"Is it because of my face?" he asked himself. While he is sitting there, the mood is overbearing and he almost wants to get out.
"Maybe I'm just not used to it, I will find courage as the time goes by", he said, while reassuring himself.
The road was bumpy and he managed to get used to their gazes and he felt lighter. He unloaded his backpack and he stretched his back.
"Um, can I ask you where will you go?", he said to the one who has a sword.
"To the capital! we will head to the adventurers and report our accomplished quest. And you? where will you go?", he asked
"I'm going to the capital too! and I want to become an adventurer like you guys! Can you guide me to your headquarters?", Mael said
"Haha! you? become an adventurer? you're still at the same age as my child!", he bellowed
"Oh sorry! but I'm left with no choice but to be an adventurer because of poverty, I live to sustain the table we are eating and my mother is sickly", he said as he acts like starting to cry
The big guy felt irritated then grabbed his clothes, he shouted to Mael saying,
"Then don't be an adventurer if you want to live and still see your mother! You didn't know the feeling of watching your friends die eh!? The feeling of death while you're scared witless?", he said
"Yeah, I know it all! the feeling of your precious ones being attacked by a monster and you tried to save them but you're too late? Seeing everyone being killed? Yeah, I know it all! So keep your hands away from my clothes if you don't want it to be broken", Mael said to him
"You bastard!", he shouted and tries to punch him
"Gandar quit it! leave the child alone!", the girl beside him shouted to intervene
Gandar removed his hands and then said, "You're a lucky child! if not for her, I will surely teach you your place! Adventurers are not for kids like you, better keep that advice", he said as he grits his teeth in anger
The girl approached him and then fixed his clothes while cleaning the dust.
"Are you okay? are you hurt?", she asked
"Emilda you're overreacting again, It's just normal intimidation like a test for the child if his resolve is strong to be an adventurer", the man who grabbed him said
"Well, at least tell me beforehand! but what you've done is still unforgivable, so say sorry!", she said to him
"No! an adventurer needs to be tested first and its a must!", he said as he folds his hands
"Sigh, you're beyond help! well at least let's get acquainted first! I'm Emilda! A mage!", she said to Mael
"Yo! I'm Glan, a priest!", the guy with robes and staff said as he raised his hands
"I'm Gandar! the warrior of the team", the guy who grabbed him said with a bold voice
The guy with a leather armor grabbed his dagger then said, "I'm Fuwn, a rouge"
"I'm Kael! nice to meet you all! When I become an adventurer, you will be my seniors, please guide me thoroughly!", he said then bowed
"Your name is unique! Welcome to the party Kael! we will be glad to guide you!", Emilda said cheerfully
"Thank you for all your support!", he said to them
While he is happily making friends, the carriage went to stop.
"Ouch! hey driver! what's your problem!", Gandar shouted
"I'm sorry sirs, but we have a problem. There are giant wolves that are blocking the way! are you adventurers? I ask you to please defeat them if you can!", he pleaded to them
The adventurers all came outside the carriage and saw four giant wolves in the way. One is six feet tall and the other three are five feet tall.
"They are monsters that range to C+ rank monsters. Men battle formations!", Gandar commands them
They immediately formed themselves; the Warrior is in the front, the rouge is with the priest and the mage is in the back. Based on their actions, their leader is Gandar. No wonder he acts like a big shot in their team. Mael is just in the sidelines and is totally ignored by them.
"Mage! go ranged spells first! rouge, attack anything who wants to go to our mage and priest. Priest, you know what to do! I will defend the front line", he said
Immediately, Emilda fired a ranged spell to one of the giant wolves.
A ball of fire blazed the giant wolf's furs, the other two attacked in the front. Mael instantly moved to protect the priest, together with the rouge.
"What are you doing here!? go back in the carriage", Glan said as he was surprised that Kael is just beside him
"I can manage", Kael said to him briefly
The two wolves attacked the warrior, he prepared his bastard sword then used a skill.
He swings it from his right towards his left.
The sword slashed one of the beasts but the other one has passed through their Warrior tank's defenses. It is nearing the priest then the rouge moved to defend him.
He slashed the wolf in the belly when he ducked at the wolf's attack. The wolf has been wounded but it didn't stop its momentum when it attacked the priest.
"Protect the priest!", shouted Gandar
It was so fast and they didn't even saw who did it. The wolf has been flown by the force of the impact. The wolf rolled to the ground three times.
"Huh? what happened?", the priest said as he was shocked
Gandar was shocked and then he pulled out the sword from the giant wolf's body.
"Who did it?", he asked but nobody replied
"Huh? kid why are you here! you already want to die huh?", he said to Kael but his teammates shouted
"Look out!", they all shouted
He turned around and then saw the biggest one of them attacked. He tried to evade but he realized that he was a second late.
"Oh no! I won't make it!", he gasped
As the enemy gets nearer, he saw that there was a silhouette so fast that his eyes can't keep up. He punched it in the face and the direction of the enemy's path immediately turned leftwards.
The giant wolf slammed to the ground then stands up. Its feet are trembling and it is shaking its head due to dizziness.
Kael immediately released his chains then wrapped it on the neck of the beast. He pulled it but it won't budge so he launched himself to the air then landed on the back of its head. He pulled the chains tighter and the beast felt the choking of its windpipe. The monster began to thrash around and they saw him having difficulty in pulling the chains.
"Go! let's help him!", Gandar screamed and then launched an attack
They altogether attacked the beast. The fireball landed on its face, the bastard slash slashed its right foot, and the critical slash hits its left foot.
The wolf falls to the ground and then Kael tightened his grip, making the giant wolf helpless.
The wolf struggled for its last breath and then it stopped its breathing. Kael released the chains from its neck and retracted it to his arms.
"Is it finished?", Emilda asked
"Yeah! We will extract their monster cores and fangs and sell them, then leave their bodies here", Gandar said
"What? Do they have cores? damn! if I had known earlier!", Kael said as he realized how many monsters he had killed but leaving the monster's core alone
"It was confidential information that is only disclosed to the adventurers. By the way thanks! I didn't know you can fight well! we will immediately recommend you to the guild master!", Gandar said to him
"Thank you for saving me! I owe you my life thus I will treat you nicely! Ask and I will repay you in any way I can", Glan said to him
"Let's finish the extraction of anything that's valuable and then leave this place immediately, their blood will attract more monsters", Gandar said to them
Fuwn dissected the monsters and Kael is watching beside him. Being an observant is a hobby of Mael and he learns fast.
"Let's go back to the carriage before monsters will appear", Gandar said to them
"Yes boss, we heard you", said Emilda
They climbed the carriage and then left the place where they battled. Kael felt calmer as he was appreciated by his new friends and he smiled because they are safe.