Ex Strongest, Reuniting with Those He Knows
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While looking at the sight before him, Soma exhaled a sigh. That was because it was a correct decision to come to this place.
He saw Sophia and Kraus fighting in the sky. He also noticed that they moved to the royal castle and he understood that support was necessary.
On the other hand, he also knew that the royal capital was surrounded by monsters, and some of them had invaded the royal capital. Again, he also knew that there was a need of support in this location.
With all that in mind, Soma came here. There was a sign that Hildegard and Lina were fighting someone here. Soma felt that he had to give top priority to this. It was half intuition, and…
“Hmm… my intuition doesn’t seem to have waned yet.” (Soma)
“Ni-nii-sama, how…? Why…” (Lina)
“Aah, it’s fine. You don’t have to force yourself to move. Hmm… your wound doesn’t seem so deep, but it seems better to treat them first. It would be hard if there were scars left.” (Soma)
— The Rule of the Sword – Divine Protection of the Dragon God – Single Mind – Serene State of Mind – Void Eyes: Secret Technique – True Sword of Compassion.
Soma stopped Lina, who tried to move, and when he got closer, he thrusted his sword after looking at her. Then, he slowly pulled out his sword, and the wound disappeared.
“Hmm, you should be fine with this.” (Soma)
“T-thank you very much… Even so, it still feels weird when the wound is healed after being stabbed by a sword.” (Lina)
“Is that so? Since I only stimulate vitality through a sword, it shouldn’t be strange or difficult. “By the way, Hildegard, do you need treatment? It looks like you don’t have any major injuries.” (Soma)
“N-no, I’m fine… wait, that’s not it! You, why are you here!?” (Hildegard)
“Aah, y-yes! Why Nii-sama is here!?” (Lina)
“Hmm, I’m not sure what to say if you ask me that…” (Soma)
To be honest, he had no other reason since he came here according to his intuition. Well, of course, he was worried about them, but…
“I’m glad… uh, no, that’s not what I want to say—” (Hildegard)
Hildegard was trying to say something, but she couldn’t finish the words. That was because there was a huge sound that appeared on the spot, which blocked her mouth.
It was the sound of the ground exploding. What followed after was a big laugh.
“Ha-hahaha…! Fool, I thought it was a boring play, but… it seems like it was worth doing it…!” (F?????)
Together with those words, what appeared from the other side of the dust was the man who Soma had blown away earlier.
Since Hildegard was nearby, Soma couldn’t put too much strength to blow him away. Nevertheless, the man had no injuries. However, Soma squinted his eyes because for some reason, he felt that the man seemed familiar.
Even when he felt the presence of Hildegard and Lina, he thought that he felt something that he had felt before, and…
“Aah… is that you? I’m sure you are the dragon that was called the Evil Dragon, right?” (Soma)
“Eh? Evil Dragon… is that him? Surely, Nii-sama has defeated it…” (Lina)
“Hmm… that reminds me, I remember hearing it. Well, since he is a Dragonkin, it’s obvious that he was defeated once. I supposed it was Soma who defeated it…” (Hildegard)
“Kuh, as I expected of you. To immediately recognize me… Aah… that’s what it is… it must be so…!” (Fafnir)
He was murmuring something, and he wasn’t the type of person Soma wanted to deal with, but… he couldn’t say that either. He needed to pay back properly, so it seemed that he couldn’t leave Soma alone.
However, the only thing Soma was concerned was the atmosphere was a bit different from the one he fought at that time. Considering the presence, he didn’t think that he was mistaken.
While thinking about it, he looked at Hildegard who was next to him.
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“…? What?” (Hildegard)
“Well, you say they are different kinds of people as well as Dragonkin. So, I was wondering whether your habit changed from the time when you were a Dragon.” (Soma)
“No, I feel like you’re saying something rude, but it’s normal to change since he was a Dragon, yes?” (Hildegard)
“Of course?” (Lina)
“That’s because a Dragon has an attitude suitable for a dragon. The image will collapse if you are unnecessarily kind or humble, right? That will lead to the denial of the dragon’s existence. Well, speaking of Dragon, there are various difficulties.” (Hildegard)
“Hmm… well, it’s something I can understand somehow.” (Soma)
In short, it might be a matter of obligation and responsibility. It was even applied to those who had strength. That was all there was to it.
Some people might say that it fitted as a Dragon, but it could seem trivial…
“Well, whether it’s people or dragons, I think the basis isn’t much different. Just as each person is different, each dragon is different from each other.” (Hildegard)
“Hmm, by the way, does that include the height? While that looks like an adult, you’re a little girl no matter how I look at you? …And you should be far older, right?” (Soma)
“I intentionally choose this appearance, you know…! If I feel like it, I can become a beautiful woman, alright!” (Hildegard)
“Yes yes, it’s amazing.” (Soma)
“It’s amazing, isn’t it?” (Lina)
“You don’t believe me, don’t you….!?” (Hildegard)
It wasn’t that they didn’t believe it. It just didn’t matter. While shrugging his shoulders, Soma looked at the young man, who was the former Evil Dragon, coming closer to them. Then, he thought about what he should do now.
” You guys, you were fighting with that man right? So, what do you think?” (Soma)
“… Well, I think he’s strong. Honestly, if I do it alone, I would be defeated by him. I don’t want to say much, but now, I have to admit since you say he is the former Evil Dragon.” (Lina)
“I’m not going to disagree with that. If it’s you, you should be able to defeat him without a problem, right? I think you understand how strong he is when you look at him, but…” (Hildegard)
That was the truth. To be honest, she didn’t feel like losing when fighting that man. That was neither overestimate or pride. It was purely an objective argument.
“You’re also the same, but speaking of Dragonkin, I suppose they inherit some abilities from the time when they were a Dragon. To put it simply, it is problematic.” (Soma)
“…Well, if I have to put in a way without trying to cover up, it’s going to be like that…” (Hildegard)
“Aah… I get it. Surely, in this situation we shouldn’t spend too much time here. By the way, Nii-sama. Are you aware what is going on right now?” (Lina)
“It’s a guess but I think I understand what’s going on from what I have seen in the surroundings and the signs.” (Soma)
Perhaps, the one who Sophia and Kraus fought in the sky was the culprit of this present situation. If the man were defeated, it would solve most of the situation.
Of course, some might not be solved like the man before him, but…
“Hmmph, when I listen to you… it seems you’re going to defeat me, yes?” (Fafnir)
“Oh? You look a bit calmer now. That reminds me, why do you think I can’t win this time? You lost when you were a Dragon. Moreover, you can’t bring out the strength you had in those days.” (Soma)
Hildegard had told Soma the truth. That he could understand the man’s strength by looking at him.
However, the man smiled confidently.
“Don’t think I’m the same as I was back then. At that time, I just hated the world. I wanted to destroy this world that destroyed and denied ‘that’ existence. That purpose hasn’t changed yet, but… before that, first of all, it’s you! I’ll kill you who got in my way… For that sake, I came back to this way. It’s fine as long as you taste the end of my hatred…!” (Fafnir)
As the man’s smile deepened and the bloodlust flowing out, Soma nodded. Certainly, it might reach this point…
“‘Aah… I see. He shouldn’t unusually aspire for that reason.” (Hildegard)
As if she was convinced of something, Hildegard exhaled his sigh when she said so. After that, Soma’s glance was turned to her, and the shoulders were shrugged.
“This is your responsibility. You should do your duty properly.” (Hildegard)
“Hmm… well, you don’t need to say that much…” (Soma)
The man had been reincarnated because of the grudge of being killed by Soma. Then, it was Soma’s duty and the responsibility to deal with the other side.
“You got it a bit wrong there. Well, you’ll understand when you fight him.” (Hildegard)
Hildegard muttered some meaningful words, but there was no time to ask questions about it.
The reason was that the man, who finally came to the place, immediately stopped, and prepared himself.
“…He’s preparing his posture, right?” (Lina)
“Surely, he didn’t show that when we were his opponents, but… that much shows how serious he is now. Soma, you better get serious too.” (Hildegard)
“…Well, I can’t afford to go easy on him, so I’m going to do that from the start.” (Soma)
As he was somewhat unsure, Soma also prepared his posture. The mouth of the man, who saw him, was distorted, and an arc was drawn.
There was something that he didn’t understand, but he was well aware that the opponent was motivated enough. The moment he saw those eyes, Soma kicked the ground.
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