|Author: Tensei Mikami||Original Source: Syosetu||Word Count: 2269 characters|
|Translator: Jiro||English Source: Re:Library||Word Count: Unknown words|
Melia’s body emitted a faint red light. It was as though Melia’s battling spirit had been manifested in the blazing light as it rose high. Her piercing blue eyes also gave off a faint glow, and a blue afterglow would glide through the air whenever her head turned.
Melia growled while showing her teeth. She was frantically trying to prevent the power from escaping her body. Melia had drunk a Strengthening Potion. The Strengthening Potions were similar to standard potions but had very different effects.
It was a liquid drug that had body-strengthening effects rather than healing ones, but its effects and side effects were too great. It was akin to offering up one’s life in exchange for power.
As a result, these Potions were avoided unless absolutely necessary.
Seletina watched Melia’s back as she threw the empty potion, her eyes wide in shock.
Why did she use it?!
“MOTHER!” Seletina shouted as she attempted to grasp Melia’s back with her hand but was unable to do so.
It was Melia’s afterimage that she grasped.
In the blink of an eye, Melia’s back was already far away, and with a single leap, she stood in front of the Defiler of Pride and Wisdom. Melia was faster than lightning and as fleeting as a flint spark.
Boom! Bang! Boom!
The light enveloping Melia’s body burned even more fiercely. Following it, came a roar. Even the sound was left behind as Melia swung her greatsword sideways.
Her strikes were so quick that she’d crossed over from the realm of humans into that of heroes. She was just a single step away from Orthus and the other heroes portrayed in the epic tales.
Yet… A high-pitched sound shook the area. Melia’s greatsword was blocked by the Defiler of Pride and Wisdom’s twin swords. Its eight eyes moved relentlessly, as if mocking Melia.
In an effort to create some distance between them, Melia clicked her tongue and drew back her sword. However, things didn’t go as planned.
The Defiler of Pride and Wisdom instantly closed the gap.
Then, using nothing but sheer power and no technique whatsoever, it slashed its blades at Melia. At that moment, Melia’s eyes blazed fiercely. She forcefully altered the direction of her greatsword and narrowly avoided death.
Because of the explosive boost in her reflexes and physical strength brought on by the Strengthening Potion, she was able to block the twin blades. Without the potion, Melia would have most likely been rendered into mincemeat.
What strength… Are the knights really fighting things like this?!
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Melia once again clicked her tongue.
This is not a foe humans can win against…
Melia’s heart was slightly invaded by fear as the eight eyes twitched madly. She nevertheless tightened her hold on her greatsword and let the blazing light envelop her.
Her tightly shut mouth and fierce eyes were testaments to her determination.
She thought about her beloved daughter’s name and the days she’d spent with her. Melia’s determined demeanor relaxed as she uttered a single phrase,
“I love you.”
In the next moment, Melia shot forward. In her hands, the greatsword was bursting with never before seen power. A red spirit rose up.
Melia’s body transformed into a fireball as she approached the Defiler of Pride and Wisdom. The Defiler of Pride and Wisdom shook its body and shot its left arm forward with terrifying speed.
But Melia did not attempt to dodge it.
The sword gouged out her bone and ripped into her muscles as it penetrated her right shoulder1. However, Melia persisted. Her deep blue eyes flashing like sparks.
The eight eyes of the Defiler of Pride and Wisdom trembled as though in shock.
A chance! I’ll grab it!
Melia’s teeth creaked, and the red spirit rose to the heavens.
Melia’s greatsword swept down towards the Defiler of Pride and Wisdom’s shoulder like a gale, carrying the air of death with it.