Chapter of the week: 3/3
Editor: Kenny Stryker
Summer season; the fierce heat still refuses to cool off. The noise of cicada pierces my ears as the sunlight almost burned my skin.
I walked through the overheated street while wearing a simple T-shirt and shorts while trying to find a reason for making myself go out in this weather. I remembered that after fulfilling my promise with Meru, I was about to lay down on my bed in my room that had an air conditioner. When suddenly, my mom knocked the door and asked me to go out shopping for her. When I was about to suggest for her to ask Karen instead, she added “you need to go outside a little bit” and left the room.
“Why is it so hot?”
“The temperature this year is higher than that of the last year, master.”
Meru answered to my meaningless complaint. Today, I’m using wireless earphones to be able to talk with her at any moment. I bought it a long time ago but never had the chance or mood to use it. However now, that I’m using it, I realized it’s convenient compared to the normal earphones. I can talk to Meru without having to carry my phone in my hand all the time. Though this melting heat didn’t let me enjoy the usefulness of the earphones.
“They talked about the highest temperature recently, did they?”
“Yes, and apparently, this summer is going to get even hotter, Desu.”
Oh my god.
I just felt true despair at Meru’s words. She’s an excellent AI whose information network covers the entire world. If she says that this summer is going to get even hotter, then that’s definitely going to happen.
“Let’s go back already…”
At this rate, I’m going to get completely dried up. Wiping my forehead, I headed back home while carrying the shopping bag.
“You can do it, Desu, master. Only 505 meters and 65 centimeters until your destination.”
“Please Meru, stop giving that type of information. It just makes me more exhausted…”
The last thing I wanted to think on my way back is the distance. Maybe I shouldn’t have used wireless earphones after all. Under the blazing sun and while listening to Meru’s energetic voice that increased my fatigue, I continued to walk towards the oasis commonly known as my air-conditioned room. Unfortunately at that time, a magic circle emerged before me, in the air.
I halted my steps and observed that magic circle for a while. Soon after, something appeared from it and directly fell on the ground.
“Ouch! Why does this damn magic tool always drop me from the top…?”
The person who fell complained at the magic circle. It was a young woman with a silky deep crimson hair and wearing a bikini armor. I immediately felt a premonition from witnessing the abnormal appearance of the woman in front of me. Well, she seemed to be abnormal the moment she showed up from a magic circle. Due to the scorching heat, I couldn’t think properly and remained standing at my place instead of ignoring her and returning back home. My eyes met the woman’s who was still lying on her back.
Unlike my normal reaction, the woman, still lying on the ground, uttered with a peeved voice and sent me a glare. I assumed that she had something against me judging from that reaction, but soon enough, it turned out that that wasn’t the case.
“Oh! Could you be Kamiya Yato?!”
She suddenly stood up and asked with a polite voice. Though, I answered her with the coldest tone I could use.
“No, you got the wrong person.”
Leaving those words behind, I walked away.
“W-Wait! Don’t escape!”
Interrupting my walk, she grabbed me by my wrist and looked at me in the face while smirking. Seriously, what’s wrong with this weather. It looks like I’m even hearing things now. Of course, I didn’t give up on my plan to escape from her and tried to shake off her hand that was seizing my wrist, but surprisingly enough, I couldn’t do that.
“I told you. You got the wrong person.”
“Stop lying. There’s no way someone harboring a tremendous amount of magic like you could be the wrong person.”
Looks like it was impossible to deceive her from the very start. Well, I’m sensing an enormous amount of magic coming from her as well. That’s why I chose not to get involved with her and tried shaking off her hand again without getting a desirable result. Damn it, what’s up with her strength. Her hand didn’t show a sign of loosing up no matter how strong I tried to shake it off. Reading my expression, that woman grinned at me.
“Well, just wait. I’m not intending to do anything for now. I just came to greet you. So don’t run away. Don’t you dare escape, Okay? You’re not gonna escape, are you? Haa?”
Putting aside her belligerent way of speech… What is wrong with this woman?
I could guess that she is related to those Gods in some way, but I never met her. If I were asked how to deal with a gorgeous beauty like her with a very disappointing character, I wouldn’t be able to answer immediately.
“Sorry but I don’t know you. I have some tasks to take care of now, so leave my hand.”
When I asked her to leave me alone with an offensive lie, she seemed to be glad and responded with an excited voice tone.
“You’re getting more and more interesting. It’s been a while since the last time I met someone who’s not affected by my intimidation.”
Looks like I became a target for her interest. Rather, did she try to intimidate me just now? Noticing that my lie had an opposite effect on her mood, I revealed a reluctant face, but that woman didn’t mind that and continued.
“My name is Scala. I’m a God. Well, nice to meet you, I guess.”
I let out a silly voice from listening to her self-introduction. I wasn’t surprised at all to hear that she was a God, but her next words made me widen my eyes from the shock.
“This is abrupt but, I’m going to have you fight me.”
This time, I almost screamed in exclamation.
“The date and time is a day after tomorrow at this very time. You can choose any place you want. When the time comes I will teleport to your location and the fight will begin.”
“W-Wait a second! What wrong with you showing up all of a sudden!?”
Unable to comprehend the situation, I asked her back with a confused face. How am I supposed to deal with someone suddenly showing up and challenging me for a fight?
“By the way, you don’t have the right to refuse. I already got permission from the Divine God.”
I scowled from hearing an unfamiliar word, but Scala didn’t care to explain and instead took out something from within her bust. It was a small gray sphere that could be held in one hand. Scala took that sphere and smashed it on the ground. The sphere got smashed up and created a similar magic circle under her feet.
“Well then, we will meet the day after tomorrow. I think you know well what’s gonna happen if you run away.”
“H-Hey! I told you to wait!”
Leaving behind her a threatening remark, Scala disappeared. I remained stretching my hand to the place where she was standing just now, unable to process the current situation. Left alone in the middle of the blazed residential area street, I kept gazing at that place for a while.
What was that just now…?
Scala who came and left like a storm didn’t give me the opportunity to catch up with what happened. The only thing I was certain of was that, things will surely get troublesome soon enough.
“What is wrong with that woman?”
“Master, I suggest you tell Lina about what just happened. Since the other party was a God, she could help us with the useful information.”
“Yeah, you’re right.”
I agreed with Meru who only listened to what happened, because the phone was inside my pocket, and headed back home. Let’s call Lina after I go back home. I’m feeling even hotter now that I kept standing in my place for too long. But still, what am I supposed to do now…?
“The future doesn’t seem very promising.”
Thinking about Scala, I walked back home with heavy steps. Meru cheered me up while shouting “you can do it, Desu! Master!”
Well, I have no choice anyway, do I? Encouraged by Meru’s cheering, I made my resolve and hurried back.
“Hey, Meru. What do you think of these new earphones?”
“They’re very good, Desu, master. I can hear your voice much better, Desu.”
“That’s great. Next time, I think I will buy a small camera.”
“It must be inconvenient for you not to see the outside.”
“Thank you very much, Desu! I can finally observe my surroundings, Desu.”
“But still, don’t take photos of people secretly.”
“I won’t, Desu! I will only peep on them for the sake of survey, Desu.”
“So you’re still going to peep.”
Next Update: Monday, March 12, 2018
Synopsis: Somewhere in the universe, there was an altar. On it, laid a bloody eye as big as the sun itself. It burst with light and bathed the entire star system in red.
"The aura of an ancestral artifact!" Someone's voice rose in surprise.
The Great Galactic Era had begun.