Chapter 23:

Good News and Bad News

Tears of Wars: The Heroes are Born

“Roman, can you help me?” Goro called from outside the tavern.Bookmark here

“I’m coming, Uncle.” Roman ran out of the tavern, followed by Shinra. He helped bring in the things his uncle brought.Bookmark here

“Oh, sorry. I didn’t know there was a guest.”Bookmark here

“It’s okay, Uncle.”Bookmark here

“If I’m not mistaken, you’re King Shinra, right?”Bookmark here

“Just call me Shinra.”Bookmark here

“By the way, why did you come all the way here?” Goro asked.Bookmark here

“I and Torou-sensei found Satyr’s aircraft. We want to find out if it’s usable or not. I’ll follow him to Satyr’s castle.” Bookmark here

Julia cut him off. “Eat first before you go,” she said, preparing food for him.Bookmark here

“Thank you, Julia. Okay, I’ll eat.” Shinra entered the tavern, waiting for the food.Bookmark here

“Sis, I want to eat, too!”Bookmark here

Inside Satyr’s castle...Bookmark here

“Weird. I have checked many times, but I cannot find any means of communication with Zhargun. So, how did Satyr do it all this time?” Torou checked every room in the castle. Not wanting to miss anything, he double-checked it.Bookmark here

A few hours later...Bookmark here

Shinra and Roman arrived.Bookmark here

“Shinra, do you think monsters will attack the Earth?”Bookmark here

“I think that’s just an assumption. I wish there were no more battles between humans and monsters.”Bookmark here

“But can the monsters understand? The Torto said that Zhargun’s elite soldiers are strong. What if they come here and attack the Earth?”Bookmark here

“If that happens, there’s only one way out, right? We have to fight again!”Bookmark here

“Yes, sure. However, I haven’t finished reading the books written by my mother yet. Hopefully, they will come after I finish the books.”Bookmark here

“Good luck, Roman.”Bookmark here

The two of them checked several rooms in the castle. They also could not find any means of communication between Satyr and Zhargun.Bookmark here

“Shinra, what do you think Satyr used to communicate with his planet? Or could it be that he himself went to Zhargun using that aircraft? But he was never seen by humans, right? Even the monsters rarely saw him.”Bookmark here

“Wait! I think I know how he boarded that aircraft without being seen!” Shinra immediately ran to find a way to the dungeon.Bookmark here

They found a dungeon behind the castle. Shinra and Roman meet Torou there.Bookmark here

They walked through an underground passage for several hours. Finally, they arrived at a room. Above it was an exit. They checked every nook and cranny.Bookmark here

“Looks like Satyr came this way if he wanted to board the aircraft,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“You are right. I found this.” Torou showed a strange object shaped like an arrowhead.Bookmark here

“What is that, Mr. Rat?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“This is most likely the aircraft’s key. Let us give it a try,” Torou said.Bookmark here

They came out through that door. It turned out that the three of them were already outside the border barrier. They could see the aircraft from there.Bookmark here

“Wow, that’s the aircraft? Awesome! I want to fly in it.” Roman approached the aircraft and hugged it.Bookmark here

Whoosh...Bookmark here

The door opened after Torou put the key on it. The three of them looked into the aircraft and looked for what might be a means of communication with Zhargun.Bookmark here

“There are so many buttons. Should we try them one by one?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“Do not! Let me look at them.” Torou checked the aircraft.Bookmark here

“It looks like this only has one destination. It’s written there.” Shinra pointed to the ceiling.Bookmark here

“Earth-Zhargun,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“It’s very likely this uses auto pilot mode. Anyone can use this,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“It seems so. Okay. Since it is getting late, we should head back to the town first. We had better rest for now,” Torou suggested.Bookmark here

After they left the aircraft, there was a voice.Bookmark here

“Hey, Satyr, your voice is not clear. Can you repeat? What do you want to talk about?” Tormentor asked.Bookmark here

“Weird! I heard some voices there. Who was Satyr talking to on the aircraft? Something smells fishy!” He had overheard Shinra, Torou, and Roman talking.Bookmark here

The aircraft was only used by Satyr. The monsters on Earth were not aware of its existence.Bookmark here

A few hours later, the three of them arrived at Goro’s tavern.Bookmark here

“Where have you been? I followed you into Satyr’s castle, but I didn’t see you there!” Julia said.Bookmark here

“Actually, we found an underground passage. Behind the castle, there’s a room leading to it. If we follow it, we can enter Satyr’s aircraft. We’ve found the aircraft’s key, but we haven’t found a way to communicate with the Zhargun,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“The key is with me now,” Torou said, showing it to Julia.Bookmark here

“Looks like tonight we’re going to trouble you and Roman,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“What do you want to do?” Roman asked, confused.Bookmark here

“I mean, can Torou-sensei and I stay here for the night?”Bookmark here

“There are only two rooms here. The first room is my uncle’s and the second room is mine. Roman sleeps in the shop.”Bookmark here

“Yes, that’s right. Come sleep in the shop with me. I usually sleep alone with no one to accompany me.”Bookmark here

“It’s okay, I can sleep with him. Thanks, Julia.”Bookmark here

“No problem.”Bookmark here

The next morning...Bookmark here

“Hey, Shinra, are you going to that aircraft again today?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“Yeah, Torou-sensei and I will go there to check one more time.”Bookmark here

“I want to come, too,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Roman! You take care of the tavern. I’m going to go grocery shopping,” Julia said.Bookmark here

“Ah, all right.”Bookmark here

“Then, we’ll get going. Thank you, Uncle Goro!” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Thank you for your hospitality and generosity,” Torou said.Bookmark here

“My pleasure. You can come back whenever you want.”Bookmark here

“Julia, after going to Satyr’s castle, I’ll go back to my castle right away. Thanks,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Sure. It’s my job to serve guests. Take care,” Julia answered with flushed cheeks.Bookmark here

Shinra and Torou returned to the aircraft. They saw a Rhino nearby.Bookmark here

“What are you doing there?” Shinra asked.Bookmark here

“Hey, Shinra, I heard someone calling out Satyr’s name from inside,” the Rhino replied.Bookmark here

“Is that true?” Torou approached it and opened the door.Bookmark here

“Hey, Satyr, answer me, you bastard!! I’ve called you hundreds of times!! If you don’t answer, I’ll come to Earth to crush your head!” Tormentor snapped.Bookmark here

“Shh… It turns out that this aircraft is Satyr’s communication tool with Zhargun,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“I have an idea. Rhino, you do the talking. Just pretend. Ask them what they would like to say to Satyr. Just say that he told you to answer the call,” Torou said.Bookmark here

“Is it okay?” the Rhino asked doubtfully.Bookmark here

“Just give it a shot. It’ll become a problem if I answer it,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Ahem, I’m Rhino. Sorry, who am I speaking to?”Bookmark here

“Finally someone answered my call! Hey, Rhino! Why is it you instead of him? Where’s that Satyr bastard?!” Tormentor snapped.Bookmark here

“Um, he said he’s tired of hearing your ramblings, so he told me to answer the call. He said “If you want to say something, just tell the Rhino”. I’ll tell him later.”Bookmark here

“Damn it! Tell him: the monster leader election has been brought forward by one year. Tell him not to be late!!”Bookmark here

“Okay.”Bookmark here

After hearing that, the three of them got out of the aircraft and thought about what they would do.Bookmark here

“I wonder when the election will be held.” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“The election is held every 500 years. Wait a second. If I do the math, it means that it’ll take place in less than three years from now,” Rhino said.Bookmark here

“If it has been pushed forward by one year, it is less than two years away! If Satyr does not come, they will come to Earth!” Torou said.Bookmark here

“Then, we still have about two years left!” Shinra said.Bookmark here

The Rhino immediately shared the news to the surviving monsters to prepare for an attack from Zhargun.Bookmark here

Shinra and Torou immediately left to tell everyone to prepare for what was to come.Bookmark here

“We have an advantage because we know when they’re coming!” Shinra said.Bookmark here

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