Book 2: Chapter 137
For the vast majority of Absolutes, raw emotions like happiness or sadness were blunted.
It wasn’t that they didn’t feel it. It was just that it felt muted like sound underwater. To be more precise, it was like their emotions had been worn out.
This was because they had experienced many things over the years.
For them, life was but a never-ending journey, and the memories they had were like scenes outside a window. Regardless of who it was, after seeing the same thing hundreds of millions of times, you would become numb and tired of them.
The same was true for Nodiesop. Few things could make his heart move anymore.
That was why he was slowly enjoying himself this time.
For Absolutes like him, finding things like this, which could be considered ‘fun’ or ‘interesting’, was quite rare.
With a flick of his wrist, he destroyed Sedi’s arm. Nodiesop felt a bit bad for that. It was similar to the feeling one would have if one were to damage their favorite toy.
He couldn’t help but lament for a moment.
He should have been more careful.
Nevertheless, the pleasure that swept across his spine at that moment was clear.
Contrary to Nodiesop’s leisure thoughts, Sedi was a mess.
Of her limbs, only her left side was still in relatively good condition. Her right leg dragged on the ground, and her right arm was now hanging limply at her side.
Now that she was a mortal, she couldn’t fix her limbs in the same way she used to in the past.
In other words, for now, Sedi was crippled.
A former Absolute.
A being who had once stood at the peak of the multiverse had fallen from her position and become a mortal.
Nevertheless, she continued struggling to survive, unwilling to accept death.
‘This is so disgraceful, disgusting.’
And stepping on a former Absolute like Sedi, slowly driving her to death, was a new and enjoyable experience for Nodiesop.
“Why don’t you scream, or even beg a little? You never know. Maybe it will create a bit of mercy or sympathy in my heart.”
Sedi forced those words through her gritted teeth as she panted heavily. Instead of taking offense, Nodiesop simply laughed at her response.
After all, he didn’t want her to scream. In fact, had that truly been the case, his excitement would have long since died down.
What Nodiesop really wanted was for Sedi to maintain her unyielding attitude until she took her very last breath.
A droplet of water began to form in the air. This water droplet was so small that it was hard to see it unless one looked carefully.
Nevertheless, Sedi’s expression became a bit tense as she saw it.
At that moment, the only thing she could hear was her own labored breathing.
She was so focused at that moment that even the hair on her body had stood up. This couldn’t be helped.
After all, she knew that this small droplet of water was more dangerous than thousands of blades.
Suddenly, the drop of water disappeared from her sight.
Sedi forcibly twisted her heavily injured body.
Despite her fast reaction, she felt the drop of water, which had just disappeared, fly past her neck. She hadn’t been able to avoid it completely.
She felt her neck become warm as a throbbing pain appeared. Even without looking, she knew that blood was flowing from her neck at that moment.
The neck was one of the vital points of a mortal body. If she hadn’t avoided that attack, she might have died.
‘…no. That’s not true.’
Nodiesop had intentionally allowed her to survive.
He’d made sure to attack at a speed that she would barely be able to react to.
‘Son of a bitch.’
Sedi was furious.
He was toying with her.
If Nodiesop really wanted to kill her, Sedi would have already become a cold corpse by now.
‘I have to catch him off guard.’
This factor usually created the most important variable to help the weak defeat the strong.
But if the difference in power between the two sides was too large, then it would be meaningless.
After all, nothing would change if a tiger decided to sleep in front of a baby.
‘Then why do I still not want to give up?’
Did she still expect help?
In reality, Lukas was the only one who could help her out of her current situation.
But she knew that he was also in a situation where he couldn’t easily care about others.
‘It’s not that.’
Sedi shook her head.
She wasn’t waiting for anyone’s help.
The reason she was still struggling so desperately despite being toyed with and humiliated by Nodiesop, was actually quite simple.
She just didn’t want to die.
She wanted to live.
Her left foot, which had been the only thing supporting her body, was finally crushed as well. No matter how powerful she might be, even Sedi couldn’t stand without her legs. Helpless, she could only fall onto her face.
Nodiesop finally shook his head.
It had been fun, but it was time to put an end to it. After all, even as he had his fun, he hadn’t forgotten his task. He glanced to the side.
Sipakna, one of the Five Dukes.
This monster in the shape of a slug had been watching on from the side with an unconscious Kran bound by its tentacles.
It was waiting for Nodiesop to finish playing with Sedi.
“Thanks for letting me have some fun, Sedi Glaston. Now, I’ll send you on your way.”
External force appeared around Nodiesop’s hand.
He had a sincere expression on his face.
He honestly believed that it was better for a former absolute to be completely destroyed than for them to become a mortal and get caught in the cycle of reincarnation.
And that was something that Nodiesop could do. With the external force that all Absolutes could use, it would be quite easy to completely erase a soul from existence.
It was then that Sedi muttered.
“What was that?”
“You said my name wrong.”
Sedi spoke in a strained voice.
“My name… is Sedi Trowman.”
Nodiesop frowned at those words.
He knew who the surname Trowman came from.
He sneered slightly.
Then, droplets of water began to appear in the air.
These were much bigger than the ones before, and they were a deep red as if they were made of blood instead of water.
All he had to do was shoot them forward.
And it would all be over…
But he couldn’t.
The drops of water that had condensed in the air all disappeared.
Sedi hadn’t taken her eyes off of him for a moment. So she noticed immediately.
Nodiesop’s expression had been relaxed before, but now his face was stiff.
Then, he slowly raised his head and looked at the sky.
As if controlled by an unknown force, Sedi imitated him.
In the instant that she saw the being standing above them.
She subconsciously let out a soft cry.
Which was immediately followed by a bout of weak laughter.
Why was he here?
Wasn’t he fighting the Demon King?
Did he accomplish his goal?
Even as all of these questions flashed in her mind, a warm sense of security filled her body at that moment.
In that moment, she felt like she could no longer feel the intense pain that came from every part of her body.
Right. This was what it felt like to be protected by someone.
‘I thought it would be disgusting or unsightly.’
Her mouth twitched slightly. Her heart felt strange, and for some reason, she felt embarrassed.
Nevertheless, at that moment, she was really happy.
“…you were really, really late.”
Sedi looked up at the sky and smiled.
“I almost died, Father.”
She looked up at Lukas and smiled.