Editor: m33b00 & Jae
Chapter 27: Guardian of the forest.
“Bumo~o~o~o~o! !” (Oswald)
The axe, that I swung down, went through empty space.
Even though it seems like I hit her (after-image) perfectly, all I did was hitting the ground.
Rather than hurting her, it’s my arm that got hit instead.
Although the wound is shallow, I’m still bleeding and my blood drops on the ground.
How did this happen?
I can’t understand it.
But I keep swinging my weapon.
I have to because I’m still fighting.
However, no matter how many times I swing my axe, I just keep missing.
And her “invisible attack” keep cutting into my body little by little.
“You’re too slow… such a slow fellow, shouldn’t deserve to live.” (Unknown Girl)
When I heard that terribly joyful voice next to my ear, she was already on my shoulder.
I didn’t even notice her and a cold shiver ran down my spine.
When that girl attacked my face from my shoulder, I stumbled and let go of my axe.
That attack was too fast, swift, and accurate. Something like that would make me drop down my weapon in surprise.
“Flowering” (Unknown Girl)
I tried to counter quickly.
However, my attacks were easily avoided.
I couldn’t understand.
Not only that, my sense of hearing from one ear has been lost.
It was replaced with a sharp pain.
She jumped off me, showed me my right ear as if a tree leaf.
(T.N: I guess she is S type)
“Gu~ ku~…!” (Oswald)
Have fun to live with one ear?
If I was one ear bull, I might commit suicide!
Kyahahaha~a!” (Unknown Girl)
“Don’t toy with me… POACHER!” (Oswald)
I do not have time to think about my lost ear.
I did not pick up my weapon. I figured that attacking with axe were too slow to hit her.
Damn it, I keep getting beaten up today!
I can’t even touch Arge nee-san, and now I can’t touch the poachers in front of me.
Both are really fast, but if they were hit, they could probably get killed in one blow.
However, that blow would never happen.
Arge nee-san was incredibly fast. But this girl is so fast that she looks like a ghost.
《Flowering》 ” (Unknown Girl)
I know that she is going to attack, however, I can only see her body become blurry. And when I realized it…
An unknown attack.
My forehead was cut shallowly, the blood dropped down on my right eye.
Even she has used it twice, I still didn’t know the truth behind that attack.
From my wound, I can tell that it’s a slash type.
The attack isn’t deep, but it leaves a sharp cut.
Then she disappears from my sight again.
“Nuu … Bu-mo !!” (Oswald)
I couldn’t see her but if she attacked me, she should still be close.
I swung my arms, kicked the legs around randomly.
My feet are hooves, the foot itself is a mass of muscle and keratin. (ED: Same stuff fingernails and hair are made out of.)
Although it’s durable, there’s no way it could take one of her attacks.
“Did you think you can hit me with something like that…《Flowering》” (Unknown Girl)
The moment she said that word again, I completely lost my hearing.
I can’t even hear my voice cry out in agony anymore.
She probably did more than just cutting my ear off. It must an attack involving some kind of curse.
Something that can hurt even a Minotaur, who should be insensitive to pain.
The curse gives me more pain than some eardrum damage.
“…” (Unknown Girl)
She is saying something, but of course, I can’t hear her.
And then she has an evil smile on her face.
It seems like she understands that I can’t hear anymore.
She laughed and threw away my other ear like trash.
Rather than anger, I’m impatience.
When I died, the forests would be robbed by that poacher.
She would take away the blessings of the forest and those who live in it.
I let out a battle cry, even though I can’t hear.
I shouted out to inspire myself as I ran toward her.
I doubt that I can move fast enough to hit her.
But I don’t understand her way of fighting, I can’t think of any other way to fight her.
She is obviously playing with me.
Given how powerful she is, she ought to be able to kill me easily.
Our power difference is too big.
…Still, I can’t retreat!
There are many things important here.
The forest which my family has protected for generations.
The place I decided to protect since I was a child.
A place to protect.
Along with loved ones.
The birds and beasts’ voices, the sounds of wind, flowing water, warm sunlight from the sun, the home of many demons.
I will not let them get it dirty.
I will not let them ruin it.
This is our place.
It is the world where we have survived.
Minotaurs other than me are visually muscular but most of them are temperate and not suitable for battle.
Kobolds and goblins are also coward.
I’m the only one who can fight properly.
I have to defend my home, but I can’t do that anymore…
“…” (Unknown Girl)
She grins again. That invisible attack will come…
Then the silver color appeared suddenly at the edges of my sight and blocked the attack.
Where did she come from?
No, didn’t I see her before?
Her silver hair swayed and she turned her eyes toward me.
Her little lips moved.
I cannot hear her voice.
Still, I knew what she said.
It’s a spell I heard once before.
The words I heard for the first time today.
In a voice that sounds like she is singing along with the birds.
Even if I can’t hear her, I could easily imagine what she said.
“Oh,.. no. You’re badly hurt … Pain, pain go away.” (Arge)