Chapter 27: Guardian of the forest

Remi Sakuya
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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)

“Tch…!?” (Oswald)

 

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)

“Ahha~a ~♪
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.
It’s frustrating!
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.

 

“Frustration?
《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…

 

“Kuu…!?” (Oswald)

 

I’m wounded.
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.

 

“…!!” (Oswald)

 

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.

 

“…!!” (Oswald)

 

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.
My home.
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…

 

“…!?” (Oswald)

 

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.

 

“…” (Arge)

 

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)


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26 comments

  1. Nee-San~ Nee-San~ Just imagining Oswald saying that as a towering mountain of meat gives me the heebie jeebies

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  2. Chapter 27: Guardian of the forest
    “Bumo~o~o~o~o! !”
    The axe that I swing is cutting through an empty space. I thought I had hit her perfectly, but I did not hit anything.
    Rather than hurting her, it is my arm that got scratched instead. Although the wound is shallow, blood certainly flows, soiling the earth.

    What’s the meaning of this?
    Even if I cannot understand, I have to keep swing my weapon. The battle is still going on.
    However, no matter how many attempts I try, my attacks will not hit. Only the opponent’s “invisible attack” is chopping my body little by little.
    “You’re slow … for such a slow fellow you’re not worth living.”
    “What …!!?”
    There was a terribly joyful voice at my ear. She is on my shoulder. Un-notice-able until now.
    A cold shiver runs down my spine. When the girl on my shoulder attacks my side of the face, I fretted and let go of my axe.
    With an instant attack, that is also swift and accurate, you got to throw away weapon in response

    “Flowering.”
    I was dealt with easily.
    My attack was avoided. I could not understand.
    Not only that, the sense of hearing from one ear is lost. Instead only a sharp pain is felt.
    My opponent get off me in a moment and shows off my right ear as if she was showing me a tree leaf. (I guess she is S type)
    “Gu, ku~tsu…!”
    “Ah well ~ ♪ Such fun it is. You are still alive with such a wound. If you die so easily like a normal bull, it would be too boring!”
    “Don’t toy with me … poacher!”

    I do not have time to think about the lost ear.
    I did not pick up any weapons. Because I thought that I was too slow swinging an axe.
    It’s Frustrating! Today I’m only getting a beating!
    I can’t even touch Arge nee-san or the poachers in front of me right now.
    Both are really fast, and if they can be hit, they are likely to be defeated with one blow. However, that blow is never going to happen.
    Arge nee-san was a fast one. But this girl, it is as if she is a ghost. (TN: I will not say anything about Oswald’s comment because It will become spoiler)
    “Frustration? Flowering.”
    Even I thought it was an attack, her body just shake lightly. And at the next moment
    “What?”
    I am wounded.
    An unknown attack. The forehead was cut shallowly. My vision from my right eye is blocked by the flowing blood.
    Even she use it twice, I do not know the identity of that attack. From my wound I can tell that is was a slash type. The attack isn’t cut deep but sharply torn, the opponent seems disappear from my sight.

    “Nuu … Bu-mo !!”
    Although I cannot see her, I thought that if I was attacked she should still be close, and I swing my arms, kick the legs around randomly.
    My feet are hoof, the foot itself is a mass of muscle. Although it is durable, it will never be okay if it hits.
    “It will be amazing. If you can hit me like that … Flowering.”
    At the end of that word, I have completely lost my hearing ability.
    “— !!”
    I cannot even hear the voice of my agony any longer.
    She probably did not just cut my ear off, it’s an attack involving some kind of curse. It is certainly echoed to the flesh of Minotaur, insensitive to pain, and it is pulled out even to the eardrum just by being cut off.
    “—“
    The other party is saying something, but of course I cannot hear her.
    She smiles evilly from the bottom of her heart. It appears she understand that I cannot hear whatever she is saying something. She laughed and threw away my other ear like a trash.

    There is no anger. However, there is impatience.
    When I died, all the forests will be robbed by that poacher. Blessings of the forest and those who should receive it.
    “—!!”
    My battle cry is not heard in the auditory sense. Still, it was shouted out to inspire myself and run.
    I do not think that I will move fast. If you do not understand the identity of the opponent’s way of fighting, I cannot think of a way on how to fight it.
    The other party is obviously playing here. Given how powerful she is, she ought to be able to kill me easily. There is a real power difference.
    … Still, I cannot retreat!
    There is something important behind me. The forest, which we have kept protecting for generations.
    The place where I decided that I will protect since I was a child.
    My house. A place to protect. Where there are loved ones.
    Birds and beasts voice, the sound of wind and flowing water, warm sunlight from the sun, the activities of demons.
    I will not let it get 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 cowardice.
    I am the only one who can fight properly. I have to defend, but I cannot do it anymore.
    “—“
    The smile of the opponent is shaken. An invisible attack comes.
    “—- !?”
    Silver color appeared suddenly in half of sight before being cut.
    Where did it come from? No, have you not arrived before? She made her silver hair sway and turned her eyes toward me.
    “—-“
    Her little lips moved.
    I cannot hear her voice. Still I knew what she said. It is because I have heard what I have seen.
    That is the words I heard for the first time today.
    A voice that sounds like it is singing in gentle response to a bird singing.
    Even if you do not hear it, its words that can be remembered indeed.
    “You are hurt, Pain, pain go away.”

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