#When I returned, my family was ruined (175)
It was purely coincidental that I felt the gaze. As I was talking with Ilia, the tension that had built up inside my body was slowly being relieved without me knowing it, and then I felt a ray of gaze.
Rather, if you had been alert to the surroundings, it would have been difficult to detect the presence of the watcher.
That’s how secretive he was.
Ethan thought for a moment. Even now, a tingling feeling was rising inside my body, but I could not tell the exact location of the other person. This was the same even when the search was conducted in earnest.
There is nothing to feel.
The opponent was a great expert.
‘He might be stronger than Gerond.’
What if the observer had been Gerond? From the moment you noticed it, you would have been able to find the exact location of the other person shortly. But it was different now.
There was only a vague feeling, as if the senses themselves had been controlled.
After searching for a while, I was able to guess the direction.
The duke’s office was located on the top floor. Any higher than that, the only place where the opponent could be located was the roof of the building next door.
Who could it be?
He is not the transcendental of the kingdom.
Because there was no expert like this in Heidern. My guess is that he is a major force of another country, or else…
‘There is a high possibility that he is from the church.’
Church of Naraxus.
With the power they had, it wouldn’t be surprising if they dispatched someone of this caliber. Has he come to seek revenge on the archbishop?
‘I guess not.’
The situation was strange to think about that way. He is a higher-ranking expert than Gerond. Recently, even Marquis Lionel, who had been in charge of guarding the surrounding area, left for the capital to report.
If revenge was the goal, it wouldn’t be surprising if he showed up now and attempted to assassinate him. But the guy just kept looking this way. As if the purpose itself was observation.
Ilya tilted her head when she saw Ethan. During the conversation, not only did his face suddenly stiffen, but he remained silent as if he was contemplating something.
“I’ll just go now. “Please take good care of the third child.”
Before Ilya could say anything, the Duke left Theron’s room.
After that, everyday life continued.
He calmly visited the training ground and continued training with the dragon slayer, received reports from Sylvia as if nothing had happened, and had tea time with Elena to talk about the operation of the duchy.
Even though the gap was openly revealed, the guy did not show up until the end.
‘The purpose is observation.’
No matter how careful the assassin was, he would have had at least three chances to pounce.
His attitude was the same.
A master of his stature hides on the roof all day just to check on one person.
‘It seems like there isn’t much to do.’
Or maybe one of your tastes is voyeurism. While his eyes followed him all day, he was able to pinpoint the observer’s location after a long search.
‘Third roof. ‘Left end.’
Ethan trusted his intuition.
The observer’s position became clear.
The only remaining question now is how to deal with the unwelcome attention. After struggling for a moment, he kicked his foot.
An explosion of flame occurred like gunpowder exploding underfoot.
A tremendous amount of momentum lifted his new model into the air. The white flame spewed out from the divine sword enveloped the entire third roof. Every time I exhaled, a fever so high that it shrunk my lungs crept up.
Roar! The eyes of the knights flocked to the roof.
[Don’t let anyone approach you.]
No matter how much the Dragon Slayer’s skills improved, it was meaningless to an expert of that level. After sending Mana’s whisper, he looked straight ahead.
In the middle of the siege of white flames.
Suddenly, a person was standing there.
Slim body type.
A girl with the appearance of about ten or thirty. He was the owner of a snake-like gaze. Our eyes met.
The corners of the girl’s mouth rose.
She raised her small hand. Soon, the flames burning the rooftop died down in an instant.
Huge amount of mana.
The control of mana that supports him.
It was a being with the greatest power among those I had ever encountered.
Ethan’s eyes sank coldly.
“The first greeting is quite extreme, isn’t it?”
Just as Ethan was observing the girl, the girl was also observing Ethan.
And with twinkling eyes.
Suddenly, a wizard came to mind.
I used to laugh like that every time I found an interesting research subject.
The girl spoke.
“How did you find me with that much mana?”
“Because the gaze is so stinging.”
The divine sword hummed harshly as if it had met an enemy of the Great Heaven. It seemed like it was emitting a warning sound.
Ethan felt it too.
‘They are the dragon people.’
The woman in front of me was definitely not human.
They are Yongin people.
A real monster with power that can’t even be compared to the clumsy dragons I’ve encountered so far.
‘It’s a power similar to that of a corps commander.’
Legion heads, each with nightmarish powers and each with their own individual name. The girl’s implicit prayer reminded her of the corps commander she had faced in her previous life.
If you have one question.
‘In my past life…’
it was true that there was no corps commander with that kind of appearance and energy. There were a total of five corps commanders that Ethan remembered.
Naraxus, the dragon of deception.
Lucreon, the demonic dragon of unknown spirits.
Ellondra, the dragon of calamity.
The immortal dragon, the Iron Tyrant.
The Dragon of Shadows, the Sword of Death.
Each one had distinct characteristics and had an individual name. No matter how you look at it, that girl did not belong to the category of five.
“What’s going on in my territory, little dragon?”
The girl smiled without answering.
It seemed like he had no intention of answering.
This is an opponent where you have to give your best.
The Hwan was completely liberated. Mana spread powerfully through the body as if it were a giant snake.
Ethan’s new form became blurred.
Steps like a ghost.
Before he knew it, he was behind the girl. The divine sword was swung.
A sword without hesitation.
The speed was more agile than ever.
The only sound that was heard was the sound of cutting into the air. However, Ethan’s original purpose from the beginning was not to cut off the guy’s head.
Attaching a small piece of ember to the body of a dragon. Because that was the original purpose.
The result was successful.
A look that clearly looks down on the other person.
The pupils of the dragon tribe consistently showed a sense of superiority.
In other words, it meant that I was letting my guard down a lot. The difference in skill was clear, but it was not to the point where even a single blow could not be delivered to an opponent who was showing that kind of look in his eyes.
The embers of white flame settled on the girl’s shoulder. The embers that had lost their heat had almost no weight or shape.
It is a being born with the proud nature of a dragon race. It was obvious that I wouldn’t even care about such trivial things.
The prediction was exactly right.
While more than a dozen sword strikes were fired, the girl was just dodging as if she had no intention of attacking. The only thing in his gaze was curiosity.
The embers that fell from the divine sword secretly stuck to the girl’s entire body. The perfectly controlled heat exactly matched the body temperature of the dragon race.
Ethan swung his sword as best as he could to keep the guy from feeling uncomfortable even as he ignited the flame.
“Is that best?”
Anna looked at the duke as if she was bored. I was kind of looking forward to it because I got a kick out of the Seven Seas.
‘This is at best…’
The swordsmanship is so honest, and the legendary flame of white flame is so strong that it does not even tan the skin.
‘Did I expect too much?’
I didn’t know it might be so.
No matter how great the white flame was, it was at best a legend that spread throughout the human world.
‘It will take a while for it to ripen.’
I also seemed to understand why the religious leader did not care much about the duke.
Of course, it could be said that recovering his skills to this level just a year after awakening was a feat in its own way, but the human in front of him only went so far. Compared to the rumors that had spread, it wasn’t as exciting as it could have been.
At best, it might be a loss to invest the power of the church to catch someone with this level of skill.
Curiosity gradually drained from Anna’s eyes.
I heard there was nothing to eat at the famous banquet restaurant. That was exactly the situation now.
‘How much of a fool is the Seven Seas?’
When Anna thought so.
Ethan smiled in remorse.
The guy was too careless. It was a clear fact that they did not even carry out the usual offensive attack.
Now you will pay the price with your whole body.
I concentrated my mind.
The energy of the flames felt so vivid, as if I could touch them.
The embers sitting on the girl’s body trembled.
Either the flame within or the flame without. As long as there was enough control, it was possible to use the vibration method. Of course, the efficiency would be much better inside…
Just because it was outside didn’t mean the heat couldn’t be increased.
This was especially true now that I had started to master the technique by using the vibration method in the last battle. The heat suddenly rose and acrid smoke spewed out.
In an instant, white flames began to burn brilliantly all over Anna’s body.
It was so incredibly agile that even she reacted one step late.
I felt the heat later.
The fragile human skin was screaming.
There is no way these technologies can be utilized without any intermediary. If such a transfer were possible, my entire body would have been on fire from the moment I laid eyes on him.
That means that he had spread the flame medium so secretly that even he could not notice…
There was no time to continue thinking. Before I knew it, the flames had engulfed my entire body in a splendid manner.
The heat was enough to embarrass even Anna.
Isn’t it pretty?
Anna’s pupils turned bright yellow.
The dragon’s heart throbbed violently.
A huge amount of mana immediately rushed into my hands.
Snake-like language covered the girl’s lips. The mana I used for the first time after facing the Duke created a round sub-space.
Soon, a huge shape flowed out of subspace.
“Show your loyalty.”
The flames that had been burning the girl’s entire body so naturally moved towards the gigantic figure.
A loud scream rang out.
It was a familiar voice.
I looked at the new model that was on fire. It was a strange human being with multiple limbs. I once encountered a monster like that.
The Archbishop began to roll on the roof amidst the unquenchable flames. Every time that happened, everything around me was melting.
What silenced the harsh screams was the girl’s melancholy voice.
The archbishop begins to scream with his eyes. As the girl gestured, the fiery archbishop was plunged into subspace. Subspace closed its wide mouth.
In eerie silence, the girl looked at the duke.
“It was fun today, Duke.”
The girl’s new form became blurred.
Ethan didn’t track him down.
He is difficult to hunt now.
This was clear just by looking at the archbishop being treated like a limb.
Before the new model disappears for the last time in the distance.
A voice rang in my head.
[Anna. Remember my name.]
The new corps commander of the Yongin tribe.
Perhaps the number of corps commanders had increased much more than before. Ethan was lost in thought.