I stopped working because I was expelled from the Hero’s party who denounced me as a coward - Chapter 47
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Volume 3 ~Alec the Bow User~
To fight Alec the archer, Alice was sent off to a different place through the magic circle. She arrived at a forest where the trees grew many times her height. The sunlight hit the leaves, drawing a shadow that swayed on the ground.
“This stage’s also decided by Alec-san, isn’t it?”
The right to decide the rule of the match was held by the higher-ranking person. Because there was this privilege, a reason was born for the top eight in the ranking. To aim for a higher rank was to be at an advantage in the match later on. The right to choose the terrain was an aspect that could decide the direction of the match.
“When the vision is this bad, it would be hard to find Alec-san who can attack from a distance.”
An archer fights while hiding their location. If this was in a wasteland, she would’ve been able to find out Alec’s location right away.
“Let’s start by looking for him.”
Alice walked around the forest in search of Alec. Thanks to the canopy shade, she didn’t feel the heat and was able to keep her exhaustion minimal.
“I can’t find him.”
Alice was dejected that she couldn’t find Alec even though she had looked around the forest. However, her dejection was immediately blown away by the arrow that came her way. Alice dodged with her miraculous reflex and turned to the direction the arrow came from.
Alice increased the fighting spirit armor around her body and dashed from her place. A few arrows came to greet Alice, but she deflected them with her fighting spirit.
On a big tree, Alec’s figure stood there. Alec, who was a high elf, had painted his skin green to hide himself.
“You, are you really the princess?”
“You sure increased your fighting spirit in a short period of time. What trick did you use?”
“I worked hard.”
“…It’s fine if you don’t want to say it. Even so, how troubling. I didn’t think your fighting spirit was sturdy enough to deflect my arrows.”
Alec jumped down from the big tree, threw his bow away, and raised his hands.
“Are you surrendering?”
“Well… You should take a hint.”
Alice turned a look of suspicion to Alec who didn’t say the word of surrender. She made sure there was nothing suspicious of his action and fighting spirit.
“Alec-san, your fighting spirit is quite small.”
“I’m showing my will to surrender.”
“Show me your serious fighting spirit.”
“Apparently, the high elf mercenary squad learns cloning magic. Also, they could only let out fewer than a tenth of the main body’s fighting spirit.”
“So you’re doubting I’m a clone, huh. That’s correct!”
Alec’s clone exerted fighting spirit and started running. The weak fighting spirit was even lower than what the old Alice used to have. To defeat the enemy heading her way, she swung a counter punch. The punch pierced the fighting spirit and blew Alec away. He rolled on the ground before dissipating into mana.
“Where’s the real Alec-“
At the moment Alice was relaxed after defeating Alec’s clone, an attack to kill her was released. She bent her body, intending to at least avoid a direct hit. The arrow pierced Alice’s fighting spirit and left a wound after grazing her.
Alice suddenly fell down. In her hazy consciousness, she felt a presence approaching her.
“I didn’t expect to have this much trouble.”
“The real body. Might as well show you the proof.”
Alec unleashed fighting spirit from his body. It was a fighting spirit that rivaled Alice’s own C-rank.
“Who would’ve thought I had to use my trump card.”
“T-That was your trump card?”
“That’s right. After all, when someone attacks, they’ll definitely use their fighting spirit for offense. The fighting spirit used for defense would decrease equal to that. My arrow pierced you at that moment, you see.”
“Oops, the anesthetic has worked. You’re going to lose consciousness in a moment. When you wake up, you’d have already lost so look forward to it.”
Alec let out a high laugh as if drunk off the alcohol of victory. However, he wasn’t the only one laughing. Alice, who was lying on the ground, also raised the corner of her mouth. She was certain Alec was letting his guard down now that his attention had gone away from her.
“Negligence is your greatest enemy!”
Alice leapt up and unloaded a punch to Alec’s face who was complacent. When someone was unprepared, their fighting spirit armor became thin. Alec received a surprise attack from Alice, whom he had thought was neutralized with the anesthetic, and was blown away to the big tree on the back.
“I-Impossible… How can you move…”
“You’re too dependent on paralyzing poison. That’s why it’s easy to make a countermeasure.”
Alice took out the leather bag she had received from Nikola and showed the antidote inside to Alec. When she was grazed by the arrow, Alice took the antidote.
“You let your guard down, under the impression that I couldn’t move my body freely. It’s easy to launch a surprise attack on you at such a time, right?”
“I don’t want to hear that from someone who uses paralyzing poison.”
Alec passed out from the damage he had received. Alice raised her, digesting the sweet taste of victory.
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