Excuse and Reflection
One adventurer fell down in a red shower of blood . His eyes were opened wide in surprise; he might not even have understood what had happened to him . 「Uwahahahaha! Don’t let down your guard, you damn fool!」
Milim’s joyful voice rang while the five remaining adventurers nervously huddled together . However, it was in vain . 「Oh wind that blows,spin into a Tornado and cut downmy enemies! Tornado Blade!!」
Huddling together was a mistake . The Tornado Blade I threw chopped them up as if sneering at the wary adventurers . Tornado Blade was a spherical version of the Wind Blade magic . Though it consumes more magic power, it becomes possible to cut through several enemies in a fixed range at the same time . It’s a convenient magic for group battles . Milim performed a surprise attack against the first person to scout for traps . It was a quick death . And before my magic arrived, she had quickly moved to our rear . Without making a blunder, like hitting Milim, my magic only hit the adventurer that huddling together . Before we could be sensed by the enemy group, I activated invisibility magic . Once our side began attacking, the invisibility magic was canceled, but the enemy’s numbers were already decreased by one or two people . In addition, they had lost their attacker and the healerfrom the rear support . 「It’s bad, it’s the ScarletRed Meteor! Be careful!」「Damn it, Marja and Nadja were killed by magic . Jean isn’t breathing either! 」「Shit, you guys! How dare you!!」
They confirmed our identities now that they could see, and the vanguard came at us burning with anger, but . . . . . .
「Kuahahahaha! How naïve!!」「Oooooohoohoohoo! I can’t let you pass!」(You shall not pass! Lol)
Veldora and Ramiris stopped the vanguard’s charge in high spirits . I could perceive the bright red bar above the warriors’ heads decreasing by half when I looked at them with analysis . 「Those fellows’ HP are below half . You guys can deal with them right?」
Yes, the red bar above the warriors’ heads expressed their HP= Stamina . I used this display rigorously . It made it easier to understand by making things look like a game . Since I’ve gotten used to the display, it became possible to quickly confirm the situation and give out appropriate instructions . Currently, it’s a pattern of a certain victory . Beginning with a surprise attack, we managed to kill some of the enemy explorers without alerting them to our presence . That way we could take out the rear support members with low HP early via magic . It would be another story if it was a stronger enemy that capable of activate a continuous barrier . However, in this case this party’s lineupwas easy to defeat, so our victory was already decided . As expected, Veldora and Ramiris made a bloodbath out of the three warriors acting as vanguards . It’s was an easy victory . Part of our certain victory tactic is for Milim’s surprise attack to kill the scout while I take out the rearguard with magic like earlier . Oh well, we have been hunting Adventurers indiscriminately lately, it seemed like the amount of people taking counter measures had increased a little . Though it still hadn’t become a situation where they steered clear of us . Even if that happened, I’d merely switch to a different strategy . We were within the 24th floor of the Labyrinth . Moderately strong people would arrive here; it’s the perfect hunting ground for us .
「We did it! Even the likes of them, weren’t a match for us . 」「Uffuffu . That’s right! We are invincible . The strongest!」「Kuahahahaha! They’re merely small fries, they’re not even a little worthy of us!」
My companions uttered such cocky words . Yes, we were a set party of 4 .
Eh, what were we doing?Of course, we were researching how the ways the adventurers fight, we learnt many things . I operated a Ghost, a Wizard fluent in magic with a body clad in a bluish-white flaming aura . I’ve learned several magics since we began, and I’ve became able to clad my body in Fear Aura .
Veldora was a skeleton but his bones somehow turned golden by using a special alloy called OrichalcumGod’s Shine Metal Steel that I had manufactured . Orichalcum is mix of Demon Steel and Gold, in addition, it’s a special alloy refined by injecting dense magic power . Veldora started by saying that a golden skull was good, but then I made a whole skeletal structure golden . As long as there was a core, anything seemed fine for making bones, so the conversion was done easily and a golden Skeleton was made . The current strength couldn’t be compared to that of the bones from before, it became pointlessly high spec .
Milim was feared as the Red Meteor . Because she moves at an abnormal speed, she leaves a red afterimage that looks like a meteor . As an Assassin, with her way of eliminating her presence and leaping at the target after approaching unnoticed from the ceiling, she boasted a high success rate for assassination . She threw away all abilities except agility . Her battle style relied on speed and critical, it seems she become a fearsome legend .
Ramiris was part of the Fighter faction . She wields an axe with all her strength as if she mocking the powerlessness of her original body . Her combat style was to go all out, making her popular as the Living ArmorMoving Heavy Armor that wields aDeath AxeGrim Reaper’s Great Axe insanely . Perhaps, it was stronger than the original body . . . . . . . No, it’s nothing . Such a thing doesn’t matter .
Making such an impression, we had become a source of fear known as the DungeonDeath Bringer of theDominatorLabyrinth’s Will” . Because we were stronger than an unskilled boss, we were the pinnacle of badness . It could be called a natural reaction . As I mentioned earlier, our main purpose was to research the ways the adventurers fought . We weren’t playing at all . That point shouldn’t be misunderstood . We make an effort every day and do nothing but research day after day . Such an honest effort may be useful someday . And so, we saw a rare adventurer that used a never before seen extra skill, and used an original magic . We gained a splendid amount of knowledge . Right now I can analyze extra skills just by seeing them . Such an ability was useful since it influenced our avatars . With a pseudo soul as a core, the avatars made with magic power completely matched the main body’s soul . It was very convenient . The skills that were obtained by the avatar could be used by the main body . If the avatar grew to a certain extent, it seemed possible to use an ability from the main body . They seemed to be more linked than I thought . I kept researching with such feelings every day . We have proved various things . ……I’ll say it once again, we weren’t playing around, so please don’t misunderstand .
It was difficult to arrive here . In the beginning, we were defeated by adventurers in the upper floor . Also, an unamusing situation where we were annihilated by the traps from our own labyrinth occurred . Angry, it was a good idea to prepare a magic item that would keep the labyrinth’s traps from activating . Ramiris was the one who triggered the trap, but the one who was swallowed by it was Veldora .
I was floating in the air and Milim was clinging to the ceiling . Since she’d never fallen into a pitfall, Ramiris was careless . But, Ramiris . . . . . . “What are you doing, falling into your own trap?”I think that everyone wanted to tsukkomi . We spent the troubling times having such feelings .
The adventurer in front of me whom I had just defeated turned into particle of light and disappeared . This was a familiar scene . Once we got cocky and tried to defeat the boss of the 30th floor .
The boss was Gozurl whose power was sealed by a magic item . As a result, we suffered a crushing defeat . With our current abilities, Gozurl was a tall obstacle in our way . We who believed ourselves too weak to defeat him, trained ourselves in the 25-29th floors . No that’s wrong, it’s not training but learning . It’s not playing . Truly, please don’t get it wrong! 「It was an easy victory . 」
The three people nodded to my opinion . Well then, let’s keep going at this pace! When I thought that, I received a messagefrom my emergency-communication-duty clone in the office . What’s going on?Is what I was thinking when I received a message that 『Hinata and Demon Lord Ruminas seemed to have talked regarding an alliance』 . Apparently, it’s not the time for me to study (play) . Because it couldn’t be helped, I switched on the avatar’s pseudo soul’s Automatic Mode, and we decided to go back to the office .
When we returned to the office, Ruminas and Hinata were waiting . With them was a woman I had seen before . The former Demon Lord Frey sat down on a chair . She glanced at me when I entering the room, then she looked to Veldora, her glance stopping on the entering Milim . And then a sweet smile floated on her face . I wonder why? I felt that smile was very ominous .
「Ah, Milim . You were in here?By the way, what happened with the homework I gave you?The guards fell down and were rolled up in a bamboo mat, but you can give anexplanation about what happened, right?」 Scary . Even though I wasn’t involved, for some reason I felt an unbearable sensation . Yes, a friend should play after finishing their homework, but in reality the homework was completely untouched . I happened to catch a similar scene to when lies were exposed to the parent, making them mad . . . . . . . It’s such a nostalgic feeling .
「Gee! Fr, Frey!! It’s, it’s not that . There’s a good explanation!」
Milim became flustered as soon as her eyes met Frey’s . This is . . . . . . So it’s over, Milim . Though I said it daringly, the matter had no relation to me, no, to us did it?
「Haha, Milim . If you have work, you better go back . Because you delaying something, you should finish your work quickly!」「Yeah, like he said . Sorry to get you involved with our long-drawn research . Although you should have told us you had work to do . But, it seems we should have paid attention to that . Let’s apologize!」「Th, that’s right! Like he said . Don’t be reserved, if you had told us about it we wouldn’t have detained you!」
As expected . Veldora and Ramiris who read the situation backed up my words . With this we established our ignorance, and furthermore, it stated that we were unrelated . Though I saw Milim’seyes watering, I’m sorry there seems to be no way to help you . Give up and bind yourself with a rope . Thus, Milim was caught by Frey .
「It’s, it’s different . The story, listen to the story, Frey!」
So Milim screamed to the end, but it failed before Frey’s iron smile . Resistance was futile . Sadly Milim was caught and carried away like a cat back to her own country .
Phew, that was scary . I thought I going to be dragged into it, but it seems like I was able to make it through safely somehow . When I thought so,
「By the way Rimuru-sama, What have you been doing in all this time?」
Shuna stood at my back without any presence, and threw a sharp question at me . I felt sweat which couldn’t flow appear on my forehead . No, we’re safe, it’s alright . We never played . Yes, research! Because we were researching .
「It seems like we have become a hindrance to you . Let’s perform the magic research in my room . Because sorcery is deep, it grants me with wisdom」
Veldora turned his back with a favored bookManga in his hand while saying such a thing . Is he going to run away!?When I was going to detain him,
「The, then, I should accompany you too〜」
Ramiris betrayed me too and left, running away together with Veldora . How cruel!However, right now was not the time to be thinking about those cruel friends . I think it was a little weak to keep insisting it was a research . Hinata and Ruminas stared in my direction with suspicion-filled eyes, it seemed like a poor excuse would destroy me . As I let Veldora and Ramiris’s escape go, my brain cells operated at full strength searching for the optimum solution . It’s no use, a good idea won’t come . Since it came to this, I went with my last resort . （Raphael! Help me find a good excuse to safely get through this situation!）
Yes, the crystallization of my wisdom, SenseiRaphael should be my ally .
There’s nothing to be afraid of . 《Solution . Explanation is unnecessary》
What? Explanation is unnecessary!?What does that mea . . . . .
「Ah, you were here? I’ve been looking for you, Danna!?」
Such a nostalgic presence, it was Fuze . I see, that’s what it meant!
「Oh, Fuze-kun . The matter I asked you about, how did the investigation go?*Let’s hear about it inside . 」
It was a godsend . It’s seems like I was able to survive because I used Fuze to investigate Yuuki . Nevertheless, as expected from Raphael .
Was the timing of this and Fuze‘s arrival already predicted? You don’t say . Still it’s impossible . But, there’s no doubt that I was saved . I’m glad I didn’t carelessly make a weird excuse . I enter the room and invited Fuze inside . Then I absorbed my communication-duty clone, and sat in a chair . I seemed able to deceive her somehow or another . 「A secret investigation was it? As expected of Rimuru-sama!」
So Shuna nodded with a satisfied smile . The crisis had passed . However, to not forget this lesson, I swore to stop playing too much .
Because I felt guilty, I became unnecessarily flustered . You should do things within reason . I reflected in my mind to be careful from now on .