Chapter 6 : Disciple of Lich
After being healed by Lunaire, I was kneeling in front of her.
「My apologizes… I missed my chance to explain my situation before but, uhm, the truth is…. I was directly sent towards this floor.」
「Sent…. Directly? 」
Though she was as expressionless as usual, Lunaire was slightly shaken by what she heard.
I knew that fact due to the minute change on her face.
「That’s impossible. This 《Cocytus》 is a place that functions like a tank to contain powerful demons. There’s powerful barrier covering this place since ancient times to prevent anything from bypassing the level.」()
There was such setting to this place, huh…
But then, Nyarlhotep was a god after all.
Slipping through the ancient barrier didn’t seem to be a big deal for that guy.
「In fact, I……. might be sent from another world by the monster who proclaimed himself as a God…」
I decided to tell her the truth regardless of whether she chooses to believe me or not.
Even if I were to try to deceive her, I simply wouldn’t have enough knowledge to do so.
Though I was so scared when she told me that she was a human hater, or the fact that she was a lich, or her expressionless face combined with her wicked aura, Lunaire didn’t feel like a bad person to me.
Honestly, I felt telling her the truth was for the best.
「Person from another world, is it? So, I….. am the first person you met in this world.」
Muttered Lunaire, as she used her hand to cover her mouth.
She didn’t seem to doubt me.
Nyarlhotep himself said that he periodically sent humans to this world.
That’s why this kind of an occurrence was perhaps normal for an immortal being like Lunaire.
「I see now… that explains your unusual features and appearance, including the reason why you don’t know about the existence of the magic pouch.」
The flow of the conversation headed towards a positive direction.
「That’s right! I was sent to this world without even knowing why…. Moreover, I didn’tdidnt on’t even know that I was sent to the90th floor of the dungeon… And speaking of floor, I am a Level 1, so I can’t defeat those demons even if I had that sword…」
「Level….. 1? 」
… Cold air drifted from Lunaire.
I could feel her rising rage, despite her usual expressionless face.
Rather, since the change in her expression was barely noticeable, this was perhaps how she looked when she was enraged.
Did I just…… stepon a landmine?.
「M-My apologies! Please forgive me! But still, I still don’t understand, but that….! 」
Lunaire approached me, bringing her face quite close to mine.
C-Close…. You’re too close!
「Why didn’t you say anything about you being a Level 1? Are you somewhat convinced that you can do something just because of a mere few items? In the first place, for what reason did those guys have to send you straight to this place? 」
「M-My apologies! I’m just afraid of inciting your wrath by asking more from you since you said that you hate humans! 」
Lunaire quickly distanced herself from me.
「…. It seems I was mistaken. I’m sorry」
Lunaire looked down as she apologized to me.
…. A-As I thought…. Could it be that she is in fact…… an extremely kind being?
「But then….. What should I do in that case? As of now, you won’t be able to leave this place no matter what I give to you.」
Lunaire asked me.
「Since I will only become a hindrance if I stayed by your side, I think it’d be fine if you could accompany me just till the exit…」
Unless you want to devour me.
If I only became a burden by staying with her, wouldn’t it be just fine if she abandoned me to the mercy of fate…?
Come to think of it, rather than a lich, wasn’t she more like a Saint.
Why?! I really couldn’t understand why the self-proclaimed human hater Lunaire went this far for me.
「You… should’ve died from something along the way, you see. That’s why I was astonished to find you were still alive against all odds.」
…. She’s right. Not to mention climbing ninety floors, just considering those terrifying demons, I should’ve died for sure.
Lunaire placed a finger on her lips as she pondered over something while tilting her head.
It suddenly occurred to me that there was something called “Power Leveling” in “Net Game”.
The stronger one took along the weaker one to hunt with them; it was a technique to increase the weaker one’s level in one go.
Perhaps, it was possible to do the same in this world.
「Uhm, excuse me…. You have amazing skills but, can you…… Train me instead? 」
「… Train? 」
「Ah, I-It’s impossible. I-It’s just a passing idea of mine. 」
Lunaire kept her silence and stared daggers at me.
「U-Uhm, M-My..! 」
「You… aren’t you scared of me? As for training until you are strong enough to leave this place, it will definitely take a long time, and you’ll always be by my side throughout the training, you know. 」
「Eh, not at all. To be honest…. I was rather scared when you said that you were a Lich but…. I think you’re a nice person. But, even if it’ll take a long time….! 」
After that, Lunaire didn’t say anything for a while.
She kept glancing at me from time to time, as if she were probing. And soon enough, as if she’d decided on something, she did something akin to clearing her throat.
「…. It can’t be helped then. Though I detest the fact that I have to get along with something like a HUMAN… I will train you till you can at least leave this place by yourself. I mean it’s not like we have any other option.」
Lunaire easily granted my wish.
「EH, F-FOR REAL? 」
「…. Are you going to refuse? 」
「No, ONLY AN IDIOT WOULD REFUSE! 」
「Then it’s decided. Since I would hate a human like you overstaying in this place, I guess I have no choice but to train you. Yes, this is the only option.」
Said Lunaire, emphasizing the last part.
「Y-Yes, I understand. Since it can’t be helped, then there’s really no other way. Really, thank you very much」
…. Since I had no idea how to reply to her, I would have to go along with what she said.
「As long as I raise your level to 100, it won’t be as easy for you to die from a mishap or stray bullets. Since I’ll accompany you when you’re about to leave, I reckon you won’t meet any misfortune along the way. That shouldn’t take a long time I guess.」
A-As I’d thought…. She is too kind.
Though I didn’t dare say it out loud, since she seemed to hate it, I realized that half of her was made of kindness.
「Well then…. I guess I’ll allow you to tell me your name. Though I am not interested in human names, not knowing your name has its own inconvenience. Since undead can curse you just by knowing your name alone, feel free to tell me your alias.」
「K-Kanata Kanzaki…. or maybe… Kanzaki Kanata in this world? In my world, the first name is my family name.」
I was sure it was reversed when I checked my status.
「Even though I said you may use alias, I can’t imagine what kind of hardship you’re going to meet later with such a low level of wariness, you know.」
「That’s just how much I trust you, Lunaire-shisou.」
「…. Let me remind you, I am a lich, and I just find you loitering around to be troubleso-… Lunaire-shisou? 」
Lunaire asked me.
「If you don’t want to be called that way, how about, uhm….. Lunaire-san…. Or Lunaire-sama, whichever one is to your liking? 」
「…. Call me as you wish. No matter how good it might feel to be called “Shisou”, let me tell you that I am not one bit interested in being called by such a title by a human.」
「Y-Yes, I understand.」
「Well then, come a little bit closer. I’ll do a little demon hunting while returning to my base.」
Lunaire walked ahead with her back to me.
Her steps were…. light.
This person, in fact, she could be an extremely emotional person, and yet couldn’t show it on her face.
She might be pleased if I called her “Shisou”.
Let’s call her “Shisou” then.
[TL : In case you haven’t realized, Lunaire is a chronic patient of the disease known as Tsundere. More of her back story later]