Evolution Theory of the Hunter – Chapter 68
Of course if you have the right combination of equipment, then the buffs from those items could probably be enough to boost your physical abilities enough to fight the alligator easily.
In the case of the alligator, the best buffs would probably be ones that boosted reaction time.
Anyway, my point was this.
That I would be the only bastard crazy enough to do this using just physical ability.
I charged at one of the three alligators that was next to Jong Sawon.
Since Cho Youngoo had his shield, he would be able to hold up for longer than Jong Sawon.
The monster raised its ugly head and opened its jaws wide.
Close your damn mouth.
I slammed its jaws back together again.
Alligators typically have very strong clamping strength.
As opposed to that, they are very weak in opening their mouths so a human could easily keep them closed if they wanted.
This was the same for the Level 2 Striped Alligators. Unable to use its main weapon,, the monster started to whip its body back and forth to try and get free.
There wasn’t any point in dragging it out.
I stepped on its jaws to keep it closed while I draw my sword and plunged it straight into its forehead.
The Honcheon sword made a small explosion upon impact.
“Nice! Shot! Sunbeh Oppa!”
Instead of stopping, I kept the momentum up and cut off the heads of the remaining two monsters. All organisms are the same.
If you just cut off the head, even a dragon would end up dying.
Ah…the undead don’t count. Because they aren’t living to start with.
Just then, I barely evaded a Fanged Earwig that had aimed to pounce on me.
It seemed in every other way like a regular Earwig except it had huge fangs that looked like ivory elephants’ tusks.
Jong Sawon swung wide with his Rubicon Sword.
It cut through the air in a half arc.
The 2 meter tall Earwig was instantly split cleanly in half.
I had to admit. The Jong Sawon armed with the Rubicon Sword was far and away stronger than the man I had first met.
As soon as I went to stand next to Jong Sawon, all three archers naturally switched focus to cover Cho Youngoo.
Cho Youngoo gave up on attacking and switched to defense mode.
Because he knew that the monsters would not be able to get through.[+200]
Jong Sawon and I teamed up to get rid of the rest of the Earwigs.
All we had left were the 3 Striped Alligators futilely trying to pierce through Cho Youngoo’s shield.
As I ran towards him, I counted the monsters we killed.
3 Predatory Toads, 3 Striped Alligators, and 6 Fanged Earwigs. If we counted the 4 Sleeping Predatory Toads and 3 Alligators still alive and well, it brought our total monsters to 22.
We were almost done.
Slam! Slam! Slam![+200]
Just when we killed the three alligators.
All at once, 4 Fanged Earwigs burst through the ground from my rear.
I could see Sooah standing in frozen horror with wide eyes in front of the monsters.
There were four more of them???
I thought there were only 22 to start with?
I stomped on the ground hard enough to kick up a small cloud of dust. I don’t even know if Sooah would be able to handle one of them.
Let alone four.
I saw Jong Sawon’s sword shining from here.
Just when did he get there?
And I saw Sooah slash horizontally with her own sword. The Earwig that had been aiming to rip her to shreds with its sharp teeth was immediately cut in half – spewing out white guts everywhere.
Jong Sawon swung out with his sword while the three archers shot out with their bows to keep the monsters at bay.
Her sword swung once more in the air and the Earwig’s fang flew majestically as it separated from the monster’s head.
Cho Youngoo said with amazement.
The five minute battle had garnered us 26 dead monsters. And Sooah had personally killed 2 of them herself.
I was the one who had trained her and shown her how to fight.
But I never imagined she would be able to follow through so well in real battle.
I had assumed she would need more time before fighting for real.
“Isn’t this your first time fighting a monster?”
“I don’t think it is.”
“Not counting the roach you killed that one time.”
“Eum…then it’s my first time.”
“And you were still able to stay calm and fight like that?”
“I practiced hard.”
If that was all it took to be able to do what she did, I wouldn’t have been as surprised as I was.
There are people who are earnest. On the outside, they complain and don’t look like they’re trying all too hard, but they are the type of people who actually work a lot harder than anyone else. This was because they don’t like to show their hard work to others. They find it embarrassing. I felt like this girl was that type.
What was hard for me to believe though was that she thought to fight in such a surprising situation. It was a situation where she would not have been mentally prepared since the attack came out of nowhere.
I can’t say that I would have 100% responded in the same way were I in her position.
If I had to guess, I would say that she was able to respond in that way because she had faced life and death situations a numbers of times in her life.
“Did I do well?”
She made a small smirk while oogling at me.
Hmph. I wouldn’t go that far. I’d say that she just finally earned her keep today.
“You did well. Good job.”
She put her head down. And her shoulders started to shake.
What the…is she so happy it’s making her cry?
I tap tapped her shoulder.
A weird sound started to seep out her mouth. It sounded sort of like crying…but also like something else.
“What are you doing right now?”
“It’s my first time getting a compliment.”
She looked up at me with sparkling eyes.
“Was I so mean….? I complimented you sometimes didn’t I?”
“That was only to Yeonkyoung!”
“Ah, is that so?”
I glanced at Yeonkyoung. She started to touch her hair awkwardly while giving an uncomfortable giggle.
I didn’t realize this.
Well, complimenting didn’t cost money or anything so…
“You did well. You just have to keep doing what you’re doing now, and you’ll be great.”
“More, more more!”
She held my hands and looked at me with shining eyes.
This girl is too much sometimes.
She kept pushing her head too close to me so I lightly pushed her forehead away and spoke to Jong Sawon.
I had a question for him.
“How was it that you were there next to Sooah in that instant?”
“Ah, since I saw that you were running to Cho Youngoo to help him, I went to help the rest of the party. It was sheer luck.”
Is he saying it was coincidence?
Either way, it was a learning experience.
“I think it is important for us to keep in mind that if we ever fight against Fanged Earwigs, that there might be more of them than we can see. It is nice to earn money, but safety should always be priority above all else.”
Lastly, I looked at Park Hanbum.
“How many monsters have you killed on your way here?”
“I think about four.”
“I see there was a good reason for you to keep that bike.”
“It was all thanks to the new bow.”
The bike had become a great hunting tool thanks to the aid of the Grassland Horn Bow.
And it was helpful to the party as well. Now we didn’t have to go out in search for monsters – we could use him to bring them to us.
That meant we could hunt that many more monsters in a shorter time.
I briefly wondered if he had a skill…and if his skill had something to do with driving.
But all I saw using the manual was ‘Level 2 Increase Destructive Power’.
That meant his driving skill was unrelated to skill…but from his own hard work.
I had to give him credit. It was amazing what he could do on that bike.