Chapter 13:

The Short-Tempered Older Sister

Tears of Wars: The Heroes are Born

Three weeks later...Bookmark here

“Hey, what’s the plan?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“We’re leaving tonight. The Baramus’ place is about one week away,” Shinra answered.Bookmark here

“Shall we enter through the front door? Or the broken wall back then?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“Obviously through the front door, right?” Darma said.Bookmark here

“Right, we came because of an invitation from the Baramus. The guards must have been notified,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“But didn’t Baramus invite Roman alone?” Terry said.Bookmark here

“Of course, I know. We’ll use Roman to divert attention, after that we all follow him from behind,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“All right, prepare whatever you need. We’re leaving tonight,” Roman said.Bookmark here

They were ready for all possible consequences.Bookmark here

“I’m not very good at making parting words,” Kong said, walking over to them.Bookmark here

“Who said we were going to separate? We’ll all come back again and hang out together,” Roman said, holding out his fists.Bookmark here

“Okay, Roman, you promised. Men can’t break their promises,” Kong said, bumping their fists together.Bookmark here

Terry, Kenue, and Darma hugged Kong.Bookmark here

“Kong, please take care of this kingdom. I entrust everything to you and the Torto,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“All right, by the way where’s the Torto?” Kong said.Bookmark here

“He fell asleep. Let him be. I don’t want to wake him up,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“All right, let’s go!” Darma said.Bookmark here

The five of them headed for the border barrier. Before that, they stopped by the cave behind the waterfall.Bookmark here

In the cave behind the waterfall...Bookmark here

“Father!!” Terry shouted, hugging Gregori.Bookmark here

“Thank goodness you are okay. Thank you Shinra, for saving my daughter. I cannot thank you enough,” Gregori said.Bookmark here

“No problem. We’re all very close like family.”Bookmark here

Gregori hugged Shinra tightly, shedding a few tears.Bookmark here

“I could never repay your kindness.”Bookmark here

“Wait for us here, don’t go anywhere. That’s my request,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Very well, I will wait for all of you to return.”Bookmark here

“Hey, Shinra, this is where I lived before I came to Terry’s village. What a coincidence, huh. This cave is indeed very safe. I’ve lived here for many years,” Roman explained.Bookmark here

“Really? Why did you live here? Where were your parents?” Shinra asked.Bookmark here

“I don’t know either. I can’t remember anything but my name.”Bookmark here

After they had rested in the cave for a while, they resumed their journey to the Baramus’ place.Bookmark here

Three days later...Bookmark here

In the morning, they arrived at the border barrier.Bookmark here

“Look! There are two Crocos on the wall. Shall we just beat them?” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Don’t! Croco is a stupid monster. I know how to trick them,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

While Kenue, Darma, and Terry were hiding, Shinra and Roman walked over to the border barrier.Bookmark here

“Hey, Croco. I brought someone that the Baramus asked for,” Shinra said, looking up at the guards.Bookmark here

“Okay, but why did you two come? The Baramus said he only wanted one person,” one of the Crocos said, looking down at Roman and Shinra.Bookmark here

“Whoa. Don’t you know who I am? I’m the king of the Sacred Hawk Kingdom. Come here and see the emblem on my shirt,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

The two Crocos whispered to each other. They had no idea what to do.Bookmark here

“You guys will definitely be rewarded for bringing the person Baramus asked for and a king,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Will it work, Shinra?” Roman whispered.Bookmark here

“Don’t worry, it’ll work.”Bookmark here

“Okay, we’re going down. Don’t put up a fight. Drop your two swords.”Bookmark here

The Crocos went down and opened the gate, then they brought Shinra and Roman in. One of them escorted Shinra and Roman to the Baramus’ place.Bookmark here

Before the gate was closed, Kenue, Terry, and Darma entered and followed Roman and Shinra. They managed to distract the remaining Croco.Bookmark here

“Hey, Croco. Do you know how strong the Baramus is?” Shinra asked.Bookmark here

“That Baramus is very strong. I’ve never seen him fight myself. I guess his strength is probably equivalent to five to eight Rhinos,” the Croco replied.Bookmark here

“Then, do you know how strong Satyr is?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“Satyr? He never showed his abilities at all. I don’t know how strong he is.”Bookmark here

Not long after, they arrived at the Great Monster Kingdom. There were two Sharkins and four Wolfies.Bookmark here

“Wait a minute here, I’ll check whether the Baramus has returned from the Central Monster Kingdom or not.”Bookmark here

“Wasn’t he the one who asked us to come? Why did he even leave?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“I don’t know.”Bookmark here

Roman and the others arrived a few days late from the day Baramus had set, because they had stopped by the cave behind the waterfall.Bookmark here

The Baramus intended to take Roman and the mysterious woman to the Central Monster Kingdom as a present for Satyr. Since every month he had to come to report directly to Satyr’s place, he wanted to bring a present for him as well. But because Roman had not yet arrived, he had to come to the Central Kingdom empty-handed.Bookmark here

“You guys better wait inside the kingdom. Come on, follow me,” the Croco said.Bookmark here

“They went inside. What do we do?” Terry asked.Bookmark here

“Don’t worry, we’ll wait until nightfall, then we can move,” Darma answered.Bookmark here

Darma, Kenue, and Terry continued to hide. They kept their distance from the Wolfies.Bookmark here

Inside the Central Monster Kingdom...Bookmark here

“You two wait in this room first. Don’t do anything suspicious!” the Croco warned.Bookmark here

“All right,” Roman and Shinra said.Bookmark here

Creak... Click!Bookmark here

The door was locked. The room was like a giant safe, with thick concrete walls and steel doors. Roman and Shinra were not the only ones in the room, there was also one more person.Bookmark here

“Hey, Shinra. Look, there’s someone there,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Yeah, is he okay?”Bookmark here

“Excuse me, um, how long have you been here?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“Looks like he fell asleep. Hey, look, it’s a girl.”Bookmark here

The mysterious woman wore a hood, sitting in silence.Bookmark here

“Is she dead?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“Hey, you!! Can you just be quiet for a moment?” the woman said, pushing her hood back a little.Bookmark here

“Ah, sorry for bothering you, Miss,” Roman said, lowering his head.Bookmark here

She closed her hood again.Bookmark here

“You’re so loud. It’s almost night time. It’s time for bed,” Shinra scolded.Bookmark here

“You two are just like girls, huh!!” she yelled, taking off her hood. She then stood and glared at Shinra and Roman.Bookmark here

Her eyes widened in surprise when she saw Roman.Bookmark here

“Roman?”Bookmark here

Surprised, Roman said, “Huh? You know me? Then who are you?”Bookmark here

“Bastard!! Damn you, how could you not remember me??” she growled.Bookmark here

“Do you know her, Roman?”Bookmark here

“Ah, sorry, I don’t remember you. Are you my wife?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

Furious, she punched Roman hard in the face. “I’ve been looking for you for years and you don’t even remember me?! I’m your older sister!!”Bookmark here

Bam… Thump… Thud…Bookmark here

She bombarded him with a series of punches, throwing him around. Bookmark here

“Huh?? Roman’s older sister? Is that true?” Shinra asked, astonished.Bookmark here

“Who are you? You want me to beat you, too? You think I’m not fit to be his older sister, huh?!” she shouted, clenching her fists.Bookmark here

“No, I mean, Roman never told me about his sister. He doesn’t even remember who his parents were and where he lived before,” Shinra explained.Bookmark here

“My name’s Julia. Just call me that.”Bookmark here

“Hey, what’s this? You just hit me? Wait a minute, I think I remember that name.”Bookmark here

“Take off your headband,” Julia urged, untying her hair.Bookmark here

It turned out that if Roman and Julia’s headbands were put together, they would form a name.Bookmark here

“That’s our family name,” Julia said.Bookmark here

Roman and Julia’s surname was Distomp. Satria Distomp was their father. Lyra Derose was their mother. Their full names were Julia Distomp and Roman Distomp.Bookmark here

“Distomp? Are you the children of Satria Distomp? Is that true?” Shinra asked, stunned.Bookmark here

“Beats me,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“That’s right, he’s our dad. Why do you seem surprised like that? You have a problem with our dad? Let’s settle it right now!” Julia said.Bookmark here

“No, it’s not like that. I was your father’s student. My name is Shinra. Ten years ago, I learned self-defense from him. However, your father’s friend said that Satria Distomp had been killed by a Baramus. Since then, I was trained by him.”Bookmark here

“My father’s friend? Who is it?” Julia asked.Bookmark here

“His name is Torou, a rat monster.”Bookmark here

Oh. So it was him. “Oh. I see.” Julia nodded.Bookmark here

“Hey, you two are just talking among yourselves!!” Roman said in annoyance.Bookmark here

“Shut up, idiot. You always trouble me,” Julia said.Bookmark here

“I’m strong. How could I trouble you?” Roman replied.Bookmark here

“Why you’re here, Julia?” Shinra asked.Bookmark here

“My village was threatened by the Baramus. I was forced to go to the Central Monster Kingdom.”Bookmark here

“Huh? Why was your village being threatened? Why don’t you just tell your villagers to move?” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Never. It was the home of my dad and mom. There are graves for both of them. I’ll never let those monsters destroy their village,” Julia answered.Bookmark here

One of the Crocos showed up and asked, “What are you doing? Why so noisy? You want to run away? I’ll report you guys to the Rhino if you do anything funny!!” the Croco warned.Bookmark here

“No, we were just chatting,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“All right, the Baramus will arrive tomorrow morning. Wait here and don’t do anything funny!” the Croco warned, leaving the room.Bookmark here

“Hey, Big Sis? Ah. Damn. I feel weird calling you Big Sis. Are you really my older sister? Or maybe you’re actually my younger sister instead?”Bookmark here

“Damn. Say that again and I’ll teach your head how to fly, got it?! Just try it!!”Bookmark here

“Stop it, Roman. She’s definitely your real older sister, because I think she’s stronger than you.”Bookmark here

“Huh. How come?!” Roman said, his nose still bleeding from Julia’s blows.Bookmark here

“By the way, there are three of my friends outside. We plan to kill the Baramus. Do you want to help us?” Shinra asked.Bookmark here

“Turns out you’re as stupid as my brother. Just how strong are you, huh? You look like a pampered prince who likes to laze around!!”Bookmark here

“I believe she’s my older sister,” Roman said.Bookmark here

The three of them were surprised by Kenue’s arrival behind the door.Bookmark here

“Roman, Shinra, are you guys inside? Answer me. This is Kenue.”Bookmark here

“Huh?! Are you stupid? Why did you go inside?” Roman said.Bookmark here

“We’ve already killed two Sharkins and four Wolfies who were guarding the front. We were worried because you didn’t give us a sign,” Kenue said.Bookmark here

“Seriously. You guys even chatted in there,” Darma said.Bookmark here

“Wait a minute, I’m looking for the right key to open this door,” Terry said, picking out the keys hanging next to the door.Bookmark here

“Get out of the way!! Get away from the door,” Julia said.Bookmark here

“What?? You want to break this steel door? You must be crazy!!” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Shut up and watch!!” Julia said, clenching her fists and getting ready to hit the door.Bookmark here

“You guys step aside. Get away from the door,” Roman said.Bookmark here

Boom… Crash…Bookmark here

The door was shattered and flung far, bent out of all recognition.Bookmark here

Shinra stared in mute amazement. What an incredible power!!Bookmark here

“What’s that? It was easy to open the door. Hey, I can do that too,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Did you destroy this door?” Darma asked, baffled.Bookmark here

“That’s right, I did it. Are you surprised? Of course, because you look so weak,” Julia said, walking out of the room.Bookmark here

“Hey, who is she?” Darma asked.Bookmark here

“That’s Roman’s older sister,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Wow. She looks so beautiful and so strong,” Terry said.Bookmark here

“Hey, come here. Now I give you the task of going to a village to the east of this place. You guys take care of the village and wait until I come back! Got it?” Julia said.Bookmark here

“What the hell? It’s better to move the villagers to the cave behind the waterfall outside this border barrier instead,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Exactly, we have a very good place there. Your villagers can take refuge there. That place is safe from monsters,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Yeah, but you have to come along to convince them. If you didn’t come, it’d be difficult,” Darma said.Bookmark here

“I told you, don’t make me repeat it again. That’s where my mom and dad used to live.”Bookmark here

“Hey, stupid Big Sis, you know? Dad and Mom no longer live there. They live in our hearts instead. You know that?! If you don’t want to ask your villagers to move, it’s tantamount to repeating our father’s mistake. We have to hide them first before fighting, so we’ll be free to fight. You understand?!”Bookmark here

“You don’t know anything!! You’ve been only a few minutes being my younger brother again and part of my family. Don’t pretend to know anything about Mom and Dad!!”Bookmark here

“You really are stupid. The Baramus himself told me. A great man was killed because the monsters had captured his two children. Now I understand. So the man in question was Dad. You want to know what I said to him? I said ‘That guy is so stupid, he can’t be a great man if he can’t protect what’s precious to him!!”Bookmark here

Enraged, Julia was getting ready to hit Roman. She had already clenched her fists. However, Shinra stopped her.Bookmark here

“If you want to hit Roman, just hit me. I agree with what he said. He’s right, we can’t fight while protecting people. You must know very well about that since you’re a true fighter,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“That’s right, first we go back to your village and then ask all the villagers to go to the cave behind the waterfall,” Terry said.Bookmark here

Julia sighed and said, “All right. Let’s go.”Bookmark here

The six of them left the Central Monster Kingdom, heading east to fetch the inhabitants of Julia’s village.Bookmark here

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