Chapter 376: Alternate Worlds and Modern Ones
The wave, or should I say the bitchy Goddess’s invasion plan, came to an end, and we’ve made some progress on reconstruction.
My Shield, or should I say Atlas is… well, she teases her brother as she spends her days seducing me.
Though she did talk to me seriously at the time.
“And? Did you guys make your decision yet?” (Naofumi)
I was making preparations for lunch as I talked with the three Heroes.
“Yeah, I think I’m going to stay in this world.”
It seems that he didn’t reach a satisfying conclusion when he went to that other world from his own.
So he prayed to his sword so that he could return when he wanted.
Female Knights achievements were recognized, and she was appointed to do diplomatic work with residents of Glass’s world.
To make a world as free of discrimination as possible, she took the initiative, and started acting.
Well, when night falls, they do return to the village by portal.
Though it does seem he’s learned a lot from a Filo Rial Trainer in Zeltburg.
To put it bluntly, I think he would do better on the teaching side.
And as always, his three are with him.
“I see.” (Naofumi)
“Itsuki-sama… let’s do our best.” (Rishia)
A while ago, they met Rishia’s parents, and discussed what they would do from here on.
It seems there was a bit of trouble there, but the matter was peacefully resolved.
Well, according to Rishia, her parent were worried whether she was a match for Itsuki, and they quarreled a bit.
Her parents are weak to pressure as well.
If I told them I was going out with her with the intention of marriage as a joke, I feel they would die from shock.
“What are you going to do, Naofumi? You wanted to return so badly before.” (Ren)
“Well, I already went back once. My determination around that area is… well…” (Naofumi)
“Then will you stay?” (Ren)
What should I say?
Explaining is going to be a pain.
“Is that so?” (Ren)
“It’s the result of a certain decision. It’s like a compensation for having fulfilled the Spirits’ wishes. In exchange, the waves will never come again, so don’t worry about that.” (Naofumi)
These powers were beyond me to begin with.
Raphtalia and Atlas thought the same.
“Naofumi-sama, please make your choice.” (Atlas)
Raphtalia was also there, and we spoke.
“My decision…” (Naofumi)
“That’s right. What should we do?” (Atlas)
The other summoned heroes are each getting different options from me.
I did receive an explanation about that.
And wait, it isn’t even a choice anymore.
It’s just a course of action.
It’s a bit of a hard world to live in, but as long as everyone’s there, I get the feeling I would be able to live a fun life until I die.
If I think back upon it, I can make a Harem, and considering the future, there are a few advantages.
The rosy life I imagined when I first got to this world is before me.
And I do want to answer the people I trust who say they like me…
It may be my pride speaking, but we saved the world, so I should at least allow that.
And I have Raphtalia’s permission.
With the Shield’s power, our lives will be pretty stable until the end.
And right now, I can make use of that power.
Even if we’re in that world, it’s not like we can’t use magic.
But if I stay in this world, I get the feeling I’ll have to deal with some lustful advances.
Especially around a certain whale. She’s seriously gunning for me, and she asks Raphtalia when she’ll score every day.
I understand that she’ll honor the order, so right now, I can’t lay hands on Raphtalia carelessly, or she’ll come after me in a drunken frenzy.
So returning to my own world is also… an option.
I mean, I am satisfied with this conclusion.
And it’s already over…
I made a decision.
“That’s right. As expected of Naofumi-sama, I think it’s a greedy option that’ll make everyone happy.” (Atlas)
“Yeah, yeah. Then… do it.” (Naofumi)
On my choice, both Raphtalia and Atlas nodded.
I decided to stay in this world, and the day after that, I’m here peacefully preparing for lunch.
“Na~ofumi-cha~n? Is it time for lunch yet?”
Recently, she’s started salvaging in the nearby sea, no, perhaps I should call it treasure hunting. She’s also exploring the sea from Glass’s world.
Since she became the Hero of the Harpoon, she’s gotten ridiculously strong. No normal monster will be able to stand on the same level as her.
To put it bluntly, apart from Raphtalia and Atlas, she pursues those topics more actively than Firo while in heat.
I often wonder what she sees in me, but perhaps she’s just enamored with my drinking capacity.
“Ye~s! Now, everyone, prepare for lunch.” (Sadina)
I think it’s rising from the scale of a village into a town.
People graduate, or more specifically, develop the skills to be self-sufficient and leave as well.
We don’t need to combat the wave, so they don’t have to stay here.
Now, they find employment as soldiers, or go sign up as adventures to do various odd jobs.
But talent on the level of Rishia, Raphtalia and Female Knight is hard to come by.
Sadina level is completely out of the question.
If you think of peddling, you think of Firo.
If you ask what she’s doing, she’s going on a world trip with Melty.
More specifically, it’s Firo’s Idol Tour.
In order to make sure relations with other countries go well, she visits them as the Queen, and as a friendly ambassador, Firo works as an Idol.
And Melty’s idea worked well, so we’re getting some nice results in other countries.
Well, since she’s handling diplomacy for the world’s largest country, the people of Glass’s world are a bit vigilant of her.
Trash and the Queen are also working hard for the country.
The marks left behind by the war are deep, and it’s a bit troublesome.
Even so, Trash, Rishia and the Granny’s grandson are satisfied.
It would be nice if they live a long life.
Oy, don’t just stand there. Help.
Why am I on cooking duty in the first place?
“Let’s see. I think that today’s plan was to go apprehend a reincarnator the Bitch Goddess granted power to.” (Naofumi)
It’s not like we defeated them all.
And now that peace has been obtained, they occasionally go out of control with their dreams to rise to the top.
Some follow the Bitch Goddess’s words, and lust for strength, while others noticed her schemes, and used tools to sleep.
Though it reeked of suspiciousness.
I don’t know how many centuries ago he was from, though.
There are many legends like his, which is troublesome.
In all worlds, there are annoying legends of how, someday, this legendary Hero, so and so, will return.
Catching guys like that is one of the jobs of Heroes.
A little while after the world was at peace, Glass disappeared.
I tried searching for her when I had my godly powers, but I ran into the same wall I did when searching for her friend.
And before that, Glass told me that, no matter what happens, don’t try searching for me. As she was probably hinting to her current situation, I decided not to.
It’ll work out somehow.
According to it, there are no problems.
Glass was only a representative of her world as a Hero, and it’s not like she represented a country.
When Melty was going around countries, she was just training with a bored expression on her face.
“Got it. Well then, food’s done. After we’re done with that, let’s go.” (Naofumi)
After I finished cooking, I exited the kitchen, and left it to the others.
“Niichan’s food! As always, it’s great!”
As always, she continues to look after that unnerving crepe tree.
When she’s not doing that, she’s either peddling, or accompanying Fohl.
Though Fohl’s often teased by his sister he’s made looking after the villagers, especially the ones who just got here, his life’s work.
Right now, he’s something of a leader here.
“Ah, yes, yes. You can eat it too.”
As the Hero of the Ship, he also helps Sadina in her salvaging work.
Honestly, Sadina’s partner is Raph-chan.
From the start, she had to deal with turf wars, and the sort, so she isn’t here.
Well, that was also Motoyasu’s fault.
She left while running away from the man.
No matter where she runs, Motoyasu will chase her…?
In his mind, she’s his most-like Filo Rial next to Firo.
Well, I guess it’s something like that.
Luckily for me, he moved to the neighboring town, and opened a shop with Imya’s Uncle.
Imya helps out, and they deal in a wide range from clothing, to armor, to weapons.
The Slave Merchant, the Swindler, and the Accessory Merchant are just raking in profit as always.
I also carried out my planned harassment of Elena.
From now on… I’ll just have to pray that they’ll go on like this.
“Name? Now that I think about it, I never gave it one. What was it called before? I’m fine with that.” (Naofumi)
“Eh? Right now, it’s become famous as, ‘The village revived under Niichan’. Let’s think of a new one, right Raphtalia-chan?” (Kiel)
“Yes, let’s.” (Raphtalia)
“Isn’t that fine, though? It is the village revived under Naofumi.” (Ren)
Even if you tell me that…
As I was thinking of what name to give it, Motoyasu opened his mouth.
“I think it would be nice if Naofumi-san gave it a name.” (Itsuki)
“That’s right.” (Raphtalia)
“Eh?… Niichan’s deciding it? Let’s all talk about it together.” (Kiel)
“Why’s that, Kiel? I thought you would agree to that.” (Naofumi)
“But Niichan, you have no naming sense.” (Kiel)
“Ah, that’s right.” (Everyone)
Oy, why is everyone agreeing to that?
“So I think it’s going to get quite a lazy name.” (Kiel)
I’ll remember this. I’ll definitely remember this.
“Then how about we just take the characters in Iwatani, and make it Rock Valley?” (Ren)
And are you telling me that name has good naming sense?
No, it doesn’t.
“In my world, Iwa(岩) means Rock. Similarly, Tani(谷) has the meaning of valley. And thus Rock Valley.” (Ren)
“That’s nice!” (Kiel)
“Ah, right… it was like that in the language of Naofumi-sama’s world.” (Raphtalia)
Raphtalia remembers the time she spent in my world.
And English, apparently.
“Oy, while you can see cliffs here by the sea, there’s no valley…” (Naofumi)
And like that, my days in the other world… continued.
Japan, a day in the present era.
“… in Sickness and in Health…”
We returned from that world, and things proceeded at a tempo so fast that even I was surprised. I quickly found employment.
Right now, I’m doing various work in a large company.
What’s more, right now in the middle of a recession, while other companies are going pale, our stocks are rising.
I’ll bet it’s the influence on the Law of Cause and Effect.
Because the experience in the other world bolstered my commercial spirit, I was able to achieve good results in the past year.
We left the godly powers with the other us in that world, and now, we can only use a little bit of magic.
In the church, the priest speaks out the vows to bind the me wearing a tailcoat, and the Raphtalia wearing a wedding dress.
In the middle of that.
The Church doors slammed open.
Who is it? Who is it that wants to take away Raphtalia!?
And wait, Raphtalia, are you telling me you cheated on me with another man!?
No, no… with her, that’s not happening.
“I have an objection to this union!”
There, Atlas was wearing a dress, sprinting towards me.
Her age in this world is recorded as 20.
By her unchanged appearance, I guess that makes her a legal loli.
I imagined a sweet college life with Raphtalia, but Atlas made her dramatic entrance, and put a stop to that.
And wait, because of all that happened in that world, I don’t hate her, I am fond of her.
“Now, now, Naofumi-sama! Become one with me!” (Atlas)
I’m not sure by what logic, but this world’s Atlas’s physical strength is still incredible.
And so, she was able to forcefully drag me along.
It wasn’t the bride, but the groom that was stolen away.
“What do you think you’re doing at our long-awaited marriage ceremony!?” (Raphtalia)
Raphtalia comes to her senses, grabs my other hand, and starts a tug of war with Atlas.
“Naofumi-san is getting married to me!” (Raphtalia)
“No, Naofumi-sama will be wed to me! I’ll give you plenty of money, so Raphtalia-san, just give up already.” (Atlas)
“Not happening!” (Raphtalia)
Due to all her messings with the laws of cause and effect, Atlas set herself as the daughter of a rich man.
So her assets are much greater than either of us combined.
Why is a commoner like me the childhood friend of someone like that?
I don’t get how this lovecom setting is supposed to work.
“Didn’t you just give up earlier!?” (Raphtalia)
“That was but a lie.” (Atlas)
“I can’t believe you! Just how unfair of a person must you be?” (Raphtalia)
“I’ll say anything I must in the name of love.” (Atlas)
“Ow! S-someone save me!” (Naofumi)
He was accepted into a good college, and is in the middle of job hunting right now.
Well, I’m sure he’ll find somewhere nice.
They started talking amongst themselves, and for some reason, my parents joined them. They all point their thumbs at the ground, and shout out in a large voice.
“Oh… god. Please offer thy divine retribution unto this sinful riajuu.”
“Oy, Priest, don’t screw with me!” (Naofumi)
Despite that, the authenticity of that line was quite rare.
“No, he will to me. It’s not too late yet.” (Atlas)
“GIVE IT UP, THE BOTH OF YOU!” (Naofumi)
Well, they’re days I look back on with joy, so it’s fine.
From now on, I’ll give it my best at a happy life.
While my body was being pulled in both directions, I let out a laugh.