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Chapter 964

“Shall we attack, sir?” A knight asked.

“No.” I shook my head. “Ladies, let’s go. The rest of you, stay back! It’s not the time to attack right now!”

The recently developed city of Deeksville stood in front of us, and in front of it was the imposter Deedee along with the girls who had yet to join me. They stood defiantly like they were going to keep me from entering. I didn’t want to get the rest of them involved in this fight for a few reasons. First off, I didn’t want the girls being unnecessarily hurt. Secondly, I didn’t want the troops to get demoralized or decimated. My girls were amplified by my Slave Master and Harem Master. Even soldiers of the same level wouldn’t be their match.

On the other hand, I didn’t want Deeksville to see us as an invading force either. Once I defeated Deedee, then I didn’t think they’d resist. After all, I was the real Deek that they named themselves after. Many of the girls they recognized were on my side. They should have no problem with me coming and returning order to the southwest.

With my group lined up in front of their group, the army was witness behind me, and the residents of Deeksville watched from over the walls behind Deedee.

“I’ve come to reclaim my land.” I declared out loud.

“I’m the one who helped build this city!” Deedee shot back.

“My actions are sanctioned by the King of Aberis. To defy me is to defy Aberis.”

The caused some mumbling to occur behind Deedee. She didn’t grow angry though. Instead, she threw back her hair and snorted.

“There is only one Deek. You’re just a fake. Stand down and surrender!”

“You’re the one who needs to surrender!” I snapped back.

“I see. It seems like there is no way to resolve this.”

“They haven’t tried very hard,” Lydia whispered to Miki.

“Aren’t those harem girls all on Lord Deekson’s side? It feels like a civil war.” Someone from the city mumbled out loud.

“This isn’t a civil war!” Deedee cried out. “I’m Deek!”

“I thought you were Deedee…”

“Who said that?”

“Sir, I’m confused, I thought we were fighting the demon lord.” One of the barons asked.

“We will! Look, the only way to defeat Aberis is through her.” I explained. “Just follow my plan and trust I know what I’m doing.”

“Do you though?”

Both sides seemed to be growing restless. Realizing that their resolve to attack each other was starting to diminish, I threw out my hand.

“Ladies! Attack! Slave Order!”

“Ahh!” The girls all cried out, but as I started running forward, they followed me.

“Don’t be afraid of killing someone! I will resurrect them if they die in battle.” Deedee yelled. “Stop him! That’s an order!”

“Kill… spoken like a true imposter! Ladies, don’t hold back!”

Two lines of women raced at each other, and soon a massive battle broke out as the sides fought. I ended up facing Deedee. With our swords risen, the pair of us began to battle.

Chapter 965

As everyone faced each other, they started to match up. On Deek’s side there was Lydia, Miki, Elaya, Astria, Salicia, and Carmine. Faeyna wasn’t present, but she wasn’t capable of combat anyway. On my side, I had brought Terra, Shao, Celeste, and Bernice. I hadn’t brought Garnet, as I wasn’t confident in her combat ability at all. It would have seemed we were outmatched, but Salicia suddenly threw out an attack at Carmine as they were running. Carmine lifted her shield and managed to block it.

“Hah! I was on Mistress’s side the whole time?” She cried out triumphantly.

“Yeah! We knew!” Deek cried out as I attacked him with my blade.

Bernice ended up facing Miki. Celeste ended up facing Astria.  Shao ended up facing Elaya. Lydia ended up against Terra. As the girls faced off, they didn’t immediately attack each other. Rather, they were feeling each other out. They had never fought each other one-on-one like that, so it wasn’t clear who would win in any given fight. The one who was most confident in her match-up was Bernice.

She let out a laugh, stepping forward. “So, I ended up facing off against you? Little fox, aren’t you a spiritualist or something? What strength do you have to fight against me?”

“You think I’m easy to defeat? Then, give it your best.” Miki responded with a challenge.

“How pathetic. Well, Mistress did say I could kill you. At least, I’ll make it swift.” She pulled a gun from her holster and shot.

Her aim was exceptionally good, and the bullet struck Miki right between the eyes. A hole formed, and then blood fell from it. Miki collapsed to the ground dead just like that. Seeing this, some of the other girls gasped or shot Bernice a look of shock.

“C-concentrate on your own fights!” Bernice snapped.

She walked up to the dead corpse of Miki. “In what world could you defeat me?”

She raised her gun to put another bullet into the corpse just to make her point, but she realized that what she was holding in her hand was a banana.

“Wh-what?” She cried out, dropping the banana onto the ground.

It landed where Miki should have been, but her corpse wasn’t there.

“Foolish girl.” Bernice spun around to see Miki standing where she just was.

“H-how are you still alive? You were dead!”

“I walk the line between life and death, and you want to tell me you know death? Death and I are old friends. As for you, you’re outclassed.”

“N-no!” Bernice raised both guns and started shooting.

Miki suddenly moved, her body leaving afterimages as she dodged every bullet. She suddenly appeared right in front of Bernice and slugged her, causing the girl to go flying. She landed hard, rolling several times before ending up back on her feet. She immediately turned to face Miki, but her cocky demeanor was completely gone. Miki held out her hand, and then turned it over, sending all of the bullets Bernice had just fired to the ground.

“You… you can’t be that fast! How is this possible?”

“Hmph, we haven’t even started.”

“W-wait… that’s right, you’re a spiritualist! This is a soul attack! You’re attacking my mind! This is an illusion!”

“Heh… you figured it out? Well, it’s not like you can stop me.” Miki snorted. “I can make you experience your biggest fears. You’re in my world!”

“I fear nothing! Die!” Bernice began firing again.

The world suddenly went black. Arms reached around and grabbed Bernice. She let out a cry, but when she spun around, her guns were gone from her hands. Rather, they probably were never in her hands to begin with. She froze when she saw Deek standing behind her. However, he was completely naked.

“Wh-what is this?” She cried out.

“Bernice… I love you.”

Her face turned red, trying to avoid looking at that which was growing. “Wh-what are you saying?”

“I know you want me too. So, let’s make this official.”

“I-I don’t want it!” Bernice took a step back, but her knees hit something and she fell back.

Feeling both sides, she realized she had fallen back on a bed. Deek closed the distance, and she could no longer stand up.

“If you didn’t want me, then why are you naked?” Deek asked.

“What, I’m… ah! I’m naked!” she looked down to see she wasn’t wearing clothing.

She tried to cover her body, but Deek grabbed her arms and held them up over her head.

“You’re beautiful. Be my woman.”

“I c-can’t…”  

“I love you. I love you…”

“I l-l-love…” Bernice screamed and thrashed on the ground. “Ahhhh! No! Please! Anything but this! Noo! Noooo!”

“What did you do to Bernice!” Deek shouted to Miki, who was standing over Bernice with three of her tails glowing behind her.

“Ah? I just made her experience her greatest fear.” Miki watched the writhing girl. “I wonder what she’s seeing.”

All of the girls looked at Miki warily. Of anyone present, she had dealt with Bernice before many of them had even made their first move. Could it be the one everyone considered the weakest in combat potential was actually the most terrifying?

Chapter 966

“Daughter…” Astria let out a laugh. “Do you really think you have any chance against me?”

As the only two who were airborne, it was natural that Astria and Celeste came into a confrontation.

“I don’t understand why everyone is fighting!” Celeste declared stubbornly.

“Foolish child, since you’re not interested in the battle, then just step aside. Your mother will take care of everything.”

Celeste froze for a second, then she looked up at her mother who was looking down at her with a mocking smile. Of course, Astria floated slightly above Celeste. Didn’t she always do that? Something started to erupt in Celeste that she never felt before. It was hot and uncomfortable. It made her feel… angry!

“Take… care of everything?” She asked, her voice cold.

“Of course, daughter. You don’t have to think about it. I’ll handle things like I always do.”

“Like… you always do. Like… you handled me?”

“Of course, I… ahhh!” A wind blade cut Astria off, forcing her to lower herself to Celeste’s level or get her head cut off. “Daughter! You dare attack me!”

“Dare… hehehehe… let’s talking about daring…”

“D-daughter…” The smile on Astria’s face started to slip.

“I was your daughter. I was your daughter and you enslaved me!” Celeste screamed out.

“Wh-where is this coming from?” Astria looked around, but everyone else was too busy for support.

“You killed me. You trapped me. You controlled me! Was that your plan, Mother!” Wind blades began to shoot out, forcing Astria to duck.

“Enough of this! I’m a dark fairy! I was the dungeon master of Chalm for twenty years.”

“I’ve had enough of you!” A sudden wind slammed down, sending Astria spiraling down to the ground like a kite that lost its tail. “I’m done listening to you! You’ve done nothing for me! Ever! Not once in your life. You’re selfish! And cruel!”

“D-daughter…” She looked up, her expression darkening. “You don’t seem to understand who you’re dealing with. You’re just a fairy, and I am a queen. You will bow before me!”

“Just a fairy… hehehehe… what a joke. You failed as a queen.”

“You… you’ll pay for those words!” Astria screamed out, sending black waves of power out as she attacked Celeste.

The black struck Celeste, but she faded away. It was only her afterimage. Bernice might have thought herself fast, but Celeste was a fairy of wind. No one had her speed. The Sylph slammed into the ground, an explosion of wind erupting out and shoving Astria back. Astria attacked, dark claws of mana erupting from her fingers. Her claws struck a wind barrier, stopping short of Celeste.

Celeste slowly stood up, the wind pushing back Astria’s arm as she stood. “Where is that payment, mother? Rather, where is my payment! You stole twenty years of my life! You left me to wander aimlessly. You were my mother, and instead, you spent my entire life having a hissy fit.”

“Silence!” Astria screamed, attacking with her other hand. “Shut your mouth!”

“You’re a bad fairy! You failed to keep the fairy spring growing. You failed to take care of your spawn. You failed to take care of me. You acted selfishly and childishly your whole life.” Celeste threw Astria back. “What did you have to show for it? In the end, you have to cling to my Master… no, my man, just to feel like you’re worth anything.”

“Stop it!” Astria cried out, tears in her eyes. “Stop it! Stop it! I’ll make you stop it!”

“You’re a bad mother!”

Astria let out a roar, and she poured all of her magic into a powerful attack and then threw it at her daughter. Celeste did the same, sending a maelstrom of wind magic tearing through the air. There was a massive explosion. Magic erupted out, even causing nearby battles to be interrupted as a resounding boom exploded out.

The result was that Celeste’s magic tore through Astria. Although she was a powerful dark fairy, her primary weakness had always been wind. Her biggest fears were made a reality. Her daughter was stronger than her. Perhaps, she had always been stronger than her. After all, from having almost nothing. Celeste had crawled her way out of the dungeon, found a worthy master, helped found a powerful fairy spring, and had done all of that without letting the trauma of her past bring her down. Meanwhile, Astria had led her spring to disaster and then crippled the hand that fed her, bringing the entire city down in a twenty-year-long tantrum that took Deek to finally settle. Her daughter had been right.

As the dust cleared, Astria was on her knees. Her dress had been torn apart, leaving her mostly naked. Celeste wasn’t in much better shape, but she was standing. Both girls were facing each other, breathing hard. Celeste lifted her hand, and then a spear made of wind appeared. She slowly approached Astria, and Astria realized she had nothing left.

“I don’t need you, Mother,” Celeste said as she approached. “I’ve never needed you. In fact, it was always the opposite. You needed me. You needed me to make yourself feel powerful. However, I’m done being your good little girl. I’ve outgrown you!”

Celeste lifted her spear over Astria. Astria suddenly burst into tears, wailing loudly.

“You’re right, daughter! I’m sooooo sorry! I’m a bad mother. I’m selfish and stupid. I don’t deserve you.”

“M-mom…” Celeste’s anger started to subside, and the spear in her hand disappeared.

“I’m sorry… I’m sorry… I’ve made so many mistakes in my past. My entire life is just my stupidity. The only good thing I’ve ever done… is have you!”

“Mom!” Celeste broke down in tears, collapsing to her knees in front of her mom.

“Daughter!”

The two women, bawling their eyes out, grabbed and held each other. Any other words they said were nearly unintelligible over their crying and hugging. Their noises filled the battlefield as their naked bodies created a scene that made many of the watching spectators look away awkwardly. As it turned out, Deek wasn’t the only one who had some issues to work out.

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