There are some battle scenes. Also, there will be some depiction of cruelty, so please read at your own discretion.
Yesterday was a very happy night for me.
The happiness of sleeping wrapped in warm, fluffy fur seemed to have completely recovered me from my fatigue.
I woke up a little early, so while I burrowed my face into Douglas-san’s mane and chest fur to savor the fluffiness, I stroke his neck.
I heard an unconscious growl and it got me excited.
I lowered my hand and put both hands on his hairy chest, enjoying the fluff as I rubbed and massaged it.
When I was massaging the base of his front and hind legs after rubbing his paw pads a little as I had done with Glenn-san yesterday, Douglas-san woke up. He scolded me and asked if I was testing his rationality.
And now we were once again making our way through the forest toward Leonidas.
I am on Douglas-san’s back, but I am not being piggybacked.
The correct answer is that I am on the back of Douglas-san who’s in his beast form, the lion form.
The reason why this happened goes back to this morning before we left. Douglas-san said that he would let me ride on his back if I was okay with his beast form.
Apparently, he thought that me riding Noah the day before looked too awkward and that it would be better for me to ride him. Since I would have less vertical movement and more flexibility if I were to ride him.
Gail-san was about to say that he would do it, but a quick glare from Douglas-san silenced him.
A simple harness-like thing was attached to the beast Douglas-san, and a place for me to sit was prepared.
I refused, saying that it was outrageous to be carried on the back of my own partner, but he insisted that I was special because I was his bride.
T/N: I swear the raw says “yome” which means “bride”!
To be honest, it was very comfortable.
There’s no strenuous up and down movement, and I can tell that he’s taking care of me so that I don’t get tired.
Douglas-san seemed to be feeling good about running in his beast form for the first time in a while. He was leading Arvis and the others.
I wonder if he’s not tired from running so much?
Meanwhile, Douglas-san’s beloved horse, Rex, is running alongside him with Gail-san holding the reins.
Seems like we were almost halfway through our journey.
Just when I was thinking that the trip would end smoothly, Douglas-san suddenly stopped.
“I’m sorry, Chika, but I’m going back to my original form. Can you get off?”
“Yes, I’ll get off right away.”
I jumped down from Douglas-san in a hurry.
“Hey, hey, no need to be so hasty. You are going to get hurt.”
When he said that, Douglas-san returned to his original form and quickly adjusted his clothes.
“Glenn, I think I sensed something. Can you tell?”
“You’re right, Douglas-san. I can already feel the presence of a pack of magical beasts in the air. There are quite a few of them. I will go check it out.”
Glenn-san got off from Mintia and disappeared in a blink of an eye.
Gail-san seemed to notice me who was surprised by the sudden event and was looking around for Glenn-san.
“Chika, don’t worry. He’s an excellent adventurer, but he’s originally from the wolf tribe that lives in the forest. He’s the perfect person to be a scout or spy in this kind of situation.”
And then, Glenn-san suddenly appeared again.
“Well, there you are. There’s a group of Dual Fang in the northwest, and the boss, Mother Fang, is mixed in among them.”
“Mother is in the mix? That’s going to be troublesome. If left unchecked, the herd will grow in size and will likely come down to the human settlements. Should we eliminate them here?”
“Well, since it’s in our way, it can’t be avoided. The three of us should have no problem with fighting Mother. Chika, I’m sorry, but we’re going to fight now. If you don’t want to see it, you don’t have to see it. What will you do?”
Even if it is a magical beast, it is still a living thing. And it’s going to be cut down in front of my eyes at the hands of my loved ones.
To be honest, I don’t really want to see such a scene.
However, as long as I have decided to live in this world, this is not something I can run away from.
And what’s more, they will get their hands dirty for my sake.
I knew I couldn’t turn my back on that.
“‘No, it’s okay. I’ll try not to disturb you, so can I stay close?”
“Yeah, no problem. Glenn, sorry but can you take care of Chika for me? With your special skills, you can cover for Chika’s side too, right?”
“Please leave it to me! I’ll protect Chika-kun even if it costs me my life. Branch manager and assistant Gail, please fight to your heart’s content!”
Glenn-san’s eyes were twinkling.
I guess he was really happy to see the two of them fighting.
“Chika, make sure you never leave Glenn’s side.”
Gail-san patted me on my head.
“Yes, but you two are in more danger than me, so please be careful. If you get hurt, please call us right away. I’ll be ready to help you.”
“Haha! That’s very kind of you, but I can’t let you see me embarrass myself by having to use Chika’s healing technique, right Gail?”
“Of course! I promise you that we will not get even a scratch. Chika can rest assured.”
The magical beasts were found in an open area a little further down the road.
Based on Glenn-san’s explanation, these black wolf-like beasts were called Dual Fangs.
They were the targets of complete extermination, who prefer to attack humans and eat their corpses.
They had two heads attached to one body, and their crimson eyes were shining.
They are said to be troublesome when they spit fire from their mouths.
There were probably more than thirty of them.
Amid the crowd, there was a particularly large Dual Fang.
The size of it seemed to be as big as three Gail-sans in their beast form.
It had three separate heads.
It seemed that this was the Mother Fang, the boss of the pack, and its strength was incomparable to that of a normal Dual Fang.
I was worried about having to face such a strong boss, but those three’s expressions didn’t change. They even had time to do some light preparations with their own weapons.
“Well then, Gail, It’s been a while, but there’s no problem, right? Let’s do it and show Chika what we’re made of.”
” You don’t have to tell me. Leave it to me!”
The two didn’t do anything special. Gail-san held a large sword in his hand and Douglas-san held a one-handed sword and a dagger in each hand as they made their way toward the horde.
Suddenly, Gail-san ran out and jumped into the center of the crowd.
The Dual Fang, noticing Gail-san’s appearance, jumped at him in a swarm.
In the next moment, Gail-san’s arm strengthened and his great sword slashed out with a bang.
All of the swarms that were jumping at Gail-san had their bodies cut off and were blown away.
There are nearly ten of them.
I didn’t think a single swing of the sword could kill that many.
Douglas-san, who jumped out from behind Gail-san, cut into the crowd with a speed that didn’t seem human at all.
The Dual Fang, caught off guard, didn’t even have time to adjust their stance and were being beheaded one by one with each of the swords in Douglas-san’s hands.
Even when they jumped at him from behind, he dodged as if he had eyes in his back, and accurately beheaded them with his other hand.
When I watched the scene, I was reminded of Paris’s words that it was like watching a dance.
While I was watching the event in a daze, an arrow pierced the heads of two scattered Dual Fang at the same time.
When I looked next to me in surprise, I saw Glenn-san at my side with the most serious face I’ve ever seen, holding his bow at his side and firing two arrows at the same time.
The arrows struck precisely between the eyebrows of each of the two heads of the Dual Fang, one after the other.
While I was dumbfounded and speechless at how quickly it happened, the Dual Fangs that were moving were almost gone.
A minute? No, it might have taken less than 30 seconds.
At that time, Gail-san was confronting Mother Fang with the motionless Dual Fangs at his back.
The attacks from its sharp claws were deflected easily by the large sword, and the flames from its mouth were avoided as if he knew where they were coming.
The attacks went several times before Gail-san suddenly jumped up and plunged his greatsword into the center of the neck between the eyebrows, slicing it open.
Almost at the same time, Douglas-san jumped at him from the left side and swung his swords several times, cutting off the left side of the neck from the base.
When I turned my eyes to the last remaining head, I saw a large number of arrows piercing its brow in almost the same position.
I couldn’t even follow the arrows with my eyes, but I’m sure that Glenn-san was firing them all at one single point.
The center head of Mother Fang let out a scream and fell to the ground, dead.
I looked at the two of them and saw that they had just wiped the blood from their own weapons and were coming back to us while cracking their shoulders.
Alright, please tell me in the comment which format will be easier for your eyes. The previous one has fewer spaces between paragraphs compared to this one. Personally, I like this one with lots of spaces between lines.
My eyes are old~ :”v
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