“I ran straight away screaming, but it was too late. He carried the dino on his shoulder and disappeared into the darkness.”
“Was Dino dead at that time?”
Helmut asked calmly. James and Andro trembled. Asuka shrugged her shoulders.
“I don’t know, because there was no movement. But it didn’t bleed. “Maybe she’s just unconscious?”
Even if the person is not stabbed with a knife, if the neck is broken or a huge impact is applied, the person dies. Dino might already be dead.
James and Andro’s complexions suddenly darkened. Wait, it was really just a moment. Dino was caught in a moment of inattention. They did not notice the assassin’s approach.
When they truly saw the assassin’s true identity, what they felt was not vague fear. It was a fear that became real.
“Helmut, you’re not going to give up on Dino, are you?”
James asked with an anxious face.
Helmut gathered his thoughts. It is unknown whether Dino is alive or dead.
But there is a way to find out. Attacking and killing them would have been enough, but if they kidnapped them, there was a purpose. They will approach again.
‘But are these guys okay?’
Insensitive. It doesn’t maintain tension properly. We can’t even stand together for that short of a time.
But what can be done? It was because of Helmut that the assassin targeted them. Even if it is inconvenient, I will try to protect it as much as possible.
“Let’s eat this first. “Eat and talk.”
Helmut held out a water bottle and a rabbit. He seemed to have lost his appetite, but regardless of his appetite, he was still hungry.
When Asuka cooked the mushrooms and rabbits she had picked earlier and presented them to them, they all ate them like gluttons.
I was so tense and stiff that I lost a lot of energy. My stomach sent out a loud signal.
It was just the right amount to fill the stomach of 4 people. It wasn’t enough to fill the stomachs of those in the swordsmanship department, but they were still full. Where is there anything to eat?
“What are we going to do now?”
“Are you going back tomorrow? “What about Dino?”
James looked anxiously toward the completely dark forest. The darkness was so thick that it could not be illuminated by the twinkling stars in the sky.
If everything had gone as planned, eight people would have lit a bonfire and had a great barbecue party by now, but it was like we were suddenly thrown into an extreme situation.
“If I leave to look for Dino, I don’t know who else will get hit.”
Helmut said clearly.
“For now, it would be better to stay here until daybreak. Get enough rest. “I stand guard.”
The reason he called himself a sentry was simple. Because I can’t sleep because I trust these guys. Leaking out for one night will not seriously affect your condition.
Asuka calmly agreed. He lay down on the sleeping bag first, and the other guy hesitantly followed suit.
The three of them, excluding Helmut, lay close together with almost no space between them. All of them had left their swords in their sleeping bags and were holding on to his handle.
We were only a short distance away, but Dino was kidnapped. The tension rose to the point where the top of her head was pulled.
Because of this, although Helmut told them to rest, the other two, except for Asuka, who started snoring, were unable to sleep easily due to anxiety and tossed and turned.
They were in great shock as they lost their friend right before their eyes. Until we confirmed Dino’s body, it seemed like it would be easier to keep our senses if we thought he was alive.
It was approaching midnight. Helmut, who was sitting in front of the campfire with his eyes closed as if dozing off, suddenly opened his eyes.
There was a sharp sound and an arrow landed in front of him. puck!
I missed it on purpose. A cloth bag was tied to the tip of the quivering arrow.
“what’s the matter!”
James and Andro stood up in shock. Helmut looked in the direction the arrow came from.
‘The movement is fast. Has Fasho come in person?’
Although he is not greatly affected by darkness, he cannot leave these guys behind and chase after them.
‘It looks like he’s going to tell me the purpose of kidnapping Dino.’
Helmut unfastened the cloth pouch tied to the arrow.
“Miss, I was sleeping well.”
Asuka woke up late, rubbing her eyes.
Helmut took out a piece of paper from his pocket. There is text written on it.
“If you want to find a friend, come to the big rock hill alone before dawn.”
“A big rock hill? “How do you know where it is?”
“Our map was quite detailed. It should be marked. Ah, here it is!”
Andro took out a map and unfolded it. Among the various terrains drawn on the map, there was only one place that could be said to be a large rocky hill. Helmut measured the distance using a map.
“If you run here with all your might, it will take about 15 minutes. “It’s not that far.”
“This distance takes 15 minutes?”
“It’s okay for me.”
James, who asked the question, closed his mouth. He says he is like that, so what can you do? He blushed and put his hands in his pockets. I felt a squishy texture.
“huh? “There’s something inside.”
As I thoughtlessly reached into my pocket, something fell out. He shuddered and sat back.
“What, what! crazy!”
A white, small lump. James, who confirmed the identity of the thing that had fallen to the floor, looked half lost.
It was a bloody index finger. The smoothly cut cross section seemed to show the skill of the person who cut it. Helmut calmly picked it up and checked it.
“It’s a finger. “Is this Dino’s finger?”
“I don’t know!”
“Even if you are a friend, how can you tell the difference between a severed finger and something like that?”
James screamed. It must have been quite a shock to see him turn pale. I felt like I would cry if I said more.
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Helmut tilted his head.
‘I can recognize Asuka’s fingers.’
That’s because Helmut’s sharp eyes and memory are good. Asuka took her finger and examined it.
“Looking at the condition, it was cut not long ago. “She didn’t even have blood clotted.”
“It must be alive. My finger was cut off and it hurts a bit. “It would be fortunate if the only thing cut off was the finger.”
In that case, coming if you want to find your friend doesn’t mean coming if you want to find your friend’s body.
Asuka made a noise and frowned.
“It’s disgusting to keep watching this.”
He handed it to Andro, who was frozen to one side.
“Take care of that finger.”
Andro put his fingers back into his pockets with a reluctant expression.
James rubbed his face with both hands. It was an expression he had endured for ten years.
Asuka muttered bitterly.
“Professor Dwayne will be able to attach it without any problem.”
“Thank goodness. “If you’re alive, we can save you.”
Helmut said hopefully. Even a dead person has no talent to revive him. If he was alive, there had to be some way to save him.
Andro and James stared in astonishment at Helmut, who was looking at the map again with an expressionless face.
‘Well, this guy… … .’
It was so strange. It was a really nerve-wracking situation, and it was scary to sleep, but neither Andro nor James were letting go of reason.
They knew it was thanks to this terrifyingly calm guy named Helmut. He felt like if he was with him, he would somehow find a way. Oh, and the easy-going Asuka also played a role.
“What are you going to do?”
“I’ll have to think about it.”
There is still some time left. Since I told them to come alone, Helmut will have to go alone, and then these guys will be the only ones left.
If you run at full speed and the distance is 15 minutes, it is much further than before.
Assuming Fasho comes here in person, how long can they last?
Helmut had no idea. It is true that Asuka’s skills are useful, but they are not as good as those of a first-class mercenary. But he might be okay combined with the other two guys.
The problem was that the opponent was an assassin and would not give a fair one-on-three match.
It’s a dilemma. Do you go looking for Dino, who you’re not sure can be saved, or protect these guys who are definitely alive?
If you choose the former, everyone can be saved. But on the other hand, he could have killed everyone.
It was extreme. But if you choose the latter, Dino will definitely die.
‘It would be more convenient if the answer was given as a multiple choice.’
I don’t know what to do in times like this. Helmut postponed his decision.
“Get some sleep. “Wake me up before dawn.”
James and Andro knew that all they could do was make sure they were in the best possible condition. They obediently went to bed and lay down.
Asuka didn’t do that. He leaned his head close to Helmut’s ear. When I felt his breath, I got goosebumps. Helmut glared at him.
“Hey, speak quietly. “Those guys listen.”
Asuka whispered. Unlike the other guys, his bright eyes look like he got a good night’s sleep and is very tired.
Being able to relieve fatigue when needed was also an ability.
“What are you going to do? “Are you going to save Dino?”
“I’m thinking. “What should I do?”
“How about a majority vote? “If you ask those guys, they’ll tell you to go save Dino, right?”
“What do you think?”
Asuka spoke confidently. Helmut tilted his head to the side.
Asuka is instinctive. I’m sure he feels that Fasho is stronger than me. Does he mean that he should go save his classmates even if he himself is in danger?
To interpret it that way, Asuka is not nice. Selfish and shameless.
He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t mind other guys, so it’s not strange to say that we should escape on our own.
Helmut looked at him with suspicion.
“He is strong. The prejudice that they are weak in a head-on fight because they are assassins would not apply due to the difference in skill level. “Is he confident enough to deal with it?”
“I want to fight that guy.”
“Are you willing to risk your life for the sake of winning?”
“No, actually, I was lying in bed and thinking about it for five minutes. Of course, I fell asleep quickly after those five minutes.”
“It was then that a good idea occurred to me. I bought some things while preparing for this hunting outing. I have something useful. It’s something that a guy called Fasho can’t even imagine. that is… … .”
Asuka excitedly continued her explanation. After the explanation was over, Helmut stared at Asuka with strange eyes.
What an idea. When it comes to combat, my brain works quite well.
“If it goes as you say, it’ll be fine, but will you be able to find the time to do that? If you fail… … .”
“You said it would take 15 minutes to reach the big rock hill if you run as hard as you can. If Dino is alive, there’s no way he’ll be fine with his fingers cut off, so you’ll have to carry him. Then it will take more than 20 minutes to arrive. I have to deal with these two guys and the assassin for nearly 40 minutes. “It’s worth a try.”
“You’re right. But a better way is to give up Dino. “I don’t know if you’ll be able to do it properly since you have very little practical experience.”
Helmut answered calmly.
Asuka raised her voice. Since we were so close, my eardrums were tingling. Helmut frowned.
“I already involved you in my work. All I can do here is save as many of you as possible before returning home. “I can give up at least one person for that.”