“…Where is this?” [Ryouma]
That’s odd… I didn’t pray, but light still appeared. This isn’t that same room of pure white, though.
“Is this a library?” [Ryouma]
When I looked around me, I was surrounded by giant wooden book shelves. Every one of which was full to the brim. There were even shelves floating in the sky. At that, I knew that this wasn’t just your ordinary library.
“Hmm… So even I can summon you.” [???]
An unfamiliar voice said.
When I looked up, a young man was floating there. He slowly floated down.
…For the mean time, I decided to greet him.
“Hello, I’m—” [Ryouma]
“I’ve heard of you. You are this age’s otherworlder. Rumor has it that an interesting one has come.” [???]
If he knows that, then he’s definitely a god.
“I am the god of magic and knowledge, Fernoberia. This here is my domain. You seem surprised at how different it appears, but this is without doubt the same divine realm that you have visited before. When the time runs out, you will be able to return, so relax.” [Fernoberia]
“Thank you very much.” [Ryouma]
The God of Magic, Fernoberia. So this is the god Tekun says is hard to meet. He seems moody though. At least, compared to Tekun.
“This much is a given. After all, it was I who summoned you here. I heard that the others gods were able to summon the soul and consciousness of a living man into this realm, so I wanted to try it out myslef. Rest assured I won’t treat you poorly.” [Fernoberia]
Apparently, he was in the middle of investigating why I’m able to come here, and it just so happened that I stepped into the church, so he summoned me to look for a clue that would aid him in his investigation. An experiment, in other words.
“I have a few questions I would like you to answer. Do you mind?” [Fernoberia]
I don’t have any reason to refuse. Actually, I can’t refuse, so I just honestly answered his questions.
He started with questions about my previous life and my life here in this world, then he asked me about various trivial things such as what food I like and what I think of being summoned in the divine realm. From there he went to questions regarding war and slavery, and so on and so forth.
I just answered his questions honestly, but I can’t really find a pattern in his questions… Oh, this one seems to be the last.
“I thank you for your cooperation. Last question: what do you think of this world?” [Fernoberia]
What I think of this world? The question is vage, so I don’t really know how to respond, but… I think it’s a good world. Of course, I haven’t gone around the whole around, so I don’t have that much information, but of the people I’ve met, everyone was nice to me and I’ve even managed to make some friends. There’s a lot of interesting stuff too like magic and slimes, so I think I’m living a fairly fulfilled life. I don’t have any complaints. I can say from the bottom of my heart that I’m glad to have come to this world.
“Hmm… I see.” [Fernoberia]
“Huh? Did I say that out loud?” [Ryouma]
“No. I read your mind.” [Fernoberia]
…So, he read my mind. I didn’t realize at all.
“Sorry. I read your mind just to be safe.” [Fernoberia]
“To be safe?” [Ryouma]
“Unfortunately, not all otherworlders are like you.” [Fernoberia]
Apparently, some of the otherworlders lost themselves in the power they were given and became criminals, and some didn’t know how to use their powers properly and ended up causing a calamity, so since this was our first meeting, he wanted to see what sorto f person I was first.
Well, it makes sense. I’m sure it sucks if the power you gave to someone was abused wantonly.
“Exactly. Which is why we never bring people with dangerous thoughts to this world, but there’s nothing we can do if the otherworlder loses his mind after being brought to this world. We can’t interfere with them as soon as they are brought to this world, so at most we can tell try to persuade them in their dreams to repent or to stop sinning.
If they cause a calamity that will bring the destruction of the world, then we can interfere, but such cases are rare. In the first place, if things reach that point, then it’s already too late… I’m glad you’re understanding. It’s a huge load off our back.” [Fernoberia]
He read my mind again.
Fernoberia seemed to be complaining when he said those things. As he turned around, he told me this.
“A lot more will be happening from here on, but I’ll do my best not to lose myself in the power you’ve given me. Unfortunately, I can’t say with certainty that I won’t.” [Ryouma]
“Not like I could trust a person who so easily says something with certainty. It’s enough if you earnestly consider what I’ve said.” [Fernoberia]
“Thank you. I’ll do my best.” [Ryouma]
As soon as I said that, light started shining again.
“It seems the time is up. I’ll tell you one last thing. There is an abnormality occurring in your body, but it’s not that special of a case. There has been a similar trend in the past that occurred with otherworlders.” [Fernoberia]
By abnormality, is he referring to me being able to go to and fro this world, as well as take sacred treasures with me?
“I’m not sure what the cause is, but there were people in the past capable of doing things that should be impossible for humans. It just so happens that it’s more obvious in your case. It’s precisely because there were precedents that Gayn and the others are able to say that there’s nothing wrong with your mind or your body. None of the otherworlders in the past with oddities like yours suddenly went mad or suddenly died.” [Fernoberia]
Come to think of it, when Kufo talked about the saint that died, he mentioned that all the illnesses vanished. That’s certainly not something a human should normally be able to do.
…I didn’t think I was worrying over my strange circumstances, but maybe I was actually worried over it since for some reason I feel relieved after hearing Fernoberia-sama say that there’s nothing wrong with me.
“Thank you for letting me know.” [Ryouma]
At the same time, light wrapped my body, and in the next moment, I was back in the chapel.
…I wonder if he heard me. It’s hard not to be anxious when there’s no telling when the light will take me away.
It seems my thoughts showed on my face, thougho, as Tall and the others who were sitting beside me suddenly asked me why I was making a weird face all of the sudden.
Everything happened so suddenly that I forgot about these three…