The other gods looked at me oddly.
Their eyes darted to and fro between me and Fernoberia-sama.
“What’s the matter?” [Ryouma]
“Umm, it’s good and all that you’re so understanding, but Fernoberia really should do a better job explaining.” [Kirillel]
“The atmosphere’s gotten so heavy because you’re so stingy with information.” [Tekun]
“I get that you don’t want to explain everything, but Ryouma-kun is being really understanding here, so can you do a better job explaining?” [Willieris]
“Ryouma-kun is really generous. I know it’s strange coming from someone such as myself who had to be forgiven by him, but I also think you should do a better job explaining.” [Sereriputa]
Kirillel, Tekun, Willieris, and Sereriputa said. It was rare for Willieris and Sereriputa to agree on something.
“Ryouma-kun, Fernoberia isn’t lying, but your slimes won’t die after just a few times of casting that spell, so you don’t have to worry about it that much.” [Gayn]
“Yeah, yeah. Besides, dealing with the mana problem is our job. If you don’t want to use slime magic, then just don’t. We don’t mind, really.” [Rurutia]
“But more importantly, do you remember how your slimes felt after you used slime magic?” [Kufo]
Gayn, Rurutia, and Kufo said.
…Now that I think about it, that slime magic was something I came up with for fun.
I’m not so sure, but I think the slimes enjoyed it too.
“So in other words, it had a good effect on the slimes?” [Ryouma]
“Yes. At the very least, the slimes weren’t in pain when you used the spell. Fernoberia can vouch for this. He told me the same thing, after all.” [Kufo]
I turned to Fernoberia-sama, and he nodded unhappily. Just a little, though, in fact it’s hard to tell since his face is so stoic.
“I understand that going into the details will take away the fun from Ryouma’s research, but I think you’ve singled out the bad parts a little too much.” [Gayn]
Is that how it is? In that case, I’ll put aside this problem for the time being, and only use the slime magic when necessary. In the meantime, I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for the slimes’ Assimilate skill and continue my research. Eventually, I’ll figure out on my own what exactly it is that Fernoberia-sama is keeping from me.
I don’t know how many decades it’ll take me, but I’ll do my best.
It’s just a vague direction, not even something that can be called a plan, but I shared it with everyone anyway.
“That’s a good attitude to have, Ryouma. You just keep at it like that. You still have plenty of time.” [Grimp]
Grimp-sama said, and everyone agreed. Like that this topic came to a close.
“I can’t believe it, that Fernoberia, pu, ku ku ku.” [Sereriputa]
Someone suddenly laughed.
Fernoberia reacted to that, and he wasn’t happy.
“What do you want to say?” [Fernoberia]
“Oh, it’s nothing, really. It’s just that it’s my first time seeing you be so considerate about someone. Not to mention, you actually like Ryouma-kun enough that you don’t mind him dropping the ‘sama’ when he calls you, and yet you never mention it. This is that, isn’t it? That thing from Japan. What do you call it? Ah, yes, ‘tsundere’.” [Sereriputa]
“I haven’t the foggiest clue what you’re talking about. I simply think highly of his attitude. His attitude to proactively study the power he’s been given instead of just using it. It’s not just Ryouma, really, I would praise anyone who held such an attitude. In fact, that was the case for that otherworlder who used the Calamity Spells. Perhaps, he could’ve chosen how to use it better, but there’s no denying the effort and ingenuity that went into it. That’s why I think highly of—” [Fernoberia]
“I’m sorry to say this, but the market has no demand for male tsunderes.” [Sereriputa]
“—Damn it! Listen to me! Don’t just move the conversation on your own!” [Fernoberia]
But to Fernoberia-sama’s dismay, Sereriputa just kept on laughing.
“Well, it’s not just Fernoberia, actually. Everyone is really different when you’re around, Ryouma.” [Sereriputa]
When Sereriputa said that, everyone became quiet.
What does he mean by that? Did something happen? Is this something I should even be asking about?
“It’s fine. You’re not unrelated at all, I mean, you’re the reason why.” [Sereriputa]
“I’m the reason?” [Ryouma]
When I asked that, Sereriputa turned to me without getting up and replied with a smile.
“No one told you? Normally, humans can’t come up here. That’s true even for otherworlders. People who frequent church might acquire the Oracle skill, but even then, at most, they’ll be able to hear our voice.” [Sereriputa]
That I heard about a long time ago.
Something about me being really eccentric among the already eccentric otherworlders.
“That’s right, although we still have to be the ones to summon you here, the fact of the matter is that you’re actually able to come here in your soul form and talk with us. Since the beginning of this world, that’s a feat that no one has been able to do. That’s why me, and everyone else here, we don’t actually have much experience talking with others.
Especially since we don’t even actually have to talk among ourselves. We can just send information and images to each other with a thought. Because of that it’s rare for us to have misunderstandings, just like when Fernoberia spoke with you earlier.
Also, the Oracle skill is just us talking to the humans, so it can’t be called a conversation at all.” [Ryouma]
“Ah, so does that mean… Just like with Fernoberia-sama earlier, the information I’ve gotten from Gayn and the others might not have been passed on to me properly?” [Ryouma]
“Yeah, although there’s also the difference in our respective understanding as god and man, there’s definitely a communication issue too. There are some things that are obvious to us, but completely alien to you, right? We have to be careful about those when talking to you. The way we communicate with you is so different from how we are with each other. Because of that it’s so fun seeing everyone interact with you.” [Sereriputa]