Chapter 59 -- Dead Bodies Everywhere
When we snuck up on the village, making sure not to be detected, we saw swarms of goblins there.
"So what should we do?"
"What do you mean, 'what should we do?'" grumbled Fer.
"Well, I don't want to really, but how should we attack the village?"
"Just like before, of course." No no, how about employing strategy or something?
"No use hanging around, let's go." Saying that Fer raised his muzzle and let out a loud howl. Was that the right move? The goblins turned to look at us as Fer's cry reverberated around the village. A mob of goblins brandishing clubs, swords and axes headed towards us.
"I've put up a Barrier for you guys as usual. I'll go hunt the top-ranking goblins, you and Sui can deal with the small-fry." Saying that Fer ran towards the village. Oh no, not this again-
"Uwaa-, there's lots of green guys-! Aruji-, Can I 'pew pew pew' shoot them good-?" Battle maniac Sui had crawled out of her bag, ready to fight.
"Attagirl. 'Pew pew pew' them good, we'll finish off all the green guys here."
"Sui and Aruji gonna finish them all off-?"
"Yeah, me and Sui are gonna finish them all off. Ready?"
"Uhn, ready-. Sui, do my best-"
"Okay, let's go."
After that it was desperate times. I shot off magic Fireballs and Stone Bullets continuously and Sui fired off Acid Bullets freely left and right too. My accuracy was terrible but there were lots of enemies in front of us so it didn't matter too much. To tell the truth I was so frantic I was just shooting off Fireballs and Stone Bullets at random and when I did hit something it was a miracle.
Compared to me Sui was like a sniper, her Acid Bullets hit enemies every time and she never missed. She's so skilful. She steadily destroyed the goblins rushing towards us while I shot off Fireballs and Stone Bullets like crazy.
The battle seemed endless but it actually finished in less than an hour.
"Fuu-, I'm worn out. We're finally finished, thank goodness."
"Yay-! We beat them all, Aruji-!" Sui bounced up and down, obviously very pleased. I wasn't angry though, she's tired but still bouncing. Sui's so strong, I reckoned she killed 80% of the goblins here. She's definitely strong.
I looked around. Dead bodies everywhere. That describes the scene perfectly. Dead goblins as far as the eye could see.
"You finally finished?" Fer suddenly re-appeared.
"Have you finished your part, Fer?"
"I finished a while ago. Goblin King, Goblin Generals, Goblin Soldiers and Goblin Mages, piece of cake." Oh, I see, there was a Goblin King. Well, it was a goblin village after all. Hah, there are more than two hundred goblin bodies out there.
"It's time to cut the ears off, I suppose."
"Yeah. You'll have to do it since you're the only one of us with hands. Get to work." Fer explained.
Yeah yeah, I get it. I started cutting the right ears off the goblin corpses without arguing. The goblins Sui had killed with Acid Bullet resembled cast members from a zombie movie, bright blue and pale white so I just concentrated on cutting off the ears without looking at them too closely. It's best to switch off your thinking while you do such things, just get on with it.
It took me about three hours to cut off all the right ears. When I counted them there were two hundred and twenty-seven of them. That's a dreadful number.
While I remember... "Hey Fer, didn't you say something about a Goblin King and some other higher-ranking monsters?" I had recalled something about the last goblin village whose Goblin King had a magic stone inside his body.
"This Goblin King? He's kinda small." So he wouldn't have a magic stone then. Okay then, since the Goblin King is worthless let's just go back to the city. However for some reason Fer got me to take the higher-ranked goblins with us. I put the Goblin King Fer had defeated, three Goblin Generals, two Goblin Mages and seven Goblin Soldiers in my Item Box.
Turning to leave I looked around and I had a sudden thought. "Hey Fer, is it OK to just leave these bodies lying around here?"
"What's the problem with that?"
"it just seems unhygenic and besides won't the bodies attract other monsters?"
"Yeah, other monsters will come along and eat the dead goblins. That's the Circle of Life around here."
"Yeah well that's maybe how things work but I'm thinking a feast like this is likely to attract some big dangerous monsters and this is a bit too close to the city for comfort."
"It's as you say, so you could maybe burn the bodies if you want."
Even if I wanted to burn the corpses, all I've got to do it with is my puny Fireball spell... Besides we're in the forest and starting a forest fire would be a problem. Ah, we've got Sui to help. I think she can manage it with her acid.
"Sui, can you 'pew pew' all these green guys until they're totally melted?"
"Unh-. Can do it OK-. Totally melt all the green guys?-"
"Yeah, all of them. Do it for me please?"
"Sure. But, wait a bit-" Saying that Sui shook and burbled, trembling oddly.