When I came to, I was greeted with a starry moon-lit sky.
Ah, when was the last time I gazed at the night sky leisurely like this.
Been constantly dead tired afterwork lately, I just don't have time and energy to.
Hm, starry sky?
"...Huh? Did I fall asleep outside?"
I hurriedly raised my body in reflex.
No wait, does anyone sleep outside just cause they're tired?
Exhaustion from overworking maybe? No no, I wasn't that tired... I think. Yup.
Rather, what's with all the trees here. Am I out in the woods, no, a forest?
...Where is this place?
Calm down me, first gotta grasp the situation I'm in and the last thing I did before I went to sleep.
Right, today, no yesterday? Eh whichever. I dropped by the usual supermarket on my way back home from work, then I got really sleepy probably from fatigue so I stopped at a parking spot and took a nap in my car... I think. Yup, that's it.
Then, when I came to I was out in the woods.
What the heck.
What happened when I was out cold? I'm not a sleepwalker or anything. Probably.
Did someone brought me here? Who'd do something so pointless. Maybe some ya**za was gonna bury me in the forest? Got no recollection of that though?
F-for now I should head back to my apartment. It's chilly out here and I've got mud all over me from laying down.
First gonna take a shower. Then wash my clothes. Sheesh what a pain.
There's only noise from insects here, I don't hear a pep from people or cars.
Which way's my apartment again?
Wait, I don't even know where is this place.
Oh yeah, smartphone! Wait it's in my bag.
Where's my bag. Ah, I used it as a pillow.
Smartphone, out of range. Present location unknown.
Lost kid? Am I a lost kid? In my 20s?
Wake up already if this is a dream, me. Please.
I pinched on my cheek, a cliche. Yup it super hurts. And I'm not waking up.
It's real...! This is real life...!
I wanna cry.
Wait, ain't it bad to get lost in a forest?! Oh shiit!
"Excuse me! Is anyone here! Please say something if you're here!"
No response even when I'm yelling.
"Hello! Anyone! Please say something!"
Anyone please show up. I'm bad with speaking, even worse with yelling.
I let out a shout loud enough to even surprise me. Had no clue I could shout this loud.
Emergency power is awesome.
Cough, my throat hurts from shouting. Damn, I'm weak.
Is that voice I heard from afar? Is someone there?
"Hello! Is someone there! I'm kinda in a bind over here! Please help!"
It's gradually getting closer.
Yes, at least I get a human contact.
Wouldn't know what to do if a wild animal attack me in the fore--
Hold on, were those voices even human's?
Ah, it ain't one. It's probably a wolf or something.
It would be creepier actually if a human made this sound.
Wait, wait it's still getting closer.
Should I run away? Against a wild animal in a forest? No way, is there?
If I can't run, then...!
"Kuh! Uooo! Dangiiit!"
Emergency tree climbing escape!
Last time I climbed a tree was in elementary school, but I managed by randomly grabbing branches.
Emergency power is awesome.
My arms hurt bad from holding on the tree though! Damn, I'm weak.
My posture now is like that of a cicada.
After somehow getting 4-5 meter up the tree, I looked down.
Something showed up out of the rustling bush.
Now then, would it be a wolf or a wackjob. Which one?
A wolf-headed, no more like a dog-headed? primitive man-looking with a body fully covered in fur.
It's a wackjob wearing fur pants.
Eeh, what is that thing?
A headgear? Man that's some awesome stuff. The eyes can even move around like that.
It's drooling from the mouth.
Way elaborate you wouldn't think it's a prop.
Nope, that can't be a prop.
All that weird kucha kucha sounds seem to come from a red meat-like thing it's holding in its right hand? Its mouth is bloodstained from eating that lump.
It looks like rabbit the doghead is eating that whole with the fur.
It's too dark here to see clearly.
Not like I wanna see clearly.
And that primitive attire isn't attire at all, it's its bare flesh.
How do I know you ask?
Cause I kinda can see something hanging and flopping there! Wish I didn't!
And above all.
Magic Beast: Kobold
HP (Health) : 25/25
MP (Mana) : 5/5
SP (Stamina) : 8/52
STR (Strength) : 65
ATK (Attack) : 65
DEF (Defense) : 60
AGI (Agility) : 77
INT (Intelligence) : 18
DEX (Dexterity) : 13
PER (Perception) : 121
RES (Resistance) : 8
LUK (Luck) : 25
Magic Beast Lv1
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I'm kinda seeing a blue window screen over this dog wackjob.
Eh? Game? Is this a game or what?
Isn't that a status screen you see a lot in RPG and co.
That dog thing is kinda exposing its thing out in the the open, what's the game's age limit again.
Have VR games advanced this far into reality. Just awesome.
How real is this is,
It's as real as my arms reaching its limit and pain from holding onto tree, this pain is so real, I dunno how isn't this real life!
Shoo shoo, go away you! I'm not gonna hold on anymore! My arms and legs are shaking already!
Ah, you're not gonna leave leftover meat, are you, no walking away until then, good boy. Oh come on.
『Gururu! Gauu! Gaaa!!』
Uwa! It stared hard at me with bared fangs now it's done eating, even growling loud!
Look away you!
My cover's been blown! How'd it even find out!
Ah, the smell is it? Guess it's got a good sense of smell being a dog and all?
It's drooling hard, it's super going to make me its prey!
Holy crap, this is scary. Me think this is a good point to reveal the candid cam, you know? Now or never when it's still humorous, you know?
As I watched half crying inwardly, the dog bastard started climbing toward me.
No seriously, I'm begging you! Whoa, what the heck's with that climbing pace!
I'm not tasty I swear!
"Dang! It! Get away! Fall down!"
As the thing's head got closer to my underfoot, I started stomping down at the dog-man head in a panic.
Not sure if it works, but that did make it flinch, so it probably does.
Just fall down already! Jeez you're persistent!
I lost my balance from trying to stamp down in my position, my hands slipped.
Thus I fell down the ground--
I grabbed the dogman's head just before I fell.
Whoa there! Almost fell down head first there!
Emergency power is awesome!
So now I'm hanging on the tree by clinging on the dogman's neck,
What's with this situation. How'd it get to this.
I'm not falling now, but isn't this even worse?
Ugugu, I got no foothold, my position is direr than earlier. I'm hanging on with grip strength alone but this won't last.
『Gafu...! Gafuu... Gebu...』
The dogman itself seems to be suffering due to me hanging on its neck.
Ah shaking arms. Oh yeah I know that feeling, keeping that posture is a toughie for sure. I mean I fell and all.
I'm nearing my limit too.
Or more like this is it! Can't feel my arms anymore...
And just as I was about to let go of the dogman's neck.
My body suddenly felt like it was floating.
Falling down. Both me and dogman.
This guy, he let go of his grip!
Gave out before me!
I crashed down the ground along with a 'zushagosha' sound.
M-my butt hurts. Better than getting hit on head or legs, but it still hurts.
The fall wasn't too high since I was hanging onto that thing, but painful is painful! Uguoooo....!
Ha, this ain't time to writhe! The dogman's still here...
The dogman isn't moving a muscle.
Looks like it fell headfirst, its neck is pointed in the wrong direction with bubble coming out of its tongue sticking mouth.
Also, its stat window has turned red.
...Looks like it's dead if the screen is to be believed.
I-I'm saved. Thought I'd meet my end there.
Would this be counted as a manslaughter? Wait it's not even a human.
I'm feeling the relief of having overturned a crisis more than senses of guilt for killing a living creature.
Living is simply wonderful.
But the situation hasn't actually improved.
No telling if there aren't more monsters like this, and I still have no clue where I am.
But man, isn't this that?
That stuff popular in web and light novels, isekai transport?
I mean with that weird mutt and status menu thing, I can't think of any other possibility.
So cliche. I mean, where's the cue for all this isekai stuff. I got transported here way sloppy.
Shouldn't there be, like, a deity that gives me cheat or something? None? Okay then.
I'm gonna be mad if this whole thing turned out to be a big elaborate joke.
Now then, no point fussing over nonexistent stuff. Gotta focus on overcoming this.
Should I shout out loud to look for people again?
...No the risk is too high. Some weird creatures might pop up again.
Just one of them was too much for me. Anymore would be bad.
Guess I should start walking to seek people or buildings while looking out for monsters. Haa, so tiring.
Ah, right. Considering I could see dogman's status, I should be able to see mine too, yeah?
That dogman thing got a 【Skill】 and all, maybe I've got some special amazing otherworld skills myself!
How do I see my own status again.
Ah, it popped up. Below my name, there's other stuff written.
Job: ERROR (Unidentifiable)
HP (Health) : 0
MP (Mana) : 0
SP (Stamina) : 0
STR (Strength) : 0
ATK (Attack) : 0 (+2)
DEF (Defense) : 0 (+5)
AGI (Agility) : 0
INT (Intelligence) : 0
DEX (Dexterity) : 0
PER (Perception) : 0
RES (Resistance) : 0
LUK (Luck) : 0
EXP (Experience Point): 7
NEXT (Exp needed to level up): 10
Uwaa... My stats are so low...?
No, forget low, they're zeroes! All zeroes!
What in the world is ERROR Job!? I'm just your ordinary factory worker!
Skills too, forget incredible ones, I've got nothing. Gimme one at least....
Ah, got exp. Was that from beating dogman? Yay.
That's not comforting at all! Dammitall!
I mean, MP and SP are one thing, but what's up with zero HP. I'd have been dead then.
Zombie? Am I a Zombie? But I'm not rotting anywhere though? Or am I?
Whoa wait? There's some additional values on my Attack and Defense?
Are these (+2) and (+5) bonus from beating that dogman?
Can I check the detail? Oh, I can.
Nope, that wasn't it.
Dunno if +2 and +5 are high or low since there's nothing to compare.
Haa... What the heck with these shit stats.
I'd been okay with something anything, but what even are all zeroes.
How did I even manage to beat that dogman. Must be coincidences over coincidences.
I'm fully aware how I don't excel in anything even without seeing that.
I might have one if only I work hard at something toward my goal, but I have no goal.
What do I want to be in the future? Nothing in particular. Well maybe to be rich and spend all day lazing around.
Something I want to do? I'm fine with just browsing the web, gaming and reading manga.
Aspiring job? None. I work to get money, there ain't no job I wanna do cuz I like it.
...Man I'm really a good for nothing, am I.
Thus after years of bumping around like this, the aspiration-less [me] was formed before I realized.
I don't shirk on my job, but if you ask if I'm good at an aspect at it, the answer would be nope.
I have no attachment to my position and nothing would really be affected even if I'm not there, an inconsequential existence. That's me.
Hmm yup, guess that's why my status are all zeroes, being a useless human and all.
Oh crap, I'm getting super depressed thinking about it.
I'm already in hot water as is, I shouldn't turn to negative mind set, would make me suicidal instead.
Nothing to gain by being depressed, for now I should focus on seeking out people.
This dimness is bad for view and alertness against monsters, hope it's dawn soon.
Still, even with the moon high up in the sky, it sure is quite bright for nighttime. I can even distinguish colors if I focus.
Ah, didn't notice earlier but there is an additional light source from the second moon up there. No wonder it's bright.
Yep, it's another world alright.