The Magic of “Analysis” Sees Through Everything – Chapter 78

𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐃𝐮𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐨𝐧

“Wait.”

Luke, leading the way, gestures to halt the beastkin.

“There’s a demon beast approaching from that corner.”

“Really? I didn’t notice at all.”

“It’s still far, but according to the analysis of the air vibrations, it’s definitely approaching us. We have some time, so let’s get ready.”

“Hey, what are you doing! It’s too early for a break, right?!”

Gustav raises his voice at Luke and the others, who had stopped marching and started unpacking their gear.

“If you want to go, go ahead. But I advise you to be careful, the demon beast is approaching.”

“Uh…! What do we do, Runker? They don’t seem to want to move.”

Runker shrugs at the faltering Gustav.

“Let them do as they please. Let’s see how they handle it.”

After a while, several giant ants appear from the depths of the T-junction.

They peek around the corner, twitching their antennae, surveying the surroundings.

They’re Pyro Ants, capable of spewing a combustible liquid from their mouths to incinerate their prey.

“Over here.”

Suddenly, the voice made the Pyro Ant turn around.

It was Luke standing at the end of the corridor.

Holding up seared jerky in hand.

The smell of cooking meat is an irresistible temptation for the Pyro Ants who cook and kill their prey.

Five Pyro Ants charge fiercely towards Luke.

“Gravel shot.”

Numerous rocks are launched towards the Pyro Ants.

“Kiiiiiiii!”

With a piercing screech, the Pyro Ants shoot out their burning liquid.

Luke flips over and hides behind a pile of rocks.

“Now!”

“Seeeei!”

Following Luke’s signal, Alma blocks the passage with a huge granite boulder.

She had been hiding at the back of the T-junction.

“It takes them 10 minutes to reload their combustible liquid. We have to take them down before that!”

“”””Oh.””””

The beastkin, armed, attack all at once.

Trapped by rocks on both sides, the Pyro Ants can’t escape.

“Watch the jaws! Attack from beneath!”

Following Luke’s instructions, the beastkin efficiently attack the Pyro Ants.

“Toryaa!”

Alma’s fist smashes a Pyro Ant’s head.

“Wow…”

Kick’s eyes widen in awe.

“Alma is special.”

Luke, smiling wryly, bisects a Pyro Ant with his Amadanslime sword.

“No, Luke-san is pretty amazing too.”

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In less than 10 minutes, the five Pyro Ants were turned into silent corpses.

Eventually, they were transformed into magical essence, leaving magic stones on the ground.

“D, Did we win?”

The beastkin looked around in disbelief, as if they couldn’t believe it.

“Yes, this is everyone’s victory.”

Luke smiles.

“Amazing! Amazing! We beat the Pyro Ants!”

“This is… this is the first time!”

“Woohooooo!”

The beastkin’s victory cries echoed throughout the dungeon.

It was the first victory they truly felt after being used as expendable by the 《Blue Sky Hawk》.

“It really worked just like you said, we won!”

“Luke! No, Luke-san, this is all thanks to you!”

“You’re really amazing!”

The beastkin’s excitement continued unabated.

Voices praising Luke rose from everywhere.

“Tch! The weaklings are making a fuss over mere Pyro Ants!”

Gustav spat with a look of amusement.

“Well, it’s fine.”

Picking up the magic stones on the ground, Runker muttered.

“These magic stones should be worth at least one gold coin. This means we’ve earned five gold coins without much effort.”

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“Delicious! I’ve never had soup like this before!”

After taking a sip of the soup made from rehydrated dried meat, Kick expressed his surprise.

“It’s really delicious. Natalia was right.”

Luke also took a sip and let out a satisfied sigh.

The first day of the dungeon conquest passed without incident, and now they are camping on the third layer.

“It was a good decision to buy everything. This could sell in St. Arrogas. I should have exchanged contact information.”

While sipping the soup, Sicily muttered with a tinge of regret.

“There’s still plenty more to go around.”

“Speaking of which, it’s the first time Alma is cooking for us. It’s really delicious.”

“Is that so? I’m glad to hear that. Please eat a lot.”

Alma, blushing, heaped meat into the wooden bowl she offered to Luke.

“Really, Alma, a noblewoman, is surprisingly good at cooking, especially thrifty dishes. She’s saved me several times during my meagerly paid rookie guard days.”

Sicily nodded in agreement.

“That’s true. I bet her other dishes are delicious too. I’d love to try them someday.”

“Really?! Leave it to me! I can… I can cook for Luke from now on?”

“Planning to win over his stomach too, huh, this girl.”

Sicily shrugged her shoulders in amusement.

“…But, is it okay?”

Kick, sitting nearby, asked anxiously.

“What’s okay?”

“I mean, this is food prepared by Luke-san’s group, right? Is it really okay to share it with us?”

“Of course, it’s okay.”

Sicily waved her hand with a smile.

“We’re comrades in dungeon conquest. Sharing a meal is natural.”

“…Thank you.”

Kick’s voice trembled with gratitude.

“This is the first time someone has been so kind to us during a dungeon conquest. We only brought hard bread, but now we have this warm soup…”

Slurping sounds rose from the surrounding beastkin.

Luke and his two companions smiled kindly at the beastkin.

“There’s plenty more, so let’s eat well to prepare for tomorrow.”

“Is it okay, Runker? They seem overly excited. Aren’t they getting a bit carried away?”

“Just let them be.”

Gustav, who was complaining, was being comforted by Runker.

The 《Blue Sky Hawk》 was gathered around a campfire away from Luke and the others, having a meal.

While tearing into the thick ham roasted over the campfire, Runker muttered.

“But it’s true that they’ve been getting carried away. Eventually, I’ll need to make my position clear.”

Pit was eating moldy bread away from the 《Blue Sky Hawk》 who continued their meal.

The bread given to Pit once a week was the only food he had.

Ever since the day Pit chose to become a slave of the 《Blue Sky Hawk》, this had been his daily life.

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