The only person Roan ever loved in his life.
She was Glenn’s younger sister, Selin.
‘She came to find his corpse when he died by the hands of the goblins.’
A 17 year old young woman.
The death of her one year older brother, was a hard one to endure.
‘I was just giving her solace, because of her upset appearance seemed too pitiable.’
They casually started to love each other.
‘Did we date for ten years?’
In his late twenties, he was planning to even marry her.
‘But in the end, we separated.’
The reason was Roan.
‘I couldn’t leave the battlefield.’
Late twenties was a climax age.
He was still too young to give up on his dream of becoming a great general.
On top of that, Pierce was just named as a lieutenant colonel of a new battalion, asked him to join up facing the troubles ahead.
He thought that it would be the last chance.
‘Even her words to him; not to leave, that if he left it would be the end, I still left.’
It took exactly three years before he returned.
And when he returned, she was already a woman of another man.
‘Since then, I lived like a crazy bastard.’
He battled like a crazy person.
And because of that, the normal soldier who couldn’t be seen for 13 years, became Lieutenant in just two years.
But of course, that was the most he could ever achieve.
‘She longed for her dead brother all her life.’
What a relief.
Glenn didn’t die.
She wouldn’t be sad anymore.
‘But if it turns out like this, would I be able to meet her…….?’
Somehow, a bitter flavor roamed in his mouth.
He thought that he had forgotten it all, but now that he remembered it, it wasn’t easy for him to push away those feelings.
‘Perhaps, it is better this way.’
Even if they met up and loved each other again, he would only leave her alone again.
Because in this life, he would dream bigger than his past life.
“It seems like the battle ended.”
Glenn’s voice stated.
Roan pushed away those thoughts and looked towards the battlefield.
There were still some goblins running away, but the battle had certainly ended.
“Squads line-up! Squads line-up!”
The officers yelled with all of their strength.
The battle in the east ended, but the fighting in the west still remained.
The goblins who came pouring out from the other side of the mountain.
‘Well, now that their Chief has been slain, that side will also crumble.’
The Rose battalion was pushing to win without any difficulties.
After a while, the battle ended with an overwhelming victory to Rose battalion just like Roan had predicted.
The time of retrieving the corpses and healing the wounded started.
“The newcomers this time are amazing!”
“Yeah! You were called Roan and Pierce? You killed it out there.”
The 13th squad was filled with lively commotion.
Roan’s and Pierce’s outstanding merits were followed up with positive compliments.
It was rough, but Pete, who evaluated skillful people highly hit Roan’s back.
“You bastard! I completely see you in a new light! Hahaha!”
Roan frowned and bent his back.
“Ahem. Did I hit you too hard?”
Pete laughed awkwardly and scratched his cheek.
Roan raised his hand as if say it was okay and nodded.
Then, Tane approached him.
“The skill you used to defeat the Goblin Chief. Did you also learn that at the training camp?”
It was a skill he had never seen until now.
At Tane’s curious question, obviously the 13th, 12th and 14th squads who were nearby raised their ears over to listen for an answer.
Roan slowly shook his head.
“No. Because of a certain coincidence, I was able to learn it from a retired soldier.”
“Retired soldier? For spearmanship of a retired soldier to be so much more skilful. They often say that such a world is wide, and there were as many powerful people as there are sands of grain.”
Tane just looked at him fixedly.
“Anyways, you rendered major merits in this battle whilst saving the lives of many people, so I will let it pass this time but……”
“Let it pass my ass.”
A cold voice coldly intruded in.
Both Tane and Roan turned their heads to look at the owner of that voice.
Tane bent his head.
Dosen said with a icy expression.
“Leaving your ranks in the middle of a battle is a grave offense.”
A stony voice.
Actually, he was already in a bad mood because of what happened before the battle.
‘A newcomer dares to ignore the words of a Captain!’
Because of Roan, only he appeared as a foolish person in front of Gale.
“Even if you had permission from Mason, leaving your ranks while marching is also a grave offense.”
Roan bent his head.
He knew the reason why Dosen was acting like this.
‘His pride must have been hurt.’
At times like this, it is better to stay amicable.
If he corrected what happened, only the adversary would feel worse.
Dosen continued speaking.
“Rose Battalion’s Colonel let it pass, but it’s something that I, who organize and command the soldiers can’t forgive.”
The soldiers of the 13th squad who were watching the situation couldn’t hide anxious expressions.
“If it was like usual, you would have been whipped 50 times, but taking into account who discovered the goblins hiding in the gorge, and since you also killed the enemy Chief, I will deduct your salary for five months, and add an extra month of training.”
“Yes. I will follow your orders.”
Roan bent down.
Dosen glared at him for a moment, and then rode his horse off; returning to his original place.
Pete looked at Dosen riding further away and asked.
“What kind of accident did you make in the front for you to be punished? How unfortunate, instead of receiving a reward for having killed the enemy Chief.”
Roan just smiled bitterly instead of replying back.
Tane looked at his expression and interrupted the conversation.
“Didn’t you hear Captain Dosen’s words? He left the ranks on his own twice.”
At those words, Pete shook his head as if he didn’t understand.
“No, but even so, I don’t think that it’s enough of a reas…… Now that I look at it, were you also the one who discovered the hiding goblins?”
Roan slowly nodded.
The soldiers of the 13th squad again absorbed the news with surprised expressions.
“You are really a thing. A thing.”
“Yeah. If it wasn’t for him, we would all have been slaughtered.”
“He’s a benefactor in our lives!”
A rowdy but good natured atmosphere.
The soldiers of the 13th squad purposely tried to raise the mood up for Roan.
However, Roan didn’t care much about that.
‘I won’t be using money much, anyways.’
Actually, it wouldn’t be an issue to obtain large amounts of money if he decided to. He remembered all of the huge events that would happen in the next 20 years from now onwards. There were incidents where they discovered mana runes, mineral mines, ore mines, and lost treasures.
‘If I need them later, I just have to appear before anyone else and make it mine.’
There was no need to gain money immediately.
The extra month of punishment in training was something Roan wanted to request for.
‘Stamina, muscles, skin from the palms of my hands and movements. All of these are a mess.’
Just like he summarized, the level of a newbie.
He needed training.
However, the individual training time was really scarce in group movements.
And in that situation, Dosen thankfully commanded him to have extra training.
‘He gave me much needed time to train my body, so this isn’t a punishment, but a gift.’
A smile appeared on Roan’s face.
Then, the voices of the adjutants were heard again.
“Squad line up! Squad line up!”
The soldiers who were resting all over the place, started to stand up and lined up. Roan too, wanted to line up in the back side of 13th squad, but a familiar voice rang from behind him.
“Roan. You have scouting detail and our role is to guide the way.”
The owner of the voice was Mason.
Roan didn’t move in his own accord and looked at Tane.
Tane swiftly shook his hand.
Roan nodded, and then moved his steps.
As he stood in front, he saw Gale and the officers such as Dosen.
Dosen’s eyes were still cold.
As the soldiers who were in charge of scouting gathered together, the Rose battalion started to march again.
Step. Step. Step.
Sounds of marching footsteps shook the ground.
Roan, Mason and the other scouts, entered Ale gorge first.
The gorge which was originally filled with forests, was now a barren smoky hill.
‘This place was filled with corpses before.’
A miserable scene.
However, it is different in this life.
‘I have just made my first step.’
Roan bit his lower lip.
‘What comes next is more important.’
The moment of opportunities will keep coming.
Each time, he would need to choose the best and alternative option.
But the fortunate thing is that his first option wasn’t bad at all.
Behind Roan followed the Rose Battalion who originally should have been obliterated.
< First battle > End
Translator’s note: Thanks for reading!
Translator : Subak \ Editor v3: Sai101