32-32 Dialogue with dragons

"──── thought I was going to die.

 I really thought I was going to die.

 As I was being blown here, the sheer force of Lean's magic knocked me out for a moment.
 And when I came to, there was the ground in front of me.
 I immediately understood the meaning of the situation, that my body was flying horizontally in the air.

(──── If I crash like this, I'll die.)

 No, maybe not deadly, but at least I would not get away with it.
 I desperately kicked the ground and took a few steps, running with the same momentum, and managed to avoid crashing.
 However, my relief was short-lived. ──── Now the walls of the royal capital loomed in front of my face with tremendous force.

 I almost collided with the wall, but I immediately stepped on the ground with both feet and leapt ──── to my death.
 The next thing you know, you're over the wall and you've managed to save yourself.

 The dragon's head appeared in front of me. It had seemed so far away just now. But now it was right in front of me.

 Those scales look solid. If I hit it, I'll be in worse trouble than the city walls.
 I thought, and swung the black sword with all my might.
 I managed to kill the momentum of the dragon's head without my body hitting it, and avoided a collision.

 Also at ────. Then came the hard part.
 The next thing I knew, I found myself on the ground, facing the dragon, with debris flying in the wind storm.

(──── What the hell is going on here?

 I was confused anyway.
 It was too much of a blink of an eye for me to really understand what was going on. ...... But more than that, I looked at the huge creature in front of me and couldn't understand why I was here.

 ──── Yes, that's a dragon.
 I know that even I know that it is a supernatural monster that always appears in fairy tales and legends.
 I've never seen one before, but ...... it's really, really big.
 I've never seen anything like it before.
 It looks much more fierce than I imagined, and much, much bigger than it looks from a distance.
 I can see its heaven-shattering body raising its claws in an attempt to crush me.

 But I was watching the movements of such a huge creature with a strange feeling.

 Man and dragon. The difference in size was more desperate than I had imagined.
 I should have been more terrified to face such a thing, but...
 Strangely enough, the dragon in front of me didn't seem that scary.

 After being blown away so fast, and feeling death over and over again, I wondered if something had paralyzed me.
 The dragon's movements felt incredibly slow.
 The dragon is certainly big, but it's also big enough to know exactly what it's going to do next.

 Then ──── you may not be able to fight it properly, but you may be able to avoid it.
 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're going to be doing.


 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.
 ──── It was surprisingly easy to pass it off. Of course, it is incredibly heavy.
 Of course, it was incredibly heavy, far more powerful than a raging bull or goblin.
 But I felt it was not as heavy as I had imagined.
 In terms of impact strength, Lean's blow that had blown me this far was much more powerful.
 It really felt like I was close to death, but ...... even with that blow, I'm still alive.

 I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who's not afraid of the dragon's claws. ────

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 I ducked and dodged their attacks with minimal movement, and avoided the occasional debris and rock fragments that flew at me.
 It's a repetitive process, but once you get used to the fact that dragons don't have many different ways of attacking, it's not that difficult.
 Once you get used to them, it's not that hard. ...... The occasional blow from their huge tails was really scary, though.
 I've been wondering about this for a while.
 I've been wondering about this for a while, but no matter how hard I hit it, it doesn't seem to cause any new damage.

"──── gua......

 I'm not sure what to make of this.
 Suddenly, the dragon in front of me stopped attacking and became quiet.
 I was at the end of my strength, so I was relieved and thought, "Thank God. That was my first thought.
 But then I looked at the dragon crouching in front of me and wondered.

 What the hell is going on ......?

 This dragon's posture.
 It looks like it's sleeping, but its eyes are open and staring right at you.
 It was as if it was in a defenseless position, as if it wanted to kill or kill me at will.

 I was puzzled, but then I thought.
 Perhaps this is a chance of a lifetime, I thought.

 The dragon's head was suddenly presented in front of me.
 The hero of the adventure story that I was familiar with as a child chopped off the head of the evil dragon that confronted him and won the battle, becoming a being praised as a "dragon slayer.
 The scales, claws, fangs, bones, and other parts of the defeated dragon became materials for high-quality weapons and armor, and brought great prosperity to the land.
 My father used to tell me stories of such heroes when I was young.
 I don't know how many times I wished I could be like him, the hero of the dragon slaying story.

 Now, if I can slay this dragon, maybe I can become the hero of the heroic tale I've always wanted to be.
 But ────

"...... I'm not going to be a hero, you know.

 I looked at the docile dragon and shook my head.
 This dragon is definitely a 'bad dragon'.
 I'm sure it's not the only one.

 But right now, this dragon is holding out its head to me as if it wants me to kill it.
 It's not trying to resist at all.

 On the contrary, when I make eye contact with it, I feel as if it is pining for me.
 ...... I couldn't stop thinking about it.

 I'm starting to feel sorry for killing this dragon.  

"I can't ──── kill this thing.

 I gave up and relaxed my grip on my sword.
 I don't mind killing prey for food, vermin that destroy fields, or animals that attack me.
 However, killing an animal that is showing signs of obedience like this is still not my favorite thing to do.
 I don't care if it's a dragon that's just been rampaging.

 ...... Anyway... I'm not sure why it changed so abruptly.
 I'm not sure what to make of it.
 It's as if they were ordered by something, suddenly.

 Suddenly, I felt the presence of someone behind me, I turned around and finally understood the situation.

So that's what it was.

 I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one who's had a bit of trouble.

"──── sir! I'm sure you're fine. Are you hurt, ......?
Yeah, I'm fine. It's just a scratch, but it's healed.
............ What? ...... healed?

 The impact of Lean's magic may have caused some cracks in the bones, but they healed while we were fighting.
 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure it's a good idea.

──── Rollo. Thank you so much for saving my life. Thanks to you, I'm alive.

 This time, Rolo looked at him strangely.

"No, ...... not Rolo? I'm not sure what to do.
"No ......, no ......, this is not me. ......?

 I'm not sure what to say, but I'm going to say it.

What? No? ...... really?

 He now bobbed his head vertically.

 ...... Are you sure?
 No, I'm sure it's not.
 He was frightened earlier when he said that some people feared his power.
 That's why she doesn't want others to know that she controlled such a huge dragon.
 Maybe he thinks we'll be scared of him.

 But you can't hide something like that forever.

 Above all, there is no way that such a wonderful talent should be buried, much less belittled.
 He doesn't want to admit it, but I honestly think it's a shame.

Well, whatever. That's all right, Rollo. I need a favor.
...... A favor?
Can you send the dragon back to where it came from?
Back to where it belongs. ......?

 That dragon will probably be killed by someone if it stays here.
 It's probably some kind of vermin, and that's probably for the best.
 But ...... if possible, I'd like to let him go before that happens.
 I thought this was a bad idea, but I felt a strange emotion.

I know I'm talking out of my ass, but ...... I don't want to kill this dragon if I can help it. I'm not saying you have to. I'm not saying you have to.
I'm not sure if he'll listen to me or not.

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.
 He's going to do it somehow.
 He pretended to be somewhat unsure of himself.
 You don't even have to act like it.

 But if you think about it, he's rather admirable.
 Rollo has such a great talent, but he never tries to be proud of it.
 It is truly amazing that he can live with such humility at his age.
 A boy of his age could have been a little more ambitious, but he does not try to put his abilities to shame.
 Although, in his case, he should have been more dignified.

"Okay, here we go.

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 Rollo suddenly let out a small cry and looked at me.

"What's wrong?
I'm not sure what to say, but I'm going to say it. ...... 'My Lord' ......?
That's great. That's great.

 I flinched a little at that. I had no idea he was that powerful.
 I had no idea that his power was that great. There was a terrible person who was suddenly worshipped so much by this huge dragon.

"Then can you please tell the dragon to go back to its home quietly, Rollo?
"......Uh, yes .......

 Rolo faces the dragon and closes his eyes for a moment.
 He's trying to tell you something with that.
 Then the dragon growls low and immediately lifts its huge body.

 And just like that, the dragon took off into the sky with a stormy wind.

"...... is amazing.
I'm not sure if this is really possible...

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 And Rolo.

"There you go.
"...... Yeah, .......

 We stared at the dragon for a while in silence.

 The big danger was over now.
 We were a little relieved at that thought.

 Suddenly, however, there was a flash of intense reddish-purple light in our vision, and in an instant the sky turned red and ────

──── What the hell is ────?

 As we watched, the dragon that was about to fly away to the eastern sky was suddenly swallowed by the red light that ran across the sky,──── and was burned all over, falling headfirst to the ground and sinking into the earth.