“I”m not sure about this, Bin…”
Arbert was anxiously looking around and trying his best to not look at the corpses of the Zeala. For a better and relatively safer environment, Bin took the two scholars to the bunker.
He did his best to put the corpses in one isolated room but the blood traces and buzzing machines made things creepy and unsettling, to say the least.
A weak-hearted person like Arbert barely held himself back from leaving the bunker. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Lenna was curious about everything and did not seem to be bothered or mind the aftermath of the Zeala’s collective suicide.
Alas, neither of the three travelers were able to use or activate the machines within the bunker. They vainly pressed
For the first couple of seconds, Bin’s attention was wholly focused on the two young scholars. After ascertaining their safety, he directed his gaze to where the black box had been, and right below that, he saw a person.Both Lenna and Arbert were shocked by the unexpected events that had just unfolded, however, their surprise was nothing compared to Bin’s. Gob-smacked, the man stared at the person standing but a couple of meters away, still in disbelief.The person who broke the silence was Lenna, who tried to speak to the new arrival only to be met with a confused frown.The bespectacled scholar tried to speak again but was pulled back by Bin.“I’ll handle this.”<
While Arbert and Lenna stood by the side, Bin, though not entirely, explained the gist of the situation and his current circumstances. Some details, he skimmed through, and others were recounted fully. However, it fell to him to decide which piece of information was worthy of telling Jasmine.Expecting to be bombarded with questions, Bin would pause every once in a while and wait for her to speak. Surprisingly, Jasmine stared back at him and patiently waited, looking more annoyed than confused at the current events, ones which she had unwittingly fallen onto.Within thirty minutes, more or less, Bin finished his explanation and returned to silence. Meanwhile, his listener had her head tilted and her eyes closed for a good while as she pondered many a thing.“I can acce
“She’s Jasmine. You don’t need to talk to her or even mind her.”After briefly explaining a couple of things regarding the new arrival, Bin and the two scholars left the Bunker.For the first couple of seconds, upon not seeing Jasmine, Lenna breathed a sigh of relief. Alas, the white-haired woman appeared next to them like a ghost. She was as fast as Bin, if not more, and her mana-pulsating body along with Gandar's silver energy made her look powerful.Unlike his friend, Arbert showed an unhealthy interest in Jasmine, but the language barrier and her cold demeanor rendered him incapable of approaching her, much less talking to her.Except talking to Bin a handful of times, Jasmine was mostly quiet and calm.
“So, I listened to you and came here, but I do think a proper explanation is warranted by now, yes?”It has been three days since they left the Zeala’s bunker. Lenna, who was in possession of the map, instructed them which direction to go and what places to avoid, though he has yet to divulge any important information concerning the next big Rift.One day ago, the four travelers entered an eerie zone filled to the brim with knee-high red-colored grass. However, aside from the grass, there was nothing… quite literally nothing.Whether it was human settlements, rock formations, beasts, or even Pests. The place was, by and large, filled with a vast emptiness.What made it more unsettling was the sky, covered by a curtain
Apparently, Bin’s words greatly enticed his new companion. Unlike the past, when she was young and cared a lot about her public image, the current her was bold and restrained. She didn’t care about how she behaved nor how she would obtain what she wanted.It was a breath of fresh air, at least for him. Arbert and Lenna, however, weren’t so lucky. Putting it mildly, they were constantly pestered by the Silver Dragon, who incessantly tried to communicate with them using primitive signs.Of course, the bespectacled Lenna did not want to have anything to do with the woman. His skepticism and suspicions weren’t unfounded, but they were extreme, whereas his childhood friend was more welcoming to Jasmine’s attempt at communication.It took her no less than an hour t
The Pests were organized and prepared for war, however, the sudden attack of two unstoppable forces was more than they could handle.With Bin attacking from above and Jasmine decimating them on the ground, the abomination simply had no chance. They tried to retaliate, but, ultimately, it was just a vain attempt.Jasmine was like a raging storm, leaving behind her a trail of mangled and dismembered corpses. She fought savagely and mercilessly, swinging her sword non-stop as she drilled through the enemy ranks.Meanwhile, Bin took a more subtle approach. He bombarded the targets using Light Magic, which took the form of rain of arrows, piercing anything in their way.They had been fighting for only a couple of minutes yet the Rifts and the Pests
“Ugh! Always running on his own!”Jasmine angrily stomped the ground and glared at the hole. After a long time in silence, she put on the bracelet and quickly tested it. Arbert hesitantly tried to test her but was too scared to use any force, though it’s not like he could overpower her.In the end, he stood a couple of meters away and watched as Jasmine groaned in pain and fell to her knees. Although she has an exceptional constitution, the bracelet was not that compatible with her physique, probably due to the absence of Link Points.However, after suffering through excruciating pain for five minutes, Jasmine clenched her fists and stood up. Particles of Mana were emanating from her body only to be pulled toward the bracelet second after.&nb
“Y-you can’t! Stop!”Arbert tried to stop Jasmine from overexerting herself but his words of worry and warning fell to deal ears.The Silver Dragon, now basked in a mix of resplendent silver and blue lights, was literally unstoppable. She was blowing things up and jumping from one small Rift to the other, breaking it with just the pressure emitting from her.The hundreds of Pests did offer a bit of resistance but, ultimately, they were slaughtered. However, the bracelet was intrinsically incompatible with her, and though her constitution was strong enough to handle the insane influx of Mana, it nevertheless could not hold on forever.Arbert stood at the back, protected by a blinding barrier conjured by Jasmine.