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SL Chapter 19

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Chapter 19: Now’s not the time to be adventuring

Translator: Tseirp


“I’ll be going to the mountains for a bit tomorrow.”

“For medicinal grass? We still have stock though.”

“Because of the drug intoxication case, they need gray starfish grass for the medicine. We do have some stock available and we are growing them in the garden but I thought that I should increase the stock a little more.”

“All right. Would you be camping out?”

“For a night. Gray starfish grass doesn’t clump in a single location but grows in small batches under the shadows of fallen trees so it would take some time to gather them.”

“Roger~ I’ll take care of the shop so don’t worry.”

“If people come in for antidotes, pass them the medicine on the third shelf.”

“The gray starfish grass powder right?”

“Also … ah~ let’s close the Apothecary for a day after I return.”


I suddenly remembered something.


“I haven’t fulfilled my promise of helping to dry the clothes and whatnot in Lit’s item box.”

“Oh right there was that promise, it’s all right, they have been in there all this while so there’s no need to change it now.”

“That won’t do, it might grow mold if you don’t dry it once in a while.”


An item box was a magic bag that would store items in a separate dimension.

The capacity would differ according to price and Lit’s item box could store up to 500 kilograms. Its price was at an expensive 7000 Peryl but to adventurers who have to bring back all the treasure they find but can’t carry, that was a classic magic item that all adventurers aimed to purchase.

Most adventurers throw everything they get their hands on into it … so they often forget what they place inside the item box.

Although the item placed within would be taken out with just a thought, the only other function is to take everything out so everyone has experienced placing something within and completely forgetting about it.


It was necessary to organize it on a regular basis … but Lit doesn’t do it.

That’s why I asked her to organize it at the same time she dries the clothes in the garden.


“I’ll be helping out so properly organize it once. Once we’re done, we can go have a swim in the river or have a barbecue by the dry river bed.

“Just the two of us!”

“Ri-right, the two of us.”

“All right, then let’s quickly get it over and done with.”


It slightly tugged on my mind that we were taking a break and having a barbecue while the analgesic drug case was still ongoing but I was just the owner of an Apothecary. I was not responsible for the world nor for the town.


“Let’s forget about work and relax and have fun.”


Lit also had the same thought as she laughed and said that.




It had been a long time since I last been here and the mountain was once again in its lush summer attire.


“Just give up already, accept that it is fall now.”


While smiling bitterly at the cicada cries that could still be heard, I advanced while cutting a path through the overgrown grass and twigs with my copper sword.

Incidentally, a copper sword with a blunt edge was not a suitable choice for this use.

A proper adventurer would spend a little gold to buy a proper hatchet.


“Here it is.”


I harvested the gray starfish grass growing under the shadows of a fallen tree.

In order to harvest medicinal grass, one has to trek away for the mountain path or animal path into the heart of the mountain. It was quite a laborious task and one must constantly be on the lookout for small but deadly animals like the poison snake which might bite your feet.

Novice adventurers may look down upon medicinal herb harvesting but the Adventurers Guild was assessing whether they could endure this trial.


“Also, one might encounter monsters like this.”


The moss near my foot foamed and a tentacle covered in moss extended towards me.

I quickly retreated and evaded that slow attack.


“Giant Amoeba huh?”


Also called the lesser slime. Amoeba falsely resembles the slime race but many adventurers treat them as slimes due to their visual similarities. Unlike slimes, they are fragile monsters that can be damaged normally with a sword slash so they are known as an inferior slime and are called the disgraceful name of Lesser Slime.


I slashed down from above towards the slowly approaching Giant Amoeba and defeated it.

Naturally, there was no point hoping that something of this level could strengthen my Divine Protection.


There were various kinds of monsters and animal in the mountain.

Ones that immediately attacks, ones that stay hidden and wait for an opportunity and ones that escape for a moment and return after calling their companions. They all respond differently.

In the depths of the mountain, there was a breeding ground for Chimaeras, perhaps the product of the ancient Elf Age, stray Trolls that wandered over from the 『Wall at the End of the World』 and even giant humanoids called Gugs.

As people have not been here for a long time, there was an abundance of medicinal grass and wild plants but it was not an environment where novice adventurers could survive.


The environment tests all kinds of survival skills like collecting information on dangerous areas or how to read a map. The E-rank Adventurers could only accept requests in which the client was the Adventurers Guild precisely because the guild wanted to confirm if they possess such fundamental abilities.

There weren’t any tests to become an Adventurer but in exchange, the first request could be said to be a test.


Nevertheless, Chimeras were no longer a threat to me.

Chimeras are an absurd monster with a lion body and a dragon and goat head stuck on its shoulders so they are able to attack with all three heads simultaneously and the dragon head is capable of releasing a breath attack so it is quite a troublesome foe.

However, in terms of monster popularity, it is a different matter. It is a popular monster for Adventurers who aim to become a dragon slayer by battling against a mock dragon while on the other hand, its goat head possesses friendliness to humans so its younglings can fetch up to 5000 Peryl to be sold as pets for successful Adventurers.

It was also a strange reality in the world how they are also a classic monster in zoos placed beside the likes of Gryphons.

I heard news of injuries every year due to it spewing breath attacks onto people outside the cage so was it really okay to make it a classic monster there?


And the place I was headed to was that Chimera breeding ground.

That was the best place to harvest if I wish to obtain gray starfish grass quickly. The last time I surveyed the area, there were ancient elf buildings overgrown by vegetation, leaving lots of dark places that the gray starfish grass love to grow in.




After coming here countless times and driving away the Chimeras that attacked me, the Chimera seemed to have found me to be a troublesome opponent and have decided to leave me alone. Although not to the extent of a dragon, the Chimera possesses decent intelligence on par with human children. As Chimera even keep wolves and dogs as their watchdogs. However, the only method they know of to discipline them is through threats so their relationship rarely lasts for long.


That’s why it would remember my face and scent and share that information with its herd such that they would not approach me.

During their last assault, about ten of them showed up and attacked me at the same time. I was shocked at that time and it was quite a tough fight as I incurred injuries in numerous places but after that incident, the Chimera would turn the opposite direction whenever they see me and never attack me again. Even to the extent that the Chimeras would chase away other Chimeras who try to approach me.


That is to say, the profound thoughts I was having at the moment was a kind of escape from reality. It was about time I gave up and recognize the situation I was in.


In front of me was a short girl who was probably a novice adventurer looking at me with glittering eyes. Perhaps she didn’t gather information; or she underestimated the Chimeras; or she lost her way, for the time being, she was being attacked by Chimeras in the Chimera breeding ground and I couldn’t leave her to her death so I approached, which was when the Chimeras hurriedly ran away, leading to the situation I was in now.


“Yo-your name please!”


“So-sorry, without even introducing myself! I am Alice!”


The girl called Alice was holding a Scythe as a weapon unbefitting of her small stature. She seemed to have quite a personality despite being a novice.

Okay. Let’s run.




I activated Lightning Feet and fled from the scene in an instant.

The being that helped her was a mountain spirit. If I was asked in town, I’ll go with that reply.


Raising a flag by encountering a novice adventurer in the mountains?

Don’t make me laugh, I am aiming for a slow life without any ‘adventure’. Especially an adventurer with such strange equipment.

Either way, that novice adventurer was probably saddled with all kinds of troublesome issues and I would be stuck with expending a lot of effort to resolve them.


『Ah-』A crow above my head laughed at me. I was suddenly curious about how that crow felt as it saw how the Chimeras fled from me while I, in turn, fled from a novice adventurer.




This was after quite some time but,


“That must have been the Tengu Demon described in the East. The demons in the East are not all evil and there apparently have been cases where they aided people who were lost in the mountains.”

“Tengu Demon-san …”


I heard that from the adventurers in town. That was unrelated to me. Definitely. Probably.




The next day, before returning from the mountain, I stopped by the area where Bloodneedle grew.

The area that was supposed to have been completely burned down has already been covered by greenery.

The Owlbear corpse had already been consumed by other animals and monsters so there were no traces left at all.


“Yup, it will return to normal next year.”


Or perhaps I might even be able to harvest more Bloodneedle compared to previous years. I felt such vast amounts of vitality from that area that made me think so.

It looks like medicinal herb harvesting will be hectic next year.




On the way home after descending from the mountain, I came across a single goblin wearing an expensive bridal gown singing while holding a kitchen knife.

I ignored it.


After moving further ahead, I saw a disturbance ahead with knights blockading the bridge.

I took a detour.


On the detour, there was a strange guy who shouted that he wanted me to collect his heritage he left in the magician’s mansion.

I refused and asked him to go to the Adventurers Guild.


” … I’ve been bumping into strange people excessively today.”


It would probably have been a heart-pounding moment for an adventurer seeking quests but I have plans for tomorrow.


I opened the door to my home.

I heard the pitter-patter of running footsteps.


“I’m home.”

“Welcome back!”


See, now’s not the time to be adventuring.



Author’s note:

There will be no harem quest route.


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  1. Thanks! Nepu!!!
    . ∧_∧. ∩
    (*・ω・)/ Total
    (つ  ノ Annihilation
    しーJ Noda!

  2. sorenman1

    Lol the goblin bride with the knife.

    • Nyamsus

      It actually male but called princess , by goblin standard he quite handsome .
      He might just run away from goblin chief who swing the wrong way

    • Marcus Gama

      you said goblin?

    • Xero

      If her name us Nott you need to seek out a decrepit smelly wizard at the nearest asylum

      And if you get that reffrence we can be friends

  3. Easykiln

    I was kinda expecting it to go harem with bro-con sis and maybe druid elf lady, but I’m happy with Lit.

  4. Ie

    Somehow there are many i want to retort/tsukkomi about…. But for the first, what da hell is that Goblin?

  5. Ie

    Yandere Goblin…

  6. Misery's End

    Lmao! If only he realized that he can level up his rage class by acting the part and helping the random people that are sent to him xD

  7. This guy have a heroic level of single-mindedness huh? Like a certain thin shadow…

  8. Ultimatecalibur

    Oh, god… his divine protection attracts party members and quests.

  9. sherrynity

    Gotta go exploring his wife, huh.

  10. kazuma2015

    Thanks for the chapter^^
    WTF!? Goblin bride!?

    • sweed

      She was properly raised by Rokuko and probably kicked out by Kehma!

      • Kowawa

        haha. referring from a light novel called lazy dungeon master

  11. Not Important

    So will Red beat the worlds common sense trying to make him a hero again, or will the world just give up and make it so that Red and Lit both become heros there should be little problem there, or will the world become content with the new status quo and let them live a slow life. Sustitute the world with GM and you will have how my typical Campaigns go untill GM get too annoyed and drops a metor on the annoying party.

  12. Foolish peeping man

    Check list when you were in the middle of mountain:
    1. If you hear someone or something is singing a song, then you must Run.
    2. If you see a bird likea crow, then you must Run.
    3. If you see some suspicious police, knight, or people knights blockading the bridge, then you must Run.
    4. if you see a strange guy need you to do some errand, then you must Run.

  13. I really like it when Red is purposely avoiding a Flag and not being dense and knew what’s gonna happen if he triggered her flag. Being able to be Loyal to one girl is probably what makes Red different from all those trash heroes.

    And the heck with that Yandere goblin!!

    And thanks for this chapter! It made my day! Together with kenkyo and duke’s daughther! What a wonderful day!

  14. Victor

    Those are some fun random encounter mechanic

  15. Rifaman

    this is what happened when a hero is retired and still get heroes affinities to getting a quest

  16. Kokorosy

    Thanks for the chapter! Now, this what a retired adventurer’s slice of life novel should be like… it’s kind of nice having a sensible, modestly OP protagonist for a change.

  17. Bob

    dem side quest dodging skills, as expected of a veteran adventurer
    Thanks for the chapter tho!

  18. wann

    This story just amazes me again !!!!! I love to tell you about the life of the MC and does not talk about the hero, the level of…

  19. Seele

    I just want to rant…why so much filler? Who cares for the chimera’s info. I was hoping to read at least a part of red and lit’s time together…so sad u.u

    • That main story is too juicy to be spread around, especially since Red quickly dispersed the idea that he was too dense to notice Lit’s feelings. So we’ll only get easily glossed over filler, and avoided sidequests, with maybe the occasional look at his sister.

  20. sjmcc13

    the “Wall at the End of the World” sounds interesting.

  21. Zero

    *Raising a flag by encountering a novice adventurer in the mountains?*
    damn, she looks cute girl MC why you don’t you take her man 🙁

    *I came across a single goblin wearing an expensive bridal gown singing while holding a kitchen knife*
    is this a side quest or joke take from somewhere?re:monster i think?

    *knights blockading the bridge*
    a new side quest with nice rewards you get a princess 😀
    MC: Nope
    me: whhhhyyy 🙁

    A NEW SIDE QUEST *collect his heritage he left in the magician*
    rewards: cute ghost girl or hot demon girl with big boobs
    MC: hell no
    me: WHHHHYYYYYY mc just why so many good flag @_@

    *Author’s note:

    There will be no harem quest route.*

    damn you Author you kill my hope and dream of harem @_@

    • Mr. Meister

      I like this series BECAUSE the MC is intentionally avoiding the Harem Route (unlike basically every other ln MC out there)

    • What’s wrong with avoiding the harem route? The isekai harem protagonist is over-saturated right now. What we need is this, a regular fantasy with romance that’s one-on-one. That’s why Red is one of my favorite MCs right now.

    • sjmcc13

      “*knights blockading the bridge*
      a new side quest with nice rewards you get a princess
      MC: Nope
      me: whhhhyyy ”

      He already has a princess.

  22. junior1210

    Got the feeling that near the end of the chapter there was some supernatural trolling going on there. I suspect that if he had gotten involved with ANY of those situations, He would have been back with the hero’s party in short order. Besides, a goblin in a wedding dress and a knife? NOPE!

  23. See? Priority. This is my kind of hero. We need more people like this.

  24. ZaX

    Its like the world is tempting him. Thanks for the chapter

  25. kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter! Lol! All those encounters. XD

  26. Thanks for the chapter.

    I REALLY wanna shake the author’s hand. Even they stated there’s no harem route. But yeah, it was smart to avoid the female novice adventurer, the goblin in a bridal gown with the knife, the knights, and the magician guy. Red only has one other person on his mind, Lit. And that ship… is so strong that it’s made out of diamond.

  27. DeadByBoreD

    thanks for the chapter <3 <3 <3 <3

  28. ishira

    Oh god finally another rare MC that is not dense from JP novelist!

    That’s right, Red! Avoid all those time-consuming adventure and go back home fast for your girl already waiting!

  29. SFcipher

    Thanks for the treat.

  30. Huex3

    Of all the reasons to quit adventuring and being a hero this is probably the best one. The man just wants to go home to his wife. I really like this author for not turning this into a nonsensical harem where events happen to give the other girls their “turn” with the MC.

  31. lol

    Kiss time \o/

    Thanks for the Chapter.

  32. AceSaw

    thanks for the chapter !

  33. Jesuferu

    I have seen a lot of novel authors that says they wont go to harem route but end up in harem route…You cannot ignore the harem route it will lure you, it will whisper sweet waifu names in your ears,it will make your mind craving for it, and it will make you willingly write the story to HAREM ROUTE

  34. Nyesh

    Honestly, I cannot tell if Red’s luck is incredibly high or incredibly low, to be running into so many weird encounters during a simple medical herb gathering quest in a frontier region so lacking in adventure that 2 B-rank adventurers were enough to handle the worst the area had to offer.

    Only because Lit is in his life can I say Red’s luck is probably high rather than low. Unless it turns out that Lit was following him today, and all those potential ‘insects’ met untimely ‘accidents’. In that case I’ll have to revise and say Red’s luck is low.

    As for the author’s assurance that there is no harem route, he may only be speaking of the present chapter’s situations, and leaving the option open for future situations. Or he may be speaking of the entire story, in which case we just have to hope that imouto doesn’t reach through the fourth wall and ‘convince’ the author to change his mind…. I think I’ve been reading too many stories recently that contain yandere. I better go re-read a few volumes of Rokujouma.

  35. Fuxy

    Lol he is an expert flag breaker!

    • Fuxy

      Are we certain he doen’t have the Hero divine protection? That’s too many flags for the average job.

  36. sjmcc13

    Anyone else find it interesting that the author specifies “no harem quest route” and not just “no harem”.

  37. Aedwynn

    Hi Tseirp!
    So, I decided to whitelist your site on my phone and I must say it’s awful.
    You can’t put ad video on pause as it unpauses on it’s own 1sec later. You can’t close it as it reopens 1 sec later. It’s pointless to watch it as it doesn’t disappear upon ending, just loads new ad in. And it obscures more than half of a screen.

    • The ad video is the one that is below the previous/next page? That ad doesn’t move according to your scroll and there shouldn’t be anything to read around that area either?

      • Aedwynn

        No, it pops up exactly on top of text, and moves when you scroll it, remaining on screen. It doesn’t appear when you load page, it appears when you scroll a bit. Maybe on some devices it behaves differently?

        • Omg that’s bad. If you don’t mind, could you let me know your geo location and the device you used to view my site? I’ll get the ad company to change it.

          • Aedwynn

            Sorry for a long reply. device is Xiaomi Redmi 5plus (Android). Geo is Eastern Europe/CIS.

  38. Doki doki

    I liked this story before this chapter but now i love it!!! Hahah MC running away from all those flags, all for one waifu hahaha go red!!!

  39. Was that a joke at the lame hero routes

  40. Kek

    People listen!!!
    The author said that there will be no harem quest route.
    Because the harem itself is going to get him. Hihihi

  41. Hakou

    Side quests?
    All of those strange side quests-like situations reminds me of skyrim lol

  42. Thanks for the chapter!

    One of the best chapters I’ve ever read

  43. DD

    Who need harem? when i can enjoy Vanilla

  44. Yago Coca

    “Author’s note:
    There will be no harem quest route.”

    Mods ban the author for spoiling the story!

  45. Bunny Man

    I love how he casually avoid any flags coming his way. A true know-all indeed.

  46. Tasha

    Lol! Red isn’t looking for more adventure! He’s done! Completely done and has a gorgeous princess waiting to skinny dipping with him! Why would he want to go adventuring and forego that??? Lol!

  47. “It would probably have been a heart-pounding moment for an adventurer seeking quests but I have plans for tomorrow.” I laughed

    The world really want to send him against on the heroic route eh ?

  48. No harem quest route? Doesn’t say no harem, period!

    • Dancer

      He’s obviously the quest reward for the ladies. They’ve set out on hellishly difficult quests

      As for Red & Lit, they’ve definitely gone native and are living on island time

  49. Meatbun delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    O.O . . .
    So many harem flags..

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