New chapter today.
Chapter 3 – It’s Time For The Treasure Chest Rush
“It can’t be helped, I completely forgot about them. Lusha, wait for me to move near that wall, and defeat them all afterwards, okay?”
“Okay, got it.”
Because the other party was scared, I moved to the wall along with the demon killer moles. This makes it harder for the monsters to get away from me and attack anyone else, and above all, Lusha’s arrows wouldn’t hit the others even if she missed. Naturally, she won’t shoot behind herself even by accident.
“Alright, it’s okay to attack now.”
The monsters continued missing their attacks, and as soon as I stood by the wall and gave the signal, Lusha started shooting. One arrow hit the mark, but the rest missed. Out of five monsters, only one got hit. We’d probably level up if I could gather a large amount of monsters and hunt endlessly while walking in this dungeon.
It doesn’t look like I have time to sit around, either.
Lusha again drew an arrow and shot it toward the demon killer moles.
“Oh, it hit another one!”
She might be in a little better shape now. Another mole was killed by one of the three arrows she fired in this volley. However, if the number of monsters decreases, her effective accuracy will naturally decrease as well.
It took about five minutes to defeat the remaining three killer moles. Of course, each mole was taken out in one hit.
“Phew, it’s done! The party over there seems to be okay, too.”
“Yeah, they are.”
When I saw them after finishing our prey, everyone over there seemed capable of dealing with their prey as well. In that case, there’s no need to stick around any longer to help them. The last thing I did was give them some more support skills.
“[Shield] [Heal] [Regeneration]. Alright, it should be fine, now.”
Lusha seemed surprised when I started to leave so quickly after helping the other party. The girl in robes that screamed at me before was also looking at me bewildered. I saw her healing the vanguard, so I was pretty sure she’s in the same healer position as me.
“Alright then, take care.”
Obviously, it’s no good to leave without even saying anything, so I just gave them a standard goodbye. The vanguard, who was still fighting, looked at me in surprise, but she immediately said, “Thank you!” along with the Archer and the magician. Lusha and I went on ahead.
As we walked along leisurely, I asked Lusha something I was wondering about.
“You seemed surprised when I was about to leave, do we usually have to wait until the fight is over?”
“Uh, um… kind of. I think most people would wait. I mean, it’s fine because your heals instantly recover people to full health, but that’s not usually the case.”
“Ah, good point.”
I’d realized something from that explanation. It’s rare for a heal to completely recover injuries like mine does. Usually, we’d need to join up with the other party and defeat all the monsters, then treat them after the battle is over. That’s how things would usually go. The party I just helped would have assumed the same as well.
Lusha chimed in with one more thing. “Also gratitude. Normally, they’d want to thank you and give you something for saving their lives, they wouldn’t expect someone to just help them for almost nothing.”
“Oh, I see…”
Certainly, fighting monsters means risking your life. In fact, the party we just saved was in a situation where it wouldn’t have been surprising if they all died.
In the game I was playing, there was no such thing as… rewarding someone for supporting you. At most, they’d just say thanks for the support. So even if I support a party that is struggling, I don’t expect anything in return.
But maybe Lusha wanted something? If so, I feel like I’ve made an error.
“Hey, should we have tried to get something from them?”
Lusha laughed. “Well, it’s not a big deal. If we were hurting for cash when we helped someone out of such a difficult situation, we’d think about it, but we have nothing to worry about right now.”
“That’s good. It’s just troublesome to wait around to get rewarded anytime we help someone out. I’d rather help secretly and just leave afterward.”
“You’re really an amazing person, aren’t you?”
“Usually people will gloat at least a little after helping someone. To help someone secretly without even giving your name is more selfless than a hero!”
I laughed nervously at that. I’m not such a big-hearted person, I’m actually the kind of person who’d refuse to fight for the king and get thrown in jail.
“But since you’re like that… I’m sure you’ll at least tell me about it.” Still amused, she stopped for a moment to say she was happy. “Hiroki, it looks like we can go to the next floor.”
“Oh, you’re right.”
Lusha shouted, “There won’t be many people from the next floor onwards, so let’s get to the boss room quickly!” I was stunned by her enthusiasm. With more excitement than usual, Lusha and I went straight to the boss room.
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The boss, a Minimum Skeleton, was quickly defeated by my Heal, and Lusha and I reached the treasure chest room at the bottom of the dungeon.
At the bottom of the dungeon is a room with a boss referred to as the dungeon’s Lord, followed by a treasure chest and a transfer device to return to the surface. By the way, the boss room has an advantageous layout for me that make me possible to pass through it and avoid it without defeating it. Well, I don’t do that because I’m with Lusha now. [ED: Does the author think we’re this forgetful?]
“Hiroki, let’s hurry up and get the treasure chest open!”
I put my hand on the treasure chest that appeared in front of us and opened it with Lusha. What we found inside was two skill books and some money. The money went straight into my bag, and we shifted our focus to the main subject, the skill books. Gaining new skills was always useful.
“For now, to increase Lusha’s firepower…”
“No, we’ll each use one, Hiroki! You have to increase your skills, too!”
I wanted Lusha to use both of the skill books to increase her firepower, but she rejected it immediately. It’s true that I also want to learn skills, so I’m grateful for that.
“Well, I’ve got one!”
“Oh, I learned one, too.”
Lusha and I look at each other and tell what skills we have learned at the same time.
“I’ve learned Water Arrow!”
“Mine is Safety Circle.”
You can easily tell Lusha’s new skill is basically an arrow made from water, but my skill’s effect is definitely harder to figure out from the name. So I looked at my status to see the description.
“This skill is actually similar to Shield. It might be better to call it a barrier. [Safety Circle]!”
When I used the skill, a circle of light radiated from my feet. This must be the barrier area.
With a radius of about one meter, it seems Lusha and I can enter it without problem.
“Whoa, does that mean you’re invincible while you’re in this light?”
“I don’t know for sure, but I think it’s something like that. It’s like if I recognize you as an ally, you can enter it.”
“Then, I should be able to enter too, right? Oh, I can!”
Lusha entered the Safety Circle in a hurry. And then she looked at me and said, “I want to learn more skills!” Her confident smile was inspiring. Of course! I want more skills too, so I nodded.
And now for the result. It goes without saying that our rush for dungeon treasure chests had begun.
“Hiroki, it’s the demon orc king!”
“I can avoid it without a problem!”
“Oh, this time it’s a cute bunny king!”
“Whoa, I don’t want to kill it, it’s so cute…”
“I’m killing it.”
We were able to gain multiple items and skills while capturing dungeons on the way to the demon king’s castle.
Our spoils after the Earth Dungeon were: Money, magic stones, three skill books, some potions, and some jewels. I had two new skills in total, and Lusha had four, to increase her firepower. I think this will make hunting a lot easier from now on.
Name: Hiroki Sakurai
Magic Power: 1
Evasion: 140+8 (Equipment)
Skills: [Language Acquisition] [Heal] [Regeneration] [Shield] [Silence] [Mana Search] [Safety Circle]
Mana Search: check the state of the target
Name: Lusha Plum
Attack: 100+17 (Equipment)
Magic Power: 1
Skills: [Create Arrow] [Wind Arrow] [Water Arrow] [Fire Arrow] [Earth Arrow] [Enchanted Arrow]
ED: Yes, Lusha’s base attack is now at 100 for some reason. No, it doesn’t make sense. Author’s asleep at the wheel.