TLN: Double Chapter today! Make sure you didn’t miss the previous one~.
“Yeah…that’s not balanced… There’s no way I can clear that… If you knew about that, please tell me, Ira-sama…” (Makoto)
Makoto-san was groaning on the bed.
It has already been 3 days since he came back.
He has been like that the whole time.
…Who is Ira-sama?
There’s no way it is the Goddess though.
“Master Makoto-sama…are you thirsty? Here, please drink some water.” (Momo)
“Yeah…thanks, Momo.” (Makoto)
Momo is gallantly having Makoto-san drink from the cup of water.
Makoto-sama was letting himself go with it.
“Fufufu♡, is it tasty? I will make lunch, okay?” (Momo)
“You are a great help, Momo.” (Makoto)
“It is okay~, Master Makoto-sama has been working really hard all the time after all~. Good boy, good boy.” (Momo)
Momo-chan was speaking kindly to Makoto-san as she brushed his hair.
I could only see the picture of a useless man being spoiled by a woman…
Is this okay?
“What? Spirit User-kun is still like that?” (Mel)
I heard a voice from my back.
“White Dragon-sama.” (Anna)
“That’s the man that said he would be fighting the Demon Lord in half a year…? This is quite the pathetic sight.” (Mel)
“It is apparently because Makoto-san met something fearsome in the Deep Sea Temple…” (Anna)
“I know, but we need him to get back on his feet already.” (Mel)
Saying this, the White Dragon-sama approached Makoto-san and…kicked him?!
Makoto-san falls down from the bed.
It doesn’t look like it hurt that much.
“White Dragon Master! What are you doing?!” (Momo)
Momo-chan raised her voice in anger.
“Argh, you weakling! Are you really the man that made me obey with sheer power?!” (Mel)
“…I will get up.” (Makoto)
Makoto-san stretched with a ‘hnnn~’ and got up from the bed.
His complexion had gone back to normal compared to 3 days ago.
“Uhm…Makoto-san, what in the world happened at the Deep Sea Temple?” (Anna)
I nervously ask.
Actually, because of how down Makoto-san looked, I have not heard what happened in detail.
“Aah, about that…” (Makoto)
What Makoto-san spoke out was unbelievable.
“You…met the Divine Beast…Leviathan?” (Mel)
The White Dragon-sama opened her mouth wide in surprise to the point that it felt as if her jaw would drop.
“Makoto-sama, was the Divine Beast such a fearsome opponent?” (Momo)
“Well, the Divine Beast was problematic, but the bigger problem was…” (Makoto)
“I am sorry…Our King…” (Dia)
The one who appeared at the side of Makoto-san was Dia-san.
Contrary to her usual proud stance, she was subdued today and she curled up slightly.
“There’s a…barrier that nullifies spirit magic…” (Makoto)
“Eh?! Then, what happened with Dia?” (Momo)
When Momo-chan asked, Dia-san hung her head down mortified.
“I can’t get close to it… That was created by the Sea God Neptus; a barrier that negates all Spirits… Damn it! Annoying Olympians! Once our lord is back…” (Dia)
“Okay, stop. Keep your mouth shut, Dia.” (Makoto)
Makoto-san covered the mouth of Dia-san looking slightly agitated there.
The Sea God Neptus-sama is one of the high ranking Gods and the uncle of Althena-sama.
That God placed a barrier to block Spirits…?
“Uhm…then, Dia was useless, so you gave up on the Deep Sea Temple?” (Momo)
Dia-san grabbed Momo-chan when she said that and went ‘What’s with this shrimp?!’.
“It is the truth!” (Momo)
Momo-chan bit on.
“Don’t fight, you two. I will continue challenging the Deep Sea Temple… I can’t think of a way to clear it though. Doing it without Spirit Magic is way too rough…” (Makoto)
Makoto-san heaves a heavy sigh.
His tone was the same as he usually is.
He might be returning to normal now.
At that moment…
“Wait wait wait wait wait!” (Mel)
The White Dragon-sama that had been frozen until now cut into the conversation.
“S-Spirit User-kun! Do you understand?! You are going against the Divine Beast Leviathan here, you know?! It was used in the mythological times, in the war of the Gods; an Interstellar War Weapon! There’s no way you would be able to match it!” (Mel)
Momo-chan and I were shocked by those words.
This is my first time hearing the words Interstellar War.
Is it the Divine Realm War that I have heard of in tales?
“I know about it. Ir—the Goddess-sama told me about it after all.” (Makoto)
Makoto-san said in a fed up voice.
“The power of the Divine Beast Leviathan can turn the whole world into an ocean with a flood…apparently. It is one of the 3 big fighting forces of the Divine Realm War. I wouldn’t think of doing a proper fight with it. I will have to deal with it in some way.” (Makoto)
“You think you can do it?! It is a mythological monster that has fought against Old Gods and even outside Gods! A Demon Lord doesn’t even begin to match it!” (Mel)
“Sadly to say, that’s my main objective… Well, I will try to not trouble you with that, Mel-san.” (Makoto)
“No, if you anger Leviathan, the world will perish… Just what in the world are you thinking…?” (Mel)
“It is okay. I won’t pick a fight with that.” (Makoto)
“That’s fine then…” (Mel)
I couldn’t keep up with the conversation of Makoto-san and the White Dragon-sama.
But what I understand is that Makoto-san hasn’t given up on his goal.
“Now then, let’s train. Momo, let’s go.” (Makoto)
“Eeh, let me spoil you a bit more. Here, I will give you a lap pillow~.” (Momo)
“I can’t afford to continue sleeping. I have slept a week’s worth already after all.” (Makoto)
“Aah, Master has returned to how he was.” (Momo)
“How were things while I was absent?” (Makoto)
“Fufufu, just watch. I have made great progress. It will surprise Master!” (Momo)
Makoto-san and Momo-chan left while talking.
“Good grief…” (Mel)
The White Dragon-sama sat at a chair in the temple as if relieved.
She poured tea for herself and was relaxing.
I was wondering what to do, and after a while, I decided to head to where Makoto-san and Momo-chan are training.
I could hear the voices of the two outside.
I was caught off guard by the sight of the two after coming out.
“Clone magic! And then, Teleport!” (Momo)
The seven clones of Momo-chan were moving erratically or were using Teleport as they attacked Makoto-san.
I can’t follow it with my eyes!
Momo-chan, since when did you obtain a spell like that?!
But what was impressive was what came after.
“[Water Prison].” (Makoto)
Makoto-san used magic without showing any signs of being flustered.
The water restraining spell activated, and all seven Momo-chan’s were captured.
“Gyaah! Everyone got captured at the same time?! Even though I definitely attacked him in his blind spot?! Why?!” (Momo)
“That attack just now was pretty good. I was shaken a bit there.” (Makoto)
“You are not looking like that at all!! How did you do it?!” (Momo)
“By using 360° perspective and Mind Accel. Also, my water activation speed is fast.” (Makoto)
“Muuuh, I thought I could surprise Master!” (Momo)
“I was.” (Makoto)
“You are not at all! You won’t be able to maintain that calm face! I will show you my ultimate technique!” (Momo)
“Challenge accepted. My Clear Mind doesn’t crumble even in the face of Gods.” (Makoto)
“Master got his heart crushed because he experienced something scary in his training at the sea and became a shut-in, so this will be easy!” (Momo)
“Don’t bring that out!” (Makoto)
Momo-chan shot a Thunderbolt while talking.
That activation speed was so fast!
“Naive, little girl.” (Dia)
The Great Water Spirit-san that appeared by the side of Makoto-san brushed the Thunderbolt away with her hand.
Thunderbolt is a superior ranked spell though?!
And yet, she deflected it as if she were brushing away falling leaves?!
Momo-chan then shot several varied spells at them one after the other.
Makoto-san blocked them all with ease.
Makoto-san was handling her as if he were having fun seeing the growth of his disciple.
(E-Eh? …Momo-chan has become really strong?) (Anna)
It goes without saying with Makoto-san though.
The White Dragon-san also has outstanding magic and has the physical power of an Ancient Dragon.
C-Could it be that…I am the weakest in this party…?
(This wasn’t the time to be worrying about Makoto-san!) (Anna)
At this rate, I will become baggage!
After that, I desperately trained my sword magic and healing magic.
“…Makoto-san, are you not going to go to sleep?” (Anna)
I speak to Makoto-san who continued training his water magic even when it was already late in the night.
“I slept yesterday, so I am okay today.” (Makoto)
“…I-I see.” (Anna)
He is joking, right?
It sounds like he is saying it seriously, and that’s scary.
“Fuwaaah~…Our King, I will go sleep, okay~?” (Dia)
“Yeah, good night, Dia.” (Makoto)
Even though the Great Water Spirit is going to sleep?!
Momo-chan went to sleep a long time ago.
A vampire that sleeps early and is an early riser is questionable in itself though…
The White Dragon-sama leads a well regulated lifestyle, so the one who is leading the most inhuman lifestyle is Makoto-san.
“Is your training going well, Abe—Anna-san?” (Makoto)
Being asked by Makoto-san, I groaned and had a hard time speaking.
I worried about how to answer, and sat by the side of Makoto-san.
He called my name confused.
I lean slightly on the shoulder of Makoto-san who is by my side.
“I am honestly on a roadblock…” (Anna)
I placed my head on Makoto-san’s shoulder and spoke my worries.
Is he not going to put a hand on my shoulder?, is what I thought, but he didn’t.
Makoto-san stopped doing magic training and looked at my face.
“According to what I heard from Mel-san, you can now activate Light Sword, right?” (Makoto)
“…Yes, but I can only use it for a few seconds.” (Anna)
I answered in a low voice.
The sword magic that was the only effective attack against Demon Lord Cain in Laberintos.
In an environment where the sunlight reaches, I can only maintain it for a few seconds to deal around 1 hit.
If I want to use it once more after that, it would take a while before it activates again.
Honestly speaking, I don’t think I can use it in actual combat.
But it seems like Makoto-san thought differently.
“Plenty enough.” (Makoto)
He grinned as if he were plotting something evil.
I don’t understand what he means.
There’s no way sword magic that only lasts for a few seconds is useful.
“We will have Johnny-san do his best against the underlings of the Demon Lord, and for the confidants Setekh and Shuri…Mel-san and I will do something about them. The problem is the Demon Lord. I will have to borrow the help of Dia’s sisters, huh. My lifespan is gonna go down again…” (Makoto)
“Uhm, Makoto-san…?” (Anna)
“You just prepare to shoot your Light Sword, Anna-san. I will stop the movements of the Demon Lord so that he won’t be able to avoid it.” (Makoto)
Is he being serious here?
When I was about to say ‘You are joking, right?’, I noticed.
His eyes were not joking around and he wasn’t worked up at all.
—As if saying something of that degree wasn’t a big deal.
I felt that when looking at the eyes of Makoto-san.
Just what in the world is this person…?
He is different from everyone I have met before.
In this world that’s ruled by Demon Lords, it felt as if only Makoto-san was looking at a different world.
I could feel my heart throb.
I have been thinking about Makoto-san at the time he wasn’t here.
Since the time he returned, my eyes have been following him all the time.
When my master the Fire Hero died, I would always cry in my sleep.
But I haven’t been crying lately.
When I think of Makoto-san, I feel myself calming down.
I have been denying it being teased by Momo-chan.
But it looks like it is impossible to keep lying…
(When we defeat the Demon Lord…my feelings… But…) (Anna)
Right now I should concentrate on my duties.
Master the sword magic, Light Sword, that only I can use.
And then, I will fulfill the dearest wish of my mentor and parent figure, the Fire Hero, that is defeating the Demon Lord, and bring this continent back to the hands of humans.
That’s why, when that’s done…I will tell Makoto-san my feelings.
Half a year after.
Momo-chan and I trained as much as possible.
I had the White Dragon-sama teach me magic; for the sword, I remembered the teachings of the Fire Hero; and in between those, I would pray to the Sun Goddess.
Momo-chan gained more and more strength.
Makoto-san would accompany the training of Momo-chan, would hear me out, and would go to the Deep Sea Temple every now and then.
And so, time passed…and the day for the decisive battle against the Demon Lord came.