41. Reunion (Part 2)
We passed through a long narrow passage and again found ourselves in some dark place.
“And here it is spacious.”
There is where to turn around. Although one obstacle, holding down the movement, still remained. A person with low resistance to darkness, or not at all possessing such an ability, here will not be able to somehow react to attacks.
“It’s so dark in here. The slightest mistake and you can fall into a trap.
“I think there are more traps here than we think. Do not lose your vigilance.
Of course, in some cases it is possible to “see” obstacles with closed eyes with the help of heightened senses and the flow of wind. But this case is not one of those. Even a psychic with such power could not take advantage of the flow of the wind, if only he did not master it perfectly. It’s probably difficult even for Yeeun.
“I wonder if the protector is looking after her?”
It’s funny. Some subtle changes have taken place in Yeun. This must be the work of a protector who took an interest in her from the beginning, thanks to whom Ye Eun was now free to see obstacles.
One after another ghosts began to appear around.
– Do you have protection from darkness? You can go crazy!
– It’s so dark, you can’t see it. Well, how do you clear this location?
– Be careful!
– Yes, I can’t even take a step!
Although the situation is relatively calm, everyone around them fell into a kind of panic hysteria. Everyone has protection from darkness, but everyone thought that his partner did not have it, so it would be difficult to act together.
– Oh, so here you can cope with your eyes closed …
The most daring, including us, have taken the first step. At the same moment, the situation began to change. Everything was filled with light.
– What the … Where does so much light come from ?!
The ghosts screamed heart-rendingly and covered their eyes. Many possessed protection from darkness, but not all of them were paired with protection from light. The ghosts could not advance further, which is why they suddenly froze. The light turned into darkness without warning.
– The foundation?
– It’s dark again! Oh, at least a little let it go!
It would be better if the location has already been decided on which side it is – dark or light. It is too difficult for ghosts to overcome this trap of blinking, since they could not quickly readjust their vision to day or night mode. As a result, the best alliance turned out to be the one in which one Player had protection from darkness, and the other from light. The rest made do with dashes, either during light or darkness.
– Now! Move faster!
– Oh, where? ..
Some patiently waited for the brightness level in the room to return to normal. By accidentally stepping into a trap, you can pay dearly. One of the ghosts hurried and got into one of these, and thus he showed the rest of the consequences of haste, writhing in agony.
“At this level, we can easily get ahead!”
Unlike them, Yeung and I moved calmly regardless of the light level. We easily bypassed the traps that were popping up all over the place, such as a sharply billowing floor, for example. Okay, with the exception of Yeun, who is embarrassed and stumbling all the time, there was no other problem. We got to the end of the level much faster than the quickest ghost.
[Level 3 – 13 minutes, 29 seconds! NЕW!]
– Can I open my eyes already? This is harder than I thought.
Yeeun, who had not spoken the entire mission, focused on recognizing obstacles, finally opened her eyes. The fourth level didn’t have to wait long. At the end of the space was a door … No, a staircase leading down. We walked slowly down it.
Once on the spot, we saw a huge monster sleeping peacefully, not suspecting that his possession was invaded. He looked like a dragon, but his wings seemed to atrophy to the point of impossibility. Despite its external resemblance to dragons, it is still an underground monster that has neither the ability to fly, like wyverns, nor the ability to use magic. And judging by his condition, this Drake is also very old.
– Since the door is open, then, apparently, for a reason.
– Perhaps. Also, there is not a single ghost here.
Interestingly, the door next to the drake was open from the start. Isn’t it necessary to catch this monster? As soon as we enter there, we have achieved the goal. I glanced at Yeeun briefly. Though I may not like it, but for a moment the thought arose: should I catch the Drake alone?
– First, we will catch him, and then we move on.
– Okay, be careful.
Yeeun’s face didn’t show any doubt. She’s definitely ready to help. Having made a decision, we rushed at the monster, but suddenly ghosts materialized around us.
– We will wait a bit, we still have time to kill him. Let’s all calm down!
– It’s so huge up close!
– Let’s start with a simple one.
Some were full of determination, others hesitantly hesitated on the sidelines. Most of them are still those who decided to try. While the Drake slept, they tried to kill him by sticking a weapon in his back. I didn’t do that. This monster cannot be defeated this way. Yes, the drake doesn’t have the advantages that wyverns have, but it’s foolish to attack from where they can see it. This is nothing more than a provocation.
“If you want to attack, you need to beat the wings, his only weak point.”
You can only inflict a lot of damage without using force on the wings. I turned to the old drake.
Let’s save the magic of the phoenix for now.
I thought for a second about taking a sip of the potion, but quickly dismissed the thought. I don’t think I need it. Instead of weakening the enemy, I’d rather hit him harder.
– Sylphs, go and help him!
The sword was filled with the power of the wind. A little faster, a little more accurate. The power did not belong to me, so it did not follow my commands exactly, but still the help from it is invaluable. The sword, filled with mana and spirit, slashed the back of the drake with ease.
A blow close to perfection. I hit the right place along the right trajectory. The Drake, awakened in pain, immediately screamed. I brought him to white heat! He is ready right now to deal with those who dared to wake him up.
I barely dodged the tail flying at my head. Amazing speed. The floor, which hit the tail, immediately flew to pieces.
“Since it didn’t work out the first time, now he has to move his whole body.”
As long as he’s slow, I have a chance to climb onto his back. It seems almost impossible due to the shape of his body and eccentric nature.
As I thought, the drake, making sure that the tail kick didn’t work, moved. Every step I took resounded with a dull crash. Given the size, with just one step, he is able to crush the enemy.
– What the hell ?! Why didn’t the knife between the eyes work?
– Oh, damn it, what nonsense? How can he be so fast at this size?
– Damn it! Run!
Most of the ghosts fled after the first unsuccessful attack. There were also those who could not get up after the monster’s retaliation. With such success, breaking the record will be as easy as shelling pears.
“And now the second wing.”
Hardly survived, I rolled to the other side. Perhaps it is his age, but he clearly lacks strength. I stuck my sword next to the second wing.
Arrows that appeared out of nowhere made the Drake blind. Well, it only suits me. It’s hard to keep track of all the enemies at once, isn’t it? And just one blow to the wings deprived the Drake of protection. Now he is definitely weakened.
“But now it remains to wait for the last vital forces to leave him.”
I didn’t have to go out of my way to break through this monster’s defenses. The point is to get ahead of him in speed. Even being in great shape, the strength will quickly go away. There is nothing to do here without a sufficient level of health.
For now, I’ll pretend I’m playing hide and seek. Drake, struggling to move with the last of his strength, began to lose his reaction speed. Finally the moment came when consciousness completely left him. Casting a parting glance at Yeeun, his mind soared to the heavens. A light breeze went through my body.
“His weak point is between the horns.”
It will be hard for me to jump there. However, I landed lightly on the Drake’s head. I shouldn’t have sat down on it so carelessly, but now the monster didn’t have the strength, not only to throw me off, but even just to check who dared to jump on it. A miserable reflex movement followed. This is even worse than the griffin I met earlier. Yes, it is worth falling from the height of this monster, and you can forget about the Player’s qualifications.
Fire or ice could not harm him – such a thick skin will not pierce. With this thought, I took out a bottle of poison. It is unlikely that it will kill him, but at least it will paralyze him.
I channeled all the remaining mana into the sword.
It didn’t work out. The sword hit the iron. How thick is his skin?
– You won’t be able to break it, just run!
– So you thought of catching him?
The last ghost started to run, unable to pierce the skin. Thus, there were no ghosts at all. Yes, we seem to be the only ones to beat the Drake.
Cutting through the outer skin, I pulled the long-forgotten spear out of the expansion space. The inner layer of the skin was soft enough to pierce without the aid of a sword. I cruelly pierced the monster with a spear soaked in the remains of the poison.
The drake, who was rushing to the last, fell silent. The breath was gone. The huge body fell down.
[Extra level – 2 hours, 21 minutes, 13 seconds. NЕW!]
[You have cleared the extra level for the first time. Reward!]
“I spent an eternity, damn it …”
Along with this, I set a record – the first one cleared the extra level, so I don’t care about the time. Yeon, seeing the message, ran up. Surely staying away from the Drake, and seeing the notification, made sure it was over.
– Wow! Are we the first to clear this level? This is the first time I’ve seen such achievements! Amazing!
– We have not closed other levels yet, you rejoice early.
To be honest, it turned out to be a novelty for me too, even though I am no longer an ordinary Player. Although this experience can hardly be called easy. The average Player is not able to throw such challenges to life. My case is special.
However, it’s too early to rejoice, I have not yet cleared all the levels. At that moment, I looked at the passage located next to the drake.
One step and the ground disappeared from under my feet.