Tears of Wars: The Heroes are Born
The next morning...
“You look a little different,” Torou said to Julia.
“I’ve always been like this. So what?”
“You seem calmer now. I know, you must be relieved after seeing your brother, right? After all, Roman has grown strong now.”
“No, he’s still very weak, but I was shocked. When I hit him, it felt like I was hitting something so heavy and hard. Indeed, compared to the Baramus’ body, his was still weaker. However, he’s very strong for his size.”
“Is that so? In that case, good.” That means that my decision to give him the map of the Central Monster Kingdom was not wrong.
“We are going to the most dangerous place! That is where the Baramus and Satyr are! No matter what happens, never push yourself,” he said.
“You should worry about yourself first.”
“Where’s Shinra?” Roman asked.
“He had returned to his kingdom for a while. He’ll be back soon,” Darma answered.
“Huh? Aren’t we leaving at dawn? It’s morning already.”
“Shinra said ‘You don’t have to wake him up. I’m going back to get something to speed up our journey.’”
What was he going to do?
A few moments later, Shinra turned up, bringing some horses with him.
“I brought the fastest animal on Earth.”
“Woohoo… We can get there faster than my sister. We’ll see. She’ll pay for it.”
“So, is this something you said earlier? Fantastic!” Kenue said excitedly.
The Torto woke up and said, “Are you all ready to go?”
“Torto, how have you been? Don’t worry, we’ll work this out. When it’s over, we’ll live peacefully just like before.”
“Very well, thank you kindly, King Shinra. I hope you all will be all right. Keep in mind, the Satyr is very strong. Even The Baramus could not hold a candle to him. Beware.”
“Don’t worry, Torto, I’ll kick his ass later,” Roman said.
“We will. Thank you, Torto,” Darma said.
They set off at noon for the Central Monster Kingdom.
A few days later, in the Central Monster Kingdom...
“Summon all the Rhinos, Sharkins, and Wolfies!!” the Baramus hollered.
A few moments later, the monsters showed up.
“You guys go to the border barrier and wait for them to come. I suppose they’ll arrive soon. Six Rhinos and ten Sharkins to stand guard at the main gate. Twenty Wolfies to guard around the border wall.”
“Understood!!” they answered in unison.
The next morning...
“If we keep going north, we will reach the border barrier tomorrow,” Torou said.
“Hey, Torou, do you think the two of us are enough to defeat Satyr?” Julia asked.
“To be honest, neither of us will win against him. However, if Roman, Shinra and the others came, maybe we could fight on equal ground.”
“Hm... No way. They aren’t strong enough. In fact, they might die fighting a Baramus!”
“You underestimate my student and your own brother.”
Two days ago...
“Why won’t my horse run? You gave me a lousy one,” Roman whined.
“You chose your own horse,” Kenue said.
“I thought he’d be fast because he was big!”
“It’s okay. At least by riding horses, we can conserve our energy and stamina,” Shinra said.
“That’s right, we’re more relaxed this way,” Darma added.
“We should’ve been able to arrive ahead of my sister. At this rate, she would’ve already defeated the Baramus and Satyr! I’d like to fight them, though!” Roman continued to grumble.
Shinra continued to follow the path indicated by Torou on the map.
The next afternoon...
“Finally, we’ve arrived at the border barrier. You saw them, right, Torou?” Julia said.
“Yes, we will wait until nightfall. The Wolfies have poor eyesight. I have an idea.”
“Hey, do you smell something weird?” one Wolfie said.
“Yeah, I sniffed oil and something burning,” the other Wolfie replied.
“Hey, what are you doing?!” one of the Sharkins shouted downstairs.
“We smelled something burning, but we couldn’t see clearly where it was. But we can smell it from the south of this wall.”
“Rhino, the Wolfies smell something burning. Are they here yet?” the Sharkin said.
“You go check with three Sharkins and two Wolfies,” the Rhino said.
Four Sharkins and two Wolfies went toward the burning smell. However, while on their way there, the Sharkins detected blood from several locations.
“We smell blood! It’s coming from several places!! What’s this?! It’s some Wolfies’ blood!!”
“Are there any injured Wolfies around here?” one of the Wolfies asked.
“Beats me. Come, follow me. Let’s go,” one of the Sharkins said.
It turned out that Torou and Julia were lying in ambush. They took the blood of the Wolfies who died near the cave and splattered the ground with it.
Sure enough, the Sharkins, having a very keen sense of blood, came to the direction the smell of blood was coming from.
“Why, hello there, Sharkin and Wolfie~ My name is Julia. Lovely to meet you~”
Bewildered, the Sharkins and the Wolfies poised to attack her. However, Torou swiftly cut them down from behind.
The four Sharkins and the two Wolfies died.
The smell of blood concealed Torou’s scent who was hiding.
“That was an awesome idea, Torou. Now, it’s my turn.”
Julia covered her body with the blood of the dead Sharkins. She then told Torou to do something else before heading straight for the front gate alone.
“Why, hello there, Rhino and Sharkin~ I’m Julia. Lovely to meet you~”
“So the smell of blood is coming from your body, huh? I’ll kill you!!” one of the Sharkins said.
Six Rhinos and six Sharkins charged forward at her simultaneously. She was standing still, clenching her fists.
One of the Sharkins sprang forward and bit at her. She dodged it with ease, then she punched him hard.
He was blown away and his ribs were crushed.
Instantly, they paused their attack. However, one of the Rhinos swung his mace at her. She held it with one hand and hit him hard in the stomach. He immediately stooped down and could not stand up anymore.
“Hey, you Wolfies!! Quick, send a message to the Baramus!!” the Rhino shouted to all the Wolfies stationed on the wall.
“Bastard!!” one of the Rhinos shouted and attacked her.
Julia ducked out of the way and slugged him in the face. However, one of the Rhinos jumped from the side and hit her hand hard with his mace. She sustained an injury to her right hand.
Another Rhino came and hit her in the stomach with his mace. She was thrown away with a fairly severe injury. Seeing that, the Sharkins immediately attacked her.
Damn, too many monsters. As expected, this would be a little difficult.
“It’s over!! Now all your efforts will go in vain!!” one of the Sharkins said.
“That’s what you get if you dare to fight us alone!!” one of the Rhinos said.
He swung his mace at her and at the same time the Sharkins attacked her with their bites. She tried to block with both hands.
“Yahoo… My horse can run fast. Hyah! My signature kick!!” Roman shouted. He jumped at the monsters, performing his spinning kick.
Darma and Terry fired some arrows, killing two Sharkins.
Shinra rescued Julia. He took her in his arms and backed away from the monsters.
The six Rhinos and the six Sharkins were defeated by Roman and the others.
“Yeehaw... We’re not too late, apparently,” Roman bellowed happily.
“Why are you here?!” Julia snapped.
“We came to help you, Julia. You can rely on us from time to time. You’re my best friend’s older sister, that means you’re also my best friend,” Shinra said, grinning.
“I can fight them on my own. Now put me down!!” Julia yelled with reddened face.
“Okay,” Shinra said, lowering her from his arms.
“Sis, I know you’re angry about what the monsters did to Dad. But, one thing you need to know. Satria is not your dad only!! He’s my dad, too!! So I have to help you!!” Roman said.
Torou came over to them. “Goodness, I could not kill the last Wolfie. He most likely has already reported to the Baramus and Satyr.”
“Where have you been, Torou? Why did you leave my sister alone?”
“It was her idea to be the decoy, and then I was ordered to beat all the Wolfies on the wall. Before I had finished killing them, the Rhino had given orders to the Wolfies.”
“How did you know your way here?” Julia asked.
Shinra lied, “The Sacred Hawk Kingdom and the Monster Kingdom were friends for a while.”
Roman cut him off. “He said Torou gave him a map of the Central Monster Kingdom.”
“I knew it. No wonder he wasn’t surprised to see you here!” Julia said, looking at Torou.
“If we are together, it is likely that we can win against Satyr,” Torou said.
“Julia, I brought you some medicine to treat your wound,” Terry said.
“All right! Now, let’s go to Satyr’s castle!” Roman exclaimed.
Meanwhile, in the Central Monster Kingdom...
“Baramus, they have come. All the monsters on the border barrier had been wiped out. Only I survived,” the Wolfie said.
“Damn it!! Now summon all the remaining monster army!!” the Baramus snapped.
The Baramus had ordered the monsters to attack Julia and the others. The big battle was inevitable. Thirty Tortos, eighty Wolfies, and 200 Crocos were to become their opponents.
Within the border barrier, the monster army was waiting for Roman and the others.