Lapis gazed at Ange, who was carried high up in the air, and said the name of the thing that did so without a trace of urgency in her voice .
“Dragon zombie…No, it looks like it’s a bone dragon . ”
What had popped up from under the ground and s . n . a . t . c . hed Ange, who was running in the back, in its jaws and carried her up into the air was a dragon made of pale white human bones .
Loren and the others now felt the ground rumble and tensed up as they watched the dragon dragged its giant body out of the ground .
“It’s so big!”
“Of course it is, it’s a dragon . ”
Lapis leisurely responded to Loren’s cry .
Although it was an undead monster made of bones, it had an appearance that was fit to be called a dragon .
Broas paled at the sight and fled inside the caravan, meanwhile Klaus and his party seemed to have forgotten about Ange for a moment and stared at it .
Ange yelled from above their heads .
“Layla! Don’t worry about me! Take Klaus and go!”
“Ange! There’s no way…I’m coming to save you!”
Layla and Roll held Klaus back as he yelled back and tried to run back with his weapon in hand .
“Let go! I have to save her!”
“That’s absurd! There’s no way we can go up against that monster!”
“Klaus, please value your life!”
“Are you saying we should leave her behind!? There’s no way I can do that!”
“What should we do Loren?”
Loren smiled weakly at Lapis, who asked him looking like she wanted to leave everyone behind .
Ever since he met Klaus in the equipment store, he had been looking down on him, and if Loren thought that leaving him here wasn’t the worst choice ever .
He scratched his head .
“As someone who knows how hard it is to lose something, it’s hard for me to just leave . ”
“I don’t dislike that kind of thing you know?”
As Lapis giggled at his words, Loren felt a bit sorry that he was having her help him deal with something dangerous, but made sure to remind her .
“I can’t defeat it, okay? I’m just an ordinary mercenary after all . ”
“At the count of three, I’ll use something that will capture its attention . Do something while it’s distracted . ”
“I thought the only divine arts you could use is >?”
“I’ll show you one that I just learned, warm and fresh . ”
Loren nodded at Lapis, who thumped her chest, then ran towards the bone dragon without hesitation .
At the count of one, he rushed past Klaus, who was still crying out . At the count of two, the dragon noticed Loren and faced its empty eyes towards him, with Ange still in its mouth .
Ange cried in pain as the dragon clamped her a bit stronger than before .
They didn’t eat living things, but they enjoyed negative emotions from them such as resentment, pain, and sorrow .
That was why the dragon didn’t kill her immediately, and instead slowly started to sink its teeth into her .
As he counted three, he saw Ange spit out blood and wondered if he could save her before she died .
“Under the name of G . o . d, s.h.i.+ne >!”
As the count hit three, Lapis used her trump card .
The blinding light didn’t only burn away the darkness of the night, but burned away the smell of undead as well and burst in front of the dragon’s nose .
It penetrated its eyes and burned the surface of the bones, but didn’t harm Ange at all .
Lapis told Loren about this beforehand so he had covered his eyes when the light erupted . He ran under the dragon and swung his great sword with all his might .
He heard the annoying sound of metal grinding against bone, and the place where he struck crumbled to pieces, and the dragon lost its balance .
He ran up the side of the dragon, which was falling down on its other side, jumped off, and brought his sword down on the back of its head .
“You don’t deserve to prey on someone like her! Spit her out!”
He wasn’t able to cut the dragon’s head off, but the impact made it open its mouth and drop Ange’s body .
Loren caught Ange as he was dropping and as soon as he landed, he started running away from it .
“Lapis! Start the caravan!”
“Got it! I’m leaving anyone who doesn’t get in!”
As Lapis shouted and whipped the horse, Klaus and his party, who were looking at the chain of events, stunned, hurried into the caravan .
As soon as Loren dove into it, the horse started galloping .
They could see the dragon chasing them with its regenerated leg, roaring with anger .
“Good thing the guy is made up of bones and doesn’t have any wings . ”
Loren looked back at the chasing dragon as he put Ange down and muttered .
Ordinary dragons had a film of skin on their wings that caught the wind, but even though the bone dragon had wings, there was nothing covering them .
Lapis, who was driving the caravan, said to Loren, who was thinking that if it could fly they would not be able to outrun it .
“Dragons use magic to fly so their wings don’t matter, you know?”
“Wait, so that thing can fly?”
“Most undead aren’t intelligent enough to use magic . So I’m pretty sure that can’t fly . ”
As Loren began to get his hopes up that they could escape it, Lapis pointed out the cold reality .
“But there’s too much of a difference between that and the horse . It’ll catch up to us in no time . ”
If it caught up to them, they would have no choice but to fight it .
Loren started thinking if it was possible to defeat it with the people that were there in the caravan .
At his feet, Ange coughed up a bit more blood because of the violent shaking of the caravan .
“Ange isn’t looking good . Can’t you drive softer!?”
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Klaus started to talk, his face very pale, but Broas immediately grabbed his collar and yelled at him .
Although no one noticed yet because of they were focused on the dragon chasing them, Lapis being able to drive a caravan in pitch darkness without any hesitation was too unnatural .
It wasn’t something anyone could do, and while Loren was thinking of ways to explain it when they do finally notice, Lapis gave him very halfhearted suggestions .
“I hope they’ll believe it . ”
“Rather than that, could you fetch me the red-haired boy from the back?”
Loren faltered at Lapis’ sudden request, not knowing what she was trying to do .
“Red hair…you mean Klaus, right?”
“I don’t know if he’s Klaus or just an idiot, but the red-haired one . ”
Loren didn’t understand what she wanted to do, but since she was asking for someone specifically, he decided that it must be something important . He went back inside the caravan and grabbed Klaus, who was watching over Ange as Roll used her divine arts to heal her, by the back of his collar .
“W-what are you doing!?”
“What do I do with this?”
Loren walked back to Lapis with Klaus struggling in his hand and raised him in front of Lapis and asked . Lapis let go of the reins with one of her hands and extended it out to Loren .
“Please hand him over . ”
“Sure . ”
Loren held Klaus up to Lapis, still holding him by the back of his collar . Lapis then grabbed him by the front of his collar, and suddenly threw him towards the horse that was pulling the caravan .
Klaus yelled in surprise as he flew in the air, landed face down on the horse’s rear half, and held on for his dear life .
If he fell, he would either be trampled by the horse or run over by the caravan, and even if he did dodge those, he would become prey for the bone dragon .
“W-what is wrong with you!?”
“Stay there and use > on the horse!”
Lapis swung the whip as she yelled at him .
It should’ve hit the horse, but instead it hit Klaus, who was hanging on to its rear, and he let out a cry of pain .
“We’re going to get caught at this rate! If we don’t want to get caught you need to use > on the horse and speed it up . Hurry!”
“I’ve never used it on something living before…”
“You were boasting about it so much earlier, so just use it!”
As Lapis swung the whip again, and Klaus let out another cry and a pale light began to emit from his hands .
The light disappeared into the horse, and Loren felt the horse suddenly go faster . The shaking increased as well, so Loren grabbed a rope to keep himself steady .
“See, you can do it if you try! Now do it stronger! You don’t have time to fall asleep! We need to keep this up until morning!”
“Is it going to help when morning comes?”
“Bone dragons are weak to sunlight even amongst other undead monsters . It should stop chasing us once morning comes . Come on! The light is becoming weak again!”
Klaus’ painful cries rang out in the peace of night as Lapis swung the whip over and over .
“Well…He won’t die, I guess . ”
Loren thought what a pitiful sight it was, but there was no way he was going to stop Lapis from what she was doing . He urged Shayna, who was about to poke her head outside to see what’s going on, back into the caravan, sat down, and closed his eyes, trying to shut out the image of the bone dragon and Klaus getting whipped out of his mind .
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