It was night-time in this dangerous forest and I was resting on the branch of a tree in just my underpants.
It had been a few hours since the sun went down. Judging from my growling stomach, I would say it’s about 8-9PM.
My surroundings were pitch black so I had to rely on the moonlight to see. Fortunately for me, the moon in this world was several times larger and gave off more light as well. In the distance, sharp cries pierced the rustling of the forest , probably nocturnal monsters.
“…Guess I can’t start a fire.”
There was the possibility of monsters noticing the fire after all.
Then again, I also considered that a fire would ward them off instead. The problem was that inside the rucksack were rations, a canteen the size of a PET bottle, a knife with a 20 cm blade, and lastly, a pen and notebook.
That was to say, there weren’t any tools for starting fires.
Even so, I never expected that it would mainly be rations inside… I won’t have to worry about hunger with this much, but was this really okay?
“No, it’s not okay.”
Lost in my own thoughts, I ended up talking to myself.
The branch that I was sitting on was certainly very strong since it could support both the heavy rucksack and I.
It was about 3 hours of nonstop running before I finally got away from the Grand Grizzly and Blue Grizzlys. I managed to hide but I wasn’t able to completely lose them. While I wondered why, I arrived at the conclusion that they were following me by scent.
With that in mind, I decided to try washing myself and before long, I found a waterfall and jumped in without hesitation.
As a result, the bears scattered but my clothes were drenched.
What was I supposed to do now?
The goal was to hunt a Grand Grizzly, but no matter how confident I was in my physical ability, I didn’t feel capable of making full use of it.
In that case, what should I do?
“At the moment, the tools I can use are…”
A knife, a notebook, and a pen.
For the time being, I put on my still-wet trousers and holstered the knife on my belt.
“To defeat your opponent, you must first know them… The pen is mightier than the sword, or so they say.”
For now I should make some plans; the place where I was at right now will be my base camp.
Fortunately, there was a river close by. I was concerned there might be parasites in the water but in these circumstances, I could only pray that was not the case.
“All of this feels like a bad omen.. But.. I’ll show that I can overcome it.”
I used some healing magic on my body and started getting comfortable enough to fall asleep. Oops, before that— I pulled out the knife from my belt and plunged it onto the tree I was on.
“The first day…”
Being thrown into the forest, one man’s fight was about to begin.
The next morning, I got up early and had tough rations for breakfast and washed it down with water from the canteen. After putting on a T-shirt and long pants, and making sure my equipment was in order, I set off to the depths of the forest while keeping my head down.
My pen and notebook were also tucked away in a way that I could easily take them out at any time.
“…Where is this?”
Marking the trees I passed with my knife, I inspected my surroundings.
Right before I set off, I washed my body in the river again so I wouldn’t need to worry about scent… Although it’d be pointless if I got spotted again.
There were many monsters in the forest besides the Grand and Blue Grizzlys.
I hadn’t seen any other monsters besides those two yet though. Well, even if I didn’t want to, I’ll probably encounter them soon enough.
“…! This is…”
There were three deep gashes on a tree; it was a trace of a large creature with claws.
From the size of the claw marks, it was very likely that the Grand Grizzly from yesterday made these.
I’d have to be even more careful in this area then..
A gasagasa sound rustled from the bushes in front of me.
Was something there?
Carefully approaching the bush, I pulled out my knife as a precaution.
I briskly wiped the sweat from my forehead. If it was something really ferocious, I’ll running away immediately.
I held my knife in a reverse grip and pushed my way through—
A black furball appeared.
“What is th… is that a rabbit?”
The furball before me was in fact a wild black rabbit, its ears were standing up like antennas.
This type of rabbit wasn’t mentioned in the book Rose passed to me.
It laid sprawled on the ground and looked at me with big, red eyes.
Large, round.. cute eyes. Its adorable appearance swayed my heart but I also noticed that it had difficulty moving.
“Are you hurt?”
The rabbit nodded in assent.
I won’t bother asking why you can understand me. There was no point in bringing over the common sense from my former world.
Let’s see where you’re injured..
I approached the rabbit’s side, on its foot was a gash, possibly from a monster.
“Stay still, alright?”
A pale green light emitted from my hand and I held it close to the wound on its hind foot. A few seconds passed and I moved my hand away, the wound disappeared without a trace.
These were the results of my training. Although I mostly used it on myself, it would seem that healing someone else was much faster.
Considering this, I was once again surprised by how unbelievable healing magic was.
“It’s been healed. Don’t get yourself hurt like this again.”
I left the rabbit alone.
I considered bringing it back home because of its adorable appearance but my objective was to take down a Grand Grizzly— I didn’t have the luxury of getting distracted by a rabbit.
However, the rabbit approached me as I left.
Without saying anything, the rabbit just kept following me… Eh, what was this?
“Hey hey, if you stick with me you’re going to get attacked by a Grand Grizzly, you know? Or do you know where the Grand Grizzly is?”
The rabbit shook its head but seemed to be telling me to follow it and took off.
I went after it, there was no harm seeing what it wanted to show me. Somehow, I felt like I could place my trust in this rabbit— there wasn’t any reason for it, I just had the feeling.
Pyonpyon. As the rabbit made such sounds jumping and advancing through the forest, I noticed both of its antenna-like ears were pointing in a direction.
…Those ears, do they act like a radar or something?
While thinking that, I chased after the nimble rabbit for a good 10 minutes before it finally came to a halt.
“Uwa! W-what is it?”
The rabbit abruptly sprung onto my shoulder.
Its black fur tickled the bottom of my neck.
Well, it wasn’t particularly heavy.
What was with this little one? You were way too cute.
The rabbit’s ears bent forward and seemed to be hinting at something.
“…Take a look in front?”
As expected, this rabbit seemed to understand my words.
But since you were cute, I’ll forgive you.
Pushing my way forward through the vegetation, I saw two Blue Grizzlys in a dark cave.
I clasped my hands over my mouth.
If I shouted here, I’d definitely give away my position. That cave seems to be their den.
“…Thanks for the help,” I whispered to the rabbit on my shoulder.
In response, the rabbit got embarrassed and started grooming itself.
You shy little thing…
Seeing as I’ve found their cave, I took out my pen and notebook.
“Nn, you’re asking what this is?”
It was unlikely I’d leave in one piece if I went and fought a bear head on.
In that case, I had no choice but to exploit the opponent’s openings. If so—
Alright, even if I had to risk my life to write this diary, I’ll do it!
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Edited by Fateburn, Renexile