Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 98 [A Bed Devoid Of Warmth] (Part 2/2)

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Translator: TranslationChicken

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Editor: TranslationChicken

(Thank you Bobb, Kam, Daisuke, HX, 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/267/

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Previous Part 1/2: https://translationchicken.com/2018/09/22/rezero-arc-4-chapter-98-a-bed-devoid-of-warmth-part-1-2/

 

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The morning of the fifth day at the Sanctuary―― the vital day that will determine whether or not Natsuki Subaru will break through this loop, opened with the worst possible news.

[Ram: Barusu. ――Where did Emilia-sama go?]

[Subaru: ――Hha?]

After washing his face at the pond and wiping down his body with a wet cloth only to see Ram unabashedly appear amidst the throng of half-naked men, Subaru answered her question with a stupid groan.

It was slightly after sunrise, around what would have been 8 o’clock in his original world. Waking up one after another, the men among the residents and refugees gathered around the pond to wash away their sweat from the night.
And then, brazenly barging into the men’s washing area, the first thing out of Ram’s mouth was the question concerning Emilia’s whereabouts.

Seeing a woman show up like it was a matter of course, some of the men hurriedly scuttled away in shame, but Subaru had no time to tease them for it.
After all, he couldn’t understand what she meant at all.

[Subaru: Emilia…… what’re you talking about?]

[Ram: Just what it sounds like. When I went to Emilia-sama’s room to wait on her, there was no one there. I thought she might be with you, Barusu……]

[Subaru: No one’s there…… how’s that possible? I mean, I made sure to say good morning to her when she woke up before I left…… and I came here after that]

Unable to hide his shock at what Ram had just told him, Subaru thought back to the events of that morning.
He had held her hand through the night just as she had asked, and when Emilia woke in the morning and saw him watching over her at her bedside, she gave him a quiet smile.
At the time, Subaru thought it was just another uncharacteristically good awakening without her usual drowsiness. Emilia looked down to find her hand still enveloped in his, and softly confirmed her intention to continue their conversation from last night:

[Emilia: I’d like to talk… as soon as everything’s sorted out in my head. After Ram helps me get dressed, I’m sure I’ll be ready to talk about it]

And with this, she drove Subaru out of her room.
As impatient as Subaru was, considering Emilia’s feelings, it would’ve been cruel to hurry her. More importantly, Emilia seemed calm. Pushing her further would only have had the opposite effect. At least, that was what Subaru had judged, but,

[Subaru: With that, I left, thinking you’d take care of the rest……]

[Ram: So you left the building before I arrived…… then. I see. ――You screwed up, Barusu]

[Subaru: ――――]

Subaru had no rebuttal against Ram’s icy verdict.
The fact is, he did mess up by letting down his guard without waiting for Ram to take over. But he never thought Emilia, of all people, would do something like this.

[Subaru: Maybe… she had to use the bathroom, or……?]

[Ram: Do you think I would be careless enough to come here without checking the perimeters first?]

[Subaru: That’s, not what I was…… but, what else could it be……?]

[Ram: You really don’t understand?]

Ram relentlessly pursued as Subaru’s voice choked up.
Her gaze was cold as usual, but, for just an instant, that coldness seemed to have intensified. There was the same listlessness in her eyes as when she cast him that glance last night.
Seeing the disappointment and dejection in her eyes, Subaru lowered his gaze.

[Subaru: ――You’re saying… Emilia ran away?]

[Ram: What else could it be? Maybe the forces against the liberation of the Sanctuary had been waiting for precisely this opportunity where neither of us is at Emilia-sama’s side and finally got their chance this morning to make their move…… but is that what you’d rather believe?]

[Subaru: ……It’s… not impossible]

[Ram: If you actually want to cling to that, then you’re more hopeless than I thought. Either way, that doesn’t change the fact that Emilia-sama is missing. Regardless of the fact that she has no way of leaving the Sanctuary, this is bad]

Though her attitude was harsh, Ram still took care to lower her voice so that no one would overhear them. She too recognized the need to keep Emilia’s disappearance under wraps, lest it shines badly on Roswaal’s reputation.
As such, she must’ve judged this to be a matter to be handled discreetly.

[Subaru: Emilia……]

Looking up, Subaru muttered that girl’s name under his breath.
As Ram pointed out, even if Emilia wanted to abandon everything and run away, there was no way she could leave the Sanctuary’s Barrier as a Half-Elf.
Emilia was still trapped in the Sanctuary, and no matter how she tries to run, she couldn’t get away.
She wasn’t so foolish that she’d fail to recognize that. But if she was feeling so cornered that she tried to flee anyway, then……

[Subaru: It’s all me and Puck’s fault……]

It was Puck’s fault for failing to imagine the extent of the shock Emilia would feel upon losing her bond with him.
And it was Subaru’s fault for underestimating Emilia’s wounds and mistaking her feigned calmness to be genuine.

If Emilia really chose to escape, then it would only be the consequence of their compounded failures.

[Ram: Assuming Emilia-sama ran away and is hiding somewhere…… Barusu, any ideas?]

[Subaru: Hold on. Don’t just decide that she’s run off. I mean, there’s nowhere she can go in the Sanctuary without someone seeing her. And there aren’t many places Emilia could’ve wandered to]

Subaru appealed, flapping his hand to stave off Ram’s conclusion.
Seeing this, Ram expelled a sigh and slightly nodded.

[Ram: I admit I might’ve been overhasty, but what do you suggest? Since you were here, the men obviously didn’t see anything. So we’ll have to put our hopes on the off-chance that one of the women in the Cathedral spotted her?]

[Subaru: The Arlam villagers will say something if they saw Emilia wandering around by herself. Worst case, one of the residents of the Sanctuary might’ve seen her…… We should try them first before jumping to any conclusions]

Even while hurriedly brainstorming ideas, Subaru more or less understood that he was only delaying that conclusion. And though Ram was listening to his proposals, she was most likely thinking the same thing.
Their only point of agreement was that it’d be bad if the news got around that Emilia intentionally went into hiding.
But whether they were concerned for Emilia or for Roswaal’s sake was another story.

[Ram: If either of us can find her soon, we might just hang on by the skin of our necks. But it’s best to keep the worst possibility in mind. You do understand, Barusu?]

[Subaru: ……really rather not think about it, though]

Ram’s reminder was also a warning for him not to avert his eyes from the worst case scenario.
If they fail to find Emilia before the Trial and her disappearance becomes common knowledge throughout the Sanctuary―― there would be no recovering from this.
And so, they must do everything in their power before that happens.

[Subaru: If we ask around and still can’t find her……]

[Ram: Then we’ll have to exhaust all efforts to search through the forest]

[Subaru ……That’s not gonna be doable in one or two days]

Lifting his head, Subaru looked to the forests surrounding the Sanctuary and furrowed his brows.
Although blocked off by the Barrier, the Sanctuary was still more than wide enough to hide one single person. If Emilia was hiding in the forest, she wouldn’t even necessarily stay in one place.

Today, and tomorrow. There was at most 48 hours remaining before the bet and contract’s deadline.
Within that time frame, he would have to find Emilia, make her challenge the Trials, and have her beat them.

――But is that even possible?
Could he, of all people, after pushing Emilia to her limits without noticing the toll it was taking on her heart, really then give her that strength to move forward?

[Subaru: You seriously overestimated me, Puck……]

[Ram: ……This would have something to do with the loss of her contract with the Great Spirit-sama, I suppose?]

[Subaru: Losing the primary support in her heart couldn’t have had nothing to do with it. But…… neither of us thought she’d snap like this]

There must have been something that pushed her over the limit.
Thinking back on Emilia’s calmness last night and this morning, that was the only way he could explain it.

[Subaru: ――――]

“Unless”, something came to mind.
He had thoroughly made sure before he acted.
But, hypothetically, if Emilia found out――

[???: ――Natsuki-san!]

While brooding, the sharp call made Subaru’s shoulders jump in surprise.
Looking over to the village center―― he saw a grey-haired youth, frantically running over with great waves of his arm.
It was Otto, who hadn’t joined them in the morning bath but stayed behind with the villagers in the Cathedral to help out with the breakfast preparations.

He reached Subaru, pale-faced and panting with his hands on his knees,

[Otto: Th-there’re several things I need to report. Well, quite a lot more if I go into the details, but…… for now, two major things. There’s good news and bad news]

[Subaru: That sounds important, but I have a question first. Did Emilia show up at the Cathedral by any chance? Or was anyone talking about her?]

[Otto: ――? No, I haven’t seen her this morning. I didn’t hear anything at the Cathedral, either]

Otto frowned at the apparently unrelated question that couldn’t wait until after the news, while, hearing his obliging answer, both Subaru and Ram’s faces darkened.
Otto seemed to have sensed their unease, but, judging that his report was more important,

[Otto: So, good news and bad news…… which one you want to hear first?]

[Subaru: Kinda hate having them bundled like that…… but, good news I guess?]

When he hears bad news, he’d need time to think of countermeasures. With Emilia’s disappearance, the situation was already the worst it could possibly get. He’d rather not get plunged into head-clutching despair by having more bad news piled on top of that.
Receiving Subaru’s decision, Otto crossed his arms with a nod,

[Otto: Good news, then. I’ve finished talking with the refugees as we discussed. They’ve made their preparations and are ready to leave today any time you want. I’ve asked them to stay alert so they can go as soon as you give the order]

[Subaru: ――I see. Sorry. I really should’ve been the one to talk to them and ask this of them]

[Otto: Luckily, they’ve warmed up to me over the last few days. Considering what we’ll be doing together, it’s a good thing I had that opportunity. Anyway, they’re ready without any problems]

Otto’s voice was confident, but, despite his impressive achievement, his face was far from bright. Chances were, that good news was being overshadowed by whatever problem had arisen.
Yielding to Otto’s silent gaze, Subaru prompted for the other report――

[Subaru: So, what’s the bad news?]

[Otto: Just now, an enraged Garfiel came storming into the Cathedral, looking for you, Natsuki-san]

[Subaru: Looking for me……? Why? I don’t think I pissed him off that much this time……]

Persuading Garfiel was supposed to have been the final confrontation of this loop. Subaru had taken extra care in his interactions with Garfiel, and even after sealing his bet with Roswaal, Subaru had avoided talking to Garfiel as best as he could.
So far it had paid off, and Subaru managed to reach the critical day without facing off against Garfiel, but――

[Subaru: Ideally, I would’ve liked to have talked with Lewes Theta before dealing with him……]

[Otto: That’s just the thing]

As Subaru muttered about the sequence he had hoped for, Otto raised a single finger.
Subaru’s eyes widened at this gesture, not knowing what Otto was referring to.

But, seeing the question mark pop up over Subaru’s head, Otto’s face darkened as he said,

[Otto: That Lewes-san had apparently gone missing this morning. Garfiel’s been searching all over the village, looking desperate. That’s why he’s looking for you, Natsuki-san]

 

 

-=Chapter 98 End=-

 

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Next Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2018/09/26/rezero-arc-4-chapter-99-alone-in-a-confined-space-part-1-4/

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

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Let me know if you see any typos or missing words!
I’ll get started on the next chapter tomorrow ❤

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Chapter 99 Live Draft:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/re-zero-arc-4-99-21661986

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Next Chapter: https://translationchicken.com/2018/09/26/rezero-arc-4-chapter-99-alone-in-a-confined-space-part-1-4/

56 thoughts on “Re:Zero Arc 4 Chapter 98 [A Bed Devoid Of Warmth] (Part 2/2)

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  1. Ty for translation!!! XP

    This very moment is why I love this series so much. It so very often surprises me with the direction the climaxes of the loops go. I mean I read the foreshadowing as well as I can, but my predictions have yet to be right when the cards finally fall. So now I’m sitting here on the edge of my seat wondering where this final run will go, and how Subaru will take all these developments and forge a pathe foreword.

    It’s a beautiful experience for me. The twists at the end of these arcs are the only surprises I get out of literature games or anime lately.

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        1. yeah i thought that from day one but its a waste of time. like in chat rooms you can go ‘incognito’ or ‘private mode’ in another window so you can pretend to be 2 different people. i can be a great troll if i want to be xd

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  2. Speculation time:
    In the last chapter Roswal had Ram deliver something to Emilia. From what he monologues about it is a conversation that would probably rattle Emilia in some way. My guess is it is either the conversation between Puck and Subaru or Roswal and Subaru. I think the latter is more likely.

    Somehow Emilia now thinks Subaru is a liar. I am unsure what she thinks he has lied about since I don’t recall what Subaru said to Roswal or Emilia in detail (and I don’t bother rereading those parts for now.) Maybe she is displeased at how Subaru wants to “manipulate” her into passing the trials? If so she might want to proof that she is capable of doing so herself.
    In the last part I thought that Subaru had actually left Emilia during the night and that’s why she called him a liar but now I am almost conviced that she was not in her room anymore during that scene but had left already and is currently facing her past in the tomb.

    For a moment I thought that maybe Emila has some sort of split personality and Subaru was talking to a different Emilia this morning. A split personality (or some variation of that) could explain some of the mysteries surrounding Emilia. In the first part of this chapter, when Emilia is calling Subaru a liar, her speech is marked with ???? and not with her name eventhoug it is clearly her speaking. Maybe a hint?

    What do you think?

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      1. Well, he did not leave her in the middle of the night. Not unless there has been a mistake in the translation.
        Quote: “He had held her hand through the night just as she had asked,…”

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  3. Oh Deer Lord! Now the two main interactions in the story are missing? That Goddamn Clown had something planned again. Well at least the villagers will escape from the sanctuary

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      1. Those who don’t worship the deer lord will spend eternity in flames, it’s not too late to convert. open your heart to deer god and he will forgive you instead of destroying you. It is said in this one 10 000 yo book that he’s our true lord and savior, it must be true since it’s written in a book and you can’t prove he isn’t so check mate christians, muhahaha

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        1. yeah the whole ‘i believe’ is rather annoying esp when there is such things as actual facts that can be proven. like you can believe your neighbor is a good person n all then your friend says he ‘did’ your wife. you can believe either the 3 or you can watch the security cameras to see if that neighbor came over.

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  4. Thank you so much for the translation. I have been reading for since this April and finally caught up a month ago. I really appreciate it. It is really easy and fun to read and I thank you for that.

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  5. Gaaaah!! Binge read everything up till now only to have to wait for the next chapter. Its almost as bad as the wait for Skyrim together XD.

    But yeh nah really. Thanks oh great and mighty Chicken. Your translations are really top class mate. Best i’ve seen on the internet so far.

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  6. So then garfiel thought that subaru kidnapped lewes, and so does subaru think that garfiel kidnapped emilia. But they were wrong because the kidnapper for those two is actually JOHN CENAAAAAA!!!

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  7. There’s no way that garfiel can’t find Lewes cuz the autority…. Unless someone had take that autority. Aaaand someone’s gotta missing, right? Who if not Subaru, Garfiel and Lewes herself have the Echidona approval? Teeheehee

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