Chapter 98 – Irregularity in Drops
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The fourth floor of Aurum Dungeon, I was folding my arms whilst watching the fight going on in front of me.
The one fighting in front of my eyes was Alice, or more specifically it was her 3 companions that were fighting for her.
The Skeleton, Boney-chan was holding a bone as a club which was used to whack the enemy. The Slime, Jumpy-san was bouncing around while hitting the body of the enemy, and lastly the newly added companion Bon-bon who had just raised his level, instead of using his signature self-destruct, he was firing light balls.
Though the firepower was underwhelming, but because it was a three-to-one battle, they managed to defeat the enemy monster.
The drop was a piece of gold dust, and Jumpy-san who dealt the final blow picked up the piece of gold dust and hopped back and gave it to Alice.
Alice who received the piece of gold dust tightly hugged Jumpy-san.
[Nicely done Jumpy-san, and also to the both of you too Boney-chan and Bon-bon.] (Alice)
[Seems like you’re now able to fight steadily.] (Ryouta)
[If you can defeat the monsters here then I’m sure you can fight in Shikuro too. Hmm? I just remembered the rare monster, High Guts Slime, since it would counter any lethal damage, I wonder what would happen if Bon-bon were to self-destruct on the slime.] (Ryouta)
[I wonder?] (Alice)
As she said that she caressed her neck, and showed an interested expression.
[Do you want to head back and test it out?] (Ryouta)
Alice nodded happily, and returned the three companions into their SD sized while gazing at the gold dust she’d earned.
Together with this drop right not it was her fifth grain.
The gold dusts were slightly different compared to the world I was in, as the monster that drops this gold dust were of high purity gold which is way more expensive.
The gold dusts on the palm of her hands could be worth around 10k plus Piro.
[This might be the first time in my life that I’d earned my own money.] (Alice)
[Yeah, when we were in Shikuro I was there to support you.] (Ryouta)
[Thanks Ryouta! You really helped me a bunch!] (Alice)
[Instead of praising me I think it’s better if you praise them too.] (Ryouta)
[That’s true! Thanks everyone for your help!~] (Alice)
With that sweet and brimming smile placed onto Alice’s face, Boney-chan and the rest expressed their joy in their body languages.
[Hey Ryouta, do you have anything that you want?] (Alice)
[Something that I would like…?] (Ryouta)
[I want to give something to Ryouta with the money I’ve earned for the first time.] (Alice)
[……….Cut me some slack with what you said just now.] (Ryouta)
[Cause you’re making me feel older now.] (Ryouta)
It’s sweet and I understood Alice’s feelings, but from what she said, converting it into my brain it just meant [A father getting a gift] from their child’s first salary.
I’m honestly really happy about it but it at the same time it’s hurting me.
[It’s okay to feel good though~] (Alice)
[My feelings……] (Ryouta)
Alice thought for a moment then approached me, tiptoed and as if it was a matter of fact kissed me on the cheek.
[No, that’s not it.] (Ryouta)
[I really love Ryouta~] (Alice)
[I see.] (Ryouta)
I leaked out a bitter smile.
Feelings, as in Alice’s feelings.
I did not feel bad at all.
[Was it an annoyance?] (Alice)
[No not at all? In fact I was glad and not like that homo.] (Ryouta)
[Is that so, thanks!] (Alice)
I wonder why she thanked me again.
A warm feeling and a refreshing fragrance was still lingering on my cheeks.
I was thrilled for just a moment but I decided to level with Alice.
[So what did we figure out, Aurum has up till the 4th floor, all of them drop gold dust, and if it’s this sort of pattern then I assume that the rare monsters all drop gold bar.] (Ryouta)
[Is that how it works?] (Alice)
[From what I know, dungeons seemed to have a rule in what they drop. Since Aurum is similar to Selenium rather than Teruru, the rare drop should be products rather than items.] (Ryouta)
[I see.] (Alice)
[So I guess we can finally end this investigation once and for all. It’s time to head back to Shikuro too.] (Ryouta)
[Yay! I’m already missing Emily’s home cook meal and futon to the point where I have not had enough sleep recently.] (Alice)
[Even though it’s your own home?] (Ryouta)
[It’s because Emily is amazing that’s why!] (Alice)
[I totes agree with that.] (Ryouta)
We had three houses which were a house with two stories, a newly constructed 2LDK, and a poorly made apartment that costs 20k Piro.
All three houses that I rented were being transformed by Emily into a bright, warm and lovely home.
And here I thought I was the only one not getting used to it after coming to Indole, it seemed that even Alice who was born and raised here did not have enough of rest.
[Next time if we were to go for another trip we must absolutely bring Emily along~] (Alice)
With that we head back out from how we came in.
With the long and slender road of a passage, the end was divided into two branches, making it a Y-shaped road.
Alice stood before them and compared the both of them.
[There is a monster on the right, not a Monster House but just a regular one, whereas there are none on the left.] (Alice)
[Then let’s head to the right path, let’s earn some cash on the way back.] (Ryouta)
With that, Alice and I went to the right path.
Though, as soon as I stepped foot onto the ground my foot ceased.
[What’s wrong Ryouta?] (Alice)
[There as in the left side? There’s nothing there though?] (Alice)
[…….No, there is.] (Ryouta)
[Feels like there’s something there.] (Ryouta)
At the left side of the path, I immediately turn into a curve and gaze at the path where nothing can be seen at that point.
I don’t know why but I felt that something was there.
[Lemme go and check what’s there.] (Ryouta)
[Well then me too~] (Alice)
[It’s alright, Alice you head for the right path. Try leveling Bon-bon so that he can also fire the Black Ball too.] (Ryouta)
[That’s true, then I’ll wait for you at the other side.] (Alice)
[Okay, toodles.] (Ryouta)
Waving goodbye to Alice, I proceeded to the left path.
Alice who could feel the entirety of the dungeon said that she felt nothing on this path.
It was a peaceful walk the entire time, as if there would not be any monsters spawning whatsoever.
[Was it just my imagination…..?] (Ryouta) (TLN: Plot: Pfffft, No.)
After awhile it felt like the feeling I had was completely wrong.
Nevertheless I continued forward and if there were really nothing then I’ll just head back.
Finally I reached an area where it was slightly spacious.
Though not as big as the Monster House, but more of a garage where you can fit a few cars inside.
And as expected there was nothing there, it was a dead end.
[So there really was nothing.] (Ryouta)
I bitterly smiled, and thought that the senses of Alice who was born in a dungeon was more accurate.
Thus I turned and return back.
At that moment, before I could think my reflexes kicked in and I immediately moved my body. I kicked the ground with all my strength and jumped to somewhere safely. The part that I was standing just a moment ago was squeezed by something.
While midair I reversed my body and landed, took out my gun and held it.
But there was nothing in the slightly spacious room.
[……No, there is something here.] (Ryouta)
Unlike before, I clearly felt it’s presence now.
Because it struck at me where I was standing just now, I labelled it as an [enemy].
I emptied my entire cartridge and filled it with Homing Bullets, then simply fired them all.
The bullet that was supposed to fire straight suddenly did a 180 degree flip and flew towards me!
As the twelve Homing Bullets were approaching towards me, I ducked and evaded it.
[G Y A A A A A !!!!]
Immediately after I could hear the scream of a monster behind me.
While repositioning myself, I took a distance away from the scream.
The twelve bullets gathered in one place and floated in the air.
If you’re comparing with a human then there was something gathering on it’s head, and around it the space was distorted.
Though it looked transparent but it wasn’t completely transparent and it looked strange.
It was the head of the devil. Must be the rare monster on this floor, it had the same appearance as the rest of the devil but this one can turn invisible.
I knew something was here.
The tension rose a little. Naturally, because if I were to kill it I would get 1 Gold Bar, which is worth several million.
He wasn’t completely transparent because something went wrong and the bullet was stuck on it’s head, which made him unable to completely be invisible.
Then he waved his hand, but nothing happened——Or not!
Bon-bon—-The image of the little devil immediately float on my head as I immediately jumped away.
Then the ground where I stood exploded.
He then waved his other hand down, and something invisible was flying at me, this time it gouged the ground.
There were at least two kinds of invisible attacks.
[So it can self-destruct too!] (Ryouta)
Since there wasn’t much time, I had to quickly deal the final blow.
The transparent devil wield his arms further, and I jumped to the side to avoid it—-
A shock ran on my belly as if being smacked by a hammer.
I could see that his mouth which wasn’t completely transparent, warped.
The invisible shot did not land on the place I was standing, but instead he anticipated where I was going and fired it.
I was slightly frustrated.
When I got hit, he showed a proud look on his face.
I kept my gun.
Squat down, grabbed the ground with my toe and kicked the ground with all my might.
I ran full speed with my S Speed, and ran full speed into his bosom.
I saw that he was surprised and tried to waved his hands down.
I grabbed that hand halfway, and he was further surprised.
He tried to wave his other hand but I grabbed it as well.
Though I could not see clearly, but I could somehow tell where the position of his wrists were.
[And now you can’t do anything. Now it’s my turn.] (Ryouta)
While shouting I front kicked it. It connected and the not so transparent head went forward. Most probably it’s body was on a “<” shape.
I did not stop there as I continued kicking it without mercy.
After the final kick I held both of it’s arms and pulled.
Stretch, stretch, stretch……..Pop.
Something teared off and I could see the transparent devil’s face.
Using my hands I grabbed it’s shoulders and I could see it’s arms for a split second.
And then I ripped off it’s arms.
The now half-transparent devil’s face could be seen where it was astonished and angry at the same time.
And, it wanted to stomp the ground——.
[Like I’ll let you!] (Ryouta)
I rushed and grabbed hold of his throat.
Then rushing forward I slammed him onto the wall behind him, took out my gun and placed it inside it’s mouth.
I repeatedly pulled the trigger where the gun was zero distance away from it.
The bullets penetrated through it’s medulla with the back of it’s throat blowing off half of it’s head.
After releasing my hand, it fell onto the ground and a splash sound could be heard.
Just in case I aimed at it while staring at it—–but it seemed to not be moving at all.
Afterwards a familiar sound was heard and it disappeared.
And something dropped.
I thought it would be a few million piros in front of me.
But for some reason it wasn’t a gold bar, instead a stair leading down appeared.
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