Chapter 21:

A New Beginning

Tears of Wars: The Heroes are Born

In the Sacred Hawk Kingdom...Bookmark here

“Have you seen Roman? I heard he’s awake,” Shinra asked.Bookmark here

“I’m going out for a bit.” Julia walked away from him.Bookmark here

“Can I go with you? I also happen to want to go for a walk.”Bookmark here

“Why do you have to ask my permission?”Bookmark here

“You’re right.”Bookmark here

The two of them exited the castle, chatting along the way.Bookmark here

“Why did you never come back?” she asked.Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“You said you would come back and train with my dad. I waited for you, but you never came.”Bookmark here

“Forgive me. The Sacred Hawk Kingdom was attacked by monsters while I was training with you at that time. My mother was killed in the attack. After that, the Rhino and the others forbade us to go far from the castle. I didn’t know who to ask for help. If I hadn’t gone to train at that time, I might’ve been able to see Mother one last time. However, if I hadn’t gone back then, I would’ve never met you.”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry, I didn’t know that happened.”Bookmark here

“It’s okay, Julia. I’m glad you and Roman are doing well.” He gave her a reassuring smile.Bookmark here

“So am I,” she said, walking ahead of him.Bookmark here

Before they came out of the castle gate, Kong approached them. “Hey, Shinra, the food is ready. They’re all waiting for you and um, this girl.”Bookmark here

“She’s Roman’s older sister. Her name is Julia.”Bookmark here

“Pleased to meet you, Julia. My name is Kong.”Bookmark here

“Hi, Kong. I’m Julia.”Bookmark here

“All right, Julia. Looks like our walk is over.”Bookmark here

“What? Are we on a walk?” She then made a beeline for the dining hall.Bookmark here

Huh? Her behavior changed completely. She was so gentle just before Kong came…Bookmark here

“Shinra, what are you doing?” Kong asked.Bookmark here

They all were going to eat together. Shinra followed into the dining hall.Bookmark here

“All right, the host has come. Bon appétit.” Roman promptly took some fruits and eat them.Bookmark here

“You really are a disgrace, Roman,” Kenue said, facepalmed.Bookmark here

“Nom… Nom… I, nom… was asleep for a few days. It makes me really hungry. Nom…”Bookmark here

“All right, bon appétit,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

Life on Earth had returned to normal. The villagers returned to their villages. The remaining monsters were no longer harming humans. Before that, they were causing trouble because they were ordered by Satyr. If they did not do so, they would be killed. After Satyr died, they all felt free and relieved. They even helped the villagers repair the houses that were destroyed in their previous raids.Bookmark here

“Shinra, can we continue to live peacefully like this?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

The Torto answered, “I’m not sure. Most likely, monsters from Zhargun would be suspicious since there was no news from Satyr because he was the link between the Earth and Zhargun. Hopefully they don’t send an army to Earth.”Bookmark here

“So you’re saying it’s possible that they could send monsters to Earth? Then what will happen if they find out that Satyr is dead?” Darma asked.Bookmark here

“That means the war 1,000 years ago will be repeated again!” Torou said, interrupting their conversation.Bookmark here

Suddenly, it became quiet. They were thinking about what to do if that were to happen.Bookmark here

“We will continue to fight against monsters forever, then?” Terry asked.Bookmark here

“Isn’t it easy? Just beat up those who try to harm our Earth!” Roman replied.Bookmark here

“It’s not that easy because Zhargun’s weakest soldiers are more or less on par with Satyr,” the Torto said.Bookmark here

“How come? Isn’t he a very powerful monster?” Kenue asked.Bookmark here

“Well, let me explain it to you. We monsters were sent to Earth because the human is the weakest race in this galaxy. We are weak. There are many monsters much stronger than us in Zhargun. The big guns in Zhargun decided to send Firouza and Satyr to be the leaders on Earth because they believed that humans couldn’t possibly defeat the two of them. Despite that, they aren’t that strong compared to Zhargun’s elite soldiers. It’s just that they have the blood of a monster prince, so they have a slightly stronger power due to their bloodlines.”Bookmark here

“Wow, that’s a very long story,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Then, how do we deal with monsters that will come later?” Darma asked.Bookmark here

“The answer: nothing!” the Torto answered.Bookmark here

A few hours later, Shinra approached Torou who was at the training ground inside the castle.Bookmark here

“Sensei, thank you for your help.” Shinra bowed.Bookmark here

“No need to thank me, Shinra. It was all thanks to you, Roman, and the others,” Torou replied.Bookmark here

Roman walked over to them. “Hey, Mr. Rat, can I have the pill you made that time? It was very useful against Satyr. If you have it, give me some. I want to beat my sister.”Bookmark here

“Very well, I will make it for you later, Roman.”Bookmark here

“What do you want?? Hah?” Julia asked from behind Roman.Bookmark here

“Nothing really. I just want... a massage. Yes, that’s right, I want to be massaged by Mr. Rat. He said he’s good at massaging,” Roman replied nervously.Bookmark here

Two years later...Bookmark here

Smack… Thwack… Thump… Bookmark here

“Keep going!! You guys are too slow! At this rate, you would’ve already been defeated by your opponent!” Kenue shouted. He was teaching his students.Bookmark here

He opened a martial arts school specializing in spears. He continued to train hard to keep his body strong, unlike his brother. Darma was married to Terry and they had a son.Bookmark here

Darma came to Kenue’s dojo. “Look, Uncle Ken is training. Do you want to join the training, too?” he said, talking to his son who was being carried.Bookmark here

“Hey, I was just thinking about going over to your place,” Kenue said.Bookmark here

“Don’t worry, Kenue. I know you must be busy. I don’t mind coming here with Terry and little Brahma.”Bookmark here

“Thanks, Big Bro.”Bookmark here

“Hey, Kenue. I brought this.” Terry threw an apple at Kenue.Bookmark here

“Thanks, Terry. Apples, huh? I remember that I almost killed Roman out of revenge against the one-eyed Sharkin. We went our separate ways, huh?”Bookmark here

“That’s true. Today Roman and Julia will go to the town to live with their uncle,” Darma said.Bookmark here

“That’s why we came here to take you to Shinra’s place. They’re leaving this afternoon,” Terry added.Bookmark here

“Okay, I’ll get ready.”Bookmark here

A few days ago, in the Sacred Hawk Kingdom...Bookmark here

“Excuse me. Do Roman and Julia live here?” a man asked.Bookmark here

“Who are you?” a royal soldier who was on guard asked.Bookmark here

Kong walked up to the man. “You’re looking for Roman? If I may ask, who are you?”Bookmark here

“My name is Goro. Goro Derose. I’m Roman and Julia’s mother’s older brother.”Bookmark here

“So you’re Roman’s uncle, right? All right, come with me.”Bookmark here

Goro was invited into the castle.Bookmark here

“Hey, Roman, someone wants to see you,” Kong said.Bookmark here

“Huh? Who is it?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“I’m Goro Derose. I’m Lyra’s older brother.”Bookmark here

“Uncle Goro? Don’t you live in the town? Why did you come all the way here?” Julia asked, making her way to him.Bookmark here

“I heard that the Monster Kingdom has been defeated. I wondered who managed to defeat the monsters. Some people said that the ones who defeated Satyr were the Sacred Hawk Kingdom soldiers. I thought maybe you guys were in the kingdom, so I decided to come here. I’m sorry for only being able to come now.”Bookmark here

Goro handed over several thick books on Lyra’s Inner Power.Bookmark here

“What are these?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“They’re on your mother’s Inner Power. I think you’re more deserving of this book.”Bookmark here

“So you’ve been learning from them all this time?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“No, it was your mother who wrote them. The Derose family’s Inner Power are all written down in here.”Bookmark here

“What’s so great about Inner Power?”Bookmark here

“Watch your mouth, Roman! Mom’s Inner Power is able to speed up recovery. Even wounds and fractures can be completely healed using this technique.”Bookmark here

“Really? How come?”Bookmark here

“Let me show you, Roman.Bookmark here

Goro cut his hand with a knife.Bookmark here

“Hey hey, what do you think you’re doing?” Roman asked incredulously.Bookmark here

The wound healed in less than a minute.Bookmark here

“You see? If Lyra were to use her Inner Power, it’d heal in less than ten seconds.”Bookmark here

“Wow, that’s great. I want to master that technique, too. That’d be cool..”Bookmark here

“What are you talking about, idiot? You’ve used Mom’s Inner Power several times against Satyr. Just think, why were you able to keep fighting him back then?”Bookmark here

“Isn’t that due to Mr. Rat’s pill?”Bookmark here

“What? Torou only gave you an energy-boosting supplement.”Bookmark here

“Is it true that Roman is able to use Inner Power?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, but I don’t think he used it on purpose.”Bookmark here

So the wounds on my body healed quickly because of Mom’s Inner Power?Bookmark here

“Anyhow, what are you doing here, Uncle Goro? I guess there’s no way you only wanted to give us these books, right?” Julia asked.Bookmark here

“I want to invite you and Roman to live with me in the town. I opened a tavern there. But if you don’t want to, I won’t force you.”Bookmark here

“Okay, I’ll go with you,” Roman replied excitedly.Bookmark here

“What about Shinra? Aren’t you two inseparable friends? You want to leave your friend here?”Bookmark here

“Huh? He’d be fine without me. Right, Shinra?”Bookmark here

“Of course. Do I look that weak without him?”Bookmark here

“I bet you’re the one who doesn’t want to be away from him. That’s why you said that. Just admit it,” Roman teased Julia.Bookmark here

Julia’s face turned red. She gave Roman a good whack with her fist. “Take this!! You idiot. I want to go to the town, too. It’s boring here!”Bookmark here

Julia went to her room.Bookmark here

“Damn. It really hurts!! You’ll pay for this!” A large bruise was forming on Roman’s face.Bookmark here

“You started it, Roman,” Shinra said, rolling his eyes.Bookmark here

“So when are you guys coming to my place? I have a little business in the village nearby. What if I come here to pick you up in three days?”Bookmark here

“Okay, Uncle. We’ll be waiting for you.”Bookmark here

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

Shinra entered Julia’s room. “Um, have you prepared all your things? Don’t forget anything.”Bookmark here

“I’m not a ten year old kid. I won’t forget any of my belongings.”Bookmark here

“Okay.”Bookmark here

“Will you come to our uncle’s tavern someday?”Bookmark here

“Certainly! I’ll be there often. I can leave all matters in the castle to the Torto and Kong. I can also come whenever you want,” Shinra answered quickly.Bookmark here

Julia laughed. “You’re so funny. Sometimes I see a very strong figure in you, but sometimes I see a child instead.”Bookmark here

Wow... Her smile is so lovely. She’s so beautiful when she laughs...Bookmark here

“Hey, what are you looking at? You pervert!” Julia walked toward the main hall.Bookmark here

“Oh no, I’m just surprised. I’ve never seen you smile,” Shinra said, following her.Bookmark here

Not long after that, Darma, Terry, and Kenue came. They chatted before Julia and Roman had to go.Bookmark here

“Hey, Roman,” Kenue greeted, holding out his fists.Bookmark here

“Yo, Kenue!” Roman bumped their fists together.Bookmark here

“You have everything ready, Roman?” Terry asked.Bookmark here

“Yeah, I just need these books.” Roman was delighted to get his mother’s book.Bookmark here

“What are those, Roman? You seem very happy,” Darma asked.Bookmark here

“These are the greatest books in the world. It’s my mom’s! It’s written in full on how to control her Inner Power.”Bookmark here

“I see,” Darma said.Bookmark here

“Hey, little Brahma, when you grow up, Uncle Roman will teach you Inner Power, okay? So that you’ll become a great person!” Bookmark here

Not long after that, Goro came with his horse-drawn carriage to pick up Julia and Roman.Bookmark here

“Hey, are you two ready?” he asked.Bookmark here

“You bet!” Roman said excitedly.Bookmark here

“I’m ready!” Julia answered coldly.Bookmark here

“All right, let’s go. Our journey will last approximately five days. We’d better go now,” Goro said.Bookmark here

“Okay, see you later. Don’t forget to come to the town and stop by my uncle’s tavern,” Roman said, waving his hand.Bookmark here

“See you later, Roman!” Darma said.Bookmark here

“Don’t forget to write a letter when you get there,” Terry said.Bookmark here

Julia just sat quietly, looking once at Shinra. Then the horse-drawn carriage left.Bookmark here

“Take care, Roman!!” Kenue shouted.Bookmark here

Shinra was at a loss for words.Bookmark here

Torou entered the castle and walked over to Shinra.Bookmark here

“This is for you. You look so forlorn. I did not have the heart, so I asked for the address of Goro’s tavern,” he said, handing Shinra a piece of paper containing the tavern’s address.Bookmark here

“Torou-sensei, thank you very much!” Shinra said, his face lit up.Bookmark here

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