The Imaginary God - Chapter 8
The day had been filled with many surprises for Lugo. He killed some strange beetles, found a village of fluff balls, and met Arthur’s father!
Of course none of that was as important as what Lugo just learned then and there.
Staring at Arthur’s dad, Baphrael the head of the bunny village, Lugo asked the question on his mind.
“You are able to talk?!”
While communication with Baphrael was possible, it was not traditional communication.
There was no need for Baphrael to open his mouth to speak. Instead a projection of his voice would pop into the head of Lugo, like telepathy.
“Of course I can talk… it’s not like I’m some sort of animal.” Baphrael answered in a calm tone of voice. Yet his response made Lugo feel as if there was some sarcasm hidden in his words.
Apparently they, the Bunnitorias, were a race of hyper intelligent monsters. Usually the stronger a beast was the more intelligent it became. But the Bunnitorias were the sole exception.
Their intelligence was immense but their physical strength was much weaker in comparison. They could easily be considered to be the weakest monsters in the entire world, yet their bright minds kept them from being hunted to extinction.
This was how it was usually, but a few weeks ago a horde of monsters suddenly discovered their small village. An attack commenced and while the Bunnitorias were smart enough to set up traps and devices to hold the monsters back, their weaker physical abilities kept them from ever being able to win the battle.
Because of this, their village was taken over by the horde. Baphrael, in a desperate attempt to save his son, sent him away to a hideout over a hundred kilometers away with some guards and other children.
Sadly the guards died along the way before Arthur could reach the shelter, and most of the children were captured by the powerful monsters that took over the village.
The kids who did escape died when they were all attacked by the vain lion. The vain lion should have killed Arthur in an instant as well, but it was too arrogant for its own good and decided to play around for a while.
That was where Lugo came in. After saving, and apparently befriending, the little creature, Arthur led him back all the way to his village.
“It’s just that Arthur has never spoken to me this entire time, so I assumed your kind could not speak.”
Baphrael nodded in understanding, “Gaelo, the one you call Arthur, is only a baby. Those of our race obtain the ability of telepathy at the age of three years old. Gaelo’s age on the other hand is only a few months. Because of this he is not able to speak just yet.”
Hearing that Arthur was only a baby surprised Lugo a bit. He had always assumed that monsters, and the likes, did not really pay much attention to their age, but apparently there was a large distinction between a baby beast and an adult one.
That and plus the fact that a baby Bunnitoria, even if by accident, succeeded in surviving an attack from a vain lion was very impressive.
Baphrael did not know about the vain lion, so when he heard about it, a shocked look appeared onto his face.
Arthur had told him in their own language that Lugo had saved his life, but he did not know what he was saved from.
The fact that Arthur was the only survivor of the group that succeeded in escaping was evident that the situation was fatal, but he did not think it was a vain lion!
While they were not the strongest beast of the forest, vain lions were something that Bunnitorias could never stand up to even if there were hundreds of them working together. Maybe even thousands of them would not be enough.
Baphrael looked at Lugo with in a new light. Suddenly an idea popped into his head.
He hopped over to Lugo and lowered his head to the ground, much to the surprise of the other bunnies. Even though he was an extremely weak monster, Baphrael was still the head of a village of monsters.
Bowing his head to another being was something few people in his position would do. Even when the enemy monsters took over their home, Baphrael did not bow to them.
But now he lowered his head to Lugo in a show of respect and worship. While the other bunnies were shocked by their leader’s action, they did not go against it. He was their leader, whatever he chose they would go through with it.
“I thank you powerful beast for saving my son. Although I understand it is impertinent of me to ask for anything else, but could you please grant another of my requests? I beg of you!”
After Baphrael heard that he could fight evenly with a vain lion, he figured that Lugo was incredibly powerful. He was hoping that the being right in front of him would grant his request to save their village.
Lugo turned to look at Baphrael with an odd look on his face. Facing the bunny in front of him, he asked a simple question, “Baphrael, what do I look like to you?”
“An incredibly powerful monster!”
“Why would you say that? Don’t I look more like a human than a monster?”
“Your appearance is like that of a human being, yet your presence tells me otherwise. The aura and bloodthirst you give off is exactly like that of a powerful monster or beast.”
This was the first time he heard anything about his aura or bloodthirst. Despite his memory loss, Lugo had always assumed that he was human due to his appearance. However, Baphrael words were currently proving that assumption incorrect.
“So you’ve seen other humans? You know what they are like and what they sense like?”
Baphrael nodded to all of Lugo’s questions. Although his curiosity over his own origin had been piqued, Lugo held back and said,
“What is your request? And what will you give me if I complete it?” While this was the village of his little friend, Arthur, he still wasn’t willing to do anything for free.
“Please save us from the invaders. If you do so we will give you our trust and loyalty!” Even Baphrael was not foolish enough to expect someone like Lugo would accept his conditions. What he offered was basically an empty promise.
But if Lugo did succeed in saving their village, then their loyalty was something that he would completely earn. Baphrael was not sure what he could offer Lugo, but this was probably the best he could do. It was better than submitting to the invaders’ rule. Unlike Lugo, the monsters that took over their village treated them as nothing more than a food supply. All of the elderly were already eaten, and the young adults were next.
Baphrael did not care even if he had to sacrifice all of the treasures that the village had. He would do anything to protect his people, even if it meant sacrificing his own life or becoming Lugo’s slave.
A look of deep contemplation appeared on Lugo’s face. He did not think much of the offer of loyalty, but he was thinking of saving the village anyway. He needed a place to spend the rest of the day and it was sort of too late to look for a cave right at that moment.
“Hmmm, how about you just let me rest here for a couple of days instead? I need a place to sleep and I haven’t been able to find a good cave or anything like that yet.” Lugo smiled and said this in order to not give away the truth about his condition.
He was not sure what these creatures would do if they knew that there was a chance for him to lose his consciousness for a period of time.
But the Bunnitorias saw it differently. To them it was as if he was offering to help them without expecting anything in return. If he really wanted to stay in their village, considering his strength, he would not have to save them to do so.
Baphrael felt touched by this and he was almost brought to tears from Lugo’s kindness, even though it was a misunderstanding.
“So where are the monsters that took over the village?” Despite speaking of these creatures that whole time, Lugo had yet to see them.
“They are giant insect type monsters with pincers rising out of their heads. The humans call them ‘stag beetles’ but we call them ‘Pincher Beetles’. I am not sure where they are currently situated, but they did exit the village a few minutes ago for something and they haven’t returned yet.”
Arthur looked at Lugo with a weird look in his eyes after hearing his father’s words. Despite escaping from them, Arthur had never seen the invaders before. As such he was not aware of what their appearance was.
Yet the words spoken by his father sounded very familiar. Lugo’s brow scrunched together after he started to connect the dots together.
Seeing the duo’s expression, Baphrael asked, “Is something wrong?”
Ten minutes later the entire bunny village was brought over to the ground of the insect extermination. Seeing the smashed corpses in front of them, Baphrael’s jaw dropped to the ground.
He immediately spun around and allowed his beady red eyes to face the bunnies behind him.
“Our village has been saved! Hail to the great savior LUGO!!!”
Meanwhile at that moment, the savior was rubbing his temple and thinking to himself, “I really am hungry…”
Hi it’s the author here again! Who would’ve thought those little beetles would have been the great threat Arthur’s home was facing? Well whoever had the same idea, good job! More importantly though, what do you think will happen now that the enemy of the Bunnitorias are gone? I guess you’ll find out soon! Hope you enjoyed the chapter and have fun reading the novel everyone!