WSU VOLUNE 2 CHAPTER 24: THE HERO AND THE REUNION (PART 10)
Translated by lovelyxday
The Hero and the Reunion (part 10)
To say that a miracle was entirely created by human effort was not entirely true .
Something a strong person could do would be called a miracle by a weak person; that was an ever bigger fallacy .
What can be done and what cannot: actually, every person should know .
With that in mind, think of it it as a giving up on a battle destined to failure, but rather a relentless struggle . Then when a certain moment comes, through luck and divine grace you could temporarily surpass your limits . Doing things that you couldn’t . That is a miracle .
The only factor that humans could control was their refusal to give up .
Luck is also an extremely important factor .
However, the former was a prerequisite for the latter .
If you gave up, who would protect your precious things?
I picked up the spear that had fallen on the ground, supporting myself on my knee to a standing position .
My past training, my past trials of life and death, my past blood soaked battles, could not be wiped away with just two years of ordinary living .
As long as I was doing meaningful things, I could accomplish many .
I took in a large mouthful of air .
I, who became stronger for Ailee, couldn’t possibly just stand around and stare as Ailee died for me .
Ailee cried and pounced into my arms .
Really, think about the situation .
I gripped the spear in one hand and used my free hand to pull her in tighter .
Could I summon a miracle?
I looked at the red dragon spitting out hot air .
I, myself, didn’t know . Holding onto the last remains of my torch, could my body that was struggling against the boundary of life and death really summon a miracle?
When I was training, when I was in battle, I would frequently have premonitions of dying .
At that time, I was part of the core of the troop, so I paid more attention to the group cohesion than my own skills .
in a small group battle, everyone fought side to side .
Then, when I felt I could hold on no longer, I would usually let myself fall .
It was good that I had done what I could . The rest would be given to my companions .
In marshy bogs, in foggy forests, I used up all my strength so that I fell into unconsciousness .
“I leave the rest of this to you . Now I will rest . ”
Is what I would normally say .
So whenever I was sent to fight alone, I always felt utterly miserable .
Hehe . What am I thinking about .
Ailee quietly called my name in my embrace .
“I don’t care . So don’t make me, Leon . After all, being able to rest in your arms again, I am very—”
My tears dropped onto Ailee’s rail-thin shoulder .
It seems she hasn’t been taking care of herself properly for a while . Her countenance was much dimmer and she seemed very disheveled .
“I’m sorry, Ailee, for making you suffer . ”
After I said this, I shoved Ailee to the side .
“So leave the rest to me . Ailee, look well . I’m still me, the hero Leon . ”
—No matter what challenges I face, I will find a way to overcome them .
—No matter how much suffering I must bear, I will never give up .
I straightened up, bones cracking in protest .
Even standing up was a gamble, a bet on whether my spinal cord would suddenly snap or not .
To be beaten to this state… the opponent was just a dragon .
–Go forth .
–Because I am a hero .
Just like spontaneous combustion, my body was wrapped in a flame driven by magic power .
The recovery speed was too quick, the amount recovered too big . In a moment, my body could not adapt to it . The rest of my magic power poured out of my body like fire .
It was still not enough .
At this stage I couldn’t pick a fight with a dragon .
Then I must become stronger .
The flame-like magic power soared high into the sky, and the red dragon swung its head around to look at me .
That lone eye exuded killing intent, but also doubt .
A dumb animal like you wouldn’t understand .
The drive to become stronger to protect the people you want to protect .
The flames engulfing my body were now several meters high . Fire made of magic power only looked like fire . They were not hot at all, and nor did they possess physical form .
Still not enough .
I have to pierce through that armor .
I have to penetrate the horizon .
I have to guide the future attack .
I needed a miracle .
So, I created one .
Black magic power gathered around the spear in my hand like a vacuum .
The make of the spear was pretty good, but this was too much magic power for it to handle .
The spear creaks and ground, liable to explode at any moment .
Just hold on a little longer, can’t you my old comrade?
I asked the spear in my heart .
There was no response . Of course, it couldn’t respond .
Sorry, nameless spear .
I took a heavy step forward and pushed off the ground . My entire body was sent into the air .
This time, I was much higher than the dragon .
Gripping the middle shaft of the spear, I lifted it high overhead .
The muscles and tendons in my arms pulled taut .
Waves of black power rippled from the long spear, as the black air formed a whirlwind from the tip to the end .
Prepare your praises . This is the moment .
“The legendary hero cannot be punished . ”
I became the legendary hero .
Burn away, my soul .
Burn away, all the sins I have borne!!
In the next moment, I threw the spear in my hands .
The red dragon tossed its head and spewed out a column of flames .
The instant it opened its mouth, a black line broke through the horizons .
In the same moment, lightning and thunder sparked overhead .
A flash of lightning .
The black spear pierced through its body, then exploded .
This was the ending I wanted .
The spear couldn’t originally bear too much pressure from magic, so it was coated with a layer of magic power to prevent it from exploding .
When it entered the dragon, the outside layer of magic power was shed away .
Then, unable to bear the high quantity of magic power, the spear popped like a rubber ball with too much air .
A hero that slayed the evil dragon .
“The dragon is dead!!”
“Everyone is saved!!”
“Many thanks Lord Her—”
A crowd hard at my heels .
After confirming their safety, they rapidly gathered together .
I forced myself to my feet when I suddenly felt the excited crowd fall silent .
I turned to look at Ailee . Her expression was extremely complicated .
She was happy for me, but also seemed to be worried for me .
A rock hit my face .
I suddenly realized .
My hood had been blown off by the wind .
“You! You still haven’t died!!?”
The crowds recognized who I was .
My brain turned slow, unable to think of how to respond to the sudden turn in atmosphere .
“Demon lackey, you brought this monster here, didn’t you!!?”
“You turned the whole city into rubble . Are you satisfied now!!?”
“You bastard, give me my Mom back!!”
The crowd always had someone throwing a rock at me .
“Hurry up and confirm it . Are you Leon or not?”
Ailee threw herself in front of me .
“Everyone, please don’t—”
A rock hit ailee’s forehead, and a dark red stream of blood trickled down her temples .
This situation was very familiar .
When I first entered the Expedition Forde, I met a scum senior .
He would often assign me to run errands, and even for the slightest thing he found not up to par, he would cuss me out .
The Expedition Force had a rule: the first to cause a disturbance would be expelled .
So I could only be patient .
The final time, he complained that the drinks weren’t cold enough and was about to punch me .
At that time, Ailee was coincidentally walking by, and she threw herself in front of me without hesitation .
The hit had drawn blood, and her head was swollen .
At that time, seeing such a thing made me loathe my own weakness .
But now I could not .
For me, this world is nothing .
So I must protect those who I want to protect .
I hugged the dizzied Ailee from behind .
“I’m fine, Leon…”
She breathed in my ear .
The person who threw the stone at her was the middle-aged man I saw in the pub .
Seeing I did not respond, he picked up another stone and threw it at me .
I caught the stone and forcefully though it back . He could not respond at all to a lock of his hair being shaved off .
“The princess just called him Leon!! this person is the traitor to humanity!!”
Yelled that man .
“Everyone look, he raised a hand at me . As expected as someone on the demons’ side!!”
“The hero on hand can’t just sit around and do nothing–”
Just as he was about to go off on a rant, a giant explosion sound came from behind me .
My head whipped around, and I saw the dragon slowly climbing to its feet .
I very clearly had pierced a hole through its core!
When the long spear had pierced near its core, it exploded into pieces . I clearly saw the shining, multicolored core shatter .
Right at this moment, past memories from the Expedition Force resurfaced .
We were around a campfire, while Baliat addressed us kindly .
–Don’t think that just because you destroy the core everything will be all right . Most demon beasts are weak at the core because without a core, their magic power would be distributed throughout their body and would dissipate into the air much more quickly . But there are exceptions . For example, a dragon . Because the magic density of their scales is so high, even if their core is destroyed their bodies won’t disappear so easily . It takes a period of time . You definitely must be careful, young ones .
Right now, the red dragon’s body was like smoke . Waves of black magic power seemed to be evaporating from the surface, disappearing .
But then the dragon roared .
Frightening strength remained .
The flames of revenge flickered within its throat .
Dragon’s breath .
I had used up all my magic power; I couldn’t dodge it .
Not just me, but Ailee too .
The people behind me with evil intentions too .
Everything will be burnt to nothingness under the high temperatures, like they never existed to begin with .
“Save us! Defeat it, Leon!!”
A man in the crowd fell onto the ground out of fear .
Just as I was feeling the most desperation, a silver light suddenly flashed .
A silver line appeared on the dragon’s neck .
Breath was stopped, the glow from the fire fading .
After several seconds, the dragon’s head carefully began to slide . With a massive thunk!, its head slammed onto the ground and produced dust clouds .
“Haa, haaa…that scared me . So it was just rigor mortis . ”
The man patted the ground, then vigorously leaped up .
But as for me, I could not just relax .
That was not rigor mortis . That dragon was hit by something .
Something far stronger than a dragon killed it in one hit .
“Everyone, everyone we must discuss . This man is the traitor to humanity . Now he is powerless . Together!”
He pulled out his saber .
But then, a silver line appeared on his neck .
In the next instant, his head rolled onto the ground .
The crowd exploded into panic .
Someone shouted at me:
“You’re a killer!! Demon lackey!! You led us to believe you used your speed for good, but it was to betray us all along!!”
After saying such, he immediately was beheaded . His stump sprayed out blood, and the people around him were dominated by fear .
While I already had no time to deal with the resentment and fear of the crowds .
I shoved Ailee behind me protectively .
This was not my doing . There was something else .
I lifted my head; the air above me was being distorted .
The black clouds vanished without a trace . Then in the air hung a red moon .
A palace almost as big as this city floated high in the sky .
It was a fiend’s fortress, a region a god could not even touch .
My sandpaper throat rasped out that bitter name .