Chapter 2: To Resist The Nightmare│Read translated stories and daily updates at: Awebstories.com
“Haa… Haa… Haa… Haaah…!”
I startle awake from my dream and leap out of bed.
My back is completely drenched in cold sweat.
“I… I… I’m…”
I was eaten to death by the Hellhounds in that labyrinth.
But more than that, I couldn’t forgive myself for being protected by her… by Lady Nadia.
“I… I killed her… I allowed her to die…!”
Even though it was only a dream, I was filled with guilt, despair, and rage at my own helplessness.
I could have saved her life if I had been stronger.
With this realization, I went to my house’s library and read through the illustrated books about Hellhounds.
I would not let her die this time.
I won’t let her die again.
In my dream that night, I faced the Hellhound once more.
But I’m not the same person I was in my dream the night before.
“What the heck, gah!”
I took advantage of Hellhound’s proclivity for moving quickly but only coming straight at me, and stabbed it calmly with my sword while waiting for it to strike.
In the dream, I am now eighteen years old. I am an adult and a strong man.
I fled before the Hellhounds attacked, and this time I looked for her… Lady Nadia.
“Haa… Haa… Where has she gone…”
I’m frantically searching the labyrinth for her.
She shielded me in my dream the night before, so she must be nearby!
“Oh! She’s right there!”
She was charging at me, running as fast as she could get away from a Slime.
I see… She was running away from the slow-moving slime in my dream the night before and saved me…
Then it’s my turn to come to her aid!
“Nadia-san! Get behind me!”
I break in to protect her and slash at the slime’s slow attack with my sword.
The slime splits into two, and then two more appear, but I kill them all with my sword, one by one.
“Phew… It’s all right now… Huh?!”
“Thank you very much… I’m all right. Thank you very much…”
Lady Nadia was sobbing uncontrollably.
I was so taken by her that I couldn’t help but admire her.
Then I decided to go on a labyrinth adventure with Lady Nadia.
A powerful lizardman appeared out of nowhere and slaughtered me and Lady Nadia.
Since then, I have always worked with Lady Nadia in my dreams.
At the time, I had already abandoned the notion of being a mere bystander.
And the more I got to know her, the more I liked her personality, kindness, devotion, and many other things.
“I wonder how she is in real life…”
While practicing magic in my mansion’s garden, I whispered to myself.
She has long blue hair and blue eyes.A
well-defined nose bridge and pale cherry lips.
Her slightly nervous and frightened gestures, as well as her “Yaeba Teeth,” which show when she bashfully bows her head, make her so endearing.
I couldn’t stop laughing when I remembered her appearance.
After all, it was only a dream, and in addition to the Crown Prince, who is real, there is Lady Nadia… There’s a possibility she is…
“Anyway, in this reality, I have to keep trying.”
In fact, I realized something while exploring the labyrinth in my dream—I can use the skills and abilities I learned in real life in my dreams.
I discovered this after learning magic.
My previous sword fighting was ineffective, and after failing to find a way to fight without superior weapons and armor, I decided to learn magic.
So I begged my parents to find me a magic tutor.
They helped me learn some offensive magic, even though it was still at the beginner level.
Furthermore, because I had mastered magic, I was able to use it in my dreams that day.
Following that, I worked hard to get stronger and stronger.
Unfortunately, I discovered that I lacked talent in swordsmanship, which made me a little depressed, but that didn’t stop the demons in the dream and those guys from not letting me and Nadia off the hook.
So I focused on my magical training.
In the real world, I concentrated on increasing my magical power, learning magic, and improving my basic physical strength, whereas in my dreams, I concentrated on gaining practical experience with magic.
I spent more than twice as much time as a normal person, including in my dreams, and I quickly grew stronger and stronger.
Then came my fifteenth year’s spring.
I was about to enter the Imperial Academy.