Study Magic in My Free Time - Chapter 19: A Simple Job of Dropping Rocks from the Sky
Join our discord to get latest updates about the translations.
“It’s a problem, huh?”
“Yeah, it is…”
Asuna and I had decided to withdraw, and right now we’re in a wasteland far from the highway.
With nothing around us but a rock mountain that you can see in the distance.
We hid our bodies behind a large rock.
“It’s skin is really hard… that caterpillar…”
“It sure is. To think all the magic I’ve prepared didn’t have any effect.”
“There’s that but, I’m really more amazed by the amount of your magic.”
“Eh? I thought I said it’s around a hundred?”
“Of course I heard, but normally one will think of it as a joke, you know?”
It’s not a joke, though.
But this is really troubling.
That big caterpillar was harder than I imagined.
[Fireball], [Ice Needle] and the likes didn’t have any effect. Even the attacks from spirits like Salamander and Sylph was repelled.
It also repelled Asuna’s knife. It bounced off as if it was hitting a wall of metal.
And so, since our attacks didn’t have any effects, we retreated before any casualties could happen.
“It’s my first time fighting a monster but, man, now I understand the guild’s exception.”
I looked at her.
It seems like she has a good idea… that’s what her face is telling me.
“Yesterday, you cast a spell called [Shell] on me, right?”
“Yeah, what about it?”
“If there’s body strengthening magic, then there’s also a magic to raise attack power, right? I wonder if you have magic like that?”
“I wouldn’t recommend it.”
I quickly refused.
But when I did, her mouth pouted.
So I showed my palm to her.
“Try hitting my hand lightly.”
Pa!, that hit sounded good.
“This time, with all your strength.”
Bam!, it produced a sound better than the first.
“The stronger you put, the more pain it produces, right?”
“I can increase your attack power but, there’s also a considerable burden to your body.
Like when you hit something with a stick, and end up breaking your own arm. Sometimes, something like happens, right?”
“Ah…I see that’s not good…”
It’s a kind of a recoil.
If you enhance your attack power, and the body can’t contain the accumulated power, it breaks.
Even so, I needed power… There’s also that kind of desperate situation.
Though, it’s not now.
“A–a, it’s one of the rare times one can get a request, what a waste. Maybe we should attack with a meteor from the sky or something.”
Asuna has gone into the ‘give-up mode’.
But just because our attacks won’t work against the caterpillar doesn’t mean we have to give up. It’s too soon.
“Great! Nice, Asuna…”
“Now, where to…? Around here is good, I guess. Is there some way to lure those caterpillars here, I wonder…?”
The reason I asked her is that we have been partying together for a few days so I knew well that her strong point is her agility.
“You mean lure it here?”
“Yeah. Around there where there is nothing around.”
“…there is something in your mind… right?”
“Understood. Leave it to me. Should I do it now?”
Since I’ve already inspected the place, I already have what I needed.
I looked from a place a bit far from there.
Asuna is running from the caterpillars using the road we took earlier.
While its large body reminded me of big animals like a tiger or lion, the appearance is still the same caterpillar.
And it’s chasing Asuna from behind while she sometimes stops to attack, making fun of the caterpillars.
With the caterpillar angered, it persistently chased her.
“Now’s a good time.”
I muttered and fired 7 shots of [Fireball] to the sky.
The [Fireball] had collided above her head and exploded.
It’s not really beautiful, but it became an instant firework.
Asuna who looked at it then sped up her pace.
Originally, we had escaped from it once since our speed is superior to the caterpillar.
Asuna who stopped teasing it steadily widened the distance between them.
After making sure that their distance is enough, I-
From the empty space above the caterpillar, I summoned [Item Box].
From the upside-down summoned [Item Box], a huge rock came out.
That huge rock’s diameter is well over 20 meters. When we were planning out, I took this rock inside my [Item Box] from the mountain close to us.
The rock fell straight down and crushed the caterpillar.
Then, I approach the rock.
Using my [Item Box] once again, I put it inside.
Then, it left a big crater with a finely crushed dead caterpillar in the middle.
“Amaziiing~! What’s that? What happened just then!?”
Asuna got back and she’s really excited to the point that I can see the glitter in her eyes.
I then explained to her about my [Item Box]. How I placed the rock in it, before letting it drop.
When I’m done explaining, the glitter in her eyes become more dazzling.
With the method inspired by Asuna’s muttering [I wonder if meteorite will come], we crushed the other caterpillar in the same way, and brought their dead bodies back to the Guild.
“They brought back 2 monsters?”
“That dead bodies… exactly how did they kill it? I can’t even imagine…”
“The other ones also in the same shape… That’s a sure-kill method.”
The other hunters got noisy while looking at the dead bodies we brought as proof.
Additionally, the number of people who acknowledged our ability increased more than yesterday.
Translator and Editor Notes:
Wow. it only took 1 hour to do, maybe because there weren’t many technical words in it.
Support this novel on NU by adding it to your reading list or by submitting reviews and ratings.