34 Episode 33 ~ Skill Seal ~

We finally found the stairs that lead from the seventy-nine levels to the eighty levels.
We must have looked around for about a day.
This time it took us a long time to find the stairs to the bottom, which were covered by a lid and had a crushed minotaur on top of it.

...... That was a long one.
Yeah. Longest one I've ever had. I didn't know the stairs were blocked by a chunk of demon meat.
Yeah. And by the way, you're the one who crushed that big minotaur, aren't you?
...... silent.

If it weren't for my extra skill of "luck", I'd still be wandering the 79th level.
So much luck.

I wonder what the boss is this time.
...... That's crazy. Don't those usually appear on the last level?
Is that how it works?
It's a man's dream, isn't it?

You continue on, avoiding the traps that get more advanced with each level.

'Are we going to continue on to the boss room?
Yeah. I want to move up a level as fast as I can.
But if you don't hone your skills, you won't be able to move.

...... Amelia says something unusually serious.

'I feel terribly disgraced now,'
It's in my head. So? What exactly do you do?
'We can map this hierarchy with just swordplay, without using any skills.

I've done that before.
I think it was when I realized that I couldn't do it after all.

'Well, I tried that one before, and I ended up settling on the point where I'd die without my skills, you know?
That's because I was alone. Just the two of us, with a safety margin.

Without a care in the world, Amelia said that and held out her hand towards me.

''Magic Generation'' ...... ''Skill Seal''
...... Huh?

A pale blue color enveloped my body, and my body felt as if it had suddenly become heavy.
Come to think of it, Amelia had magic generation.
I knew it was there, but who would have expected it to be used against an ally here?

''...... Amelia-san, I can't use crisis detection, presence detection, or presence blocking?''
I know. I know.

I want to lightly ask you what you're basing this on, but I'm not in the mood for that right now.

''Akira, three Huge Goblins from the right front. If you read the signs, you don't need to use your skills to recognize them.

A huge goblin equipped with swords and axes, probably the equipment of an adventurer who died in the upper levels, appeared about three seconds after Amelia's pronouncement.

I'm not going to be able to get out of the way with the waistband, so I pull out the Night Sword God that I had on my back and attack one of the goblins.

As it turned out, I couldn't take out any of them.

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that the three giant goblins were crushed together by Amelia just as I was about to die.