Itai no wa Iya nanode Bōgyo-Ryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu 186
Defense Specialization and Exorcism
Maple logged out for the day after restocking her supplies.
And then a few days later, Maple went to the mountain covered in mist.
“Alright, let’s do this!”
Maple went down to the mountain and began searching for the red ghosts.
“Ah, there it is.”
Maple went towards the ghost, and once it noticed her, she took out her throne and sat on it. Then she sealed the ghost’s skills.
“I have proper tags this time, alright? Here you go!”
Maple stuck the paper onto the ghost. Then the red letters started to shine, and the surface of the ghost began to glow white.
As the light enveloped the body of the ghost, its HP began to slowly dwindle. Then it began to unleash a mournful wail.
“Oh, it’s working! Take some of this salt as well!”
Maple sprinkled some salt on it, and it’s HP dropped even further.
It’s HP eventually dropped to 0, and it rose up into the air and disappeared without even showing a damage effect.
“Alright, dispelling complete! Materials… Oh, I didn’t receive much? Oh, no…it seems like I didn’t get any experience points…”
Defeating the ghosts with tags and salt made things go a lot faster, but made it harder in terms of acquiring materials and experience.
Maple was troubled over which was more important to her, but she could not forget just how easy the job was while using the tags and salt.
“It just means that I need to kill a lot of them. And they do drop some items, at least.”
Maple said as she threw salt on the ghosts that approached her and dealt damage to them.
“I’ll just continue like this!”
Maple continued to defeat the ghosts that came to her.
As it did not take much to defeat a single ghost, her stock of items had barely depleted.
Maple spent two hours fighting the ghosts until she finally left the mountain.
“Sally’s gone around hunting monsters many times just to collect items, hasn’t she…? It’s really hard.”
However, this was all for Sally’s sake, so Maple was determined to work hard.
And so she continued to hunt ghosts every day. If this was real life, she would have dispelled every single ghost on the mountain. And it was only when she had done that much, that a pair of shoes dropped down in front of her.
Maple picked up the shoes.
It had reddish black stains all over it and was cool to the touch.
In other words, they looked a lot like the boots that Sally was wearing now.
“The name… ‘Legs of the Dead’? It…it sounds cursed… Are these really safe? But it says that it’s rare, so it must be good.”
Maple inspected the boots carefully, but they did not drip with blood, nor was there a real foot left inside of them.
“Hmm. I guess I can give them to Sally. Let me just check the skills…”
‘A Step towards the Underworld.’
While using this skill, decreases all statuses by 5 points and makes a platform in the air for your feet.
The status reduction lasts for 20 minutes.
The platforms disappear after 10 seconds.
“Hmm? This seems a little different. What to do… Maybe I should just show it to Sally.”
Maple put the shoes into her inventory and decided to kill one last ghost before returning for the day.
“Alright, salt and the tag…huh?”
Just as Maple was preparing to dispell the ghost, she realized that this one was acting differently.
This ghost was emitting a blue glow instead of a red one. Furthermore, it had turned its back to her and was moving away.
Maple squinted her eyes and saw that the blue ghost had stopped a short way into the distance.
It almost seemed as if that swaying light was calling to her.
“I suppose I can go see. Let’s put the throne away. Yes.”
Maple held her shield ready and walked towards the ghost while staying alert.
When she was close to it, the ghost began to move again as if leading her.
“It’s going up the mountain…I better follow it.”
Maple followed the ghost up the mountain until they reached the peak.
The mountain peak was covered in mist, and you could not see further than 1 meter ahead of you.
“Where am I supposed to go? Ah…this…”
Maple’s foot hit against something, and she looked down to see that it was an old cross made of wood that had been stuck in the ground.
She could see that there were also remnants of bundles of flowers around her.
“I-I kicked it! I’m sorry.”
Maple closed her eyes and put her hands together.
As Maple did this, a white hand suddenly shot out of the ground and grabbed her ankle.
“What!? Wait, wait! Get away!”
But the hand continued to pull her, and she felt as if she were suddenly floating. The ground had disappeared from under her.
She felt the sensation of falling unendingly, and she could do nothing but close her eyes tightly.
Itai no wa Iya nanode Bōgyo-Ryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu 185
Defense Specialization and Anti-monster Supplies
Maple rode Syrup back to town where she landed.
“Phew… There should definitely be some kind of item that will work against ghosts!”
Maple believed that there would be something other than the tags she had bought before, and so decided to take a walk through the town.
“Well, I suppose I should check the store with the tags.”
Maple wanted to start by buying those first, and so she entered the store.
“It should be…here it is!”
Maple walked through the store until she found it.
It was an item that was red sheets of paper with unreadable letters and symbols on it.
She looked at the item name carefully and made sure that it was used for fighting ghosts. And then she bought as many as she could.
“Perhaps I should also sell some materials? I’m running out of money, after all.”
As Maple intended to continue shopping at other stores, she needed to secure some more money by selling her extra materials.
When that was done, she quickly scanned the rest of the store to see if there was anything else she needed, then went out of the building and into the large street.
Both sides were lined with stores that looked like abandoned houses from the outside.
“Which ones sell the good stuff?”
Maple looked from left to right and tried to make a decision. It was right then that she saw a familiar face.
Maple waved a hand at her. Mi noticed her and walked towards her.
When she reached Maple, she whispered to her so that only Maple could hear.
“It’s been a while, Maple. How are you? Is the exploration going smoothly?”
“It’s okay, I guess. I’m looking for items that are effective against ghosts right now. My attacks don’t work well on them.”
“Really? In that case, there is a good store here if you go straight and turn on the first corner. I think it was called Salt of Demon Binding? Something like that.”
Maple’s face brightened when Mi told her about this item.
“Thank you! I’ll check it out!”
“Yes. I hope it is useful.”
“I’ll help you again if you want, okay? I promise.”
Mi waved at Maple and continued to walk down the street.
Once Mi was out of sight, Maple walked in the direction of the store that Mi had told her about.
After walking for some time, the store appeared in front of her.
Unlike the others which resembled abandoned houses, this one was a normal store with windows that weren’t broken.
“Umm…Anti-monster Supplies? It’s this place!”
Maple had found the store, and so she went inside.
There was everything, from equipment to items.
Maple went straight to where all of the equipment was displayed.
“There’s a great shield and short sword! Umm… ‘Crushing Evil Greatshield’ and ‘Crushing Evil Short sword.’”
The short sword had an effect where it’s damage was increased against ghost-type monsters.
Similarly, the great shield was able to reduce damage from ghost-type monsters.
“Hmm… But this won’t do.”
Maple returned the equipment to the shelf.
Maple rarely took any damage, to begin with, so the shield was not useful.
Similarly, Maple would not be dealing much damage with a shortsword in the first place so any bonus damage would not make much of a difference.
“I’ll just get the salt for now. That’s what I’ll buy.”
She looked around the store and quickly found the salt.
Maple bought it and also restocked on the items that allowed her to attack with fire and wind.
“I guess that’s it? Hm?”
As Maple went around the store one last time to see if she had missed anything, she saw an item in a corner that she had overlooked before.
“Hmm? A vacuum cleaner?”
The thing in front of her looked like a vacuum cleaner. Maple touched the part that extended out and would suck things in.
Since it was sold in this store and also had the same red letters carved into it, Maple assumed that it must have some kind of effect.
“Hmm. Can I use this? …Ah, not this. This will be just like that weight stone for pickles.”
Maple left the vacuum cleaner where it was.
She left the store and went out into the street.
“It would be nice if it was as easy as sucking them with vacuum cleaner…I wonder if it might work after all?”
While Maple wondered about this, the letters ‘room item’ that were on the user manual, did not disappear.
Itai no wa Iya nanode Bōgyo-Ryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu 184
Defense Specialization and the Search for Shoes 2
Once Maple finished demolishing all of the red ghosts, the materials fell to the ground.
“Hmm…no luck there. Well, I don’t even know if these guys drop it…”
For Maple, this secluded spot made fighting very easy for her. And it would have been the most convenient thing if the shoes that she wanted would also be dropped.
However, as there was not much information available, there was a possibility that she was doing all of this for nothing.
“But I might get something else that Sally had wanted… And I can give the materials to Izu? She’s always doing maintenance work on my gear!”
Furthermore, Maple herself would gain levels.
And since Maple had not concentrated any effort into hunting monsters recently, she thought it would be a good thing to do it once in a while.
Maple continued to sit on her throne and looked around her with the hopes that more of the red ghosts would appear.
“Ah! There! There! I guess there must be a lot of them?”
The red ghosts were now coming towards Maple and attacking her with magic.
“So they have normal magic too.”
The red light that was launched at her hit her in the stomach with a loud crack and then disappeared.
“Okay! I’m fine! I’m fine! Now keep coming closer to me!”
Maple gestured for the red ghosts to come to her. Then she burned them with her items.
“This really is slow… I’ve been killing things really quickly recently, so it’s been a while since I felt like this.”
However, fighting at such a languid pace was also relaxing in a way, and so Maple was able to continue without feeling any stress.
“Destroyed! Oh, here comes the next one.”
Maple smiled and gestured for the next one to come.
The red ghosts were clearly not human, and they repeated their senseless attacks in an effort to defeat Maple, before disappearing.
“Oh, I know. I think I had a poison skill with an instant death effect… Oh, here!”
As the effect did not activate very often, Maple had forgotten about that skill.
It was something she had received after beating all of the poisonous monsters that were inside a jar in the 4th layer.
Adds 20% instant death effect to poison type skills.
“Maybe it would faster…to aim for an instant kill with a weaker skill? I’m running out of items to attack with, anyway. I guess I will try it then! Uhh… ‘Venom Cutter’!”
The blob of poison that she unleashed on the multiple red ghosts coming towards her was weak compared to Hydra. However, that didn’t mean anything if she was able to get the instant kill effect.
“They didn’t die this time… And I’ll need to use MP potions for this one… Oh, fighting by yourself is really hard.”
Maple thought back on all of the things that Sally had gathered for her. And she started to think that a pair of shoes was not exactly enough to repay her.
“I’m going to work hard on this layer for Sally… Yes, that’s good. She’ll be so happy about this present.”
And so maple continued to use poison until she realized something.
“…Hmmm. They won’t die. Is my luck really that bad? Or does it…not work on you guys?”
Maple said as she tried and failed to hit the ribs of the ghost in front of her.
Maple felt that she was right to have a bad feeling about this, and she tried asking the ghosts in a different voice now, but they did not reply.
However, Maple realized that there could be a problem that was much more fundamental.
It was regarding the compatibility of the throne she was sitting on and ‘Venom Incantation.’
Now that she thought about it, the words ‘Venom Incantation’ had an evil ring to it.
“Oh, this probably won’t work then? Oh, no! It won’t activate! …I guess I’ll have to slowly do it with items… Or should I ask someone to help me?”
Maple continued to fight there until she ran out of items. Once she ran out of items, she ran hurriedly away before more ghosts found her, and then she returned to the clearing.
“Syrup, I need to go back now!”
Maple decided that she would come back soon, but for now, she would return to the town.
Itai no wa Iya nanode Bōgyo-Ryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu 183
Defense Specialization and the Search for Shoes
Several days had passed since Maple and Sally explored the mansion.
This was a time when Sally had not yet begun to have such stupid thoughts as taking on the 6th layer once again. As for Maple, she was currently relaxing in the 6th layer’s guild home.
“Sally’s leveling up in the 5th layer, Yui and Mai are also exploring a different layer… What should I do?”
The 6th layer was difficult for Yui and Mai for an entirely different reason then Sally.
As there were many enemies who nullified physical attacks, their special moves would be pointless even when they landed.
“Hmm, now that I think of it. One of the things that Sally had wanted was an item…”
Maple nodded enthusiastically. She decided that she would spend the day searching for that item.
“I did promise Sally that if I found any items she would like, that I would give them to her. And I haven’t given her anything yet. So it’s perfect!”
Maple had received HP boosting accessories from Sally on top of help collecting materials.
Sally had also gathered the money used in establishing the guild home.
So Maple felt like this was a good opportunity to give back to her.
“Ah, but I don’t think Sally did any research on how to acquire them.”
Sally’s information gathering on this occasion was a little questionable to put it lightly. And so Maple decided to go and check the information board that was set up in the town square.
“Alright. Now that that’s decided, time to go!”
Maple ran excitedly out of the guild home.
She walked down the great street. There were empty houses to the right and empty houses on the left. Finally, she reached the message board.
“Woah, there are so many people…”
As it was right after the implementation of a new layer, there was a large board with many people in front of it.
Maple’s small body waded through the waves of people until she was close enough to the message board to read the information.
“Hmm…here it is! This is it!”
Maple carefully took note of the acquisition requirements and spawn location before moving away.
She waded back through the sea of people. Maple sighed when she finally reached a secluded area.
“I bet there will be so many people out in the field as well.”
She thought such things as she rode Syrup towards the place she had looked up.
“Ahhh, I knew there would be a lot of people here.”
She looked down from up in the sky and saw the blinking of various magic and skill effects all over the area.
The monsters they were after were a type of ghost monster. Their bodies were entirely white and their bones glimmered.
These monsters disappeared, then reappeared and attacked. And of course, they were immune to physical attacks.
“Hmmm…this will be hard for me.”
Most of Maple’s skills were wide-range annihilation or up-close attacks. She didn’t have anything that had just the right range for this kind of distance.
“I wonder if they spawn anywhere else?”
Maple decided to leave this place and search somewhere else.
Thankfully, the monsters she was searching for were bright enough that she could see them from the sky, which would make them easier to spot.
“I’ll come back here if I don’t find any. Yes. Okay, Syrup? Let’s go.”
Maple had Syrup turn all the way around and they moved out and out into the huge field. They would fly further away from the town.
“I hope they are here…hmm…I’ll search some more.”
Maple was poking her head out from Syrup’s shell and straining her eyes as she looked down.
After doing this for a while, they started to fly close to a mountain that was covered in a thick mist.
“I can’t see the ground from here… Maybe I should just check the mountain top? If there is any, it would be there!”
Maple lowered Syrup a little and then landed in a small clearing.
“Thank you, Syrup!”
Syrup returned to Maple’s ring as she started to climb the mountain.
After climbing for a while, a ghost monster that was made of clear, red bones appeared before Maple in the mist.
“That’s not the right one… But I might as well?”
As it was a different monster, she knew that this had little to do with her goal. However, Maple decided that she didn’t mind, and she would try killing it anyway.
“Alright, ‘Provoke’! Don’t run away!”
After Maple used ‘Provoke,’ several other identical looking monsters started to appear in the area.
“Yes! How lucky!”
As searching for monsters tended to take Maple a lot of time, she was very happy to see them come to her for once.
The torrent of poison that she hadn’t been able to use in the haunted mansion.
The rush of poison that shot out of the magic circle swallowed up the monsters.
“What!? You’re still alive!?”
Perhaps they had high resistance to poison, because Hydra was unable to one-shot them.
Maple’s eyes widened at the surprising toughness.
Black smoke was rising from the backs of the monsters, and they started to take the shape of a skull.
The ghosts were now letting out a horrible sound, even though they had no voice box.
“Uh, ohhh…this looks dangerous… ‘Throne of the Heavenly King’!”
As if it was an emergency escape, Maple sat down on the throne that appeared behind her.
It seemed to be effective, because the dangerous-looking attacks were now canceled.
“Hmm. But I really can’t attack while I’m sitting on this. But it’s so pretty, so I like to use it…”
The fact that many of the monsters on the 6th layer were immune to physical attacks was the reason that battles tended to be prolonged.
“If only I could do this with someone else… If only Sally were here… Hmm.”
Maple thought again of how it would be nice to acquire this item that Sally wanted. It would help cheer her up.
And so Maple once again began the process of sticking the paper sheets on the monsters.
“I’ll need to buy some more… Oh, I think they had exorcism tags in the store as well. Maybe I should buy those too?”
Maple muttered to herself as she burned the faces of the ghosts.
Itai no wa Iya nanode Bōgyo-Ryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu 182
Defense Specialization and an Extended Battle
As Maple sat there under the ghosts stare, Sally slowly regained her calm.
“Maple…is it still there?”
Sally asked Maple without raising her face.
“Yes, it’s still there.”
“Ugghh…why won’t it leave me alone…”
While there was still a tremble in her voice, she was starting to seem like the normal Sally now.
“Are you calm now?”
“I’m calm. But this is so embarrassing, so don’t look at me…”
Of course, Maple had already seen Sally’s crying face very clearly.
Sally’s ears, which were the only thing visible, were bright red. And so Maple could imagine how much redder her face would be.
“Okay. But…did you want this skill that bad? Really?”
“I currently regret getting myself into this…really. I want to punch myself for believing that I might be fine…”
According to Sally, she had been blind by want of the skill.
“That’s very unusual. You’re always right about everything, Sally.”
“It was something that I wanted so much, that’s why. Now that I’m calm and level headed, I see that I can make do without that skill.”
“But what was this skill that you wanted anyway? I never asked you about it.”
Maple said, and so Sally started to tell her about the skill and items she wanted and about what had happened since she arrived here.
Maple listened and realized that there was not much that would be useful to her.
As she didn’t need to go and get things she didn’t need, it would make exploration much more efficient from now on.
Of course, there was a part of Maple that was enjoying the exploration, so there was no saying that she wouldn’t go.
She would likely just go anywhere that looked interesting.
As they talked like this, Maple wished that the ghost would just float off somewhere else, but the ghost would not move at all.
“It would be bad if I left the throne…maybe I could attack it?”
Maple stretched out her hand to use the item. A blade of wind cut into the ghost.
And the ghost stumbled and retreated.
However, it had no HP bar. And so Maple understood that it did not deal damage and could not be defeated.
The ghost had covered its face in its hands and wailed, but after a moment, it returned to them and tried to touch them.
“We’ll have to escape while it’s recoiling…Sally, can you do that? It will probably catch up with me.”
Maple suggested that Sally alone could escape.
“Umm…I don’t think so.”
It was clear that it wasn’t solely due to her AGI being 0.
“What should we do? Huh?”
The ghost who had until now refused to part from them was suddenly moving away and left the room.
It was so sudden that Maple could do nothing but stare in stunned surprise.
“It’s our chance! Let’s go, Sally!”
“Huh-huh? Uh, okay!”
Sally was covering her face and hadn’t understood the situation as Maple pulled her hand.
For the first time ever, the two of them ran at the same speed.
From behind them, they heard the voice of someone who had been sacrificed to the ghosts in their place.
Sally heard the screams of the newcomers and became red with embarrassment at realizing that she had been acting the same way.
Maple took the shortest route back through the hallways that she remembered until finally, they came to a place where you could log out.
“Thank you, Maple.”
“Ehehe…you are welcome!”
They were both happy to have returned.
From behind them, cold arms stretched out and embraced them at the same time.
Just as both of them froze in shock, they received a notice for the new skill.
“Uhh… ‘Connection to the Underworld’? Oh, it’s the skill where it doubles the effect of items.”
Maple said as she looked at the skill.
Sally had slumped down, but it seemed like she had acquired the same skill as well.
According to the skill’s description, it was a mysterious connection to someone who would occasionally and slowly lend you a hand from behind.
“Eww…I don’t want that connection.”
“What do you want to do, Sally? I can stick with you if you want to explore some more.”
“I’m logging out. I want to leave.”
Sally said immediately.
“Of course. Uh, bye bye then?”
Maple waved her hand.
“Thanks for helping me today. I’ll make it up to you later.”
“Don’t worry about that. You helped me a lot up until now! I feel like I was finally able to return a bit of the favor.”
Maple said with a laugh. Sally’s expression brightened a little.
“Thank you. Well, see you when the 7th layer is ready.”
“I’m sure you’re just saying that.”
“No, I’m not returning…after this.”
With that said, Sally logged out and left.
There is a saying about forgetting the heat once it is past your throat.
In many cases, people tended to repeat their mistakes.
After returning to the real world, Risa got up from her bed and put the game away.
“Hmm…so sweaty. I need to take a bath… Oh, maybe later! I need to eat first.”
Risa said, and then she opened the door, much more carefully than usual, and went downstairs.
When she reached the living room, she saw that her mother was in the middle of making dinner.
“Risa? Dinners not ready yet.”
“Yeah, I just came to watch TV.”
Risa said as she turned on the TV and sat down on the sofa.
However she was not really interested in it, and she was basically just occasionally glancing at it.
As Risa sat in the living room and waited for dinner to be ready, the telephone began to ring.
Risa turned around and looked towards the phone.
“Oh…yes, this is Shiromine. Yes.”
Her mother talked on the phone for quite some time before finally hanging up and turning to Risa.
“Risa? Something urgent has just come up, and I have to leave. Your father is also going to be late today… You should eat before the food gets cold.”
Risa said hesitantly. Her mother rushed to her room in order to get ready.
“I’ll try to be back as soon as possible.”
And then her mother left the house.
It was already dark outside, and the only sound in the house came from the TV.
“I better eat, then.”
After seeing her mother off, Risa returned to the kitchen to eat.
Risa picked up the TV remote and raised the volume.
She was sitting on the chair, her feet swaying uneasily and her eyes slightly narrowed.
Her chopsticks seemed to move slowly.
“That was good.”
Risa said as she washed the dishes and randomly switched the channels.
According to the weather report, it would rain tonight.
She spent the time like this aimlessly, but no one returned home.
“I better take a bath…but…”
For some reason, she was much more nervous than usual.
Well, she knew the reason.
“I’m…a little scared…”
And putting it into words made it worse.
Risa went around and closed all of the doors and curtains so there were no gaps. Then she hugged the cushion on the sofa and curled up.
She must have had an idea because her face lit up.
In a different house, Kaede had also logged out and was studying in her room.
Her phone started to ring.
“Is it…I knew it.”
Kaede picked up her cell phone and saw the name ‘Risa’ on the display.
“Ah, Kaede? Are you busy?”
“Uh…I’m fine now. What is it?”
“I just thought that I really inconvenienced you today. Want to talk for a while?”
Kaede had a vague idea of why Risa was actually calling, but they continued to talk without her bringing it up.
As they were talking, Kaede realized that she could hear the sound of water apart from Risa’s voice.
“Maybe the bathtub or bathroom. She’s such a scaredy cat…oh.”
Kaede had accidentally said what she was thinking out loud.
Risa could have easily pretended like she didn’t hear it, but she fell silent.
There was a short silence and then Risa’s voice could be heard.
“…Kaede, there is no one but me in the house now.”
“It’s a little…lonely, I guess…”
“To-to be honest…I’m scared…can we keep talking?”
There was no way that Kaede would say no, and so they continued to talk.
As they talked, Kaede remembered that something like this had happened before.
“Do you remember, when this happened before?”
“Yeah. But that time, you weren’t calling while in the bathtub. But I remember being sleep-deprived the next day.”
“Oh, when we were in elementary school? Ohhh…I haven’t grown at all then.”
Talking like this made her fears go away a little.
By the time that she got out of the shower and into her bed, they became more excited in their conversation, and Risa had cheered up quite a lot.
“Good night, Risa.”
“Yes, thank you. Good night, Kaede.”
Risa went to bed a few hours earlier than usual.
She turned the light off and buried her head under the blankets and closed her eyes.
She could hear the sounds of rain that had started to fall.
Going to bed early was fine, but it didn’t mean you would fall asleep.
30 minutes, then an hour elapsed.
As time passed, the feeling that had been growing thin started to return.
Risa began to move restlessly in her bed. After a while, she made up her mind and grabbed her phone.
It was obvious who she would call.
Risa turned the lights back on as she began to talk with Kaede, who had been woken up.
“Ahaha…this happened before too!”
“I’m…really sorry, Kaede…”
And so it goes without saying, that Kaede was sleep-deprived the next day.
Defense Specialization and the Haunted Mansion 4
Running and running. Moving from room to room.
Sally did it so many times, and each time there were cold arms that grabbed her.
The reality was that she could not escape.
Had the ghosts resembled orcs or goblins, then Sally would have been able to use her abilities to evade them easily.
But when she was not able to move as always, she was nothing more than slightly faster than the average player.
Sally’s AGI had already gone down to 25%.
And that made her ability to escape even weaker.
Because of this, Sally found herself getting caught more often.
After a while, Sally was so dispirited that she locked herself into a closet, closed her eyes and started shaking.
She sent a message to Maple saying that she was in a closet and that she did not need to reply. She no longer thought for a second that she would survive alone.
Sally mumbled to herself as she sniffed, but she heard no answer.
During this time, there were two things that were slowly approaching Sally.
One was the ghost who was chasing her, and the other was Maple, who had finally reached the same floor as her.
Maple had reached here by accident, and she was now checking each of the rooms one by one.
“Sally, I don’t know where you are. I’m looking at all the rooms… But, I’m sure you’re not dead.”
Maple was sticking the sheets of paper on all of the ghosts she encountered as if they were exorcist charms.
While she was doing this, a bloody ghost of a child appeared in front of her and slowly came forward.
“Uh… May your soul rest in peace! Woah!?”
Maple was about to take out the item when a red handprint appeared over the screen.
“What the… Oh, the item, item.”
Maple regained her calm and took out the item and stuck it onto the child ghost.
It burned up and quietly disappeared.
And then Maple started to navigate her inventory in order to prepare the next item.
And that’s when she noticed that she couldn’t log out anymore.
“This is what Sally was talking about… That must mean that Sally is close by!”
Maple did a celebratory fist pump.
“But…hmm. I hope she is okay.”
The ghosts here were scarier than any she had seen before, and so she was afraid for Sally.
“Yes. She’s definitely not okay! I have to find her!”
Maple came to this conclusion after a little thought, and so she held her great shield in front of her and remained cautious, even as she rushed down the hallway.
“Sally… won’t reply. I bet she’s crying now…”
Maple tried to see if she could hear Sally’s crying as she checked every corner of the rooms.
“Oh, I know! I’ll tell Sally that I’m close by now!”
Maple sent a message to Sally and returned to her search. Sally received the message that Maple had sent.
Sally read the message and looked as if a ray of hope was shining down on her face.
“Ah, footsteps…! Maple?”
The footsteps stopped in front of the door, and then she heard the door opening. To the right of the opened door was the closet where Sally was hiding.
“Just a little…”
Sally opened the closet door just a little and peeked outside. Strangely, Sally was completely sure that this time it was Maple who had entered the room. This was a mistake on her part that came from the strong desire to be saved no matter what.
The arms were long and thin. The skin pale.
A face she had never seen before with long bangs hanging above pits where eyes should have been. The black holes were dripping as blood ran through them.
Sally and the ghost looked at each other.
They looked at each other.
Sally closed the door in a panic, but then it was slowly reopened from the other side.
And the dark, dark pits that should have been eyes, looked at Sally through the crack.
Sally had no strength left in her. She collapsed on the closet floor.
The door was now open all the way, and the ghost slowly stretched out a hand towards Sally.
Black shadows oozed around the ghost, and thick blood dripped from its eyes.
“I’m sorry… I’m sorry…”
“! “Throne of the Heavenly King’!”
Sally could do nothing but apologize now, but just then, someone opened the door and burst inside. It was Maple.
The field of light spread out until it reached the ghost. And then the eerie dark shadow disappeared in a flash.
“Sally! Are you okay!?”
Sally came out of the closet and clutched onto Maple.
“That’s a relief…but, what should we do about that?”
Maple raised her head and saw another ghost coming down from above them.
“It’s really looking at us!”
Maple tried looking away and pushing the ghost’s face with her hands, but it only went through them.
“Really, what should I do…”
Maple remained on her throne and wondered.
Itai no wa Iya nanode Bōgyo-Ryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu 180 Defense Specialization and the Haunted Mansion 3
Just as Sally had been teleported away, Maple also found herself in a different place.
Maple looked around her, but she could not see Sally anywhere.
Maple was currently in a room somewhere.
There was a closet with no doors and a bed covered in dust. The sheets were torn up and the floorboards were missing in some places.
“I have to find her!”
Maple grabbed the doorknob in order to leave, but it only rattled when she tried to turn it, and would not open.
There was no keyhole, and she could not understand why it wouldn’t open.
“Mmph…Agh! Can I break it? I’ll try.”
Maple said as she aimed her gun barrels at it.
Just then, she heard something creak behind her, and she turned around to look.
It was a dark shadow that looked like it was the blackness of night after being solidified.
“Wait…uh, ‘Throne of the Heavenly King’!”
Maple quickly conjured the throne and sat on it.
“Even if I can’t observe it carefully like Sally usually does, I can do this!”
Maple looked at the actions of the shadow.
It was human in shape as it stretched a hand out towards her, but nothing happened.
“In any case…it seems fine? Alright. ‘Commence Attack’!”
While Maple tried to attack it with bullets, they all went straight through it and hit the wall in the back.
The shadow continued to approach her and then attacked her directly. But they all bounced off.
“Hmmm. I guess physical attacks won’t work on it then… Will the door open if I kill it? Hmm… Oh!”
Maple leaned forward and stuck her head into the shadow’s body.
However, even when she tried moving her mouth, she just went right through it.
“It really is no use. Hm? Oh, I know!”
Maple remembered something and went into her inventory to take out an item.
It was the remaining sheets of paper that she used to deal damage to the king of light’s feet.
As fire and wind attacks did not affect the king, she had plenty of them left.
“It’ll be scary if it burns, so I’ll use wind…there!”
After Maple used the item, a wind blew into the room and cut into the shadow in front of her.
“Yes, yes. Take another one!”
Maple continued to stick the sheets of paper onto the shadow.
The black shadow was only slightly stronger than typical grunts, and it died after only 10 sheets of paper were used.
As there were few players who would use these close up without any skills, its firepower was set relatively high.
When the shadow disappeared, she heard the click of a lock opening behind her.
“Did it open? But there was no keyhole.”
Maple dismissed the throne and turned the doorknob.
This time, the door opened smoothly.
“Yes! I can get out!”
Maple left the room hurriedly so that she would not be trapped in again.
“I’ll have to be careful of the floor as I look for Sally. I don’t want to get teleported again.”
Maple ran down the hallway.
As for Sally, she was currently shivering under a desk in a room that she had found herself in.
As she could not leave, there was nothing to do but wait for Maple’s arrival.
“I-I know…a message.”
Sally sent a message to Maple.
All it said was that she wanted her help, and there was nothing in it to actually improve her situation, but Sally did not realize this.
“I’ll stay here for a while…”
And by that, she meant that she would wait until Maple came for her.
Or in other words, forever if need be.
However, this room was not made to be so merciful to Sally.
The door in the room opened with a creaking sound.
Sally could not see it from under the desk, but there was something walking towards her.
Hearing this, Sally covered her mouth with both hands to stop her breathing and erase her presence.
The broken floorboards were squeaking.
The sounds were slowly getting closer to the desk, until finally, Sally could see the pale feet right in front of her eyes.
Sally prayed that they would pass her, and her prayers were answered. The feet that hardly looked human moved passed her and continued on.
Just as Sally was starting to feel relieved, the alert for a new message rang.
Maple was kind, and there was no way that she would not reply.
The footsteps suddenly came back towards her, and it was all that Sally could do to roll out from under the desk and jump out of the room.
“Maple! Maple! Heeeelp meee!”
She screamed without thinking. And in reply, hands sprouted from the floor and walls and a child ghost that was covered in blood appeared before her.
“‘Super Acceleration’! Super Acceleration, Super Acceleration!”
Sally ran like crazy and threw herself into a different room.
However, she could not avoid the ghosts that were overflowing from that room either.
Sally was lost, and she found herself going deeper and deeper into the mansion as she ran.
Itai no wa Iya nanode Bōgyo-Ryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu 179 Defense Specialization and the Haunted Mansion 2
Maple shot into the mansion along with Sally, and then the door shut behind them.
“Alright, stand up, stand up Sally! Didn’t you come here to get something?”
“Ah…yes. Maple…stay close by, okay?”
Maple took Sally’s hands to help her up, and then she scanned her surroundings.
It was a fairly large mansion, and aside from the entrance that they had just come in from, there were three other doors. In the front and on the right and the left.
There was also a staircase that led to a second floor with more doors.
And an old, broken chandelier hung from the ceiling.
The walls were lined with candle holders. The candles were mostly melted down, and their flames flickered gently.
“It’s big in here. So, where are we supposed to go?”
Maple asked Sally.
“Uh…huh? …I don’t know yet…”
There were many holes in the information she had gathered.
And it wasn’t so much that the information was not yet available, but that Sally had not gathered information like she usually did.
“Then we’ll just have to explore the whole building.”
Maple said. Sally shook her head vigorously.
“Let’s come back after I’ve done more research. Okay? It won’t be very efficient for us to explore now, and the monsters are likely to be strong. There will be plenty of fighting…I think we should find out the shortest route first…”
Maple narrowed her eyes and stared hard at Sally as she began to rant. Then Sally suddenly stopped.
“No. Let’s hurry up and get this over with! Don’t worry, I’m here with you!”
Maple was there, and she had Dedicated Affection activated constantly, so they were generally protected from all enemies.
So even if Sally was shaking like a newborn deer, the chances of them being killed were incredibly low.
“Alright, let’s go by instinct…to the right!”
Maple walked over to the door on the right and opened it.
Dust blew in the air and revealed a long hallway that stretched behind the door.
Maple put a hand to her ear and listened for any sounds. But she could not hear anything.
“Yes. There’s nothing here.”
Maple said and started to walk.
The long hallways had several places that allowed you to turn to the left.
Not only that, but there were doors that likely lead to other rooms, meaning that there were many places to search.
“Where should we try first…woah!”
Maple felt something strange at her feet, and so she looked down.
What she saw were numerous pale and translucent hands coming out of the floor to grab her and Sally’s feet.
The hands stretched up and grabbed their bodies.
And then the ghostly woman they saw in the air passed through the walls and came towards them.
“Wait a second!”
Maple took out her sword and cut at the hands that grabbed their feet.
While they could not be killed, they withdrew and vanished.
Maple also carefully slashed at the hands near Sally’s feet, and then she fired her weapons at the ghost woman.
“Phew. Good! Are you alright now?”
“Yes…I’m glad you’re here, Maple.”
Sally seemed as weak as ever, and her spirit was nearly broken.
As Sally had said before, it was over once you felt that you could not do it.
“Let’s explore this place quickly and leave!”
Just as Maple started to walk again, a dim blue light began to flash.
Normally, it would have been very easy for Sally to allow Maple to escape and then run away herself.
The light became bigger, and before they knew it, both of them were teleported away.
As they were enveloped by light, Sally realized that it was an emergency situation, and her senses informed her of something that she did not want to know.
It was the sensation of Maple’s hand slipping out of her grasp.
The light faded, and when Sally opened her eyes, she was in an unfamiliar hallway.
“Ma-Maple? Where…where? Ahh…!”
Sally called for Maple in a trembling voice. Just then, something hit her left shoulder from the back.
Sally shuddered and then froze. Then she looked at her left shoulder.
There was a thin, white hand that was clearly not part of a living person.
The hand was connected to an abnormally cold and thin arm that continued to wrap around Sally.
Sally shrieked as she began to run, and she was able to escape the cold embrace.
She continued to run until she fell into a certain room.
“Hah, ha, hahh. Lo-Log out…”
Just as Sally pulled out the panel in order to log out, red handprints appeared on the panel and banged on it noisily.
Within her horror, a calm part of Sally’s mind recalled a piece of information.
There were logout limitations in certain areas. It had something to do with the monsters in the area.
They depleted your AGI every time they touched you, and when it turned to 0, you would die.
It was an area that was supposed to be easy to escape if you could move normally.
“It’s…it’s chasing me…”
It was slow, and if you carefully made your way around the mansion without stopping, then it would not be able to catch you.
Of course, it was now clear that this was no easy task for Sally.