“I see. That’s a possibility.”
Iris grumbled something like ‘Even though you’ve forgotten about us, you haven’t forgotten about being a blacksmith, huh?’ while staring at the sword.
After being struck there, I could say ‘sorry’ with deference.
“The dragons are creatures are given a specific rank at the moment of their birth. Perhaps the dragon whose scales were used to make this sword was of a higher rank than that of the ones that the knights were riding. But I wonder if it was the same rank as my dragon, or another unknown rank? The reason behind it obeying your sword’s command might be connected to that.”
Thank you for your eloquent explanation. Maybe that’s it.
If we consider that, then one thing comes to mind.
“Rahsa, your dragon is different from the others, isn’t it? Its appearance, size and speed are different.”
“That’s correct. That dragon is a special one.”
“It’s one of the best Ride Dragons in this country.”
One of the best, huh? Certainly, it was giving off such an imponent aura back then. Its speed is top-notch, and it did not yield at all before the rampage of two fully armed men.
That dragon being one of the best of this country could only mean that there are many dragons like it in Princess Crossy’s country, where it originally came from. You can be sure to expect as much.
“What other kinds are there?”
“There are five confirmed species in the Kudan country.”
As if it were perfectly okay to casually carry such a thing with him, Rahsa had pulled out a tightly written book and showed me a passage.
There are five species currently confirmed.
Starting from the lowest ranks, the first one is the Gray Dragon. I stole one of those from one of the knights the other day.
Next is the Black Dragon.
The third one is the Yellowscale Dragon. By the way, I think that Reil has one of these in his possesion.
Number four is the Bluescale. Notable examples of this variant are Iris’ and Prince Arc’s Ride Dragons.
And then, at the top of the chart, the currently confirmed to be the best species: The Redscale Ride Dragon. There is only one of said species in the entirety of the Kudan country, and it is the mount of Rahsa Kudan.
By the way, typically one would put the color of the scales before of their name when referring to a dragon.
In this country, the Red Ride Dragon is Rahsa’s signature possesion.
“As a feature of the Ride Dragons, each person is assigned to a pair of dragons to serve as a foundation. Those who succeed at the special knight exams are granted an egg from that pair. The egg will hatch after being carried on said knight’s person without fail for approximately one week. It hasn’t been confirmed as a rule yet if the person’s own ability has any say in the outcome, but the color of the newborn dragon will differ from person to person.”
“And that’s why your dragon is a Redscale, right?”
“That’s correct. Back then, I was quite confused, because it was the first of his species. It’s been one year since then already.”
That’s so amazing! I want one! I want one of those Ride Dragons…!
“Recently, even the noblemen have started to acquire Ride Dragons. It is now customary to base one’s social status on the dragons one possesses.
“The aristocracy sure enjoys such things, don’t they?”
“That they do.”
I had no knowledge of things so widely spread across the Kingdom’s capital such as this. The price of having been asleep for three years is quite steep, isn’t it?
“Could I take that special exam myself?”
“That will not be necessary since it’s you, brother. Let us prepare an egg at once.”
Just because it’s me? Is it okay to do that? Will your fellow knights not resent you for that? Imagine if, as soon as I get my dragon, they do something nasty like not letting me feed it out of spite!?
“That’s right! I received an egg specially for you, Kururi, from Princess Crossy herself two years ago! Without a doubt, it was intended to be your dragon!”
There’s more? What’s with this special treatment? At this rate, my dragon will get bullied by other dragons of the same generation as him! I will protect you, you… Ride Dragon I have yet to meet!
“Was there such a thing? Well then, I will fetch it at once!”
Since there are many servants, it would seem appropriate to use them. However, both Iris and Rahsa looked like the kind of people that wants to do things for themselves.
‘I will fetch it at once’ he said, but this castle is considerably big. Will Rahsa be okay on his own? How big is that egg anyway? He said that the egg should be carried on one’s person without fail for a week… I suppose its size should be pretty reasonable…
After waiting for a little while, a slighly covered in sweat Rahsa returned while carefully holding an egg. The white and sturdy looking egg was big enough for Rahsa to hold it with both hands.
That’s a good size.
“I almost dropped it on my way back!”
Said Rahsa with a laugh, but hey! That’s not funny!
“Do I have to carry such a big thing on me for a week?”
“Here, use this special belt. Let us wrap it around your body, shall we? Do you want it on your back side, or over your stomach?”
Is that a question to be making with such ease? Which one would be best?
“Well, how about on the back side? That way it will be easier for me to move.”
“Understood. I’ll tie it down now, so please stay still.”
Rahsa fixed the egg on my back so that it would not slip out and fall.
I look like a father who’s rocking his baby!
“Good! I have said all I wanted to say, so why don’t we go out?”
Like this!? This is heavy, you know?
I didn’t want to make them worry about my shaking legs, so I suggested that the three of us go fishing. They crossed their arms and agreed, but is it really okay? Oh, well.
By the way, there were many people in the castle who were carrying eggs on their backs, just like me.
Oh, you too, huh? What a friendly look you’ve given me.
…When it’s born, I hope I can be friends with my child.
As promised, more chapters of Botsuraku
Expecting to Fall into Ruin, I Aim to Become a Blacksmith 118
It turned out that the news of my returning to the Helan territories was temporarily taken care of by Prince Arc. You disappear for 3 years, and all of a sudden a prince would do this kind of thing! Although such news was not supposed to be passed along so rapidly, it seems that i can expect to need to proceed with caution from now on.
Depending on the situation, it might be impossible to talk about that as well. If that happens, I plan to give Prince Arc a piece of my mind.
In any case, for now I’ve got some time in my hands.
I can’t do much about my lost memories, so from now on, I’ll make a lot of new ones. For instance, how Prince Rahsa was cheerfully calling out to me, and the time spent together today with Prince Rahsa and Lady Iris.
“Why are you so curled up?”
Oof. Lady Iris had rapidly fired that off at me while we were having breakfast together. I must have looked as if I was withering. Of course, I have been eating nothing but salads recently, so my mind has changed completely into one of an herbivorous animal.
“I’m just a bit nervous being around both Prince Rahsa and you, Lady Iris.”
“We used to hang out together all the time, I’ve never seen you with that kind of attitude before.”
“Is that so? Well, it somehow feels easy to talk with Prince Rahsa, but as for you, Lady Iris, wouldn’t you say that we live in different worlds? Things like being together with you like this give me the chills.”
“Lady Iris, huh? Pfff, how funny!”
Lady Iris must have found my way of addressing her to be rather strange, but she stopped laughing after a while. Prince Rahsa soon came along for a visit, looking somewhat pleased with himself.
“You might not remember this, Kururi, but when I was attending the school of nobles, it was you who always helped me and were closest to me. Even though we were from different social standings, you would always come to me without hesitation.”
What do you mean ‘going to you without hesitation, even though we were from different social standings’? Am I an idiot? Was I such a reckless man?
“That was tremendously rude of me. Please forgive me for behaving like that.”
“What do you mean? I was the rude one. I was out of line…”
Lady Iris’ humor was cut short. It must have hit her somewhat late.
“Hey, call me just Iris again, like you used to do.”
“Ah, me too. Just Rahsa, like the old times.”
Drop their titles and just call them by their first names, huh? Of course, it’s not something unthinkable. But the resistance is still big.
Especially with Lady Iris. I might be able to calmly do such a thing if it were Prince Arc, but Lady Iris is in a completely different level. How should I put it? It gives me the creeps just thinking about it.
“… Iris and Rahsa. Nice to meet you.”
“Hoho, nice to meet you.”
“Pleased to meet you too, brother!”
Ah, I’m glad. I was able to say that naturally. At any rate, this way of addressing them… might not be that bad.
“Where should we go today? I know of some places that you might like to visit, Kururi.”
“Ah, me too! Certainly, there are many places that you’d definitely enjoy to see!”
I’m going to happily consult with them, but there already is a certain place I want to go. Rather, I’m very interested in going there.
“Umm, it might be a little different than the fun places you two might suggest, but could I make a suggestion of my own?”
“Huh? Certainly! You must have completely forgotten about the whole kingdom, so anywhere is fine.”
“In that case, there is something that’s got my interest. You know, it’s about those dragons that Rahsa and the knights were riding.”
It seems that the existence of those dragons had naturally vanished from their minds. Otherwise, I guess they would have mentioned such fascinating things earlier.
“That, huh? Princess Crossy from the neighboring country sent them to the Kudan country, where it is legally permitted to breed them. Which reminds me, they were introduced two years ago, so did you not know about them, Kururi?”
“That’s right. I hadn’t explained this before, because their existence is common knowledge nowadays. Those were dragons that were improved by Vain, who has recently become Princess Crossy’s close assistant. They had shown their gratitude to you, brother, by entrusting them to our country.”
“Hmm. Crossy and Vain, hun? Could it be that I used to know both of them?”
“Oh, that’s right.” “That you did.”
Both Iris and Rahsa seemed depressed. It appears they’ve forgotten that I’ve forgotten.
“Both of them were our friends at school. For some reason, they had to return to their country, but we had quite the deep relationship back in the day.”
Iris explained this with deep feelings.
I’ve even been an acquaintance of the princess of a neighboring country! Just what kind of life I had been walking? I wonder if it hadn’t been a life risky enough to be sent flying, were I to take one false step?
“Huh? Come to think of it, weren’t you able to manage a Ride Dragon the other day?”
Was he talking about that time when it ran away from Rahsa and the rest? That was desperate, was it not?
“More or less. It followed my directions when I pulled out this sword and started waving it around.”
I showed Iris and Rahsa the sword I had hanging on my waist, still on its scabbard.
It was the first time they’ve seen it since I last crossed swords with Rahsa.
“It’s a sword made out of dragon scales, right? Perhaps that could have something to do with it?
Lady Iris looked terribly sorry. But, a dream where I laughed, ahahaha with a stupid face and ran away…
I was afraid that Lady Iris would start crying again, but prince Arc tried to comfort her.
Lady Iris >>>>>> Prince Arc. Their positions of power seemed very clear now.
“So that means I’m not a harassing bastard?”
“Of course. You are an honest and incorruptible person, brother.”
Incorruptible person… Ohohoho. I knew it!
“I don’t know about that. Maybe he was doing weird things when we weren’t looking.”
Prince Arc said pointedly. Grrrr. This man was my enemy.
“You keep changing the subject. Can you please leave?”
“Alright. I won’t mock him anymore.”
Well, this… Lady Iris = Prince Rahsa >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Prince Arc. Hehehe. I could see their positions even better now.
“Oh, right. Brother, you may not know this, but the Gap company was going after you too.”
“Ah, I know about that. It’s because of that that I was limited in my escape route.”
“Do you know why they were chasing you?”
“We had a little struggle the other day. And they started chasing me.”
“Wrong. It is because the head of the Gap company, Toto Gap, is your old friend. He wanted to meet you. But he cannot come today.”
That guy who was easy to talk to, huh?
The boss of the Gap company. The man in the coat who cared about the Helan territories. So he was my old friend.
“I see. So it was just a misunderstanding. I was scared that I was going to be killed.”
“Yes, yes. Let’s continue to clear up these misunderstandings. What would you like to know next?”
“Hmm, I don’t need to hear any more about relationships. I’ll learn more little by little as we go along. After all, if someone was my friend, we will probably hit it off again. So I don’t need to know. More importantly, why did I lose my memory? Eli too.”
He means Eliza. Said Rail from the side.
“Since when were you two so close?”
Said Lady Iris. Her cheeks were now red for an entirely different reason.
Rail tried to explain it to her.
“I do not know the details. But you did something that you had to do. And were sacrificed. We thought you were dead, but then you returned like this. You are a hero who will be remembered through the ages. There is no doubt about it.”
“Ah, Kururi is blushing. How nostalgic.”
“This reminds me of the old Kururi.”
“Hmph. Who wants to see that smirk on his face repeatedly.”
“I like your face when you blush.”
Ah, so it showed on my face then. And they all pounced on me for it.
But, I don’t know. This air. It was so comfortable. Like I wanted to stay and talk like this forever.
But, it was time to get to the main subject.
“Alright. As for the reason that I came here…”
“Oh, yes, that’s right. Where were you all of this time, brother!?”
I had been asking so many questions, but I hadn’t told them anything about me.
After that, the four of them unleashed a storm of questions on me.
Where were you? What were you doing? They were shocked that I had slept for three years and curious about the blacksmith stuff. And what of your current relationship with Eli!? Iris asked, but I dodged the question.
“Now, to go back to the main subject. I heard different things about the Helan territories recently.”
Ahh, they said. And immediately, all four of them lost their excitement.
Why? Was it a taboo to talk about it?
“We’re so sorry, brother. When you were gone, we tried our best to make the Helan territories prosper like never before. But we were not capable enough, and it has resulted in this mess.”
“No, it’s not your fault. After all, is it not my job?”
“No, brother. You have already done enough.”
“Rahsa. If the Helan territories still need me, I think I will go back. That’s why I came to the capital. And it seems that I really am Kururi Helan.”
“What about the smithy?”
I did promise Eli that I would return.
I can’t just leave her there.
“I will move it to Helan then.”
“You can just decide that yourself? From what I saw, it seemed like Eliza had the authority to make decisions there.”
Rail gave his cool and perceptive opinion. Don’t shove that harsh reality into my face!
“So that’s what you choose.”
Lady Iris said with understanding. Why!? How did this information leak!?
“It can’t be helped. I will have to persuade Eliza. After all, the Helan territories need him, don’t they? If you think about it.”
It was Prince Arc who said this with finality.
He just came in and stole the best part. What a show-off.
After that, Prince Arc said that I would be taken care of while I stayed in the castle. And so so I swore that I would eat so much food that he would regret showing me hospitality. I would even order desserts during the night. It was now or never if he wanted to rescind it.
Someone.. well a few readers pointed out that the last chapter ended in a cliffhanger. Since I am so nice. Here is a another bonus chapter
Expecting to Fall into Ruin, I Aim to Become a Blacksmith 117
I woke up on a soft, fluffy bed.
Comforting rays of sunlight were shining from the window. The blankets were beyond smooth, they were almost slippery. The pillow seemed to absorb the weight of my head. What was this heavenly place?
I could hear the twittering of small birds. What if this really was heaven? Yes, I had fallen off of that red dragon and died. Surely.
“Brother, you’re finally awake.”
A human who can speak the human language? No, the nobleman who I had fought before losing consciousness was sitting on a chair next to the bed. Damn it, he looked cool. The sun shone on his face in a way that enhanced his already good looks. If there had been a beautiful woman sleeping on the bed instead, this would be the perfect subject for a painting. It would be that painter’s masterpiece.
“I heard all about it. You risked your own life to save me.”
“Oh, is this a small show of leniency then? Are you going to show me a little heaven before throwing me into hell? That pattern?”
“What are you talking about? Brother, there is something I must tell you as a representative for the others.”
Eh? What? This is very scary. Please don’t tell me it’s the death penalty.
Rahsa took my right hand in his. It was warm and comforting. It was a man’s hand, but somehow soft in spite of all his sword training. I wonder what kind of hand cream he used?
“Uh, um, Rahsa!?”
Huge teardrops were falling from Rahsa’s eyes. His cheeks were red and even his nose was dripping.
“Brother, I, I’m so glad you’re alive!!”
“Huh? Ah, ah, okay. Yes, very good. Ahahaha.”
For a while after that, Rahsa continued to cry into my chest as I held him.
Rahsa’s hair smelled really nice. I would have to ask him the name of that shampoo. I now had two ideas for gifts to bring back to Eli.
Just as Rahsa’s tears began to stop, three others entered the room.
The first was Rail Rain.
Sorry, they were so angry that I was silent. He said.
The other was Lady Iris.
Woah, her eyes looked super puffy. She must have cried a lot. I guess this wasn’t what she had wanted all along? From the way Rahsa had been acting, that seemed to be the case.
And the last person standing there was a handsome man.
He was wearing very nice clothes. Something about him reminded me of Rahsa. And he had pretty blonde hair.
Well, I honestly didn’t care whoever that was.
“Hey, he clearly just lost interest in me now. He hasn’t changed at all in three years.”
Now, now. Rail said placatingly. Was that guy important then? He seemed really full of himself.
“Well, where should we start?”
Rahsa read the atmosphere in the room and decided to take charge.
Where? Yes, where indeed.
“So, everyone here knows that he has memory loss?”
Everyone confirmed that they did.
“He says that he doesn’t know anyone except Rail, who he met by accident.”
“I know Lady Iris. I saw her near the castle.”
“But that is it. Well then, let us do this. Just ask us anything. And when you are satisfied, will you tell us what you have been doing?”
Hmm, I would do so gladly. But would they really tell me everything I wanted to know?
“I don’t mind. Alright, the first question then. Am I really Kururi Helan?”
“Yes, without a doubt. I, Rahsa Kudan, guarantee it.”
“Hmmm. So who is that stuck up blonde one over there?”
I pointed a finger and the blonde man scowled.
“Haha. Don’t be angry. That is my older brother. He is the first prince of this country, Arc Kudan.”
So he wasn’t just self-important, he really was important. My mistake, my mistake.
“Huh? So are we all brothers then?”
“Why would you think that?”
The blonde man said aggressively. Hey, I didn’t want to be related to him either.
“Oh, it’s because I call him brother. You taught me a lot, and so I call you brother out of respect. But we are not related by blood.”
I see. I wouldn’t mind having a brother like Rahsa, but I would wholly reject to having a sullen brother like Arc.
“Okay, next. Did I do something unpardonable to Lady Iris? You know like se…xual…harassment…”
“Why would you think that?”
Prince Arc pounced once again.
“Because she ordered her knights to arrest me. And so I wondered if I wronged her in the past.”
“I knew it.”
Rail was exasperated that he had been right. Lady Iris had tears in her eyes.
“There was a reason for that…sniff…”
Lady Iris was breathing heavily now, and so Prince Arc came to her rescue.
“Everyone thought you were dead. But Iris alone believed that you were alive, because of her dreams. You were there, but she said that you always ran away right before she woke up. You would laugh, ahahahaha with a stupid face and run away. I had heard about these dreams a lot, but I didn’t think she would resort to arresting you on the spot.”
“I am sorry.”
“No, I don’t blame you.
“So you noticed.”
Rahsa said playfully with a laugh, even while we traded blows.
“Excalibur is a sword that continues to grow. The stronger the opponent is, the faster it evolves. So for instance, a strong person like you is perfect for its growth!”
Dangerous doesn’t even describe it. This was cheating.
And he already had more energy than me. And his sword was growing stronger.
If this continued, I would be captured without a doubt. And what lay beyond capture was Lady Iris’ grand revenge.
“Rahsa, playtime is over.”
“So you want to end the fight then. Very well, I will show you something I’ve been saving.”
First, Rahsa raised his sword in the air with both hands. The holy blade Excalibur began to glow brightly in reply.
“It is different than any magic. ‘Sword dance of light’ is a special magic that you can use through wielding this sword. If you are hit by this, you will not wake up for over a week. I waited for three years. So a week isn’t so long, is it?”
Rahsa said the most horrifying things with his gentle smile.
And the tip of his sword, Excalibur contained a horrifying amount of magic.
I could not allow myself to be hit by that.
Oh well. I had no choice but to use it. There will be casualties, but it was better than me being hit by anything.
The mystifying magic that that was gathering around the tip of Rahsa’s sword finally settled into the shape of a sword. When Rahsa swung down, the magic that was shaped like a sword was flung towards me.
“It will continue to follow you until it hits! The next time we meet will be at a bed in the royal castle!”
“Really? Do you think so?”
It was time to show him my special move. I took out the herbs I had received from the Gap company boss that I had hidden away.
“Awaken, magical being!”
Somehow, I knew that I could use this magic. Just like I hadn’t forgotten how to use a sword, I was able to use this magic as if it were the most natural thing.
A shadow erupted in that space. What was once herbs was shrouded in shadow, and the magic being jumped out.
It was the moment that the energetic radish-like thing popped out. The magic from Rahsa’s sword slammed into it, and the radish turned into pulp.
I am grateful for your sacrifice.
It was strange. I didn’t feel a shred of guilt. And I also feel like it wasn’t the first time I did this. That I sacrificed them…
Rahsa was stunned by the fact that his ultimate magic had been stopped by my radish.
And I did not let him go unpunished for that second he let his guard down.
Now it was my turn. I put my palms up and sucked in the magic that was still chopping the radish in the air. It swirled into my hands and was stored in my body.
‘The use of natural magic power.’
And I returned that magic straight back to Rahsa. Normally, it would have been enough to take the magic that was just in the air, but since there was some delicious magic right in front of me, I decided to help myself to it.
Rahsa tried to block the magic that shot back at him, but most of it made contact with his body.
He went flying back. It seemed like he had lost consciousness. Now I could take the dragon and escape… That was how things were supposed to go, but then Rahsa fell off of the dragon and went flying through the air.
Unless I did something, Rahsa’s body would be thrown to the ground.
I didn’t want the person I had been fighting so well a moment ago to die in such a way. Besides, he was apparently my younger brother.
I pulled on the dragon’s reigns. But it did not react at all. It was the same even after I swung the life dragon sword.
I was supposed to escape. I would have been able to get away.
Before I knew it, I had jumped off the back of the red dragon.
I unleashed some magic to accelerate my speed in order to catch up with Rahsa. I was able to grab him, but quickly tasted the fear of seeing the ground rush towards us at a frightening speed.
We would hit it within a few seconds. That hard ground.
I used all the magic that remained in me to cast wind magic on the ground.
The strong wind blew onto the ground. The force of the wind being repelled from the ground somehow manages to support us.
However, the force pulling us was too strong, and I was still slammed against the ground as I held Rahsa.
It was enough.
Tired, drained of magic and hitting the ground. That was all it took to make me stop moving.
And so the soldiers picked me up and carried me to the castle.
As my consciousness faded, I knew that I was being put on a horse. Was this going directly to the castle?
I failed to escape. Ahh, I failed.
However, a shadow quickly appeared over my head again. When I looked up, the red dragon that I was supposed to have left behind after a good head start, was there. It was no use, I had no chance of winning by speed.
I pulled hard on the reins so that the dragon’s jaw lifted up. Accelerate and accelerate. We closed in on the red dragon that was above us. We came so close that we were about to crash. Just then, I turned around and jumped onto the red dragon. My dragon seemed to not be able to fly at this altitude, and it was out of breath.
But its role had ended.
I was on top of the red dragon now. I waved my sword and commanded my dragon to go home. My order seemed to have been understood, and the dragon flew back in the direction of the knights.
I was on the red dragon. And so was Rahsa, my brother from another mother.
“Brother, what are you trying to do?”
“I realized that it would be difficult to escape on that dragon. I don’t like the idea of fighting against my little brother, but I am taking possession of this red dragon nonetheless.”
“Damn it. You are always so reckless. But since it is a rare occasion, I will fight you. After all, it seems like you won’t return to the castle unless it is by force.”
Huh, he was really up for it. I held my sword in front of me, and Rahsa did the same with his.
I didn’t want to hurt him, but I felt like it would become dangerous if I held back. This kid was pretty strong. I just had a feeling that it was the case.
“Um, I’ve forgotten all kinds of things due to memory loss.”
“Memory loss? Damn, that is terrible.”
“But I know that I’m strong. Probably real strong.”
I was going wild in a dungeon a few days ago.
“I know that you are strong, brother. But, during these last three years, I’ve practically trained myself to death. Hehe. Back then, I felt like I could never hope to match you. But I wonder if that is the case now?”
So I was stronger three years ago.
But it seemed like I really was sleeping, and my brother trained a lot.
This was bad. Before he knew it, he had become stronger than the person he admired. With disappointment, he will cut me down. That’s the pattern, isn’t it?
Damn it. I don’t want to be cut down after coming all this way!
“I’m going to get past this and return to my normal life. I will be using magic now, but don’t hate me too much.”
“Your former life? I need you to tell me everything that happened.”
It was Rahsa who attacked first.
Diagonal slash, lateral slash, parry, thrust, an overhead forward slash.
I could only defend against the beautiful flowing movements of swordsmanship. He was strong. There was no doubt about it.
And he looked good too. I was a little annoyed.
“Brother, you better watch out, or this will be over quickly.”
He pushed me back at an incredible speed. Thankfully, I was able to handle all of his attacks. But on the other hand, I had no room to retaliate.
And so, I activated some fire magic with my open left hand and threw it at Rahsa.
He might get a burn from it, but I had to do something.
Rahsa was thrown back due to the force of the magic.
However, he got back up immediately. There didn’t seem to be any damage. His body was steaming.
I see. He had used water-based magic to diffuse my attack.
“Impressive. I launched my attack with the perfect timing, and yet you matched it.”
“I told you, didn’t I? Don’t think of me as the same person from three years ago.”
I don’t even know that person.
Without a second to waste, Rahsa started to attack once again.
Things that I could assume after this much fighting. We were likely near equals with the sword. However, Rahsa clearly trained every day. He seemed to be confident in his strength. If this fight dragged out, I would lose any advantage I may have had. However, I was superior in terms of magic. That is why Rahsa tried to stay close at all times. That way, I could not use any big spells.
But what was most dangerous, was Rahsa’s sword. His ability to use it was bad enough, the impact of it was even worse. Every time our swords clashed, I would feel an impact that made my wrist feel numb.
“This sword is frighteningly sharp.”
“My sword is supposed to be pretty good too.”
It was true. My sword was supposed to be a fearsome thing itself. But somehow, I was being pushed back.
What the hell was that sword?
“Hehe. So you do not remember. Well, memory loss will do that. This was the last sword you made before disappearing. You must have put a lot of emotion into it. The holy blade, Excalibur. That is the name given to this sword.”
I made that sword!? To think that I would have made such a monstrous thing. If this was true, what could my mind have possibly been going through during that time? To make such a beast. I must have been in quite a state.
“Um, it seems to me like that sword has been hitting harder little by little. If it’s called a holy sword, then it can’t just be my imagination, right?”
“What is my crime? Surely a knight would know?”
“Crime! We were instructed to ensure your complete safety.”
I see, so they want me in tip-top shape for torture? You have extreme interests, Lady Iris.
I might have to hurt myself if it comes to it.
Still, there was yet a chance to escape, if I could defeat these 10 knights. I didn’t want to kill good people, but I would make up for this as well on a later date! If I remember to!
I dash forward and slash at the knight who was in front of me.
He instantly tried to control his dragon and escape into the sky, but the dragon resisted unexpectedly, and he was unable to move.
He then went for his sword, but by then, my sword was already at his throat.
Of course, I had no intention of killing him, and only used the flat of my blade.
The knight was hit hard enough to knock him unconscious, and he fell off the dragon.
Yes! I think I could win this!?
I immediately grabbed the reins of the dragon.
I tried to ride the dragon like I would ride a horse, but…it wouldn’t move. Did this really control differently than a horse!?
I kicked its sides, but it did not react. In the meantime, the other knights had made a tight circle around me. Not only that, but I could see that soldiers were climbing up the building.
Bah! Move! I swung my sword threateningly and only then did the dragon finally fly.
I nearly lost my balance, but realized that it was indeed similar to a horse once it was in the air, and I was able to regain my balance.
The knights surround me. It was good and well that I was in the air now, but the air around me was not open space.
I desperately swing my sword around. Come and I’ll cut you!
However, none of them charged towards me. It wasn’t because they were afraid of casualties.
All of them had lost control of their dragons. And an opening was created in front of us. The circle had broken for some reason.
And I was not going to let such a chance pass me by, and so I flew out from that gap.
These dragons had a lot of speed.
I was quickly far away from the building I was just near. I already looked quite small.
Phew, I escaped public execution then.
This dragon would allow me to escape the tight security of the capital. The disaster had turned into a blessing. I was so thankful to this dragon.
As we flew, I thought back on the sudden change with the knights.
There was one possibility I could think of, I mean, it really was the only possibility.
I looked at the life dragon sword I was holding. It was when I swung this sword that the dragon finally obeyed me, and then the other dragons had followed my will over their riders.
It was unexpected good luck, but I was going to make the most of it. I would figure out the reason for it later when I had time.
And so I continued to fly with the dragon under the warm rays of the sun.
I could see the edge of the royal capital now! There was the strict inspection station. It had nothing to do with me, now that I was in the air.
Ahahaha. Viva, my escape! …or so I thought.
But something was wrong with the weather.
It had suddenly become cloudy.
I was scared but looked up.
Woah!? This is the worst.
There was a dragon flying way up high that was at least twice the size of the dragon that I was riding. I was sure that there was someone controlling it.
The huge dragon had red scales and easily caught up with my dragon, which was flying at top speed.
And with the harsh sound of cutting through the air, it moved in front of me as if to block my path.
As I had thought, there was a rider.
But there was something different about this one.
It was something like refinement. A noble and dignified person. That is what I thought of in an instant.
And also young. I knew it when I saw his face. All of the knights had been older than me, but this man was younger.
“It’s been three years. Brother, I looked for you long and hard.”
As if. How could I have had such a noble-looking younger brother?
I’m sorry. I’m a terrible older brother. Your brother is now doing all that he can to escape from his crime of harassing a girl.
“Brother, do you not remember me? It’s Rahsa!”
“I’m sorry. I don’t remember you. Besides, we don’t look alike. Did we have different mothers? But your brother is busy now, so let me go. It will be horrible to get caught now.”
“Brother, I have so much that I want to talk to you about. But for now, there is absolutely no chance that I will let you go! Please allow me to capture you!”
“No! I don’t want to be crucified!”
“What are you talking about!?”
I was through with talking.
I swung my sword at the dragon of this man named Rahsa.
The blade swooshed noisily in the air.
Huh? What!? I thought this opened paths through dragons for you… That’s weird. I guess some dragons were immune!
I quickly changed gears and controlled my own dragon to dive down under the belly of the red dragon.
And then I accelerated and shot forward.
Expecting to Fall into Ruin, I Aim to Become a Blacksmith 116
Ever since that day when I met Iris, my wanted posters were circulated throughout the royal capital.
Not only that, but they were so serious that the contents of it were updated every day.
Sometimes it would be a message from Lady Iris.
Sometimes it would be a message from Prince Arch.
And then there were times it would be a message from Prince Rahsa.
What impressive acting ability on their part. They wanted to capture me so bad that even the names of princes were being used. Considering how much effort was going into this, it was clear that I would be shown the depths of hell if I were to get caught.
I spent days in a shabby inn after that. I was waiting for the commotion to die down, but it seemed that things were only getting worse.
I was in the kind of shabby inn that no one would want to stay at, and yet the posters were put up even here. And there was even a warning that I might be covering my face.
Through careful eavesdropping near merchants, I learned that the whole royal capital had been carefully closed off. Anyone who wanted to enter or leave had to go through a thorough inspection. And while I was the prime target, they were also using the opportunity to flush out any other troublesome figures. All you villains out there, I am truly sorry for inconveniencing you!
All because I harassed a lady.
Security was so tight that not even a rat could escape. And I knew that I would not be able to leave the capital. It would be suicide to even try.
And things only got worse from there.
I heard the news that the Gap company were working with the royal military police to catch me. Isn’t this a little too much because of some inappropriate behavior? No, it is Lady Iris we are talking about. Perhaps this degree of punishment is normal.
In any case, I had to run away.
Instead of dwindling, the number of posters increased every day. And they even added a reward.
It said that any who offered helpful information would be paid a hefty sum of money.
Shockingly, this wanted poster even added that I would be rewarded if I turned myself in.
One poster said that I would be treated to a feast. Another said I would be given gold. And this other one promised me a famous sword.
Damn it. They knew exactly what kind of things I wanted. They clearly had a brilliant strategist.
To be honest, I was at a complete loss.
I couldn’t leave the city, and I couldn’t enter inns.
I was running out of food. I was starting to give up and considering turning myself in at the castle.
However, something happened first.
In the main plaza of the city, Rail Rain was to be executed in that public space.
He was surrounded by knights and looked haggard with a sign around his neck.
“Kururi, come out now. Come out for me.”
The heavy sign read. He had been carrying it for the whole day.
Ah, how sad.
They must have found out that he had abandoned his duties by not throwing me out for my behavior.
And so I could assume that either Lady Iris or the Prince was having him punished.
I felt terrible. The important information he was keeping in his chest was now destroyed because of my thoughtless actions.
I’m sorry, Rail! One day I will repay you.
I wanted to return to Eli quickly. And I want to live a quiet life.
I will make up for harassing Lady Iris in the long term, but I just wanted to get out of here for now.
Of course, things were not that easy, and I was quickly discovered by the soldiers.
It quickly drew attention everywhere, and the soldiers banded together to chase me.
Of course, they had the advantage of knowing the area, and the situation became worse for me.
Before I knew it, knights riding horses and even small dragons with ash-colored scales started to appear.
Even when I climbed up onto roofs, I could not escape the eyes of the flying dragons.
“There he is!”
When I heard that excited cry, I knew that it was the end for me.
I was one step closer to a future where I was chained to a wall and beaten up by Lady Iris.
I jumped from roof to roof and continued to escape the knights by a hair’s breadth.
However, I finally reached my limits.
I had accidentally jumped onto the lowest roof in the area, and ten dragon-riding knights immediately surrounded me from above. If I jumped off the roof, one hundred soldiers would be waiting for me on the ground.
There was no place above. And no place below.
I knew that there was no good future waiting for me if I got caught. Then, I might as well go out in style, I thought.
I unsheathed the sword made of life dragon scales. Phew. It was actually rather romantic to go down with the last sword you made.
But perhaps they did not want to clash swords with me. One of the dragon riders descended to my eye level.
The knight was not holding a weapon. Maybe there was room to negotiate then.
“You are Kururi Helan then? Please listen to what I have to say.”
“I will listen. But I don’t know if I will agree.”
“Thank you. Lady Iris, no, this entire country wishes to greet you into the castle as an official guest. And so, would you please come with us without resisting?”
Greet me as an official guest? This pervert?
It’s a trap. This is a trap. No harasser would be invited as a guest.