How to Live as a Wandering Knight – Chapter 13.1

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝 (𝟏𝟑)

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝 (𝟏𝟑)

“Shit. . . I’m going to get scolded by Sir Karamaf.”

“Damn. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter anyway. If there’s a fire, they’ll escape on their own. Keep an eye on the surroundings.”

“What if the fire spreads? I don’t want to burn to death in a place like this.”

“They’ll escape before that. Hold your position. It’s better than getting beheaded by Karamaf, isn’t it?”

𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐝!

“!!”

Against the flickering flames, a man burst out. The chattering mercenaries quickly threw their spears as if they had been waiting.

𝐓𝐡𝐰𝐚𝐜𝐤!

“?!”

The thrown spear was caught mid-air. Initially, the mercenary didn’t realize his spear was caught. He had thought it pierced through. Only when the man charged with the spear in hand did he realize.

“Shi. . .”

Johan’s charging momentum emitted a fear that shrank hearts. Holding a mercenary’s spear in one hand and raising a longsword like an executioner in the other, the mercenary didn’t even have time to finish his curse.

Longswords are usually wielded with two hands, but Johan handled it effortlessly and skillfully as if it were a shortsword.

𝐖𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐦━

Swung with one hand, it made a tremendous sound, louder than a two-handed swing. The mercenary’s head flew off.

Like a lion tearing through sheep, Johan cut down the mercenaries, realizing the truths in Kaegal’s words. He was a lion. He would have been a lion even without learning from Kaegal.

“This crazy. . . Ack!”

Johan threw the snatched spear. Though he had never thrown a javelin before, the spear whistled through the air, piercing the chest of a charging mercenary. Thrown with such force, the spear went halfway through the body and stuck in the ground.

The mercenaries, standing a bit away, hesitated to approach, instinctively paralyzed by fear. Johan didn’t bother to kill them all. Escaping the encirclement was enough. There was no need to waste time.

Then, people from the Aitz family ran out of the feudal lord’s manor. Enduring next to the fire, they started running with all their might.

Seeing this, the mercenaries panicked. With their small numbers, the death of two opened a path.

“Shoot!!”

“Damn, these crazy b*stards. . .”

The mercenaries hastily drew their crossbows. But Johan had already run into the darkness, and the Aitz family was descending the hill. They managed to shoot down one more, but the rest escaped.

“We’re screwed. . .!”

“What’s going on?”

Karamaf, who had dealt with all the servants in the annex, returned. Yein also looked at the mercenaries with stern eyes.

“That. . . one guy broke through and the rest followed. . . escaped.”

“Two are dead. You’re saying one did this?”

“Yes. He suddenly appeared and attacked. . .”

Karamaf pondered. Even with a sudden ambush, was it possible to kill two men so quickly?

Yein spoke from the side.

“One of the Aitz sons was very strong. He wasn’t trained, but. . .”

“Why are you only saying this now?”

“Sorry. I didn’t think it would matter.”

Yein thought this job would end with just the arrest of Sir Gessen. Moreover, the guy had no training. It wouldn’t have been strange if he hadn’t mentioned it. Knowing this, Karamaf didn’t bother to scold him. He had to consider the dignity of the Rothtain family as well.

“Impressive.”

After surveying the situation, Karamaf was purely amazed by Johan’s physical abilities. To kill two mercenaries in a flash and escape was remarkable. Moreover, the way he killed them was astounding. It felt like a tremendous brute force just by looking.

If Gessen had raised him properly, he could have been a formidable knight.

However, Gessen was foolish and his son a novice. Karamaf had killed more threatening and experienced knights before.

Today, Gessen’s son would die, just like Gessen.

‘𝘚𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢.’

“What about their armament?”

“The one who broke out was well-armed, the others were unarmed.”

“Then except for one, none can leave the fiefdom. I will chase them. The rest of you, watch the feudal lord’s manor.”

“The fire is spreading, Karamaf-nim.”

“So?”

“. . .I will ensure that the remaining ones don’t escape.”

“When the main force arrives, secure the fiefdom’s entrances and search thoroughly. Do it right. I will not forgive a second failure. Yein Rothtain, I entrust you with the command here.”

“Yes! Sir Karamaf.”

With that, Karamaf finished his instructions and mounted his horse.


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