Chapter 12:

A Tough Decision

Tears of Wars: The Heroes are Born

Fifteen years ago...Bookmark here

The Monster Kingdom was thunderstruck by the advent of a mighty young man who made monsters think twice before fighting him. It was said that even several Rhinos could not defeat him.Bookmark here

“I’m telling you, I don’t want to prolong this matter. Will you stop bothering us?” the young man said, exasperated.Bookmark here

“Hey, who are you? The hero of this village? Do you know who you’re talking to?” the Sharkin said.Bookmark here

“I’m not a special person, but if anyone disturbs this village and its villagers, I’ll be the first to pummel him. You understand?” the young man replied in a calm voice.Bookmark here

“You’ve got balls, brat. You’re the one who battered three Crocos and two Wolfies, didn’t you? You can give up now before it’s too late.”Bookmark here

“So after them, are you next, Sharkin? Then the Rhinos? And the Baramuses? Just so you know, Sharkin, I could kill you on the spot if I wanted to!! You should be aware of the differences in our strength!” the young man said, assuming an attack position.Bookmark here

Suddenly, the Sharkin fell silent in terror. He sensed something huge in front of him now. He could not even speak anymore.Bookmark here

What’s this? Why do I feel a great power emanating from this human? Is his strength on par with a Baramus? Or much stronger?Bookmark here

“Now, I’ll give you a choice: either go away nicely while apologizing to the villagers or leave after I pummel you and then apologize to them?”Bookmark here

There’s no chance of winning against him. He’s really strong. I can’t move. I’m terrified. Looks like I should go nicely. “All right, I apologize to all of you. I’ll get going,” the Sharkin said, lowering his head.Bookmark here

He walked away, waddling like a baby just learning to walk. His energy was drained when he faced the young man.Bookmark here

“Hey, pass my message to the Baramus!! Never darken our door again. If I saw even a single monster, I’d murder him on the spot. Got it?”Bookmark here

“I see, all right.” The Sharkin left the village.Bookmark here

When he arrived in the Monster Kingdom, he told the Rhino and the Baramus of the terrible incident. The Baramus was aggravated.Bookmark here

“Looks like I failed the mission this time. I’m sorry,” the Sharkin said.Bookmark here

“Hey, idiot, why do you look so gloomy? Why did you fail? It was only one person, right?” the Rhino said.Bookmark here

“Yeah, but even ten Sharkins would die.”Bookmark here

“Is he really that strong? I’d be very happy if there really was such a strong human. Bring him here, Rhino!!” the Baramus said.Bookmark here

“All right, Baramus. I’m going,” the Rhino said.Bookmark here

“I bet if you go alone, you won’t be able to come back here. He threatened me that if any monster dared to set foot in his village again, he’d kill him instantly. His gaze and voice held no uncertainty. The aura he gave off was unbelievably strong,” the Sharkin said, trembling a little.Bookmark here

“You think I’m weaker than you? Don’t kid yourself, Sharkin!! I could kill three to four Sharkins like you if I wanted to. Do you want to be the first, huh??” the Rhino snarled.Bookmark here

“How amusing. Stop it, Rhino!! Don’t make a mess in front of me. Now, go with some Rhinos to bring the guy here. Don’t kill him,” the Baramus commanded.Bookmark here

“But I believe that one is more than enough,” the Rhino said.Bookmark here

“Don’t underestimate humans, Rhino. Some of them have extraordinary abilities despite their small bodies,” the Baramus said.Bookmark here

“All right, three Rhinos will go. I think three of us is enough. You come with me too, Sharkin, show me the man in question,” the Rhino said.Bookmark here

“I don’t want to. I’m terrified, I swear. Let me stay here. Don’t force me. Please, Baramus,” the Sharkin pleaded.Bookmark here

“You dare go against me?” the Rhino snapped.Bookmark here

“Hey, Rhino, don’t order around. I’m the leader of this territory. Leave Sharkin here. You three, go.”Bookmark here

“My apologies. As you wish. We’re off.”Bookmark here

The three Rhinos departed. They were sure they could beat the young man.Bookmark here

Then, they arrived in front of the village. They found that the village was abandoned. However, there was a young man sitting casually, holding a cup in his hand.Bookmark here

“Where are the other villagers?!” one of the Rhinos said.Bookmark here

“I knew you guys will still send monsters here. I already told the villagers to get out of here.”Bookmark here

“So you’re the man? Now follow us nicely and don’t try to fight back.”Bookmark here

“Looks like a Rhino has high attack and defense, huh. You’re asking me to come with you? Look, I restrained myself from going to the Monster Kingdom because I still value your lives. Now you’re asking me nicely to go to the Monster Kingdom and take your lives?” the young man taunted.Bookmark here

“You’ve got balls, brat. Looks like this will be an interesting fight. Capture him!!”Bookmark here

“If you’re able to injure me, I’ll go to the Monster Kingdom.”Bookmark here

The three Rhinos charged forward simultaneously. The young man dodged all their attacks. Then, he kicked a Rhino. The Rhino collapsed instantly.Bookmark here

“Now there are only two. You guys are pretty fast and strong, but all you’ve been doing is destroying furniture. Now, I have no place to put this cup. You have to pay for it.”Bookmark here

He’s very strong. Once hit by his kick, one of us fell and couldn’t get up again. “Take this, bastard!!”Bookmark here

The two remaining Rhinos brandished their weapons. Once again, the young man evaded their attacks while slowly sipping his drink.Bookmark here

One of the Rhinos managed to smash the cup. Instantly, the young man was enraged. He zoomed toward one of them.Bookmark here

“Unforgivable. I’ll teach you a lesson right away!!”Bookmark here

He struck the Rhino who had broken his cup. Even though the Rhino had tried to block the blow with his mace, the punch went through the mace and landed on his face, instantly knocking him out.Bookmark here

“You know, Rhino, I’ve been avoiding your attacks to make this fight look fair. If your weak weapons touch my body, they’ll be destroyed.”Bookmark here

“Bastard!!”Bookmark here

The Rhino continued to hit him and sure enough, the weapon shattered the moment it hit the young man’s body. One light hit landed on his stomach. He was instantly in pain and bent down.Bookmark here

“Sorry, I’ve been trying to reduce the power of my punch. You know, being a strong person is hard, especially when it comes to reducing one’s strength. I told you, Rhino! I could kill all of you right now if I wanted to. I can come to the Monster Kingdom and finish off all of you. I didn’t do it because I thought you monsters could befriend humans. So, don’t ever cause trouble in this area again, if you still want to live!!” The young man left the Rhinos. He had a good friend, a rat monster.Bookmark here

The Rhinos experienced the same extreme terror that the Sharkin had.Bookmark here

They then returned to the Great Monster Kingdom.Bookmark here

In the Great Monster Kingdom…Bookmark here

“I couldn’t beat him. Even though my punch managed to hit him, my mace shattered after hitting his body. His body is extremely durable!”Bookmark here

“So is it true that he’s that strong? All right, I’ll find him,” the Baramus said.Bookmark here

“But Baramus, I don’t think it’s possible to beat him without playing dirty. I’ve never acknowledged a mere human before, but I think you’d be defeated by him too, Baramus.”Bookmark here

“Have you ever seen me fight seriously? Don’t kid yourself, Rhino!! I am the commander that Satyr entrusted to lead the kingdom in this large region!!”Bookmark here

Two weeks later…Bookmark here

The young man went to the place where the villagers had gone to two weeks earlier. He had two children, a boy and a girl. He continued to provide self-defense training to his two children. Even though they were still young, they were both already strong.Bookmark here

“Keep kicking hard. You’re my son. You’ve inherited my kick. You have to train your legs as much as possible. And you, you have to keep training your fists, because you’re my daughter. You’ve inherited my fists. You two will become formidable siblings one day.”Bookmark here

“Dad, will you continue to protect us? I’m afraid of monsters,” his son said.Bookmark here

“You don’t need to be afraid, I’ll beat them up when Dad isn’t around. I’ll always take care of you,” the older sibling said.Bookmark here

“Exactly. Your older sister is strong as well. You don’t have to be afraid. You two should always be together and protect each other, okay?” the young man said.Bookmark here

They continued to train while the Baramus kept searching for the strong young man.Bookmark here

Five years later…Bookmark here

“You’re so strong. I want to be as strong as you when I grow up,” the boy said.Bookmark here

“Your kicks are very strong, too. You can definitely be stronger than me. Until then, I’ll always protect you.”Bookmark here

Their conversation was interrupted because the Baramus showed up. At that time, the siblings were playing in the forest while hunting some animals. They ran into the Baramus.Bookmark here

“Hello, kids, may I ask you something? Where do you live? Can you take me there?”Bookmark here

“Hey, monster, you think we’re stupid? You want to attack our village, right? If so, over my dead body, you ugly monster,” the girl said.Bookmark here

The Baramus chuckled. “Children have no fear. I just wanted to talk to a few people there who might know an extremely strong young man.”Bookmark here

“We only know one very strong person: our dad. He’ll beat you up,” the boy said.Bookmark here

“Right, get out. We have to hunt animals. You scared them away,” the girl said.Bookmark here

“I’m starting to like kids now. May I know your names?”Bookmark here

“I’m Roman,” the boy answered.Bookmark here

“I’m Julia,” the girl replied.Bookmark here

“All right, Roman and Julia, so your father is strong, right? Can you tell me where he is now?”Bookmark here

“Sure,” Roman said.Bookmark here

Not long after that, their father came.Bookmark here

“Hey, what are you doing to my kids? You want to harm them?” the young man said.Bookmark here

“Yay. Dad, this ugly monster is asking where our village is and looking for a strong young man,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Hey, human, you seem pretty strong. May I know your name?” the Baramus asked.Bookmark here

“His name is Satria. If you don’t want to be beaten by my father, go away,” Julia said.Bookmark here

“Sorry, but we have to go,” the young man said.Bookmark here

They returned to their village. The young man immediately told the villagers that bad things would happen. Then, all the villagers vacated the village.Bookmark here

At night...Bookmark here

The Baramus came with three Rhinos to the village where Satria lived.Bookmark here

“Satria, we meet again, huh.”Bookmark here

“That’s the guy who beat us up,” one of the Rhinos said.Bookmark here

“What do you want?” Satria asked.Bookmark here

Then, six Sharkins and two Wolfies came with his two children, holding them hostage.Bookmark here

“I’ve been looking for you for five years. Finally, we met here,” the Baramus said.Bookmark here

“You want me. Let the others go!! Let go of my kids!!”Bookmark here

“Dad, help me,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Come with me nicely. After that, I will release your children,” the Baramus said.Bookmark here

“Bastard!!”Bookmark here

“I want to fight against you, Satria. Let’s do it in my place. Don’t worry, the villagers and your two children will be fine.”Bookmark here

“Okay, I accept your challenge. We’ll fight. If I win you have to free us all.”Bookmark here

“Not that easy. The rule is that if I win, I will free your two children!!”Bookmark here

“All right, I’ll hold you to your word!”Bookmark here

The next morning…Bookmark here

Satria fought against the Baramus. If he won, the villagers and his two children would be killed. He must lose to protect them.Bookmark here

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