Collecting The Male Leads' First Nights - Chapter 57
When Sylvia picked up the shovel with annoyance and started digging up the mudflat, Sevis approached her with a frown as if he were feeling the same way.
“It’s really annoying. There seems to be no efficiency.”
At that moment, an octopus that had been hidden emerged from Sevis’ shovel. At a glance, the purple octopus looked like it could give you indigestion if you ate it.
Sylvia hurriedly pulled out her hammer and hit the wriggling octopus. It was squashed in an instant and closed its eyes quietly.
A marble popped out of it. Sylvia gazed at the octopus as it looked like it was sleeping profoundly.
‘Huh? Is it sleeping… No! Ah, it’s because of the item!’
The fact that the octopus did not drop dead while gushing out bodily fluids was due to the item she purchased from the secret shop. Now, with the effect of the 〈Compliance with Game Deliberations〉 item, she won’t see anything unsightly even if she kills monsters.
‘I feel at ease because it looks like it’s sleeping.’
Sylvia liked the effect of the item. As she wondered if the new item would also work for its colleagues in the dungeon, Sevis tilted his head and looked at the octopus.
“What’s wrong with it? It suddenly fell asleep when you hit it with the hammer?”
“That… It is dead. It just looks like it’s sleeping… Should I say I realized one more ability that God gave me? To kill them… as if they were sleeping.”
Sylvia closed her eyes for a moment at the word ‘kill’. Sevis was amazed, observing the octopus lying face down as if it was asleep.
“It seems to be sleeping soundly. Let’s try shaking it and see if it wakes up.”
“It’s dead, so let’s just keep going.”
At Sylvia’s words, Sevis stopped being curious and concentrated on shoveling. The act of shoveling, digging out monsters, and Sylvia hitting them with her hammer was repeated a few times.
After repeating it several times, Sevis threw his shovel angrily and ran to the shore.
“Sevis, where are you going?”
“I’m going to transform. I can’t help it.”
After hastily escaping from the mudflat and hiding behind a rock, Sevis turned into a wolf and returned, panting. Looking down at the figure of Sevis as he came closer, his claws had become sharply longer.
“Ugh, I’m so frustrated. I turned into a wolf to do it all at once.”
“A wolf? You were a wolf?”
Sylvia was surprised to learn something new. Seeing this, Sevis shrugged as if it was absurd.
“You didn’t know? I’m a wolf. I have always been a wolf.”
So it was a wolf. Sevis was a wolf. After being shocked and faltering for a moment, Sylvia suddenly opened the inventory window in response to the memory that was grazing her brain.
In her inventory, an item called the 〈Entrance Ticket to the Wolf Kingdom〉 was placed in a slot with a red flag. He must have clearly told her that he came from the Wolf Kingdom several times, but her prejudice was scary.
‘Ah, that’s right. It says Wolf Kingdom. Come to think of it, did he keep saying wolf? He looked so cute that I kept unconsciously recognizing him as a puppy.’
Sylvia disappointedly whispered in a low voice without realizing it.
“You weren’t a dog…”
“A dog?! How does this manly and brave figure look like a dog? I told you I am a wolf.”
As soon as he heard Sylvia’s words, Sevis barked and became angry. It was very cute to see him being angry as he lifted his front paws. However, Sylvia thought it would hurt his pride if she said he looked cute when he was angry, so she only thought that inwardly.
‘The more I look at him, the cuter he is. Even if he says he’s a wolf, he’s too fluffy. He’ll get angry if I tell him I want to bite him.’
Sylvia’s hands wriggled for a moment at the desire to touch Sevis’ fluffy black fur, then she soon came back to her senses and looked at the mudflat once again.
“Sylvia, let’s focus and finish this quickly so that we can rest.”
Sevis closed his eyes and focused his mind for a moment, and then dug through the mudflat as quickly as a lightning bolt.
Whether it was his fingernails or his claws, the movement he made turned the mudflat upside down in an instant, and the purple octopuses that were hiding came up.
Bang, bang, bang!
The sound of Sylvia hitting the monsters like she was playing whac-a-mole and Sevis cutting the octopuses with his sharp claws echoed over the mudflat.
When Sevis turned into his wolf form, his attack speed was much faster, and he was able to kill all the contaminated monsters in an instant. They had defeated more powerful monsters than the ones in the coastal cave the other day, so quite a few larger marbles came out. And there was another drop. While killing monsters, two octopuses spat out the item 〈Chopped Octopus〉.
“Chopped octopus… Let’s mix it with cucumber at home and eat it deliciously.”
After killing all the octopuses, a large mudskipper came from the distance and jumped on the mudflat.
[Well-contaminated Large Mudskipper]
It was the boss monster of the mudflat dungeon. As Sylvia knocked it down and hit it frantically with the hammer, the mudskipper spat out a large marble, closed its eyes, and sat down with its fins folded. As if it was falling asleep on its stomach.
[You acquired 〈Spicy Mudskipper Soup with Medicinal Herbs〉.]
An item was added to the inventory with a message that only Sylvia could see. She was afraid it would taste terrible with the added herbal medicines, but it seemed to be an item that would increase her HP like the grilled king crab with ginseng.
Because she leveled up, it wasn’t difficult to kill monsters, including boss monsters. The decrease in activity while walking around on the mudflat was the only problem. Even though Sevis was in his wolf form and Sylvia wore boots, their feet were buried deep, and they soon got tired.
“Pfft… You look like a puppy that fell into a hole.”
Sylvia laughed as she looked at Sevis, who looked like a stray dog. As she laughed and rubbed her face with her hands, her whole body was covered in mud, and she looked like some kind of beggar.
“Pfft… Miss Sylvia, you look like a complete beggar too.”
“It’s hard to fight in the mudflat, but I hope it’s good for my body. It’s like a mud mask, so I think my skin will get better.”
“We don’t have any money to buy face masks, so we’re taking care of our skin here.”
Since they finished raiding the dungeon and already looked like beggars, the two just gave up and lay down on the mudflat. And just rolled around on the mudflat thinking, ‘Ah, whatever’. After rolling around once, they had both become dirty, looking no different than a homeless person and a wild dog. Sylvia, who was feeling better perhaps to the effect of the mud, closed her eyes and smiled brightly.
“Ahh… this is nice. It feels good because the mudflat is refreshing.”
As she lay still, a baby crab passed over her. She was enjoying the ticklish sensation when she heard the forgotten Limbo crying from a distance.
Raising her head, she saw Limbo angrily patting the ground with his horseshoe, seemingly pissed off for being left alone while they were playing around. Seeing this, Sylvia raised her upper body and turned to Sevis.
“Limbo must be sad! Let’s get up now. But is this the end of the dungeon?”
“Hm, since I’m a shifter, I can feel energy better than others because my senses are sensitive. From what I can feel, I think we can kill more if we go straight into the sea, but we won’t be able to move if the rising tide comes, and we risk drowning… There is nothing more important than life, so it’s better not to go.”
Sylvia’s face turned blue at his words. It would be a big problem if she went ahead with her greed and really drowned. Of course, there was a save system, but even if she lived again, she didn’t want to die because she didn’t want to feel the pain of drowning.
‘But did he say there will probably be more dungeons ahead? Will we ever be able to go that far out to the sea? There’s no way he can feel the energy of a dungeon that cannot be raided in the game world.’
Sylvia, who was lost in thought for a moment, shook her head to shake off her thoughts. Then she got up, grabbed Sevis, who was in his wolf form, and pulled him up.
“Then let’s stop here today. We’re going to the forgotten temple that Mr. Noel told me about in a few days anyway. I think there will probably be a lot of drops there.”
“I suppose? I think you need to prepare yourself properly to go there. As far as I know, places that have been contaminated for a long time become a different world. Like our Kingdom that changed… Again, I would have been really sad if you had gone without telling me anything and then came back as a cold corpse.”
As Sylvia hardened her expression, Sevis showed his wolf-form fangs and smiled coldly, issuing another warning.
“When you go somewhere you don’t know, you have to tell me. We saved up a lot of money, but I can’t use it to hold Miss Sylvia’s funeral. With all our assets now… I can only put Miss Sylvia’s remains in a jar and sprinkle them by the river… In other words, I can’t even properly serve a plate of boiled beef to the mourners… So even if you die, I will have to work hard to collect more money and receive the mourners.”
Sylvia gulped as Sevis deliberately emphasized the cold words for funeral and remains, and touched the back of her neck, with goosebumps. It felt like she was already dead when she heard him.
“Y-yeah, I understand.”
When the two came out of the mudflat looking like beggars, Limbo stopped stomping on the ground with his horseshoes and stared at them with a glowing face. Sevis opened the picnic bag he had placed next to Limbo to take out a towel for them to wipe their bodies with, then opened his mouth and glared at it.
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