*Disclaimer note: This is merely a translation of the original Chinese version. I do not claim any part in the creation of the original story.
Earlier on, whilst the unicorn and the Frost Knight were casting their spells, I had a voice in my head that said…… I could do that too! Be it an ice wall or a lightning bolt, I felt that I could cast them all. And if what my gut feeling is telling is true, then I should quickly gather the elements while the Frost Knight is still slowly making his way over and sneak an attack on him!
The moment we made it out the gates, I shouted at my other three teammates. "Don't go along that route; don't follow me!"
They stopped at that and turned back to look at me.
I didn't bother letting the unicorn slow down and rushed past them. As I passed them, I shouted, "Hurry! Go!"
"He didn't even bother to stop!" Caecilia cried out unsatisfactorily. "And here I felt touched when I thought you were going to head on alone to draw away attention from us! Hmph!"
"If I stop now, I'll end up in jail! And you guys better start running if you want to avoid going to jail too!" I shouted back at them.
Sure enough, that got them running again, but in different directions this time.
Just as they had dispersed, I spied the Frost Knight coming up from behind. He looked completely unharmed, with not even a speck of dust on him. But I wasn't disappointed, for I hadn't been aiming the lightning at him in the first place. I was actually aiming at the shield formation holy knights. Well hey, they made an easy target, keeping stationary in their positions like that. It was as if they were asking for someone to throw an attack at them!
The Frost Knight paused for a moment before ignoring the other three and heading on in my direction.
"Run, unicorn, run! Run the fastest you can run!" I urged when I saw him hot on my heels.
The unicorn neighed excitedly in answer and started putting on speed. It was now galloping so fast I could hardly keep my eyes open. But that's alright. I'll just close my eyes then. Not like I actually need to keep my eyes open to see anything.
With the unicorn galloping at such high speeds, I started to relax a little. It's impossible for anyone to outrun such a fast beast…… unless a dozen ice spikes suddenly appear out of the ground in front of the beast, of course.
An ice spike had suddenly shot out from the ground, but the unicorn nimbly avoided it and made a sharp veer around it. But then another spike shot up a few steps away from us. Again, the unicorn successfully avoided it.
Looks like it intends to battle it out with the Frost Knight; it's pretty good at avoiding all the attacks, and we may still have a fighting chance to escape successfully – if I don't fall off first, that is.
I threw a few healing spells at my sore rump as I roared angrily after the creature, "Have you forgotten that I'm not actually glued to your back?!"
The unicorn came to an abrupt stop and looked back at me, but it did not walk back. Instead, it cringed and look between me and the Frost Knight hesitatingly, as if considering changing riders…… Damn shitty horse!!
I had just healed my butt and was about to march over and discipline my wayward unicorn when a shadow fell over me. I looked up only to see the Frost Knight's frozen face looming right above me. He reached down and tore off my face mask.
I paled as I awaited my doom, but then noticed that the other's expression, too, had changed…… huh? So his facial muscles hadn't frozen stiff after all?
For the first time, I saw an expression on the Frost Knight's face. He was looking at me with surprise…… an opening!
'Attack! I don't care what spells I may or may not know, but I have to attack now!'
"What are you doing here, S-"
The Frost Knight had asked in a disbelieving voice, but stopped abruptly before he could finish his sentence, staring at me with wide eyes.
A flash of inspiration shot through my mind and I flung out my hands at him as I shouted out, "Chains of Darkness, restrain all enemies of mine!"
Large amounts of dark elements shot out from my hands and swiftly formed into a dozen black chains – chains formed from dark elements compressed and moulded into shape.
I don't know if it was because the Frost Knight had never come across such a situation, but he looked baffled.
Well, whatever the reason, I made full use of the opportunity his slow reaction gave me.
The chains wound around him from his feet upwards, winding around his entire person and even sealing up his mouth – I didn't wish for him to cry out and attract the holy knights chasing after us.
Just then, he finally came to his senses and raised his holy popsicle to start slashing away at the dark chains.
'Did you think it would be so easy?' I sneered inside before crying out, "Unicorn, hurry and attack – if you dare to disobey, I'll tie you up as well!"
The unicorn immediately rushed over at my threat and started gathering holy elements at its horn. I had never seen so much holy elements before, so thickly gathered together that I could hardly bear to 'look' at it for long. And all of these holy elements were blasted out at the Frost Knight. However, this 'attack' merely managed to stop him from hacking through the dark chains. The guy looked perfectly fine.
"Stupid!" I shouted. "Do you not see that he's full of 'light'? What do you think attacking him with light elements is going to do, scratch an itch of his? Use attacks of other elements!"
In answer to my 'teachings', the unicorn reared up and screamed at the heavens. The sky above us was suddenly covered with dark heavy clouds, with flashes of lightning streaking through the skies. At another scream from the unicorn, the bolts of lightning began striking down heavily on the Frost Knight without stopping. Once again, the Frost Knight had to stop slashing away at his chains to defend himself. Again and again, he had to gather ice elements to form an ice barrier above him to block the lightning bolts raining down upon him.
In a surprise move, I dispersed the elements in the ice barrier - thus breaking it up - and before he could react, the lightning bolts finally managed to hit him.
One bolt, two bolts, three…… yet he still held on and refused to collapse. He was facing me through it all and seemed to be looking at me whilst he refused to give up and kept trying to gather ice elements to him.
Unfortunately for him, his gathering abilities could not match up to my dispersing abilities, and so he was unable to form another ice wall. In the end, he could only depend on that energy thingy that enveloped him…… Ah! I remember now, that energy is called Frenzy.
The unicorn kept striking down bolt after bolt, until after some time had passed, it slowed and then stopped. It then turned to look at me.
"Is that it? You're out of stamina already?" I rolled my eyes at it scornfully. "How useless. Are you really worth five thousand gold coins?"
And with that, I turned back to look at the Frost Knight. Up in the skies above us, even greater and stronger lightning elements was gathering – not by the unicorn, but by me.
'We're running out of time. The holy knights are sure to catch up to us soon, so I need to knock him out quickly, once and for all!'
The lightning bolt struck down.
The Frost Knight raised his head and looked up. For some strange reason, he actually dispersed the Frenzy protecting him…… and allowed the lightning bolt to him. He only managed to stay up for a second before collapsing.
That really startled me, but thankfully his heart was still pumping; he was just unconscious.
I walked over and picked up the fallen popsicle before giving a light kick to its unconscious owner. When I saw no reaction, I finally relaxed and wiped the sweat of my face.
I was worried that even with the unicorn and I together we still wouldn't be able to defeat him. But thank goodness it's now over.
However, I couldn't fully rest at ease without tying him up with several more rounds of the Dark Chains, not stopping until I had him wrapped up like some monstrous black cocoon.
Just as I had finished with him, I heard numerous heavy footsteps from behind. I hurriedly put back on my mask, covering my face just in time before the knights reached us.
I gave a cold laugh and slowly placed the popsicle to its owner's neck (although I had a bit of a hard time finding his neck – too many chains.)
"Don't come any closer if you value his life!" I warned them.
When they heard my threat, the holy knights instantly stilled, staring at the situation before them with wide eyes.
None of them dared to make a move.
"If you come after us, I won't hesitate to kill him!" I threatened as I dragged the cocoon onto the unicorn with me and left the scene. They could do nothing but watch us leave from under their very noses.
When I finally reached the meeting place with the cocoon and unicorn in tow, I was greeted with wide eyes and gaping mouths.
"You-you really know how to use magic?" asked Archie, gulping nervously.
"But that's impossible!!" cried Yuna. "How can a priest of the Church of Light use dark magic!"
'How am I to know? I just do.'
"Creus! What have you done?" The leader of the group – Walter – finally pointed out the main problem here.
"Is there a need for you guys to be so loud?"
Seeing things getting out of hand, I maintained my composure as I said nonchalantly, "We took the unicorn out of the city, and now we're going to sell it and share the spoils, right?"
"But what is that?!" Walter gestured at the cocoon I had thrown to the ground. "Sneaking a unicorn and selling it off secretly is one thing, but to kidnap the Frost Knight is a whole other thing!!"
"Oh god, it's the entire Church of Light that we are going up against……" moaned Yuna.
"Release him at once!" Walter ordered angrily.
"Release him?" I sneered. "If I let him go, what will you do if he comes back with an angry horde of holy knights? As long as we have him in our hands, those holy knights chasing after us wouldn't dare do anything to us!"
Walter couldn't say anything in reply. He opened his mouth to try to argue the fact several times, but in the end he couldn't say anything to refute my point and kept quiet.
"Don't worry," I assured them. "We'll release him once we've left those knights behind far enough. We can then leave with the unicorn and go somewhere far away from this place. We'll be alright."
Sure enough, they calmed down at my words, although Walter hesitated before saying apologetically, "I'm sorry, but after we've split the money, I think we should split up and go our separate ways."
My heart gave a heavy thump at that. I looked at the rest – although they, too, looked hesitant, no one spoke up in disagreement…… I looked away and said nonchalantly, "Oh, that's fine. As long as I get my share of the money."
"Of course," Walter nodded in promise.
I nodded back before saying to the rest, "Let's take a break, and we'll discuss where we should go next tomorrow morning."
"Agreed," Walter nodded. "Let's arrange night-guard hours for tonight."
"No need for that, I'll stay up the whole night," I said with a smile. "As you guys already know, I had been sleeping for the past ten days. It'll be even more difficult for me to fall asleep now then to kidnap the Frost Knight again!"
They smiled at that. "Thanks," Walter said to me.
I nodded back.
"Abandoned once more, eh?......"
I was lying on the ground gazing up into the night sky with the unicorn fast asleep on my left and the giant human cocoon to my right. The rest of the group were scattered all around, fast asleep, their slow and deep breaths echoing throughout the clearing.
'Heh, they may have abandoned me, but they had not thought to guard themselves against me?'
I slowly got up and walked towards them. 'How naïve! If I could subdue even the Frost Knight, what's stopping me from doing the same to them too?'
After all, one person escaping would draw less attention than a whole group of people. Moreover, if I were to leave alone with the unicorn, I would be getting the whole five thousand gold coins instead of only one thousand!
I walked over to Caecilia and crouched down, lifting my hand and…… tucking the edges of her cloak around her.
'Honestly! Kicking your blankets at such an age!'
I shook my head in exasperation and turned around to return to my previous position, when I saw to my surprise an unexpected guest standing there.
"Red?" I called out softly in surprise.
But, the unicorn's still asleep there! If Red appeared here together with the unicorn at the same time, does that mean that she's not the unicorn? Or could it be that Red would appear whenever the unicorn's asleep? Or, perhaps Red and the unicorn never had anything in common in the first place……
Whilst I was still trying to figure out their relationship, Red had skipped up to me and offered up to me something cradled carefully in her hands. "Big Brother, you dropped this."
"I dropped this?" I flipped open the book, automatically looking down at the pages…… another unnecessary action I cannot understand. Not like my eyes can help me to 'see' what's written on the pages.
I felt around the elements of the book – wood elements of the book with very faint traces of stone elements interspersed among them, forming 'words'. But such minute traces of stone elements made it hard for me to make them out clearly and it took me a while to see what was written there.
'The Comprehensive Book of the Arts of Necromancy' was what was written on the cover of the book.
"And there's something else," Red continued with an innocent tinkling laugh. "But it's not here. Head in the North East direction and you'll find it."
"What is it?"
Red tilted her head to one side and said, "Pat your chest."
I did as told, patting around my chest, when I suddenly felt an out of sorts feeling…… had it always been empty here? As if something was missing.
Filled with questions, I looked back up, "Red, you have my book and also know where my things are… do you know who I am…? Red?"
I blinked, but could no longer sense Red around. She'd vanished again. What's going on?
"You're awake?" I suddenly asked, but this was no longer addressed at Red, but at the Frost Knight who laid not too far away, his eyes wide open and looking at me.
'If it weren't for the Chains of Darkness gagging him, he'd probably be cursing me to the nine depths of hell,' I thought. Even without my memories I knew that no one would enjoy being trussed up like a turkey.
I walked back and sat down, cheekily patting his head and saying, "No need to worry. As soon as we're far away enough from your holy knights that they can't catch up to us, I'll let you go. So don't bother struggling."
I paused before continuing in a cold voice, "It'll save you a beating."
The Frost Knight merely blinked in response and really didn't struggle. He just laid there looking at me quietly.
All night long, I flipped through the book of Necromancy Arts, trying out a few of the spells on my handily available guinea pig – the Frost Knight.
And throughout it all, the Frost Knight kept trying to gather the ice elements to him, but he was still no match for my dispersing abilities.
And so the next day, we started on our Great Escape. But the first problem of our journey was - how does one transport a human-sized cocoon around?
Caecilia was the first to suggest helpfully, "Yuna can help to boost up my strength so I can carry him!"
'Hmmm… the Frost Knight must be quite good-looking for Caecilia to sacrifice for him so.'
"And how long do you think you can carry him?" I scoffed. "One day? Three days? Or maybe five days? Or perhaps we can think in terms of weeks?"
"Umm…" Caecilia hesitated at this. "Three… no, five! Five days!"
Ah… So the Frost Knight is handsome enough that someone would willingly carry him for five days.
I suddenly got curious. "Caecilia, if it was me, how many days would you carry me?"
Caecila inspected my face carefully before answering, "If I were to consider only your looks, I would carry you for a week, but now that I know your true colours, I'd say……"
"Don't tell me I'd only last a day…?" I asked worriedly.
"No," she refuted me mercilessly. "I'd want to run away from you as far as possible."
'Well, at least I have good looks worth seven days of carrying,' I tried to comfort myself. I then looked at the unicorn, before turning to look at the Frost Knight appraisingly. "Oi! Are you a virgin?" I called out.
Everyone's jaws dropped at my question.
The Frost Knight merely glared at me, disdaining to answer me. 'Ooh, to dismiss me so…… Oh yeah! He's still gagged by the chains. My bad.'
I quickly released the chains gagging him and repeated my question. "Alright, you can speak now, so tell me, are you a virgin?"
He continued to glare at me without speaking a word.
"Even if he is, he wouldn't admit it, would he?" Igor tried to diffuse the situation. "To admit to such an embarrassing thing…… Ergh! Creus, not that I'm saying that you being a virgin is embarrassing!" he hurriedly explained.
I shot a glare at him before drawing the popsicle hanging from my waist and holding it to the Frost Knight's neck. "Are you or are you not a virgin? Answer me!"
Even faced with the threat of losing his life, the Frost Knight maintained his silence. Great, now what? Chop his head off for real?
'Should I torture it out of him?' I pondered my options before a thought suddenly struck me and I smiled.
I sheathed the popsicle before lifting the Frost Knight up and throwing him onto the unicorn…… The unicorn didn't even try to evade him.
The sound of sharply drawn breaths echoed throughout the clearing. "…… damn!" whistled Archie.
"Since when were there that many virgin guys over the age of twenty?" muttered Igor.
"I am not a virgin!" I roared in protest.
Archie shrugged while Igor tried to placate me. "Of course, of course. If you say you're not then you're not."
Now that the logistic problem had been solved, we left without wasting another minute and started on our Great Escape. Also known to myself as the Great Boring Journey.
Because I had to pace myself to the rest of the group's speed, the unicorn could only walk at a slow trot. Bored out of my mind with nothing to do, I turned to the human-sized cocoon for some conversation. "Is your name really called Frost?"
The Frost Knight shook his head.
"It isn't? Then what's your real name?" I asked curiously.
He looked at me for a few moments before answering. "Ecilan Frost."
"What a hard name to pronounce," I complained with a frown. 'Ecilan? Who the hell names someone Ecilan?'
"I've never dared to hope that you would pronounce my name correctly," he replied dully.
I blinked at that. "What's that?"
He quieted and covertly looked at the rest of the group from the corners of his eyes before focusing back on me and shaking his head. "Nothing."
"Well then, Ecilan, are there any of the other Twelve Holy Knights running around here?"
I may have asked the question, but in truth I wasn't expecting an honest answer. But it wouldn't matter if he had replied honestly or not as I had my ways of determining if he was lying, and thus getting the answer I want!
"Yes, the Blaze Knight is not too far from here," he nodded.
I was surprised, for Ecilan's heartbeat had remained steady – he wasn't lying! He actually told me that one of the Twelve Holy Knights was around here; and he even told me which one of the Twelve Holy Knights it was!
"Will he come after us?" I asked worriedly.
Ecilan nodded and replied without a shred of doubt: "Yes."
Great, we had a new problem. I frowned as I asked him, "What if I were to use you as a hostage?"
Ecilan frowned lightly at that as he thought it over. "He'll retreat," he finally replied, "but he won't give up. He will never give up."
I smiled mockingly. "How naïve. Do you really believe that your companions would never abandon you?"
He nodded. "The Twelve Holy Knights will never give up on one of the Twelve Holy Knights."
"Is that so?" I said in a quiet chilling tone. "If the opportunity arrives, let's put this faith of yours to the test, shall we? Let's see if he will give up on you when it comes down to a matter of life and death."
"He won't." Ecilan kept his gaze steady as he said confidently, "The Twelve Holy Knights will never give up on one of the Twelve Holy Knights."
I snorted at that. Who would have thought that such an icy personality would turn out to be such a great naive idiot!
By then, we had reached a fork in the road. Everyone stopped and turned to look at Walter.
Walter looked at the road signs, saying "The road to the right leads to Moon Orchid in the North East, while the road to the left leads to the borders of Forgotten Echo. We may have two paths before us but I don't think we really have a choice here."
He looked at Ecilan before sighing and said, "With one kidnapped Frost Knight in tow, it would be suicide for us to step into Forgotten Echo. It'd just be a one stop free pass to the prisons for us."
"Well, but of course!" Yuna glared at me and said coldly, "Forgotten Echo is where the Church of Light is based; everyone would recognise one of the Twelve Holy Knights--"
"Especially the head of the Twelve Holy Knights – The Sun Knight!" Caecilia suddenly cut in with a dreamy smile on her face. "I've heard that the Sun Knight has gleaming golden locks of hair, deep blue eyes the colour of a clear sky, with skin as fair and soft as……"
Caecilia suddenly trailed off and stared at me. Don't tell me she's using me as the base of her Sun Knight fantasy?
I couldn't help saying jealously, "What? Is the Sun Knight a girl? From the sounds of it you're describing great beautiful woman!"
"It's-great beautiful man!" Caecilia instantly woke up from her daze and defended loudly. "And he's a real elegant and beautiful person, unlike you. Even if you have the same golden hair, blue eyes and fair skin, you don't have the aura and bearing!"
"An elegant and beautiful man, huh?" I patted Ecilan's head, purposefully messing up his hair before looking at him in satisfaction and saying, "Isn't he one of the elegant Twelve Holy Knights too? Look at him, all bundled up like a fat round cocoon. In what way does he look elegant? Your Sun Knight is probably not much better than him."
"Don't bully him!" Caecilia cried fiercely, rushing up to comb back Ecilan's hair (and covertly getting a feel of his face at the same time). "And besides, the Frost Knight doesn't need to be elegant; he's the aloof ice prince type! And the Blaze Knight we mentioned earlier is the wild feral type!"
"What, does the Church of Light choose the Twelve Holy Knights based on their looks?" I rolled my eyes. "Or else why would they all happen to be handsome and beautiful guys?"
"It's not like that," Yuna shook her head as she explained wryly. "It's just the fantasizing of the girls; the Twelve Holy Knights aren't necessarily good-looking."
"But- the Frost Knight really is handsome! So not all of them aren't real!" shouted Caecilia. She looked back down at Ecilan and asked, "Right, right? At least the Sun Knight is a super hot guy, right?"
"I don't know what your standards are," he said indifferently.
"He should be better-looking than Creus, right?" she asked anxiously.
He kept quiet for quite some time, but under the torrent of questions from Caecilia he finally relented and said, "More or less the same."
Caecilia frowned at that, while I smirked at her. "You see! Rather than fantasizing about some Sun Knight, you might as well just look at me."
"Well, at least he's more elegant and has greater bearing than you!" she retorted.
Just then, Walter cut through us and walked towards Ecilan with a question. "Why are the Twelve Holy Knights here in such a small backward place? I mean, this is the Church of Chaos' territory."
"We're searching for someone," he replied.
"Who is it?" Walter asked.
Ecilan merely shot a cool look at Walter but didn't reply.
Walter dared not force an answer from him, so he walked away when he saw an answer was not forthcoming.
On the following journey, we continued to make way in our Great Escape, but this time it wasn't as quiet. This time, Caecilia seemed to find everything disagreeable with me and wouldn't stop quarrelling. Archie would keep coming up to me and try to steal a feel or two…… What?! Of course not me!! I meant the popsicle I had hanging at my waist!
And Igor, on the other hand, kept bothering me to show him some other spells I knew.
I thought about it before getting off the unicorn and crouching down on the ground. Feeling around the ground as I probed my senses further down……
'Hmm. There doesn't seem to be any human remains here…… ah! Here's something!'
I removed my hand as pieces of white started poking their way out of the ground.
"Bones?" Caecilia peered at the pile of bones.
I started to carefully control the elements and push dark elements into the bones as I arranged them together. I hope I did it correctly…… but what a pity there weren't any human skeletons down there, 'cause there were plenty of 'examples' of human skeletons around me now to check from.
After arranging them to my satisfaction, I added some more dark elements at the joints of the bones connecting each other as replacement of the long-rotted away ligaments; and then to make it a little cuter, I made flesh and blood and a pair of long ears out of dark elements…… with the end product – a cute black rabbit started hopping around.
"N-necromancy…" Yuna cried weakly. "For some reason, I can't even find the energy in me to scream anymore. Creus, you're looking less and less like a priest of light."
Whilst everyone else were staring at the rabbit with wide disbelieving eyes, Caecilia rushed out - surprisingly unafraid – and scooped the rabbit into her arms. "How cute! Creus, don't let it disappear!"
I shrugged my shoulders. "Okay."
The rest of the group calmed down when they saw how harmless the rabbit stayed in Caecilia's arms; Igor even got excited about it. "Creus, if you can make a rabbit, can you also make a horse? We'd be able to move faster with horses."
"Sure, if you can find me some horse bones."
"Where the hell am I going to get horse bones from……" he rubbed the back of his head embarrassedly.
I shrugged. Without the bones, I couldn't do a thing. About ninety percent of the necromancy spells required bones to work.
"Then could you make a sword of bones for me?" Igor asked again. "In those legends of dragon-slaying, the heroes always make swords from the slain dragon's bones."
"If you can give me a design for the sword, I can make you one."
Archie cut in with sarcasm, "What, this big ol' brute? He can write his letters, sure, but that's about it. You can't expect more from him, much less some fancy design……"
"Enough fooling around, guys. We should move on," Walter called out, reminding everyone that we were still on the run. I got back onto the unicorn and we continued on.
"You shouldn't have used necromancy in front of them."
"What?" I looked down at Ecilan who was laid across the back of the unicorn in front of me. It was him who had spoken just now, albeit in a very low voice.
"What did you say?" I asked him.
But Ecilan only looked at me and kept quiet.
Seeing this, I, too, pretended not to have heard anything and took out the book on necromancy and continued to study it, using the person closest to me to experiment on. Who happened to be the trussed up Ecilan.
Hey, you can't blame me for using him as my test subject! He's just so perfect for testing on and oh so convenient too!
No matter how I experimented on him, he would maintain his frozen expression and not a peep would escape from him. Other than his cold stare, he made no other protest and took it all in stride. The crème de la crème of test subjects!
My experiments continued until Caecilia noticed what I was doing to her precious Frost Knight, and together with a similarly angered Yuna (but for more righteous reasons), they each grabbed an ear and twisted, warning me not to bully him again. At the risk of my ears being twisted off, I unwillingly acquiesced and gave up on my experiments and turned to trying out spells which did not require a test subject.
Bone Locater Spell – searches for available bones underground.
Bone Prison – a defensive spell-creates a wall of bones to shield one's self from attack.
Bone Spikes – summons spikes of bones up from the ground to spear enemies.
As I flipped through the book, I found that they were all more or less about using dark elements to control and manipulate bones.
So I flipped to the back of the book for something that didn't have anything to do with bones. And sure enough, the more interesting spells were all in the back, like The Spread of Death – a wide spread offensive attack; hard to shield against and it had a wide range of attack, making it hard to outrun. However it had its down points too – it killed the victim too slowly. It's noted that there had been cases where the victim had yet to die before the caster ran out of power and could no longer hold the spell long enough to finish them off.
But the spell is enough to strip the opponents of their fighting strength, and is extremely effective when faced with large numbers. At least, that's what the book says.
Hohoho! Better learn this one, then! After all, I've got the Frost Knight held captive; there're sure to be hordes of holy knights coming after me sooner or later.
"Don't read it; you shouldn't be learning those things," Ecilan suddenly spoke up.
"Oh?" I raised an eyebrow at him. "And what things should I be learning?"
But again, Ecilan fell silent. Honestly, what's up with this guy!
But seeing as he 'no longer objects', I continued on with my reading.
Hmm… How to summon a Death Knight……