x201C;Still, don x2019;t you think there x2019;s something abnormal about this cave? x201D;
After staying silent on Loren x2019;s back for a while, Lapis suddenly spoke up .
Loren, who was running with the help of the magic light Lapis had conjured, looked at her with a face asking her what she was trying to say, while trying not to get his feet caught in holes in the ground .
x201C;Loren, you x2019;ve been running for quite a distance since we were attacked by goblins, but we haven x2019;t reached the end of the tunnel yet . x201D;
That was something Loren agreed with .
Even though he had someone on his back, he had run nonstop for a long time, and covered a long distance as well .
But the tunnel continued, not even changing shape .
They passed a few chambers filled with items that the goblins gathered, but they passed the last one a while ago, and the tunnel they were in just kept going .
x201C;I though these goblins lived in a natural cave, but this is too unnatural . It x2019;s definitely strange . x201D;
x201C;I agree . Who knows how long this is going to continue . x201D;
After reaching the end, Loren planned on going back and searching the side tunnels, but it didn x2019;t seem like the tunnel was going to end anytime soon .
If it were a natural cave, the tunnel would x2019;ve gotten a lot narrower, but it continued on without changing size .
Although the floor and walls looked natural, Loren started doubting it and began to think that the cave was artificial .
x201C;You want to head back? x201D;
Loren started to get a sense of urgency going deeper and deeper down into the cave, but even if they were to head back, it meant going back to the place where they separated from Sarfe and the others .
He didn x2019;t want to think about what was going on in there, but what he was certain that the goblins were concentrated there .
There was no way they could sneak past them, and it would mean that Loren would have to get through a horde of goblins with Lapis on his back .
x201C;I hope there is an exit on the other side . x201D;
x201C;If there was, it would mean that Loren has tremendous luck . x201D;
Loren had trouble deciding whether luck was on his side or not .
He was lucky that he managed to survive through all the battles in his mercenary days, without any lasting injuries .
But the group that he was a part of being destroyed was very unlucky for him, so he couldn x2019;t decide .
x201C;In any case, don x2019;t expect much of it . x201D;
x201C;Mine isn x2019;t that good either . x201D;
For some reason Lapis joined in, and Loren turned to her with a puzzled look .
x201C;Well, my parents took my arms and legs as well as my eyes when I came out of my country so . x201D;
x201C;Ah x2026;that x2019;s unfortunate . x201D;
Loren was surprised that she had parents, but when he thought about it, it made sense . Of course, demon kind had parents . There was no way they grew from trees or anything like that .
But he had to agree that her own parents taking her limbs and eyes away was very unlucky, and started to think which of them had the worse luck .
x201C;I became an adventurer, but my party were those kinds of people . x201D;
x201C;Okay, I got it . Looks like you x2019;re way more unfortunate than I am . x201D;
x201C;They had a few screws loose when it came to thinking and paying attention, so it was easy for me to hide my identity, though . x201D;
x201C;On top of that, my parents hid my limbs and eyes somewhere in human territory . I can x2019;t go home until I find them, as well as gain experience in the human world . x201D;
x201C;I x2019;m not trying to compete . x201D;
x201C;But even if I find them, how would I put them back onto my body? x201D;
x201C;Go back home and ask your parents . x201D;
Loren couldn x2019;t understand what happened between her and her parents that it ended up with getting her limbs and eyes taken away and hidden .
He also couldn x2019;t understand how she could describe it as just x2018;unfortunate x2019; .
x201C;Um, Loren? x201D;
While he was immersed in such thoughts, Lapis, the subject of those thoughts, brought Loren back to reality .
Loren was wary that maybe she had something even worse up her sleeve, but when he looked at her, he saw that she was pointing in front of him and faced the direction she was pointing .
After all this time with the tunnel continuing forever, Lapis saw some sort of light ahead of them .
x201C;It x2019;s not a dead end, is it? x201D;
x201C;If it was there wouldn x2019;t be light shining . x201D;
x201C;But a light at the end? Does that mean there are more goblins there? x201D;
x201C;I can x2019;t say for sure . I don x2019;t sense any, though . x201D;
Loren wasn x2019;t sure how much he could depend on demon kind x2019;s senses .
But they were known for their high strengths and capabilities, and Loren decided that their senses would be pretty accurate . He slowed down from a jog to taking light footsteps, taking care not to make any noise .
x201C;Get rid of the light . x201D;
Loren could see a bit, thanks to the light coming from the direction he was walking toward, and asked Lapis to extinguish the light she conjured using magic .
As soon as Loren asked, Lapis extinguished the light . It became dark again, but they could see their surroundings vaguely thanks to the light pouring in .
x201C;You can x2019;t stand on your own yet? x201D;
x201C;I x2019;m sorry, I x2019;m such a nuisance . x201D;
x201C;Don x2019;t worry about it . x201D;
Lapis seemed embarrassed that she couldn x2019;t move yet, but Loren had asked her without expecting much, so he wasn x2019;t disappointed at all .
x201C;I x2019;m going to apologize ahead of time . I might have to shake you off if it x2019;s an emergency . x201D;
x201C;It x2019;s fine . I x2019;m in the way when you reach for your weapon . x201D;
In the narrow tunnel, Loren couldn x2019;t use his weapon to its full potential .
But he didn x2019;t have anything else to fight with, so he had no choice but to use his great sword in an emergency, and that would mean he had no choice but to shake Lapis off his back to draw it .
To Lapis, who couldn x2019;t move any of her limbs, it would hurt quite a bit, so Loren decided to apologize to her now because he could see the possibility of it happening .
x201C;It would be nice if I didn x2019;t have to draw it, though . x201D;
Loren continued to walk slowly toward the light shining through the cave .
x201C;You can count on me . x201D;
After seeing Lapis nod, he held his sword upside down and struck the wall around the crack with the tip .
Since his sword didn x2019;t have a proper blade, it was like striking the wall with a slab of metal, and slowly but surely the wall started to crumble .
Even the sturdiest weapon, if not used the way it was meant to be used, would be greatly damaged .
Loren decided that if he managed to get out of alive, he would have to take his sword to a smith or buy a new one . While he was working, he heard Lapis x2019; voice .
x201C;It seems like it x2019;ll take a while . x201D;
Great swords weren x2019;t meant to be used to dig holes .
And even though the wall was somewhat brittle, it was still completely made of rock, and it didn x2019;t look like he was making much progress .
Lapis x2019; outlook was correct, and Loren kept on striking his sword on the wall, not wanting to waste any time replying .
To their luck, no monsters were attracted to them by all the noise he was making .
If some monster noticed them, Loren would have to fight it protecting Lapis at the same time, who couldn x2019;t move well, so he wouldn x2019;t be able to fight properly .
x201C;I guess we x2019;re lucky the wall isn x2019;t that hard . x201D;
The crack itself was fragile from the wind eroding it for many years, so Loren was able to make the crack bigger and bigger with the tip of his sword .
He continued for a while, thinking how easy it would be if he could swing the entire sword at the wall .
Eventually the crack became large enough for Loren to crawl through .
Loren hit the blade a few times to get the rubble off of it and strapped it onto his back .
x201C;Now we can somehow get through . x201D;
x201C;Good work . Sorry to trouble you again, but it would help a lot if you could pull me across the wall . x201D;
Although quite a long time had passed, Lapis x2019; limbs remained unmoving .
The crack wasn x2019;t large enough to fit Loren with Lapis on his back, so the only way was to do as Lapis just said, for Loren to go in first and pull Lapis through .
x201C;It x2019;s going to take some work . x201D;
x201C;I apologize . x201D;
x201C;It x2019;s fine . It x2019;s too late to back out, anyway . x201D;
Loren told Lapis, who was apologetic, not to worry about it, and got down on his knees in front of the crack, and proceeded to crawl out of the tunnel .
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