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Cold sweat ran down my spine.
As soon as the man swung his clenched fists, I succeeded in dismantling his expert-level magic.
I moved my body to evade the fist rushing towards me.
The tree behind me was punched by the man instead of me.
Unable to withstand the force of his strike, the tree crumbled and split into numerous pieces, and fell.
I couldn’t believe how powerful he was. If I had been struck instead I would have died.
The man looked at me, dusting off the tree powder from his fist.
I got chilly goosebumps when I saw him smile.
“I almost made a stupid mistake. My fist went out of habit. I shouldn’t damage the stuffed doll…”
The man looked at me with worried eyes.
When he confirmed that I was fine, he sighed in relief.
Seeing that, I made a twisted decision.
If I lose to this man, let’s destroy this face brutally.
There was no way I was going to be the beautiful doll he wanted.
I rushed at him without giving the man a chance to relax.
As I sprinted forward, the wind slapped me against the face.
My blade aimed towards his neck. Just as the tip was about to reach him the man skillfully evaded me—as I expected.
I didn’t miss my chance and kicked him hard— infused with magic —as he tried to pass me.
The hem of my skirt flipped gracefully.
The man grabbed his beaten abdomen and twirled it, barely holding onto a tree to support his body that was about to collapse.
The pain must be considerable because I had gathered my mana to the utmost.
Hot sweat ran down my cheeks.
A harsh breath escaped my mouth.
My stamina was lower than before because I had hardly moved recently.
“…….A surprise attack is such a nasty stunt.”
“A kidnapping is nastier than a surprise attack.”
I was getting more and more exhausted, but I rushed in without a break. Now was the chance to tear down this man’s body.
The man leaped back to circumvent me as I wielded a blade.
I didn’t stop but released as much mana as possible in time for the man to stop.
When a man stepped on the ground, an explosion occurred as if he had stepped on a mine.
The man, who was beaten dizzy, stumbled without being able to find his balance.
The man frowned as if he were confused, trying to grasp the situation.
Then, white magic, thin and piercing like a needle, poured down like rain on the man’s head.
After a series of attacks, the man’s body staggered and fell over.
I had knocked down the man.
When I confirmed that the man had collapsed, I let out a hot breath.
My beating heart could not be calmed easily.
I wiped my sweat off with the back of my hand so that the salty water running down my forehead would not get into my eyes.
My mana consumption was severe because I had used high-level magic against him.
I spied the fallen man with wary eyes.
Instinct did not let go of my sense of unease. I had knocked him out, but I felt uncomfortable.
I couldn’t take my eyes off him.
Something is strange.
It’s going to be this easy?
It was solved too easily.
My sense of incongruity was coming from these thoughts…
I slowly pulled myself away from him.
One step, two steps back.
Something rough touched my back.
It was a tree.
I tried to get past the tree.
The moment I turned my body, a crackling sound was heard from the tree.
The branches moved wildly, struggling to reach me.
I struggled to suppress my fright and reflexively backed away from the tree attacking me.
The soles of my feet were scratched against the rough dirt floor, stabbing me.
Maybe after all this, my feet will be covered in scars.
The branches could no longer come close to me because of the limitations of their length.
I sighed in relief.
Behind me, tree branches encircled my body.
When I turned my head to look, the tree behind me— no, all the trees nearby were moving.
‘What the hell is this…’
I’ve never seen or heard of anything like this.
The branches pulled me hard.
My body felt like it was flying.
The branches pulled me hastily and my back hit the tree.
It embraced me deeper into its arms.
Branches bound my arms and limbs.
As it tightened more and more, I gasped, pain erupting all over my body due to the pressure.
In particular, my wounds from my injuries in the banquet hall were throbbing.
Ah. Damn it.
It looks like the wound has reopened.
I looked straight ahead to check my predicament—I was in disbelief doubting the scene in front of me.
The man I knocked out…
No, the man I thought I had knocked out stood up.
He looked at me and smiled.