Hellping

It was winter, but the large field of blooming flowers was as golden as the rapeseed in spring.

Right in the center this landscape of peerless beauty was two giant steel-colored wreckages.

“…What’s the matter, Shin? You don’t look so good.”

The Dinosauria 4 meters tall was equipped with a 15.5mm cannon that exuded pressure, and it kept flailing its fluid silvery arms, saying so,

“Feeling unwell, Shinei? It’s a warrior’s basic skill to regulate the body. Is it because you feel relaxed after fighting me? That’s insulting the Nouzens’ family name.”

Chiming in thereafter was the Morphos, larger than the Dinosauria, 11 meters tall, 400 meters in length, armed with 800mm cannons.

What’s the situation now?

Shin could not help but retort quietly, and the two “Legion” units chatted with tones unbefitting of their appearances. The cabbage white butterflies fluttered away between the one human and the two machines.

“I don’t think I’ve ever told you about our family, Shin, but most of it is basically the annoying love story between mom and dad.”

“You should have explained that to him…he lost his parents, he didn’t know their heritage. It’s like he was robbed of what should be his.”

“You’re right. Now then…”

The Dinosauria appeared to be ready to say something to Shin, for it turned towards him (probably), but Shin interrupted, saying,

“Brother.”

“Eh?”

“Can you at least revert to how you look when you’re alive?”

“You say that…but in a certain sense, this is how I look when I was alive.”

Please don’t assume that your brain that was extracted and cloned after your death is considered ‘alive’.

“You’re going to outlive my age, and you’re four years younger. That’s infuriating.”

I don’t know about that.

“I guess it’s difficult to talk about it after all. Ahh, my neck’s tired. I don’t know where I should begin. I thought I didn’t need to show up after I died.”

“This older brother sure worries for his adorable younger brother.”

“Don’t show up again.”

Shin flatly retorted. Rei seemed to let out a deep sigh.

“…You used to call me brother and follow me all the time. You aren’t as adorable as you were before.”

“Whose fault do you think it is?”

Rei was instantly deflated, as though he had taken a hundred ton punch.

To a bystander, it would resemble a terrifying sight of a Dinosauria extending lots of human hands, looking down. Truly, it was a surreal sight.

Ahhh, it seemed the Morpho sighed. The large cannon akin to a spear throbbed up and down.

“Well…I know an older brother will worry about the little brother.”

“You think so too, don’t you? Isn’t my little brother adorable? He’s so unbelievably adorable.”

“No need for the compliments. And besides, nobody talked about it. Basically, he’s not cute at all.”

“I see…I guess this little pride is cute at this age. Speaking of which, you do have a similar situation, don’t you Kiriya? Being all showy and such.”

“……I should have blown him up during the test firing.”

“Hahaha, don’t think about it. I guess that’s why I’m an elite commander unit.”

“Hmph…”

The Dinosauria continued to yap away like a stupid older brother, and the Morpho was clearly looking impatient.

Such a sight was truly tiring, probably because all the tension was gone, or because the situation before him was too surreal.

Shin, who was extremely worn out after a mere while, said,

“…Brother.”

“Eh? What’s the matter, Shin?”

“I should be waking up soon.”

“Ahh, sure. Do your best today too.”

“I’ll leave the Princess to you. Don’t let her be hurt.”

The moment it disappeared, Shin, who was dressed in desert fatigues, waved at the black and red silhouettes in unisons. Truth be told, he was furious.

He opened his eyes, and saw a plain ceiling of a bunk that was used as a barracks. It was a foldable living unit that could be transported by truck and assembled by many soldiers.

As they belonged to the same squadron in the same batch of reinforcements, Raiden, using the same room, asked while looking down,

“…Did you have a nightmare?”

“Probably.”

Shin got up from the hard, simple bed, and though he did not oversleep, he answered so while pressing his aching head. He had enough.

If it was not for that sudden entrance…his brother especially would have had a lot of things to say.

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