Chapter 34:

The Burden In Our Hearts

Wolf Bloodline


--Loop Mines, twenty-four hours after the incident--

The First Epic and elite soldiers came to the mines after hearing about the collapse of the Loop mines.

First Epic told the third elite soldier,

"Did you find out what happened here?"

"Yes, sir. The prisoners rioted at an unexpected moment."

"Rebellion? They're too weak to survive the rebellion."

"One of the prisoners did not defeat the guard. They say a young man from outside beat him."

The First Epic looked at the keeper's body and said,

"So the boy we are looking for did this?"

"How can you be sure, sir?"

"No one in this kingdom is ignorant enough to defy me. As an elite soldier, you must know that. But the problem is why he wanted to save the people here."

First elite soldier, turned his head to the First Epic,

"Or? Could they be building a force against you?"

The First Epic laughed,

"So they want to fight? Then we'll give them what they want. Tell all the soldiers to prepare for battle. I'll show them pain."

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--Nest of the Cronus lineage--

I was holding Xolis's farewell letter in my hand. I still hadn't given it to his parents because I was nervous. After Xolis's death, giving it to his family would make them feel bad. But I had to give it to them.

When I was thinking about how I should give this to them, Hiroshi approached me,

"Hey, fluffy panda! It'll be late for some things if you think about whether or not you'll give the letter. If you are not ready enough, I can give it to them."

I smiled and said,

"Calm down, calm down, don't worry, Hiroshi-san, I can give the letter."

Hiroshi lit his cigar and left.

So I made my way to Xolis's house without wasting any more time.

After walking around 6-7 minutes I arrived at his house. Their house was pretty small and cute. So this was Xolis-san's house? I gathered myself and without much waiting, I knocked on the door and walked in.

There were a girl, a boy and a woman in the house. The kids were running around all the time. The young woman, on the other hand, stopped them and occasionally took care of her other business.

It was obvious that she had received news of Xolis's death. But she was still happy in front of her children. After she took care of her children, I approached her and said,

"I'm sorry, but can I talk to you in private?"

"Yes, of course. Akami, Runo, go play in your room, Ok?"

After the children left the room, I continued to talk,

"I'm sorry I didn't introduce myself, I am Babu."

"Pleased to meet you, Babu-san. I'm Hotaru."

She was smiling all the time, she was a very nice woman.

"I wanted to talk to you, but I didn't want to come when you were busy or didn't want to talk yet."

"No, not at all. I can talk right now. And I can take care of those two too. No matter how energetic they are, they listen to me. They're my life energy."

After that, her expression turned into a serious one, she said,

"What did you want to talk about, Babu-san?"

By taking the letter out of my pocket,

"Xolis was your husband, wasn't he? Your husband asked me to give you this."

Hotaru-san just froze. I understood she was too scared to take it. But she slowly picked up the letter and began to read it. Her eyes filled more when each line ended.

"Babu-san, Thank you for bringing this."

She lifted her head.

Tears were pouring down her flushed cheeks. Even though while saving people's lives I saw people crying. But this was the one life I couldn't save, It made me feel so bad seeing her like this.

"Your husband helped me a lot in the mine. If he didn't help us I don't think we could get out of there. At least I wanted to this for him."

After my words, she squeezed the letter harder.

It was very hard to say these, but at least I told the truth.

After my talk, she wiped away her tears quickly and said,

"Are you hungry? Would you like something to eat?"

"No, thank you. I'm already chubby enough. And also I have to go, take care."

"Yout too, may your path be clear."

After the conversation, I left the house without saying anything. After I gave the letter, I felt relief. It was a peaceful relief.

After that I remembered, Ryuu and the others had gathered in the Leader's room to discuss the plan, so I went straight to the Leader's room.

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After Babu arrived, we all gathered again. After everyone gathered, the leader began to explain the plan.

"First, there's something I want you all to know. We have to do everything we've planned as fast as possible. It's only a matter of time before the First Epic finds out about us.

"Secondly, if we choose the location of the battle, we may have a chance to win. If we attack the castle of the First Epic, we will be defeated very easily, no matter what. His army is quite crowded and his castle is like an impassable wall."

"If we can change the location of the war, we may have a chance to win. People in my bloodline can camouflage themselves pretty well using the powers they have. In this way, we will have the upper hand. So if we fight in the "Getsu Forest", the advantage will be ours."

Getsu? I didn't found that familiar. I guess it's because I didn't get out from where I live that much. I said,

"Getsu forest? I never heard that."

"Yes, it is known as the largest forest of the first Kingdom. And no one lives in that forest, which makes it easier for us."

Lezlie said,

"I understand but how far we will travel?

"A hundred and twenty kilometers from where we are. And also seventy-five kilometers from the kingdom."

"You want to attack using trees and camouflage. It may work, but I don't think it will work with elite soldiers."

"My people cannot fight them, but I believe you can."

Lezlie said,

"Even if we defeat elite soldiers, The First Epic is very dangerous."

"Leave him to me, and I will fight him."

"But this is quite dangerous."

"I have to do this for my brother and my people. I can't let your regrets, sadness, and loss just go unrequited."

Hiroshi said,

"And how do you know he'll be there?"

"The First Epic is a pretty arrogant person, so he will come without thinking, even if we say that the war will be in the forest. Because he's so sure that he'll win every time."

"And also we should never think negatively, but if we lose, it's all over. You will never leave the Kingdom, and he will kill us all without mercy along with my bloodline. So we'll fight to the end and stop it from happening."

I said, "I understand what you're saying, and we'll try not to let you down. But when will we carry out our plan?"

"One last thing needs to be done, and then we will fight the war that will determine the fate of the first Kingdom."

I said, "One last thing has to be done? What is it?"