Chapter 33:

Ch 33 - Shitty Luck

St Chaos Healer

We were in a stalemate.Bookmark here

Everyone was frozen like statues not daring to move a muscle. Especially the lackeys along with Moses were sweating like crazy. Even James who has been arrogant all this time was now had a troubled expression.Bookmark here

As for me, I was a bit worried too.Bookmark here

I still haven’t recovered but even if I was in my peak condition, I am not so sure that I could take on a mage by myself. There is a very slim chance that I could fight a mage and come alive that is also assuming after losing a limb or two.

I still haven’t mastered the basics of the mana, so I don’t think it would be any use in combat as it stands now.Bookmark here

In conclusion, it’s better not to piss off this rail guard.Bookmark here

While everyone was in panic mode, the young rail guard just walked around us and sat at the railing with his arms folded. For some reason, he still had a bright friendly smile as he stared at us.Bookmark here

We all stayed like statues for the first few seconds.

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But apparently, the first one to break the silence was James,Bookmark here

“I am James Malice, the young lord of the Malice household. Pardon my impudence but I would suggest that you won’t intervene in this matter. I seek some answers from that arrogant brat who has cheated to pass the trial so that I can bring his crimes to light.”Bookmark here

Said James as he pointed his finger at me.Bookmark here

Look at brat James, straight out spouting nonsense.Bookmark here

This dude just was eager to learn the trick to use mana, now straight out accusing me of cheating.Bookmark here

I quickly glanced at the rail guard to check his expression.Bookmark here

Only to see the rail guard was looking at me while staring with his cold eyes and a friendly smile. He only glanced at me for a second and turned back to James.Bookmark here

“Oh, if it isn’t the young lord of house Malice! You needn’t worry! I won’t interrupt your little investigation. I was already getting bored standing guard so seeing some action would be a good change of scene, perhaps.” replied the rail guard with a broad smile.Bookmark here

Meanwhile, James was a bit surprised,Bookmark here

“You… You heard about my household name before?” asked James.Bookmark here

“Of course, I do! And you don’t have to worry about me trying to stop your little investigation. I will just be standing at the side as a mere spectator. Also, I will keep everything that happened here to myself.” replied the rail guard.Bookmark here

Hearing this even the lackeys were more surprised.

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“Of course, everyone has heard master’s house name.”Bookmark here

“I never doubted that. Haha..”Bookmark here

“Neither did I!”Bookmark here

“Hahaha…”Bookmark here

Meanwhile, James lifted his head with a satisfied smile,Bookmark here

“Of course, he does! My dad’s the mayor of Cherie city.”Bookmark here

“Wow! That big City?” asked one of the lackeys.Bookmark here

“That’s great!” added another.Bookmark here

“I never heard about that city though.” I chimed in.Bookmark here

Hearing that James gave me the eye,Bookmark here

“How could a lowly mutt that came out of the boonies know anything about this world. Just because you managed to pass the trial doesn’t mean you can act as you please. It’s just that I heard that you managed to use a bit of mana and that’s the reason I thought I must speak with you. But instead of obliging, you are acting high and might as if you are doing a favor granting an audience with me. Who do you think you are, huh?”Bookmark here

I let out a big yawn while rubbing my eyes,Bookmark here

“Ah, damn I was about to doze off. If you are done with your speech, can I go back to my room now?”Bookmark here

James and the lackeys were quite upset, with my behavior.
Meanwhile, the rail guard watched keenly while playing with his ear piercings.Bookmark here

Although I was trying to act frivolously, I was actually more focused on the movements of the rail guard. For some reason, my instincts were telling me to not get on the bad side of that guy.Bookmark here

I would even care less for these brats trying to intimidate me using stature and the number. The only thing worried about was that mage watching us with a hawk eye.Bookmark here

“Mr. Railguard!” shouted James all of a sudden.Bookmark here

The rail guard glanced at James,Bookmark here

“Hmm?”Bookmark here

“This little arrogant brat has got a big head and we just want to teach him a lesson. I hope that you won’t interfere with whatever happens from now on. He must be taught his place.” said James while glaring at me with rage.Bookmark here

Even the lackeys joined in as they glared at me.
These little brats really are really acting like little loyal dogs of their master.Bookmark here

The rail guard scoffed,Bookmark here

“Don’t worry. I assure you that I won’t interfere in this matter. I swear on my oath as a mage. You guys are going to be the young mages that would lead our nation to its glory, one day. Kids should solve their matter between kids, we adults don’t need to interfere anyway. But just see to that, no one gets killed. It would be troublesome if a candidate dies in the presence of a rail guard.” he said while smiling as usual.Bookmark here

“Haha! Well if that’s so then we will keep him just barely alive,” said James haughtily.Bookmark here

It’s a good thing that the rail guard won’t get involved.
That means I can beat them all with a piece of my mind.Bookmark here

“Oi Benjamin! You should just hurry up and apologize!” shouted Moses all of a sudden.Bookmark here

James gave Moses the look and asked,Bookmark here

“You want to save this mutt?”Bookmark here

Moses drank his own saliva,Bookmark here

“No~ Uh, I am not trying to save this runt. It’s just that I- I just wanted him to show that young Lord James is a kind and generous person. So you have a big heart to forgive this boy, that is if he bows his head and apologizes and reveals how he managed to use mana in the trial.”Bookmark here

James had a smile,Bookmark here

“Well of course I am a kind-hearted person. If he bows his head with an apology and also reveals how he can use mana, assuming that he can; Only then I might even consider forgiving his demeanor.”

“So apologize Benjamin!” shouted Moses.

But I just ignored and acted like I didn’t care.Bookmark here

One of the lackey’s stepped in front of me,Bookmark here

“Did you hear what young lord just said? Get on your knees-”Bookmark here

But before he could complete his sentence I lunged forward and kicked the guy with a spinning kick hitting right at his jaw. With just one hit, the kid fell unconscious and fell on the floor with a thud.Bookmark here

That kick was so satisfying that I was already itching for more.Bookmark here

Meanwhile, everyone was stunned seeing me going in the offense.
The piled-up stress and frustration, I need to let it out one way or another.Bookmark here

“Could we skip to the good part, already?”, I asked while with a taunting smile.Bookmark here

“Get him!” commanded James angrily.Bookmark here

The other three lackey’s rushed at me like raging bulls.
But they lacked any skill or plan, they were just relying on just pure strength. I easily kicked them in the feet making them lose their balance and finished with a counter punch. With just one hit I knocked the other 3 lackeys without much struggle.

I tried to hold back so that I won’t unintentionally end up killing them. The other three lackeys were on the floor wriggling around in pain.Bookmark here

The only ones standing here were Moses and James.
They were all pretty shocked seeing my performance.

Meanwhile, the rail guard who was watching from the side started whistling,Bookmark here

“Not bad, kid.”Bookmark here

Thankfully the rail guard didn’t bother to intervene.
That’s a good thing.Bookmark here

James pushed Moses from behind,Bookmark here

“Stop gawking and do something.”Bookmark here

Moses unintentionally stepped forward with puppy eyes,Bookmark here

“Be-Benji! Stop this! You can’t hurt him. He is from-”Bookmark here

But before Moses could finish my fist landed on his nose.
He landed on his rump while grabbing onto his bloody nose.Bookmark here

“You idiot!” I said out loud, “So what if he comes from a high-class family, he’s just a nobody who rides on the coattails of his family name. On the other hand, I have successfully managed to use mana right out of the bat in the trial. In that manner, I am a prodigy that is born in one hundred, no… one in thousand years.”Bookmark here

I acted all arrogant and looked at them with scorn.Bookmark here

James was losing it,Bookmark here

“You!! How dare you-”Bookmark here

“Could you shut up!” I said out loud in a condescending tone,Bookmark here

“Who do you think the organizers gonna favor huh? You, a pathetic brat who just happens to be born in just a little better class of family or me, who can use mana at the young age of 12? Wouldn’t it be more of a shame that one boy managed to beat up 6 brats who tried to gang up on him? The organizers would even strip you of your rank.”Bookmark here

Hearing that even Moses and the lackeys had a worried look.Bookmark here

At this moment, I was acting out of character.
I usually don’t try to stand out but boasting my value was necessary.Bookmark here

Especially to let that rail guard sitting by the railing know it first.Bookmark here

Knowing that the country values mages, I who could use mana at the young age of 12 was a great asset for this country. So I am pretty sure that ceremony organizers might even go out of their way to support me even if I piss off some high-class family. That is why I didn’t mind beating up a high-class brat.Bookmark here

This would have been another matter if James was a nobility, thankfully he is not.Bookmark here

The other reason I bragged about myself was to let that rail guard know about my importance. For some reason, that rail guard seemed to be dangerous who would not hesitate to kill. At least, that’s what my instincts were trying to tell me.

So if I let him know that I am the valuable candidate that the ceremony organizer would treasure, he would surely not try to harm me. There is a good chance he would let me go unharmed.Bookmark here

Thankfully the rail guard kept watching from a distance while playing with his piercings.Bookmark here

I finally focused on James.

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I approached him while cracking my knuckles,Bookmark here

“So you were saying something about a lesson to be taught, huh?”Bookmark here

James backed a step but then stood his ground,Bookmark here

“So you dare pick a fight with me. Alright then. Let me warn you though, I have mastered the art of the sword~”

One left jab,Bookmark here

One right jab,Bookmark here

One kick to the abdomen.

And lo!
James fell on the ground vomiting his guts out.Bookmark here

It seemed he puked out his entire undigested lunch.

I backed away to not get stained by his disgusting puke splashing all over.
It took about a minute for him to let it out.Bookmark here

He then stood up terrifyingly,Bookmark here

“You~ You! Dare attack the young heir to Malice’s house! I will see that you and your entire family get executed.”Bookmark here

I approached with my fist intimidating him even further,Bookmark here

“In that case, I should just kill you right here.”Bookmark here

The young lord James was terrified as he hurriedly got up on his feet and ran towards the rail guard, “Hey, you! Mr. Railguard! Stop him! He’s trying to kill the young heir of the Malice house.”

Damn it!
That prick gonna drag that rail guard now.

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James approached the rail guard while flailing his arms.Bookmark here

The rail guard who was sitting on the railings finally got up.

“Please stay away.” said the rail guard.Bookmark here

But James continued to run towards him in panic,Bookmark here

“Please save me! That mutt attacked me! The heir of the Malice house~” James continued to ramble on while complaining.Bookmark here

This would get troublesome if the rail guard decides to intervene.
Should I run?

I asked myself.Bookmark here

James reached to where the rail guard and he reached out to him with his hands.Bookmark here

But suddenly there was a flash of light where the rail guard was standing.

In the next second, I saw a pair of arms flying in mid-air splattering blood droplets all around.

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I couldn’t tell what just happened as the pair of arms flew across the room and landed on the face of one of the lackeys lying on the ground.Bookmark here

Blood splats all around.Bookmark here

I quickly turned to just see James who stood there in horror as he glared at his own severed arms. The blood gushed like a faucet while splashing all over his face.Bookmark here

Meanwhile, the rail guard had one of his arms raised in the air and I could see yellow lightning sparkle in his hand.Bookmark here

There was dead silence in the air.
A chill of bloodlust awakened my instincts telling me to run.Bookmark here

James had his voice stuck in his throat as he glanced at the rail guard.Bookmark here

The rail guard looked back at him with a look of spite,Bookmark here

“I didn’t want you to muddle my uniform with your vomit-stained hands, hence why I told you to stay away. But you didn’t listen. Look what you made me do.”Bookmark here

This dude just chopped his arms because he was worried about some vomit staining his uniform. What the fucking hell?!Bookmark here

James stared at the rail guard in horror before falling on the ground unconscious. The blood was still flowing from his amputated arms.Bookmark here

The rancid smell of uric acid filled the room, as the brats laying on the floor soiled themselves. They were still shocked at what they just witnessed.Bookmark here

“AH!!” shouted the rail guard, “Shit! I unintentionally used my power, this could get messy.”Bookmark here

He said to himself.Bookmark here

Meanwhile, I was on my guard looking for an opening to escape.
The lackeys and the other boys were all scared shitless crying and fumbling like a bunch of retards.

Moses on the other hand wasn't moving as if his legs had given up.
He probably even shit himself, who knows.Bookmark here

The rail guard then suddenly glanced at us,Bookmark here

“Well, what’s done is done. I should just get off the witnesses while I’m at it.”Bookmark here

A cold shiver ran down my spine.
Okay, this could get ugly.
And here I just had nearly been saved from being killed by a golem statue, only to be killed by a lunatic mage. Isn’t what they say, out of the frying pan into the fire.

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I got one shitty luck.Bookmark here

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