The monster, who was slightly knocked back, scowled at Camus
Desert Monster [ Guraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! ]
As things didn’t go its way, a current of anger flowed through the monster as it became enraged . As if expressing irritation, it showed off the severed tail that swung hummingly from side to side .
Camus [ Are you okay? ]
Jin-u [ C-Chief……I’m sorry . ]
Jin-u’s face was distorted by pain as he apologized while bitterly thinking he had caused someone trouble .
Hiiro [ Oi, what’s that? ]
Taken aback by Hiiro’s words, they glanced in the monster’s direction . The sight that met them had shocked them both .
Desert Monster [ Gurururururu! ]
Somehow, the severed part of the tail had grown back .
Hiiro [ Oi Oi, it can even regenerate itself? I guess the usual methods won’t work, huh . ]
Silva [ How shall we proceed, Hiiro-sama? ]
Hiiro [Let’s see, I’ve got something in mind, but……]
Honestly, if all he had to do was kill it, Hiiro could somehow manage it alone . However, in this case, he had restricted himself to being a helper since the
Chief Camus was the person expected to defeat the monster .
Silva [ As I thought, we will be exclusively supporting Camus until the end? ]
Hiiro [ Hou, you seem to understand, huh Jii-san . ]
Silva [ Nofofofofo! Well then, let us try our best to do that! ]
At that moment, the shadow at Silva’s feet twisted and coiled upward into his hand, taking the shape of, what appeared to be, a table knife .
Silva [ Lets go! Chaotic Butler toss! ]
Silva flew up into the sky as dozens of knives rained down upon the monster . However, the wall of sand materialized next to the monster once again, blocking them .
During this, Hiiro approached Camus and whispered to him .
Hiiro [ Listen up – similar to before, I’ll make the sand surrounding its body become soft . Although the sand covering the tail seems to have quite a lot of strength, it’s got nothing to do with defeating him . As such, your attacks should pass through . Focus all your efforts into piercing the core . ]
Camus [ ……Got it . ]
As he took his hands away from Jin-u, he glared at the monster with a piercing gaze .
Hiiro [ When I give the signal, move forward . ]
Camus [ Yes . ]
Although Silva was still attacking, when the wall of sand suddenly collapsed, the monster was nowhere to be seen .
Upon also noticing the situation, Silva furrowed his brow .
Silva [ What is going on!? ]
The monster somehow flung itself upwards underneath Silva while he was still in the air . It appears that the monster had burrowed itself under the sand . The stinger on its tail pierced Silva’s body .
Silva [ Muu! ]
As expected, Hiiro also opened his eyes wide upon witnessing such a sight . Certainly, the monster’s stinger was similar to a mad scorpion’s . Upon lodging its stinger into the body, it would release a paralysing neurotoxin that deprives the victims movement . Following this, it would seem that the scorpion would then eat its prey, little by little . A similar stinger was currently lodged in Silva’s body .
Of course, Camus began to move in an attempt to try and save Silva . However, Hiiro stopped him by holding his arm in front of Camus .
Camus [ Hiiro……? ]
Hiiro [ Be still . ]
Camus [ But……Jii-chan is…… ]
Hiiro [ Listen……be quiet and watch . ]
Camus tilted his head, giving off the feeling that he did not understand what Hiiro’s was talking about . Why shouldn’t he try to save a wounded ally? Although he doubted Hiiro’s actions, Camus looked up and watched Silva and the monster .
Desert Monster [ Gururururu! ]
Silva [ Gufu… . uh… uu… ]
Silva looked like he was going through intense pain . Looking at it, you would think the monster already had him . However, he somehow grabbed the tail .
Desert Monster [ ……? ]
Silva [ Ku…… . . Nofofo, did you perhaps think that I was taken out? ]
Silva, who was just suffering a second ago, loosely puffed his mouth .
Silva [ Shall I hold onto this dangerous thing? ]
As he said thus, Silva lifted his right hand, as if he were lifting a wineglass . Following this, a black sphere appeared in his palm . It seemed to be about 20cm in diameter . Next, he gripped the tail with his left hand . Finally, the globe disappeared as it was absorbed into the tail .
Silva [ Pool Ball…… ]
At that moment, an extremely thin rectangular object appeared from where the sphere had been absorbed . It was clearly caused by the black globe absorbed a moment ago .
The black rectangle quickly sliced apart the monster’s armor . It was like paper being cut with a razor . Once again, the monster’s tail was severed from its body .
Desert Monster [ Gura-!? ]
Silva [ On account of this sultry embrace, kindly separate from me . ]
The black rectangular object morphed back into a sphere and shot out like a cannonball .
The monster’s body bent forward as the sphere superbly struck the monster’s stomach . The attacked monster had a dumbfounded expression, as it crashed into the ground without any means of protection .
Silva, who was stabbed by the monsters stinger, nonchalantly left the location .
Hiiro [ Oi, isn’t there something stuck in your stomach? ]
Silva [ Oya? How inconsiderate of me . ]
Silva gently plucked the tail out of his body and tossed it on the ground .
Hiiro [ Heh, you were fine after all ]
Silva [ I’m afraid I am not fine . It made a hole in one of my good suits… ]
Hiiro [ …… . You’re basically unharmed……Seriously what in the world is your body made of? ]
Silva [ Nofofofofo! It’s because I am a butler! Nofofofofo! ]
After he spoke these words, Silva was dismayed due to the fact that he will be scolded by Ojousama about his tattered uniform . Meanwhile, Camus and Jin-u were blinking in surprise as they watched the embodiment of strangeness known as Silva .
Camus [ Eto… . . you are……fine? ]
Camus couldn’t bear remaining silent and asked thus . However, Silva, who seemed to have his usual appearance, expressed a smile .
Silva [ Nofofofofo! My apologies for having worried you! As you see, I’m quite well! ]
When Hiiro saw how he bowed politely, he did not notice anything abnormal in his physical condition . Although he wasn’t surprised at this inexplicable situation because he’d seen it before, it was different for the other two . Still, Camus could now understand the reason Hiiro stopped him from helping Silva .
Camus ( He was trusted… . . by Hiiro…… . That’s somehow nice…… . that sort of thing )
As Camus had definitely felt their mutual trust, he was slightly envious of it .
Hiiro disregarded the gaze of the pair who seemed to want an explanation since he did not have time to explain in detail . Their top priority was to eliminate the enraged existence in front of them .
Hiiro [ Jii-san, can you destroy that monster’s wall of sand again? ]
Silva [ Nofo? Most certainly! ]
Silva headed toward the monster again after he said that .
Hiiro [ Listen, I’ll say it again . We will have a chance after this . Promptly… . Kill it . ]
Camus [ u… . un ]
He swallowed loudly before nodding .
Immediately after Hiiro confirmed his response, he channeled magic into his fingertip .
Hiiro ( With this, I can find it no matter where it hides . )
In response to Silva’s knife attack, the monster erected another wall of sand, all according to plan . Following this, it then disappeared by once again diving into the ground . However, this time, Hiiro’s senses were able to capture the monster’s position . It was as if his eyes were capable of locating his target’s position via use of thermography . Hiiro knew that it was moving through the sand with incredible velocity .
Hiiro [ . . Alright . ]
Hiiro quickly wrote a word and waited for the moment when the monster tried to go out of the sand . Following this, Hiiro clenched his fist in anticipation . And,
At the same moment the monster came out of the sand, Hiiro vanished . He then reappeared next to the monster . He had used the character
, a two word spell he had set up before this fight . He was thankful for his lvl 80 abilities as he was now able to instantly activate
spells without having to write them on the spot .
The monster’s eyes were wide with surprise when Hiiro suddenly appeared before it . Following this, Hiiro pointed his fingertips at the monster . Hiiro proceeded to shoot the other word he had written . Normally, he would be hard pressed to hitting such a quick foe, however, it was currently caught off-guard . The situation was similar to how a moving car is unable to make a sudden stop .
Hiiro ( In other words, it can’t avoid this! )
Hiiro activated the effect of the word he set up before teleporting close to the monster . He used
the same one he had used before . With this, the defensive power of the sand armor was nullified .
Hiiro [ Next is this! ]
The back of Hiiro’s fist shone as he activated another word he had set up using ||Word Magic|| .
He felt power gather in his right hand .
Hiiro’s fist shot towards the face of the monster, upon impact it made an unpleasant sound, as of flesh and bone being smashed . Blood trailed behind the monster as it was sent flying away .
It plummeted to the ground and created a plume of sand . With the defense of the sand armor nullified, in addition to the increased attack power from the word
the monster received a lot of damage, even though the soft sand broke its fall .
The monster rose unsteadily .
Hiiro [ Here’s another one! ]
and shot it at the sand under the monster . Like the time with Camus, it has now been rendered unable to manipulate the sand .
Hiiro [ Now! Do it! ]
Hiiro shouted at Camus who was nearby waiting for orders . Hearing the voice, Camus narrowed his eyes and gripped the twin katanas in his hands .
Camus [ … . Daddy ]
From where he was standing, Camus charged full-speed at the monster . The pulsing core in the monster’s stomach was reflected in his eyes . As far as Hiiro was concerned, the sand’s defensive force was practically non existence . Furthermore, the monster could no longer erect a defensive wall as the sand had been rendered unusable due to the word |
| . If Camus reacted too late, he might suffer some damage . However, if he attacked now, he would definitely defeat the monster .
Camus [ ……kill… . I will kill it ]
In that moment, the question of [Who was he to kill?] surfaced in his mind . Following this, his father’s smiling face flashed before him . A nostalgic scent tickled Camus’ nose .
Camus [ … . . Daddy……? ]
Everyone thought it was over . Thanks to Hiiro’s plan, they were perfectly prepared . Although Jin-u suffered a little damage, no one was killed . Above all, they were all liberated from the monsters terror .
Watching from afar, the people of the
were confident in their victory……………until just now .
Involuntarily, everyone stiffened at the unforeseen spectacle reflected in their eyes .
Hiiro [ That idiot! ]
Hiiro was the only one that, in response to that spectacle, had…actually, Hiiro couldn’t help but reveal his frustrations towards the author of such a spectacle .
Because next to the monster’s core, the crossed katanas had stopped . Looking closely, the monster was still standing . Although it wasn’t that the monster somehow stopped the attack . Actually, Camus intentionally stopped his ongoing assault .
Camus [ ku… . ]
His dual katanas trembled slightly . No, it wasn’t just the katanas, it was Camus’ entire body that was trembling . Still leaning forward, his face was slightly raised . Even though his eyes were set on the monster, Camus’ face was distorted by sorrow .
Camus [ …I can’t… . . do it . ]
Also puzzled by the unexpected action, the monster remained still .
Camus [ Because…… Daddy…… . his smell was there… ]
Hiiro [ What are you doing! Quickly! Give it the finishing blow!]
Hiiro descended from the sky and shouted at Camus .
Camus [ I… . . I… . ]
As he said thus, a single teardrop was shed from Camus’ eye .
Camus [ I… . . can’t do it……Daddy… ]
Upon seeing the tear, the monster was taken aback . In that moment, Hiiro clearly felt the monster’s blood thirst diminish . However, this was truly only for an instant . The monster’s lust for blood and rage surged, surpassing their previous levels .
Following this, the imperceptibly regenerated tail’s stinger moved in an attempt to stab Camus .
Jin-u: [ CHIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEFFFFFF!!!!!!! ]
Jin-u embraced Camus as he jumped to the side . However, they did not completely dodge it . The stinger had gouged a chunk of flesh from Jin-u’s back .
Jin-u [ Guu-! ]
Camus [ Jin-u!? ]
The two simply fell to the ground in such a state . Camus used his body to cushion Jin-u’s fall .
Hiiro [ Jii-san! Buy me some time! ]
Silva [ As you command! ]
It would seem that Silva grasped the current situation . He created another one of those knives and threw it . However, the monster avoided it by jumping away from its current location .
Hiiro ( Chi, and just like that, it’s already recovered! )
The monster appeared to have recovered from Hiiro’s attacks as its movement had been restored
Desert Monster [ Gururururu! ]
As the monster provokingly looked at Hiiro and the others, it opened its mouth wide and-
It released a considerably high pitched tone . As they were struck with an unpleasant, almost ear-ringing sensation, Hiiro involuntarily frowned .
Hiiro [ I-I see, this is! ]
At the same time Hiiro realized the meaning of the monster’s behavior, in response to the monster’s cry, similar cries sounded nearby . Following this, the sand from both sides of the Desert Monster ascended into the air with a bashing/spluttering sound . From within the sand, new monsters emerged .
Hiiro [ As I thought, this is the monster’s ability to call reinforcements! ]
Silva [ It seems to be so . Apparently, they are coming here in groups from afar?]
It was as Silva had indicated . Even though it was quite a distance away, they were able to discover several monster-like shadows scattered here and there .
Upon confirming thus, there were people that could be seen attacking the monsters in the distance……they were the
. This situation was one that they group had more or less expected . As such, it was unlikely that the surrounding monster’s reinforcements that headed in this direction would not be capable of approaching Hiiro’s location .
Hiiro (Maa, Aka-Loli did say that she’d move if push comes to shove . I guess it should be fine to ignore the other monsters . The real problem is……these three here . )
Naturally, one of which was the Desert Monster . With regards to the other two, one was a giant monster known as the
. The remaining monster was called
, a monster that possessed a mud-like body .
They had only heard about the information regarding these monsters from the 『Ashura Tribe』 . They were Rank S monsters . In all honesty, they had wanted to resolve this before the Desert Monster had called for reinforcements . However, now that it has come to this, it was imperative for them to think of an alternative method to resolve the situation .
Hiiro [ Jii-san, mind me leaving the rest to you for a bit? ]
Silva [ …What are you planning to do, may I ask? ]
Hiiro [ I’m gonna give that idiot a wake up call . ]
As he shot those words out while wearing a disgruntled expression, a blue vein surfaced onto Hiiro’s forehead .
Silva [ Nofofofofo! Oh dear, oh dear . In which case, I shall also strive to try my hardest . ]
As Silva sharpened his gaze, he stood in front of the three monsters . Upon seeing this, Hiiro changed the direction of his body quickly before moving his feet . In front of the direction he was heading in was…………the place where Camus was currently in .
Upon seeing Jin-u raising a voice of agony due to receiving the attack from the stinger, Camus was flustered . As Jin-u’s face grew pale, the wounds he received on his back began to painfully ooze crimson blood .
Camus [ Jin-u……I……I…… ]
It was clearly Camus’ own fault that Jin-u had received such an injury . As he was torn between the self that was unable to do anything for Jin-u and the self that had his will to fight warped, Camus had fallen into a state of panic .
At this time, Hiiro had approached . As Camus thought that Hiiro would be able to do something, he raised his head .
However, before he had been aware of it, Camus’ face was distorted due to a stinging in his cheek, sand heated by daylight entering his mouth . Camus had now understood that he had fallen to the ground . Furthermore, he realized that Hiiro had hit him .
As he slowly got up, Camus simply stared at Hiiro, his eyes opened wide . It was an expression that indicated that he was unable to comprehend why Hiiro had hit him . In the face of such a Camus-
Hiiro [ You’re really unsightly, aren’t you? ]
Camus [ ……eh? ]
As Hiiro pierced Camus with a chilling glare, he folded his arms and looked down upon him .
Hiiro [ How’d this situation happen? ]
Camus [ …… ]
Hiiro [ You made your resolve, right? Even so, what’s with that shocking display? There are limits to how unsightly one can be . ]
Camus [ H-Hiiro…… ]
In the face of those ruthlessly ejected words, Camus was rendered unable to answer .
Hiiro [ The reason for that Top Knot Bastard’s suffering is because of you . The fact that the Desert Monster was able to call for reinforcements, turning this into a pain in the ass is also your fault . Most importantly, the reason why I’m so damned frustrated is also your fault! ]
Hiiro’s words, loaded with anger, continued .
Hiiro [ That stinger probably has a neurotoxin, right? A poison that steals away one’s ability to move . But if the place it lands is near the heart, it will stop even the heart’s beat . The one receiving the attack will die . ]
Camus [ T-that can’t be! We have to do something! B-because of me, Jin-u is…! ]
Hiiro hits Camus’s face once more .
Hiiro: [ Aa, that’s right . All of this is your fault . Incidentally, those from your |Ashura Tribe| who are fighting other monsters may make a mistake and end up receiving a fatal wound . That would be your fault as well . ]
Camus [ Uu… I… I… ]
Camus grinded his teeth as he slowly shed tears once more .
Hiiro [ What is it that you want to do? ]
Camus [ … Uu… uu… ]
Hiiro [ When you said you wanted to protect everything, was it a lie? ]
Camus [ It was… no lie… ]
Hiiro [ … You said it, right . That you could smell your father’s scent from that monster . ]
With tears still running down his face, Camus turned his eyes to Hiiro .
Hiiro [ Then perhaps a fragment of your father’s consciousness continues to dwell in that monster . ]
Camus [ … -!? ]
Camus took a deep breath as he looked at the monster . He saw the figure of the monster matching blows with Silva, an incredibly angry expression plastered on its face . It definitely didn’t seem like the sort of expression his father would make . Still, it was undeniable that the scent of his father, Rigund, emanated from the monster .
Following this, a different scene entered Hiiro’s eyes . For a brief moment, upon seeing Camus’s tears, the monster’s hostility abated . Perhaps it was the sliver of Rigund that continued to dwell within the monster . His response to seeing his son’s expression of sorrow .
Hiiro [ Watch closely . ]
Hiiro glared at the monster .
Hiiro [ If that monster’s your father, then will you do nothing but cry in his presence? Is that all you can do? ]
Camus [ ……Daddy ]
Hiiro [ Don’t mistake what you’re showing for kindness . ]
Camus [ ………… ]
Hiiro [ Familial piety . You’re thinking of your family . Even when he looks like that, you can’t kill your father? ]
Camus silently hung his head . Hiiro took that as a sign of affirmation
Hiiro [ If that’s your father, then isn’t that all the more reason for you to end this with your own hands? ]
Camus [ My own… hands? ]
Hiiro [ Not hurting your family . That isn’t kindness; it’s just you acting spoiled . Looking at him now, you know what you have to do . You know what you need to do for your father, don’t you? And all you can do is cry? ]
Camus [ I… am… ]
Hiiro [ True kindness only has meaning when you can use it as strength . At the very least, that’s what I believe . ]
Camus [ Hiiro… ]
In truth, it was a line he had read in a book once before . However, it was also true that it had left quite an impression on him .
As the two’s eyes met, Hiiro slowly opened his mouth .
Hiiro [ Go save him . With no hands other than your own . ]
Camus [ ………… . ]
Hiiro [ The one who can truly free him from his suffering is no one but his son . Are you sure that you’re just going to watch him without doing anything? ]
Life returned to the pupils of Camus’s eyes .
Hiiro [ Or will you let a simple traveler, an uninvolved bystander like me kill him? Your father? It’s not like I really care though? . ]
Camus [ … No . ]
Hiiro [? ]
Camus [ I won’t let… you do that . ]
Hiiro [ … Then what will you do ?]
Camus placed his hand on the fallen Jin-u’s shoulder .
Camus [ Jin-u… I’m sorry . But… It’ll be alright . ]
As he spoke, Jin-u faintly opened his seemingly heavy eyelids that had been closed until now . A slight smile floated on his face .
Jin-u [ Y…yes… I’ll leave… Rigund-sama in your… hands . ]
Camus [ Un . ]
Camus gave a strong nod, and stood up straight . He turned to Hiiro .
Camus [ Take care… of Jin-u . ]
Hiiro [ …Just go put an end to this already . ]
Camus [ Yeah! ]
Camus started off in the monster’s direction . Hiiro moved his eyes towards Jin-u .
Hiiro [ Oi topknot . This is a loan . You’ll pay it back later . ]
Jin-u[ … Ha? ]
Although Jin-u was unable to understand the words that flowed out of Hiiro’s mouth, his body was suddenly enveloped in a warm light .
Jin-u ( W-what is this light… it… feels nice… )
It was as if he was resting under a warm sun, experiencing the sensation of a cool breeze massaging his body . It was a sensation that resembled being immersed in a bath, its warmth adjusted to the perfect temperature . As he was overcome by the urge to continue experiencing this phenomenon forever, his eyelids naturally began to gradually descended over his vision .
Complete Recover| |完治
By the word Hiiro used, all of the wounds Jin-u sustained began to close themselves . Moreover, Hiiro’s magic gently wrapped around Jin-u’s body, and a whimsical expression appeared on his face as the power lulled him to sleep .
Hiiro felt some fatigue well up in his body . That one cost quite a bit of MP . He took out an MP Recovery item from his pocket and tossed it into his mouth . He had made it a regular practice to carry them with him just in case .
Hiiro ( Good, now all that’s left is that idiot over there . )