>Finally, it passed through.
The shovel, which was slowly getting deeper into the soil, suddenly popped through the hole.
The head of the shovel broke through the 30 centimeters thick dirt wall and successfully escaped to the other side.
‘I did it!’
Lloyd leaned forward with more power.
His body weight was his weapon.
Lloyd hit the wall with his shoulder.
He pushed the dirt wall with his whole body.
At last, the wall crumbled to pieces.
Lloyd got crushed under the piles of soil that crumbled, but it didn’t matter.
Lloyd took a deep breath as deep as he could.
More oxygen entered his lungs than what he had managed to inhale through the small hole.
He got even more energized.
“So, why don’t you open your eyes now,” Lloyd grumbled and carried Javier on his back.
Javier felt much heavier than before, perhaps because Javier lost his consciousness or Lloyd was feeling so tired.
Either way, Lloyd still took a step forward one at a time.
‘At times like this, you should walk calmly.
Confident without excess power.
Put strength on your waist and lower body.’
That was the trick to carry heavy things while in a state of exhaustion.
You shouldn’t try to forcefully use strength.
If you do so, you wouldn’t carry it far.
The heavier it was, the calmer you should get.
The harder it was, the better this trick worked.
Back in the days when he had been going back and forth from the workforce center every dawn in South Korea, Lloyd had been the one who was carrying numerous cement sacks and bricks.
‘This paled in comparison to when I was carrying loads of tiles and bricks all day long while going up and down a four-story building!’
Lloyd clenched his teeth hard.
He focused only on walking.
Thanks to Ppodong who took the lead, Lloyd didn’t have to care about finding the way out.
He devoted all of his concentration to walking and checking the spot on the ground where he would take his next step.
How long had he been walking like that?
An unexpected message popped up in front of him.
[You were able to overcome your physical limitations through an impressive trick in extreme situations.]
[This particular experience has a major impact on .]
[New optional skill has been unlocked.]
[Optional Skill ③ : Power Saving Mode – Even in extreme exhaustion, you can use the Asrahan Core Technique, albeit weakly.
The mana amplification rate is fixed at 10% of the normal amplification rate]
‘Wow? What is this?’
That was an unexpected optional skill.
His body could feel the effect immediately.
His double circle that wrapped around his heart had stopped rotating because he was in a state of exhaustion.
However, it started to rotate again even if the speed was 1/10 from the usual.
Still, that was enough.
It infused Lloyd, who was extremely tired, with strength that was similar to a long-awaited rain that eased the drought.
‘The mana is being absorbed again.’
Even if it was unintentional, the Asrahan Core Technique got activated automatically.
Lloyd drew and absorbed a small amount of mana from the surroundings.
The absorbed mana was sent to the circles and then spread around the body.
Fresh energy gushed out.
‘I can do this.
I can get out of here!’
Lloyd’s pace gained speed and strength.
He already walked for such a long time.
He was still carrying Javier on his back, yet he never stopped.
In the meantime, the surroundings began to change.
The number of luminous mushrooms that inhabited the walls of the ant nest continuously decreased.
However, the passageway wasn’t dark because far ahead from there, the torches’ light that was swaying lightened up his way.
“There! It’s Young Master Lloyd!” Lloyd heard someone shouting.
Then, there were urgent steps of a group of people that were rushing towards him.
A barrage of hands approached and reached out to help him.
Amongst them, some belonged to the Baron.
“Are you okay? Where did you get hurt?” the Baron asked with a voice full of bewilderment, while both of his hands clasped Lloyd’s face.
Lloyd stopped smiling and he laughed.
He wasn’t in the right mind to answer.
The feeling of relief loosened his tension.
He couldn’t help but smile.
His eyelids closed.
What a tough day.’
Even when he was at the goshiwon, he used to sag down like this when he was tired.
Lloyd then sunk down into the Baron’s arms.
The long and arduous day finally ended.
Time had flown by.
For the time being, Lloyd fell into a much deeper sleep than everyone expected.
Even after a day or two passed, Lloyd’s eyes still didn’t open.
Other than the damaged muscles and ligaments because of being overworked, there was no severe injury.
There was also no sign of illness.
The doctor of the territory said that his body was just resting, and the tired body was recovering through sleep.
That was how the doctor comforted the Baron and his wife.
The Baron and the Baroness often stayed inside Lloyd’s bedroom.
As long as time permitted, they stayed by Lloyd’s bedside.
This was especially the case for the Baron.
Days before, the Baron was the one who had led the charge against the ant beasts.
He didn’t even spare himself more than anyone else to clear the way down to the underground ant nest faster.
Although one of his arms got broken in the fight and his body was burning with fever in the aftermath, he refused to be bedridden and stayed on Lloyd’s side.
The Baroness’ devotion was also no less than that.
She took care of the territory’s affairs on behalf of her husband.
She personally visited the wounded soldiers who got injured in the battle against the ant beasts, praised them for their courage, and patched their wounds.
Meanwhile, warm rumors quietly spread throughout the territory.
The rumor was about Lloyd.
When the ant beasts first appeared, the ruffian Young Master was said to evacuate the workers first without hesitating.
For their safety, he had said that he would stay behind with Javier.
It was also said that he had invaded the ant nest to repel the ant beasts and even rescued the knight, Javier.
There were also witnesses.
The workers who were being evacuated and the soldiers who were there at the moment of the rescue, witnessed Lloyd carrying Javier on his back.
The Young Master risked his life to protect his people from peril.
The Young Master never gave up on carrying his loyal knight until the end.
The male residents of the territory clenched their fists as they heard the story, the girls felt their heart pounding, while the tender-hearted elderly became tearful.
In the meantime, the Baron couple summoned Javier, who woke up first.
They asked the young and faithful knight about what had happened inside the ant nest.
While listening to the story, the couple sometimes got surprised, they sighed, and patted their chest, feeling relieved.
As such, everyone waited altogether.
They genuinely looked forward to it and wished for it.
May their Young Master regain his consciousness.
We hope for him to wake up as soon as possible in good health.
By the fourth day after the accident, Lloyd opened his eyes.
[Everyone in the Frontera Barony is deeply moved by your heroic courage and initiative.]
[For this great social achievement, a large amount of bonus RP will be awarded.]
Author’s note : very-proud
Tl/n :If you want to support me, you can buy me a ko-fi
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