Chapter 41:

PlusFire vs. Kanabo Skeleton

Hour Empty Child

Clearing the floors within the dungeon, the PlusFire party has received a bountiful amount of experience points, netting a few levels at best. Along with the loot that they have received which have numbered already in the hundreds of thousands of jib, a smile was constantly plastered on Kudo’s face.Bookmark here

However, as they cleared many floors, slaying every monster that comes their way, a question was constantly floating around in Kudo’s head.Bookmark here

“Why does the Guidebook kept saying that the dungeon was incredibly hard?”Bookmark here

Kudo and Hinota were currently going down the staircase that leads to the next floor.Bookmark here

“Maybe we’re just too strong?” Hinota gave a simple answer.Bookmark here

“Still, this is kinda of a letdown. We’re already going down to the 39th floor.”Bookmark here

Kudo remembers the feats the ‘Dungeon Dwellers’ were so recognized for, and put on a doubtful face.Bookmark here

“I can’t believe that those 3 got so much recognition just by going down to the 40th floor. It can’t be that bad.”Bookmark here

“Well, maybe on the 39th floor we can finally get some action.”Bookmark here

Hinota responded, getting Kudo to put his fingers to his chin to think.Bookmark here

“Every floor before the 10th flight of stairs is the Boss Room. Inside that room, there’s a powerful boss that would be difficult to fight alone. A full party of Adventurers is necessary, as well as good teamwork and the synergy of their skills.”Bookmark here

Kudo explained the passage in his Guidebook, getting Hinota to nod in agreement.Bookmark here

“But so far, we faced nothing but easy monsters from the 9th, 19th, and 29th floors. It’s disappointing, to be honest.”Bookmark here

“Yeah. But we got lots of good stuff. We already have enough to pay for the 10% of the payment we have to give to the DCA.”Bookmark here

“Hehe, then let’s keep going! We’ll be sure to get some more if we push on through!”Bookmark here

“Yeah!”Bookmark here

The two broke into a run as they spotted the door that they saw after reaching to the bottom of the stairs.Bookmark here

Seeing the door in front of them, again, being quite ornated with gilded colors and exquisite markings, the two shared a nod before reaching to the handle, opening it with zest.Bookmark here

Light showered them, blinding their eyes for a few moments before their vision returned. They saw now that there was no light at all—only a dank-like atmosphere was the only thing remaining.Bookmark here

They saw what appears to be inside of a cavern. The stones that covered the area, however, had a fluorescent light that helped them see deeper into the cave. Several clear puddles of water were scattered everywhere, and with the stalagmites hanging from the ceiling, it gave a sort of natural splendor to the eyes.Bookmark here

“Wow… it’s beautiful,” Kudo commented as his eyes were beaming in astonishment.Bookmark here

“Now this is what I’m talking about. This dungeon should show these kinds of things more often.”Bookmark here

Hinota acted as if she was a customer who was finally satisfied with the service. However, she still showed the same kind of amazement on her sharpened expression as Kudo did.Bookmark here

“So this is the Boss Room? It doesn’t feel that way.”Bookmark here

Kudo tried to feel the air, making him feel somewhat serene despite the dank atmosphere.Bookmark here

“…Looks like it. Kudo, listen up.”Bookmark here

Picking up distant sounds, Hinota’s ears perked up and grabbed Kudo by the shoulder. Kudo looked back and saw Hinota’s sharpened scowl looking at him, making a shushing gesture at him. Kudo nodded, getting him to follow Hinota as they crept up along the boulders that laid there on the ground.Bookmark here

They darted around the large boulders, using them to hide their presence from any monsters that could view them as enemies. Their trained bodies that can withstand attacks were also trained to sneak, enough to even combat against a [Thief] or [Archer].Bookmark here

Time passed by slowly and their hearts were still beating fast. Kudo, not hearing them before, could finally pick up on the sounds as well.Bookmark here

Clanking, grinding, stomping sounds were scattered across the cavern, making them right on the edge of their nerves.Bookmark here

“Is that… iron? Heavy armor?”Bookmark here

Kudo answered with a whisper, knowing those sounds by heart as a blacksmith.Bookmark here

“Sounds like our enemy here favors heavy armor. Now ain’t that a surprise.”Bookmark here

Hinota’s tone carried a cold sass, scowling as she senses the danger of the enemy already.Bookmark here

“But still, this means that the enemy will be slow. If it was a fast one, it’ll be difficult to catch it in this terrain.”Bookmark here

Hinota commented as she steps on the small jagged ground. It was uncomfortable on her feet, constantly trying to balance it as to avoid putting pressure on her joints.Bookmark here

“Definitely, but considering the armor, we might not have enough Sharpness. Hinota, look here.”Bookmark here

Before they continued, Hinota turned back to face Kudo as he picked up his [Magic Bag], and took something out. It was a small ring, gilded gold with a small ruby in its center.Bookmark here

“It’s the 【Mega-Sharpness Ring】. It should give you extra Sharpness.”Bookmark here

“Oh, nice. You’re gonna put one yourself?” Hinota quickly puts on the ring on her right index-finger.Bookmark here

“Not exactly. I’ll be using the 【Fortified Wall Necklace】. I figured since I don’t have much sharpness as yours, I’ll up my defenses so that I can continue supporting you.”Bookmark here

“Good idea.”Bookmark here

Hinota nodded in agreement as she quickly turns and continued on her path along with Kudo who puts on his necklace.Bookmark here

After walking for a short while, Hinota finally stops. She makes the shushing gesture once more, and peered from the boulder they were hiding behind.Bookmark here

As her head rose from the boulder, she saw the being making the sounds.Bookmark here

Giant—a word that describes the monster perfectly. It was a giant armored being which the front of the face was shown. However, it showed no skin or muscle—only bones. It's darkened sockets had a small yellowish glow, and the bones were colored bloody red. The armor it wore was giant in mass, yet it moved like it was perfectly in synch with it. Along with the armor was a special weapon called a kanabo, studded with diamond-shaped black iron stubs embedded to a large club.Bookmark here

It moved slowly, like at a snail’s pace. It dragged the kanabo along the ground, causing the grinding sounds. Its metal continues to hit each other in a galvanized symphony, and its eyes continue to send mysterious chills down Hinota’s nerves.Bookmark here

“Hehe, a worthy opponent appears,” A fearless smile ran across her lips. Her sharpened glower became more furious, “I can’t wait to get its loot.”Bookmark here

“Hinota, you look even scarier… I love it!”Bookmark here

Kudo saw the expression and felt his heart taken away. Compared to Hinota, Kudo was enjoying this view more than the Boss.Bookmark here

“Admire me later,” Hinota took the compliment well. “What’s the plan?”Bookmark here

“Well, it looks really tough. We could always sneak past it since it’s so slow… but you won’t like that, will you?”Bookmark here

“I will be seriously disappointed in you if you make us do that.”Bookmark here

“Hehe, don’t worry yourself. I won’t.”Bookmark here

Kudo was the first to reveal his bastard sword—an improved sword that he has made yesterday with all his heart and soul.Bookmark here

“Let’s kill it and gain some nice experience points. Hinota, you take its attention—See those gaps in its armor? You don’t have to hit the armor at all. You can hit those gaps and deal damage directly to the Boss!”Bookmark here

“Got it,” Hinota nodded.Bookmark here

“Then I’ll jump in and distract it with my skills. Don’t use up your mana until we know how much trouble are we dealing with here. Check out its abilities, and see how much damage it does.”Bookmark here

Seeing the nod from her again, Kudo nodded as well. Hinota unsheathes her katana as well, gripping onto it with enough strength to break a boulder.Bookmark here

“Anything else?”Bookmark here

“Yeah,” Kudo added. “Don’t get hit by that kanabo.”Bookmark here

“Good plan.”Bookmark here

Hinota dashed from her location. She turned and ran towards the giant skeleton, and stopped right in front of its back.Bookmark here

The Skeleton boss felt her presence and slowly turned around—its eyes letting off a trail of gas-like yellow.Bookmark here

She positioned her body, the tip of her blade pointing backward. She inhaled a large breath within her chest and stomach, and finally lets it out.Bookmark here


Hinota gave a powerful roar that echoed in the caverns, and from her mouth, various air waves that made the air itself distort in front of Kudo’s eyes reached to the Kanabo Warrior.Bookmark here

The Skeleton backpeddled, unable to handle the sudden waves coming at it. It swung its arms around, waving the kanabo with ease trying to get rid of it, but there was nothing to get rid of.Bookmark here

Hinota quickly gasped for air, and after seeing the skeleton trying to make sense of what is happening, Hinota took her chance. She positioned her katana and pushed herself off the ground.Bookmark here

Her flying body went at the body, angling her katana and sliced at the gap between the forearm and arm on the right side.Bookmark here

A crick sound was heard, and Hinota felt her arms receiving a strong shock that was sent to her nerves. Bookmark here

(It’s tough!)Bookmark here

She managed to land behind the skeleton as the boss felt the pain of receiving the cut, swinging around its body and tried to return to its stance from before.Bookmark here

Despite receiving the damage, the skeleton only opened its jaws rather creepily, aiming its yellowish sight on Hinota. It swung its arm upwards, bringing the kanabo to the sky and finally brought it down with force.Bookmark here

—*Boom!* The ground exploded upon impact. The blast sent the grounds’ debris flying everywhere, and the shockwave produced from that traveled far. However, Hinota jumped out of the way quickly enough, landing smoothly farther away from the skeleton.Bookmark here

“Ooh, pretty strong,” Hinota whistled. “Kinda makes me wonder HOW strong though…”Bookmark here

A crazy thought traveled in Hinota’s mind, making her form a devilish smile. She brandished her katana and waved it directly in front of the skeleton.Bookmark here

“Come over here, you big bucket of metal! I bet you can’t land one strike on my pretty face!”Bookmark here

She mocked the skeleton, showing off her splendor and bravery as she gracefully returns to her battle position. The skeleton looked like it was offended, putting its jaws together as if it was bearing its teeth.Bookmark here

He moved the kanabo to the ground, and dashed towards Hinota. Despite the huge size, its speed nearly matched with Hinota’s.Bookmark here

“Don’t disappoint me!”Bookmark here

Hinota does the same and charged right at the skeleton.Bookmark here

—*Clang!*Bookmark here

The two weapons clashed. Metal grinding against metal caused hot sparks to fly out as the two mercilessly grinded at each other. The Skeleton swung it mightily, but Hinota did the same. It was enough to send shocks to the skeleton’s body.Bookmark here

“Guess we’re equally matched,” Hinota smiled, clenching her teeth together in agony.Bookmark here

The two continued to strike each other’s body, trying to get the upper hand. Though the skeleton was trying to eliminate the threat in front of it, Hinota enjoyed herself in this brawl. Her arms felt numb, and her body felt like she was pushed to the limit, yet her graceful moves and swift strikes barraged against the now defensive skeleton.Bookmark here

(Amazing! Thanks to her 【Katana Mastery】, she really improved her fighting style! Not to mention… she just looks so cool!)Bookmark here

Kudo, being the support, surveyed the battle and could only come when he is needed. Yet, he was already enjoying the fight, feeling his blood boiling and his eyes showed glamor and amazement at his partner.Bookmark here

Hinota and the skeleton continued their dance of striking metals, despite the huge difference in size. But then—Bookmark here

“Ghh!”Bookmark here

Hinota grunts—her shoulder suddenly sprayed out blood.Bookmark here

“Hinota!” Kudo shouted, his eyes widened.Bookmark here

“I’m okay!” Hinota held her shoulder tightly. “I was just grazed!”Bookmark here

Hinota quickly backs away and spots the action that made her bleed.Bookmark here

It was the stud—from the kanabo. One of the studs suddenly shot out, making something like a metal pole which has a tapered tip. The skeleton’s kanabo then returned the stub back to its rightful place, but the skeleton was not done.Bookmark here

He swung the kanabo upwards and brought it down again on Hinota. She was about to block it again with her undamaged arm, but she notices that one of the stubs suddenly shot out again, and it was headed right for Hinota’s head.Bookmark here

Thanks to her quick reflexes and calm mind, she darts out of the way of the studded kanabo, making it crush the ground with enough force to break it apart. Another shockwave ensued, making Kudo feel it as he watched Hinota’s condition.Bookmark here

“Hinota!”Bookmark here

“Looks like it got a trick under its sleeve. Well, I got my own! ——《CrossShadow》!”Bookmark here

Hinota shot out her katana forward, and in an instant, her body glowed a glorious fire like her buff. The fire covered her entire body, and then in the next instant, the fire, in the shape of Hinota’s body, was released from her actual body.Bookmark here

The fire body took shape into its own person. It stood gallantly as the fire body had no face, and nothing but its body shape and katana was produced. Bookmark here

“Whoa…” Kudo, once more, was astounded by this beautiful image.Bookmark here

“Go, you beautiful creature! Attack!”Bookmark here

Following her order, the fire body positioned herself into a battle stance just like the real Hinota would. The katana that was glowing red with fire was then lunged at the skeleton.Bookmark here

The skeleton thought Hinota separated herself in two, and begun to attack it by swinging down its kanabo. However—Bookmark here

—*Shing!*Bookmark here

The fire body was too quick—it was practically weightless, so the attack to the gap in the neck broke through. Despite the weightless body, the katana made another crick sound be heard from the neck, notifying Hinota that it delivered a powerful strike.Bookmark here

The skeleton was damaged, but it still swung the kanabo down and crushed the fire body. Its body was merely made of fire, so it quickly dissipated the moment it was crushed.Bookmark here

“Haha, I love that skill!”Bookmark here

Hinota shouted as she recovered herself from the damage earlier with a potion. She discarded the potion’s waste and lunged herself right at the skeleton with the same speed as before.Bookmark here

The skeleton noticed her coming and swung its kanabo horizontally, but Hinota quickly jumped over it, and made her katana submerge itself in fire.Bookmark here

“——《Flaming Strike》!”Bookmark here

Hinota was about to slice vertically right at the gap in the neck again.Bookmark here

—*Krrk!* “Aggh!”Bookmark here

The side of her face was suddenly cut up. She saw that the stub from the kanabo on the side shot out, and it extended all the way to where Hinota’s head was. Luckily, it only grazed her face again, but the force was enough to angle Hinota wrongly, so she used the skeleton’s body as a kickstand to jump away.Bookmark here

“Stupid Kanabo skeleton!” Hinota cursed loudly as she landed, but as she raised her head up, she widened her eyes.Bookmark here

The skeleton charged way too fast for her body to keep up. It was about to swing its kanabo once more to Hinota before she could recover.Bookmark here

“——《Plus Chain》!”Bookmark here

The skeleton was suddenly encased with blinding white chains, stopping its progress towards Hinota. Hinota spotted Kudo behind the skeleton, making an effort to pull him back with his body strength alone.Bookmark here

“Hinota, get out of there!”Bookmark here

Kudo asked—no, demanded—that Hinota moves out, getting her to nod quickly and darted out of the skeleton’s path.Bookmark here

The skeleton struggled, trying to break off from the chain’s binding strength. It continuously squirmed, eventually having enough of it as the skeleton raised its body, grabbed hold of the chains, and tried to pull them apart, causing Kudo’s fingers to feel as if they were being pulled apart.Bookmark here

“Ghh, so… strong…!”Bookmark here

Kudo felt the pressure of the one binding the strong monster, but knowing that doing so will save Hinota, he bared it by gritting his teeth.Bookmark here

“Kudo! Give it a good debuff!”Bookmark here

“G-Got it…! ——《Minus Pulse》!”Bookmark here

Following Hinota’s plan, Kudo slowly opened up his hand, making sure to grab hold of his chains tightly enough. Several black rings appeared out of his hand, affecting the boss in front of him.Bookmark here

It was effective as for a moment, it stopped moving. But then, the skeleton’s vigor returned, now ferocious as it tried to pull apart the chains more strongly.Bookmark here

“Aggh! It’s still too strong! Could it be a defense down debuff?”Bookmark here

Kudo cursed his skill for not giving him a much clearer result, and had to guess which debuff it was.Bookmark here

The skeleton was finally able to pull the chains off from its body and pulled Kudo using the very chains he was using, swinging his body around like a rag doll.Bookmark here

“Ahh—Aaaaah!”Bookmark here

Cries of pain were heard from Kudo as he tried to unravel himself, but the centrifugal force caused him to lose his grip.Bookmark here

The skeleton lets go of Kudo using the centrifugal force, casting him aside like an actual doll and made him fly through the caverns at ridiculous speed.Bookmark here

Kudo was about to crash into a nearby rocky wall, where several stalagmites hang there with their tapered points. But before that could happen, Hinota ran up alongside Kudo and caught him by the arm. She used her own strength to pull away, eventually getting the both of them to land together safely—or rather painfully—on the ground, skidding off from it like a rock skipping on a pond.Bookmark here

The two eventually slowed down, getting themselves to get back up again, feeling dazed from the pain.Bookmark here

“Aggh, my feet hurts… I hate this place!”Bookmark here

Hinota commented as she had to run at full speed, ignoring the bumps that caused hell on her joints.Bookmark here

“Hinota…” Kudo breathed heavily, trying to recover from the damage. “I think I got an idea from that move.”Bookmark here

“Oh~ Tell me then,” The sudden idea got Hinota to be interested.Bookmark here

“Listen up…”Bookmark here

As the two whispered, the chain that was used before dissipated into the air, getting the boss to pay attention to the Adventurers. It spotted the two of them turning their gazes onto it.Bookmark here

Their dastardly smile and greedy eyes actually sent a chill down the skeleton’s spinal cord.Bookmark here

RAAAARRR!Bookmark here

The skeleton, however, brushed the feeling aside and roared for the first time. It grabbed the kanabo by the handle and ran after the two Adventurers.Bookmark here

“Oh, we got it good and angry now!” Hinota flashed a smile.Bookmark here

“Let’s try it! ——《Plus Pulse》!”Bookmark here

“——《Burning Soul》! ——《Enchant: Attack》! ——《Enchant: Speed》! ——《Enchant: Magic Attack》!”Bookmark here

The PlusFire buffed themselves up with their boosting skills. Several white rings have gracefully fallen over the party, and Hinota’s body combusted into a pillar of flames, finally letting herself out and changed her form to a fiery Hinota.Bookmark here

“And now… ——《Plus Chain》!”Bookmark here

A stream of white-colored chains were released from his palms. The chains, as if having a mind of their own, attaches their ends to Hinota’s body. Two chains connected to the back ball of Hinota’s feet, and two more chains connected with Hinota’s shoulders. The way they connected seemed like it became tangible to her skin, getting Hinota to feel no discomfort.Bookmark here

“So the chains can just stick to a body without any problems?”Bookmark here

“Looks like it! That works in our favor!”Bookmark here

Kudo flashed an excited grin as they see the skeleton already closing in.Bookmark here

“Let’s go!”Bookmark here

Hinota charges in with her katana angling to where the tip was right at the skeleton’s body. The two who charged towards each other then crashed—their weapons creating another shockwave of force.Bookmark here

However, despite the size, Hinota had no problems. Rather, she was the victor.Bookmark here

Thanks to her power-up, her strength increased exponentially, and considering that the buff from Kudo was an attack power boost, it was obvious that against the lowered defense skeleton’s kanabo would be countered—the force made it fly upwards along with the skeleton’s body.Bookmark here

“You ain’t so tough now! ——《Flaming Strike》!”Bookmark here

Her katana was once more encased with a fiery flame, much more powerful than the last time. Taking up the chance, she strikes against the skeleton’s stunned body with her fluid movements, having no difficulty in cutting apart its body through the gaps of its armor.Bookmark here

The skeleton roared in pain, feeling its body breaking apart thanks to the powered-up skill. The skeleton wouldn’t let it happen any longer as it recovered from the shock and swung down its kanabo right at Hinota.Bookmark here

But Hinota gave a sly smile as the stub was about to be released from the kanabo to Hinota.Bookmark here

Suddenly, her body was pulled—literally—away from the fight, causing the stub to hit the ground and eventually the entire kanabo crashed into the ground, causing another small shockwave. The skeleton shook its head, appearing to be confused until it looked up and saw something that even made the monster shocked.Bookmark here

Hinota’s body was swung around—the same action that the skeleton did to Kudo. Kudo pulled Hinota away by pulling her along with a circle, swinging Hinota around like a rope.
Kudo’s face was strained as he has to use every amount of strength needed to do this plan. His body felt like it will be torn off, but he kept at it.Bookmark here

Then—Bookmark here

—*Clang!*Bookmark here

Going back at the skeleton, Hinota sliced at the gap between its armor pieces once more, this time with more power from the centrifugal force. This strike caused the skeleton to nearly be blown back from the force, but it kept its ground and stood dauntlessly.Bookmark here

But she wasn’t done yet.Bookmark here

Kudo kept swinging, and as if forever in circular motion, Hinota sliced against the skeleton multiple times. Each strike was so powerful, a shockwave was produced and each time the skeleton’s body was pushed back to the brim of the caverns. Without stopping, Hinota gave precise blows to the skeleton’s body, and she made sure that she got every strike to count.
Kudo began to breathe haggardly. Seeing this, it was time for Hinota to finish this.Bookmark here

“Raaahh!”Bookmark here

Hinota, using the last bit of Kudo’s strength, ran across the walls with the help of the swing and jumped at the skeleton one more time. She raised her katana high, and for added measure, she turned the blade at the blunt edge.Bookmark here

“Stay down! ——《Flaming Strike》!”Bookmark here

Using the added force of the skill, her flaming katana landed right on top of the skeleton’s armored head.Bookmark here

—*BOOM!*Bookmark here

The katana made the skeleton’s body become enraged with a fiery explosion. The fire traveled through to the inside of the armor, using the helmet as the entrance. With the added force, the skeleton’s bony body inside the armor became enflamed, and its bones broke apart from the pressure.Bookmark here

The shockwave was enough to make the caverns shake with intensity. Kudo fell backward after his strength waned, falling right on top of the puddle and made a large splash. Kudo’s vision was blurry, but he could still see Hinota’s gallant figure stopping the skeleton once and for all.Bookmark here

The result of the large shockwave was the cloud of dirt formed from the impact. Kudo nearly choked on the dirt and coughed, pushing away the dirty air with his hand. He saw in the distance the armored skeleton on the ground. It was in pieces, both the armor and the skeleton’s body. The socket holes where the eyes of the skull wrapped within the helmet were no longer glowed the yellowish light.Bookmark here

“We-We did it!”Bookmark here

Kudo shouted, extending his arms upwards in a glorious victory pose. However, his arms felt incredibly heavy, along with his torso which was too heavy for him to bear.Bookmark here

He’s fallen to his knees and bended his body forward, finally caving in.Bookmark here

“Kudo! You okay?!”Bookmark here

Hinota ran up to him after seeing his downfall.Bookmark here

“Y-Yeah… I’m just a bit tuckered out.”Bookmark here

“You know, you’re implying that I was really heavy for you. That’s not nice,” Hinota crossed her arms, showing a disapproving expression.Bookmark here

“You’re not heavy—your warrior spirit was.”Bookmark here

“Hehe, nice one.”Bookmark here

Giving a wry laugh, Hinota smiled as she extended her hand towards Kudo, getting him to take it. After lifting him up, the both of them headed towards the downed skeleton, seeing the result of their combination move.Bookmark here

“To think that we were able to take it down like that. Hinota, we’re getting close to the realm of veterans!”Bookmark here

“That’s what I thought, too. Now come on! Let’s check the spoils.”Bookmark here

“Yeah!”Bookmark here

The two of them completely ignored the skeleton’s feelings as they searched through the corpse with no hesitation.Bookmark here

Eventually, they found an incredible item that they kept seeing this entire time.Bookmark here

“Hinota! Look! We can keep its kanabo!”Bookmark here

Kudo picked up the kanabo, eventually using all of his strength to carry it upwards to show off to Hinota.Bookmark here

“I didn’t think you got enough necessary [STR] stats for that, Kudo.”Bookmark here

Hinota laughed after seeing Kudo desperately trying to hold onto the kanabo.Bookmark here

“I-It’s just really huge! It’s not that heavy.”Bookmark here

“Hehe, let’s see how it is then. Check Item!”Bookmark here

The Kanabo of Crushing Might
【Ancient】Bookmark here

Held only by the Kanabo Warrior, this weapon has crushed many adventurers apart. With its diamond studded iron, it's able to break any steel in a matter of minutes. It has an incredible enchantment where it can use the studs to extend themselves, causing immense piercing damage.Bookmark here

Attack: 528Bookmark here

Durability: 210/210Bookmark here

Requirements: [Lv-80] [STR-80] [DEX-60]Bookmark here

【Enchant Item】 [Stub Raiser]
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“Whoa, you’re right. It is pretty heavy.”Bookmark here

Kudo sees the stats and felt it himself in his hands.Bookmark here

“Hinota, this is an [Ancient] weapon! These things are rare!”Bookmark here

“Hehe, that proves that it’s a pretty strong weapon.”Bookmark here

“Then, you’re ready to continue onwards, Hinota?”Bookmark here

“Ah, well, I would like to recover a bit of my [MP]…”Bookmark here

Hinota said with a tired tone, however, Kudo tilts his neck.Bookmark here

“You can just drink from an Azure Potion, though.”Bookmark here

Kudo brought out his [Magic Bag] and pulled out a mysteriously blue-colored potion. Seeing that, Hinota instantly jumped up.Bookmark here

“D-Don’t make me drink it, please!”Bookmark here

“Your master demands you to drink it! NOW DRINK!”Bookmark here

“Who’s my master?!”Bookmark here

Before long, Hinota ran from Kudo, running around in circles as Kudo chased after her with a smile on his face, the Azure Potion being swung around in his hand.Bookmark here

“Just one sip!”Bookmark here

“Never!”Bookmark here

They kept screaming like that for several minutes.Bookmark here

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Outside of the dungeon, the Dungeon Dwellers heaved a sigh, looking as if they have been completely defeated.Bookmark here

Their tired expressions, as well as their several scratches on their bodies, proved that they had a difficult time in the dungeon.Bookmark here

“Man, that 41st floor was no joke.” The [Archer] spoke loudly.Bookmark here

“The monsters are more difficult than before! All their moves were perfectly synchronized, and it feels so unfair how they can heal each other with their own spells.” The [Warrior] commented, feeling his body hurt more just from remembering it.Bookmark here

“But we at least got through it!” The [Thief] leader punched her chest in pride.Bookmark here

“But we didn’t manage at all on the 42nd floor, though.”Bookmark here

“Whatever! It’s progress!”Bookmark here

The [Thief] leader smacked the [Warrior] on the head to give him the confidence he needed. The [Archer] then remembered something.Bookmark here

“I wonder if the pretty girl and boy managed to get through?”Bookmark here

“Ah, that’s true,” The [Warrior] crossed his arms, looking upwards. “I never saw them before… you don’t think…”Bookmark here

“Ah, please don’t let my cute boy die!”Bookmark here

The [Thief] leader looked like she was about to cry. As the two party members had their sweat drop from their heads from that, they heard the doors opening from the Dungeon.Bookmark here

“Mmh? Ah! It’s them!”Bookmark here

The [Archer] shouted, getting the two others to look to see that it really was Kudo and Hinota finally getting out of the dungeon. Their bodies were slightly burnt, and they had several scratches, but in the end, it was their beaming smiles that caught most of their attention.Bookmark here

“Ah! Pretty boy!”Bookmark here

“W-Wait up, leader!”Bookmark here

The [Thief] went ahead of her group, getting the others to follow. They caught up with the PlusFire who were talking to the officer of the DCA.Bookmark here

“Good to see yo back after that! Have you prepared to pay your 10%?”Bookmark here

The officer shared a smile, thinking that they must have gotten something good.Bookmark here

“Sure do!”Bookmark here

Kudo answered with a bright expression and took out the kanabo from before. He had no choice but to drop the kanabo due to its heavy weight onto the table, causing a lot of noise which got the officer to nearly jump back from the sudden weight in front of him. Not just the officer—the Dungeon Dwellers widened their eyes after seeing that.Bookmark here

“T-This is… the kanabo from the 39th floor?!”Bookmark here

The officer shouted, his eyes widened as he looked at the expressions on the two PlusFire’s faces.Bookmark here

“Does this cover the 10%, sir?” Hinota asks just to be clear.Bookmark here

“T-This clearly overpays it! This weapon is worth a lot of jib!”Bookmark here

The officer shouted, seeing the kanabo for himself and seeing that it wasn’t fake. His voice was loud enough so that every other Adventurer would hear it, not just the Dungeon Dwellers.Bookmark here

“Then, if we overpay, would you like to buy this from us?”Bookmark here

“Y-Yes, please!”Bookmark here

Kudo mentioned, getting Hinota surprised.Bookmark here

“Buy it?”Bookmark here

“If we pay more than 10% with an item, they can buy it from us and subtract the price from that, giving us some extra jib.”Bookmark here

“Oh, good system,” Hinota clasps her hands together in a happy manner.Bookmark here

After selling the kanabo, the PlusFire were about to head home, but they were stopped by the Dungeon Dwellers with shocked expressions.Bookmark here

“H-Hey! How did you manage to get that kanabo?!” The [Warrior] asks with widened eyes.Bookmark here

“Yeah! Didn’t that kanabo belong to that Skeleton Warrior from the 39th floor? He’s really difficult!”Bookmark here

The [Archer] said, getting the PlusFire to look at each other.Bookmark here

“Yeah, we did,” Kudo answered.Bookmark here

“H-How can that be possible… we had to sneak past it since that’s how it is normally passed…”Bookmark here

The [Thief] couldn’t believe her ears, but then she asked again. “H-How far up did you go?”Bookmark here

“Mmh… I think it was around the 70th floors, right, Hinota?”Bookmark here

“On the 78th floor, no less.”Bookmark here

“Ah! That’s right, where the Lava Golems were.”Bookmark here

Kudo finally remembers, but the shocked expressions were left on the Dungeon Dwellers’ faces.Bookmark here

“It was pretty hot, even for me,” Hinota exclaimed. “They must have been pretty high-leveled.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, we just need to grind a bit on the lower floors in order to get higher than that.”Bookmark here

“Such a shame. I wanted to pass it all the way to 100…”Bookmark here

“Hehe, don’t worry about it, Hinota! We’ll get there soon enough!”Bookmark here

Kudo balled his hand into a fist, getting Hinota to smile and nod. Before long, they started to converse with each other as the Dungeon Dwellers listened in.Bookmark here

“We still got some nice equipment and items!”Bookmark here

“Can’t wait to sell them all.”Bookmark here

“Right! Let’s get to enchanting them and sell it at our stall!”Bookmark here

“Got it!”Bookmark here

Kudo and Hinota made their way to the inn so that they can sell the over-encumbered items in their bags. Meanwhile, the Dungeon Dwellers were left on their own, continuing with their shocked expressions.Bookmark here

“…You guys wanna take a break and see what they have?” The [Warrior] commented.Bookmark here

“Yes! Maybe the cute boy can give me a discount~”Bookmark here

“Somehow, I don’t think that’s possible, leader…”Bookmark here

Hitting the [Archer’s] stomach, the Dungeon Dwellers followed after the PlusFire, having excited expressions on their faces.Bookmark here

So far, things have been successful! A good boss fight, and a good item!Bookmark here

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