My body swayed. My feet were heavy. I hadn’t felt anything at first, but now the weight of both swords seemed to pull me down. How easy would it be to just fall down and rest here… That was how tired I was.
However, I didn’t know what would happen. What if that Loup-garou came back to life even after I had chopped it into three pieces? And so I couldn’t stop.
Suddenly, I noticed that something was strange, and I looked down at my feet.
“Woah…are you kidding me…”
I hadn’t noticed it at all up until now. Though, I did think it was a little chilly.
The wind dragon trousers were torn and shredded. It was probably because of Legs of the God Wolf…
“Huhhh…and they were such good materials…”
While they weren’t from a full-grown dragon, it was shocking that this could happen. This wind. Well, I had pushed it to its limits, so maybe I shouldn’t complain now. It was probably just seconds away from tearing off all my skin as well. Imagine if I was killed by the power of my master? Some protection it was.
However, there was no point in whining about it now. And so I walk in my new pair of shorts to the Loup-garou.
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“…Hmm. It does seem to be dead.”
The last time I had seen it, it had been cut into three pieces and frozen. The wounds were sealed and the blood was hard as a rock. It would probably shatter if I smashed against the ground. And while that may seem like a waste of materials, wearing any of it as equipment was a good way to get cursed. I wasn’t sure what would happen if someone else wore it, but it probably wouldn’t be good.
Well, that about wraps things up. I had used power that I was not accustomed to, and I felt very drained. In any case, I decided to just encase the corpse in ice for now. Thanks to the ice magic boosting attributes of my armor, I was at least able to do this in spite of being exhausted.
When the big mountain of ice was complete, my eyes caught those of the Loup-garou.
I was tired. The sun was already starting to come down. I figured that I might as well rest a little on the top of the iceberg. It seemed like a place that would be safe from monsters.
And so I used the last of my strength to climb to the top with Legs of the God Wolf, and then I thrust my sword into it. After that, I just leaned against the sword and closed my other eye. It should not be too long until the hunting team arrived.
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I awoke with a feeling of pain. When my eyes opened, the sky spread out before me. Was I dead?
“Ah, captain. Miss Daniela has awakened.”
I heard a voice and I turned to see who it was. It was no one I knew. Just an ordinary guard. But I also knew that I was alive, which was a relief.
“I’m captain Saragi, of the southern gate. It seems like you can talk. And you were conscious earlier.”
“Aye… I feel pain all over, but my mouth can move.”
“That’s good. I can now tell you about the situation.”
What Saragi told me sounded very bad. I had memories of some of it. The Loup-garou that should have been dead had begun to exhale black energy, and so I unsheathed my sword. I did not know what was happening, but it was clearly dangerous, and yet I could do nothing but stare back at it.
And then, surprisingly, its once silver fur began to turn black. I had never seen anything like this happen before. I started to move back as I sensed the danger, but then a black wind flew towards me. And that was the last thing I remember.
Apparently, Asagi had brought the town guards shortly after that. They focused on treating me while Asagi went out alone to finish off the Loup-garou. He was probably doing it as revenge…that would be very like him.
We were now on our way back to Yukka. They would make a report and send out a hunting team.
“So…when can I go back?”
“Wait a minute. You can’t go out there with such wounds!”
“Just answer the question.”
“…Evening at the earliest. The Loup-garou has been quite dangerous of late, so a draft has already been prepared for a hunting team. We just need to call them and relay the plan. But it’ll be close to night time when they all arrive.”
“That is too late. He is fighting out there alone even now.”
I forced myself up. Pain racked my body.
“But that is as fast as it can be. Besides, they would have to be carrying you.”
“Do not bother yourselves about me. You must send the hunting party as soon as possible!”
“Not bother with you…? But the only reason he went out there was because of you!?”
He said this with an angry glare. There was no hate, but his look had a strong will. I could see that he too wished to return as soon as possible and join Asagi.
“…Do you have any potions?”
“I do, but…”
“Give me all of them. Do it now.”
A guard who was nearby hesitated and then offered me a bag. I took it and saw that it was full of little bottles. And so I opened one and drank its contents. The heat slowly spread throughout my body. But it was not enough. I had to heal my wounds in order for my energy to return. And so I tore off my ruined clothes and poured the potion over my skin.
Saragi averted his eyes awkwardly, but I had no time to think about his reaction. I did not care who saw me now as I went about healing my wounds.