Nils spread the map out on the table.
“From what Shiva says, I’m pretty sure that Miho was taken to this subterranean lake.”
Morris pointed to a point on the map that Nils had brought with him and said,
The larder is here and the subterranean lake is here, so even if the hole is a straight line, it will take a while.
There is only one channel that leads to this subterranean lake, so we can catch them it if we block it.
Larson, get two ships ready. We’ll split up and go around in two groups.
“Okay. Shiva, you’ll be in Nils’ boat. This one is the fastest. My brother and I will take the other boat.”
“I’m going with you!
Garon wanted to go to Miho’s rescue himself, but Nils convinced him otherwise.
“I’m sorry, Garon, but the ship is made for us dwarves, and it’s too small for you to board. Sorry, but no thanks.”
“Garon, I know what you’re thinking, but we’ll take care of it. We don’t have a lot of time to waste right now. Do you understand?
Garon nodded at Shiva’s admonition.
“We’ll get out safely, all three of us.”
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When they arrived at the underground lake, they were met with an unexpected sight.
A single layer of small boats was burning vigorously near the centre of the lake, illuminating the surrounding area.
There was no sign of anyone on board.
“What the hell is going on?”
Nils couldn’t help but mutter.
“Find Miho. I’m sure she’s in the water. We have to find her soon or she’ll be in danger.”
Shiva opened his hands and unleashed countless light ball orbs.
Looking around with the white light as a guide, they saw a figure on a single icicle pillar near the ship.
A limp-looking Miho was being held by the hair by a man.
Miho clung to the pillar, but her hand came off without effort and she sank into the water.
Nils paddled the oars as hard as he could and steered the boat closer to the column.
The man grabbed her hair, so Miho barely showed her face in the water, but her white face did not look alive.
It was the man who responded to Shiva’s voice.
Seeing the reddish-black burned face, Nils perked up.
“Well, well, thank you for your help. How about you guide me to the boat.”
“Hand her over”
The man chuckled at the sound of Shiva’s voice.
“I can’t give you this one. She’s mine. I’ve already tasted her blood”
“I’m going to give you another woman. I’ll let you **** whoever you want, whether elves or beastmen.”
“What… what do you mean?”
“It’s like I said. We have good-looking young women of all races.”
“A man of your calibre is the best choice for them.”
“Sure, human women may be rare, but why get attached to them?”
“That’s interesting. Tell me more about it.”
Shiva stretched out his arm to the man.
“Thank God you’re a guy who knows what’s up.”
The man took Shiva’s hand and from there the man’s body began to freeze.
The man stared with his eyes shocked in disbelief at his arm being eroded by the frost with a crunching sound.
“Damn it! You tricked me!”
“I never said anything about helping.”
Shiva said bluntly.
“I’ll put you on the ship as you wish. If you were just a food thief, I would have just given you a little moxibustion, but that is no longer the case. You will be judged by the demon king.”
The man became impatient at the sound of “Demon king”.
‘…Demon King? Why does the Demon King have to be involved in this?”
You stole into the house of the chief dwarf, who is also a member of the Demon King’s entourage.
The man struggled furiously, injuring himself without any sign of remorse.
In vain, as he resisted, his whole body was iced over, Morris and Larson finally arrived.
“Morris, it seems that this guy has more to do with his crimes than just stealing food.”
“I’ve frozen him in ice so that he can’t escape until he is handed over to the Demon King. You can take care of it there.”
“All right. Larson, pull up that filthy block of ice.”
After dealing with the man, Shiva finally reached out to Miho.
“Miho, I’m sorry I’m late. I’m sorry.”
But Miho did not respond.
Shiva stretched out his arms and put his hands under her armpits and pulled her up to the boat, but Miho remained motionless with her eyes closed.
Nils looked at Miho’s back as she was pulled up and involuntarily put his hand to his mouth.
“My God, she was in the water in that condition the whole time?”
Her back could only be described as cruel.
Her clothes were torn to shreds from being dragged across the rugged rocky surface, and the countless scars on its back were bloodied and reddened.
Shiva sat the unconscious Miho in an embrace with him, resting her head on his shoulder and supporting the back of her head and hips.
“Nils, hurry back. If we really don’t make it back in time, it might not turn out well for her.”
Nils paddled the oars as hard as he could.
“Miho, Miho, stay strong. We’ll get you out of here, and the three of us will go home together.”
Shiva hugged Miho tightly, as if sharing his body heat, and continued to encourage her.
Miho did not respond to his voice.
TN: Someone update the tags on NUF for me. You know the drill.