Aim the Deepest Part of the Different World Labyrinth (LN)
Vol.1 Chapter 1 Part 3

Author: Tarisa Warinai
Source: Fanslations

With this, the chapter's done. Sorry for the wait, I had some things to do. We should still be on track to finish the volume in ~25 days though.

Sweat dripped down my face, despite the temperature not being particularly hot. My breath was erratic. My hands and feet felt as heavy as lead, and my vision was shaking as quick as my heart was beating.

All of this was because of my ‘poison’ condition.

About fifteen minutes after I’d started using Dimension, I’d encountered a rank 1 monster. I was avoiding all monsters but this one had been hidden under a pile of rubble. It looked like a frog. It was also asleep. I’d used my sword to crush it, considering it free XP. It died, but its bodily fluids got all over my body. When I checked my status, I’d gotten the ‘poison’ status.

I immediately used the antidote I’d picked up earlier, but to no avail. I had another, and examined it with my power. According to the screen, it was a general antidote for just the poison bee. There was 5% chance for all other poisons.

I still went through the other antidote, but I didn’t seem to have hit that 5% chance.

“The antidote… it’s gone… no, no, no!”

I crunched on a mouthful of ice created with my ice power to re-hydrate but it didn’t have much of an effect. Sweat had already soaked most of my body, and strength was leaving my body.

I checked my status, anxious.

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Name: Kanami Aikawa

HP 17/51

MP 61/72

Level 1

Strength: 1.11 Fitness:

1.03 Skill: 1.01 Speed: 2.02 Wisdom: 4.00 Magic: 2.00 Aptitude:

7.00

Conditions: Confusion: 1.09, Bleeding: 0.21, Poison: 1.00

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My HP, which was recovering to 30 after the fight, had dropped to 17. The poison was reducing my physical and mental strength.

My breathing turned into wheezing, and my consciousness transient.

If I didn’t do anything, I would die, no doubt. No solution I came up with had a large probability for success, but I decided to stop wasting time and go through with whatever.

I decided to sacrifice my MP and strengthen my use of Dimension. I had tried this out with Ice. Depending on the MP and focus applied to a power, my power could be ‘expanded’.

My ‘perception range’ expanded. It was as if I had access to cameras around the corridor; through my mind too.

As Dimension expanded further, I caught sight of a distinct part of the corridor. It was well maintained. The floor was level and coated with minerals. Lights were set up too. It looked man-made. I put further power into Dimension and saw a few groups of people.

I examined a few groups, when a memory flashed back into my mind.

“You’re outside of the controlled area. You’re prepared for this, right, kid?”

I needed to be cautious in this ‘uncontrolled area’. It seems fine to attack adventurers here.

Still, I dashed towards my last hope.

As soon as I encountered someone, I used Dimension to spy on their conversation.

“Hey, wanna aim for the seventh level today?”

“Sounds good. We haven’t had much trouble lately. I’ve been thinking about expanding the scope of our exploration too.”

To be frank, they looked shady. As such, I found it hard to approach them. I’d rather approach a woman, preferably younger. But I’d have to tone down my requirements if they weren’t satiable. I had to be quick too.

I used my last MP to scout the area out. I’d found 4 groups—parties—nearby. One of them was made up of two women. Without hesitation, I dashed towards the two women. They seemed quiet and kind.

Problem was, they were sandwiched between a group of men and women. I would have to hide until the women were left.

“Hey. Whoever’s hiding there, come out.”

A man in silver armor called me out. It seemed he was the only one to spot me. I calmed myself, and formulate a mock conversation to go off of.

“Hmm, just a thief?”

A tall man asked nonchalantly.

There were four men in silver armor; they were probably wealthy. Unlike most I’d seen. There was only one girl amidst them. She seemed my age and my height. She was also very, very beautiful. The sight of her chipped away my sanity.

I decide to call out to the man.

“I’m not a thief. I wasn’t feeling well so I decided to take a break.”

“Then why aren’t you following the path? Don’t tell such foolish lies.”

I had no idea what he was talking about, but I didn’t imagine it to be anything good.

“There are reasons I couldn’t follow the path; please believe me, I have no harmful intentions.”

I decided lying would be counter-productive so I decided to appeal with sincerity.

“Hmm. Well, one kid ambushing alone along this path is unlikely. ”

The other men agreed.

“It's just one kid. He’s no problem at all.”

“He might be lost, or maybe someone attacked him. Or maybe the party he was helping with luggage was wiped out and he was left alone.”

The men interpreted the situation in their own convenient ways.

"Don't scare the child too much. It's against our chivalry.”

“Shut up, Hein. We have to be very careful now, don't we? I'm just doing my duty and checking. How's that for professionalism?”

The atmosphere in the room turned humorous. It seemed fine, fine to ask about an antidote.

“Oh, well, actually—”

“You look interesting.” 

However, my words were cut off by the girl's voice.

Before I knew it, that beautiful girl was standing right in front of me.

She was holding me in her fantastic golden eyes.

The men were surprised by the girl's sudden behavior and called out to her.

“Well, uh, miss, do you have anything to ask of him?”

“Oh, I'm sorry. It's nothing important.”

The girl was still approaching me.

I wanted to scream. I wanted to scream at her to get away from me.

But my throat was too dry and tight for words.

“Wait, wait, wait, wait. Please refrain from interacting with other explorers!”

One of the men shouted.

“It’s okay, it’s just a little talk. They won’t let me do anything else, after all.”

“That's true, but...”

The men were reluctantly convinced by the girl's words, and their objections ceased.

She moves towards me, and puts her face right in front of mine’s.

“You're really funny.”

And then she whispers so that only I can hear.

“You're so funny. I'm so jealous. I'm really, really jealous.”

I was the only one who could hear the whisper.

The clear, small voice sends chills down my spine.

The girl's eyebrows are furrowed in a neat and clean manner. Her expression seemed truly jealous, truly covetous.

She was bent over towards me, and so only I could see her expression.

“Good, good, good, good...”

The girl kept whispering as if she was cursing me.

“What's wrong? Or did you see something with your 'eyes'?”

A man asks.

With that, the girl's face suddenly changes. The crazy jealousy that she had just shown disappears, and she becomes as expressionless like a doll.

Then she smiles and turns back to the men.

“Yes, that's about it.”

As if the curse she had been under earlier was a lie, the girl's voice was innocent.

He seemed to be interested in something.

“So, does he have any interesting skills?”

“No, not really. Apparently, he's been poisoned and his strength is low. I thought I'd cast some recovery magic on him.”

The unexpected exposition made me squeak out.

“What?”

A fluffy, pure white light flew out of the girl's hands and enveloped my body.

All I could do was watch the magic flow. If it was truly recovery magic, then there was no reason.

The girl ended her release of light and smiled at me.

There was no trace of envy in that smile.

The girl then peeked further at me and said, "Let me see.

"Hmmm, huh, huh. That 'confusion' isn't a bad status, is it? That's really interesting. Oh, and burns leave scars because they were treated too late.

The girl nodded her head in admiration. And then, as a matter of course, she said, "Confusion.

I check my status.

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Name: Kanami Aikawa

HP 17/51

MP 61/72

Level 1

Strength: 1.11 Fitness:

1.03 Skill: 1.01 Speed: 2.02 Wisdom: 4.00 Magic: 2.00 Aptitude:

7.00

Conditions: Confusion: 1.09

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Bleeding and Poison are gone, Confusion remains.

I wonder if the girl can see this "display" too?

It may not be the exact same thing, but at least she's perceiving this "confusion" in some way.

The girl smiles thinly and speaks in an friendly tone that only I can hear.

“I'll see you again, Aikawa Kanami. My name is Lastiara. Remember that.”

“Is there something wrong, miss?”

The men approached her, curious as to how her magic had performed.

“No, nothing. Oh, it feels good to help people~! Come on, let's go, we don't have much time.”

The girl who introduced herself as Lastiara reverted to a respectful tone and pulled away from me as if she had nothing more to say. I quickly speak up.

“Oh, thank you very much.”

“Don't worry, you'll pay it back someday.”

Lastiara responds with a predatory smile.

Of course, her face is angled so that only I can see it.

“See you later, kid. Be careful.”

“Yes, sir.”

The other men responded with smiles. They were smiling with a sense of accomplishment and relief at having protected the weak.

I try to get away from Lastiara as quickly as possible.

“Yes, thank you. See you all later.”

With that, I proceeded down the well-marked path, the "right path," in the opposite direction of where the men were going. The men watching me waved their hands in the air without question. Perhaps this is the correct exit.

I responded with an amiable smile and walked away from the group of silver-armored men.

To be more precise, I was running away from a girl named Lastiara.

She kept staring as I walked away. The chills did not subside, even after she was out of sight.

As I walked away from her, I thought.

If you looked at how I came out of it, they were just a bunch of good-natured people. Especially when compared to that meeting. But still, I had this odd feeling about them...

I soon passed a couple of women, but they didn't call out to me. I was about to ask them if this was the path to the exit, but I figured I was right. I passed various other groups of people along the way too. There were a few people who looked at me as if they were trying to price me out, but no problems arose.

After a few minutes of following the "right path", I finally reached the exit.

“Yes…!”

The baking sunshine, the gentle sunny breeze. I felt as if I’d returned to earth.As I was expressing my joy with my entire body, a neatly dressed man called out to me.

The man smiled in a friendly way. But when I saw that he had the murder weapon—a sword—on his hip, I stiffened.

I didn’t sense any hostility from the man. The fact that he was standing upright in front of the exit suggests that he was most likely a guard. His clothes were formal, as befits a man on guard duty.

I calmed my thoughts and suppressed my flailing emotions.

“Yes, I had a lot of trouble in the labyrinth. Do you have any water, by chance?”

“It's a bit of a mess from what I remember. At this time of night, the water supply barely works.”

The man said, pointing his thumb in the distance.

“Thank you very much. I'll be back.”

I bowed my head, inwardly overjoyed to hear the word ‘water’.

“No problem, it's my job.”

I started walking in the direction the man was pointing.

I walked in the direction the man was pointing.

After some walking, I came upon a well.

I was disappointed to see that it was not the modern one I had imagined. But I was sure it would help.

It was the same mechanism as the wells in my world, so it didn't take much effort to draw water.

I replenished the water into the empty leather bag in my belongings. , I washed my clothes. By wiping the mud off with a wet cloth, I think I was able to clean them to some extent. I wasn't sure if it was okay to wash the blades in water, but I was worried about the smell, so I rinsed them.

As I was washing them, I was thinking about the man I had seen earlier.

There weren't many people around.. He wasn’t a bad person, either. If I wanted to get information quickly, he would be a good choice.

I simulated the conversation over and over again, then approached the man in a natural manner.

“Well, I'm somewhat better now. You've been very helpful.”

“Yeah, the only entrance to the labyrinth with running water is this one to the north, Fuziyazu.” [TN: It translates to something akin to “fuzzuyazu” in katakana, which usually uses loanwords and transliterates them into japanese using a Hirigana-like alphabet. However, it’s also used for fictional names. I don’t know if he meant food yard or Fuziyazu or something.]

“...Oh, really? So there are no other places?”

“Yeah, thanks to the Knight Nation. Of the five countries that are stuck in the labyrinth, they probably have the most money.”

Words I'd never heard of before were flying around.

I’d rather have him talk about the present-day or the original world, but I knew that might make him suspicious so I decided against it.

I pretend to know what I'm talking about and try to get some information out of him.

“Is there anywhere else I can spend money here, in these food yards?”

“Yes, there are. It's full of specialized facilities built for the labyrinth. What's that, kid? Is this your first time in this country?”

“Yes, something like that.”

“It's so easy to travel between the five countries these days.”

“So can you tell me where I can get to know the country better?”

“Yes, I can. You should go straight ahead from here to the central square. There is a map with signs. From there, you can go to the National Library or an intermediary office to check in. Once you get used to it, you can go to the guild or church.”

“I see. Thank you very much.”

I bowed my head and thanked him.

“No problem, it's my job.”

The man scratched his cheek in embarrassment.

I couldn’t prolong the conversation any longer. I decided to part ways before I became suspicious.

“See you later.”

“Yeah, see you.”

After waving lightly, I headed straight for the central square.

When I turned around after a certain amount of walking, I could see the full extent of the labyrinth.

It seemed a huge and bizarre ruin.

In the center of the labyrinth, a huge tree pierced the sky, and an old structure was attached to its base. Eerily, the branches of the tree were decorated with murky jewels, which from a distance looked like flowers in seven different colors. The ornaments were too huge and distorted. Perhaps there was a space inside the unnatural decorations, and it was a labyrinth.

I was overwhelmed in front of an existence that could only exist in my imagination.

I felt as if the huge labyrinth had a will of its own and was looking down at me. I felt such a stern pressure.

At the same time, I felt a strange sense of familiarity.

Shaking my head, I shook off the feeling.

I turned my back on the labyrinth and started walking.

Biting down on the joy of escaping the labyrinth, I walked away.

I had never seen this world before, but I didn't get lost.

The streets were unusually well organized. They were so clean and well calculated that it was hard to imagine them in the archaic attire of the humans. Every edge of the path was delineated with beautiful minerals that seemed to be jewels. Like the main road in the labyrinth, the lines of jewels extended without interruption.

Perhaps jewels were not so precious in this other world.

As I continued to walk along this fantastic path, I saw a row of houses.

A wide variety of houses made of wood and bricks. The landscape of the city looked just like an RPG game. The culture seemed to be Western, and the time period seemed to be around the Middle Ages.

The people walking around the city were lively. Some people wore only cloth like smocks, while others walked around with heavy steel equipment clattering around them. There was an overflow of people with various skin colors, and occasionally people who looked like animals. They were what we’d call “half man, half beast”. Some had sharp fangs, some had long ears, some had bushy tails and beautiful feathers; the city was a melting pot of fantastic races.

Examining them, I could hear the sound of something important being taken away.

There were so many people, but I felt as if no one was there. The sky was so wide, but I felt a sense of stagnation. An overwhelming sense of loneliness washed over me.

This was

not the world I lived in before.

My head felt dizzy. I

didn't want to admit it, but I couldn’t

deny it. Because it was right in

front of my face.

Yes.

Terrifyingly, this place must be...

In exchange for a few emotions, your calm has been restored. +1.00 to Confusion.

“Oh...”

An announcement was 'displayed'.

I fell quiet.

I looked away from the "display" with a quiet heart.

The symptoms appeared once more. My mind was cleared at the cost of frustration and anxiety.

I felt uneasy about it,

but I decided that the skill was

helping me. If I didn't have this skill, I

would’ve been in the stomach of a giant wolf by now.

I looked around again.

There was no one familiar to me. No familiar buildings, nothing.

This magnificent and fantastic scene proved that this was not my world.

But that couldn’t be helped. What was more important was what to do next.

I wouldn’t gain anything by just losing myself.

First, the sign.

I slapped my cheeks to regain my energy and walked into the city with an imposing face.

Fortunately, I didn't look out of place in my outfit. There were many adventurers with swords in the city.

After a few minutes of walking, I’d found the central square. It was about the size of a domed stadium, with a fountain and a long stone chair.

In the center stood a large sign.

The signboard contained several huge maps and information pamhplets about the history of the country.

to it stood a magnificent statue. Maybe it was some kind of monument to the country.

From the information on the sign, it seemed that the country was built around the labyrinth, for the labyrinth.

5 countries with the same religion formed a federation to conquer the labyrinth. According to their religion, reaching the end of the labyrinth would grant the finisher a wish, any wish.

Maybe I could get home with that wish.

I read on.

The country I was in was

Fuziyazu, located to

the north of the labyrinth.

The map on the signboard detailed where I was in Fuziyazu.

Fuziyazu’s land was

divided into a hundred sections, and each section was

numbered.

I was in division number

twenty-one. If I went to division

22, I’d find a shopping street, and

a public agency in division 20.

I decided to head to division 20 for the library.

I entered the building, hiding my anxiety. The attendant looked at me briefly, but didn't stop me.

It was a large wooden Western-style building. It was very quiet and looked no different from the libraries that I knew.

I grabbed a few books that might help me and sat down at one of the tables.

But as I spread out the books a fact that I had been ignoring came to the fore.

“Why can I read [in this language]...?”

I muttered to myself.

In response, the people who had been reading quietly raised their heads and looked at me.

I apologized with a small bow.

The people quickly lost interest and turned their attention back to their books.

It was also strange that my apology was understood by them.

Some of the people who looked at me were white [Caucasians] with blond hair, while others had bushy animal ears and animal skin. None were supposed to understand Japanese

The book I

planned to read was also strange. If you looked closely, you

could see a strange string of characters

that didn’t belong to either English or

Japanese. And yet, I understood it.

My Japanese was translated into their language, and their language was translated into Japanese.

The words I spoke were also conveniently replaced.

This wasn’t normal by any means. How did it happen?

In exchange for a few emotions, your calm has been restored. +1.00 to Confusion.

“… It’s… again.”

The fear that had been bubbling up in me disappeared without a trace.

I took a deep breath.

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Name: Kanami Aikawa

HP 17/51

MP 61/72

Level 1

Strength: 1.11 Fitness:

1.03 Skill: 1.01 Speed: 2.02 Wisdom: 4.00 Magic: 2.00 Aptitude:

7.00

Conditions: Confusion: 3.00

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Still, the word ‘confusion’ wasn’t very accurate. It calmed me, not confused me.

There was no point thinking about it though.

All I could do was read.

And so I immersed myself in the world of books for as long as time allowed.

                                                                                                                                  

 

Aim the Deepest Part of the Different World Labyrinth (LN)
Vol.1 Chapter 1 Part 3