I woke up to the chirping of birds.
I heard a cute ‘suuh suuh’ from my side.
(This feels like deja vu…) (Makoto)
Princess Sofia was sleeping right by my side.
I was going to brush her long and glossy hair, but decided against it.
I would feel bad if I ended up waking her up.
I slowly tried to get up from the bed and…
“Good morning~, Takatsuki-kun☆. The breakfast is ready~.”
“It is rare for you to wake up late, Makoto.”
This is weird.
There’s the voice of people inside the room where only me and Princess Sofia should be in.
It must be my imagination.
I must be half-asleep.
(Water Magic: [Cold Water Ball]) (Makoto)
I splash cold water on my face.
I have been able to adjust the temperature of my water after my water magic turned God Rank.
It is unexpectedly useful.
I shook my head to clear away the water on my face.
Fuuh, that woke me up.
“Takatsuki-kun, if you are going to wash your face, how about heading to the washroom?”
“Hey, Makoto! The water flew here!”
Sa-san was baffled and Lucy was looking over here with a frown.
“Why are you two here?!” (Makoto)
“…Fuwaaaah…Good morning.” (Sofia)
Princess Sofia woke up from my voice.
“Oh, it is this time already. I woke up late today.” (Sofia)
Princess Sofia didn’t find it weird that Lucy and Sa-san are here and was changing as if normal.
Am I the weird one?
While I was confused, Princess Sofia swiftly changed into her dress and tied her hair up.
And then, she sat at the table where Lucy and Sa-san were sitting at.
“Are you not sitting, Hero Makoto?” (Sofia)
“What are you doing, Makoto?” (Lucy)
“Takatsuki-kun, let’s eat.” (Aya)
Being urged on by the 3, I sat at the front seat of the table.
And then, I began eating the breakfast Sa-san had set up.
The ones that made it were the cooks of the castle.
The menu is:
-Hot spring egg.
-Fish grilled with salt.
-Pickled root crops.
-Salad of greens and nuts.
It is super japanese style.
By the way, the Japanese food culture spreading in the West Continent with Rozes at its center is mostly because of Fuji-yan.
The breakfast was extremely tasty.
“Thanks for the meal.” (Makoto)
I slowly enjoyed the breakfast and finished it all.
And then, I asked the two once again.
“And so, why are you two here?” (Makoto)
“Because we were called here by Sofia.” (Lucy)
“She told us to come here in the morning~.” (Aya)
I look back at Princess Sofia.
“These two would trespass at night without any mercy if they were not told after all. That’s why it would be better to decide on a time from the very beginning.” (Sofia)
“…I see.” (Makoto)
“Now then…I will head back to my official duties. Lucy-san, Aya-san, please keep an eye on Hero Makoto so he doesn’t disappear somewhere, okay?” (Sofia)
“Okay, Sofia!” (Lucy)
Lucy and Sa-san grabbed me tightly from both sides.
“Wait until night, okay? You must not run away, okay?” (Sofia)
Princess Sofia turned her back and only her face was directed at me as she smiled softly and exited the room.
I got slight chills from those cold yet knowing eyes of hers.
“The atmosphere of Sofia seems to have changed.” (Lucy)
“Cause you know…Lu-chan.” (Aya)
“Aah, yeah, Aya.” (Lucy)
Lucy and Sa-san grinned suggestively at me.
“Hey, Makoto, how was Sofia in bed?” (Lucy)
“Wait, Lu-chan, the way you put it…” (Aya)
“Eeh, but I am not wrong, right?” (Lucy)
“Be a bit more roundabout… Oh well, Takatsuki-kun, tell me about yesterday.” (Aya)
Lucy and Sa-san closed in on me, and I didn’t know what to say.
I have to explain it to these two of all people?
My gaze wandered, troubled by what to say, and I decided to divert the topic in the end.
“Now then, let’s train my magic.” (Makoto)
I stretch widely and head outside through the door.
“Wait, Makoto! You are trying to play it off?! Where are you going?” (Lucy)
“Takatsuki-kun, Sofia-chan told you to wait.” (Aya)
“Even if you tell me that, I want to master Teleport already. Noah-sama told me to.” (Makoto)
“Noah, you say… That dangerous Goddess, right?” (Lucy)
“That scary Goddess, huh…” (Aya)
Lucy and Sa-san’s impression of Noah-sama is not good.
She is not scary, you know?
“Lucy, accompany me in my Teleport training.” (Makoto)
“Hmmm, it is rare for you to rely on me when it comes to magic. Alright! I will train together with you! Right, Aya?!” (Lucy)
Sa-san’s reaction was bad, contrary to the receptive okay of Lucy.
“Cause~ the last time I tagged along in your Teleport practice, it was terrible, Lu-chan.” (Aya)
“T-That’s…I am sorry for that one.” (Lucy)
“That’s why I will stay behind, okay~☆? Do your best, Lu-chan.” (Aya)
Sa-san smiled sweetly and clearly refused to go with me and Lucy.
“Lucy, something happened before?” (Makoto)
“The last Teleport training of Lu-chan, we landed in the middle of a monster den, were left in the middle of the sky several thousand meters in altitude, got Teleported inside water, and at the crater of a volcano; it was terrible! Moreover, Lu-chan would always be languid after a Teleport, so I am the one that has to do the reacting!” (Aya)
Lucy’s eyes were swimming.
Looks like it is true.
“Then, the magic training will only be with me and Lucy, huh. What will you do, Sa-san?” (Makoto)
“I will be waiting for you in the water capital while having tea and shopping~. I did want to update my wardrobe already.” (Aya)
“Eeh, that’s not fair. I want to go shopping too, Aya~!” (Lucy)
“I will buy your clothes too, Lu-chan. Let’s dress up together later, okay?” (Aya)
“Hmm, I wanted to choose for myself though… What you like is way too cute for me.” (Lucy)
“You chose last time, Lu-chan. Those clothes were so revealing, I can’t wear them outside!” (Aya)
“Eeh, that much is normal though. They looked good on you.” (Lucy)
“It is embarrassing to show that appearance to other men aside from Takatsuki-kun.” (Aya)
“You are showing even more embarrassing sights to Makoto, so isn’t it fine?” (Lucy)
“That’s true, but…” (Aya)
“L-Let’s go train.” (Makoto)
The two don’t stop talking.
Lucy and I went to the courtyard of the Water Country’s royal castle.
Sa-san is apparently going to be going out after seeing us off.
“Now then, I will show you the basics of Teleport! That said, you have been using it a lot though.” (Lucy)
The figure of Lucy disappeared, and she appeared around 10 meters away.
(Chantless short distance Teleport, huh… That’s impressive. She has it completely in control.) (Makoto)
I do know how the spell works and the method to use it, but…when I actually try it, it really doesn’t go well.
“Then, I am next… Spirit-sans, Spirit-sans.” (Makoto)
I call the Time Spirits.
The reaction is bad.
Even though they were cooperative when I was fighting Leviathan.
“What are you doing, Makoto?” (Lucy)
“I am asking for the help of the Spirits, but the reaction is bad.” (Makoto)
“You don’t need to go out of your way to ask the Spirits. You can use your own mana, right, Makoto?” (Lucy)
“Hmm, but I am a Spirit User…” (Makoto)
“You are sometimes stubborn in the weirdest parts, Makoto.” (Lucy)
Lucy was baffled.
Oh, the Time Spirits reacted while I was talking to Lucy.
For the Time Spirits, it might be better to ignore them a bit instead of paying too much attention to them.
Alright, looks like it might work.
“Lucy, I am going to use Teleport!” (Makoto)
“Eh?! So suddenly.” (Lucy)
I grab the hand of the flustered Lucy.
The next instant, Lucy and I were wrapped in light, and the scenery around us changed completely.
“We are back~.” (Makoto)
“We are back~… Aah, we are finally back—!” (Lucy)
“Welcome back~, Takatsuki-kun, Lu-chan! …Wow, you have incredibly tired faces.” (Aya)
Lucy and I finished our magic training and returned to the room of Princess Sofia. There, Sa-san was drinking tea and lounging around.
There’s a whole lot of shopping bags at her feet.
“T-That was rough. Why does the Teleport of Makoto go to outer space, the arctic, or even right in front of Leviathan in the Deep Sea?! I thought my heart would stop on the last one!!” (Lucy)
“Sorry sorry, Lucy. But Leviathan won’t do anything if you are with me.” (Makoto)
“That’s not the issue there! What was that?! It was so big I didn’t think it was a living being at first.” (Lucy)
“Heeh, so a Divine Beast is that big~.” (Aya)
Sa-san asked curiously.
“How was your shopping, Sa-san?” (Makoto)
“It was fun. I bought a whole lot. But I would like to go with everyone next time~.” (Aya)
“Yeah, I will tag along on the next one.” (Makoto)
I prioritized my training today, so I should match the plans of Sa-san next time.
“Uwa, you bought a whole lot. Can I check it, Aya?” (Lucy)
“Go ahead. I found a lot of cute clothes.” (Aya)
“I see~. Which one’s my clothes?” (Lucy)
It seems like Lucy has noticed the shopping bags of Sa-san and moved her attention there.
“Here, these are the clothes I chose for you, Lu-chan. I heard they are trending in the Water Country~.” (Aya)
“Thanks, Aya. Hmm, will blue clothes look good on me?” (Lucy)
“I am sure they will! Try them on!” (Aya)
“Right. Then, let’s have Makoto check you too, Aya.” (Lucy)
Saying this, Lucy began to take her clothes off then and there.
“O-Oi, Lucy, there’s a room over there to change your clothes!” (Makoto)
“Isn’t that fine? There’s only you and Aya in this room anyways.” (Lucy)
“I will have Takatsuki-kun check the clothes I bought today too~.” (Aya)
Even Sa-san began to take off her clothes.
I hurriedly avert my gaze.
“Why aren’t you looking over here?” (Lucy)
“Watch, Takatsuki-kun~.” (Aya)
“I will when you are done changing!” (Makoto)
It is really embarrassing to watch girls in the middle of changing, but is that only me?
I felt restless from the rustling of clothes as I waited.
“Tadah! How is it, Makoto?” (Lucy)
“Takatsuki-kun, does it look good~?” (Aya)
Lucy and Sa-san called me and I looked back.
Lucy in blue clothes and Aya in red clothes is a fresh sight.
And they are really cute, no joke.
“It looks good, you two.” (Makoto)
Lucy and Sa-san respond with big smiles.
After that, they took a variety of poses in front of the big body mirror.
“Hey, Aya, let’s try out the other clothes too.” (Lucy)
“Right, let’s try them all out~.” (Aya)
The two began to undress again.
(The two are not embarrassed at all…) (Makoto)
Looks like I am the only one embarrassed.
The fashion show of the two continued for a while.
“I am back… Oh my, Lucy-san, Aya-san, what’s this?” (Sofia)
Princess Sofia returned from work.
Her eyes opened wide when she entered the room.
The clothes that Sa-san had bought today were scattered everywhere in places like the sofa and the bed.
After the two finished trying out all the clothes, they traded each other’s clothes and began trying those out too.
Lucy and Sa-san were fine with showing me in their underwear, and I tried not to look too much at first, but around the half-way point, I used Clear Mind so I wouldn’t mind much and trained my water magic.
“Welcome back~, Sofi-chan. I bought these clothes today.” (Aya)
“Want to try them out too, Sofia?” (Lucy)
“Please don’t mess the room too much… But there’s a lot of cute clothes.” (Sofia)
After sighing, Princess Sofia observed one of the set of clothes that Sa-san bought.
“Alright, you wear them too, Sofia!” (Lucy)
“I will help you change, okay~?” (Aya)
“Please wait! Please don’t undress me! I can change by myself! Also, Hero Makoto is here, you know?!” (Sofia)
Lucy and Sa-san tried to take off the clothes of Princess Sofia, and Princess Sofia got flustered.
That’s a relief, Princess Sofia is normal.
She is properly getting embarrassed.
“Wow, the skin of Sofia is so smooth.” (Lucy)
“It is so nice to be so fair-skinned~.” (Aya)
“Why are you still undressing me?! H-Hero Makoto! Don’t just watch and save me please!” (Sofia)
“Oi, Lucy, Sa-san, stop it.” (Makoto)
I snap my fingers.
I had the Water Spirits create mist, control it, and pulled Lucy, Sa-san, and Princess Sofia apart.
“Are you okay, Sofia?” (Makoto)
“T-Thank you very much. Are those two drunk?” (Sofia)
“Unfortunately, they are sober.” (Makoto)
“Like that?!” (Sofia)
Princess Sofia went pale.
“Sorry sorry, Sofia.” (Lucy)
“We overdid it there.” (Aya)
“Good grief, you people… It is the usual though. Now then, I will change.” (Sofia)
Looks like she will still be changing in the end.
So Princess Sofia wanted to try out the new clothes too.
She disappeared into the closet room with the clothes.
10 minutes later, Princess Sofia came back with a light pink one piece.
“H-How is it…Hero Makoto?” (Sofia)
The atmosphere she gives off is different from usual.
The usual majestic atmosphere of Princess Sofia had changed into a soft one.
“It looks really good on you.” (Makoto)
“Isn’t his reaction different from ours~?” (Lucy)
“He is getting all lovestruck with Sofi-chan~.” (Aya)
Lucy and Sa-san pinched my cheeks from both sides.
After that, Princess Sofia changed into the clothes she had before.
She apparently couldn’t relax because of how short the skirt was.
After that, we 4 of us passed time lazily.
“Speaking of which, we are going to Laphroaig soon. What will you do, Hero Makoto?” (Sofia)
“Aah, I do have to go meet Furiae-san.” (Makoto)
“Go quickly. She is definitely angry.” (Lucy)
“That’s right, that’s right. It seems like she is busy with her work as a queen, so you have to show her your face.” (Aya)
“Teleport! If only I could use Teleport properly!” (Makoto)
“There’s still a long way to go before your Teleport gets better, Makoto.” (Lucy)
“So it is that difficult?” (Makoto)
“I will secure seats on the Flying Ship, okay?” (Sofia)
While we were having that talk…
Footsteps rang loudly outside and the door was opened widely.
“What’s going on? So noisy.” (Sofia)
Princess Sofia glared lightly at the castle soldier.
“My deepest apologies, Sofia-sama! An urgent message has come from the Sun Country of Highland! Over here!”
The soldier gave Princess Sofia a letter in a hurry.
“Urgent…huh. I didn’t hear anything from Queen Noel though… Oh?” (Sofia)
Princess Sofia received it and opened her eyes wide when she saw the back.
“Hero Makoto, it is addressed to you.” (Sofia)
“For Makoto?” (Lucy)
“What what~?” (Aya)
I received the letter from Princess Sofia.
There’s faint mana traces in it. It seems like it was teleported here with magic.
It certainly has Takatsuki Makoto as the recipient.
I open the envelope and confirm the inside.
There’s only one piece of paper with just one sentence there.
—Come to the Sun Country at once (From: Great White Sage).
A summon from the Great Sage-sama, Momo.
>Makoto-kun is already in his 3rd one, huh…
>Please make Momo (the Great Sage-sama) who waited for 1,000 years happy too~.
→The next one is the Momo arc.