The Straw Millionaire, the Cat, and the Princess Volume 1 Chapter 2 part 4

On the afternoon of January 2nd, in the twenty-second year of the chaotic calendar, we were in the dungeon again. It was early in the new year, and surprisingly, there were a moderate number of people gathered in the usual square where we thought no one would be.
 
“Happy New Year… oh! Ashtrays have been installed!”
 
The muscular guy with two cigarettes, who came waving as soon as we opened the store, smiled happily at the sight of the red ashtrays.
 
“Congratulations! We invested in facilities.”
 
“Congratulations!”
 
“Is that cardboard over there?”
 
“That’s the … Read the rest

The Straw Millionaire, the Cat, and the Princess Volume 1 Chapter 2 part 3

“…Well, neither getting a job nor starting a business seems like something to consider now.”
 
I haven’t even graduated from university yet, and I’m not earning enough to start a business.
 
“Well, if neither appeals to you, why don’t you join me in space?”
 
“Huh? Space?”
 
“Yeah, why not buy some decommissioned destroyer and start a courier service?”
 
“Umm… that does sound interesting.”
 
Mars said casually while stroking his whiskers with his paw, but for me, it was quite a shock. I’ve never seriously considered living in space before.
 
“Space, huh…”
 
“If … Read the rest

The Straw Millionaire, the Cat, and the Princess Volume 1 Chapter 2 part 2

 
The change happened slowly. The day after the cry echoed in the underground plaza, one of the party-goers from the previous day approached us.
 
“Do you have coffee?”
 
“We do.”
 
“In cans, right? Black? Lightly sweetened? We also have café au lait.”
 
After Mars and I continue, the young adventurer with two golden-hilted Japanese swords hesitates a bit and answers, “Café au lait, please.”
 
“It’s three hundred yen.”
 
“That’s a tourist price.”
 
As I place the coffee on the table, he gives a wry smile and takes out three one-hundred-yen coins, placing them next to it.
 
“By the way, you … Read the rest

The Straw Millionaire, the Cat, and the Princess Volume 1 Chapter 2 part 1

Chapter 2 [Cigarettes, Cats, and Canned Coffee]
 

 
“Hey! There’s something there, there’s definitely something!”
 
“It’s okay, there’s a force field, so it’s safe.”
 
After spending a few days registering as adventurers and undergoing classroom training to enter the dungeon, we finally arrived at Tokyo’s Third Dungeon over the weekend. The dimly lit rocky terrain, the damp wind blowing through, and the dangerous small creatures pouncing at us—all of it was unlike anything I’d seen in the mundane world, and I was terrified from the moment we entered. I trudged along, half sobbing, desperately trying to keep … Read the rest

The Straw Millionaire, the Cat, and the Princess Volume 1 Chapter 1 part 5

However, just being eager to “make money!” doesn’t mean you can start a business right away. I don’t have any initial funds, and of course, no ideas. Furthermore, there’s daily life to consider. In the end, I ended up attending university lectures as usual and working part-time at a pizza place, riding my bike, freezing.
 
Of course, in the meantime, I went to home centers, supermarkets, and road stations to look for business ideas and items to exchange at the junkyard… At the same time, I also played through old games for the upcoming new game release. Hobbies are important. … Read the rest

The Straw Millionaire, the Cat, and the Princess Volume 1 Chapter 1 part 4

Mars seemed to have a sweet tooth. He didn’t seem very interested in the ramen we had yesterday or the yakisoba and takoyaki we had today, but he seemed delighted by the sweetness of the roasted sweet potato.
 
“Delicious! What is this?”
 
“Oh, you’re right, it’s sweet.”
 
“Wow, you know your stuff. This is a real hit. We’re particular about our sweet potatoes. Nothing beats Beni Haruka,”
 
the two-legged cat munched on the sweet potato, looking intrigued, and the vendor proudly told us.
 
“Brother, are you new to Japan?”
 
“Yeah, just arrived recently,”
 … Read the rest

The Straw Millionaire, the Cat, and the Princess Volume 1 Chapter 1 part 3

 
“The gun is probably a typical disguised gun, but this stick… drug is Pahabrinka, right?”
 
“A drug? It said Yapabrinka though.”
 
“That’s even worse! It’s a damn dangerous drug. Just possessing it is a capital offense under the Galactic General Law. It’s better to dispose of it right away.”
 
“Yikes!”
 
I hastily stashed the score stick and gun in the junkyard.
 
“Thanks to Yapabrinka, I realized something. The one accessing Tonbo’s skill is a pirate.”
 
“A pirate!?”
 
“Yeah, from disguised guns to drugs to frozen Poptes with no ransom. They all seem like things pirates would have, right?”
 
Now that … Read the rest

The Straw Millionaire, the Cat, and the Princess Volume 1 Chapter 1 part 2

“So, you’re the one who thawed me out? Honestly, I owe you one.”
 
“Well, I mean, you thawed me out naturally. …… “
 
The day after crying in front of the frozen cat, a tabby cat-like creature claiming to be an extraterrestrial who spoke human language was sitting in front of me, with my eyes swollen from crying.
 
He sat on my folded cushion as if sitting cross-legged, claiming to be the frozen tabby cat that had been in the item box. Apparently, he wasn’t just a cat but a Cat-sìth alien from another world. However, he … Read the rest

The Straw Millionaire, the Cat, and the Princess Volume 1 Chapter 1 part 1

Chapter One: “Tangerines, Cats, and Space Pirates”
 

 
Have you heard of an item box before?
 
Once something only found in the realm of fiction, it’s now a reality. These are caves scattered throughout the world that lead to alternate dimensions, commonly known as dungeons. Even now, with the discovery of skill orbs excavated from these dungeons, the item box remains out of reach for ordinary folks—a dreamlike entity.
 
An item box is essentially a handy storage space where you can put anything and retrieve it anytime, anywhere.
 
Whether it’s a sword, a gun, or even your ID, once it’s … Read the rest

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