Arifureta Shokugyou De Sekai Saikyou Wn Chapter 392-1
Arifureta Blu-ray SS Chapter 3
Chapter 3 World of Mirage
Strong light and a slight heat could be felt from the other side of his eyelid.
There was a hard and coarse sensation at the back of his head. His mind was filled with an unpleasant refreshing feeling as though the inside had been wiped clean thoroughly.
And then, at the same time when he was experiencing that sensation,
Eh? Whats that, cosplay?
Is there some kind of event nearby?
Wait-, those girls are seriously cute though!
No, before that call ambulance first! You guys, are you alright!?
A lot of noises and the nostalgic sound of cars were piercing his eardrums and mind.
He immediately came to his senses. Hajime bent his body that was lying face up and sprang up on his feet like a spring.
Uwah, you? A-are you alright?
The middle aged man who was crouching in front of him was taken aback and fell on his butt.
Hajime turned speechless when he saw that man, no, the moment he perceived his surrounding.
The middle aged man who stood up had the face of an easterner. He was wearing a common suit.
Behind him was a young woman holding a mobile phone in one hand. Beside her was a young man wearing a shirt and jeans and carrying a guitar case on his back. Other than them there were also boys and girls wearing blazer type school uniform
Around them there were benches, drinking fountain, neatly lined up trees. The ground he was standing on right now was made from asphalt. At the other side of the crowd he could see high rise buildings standing in a disorderly fashion and cars coming and going through the well maintained road.
Is this, Japan?
Yes, what was reflected in Hajimes eyes was the birthplace that he strongly desiredJapan.
You, how about at least replying back when other is talking to you?
The voice of the man who seemed to be a salaryman who had been talking to him since some time ago finally penetrated Hajimes head. At the same time he gasped and noticed something extremely important.
Nn. Im alright.
Uu, where in the world is this desuu?
What a very strange place we art at.
It seemed that Yue, Shia, and Tio also woke up at the same time with Hajime. They were behind Hajime looking similarly speechlessor rather it seemed they were on their guard. Unlike Hajime, they were perceiving this place as a completely unknown and bizarre place.
He sighed in relieve seeing the three of them, but then his tension immediately returned. Because the number didnt add up.
Where is Myuu and Kaori?
It doesnt look like they are around.
I also cant feel their presence
Shias presence detection ability surpassed Hajime if she concentrated on it. Her rabbit ears were twitching while she was focusing into them, but it seemed she couldnt pick up the sound of the two. Shias face was slightly frowning. The sound of running cars must be too noisy for her.
oo? They are moving-, those rabbit ears! Its really well made.
Or rather, that girl, doesnt she expose too much? Her style is also amazing. Is she a model?
Are they filming something? Surely they are doing it nearby before they came here to take a break!
The boys and girls who seemed to be in high school were making a clamor. Shias rabbit ears that were moving by themselves and her clothes that exposed a lot of skin like a swimsuit were making the male students ogling her.
Hearing that, the women and the salary men around who were watching with a worried look went What, a filming huh in understanding before they quickly left. They were checking their watch looking like they had a busy schedule.
A break? You guys, was that what you were doing? If thats true then you guys were being too defenseless even if this is a public park.
The salary man seemed like a good person. His expression turned really exasperated, and then he turned around seeing that it looked like there was no need to worry about them.
Wait a second. Did you happen to see a girl around high school student age and a small girl around four years old? They should also wear outfit for filming like us.
Eh? No, I didnt see themgood grief, the youth recently has stopped paying attention to their language.
Hajime immediately borrowed the setting that the students conjectured and asked the salary man, but the man replied back to him with a very natural reaction that didnt look like he was lying at all.
Hajime didnt even glance at the man who was leaving and he tried asking the other onlookers, but as expected none of them had seen Kaori and Myuu.
Why were the two people who he was worried about the most werent here? Hajime was feeling anxious, even so he kept trying everything like contacting them with telepathy for example.
Setting aside Myuu, he had given a telepathy stone artifact to Kaori for communication. It was an improved version that could be used after chanting the spell. She should answer if she noticed the call from Hajime.
Ten seconds passed, twenty seconds
Hajime was waiting while impatience was burning his skin, but no reply came.
Goshujin-sama, what shouldst we do? People art gathering.
It was noon. The working people were mostly leaving, but youths who looked like student or part-timer were conversely gathering as each second passed. Even now,
M-miss rabbit ear over there! Can you tell me your name! Can you also give me autograph!?
Eh? Eh? Whats with you desu!?
Uwah, she looks even cuter up close-. Miss blonde haired beauty, what is your name?
You have guts treating me like a child.
Wawa-, her Japanese is really good! Hey! Hey! Can I take a picture together!
They were acting like fans that were swarming around celebrity.
While there was also their novel outfits to consider, Shias rabbit ears were also naturally swaying around, and most of all the two of them were too beautiful. The people were getting attracted like there was gravity magic in effect. It went without saying that Tio also had the same effect to them because of her appearance as a Yamato Nadeshiko in kimono.
Hajime was avoided because his atmosphere was too dangerous, but he was attracting enough attention too.
He had also said his excuse loudly that they were filming, so the crowd was getting even more serious. There was no more time until this turned into a commotion.
Hajime looked around once more at the surrounding buildings and his fellow countrymen who were wearing modern clothing. A deep scowl was etched on his forehead and he swallowed his swelling emotion. And then,
For now, lets move to a place where we wont attract attention. This way.
He pushed his way through the crown while leading Yue and others. It was as though he had clearly determined where they were going.
The many onlookers were also following them in droves because of curiosity. It was like a daimyos procession. The gazes of the surrounding people were also locking on them completely.
Hajime thought of releasing his pressure in full power to make them faint, but he shook his head after hesitating slightly.
Shia, put on a coat. Cover your head with a hood too. Dont let your rabbit ears out.
Eh, ah, yes desu!
The rabbit man race fundamentally hated thick clothing, so Shia took off her cloak when inside the car. Naturally she didnt have any coat with her right now, so Hajime activated his treasure warehouse behind his coat and took out a spare coat for Shia.
As for Yue and Tio, although they were also standing out, other than beauty their appearance wasnt so novel even Japan.
The problem was Hajimes artificial arm. So he took off his coat with a swish and blocked the surroundings sight on him for an instant. He used his transmutation in that opening and transformed his artificial arm to look slender before taking out a coat with both sleeves attached from inside his treasure warehouse. At the same time he stored his coat that was lacking the left sleeve.
The way Hajime hid his artificial arm was like a magic trick. Yue and others raised their voice Oo~ in admiration. Of course the onlookers were also getting noisy Eh? How did he do it just now!.
Hajime ignored all those and kept walking.
When I give the signal, run to the other side of the street. Enter into that alley. After that follow me.
There was a road in front of the park. Vehicles like Brieze and Schutaif were coming and going through it.
It was clear that this place wasnt Tortus. Yue and others looked at Hajime seeming like they wanted to say something. But they shut their mouth seeing Hajimes expressionless face that was clearly him suppressing his emotion with a lot of effort. They somehow guessed where was this place. At the same time they were also harboring the thought Could it be.
The road was wide with six lanes for cars coming and going. The flow of vehicles were cut off just for a moment. There all four of them immediately crossed the street with a dash that could make even professional sprinter definitely dumbfounded.
It was a spot where pedestrian crossing wasnt allowed at all. Naturally the passing cars blared their claxon. That was exactly why the onlookers couldnt follow them.
Women who seemed to be office lady at the other side of the road opened their eyes wide seeing the four of them crossing the road like that. There were also some elderly who frowned at their traffic law violation. Hajime observed them while continuing to run toward the alley between the buildings.
Behind him Yue, Shia, and Tio were following him.
They turned right, left, and sometimes came out to another street, then entered another alleyHajime continued to ascertain the surrounding even while leading the others without any hesitation at all in his steps.
After running for five minutes, the number of traffic and people suddenly became few. The surrounding scenery was gradually changing to have the atmosphere of a quiet neighborhood as though the previous business district where skyscrapers were lined up was just like a lie.
Under that bridge. That spot is dark even when its noon. Its an eerie spot and on top of that there is a pedestrian bridge right nearby. Almost no people pass through it.
Certainly, there was a dismal and musty tunnel there. There were a lot of graffiti and stains on its wall and the place was dirty. No one would pass through there voluntarily. However that was the perfect place to avoid peoples gaze and talked privately.
Yue and others exchanged gaze. And then they became convinced. As expected, Hajime was deeply familiar with this place.
Hajime advanced until the middle of the tunnel and stopped walking. Right after that *gatan gatan* a sound echoed noisily. Yue and others felt a vibration that made them doubted the endurance of the tunnel.
W-whats that!? Its noisy desuu!
It seems something art passing through above us.
Shia reflexively pressed down her rabbit ears with both hands over the hood and she crouched down. Tio was frowning, even so she calmly looked up and analyzed the situation.
Its a train. Think of it as a vehicle similar to Brieze pulling a lot of carriages behind it to transport a lot of things.
Nn. Something like that dont exist in Tortus. Hajime.
Yue looked up straight toward Hajime. A painful silence filled the area after the train passed through. Yue asked a question to Hajime who was still expressionless.
Is this place, Hajimes birthplace?
Hajime didnt answer right away. He leaned on the wall and folded his arms.
It was hard to describe his expression right now.
It was like the expression of an adventurer who believed that there was a treasure deep inside the dungeon, it was like the expression of a cool-headed scholar who put his faith in fact and logic, but it also looked like a child who got loss.
However that expression only lasted for a moment. After he let out a sigh, the light of rationality and thought that had been sharpened to the limit resided at the back of his eyes. It was the usual Hajime there.
I dont know. There are too many suspicious aspects. But, this is a scenery that I know very well. The company name, the clothing and personal belongings, the car makers logo, everything is exactly like in my memory.
According to Hajime, it seemed that the game maker company that his father was managing was nearby. Hajime often visited this part of the city to help with the work there. That park was also a place that he often visited when it was break time.
The onlookers reaction was also natural. This place is too well made for me to judge it as an illusion.
Then, this place is really Hajime-sans birthplace!
Wait wait, Shia. Goshujin-sama art saying that he isnt sure.
Tios golden pupils shined with deep wisdom.
This kind of illusion doth not exist in mine knowledge. Whether its the peoples reaction, or everything that I sense with mine five senses, everything look like reality. Even so this happening art too sudden for me to accept that we hath really cross over worlds.
Exactly. I feel like an adventurer who challenge a dungeon with the resolve to find a secret treasure and yet I find that secret treasure rolling on my feet right after I stepped inside.
Hajime made a small wry smile, but he immediately altered his expression after that.
Lets postpone thinking whether that deserts legend is correct or not for now. Our biggest priority is
Nn. Finding Myuu.
Yue-san, Yue-san. You forget to mention Kaori-san.
also, Kaori too if we have the time.
Thy look very unmotivated.
Yue pressed her lips together with a reluctant expression. Her comical look made Hajime suddenly felt like his bewilderment toward this world that looked like Japan to lessen slightly.
Anyway, lets split to search those two. Originally its a bad move to split up in this kind of situation, but there is no other choice.
Nn. Myuu has no way to protect herself. We have to secure her quickly.
Kaori-san too is mainly a healer.
In that regard, if its us we wouldst be able to deal with any danger to some degree even if we art alone. By the way Goshujin-sama, we hath heard about Japan to some degree from Goshujin-samas reminiscences butlet me ask this just in case. Art there any dangerous area or creature that we hath to be careful against?
No, in the first place there is no monster or demonic haunt at earth. If you make a ruckus than the policea kind of authorities would immediately come running, but Japan is a peaceful country even if you look at it globally.
If forced to say, then they had to be careful against traffic incident and delinquents, but even those werent anything that could harm Yue and others.
For now take action with the assumption that this place is Japan. There is no magic here and the peoples physical ability is only around the average people of Tortus. However, dont forget that we are still "assuming" that this place might be Japan okay? I want you all to take action as unassumingly as possible, but we dont know what might happen here, so your first priority far above everything else is your own safety. Absolutely dont forget that.
Goshujin-sama doth not need to tell us.
Nn. For now there are four of us, so should we spread to the four directions?
No, you three should cover the area to three directions. For now search within the ten kilometer area around that public park. Its the range where the telepathy stone can contact each other without any problem as well as a range where we can come running to each others location within several minutes.
What is Hajime-san going to do?
Ill try to go directly to the locations that I have in mind. Like the places where Kaori might go or the place where she might be thinking that she would be able to meet me if she go there. Ill be able to search over a wide area effectively if I spread out the reconnaissance planes.
I see. When art we going to meet up again?
One hour later, here. Ill leave it to you guys how are you going to do your search but
Hajime cut off his words for a moment. Then he smiled wryly as his gaze looked over their outfit.
Tios outfit looked like Japanese clothes, but there werent anyone who wore such clothing in the middle of city. She would definitely stand out. Hajime and Yues appearance too. They wouldnt look that strange when seen from afar , but as expected there were a lot of things in their appearance that looked slightly out of place compared to the fashion of modern Japan. They couldnt deny that they would stand out.
If your outfit cause a hindrance for your search, strip off the possession of some random fellow or snatch some from the shops. Ill allow it.
After saying that, Hajime too out Drucken that he stored inside his treasure warehouse. He changed it into its smallest mode and wrapped it in leather that was also attached with a belt before tossing it to Shia.
Hajime was just prioritizing weapon more than not standing out in case the worst happened, but this was right after he spoke such dangerous statement. Shia couldnt help but wonder Could it be, Hajime-san means that I should "do it" with this? with a twitching expression.
S-say, Hajime-san. Isnt that, simply a crime?
Could it be that such thing was commonplace in Hajime-sans birthplace? Was this a world of dog ate dogShia asked fearfully.
In respond to that question, Hajime slowly stared at Shia from the top of her head until her toes. Then he half smiled and thrust the sensitivity of Japanese person to her.
You are far more criminal with your appearance that is only wearing a thin coat that when opened will show outfit that looks like swimsuit like that.
Do you have any complain for the traditional outfit of rabbit man race!? Shia thought with a shock. Hajime ignored her.
When you change clothes, use the appearance of the people around you as reference about what kind of look wont make you stand out.
For a proud dragon race to perform robberyuumu. Depending on the situation, perhaps I shouldst leave behind ornament or jewelry for payment.
Barter isnt recognized in Japan. Its possible to exchange goods with money in pawnshop, but it will be a waste of time. In the first place you are just "a proud dragon race (lol)" anyway so whats the point of worrying about it at this point. There is no problem at all.
Gufuh!? Mine overwhelming thanks for Goshujin-samas abrupt spear of sharp words! Haa haah!
Hajime was someone who could easily perform absurd thing that left things like morality or ethics at the wayside, but certainly right now wasnt the time to be considerate. Although Yue and Shia were making a conflicted expression (Tio was the only one having an ecstatic expression), they nodded in acceptance.
Ask me through the telepathy stone if you meet some kind of problem. In an emergency situation where you cant use the stone, dont hesitate to fire magic or make a ruckus to make the rest of us notice.
Hajime emphasized his order to Yue, Shia, and Tio. Certainly his decision was overflowing with composure and also backbone. He looked like his usual self but
As expected from his lover, to Yue it looked like the current Hajime was lacking composure somewhat. He pulled at the sleeve of Hajime who hurriedly turned around to start his search.
Yue? Whats wr
Whats wrong? That question was blocked. By the kiss that Yue did by standing on her tiptoes and her hand grabbing at his collar to pull him toward her lips.
Aa!?Shia raised her voice. Hohou~ Tio grinned. Hajime watched them from the corner of his eyes while his eyes also turned wide in surprise.
The sound of moist lips rubbing could be heard faintly. Then Yues pink lips slowly let go.
Its alright. I, we are with you.
Her words were terribly abstract. It didnt have any clear solution or answer at all.
However, her gaze that was overflowing with melting love and her voice that was sweet as though it was dripping with honey, and her aura that made him felt absolute confidence from her made Hajime unconditionally believed her words.
Aa, thats right. Everything will be fine as long as we are together no matter what happen.
He intended to be calm and composed, but as expected his heart must be wavering because of the scene of his homeland that he longed for. His heart that felt like it was floating weightlessly in space was enveloped with a feeling like stepping firmly on the ground. Hajime let out a long sigh. And then his forehead bumped lightly on the forehead of Yue who was looking back at him from so close where their nose even touched each other.
Both of them exchanged a smile that was bright like the springs sun.
Are you two finished? We have to search Myuu-chan and Kaori-san quickly here!
I wouldst go on ahead~. You two, keep it in moderation okay~
Shia whose rabbit ears were flapping around noisily *usa usa* and Tio who was chuckling while hiding her lips with her sleeve left the tunnel together.
Hajime and Yue smiled wryly at each other before the two of them rushed to continue the search too.
Hajime who separated from the rest was standing on the rooftop of a certain building.
He was standing at the outer side of the fence. He would free fall if he took a step forward from there.
This was a scene that could often be seen in creative work before he got summoned to Tortus. The "competent type character" who made appearance in the story standing stylishly at a tall place. Hajime especially liked such character, but it made him felt strange when he was actually doing it himself.
Even so, it wasnt like he was doing it just to look cool.
His gaze was directed toward the nearest station. It was a relatively big station. The station square was also quite big.
He was carefully scrutinizing that spot using the far viewing skill "Far Sight".
Kaoris outfit was quite conspicuous. Therefore he didnt think that she would just stand around at the station square where there were a lot of people coming and going, but he thought that perhaps Kaori would suppress her embarrassment and chose to stand in a place where she would be able to meet up with the others as quickly as possible even knowing the demerit of standing out like that.
He sent one Ornis to the opposite side of the stations exit and observed there too but
As expected, she wasnt there. He hadnt hold much hope for this location, but as expected he couldnt hide his disappointment when his expectation came true.
While Hajime let out a sigh of disappointment, he switched mood slightly and looked across the town with a grave expression. His magic eye stone was also receiving the images of the town from the Ornis that he released to various places of the town.
Everywhere he looked there were only familiar sights, whether it was around the station or the other places.
Especially the structure far away from here that could be clearly seen from where he was standingthe extremely tall viewing platform "Sky Tower", the most famous place of this town and its surrounding. As expected the sight was provoking his homesickness.
Hajime couldnt help but feel a discomfort somewhere in his heart before this scenery that displayed exactly the sight of his birthplace.
He couldnt clearly describe what was actually different from this scenery but, if he was forced to describe it even then, there was this subtle feeling of revulsion, as though he was looking at a puzzle piece with similar pattern being forcefully fitted into the wrong puzzle.
Think of that question later. Anyway I have to search for Myuu and Kaori.
Hajime shook his head to clear away his discomfort and focused his brain to the matter that he had to prioritize.
(In case Myuu is alone, then someone would most likely call out to her or she would call out to someone. And then when the other party decided that she is a lost child, she would be brought to the police station.)
There was a police station in front of the station. That was why Hajime was also coming here directly while sending Ornis to several other places at the same time. Even if Myuu wasnt at this nearest police station, he would be able to ask the police if there might be a child who fit Myuus description in another police station.
(However, there is no guarantee that they will tell me the truth.)
After all this place was "tentatively" Japan. It was unclear whether the police officer here was really police officer that Hajime knew. Even so, seeing that nothing was certain right now, he could only take action with the greatest efficiency. For that he wracked his brain even further.
(In case Myuu and Kaori are together, Kaori would surely do what she can to hide Myuus ears that showed she is from the sea man race. In addition, I also cant imagine that girl would do something like stealing clothes. Then she would undoubtedly go to a place that has a lot of covers to hide themselves that is also easy for us to find.)
Hajime spread a map in his head. This town was just a place where his fathers company was located, so it wasnt like he knew every nook and corner of this place. But, in the first place his father chose this location to set up his company based on the commuting time needed for him to go from home to the office, so this place was also only several stations away from Hajimes home.
Within the range of several stations around here, there were also the shopping district and department story that he often visited, Akihabara that was also called the holy land for otaku hobby, many other shops and sightseeing spot that he favored, and so on. Hajime also often walked around this area after he finished his part-time work in his fathers company.
Therefore, although he wasnt as familiar with this place as the back of his own hand, it was an area that he was familiar enough with.
(If my memory serves me right, there is a green space of the town nearby. The forest there is quite natural and its not a bad place to hide in. After thatthe shrine. I once encountered Kaori there at my first shrine visit of New Year, so the place also fit the bill.)
After that Hajime picked up the spots that Kaori might go to. Then he divided the places between the places that he should go directly to and the places that he should check using Ornis so that he could search around efficiently.
The time he needed to formulate his searching strategy was only around a minute. He then reconfirmed whether there was any oversight in his planning and then right after that, Hajime leaped down from the rooftop without any hesitation.
The buildings height was around forty floors. It was a freefall for around 200 meters. He had checked the pedestrian traffic below and the direction of the peoples gazes beforehand to make sure that he wouldnt be noticed or hit other people. Hajime decelerated just before he hit the ground with "Air Force".
A ripple of crimson magic power spread several times in the air. Then he landed with a thump on the ground right after a group of students from other school passed by.
The students didnt notice anything. There was also no other witnessno, there was one person.
It seemed there was a smoking room at the second floor of a building nearby. The salary man there was looking down at Hajime from behind the window with a dumbfounded look. Ash crumble from the tobacco he was holding.
He jerked and trembled as soon as Hajimes gaze over his shoulder met his gaze. Hajime narrowed his eyes toward him, however, he immediately took off his gaze and put the black hat that he had taken out beforehand from the treasure warehouse on his head. It was because his white hair was standing out.
Like that, he first headed to the police station in front of the station as though nothing had happened.
Hajime didnt notice that the expression of the salary man who was staring at his back in a dazesuddenly slipped off.
When one hour almost passed since they began searching.
The sun that had been passing overhead when they first arrived here had been sinking quite a lot to the west at this time. The sky was gradually getting dyed by the color of madder red.
Shit, a total miss huh.
Hajime uttered a curse on the rooftop of a building that was relatively near to the tunnel that was their meeting place.
Six crows were perching on the surrounding railing and water tank. The number of Ornis that he could control simultaneously without any harmful effect was seven. In other words the search using six Ornis ended in failure.
And then right now even the seventh Ornis that was searching the last place that he had in mind didnt even find any trace of Myuu and Kaori in the end. The time was going to run out.
Like this the possibility that its only us who got teleported here is getting bigger.
Hajime called back the seventh Ornis too and muttered the undesirable possibility.
Of course, he also still had other idea of places that he could check. Even so when he came to himself in this place, the four of them were right next to each other. The possibility that it was only the two of them who got sent to far awaywas really hard to swallow.
Were they kidnapped by someone? Such possibility also surfaced in Hajimes mind.
Although there wasnt any action that occurred from the other side in this perfect chance while Hajime and others were completely separated from each other. The four of them could also exchange "telepathy" while searching, so he thought that the possibility of that was nonexistence.
Hajime folded his arms and immersed himself in his thought.
Wind blew gently and Tio landed beside him. His location right now was close to the direction Tio was searching to, so she must have discovered Hajime while going back to their meeting place.
Hajime wasnt particularly surprised because he had sensed her presence flying toward him. Above ones head was a fundamental blind spot of human, so maintaining her human form while putting out only her dragon wings to search from the sky was a rational and acceptable decision.
Also Tio hadnt sent any report from the telepathy, so in other words Tios result was also zero. Hajime turned his gaze in disappointment
Tio. As expected there is no clue
He reflexively swallowed his words. On top of that he was staring fixedly.
Umu. I was unable to feel their presence at the slightest. I even tried to contact them not with telepathy, but by roaring several times.
If Kaori was within her searching range, at the very least she should have done something like shooting magic or the like in order to let Tio notice her existence. Tio looked disappointed by her result.
Her appearance was really different from usual.
Yes, right now she wasnt dressed in her usual native dress of dragon race that looked like the blending of Japanese and western styles. Instead she was wearing black tights and hot pants and a stylish belt, while above she was wearing a white shirt with V-neck and a deep blue long cardigan (there was incision on them so that her dragon wings could get out). There was a cute rucksack on her shoulder and her hair was also styled in ponytail.
Her atmosphere was exactly like a "capable beautiful lady who was in her holiday". Her appearance was really stylish.
Mu? Art there something wrong? I believe that this appearance art at least plainer than my original appearance though
No, I think your choice is splendid. Im a bit shocked because that appearance suit you too much.
Fua!? A-art that so? When I thought that as expected it wouldst be better for me to dress like the locals, a clothing store without any customer and even the owner entered mine sight in a very good timing! I was going to use the outfit of the doll in that store as a bit of reference. But that dolls outfit was truly like the definition of girls outfit, so I borrowed its outfit and wore it as it is!
Tios face turned crimson in an instant from Hajimes unusually honest praise.
He wondered whether she was getting carried away but it seemed she was seriously embarrassed. She explained the situation that led her to wear this outfit with strangely fast talking & strong intonation while attempting to change the topic with a grin on her face that she couldnt hide.
M-more importantly, from Goshujin-samas expression, it seem that thou also didnt manage to find any clue?
Yeah. Right now my last Ornis is returning back.
I seethere art also no contact from Yue and Shia that they hath succeeded in their search. That means
Well, thats how it is. Looks like well need to revise our plan again.
Then lets quickly head to the rendezvous place.
Hajime stored Ornis and Tios rucksack into his treasure warehouse and then he switched his mood. The two of them nodded at each other and flew away with serious expression once more.
Like that, Hajime returned by jumping from building to building and returned to the meeting place
Suddenly a commotion on the ground entered his ears. It was a nostalgic sound for Hajime, while the noisy sound was really grating for Tio.
Aa? A patrol cars emergency sirens?
Fumu? Art "patrol car" that vehicle object that art running while radiating red light and loud sound?
Yeah. Its the polices vehicle. Several of them are heading to the same directionis there an incident?
The mobilization of a lot of the authoritiesGoshujin-sama! Couldst it be!?
Ill check it out
The two of them held a concern that perhaps something had happened with their companions.
For now Hajime was going to check it. He was going to activate telepathy buta voice came from the other side before he could.
Uwaaa~hn, how did it become like this! Desuu!! Haajime-saa~n! Please do something about thiii~ss!
Its fine, Ill protect Shia-
You dont need to protect me! Aah, another innocent victim is-!?
No problem. I used the minimum force to match the common sense of Hajimes birthplace!
There is nothing but problem desuuu!!
An indescribable atmosphere drifted between Hajime and Tio for a while.
Eh? Hajime-san!? Ha~ji~me~saaan!? Can you heaar!?
We are surrounded. Even though its not the time for thisIll turn them all into a stain on the ground
Wawah, Yue-san stop! We are actually the one in the wrong here so
Hajime didnt know how to react. But it seemed the situation was worsening as each second passed even while he was hesitating like this.
He broke into a run with a hard step that left a crack on the rootop. Midway Hajime used "Air Force" while Tio used her dragon wings and wind magic. The two of them rushed toward the direction of the group of patrol car while Hajime replied to the telepathy.
Shia, its me. What happened?
Hajime-san! Err, ee~rr, where should I start explaining from-
Tell me about the circumstance later. Just tell me your current situation
We are being chased by many polices desuu!! I ran around randomly so I dont understand where I am right nooow! Please save meee!
Is your situation related to Myuu and Kaori?
Not at all! Frankly speaking it was my complete blunderrr-, Im sorry!!
It seemed Shia or yue, or perhaps both of them did something that caused them to be chased around by a lot of polices.
From what he heard in the telepathy, it didnt look like they were escaping by flying with gravity magic or running on rooftop.
Haa. Got it. Ill go there, so for now just keep running.
Their number keep increasing, so please come quickly!
Nn. Hajime, sorry.
He sent a message to Yue and Shia to focus in running. Then he cut off the telepathy.
It would be simple for them to escape the like of police using magic or abnormal physical ability, and yet they were attempting to run while still staying within the boundary of ordinary peoples common sense. They were doing their best to follow Hajimes instruction to "assume that this place was Japan".
Most likely they were taking great pains to do that because this place might be Hajimes birthplace.
He didnt know what kind of "blunder" they had committed, but they had been moving independently through a different world where the common sense and senses of values were completely different from Tortus. It was also Hajime himself who gave the instruction to not hesitate to protect themselves, so Hajime didnt feel any anger or irritation or even exasperation inside his mind.
Goshujin-sama. If this "patrol car" art chasing them, shouldst I use the chance to also pick up the sound from them?
Guess well also can save the time to learn the situation like that. Do it.
It seemed that an expert user of wind magic like Tio could even pick up the voices inside a moving car.
All right. "Wind Sound"
Tio immediately activated the communication magic to a patrol car running below them. Then they started hearing a voice that was mixed with the sound of sirens and rushing wind from driving in high speed.
The number of victims is already more than twenty people.
Half of that number is our fellow polices. It seems that they are holding back somewhat because we are police but
The damage to the civilians is completely, like that you know?
Yeah, there is no death but as a man, its justtoo gruesome-
They could hear the polices trembling voices. They sounded terribly frightened.
Just what in the world Yue and Shia had done
Hajime and Tio looked at each other. Right after that their deed came to light.
Be careful you guys. We are cracking down on criminals who are threatening your life as man.
Yeah, we get it. We will definitely protect itthis city and our comrades, and also ourcrotch!
Hajime unconsciously let slipped a groan Yuee. Tio too was putting her hand on her forehead Yue. What hath thee done.
From the content of the "telepathy" that they heard from Yue and Shia just now, the culprit of the crotch destroyer was most likely Yue-sama. It seemed that she was still diligently doing her "crotch smasher" activity even when in another world.
On top of that,
However, what in the world pushed them to do such thing
They must be man hater. According to the report, the culprit is an extremely beautiful blond girl.
Yeah, I heard the girls age might even be still in her early teen. It seems she is a foreigner though
An oversea student huh? From the description she is wearing something like sailor uniformlooks like well be able to find out her identity right away.
It seemed that Yue-sama was currently wearing sailor uniform. Hajime understood that she must have changed into that outfit so that she wouldnt stand out as much as possible, however Hajime thought.
Oh? It seems the damage situation that Yue brought about art being sorted out.
The sounds of ambulance could be heard from here and there. Surely the victims of the crotch smasher were being transported in those ambulances. It seemed the information that was obtained from them was being shared through radio.
According to their information, it seemed the first victim was a middle aged uncle. He saw Yue in her sailor uniform wandering around the town, a bit of misunderstanding occurred, then as the result of the uncle making a very forceful invitation, his crotch got *pichun*.
As expected the other civilian victims were also people burning with ulterior motive and tried to a reckless charge against Yue. As the result their crotch also got *pichun*. Men who fainted with foaming mouth got mass produced throughout the city.
In addition Yue who was already feeling greatly impatient due to her search seemed to be really irritated by those men. Then the polices who came running because of the report questioned her persistently, so her store of patience finally ran out and she snapped.
In a sense, Yues beautiful face is a disaster huh.
In addition, she hath excessive sex appeal in contrast of her outer appearance.
Hajime and Tio smiled with each other. No wonder this incident occurred, they thought.
Also, it seemed the crotch smasher this time was caused using stone throwing. It seemed she shot the stone using wind magic while making it looked like she flicked the stone with her finger.
From the outsiders perspective, it was a throwing technique that hit one hundred times of one hundred as though it was locking on the targets crotch. That skill and persistence of targeting only the crotch surprisingly made the police at the scenes to coincidentally also start calling her with the nickname Crotch Smasher.
I think we will arrive soon
Judging from their route, the location must be in that direction. I shall attempt picking the sound over there directly.
The polices were starting to make a ruckus while Tio said that.
Emergency report!? Eh, more than fifty polices got done in and the suspects got away even though they had gotten surrounded!?
Thats a joke right!? Did everyone get Smashed!?
No, wait, they arent! The one who did it is the other girl! The report said that she snapped a road sign and used it as a pole to mow down everyone!
It seemed that Shia was rampaging peerlessly against the polices. She was fighting hard to not allow Yue to do her Smash any more than this.
Oi oithere is a report that the girl seems to be an experienced hand to hand fighterwe are talking about a girl who is still fifteen or sixteen years old right!? What kind of gorilla they are talking about here!
No, rather than gorillaher appearance is an extremely beautiful girl wearing a light purple dress and a parker with rabbit ears attached.
A rabbit will never snap a road sign and use it as weapon.
Shia has also changed huhshe conveniently found a good outfit huh
For some reason hajime narrowed his eye in rumination when he heard that Shia had ended up looking really fashionable.
Tio called out to him in puzzlement, but before Hajime could reply back, their attention was diverted by the news that the wind brought to them. It was about the cause of why a major criminal investigation was carried out against her.
Dont tell me, the first report also isnt a joke?
Ha, hahahas expected there is just no way
Y-yeah of course. Even though she got ran over by a truck, how could it be the truck that got sent flying, right?
Yeah. Surely the witness report that the girl was making the stance of straight punch at the location was just a mistake. Someone who can send a truck flying with a single fist isnt a gorilla anymore but a King Kong.
Hajime got a distant look. Because he had guessed.
It seemed that when Shia-chan was faced with a truck charging toward her, she sent it flying instead with the technique of straight punch that she directly learned from Hajime. As expected from the bugged rabbits physical ability.
It seemed that it would be impossible for other world reincarnation trope due to truck-kun to ever happen to Shia. Rather it would be the truck that got reincarnated in that case.
G-Goshujin-sama, thou shouldst not scold Shia too much later.
I get it. After all Shia doesnt know anything about the concept of traffic law. She must be too focused in her search that she crossed the street without really paying attention. That must be why the accident happened.
Rather Hajime got worried by the safety of the trucks driverabout that, it seemed that Shia immediately rescued the driver at the scene, so the driver also wasnt seriously injured.
Rather the problem was after that.
She got surrounded by the polices because she spent too much time in her rescue operation. She ran away because she didnt want to lose even more time for searching, and in the process she also knocked out the polices. Due to that, a major criminal investigation against a rabbit eared fighter girl was opened.
There was no doubt that the polices were also very shocked right now. Incidents in the level of terrorism happened in succession within a short time in the same town. Then the culprits were both beautiful girls. Furthermore it had been judged that they were comrades.
Mu, Goshujin-sama! I hath managed to pick up the sound of Yue and Shia!
Over there huh.
It seemed they had got closer until the distance where Tio could directly pick the sound.
Aa!? The sergeant got sent flying!? Even though he is a giant who weighed more than a hundred kilo!
Was that the elbow strike of the Eight Extremities Fist just now!? I once saw it in movie!
Ora ora ora ora-! Desuu!!
This time its boxing!? Why flicker jab!?
Oi, where is the shield! Bring it quiah!?
No need to worry. I hit you with the blunt side.
Rock only has blunt side from the start-. You, enough alreaah!?
Wrestle her! Pile down on her with all your weight!
Impossible-, she sent flying five people together!?
Stooooppp, stop with the German Suplguhah!?
No waythe living legend whose level in judo and kendo and karate is eighteen dan in total
The agonizing cries of the polices pierced the ears of Hajime and Tio.
The reverberation of the sirens sound felt like it was resounding through the whole city. The sight of people running away screaming like in the giant monster movie also entered their eyes. Rather this level of pandemonium made it felt like the JSDF should be mobilized already instead of just the police.
After witnessing that, Hajime turned his gaze toward Tio who was casually running in parallel with him.
Her appearance didnt look out of place at all in modern Japan. If anything her attire was really stylish. Then there was her swift search in wide area and composed decision making that splendidly discerned the line as to not cause any commotion.
Somehow, Hajime thought.
If only you arent a pervert, you would be a really reliable and beautiful lady.
Tio failed her wind control and dove face first to a buildings wall. *Gokya-* There was a painful sound and the wall cracked. It seemed that Hajimes true feeling that he didnt just keep in his mind but unintentionally said out loud because of how disappointing she was had a really destructive power.
Hajime ignored her and hurried on ahead.
G-goshujin-sama. Thou art, the real thing art you not?
What do you mean by that huh.
Tio caught up to Hajime while covering her face with both hands. It was unknown whether she covered her face because of pain or because of shame. But from the way her neck and her ears got red, it seemed to be the later. But Hajime didnt mention that and also didnt answer her question. He looked down at the center of the commotion. There
Uwaaa~hn, Im sooo~rrryy!! I have no bad intention desuu!
You gonna try something aaah! These damned dogs of the government!
Yue-sannn, Im begging you please dont provoke them!! I understand that you must be irritateeedd!
Shia who was running in her fancy fashion while half crying and sailor Yue who was making a fighting pose even while being carried under Shias arm were there.
From how it looked, Yues irritation had reached the peak. The proof was how her tone sounded like thug even though she was a former queen.
At the flip side, it was also due to her heartfelt worry for Myuu and Kaoris safety.
Even so, all the polices were also looking furious because of this predicament that had made their dignity fell rock bottom. Even though they were scared, they were still resolutely chasing those two who had caused such big commotion with a vigor that made the ground quaked *ZUDODODO*.
This scene was like a certain master thief of the third generation and the Interpol polices who were chasing him.
The difference was,
Dont think that you two can get away!
Stop running! You two are under arrest for interfering with public servants
The merciless lariat and flying knee kick were launched even while the perpetrator was apologizing. After that was a straight right punch! The polices who tried to block the road got blown away.
That was the difference.
She didnt use the Drucken that was hanging behind her waist. Just like how Yue was not using her magic blatantly, Shia was also similarly acting in consideration but
It also felt like that consideration was already meaningless seeing that she had the previous offense of mowing down fifty polices with road sign.
This is amazing. I never saw this many polices gathered even before I got summoned. This doesnt feel like reality anymore but a movie scene instead.
I dont know what art this "movie" thing, but this art not the time to calmly watch, correct? It seems that Yue and Shia art also unable to find Kaori and Myuu, so we need to quickly join them and decide our next action.
Tio-san whose perversity was laying low was really reliable.
But then a unique sound that made the air quivered suddenly hit their eardrum at that timing.
Tsk. A heli huh.
There were multiple silhouettes at the sky some distance away. When Hajime checked with his "Far Sight", he saw multiple helicopters flying this way. Tios mouth was hanging open n shock because she couldnt believe a pile of metal was flying through the sky by rotating propellers in high speed.
Hajime was a bit amused by her expression while taking out a lot of smoke grenades from his treasure warehouse. And then he ignited them all at once with "Lightning Clad" and scattered them to below.
Yue, Shia, stop. Im going there right now.
Nn! Hajime, I love youu!
Fueeehn, it was scary desuu! For some reason it felt scarier than it should be desuu!
That was just how polices were. Even if someone hadnt done anything criminal, the polices presence would make them felt like they had done something bad and then they would start acting suspiciously. That was the mister polices power, Hajime muttered even though he wasnt giving explanation to anyone. Below, the smoke grenades hit the ground.
The polices that were at the forefront noticed the countless grenades that fell on the ground and yelled Ha? O-oi!? This!?D-DUCKKKKK!!RETREAAATTTT! while turning deathly pale.
Right after that, the smoke grenades triggered and a lot of white smoke gushed out.
Some people swiftly threw themselves on the ground, some people didnt understand what happen at the front of and stopped running, some people were circling around to surround the suspects, and some people had just gotten down from the patrol cars that rushed here.
The people around Yue and Shia instantly got swallowed inside the thick white smoke.
Even so, some courageous people tried to rush forward in order to apprehend the two terrorists who were adorable only in appearance before they completely lost sight of them, but,
Its good to be fervent in ones professional duty. However, I wouldst not let thee.
Tio stopped them by causing gust to whirl up or by making wind tripping the polices so they fell.
And yet that gust didnt blow away the smoke screen, rather the wind whirled swiftly and spread to the surrounding while avoiding Shia and Yue. The smoke screen was spreading far beyond its original effective range to the whole street. It even whirled above like a typhoon and applied pure white veil everywhere, blocking the sight of the onlookers in the surrounding building who were watching the criminal manhunt.
After confirming that, Hajime and Tio jumped down from the rooftop toward the wide open air pocket in the middle of the smokescreen. Hajime held his fist toward Tio beside him while falling.
Nice job Tio.
Fufu, it also doth not feel bad to be praised normally sometimes.
Tio guessed Hajimes intention and tapped her fist on his fist. Her cheeks were slightly dyed red.
Nn!? Why is there a bit of good atmosphere between Hajime and Tio!? Even though she is a pervert!
Wah, Tio-san is looking really stylish desuu! Even though she is a pervert!
Kuh fuuh!! Mine comrades really cant read the atmosphere! Thank you very much-
Verbal abuses flew from Yue and Shia as soon as they landed. As I thought this feels better! Tios expression instantly became the usual disgusting haa haa as though to say that.
Naturally Hajime took a step away from her. He was wordlessly conveying that this was the distance of their heart.
Obviously Tio went haa haa even more. She hugged herself and writhed.
We are leaving right away.
Hajime said that with a sigh and transmuted the ground.
A hole toward the underground opened with a red spark. Hajime leaped into it first followed by everyone.
And then he repaired the ground to be back to usual while digging deeper underground. With that Hajime and co splendidly escaped the polices manhunt.
The sounds of countless sirens and the sounds of helicopters flying above could be heard from afar. Then suddenly the manholes cover of a certain street was suddenly floating with a small sound *gakon*.
A slight opening was created with the cover floating in the air. A sharp gaze peeked out from there. The gaze rotated and quickly checked the surrounding.
Nobody could be seen. The noises were far from here. It was a clean and inconspicuous alley without any trash lying around.
Yosh, its alright.
Hajime pulled back his gaze and told everyone below him that.
This time the cover was moved aside and he climbed the stair to come out on the ground. Next he lent a hand to Yue and lightly lifted her up to his close embrace. Next Shia climbed up and held out her hand but, Hajimes gaze told her Get out from there already.
The difference in treatment is still evident
Shia. Your outfit art really sexy when seen from below but, its not like I hath any feeling of excitement seeing the underwear of the same sex, and in the first place you art stepping on mine hand so couldst thee move already? Haa haa
Shia apologized ah sorry while stepping strongly and climbed up quickly.
*Gurii-gokyu* Such ominous sound and a happy scream Higiih!? could be heard. Tio didnt come out
Just as they thought that, a total pervert slithered out with an expression of ecstasy. It was a real horror.
Leave the pervert alone. Yue, Shia. Did you two manage to obtain any kind of clue?
No good. I asked around a lot because people kept approaching me anyway but
It was also no good with mee. If its Kaori-san then she should at least react to my telepathy message, but there wasnt any.
As expected, it seemed their result was zero.
Myuu-chanuu, even though Onee-chan said that she will protect you
Shia felt so worried that she couldnt endure it. She felt worthless that she could do nothing except worrying. Her shoulders dropped down in dejection.
Shia, there is no time to feel down. Perhaps it is only us four who got teleported here.
Yue-sanbut, why is it just us? Perhaps they got kidnapped and hidden by someone-. If thats the case-
Apparently Yue and Shia had also reached the possibilities that Hajime considered.
Shia had experienced something similar like Myuu from leaving her birthplace the sea of trees and encountered horrible experience due to human malice. That might be why Shia was even more concerned with Myuu. Right now that sympathy was guiding her thought to a bad direction and she was even seething with killing intent If thats really what happen then I absolutely wont forgive the culprit-.
Hajime couldnt bear to watch Shia who was starting to lose her composure and roughly rubbed her head over her hood.
We are also worried like you.
Dont get heated up. Form your thought calmly. Thats the shortest route to reach Myuu and Kaori. Isnt that right?
Her rabbit ears stirred *usa usa* under her hood. When she looked at Yue and Tio, they nodded strongly at her to show that they were feeling the same.
Putting aside Myuu, the current Kaori wont struggle when faced with the average people around here. Even if she is just a powerless healer, her bodys specs has far surpassed the ordinary human.
Also, even if this mysterious situation was undoubtedly related with the deserts legend, it wasnt like they got attacked and woke up here. They came here by their own volition. Therefore it would be dangerous instead to assume that there was someones malice at work here. Hajime chided Shia like that while also,
Well, if there is really someone who did something to Myuu and Kaori because of maliceat that time all of us are going to tear that guy limbs from limbs.
At the end a ghastly aura that made Shias rabbit tail to stand on ends also radiated from Hajime. Shias intensifying feeling calmed down as though she had been showered with cold water.
Hajime noticed that Yue and Tio were staring at him warmly as though to say Didnt you say to think calmly just now?. He coughed to gloss it over.
And so, in order to also decide their plan going ahead, Hajime made up his mind and opened his mouth to speak about his conjecture that he was partly sure about
Yue, Shia, Tio. Listen to me. About this world
Suddenly, *Zaa-zaa-* a grating sound entered their ears.
The four got attracted by the noise and turned their gazes together. At the end of this alley, at the other side of the street there, an old looking recycle shop entered their sight.
Behind its slightly dirty show window, there were televisions that also looked old lined up in a rack that had two columns. Each column was filled with six televisions. All those televisions were turned on and showing noise lines.
Was that shop there before?
Hajime felt suspicious. He had checked both sides of the alley beforehand, but he didnt remember seeing that recycle shop at all.
He didnt think that he would overlook it butthere was one more strange point. The noise had gone through the glass window, crossed over the street, and reached until where Hajime and co were standing at. Furthermore, the noise that grated their eardrums so much just now had weakened as though the volume had been adjusted.
It was as though it wanted to attract their attention.
Hajime and co looked at each other, and then they followed the invitation to stand in front of the window. They looked to left and right, but there wasnt any sign of human. The inside of the shop was also empty. The alley was deserted as though it was isolated from the world.
They narrowed their eyes and turned their gaze back toward the television that was filled with noise. Then the television showed an image as though it had been waiting for that.
Kaori is also there.
Thisif this image art true, then as expected we art the only one who got teleported to here
Everyone opened their eyes wide and gulped. Their heart spontaneously jumped inside.
It couldnt be helped. After all the six old televisions were all projecting the image of Myuu and Kaori.
The place was inside Brieze. Just like before they were teleported, Kaori was sitting at the center front while Myuu was sitting near the window on the rear. The two of them seemed unconscious. They were leaning deeply on the seat and their eyes were closed.
From the image, they could see the twos chest were moving with systematical rhythm and their complexion also wasnt bad. It also didnt seem like they had any external wound on their body.
Bronze sand was blowing against the window. Just as Tio said, if they believed this image then Myuu and Kaori were left behind at the desert.
At the same time there was also one more thing that became clear from this.
I see. Andwho are you?
It became clear that there was someones will behind this teleportation.
Shia reflexively became angry, but Yue grasped her hand to remonstrate her.
They didnt understand the reason why Kaori and Myuu were left alone, or why only Hajime and others got teleported here.
Depending on the way they looked, this action of showing Kaori and Myuu in this situation could be taken as a threat that the two were hostages. But other than the commotion with the polices that was simply Yue and Shia reaping what they sowed, Hajime and co still hadnt been harmed at all nor there was any attempt for it. it was too early to decide that they were split from each other as kidnapping.
Are you, the deserts legend?
The mirage that human originally shouldnt be able to catch up to. The deserts legend that those who could catch up to the mirage would be invited to the place they wished for. If that legend wasnt just a mere phenomenon, if there was the will of some kind of existence behind it.
Hajime asked while feeling half convinced of that.
The replydidnt come. But, somehow the silence felt like a wordless affirmation.
Can youinvite us to the true Japan?
Hajime could sense Yue and others gasping in surprise, but Hajime was simply focusing to the screens. The noise rippled, but there was no other reaction than that. Was it negative or positive answer? Then,
Return us to our original place.
He tried saying that, but as expected there was no reply.
Then, bring Kaori and Myuu to our side.
This time a slight noise ran on the screen. The noise was intermittent, and the wavelength was also scattered. It looked like hesitation.
Even Hajime who was doing his best to suppress his emotion to deal with this being was starting to get irritated with the situation that didnt progress at all.
Oi. Enough playing
Ya, yaanHajime-kun, you shouldnt
They heard something.
Kaori-san was mumbling something munya munya inside the screen. It seemed she was sleep talking. From the way her hand was reaching toward the driver seat, it was clear who she was seeking for in her dream.
Ehehe~, sorry Yue~
Kaoriii. What is she dreaming at this kind of situation-
Perhaps, surely, it was a dream of her winning the battle against her love rival. It was truly a dream.
Somehow it felt like all spite had been taken out from Hajime and others. There was also a possibility that they were being shown a fake image, but when they looked at Kaoris completely loose expression that was absorbed in her dream, they couldnt help but throwing away all care to far away.
This time it was Myuu who was sleep talking. It was the sad and suffering voice of a little kid calling for her mother
Not~, mama nano~. Yue-oneechan~, isnt mama nanoo~
Or not. Rather it was a sleep talk that was chopping apart Yue mama who was trying to appeal her motherhood to Myuu at every chance. Myuus hands were moving as though she was massaging something round, but then her hands movement changed to the movement of rubbing something flat. The cause why she didnt see Yue as mama was clear.
Everyones gaze slo~wly moved toward Yue. Yue-sama, she was patting her own chest while,
Hics. Im sorry, that my motherhood is lackinghics
Her face contorted and she was about to cry.
Y-Yue-san!? Please dont cry! No one ever said that something like the volume of the chest is needed for motherhood! Whats important is your heart! Right!? Tio-san-!!
E-exactly! Something like breast art just a decoration! A little kid doth not understand that!
Even if the have like you two are telling me that
The twos twin hills shook *boing boing* while they were giving their encouragement. Yues resentful gaze sharply pierced them.
Where the hell all the seriousness has gone to Hajime thought while watching them.
Unintended situations kept piling up.
The irritation had left them, and they felt relief from being able to confirm the safety of Kaori and Myuu for the time being. But then the image suddenly started to be filled with noise.
The noise wasnt to convey some kind of will. Myuu and Kaoris figure was gradually vanishing within the noises. From there Hajime and others all the more that the existence was telling them that this communication was over.
Oi-, wait! We still havent finished talking!
Hajime yelled angrily, but then the image was turned off completely. The pitch black screen only reflected Hajimes sour expression and the bewildered look of Yue and others.
Uu, mirage-san, just what is his objective?
I dont get it at allbut, with this its settled.
Yue grasped Hajimes hand in concern. Hajime returned a wry smile at her while speaking.
As I thought, this place isnt Japan. Its not my homeland.
Hajime already felt a small discomfort from the beginning.
Like how this place was filled with natural magic power even though magic should only exist in fairy tale at earth, or how Yue and others could talk normally to the people here, etc.
The explanation for those sources of discomfort could tentatively be explained.
For the first, in the first place there was already magic power at earth from the beginning. Hajime had simply become able to handle it by coming to Tortus and now he could sense magic power in earth. There was such possibility. As for the latter, just like Hajime and his classmates, perhaps language comprehension was a power that those who crossed over worlds would inevitably obtain.
However, he didnt think deeply about those. His agitation from seeing the sight that was his greatest desire and his concern for Myuu and Kaori who went missing made him temporarily put a lid over that discomfort with such hasty explanation.
But, that discomfort kept growing bigger while he was searching for Kaori and Myuu.
Something felt different even though this should be a scenery that Im familiar with. The more I got bird-eye view of the city with Ornis, the more Im feeling disgusted. Its like Im seeing dj vu and unfamiliar scenery over and over.
He also was already able to guess the true identity of this discomfort that was hard to describe. It would also be easy to proof.
Hajime quietly thrust his artificial hand. It easily destroyed the show window. While the glass scattered to pieces with grating noise to the ear, Hajime chopped down even further with his hand. His target was a television. It was split into two and the inside was exposed.
Ee? Its empty inside!?
Obviously. After all I dont have any knowledge about how the inside of a television looks like.
In other words, this world is created with only Hajimes memory?
I think that its also supplemented with Kaoris memoryanyway, for places that I dont know about, the existing memory and knowledge are used to make something that seems fitting to fill the blank.
Tio nodded while her expression was slightly twitching. The reason was simple.
Hajime wished for his homeland more than anything else, and yet this place was created so perfectly that even Hajime himself only felt a slight out of place feeling when looking at it. Just how deeply their memory had been read?
And then a world this detailed was created from that memory
This greatly defy the accepted norms. It might be still possible if its just creating objects, but even the people here art so lifelike. It sends chill through mine spine.
Yue and Shia must also felt the same fear. They were swallowing their saliva with a stiff expression.
It ccouldnt be helped. Reproducing the world, it was like an act of god.
If its just reading memory, then we have also experienced it in the magic circle of the great labyrinth thoughbut I dont know how everything else is possibleI completely dont have any idea. Perhaps its as expected from an ancient legend?
Hajimes expression was also twitching slightly. But, it seemed that it wasnt as far as feeling fear. Naturally he wasnt simply being optimistic, but it seemed that he wasnt going as far as feeling a sense of impending crisis.
Yue and others were taken aback by his unexpected reaction. Hajime showed a complicated expression while asking for confirmation to others.
Yue, Shia. When and where and how did you two obtain those clothes?
Yue and Shia looked down on their own clothes.
As expected, because I thought I would stand out if I dont change
According to Yue, it seemed that when she thought that it would be better if she at least dressed in a clothes that was as inconspicuous as possible, a group of student passed in front of her at that timing. Those students were wearing gakuran (school uniform for boys) and sailor uniform.
There was no problem with such appearance. Dressing in those clothes that were uniform with each other and worn by people of her apparent age would also be perfect. Even so, mugging an innocent student and stripping her clothes would be too much. Trying to obtain the clothes through other mean would also consume time so it was out of question.
Yue was about to give up that plan easily, but before she decided so, she was suddenly called out by someone.
An aunt who was cleaning a nearby public toilet asked me Did you forget this thing young miss? You have changed from this into those clothes right? and handed me a paper bag.
And the inside was that sailor uniform?
Furthermore the size wasnt too big or too small. It was the perfect size for her.
When Hajime urged with his gaze to Shia to explain next, as expected she also found clothes that looked just right at the perfect timing when she was thinking to change into something that wouldnt stand out.
It was just a coincidence. I caught sight of a shop with the picture of a cute girl, and they also sold the same outfit like in the picture. It was even displayed at the storefront.
A mini dress with light purple color, overknee socks of the same color, and then a hoodie with drooping rabbit ears attached on its hood. Indeed. Surely in Hajimes memory something like an outfit with rabbit eared hood could only come from fiction characters outfit.
No wonder I got the feeling that I have seen that outfit from somewhere. And?
There were a lot of customers in that shop. While I was a bit hesitating whether to steal or to give up, a woman who claim to share an interest with me bought the clothes for me. She even got a rabbit rucksack for me to put my original clothes.
Was that woman someone in missionary work? Even though this was just a fake Japan. It seemed that there was no mistake that the foundation of this worlds reproduction was strongly influenced by Hajimes memory. Hajime got a slightly distant look in his eyes.
Well, for some reason I attracted even more attention after that though.
Well of course.
Certainly the exposure rate had decreased, and it also suited her. However coupled with Shias beauty, she looked like a cosplayer of the highest level. There was no way she wouldnt stand out.
Hajime pulled himself together and stared at the hoodies rabbit ear part.
That rabbit ear part on the hood, its inside is hollow and can be filled isnt it?
Yes, my ears are inside there you know?
That kind of structure in clothing is unnecessary for earth where the rabbit man race doesnt exist though.
Now that you mention it
And then the size was also perfect as expected. It was as though it was custom made for Shia.
Hajime smiled wryly. Yue and Shia tilted their head wondering What does he want to say?. It was Tio who reached the understanding earlier than them.
It was like that too with me. What happened was just too convenient. Coincidences that keep happening in succession shouldst be called as inevitability instead.
Yeah. Getting invited to the place that you wish for when chasing after the mirage. thats the legend of the desert. This place is imitating earth must also because Im strongly desiring my homeland.
In other words, the mirage is trying to grant our wish?
Eh, but, it became a commotion even though we didnt even wish for it though?
This place will diverge from the homeland in my memory if everything here goes just like we want it. This world is reproduced to follow the common sense in my memory as much as possible without the creator influencing it too much, but when we are really wishing for something, our wish will be conveniently granted. Thats how it feels isnt it?
As the proof of that, when Hajime and co were starting to become seriously agitated in their worry for Myuu and Kaori, this world showed the safety of those two in a very forceful way. It was as though the world was panicking to tell them that they were misunderstanding, that there was no ill will here.
So our thought is being read thenu~mu, but even that action itself is
Im not being optimistic, much less being trusting. After all that guy refuse to return us to our former location or call Myuu and Kaori here even though we are wishing for it.
Nn. But, somehow the existence feels hesitating?
Ah, I also felt that. It wasnt in a bad way though
Well, I also agree with that. But, our thought is definitely being read. I dont know how accurately our thought is being read butdont let your guard down here.
Why Myuu and Kaori were the only two who got left out? Why was the "mirage" that should be inviting people to the place that they wished for was refusing to return Hajime and others?
They didnt understand. They didnt understand but, they also couldnt just stand around doing nothing.
And so, Goshujin-sama. What art we going to do now? If we art going to go out of this world by our own powershould we attempt heading to the end of the world?
In other words, heading to the limit of the memory. Like a place that Hajime didnt know at all what kind of scenery it had even though he knew about the places name and location. Hajime who was still just a high school student knew a lot of places like that.
If they continued to head to such place, naturally even the reproduction of the world by combining Hajime and Kaoris memory would reach the limit sooner or later.
Not a bad idea. But, there is a place that I want to try visiting in a closer distance.
Yue looked up at Hajime with worry. She was worrying about Hajime from the bottom of her heart because right now he was witnessing something that he wanted but knowing that it was fake.
Hajime gently caressed the head of the worried Yue.
If this place is a world that reflected my desire for my birthplace, then its possible this place that I want to visit is the core of the memory. Its the one place that I wish for the most but a place that the mirage will never be able to reproduce.
Both Shia and Tio also understood. There was no way they couldnt understand.
The two of them also leaned closer to Hajime in concern.
Hajime spoke with a somewhat solemn look and spoke softly with a voice that was carried out by the wind.
First, lets go to my house.
At the start they werent teleported to Hajimes house that should be the place that Hajime wished the most, but at the middle of the city like this. Perhaps that was because the mirage itself didnt understand it.
That the mirage wasnt able to invite Hajime to the place that he was really wishing for.
Nn. The time has finally come to display the worth of "108 Methods of Greeting the Parents Yue-style" that I invented through tens of thousands of simulation!
No, even if my parents are there they will be just fake. Or rather, you thought up something like that?
How can I overlook something like that! If its the parents that are just like in Hajime-sans memory, then it doesnt matter even if they are fake or not!
Certainly. We wouldst be able to perform a rehearsal with an extremely high precisionit wouldst not be an exaggeration to say that!
Hajime understood that the bright attitude of these three were because they were acting considerate for Hajimes feeling. Because of that Hajime felt like there was a warmth lit up deep inside his chest. He wouldnt be led astray if he knew from the start that he would only meet fakes, even so that didnt mean that he wouldnt feel anything at all. That was why,
Hajime, Hajime. Does this outfit suit me? Its not strange for giving a greeting?
Yue said that while turning on the spot gracefully. Hajime replied to her with a gentle smile.
Yue-sama went Eh!? and stopped turning. Her gently fluttering skirt fell down while slightly showing the black lace underneath.
I-it doesnt suit me?
Its not like it doesnt suit you. But, go change.
W-why!? Whats wrong with this outfit!?
It makes you look absurdly indecent.
White and blue shirt with red scarf. It was an orthodox sailor uniform. She was also wearing loafers and short socks. Normally there wouldnt be any problem with that appearance.
But, however. The skirts length that had been personally customized to stop fifteen centimeter above the knee, the cute navel that could be glimpsed sometimes because she wasnt wearing any innerwear underneath, and above all else, the terrific sex appeal that was radiating from the person herself
Yue was a full-fledged mature woman even with her childish outer appearance. Even if the three hundred years when she was sealed were to be excluded, she had lived for 23 years before that. Not only that, she also had the experience of getting involved with managing and leading the government when she was still in the middle of her teenage. She was an adult with a mature mind.
Therefore, her atmosphere was filled with calm and composure and also a bewitching aura. The gap between her outside and inside could be said as her charm, but right now that was extremely bad.
If she was wearing a blazer type uniform, she could still be seen as a wholesome high school student but
Sailor uniform on Yue was a lethal weapon in various senses. It simply made her an indecent person.
She was truly a light trap that invited the self proclaimed gentlemen around here like moths to their death, or perhaps like a fire that burned to ash the summer insects flying into it.
Of course even then there was no need for mercy to those insects who took off their gentleman mask though
Right now you are a serious trouble magnet. The cause of the commotions magnification was undoubtedly that appearance. Go change right away before you invite even more crotch smash event than this.
What a trap. Uu, Ill go change.
Until now Hajime had always praised her no matter what she wore. This was her first time hearing his impression that sounded more like a harsh advice just now. Yue held out her hand toward Shia dejectedly and gloomily from the shock.
Shia let out a dry laugh Ahaha while taking out Yues original clothes that was entrusted to her inside her rucksack.
Then Yue entered inside the recycle shop with heavy footsteps and,
Hajime. Should I throw, this clothes?
Yue peeked out with only half of her face showing and turned a sad gaze toward Hajime. Hajime-san pressed his chest under that teary gaze of his beloved vampire princess. And then,
Ill put it in the treasure warehouse.
Hajime was easily defeated. Yue then started changing while humming in a good mood.
Hajime did his best to ignore Shias reproachful gaze and Tios smirking face.
It was evening. The western sky looked like it was blazing.
It was a quiet neighborhood. Birds chirp echoed around them. It made the atmosphere felt somewhat plaintive. The voices of children came from a small park nearby. The moms were devoting themselves to making idle gossip from some distance away. An old man was leisurely strolling with his dog.
Hajime and co glanced at such peaceful and calm scenery while walking toward the setting sun.
Well arrive in fifteen more minutes. Just in case, prepare for anything that might happen.
Nn. Ill do it seriously, for the sake of the actual performance in the future too.
Uu, Im nervous-. I wonder if father-in-law and mother-in-law are going to be okay even with a rabbit-eared wife?
Yue and Shia were there with absurdly nervous look. Their eyes were serious. They looked like a hero who was standing in front of the demon kings castle.
Hajime looked exasperated. Tio smiled wryly seeing that while opening her mouth Come to think of it.
Goshujin-sama, we came here while ignoring thy honorable fathers workplace, but art that alright?
If they were going to head to a place that was the foundation of Hajimes memory and also wish, then the company of Hajimes father would be nearer to the location where they were first teleported into. Wouldnt it be more efficient to go check there first? Tios question was really on the mark.
No, I had checked there properly while we all were searching.
I seeas expected, there art no way one couldst just do nothing when ones own father might be nearby.
Hajime said to prioritize Myuu and Kaoris search, and yet he stopped by somewhere else. However Tio showed her understanding with a smile.
But, Hajime snorted in displeasure while saying Dont underestimate me.
It wasnt like I was prioritizing my own wish at that time. After all there was a high possibility that Kaori would go there for protection if she is here.
He tried calling her with telepathy from the companys rooftop but there was no respond.
He also searched inside just to make sure. There would be commotion if he showed his face inside. He wanted to avoid that because the priority at that time was for searching. Therefore he sent in Ornis that was easy to hide, but he was only able to find some nostalgic faces while in the end he was unable to even find his father, much less Kaori or Myuu.
While Tio was showing a face of understanding to that,
Nn? Kaori, she knew about father-in-laws workplace?
Yues eyes slowly narrowed. It was obvious she was thinking Curse you, Kaori. Another thing that I dont know but she knows-.
Kaori often talked about the "past Hajime at earth" with a smug face in order to obtain even the slightest advantage over Yue somehow.
From the way Hajime spent time in school, to Hajimes hobby, or the memory of unexpectedly running into Hajime in private
Although it was annoying to listen to that, this was Yue. It was impossible for her to ignore Hajimes information. Rather at such time she would fire off questions as though in interrogation. Rather seen from the side the atmosphere of the two would feel like Two very good friends who got heated up talking about the person they liked.
Even so, the relationship of Hajime and Kaori at that time should be in a range that didnt come out from the territory of classmate. It was even doubtful whether they could be called friend.
It was still understandable if such Kaori knew what the job of Hajimes parents was. And yet, she even knew the address of his parents workplace. It was a bit not normal.
Hajime, be careful. Dont blurt out your personal information to just anyone.
Yue said it like a superior in an intelligence agency warning a rookie spy Dont let anyone know about the existence of your family. Hajime got a faraway look from hearing those words that sounded like warning him, Consider it the end of your life the moment that information is exposed, your weakness will be in the enemys hand.
I never blurted out such information to just anyone. Or rather, in the first place I never even talked about it.
This time not only Yue, even Shia and Tio were also going Eh? in bewilderment.
Once at school, I talked to Kaori about my otaku hobby. And then after a whileone day at morning, that girl came to school with a wide smile on her face and said this to me.
The company of Nagumo-kuns dad is really big and clean isnt it!
Those were words that couldnt be said unless one had directly seen the outer appearance of the company. The faces of Yue and others were twitching.
Certainly, I told her that my father is managing a game company, that Im helping out with the work there, and an example of the popular game title that the company had created.
And so there was a big possibility that Kaori thought the game was interesting and bought it, learned the companys name from the writing in the games packaging, and looked up the information and image of the company in internet because she got slightly curious.
No, Hajime wanted to believe that was the case. There should be no way that she directly came until in front of his fathers company and stared fixedly to the building to burn it into her memory.
Yes, for example, there was no way she would do something like that while also having an objective of secretly checking Hajimes father when he came out from the company because of a simple curiosity of I wonder what kind of person Nagumo-kuns father is.
Thats why, its not really strange that she knowit shouldnt be. Though at that time it really left an impression in me how Yaeagshi wouldnt meet my eyes at all while Kaori was talking with a smile in front of her
Hajime! Be careful! Take a good care of your personal information! Especially from Kaori!
Uwaa, Hajime-sans eyes are looking dead
Look Shia. Goshujin-samas neck art getting goosebumps.
It seemed Hajime was recalling that time. He was looking at the far distance with a transparent expression that Yue and others had never seen before on his face. Yue-samas jumping kiss exploded. Hajime returned back to reality.
That cursed Yanderesaki Stalkeori-. How dare she did this to my Hajime-, unforgivable!
No, calling her a stalker is exaggerating it. But well, thanks for worrying about me.
Yue huffed with a rough breathing. Hajime smiled wryly at her.
At school she was called a goddess, while at another world she was called a saint. Kaori was also filled with kindness and thoughtfulness that didnt put those titles to shame.As expected it would be too harsh to treat her like a stalker.
But, Hajime who was defending Kaori like that actually still didnt know.
In reality, Kaori had even learned the address of Hajimes house.
She had also done various other things.
For example, when she learned about a shop that Hajime often visited, she dragged the exasperated Shizuku with her to charge into that shop, shocking the regular customers who Hajime were acquainted with due to her beauty
She then captured the shop employee who Hajime was familiar with and inquisitively made him gave her a lecture about otaku knowledge without minding that the employee was about to blow his fuse due to keeping company a pair of beautiful girls who seemed to be enveloped in yuri yuri aura (due to Kaori tightly hugging the arm of the embarrassed Shizukus so that she wouldnt run away)
As soon as she learned that a game that had been mentioned in her conversation with Hajime had the 18+ version, What kind of girl Nagumo-kun is interested with I wonder? I wonder? she charged into the game shop while shaking off Shizuku who was desperately holding her back Y-you must not, Kaori! What are you thinking! Stop!, no, rather she grabbed Shizukus hand and charged into the 18+ corner while dragging her together
With the tearful Shizuku who was shaking in shame beside her, although she herself was also shaking in shame, Kaori faced the shop owner who refused her purchase due to the age restriction with a strong determination and carried out a negotiation T-this is an errand from my father! in absurd way that might sacrifice her fathers social reputation
Because of such occurrences, in the end Kaori (and Shizuku) ended up within the confidential blacklist of most of the shops that Hajime often visited. But Hajime still didnt know about it.
Tio-san, what do you think?
I shall be frank. There art no way that Kaori art an ordinary person simply from how shes competing against Yue!
What persuasiveness! Case closed desuuu!
Both of you, what does that mean?
Yue turned a gaze that was lacking any light in it toward the two. She looked like a yandere.
But then right after that, Hajime suddenly stopped walking.
Its enough with the talk. You can see it nowover there.
The sky had darkened a lot when they noticed. The curtain of night was starting to lower. However, Hajime pointed at the front without any hesitation toward a single house.
Light was leaking out from the window.
Yue and others all looked at Hajimes face from the side, but Hajime resumed walking without saying anything. His steps were sure and his atmosphere was really calm.
From there, it was Yue and others instead who were strangely enveloped in nervousness. They kept their mouth shut while walking forward with only the sound of their breathing and the faint daily life noises of the surrounding houses could be heard.
They arrived in front of the gate like that. Hajime stared slightly at the name tag that was engraved with the word Nagumo
before his hand moved to press on the interphones button
It aint necessary huh.
He smiled wryly. He immediately opened the gate and knocked at the locked front door.
H-Hajime? Is that the manner in Japan?
T-thats a fierce knocking desuu
No no, this art a breaking in no matter how thee see it.
*Creak creak* The door was opened with brute force. The faces of Yue and others were slightly twitching seeing that.
There isnt any need for consideration just for entering a fake house isnt it?
Hajime said that and entered inside. Certainly thats true but still Yue and others said with troubled expression.
While that happened, sound of commotion and panicked footsteps came from inside the house.
Appearing from inside was the tall man with short black hair who looked like he was at his early forty and a slender woman with semi long black hair who seemed to be in her early thirty. The man had a gentle and kind face, while the woman had an intellectual face that gave a hint of a strong core inside.
It went without mention that they were Hajimes father Nagumo Shuu, and the mother Nagumo Sumire.
Shuu and Sumire froze seeing the man with white hair, eye patch, and artificial arm who broke open the front door. They were maintaining a distance warily from him. But, their expression soon turned dubious, and then they looked bewildered in disbelief
I-is that you, Hajime?
Are you, Hajime?
They talked to him with a trembling voice. It was understandable that they didnt immediately realize that this was their son. That was just how much Hajime had changed.
Hajimes troubled look with his knitted eyebrows, his wry smile to gloss over things, his mild and docile atmosphere, everything was the exact opposite as though all those in the past were just illusion. In addition, his very appearance itself wasnt normal anymore.
Yeah, its me.
But, when Hajime replied just that with a hard to describe expression, Shuu and Sumire approached him with unsteady footsteps. And then they caressed Hajimes face with their fingertip softly before their faces contorted as though they were about to cry and they hugged him tightly.
This stupid son-
Do you know how worried we are!
Even though their angry yell sounded frail, their hugs were tightening as each second passed. It was as though they were saying that they wouldnt let him go anymore. Tears were spilling out endlessly from their eyes.
Its great that you came backwelcome home, Hajime.
Welcome home, Hajime. Im glad you are safe
Hajime didnt do anything to resist what they were doing to him. He was staring at the ceiling as though he was thinking of something. His expression was quite inscrutable.
However, his hands didnt move at all to hug his parents back. He also didnt reply Im home in respond to the words Welcome back that should be the words that he wanted to hear the most. That action told the state of Hajimes heart more eloquently than anything.
Hajime opened his mouth while ignoring Shuu and Sumire.
Mirage, do you get it? What is in my heart right now, what Im thinking right now.
Hajime? Whats the matter, wait, come to think of it the door is broken
Ah, Hajime, who are the girls behind you? They are very pretty girls arent they?
There Shuu and Sumire turned their gaze toward Yue and others after noticing them for the first time.
Even so Hajime ignored them and threw more words to the empty air.
You get it right? Its no good. A fake is a fake no matter how well made they are. I dont wish for something like this. You cant grant my wish no matter what.
Reall, whats wrong with you Hajime?
He must be tired. Tell us what has happened slowly.
Shuu and Sumire urged him to enter inside the house with kind expression.
Perhaps it was just the trick of light, but they looked like they were desperate somewhere in their expression to tug at Hajimes heart.
Hajime turned his gaze for a while at the empty air, but he let out a small sigh when he understood that no reply would come. And then Shuu and Sumire passed Hajime to call at Yue and others who were watching the course of events from behind Hajime.
Come on, you three should also come in.
Hajime are bringing you all here. Surely that means that you have been taking care of him until now.
They said that while offering their hand warmly. Hajime looked back at them across his shoulderand pulled out Donner and Schlag.
The muzzles were pressed on the back of the head of his parents. Hajimes eyes were cold and hard like a frozen soil. Sharp killing intent was radiating from there.
Yue and others panicked.
Nn!? O-Okaa-sama(Mother-in-law)! Otou-sama(Father-in-law)! Nice to meet you-, my name is Yue! Forgive me for the suddenness but please give me your son-no, before saying that, I have already received him! He was delicious!
Yue-san!? What are you saying so suddenly!?
Then, Hahaue-dono! Chichiue-dono! Mine name is Tio Clarus! The sacred(sexual) dragon whose first time was taken away by thy son and who swore to offer mine everything to him in return! Please take care of me for eternity!
Why are you competing like that-, Tio-san! Also, the pronunciation of sacred in your sentence just now was a bit strange!?(TN: In the raw, the kanji for sacred was changed with the kanji for sexual, though the way to read them is still the same)
Although they were fake, the two here were reproduced from Hajimes memory to be almost identical as the real thing. And in the first place the girls had been in high tension from feeling moved seeing the imitation parents So Hajimes parents are this kind of person.
And yet that Hajime-san hardened his resolve to execute his parents cold-bloodedly. He was going to shoot them to death even if it was to improve their current situation.
Yue-san didnt want to let Hajime doing something like that. She actually wanted to treat this as a rehearsal for making a "greeting" to Hajimes parents without any joke, but right now she was unusually at her wits end and so she ended up slightly rampaging.
As for Tio, she turned a worried gaze toward Hajime before taking advantage of Yues rampage in order to soften the murderous air that surged for an instant.
Shia was taking on the straight man role with her tsukkomi, but then she also became unable to hold back herself and yelled Its unfair that its just you two! I also want to practice my greeting desuu! and she began straightening up her posture.
It seemed that the intention of Yue and others bore fruit.
Hajimes mood was dampened and he lowered his guns with a wry smile.
Even if the parents here were just fake, Yue and others still didnt want hajime to shoot his own parents. Their feeling reached Hajime and warmly spread inside his heart.
And then he suddenly noticed. How Shuu and Sumire werent reactiong at all toward the "greetings" of Yue and others. Much less reacting, they were completely staying still.
Urged by Yues gaze, Hajime walked around to in front of his parents. And then he saw his parents expressionless face and blank gaze that made them looked like mannequin.
A second passed, and then the two pointed outside at the same time.
Hajime and others looked at each other. Then they slowly went outside while staying on their guard. And then when they turned around to look toward the houses entrance once more with a dubious look, Shuu and Sumires figures were already gone.
It was as though there was nobody there from the start.
But a voice suddenly came from above right after that.
I shall apologize for making you displeased like that.
It was there without any presence, no, it was as though the presence was suddenly just there the next second.
On the edge of the eaves above the entrance, with a black fur that fused with the curtain of the nightwas a black cat. The way its slender body was sitting up straightly was giving an impression of sincerity despite the cats mysteriousness. Even though it was looking down on them, the shine of intellect could be seen from its straightforward golden pupils.
Youre the mirage right? Are you a cat?
No. My name is Eto Shin. This appearance is only a temporary form.
Affirmative. Because I have no fixed form, I took the form of a small animal that wont make you feel displeasure and also one that you like. Its also for displaying that I hold no ill will toward you.
I see, Hajime nodded in understand while narrowing his eyes seeing that the other party finally felt like talking directly with them. As expected, by destroying the house that was acting as the foundation of the memory and even attempting to shoot his parents to death, this so called Eto Shin too had finally understood the truth of Hajimes words.
At the same time he also felt a slight doubt Did I really like cat that much? to himself. Then Eto Shin nodded and honestly answered even that question that he really didnt need to answer. As expected, it seemed it was really reading his thought.
Affirmative. You have a liking for cat and rabbit, and your emotional attachment to the former is especially strong.
After saying that, Eto Shins gaze turned toward Yue and Shia for some reason.
The memory of you putting on imitation cat ears on your lover for your own sake is strongly rooted in your core
Yosh, how about you shut up.
Eto Shin cat taciturnly fell silent.
In exchange Yue was pressing her hands on her reddened cheeks Really Hajime, you, geez while fidgeting bashfully. As for Shia, she fell on her hands and knees Goddamn-! How can my natural rabbit ears lose against that kind of fake cat ear-!! I wont accept it-!! while hitting the ground. The ground was cracked.
Thou, Eto Shin! What about dragon!? Art there not any strong attachment within Goshujin-sama for dragon!?
Oi, Tio! Shut up for a
Tio Clarus. Nagumo Hajime is treasuring his memory of the day when he was riding on your back as a dragon and flying through the sea of clouds hovering above the night sky. Its a memory that he wont forget for his whole
Eto Shin. Do you know the saying that mouth is the source of all evils?
Eto Shin taciturnly fell silent.
In exchange, Tios cheeks flared red. She seemed to be seriously embarrassed. She slightly looked down while her fingers entangled with each other with fidgety movement. She also sent some upward glances at Hajime. Coupled with her current "modern outfit as a capable lady", the gap made her looked absurdly adorable.
The blank stares from Yue and Shia stabbed on her.
Eto Shin, as I thought, you are harboring ill will toward me arent you?
No. Its a misunderstanding. My wish is to grant your wish, Nagumo Hajime.
Its words were simply straightforward and there was also no wavering in its gaze. Its words that he harbored no ill will toward Hajime sounded like its true feeling.
That was why Hajime asked once more.
Then return us to our former location. My objective is my true homeland, not a copy like this. Or else, can you do something like sending us to other world?
Eto Shin hesitated to reply at Hajimes question. Its unmoving tail was swaying slowly as though to show its agitation. Yue and others were also sending it a searching gaze. Before long Eto Shin replied with a tone that sounded somewhat stressed.
No. My knowledge contain nothing about other world. I only knew about its existence from reading the memories of you and Shirasaki Kaori.
However, you cant come out from here.
A tense atmosphere swelled up. Hajimes eyes narrowed dangerously.
But, Eto Shin itself was staying calm. As expected there was not the slightest ill will that could be felt from it. Rather, earnest concern could be felt from its eyes toward Hajime.
Yes, it was directing a gaze that was filled with enormous sentiments toward Hajime.
Can you return me to our original place?
Yue didnt understand the reason of this beings fixation toward Hajime, so she tried asking this question as a test.
If thats what you wish for.
Eto Shins gaze was turned toward Yue. Somehow kindness could be felt from that gaze. It was as though it had the conviction that it was impossible for Yue to leave Hajime behind. There was sympathy for Yues feeling in its gaze.
Fu~mu. Eto Shin, why thou couldst not let Goshujin-sama out?
Tio Clarus. You should understand the reason why very well.
What didst thou say?
Tio only tried asking that casually to make the talk progressed, and yet the reply that came back was unexpected. Eto Shin spoke with a harsh voice to Tio who was narrowing her eyes.
The outer world is the territory of god.
I am a depository of treasure. The concealed utopia. An artificial sacred precincts that is isolated from the outside world to elude that persons eyes. A hidden treasure to protect the citizens in the kingdom that they wished for.
In other words thy arta hideout to escape from god Ehito?
Tio reflexively put her hand on her forehead and groaned. Hajime was also doing the same. No, Hajimes surprise surpassed even Tio because he realized something more.
Seriouslyso this world itself is an artifact?
An artificial sacred precincts. A repository of treasure. Fumu, is it something like Goshujin-samas treasure warehouse?
The basic concept is like that butno good. I dont get it at all. Just what should be done to create something like this
Their conjecture was right on the mark. This space so to speak was "inside a treasure warehouse". But, human reaction, reproduction of memory, construction of object, etc, everything was so advanced that even an extraordinary transmutation master like Hajime was at his wits end. This place was truly a crystallization of super technology that was impossible to comprehend.
Err~, in other words, Hajime-san cant go outside because outside is dangerous, is that whats going on here? Why Hajime-san? Could it be he is an acquaintance of yours?
Shia tilted her head. She didnt understand the complicated subject, but she at least understood that Eto Shin was really worried for Hajime alone.
Thats right, why are you fixated on me? Today should be my first time encountering you.
Affirmative. You and I arent acquaintance. But, I have the duty to protect you. Because that is the meaning of my existence.
What do you mean?
Because, you are the descendantof the people who created me.
Hajime was unusually taken aback that even his mouth was hanging open. Yue and others were also the same. Naturally. Hajime was a human from the modern Japan. How did this being reach such a conclusion then?
Hajime somehow recovered from his dumbfounded state and then he began to massage his forehead to endure his headache.
If you have read my memory, then you should understand that in the first place I came from a different world.
Affirmative. That is why I judged that you are a descendant of my creator.
It was incomprehensible. What the mirage said was completely not understandable. However, it would be impossible to persuade Eto Shin unless they understood its reason.
There was also the choice of using brute force, but this was the territory of Eto Shin that was stuffed with super technologies. Eto Shin looked like it was simply worrying about Hajime at present. As long as there was a possibility that this could be solved with dialogue, taking a violent option could only be said as a foolish choice.
Hajime let out a long sigh and sat down heavily on the ground. He was taking the posture of settling down to listen to the other party.
Tell us. If you call me a descendant, then I should have the right to hear everything.
Affirmative. You have the authority.
Eto Shin nodded a little and jumped off from the roof. Yue and Shia also sat down on the steps of the entrance, while Tio was leaning on a pillar and folding her arms. Each of them was showing the readiness to listen.
Like that, Eto Shin sat snugly in front of Hajime and it began to talk solemnly. For some reason Eto Shin looked like a sad child to Hajime.
A hundred and dozens of years after that person ascended to heaven, I was created at the declining Sacred Kingdom Klystron.
According to it, this Great Desert Gruen was apparently a fertile land with abundant greenery in the past, as hard to believe it seeing its current state. It was an era where the creator god Ehito was still living in this world.
Miledy and others, the "Liberators" were trying to fight the god who was already living in the heaven. From there it could be seen that this must be a story that happened even further in the past than that.
Klystron was the holy ground where the god was at. The people there was the children of god.
Sacred Kingdom Klystrona holy land that was ruled by a living god. The blessing that the people received from god was immense. That place was truly a paradise. All other countries in the world were regarding them with envy and jealousy.
However, this paradise that should have eternal prosperity promised to them was beginning to be covered with a disquieting shadow since a certain time. The land started to lose its fertility, the crops stopped growing, and the nature was losing its vitality.
Naturally the people wished. Oo, god. Please grant us salvation. For years and years, the people kept praying as the country declined. In the end god
Didnt answer. Naturally. That person was none other than the culprit who thoroughly stole the energy of the land after all.
It was said that god laughed in front of the people who were pleading to him. And then he left behind the words for the people to pay for all the blessing they had obtained and abandoned the world to leave to the heaven.
What was this payment that god mentioned? It immediately became clear.
War broke out. God had given oracle to all countries. Who will become the new children of god, that was the content of the oracle.
The people of Klystron was instantly reduced into the shunned children of god.
And so armies from all over the world descended on the country. The people of Klystron then learned in the middle of the long, long flame of war.
That the prosperity and decline of Klystron had been planned from the start. They learned the dangerous true nature of god that played with mankinds prosperity and ruin like it was a game.
The greatest country in the continent walked through the path of destruction together with the lives of people that numbered as many as the stars in the sky.
There was already no place for the people of Klystron to live in this continent. There wasnt a single country that would accept them, the enemy of the god.
I see. And so you were created?
Affirmative. I was created for the sake of protecting the surviving three thousand people in this isolated world.
So this is something like Noahs ark huh.
In the first place they were the people of god. Their magic technology was astounding. The research that they carried out with mad desperation while the danger of destruction was approaching showed astonishing great strides.
A colony of treasure warehouse with miniscule size of grains of sand that numbered in the tens of thousands.
The other dimension that each grain possessed was unified internally to create this vast isolated space.
Even if half of their number was destroyed, there would be no effect to the contained world. At the inside, it was possible to create anything that one wished for by transmuting every kind of mineral particles that were stored inside.
Generation of air and soil, propagation of plants and animals, the technology to preserve them for eternity with time stasis.
The function of reading the information from outside and storing it.
Ability of autonomic movement, camouflage ability by interfering with wind and heat and light, ability to turn into mirage.
The function to control all functions and protect the lives inside, meEto Shin(Eternal Protector)
In the end, what are you? A former humanthat doesnt seem to be the case.
Affirmative. I am a pseudo soul that was created from duplicating and combining a part of the souls of my creators. I am what you called "treasure warehouse".
Ha, hahain other words, you are an artificial lifea living artifact huh.
Hajimes mind right now was in a state of unable to compute just like when he watched a special program in television about OOParts where he could only smile bitterly.
In a sense, this was a feat of world creation. The current Hajime could only just barely understand a little part of it. There was already nothing that he could do except letting out a dry laugh. Even Tio and Yue who had lived long and possessed extensive knowledge, and also Shia were also in the same state. Their mouth was opened when faced with a single created life without being unable to close it anymore.
And, how is the people of Klystron doing right now?
Hajime pulled himself together and asked that question. Eto Shin fell silent for a bit before it quietly answered.
The people inside me lived a gently declining lifethen everyone, went to sleep. In an eternal sleep.
I see. From the way you said it, there were also people who didnt stay inside you huh?
Affirmative. A part of the people went to a journey in the search of a new land.
They couldnt feel satisfied with this paradise?
The decline, didnt stop.
What do you mean? Everything necessary for human to live is available here isnt it?
Their necessity was fulfilled. But, most likelythere was no meaning in simply staying alive for them.
Most likely their heart was filled with resignation. Their heart must refused to continue staying in this closed world just for simply living. They were betrayed by god, the whole enemy became their enemy, and they lost a lot of brethrens. Surely their heart was already broken from the beginning.
Their life ended quietly, like a cat who sensed its end of life was nearing and went to die peacefully without being known by the world.
However, amongst the many people who wished for a comfortable tranquil death, a part of the people stood up.
The people of Klystron continued to live inside Eto Shins enclosed world for about a hundred years.
The people who stood up werent the people who knew about that era, but the few lives who were born inside this enclosed world.
They said. Surely there is a place where they can live. They swore that they would find a new land without fail before the heart of the people here meets their end.
So what if god betrayed them.
So what if the whole world denied their existence.
Then they would start again from zero in a far, far away place that wasnt known by anyone.
They wouldnt worship someone else or blindly believing in something like eternal protection of a higher being.
They would put all their effort to live with their own strength. They would dream of the future, and walked forward through trials and errors, and turning the unknown into the know at the end of that.
After all surely there would be a place where their existence was permitted.
Thats why, Eto Shin. Our father, our mother, our homeland. Please wait for us. We will find hope, and one day we will surely
Eto Shin looked up to the sky. It softly uttered those words, as though it was ruminating over someones words, or quietly disclosing some secret words.
The expression of a black cat couldnt possible express such thing. Even so Hajime and others felt loneliness and affection that gouged at their heart from the transient figure of Eto Shin.
They could guess from the flow of the story.
Those people who aimed toward a new land didnt return back. They didnt make it in time to prevent the demise of their brethrens who were caught in resignation.
I, was unable to protect the people until they return.
Eto Shin had the function to trace back the past of person, object, and land and read their memory. It was one of its functions to gather information from outside, because it was also shouldering the role as the kingdoms library by recording and preserving every information.
After I attended the last person in their deathbed, I too went out to a journey to search for them. During that time I buried a large part of myself deep underground here in hibernated state so that it could react if they returned back by some chance while a part of the colony flew away.
As expected it couldnt approach the center when the gods influence was strong, but it could search the southern continent and read the memories of the people passing by. It also crossed the sea to follow their footsteps.
It did that for hundreds, thousands of year.
However, even the ability of postcognition had a limit. The world was also vast. In the end, their footprints was suddenly cut off in the middle of ocean and it couldnt find them even until now.
Although I was made from a colony, I only had one consciousness. Therefore for cautions sake I would return to this land periodically.
Nagumo Hajime. You burst in toward me.
It was shocking. Even throughout its long life, the memory that he read from him was completely unknown.
Yes, the earth was exactly this "new land".
So thats how it is.
I still couldnt find them even after searching the whole world. Then this other world is none other than the "new land". And then, even if I dont know the method of how they crossed the world, if they were unable to return back because they were in another world then
I am undoubtedly "their" descendant because Im a human from that other world, huh.
Affirmative. You are a subject that I have to protect.
Hajime let out a deep sigh.
It wasnt because he accepted Eto Shins words. It also wasnt because he was convinced.
It was the exact opposite. There was only exasperation and rejection coming out from him because of Eto Shins conclusion that was riddled with holes.
But, Eto Shin kept talking before Hajime could say anything. It was as though it didnt want him to mention it.
Certainly, this might not be a homeland like what you wish for, but I shall build a paradise that surpass even the original. The vast amount of memory and record of civilization that I have accumulated can make it possible. I will also protect you from the threat of god.
Its words sounded somewhat desperate. As though it was trying to do everything it could to keep close the treasure that it had lost once so that it wouldnt slip off from its grasp for the second time.
Yue and others looked at Hajime. Their gazes looked really conflicted. At the very least there were sympathy for Eto Shin in their gaze.
Why werent you able to bring in Kaori and Myuu here? Based on your judgment, Kaori too should be a descendant that you should protect shouldnt she?
There are two reasons. First, the four of you tried to protect them using your own body, therefore I judged that for the time being they should be left at where they are. The other reason is because I want to ask them to invite the other descendants at the center of the continent.
So that was the result of you matching our will with your own wish huh
It seemed that Eto Shin had also learned the existence of Amanogawa and others. Certainly it would be difficult for it to approach Heiligh Kingdom that could be said as the gods turf.
Hajime let out another deep sigh.
He understood the circumstance, history, and the intention of Eto Shin. And as expected not only it had no ill will, its intention was purely made of good will instead.
But bluntly speaking, it was just a needless meddling for them.
However, Hajime also understood that Eto Shin wouldnt stop what it was doing. Because he had guessed it, the feeling that was the foundation of Eto Shin deep inside that good will.
Because of that, there was no way he and Kaori could be a descendant of the people here or anything. Those people who went to a journey to seek for a new land in all probability had fallen in the middle of their journey. He wondered whether such logic could go through Eto Shin right now
They surely would need time in order to convince Eto Shin. Depending on the situation, Hajime might also need to resolve himself.
In that case,
Bring Myuu and Kaori here. We have already showed you thoroughly that our wish is to have them at our side right?
In any case, first they had to bring Myuu and Kaori at their side.
Those two were the weakest of their party. It was already dangerous just to leave the two of them alone in the desert. Sending just the two of them until the center of the continent to bring their classmates here was simply out of question.
Or rather, from the start Hajime didnt have the slightest intention of joining up with his classmates.
You shouldnt refuse if you really dont have any ill will. Besides, although I have no intention to do it at all, I should be the one to go if you want to call Amanogawa and others to here. They are right in the middle of the gods turf you know? What can a mere healer and a little kid can do in case the worst happen?
Nn. Rather than Hajime or Kaori, it should be Shia, Tio, and me who are sent to meet them instead. Eto Shin should have more peace of mind in that case.
Desu desu! Myuu-chan is in the middle of going back to her home after so many difficulties right now, I dont want to put her in any more danger right now desu!
Besides, being left alone in the middle of a desert art really not a good situation in itself. We wouldst not be able to feel relieved if the two of them art not at our side. There art no way we wouldst be able to relax like that.
What everyone said is correct.
Eto Shin nodded deeply. Although it wasnt really that unexpected, it was still quite surprising that it was showing such understanding so easily. Coupled with its figure as a black cat, the atmosphere relaxed slightly.
But, right after that,
However, I cant bring them inside here.
The tense atmosphere instantly returned.
What do you mean by that?
Hajime let out a voice that sounded like a low growl of a beast. Everyone stood up in wariness, suspecting whether it was just as they expected in the beginning, that Eto Shin was planning to make use of this situation where they were separated to use them as hostage against each other.
In front of such dangerous air, Eto Shinspoke its justification with a somewhat troubled look.
The two of them, are already outside the range where I can summon them here.
What? There aint no way thats the case.
Nn. Impossible. Even if you told that natural stalker who is completely fixated to Hajime that Hajime has almost certainly died, there is no way that she would run away from the place where Hajime vanished!
Those words carried a great persuasiveness. Shia and Tio also nodded strongly in agreement.
Eto Shin answered with a bit of awkwardness.
When they opened their eyes, they immediately set off to search for the four of you. They looked very anxious and even came out from the secure Brieze to search outside. It was really a dangerous act to do.
Therefore, Nagumo Hajime, I created the dummies of you four.
D-dummy you said? Just like Tou-san and Kaa-san before this you mean?
No. Those creations were the highest class of product made from the most complex technology to reproduce autonomous as well as coherent speech and conduct using vast amount of experience, personality information, as well as reproducing pseudo soul. Because of that they can only function within my secluded world.
In other words, the dummy that you made outside were just absurdly elaborate puppets that couldnt move?
Affirmative. Those two judged that you four were simply unconscious.
This too was an act that Eto Shin was doing with good intention.
In addition, they were attacked by a pack of monster
Affirmative. Naturally, I intended to drive away those monster but, those two began to run before I could do that.
No, stop them then!
Miraculously they were heading to the center of the continent, so I judged that there wouldnt be any problem if they are going to ask for help from the other descendantsbut, certainly perhaps I should have stopped them. Rather than calling that driving as fleeing, it was more of a reckless drivingyes, Nagumo Hajime, perhaps that was what you would call as "dangerous driving" in your homeland?
It seemed that Kaori-san was completely in the mode of dangerous driving for her "first time driving" right now.
Everyone watched Eto Shin who was calmly explaining the situation. A second later, the four of them yelled in unison.
FOLLOW THEM RIGHT AWAYYYYY!!
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