Study Magic in My Free Time - Chapter 16: First Hunt
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I finally got my license from the Guild Master.
As proof that I’m part of the guild, my name and rank are written on it.
I put it aside.
Now… what should I do next, I wonder.
“Hey, are you really from Hamilton House?”
A voice called from behind me.
When I turned around, there’s a lively girl standing there.
I believe she’s around 15-16 years old. Her height is around 150cm., and that high-tied ponytail really looked good on her.
“Ermm, yeah. My name is Liam Hamilton.”
“I see, mine is Asuna, Asuna Akuaeij. My family name is good, right? Even looking like this, my family was a noble 10 generations ago.”
“Is that so… Eh? 10 generations?”
Eh, but, she said with so much confidence. There’s also a trace of pride in her speech.
Is there some meaning behind it ?
When I was being perplexed by her speech…
“Aha, sorry, sorry. It’s just a small talk. It’s easy to remember, right?”
“A, aah. I see what you mean…”
“By the way, that talk about being a noble 10 generations ago is true, okay?”
“I see. Nice to meet you.”
I reached out my hand, and we shook hands.
She’s cheerful, and a pretty likable kid.
Well, even if I said kid, I am now inside the 12-year-old Liam’s body, so I am the one who’s younger right now.
“Hey, how about we go hunting together?”
“Yes, let’s cooperate. Hunting is pretty dangerous. If you form a party, it should be safer, right?”
“That’s the way.”
pachin She snapped her fingers.
Together with Asuna, we got out of the guild and headed to the town.
We took the highway and went straight to the suburb.
“Come to think of it…”
“Is it alright to not take a request? Or, have you already taken one?”
For the Hunter Guild, their purpose is pretty much getting a request for the elimination of wild beasts or monsters.
That’s the story I heard from the bar in the past.
“Taking a request is a privilege for A rank and above.”
“For those A ranks and above, it’s dangerous even to stand alone. Moreover, if it’s an opponent who had done bad things, a request will go up and its location will be pin-pointed and it will be defeated right there. But normally, we do it like this…”
Asuna took out a memo, where various monsters and beasts are written.
“Find and defeat the one that has the possibility of becoming dangerous, and report them for a reward. For example, here.”
She let me peek at the note, and pointed at the word written on it, “Busu Boa”.
“This creature called [Busu Boa] has a habit like that of a migratory bird since the road around here is frequently used. I don’t know if it’s there or not, but it’s clearly dangerous when they’re migrating.”
“I see…it’s like a cleanup, huh?”
“That’s right! You’re completely right. You’re a fast thinker Liam.”
“Is that so?”
We had a chat while walking together.
Since recently, I was always practicing magic alone, having a company in the form of a beautiful girl with no restraint like this is really fun.
Asuna stopped and pointed forward.
When I followed the direction she pointed at, there’s a large bee flying around.
Its size is around the same with a honeybee, but.
“That bee? What’s wrong with it?”
“That’s a Metal Wasp!”
“Un! It has a habit of collecting pieces of metal to its nest, that nest resembles a treasure chest, you know.”
“Hee, there’s something like that…”
“Aa it goes away! What to do, it’s really hard to find its nest that’s why it was famous. How do I chase it…”
“If it’s that, leave it to me.”
I cast a magic at the Metal Bee that’s running away because it sensed a person’s presence.
Instantly, it emitted a smoke-like pink-colored trail.
Just like fireworks in the night, the Metal Wasp draws a long pink smoke trail.
“Did you do something?”
With pachin I snapped my fingers.
This pink smoke normally can only be seen by the caster, but there’s a trick that made it so others could see it too.
I cast magic on her.
“Ah! I can see a pink smoke.”
“It’s a magic called [paint]. Apparently, it’s often used for hunting.”
“That’s kind of amazing!”
“It’s basic for hunting. It’s also called essential magic, though.”
I looked at the trail.
I can’t see its body anymore, but even if it has gone away somewhere, this pink smoke won’t go away.
Together with Asuna, we followed the trail.
We got off from the main road and got inside the forest.
We kept on chasing the pink trail.
In the end, we arrived at a place with nothing on it but a wasp nest.
“There! To think it was in a place like this. If we don’t have Liam’s magic, we won’t ever find this place!”
“There’s a treasure inside that nest, right? What do we do with the wasp?”
“Etto, we can lure it out with metal, or burn it, as it is the number one method to do it. This is bad, I didn’t bring anything for this…”
“I’ll do it. Gold is okay, right?”
“Better. It’s their favorite food.”
“Then… [Item Box]!”
“W-what’s that? Is that also magic?”
I put my hand inside the box and took out 1 kilo worth of gold.
“Amazing! It’s like a bag that you can call whenever you need it, right”
“Well, something like that.”
I nodded at her, then scattered the gold dust on the ground.
After that, from inside the nest, a massive colony of wasp flew out.
Those wasps swarmed around the gold.
“Isn’t it better to just burn the whole nest together?”
“That’s a no. The body fluid that the Metal Wasp secretes will bind metals together. Sometimes, rare metal will be produced. That’s why it’s better to bring the whole nest rather than destroying it.”
While we’re talking, the bees had all gone out from the nest and swarmed the gold.
Calling a fire spirit, I burned all the Bees that came out.
“With this, it’s good, I think. What’s wrong? Putting such a weird face…”
“Liam… how many magic have you remembered?”
Asuna was surprised watching me using magic after magic continuously.
While smiling at her, I put back the gold that was used as a bait back to [Item Box], and also took the nest.
The nest will be brought to the town, and have it appraised.
It has good quality, and the inside is also full.
We got 300 pieces of Jamille Silver Coins and divided it equally among us two.
Translator and Editor Notes:
It’s the beginning of his freedom plan, while until now he only moves with the wind.
I’m looking forward to when he properly planned his freedom plan. ~Tenka
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