A woman had asked for the Summoner's help when they were scavenging for food and water. He and the group followed her to a three-way junction.
Before they could raid the toy soldiers, a swarm of monster had appeared behind. The Summoner had hesitated, but he couldn't watch anyone die with his arms folded after all, so he had begun attacking the giant soldiers.
The raid by the Summoner caught the toys' attention. They switched their target from the restaurant to the Summoner's party.
At that moment, the swarm of monsters behind lined up across the three-way junction, sealing off their way back. Jackie the Holocaust Igniter: Tut! We are surrounded!
Glaoux: The creatures have blocked the roads. We have nowhere to escape! Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: It's all your fault, Summoner! You've dragged us down with your suicidal heroism!
: ...I don't plan on dying today! Heroic spirits, show yourself! Lift that giant toy soldier with all your might!
At the Summoner's command, a heroic spirit charged to the giant toy soldier twice his height and lifted it over his head effortlessly. He yelled and threw the giant toy at the creatures.
Boom! The giant toy soldier landed on most of the creatures, rendering them immobile. The Summoner's smart move had turned the tables. The Summoner and his comrades continued to pursue their victory...
Glaoux: That was a wise move, Summoner. If we can't kill them, just immobilise them... Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: Oh, wow. You've got brains! You literally defeated the enemies using an enemy. Jackie the Holocaust Igniter: He's much smarter than some crazy wench barking around doing nothing. Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: You! You didn't do anything to help either!
: Focus! Enemies incoming!
With the aid of everyone, the Summoner piled up the toys onto the creatures. Jackie created a circle of fire that trapped the enemies inside to prevent retaliation.
The villagers, having been trapped in the restaurant, came out relieved knowing that the danger had passed.
Their leader cried, holding the Summoner's hand as he thanked him for saving their lives. A rumble rang from Jackie's stomach, and the villagers immediately gathered food and water for the Summoner and his friends. Town Resident: Thank you for saving us.
: My pleasure. Town Resident: You don't dress like a local. I presume you are outside of town.
: 'I'm from the future, to be precise...That would probably scare them off if i say that...'
: I'm from the neighbouring town. I came here to visit a friend of mine, but I greeted by countless monsters the instant I set foot here... What exactly happened here? Town Resident: I have no idea. Many residents had mysteriously dissapeared about a month ago. One day, a batch of monsters rampaged through the streets. Town Resident: I ran for my life until I met other survivors. We stayed together and hid inside this restaurant but the toys found us in the end...
: 'Disappeared? Is this what Jack has been investigating...? Toys capturing humans, wandering monsters, the destroyed Market Streets...These might all be connected.' Town Resident: By the way, bear in mind that the abandoned Factory Zone is a no-no area. Those who went there to scavenge for useful stuff never came back...
: 'The Factory Zone, huh? Ugh! My head is exploding...I'm seeing images...'
When the Summoner and his comrade had reached the three-way junction, they had been sandwiched by the toys and the creatures.
Thanks to the Summoner's smart decision, they had turned the tables and escaped. The survivors prepared a sumptuous feast to thank them.
: What do you plan to do next?
Glaoux: The monsters and toy soldiers have reached this far. I'm afraid downtown isn't safe anymore. Town Resident: We've talked about this. If nowhere is safe, I'd rather return to the residential area, regardless of the risk! Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: We're one or two miles away from there. Not even I can tell what might await us on the way. Are you sure about that? Town Resident: We might be knocking on heaven's door, but we'll stay together until the end. Jackie the Holocaust Igniter: All of you...I'll be your escort! Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: Are you dumb? Don't be so sentimental. We still haven't found Jack!
: Then we'll protect them until we've got clues to Jack's whereabouts. Does that sounds okay to you? Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: ...Alright. I'll do it for your sake, but you'll pay for it tonight!
: "Ugh...I hope she won't suck me dry..."
All of them packed up and continued their journey. Jackie led the group while the Summoner, Glaoux and Elizabeth brought up the rear. The sky soon began pour down the brown rain again.
The Summoner and Jackie wrapped themselves in cloaks, while Glaoux hid in the Summoner's sleeve. Elizabeth sheltered herself with an umbrella of blood.
Raindrops kept hitting on the survivors without umbreallas. As the survivors crossed the bridge that led downtown, they slumped to the ground one after another.
The survivors screamed, rolling on the ground. Their body were swelling up aand blisters covered their blue skin.
Their eyes rolled into their heads and their veins popped out. All of their symptoms matched the creatures that had chased them earlier! Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: W-what's going on? Why are they turning into those creatures?
: ...It's the rain. The rain is changing them. It happened to you guys when I had just arrived... Dang it! How did I not figure this out?
Glaoux: Now is not the time to blame yourself! They're approaching!
: 'They're humans... I-I can't do it!'
The Summoner had saved the surviving town residents with the aid of his comrades.
When they reached the bridge connecting the residential area and the commercial area, it began to rain brown drops of liquid that had changed the survivors into inhuman creatures.
The monsters had lost their humanity. They launched deadly blows at the Summoner's party... Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: Summoner, do something! They're immune to attacks. We've got to run! Astonishing Magic - Iron Hamel: You won't escape this time. Morris the Bearer of Ambition: I won't fail again. Soul-awakened Doll - Matryoshka: I've waited for all of you the entire day. Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: These jerks found us again!
: Must be reinforcement requested by the escaped toys at the three way junction. There are too many of them! They're going to sandwich us! Astonishing Magic - Iron Hamel: That exhibitionist woman over there, hand over the cure to earn a painless death.
: 'Cure...? Don't tell me...!' Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: What cure? I don't know what you're talking about! Besides, I'm not an exhibitionist, but this is the only outfit that can bring out my beauty. A rusty turd like you wouldn't understand my art. Astonishing Magic - Iron Hamel: Dumb woman. Toys, get her!
Seeing as there were too many toy soldiers, Elizabeth had stuffed her bottle into the Summoner's pocket and kicked him down into the sea.
Hamel had sent Morris after them, but Jackie, Glaoux and Elizabeth stopped it from leaving. Jackie the Holocaust Igniter: You said you wouldn't sacrifice yourself. Have you lost your mind? Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: No. I'll do whatever I want and I'll save whover I want! Jackie the Holocaust Igniter: 'Were she not a murderous, bloodthirsty demon, we could've been good friends...' Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: What? Are you scared by the enemies? Jackie the Holocaust Igniter: Are you kidding me? You can't imagine how much I've been through all these years. I can't wait to slaughter these darn toys. Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: Humph, pretentious woman... If I'm going to die today, I'll die in the most beautiful way! Gory Aristocrat Elizabeth: 'Jack, is this the kind of aesthetic you yearned for...?' Jackie the Holocaust Igniter: What a coincidence. I feel the same way!
Elizabeth and Jackie exchanged looks and grinned excitedly, and then they charged at the toys together...