Chapter 24

Rejection Reaction


[You’ve been sighing for awhile now, what’s wrong?]

[That’s so uncharacteristic of Onii-san.
What are you worrying about.
You can talk to us about whatever it is, you know?]

After handing in the proof of delivery, Estel safely promotes to E-rank.
Now everyone is at E-rank.
The day was also ending as it was getting dark, we have completed our plans for the day so we decided to return back to our inn.
After finishing my meal and bath, I was contemplating on bed.

[Well you see, the feeling that I am lacking in strength is getting to me.
I’m having a hard time in battle even with all my new equipment.]

[That’s because Okura-dono doesn’t have enough combat experience.]

[That’s true.
Onii-san is but a normal human unlike me and Noru who you have summoned, we are ‘designed’ for the sole purpose of combat.]

Through that fight against the Eagle Warrior Chief, I am now painfully aware of how powerless I personally am.
I was supposed to be 2 times faster than my opponent due to my equipment, but none of my attacks connected.
If the skull ring effect didn’t activate, it would have been alot worse than what transpired.
The girls are saying that I don’t have enough combat experience, but that is still frustrating.

I’ll set that problem aside for now, my current sighing is for something else.

[Besides that, I have been thinking about something I haven’t done for quite awhile now.]

[What’s that you are talking about?]

[Rolling the gacha, that’s what I’m talking about.]

Yep, it’s the gacha.
The last time I rolled was when I got Estel.
It’s been quite some time since then.
We haven’t doing much hunting as well, as of now I only have 4 manastones.
This looks pretty bad.
If a new campaign period were to start as we are now, it’s gonna turn into another Death March.

[Estel! We are escaping!]

[Eh, wuh?]

Sensing danger from my words, Noru carried Estel (like a sack of potatoes) and made for the door.
Looks like she intends to run away and avoid the problem.

The moment her hand touched the doorknob, she and Estel became particles of light and disappeared.
After which those same particles of light gathered before me and the 2 of them appeared.

[Pyaー!? Why, why are we infront of Okura-dono!?]

[Phew, I anticipated something like this happening and set up a Beacon beforehand.]

Noru yelped in surprise when I suddenly appeared infront of her.
Her attempt to escape was within my expectations, for that purpose I secretly set up a Beacon in the bed’s shadow and covered it up with a sheet of cloth.
Then the moment she tries to run away I tap the selection on my smartphone, I have the beacon selection screen prepared beforehand, and use that to transfer Estel and Noru as a group.

[So anyway, it’s about time we start collecting manastones again.]

I restrain the confused Noru’s arms from behind her, to stop her from moving.
Estel slipped out from under her arm before I noticed and moved to my side.
I sit on the bed, all the while restraining Noru.
Noru is forced to sit on my lap, and I entangle her legs too so she is unable to move at all.

[Wait, wha- what are you doing!? Le- let me go! Nyuuuu! I don’t want to go back to doing that sort of hunting anymoreー!]

[Hold on Noru, calm down already.
What are you panicking so much for.]

[Bu- but… I don’t wanna… I wanna go home…]

She struggled to try and break free from my restraint.
She struggled for awhile, and then finally settled down after realizing she can’t break out from my restraint.
It’s impossible for me to overpower Noru under normal circumstances, but if she isn’t ready for combat then things are slightly different.
She is in her casual clothing for sleeping, which means she currently doesn’t have her weapon equipped.
Additionally I have my Power Bracelet equipped.
All of this is within range of my assumptions.
My timing for talking about this topic was also planned from the start.

After telling Estel what happened during our last hunt, Estel looked at me with reproachful eyes.
Uuu, stop it, don’t look at me with those eyes.
That makes me feel like I have done something bad.

[Onii-san, you clearly overdid it.
Although I’m happy that you rolled me after that process, but that’s just awful to Noru.]

[Muu, I chose to do it that unreasonably only because the amount of time to prepare was so short.
I’m planning to do it more moderately this time, so please rest assured.]

[I don’t think I can feel relieved anymore… That aside, you should put in more effort to strengthen yourself the normal way.]

Hey, I’ll also be putting in effort to strengthen myself.
But, rolling the gacha is also important.
I’m also not that much of a slave driver, it’s not going to be as severe as the previous time.
First, I needed to set the stage for negotiations, that’s what all this planning was for.
If I simply talked to them about rolling the gacha, I’m sure the 2 of them will decide to avoid the topic.

[Well think about it this way.
Don’t you think collecting manastones while we raise our levels is a wonderful thing? And Noru, what are your thoughts about improving the overall combat power of our party?]

[Wonderful… thing? Erm, if it’s me then it’s raising levels to increase the base status.]

[Fumu, that’s one of the correct choices.
Next, Estel, what about you?]

[Let’s see, I’ll want to improve our combat power by increasing the number of party members.]

[That is also correct.
But, and that’s a big but, there is one other option in the game called GC.
Do either of you know what it is?]

When I asked that question, Noru and Estel looked at each other then tilted their heads at same time.
Certainly if you think about it normally, you would first try by raising levels to improve your base status.
But for us, we have a lot of secrets including the Gacha, so we can’t just go and do it like normal, but the thought of getting more party members to improve combat power isn’t mistaken.

[That, is the gacha.
The question of how to make yourself stronger is always there.
And my best answer to that is to “Roll the gacha, and you’ll get stronger with better equipment”.]

[That’s just weird! That’s definitely weird!]

The shortest route to strengthening oneself in GC, is rolling the gacha and getting stronger equipment.
Sure there are lots of people who raised their levels and managed their parties.
But all that training requires the use of manastones for stamina recovery.
If that’s the case, dumping all your freely acquired manastones to roll the gacha in GC was the real manly way.
Fortunately the game management generously gave out a good amount of manastones, so F2P players were able to enjoy the game too.

[Think about it this way.
You’d be able to defeat monsters more efficiently with stronger weapons which means it’ll be easier to level up.
In addition, in the gacha rolling process, there’s the chance to get UR units too if luck is on your side.
That’s pretty efficient isn’t it? You’ll be able to level up, get better equipment and even get new party members.
How wonderful is that.]

[Hーmm… That sounds like a valid point.]

[Estel! Do not be swayed! The efficiency that Okura-dono speaks of, heavily derails from the norm! Now is our only chance to stop it!]

Also, this world differs from GC, as you can obtain manastones from defeating certain monsters.
Increasing our levels the usual way, is also linked to acquiring manastones.
Which means collecting manastones is actually very logical here.
This system is quite the blessing wouldn’t you think?

[We already know that there are campaign periods for this gacha.
If we intend to traverse that labyrinth place in the future, we are going to need to thoroughly equip ourselves.
Getting set back by monsters at the level of those eagle warriors is out of the question.]

[It’s true.
Us girls have UR equipment, but Onii-san is only up to SSR.
It’s woeful.]

Oh, Estel is giving a positive reaction.
This might be my chance to push my plans through.
In truth, I’m sceptical of our chances in the labyrinth where it is said that even B-rankers have trouble with.
It’s very possible that monsters like the Eagle Warrior Chief are easily found in there.
Our levels are still pretty low too.
For now we should look around the nearby areas and search for spots where we can earn experience efficiently, collecting manastones as we raise our levels will then become necessary along the way.

[It’ll just be sad if we don’t have any manastones when a new campaign period begins.]

[But that’s Okura-dono’s fault…]

[Listen here Noru, if we don’t start doing something now, it will only make the next manastone hunt that much more severe.
I’m sure you don’t want that to happen right? I don’t want that either.]

[Uuu… I wouldn’t want that.
But, I somehow feel like I’m being tricked…]

Even I don’t want to do that kind of hunting any more than she does.
Not that I plan to either.
Although the topic started with the gacha, raising our levels is also another important objective.
That’s right, rolling the gacha is interlinked with every route open to us..

[So we will be searching for a location where we can collect manastones with the greatest efficiency, we will collect manastones while raising our levels.
Now that Estel is with us, we can hunt using AoE baiting too.]

[That naming somehow gives me a really bad feeling…]

There are known hunting grounds to the north, south, east, and west of the Royal Capital.
The forest where we went to hunt the Eagle Warrior Chief today is 1 of the locations.
So, I’m thinking of going back there tomorrow to check the actual hunting efficiency of that location.
Even with all this, she(Noru) is still giving off an atmosphere of uneasiness.
If she keeps feeling uneasy like this, it’s going to affect her sleep which will show in her performance tomorrow.

[Noru, you look tired.
Estel, help put her to sleep.]

[Yeah, I’ll do that.]

[Eh, wait!? You 2 need to come back to your senses… N, no…]

Estel waves her finger, and that same black haze appears and sticks onto Noru’s face.
She was still restrained by me, so she falls asleep on top of me as she is unable to move.
From there I carry Noru, and set her down in the bed next to the one I was sitting on.
She was pretty heavy when I carried her before, but she’s much lighter now as she isn’t wearing her armor.
I do feel slightly bad for her, but I’ll get her to sleep forcefully this time round.

[She seems to be awfully traumatized by that ordeal.]

[Uーmu, I really didn’t expect that she would be afraid to that extent… It’ll be fairly moderate this time… Let’s say 25 a day, so 600 in total with reference to our last hunt.]

Estel made a weird sound and looked at me with a dumbfounded look when she heard my idea.
Wuh? Getting only roughly half of the previous hunt sounds pretty moderate to me… Is that perhaps no good?

[Hey, Onii-san… You and me, we need to talk, okay?]

[Eh, erm, Estel-san? Wai- m-my body, I can’t move…]

[Fufu, don’t worry.
It’ll feel pleasant once you get used to it.]

After she twirled her finger with a smile on her face, my whole body went numb and I became unable to move.
After which I was pushed down onto the bed I was sitting on, and Estel “rode” me on my belly.

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