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There are times when questions are answered late and times when they are early.
This time it was the latter, and the questions I had in the morning were quickly resolved in the afternoon.
“Please rest assured, Jiro-san. The insurance policies are perfect and so is our recovery system.” (Suela)
Suela-san in a suit this morning was beautiful and cute, so is her current outfit. She is wearing equipment focusing on function for an elf wizard rather than aesthetics. It also looks cool and cute, so it’s hard to choose one from the other.
She was wrapped in clothes covering vulnerable points. You couldn’t see the skin of her mounds, that were still emphasized by the armor. And it made me want to say that she was still a feast for the eyes.
Normally it would be like that, but unfortunately, I can’t afford to feel that way.
Rather, I don’t want to understand Suela-san’s words, which are desperately trying to encouraging me.
“Oh, is this the only vanguard recruit?” (Red-Skinned Demon)
“Kakakaka, you have a very lively soul” (Skeletal Gentleman)
Both are standing next to Suela-san. And their presence is hard to describe.
In a nutshell, they are a red-skinned demon yakuza and a dark skeletal gentleman.
The red-skinned yakuza can be easily described as someone with a powerful voice who is wearing a white suit. A scarier description would be is that he has muscles so huge they are bursting from his suit and even an adult would faint if he glared at them.
He has three horns on his head and is over two meters tall.
If I had to describe him, I’d say he looks dangerous.
The other one? He’s the skeletal gentleman with an elegant older gentleman’s voice, dressed in a stylish black tuxedo. Another description is, peeking out from under his silk hat a mysteriously grinning skull and sinister darkness exuding from his very presence.
He is taller than I am but less than the demon yakuza.
If I had to describe him, I’d say he looks dangerous.
Yes, I’ve been saying that since a while ago, but I can’t help it.
Because from my eyes who has been practicing Kendo, they have this atmosphere or presence? Rather, they have an aura that they emit that is effortlessly trying to crush me.
When Suela-san first appeared, she smiled joyfully, but when she saw the two standing behind her, she immediately stood alert and upright, like it was a natural reaction.
“I’ve been assigned to mentor you, bro, I’m Kio. I’ll be taking care of you for the first month in this dungeon.” (Kio)
“I will be assisting him, I’m Fusio. Nice to meet you.” (Fusio)
“I’m Suela, who will continue to be in charge of Jiro-san. I’ll do my best to heal him and keep him alive during training, so let’s do our best?” (Suela)
“I’m Jiro Tanaka.”
Oh, I’m able to stand because of Suela-san.
But can I rehydrate first?
I can’t stop sweating since seeing them.
“I think you both know, but please take it easy. Take it easy okay?” (Suela)
“I know, I know.” (Kio)
“Kakakaka, I know.” (Fusio)
Yeah, I’m going to fight these guys soon.
I am now able to understand why Suela-san did what she did this morning.
I need insurance, I wonder if I’ll still be alive after the training this afternoon.
“May I ask both of you a question?”
“Oh, I have two wives!” (Fusio)
“I’m single.” (Kio)
“I’m single. What are you talking about!?” (Suela)
Hey, I heard that Suela-san is single.
I mean, aside from the demon yakuza instructor Kio, the skeletal gentleman instructor Fusio is married.
“What is it, bro try to relax a bit?” (Kio)
“If you’re nervous like this, it’s going to be hard for me to teach you.” (Fusio)
Oh, really? They are gentle people despite their appearance, aren’t they?
Somehow, I think I’ve stopped sweating.
“That’s right if you can’t move with all your might, if you make a mistake, you’ll be done with a single blow.” (Kio)
“Kakakaka, it’s like crushing a bug when comparing our abilities.” (Fushio)
Yeah, these people aren’t kind after all.
“Oh? If you sense danger take some distance. It’s a good decision. Don’t you think so?” (Kio)
“It’s a bad idea for a magician like myself, but it’s not a bad decision if you’re trying to escape.” (Fusio)
Moreover, they are hard to understand.
Are these people the Demon King or something?
I can only see the future when I have to die after receiving training?
“Well, Suela-san, can I ask you a question?”
“Yes, both of you, please be quiet for a while.” (Suela)
“Well, don’t be wary, bro, we won’t eat you.” (Kio)
No, I can’t trust either of you.
Especially that Skeletal Gentleman Fusio, I heard you say that my soul is lively, you know?
I can’t stop being vigilant.
But I have to ask a question.
“You said it in passing, but is it true that I am the only vanguard employee?”
“Yes, but I’m also interviewing other people and looking for some people who want to change jobs.” (Suela)
“What is their response?”
“… I can only say that it’s not good.” (Suela)
That’s probably right.
If people have a lecture together, they will hear some rumors.
All of them took professions that are for rearguards, such as magicians, healers, and rangers.
There has been no talk about vanguards, like warriors. Those who play the role of a tank.
The result was that the training room was as large as a gymnasium. Leaving a massive space for four people.
“It’s useless to force someone who isn’t motivated from the beginning.” (Kio)
“Yes, it’s a Foolish thought to not go on your own road and just follow other’s words.” (Fusio)
I’m sorry for Suela-san, who is silent, but to be honest, I agree with what the two are saying.
The same goes for work, the only people who can continue to do unpleasant work are those who have pride, guts, or are crazy.
The majority do not last long.
I’m worried that it’s fine for this project to be in such a state, but it doesn’t matter to me as a regular employee.
“… You can go easy on me, right?”
“As much as we can.” (Fusio)
Obviously, I’m more worried about the reality that I have to train with someone who is a few steps higher than Suela-san.
The issue is mainly, whether I can survive.
In addition, the insurance debacle from this morning has doubled my anxiety.
The question I asked earlier was also a question I asked in the spirit to accept the damage anyway.
Warriors don’t have a wonderful or noble spirit.
The point is to see whether I can survive.
“Please go easy on me!”
“Gahahahahahaha! I don’t hate honest guys!” (Kio)
“Hmm, only those who know their own abilities can survive.” (Fusio)
“And if anything goes wrong, please heal me!”
“Yes, yeah, leave it to me.” (Suela)
But it’s a good chance if I think about it.
The other members were being taught in groups, while I’ve got not just one on one, but three teachers.
The quality of training is definitely better here.
It’s a good chance for me because I’m older and my growth is slower.
Also, it’s still a fun place to work, and I’m not going to let it go.
If I put my mind to it, I can survive, maybe.
It was an immediate action as I bend my hips, bow my head 90 degrees with my armor on, thinking positively to dispel my anxiety.
“Then, let’s get started bro!” (Kio)
“Yes, so is that a toy sword?”
“Kio-sama, so I was wondering, you had lowered your attack power, right?” (Suela)
“Suela-san, as expected of a skillful dark elf.”
Instructor Kio is holding a soft-looking blue sponge sword.
There is no fantasy element while looking at it. It is strange that it could only be a weapon used in balloon-popping games and a swordfight for kids.
When it is held by a muscle-bound demon yakuza who looks like he would outrun anyone on the street barefoot, it seems to look like a metal bat.
If I’m looking at the other Skeleton Gentleman, Instructor Fusio, I see that he also has a toy staff that makes an out-of-character bright sound when he presses the switch.
It now looks like a magic wand or a cursed wand to me.
Instructor Kio is holding a sponge sword, Instructor Fusio a toy staff, and I have a wooden sword with an iron core.
From a purely descriptive point of view, the scene is quite surreal.
In terms of the difference in weapons, there is literally a huge difference between a toy sword and a real one.
Still, I can’t help but feel grateful to Suela-san for making that change.
I knew that I couldn’t go on the defensive as soon as Suela-san’s signal came, so I stepped in and took aim at Instructor Kio’s lax hand.
It was an action combined with the difference in our weapons.
“Think it through, bro.” (Kio)
However, I suddenly notice the taste of blood had already spread in my mouth.
“Damn. Did I make a mistake?” (Kio)
The ceiling is flickering.
I can hear her voice in the distance.
Also, it’s very cold.
“Come on, young man, keep your wits with you?” (Fusio)
“Kakakaka, be careful. Miss dark elf, that lad will die if you don’t heal him quickly, you know?” (Fusio)
“I’m doing it!” (Suela)
While listening to the voices in the distance, in front of me everything is already pitch-black.
However, when I thought it was pitch black, my body suddenly became numb and my body floated, then my abdomen became warm, and the sensations gradually returned.
“Jiro-san! Are you fine!?” (Suela)
“Sorry, I’m sorry, I made a mistake.” (Kio)
“To the point that you were dying with just a single blow.” (Fusio)
Apparently, it’s real, there was a clear mark of a sword’s blade on my torso.
“That’s a toy sword, right?”
Even if it looks fine now, I nearly died in a swordfight because of a toy sword. I can’t laugh at all.
Although my body was struck, the toy sword is not even damaged.
“How did you do that?”
“Ah? Was it bad?” (Kio)
“No, it’s normal to be curious, right? You’d think something like that wouldn’t leave a mark like this.”
“Kaka, normally you’d do something rather than ask since you almost died.” (Fusio)
If it’s true, it’s normal to shout out at him for trying to kill me, and then retreat and hide in your room feeling dejected.
But I’m more concerned about the cause rather than the result.
But I had an idea of why I was acting that way.
“Ah, I have some idea of the reason.”
“What? Why do you have a lot of experience like this?” (Kio)
“How? I heard that this world is peaceful, that’s unusual.” (Fusio)
Perhaps this is world is just crawling with fighting and brawling, but since it’s a fantasy world it’s duels.
“No, I guess I got used to it just because I was so busy with my old workplace that I was dying the whole time.”
The highest record in the past is a continuous sleepless night, and I remember staying up all night for four days in a row and falling asleep right at my desk.
Rather, I thought I wouldn’t wake up if I went to sleep.
What’s more, it did not stop at one or two occurrences, but so many times my hands and feet are not enough to count them all.
Therefore, my doubts and fears about dying have diminished, and instead, since I survived, I began to try to find the cause and find measures so that it would not happen again.
“It’s a negative work problem.”
“No, do you think it’s a good work problem?” (Kio)
“Yes, this is a positive work issue.” (Fusio)
It feels like I’m done as a normal human, but it’s probably convenient for the two of them.
“Your attachment to life is normal, but the measures you take to survive is more than average, the point is that if you survived. You can make use of it next time. See, it’s convenient, isn’t it?” (Fusio)
In short, if you survive, you can still grow.
It is a mindset that makes it difficult if you’re too proud.
“It’s a very convenient inconvenience.”
However, I’m honestly not convinced that it was the result of the Death Parade I experienced in the previous job that made me feel this way.
If this is the result of training or the result of a fierce battle, there is still the fantasy element and it may be possible to come up with a new hypothesis.
However, in addition to me being less fearful of dying, it seems that the most probable reason for my mindset is due to the continuous all-nighters or that I am now battling in a fantasy world.
“So, do you want to continue bro?” (Kio)
“If I’m dying, can we finish it today?”
Suela silently watches over the two instructors showing a caring attitude.
“No, I can’t say I’ll stop if I receive that kind of gaze.”
This means that their mouth and eyes are not in sync, or their mouths are saying caring words but their eyes are provoking.
As expected, Suela-san is worried, but she seems to respect my intentions.
“Please let us do another round.”
“Well said!” (Kio)
No, I’m not young. I am just skilled.
“By the way, how much was the strength you used from before?”
“Ah? Enough to squish a bug?”
It is a fatal injury for worms.
“Next time, how much power is needed for it to not be fatal?” (Fusio)
“That’s right, get stronger quickly and so I can use all of my strength.” (Kio)
Instructor Kio walks ungracefully, and instructor Fusio keeps a certain distance without taking any steps.
I’m not ready, but it looks like they are ready.
“I think it’s impossible unless you quit being human.” (Kio)
The words he said while I was standing up were returned with a provocative smile as I should do it.
I’ll do it then.
Gently shaking my head and focusing my consciousness. I felt Suela-san quietly moving away.
How can I reach their level? Does seeking strength feel like you’re always grasping for things within a dark fog?
I think it’s impossible, but the desire to become strong is burning deep inside me.
The feeling felt very comfortable.
I take a deep breath
I shouted and got pumped up.
“Oh, a howl, bro, you’re in good spirits.” (Kio)
“Kakakaka, you’re comfortable, it’s how it should be.” (Fusio)
I’m ready, but I can’t hit them.
For now, I will just keep charging!
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