Chapter 29: You can never judge yourself.
From Una viewpoint.
「Haaa~ I know it’s nice to be outside, but look, there’s nothing here but rocks.」
「Tres, you better stay home if you gonna be like this. We didn’t come out to play, we’re here on a mission. Do you understand?」
Like always, she has something to complain about.
Even if she’s the youngest, it’s not like she didn’t know about it.
「I know, but where are all the monster go? Shouldn’t there be large dragons and crows here according to the record?」
「Tres, they are not oversized dragon and crow, they are white wyvern and accurate crow. Besides, don’t you think it’s better like this? They are both King-class. Even if we encounter them, we just need to run away, okay?」
「Hm? No fight?」
「No, we don’t need to! Are you asking to die!?」
「It’s fine sis. We normally train with that monstrous person, after all.」
Seriously, how Ann did get so strong?
Every time I ask her, she always said it’s willpower. I still have no idea what she meant by that.
On the other hand, Dos, who’s been silent all this time, is on high alert.
…..I know it’s good to be serious, but he should open up more with his family.
Wah! That startled me.
It’s been many years since I last heard his voice.
「What- what is it, Dos?」
Dos didn’t say anything.
Instead, he points to the top of the rocky mountain.
Hm, what is that?
「Could that be an accurate crow nest?」 (Una)
「….. (Nod)」 (Dos)
Dos silently nod.
Tres also looked at the direction Dos pointed.
There, stood a tower of rocks with a huge menacing nest on it. Surrounded by dozen of broken eggshells.
But what’s more overwhelming than anything else is the torrent of magical power coming from it.
「…..The pressure is intense.」
Sweat trickled down Tres’ cheek.
The exposure alone is enough to make me broke out in a cold sweat.
This is the level of King-class.
The tremendous pressure I felt is on a par with Ann and Pururu.
No, its magical power is much stronger than them….
Ann has always survived fighting against something like this…
Though every time she did, she never came unscathed.
That’s why I look up to her.
「Let’s go before it noticed us.」
「…… (Nod Nod)」
Both of them obediently follows me.
Tres who’s been frightened since a while ago is now holding onto my cloth.
My my my, who’s this cute girl here.
Seeing her like this makes me want to tease her a little bit.
「…..Tres, did you mean what you said before? Eh, what? Why are you grabbing on my cloth now? ….Are you scared?」
「Umm, that is… I’m sorry. I spoke without thinking. You’re right, that thing is much stronger than me.」
Oh, what an honest child.
Her trembling way of speaking is so cute.
But what she said is not far from the truth.
It might be impossible for us, but I don’t think that’s the case for our father…
Because he’s really is a monster.
In order not to be noticed by the accurate crow, we avoid the nest by taking a detour and moved to the north.
We kept walking to the north. It’s been an hour now.
We didn’t change our course because Ann’s map shows that we only need to move forward to arrive at our destination.
The Eld Desert map we’re currently using was transferred by Ann through memory transfer. She gave it to us while preparing our changing clothes.
Apparently, she made the map in secret without father knowledge.
For some reason, she also wants me to keep it a secret from him.
I didn’t force her to tell me why.
I just nodded at her request.
Nonetheless, Ann is a wonderful person.
She did a splendid renovation on the dungeon.
There’s no way for anyone to figure out the trap she installed.
Before, the trap has already dealt with some few intruders.
Also, these clothes were made by processing the loot at the time.
Yes, that’s right, they were from filthy goblins.
I admire Ann’s attitude to undertake dirty job by herself.
I also want to be someone like her.
…someone like an ant, fufu.
「Hey, can we rest here a bit?」
Right, we’ve been walking for a while now.
And according to the map, it will not be long before we reach the border.
「Okay, then. This place also seems to be an excellent spot to rest. Dos, how about you too—」
I looked at Dos.
Eh, what’s with that stern look?
It’s as if he’s alarmed of something.
「Hm, what’s wrong, Dos?」
A moment later, Tres was suddenly blown away.
I can barely make out what’s happening, but it seems to be from Dos wind magic.
What on earth is going on?
At next moment, the ground where Tres stood before suddenly explode.
A huge earthworm then popped out from the ground.
Not only that, but it also has a mouth with rows of teeth at the tip of its body.
「…..It’s the worm. It’s coming after us!」
And it’s not alone too.
One… two… there’s three of them.
I failed to sense them because I’m still inexperienced.
Well, actually, I’m not very good at it in the first place.
「Sis, how strong is this thing?」
Tres, who was blown away before, is now beside me.
Eh? How long have you been here?
「….. Let see. Judging by the size, it should be a low intermediate-class at most.」
It also befits the magical power I sense from it.
「Alright! I can do this!」
「What did you say?!」
I was so surprised.
「Why do you look like that? Can’t you see how motivated they are?」
They’re definitely letting out an intimidating growl.
「But father said not to fight!」
「That depends on time and circumstances! Right now, I don’t think they’ll let us go that easily!」
They’ve already set their sights on us.
「….You’re right. Let’s—-」
「Look. Dos is already ahead of us.」
Dos is already attacking the worm using his wind magic.
….He may be quiet, but he’s the fastest among us.
Wind swirls both in his hand and compressed into the size of a fist in the shape of a small whirlwind.
….That’s gonna hurt.
Somehow, I couldn’t connect to Ann.
The worm hit by the attack then explode, leaving its body juice splattered all over the place.
Eh, it turned out to be weak after all.
That’s totally not what I expected.
「It’s my turn now! I will not lose!」
As she said so, nine balls of light appeared around her.
「Incinerate all, Great Flame!」
Intermediate magic 『Great Flame』.
The balls form a vortex of fire that heads straight to the second worm.
Naturally, it tries to avoid the attack after seeing what happened to its friend.
It starts digging into the ground.
「Don’t think I’ll let you go away that easily.」
I push my hand forward.
And clench a fist in the air.
The body of the worm that tried to run away suddenly curled up like a shrimp.
Paralyzed, it was then swallowed by the Great Flame.
Without a scream, it burnt to a crisp.
I feel much stronger. I’m glad the training finally paid off.
「One more left.」
Slowly, I pulled out my sword.
Realizing it’s the only one left, it completely lost the will to fight.
Frightened of us, it curled into a ball.
However, there’s going to be no mercy.
Since you came all the way here, you might as well die.
Suu, I swung my sword to the side.
A moment later, the worm, which is about five miles away from us, was then torn in half.
It then collapses onto the ground without a sound.
After three more swings, the corpse turns into smaller pieces.
I guess we’re safe now.
It’s completely dead.
「Wow, you’re so amazing!」
Although I nod at Tres remark, I still think it’s not enough.
Ann could easily dodge a skill at this level.
「I don’t want the sword father gave me to be dirty. So, this is the only way I can kill it.」
「Yeah, I also don’t want to dirty the clothes Ann gave me.」
Dos, on the other hand, stood silently in the gloom.
Oh, he’s covered in worm juice.
「Dos, come here. I’ll clean you with purification magic.」
We took a break for a while to clean Dos with magic.
But for a monster, the worm is quite weak I must say.
Ann always reminds us to be vigilant.
『I almost died before. So, never let your guard down. 』(Ann)
She probably said so, so we don’t become careless and overestimate ourselves.
We’re not going to lose fighting something like that, Ann.
…..Still, we’re hardly nothing compared to you.
A few hours later, we managed to pass through the Eld Desert.
We had no choice but to take another detour to hide from the human lookout.
We continued walking without encountering anyone after that.
And moments later—
「I think this is the town.」
We found a town, the place where the human lives together.
In the dungeon.
MC: They’re strong omnomnomnom (while munching on the magic stone)
Ann: … I almost died fighting the same thing before. (Currently in a daze)