A whole day has passed as we advanced through the flower garden labyrinth.
The route we took up to this point is marked on a piece of paper, so we can return at any time if we wish.
As night falls, we gather around the campfire to check on today's harvest.
"I have a ring that increases speed, a necklace that staves off drowsiness, a bracelet that keeps me from starving, a ring that restores magical power, and two appraisal scrolls. Also, what are these squishy balls?"
"You don't know? Those are smoke balls. If you hold one tightly and throw it, it will release a lot of smoke."
"It could be used as a smoke screen."
All the items obtained are of no use to me.
If we bring them back to the island, we can sell them at a good price, but since the only way back is by boat, it would be wise to sell them here. Or I suppose there is no choice but to use them.
I'll let Ultina choose what she wants first.
These are things we didn't get on our own. Naturally, she'll get her share, too.
"All I need is the ring that restores magic power."
"Are you sure that's all you want?"
"All of these items appear frequently. Not that I need them, I'd just want them so I could sell them for money."
So they come up very frequently. You must have come across many items like this an infinite number of times.
Well, to be honest, there are hardly any items that are of any use to me.
I'll sell everything except the scrolls and the smoke balls.
"Please give me some water.."
"Waaah! You came back to life!?"
"So you finally recovered."
"Yeah, I'm sorry. I'll never drink alcohol again."
Frau utters these words after she has recovered from her hangover.
Surely in a few days she will have forgotten all about today's pain and go back to drinking again.
"It's time to go."
"Isn't it dangerous to move around at night?"
"There's a full moon tonight, so it's bright out. Besides, you can only enjoy the phantom zone at night."
I see, that certainly makes sense.
Honestly, I wouldn't want to miss out on such a spectacle.
Kaede made a displeased expression.
"Master, do you smell something bad?"
So I started sniffing as well.
I could detect a strange smell, though it was faint.
We might be near the phantom zone Ultina mentioned.
We gathered our things and set off again.
"Maybe this is it."
When we stepped out into the open space, we couldn't help but stare at the spectacle.
Surrounding a fountain were countless small flowers emitting blue light.
Whenever the wind blows, the shining lights shimmer like a wave.
"It's just as I heard. This is what I wanted to see."
Ultina enters the area and spins around with her hands outstretched.
She looks like a little girl.
"What are these flowers called?"
"These are called 'Blue Man-eaters'."
The flowers' long roots spread beneath us and bound us all.
And from below emerged a meter-long blue flower.
A large mouth in the center opened, ready to swallow us.
"What kind of monster is this!?"
Kaede was tied to one of the branches as she was suspended upside down, exposing her thighs and underwear.
"If you're not careful with your bindings, you're going to get–...."
Ultina managed to free herself from her bonds, but the vines were binding her tightly, and the more she moved, the more her breasts swayed as they bulged more into view.
I could not take my eyes off them.
"My Lord, look at me! Why don't you look at Frau too!?"
"It's because of my breasts, isn't it!? That's why you won't look at me! You only want large breasts like the ones those two have!"
Frau looks so frustrated that she's about to shed tears of blood.
"Stop talking about such things! Focus on the current situation!"
The monster has yet to decide on who to eat first, turning its body around as it looked between Kaede and Ultina."
"Master, can you help us?"
"Hmmm, I'd like to keep looking at this view some more."
"Okay, I'll take it from here."
Effortlessly, I stretched out my arms and was able to untie myself from the vines, causing the monster to let go of me and pull it's vines back.
Time to say goodbye. Thank you for the lovely view.
I drew my sword and swung a cross swipe in the air, ending the monster in a second.
"How did you do that!? With one move… You finished off that monster..."
"It's because Master is Master."
Kaede says those words once she flips in the air and lands on the ground.
On her face was an expression of satisfaction, as if she was in love.
On the other hand, Frau was staring at Ultina's breasts with vacant eyes.
There is something floating in the fountain.
I picked it up and saw that it was a white scroll.
I've only seen this kind once in the Elven Village.
A special scroll that gives you abilities, right?
Maybe the flower monster was the boss of this area.
I've heard that boss monsters drop items when they are defeated.
The scroll contained a skill;【Luminous】.
It's a skill I've never heard of. It's possibly a very rare item.
"This is where Frau gets her special ability, right? This scroll is for Frau."
"I don't even know what this ability does."
"But the Lord can control beasts and Kaede can use magic. Frau can only fly, so Frau wants to be more useful. I don't want to be the only one without a special ability."
I was about to say; "don't say you're the only one." But then decided to swallow those words.
Both me and Kaede have more than enough skills. In that sense, Frau doesn't have any outstanding ability.
The ability to fly is an amazing power worth mentioning, but other than that she's pretty normal.
And I have a feeling that fairies and luminance go well together. Just a hunch, of course.
I handed the scroll to Frau.
The scroll emits a light that is absorbed by Frau's chest.
She is now the owner of the Luminous Ability.
"Fairy lights, enlighten meeeeeeeee!"
A huge amount of light was emitted by Frau.
This must be a fucking joke. If she plans to do something like this, she should have warned us.
My vision went completely white and I couldn't see anything.
Oh, I grabbed something...
"Hmm~. Master, not in a place like this..."
What the hell did I just do to Kaede?
While running backwards to escape, I tripped over someone and fell down.
"Who are you?"
"I'm Ultina, Uhm, that voice... Toru?"
I apologized and tried to get up.
But as soon as I moved my hand, I felt a soft, squishy touch."
"Where are you putting your hands!!!? Stop, Uhm…!"
"I'm sorry! But I can't see anything."
"Don't move your legs, you idiot! Ah!"
"Master, what are you doing? I'm here!"
"Frau, take me somewhere safe."
Frau grabbed me by the arm and carried me through the air to another spot.
The place where he lowered me down seemed to be near the wall.
"Kyu! Kyu, Kyu!?"
"Hey, hold still. I can't see, you're flying and you're smacking against the wall."
It seems that Panda, who was in a state of confusion, hit a wall and fell down.
We have to wait for each of us to regain our sight completely.
"Frau... You and I will talk about this later..."