Featured Image Credited: Jojo bizarre adventure
Aurum Dungeon, fourth floor.
After meeting up with Alice, she said.
[This is the last it seems.] (Alice)
[Is that so] (Ryouta)
[Un, there’s no more stairs leading to another floor below.] (Alice)
[So in total there’s 4 floors, it’s rather shallow.] (Ryouta)
Shikuro’s dungeons were all 10 floors and over, even Selenium, the place that was born had more than 10 floors.
Compare to Aurum which only had 4 floors, it truly was shallow.
[Well then, what would the monsters be like on this floor.] (Ryouta)
Thus, I double checked my gears and equipment whether I had enough bullets.
I noticed Alice was staring at a direction which had a corner.
[What’s wrong] (Ryouta)
[Eve-chan is really strong huh.] (Alice)
Alice seriously said.
Eve was currently on the second floor.
Reason why was cause she said she was bored and decided to follow us into the dungeon, and after reaching the second floor she left us and stayed there.
[With just a chop she manages to cut the light ball in half.
Well she was already famous before I met her as she was deemed a veteran adventurer.
Last I remembered, the party that she was in previously, they were diving into really deep floors when hunting.] (Ryouta)
[Heh, what happened to the party afterwards] (Alice)
[Eve straight up said [Mismatch with dungeons] and decided to leave the party.] (Ryouta)
[Because of the dungeon] (Alice)
Alice asked while tilting her head to one side.
Well I’m troubled to if you asked me, I have no idea why either.
[Well I guess it’s somewhat like a preference of liking different music genre and they can’t connect, but it’s just a guess, I do not know the full details.] (Ryouta)
[I see…..but it’s good that she’s so strong.] (Alice)
Alice said with a hint of loneliness.
Boney-chan and Jumpy-san both appeared from behind her shoulders and appealed something.
[Thank you, that’s right, I’ll just slowly recruit more friends which is also great~] (Alice)
Alice was down for a moment but immediately returned to her usual self.
Her level is already capped at 2 and her ability was quite mediocre.
In order to become stronger the only way for her was to increase her fellow monsters.
Though she has Boney-chan and Jumpy-san, but the both of them aren’t that strong, thus Alice would need me to come to the dungeon with her as she could not contribute much on fighting.
After walking for awhile we encountered a monster.
It was the little devil which had the same appearance as the last three floors, though the colour was slightly different.
The little devil then swung it’s hands down.
The hand shone and—-a ball of light is coming!!
My body instinctively tried to dodge it but, Tsst, a sound came from it’s hand and the light disappeared.
[It’s not coming, I wonder why.] (Alice)
[Beats me.] (Ryouta)
The little devil waved it’s hand again.
This time the hand turned black.
It’s as if it absorbed every light as there was nothing but blackness.
This time it’s the black ball of magic attack!
As I thought so I began avoiding it but again a wierd sound of air escape and nothing was shot.
[It’s not shooting again.] (Ryouta)
[It looks nervous, for some reason it’s adorable.] (Alice)
I agreed with Alice’s opinion.
Even though it was a monster, but looking at it’s hands it was shaking and you could see that it’s face was showing a panic expression.
The child-like nervous gesture was strangely charming.
[How should I go about this.] (Ryouta)
[I don’t know~] (Alice)
[Defeat it…..if I do that I would feel slightly guilty about it.] (Ryouta)
[Should we let it escape] (Alice)
[I guess we should…..] (Ryouta)
While stroking my chin, the movement of the little devil changed.
It waved it’s hands again but nothing came out, and it’s eyes were gradually turning round and steam was blown out of it’s head.
Immediately after I gazed at it flying into the air, grasped it’s hands lightly and stuck out to the sky.
The pose was like someone doing a banzai…….Afterwards, light was released from the body.
Wait it’s not from the body but from the back of it’s body.
The body cracked, and it seemed like light was leaking from behind.
[……This is bad!] (Ryouta)
I immediately grabbed Alice and ran.
Immediately after, a magic circle spread below the little devil’s feet——and it just blew up.
The monster had burst!!
A suicide bomb.
The strong blast struck me while I was protecting Alice.
I clenched my teeth and endured the pain.
For a moment we were swallowed by a torrent of light and nothing could be heard.
Eventually it subsided, and I stroked my chest.
My body was burnt to crisp and my ear had a frequency sound penetrating it, but luckily I did not take much damage.
[Ryouta! Are you alright] (Alice)
[I’m alright, is Alice okay] (Ryouta)
[Because of Ryouta protecting me……thank you~] (Alice)
[If you’re alright then I’m glad.
What’s more that was self-destruction right.] (Ryouta)
[Seems like it.] (Alice)
[Suicide bombing huh……Let’s be careful next time.] (Ryouta)
With the help of Alice leading the way, we went to the nearest group of monsters that she sense with her “power”.
This time there were three little devils who looked exactly the same.
Their hands lit up, nothing happened.
Next their hands were covered in darkness, nothing happened.
This time a triple blast struck us.
While protecting Alice I noticed something.
The sight that I saw just before the explosion.
Only one detonated after stomping on the ground, the latter two had their hands still turning dark.
However, the magic circle exploded the two of them as well.
One of them was triggered and the three exploded.
[Are you alright] (Alice)
[Yeah I’m fine, but really this floor is weird.
Even after the monster self-destructed no drops appeared.] (Ryouta)
[Yeah there weren’t any.] (Alice)
[Guess we have to defeat it before it explodes.] (Ryouta)
[Let’s test it out~] (Alice)
[Well then, that child seems to be alone.] (Ryouta)
With Aliec’s guide we encountered one little devil.
It waved it’s hand and it shone—–and while it was doing that I loaded a ** ton of Bullet Enhancer and a normal bullet.
Before it decides to explode I should defeat it with one shot.
Head shot, and the little devil’s head was blown off.
[Something dropped.] (Ryouta)
Because it was a new floor I did not equip my pouch, and I went to the area where I just defeated the little devil and confirmed that it was a gold dust that dropped.
Further searching, this time we let it self-destruct.
This time was the third explosion, thus I used the Bullet-Enhancer Freezing Bullet combo to make an ice wall, absorbing the blast.
This time I equipped the pouch since I knew that the fourth floor was also gold dust.
Nothing was inside the pouch.
[Seems like it didn’t drop~] (Alice)
[Yeah, and I’ve sort of understand the mechanics of this floor.
The little devil on this floor has a rotation when attacking.
It starts of with trying to fire a light bullet which doesn’t activate, and next is a black ball which is the same as the previous, then stomping it’s ground a magic circle appears and that’s when it self-destructs.] (Ryouta)
[And it’s comrades would get caught by the explosions and they would explode too.] (Alice)
[Yeap, I guess it has to do with the magic circle whereby if the little devils are inside it, they would explode as well.] (Ryouta)
[What if there was a Monster House for these monsters] (Alice)
[That is a dangerous thing to say Alice!] (Ryouta)
I imagined for a moment and it frightened me.
A monster house, and in it was a huge amount of those little devils.
After the two activation failing, I can imagine the sight of that gymnasium sized space exploding to smithereens.
[This is also a special floor~] (Alice)
[Yeah, this floor should definitely need a permit before people can enter.
Well even if they self destruct nothing drops, and if the adventurers knew about that I’m sure those who couldn’t defeat it ahead of time would choose not to come to this floor.] (Ryouta)
[That’s true too~] (Alice)
In this world, 99% of the time adventurers dive into dungeons is for the drops.
If there were no drops after the self-destruct, the reason of coming here would literally be 0.
It’s safer to make this floor licensed, but I thought it would be fine even if there wasn’t a permit.
[What’s wrong] (Ryouta)
[Someone’s calling me.] (Alice)
[Calling ——-Wait a minute.] (Ryouta)
Alice ran away leaving me behind.
Within this small road dungeon, after turning a few corners we saw a little devil.
The little devil waved its arms and light shone.
[Wait please stop and listen.] (Alice)
Alice, however tried to speak to it for some reason.
The little devil waved its hand further.
This was the second routine before the self-destruct.
[Boney-chan, Jumpy-san, Please stop Bomb-bomb!] (Alice) (TLN: New recruit bois!)
The skeleton and slime that was on her shoulder returned to their original size.
Though it was their original size but they still kept that deformed face.
The two of them went towards the little devil.
The little devil stomped it’s feet—-this is bad.
I immediately switched bullets.
5 Bullet Enhancer, 1 Homing Bullet.
Using that enhanced Homing Bullet I fired at the little devil.
The light rope bound the little devil, and the groundwork stopped.
The magic circle did not appear.
[Thanks Ryouta!] (Alice)
Alice too went at the completely immobilized little devil.
Alice, Boney-chan, and Jump-san.
The three of them attacked the little devil.
Alice was level 2, and both the skeleton and slime were from the first floor of their respective dungeons.
The completely restrained little devil took about a minute to be defeated.
The light rope disappeared, and the little devil fell to the ground.
Just before it disappeared, Alice embraced the little devil.
The little devil disappeared from her hand—–and it turned into a new appearance.
It was the little devil though it was in palm sized, the same deformed model as Boney-chan and Jumpy-san.
The name was probably Bomb-bomb.
[Best regards from now on, Bomb-bomb.] (Alice)
Alice narrowed her eyes while looking at her new friend.
Boney-chan and Jumpy-san who finished their roles returned to their SD size and rode on her shoulder.
[My name is Alice, and this is Boney-chan and Jumpy-san, please to meet you~] (Alice)
The monster then greeted Alice through body language, the sight put a smile on my face.
I thought why Boney-chan and Jumpy-san were hiding behind Alice’s back.
As soon as I gave some thought as to why, I understood the cause.
[Eer, if you were to self-destruct, would it involve Boney-chan and Jumpy-san As in if they are within the magic circle range Oh I see~] (Alice)
The sight of her talking about something dangerous was funny to look at.