Chapter 1-23 : Escaping From The Dark Room

 

After slowly climbing the stairs, I ended up in another passageway similar to the lower level.

There were a total of five doors on this level. Two on each side and one at the end of the passageway that seemed to lead to the entrance. I feel like those scary men are behind that door, so going there is probably not a good idea.

I think I’m going to check the four rooms on each side and see if there’s a window where I can escape through.

I approached the nearest door and put my ear on it to check if the room was empty.

After making sure there was no sound, I opened the door a little and peeked inside.

「Alright. There’s no one here.」(Kako)

After confirming there was no one inside, I opened the door a bit wider so that the light from the passageway could illuminate the dark room.

「Hmm… It seems like a storage room…」(Kako)

Various things were stored there in a disorderly manner.

There was a wide variety of products from herbs and potions to things I don’t know.

I also found white leather armor, a buckler, an expensive-looking dagger, and a magic bag I am familiar with.

Yup. They’re my equipment!

So those men hid them in this room. I’m lucky to be able to find them this quickly.

I entered the room, put the tiny shield I made from the door into my magic bag, and then put on my armor.

It was leather armor with a belt, so it wasn’t hard to put it on, unlike full-plate metal armor.

After that, I put my sling magic bag on my shoulder, put the buckler on my left hand, and put the dagger into the sheath on my waist.

「Nice. Now I’m good to go!」(Kako)

Well, even though I got my equipment back, it doesn’t mean that I’ll be able to fight against those men. They’re not as weak as Ball Slimes after all.

I decided to stay low and stick to the plan to find an exit.

However, after I looked around the storage room, I couldn’t find a window or an opening that led to the outside.

「Hahh… As I thought. If there were a window, this room wouldn’t be this dark…」(Kako)

I sighed and began searching the luggage piled up in the room to see if there was something I could use, but it was so dark that I couldn’t see properly.

「I think I will grab one of the lanterns.」(Kako)

There were a few lanterns hanging on the walls in the passageway, so I was thinking of taking one, but when I was about to get out of the storage room, I heard someone’s voice from the direction of the door at the end of the passageway.

「Alright, guys. I’m gonna check on our little princess. I bet she’s crying right now. Hahaha!」(scary man A)

「Okay, but don’t tease her too much. We still need information from her.」(scary man B)

「I know, I know.」(scary man A)

Oh no! One of those men is coming!

I spontaneously closed the door and stayed in the storage room while holding my breath.

I could hear his footsteps. He passed the storage room and went down the stairs. He didn’t seem to know where I was.

However, just when I was about to let out a sigh of reliefー

「Wh, What is this!? Where the hell is the fucking door!?」(scary man A)

Aa! I forgot about the door!

Dang it! I should have used my Synthesis Skill on the knob instead of the entire door!

Ugh, there’s no point regretting it now. I need to get out of here right now!

 

「Guys, the girl has escaped!!」(scary man A)

The guard acted swiftly. He climbed the stairs back to this floor and immediately alerted his friends.

「What!?」(scary man B)

「How the hell did she escape!?」(scary man C)

Soon after, I heard a door slammed open and the two other men came out of the room at the end of the passageway.

「I don’t know what happened but the door is missing!」(scary man A)

「The door is missing? Did she eat it?」(scary man B)

「Don’t be stupid. There’s no way a little girl would eat a freaking door. Anyway, we must find her before Boss returns! She must be hiding in a room somewhere!」(scary man C)

「You’re right. I’ll go check downstairs. You two check this floor!」(scary man A)

This is bad! This is bad! This is bad!!

I became more and more panicked as I heard the sound of doors being opened one by one.

At this rate, they will eventually check this room and find me here!

Think, Kako! Think! What can I do with my Synthesis Skill?

Should I use random things here to make a weapon?

No, no, no! I can’t fight three thugs with well-built bodies!

Ah! If only there was a window or a door leading outside, I would be able to use the same trick as before to escape.

Unfortunately, there was nothing on the wall of this room…

Hold on… The wall…? That’s right! The wall!

If I can remove a door with my Synthesis Skill, I can probably remove a part of the wall to make a hole!

…Can I…?

No, I don’t have time to think about it. I have no choice but to do it!

As soon as I made up my mind, I headed toward the wall that probably separated this room from the outside.

However, the wall was covered with luggage of various sizes. This place was so messy.

If I moved these things, especially the heavy ones, I would make noises that might alert those men.

Gaah! What should I do!? I don’t have time to carefully move all these things aside!

Aa! That’s right! I can use my magic bag!

I held my magic bag with the mouth facing down, put it on top of a big heavy item, and slid the bag down so that it swallowed the object.

Nice! This way, I won’t have a problem removing these heavy things!

I kept putting the items covering the wall into my magic bag one by one without making any noises and managed to expose the wall.

Great! I can see the wall now!

But… It’s too early to rejoice. The worst-case scenario is that I’m still underground and even if I could remove the wall, I might not see the exit but a wall of soil filled with worms instead.

Either way, there’s nothing else I can do. I hope this room is above the ground…

While praying, I grabbed a small empty flower pot nearby with my left hand and touched the wall with my right hand.

Alright… Here goes nothing…

Synthesis!

 

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