A cry full of dismay that causes all who hears it distress sounded, even though the angelic tone of the sound temporarily put Claude into a trance, but he quickly realized the reason behind the cry.
Upset at himself for enjoying the voice when there is someone in trouble, Claude quickly rushed towards the source of the sound.
“Yes!” Leah’s face also changed, swinging her horse around to follow along side Lao Jerry, and the cavalry men behind also followed with a reaction time slightly lower than her, immediately rushing over as well.
Claude ignored the branches and vines whipping his face, his knightly honor does not allow him to be late! Because the amount of despair in that voice would cause anyone who heard to rush to the rescue.
At the same time, on the otherside of the trees came a man’s corse shouting
“Bastard, loosen up already, if you don’t, I will resort to brute force!”
Claude’s face immediately darkened when he heard this, this was obviously the voice of the culprit.
Charging clear of the final obstructing trees, what entered his eyes was the side view of a girl’s face, but just that was enough to almost cause Claude to seize breathing, but after expanding his field of view, a 17-18 year old male was using brute force trying to derobe the girl’s clothing, the guy’s eyes were red like a bull in lust, and the young girl was showing a face full of despair.
A great amount of anger welled up inside of Claude’s heart, he had never felt this angry before.
He roared out, causing the other guy to temporarily freeze in obvious shock, attracting both the guy and girl’s looks, but weirdly, both showed looks of hope.
“How timely! Noble sir, hurry up and lend me your sword without delay, I can’t hold back anymore, these pants must be slashed open with a weapon.” the young man expressed his joy, looking at Claude as if looking at a ray of hope.
But the wrathful Claude’s face upon hearing this darkened further, his eyes shone with killing intent! That was the same cold intent he had shown the bandit group!
“haah?” The young man looked very confused, and he kept his hands where they were with no intention of removing them, not stopping their action of unclothing the girl.
“Scum!” faced with the hopeful looks of the girl, Claude’s last bit of patience for talking with the scum was gone almost, but he still held back his anger,yelling for the other guy to scram, showing his great patience.
Claude unsheathed his silver long sword, under the glare of the setting sun, the weapon shone with a sharp aura!
Since words were useless, this type of scum must pay the price!
Claude charged towards the young man and slashed.
“Wah!” not knowing if the other person had really good reflex or if he possessed really good luck, the young man avoided heavy injury and escaped with a finger wide cut on his arm.
“Ahhhh!” The young man cradled his arm and fell on the ground, showing great pain. The absolute beauty on the other hand looked as if breathing a sigh of relief before passing out with all the strength going away.
“WTH! Do you want to kill me! Who are you?”
The young man looked toward Claude with fury in his eyes, but the handsome youth atop the sturdy horse pulled the fainted girl atop his horse before turning and looking at the youth on the ground with cold eyes before dismissing his existance and leaving.
The young man on the ground kept silent, because the look from the other guy told him, if he said another word, it won’t be just an injury, it will be his life.
Returning into the forest, Claude faced Leah and Lao Jerry, who just arrived.
“What happened…..The one who called out was her?” Leah hesitated briefly before exclaiming.
“Heavens, I, am I looking at a goddess?!”
Even Lao Jerry was shocked speechless, no matter how you put it, he has seen many things in his years, but he has never seen anyone more beautiful than this girl in front of him!
Claude’s heart was also shocked, but upon recalling the scene from a moment ago, he couldn’t help be become gloomy.
“It is so.”
Claude repeated what happened earlier to Leah and others. Leah, after hearing the incident, couldn’t help but thunder out
“Damn scum, I will kill him!”
Lao Jerry on the side kept silent but didn’t stop Leah, though a flash of anger shone in his eyes.
However, Claude stopped Leah’s horse and said,
“Stop it, the other guy did not commit any actual crime, and I have already injured him, there is no need to go further and kill him, also, getting tainted with the blood of this type of scum will only insult your blade!”
“But……”Although Leah does not want to let this matter go, but she cannot disobey the young master’s orders.
Young master can be so stubborn at times, she silently complained but disbursed the Dou Qi around her.
“Lets go, it is already late, we should get back before grandfather worries.” Claude was about to leave when Lao Jerry, who was observing the young girl on Claude’s horse, said “Claude young master, I feel we should capture that impudent criminal.”
“Why is that?”
“Because this young lady is wearing strange clothing, but she is also surrounded by a noble aura, this is not something a normal person would have, therefore we should capture that criminal and extract some information to allow us better accomidate this young lady when she wakes up.” Lao Jerry said with eyes showing wisdom. It was obvious that this old man had other meaning to his words, but Leah and Claude being less wise, did not capture his deeper meaning, only feeling that his words were reasonable but with a hint of something off about it.
“Lao Jerry grandfather is right, it is my fault, first squad captain, your came at just the right time, go and capture the young man in the forest, if he resists, capture him using any methods you need, just make sure he can still speak!”
“Yes” After receiving the order, the well-trained cavalry knight captain immediately charged into the forest, but a short while later, he came back.
“I am sorry Leader, but the young man has already disappeared, even with [Perception] used, I still couldn’t find him.”
“This is not your fault, you worked hard, go rest.” Claude softly sighed, after waving down the captain, he looked towards Lao Jerry with appology, this was a low level mistake, if he wasn’t so hot-headed at the time and thought things out calmly, his judgment would not be inferior to that of Lao Jerry.
“Young Master, this is not your fault either, this is but one clue, with the information network in the Dukedom, we should be able to find clues quickly!” Although Leah was still angry, but after seening Claude’s depressed looks, could not help but help encourage him.
Lao Jerry could only smile and shake his head, said
“The day is already late, the plan was to return to the castle before sun set, letting the old master worry is my irresponsibility. Now now, young master, this thing can wait until we get back before dealing with it further.”
“En.” Claude couldn’t help but sigh and shake his head. This time it was definitely his mistake, but when his sight fell on the girl on his horse, his heart started to shake with ripples of emotions.