Explanation For The Lack Of Activity This Past Month

Hello everyone,it had been over 1 year and a half since I continuously wrote my chapters daily,for the past month I have been really inactive and I am not going to lie and say that there something in my life that I needed to do or because I was just simply busy.

(Even though I am actually busy with the upcoming TOEFL test that would decide whether or not I acquire my scholarship to america,but lets ignore that for now.)

First,I want to apologize for suddenly going AWOL all of a sudden without a single word or post like this.

And don’t worry,I am not dropping anything nor am I stopping writing altogether the thing is since I started writing I have never stopped writing at least a single chapter everyday,but after a while I started to notice my sluggishness whenever I am behind the keyboard writing something or when I started to get a lack of imagination to properly progress the story.

(Which ain’t actually a problem since I already planned the majority of the story onto a sheet)

To put it simply.

I am tired,I needed at least a single month’s amount of time for a break to catch up with other books and my own favorite series to refresh my mind and get back into my original mind set.

And I think I am ready now.

(Huraayyy)

You can expect a chapter the next week and I am most likely am going to return to my usual schedule with one chapter daily,but don’t keep your hopes up please.

(You never know what might happen to me,I may just start procrastinating again xD)

Until then my friends !

(Or rather until a few hours or so since tomorrow is going to be monday in my clock)

P.S.

I am mongolian if you haven’t already known.

 

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Chapter 175 A Beast In The Bushes

=======================Sarah’s P.O.V=======================

A few days back when sophia recovered from most of her injuries she heard janet talking about going into the forest and hunt a few beasts.

And while we had enough food to last us for a long time and much more that comes daily through the slimes help,janet had another reason to go outside and explore,it was to gain experience and become stronger so they could survive better and start relying on themselves rather then slimes provided by sorron.

For sophia such words as “aquiring strength” and “getting stronger” were like thunder in hear ears,Ever since experiencing those horrible events that happened to her and the other girls and after recovering from her wounds,she started to seek such strength herself,she wanted to live,she wanted to go back home see her friends and family and live again.

No matter what,being weak wasn’t acceptable,she understood that if she continued to be weak the tragedy that occurred with her and the others would only continue at some point or another,she never wanted to be within the grasps of another person ever again and instead of feeling trampled on she wanted to trample others beneath her feet.

This goal alone kept her going up until now solidifying in her mind like a huge spot that couldn’t get erased no matter what,constantly reminding her and making her feel on edge which is why she joined janet and her little group of like minded people to go into the forest and get stronger slowly.

At least thats what she believed at first…

Sophia didn’t know that as soon as they would step off their camp that she would encounter a second life changing event inside this forest.

We would get to that shortly,but for now talking about the general group was more fitting.

In total there were 5 people who went into the forest,including janet,sophia,and another two girls,terry the sole guy in the group also came along,not because he wanted to,but because janet coerced him to come along.

His decision to go into the forest may also have been largely influenced because of the eerie atmosphere in the camp regarding the girls,it had been hard for everyone since we started taking care of each other,but it seemed like the boys suffered the most out of this as their mere presence alone would freak out half of the traumatized girls triggering their horrible memories and make the other half show a very cold and chilly attitude towards them which was both menacing and scary at the same time.

 

As of now,I haven’t heard of the boys really complaining about anything regarding this atmosphere,lately they haven’t even been speaking that often anymore to anyone other then each other or janet and myself,they also got pretty well engrossed into their tasks then socialize like gary who frequently goes into the forest to explore and such,I of course pretended that it wasn’t there to lighten up the mood,but even though I was trying it didn’t seem to work at all,but only made the issue turn into something as if it was the most natural thing in the world…

Well back to the topic.

It only made sense that terry would be in that group since terry’s class was that of a <Soldier> his potential was already there he only needed experience to become more useful and in time janet also believed that terry would become more capable enough to lead his own small group into the forest so he could hunt with others to increase their strength,drastically increasing their survival rate.

And it wasn’t only him that came for that reason,the two other girls that I was slightly unfamiliar with had similarly been included into that group because they were judged as the most effective to cultivate in terms of strength and class.

I remember that janet even asked me whether or not I want to come along since I already could fight with a sword and had a suitable class that would get much stronger if leveled up at the time,I really didn’t want to go,not because I was scared,which I was,but because I hated violence in general and while I knew I couldn’t avoid it in this world forever just like in earth,I still held onto my stupid beliefs and tactfully declined janets offer.

Janet at the time didn’t say much to refusal,she seemed to have partially understood my reason as to why I didn’t want to come and while she did respect my answer she still left me a few words before leaving telling me that staying the way I was now wasn’t going to work forever in which I couldn’t say much other then look down at myself and give her a bitter smile.

-Wait a second…I understand that you heard from janet that she was going to go with a few people into the forest and start hunting for experience,but from what I know didn’t janet personally chose the people who would go ? I remember that when someone else asked to come along janet refused them and said that only a few qualified people would go,but looking at you-no offense-you aren’t very strong and from what I know neither are you vocal about anything so I am confused as to how you were able to join if you weren’t even qualified…

Gary interrupted,and to be honest he had a fair point,from what I knew janet took only the people who had a fair advantage against smaller critters people who could use skills from a distance or make sure that they wouldn’t be hurt as much even if they get hit or something,mental strength and physical strength was also a factor to consider,but because combat skills gave you a land sliding advantage in this world it was the first thing to be considered by her.

Hearing gary’s sudden question stubbed sophia for a second,it wasn’t as if the question itself was important or anything,it was just that gary was curious,sophia could have chosen to ignore the question,but she answered it anyway for a moment glancing behind her as she looked at terry in a small reminiscent way,terry also returned that gaze not as much as sophia,but slightly acknowledging as if he was regretting it now.

(Sha Sha ! Sha Sha !)

The wind started to pick up,the leafs that grew out of the thousands of branches on the trees rustled with a soothing tune of the forest,the 4 of us stood motionless inside this dark forest and even though it was dangerous staying here for too long because of the monsters out here,We still didn’t go away and listened patiently.

I also slightly believed in gary’s ability to sense danger if anything would happen he was the first to say it without a doubt making me a bit more calmer as I felt a small chill coming up my spine through this cold wind.

Sophia also looked cold holding her hands a bit more tighter against each other while finally speaking again.

-Yes,initial I wasn’t chosen to come with them since I didn’t have any useful skills to attack or defend myself,but because I was stubborn and really wanted to go I still tried and went to ask janet if I could accompany them,and just like that time with the other girl janet declined me,telling me that I was too weak for now and told me to stay put instead.In the end if it would have happened ,I would accepted her refusal…if it wasn’t for terry of course who at the last second was able to convince janet to let me join their group…

Hearing what sophia had just said,gary and I both got little surprised for a second and both of us also simultaneously moved our heads to the right staring at terry as he crossed his arms with a uncomfortable look on his face.

At the time there was a hint of red in his cheeks when we faced him,but because it was too dark to really see anything both me and gary didn’t notice and if we had we would have probably gotten a very different impression then we had now.

-Don’t look at me like that,even I don’t fully understand why I started arguing at the time,I only thought that having more people would be safer then having less and this wasn’t the same with the other girl either since lara is only 15 years old and still little while sophia is at least old enough to take care of herself at best

Terry explained,making it very clear that he didn’t argue for the sake of favor,but just because of circumstances and thinking about it he was sort of right,lara was indeed too young to be allowed to fight these monsters she also didn’t have a good class when it came to fighting and generally her body build was just too small for her to keep up with the others who were more grown then her.

My thoughts ended at this point,turning back to sophia as I didn’t see anything wrong with this discussion,gary on the other hand kept staring at terry for a few more seconds as if trying to measure him or something before giving a light sigh and looking away back to sophia.

Sophia didn’t notice this at the time and simply continued how everything went coughing a few times to clear her throat as she spoke from where she left off.

Janet in the end agreed to let sophia join them for the hunt under conditions that terry had to closely look after her and make sure she was safe and unhurt,terry agreed to it reluctantly since it was him who pleaded in the first place while the other two girls didn’t seem to care at all who went and not.

And as such their preparations went fast and smoothly,valera and I at the time were doing guard duty so i still remember walking them out of the camp with a worried look on my face fearing their safety totally different from the way valera looked as she was as always confident and boisterous with her speech.

What happened afterwards wasn’t much of a surprise since I already heard everything from janet from how their first day of hunting went,and in short they weren’t able to catch or kill anything,most of the small animals would instantly run away after encountering them janet and the others also avoided most of the medium sized beasts as to not take risks and relatively stayed close near their base so they wouldn’t get lost somehow.

Not the most productive day they had since they didn’t even fight a single creature,but they acquired a bit of experience from walking around the forest and such,and its not like they came back empty handed since on their way they encountered sorron who provided us with decent armors and swords one of which I was currently holding in my hands.

(She is referring to chapter 90 You Dropped Something)

Everything in sophia’s story was identical to how janet told me hers,but with small details from her own point of view,which included terry who always followed sophia everywhere like a little guard protecting his master,I was tempted to ask sophia if she could speed up her talking and come to the point explaining why she was here together with terry,but as soon as I considering asking sophia already started talking about it luckily.

-After walking for half a day already without success,we considered taking a break and then return back at base since it was soon getting dark,the day was stressful to be honest,I was tired and because terry was following me no matter where I went I felt a bit irritated and asked whether or not I could go to the bushes alone and relief myself while in reality I just wanted to be alone…

Sophia said,being extremely blunt with her words without mercy as she complained about a person who was right here next to her in ears reach,but looking at terry who was being called a nuisance I noticed that he didn’t react much other then looking the other way a few times and making a mocking fsmile directed at himself,he seemed as if he was already used to this giving me the impression that they were most probably pretty close already…as friends that is.

I thought pleased from the amount of progress they had unaware of gary who stood by my side suddenly making a twitch with his head for a second as he looked to the left side his eyes wandering around the bushes as sophia continued talking.

It was also at this moment when I felt some of the wind dying down lowering the cold,but also making me feel something strange instead.

-…And after separating from terry,I went to a small secluded place a few steps away and sat down onto a big rock relaxing.And just as I was doing so I could hear a rustling coming from the bushes next to me…

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Chapter 92 How About Coffee?

I sighed…

Currently I was sitting inside the Los Angeles Police Department lobby, actually waiting for policemen to finish questioning Hestia. I had been actually sitting here for about an hour maybe… Of course I could always leave and let Hestia find her own way back by sensing me, but I felt like that would be wrong to do so I just waited until they were done. Don’t misunderstand, Hestia wasn’t accused of anything. It was already sorted out that she was the one who had stopped the robbery and rescued the hostages by herself. There were multiple testimonies that proved it which were the people who she saved. But the thing was, Hestia was very suspicious on her own because she wore the white mask the moment we walked into the bank. Some of the policemen thought that she worked with the robbers which was complete nonsense to me, but they needed to follow their so called “protocol” bullshit, they had to be sure that she wasn’t working with the robbers. And that’s why she was being questioned… As for me, they just told me to go home. But they also said that I could wait which I was doing of course. Actually, I’m not gonna lie but I was a bit worried since Hestia didn’t have any ID’s herself. I was fully expecting them to come up empty when they queried her information which would make her even more suspicious. But at the same time, I wasn’t really pressured since Steward told me once that having no ID wasn’t really a problem, it was only ever important when you left a country. It’s still convenient to have one in some cases… I wonder if this case was one of them.

-Hey kid, you want some coffee? I think the questioning will take a bit and I can see that you aren’t about to run away…

I was suddenly asked, making me slightly surprised. I turned my head towards the voice and as I did so, I met with a woman who had short black hair and stood 6.1 feet tall. She was bent over in order to look at me with her friendly smile while her brown eyes looked at me analyzing something… I knew this woman and actually, I was expecting to meet her in this place. What was her name again…? Now that I’m thinking about it, she didn’t introduce herself to me last time did she?

Looking at her, I also smiled mildly trying to be a bit friendlier.

-Sorry, I don’t think I caught your name last time ma’am.

Hearing my reply, her eyebrows furrowed for a bit as she thought about herself before replying to me soon after.

-Oh, that’s right. I actually never introduced myself kid. Last time we met, it was quite a rushed start and my partner wasn’t quite the most friendliest guy to talk with. I still feel sorry about the situation by the way… On that topic, I didn’t hear your name either did I? Well, let me introduce myself first – my name is Mishel Aunburn. I am a detective working for the L.A.P.D., nice to meet you kid.

She gave me her hand when she said that, trying to give me a handshake which I took gladly as I also introduced myself properly with a smile.

-Nice to meet you Miss Mishel, my name is Dawn Timer. As you know, I moved in only over a week ago. I am also sorry for last time rushing off like that.

She laughed pleasantly and just sat on the seat next to me continuing the conversation.

-Oh, it’s alright… but you’re pretty young you know? The first time we met, I even called you a mister because of the way you acted like an adult. I was also pretty confused myself that… oh wait, I almost forgot. My coffee offer? How about it? Staying here doesn’t seem to be very comfortable. You also seemed to be very bored and having a break right now seems more fitting don’t you think?

She asked, making me think for a moment on what to do. I also glanced towards the door for a few seconds… Hestia would tell me when she finishes and I also really needed a break. I was tired, a bit spent, and never got any proper rest for the past days. Coffee also sounded very good since I don’t get to taste it very often, but I already loved the sour sweet taste of it.

With that out of the way, I turned towards Mishel while nodding my head to accept her offer. She smiled and told me to follow her into the break room which I did of course. On the way, I actually wondered what this woman wanted from me. She obviously didn’t come here to talk with me on friendly terms or out of pity, she wanted something. I could tell from the reflection of her eyes that there was some kind of need from me… information maybe?

I tried guessing but couldn’t gauge which answer was right and which was wrong. Honestly I didn’t care since either way; I got free coffee which was all good.

With those thoughts, I followed Mishel and we soon went into the break room which had a lot of coffee machines set up. She quickly prepared a few machines and pressed a couple buttons to initiate the brewing. In the meantime that was happening, I looked around curiously. On the way here, we had passed by many different people who were restlessly working on their desks. Some were talking with each other and some smoking to vent out a bit of stress. They all looked different but I could see that they all had one thing in common – they all had that sharp piercing glint in their eyes as if nothing could escape them. It was a glint of wisdom so to say but not everyone had it. But most of them had it for sure, one of them being Mishel of course.

-So, if you don’t mind me asking, why did you move over to this rowdy city?

Mishel asked out of the blue while sitting down next to the table across from me. The sound of the coffee machine could be heard as she talked, letting me think about my answer or so to say, my official story that was prepared beforehand by Steward.

-I previously used to live in the countryside and because nothing really exciting was happening there, I decided to leave and live with my uncle in the city.

Mishel listened to me wholeheartedly as I continued to relay to her my fake story of where I came from and what I did before. This story was actually officially true if you look into the documents, but in reality it was forged. It was something Steward made for me so I wouldn’t be questioned too hard or tries to make things up on the fly. The story was written in a document he had given to me along with the ID. It was pretty well done I had to admit.

-So what about your parents? Actually…

She asked when I finished my story. Obviously I didn’t mention that I had parents and just told her a short version.

-I don’t have parents actually… they died in a car accident 10 years ago… when I was 5…

I lied through my teeth without changing my expression and just stared into the coffee machine. Mishel took the answer with slight wide eyes with some sympathy, but at the same time not really believing it fully.

-Oh really… Sorry to make you remember that. Let’s change topics; do you go to school and why are you actually here in the first place?

The last question had me laughing a bit since the story was a bit long and weird. But the first question was easy.

-I’ve already finished school, jumping grades actually. And as for why I am here, that’s a pretty long story actually…

Mishel smiled hearing that. She got up when she noticed that the coffee was already done brewing, fill the cups.

-I am all ears.

She said, finishing up and placing 2 cups of coffee on the table, one for me and one for her. Her attitude from this point was pretty laid back as I told her how Hestia kicked the robbers’ asses and why I was here since I was just waiting for her. I even explained who Hestia was, telling her that she was one of the security guards my uncle had hired who also happened to be a friend of the family which I made up. Mishel was pretty much already hooked on the story. She was pretty wide eyed because of the things that I had gone through in one day and still be able to talk like this as if it wasn’t a big deal. She also showed a big interest in Hestia herself, dropping hints on wanting to meet her personally.

-Wow, that’s really an amazing story you got there. I wasn’t really there for the robbery but I was working on another case actually… You may remember when we first met, I asked you if you saw anything strange in these parts the last few days right?

I nodded now; really interested in what she wanted from me since this topic in particular was something she didn’t mention out of the blue. She intended to lead the conversation to this and was for some reason, interested in my opinion which was weird seeing that I only came a few days ago. Why would she have any interest in a person like me?

I wondered. I just sat there and listened to her talking and acting as if I knew nothing. From what I understand, it goes something like this:

Over the past month, there have been multiple cases of homicide in the city. All of them ended up with 2 to 3 people dead each time. The amount of these cases was at least once per week now, which was worrisome since the homicides happen randomly in different parts of the city. Each time it would be from a different person who committed the crime. And most of the time, the perpetrator would be shot dead because strangely, they couldn’t be reasoned with. They would turn into wild animals and try to kill everything that moves. Catching them was also very hard and not advised after the first 2 incidents. Trying to use tranquilizers also didn’t seem to work on these guys, having no effect on them. Disabling them was also useless since the moment they finally calm down, their heart stops beating leading to instant death. These incidents were strange and had made its way through the news all over the town, warning people. Currently it is believed that it’s some kind of drug that caused people to suddenly go berserk or something, but the autopsy report states that there weren’t any drugs involved. The incidents were shrouded in even more mystery since they can’t even predict when such incidents were going to happen again or who was making them happen. Mishel in particular seems to be really upset by this when she told me about it. And listening to her, I also remembered some words about this that wasn’t from the news, but it came from Illeana the Vampiress, also known as the president of the “Victoria” night club. She had once mentioned to me that there had been a werewolf in the city going rogue all of a sudden, killing 3 people too. Illeana herself had given me a small explanation to this topic. It gave me a basic understanding of things such as the Fenrirs and the wolf packs and members; and how the transformation usually goes with a supervisor who makes sure that the newly made werewolf doesn’t go rogue.

She also told me that it was unsettling since no one really knew where that werewolf came from. This seemed basically impossible since werewolves could sense each other pretty easily. It seems other than that, there appears to be multiple theories on how that could have happened. One of them being that it may have been smuggled in without anyone knowing, a possibility that Illeana seemed to be the most scared of… with a good reason too I guess.

-You seem to be unfocused, do you know something? Anything is fine. I know that you didn’t live here long enough but small clues could always lead to something…

She said trying to look like she didn’t really care, but I knew that’s what she was really after. For some reason, this woman slash detective believed that I knew something about these incidents which I clearly did not. So why was she thinking like this then?

It was confusing so to say but I shook my head with a sigh, telling her the truth.

-I don’t know anything. I was actually on an errand for the past few days so I didn’t get to hear the news actually.

I could see small disappointment in her eyes. She probably thought I at least knew something and felt betrayed of her expectations, which couldn’t be helped. She looked at her own cup for moment before taking a sip from it. Then suddenly, a man stormed into the break room filled with urgency.

-Hey Mishel, we have to go. There was another incident…

He said a bit grimly. He glanced at me for a few seconds filled with confusion, but then looked back towards Mishel again who finished her coffee entirely. Mishel looked towards the man nodding her head in a determined manner.

Soon after, the guy left leaving only Mishel and I inside the break room. I looked at my warm cup of coffee for a moment and took a single sip from it before looking back at Mishel who was getting ready to leave.

-Well, it was nice talking with you kid. If you need anything or have something to say, then come to me. I am police officer after all and I promise to uphold justice. Bye for now, you can take your time in finishing your coffee so don’t worry about it.

I nodded my head to acknowledge her before looking back at the mug of coffee and taking another sip. Mishel took out her phone and started talking to someone. I sharpened my senses for a moment trying to listen in on the conversation.

-Martin, what’s going on? Give me a run down…

-Man… Mishel, you gotta see this. We have another 3 victims here this time and they are shredded… this is messed up and it doesn’t make sense either…

-Shut up Martin and just tell me what is going on. I don’t need your opinion just yet.

-If you say…

They continued like this back and forth until Mishel finally reached beyond a certain distance making me unable to hear anything further. But I was still able to get the gist of what was going on.

This was a bit unnerving and I wasn’t sure if this was another one of those werewolves gone rogue incidents. Maybe it could be a drug, who knows…

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Chapter 174 No One Wants To Die

=============================Sarah P.O.V==============================

-What the hell are you two doing ?!

Gary shouted out irritated upon seeing those two,his voice a bit too loud and excessive quickly forgetting what kind of place we were in as he couldn’t control himself and stepped out of the bushes he was hiding in swiftly walking up towards sophia and terry who were completely fine by the looks of it surrounding a single white bear cub underneath a hollow tree that was hugging sophia as if she was her mother herself.

The forest was pretty dark especially here since the trees were aligned in a way that didn’t even let the majority of the moonlight shine through and if you weren’t careful enough with your steps you could most likely trip onto a overgrown tree root or rock and injure yourself.

Hearing gary’s sudden shout terry’s first instinct was to draw the dagger on his waist and step in front of sophia to protect her.

The way he moved was intense,full of rigid steps and shakes,if I remember right terry’s class was that of a <Soldier> his class was fully combat oriented and he also had the fourth highest overall strength in our group,right behind me,and while he didn’t have any prior combat training he still could make things up with his over natural strength and speed,added to that he also had his own class skills that allowed him to use his sword even without prior knowledge and just through this “World System”.

Now thinking about it,lately terry had become very motivated in his training then at the beginning when he didn’t even want to leave the cave out of fear,I thought it was strange for him to change so quickly,but didn’t think about it too much since I just figured that he didn’t want to lose his life and went to train out of fear.

But surprisingly fear in itself didn’t seem to be a factor since he also participated in a few gather and hunting missions with janet and a few other girls…if I think about it sophia was also among the people who went to these hunts and gather missions together with janet,terry and another 2 girls…did they become friends through that ?

I wonder…

I thought for a second keeping my eyes on terry and sophia as I watching him stand guard.

Terry looked without a doubt scared,he had a grim look on his face upon seeing gary’s silhouette appear out of nowhere,it even looked as if he was just about to attack at any moment watching gary come close with every step.

The tension was high in the air.

But it only lasted for a few more seconds and instead of attacking,terry surprisingly loosened the grip on his blade and raised his head for a moment to look closer.

Only after identifying the person who was coming close did he lower his blade showing huge surprise on his end momentarily making the edge of his blade tremble in his hand.

-Wha…Gary !? what..what are you doing here ?!

Terry and sophia were shocked for a moment seeing gary appear out of nowhere,it seems as if they didn’t expect anyone to find them at all and what was left of the previous look of fear was quickly replaced with shock that made their eyes go wide.

-You know I would also like to know that too terry…

I said,revealing myself at that too as I faced terry.

-Uhh…sarah…you too ?!

 

 

Terry exclaimed meekly,now even seeing me appear out of the bushes,he was speechless and for a moment it seemed as if terry was lost in thought for a second before his face turned rigid and he glanced at sophia bellow him looking into her eyes and then turning back to us.

-Look this is my fault I was the one who…

Terry tried to explain,but before he was able to sophia who was being very quiet the entire time suddenly grabbed onto terry’s hand,stopping him momentarily before speaking herself while looking up to him with a void look in her eyes.

-shut up terry…I don’t need you to explain yourself for me,I already told you this from the get go this has nothing to do with you,you only followed me because you wanted to…you aren’t involved neither are you at fault so can you please let me speak for myself instead ?

-…

It took a few seconds,but after hesitating for another few more terry awkward nodded back at sophia,his expression looked a bit hurt when he heard sophia’s cold words even I was slightly surprised that sophia could make such expression and voice,but if you really think about it that wasn’t really that big of a surprise…

And in a way this was a good thing,I learned more from these people and their characters in the last hour than I did in the last few days by living with them…

I thought,staring at sophia as I watched her get up from the ground patting the little white bear cub for a last time before putting it back into the hollow tree and facing us,her face didn’t show one bit of shame or guilt when facing us.

And instead she smiled with a complicated look on her face slowly walking up to us while holding her hands together,terry didn’t move from his spot and simply stood where he was looking the other way slightly ashamed and a bit regretful gripping his fist hard as if he was frustrated about something while also gritting his teeth.

(Whoosh)

The wind blew once again making leafs flutter as the branches started to shake in unison creating a soothing sound with it,the light of the moon also started to come more brightly through the leafs,giving us a better look as sophia stopped in her tracks facing us.

-Now let me explain…

Sophia said and with it she quickly started to explain the situation and how it got to this point up until now.

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Sophia wasn’t in our original group,just like the majority of the other girls she was a part of stevens group who subjugated the girls in his group under tyranny with his friends.

After being saved sophia just like the other girls needed extensive amount of rest and peace to recover properly from injuries and mental trauma,but because of my healing skill and some help through sorron we were quickly able to stop their pain without a lot of issues.

But that was only a very small part of our problems as the real issue had only just started to come forth which was the mental damage the girls suffered from that was becoming a real problem to our group.

More then a few times we had to stay put at night and watch some of the girls so they wouldn’t commit suicide,some even refused to eat anymore or do anything at all while others just fled to their corners shaking with fear while hugging themselves mumbling something like a chant.

It was very problematic…

At first because it seemed as if we were only guarding a already lost cause that would never return to its former self it was as if these people couldn’t even think anymore and just wanted to go far away be it back at home or at some place so far that no one would even find them.

And while a small amount of them still wanted to live and move on just like valera most of them didn’t have those thoughts…no rather then moving on,they simply couldn’t move,they were all stuck behind a huge wall that would haunt their dreams every night.

 

A lot of arguing went on because of this,janet and christie especially had a lot of shouting going on between them because of the food we had that sometimes would go to waste or when one of the girls would scream in her sleep in the middle of the night and interrupting christies sleep.

In short everyone was stressed out.

Me personally,I couldn’t sleep a lot not because of the girls,but because of the situation that was simply still too surreal too me.

I preferred to sit night guard most of the days and just stare at the stars and feel the wind outside and relax rather then think about our problems,I didn’t want anyone to die and even now I still think like that,janet was also of my opinion she was our leader and gave her all to keep us safe no matter what which I am thankful for.

But at other times,I also couldn’t help,but indulge in my thoughts and become worried…what if christie was right ? What if we were just wasting a lot time and labor on something that couldn’t be brought back anymore ? Was it better to just simply leave and move one ? We didn’t have any sort of facilities or specialists to help these girls was it even possible ?

These questions would scare me and because I am not smart like sorron or janet,I wouldn’t know what to do or where to go who to listen to or what to do…

lately I had been keeping a lot of my worries to myself making me twitchy all the time and in the end the only one who I could really ask these questions janet after al,it was noon at the time janet and I were also standing night guard and because it was silent,I just couldn’t help,but ask.

-Can we really help them ? If they don’t even want to live…how can we help them ?

My question at the time was really negative,even janet couldn’t help,but look at me wide eyed for a moment the thoughts that were conveyed in her eyes weren’t unfamiliar to me either as most the people who would know me in real life would also think about these things.

Air-head,merry go like girl,naive,idiot…

You think I don’t know what you think about me…but it isn’t true,I know exactly what you think when you look at me the only reason why I don’t distrust everyone is because mom told me no one in this world is truly evil from the get go,if you are nice you will be treated nicely,helping others is a ordinary matter you shouldn’t necessarily thank someone just because they picked up your handkerchief or told them the right way to some place they wanted to know.

At least…thats what I always thought.

But time showed me that it wasn’t always like that…I may not be a complete air-head or merry go like girl,but what I definitely am is naive and idiotic.

Why is it wrong keep everyone happy ?

Why do some people need to pick at others ?

Do they need to keep themselves happy through that ?

Those kinds of thoughts constantly swarmed inside my head even back at home I thought of this and while no one ever picked on me or tried to make me a target for something,I still saw those kinds of people who were picked for one reason or another and thought to myself how stupid that is.

Calling me self-righteous is fine,because at least I had the gut to do something about the things the victims never did themselves…to resist.

But even then how come when someone helps you,instead of being polite or say nothing at all,you turn and become angry instead ? Where is the logic in it ? Is it pride ? Fear ? Embarrassment towards someone who could solve your problem better then you could ever solve it yourself ?

Would those people we were helping truly be happy with us helping them ?

I wanted to know…and finally I had my answer that came out of janet herself when she answered me.

-Nobody who lived truly wants to die…everyone wants to live even when we say we want to die we never really mean it,those are only our feelings talking and not ourselves that thinks like that even people who get old and are on their last but of time don’t want to truly die and while they have accepted death they only have accepted it because it was inevitable or because they feel at peace knowing that there is someone who would remember them as how they lived…It is the same with the girls…they don’t want to die they are afraid of dying like anyone else,but what they are even more afraid of is living and moving on from those horrible memories that will be scarred in their minds until they die.Dying now knowing that no one would ever remember how they had ended up is more ease putting then moving on having people know,it takes bravery to live only cowards decide to die on their own and if we can’t help them then they simply weren’t meant to live in the first place.Helping them may not make them happy now,but it will when they have truly lived again.

Those words had been since stuck in my head,I never started to doubt it anymore and while I did have troubling thoughts they were only fleeting thoughts and never recurring.

Afterwards,I also gave it my all just like janet helping everyone to stand up again,lily was one of the first who I really helped showing her a lot of things that I had found outside and talked about the things that happened outside she was once a very lifeless looking doll that wouldn’t do anything she changed drastically over the course of a single day when I took care of her and was now a bit more thicker then the skeleton she was a bit cheerier and happier.

And while we still couldn’t completely help everyone we were making a lot of steps in the right direction.

Sorron especially in this part of the problem was the guy who made the most progress even though he only visited us once he made the most impact turning it around.

His food was without a doubt something incredibly delicious the smell of the sweet soup itself was mouth watering making the girls run to the front to see where it came from even the people who refused to eat came to get a bowl only stopping right in front of the cave after they saw sorron who was next to the pot reading a book.

(She is referring to Chapter 76 All you can eat buffet)

Sorron’s methods were unbelievable towards someone like me…he used food alone to lure everyone out and while our cooking wasn’t bad,we still didn’t seem to be anywhere near to the level of cooking sorron was the highest level <Cooking> we had was level.3 and that was valera who is the daughter of a professional chef back in her home,it really takes ages for skills to level up properly cooking much more so since we can’t train it constantly.

It was only for this one moment when everyone could somewhat keep their heads high and eat without a problem and while there wasn’t a single piece of conversation between anyone,it was still better then anything to keep everyone together added to that he even helped with our most stressful girls problem which was hygiene by giving us a hot bath that only further let everyone forget the bad goods and think about the good things.

It was at this time that everything got turned around in a instant,people no longer started to scream in the middle of the night,refuse to eat or commit suicide.

And while that had stopped everyone still was not on the level of being able truly overcome this and continue living,but it was still an improvement to our group,you could say.

Still…just because you forgot a few things doesn’t mean you won’t remember them anymore…No,one truly was over everything that had happened so far not even valera who wanted to live and just like sophia some people while seeming to give life another go didn’t truly care if they continued to live or not.

It was something I only understood after listening to sophia.

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Chapter 173 Isn’t He Cute ?

========================Sarah’s P.O.V===============================

The wind blew strong this night,making me more then anything cold and uncomfortable for what was about to come,but all of it quickly went out of the window as I stared at gary in front of me slightly shocked and stunned at the same time not expecting him to say those words he had just said to me.

-Now,before you say anything I want you to first listen to me and then decide

He started,and in fact I wanted to rebut him and tell him to stay here and keep guard,but at the same time for some reason I felt that listening to him was better then cutting him off.

Generally I can’t say that I liked gary that much not because of his character or because he is a guy,but because he has that sneaky and avoiding attitude to him that makes him invisible at times,he also never talks much either when participating in group activities and his class is a <Lux Thief> after all so him being invisible and hard to notice was a given with the way his class worked.

Gary looked a bit serious this time it didn’t look like he had any second motives nor did he strike me as a guy who would intentionally try to harm anyone,he was more of a runaway type of guy who lets his fears get the better of him which is why I was mostly surprised by his proposal to come along.

In either case,I didn’t say anything after hearing his sentence and simply gave him a nod to continue,I was itching to go into the forest and search for those two,but just as gary started talking I realized something in my head.

How do I find them inside this dark forest ?

And just as that thought occurred to me gary answered my question.

-I can track those two with my <Tracking> skill,I am also very familiar with the forest and with my other skills I can also help us avoid any other creatures to get to them if we go together we are more likely to get to them faster if isn’t already too late…

He said,and while I found his skills to be useful and his intentions to be good,I also had another thought in my mind that slightly bothered me.

-If you really could do this from the beginning why didn’t you do it yourself ?

My question was on point making gary’s eyes go wide for a moment as he stared at me lost for words as if he didn’t think I would be smart enough to figure it out so fast and while I admit that I am a bit slow to figuring out someones thoughts,I am still not completely retarded.

After speaking my part gary had a hard time finding an answered as he stuttered in front of me not sure what to say or how to say it,seeing him struggle like this my opinion of him just got more and more suspicious until he finally sighed heavily and faced me with a embarrassed look on his face,he momentarily stopped for a second glancing behind looking at lily for a moment before speaking.

-I…I was scared alright ?! I didn’t have the guts to go alone,I also figured that the others wouldn’t go either and while I did want to go and find those two myself because of guilt.I just didn’t have the strength to leave on my own…I hate the dark and I hate these monsters,but what I hate even more than that is being alone…

Gary said,the hurt in his voice almost crystal clear to my ears as I picked up some amount of emotion to it especially the last part about being alone and even though I couldn’t completely see the expression on his face,I still realized that he had his own share of issues than I assumed he had.

He may be a coward,but at least he was a thoughtful coward.

The initial suspicion also quickly vanished as I made my way towards the exit holding my sword tight in my right hand.

-Lets go,we already wasted too much time

Upon hearing my words gary was surprised,but nonetheless he didn’t loiter anymore and also followed me behind with a grim look on his face,before leaving he told lily to tell the others that we left to get sophia and terry,seeing him say his goodbyes with lily so thoroughly with care and passion made me more the anything stunned giving me also a better understand of gary this time and another reason as to why he may be doing this other then fear or guilt.

Either way,I kept my thoughts to myself keeping myself from grinning and together with gary we marched through the forest steadily while using gary’s <Tracking> skill to pick up on sophia’s and terries footsteps that would inevitably lead us to them as we walked through this horrifying and dark forest full of monsters.

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-I think we are getting close…man why did they bother to go that far aren’t they scared or something ? What do you think why did they go this far ?

Gary asked,his voice a bit ragged and his face more then a bit fatigued as we walked through this harsh terrain of a forest,avoiding monsters and other vile animals.

Hearing his question I myself got momentarily lost considering it,but as much as I thought about it,I had no idea as why they would leave in the middle of the night like this risking their lives together.

-I don’t know,but if we catch up I guess we find out.

We had been walking for about 15 minutes now,Gary’s <Tracking> skill proofed to be more then anything,but useful his unique skill <Intuition> was also very helpful as it helped us avoiding the danger that laid on our paths and let those monsters walk by so we wouldn’t get killed.

Everyone in our camp already knew about their skills and classes,but because majority of the people in our camp were girls,me included,we didn’t know about video games or these “game mechanics” that much since we don’t dwell on them.

On the other hand the boys,janet and a few other girls were familiar with this system and knew how to use it more naturally and as far as I can tell everyone here had at least a few skills in their disposition depending on their class some useful while some not so much some even had similar skills to one another,but what seemed to be unique about this system or the menu was the row above the row that indicated the normals skills called “Unique skills”.

And while I myself do posses one of those “Unique skills” called <Seal Of Command> I still don’t really know what it does because of its vague explanation when I tap on it and because its not a skill that I can evoke,but rather a skill that is constantly active…a passive skill I have no clue how to control it or use it to my advantage.

Janet who is the leader of our group firmly believes that these “unique skills” will be the core factor for our survival and our way to live in this world.

But compared to the other skills like gary’s <Intuition> that allows him to sense danger and janet’s <Phantasma> that allows her to make copies of herself to fight with,my skill seemed just too useless.

“Authority will be given to your stature, voice and appearance”

The explanation while explaining the point of the skill,didn’t really tell me how to use it like my other skills do.

But since these kinds of skills don’t seem to be something that anyone can learn and are unique in what they do,it is still better to have them then not having them,and to top it off I am not the only one who has a bizarre skill with a vague explanation.

Many in our group still didn’t understand how to use their skills properly nor how their unique skills worked,majority were still at level.1 learning to properly utilize their strength and understand how to learn and use other skills such as <Appraisal>,training our skills and raising our levels was important,but to raise skills you had to use them on something to gain practice and to raise your levels you had to kill creatures for experience.

All of these things,I avoided very much and while I am not against killing animals in general I am still not very keen on slaughtering them myself other then maybe injure them so they wouldn’t move anymore,it is the same just as it was that day when I fought that green human sized monster that swung that rusted sword.

I couldn’t kill it.

And because I couldn’t kill it,I was almost killed myself was it not for sorron who interrupted and killed it instead.

Going out into this forest was only making me more anxious and while I knew that going out on my own will would do something like this forcing me to react,I still rather preferred to stay out of way and not bother anyone…

I thought,glancing at gary for a moment as I watched him inspect our surroundings left and right with his skills while also following the tracks of our companions.

Watching him i felt slightly envious of his class that allowed him to do these things and thought about my own class which was basically described to me as a meat shield by janet and valera who had a look at it.

Valera and I once talked about these classes and how we could have possibly gotten here,when we talked I had gotten loads of information from her theories most notably about the topic of being assigned a class that you are the most suitable with after all…

On the topic I thought of speaking with sorron about this in more depth and ask him if he knew something about all of this,but because he usually blocked me from speaking to him and only spoke to me when it was important,I never got around to ask him anything useful.

I shared my thoughts with janet about this once,but she also said that asking him wouldn’t help us at all because she somehow assumed that he was also most likely in the same situation as us and most probably arrived at the same time as us,she also said that the only reason why he was better off then us was because he worked alone and had minions to do his work for him while we only had ourselves and if you think about it,thats true I never saw him without those slimes or those dark skinned beautiful woman and while on the topic of his woman…

No,I better stop here,its not my deal what he does to those woman and having seen them I also don’t think that they dislike him rather they seem to be like him more then anything,but simple companionship…

I thought for a second,my cheeks lightly flushed with red without me noticing in result of getting too deep into other people’s business as I got back on track remember what valera said and about her theories.

Valera said something about us being assigned the most suitable class to your character and if that was really so…

Then why am I a meat shield ?

I grumbled,getting more then a bit irritated by this then I probably should be while also following gary’s back and as we continued walking gary suddenly stopped dead in his tracks,he had done this kind of action numerous times when detecting some kind of danger from an animal,but this time it seemed different.

I gripped my sword.

-There is something in front of us,but it doesn’t seem to dangerous…

He whispered a bit confused and while it wasn’t visible to me what it was,I was still very careful and followed gary’s instructions as he gestured towards one of the trees so we could hide and see what was going on a head of us.

Leaning closely towards the tree,I heard the cries of numerous monsters that echoed throughout this forest like always,the cold sweat that came off my forehead never stopped dripping going all the way down my sword arm my fencing skills weren’t at a expert level,but I was still the strongest in my entire school earning me more then a few medals in tournaments.

And while I did have confidence in my fencing skills,that confidence only held up towards humans or at least humanoid creatures whose moves I was familiar with,against monsters on the other hand my confidence was lackluster,but that still didn’t hold me from using me sword.

It was I who made this decision after all,I was already prepared for this to happen running away now was not an option to me not when we are this close.

I thought to myself,keeping my morals high and hopes up as I awaited gary’s judgment on the situation,gary took longer then anticipated to check this time he usual would give a solid 2 to 3 minutes time staring at one spot and then tell me if its safe or not,but this time it took him double the time 6 minutes in fact to finally say.

-Their not moving away…but they don’t seem to be a threat either since my <Intuition> skill isn’t going off thats for sure…how strange…

He said,making me also a bit lost for what to do as we both stared at the darkness up ahead of us,the moonlight was bright,but even that light couldn’t completely shine us the way ahead and while my eyes were getting familiar with the darkness I still could see two small shadows far away wiggle around not making any sound,but rather standing in place crouched doing something.

The idea of confronting those shadows wasn’t very keen on my mind,I even considered just taking a detour around those two to continue our path,but because gary said that the track was leading directly towards those two shadows I felt another more dark idea pop inside my head and I could tell by the look on gary’s face that the idea also came through his skull.

What if…those shadows were consuming something…what if they were eating sophia and terry ?

A cold shiver ran down my heart making me feel more then anything scared at the moment,gore wasn’t my area of expertise neither did gary look like he could stand blood as I,but because those shadows weren’t moving away and because we needed to confirm before moving on we had no other choice,but to get closer and get a better look.

Gary and I only exchanged looks at the moment,swallowing we nodded to each other and went closer brushing through the wild grass and passing by trees masking our presence,my heart beat like a drum my hands holding the sword so tight that the veins on my hand swelled up as I stared towards those two shadows expecting the worst possible image in mind…

Ironically…

That wasn’t what actually happened.

-Ahh your so cute look terry isn’t he cute  ?!

-Sophia ! Put him down we have to go back we have been here way too long they are probably already wondering where we went !

And just like this we found Sophia and Terry next to a little white bear cub underneath a hollow tree.

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Chapter 172 Stand For Yourself

-Lord sorron,it looks like we are close !

Hoboku said lightly shaking me from behind as we continued to ride through the thick forest on her <Abyssal Moon Horse>,the amount of turns,jumps and leaps that were made to navigate through the forest was insane,the terrain itself was definitely not fit for a mount to go through,but because the beasts were all wild beasts and not domesticated and because they were born here and lived here all their lives,every single one of them knew how to navigate properly and find paths to slip through.

Comparably riding was less scarier then flying since we were on the ground,but at the same time,I can’t say that riding is actually more comfortable then flying…

-Is..Is that so ?

I replied,groaning for a second while feeling cold sweat running down my forehead as I couldn’t feel the muscles on my thighs anymore,with the constant jumping and galloping it would make the vibration would constantly pound me from bellow causing my muscles to feel as if they were being teared apart as we continued riding.

It was after all my first time riding a horse,when we were going to depart the selection with whom I was going to take a ride with was between the deer or the horse or habaru and hoboku respectively.

The other beasts didn’t really make me feel safe riding them because they were generally animals that don’t usually are used as a mount at least to my knowledge.In the end I chose hoboku for a ride and when we finally started riding…

I immediately felt the repercussions of my actions.

-Lord sorron ? Is everything okay,you don’t seem to sound well ?

Hoboku asked worried,even though we weren’t directly facing each other she still knew what was going on since we were bound to one another through our bond,she also probably noticed the tight grip I had around her belly while hugging her back the entire time,my fingers were almost pressing onto her skin through her robe but even then she didn’t say anything not sure if it was because she was worried or because she liked the way I was holding her.

Either of the two could most likely be true.

I thought,raising my head for a bit as I looked at hoboku’s back smiling at her kindly,she couldn’t see me smile,but I was still very happy that she was worried about me making me feel warm inside my heart.

On another side note neither hoboku or the other girls seem to share my pain in this area nor show any signs of discomfort when sitting on these beasts and riding them,it is most likely because I have the lowest strength in group not able to take as much punishment as they can.

-Don’t worry,Focus on riding,I am just a bit tired thats all,tell me when we get there alright ?

For a moment hoboku didn’t say anything and because I couldn’t see her face I didn’t know what kind of expression she was making,her feelings were also hidden extremely well other then a little gnashing sound that came from her jaw as she replied,her voice holding a tinge of resolution.

-Yes…

Soon after her short agreement I noticed that our pace had somehow slowed down and the shaking had also been reduced all of which came from the way hoboku was steering the horse,she looked more focused after this exchange somehow learning to properly ride the horse in consideration for me and even though I felt that we should go faster like before,I still couldn’t say anything since hoboku was doing this for my sake after all.

Neither hoboku nor I said anything anymore at this point and while I was sitting behind hoboku hugging her tight I wanted to talk with wylniva through the transmission link about the beastmen and ask what she knew about them.

Unfortunately enough wylniva wasn’t in the mood to talk with me anymore ever since having that bitter conversation with the other 3 girls.

I understood that was somewhat angry about that,but I just couldn’t understand why she was letting it out on me out of all people…

Anyways…It wasn’t like her to hold a grudge for such a lengthy amount of time,but she was acting weird in general so I didn’t think much about it and just thought it would pass after a bit of time,the topic in itself wasn’t that important either since I would most likely hear everything from the source itself meaning the beastmen.

Blondy herself was also on my mind,finding her in the middle of the forest knocked out bleeding wasn’t the best way to reunite much less was the prospect of her suffering from the concussion that I needed to heal as fast as possible.

While thinking about these things I quickly found myself nuzzled up behind hoboku’s back feeling very safe around her while also getting slightly charmed showing a gentle smile on my lips as hoboku looked resolute and focused looking forward with huge strides of her own.

If anyone else would have seen this imagine they wouldn’t be able to tell who the prince or the princess was…

==========================Sarah’s P.O.V=========================

3 Hours ago

-We have to tell janet and quickly go after them,if we don’t act fast who knows what will happen to those two

I told those two quickly coming to a decision as I turned towards the sleeping janet by side,my hand reaching towards her as I wanted to wake her up from her pleasant sleep to quickly go send a rescue party it was the most reasonable and right thing to do.

But just as I was about to do that,I saw another two pairs of hands in the corner of my eyes reaching out to me quickly stopping me from alerting janet as they grabbed my arm holding me in place for a second.

-No wait !

Lily and gary came stopping me from doing what needed to be done as they showed a look of desperation and fear in their eyes,I was honestly surprised and watching their expressions I couldn’t help,but feel a little bit disgusted at them not because they let their own friends walk out like that into this dangerous forest without a second thought,but because they still wanted to hide their mistakes without alerting everyone else so they wouldn’t be punished for it.

Their eyes said it all,they already had lost their believe of them still being alive or rather wanted to let go,but still felt guilt and haunted.

I didn’t know either of them very well generally I didn’t know anyone here since coming here even my own friends who I thought I really knew at first showed sides of themselves that I never even seen before making me question who these people really were that I called my friends.

One thing I realized since coming here in this nightmarish forest is that people aren’t truly themselves when they introduce who they are,there is always darkness looming over everyones hearts hidden like a sleeping snaking at first and if you aren’t careful enough and wake up that snake it will soon show itself lunging at the first person it sees.

Fear,selfishness and desire.

These are things that all drive people and make them capable of doing the most atrocious acts possible just to attain their goals,I never really thought about any of this,but staying here forced me to think such thoughts and make the darkness come oh so closer to my heart as if its scratching the surface of my veins making me anxious of myself fearful of who I really maybe underneath this disguise of skin and flesh.

 

I was scared that goes without saying everyone was,but that still not a excuse to not do anything,because if I don’t do anything the people who I call friends may just disappear just like that…

I thought to myself,suddenly the image of sorron popping up inside my head as I momentarily lost myself  remembering the few conversations we had and how he had helped us so far,even I myself didn’t know why his image popped up like that,but for now that didn’t matter.

-So what are you going to do ? If we aren’t going to tell janet or everyone else what do you think should be done ?

My words hit where it hurt quickly catching the two off guard as they stopped holding me and instead stepped back for a second,their facial expression changing into total panic and fear as they looked at each trying to find an answer in the eyes of the other just to see their own fearful reflection in their eyes that spoke more then a few volumes.

They didn’t completely think this through that was for sure they only reason they woke me up and told me about was because they didn’t know who to talk to and tell their problems to without getting into trouble themselves,but now that they seen each others faces they didn’t know what to do anymore…

Time was ticking and it wasn’t just going to slow down for us the forest continued to roar inhuman and monstrous roar through the nights any moment now and those roars could turn into blood gurgling screams instead.

-This…this…Damn ! what do we do what do we do…

Gary was the first to break down,the sweat on his face pouring down like buckets as he kneel’ed on the ground mumbling to himself,lily on the other hand just as confused as gary didn’t come down to gary’s level and instead observed him for a few seconds in silence.

She was scared,but this wasn’t the first time she was scared,she already experienced fear and pain inside this place,she didn’t want to feel it again and do nothing about it which is why she knew what to do and stared back at me grimly.

-Tell janet we have to quickly go and get them maybe we aren’t too late…

I nodded my head at her words while turning my head I once again reached towards janet about to grab her shoulder to wake her up and tell her everything about this so she could tell us what to do,but as I was just about to grab her my hand stopped moving for a moment as I considered several thoughts inside my head.

When we find them and get them back then what ? What if they are already dead ? What if terry made sophia go out with him ? What if…

The thoughts swirled like a hurricane my face paling at every single thought that occurred and how it would affect our group as a whole after all everyone was on edge,the girls were disconnected largely traumatized showing hate and distrust towards the few boys in our group even janet wasn’t out of this circle she may not have experienced what the other girls had she still had large amounts of stress accumulated in her mind today was also one of the only few days where she would get some sleep in peace.

We are always relying on janet or sorron,but we never even consider thinking about it ourselves,but if I can’t even help myself how am I so stupid to even think that I can help anyone else ? And to be real even if I woke up janet and told her anything…

What would it change ?

I already know…no one is going to leave the base even if janet tells them to,its too dangerous we are too weak and majority of these people can’t even hold a sword less than that fight…

And after doing nothing,how will our group continue ? Will we harder our security with 4 people a night ? Maybe 6 ? Will the boys become even more hated since one of them was involved ? Who will first start complaining and who will succumb to their darkness?

In the end…There was only me…

I withdrew my hand slowly,watching janet closely with a smile on my lips as I let her sleep peacefully.

Afterwards I stood up glancing at both lily and gary who were panicked and scared before ignoring them and walking past them towards the cave exit reaching towards one of the swords arming myself.

-I am going alone and bring and them back tonight you two just stay here and keep guard until I come back

With those words out my mouth I quickly stood exited the cave into the moonlit night,lily and gary were still paralyzed,astonished from what I just said as I continued to walk towards the exit of our camp with no hesitation or second thought.

But just as expected gary quickly popped in front of me stopping me from moving forward,seeing him I was about to tell him to move away and that it wouldn’t change anything even if we told janet what happened,but unexpected what I heard next was something complete different,his face was still full of fear but there was also stiff look in his eyes that said something about him.

-Can I come with you

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Chapter 171 Something Weird

Consoling everyone took a bit more time then expected,but after hugging and making up with everyone,we finally decided to start moving on again.

Of course there were a lot of things everyone wanted to say,but because I was a bit worried about blondie’s concussion and the beastmen that were now in the tow,we couldn’t afford to have any more idle time with each other.

There was also the problem with rimulu and the medicine we still needed to acquire for her mother and looking at our current state with myself and wylniva already tired without even getting close to the dungeon…it didn’t look very good after all…

We may need to delay this task some more.

I thought for a second,raising my eyes towards rimulu who was still sitting on top of one of the beasts,the <Obsidian Tusk Bear> our eyes momentarily met,but only for a split second before she looked away from me with a bit of bitters clearly seen in her eyes and quivering lips.

I could only smile wryly seeing her act like that,it wasn’t as if I couldn’t understand her,she probably also understood that we may delay this for another few hours or even a day if we don’t recover fast enough from this incident.

Her frustration was also fairly justified because this wasn’t a case that could be taken lightly it was something that would decide the life and death of someone dear to her,her mother in specifically,time was precious at the moment and before the poison would kill her mother we needed to get into the dungeon as quickly as possible and search for the <Seven Cloud Flower> as fast as we could before the 6 days would pass for the poison to become lethal.

If such delays continue I am not sure if rimulu will continue to be docile and obedient like this anymore she may even decide to go on her own and do this by herself,getting killed in the process because of her injuries that weren’t healed yet in her dragon form..

That I could definitely not let happen at any cost.

I vowed to myself looking away from rimulu at the same time as I didn’t want to upset her anymore nor break my promise.

-Wylniva do you think we can still get to the dungeon today ?

I asked,standing next to wylniva as the other girls were still making quick preparations to saddle in again,they still weren’t experienced with riding their beast mounts even while coming here some of the girls had to try really hard to keep their balance on their mounts without falling off to the ground,the only reason they were able to move so courageously while on beast back was because it was urgent,but now that the tense feeling was gone and I was safe some amount of clumsiness returned that made it troublesome for them,luckily they gained some amount of insight in riding while coming here so I can’t say that this was a fruitless event even if it was forced.

Wylniva hearing my question seemed a bit surprised,not sure how to answer as she spoke to me with her honest opinion crossing her arms while also shuffling her beautiful black hair behind her back.

-My lord,you still think of continuing ?…Hmm seeing that only the two of us are relatively spend and the others are fine I can’t say that we can’t still go there…In either case it will still all depend on the dungeon itself who knows maybe its going to be much harder then anticipated.But rather then that there is something else that is bother me…

Wylniva murmured that last sentence if it wasn’t for me being so close to her I probably wouldn’t have heard it,but hearing her say that,I could immediately guess what she was getting at,after all,with the forced encounter of the beastmen and one of them calling the other princess nonetheless,I can’t help but feel as if there is something much more going on then I initially thought it was,wylniva wasn’t exempt from this either as the conversation we had on the flight showed that she seemed to know something after all when that princess gave her name to us.

I looked at her,keeping my gaze at her sharply as if trying to get the answer out of her that way while watching her getting lost in thought,it didn’t take long for her to notice my gaze and after seeing it she quickly came back to herself smiling at me seductively while licking her red lips with heated eyes.

-What ? Do you want something my lord ? I will give it you whenever you want..you just need to ask~…

She said playfully,quickly getting back to her usual persona as if nothing happened for the past few minutes of our lives that could have been our last,she was someone easy going with eyes always aiming towards her goal and loyal nonetheless,

After experiencing everything with her,I couldn’t say that I didn’t like that part about her she was a bit scheming most likely,but I didn’t feel like keeping my guard with her anymore,after seeing her getting scared so much towards despair.

How should I say it ? It was fun I guess.

I smiled,seeing me smile all of a sudden wylniva felt a bit confused,but that confusion only held for a couple seconds until it was replaced by small amounts of surprise the reason for it being my hand that had suddenly come up her left cheek caressing it gently within my palm as I spoke to her softly with kind glint in my eyes.

-I am glad you are okay

The words themselves just seemed so little if you think about it,but after hearing them wylniva couldn’t help but freeze and stare at me wide eyed without saying a word,this little interaction continued for about a few more seconds until I felt someone from behind pulling me to their chest with a irritated growl that followed.

-What are you two doing ? Did something happen while we were gone ?

Hoboku asked suspiciously,hearing and feeling her plain jealousy through both tongue and soul I couldn’t do anything,but smile wryly and it wasn’t only just her hobusaku and hobura were also here crossing their arms in a strict way while glaring at both me and wylniva as if we were doing something taboo even though it really wasn’t anything dirty,still me getting all friendly with wylniva like this must have made them a bit too worked up then normally which was sort of my fault to be fair.

Wylniva quickly came back to herself upon seeing the trio behind me,she obviously knew what those eyes meant that were directed towards her and could feel those emotions that welled in the air easily as she narrowed her eyes a bit watching the 3 behind me,her usual response to this would be a rude or teasing response depending on the reception she got,but for this one instant I felt that she had a somewhat change of heart when she spoke.

-Hmph…What ? Your pets don’t like me talking to you anymore ? I think their paranoia had gotten into a whole new level after getting separated for a few minutes can’t you have your own opinion now ? Its a bit shameful don’t you think ?

She said,her expression showing more then a bit of disgust and anger as she left without hearing a second word,her sudden outburst left me momentarily surprised as I didn’t expect her to say something like that even her emotions were a bit jumbled switching between anger,loneliness and lust,luckily neither hoboku,hobusaku nor hobura could understand wylniva’s foreign speech which made it so much more troublesome as three girls obviously caught onto the hostile tone of hers and looked at me as if waiting for me to tell them what she just said to them.

I sighed turning around as I stared at the 3 beauties behind me.

-Girls,I understand you being worried,but can you please be not so hard on wylniva,I know that I was a bit too close to her for comfort,but that was only because I thanked her,without her I don’t think we would be standing here talking like this…

I said,trying to lessen this hostile relationship some bit as I faced the girls explaining them what was going on and lecturing them at the same time,their response to my explanation was a bit mixed with faint unyielding grunts and lowered heads,but they quickly understood and told me they would try even if they were a bit unwilling.

Hoboku was the still a bit unconvinced about something even though she knew that I wasn’t doing anything devious or trying to break my promise she still continued to stare at wylniva from afar while thinking about something intensely,I couldn’t figure out what she was really thinking and because she wasn’t answering me when I questioned her I had no choice,but get close to her and squeeze her butt.

-Uhh ?

Her response to this lewd action was pretty immediate as she suddenly looked at me with a hot glint in her eyes having finally pulled her attention towards me again I laughed for a second still groping and massaging her plumb butt to make her feel good..

-What is it ? Is there still something you want to say ?

I asked,it took hoboku more then a few minutes to properly answer as she seemed to be really lost in the joy of her having her butt squeezed by me,hobusaku and hobura who were watching by the side could only watch enviously as they also seemed to yearn for this treatment themselves waiting patiently as if hoping they would get something too.

-Hnn…My lord…don’t you think..that..that she changed somewhat ? Just now the…way she looked at you made me feel a bit concerned thats all…

She said,trying her best to keep her moans to herself while also enjoying the grip of my hands kneading her butt into shape.

Her little concern didn’t actually sound very weird to me as I also had that very same though a moment ago when listening to wylinva and watching her look at me,maybe she got a bit uncomfortable after being completely exposed to me emotionally or maybe she is tired and isn’t acting like herself,in either case I still wouldn’t say that any of these reasons would warrant hoboku watching her so strange just until now I was sure that these two in particular had a pretty understanding with each other,but now…it just seemed weird.

In the end,I didn’t try to pursue this matter anymore and just let it go,hoboku also didn’t think about this anymore after the massage and instead constantly tried to kidnap me into one of the bushes or grope me while I wasn’t looking and because hobura and hobusaku were waiting patiently the whole time I couldn’t help,but feel bad for them which is why I gave them a small service to make them motivated again.

And while all this was happening,I didn’t notice wylniva’s far away gaze watching me intently.

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