Author: 年终 / Nian Zhong
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 121: The Assassin
The wound disappeared, but the pain did not dissipate immediately. The shock gradually faded, and the panic engraved in biological instinct surged, filling the muscles with stiffness and astringency. Oliver knew in his heart that after just paying a huge sum of money, this group of people—perhaps the “Gatekeepers” according to Micah—would only use him to make an example and wouldn’t kill him so easily.
But suffering without death was never a pleasant experience.
The cold and severe pain left by the steel needle were still throbbing in his internal organs. The continuous loss of strength made breathing a tiring task. Oliver took small breaths, inserted his fingertips wrapped in his armor into the soil under his feet, and successfully stood up after about five minutes.
He had to look for other opportunities. Oliver thought for a while and decisively excluded any negative thoughts. At the moment, he could only rely on himself to find a way out and couldn’t let himself be eroded by loss and frustration. After all, the chance of escape was already slim. He needed to adjust.
It wasn’t like he couldn’t understand Micah’s thoughts. Oliver raised his head with difficulty and looked ahead, but unfortunately, the team had already moved forward for a while, and he couldn’t find Micah’s figure.
He was a dangerous person with a “high price”. Let alone acquaintances, they weren’t even friends. He wasn’t qualified to ask another party to simply trust a stranger wholeheartedly. He just tried to embrace hope, not wanting to leave the desperate person in front of him because of this suspicion.
However, this time, fate was not on his side, and he undoubtedly failed. That was the risk he took. Oliver had long passed the age of idealism, so of course he understood this truth.
He understood it well, but…
Oliver tried to swallow his spit. His throat rolled with dry pain, mixed with sad emotions. He thought he could accept the result relatively calmly, but the pain still gripped his heart.
He leaned on the Rest in Peace and struggled to get up.
The team walked forward in silence, and there seemed to be two huge carriages at the end. Oliver didn’t smell the familiar smell of livestock in the air. Horses didn’t emit such a strange smell. From his angle, he couldn’t see what was pulling the carriages in front of him, but he was pretty sure it wasn’t a horse. The sealed carriage was surrounded by a magic array and only had a narrow door.
The prisoners were divided into two groups, honestly filling the doorway of the carriage. Although there was only one guard, everything was in order.
Oliver decided to regain his strength first. He staggered along with the group, trying to lift his feet that suddenly weighed more than a thousand pounds. Unfortunately, he still couldn’t adapt to this suddenly weak body. Oliver’s left foot softened, and he slammed into the person next to him, almost twisting his ankle.
“I’m very sorry,” he whispered, raising his eyes after a few seconds.
He bumped into a man who was about a head taller than him. He had short steel-gray hair standing upright, fierce eyebrows, and fine scars on his face. The man’s figure looked extremely strong, and the muscles on his arms were bulging as hard as iron. He didn’t carry any sharp weapons, just a metal shield that was abnormally large.
The man squinted his eyes and looked at Oliver for a moment without making a sound. When Oliver thought he was about to be beaten, he simply nodded, moved his gaze away from Oliver, and looked at the carriage in front of him again.
Oliver breathed a sigh of relief and continued to move his soft legs with difficulty.
When he and the burly man were placed in the same carriage, Oliver guessed the reason. The people in this carriage were not civilians. They had some combat power, and almost all the people who had just shown joy were here, while there were no traces of those who were thin and numb.
There were about a hundred people, most of whom stared at the people who came in with a subtle smile on their faces.
Oliver wanted to approach the carriage, but the burly man suddenly squeezed him directly into the corner of the carriage. The man unceremoniously blocked his sight and sat down in front of him, leaving only a little room for him to move.
The purpose of that person’s action was obvious. It was definitely intentional.
Oliver curled up his legs and frowned uncomfortably, but said nothing. He had no intention of causing disputes, since it was unnecessary at this time. Every ounce of strength was precious, and it would be wasted to put it towards quarrels.
As the last person entered the carriage, the door of the carriage was closed forcefully, and then there was a soft sound of chain friction outside. The air of the carriage suddenly became muggy, and after a few minutes, the floor under their seats began to bump slightly. No one said a word. There was only the heavy breathing of dangerous people in the air.
The burly man’s eyes closed slightly, as if he was resting, but Oliver felt there was always a line of sight that was eyeing him.
“You…” Oliver felt that this wasn’t a good sign. He retracted his legs inward and spoke softly.
Before he could spit out half a sentence, the man put his index fingers against his lips and made a cold “shh” gesture.
Oliver swallowed back what he was about to say and curled up cautiously. He didn’t know when this weird silence would end, so he closed his eyes and began to quietly test his new collar with his strength.
Two hours later, he finally knew the reason for the silence.
The carriage door opened again, and people were driven out. Oliver moved his sore lower limbs and looked around, but there was nothing in front of him except the sparse trees of a woodland. This seemed to be just an ordinary forest… except for the slender black poles that stood silently in the distance under ordinary clouds.
“I think you know what will happen.” the man with a white cloth wrapped around his face said, causing a stir among the crowd. “Congratulations. You’ve been given the opportunity to say goodbye to death.”
“Fight. I’ll watch. You must prove your worth, and it’s time to rely on your strength to win status and glory.” He dusted the dirt off his clothes, as if his eyes could see through the white cloth. “The time limit is three hours, starting now.”
“Just a reminder, do not cross the border. Don’t forget the things around your necks.”
The man shook the magic whip in his hand. After the crackling sound of the whip broke the air, a rushing white arc of light instantly ignited between the black poles. It enclosed the small woodland into an airtight cage.
No. He didn’t know what to expect. Oliver stayed in place in a daze. A number of hostile and murderous expressions have been cast. His body instinctively forced him to draw out his sword, and the collar on his neck also stopped the seemingly endless sucking of his power, allowing him to temporarily be liberated.
But he was still at a loss and couldn’t squeeze out the slightest hostility.
At this moment, one hand suddenly grabbed the back collar of his armor, and Oliver only felt the wind passing by his ears before he ended in a violent impact. He flew far, breaking countless trees before he landed in a bush.
The burly man followed. His steps were fast and steady, and his momentum was like a galloping chariot. A few hundred meters behind him, people had already begun to fight excitedly. The smell of blood spread in the air, stimulating everyone’s senses. Oliver subconsciously raised his sword and assumed a blocking posture.
“You weren’t hostile to that mole. You wanted to save him.” The man’s voice was affirmative. He reached out his hand and his face was tight. “Now you still don’t want to kill. Coincidentally, so do I. We can cooperate.”
Oliver glanced at the big rough hands, but did not immediately put down the sword, and instead cast back an inquiring look.
“I can see it.” The man’s voice was low and hoarse. “Randy.” He pointed to himself.
“An assassin,” Randy replied indifferently. Under the fine scars on his face, the corners of the man’s mouth drooped slightly. His lips were tightly compressed, making him always look like he was in a bad mood. “I will never mistake hostility and murderous intent.”
“…” The corner of Oliver’s mouth twitched while he decided to give himself a few more seconds to think.
“In addition, a simple question.” The man who claimed to be an assassin was silent for a moment. He put the giant shield on the ground at will, and the heavy shield instantly smashed into the soft soil. “What is your relationship with Godwin Lopez? A piece of advice. You’d better hide this face.” He raised his chin at the crowd fighting in the distance.
“Don’t let them notice. Otherwise, you’ll meet an ugly death.”
The coordinates given by Virgil were extremely accurate. After taking a few steps, Nemo saw the symbolic sign of the Mercenary Guild. The task of finding Ulysses’ skull should still be there, and this idea inexplicably surfaced from his chaotic mind.
How wonderful and ironic, he thought, as he touched his head.
It was just at this moment that he had no interest in guilds and missions. Nemo glanced at the logo and began to look for the nearest transfer station. The transfer station would have a distinctive red spire, which wasn’t difficult to locate.
Not so long ago, almost all the members of Tumbleweed stepped into the branch. Ann said she was going to confirm the situation in Alban prison while also trying to get news from the Insular Court through her contacts. Adrian Cross said nothing and stepped directly into the door of the branch. Jesse stuck to him like gum and followed him every step of the way.
Now Nemo wanted to spend more time alone. He was happy to stay outside and take care of the goat.
How long had it been since his companions had stepped into the building? An hour? Maybe two? Nemo clenched the leash of the fuller goat in his hand. The gray parrot was shivering on his shoulder as it tried to reduce its sense of presence.
Nemo couldn’t help turning his head to look at Bagelmaurus. At this moment, the gray parrot no longer had those gorgeous and dazzling decorations on its body. It shrank its head and avoided Nemo’s gaze.
This was probably the member of the whole team who was closest to him in essence. Nemo showed a wry smile. Bagelmaurus probably noticed something.
He stretched out his finger and gently poked the feathers on the parrot’s chest. The touch was warm, but the gray parrot shrank tighter.
Nemo softly sighed.
He was temporarily unable to face his companion bluntly. The guilt of concealing what he knew had snowballed, becoming larger and larger, and finally turning into a cold sense of guilt. Worry, confusion, and anxiety were mixed into a heavy pile, almost crushing him. Nemo wanted to confess, at least just once, to find an outlet for the emotion that was about to burst.
“Bagelmaurus,” he said in a low voice. He turned his gaze away and stared at the red spire of the transfer station.
“…I can return your powers to you.”
The gray parrot stopped trembling instantly. Its claws loosened as it slid down from Nemo’s shoulders and fell firmly onto the stone brick ground.