I’m sorry, but that’s the truth.
This is reizenchuu~
This was the longest chapter I ever translated in this novel. It took my 3 days actually! Though, unfortunately, it’s still not edited. I will update the chapter once it will.
“You’ve got quite a lot of them.”
Once I followed Lina and entered the room, I was overwhelmed by the variety of magic items inside.
Since the curtain was shut the room was slightly dim despite putting on the lights.
There were some bookshelfs on the walls and desks placed in the center. All of them contained many magic items, making the room look like a museum.
“I’m collecting them thinking that one day they may serve for something. There are still many others hiding inside.”
Lina said that while pointing at a treasure chest like a box.
Ah, could that be…
“Is this an infinite storage box?”
“Yeah, it’s called storage box. It has a storage limit but it’s easy to carry which makes it pretty convenient. This one is too big, so it’s kinda difficult to carry him, but there’s a bag version for it which I often use.”
“Then why are you still putting it here?”
“It just takes too much time to take out all the stuff inside it.”
“Isn’t there a magic that lets you do the same thing? Like, storing things?”
“What? I never heard of that.”
She doesn’t seem to know.
“Eh? Then what about that 【Box】skill you got?”
“That skill is for personal use and it has a limit on how many things I can store. It’s not as great as you think.”
I was slightly surprised by her answer.
Looks like the magic that my 【Space Magic】uses doesn’t exist.
I thought it definitely existed somewhere outside this world.
I slowly surveyed the room again.
“But still, you’ve got too many stuff here.”
A star-shaped magic item. A crystal-like item. A small box-shaped tool.
There were various types and shapes.
It’s wasn’t easy to judge their utility only from the appearance.
Some of them were not much different from a wood plank and a horse wood curvature. It became even suspicious if they were really magic tools or not.
“Are these really magic items?”
“Despite its looks, it is a full-fledged magic tool. And it’s pretty useful too.”
“Waa- this one is beautiful.”
Suddenly, Saya who was in bad temper not too long ago got entranced by some sort of a germ necklace and was about to touch it.
Before Lina was able to finish her line, Saya touched the necklace, resulting in a magic circle appearing under her feet. Confused by that abrupt occurrence, Saya remained standing in her place until she disappeared in an instant.
I roamed my sight in our surroundings, but I couldn’t find her.
What happened? How did she disappear all of a sudden like that?
When I was about to ask Lina about it, I found her holding her head seeming to be deeply troubled.
“She did it…”
“Did what? Where did Saya go?”
“She didn’t go anywhere. You’re just not seeing her.”
Hearing her answer, I used 【presence sensation】to look for her place and as Lina said, she wasn’t actually near us.
“I can’t feel her presence…”
“That’s because she touched the super privacy pendant. It’s an excellent magic item that doesn’t only make you invisible, but also erase your presence. Due to that, we can’t even hear her if she talked.”
Remaining to look at the place where Saya was standing, I was impressed by the ability of the pendant.
But even though I understood it’s use, I still don’t know the most important part.
“How can we turn her back to normal?”
“The pendant is working on Saya-dono’s magic. If she could stop the flow of her magic it will stop working, but unfortunately, I don’t think she could.”
Lina said with a worried expression.
Saya is an ordinary person.
There’s no way she would know how to control her magic.
“It should stop working once she runs out of magic, so she should be alright.”
Doesn’t that mean she will faint?
Is that alright?
Starting to feel worried about the disappeared Saya, I suddenly felt something touching my clothes and shaking me.
“That’s probably Saya-dono trying to make us notice her presence. Saya-dono, I’m sorry, but please wait like that until the effect wears off.”
As line said that, My body stopped shaking.
She probably said something like “no way…” while feeling disappointed.
Trying to cheer her up, I reached my hand at a slightly low angle and bumped into something hard. I lightly tapped it.
It was probably her shoulder, though she didn’t seem to move despite doing so.
A few minutes later, we found Saya laying on the ground. Looks like she had swooned.
She didn’t seem to be very lucky today.
“Uu, that was mean.”
“Are you okay?”
“I’m sorry, it’s because of my bad management.”
With concern, I asked Saya if she was alright while Lina apologized to her.
I had to share some of my magic with her so she could wake up.
I did that only by touching her hand, but despite the bad efficiency, that much was plenty for her.
“But maybe it wasn’t that bad.”
When I thought she was in a bad mood, Saya said in a low voice and a smirk on her face, as if she recalled something.
“I got Yato-kun to stroke my hair.”
When she said that with a cheerful expression, I remembered what I did earlier and asked her.
“What I touched was your shoulder, right?”
“Eh? Ah, yes, my shoulder.”
The way she answered me was fairly suspicious. When I kept staring at her with doubting eyes, she reverted her sight.
Well, whatever. It doesn’t matter if it was her shoulder or something else.
I went back to check the magic tools.
“What is this?”
What I pointed at was a handle with two boards in which each one had 『O』or『Ｘ』writen in it.
I wonder what’s its use.
“Hm? Ah, that’s a lie detector. It divulges the true thoughts of anyone who holds it. I used often when I interrogate someone.”
A lie detector, huh.
And she uses it for interrogation?!
It has a shape of something normally used in entertainment, but it’s actually for integrating? Seriously?
When I remained gazing at the lie detector, Lina, seeming to have hit upon something talked to me with a mischievous grin on her face.
“Kamiya Yato, try holding it.”
Doing as she said, I seized the lie detector.
The same instant, Lina talked in an incredible speed.
“Kamiya Yato is dating Saya-dono!”
Saya and I let out a confused voice to Lina abrupt utterance while the 『Ｘ』 board of the lie detector gleamed and made a strange sound.
“Hm, looks like it wasn’t the case.”
“Wait a second, what did you do?”
With the lie detector still in my hand, I glared at Lina who was making a satisfied expression.
“Remember when I asked you the same thing the other day? That time I couldn’t completely believe you so I thought I can use this chance to get a clear proof. Though it seems that things are as you said, so don’t glare at me like that. Well, it’s fine even if it wasn’t.”
Lina kept speaking while nodding in assent.
But why did she seemed somehow satisfied?
“Don’t do that again.”
“T-That’s right, Lina-chan! I-I’m not in that kind of relationship with Kamiya-kun?”
Embarrassed by what just happened, Saya followed my warning to Lina with a complaint.
“Yeah, I’m sorry about that. Oh yeah, how about you try asking him something too? You can get to know anything you want.”
The embarrassed Saya was considerably moved by Lina’s words who, by the way, didn’t seem to be sorry at all.
This is bad, she’s about to get deceived by a demon’s whisper.
“Wait, wait, what are you saying—”
“You don’t have a reason to mind that, do you? It’s not like you’re hiding anything of guilty. Or maybe you do?”
Lina interrupted me with a provocation.
This angel! She’s enjoying the situation.
Realizing that she was toying with me with that smirk on her face, I became a bit irritated.
“I don’t have anything to hide. You can ask me anything you want.”
“That’s good. Well then Saya-dono, it’s question time.”
Saya who has completely turned over the other side, replied in a delighted mood.
I told them to ask me anything just in the heat of the moment… maybe I messed up.
I became about to regret my short temper.
But still, I think it should be fine.
There isn’t anything in particular that don’t want people to ask me about.
Or that was what I tried to make myself believe as a way to not regret my miserable decision.
The question time had finally begun.
“Well then, I’m asking.”
With a slightly nervous expression, Saya was about to ask her question.
What is she going to ask?
I gulped while been pressed by the nervous mood she was giving off until she moved her lips again.
“D-Do you have anyone you like at the moment?”
That was her question.
For some reason, the board took a short moment before letting out that sound and gleaming its 『Ｘ』 board.
I didn’t see that question coming, honestly.
“Why did it take a moment before giving the result?”
Looking at the 『Ｘ』 board, I asked.
Lina pondered for a while before she apparently hit on a reasonable explanation and slowly began explaining.
“That is most likely because the answer wasn’t very clear. The lie detector makes use of your memories and the weakest tremor in your magic to bring out an estimable result. Since your experience in that matter wasn’t enough, it went out with a result that you have at least someone you’re interested in.”
So that’s why it took time.
Hearing Lina’s explanation, I tried thinking about the person that I’m interested in.
Was there someone in whom I was interested in the first place?
“Yato-kun still doesn’t have anyone he likes…”
Finding out that I don’t have anyone like that, Saya was clearly relieved.
“But how unfortunate. I thought I could grasp one of your weaknesses if you had someone in mind like that.”
“So that was your aim from the start.”
No wonder she was in unusually in high spirit.
“I had too many troubles because of you in the past. I really want to grasp your weakness here.”
I don’t think that’s something you should say in front of me though.
Also, I don’t remember doing anything that may have troubled her. I did as far as using a spell to hide that I was sleeping in class or stealing her snacks.
“That’s why I’m going to keep asking you now.”
“What should I ask him next…”
The both of them seemed to be ready to ask me a second question. So we’re not going to call it here. It felt like the situation wasn’t giving me the right to refuse.
I unintentionally let out a sigh. I wonder how long this will keep going.
“How is this possible? I still didn’t get anything yet!”
“It’s getting kinda scary.”
I lost count on how many questions they asked.
Noticing that Saya and Lina got fairly tired from asking, I recommended them to stop.
“Won’t you stop already? I’m also getting tired here.”
“Hmm… very well, the next question will be the last.”
Lina who seemed to start giving up said with a disappointed expression.
Finally, the question time is going to end. It took longer than what it should though.
“Hurry up and ask then.”
“Alright. Did you ever sleep with a girl of the same age as you.”
I awkwardly smiled after hearing her last question.
When I finally thought that I can end all of this peacefully.
“Of course I didn’—”
Interrupting my attempt to deny, the 『O』board gleamed with a sound that sounded almost as f it was ridiculing me.
Not predicting such a turn of event, I stiffened in my place and slowly turn to look at the board.
Maybe, I didn’t hear it well…
“No, like I said, I didn’t sleep—”
Again, the lie detector made that sound before I finished my line.
This time, I heard it very well.
“Hey, Kamiya Yato……”
With a trembling voice, Lina slowly approached me and seized my collar.
“You! You spent a night with a girl of your age?!”
“No, wait, this must be some sort of misunders—!”
As I was about to explain myself to Lina with my neck strangled, the lie detector mercilessly interrupted me.
I didn’t have even the right to make an excuse.
“H-How is this possible… Yato-kun with another girl…”
Saya was trembling with a face that was about to cry and clear despair in her eyes.
This is bad. I need to clear up this misunderstanding.
“Kamiya Yato…… how could it be that you spent a night with a girl in whom you’re not even interested!!?”
“Wait! Misunderstanding! This is a misunderstanding!!”
This thing doesn’t let me do anything!
Now that I tried denying, it was the 『Ｘ』 that gleamed.
AAh! That’s because I’m still holding it in my hand!
I dropped the lie detector on the floor and started making an excuse for Lina who was about snap from rage at any moment.
“Wait! Hear me out! I never slept with a girl of my age!”
“Then why did the lie detector react?!”
“How would I know!? Anyway, I really never slept with someone of my age…”
While I was desperately trying to clear away the misunderstanding, I remembered something.
There was that time when Karen sneaked into my bed and slept next to me after I saved her from that red dragon.
I didn’t think too deeply about it, but I guess it was counted as “sleeping together.”
When I finally realized that fact, I calmed down. Sorry but, that’s the truth.
“What’s with that reaction? So you did really sleep with someone!!”
“No way, Yato-kun…”
Confirming their doubts from my reaction, Lina kept on shaking me in a fit of anger while Saya began to shed tears.
“Wait, please wait! It is indeed the truth, but it’s completely different from what you’re imagining right now! So hear me out at least!”
“Shut up you pervert.”
“Yato-kun, how could you…”
A wrathful Lina and a crying Saya.
It took a considerably long time to make them believe me at that point.
Honestly, I’d do anything in order to avoid finding myself in such a chaotic situation again.
After the misunderstanding was cleared, I realized that I was pretty worn out.
While Yato was desperately trying to explain himself.
“Mu, chief is in pinch! I need to save him!”
“You still call yourself a man!!”
“Yato-kun, Yato-kun, why…”
“Wait!! Please, please wait!! That’s not it!!!”
“…… let’s not do that.”
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.