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“So, you were… trying to escape from the monster?”
“No… I was planning on destroying this magic stone.”
Saying that, the girl pointed to a black magic stone. A magic stone that produces a devastating magical power that was similar to the one I destroyed earlier. Or perhaps it’s the same one.
“I also saw the same thing when I was confronting the monsters outside the forest. If you want to destroy it, leave it to me.”
“Can you do that? If you’re damaging this magic stone here, the monsters will come up and obstruct you.”
“What I mean to do is…”
I take out my hammer, my divine treasure, and smash it down. At that moment, the magic stone shattered and was collected in my item box. It happened in an instant. The girl’s eyes widened when she saw it.
“Eh, eh? W-w-what did you just do?”
“…My hammer is capable of destroying this thing. Somehow, it seems to be compatible with it.”
“I-I see… that’s how it happens. Compatibility… huh?”
At any rate, she seems convinced. It’s not that I didn’t want to help destroy it as the girl said, but if that’s the case and we get attacked again by a number of monsters like the one we had earlier, we’re no match for them.
“For now, I’m done with my job here… now I just have to meet up with everyone.” said the girl.
“By everyone, you mean the adventurers?”
“Well, yes, some of them. But most of them are knights.”
Does that mean she is one of the knights? Indeed, the outfit she’s wearing makes her look more like a student at some school than an adventurer.
Is that it? The students of the knight training academy have come with the knights as reinforcements?
The girl walks in front of me, and I follow behind her.
“W-well… my name is… is Benny… uh, what’s your name?”
“My name is Relius.”
“R-Relius… huh? I see.”
Benny muttered with her cheeks dyed. I wonder what is wrong with her. I walk with her while tilting my head.
I check the magic stone from earlier. The magic stone I retrieved is labeled as a labyrinth crystal.
…She said she’s with the knights, so maybe I should give it to her.
“Benny-san, the magic stone from earlier… do you know what it is?”
I take out the labyrinth crystal from my pouch. Benny-san grabbed it and looked at it.
“Hmm… I’m not sure. At any rate, I know it’s a dangerous magic stone that summons monsters, but――.”
“In the meantime, I’ll just give it to the knights and have them examine it.”
Benny-san put it in her pocket. I had another one, but I don’t think I need to give that one to her for now. And it seems like my level isn’t good enough to create the labyrinth crystal yet, or it’s too difficult.
As I walked with Benny-san, we came to an open area. The adventurers and knights were sitting there looking tired and looking at us.
“Benny-sama! Thank goodness you were able to destroy it safely!”
“…Well, yeah, I guess. With the help of the adventurers over here, I managed to do something about it.”
“I see…! Thank you very much.”
One of the knights got up and came over to me and bowed his head. Benny-san handed him the magic stone from earlier.
“This magic stone was successfully destroyed, or rather, its power was eliminated. Is it possible to have it checked?”
“…This is―this is similar to the magic stone I saw in the labyrinth research center before. I can sense unique and powerful magic in it…”
“You mean the magic stones used to build the labyrinth?”
“Yes. It’s called crystal, and with it, one could certainly create a large number of monsters.”
“But aren’t there only three labyrinths of magic stones in the school? I heard that all the others failed?”
“There was a failure. …However, as for the whereabouts of that magic stone… we’ll have to look into it too.”
“So that’s it…”
She was called Benny-sama, doesn’t that mean, she’s an important person? Should I call her Benny-sama from now on, too?
“Anyway… thank you very much.”
As I was thinking about that, the knight once again bowed his head to me to thank me. Along with the adventurers and knights, I made my way back from the forest to where we were camping.
“Relius! You’re safe!”
“If it weren’t for you, we’d all be dead! Thank you!”
Gon-san and Garberossa-san hugged me with a smile. I gave a wry smile and accepted their embrace for now.
The adventurers and knights seemed to be thinking about their new formation at the campsite. For now, I heard them say that they wanted to focus on finding the magic stone in the example.
As for the important talk, the people above them are talking about it. I returned to our own tent along with Gon-san and the others.
“Even so, Relius. You’re really strong.”
“…is that right?”
“Don’t be so modest.”
…I didn’t have many opportunities to fight with other adventurers.
I knew I was reasonably strong from fighting the Rabbit Kangaroo before, but I didn’t think I was strong enough to fight a rank C or B class monster. Maybe I could manage to do well as an adventurer.
“That’s right. We’ll take care of the night watch, so Relius and Mear should get some rest.”
“…Is that okay?”
“Yeah. It will be a problem if Relius can’t move when things go wrong. We’ll take the rest afterwards.”
“…Okay, I understand. Thank you.”
Gon-san smiled and patted me on the back.
“Ah, yes. As an evening meal, you can have some here as well.”
At the very least, I made the hamburgers served at our inn and handed them to Gon-san and the others.
“Whoa, the item box is so convenient. I appreciate it.”
“…it’s so good!”
They happily ate them up. They were freshly made and would be quite tasty. Mear-san stared at me. I can see the drool on her mouth.
“C-can I have some too?”
“…You’re going to bed after this, aren’t you? Is that okay?”
…I was thinking of making her eat it when we woke up in the morning, but if she says so, I’ll give it to her. I give Mear-san the burger as well. Then she took a bite with her eyes sparkling.