ld I teach you how to do it?”

“No, I’ve done it recently.”

And so I accepted the request.
Now there were two player names on the list.

Like Necoco, I had met Hatake a number of times, even though it was a coincidence.
And he was someone who was easy to understand.
And while there were some things about him that were rather unique, he understood my playstyle.
I had no reason to refuse.

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Besides, I wasn’t sure I had the courage to…!

Hatake had the expression of someone who thought there was no one in the world who would reject a friend request from him.
I just wasn’t a match for that kind of confidence.
If you wanted to broaden your human connections, it was better to advertise yourself rather than be withdrawn.

Once that was done, I glanced over to Petta.
She had been quiet for a while now…

“Ah, I only add people I know in real life.

It couldn’t be helped if she assumed that I had wanted to be added, given how the conversation was going.
But now I look like some sad old guy who was rejected by the cool younger players, when it wasn’t my intention!
Still, it was good that she too was able to clearly state her opinion.
I had been trained to say everything in a roundabout way, and was quite envious of that.

“Regardless, you really helped us.
The members of our guild actually tried to help Hatake clear the dungeon a few times, but we couldn’t.
I think we were just lucky the first time.
And so we had decided to just do it later.
After all, it was taking too much time and there is the penalty for dying.”

Is that right?
When it was first brought up, Hatake had said that the others had already beaten it and couldn’t bother to do it again.
So I had been slightly worried that there was some friction within the guild.

“We post videos of our guild online, and Hatake is the most popular.
It’s because he’s fun to watch regardless if he succeeds or fails.
And so we all rely on him.
He isn’t disregarded or anything.
But the composition of our guild is just a mess, which has been making the trials quite difficult.”

“Well, while a lot of game videos feature skilled players, there is definitely room for people who barely make it.”

“Right!? That’s why we have to clear these high-level events on our own! While you helped us this time, we’ll do the rest as a guild.
I doubt we’ll be asking for your help any time soon.
So don’t worry.”

“I’m also quite busy, since I’m a popular gamer.”

“But you’ve only started a short while ago! Well, maybe that’s why you’re busy.”

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Well, it was nice to see that the two got along.
The conversation then moved to the next trial.

“Which labyrinth are you going to go to next, old man?”

“I’ve been choosing the closest ones, so the next would be the Libra Labyrinth.”

“Ah, we’ve already cleared that one.
But it’s not the kind of trial that is easier just because you have a lot of people.
Though, I’m sure you won’t have any trouble with it!”

“After all, it was still pretty easy for us.
Maybe you can clear it in just one hour?”

I get anxious when people say something is difficult, but I also get anxious when they say it is easy.
You could never win with this personality.
Besides, I had a feeling that it would be surprisingly difficult anyway…
That being said, I didn’t ask for spoilers.
It was better to discover things for myself.

“Well, goodbye then! Thanks for everything, old man!”

“We might need your help again one day.
So we’ll be counting on you!”

“Yeah! Let’s do our best.”

I separated from the two and headed to the Libra Labyrinth.
The sun was starting to set, bathing the ground in red light.
As I had already finished 2 trials, I would have normally returned to the first town and logged out.
But things were different this time.

There was a sort of non-spoiler but kind of a spoiler piece of information that Hatake had told me as a show of gratitude.
‘The next trial takes place in a town, so you’ll save time if you logout inside of that town.’
And that town’s name was ‘Manimani Hills.’
Something about it smelled of money…

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