Chapter 15:

The Baramus' Defeat

Tears of Wars: The Heroes are Born

“Shinra!” Roman called Shinra, chasing after him.Bookmark here

Shinra was confused and disappointed in himself. He thought that Gregori did not care about him in the slightest because he never once came to see him.Bookmark here

“Shinra! Get a grip!! You’re the king now!”Bookmark here

Shinra stopped in his tracks, listening to his words.Bookmark here

“Calm yourself down, my friend. I understand that you must’ve been very disappointed to hear that, right? Me too. Just imagine, my older sister is still alive! I don’t know whether to be angry or happy. What matters most is that I’m grateful that my family is still alive.”Bookmark here

“Right, congratulations, Roman.” Shinra walked on. Bookmark here

“Where are you going?”Bookmark here

“I’ll return to the Sacred Hawk Kingdom. Maybe I’d better not see my family again.”Bookmark here

Roman walked next to him. “Shinra, you’re not alone. Darma, Kenue, Kong, Torto, Terry, and I will always be there for you. We’ve spent a lot of time together.”Bookmark here

“I don’t know. I’m still confused.”Bookmark here

“Chill out, my friend, I’ll accompany you to the Sacred Hawk Kingdom, okay?” Roman put an arm around Shinra’s shoulder and smiled.Bookmark here

“Thanks, Roman.”Bookmark here

Meanwhile...Bookmark here

“Why didn’t you tell me? At least you can tell me, right?” Terry asked Gregori.Bookmark here

“I am sorry, Terry. I had really wanted to tell you, but I thought it would have been better if I had told Shinra first. It is my fault.”Bookmark here

“Since it has come to this, we’d better give him some time alone.”Bookmark here

“You all should rest first and fill your stomachs with food, so that your minds will be calm,” Torou said.Bookmark here

In the afternoon, within the border barrier...Bookmark here

“We’re about to reach the destroyed wall,” the Rhino said.Bookmark here

“I can still detect their unmistakable scent,” the Wolfie said.Bookmark here

“All right, let’s hurry,” the Baramus said.Bookmark here

Meanwhile…Bookmark here

“Hey, Torou, I want to talk with you in private,” Julia said. She asked Torou to talk in a place some distance away.Bookmark here

“I’ve been wondering, why doesn’t Baramus remember my father’s death? Wasn’t he the one who killed my father?”Bookmark here

“It was not the Baramus you met yesterday, but the Baramus in the Central Monster Kingdom instead. He has a scar on his face because I almost killed him! After your father had passed out, I attacked him. However, due to the large number of the Rhinos and the Sharkins there, I chose to retreat and save you. I saw your father being taken away somewhere.”Bookmark here

“So you’ve managed to hurt him? Nice, now I’ll go to the Central Monster Kingdom.”Bookmark here

“You cannot go alone. You should go with your brother. I will come with you too, because Satyr is there!!”Bookmark here

In the afternoon, in the Sacred Hawk Kingdom...Bookmark here

“Look, King Shinra has returned, along with Roman,” the royal soldiers on top of the tower shouted.Bookmark here

“Just the two of them?” Kong asked, puzzled.Bookmark here

“Yo, Kong, how are you, my friend?” Roman greeted.Bookmark here

“Hey, Roman, things are good. Why is it just the two of you? What happened? Shinra, are you all right?”Bookmark here

“I’m all right, Kong. I want to rest,” Shinra said, walking away.Bookmark here

“It’s a long story, Kong, but don’t worry, Terry and the others are fine in the cave behind the waterfall.”Bookmark here

“Thank goodness. By the way, the Torto was not in his room!”Bookmark here

“The Torto is in that cave too, Kong. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you everything that happened.”Bookmark here

Roman started to tell the story as they entered the castle: arriving at where Baramus was, meeting Julia, breaking the border wall, and the one-eyed Sharkin’s attack on the cave behind the waterfall.Bookmark here

“Is it true that you have an older sister? Is she strong?”Bookmark here

“She’s strong, but because she’s a girl, I’m stronger than her,” Roman bragged.Bookmark here

“Yeah, right. Thank goodness, Roman, you still have a family.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, I don’t know whether to be happy or upset because I’ve survived alone for all these years.”Bookmark here

“Roman, it’s precisely because you’ve managed to survive on your own that you’re finally reunited with your sister.”Bookmark here

“I guess you’re right, Kong.”Bookmark here

“Anyhow, is it true that Shinra is Terry’s older brother?”Bookmark here

“Yes, that’s what I heard from Gregori.”Bookmark here

“I get it. Shinra must be feeling disappointed in him.”Bookmark here

In the afternoon, near the cave behind the waterfall...Bookmark here

“Someone is coming! I smelled monsters. It is the Baramus! He brought some monsters with him,” Torou said.Bookmark here

“Is that so? Nice, I don’t have to bother coming back to where they are. So they have chosen death,” Julia said.Bookmark here

Darma and Kenue stepped up to Julia.Bookmark here

“What are you doing?” Darma asked.Bookmark here

“You and The Quiet One, go back into the cave. The Baramus and some monsters are heading here. You two won’t be able to fight him!” Julia said.Bookmark here

“I want to fight them, too,” Darma said.Bookmark here

“I told you, you’ll get killed.”Bookmark here

“Do you really think that everyone is always weaker than you? Get off your high horse,” Kenue said.Bookmark here

“You don’t seem to like me, huh?” Julia said, clenching her fists.Bookmark here

“You’re a short-tempered person. On top of that, you can’t control your emotions. If you continue being like that, how can you possibly defeat a monster if you can’t even beat yourself?!”Bookmark here

Julia lunged at him, aiming her fist toward his face, but the unexpected happened.Bookmark here

Kenue managed to dodge her attack. He aimed his spear at her neck. However, she grabbed his spear with her other hand.Bookmark here

“I take back my words. You’re pretty fast, brat. You might be able to hold out a little against those monsters. Keep this in mind, if you feel you can’t do it, don’t push yourself and just run away, got it?”Bookmark here

Damn, she attacked while predicting my move, so she could catch my spear easily like that! She’s really great. “I understand. Okay.”Bookmark here

At last, the Baramus, three Rhinos, and ten Wolfies arrived.Bookmark here

“So this is where you are!! It’s finally time for me to get serious!!” the Baramus said.Bookmark here

“Is this all? You really are a stupid leader, Baramus. I have no interest in taking your life. I want to kill the Baramus of the Central Monster Kingdom. Scram, before I change my mind!!” Julia howled.Bookmark here

“Hey, Julia, you’re a feisty little one. What’s with the Baramus in the Central Monster Kingdom? I’m just as strong as him!! Don’t underestimate me!! Kill them all!!”Bookmark here

Three Rhinos and ten Wolfies sprinted toward Julia, Torou, Darma, and Kenue at once.Bookmark here

Kenue and Darma assumed an attack position. Julia was still silent, clenching her fists. Torou drew his sword.Bookmark here

One of the Wolfies jumped toward Julia. With his long claws, he swung at her neck. She punched him hard. He was sent flying, hitting one of the other Wolfies. Instantly, they passed out.Bookmark here

“You Wolfies had better not get in our way!!”Bookmark here

Darma stared in mute amazement. What an incredible power.Bookmark here

Torou slowly began to wound his way toward some Wolfies, twirling his sword. He then quickly zigzagged toward them. He dispatched three Wolfies swiftly.Bookmark here

Kenue advanced and managed to knock a Wolfie down. However, he was caught off guard. A Wolfie came from the side, jumping at him, but Darma quickly shot his head.Bookmark here

Seven Wolfies had fallen. Then, the three Rhino halted their attacks.Bookmark here

“Why did you stop?!” the Baramus snapped.Bookmark here

“Our apologies, Baramus, if we attack them, we’ll die,” one of the Rhinos said.Bookmark here

The remaining three Wolfies got beaten up by Julia.Bookmark here

The Baramus sprang at Kenue and swung at him.Bookmark here

“Die, brat!!”Bookmark here

Kenue moved to block the blow with his spear, but he was flung away instantly.Bookmark here

Darma walked up to Kenue. Furious, he pierced through the Baramus with an icy look. He fired his arrow at the Baramus, who then sprinted and dodged it. Then, the Baramus swung his big axe at Darma and Kenue.Bookmark here

Torou swiftly parried it with his sword. Due to the Baramus’ sheer power, Torou doubled over before him. The Baramus kicked Torou so hard that he was hurled far away.Bookmark here

“What’s the matter, Rat Monster? You think you’re strong, huh?!”Bookmark here

Julia came up to him and punched sideways, hitting him right in the face. He was thrown far away.Bookmark here

“Tch. Your opponent is me, you stupid monster.”Bookmark here

Three Rhinos attacked her at once, but she defeated them with just one hit each.Bookmark here

The Baramus hopped and struck her right in the stomach. She was sent flying, slamming against the cave wall.Bookmark here

He walked up to her and swung his big axe.Bookmark here

“I’ve got you now!! Die!!”Bookmark here

An arrow shot out from inside the cave, piercing his right eye.Bookmark here

“Bastard!!”Bookmark here

Terry stood at the mouth of the cave. His attack had missed because her arrow obstructed his vision.Bookmark here

Julia took the opportunity. She got up and pummeled his body so hard that he vomited blood.Bookmark here

“This is for my dad!! This is for my brother!! And this is for my fellow villagers!!”Bookmark here

He was thrown about violently, then sank to his knees in front of her.Bookmark here

She walked toward him.Bookmark here

“You should’ve just kneeled before me from the start, so I wouldn’t have bothered to beat you up!!”Bookmark here

He took his weapon and swung it at her, but she was able to dodge it by jumping backward. Then, he turned on his heel and ran away.Bookmark here

“I’m going after him!”Bookmark here

“Do not chase after him, Julia, just let him go. We have to treat our wounds first,” Torou said.Bookmark here

Meanwhile, in the Sacred Hawk Kingdom...Bookmark here

“Five Sharkins are heading this way!!” the royal soldiers who were on top of the tower hollered.Bookmark here

“The Sharkins? I’ll beat them up,” Roman said, walking out of the castle.Bookmark here

“I’ll go with you, Roman,” Kong said.Bookmark here

Roman and Kong blocked the five Sharkins.Bookmark here

“Hey, you guys are stupid, huh? What were you sent here for? You’d better go home now, before I finish you all off!” Roman said.Bookmark here

“You’re the one who killed a Sharkin inside the border barrier, right?! I’ll kill you here!!” one of the Sharkins said, rushing toward Roman.Bookmark here

Suddenly, his neck was cut. Shinra arrived, wearing his armor.Bookmark here

“I’m the one!!”Bookmark here

“You’re so cool, Shinra!” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Now, let’s finish them off and head back to the cave behind the waterfall,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“I’m glad to see you two are doing well. All right, I’ll fight too,” Kong said.Bookmark here

Four Sharkins to go. Shinra, Roman, and Kong finished them off with ease.Bookmark here

“So, is that all they’ve got?” Roman wondered, fiddling with the jaws of a dead Sharkin.Bookmark here

“Roman, get on my horse, quick. We’re going back to the cave,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Okay. We’re off. Kong, give my regards to the others. Please take care of this kingdom, okay?” Roman said, giving Kong a smile.Bookmark here

“Will do! You two, take good care of yourselves. Give my regards to Darma and the others.”Bookmark here

Then, Shinra and Roman returned to the cave.Bookmark here

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