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Kamisama no Kago wo Kyohishitara?! Chapter 26

26 Shock & Shock

 

My impression can be summed up as [It doesn't feel real].
My eyes have been darting all over the place. A complete bumpkin.
Later, Aryl told me my behavior was like announcing 'Please mess with me', that was embarrassing.

The townscape was the very picture of 'Fantasy' just like the people in it.
I never cared about different hair color in the village since it was a slow life.
And now I'm hit with another culture shock.

Aryl who was walking ahead turned around and looked at me.

"Will you go with me together to the mercenary guild?"

I was pulled back to reality with that sudden request. I must have got a goofy look on my face there.
I had no plan whatsoever after arriving at this town.
Like a windfall or perhaps I was just getting swept around, I gave my OK to her.

"Err... Sorry for the trouble? Thank you...?"

"Fufufu. I was the one getting saved you know? I should be the one doing the thank you. And also, I have to report to the mercenary guild, I'd like you to be my witness."

Aryl was right to laugh. The incoherent things coming out of my mouth showed how nonplussed I was being.
I wasn't able to gain such common sense or knowledge in the village due to the community there.
This world is vast. I need to learn common sense and general knowledge if I want to keep going.
It's a new wall I've got to slowly shave down. Otherwise, I won't be able to even glimpse the future.

"I've never gone a step outside my village, so I lack common sense. Could I trouble you to teach me a bit on that matter?"

"Oh, is that right. I'm happy to help as much as I could. It's a life you've saved after all. This much isn't enough to express my gratitude. I'll get proper rewards ready later!"

"Thank you. I'll take you up on your words."

I got a bit taken aback by Aryl's enthusiasm.

If you don't know something, just ask. I'm pretty much a foreign being in this world. I know nothing. I've got no shame nor honor.
I was delighted to find someone who would answer my questions, without realizing that I had gotten myself dragged into trouble by this point.

"Let us head out then. I'll answer what I can as we walk there."

We used the walk to the guild as a Q&A session.

"What should I explain? Anything on your mind you'd like to know first?"

"Sorry, since I'm completely clueless, I don't even know where to begin..."

That was when it hit me.

"Ah, please teach me about [Money]. I have no idea about standard of value."

Aryl had her mouth open in agape.
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"Y...yes, I understand. We're starting from the basic..."

Aryl seemed to have 'Got' it and gave a thorough explanation.
As expected of a merchant, she even brought out examples so I managed to form a concrete image on the general value of things.

A dime = 200 yen
One copper coin = 1000 yen
One silver coin= 10,000 yen
One gold coin = 100,000 yen
Platinum = one million yen

Each has a, dragon?, stamp on them.

Or so it's roughly like. It's fantasy.
Another shock hit me, I really am an otherworlder.
I thought I was already prepared for this, but in reality I merely averted my eyes from it. It's escapism.
I couldn't get [Used] to this world.

(I was too naive... Mom and dad must have limited what to teach me, seeing how overprotective they were...)

But the answer is clear. The fault doesn't lies on other.

(The thought should have crossed my mind, yet I was getting spoiled by my circumstances and didn't proactively seek it out... I was the problem.)

However, it was also true that my hands were full just trying to survive in this other world, so I 'Overlooked' it.
No one can possibly get everything right when they suddenly get thrown into this situation. None has the right to blame me.
Humans are weak. They won't go out of their way to look at issues they don't want to see. At least not until the issue gets shoved right in their face.

We arrived in front of mercenary guild before I realized. Aryl stopped in front of a building.
Next to it, the most eye catching thing is a huge [Sword] and [Shield] wooden sign.
Then a wide open entrance.

"I will take care of the things here, you only need to respond when asked."

Before long, Aryl went in the entrance.
I followed along.

"Welcome to Mercenary Guild. How may we be of help?"

A clear voice of a woman resounded in the room.

 

 

 

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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 18-36

18-36.  A Boy in Labyrinth City (10)

 

--Stampede?

Is a huge herd of monsters coming our way?

"Directive to students. Run up the pillar stairway and stand by at the top, so I direct."

Instructor pointed at one of the pillars.

"Shouldn't we run away from here?"
"Unable to run to a safe spot at your exhausted states, so I foresee."

Instructor replied to noble lad Rojim.

"'Hurry' so I inform."

Harry?
Someone's name?

"She's telling us to make it quick. Let's run to the top!"

Lachesis pulled my arm toward the pillar, followed by everybody else.
Looks like Lachesis could understand that kind of word just like my little sister.

"Oy, instructor isn't going up?"

Pointed out by Zaki, we all looked down and saw instructor staying on her spot.
She's holding a shield as tall as she is, not sure where she took that from.

"Instructor! Come on up!"
"The stampede's coming!"
"Worry not so I inform."

The explorers who shouted to us about the stampede ran past instructor.
Followed by other explorers with a dire look on their faces.

"Oy, move out the way."

Someone spoke from below the pillar.
I don't know him.

Apparently several other explorers have given up trying to get out, taking shelter on this pillar instead.

After we moved out, those guys went for a suspension bridge toward the next pillar.

"You!"

Rasa muttered that and grabbed the arm of one of the guys going toward the bridge.

"What's your deal?"
"Aren't you from the same village as Gon's? Where's Gon's group?"

I remember now.
He's the guy who invited Gon's group to his party.

"Those guys ran off ahead."

'Get off', he shook Rasa's hand off, and continued on.

"Didn't they come here?"
"Nope."
"I see... Well they're with Gon and his shield, they must've taken another route."

He doesn't seem worried.

"You think Gon and the rest are fine?"
"I'm worried, but there's nothing we can do."

Zaki shook his head at my words.

"It's a herd of monsters."
"And it's not only goblins. There's Maze Ants and Maze Giant Rats too."

Sagu and Jimu spoke as they watched the stampede.

"Monsters! Keep your speed below legal limit so I declare!"

Instructor shouted out some unintelligible stuff.

"What?"
"That's a shielder's Taunt skill."

Instructor held her shield aloof.

"Look at that!"
"There's lights around instructors? Are those magic arrows?"
"So many?!"
"It's like the Legend of Founder King."

Dozens of magic arrows emerged around instructor, then with a swing of her sword, they all shot out toward the monsters.
But they weren't enough to even put a dent on the countless monsters.

"No good. There's a huge gulf in numbers."
"That's not true! Look!"

The magic arrows that got close to the monsters burst open.

"That's so cool! Each arrow kills multiple monsters!"

Lachesis spoke in excitement.
She seems unaware at her pulling my arm.

"She did it! Those monsters stopped!"

The vanguard monsters fell down from the bursting magic arrows, and the trailing monsters behind them tumbled down creating a chain reaction.
Instructor then poured down magic arrows at them.

"Whoa... So that's the power of a veteran explorer..."

Priest apprentice Yuto talked in delirium.

I get him.

Her power is so overwhelming like it's straight out of hero tales.
The end came into sight as the fight between instructor and the monsters turned into a one side beat down.

"She won by herself."
"Yup."

Rasa nodded at Zaki.

"Ah! It's Keros!"
"And Shina too."

Other explorers who ran from the stampede are coming here from another path.
It's hard to tell from this far out, but Keros and Shina are among those explorers.

"I don't see Gon anywhere..."

Shina is shouldering Keros who's wounded all over.

"Something real bad there."

Ratkin Neze muttered that.

"What's bad?"
"Dunno myself."

Neze looked puzzled for not understanding what he means himself.

"Why do those guys keep looking behind them?"

Rasa looked like he realized something hearing Yuto saying that and put his ear on the pillar's wall.

--What?

I mimicked him.

It's faint but I can hear some deep thumping sounds.

"Oh no! Instructor!"

Rasa shouted at instructor below us.

"There's something coming from that direction! Probably a big one!"

Instructor jumped up to where we were instantly and stared at the pointed direction.

"This is stumping so I inform."
"For instructor to say that--."

Rasa's words were erased by a loud thundering sound.

Something came out breaking the walls behind Shina's group.
A giant worm-like thing. Wriggling string-like matters are attached to its tip

"Huge!"
"What the heck's that?!"
"That's an Area Master, or its kin, so I guess."
"Area Master? But there's no Area Master in the first Area! That's just common sense!"

An old explorer man who brought the stampede here denied instructor.

"Rejecting reality thrust before your eyes because it does not conform to established notions is a fool's errand so I assert."

The explorer gnashed his teeth, 'Gununu.'

"We gotta run!"
"Yeah! This pillar won't do any good against that giant thing!"

Noble lad Rojim agreed with Zaki.
The older explorers pushed us aside and ran below after hearing their conversation.

"Instructor! Can you win against that, instructor?"

I asked instructor while running after those explorers.

"It is not possible with my current equipment so inform."

Not even that amazing instructor could...

"Keros, keep at it!"

I could hear Shina's voice, they were closer than I thought.
I turned around and saw Shina running while lending Keros her shoulder.

"Oh crap, it's gotten so close already!"

Rasa is looking at the [Area Master] that's coming our way while crushing down pillars and walls in its path.
Shina and Keros are gonna get swallowed by the [Area Master] at this rate.

I ran out.

"Sharon!"

While hearing Rasa trying to stop me behind.

"Eh? Sharon?"

I took Keros' other shoulder and helped them run.

"I'll take it from here. You're hurt too, Shina."

Rasa who also ran here took Shina's side but Keros was heavier than he thought and he tumbled down.

"Rasa, I'll do it."

Zaki came too.

"Sharon, behind you!"
"--Lachesis?"

Lachesis ran here and jumped at us, tumbling us all down.

"Uwaa, what are you doing?!"

Something mowed down right above us at high speed.

Breaking down all the walls and pillars nearby.

"That thing shot its tentacles here!"

Zaki's voice explained what happened.
A tentacle growing out of the giant worm's tip could reach far out.

"Thanks, Lachesis."

If she hadn't braved danger, we would have died then.

"Save it for later. We've got to run."

I shoulder Keros and run with Rasa who's pulling Shina's hand.
Zaki and Lachesis lead the way while watching out behind us.

"It's coming!"
"I shan't let you so I inform--Flexible Shield."

Several translucent shields showed up behind us and blocked the tentacles.

"Hurry on now."

Another tentacle got around the shield but instructor cut stopped its advance with her greatshield and sword.

"Oh no, if this keeps up..."
"Zaki, focus on your front!"

We put our trust in instructor and ran at full speed.

A loud sound exploded behind us, instructor got blown above us.
Around 10 tentacles assaulted her.

"Instructor!"
"--Watch out!"

Lachesis pulled me as my eyes tracked instructor.
Then a tentacle thrust the spot I was at.

"You saved me again."
"Forget about that now--."

I saw a tentacle coming at Lachesis while tearing down the ground.

Normally I wouldn't have made it.
Even if I pulled her down, we'd just get torn along.

--Ground Shrink.

Using my last resort skill, I barely managed to save Lachesis in time.
But doing that was apparently too much while shouldering Keros.

"Sharon!"

I crashed down the ground with Keros.
My body won't move from the recoil of using Ground Shrink.

"Run! Lachesis!"

Before another tentacle came.

Lachesis ran off.

Yes. That's good.

Lachesis stopped next to a big pillar.

"How could I run away here!"

She hit the pillar with her palm and shouted seemingly mad.
A wave of purple light ran across Lachesis's body.

"Come forth! Knight of Gold!"

With her shout, the pillar's surface undulated and a golden colored shining hand came out of it.
A hand gigantic enough to hold my whole body in its palm.

After the arm, the upper body of a giant knight manifested.

"One time isn't enough is it... Then one more!"

A wave of purple light ran across Lachesis's body once again, then the giant knight finally fully emerged.

"Haa haa haa--Come forth! Knight of Gold!"

By Lachesis' command, the golden knight moved out.

It took on the giant worm's tentacles.
But it couldn't stop them and fell down.

"Now!"
"I got it!"

Urged by Lachesis, Rasa, Zaki and I dragged Keros away.

"Lachesis you too!"
"I can't. That would turn back into soil if I did."

Lachesis's face is full of sweat.

"--Ah."

The giant worm twisted its body and shook its tip.
The golden knight entangled in tentacles got thrown onto a nearby pillar, breaking some walls along the way.

"Kuuuuh."

Lachesis groaned while holding her body as if she could feel the knight's pain.

"Lachesis!"
"I'm fine. This much is, nothing!"

Lachesis glared at the giant worm as she clenched her teeth.
A drop of red fell down her lips.

"Student Lachesis, well done so I praise."
"Instructor!"

Instructor who got blown into a rubble came back.

"You can win with golden knight's help, right instructor!"
"Negative. Student Zaki, just us two cannot hope to win so I evaluate."

We can't? Even with that giant knight and instructor?
Is that giant worm that strong?

"T-then..."

I mustered my strength and got up.

"I will use my all to help."

My little sis' would get mad at me if I did nothing while leaving everything to the girls.

Instructor gently tapped my shoulder.

"There is no need to so I inform."
"I can act as a decoy at least."
"That is not what I mean so I correct."

Instructor pointed ahead.

Two figures made a rapid dash toward the giant worm.

"Running Dragon Kiiiiiiiick so I inform!"
"There's two of us so it should be Double Running Dragon Kick so I correct!"

The two figures crashed onto the giant worm's head at incredible speed.
They're riding bipedal running lizards.

"That's--"
"They are my sisters so I inform."

As the giant worm shrieked, four pillar-like translucent stakes got driven onto it from above.

"Are we late?"

A blond beauty that looks exactly like instructor landed on top of  a nearby wall.
There are also three other blond beauties. With the two on running lizards and instructor included, there are seven of them in total.

"No Adin. You just narrowly made it so I inform."
"All good then. Do you need a break?"
"Negative. Requesting my participation so I tell."
"Okay. Let's go with 'Formation C'. Do you have enough mana?"
"Yes Adin. I can cast one more advanced level spell so I tell."

"Form-ation-C?"
"'Formation C'. Caster Mode so I explain."

"...Why in English."

Lachesis muttered while keeping the golden knight hold the giant worm down.

The instructors readied their wands.

"""Divine Lance."""

Gigantic lances around thrice their size showed up next to them.
Later on, I was told it was an advanced level force magic spell.

"Knight of Gold! Stop at nothing to hold it down!"

By Lachesis's command, the golden knight pulled the giant worm's tentacles with its crumbling arms.

"Shoot!"
"""Yes Adin."""

The giant lances shot out all at once, piercing the giant worm one after another.

"""Divine Lance"""

Second volley, third volley, fourth volley, they went and skewered the giant worm.

"...Whoa."

It's like a scene straight out of myth or hero's legend.

Our instructor, Seis, had run out of mana, so she just watched over her sisters.

"I'm at, my limit."

I held Lachesis as she fell down fainting.
I almost couldn't breathe from the pain when I received her, but it's better than letting her down after her great effort.

"Are you okay?"

Rasa looked down in amazement.

Beyond him, the giant worm is rampaging around from the pain while scattering its bodily fluid everywhere.
The golden knight is still holding down the other end of its tentacles.

Then as it finished its mission, the knight crumbled down into soil.

"It's over so I report."

By the fourth volley, the giant worm stopped making any noise.

"We made it."
"Spare me from something like this next time please."

Rasa and Zaki laughed at each other.


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Things were quite messy afterward.

Fortunately enough, Gon whom we all thought had died survived.
Instructor Huit found him buried under a wreckage.

Though he paid a huge price for his survival.

Gon lost part of his right arm from the elbow down, and stayed in the party using an artificial arm now.
Keros who was scared witless of the labyrinth retired and went back home. Shina apparently is working as an employee in the party's home base.

As for us--.

"Sharon! Time to go to our party formation ceremony!"
"I got it. Where's Rasa?"
"He went ahead."

After the beginner's course, we all decided to form a party together.
Unfortunately, noble lad Rojim and his servitor had already decided on their party beforehand, so they declined, but all other members are old faces.

"Huh? What about Lachesis?"

Lachesis was nowhere to be seen at the diner where we met up.

"She went there, said she got stuff to take care of or something."

Ratkin Neze pointed at the back of the diner.

"I'll go take a look."

I've got a bad feeling about it somehow.

"--Lachesis-sama. You have used your Authority at last."
"How did you know?"

Lachesis is talking with a person wearing a deep purple robe behind the building.
It's the hooded man from before.

"I have been informed by your guard."
"Guard? Don't you mean watchdog?"
"It appears there is a slight misunderstanding. Us, the cult is--"
"I don't want to hear it. Go home."
"Now that you have used your Authority, you should return to the cult and beg your sisters for their teachings."
"I told you already I'm not going. I only used my Unique Skill because it was a life or death situation. I'm never using it again if I can help it."
"Lachesis, cease your selfishness--"

The man grabbed Lachesis's arm.

She's gonna get taken away at this rate.

I ran out with that in mind.

"Lachesis!"
"Sharon?"

Lachesis sounded perplexed.

"Let's go! Lachesis!"

I held out my hand to her.
Lachesis tried to take it but the man's hand was in the way.

"Get off me!"

Lachesis shook off the man's hand.
And gripped mine.

"Lachesis-sama!"
"I'm not going back! You guys go home and tell sisters. I will live in labyrinth city!"

As she ran with me, Lachesis looked back and shouted at the man.

"Are you sure?"
"Yes! I'm feeling pretty great right now!"

Lachesis smiled at me.
I smiled back.

We ran together.
Toward our friends, fellow labyrinth explorers.



◆◆◆At a certain village◆◆◆

"Reina-san, could you be--"
"No I'm not! You've got it wrong, Akindo-san!"

Reina's shout erased Akindo's stunned voice.

"Err, um, right! Remake! There was a retelling version! It's not a rebroadcast or the initial broadcast one!"
"...Right."
"I'm telling the truth okay?"

Reina cutely tilted her head.

"Yes, let's go with that."
"It's the truuuuuuuuuth."

Reina's shout echoed in the village's outskirts.

 

 

 

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Kamisama no Kago wo Kyohishitara?! Chapter 25

25 Circumstances

 

I recalled the last words father squeezed out.
What kind of feelings did he put in them I wonder?
There is no way to ask him now.

"I have just left my village after coming of age. I'm nothing more than an ignorant country bumpkin."

"...Err, and your strength that defeated all those bandits alone..."

"Ah, that's because I'm working out every single day, I've also done a bit of forest hunting."

(That's not gonna convince her, but let's just push through.)

"You're a peddler, aren't you? Are you planning to open a business at the commercial city?"

I forcefully changed the topic and bit on my sandwich lunch to signify I don't plan on divulging further.

"...Yes. I was on my way to commercial city to sell my ware on my own after coming of age."

"And that's when I came across that scene huh, am I cursed or what..."

"I see you as my savior god has sent upon me."

Aryl said that lightly and jokingly, but that line displeased me greatly inwardly.

(I succeeded saving someone, fine. I can also accept how I somehow ran across it. But I reject the notion that I'm a savior sent by god. Absolutely.)

However, I didn't speak that out loud nor I showed a displeased expression.

Being a [Savior] of a god who kidnapped and forcefully brought me here is the very last thing I wanna be.
In fact, I'd like nothing more than sending a punch to that divine face's side.

After lunch break, we resumed walking.
Unlike before, Aryl started talking about the ware she's handling.
I listened to her while occasionally asking back or agreeing to distract myself from the boring mostly unchanging scenery of the forest on the roadside.

We came out of the forest after a bit, into a sprawling plain.
Far beyond at the horizon is a giant wall shining white.

"We'll be arriving soon. Are you all right carrying that much luggage? Should we take a break?"

As I've been shouldering a mountain heap of loot I got from the bandits, Aryl asked me.
She had been glancing at me at times before, but seemingly gave up asking after seeing me unperturbed.
She must have asked now after the long walk.

"Ah, no worries. Let's keep going. Or maybe you want to rest a bit, Aryl?"

"I-I'm okay. Despite how I look, I'm confident with my legs."

Thus we kept walking while minding each other.

And we finally arrived before the gate.

There was a queue of people waiting to get inside, but our turn came soon enough.
Though it was an uncomfortable period for me with all the glances.

"Take out your pass."

Thus the gatekeeper spoke. One with a leather chest protector and a long spear. And another with a long sword slightly behind him.
They're looking at me suspiciously.

(Huh? You need a pass... Man, I don't even know about common sense in the village, gotta start from scratch...)

A country bumpkin ignorant of the outside world. Knowing no shame nor honor, I'm gonna have to adopt the [Asking is a shame for that one time, not asking is a shame for life] mind set. And I'd be doing that to people other than my parents at this age.
Will I get shot down with 'complete stranger' magic word? I sure hope not.
And now I'm worried if anyone would smoothly answer my questions.

Information can be lethal weapons. Having it come back to kill me is not completely out of question.

"Yes. I have it here."

Next to me, Aryl took a piece of wood written with something from her small bag.

(Huh? She's a peddler... with a bag that small?)

As that question popped on my mind, Aryl started explaining the situation to the gatekeepers.

"Oy, you there, come with me. I need you to explain in detail."

Looks like they're gonna cross examine me. Aryl followed behind me.

"It'll be fine. I'll be your guarantor."
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I followed along after getting told that.

(I can always run if it comes down to it.)

We were led to a guard rest hut.

Afterward, they kept questioning me.
Birthplace, age, reason for leaving, how I defeated the bandits, yet they never asked my name for some reason.

(Maybe it's cause they're in charge of watching countless people coming and going everyday? No point in knowing some random bumpkin's name, I guess?)

Once I thought this questioning is nothing more than a formality, I stopped thinking too hard.

"I don't know the village's name. 15. I've decided to live alone once I've come of age. I launched an ambush and lured them all into a trap."

When I gave that concise answer with a bit of lie and nothing more than necessary, the guard had a 'What's with this guy?' expression on his face. Seemingly reading the room, Aryl didn't say a word while keeping her smile.

It really was a formality, they released us after checking on Aryl and got the reply, 'He's telling the truth' from her about me exterminating the whole bandit gang thing. Apparently that was the important part.

(No one pointed out my [Blessless]-ness from my black hair and black eyes thus far... Hmm?)

"I have him hired as my bodyguard. Will you please let us go through? And could you purchase the bandits' belongings?"

Aryl seemed quite used to this kind of stuff, she took care of everything in one go.
When I thanked her later, she told me, 'I only did what's right.' I thanked her once again.

The mountain heap of loot were quickly calculated, bulking up my pocket.
Are they gonna use one of the stuff as evidence? I quickly erased that unnecessary thought.
What should I do now. With that in my mind, I left the hut and went through the gate along with Aryl.

(I don't wanna get dragged into trouble, intrigues or incidents. Spare me. I'm fed up already.)

It hasn't even been a day since I left the village.

I followed Aryl who led us into a crowd.

 

 

 

 

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Kamisama no Kago wo Kyohishitara?! Chapter 24

24 Companies in Travel and Life

 

I checked every single men I sent flying.

(They're all dead... And I was just poking them lightly...)

After what happened with the boar magic beast, I tried to hold myself back here.
I got dejected by my own power's abnormality.

(That Saiya grandson did training to control his strength. I can see how hard that is now...)

I have no issue in my normal state outside Acceleration.
But once the [Switch] is on, it's like I'm being toyed around by my power instead.

(Should I stop my daily workout? Kinda afraid I'd cause an even bigger mess than this...)

"Er, um! T-thank you very much."

The girl I saved had come next to me and said her thanks before I knew it.
Her words were filled with gratitude.

I stopped pondering and checked the surroundings. To ascertain no more foes lurking.

"These guys are all dead... What now?"

"Eh...? Ah, yes... you can just leave them here. It'll be fine as long as you report to the government office later... Eh? All of them? Dead? Eh?"

What is she surprised about? Well whatever.
But I'm a bit surprised at myself. Manslaughter. Even if those men were trash not worth hurting your conscience over.
Yet it didn't really feel real to me.
Punched a chin, kicked an abdomen, a light push, a direct punch on the chest, a chop on the neck, and a high kick on the head.
Even if I didn't have killing intent and was just testing my power.

"Won't they get eaten by carnivorous animals? Is that all right?"

I spoke as if I wasn't the one who did all that.

"Ah, if that's the case, please feel free to take all these bandits' belongings. Go ahead."

"Ah, really? So you can do that. Right, glad to see you're unhurt."

She noticed late and changed her tone.

"Yes, you have my gratitude for saving me in my..."

"Ah, no need for formality. I mean we're probably around the same age. Just speak frankly."

Afterward, I took all valuables from the corpses. No hesitation.
These guys no longer need them anyway.

(Have I always been this cold of a human...)

'I sure took myself wrong', I thought to myself.

"I would like to express my gratitude, but I'm sorry, I don't have anything on me right now..."

"Eh? Ah, don't need it. Well then! Take care."

Not like I was expecting reward. The trouble's been taken care of anyway.
As I was about to walk away, she called out to me.

"Um! Where might you be going?"

"Commercial city though?"

"I'm sorry. I know it's impudent of me for asking after you just saved me and all, but could you let me go with you?"

I thought for a bit.
(She got attacked, saved and still got some way to go left. Guess she'd feel uneasy being left alone now. She must want a bodyguard until her destination...)
"...Sure, I don't mind."

"Thank you so much! Oh, I'm Airyl. A peddler."

(I may have saved her and all, but isn't she a bit too trusting? Well whatever.)

"Well, as they say, 'Companies in travel and life'."

"Eh... Ha...?"

"Huh? That didn't go through?"

"Err, uh, umm? That's a nice phrase?"

"Well anyway. Let's get a move on."

I thought to myself as I lifted up my loaded baggage.
Man, what should I do about lunch.

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After walking for about one kilometer. I've already regretted my decision.

(She's slow. I'd have gotten there by now if I ran.)

Naturally she wouldn't have been able to catch up with me running in [Acceleration] state.

"Um, would you like to have lunch together?"

I affirmed her and the two of us walked under a tree.
That was the first exchange we did until this point. I wasn't going to make small talks.

"...Just who are you?"

 

 

 

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23 Each One

 

Ruminating over my options:
1. Completely ignore them and hurry on ahead
(I mean, it's not like I'm some big damn hero, am I?)

2. Call out to them and ask what's going on
(I'd rather not get involved, but it's too late now that I've come across this scene.)

It would keep weighing on my mind if the girl ended up in an awful situation.
Yet I don't want to actively poke my nose into bothersome matters. I recall the bullying done by those four in the village.
Also, I'm not some powerless commoner who can't stand up against violence.
If I were, I would have hidden myself in some bush and turned a blind eye.

(Helping others... Is [Going with It] the fate of those with the power to?)

I'm not a goody two shoes, yet neither am I a scumbag, nor a brute.
Thus, I'm unable to overlook this.

(Phew... Is this what they call a template...)

Trying to make it seems cool inwardly feels like nonsense.
I got closer and listened to the men talking.

Hoarse voices that grate the ears could be heard.




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Dirty looking men started throwing gibberish at the shrinking girl.
"Stay still if ya don't wanna get hurt."
"We're gonna make ya feel reaaal good."
"Gehehehe, then we're gonna make a bank selling ya after, along with yer' baggage."
"Chill, I'm a gentleman 'see."
"It's gonna hurt at first, but as it goes on... buberabo!!"

The main source of the repulsive ear grating voice got blown 3 meter away.

"Aa~, thanks for making this simple with your cliched thuggish lines."

One after another, all 15 men were blown away in no time flat.

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I'm a merchant. A novice who's just started out by herself.
But I have learned a lot of trade art from my master who supported me until this point. I was confident.

I plan to sell my goods in the commercial city famed throughout the empire.
You need money to do business, make yourself known and build connections, so I had saved as much money as I could for this moment.
Money wasn't the only thing required. There's transportation, goods inspections, and expenditure which need careful elaborations.
As a result I could only afford to hire a [you get what you pay for] mercenary.

So this end result was brought about by my ignorance on the situation in the mercenaries guild, prioritizing on my own only instead.
My lapse of judgment on the importance of information has now cost me dearly.
Information is the most important thing to merchants.
Yet it had completely slipped my mind.
Forget being an expensive life lesson, I likely won't see the sunrise again at this rate.

As that fear dominated my mind, a sword was thrust before my neck, I lost strength on my trembling legs imagining what would become of me.
(Why... are they... ambush... from the start, they were planning to...!)

I took light of [Danger].
How the merchant that took care of me never encountered bandits, magic beasts, quarrels or even disputes also contributed to my carelessness.
Of course that was due to the fact that they hired trusted and highly skilled mercenaries to take care of the problems. This realization came too late, and the [Pain] wouldn't help me in the future.

(No! ...I don't want to get violated by these thugs...!)

Regret, terror, contempt toward these men and repulsion all got mixed within me.

You often hear these anecdotes. How travelers getting assaulted.
A common happenstance you never thought would befall you.
And in most cases, regret came too late, as they met an atrocious end with no salvation.

"I don't wanna die..."
I spoke while quivering. Despite fully knowing the other party wouldn't even consider my words.

"I don't wanna die..."
Even if I survived, only a wretched life would await me.

"I don't wanna die..."
Can a life wrapped in despair and misery along with a broken mind even be considered 'alive'?

I don't have a god I rely on.
I believe in money. Not as a miser.
It's simply the logical thing to. Because I'm a realist.

I'm fully aware that offering these men money now would only fuel their disgusting laughter further.

With a trembling voice so low no one would hear it,

"Someone help me... god..."

I whispered.

This was the first time the girl ever prayed in her life. Wishing for god to save her.




"Aa~, thanks for making this simple with your cliched thuggish lines."


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"Aw yeah, a big hit."
"Guess it's time to teach a young missy an expensive lesson on the way of the world."
"Yea, can't wait."
"Can't find a cushy job lately 'fter all."
"Gotta hide somewhere afterward. At least till things calm down a tad."

The men talked in whisper in a dirty alleyway behind a tavern.
One of these men had taken an escort job for a young merchant girl. However, he was the only one.
The only one hired.
While his client went somewhere to prepare for the trip, he gathered the men here.
They're to meet up in front of the gate. There's still time until then.

"Take her halfway. We'll go on ahead. It's an easy job, gonna be over soon. The rest is pleasure time."
"Whelp, I'm off now. Can't make my client wait after all."

Guhi guhi, the place was filled with repulsive laughter.
They all dispersed with that as a signal.
Every single one of them looks suspicious, all the more if they're in one group.
They all took different paths to get to the ambush spot.


The man greeted his client, 'Hello.'
The young girl who likely just came of age energetically replied, "Please take care of me", without even a shred of wariness.
This was the only word they spoke.
They kept silent along the way. And just kept walking forward.
The trip came to an end a bit after noon.

Once the man found his friends hiding in a forest along the roadside, he couldn't stop grinning and turned to look at his prey.
Breaking the silent, he uttered a word he had been waiting for.

"Whelp, it's time!"

During the moment the girl looked surprised at this word, he drew his sword and thrust it before her neck.

"Stay still if ya don't wanna get hurt."

More men came out of hiding one after another. Each uttering filthy words.
However, that place turned into hell due to the appearance of a lone intruder.

"Aa~, thanks for making this simple with your cliched thuggish lines."

 

 

 

 

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Kamisama no Kago wo Kyohishitara?! Chapter 22

22 Oneself

 

Later, father told me that the beast I killed is a magic beast.

Villagers who came across us on our way back trembled in fear, had funny expressions on their faces from shock, froze up they wouldn't dare move a muscle, or screamed out loud, really all kinds.

As we arrived back home, mother got knocked off her feet and passed out from excessive shock.

We woke her up and I explained, 'I did promise this morning after all', which she replied with a dry laugh, 'Ha, hahaha....'

Father and mother called their friends to help with stripping the magic beast clean.
These people have stayed friend with my parents even after I was born as a Blessless.
Being promised a portion of the materials as a give and take for helping also didn't hurt.

(Well, I could have finished it in an instant if I just used [Acceleration].)

But I can't do that. I'm staying out of the work.

I'll stay away from other villagers until the very end. Even if I'm leaving this village tomorrow, the condition must be upheld.



The dinner that night was grand.
Even liquor usually only served during harvest festivals was there.

"Alright, it's family time. Let's drink."

"I'm still not of age though?"

"My, what's wrong with it, you'll be one tomorrow anyway. Don't be cold now!"

Mother filled her cup and gulped it down in one dash.
I was surprised to see this side of mother I never knew.

The meal tonight became the most striking memory I had in this village.

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Morning the following day. Father and mother are seeing me off at the village's gate.

"Mom, dad, thank you for taking care of me all this time."

It was short because we already exchanged farewell during last night meal.

But father quietly squeezed a whisper with his face turned down the ground.

"Just who are you..."

Mother standing right next to him didn't seem to catch it.

Yet, I clearly heard it. I ended up hearing it.

I turned around while feigning ignorance, silently walked past the gate and left the village without turning back.

From this moment onward, I'm by myself.


(I am Saitou Shunichi, an ordinary office worker. Sales dept.)

Father's word made me strongly recall my previous life.
The one who lived in this village was [Me], yet also not.
'Who am I' huh?
The answer would be 'Me' before I got reincarnated.

I rejected having everything be reset. I reinforced the belief that I am me from the bottom of my heart. That time.



I recall the feeling I had forgotten from that time.

"I want to get a punch on god. A punch filled with this rage for getting me forcefully reincarnated into this world."

I put that hopeless and unrealistic wish into words.
So that I won't ever forget this anger. So that I won't forget who I am.

That said, it'd be boring to fixate myself on that so I tuck it away into the corner of my mind.

"Okay now, guess I'll run."

This morning, I've decided to head to a commercial city where I likely can find a job.
It's a straight road there from here. Running all the way there in place of the usual work out regime sounds like a good idea.

"What to do about breakfast?"

I took a stance while shouldering the big rucksack on my back like they're lightweight feathers.

"Yoi... Don!"

I vanished from the spot, appearing in the far horizon a moment later.



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I had been running for a while. And just as I was about to consult my stomach about having meal, I saw figures of people.
Their state brought about shock, astonishment and curiosity all at once.

"Oy oy, what is this, a prime [Template] or something?"

Around 15 men have surrounded a lone girl right in the middle of this nowhere road.

 

 

 

 

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Kamisama no Kago wo Kyohishitara?! Chapter 21

21 Before Departure

 

Ever since the knife incident, the bullying stopped.
It was refreshing. But humans are a spoiled creature.
It also made me feel a bit lonelier.
I get that sounds contradictory, but those four were the only ones.
The only villagers who came in contact with me.

(Well that doesn't mean I [Regret] this though.)

I had a few friends in my past life as well, a dry human who didn't really mind being by himself.
It's nothing new to me.

"Now then, time to work on the field, weed it out and feed livestock, and after that it's workout time."

Thus I spent my uneventful daily life on the usual routine.



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I've turned 14 and will come of age the next day.
Time goes by so quick, tomorrow I'll be departing this village.
Last night I made preparations for the journey and luggage. But I haven't decided where I'm headed yet.

Today, father invited me to go hunting from early morning.

"This will be our last outing together..."

Once I've left the village, I can never come back. That was one of the conditions put forward.
Mother forced herself to laugh despite her teary reddened eyes.

"Turning this that big a deal makes it all the more hard for me. Just act like usual, mom. It's not like I'm dying or anything."

"But it's going to get lonely. And when I think I can't see you anymore..."

I soothe mother who looked like she's about to cry again.

"I mean look! I'm leaving the village tomorrow right? You're gonna run out of tears if you don't save some, mom. I'll be sure to send you letters too."

I joked around a bit.

"We'll be off! We're gonna catch a big one for sure! Just you wait!"


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We made a quick work out of our first prey.

Normally we'd be deciding on whether to resume the hunt or call it off, but father was in a high spirit.

"It will be our last dinner together. Let's make it grand."

"I'm telling you just act like usual. There'll be less emotional upheaval like that, you know?"

"Save the difficult words. I want to celebrate you going independent. As a father."

"Oh come on, it's nothing that grand, is it. You're exaggerating, dad."

However, I was actually feeling thankful to my father's familial love from the bottom of my heart.

(Alright! I'll make use of my power and hunt some big one here.)





(Uwaa... It's pretty much that in the flesh... You hunt them in Monster (Hunter)...)
"Dos... Fan... Boar?"

That thing showed up from within the forest. It was the biggest beast I have ever seen in my life yet.


(Is this a [Boss]...? A big haul? Alright! I'mma do it!)

Knowing this would be my last hunt in this village, I decided to reveal the power I had kept hidden from father and mother up until now.

I picked up a pebble on the ground.

(I mean this is a good chance as any to measure up my power. Might be the first and the last time to.)

Since I had never got the chance to before this, I got heated up for once.

So I thought as I threw the pebble at the boar.

It hit the boar squarely, turning its attention to me before it made a charge.




The world moves in slow motion.
I'm in [Acceleration] state.

(Now then, the best move against a ramming attack would be that.)

I never usually got this excited, but my tension was uncharacteristically high this time, I even came up with a practical joke.

(Man, I remember playing around with it in Elementary school.)

I took the stance of a fighting game character which has a red headband, a white dougi, and seeks those stronger than him.

I charged up my strength, and waited for the side of the boar's face to slowly draw close to me before unleashing my punch.




"Sh***uken!"




"DOGOON!"

That was the sound of a shockwave created from the beast getting punched.


Immediately after, the giant body crashed into the ground, 'ZUDON!', causing a tremor.




I was remorseful. I moved on to drain the blood in order to avert my eyes.

(That was shameful... Yeah sure I'm starving for fighting games, but that was just too much... Far too much... Way to be a grown up...)

Due to the unbearable shame, I ended up making some inane-sounding excuses to my father.

After slitting the neck of the hung boar, I ruminated what just happened.

(That punch... Wasn't at my full power... This stuff is dangerous... I can't seem to grasp the full extent of my power... I was just lightly tracing the motion and yet... That much power!)

I was planning to gradually increase my strength over a barrage of punch to then grasp control over this power, that plan crumbled in one punch.

(This is no joke... Gotta seal this power... Can't use it willy-nilly...)

Once the blood draining process was over, I snapped back to reality.

"Let's go home dad. Mom's waiting. Oh man, we're running late, aren't we."


I'm just glad I managed to hunt a big one as promised.
Though now I'm hit with a new problem on this seemingly bottomless power.


Additionally, I didn't notice the face father turned at me as I casually lifted and carried the giant boar around.

 

 

 

 

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Kamisama no Kago wo Kyohishitara?! Chapter 20

20 Through the Father's Eyes

 

The bullying stopped ever since that day.

The four boys' parents were called to a village assembly where they were heavily rebuked and made to resign from their positions.
The father who was one of the witnesses also participated in this assembly, watching it unfold was liberating to him.

He also talked to his wife, about everything, giving her a peace of mind.
She had various expressions while listening, from sorrow, anger, and relief, and he would reassure her, 'It's all in the past', 'He's safe now', 'Our son is fine', 'The boy himself doesn't seem to mind'.

The person concerned himself is working in the field like usual.





His son calmly stopped a knife coming his way. Then he should be able to deal with problems on his own now.
That wasn't the nerve of a child.
The father's impression who saw it first hand was,

(When did he gain that strength... no, perfect body movement? No, I could not even catch him move.)

He himself could see the chain of event. And yet.
Despite his son moving like a child would, he couldn't even recognize what really took place.
Experience? Masterful? It's nothing like that. It's more...
Something that cannot be expressed with mere words... A domain men cannot ever hope to reach... That's...

(Monstrosity... Even if that's true...)

A word that remained in his ears crossed his mind.
But he recalled. The joy and relief he felt when his son was born.
There's only one thing his son is. Their irreplaceable treasure.



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A day before the boy comes of age, the two parent and son went to forest for their [Last Hunt Together as Father and Son].

"I'm not gonna lose to dad anymore now."

"Haha. Dad is just glad there's nothing to worry about. It's not about winning or losing."

"Thanks, dad."

"Look we've got a prey. Save your gratitude for tomorrow. Oh another one."



They got two game in this last hunting day.

"We got in too deep huh. Let's get back early."

They managed to catch the first prey but had a hard time finding another.
And though that's not all the reason, the two of them ended up going deeper into the forest.
The deeper they go in a forest the more dangerous it gets. A fact one must never forget.
But he wanted to cook up something extravagant today for his son's farewell party.

"See, I told you. You should have calmed down, dad."

The son admonished him.

"Just go like you've always been. I'll miss it, but that's all the more reason to..."

He was overjoyed at his son's growth hearing that.

(Can't tell which one's the adult here.)

The laughter only lasted briefly.
Thump, thump, those sounds echoed along with tremor coming from deeper inside the forest.


He forgot to move due to the shock.
This moment of indecisiveness shut off their chance to run away.

A giant beast showed up before him.

"You go run away on your own... I'll lure it and..."

He knows what this thing is.


Magic beast.

A beast that receives an abundant amount of mana through some kinds of means and grows up without dying.
Excessive mana brings about death, but there are rare cases where individual beasts survive and turn into magic beasts.

There had never been any record of one emerging in the forest surrounding their village.
Yet one now stands before them.


Its width is about the height of an adult. The length is double that.
Its body is like a giant round log with short yet thick quadruple legs.
It has a protruded snout and a big spread mouth below.
From inside that mouth, two mighty white tusks project out bending upward, each the size of a human adult.
Its dark brown fur is packed with bristle covering its entire body.

"Dos... Fan... Boar...?"
<TLN: Monster Hunter's Bulldrome in the localized version.>

His state of mind couldn't even afford to hear what his son said.
Mustering up all his courage, he's prepared to bet his life to let his [Treasure], his [Son], get away.
Unknown if that [Treasure] was aware of that resolve, the boy nonchalantly picked a stone and threw it at the magic beast, provoking it.

(What are you trying to puuuuuuuuull!)

His inner shouting never reached anyone.

The magic beast immediately changed direction, let out a 'Bufuu!' snort and began readying a charge swiping the ground with its hind legs and forelegs.




What took place afterward was brief.
The magic beast rammed itself toward his son in one bound like it was weightless.

Getting rammed by such thing means certain death to humans. And just before it hit.
It was so very brief he couldn't even afford to have that thought flash in his mind.

But what reflected before his eyes was the magic beast getting toppled and then spun splendidly in the air.

"DOGOON!" "ZUDON!" the tremor snapped him back to reality.
With his brain still suspended due to the shock.

That 'Zudon' was the sound of magic beast crashing into the ground.
He understands that much. But what was that 'Dogoon' his ears picked up for a moment there then?

This question the other person here does not even consider is bothering him.

His doubt was the crux of the matter here.
But his eyes could not catch this essential answer at that moment.

However, he instinctively understood.

(Monster...)

"Dad, we got a big one. I'm going to donate this to the village as my farewell gift."

He couldn't even reply his son.
But he frantically try to deny that thought.

"D-don't be absurd. It's the parents' duty to prepare farewell gift. Why should you even gift the village when you're being banished?"

The toppled magic beast didn't even twitch.

(Did that kill it...)

"But y'know, I want to get back at them. Like, see, you guys drove out someone who can catch this big game."

He could only stare dumbfounded as his son started draining blood off the beast.
Why you ask?
Because the boy so easily lifted up and hung that heavy magic beast on a tree.
Then, using an only decently sharp skinning knife, the boy sliced the beast's neck 'Hyu!', cutting it off in just one swing.

"Well, I'll help if you're going that far. You're planning to use all of it?"

"Yep, better make it simple~."

"T-thought I'd take it easy and spend time with you today, things gonna get busy now."

He forced himself to clown around. For the sake of staying a father to his son until the end.
He's dumping everything he experienced here deep in the crevices of his mind.

The son would then carry the blood drained magic beast over his head.
His expression looked like the ordeal was nothing to him.

"Let's go home dad. Mom's waiting. Oh man, we're running late, aren't we."

"Ah... Y-yeah. Mom's sure to get knocked off her feet when she sees this."

He acts natural despite the impossible scene before him.
To protect his irreplaceable treasure until the very end.

And thus the last father and son hunt ended.




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Kamisama no Kago wo Kyohishitara?! Chapter 19

19 Where Power Headed to

 

The knife is slowly drawing near. Aimed at my solar plexus.
Just before it reached me, I took a half step back with one leg, twisted the center of my body to dodge it, grasped his hand and bent his elbow in at the fulcrum.

(Gotta match my speed without exerting power, there you go.)

I want to conceal this [Power]. Or to be more exact, I'm still unable to grasp the full extent of this power, so I can't go all out yet.

(I actually can but someone will wind up dead for sure...)

I've got to check it out one of these days. But this isn't the time for that.
Though I don't think that chance will come during this peaceful life.
However, I must be ready to give it my all when the time calls for it, such as a matter of life and death like this.
I'm still not ready yet to kill. Yet such a shallow line of thinking could potentially cost me things dear to me. Someday.
To be kind to others and strict to oneself isn't easy. But that doesn't mean you should resign yourself to fate either.
Yet wishing for things to conveniently go your way is only human.

(Wonder where can I find some evil guys no one gonna complain even when killed... would make for a good test for my full strength.)

A dangerous idea crossed my mind which I immediately shut out.


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As the knife tip rest on his neck, the village elder raised his voice.
Father also immediately moved and shouted.

"Fool! What are you doing! Don't be hasty! ...Aa...?"
"You! Where'd you hide that knife! ...Wha...?"

The two reacted too slow. It's over already.
That I'm behind his back, so they can't see me also doesn't help.

A knife was coming at me, I dealt with it and twisted the arm pointing the knife at the assaulter's neck instead.
All of that was done before they could let out a voice.
Them sounding dumbfounded at the end is understandable.

"This is the proof of this guy's monstrosity! He caught arrows shot at him bare handed! So many arrows! This guy is a plague! He must be a demon or something! We gotta exile this guy from this village, or else we're all done for!"


(Not pulling any punch huh. Maybe I should just crush those four like this guy wanted?)

I haven't said a word so far because I want keep our contact at minimum.
Any extraneous communication is likely gonna have the opposite effect anyway.

"Whether he's a monster or a plague has no bearing so long as our village stays unaffected. The one who's been making trouble with unwarranted actions is you. Not this guy."

The boy hasn't seem to give up yet, he's still resisting.

"Getting in contact with this guy being your own responsibility is a decision agreed upon by the whole village. You do hunting at the forest, do you not? It's the same thing. If you intend to reap lives, you must be prepared to have yours reaped as well. Surely you have been taught as much."

Father slowly took the knife away from the boy's hand.
Then I released him.


"Even if he has been abandoned by god or even if he's a demon, this boy is our one and only son. We will keep him safe no matter what. No matter who is it against."

Father declared powerfully.
I almost cried when I heard that, but the one crying turned out to be.

"DAMNITAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALL."

This guy.


"I won't pursue you four for your crime. However, your parents must take responsibility. Especially your fathers who keep insisting him as a calamity."

(Well, they didn't teach their kids to not mess with me after all. If I were really a calamity and doing that ended up badly for the village, that'd be ridiculous instead.)

Not like I'm gonna do that of course.

"Depending on their explanation, they may have to resign from their positions."

Their parents must have worked behind the scene, preventing their deeds from coming into light thus far.
But a violent act was carried out right before the elder's eyes just now. Even though it failed.
Were I dead here and some disaster befell this village, taking responsibility would be the least of those guys' problem.
I don't plan on dying though.

"I must extend you my deepest apologies. You may resume your life as is."

Thus ended the talk.

And just as I was about to leave the door outside, behind us the elder quietly spoke, "Forgive me."

 

 

 

 

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18-35. A Boy in Labyrinth City (9)

 

"Huh? Lachesis?"

Morning, I ran into Lachesis on my way back from my daily running regime.

I tried to get closer but noticed she was with other people behind a building.
Those people Lachesis is talking to are hiding under their robe hoods, looking real suspicious. I've never seen deep purple robes before.

Thinking she might be having trouble, I stealthily sneaked closer.

"We are seeds left behind by gods."
"I am me. Don't call me a seed."

I could hear them talking behind the building.

Judging from the tone, they seem to know Lachesis at least.
But maybe not in that good of terms.

"Let us go back to the 『Mansion of Freedom』. Your parents are waiting."
"You mean foster parents you cult prepared?"

Cult? Not temple?

--Niisan. You shouldn't eavesdrop. Young ladies have a thing or two they want to keep secret.

My little sister's words suddenly flashed on my mind.
Or so she said when I came across her talking with someone.

"--I'm not like elder sisters!"

I turned my sight back and saw Lachesis running to the opposite direction.
Looks like they had a disagreement while I was thinking about my little sister.

Wonder what's going on with Lachesis?

Wonder where had she been living, and how it was like?

It's bothering me for some reason.

"--Oy, Sharon. Hey, Sharon!"

The knowledgeable Zaki is standing in front of me.

"Err?"
"What's up with you? You've been spacing out all morning."

The quiet Rasa look at me with upturned eyes.

Right, I'm now in the square where beginner course is held before I was aware.

I can't recall what I've been doing with Lachesis occupying my mind.
Considering my damp hair and full stomach, I think I took a bath at the riverside and had breakfast with Zaki and Rasa after that.

"You caught a cold or something?"
"My bad, I was spacing out for a bit there."

I apologized to the worried Zaki and Rasa before we moved to our group's meeting place.

"Good morning."
"Ou! There you are!"
"Morning~ I still wanna sleep more~"

Yuto, an apprentice priest of Zaikuon Temple incapable of casting sacred magic, the small ratkin Neze, the big dogkin Tegu, as well as--the gloomy looking Lachesis were there.
Noble lad Rojim and his servitor Sagu haven't arrived yet it seems.

"Good morning, Lachesis."
"--Yeah."

She replied back halfheartedly to my greeting.
Looks like the thing this morning is weighing on her mind.

"So--"
"Students, gather round so I command."

Just as I was about to ask Lachesis, the beautiful instructor interrupted with her loud voice.

"Let's go, Sharon."

Urged by Rasa, I went to where instructor was.

"Today we shall hold a mock group battle with me as your opponent so I inform."
"Eeh, dunno how strong you are instructor, you're not gonna win vs this many people, yeah?"
"Student, Neze. There is strength in number indeed, but so is in level so I correct."

Despite our incredulity, instructor easily made a short work out of us all while giving advice on how to improve our combat.

What surprising was--.

"Next up, we shall practice fighting against tentacled monsters."

She used magic to control several ropes, making them move like a creature that twine our limbs and taught us how to deal with such monsters.
She also used [Flexible Shield] magic to represent sturdy monsters, or made cloth and firewood float like flying monsters, and many other kinds of monsters.

We were lying on the ground all beat by the time it was break time.

"Professional explorers are really something else..."

I whispered as I looked at instructor while gasping for breath...
I thought she was a warrior, turns out she could even cast magic.

The noble lad, Rojim and his servitor, Sagu refuted my thinking.

"Fool, don't use that as a standard. You won't see many explorers at that level."
"Young master is right. You'd be hard pressed to even find someone so skilful in Shiga Kingdom."

There's six other like her in this very place though?
Is it cause they're sisters?

"Breaktime is over so I inform. Second turn will feature Hell Crabs and Sand Worms so I notify."

Completely unlike the interesting sounding names, the practice from noon on was hellish, forget Lachesis and Zaki, even Rojim and priest apprentice Yuto who had been training since childhood were laying on the ground by the end.

"Standing up until the end is impressive, so I inform. Do continue your basic training from now on, so I encourage."

The last one standing, me, finally gave out with that praise from instructor.







"Sorry, it's my fault."
"Don't mind it. Everybody else couldn't walk either, their legs were trembling and all."

Now that the practice is over, we make our way to the stall square.

"Tomorrow's the real thing!"
"Ou~, labyrinth at last~"

Ratkin Neze and dogkin Tegu are right, the last day will be in the labryinth, with instructor leading the way for us.

"Let's get something hearty today."
"Hum~, money's getting tight so I'll just grab the usual."

We couldn't work during the course, so our finance is getting to dangerous level.

"Ah! It's Gon's group."

Zaki pointed at the big Gon, grumbler Keros and Shina accompanying them.
Gon is holding a giant shield, Keros has an eyepatch on him for some reason. All three have more bandages on them than the last time we saw them.

"Are you hurt, Keros?"
"Sharon huh--Just a cut on my eyelid. I can see just fine soon."

I called out to him out of worry, and got a cold reply.

"And you Gon, that new equipment looks great."
"I've been selected as a shielder, see."

Unlike yesterday, he seems to be in a good mood today.

"But isn't it dangerous. I mean, that last shielder got hurt really bad too. If even Gon ended up like her..."

Shina who had just lost her friend expressed her worry.

From training today I learned that shielders are heavily equipped but they also get hurt the easiest due to their role of aggroing monsters.

"Hmph, like I'd let some monster do me in. I've been selected and all. I'm gonna show 'em my best!"
"But still, try to not get hurt."
"Hmph, guys who don't even earn anything in the labyrinth got no business preaching me!"

Looks like my concern touched Gon's pride, he left with perked up shoulders.

"Are they gonna be alright?"
"They're getting wounded again, guess labyrinth really is dangerous."
"He's one sturdy guy, he'll be fine."

We looked at their back for a bit before joining up with the others who had been waiting for us and had a meal together.







"This is the minimum amount of luggage you should carry into the labyrinth so I inform."

The following morning, we had gathered at the usual space when the instructors gave us our provisions.
Which is six torches, two tinderboxes, a smoke bomb and a flash bomb, two spare water bags, a few rags and a rope. The rags are apparently for stopping bleeding and markings. Also three portable food. And finally several sacks to hold gathered materials.

"Hey this isn't water? Liquor?"
"That Beria Liquor disinfects wounds so I correct."

That's quite extravagant for a disinfectant.

"Once you have disinfected your wound, use either Beria Salve or Magic Potion depending on the severity so I inform."
"It's all Beria."
"Yes, student Neze. Half of the explorers survive thanks to Beria's amicability so it has been acknowledged."

Oh right, we did some daily Beria Leaf gathering didn't we.
That was only a few days ago, but it felt like ages ago. We were with Gon, Keros and Shina back then.

"We will now distribute medicine supply so I declare."

The instructors gave one Beria magic potion and one Beria salve to each of us.

You sure we can have these for free?
Think they're worth several silver coins or so.

"Master has donated a great amount of cash for the sake of rookie explorers' survival, fret not so I inform."
"Master?"

Felt like my little sister said something similar before.

Next to me Lachesis whispered, "Why is it in English."
Lachesis who was moody yesterday is looking a bit livelier today, she's probably excited for the labyrinth diving.

"--What?"
"It's nothing."
"You're weird."

Lachesis looked at me quizzically when she noticed me staring at her.
I'm a bit afraid she's gonna hate me but more importantly, I'm just glad she's looking better.

"In addition to those, mappers should bring pens and papers with them, so I inform."
"I have them with me!"

Zaki showed papers strung together and black coal sticks.

"Student Zaki, smartly done, so I evaluate."
"Hehehe, thank you, instructor."

Zaki looked bashful from the praise.
Apparently he couldn't work on his map during the time we got in the labyrinth that time, so he learned from his failure.

"Executing final reminder--"

After checking with some of us if we had carving knifes on us, instructor led the way to the labyrinth.


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"As you can see, the competition for good hunting grounds is fierce, thus you should avoid them in your first two, three years so I recommend."

Affirming the instructor's words, there are several parties waiting in the marsh area for Maze Frogs and meadow area for Maze Beetles, every time monsters come out of the gushing holes, they will rush from all directions to be the first to hunt them.

"Well, we don't have enough levels anyway."
"Yes, student. Either spot requires late 10s or early 20s so I estimate."

I recall that former soldier old man who retired in my village was level 8, how many years would it take me to get there I wonder.

"Hey, so, can't we just hunt weak monsters in the same area?"
"That is one option so I inform."

The instructor affirmed Neze's idea.

Having strong explorers around would be reassuring when you get in trouble.

"However, you must also consider the fact that people limit their hunting activities while they wait for the next gushing, so instruct."
"Because it's not profitable?"
"Yes, student. The only things you obtain after a hard struggle will be magic cores and materials with low demands so inform."

Apparently there's better places than that.

The instructors let us hunt once as a trial, and the result was one copper coin, around Maze Moth worth, despite the higher difficulty.
We managed to not get seriously hurt thanks to heavily armored Rojim and the big Tegu, but we would have suffered more with our daily ware armor otherwise.

We left the crowded marsh area and went to the goblin maze in the first area.

"Uwaa, it's awesome. There's a maze on the bottom of the ravine."
"I can see passages inside those pillar-like rocks in the maze."
"They look more like towers than pillars?"

We looked down at the goblin maze from atop a ravine.

"There's so many suspension bridges between those pillars."

Those bridges range from looking really sturdy to really frail it's probably falling if you get on it.

"You should remember the general shape so I advice."

According to instructor, this maze houses countless gushing holes where goblins--referred as demi goblins by instructor--from the lowest rank to upper rank like fighting and warrior goblins roaming around.

This doesn't seem like a [Profitable Ground].

"The only thing worth anything out of goblins is their core after all."
"What about goblin oil and goblin liquor?"

I overheard about it in the stall square, you can buy goblin oil cheaper than animal oil so it's pretty popular among low level explorers as lantern fuel.

"That oil doesn't get dropped by goblins ssuyo. Labyrinth oil merchants extract that off goblin corpses ssu. And only poor explorers drink goblin liquor ssu. On top of tasting bad it also gives you a tummy ache ssu."

Servitor Sagu replied.
Is that weird speech pattern his actual personality?

"But then why are we here?"
"Because it is optimal for the purpose of [Gathering Magic Cores] for your bronze badges, so I inform."

Apparently there's some competition here too but it's not as fierce as with the Maze Moths and Maze Rats in the main passages.

"Well then, let us begin the final phase of the course so I inform."

We advanced through the goblin maze led by instructor while taking detours around spots where other explorers were fighting.
Sometimes coming across other explorers around our age when we crossed the suspension bridges connecting the pillars.

"Be wary of shadows, so I warn."

Instructor struck a pillar shadow as she stepped forward.

"--Gugya."

A jet black goblin fell out of it.

"Shadow goblin!"
"Careful now! Their weapons are laced with toxin!"
"First strike win! Get 'im!"
"Got it!"

Neze took command as we all hit the shadow goblin all at once with our weapons.

"What a mess. No formation or anything."
"Wasn't young master super ready to leap yourself there."

The noble lad Rojim and his servitor Sagu opted to keep watch on the surroundings instead of participating.

"I believe you have been taught during the course. About how shadow goblins are the leading cause of mortality among rookie explorers by far so I fear."

Instructor spoke as she looked over us.
It's hard to tell since her expressions don't really change much, but it seems like she's concerned about us.

We kept hunting [Stray] goblins while polishing up our coordination, and once we got the hang of it, we looked for a group of three goblins and engaged in a group fight.

"That's a high ranking one."

A high ranking goblin showed up at the other end of the maze.
I quickly hid behind the wall before it found us.

"It's alone, we will make it a practice against stronger foes so I declare."

With instructor's command, we went up against the Goblin Grappler.

"It's huge..."
"Tell me about it, can you really call this goblin."

The high ranking goblin is big.
Towering over me and Zaki, about as big as the huge dogkin Tegu.

"Grapplers attack fast and hard so I warn."
"Understood. --Come, you Goblin Grappler!"

Noble lad Rojim hit his shield with his sword to attract Grappler's attention.
Pro shielders would have [Provoke] skill but not us with our low levels.

Rojim and Tegu alternately act as shielders, while servitor Sagu support them by hindering grappler.
I, Lachesis, and priest apprentice Yuto attack from the sides, Rasa and the small Neze slice at grappler's ankles from behind. Zaki who can't fight well is in charge of occasionally stabbing grappler with his short spear, drawing its attention.

"Dammit, it's so tough."
"My blade doesn't work."
"Mind how you swing your sword, so I advise. Compose yourself and recall your training so I inform."

Grappler's thick skin is unharmed by our weapons except for Rojim's prized sword.
The dagger my little sister gifted me could damage it, but all I could manage with each strike is a shallow wound.

A barrage of attack from grappler's unnaturally large fists and long arms proved to be very powerful, even the big Tegu got blown away along with his shield when he took it head on.

As I was watching Tegu, my lower body suddenly received a powerful shock.

I crashed and rolled on the ground.

"Sharon!"

I can't breathe.

No broken bone.

There's a dull pain on my waist.
It's a kick. I probably got hit by grappler's kick.

"Kuuh."

Priest apprentice Yuto fell down near me.
He got blown away along with me it seems.

Even my trump card, Ground Shrink, is useless against attacks coming from my blind sides.

As the grappler shifted its focus at Lachesis, the two shielders hit it with their shields luring it away.

"Sharon, can you move?"

Rasa ran up and checked my condition.
Zaki pulled Yuto.

"I'm fine. It wasn't bad enough to take magic potion."
"You sure?"

Rasa looked at me worryingly.

--Rom-niisan, don't even try to save medicine to your grave, okay?

My lil' sister words flashed on my mind as I endured the pain.

That's right. Getting slower from the pain would only cause trouble for everybody.

"No wait, I'll take one after all."

I pulled Beria magic potion plug and gulped it down.
I almost vomited from the grassy smell, but I bore with it.

"--The pain is going away."

I can move now.

Rasa and I returned to battle.

"Sharon, stop its right arm please. Our shielders won't last long at this rate."
"On it."

I followed Lachesis's order and struck at the grappler's right side along with Rasa.
The two shielders really have slowed down from fatigue.

"Ugyaaaaaaa."

Ratkin Neze rolled on the ground.
Grappler foresaw his attack and counterattacked.

Yuto and Zaki also returned to battle, reducing Lachesis's load.

"Dangit, how is it still fine after that many slices."

Zaki spoke half crying.

"Don't give up!"

I encouraged Zaki.

"Keep your spirit up! It may be strong, but this goblin is nothing compared to our instructor! Remember our training with instructor!"
"You're right! Compared to that hellish training this is nothing!"
"I ain't gonna lose to some grappler!"

Following Yuto, Rojim heated up.
Looks like Zaki wasn't the only one getting dispirited.

"It's getting weaker! Look how slower it's now!"

Lachesis shouted.
This might be the first time I saw her being this proactive.

"Just a bit more!"

Noble lad Rojim shouted.
Bathed in his own sweat, looking like he's gonna fall down anytime.

"Wooooooooo!"

Dogkin Tegu also yelled out loud.

Grappler launched a fierce assault on the two.
It's really intense. This grappler can still keep going it seems.

"Its movement is getting rougher."

Rasa muttered.

"Now--"

Rasa leaped in when grappler made a large swing, stabbing at its exposed side.

Grappler swings its backhand fist at Rasa who's stopped moving.

--Watch out.

I tackled at Rasa's legs, saving him from grappler's fist.

The two of us rolled down together.

Lachesis and Yuto stopped it as it was about to attack us again.

"This'll finish it!"

Noble lad Rojim pierced grappler's neck deep.

"Student Rojim, evasive action!"

Rojim couldn't react to instructor's warning and got hit by grappler's fist.

"--Young master!"

Sagu who took the hit for Rojim got blown away.

"Nuooooooo!"

The other shielder, Tegu stopped grappler with a ramming attack.

"Just a bit more! Don't let up your attack!"

We won't last for long with one of our shielders down.
We gave up on defending and jumped on grappler all together.

Yuto got blown away by a random fist swing, but the power was lacking compared to before.

"Wooooooo!"

I lunged at an opening, using my whole strength to spring up and cut at its carotid artery.
Bluish black blood gushed out, dirtying my shoulder.

Grappler fell down as it tried to attack me back.

"Is it dead?"
"Hold it, keep your guard up. It might be pretending."

After stabbing grappler body with short spears from a safe distance and confirming its death, it finally hit us that we had defeated it.

Not even grappler who survived getting its throat pierced could keep going after getting its carotid artery sliced it seems.
My little sister taught me that living beings have these arteries as their vital points.

"I'm beat."
"Can't move anymore."

Shielders Rojim and Tegu sprawled on the ground, followed by everyone else.

"Warning. Relaxing too much post battle is ill advised so I inform."

Instructor who had been watching our fight spoke.

"Students besides Sharon are to hone their stamina outside labyrinth so I recommend."

Yup, I'm confident in my stamina.

"Apologies, instructor."
"Taking a break is fine. What important is to keep watch on your surroundings still so I add."

Instructor stopped Yuto as he tried to get up and said that.

"We really beat it."

After a breather, Zaki said that while looking at the corpse.

"So you can deal with stronger monsters as long as you split up the roles."
"Yea, we really went and did it."

"That line of thought is dangerous so I warn."

Instructor called us out while we were praising each other.

"You should avoid fighting higher ranked foes inside labyrinth as much as you can so I inform."
"But we won?"
"That is because I prevented other monsters from joining the fray so I add."

Instructor produced a magic light and lit up the other end of the passage.

Over there--.

"Goblin corpses?"
"Yep. But, something's weird. Those are high ranking goblins."

Several corpses of higher ranking goblins lay there.
There's even a few grappler corpses, the same one we struggled with just now. As well as shield, sword fighters and wand bearer mages.

"Had they joined the fight..."
"--Retreat. No, we'd be wiped out."

We all had a bitter look on our faces.

"Sharon, that."
"Shadow Goblin corpse..."

Rasa pointed at a shadow goblin dead body holding a toxic dagger someplace away.
I realized how lax I had been, sending a chill down my spine.

"If instructor hadn't been here..."

Lachesis's mutter made us all imagine our death.

"Have you understood now, so I inquire."

We all nodded at instructor's question.

"Only explorers who secure safety margins return home in one piece so I instruct."
"""Yes, instructor."""

It was the thing taught during the course yet we only realized the true meaning of it now.

"Very well, let us return--"
"MOVEIIIIIIIIIT!"

Someone ran out of the other side of the passage while screaming that.
Countless shadows are moving behind them--.

"It appears a stampede has broken out so I warn."

I felt like there was a hint of unease in instructor's voice there.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kamisama no Kago wo Kyohishitara?! Chapter 18

18 Consequences

 

We're at village elder's house right now.

"I have got the gist of things. Let us make use of this chance to speak everything on our mind."

The village elder drank a cup of water before he began.

Up until this point, father was the only one talking, explaining what happened.
No one else tried to speak.
The four boys shrunk from having the elder found out about what they did.
There was no embellishment on the things I said.


"First, you four. What compels you to carry out such act?"

"This guy is a jinx, he's gonna bring disaster, he's gotta get out..."

"You do not believe those words yourself, do you? That's nothing more than a prattle you parrot from your parents."

The elder lightly reproved.
But that was enough to make the four turn pale.

The gangleader also seems willing to listen since the elder sits higher in the pecking order than his father.
But apparently he's not going down without a fight.

"This village is losing vigor because of this guy..."
"The villagers here do not even mingle with him, many may very well have even forgotten about him. In fact, we have had abundant harvests for the past few years, everybody is overjoyed."

"Cause of this guy, disaster..."
"There were times when this village suffered from flood thrice a year, but that was a thing of the past. This guy has nothing to do with that. Thanks to a better implementation of flood control during the year you lot were born, we no longer suffer flood damage."

"Misfortune came to this village cause of this guy..."
"What are you talking about. Many families have been blessed with children. Everybody is living their life full of laughter. No issue at all with work either. If there were any misfortune, it would be the passing of that old lady by the village's gate, due to old age. None other."


Elder, are you an S? Enumerating reality without mercy.
The boy even got into [orz] position see?
Still, I could only say 'My condolences' in my mind witnessing an orz in real life.


"Next up, your turn. Listen well now okay?"

Please take it easy on me, or so I wanted to say but I couldn't.
I don't wanna hear about fact that only hurts my heart okay?

"You are permitted to stay in this village until you are of age as long as any problem that arises is not directly perpetrated by you. That is the reason the people here take their distance from you. You yourself have been keeping your end of the bargain well."

Aka let the sleeping dog lie. Guess elder is a realist eh?

"Sure enough, you have not caused a single issue. I have no reason to believe that will not continue in the future."

Phew, I sighed out. Got the elder's seal of approval.
Father sighed in relief next to me as well.
But I guess this condition can't be changed still,

"However, it cannot be denied that there are those who feel uneasy. None can tell what lies in the future. Regardless of whether you have a hand on it or not."

So he's saying that if anything happens, those people will forcefully pin their misplaced unjustified anger on me as an outlet huh.

"You are to be banished at once were you cause any problem, but you have done no such thing. Many have even forgotten you exist."

Elder joked a bit there.
Well since I plan to take care of this matter thoroughly, it'd have likely turned into a problem.

"Letting you stay in this village until you are of age is a matter of responsibility. A bare minimum it may be. Seeing as you are born in this village, after all."

The elder patted father's shoulder as he said that, while father looked grateful for it.
I could feel my father's strength once again here, flaring me up.


That was when the trembling orz boy suddenly stood up and shouted out loud.

"Everything will be right! If only you die!"

He took a knife he had been hiding in his trousers pocket and pointed it at me with a face full of hatred.


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(Well, I knew he had a blade on him. I mean that bulge on his pocket was obvious.)


I had also expected this outcome. Even if I wished it didn't come true.

(I never believed this guy's parent would let it end with just a bow... guy's way too devious to.)

From the answers we pressed out of him, it was obvious that he ultimately wished for my [Death].

(In a worst case scenario, he'd stab me dead. By his own hands. I mean what other reason he was given a knife.)

Perhaps the parent is scheming to seize power in the village by using his son, promoting him as the village's savior who slayed the disaster or something?

(No way, can't be that rotten. Gotta stop with wild idea.)

I took my time pondering about things all while a knife was pointed at me.
After all it's not moving, it's stopped dead in its track.

(Because I've turned on the [Switch] within me.)




It's an [Acceleration] that would even surprise some 009 somewhere.

Turning on the [Switch] in my head stop the surroundings.
To be more precise, I've [Accelerated] myself out of the world's space and time.
And I can even control the [Gear].

From having everything in my surroundings stand completely still, to a slightly faster slow motion, I can freely choose which level.
What makes this possible?
Without a doubt, due to my [Blessless]-ness.

How come my physical body can endure this [Acceleration]?
Because I work out. Every single day. And no I'm not joking.

For sure though, that may be what really happens.
The basis for that interweaves with [Blessless].

How come my thought process works normally during accelerated state?
It's likely because of [Blessless] as well.
But I noticed another explanation.

(I was desperately thinking how to avoid that light in that temple.)

My thought process clearly moved at high speed back then.
That state is then combined with this [Acceleration].

Despite all the conjectures, I still can't grasp the principle behind [Blessless] and what changes it brings to my body.

(Things wouldn't have come down to this if only I got a Blessing. Maybe I should've let myself be bathed in that light... but...)

At the end of the day, I chose to remain as myself.

(Let's not deny my desperation at the time.)

Either way, the answer is clear.
[There is no correct answer].

However, that doesn't change the fact that I've found myself in a tough spot now.
I want to go back and play fighting games. Even if I'm aware that can never happen.
Reminiscing every little detail day by day.
Might as well live a secluded life somewhere and spend my days reminiscing.
I want to keep replaying that masterpiece in a loop in my head forever.
Yup, I've decided on my life's goal. Let's work toward that once I'm old enough to leave the village.

My mind wandered far astray but it wasn't without result. Alright!
Time to look at reality for once now.

After that lengthy pondering, in reality only a bit of time had elapsed, I finally shifted my attention at the knife.

 

 

 

 

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Kamisama no Kago wo Kyohishitara?! Chapter 17

17 Through the Bully's Eyes

 

*POV of the four kids' gangleader.

The boy believed. Their actions are for the good of the village.
In place of other villagers who are afraid to even get close, they're the only ones with courage.

"Let's give that guy a good shaking, that'll drive him outta here."

"This village's got no vigor cus he's alive."

"That guy's gonna bring disaster to this village. We gotta crush him good."

Thus the boy would speak everyday, brainwashing the other three. Without realizing it himself.
Unbeknownst to him that he learned those words from his parents through their own brainwashing.


The gang immediately ran off to the field when he heard the guy in question was working there.
This was when they were six year old. They threw stones. That act alone should have sent him home crying so they believed.
Such was the extent of children's mind.

However, none of them could imagine what took place instead.

The stones they threw missed, no, the guy didn't even make an attempt to dodge.

(What is that guy...)

The guy caught the thrown stones. His hands movement was so fast they leave behind after images the boy could barely perceive.
He could not comprehend why his voice became shaky, nor even notice it.

He simply cannot believe the reality thrust before his eyes.



The four ran away back to the village's square. The three spoke one after another.

"What's with him? He's bad news..."

"Maybe we should avoid him after all."

"Isn't it bad if we get involved?"

Is the boy in the wrong for denying them loudly here?

"You cowards! That was just a fluke."

By this point, the brainwash his parents repeatedly told him had been deeply ingrained.

Several stones that should have hit the guy were easily caught.
By one person, a six year old like them.

This fact was not quite enough of a shock to break the repeated brainwash.
Thus began a long history of bullying between two sides.

Though the person on the receiving end himself wasn't really concerned about it in the least.


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One time, all four assaulted with wooden clubs.

"Get 'im!" "Damn you!" "Die!" "Shiiit!"

Yet none of them managed to hit the guy.

"Oy you! Stop dodging dammit!"

Afterward they would attack together from all sides yet they couldn't even graze him.

(Dammit... What heck's going on! How...)

At this time, the two of them were facing off,

(We gotta get him off the village quick!)

Driven by the deeply rooted brainwash and twisted sense of duty, the boy failed to notice the [Fear] welling within him.

The person getting assaulted himself thought of it as, 'That was a good defensive training excursion against many.'



Another time, they hid behind a cover to launch an ambush.
Even though the idea of head on tactic being ineffective had been tucked in the corner of his mind, the boy averted his sight from that.

(I'm gonna get him out of the village, for sure...)

The brainwashing has now fused with the boy's own belief.
To the point that there's simply no saving him anymore.
Not unless it's broken at the foundation.
Though that would lead to the boy's mental collapse.

It has gone way past the point of no return.

This ambush was also easily brushed aside as if the guy knew about it beforehand.


Afterward, the four tried to tie the guy in a rope, but they got outran.
They tried to dump water, but the guy didn't even need to turn back and left them dry.
They tried to lure him into the forest, but he easily sidestepped their traps.

Every single scheme ended in failure.


And now, the boy's father spoke of this to him.

"What a nuisance. No one will be inconvenienced with him gone. I can simply imagine how refreshing it is if only he disappears. No, might as well make him depart this world. That's right, that Blessless can eat arrows for all I care."


Perhaps the boy simply wanted to act on his parents wish.
Or perhaps he wanted them to praise him.
To children, parents are their whole world. Absolute existence.
Moreso at his age, still supported by his parents.


The day after, the four gathered with bows and arrows in hands.

"We're gonna do him in for sure today."

"But isn't this too much?"

"Are we gonna be okay? If the village found out..."

"This is too much..."

The boy was inwardly feeling even more frightened than the three.
But then he spoke out loud to brush that feeling away.

"This ain't time to be cowards! We're gonna kill him for good now! Recall how much he clowned us all this time! Show some backbone!"

Stirred up by this shouting, the three came back to their usual expressions.



But those expressions turned cramp by the time they used up all their arrows.

(How's that possible! No that's just ridiculous! What's going on here!)

All the arrows that would have hit their target vanished mid-air.

Caught before they hit.
The hand movement was so fast the boy couldn't even perceive its afterimage.

"Y-you monster!"

This was the only time the fear within him was too big to be ignored.

But usually he would tuck this fear deep into the corner of his mind after running away and sleeping it overnight.


But not this time. The fear came after them.

There was a sound of cutting wind as something thin passed by his eyes.
Followed by a thud sound, so he turned his sight over his shoulder and saw arrows pierced on tree trunks.
The boy was agape. The thought of running away got brickwalled.

And that applies to all four.

The guy had no bow and those were headless arrows, yet they pierced through trees.
Every one of them wondered the same thing, how in the heck did that happen?
But the fact that the person who did that is alone here was carved in their minds along with the fear.

"What's the big idea?"


The guy stood before the four even though they were previously quite a bit far apart.
The time they were dumbfounded was only for an instant, yet he covered that distance in that moment?
There was no sound of him running. He looks as if he's always been there.


Asking these four to hold a conversation when they were thrust before new fear one after another was impossible.

Jeers, or more akin to gibberish flew out of their mouths.

Only the boy managed to reply back with complete words his parents told him.
The content itself is another matter entirely, but to the boy, those words sounded reasonable and sensible..

(Yeah, this guy must leave this village...!)

The boy cheered up as he recalled his parents' words, but then someone interrupted the scene.




The boy bears no malice toward the villagers here aside from [Blessless].
This includes [Blessless]'s father.

That's how twisted the boy has turned. He probably wouldn't have an answer why even when asked.
Since the boy himself doesn't even think there's any need to question it.


As the father angrily questioned them, the boy found himself in an awkward position.

(It's not you I hate... it's this guy... this guy... dammit! Dammit!)

Then he started recalling what happened with the arrows, his brain was jolted by the absurd reality.

(How did he do that!? This guy's a lowly Blessless... a Manaless!! He can't have used magic!?)

The talk continued on while the boy was having a panic attack.



The angry villager who has calmed down throws the boy a question.

"Is he speaking the truth?"

The boy replies honestly. It's a villager just like him. There's no need to lie.

"My dad is an official in this village. Dad told me. This guy should just disappear."


Even the fact that the person he's talking to is the [Father] of that very same Blessless doesn't seem to register to the boy.
No he knows. He's aware.

The boy simply cannot comprehend how it feels for a father to have someone say his son should [Disappear] to their face.


"I'll have you go with us."

Those words were coldly declared at them.

All four will go with the two to the village elder's house.


That's the boy's undoing. The stuff implanted by his parents.
His foolishness will be laid bare there.

 

 

 

 

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