Chapter 5:

The King's Son

Tears of Wars: The Heroes are Born

That night...Bookmark here

“Kong, I’d better get going. I sense something amiss around here. Don’t worry. I won’t let a single monster harm my friends,” Shinra said as he hurried away.Bookmark here

“Take care, Shinra.”Bookmark here

Shinra had noticed something strange around him. He then investigated the surrounding areas and sure enough, he saw two Wolfies and a Torto patrolling. He approached them.Bookmark here

“Young Master, where have you been? Your father told us to follow you into the woods,” the Torto said.Bookmark here

Shinra made an excuse so they would not be suspicious. “I was just looking for some equipment. You guys hurry back home,” he said firmly.Bookmark here

Having an incredible sense of smell, the Wolfies sniffed another human scent. They detected other human’s scent from his body.Bookmark here

Shinra saw their suspicious behavior and asked them, “What are you doing, Wolfie?!”Bookmark here

One of the Wolfies replied in a slightly defiant tone, “Nothing. I’m just looking for any prey around here.”Bookmark here

Shinra ordered, “You’d better go home. I’ll catch up with you later.”Bookmark here

They answered in unison, “All right, Young Master, we’re leaving.”Bookmark here

On the way home, the Wolfie told the Torto that he noticed the human scent. Not just one, but several humans.Bookmark here

“Hey, Torto, do you smell a human other than Shinra? Is he hiding someone?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, but let’s not talk about it. The Young Master has already said there’s nothing.”Bookmark here

“Why do you trust him so much? Is it because you love him that you let him do as he pleases?”Bookmark here

“Enough, Wolfie!! Don’t make me hurt you. I’ve been with the Young Master since he was little. He’s like my own son. I truly respect him. I cherish him. That’s my duty as a royal soldier. Thus, I’m not allowed to have feelings beyond that.”Bookmark here

“But wouldn’t that be dangerous for Shinra?”Bookmark here

“I said enough!! Watch your words. Call him the Young Master. If I’m not around, you can address him however you wish. However, if I’m around, you must address him as the Young Master!!”Bookmark here

Looking away, the Wolfie said, “You’re behaving more and more like the Sharkins, all right.”Bookmark here

“Let me tell you. He’s strong. He could protect himself. His attack is on par with the Sharkins and his defense is on par with me. So don’t underestimate the Young Master!!”Bookmark here

“Okay, okay, okay. All right, Torto. I get it,” the Wolfie said, walking away.Bookmark here

Shinra tracked down the village where Terry, Darma, Kenue, and Roman lived. He wanted to make sure something bad did not happen.Bookmark here

Moments later, he came across a village. He got off his horse and entered the village. The villagers were wary of the emblem on his right shoulder, shaped like an eagle, because they knew there was a human kingdom protected by monsters bearing the insignia.Bookmark here

The village head walked over to him. “Excuse me. Are you really from the Sacred Hawk Kingdom?”Bookmark here

Shinra retorted, “What is it to you, old man? Can’t anyone come and stop by as one pleases? Does this village ban people just because they’re from a different place?”Bookmark here

“That is not true. I am just worried. I thought you were like him. All right, please enjoy the place, young man.”Bookmark here

Shinra’s father was friends with the village chief. They lived, played together, and grew up together in the same village. However, they had taken different paths.Bookmark here

“Just call me Shinra. That’s my name,” Shinra said, taking a sip of his drink.Bookmark here

The villagers were taken aback. “Shinra?! He’s the son of King Tertoro of the Sacred Hawk Kingdom. Oh, so he’s the king’s son. What is he doing here? Does he want to snitch on us? What to do?” they said in panic.Bookmark here

That useless old fart. I’m the one who has to take the brunt of his misdeeds. Shinra said to the villagers, “Don’t worry. I’m not like my father.”Bookmark here

A few moments later, the air was fraught with tension and the silence hung thick in the air. Unable to bear it any longer, Shinra left the village.Bookmark here

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“Hey, I just remembered I needed something. You go first, Torto. I’ll catch up with you later.” Then, the two Wolfies left.Bookmark here

“Okay.”Bookmark here

The Torto let them go without any suspicion. If he had known, maybe he would have stopped them. Alas, he did not notice it.Bookmark here

The Wolfies left, following Shinra’s scent. The way Shinra spoke down to them got on their nerves. Just because he was the son of the human king, he had looked down on monsters. He cussed and shouted as he pleased. They rushed toward Shinra.Bookmark here

Meanwhile, Shinra had just left the village and was going to return to the kingdom. He met the two Wolfies sometime later.Bookmark here

“Hello, Young Master. What are you doing here? Did you just find a village?” one of the Wolfies sneered.Bookmark here

“Why did you go against my order? I told you to return to the kingdom, didn’t I?!”Bookmark here

“Will you take us to where the humans are? I want to taste them. I bet they taste delicious. Or maybe you want to protect them, huh?”Bookmark here

Enraged, Shinra drew both swords at once. He jumped off his horse and talked to them calmly in a menacing tone.Bookmark here

“You already know for sure. If I wield my two swords, even the Sharkins are no match. You should understand your situation. Scram. Don’t you dare set foot in this area again or else you’re going to bite the dust!!”Bookmark here

“How amusing, Young Master. You can beat the Sharkins in a one-on-one. Now, we’re two against one. You think we’re afraid of your bluff, brat?!”Bookmark here

“You really do have a death wish, don’t you?” Shinra said, shaking his head.Bookmark here

The Wolfies went in the opposite directions. They aimed at Shinra, who was standing still, with their long claws. They jumped up toward Shinra.Bookmark here

“Forgive us, Young Master. We have to kill you here. We could say that the one who killed you was a gorilla near the cave. Is his name Kong? Take this. Hyah!” They continued to rile Shinra up.Bookmark here

The Wolfies had seen Shinra meet Kong. The calm Shinra then turned brutal. He dodged their attack.Bookmark here

Shinra chopped off one of the Wolfies’ leg with one slash. His movements were brilliant and swift, a stunning display of cunning and strength. He wielded his twin swords as if they were extensions of his body.Bookmark here

The Wolfie fell to the ground.Bookmark here

Not giving up, the other Wolfie attacked from behind and managed to injure Shinra’s face with his claw. He attacked for the second time.Bookmark here

Shinra was going to jump to keep his distance, when his leg was bitten by the Wolfie who had been struck by his sword. For a moment, his gaze was diverted to the Wolfie who was biting him.Bookmark here

“Die, brat!! You think we’re weaker than the Sharkins? We’re way faster!!”Bookmark here

“Damn. I let my guard down.”Bookmark here

The Wolfie quickly jumped at Shinra and aimed his attack at Shinra’s stomach.Bookmark here

Shinra slashed at the Wolfie who bit him and blocked the other Wolfie’s blow while tossing his own attack at the Wolfie.Bookmark here

The Wolfie received a severe wound, but Shinra was also injured in the stomach. He doubled over. When he looked back, he saw that the Wolfie got away, while the other died there.Bookmark here

He immediately thought about warning the villagers and Kong, to ask them to leave immediately because the monsters would come back.Bookmark here

Getting on his horse, Shinra said, “Damn. I have to hurry back to the village and tell them all to leave. Maybe then I could make amends for father’s wrongdoings. Ugh. Damn. This wound is quite deep. Cough.”Bookmark here

He returned to the village to ask them to leave as soon as possible. He was afraid that the Sharkins would come.Bookmark here

“Look. He’s back!!” the villagers exclaimed.Bookmark here

The village head was astonished to see Shinra’s body drenched in blood. “What happened to you, Shinra? Why is your body covered in wounds like that?!”Bookmark here

“Never mind!! I just killed a Wolfie, but unfortunately the other Wolfie managed to escape!! I’m sure they’ll be sending Sharkin here soon! Run away. All of you, hurry, save your lives!”Bookmark here

“You heard it? Like father, like son!! Ratting out humans for themselves!!” the villagers roared furiously.Bookmark here

“I don’t have time to argue with you guys!! Hey, old man, you’re the village head, right? Get out of here. This is the least I can do to make amends for my father’s crimes!”Bookmark here

Surprised, the village head said, “I wonder why you care about us?”Bookmark here

“Because your daughter is my best friend!!”Bookmark here

In the Sacred Hawk Kingdom...Bookmark here

The Wolfie trudged along until he reached the kingdom. “Argh… Help... The Young Master attacked us and one Wolfie was killed. He protected the humans and-”Bookmark here

Then, he fell unconscious due to the severe injuries he sustained. He had not even had time to inform Kong’s whereabouts. Alas, he reported to a Rhino, the royal guard as well as a level 1 monster. The Rhinos were far more dangerous than the Sharkins.Bookmark here

The Rhino barged into the Main Hall, furious with the king.Bookmark here

“Hey, you’re the king of humans, right? Answer the questions I’m about to ask you!! If your answer is not what I wanted, I’ll erase your existence off the face of the Earth straightaway!!”Bookmark here

“What’s the matter?? A-All right,” King Tertoro said in a trembling voice.Bookmark here

“Your son has killed my men. He protected the humans and attacked the Wolfies. What’s the meaning of this?!”Bookmark here

“I-I d-don’t know,” King Tertoro replied, puzzled.Bookmark here

Instantly, the Rhino lifted the king with one hand. All the royal soldiers were flabbergasted when they saw it.Bookmark here

“Just so you know!! If it weren’t for the Central Kingdom ordering me to guard here!! If it weren’t for your service, telling us the location of human villages. If it weren’t for you being the king of this kingdom!! I would’ve crushed your skull right now, got it?!”Bookmark here

“I-I-I un…un-understood.”Bookmark here

The Rhino lowered him and said, “You’d better be able to issue a proper order!! What are you going to do now?!”Bookmark here

“A-All right. But before that, how is Shinra doing? Is he okay?”Bookmark here

“I don’t give a shit about him!! If he comes face to face with me, I’ll finish him off!!”Bookmark here

King Tertoro was still unsure what to do. “But I-”Bookmark here

The Rhino immediately cut off his words. “No buts. Or do you want me to go get him? What would you choose?! Don’t tell me I’m not being nice to that brat, okay?” he snapped.Bookmark here

“A-A-All right. All soldiers, capture Shinra and force him to go home no matter what, because I’ll give him a severe punishment!”Bookmark here

The Rhino grinned. “Good. That’s not a bad choice. But if they can’t bring your son home, I’ll go instead. How do you like that?!” He stormed off.Bookmark here

The king was devastated and distressed by his current predicament.Bookmark here

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The village head treated Shinra’s wounds and asked where his daughter was.Bookmark here

“Do you know where Terry and the others are?”Bookmark here

“They’re in safe hands. I’ll go get them now. Cough... Damn. I’m losing a lot of blood. I can’t stop it. I’m losing my strength…”Bookmark here

“Come with us so we can heal your wounds. You cannot leave like that.”Bookmark here

“But they will surely be confused if later they see that there’s no one in this village! Or worse, they could run into the Sharkins. Argh! Damn!!”Bookmark here

“Was it not you who said they were fine? Do not worry about the four of them. Even though they look weak, if they are together, they will surely become stronger. After all, my daughter would not do anything reckless.”Bookmark here

At dawn, the whole village and Shinra fled the village. Otherwise, it might be fatal to them if the monsters came.Bookmark here

Currently, in the morning...Bookmark here

Roman and the others returned to the village. They did not find a single soul there. Puzzled, they feared the worst. They checked every nook and cranny. Surprisingly, they did not find the villagers’ belongings either. They wondered if the villagers had relocated once again.Bookmark here

“What really happened? Did they go somewhere? But why? What happened? Why so soon? Why didn’t they wait for us?” Terry asked frantically.Bookmark here

They searched around. They split up and climbed to a higher point so as to be able to see further. To their surprise, they saw that a large number of the human kingdom’s army was heading this way. Looking the other way, Roman shouted.Bookmark here

“Wow. Look at that. There’s a dead wolf-like monster!”Bookmark here

“A Wolfie? Let’s get closer. Maybe there’s a clue around there. We’d better hurry before the army come,” Terry said.Bookmark here

The four immediately rushed to the corpse and saw that the land and trees were ravaged like a war had taken place. There was a lot of blood starting to dry and there was a trail of it.Bookmark here

Roman found the blood trail and said, “Let’s follow the blood trail!!”Bookmark here

Darma concluded where the blood trail led to, then he said, “Wait. Isn’t that the direction to our village?!”Bookmark here

“Right. Could it be that a villager was attacked by the Wolfie? But could there be a villager who could kill him? I don’t think so,” Terry asked, bewildered.Bookmark here

Similarly, Darma was baffled. “I don’t know, either. What should we do?”Bookmark here

“Let’s hide for now,” Terry said.Bookmark here

“Wouldn’t it be better if we hide at Kong’s place? Maybe he can help us? Right??” Roman said.Bookmark here

“This time I have to agree with you, Roman. You’re right. Let’s go back to where Kong is. At least for now we know that the villagers are fine,” Darma said.Bookmark here

“Okay. Let’s go back to his place,” Terry said excitedly.Bookmark here

On the way, they kept thinking whose blood it really was that led to the village.Bookmark here

“I’m wondering, don’t you think it’s strange? A trail of blood leading to the village. Whose blood is that? And why does the Wolfie die with severed legs?” For a moment, Terry pictured Shinra. “Hey, wait. Could it be Shinra? This is all I could think of right now. Who else could possibly beat a Wolfie besides him?”Bookmark here

For a moment, Darma also thought the same thing, but he still had doubts. “Does that mean he was injured after that fight? However, with his strength he should be able to easily kill the Wolfie. Why did he get hurt?”Bookmark here

“Did you forget? They always patrol in a pair or more. So, perhaps Shinra fought a few Wolfies and got injured?” Terry said.Bookmark here

“Ah, I get it. It all makes sense. It was possible that Shinra fought several Wolfies and he managed to kill one and injure the rest. However, because he had a hard time battling the monsters simultaneously, he ended up being caught off guard and injured, then the remaining Wolfie fled and reported the incident. Later, Shinra came to our village to warn the villagers to leave because it’s possible that the monster army would come. And of course we all know. If any humans disobeyed or fought the monsters, they would definitely send the Sharkins to come and finish off those humans!!” Darma said.Bookmark here

“All right, let’s go tell Kong. Surely he’ll help us and go with us. The more the merrier, right?” Roman said.Bookmark here

Then, they arrived at Kong’s place and told him about all the deduction and the incident near their village. Kong understood. He agreed to go with them to find the villagers.Bookmark here

“If that’s true, surely he needs my help. Keep this in mind, if indeed Shinra was being targeted, then the monster army would definitely send a Rhino instead of the Sharkins. And surely the order wasn’t to come and bring Shinra home alive. He’ll definitely kill him,” Kong said.Bookmark here

“I’m not done with the Sharkins yet and now I have to face a Rhino. I bet it’s going to be exciting,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“No. You guys should run away if a Rhino comes. There’s no way you’ll win. No, we can’t beat him. I’ll give you guys some time to escape and hold him off as long as possible,” Kong said.Bookmark here

“We’re friends, got it? Don’t just sacrifice yourself like that!” Roman said.Bookmark here

“He’s right. We’re your friends now. We won’t leave you alone,” Darma said.Bookmark here

“We fight together, Kong,” Kenue said.Bookmark here

“Right. We’re all your friends now. So you can count on us, okay?” Terry said.Bookmark here

“All right. Turns out humans aren’t as bad as I thought. Let’s go find Shinra and your fellow villagers.”Bookmark here

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