It’s been one month since I’ve entered the Rescue Squad. In that short amount of time, my body has changed greatly.
First of all, my physical ability has greatly improved. This was definitely the result of going through all that hellish training. All the parts of my body have been thoroughly tempered from sprinting, push-ups, sit-ups, and running up the stairs. After finishing this training course, for the first time, I felt like I had really obtained the qualifications to join the Rescue Squad.
According to Rose, the reason for completely tempering the body was for quickly escaping from enemies on the battlefield. That didn’t mean that all this is for running away, of course; it was actually for the sake of being able to carry the wounded out at full speed.
“The faster you can help them, the more lives we can potentially save”, that was how Rose phrased it during training.
“Well, that’s true” is what most people would think, but putting it into practice was considerably difficult. The wounded that are left on the battlefield had to be directly transported and carried back. It’d be meaningless unless you had the courage as well as the ability.
Being able to understand that after being here for one month, I enthusiastically told myself, “I’ll do my best in today’s training!”
“We’re going out.”
Give back my enthusiasm, please.
…If I think about it, ever since I was summoned to this world, the sad reality was that I had only been to the castle and the Rescue Squad’s lodgings.
After all, I was abducted from the very day I set foot here. Although I didn’t know her intentions, for the time being I should accompany Rose.
The other group members will be doing their individual menus and won’t be coming along with us. Good grief, they were such pitiful creatures, but inside I was sneering at them in ridicule.
“Hold on to this.”
Rose passed me a large rucksack, it was about my height.
“What’s this?” I asked, but Rose headed for the gate towards town without a word.
Nn? What was it, Tong? Your face looked like a soldier seeing off his comrade to their death. If it was nothing, then it didn’t really matter.
“What’s wrong? Come quickly.”
Rose was waiting for me at the entrance. Somehow, I had an unpleasant hunch. A tremendously unpleasant hunch. It’d be too bothersome to oppose her; I better follow her for now.
Visiting a town for the first time was a fresh experience for me. There weren’t an abundance of appliances here like in my world, but there were markets lined with shops like the ones I saw as a kid.
“Lyngle Kingdom is a country with prospering commerce. There are a lot of people that come to work here from other countries.”
“Is that so… Ah…”
In a shop that was selling fruits was a girl with fox-like ears. She
acted a bit suspiciously for someone that was tending a shop.
She was one of the beast folk, right?
I had heard about them before but seeing one right in front of me, somehow I was deeply moved.
“Don’t stare at the beast folk so much idiot. I know it’s unusual for you, however, it’s very unpleasant for them. It would be even possible for you to be apprehended and taken to their country.”
“Ah, I’m sorry.”
Certainly, this wasn’t an exhibition or anything. It’d be impolite to have kept gawking like that.
As I was about to turn my eyes away from the beast girl, our eyes unexpectedly met. The girl’s eyes opened wide and her gaze was fixed on my face… This was—
“…Cuteness is justice.”
“Wa? What did you say? Don’t utter incomprehensible things.”
Please don’t suddenly tap my forehead.
Nn? But I haven’t seen any other beast folk for a while now aside from that girl…
“You’re probably thinking there should be more demi-humans and beast folk here since there are a lot of people working away from their homelands. However, the journey is the problem. Bandits, kidnappers, hired killers, you have to be mindful of trash like that. While they target demi-humans, beast folk are especially targeted since among them, some have very valuable abilities. In addition, they’re highly valued as slaves because of their appearance.”
“Of course, having slaves is illegal in this country but… there are places out there that allow it. You understand?”
“Well, more or less.”
I understand but I couldn’t give my consent. Something like slavery for an ordinary person like me, there was no way I could completely approve of it you know!
Which reminded me, just some time ago I had a look at the world map. The beast folk’s country was really far from the Lyngle Kingdom.
“For those that do come here, isn’t it really difficult for them?”
“That’s right.. We’re heading to the next place.”
As usual, I had no clue what Rose was up to.
Suddenly, I sensed something and looked back to the beast girl. She was still looking at me without averting her gaze at all, only single-mindedly looking my way.
…It was a little eerie, let’s hurry up and go.
After that, I followed Rose without looking back.
Upon leaving the marketplace, we arrived in front of a large gate.
Arh? Could it be that the towns nowadays all have that? That was pretty amazing, it was double structured so the town had an inner layer…
…There was no way that could be it! No matter how you looked at it, this was the way out of the kingdom!!
Rose called out to the guards standing watch by the gate. In this one month, I had noticed something. No matter who Rose talked to, they will always have a change in their expression. After all, I could clearly see the fright on their faces right now.
“Ou, it’s been awhile, Thomas.”
“Ro-Rose-san, good afternoon! What sort of business do you have here today!”
“Good afternoon, I was just thinking about showing my subordinate the outskirts.”
If I translated this, it would be “Open the gate now.”
As expected of Rose, just her presence gave the gate guards cold feet.
“We’ll open it right now!”
“Rose-san, you’re talking like a hoodlum. Ah, erm it’s nothing, forget what I said.”
Having spent a month with her, I picked up how far I could take it before she snapped.
The gate guards opened the passage, I thought I saw something glittering near their eyes. As I passed through the gate, I bowed my head in sympathy to the gatekeepers.
“Rose-san, where are we headed right now?”
“To a forest with monsters.”
“It’ll be approximately 2 hours before we reach it.”
I’m sorry. I didn’t comprehend your words.
Eh, don’t tell me what I’m carrying right now is a campground set!?
You’re making me spend the night in this forest roaming with monsters!?
Are you a kichiku1 ogre!?
Completely ignoring me, Rose steadily walked on the mountain trail.
No, wait a moment. She didn’t say it was going to be a survival situation! I shouldn’t abandon all hope yet!!
Before us was a somewhat gloomy forest.
Looking at the forest from the edge of a cliff, Rose was behind me with her arms folded.
“This forest is also known as ‘Dark Lyngle’. Don’t return until you’ve hunted a Grand Grizzly and brought it back. There’s no time limit.”
It seemed like I was really being thrown into a survival situation. Wait, in that book I read, a Grand Grizzly, that’s a blue grizzly bear that’s lived for a hundred years… Wasn’t that an extremely dangerous monster bear!? You really hated me right!?
“Nope, there’s no way I would hate you, don’t you agree?”
“Ahh, so troublesome. I’ll just tell you the main point, don’t come back until you bring back a bear. Right now, a Grand Grizzly is something you can easily bring down. Leave your valuables and food supplies here with me, understood?”
“Nou!? Nooo, don’t lift me up!”
I shaked my head vigorously, however, Rose nonchalantly carried me along with my rucksack.
This woman, just how much strength did she have!? Ahh no, stop that baseball-like pose—
Gururu. I was thrown away while spinning in the sky.
Moreover, because Rose was so strong, I wasn’t slowing down at all. If this continues, was I going to die like this?
Cause of Death: thrown by the Rescue Squad’s leader.
That wouldn’t be funny…
As I started to slow down, I descended down into the mountains. Below me were all kinds of trees in an overgrown forest.
There was no way I was letting myself die like this…
I turned myself around. Facing the sky, I regained my balance. On my back was the large rucksack. I could soften the impact with this. While protecting my face with my hands and preparing for the crash, I was literally flung into ‘The Beast’s Den’ prowling with monsters.
The impact of the landing wasn’t as strong as I expected. While there was the fact that the trees broke my fall, it was also thanks to this pointlessly large rucksack.
However, I’m never going to thank that woman. Until I bring a Grand Grizzly back, she would probably just throw me back here.
“It’s annoying but I guess don’t have a choice but to do as Rose says and bring down a Grand Grizzly.”
It was only a bear 2 metres tall, after all. I had survived the hell training, compared to that, some bear will be easy—
Somewhere from the forest, I heard a great beast’s roar. Shortly after, heavy footsteps thudded, getting louder and louder as they got closer to me
From there, I escaped with a momentum of a startled rabbit. Even if I’m an Usato, this was…!2
“Humans can’t win against a beast’s physical strength after all!! In any event, I will have to use my head and strategize how to bring it down!!”
“It’s chasing after me!?”
Looking behind me, there was a large, white bear about 3 metres in size. It was a Grand Grizzly running on all fours towards me.
I encountered my target the moment I entered the forest, but this was way scarier than I imagined.
I had never seen such a big bear with claws and fangs like these even at the zoo!
“What should I do what should I do what should I do!?”
What should I do against a bear?!
1. Playing dead… It was an urban legend with some credibility but somehow I had a feeling I’ll be eaten if I actually tried.
2. Hold a bell and drive it away… I didn’t have one.
3. Run away… I had some confidence in my legs.
The strategy was decided. I could only escape!!
I ran. A bear like you, you actually thought you could match my speed!?
“You’re keeping up!? Hieeeh!”
Turning behind, I could tell it caught up.
It was a bit late at this point but I recalled from a TV program I watched long ago that a wild bear’s running speed could go anywhere from 40 km/h to 60 km/h.
Applying it to the monstrous bear here, I could assume it was capable of an even more terrifying speed… Wasn’t this really dangerous?!
“…That’s fine with me, I’ll have a one-on-one match with you bear!! If you want to eat me, just try and get me!! I’ll pull you apart!! Come he—”
“…Increasing your numbers is cowardly!”
That was unfair!
Running along the Grand Grizzly now were several other blue bears. Before I noticed it, they multiplied!
What were you, a matryoshka doll!?3
“Shit! This rucksack is a hindrance!”
However I couldn’t drop this. There should be necessary survival tools inside.
The weight seemed like it was about a 100 kg. I was slightly worried about what was crammed in there since it was this heavy, but it was Rose after all. Surely there was something useful, I’ll believe it.
“How long am I going to be running for…”
Or perhaps I should say, I wonder if I’m even making it out of this forest.
Shiru: Classes recently started for me but I’ll still translate when I can afford to. This chapter has only been a rough edit by me. For those still asking, yes you are free to use my English translations and translate them to another language.
Happy translating. 🙂
Edited by Fateburn