Chapter 3 – Fourth Examination 1 ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ (Part 2)
About walking for 20 minutes.
The group circumvented the lake and entered the woodlands.
And for another several minutes, they advanced through animal trails. While walking, Junpei asked.
「Ara, what is it?」
To Junpei’s question, Judy replied with a bewitching gesture.
「You, you also have a lot of free time huh?」
「What do you mean by that?」
「You’re planning on watching us for 5 days right?」
“KusuKusu”, Judy started to laugh.
「Ara? When everyone scattered in the forest……I’m planning to leave though?」
「What do you mean? Your intention is to appreciate our pandemonium right?」
To that question, Judy started to emphasize her snicker.
「Ara, how impolite?」
「By impolite, you mean?」
「If I’m around, everyone would hold back right?」
「There are not many good chances to kill people other than wars after all, so when your rationality would work and make a limiter in your hearts. Even though I prepared so much……telling you guys murder will not be punished, that you are only going to get disqualified」
「I am, offering a place with pure violence and desires running wild. An observer would be a hindrance there. You now, I am satisfied enough, just seeing grotesque hunting grounds with blood and love juices scattered after five days」
「……bastard, you really have a bad taste」
「I want……to see everyone’s true feelings. That’s all」
As to gesture that their conversation is over, Judy clapped her hands loudly.
「When the preparations are finished, I’ll release a smoke flare……that will be the signal for the start of the examinationーーwell then, I’ll look forward to the horrible scenes」
And just like that, Judy left the place with jogging.
「Anyways, a free time for a short time huh」
The examinees started to sit on their places.
Ones who checks their equipments and baggage.
Ones taking their nutrition supply.
Or maybe, ones who started to sleep placing their back on the tree.
While each of them used their time effectively, Ami complained while inflating her cheeks.
「That examiner, she easily says such absurd things……if it’s like this, those who are used to the exams, or those who are friendly with them would be at a huge advantage……ne〜, Junpei? Have you noticed that?」
“Yeah”, Junpei nodded.
「In the form of actual battle, and one can use any means. Within that, many against one is included」
「Just like you said, they probably had fighting with a party in mind since the beginning. And so, some of the guys here……they probably made a party」
「Yes. I’m also……I am a thief……but, I was careless, unable to get this level of information」
「Well, too bad for you」
「No, but, I’m lucky」
「After all, I was able to meet you during the exam right? It’s what they call as a silver lining」
To Ami who said that casually, Junpei dropped his jaws.
He murmured like “yareyare”.
「Can you not……make faces that we’re really comrades?」
However, making a smile, Ami tapped Junpei’s shoulder.
「Well, well, do not be so stiff」
「……in this event, I’ll say this, I do not have obligations to help you, and don’t have any merits as well」
Furthermore, Junpei said coldly.
「Acting friendly ends right now. Can you stop being around me more than this?」
To those words, “I can’t understand……”, Ami whispered, and placed a hand on Junpei’s shoulder.
「Why do you dislike it that much? It’s not like when you pair up with me……well, there might be no merits, but there’s also no demerits right?」
「I hate it」
Together with those words, Junpei slapped away Ami’s hand that was placed in his shoulder.
「Flocking around……I hate it. I lived in this world by myself, and I’m also planning on living alone from now on」
「Well, that’s, why?」
Towards Ami who asked while tilting her head, Junpei replied annoyingly.
「……well, who knows?」
“Actually, why is it really”, Junpei thought.
When he was youngーーhe was always with Noriko, no, when Noriko followed behind him without permission, he was bright, and was doing sports too, and his personality……he was a child with aggressiveness. He hated crooked things, and there was also times when he argued with upper classmen or teachers if he was not convinced.
At that time, he always had people around him.
In old worlds, he was like the big boss of the kids……he was such an existence.
However, one day, Junpei started to reject connections with people.
As a result, he became a person who cannot communicate properly, and that led to being bullied.
Rejecting people’s connections. When did that start, he thought.
Was it when his grades dropped, unable to follow the studies when he entered middle school, although he was taking a perfect score before that?
Or maybe, when he who was great at sports, gradually started to lose to those guys who started to go on clubs?
Or is it, when his parents divorced?
Is it when he could not have enough time to study and to club activities and started to become a failure, because of taking care of his grandmother?
「I don’t know. There’s so many things, that I really don’t know」
Junpei made a wry laugh while smiling deprecatingly.
「You……you don’t understand yourself?」
To that question, Junpei noticed something. There are many reasons, but the direct reason for refusing Ami……misanthropy is just one of them.
The face of Noriko when he got pushed into the labyrinth, the faces of the bastards that he met inside and outside the labyrinth passed through his mind.
「I might just hate……getting hurt from being betrayed. Humans, when they get connected deeply……I feel that they would become weaker. That’s why I want to remain solitary」
And then, suddenly, Ami started to laugh with a very bright smile.
She had an expression that could be described like a smile with innocence, or laughing from the bottom of her heart.
And finally, she started to laugh while holding her stomach.
「Haha! Hahahaha!! Solitary?……you, are you an idiot?」
*BashiBashi*, Ami slapped Junpei’s back while he got dumbfounded.
She could not stop laughing that she started convulsing, and opened her mouth with difficulty.
「Haha! Hahahaha! Well well, that was so funny〜……hey, you? In what kind of world……are you a Chuuni-patient」
「No, no, no, no……「I might hate getting hurt」, something like that, didn’t you say that with a serious face」
Ami continued to laugh while wiping her tears.
And, there, Junpei noticed something.
Because of Ami’s loud laughter, they gathered the attention of the examinees around.
「Hey, you? Shut up for a bit. There’s nothing good at standing out……don’t you have the ability to balance loss and profit?」
「n? Right now……you said something about loss and profit?」
And then, Ami started to talk silently with a lower tone.
「……if so, it’s you who should move with loss and profits okay? Hey, I’ll say this once again, but the examination right now, having numbers is an advantage right?」
「Yeah, that’s probably right? And then?」
「I’ll say this once again, if so, it’s reasonable that we’d pair up right? The fact that we’re somewhat friendly……leaving aside the truth, it’s how it looks right? And here, if you, or I go near other examinees, what do you think would happen?」
“I see……”, Junpei thought.
It looks like Ami has also escaped difficulties since she got teleported here from Japan. It seems that her head works quickly.
「A spy……they’ll immediately think that you’re a spy. And then……if we had a breakdown of negotiations here after making loud noises, it would be to your advantage, and a disadvantage for me huh」
“Hyuu”, Ami whistled.
「As you guessed, in the case when our negotiations break, I’m planning on giving you a huge slap in the face. And the prerequisite for that is making a loud noise」
“Well……”, Junpei opens his mouth.
「It the end, they’ll doubt that you’re a spy……but even so, the impression that we parted because of a fight will remain. I see now. However, why are you fixating to me that much? There were many timing that you could give up on me right?」
And then, Ami shrugged her shoulders to show resignation.
「I’ll say it honestly. I mean……I think that you have already noticed though?」
「Say it honestly? What are you saying so suddenly」
「Since the second examination ended, I was aiming for you 」
Junpei felt a cold sweat running on his back, and had goosebumps.
After losing his words for a while. Finally, Junpei said while carefully choosing his words.
「I’ll ask this, to be sure……by aiming for me, you mean?」
Ami nodded with a smile.
「I was thinking of becoming your mistress」
“This girl’s heavy……”, Junpei thought.
Of course, he thought that Ami is beautiful if described as beautiful, and cute if described as cute. However, even so, being told by something like that in this kind of place……Junpei was troubled.
Towards Junpei who had a confused expression, Ami casually continued her words.
「And the reason for that is, because I know about your strength, I thought that I would have good things in it」
Junpei got petrified, and could only make a dumbfounded expression.
Junpei could only lose his words, and Ami was just smiling pleasantly.
20 seconds. Finally, Junpei shook his head, and opened his mouth as if to squeeze out his words.
「No, you……aren’t you too honest?」
Ami with a smile, replied casually after all.
「Yes. I said it honestly you know? In fact, I was moving with balancing loss and profits」
Together with a deep sigh, Junpei said to Ami.
「……what a terrible confession of love」
“But……this kind of person, I don’t hate it”, Junpei thought.
He thought, that at least, not like Noriko……no, not like the guys that he met in this world……when compared to those bastards who have kind faces in the surface, then stab you in the back when there is a chance, it is far better than that.
Knowing what she wants from the beginning, is in some meaning, sincere.
「Well, I’m not someone who’s good at psychological acts too. And alsoーー」
「Yesterday……when you told me I’m beautiful……uncharacteristic of me, it made my heart pounding」
Once again, Junpei got petrified.
「……n? Isn’t this terrible confession of love, purely out of balancing loss and profits?」
「There’s also balancing loss and profits, I won’t deny that. But, before that, you saved me without asking anything for return you know? Your looks isn’t bad too……well, of course, isn’t it normal to have good impressions? On top of that, that line yesterday right? Beautiful……being told something like that, it’s impossible not to be conscious of you」
Towards Ami who said that while hiding her embarrassment, Junpei got silent……unable to think of how to react.
And finally, he let out a sigh, and shook his head to resignation.
「E〜to, Sakaguchi Ami……right?」
「You, can you cook?」
「Well, yes……as long as there’s ingredients, I can, decently」
「They say that the five days of the fourth examination will be a long time after all. I’ll leave all the kitchen work to you alright?」
And then, Ami asked Junpei with a smile as if a flower has bloomed.
「You’re a Thief right? If so, use your skills for meーーI’ll let you follow me」
“Un”, Ami nodded.
「Also, I haven’t heard your name “here” though」
Thinking for a while, Junpei answered like this.
「Let me see……just call me JP for convenience」
And just exactly that time, a dry sound echoed from afar, and a purple smoke started to rise from the east sky.
ーーit’s the signal for the start of the fourth examination.
Hopefully he doesn’t get betrayed by her or all possibilities of him ever opening up will be 0.001%. Also I don’t know what to think of noniko anymore she suffered alot and now will he still get revenge on her?
one possibility is that she will betray him and he will kill her and say: this world is trash….the second possibility is that she will die because of him, and he will realise that he is more a monstrosity than the trash world
Um, to begin with, it wasn’t really her suffering or sure she did suffer after betraying Junpei but if she hadn’t made that decision to betray Junpei and stayed with him the suffering wouldn’t have happened?
Well she’d probably have the same curse as he has and whatever he got from that dungeon plus the life together would’ve probably been better maybe? Well anyways what happened to her was her own fault like think of it like this, cheaters in irl with a good bf or gf will always end up regretting it right? She ended up with that conclusion as well.
Regarding Ami and Junpei well as I see it she seems honest and speaks openly of her thoughts as shown in this part so honestly I’m sure these two will stick together.
if you think about the pain of been betray is small now that he is use to it, and the pain of losing someone you love is something he hasn´t experience yet …..
(sry for my english not my native language)
yes. exactly this. good understanding!
all of junpeis experiences are teaching him loss and bringing him to the lowest levels to make him the strongest. you cannot actually ‘say’ he’s hit his lowest yet, after only a few betrayals. if you’ve ever read one of those hero novels you should already remember there is a school of thought that specifically says if you have someone to protect or that you care about, they ARE your weakness. try to put that into perspective for just a second..? this ami girl, who, just last chapter it said that if she fought the crazy rape guy would lose in less than 10 seconds, needs to be carried. yea she’s honest about it and aware she needs protection and what not but by LITERAL DEFINITION her existence to junpei would be a weakness that, if somebody grabbed hold of could make shit bad for him. and im not even talking about the regular people of this world. junpei still has to go back to the interstice lab.. if one of the guys in THERE got ahold of her, or the shota god, thats pretty much the end of junpei, now isnt it?
unless they plan to rush the ending of this story, junpei still has a looong way to go to be the strongest of anything, and he still has so much he can lose.
yet she still totally deserves it… not even 1/4 of the hell our mc suffered, she even knew the dude she whore to were a total scumbag…
He doesn’t have to kill her to get revenge. Looking how far she’s fallen… he’d think that it’s not enough. I’m hoping Junpei takes Noriko as a punching bag or something. Or a toy like that maid is to that god.
Well even if she doesn’t betray, it’s not like she can go together with him into the dungeon (at least what we know at this point). Plus he still has his disguise on. Which I take as an indicator that he’s not really planning on getting too close to her and doesn’t trust her at this point.
I mean, yes, he’s tried opening up to other people. It’s only natural to want some sort of human connection and some sort of relationship, but I think it would be foolish to trust anyone in this story with how cutthroat and evil the people of this world are. Completely trusting someone would be stupid.
I still dislike Noriko, no matter how much she suffered. Was it terrible that she was basically raped and tortured by Kido and his gang? Yes, but she basically made her choice from the moment they all saw their stats that Kido would be her best choice to survive. From there on out, everything that happened was a consequence of her choice. I mean knowing what kind of person Kido is and how shitty the world they’re in is, what did she expect a happily ever after with Kido. Her “usefulness” ran out the moment that they betrayed Junpei.
I hope he gets revenge on her, but from what I’ve heard that might not be the case.
Well I meant that she may apologize and do a bunch of stuff so he may feel doubtful of getting revenge. But I’m 100% up for him killing her, I was just wondering if he would still do it or naa. Honestly I don’t know how this series will end
Well, there is an old saying: You reap what you sow.
I’m curious if he plans to torture Noriko or just flat out kill her or show her he’s alive and torture her psychologically. One way or another, she’ll end up broken by his survival, I have that gut feeling, Ami might be stiletto in the process (ex girlfriend vs new girlfriend type of issue).
Everyone already sees that coming wouldn’t be interesting.
And I smell iron around the throat for Junpei, careful of the honest ones as well, usually hiding a dagger behind their backs with smiles on the front.
Well… I don’t really think Ami will back stab Junpei so easily. But he must remain vigilant.
Thanks for the chapter. I agree, Ami is smart she knows that as long as she sticks with Junpei she has better chances at surviving this world. So, far it does not seem that she has encounter anything from Japan (such as poor lifestyle) and this world that would show she would betray him. And if she does anything to try and betray him she probably has a feeling that she will be killed by Jenpei. That and if she sticks with him she can level up faster until the time he is force back into the Dungeon.
Considering everything from the previous chapter, I think Ami backstabbing Junpei should be impossible
But she sister Sakaguchi Nazuna, who lurking in the labyrinth.
Epilogue – Sakaguchi Sisters
In kraken forest 2, Nazuna said:
“Well, there’s some people who are able to steal skills, but the ones who can throw away skills, there are only two in this world”
Who second?p person?
I feel great pity for the of this books author, his works are being translated so poorly, it will reflect badly on all his work 🙁
Dude acts like he does’t even know why his first girl betrayed him. Chick wanted to be protected by a stronger guy. Just exactly like this new chick is doing…
IT’S THE YUNG JP MORGAN LUL
I just dont see how after the things he been through how is he able to just trust her as much as he showing, it really makes no sense.
After all the past events and heing let lose in the real world for a limited amount of time the last thing on my mind would be is trusting and forming relations with someone I just met