Shatei Kyokufuri – 140

Data.132 – Old Bowman, Fire Off

When an enemy with a giant eyeball appears, the player must target that eyeball.
And the best weapon for that is a bow…
And so I followed my instincts and unleashed an arrow at the eyeball that was on the other side of the glass window.

“Gatling Burning Arrow!”

The exploding arrows broke through the glass and shot towards the eyeball.
After taking damage, the eyelids closed over it.
And then…the attacks began.
The glass windows all over the hospital shattered, and writhing, rotting tentacles invaded the building…!

“Rise Rock Wall!”

Gray slammed his weapon, which was a pickaxe, onto the ground, creating walls of rock that would cover the shattered windows.
However, the walls were not enough to stop the momentum of the tentacles.

“Mr. Kyuji. What should we do!?”

“It seems like there is no way to stop the tentacles from getting in. And we can’t destroy them either! We have no choice but to crush the eyeballs!”

There were fewer normal zombies now… Because the tentacles were blowing away the zombies with their attacks.
They weren’t so much monsters as a stage gimmick…!

And so everyone began to run around in search of the eyeballs.
My guess was that they would be somewhere between the first floor and tenth floor of the central ward.
While there were fewer of them, fighting the zombies while running up and down was not easy.
You could not break the walls and floors of this hospital, so I couldn’t use I’m Arrow to go through it speedily.
I just had to run on foot…!

The number of tentacles kept increasing, which meant less space for us to move in.
However, the eyeball only appeared in places that we could go.
In other words, it was both harder and easier for us now.

“Oomph…!”

I jumped over a tentacle that lashed out like a whip.
Well, the more tentacles there were, the more severe the attacks. I was starting to feel that things weren’t getting easier after all.
But the worst thing of all, was that I lost contact with the others.
Once the battle line had retracted all of the way to the seventh floor, we had finished gathering most of the items, and everyone had an earpiece.
So I had gotten used to talking to them even when separated. And so I felt even more alone now.

“Gar! Gar!”

Only Garbow was nearby.
As these rotting monsters had to be defeated in a special way, it was likely that Garbow’s AI would not be able to deal with them. And so I brought him with me.

Juru…gujuru…ju…

I heard sounds that were difficult to describe.
It signaled that the tentacles were going to attack…!

“Woah…!”

A thick tentacle shot out from the floor and into the ceiling. And while it scratched my back, I was somehow able to dodge it!
I had to continue to make my way down and find the remaining eyeballs…!

“Ah! Damn it! Garbow!”

If it had scratched my back, that meant that it might have hit Garbow, who was right behind me!
Even if it didn’t, the thick tentacle had separated us…
I didn’t know if it would retract or not.
However, I knew that attacking it wouldn’t do anything.

“…You can do it! Garbow!”

I looked ahead and continued on my way.
It was fine. Garbow would surely be able to fight on his own.
I learned about it later, but Garbow didn’t react to enemies like the tentacles where there was no point in attacking them.
In other words, he knew where to attack.
So he would be fine…!

I rushed down the staircase all at once.
We had roughly assigned different floors to each person, but players who had crushed all the eyeballs on their floors were told to go to the other floors, just in case.
I had already checked all of the windows of floor six and seven.
And if everyone else had done the same…

However, the tentacle attacks did not end.
And the area that we could move in kept getting smaller.
However, the paths weren’t blocked off completely yet.
In any case, I had to check the windows for the eyeballs. And if they weren’t there, continue to go down. I repeated this until I returned to the first floor…!

“I didn’t see anyone…could it be…”

No, this was no time to be thinking about such things.
I just had to crush the eyeballs, defeat the monster, and survive…!

“Eyeball…eyeball…it’s not here!”

There were no eyeballs left in the areas we could move in!
And I seriously doubted that they were being hidden behind the tentacles.
There must be something… Somewhere I can still go…

Vvvuu…voooaarr…!

Tsk. Even now, the normal zombies were coming in from the entrances…
While the tentacles killed them instantly, they kept coming until the end…

“…Ah, the entrance is open.”

Yes. The entrance had been open from the beginning, and even now it was connected to the outside without being covered.
The sun was still up and light was shining down on the entrance.
It was so obvious. Why hadn’t I noticed it before…!

“The entrance is the exit!”

Ever since the battle started, strong zombies flooded in, and so it was a place of danger.
I didn’t even think about going out from there. And even if I did, I would have just been surrounded and killed.

Besides, we started in the nurse station on the tenth floor, which was the farthest place from the entrance.
We found out that there were items on the tenth floor, and so thought of the strategy of retreating while fighting.
Of course, that was correct.
Though, it had taken away the option of escaping through the place that used to be the most dangerous in the end.

I had seen that the flow of zombies had weakened once the rotten monsters started to appear.
And we couldn’t think flexibly enough to come to the conclusion that we should escape from the entrance…!

The requirement for victory was to survive for two hours. But we had thought of it as surviving for two hours ‘inside’ the hospital.
I had forgotten while I was fighting!

“But there is no need for regret…!”

As long as one of us survived until the end, everyone who participated would be able to use the stamp.
And so all I needed to do was escape from the entrance now and survive!

I shot the weak zombies down and dashed out of the entrance.
After running for some time, I was far enough to see the entire hospital.
And so…I turned around.

“I see…so that’s where the last eyeball is!”

The last eyeball was outside…!
An extra large and evil-looking eye was stuck to the outer wall of the hospital!
I would shoot it down immediately with a ballista…

“No, with this! The rocket launcher!”

The final and strongest trump card against zombies that Kyuka had given me.
Even though some people called me an old bowman, I would use this for the finale of this zombie survival!
It was just like the submachine gun that Canaria was using, and so anyone could fuse it with their weapon and use it.
I fused the rocket launcher with my Blackwind Dark Cloud Bow. It turned black and was now many times more dangerous.
And then I held it up like they did in games and movies…!

“Goodbye, rotten bastard!”

And I pulled the trigger.
With a strong recoil, the rocket shot out and flew towards the eyeball as if being sucked.
Explosions, flames, sounds, smoke…and the final scream of the monster…
As the particles of light appeared, signaling the death of the monster, the bell also rang to tell us that two hours had passed.

So…this battle of survival had ended with our victory!

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