Chapter 29: (Me + Shinji) x Dungeon = Crab
Me and Shinji is running across the field under the night sky. Though we were facing against monster attacks along the way, the one who kept appearing in front of us were small fry that we could defeat even without cooperating.
My dual gun are suited for fighting against the crown, I mean I have Shinji to cover me with his superior defense even if I’m surrounded. Running, fighting and then picking raw materials, then repeat again. Our item box is filled with large amount of raw materials after repeating those cycle for 2 hours, and then, standing before us is a castle that bearing resemblance with ryuukyu kingdom.
「This is, a dungeon? It gives the feeling of tourist attraction rather than a dungeon」
The paving stones are lining up at fixed interval inside that gigantic castle, beyond that is a prominent wooden structure which painted in many brilliant colors.
「It seems so on the surface. But, the problem is below this. There’s a place which become the entrance to a dungeon inside of that castle, and beyond that point will give you underground dungeon-like feeling」
「I see, so it means the above the ground building already being searched thoroughly right? 」
「Ah. Since it’s normal to search the surrounding building completely for a hint to capture the dungeon. So, I heard that due to various searching, the valuable treasures are already taken away.」
As expected, I couldn’t get the feeling of traveling through an undiscovered historical ruin. This should be a good place for change of pace as Shinji said.
「Understood. Please kindly guide me since I’m a complete noob when it comes to dungeon」
「OU！ Leave it to me」
Following after Shinji who fired up, I’m finally challanging my first dungeon.
We were descending the stairs in the building which led to underground and then we immediately entered a cave-like area. The torch along the wall guarantee that we got enough light that won’t lost to daytime.
「This kind of cave is under a castle……..」
It’s said to be the fantasy world that bear the resemblance of reality but, as expected, the dungeon won’t be the same as reality. In fact I’ll be shocked if it turns out that there’s this kind of cave under Okinawa cast–…. There’s none right?
「Be careful since this dungeon is filled with troublesome monster such as big crab, rat-type monster, snakes or bat. Especially the big crab. That guy is a bad news for your weapon due to it’s hard exoskeleton. If that guy ever appears, I feel that the tough and slow me will have more screen than the nimble you」
There’s crab in this cave. Moreover, since it has “Big” attached to its name, I can assume that it’s really big. It seems that it will be a bit scary.
「Roger. I think it’s the time to use 【Polar】 skill――」
Before I finished what I want to say, I shut my mouth and then looking at the one in front of us.
The thing that caught in my field of vision is a dark object that hanging on the ceiling of the cave. From its silhouette, I have no doubt that it’s a bat. But, it’s huge. It’s more than 50 cm.
Our distance is………… around 50 metres huh. Though I have no problem aiming with my gun from this distance, whether I can score a head-shot or not is entirely depending on the performance of this gun. Though I think that I can barely score a headshot at this distance.
I heard that a bat sense of hearing is vastly superior than human but could it be that it’s actually not that good since they aren’t even reacting to our footstep or the sound of our conversation from this distance? Or else, they might have a setting to not attack unless we’re entering a certain distance from them? Oh whatever, if they’re not going to make their move, then I can only attack them first.
I stopped Shinji who was about to advance and then notify him that there’s an enemy ahead with hand sign.
「So you really noticed them huh…………. Sou. They’re completely out of range of searching area you know」
「Who knows. Moreover, I’m going to attack them from this position, what do you think? 」
「From here! ? Can you hit them? 」
「Maybe. I’m certain that I can hit them as long as I’m using riffle but, I don’t know whether I can score a head shot with this gun. Nevertheless, can I shoot them? 」
「Yeah, please do so. Since the enemy will come upon us if we are going to ambush them, please just focus on your shot」
I closed the chat display, then entering a shooting stance with my legs forming L-shape and my gun slides on the back.
「For some reason, I can’t feel anything but abnormal when I see you entering a shooting posture like it’s already a normal things」
Come to think of it, I always use both gun ever since I came to this world. I don’t really think that this posture seem right. But as expected, shooting with two guns are still too much for me. Though it might be possible–….. No, I never even tried it. I might be able to do that. Let’s try it someday. Well then,
My hand is ready at the trigger, and then――
――A dry “Pang” sound resounded inside of the cave and then followed by the sound of something falling on the floor a while later.
「Did you do it! ? 」
「No, it’s a headshot but the fire power of my gun is too low. Maybe the power reduction due to distance is more severe than in reality」
As if prooving my words, the giant bat that had fallen on the ground sprang back at us.
「It’s coming, leave it to me! 」
Shinji is charging at the enemy who came flying at us. During the time Shinji charging toward the bat, I’m already firing another 2 bullets into its stomach to shave its HP a little bit.
「Here we go, 【Blade Attack】! 」
Two splendid swords attack that look like the move of swordsmanship school is biting into the wing of the bat. Though the bat whose movement has been sealed is trying to sink its fangs to Shinji while raising a loud shrill voice, Shinji completely shaved its HP away when he is using the shield offensive arts, 【Shield Attack】 to fend against the bat attack.
「Fuu, as expected it feels completely different when there’s a covering of the shooting job. I’m glad to come with you, Sou」
「Yeah, I’m really relieved to have you with me, Shinji」
Nevertheles, the change between Shinji’s art is flawless. It’s vastly different from me who did that in hurry. Come to think of it, Shinji is also quite skillful even in real life.
「Yosh, let’s keep this rising pace」
His fighting spirit is also plentiful. This fighting spirit must have something to do with the way of studying of those guy with superior test result but………….. No, saying Shinji grade superior is a bit. Well I better stop this, you should remain as yourself, Shinji. Aren’t tasting the thrill of barely above the red mark[Failing grade] with me.
After that, we keep advancing the cave and fought against few monster of snake type or bat type. It’s as he said, the monster of this dungeon is stronger than the one above the ground, it could be seen when the HP bar of Shinji, a shield user was decreased considerably in just one attack. But then, I can shave off Shinji defense even faster with my gun, we keep advancing through the dungeon without meeting any sort of great danger.
Moreover, one hour after we were exploring the dungeon. We were facing against a completely different monster than the one we met so far.
「Oh, it came out, Sou」
Its body is covered with hard shell and pair of pincers that can easily break a log. This is the big crab that Shinji told me about. But………
「It’s huge…….. I heard that the crab in Okinawa is big but, this size is just too absurd right」
I feel that the overall length of the crab that I saw in TV before which reaching 50 cm already big and yet, the one in front of me is easily surpassed 3 metres long with more than 5 metres height. This is something that straight out from horror movie.
「They’re basically a docile monster who won’t come to attack you. I think the other monster will not approach it」
Sure enough, I can’t feel any sign of other monster except for this one in this area. But, according to Shinji, my gun won’t work on those hard shell. In that case, shall I aim for it’s eyes.
「Shinji, I’m going to shoot its eyes」
「Okee, I’ll cover you then」
After confirming each of our own role, we are moving to our aasigned place.
「That’s the eyes huh………. This is the first time I’m aiming for a crustacean eyes」
At the same time finishing my words, the parched gunshoot is resounding in the cave.
Though both my bullets hit right at the big crab eyes, the scene after that is completely outside my expectation. My bullets are making a clanking sound as if they hit the bottom of thick pot, in short they’re repelled by the eyes of the big crab.
「WHA！ ? 」
Though I think that this big guy got a hard body, is that even included to eyes part?. No, could it be that there’s some sort of coating? If that’s the case,
「――【Polar】 activate! 」
I’m invoking the skill which increase the damage received at vital point. Now it’s not the time to fire my bullet one by one, I have to do a rapid firing to break that hard defense. But then, the result wasn’t that much different from before.
Could it be that the eyes not its weak point? Or else, it probably has projectile resistance? Let’s check it for now.
When I came to that conclusion, Shinji is already circling to that big crab flank.
「――【Blade Attack】! 」
The sharp edge of the sword is drawing 2 flash of light toward the legs of the big crab.
The sword is raising a loud clanking sound. The legs is hard too huh. Well, it’s legs is certainly similar to the one I ate in nabe. Very hard boiled huh. But, thanks to that, the crab attention is directed at Shinji. Now I can easily leaping to it’s bosom.
「Shinji, keep distract its attention! 」
「R-Roger! Leave it to m――UOOOOOOO! ? 」
No need to rush and it’s still dangerous even for Shinji with his high defense. I’m taking out my knife instead of gun and then plunging myself right on to the crab. My aim is still its eyes. It just that I’m using my knife now.
But then, few metres before I’m reaching its eyes, the movement of the crab is betraying my expectation for the second time.
「！ ? Sou! Watch out――」
My eyes captured that at the same time as I heard Shinji’s warning. The crab who was facing right beside me made a full swing with its huge pincer toward me.
――If those pincer come to me, I can only obediently be caught by it!
I kicked the ground with my all to left the targeted area of that hammer-like pincer. I can’t avoid it with side step. My option is either jumping above or crouching below. But, another one will come if I’m jumping above. In that case.――
I’m avoiding the incoming pincer by sliding on the ground and then pierced my knife to kill the momentum.
I can’t kill the residual force and have no choice but to slide through the gap between the crab legs head first. My form looks a bit stupid but, its abdomen can’t substitute worth its back.
But then, I noticed something when I slipped below the crab.
I can see the crab stomach when looking up…………. I can do it right?
The things which came into my view when I’m right under the crab stomach is its abdomen which obviously softer than its hard shell. I think this is its weakness as I almost by reflex stab my knife into its abdomen. Then with every bit of my power.
「GYUUUIIIIIIIII！ ? 」
This is the weak point!
Though it completely stopped moving when I stabbed its abdomen with my knife, I’m slipping under this guy body again. Well that reaction is nothing but the answer. To sum it up, I picked the handle of my knife that stuck on its abdomen and slit it to the side.
Though the red light effect is spraying on me who happens to be right below this guy, I’m completely ignoring that and now feeding the opened wound with my bullets.
The crab is letting out strange scream such as “GYUUUUUUUUU” or “GYOOOOOOO”. But, when I thought so, I used up all of my bullets. This is it huh, I might be squashed if I’m not moving from this place. The moment when I’m thinking about leaving from the space under the abdomen, as if the crab lose all the string that supporting its body, it’s trying to squash me with its huge body.
「GEEEEEEE! ? 」
It’s been a while since I’m letting out such funny scream when I received a perfect counterattack in a mock battle against my dad. And when I’m screaming in that way, I noticed that I can’t escape anymore.
Game over. So I thought.
But, the things that came down to me who was trying to at least protect my vital spot was the figure of big crab that turning into particle of light.
……… Did I just empty its HP?.
After that I’m trying to slip out from under the weight of my opponent