Chapter 38: Hot Springs Village and the Legendary Castle 7
Half of this old man’s body emerges from the ground like a bamboo shoot.
This is the result of him experimenting with his new skill, “Earth Escape.”
It’s the strange sensation of being buried deep in the ground, and after that, I could move freely in the ground. Breathing was not a problem at all.
For the time being, I moved a little and showed my face like this.
“Wow! Ash-kun has emerged from the earth?!”
“It seems I’m able to move freely across the ground!
“Oh…! Didn’t you learn another new skill, Ash?”
“It’s the stone giant I stored from before… Yeah, It has the ability to move around on the ground.”
“I see… Perhaps that guy who just appeared also burrowed into the ground. And Ash took that skill, hm?…. Ash?”
When Tina looked around, this old man was already on the ground.
a little prank to surprise her by approaching from behind.
Looking up from the ground, it is almost virtually invisible.
I wasn’t certain, but I had an idea and.
It was pitch black in front of me.
“Kya…?! What are you up to, Ash?! Suddenly sticking your face up my skirt?”
“I’m sorry…! It wasn’t on purpose…!”
This old man panics and rushes out of Tina’s skirt.
“No, you don’t need to apologize. Ash is free to stick his face up my skirt as much as he wants! It’s only… It’s just… not in public. It can be a little embarrassing. Take your time sticking your face up my skirt when we get back to the inn, okay~?”
“No, no, that was a mistake! This old man is… Anyway, why don’t you come with me and go underground with me? It’ll be fun.”
“Hmm…? Do you think you could take me along?
“I’m not sure. That is why we will give it a shot.”
Tina smiles as this old man extends his hand to her.
“Okay! Interesting. Let’s go, Ash!”
Tina’s body, hand in hand with this old man, sinks to the ground as if we were sinking into the water.
popping! popping! popping, popping, popping!
This old man’s and Tina’s faces appear here and there around Donna.
“Oh…! It looks like I can take Tina, too.”
“What an unusual way to travel underground! It’s quite fun!”
“Hahaha! With the two of you popping up all over the place, it’s like whack-a-mole.”
Donna laughs as she says this, and we continue to play for a while.
Tina looks down and whispers to this old man as he goes underground.
It seems that we can talk to each other underground.
“Ash…if we keep going down and down with this power, we’ll get to where The Castle Knight is, won’t we? The monster from before must have come up here with this power.”
“I think you’re right. It appeared out of nowhere, with no warning.”
If it had arrived by land from outside the town, the entire town would have been in uproar and heard it. But there was no such sign at the time, and the buildings’ walls were suddenly destroyed.
This means it appeared on the surface so quickly that there was no time for commotion.
“… Why don’t we go immediately? We need to get this mess under control before too much damage is done. It’s bad enough that people are getting hurt, but it’s even worse that the inns will close after the hot springs stop bubbling.”
“I agree—the sooner the better and for the sake of the country that Tina once ruled.”
“I’m sorry for bothering you, Ash.”
“What of it? I still owe you an apology for keeping you waiting for over 50 years. I would go to any length for Tina.”
Then we should come to the surface and talk to Donna about it.
“Ash. I love you so much~!!”
She hugs me tightly and passionately kisses me on the cheek.
“T-Tina. We won’t be able to get back on the ground properly if you cling to me too tightly…”
As he wobbles to the surface, this old man’s face collides with something soft and flexible.
“A-Ash-kun…! No, no, you can’t do that! You can’t just go around hugging a girl’s buttocks!”
Donna is blushing slightly and looking perplexed.
“Whoa?! I’m sorry, I’m out of sight―.”
“Well, that can’t be helped, but do you care if Martina-chan is upset with you for doing this?”
“Huh? That is called force majeure. My wife wouldn’t be bothered by something like that… right?”
A sort of aura of light began to envelop the smiling Tina.
Donna senses something is wrong and screams.
“Donna… Do you know what the “Holy Sword Tear” is? Even the legendary relic requires some care from time to time. And to put its wits to the test in battle. Fufufu… Would you like to be my partner?”
“Wait a second, Tina…! This is not how you wield the Holy Sword…!”
“… I know. I’m kidding, I’m kidding.”
But her face is all pouty , but it’s a good thing she stopped to think about it for now―.
“Hm…? That’s it! The key is the holy sword!”
An idea flashed through this old man’s mind.