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Chapter 28 (Part 1)
As expected, it was the rather unsavoury middle-aged man. He was acting as if he thought that anyone who didn’t follow him was a fool.
It was fine to be proud of your outstanding ability. But why did he look down on others? Did he think he was so superior in every way that he could look down on others? There was no way that I could relate to someone with such a delusion.
“…You guys again. I’ve already told you that I’m not going to join you or give you my star fragments.”
“We can’t give up on you either. In fact, we are ready to destroy this city. If you don’t give us the star fragments, a lot of people are going to die, you know?”
“If you want to destroy it, then go ahead. It’s none of my business.”
Of course, it was something that needed to be stopped. Nonetheless, I still replied calmly. If I were to hand over the star fragments here, the dark dragons would be summoned in the end. They were a dark organization that has killed many people. There was no way they could be trusted.
At the moment, the only way to avoid a battle with the dark dragons was to instantly kill them. Otherwise, they would contact the people who were probably waiting outside the city to collect the demonic essence and proceed with the summoning.
If he was that stupid, he would not have prepared a means of communication. However, he was the leader of an organization of several hundred people. Instead, it would be more prudent to think of him as cunning.
Also, I couldn’t kill anyone in the first place, so that was a no go.
“…tens of thousands of people are going to die because of you. Is that really okay with you?”
“It’s not my fault; it’s yours. Don’t push the blame onto others. Or do you think that all the sins you’ve committed so far are other peoples’ responsibility? If that’s the case, then your heads are seriously messed up.”
“Huh!? Of course, it’s the fault of the people in our country who persecute us! I wish they would all just die already!”
The dissolute woman standing next to the middle-aged man raised her voice to argue with me. She must have had a difficult life because she was a dark attribute user. I could understand and sympathize with her. But there was little I could do to help her. The only thing I could do was to collect star fragments and ask for an end to the discrimination as my wish.
“No matter the circumstances, you chose to kill others. You will have to bear the burden of the lives you’ve taken, as well as the hatred and anger of those around you. That is called taking responsibility for your actions. Remember it, if only for a moment.”
“Wha…the… What the hell is your problem!”
No, so what? I couldn’t understand what she was saying and tilted my head. Why was she getting teary-eyed? I didn’t know what to think of this development, so I decided not to respond.
In the meantime, what I needed to do was to get out of the city while buying enough time in a way that looked natural. I wanted to delay the battle as long as possible and to reduce the time I’d have to fight alone. That was why I tried to prolong the conversation as much as possible.
“So, what are you going to do? Even if you destroy the city, you won’t be able to get the star fragments I have. In fact, it will make it easier for me to take advantage of the chaos and escape. You’d just be helping me.”
“You’re really going to forsake us, huh? Come to think of it, I forgot that you’re known to be very ruthless. Even though you have the same dark attribute as us, you’re the kind of person who would abandon us.”
“Because this world is about the survival of the fittest.”
Survival of the fittest. In the Kingdom of Soleil, where many monsters appeared, there was a so-called grim belief that it was the weak who got killed. As long as you were willing to fight, you had to take responsibility for your own life. This mentality was especially ingrained into adventurers, and I believed it to be correct because there was no point in trying to save others if you ended up dying yourself. Although, one might grieve and suffer afterwards.
The man’s face scrunched up. He didn’t like the fact that I seemed to be agreeing with him on something. But soon, he smiled unpleasantly again.
“By the way, I received an interesting piece of information. Lord Zagan is in a romantic relationship with the prince. Moreover, you even hugged and kissed in the streets; I would have never guessed that you were so accustomed to being held by men, with your aloof demeanour and all.”
“A stalker too? That’s the kind of behaviour you’d expect from a criminal organization.”
“Yes, it is. We’re criminals. So we’re more than willing to humiliate you that way, you know?
“No, you can’t. With your strength, you can’t even touch me. The only reason you haven’t come any closer is because you know that I can cut your arm off in an instant, right? I don’t like it when people pretend to be tough.”
“…You really are irritating me to no end. I doubt I could get an erection with a guy like you.”
Probably not. The majority of men would be the same. It was just that Luca and I were in the minority. Even for us, just anyone wouldn’t do. I could only accept Luca because I could feel his love for me.
But if he knew it was impossible, then why did he say that? He looked pale as if he had accidentally imagined two men doing such things. Maybe he wanted to make me feel uncomfortable, but then took some mental damage instead. Could it be that this guy was more stupid than I had thought?
“Huh. I’m getting more and more irritated talking to you. Especially with your expressionless face. It’s as if you can see right through me. I really don’t like it. It makes me want to see it twist in pain.”
“I see. If you want to fight, you don’t have to make silly threats. As for the star fragments, if you want them, you can kill me and take them. If you can, that is.”
“…Oh, that’s an excellent suggestion. Of course, we don’t mind. Just the thought of seeing your agonized expression later is making me very excited. Ah, we’re running out of time, aren’t we? We can’t fight here, so let’s go outside.
He seemed to have realized that the adventurers would be coming out of the dungeon soon. I didn’t know exactly when Luca would be transported out of the dungeon, but I figured I bought myself some time.
As before, I followed the man, flanked by the others. I kept my intimidation up, of course. I definitely didn’t want to be touched by any man other than Luca.
Moving southeast from the dungeon, we walked through an underground passage that had been dug out beneath the outer wall that surrounded the big city.
“I don’t think this kind of underground passage has always existed here originally. Did you deliberately dig it up?
“Yes, we did. If such a large group of hooded people were to pass through the outer gate, we would be stopped.”
Certainly, they did look like a suspicious group at a glance.
Luca should be able to get a vague sense of my location through his communicator. I could do the same, though it seemed like they were still in the dungeon. I wondered if he could find this passage. If he couldn’t, then he’d have to take a detour to the outer gate. I spoke aloud to inform him, so he must have figured out that it existed. But it was frustrating that I couldn’t tell him the exact location.
We walked back outside the large city. Little by little, the presence of the dark attribute was getting stronger. There were so many of them the last time we’d confronted each other; if I didn’t know the game scenario, I would have thought that they had gathered even more people.
Soon more trees surrounded us. I could sense the dark magical power that was swelling up in the air. I felt the presence of an incredibly large dark attribute monster.
“…is this summoning magic?”
“Correct. Well, Lord Zagan. Welcome to your tomb.”
Just like before, there were many dark attribute users gathered there. There was a huge demonic essence above their heads, and there were already five dark dragons in the air. Five of them, just like in the scenario.
The moment I confirmed it, I unleashed my killing intent. I didn’t know who was summoning the main dragon, so I intended to stun them all with intimidation. However, the summoning had already finished, and one by one, the dragons came out of the demonic essence.
At any rate, I was able to stun almost half of the dark organization with the increased pressure of my intimidation, preventing them from attacking either me or the city. Also, if those who could move didn’t carry the unconscious ones away from here, they would be crushed. This helped keep them busy.
“Graauuuuuuw!!” The roar coming from the dark dragons was like an earthquake. All of them were nearly ten meters long, and so big that I had to look up at them.
I couldn’t help but click my tongue. The summoned monsters were bound to the summoner’s consciousness, so their focus was completely on me. I started to break out in a cold sweat as I turned to face such powerful opponents.