tion caused by the lightning made the wolf’s jaw bite down even harder, and its fangs sank into the bone.

I had forgotten that lightning always had this kind of drawback.

After a moment, I was released from the bite.

I watched as the Shadow Wolf ran away, avoiding any further attacks.

“Wolf, you can’t escape from my lightning.”

The wolf, now covered in crackling electrical energy, limped away like a ghost into the night forest, but my lightning would not dissipate.


I heard the wolf’s dying cry, and finally the faint light disappeared.

Sweating profusely, I applied the potion I had been given to my injured body.
Smoke rose as the potion worked its magic, causing the flesh to heal and rise up.

As I endured the itchiness that came with the healing, I reflected on the battle with the wolf.

“What should I have done earlier? I thought I failed, but maybe that magic was the best move after all.
If that’s the case, I’ll have to prevent surprise attacks.
Now, focus, focus.”

I raised my guard level.

It’s still heavy work alone.

I couldn’t afford any more mistakes.

As the small birds chirped and the morning sun glittered off the green leaves, I finally saw the finish line.

My stomach was churning from the repeated use of magic, so I pressed on it as I headed to the office to report my completion.

“I’m reporting on the patrol duty.
One King Orc, eight Shadow Wolves, fifteen Orc, and two Goblins were encountered.
The damage was one Recovery and seven Mana.”

“Hmm, good work.
A King Orc showed up, huh? But even though you’re in the rear guard, you let yourself get bitten.
Recovery potions are more expensive than your salary, you know? Be more careful next time.”

I received a scolding.

I’m in the rear guard, but I’m also in the front line.
Since I was doing it all by myself.

“Well, this is my last job today.”

“You’re just a coward who’s being protected.
Cowards aren’t needed for guarding dangerous forests! Leave now.
You’re still here? Get out of here quickly.”

This is the last one.

Today, I’ll finally get to sleep in my bed.

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