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The Adventures of Rose Hood Chapter 35: The Contingency Plan

by keeperofgaming


Warning: This work has been rated 16+ for violence.

‘Fwahhh that is so warm.’

I couldn’t help but purr at the warm water. Sloth also seemed to be enjoying herself.

I stretched before considering everything that had happened.

‘Would it be possible for me to call a meeting?’

‘No, Wrath was the previous core, that’s why she can.’

‘I see, was that how everyone actually looked?’

‘That’s how the souls look at least. You’ve seen my past body, and you’ve seen my soul body.’

‘I guess, but maybe we were only summoned that way since we were in merger.’

‘That makes sense, but why would you think that?’

‘Because Benevolence was still holding money.’

‘I guess.’

‘Hmm, I wish I could share this bath.’

‘Thalia would probably like it.’

‘Royce too.’

Royce would definitely enjoy it, he could-

‘WOAH INNOCENCE, WHAT THE HECK!’

‘What?’

‘Chill out with the thoughts, that’s Lust’s job.’

‘???’

‘How are you so innocent, even to your own thoughts.’

‘What do you mean?’

I heard Sloth sigh,

‘Nevermind. Anyways, what should we do about Wrath.’

‘Wait for her to make her move and fight back.’

‘... Nice.’

I snickered. She was a funny person.

_

I returned to the guild and sat down. I first apologized to the people I ignored. Then I sat next to Zath and cast silence.

“What do you know about Wrath?”

“Charming lady, I would prefer her to be the core, but you will also work.”

“So, are you on my side?”

“As I told you last time, I am on the side that Mammon is.”

“And if he dies?”

“Whichever one will get revenge on those heavenly *******.”

“At this point, I don’t know why I would, but it manages to make even Sloth want to work, so I’ll assume it was bad and needs to be fixed.”

“Yes, it is, I would tell you, but Sloth would likely kill me. She seems to want to defend you. Something quite odd.”

“Interesting.”

“So, what’s your move?”

“Wait for Wrath and then strike back.”

“How slothful.”

“Quite the opposite.”

The two showed confusion.

“I have no clue where Wrath is, so why push it before I can locate her? She pushes, I push back to her lair and defeat her.”

“That’s brilliant actually.”

‘Perhaps having a lie as core isn’t such a bad idea.’

“Thanks.”

I blushed at the complements before picking up my drink and handing Zath the money.

I ended the silence and turned to Zath.

“Good chat.”

“Good chat, Mrs, Rose.”

I sat down and sipped my drink.

I thought about potential counters. Valkyries are military commanders, meaning she had an army. If I could find out the content of it, I could stop it.

‘Too much thinking, just drink.’

_

“Hello, how are you two?”

Thalias and Gallson looked at me.

“We are working on an enhancement to magic, we need high profile mats... Say, Rose...”

“You need a scale?”

“Yes please.”

I partially shifted my arm and removed a scale. Handing it to Thalias, I began examining the armor.

There were quite a few high-profile armors, some of it was S grade.

Then I saw something that caught my attention.

“Ah, I see you found our masterpiece.”

“What does it do?”

“It absorbs any evil entities in its vicinity.”

“Any?”

“Should.”

“How much?”

“Oh, you wanna buy it? Let’s say... 100k gold.”

“Sold.”

“Wow, I thought that you’d try to haggle.”

“For this? No 100k gold is rather low in my opinion.”

“Really?”

“Yes, if you ever make another one, 1 million gold would work.”

“REALLY?!”

“Yes, can you not tell how useful this would be?”

“Well, there is a problem where smarter evils can still escape.”

“Of course, but it would still slow them down a lot.”

“I guess.”

“Thanks.”

“No problem.”

I left with this amazing find.

_

‘So, what’s your plan with that thing?’

‘First, test it.’

‘You mean...’

‘Yep, I may as well check if it actually works.’

‘Fair.’

I locked my door and reinforced the lock with a spell and examined the device. I felt absolute fear when looking at it, it was legit.

I tapped it and it activated. Light beams wrapped around me and caused me to grit my teeth in pain. I was pulled into the device.

“Wow, Innocence. It split us.”

I looked and saw Sloth.

“Okay, so, how do we leave?”

“I dunno, there seems to be a lock on that door.”

I grabbed the lock and tried to break it.

“It isn’t breaking.”

“Hmm... let me try.”

Sloth tried all sorts of things, eventually she fell asleep on the lock. I waited for her to wake up.

“Hm, what’s around us?”

“I don’t know actually. It seems quite abstract.”

“Let me try something.”

I reached deep into myself and pulled out the evil, I noticed the lock got stronger, then weakened when I hid the evil.

“I know how to get out.”

“You do?”

“Completely isolate your evil.”

Sloth looked at me like I was speaking tongues.

“Trust me, just look at your presence and hide it.”

“Okay...”

She did, and then the lock unlocked.

“Huh, would you look at that.”

“Wrath will never figure that out, will she.”

“Probably not, unlike most of us, she makes no effort to hide her nature.”

“Well, let’s get out of here.”

“Agreed.”

We left and I noticed Sloth was still in her own body.

“Do you wanna stay like that?”

“No, lot easier to take nap inside you.”

Sloth remerged of her own will, causing her body to crumble to dust.

“Alright, but that device will definitely be good to use.”

‘Only problem is that if you get consumed by it too, you will need to fight Wrath, and I hate to tell you, but she’s way stronger than you.’

“I know, but at least in this we can’t merge.”

‘Yeah, and I could help you in that fight.”

“Thanks.”

‘No problem.’

We examined the device and tried to see how to improve it. After pulling an all-nighter, we determined that it was at max potential.


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Hello Again, My Friend!

It's me, Raven, and I'd like to review the next chapter in this great story using my Familiar method! Let's dive in, shall we? Heh heh heh...

What The Black Eyes See...

Ah, Rose made an awesome discovery in this chapter, and I love all the foreboding tidbits here!! Let's get into the details though.

Where The Dagger Points...

Not much to complain about at all! As a matter of fact, I only noticed one tiny thing you may want to change, or not.

“Good chat, Mrs, Rose.”


Since "Mrs." is a prefix usually reserved for married women, maybe "Ms. Rose" would be more appropriate here? But that is a tiny detail of course. Great writing job ~

Why The Grin Widened...

First of all, I like how Rose is getting more acquainted with Sloth and making an ally out of her...even if it's a lazy ally. I have enough wariness to not fully trust her yet, but it seems more and more like she'll be a useful resource as this arc with the shards goes on. And the way she chats with "Innocence" or Rose...

‘Chill out with the thoughts, that’s Lust’s job.’


A touch of humor never hurt, haha.

Rose's conversation with Zath was a good way to solidify the gist of her plan to handle the shards, should she encounter them, and moving on to the blacksmiths, I was shocked to read what their new device was capable of:

“It absorbs any evil entities in its vicinity.”


Wow!! That sounds like it'll be even more useful! Though with its limitations, and its inclination to trap Rose as well...

I tapped it and it activated. Light beams wrapped around me and caused me to grit my teeth in pain. I was pulled into the device.


Sounds like it doesn't come without risk, which is only natural. I was also fascinated by how it split her from Sloth. I mean, seriously, what were those blacksmiths using in this thing...And this bit of potential foreshadowing, here:

‘Only problem is that if you get consumed by it too, you will need to fight Wrath, and I hate to tell you, but she’s way stronger than you.’


Cooool, you're making me even more eager to see what the future of this story holds!!

Our Mad Thoughts...

Overall, you gave us another awesome chapter, and this new arc of Rose's story is coming along so well! Nicely done! :D

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Thank you. I'm really excited to see how you react to this arcs conclusion.



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Hello there, human! I'm reviewing using the YWS S'more Method today!

Shalt we commence with the possessed S’more?

Top Graham Cracker - Rose and Sloth find a way to separate, but still, they’ve got much to improve, and much to prepare for.

Slightly Burnt Marshmallow - This chapter is fine, I like this chapter.

Chocolate Bar - Sloth and Rose seem to be getting closer to each other. Even though Sloth is a Sin, it still feels like there is a bit of genuine care in the bond, and I enjoy seeing that. Hopefully Wrath won’t end them…

Closing Graham Cracker - Rose and Sloth have found a way to not merge, to be separate, which gives them a higher chance of defeating Wrath, but still, it’s not set in stone. Who knows what Wrath will do once she finds them?

I wish you a beautiful day/night! ^v^





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