The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 33
Chapter 33: War demon
Fiery crimson hair.
Eyes just as red and intense.
A sword the size of the person’s height is stained with blood.
At first glance, the person seems unharmed.
Exposed muscles that have been trained to perfection and not a single scratch can be seen.
In other words, the blood on the sword is from the bandits…
“――Did you do this?”
Breaking the silence, His Highness questions the mysterious man.
The tension is palpable even among the knights behind him.
“If I said I did, then what? These guys are a bunch of scoundrels, aren’t they?”
“And what about you?”
“Hey, can you imagine me being with these weak bandits?”
“I don’t know about that.”
Frustration can be seen on the man’s face.
His Highness seems to be provoking him deliberately.
He is trying to find out about the man’s identity and position through conversation.
There are no bandits around, and there doesn’t seem to have been any surprise attacks.
However, the sound of battle can be heard from just behind the man, a little ways away.
The man seems to have noticed it as well and turns his gaze to the back.
“What the hell. Are they fighting over there?”
He smirks, and turns his body in the direction of the battle sounds.
I can hear the sounds of a separate unit of the knights and the remaining bandits fighting.
His Highness’s voice stops the man who tries to head in that direction.
“Our separate unit of knights will take care of the remaining bandits.”
“Why the hell would I care? They’re my prey.”
“Don’t you get it? If you go now, it will only create more confusion. I’m telling you to stay put and not get in the way.”
The powerful words of His Highness stop the man who was about to walk away.
The man glares at His Highness in frustration.
“Who the hell do you think you are to order me around like that?”
“That’s the first time I’ve heard that kind of line.”
Of course it is.
Saying such a thing to a prince…
Normally, that would be punishable speech on the spot.
From what I can tell, he doesn’t seem to realize that His Highness is royalty or that we are a unit of knights.
Did he come from a place far from the capital, or does he just not care?
Why do I have a feeling it’s the latter?
“If you’re going to get in my way, I’m not going to let you get away with it.
“We don’t plan on fighting you. We just want you to wait until it’s over.”
“I don’t want that. I want to fight. You, you seem pretty strong. You’re better than these guys.”
The man finally directs his hostility towards His Highness.
Beyond hostility, is it murderous intent?
A chill I have never felt before.
Even though we’re not making direct eye contact, it feels like the air is freezing.
Like a small animal being stared down by a beast…
Everyone’s attention turns to the two of them.
In the midst of it all, my eyes go to his feet.
He moved slightly.
In the midst of the corpses I thought were dead on the mountain, there’s someone alive.
The man’s hand is gripping a knife.
Before a voice could come out, my hand grips the Rune Stone.
The engraved letter is 【ᛁ】.
It means hail.
At this distance, the Rune Stone won’t reach with my shoulder.
So I throw the stone straight up.
As soon as the effect is activated, hail is generated around the stone.
The raining hail avoids the man with the great sword and strikes the side of the man’s head who was swinging his knife at his feet.
The man drops his knife and loses consciousness as he falls down once again.
It was a close call, but I made it.
As I let out a sigh of relief, the man with the great sword turns his gaze towards me.
“What was that attack just now…?”
It wasn’t hostility or malice, just pure curiosity.
But when curiosity is filled with madness like this, it’s hard to think of it as anything else.
“That was an amazing technique! Show me more!”
The curiosity, or rather, murderous intent is directed towards me.
It feels completely different from watching from the sidelines.
This creature wasn’t an easy-to-deal-with predator; it was a monster.
My feet freeze in fear, and my body won’t move.
“Show me faster! Or should I attack you instead?”
In an instant, the man disappears from my sight.
He moves so fast that I can’t keep up with my eyes, and before I know it, he’s coming for me.
He raises his great sword.
He’s not bluffing; he really intends to strike me.
Even His Highness can’t make it in time.
I, myself, am paralyzed with fear.
For the first time in my life, I feel the weight of my own impending death.
The great sword that was about to strike down on me stops just in time.
It wasn’t that the man stopped.
He was stopped just before it happened.
“I won’t let you.”
He’s usually timid and unreliable, but he’s dependable in times of need.
The very cowardly hero had drawn the Holy Sword.
“I won’t let you lay a finger on Meiana-san.”
“Hey, hey, don’t get me too excited.”
The man with a crazed smile and Zion-kun, who calmly takes on his attacks.
I could only be amazed at the sight unfolding before my eyes.