AN: Monster and Magic’s first appearance!
The forefoot scratches the ground making a sound. Its movement seems like it’s holding out its place.
Its shiny dark purple fur is reflecting the light of the sun.
The distance is approximately 10 meters. That’s still a little distant.
There is no choice but to escape —
Even if my head knows what to do, my body is not listening.
「What is that existence…?」
「Don’t ask me.」
「It seems to be pretty dangerous.」
「No…maybe not, that is…」
This is the first time in Taichi and Kanade’s lives that they received clear malicious intent from another party.
What being directed to them now is bloodlust. Those are the eyes of a predator targeting a prey. Should he say that?
That huge living thing has a dangerous atmosphere is about the size of a small bus. It has sharp fangs and a sword like horn.
Thinking about it, terror can be slightly felt.
BRRRRRRRR—– it snorted and that sound beats the earlobes of the two intensely.
I didn’t notice that such a huge creature is approaching here. How much distracted we were to have not noticed it in this prairie that has a plain view.
If we were to look for a similar place on Earth, the savanna in africa would be first on the list. The carnivorous animals there are lions, hyenas, and jackals. There might be others that I particularly don’t know of too. Although I have knowledge about them, I never experience how dangerous they are.
Well, this is not the Earth. Should I deny such assumption?
Shouldn’t I have thought about the possibility of such a crisis to occur?
Taichi clicks his tongue for not being vigilant.
That is something hard to swallow no matter how you think it is.
He can’t see any visions of survival.
It looks like a horse.
As far as Taichi is concerned, a horse can run long distances that is not comparable to human beings and its speed can reach twice as the fastest human in the world. If you want to compete with one, you should have a least a moped motorcycle. If you want to outrun it, you may want an off-road motorcycle or a four-wheel SUV. No matter how you think it is, it is not something you should compete with on foot.
It is obviously bigger than the horses Taichi and Kanade knows but they are certain that it will be faster than they are. No, we should not be in our common sense in this situation.
He took a glance at Kanade for an instant.
The worst case scenario, she has to escape by herself—-
I reached the conclusion that I should be that thing’s decoy.
It means that I’ll throw Kanade into an unknown world.
Maybe it would be easier to die here.
Still, the feeling of keeping his best friend alive did not change.
If she stays alive, help will surely come. Kanade is strong. She stronger than any woman I have met so far. I sure she’ll survive in this world even if she can’t understand its language. And even if she’s alone, she can return to earth.
To do that, I have to buy some time. It will not end in just one gulp. Kanade should escape while it is preying on Taichi. Hopefully, it will eat me slowly.
I thought that far and shuddered.
I already accepted my position to be eaten but I can’t even imagine what kind of pain is waiting for me.
They are glaring at each other.
Taichi and Kanade can’t move.
The purple horse doesn’t move.
It that stalemate, Taichi clearly saw it. The moment the horse fold both feet and put power into its body.
The horse kicked the ground and came out at a speed I didn’t expect.
It is fast. I don’t think it’s just a horse.
What Taichi did was something he didn’t think of.
I embraced Kanade who became stiff and jumped on the side with all my might.
Taichi felt the various soft spots of Kanade. His hand is even gripping her butt but it is unreasonable to call him a molester in this situation. Even Taichi himself is not enjoying the feeling at all.
The horse runs through the place they were at a high speed as if it was flying and they managed to jump out of there in a hair’s breadth. The effect they received, Taichi and Kanade rolled about three meters.
We’re saved because we’re on a ground. If this was asphalt….No, I shouldn’t think about it.
The reason is that the horse, which stopped running for about 20 meters away from them, is slowly turning to them again.
With a face dyed in surprise, Kanade looks up at Taichi. She doesn’t seem to tremble. She’s just surprised by that sudden event, right?
「We manage to survive the first attack….but, what shall we do next?」
We don’t have any leeway.
They don’t have any plan to breakthrough. Although things might be different if I have a shotgun but I never touched such a thing, much less knowledge in shooting. The most I can use is a survival gun which is an air gun. Even if he had a shotgun, Taichi, who never had an experience shooting firearms, doesn’t have any confidence to properly handle it.
The horse is coming closer slowly.
Even though it was walking that way, Taichi and Kanade both can’t move.
They just experienced how much speed that horse can run.
That horse will speed up at a dash as soon as they turn their backs on it. It will be equivalent to suicide so even if they want to escape, they can’t run away.
Of course, the situation won’t get any better if they just stare at the horse.
They are just delaying their moment of death.
The horse which had approached them to a certain speed since a while ago stopped walking there. The eyes looking at the two peacefully are unlike the eyes that are looking at them with bloodlust earlier.
Although it is impossible for Taichi and Kanade to think of it, the horse is kind of sadistic. It has a not so good hobby of immersing itself in pleasure of abusing the weak.
For Taichi who didn’t realize even a dew of it, the time of hellish fear is just continuing.
After a while.
Taichi conveyed his idea to Kanade.
「I’ll be a decoy. Kanade should take that chance to escape.」
「Eh? No. What are you talking about? You’re going to die.」
「Please understand. Or both of us will die.」
「That is … … but you can’t. I’ll be the decoy. Taichi should run away.」
「That’s not good. Give me a chance to be a man for the last moment.」
「I hate it.」
「You’re not a kid anymore so do what I say.」
To Kanade’s strong words of denial, Taichi instinctively opened his eyes wide and removed his glance from the horse.
Kanade had a face dyed red in anger.
Her face and eyes are tinted with anger so…he can no longer talk about the breakthrough plan.
However, Taichi decided to convey his utmost feelings. That’s all he can do for Kanade.
「…..Mou, we’ll die.」
You understand it, right?
Because either of us becomes the decoy, we’re in a situation where the other one will unlikely survive too.
The eyes that both don’t yield intertwined.
Don(SFX), the sound of something hitting the ground strongly disturbed the consciousness of the two of them.
The horse that they unexpectedly leave out is hitting the ground to take their attention.
It seems to be irritated as its snort is getting rough.
This is the time to decide.
After stroking the head of his confused best friend, Taichi ran towards the horse.
「Hey you bad horse! I’m here….eat this!!」
I quickly picked up the stone I found on my way and threw it with everything I have.
I threw the stone with all my power. Because he originally has good reflexes, the stone flies with good velocity and control that even people inexperienced with baseball will say that it’s a splendid pitch.
Gatsu(SFX), with a dull sound, the stone hits the neck of the horse.
In this situation, that result is splendid that I couldn’t help but praise it.
However, although it can be said that it is natural, it doesn’t seem to work at all.
I don’t care how little the effect is. Still, the minimum result Taichi is aiming for is the attention of the horse. If he could achieve it, then it’s good enough.
The sharp eye of the horse glares Taichi in a straight line. He’s not even 5 meters away anymore. He’s feeling a tremendous amount of pressure.
And that moment, his knees laughed.
He hates being afraid but he hates dying more.
That is what he truly feels.
But he doesn’t feel regret at the same time.
By doing this, Kanade might survive.
It was at that moment that he thought of something.
It will be good if this will eat Taichi slowly. But he’s not a fat one so there should be the element of luck too.
He’s already throwing the towel.
Later, he’ll be part of the field. With that in mind, Taichi desperately shouts.
「Hey, you fucking horse! Come on! Is your body just a decoration!?」
I do not think it understands human language.
However, I think that it has the ability to understand that he’s being made fun of.
The eyes of the horse that neighs after being provoked has sharpened.
He’s betting his important “life” in order to save one.
It is not his own but he took action thinking about his important best friend.
Heaven never abandoned Taichi and Kanade.
A severe gust of wind together with a roaring sound struck the horse.
Taichi rolls on the ground without even being able to resist.
Taichi also knows that the gust of a strong typhoon can cause a sweeping accident and can topple huge trucks. A wind that equals that attacked the horse.
To such powerful wind, there was no way for a small person like Taichi to resist and he rolled a few meters.
I saw how the wind blew. There are three people’s shadow from a place tens of meters away. And one of them is approaching here with a great speed.
「Goraa! We found the horse monster!!」
The big man with a height of about 2 meters approached while shouting to his heart’s content.
That man has an armor of muscles covering his whole body and his bald head gives a sense of intimidation.
The big man managed to reach the place where the horse is in less than 10 seconds and swung down his huge sword with both hands. At the same time the horse jumped, the ground blew off.
「Do you think you can run away? And you’re attacked travelers this time! Don’t think you can always do what you want!!」
While standing on that place, he swings his sword towards the horse who’s standing a little further away. The distance from the tip of the sword is about 3 meters more so it will not reach. Though that slash is powerful and can’t be seen with the naked eye, it is useless…..
That’s what I thought but it doesn’t seem so. The sword has shot a wind force. The right torso of the horse is torn and blood splashes.
This impossible exchanges performed in this place was far beyond Taichi’s common sense.
He was surprised too much that he made an idiot face without himself noticing.
He was startled when the man jumped on the horse again. The big man glanced at Taichi and turned his gaze further to the right. Following that gaze, the figure of the amazed Kanade can be seen.
The big man who caused the phenomenon like a kamaitachi by swinging a sword to a horse monster that is as large as a bus.
TN: Kamaitachi is a japanese monster. Here is the link if you want more info on it.
This is a fight they can’t get involved. Taichi’s life was saved by an unexpected intruder. Originally, he tried to exchange his life in order to help Kanade.
He quickly rushed to Kanade and pulled her hand to make her stand up. And the two of them looked at the big man and the horse monster.
It is a battle outside the power and speed of human beings. Looking at it, it seems like the big guy has a slight advantage. Thought the horse seems to be more powerful, it’s enormous body is now ruined. As for the big guy, it seems like he can hit at any range while swinging his sword randomly. In fact, although the horse is bleeding, there seems to be no fatal wound.
「Who is he?」
「I don’t know. However, we’re lucky. Let’s get further, it will be dangerous if we get caught up.」
Instead of replying, Kanade begins to run with Taichi.
Before we noticed it, there is already a young man with bow and arrow standing there. Compared to the big guy, I have a better impression of him. It seems like his gentle expression and warm looking features are the reason. Looking at his trained arms, I can say that he’s not joking around.
「It’s good that we made it in time. It’s all right now.」
TN: He said “anta” which is a rude way of saying “you”.
Taichi was cautious and has unintentionally used ill-manner word. Looking at it, the young man did not get offended and loosened his cheek as if relieved.
It seems like he has no intention of harming them. Otherwise, the arrow would have been aimed at Taichi and Kanade instead of the horse.
More importantly, he is one of the three who the big guy is grouped with.
Such thought is like a sweet gum mixed with honey and sprinkled with sugar but there is no way Taichi and Kanade have that kind of reasoning.
「I’m a companion of that muscle daruma. Believe it or not, I have no intention of harming you.」
「Who’s the muscle daruma! Do you think that I can’t hear you!?」
The young man unexpectedly has a poisonous tongue. They are already far enough from the big man but he still hears them. Taichi and Kanade were surprised by that.
The pleasant young man laughed and drew his bow.
「Who told you to listen. Right, eight!」
「I’ll teach you later! Leave it to me!」
Taichi doesn’t know what to think after hearing the dextrous and clumsy conversation. The young man took a little time to aim and released the arrow.
Along with the sound of ripping the air, the arrow drew a silver line in the air.
An arrow was shot in just 8 seconds. The arrow penetrated to the right hind leg of the horse.
The horse neighed as if it screamed.
The movement of the horse immediately slowed down. As soon as finding an opportunity, the big guy hits it with his sword over and over. Although the blade has hit it many times, its skin seems to be tougher than it looks.
「The body of the black day horse is hard after all. I was right to use mithril arrow.」
「Black day horse?」
Ah, the young man nodded.
「That’s the name of that horse. It is the most brutal monster in this area. That horse is carnivorous.」
That arrow is expensive so I had to collect it later —- the young man thought. Apparently for him …no, for the people of this world, that is common sense.
For Taichi and Kanade, they will think that only someone out of his mind will think of that. Though there is something that is stuck in their mind.
He certainly said, “monster”.
That is a word you’ll only hear in games or manga. It is an existence present in fantasy world that oppresses the hero and the people of that world. And sometimes, there are those who occasionally becomes friends with them.
In general, they have physical abilities far exceeding human beings. They are typical obstacle to hurt the main character to force him to use various arts to become high rank.
「But it’s over now. Hora」
I came back to my senses because of the young man’s words. His eyes are not on the horse monster —– it is on a girl on black robe holding a wand.
Her mouth moves continuously to where she is.
As soon as they realize what she’s doing, Taichi and Kanade were astonished.
When the girl pushes her wand up to the sky, a fireball shows up. The big fireball, which is as big as the girl’s body, eventually divided into five. That event lits up the surrounding in orange.
「What … … that … ….」
Kanade finally spoke what’s on her mind.
On the contrary, the young man looked at her in a strange way.
「Eh? That’s magic….Ah, I see. This is the first time you came across a magician as good as her.」
No, that’s not the case.
The two were dumbfounded and were not able to say anything in response.
Monsters and magic.
They were in a series of situation where they don’t understand anything so they can’t utter words.
Taichi and Kanade still haven’t accepted the fact that they are now in a fantasy world and thus reacted that way. The young man misunderstood that they are surprised after seeing a powerful magic for the first time so he explained.
「In this region, she’s a magician that has the ability to be on the top five. Ah, right right. She might be small but I strictly prohibit you to tell her that. She’s 25 years old.」
Looking at her, she looks like a grade schooler. However, I’m not surprised anymore.
The fact has been confirmed and it is beyond my expectations. Looks and age that does not match is something trivial at this moment.
「…….I heard you.」
「I said it loud enough for you to hear it.」
She has a lovely young girl voice…..The woman glared at the young man but the young man just shrugged his shoulder and smiled.
「After the black day horse….I’ll roast you next. Well-cooked」
「Even if you roast me I’m not tasty. Hora, will that also involve them? 」
「It’s okay as long as it works. 」
When I looked at the young man again, the girl returned his gaze to the black day horse.
「Flame lance!! 」
Along with the echoing voice, the five fire balls turned into spears. When he heard the girl’s voice, the big guy jumps to the back.
The flame spears fly at the speed similar to the arrow earlier……With the damage it received from the mithril arrow earlier and the damage caused by the big guy, the black day horse has no way to evade it.
All of the five spears of fire stabbed the horse on its torso and exploded with a roaring sound.
A gust of wind accompanied by heat struck Taichi, Kanade, and the surrounding grass. The two of them were dumbfounded by the power. An average human will be burnt to death with the aftereffect alone. However, that’s what not happened.
The young man quickly wrapped them with a cloth taken from somewhere and it made them not feel the heat. Although the heat is enough to burn all the surrounding grass.
Thinking a little, they realized that it was a magic tool. Even in an RPG, there were some accessories the reduce flame damage and the highest quality item will make you absorb flame damage. In this world where there are magic and monsters, it will not be surprising if those kind of tools exists.
After the fluttering wind settles down, the young man removed the cloth. The burnt corpse of the horse can be seen which is now similar to a charcoal in the middle of the burnt earth.
With Taichi and Kanade’s intellect, they understand how much powerful they are by looking at the grass around the young man.
Taichi and Kanade were wrapped in a cloth which prevents flame but the young man stands there without it. Even so, the young man is calm and smiling without breaking a sweat. It was very impressive.
The adventurer’s party that helped Taichi-kun and Kanade-chan can be considered as first class in that world.
There is only a handful of adventurer that can reach their level.
However, Taichi-kun and Kanade-chan are expected to surpass them easily.
Cheat is frightening……
○ Black Day Horse
Length 4m. Height 3.5m. Weight 2 tons.
Maximum speed is 140 km / h. Its dash can also break rocks.
It has high defense but against physical attack only.