Chapter 41:

Ch 41 - Cellar Showdown

St Chaos Healer

Suddenly this tall muscular baldy appeared out of nowhere.Bookmark here

He bends over and gawks at me taking a closer look as if I was some rare species of mana beast. I stood still glaring back at the baldy without faltering.Bookmark here

“Lieutenant, is this some kind of a trick?” asks baldy while examining me, “Or you are telling me this brat actually is an ancient master of martial arts using some sorcery to hide his appearance to look like a kid?”Bookmark here

I guess this baldy had a few screws loose.Bookmark here

“Milo, he’s just a 12-year-old brat and yes he will be your sparring partner.,” replied Kieth.Bookmark here

The baldy suddenly turned around facing Kieth,Bookmark here

“So why in the hell do you want me to beat up this young kid? Do you have some kind of a weird sick fetish or something?”Bookmark here

“Milo just shut your mouth and do what I ask you to.” Kieth looked pissed, “This brat’s an ascension candidate handpicked by Master Bervice. Now you know so less talking and more action,”Bookmark here

The baldy suddenly looked at me with wide eyes,Bookmark here

“Oh, that’s rare for the Master to pick such young candidates. But still to make him my sparring partner is still going too far. The young brat looks like he has recently stopped getting breastfed by his mother, so sparring from the get-go would be a little too much on him, don’t you think? hehe.”Bookmark here

This dude is already getting on my nerves.Bookmark here

The baldy just turned around and walked away waving his arm,Bookmark here

“You should pick one of your maids to spar with him. I am sure they’ll give this brat a good spanking. I got better things to-.”Bookmark here

Mr. Keith just stood in front of baldy blocking his path,Bookmark here

“Alright, I’ll announce the rules of this practice match so hear me closely.”Bookmark here

“Hey! Didn’t you just hear what I just said?!” Milo shouted angrily.Bookmark here

His voice boomed and reverberated in the chamber like thunder.Bookmark here

Fuck, my ears are aching once again.Bookmark here

But Mr. Keith didn’t seem to be bothered even once as he continued addressing the rules,Bookmark here

“Rules are simple. Both contestants are armed with non-lethal weapons that you can use however you may like. Landing a hit on either the head, the neck, the chest, the waist or the back will give you a 1 point, per hit. The first person to score 2 points will be the winner.”Bookmark here

Landing a clean hit on baldy’s weak points would be easy only if he wasn’t big as an ox.Bookmark here

On top of that, I had the frail small body of a 12-year-old brat, armed with two wooden knives.Bookmark here

I really regret not picking a little bigger weapon but I guess I have to make do with what I have.Bookmark here

I quickly loosened my limbs and cleared my mind trying to reassess all the options I have available to score points.Bookmark here

The baldy looked terrifying but I have battled a wild dire wolf so this is nothing compared to that.Bookmark here

Meanwhile, baldy Milo didn’t even bother to warm up,Bookmark here

“Hey! Kieth, I don’t wanna beat up some random kid I just met. You are the lieutenant but that doesn’t mean you can just use your power to order me to do whatever you want to~ Are you even listening?”Bookmark here

Mr. Kieth clearly ignored the towering baldy standing in front of him like an invisible wall.Bookmark here

He just calmly raised his arm in the air,Bookmark here

“Now the rules are explained. Take your places and be ready.”Bookmark here

“I don’t want the blood of a little brat on my conscience. Stop this pointless match!”Bookmark here

Keith didn’t budge, with his hand signaling the match began.
“Let the match begin.”Bookmark here

Baldy didn’t even take this bout seriously; he had his back turned against me all this time.Bookmark here

“Screw this! I am going back to my shop,”Bookmark here

I saw a wide opening and I grabbed it.Bookmark here

I quickly sprinted like a wolf chasing its prey. Clutching the dagger tightly in my hands as I closed the gap between me and the giant baldy quickly.Bookmark here

The main problem was now climbing the baldy’s giant ass body to hit in his vital area.Bookmark here

The baldy didn’t even notice my approach and there was not much time before he realizes that I am not just any ordinary kid.Bookmark here

I quickly kicked the wall and jumped even higher to reach him. Next, I had to step on the baldy’s ass crack and the waistband of his pants to climb even higher.Bookmark here

The baldy finally noticed something and quickly turned his head,Bookmark here

“Huh-”Bookmark here

To his surprise, at this moment I was looking at him right in the eye.Bookmark here

Before he could react I quickly swung the daggers right on his face with all the strength I had left.Bookmark here

“Aargh!!” shouted the giant baldy in pain.Bookmark here

He quickly protected his face with his hands and backed away.Bookmark here

I also quickly backed away and took a defensive stance.Bookmark here

I could have just gone for his back to score a hit but aiming at his face had more gains. It was a risky gamble but it could be the deciding factor of this match.Bookmark here

Sadly I don’t feel like landed the perfect hit as I expected to. To be honest it felt more like I was attacking a rock than a human’s face. I couldn’t really put all my strength in mid-air like that.Bookmark here

“This fuckin twerp! Dared to attack me from the back” howled the giant like a madman.Bookmark here

“It’s your fault for turning your back against me all this time,” I replied smugly.Bookmark here

But the giant removed his hand off his face revealing a really unhappy red face,Bookmark here

“You just tried to slash out my eyeballs, didn’t you?”Bookmark here

Crap! I guess I really did miss his eyes.
Taking out his eyesight would be the best way to get a good advantage against this giant.
But now I even managed to piss him off. Well, at least I scored a point and regained some self-respect for myself.Bookmark here

“Fine! You asked for it brat!” The baldy walked towards me with a menacing look.Bookmark here

Now I guess I have to score a point from the old-fashioned way.
It's all or nothing.Bookmark here

Milo approached in a casual demeanor armed with a wooden stick.
He was really angry as I could clearly see the throbbing nerves all over his bald forehead.Bookmark here

“How about you surrender and I let you walk out in one piece, huh?”Bookmark here

I just stuck my tongue out making him even angrier.Bookmark here

“You are so dead, boy.”Bookmark here

I kept my distance as I tried to look for an opening.
If I could just land another hit, this match would be good and over in an instant.Bookmark here

I might be young and small but I also have some advantages.
Being big doesn’t always make a good thing, your moments are slow and you are a big open target on the battlefield. I should try to utilize this to my advantage.Bookmark here

All the time I kept my distance from Milo.Bookmark here

I kept circling around him trying to look for an opening while keeping away from his weapon’s reach. He tried closing the distance between us a couple of times but every time I gave him the slip.Bookmark here

We played cat and mice for sometime before Milo started losing his cool,Bookmark here

“Stop running around like a coward and face me like a man!”Bookmark here

Milo rushed at me like a charging bull but I was quick on my feet to slip my way out from him once again. I am already used to his moments and reaction times at this point.Bookmark here

I think it’s about time that I should take the offensive.Bookmark here

“Come here, you runt!” saying so he once again charged at me with his wide arms open.
I quickly dodged his arms and slipped past through between his legs.Bookmark here

As usual, he had his back wide open for the taking.Bookmark here

Unlike the usual me who would escape, this time I wasn’t going to run anymore.Bookmark here

Let's end this mad match once and for all.Bookmark here

Saying so I grabbed the dagger tight and prepared to lunge it right against his abdomen.

As I lunged forward to stab him, I saw his back muscle twitching,
“Crap!”Bookmark here

The giant swung one of his arms backward like a whip.Bookmark here

There was a clean sound of him slicing the air.Bookmark here

I barely managed to dodge his arm by a hair’s breadth.

But now I lost my composure and I was now in his arm’s reach.Bookmark here

The giant had a wide smile,Bookmark here

“I finally got you.”Bookmark here

Fuck! Did he just bait me to get closer?
He had me fooled all this time. I guess he does have few brain cells after all!

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I need to regain my momentum and balance quickly.
He surely won’t let me just turn around and walk away.Bookmark here

The Giant raised his hand armed with a stick and swung it on me with all his force.
I was now a sitting duck for the taking. Instead of running with my back against I took my chances of blocking instead.Bookmark here

I held my dagger crossed and the stick hit with full force.
“Ack!”Bookmark here

My arms bared the full grunt as if some charging bull just rammed against me.
Thankfully I tried jumping backward to reduce some of the force of impact felt by my arms.Bookmark here

But the force was still too much to bear as I flew and rolled on the floor rubbing my face against dirt and hay before coming to a stop.Bookmark here

I had to stay on the floor for a few seconds to recuperate just to get my head straight.
I quickly got on my feet and grabbed on the daggers with all my strength.Bookmark here

“Crap!” I shouted in disbelief.Bookmark here

I somehow end up breaking one of my feet.
I tried moving it but there was no reaction between the ankle joints of one of my feet.Bookmark here

“See that’s what you get trying to be a smart ass. Stop being cheeky and drop your weapon and surrender.”Bookmark here

I clutched my weapon harder,Bookmark here

“I am still on the lead.” and replied with a smile.Bookmark here

Milo’s brows throbbed,Bookmark here

“I see. So you are one tough cookie, huh. You want a warrior’s defeat, huh.”Bookmark here

He suddenly took a deep breath and closed his eyes standing still.

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Is this another of his gimmicks?
Trying to bait me?Bookmark here

He then suddenly opened his eyes with a changed man,Bookmark here

“Sorry brat! You are indeed a formidable sparing partner and I shouldn’t have disrespected you like that. So as an apology I will give you a proper defeat. Don’t worry, we have the best healer in the mansion to patch you up.”Bookmark here

This time Milo had a bright smile but his eyes were even fiercer than before.
He was really taking me more seriously.Bookmark here

I started hopping around with just one leg like an injured bunny.
As I moved the injured feet caused a lot of pain but I had to grit my teeth to bear the pain.Bookmark here

Milo had his full attention on watching every move like a hawk.Bookmark here

I hopped around on one leg circling around him as he just stood at place watching me carefully.Bookmark here

I guess I have to bet everything on this one move.

Taking a deep breath I quickly leaped forward charging at Milo.
He was unfazed grabbing onto the stick like a samurai as he waited for me.Bookmark here

But before I could reach his weapon’s reach, I quickly kicked the hay on the ground and launched it at his face.Bookmark here

Flying dirt and hay obstructed Milo’s vision.Bookmark here

“A cheap trick.” Milo raised the stick and stuck it in the air.
The flying hay and dirt all cleared away in an instant, again regaining the view in front of him.Bookmark here

But to his surprise, I was nowhere to be seen.

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“What!” shouted puzzled Milo.

By the time he realized, I was already behind his back on the blindside.

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I grabbed one of my daggers and hurled it at him with everything I had.
Even if one of the daggers hit the vital area, it’ll still count as a point.

But Milo just flicked his stick and thwarted the dagger-like fly.Bookmark here

“Nice try-”Bookmark here

I expected as much.Bookmark here

The next second I grab the only dagger tightly with both my hands then gathered all the strength under my feet. I could feel the warm energy channeling through my body and gathering at a single point.Bookmark here

This time I was going to rely on mana for the next attack.Bookmark here

Time seems to have halted as I ready myself to utilize mana for the second time.
A little glow appeared underneath the sole of my feet.Bookmark here

Unlike directly using mana for an attack, I am going to use it to do a quick attack. Not much flashy but only to speed my moments to land a clean attack with my dagger.Bookmark here

After fully channeling the mana underneath my sole I used the very same feet to run.
As I just took just one step and my body just sped at high velocity at a full speed as if I was flying. Firmly holding the dagger in the front as I bowed my head to reduce the air resistance approaching Milo like an arrow that had left the bowstring.Bookmark here

Let’s put an end to this bout.

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When I got closer Milo suddenly jumped in the air and evaded my blow as a whole. Like some gymnast, he athletically jumps over the top of my head with style.Bookmark here

This baldy just performed a backflip!Bookmark here

“Fuck” I uttered to myself.Bookmark here

My body was still in momentum speeding ahead as I head straight towards the box of weapon crates kept at the corner. I braced myself for a crash landing.Bookmark here

The last thing I remember was crashing against the crate and then against hitting against the wall and tumbling on the ground like a rag doll before stopping.Bookmark here

I must have broken a lot of bones by now, and it is all on me.
Relying on mana like that was not a good idea. I never calculated that the baldy would dodge my attack like that. I thought he would act all proud and take the hit head-on just to prove how manly he was.Bookmark here

Not only did he dodge but also performed a backflip.
I should never use this move ever again. Until I master mana a bit more.Bookmark here

My whole body was in pain as I started to pass out.Bookmark here

How many times have I already passed out like this?Bookmark here

This has become the norm, for fuck sake!Bookmark here

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