At the bright light that shone, a large squirrel was struggling to cover its eyes.
“So, what are you?”
“L-Loosen this up, and I will tell you.”
Sarah looked at the squirrel, which was chained to a rope, with her arms crossed.
It was a white squirrel smaller than her, and it was struggling to untie itself.
However, the rope was made from the stick given by Shiva, so it would be impossible to untie it.
Eventually, the squirrel sighed and whined to Sarah.
“My skin hurts.
Do you know how precious my skin is?”
“I have no intention of releasing you.
It isn’t like struggling is going to help you with anything either.”
“You won’t release me even though I’m a cute squirrel?”
The squirrel asked with bright, huge eyes.
As it said, it was definitely cute.
It reminded her of the pink squirrel she used to play with when she was young.
She cried so much when she suddenly disappeared.
Well, Sarah was weak to cute things, but she had developed a lot of mental strength over the past three years through training.
She asked the squirrel with cold eyes, and spoke in a voice that made it seem like she would break its bones if lies came out of its mouth,
“Tell me why you are following me.”
“Why are you doing this? What did I do wrong?”
When that didn’t work, the squirrel began to shout as if it was frustrated.
“What did you do wrong? You followed me.”
“Followed? Are you delusional or something? I was on my way…”
Sarah’s fist landed between the squirrel’s legs.
Wood splinters flew off, creating a pit slightly larger than a fist.
“Talk nonsense, and it will be your face next time.”
And the squirrel looked like it would talk properly now.
“First, tell me who you are.
I’ve never heard of something like you living here.”
“Of course, you didn’t.
I have never been seen by those long ears ones down there.
They don’t even know I exist.
There was a hint of pride in its voice.
Sara cast a suspicious look and asked,
“Why would I lie? Of course! They don’t know me, but I know them.”
Sarah wasn’t sure, but if Hiyan knew about this squirrel’s existence, she would have spoken about it.
Then, there was a chance that no one really knew about it.
‘But is that possible?’
She didn’t know, but Hiyan was almost like a God who could see fate.
And she knew most about the World Tree, but she didn’t know about the existence of the squirrel?
Or did she just not tell her despite knowing about it?
She didn’t know which was the right answer, but that wasn’t important now, so she decided to ask,
“Let’s introduce ourselves first.
I am Ratatosque.
You can call me Rata for short.”
“Why should I introduce myself to you? Rather, tell me why you have been following me.
Sarah clenched her fist.
It was a small fist, but the power it held was unusual, so the squirrel gulped.
“I-I have no ill intention! I was just wondering what kind of weird person climbed up here, so I followed…”
“And how do you expect me to believe that?”
“And why would you not believe it?”
Rata squinted his big eyes in shock.
Unfortunately, Sarah didn’t have the skills to see through lies or the truth, so she couldn’t figure him out.
‘This one is dangerous, but….’
Still, she wasn’t going to let her guard down.
‘And its fur.’
It looked so soft.
Sarah wondered what to do with him.
‘He doesn’t have a weapon, but I don’t know what he will do if I let him go.’
Sarah had a worried look on her face, but then she decided,
Take the lead.”
“… what now?”
Deciding that it was better to act than speak, Sarah put her hand on the rope, and Rata’s face brightened, thinking he would be set free.
“I knew it! I knew the truth always worked! Right, good thinking.
I didn’t come after you for something.
Eh, I would never.
I will go back and do my own thing.”
Shut up before I cut out your mouth.”
Sarah made the rope longer and pulled it.
You will lead since I don’t trust you.”
What is this? I am telling you, I was just curious.”
“If you want to clear up the misunderstanding, you better do as I say.”
Rata didn’t respond to Sarah’s cold voice.
He wasn’t sure of what to say, and he felt like if he talked more, this child would punch him.
Rata got up because being wounded was what he hated the most.
“I will take the lead, but I will not be of any more help.”
“I will decide that.”
“Damn it… why did I come here?”
Rata whined under his breath as if he were truly regretful.
Many things live inside the World Tree.
There were bugs that fed on its sap, and plenty of giant birds that hunted them.
Even reptiles and amphibians, which were all difficult to count.
In addition, many creatures unknown to the world lived there, and many of them were very vicious.
Just like this one.
There was this monster that lost its home because Nidhog dug a hole.
The monster, which had avoided the powerful Nidhog, returned to its nest once Nidhog died.
But then another uninvited guest appeared at its empty home.
The monster with red eyes screamed.
Then it started to walk to the place where the uninvited guests were.
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