Chapter 12~14 – Abnormal Situation and Mural Big Serpent
Dawn of the next morning.
I wake up at 6 o’clock, all due to the habit from childhood.
When I was in the western-style house, I woke up early in the morning and after doing the morning training, I had my breakfast.
I can go outside the city for morning practice, but I’m not confident whether I will be able to return back……
It’s alright, from now on the morning practice will be when I have time.
My living environment has changed, so I can’t keep the daily life routine as same.
I should adapt myself here.
And I’m going to Guild with Elk today to sell the raw materials. I will at that time leave the city and if I didn’t come back, then I’m sorry.
But there is not much change in my free time, so I decide to do some normal warm-up.
While remembering the lyrics of that song that played on the radio in the morning at 6 o’clock.
……No good. I forgot it!
It’s natural. The last time I head it was when i was working at a part-time job in the neighbourhood association during my second year of junior high……it’s already 20 years.
I somehow kill 1 hour and at 7 am which is also the breakfast time, I head into the dining hall and an unexpected situation was waiting for me.
“Eh, Elk left already?”
“Yea, early in the morning. Ah, she said me to hand over a letter to you.”
When I enter the dining hall, Tanya-chan came running to me and informed about the situation.
I take the letter. Er, so what is written here……what?
“ ‘You see, today I promised some of my adventurer friends to go to a dungeon. They came early in morning and now it’s too late to reject them.’ and as such is written in letter and after writing the letter she also said that ‘it feels awkward to wake up the sleeping Minato-san.’”
“Yeah, I see. Thank you Tanya-chan for explaining it to me in simple language.”
But, now I don’t even need to read the letter.
Still let’s read it,
Looks like she had plans to go to a dungeon with those ‘adventurer friends’ before noon.
But one of those friends said something like ‘I found a great information. So let’s go to the dungeon right now’, and in a hurry she left with them.
That’s why, she wants me to do the selling of raw materials today or postpone it till tomorrow.
Just how early did she wake up.
And Tanya-chan too who heard that message and also took the letter.
“Fufufu, though I look like this, I’m pretty strong in morning. And it’s natural to go to market for buying ingredients at 4 o’clock. That is one of the secrets for the good quality of the food in this inn.”
I see, so for getting the fresh and good quality ingredients, she does a lot of work. She is young but she is really dependable.
I though she only had the character of girl full of spirit, but now my opinion about her improved.
While being impressed, I eat the breakfast compiled of Bread and Soup and Bacon and eggs.
It’s not much but it’s good.
“Well that aside. Minato-san? Did you have any fun last night?”
“Wh, hey, a girl shouldn’t say something like that.”
Tanya-chan asks such a thing with a grin on her face.
No, I didn’t had any fun.
So this is her true character after all.
Unfortunate for you, I didn’t get out of room after I went in.
“Hmm~, People like Minato-san are rare nowadays who are serious and mostly uninterested in things.”
“Is that so? I think it’s normal”
“It’s not like that. Generally the male adventurers are violent and egoistic. Sometimes, they even do sexual harassment while I’m working. Well, now I’m used to it.”
Now that I think about it, there are many people like them as adventurers even in Web Novels I have read.
In fact, it might be natural for them to do what they want to in the night as they spend their whole day in dungeons fighting the demons. Though, I have doubts whether the sexual harassment is also needed.
“In worst cases, there are also people who say ‘I’ll pay you, give me some nighttime service’. Geez, If they want to have fun with women, it’s good if they go to the red-light district. Ah, would Minato-san want me to give you pleasure at night?”
“Haha, no-no, you’re charming and beautiful, but that is just too much.”
I do uphold my morals. And her outward appearance also is a major factor.
She is good-looking and is in her growth period……but spreading my son in front of a girl who looks like middle school student is a little……
Anyhow, so this place has a ‘Red-light district’ here……
I did had hunch that it might be here.
“Um, Minato-san, have you been told that you’re too easy to read.”
“……Well many people I’ve met have told me.”
Including the previous life.
I got scared seeing Tanya-chan’s face which looked like a child who just got an interesting toy. But if I pay heed to it and start explaining it, it won’t be like putting oil in fire but it will be like putting gasoline in fire and so I won’t pay any heed to it.
“Fufufu, well Minato-san is also a man? Ah, but Minato-san is sometimes too much obedient, that’s why don’t get involved with nasty people when you go there? recently there also rumours about kidnapping.”
“Hmm…, Is that so? What sort of rumour is it?”
“This is just what I’ve heard? They pretend to faint in the street and act like as if the person who saved them had met them due to a coincidence. Then they lead their saviour to the trap where the other kidnappers are waiting. They then take all the valuables and in the end also sell off the person. Really Scary~”
……Hmm, now this truly is scary.
I eat the breakfast while talking with her and slowly the dining hall starts to get crowded. Looks like other adventurers woke up.
And then Tanya-chan returns to work. Talking time finished.
Well then, shall I sell the raw materials by myself. It isn’t much amount that I can’t carry.
However, isn’t Elk trusting me just too much. I met her yesterday only. Did she never thought that I will run off with the money I will get from the selling of raw materials.
……Well not like I will do it.
Well then, I will sell the raw materials after I finish eating.
(POV Changes to Elk)
When I woke up in the morning, all of a sudden an acquaintance adventurer came and invited me saying ‘I found a great information. So let’s go to the dungeon right now’’.
And so, I left early in the morning without eating any breakfast.
I don’t know about the credibility of the information but it is about some sort of ‘Treasure’.
The ones who find the ‘treasure room’ and ‘treasure’ first, it belongs to them. Time is essential. It’s no wonder everyone is in a hurry for finding them.
Even I at this moment am feeling restless.
In truth, I wanted to invite Minato too after seeing his battle prowess yesterday, but it somehow felt awkward to wake him up at 5 o’clock in morning. And I didn’t even have a promise to go with him.
I was worried whether I should go with them for searching the treasure room or go with Minato.
It’s uncertain whether there is a treasure room, but if the information is right, then I get a jackpot. Even if we all split it equally, I will still be able to get quite an amount of money.
If I go with Minato, I’ll be able to certainly get considerable amount of demons raw materials. I won’t be able to gain that much amount of war spoils even if I go with other adventurers. But that profit can never catch up with the profit I’ll gain if I find a treasure room.
And in the end, I chose the former option.
It’s also because of the reason that I couldn’t ask him yesterday to come with me to the labyrinth today. If I had asked him, then maybe my choice would’ve been different.
Anyhow, I entrusted the letter to Tanya and decided to leave alone.
She made a simple bentou and handed it to me, frankly it saved me. If she always showed the good part of her then it will save me a lot.
And right now, I’m in front of the entrance to ‘Labyrinth of Naga’
The people coming with me are acquaintances which I can trust.
Well, they have bad behaviour, anyhow, they aren’t like the pervert from yesterday.
Well we don’t have that much good friendship, so it’s not like they will put their lives at risk for protecting me.
By the way, my rank as an adventurer is E.
Other members are also E except for one who is rank D.
It depends on a person’s ability, but generally Rank E means promotion from being a beginner and rank C means that, that person is a good adventurer. At the same time, it is said that rank C is the limit for a person with no talents.
It isn’t just based on strength as there are many strong people within the same rank so the rank promotion is based on taking the researching skills and knowledge into consideration.
In truth, I have mostly the abilities and knowledge not related to fight, though I learnt it from mom. In terms of fighting I’m quite low.
……Just what might be the level of fighting ability of Minato.
He has just registered at Guild, so his rank is still ‘F’. From what I saw yesterday, he is quite, no, really powerful.
After all, there isn’t any person who will fight against demons bare-handed. Even if there are, it is limited to those races with a lot of physical power like dwarf.
That’s why when yesterday he said ‘I will fight empty-handed’, I thought it was impossible……but a little later he really did defeat the demons bare-handed. Seeing that I was considerably shocked.
I did think he is strong from the time he defeated the bandits, but it was outside my expectations that he is that much strong.
Though Minato is not like a flower’s stem but just from where that power comes from inside that slender body.
While I am thinking like that,
“Now that I think about it, Elk you’re recently desperate to raise money?”
The swordsman (Rank D. He is 23 years old and the oldest.) I am accompanying, asks me.
“……Not really, just some circumstances.”
“Hmm, Well, I’m sorry but we can’t help with you with your circumstances.”
“I am not even expecting that you will ever help.”
“You’re cold. Well if you want money that much, shall I help you?”
And so the girl who is a thief (It’s not like she does stealing or so. It’s just that she is skilled in exploring dungeons and search treasure) asks me.
She earns money as an adventurer and as a prostitute. With just that much, she is the most rich person within our group.
In reality only she is using weapons and equipments better than mine and the other three. Doing those works does give a lot of money.
In truth, even I have been invited to work as a prostitute. She said she would introduce me to the brothel she is working at. Though I always reject her offer.
But this time,
“……I will think about it.”
“Eh? Elk, you really? Do you have a fever?”
“What, you surprised that I didn’t reject the offer this time?”
“When you really want to become a prostitute, do tell me? I will contribute in the sales.”
“What, weren’t you going to help me?”
“This and that are different! Just like how a man is different below from above!”
Other guys who heard our talk start talking.
Do they want to embrace me that much? Someone as plain like me?
“You even accepting the offer, you’re that desperate? By any chance, you got stuck in a debt cycle?”
“Impossible, that won’t happen! It’s Elk after all”
“Yeah, that can’t be to her who doesn’t spend even a little and always manages her budget more sincerely than other people.”
“……Well she must have a lot going on. A lot. Though it all might be personal.”
Their words. Stab my heart.
Right now I’m standing at the point where if I let the feelings take control over me, I would get depressed really easily.
And as a result, I can’t say anything to them……Even yesterday, I got involved with something that I can’t tell other people.
In the end, it only ended up as a plan failure……I can’t believe that I even went that low just to get money. Really disgusting.
A little later, after experiencing that guy’s innocent kindness, I now think that doing something like that wasn’t needed.
And I thought.
That I won’t do something like that ever again.
Anyhow, there is no time to talk about useless things.
I need to, find that treasure room or what, and along the way collect the raw materials of demons and earn a lot!
……So that I don’t have to something like that ever again.
(POV changes to Minato)
I go to the guild and submit my guild card along with the raw materials I hunted yesterday.
Such as fangs and fur of Wolf, skin of Lizard and meat of Rabbit.
Seems like the materials were in a good state, so I got 2 silver coins and 40 copper coins in return. This is quite high?
Well, this job is accompanied with danger and adventurer do this work on a daily basis. If I take the lodging expenses in consideration, this much is reasonable.
The person at the desk was Riin-san whom I met yesterday. I was praised by her, because I’m a rookie who just registered yesterday and yet I brought quite an amount of raw materials.
I still told her ‘I did all this along with Elk’. I don’t want to monopolize all the glory for completing this feat, in the first place. We both were supposed to come here together for selling the materials.
Well then, now that my business here is done,
Shall I also go to the ‘Labyrinth’ after doing some shopping? Yesterday I returned to the inn pretty fast, but I’ve heard that in this city there are many shops that are selling items which help with the investigation work.
Ah, before that,
“Riin-san is it true that I can buy the map for the ‘Labyrinth’ here?”
Elk was saying it yesterday that in the guild, the map for neighboring dungeons or danger areas are being sold.
Most adventurers that are not familiar with dungeon buy the map and move according to it.
I will need it for when I enter the ‘Labyrinth’ and so I decided to buy it.
I want to become familiar with it.
It’s painful that mom never told me how to read a map.
After all, inside that forest, thanks to the ‘Coffin’ that mom brought with her, the demons around the house were particularly strong. And so, if I ventured too far from home, I just needed to go to the place with stronger demons to find my way back home.
If that didn’t work, then the I followed the food’s smell that while riding the winds. And somehow, in the end I was always able to return home.
“Yes, it can be bought? Just, it isn’t sold here but the opposite reception window.”
“Understood. Ah, do you also sell the map of city? I came here just yesterday and so I’m scared that what if I get lost……”
“Yes we sell it too. It is updated on periodic intervals. Caution is required because there won’t any information of any shop that is made or closed recently.”
Well it will be good enough if I know the location of ‘Bermuda’ on it.
I went the reception window as instructed by Riin-san and bought the 2 maps.
Well then, now I’ll do some shopping and head towards the ‘Labyrinth’. I also need to learn, how to read a map by myself.
Well for the part of going to the labyrinth, I don’t think I’ll get lost after all I just need to walk straight on the stone paved highway stretching from the main gate of the city.
(POV changes to Elk)
That was my impression after roaming inside the labyrinth for 1 hour.
“Shit! Once again. huh!”
SFX: Zasshu (Slash)
One comrade steps forward and slays the goblin that attacked us.
While swinging the blade, he takes down 1 more goblin.
The ones covering him up are me and the thief girl. We intercept the other goblins or demons……wolf etc that are attacking from rear.
And supporting us is the magician friend who excels in long-distance attacks. Along with his help we finish all the demons that attack at us.
……We have repeated the same pattern for 1 hour and some minutes.
“Don’t you think……there are more demons?”
“You think that too?”
From the time we entered and till we reached here, for some reason we encountered just too many monsters.
We are cautiously investigating small rooms and passages with dead ends frequently. When the investigation ends or sometimes didn’t end, the demons have attacked us many times.
And somehow, it seems like they are attacking us in anger and are releasing just too much bloodlust. Furthermore, they are attacking in larger numbers than usual. It’s kind of ghastly?
And from the time we came down to the underground floor 2 from floor 1, it seems like they have gotten even more in numbers.
I have entered this dungeon a lot of times and have experienced many things, but this is a first for me too.
Usually these guys have either good mood or bad mood but today they are all and only angry.
……What is it? Somehow, I’m having a really bad premonition.
“Hey, shouldn’t we go back already……?”
And suddenly the swordsman friend shakes off the blood sticking on the sword and speaks as if saying ‘What the hell you’re saying.’
“Huh? We have just entered, we haven’t found any trace of treasure or anything yet. You got cold feet?”
“Thats right. Doesn’t this happen sometimes if you’re an adventurer? You don’t need to worry just because some demons are angry.”
“I’m also curious about it. It’s not on the level of a little angry but they’re considerably angry.” (Elk)
“Whoa! even Elk you saying that. Aren’t you the one who needs the money the most?”
“No, well, that is true, but……”
I certainly said so, but I am feeling a really nasty chill down my spine.
This type of thing is a first for me, truly.
I’m still a not-so-strong newbie and so I have made many plans for securing my safety. Thanks to that, I can somehow intuitively sense any danger.
“Don’t worry about it. I have ventured here a lot more than you guys, this sort of thing happens sometimes? If you get the timing of them attacking, then there is no problem at all”
“True. And if it gets bad then just run. This is only the second floor. No matter what appears here, we four can easily defeat them.”
……It’ll be good if that’s the case.
My bad premonitions are mostly right.
This bad feeling just doesn’t go off, even with you puffing your chest.
…I think it’ll be better if I prepare to run at anytime whenever anything bad occurs.
While I was worrying about that,
The footsteps of something heading towards us reach our ears from the dark area in front of us.
We 4 by reflex speak ‘Again, huh’ as if bored with it and set up their weapons while waiting for the something……most probably a monster to come in front of us.
For some reason there are many footsteps, it’s still the second floor so there won’t be any strong monsters here. At most there only goblins or lizards.
We are 4 people and one is a magician. If we coordinate properly, we will be able to fight.
It strange that I’m feeling lonely just because that guy is not with me today.
While I am thinking that, the thing that appeared in front of our eyes was……
A monster we never expected to meet.
It is a monkey like monster with humanoid form and has ochre colored body hair growing all over it.
They have bigger bodies than that of goblin and have sharp claws and teeth. They are the……
Wha-, M-Mad Monkeys!?“
“Just why are these guys on this floor!?”
*KiiKii*Their high-pitched voice resounds with ear-splitting loudness.
Having our expectations overturned in a split second the party falls into panic.
That’s natural. These ‘Mad Monkeys’ don’t appear on early floors ever.
They are the monsters that appear now and then on 4th and 5th floor. Why are they on the second floor then!? And in a crowd, no less!?
Their rank as per guild is D. The difficulty is worlds apart from goblins.
We guys are in a party, that’s why it would’ve been fine with 1 or 2 of them. But no matter how you look at it, they are coming here in a really large damned crowd!
We can’t win by fighting them. At this rate, we will be bitten to death.
We 4 four after confirming this fact, start running at full speed.
I ran and ran and after turning at some corners, I was finally able to shake off the monkeys.
I got separated from others while running. Right now, I can’t do anything other than believing that they are fine.
But more than that……
There is a more serious problem here.
“Ha……Ha……Just why are these guys here……?”
The Mad Monkey’s who should appear on the 4th floor and above are on the second floor. It’s an abnormal situation.
I start walking towards the exit of ‘Labyrinth’ because I don’t want to stay in this labyrinth for long. I remember the way back after all.
……But, in one of the corridor that I have to cross to reach the exit, those guys are camping there.
And from the voices I can hear, there seem to be more of them than the crowd from before.
Fortunately, I am still not found by them. And so I am hiding in the shadows and waiting for them to leave. Though, I highly doubt the possibility of that happening.
Having a crowd of rank D Mad Monkeys is as same as seeing a nightmare.
But, no matter what I say the situation won’t overturn. I can’t do anything but wait for them to go somewhere.
The moment I was thinking that,
The voices of Mad Monkeys changed from ‘KiiKii’ to ‘GiiGii’ as if threatening something. It seems like it’s gotten a lot annoying from before.
I thought for a second that I have been discovered, but looks like it’s something different.
The owner of the voices, monkeys, started running towards some other place while raising their voices.
Looks like they have found a new prey.
It seemed like they are going to kill that demon -maybe an adventurer- and were emitting bloodlust.
But even if that prey is ‘Someone’ rather than ‘Something’ I can’t do anything to help them.
Fighting that many Mad Monkeys is only reckless unless one is really confident in their fighting ability.
Even if I go out it won’t be of any help. It’s like pouring a handful of water in a large fire. I can do anything after all, I’m doubtful that I will win against even one of them.
The only thing I can do, is to pray that, that pitiful prey ‘Someone’ or ‘Something’ will be able to win or run -If possible, the prey should run away from my place- against/from them.
The moment I try to bear with the regret and powerless of can’t be able to do anything, while gritting my teeth.
SFX: Dokan!! (Boooom!!! Bdooom!! BTooom!!)
Suddenly one Mad Monkey came flying from the other side of the corridor.
I instinctively take defensive stance, but then realize that this place is still not discovered by them.
I carefully and timidly peek from the corner of the corridor to see the situation.
At that time, I realized some misunderstandings along with astonishment.
Misunderstanding #1: That Mad Monkey ‘Came flying’ but at the same time it didn’t ‘Came flying’. To be precise, it ‘It was punched and blown till here.
Misunderstanding #2: That Mad Monkey has already parted from this world, so I won’t be attacked.
While I realize the two things,
Suddenly it becomes more noisier than before on the other side of the corridor.
There is only……strange noisiness.
It doesn’t feel like a fight between demons.
There is sound of sparks.
There is sound of flame as if something is burning.
And there are also sounds of something breaking and sound of wind blowing.
Somehow, it feels like the voices of Mad Monkeys is changing from angry voice to scream……?
Just as I thought, that what if an adventurer that uses magic is fighting the Mad Monkeys.
The voices of Mad Monkeys decrease and suddenly stop.
Along with the sounds of spark and wind.
And immediately after,
“Elk, it’s over. So you can come out now~?”
I heard that voice. I step forward in amazement.
I see the figure of that kindhearted person……standing in that place while calmly brushing off the dust stuck on his clothes.
Near his feet, there are more than 20 Mad Monkeys,
But they are all now dead corpses that won’t release that annoying voice ever again.
Seeing my astonished face with eyes open wide, Minato returns a smile with his innocent child-like looking face.
(POV changes to Minato)
Phew, That surprised me.
I entered the ‘Labyrinth of Naga’ thinking that if by chance I can meet Elk.
And all of a sudden monkey-like monsters came attacking me.
Furthermore, they were for some reason fighting with good coordination. It seemed like they have a lot experience in group fights.
They were stronger than the goblins from yesterday, but yeah, they were great things to warm-up.
Worried about Elk with these demons roaming here, I started searching for her and suddenly my nose caught a familiar smell.
It was the smell of……the bacon I ate in my breakfast in the dining hall.
At that moment, I remember Tanya-chan telling me that she made a bentou for Elk.
And I realize that she must have made it with just some left-overs.
Smell of spices was also reaching my nose. I tried to follow the smell thinking ‘what if’ and Bingo!
I found Elk quite fast.
Ah, I also did the killing of those monkey-like demons.
Are they all violent and used to fighting in groups. They came attacking me as soon as they discovered me, but I killed them all.
After that, I succeed in meeting up with Elk who was hiding in the shadows of corner of the corridor.
Looks like nothing happened to her Yeah, it’s good that she is fine.
……As for returning route, i’ll leave it to Elk. Tsk, I really forgot it.
I bought the map, it won’t be good if I don’t use it……. Ah, but, this time I entered here through the entrance, so if I trace my smell…….
Anyhow, while I was thinking that, the frozen Elk thaws.
She told me that these monkey-like demons are called ‘Mad Monkeys’ and about their levels and parts which can be teared off.
Their raw materials will sell for more than the ones from yesterday. Yes, I made profit!
And along with that, I was told a worrisome thing.
These Mad Monkeys are the monsters that only appear on floors below here.
It’s an abnormal situation that these are appearing on early floors.
Hmm, so this is what it was?
Is something going to occur in this ‘Labyrinth of Naga’……
Ah, jeez……It’s my first dungeon after leaving home and I’m already involved in some crap situation.
The fist strikes a monster while making a dull *Bakii* sound. Eventually, the monster dies with just one punch.
The demon is not the monkey from before, but a wolfy-bear……how should I put it, it’s appearance is that of a small bear with the head of a wolf. It has red eyes and brown hair. It looks like the mane of a horse.
It’s not fast like those monkeys but it does has quite an amount of power. According to Elk this is called as ‘Little Beast’.
“……It’s really strange”
Elk murmurs while seeing me killing the ‘Little Beast’ just now.
“Strange?……by any chance, this guy also doesn’t appear here?”
“Yeah. They live in deepest parts of lower floors. And they are on this first floor……”
Right after kicking the asses of those Mad Monkeys (by alone), I heard from Elk that the dungeon is going through an abnormal phenomenon.
This dungeon, ‘Labyrinth of Naga’ is an ancient ruin starting from ground floor to 6 floors underground. In total it is of 7 floors.
And either the floor itself or somewhere inside the floor are the demons territories. And it naturally distributes weaker demons from stronger demons, which is convenient for adventurers.
There is a food chain made up inside, and due to that there is rarely any change in the ‘distribution’.
According to Elk, right now that ‘Distribution’ is strange.
For example, on the first floor and near entrance only low-levelled ‘Goblin’, ‘Rabbit’ and ‘Wolf’ appear which rookie adventurer can kill for training.
If they are unfortunate, they will meet up with the ‘Spider’ which I fought against yesterday or a ‘Black Wolf’ nothing else.
The more floors you descend you’ll meet up with more powerful demons or so is the distribution system.
Like, a ‘Scorpion’ about the size of a dog.
or giant cockroaches called as ‘Roach’ which prefer darkness and crawl super fast.
or flame throwing lizards called as ‘Red Lizard’
The ‘Little Beast’ I just defeated is the most dangerous of them all. Normally, they only appear in the lowest floor. Many say that a rookie can’t do anything in front of it.
And that right now……attacked us on the first floor.
This is obviously abnormal. I can’t help but think that something is occurring here.
Though I’m curious to know the reason for this abnormal situation, but as they say it’s foolish to deliberately poke a sleeping snake. And so the principle that says ‘Let the sleeping dog lie’ is important here!
And just like Elk said, I decide to leave here as soon as possible.
I tried to……but due to the demons appearing here and there we can’t move as we want.
Well, I can kick their asses if I was alone but right now there is Elk with me.
I have to fight while protecting her.
And so we are roaming here and there to find the route with monsters that are not much fast.
Even so, there are still monsters like the previous one.
While I’m thinking that, Elk is tearing off the useful parts of the ‘Little Beast’,
“This guys is a rank C? I had only saw it in documents before……if guys like this are loitering here then all the rookie adventurers will be killed.”
“Hmm, now this is an abnormal situation.”
C, huh. This is great.
A goblin is E, the monkeys from before are D and this one even one rank above it.
From what I’ve heard, Elk’s rank is E and her friends are also E and D. Even if they all work together, it will be difficult to survive……this is something even I can understand.
……By the way, this demon……
“Hey Elk, I found it strange when fighting the monkey from before too”
“? What happened?”
“Most of these guys are thin?”
Let it be the monkeys or this bear-ish (tearing off completed) thing.
It’s like their bodily fluids have been sucked out. It seems like they have too less amount of meat according to their body size……yeah, as if it’s due to malnutrition.
Elk says that she hasn’t see them so she doesn’t know about their physique. But if it’s like what I’m feeling……
“They lost to some other demon in a fight and came here after losing their place to live, maybe?”
“No……that can’t be. In the first place, this guy is the most strong demon in this dungeon. Others are ‘Mad Monkeys’ and ‘Statue’ only……”
So it’s impossible to imagine a demon who can defeat them, present in this dungeon, eh
Ah, the ‘Statue’ is a demon with a body of stone statue and it moves. It mostly appears in historic ruins. It’s rank is D.
But, it’s only logical if I think about it……Nh?
“I just heard something……‘
“? What? Scream of demons?”
“No, this is coming from before.”
I already had good ear and after enhancing my hearing ability along with other senses, I can hear things that Elk can’t. So it’s only natural for Elk have a ‘?’ float above her head.
The scream of demons are pretty far right now.
But just for one second I did hear it……
The sound of something really big crawling.
I walk while worrying about it and reach a place which is really spacious.
It’s area is about the gymnasium of an elementary school, no, a little small?
This labyrinth is pretty big and there a lot of places which are spacious but this one just somehow seems too much spacious.
And in front of us are numerous corridors. Well this is the so called corridor junction place. Pretty cliche.
This place is underground so it’s cool and refreshing. Air is flowing here from somewhere. This is spacious so there is no locked-up feeling here. If you just be careful from demons then this place quite a pleasant place.
“Only you’re the one who says……that it’s pleasant in a dungeon where demons are roaming in crowds.”
Oh, I see.
But, this really is more pleasant that I expected. It’s spacious, it’s not much humid so there is no need to worry about moss accumulating here and this place doesn’t has any weird smell.
When I once again think about, it’s does pique my interest. This dungeon is dark and underground then why doesn’t this place has any humidity? Is there any drainage system here?
I casually ask about it to Elk,
“Yeah, that is because the rock walls here are made of volcanic ash.”
“Yeah. There is a volcano near this dungeon. Right now there is no danger of it erupting, but……long ago it was an active volcano. And when the volcanic ash piled up after it erupting, it was used to make rocks and it is the ingredient used in making this dungeon. That’s why the drainage is good.”
While hearing Elk’s story, I surveyed this spacious room.
I see, so this all is made of volcanic ash.
In my previous world, volcanic ash was white, I think, well this is another world with magic and swords. It won’t help me thinking about these things.
Well, now that volcano has also stopped its activities so, there is nothing to worry……
(A volcano near this place?)
My mind grasped something inside the words spoken by Elk in a nonchalant manner.
The things that are coming to my mind are……various sorts of information that I’ve gotten a hold of, after coming here.
There is a dormant volcano near here which used to erupt long ago.
Recently, there have been earthquakes and a part of dungeon collapsed.
The monsters who should be on lower floor are on upper floor and are thin.
And……the wall painting of snake.
“……Er, Elk, I need to ask about something?”
“Eh, what is it?”
“Do demons, hibernate?”
“Hibernate? Well there are those who do. There are also those who hibernate for 1 whole year instead of just hibernating during the time of winter. Is something wrong with that?”
“So then, do you think this hypothesis is true?”
I take a deep breath and,
“Long ago, and that so, really long ago, this volcano was near here right? Naturally, the climate would’ve been really hot……unlike right now.”
In general places like cave or underground water areas are places where sunlight doesn’t reach and are a lot cooler than the places where sunlight falls on. Then this historic ruin is not an exception from that.
But, if there is a volcano near, then it’s another talk.
This place where magma falls, it would’ve been more than enough to somewhat warm up the ground of the dungeon. And if it was an active volcano then all the more.
“? Well that’s true. So then?”
“After the volcano stopped erupting then the ground temperature fell down and the dungeon became cool and refreshing as it is right now. And that so, even before adventurers started entering this dungeon.”
“Yeah, well that is true. I’ve heard that guild investigated here after the active volcano became a dormant volcano.”
“I see, then……”
What if, by any chance.
“What if a monster hibernated due to the decline in ground temperature and……that monster woke up due to the earthquakes happening recently?”
From what I’ve heard, it seems like due to the earthquakes the bedrock broke apart which was quite sturdy.
And all of a sudden an undiscovered treasure room made it’s debut appearance.
It’s possible that……not only the treasure room made it’s debut appearance.
“And that monster is very ferocious and strong that it eats the monkeys and bear-ish monsters……Yeah, for example……”
And then I punch the wall painting of the snake made on the wall beside me.
SFX: Zuri……ZuriZuri…… (Crawl)
……I hear it!
This time I clearly hear it.
The sound of something approaching us at a really fast speed.
Elk asks me after hearing my reasoning and after hearing the crawling sound……while making an expression as if she understood the situation immediately, or rather her face is saying that she was made to understand the situation.
Her face turns pale and her legs start quivering along with her face saying ‘Please say that what I’m thinking is wrong.’
“It’s a……joke, right?”
“……Why don’t you ask it from the guy behind us?”
Immediately we turn our face back,
and it is the superb timing that it made it’s appearance before us, while coming from the other side of darkness.
The thing that appeared before us is a Snake.
The same damned snake whose artistic paintings are made all over the walls of this labyrinth.
It’s more thick than a log and it’s skin is like an armor that can outshine other armors sold at shops and it’s length is about 15 metres……rather than calling it a snake it’s like a dinosaur type of big serpent.
It’s like that anaconda which I saw in hollywood movies in my previous life. The impact from seeing it up front is out of this world’s measuring machine. Yeah.
No doubt it. This guys is the reason for all the abnormal situation.
(POV changes to Elk)
I switched my eyes between the faces of Minato and that ‘Snake’ repeatedly and fell down as if the power from my legs has been lost.
My voice won’t come out. I can’t put any power in my legs.
I absolutely can’t do anything against the demon which is not a normal demon.
I can’t even move my own body.
I can’t put power in my legs, I can’t stand up. I can’t run.
Now that I’ve lost power in my legs and sat down, I can do nothing but only wait for death to come.
……The ground under my butt, is getting wet and warm.
Looks like I have peed.
But there is no time left for me to even feel embarrassed about it.
Even after Minato sees me, I don’t feel any speck of embarrassment, nothing at all. I don’t care about that.
I realized that I don’t even have time to think carefully after my sub-consciousness speaks in my mind ‘You’re going to die in the end.’
I don’t have any chance of being saved in front of this demon.
And even if my legs could move, this guy is so large that it’s obvious it will catch me easily.
And I can already imagine myself becoming a prey to that guy’s big mouth.
I am peeing and crying too.
I lost all my hope while being in that miserable state.
Most probably, it sensed that I don’t have any intention to run. The big serpent came towards me slowly without hurrying.
Slowly that face, fangs, eyes and everything that will lead me to my ‘Death’ is approaching towards me.
SFX: Zuri……ZuriZuri……(Crawl) [ET: *snaps*nfm;lisadgtoe hdrghoisg;kohdjo;ihdt]
The sound of it crawling near me reaches my ears. It is gradually becoming larger.
Not just its appearance but also with the sound of it approaching me is enough to instill fear in me.
I can’t move, can’t resist, but I’m still scared,
My heartbeat becomes faster and I can properly hear it,
I can’t stop my tears, my body is quivering, and my teeths are already chattering.
I am sure that I’m looking really miserable right now, but I……
SFX: –Hyuu (Flying sound)
Suddenly, I feel like my body is floating in mid-air.
I landed near the wall on the opposite side of the snake and now the distance between us quite a lot.
……I land there while being held by Minato in his arms.
A second later, I realize that I reached here while being held by Minato.
Within just one second, we distanced ourselves from the snake to an unbelievable extent.
After seeing Minato from up close……I understand that in contrast to me, Minato is quite calm even after seeing that scary devil demon.
Minato puts me on the floor gently,
“Stay behind, Elk. or rather, don’t move from here.”
Minato separates his eye from me and stands straight,
and then starts walking towards the snake while scowling at it.
For a second, it looked like the snake became bewildered. It’s natural, after all, even the snake wouldn’t have predicted it.
That a human will,
A person from the frail race which is small and weak than him is not having any speck of fear or shock like me and is standing in front of him brimming with the expectation to fight it.
“Well then……finally someone I can fight to my heart’s content made it’s appearance……?”
Err, the current situation is,
In front of my eyes is a dinosaur-like big serpent.
Rather its face is totally like that of a dinosaur. It ain’t on a damn level of a snake.
Behind me is Elk sitting down on the floor, after losing her leg strength.
Looks like, she is very scared after seeing this snake.
She is not only shedding tears, but also peeing that is not suitable for her age.
She is sitting there so it’s hard to understand her expression.
Anyhow, I carry her to the opposite wall and put her down.
And now, I am standing in between Elk and the dinosaur-like snake to protect her.
In this situation where a heroin is in a desperate situation behind me, I, am thinking about something.
(……What shall I do about this atmosphere……)
Really REALLY awkward.
What is awkward? Well it’s obvious.
After seeing a girl peeing in front of your eyes, that-, err-, as an opposite gender what should I say to her……
No, well, it’s only natural in this situation without thinking about the age, right?
I don’t mind it at all though?
I’m not concerned about it,
but right now Elk’s heart might be a bit complicated because she showed such a scene to a person of the opposite gender.
How should I put it, just how will I close the sense of distance after this ends……
Oh, to hell with it! This is all your fault, baka-hebi! [AK: idiot-snake; cause i like the jp term more xD]
No well, let’s think about this after I kill this thing!
Though I’m postponing this matter, but it’s not a wrong choice because I need to get over with this damn snake!
And that’s how it is,
「Then, let’s fight」
Maybe seeing me shaking my wrist for a little warm-up exercise, it realized that I have no intention of getting eaten silently.
And the big serpent tries to intimidate me by hissing.
Yeah, I can feel it.
That this guy is on a different level from those monkeys and bear-like monster.
And right after,
「oOo!」(The going-with-the-flow Minato)
「Kyaaaa!?」(The not-going-with-the-flow Elk)
It yells in a very loud voice, maybe it is echoing in the whole dungeon by now.
And reflexively, I and Elk both shout as if surprised.
Leaving that aside, the snakes can’t roar or yell or whatever after all their vocal organs don’t develop, right?
Whatever. This guy is a dinosaur-like thing.
While thinking as such, I move to the place where Elk won’t be hurt even if it comes flying at me. And seeing me moving it starts to put power in it’s body. Oh, finally coming?
He unleashes his mouth aiming at me in a speed unthinkable due to his large body.
I dodge his very fast attack with a side-step and drive a punch in the side of it’s face.
The gauntlet clashes with the scales and makes a *gakiin* sound which is very offensive to the ears.
But, this damn thing is really hard.
As an experiment, I drove the punch with the power which can even smash the bones of the ‘Little Beast’ from before, but just as expected this guy didn’t even flinch.
Immediately, he attacks at me by changing his course and is snarling at me. I somehow dodge it.
However, as if it learned or has wild instincts, the serpent, wraps his body to the extreme and shoots itself towards me. Ah, not good, this will hit me.
The speed might not be what I can not dodge, but still I choose to defend.
It’s not a bad thing to know the power of your opponent.
I cross my hands in front of face and prepare to for the impact, immediately following, the log-like body hits vigorously.
My body jumped and without being able to bear the impact……blows towards the back.
「—Whoops! I’m fine. Its all right!」
I got blown……but I still reply casually while flying in the air.
I twist my body in air and grab the floor firmly like a cat for slowing down. I somehow, cut off the momentum before hitting the wall.
At the same time, I inspect my body for any damages from the current attack.
……*phew* No injuries. No problem in movement too.
If it’s this level of attack, I’ll be fine even after getting a direct hit.
When I stand up and turn to the big serpent, it was already preparing to launch itself towards me.
It’s speed is a lot more than before, most probably more powerful too.
Oh well, the fangs do scare me, I’ll evade this time.
Once again, the side-step appears.
……Ah, no, this is different? Right now I didn’t mean it as a joke, it is just by reflex……I’m saying the truth. Please believe me! I’m not a KY to that extent(Would like belive)!
Right now it was just a word magic, or not, it was just an unfortunate coincidence! [ET: Most won’t understand his explaining his joke as in English it just doesn’t sound like a joke!]
Shit, this ain’t the time to think about this!
Suddenly, the big serpent wraps his body to the extreme and once again aims at me and shoots itself in a ridiculously fast speed. Whoa, pretty fast.
Did it get serious because it couldn’t eat me……Nh?
I realize one strange thing.
(……What is this smell?)
From inside the mouth of the snake an irritating smell of something decayed along with the putrid smell of the corpses he might have eaten reaches my nose.
And a burbling sound also comes from inside the mouth.
……Something is coming. No it’s not body but something else.
And just like I thought, the snake which looked like it’ll come attacking me like before decelerates and opens it’s mouth wide.
The moment I see something of yellow-green color, I jump to the side and dodge it.
And one second later, the place I was just standing at, collides with the unknown liquid spit by the snake -most probably a venom or digestive liquid of some sort-.
The sturdy floor of the labyrinth starts melting while making sounds. So it is acid.
It is still not able to completely melt the floor, but yeah, it’s pretty powerful. It will easily melt the metals.
What is it going to do by dissolving me if it wants to eat me later. Well whatever, it’s not my job to think that.
And it looks like this acid is volatile because it starts evaporating by raising a yellow-green colored smoke.
It’s evaporating speed is definitely faster than the evaporating speed of sterilization alcohol. In some minutes, most of the liquid of I don’t know how many litres, evaporated.
The moment, the smell of the evaporated liquid reaches my nose, I suddenly realize.
I take off the scarf around my neck and throw it towards Elk.
「Elk cover your mouth with it. Don’t inhale the gas」
「Yeah, the gas created by the evaporation of the acid, judging by the smell, most likely, it is a type of paralyzing poison. It is pretty powerful and a normal human won’t move for some minutes if inhaled. I think」
I remember it, because there was one guy in the forest which used the same thing. Though, it’s acid didn’t evaporate to form gas.
I see so the main reason for this acid is for the opponent to evade and let down his guard and then inhale the gas.
“I-I am thankful for that, but are you alright!? The meaning you said ‘judging by the smell’ means you are inhaling it from before……”
「Yeah, its alright. A poison of this level won’t work on me.」
Before our talk was over, the snake showed some movements.
This time it didn’t came leaping at me but is……groaning while staying in it’s place.
But the smell of the same acid from before reached my nose. Maybe it intends to paralyse me or inflict damage with the help of acid.
Well, I don’t even need to see the same attack again, the moment I thought that,
the same yellow-green color starts coming out of the snake along with the bloodlust which was not present just before.
It’s different from the one from before.
I hesitated for a moment whether should I attack it or not.
But, the big serpent seeing my actions as a good opportunity, opened his mouth wide.
At that moment, a yellow-green colored steam spewed out from the inside the of the serpent’s mouth like a spay, no, like how a dragon breathes fire -not like I have seen it- and the steam covers my whole body.
Elk becomes depressed for various unidentified reason after seeing the guy protecting her getting engulfed inside the steam of acid and paralysing poison.
Elk raises a sorrowful voice by seeing the scene.
On the other hand, the snake yelled a victory roar as if he won with his deadly breath.
And a bit later it peeks inside the poison mist, for seeing the pitiable prey of his dying.
「Sorry to say it out loud……but this won’t work on me!」
I don’t know whether my voice reached the ears of the snake.
but, still I’m sure that this guy in front of my eyes has bewilderment instilled inside it’s eyes. Monster’s expressions (?) are quite easy to read.
Elk also is astonished, her voice too is not coming out.
I’m a little happy that her face has an expression which is saying ‘relief’ and not only fright.
But well, it’s only natural to be surprised. After all, I’m alive and pimpin’ inside a dense fog of acid and poison.
While emitting an aura-like thing of bluish-white color.
Maybe they will see the true form of the aura, which is a mixture of ‘Steam’ and ‘Light’ if they see closely.
The light and steam is a defensive membrane made from magic for protecting myself from the dense fog of acid.
In the first place, an acid which can just melt stone and steel can’t even melt one hair on my body which is enhanced by『Elemental Blood』 and if inhaled at most it will make me cough for a bit.
But the extent of『Enhancement』is only till there.
It can’t block the stinking smell which will stick to my clothes and skin and hair.
And I seriously hate the smell.
Just because my nose is better than others, I always have to be careful for these things.
Well then, leaving this talk aside,
From what I have concluded after fighting after this snake, it looks like it’s power is near or close to that of those demons in the forest.
Now it’s the time to use ‘this’ without reservations.
I cancel the defensive membrane and face the snake.
So then, let’s start the work of the day!
「I’m getting serious from now on… hebi-yarou」[AK:snakey-dude]
I don’t know if he understood my words.
But he must have surely understood that I’m making fun of him. And the big serpent attacks just like before by throwing its body towards me.
It won’t hurt me, but I ain’t got any obligation to get hit by him. I let the attack come near me to the extreme, then I dodge it by shifting sideways.
While dodging, I fill up my fist with magic.
A different magical power from before.
My clenched fist releases a green light and air starts making a vortex around it.
SFX: *Dogoo* (Boom)
I punch it’s flank with power, different from before.
The moment, my fist strikes it, it starts creating a windstorm.
With that one punch, the log-like body flies many metres back.
The big serpent is pushed back as it raises an irritating cry.
The place my punch hit has cracks in its scales and are breaking down.
Blood is also falling down from the cracks. Looks like magic power has worked. With this much power, it does take damage.
For some time, it looked like the snake is looking at me blankly as if saying it didn’t understand what just happened.
Well, it does has a large body, so it might be the first time it has experienced the feeling of ‘blowing by punch’.
……But, I’ve got no obligation to wait for him to come back to earth.
I jump at it while my leg is releasing green color and my right hand is releasing red color.
The moment I kick the ground, I get on the whirlwind and accelerate. I close the distance between us in some seconds.
「One more time!!!」
This time it didn’t get blown, but……the place my punch hits an explosion occurs with tremendous explosive power.
But, it has resistance to heat and all, so it did not do the damage that I expected.
it just burned some scales of it. Damn, fire is not good!
Seeing that, the snake didn’t seem much astonished but had anger of getting blown before.
It attacks me by leaping and wriggling its body or with his tail. Anyhow, it is rampaging in anger. It keeps attacking me fiercely like waves after waves.
It’s body is long and thick, and it can move fast, so it is pretty troublesome.
Because it is attacking in anger, it’s body or tail hits the walls and floor which results in pebble or big rocks to fly at me.
「Argh, you’re so fucking annoying!!」
I’m avoiding all the attacks, but yeah its troublesome, so let’s just stop that guy.
I fill magic in my right hand, this time it emits yellow light.
I slip through the attacks of snake and close my distance. And then, attack it with the heel of my palm.
The insides of the cave became bright for a moment along with the stinging sound and the sound of something breaking.
At the the same time, the body of the big serpent stiffens.
It’s body is convulsing and is stiffened as if it has been hit by lightning.
……In truth, it did take lightning, or rather electric current.
Electricity is still coming out from the heel of my palm. That dinosaur-like snake got hit by my attack and the electricity.
Ah, before that, I need to confirm something.
I call out to Elk who didn’t get any role time for some time and is still sitting.
Maybe she was dumbfounded by the attack. Her body started shivering after I call her name.
「Fragments didn’t reach you? Are you alright?」
「Eh? Y-yeah, I’m alright……Minato, is that magic?」
「Nh? Uh, Yeah, I’ll tell you later, so no inquisition for now」
I will tell Elk later, but this the way I fight normally.
And it’s name is the awesome『Magic Arts』.
This is one of the main fighting magic my mom taught me along with『Elemental Blood』.
I not only enhance my physical strength or my agility. I change the ‘nature’ of the magic inside my body and thanks to that I’m able to bring out such powerful attacks.
For example in the case of punch. If I fill it up with fire magic then it will turn into a burning/exploding punch.
If I fill it up with wind magic, then it will turn into a punch which can increase the power of my punch along with creating a windstorm for blowing the opponent really far.
If I put wind magic in my leg, then I can accelerate with it’s propulsive power and can protect my body if I cover my body with water magic.
And during the training with mom, I found out that I have talent in all the 8 categories of magic in this world like『Fire』,『Water』,『Wind』,『Earth』,『Ice』,
『Lightning』,『Light』and『Darkness』. And just like that, I practices them to the extremes and enhanced my Taijutsu.
[AK: for those who do not know Taijutsu (lt. body skill/technique) means all empty-handed combat skills; to keep it short]
Till now all opponents were weak so I didn’t had any need to use this and so it didn’t made it’s debut, but this is my fighting style. While I was in the forest, I had a lot more chances to use this.
By the way, I electrified my hand with the『Lightning』magic and attacked the body of the snake.
So I attacked it with lightning and my powerful punch, which caused the snake’s muscles to strain and stop its movements.
Well then leaving all this talk once again aside,
I need to kill it before anything unexpected happens.
It is the first demon with stout body and is of different variety that I’ve fought, so i got elated and played with it……but now that I’m back to earth, I need to finish this.
I don’t want Elk to get hurt just because I am playing with it.
Now that I know Elk is fine, I return my line of sight to the big serpent.
When I do so, the snake is glaring at me with hostility and vigilance.
It must have realised that I’m different from other preys. In various meanings.
But from its investigation. It looks like it didn’t tell the snake to hesitate even a bit.
The big serpent re-activates his attacking. It attacks like an idiot which only knows one way of attack.
This time I will……not dodge.
It’s large mouth opened wide approaches me.
I let the it come close to me and at the last moment……drive a kick in the lower part of it’s mouth.
I attack just like before, by filling it up with magic power. The body of snake shakes like sea waves.
As a result, the head of big serpent slips past me.
Moreover, by getting a strong blow near it’s chin, it’s body stiffened for a bit.
But then, I’m not expecting it to give cerebral concussion. There is no chance it will.
In that time while it’s stiffened, I quickly slip near its throat and lower my hips to stand firmly.
At the same moment, my right hand near my hips starts releasing a kind yet powerful looking orange color.
The magic I’m using is different from the ones i used before. This time it is……
This is the most suitable magic for increasing the ‘horsepower’. [ET: Ask author why he wrote horsepower]
And that magic is gradually being filled up in my right hand fist.
While sighing I fill up the energy.
In this way, by sighing I can increase my concentration which is impossible for any idiot.
And there is a need to give the techniques a name because it is also needed for the same reason I am sighing and as such I was taught by mom.
Before I knew it, the gentle yet powerful orange light started glowing in my surroundings with my fist as the center.
The light is gradually getting stronger.
And even before the snake twists its body for attacking me, I release my strongest attack today.
I firm my feet and put my weight in the fist and drive it near the place where the snake’s medulla oblongata might be present.
At the moment of impact, a loud sound rivalling the cry of snake reaches my ear. It is as if a 10 ton truck collided it.
My one attack, smashes all the scales of the snake, breaks the muscles, the inner bones are pulverized and it’s spinal cord is torn in pieces.
I felt that, err, lively feeling through my fists.
It’s the feeling of the big-serpent dying.
The body of the already dead snake felt the impact of the attack a second later and flies into the air.
It’s 20 m body heroically flies and strikes the opposite side wall of this room, making a loud noise.
It’s body convulses for some seconds and stops moving.
In a sense fast and in a sense dramatically, the king of the『Labyrinth 』welcomed it’s death.
I remain on guard with my fist pushed forward. I stay vigilant whether the snake will move again or not.
After I confirm the snake died, I lower my guard.
「Fuu–……Well, something like this」
Yeah, It was a worthwhile battle both for experience and information.
Though it might be due selfishness, but I got a good experience to keep on working as an adventurer. Thank you very much big-serpent-san for letting me get experience.
Now then, all that is left is……
「So Elk, shall we return?」
「Eh? Ah, Y-yeah……」
I bring Elk back to Earth who was in space just till now.
Now there is no reason to remain in this dungeon anymore. Let’s just take the spoils and leave here.