Enoch: This is the place where hides the instrument.
After a night of rest, Jason led Enoch through a hidden trail in a dense forest. They stopped at a plain under a cliff.
There was an abandoned building on the plain, where the terrace was covered by vines and the windows were all broken. Enoch, Glauox and Jason hid behind a rock to scout vigilantly.
Glauox: This building used to be a temple. Look at how broken it is now.
Enoch: There are way too many guards for a ruin. Looks like what you said earlier is real.
Jason: I would never lie to someone who saved my life! Speaking of which, I don’t think that I saw that many guards earlier…
Enoch: ...That’s because you broke in once. Of course they would double the security.
Jason: I see...By the way, there are so many mosquitos here. I’ve got stung a couple of times already.
Glauox: You should be thankful for that. I almost got stung by a scorpion! Enoch, let’s get that instrument and get the hell out of here.
Enoch: Not now. With that many guards out here, who knows how many more are inside the building? Acting without a plan will get us nowhere but becoming their food like Jason earlier.
Jason: What? I don’t wanna go through that all over again. I almost died back then.
Glauox: Then what should we do?
Enoch: Well then…
When Enoch was working on a solution, a food aroma drew his attention. He found two demons transporting a giant iron pot to the abandoned temple. A demon guard ran over to assist them. At this moment Enoch saw a hot stew inside the pot.
Demon Guard: Veggie stew again? I thought we are having human flesh today.
Demon Chef: Ugh. What a shame. That human escaped and died falling down the cliff. Why couldn’t he die becoming our dinner instead?
When nightfall arrived, the demon chefs went to the temple with the pot again. Focusing on moving the enormous pot, the demons were not aware of the incoming ambush.
Approaching the two demons stealthily, a shade pounced on them when they were in a close range. The two demons were knocked out before they could make a sound.
Jason: Wheeze...Great. They’re down now.
Enoch: Excellent work. We’ve completed the first task. Now mix this into the food and deliver to the guards.
Glauox: Is that sedative? Enoch, how do you know the recipe?
Enoch: I learnt it from Atlantis’s notebook when I was resting at his house. I didn’t expect it to be useful either.
Enoch: “Even an unnoticed gesture could change a man’s behaviour, or even the future of a nation…”
Jason: Enoch, I’ve added the sedative into the food.
Enoch: Alright. Now put this on and we’ll deliver the pot together.
With the night time advantage, Enoch disguised as a demon and delivered the drugged food to the guards.
Although their plan was almost sabotaged by Jason’s panic, Enoch managed to fool the demons with his wit. When the two men and the owl returned to their hideout, they had already been sweating all over their bodies.
Jason: I thought we would become their dinner for real…
Glauox: Why do you always panic at the critical moment?
Enoch: He didn’t want it either. We’re now safe anyway. Let’s not blame him and keep an eye on those demons.
Looking from the bushes, Enoch saw the guards changing shifts at the moment, while the off duty guards were rubbing their tummies in satisfaction. At first, the guards were guarding the perimeter as usual. A moment later, they started staggering.
Demon Guard: Ahm...I feel super sleepy suddenly…
Demon Guard: My head is heavy...Mmm…
The demons on duty gradually passed out on the ground. They remained in deep sleep even when Enoch ran out of the bushes.
Enoch and his fellows walked into the abandoned temple, where the interior was a lot more spacious than it seemed like. Although they encountered a few conscious demons during the search, Jason knocked them all out with his incredible strength.
Glauox: Enoch, I saw the instrument! It’s inside the room at the right side ahead!
Jason: We can get out of this horrible place once we get that instrument, right? Leave it to me! I don’t wanna stay in this hell hole anymore!
Jason sped up his pace and got into the room ahead of Enoch. Unlike the whole abandoned building, this room remained completely intact. The water stream decoration was still running smoothly, filling the room with a lively vibe.
The magical instrument was placed on the display table in the middle of the room, which was radiating brilliant halos on its smooth metallic finishing. Everything in this room was beautiful as if standing in an extraterrestrial wonderland. Jason, unable to withhold his excitement, stopped his pace to exclaim.
Enoch: “...Something’s wrong about this place…”
Jason: This place is beautiful…
Glauox: This room is demon-free. Of course it is beautiful.
Enoch: “Right. The whole temple is packed with demons except here. There’s gotta be a reason that makes them skip the security of this room...Is it because——”
Jason: Is that golden thingy the instrument we’re searching for?
Enoch: Wait Jason, don’t touch——
Jason had already picked up the instrument. Worst still, he waved the instrument curiously, making an unconventional sound.
Jason: Huh? Enoch, what did you say——
Jason: Whoa! Where did that earthquake come from?
Enoch: It’s not an earthquake. It’s from the guardian beast of the instrument! Run!
Jason: T-This...Don’t eat me!
The moment when Jason picked up the instrument, it had alerted the guardian beast hibernating under the ground. An immense beast barged out of the floor and breathed fire at Jason.
Enoch managed to rescue the stunned Jason before he was barbecued by the beast. Next second, he summoned heroic spirits to fight. Cooperating perfectly, Enoch and the heroic spirits successfully took down the monster together and escaped with the instrument.
Jason: Thanks for saving me again, Enoch.
Enoch: You’re welcome. Alright. With the instrument, now we can return to Samartia and present it to the King and Queen.
Jason: You’re going to be the hero of Samartia very soon...The Princess might even marry you. I’m so jealous.
Enoch: No. I won’t be the one who presents the instrument to the King and Queen. It’s you, Jason.
Enoch: “History will be fixed this way, and the future that shouldn't exist won't happen.”