Cursed 03: Daiki-san Returns

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Chapter 3: Daiki-san Returns

To think, I had proceeded one step closer to understanding my incomprehensible Blessing, and yet, I’ve learned nothing at all…

Even though I feel like I’ve had half of my brain removed, listlessly floating here and there as I tried to continue the chores after my shock, there is always someone more miserable.

“D-Daiki-san…”

I can’t help stuttering.

I mean, Daiki-san returned, looking like he had just swam across an ocean.

Or rather, our foyer has turned into a swamp.

“Hahaha… I’m home…”

Even his voice sounds so miserable.

“Welcome … home … no, wait, get in here! Bath, I forgot to draw the bath, dammit! Ah, shoot, where is the laundry hamper and towels? If it’s this horrible out, you should have stayed at the police station overnight!”

“Because – letting you spend the second night in a new house all alone seems too pitiful…”

“Am I your newly-wed wife or something!? Nevermind, you’ll catch a cold, hurry up!”

This stupidly over-doting uncle!

The trees are still dancing in the heavy winds and rain, so what are you doing?! I was even waiting with my phone in my pocket; waiting for him to text or call me to tell me he was staying at his workplace overnight.

Instead of hurrying in, Daiki-san held out his COMPLETELY drenched through, supposedly waterproof nylon jacket, and gave me a curious look.

Uh…

“… W-what is it?” (more…)

VendM 047: The Final Blow

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Jidou Hanbaiki ni Umarekawatta ore wa Meikyuu o Samayou
Author: Hiru Kuma

The Final Blow

“Mikene, how’s the situation?”

Leader Keryoil asked Mikene, who was peering into the hole.

“To some degree, it looks like we’ve given it some serious wounds, but it feels like one more attempt won’t be enough.”

So it’s at the degree where rocks won’t be able to decide it, huh? If only we had some heavier, hard object, then we might be able to … n? Why is everyone staring at mineself, I wonder.

“If it’s Hakkon it’d do it, right?”(Leader)

“No, but, if we screw this up, Hakkon will be broken.”(V-Leader)

“He’s still alive after falling from the Level Break, so it’ll be fine, right?”(Leader)

Leader-san and Vice-Leader-san. Please stop having such a dangerous conversation right in front of the person himself, ne. But, honestly speaking, if I change into the giant vending machine and fall on it, that does seem to be the most effective-ish way, na.

“NO! Don’t make Hakkon do dangerous things!”

“It ain’t even a sure thing it’ll work. I’m also gonna be against.” (more…)

wfb: Chapter 89

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Chapter 89: Seriously, How Many Medical Breakthroughs were made with Not-So-Ethical Methods?

“By the way, Hibiki-cha – Hibiki, I’m amazed that you can recognize the plants.”

“Well, at least, there are some plants that look like the herbs I recognize. See, mugwort(yomogi) is here, and lemon-balm (seiyou yamahakka) … of course I don’t know if they’re exactly the same as the plants from back home, but… I recognize them. And actually, their names come out the same.”

…Nn?

“Names come out the same?”

I quickly scan the plants Hibiki-chan is holding with Analyze(iv), but nothing comes out other than (more…)

Cursed Chapter 2: THIS kind of place has THAT kind of effect.

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Chapter 2: THIS kind of place has THAT kind of effect.

Minemoto Tsurumi clutched the large, paper department store bag to her ample chest and looked up towards the stormy sky worriedly.

Although she had wrapped the bag in plastic, she wasn’t certain the dry cleaning she had just retrieved would stay safe if the rain suddenly fell.

It couldn’t be helped; Tsurumi made up her mind and decided to cut through Tsunato Park to shorten the distance.

Even though, on days like today, it would be better to avoid it.

Despite the heavy, still atmosphere that seemed to guarantee a storm, there was a contented silence amidst the perfume air underneath the wisteria. (more…)

OVRMMO 091.75: Extra Edition; Why the Bow Guild Bought the Bow at a High Price

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Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki
Author: Shiina Howahowa

Stuff relating to the system is more than expected.

Extra; Why the Bow Guild Bought the Bow at a High Price

Here is the Apollo’s Bow Guild’s Guild Area.
They are conducting a meeting in conjunction with Crystal Rain’s representative for clear the Under Dungeon; Bow Area.

“Then, what you’re saying is that, right now there has been no progress on the crafting front at this time, ne?”

Ayame said with a stern expression; even now the crafters in-house were unable to make a bow stronger than the aforementioned Atk29.

“My bad, but to get it any further, we’re going to need a lot more good wood, that’s the conclusion we’ve reached…”

“And about that, the resources are also already unreliable. We’re going to have to take a break from research and enter a time of gathering resources, or else…”

These words aren’t only from the woodworking crafters; the blacksmiths are also in agreement. (more…)

wfb: Chapter 88

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Chapter 88:  Getting to Know People is Always Harder When there’s Extra Pressure to Do it.

“Then, Safr, I’ll buy this sword off of you, and you can have my backup.”

“Really?! Okay!”

Eeeh… so easily?

What just happened?

Let’s see… I was forging a sword for an inexperienced adventurer (that I wasn’t too thrilled about doing), but it turned out to be more work (and expenses) than that kid thought it would be, and then an older adventurer walked up to the inexperienced adventurer and conned him.

Seriously, that’s what just happened.

With a “You know, the blade’s not too bad, but…” and “You still need to pay for a grip and hilt” and the like, Gurtis just managed to get a steel sword, almost master-work quality, traded for his backup weapon.

Maa, I guess, in the end the sword is going to be used by someone who appreciates it better, so I can’t complain.

“Gyahaha!” (more…)

OVRMMO 91.5: Extra Edition; Underneath the Sakura Tree

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Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki
Author: Shiina Howahowa

A/n: This is the 100th tale, ne.
It’s continued for quite a while.
<t/n: due to me numbering the Extra Editions as x.5s, this actually is the 100th chapter>

Extra Edition; Underneath the Sakura Tree

“It’s about time you fulfilled your promise.”

To the Queen, who suddenly appeared without any rhyme or reason, I raised a stupid, “Ha?”.

“The date promise! I won’t let you say you forgot! If you do say it, I’ll tie you up!”

— Aa, THAT, huh? I completely forgot. Of course I don’t let that out of my mouth.

“That’s fine, but … can I ask you something?”

The Queen’s ear tilted a bit and above her head a “?” mark floated up.

“Do you know of any place with these flowers blooming? If there is one, I’d definitely like to have the date there, see.”

So saying, I showed her a screenshot of a real-life sakura tree in bloom.
It doesn’t really make me upset, but somehow I don’t really like the noisy type flower-viewing with lots of drinking.
While slowly gazing at the sakura in full bloom, peacefully nibbling at the food, drinking just a little sake; I personally prefer to bask in this elegant feeling … but you can’t hope for that in real-life. (more…)

OriginStory 022: Dodging Responsibility

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Chapter 22: Dodging Responsibility

“Haa. If I had these, the return trip would have been so much easier.”

I glower at the Teleportation Orbs that I detached from the mail sent by the admins. The ones that are apparently rewards from the Event.

Fen and I had to travel a considerable amount of time from the fire-dragon-valley place back to Nortius.

Even though it’s already hitting 3 AM, I can’t just leave someone so squishy by himself without getting him back to town.

And so, finally, at about half past 4, we finally reach Nortius, and Fen headed straight to the Teleporter, while I went over to the mailbox right next to the Teleporter.

Since I had an indicator that said I had mail. (more…)

VendM 046: Extinguishing Fire

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Jidou Hanbaiki ni Umarekawatta ore wa Meikyuu o Samayou
Author: Hiru Kuma

Extinguishing Fire

From then on, every day, when it became late in the night, I changed forms and dropped large amounts by myself. My speed was increased, so it flowed down in forceful waves.

Because the inside of the hole is quite cold, it hasn’t melted at all; that’s what Mikene, who dangled in the hole in order to check, said.

At my drop opening, Hyurumi has installed a wooden slide like thing, so it falls into the hole without clogging up.

Doing it late at night is because there’s the two hours per one day limit, so if I do it on the last two hours of the day, the day will pass and the Form Change time limit immediately resets.

Even so, late-night work is fundamentally work done alone. Ramis and the others said they would get up to be with me, but I politely refused. If you’re going to do that, then doing it in the usual night-watch way is enough, see.

If Honoo-Kyou-Hone-Ma (flames-big-bone-demon) has the same traits as Honoo-Hi-Atama-Ma (flames-rook-head-deomn), then if the fire part is extinguished, attacks will go through. But, if it’s just to the degree of water and ice, then it doesn’t feel like it (water and ice) will do anything other than evaporate in an instant.

“Hakkon, are you thinking about something?”

I’ve changed back to the original vending machine as the day changed, and from behind Ramis popped her head out.

But man, I wonder how she can tell I’m mulling something over? Even though I should be the usual, unchanging vending machine. (more…)

Wfb: Chapter 87

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Chapter 87:  Even if there’s Magic, it’s not like You can do Anything without Proper Preparation.

Dinner was delicious.

I’m not sure what a non-monster bear tastes like, but the meat of the Red Grizzly was soft and tender, but still had a nice consistency when chewed.

The meat of the roast was definitely firmer than the stewed meat, but no matter which you tasted, when you sunk your teeth into it, hearty juices flowed out and filled your mouth with the umami of the fat and the aroma of spices.

The stewed meat seemed to soak up the broth of the stew, and a mellower taste came out …

Haa, I seem to have become more sensitive to good food here in this world than in Japan. I guess that’s what happens when you eat convenient store food for every meal – that’s what Grandfather and I ended up doing when Grandma died.

Food also seems to be more abundant in this world than in Japan – or at least, in Nyl City it is.

Ragnall said that it’s because any city with a Labyrinth in it basically has food and supplies pouring out of the Labyrinth – anyway, my point is, everyone who cooks takes an effort to make the food good without skimping too much on anything, because the price of ingredients is pretty cheap.

Even if you sold it at minimal prices, if you cut too many corners on food no one will come to eat it because there’s always going to be better food around. That’s why everything I’ve eaten in this world, even food stall food, has been good.

Maa, I suppose this is only because I staying in Nyl City for the two plus months I have been in this world. Because people are greedy, I’m sure there are places where people don’t get enough to eat and the fact that the food is capable of being eaten is a restaurant’s main selling point.

Anyway, dinner was really good. (more…)