~"So what's your plan?"~ Listening to the voice inside his head, Luke contemplated for a while as he ran through the forest. The wind swirled around him, increasing Luke's speed, decreasing the air pressure that was exerted at Luke. "I'm going back." Quipped Luke, the image of two people had flashed in his mind. He had left the town without even a goodbye. Perhaps, he should check up on old Xu and Qing Li. ~"To where?"~ Questioned the voice, wondering about the destination that Luke had in mind. "Well, when I had arrived in this world for the very first time, I met with an old man and his granddaughter. I have known them for a few days. Perhaps, I should go back to them because I didn't say anything before leaving back then." ~"For a few days? And now you want to go back to them?"~ Repeated the voice, albeit not believing what he had heard. "Yeah, why?" Asked Luke back, not understanding the meaning behind those words. ~"You make it sound like they are close family or something.
[BACK TO THE PRESENT] ~"So you are saying that it would be a long journey, right?"~ Sitting under the shade of a tree, Luke polished his handguns nonchalantly, enjoying the nice breeze in the air, blowing gently in his face. After he had cleaned the muzzle and all parts that needed to be cleaned, Luke now tried to take out another item. The item had the shape of a small UFO. Activating the item, Luke watched it float higher and higher, reaching the canopy of the forest and hide amongst the leaves. "Not that far away. If we have to calculate it, then…" Sweeping his hand in front of him, a holographic panel appeared out of nowhere, displaying a map of his current position, "Maybe if I continuously run without stopping, we can reach in two days." ~"I know you can go faster than this. You are an expert as well as a reinforced soldier! Your pace now is no more than the speed of a turtle for you!"~ Complained the voice, apparently not satisfied with how Luke did things so far. "Are you
~"Great, keep doing that."~An hour later, Luke finally had achieved some breakthrough in the Astral Projection spell. The glowing lights around him, caused by the constant supply of the magic power onto the magic circuits had shown a beautiful view if one had enough time to appreciate the scene.However, Luke was definitely not one who had enough time for it. Even now, sweat could be seen
"Sh*t!" Without any delay, Luke used the prepared rune within his bracelet, in case anything unexpected happened. The teleport spell activated immediately, flashing in bright light to envelop Luke's body, only to shift the body to a place where Luke had sensed the creature's position, last time he checked. 'What's that!? It's so fast!' Even for Luke, it was the first time he had seen something so fast, excluding the fact that the Inner Disciple specialized in speed back when he had fought in the forest. ~"It has yet shown you everything it has got. It didn't even try to be serious at all. Somehow, it has underestimated you."~ Informed Rein in Luke's head, gauging the demonic beast’s capability all this time as he advised, ~"It's better to leave. I think this cave was its lair. Just leave this place and you will be alright."~ Pondering over Rein's suggestion, Luke gazed towards the empty space six hundred meters away from him. He was no battle maniac, so if he could walk away from t
Staying silent for a few breaths, Luke responded, "Let's do some cleaning." ~"Huh... Why did I see that coming from miles away."~ Said Rein helplessly. Raising his eyebrows, Luke played along and spoke, "Oh, you did?" ~"Very funny, kid."~ Commented Rein, however, his voice indicated how unamused he was. Then, suddenly, Rein spoke, ~"Hmm? Someone is still alive in here?"~"What!?" Surprised by what Rein had uttered, Luke chanted his spells, strengthening his vision to look around for survivors, "Where?" ~"There, eleven o'clock from where you stand."~ Spoke Rein quickly. Without wasting any time, Luke rushed to the direction Rein had pointed at, looking around at his left and right as he ran through the street. After that, in the corner of his vision, Luke sighted a small quiver under a heap of logs. Going near, Luke grabbed the logs and began to toss them away one by one. Underneath it was a child, who seemed to be eight years old at the most. He was lucky enough that one of the l
"Ying Ying…" Hastily traversing the slope, a boy with a dagger in his hand was running with all his might. His eyes wandered to the ground, scrutinizing if there were any clues when the bandits crossed this path. He and his friends had seen their base once, purely from mere luck and coincidence. Now he had set off by himself, planning to sneak inside and rescue his best friends. Among the paths he had taken, there were some branches which had snapped in half, proof that someone had stepped to it. Jogging with caution, the kid sighted another track of the bandits. This time, there were several hooves printed on the field, possibly belonging to the bandits because they had brought their horses when they raided the village. Dashing recklessly from what he saw, the boy became more convinced that he was on the right path to the hideout. But then, a humanoid shadow had leapt down from the sky, blocking him before he could take any further step. "What are you trying to do, boy?" In front
~"Jump!"~ Adhering to the instructions, Luke carried the boy again on his back while he leapt high in the air. Another scorpion had caused an eruption on the ground, similar to the rest four giant scorpions behind them. -"There's more and more of them! Are you sure this is the way?"- Doubted Luke, apparently apprehensive by how the things had developed so far. ~"You have a better idea?"~ Retorted Rein, assessing the situation once more as he spoke, ~"Over there! Go to 45 degrees from your position, then activate the detect spell."~ Following the words without any further queries, Luke dashed to the said position as he chanted the spell. Sighting a trace of energy before him, Luke grit his teeth and trusted Rein, leaping forward decisively. Then, the space in front of him began to distort. Without any time to even blink, Luke had arrived in another place in a flash.Swiftly checking on his surroundings, anticipating what would happen next, Luke saw that he and the boy were floating