~ Chapter 49: A good beating (Part 4) ~
“That's why even thought Draejan is so close to power level 1000, he is still so far away from a Breakthrough. He is a dragon who lusts after political and military power, who believes there's a BIG difference between nobility and commoners, and most importantly whose mentality cannot see past the laws made up by society he lives in. That's why Nature itself will do everything it can to slow down his growth. At the same time, this explains why yours was so amazingly fast... You didn't go against it and try to adapt, to learn, to grow... In a few months, you achieved what ordinary humans need decades and what dragons need centuries.” she smiled.
“Is that so?”
“Yes.” she nodded “Seeing a human with the mentality of someone who has reached a Breakthrough yet not even past level 200, is beyond amazing. I fell for you because of that.”
“Yet you don't love me?” I raised an eyebrow.
“I like you. I will sleep with you. I will let you even impregnate me, but I will not let you have my heart... not yet. For that, you will need to wait until I am ready... if I will ever be. Until then, I'll be your very best friend.” she showed me a gentle smile.
“I don't know if I should be surprised or shocked.” I said.
“That's the same thing.” she giggled.
“Ah! Well... in that case, erm... happy?” I raised an eyebrow.
She shook her head “Be what you wish to be. I'm not going to force you to do any of those things and if I don't feel like it, I'll turn you into an ice sculpture if you do try to push them onto me.” she showed me a cunning smile.
She sighed and then said “Well, going back to the what were talking about... a True Breakthrough is something like accepting the world as it is, seeing past it's laws, and having the inner strength like that. Many tend to shrink back and run away the moment they enter this state. As such, I first became aware of it not long after I witnessed his death... I was way under a power level of 1000, maybe around 500? Either way, a month later, I heard that the army of Zerudan was going to face the army of Albeyater. It was going to be a decisive battle.” she smiled.
“What happened? Well... Albeyater won, I know, but tell me what happened to you.” I said.
She giggled “Yes, they won, but did you know that the Zerudan army was almost twice as big as theirs, yet they didn't even lose one tenth of their soldiers?” she said.
“How?” I asked baffled.
“Because of me... Reaching a True Breakthrough allowed me to gain a boost in power the likes I never felt before. I wasn't weighed down by the laws of this world anymore, or to be more precise, the laws of the mortals living on this world. I stepped into battle... and danced. For the one man I loved and could never be together with, I danced... It was my final dance, my final performance, the proof of how powerful I had become. Although I was unable to show him this dance in life, I believed that his soul still saw it. My blades cut the flesh of my allies and any of the Albeyater soldiers that strayed too close. I hopped around and cut them to pieces... My power level went up faster than I ever thought possible and then... I killed the commander of the army, the Breakthrough Awakened General. That moment was when I also went past power level 1000.” she looked down into my eyes.
“You waltzed in and performed the last dance for your departed lover... Do you think he liked it?” I asked with a smile.
“He would have loved just to see me try...” she smiled and then leaned down and kissed me on the lips.
I didn't push her off, and accepted her kiss. It was a long one, but when we parted lips, she smiled and said “You know, if you truly take me up on that offer of granting me a child, you will be the very first male, human or dragon, who ever laid a hand on this body of mine.”
“What?! Then you are?!” I blinked surprised.
She blushed and looked away.
I let out a sigh and shook my head.
“Who would have believed it?”
“I'm a difficult dragoness, not many can tame me, and I didn't let anyone try.” she giggled.
I took a deep breath and looked up at the sky. It was completely dark by now, and the stars were all shinning so bright up there. It was a different view than the one I often saw back home, well... whenever I was out of Bucharest.
“I want to save Seryanna from Draejan, but I don't have the physical strength to do it. I want to be the one to punch him in the face not use you or anyone else to do it.” I let my desires be heard.
“I see, so what do you want me to do then? Ask, and for you... I'll do it.” she smiled.
“Be there for Seryanna. Help her. Keep her safe while I'm gone...” I said.
“So you do plan on leaving?” she asked.
“Yes, but not without telling Seryanna where, why, and for how long. Not without telling you and Kleo either...” I looked up at her.
“Where do you want to go?” she asked.
“Seculiar Forest... I want to go hunt and train there. I'll need one of those [Purse] rings and some supplies. I'll also need new equipment and three or four swords, but after I have gained enough levels, my skills and Luck will do the rest.” I replied honestly.
“When did you came up with this?”
“One week ago, but I was thinking of it more as a way to see for how long I can survive before I end up getting killed by monsters... I wanted to go with the intent of making it my grave, but I realized now that I am too much of a kid and coward to give up on my life like that. Because of this, I'm going there now with the intent to hunt, train, and return alive.” I showed her a confident smile.
“I'm glad you think that way.” she said.
“I would have wanted to meet this King of Albeyater. There's a few things I wanted to say to him, but I fear I can't get to him that easily...” I sighed.
“If you think like a normal dragon and human yes, but what would a Breakthrough-er do?” she asked.
“Ignore the guards and climb up the window?” I raised an eyebrow.
“Won't he kill me the moment he sees me?”
She shook her head.
“Why? How can I make it happen?” I asked.
“Take this.” she then took off a small necklace and showed it to me.
It was shaped like a pointed star and had the emblem of Albeyater in the middle, however, it had a deep scratch on it that went from the center to the 2 o'clock mark.
“What is it?” I asked.
“In that battle 500 years ago, the King of Albeyater gave me this one of a kind medal of honor. He himself made the scratch on it to differentiate it from the rest. At that time, I received it in order to use it as a means of proving my identity in the future. If you take this to him, he'll know, but I would also recommend adding two fail-safe proofs. Something that belongs to Brekkar, and a letter from the Third Princess vouching for you. I'll take care of the letter, and you get the other proof form Seryanna.” she told me with a smile.
“Well, then it sounds like a plan.” I laughed.
“Yes. So, how does it feel to have taken your first steps into becoming an adult? How does it feel to... grow up?” she asked.
“Good...” I nodded.
That night, Kataryna probably saved my life in more ways than my idiotic 100 Luck ever did.
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