Monster Subjugation: Third Day
The day before yesterday, I incapacitated some bad adventurers. Yesterday, a lot of adventurers suffered because of the goblin king. As a result, progress has been a lot slower than expected.
Moreover, the incident yesterday caused my group to split, as Jeff-san and the others now had to lead the low ranked adventurers to ensure their safety.
As for me, I didn’t need guidance, but it hasn’t been long since I got promoted, so I couldn’t guide the other adventurers either. In the end, I just went and hunted in the abandoned mine with my slimes alone.
I got the sticky slimes to spit sticky liquid on their rod, then I had them wave it around, turning their sticky liquid into what was effectively birdlime. As a result, the cave bats and small rats were easily captured.
As for the cave mantises, the poison slimes were easily able to finish them off by attacking outside their range with spears. The poison slimes ate them afterwards.
It seems all that training has finally paid off. The slimes are finally starting to get stronger, not to mention they’re also increasing in number. But when I see them fighting the cave mantises, I can’t help but be reminded of that game from Earth. What was it called again? It was really popular at one point. Its theme song also had a happy tune, but for some reason, my memories tell me it was quite bloody.
Anyway, the fact I’m able to think of so many useless stuff like this just shows how easy the battles are.
After that, without anything interesting happening, my work for the morning ended. Then again it would be problematic if stuff like yesterday happened all the time.
I did happen upon 5 goblins once, but they didn’t have anyone else with them. When I reported them to the guild, I was told that they’re just remnants of the village we destroyed yesterday.
After lunch break, I continued hunting by myself, and along the way, I decided to try out some new stuff with the sticky slimes.
One thing I did was to have the sticky slimes stick to the ceiling and move by extending a part of its body and swinging that part forward. The cave bats were really annoying with how much they flew, so I figured I’d get the sticky slimes to act as some sort of moving flypaper. Result-wise, it was pretty effective, as cave bats easily found themselves stuck.
Another thing I tried was to order the most nimble sticky slime to jump and expand its body like a net. Interestingly enough, it was able to do just that.
Next, I took that slime and threw it at the cave bats. As soon as I did, that slime turned into a net, catching all the cave bats in its path before falling back down to the ground.
I tried the same thing with another slime, and then again, and again, and again… And it seems, I can catch about 4 to 5 cave bats on average with each throw.
This can be used! Damn, sticky slimes are really awesome! Not only can they be used in daily life, they can even be used effectively in battle.
Elated, I used the sticky slimes to catch the small monsters until work for the day ended.
And then evening came.
When I rode back to town on the carriage, the carriage’s wheels suddenly broke just as we were about to enter town. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the carriage just suddenly shook fiercely when the wheels broke. Continuing would be dangerous, so we had to walk the rest of the way back.
As the sun began to set, the delicious aroma of supper wafted out from somewhere. It’s probably coming from a restaurant nearby. Some people have already started to drink, so from to time, people making merry could be heard.
I walked quietly under that merry atmosphere, until eventually, I passed by Serge-san’s Morgan Company.
…The Mp Recovery potions he gave me were a huge help yesterday and he might have some bags I could use as reference for my laundromat’s special bags, so… let’s drop by.
I casually walked into the store, and as soon as I did, I saw Serge-san.
He was talking to the female clerk behind the counter, but when he saw me, he smiled and invited me to the reception office.
If he was in the middle of work, we could have just talked while I browsed through the shop’s products, but this works too.
“Welcome, Ryouma-sama. How may I be of service today?” [Serge]
“Your potions were a huge help yesterday, so I dropped by to say thanks. At the same time, there’s also something I’m looking for, and since I didn’t know any other store, I was wondering if you might have it.” [Ryouma]
“It is a great joy to know that my store’s product was able to be of service, Ryouma-sama. If there’s anything you’re looking for, then it’s my store’s honor to help. May I know what it is you have in mind?” [Serge]
“I’m looking for a robust bag. It’s okay if the material used is cheap. As for the size, I haven’t decided yet.” [Ryouma]
“Oh? May I inquire as for what purpose these bags will serve?” [Serge]
“It’s a long story. Actually…” [Ryouma]
I told Serge-san about my intentions to become independent, and he immediately made a shocked expression, after which he made an admiring expression. He seemed interested in my idea to open a laundromat.
“A second source of income on top of your adventurer work that also serves as a backup in case of an unfortunate accident that forces an early retirement… Wonderful foresight, Ryouma-sama. Although still young, it is amazing that you’re able to think so far ahead.” [Serge]
That’s because I’m actually a 42 year-old uncle. I don’t know how I compare to other similarly aged Japanese uncles, but at the very least, I’m aware enough to prepare for the worst case scenario when involved with something as dangerous as adventurer work. Especially since I’ve never heard of insurance or savings in this world. Well, even if there are such services, the conditions would probably be off the charts.
“Thank you. I don’t think I’m that amazing, though.” [Ryouma]
“You are a humble man, Ryouma-sama. But still… A laundromat, huh. At 1 small copper coin to 1 medium copper coin per bag, you’ll certainly get the attention of the townspeople, but I don’t think you’ll be able to provide the quality to satisfy them. Even if you do alright at the start, as the customers start to increase, keeping up with all the requests will eventually prove difficult alone.” [Serge]
Ah, I forgot to tell him about the cleaner slimes.
“I’m sorry, it seems I left out one important detail. Please give me a moment.”
After that I took out a cleaner slime from my Dimension Home.
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