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Jiro Tanaka: 28 years old – Unmarried
Girlfriend(s): Suela Handelberg & Memoria Tris
Occupation: Dungeon Tester (Regular Employee)
Magical Aptitude: Eight (General Class)
“I feel like I’ve seen that guy before?” (Jiro)
He suddenly appeared, and from the way he was fighting the enemy, he might be an ally, but unfortunately, I was troubled.
I was looking through a peephole at a dark elf man who was wreaking havoc on the troops with his death flag flying.
I looked at him and saw him screaming.
I am somehow trying to regain my bearings, but the dark elf man is precisely blocking the enemy.
No, to be precise, he was only giving orders, and someone else was doing the obstructing.
The man himself doesn’t seem to have much fighting ability, but perhaps he’s a magician.
The vanguards, a dual-wielder of blades and shield-bearer, are the twin kangaroo-like monster with metal armor in various places, who blast their enemies one after another with brilliant hooks, sharp uppercuts, and fierce straights that sink them to the floor. An armadillo-like monster with a large, tough-looking carapace that makes a thud and a bang as it actively absorbs long-range attacks A swarm of bees in charge of sniping with stingers from the rearguard, who mercilessly show off a triple-volley barrage as it adds abnormal conditions like the Six Heavenly Generals of the Demon King, and a huge chicken sitting in the center that the dark elf rides.
This nightmarish pied piper of Hamelin squad was overrunning the other party.
When I saw the dark elf on the platform with a cloud of dust and smoke, I thought that a character full of death flags had arrived, but when he came out riding a giant chicken, I changed my mind. I recognized him as someone I once saw.
“Oh, that’s the guy who was blown away by the supervisor at the bar last time. Why is he here?” (Jiro)
It took me a while to remember because it had been a while, but he had flown away so cleanly that it was still in my memory.
I remembered that he was trying to talk to Suela, and I also remembered that he came to help Suela, so I think we know each other, but what is the relationship?
“It’s Royce Agley from the laboratory.” (Memoria)
“Lab? So, he’s an ally?” (Jiro)
“Yes, he’s mainly in charge of developing new types of demons to be placed in dungeons. And I don’t know about the rest of the staff, but as far as he’s concerned, he’s definitely an ally.” (Memoria)
“Oh, so your researchers can fight by default?” (Jiro)
Memoria revealed who the other person was, but were researchers supposed to travel to the front lines like this?
No, they don’t usually fight, but he seems to have the strength.
Like any lawless battle, the animals soon begin to overrun the enemies and now the enemies are desperately defending the entrance of the dungeon, but the decrease in the number on their side has not stopped.
“Those chickens are really strong.” (Jiro)
“They seem to be the most powerful among the monsters there. They are an enhanced species of chicken, I’m sure those are not a cockatrice.” (Memoria)
“Are the cockatrices as flashy as that one?” (Jiro)
“No, cockatrices look more ferocious and powerful, but if you only compare the strength, there might not be much of a difference.” (Memoria)
A few of them are flapping their wings so casually that you wouldn’t think that the giant chicken could carry a person, and then it kicked enemies with their splendid footwork and tore them apart with their claws.
If things continue like this, it will only be a matter of time before he overpowers this place.
To be honest, I was more impressed by the giant chicken than the overly passionate dark elf.
The cawing that I hear in the mornings, the kind of cawing you might hear in country life, is also the sound the giant chicken produces.
Cocka-doodle-doo!!! What a change from heartwarming to a monster movie, and it’s doing its best to let out a powerful roar.
“So, what’s up with Suela since a while ago? I don’t know why she’s starting to run away from reality.” (Jiro)
“No, I don’t think Suela is escaping reality, she’s just struggling with it.” (Memoria)
“What do you mean?” (Jiro)
“Between resulting benefits and stress?” (Memoria)
“Resulting benefits? Stress?” (Jiro)
If I were to consolidate what I’ve heard so far, I’d say it’s safe to say that they’re colleagues who know each other.
Then, why do you need to be on the fence about it?
“To be frank, since we’re running out of time, he’s in love with Suela. But Suela has done her best to turn him down, and yet, he has declared that his love for her will not change. To put it bluntly, he’s almost becoming a stalker. No, a stalker with an army.” (Memoria)
It was nice to have my questions answered, but as a man, how should I respond to this?
Should I be angry? Like, “What the hell are you trying to do to my girlfriend?” (Jiro)
Or should I be annoyed? Like, “Oh, here’s someone who’s a pain in the ass.” (Jiro)
Should I act like I’m apathetic to him? “Hmmm, I trust Suela.” (Jiro)
Or should I just confirm how this is still happening? Or should I just ask him to tell me why he is still doing this in the first place?
I’m getting confused.
None of this feels right.
I don’t know how to react, even more so because I can understand Memoria’s words.
I guess that’s exactly what it means to be furious.
The only thing I can say is, that I’ll do what I have to do.
“I understand how you feel, Jiro, so please take your hands off your weapon. Also, your eyes have a dead gaze. Back to the topic at hand, if we apply it to the current situation, he is just right in terms of strength. But to be honest, I find it annoying that he still approaches me aggressively even after I kept turning him down. Do you understand?” (Memoria)
“Yeah, I understand as much, but I don’t even want to be understanding.” (Jiro)
Murderous, I would like to say instead, but I don’t plan on putting my personal feelings into my work. [T/N: No personal feelings? You did crush Toru’s party right?]
I wanted to add that if he’s not allied with my party, I would have at least been able to understand the current situation.
In short, the dark elf man riding a chicken in front of me, Royce, seems to be an ally of Suela, but not a trustworthy ally.
Especially for me, it’s would not be strange to be stabbed from my back.
“What should we do?” (Jiro)
“Then, let’s me give you three choices.” (Memoria)
“Oh, three choices?” (Jiro)
Suela is so distressed that she’s in a Gestaltzerfall and doesn’t notice our conversation. [T/N: Gestaltzerfall can be described as a phenomenon where the output signals from the brain go beyond their expected range. This is according to Wiki-sensei]
It’s a bad idea to talk to her now, so I’ll listen to Memoria, who has come up with a straightforward idea.
“One, ignore him. Two, pretend to be someone else. Three, attack. Which one do you want?” (Memoria)
“You, vampire girl, have come up with some nuanced and unobjectionable options, especially number three.” (Jiro)
The options she proposed have my feelings in mind. So, I want to choose the best one if possible.
Perhaps it also shows a part of Memoria’s consideration.
“By the way, what would you recommend?” (Jiro)
“Honestly, I’d like to say one, but I want to do things without getting into any trouble?” (Memoria)
“I’ll have to think about it.” (Jiro)
“Suela, are you okay?” (Memoria)
“Yes, I started to have a headache, so calmed myself.” (Suela)
I have to work with the person she turned down.
If I think about it with efficiency in mind from the current situation, it’s the right thing to do, but if I think about the emotional stress from past events, I understand Suela’s feeling of not wanting to choose that, so I don’t ask too much and increase her headache.
So, I chose to go through with the first, and I didn’t ask Memoria if there was any other option and just put it out of my mind.
“I have a suggestion. Why don’t you ask him to intercept enemies here?” (Memoria)
“Oh, there are a few of them here, but they have a lot more people somewhere else. If so, we would like to avoid reinforcements from the outside as much as possible. Wouldn’t it change the battle situation considerably just by having someone hold down the entrance? (Memoria)
“I think it’s good to do that.” (Suela)
It was a bitter choice, Suela’s expression, was the face of a woman who decided to accept a compromise.
I am also having a hard time letting go of my Mineral Tree, so I understand her feelings.
“Fortunately, it seems that the battle on the other side has just ended.” (Memoria)
“Yeah, I knew it was coming, but that was some impressive animal fighters.” (Jiro)
“Yes, aside from his personality, he is the best Beast Tamer among the Dark Elves.” (Suela)
I then looked at Memoria, who was looking at the other side with a lukewarm gaze. I then saw the figure of Royce just descending from the chicken.
After this, I wish I could talk to him properly at a good time.
“I know you’re there!!! Come out!!! Jiro Tanaka!!!” (Royce)
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