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The Utmost Priority
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“Sirius… Thank—…” (Fia)
‘—Sniping the knife… I can make it.’
‘—The position being stabbed is the heart, but… not yet.’
‘—The number of enemies is five… there is one close to Fia.’
‘—Hokuto and the disciples are one step late and they have started running.’
‘—The utmost priority is to secure Fia.’
‘—I will kill him.’
‘—Calculating distance, acceleration… deceleration…’
The moment when the knife pierced Fia’s chest… I kicked the ground while grasping the situation with [Multi-Task]. And then, I approached Fia while accelerating with full power.
“Get away… from my girl!” (Sirius)
I put my left hand on Fia’s back while decelerating, and I released [Impact] without any strength adjustments towards the men who seemed to be Elves with my right hand. The shock wave that covered the whole front area swallowed all five Elves and blew them away.
The reason I unleashed [Impact] wasn’t only to clear the Elves, but to dissipate the momentum of going forward with a recoil reaction.
Thanks to the recoil, I managed to hold myself on the ground and I was able to embrace Fia in my arm.
“Fia! Get a hold of yourself.” (Sirius)
“…Hehe… as expected, isn’t it…?” (Fia)
I wasn’t sure whether the enemy slipped his hand or Fia reflexively moved, the knife stuck in her chest had slightly deviated from her heart.
I immediately confirmed with [Scan], and even though her whole body was wounded, none of the wounds were deep.
‘If a proper treatment is given… she still can’t be saved!’
I took off my coat to make it into a pillow and layed Fia down. My disciples, who caught up, were shocked when they saw Fia.
Reese got off from Hokuto at once and tried to use magic, but Fia grasped Reese’s hand in order to refuse her.
“Wait… the treatment… rather than me…” (Fia)
“What are you talking about!? The knife is stuck in you!” (Reese)
“Rather than me, Otou-san… Otou-san… please.” (Fia)
Beyond the sight that Fia directed, there was an Elf who had collapsed and was in a more severe condition than her… he seemed to be Fia’s father. Reus promptly headed over to recover him, but it seemed that he was going to die at anytime because of the excessive bleeding.
However, he was her parent who she tried to save and she even took the risk.
There was no way I could give up without confirming his condition.
Fia’s father, who Reus recovered, looked like a young man in his twenties, even though he was more than two hundred years older than his daughter, Fia.
Originally, his stained red hair was similar to Fia’s hair color. When I extended my hand to use [Scan], I realized that countless spells were being thrown at us.
However, Hokuto leaped out to the front. He swung his tail and forefoot to knock down all of them.
Their recovery was quicker than I had expected.
The [Impact] was released without caring whether it killed them all or not, but I couldn’t see how they endured it because they were blown away. They were the enemies who drove Fia into a corner.
I confirmed the enemies with a sidelong glance, and they were all male Elves from their appearance.
However, they had a unique atmosphere, which was clearly different from Fia and Asha’s. From the dense mana that I could feel, even from a distance, I felt that each of them had as much mana as the Headmaster, Rodwell.
‘I see… I guess they are the Elder Elves.’
Unlike the Elves, in various ways, they brought uncomfortable feelings. Their facial expression hadn’t changed at all. It felt like they were as cold as machines. It seemed that they didn’t feel guilty for putting their hands on the Elves, Fia and her father.
While I thought so, the Elder Elves were separated three to our front and two to the rear. They were probably wary of the wide range attack of [Impact].
They were the ones who made Fia like this.
I wanted to quickly kill them, but…
“All-round defense!” (Sirius)
First of all, Fia’s treatment was the top priority.
I entrusted the rear defense to the siblings, while Hokuto was on the front. In the meantime, Reese and I would concentrate on the treatment.
“Reese… Otou-san…” (Fia)
“It’s alright, Fia-san. I will make it in time. But, your injuries are severe. Why are there so many wounds on your whole body…?” (Reese)
“She was probably assaulted with non-fatal attacks.” (Sirius)
Her father’s body wasn’t only torn with Wind magic, but there were bruises hit by rocks with Earth magic.
I immediately examined him with [Scan], but… he was clearly in a severe condition due to various wounds and excessive bleeding.
However, whether I should say that he was fortunate or not, the injuries didn’t reach the important organs inside his body. With Reese’s Healing magic, there would be enough possibility to save him.
“This person’s treatment is your top priority. Hurry up!” (Sirius)
“But… Fia-san is…” (Reese)
However, since it was necessary to fully concentrate and treat in this situation, the present Reese could only do it for one person.
Meanwhile, since we couldn’t neglect Fia, she would inevitably be treated by me, but my regenerative activity only accelerated the potential of self-healing, so it was severely lacking and it took time.
Even in the present situation, Fia was prioritizing her father to the bitter end… Anyhow, even though the knife barely missed the heart, some crucial blood vessels around the heart were cut, but there was no problem to settle it by activating the self-healing.
“I will do something about it! Reese should only think about her father’s treatment until it’s finished.” (Sirius)
The sooner the father’s treatment was finished, the faster we could treat Fia.
After Reese agreed with me, she requested the help of the Water Spirits, while releasing the mana she gathered during the conversation.
“Everyone, lend me your power! Healing water that connects the life here!” (Reese)
With the Water Spirits being active together with Reese’s mana, water wrapped over the entire body of Fia’s father. And then, bubbles were blowing out from the wound at the same time as slight light emission.
The healing water he was wrapped in penetrated the wound and entered the body. However, there was a possibility that the body would have a rejection if the mana was too strong. Therefore, delicate mana handling was necessary.
While Reese held both hands and carefully handling the mana, I looked at Fia, who was breathing roughly.
“Fia, I’m sorry. Although I said that I will protect you, and… make you happy, I…” (Sirius)
“What… are… you… saying? It was… me… I left… without permission…” (Fia)
After putting my hands on Fia’s chest, I instinctively apologized while performing anesthesia operation, but Fia, who had a pale face, was smiling.
“I’m sorry… too. Tou-san… was going… to be killed… you all… deserve better… time with… the forest…” (Fia)
If it was the Elves, they could directly get out from the forest, but if it wasn’t, we needed to go through a specific direction like before in order to get through the forest.
In fact, there was a time difference close to ten minutes between Fia and us, who came with Asha’s guidance. Fia’s father probably would be in danger if we prolonged the time.
“If the current me… trying to stall… but… it’s no good… what did… I really do…” (Fia)
According to Fia’s story that I heard before, the Elder Elves possessed strength enough to be arrogant, but that was not an exaggeration.
When I looked around, a huge amount of magic was being hurled towards us.
“I will… absolutely not let you!” (Emilia)
Even so, Hokuto and the siblings were desperately trying to prevent them.
With the transformed Reus and Hokuto intercepting with all they could, and Emilia creating Wind around us as a last wall, it was barely able to prevent the magics while diverting them.
They probably would not last much longer, but I will believe in everyone and devote myself to the treatment.
“The skin that you love… with such… wound…” (Fia)
“It’s alright. I will listen to your repentance after this is over. For now, just think about living.” (Sirius)
With this, I finished the anesthesia treatment with mana, but it was the real thing from here on.
Since the treatment would be done with [Multi-Task] from now on, I won’t have any room to care about what happened outside.
“Emilia! Reus! Hokuto! Keep it a little longer!” (Sirius)
As I heard their reliable replies, I grasped the knife that stuck in Fia’s chest.
“Fia, listen to me. I will pull the knife now, alright?” (Sirius)
“…Yes. I will… leave everything to you.” (Fia)
The blood would instantly flow out when I pulled the knife, so I couldn’t do it until I was ready.
‘Do not damage the other nerves, straight… carefully… pull the knife!’
There shouldn’t be any pain, but it would be visually difficult.
Blood spurted as I expected, but I immediately pressed my right hand strongly against the wound to suppress the bloodshed.
My right hand that was pressed was dyed red with blood. While projecting the inside of Fia with [Scan], innumerable thin [String]s were produced from my right hand and penetrated the wound to the damaged parts.
The most problematic about the injuries was the blood vessels around the heart, which had been cut by the knife.
Because of that, I manipulated multiple [Strings] and forcibly connected the disconnected parts with magical threads. Of course, it was meaningless if I merely connected them. I revitalized the connected blood vessels through [Strings], and prioritized the regeneration until they returned to their original state.
In my previous life, a thin tube would be put through the blood vessel. It was a treatment method with reference to the technique of directly tapping the affected part in the body. However, in my case, it was a pretty aggressive method.
While activating [Scan] and [String], I simultaneously handled multiple [String]s and used mana to apply regenerative activity.
This operation was only possible because of [Multi-Task].
To be honest… this was intense.
The burden on the brain was terrible because this was considerably impossible, but… it was fine. I felt a light shock on my back and waist while I was in the middle of the operation, but I managed to keep working without making any mistakes.
And then, I removed the [String]s one by one at the time when the blood vessels had recovered with regenerative activity, and I erased them after making sure that blood didn’t leak.
My sensation was ambiguous because the thought speed was raised to the limit, but I judged that it was probably enough in terms of time.
As I finally finished treating the stabbed chest, I opened my closed eyes and let out a deep breath.
“Phew… Alright. Next is…” (Sirius)
Subsequently, when I tried to treat the other wounds, water started to wrap Fia’s body.
Apparently, the treatment on her father was over. When I tried to stand up to entrust the rest to her, Reese stopped me by grabbing my hand with a crying face.
“What’s wrong?” (Sirius)
“You didn’t notice!? Sirius-san is also hurt…” (Reese)
As I was told that, I looked at my flank and back, and they were greatly torn and blood was flowing. Was this the shock that I felt during the treatment? Moreover, when I touched my face, I had a nosebleed because I was overworking my brain.
Whether I was concentrating with too much adrenaline, I guess the sense of pain was paralyzed. The pain started running as I checked the wounds, but I could still endure it if it was this much.
The cause might be some stray magic that couldn’t be prevented by the siblings, but I was fortunate because the magic that hit was a kind of disconnected magic. If I was hit by a rock or massive attack, my hand would probably make mistakes.
“Not yet…!” (Reus)
“Asha-san, stop the other side! It’s getting harder to keep out their spells…” (Emilia)
“Kuh… are you going to play with that arrow?” (Asha)
At that time… Reus was already hurt, but he continued intercepting magic as before.
Hokuto had intercepted with the speed that could create an afterimage, and he perfectly intercepted every magic. I was glad that I entrusted the front site to Hokuto.
When I realized it, Asha-san also stood by Emilia, and she was shooting arrows at the Elder Elf who was casting magic. She was supposed to call the opponent with the -sama honorific… She was surely a strange Elf. She was like Fia’s sister, after all.
“Please don’t move. I will treat Sirius-san even if it is a little…” (Reese)
“No, I’m fine. Please focus on Fia.” (Sirius)
The wounds were wide, but they weren’t deep.
I entrusted the rest to Reese. After lightly stroking her head, I got up and looked at the surroundings to confirm the position of the Elder Elves.
It looked like they were tormenting Fia’s father. Moreover, they seemed to be playing around because they only used Elementary magic like Wind Blade and Rock Bullet?
Well… that was fine.
“It will be your defeat.” (Sirius)
When I pointed my hands to the left and right, and fired [Magnum] at the same time, the magical bullets went through the gap of the Elder Elves’ magic and flew towards their chests.
But, the Elder Elves tried to prevent them with the knives they had, or twisted their bodies to avoid them; however… I had predicted that. Since I shot the bullets that triggered [Impact]s with a time difference, the bullets burst in front of the enemies and created a shock wave, and the Elder Elves were tremendously blown away.
The magic that had been showering like rain finally stopped, and the gazes of everyone gathered at me.
“Haa…haaa… Aniki?” (Sirius)
“Eh!? Eh… what on earth was that!?” (Asha)
“You endured well. Let’s counterattack from now on!” (Sirius)
It seemed the Elder Elves directly received the [Impact]s, but it looked like they didn’t suffer much damage, since they were calmly getting up.
It seemed the effect of the [Impact]s earlier was not good. It might be because they were strong against long-range attacks. As I expected, I needed to directly deal with them with my hands.
When I grabbed the mithril knife, while closing the wounds on my flank and back with regenerative activity, a change was seen in the Elder Elves, who only used magic.
“…What an unusual magic.” (??)
He came here and suddenly spoke.
To be honest, I didn’t really want to talk, but let’s go along with it, just to make the siblings have a little rest.
“While you have power to that extent, you don’t know this magic?” (Sirius)
“Don’t be conceited, Outsider. It is unusual, but… I already remembered. The magic won’t connect again.” (??)
“I wonder, how about you? On the other hand, I have a question. You are an Elder Elf, am I right?” (Sirius)
“Correct. We are the Defenders of the great Sacred Tree.” (??)
Although we were attacked, it seemed possible to talk.
A strange term, the Sacred Tree, came out, but when I looked around the area, there was no suitable existence for that name.
There were no trees growing, and this place was a large space that seemed to be the village square.
“I see… the Sacred Tree, is it? Where is it?” (Sirius)
“It is in the depths of the forest from here… it is the Sacred Tree that exists in our village.” (??)
“Thank you very much for your kindness. So, what do the Defenders do in this place without protecting the Sacred Tree?” (Sirius)
“It is to give punishment to the criminals.” (??)
So, I turned my eyes towards Fia and her father, who had collapsed, but I wasn’t even sure whether they were angry or not because they were as expressionless as ever.
“That Elf was an existence that I ordered to be mine, but she ran away from me. Furthermore, she decided to go outside, and defiled the blood called Elves.” (??)
“Consequently, that Elf is a splendid criminal.” (Sirius)
“And the Elf who helped her to escape is also a criminal.” (??)
“Putting your smell on that Elf is…” (Sirius)
“If that’s the case, you are a criminal because you have intercourse with that Elf, right? That is subject to punishment.” (??)
It seemed that I was the cause of this, but… there was no need to apologize to him, who tried to own Fia.
Moreover, according to his garrulous talk, they were hurting Fia and her father and were made an example to the other Elves. Because of that, they were still alive because we were rushing, but… I wasn’t going to forgive them, no matter what they did.
“Wait. Although they have a lower status than you, aren’t they still the same family of Elves? It’s unreasonable to easily punish and reduce their number.” (Sirius)
“The Elves and us are separate beings. And the Elves are only the gatekeepers that lead to the Sacred Trees. There is no problem if a few of them are reduced.” (??)
Fia said that she didn’t despise the Elder Elves for looking down on them, but… I really didn’t think so.
I quietly spoke to Asha, who was arranging her breathing behind me with a bow in hand.
“Asha. Are they really the Elder Elves? It is different from the story I heard from Fia…” (Sirius)
“There is no mistake that they are the Elder Elves-sama. But… I think that it is clearly different from the Elder Elves that we saw a hundred years ago. At that time, they were more dignified, and they didn’t say such terrible things like this.” (Asha)
Even if we couldn’t see the ups and downs of their emotions, didn’t these people having different personalities from what we were told?
“Perhaps, they didn’t want to wear the soil outsiders again…” (Sirius)
There were many things that I still didn’t know yet, but in the end of the day, the Elder Elves were not only trying to kill Fia, they wanted to kill us, too. I wasn’t sure what their rules were, but it was impossible for me to stay quiet.
And then, they left us and started to clean the dirt, maybe they were concerned about the soil attached after the scattered beating. They probably thought that they could kill us anytime, but with this, we earned some time to ourselves.
Without looking away from the Elder Elves, I spoke to the siblings behind me.
“…Can you still go on?” (Sirius)
“Yes! More importantly, I’m sorry, Sirius-sama. Because of us, you were hurt…” (Emilia)
“Sorry, Aniki!” (Reus)
“There is no need to apologize. The outcome is good enough, since their treatments were not interrupted with that much magic.” (Sirius)
It was precisely because Reus desperately defended and Emilia was cutting with the power of Wind, Reese’s treatment was successfully finished, and I ended up in this way.
However, since Hokuto completely prevented them from the front, where the assault was the most intense, the siblings seemed to have unbearable regret. I wanted to stroke their heads, but it was impossible right now.
“Well then, it’s going to be for real this time. I will fight against those three in the front, and I will entrust the two at the rear to the both of you.” (Sirius)
“Can we do it, too?” (Reus)
“Yeah, do it without reservation. They were the ones who caused Fia to be like this, so let’s make them regret.” (Sirius)
“Sirius-sama… please leave it to us!” (Emilia)
It might be best to leave it to Hokuto, but the siblings were also angry that Fia was almost killed.
Since the siblings could thoroughly protect us from the assaults earlier, they would be good enough to fight the Elder Elves.
“Asha, how about you? You can run away while we fight…” (Sirius)
“Please don’t ask me that after I remained here until this point. If Onee-sama is a criminal, I will also be glad to be a criminal.” (Asha)
“Thank you. But I want you to stop any attacks while staying at Fia’s side.” (Sirius)
“…It is unfortunate, but I realize that it is impossible for me directly fight them. And I know that it is pointless to worry about it.” (Asha)
If that was the case, there would be no problem, then.
The Elder Elves seemed to have finished cleaning the soil, so it was about time.
“Hokuto. Head back and protect those girls.” (Sirius)
The most that I was worried about was the stray magic due to our battles, but there was no problem if I entrusted it to Hokuto.
After receiving my instructions, Hokuto returned and stopped in front of me, so I gently stroked his head.
“I leave them to you.” (Sirius)
Having confirmed that Hokuto stood before Fia, the Elder Elves started chanting and there were countless magics appearing in the air.
“Are you using similar tactics even though you are the great protectors?” (Sirius)
“The forest will be damaged if we go all-out. We can’t damage the forest.” (??)
Indeed, their attacks on us were intense as their magics released and broke the ground of the square but there was no damage to the trees.
It was thoughtful as the people who lived in the forest, and I also agreed about that.
We had to reduce wasteful damage.
“Criminals, rot away and be the source of the forest.” (??)
“Really? But…” (Sirius)
It was already… enough.
Switching my thoughts towards the battle, another switch was…
“That is my line!” (??)
As I(Sirius) devoted myself for full attack, I was awakened in order to grasp the whole situation, and immediately turned to attack.
Before the three Elder Elves unleashed the magics they produced in the air, I widely spread [Impact] and blew them away.
Due to the shock waves released, the dust dramatically fluttered. And then, I kicked the ground and ran while my sight was still blocked.
‘—The magic in midair was almost blow away.’
‘— Mana restoration and simultaneous invocation of [Boost]… completed.’
‘— My enemies are… the front Elder Elf who seems to be the leader with a sword, the right one who had long hair and a small sword, and the left one who had short hair and a bow.’
I tried to challenge them to close combat by rushing through the smoke screen, but they were waiting for me with weapons in hand, maybe because they were anticipating it.
First, I leaped into the bosom of the long-haired Elder Elf to attack from the start, but he swung his small sword with a blurry speed.
Although the sharpness of the blow was rarely seen, but… it was par to Reus’ thrust. While calmly deflected the sword with my knife, I pulled the opponent’s arm with my other hand and swept his feet at the same time. He spun one round in midair and was thrown to the ground.
“Wha!? That is a strange technique.” (??)
However, the Elder Elf didn’t go against the throw. He calmly rotated once and landed with both feet.
It was a throwing technique that utilized the reflexive action to counter the throwing, but that Elder Elf corresponded at first glance. The reflexes were amazing, but if I was disturbed with this degree, I wouldn’t survive in battle.
I tried to aim at the gap when he succeeded in landing, but I noticed something flew from behind. So I cut it with the sword held in the opposite hand.
“My arrow, from behind…” (Short hair Elder)
“No, we can do it…” (Leader)
Before the cut-offed arrow fell onto the ground, the leader approached until he was before me. As I avoided the sword swung by twisting my body, the long-haired Elder Elf rebuild his posture and stabbed the small sword again.
I avoided it by doing a backwards jump, but the short-haired Elder Elf shot an arrow again while I was in midair.
Since I grasped the trajectory of the arrow, I used [Air Step], kicked the air and flew towards the short-haired Elder.
All of the shot arrows were avoided by jumping and creating a foothold. When I kicked the air for the first time, the Elders were disturbed.
“In midair!?” (??)
Their facial expressions didn’t changed at all, but even the Elders felt it was absurd to kick the sky.
Nevertheless, I had expected that their attack wouldn’t slow down, but the upset was a good opportunity for me.
I leaped into the bosom of the short-haired Elder, while repelling the arrows that were released from the front with my knife. I grabbed his face with the opposite hand and struck him towards the ground, while using the falling momentum.
I tried to blow his face with a point-blank ranged [Impact], but since the other two Elders shot magic from behind me, I instantly took a distance to evade the magic, and I, once again, approached the short-haired Elder, who was about to get up, and tried to bring him down.
His head was struck and his brain was shaken.
I expected that his sword would drop, but the opponent calmly finished his chanting and unleashed his magic.
“Oh Wind!” (??)
I would avoid while rushing, if it was a Wind Blade or Stone magic, but it would be difficult to avoid a compressed Wind with that range.
Kicking the air and jumping to the side, I decided to put some distance and made a fresh start.
“Hey Outsider, that’s brilliant.” (??)
“Let alone resisting our attacks, you also made counterattacks.” (??)
The three of them, who were scattered, were joining again, but they didn’t unleash their magics maybe because there were trees behind me.
Nevertheless… they were stronger than I expected.
The countless magics were unleashed with almost no chanting required, and the quickness of their actions and their reflexes were far superior to ordinary people’s. They were formidable enemies that came after the Strongest Sword and the Magic Master.
Actually, they couldn’t completely avoid my knife swings and magics, and they had several small wounds on their arms and legs.
I could at least defeat them if there was one only, but… I guessed that it was difficult to take all three down at the same time?
I could also ask for Hokuto’s assistance, but it was possible for me to fight with full power because he was protecting Fia and others. Well…once I got used to this, I could probably do something.
The problem was that they were still intact, even if they were blown away with [Impact]. Moreover, I completely couldn’t see that they were getting tired while hurling that much magic.
Although I knocked one of them on the ground with momentum that could crush their heads, it felt strange when there was no sign of concussion and he was standing without staggering at all.
“…Did you recover?” (Sirius)
Did the Elder Elves have similar capability like mine, where I could recover mana in an instant?
I heard that they would never leave the forest. Perhaps, they had the ability to recover not only mana, but also their stamina when they were in the forest.
If that was the case…
“Do it… in a single blow, huh?” (Sirius)
It would be a good idea to severe their necks, so that the recovery would be impossible.
As I arranged my breathing, while grasping the sword and the knife held in both hands, the Elders declared, while raising their mana.
“But… I can see every one of your movements.” (??)
“Outsider, we’ll end this in the next move.” (??)
Whether they were going to end this as per the declaration, the three Elders spread out and approached me.
The leader and the long-haired Elder attacked from the left and the right, and I was simultaneously attacked by the short-haired Elder, who shot arrows in order to make way.
It seemed that I was slightly faster and had better skills than them, but it didn’t make any difference when handling the three of them at the same time. Moreover, they openly declared that they had read my moves.
They were not bluffing when considering their reflexes and speed when dealing with [Magnum].
Was it the critical moment from here on?
“You’re right… let’s end this soon.” (Sirius)
I was looking forward to scolding Fia and greeting her father, anyway.
Using [Boost] to the maximum limit, I unleashed mana… in order to receive the Elders’ assault from the front.
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- FYI, the Third Switch uses ‘Watashi’ while Sirius uses ‘Ore’.