Translator: “Pink Tea” Editor: ”Ryunakama”
Day 15 – In front of the cave, the tent.
Now, today it’s orcs again. Looks like this time they are going to take revenge on them.
Yesterday, the girls held a meeting after coming back and were going pretty hard at it, even having some practice battles.
They will be able to set off for a town when this is over, so naturally, they must be pretty motivated.
The fastest enemies in the forest, kobolds, are no longer opponents for them, and gobs can be handled even if there is a pack of them. This leaves only orcsーー The strongest monsters of this forest.
Reaching a town they should be able to get better weapons, and maybe even learn new fighting techniques. And unlike me, their levels keep rapidly growing.
If they were able to beat orcs, there will be nothing that they can learn in this forest.
「So I guess today is the day.」
Well, though I’m now supposed to escort them until a town. I also want to see it, and there is also no telling what can be encountered on the way there.
Monsters are one thing, but I don’t know if the president and the others can fight bandits, human opponents.
There also could be unknown monsters.
I wonder if the geeks are in a town? The bitches lived only to meet them.
But…… It’s the geeks we are talking about. Wouldn’t they get kicked out of the town for one reason or another?
Since no one is coming to call me for breakfast, let’s do some light practice.
Holding the staff, I swing it while walking, I walk while swinging it.
I shouldn’t stop.
My power is low.
And I can’t take a hit.
Extend the staff.
Holding it in the middle with both hands, I thrust with both ends, then sweep.
Shifting my grip to the very end, I swing the staff.
Changing the grip again, poke.
Never stop walking.
I swing the staff, using momentum from the steps.
Poke when I step to the side.
I’ll get killed if I stop.
Stop, and I won’t have the power to deal enough damage.
Stop, and I’ll get surrounded and killed.
「「「Woooooah, ***clap, clap, clap***.」」」
Looks like I was being watched? I guess I was a bit too focused…… Phew, I’m glad that I didn’t take any poses…… I didn’t, right?
「Haruka-kun, did you learn some kind of martial arts? 」
Apparently, they saw martial arts in it. Is it because it looks similar to Shaolin monks and Sayuki when I extend the staff?[1. TL Note: Think of Wu Kong, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey_to_the_West]
「No, I didn’t learn anything. Self-taught style?」
「Really? It looked pretty good.」
At times I thought of cool moves and practiced them in front of a mirror, but that is a secret. Naturally, signature poses are also a secret. For real!
「Breakfast? What is for breakfast?」
Today is a good day as well. The fish is delicious.
We move through the forest, hunting gobs and kobolds. Once again, I got a great haul of mushrooms.
「I think these mushrooms are a feed for monsters, but since someone is annihilating them, a lot of mushrooms are left lying around.」
I see. So that’s why there are so many monsters, and because there are HP and MP recovering mushrooms around the cave, monsters in that area are also stronger. Sounds reasonable.
「Since there are many mushrooms, there are also lots of monsters, and since there are lots of monsters, there are only a few animals? This calls for a massacre. I want to eat meat.」
Speaking about this and that we continued the hunt, proceeding deeper into the forest.
Everyone is already over 30. It seems that the vicinity of the cave is good for leveling up. Though I’m living here, and still somehow can’t raise my level.
The orc that we finally found was level 16, a bit too strong perhaps?
「Okay, can I have the first one?」
「Yeeah, Be…… Careful?」
For some reason, she had a questioning tone.
I casually walk up to the orc. No surprise attacks or violent beating.
Using the right end of the extended staff I knock the club coming at me from above to the right and rotate the staff and attack with the left end.
Then, turning around, I use the centrifugal force to sweep at the orc’s feet.
It doesn’t fall, but it’s still staggered. After gathering its attention on the lower half, I thrust at the eyes, when it defended with the club, I slash at the legsーー With the flurry of blows I aimed at top, down, right, and left and forced it on defensive.
Stopping the orc, I move around and poke it into the hand that held the club.
Continuously moving I keep repeating that, just sticking to an offense.
Aiming at the eyes, the legs, and the weapon. I just keep attacking, forcing the orc to defend.
The president and others were worried about their lack of means to deliver a decisive blow, but in that case, they should weaken the enemy by attacking its weak points.
I just have to shut down the orc’s options with each strike.
When the opponent doesn’t attack, I just focus on crushing it.
Throwing fire in the orc’s face, and as it faltered, I used the opportunity to strike.
The orc lost its eyes, the club, could hardly use its arms, and was dragging its legs on the ground.
「I will leave the last hit to you. How about using this chance to test some big attacks?」
「Thank you, Haruka-kun. Today it was actually educational. 」
Having said that, they dashed to surround the orc. Yeah, it is a very confidential secret that I just switched with them because I got bored.
But today, huh. You know, what happened yesterday wasn’t my fault?
No, I mean, it was all because of the information the geeks gave me…… And the president as well…… And while I was grumblingー
The mages squad used a big attack. Charging magic as much as they can, and then releasing it all at once. Overkill.
I offer juice to everyone, as expected of girls, they react quickly to it. Their response is very different when it comes to sweets…… Eh, did one of them just use shukuchi[3. TL Note: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shukuchi] for this?
The second orc is level 10, just fine. A reasonable value.
The girls are fighting on their own, surrounding it, but there doesn’t seem to be any problem.
They have proper coordination among themselves, and unlike yesterday, they properly understand their roles. A good joint offense, with everyone working together without showing off.
Magic and arrows are targeting its eyes, and when the orc tries to protect them, it gets repeatedly stabbed into the legs.
And were it to try and swing the club to protect the legs, it would lose the eyes. Meanwhile, its arms are getting torn to shreds.
They wonーー There are no cheers yet, but they won.
Then, let’s have lunch! Okay, yesterday, I made BBQ and got scolded. So today, I’ll set for salty broth with fish and mushrooms.
Yesterday, I also got scolded after putting up flowers for decorations. But I won’t make the same mistake as schoolboys. Unlike the geeks, I’m a man that can read the mood.
Yes, what’s needed here is not gaudiness. For Japanese, it has to be wabi-sabi![3. TL Note: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi]
Gathering dried wood I smoke it out, then, washing it cleanly, I dry it with Temperature Magic.
Making bowls and plates by scraping off a trunk, and using thin branches to make chopsticks, after straightening them with packing magic.
Make a table and chairs out of a log.
Looks like it’s doneーー The dead wood, giving off a feel of driftwood, while appearing frugal, it also carries a spirit of hospitality in its arrangement.
「Welcome back, the meal is ready.」
I prepare water so they can wash their hands.
「「「We are back…… Why is it that every time we fight there is a nice smell!!」」」
Are they angry again? So school girls cannot understand the spirit of wabi-sabi after all, heeey, call the chef!! Oh, wait, that is me?!
Why are they getting angry at me every day?
Is that the effect of Muppet after all?
Despite them being angry, they are still asking for additional servings. At this rate, I will soon get 「Bullied」among my titles.
Defeating orcs of Lv 8 and then Lv 11, the last orc of today is Lv 13, a big one. Insatiable Libido is also Lv 5.
「Hey…… His eyes look kinda pervy?」
「This…… He is aiming for girls with big breasts?」
「Kyaaaーー…… Eh, it isn’t coming my way! What is the meaning of this!!!」
「Fufufufu…… He ignored me, I’ll definitely kill him…… 」
「Eeeh~, why~, why is it coming only my waay~…… Eeeh~?」
「「「「Heeeh, is that, so? Must be rough!」」」」
「Fufufufufu, I’m really going to kill him……」
「Why…… Am I getting…… Totally ignored……?」
Damn it, the party is falling out.
The orc finally crumbled down. It seems that the girls’ friendship also crumbled.
I don’t think it even has to be mentioned, that the main culprit of that destruction is Vice President B.
It’s pretty dark already, let’s hurry home…… It’s also kind of scary?
「Goddamn it, a certain person from earlier and this orc as well, if you like huge tits so much, just teleport to the boobs planet!」
「Ignored…… Completely? Even by an orc…… Flat out……」
「Hm?~ Why am I getting ignored?~ Hmm?~」
「「「「Oh, really, that must be rough!」」」」
Looks like women’s friendship is fragile. But given the choice between a forest in the middle of nowhere and boobs planet, I also would like to be teleported to the latter. Like, actually! Please!
After dinner, while taking baths in turns, we hold a conference. 20 Girls Assembly + Loner.
「Ehm, the next morning we are going downstream, and if by afternoon we are still in the forest, return here…… Correct?」
「Yes, there is no telling if we will be able to immediately find a town, so if during that half of the day we manage to find a town or a road, we head there, I guess?」
「In that case we should go out fully equipped. Gather your baggage, I will put it into the item bag.」
Well, tossing all 20 girls into the magical tent of Villager A-san, and me spending the night in a sleeping bag, should do for camping.
We also made plenty of dried fish. And enough mushrooms. Even if 21 people get stranded, these mushrooms can last a long while. At this point, the mushrooms are beginning to push the max capacity of the item bag.
Leaving this place for several days, I feel like by the time I come back it will be all covered in shrooms…… And gobs.
Day 15 – Nighttime, in front of the cave, the tent.
Getting outside during the night, I head to the forest.
They’ll probably call the cops on me if I stroll into the cave during the night.
「Heya, long time no see?」
「Haruka, if you noticed me, then just stop already. It’s pitch dark. You know how scary it’s going to be on the way back?」
「So, why were you following without showing yourself? Are you an idiot? Ah, yeah, you are. Yup.」
「Yup my ass. Why are you so confident that I’m an idiot!」
Aaah, how noisy, annoying, even the voice itself reeks of sweat.
「You……Following the schoolgirls from the forest, and then appearing in the middle of the night, there is a limit to how suspicious one can get? Were they to hold a dumbass competition, you would surely get into the finals, you know?」
「It’s not like I was following the girls! I was following you.」
「………What? Are you gay?」
「I’m not! And don’t say gay, at least say BL…… I’m not though!!」
Aah, loud, annoying, tiring even to look at.
「Okay, so why won’t you show yourself in front of the girls?」
「……Because I can’t trust them.」
「You are saying that after abandoning geeks? After ignoring the attack on the girls? Just who is the one that cannot be trusted here?」
「……You are right. ……But even so, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to trust them. We can’t believe them.」
They seem to have a lot of thoughts going on. Despite being idiots. It’s probably something dumb anyway. Worse than not thinking at all.
「And what is the idiotic reason that made a dumbass, such as yourself, doubt them? Or rather, you are an idiot?」
「Dumbass, you say…… You heard about the incident with Puppetry and Charm that the trash got?」
「I did. I also met the geeks during their escape.」
「After that, we completely lost trust for anyone.」
「I don’t get it, why are you doubting the geeks and the girls instead of the trash?」
「You know why.」
「Aaah, let me think for a bit. I know that it is pointless, but I’m trying. If you could think and understand it, then even goblins can. You know, just go and ask goblins for advice. Wouldn’t you get along nicely? As fellow idiots?」
「Harsh, just as usual, which pisses me off even more!」
Surprisingly, the brain of one of the athletic boys had a shred of intelligence to it.
「Yeah…… Why are people smart enough to make a huge ruckus about Charm and Puppetry not saying a thing about Plunder, which even we can tell is dangerous as heck? Even worse, they even told everyone that they should hide their skills, teaching Concealment to everyone! That is obviously weird!」
「What an idiot, understanding all that, doubting every shadow…… And what would you do if I had it? What’s the point of hiding until now?」
「If you have it then it’s fine. Others also wouldn’t object, or rather, you are the one who had it?」
「I don’t, but I have Command. Actually, isn’t this one more dangerous for you guys?」
Yup, taming is more fitting for those guys than Puppetry. They are clearly of the same monster family as goblins, geeks, and bitches.
「Why…… For some reason, I actually feel that this one is more dangerous?! Why?」
Looks like his instincts are signaling about the danger. Looks like he is of the same kind and the same level as goblins after all.
「Well, anyway, be it Plunder, or Puppetry, or Charm, or…… Or even Command, if you have it, then it’s fine. We will meet up with them and apologize. But…… We can’t trust others.」
As it looked like the talk was going to take a while, I took him to the tent, and gave him food.
He is eating a lot. Well, it’s only mushrooms, so it’s fine.
「I have no idea why you have so much trust in me, but since I’m trusted, I’ll say this. It’s fine.」
「……Okay, got it.」
「Eh, that is enough for you? You aren’t going to ask for a reason or explanations?」
「Nope, I probably won’t get it anyway? Since you are saying that it is fine, then it is going to be okay? Probably?」
It’s going to be okay, he seems to have no idea what exactly, but it seems to him like it is going to be okay. Looks like his head is not okay.
Is it because I gave him food? It kind of feels like taming might actually work…… I’m not going to do it though. I mean, they are noisy, unpleasant to see, and their very existence is annoying.
「Thank you for the meal. Phew, then, I’ll go back and tell everyone that it’s fine. Please apologize to Oda, the president, and the others for us. We will come to apologize later.」
He left. Is this fine? Really?
I stuffed his bag to the brim with mushrooms, so it should be enough for a bribe. The persuasion should go fine, a combo feeding. I’m not going to tame them though!
15th Day – Over.