IWBMITL Ch 203

“Your Majesty, the First Prince is now…”

“Let it go.”

Yovanes said, glaring disapprovingly at Astanas’ back.

“I doubt he’ll go much further from the entrance. He’s lacking.”

He didn’t like it

He had so many shortcomings, so many flaws.

Then, Perez came into the view of Emperor Yovanes.

Another son, who silently nodded to him who was sitting on the podium, then returned to his villa.

“You can’t be thinking of making the Second Prince the Crown Prince, right?”

He suddenly remembered the words of the Empress that was said on the carriage on their way here.

“His mother’s lowly blood that runs through his veins couldn’t possibly be the blood of the Emperor of Lambrew.”

He agreed with her.

However, the Second Prince seemed to resemble the Emperor Durelli more than the First Prince.

Isn’t that enough?


“Your Majesty, the First Prince is now…”

“Let it go.”

Yovanes said, glaring disapprovingly at Astanas’ back.

“I doubt he’ll go much further from the entrance. He’s lacking.”

He didn’t like it

He had so many shortcomings, so many flaws.

Then, Perez came into the view of Emperor Yovanes.

Another son, who silently nodded to him who was sitting on the podium, then returned to his villa.

“You can’t be thinking of making the Second Prince the Crown Prince, right?”

He suddenly remembered the words of the Empress that was said on the carriage on their way here.

“His mother’s lowly blood that runs through his veins couldn’t possibly be the blood of the Emperor of Lambrew.”

He agreed with her.

However, the Second Prince seemed to resemble the Emperor Durelli more than the First Prince.

Isn’t that enough?

It was better than the First Prince, who kept showing the shortcomings of the Angenas.

Emperor Yovanes’ eyes lingered on the back of Perez for a long time.

But there was one thing he failed to notice.

It was the three people who followed Perez and always stayed together.

Stilly and Tedro, who had followed Perez, grumbled before going back into the forest.

[ / / / ]

It was the second day of the hunting competition.

Astana laughed while taking a swig of the unknown drug in the canteen.

“Good, very good.”

The hunt was going very smoothly.

No, it was going even better than that.

“You’ve already got eighteen, Your Highness!”

Bellesac shouted while cutting off a monster’s right arm.

“Let’s go! We’ll have to catch a larger one next time!”

Astana said, a bit short of breath.

“Why don’t we take a break before going again, Your Highness?”

“That’s right, I can’t walk any further…”

His whole entourage responded, echoing their fatigue.

The party, which had started with around ten people, had already dwindled down to just six.

Everyone had given up due to Astana’s unreasonable behaviour and ended up either injured or worn out.

“Shut up!”

Astana yelled out fiercely.

“Y-Your Highness…”

His followers flinched in unison.

It was because Astana, who was covered in green blood, with a sword in hand, was terrifying.

It was like they were watching the Second Prince from yesterday.

The state of being out of one’s mind, as if possessed by the magic.

“Five before sunset, yesterday, and thirteen since we started hunting today! The hunt is going well today, so if you can’t keep up with it, then get out!”

Now he even swung his sword with one hand at his aides as a threat.

Astana was always rude, but not like this.

He never forgot that the crowd following him was made up of nobles who all had a strong sense of pride.

But now, Astana treated them as if they were flies that were bothering him.

Annoyingly buzzing around his ears.

“Only the ones who can handle the difficult hunt should come. If you’re going to fall back, then leave quietly. Your clumsy attacks won’t be of much help anyways, so don’t bother me.”

Astana huffed again, habitually inhaling the medicated drink for a headache.

“I must have broken through some sort of limit, otherwise how else would I be this full of energy?”

Astana couldn’t hide his excitement.

Bellesac said that the drug he stole would prevent him from experiencing the effects of the magic and in the end, it ended up working so well.

Yesterday, he was drained by the magic of the forest, and he was tired and out of breath, even if he had only walked a bit. However, there was no such thing today.

His footsteps were light and his sword was outstretched.

He wasn’t even afraid, even if the monsters he encountered in the forest started appearing more frequently.

Rather, he thought it was quite nice.

He even thought it would be nice if the next monster would appear immediately after killing one.

“Bellesac, you, follow me.”

Astana turned to Bellesac and said.

Since stealing the canteen yesterday, Bellesac has been acting as Astana’s right-hand man again, just like before.

“Yes, Your Highness!”

It was natural that Bellesac was excited.

“Make sure you keep an eye out for red armour, and make sure he doesn’t come after us, alright?”

Red armour.

It meant Perez’s red armour.

“He’s the only one who I need to be careful of, he’s the only one…”

Astana muttered as he took another step forward.

What he had to watch out for now in this forest was Perez who was in red armour.

That was all.

[ / / / ]

The third and last day of the hunting competition.

“Die! Die!”

Astana was on top of a monster and stabbing it with his knife.

Whenever Astana’s body moved, a chilling sound rang out.

“Your Highness…”

Bellesac called to Astana.

But Astana, bent on killing the monsters, couldn’t hear a sound.

In the last three days, Astana has caught a total of over forty monsters.

It was the result of hunting and continuing to wander from sunrise to evening, like a person who was possessed by something.

“Look, shouldn’t we stop His Highness now?”

Bellesac cautiously asked his companion.

“…?”

But there was no reply.

When he turned around, the place where the firstborn of the Brexen household, the last person to remain other than him, stood, was empty.

While Astana was obsessed with the hunt, he had slipped away without warning to give up on the competition.

Gulp.

Bellesac’s throat was dry.

The only people left were Astana and Bellesac.

‘Yeah, maybe this is a good thing.’

Bellesac thought so.

Before he came to the hunting competition, his mother Serral had said so.

“As dangerous as it may be, there should still be opportunities waiting for you. Do you understand what I’m saying, Bellesac?”

In this situation, where everyone has already fled, he was the the only one who stood by His Highness to the end.

If this isn’t true loyalty, then what is?

“This is your last chance to regain his confidence!”

Bellesac nodded, recalling what Serral had told him.

Astana seemed a little different from usual, but he was just enjoying the hunt.

Besides, he was almost certain that it wouldn’t go well if he tried to stop him in the current situation.

Bellesac decided to stay put without saying anything else.

It was then.

“Bellesac, get me the canteen.”

Astana ordered.

“Yes, here it is.”

Bellesac moved his body quickly and handed him the canteen.

The water bottle was light and almost completely empty.

“Your Highness will definitely win.”

Bellesac said with a smile.

He said it, thinking that Astana would be happy.

Bellesac’s prediction was correct.

Astana smirked while looking at the monster’s head.

The blood of the monster that had already been soaked into Astana, tainted Astana’s smile.

“Right. Perez, even that lowly thing couldn’t have caught so many monsters. The monsters around here must have all fled.”

Astana snickered dangerously.

“Yeah, I must be stronger than him.”

“What?”

Bellesac tilted his head.

Stronger than the Sword Master, the Second Prince?

“Look at today, the day we slaughtered so many monsters. That kid could never do this.”

“But…”

“Shut up! I’m stronger! If we run into him now, I’ll kill him in one go!”

Astana cried out as if he was a bloodhound.

Gasp.

Bellesac shut his mouth.

It was because Astana’s sword, which was smeared with green blood that had already hardened, was approaching his throat.

“Th-That’s right, Your Highness is stronger.”

“Right? You think so too, don’t you?”

Astana said with a blank look in his eyes.

“Okay. Then I have a good idea.”

“A good…idea?”

At that moment, a bad feeling gripped Bellesac.

“I’m going to kill that dirty half-blood. Let’s go.”

Astana started to go forward in big strides.

He didn’t even intend to take care of the body of the last monster he had killed.

“I can kill him now, no one will know because we’re in the forest.”

Astana continued to talk to himself, giggling.

“If I kill that lowly thing, everything will be over. It’ll all be over.”

His Majesty will no longer ignore me.

My mother would be proud of me for doing so well.

“Where are you? Red armour. Red armour.

Astana chanted it like a spell.

In the dark forest, Astana’s eyes only found red.

“That’s all.”

Astana laughed.

As he walked through the forest confidently, he suddenly came across a small meadow.

And on the other side, like magic, Perez appeared.

“Red armour.”

It must have been Perez, seeing as the Lombardy girl was next to him.

Astana gripped his sword.

Then, started running blindly towards Perez.

“Your Highness!”

Bellesac who had followed behind him was startled and called out to him.

But Astana did not stop.

There was no better chance than now to kill Perez.

Astana kept running, staring only at Perez’s unlucky face.

“Stop him!”

At that time. people who he had not noticed until now, came into Astana’s line of vision.

Imperial knights were guarding Perez’s surroundings.

Astana was taken aback for a moment.

Why would the Imperial Knights want that brat?

And then in the next moment, there was anger.

Oho, so you guys were all lining up behind that lowly thing.

“I’ll kill you!”

Astana cried out loudly.

Amazingly, Perez’s face appeared right in front of him.

Clang!

However, Astana’s sword flew farther, into the hands of the Imperial Knights.

Heok, heok!

Astana gasped for breath.

He was right in front of him.

He was within reach, just a hand stretched out would be enough to touch him.

He couldn’t give up here.

Then Bellesac came into Astana’s vision.

To be exact, it was the dagger that was tied to his waist.

“Die!”

Astana yelled at him and pulled out Bellesac’s dagger.

And took a big heavy swing at Perez.


sort of felt bad when astana said his mum would be proud of him and his dad would stop ignoring him bc he’s literally just a child craving affection,,,but perez all the way lmaooo

also, can u guys let me know if you’d like me to continue tling bc if you guys don’t then i’ll stop hAHAHAHA so pls comment bc i don’t even know how many people even want this sdlfkjfdj

IWBMITL Ch 202

He got goosebumps all over his body.

Astana hesitantly took a step back.

Although he was wandering through the forest, scared of monsters, the monster he feared the most was Perez, not a monster he had never seen before.

The red armor dyed green by the monster’s blood shone eerily.

Schwing!

The sword that Perez swung lightly at Astana made a scary sound.

The blue fluid that was on the blade fell onto the ground like rain.

“I’ve already warned you.”

Perez said in a low voice.

“Keep out of my sight.”

“W-Wait a second!”

Astana cried out, but it was too late.

Perez was already striding toward Astana with his sword.

bruh kakaopage is getting on my nerves,,,the fact that u have to wait 12 hours to read the next chapter for the raws ARGHGHSDLFJ i need the raws to check for mistakes

in conclusion, fuck kakaopage for being so stingy /hj


He got goosebumps all over his body.

Astana hesitantly took a step back.

Although he was wandering through the forest, scared of monsters, the monster he feared the most was Perez, not a monster he had never seen before.

The red armor dyed green by the monster’s blood shone eerily.

Schwing!

The sword that Perez swung lightly at Astana made a scary sound.

The blue fluid that was on the blade fell onto the ground like rain.

“I’ve already warned you.”

Perez said in a low voice.

“Keep out of my sight.”

“W-Wait a second!”

Astana cried out, but it was too late.

Perez was already striding toward Astana with his sword.

“S-Stop it!” 

Astana cried out belatedly.

“Second Prince!”

“Please stop!”

Astana’s henchmen, who once hesitated to get closer suddenly rushed in all at once.

“Your Highness!”

“If he dies so easily here, you’ll regret it later!”

The Academy trio, who had been guarding Perez’s back, also quickly approached Perez to stop him.

Astana trembled.

Because Perez’s red eyes seemed to squeeze his neck.

Even though his eyes were usually reluctant to look directly at him, something was different today.

The dark aura of the forest seemed to fluctuate in his eyes while he looked directly at Astana without blinking.

“Your Highness!” Lignite shouted, grabbing Perez by the shoulder.

Only then did Perez stop.

But the eyes looking down on Astana were still there.

“Here, drink this!”

Tedro brought something from the saddle of the horse. 

It was a canteen made of black leather.

Several more canteens of the same shape were tied to the horse to which Perez’s party’s luggage was tied.

“It’s because of the magic! You’re going crazy because of the magic!”

Everyone in the area heard Tedro’s words.

“It’s safe to drink a little bit of this medicine!”

Tedro grabbed the canteen and pressed it into Perez’s hands.

Gulp.

Perez took a sip of the liquid in the canteen and wiped his mouth roughly with his sleeve.

The red eyes stayed the same, but the murderous light was gone.

“Magic must be driving people crazy…”

“It wasn’t called Madman’s Forest for no reason…”

Astana’s aides muttered in fear.

Then, a loud noise burst out, one after another.

Pong! Pong—! Pong!

In the end, three people set off their flares.

When Perez stepped back, Astana, whose complexion looked a bit better, glared at them.

“I’m sorry, Your Highness, but this forest is too dangerous…”

“That’s right, Your Highness should also return to safety with us…”

They made their excuses in a hurry.

However, Astana unexpectedly did not shout at them.

Rather, he was caught off guard momentarily.

‘Should I leave with them too?’

His hand instinctively went for his flare.

“The owner and his dogs.”

Perez laughed coldly.

“What?”

“That kind of monster would have been caught if all of you had come at it together.”

Perez said, pointing to the corpse of the monster that had fallen to the ground with the tip of his chin.

Then, everyone’s eyes were on it at the same time.

“No way.”

“Was it that small?”

It had definitely been a huge monster.

The pounding of its footsteps echoed through the ground.

But the size of the monster on the floor was around that of an adult male’s.

Its muscular appearance was terrifying, but it was as Perez said.

It would have been enough if everyone had come at it all at once.

“Pfft, I can’t believe they were so scared of that.”

“Are all the aristocrats of the capital this pathetic?”

“Anyone who had a sword should have just swung it, tsk tsk.”

The Academy trio mocked them loudly, as if they were intentionally letting them hear.

“Let’s go.”

Perez said as he turned his back on them.

“Even if I don’t handle them today, they’ll still die in the forest.”

Having said that, Perez looked back and checked the saddle of his horse. 

A satisfied smile lightly flashed across his face.

[ / / / ]

It’s sunset.

Those who finished hunting were returning to the entrance of the forest, one by one.

“Oh, they have three of them!”

“There were five over there!”

“Ah, aren’t they the smaller ones? Bigger monsters have higher scores!”

The nobles who had not participated and were wasting their time by playing cards started placing bets on the results of the hunt.

Then Perez, the second prince, appeared.

“Wow, seven!”

“He’s definitely got the most so far!”

The reaction of the nobles was intense.

On the other hand, Astana, the first prince.

“Hmm, you came back empty-handed.”

“Wasn’t he in the middle of a bet with the Second Prince?”

Astana’s poor performance kept everyone from laughing.

Most of the nobles had shut their mouths in order to trap the mockery that would unknowingly come out.

“No, who is that?!”

Someone pointed to a person who had just come out of the entrance.l

“It’s Sir Ramona Brown!”

It was Ramona, who was dressed in blue armour, making her red hair stand out even more strikingly.

A large object was hanging from Ramona’s saddle as she walked in with a hint of exhaustion.

“A monster’s head?”

“I can’t believe she caught such a big monster.”

“Isn’t it harder than catching ten of the smaller ones?”

Unlike the others who had cut an ear or the arm of a monster, it was Ramona , who had cut off the monster’s neck.

Ramona, who had inadvertently cut off her hair due to the rules looked a bit sad as she watched the other participants.

“Hoho, as expected of the Brown household!”

There were frequent mentions of the Brown household.

“In the end, it’s a fight between His Highness the Second Prince and Sir Brown?”

“I still think the Second Prince will win!”

No one mentioned Astana.

Astana’s existence was completely forgotten in the competition.

“Damn it.”

Astana could feel the eyes of Emperor Yovanes, staring at him from afar.

The disapproval that was mixed in with a look that said, “Of course that’s all you can do.”

“Second Prince.”

“Yes, Your Majesty.”

“Good job. You looked very nice.”

“Thank you, Your Majesty.”

However, Astana did not receive any flattery or praise.

There was just the sound of a tongue clicking in disappointment.

“Well, Your Highness.”

It was at that moment that Bellesac sneaked something out from behind him.

“Let’s try drinking this before we go hunting tomorrow.”

“What’s this?”

“When I ran into the Second Prince’s group in the forest, I swiped one of the canteens they had drunk while they were talking about magic.”

“What is it?”

Astana’s eyes sparkled.

“I wanted to steal more, but I was afraid that I’d get caught…”

“If there was such a thing, you should’ve told me earlier!”

Astana snatched the canteen away quickly.

“Yes, with this…”

The monsters of the forest weren’t very scary.

Judging from the monsters Perez had killed with just one sword, there was no monster he couldn’t catch if about ten people attacked all at once.

However, he was still afraid of going into the forest because of the magic that was said to make people go crazy.

“There probably won’t be anymore hallucinations either, right?”

Astana laughed.

It was as if he had just won ten thousand horses.

“Well done, Bellesac.”

Astana’s hand touched Bellesac’s shoulder.

“Th-Thank you, Your Majesty!”

Bellesac, who had just briefly been complimented by the prince, didn’t know what to do.

“Let’s go back into the forest.”

Astana said as he gave Perez one last look.

“Y-Your Highness!”

The flustered Bellesac followed Astana and tried to shrink himself into something smaller.

“It’s too dangerous at night!”

“Who’s staying there until the night? There’s still an hour or two left until the sun sets completely, so I’m going to hunt some more. Everyone, follow me.”

Eventually, the people who had all died quietly on the inside slowly headed back into the forest.

“Uh, I think I should discourage them from going!” 

A flustered Lord Sloan, who had been escorting the emperor today, shouted.


bruh astana and bellesac a different breed fr,,,where’d all their braincells go hAHAHAHSDLFK

i’ll probably post the next chapter tomorrow ! :)))

IWBMITL Ch 201

“Damn, what kind of forest is this?!” Astana complained, looking back into the gloomy forest.

“I can’t go back out…” His eyes were full of regret as they looked back at the path he had just walked in on.

And then he stopped.

“What, why isn’t there a way out?”

The nobles who were listening to Astana’s words turned their heads to where he was looking as well.

“Th-There really isn’t a way out…”

“That tree over there looks familiar, couldn’t we have come in from there?”

“No, I think we came from over there…”

Everyones opinions were divided. 

Then, all at once, everyone looked to Astana.

What else could they do?

Astana was the leader of their group, so it was only natural for them to look at him.

“Why are you looking at me?!”

However, Astana cried out in a loud voice.

“Shouldn’t you all find the way out for me and serve me?!”

hey besties! i got really annoyed when i was reading the mtl version of this so i decided to edit this for u guys lmao,,,also i went into this thinking that this novel was finished but apparently it isn’t ???? pain…


“Damn, what kind of forest is this?!” Astana complained, looking back into the gloomy forest.

“I can’t go back out…”

His eyes were full of regret as they looked back at the path he had just walked in on.

And then he stopped.

“What, why isn’t there a way out?”

The nobles who were listening to Astana’s words turned their heads to where he was looking as well.

“Th-There really isn’t a way out…”

“That tree over there looks familiar, couldn’t we have come in from there?”

“No, I think we came from over there…”

Everyones opinions were divided. 

Then, all at once, everyone looked to Astana.

What else could they do?

Astana was the leader of their group, so it was only natural for them to look at him.

“Why are you looking at me?!”

However, Astana cried out in a loud voice.

“Shouldn’t you all find the way out for me and serve me?!”

That’s what Astana thought being a leader was all about. 

To be the most comfortable, and the most important priority.

He was born as the first prince as well as the only legitimate heir, so perhaps it was natural as he lived his entire life in such a manner.

At that time, there was someone who stepped forward. 

“First, we should find a monster. When we do, I will step forward to serve you.”

It was Bellesac, who had pulled out a longsword. 

It seemed like this time, he had a new dagger and had made up his mind.

Meaning he wanted to be a close aide to Astana again.

“Okay! You’re the only one I trust, Bellesac!”

No matter what motive he had, Astana still liked it.

However, he had to get through this eerie forest while being at the forefront.

“Th-Then I’ll guard the rear.”

As Bellesac stepped up, others also noticed and followed suit.

“No matter how strange Madman’s Forest is, there would still be a way out, right?”

“That’s right! Besides, how many of us are there? Even if a monster appears, we’ll be able to get rid of it!”

Furthermore, they were all nobles who had been practicing swordsmanship since they were young.

All of them knew how to wield a sword in the case of an emergency.

A weak sense of relief and confidence returned to all of their faces.

“Then, shall we go straight ahead?”

Bellesac asked Astana.

What a stupid brat.

Astana added another insult to his impression of Bellesac as he replied with a frown.

“No, the first thing we should do is get used to the area surrounding the entrance.”

Actually, it was simply because he was too afraid to go further into the forest, but Astana made up a reasonable excuse on the spot.

“Oh, as expected!”

“You’re the only one I’ll trust, Your Highness!”

The words of Astana, who didn’t want to go deeper into the forest, made his followers’ faces glow with admiration.

Astana shrugged at their reaction and pretended to be rational.

“Although we’re in this sort of situation, other people’s situations won’t be too different from ours either.”

Even if it’s that kid.

Astana muttered, remembering Perez.

“What can only four people do.”

There were as many as a dozen people who followed him.

Astana’s tense shoulders stretched again triumphantly.

And as he was about to take a step.

Pong!

Suddenly, there was a loud sound echoing through the quiet forest.

“Ahhh!”

Astana shrieked loudly, covering his head and crouching down.

“S-Someone must have set off a flare!”

Bellesac said while pointing to a red flame that shot up into the sky in the distance.

“I, I knew that!”

Astana shouted, pretending to be calm.

“But weren’t we going to go that way?”

It was very likely that the reason for the flare was because of a monster.

So if anyone wanted to win by catching a monster, the right decision would be to run in that direction.

Astana, however, moved calmly toward the opposite direction of the flare.

“Let’s go this way.”

However, there was no one who opposed his decision.

Because no one wanted to go in the direction where there was something that caused a flare to be fired.

[ / / / ] 

The border between the land around the mansion and the forest.

Various attractions had been set up for the nobles who did not participate in the hunting competition, such as tables full of excellent food and simple games that could be enjoyed by men and women of all ages.

Exciting music was also playing constantly in the background.

By the time noon had passed, Emperor Yovanes, who came out of the bedroom, was already drunk.

“Was this all prepared by your daughter?”

Yovanes suddenly asked Gallahan, who was pouring the liquor.

“Yes, that’s right. She worked harder after hearing that His Majesty was coming.”

Gallahan replied with a proud smile.

“Yes, yes. I envy you, I really do.” 

Yovanes said quietly, bringing a glass to his lips.

“I’m not just saying this because she’s my granddaughter, but our Tia is quite capable.” 

Rulac slid in from the side too.

“Haaa.”

Eventually, Yovanes released a big sigh.

Rulac, who was still watching, smiled and said.

“You must have a lot of worries, Your Majesty.”

“…You knew that, yet you still kept bragging about your granddaughter?”

Yovanes grumbled.

“I’ll take my leave for a moment then.”

Gallahan tactfully moved away.

The emperor, who had downed his leftover liquor in one gulp, stared somewhere and opened his mouth.

“I’m still healthy, but why is everyone talking about succession? Doesn’t it feel like they’re telling me to die soon?”

It was not uncommon for an emperor to be extremely reluctant to talk about succession.

Since power is something that can’t even be shared with one’s own flesh and blood.

“I think Angenas is very anxious. They seem worried about His Majesty.”

“As if they’re only worried!”

As he opened his mouth, Yovanes wrinkled his nose and poured some liquor into Rulac’s half-empty glass.

“They’re pushing me as if I’m about to die right now.”

If only there was no one around him, otherwise, he’d empty the bottle immediately.

Rulac also shook his head.

“The Empress must be in a good mood.”

There was no way it was the Empress Lavini who was pushing Yovanes to this point like this.

However, the initial prey feels it instinctively.

The fact that something is aiming at them in the bushes.

So, they run in the direction they shouldn’t have gone.

They don’t even know that the way they’re heading toward is a cliff.

Rulac grinned under his long beard and suggested in an anxious tone.

“Your Majesty, this old man speaks out of old age. Why don’t you be careful for the time being?”

“Careful?”

“Yeah, well. Something like eating and drinking outside the Imperial Palace, or stuff that’s sent from the Empress’ Palace.”

“The Empress’ Palace?”

One of Yovanes’ eyebrows rose.

“Isn’t that going a bit too far?”

Yovanes lowered his voice, as if he was angry.

But it wasn’t very intimidating.

His eyes were already shaking and his stony expression was cracking.

The seed of doubt tends to take root horrifyingly quick.

“I must have made a slip of tongue.” 

Rulac tactfully retreated. 

“I’ll take a punishment drink as a sign of apology.”

However, there was a deep smile hidden behind the wine glass.

It’s always been fun to ruin Angenas’ future.

[ / / / ]

“Didn’t I tell you? That it was going to be like that.”

Clarivan said, pointing to a red flare that was rising above the forest.

“That’s already the third time, that’s it.”

“It’s only been a few hours since the competition has started and it’s already like that?”

“Maybe they were surprised by nothing. Like a rabbit, or something like a rabbit, or a rabbit-like thing, something like that.”

Clarivan put on his glasses and smirked.

“Magic flows in Madman’s Forest and monsters haunt it, but aren’t those stories from when people got closer to the centre of the forest?”

“Right? But the flare came from the area near the entrance.”

Isn’t everyone a bit too scared?

Lombardy’s knights were seen rushing to the area where the flare was fired.

“If people are scared, they should come out on their own feet so everyone can see their sincerity. It’s hard for the people of my house.”

“That’s what I mean. But…”

Clarivan said, looking beyond the entrance of Madman’s Forest.

“No one knows what nerves such a loud noise will startle. And the smell from the blood of the hunted monsters would increase that fear.”

Perhaps because of the cold wind blowing, Clarivan’s voice was cooler than usual.

It was then.

Pong! Po—ong! Pong!

Down over there.

Although it was still the in the area close to the entrance of the forest, the three flares were all fired at the same time, and further from the entrance.

“Oh, something must have happened over there.”

Clarivan’s eyes sparkled.

[ / / / ]

Astana’s group was walking along the edge of the forest.

“Heok! He—ok!”

There was no conversation, only the sound of heavy breathing could be heard.

It was a strange thing.

Although it seemed as if they had been walking for a few hours, even though the mountain terrain was not harsh, none of them seemed to be able to catch their breath.

“It must be because of the magic.”

Someone muttered in the middle of taking a breath. 

Yeah, that’s right.

This is all because of the magic.

That’s why their bodies felt as heavy as wet cotton, and their heads were dazed.

Rustle.

A strange sound was heard in the grass nearby.

“Argh! Shut up!”

Bellesac, who was still walking ahead, shouted and cut the grass in a big motion.

But there was nothing there. 

Bellesac knew as well.

About an hour ago, the bushes closest to where the group was walking, shook for no reason.

There were times when he ran away in surprise, and there were times when he bravely cut the grass.

But each time, there was nothing in it.

“In all likelihood…”

Bellesac said, looking back at Astana.

“It seems that we’re all hearing hallucinations together. I heard that magic flows through Madman’s Forest, that’s probably why.”

“Hearing hallucinations…”

Fear was slowly appearing in the faces of others.

“Your Highness, why don’t you give up on this and leave?”

The first of the Maimbert family asked Astana.

“That’s right, Your Grace.”

The third of Belletiron also said the same thing.

“Just say the word and I’ll fire the flare.”

He even showed the red flare he was holding in his hand.

“Are you crazy?! No way.”

But Astana shook his head stubbornly.

He was not allowed to give up in front of His Majesty.

Empress Lavini had emphasised this several times.

It was then.

Rustle.

This time, the sound was heard from the grass a little farther behind his back.

Bellesac did not swing his sword this time.

He thought he was just hearing a hallucination anyways.

But everyone’s expressions were strange.

“Uh, Uhhh…”

Everyone pointed behind Bellesac.

Crack!

It was then that a strange sound was heard.

This was not a hallucination.

Bellesac looked back quickly in surprise and shouted.

“Mo-Monster!”

Scaly green skin, fangs that protruded from the lips, and unusually long arms and a huge body.

“Uhhhhh…”

The group quickly became frozen in fear.

Thud! Thud!

The monster approached them, one step at a time, but none of them could move.

“Someone…do something!”

Astana was the only one who pushed Bellesac forward and shouted.

“Th-The flare…”

Eventually, it was in the moment when the third of Belletiron tried to pull the string of the flare. 

Pong!

The monster’s head burst with a sound similar to the firing of a flare.

Flop, thud!

The monster’s head rolled onto the floor as the huge decapitated head fell forward powerlessly.

Then, there was Perez, covered in the monster’s green blood.

“Looks like I found you here.”

Perez said, looking at Astana.


yawl i tried,,,idk if ppl still read this novel since it’s been completed for a while but lmk if you want me to mtl/edit more or if you have any other novels you want me to try hehehe