Chapter 121.3: Escape From Creia
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The most perilous place is the wheat field that spreading far and wide in the surrounding of the city. The current season is just before sowing the seeds so there’s almost no hiding place on the field.
After arriving in this area, it seems that except for Rio and Vanessa who trained their body, everyone is already panting heavily.
Rio judged that he might need to gain more time for them―― If possible.
「I’ll stop the incoming pursuer. You guys take the south highway and let’s meet at first post town around this time tomorrow. There should be a spring slightly away of the highway before that post town」
Rio suddenly said so after arriving at the middle of the wheat field.
「In that case, let me to help you too! 」
Vanessa is offering her cooperation without moment of delay. Nevertheless, the other four already dead tired from all of that sprint to the point that the can’t even speak. Nevertheless, it seems that Christina still have some room to speak.
「You have to take the baton of command during this escape as their escort. The advance party of our pursuer should be composed of fast runners. I’ll leave immediately after disturbing their formation」
「………. KUH, understood」
Though Vanessa was at a loss, she still nodded at him.
「Well then, godspeed! 」
After saying so, Rio stopped his legs and then turned around. He is taking out throwing knifes and disposable daggers from his robe with both of his hands.
「Ha-Haruto…………. You absolutely must come to the meeting place you know! Haa~haa~…………. Please promise me! If you aren’t coming, haa~, I will…………….」
He heard Celia’s voice from behind. She’s shouting frantically while trying to catch up with her breath. Though it’s still dark outside, he could see that she is almost crying when saying so.
Rio is waving at her with his right hand and then returned to the city without waiting for her reply.
After that, Christina-tachi entered the forest which stretched along the highway when Rio turned around and headed toward their pursuer.
The number of people who chased after Christina-tachi was ten.
According to Rio’s expectation, they were the advance party which were sent toward the south direction, all of them is wearing knight attire.
Whether it’s because they’re strengthening their physical ability with magic or magic tools, they’re clearly running as fast as they can to the limit of their body.
（As expected, the spare force is left behind huh. But then, knight squad are……..）
Naturally due to difference in the physical ability betwenn a normal human who never received regular training and soldier who train their body on daily basis, they might be able to catch up to Celia-tachi in no time.
Rio felt that trying to stop them was the correct choice.
Those soldiers were stopping at once when Rio who standing magnificently on their way is calling for a stop.
「……….. YOU BASTARD, WHO THE HELL ARE YOU? WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN THIS KIND OF PLACE? TAKE OFF YOUR HOOD」
The one standing in the front who was seemingly their captain was saying so to Rio with a sharp tone.
「I’m waiting for you guys. There’s something that I’m slightly curious about」
Rio said suggestive words as if he had somekind of intention without answering the captain’s question.
Is his goal to stop us? ――Thought the captain of those knight is looking at the back of Rio with a curious look, he couldn’t see any figure of a person along the huge wheat field and forest.
「……….. Well so be it. We have no time for idle chatter in this kind of place. Teach him a good lesson without killing him. You better spill the truth immediately」
「I’m going to ask some questions too but, I think I just need one person. You alone are plenty enough」
Rio is replying so as he pointed the dagger in his right hand toward the captain while making a sadistic smile on his lips.
Thereupon, wrinkles appeared on the forehead of the captain.
「………. DO IT」
And sent a signal for battle with a bone chilling voice. The knight behind him is moving at once.
Rio is kicking the ground as he sprinted toward those knights with a low stance. He’s flinging the throwing knife on his left hand while speeding toward them at breakneck speed.
Thereupon, maybe because their reaction is delayed by the dim light, his throwing knife is pierced into the nape of the neck of the front most knight.
The balance of the knight who got pierced by the knife is destroyed. But, it’s not causing any disruption in the movement of the other knights.
As expected of one who is trained in combat―― Rio who calmly analyzing the situation unsheathed the other dagger hidden on his waist and grasped them with backhand grip.
Now he holds one dagger in each of his hand. Or what they call as dual wield. The reason why he isn’t using his sword against them is because he doesn’t want his identity to be known by those knights.
「SURROUND HIM! 」
The knights are using the best method of victory by surrounding Rio. But, Rio is accelerating even further and already nearing the knight even before they are spreading to surround him.
As expected, even the knights trembled before such terrifying speed.
He is basically as fast as lightning. Rio is weaving between the gaps of the knights while making a sharp jump with dance-like movements which are as smooth as flowing water.
Not even a chance to surround him. And he keeps delivering a certain hit damage to the knights limbs each time he passed by one of them.
Though the knights also try to attack him with their sword, their sword can’t even catch Rio’s shadow.
「GOD DAMN IT, WHO THE HELL IS THIS GUY! 」
「T-TOO STRONG! 」
The knights were agitated after being toyed around by Rio who is moving around with acrobatic-like movement within the dim lighting.
But then, someone will certainly fall after being cut with the dagger once Rio passed that person, another one blown away after receiving his kick, at last only half of them remained.
After that, as soon as both side glared at each other, Rio is jumping to the side without giving them any leeway.
「W-What’s the matter 」
The moment they see Rio’s vanished-like movement, the knights reaction is delayed.
The next moment, Rio who should have vanished appeared right next to him. And then he slipped through the gap between two knights and then hitting each of those two knight’s weak point at their throat with his hands from above in the middle of air.
「STOP PLAYING AROUND! 」
A knight swung his sword from behind Rio aiming for the moment when his feet landed on the ground.
But, Rio twisted his body to avoid that slash. Then slashing at his opponent with his dagger while turning around in the air.
Only 3 knights left. One of them is the knight captain who is watching the battle from afar and the other two is his underlings.
「O-OI！ BEAT THAT GUY RIGHT NOW! 」
The knight captain shouted with a flustered voice.
Though the content of his order changed from「Teach him a good lesson」 to 「Beat him」, it’s a sound judgement seeing that a proud knight squad are brought on the verge of annihilation by a single and lightly equipped infantry.
But, whether the remaining two knights can win against Rio or not is a completely different matter.
「Tsh…………. HAAAAAAAAAA! 」
One of the knights moved according to the captain’s order slashed at Rio while raising a loud cry.
Rio is swinging the dagger in his left hand which he held with backhand grip to disarm the knight of his sword using his brute power which was strengthened with spirit arts.
The knight who felt that he just slashed an iron wall is showing a pained face due to the pain and numb feeling in his hand.
Rio is approaching the petrified knight. He casually swung his dagger from below to above and crushing his opponent’s jaw with the pommel of the dagger.
As soon as that knight raised a mute scream, the last remaining knight already swung his sword to Rio’s flank.
Rio dodged that slash by squatting. He countered by swinging his dagger horizontally and then the feeling of the edge of the dagger cutting through the knight’s thigh transmitted to his hand.
And then followed by a knee strike to that knight’s face when his knees fell on the ground.
The knight captain is looking at that scene with a dumbfounded face but,
「………… A-A-A-A-ARE YOU KIDDING ME! YOU BASTARD, STAND UP NOW! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! ? 」
He is ranting with a hysteric voice because he might have a hard time to accept the fact that his squad was literally annihilated.