DCFM – Chapter 038: Public Bathhouse and Meeting with a Chosen

TLN: Double Chapter today! Make sure you didn’t miss the previous one~!


I left the dungeon before the morning sun rose.

Rifreya wasn’t at the entrance anymore.

There’s no way she would be standing at the entrance the whole day, so she must have left after finishing her business.

Or maybe she was waiting for someone there and went into the dungeon.

While I was thinking that, I was about to return while hiding in the darkness, but from the other side of the road, there was Rifreya who I saw at the entrance when I came.

I reflexively hid in the shade of a tree.

I then use Darkness Fog to blend in the darkness.

The sun hasn’t gone up yet, so she shouldn’t be able to find me.

And Rifreya actually didn’t notice me and walked to the direction of the dungeon.

(Could it be that she is going to be standing in front of the dungeon again today?) (Hikaru)

I was curious about it, so I went back for a bit, and she was indeed standing at the entrance of the dungeon.

I don’t know what business she has there, but it most likely has nothing to do with me.

Even if she is actually waiting for me, I have no intention of getting involved with her again.

After I returned to the inn, I went to the waterway at the back of the inn and cleaned my body. 

This city has pretty clean waterways flowing, and it is to the point that it can even be used as drinking water. It is apparently the blessing of the Great Water Spirit.

“Oh, you are back. Bathing in cold water everyday must be chilling for your body. Aren’t you going to the bathhouse?” 

It was right at that moment that the innkeeper old man came out from the backdoor.

Having stayed for several days already, he would obviously remember my face. He is a good old man that doesn’t try to get into someone else’s business. 

Bathhouse, huh…

By bathhouse, he must be referring to the public bathhouse.

There’s steam coming from above, so it is easy to tell where it is, but I haven’t gone there once.

I did have an interest in it as a japanese person, but I am someone who is being broadcasted 24/7. 

There’s the fact that I am trying to not do anything unnecessary during the day, so I didn’t feel like utilizing that place proactively.

“They are open this early in the morning?” (Hikaru)

“Yeah, the bathhouse is open the whole time. Well, I personally don’t recommend you going there late at night though!” 

I managed to earn some money as Spirit stones from fighting monsters.

Because of this, the feeling of wanting to challenge a variety of things must have gotten stronger.

I felt like wanting to challenge the public bathhouse too. 

But a public bathhouse, huh…

I don’t have the courage to head to a place like that without any knowledge of it. 

Are there things to wash your body with? What about the soap? The temperature of the water? In the first place, is it the type where you dip in the warm water or is it a steam bath? Are there towels? Can you buy coffee milk? 

It is different from the super bathhouses of Japan.

It should be safe to assume there’s not even buckets there. I would say the chances of there not being towels is 100%. Soap? Doubt it. 

I asked all that info from the old man, and then exited the inn.

As I imagined, there’s no soap or buckets. 

I bought a bucket, towel, soap, and shampoo beforehand with Crystals. 

…I used 6 Crystals, but it was a necessary purchase, so there’s no problem.

I eat a meat skewer to fill up my stomach a bit before heading to the bathhouse.

This city is a city where there’s a Water, Fire, Earth, and Wind Great Spirit gathered, and the area I am in falls under the territory of the Great Water Spirit. I don’t know what’s the state of the whole city, but because of the influence of the Great Water Spirit, there’s clean water aplenty, so it is apparently the place that has the most dense population because of how easy it is to live in.

On the other hand, the territory of the Great Wind Spirit and the Great Earth Spirit has low population, but there’s apparently a lot of plantations.

The territory of the Great Fire Spirit thrives in blacksmiths.

“Here, huh…” (Hikaru)

The public bathhouse is adjoined with the Great Fire Spirit’s territory, and it is of quite the scale. It really has the appearance of a super bathhouse.

The Great Water Spirit creates clean water which is consumed in great quantities here, and that water is heated with the power of the Fire Great Spirit.

The power of Spirits is used normally in people’s lifestyles. Maybe because it is public, it is pretty cheap too.

Probably because it is still way too early in the morning, there aren’t that many people coming to take a bath, so the surroundings were quiet. It is still only 6:30am, so this is natural, but I still needed courage to enter an unknown facility.

I slip in together with a group that seems to be an explorer party.

The baths are divided by men and women. It costs 15 copper.

With a price like this, I could come here everyday.

I quickly took off my clothes at the dress room, and placed the clothes inside the provided basket that’s made of knitted wooden branches.

There’s nothing important in my belongings.

No, everything important has already been stored in the Shadow Bag. 

I have already taken out the soap and shampoo, and have placed them in the bucket. No mistakes here.

(Oooh…) (Hikaru)

The bath is made out of a lot of lumber, and it gives out that japanese atmosphere. The washing place doesn’t even have a water supply, but it seems like you draw water with your buckets from the warm water for use. 

The bathtub was pretty big, big enough to have around 30 people at once.

I may be broadcasted to the whole world here, but the other Chosen must be bathing too. Nothing big should happen at this point with just me bathing here.

Of course, the people that think I am the killer of Nanami must be going ‘how dare you take a bath despite being a killer’ though…

I went to a corner that doesn’t stand out the most, hurriedly wash my body and hair, and dip in the warm water. 

(Oooh…it is seeping in…!) (Hikaru)

This is my first time taking a dip inside a bathtub since coming to this world.

The warm and comfortable water was bringing warmth to the very core of my body. That warmth was not only warming my body but my heart as well, and I began tearing up, so I splash water on my face to cover it up.

I don’t know how much of this is being broadcasted, but there’s no point in worrying about that at this point.

Bathing is a basic necessity in life, so even if it is not inside the darkness, I didn’t feel the gazes or hear the laughs.

While I was taking my time soaking in the water, a cheery and noisy group came in.

Because 3 big men entered the tub at once, the water overflowed.

“Man~, a bath in the morning feels great!” 

“It is, right?! This is the only place that has such a big tub, you know?” 

“Aah, in my homeland, I would just shower a bit, so I am astonished I didn’t know about something this nice. There were stuff like hot springs, but I have never gone to one.” 

The young men that were together at the entrance.

I scooted my way to the corner.

“What’s a shower, Alex?” 

“Aah…how should I explain it? It is like being showered by rain.” (Alex)

“Hahaha, you said it is a parallel world, right? You are one weird guy, talking about having come from a different world.” 

“Oi oi, you didn’t believe me?! I was a pretty diligent student before coming to this world, you know?” (Alex)

I sank all the way till my nose, and was listening to that conversation.

Parallel world…that’s what they said.

When I glanced there, it was a western handsome man with light brown hair and a pronounced nose bridge. 

He gives a refreshing atmosphere, and must have been quite popular in his high school days. 

(A Chosen…! So there was one here.) (Hikaru)

The extrovert-looking young man called Alex is a westerner…I think. I can’t really tell with just his looks, but at the very least, he is not asian. And yet, he is speaking the same isekai language, and it felt strange that I could understand what he was saying.

(Meaning that maybe I am being shown in his stream as a mob character?) (Hikaru)

Depending on the angle of the camera, I would easily be shown. And from my side as well, Alex would show up.

If there’s people who are watching the 2 streams at the same time because we are in the same city, they would definitely go ‘Ah!’.

(I have a bad feeling about this. Let’s leave.) (Hikaru)

I wanted to relax more here, but this situation where two Chosen are in the same place, moreover, in a bathing area naked, should be amusing from their view.

It definitely wouldn’t end well.

“Is she there today as well?” 

“Ooh, the one at the entrance? She was a real beauty. You spoke to her right, Alex? You asked her what she was doing.” 

“It seems she was searching for an acquaintance. I invited her for a meal, but I was rejected.” (Alex)

“Seriously? You are one skirt chaser, man.” 

“No, isn’t it normal to invite a cute girl like that?” (Alex)

The conversation of the extroverts continued. 

The beauty at the entrance must refer to Rifreya. 

If she is searching for an acquaintance, it must not be me.

I am not an acquaintance after all.

At that moment I was about to leave as casually as possible…

“…What? ‘The one there with the black hair is Hikaru’…?” (Alex)

I felt the warmth from my body drain.

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57 thoughts on “DCFM – Chapter 038: Public Bathhouse and Meeting with a Chosen

    1. OHhh. Alex knows about Hikaru!
      Possibilities
      1. Alex reads every messages on his panel everyday and is up to date whats happening on Earth
      2. There’s a skill that unlock some kind of communication back to viewers in a clean way.
      What i mean is that, not that he was expressing himself to communicate to the viewers and see the replies on the live messaging
      3. Alex knows other communication method, like sign language to communicate to the viewers
      4. Of course, he shouldnt learn his name from Rifreya coz he didnt give his name to her. It should be in another way like above.
      5. If Rifreya is such a beauty, i badly need her illustration NOW!!! Of course, one expectation is that she had those bountiful tropical fruits hanging on her with string pantsu.
      6. There’s a information application from God which can unlock by a number of points, and you can buy any information for a price.
      7. Aside from skill points and crystals, there;s another reward system like the dungeon spirit giving something to the one they like. What if, another spirit is rewarding a clairvoyance thing and shown Hikaru as the hot trend chosen one among the chosen ones?
      Its like viewing the top players, trending players, skill players in the official site of God.

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      1. Yeah i already saw that but i think its not appealing enough. I need her in slightly side view for research purposes only hahahahaha

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    1. The wise choice for sure is dark fog and get the hell out of there. There isnt any benefit to get to know another choosen. Worst case scenario he can try to kill him in order to steal his gear. Even if he is canadian THAT DOESNT GUARANT ANITHING!!!!!

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  1. DUN DUN DUUUUNNNN!!!

    Although I don’t think Alex is the type of guy who would do something like: “hey! Some random stranger told me you killed someone unrelated to me and now I will give you divine retribution!”

    Thanks for the chapter.

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    1. Yes I hope it is not your stereotypical character here but the twitch or youtuber streamer type is easily influenced by their streamer most of the time. It is the kind of mentality, I must be right because everyone said so. I dont think this will end well. The fact he read his comments all the time is already not a good sign.

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  2. I’m getting enemy vibes from Alex. Playboy chosen that was told Hikaru was a murderer and has eyes on the girl who likes Hikaru? Also, he really gonna talk about saving points and crystals and then drops 6 crystals to take a bath with other people? Seems a bit out of character, even after his victory.

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    1. If anyone was interested in the truth then they’d be looking into sending someone with memory scrying / lie detecting magic Hikaru’s way. People value their own beliefs too damn much.

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  3. An event with Alex and Hikaru taking a bath~

    I wonder how this will turn out? Good social skills vs bad social skills = no friends? Or will it be happy in the end?

    Regardless, thank you for the chapters.

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  4. Hikaru is… bolder than I expected.

    I did not expect him to go to a public bathhouse. At all. Also, is it really okay to use 6 crystals for a full bathing set? I hope that it came as a package, because it would be better off to buy a bucket normally… not to mention how is he going to justify these OOParts to a isekai denizen? There’s a lot we don’t know about the technological development of this isekai, but if there is soap, even if it is of a lower quality, won’t that be something more sustainable than buying a new bar of soap every time he runs out…?

    There was a nice exposition about how the Great Spirits provide benefits to the people living here, but to think that Alex would be here. Hikaru was really born under an unlucky star. Also, to think that Alex tried to hit on Rifreya. The boards are going to go insane in the next available chapter. I wonder if the word NTR will come up? Though she is not his girlfriend yet.

    I see a few ways this can develop. First, Alex is actually a nice guy. He and Hikaru become friends, he hears Hikaru’s side of the story and helps him to convince the rest of Earth that he is innocent. This is the most optimistic route and the one I least expect to come to pass.

    Second, Alex goes hostile immediately. Hikaru is forced to run and, surprise surprise, that’s how Rifreya and Hikaru meet again so that they can grow closer. This is the one I think most likely to happen and the one that helps reconnect Rifreya and Hikaru. Why do I assume they would meet? Well of course they would meet while Hikaru is in trouble, else we can’t advance the Rifreya route!

    Third, Alex gets close to Hikaru. He is pretty much the first option, except he is actually pretending and only waiting for Hikaru to let his guard down before taking him out. It might be that he is evaluating Hikaru on his own terms. This is potentially the most messed up one, and the one that is essentially a Diabolus ex Machina. This is to further traumatize Hikaru and make the title of this novel even more relevant. The problem is that I don’t know whether or not we have hit the end of the disaster phase yet. You know, how most of those OP protags tend to have a very very very bad thing happen to them before they become OP, making them motivated to become OP in the first place. Then, once they are OP, they revisit their traumas and crush them headon. Hikaru’s disaster phase is supposed to have ended after he got out of the forest (which is essentially the super dungeon that most of aforementioned protagonists become OP in), but there’s a chance that it is not the end and I am scared for that.

    With the third option, there are a lot of ways it can go about. Alex might actually think Hikaru is messed up from the beginning and plot to betray him from the beginning. Alex might think that Hikaru is okay, but that because Hikaru caught the attention of Rifreya, he is jealous and thus plots to betray him to get the girl.

    All of this are just speculation for now, but it does boil down to how powerful Alex is. We know that Hikaru is probably the strongest spirit user of all of the Chosen, but aside from Jeanne with her max physical stats, we know nothing about the abilities and powers of the other Chosen. Alex might have something up his sleeve to combat Hikaru.

    Either way, I can’t wait for the next chapter.

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  5. Probably doubt it, but it’d be interesting if Hikaru doesn’t know that there’s a scar on his body remaining from when he got stabbed. Can’t remember off the top of my head where he got stabbed, but if it was in the back and he can’t see it, but Alex does, that’d be an interesting development. But again, I doubt it would happen this way.

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  6. I see Hikaru’s Inner Japanese is showing. Asking all those questions about a bathhouse and spending 6 crystals to get a bath set when he could have probably just bought some of those things with money like a bucket and a towel.

    Bunch of assholes in Alex’s chat. They’re probably the antis who left the Hikaru BB since people weren’t agreeing with them. Do they seriously think a guy who has already not shown much interest in handing down “Justice” on some guy he’s never met is just going to suddenly rush over to punish or kill Hikaru? Jeanne probably would because the first thing she said was, “Unforgivable” like she’s some Justice Bastard when told what Hikaru supposedly did while Alex just went, “I don’t even know what he looks like.” as if he is just going, “Meh whatever.”

    On another note, is it really fine for Alex to just tell everyone he’s from a parallel world? I don’t know if this world is used to Otherworlders appearing or if they might think he’s insane. If this world has experience with Otherworlders then it’s fine but if they think he’s insane then certain natives might go all “Burn the witch!” mentality on him.

    Anyways will Hikaru instinctively try to make a run for it? I kinda think it would be funny if he ends up slipping and falling back into the water only for Alex to also do the same trying to rush to help him. That’d certainly be an icebreaker. I’m sure the yaoi fangirls would get stimulated by that. Meanwhile Karen and Celica would probably be all covering their eyes but very obviously peeking between their fingers and all of this just end up improving Hikaru’s reputation more. I feel like the next Hikaru BB would be full of comments about those two things. Maybe also talking about how Rifreya shot down Alex and that there should be no NTR-ing and that she is loyal to Hikaru and other mushy stuff.

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