Machi, wrapped up in a blinding beam, was teleported to a forest in the realm. She sensed something coming when she took a step to explore the place. Raising her hands, she used Nen Threads to hang the incoming creature onto a tree.
Madhead: Whoa! I mean no harm! Please let me down!
Machi: Who are you?
Madhead: I...I’m Madhead. I’m here to tell you how to go back to your world!
Machi: Hmm, you seem not dangerous.
As Machi untied the threads, Madhead immediately dropped onto the ground.
Machi: Tell me how?
Madhead: To leave the realm...You must deliver a mission assigned to you, and I’ll teleport you back to your world!
Madhead: Please defeat the demon that hunts young ladies!
Machi took a flyer from Madhead, which had a picture of the demon.
Machi: Ugh. Is there any other easier way to go back?
Machi found her way out of the forest instinctively. Soon, she arrived at a town. Scouting on a watchtower, she saw a bustling and lively place. Yet there was a bizarre feeling about this town lingering in her heart.
Machi: “I feel like this town has something to do with that demon. Let me take a look around here.”
Leaping down from the watchtower, Machi landed into an alley and headed to a crowded open market. Ahead of her, there were three men chatting while walking.
Man A: The day is coming. We’re screwed.
Man B: You’re right, man. We gotta find an offering before the day comes…
Man C: Hey, look! A woman over there! A woman over there!
The moment when the man shouted “a woman over there”, everyone in the market shifted the attention to Machi. Machi didn’t realize that there was only male in the town until now. While they were staring at her, an expression of excitement appeared on their faces.
Machi: “My gut feeling is right.”
Next second, Machi ran away from the men as fast as she could. Meanwhile, the men pursued tightly as if a group of predators after a prey. In the nick of time, Machi lifted up a stall on the road with Nen Threads, throwing at the pursuers. The projectile clashed with the man closest to Machi, who tripped the rest of the pursuers following behind. Machi, seizing the escape window, ran into an alley and hid behind a stack of boxes.
Sensing someone’s presence at the end of the alley, Machi tip-toed her way to the sound source. There was a girl leaning against the wall with a bleeding wound on her waist.
Machi: Who hurt you?
Jackie: What are you doing here!? Leave! The men here kidnap girls and offer to the demon...in order to keep themselves safe! Ouch...
When Machi went closer to Jackie, she noticed the metal joint on her arm and the steel spring on her legs.
Machi: Your body is special...
Jackie: Those were created to eliminate all wicked demons, but I failed to accomplish it...
Machi: Did you come to this town for this demon?
Machi handed the flyer from Madhead to Jackie, who became angry as soon as she saw the picture.
Jackie: That’s him! He’s the commander of a demon army! He’s the one having the men to kidnap young women!
Jackie: I came here to investigate his lair, but his minions found me and hunt me down. I had to hide in this town because of the injury.
Machi: I can heal you. Can you take me to the lair?
Jackie: Taking you to the lair? What are you talking about? Ordinary girl like you can’t handle the demons!
Machi: Need my treatment or not?
Jackie: ...Yes please.
Machi: Let’s begin.
It only took Machi a moment to stitch up Jackie’s wound with Nen Threads, which had surprised Jackie into speechless. When the wound was sewed, Machi waved her hand and bit off the Nen Thread. On Jackie’s waist, there was nothing but a vague scar.
Machi: Blood vessels, nerves and muscles are completely reattached.
Jackie: This is...amazing...What are you exactly?
Machi: It’s just a piece of cake. Now take me to the demon's lair.
Astonished by Machi’s ability, Jackie was convinced to take her to the lair as she realized she was no ordinary.
Late night, Jackie led Machi through the town into a dense forest. The two stayed low in the bushes to avoid getting caught.
Jackie: This is where their security perimeter is. The last time I came here, they got me before I could sneak into their lair...
Having been observing for a while, Machi noticed that their shifts changed every hour. Once she discovered the pattern, she took out a needle with a Nen Thread on it, pinning the needle onto a guard discreetly.
Machi: This thread will lead us to their lair.
When the guard finished his shift, he returned to the deeper part of the forest without noticing the Nen Thread on him. Led by the thread, Machi and Jackie came to a hidden cave, where two guards were securing the entrance.
Jackie: I never expected to find a cave here.
Lurking in the bushes nearby, Machi threw Nen Threads to lasso the guards. In a split second, they were strangled to death before they could make a sound.
Machi then entered the cave without any hesitation, while Jackie following closely. The structure of the cave was like a maze, occupying an extensive area underground. Surprising the most, countless corpses of young women were hung everywhere.
The moment when Jackie saw the hanging corpses, a deep rage erupted inside her. While she was conjuring fire on her palm to burn the corpses, the demons inside were alerted by their intrusion.
Demon Commander: Who ruined my beautiful decorations!
Jackie: They are not your decorations! They are the people who lost their lives because of your disgusting fetish!
Jackie: Wicked demons like you do not deserve to exist!
Demon Commander: Weak and vulnerable humans are nothing more than decorations to me! Pay for what you’ve done with your lives...
Demon Commander: No, that’s not enough. I’ll kill your family and your friends, every single one of them! And decorate my cave with your corpses!
Machi, who had witnessed their conversation, scowled at the demon commander because of his provocative speech. Meanwhile, a swarm of demon minions was trying to raid Machi, but failed as they were tied up by the Nen Threads. Next second, Machi threw all of them into the fierce fire and incinerated.
Demon Commander: W-Who are you?
The demon commander decided to flee as he sensed Machi’s terrifying strength, yet the Nen Threads caught him one step ahead. Before he could say anything, his head was severed, silencing him for good.
Jackie: How incredible...With such a power, I’ ll be able to exterminate all wicked demons.
Machi: The credits are all yours. I have nothing to do with it.
Madhead: Thanks for the help! I’ll send you back to your world now!
Madhead waved his wand. When a magic circle appeared, Machi vanished right away. Once she returned to her world, all memories about the realm had been wiped clean. As she looked at her fellows, an unspoken feeling of comfort filled her heart.