Vol. 1: Chapter 17 – Westley

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Translated and edited Tianic


I woke up, the real I awakened. Having slept for years, before I couth breathe the new world’s air, the other me was already too eager to share his memories: the happiness, sorrow, pride… all that had happened.

In my brain, two minds tumbled rapidly. Every piece of bone and muscle was swelling. The skins had turned pale because of the internal turbulence. Mist of blood burst into the air.

As the internal transformation was taking place, my arms, and legs uncontrollably shaped into various positions. My eyes looked terrible, and my body floated half a meter into the air. This was not a good sign. I had a vague memory of what Marsh had told me about the energy I absorbed in the universe. But I had not the least idea if this small body of mine was capable of bearing so much. The only thing I knew was that I need time to find a way to take control of it.

However, now I was suffocating. My stomach was churning. I clenched a handrail but ended up breaking it. Then a large swallow of blood found its way out of my mouth.

“Mother fucker…” I whispered.

Looked like I have finally finished the merge of two souls. Now the two of us have become one for eternity.

“Shit!” The next thing I discovered before celebrating my new birthday, was the flows of energy flooding in my vessel. They felt like magic or spiritual power… or were they just messy energies.

Whatever they were, they were not doing me any favor.

“My FOOT!!! MY FOOT!” A voice cried afar, “MY FOOT IS BROKEN!”

I gave it a look and found a lovely-dressed boy crying on the ground with one arm around one foot, he must be Laika. At the moment, he was not at all graceful, and his mouth was widely open covered with dirt and tears.

“Loser!” Lisa rushed to protect Laika and she shouted at me, “What did you do to my cousin!”

“She’s accusing me!? Did I beat her up too?” Instantly, I knew why: It was the mess caused by my awakening.

But I didn’t have time for them now. I needed time to sort myself out before my brain could handle all the new things.

“Nope! I’ll deal with you jerks after I’m able to control myself…”

After throwing Lisa a cold glance, I sat down, crossed my legs.

“Looks like this new body of mine wasn’t spend his years doing nothing.” I sensed abundant knowledge of magic that I can make use of… 

“OK, let me take a deep breath and press the wounds.” I closed my eyes, lowered my head, and started meditating…

“What are you doing there!” Lisa shouted, “Get him!”

Geez, how I wished I could shut that bitch’s mouth for good! But I couldn’t move, though, it’s a critical moment for me. Anything unexpected will kill me. I merely woke up for god sake… 14 years… I must not die again. So I forced myself to calm down.

Then I heard an approaching sound of footsteps. I thought bitterly, “Guys, how about another time in another place? I need some time here.”

But that footstep didn’t stop. Looked like I was destined to not thrive here.

I turned and saw two young boys were sneaking behind. As I turned they stopped, perhaps they were startled by my miserable look.

“What are you waiting for!” Lisa urged, “Get him! He’s just a sore loser!”

“Kill…” Laika groaned, “Kill him!”

“Laika, he… he’s a nobility…”

“I DON’T CARE! KILL HIM!”

“Kill me, you want to kill me? You stole my woman, insulted me, insulted my family, hurt me, and now you want to kill me!”

Sorrow became anger. The mind that I was trying calm went furious. The energy that I tamed started rampaging once again.

“Is this my fate?” I thought to myself, “Ok then, you want the killing, I’ll kill! Don’t cross me…”

I straightened up, struggled forward, turned sideways, left foot forward, lowered my right knee, and leveled my right fist beside the waist, left-hand shivered.

My wrestling officer would slap me twice if he saw this. But I couldn’t help it. I have lost control over my body and was gasping like a dying cow. Placing a standard wrestling position had already used up all power I have left.

The short ugly guy made his move by throwing his fist towards me.

I retracted my left foot and dodged it. Seeing that, he stopped halfway and knew he wouldn’t hit the target, then he closed the distance and attacked again. I retreated once more and sensed that he already was impatient.

“Good! This is what I want!”

My waist was by the broken handrail and I pretended that I was about to fell. The short boy showed a sinister look and leaped forward. He obviously wanted to punch my head. Though, he got too excited. Maybe to him, I was still that loser.

Then I suddenly stood up straight and avoided his punch.

Grimly I looked at him, and this moment, I leveled my right knee up quickly and took control of his falling body.

“Wooooooo.” He had to forget Lisa’s order and put both hands on his crotch firmly. Like a raped man, he kneeled with both legs closed, face twisted, mumbling. He’s not gonna father a child in the future.

One down, one to go.

The tall guy was approaching. He didn’t see my movements because I was shielded by the lower boy and he had no idea how his friend suddenly went down. Still, he speeded up with one arm up high. Probably thought about punching me away!

Are you kidding me? I’m not a still target! I’m an intelligent human being!

I eyed the distance carefully between me and him, then dodged his attack by positioning myself behind the short guy who was lying on the ground.

The taller boy didn’t expect it. He altered direction halfway and unavoidably rushed into his friend. He could only stabilize his body by holding the short’s shoulder.

Just as I expected, he fell forward.

“Chance…” I lowered myself and placed my fist with all my power where his head was about to be.

Suddenly, my head hummed again and I drizzled. My ear went out of order. But quickly I saw a boy squatting down with his palm covering his mouth. He jittered while a stream of blood flooded between his finger. Looked extremely painful, he bit his tongue.

“Can you not look at me like that?” I thought while glancing his unbelievable look.

The short ugly seemed to have wakened up and gained some strength. He came for me the second time.

Danger!

My body was not capable of being thrown over again. Then without even thinking about it. I straightened two fingers and sent them forward…

“PUFF!” I retracted my fingers and avoided what’s coming next. Sudden blindness will drive him crazy. It was human instinct. I’d rather keep him at a distance.

“Ahhhhhh!” Low groan became a high-pitched screaming, the shorter boy fell on the floor crazily, except for his eyes, there were two bloody holes…

This short boy, ah, now he’s a short blind boy, finally found something he could grab, it was the tall guy. So instinctively he took hold of his friend’s body firmly, then bit.

Impressive…

“Wow!” I certainly gave my compliment and prepared to exit the altar. “Just my luck! All the action didn’t cost much energy and time. I should be able to survive. Now I need a quiet place and a couple of hours… I will survive! I took a step forward, then a second step, another step, nice, then the third step.” A hint of a smile was already taking shape on my face.

Then came a sudden sting and coldness… from my waist.

My smile froze. I turned harshly and found Lisa with a bloody dagger.

“You kill… you want to kill… me?” I was shocked, then Lisa proved herself with another stab. This time she couldn’t take it back. I grabbed that dagger and fell off the stairs.

“Cohen!”

“No!”

As I was flipping, I heard two desperate voices, then my body was caught in two pairs of comfortable arms.

It was Flynn and Carey! Carey was in tears, she held me in her arms. Flynn’s both hands were shining white light. It was a curing spell. Far down the alter, several armored guards caught up with swords in hand.

“You commoners! You are transpassing the holy altar! You’ll be dead!” The guard leader shouted angrily.

Flynn ignored it. She was focusing her heart and soul on me. Carey, too, held me and tore like my life is more important than hers. They were a thousand times better than that bitch over there!

“FUCK OFF!!!” I gripped Carey’s hand and exhausted all my leftover strength, “THEY ARE MY WIVES, I DARE YOU!”

Then, I blacked out.

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