I turned around to see two women brushing off snow from their clothes. It was Daniela and Manager.
“Daniela. The High Red I told you about. Apparently, it’s not an ‘ordinary’ High Red.”
After that, we shared the conclusion that Adlus and I had reached. Daniela nodded as if she agreed with us. Manager folded her arms, deep in thought. Adlus stared at the map.
“Adlus. We do not have much time.”
Daniela urged him and they began to talk. Manager also joined in, as did I.
“Asagi, where is his position now?”
“Wait a second.”
I looked at the map on the table and then activated Eyes of the God Wolf. I saw that it was about two kilometers from the north side of the village. And just like before, it moved steadily through the snow.
“Hmm… Still some distance. I would like to fight it without doing any damage to the village.”
“Or anyone getting killed.”
“That will be difficult if it is only us. Someone will get hurt.”
“And so I have an idea.”
This was Adlus’s plan.
I would be the main one fighting. Manager would assist me. And Daniela and Adlus would support us from a distance. Adlus would deal with the snow and Daniela the wind. Manager would use her shadow magic to take it by surprise when she could. I would attack it from head-on. It sounded simple, but would be difficult to pull off.
“I will turn the snow into water and control it. Just in a small area.”
“And I will define that area. My wind magic will silence this blizzard. The spirits will help me.”
“As for the night’s shadows, that’s my job. I will harass it with surprise attacks. You can do a lot with shadow magic.”
“Which means I’m the meathead. I see what you’re doing.”
Everyone made use of their unique abilities while I swung a sword around. It’s true, I had Jack of all Trades, Master of None, but no showy magic! Still, it made one just a little bitter.
“What are you talking about? You are the most important.”
“Listen. Adlus and I are eliminating all of your obstacles. You will be free. Do you understand?”
“And Rindo will cover everything in shadows. Understand?”
Daniela paused for a few seconds and then pointed at me.
“The light that shines in the shadows. That is what you are.”
“People are frightened of the dark. And all it takes is one ray of light to cause them to run towards it with gratitude. You are that ray of light. You are the hope that shines in the darkness! Do you understand?”
Daniela was usually the quiet type, but she was raising her voice in an attempt to rouse me.
“You are our last home in this desperate situation. We are like the world that you shine down on.”
Her analogy was expanding. Still, I understood that she was cheering me on. It was very clear. And so my eagerness was at an all-time high. I thought I could do it. It didn’t matter what enemy I faced. I would crush it into the ground. My body felt warm. Almost hot. Yes. I didn’t even need these winter clothes anymore!
“Alright, leave it to me! I’ll kill that thing!”
“That is the spirit!”
I pulled the Velnoir out of the hollow bag and marched towards the door. The others quickly prepared to leave as well. What was taking them so long? I’m going on ahead!
“He is very simple-minded…”
“Well, that’s why he’s the meathead.”
“But he was always like that, you know?”
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