time.
Finally, he shook his head at Luya.

“Sorry… Eve, I can’t do it.”

“Don’t worry Uncle Ludding, I understand you.
This is what makes us different from those monsters.
We have compassion and a conscience, and that’s what makes us human.”

Luya sighed.
Compared to facing a life-threatening opponent where it was easy to finish off the enemy without any hesitation, this helpless little thing in front of her even looked cute.
It really made her unwilling to harm it.

Just like in foreign films and American dramas, even the most ruthless killers rarely killed children and dogs directly.

“Bah! You think you humans are the good ones? You’re not so innocent! Humans eat everything and destroy everything! It’s humanity’s punishment that the world became like this! Oink!”

The piglet child had originally ignored Luya and the others, but after hearing her conversation with Ludding, he suddenly became angry.

“Shut up, if you make another noise, I’ll bake you.” Luya’s face immediately contorted, and she turned around to stare at the piglet threateningly.

“Fine! Bake me or fry me, do what you want! Oink!”

The piglet did not show any weakness or beg for mercy.
He closed his eyes and seemed to accept his fate.

Luya’s head hurt a little.
The pigmen had intelligence close to humans, and they were totally different from domestic pigs2! Conflicted, she struggled with herself for a while and then spoke: “Hey kid, have you eaten human meat before?”

“I don’t want to eat filthy human meat! Oink!”

He glared at Luya angrily, “If I survive, once I grow up, I’m going to take over my dad’s ranch and catch bad humans like you! I won’t feed you at all! Oink!”

“Hah you think you’ll grow up? Oh dear, I think you’re dreaming…”

Luya was about to laugh at the piglet, and she continued to threaten to butcher him3.
However, she suddenly caught a key word in his sentence and froze.

“Wait, you said your dad is a rancher?”

“That’s right! My dad is responsible for raising humans.
Thanks to him, you humans have a place to live and things to eat in this post-apocalyptic world.
You humans don’t know how to be grateful at all.
Oink.” The piglet spoke smugly.

“What number ranch is your dad’s?” Luya stared at him curiously and asked.

“Why would I tell you?! Oink!”

“It’s D37, right?”

“So what if it is?!”

Ludding didn’t know what Luya was planning with these series of questions, and he looked at her a bit bewildered.

After Luya considered it for a while, she suddenly grabbed the piglet by the back of his neck and lifted him up.
She declared excitedly, “It’s decided! This kid will be our hostage!”

“Hah?”

Ludding couldn’t help but be stunned, and he didn’t follow Luya’s train of thought.

“Let’s trade this bastard for Matthew.”

“You mean…?!” Ludding’s eyes lit up, and his heartbeat accelerated.

“Right, and it should work.”

Luya looked at Ludding with one hundred percent seriousness.
“I know that you’ve been blaming yourself about Mathew, Uncle Ludding.
I hear you sleeptalking at night, and I see you waking up from your nightmares… Matthew is a good man.
If there’s a chance to save him, let’s not waste it.”

Luya wasn’t so audacious to ask the red dragon to destroy a human ranch in order to rescue the people inside.
The human ranches were a food basket for monsters.
If one of them were destroyed, it would be equivalent to a declaration of war.
There would be immeasurable consequences for making the entire demon race their enemy, and she wasn’t so foolish to disregard that.

And even if she managed to rescue those humans, she had no idea where to put them.

Not counting those who had their souls stolen by the necromancer, humans who had been fed for more than a year in the human ranches had slow reactions, decayed brains, and they basically lost the ability to think for themselves.
They didn’t know how to resist, and they could only act by instinct.

Even if those people left the ranch, they would quickly be killed and become food for monsters.

She wasn’t cut out to save the world.
In this kind of difficult universe, it was already difficult enough to protect herself.

But if you could exchange a hostage, the situation was far more manageable.
Nobody would care if one or two pigmen were killed.

Luya felt like Matthew was a kind, upright, and excellent archer.
Most importantly, he was also really handsome.

When the time comes, he could help them with hunting or defense, and then she’d have more time to slack off and live a leisurely life.

Author’s notes:

Remember Matthew? He’s the archer in the heroine’s memories who jumped out and stood in front of Luya when the adventurers wanted to sacrifice her to save their captain.

Without Matthew, the heroine would already have to put in the GG.

He also sacrificed himself to let the cook escape, so he’s a rare good man in this post-apocalyptic world.

This will be one chapter for now.
Tomorrow morning at six, I’ll pay off the remaining fertilizer.

Thank you holy lurkers for the bombs!

Translator’s notes:

Inferno: Literally, “Luya thought that it had brought destruction”. Domestic pig: Literally, “pig roast”. Butcher him: Literally, “turn him into pig roast”.

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