AGE OF ADVENTURE CHAPTER 46: SUN AND MOON

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They finally has reached the place of Thetis prison. It was farther than expected.

After they reached the prison they had to walk about eight hours to reach the cave. Thetis was kept in the cave behind the swordsman.

Aero took a sneak peek at the swordsman. Hairy chested and brawny the swordsman looked formidable and unmoved.

Aero decide to study the swordsman first. After he watched him these past few days he could guess his personality.

He is a wild man, crude and unrefined.

Deria do not know how Aero can beat him. They do not only sees the man personality they also sees his swordsmanship.

A few days ago, a soul was lost wandering to the prison. The soul recognizing the swordsman quickly tries to run only to be challenged.

The swordsman offer if the soul can beat him, he will let the soul go.

Sensing there is no other choice, the soul accepts. This is how they came to see the swordsman prowess in swordsmanship.

His swinging could not even be seen by the naked eyes. His stance was firm. His strike was strong.

The soul didn’t even stand a chance.

After about another week scouting the swordsman, finally Aero decided to move.

“It seems he is really lonely” Aero said while looking at the swordsman.

“How will you defeat him, Aero?” Deria ask.

By now, he couldn’t possibly think there is any way of defeating the swordsman by conventional way.

And Deria after these couple of weeks he also got to study this mortal named Aero.

Instead of a warrior like him, he likes to scheme and plots, his mind is sharp and his head is full of strange ideas.

Aero did not answer instead he said

“I need you to do something for me.” Aero asked a favor.

Deria nodded.

“Make me a wooden sword. Can you do that?”

Deria nodded. It’s not that hard to make a wooden sword.

He just has to go to his hut and saw off the big tree behind his hut. Though Deria wonders why Aero needed a wooden sword.

“You’re not planning to defeat him with wooden sword right?”

Aero grinned and said

“In fact, I will. Though it might take some time”

Deria was open mouthed.

He could not believe what Aero just said. How could Aero defeats the swordsman with wooden sword is beyond him.

“Aww…Don’t show face like that. Don’t worry I can do it” Aero grinned

Then he marches to the swordsman while Deria watch with amazement.

‘Is he brave or just stupid?’ Deria muttered to himself looking at the Aero back.

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“Hello, what are you doing there?” Aero greets the swordsman like he had come to the prison on the way to work or soemthing.

The swordsman was startled by the sudden greeting.

“Who goes there?”

The swordsman quickly unsheathes his sword and points it towards Aero. Aero held up his hand at the air. Then he spoke,

“I heard there is a mighty swordsman that lives here. So mighty was the swordsman people tell me that all who had gotten in his way was killed. Is that you?”

Then without waiting the swordsman to reply Aero continued

“Of course it is you. The chivalrous way you held yourself, the way you held your sword, the way your gaze looked at me with such zeal and determination.”

Not accustomed to being praised, the swordsman blushed.

“Yes, I guess I am.” Aero only smiles. He could not believe how stupid this swordsman is.

Then suddenly snapped back to work mode, the swordsman ask

“State your reason coming here!”

“Whoa, don’t get so hostile. I heard from many souls that I passed here that you are a bold man who even guards the prison that places a sea goddess in it. Hearing this I could not help but admired such a hero. I just wish to come here to befriend you” Aero said sincerely while looking at the swordsman eyes.

“What? Are you serious? “

“Of course!”

“Do you want me to teach you secret move or something like that?”

“Hahaha…… No, nothing like that. Your friendship is enough”

Aero held out his hand.

The swordsman hesitated but then he also holds out his hand and shakes Aero hand.

“I’m Aero”

“I’m Creon” the swordsman introduce himself.

Then Aero sit down and asked simple question, like how he was feeling never once touching upon the subject of the prisoner.

He also offers drinks and food. He talks to the swordsman sincerely and listen intently

“—— And you know, Hera never give me a raise or give me anything, now that I think about it. She always orders me do this, do that. I don’t feel appreciated”

Aero just listen to the tirade of complaints Creon said feigning the utmost interest.

“How long has it been?” Aero said.

“Huh, I don’t know. It’s hard to determine time in the underworld.”

But roughly after listening to Creon, Aero got to know that Creon has been long becomes a prison warden for the Gods.

“I guess I should go back by now. Tomorrow I’ll come again. What about we swim tomorrow? There is a river in Asphodel that doesn’t melt or kill you or makes you forget. I found it on my journey here.” Aero invites Creon

“Ah, you mean Elenthesia River. Yes, I know of that. Poseidon was boasting he could even raise water in the Underworld, so he stabs his trident in Asphodel and river flowed. But, even though the water was formed because of Poseidon, the water didn’t follow his command for it is under Hades realm. Admitting his defeat Poseidon returns back to his realm never again he set foot to the Underworld for bragging to Hades”

“Yeah, that river” Aero nodded. This swordsman can be long winded sometimes.

Aero never knew what it’s called so he just agreed with Creon explanation.

“Fine, let’s race tomorrow” said Creon happily.

Aero then got up and started walking to Deria hut.

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In the hut, Deria was waiting for Aero with a sour expression on his face.

“What were you thinking?” Deria tries to interrogate Aero

“What?” said Aero

“Why did you befriend him?”

“Why not?”

Aero realizes something after watching him this few weeks. Creon was lonely. That is why he tries to alleviate his loneliness by challenging any souls that stray to the prison.

Any person desires love, affection and attention. Aero gives Creon what he wants most in this gloomy place.

A person he can call friend.

It is clear by how Creon unload and tell him all his problems and complaints towards the gods to him.

Creon was probably felt bored in this hellhole. And after listening that he has been on the job for 1000 years, one could understand.

Though before Thetis, there was a different Goddess that was entrapped there. Aero could understand Deria worries but Aero has already had a plan.

Then after checking his supplies he went to sleep.

He began sleeping in the VR now. This was because he has just updated his VR capsule after he got the payment from the station.

The new update allows him to sleep in the VR like he slept in the real world.

Of course this announcement also stirs the medical community to begin intensively researching the VR technology for medical benefit.

So now, he doesn’t even have to log out to sleep.

He just sleeps in the VR for a few minutes and when he logged out he becomes refreshed like has slept for 8 hours.

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The next day, Aero and Creon began to swim together. Of course, Aero said to Deria do not try to infiltrate the prison.

Aero said he will handle that.

Deria was tasked to level up.

That’s not hard since everyday a mob of warrior was cursed to fight Deria. So the days went by.

Everyday Aero and Creon went swimming and share stories with each other.

Every day they raced each other of who is the fastest to reach the shore. Because of Aero high agility, it is easy for Aero to win.

But Creon was a good sport.

He always accepts his loss with grace. At night they share food and meat. Swimming with Creon has become a daily routine.

They have become such good friend that the swordsman trusts him implicitly. The time for Aero plan is approaching.

That night, Aero came to Deria.

“I need the sword”

Startled Deria asked “Now?”

“No, tomorrow. Oh, and can you also make me a travel kit pouch”

“Yes, I can do that.” Deria nodded

“Good. Do that then” Aero ordered

Then without another word Aero went to bed and sleep. Deria was left in the hut perplexed.

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“Creon, let’s race again.”

“Fine. Let’s go.”

Aero today come with a travel pouch.

“What’s that?” Creon asked curious about what is in the bag.

“Supplies. I got this stealing it from Elysian Field.”

Creon was shocked.

“Don’t say that loudly. Hades could hear you”

“Don’t worry. He wouldn’t know” Aero smile

“You’re a crazy guy Aero” Creon grinned

“Let’s go”

So they walk to the river. Creon removes his armor and put down his sword in the shore. Then they began to race.

Usually Aero was fast but today, it seems Aero has slowed.

Overjoyed Creon sped up his swimming believes he can win this time. Aero after seeing that Creon was out of sight, swam back to the shore quickly.

From the pouch he brought out the wooden sword Deria made for him. He replaced the swordsman sword in the scabbard with his wooden sword.

Just like Aero measurement of the scabbard it fit nicely.

Aero believes that if the swordsman tries to pull the sword it will wedge in the scabbard.

No wonder, Deria is the son of the God of Smithing and Craft. Then Deria appeared from the big tree near the river.

“Here, take this to free Thetis” Aero hand the sword to Deria.

Deria nodded and quickly run back to the direction of the prison. Aero actually had a reason he need the sword.

The key of the prison is the swordsman sword. That is what he found out when the swordsman was drunk.

Then Aero swam back trying to catch up to Creon. But the gap was too big. But it doesn’t matter.

The swimming race is just for this moment. Returning to the shore Creon was overjoyed to finally win against Aero.

“You’re good today” Aero compliment Creon

Creon was just laughing with joy. Then they began dressed themselves. After that suddenly, Aero said

“Honestly, I have something to say” Aero expression became serious.

Then Aero reveal his true purpose. Color drained out of the swordsman face. Feeling betrayed, Creon quickly went for his sword.

He tried to unsheathe his weapon but weapon is wedged inside.

“WHAT IS THIS?” Creon yell

He tries to take out his sword but it didn’t budge. Aero taking the advantage of Creon confusion quickly shot Sacred Sword to Creon fingers.

“Arghhh!!” Creon screamed.

Creon pinky finger flew off. Realizing his sword could not be taken out; Creon tries to strike Aero with the scabbard.

Aero seeing this quickly sidestepped and punches Creon in the face. Aero quickly activate Taunt and Killing Intent.

Creon movement becomes slower. Then Aero shot Sacred Sword finger targeting Creon eyes.

Creon quickly doge and the force take off Creon right ear. Blood spluttered from Creon ears.

Still, Kreon was stoic.

“HOW COULD YOU!” His words were filled with rage.

He then charges me.

That is a rash move.

Aero then jump behind him and strike Creon at his neck, but Creon anticipating this parry it with the scabbard.

Grinning, Aero using his finger target Creon knee. A pop sound could be heard. A hole flowing with blood is now in Creon right knee.

Creon then was kneeling because of the pain.

Using this perfect timing, he concentrated the force of Sacred Skill to three fingers and shot out three invisible force at three different targets.

Then a hole is formed in what used to be Creon pair of eyes and in his nose. It was a terrifying sight.

Creon has lost both of his eyes and nose leaving a hole but still he doesn’t give up. The expression that is in Creon face was pure defiance.

Creon knees are already busted. Knowing that Creon could hardly move, Aero took this chance to end Creon suffering.

But with one leg, Creon jumped out of the way dodging Aero sacred sword skill that is targeted at his head.

“Let’s do this the easy way!” Aero grumbled.

Even though Creon was blind he is still formidable.

Calming himself, Creon tries to predict Aero movement by listening to the sound. Then Creon began attacking Aero.

Aero not expecting such resistance flinched.

But still the advantage lies with Aero. But Aero was also amazed by Creon tenacity and swordsmanship.

Even after all the injury he still could fight and strikes me.

Many moves were employed by these two people battling at the shore of River Elenthesia.

Aero shoots Sacred Sword skill finger while Creon skillfully evade the force by listening.

But with one knee busted and he is losing a lot of blood, soon enough his movement become slow and Aero sensing it use the chance perfectly.

This time Aero realizes he needs to incapacitate him before trying to kill him.

He shot at Creon other knee.

Then he shot another one at his throat.

Using the Sacred Sword Skill Finger he accumulate the energy to all of his 10 fingers and cut off every finger that Creon had without mercy.

Creon scream of agony is like a shriek after Creon throat were pierced with Sacred Sword skill.

Then lying on the shore with blood flowing from each hole that is pierced with Aero technique, Aero stepped calmly and slowly to Creon and end his life.

Ok, that’s done.

At least, for this one hour he needs to quickly get Thetis out of the prison. He didn’t seem to view Creon friendship as something important.

After all he knew Creon is not really a good soul. Creon told him many stories and some of them are his stories of when he is alive.

He is not exactly what you would call a nice person.

Then looking at the corpse, Aero started walking away.

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