Chapter 24:

The Lost Memory

Tears of Wars: The Heroes are Born

On Zhargun...Bookmark here

“Lord Vladmir, I have already informed Satyr that the monster leader election has been brought forward by one year.”Bookmark here

“What’s the answer?”Bookmark here

“He will come on time.”Bookmark here

“Tormentor, there’s something amiss with your story. The Satyr I know wouldn’t say things like that.”Bookmark here

“Actually, it wasn’t he who answered, but a Rhino. He said he would pass it on to Satyr.”Bookmark here

“How come? It has always been Satyr.”Bookmark here

“I heard voices there. I thought it must have been his voice. The Rhino said Satyr was tired of hearing my voice. Damn him!”Bookmark here

“It smells fishy, but okay, we’ll just wait.”Bookmark here

One of Zhargun’s elite soldiers came. “Lord Vladmir, I would like to report. We cannot conquer Mars yet. There was a very powerful being there named Quiva. Darktiza has severe injuries all over her body,” Ghoul said.Bookmark here

“She was defeated? How amusing,” Vladmir said.Bookmark here

“We had immediately fetched her.”Bookmark here

“Okay. Tormentor, can you resolve it for me?”Bookmark here

“Yes, Milord. I am going over there right away. Would you like to come along, Milord?”Bookmark here

“If I go, I’ll destroy Mars right away! Did you just insult me, Tormentor?!” Vladmir walked up to Tormentor.Bookmark here

“My utmost apologies, Milord. That was not what I meant. I just want you to watch me beat Quiva later. I just want you to give me some credit.”Bookmark here

“You want me to? I know you can kill her. Tell you what, I’ll give you a challenge. Bring her here alive! If you succeed, I will give you some credit!”Bookmark here

“Yes, Milord.”Bookmark here

A year and a half later...Bookmark here

“Just a few months left!! Don’t be lazy! We have to get stronger. We will speak kindly to their envoys, but we must prepare for the worst!” Torou said.Bookmark here

“It seems that Mr. Rat is fit to be a coach,” Roman said.Bookmark here

“Of course, I learned from him,” Shinra said proudly.Bookmark here

“How can you two still relax like this? You think this is a joke? Hurry up and train!” Julia said.Bookmark here

Shinra and Roman trained together. “Hey, Shinra, you said you used to train with my sister when you were little. Has she always been this short-tempered?”Bookmark here

“She’s the quietest and the shyest girl I’ve ever met. Maybe it was the responsibility as a big sister that changed her.”Bookmark here

A little while later, Kenue came. “Hey, Roman and Shinra.”Bookmark here

“Yo, Kenue. Why did you come alone? Where are Darma and Terry?” Roman asked.Bookmark here

“That’s what I want to tell you. Apparently, they just want to spend their time as a happy little family. He also apologized for not being able to join.”Bookmark here

Darma and Terry stopped training out of the blue because they wanted to focus on their family with their child.Bookmark here

“So they don’t think of us as family anymore?” Roman asked, aggravated.Bookmark here

“Leave them be, Roman. We’ll know what it’s like when we have our own little family someday,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“We are family!!” Roman said. Deeply disappointed, he left Shinra and Kenue.Bookmark here

“All right, now it’s just you and me,” Kenue said.Bookmark here

“He must be very disappointed since he was the one who put in the most effort against monsters. Let’s just leave him alone for a while,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Hey, Roman, where do you think you’re going?! You should be training. Answer me, Roman! Otherwise, I’ll really beat you up!”Bookmark here

Julia strode over to Roman.Bookmark here

He stopped and looked at her with a piercing gaze. Shocked, she fell silent. He then made his way toward the forest.Bookmark here

She fell into a hunched position after he walked away.Bookmark here

“Julia! Are you okay?” Shinra shouted, walking over to her.Bookmark here

“Those eyes! Just like Dad’s eyes! I remember when he was angry. The look in his eyes was so terrifying it could petrify you!”Bookmark here

“Okay, I’ll talk to him.”Bookmark here

“Don’t! He can’t control himself. It’ll be bad for you!” She held his hand and did not let him go.Bookmark here

“What happened?” Kenue came over.Bookmark here

“Apparently, Roman went out of control after hearing your story about Darma and Terry earlier,” Shinra said.Bookmark here

“Okay, I’ll go after him. I know the feeling all too well. It’s my turn to help him now.”Bookmark here

Kenue went after Roman.Bookmark here

“Don’t!! Come back here, Kenue!!” Julia shouted.Bookmark here

“It’s okay, I’ll be fine.” Kenue entered the forest.Bookmark here

“Tell me, Julia, what was the worst thing your father did when he was angry?”Bookmark here

“His power is unimaginable! He could destroy anything in his path. Roman’s eyes look a lot like Dad’s!”Bookmark here

“If that’s the case, we have to help Kenue! You have to be brave, Julia. I’m always with you. Let’s go after him!”Bookmark here

“Okay, but the two of us won’t be enough. Bring Torou and the others along. This will be very difficult!”Bookmark here

Shinra told Torou and the others that Roman went berserk. Roman misunderstood. He felt like he was not considered family by Darma and Terry.Bookmark here

“Is it really that bad, Julia?” Torou asked.Bookmark here

“Torou, you know what it was like when Dad got angry, right?!”Bookmark here

“I have never seen it in person, but Lyra told me once. Very well, let us go.”Bookmark here

Torou, Julia, Shinra, and Kong entered the forest following Kenue. On the way, the four of them were startled. Kenue was thrown toward them, wounds all over his body.Bookmark here

Thud…Bookmark here

“Sorry. Cough… I think I just made it worse,” Kenue said.Bookmark here

“Kenue!! Are you okay? I’ll take you to the town to be treated immediately.” Kong carried Kenue and returned to the town right away.Bookmark here

Kong had just run a few meters when Roman appeared in front of him. Roman immediately hit him hard in the chest until he was thrown far away.Bookmark here

Thwack... Thump... Thud…Bookmark here

“Cough… I can’t br…eathe. P-Please help… me,” Kong said, stretching out his hand.Bookmark here

Torou walked over to him. “Eat this, Kong.” Torou gave him a pill. This is bad. If my guess is right, maybe Roman is as strong as Satyr right now!Bookmark here

Roman approached Kenue who was lying on the ground.Bookmark here

“I remember you. You almost killed me once. Pathetic! I’ll kill you now.” He poised to strike.Bookmark here

“Roman!! Stop!!” Julia shouted, running toward him quickly and restraining his fist.Bookmark here

“Big Sis? You want to attack me, too? I’m your brother, right?” Roman was depressed. It was triggered by Kenue’s story about Darma and Terry.Bookmark here

“Roman!! Kenue is our friend!” Shinra stepped forward and took Kenue away from Roman.Bookmark here

Four years ago...Bookmark here

Roman walked alone to the village where Terry lived. His eyes showed tremendous pain. On the way, he saw many small children playing happily with their parents. He envied them. He had amnesia, so he felt like he was completely alone.Bookmark here

All this time, he always thought that his family had abandoned, neglected, and ignored him. Therefore, when Kenue told about Darma and Terry, who had suddenly stopped training, he thought they had left him and no longer considered him as family. Instantly, all the pain that he had been holding back for a long time came back and filled his mind. He lost control of himself.Bookmark here

Currently...Bookmark here

Looks like I have to knock you out!Bookmark here

Torou rushed forward from the side and tried to hit Roman’s nape with his sword, still wrapped in its scabbard.Bookmark here

Thwack...Bookmark here

Roman did not feel any pain.Bookmark here

His Inner Power enabled him to harden the muscles in certain parts of his body. He could easily make the body parts that his opponent would hit to become tougher and stronger. He could also channel his Inner Power into his arms or legs before attacking to make his attacks stronger.Bookmark here

“Mr. Rat, did you just attack me? Don’t you think of me as family, too? Why doesn’t anyone love me?!” He kept rambling and questioning about family with blank eyes.Bookmark here

Impossible. His body is too strong! Torou jumped away from him.Bookmark here

Julia sprung forward and tried to hit Roman with all her might. He did not feel any pain because before her punch hit his face, he used his Inner Power to strengthen the body part that she was about to hit.Bookmark here

Damn!! My punch didn’t make him move one bit? No way!!Bookmark here

“Big Sis, why did you hit me? Don’t you love me? Don’t you think of me as family anymore? Why doesn’t anyone love me?!” Roman continued to say such things with blank eyes.Bookmark here

Roman struck Julia hard. Although she was able to parry using her hands, her right arm was broken. She was flung away.Bookmark here

Shinra jumped to catch her. After that, his body hit a large tree trunk.Bookmark here

“Shinra! Are you okay?!” Julia said.Bookmark here

Roman looked at Julia and Shinra. “Don’t you two love me? Do you no longer consider me family?”Bookmark here

He approached them.Bookmark here

“Roman! Wake up!!” Julia clenched her fists and jumped forward quickly to punch Roman’s face. He blocked it with just one hand.Bookmark here

“Big Sis, you’re too weak.” Roman hit Julia hard in the stomach.Bookmark here

When Roman hit her in the stomach, she also kicked him in the stomach. She doubled over and he shifted backwards. Torou came from behind and swung at Roman.Bookmark here

Roman dodged the attack. He caught Torou and threw him at Julia. Julia and Torou were thrown away. He was silent, bowing his head.Bookmark here

“Why doesn’t anyone love me? Why does everyone leave me alone? Why am I living alone? Where’s my family?” Roman kept talking about family.Bookmark here

Once again, Julia charged at Roman with her punch. Torou ran toward Roman from the side.Bookmark here

I am sorry, Roman. I actually do not like doing it this way! Torou threw sand at Roman’s eyes.Bookmark here

Roman tried to block it with his hands. Torou immediately kicked his stomach with his knee. He was doubled over, then Torou punched his chin with all his might. However, he managed to harden his chin before Torou hit him.Bookmark here

“It was just a diversion, Roman!!” Torou just feinted a punch to Roman’s chin to catch him off guard.Bookmark here

Julia kicked Roman’s neck hard. Roman fainted. Afterward, they brought Roman, Kenue, and Kong back to the town.Bookmark here

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