The Book Eating Magician - chapter-238
Unlike his aggressive answer, Theodore was extremely nervous right now.
He had expected someone with Veronica-level strength would emerge, but he
hadn’t expected that he wouldn’t be able to see the combat
capabilities of a sword demon.
If Lee Yoonsung’s memory was correct, this was a sword ring. Despite
retreating 30 meters in two seconds, Theodore was convinced that he
wasn’t out of the sword’s range. He just noticed it, but he had
already stopped breathing.
Theodore realized that he could lose his head if there was even a small
gap between his inhale and exhale. He currently had an unprecedentedly
extremely sharp sensitivity, but the time he needed to maintain this
confrontation was around 20 seconds more. If he lost his concentration
for even a moment, he would die.
‘I need to catch up with that speed somehow.’
Theodore’s breather had only lasted three seconds, but thanks to
Gladio’s sacrifice, Theodore managed to get a clue.
Zest’s sword was certainly quick, but the interval between the strikes
wasn’t completely zero. It was just such a short gap that it was
impossible to catch with human senses. Gladio had been able to respond by
reading the orbit of the sword.
If Theodore wanted to catch up with this speed, he needed reflexes at the
level of the ancient species, Ulfheðnar, that Superbia had transformed
into. How could Theodore reproduce such reflexes?
‘… I can do it.’
It was possible if he used the same technique he had used against Marquis
Fergana but at a higher proficiency. If the electrical signals of the
nervous system were accelerated to the extreme, the entire world would
seem like it had stopped. He might not be able to overtake Zest’s
sword, but he wouldn’t fall behind in speed.
Dozens of tactics and ideas mixed in Theodore’s head as he concentrated
till he reached his limit. It had been exactly 17 seconds from the start
of the confrontation until the conclusion. The moment that absolute death
was three steps away, Theodore Miller stepped forward boldly.
Then the murderer raised his sword like a reaper.
Zest’s sword pierced through the air.
Almost simultaneously, Theodore’s body shone with a blue light. He
might not have Gladio’s Aura Ability, but he had Alfred’s extreme
sensitivity. His concentration was so extreme that he couldn’t miss the
sound of a falling needle.
‘It’s coming.’ The world of his optic nerves was black and white.
It was a world where everything stopped. In this slow scenery, Theodore
stared at the blade before him. ‘It isn’t just fast. Omitting the
intermediate process… It’s a phenomenon that can’t be understood by
common sense. Is his Aura Ability the power to interfere with
Maybe it was ‘time.’ A few speculations came to his mind as Theodore
observed Zest’s sword, but he didn’t have the time to ponder.
Theodore took a step back as the space in front of his neck was split
‘Kuk! This is ridiculously fast!’
In this black and white world, only one sword and Theodore Miller seemed
to move freely. The blade passed by the side of his neck and suddenly cut
down the side, then it tried to split him from his crown to his groin.
This was when Theodore finally saw a gap, so he extended his hand out and
reached for the four elements.
The sword was moving at a terrible speed, so it was likely that Zest’s
defense would be just as fast. In this situation, the most appropriate
attributes were lightning and light.
‘Alfred’s Magic Missile x Melt Downer.
‘Melting Complete: Finger of Death.’
As these two spells merged, Theodore’s five fingertips glowed with an
ominous green light. It was the combination of a destruction magic, which
could melt even metal, and Magic Bullet, which contained a quick
destructive power. The defensive power of aura wouldn’t be able to
In an instant, the fingers of death aimed at the enemy’s abdomen.
Five rays of destructive energy burned through the air. Then the ionized
air turned into a vacuum as the rays aimed for Zest’s abdomen.
The moment that the flesh was about to be pierced, Theodore heard it
[This is quite good?] Zest whispered with an eerie smile.
Kiing! Then the rays were cut off. Theodore couldn’t even see Zest’s
movements as he cut all five rays of light with one slash. Zest truly was
a sword master of the strongest empire. His aura density could probably
withstand even great magics. It was impossible for Theodore to break
through that defense. So, when Theodore saw the scene, he was astonished.
‘Did he stop the rays in that posture? The magic light is a bit slower
than a lightning bolt, but… my magic can’t break through that
On the other hand, Zest’s lazy expression started to be overtaken by a
predator. “It has been a long time since I’ve felt like this. I’m
Zest had always defeated the enemy with one-sided attacks, so he hadn’t
struggled for years and could never feel satisfied. His lazy behavior
derived from a feeling of boredom, but Zest was actually a beast that was
more vicious than any swordsman.
Unfortunately, Theodore’s struggle had woken up that sleeping beast.
Zest pointed his sword at Theodore with a strangely twisted smile.
“Okay, I’ll play properly.”
It wasn’t worth using a lot of effort, but it wasn’t bad to play
around. Theodore Miller’s skill caused the sadistic nature of the sword
demon to boil up. Should he cut off the limbs first? How about cutting
off those cheeky fingers?
The monster, Zest Speitem, threw away his mask of laziness.
Chill. Theodore felt a wave of fear and couldn’t help taking half a
Pit…! Zest’s blade narrowly passed through cloth and scattered drops
of blood. If it had entered a little bit deeper, Theodore’s carotid
artery would’ve been cut. Theodore hurriedly moved back while healing
his neck. This attack was so quick that the previous strikes seemed like
a joke. However, from Zest’s point of view, this was a normal attack.
‘Damn, I have no chance of winning in a melee…!’
Theodore was still faster than lightning. When it came to speed, it was
common sense that human speed couldn’t overcome lightning. Even if the
opponent had the ability to go beyond space, how could he stop lightning
that went into the sky?
Theodore determined after opening up the distance between them and flying
up into the sky.
“Hey, you can’t run away.”
…No, Theodore tried to fly up.
“Now let’s have so fun, yes?”
Zest remained on the ground and swung his sword in an empty space.
Jeeeong! Then there was a roar, and Theodore fell down.
‘… What, this…?’
It wasn’t until Theodore fell 30 meters and landed on the ground that
he realized what had happened. He had hit an invisible wall in thin air.
It was lucky that he hadn’t released his lightning mode. It was clear
that his bones would’ve been shattered if he had received the collision
with his human body.
Theodore landed on both legs and barely opened his mouth. “…H-How?”
“Hah, everyone’s reaction is always the same.” Zest walked step by
step and chuckled. “I cut space. The space is cut many times to form a
wall. Of course, the world will immediately restore it… It is good for
those who are fast like you.”
“It seems like you can’t believe it. Isn’t this swordsmanship?”
It was confidence in his Aura Ability. This was a declaration that
Theodore could be killed at any time and that he couldn’t escape.
Theodore now understood why the empire had dispatched the 2nd Sword.
…A swordsman who could cut space? Zest had completely cut off Theodore
escape route. Even if Theodore’s body’s condition was perfect, he
wouldn’t be able to move through the space. He felt reluctant to use
Umbra because he sensed that the result wouldn’t be good.
‘I can’t avoid it with Umbra. I don’t know what effect will happen
if he cuts the space, even if I avoid it by moving to another
Reality showed that he was absolutely cornered, but Theodore still
didn’t give up. His disadvantage wasn’t the only thing he learned
from Zest’s answer.
‘I found a weakness. The only thing that can be cut from a distance is
space. If he could cut me directly from a distance, I would’ve already
died. He is fast because he erases the space in the gap between us, but
if his blade is visible at close range, I can somehow avoid it.’
Theodore maintained a barrier of magic power exactly 3 centimeters above
his skin. He would only be able to survive by avoiding the death which
appeared in front of him. It wasn’t much different from dancing on the
blade. However, if he survived the crisis… he could seize the
opportunity to reverse this unfavorable situation.
“Huuuu…” Theodore turned into lightning again and lowered his body.
The difficulty of his current task was much higher than any difficulties
he had faced before.
One mistake could mean death. Zest seemed to like that Theodore didn’t
lose his fighting spirit. Then Zest raised his sword with a grin. “Are
you hiding something? This time, try to hold on for a while.”
He would stab in any gaps that Theodore showed. Theodore couldn’t rely
on a gap in the opponent to win, so he spent a lot of points in the
Library to ensure victory. Theodore once again became lightning and
enhanced his cognition in preparation to meet Zest’s sword.
The magician who transformed into lightning and the sword master who cut
the space… In the wilderness where no one was a spectator, the struggle
of two beings who had transcended humans had just begun.
* * *
The exchange between two masters ended in just five minutes.
“Kuheok!” Theodore’s imperfect lightning eventually reached the
limit, so he rolled across the ground and coughed up blood. It was rather
miraculous that he had managed to maintain it for five minutes with his
unstable circles. He hadn’t been able to rest, and now his legs
didn’t have the power to rise anymore.
In comparison, Zest looked no different than when he first appeared. Just
like a cat playing with a rat, he trampled on the devastated Theodore.
Zest pointed his sword as he spoke with satisfaction, “It was really
entertaining. For you to be able to avoid my sword up to here, it was
beyond my expectations.”
“…This is entertainment for you?”
“Of course. It might be different if you are the fire witch or
muscles-obsessed magician, but your skills can’t threaten me. Didn’t
you focus on running away because you are well-aware of this?”
Theodore couldn’t deny the words. The difference between him and Zest
was that big. If they fought a hundred times, Theodore would die a
hundred times. If they fought a thousand times, Theodore would die a
He was lucky to have been able to run away, but Theodore’s logical
thinking couldn’t deny Zest’s answer. Zest, one of the strongest
people in the present world, was three stages higher than Theodore Miller
in every way.
‘It would be the same in Meltor.’
The general soldiers or even 100 elite knights wouldn’t be able to
overpower a superhuman like Zest. If Theodore confronted him with Baek
Jongmyung, both of them would be killed. Veronica and Blundell were the
only ones who were an equal match. In the first place, Theodore had no
intention of confronting Zest directly.
“Well, you’re not wrong but… But it is a big mistake if you think I
only ran away.”
“What?” As Zest frowned, Theodore pointed to the ground where the two
of them were standing. Zest noticed it the moment he looked down at the
ground. “A magic circle? This is… Ah.”
It was a super large magic circle which was 50 meters in diameter. Zest
thought about when this magic circle had been formed.
Theodore, who had turned into lightning, must’ve drawn it while running
away. His movements seemed like he didn’t know martial arts, and had
only been occasionally ineffective. It made sense if he had been drawing
this magic circle during the fight.
However, Zest didn’t panic when he noticed it. “So, can you beat me
with this magic circle?”
“No way.” Zest was confused after Theodore denied it. “Attack magic
can be avoided, and I can’t bind you since you have the ability to cut
No matter what method Theodore used, he couldn’t win. So, he had
thoroughly prepared a strategy based on this premise. Theodore Miller
couldn’t defeat Zest Speitem. However. there was a way to call an
existence that could beat Zest Speitem. The completed magic circle was
‘Today, in this place… it’s all connected.’
Theodore’s magic power flowed into the magic circle on the ground, and
it flashed red. A summons that could deal with Zest wouldn’t be
ordinary. The current condition of Theodore’s body meant he would just
self-destruct if he called Fafnir, and other existences wouldn’t be
able to deal with a sword master.
So, Theodore had searched the Library last night. It had been to find a
catalyst for the summoning magic he had thought about since hearing who
the author of Hellfire was. It was the species that was responsible for
the division of this material world, and they had been the main enemies
in the great war, with worshipers who still remained today.
“「 Open, blazing gate of hell― 」”
An enemy of the world, a demon, was called.