Midterm Examination (4)
Unlike last time, I won’t cut you down. I knew what would happen.
Soon afterwards Count Ksepos stopped moving and his color changed. His shoulders trembled.
I can’t move!
I told you I took certainty. Of course we’re taking precautions.”
Shadowwalking is indeed an amazing magic. I didn’t think there was anyone else besides me and Akatsuki who could develop such magic.
But, on the other hand, I’m familiar with the transition, and of course it was easy for me to create a countermeasure.
Well…even if there were no countermeasures…this area is already surrounded by the Baule de Tesoro…so there’s no way we can transfer unless we can break through it.
Count Xippos grunts in frustration and pulls himself out of the shadows. Then he readies his sword. He seems to understand that the only way he can escape is to defeat me.
But there’s no way he can get past me. Not only do I know what he’s capable of, but I already know what he’s capable of.
After I see that Count Xippos has activated the same spell as before I will cast a spell.
A fleeting sound echoed with the chanting. At the same time, the curse of the spell he was wearing fades away.
Count Koussipos looked at him blindingly.
“No, no, no, no, no!”
The reason you lost is because you used the same technique you showed me once.
Never make the same mistake twice. I do my best to deal with the cards in my hand that I know. That’s my policy and what I teach Karon and the others. It’s a shame for a teacher not to be able to put them into practice.
I saw Count Ksipos in a panic and realized that there was no way out of this. I’ll be on my guard until the end, but I’m pretty sure of it.
And the blade he swung was sucked into his enemy’s neck…
Count Koussipos’s hushed voice echoes.
My dagger stopped him by the scruff of his neck. It wasn’t something the enemy did to him… it was something I did of my own volition.
There’s a reason, of course.
The empty void cracks open and a figure enters from the other side.
It was a beast woman with wolf ears and a tail. She was my apprentice and my family, Nina Gothirane-Harneus.
I’m sorry I’m being so unreasonable.
“I don’t care. I’m just doing my own thing.
I didn’t put the finishing touches on him because Nina stopped me. Of course she wasn’t pleading with him to let Count Kushpos go. I think it’s the other way around.
I’ll tell Count Ksepos who’s standing there.
Nina’s gonna take over for you. You just hang in there.”
Nina wanted to take matters into her own hands.
If you care about Nina’s safety, you shouldn’t do her any favors. But I held back and let her go. I gave in because I felt it was in Nina’s best interest. I believe that helping Nina escape her fate of death will help her grow.
She didn’t have a weapon before the practical test, so I take out a one-handed sword from the [phase hidden cover texture] and give it to her.
Count Ksipos smiled wryly at Nina as she held it up.
“Kuhahahahahahahahahaha! I don’t care if it’s Count Foranada… I won’t be defeated by a little beastman! Now is the time to kill you!”
It seemed to have taken in his intense negative emotions and the curse of the cursed object had returned. It’s overflowing with a hideous magical power that makes me feel sick just by looking at it.
It’s true that Count Kushpos’s power will increase if he’s strengthened by the spells. He’d be stronger than the last boss of the original game. If you think about it, he could beat any opponent.
Count Xippos, his eyes glistening with desire, charges at them, exploding the ground.
Nina, on the other hand, was quiet. She held her sword still and did not move. At first glance, it looks as if she’s not reacting to the enemy.
“Lament your lack of ability!”
Count Koussipos laughed loudly and swung his sword down.
I have a vision of Nina being split in half from the top of her brain.
It was Count Csipos who actually spit blood and was mortally wounded. He threw himself to the ground and bled profusely from his gut.
It was a crossfire. Nina cut down her enemy with a single sword of divine speed. Her skill at slaying even curses is truly divine.
Nina also had a countermeasure against the spell. Unlike me. but it was a countermeasure.
Either way, it’s a foregone conclusion. If Count Xippos was over 70, Nina had reached level 90. The difference in strength was obvious.
Count Ksipos looks incredulous.
“Ugh, no. It’s a lie! It’s a lie! There’s no way I could’ve been defeated by this disgusting beast! I was supposed to be the strongest after I was strengthened by the curse!
“It’s disgusting, you know.”
That’s the root of Count Xippos’ hatred of beastmen.
“Isn’t it disgusting! Having ears and a tail in the shape of a human is nothing short of an insult to humanity! It’s disgusting! I put up with it because it’s His Holiness’ policy but now his son wants you for his wife! Beast blood in our house? I’m nauseous just thinking about it. I couldn’t… I couldn’t… I’d rather die than end up in that situation!”
Count Ksipos continues his monologue in a somewhat incoherent manner.
“I was in the throes of earthly despair, unable to think of any way to repel my son’s demands. She came to me. She broke the fetters on my heart. I could crush the beastmen without restraint. I got rid of the Hearneus and all the other beastmen! It was the best feeling ever. I couldn’t forget that feeling. I kidnapped beastmen and I beat them. But how could you survive? How could you not die when I did everything I could? Gobble, gobble, gobble.”
Count Koussipos vomited so much blood. The blood is black and he’s not going to make it.
It seems his physiological aversion to beastmen is what drove him to this point. From what he’s saying, he had his finger on the trigger originally, but the witches helped him.
Where did this all come from? So selfish. I wonder how many beasts have been hurt or died because of this man. And how many more Nina’s hearts must be broken?
I’m tempted to punch him in the face, but I’ll be patient. Nina wants to kill him more than anyone… but she’s holding back, her shoulders shaking.
She stared at Count Ksepos, ready to see him through to the end.
Count Ksypos was vomiting blood and moaning and then he ran out of life. The hatred in his eyes is gone and he has turned into a mute, mangled body.
“It’s over… It’s over…?”
Nina, who had been staring down at her foe in amazement, opened her mouth.
The great enemy that I had been chasing with impatience and fear was easily defeated. Perhaps that’s why I don’t really feel like I’ve killed my nemesis with my own hands.
I pat her on the back and nod vigorously.
It’s over. You’ve overcome your fate.
We don’t have any hard evidence. But I could say with confidence. Nina was able to escape her fate of death.
I’ve known Nina for almost eight years. I’m sure it’s been hard for her, but she’s been through a lot. And now it’s finally paid off.
Nina’s eyes were moist as her emotions began to catch up with her. Even at the moment of her accomplishment, she didn’t have much expression on her face, but it was clear that she was very happy.
“Thank you, Zechs.”
She thanks me in a slightly tearful voice and I cower my shoulders.
I didn’t do anything. Nina did the best she could.
Nina shook her head.
“No. Zechs was the only thing that kept me alive. You made me strong. Kalon and all of you kept me going. Thank you so much.”
“Okay. Then you’re welcome.
We laughed for a while. We shared a certain joy with each other, feeling the warmth in the air.
By the way, Nina won the test right after that. Probably because she got over her fate of death, she got a little over enthusiastic. I’ll have to console Orca later.