There are at least twenty rats included the queen, and with the hundred in the tunnel, I had at least a hundred twenty rats tail.
I already imagined Emilia shock face, as I prepared to collect the tails. Suddenly I felt a movement behind me, and I jumped away.
"hehe, human, you notice me you must be powerful." said a male voice. I couldn't see him. I heard a metal sound, which heard like a sword or a knife.
"Who are you? Show yourself!" I said while I was searching for the guy. But there was nobody. I observed the area.
"Which level are you, human? I didn't expect that a guy like you can notice my presence."
Vigilantly I was looking around, but I couldn't see any figure. The guy must be invisible. "So you are using a skill which allows you to be invisible? Show yourself you coward" I yelled.
Same time I felt that someone came closer to me. I moved slowly, and I felt a stabbing pain on my right side.
"Die human". But before the invisible guy could proceed, I grabbed his hand and stopped. Fortunately, the injury wasn't deep.
"What," said the guy with a surprise; he didn't expect I would use myself as a trap. Same time the figure came visible. He wore an adventure cloth and was astonished about my counter-attack.
"Nice to meet you," I greeted him and punched as hard I could into his face. He let a scream and tattered. I also twisted his arm right arm and pushed him against the ground.
"Why the hell did you try to kill me?" I asked him with an angry voice.
"Dammit, you will regret it human, you dare to attack one of the Azzura Clan members, you are already dead." Said the guy with malicious glitter in his eyes. He kicked me and jumped away, but he stumbled over a dead rat and fell. He spluttered blood before he tried to use his skill.
He is dangerous. I need to finish him off quickly.
As I prepared to kill him, I heard a multiple crackle sound. I turned towards the sound which came from the wall where I had sent the queen rat flying. Suddenly the wall collapsed and revealed only darkness.
I couldn't see what was behind the darkness. I only saw blurry small silhouettes which dragged the queen rat slowly inside the darkness before the cadaver was swallowed inside.
I got angrier and yelled. "Hey, who dare to steal my loot!"
First, this guy now something else.
"Do you hear me, it is my loot! Come out here!" I yelled again, this time louder. I glared inside the darkness. As I decided to go further, something stepped out from the shadow. It had an adult human size, but it was completely inhuman.
My body shivered to see that thing. It was raven black. It had two long transparent wings on his back. The thing had an oval abdomen with three distinct red strives. It was large enough to put a small child inside. On the bottom of his abdomen was a thick pencil stinger attached. And two large antennae protruded from his head. My face twitched. It looked more like a giant wasp.
Is it a beastmen?
It was the human size, so I couldn't tell it was an animal or a beastmen. I couldn't really tell the difference between a beastmen and an animal. I decided to talk.
"Hey wasp, the thing you take belongs to me," I said with a stern voice. I glanced towards the injuries guy. "Is this thing, your ally?" but I already got his response from his face. It was white. A horrified look spread over his face. He started to tremble like he saw a horror creature.
"th...tha...that..not..possi..not..possib...poison hornet..hive..not poss…not possible" I was able to hear a little bit of his monologue. His voice was filled with fear, and it was already ultimate shaking. I never saw a guy in this condition, and it seemed he had seen a nightmare. His whole strength also arrogant wasn't anymore in his voice.
Oh. A hornet, not a wasp shit….
Painful memory flashed in my memories. I remembered how I felt in a hornet hive and was for several days in a hospital. It wasn't a pleasant memory.
As I looked at the thing again, I recognized the similarity towards the Asian giant hornet. I quivered over my body. I'm not too fond of insect, especially hornet. I had no fear too big animals, but wasp was something else. I hate them more than everything.
The large hornet charged with the sting forwards, as it was close enough my hand moved automatically, before the hornet realized it, the hornet kissed the wall. It was instant death, and the hornet left a large red bloodstain on the wall. I was surprised at how weak the hornet was. I was also relieved. I was too worried about it.
Suddenly four small hornets emerged from the darkness. They were only half meters tall, also not possess any stripes, but only a small wings.
Dammit, there are more of them, I need to kill them all...
I grabbed my sword and prepared to attack, then more and more came from the darkness. Ten, twenty, thirty...
A swarm of them stepped outside. Quickly the hall filled with them. There were at least fifty, and the number was still increasing.
My face colour started to change more and more. Also, my whole confident shattered like glass.
Their white pupils wandered first to the human size dead hornet, then towards me. It repeated several times. I quickly grasped. Something inside me said I did a horrible thing.
Wait, wait..d..d..did I kill the queen?
Now here were at least one hundreds of them, more and more, a sea of hornet filled the room.
My breath became heavier, and I scanned my body. Underneath the small breastplate, I wore a thing t-shirt. Knee protection was over my short trouser. I wasn't really in a good position.
First time I wished I had bought the knight armour which Emilia had suggested to me.
Then I glanced to the sea of a hornet with their ten centimetres longer stinker. I already knew the outcome, and I slowly put step backwards, suddenly I stepped on something, I heard a crushing sound.
Suddenly the swarm of the hornets let a large cry, which reverberated through the whole area, even also went through my mark. My knee became like pudding. I ran. First I glanced towards the guy to the injured guy, who let a cry before he was buried under the mass of small hornets. My stomach twitched.
I ran through the small tunnel. I encounter several rats, and I kicked them as they were in the way.
You idiots why the hell are you coming this way?
I kicked them like football. They crushed against the wall. The broke and more of hornet broke out.
Are you kidding me? How much of the shit are the inside of the wall?
Multiple flew out. Fortunately, the hornets didn't aim towards me but rather the rats. The way front me became difficult to the escape, and more rats were coming. I could see the deadly terror in the eyes of the rats.
I occasionally stopped to kill the hornet swarm which followed me, but it was fighting with a stick against a swarm of mosquito. Even I managed to kill them, the hole quickly filled with new hornets.
I passed all my death rats. While I was running, I saw how the dead rats were got eaten by the incoming hornets. I cursed myself that I didn't collect the tails earlier.
I ran as fast I could turn left, right, bend the next junction right, left, then I noticed I lost myself somewhere.
But by next junction, I had the confidence I was near the outside, so I took the right side.
"Are you kidding me?" I yelled in desperately.
My heart slipped into my pants. Deathlock. I decided to go back. In a blink of an eye, the way was blocked by a wall of hornets. I could see their murderous eyes which were looking at me.