Level 1 Guy: Chapter 163 – Plus・Ultra
Nihonium Dungeon, the 7th floor.
There I was hunting the Mummies who were covered in a layer of electricity on their bandages.
I was working hard on my technical skills as the floor had a restriction on magic.
As usual, today I was focusing on sniping my foes by maintaining the accuracy of my hits. With the right timing, I counter their attack. This wasn’t your usual brain dead farming, I actually have to put in the effort on practicing my [technique].
After hunting for awhile, I realized that I’m becoming more conscious about my attacks which made me more confident in executing it much better.
When I defeated the Mummy, a seed dropped, that was the drop of Nihonium.
It wasn’t just that, gold dust dropped together with the seed as well.
The protection of Aurum, basically whatever I defeat, a small amounts of gold dust would drop together with the initial items.
Well, for some reason the gold dusts have been increasing lately.
The usual drop was increased to about 1.5 times.
It’s not as though the drop suddenly increased dramatically, I was convinced that it increased as time goes by.
[Aurum’s protection huh.] (Ryouta)
I took a look at the surplus of gold dust that was on the palm of my hand.
Why did it increase, well I’m sure Aurum would tell me.
When the sun sets, I’ll pick her up and let her stay in my house overnight.
I won’t specifically say that to her, but in essence she is part of our [family], which made her happy when I told her that.
Originally she loves to go out, and since she was interested in the modified mansion made by Emily, it sort of became like that.
Well, of course she’ll be happy about it.
And knowing that Aurum is happy, I too was overjoyed seeing her like that.
Putting the gold dust into my pouch, I started my hunting session again.
Today’s sniping for revolver was a 100% accuracy.
At night, the living room of the mansion.
After we had our dinner, those who had things to do separated with us, leaving only Emily, Aurum, and I in the living room.
[Everyone’s so busy today huh.] (Ryouta)
[Yes desu! I heard that for the next two days, Magical Storm would hit in Shikuro again. Thus, Celeste-san is working hard tonight as well desu.] (Emily)
[Ah no wonder. How about Alice and Eve?] (Ryouta)
[Alice-chan is currently in Sulphur desu. Since Yoda-san is in top condition today, she decided to do her best with Ryo-chan as well desu. Whereas for Eve-chan, she said that she’ll continue on her Carrot Meeting nanodesu.] (Emily)
[The what? Carrot Meeting?] (Ryouta)
It was news to me that if I’m in my top form, Ryo-chan would be as well, but I was even more interested in this Carrot Meeting that Eve was going to.
[Yes desu.] (Emily)
[What is this Carrot Meeting?] (Ryouta)
[I’m sorry…..even I do not know about it desu, Eve-chan only said that she’ll be going to this Carrot Meeting, nothing more desu.] (Emily)
[I see, it’s alright. I can somehow predict what it is to an extent.] (Ryouta)
It’s Eve we’re talking about, probably a meeting discussing about how delicious carrot is, or maybe something about pursuing the best carrot, something along the lines of those. Her commitment and love towards carrot is the real thing.
[By the way, I’ve also heard that Emily won the Annual Award.] (Ryouta)
[It, it’s embarrassing nodesu.] (Emily)
[I don’t know what the ☆2 is suppose to mean but at the end of the day, it’s a great achievement to be had.] (Ryouta)
Well not that I don’t know, Cell did politely explain it to me.
It’s a yearly thing where whoever has achieved something outstanding, they would be awarded with ☆1, but apparently the person who made the decision decided to put the lowest as rank ☆2.
Something like the Nobel Prize or the Akutagawa Prize.
It felt like those class nomination for the big prize every year.
[I feel like I didn’t do much though desu.] (Emily)
[That’s not true. These days, the fan for Emily・Hammer have increased drastically. Plus, aren’t they already creating a new model for you?] (Ryouta)
[Yes, you’re right desu. I think they’re gonna make it easy to carry for the next version nodesu.] (Emily)
[I’ve also heard that you were offered to sign their hammers too right?] (Ryouta)
[Wha! H-H-H-H-Hoooow did you know about that desu?] (Emily)
Emily suddenly became flustered.
Her face became bright red, and her eyes were almost the shape of an ‘X’.
Even her hands were waving around which made it all the more adorable to tease.
[Well, while I was walking in the streets, I saw one of the adventurer holding a hammer with your signature on it. Apparently the person who had the hammer was showing off.] (Ryouta)
[That’s amazing Emily, aren’t you famous now. So, once that new model is out, I’m sure it’ll sell well. Aah that’s right, before that a Trading Card of it would come out first. Oh right, please sign my Magic Cart too Emily-sama.] (Ryouta)
[Uuuu…..Yoda-san is bullying me nanodesu~] (Emily)
I finally shut my lips.
That pouting expression is also adorable, I apologize for teasing her too much, and her expression finally returned to being just as adorable as before.
Hmm, I realized something.
Aurum who was with us in the living room did not utter a single word.
It was rare of the bright and cheerful Aurum to not join in the conversation, I thought as I looked at Aurum’s direction.
[Hey Aurum?] (Ryouta)
Aurum was in a daze.
While looking at nothing, strangely her face was blushing.
[Aurum, what’s the matter with you?] (Ryouta)
[……Eh? What is it.] (Aurum)
[What do you mean what is it…..What’s wrong, staring into nothingness.] (Ryouta)
[Uu~n…..U~n, Un.] (Aurum) (TLN: What is this adorable creature, can I bring her home pls)
Again she looked at nothingness and started to daze again while nodding occasionally.
She then continued replying as such, seriously what’s going on with her.
[…..Excuse me for a second nanodesu.] (Emily)
Emily suddenly stood up, and placed her hands on Aurum’s forehead.
[It seems like she has a fever nodesu.] (Emily)
[A fever?] (Ryouta)
[Yes desu.] (Emily)
Similar to what Emily did, I placed my hands onto Aurum’s forehead and checked.
[Oh my she’s burning!] (Ryouta)
[She’s sick nanodesu.] (Emily)
[This is severe. Isn’t it around 40 degrees celcius?] (Ryouta)
Though she was burning, the person herself could not understand as she was still in a blur.
Outside of Aurum’s house, Emily came out of Aurum’s room as I was waiting outside.
[It’s probably a cold nanodesu.] (Emily)
[A cold? I guess even spirits can catch a cold.] (Ryouta)
[Her symptoms seems to indicate it’s a cold nanodesu.] (Emily)
[Well that’s true but…..] (Ryouta)
Staring blankly, and having a high fever.
As soon as we brought her back to her bed and laid her down, she started to have a runny nose.
Well, if it’s a normal human being, then I’m certain that it’s just a common cold.
[This is just my guess but…..since spirit-san has been inside the dungeon all her life desu, she has a low resistance against diseases nodesu.] (Emily)
[Aaah…..it’s something like growing up in an aseptic chamber all her life.] (Ryouta)
[An “A-sep-tic Cham-ber”?] (Emily)
[Basically what it means is that she has been growing up in a state of overprotection, so her body is unusually weak.] (Ryouta)
[Oh that makes sense desu.] (Emily)
[Now I get why…..] (Ryouta)
I looked at the door of her room.
Behind this door was Aurum with a cold, and was heating up.
If she really has a weak immune system which caused her to have a cold, and the one who brought her out was me….
[That’s different nodesu. It’s not Yoda-san’s fault nodesu.] (Emily)
[…..Since when were you able to read someone else’s thoughts.] (Ryouta)
I bitterly laughed.
[I’m sure even Aurum-chan thinks the same desu. It’s alright desu, it’s just a cold so after she gets it a few times, she’ll be alright desu.] (Emily)
[That’s true. Since she is so excited to go out, we really have to keep an eye out of her from now on.] (Ryouta)
[Yes nanodesu!] (Emily)
Well then….if she has a cold…..
[Is there a method using magic to recover?] (Ryouta)
[The best to cure a cold is a warm body and lots of water nanodesu.] (Emily)
[So it’s the same as our methods huh….] (Ryouta)
If someone were to make a medicine for cold, I’m sure they’ll win a nobel prize or something, but right now there isn’t a magic that can cure a common cold. Then I’m sure it’ll be the same even if I use the Recovery Bullet.
Well, it’s just a cold, so after some rest she’ll be alright.
[…..Then, she’ll want some peach.] (Ryouta)
[A peach desu?] (Emily)
[Yeah, something like a can of peaches, or probably a peach syrup would be better. It’s the most effective during a cold.] (Ryouta)
[That is wonderful nodesu. I’ll go buy some peaches desu, then make some right now for her to drink desu.] (Emily)
[……Wait, I’ll bring some for you.] (Ryouta)
[Yoda-san will?] (Emily)
[Since I’m going anyways. Plus, I’m sure using my drop to make would be way better.] (Ryouta)
I wonder why Emily tilted her head while making a difficult expression.
Did I say something difficult just now?
[What’s wrong?] (Ryouta)
[There’s only one floor in Shikuro that drops peaches desu. And that floor is quite difficult nanodesu.] (Emily)
[Basically a floor lower than 5…..What sort of monsters are there?] (Ryouta)
[Killer of Strong people, nanodesu.] (Emily)
I furrowed my eyebrows at the unpleasant name.
[The strength of the monster isn’t based on their levels, but depending on the adventurer’s ability nanodesu. If the adventurer is weak, then if they were to have strong equipments, it’ll be easy as shooting a mud at it desu. However, if a strong adventurer were to face it, the monster would be strong too, which is dangerous nodesu.] (Emily)
[I see.] (Ryouta)
So being weaker is more efficient—–No, more like it’s more advantageous?
[Which dungeon and what floor?] (Ryouta)
[Are you really going Yoda-san?] (Emily)
[But it’s dangerous desu.] (Emily)
[Even if you say it’s dangerous—–] (Emily)
I really want Aurum to have something delicious, and the feeling of being thanked.
[—–I won’t forgive myself if I ever run away from it.] (Ryouta)
[Since we’re having Emily as the best chef to cook, it’s better to have the best ingredients to go along as well.] (Ryouta)
Emily looked straight at me.
Her face has the word ‘worry’ written all over, but eventually, it turned into a smile.
[Yoda-san really is Yoda-san nanodesu.] (Emily)
[I’m sorry about it.] (Ryouta)
[You don’t have to apologize. I’ll go ahead and prepare the things then desu.] (Emily)
[Alright, please wait for me then.] (Ryouta)
I opened the door slightly, and on the bed was Aurum sleeping with a pained expression.
Wait for me, I’ll get the best peaches for you right now.
TLN Note: OH MY GOSH!!! ANOTHER CLIFFHANGER!!!!!
Side Note: The title for this chapter is a latin motto meaning “Further Beyond”. You can basically read it at wiki, or if you know about it, I’m proud of you, because I sure as heck don’t.