I held the spear behind me so it wouldn’t get in the way as I ran. It was crazy how fast I could run now. I would have been able to catch all the shoplifters had I been able to run like this back at the convenience store.
But that was hardly where my thoughts should be. And before I knew it, I had arrived at the spot that Daniela was standing.
There was a purple goblin between us.
“So, that’s the poison goblin…?”
I continued to have Presence Block activated as I got close. My eyes met Daniela’s.
And so I moved. I used Legs of the God Wolf to jump into the air while holding the spear downward. And then I fell. Platinum and green wind helped control my trajectory as the spear plunged into the poison goblin’s head. I quickly let go and moved away. The thick, purple blood that gushed out of its head looked like it could hurt. Who knew what it would do to my body.
The spear was now covered in ice. Its temperature was below zero, and anything it touched would freeze instantly. Ice of stomach-churning color was falling to the ground.
“Well, that was educational. This thing is a lot more dangerous than it looks. Its breath and the poison. Even the claws. Even the grass is burning because of the blood.”
“Are you hurt?”
“No. Thanks to you.”
We bumped our fists together in celebration.
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Still, the corpse in front of us left us with one problem.
What should we do with it…
“I bet burning it would create toxic fumes.”
“It will definitely damage our blades if we tried to dismember it.”
“It would contaminate the soil if we buried it.”
“Then there would not be much point in freezing it in ice.”
No burning. No cutting. No burying. No freezing. No. No. No. No. What an annoying monster. No wonder Daniela was so cautious.
“Well, they do say poison can be turned into medicine. It would be a bit of a waste to just leave it here.”
“So you want to put it in your bag and take it to the guild?”
“Ugh… Right, I would have to put it in my bag…”
My vintage bag deserved better than that…yes. But then again, I didn’t have much of a choice. And so I opened the bag with a very heavy heart. Daniela used a tree branch to lift the goblin’s arm and move it towards the bag’s opening. And like that, the corpse was sucked into the bag.
“We can only hope that it is worth something.”
Damn it. What a terrible monster to encounter…
But there was no point in standing there sighing. And so I switched gears and lifted my heavy feet towards the east mountain once again.
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“What about using the power of the wind to parry attacks?”
“Good one. So you would instantly envelope yourself in as they strike.”
“Wind doesn’t have any shape. So I thought it would better to make a path to have it escape rather than a shield to block it. Besides, it sounds easier.”
“I agree. We can practice doing it tomorrow.”
We sat around a fire and discussed ideas for ‘defense magic.’ I had made some soup out of left-over vegetables, which we now drank. It was much better to talk about this with someone else. We could choose the idea that was best.
“What about earth?”
“Hmm…earth. Does that include sand and pebbles?”
“Pebbles are sand once they are crushed. And the earth contains sand. It is all the same when using magic.”
“Soil does have a lot mixed in it other than sand.”
Yes, I thought as much.
“Those who are advanced in magic are able to remove substances from the soil. For instance, they can take out the sand and then harden it as a rock. This means that earth magic allows you to create rocks.”
This advanced form of earth magic was known as ‘ore magic.’ Daniela said. I wondered just how much work it would require to get to that point. It wouldn’t be possible for me. I didn’t even use earth magic.
“You’ll probably get there one day, Daniela. Seeing as you’re going to live for so long.”
“Yes. But you might not be around when that happens, Asagi.”
“Haha. I’d love to be able to see it, though. If you could just hurry up.”
It was hard deciding to live the rest of your life with someone whose race lived so long. One would have to go on and leave the other behind. Still, it didn’t change my resolve. It was something I had wholly accepted. If anything, I couldn’t complain if there would be a time when I was old and she still looked the same. It would be hard, but not tragic.
“We should get some rest now. I’ll take the first watch. You can go and sleep.”
“Then I will do just that… Goodnight, Asagi.”
Daniela kissed me on the cheek and then disappeared into the tent. I was glad that we were together.