~ Chapter 32: Fire. Blood. Trust (Part 4) ~

“Well?” Nanya asked raising an eyebrow.

“I’m done with my upgrades… I’m going to go improve this level quickly and then head inside to talk with Ayuseya and Shanteya about the upcoming battle. What are you going to do?” I asked her.

“I’m going to sit down here and meditate because I want this seal off before I face Dankyun.” she said with a shrug and did just that.

Nanya sat down where she stood, crossing her legs and entering the Lotus position. I blinked a bit surprised when I saw her, but I shrugged and then headed off to fix this level.

Since I couldn’t finish all the walls and traps I had initially planned, all was left was to spam traps and monsters. First of all, I increased the room size by adding another six meters to it. In the area between the laser optimal zone and the wall, I placed as many summoning circles as I could, pouring at least 2000 Magic Energy Points in each one of them. I also made sure the circles were set to spawn two monsters worth 1000 points each.

On the outside wall, I connected the remaining maze walls and added a few quick traps to it. With my increased Magic Energy Regeneration, thing went much faster than I initially anticipated. It was practically double when compared to the first day when I came into this world.

From my point of view, it was clear that I rushed things over here, but I doubted someone like Dankyun or his soldiers could notice this. At best, they would only believe they reached a much easier part of my maze.

I returned to my Inner Mind and headed straight to Shanteya and Ayuseya. The two of them were together and talking about something.

Master! Are you alright? asked Shanteya worried the very moment she saw me there.

I’m fine. We managed to flee safely, and we’re now inside my dungeon. I told them with a smile.

I understand. Master, I… Shanteya stopped herself from finishing what she had to say and looked back at Ayuseya. No, it’s best you speak with her first. My matter can wait… the beautiful el’doraw nodded and pulled back away from me.

Blinking surprised, I looked over at Ayuseya and approached her.

Sorry, I didn’t keep my word… I told her and looked down.

Illsy… she said and then something amazing happened.

Ayuseya flew over to me, she lifted my chin up and then kissed me. She was a bit clumsy with her kiss, but it was a true sincere one without any strings attached, without any chains to hold it back. She wrapped her arms around me and pulled me closer to her as we shared our second kiss, but this time, I was the one leading.

The mood was so pleasant and relaxing, I completely forgot about Dankyun and his band of rats, but it wasn’t a bad thing. I found out I enjoyed kissing Ayuseya just as much as I did Shanteya. Holding her in my arms and feeling her big chest pressed over mine brought a comfy feeling. The dragoness was gentle in her embrace, but so was I.

I then remembered my dream where Alina showed me that picture with her and then with Ayuseya, Shanteya, and Nanya. I guess, I made my pick. I loved Alina, but our journey together was over. She was in her world, back on Earth, and I had three lovely women waiting for me here. It wasn’t hard to pick between them, it was just that deep inside, I still held tight to my relationship with Alina, and this didn’t let me completely devote myself to the new love I found here. Indeed, it wasn’t one that took years to form. It had some very strange and unique circumstances, but in the end, what mattered was the pure, untainted feelings between us.

What matters is how you felt when you opened your heart chakra to her… This was what my friend used to say, although, I never understood the full meaning of these words. I thought and then opened my eyes.

[Spouse: Ayuseya Drekar Pleyades – Eligibility for [Bond of Trust] confirmed.]

[Do you wish to apply [Bond of Trust] on Spouse: Ayuseya Drekar Pleyades? Y/N]

Yes… I thought and the message vanished.

Looking now in Ayuseya’s eyes, I noticed something strange. Her cute expression with a soft smile on her lips was charming and attractive.

Were you always this beautiful? I asked her as I moved my fingers through her red hair.

It was strange how I never noticed something like this until now.

Maybe, but I guess this confirms it… she said and looked down.

What? I asked.

You asked me if I can trust you, if I can truly trust you… What you did for me today. What you did for me ever since I came to this academy: saving me from assassins, curing me of my curses, and protecting me from Dankyun… These are things nobody else would have dared to do even if they knew they could… she smiled softly and cupped my cheeks in her palms. Illsy, I know I’m not worthy, but I think I love you, and I wish to become your wife. she shook her head. No, you are the only one I can accept as my husband… The only one to whom I wish to devote myself fully and if this means trusting you with my entire being, then so be it! she declared with a soft smile, tears pouring down on her cheeks.

When face with confession like this one, how could I say no? I nodded and kissed her again.

A moment later, our lips parted, and I told her Then I will do everything I can to accept your love and reply to it with my own.

In the end, to love was to feel that strange attraction deep inside your chest towards another. The feeling was like a hurricane of positive energies, constantly swirling and cutting of your breath. You wished to be besides that other person, and you felt completely opened towards them. A full trust and understanding for one another bloomed from this energy. The connection was made when the other replied.

In my case, Ayuseya started it, and I replied to it by letting it appear in my soul as well. I also felt the same thing for Shanteya and maybe even for Nanya too. Where it would lead us, it remained to be seen, but for now, I had other matters to take care off.

Ayuseya, I’m not going to give you back to Dankyun. After this, I won’t even think about it. You, Shanteya, and Nanya… I closed my eyes for a moment and took a deep breath as I prepared myself for this declaration. You are all my women, my lovers, my friends, and I want to be with you all and not let another man touch you! It may be selfish of me to desire such a thing, but if you three were brought before me like this, then surely even the gods approve of my love towards you three! So yes, I want you all!

That would make me very happy! came Ayuseya’s reply.

Me too, Master! said Shanteya.

All that was left was Nanya, but I had yet to discover the way to get her to trust me or rather what she was afraid off in regard with myself.

Well now, with that settled. You both have [Bond of Trust] activated and set to maximum, meaning Shanteya gets 50% of my stats, and Ayuseya 70%. This means that Ayuseya has the same strength and speed as a Supreme, and Shanteya a lower Supreme. I explained to them.

Supreme? But how can that be? Ayuseya asked confused.

It’s my ability. My spouses whom I love and trust, and also who naturally and selflessly love me and trust me in return receive the equivalent of 70% of my power. I explained with a smile.

To trust me with such a power… Ayuseya shook her head I don’t know if I am worthy… she said.

I see no reason as to why I should be afraid or deny it either. I said and embraced her. I even pulled Shanteya in You are both my lovely women, whom I trust with my life and power! Only time will tell us if you don’t, but so far, I believe you do and hope this will never change!

Thank you… said Ayuseya.

Likewise… blushed Shanteya.

Speaking of which, what did you want to ask? I looked at my cute el’doraw slave.

Master, the two el’doraw sisters who came here with Dankyun… I wish to cross daggers with them. They are after me. It’s their missions, and I wish to make it clear that I hold no desire of ever leaving your side and returning to that place! she declared with her hand over her heart.

I see… I looked down for a moment, but I knew that if she really wanted to do this, I had no right to say ‘No’ to her. Besides, I trusted that she had both the strength and ability to defeat those two. Very well! I’ll allow it! But, if things get messy, call me. Alright? I told her.

She nodded and kissed my cheek.

Illsy, I also wish to fight. Ayuseya said all of a sudden.

Erm, I don’t think you can defeat Dankyun… I told her.

The dragoness shook her head.

Not Dankyun, but his Emperor Rank commanders. They don’t hold any sort of loyalty towards the Pleyades Royal family, and I believe they plan to dethrone us. If I can, I won’t allow such a thing to come to pass! she declared clenching her fist.

Erm, I see, but there is a big difference between the two of you. At the very least Shanteya trained in order to properly control her sudden boost in strength, but you were sealed your entire life… I warned her.

Yes, I know. That’s why I won’t ask to go alone, but for you to accompany me as well… I want to prove I’m not the same weak little princess… or at least try.

I honestly didn’t know what to say to her. If I said yes, Ayuseya could end up in a bigger trouble thanks to the simple fact that she couldn’t control her strength. The one who came to my rescue, however, was Shanteya.

Princess, with all due respect, I don’t believe you can do it. Your Magic Armor is far weaker even than that of an Intermediary Rank. Those commanders have both the strength and military experience to defeat you. I speak from experience because I also know what it means to receive Illsy’s boost in strength and speed. You are not ready yet, Ayuseya.

The draconian princess looked a bit disappointed, but she accepted her fate and nodded. It wasn’t her time yet. That was all…

I understand, I may have been a bit too excited because of how strong you said I am now… she showed me a small smile.

After this whole thing is over, I’ll take my time and train you properly, Princess. said Shanteya.

So be it then! she nodded.

There’s still time until they get here. I can let you out meanwhile and enchant your dress so it doesn’t break if you use your full strength in it. I told her.

Very well. Just so you know, I don’t mind being seen naked by you, but I would dislike to be gazed upon by other men. she replied with a giggle.

That being said, I released both of them and enchanted Ayuseya’s clothes to survive her sudden boost in strength. Nanya didn’t even open her eyes to look at us, she continued to meditate and focus on releasing her seal.

“Someone is approaching my dungeon…” I told them when the two el’doraw assassins discovered the entrance.

“Master?” asked Shanteya with a bit of worry in her eyes.

“I’ll prepare the grounds for you… Get ready.”

“Yes, Master!”

And so, the battle began… as for their stats. This was what I saw in both of their status windows:

[Name]: Ayuseya Drekar Pleyades

[Species]: Hybrid of Draconian and True Dragon

[Race]: Gold

[Level]: 48

[Strength]: 224+840

[Agility]: 200+805

[Intelligence]: 216+889

[Magic Energy]: 5525+5841.5

[Magic Energy regeneration]: 0.33+28 points per second

[Bond of Trust] <70%> Change? Y/N

[Available points]: 0

[Skills] > List all skills? Y/N

[Available skill points]: 0

[Allegiance]: Omniak Drekar Gladarash, God of the Ancient Dragons

[Spouses]: Illsyore

[Slaves]: None

[Pets]: None

[Minions]: None


[Name]: Shanteya Dowesyl <Slave name not selected> slave of [Illsyore]

[Species]: El’doraw

[Race]: Albino <Rare>

[Level]: 78

[Strength]: 246+600

[Agility]: 321+575

[Intelligence]: 144+635

[Magic Energy]: 3895+4172.5

[Magic Energy regeneration]: 1.5+20 points per second

[Bond of Trust] <50%> Change? Y/N

[Available points]: 0

[Skills] > List all skills? Y/N

[Available skill points]: 0

[Allegiance]: Brasil, God of Shadows; Illsyore, Godlike Dungeon Lord

[Spouses]: None

[Slaves]: None

[Pets]: None

[Minions]: None

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the minmaxer in me says he should marry Shanteya for that +20% stats.