Chapter 9:

Preparation

Tears of Wars: The Heroes are Born


The next day…Bookmark here

Roman and the others were getting ready to return to their home region.Bookmark here

The Sacred Hawk Kingdom was located outside the border barrier. There was only a small monster kingdom led by a Rhino. The region where Terry, Darma, and Kong saw the Baramus was a large region within the outer wall.Bookmark here

They trained all the way home.Bookmark here

“I didn’t expect you to become stronger in just a short time, Roman,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

Smug, Roman said, “Of course, I’ll beat you, Shinra. I’ll become the strongest human.”Bookmark here

“He’ll only become more troublesome later on,” Terry said, shaking her head.Bookmark here

Darma said, “Well, it can’t be helped. Even though he’s a pain in the neck, he’s strong. I believe he’ll get even stronger.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, maybe he’s getting stronger, but only a little,” Kenue scoffed.Bookmark here

“Damn you, Kenue. One day I’ll force you to acknowledge my greatness!”Bookmark here

“I trust you, Roman,” Kong said, holding out his fist.Bookmark here

Roman bumped their fists together and said, “Thanks, Kong.”Bookmark here

“If he gets stronger, then I’m getting even stronger than him,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Damn you, Shinra. I’ll definitely become very strong and surpass you later.”Bookmark here

Kong and Shinra smiled at Roman.Bookmark here

Terry beamed. I’m sure everyone is aware that you’re getting stronger, Roman.Bookmark here

“I’ll help you become even stronger,” Darma said.Bookmark here

“I’m going to save you, Roman, because I believe that before you get really strong, you’ll keep being a damsel in distress,” Kenue roasted.Bookmark here

“Dammit! I’ll get even stronger, so I can protect all of you.”Bookmark here

Still worried about the Rhino, the Torto said, “Young Master, what if the Rhino and other monsters attack you? He is so powerful!”Bookmark here

Shinra replied calmly, “Torto, do you have any doubts about me? Haven’t you known me longer than anyone else here? You already know how strong I am.”Bookmark here

“That is exactly what I am worried about! I know very well how strong the monster army is. The Rhino is in a different league altogether!! He may not be as strong as a Baramus, but he might be as strong as eight Sharkins,” the Torto said, looking back at Shinra with a serious look.Bookmark here

“All right, I’m getting even more excited. I haven’t been serious about fighting in a long time. I’m not afraid of a Rhino, a Baramus, or even Satyr!! Because I have you, Torto, and you guys: Kong, Roman, Terry, Darma, and Kenue. Because I believe that you’ll help me. I’ll take over the kingdom! I’ll train the royal army!! I’ll also change the Sacred Hawk Kingdom’s existing rules!!” Shinra said, resolute.Bookmark here

“Wouldn’t it be better if we beat up Satyr straightaway??” Roman said.Bookmark here

Shinra answered, “Sure thing, we’ll devise a strategy and keep on training to get stronger. Then, we’ll beat him up!!”Bookmark here

“I’ll assist you, Shinra. How strong is he?” Roman asked the Torto.Bookmark here

The Torto replied, “Sorry, I’ve never met him, but I’ve seen a Baramus in person.”Bookmark here

“How strong is a Baramus? I want to see him!!” Roman said.Bookmark here

The Torto said, “A Baramus is probably the equivalent of ten Rhinos or eighty Sharkins.”Bookmark here

However, his explanation only made Roman even more excited. “Whoa, I really want to meet him.”Bookmark here

Kong chimed in, “Terry, Darma, and I have seen him! I can’t even guess how strong he is!! It gives me chills just imagining it. I wouldn’t know what to do if I came face to face with a Baramus.” He shook his head.Bookmark here

“Really? When? Wow,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“When you were out cold, Roman,” Kong said.Bookmark here

“Damn, I’d really like to see it,” Roman said, disappointed.Bookmark here

“Relax, Kong, we’ll always be together. Let’s face him together! Don’t be afraid, we’ll all always be together,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“I saw the Baramus being escorted by six Sharkins!! It feels like it’s impossible to beat him,” Darma said.Bookmark here

“Yes, that’s right! Facing two Sharkins at the same time is hard already,” Terry said.Bookmark here

“All right, from today onward we have to keep training until we’re ready to fight any monsters,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

On their way home, they trained by the river while recovering their wounds. They trained their endurance, stamina, and speed.Bookmark here

Shinra asked, “You guys are going straight back? I’ve brought the villagers to a hidden place behind a waterfall.”Bookmark here

“I’d love to meet Father, but not now! I can go there when this is all over,” Terry said.Bookmark here

“I’ll accompany you, Shinra, because I have no other purpose,” Roman said. Darma and Kenue nodded in agreement.Bookmark here

Then, they trained by the river for several days.Bookmark here

“Roman!! Harder!! You see?!! Even the tree didn’t move an inch!! You kick like a girl!!” Shinra yelled at Roman.Bookmark here

“Shut up!! You underestimate my power. Hyah!! Horyah!!” Roman shrilled, increasing the power of his kicks.Bookmark here

Two weeks had passed. They resumed their journey back to the Sacred Hawk Kingdom. On the way, they met the royal army.Bookmark here

“Young Master!! We finally found you!! Please come with us. Our kingdom is falling apart. Only you can remedy the situation,” they said frantically.Bookmark here

Puzzled, Shinra asked, “Why? Where’s my father?!”Bookmark here

“Actually… King Tertoro passed away two weeks ago. The Sacred Hawk Kingdom fought against the Rhino and some of his subordinates. Our apologies, we could not protect him and the Sacred Hawk Kingdom,” they said, hanging their heads in shame.Bookmark here

Shinra was enraged. “Damn it!! That damn Rhino!! I’ll murder him!!!”Bookmark here

“My apologies, Young Master. I am to blame. I begged King Tertoro to give me orders to find you, Young Master. I promised to take you home ahead of the Rhino. Had I not gone then, maybe I could have protected him!! I am sorry!!” the Torto said, hanging his head.Bookmark here

“Torto, if you had stayed in the kingdom, I would’ve been killed. You saved me!! Don’t regret the past,” Shinra said, holding back his tears.Bookmark here

“Very well, Young Master. We had better hurry back to the kingdom first,” the royal army said and left.Bookmark here

“Chill out, Shinra, we’re with you. We’ll definitely help you,” Roman said, putting his arm around Shinra’s shoulder.Bookmark here

“We’d better take the less traveled path because there’s a chance monsters are waiting for Shinra to come back!! They already know that the Sacred Hawk Kingdom needs a new king,” Darma said.Bookmark here

Kong knew the woods like the back of his hand. He said, “Leave it to me. I’ve managed to hide from monsters for several years. Come on, follow me.”Bookmark here

They walked along hills and rivers, taking the longer path which was beyond the reach of monsters. After a week of traveling, they finally arrived at the Sacred Hawk Kingdom. The atmosphere was extremely depressing.Bookmark here

In the Sacred Hawk Kingdom...Bookmark here

The royal army welcomed Shinra’s arrival, “Young Master is back!!” They bowed to Shinra.Bookmark here

Shinra wanted to take over the kingdom right away. “Quickly prepare for the coronation ceremony of myself as the new king! We don’t have much time.”Bookmark here

One of the soldiers asked, “Do you not want to see your father’s grave first?”Bookmark here

“The situation here is more important! After the coronation is over, I’ll go to Father’s grave.”Bookmark here

The royal army agreed and prepared everything, “Understood, Young Master.”Bookmark here

The coronation and the making of new rules of the Sacred Hawk Kingdom took place quickly.Bookmark here

“All right, I hereby declare myself the new king of the Sacred Hawk Kingdom, the son of the previous king, King Tertoro. And I empower Kong and Torto to be in charge of this kingdom while I’m away!” Shinra’s clear declaration rang through the Main Hall, followed by the royal army’s joyous cheers.Bookmark here

The Torto smiled brightly. Finally I can see him wearing the crown.Bookmark here

“I want to be with you guys. Why don’t we go together??” Kong asked.Bookmark here

“I have to settle all of this. The two of you once talked about the pact between monsters and humans. Now I’m going to fix it all! I chose the two of you because you’re very strong. You guys would be really helpful if this kingdom were to be attacked. Therefore, I hope that you can protect my home. Because if it were to be destroyed, where would I return to? As for the royal army, consider Kong and Torto as your friends. Kong and Torto, please train them to be even stronger.”Bookmark here

“All right, Shinra. I’ll guard this kingdom, but promise me this, all of you must return here safely!!” Kong said in a trembling voice.Bookmark here

Roman said, “Kong, I’ll definitely protect everyone. Even if my life is at stake!”Bookmark here

“Isn’t your life always in danger, Roman?” Kenue roasted.Bookmark here

“Damn you, Kenue, these are my best parting words. Stop picking on me,” Roman said, lowering his head.Bookmark here

Kenue smirked. “I’m not insulting you. I’m describing you.”Bookmark here

“I promise you two. We’ll be fine. We’ve gotten stronger!!” Darma said.Bookmark here

“First, I have to devise a strategy so I can meet the Baramus,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Beware, King Shinra! He is not easy to talk to, although I admit he is not short-tempered,” the Torto said.Bookmark here

“Looks like this is going to be the best trip of all time! There’s nothing more wonderful than fighting alongside your best friends!!” Darma said.Bookmark here

Kenue scoffed, “I’m not Roman’s best friend.”Bookmark here

“Bastard! I’ll break your spear, just watch.”Bookmark here

Terry and Darma laughed and said, “You two get along really well.”Bookmark here

Kong said, “Yeah, they look great when fighting together! They’re both very strong.”Bookmark here

“All right, prepare whatever you need. We have the best and the strongest weapons. You can choose anything,” Shinra said, showing the location of the armory.Bookmark here

“I have no need for weapons,” Roman said smugly.Bookmark here

They looked at the armory and were taken aback. There was a wide variety of weapons. They picked and try everything, bringing equipment and necessities along for the trip.Bookmark here

Terry picked a golden bow.Bookmark here

Darma picked a steel bow and steel-tipped arrows.Bookmark here

Kenue picked a simple iron spear with a small bell tied in the middle.Bookmark here

“You look cute with that spear, Kenue,” Roman smirked.Bookmark here

“I chose a short spear to make it easier for me to move. It’s not cute, it’s called style, idiot,” Kenue said.Bookmark here

Then, Shinra showed a weapon suitable for Roman.Bookmark here

“Roman, I have a weapon for you.”Bookmark here

“What weapon? I’ll just use my fists and legs. It’s fine. I don’t need a weapon,” Roman said, shaking his head.Bookmark here

“Look, it can boost your punch power.” Shinra handed him a brass knuckles.Bookmark here

Roman was overjoyed. “Woohoo… It suits me very well. Finally, I have a weapon, too. Now I can parry the Sharkins’s bite easily!!”Bookmark here

“All right, we’re leaving in two days. We’ll head to the large region where the Baramus is!!” Shinra said.Bookmark here

Two weeks ago, in the large region where Roman and the others were fighting, it turned out that a Wolfie had survived. He was the Wolfie who was hit by Roman’s knee kick. He could not get up because of a severe neck injury. The Crocos who were on patrol found him and took him to the Great Monster Kingdom.Bookmark here

After arriving at the Great Monster Kingdom, the Wolfie explained to the Rhino, “There were four humans and one gorilla monster. One of them was quite strong. His strength was extraordinary. I was badly injured with just one knee kick.”Bookmark here

He did not know that Shinra and the Torto had come because he had already been defeated by Roman and was lying there, unconscious.Bookmark here

The Rhino reported to the Baramus about what had happened. He then commanded two Crocos and one Torto to check the border barrier and the area around the fight. He was furious and distressed to hear what had happened to the monsters that were there. Humans dared to go against monsters. Moreover, after a thorough search was carried out, they found other victims, namely two Sharkins.Bookmark here

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The Crocos and the Torto went to check the large region and around the border barrier. They found a large hole in the wall.Bookmark here

“What’s this?” one of the Crocos said, surprised to see the wall crumbled.Bookmark here

Observing the border barrier, the Torto was puzzled as to what happened. “Oh my, what really happened? This wall is very durable and difficult to breach. Why did it break like this??”Bookmark here

The border barrier was tall and durable. The monster that was chosen to test the wall’s durability was a Rhino. He could not even make a small hole with his full strength. Now there was a large gaping hole in it. It was also reported that there was damage to the wall of the large region leading to the small region.Bookmark here

The Rhino was astonished. “What?? Destroyed? All right, I’ll get some Wolfies to find out what was going on. There’s no way humans can destroy it!!”Bookmark here

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