Because of yesterday’s training, Kugime-chan was in a lifeless state and looked like a zombie. But in the end, she made splendid progress.
As a sort of experiment, I had Minokichi-kun attack her with his battle-axe, and her reaction time was faster when compared to before. The attack got avoided completely.
Since Minokichi-kun is quite stubborn by nature, he went for a serious attack. But it didn’t hit and even the aftereffect was completely avoided.
While the result would probably be different if Minokichi-kun used his full ability, Kugime-chan’s defense does seem to have increased and she’s even smiling slightly. Is this the result of yesterday’s hell training?
Though her offense doesn’t stand a chance and is still useless, she can at least protect herself. This much won’t become a problem in the dungeon.
Though even like this, it would be a problem to challenge the labyrinth if she’s still slightly insecure. Though when I asked her, she seemed full of determination to go to the dungeon.
I was relieved that she completely changed her mind.
This is a good sign: 『Please spare me from training with the two of you!』 and she begged earnestly.
Minokichi, who was standing nearby, was looking very pleased.
Oh well, that's one problem down.
Because the issue with Kugime-chan was resolved, I began working on the next problem today.
The next issue is related to Irofu-chan. Like with Kugime-chan, I gave up on gently persuading Irofu-chan, and decided to force it. I confronted Irofu-chan at the training grounds.
But Irofu-chan is not in her usual state.
Her expression is filled with desire and she’s slobbering all over. This is definitely not normal. She’s intensely staring at me with crazy eyes.
If it was only that, it would have been okay but the emitted insanity and the physical power related to the 【God of Corrosion Divine’s Protection】 had turned the thick layer of snow in her vicinity into something purple of indeterminable origin.
Additionally, she is wielding a purple short spear in her right hand. A dark corrosive liquid is dripping from the tip. It mixes with what is covering the snow on the ground and creates a dark purple gas.
The gas that was like a poison mist starts wriggling with the purpose of producing an image behind Irofu-chan of the God of Corrosion holding a book and a writing brush.
The reason she entered an obviously abnormal state is because Irofu-chan became extremely motivated after I promised to grant her one wish within the range of my abilities if she wins.
Irofu-chan was as slippery as an eel and evaded my persuasion attempts, so I aimed to finish this quickly by dangling a carrot in front of her. Looks like she took the bait.
Frankly, I found it a bit hasty. This is the first time I saw Irofu-chan like this, and it seems to be considerably dangerous.
I can sense the danger even when while we’re still standing across from each other.
Especially the illusion of the divine spirit of the God of Corrosion behind her looks particularly menacing.
It looks like she’s intentionally moving her arms *rustle rustle (sfx)*, making the dark purple mist that was creating the illusion disperse throughout the vicinity. Anything the gas touches is dissolved without exception.
Even the snow and the ground below are being corroded. It’s easy to imagine any living thing being caught just rotting away.
Nevertheless, even taking into account this special ability, I’ll probably be able to win based on combat prowess.
But, how should I put it. The mental pressure is overwhelming?
If possible, I’d rather not fight, that’s what I wish for. However, it’s scary that she’s beyond the point to hear anything anymore.
In the end, I won. I only won by a small margin though. While I overwhelmed her in actual combat, I was over-awed by her intense tenacity.
I broke both her arms and legs. But I experienced a certain sort of fear as she kept on approaching by wriggling her body like a green caterpillar.
Even when I accurately jolted her brain, she still kept on moving exactly like a zombie.
While I didn’t suffer a single injury in the end, I suffered such mental impact that this game became some sort of a trauma. From this day onward, I vowed to myself to never bet with Irofu-chan again.
Though a lot of unexpected things happened in the process, I was safely able to convince both of them and solve their issues.
It was finally over.
Though it will still be several days from now, when we can finally leave the Royal Capital after solving these small problems.
Anyway, let’s quickly push the preparations forward.