Winter Hunting - Chapter 13
She stood up. She quickly stood up and stepped on the bonfires to extinguish the fire. Then I took and put on the fur boots I had dried next to the fire. It wasn’t completely dried yet, it was still damp, but there wasn’t enough time to cover it up.
She carefully opened the door to the cave covered with tree branchesI felt like not wanting to go out after sealing the cave entrance with more of this. However, as long as they found the entrance of the abandoned beast cabe, there was no retreat from then on. She has no other way, but to get stuck inside. In addition, from the sound of the gunfire, she presumed that they were skilled hunters.
Maybe some of the villagers went out with a gun? That thought suddenly passed my mind.
Those people who entered the village yesterday and stayed there. She remembered the numerous cuts and scars on their faces. They probably weren’t just floating hunters. Even though the money they gave out was so large, everyone in the village was on the lookout for them.
Occasionally, among the hunters, there were some who paid for and did everything. They were a group who killed people for money, or caught them and sold them. If they were such a person…
Ariste stretched her neck to look outside, like a rabbit hiding in a burrow. She heard the loudness of the gunshot, and she was guessing they were still there.
There was still time for a retreat.
When she entered this arrow cave, she carefully pulled herself in a lying position, and she got out in the same way. When she got out, she looked around and started walking in the snow. She walked towards the exact opposite from where the gunshot sounded, but it was the path directly leading to deeper mountains.
It was from her shallow calculation that she will be able to get rid of her pursuers this way. She walked with her eyes on her knees without stopping. Even though she could feel her feet dying, the road was short.
It was when she was running through the trees like crazy…
A loud gunshot rang in the air.
Ariste fell on the ground half buried in the snow. She raised her ears like a surprised rabbit.
She heard the sound closer than before.
‘I know now.’ The bullet was clearly aimed at herself. It was said that among the mountain beasts, there were animals that couldn’t move as if they were caught in a trap after hearing these gunshot. Now she felt like she just became prey. But if she runs away like this, she will just alert them and will be caught as it is.
When the sound was heard again, she rolled down the sloped hill alertly. Her whole body was covered in snow, but she didn’t even feel the cold. The sound was getting closer. and the sound seemed to come through the forest right now.
From the bottom of the hill, she opened her eyes with a determination to die.
Meanwhile, the sound of the bullets ringing in her ears shook her whole mind. It shot something accurately in her mind and took away her reason to judge.
As she rolled down, she could not feel the pain on her shoulders, back, or her whole body because it was severely suppressed somewhere. Her breath grew rougher and the tears on her eyes became thin ice and crumbled.
Far away from the gunfire, she walked like she was about to fall while thinking of her death.
It was when Ariste looked up, what appeared in front of her was a wooden plank that was stuck on the ground. Ariste read the letter written there.
「The Snowy Forest, Duchy of Ikanus」
The text was short, but she knew what it meant. If you step into this place, you can’t survive.
Ariste has carved the words into her bones from his father and the villagers from the day she entered this village until now.
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