Level 1 Guy: Chapter 469 – Innovator
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“Are you going to work in the dungeon now?” (Sakura)
Sakura asked with a carefree expression on her face, not seeming to mind the kiss on her cheek at all.
“Yeah. After breakfast, we’ll first go to Plumbum’s place, then we’ll go back to Californium to continue our attack.” (Ryouta)
“What’s Plumbum?” (Sakura)
“A Lead ———– you wouldn’t know it if I told you. You’d understand if …… the person says ‘warawa’ and ends her speech with ‘noja’.” (Ryouta)
“What is that, a loli hag?” (Sakura)
As expected, Sakura took a big bite out of it.
I guess she likes that kind of talk more.
“It’s not like that. She looks like a normal woman. It’s just that her tone of voice is that way.” (Ryouta)
“Hmm, what a waste.” (Sakura)
“What about the girl whose real age is eight and speaks using her name, and whose ending is ‘na-no’?” (Ryouta)
“Cute! Isn’t that cute? Is she one of us?” (Sakura)
Sakura is in high spirits again.
She really likes that kind of thing, doesn’t she?
“She’s not one of us. What do you call it, ……?” (Ryouta)
I was a little lost in explanation, wondering what kind of relationship it was with someone like Mao.
“It’s hard to say, I’ll show you next time, I think it’s faster to see it in person.” (Ryouta)
“Okay. But you’ve got a lot of talent around you, don’t you?” (Sakura)
“I guess so.” (Ryouta)
“Yes you have~” (Sakura)
While making small talk with Sakura, we headed to the cafeteria anyway.
Just when I was about to eat breakfast and go to Plumbum’s place.
Mike the mini sage came from across the corridor.
He spotted me with a huff and came running up to me in a straight line.
“What’s up?” (Ryouta)
“I have a visitor for you, Ryouta-sama.” (Mike)
“Alright. Thank you.” (Ryouta)
I thanked Mike and headed out of the mansion and out of the dungeon for now.
Sakura was following behind me.
With her in tow, we made our way outside the dungeon.
There was Neptune and, as usual, Ran and Ril behind him.
“Hey, good morning …… Who’s that girl? A new friend?” (Neptune)
Neptune asked, slightly surprised to see Sakura coming out of the dungeon with him, but still keeping his trademark smile on his face.
“Something like that —— just so you know, I’m not rotten like you and he’s not under my Cheat-rem.” (Ryouta)
I turned around and nailed Sakura just to be sure.
“I can see that.” (Sakura)
“You do?” (Ryouta)
I hadn’t expected Sakura’s reaction, as I had thought she was going to pull that story out of her ass.
“Yeah. Those two, they look like they think of everyone but that guy as nothing more than a squashed dangermouse. And they’re jealous that Oji-san is getting in the way.” (Sakura)
Sakura said, and of course Ran and Ril heard her, and their faces changed.
The fiery Ril glares at me with a raised eyebrow, while the relatively calm Ran, though troubled, doesn’t deny what Sakura says.
I knew that they thought I was in the way, but I didn’t know what to do.
If that’s the case, I decided to talk to Neptune about it.
I had to get to the bottom of this so I wouldn’t interrupt their time together.
“Why are you here? What’s so special that you’re here this morning?” (Ryouta)
“I thought you might want to hear this.” (Neptune)
“…… What’s going on?” (Ryouta)
Neptune was smiling, as usual, but his eyes were serious.
“Calm down and hear me out, okay?” (Neptune)
“…… Okay.” (Ryouta)
“The dungeon master went on a rampage.” (Neptune)
“Where is it?” (Ryouta)
“I said, calm down and listen to the end.” (Neptune)
Neptune chuckled and shrugged his shoulders.
“I knew that’s how you’d react when I told you about this. It’s a good thing you don’t let it get to you, and that’s why everyone trusts you.” (Neptune)
Then he breaks off and looks straight at me.
“It’s not a dungeon you know, and it’s already been defeated, so the story is over.” (Neptune)
“I see. ……” (Ryouta)
I chuckled, including at Neptune’s point.
If Shikuro, or any of the dungeons I’ve been to, I’d be running in right now.
I laughed at myself for not being able to calm down and listen to what Neptune had to say.
“Well, I guess you could call it an injury. The dungeon master’s rampage has made the dungeon much more productive. So much so that even a light cursory inspection would reveal it.” (Neptune)
“I see.” (Ryouta)
“That’s why the Dungeon Association says it’s fine, though …….” (Neptune)
I ask back, tilting my head slightly.
Somehow, I intuitively knew that this was the main topic.
“There are some things that are no longer dropped. I think those are the only ones that are problematic.” (Neptune)
“…… What’s not dropping anymore?” (Ryouta)
“The magic fruit that benefits you more than anyone else in the world at level one.” (Neptune)
“…… I get the gist.” (Ryouta)
Now I know why Neptune’s here.
After Neptune left, I stood at the entrance to Vanadium dungeon and thought about it.
“Hey, is what happened just now a common occurrence?” (Sakura)
Sakura, who was listening to the story with me, turned to me with the obvious question.
“Well I guess so. I’ve helped breed a few times myself.” (Ryouta)
“Didn’t I explain that to you? In the dungeons of this world, sometimes there’s a monster called the Dungeon Master. If that dungeon master stays around too long, they change the ecology of the dungeon, and the drops included. To do that deliberately is what we call breeding.” (Ryouta)
“I see. I thought they were going to send a bunch of female warriors to kill monsters and breed them with stamens.” (Sakura)
“No, of course not.” (Ryouta)
“I don’t know. Isn’t it possible that there’s a world out there where thin books get thicker?” (Sakura)
“…….Well, I guess you’re not wrong.” (Ryouta)
Maybe it’s because she’s young, but Sakura’s thoughts seem more flexible.
I’m a little ashamed of myself for saying that there can’t be any other world than this one.
“Back to the topic at hand, I had a hand in breeding, so there were a few times when something was lost and something new was born. I was told that happens with dungeon masters, so I guess there were a lot more than just the ones I did.” (Ryouta)
“I see. What do we do now? You don’t want to lose your magic fruit, do you?” (Sakura)
I thought about it.
No more magic fruits to drop.
All that’s left is the actual fruit.
I thought about what would be the best thing to do in this situation.
“Hey, can you breed on every floor? If so, just bring back the magic fruit.” (Sakura)
“No, I think it’s best to leave it as it is.” (Ryouta)
“Neptune said the dungeons are more productive now.” (Ryouta)
“He did say that.” (Sakura)
“That’s progress, in other words. It’s ridiculous to rewind the hands of a clock that’s moving forward. When something new comes along, we should adapt ourselves to it. If we don’t,———-we will stop growing.” (Ryouta)
It reminded me of the evolution of the computer to the tablet.
I remembered the evolution from the galaxy to the smartphone.
New things are always useful, as long as you know how to use them.
That’s the nature of things, I thought, and I’m sure it’s the same with this dungeon.
So, should I ask Celeste to update me with the new knowledge?
No, would it be faster to ask Cell?
I didn’t notice it, though, because I was thinking about the new dungeon – and the progress I’d made.
Next to me, Sakura was looking at me with impressed eyes.
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