Chapter 9 – A Saber Facing Two Boars
Minutes after hearing the roar, the second boar appeared before the pair.
Different from the first beast the group found, this pair of giant boars was at least 1.80 meters each with a strength around the late stage of core-forming, making the difficulty of fighting them many times greater than the first one.
Of course, different from Lia who was inexperienced in fighting, Aiden had ample combat experience. It, together with the support of Lia threads in case of something going wrong, made the difficulty of fighting lesser than the first fight.
Grasping his saber with both hands, Aiden moved his feet searching for a position perfect to face the two beasts and avoid being surrounded for them. Lia, seeing the situation, retreated a few meters behind Aiden.
Calming his breath, Aiden looked at the pair of giant boars and moved a foot backward to use it like support.
Moving angrily, the boars tried to intimidate the pair with strong bellows; but seeing the calm expression in Aiden’s face and noticing their bellows failing to do any effect, one of them inclined his head and charged forward.
Hearing the roar of the boar and seeing the giant figure to charge forward many times faster than the one which fought Lia, Aiden drew energy from the core in his body and used it to reinforce his muscled and take a step forward.
Immediately, a sharp sound filled the clearing. A formless pressure impacted the charging board causing a sharp pain in its skin.
Feeling the pressure, the boar instinctively dodged at a side before retreating fearfully.
An instant later, a ray of saber light cut across the place where the boar was seconds before.
Besides it, Aiden could be seen holding the saber downwards in a posture of just having attacked.
Frightened, the first boar roared fearfully. Seeing it, the second boar walked toward it and the two began walking in circles, intent on attacking at the same time.
Eyes calm, Aiden prepared his saber again and took an attacking posture. Instantly, the same stinging pressure could be sensed by the boars. Feeling wary, the boars could not help but pause for an instant, but in that instant, Aiden attacked.
Moving at a speed even faster than the boar, Aiden sprinted forward and swung his saber strongly. Then, with the sound of air being cut, a sharp saber-light appeared before one of the boars. Scared, the beast tried jumping to a side but was unable to avoid the blow completely.
Seeing its companion in trouble, the other boar charged towards Aiden without hesitation, but only was able to impact the air due at Aiden feeling his movements beforehand.
Jumping backward, Aiden took another stance with his saber and looked towards the boars. One of them, the one that was cut, was bleeding from a wound that cut its neck. If it would have doubted for an instant before dodging, then perhaps it would have left the world already.
Bleeding heavily, the injured boar seems like it knew that their opponent was too strong and tried to retreat. On the other hand, the uninjured one was roaring defiantly in anger from its prey escaping.
Drawing a deep breath, Aiden augmented the pressure in the surroundings. The saber in his hands hummed in pleasure like if wishing for its owner to draw more blood and a sharp presence assaulted all the living things a few meters around him.
Even Lia, a few meters behind Aiden, was able to feel the sharp intent filling the air. And the boars, being exposed at most of the pressure, felt an intense urge to retreat from the place.
The sharp pressure in the surroundings was called saber intent. Saber intent was considered a special form of aura exuded for a strong sabersman.
It is known that apart from weapon spirit users, it is extremely difficult for any person to generate any kind of martial intent, and in reality, not even every high-level cultivator was able to use martial intent.
For Aiden to be able of generating saber intent at his low age and cultivation, and such a strong one could be said to be a miracle and proof of his incredible talent.
Thanks to his powerful, saber intent Aiden was able to reign undefeated in the core-forming stage and fight weak core-fusing experts head on despite his lack of spirit. It could be said that Aiden’s saber intent was a cheat compared to other.
Directing his powerful saber intent toward the boars, Aiden took a step forward and swung his saber again, intent in dealing the fatal blow to the injured one. Sensing the danger, the beast retreated afraid and tried to distance itself from its attacker. The other boar, seeing the enemy advancing in another direction, charged forward to penetrate the youth, only to see the enemy disappear before its eyes and feel a sharp pain in the back.
At that moment, the boar did its utmost to avoid the blow directed toward itself only to fail. Aiden, focused on his attack, chased after the boar and attacked again, this time fusing a greater amount of energy in his muscles to increase his speed.
A powerful saber-light filled the surrounding.
An instant later, Aiden could be seen beyond the boar while the animal was frozen in place.
After a few seconds, a whimper sounded. Then, a red line appeared slowly in the neck of the beast before a fountain of blood exploded.
Swinging the saber, a pair of drops of blood fell from the saber, leaving it like if nothing happened.
Seeing its companion dead, the other boar roared in fear and tried to escape with the last bit of strength left in its body, but in the instant when it moved, the second ray of saber-light appeared and beheaded it, not leaving any opportunity for the beast to act again.
Breathing deeply, Aiden closed his eyes and sheathed his weapon. Then, as if everything had been a lie, the sharp pressure in the surroundings disappeared, leaving behind only the smell of iron and the body of two boars.
It was only necessary for Aiden to attack twice to kill both beasts. Lia, seeing it, looked agape, impressed that her young master was able to kill two strong beasts without a problem while her, despite her equal level of cultivation, had troubles to end a weaker beast of the same kind.
“Young Master! You are truly impressive! You are definitively a genius!”
Seeing the purely impressed expression in Lia face, Aiden could only smile bitterly.
“Compared to you Lia, my only talent lies in the saber. I think you are more impressive to be able of reaching to the peak of core-forming in only three years despite you poor foundation. Though I’m currently stronger than you, in terms of potential you are way above me.”
“Don’t say it young master! Don’t you say that you are going to create your own spirit? You know I don’t like when you act all self-deprecating!”
Seeing the mad expression on Lia’s face, Aiden smiled wryly and apologized.
“Sorry sorry! I know. It is only that I’m not sure about how to proceed… I wish that creating a spirit were so easy like brandishing the saber. Perhaps so I would have fewer troubles doing it.”
“Don’t worry young master… I’m sure that nobody in the world is most adequate than you to do it. If you are unable of creating a spirit, then, who can do it?... Also, I’m with you, I’m sure that my presence will help you with it.”
Seeing the encouraging expression on Lia's face, Aiden could no help but smile before nodding in agreement.
“You are right, I’m sure that someday I will make it…”
Taking a deep breath, Aiden raised his face before speaking again.
“But before it, I think I will kill all the pests nearby.”
At the instant when Aiden said it, another strong roar resounded in the forest.