Two large leaves were seen moving across the desert. The desert was a wide, open land that stretched out endlessly with dunes rising and falling, making it impossible to see the distant terrain.
But despite this, Xandra was still a Tamer of Monster’s Edge. And as a woman, her initial training was that of the Scouting Tamers. And so, despite her previous panicked retreat to escape the Might Wolves who chased her deep into the Desert Lands, she still managed to take note of the terrain and knew the path that would lead them into the Craggy Rock Plains.
But the journey of the two tamers was very quiet. Flay knew that Xandra still blamed him for the death of her friend.
They continued to move, and Flay simply watched Xandra take the lead.
Finally, Flay spoke.
“Erm… I need to get something there. Desert Vultures are there, and my Slime has another ability.” Flay spoke and summarized, didn’t even wait for Xandra to answer, and went ahead in the Desert Vultures' direction.
“We need to hurry. We don’t have time for anything less than life-threateningly important.” Xandra answered.
“Aside from the fact that my Slime can absorb monster cores and give the energy to me to level me up, the dying monsters that the Desert Vultures would prey would have been headed to a source of water or shelter. Especially if the beast already knew the general layout of the land. Finding another oasis helps us quicken our travels as it would help up recover more of these moisture pills. We already ran out. And if we’re lucky, Kairo could even make that stamina pill I gave us earlier.” Flay went on a series of explanations and moved ahead.
“So much for my fantasies of making a good impression on her and turning an adventure into a date…” Flay sighed.
“Oh? Master had such fantasies? I never figured Master would be open such confession to me, his humble Slime servant.”
“Wait… I was…! Telepathically communicating with you?!”
“Oh, Master…” Kairo visibly shook its head.
“Still, she’s quite angry at you. Who is Elrik? She seems rather concerned.”
“Frankly speaking, Elrik’s the guy who had a chance with someone like Xandra. Strong, dashing, has a great tamed monster. He also bullied me and was one of the guys who made my life harder in the village. He was very vocal when he found out that I joined the hunt and managed to convince his father, an elite tamer, that I shouldn’t join. His father agreed at first but later changed his mind. So it’s quite sad that even the last memories I have of him are unpleasant. Even now, I can’t believe he's dead!” Flay sighed.
“Are you not even the slightest bit happy that he’s dead?”
“No! Kairo... This belief we have is engraved deeply in our hearts. Yes, that guy was a mother critching jerk of a man, but he was a good tamer! His support in the hunts and contributions were great!”
“You know, the Critcher trees? Those trees with great healing juices, but you need to beat them up to get the medicines to be very potent? It's an expression in our village. Well, a foul curse, to be precise.”
“Ah. A Crither tree! What an interesting expression. Anyway, you really value the importance that everyone in the village can give.”
“It’s not just me. Many of our villages have that mindset. That’s one of the reasons I was bullied. I was a dud, and more than that, I didn’t have Brute cultivation! I was useless! They bullied me so that I would enlist in the nearest town as a slave worker at the mines so at least I could help the village financially.”
“But it’s still impressive that you have this mindset of endurance. It’s one of the things that makes me doubt you are related to Pluton.”
“That’s also a village mindset. We’ve learned things the hard way. Our village has had a history of nearly being wiped out three times. One of which happened when I was seven years old. It was amazing how many of us survived back then…”
Flay finally saw the vultures and the nearby creatures.
“I can’t use my fire magic, right?”
“Master. Don’t impress her. If word that a mage among the Tamers appeared to spread in your village, and possibly in the kingdom, what will the person or group who cursed your tribe think? They will move in and hurt you all!”
“Ugh. Fine…” Flay cursed and ran towards the vultures.
“What are you going to do?! The Vultures will attack us if we steal their prey!”
“We won’t be stealing it. Watch.” Flay then allowed Kairo to move out.
The beast that was there was a deer-like creature. It was one of the fastest monsters that couldn’t be caught. Even the Might Wolves don’t wildly chase these.
Kairo moved into the small mouth of the deer. Kairo had turned from its sticky state to a rather slippery form that allowed it to move without even choking the deer.
“Kairo is going inside to get the Monster Core.”
Xandra was stunned and held her spear tightly. She was ready to fight the vultures when she heard Flay say this, and it was too late to order the slime to stop!
“You-!” Xandra wanted to shout but knew it would draw the vultures attention.
“You didn’t tell me you would steal the core right in front of their eyes!” She cursed.
Then Kairo came out.
She saw the slime move out with the monster core right inside it! Kairo casually moved towards Flay and reverted back to its sword form.
Flay went his merry way, and the stunned Xandra followed only after a few seconds.
“What… What happened?! Why didn’t they attack us?!” Xandra exclaimed when they were further away.
“Kairo moved in, grabbed the slime. He is coated in the same plant essence we are in. So the vultures couldn’t sense us walking away with it. Erm… You wouldn’t mind if I make Kairo absorb the Monster Core, right? I know we can sell them and get stuff from this, but you’ve seen Kairo’s water magic. It’ll be nice if he can cast more of it.” Flay asked.
“I… I guess so. We do need his water magic. But if you encounter any more, we should save some for the village.”
“Right!” Flay lied.
“What if he absorbs slime? I saw a small colony of slimes on the way here. They were staying in a deep pit at the edge of the Craggy Rock Plains.”
“You found a Slime Colony?!” Flay exclaimed.
“So you already thought about that…”
“Yeah. But those things are rare! Thank you, Xandra! You’re amazing!” Flay cheered.
Xandra was still angry, but she couldn’t bring herself to answer hatefully at Flay’s cheerful mood.
“The Slimes should be there. Although, I don’t think the Might Wolves hunt them…”
The pair continued to walk.
“Um… Xandra… I’m really sorry-”
“I know… I guess it’s wrong for me to accuse you. Besides, all I saw was the bloody scarf of Elrik. Although it's almost impossible, he could have gotten away from that Alpha…” Xandra answered.
“Then let’s hope for the best.” Flay nodded.
“You don’t hate him?”
“It would be a lie for me to say that. But you know what I mean. We’re tamers…” Flay answered.
“Yes, we are. Thank you for having that mindset. Congratulations, by the way. You’re no longer a dud.” Xandra smiled as she glanced back.
Flay nearly stumbled as his heart stopped, but Kairo helped him recover.
It was the first time that Xandra looked at him like that.
“Master! Pull yourself together!”
“Kairo… It looks like the Eos loves me! My chances are not yet completely gone!”
“What do you mean, Master?”
“I now have the chance of a lifetime! A chance with Xandra! We have to find a chance where I could use my sword to kill a beast that’s strong so that I can show her my true power!”
“Oh, Master…” Kairo sighed.
“This is my theory, Kairo! I believe in the power of time! Given enough time, a beggar can become a prince! Given enough time, the ugly can attract beauty! Given enough time, the coldhearted would treat her most hated enemy with love! Xandra and I never had the opportunity to be together! But I believe that if people were given a chance to spend more and more time with another person, the possibilities of romance would dramatically increase! I’ve always dreamed of being in dangerous scenarios with Xandra that force us to be together! If I have a month with her- No! Even just A week! If I have a week with her… then she would definitely like me! I must not mess this up! Finding the camp of the Tamers is important, but at most, we would have a few days, right? If the Tamers retreated back home, then we have more time!”
“Master… May I remind you that you and your village are in a very dangerous situation right now? The Pteranodon is still looking for us.”
“The Pteranodon! Of course! If she sees me evade that... But… No. It’s too dangerous for her…”
“Were you thinking of actually searching for the Pteranodon so you can show off your mad skills to her?”
“Well, I mean.. I wouldn’t say ‘searching for the Pteranodon’, but… if there is a way for her to see me fight and evade the Pteranodon and that her safety is a hundred percent assured, then I may just have a shot at impressing her.”
“Master, please stop involving me in your daydreams. Find the slime colony, let’s get stronger, and let's go save your village.”
“And… get the girl!”
“No… Please stop. Sometimes I wish you WERE Pluton!”
As Flay began to list out all his daydreams and heroic deeds that would only result in Xandra swooning over him, a dark beast had just entered the Desert Lands…
It was the Midnight Panther. Its soundless steps continued to occur as it leaped great distances in the Desert. It stopped and began to sniff on the ground.
Finally, it found it! The smell of the Slime! It had eaten a portion of the slime and had memorized its scent.
It turned around and rushed to report its findings. Its new master wouldn’t be able to cross the desert, and they had to wait for a time.
At the edge of the dense forest... A large monstrous dinosaur as large as a hill sat down and waited.
It was the Pteranodon! It was waiting for its minion to return and report the location of the slime.
“Roar…” The distant roar of the Midnight Panther could be heard, and the Pteranodon perched up.
Flay and Xandra continued to race towards the edge of the Desert Lands.The journey now no longer had the same tension as it did before. Xandra was kinder when talking to Flay. But Flay did his best to remain calm and not initiate any conversation about how he survived as he knew that if Xandra was genuinely interested and was willing to listen to the impossible deeds of Flay, she would ask her.Xandra asked about Flay strength and even asked for Flay to show his true strength.“I guess we’ll wait for an enemy. How about this, if we see few vultures trying to devour something, then let’s kill one. We are getting closer to the end of this Desert Land, right? I can feel that the ground below is not made of pure sand but have a mixture of soil.”“Yes. We’re getting closer to the end of the Desert Land. That’s one of the
Xandra charged forward and began to give continuous quick stabs to harass the vultures. Flay was in no position to fight as he was still recovering from his current form.Xandra was furious at the stupidity of Flay, who rushed forward and suddenly decided to bury his face on the sands.STAB! STAB! STAB!Xandra’s spear managed to stab the vulture's body, but each stab only produced shallow wounds.Her attacks were fast and steady, but the defenses of the vulture were much stronger than the damage Xandra was inflicting. The numerous wounds still annoyed the vulture, and it finally screeched and flew up. As the first vultures charge was stopped, it flew up high so its allies would finish the job.Xandra kept stabbing as the vulture flew up. She was des
The desert heat was no longer a problem to Xandra and Flay. The two rode the Unicorn, who managed to carry them with ease. The leaves the pair used as umbrellas provided great shade for them. And along the way, Flay found plants and cactuses and began to gather water and plant essence to rejuvenate and protect everyone from the wild battles they had. They continued to hurry to the path where Xandra saw the slime colony was. Without knowing what state the Grass Land was in, the two decided strengthening Kairo was a top priority. Flay and Xandra began to talk more about their power along the way, and Flay continued to list out the possibilities that Kairo pointed out. But Flay presented these facts as wild theories. “So you think that ev
The Unicorn continued to move in the desert. Vultures would often see it and fly above the sky to watch it, but the Unicorn didn’t seem to be exhausted as it continued to strut at full speed despite carrying two people riding it.“We’re almost there.” Xandra finally spoke. It had been nearly an hour that she didn’t talk. She was doing her best to calm down.As they rose and down the dunes, Flay could finally see the end of the Desert Lands. The Grass Lands could be seen on the distant horizon.Flay could not help but give a huge sigh.“And here I thought I’d be stuck in the Desert Lands for days and would hop from one Oasis to the next…” Flay smiled.Xandra leaped of Dara and began to look around.“It was just around this area. The sand dunes an
Kairo had finally completed absorbing all the water Slimes inside the colony. Kairo’s form was now three times bigger than what it once was.Xandra was still asleep together with Dara. The two were cuddling comfortably and caused Flay to look at them as Xandra looked so angelic as she slept comfortably and used Dara’s soft mane as a pillow.Flay had created another small fire and had been putting his hand in it, secretly absorbing more fire energy and hiding it from Xandra or Dara’s sight.Flay kept being on guard as he waited for Kairo to complete his fusion and the process of Mitosis to create a new slime.Soon, Kairo had managed to divide itself into two equal parts. The first was the green slime that was Kairo’s original form. But next to it was a light blue slime.Kairo began to walk around and tried to
Unknown to Flay, the Pteranodon was not an ordinary evolved beast. Instead, it had tremendous intelligence, and so did the Midnight Panther.The Midnight Panther was a very protective beast and had respected the Homeostasis of the land. It knew where they should hunt and where they should not hunt. They knew not to attack the Grass Lands in fear of the great Harass. If the Harass sensed a threat in the balance of their world, the Pegasus would gallop across the skies and attack the threat.Finally, the Pteranodon appeared over its forest. Its powers were too much, and dread and fear fell into the Midnight Panther’s heart as he knew that his entire family would be devoured.The Pteranodon was so powerful that the Midnight Panther began to plead with the Pteranodon. At first, the Pteranodon chased the Midnight Panther as it was enraged that it ate the slime. But as both groups beg
Flay and Xandra finally reached the familiar region of the Grasslands. To the northeastern direction would be the camp of the Tamers, where they made as their base to hunt the nearby regions.Flay never thought he would ever return here ever since he woke up in the lair of the Pteranodon. However, his emotions were bottling up as she realized that he was finally back.“I can’t believe I’m back.” Flay smiled.“Me too! I still can’t believe we went through that. And I can’t imagine what you’ve been through, Flay.”“We’ll talk about it when we have time. Xandra, where did the Might Wolves chase you?”“Elrik claimed he was scouting the outer perimeters near the cave as he heard some strange sounds. He told me that I would check for him near the brook down wes
Flay was so angry, and it was creating a devastating weight of killing intent that the Unicorn was so scared it dared not move a muscle.Xandra was overcome with horror as she had held the arm close and realized a little too late what she had seen. She kept puking and puking.“This room! This accursed room! What did that Warlock do?!” Flay roared angrily.“Master! The Unicorn! It’ll faint if you release any more. Now is the time to act not in anger but in caution. Protect Xandra and help her. She seemed to have recognized the hand.”Flay was awakened from his anger at Kairo’s words.Flay turned around and held Xandra, who was still on her fours and continued to puke.“Xandra…?”“My uncle… This is my uncle’