– Memories: Logout [Retracted]

7 | Beyond the Northern Gate

that span twice their body size. Beyond them is a vast forest several miles wide with a lake at the middle.

”Vi, ” he looks down to gaze at her lovely face against the soft moonlight. Her hair, which stretch down to her collar bones, are dancing with the cold breeze while he stands suspended in mid-air. ”Take out your knife. We are out in the hunting grounds now. ”

As if waking up from a deep slumber, her eyelids twitch for a few seconds before finally revealing the eyes that seem to absorb his very essence. Surprised by his close look, she pushes herself away from him. However, his firm grasp doesn allow her to be separated from his cold body.

”Put me down. Now! ” Her strength is nothing compared to the vampire holding her.

”You really embrace death far too easily. ” A chuckle escapes his mouth, making Vi look away in embarrassment.

When she turns her head sideways, she realize they are descending from so much height. A high-pitched scream belonging to Vi echoes in the cold air. She feels as if her heart and very soul are left above while her body free-falls toward solid ground.

”Im gonna die! ” She put both hands over her face, refusing to embrace Keen.

”I honestly heard you tell me earlier to kill you already, ” Keen teases as they continue accelerating downward. ”This is just like riding a roller coaster. ”

”Im afraid of heights! ” she screams.

”Oh, sorry. ” The two of them reach the ground, but Keens feet touch it soundlessly. A cloud of dust ten meters in radius fills the air and instantly hides their presence. He puts her down gently and lets her feel the dry ground with her footwear. ”Its okay now. We
e at the ground. You are alive. ”

She opens her eyes and is welcomed by their temporary smokescreen. She turns around to Keen with the knife motioning towards his neck. ”Ill definitely kill — ”

A giant snakes head comes striking at a fast speed through the dust. Before Vi can even react, Keen has already pierced the creatures head with his . However, the five-meter high spider body attached to it continues to crawl to her direction. Another from Keen slices the monsters body in half, revealing a dark purple gem that is self-illuminating. The rest of what used to be the snake and spider hybrid starts deteriorating into black pixels.

”Maybe thats the core containing Release? ” Keen passes beside her while the dust cloud starts to settle back to the ground.

Vi is left speechless at how naturally his vampire savior killed a monster outside the borders of Topsy Town. ”Strong. ”

”There are still three more of that kind. They are perceptive. ” Keen puts both hands in his side pockets. ”They saw us while we were still up. An assassins role is to immediately eliminate those who saw its presence, if within his capabilities. If not, fleeing is the best decision. ”

”You are too strong to be a level one. ” She increases her focus in her surroundings while only displaying a common knife as her main weapon.

”I never said I am level one. ” Keen looks over his shoulder to her direction. ”But this is indeed my first day in Esprit. ”

The three other snake-spider hybrids he mentioned seem to have become more cautious with the immediate death of their vanguard. Keen senses their presence near Vi, but not attacking haphazardly.

”How is it possible that you are already that strong since your first day here? ” Vi finally feels the presence of three monsters about to surround her. ”Even for a vampire ability class, that is quite a feat. ”

”You are revealing yourself too much. ” Keen teases. ”Now you have to eliminate them all. Sharpen your senses. ”

Without her active skills, Vi will only be relying on her human instincts and passive skill to survive. Furthermore, she doesn know if Keen will still save her this time. And she even promised to get stronger under his guidance. So she can be equal with the one who saved her.

”You can do it. ” Keens gentle voice dilutes her focus. But rather than being at a disadvantage, an idea comes to her mind.

With a swift shift to an offensive form with her knife, three snake heads strike towards Vi at different angles and speed while completely ignoring Keen on the other side of the fading dust cloud. However, she crouches down to grab some pebbles and dust which she throws randomly upward. The snakes instantly change course to follow what she threw. The three heads fall to the ground two seconds later, dead. Vi has slit the throats of all the monsters while they chased the pebbles she used as decoy.

The dust cloud hiding their presence has now completely vanished. Before the other monsters can see them both, Keen slices the three other snake-spider hybrids to reveal their core, gathers the luminescent purple gems, and grabs Vi by the arm to run towards the forest ahead.

”Great job. You realized their anxiety. ” Keen is surprisingly running in the same pace as Vi.

”The first one was like the alpha of the group. ” Vi smiles, cheerful that her deduction was right. ”Otherwise, the three others would have simply attacked regardless of the death of the first one. ”

”Correct. ” Keen feels the sudden urge to pat her head gently, but the priority is to take cover in the forest. ”Without a commander, the others entered a panicked state and were ready to attack anything that showed movement within the dust screen. ”

”I also observed that you were limiting your motion. I was creating a lot of movement and then suddenly felt the monsters gathering around me. But if there haven been enough pebbles on the ground, I would have been dead. ” She just realizes how close to death her situation was.

Keen waves a hand dismissively. ”You think I would let that happen? ”

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