When I got to the church, the woman who made my status board was there by the gates.
“Oh, you’re…” [Nun]
“Thank you for last time.” [Ryouma]
“Welcome. How may I help you?” [Nun]
“I’ve come to pray.” [Ryouma]
“I see, then please follow me.” [Nun]
I sat in the chapel like last time and offered a prayer with my hands folded.
Huh? I thought I’d go to the divine realm as usual, but nothing is happening.
…But then again, I guess it’d be weirder if I could go every time.
Or at least that’s what I was thinking when all of the sudden everything turned white.
“!? This is? Oh, it’s the usual, I guess. There was an odd lag there, though.” [Ryouma]
“Sorry, sorry, I don’t use this power that much, so it was harder than expected.” [???]
When I turned around, the one who replied was a short-statured hairy old man who carried a barrel of alcohol over his right shoulder, while holding a sake bottle with his left hand. He stood there as he emptied the contents of the glass bottle into his mouth.
There’s no mistaking it. It’s the God of Wine!
“Could you be Tekun-sama, the God of Wine?” [Ryouma]
When I asked that, he moved the sake bottle from his mouth and replied.
“You got that right. The name’s Tekun. By the way, you don’t need to talk politely to me. I’m a god, so if I feel like it, I could just read your mind, so there’s no point in using keigo (polite language). Besides, it’s a pain, so when you call me, just call me Tekun. Aight?” Well, take a seat.” [Tekun]
Oh, yeah… These guys can read minds, so there’s not much meaning in using polite language, I guess.
I sat just as Tekun-sama instructed me to.
“Then I’ll just talk casually…. It’s nice to meet you. I’m Ryouma Takebayashi. Thank you for giving me your divine protection.” [Ryouma]
“I’ve seen you from time to time, so it doesn’t really feel like our first time. And don’t mind the divine protection, I just give it from time to time whenever I see someone interesting. It just so happened to be you. That’s all.” [Tekun]
As Tekun said that he drank from his sake bottle.
“Are you the only one around today?” [Ryouma]
“Yeah. The others are doing whatever thy want. As for the god of war, the god of magic, and the god of the land, I can’t see anything but white, but they’re probably somewhere comfortable. In human terms, that’s where they built the place they would call a house and lived in it.” [Tekun]
“I see. I didn’t know that… Do you have a house too?” [Ryouma]
“Nah. Don’t have any. I’m a god of wine and craftsmen. Wine and craftsmen can be found in all sorts of places, so I just wander through those places as I please.” [Tekun]
“You wander?” [Ryouma]
“The divine realm is more or less connected to the world you live in. Well, if you want a better explanation, you’ll have to ask someone else. I’m not good at explaining stuff like this. But enough of that. Drink.” [Tekun]
Tekun took a cup full of liquor from thin air and gave it to me. The shape of the cup was just like that of a goblet, but it was gold, and silver and small jewels could be found adorning it here and there.
“Come on! Cheers!” [Tekun]
I ended up toasting because of him, so I just went along and drank from the cup.
A sweet liquor that’s extremely delicious.
“It’s made from fruit and honey raised in a land blessed by the god of the land and the god of farming. And the ones who made it have also received my blessig, so of course it’s delicious.” [Tekun]
“Wow… Could I also get my hands on these when I come back? Also, you can give a divine protection to lands too?” [Ryouma]
“I’m glad you like it, but this is an offering, so it’ll probably be hard to get your hands on one since the excess stock are distributed among craftsmen or those within the circle.
As for the divine protection, well, I can only bless people, but the god of the land can bless lands. There are other guys too who can bless places they like. Gayn also once blessed this whole world, you know? After all, he’s the god of creation.” [Tekun]
“Nowadays, the lifeforms of this world has grown up and are changing the world as they please, though., so the places with Gayn’s divine protection are decreasing. The same is true for me, but there are also times when I stop giving the divine protection on my own volition.
Like for example, I could’ve given a divine protection to a blacksmith devoted to his craft, but if that divine protection turns him into a no good fellow, then I’ll feel like removing the divine protection.” [Tekun]
As Tekun said that, he drank from his sake bottle.
“By the way, do you know where Gayn and the others have been going to lately?” [Tekun]
“Where they’re going?” [Ryouma]
“Yeah. I haven’t been seeing them lately. It’s not like I have nothing else to do, so I’m not really that troubled, but seeing them missing so frequently has me a little concerned.” [Tekun]
“Hmm… But you just called me here too, so…” [Ryouma]
It was then that I remembered what Kufo told me last time.
“Oh, maybe they went to my world.” [Ryouma]
“Your world? …What was that called again? Earth?” [Tekun]
“Yeah. That one. Last time I came here, Kufo said that Gayn and the others went to Earth to sightsee.” [Ryouma]
“HAA!? They went sightseeing!? What the heck are they doing!?” [Tekun]
Tekun yelled out in surprise.
“Is that strange?” [Ryouma]
“…Normally, gods don’t interfere with other worlds. Bringing people like you from another world to this world is something we do only because this world is in really dire straits. In other words, it’s an exception brought about by pressing circumstances. Going sightseeing is most definitely not a valid reason for an exception.” [Tekun]
“But Kufo was so sure about it last time we talked. He said Gayn was fanboying over Japan’s idols, while Rurutia was going around the world eating all sort of sweet food, and Kufo himself was exploring the unexplored regions of earth.” [Ryouma]
When Tekun heard that, he suddenly thought of something.
“But how could it be? Is that really the truth? I don’t know much about idols, but…” [Tekun]
“It’s true. Really.” [Ryouma]
“It’s not impossible to go, but… Won’t the god of your world get mad? Besides, something like this has never happened until you came h— It couldn’t be!!” [Tekun]
Suddenly, Tekun stood up with great fury.
“What is it!?” [Ryouma]
“Those no good bastards… They couldn’t have been so free that they used negotiations with the god of your world as a pretense to go sightseeing, could they? They’re not the only ones free, you know? How dare they have fun by themselves!” [Tekun]
As Tekun trembled all over, he took the sake barrel over his shoulder and yelled.
“I can’t stay here! I have to find them!” [Tekun]
As Tekun was about to run off, I called out to him in a panic.
“W-Wait! What about me!?” [Ryouma]
“Ah, sorry… But don’t worry, when the time runs out, you’ll go back on your own. Take some liquor with you. If you let mana flow into that goblet, you’ll be able to get liquor anytime. Sorry, but I’m really in a hurry right now. Later!” [Tekun]
“W— Fast!” [Ryouma]
I couldn’t even see him as he ran off in an amazing speed. Actually, the speed he’s moving at doesn’t match his steps. Ahh, I can’t see him anymore… He really left me behind…
“I can’t believe I was left alone in a place like this… Anyway, I might as well kill some time drinking…” [Ryouma]
I drank a mouthful of wine.
“Yeah, this is seriously some good stuff. But I sure wished I had some snack to accompany it.” [Ryouma]
Unfortunately, there’s nothing here but the liquor and the goblet. Tekun said I could get as much wine as I wanted from this goblet as long as I coursed mana through it, but that’s only for liquor. Snacks won’t come out… But wait… If I can use mana, does that mean I can use magic here?
“Item Box!” [Ryouma]
A black hole appeared in thin air.
It seems I can use Item Box.
“I did it… I guess it doesn’t have anything to do with the place. Well, whatever. With this, I should be able to find something I can use for snacks… Don’t I have some fruits around here… None? Well, I have been living at the inn for a while now, and I’ve been storing all my food at the fridge at the store, so…” [Ryouma]
I took out the items in my Item Box, but there was nothing that could serve as snacks.
While I was thinking that, the light that signaled my return came.
Oh no! I have to clean up quickly or else!
Hurriedly, I emptied the goblet, then I threw all of my stuff back into my Item Box.
After storing everything away, I closed the Item Box, and the light signal became stronger. Before I knew it, I was back in the human world.
“D-Did I make it?” [Ryouma]
When I used Item Box, everything I took out was back. What a relief…
It’s too bad about that wine, though. I drank everything in one gulp, but I feel like I wasted it… I should’ve just quietly enjoyed it…
It was really delicious too. What a pity.
This must be my first time feeling like this over a cup of liquor.
After leaving a donation, I left the church feeling a little sad.
I went back home after that.
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