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Deep in the depths of the great forest, we’re having a romantic comedy exchange, when something interrupts us. It seems that someone has been snooping on the exchange between me and Chloe.
The person comes out of the bushes, face flushed red.
“You’re a disgrace! Y-You people! Unmarried men and women hugging.” (Peeping Tom)
I grabbed Chloe by the shoulders, distanced myself, and called out the name of the person who had been peeping at us.
“If it isn’t this Lululucca-san, the next chief of the Doll tribe? What a rare sight for such a night.”
If we look closer, we can see the next chief of the Doll tribe we just met.
Apparently, she planned to approach Chloe for some bonding but she saw the scene earlier. The flower held in her right hand is crumpled.
Apparently, she likes Chloe a lot and was shocked by the scene. So, in order to soften the shock, I made an excuse.
“Just so you know, that hug was just Chloe’s idea of a joke.”
I looked at Chloe for confirmation and asked her to agree, but she couldn’t read the air. “I’m always a serious woman,” she said with a bemused expression.
When I said this in an inaudible voice, Chloe was indeed able to hear.
“Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m just kidding. The hug is a joke.” (Chloe)
The only thing I can hug is a big tree, she said, hugging a nearby big tree and snapping it into pieces.
(You’re too powerful…)
I grumbled a tsukkomi in my mind, but that didn’t seem to dampen this Lululucca-sam’s mood.
“I-I’ll never forgive you for turning my Chloe into a girl with such a shameful character.” (Lululucca)
“Please don’t make it sound like I’m the one who led her down the wrong path.”
“When she was in the forest, she was the most beautiful woman in the forest, but when she came back from the city, she was like this. She must have been tricked by some bad man in the city.” (Lululucca)
“It’s only been a few months since we’ve been together.”
“You’ve changed my beloved woman in just a few months.” (Lululucca)
Lululucca pulls out a shamshir from her waist, her eyes shining bright red.
“It is a sign that you are going to cut me down?”
“No, it means I’m going to duel you and get my beloved Chloe back.” (Lululucca)
“What a pain!”
But then Chloe said something else.
“I don’t think Leon-sama will lose, but even if he loses, I won’t be Lulu-sama’s wife.” (Chloe)
With those words, it seems to have solidified Lululucca’s determination even more.
Drawing her curved swords while her veins pulsed.
“…I don’t care about anything anymore. At this moment, I’m the evil spirit Rasetsu. I’ll destroy everything in front of me!” (Lululucca) [T/N: Rasetsu are “man-eating” vampire-like monsters. This is according to Google-sensei.]
With tears of blood streaming down her face, she swung her sword at nearly the speed of sound.
The attack was quick and powerful.
I receive the incredibly fast shamshir in the nick of time with the wand I had in my right hand.
The blow was still heavy and powerful.
I muttered when she numbed my right hand with her ability.
“…this is a very troublesome development.”
I wonder if it would have been better not to bring Chloe, but even if I regret it now, nothing will happen.
I had no choice but to make a quick decision at the present.
When I channeled magical power into my wand in my right hand, I push back Lululucca’s shamshir.
The moment I pushed her away, I released the magic power I had stored in my left hand.
Lululucca dodges it in a sliding backward step.
It was a brilliant move of someone who was familiar with the power of Magic Strike.
As expected of the next chief, he seems to have experienced all kinds of battles. It was a move for an anti-magician.
In addition, there was no movement that had been driven by anger until just now. It was the movement of a calm and cool-headed warrior.
She was definitely dodging my attacks and aiming for an opening to strike a blow at me.
Her movements were like those of a predator in the cat family.
The leopard-like woman voiced her elation.
“Don’t underestimate me just because I’m a woman. I am the best shamshir wielder in the Doll tribe.” (Lululucca)
As if to prove her words, countless strikes came at me.
She had quite the repertoire in hand-to-hand combat, she slashed with her shamshir, stab, cross-slashed, then a two-step slash, her shamshir that came in every direction, and I can only block with my Barrier and dodge.
Being in an inferior position, I am forced to retreat.
As I retreated from the central square, I looked for an opening, but the chance never came.
I guess it was the same for her. I could tell that she was getting frustrated from her screams because she couldn’t deliver the killing blow.
As a basic policy, she always challenges me to hand-to-hand combat and doesn’t let me use magic. I keep my distance from her and wait for the right moment to use my magic.
Simple tactics were repeated, but they were more advanced than they appeared. The slightest gap can be fatal.
――In other words, the one who creates the slightest gap loses.
So I put magic power into my left hand.
And then I make up the slightest gap, the briefest of moments.
Specifically, I increased the magic power of my wand by about 50 percent.
This was an unusual move, based on the calculation that Lululucca would be confused by the suddenness of the move. Incidentally, it was not that I was cutting corners, but that I was daring to fight with less power.
It was a hint to exploit the enemy’s weakness and create a small opening.
In order to make this fatal mistake, I was literally wandering around in the line of death.
I’ll let you collect as many hints as you want.
When Lululucca wavered, I released the magical power that I had accumulated in my left hand.
A spell that specializes in explosive power. It’s a spell used by magicians in the mines for mining purposes.
It doesn’t have any direct destructive power, but it is the best magic for crushing rocks and the ground.
I fired it at my feet, in the center of the village square.
The ground groaned, and the earth rumbled.
The unleashed magic power drilled into the earth and shattered it!
The exploding ground dispersed the soil and rocks into the surrounding area.
The earth of the Bana Forest quickly scattered around, taking away Lululucca’s sight.
Lululucca was stunned for a moment as her vision was taken away, but she quickly swung her shamshir to deal with it.
She puts up a kind of sword ward around her.
She probably fears an attack from her blind spot.
It seemed like the right tactic, but she had underestimated magicians.
It was true that she could withstand attacks from the front, back, left, right, and above her head.
However, a magician can do almost anything a human can imagine.
If I could combine that ability with my cleverness, I could pull off a trick like this.
The beautiful future chief of the tribe raises an unintelligible cry and makes an astonished expression.
So I decided to strike her from the “ground”, not from the front, not from the back, not from the left, not from the left, not from the right, not from the sky.
Using magic, I burrowed into the ground, moved to her feet, and emerged from right underneath her.
She was bewildered by this surprise attack, which even a top warrior could not easily read.
I go to the ground and grab her feet. Then I flip her upside down.
She tries to fight back with her sword, but I kick her in the wrist and make her let go of the curved sword.
There’s nothing she can do anymore.
What I see in front of me now is just a girl who’s upside down. She was trapped by the yoke of gravity.
Even more, it was a girl who was upside down and her skirt was up.
Her underwear was in full view, but she wasn’t wearing anything at all.
When I was at a loss for where to look, Chloe explained to me.
“The Dolls don’t have a culture of using underwear, which is one of the reasons I went away.” (Chloe)
I look just at her knees and asked Lululucca.
“I think the battle is won, but do you still want to fight.”
“Don’t underestimate me, I’m a Doll warrior, and when I lose, I will admit defeat.” (Lululucca)
“You’re giving up? That’s very brave of you.”
“I’ve never lost before.” (Lululucca)
“I see. First defeat of your life.”
“Yes. It’s annoying, honestly. It’s disgusting.” (Lululucca)
“Yeah, I’m really pissed. My whole life’s plans have been thrown out of whack.” (Lululucca)
“What do you mean?”
Lululucca said, her cheeks dyed red.
“…Now I have to bear your child. For the first time, a female warrior of the Doll tribe will have to bear the child of the opponent who defeated her.” (Lululucca)
The custom was too much for me. I let go of Lululucca’s ankles without a second thought because of my shock.
She spun around in the air and put both feet on the ground.
“Yeah! Hah!” (Lululucca)
She landed on the ground and dusted off her clothes.
She didn’t seem angry and held out her right hand to me.
“—So, I am the woman who’s going to bear your child.” (Lululucca)
She then flashes her white teeth and grabs my hand forcibly. She shook my hand vigorously.
I can’t help but be puzzled, moreover, I restrain her after saying, “Do you want to go into the dark and have a baby?”
“No. A man has to be prepared.”
“The man’s job is to sow the seed in the field. The rest is fully automatic.” (Lululucca)
“You like Chloe, don’t you?”
“I love you. I love her. I still do. But the Dolls are allowed to have more than one wife and husband.” (Lululucca)
“Am I one of your husbands?”
“There is only one man in the Doll tribe who can beat me, and that is Chloe.” (Lululucca)
Lululucca looks at Chloe cheerfully, and hangs her head, saying, “I’m sorry.”
“So you’re in charge of procreation, I give birth, and Chloe raises the baby. I want to establish a Golden Rule.” (Lululucca)
Lululucca says with a serious expression, but anyway, I’m going to ask her to withdraw for the night.
At the sound of the earlier battle, the Doll tribe had begun to gather.
They all looked as if something was wrong.
In the midst of all this, Lululucca is arm-in-arm with me, and I can’t stand it. Anyway, tomorrow, when the sun rises, I make a promise to speak with her as an envoy of Ernia.
She reluctantly agreed and went back.
On the way, she happily informed her aides of the outcome of the duel.
“I lost, I lost, it was a pleasant loss.” (Lululucca)
Laughing as she goes, she exudes a bold personality and strong spirit.
“We’re in trouble,” Chloe said.
“…This is one of the reasons I left this forest. Did you now understand?” (Chloe)
“… I understand it painfully.”
After saying that, Chloe and I both let out a sigh at the same time and went back to the inn.
In the Eculate’s room, you can hear her snoring happily.
Sicily’s room was quiet. Chloe entered the room quietly so as not to wake her master.
A glance at the clock told me that it was a good time. Suppressing a yawn, I returned to my room and fell asleep. My body was screaming from the exhaustion of the day, the fatigue from the duel, and the exhaustion after the duel, but I was able to sleep easily. That was my only salvation.
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