1.1 The Matter of I Accidentally Made a Contract with an Absurd Property.
“Could it be…. something such as ghost…. comes out at this place? HAHAHA!!”
I felt embarrassed to myself for spouting an unrealistic word such as “ghosts”, so I tried to make it sounds like a joke. That being said, I have no confidence in my communication skill because I rarely talk with other people, so I don’t know if it goes through.
Though he seems shady, the real estate suits the job and understand my intention.
“HAHAHA dear customer, please stop the joke. Of course something such as a ghost doesn’t exist”
That’s right! In addition, if there are accidents in the condo or apartment happened, there’s an obligation for the agent to inform it to the tenant candidate. I think I’ve heard something like that before.
Though he seems shady, he is still a citizen of Japan. He will receive a penalty according to the law if he doesn’t inform it.
“Well…. goblin and slime did come out, though.”
Wait a moment! Did I hear it wrong? This man just said something absurd with a low voice.
“Excuse me, what did you say?”
“…. then, please write your name on this contract, and put your personal seal here!!”
I have a really bad feeling about it. Goblin? Slime? Those are name of monsters that often come out in my favorite games and light novel.
Oh shit! Oh shit! Oh shit! My intuition tells me that somethings is wrong.
But the charm of ¥30.000 rent fee for 2LDK apartment in Tokyo metropolitan area, looks too tempting for me who is a pitiful part-time work soldier ,who dropped out from university because of some circumstances.
**TL Note: 2LDK is abbreviation for 2 Living rooms, Dining room, Kitchen.
I looked at the man’s eyes in front of me with a quick glance.
Yeah, there’s no way words like goblin or slime came out from the mouth of a gangster-like man who seems to have a good sense of realism.
I pushed my seal on the contract and wrote my name: Toru Suzuki
“Okay, what the hell is this…? (Toru)
I left my apartment room through the front door, but the corridor has turned into some kind of underground passage for some reason.
What the hell is going on? Somebody, please explain it to me!!
“Okay, let’s calm down…. I first opened the front door, because the outside was pitch black for some reason, I used the flashlight function of my iPhone…. Here I found the corridor has turned into some kind of wall stone…. I’m inside a dungeon!?” (Toru)
It’s a broken property as I expected. Or rather, it’s totally broken on a different level altogether. Okay, wait a moment, perhaps I made a mistake or something. Let’s try to remember it again.
I was unpacking the stuffs by myself after the people from the moving traders returned. Because it was getting late, I decided to go to a convenience store to grab a dinner. I went out through the front door, but then the corridor has become like this.
Even if I’ve calmed down, the conclusion didn’t change. So this is the reason why the contract was made in hurry.
Once it was made, I couldn’t raise a complain about this broken property. He also could claim that everything has been explained properly. That shady real estate agent, he seems muttered something about goblin in low voice with such intention.
“I wonder if I can go through all of this alive and go home. Oh, come to think of it…. this place is no other than my own home now.” (Toru)
I closed the front door and turned the key quietly. The front door was made from strong iron to prevent thief.
“It’s effective against thief, but I wonder about goblin or slime….” (Toru)
I’ve confirmed right and left, and I’m sure that my apartment corridor has really turned into a dungeon. There are no goblin or slime around. But at the end of the corridor, instead of goblin or slime, I got a feeling that there’s a dragon there. It’s really not funny.
Racked my brain, I sat down on the chair inside the living room. Everything was so hectic, so I forgot to turn on the light even though the room was getting dark. The light of street lamps from the outside, poured into the dark room through the window.
“Street lamp light!?” (Toru)
I raised my head to look outside the window. It was really the scenery of Japan with countless street lamps and telephone poles.
“What is going on?!” (Toru)
I retrieved my shoes from the front door near the boxes contained figurines and other similar stuffs, and went out through the large window from Japanese-style room.
The surroundings had the smell of a exhaust gas that peculiar to a city. Street lights, building lights, car lights, all of them burned the night sky and crushed the star’s light.
Not far from this place, there are convenience store and a discount store, Don Quijote. The scenery that couldn’t be compared to the world of stone-clad passage, surrounded by the darkness from before.
“This is indeed the usual Japan…. I wonder what’s going on with this apartment!?” (Toru)
I went back to the Japanese-style room through the window I went out before.
“Perhaps, only if I go out through the front door that it will connect me to the dungeon. I see, in other words….” (Toru)
The disadvantage of this 2LDK apartment that’s located in Tokyo metropolitan area with ¥30,000 rent fee a month, is I can enter and exit through the window only.
It’s a broken property indeed, but at the same time, it’s also a good property. I mean, doesn’t a dungeon sound rather fun? I’m surprised with how calm I become.
[Maybe it’s because I kind of familiar with the things from games and light novels. But that good-for-nothing gangster-like real estate agent, I will get you back for this later, kukukuku…..] (Toru)
I went to the convenience store to buy food and tools for the dungeon exploration, with euphoric mood.
“The discount store is sure amazing…. Even pick axe for mountaineering and a helmet with a headlight are being sold here….] (Toru)
Though there is no armor, the best weapon and source of light for dungeon exploration are in my hands. For instance, this helmet with headlight might be called the item of legendary level in the world when you are adventuring with torches and lanterns.
“Now, let’s go to the dungeon!” (Toru)
I pressed my ear against the front door to confirm whether there were any strange sounds or not.
[For now, it doesn’t seem there will be an ambush from goblins right after I open door. For the slime…. I guess they couldn’t make any sound….] (Toru)
I opened the front door slowly. The headlights illuminated the darkness, using the light that couldn’t be compared with the iPhone flashlight function.
“Hmm? I thought it was a passage but it seems to be different thing….” (Toru)
There’s a big pillar stood up in front of the door, and it seems the space around here is much bigger compared to my room. The ratio of its width and its height, is about the size of a high school’s pool.
“Surely, there’s no goblin that will say hello from behind the pillar, right?” (Toru)
Rather than through the front door, this time I desperately tried to hear a sound directly from the surroundings.
I don’t think there’s some herd of monster. I’m not sure but…. I hear a breathing sound from the other side of pillar…..
“….. a goblin?” (Toru)
Right now, I’m standing in the front door with half of my body in my room and the other half is in dungeon. I need to completely leave my room and get closer to that place, to confirm whether it’s a goblin or not.
“Maybe I could just take a peek a little and then run back to my room. Okay let’s go!” (Toru)
Oh, I wish there would be a tutorial.
While thinking the situation was like inside the game, I set my foot to the dungeon. There was no sign that the door would disappear at any moment. I carefully advanced while ensuring my escape route. I peeked at the shadow which made a faint sound at the back of pillar.
“Eek! It’s a goblin after all” (Toru)
An organic body as clear as mineral water was lying down on the floor. I immediately retracted behind the pillar while feeling shocked. I was surprised but…..
“It seems the goblin is weakened] (Toru)
The goblin was neither bore its fangs or looked at my direction, simply lied down. I was surprised but calmed down a moment later.
There is a possibility of a trap, but my intuition tells me it not dangerous. What to do? Okay, let’s check it once again!
“I’ve come this far. I have no choice but to see it until the end. (Toru)
I decided to get closer after spending considerable time carefully observing the goblin from behind the pillar
“Hmm…. is that really a goblin?” (Toru)
I saw an organic object which seemed to be a goblin’s thigh, but the skin’s color was strangely glamorous.
If I look at it carefully, there is some kind of armor on the upper part of the thigh. There’s also a round shield nearby.
When I turned the light toward that object, I saw a beautiful girl with blond hair collapsed there.
“It’s not a goblin…. could it be…. a female knight?” (Toru)
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