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“We have a lot of fritters, so don’t be shy about asking. And these are deep-fried water reapers.”
The two did not touch the fritters, possibly because they were nervous or afraid of eating the monster. But, seeing Leonhardt eating, the warrior took the initiative.”
Lysette panics as the healer sobs while eating.
“Was it a little too much for you?”
She asks, shaking her head slightly, as she hands over her water.
“No, it’s that…”
“Oh! It’s so good! very…”
“delicious—It just makes me think of that meal…”
“Eh? You’ve never had Kraken?”
Leonhardt vehemently denies it.
“Unfortunately, they are just regular squid and octopus that we once had in a seaside town and had a feast while drinking ale and wine.”
“That sounds like a lot of fun.”
Leonhardt’s green eyes look back into the past.
“Yeah, it was fun. I believed we could accomplish anything with our team.”
Leonhardt picks up his sword and stares at the sheathed blade.
“I haven’t changed my mind since then. I will defeat the dragon. “
His firm determination was evident in his strong words. There was no second thought.
Even though his friends betrayed him, even though he knew the choice was to give up, Leonhardt chose to fulfill his goal.”
“Leonhardt, we are…”
“I still haven’t forgiven you.”
Leonhardt’s truthful words cause both of them to nod like children. They are well aware of what they have done.
“It’s not that I don’t understand your point of view.”
Lysette blinked while eating a crispy fried water reaper.
It’s understandable that Leonhardt can’t forgive them given his circumstances. On the other hand, he expressed deep sympathy for both of them and their situation.
His obstinate heart had melted before he realized it.
And this change of heart was what brought them back to life.
“Answer me. Why did you come back?”
“… I couldn’t bear leaving Leonhardt alone here.”
“You’re a fool to involve Hilde in this.”
“I-I’m the one who suggested it.”
Leonhardt exhaled a small, irritated sigh.
“How about Erene?”
“Erene-sama has returned to the country with Klaus-sama—Sai has gone missing.”
“Ah, I see.”
Leonhardt’s profile appeared lonely, but he also appeared clear.
“Return to the country. Pretend I’m dead.”
Leonhardt smiled at the tearful couple.
“Thank you so much for everything.”
After eating, they cast the return spell and leave the dungeon, giving Leonhardt the sleeping bag, supplies, and other items he requires.
Leonhardt’s expression as he watched them vanish was as clear as if he had been set free.
He looks much better now than he did before. Lysette is also pleased to have assisted him.
Leonhardt’s emerald gaze at Lysette
“Thank you so much for everything. I wish there was something I could do for you.”
“You’re very welcome. That is all I need to hear. Should we go?”
“Of course, to kill the dragon!”
Lysette smiles and responds.
“I thought you were going back like Gunter and the others—Why do you want to do that?”
“Of course, I’m interested in dragon steak!”
“I knew it…”
He says this with a dazed expression and a heavy sigh.
“…Have you ever killed a dragon before?”
“Not at all.”
“The dragon is on the sixth layer—Have you been anywhere close to there?”
“I’m embarrassed to admit that this is my first visit to the second layer.”
“After all, I can’t get you involved.”
She was flatly rejected.
On the other hand, Lysette is not one to back down.
—I’d like to try the Dragon Steak! I’m intrigued by the Dragon Steak! The pinnacle of monsters!
“Has Leon-san ever encountered a dragon?”
“Ah, yes. But I was exhausted and had no choice but to flee. I was fully prepared to take on the challenge, and then this happened.”
“So, you want to get back to the surface and reassemble your party?”
“It may cause trouble for “them” if the “person” who is supposed to be dead comes out right away. But I’m sure I can keep you company here.”
—It’s a bargain.
“Two is more efficient than one. It’s all about helping each other in the dungeon. Besides…”
“Besides… I have a feeling that with Leon-san, I will be able to encounter new dungeon blessings!”
It was a sense of assurance.
Leonhardt had gotten as far as the sixth layer. He was familiar with places, monsters, and ingredients that Lysette was not.
Lysette is overjoyed, but Leonhardt’s face remains expressionless. He looks like he’s trying to figure out how to refuse.
“Could you please check my status, Leon-san?”
“… Status is not something that should be displayed to others casually.”
“Knowing what I am capable of before thinking about the future would be more constructive.”
She hands over her ID card with a big smile.
Leonhardt looks at the cards and ponders.
—I should be rejected immediately if it is not acceptable.
He does not do so because there is room for consideration.
Leonhardt has just been betrayed to death by his companions, with whom he had shared a hardship, and he might be hesitant to trust Lysette so soon after meeting her in the dungeon.
“…I’m in need of money, and I believe I can repay some of it if you give me a piece of the Dragon material. Please allow me to join you.”
Unpaid kindness cannot be relied upon.
Only by revealing one’s unavoidable circumstances can you gain their trust.
Of course, Lysette had her own calculations.
Lysette is curious about this dungeon.
But if she continues to explore the dungeon alone, she will eventually reach a limit. There will be more traps and more difficult enemies.
And Lysette is unlikely to be able to make friends on the surface.
Leonhardt appeared trustworthy in that regard… There will be no betrayal as long as both is sincere.
“…If I believe it is dangerous, we will withdraw immediately.”
Her ID is returned, and Leonhardt’s ID is given to her.
You can tell he’s strong just by looking at his status. It’s a real tank to the party.
In addition, a Recovery Magic user.
Only the 【Dragon-Blood】 skill’s details were not visible in Appraisal. It must be something truly unique.
“You are, as expected, powerful—Leon-san, I’m looking forward to working with you.”
She returns the ID to Leonhardt and thanks him for displaying it to her.
“By the way, this was discovered in Kraken. What am I supposed to do with it?”
She displays an amber-colored magic stone that she discovered while dismantling Kraken.
“Oh… This is the area boss’s proof. You are now eligible to advance to the next layer. I already took it, so you can have it.”