The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 3 Chapter 202: The God of Waters and Fishing I (2/2)

“It’s good that you understand that much.” [Sereriputa]

“This much isn’t really anything to speak of, though… Isn’t it common sense for anyone to become wary when acquiring something related to a great deal of wealth? In my past life too, people who won big at the lottery would also receive a warning from the bank.” [Ryouma]

“Pu, ahaha!” [Sererpitua]

Sere suddenly raised his voice and laughed at me. …Did I say something weird?

“Sorry, sorry. It’s just that… Are you really not self-aware? Or are you just playing the fool?” [Sereriputa]

“? Can you explain it in a way that’s easier to understand?” [Ryouma]

“Ahh, right. Let’s see… First of all, you said it was a ‘given’ to know that much, but it’s actually surprisingly hard to act properly in spite of that.

For example, in human society it’s a ‘given’ that one should greet someone when you meet them. It’s a ‘given’ to respect older people, right?

But there are actually a lot people who can’t do that ‘given’ thing and because of that people get mad at them, right?” [Sereriputa]

“…Right. I got told that a lot at my company too. I remember telling a kouhai of mine too.” [Ryouma]

“That’s right. It may be important, but people have a surprising inclination to be negligent in such obvious things. Even that lottery you were talking about earlier. The reason why the bank warns people is because a lot of people failed after winning the lottery, right? Well, people who fail even after being warned are bound to fail anyway.” [Sereriputa]

That’s true, but I still don’t get it.

Weren’t we originally talking about me believing in the survival of the fittest?

“That’s not really the point. The main point is wariness. When you realized that you could get a lot of money out of something, the first thing that came to your mind was to be wary of other people. Such wariness is crucial in a dog-eat-dog world. Living creatures without wariness can’t survive in the wild. They’ll be killed immediately.

Moreover, you hired two former assassins in your store, right? You noticed it before hiring them, right? They were hiding some weapons, so you thought something was off… The reason why doesn’t matter. The act of hiding that in such a way that others don’t notice is an indispensable skill to assassins. If a common person could easily see through them, then they would be nothing but a third-rate assassin. Are those two employees of yours that incompetent? The answer is no. In other words, that’s just how wary you are of other people.” [Sereriputa]

“The law of the jungle – that is the natural world. There may be people who believe that beasts don’t concern them, but as far as I’m concerned, humans are no different from beasts. They live in the same world, after all. They just do things differently.

For example…” [Sereriputa]

That last thing he muttered seemed frightfuly loud.

“You build and learn various things, right? Why?” [Sereriputa]

“!” [Ryouma]

Another unrelated question.

But for some reason, my heart jumped when he asked it.

“Because I have experience working various jobs… And I’m the sort of person who would look up something whenever I become curious about it. There’s something really convenient called ‘internet’ back in my previous world, after all.” [Ryouma]

“So in other words, you jumped from one job to another.” [Sereriputa]

“The way you word it is a bit misleading, but yeah.” [Ryouma]

“Every time you changed jobs, you had to resign from your old job, right?” [Sereriputa]

“That’s right.” [Ryouma]

I wonder why. He’s just asking me some obvious questions. But for some reason I’m feeling anxious or restless. There are emotions swirling within me that I can’t put into words.

“You resigned from a lot of jobs. If I asked you why, I’m sure you have a lot of reasons to give. So I’ll just ask you this. Did you leave all of those companies on good terms?” [Sereriputa]

“That’s…” [Ryouma]

An emotion I can’t understand began to grow within me.

“There’s no way. After all, from what I’ve heard, humans need a good reason to resign from their work.” [Sereriputa]

It’s true that I didn’t leave all of them on good terms.

“A lot happened.” [Ryouma]

One time your relationship with a coworker and a boss turned sour and you were driven away.

One time you were charged with something you didn’t recall doing.

One time you were vilified for some reason you didn’t know.

One time you had to leave because it was convenient for your employer.

One time the company went bankrupt.

One time—

Every time his voice resounded, images from my past would flash through my mind.

It felt disgusting. It was as if I was being washed away by a muddy stream.

“U…!” [Ryouma]

“Sorry. Looks like I made you remember a lot of painful things.” [Sereriputa]

As I endured that disgusting feeling, before I knew it, Sereriputa-sama was right in front of me and was hugging me. He whispered by my ears like someone comforting a child.

“But that is a part of you. Even if you’re strong physically, societally speaking, you are a weak human. And the things that you’ve experienced have undoubtedly been carved into your soul.

How many years has it been since you came to this world? You spent three years in the forest, so this should be your fourth. Just 4 years. The things you experienced aren’t something you can forget by living comfortably for 4 years.”

Strangely enough, his voice this time soothed me.

“How long do you think it would take to heal a human’s heart that has fallen sick? It varies depending on the person and the sickness, but there are people that never recover. If you think a heart can be healed after resting for just 3 years, you’re underestimating it. Even if the patient is none other than yourself… You need to treasure yourself more.

You were planning on spending this past four years in this world living as fun as you could to forget all of your worries, right? I get where you’re coming from. It’s also true that you’re having more fun compared to your previous life, but… That’s just you ignoring the problem. All it takes is for someone to poke you a little, and it will all come bursting forth.

I mean in the first place, even minor things can trigger your memories. It’s happened in your everyday life here, right?” [Sereriputa]

So that unpleasant feeling from before was me remembering my past life? Something is weird, but… It feels comfortable…

“…Actually, you know all of this already. Why don’t you try to remember it? What was the first thing you asked Gayn and the others? ’I want to live away from people.’ ‘I want to live freely in the wild.’ The one who asked for that was none other than ‘yourself’.” [Sereriputa]

“That’s—” [Ryouma]

…That’s true. There’s no doubt about it.

“That was the answer. You should have just lived away from people like that. If you did, then you would have become free in the truest sense, but Gayn and the others just had do a half-assed job picking out the location. Because of that you ended up back in human society before your heart could be healed.

“! Wait!?” [Ryouma]

“…Yes. Oh, but don’t get me wrong, the duke’s family don’t mean you bad. They just wanted to take care of a strange child they had no relation with. A human’s virtue. I know that.

But, in the end, you left them.” [Sereriputa]

“!!” [Ryouma]

That unpleasant feeling is coming back. Stronger and heavier than before… I want to refute his words, but the words won’t come out. This isn’t a conversation at all. But even then, he just keeps continuing.

“You refuse to make friends too. You meet people in your travels and get along with them, but the only ones always with you are your familiars. Even though there are so many people who want to be your friend after seeing how strong you are. Even though you could just talk with adventurers that you’ve already been acquainted with.

Even though you have a store now, you use training as an excuse to leave.

…You don’t seem to realize it yourself, so allow me to enlighten you.” [Sereriputa]

‘The truth is you want to be with others more than anything else, but you’re afraid of getting too close.’

31 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Thanks for the update!! For some reason I am still not sure why that god wants to trigger Ryouma’s bad experiences…

    1. I agree. I dont get his motivation, but it doesnt feel like he means to cause harm. It feels more like he’s trying to guide Ryouma to overcome his issues and is not being subtle about it since Ryouma would likely try to suppress it if done gently.

    2. i think he want to “cut the abscess” open to “get rid of the pus” and help him “start healing”

  2. Sereriputa is watching Ryouma stagnate in the same position. The other gods hoped Ryouma would get out of his funk but without much luck. Maybe as a god that understands Ryouma’s plight better than himself. He is just pushing Ryouma toward self-actualization. It ties to Ryouma’s desire for a family (his familiar characteristic). I’m getting a gender-fluid (pun intended) vibe from this god.

  3. For those who dont get why the god is being so cruel, its shock treatement, its needed to show the truth to those who are so lost the lose even thenselfs

  4. He’s the God of Waters, so he’s making waves, He’s the God of Fishes, so he can’t help pulling when he feels the hook sink in, and he’s caught himself a Ryouma.

  5. Not sure if this whole ordeal is necessary. True, Ryouma hasn’t “advanced” for real, at least emotionally, but waiting for a couple more years wouldn’t be bad, after all, he’s in a child’s body now. This must be some of that annoying tough love, and here I was waiting for some slime stuff.
    Thanks for the chapter! Awesome translation! God bless you!

    1. Problem is leaving it alone doesn’t always help, sometimes that “wait” ends up only making things worse by letting them settle in a pattern and develop habits. It’s better to take action now when he’s still fresh from his new life and hasn’t completely returned to his old ways

  6. Thanks for the chapter desu~

    What’s he trying to get Ryouma to do by bringing up his past like that? Make more friends? Get a bestie?

  7. This is a nice plot point, trying to resolve Ryouma’s past life trauma that he carried over. But this is just too sudden. There are no foreshadow, at least I didn’t notice one. So the change from your usual SoL chapters to this serious chapter feels a bit jarring.

    1. I don’t think so. It happened after the wedding. Even Ryouma is considering marriage in this lifetime, but he has to overcome this hurdle first. It could take years (again) before he starts letting people actually know him and be close to him.

  8. Gotta say, really liking the reboot, I don’t recall this happening in the previous one and I’m glad it did.

  9. This hit my heart and soul like sephiroth ultimate universe ending loop spam. Damn… Savagely giving it to him like that, but at the same time with so much care and for his own good. Gg shut-in bro…

  10. Oof. God of waters and fishes don’t pull no punches. But I agree with alot of them. Ryouma needed to have those things pointed out to him directly. As he himself doesn’t always seem to get how he comes along as a bit of a weirdo when it comes to slimes and then he doesn’t seem to get his own traumas are affecting his behaviors without his being aware of it. It’s good to get to the heart of the matter if the subject himself will never realize it on his own.

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