I rush to Uemura’s room with life jackets for four people in my hands.
The corridor is already filled with seawater. It’s only a matter of time before we sink.
I’m not sure why I’m doing this to those guys.
I’ve been thinking about it over and over again.
I’ve got the room number of Kuroishi and the others from Murama-sensei.
When I told them I was going to give them life jackets, they stopped me, but I shook them off and came over.
We are still teenagers. There are so many things we want to do and become.
I know that better than anyone else.
That’s why I think I’m going to help them, no matter if I don’t like them or not.
I guess I’m going towards helping.
I’m really an idiot myself. I should definitely leave them alone.
It’s already flooded. If I’m not careful, I’ll end up as a piece of seaweed.
It’s not something I should risk my life for.
Despite this thought, I found myself running as fast as I could.
I eventually reached the corridor where Kuroishi and the others’ rooms were located.
“Oh come on, you’ve got to be kidding…….”
The hallway was warped.
The water was cascading down from the top, making it difficult to climb up. It was not a simple task.
In such a situation, I said to myself,
“All right, I’m going up there.”
Uemura came out from the innermost room. He was holding something like a rope in his hand.
“Tamura…you didn’t come to save me, did you?”
“I brought life jackets for four people! What about Kuroishi and the others?”
Uemura, who showed an emotionless expression for a moment in response to my question, said.
“……Oh, yeah. They are in this room.”
He indicated the room he came out of with his thumb.
Okay, then, you can go to. In that case, I’ll show you …….
“There is lighting equipment above Uemura’s head. Tie a rope around it and let it hang down!”
Incidentally, there are various ways to tie a rope, such as a screw knot or a curly knot, but in this situation, telling Uemura would only cause him to panic.
At any rate, I told him to tie it tightly.
After tying the knot, Uemura says
“Okay. So what are we going to do⁉︎ Call Kuroishi and the others inside and get off?”
Then I thought.
This slope. It was too much to ask the girls to get off immediately, let alone the boys.
Especially Ohara might be too scared to get off the ship.
If a large amount of seawater rushes into the ship in the meantime, it would definitely end their lives.
If they were afraid to get off the rope, at worst, Uemura and I could get off together.
If it comes to it.
“No, I’ll go that way.”
As someone who enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering, this was no big deal to me.
I wrapped a life vest around my waist and ran up to Uemura.
When I was within arm’s reach of Uemura, I asked him.
“First of all, Kamimura. Put this on right away.”
“Ah, ah. I’m sorry.”
“Are there only three of you in there? If not, we’ll have to go get them right away.”
“That’s all we need. There’s another one in there!”
“What do we do, Tamura?”
I was thinking about this all the time.
To be honest, it’s risky to go back the way I came.
There were many places that were flooded by the time I got here.
If I go back for it now, I might lose my life this time.
–Hajime. You’re going to save a lot of people from now on, aren’t you?
I remember my mother’s last words to me as she was dying of cancer.
It was the last thing she said to me when she was dying of cancer.
I made a vow to myself. I vowed to become a person who could save many lives. I would become a doctor and make it come true.
If that’s the case…
“I’ll go get it right away. But, Uemura, as soon as you get the life jackets to Kuroishi and the others, leave the room and go. And use this for the other one.”
I took off the life vest I was wearing and handed it to Uemura.
Now he had enough for all four of us.
“Are you sure?”
“This is the best we can do.”
“Are you sure?”
“This is the best we can do.”
“I understand. I’m in your debt. What the fuck is that?”
Uemura points a finger at me as I try to climb down the rope.
I immediately checked below.
“What the hell!?”
I felt a shock on my face.
I unintentionally let go of the rope and fell, following the law of universal gravitation.
I quickly adjusted my position and took a catch.
I looked up to see what had happened.
“Thanks, Tamura! Thanks to you, my stock is soaring. I guess Kuroishi and the others must be in love with me for getting a life preserver while the ship was sinking. Ahaha. But you really are an idiot, aren’t you? There’s no way there’s another one.” [TL/N: Goddamn, this guy is a murderer.]
Kamimura pulls up the rope and says while lifting up the edge of his mouth.
As expected, I realize that I am harboring murderous intent.
He kicked me in the face with his life vest and made me fall.
And he did it under the false pretense that he didn’t have enough life jackets.
“See you later.”
Uemura ignored my cries and entered the room.
I take a deep breath as black emotions well up inside me.
I need to separate my emotions from my actions. If I let my anger get the better of me and become desperate, my life will be in danger.
I still hadn’t sorted out my emotions yet, but I decided to hurry and get to the lifeboat.
The moment I stood up with that thought in mind.
“……You’re lying, man.”
I looked back and saw the sight of a large amount of seawater rushing into view.
–It was over.
Before I could even think that, I was swallowed up by an overwhelming force that I could not resist.
And then my consciousness ceased to exist.