A train was traveling across a vast land, producing burnt smoke into the air.
This daily routine was, however, interrupted by a sudden flash, as if marking an opening to the upcoming drama. One of the lights landed on the train tail…
Izumi: Hmm...So noisy...What happened——Huh? Where am I?
Waking up from sleep, Izumi found herself being dragged at her collar by a moving train. Meanwhile, the train was going through a bumpy trail.
The part that held Izumi’s collar detached as the train was bumped up and down. When she was about to be thrown off the train——
Izumi: “This is just a piece of cake compared to the training on Briggs mountain!”
Izumi touched her palms then touched her clothes. As a light shone, part of her clothes was transmuted into rope, fixing Izumi on the hand rail.
Next second, she made a flip with the help of the rope, landing on the train tail.
Izumi: Phew. My body is still flexible as the old times. Alright, let’s find out where I am...What!
After stretching a bit, Izumi opened the door to enter the car. The first thing she saw was a man dragging the hair of a white-haired girl, who was protecting another red-haired girl.
Izumi: No, but aren’t you ashamed of picking on two innocent girls?
Researcher: Mind your own business, you old——AH!
Thouching the wall with her palm, the provoked Izumi transmuted it into a huge hand to subdue him.
Researcher: W-What kind of witchery is this...Guards! Catch this intruder!
Few guards barged into the car and surrounded Izumi hostilely.
Izumi: Get out of my way, you brats!
As a few blunt punching and moans sounded, the bulky guards were all knocked out by Izumi.
Researcher: W-Who are you!?
Izumi: A housewife!
Researcher: W-What! AH!
The scream was cut off by Izumi’s kick. Next second, the researcher joined the beaten guards and laid on the ground. After dusting off herself, Izumi came to the two girls who had been hiding at a corner.
Izumi: Are you two alright?
Girl: We’re fine. What should we call you, aunt...Um, ma’am?
Izumi: Call me Izumi.
Stein: I’m Stein, and she’s Tonnie.
Stein: Please forgive her. She’s a very shy person.
Izumi: It’s alright. Can you tell me where we are? How did you get involved with those guys?
Stein: We sneaked into this train actually, for our friends are kidnapped here!
Two guards were guarding a car on a moving train; one of them started yawning.
Guard A: Ahm...I’m so exhausted. Couldn’t sleep well on the train last night. I gotta sleep as much as I can after my shift!
Guard B: By the way, what is this room hiding? Those researchers have been acting discreet, and we have to turn away everytime they go inside——Ah!
Guard A: What happened——Ah!
Rock fists that popped out from the wall knocked out the two guards in the blink of an eye. Then three people walked out of a dark corner from the hallway.
Stein: Izumi, you’re incredible! You took the guards down in just a second...But are you sure to help us? You might be caught up in this mess…
Izumi: Don’t be silly. There’s no way that I’ll let you kids take on this risk alone!
Stein: Izumi...Thank you so much. You’re a good person!
Tonnie: Hey, Ein...Stein, let’s get in or we’ll get caught.
Clack! Izumi unlocked the door with alchemy. Pushing the door open, they saw a completely dark room.
With the vague light outside the room, Izumi could barely see the interior. Cages were put in a neat order; something was kept inside in each cage.
Izumi: Are those...children?
Each child was wearing a metal ring on the neck with thin tubes. Meanwhile, maroon fluid was extracted through the tubes, flowing to the immense disc at the end of the car.
Izumi: That machine is sucking blood out of the children...Ridiculous! Who the hell initiated such cruelty!
Stein: Just like what he said, using children for human experiment in the excuse of foster home.
Tonnie: Humph! How unethical this is! We must bring him down this time!
Izumi: Wait..Who are you——
A creepy sharp noise interrupted Izumi’s question; meanwhile, three bone-chilling red lights were flashing.
Three robots were charging at Izumi from different directions. Any sane person could foresee the deadly outcome if a human was hit by them.
Izumi: Don’t think you can hurt me with these crappy metal!
Izumi seized the right timing to grab the robots coming from left and right. Then she spun on her heel to throw the two robots at the one coming ahead.
Bam! The three robots crashed into each other, while Izumi remained unharmed.
Tonnie: No...They’re not finished!
Izumi: Combining together? Then I’ll kick your ass again——Cough!
Izumi: “Not right now…”
As Izumi coughed blood, the sudden blood loss brought her down on her knee. In the meantime, the combined robot was about to smash Izumi with its gigantic steel arm——
Clank——Tonnie fended off the arm with a metal sword for Izumi!
Stein: Izumi, are you alright?
Izumi: ...I’m fine.
Tonnie: Einstein, it’s no time to chat. Give me a hand!
Stein: Okay okay. I heard you.
Izumi spotted a mechanical arm when Stein raised her arm. At this moment, her mechanical arm started glowing blue, as if it was wrapped up by a powerful energy membrane.
Stein: Newton, dodge!
When Tonnie retreated, Stein punched the robot hard——BOOM! The robot was blasted away to the other side of the car. Broken in the battle, it started emitting black smoke.
Stein: Phew...That was close.
Tonnie: Don’t just stand over there. Our mission hasn't been done yet.
Stein: Right. We still have children to save.
It didn’t take Stein and Tonnie long to disable the blood extraction machine. The children were all safe when the machine was shut down.
Izumi: Who are you two exactly…
Tonnie and Stein took off their disguise, revealing the true identities.
Stein: Sorry about lying to you, but we mean no harm.
Newton: We’re the scientists from Lomond Manor. My real name is Newton, and he’s Einstein. We infiltrated this train to investigate the crime committed by Copernicus, one of our scientists.
Izumi: Lomond Manor? I’ve never heard of such an organization…
Einstein: Of course you haven’t, because you’re not from this world.
Izumi: So it’s true...That explains the strange feeling when I was using alchemy…
Newton: A different world...What are you talking about?
Einstein: My mentor once told me that the universe was way bigger than we could imagine.
Einstein: There are other existing dimensions apart from the realm we’re living on, and Izumi is a visitor from another dimension.
Newton: But...how come?
The train rocked along with a sharp noise, which had lasted for a while. In the meantime, Izumi protected Einstein and Newton with her body.
Newton: Ouch...The train seems to have stopped…
Einstein: Something has happened to the engine. Let’s check it out.
They tried to find out what had happened to the locomotive by peeking from the window, but something shocked Izumi——There was a hole in the sky as if it was melted, revealing the image of a prosperous city.
Izumi: The image inside the hole is the world I live in…