h the air, aimed at my exact height, and whipping right past me.
Keeping the momentum alive, I ran straight at the dagger dude.

“Slash!”

“…Nope!”

I'd immediately unleashed my skill at the perfect moment.
The timing had been exact, and I'd kept the archer in check.
Everything had gone just right, but…

“Man, you're one slow fucker.”

He'd dodged it, and with absolute ease.
The difference in our classes had become as clear as crystal.
I still wasn't going to let it get to me.

In the corner of my eye, I saw the other guy ready yet another arrow.
So, what was my plan? Dodge it? Or ignore it and keep fighting as was?

“Slash.”

This time, the dagger dude released one of his own skills.
I saw the blue light, and knew I had no choice.

“Slash! Ugh, gah!”

I unleashed my own skill, eating both of their attacks directly.

“Dude, this guy is nuts! Hey, give me some support!”

My attack hit him unaware, the bombardment greatly breaking down his defense.
After all, axes hit harder than daggers.

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This was my time to shine — I readied another skill.

“Power Shot!”

“Guh!”

I was pretty sure it was an arrow, but the shot felt like lead when it pierced my stomach.
The attack flipped me around, but…

“Argh! Ahhh!”

No! If I retreated now, that was it! I'd be finished!

Feeling like I was literally knocking at death's door, I threw myself over the dagger dude, both shouting and raising my axe over my head.

I didn't care how dirty that mud was.

I didn't care how shitty I looked.

I was going to kill them, even if it killed me!

“Slash!”

“You–! Power Shot!”

“Slash — guh!”

With him incapable of counterattacking, I started beating him black and blue with my skills.
I didn't give a rat's ass if archer boy over there snuck in some attacks at me — my sole focus was on cutting this guy into pieces.

“F-fuck…you…”

I just needed a little bit more.
I could see the guy's HP gauge whittling down, and all I needed was just maybe ten percent more…

The problem was…I hadn't paid any attention to my own HP.

“Power Shot!”

[You died.]

My body suddenly felt light.

Oh, no wonder.
I guess I died.

“God, that guy was a dumbass.”

“Making us do all that work for nothing…”

As I listened to them talk, I felt something rise up within me, something I've never felt before.
It wasn't anger, nor was it a sense of regret, but rather something completely opposite of that.
All I could help but think was that…this had been the funnest fight I'd ever had.
It felt as if something were stirring from within me.

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I should've been more careful.
I guessed…this was it.

[Use Sacrificial Doll to revive?]

The answer was a resounding [YES].
I wasn't going to waste another chance.

In RL, a Sacrificial Doll was a rare item costing around 500,000 gold.
You could only use it once per battle, but it would bring you back to life.
From what I'd heard, it was an item the top players would wait to use until the absolute right moment for it.
The price tag on the potions couldn't even compare to the amount of the doll, but then again, the effects of each were just as incomparable.

The most valuable part of it is how it bares truth to the enemies' carelessness.
If someone like me were to use something like that here…
Big oof on you guys, man.

I held my breath as I came back to life.

I'd catch them off guard.
I couldn't even begin to say how stoked I was to see how they'd feel getting killed by a trader like me.

“Slash!”

“Wha–?!”

“Huh?!”

The moment I revived, I unleashed my skill straight at dagger dude's back.
I got a damage bonus for my surprise sneak attack, and as for that remaining ten percent…

[??? has died.]

For the first time in my life, I'd succeeded in killing a Player Killer.
There were no words to express how overjoyed I was.
And, together with that taste of victory…

[BEEP — BEEP — you gained — BEEP]

[BEEP — BEEP — you have — BEEP]

[You can now use “BEEP”, “BEEP”, “BEEP” — you gained — BEEP]

All I heard was noise bouncing around in my head.
I'm sure it was some kind of announcement, or something.
I couldn't pay it any attention right now, though.

Anything that didn't have to do with this battle was useless to me.
I can't lose my focus in this fight, no matter what — not until that guy was dead by my hands!

“Wait, what?!”

The archer, stunned, looked at the ash that used to be dagger dude.

“Pfft, you must be desperate if you're gonna use a doll!”

Don't pay him any attention.
Kill him without mercy.

Look for every hole in his defense.
Don't waver.
No words were necessary; just focus on the fight at hand.

“Just one left to go.”

Once more, I took a deep breath.

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