WM – Chapter 161: Takatsuki Makoto is approached

“Hero Makoto.” (Sofia)

Princess Sofia had brought me into her room, and she called my name. 

“Y-Yes?” (Makoto)

Her gaze is colder than usual.

Princess Sofia is the fiance of the Water Country’s Hero, Takatsuki Makoto.

Just recently, she had gone to the Great Keith Castle, and was gathering information from the leaders of the Fire Country.

Compared to that, last night I went out with Sa-san, and we came back the next morning.

Just a while ago, I was flirting with Lucy on the bed while she was in risque clothing.

In other words, a deplorable human being.

“I will tell you the information I got in the Great Keith Castle.” (Sofia)

I thought she was going to scold me, but what came out from Princess Sofia were serious words.

“The higher-ups of Great Keith have accepted the explanation of the Rozes Hero and his comrade warrior having defeated the Sand Dragons… They didn’t seem that convinced though.” (Sofia)

“Wait a moment. I didn’t do anything though.” (Makoto)

I was just running around.

Sa-san alone was the one who defeated the Sand Dragons.

Wouldn’t that be a fake report? 

“Of course, I believe what you say, but this and that are two different matters. Would you be able to report the fact that the Country Designated Hero of Rozes had her female comrade fight a nest of monsters on her own, while the Hero himself didn’t do anything?” (Sofia)

“…Sorry. My mistake.” (Makoto)

That certainly would be the lowest kind of hero. 

That’s me.

I was an actual dead weight there.

“I have also told them about the matter you heard from a slave merchant regarding the Snake Church purchasing a large amount of slaves. When I told General Tariska, he said that ‘The Water Hero hasn’t gone to the slave market though?’, and got a bit suspicious there. Looks like he has been following your movements.” (Sofia)

“It was the right choice to disguise ourselves.” (Makoto)

Not going there as it is was for the better.

“Even so, infiltrating the slave market late at night was dangerous. Please try to restrain yourself next time.” (Sofia)

“O-Okay.” (Makoto)

Was that too rash? 

It looks like the Fire Country hasn’t noticed it, so that’s good, but I shouldn’t try that again.

“But I am worried about your friend that has become a slave. I tried negotiating with them as well, but…” (Sofia)

“How was it?” (Makoto)

I waited for her answer in anticipation, but Princess Sofia’s tone was heavy.

“The noble that is trying to buy your friend Keiko-san seems to have taken quite a liking to her, and doesn’t seem to have any intentions of letting her go…” (Sofia)

“Is that…so.” (Makoto)

“It seems like the third son of the Bunnahabhain household has the hobby of collecting strong women warriors and female mages to create an army of only women.” (Sofia)

“What an unbelievable guy!” (Makoto)

Collecting strong women!

Outrageous! 

“…” 

Princess Sofia looked over here with an apathetic expression.

Did I say something weird there?

(Makoto, your party is pretty similar to that.) (Noah)

Ah, Noah-sama.

I feel like it has been a while.

(Sorry about that. I was helping out Eir a bit in her request.) (Noah)

Now that you mention it, I haven’t heard the voice of Eir-sama either lately. 

(Huh? Are you saying you are dissatisfied with just my voice alone?!) (Noah)

It is just that you two have been together all the time recently. 

You are my only one, Noah-sama.

(Good.) (Noah)

The trust of the Goddess has been restored.

“Hero Makoto?” (Sofia)

“No, it is nothing. Then, it will be tough to free Kawakita-san.” (Makoto)

No good, I am still talking with Princess Sofia.

“Yeah…you are right. The Rozes royal family will continue trying to negotiate.” (Sofia)

“That would help out greatly.” (Makoto)

“…”

“…Sofia?” (Makoto)

The conversation stopped.

‘What’s the matter?’ is what I thought…and then my hand was pulled.

I was made to sit on the sofa deep in the room.

Princess Sofia sits by my side, at a distance that is close to touching shoulders.

A sweet scent wafted from the hair of Princess Sofia.

“Hero Makoto.” (Sofia)

She called my name just like the time when we entered the room.

“Y-Yes?” (Makoto)

What’s different from that time is that Princess Sofia’s face was around 1 meter distance from mine, and this time, it is at a distance of only 15 centimeters.

Princess Sofia was looking intently at my eyes with her deep blue eyes.

Silence continued for a while, and then she spoke.

“By the way, you returned the next morning with Aya, right?” (Sofia)

“…Yes.” (Makoto)

“You were getting along with Lucy-san just a few moments ago, right?” (Sofia)

“………..Yes.” (Makoto)

Figures it wasn’t going to be just talk about work.

There really is going to be some rough punishment—.

“As I thought, maybe I really should always be closeby.” (Sofia)

The voice of Princess Sofia wasn’t that of someone angry.

With a dangerously close distance between us, Princess Sofia leaned on me just like that, and placed her head on my shoulder. 

“Sofia?” (Makoto)

“Even in the Wood Country, it seemed like you were being approached by the little sister of the Lightning Hero” (Sofia)

“She didn’t though? Who was the one spreading that fake information?” (Makoto)

To Princess Sofia of all people.

“The Water Goddess Eir-sama told me.” (Sofia)

“E-Eir-sama?” (Makoto)

What is that Goddess saying?! 

“Eir-sama said this: ‘Mako-ku—Takatsuki Makoto is weak against aggressive approaches, so push him down’.” (Sofia)

“That’s wrong in a lot of meanings, Sofia.” (Makoto)

What is that Goddess even saying to me and her own Oracle?

By the time I noticed, I was pushed down the sofa with her leaning body. 

I lied facing up, and Princess Sofia entrusted her body on top of me.

She was right in front of me at a distance where her breathing reached me, and her perfectly sculpted face was there.

No, her face is slightly red, so it isn’t her sculpture-like expressionless face.

With an upward glance and a slight glare, she said.

“I was lonely, you know?” (Sofia)

Her eyes were slightly damp and that mutter of hers was so cute it made me dizzy.

(This is…) (Makoto)

An urge to hug her attacked me, and I wrapped my arms around the back of Princess Sofia’s shoulder, but…

“Mako-kun, this is bad!” 

Princess Sofia’s eyes shone golden, and her tone suddenly changed.

(What?) (Makoto)

◇◇

The mood of just a while ago was gone.

Everything about Princess Sofia in front of me is the same aside from the color of her eyes and the mana she releases.

Overflowing mana that pricked my skin.

 “E-Eir-sama?” (Makoto)

Pressure that could overshadow a Demon Lord and even the Great Sage-sama.

Moreover, only the Water Goddess-sama calls me ‘Mako-kun’.

“Oh my?” (Eir)

It looks like she noticed that I am lying down, and Princess Sofia was on top of me.

“Could it be that I got in the way?” (Eir)

“Most likely.” (Makoto)

Eir-sama made an ‘achaa’ face.

“I have done it now. Even though Sofia-chan braved herself to do it…” (Eir)

You put too many weird things in people’s heads, Eir-sama.” (Makoto)

“But she is a late bloomer, so you gotta give her a push.” (Eir)

But pushing someone down is too much, don’t you think?

Well, it was certainly effective though.

The advice of the Goddesses is way too accurate! 

“More importantly, didn’t you have urgent business?” (Makoto)

Let’s return to the main topic.

“Right right! This is bad. There’s actual danger approaching the Fire Country!” (Eir)

“Is it the one Furiae-san was talking about?” (Makoto)

(Eir~, it looks like Makoto and the others already know about something through the Moon Oracle.) (Noah)

Even Noah-sama joined the conversation.

“Eeh~, my chance to have Mako-kun owe me one!” (Eir)

“We are also investigating the reason why. Do you know something?” (Makoto)

(About that, it seems like the church this time around is making sure not to leak the information to the Holy God side. Thanks to that, even my Spirits were made to help out.) (Noah)

And here I was wondering why Eir-sama and Noah-sama were not responding. So they were doing something like that, huh.

“So, in the end, you don’t know the reason?” (Makoto)

(You could say that.) (Noah)

That’s troubling.

That was my lifeline though.

Eir-sama (Princess Sofia) puts a hand on her chin and falls into thought.

It doesn’t suit her.

“The underground is suspicious.” (Eir)

“Isn’t that way too vague?” (Makoto)

Eir-sama suddenly said this.

(Makoto, the Snake Church worships Typhon. Not only that, they should be hiding their temple somewhere that they use to pray to their god. They most likely made it somewhere underground where the eye doesn’t reach.) (Noah)

The added explanation of Noah-sama made sense.

“I see. Then, it is okay to just search for the Snake Church’s underground temple then?” (Makoto)

That’s easy to understand.

But…

“The capital of Gamuran is pretty big.” (Makoto)

The second most influential country after the Sun Country of Highland, its scale is impressive.

There’s also a lot of merchants from other countries that have prosperous trading coming to the Fire Country.

There’s a lot of cultures mixed, making it chaotic.

It is different from the Sun Country that had its dwellings divided by social standing.

The information gathering is going to be tough.

(Hey, Eir, are you not going to ask the Fire Goddess?) (Noah)

Ooh, true.

We are in the Fire Country, so asking their Goddess should be the best choice.

Then, it should be best to ask the Goddess of the place.

“Sol-chan, huh~….” (Eir)

Eir-sama in Princess Sofia’s body was making a face as if not too into the idea.

(The Water Goddess Eir and the Fire Goddess Sol don’t get along after all.) (Noah)

Noah-sama said in a teasing tone.

“Eh? Really?” (Makoto)

I was taught in the temple that all Six Great Goddesses got along really well.

“T-That’s not it! We Goddesses are all buddy-buddy! …If rumors about that were to spread, Althena-neesama will kill me.” (Eir)

Eir-sama denied that statement with a seriously scared tone.

Let’s not question her too deeply about this.

“W-Well, let’s leave asking Sol-chan as a last resort. Hmm, but you see…we have bad compatibility, you know.” (Eir)

She is even saying they are not compatible.

They really don’t get along.

I got more unnecessary information.

“You can go ahead and forget that ‘unnecessary information’ right this instant, Mako-kun.” (Eir)

(Leave aside the talk about Eir. Well, if you were to use the connections of your friend Fujiyan-kun and Sofia-chan, you could find the underground temple. The problem is, what is it they are plotting? They are trying to do something big that they go as far as cheating the eyes of the Goddesses… Be careful.) (Noah)

I appreciate the warning.

“Understood, Noah-sama.” (Makoto)

(See ya, Makoto.) (Noah)

I now don’t hear the voice of Noah-sama anymore.

“Well then, I will be poofing out as well, so get along with Sofia-chan, okay~?” (Eir)

Princess Sofia collapses limply. 

“Woah there.” (Makoto)

I hurriedly catch the body of Princess Sofia.

“…Hnn.” (Sofia)

Sofia opened her eyes.

“My? …What happened to me?” (Sofia)

“You must have been tired. You fell asleep.” (Makoto)

“There’s no way that’s… Could it be…Eir-sama…?” (Sofia)

Ah, she got it.

““…….””

Leaving that aside, we are back to the same position as before.

While I was wondering what to do…

*Knock knock*

Someone knocked on the door.

Princess Sofia and I take distance in an instant.

“Who is it?” (Sofia)

“It is me, Sofia-sama. I have a message.” 

“Enter.” (Sofia)

Princess Sofia fixes her hair and clothes in an instant, and responds in her usual tone.

As expected of a princess.

The one who entered was the Guardian Knight Old Man.

“I apologize for interrupting your time alone.” 

“…That’s okay, so state your business.” (Sofia)

The old man glanced at me and apologized. 

Having it pointed out makes it more awkward, you know.

Princess Sofia as well seems to be forcing herself to maintain her expressionless face.

The Guardian Knight Old Man maintained his serious expression as he introduced the main topic.

“It seems General Tariska wants to talk with the Country Designated Hero of Rozes.” 

The eyes of Sofia grew sharper at that. 

Looks like I have been called by the higher ups of the Fire Country as I was told before.

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64 thoughts on “WM – Chapter 161: Takatsuki Makoto is approached

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  2. Poor Sofia, she got cockblocked by her own Goddess.
    Sol probably hates Eir because she uses underhanded means to achieve her goals.
    Althena seems to be a very fearsome Goddess to her younger sisters. Does she view humans as chess pieces/ insects ?

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    1. I think it’s because Althena is the oldest of the six Goddesses, that her age is maybe on par with Noah-sama. Don’t know about her view towards mankind though, and i can’t quite judge it because of too little info on their followers

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      1. She was described as a staightlaced Goddess who doesn’t listen at all by Noah, but it is a description by a Goddess who doesn’t care about rules, so I would assume that Althena is strict with rules but not to the point of not listening to someone’s arguments.

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      2. Nothing really to say that Noah is older than them, she’s just part of the old regime, she might have been born around the same time that the Holy Gods started taking over. Eir was already caught taking advantage of how naive Noah is, with the Offering skill.

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      3. Personally I think Althena does look down on humans. Look at the sun country’s class system, kinda, it promotes people to have absolute authority over those beneath them. They discriminate non-humans heavily. While Rozes is free going like Eir shows herself to the humans.

        The country follows at least a cookie cutter trend if the goddess’ to some degree. So looking at the country gives a glimpse of their goddess, and Althena looks like the type to look down on the humans due to her absolute authority, like the sun country does to the non-humans.

        Hope you understand what I am trying to say as I am not always good at explaining stuff.

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      4. That’s all the gods though, Eir says that Rozes is more tolerant, because she doesn’t like things like slavery, but she also admitted that people/demons are beneath the Gods, it doesn’t matter if the Gods break those lesser than them.

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      5. Noah is the youngest daughter of Chronus… Athena is the oldest daughter of Jupiter (Zeus)… They’re of the same generation… They are kinda like childhood friends & same on the power level… Noah is probably imprisoned by King of gods… Not necessarily the six goddesses..
        The goddesses are full of tsukkomis.. Athena will surely be more than what it seems..

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    2. each nation has different cultures because influence of their goddess.
      while Eir is goddess who more like freedom and peace than power, just like water country.
      Sol is goddess who like power than peaceful, just like fire country.
      so maybe that the reason why they don’t like each other.

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  3. Thanks for the chapter!
    Damn Sofia is just too cute. And that’s quite the development there, from a simple date, jumps to a sudden passionate kiss (well, Makoto’s fault), and after that pushing him down? Sofia is the most forceful from the other two.

    Anyway, it might be a lot easier if Makoto can ask for Titan God-sama’s help again but that’s no way since they are now equal, not owing each other any. Well, i’m interested to see what will Makoto do in this situation. Furiae’s Clairvoyant is too vague, the Goddesses’s too don’t have much info on that. His only hope might be Fuji-kun and the politics thingie handled by Sofia, but the latter one would be too difficult to do knowing their “hate” towards our boy.

    Personally i’d like to see that Valentine Household suddenly comes by because their sister really wants to meet Makoto after the fake beating news, and Geralt follows her by the reason that he needs to accompany her while actually he wants to see Makoto xD

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  4. My guess is that they are going to force the slaves they bought to blow up with the suicide attack. that or sacrifice the slaves for some sort of spell. those are really the only 2 things I can think of the snake church doing to that would cause massive destruction all over the capital of the counrty

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    1. If she really did it, the others would have been left behind. After the defeat of the Great Demon Lord, Makoto will probably have a foursome or maybe a sixsome (Janet, Furiae), but I don’t think his stamina will be enough. He will probably need a drug that can increase his stamina by several folds.

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      1. Don’t expect Makoto to stay human by the end of the series… He will probably end up with a goddess harem… As you can see his power as a human has no future in sight… And The great Demon Lord is a god they say…

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      2. when makoto screws someone he has 360 vision therefore he is literally watching hentai while copulating, increasing horniness by 69%

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      3. But She already feel a little left behind, brcause she can’t follow him everytime, And because he can’t say to all of her, if he start with one, before the next day all the other would push him down just after…
        And for Xsome (with X > 3) he WILL have in the end,let’s believe to the power of love…

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  5. Even the gods are tired of Makoto’s inaction when it comes to girls. So Eir just sent an oracle and straight up told Sofia to push Makoto down. Though she ended up inadvertently clamjamming her.

    No but still why did they even have to inform the fire country officials of what happened with the sand dragons? Why are they even asking a foreign princess about it when there isn’t even anything to even hint that they know or are related to what happened?

    Of course the fire and water goddesses don’t get along.

    I do wonder what exactly the Snake Church is planning? They’ve even gone to the lengths of hiding all possible information from the goddesses so it must be a pretty big plan they’re working on.

    Eh that general can go fuck right off. Makoto and Sofia were just getting comfortable and he wants Makoto to meet with him? Tell him to wait or that he’s too busy to meet with him.

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    1. I mean, the country would lose valuable manpower and time if they weren’t told and ended up deploying to investigate what happened.

      Even though they’re not exactly friends, they’re the fighting force on the same side in a near hopeless war.

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  6. I am the only one who thinks that the way they delivered the information on the dragons and the snake church was very stupid, they did not get any benefit and they also look suspicious.

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  7. Thank you kami-sama.
    It’s been awhile since a chapter completely wiped away my fatigue. I really meeded it today too. Again thank you.

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  8. Bad Eir~ she just ruined Sofia’s time to be intimate with Makoto. So when Sofia woke up are they are sitting right to each other while Sofia is leaning her head on Makoto’s shoulder or did they returned to their positions before Eir came (Makoto lying face up while Sofia is above kneeling over Makoto)

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  9. So close, yet so far. You did good, Sophia.

    Looks like it’s time to go get snubbed by some arrogant nobles just in time for disaster to strike. I guess sacrifices would be the most likely option with all those slaves, but…hmm.

    Actually, now that I think about it, Takki might get dragged into the tournament to prove his feats or something instead. That’ll…actually be quite fun, since he’ll surprise a full audience of jeering onlookers.

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  10. Well, the Water Goddess is also the Goddess of Peace while the Fire Goddess is the Goddess of War. It isn’t weird for them to be at odds with each other.

    For a moment there i thought our boi was gonna man up and stop being a wimpy herbivore, but the goddess fucked it up.

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  11. As always, thank you for the chapter Reigokai!
    I was at the point of thinking Makoto will loose his precious virginity! But he’s safe! Good job Eir, you saved Makoto’s most valuable thing!
    I’m really curious about Olga’s father! I’m thinking it will be fun the next chapter! Don’t know why, but I expect that to be! Because he will either will be a stupid battle maniac like his daughter, or maybe a little on the strategic side, and will be curious how he defeated those Bowsers(Sand Dragons), and will try to apologize for Olga’s bad manners. Either way, I expect lots of fun!

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  12. It would certainly be great if he could pull a bunch of water spirits from the ocean and keep them there by making it rain or something. I think that’s going to be the only way he gets a bunch of water spirits to the fire country capital.

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  13. Thank you for the chapter Reigokai.

    EIR! Where did you learn your timing?! You interrupted just when your cutest Oracle was about to receive the reward of a hug from her darling! Punish the interloaper Noah-kamisama!

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