Contrary to my bad premonition, the first three days passed uneventfully. We do our treatment activities in the village, spend two nights there, and then move on to the next village. This routine is repeated twice.
Naturally, Karon and Nina chat with each other in between sessions. The chemistry between the two of them is great and the more times they meet the better they get. I’m happy to witness the development of a beautiful friendship.
I just don’t understand why he made me go with him. Maybe this isn’t what he really wanted, right? He didn’t do it to be near me. He just wanted to be friends with Nina, didn’t he? Please tell me you’re right, sister.
I’ll leave you to it.
It’s the morning of the fifth day. Nina, the three wagons, and I were moving to the last village in that order when we received a [reminder] from Nina, who was leading the group.
“Hexenbiest approaching at two o’clock. “Ten in number.”
It seems to be a magical beast that’s invaded from the nearby forest. I think she’s a little slow in detecting them, but she’s fast for a girl who’s not very good at magic. She probably detected it using only her five senses, so I’ll give her a passing grade.
I’m going to make that assessment while I expand the range of my own detection. I’ve been narrowing the range of my detection in order to train Nina. Of course we have measures in place to protect the caravan if we’re caught by surprise.
It looked like a pack of stave wolves approaching. They look like grey wolves, but they are famous for their ferocious nature. They’re strong enough to hit more than one rank D adventurer.
However, she’s no match for Nina, who’s already been promoted to rank C.
I’m gonna keep [telepathic] connected and relay the instructions.
Nina’s on the offensive, I’m on the defensive. Let’s see what you’ve been training for.
I’ll take this opportunity to gain some combat experience for her. I’ve been an adventurer in the past, but let’s see how well I can do with an escort.
There’s a hexenbiest approaching. Stop the wagon! We’ll take care of it!
Tell the nearby churchmen to stop the patrol. I widen my search and set up a perimeter.
Nina, on the other hand, has her face tightened as she walks towards the direction the beast is coming from. She was going to fight as far away from the wagon as possible. It was a decision that was only allowed by the presence of the defenders.
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have a good idea of what you’re doing.
Her fighting style is that of an orthodox swordsman. She uses her shield and earth magic to keep her enemies in check while fighting mainly with a one-handed sword. She is more focused on defense, as she is a fighter who is always careful to “take care of life”.
It’s hard for a small frame to handle. But with the high physical capabilities unique to beastmen and the [Physical Enhancement] that I’ve learned from my own experience, I can fight without any problems.
Nina also had a talent with swords. She might be better with a one-handed sword than I am.
Nina sits up straight, her eyes fixed on the road ahead as she waits for the enemy to approach.
They weren’t just standing there. They were setting traps with earth magic. They’re small for the time being, but I can assure you they’re effective.
A few minutes later, the monsters finally showed themselves. As the name implies, the Sturvwolf is a hungry wolf. They all come running at us, bloodshot eyed and drooling.
It’s always a horrifying sight to behold. I’m sure it’s traumatizing to the uninitiated. Some of the church members were screaming and some were almost falling off their backs. They looked like they’d be incontinent if it weren’t for me.
Well, as long as it doesn’t get confusing and disruptive.
I’ll keep an eye on Nina’s battle while keeping an eye on her allies.
The first to attack was one of the Sturvwolves. It looked at Nina with glistening eyes and rushed forward in a straight line.
But the attack never reaches her.
First of all, I step on some small spikes on the ground, and this reduces the momentum of my thrust. It doesn’t stop you, but it clearly distracts you.
Next, we’re caught in a pit. It’s shallow enough to drop your feet a little, but it works wonders on a distracted wolf. You’re caught, and you hit the ground hard.
Nina doesn’t miss. She quickly cuts off the head of the outstretched Sturvwolf.
Starving Sturvwolves do not learn. One after another they meet the same end… and within minutes, headless wolves are being mass-produced.
Don’t call me a coward. Use whatever means at your disposal. This is the best way to survive. Because Nina almost died in the slavers’ home… she’ll do everything in her power to make the best choices for survival.
They’re not all gone, though. Three Sturvwolves remain. They are snarling and keeping a constant distance from Nina.
A normal beast would have retreated when more than half of them were down… but they had no reason to. All they could think of was feeding their hunger.
At last the Sturvwolves attack. They rush forward at once, their sharp fangs ready to slit her throat.
But still their fangs cannot reach us.
A flash of silver glints as Sturvwulf and the others approach a certain distance. For a brief moment that feels like a long moment, an iron-colored spark draws a line in the void.
The next moment, they are cut into three pieces. They fall to the ground, showing a vivid cross-section.
Nina cut him. She swung her sword so fast you could lose her in the blink of an eye.
The sword had struck too soon, and now the blood had begun to flow from the corpse. There were no drops of blood on her or the sword, only a red pool on the ground.
As I mentioned before, Nina has the talent of a swordsman. The addition of the triple enhancement from [Physical Reinforcement] gave her a sword speed of another dimension. The only people who could prevent this would be me who can see with [Body Enhancement] or a skilled melee fighter.
This growth rate in six months. I can’t think of a better word than “astonished.
I’m aware that I put Nina through some pretty grueling training. But despite that… she didn’t raise her voice at all. Rather… she was training with the same determination as if to say. She was training with the same spirit as if to say, “Come on! I’m not likely to forget the look in her eyes that was full of life.
What emotion is the source of that greed…
My gut’s telling me it’s not spite. I saw the exchange with Karon. But I couldn’t be sure. Knowing the whole story of Nina’s twin sister Heroine’s revenge, I couldn’t help but be cautious.
Well, it’s only been six months. It’s not like we need to know everything, and we’ll learn more about Nina’s true intentions as we go along.
Nina had just released her hold and was about to turn around. I scrutinized her eyes and jumped.
He leaps forward and draws a dagger. The tip of the blade…
If you go any further, you’ll lose your life.
It was Varan, the leader of the caravan. He had a blowgun in his hand and his sights were fixed on Nina.
He was hidden behind the coach, out of earshot. For all intents and purposes, he’s one step away from doing the wrong thing.
“No more excuses. If you swear to me you’ll do nothing more, we’ll leave now. If you don’t, you’ll pay for it.
“Okay, okay. I won’t do anything!”
Varan said in a trembling voice and threw away the tube in his hand.
I admit it, and I put the dagger away.
To tell you the truth, I’d like to have killed him, but he’s on tour. If he dies, it’ll be a no-brainer. That would’ve tarnished Karon’s reputation.
So we’re not gonna deal with this guy until after the tour. And when it’s over, there’s no telling.
But I never thought you’d make a fool of yourself. You’re too stupid to be the head of something as high as this. I don’t know where they got all these weapons. We’ll be on high alert for the rest of the trip.
The fifth day of the tour has come to an end, although there is still a sense of uneasiness in the air.