9: wow, I’m so amazed by myself i just finished the chapter in seconds, making the this a 3 hit combo!! XD
Xant: Had to make this to keep up with this guy. What a beast.
Chapter 20 – The Circumstances of the 3 Sisters Part 1
[There are a lot of <Wild Squirrels> wolfing down our Poporu fruits so I want them to be exterminated. There’s a vast amount of them so I’ll need a lot of Adventurers to deal with this.]
(TL: アライ リス)
The Poporu fruit. An exterior that looked like a peach with an interior giving off a sweet smell. A soft fruit, with a faintly sweet flavor reminiscent of a carbonated drink. This is what the Koiwa Plantation was growing.
The plantation at a glance was spacious; so much so that I couldn’t tell how large this place actually was.
There really isn’t a way for one person to cover this much ground.
Due to this, there are a lot of adventurers other than us working together to exterminate the monster called <Wild Squirrel>.
【Wild Squirrel x4 appeared! HP:24】
【Ryua attacked! Damage Average:50119! Wild Squirrel x4 was defeated! HP:0/24】
The monster itself is not a big deal.
Even the <Cave Rabbit> may be stronger than this, but these might be a bit difficult on adventurers who just started holding a sword.
The problem is in their numbers, just looking around the area there was over 30 of them.
It seems that their breeding ability is high so if you just leave them they will quickly multiply.
At first I was in high spirits and was hunting seriously but the remaining number is just too high, I’m tired of hunting them already.
Now that I think about it, this quest is for C ranks so the difficulty should be a bit higher than what we’re used to.
I wonder why we ended up taking this quest…
“The plantation’s production is suffering so the market price of this fruit is rising really high~!”
That’s right, it was Roel.
Clearly her participation was influenced by her gluttony.
Besides the Poporu fruit we had also been shopping for strawberries and apples since they were her favorites. Her eyes sparkled whenever she saw those fruits.
The allure of fruit charmed me so I decided to participate even though the monster count was troublesome.
Of course, I could instantly take care of all the <Wild Squirrel>s.
If I used magic they would be wiped out. But the plantation would be obliterated as well. That idea was rejected.
Even though the easy way was rejected, I’m still serious about exterminating every one of them even if means running around the entire plantation.
(TL: しかし 、 それ で なく ても ボク が本気で 農園 を 駆け回れ ば そう 時間 はかから ない。)
“Ryua-chan, make sure not to defeat them all! There are beginner adventurers here too you know.”
If she hadn’t said that then I probably wouldn’t have noticed.
For the beginners this is the perfect chance to level up. They won’t just let someone steal their prey before their eyes.
Seems like I’ll have to continue but hunt them slowly.
Inexperienced adventurers were carelessly surrounded and raised hysteric shouts.
‘I’m not going to just let that happen!’ I thought as I saved them.
Those squirrels were completely erased without a trace remaining. Brandishing my new sword, the adventurers were dumbfounded for a while but eventually said their thanks.
“Are you by chance Ryua-san? Waaah, she’s smaller than I thought!”
I resumed my hunting pace when a party of 3 girls came to talk to me.
I wonder how they know my name?
“The rumors said that it was a girl that caught Grundom, it was nice to hear. Even though we are both girls, there’s an amazing difference between us. We decided to work harder.”
I see, it seems that the case of Grundom had spread more than I thought.
I wonder… it seems this D rank party of girls was looking at me as if I was a star of hope.
These girls are still beginners at this.
Saying that, I’m still a C rank so I wonder if its fine to be pleased about receiving praise…it’s not a bad feeling though.
Before I had realized it, the number of the squirrels had declined to near zero.
Everything was completed by the afternoon.
The head of of the Koiwa plantation was earnestly wiping of the sweat from his face with the towel while thanking us a lot of times.
“No, everyone we are truly thankful! It’s thanks to you people that the crops weren’t completely destroyed!”
All the staff of the plantation bowed their heads.
“So then, it’s fine to take as much fruits as we want right?!”
The voice with no discretion belonged to Aude.
So this guy also participated…it would have been good if I had mistaken him as a squirrel. I might have killed him.
That dark thought instantly passed through my head.
“It’s fine, it’s fine, but of course there will be a limit to it. The only exception is that you absolutely must not take the fruits designated to be shipped for business.”
There were someone who swallowed their saliva.
…one of them was Roel.
Compared to during the hunt, the scenery right now is peaceful.
The adventurers had been swinging their swords in a frenzy to kill the squirrels, and now they’re going nuts gathering fruits.
Before long, a questionable amount of fruit from the plantation had been eaten to the point of near exhaustion. I was curious about how Roel was eating them.
“Ryua-chan, aren’t you going to eat?”
“Roel, first off you should really be eating the fruit with your right hand since it’d be easier to gather with your left.”
Even though I have already eaten plenty of it, this girl is still eating.
“Yo! Looks like you guys are doing fine!”
A noisy person came to talk to us.
Aude was swinging his basket of fruits with one hand and making a rude entrance while approaching us.
“Well, I have also been working hard you know. I’m finally level 7. If I remember right you are at level 6, right? Well, work at it! Being a hard worker is the best way to achieve things.”
“Yes, we will work hard.”
Was she being honest or was she trying to deal with him? I don’t know what Roel was trying to accomplish.
We had been passing the time nicely up until now, though normally you wouldn’t think someone would stay here this late…I wonder what this guy is going to start yapping about?
When we had finished the ore mining quest she had leveled once again to 10.
“Ah, I wanted to see you! Ryua-san!”
The group of 3 girls from earlier found us.
They were carrying one basket of fruit.
“About the Grundom extermination, is it fine to ask about what happened?”
“Eh, it’s fine, the subjugation or the ore excavation…”
“Should I tell you about my astonishing episodes? The ‘Injured Person Rescuer’ volume!”
Aude received a cold reply.
“Roel and I are still only at C rank ourselves, is there really any difference between us?”
“There is a difference! We’re still only D rank and at level 2. The whole time we were at <Avangard Cave>’s 2nd floor was really dangerous for us. When we were attacked by a group of bats we ended up using all of our recovery items…it was a boon for us when Ryua-san’s party dealt with Grundom. If he was still there and found us…I wonder that we would have done…”
“I thought about giving up, but I really wanted to hear all about the exciting adventures that your party has gone on!”
Each of the girls were opening their mouths and praising us.
The girl with proper manners is Ai, the cheerful and energetic one is Mai, and finally the small one who hasn’t talked yet is Mi. It seems they are sisters.
Their classes respectively are: Axe Fighter, Archer, and Healer.
One by one they introduced themselves.
For such a slender girl to carry a heavy axe….she might be overdoing it.
Now that I think of that, I took a glance at them while hunting and noticed that they couldn’t hit the nimble <Wild Squirrel>.
I wonder why they couldn’t…? Perhaps I shouldn’t think about it?
(TL:何か 理由 がある の か、それとも何 も考え ていないのか 。)
“Mi-chan, you’re a healer right? Same as me!”
Roel gave off an air of familiarity when she spoke, but Mi ended up hiding behind her older sister.
I wonder if that’s a shyness suitable for her age…
“Since you’re aiming to be A rank, you’ll eventually have to challenge the A rank ‘Status-Up’ examination, right?
“To become an A rank you have to take the ‘Status-Up’ examination that is held once every year. You need to pass it on your first try since you don’t get a second chance to take it. There are B rank Adventures receiving permission from the Guild every year, it seems that no less than 500 adventurers are gathered there.”
I heard something like that before…
Whenever the topic of that examination comes up, ‘Gene Machine’ comes out.
I think it’s a quest that can only be handled when you become an A rank.
“Since we are still just C rank this talk is a little premature.”
“That’s right but…I don’t want to take a test. I wonder why they would do something like that.”
“You will be recognized as an A rank by the Guild located in the Kingdom. Just that in itself is important you know.”
Mai made a dispirited face when she was told about that.
I wonder if I could pass it even if I can’t really perform well in regards to reading or writing.
“The examination every year is…hmmmm, what is it?”
Mai’s hand was being tugged and pulled by Mi.
To hear what she was saying, Mai leaned over.
“Ah, look at the time…Ryua-san, Roel-san, we have some urgent business so we will be leaving immediately. Sorry.”
“That’s right, we don’t enough time to play…”
The 3 sisters left the plantation in a haste.
From the speed they took off at, I guess it’s really urgent business.
It was like the peaceful mood we had earlier was a lie.
“Weren’t they such a weird bunch?”
“Yeah, but I hope those girls will continue to work hard.”
Today we went home carrying only a single basket full of Poporu fruit.
///Gantetsu’s POV+3rd person POV///
“Fu~~…that was tiring.”
While walking in one of the long corridors of the castle, Gantetsu was feeling tired.
That mysterious monster subjugation.
It’s more ferocious than it looks, even I who had piled up a lot of experience was played with.
I wonder how many monsters like that exist…?
I shouldn’t say this, but I don’t want to fight it again.
If I wasn’t an A rank I wouldn’t have been sent out to hunt it.
I wonder if it’s fine to think something like that…
I had many dreams in the past of being an adventurer and choosing this path.
(TL: かつて は多くの 夢を見 て 冒険者 の 道 を選ん だはず 。)
Am I just a convenient tool for the Kingdom now?
“That monster, I wonder where the heck it came from.”
“It’s fine to not think about it, you know~”
Before Gantetsu had noticed, Xinbu was behind his back.
Reflexively Gantetsu turned around.
“Are you going to end your life as a normal human~? Gantetsu-san~”
(TL: 「今 の で一回人生終 わったっしょ 。 ガン テツさん 」)
“Stop joking around.”
“Temporarily stopping work as an A rank, such a thing is unforgivable Gantestu-san~, but the other day at Kwinmill you apparently did something~?”
“What are you trying to say?”
“It was a result born from a single person. It usually takes 5 people to something like that in this field. Despite that, what did you do? You did something like exterminating a <Poison Salamander> during your free time?”
“That was something urgent. I couldn’t just ignore it.”
Suddenly the distance between Gantestu and Xinbu shrunk, and Xinbu lightly grasped Gantestu’s chin to lift it.
It was as if Xinbu didn’t notice Gantestu glaring at him while he was stroking his chin.
“So…are you saying all that I need to do is show my true ability?”
The eyes inside the gaudy glasses shone followed by Gantetsu groaning.
“Then I’ll go and finish 3 things~. How about yourself, how many will you do? Aren’t you an A rank? Or is this your way of saying you’re getting old~?”
“You should already retire as a soldier~”
Just as Xinbu said, at Kwimill I wasn’t able to produce many results.
But, it’s true that I can’t let the <Poison Salamander> incident slide.
Originally, I should’ve been an adventurer.
Yet my country is working me hard.
This Xinbu is a genius. In just one year after he started as an adventurer he passed the A rank ‘Status-Up’ examination, and just like that he joined the elites.
Since I was young, I steadily made up my way until I grew into this miserable state.
It’s not only that, Xinbu also likes to say whatever he wants and I’m not able to refute it.
I don’t want to feel inferior, but I know I can’t win against that man.
My heart has long since admitted its defeat.
“There was that time I had to retrieve the head chief, he was an old man like yourself.”
(TL: 「あとの 一匹 はあの 顔 長兵 士長 が回収し たみ たいっしょ 。対し て ジジイ は」)
When Xinbu had finished talking, Gantetsu returned to walking.
Xinbu was looking at his back as he walked off.
“I’m such a miserable A rank…”
After Gantetsu walked far enough, the pink man let out his finger and then once again disappeared from the corridor.
【Wild Squirrel HP:24】
As a group, they frequently inflict serious damage to crops.
Its sharp fangs can even crush nuts.
Its breeding ability is very high, if you don’t completely exterminate them they will quickly multiply.