Chapter 83: Unravelling Facades

Thud, thud, thud….

 

“Hahaha! By the spirits, I never thought we would finish the quest so quickly AND down an A rank monster as well!”

“For heaven’s sake Sen, why are you already treating it like a fond memory!? You almost died today!”

“I know Minna, I know. I’m just really glad we finally laid the cursed quest to rest. I hated hearing Eric’s death being used for idle gossip.”

“I share your sentiment Sen and I must admit it feels good to finally put everything to rest.”

 

Thud, thud, thud…

 

“Come to think of it, do you reckon the Mellivorath was partially responsible for the rumours?”

“Perhaps, but no adventurer should have been here in the past month. If any bodies were recovered in Tiel Woods, the guild would have issued an investigation.”

“I hope they issue one regardless. The overpopulation of Boulder Beetles probably attracted the Mellivorath from a nearby Life Fall. We should report this for the sake of the villagers.”

“I agree, Lili. For all we know, there could be more of those things wandering the forest.”

“When you put it like that Minna, I’m glad we decided to leave the forest!”

 

Thud, thud, thud…

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Chapter 82: One Day, If Our Paths Meet…

After successfully driving the Mellivorath away, we return to the clearing to salvage supplies from the aftermath of the battle. Minna is busy dismantling traps, Norf is recovering arrowheads and Lili is healing Hachirou’s and Sen’s weary bodies. Meanwhile, I’m harvesting horns from the scattered beetles to complete our quest. I doubt they will wait until nightfall for my explanation, and I can’t help but worry about what I will say. Finishing my task, I return to the clearing to find they are sitting atop a fallen tree, waiting for me to join. Cornered, I steel my non-existent nerves as I take my seat beside Hachirou and face the rest of the party.

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