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“Hello, we meet again.”
I entered the dungeon and the exploration was going well.
I cut down the Wood Puppet and the Wood Kid, took a break to rehydrate on the way and arrived at the square earlier than before.
And then, either by luck or, in this case, bad luck, a familiar Wood Puppet with two blades for hands, a Wood Puppet of the Blood kind, stood in our way.
And the Wood Golem that had been sitting in the center of this one as well was starting to raise its huge body.
I didn’t rush to get ready as I did before.
I took my time and made sure I had enough time to get ready.
The Wood Puppets and Wood Kids who are creaking and increasing in number, and the huge body of the Wood Golem are moving at an upright position looking bigger and bigger.
“Well, I’m here for some payback. Here I go!!!”
I raised the signal of the beginning of the battle.
At first, I thought about getting rid of all of the small fries at once with a surprise attack, but that idea soon changed.
I want to be efficient, since I’m alone, and I have to reduce their numbers and risk as much as possible through a surprise attack.
It’s the same with work. The more work you have to do, the more time and effort you have to put into it, the more efficient you have to be.
If you think about what steps you need to take to get the job done quickly and without fail, you will have more time, more energy, and more time to think about the situation.
Even if I am insanely strong enough to wipe out my opponent with a light swing of my sword. It’s extremely inefficient to deal with a large number of opponents head-on even if I can defeat most of the enemies here with a single swing.
“I’m a man!”
I’ll take this head-on.
“There are things I have to do!!!”
This is my choice!
The reason I chose to do this was foolish.
As I said in the beginning, it’s revenge.
I didn’t want to put the idea of a “surprise attack” there.
I wanted to make up for the fact that I turned my back and ran away last time, by beating them head-on.
That’s all the man’s small willpower was driving me.
After jumping into the crowd of Wood Puppets, it led to a melee.
Chop them, slash downwards, hit, kick, block, evade, push back and defend, and slaughter one small fry after another. Still, I have to pay attention to the Blood Wood Puppet and Wood Golem that sometimes comes and attacks.
I plowed through the wreckage as they were scattered on the ground, all of them becoming magic particles.
It was very easy to get rid of the last Wood Puppet with a wild downward swing while leaning to the left.
“Now, I’ve brought it to the same state as before.”
I’m not out of breath.
The only thing I had to pay attention to was how much effort I put into fighting, how to keep my body from getting tired, and how to get the most out of my power without using extra stamina.
The most frightening thing in a dungeon is running out of energy.
If I can’t move, alone, I’ll be killed immediately.
In addition, if I’m too exhausted to challenge them, I won’t be able to fight with all my might and will lose.
“You know what’s next right?”
I was not at my best, but I was in better shape than I had expected to be.
Needless to say, the two remaining monsters attacked one with agile footsteps and rumbling stomps, so I slowly lifted the tip of my sword and held it up, there was no need to wait.
I take a deep breath.
I scream from the pit of my stomach with the intention of shaking the air.
This action is just to get me fired up.
The first one to run up to me is the Wood Puppet, an inorganic life form that has no fear even for a Blood type.
Naturally, it is not intimidated by my [Intimidating Monkey Scream] and swings its sword arm up and down at me.
But before I could, a lump of steel sliced through its arm.
“Finally, I see you getting surprised.”
It is said that humans are at their strongest when they shout.
At the same time as I stepped forward, I shouted, which shook with a spirit, and the Mineral Tree was able to cut off its blade arms from the middle.
The sight of it staggering from the impact is like an action that humans take when they see something that is impossible. It made me grin crazily.
As if to coincide with the shock, an arm as long as my torso swung down with a dull, trembling blast of wind.
“No, you guys.”
I thought I was improving.
In fact, even if the numbers don’t show it, my growth since entering the dungeon has been much better than during my training.
And this was the result.
“I didn’t think I’d be able to take it in stride.”
I guess it was an attempt to exploit an opening.
In fact, it could have been quite dangerous, since it was aiming at me in a sideways swinging position.
However, the result was different.
I was able to catch the fist that was being launched from the Wood Golem’s huge body with just my right hand on the handle of the sword.
“I didn’t think I’d be on the side of someone who defies the laws of physics.”
Even if I think about the difference in weight, I should be blown away, but in reality, I blocked the attack and the Wood Golem is slowly pushed back. It seems that the power of magic, the power of the Magic Crest, is a substitute for ignoring the laws of physics.
“Then, I’m done checking.”
I wanted to know. I’m not sure how much I’ve grown.
I knew I was growing in numbers, but I finally felt it when I was able to slap away his arm, which I had been trying so hard to avoid, and easily catch the arm that I had been avoiding and slapping away.
“I’m going to win.”
It’s no longer a question, but it’s now a declaration.
I pulled back for a moment and immediately pushed his huge body back.
Then, I used the slight gap created to swing out the Mineral Tree with the full force of my swing, weight, and magical power.
When I struck forward, it was caught by its huge arms.
The voice that leaked out was not anguish, but joy.
This time, I cut it off cleanly.
I was aware again that my mouth was upturned, but I looked away for a moment at the arm that had been cut off and was falling to the ground, and then quickly turned my gaze forward.
Even though it was aimed at the joints, the arm was more than twice as thick as a Wood Puppet.
I want to praise myself for having done that.
But more importantly.
“How about thiiiiis!!!”
I stomped down on the ground with a thud and aimed to cut through the body that was almost three times as thick.
“It’s a beautiful cut!”
I now realize that this worth spending two million.
There was some growth in my status, but the growth of Mineral Trees was also remarkable.
The upper body of the wood golem slides sideways across the cut surface, leaving only the lower body.
This is the result of swinging with all my might with the intention of swinging straight through.
I’m not going to wait for it to slide down naturally.
I’m not going to wait for it to slip away naturally. I kicked it in the torso that was left gaping by the hit and stepped straight through.
Going forward with the intention of pushing off the floor, I thrust the Mineral Tree to the face of my enemy.
I didn’t intend to declare it, but just it’s a habit of me confirming, I shifted my gaze from the giant body that had transformed into particles of magical power once it the ground.
“Well, let’s go one-on-one.”
Physically, I might have a huge advantage, but I have to be careful not to let my guard down.
I changed my stance from thrusting to upright, and I sent something that I have generated myself from the air that has no element, but rather from my fighting spirit.
I feel like I’m nearly there.
If I take one more step and swing my sword with just the right amount of force, this fight will be over.
Whether it’s nervousness or excitement, I can feel my heart beating fast.
I measure the distance between us, trying to suppress my nerves and scream,
My spine reacted more to the feeling of being in the right place than my head.
My body moves to keep up with my vision of a future I can now see.
My opponent is trying to protect itself.
The remaining arms are raised so that they are standing between us, but my sword, which is swung smoothly as if I was cutting a cake, cuts through the body diagonally along with its arms.
That was the end of the battle.
I observe the body that was left behind to assess the situation, but there is not a sign of movement at all.
“Fuuuuuuuu, I’m just shy of thirty and this stress is getting to me.”
I’m still trying to get used to the feeling of weakness that comes with leaving my fighting mode.
No matter how much the Magic Crest strengthens the body, what I am doing is no different from fighting with the chance of dying.
Even if I know that I will be revived even if I die, I cannot get used to it in a month or two.
Looking around, the magic stones are rolling around, littering the floor, and the only one left is a doll with its body in pieces.
“No reinforcements… Damn, that cigarette really hits the spot.”
A smoke after a battle, just the thing to flip the switch, was tempting enough to make me stop quitting smoking.
With a cigarette in my mouth, I approached the thing that used to be the Blood Wood Puppet, keeping an eye on my surroundings.
“What part of this do I need to take home?”
Simply put, it was the size of a slender adult man, and while it was possible to take it home with me, I didn’t want to take it back because of its weight, especially since it was the size of a man.
“I should have asked Memoria what I could sell.”
From a fantasy perspective, there are certain parts that can be sold and certain parts that can’t be sold.
I made a mistake in planning, I didn’t think about what would happen after I finished the whole operation.
“For the time being, I’ll just take it all home for today?”
There was no way I was going to have to go back and fetch it twice.
Fortunately, his backpack was almost empty. The magic stones are easy to handle, the other items are small, and there is plenty of space and weight to spare.
“I wonder if I should fix it so that it can be rolled up, what is that sound?”
It was only when I crouched down that I noticed the quiet sound of an analog clock moving its hands forward.
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