] (Part 2/2)

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  1. Thanks Chicken! ❤

    I think you forgot a word here. " Subaru furrowed his brows at the sensation scraping his skin, and, when opened his mouth,,"

    when should be either "then" or "when he" or maybe opening

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        1. Does Ros count as his camp? I wonder what happens if someone other than Subaru breaks the first rule of Satella Club.

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  2. Yes Subaru and Otto hehe!
    But I got a rather unsettling thought while this chapter went on. It’s unlikely, but what if Patrasche is a reincarnation of Satella? I bet Patrasche arrived at the cave about the same time Satella entered the dream, huh? And Satella took Subaru out of the dream, Patrasche took Subaru out of the cave. Interesting right?

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      1. I mean, I’m not happy about it, and I most definitely hope not. Even though Satella seemed pretty nice in the earlier chapters, I still have my doubts about her.

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        1. I am indeed That guy. I also go by many other names.
          Brewds (err toaster)
          Skeyedrake
          Tales from puck
          And many more.

          But here I am simply that guy

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          1. My child, Patrasche has heard your prayers. Rest assured for all shall be well.
            Sing with me. Sing the song of our people.
            (Screeching noises.)

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    1. i have a feeling the ‘good’ satella was also ‘made up’ like the other witches. his ‘stench’ got stronger the more he was hurting which only added to his suffering.

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        1. not real made by dona to manipulate him. would be funny if it was actually dona and he made a contract by accident. think about it she would do this just to see the result

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        2. after reading the what if on contracting. the outcome was not as bad as i thought it was gonna be but it was still depressing asf. yes i do think she would do that partly to ‘help’ him and mostly to ‘satiate her curiosity’. she justifies her actions by thinking that its ok if she tells the ‘truth’ albeit not the ‘whole truth’. id rather have someone straight up lie to me then to outsmart me this much its really scary. the main reason sub realized she was being tricky was just how much she was talking >like a sales person< she basically got to excited.

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          1. also she only helps pl when she is getting something out in return. how neutral she is is so brilliant. as long as you stay on the witches good side you be fine well even if you make them happy being with them will drive you insane yourself. or madly depressed like beako n rosswall. frustrated like puck when he remembers whatever that was

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          2. note she never had to conceal her power like gluttony did or lust./she too would drive people insane just by looking at them. which implies the other ‘witches’ probably can control their ‘sins’ too. does not matter at all i just like to point that out. kinda like how all the witches could appear at once but dona made it look like only one at a time could. dona is so deceptive XD

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  3. I’ve always wondered, until part of the story is the web novel available? I would scream in pain if this half finished

    PD: Greetings to all never comment but I read the discussions

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    1. Tappei planned rezero for more than 9 arcs. Currently at arc 6 and still not finished yet. Even at current arc 6 latest chapter, rem is still not waking up yet.

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  4. First of all, my sincerest thanks Chicken for the translation. Have been reading through the whole chapter these last days like a madman.

    I do have a question though,
    How come that the translation of chapter 4 isn’t finished while the translation of chapter 5&6 is already ongoing?

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    1. Nevermind, found the answer for me queastion (and it makes it really difficult not to spoil myself to see what that important reason for starting Chapter 6 is).

      My gratitude still stands nevertheless 🙂

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  5. Thanks as always. Good to see Subaru’s slowly recovering. Oh and Patrasche, she may not be best girl, but she’s the best dragon ^_^

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  6. Remember when Otto abandoned Subaru during the white whale arc? He saw that the whale was going to hunt them indefinitely because of Subaru and pushed him off lmfao. Albeit they weren’t as close & Otto might have been losing his mind. I still don’t trust him.

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    1. Yeah. Well, Subaru is like that I suppose. Remember when Rem murdered him? And When she tortured him to death? How well did he treat her afterwards? Wasn’t it nauseating? Well, he’s doing the same with Otto right? Except Otto is a dude, not a cute psychotic girl that will tell you she loves you or whatnot.

      So Subaru has a serious hero complex. He has that chronic-hero syndrome. When he fails or someone murders him, he thinks it’s his fault. He has the absolute power after all. Anything that goes wrong? It has to be his fault. He could have done things better. He could have been smarter. He could have been stronger. So anytime something goes wrong, it has to be his fault. The beaten wife syndrome.

      Well, see, Subaru would prefer to save everyone in the story. Enemy or not, murdered him or not. Some cases can’t be helped. Can’t let Betelgeuse approach Emillia in his state, right? But he is still trying to have a perfect cheesy run.

      Minnerva wants to heal every wound she sees? She wants to heal everything. An enemy? An insect? A freaking mabeast that would feast on humans? The biggest murderer of all history? Who cares. She has to heal a wound when she sees one.

      Well, Subaru is the same way, but with “saving” instead. He wants to “save” everyone. It’s something “witchy” inside of him. He disregards everything else to impose his own values and do whatever he wants. He he much closer to the witches that way than he’d be to arcbishops.

      Subaru is a warlock who will force his values on you just so he can save you. Whether you have wronged him, he doesn’t care that much. Because he is that much of a repulsive bastard inside. He never cares about himself. He could save two of his most beloved. Why not continue onward with everyone else?

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      1. Man you got it kinda wrong with Ram/Rem, seriously. I suggest you read vol. 2-3 of LN. It was made quite clear why he treated the sisters the way he did.

        Him wanting to save everyone is also not correct. At one point in the previous arc he marveled at the new and alien feeling of extreme hatred, first time in his life he absolutely wanted someone dead. That was for Petel-kun and his club. In the current arc he wants Elsa dead. And he is still considering possibility of keeping Garfield in his camp.

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        1. No I am perfectly right. And I’ve already read the arc 2 volumes, thanks a lot I guess.

          When Rem died of the mabeast curse and Ram wanted to kill him, Subaru thought that it was his fault. That was probably the first time he started to blame himself for something that is completely out of his control. Then the story punished him with arc 3’s Gueuse.

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      2. he didnt want anything to do with rem/ram after they murdered him i say both cause ram can sense rems feelings so of course she was into the plotting. after he avoided them scared but after seeing how ram went mad over rems death. seriously it was just a misunderstanding that he was not clearing up on those loops and was indeed acting suspicious asf. he saved otto by accident then otto offered to help and without him emelia would have died. o btw the warlock is rosswall why cant pl remember that?

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          1. Warlock in Russian is ‘chernokniznik’, literally means ‘user of black books’ (of forbidden knowledge and dark arts). So, yeah, Beako and Ros fit Warlocks just fine.)

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          2. Not Beako. Her title is great spirit.
            I’m referring to Rosshit and a certain other depressed dude.

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    2. That was before otto got saved by subaru. Otto then became loyal to subaru after he was saved from the witch cults.

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    3. Subaru also got him killed during that time when he was acting unreasonable. It’s not Otto’s fault for self-preservation then.

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  7. Thanks for the translation! But why is it that you put the last chapter as the link instead of the last part like with all of the other chapters?

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  8. List of Tsunderes
    Beatrice
    Emilia (not as well known)
    Ram
    Minerva (I think)
    And now Patrasche?
    Who’s next?

    Is Chicken-Sama Tsundere?

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