Chapter 4:

Vol. 1 Ch. 4 First Battle

Quina


Chapter 4Bookmark here

First BattleBookmark here

A month passed and I got used to all of my work.Bookmark here

It is currently 4:30, break time in the construction area and I was just about to leave.Bookmark here

"Nail Pusher... you're so fast now... Even if I am using a hammer, you could do it just as fast.Bookmark here

"Don't call me that."Bookmark here

"Yeah, he's as fast as you... no, you're just too slow... and you boast that you were trained as you grew up."Bookmark here

"You should try it boss... you're just using your mouth with work... maybe you should just suck nails you shit."Bookmark here

"Talking to your boss like that? Do you want me to fire you?"Bookmark here

"Hmpf! I know you can't fire me cause you lack workers."Bookmark here

"Yeah he's right boss... maybe you should be the one who should be fired, all you're doing is talking and when you're not talking you're just sitting there doing nothing while drinking coffee."Bookmark here

"I'm not just doing nothing! I was looking at the blueprint and looking at our progress... and I must say, we're under schedule because you guys are so slow."Bookmark here

"Maybe we should make it slower so that it will take more time to finish."Bookmark here

"If you do that, I will really fire you... you say that I can't, but I can just file a report and get reinforcements from the adventurers guild!"Bookmark here

"You just try! We know that it will cost you more you shitty boss!"Bookmark here

"Maybe we should just boycott and let you get in trouble with your superiors!"Bookmark here

"Ha! If you do that, they will give me free workers just to finish this project since this project is for Quina!"Bookmark here

"Free workers? Do you really think the mayor will pay for those workers?"Bookmark here

"Tsk, all because of that stupid mayor I would have to deal with these uneducated idiots."Bookmark here

"""""What did you say?!!"""""Bookmark here

These guys really do get along well do they.Bookmark here

"Nail Pusher is just fast because he's practicing even if he's not working."Bookmark here

"Eh? Practicing?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, he requested a plank from me before and some nails and said that he would use it to practice."Bookmark here

"Eh? Why won't you just practice by working here overtime nail pusher?"Bookmark here

"Nah, the plank I got was thinner than the usual plank."Bookmark here

"I see..."Bookmark here

Yes, I got a plank thinner than the one they used here.Bookmark here

But it was not for practice, but for something else.Bookmark here

"Okay men, Time to go back to work!"Bookmark here

"""'""Yes!""""""Bookmark here

These guys are always like this, after answering each other with insult, when it's time to work they get fired up and continue working.Bookmark here

As they started working I went to the tailor.Bookmark here

""Hello Nameless-kun.""Bookmark here

"Hello Oba-san, Alex-san."Bookmark here

These two always calls me 'Nameless'.Bookmark here

I noticed that the ones who called me by my name are proper people.Bookmark here

Sensei, Oba-san, Alex, and... Berserker?Bookmark here

Berserker was a proper person? Well, aside from her making me lose consciousness the first time I had a conversation with her, she is a proper person.Bookmark here

It's just really fun to mess with her.Bookmark here

"Nameless-kun, come to think about it why did you request a strong thread a while ago? Were you practicing with it?"Bookmark here

"Well..."Bookmark here

"But you didn't borrow a needle or a cloth, right?"Bookmark here

"Oh..Umm... I just played with it."Bookmark here

"How do you play with threads?"Bookmark here

"Now, now Alex... there are many ways to play with strings. You just never knew about them because you were already trying to work just when you were a kid."Bookmark here

"Well... that is true..."Bookmark here

Thanks Oba-san! You saved me from Explaining!Bookmark here

The reason I got that string is also for another reason, and it was not just for playing.Bookmark here

"Okay... Let's start the lesson!"Bookmark here

After teaching me some sewing techniques and practicing how to sew other things like leather and furs, it was already 6:00 and I went to the pharmacy.Bookmark here

"Hello Center-chan!"Bookmark here

"Hello, Onee—"Bookmark here

*Booooom!*Bookmark here

"One of the best success I made! With this, hunting monsters will be easy!"Bookmark here

That crazy girl is at it again.Bookmark here

"Wow, Xeline-chan is so lively!"Bookmark here

"Nah... She's just crazy."Bookmark here

"Hehehe, Center-chan says mean things about Xeline-chan but I know that you wuv her..."Bookmark here

Onee-chan's being hard to handle again.Bookmark here

"..maybe..."Bookmark here

"Kyaaah!"Bookmark here

I just answered so that this would be over.Bookmark here

We went to the counter and started preparing to make a potion.Bookmark here

"Okay then, this time, let's try making a paralysis potion as you requested Center-chan!"Bookmark here

These past week, I asked Onee-chan to make a paralysis potion, but she said that I should be the one who should make it if I wanted it.Bookmark here

I guess this is her own way of teaching... She is somewhat reliable in some ways.Bookmark here

"Center-chan, why did you want to make a paralysis potion anyway?"Bookmark here

"Oh, it's just that I read it in the 'Introduction to Potions' book and got interested?"Bookmark here

"Hmmmm? I know that isn't the reason..."Bookmark here

What? Does she know on what I will use it later?Bookmark here

"You will use it on Xeline-chan and kiss her when she cannot move!"Bookmark here

"........"Bookmark here

"Hehehe, Center-chan is so aggressive."Bookmark here

Onee-chan really is hard to handle.Bookmark here

"Okay Onee-chan, let's start working!"Bookmark here

"Yes! Let's do this!"Bookmark here

Before, I already learned that you need to learn exact measurements when creating a potion, depending on the conditions of the materials used.Bookmark here

It is really hard, I thought that it was just putting together things but every material has different conditions making it hard to make proper measurements.Bookmark here

After a an hour we are down for the last try since it was nearing 7:00.Bookmark here

"Okay Center-chan! Do it!"Bookmark here

After turning on the heat and mixing it for a while, the color changed into an pale dark yellow potion.Bookmark here

After it change, I put it inside a rectangular test tube.Bookmark here

"You did it center-chan! You're great! Creating a Paralysis potion in just a month is extraordinary!"Bookmark here

"But... Looking at this... this looks low grade. I heard that on that brat's first try, she made a paralysis potion that can paralyze lvl 70 monsters at full health."Bookmark here

"That is because Xeline-chan is awesome! Oh... but still... Center-chan is still awesome for doing it this early!"Bookmark here

From what I learned before, Xeline only started creating potions after she finished the books. She finished them first and didn't touch a single potion making material, then after reading, she was able to make so many potions without practice.Bookmark here

"This won't work on full health monsters right?"Bookmark here

"Yes... it will only work on monsters that have been damaged and will have no effect if it has full health, but still, great job!"Bookmark here

"Thanks, Onee-chan."Bookmark here

"Hehehe... no problem!"Bookmark here

With this, my preparations are complete.Bookmark here

"Can I bring this back to my bench, Onee-chan? I want to save it as the very first potion I made."Bookmark here

"That's so romantic Center-Chan! Of course you can!"Bookmark here

How is that romantic?Bookmark here

Anyway, I only said that so that I can bring it back without suspicions. I will use it for a different cause.Bookmark here

"It's time for me to go back, bye onee-chan."Bookmark here

"Bye Center-chan!"Bookmark here

I went back to the bench to eat lunch.Bookmark here

"I have finished the potion, now preparations are complete."Bookmark here

The last thing I needed was a paralysis potion just in case of emergencies.Bookmark here

Emergencies for what? Emergencies for later.Bookmark here

Because later, since I have finished all preparations...Bookmark here

I would kill a Mini Bear.Bookmark here

After eating I napped until 10pm to improve my body condition and so that there will be lesser people.Bookmark here

I was used to fixing my biological clock so I woke up in time.Bookmark here

I went to the lake, but this time I brought my jacket.Bookmark here

The reason I brought it is because my clothes would get wet when I sneak out, and since it doesn't get wet it will protect my clothes from getting wet.Bookmark here

So I will use it as a bag when I swim later.Bookmark here

I removed all of my clothes.Bookmark here

I put my clothes on my jacket that is currently on the floor.Bookmark here

I went beside the lake where there were a pile of rocks.Bookmark here

I hid my things on the bottom of that pile of rocks.Bookmark here

I removed the other rocks and on the bottom there were large nails, a metal tread and also a thin plank.Bookmark here

I got three pieces of large nails, and the metal strings then put them on the jacket.Bookmark here

"Hmmm... This rock is good."Bookmark here

I got a piece of rock from the rocks around and put it on my jacket.Bookmark here

I wrapped the jacket around the things I will bring like a cloth bag.Bookmark here

I also put inside the rectangular test tube of paralysis potion that is covered in a cork.Bookmark here

Then there was the thin plank which I haven't put inside the jacket.Bookmark here

The plank wasn't a normal plank, but it was a plank full of large nails pushed into it and on the other side of the plank, the edges of the nails were pointing out.Bookmark here

I carefully grabbed it in a place where there is no nails pierced and went to the hole on the left side.Bookmark here

"Okay then, everything is prepared.... Hmmm?"Bookmark here

I looked behind me.Bookmark here

".....my imagination? Maybe I'm too nervous."Bookmark here

I thought someone was watching me but there was no one there.Bookmark here

"Haa... yoshi!"Bookmark here

I breathed out then fired myself up.Bookmark here

I went inside the hole and like before, it washed me away a few meters while I held to the thin plank tightly.Bookmark here

On the part of the river where its calm I stopped being washed away.Bookmark here

I went up the left side.Bookmark here

I put down the Nailed Plank, opened up my jacket, all of my things are not even slightly wet.Bookmark here

"This jacket is definitely weird."Bookmark here

I dried myself with a towel, and put on my clothes.Bookmark here

I grabbed the three Nails and the tread and held onto it on my right hand.Bookmark here

I put the paralysis potion on my pocket.Bookmark here

With my left hand I picked up the Nailed Plank.Bookmark here

"So, it's time... where can I find a lone Mini Bear?"Bookmark here

I need to find a lone Mini Bear.Bookmark here

I have to be careful when walking around, because there may be other monsters in here.Bookmark here

I went into the forest and searched for one.Bookmark here

"Wah.... are those... charge dogs?"Bookmark here

I saw a pack of charge dogs, there are 4 of them.Bookmark here

"I need to get away from here."Bookmark here

I got as far as possible from there. This was probably the most dangerous situation I was in my entire life.Bookmark here

After gaining a distance, I searched around again for the one I was hunting for.Bookmark here

"...there."Bookmark here

I saw a lone Minibear sleeping.Bookmark here

"It's time to start preparing."Bookmark here

I went to a spot where two trees stood beside each other.Bookmark here

I got the string and wrapped it around on a large nail.Bookmark here

I pushed the nail into one of the trees.Bookmark here

I got the other end of the string, then went to the other tree.Bookmark here

I wrapped it on the other nail as well then pushed it on the tree.Bookmark here

After doing this, the sight looks like a string was placed connecting the two trees.Bookmark here

I placed the nailed plank between them.Bookmark here

I got the last nail and held it on my left hand, and got the rock then put it on my right hand.Bookmark here

Maybe you think that I am over preparing just for a mere level 0 monster, but for a non adventurer, it is hard to kill monsters.Bookmark here

The reason is because adventurers have the Blessing while non adventurers do not, not to mention I am a small 5 year old kid trying to kill a small bear.Bookmark here

"Haa..... okay... let's do this!"Bookmark here

After relaxing and motivating myself I went near the bear.Bookmark here

Okay, I'm about to start a life and death situation...Bookmark here

"Take this!"Bookmark here

"groou...?!"Bookmark here

I threw the rock at the Mini bear and it woke up.Bookmark here

It faced me and I spoke in Sheingil.Bookmark here

"I...am....you're....father!"Bookmark here

*Puchi*Bookmark here

"roaaar!"Bookmark here

It popped a red vain then let out a cute angry roar.Bookmark here

I don't know if it got annoyed about what I said or because I threw something at it but it sure looks pissed.Bookmark here

After going bipedal, it ran towards me.Bookmark here

"Oh crap! Maybe if I just kept quiet it would be less angry and it be slower!"Bookmark here

I ran back towards the string that I placed.Bookmark here

After a few seconds it is catching up to me.Bookmark here

"Damn! Too damn fast!"Bookmark here

It was about 2 meters behind me about to reach me.Bookmark here

"A little bit more... Haaaa!"Bookmark here

I reached the place I made the preparations with and jumped over the string.Bookmark here

"Groaa?!"Bookmark here

The Mini Bear tripped over the string.Bookmark here

"raaaaaaaaa!!"Bookmark here

*Gushhh*Bookmark here

It fell down on the nailed plank.Bookmark here

The nailed plank was big enough so that the nails would puncture it's whole body.Bookmark here

A lot of blood gushed out of it.Bookmark here

But something was weird, does the blood have different colors? The ones coming out of it's face and chest are dark red and from its arms and other parts of the body, it's a lighter shade of red?Bookmark here

"Grooaaa!"Bookmark here

"What the?!"Bookmark here

After being punctured, it tried to stand up, even with a lot of blood gushing out of it.Bookmark here

"Oh, no you won't!"Bookmark here

"GROAAA!!!!!"Bookmark here

I jump on the back of it, making my weight push it down... making the nails puncture deeper.Bookmark here

The Bear tried to stand up again.Bookmark here

"What? Still not enough? Hyaaaa!!!!"Bookmark here

"Groaaa!!!"Bookmark here

I pushed the nail towards the back of its heart.Bookmark here

In the books I read, the weakness of beast type monsters is the head and the heart.Bookmark here

"AAAaa!"Bookmark here

"Groaaa!"Bookmark here

I pushed the nail further to its back.Bookmark here

After a while it stopped moving.Bookmark here

"Is it over?"Bookmark here

After relaxing...Bookmark here

"Roooooaaar!!!!!!"Bookmark here

"Whaa? *thud*"Bookmark here

The bear stood up like it ignored everything and since I was riding it's back, I fell to the floor facing up.Bookmark here

"Groaaa!!"Bookmark here

The bear quickly turned around with amazing speed and was about to hit me with its claws...Bookmark here

'Wha...what the hell?!?!'Bookmark here

Time stopped.Bookmark here

No, it feels like time stopped but I can still think.Bookmark here

'It... It's hard to move!'Bookmark here

For some reason, I can't move... it seems that only my consciousness can move.Bookmark here

'What the hell is this?!'Bookmark here

I got freaked out by what is happening...Bookmark here

'Shit! no! I don't wanna die! I'm gonna die! Help!'Bookmark here

After being put into a situation where I see my death right in front of me, I panicked.Bookmark here

'Noo... I need to calm down!'Bookmark here

The bear's claws was about to hit my head and kill me of course I would be scared.Bookmark here

'I need to calm down...'Bookmark here

After calming down, I assessed the situation.Bookmark here

'What? after a lot of blood gushed out of it, there are no wounds?'Bookmark here

For some reason, the bear had no wounds to it.Bookmark here

'Okay... I'll think about what is happening later, for now... I need to survive...Eh?'Bookmark here

I looked at the claw of the bear that is about to hit me, and it looked like it moved a little bit closer than before.Bookmark here

I observed for a few more seconds and noticed something.Bookmark here

'It's slowly moving?'Bookmark here

It seems that time has not stopped but it slowly moving.Bookmark here

'Wait... what if?!'Bookmark here

I tried to move my hand as hard as I could and it slowly moved a few mini millimeters.Bookmark here

'Okay! This is a chance!'Bookmark here

I desperately tried to move out of the claws way.Bookmark here

It felt like it took minutes before I could roll my body away from its trajectory.Bookmark here

Then after I was out of range.Bookmark here

"Roaaa!! Roaaa!"Bookmark here

"Wha? What just happened?"Bookmark here

Time returned to normal.Bookmark here

The bear's claw was pushed deep into the ground. The reason because I dodged it's attack and now its stuck on the ground.Bookmark here

I stood up, reached into my pocket then...Bookmark here

"Take this!"Bookmark here

"gragagaa-"Bookmark here

It was continuously shaking.Bookmark here

The reason was it was paralyzed because of the paralyzing potion I threw at it.Bookmark here

"Haaaaaa!"Bookmark here

I went to it and pushed the nail into its head.Bookmark here

"Groaaaaa *thud"Bookmark here

The bear fell to the ground.Bookmark here

"Haaa....haa....ha...ha.....iss it dead?"Bookmark here

I went to it carefully with my guard up and looked closely at it.Bookmark here

I kicked it lightly.Bookmark here

"..... haaa....looks like it's dead."Bookmark here

I fell on my butt because of my exhaustion and looked at it.Bookmark here

"That was... unbelievably scary...haa...haa.."Bookmark here

It was the first time I felt like that.Bookmark here

The moment I knew I will die I felt unbelievable fear.Bookmark here

The fear of death was overwhelming and I underestimated it...Bookmark here

"Ha.. it's even scarier than berserker getting angry...hehehe.."Bookmark here

I tried to calm myself down.Bookmark here

"Okay... maybe I'll try to carve out a claw...Eh?"Bookmark here

For some reason I can't stand... I'm too tired, why am I too tired? is it because of panic? that's impossible... this isn't because I'm panicking... I'm really dead tired for some reason.Bookmark here

"haa... okay, try again...yes!"Bookmark here

I stood up and went to the bear.Bookmark here

I put my nails into one of the bears claws and tried to pull the claw out.Bookmark here

"....eh?"Bookmark here

I couldn't pull it out and the nail just went through it, slicing it and making blood gush out... but for some reason, there was no wound and it looked like it wasn't even touched.Bookmark here

"what the hell?"Bookmark here

After looking at what happened, I tried again, but when I was about to touch it.Bookmark here

"What the?"Bookmark here

The Mini bear turned into red particles and evaporated to the sky.Bookmark here

"...What happe--?!"Bookmark here

While I was confused on what was happening.Bookmark here

"Wooooooo!"Bookmark here

I heard a howl from somewhere. It's probably a charge wolf.Bookmark here

"It's dangerous here... I better go back.Bookmark here

I picked up the nailed plank and looked at it. For some reason, it had no blood on it.Bookmark here

I decided to think about it later and went back up to the hole that leads to the lake.Bookmark here

"okay... just... a... little... more.."Bookmark here

I dived into the water and it dragged me inside the lake.Bookmark here

I went up to the ground and laid down.Bookmark here

"Haaa... Too.... Tired..."Bookmark here

I was facing up the sky and my sight faded into darkness.Bookmark here

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The next day I woke up the bench.Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

How did I get here?Bookmark here

I took the small clock under my bench and looked at the time.Bookmark here

"5:30pm? I was asleep the whole time?"Bookmark here

I don't know what time I got back... but it's rare for me to sleep for this long.Bookmark here

"Was it all a dream? no... That's impossible, then how did I get back?"Bookmark here

Thinking back, it's impossible that it was just a dream, and the time I woke up was because I was being tired yesterday.Bookmark here

"...Maybe I was just automatically doing my daily routines without thinking... I think I have read something like that...sleep walking?"Bookmark here

Yes... That's possible... but there was a better explanation.Bookmark here

"Did someone carry me back here? No... That's impossible..."Bookmark here

It's impossible because if someone did, that person would have reported me already.Bookmark here

But maybe that person didn't notice because if I had become unconscious after returning to safety, that meant that I just looked like I went to the lake with my clothes on and slept on the ground.Bookmark here

"There's no point thinking about it... at least I'm alive."Bookmark here

Since I just returned here, I should be happy... if they had found out, I should've been on the clinic.Bookmark here

But why don't I have a cold? I was soaked yesterday did that person changed my clothes or did I change my clothes myself?Bookmark here

"Gahhh! it's just useless to think about it! I'm hungry, time to eat!"Bookmark here

I ate the food that was placed beside my bench, there are- two meals since I skipped breakfast and lunch. Maybe they just left it there because I was asleep the whole day.Bookmark here

After I ate the two meals, I rested.Bookmark here

"I already skipped all my work, but I'll be able to go to the pharmacy later."Bookmark here

When 6 came I went to the pharmacy.Bookmark here

"Center-chan?! What are you doing here?"Bookmark here

"Eh? What do you mean?"Bookmark here

"Where you the one who took care of me?"Bookmark here

"What? What do you mean? Are you still asleep?"Bookmark here

"Oh... never mind, but why are you asking why am I here?"Bookmark here

"It's because I thought you're taking a break, I went passed your bench when I was about to go to school, but you were asleep, I tried to wake you up but you wouldn't budge... I did the same on the way home and you still didn't budge, I figured you were too tired to work so I didn't expect you to come here."Bookmark here

"Oh... is that so..."Bookmark here

So it wasn't onee-chan?Bookmark here

"But why did you ask me if I took care of you?"Bookmark here

"Ah? No.. I was just dreaming..."Bookmark here

"Dreaming? You were dreaming about me taking care of you?!"Bookmark here

Onee-chan Hugged me tight.Bookmark here

"Center-chan, you already have Xeline-chan, but you still thought of me that way?! I'm so happy!"Bookmark here

"I-I can't breathe... O-Onee-chan..."Bookmark here

"Oh! I'm sorry! Center-chan!"Bookmark here

After being released by this crazed girl I went to the counter.Bookmark here

"Onee-chan... I will make a lot of paralyzing potion, I want to help the shop and sell it on my bench, don't worry, I will return the money back to the shop."Bookmark here

"Don't worry Nameless-kun... you don't have to return the money, since you were the one who made it, you should be the one to receive payment."Bookmark here

The one who said that was Sensei who just went out of 'The Back'.Bookmark here

When I come here at this time sensei was always at the back fixing materials or at the town hall for some reason.Bookmark here

"But sensei, how about the materials wasted? I know they aren't free."Bookmark here

"Don't worry about it..."Bookmark here

"But still..."Bookmark here

Since I don't like owing people favors, I was thinking of a way to pay them back for this.Bookmark here

"Okay... how about I advertise this shop around when I am walking around and asking people? but still... I will pay back the materials used...I really feel bad when I don't pay you back for this..."Bookmark here

"I don't really mind, but if that's what you are satisfied with, it's fine with me."Bookmark here

It's good that sensei was understanding.Bookmark here

The reason why I want to make potions and sell them to adventurers was not to gain more profit.Bookmark here

The reason was so that I can make paralysis potions and bring them back to may bench without making suspicions on why am I doing it.Bookmark here

I won't sell all of the potions because I would use some for emergencies when I go back hunting outside, not to mention no one buys this.Bookmark here

"So Center-chan will already make potions by himself? That makes me sad because I can't teach him anymore..."Bookmark here

"Don't worry Onee-chan, I won't be satisfied with just making paralysing potions, after a short time I would let you teach me again."Bookmark here

"Yay! More time for loving Center-chan!"Bookmark here

I can only create low grade bad status potions because I am still at the 'Introduction' part of those damn books.Bookmark here

I want to be able to make many more potions since low grade potions are so cheap and no one even buys it.Bookmark here

After making a lot of potions it was already time to eat.Bookmark here

"Bye Center-chan!"Bookmark here

"Bye Onee-chan."Bookmark here

I went back to the bench and ate.Bookmark here

"I'm still too tired of because yesterday, I'll continue hunting tomorrow..."Bookmark here

I decided that I would try to hunt more to become stronger.Bookmark here

And there were also questions about what happened yesterday.Bookmark here

What the hell was up with that 'Time Stop'?Bookmark here

I did my daily routine then slept.Bookmark here

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The next day, I was at the library.Bookmark here

I searched a lot of shelves because I'm looking for specific types of book.Bookmark here

I picked up two books.Bookmark here

I went back to the counter and sat beside Berserker.Bookmark here

Berserker stopped reading and looked at me.Bookmark here

"Hey, are you okay now?"Bookmark here

"Hmmm? What do you mean?"Bookmark here

"I saw you still sleeping on the way here."Bookmark here

"Is that so? I was just tired from overworking."Bookmark here

"Okay... then don't die okay?"Bookmark here

"D-Die? What do you mean?"Bookmark here

"Many people die of overwork you see..."Bookmark here

I thought she knows... this person really is a berserker with unbelievable instinct.Bookmark here

"You're overreacting Babaa."Bookmark here

"......."Bookmark here

She's quiet! Oh no! it's been a while since I called her Babaa. Maybe the rage bar is full now! I think I will die today!Bookmark here

"...I'm serious... don't die..."Bookmark here

"......"Bookmark here

"Hey...."Bookmark here

"...Okay....sorry..."Bookmark here

She didn't get angry even if I called her Babaa... was she that worried? I just fell asleep for a long time you know?Bookmark here

Well... that is worrying if you think about it, no normal 5 year old will sleep for hours or work for a whole day.Bookmark here

I have been working the whole day for a month.... was she worried the whole time?Bookmark here

For some reason, I feel good... but why? what is this feeling?Bookmark here

"Don't overwork that much okay? be sure to eat and rest properly..."Bookmark here

"...Yes..."Bookmark here

She went back to reading the book.Bookmark here

So she was worried about me? Why do I feel so good?Bookmark here

I need to stop getting distracted, I need to start reading because this is important.Bookmark here

I opened the first book.Bookmark here

It's called 'Human Reactions Towards Death'.Bookmark here

The reason I got this book is because of what happened to me last night.Bookmark here

Why the hell did time seem to stop?Bookmark here

I read the book and reached the part.Bookmark here

[People have been said to have their life flash back before their eyes before dying, and there are also people who say that they see their relatives in the moment where their lives are in mortal danger. These experiences are those from who survived near death situations.]Bookmark here

[I have a theory about it, when humans are faced with death, the brain focuses everything into speeding up its processing power. This drives the brain into overdrive. It is a result of 'Surviving' as the brains top priority. But it goes out of control because emotions are also processed by the brain. The brain processing power becomes concentrated towards regret, panic, fear and other negative emotions making the brain remember everything from the past, hence producing the 'life flashes before eyes' illusion. There are also times where they accept death making them hallucinate seeing their dead relatives.]Bookmark here

Hmmm, the author sounds pretty legit.Bookmark here

[So how do they know if their whole memory flashed before their eyes, or how did they recognize their dead relatives? That is because the brain is in overdrive, it's processing power is boosted up to the point where it's so fast that it can process information a lot faster than usual making it look like stopping time. In theory, when a person doesn't feel emotions, they will be able to focus on surviving, making it possible to assess the situation and do the optimal action leading to survival. Meaning a person can focus on what is happening right now in front of their senses and not the thoughts created by emotions.]Bookmark here

So, is that what happened to me?Bookmark here

It was a death situation I'm sure... but in those moments, I felt unbelievable fear and other negative emotions.Bookmark here

Not only that, I was also able to calm myself down from scared to calm during that time delayed period.Bookmark here

Maybe this author is wrong, but some of his explanations is probably right.Bookmark here

Maybe that's what happened to me and got lucky.Bookmark here

I am convinced with this explanation and decided that this is what happened to me.Bookmark here

"Okay, now for the next one."Bookmark here

Since I already found out the reason, I closed the book unfinished and opened the second one.Bookmark here

The books name is 'The Blessing given to Monsters'.Bookmark here

I got this book because of what I saw yesterday. The mini bear had no wounds even when punctured in its whole body, not to mention when I removed the nails, something weird happened.Bookmark here

I opened the book and read it.Bookmark here

[Like adventurers, the monsters also receive the same kind of blessing like 'Adventurer's Blessing' but it is a little different. They don't receive physical improving blessings and also, they cannot level up. The difference is that they may evolve when they meet certain conditions.]Bookmark here

Well the Giga Bear was just a Mini Bear that ate a lot of white herbs.Bookmark here

[The most important thing is that they also receive the HP system, like the adventurer's blessing. This protects them from harm until they run out of HP.]Bookmark here

HP system? What is that? I should find a book about it...Bookmark here

I stopped reading the book and went to the shelves.Bookmark here

I saw Xeline there reading again at a fast pace.Bookmark here

I ignored her and got the book 'The HP System'.Bookmark here

I sat on a table and started reading.Bookmark here

[The HP system is a system which makes a being unaffected by life threatening wounds. For example, when a person gets beheaded, the person's head will roll on the ground.]Bookmark here

What a brutal author... and of course it will roll on the ground.Bookmark here

[But those with the HP System will not be beheaded, instead, a red liquid will just flow out of their necks. The person might feel some pain but the person's body itself will be left unharmed. This pain is mitigated by the blessing making the 'Beaheaded' feel less painful. This red liquid that come out of the body is called 'Health Points' or some call it Red HP Liquid.]Bookmark here

Oh, so that explains everything. And that liquid wasn't blood but Red HP Liquid huh?Bookmark here

[The color of the HP Liquid differs wherever the being is hit. If the being is hit on the most vulnerable point, Dark red HP Liquid will gush out. The lighter the red color is the weaker the damage.]Bookmark here

Come to think about it, the red liquid that came out yesterday had different colors, and when I struck it's head and it's back with the nail, dark red liquid came out.Bookmark here

[The HP system does not protect the being from death, if a beings HP becomes 0, the being dies. After a few minutes, the body of the being becomes red particles and evaporate towards the sky.]Bookmark here

So that was it huh?Bookmark here

[Even if a being is in the HP System, they could still be poisoned and burned. And there is also a status that can also remove a body part of the person in the HP System, this status is called Amputated.]Bookmark here

Amputated?Bookmark here

[If a person is in the HP System, they cannot be wounded, meaning that body parts will not be removed... this is different when a part of its body is Amputated. In this state, the color of the body part will be black even if it's still connected to the body. But it will be in a state where the being cannot use it, because it is the same as being a body part removed.]Bookmark here

[When Amputated is inflicted, a portion of the Current HP and the Maximum HP of the target will be removed depending on which part of the body is removed. Max HP will only be restored when not damaged within the next 24 hours.]Bookmark here

Woah... That's scary.Bookmark here

[The Amputated Status is inflicted when a part of a monster is carved out. If this happens when the monster is dead, the color released by the body part will be turned into a random item based on what part is cut.]Bookmark here

Carved? So there are Carving skills? Okay... I better learn that.Bookmark here

I put the book back and picked up 'Carving Monsters'Bookmark here

[Carving can only be used by certain adventurer skills. These skills are —]Bookmark here

What? So it can only be done by adventurers? Well... this sucks.. But I better read it so I know after I become an adventurer.Bookmark here

While reading, I stumbled upon an interesting part.Bookmark here

[There is also a skill that is not limited to classes, this skill is called <Amputation>. Like the name states, it put a part of the body into Amputated status. This is not a skill, but a natural phenomenon that is unexplained. This can also be done to monsters that are not dead. This skill is not learned by any classes because everyone can do it. But it has certain conditions, these conditions are—]Bookmark here

After reading the book, I decided to try this <Amputation> further into the future. I can't do it now because it needs certain conditions that I don't have. But since it says anyone can do it, maybe I can do it even without being an adventurer?Bookmark here

When I looked at the clock it was already 12pm and I walked out of the library.Bookmark here

"Hey, are you okay?"Bookmark here

The person who said this was the person in front of me.Bookmark here

It was the voice of Xeline.Bookmark here

"Yeah."Bookmark here

After replying, she just went out the door without saying anything.Bookmark here

Well... that's natural, that's just how we both are towards each other.Bookmark here

Anyway, why is everyone worried? I just overslept yesterday.Bookmark here

After heading out, I went back to work until night time.Bookmark here

I went back to hunting monsters again that night.Bookmark here

When I went to the lake, I felt like I was being watched again, but there was no one there.Bookmark here

I did the same preparations as I did before.Bookmark here

But this time, the time stopping event didn't occur, because when the Mini Bear falls down, I know it will go on a rampage after dying for a few seconds, so at that time I go out of range and throw the potion after it becomes active again.Bookmark here

For some reason, I was not as tired as I was before, and because of that, I went back to the lake, cleaned myself, went to the bench and slept.Bookmark here

My daily routine was, Reading potion books at the morning, then read books in the library until Lunch. Go to the construction site during the afternoon, learn sewing, then go to the pharmacy to make potions and learn potion making from onee-chan.Bookmark here

Then, I would eat, take a nap until 10pm, go monster hunting. Then go back to sleep.Bookmark here

I got used to feeling being watched before going out to hunt monsters and didn't mind it after a lot of times.Bookmark here

I spent everyday like this.Bookmark here

3 years have passed. Bookmark here


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