The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 34
Chapter 34: How to keep your head cool
“Who are you, anyway?”
A tense standoff unfolding before me.
Even as an amateur, I can sense the tension in the air, and the knights can only watch with anticipation.
“Answer me, you brat! You’re not just a regular human, are you?”
“I have nothing to say to you.”
“Hah! That gaze of yours is good! It’s just the way I like it!”
“Enough already――back away from Meiana-san!”
Zion-kun deflects the greatsword and tries to strike the man’s side with the hilt of the Holy Sword.
However, the man evades Zion-kun’s attack.
Then, he jumps backward, increasing the distance between them.
“What was that half-assed attack just now! Come at me with more killing intent. Otherwise, I can’t enjoy it!”
The man points the tip of his greatsword at Zion-kun.
He seems to have lost interest in me and is entirely focused on Zion-kun.
Zion-kun prepares his Holy Sword and faces him.
Looking at them like this, I get the feeling that I can rely on the brave hero.
He speaks in a different tone than usual, stronger and more commanding.
“What’s wrong? Aren’t you gonna fight?”
“…I came here to fight the bandits. Not you.”
“Huh? Don’t say such a weak thing in this situation. You drew your sword and even took my attack. At that moment…the fight began, you know!”
The man kicked the ground and disappeared from my line of sight.
Before I knew it, he was in front of Zion-kun.
He swung his greatsword boldly and launched an attack.
Zion-kun reacted to it and tried to block it with his Holy Sword.
However, Zion-kun, who should have blocked it, was blown away.
Did he get overwhelmed?
Even though he’s the hero who pulled out the Holy Sword, it’s hard to believe that an ordinary person could just blow him away like that.
Zion-kun did a backflip as he was blown away and landed gracefully.
The man then approached him without hesitation.
He easily lifted the greatsword with one hand and swung it down.
Zion-kun takes it with the Holy Sword.
Using his previous experience, he changes the direction of the blade the moment it makes contact.
“Hah! You’re skillful!”
Now Zion-kun slashes at him with the Holy Sword.
He feigns an attack towards his torso, but goes after his legs.
I thought his plan was perfect.
“You almost got me there.”
The attack looked perfect to the untrained eye.
The other party’s response is also late.
I know Zion-kun is fast.
The attack was prevented by a later move by…
“Your reaction time is amazing. I thought that attack was going to hit.”
“Hah! Like I’d let that hit me. How long are you going to hold back for? Are you going to take it seriously if I kill that woman over there?”
The man glances at me for a brief moment.
A chill runs down my spine from that gaze, which lasts only a fraction of a second.
“――Your opponent is me.”
“Fine. I’ll target those eyes of yours from the start.”
Suddenly, a giant icicle attacks the man.
The man dodges to the right and looks at the magician who attacked him.
“If you lay a hand on her, I won’t stay silent either.”
It was His Highness Alectos who attacked the man.
While everyone watched their fight without intervening, only one person broke in.
“You’re a magician, aren’t you? That was impressive just now. I didn’t notice it until it was activated! You’re one of the top magicians I’ve seen, I tell you.”
“Of course. There’s no magician in this country stronger than me…None.”
He asserts it confidently.
It’s not overconfidence.
It’s widely acknowledged that His Highness is a genius magician.
No one disagrees.
Then, the man smiles.
“I love it, you guys! We’re gonna have fun!”
The man rejoices as His Highness and Zion-kun confront him.
While the atmosphere is tense, I am surprisingly calm.
Too many surprising things happened in quick succession, which made my thinking process smoother.
Should we fight like this…?
On the opposite entrance, the bandits and knights were fighting.
If he defeated the bandits, then this man must not be a bad person.
Plus, he was incredibly strong.
If these three were to fight, it would result in serious injuries…
The conclusion comes to my mind that it must be stopped.
But all three of them were much stronger than me.
Talking to them normally wouldn’t stop them.
They all looked heated up.
If only they could cool their heads, they could think more clearly…
Cool… ice, water?
“――There it is.”
This was the site of an old village.
If it was a village built in an era before magical devices like now existed, there should be a well.
It might have dried up.
But if it weren’t completely dry and had even a little bit of water left, it would be enough.
I held onto the Rune Stone tightly.
“Let’s go! Entertain me!”
It looked like the fight was about to start again.
Before that happened, I threw the Rune Stone into the well.
Everyone’s attention was drawn to my sudden action.
The Rune of 【ᛚ】creates and controls water.
Touching the water that was left at the bottom of the well causes the rune to shine brighter.
A deafening roar and ground-shaking.
Along with a tremendous noise coming from the well, a large amount of water gushes out.
Let me apologize first.
The water that splashed up divided into three in the air and fell on the heads of the three people.
“Bubububu, wh-what the hell are you doing?!”
“What is it all of a sudden…”
“P-Please calm down! Our enemies are the bandits!”
I muster my courage and shout loudly.
His Highness’s eyes widen.
Zion-kun’s face also looks like he just realized something.
Suddenly, like a thread of tension being cut, His Highness bursts out laughing.
It’s the first time I’ve seen him laugh so heartily.
“Oh, sorry. You’re right. Ah, I’ve cooled my head. Zion! Put away your sword too!”
The two of them lose their will to fight.
It seems they have calmed down.
“That’s right. You’re not a bandit. So there’s no reason to fight.”
“What the hell, you’re such a letdown. I was all fired up to fight… fight…?”
The man, who hadn’t lost any fighting spirit, suddenly collapsed.
His Highness and Zion-kun approach slowly.
Then, there was a loud noise.
His stomach growled.
“Ugh, I’m hungry…”
“Well, it’s true that he helped us take down the bandits. If he promises not to go wild, we’ll give him plenty to eat.”
“Really? Then, please…”
The man, who was once full of vigor, had disappeared.
His Highness and Zion-kun were amazed at the man who couldn’t move a step due to hunger.
I don’t really understand what’s going on, but I guess everything is settled now?
An hour later, the operation to eradicate the bandits was over.
It ended three days earlier than planned.