Chapter 1:

Rodan and Nono

White Nightmare

Not a single monster dare come close to her. Any unfortunate people she found on her way would quickly run away in terror. No adventurers would fight her again after the tragedy that crushed the Pitbulls party. Not even the world riches could move their hand to try and confront her. Everyone avoided her. Only a fool would interact with her.Bookmark here

The girl, now antagonized by the entire Kingdom of Augzeria, condemned by the horrific title of White Nightmare, travels to every corner of the kingdom. But everywhere she goes, only fear she instilled by her heart-torturing aura to those she accidentally met.Bookmark here

But, there’s something nobody would know about her. Behind that dreadful mask of hers, droplet of tears... leak from beneath her chin. She stares into the night sky. Only the stars in the sky can she imagine as her friend. Only the breezing wind that glides around her can accompany her wherever she goes. And only the terrain would welcome her footsteps.Bookmark here

Deep behind the monstrous self within her, her heart cries out:Bookmark here

“Roro... Nono... I’ve done what I wanted. Now please... please...! Tell me... where... are... you guys...?”Bookmark here

In that night... a cry of a monster was heard by no one except the silent environment around her.Bookmark here

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Five years ago...Bookmark here

In the Red Forest, lived a group of wanderers. They were originally travellers that had no other place to go or had run out of resources for their journey. They chose to settle down and build a small community in the forest by building tree houses. The community was named Red Bean Debauchery, since they made their living through red bean gardening.Bookmark here

But deeper inside the forest, there’s a giant tree, known to be 1.000 years old. In that tree, there’s someone living in it with his fellow friend. Both of them restructured the tree to be fitted for multiple rooms and made outposts on the branches. They literally made the titanic tree into a fortress.Bookmark here

Those guys were one of the longest living inhabitants in the community.Bookmark here

One day, a cart arrived at their doorstep, delivering a wooden box. His arrival greeted by a young man.Bookmark here

“Erm... this is a package for Mr. Rodan Rouge. Is he available?”Bookmark here

“Uh, right, wait a minute please. A-Ahem! Hey, Roro, the package has arrived!” said the young man loudly calling his senior.Bookmark here

“Yeah... just... put it on the table... I will go pick it up... yaaaawwn...”Bookmark here

“Just come down here, already! You must give a signature.”Bookmark here

“I’m really not willing to go down... the stairs are too much for my foot to step on. Do the signing for me, please...” said Rodan lazily.Bookmark here

“I can’t do that! If your signing is simply made of a single letter, then I’d do it for ya. But your signature is a damned abomination of letters and lines and mashed up dots! Get your ass down here this instant!” the young man grunted rapidly.Bookmark here

“...Aaah... damned-frickin’-ass-wrecking-glasses... you should really learn how to make my signature! Hah... fine, fine, I’m coming down... Nono,”Bookmark here

Rodan Rouge, he was a 25 year-old man, originally from a land he said as ‘far, far, extremely far away land.’ He’s taller than average adult male. He has a short spiky red hair with a clump of his hair tied to the back with a skull ribbon.Bookmark here

Meanwhile, his friend, Nono, was an 18 year-old man, originally from Gantz city. He was abandoned by his family four years ago and found himself winding up with Rodan, which he called Roro. He has a short jet black hair with a streak of white hair plucking out above his forehead. He wore glasses most of the time.Bookmark here

As Rodan went down the stairs, he took his robe and wore it while going down the stairs. He also picked a black metal mask decorated in white floral motifs to cover his mouth and nose. As he got below, his friend was waiting with his arms crossed.Bookmark here

“Took you some time to go down,”Bookmark here

“Well, it can’t be helped! The bed’s magnetizing me to go back to dream world...”Bookmark here

“Enough of that, Roro. Please give your sign here,” the young man Rodan called as Nono handed over the paper and a quill pen. Rodan gave his signature. It was written:Bookmark here

~RO-RO..O.O.ROU.GE~Bookmark here

“Alright, it’s done. Pardon for the wait...” said Rodan lazily. “Thank you very much...” he added.Bookmark here

“You’re welcome!” the deliverer replied. Though, he grunted as he got onto the cart and rode away.Bookmark here

“What’s in the box, Roro?”Bookmark here

“Huh? In the box? Guess what.”Bookmark here

“Well, I dunno. You tell me. You always buy something I couldn’t even comprehend.”Bookmark here

“Heh, then you should change glasses, Nono.”Bookmark here

“Hah? Don’t start ranting shit about my glasses. Aside that, tell me what’s in the box!”Bookmark here

“Arggh... how troublesome... fine, I’ll tell you. Inside the box is one of the world’s most important things. Everyone craves it. Everyone needs it. If it doesn’t exist, then we are all going to die a painful slow death. Mark that in your mind. This box is more than just important.”Bookmark here

“W-Whew... that’s kind of scary. It must be a world relic or something...Bookmark here

Then, Rodan attempted to open the box... with a pike, a sharp pike.Bookmark here

“HEY! The hell are you doing?!”Bookmark here

“Huh? What are you nagging about, I’m opening the box!”Bookmark here

“Why use a pike? You said it’s something extremely important!”Bookmark here

“Well, of course it is super-duper-extremely-unbelievably-supremely important!”Bookmark here

“Then handle it with care!”Bookmark here

“Fine,”Bookmark here

Rodan then attempted to open the box... with a mace, a really, really large mace. He smashed the box with it, yet the box was so sturdy it still didn’t break.Bookmark here

“HEEEEEYYY!!! You’re just making it worse!”Bookmark here

“Huh? Dammit, you’re so noisy, Nono. Even a mace could not open it.”Bookmark here

“Well, let me open it with my magic!”Bookmark here

Shortly, Nono used a gravity magic to open the top part of the wooden box. And voila! It’s finally opened. Nono carefully put the wooden plank he opened beside the box. And when he looked inside the box, he prepared himself to witness the important stuff Rodan talked about.Bookmark here

He saw spherical objects in light green. But then, he realized.Bookmark here

“—Eh, fruits?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, they’re fruits. Green apple, to be precise,” Rodan said casually.Bookmark here

“You said it’s something extremely important. Did you trick me?”Bookmark here

“No, I didn’t trick you at all. They’re fruits, right? They’re literal food. Food is one of the world most important things. Everyone needs food, too. If everyone’s hungry, then they’ll crave for food. If there’s no food, then you might die slowly. Unless you’re one of those creepy creatures lurking in the dark~ he-he-he,”Bookmark here

After that, Nono left the tree house and wandered off.Bookmark here

“Oooey! Where are you going, Nono?”Bookmark here

“To the city!” he replied.Bookmark here

“Well, then! Go buy me some apple syrup from that lady, okay?”Bookmark here

“Hah, go to hell! Buy it yourself!”Bookmark here

In reality, though... Nono left the house to hide his embarrassment. He thought of something great in the box. Yet he was betrayed, by himself.Bookmark here

Meanwhile, Roro ate some apples as he was left alone in the tree house.Bookmark here

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Nono rode a horse to the city and took about 35 minutes. He’s incredibly skilled in riding horses, thus making it easy for him to get from one place to another. Even horses love him.Bookmark here

As he reached the city gates, the guards immediately welcomed him in. Why not, he had a brass plaque that was used by those who lives in Gantz city as identity tool.Bookmark here

Once inside, he immediately went to the guild house, which was not far from the gate.Bookmark here

The guild house is home to adventurers for years. But it didn’t only serve as a place for adventurers to accept quests. It also served as a tavern for those who want to drink, or perhaps eat.Bookmark here

Nono was not an adventurer, however. He’s just a normal visitor that came regularly.Bookmark here

He ordered a cup of hot chocolate to the bartender and then sat near the wall magazines, where quests posted. He then saw adventurers from different ranks and levels went by checking the quests. Some took the paper as their acceptance to take on the quest and some just walk away since there’s no appealing work for them.Bookmark here

Nono was offered to become an adventurer before, and even offered easy promotion to reach higher level faster, but Nono turned them down. He preferred a quiet life outside the city, where little to no trouble occurs.Bookmark here

“I’m different from these guys. Many of those of my age would willingly risk their lives accepting dangerous jobs and thought of it as something fun and exciting. Meanwhile, I don’t think I would like to put my life on the line so easily.”Bookmark here

He sipped the hot chocolate that was just delivered to him.Bookmark here

Then... he heard hushed voices from two adventurers. The way they’re talking attracted Nono to eavesdrop on them.Bookmark here

“Eh? That maniac Rodan? Yeesh, I’m not gonna deal with him. Nu-uh, not a chance!”Bookmark here

“But the price was pretty high... we could be rich just by apprehending him!”Bookmark here

Nono now got his ear locked to their conversation, knowing that his friend was potentially threatened.Bookmark here

“No way, I don’t have the time to deal with an asshole like him. I’d go back to my grandma if I’m forced to do this sick job.”Bookmark here

“I understand... let’s leave, then. Wanna go buy potions?”Bookmark here

“Okay, let’s go, then.”Bookmark here

Once those two adventurers left, Nono immediately picked up the pace and checked the wall magazine himself. He was shocked to see Rodan’s masked face posted on it. He read the paper as follows:Bookmark here


PAYMENT: 5 GOLD COINSBookmark here

“Geez, what the hell did you just do, Roro? Your face is on the hook now...”Bookmark here

Nobody except the people of Red Bean Debauchery knew about Nono being affiliated to Rodan Rouge, nor knowing his friendship with him. Shortly, Nono heard another conversation talking about his buddy.Bookmark here

“Did you hear? A group of mercenaries are going to take on the job to hunt Rodan!”Bookmark here

“What, you serious? Ain’t that a bit overkill just to hunt down a single criminal?”Bookmark here

“What made that asshole a criminal though?”Bookmark here

“Meh... he destroyed a noble’s wagon for no reason. The noble must’ve been really angry about it and wanted him to be caught.”Bookmark here

“What a fool he is.”Bookmark here

Nono immediately left the guild house and rode his horse out of the city. “I must go tell Roro about this.”Bookmark here

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“When would the mercenary come?”Bookmark here

“I dunno. The guild said that they’re coming at evening. My guess would be that they’re gonna hunt him down at midnight.”Bookmark here

“Why would the guild still have the quest running, if they’re going to use mercenaries anyway?”Bookmark here

“Well, the mercenaries might need some help from adventurers. You see, Rodan is a really tricky person to deal with.”Bookmark here

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On the road, Nono spurred his horse, rushing to the Red Forest in maximum speed. He felt anxious all of sudden and eager to tell about the incoming threat to his friend.Bookmark here

“He destroyed a noble’s wagon?! Dammit, Roro, you’re literally asking for hell aren’t ya?! I doubt he would even realize the consequences of his actions!Bookmark here

I must go quickly... and tell him of this news!”Bookmark here

Meanwhile, Rodan was napping on the couch after eating six apples consecutively.Bookmark here

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