The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary
Author :Mine
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Chapter 43

Chapter 43
Chapter 43: Conversation and Pursuit
x201C;Hey Lapis . What happened to the anti-evil ritual? x201D;
x201C;It x2019;s just for warding off evil . It doesn x2019;t make the building stronger or anything like that . x201D;
Loren looked at the part of the clinic that was blown away and asked Lapis in a scornful manner, but she replied in a flat tone .
The ritual that Lapis performed was impenetrable against the undead from outside, but that was just for keeping the undead away, and didn x2019;t affect the building itself at all .
x201C;Also, it keeps things from coming it, but it doesn x2019;t have any effect on something that is trying to get out . x201D;
x201C;Not as useful as I thought it would be . x201D;
x201C;The same thing has been protecting you this whole time, you know? x201D;
As Lapis replied to Loren x2019;s disappointment with a scornful gaze, Loren immediately looked away and played dumb .
Klaus shouted loudly at their exchange, continuing to mow down zombies after zombies that continued to flock towards him .
x201C;The clinic x2019;s defenses have been breached, you know? Panic a bit, will you guys!? x201D;
x201C;Even if you say that x2026; x201D;
Loren x2019;s gaze was still focused on the rubble of the demolished part of the clinic .
His eyes were glued onto the shadow that stood above it all .
x201C;Seeing something like that just takes it around and doesn x2019;t even make me want panic . x201D;
The figure that Loren mentioned was indeed humanoid but displayed a form that was far from a human .
It definitely looked like a person .
The figure wearing normal women x2019;s clothing looked like someone that you wouldn x2019;t even take a second glance if you walked past her on the street .
But the large difference was the yellowish mist that was being emitted from her entire body into her surroundings .
The figure wearing the mist that sent a chill down the spine and gave off a bad vibe just by looking at it, had an unconscious Shayna in her arms and stared at Loren with eyes the same shade of yellow as the mist .
x201C;You x2019;ve changed quite a bit, haven x2019;t you Shutel? x201D;
At Loren x2019;s call, the figure, whose brown hair floating around her, bent her lips into a smile .
x201C;I knew you were suspicious, but I didn x2019;t think you had quit being human . x201D;
He didn x2019;t have any evidence, but the uncomfortable vibe that he got just by looking at her and the eerie yellow mist around her, made it seem obvious that Shutel wasn x2019;t anything close to a human being .
That was exactly why Shutel slowly walked down from the rubble and onto the street, right in the middle of all the zombies .
If she were a normal human, the zombies would x2019;ve flocked to her and started tearing at her flesh, but they just stood where they were, paying no attention to her .
x201C;What are you going to do with Shayna? x201D;
When Lapis threw a question at her as Shutel turned her back towards them and started to walk away, Shutel stopped and answered without even looking back .
x201C;It is none of your concern . This girl is the one that he has put his hands on, and has granted the treasure upon her body . He has pa . s . sed on, but I have the responsibility to complete what he had started . x201D;
x201C;She actually spoke . x201D;

x201C;That x2019;s probably a Wight . They x2019;re undead that are a bit smarter than revenants . x201D;
x201C;So undead have different names based on how smart they are x2026; x201D;
x201C;no, not exactly x2026; x201D;
Suddenly the yellow mist erupted from Shutel x2019;s body and covered the area, interrupting Lapis .
Loren tensed as he expected it to block their sight, but it was far from a smokescreen, something more atrocious than that .
x201C;Wights are users of powerful energy drains . If the yellow mist touches you it steals your mana and life energy . x201D;
x201C;I don x2019;t have any business with you lot . Become prey for the zombies, is what I would like to say, but x2026; x201D;
Shutel finally turned towards Loren and Lapis, with a quizzical look .
x201C;An ordinary human would immediately be unable to move a finger, but why are you two not affected? x201D;
x201C;Of course, that x2019;s because we have means to deal with it . x201D;
Lapis said proudly, but Loren wasn x2019;t sure if there was much meaning at all taking such an att . i . tude against an undead .
Shutel continued to look at Loren and Lapis, but after a while she turned around once again .
x201C;Whatever . In any case, you wouldn x2019;t last long dealing with all these zombies and revenants, anyway . Even if you did, once I complete what he started, there x2019;s no way the living could resist it . x201D;
x201C;Hey, wait! x201D;
Loren tried to stop Shutel from leaving, but at that moment the zombies stood in his way, blocking her from view .
x201C;This isn x2019;t looking too good . x201D;
Even though Shutel left, the yellow mist did not disappear, and was still surrounding the area .
As she looked at it, her words contained a bit of panic inside them .
x201C;Klaus and I are fine . I won x2019;t succ . u . mb to an energy drain of this degree, and Klaus has the protection of his Gift . x201D;
x201C;Am I the problem, by chance? x201D;
x201C;The evil warding ritual does increase your resistance, but if you continue to be within the range of this energy drain, either your resistance will fail or the ritual will lose its power . x201D;
What Lapis had provided Loren wasn x2019;t something that completely mitigated the effects of an energy drain, but only raised his resistance so that he would withstand the effects .
That in addition to Loren x2019;s natural resistance, was why nothing happened to him until now .
But while he was within the mist that Shutel had emitted, which had the energy drain effect, he was constantly being exposed to the effects of the energy drain, so Lapis was saying that eventually his resistance would succ . u . mb to it or the ritual would lose effect .
He had to escape to a place outside the effects of the energy drain before that happened, but if he did that he wouldn x2019;t be able to chase after Shutel, the source of it all .

x201C;Higher the rank of the undead, the better they are at masking their presence . x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s pretty annoying . x201D;
x201C;So, I x2019;m fine with chasing her, but what should we do with the clinic? x201D;
If Loren and Lapis chased after Shutel, the defenses of the clinic would decrease drastically .
There were still many undead around the area, and exterminating them before chasing would take too long, and by the time they finished, it would most likely be that Shutel would be done with what she was planning to do .
x201C;I x2019;ve got this . x201D;
While Loren was wondering what they should do, Klaus made the declaration .
x201C;The protection on the clinic still works, right? And the undead that get close are all attracted to me . If I keep killing the zombies at the hole, The building should be fine . x201D;
x201C;That might be true, but that means you x2019;ll be on your own until dawn . x201D;
Once the sun rose, there was a high possibility that the light-hating undead will go back to wherever they were hiding during the day, but there was still a long way until sunrise .
During that time, if Klaus had to continually deal with the undead all by himself, the undead would infiltrate the clinic through the hole that Shutel had made .
Once that happens, it wasn x2019;t hard to imagine what would happen to the people inside .
x201C;It x2019;s for my friends . Leave it to me . Is what I would like to say, but this is going to be pretty hard, even for me . So it would be helpful if you guys x2026; the two of you could defeat the wight and come back as soon as possible . x201D;
When they heard those words, Loren and Lapis glanced at each other and said to Klaus in harmony .
x201C; x2018;That way of talking is pretty disgustingapos; x201D;
x201C;I-I can be sorry for things, okay!? I owe you one for saving Ange as well . x201D;
The second half got quieter and was hard to make out, but Klaus immediately recovered and looked back at Loren and Lapis, and said clearly .
x201C;So leave this to me, please . x201D;

x201C;Well, since it looks like you x2019;ve made up your mind, I guess we could leave it to you . x201D;
If it was Klaus when Loren first met him, he would x2019;ve scoffed and would x2019;ve told him not to be so full of himself, but to Loren it seemed he could trust the Klaus he was seeing right now .
That x2019;s why when Loren replied to him like that, he thumped his chest with his fist and undertook it .
x201C;I promise that I x2019;ll protect this place until you two get back . x201D;
x201C;Buy me a drink when it x2019;s all over . x201D;
x201C; x2026;Shouldn x2019;t that be I x2019;ll buy you a drink when it x2019;s all over? x201D;
x201C;I don x2019;t have the money to even if I wanted to . I x2019;ve become an adventurer because I was a broke mercenary, after all . x201D;
As Loren said something quite pathetic, Lapis grabbed his hand and started pulling on it .
x201C;We x2019;ve got no time to lose . I x2019;ll track Shutel so let x2019;s go . x201D;
x201C;Got it . Alright Klaus, you x2019;d better not die . x201D;
As Loren said that to motivate him, Klaus held up his longsword and replied .
x201C;Unfortunately, until I have a household with Ange, have a lot of children, a lot of grandchildren, and have them see me off, I won x2019;t feel like dying . x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s a pretty luxurious dream you x2019;ve got there x2026; x201D;
x201C;Roll and Layla will be my concubines . x201D;
Klaus said something completely unexpected with shining eyes .
x201C;Isn x2019;t it better if we have him die here? x201D;
Loren was being quite serious as he asked Lapis, but she didn x2019;t answer . Instead, after sending an ice cold glare resembling a blizzard in the far lands of the north, she started running after Shutel, still holding onto Loren x2019;s hand .

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