Five Years Later
「AH…AHHHHHHHH! AHHH, ARGHHHHHHH!」
Inside of a dark forest during the day time, I was desperately moving my legs as I struggled for my dear life while I grabbed onto my right arm that was about to come off.
Due to the terribly intense pain coming from the wound, it felt like I could lose my consciousness any moment now.
But if I fainted here I’d definitely die. I’d be killed.
To scream like that was also kind of needed in order to keep my consciousness.
「Shit! Why? Why is there a Fly Lord at a place like this?!」
A huge monster about three meters tall was chasing after me. It was a type of monster called a Fly Lord.
Strength-wise alone, it can’t be compared to dragons, giants, or demons. But still, once a monster like this was confirmed spotted, it was a disaster-class monster where a team of knights would be dispatched to deal with it.
It’s not something that a tenth tier adventurer– the lowest ranking adventurer, can beat no matter how hard they tried.
Blood, sweat, tears, mucus and piss. All those bodily fluids were being discharged from my body due to fear.
It’d for sure be an ugly scene if I could see myself right now. I was aware of that, but words cannot describe the fear that I was feeling from being chased by a Fly Lord that has a body bigger than a small hill.
The fear of death easily destroyed any self-control I had. While crying like a child, I could only keep running and try to escape.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this.
I moved my legs with all I had while thinking so.
Five years ago, after I was exiled from my home island, I became an adventurer.
As an adventurer, I was supposed to hunt monsters, protect the people, make a name for myself, and then shut my father up as I gain his recognition.
Back in those days, I thought that as long as I was getting stronger as I grew, I would be fighting something like a Fly Lord by this time with the phantom blade style.
However, just like usual, reality seems to be different from my expectations.
–No, the current situation was a few times worse than just that.
「That bitch!! That bitch used me as a decoy!!」
An emotion different from the fear I was feeling from the monster surfaced from deep down my throat.
My right arm was torn up, but it wasn’t because of an attack from the monster that’s chasing me; it was caused by a human’s magic.
The one who hit me with the spell 『Wind Blades』was already long gone.
I did imagine that I might meet my end someday from fighting monsters.
But I would have never imagined to be discarded and killed like this.
I chose to be an adventurer so I could have my father recognize me one day, but that wasn’t the only reason why.
It was because I wanted to follow the ideology of the phantom blade to save the world and become the sword that protects others. I thought being an adventurer would be the most suitable job for that. That was why I knocked on the adventurer guild’s doors.
I wanted to do good for the world. I wanted to be a human who protects others. I became an adventurer with those thoughts.
And this is the result in the end?
That’s just too much. That’s too cruel.
While he was sobbing, *viiiiiiiiiiiii*- the sinister sound of vibrating air crept on him from behind without him knowing.
By the time he finally took notice of it, he saw the Fly Lord and its four wings on its back flapping violently. It looked like it was irritated from having to chase its prey through the forest that whole time.
One would not think that a monster with a body that size could fly with its four wings like that, but it was definitely floating with ease in front of Sora’s eyes.
In the clear, empty sky, the monster charged at him like a cannonball.
When he thought that he needed to dodge, it was already too late.
There was a really loud explosion as an impact happened at a close range.
He was sent flying from the thrust and his body was floating in the air like a piece of garbage.
He did not feel fear or pain anymore. He only felt a light floating sensation that was accompanied by a terrible feeling of loneliness that seemed to last an eternity.
That feeling continued until he eventually hit the ground.
After blanking out for a moment, his body was enveloped in an unbelievably severe amount of pain.
He was writhing in the slimy soil of the forest like a mad man.
Just how much more pain will there be? How much longer will it take before the pain settles?
When I came to, there was a large amount of soil in my mouth.
「…Arghhhh! Blehhhh! Blrghhh!! Aghhhhh! 」
I spat out the mud in my mouth and tried to stand up.
However, I lost my balance from the tingling pain coming from my right arm as I tried and fell right back down.
I ended up falling back into the soil that I had just barfed out.
Then I felt a sticky, unpleasant feeling on my cheeks as I smelled the stink of my own spit in my nose.
「AHHHHHHHH! What the fuck is this? Whyyy? Shitttt!」
Just how many times does this make it now? That I’ve cussed out without giving a shit to anything that was going on around me.
At that moment, I looked behind me as I felt a chill from behind my back.
…The Fly Lord was there at a surprisingly close distance from me. I could not feel its intentions as it stared at me with its insect eyes.
I was horrified from the bottom of my heart.
Then it hit me. This monster was not only chasing its prey, it’s playing with it too. If it wanted to kill me from the start, I would have surely turned into mincemeat ages ago.
The Fly Lord did not do that because it was waiting for its prey to weaken.
Suddenly, I remembered from the information that I’ve read in the past about this monster’s special characteristics.
A Fly Lord likes to capture humans and large beasts and carry them to its nest to feed them to its larvae.
The reason why this monster is categorized as a disaster-class monster was because of their phenomenal reproductive rate.
When an adult Fly Lord is left alone, it will produce a countless amount of larvae and destroy the ecosystem of that area in a blink of an eye.
The ecosystem it referred to includes humans as well. I remember there was a case in the past where a country was destroyed from a monster like this.
If I’m caught by the Fly Lord like this, I will meet a future where I’ll be eaten by its larvae.
I want to get away… but my legs aren’t listening to me with the monster staring at me from this close.
I’m like a frog that’s being glared at by a snake.
As it seems, perhaps the monster has judged that I was weakened enough now as it moved even closer to me.
*Hiiiiiii!!*, I squealed from the back of my throat.
The next moment, the Fly Lord stabbed my sides with its pointed tail.
My eyes rolled back and I was struck down on the spot.
–How… how did things become like this?
That was the question that crossed my mind right before I faded out of consciousness.
TL NOTE: Fly Lord is like an insect monster similar to an oversize fly or something along those lines