[Two monsters probably goblins, just around that corner]
She whispered as we proceed while still keeping our back against the wall. She stopped at a fork in the road and using her fingers, do a countdown. Three, Two, One… and we jump out.
In front of us are two grayish brown dirty dwarves with their head cut off. The bewitching beauty looked down on them with a kunai in her hand. Then the monster’s body started crumbling and turning into smoke.
[This smoke is what we called <Enhancement Factors>. By fighting together, it will incorporate itself my and Kazuhiko-sama’s body. If we keep on fighting our muscle and bones would be strengthened and our skill would be refined which will lead to an eventual increase in rank]
Akane then bent down and pick up something on the floor.
[this is what we call a <dropped item> and as expected it was money after all]
She flicked it towards me with a snap. I was surprise to see that what I caught was a shiny 500-yen coin.
[I thought that the demons would be ferocious, but I never expected that it would just be goblins who can only bite. This is already the twentieth goblin and you can handle it easily]
Akane slaughtered the goblin easily and I picked up 500 yen that fell.
[You should also fight Kazuhiko-sama. The enhancement factor cannot become strong by itself no matter how much you inhale it. You must move your body and fight yourself for it to take effect or else you’ll remain an F Rank forever]
[I haven’t been in a fight my whole time. I’ve been making money with my brain all my life as well]
Akane shook her head in dismay while she quickly slaughters 500 yen… I mean goblins.
[this is the 30th one… hmm?]
I heard a gaggling voice behind me. When I turned around and saw the goblin standing tight in front of me.
I tried to protect myself with my arm. Pain shot through as the goblin’s fang sank its sharp teeth into my arms. I involuntarily asked for help!
[Hey Akane. A little help here!]
[There are goblins here too! Please do something about its Kazuhiko-sama!]
It’s seeming like she was occupied with fighting too. In the meantime, the goblin that have jagged teeth, black eyes with no whites and have unbearable stench. I was terrified but after five seconds, I began to calm down.
I kicked it on the stomach and it easily flew off. Sure, it was painful but the size of the bite is only as large of a dog bite and my flesh wasn’t torn off. Also, thanks to my slash-resistant long sleeve shirt it was nothing more than just a tooth mark.
If I think about it calmly it nothing more than fighting a bare-handed one-meter-tall child. Suddenly I felt enthusiastic and punched the goblin that came towards me with all my might.
[That feels good. This is a first time I hit a person, no it’s not a person but a goblin.]
I kicked the goblin to the face and turned into smoke.
[How do you feel on your first time defeating a demon?]
I noticed that Akane had come to my side. When I looked, there’s no more goblin corpse and smoke. It looks like she lied to me in order to get me to fight
[It’s surprisingly easy. Even I can fight with this]
[The first layer works like a bait to attract more divers. Normally the first layer is usually just an insect and slimes that can easily be defeated by being trampled, but since it is an A Rank dungeon goblins are the one a appears on the first layer. Still, you’re surprisingly strong Kazuhiko-sama, especially when you hit the goblin]
[Hmm? I guess so.]
Akane tilted her head at my subtle answer and then nodded while I touched my right hand over the military grade gloves as I smile mischievously.
[this is just to protect my fingers which is kind of a work tool and the dungeon system seems to agree with too.]
[That’s kind of a cheating. As expected of master]
Underneath the gloves were steel brass knuckles.
After that, I began to actively hunt goblins. Even if I can’t slash off their head like Akane does. A certain amount of damage to the goblin would also do the trick and turn them into smoke. I continued to hunt them for three hours. It seems that those goblins sprung up as many as they could that I’m already counting into hundreds.
[What are we going to do? We already see almost all of the entirety of the first layer. Do you want to return to the safety zone?]
[Yes, we should return though I suggest that we take a look at the second layer for a test. Honestly, I didn’t expect the first layer to resemble a grid.]
The first layer of this dungeon <Abyss> is 800-meter square with the passage laid in a grid pattern. There’s no chance for anyone to get lost in here, we proceed deeper while defeating the goblins that appeared and found the stair that leads to the second floor. It’s a wider staircase if I would compare it to the stairs at the entrance and it looks like a stair that leads toa station platform.
[I don’t recommend that you proceed to the second level since the first layer is designed to bait intruders the second floor onward would be dangerous. This is because most dungeon would want to fatten up the intruder then would try to gobble them up. I suggest that you stay here till you reach E Rank]
[I see, then let’s go back and fight some more. After we take a break at the safety zone we will go back in again.]
And before I knew it, I’m already in the lead