Study Magic in My Free Time - Chapter 17: Hunting by Using Traps
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“Liam! Thanks for yesterday.”
As soon as I got inside the Hunter Guild, Asuna came and thanked me.
She said ‘yesterday’, so, she’s probably talking about the Metal Bees.
In this whole region, Jamille silver coins are the commoner’s currency.
Money is similar to using silver, gold, or copper in trades, but was issued by the country. Also, the value varies depending on the credit worth of the country that issued it.
Jamille silver coins are commonly used among the people because it’s easy to identify.
The monthly income of an average worker is around 100 pieces of Jamille silver coins.
There’s also the gold coin version of this coin, in which, 100 pieces of Jamille silver coins are equal to 4 pieces of Jamille gold coins.
The gold coin is hard to use because it is expensive so those were commonly used by merchants or as a form of reward from the nation to a noble.
Yesterday, the Metal Bee’s’ nest fetched us 300 pieces of silver coins. Since we divided it equally among us, Asuna and I got a month’s worth of commoner’s income in one day.
“Really, thank you so much!”
“No, no. The one who found it first was you so it should be me thanking you.”
“Hehe… hey, what’s it for today? If you came here, that means you’re going hunting, right?”
“Yeah. I heard from a passing hunter that apparently, there’s a wild dog cleaning on the west highway. Do you want to try joining?”
“What? your mouth looked like a pigeon swallowing a dart toy.”
“Un, I’m surprised. I thought that you would go search for more Metal Bee’s nest after tasting it once.”
I know what she wanted to say, but for me, it’s just an extra income from hunting.
Finding something like that is not what a hunter should do. It’s just gambling.
“Even when I mentioned it, you didn’t get tempted even once. You’re a smart boy.”
Together with Asuna, we got out of the town and headed to the west highway.
“I heard that someone important will be coming here soon, that’s why it needs to be cleaned.”
“Someone important? Maybe it’s that earl?”
“I don’t remember the name. He’s my father’s acquaintance. I also heard that he’s going to bring his wives over.”
“I see. Well, I don’t really care anyways. What’s important is that we go out there, hunt those wild
dogs, go back to the guild and let them count the numbers so we can get our rewards!”
It’s just as she said.
From their perspective, they don’t really care if an earl really would come or not.
And just like she said, what’s important is hunting the prey and get the rewards, that’s it.
“But, what do they mean by wild dogs?”
“It’s a bit larger than a regular dog. They’re ferocious. They will bite and also carry a dangerous disease, you know.”
“Is that so? Do you have experience hunting them?”
“Yeah. Even if I’m looking like this, it’s my specialty.”
While saying that, she took out 2 knives.
She held them with a reverse grip. Those were relatively good knives.
“So you’re a close combat type, huh…”
“I’m really bad with bows, you see-” She’s laughed cheerfully.
“If that’s the case, [Shell]!”
I cast a low-grade body strengthening magic, [Shell], to Asuna. 
“What? What? Did you do something to me?”
“It’s a body strengthening magic. Simply put, it will raise your attack power. It’s a simple magic but the effect is decent.”
“So you can also use something like that!”
“It’s only for precaution. Better than nothing at all.”
“Hee… hey, do you have a magic to strengthen weapons?”
“I do but, you better stop.”
“If I strengthen your weapon, its power will go up but that would also mean that it will break more easily.”
“That’s troubling…” She agreed.
This advice came from the commoner me who hi-jacked this noble fifth son’s body.
For a commoner, they usually only have one set of work tools. That’s why they use it with so much care.
In some cases, their child will inherit the same tools and it will be used for many years continuously.
A magic that can raise a weapon’s proficiency but can also make it extremely fragile, is a minus for
Since she is a commoner, she also immediately understood what I’m implying.
And so, we proceeded on our way to the highway.
Then, a group of wild dogs swiftly appeared before us.
From the front and back, 5 mid-sized wild dogs have surrounded us.
“We got surrounded so suddenly. This is bad.”
“It’s okay… Can I leave you with the finishing blow?”
“Eh? What will you do?”
“I will do this… Gnome!”
I summoned 5 low-ranked spirits– gnome, at the same time.
The gnomes are facing those wild dogs.
Then they came biting towards the gnomes that looked like a mole.
The moment their sharp fangs bite into gnomes body its body expanded.
The gnomes body expanded 1, no, 3 times their normal size.
Since their fangs were already deep inside the gnome’s body, when the gnomes had expanded instantly, their jaws were stretched to the limit, leaving them with no way of closing or opening it.
“That’s amazing! Leave the rest to me!”
With their greatest weapon–the jaw and fangs, sealed, Asuna jumped on them.
The wild dogs panicked because their prey that was supposed to be inside their mouth, expanded in size.
Asuna, with great precision, aimed at their vital points and in a blink of an eye, 5 wild dogs were disposed of.
With a snap of my finger, I desummoned the gnomes.
“That’s really nice, Liam. So there’s also that kind of bait, huh?”
“It’s an improvisation.”
“I see… Alright, let’s bring these home and cash them in.”
“No. Let’s go just like this. [Item Box]!”
I took out my [Item Box], and put the dead wild dogs’ body inside.
Seawater: 5,000,029 Liters
Pure Water: 5,788 Liters
White Charcoal: 318 kilograms
Jamille Silver Coin: 186 pieces
Gold dust: 100 kilos
Wild dogs dead body: 5 bodies
The prey that I have just added, got in the list.
“I will take it out when we go back to the guild. That’s why, rather than making round trips, let’s go just like this.”
“That’s a really useful magic!”
Her excitement has really gone up.
Translator and Editor Notes:
 the raw said シェル, idk what to tell it so I just go with the raw katakana word.
The beginning is a pain to Tl. I’m looking forward to his meeting with the second heroine~
Also some introductory part for all you guys who read this series.
As you know I’m Tenka, the new translator for this series, while my translation still lacking,
I will work hard for it to get better in the future, please watch my growth and feel free to point out any mistranslation
or wording that you think sounded odd or awful~
Me out ~Tenka
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