Lumia: Other World

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8 Battle Of Wits

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Mael is on his way to the inside of the so-called queen's lair and calmly walking in his illuminated path. The noise of ghouls is very faint and he is hearing his footsteps.

Tak! tak! tak!

The noise of ghouls is getting louder as he threads his path. With the light he is carrying, he can see clearly. The ghouls are getting nearer and nearer. His dagger was gripped tightly and preparing for the upcoming battle.

His own sound of breathing was getting louder as well as the noise of monsters.

Roaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggg!

Mael heard their shouts and they are approaching in the front.

Raaaaaaaagggghhhh!

The screams are coming also coming from the back.

"I'm surrounded!", he exclaimed.

Tagatak! tagatagatak!

The sound from the steps of the approaching ghouls echoed all throughout the hollow cave. Mael made his fighting stance, then the monsters darted to him. With only a lamp, he can't see the enemies from afar but can only see the fifty-meter radius of the extended range of the floating lantern.

Rak!

One of the ghouls jumped at him. He made a horizontal slash at the neck while moving sideways. By the time he evaded, another one jumped at him. It was about to bite him. Fortunately, Mael then blocked with his chains wrapped hands and pierced it's the forehead.

Shak!

Resounded the piercing curve dagger bury on its head after he pulled the dagger.

Mael slashed the ghouls jumping over him, but they were evading rapidly. His cuts were shallow due to the quick attacks of the enemies.

The ghouls kept on regenerating their wounds in seconds. Mael felt quite dismayed about it. All he can do was to cut them with shallow wounds due to the hardy flesh of ghouls.

"Hmmm. Cuts?", he wondered a bit for a second.

"Aha! Eureka!", he said as he kicked a ghoul that made it fly.

He gathered force, while kicking more of them, then unleashed it.

"Ha!", Mael shouted as he released the force.

All incoming ghouls were thrown off and knocked off.

"I only have three seconds for them to stand up", he said while grabbing a bottle in the potion belt.

He uncaps the bottle and poured it to his curve daggers.

"Heh! Poison!", he grinned.

The monsters were getting up as he prepared for another wave.

"Come at me, dimwits!", he shouted.

Roars echoed in the tunnels and their noise was deafening. The monsters, then launched an attack. He was making the offense this time. He aggressively cuts them by his dagger.

Sometime in the past, his father taught him the manner of cutting an enemy in rapid motions.

"Mael, the technique to do this rapid cuts is to synchronize your two hands like whirling water. Be careful not to collide your right with your left, and then lastly, attack with speed and power", Melvin said to him while patting his head.

"Yes, dad. I've instilled it in my mind", Mael replied.

Mael grinned as he remembered his father. He closed his eyes, then focused while the ghoul jumped at him.

Slash! slash! slash!

The three ghouls are slashed instantly, then slashed again the upcoming ones.

"One. Two. And Three!", he counted then the ghouls he slashed were knocked down.

It's called Rabid viper poison. Its effects were: first, it paralyzes the victim after three seconds; two, making the victim pa.s.s out in ten seconds; and last, killing it slowly in an hour.

Mael chuckled as he saw that the poison is taking effect and still continuing on slashing them. He evaded and slashed one ghoul after another. The ones that were getting near were kicked away.

His rapid slashes continues. But his floating lantern is barely coping up with his speed. He made sure that he can only cut one and to never cut twice a single ghoul.

After half an hour, the ghouls were all lying on the floor. Whining on the pain the poison has caused, he stands solitarily and his lantern in the piling bodies.

"Let's proceed to the next place, let's go floating lantern", he said to his companion but it didn't reply anything.

For Mael, it is okay to have someone to talk to for some time.

Mael traveled again in the tunnel and he saw that the path is getting wider, he then exited the tunnel and arrived at the right place.

"The queen's chamber!", he exclaimed as he saw a wide dome that is littered with bones and dead bodies.

He can't see the extent of the ceiling because of his lantern's limit. He scanned the surroundings and luckily, nothing is in there but only a pile of dead bodies and bones.

"d.a.m.n! Am I too late? Please be alive!", he screamed in his mind.

He starts to find the missing girl and he has no clues to what she is wearing.

"d.a.m.n! That old man didn't even tell me what she was wearing. I also forgot to ask about it!", he cursed in his mind.

He began to be desperate while finding when he saw a girl with a red dress. He saw that she has claw marks in her hands but it's only a shallow wound. She still breathes, but it was just faint. The problem is, half of her body was stuck from piled bodies.

"Hang in there, girl. You're going home soon", he said in his mind.

He pulled the bodies that were piling over her. He successfully pulled her out. He lifted her head and a.s.sisted her to drink a health potion.

She surprisingly drank it hastily due to her thirst.

Kuhuk! kuhuk!

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"h.e.l.lo can you hear me?", he asked.

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