Side Story 8: VS Accurate Crow; a sword that challenge the black wings.
Who knew our HikiNEET Lady Ann would end up like this….
Ann, who rose to the surface, was surprised at the sight.
The reason is simple.
Because it was dazzling.
The light from the sun streams in.
To where Ann is, the second floor of the dungeon.
Although the floor is shallow compared to the rest, it is still not possible for sunlight to enter.
Then, where is it coming from?
The dungeon was hollowed out.
A part of the dungeon is gone as if the ground had been dug out with a scoop.
It’s on a scale large enough to dig through to the second floor.
『Who did this?』
There was nothing but devastation.
Antlings corpse and shattered golems were all over the place.
And the monster who caused it is sitting on a sheer cliff.
『Hmmm. The presence of my old rival has now gone, it seems.』
There’s a voice.
A thought transmission.
A bitter, intimidating voice echoed in Ann’s head.
An Accurate Crow?
It’s coming from that Accurate Crow.
Ann sees a giant figure under the sunlight.
It’s two times bigger than a normal Accurate Crow.
The magical power it has is also much stronger than the one that attacked her before.
On its face, there’s a scar running across its left eye.
Clearly, it’s different from others.
What the hell is this guy?
As she was staring at it, the Accurate Crow seemed to have noticed her.
『Hm? Are you the master of this hole? I’m sorry, really. I didn’t mean to. The place just crumbled easily. Hope you can forgive me for breaking it by mistake. 』
Hearing it said so, she immediately rebuked.
『You- You bastard, why are you here?! Answer me, Accurate Crow!』
『 Hm? Was that you just now?』
It didn’t answer her question.
Instead, it looks around restlessly.
Which frustrated Ann even more.
She asks again while pointing her blade.
The Accurate Crow finally seemed to realize that the thought transmission was actually from the ant.
『Hm? This voice. Are you the master of this place, black ant?』
『Yes I am. Now I want you to answer this question. Why did you destroy our dungeon? 』
And the Accurate Crow was very surprised.
It opens its big beak and cheerfully talks out loud.
『Ho, this is surprising indeed. A black ant that can use thought transmission. Okay, I’ll answer your question. I came here in pursuit of a certain presence.』
『That’s right and it was here. At that time, I flapped my wings a little. It’s a bit misleading when you said I destroy it. When I flapped, the ground came up on its own. That’s all there is to it.』
『What did you say?! 』
Too much, its stare makes my heart tremble on its own.
『I’ve answered your question, black ant. Now, I want you to answer mine. A one-eyed female adventurer with a red spear, have you seen her? 』
What are you talking about?
Ann was clueless.
For a moment, the adventurers from before came to her mind but none of them fit the description.
『No, I don’t think I have.』
I answered honestly.
Seriously, I’ve never seen her.
Besides, there’s no reason to lie.
『Hmm, the presence of the soul was similar to that person, so it was actually someone else. A family of her, maybe? But, it matters to me not. I’ll leave you alone, black ant.』
After saying so, the Accurate Crow tries to fly away.
『Accurate Crow, wait!』
Ann stops Accurate Crow, who has spread his wings.
Never the crow imagined it would be stopped.
It was surprised by it.
『What do you want? I see, this place is unsightly, so you want to follow me back to my nest, is that it? 』
It only glance down from above.
In the first place, this bird didn’t even realize it had destroyed this dungeon.
I’m sure it thought of us as nothing but a pebble by the roadside.
『What about my children… No, you have to take responsibility for destroying our master dungeon! Did you think you can get away from me like that?!』
Her heart trembles as she shouted.
After all, she’s facing her past trauma.
She stood no chance of fighting it alone.
She wants to go back.
Truthfully, she wants to go home quickly.
I will never forgive it for destroying my lovely children and above all, the dungeon of my beloved master.
She promised not to break the vow she made to herself.
I swore to be his sword and shield in his time of need.
Why would I turn back here?
How can I overlook the person who destroyed his dungeon?
And this is the wall that must be overcome eventually.
I have expected this to happen sooner or later.
The larger his dungeon becomes, the greater the magical power it will release.
Eventually, something more terrifying than Accurate Crow will come to this dungeon.
Something that is attracted by the enormous magical power.
When an enemy like that appears, do you want to run away in regret?
I will not back down.
In order to protect.
And maintain his peace!
『I’ll make you pay for destroying our dungeon!』
Apparently, her emotion reached the Accurate Crow.
It became furious.
Roar! A tremendous amount of magical power poured out from the crow.
It turns into a storm and hit Ann.
Such fierce power.
The adventurer from before is as good as twig against its magical torrent.
This is the King-class.
This is the Accurate Crow.
This is the monster that reigns at the top in the Eld Desert.
Ann felt that unbelievable magical power on her skin.
Accurate Crow’s voice contained obvious anger.
Anger against the weak.
Anger against the fool who can’t stand for itself.
Pride of the strong.
Anger for being trampled on.
『Lowly insect…. Do you know what it means to bare fangs on me?』
Another torrent was released.
But Ann brace the impact.
I won’t run away, I will never run away again.
Because I threw such weakness a long time ago.
For that person!
I’ll eliminate it right now!
『Have a taste of an ant’s bite, crow!』
『You dare, insect!』
Ann kicks the ground.
Accurate Crow roars.
A fierce fight began.