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Chapter 76 Holy Mountain (Part 2)

“Sisters, it’s the Holy Mountain! We’ve found it!”

Cara screamed and showed the whole world her happiness. Many witches foolishly stood in their places, shaken by the spectacle before them. But, there were also others who jumped around and began crying out in sheer joy.

Scarlett, however, frowned after looking at the city and muttered, “Is this really the Holy Mountain?”

Leaves, hearing this, leaned toward Scarlett and whispered, “Why do you think this? Is something wrong?” Deep down she had the same question. After all, this city in the sky didn’t look the same as described in the Holy Book, where it was said to be golden, splendorous and majestic. This city with its spires also looked spectacular, but it was entirely built in grayish black, and looked bleak even during the daytime. In addition, there was also a red fog above the city, which strongly resembled a blood mist.

“There was something … it squeezed itself into one of those holes,” Scarlett spoke again with a dry voice, “I couldn’t see it clearly, but it definitely didn’t resemble the gods…”

Leaves could feel all of her hairs begin to stand up. Within the Witch Cooperation Association, it was Scarlett who had the best eyes and could see clearly at this distance. So hearing her say this gave Leaves quite an uneasy feeling. Unfortunately, Lightning had also left with Nightingale. If not, she could have flown near the city and taken a look.

“Sisters! The Holy Mountain is waiting for us to take it,” Cara raised her hands into the air and shouted euphorically, “With just a little bit more effort, we will soon find the Eternity!”

Then, she immediately urged Stone to carry her further. Leaves personally didn’t want to move forward, but in the end, she still took the first step. She thought, two weeks ago, everyone found out what would happen if someone disagreed with Cara. I’m afraid at this point, there is nothing which will be able to stop her from moving forward!

Their marching speed increased by a steady pace. After leaving the foot of the mountain, the snow had unexpectedly reduced and the surrounding temperature had also picked up. This is the legendary forbidden lands, the land on which no human had ever set foot before. However, now Leaves could see footprints stamped on this desolate land. If Lightning was here and saw this, she would be very happy, right?

When she looked back and saw the mountains towering behind her, she couldn’t believe they were able to cross this barrier. Leaves guessed that it was only because of the impassable Mountain range that the demonic beasts couldn’t flood into the hinterlands. Are they only able to attack from the north because that’s where they can pass the mountains?

No matter what, if we really find the Holy Mountain and don’t need to drift any longer from one place to another, then I will also be satisfied …  thought Leaves as she sighed softly. To tell the truth, when Nightingale came back to the camp and told everyone about her life and future in Border Town, Leaves was enchanted. When Nightingale asked Wendy and everyone else if they wanted to leave together with her, she couldn’t help but want to step out and shout her name. But in the end, she wasn’t able to cross the threshold within her heart and was unable to leave the shadow of the past behind.

Leaves shook her head, don’t allow yourself think about the past, instead, focus on keeping pace with the others, don’t fall behind in this desolate land.

Soon they discovered something strange- regardless of their speed, the city seemed to retreat as fast as they moved forward.

After an hour of marching, “The Holy Mountain” was still suspended in the clouds, neither growing nor shrinking, it seemed just like … they hadn’t gotten closer at all..

“Respected Mentor, please order a rest, our sisters are getting tired,” said Stone. During this period of marching, the people who had to carry Cara had changed several times, but she was clearly the one who had to bear her weight the longest.

“No! How could we stop now!” Cara thoughtlessly rejected Stone’s suggestions, “This is a test by our gods, sisters, if we don’t show them our strong will, we will never be able to arrive at the Holy Mountain! We can never stop! We must continue up to the very doorsteps in order to enter the Holy Mountain directly in front of us!”

Seeing that her persuasion had failed, she couldn’t do anything else other than move forward.

Under no circumstances were they allowed to stop, even during two waves of demonic beasts they had to go forward. During the second wave, they even encountered two hybrid beasts, on which Leaves’ shackles didn’t work and without them she was unable to stop the monsters’ assault. A sister who was caught off guard had to pay the price for the group*s overconfidence. She got her neck cut by claws and her blood was spilled over the ground.

When they finally were able to kill all the demonic beasts, they discovered in horror that the sky had gradually darkened. Apparently nightfall would arrive soon. The city in front of them was still visible, but its outline had became more and more blurred over time, seeming as if it gradually disappeared.

According to their past experiences, they had to find a suitable campground and build their camp, but in these desolate lands, the surroundings were completely different compared to the mountains. When looking around, all they could see were flat plains infested with demonic beasts. There wasn’t a single place of safety where they could rest overnight.

“Respected Mentor, we have to withdraw to the foot of the Mountains! Let Scarlet lead us with her red eyes, with her help we might be able to reach the mountains by midnight,” pleaded a witch.

“No!” Cara shouted, “We have spent the whole afternoon walking with nearly no pause just to reach this place. Now when we have already consumed more than half of our stamina, we can no longer maintain the same speed and return. Sisters, we only can press on further! We can truly find the Holy Mountain, and there we can settle down to rest. “

“Then what should we do with Sherry?” asked a witch as she pointed to the ground where Sherry, showing no signs of vitality, laid.

“We have no time to bury her,” Cara shook her head, “Keep her here, the earth will accommodate her.”

Leaves sadly closed her eyes, again another of my sisters is gone, if I were only a little more powerful, she wouldn’t have to die in this desolate land, without a tombstone to tell of her life.

During that time when many sisters couldn’t decide whether they should move forward or retreat, Stone suddenly exclaimed, “Look at the sky, the city is gone!”

Hearing this, Leaves immediately opened her eyes looked up to see the night sky hidden behind a wall of gray-black clouds. The city had disappeared, just as if it had never existed.

Everyone was rooted in their places, and a terrible silence began to befall them.

During the whole time the sun had been up, the city had never vanished …

Leaves suddenly felt a horrible feeling as though her brain were struck by lightning; she remembered the tales told of adventurers, about those fantastic sceneries seen on the sea. Her whole body began to shudder, and she could only whisper, “We have been cheated…” Soon, she shouted, “We have been cheated, that wasn’t the Holy Mountain! What we saw was only a mirage!”

“Mirage?” Cara abruptly turned around, looking somewhat grim and asked with a terror-stricken voice, “What is that?”

“It is something which Lightning often mentioned within her stories. A phenomenon which was often encountered during a sea voyage, but also seen on land, only much rarer. We have seen nothing but an illusion; the real city may be very far away from us, it is even possible that it isn’t in front of us at all! “

“Does this mean that it at least exists and didn’t just disappear?” Cara asked with little hope.

“This …” Leaves took herself some time to answer, “I do not know.”

At this moment, Scarlett suddenly shouted, “Be careful! Something is coming!”  with a horrified look on her face, she stared towards the left side of their group.

“Is it a demonic beast?” asked Windseeker as she entered her battle stand, “How many?”

“No …” Scarlett answered and took two steps back in fear, “I don’t know what that is …”

After her voice died down, a shadow suddenly appeared from afar, and directly struck Scarlett with lightning speed. Although Scarlett had been able to clearly see it in the darkness, she was still unable to dodge it– it was just too fast.

Almost within the blink of an eye, it had struck Scarlett on her chest and pierced directly through her, even nailing down some other witches behind her. When it finally stopped, several witches had been impaled, and everyone finally saw what it was.

It was actually a spear.

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  • Gonzalo Pereira

    i can be mistaken but… in the special forces of the church there were some super strong guys who could throw spears very fast… is this related to that?

  • 100

    is next chapter a part 3? or they going to keep us hanging for a while?

  • Sandro

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Info

    A close-minded leader with rush judgement and only see her goal(Holy Mountain) without any care about her surrounding aka teammates condition. That is how I described Cara.

  • Adolf Legacy

    I saw someone else in the comments say they think there is a hidden force and I agree. I think the biggest hint is how both Tyre the maid and the king without any hesitation killed themselves. That isnt normal at allllll. Could be the sister is a witch or something completely different but it is fishy…

  • Midnight2630

    so it´s the church or something else…?

  • Adit

    Hi, i want retranslate your translation to Indonesian
    Can i?

  • Алексей Пугач

    Why in the world is she a leader?

    Doesn’t seem to be very good at whole “leading” thing. Pushes subordinates to exhaustion without regard of possible enemies ahead

  • kirindas

    Leaves should have secretly slipped away when she had the chance. Cara was distracted and everything. Too late now I suppose.
    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • Ancitif

    Weak willed spineless rubes, to be honest I feel like they got what they deserved.

    • Senior Brother

      For following the wrong leader.

      • Ancitif

        They didn’t rise up against said wrong leader when the time came, nor did they have enough brains to think for themselves.

  • watchin

    Smh dumbasses. I know at least one will escape to return the tale to nightingale and gang. I would have escaped a long time ago, even if I didn’t believe nightingale at the time once I seen cara becoming crazed and that suspicious castle I would have turned taled and ran as fast as I could in the opposite direction. If they wouldn’t have been such idiot cowards being afraid of one heavily wounded person, they wouldn’t have died

  • Tolack

    Wow. I totally did not expect an uber collateral.

  • Wazzurai

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Normal_Guy

    Who else feels that cara or whatever her name is is a conspiracy?

    • watchin

      I do.

    • Frenzy85

      I originally thought she was a member of the church, but I’ve given up on that guess.

      • Normal_Guy

        nope..not the church. I am guessing that there is another player in the field

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter

  • Yuki Tachibana

    rip loli

    • Normal_Guy

      their kind are rapidly dying out

      • watchin

        Not really because there will always be more.

  • agila0212

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂

  • Wrandral

    As a famous Admiral once said :
    IT’S A TRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Arashi Darkness

    Yeah,just this chapter or one more,and that psychotic fanatic have get pay for her ignorance

  • Spectre

    I can only borrow one quote for this
    ” IT’S A TRAP ! ” – Admiral Ackbar

  • Baka Hiru

    A mountain – is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually in the form of a peak.

    Smart girl……..you just can’t equate a mountain to a Floating City…….they just have nothing in common.

    • Mimir

      They said the city is partially hidden by the clouds didn’t they? Who’s to say the city is on a floating mountain…?

      • Baka Hiru

        Well they said “There was a city flying in the sky!” so I thought it was floating. It’s probably my misconception or the translation itself.

    • Andres Bonifacio

      ikwento mo sa pagong….hahahaha

  • Hazery

    Wait for it…. wait for it….

  • Neruz

    Smart girl Scarlett, no, no it is not.

  • Om nerabdator

    now its time for the witches to run to roland ^^

    • Neruz

      Doubt they’ll make it. Maybe one or two survivors at best but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re wiped out entirelyturned evil with this setup.