WM – Chapter 229: Takatsuki Makoto meets the Great Sage

“Momo…” (Makoto)

I grab the arm of Momo.

Thin arms.

I could also feel her cold body temperature.

“Y-You must not! Please let go of me, Makoto-sama!” (Momo)

“Makoto-san, it is dangerous! She is already the familiar of the Demon Lord!” (Abel)

Momo and Abel shout.

“It is…dangerous?” (Makoto)

“Yes. Right now I can move on my own will, but the voice of Bifrons-sama is always resonating in my head. If he were to give me the order to restrain Makoto-sama, I am sure I wouldn’t be able to go against it…” (Momo)

“Makoto-san…the vampire father and child have a strong String of Fate connecting them. The child cannot go against their parent. Momo who has turned into a vampire by Bifrons is already…” (Abel)

String of Fate…I have heard about that.

If I remember correctly, it was from Furiae-san.

That she could see the Strings of Fate as a user of destiny magic.

Bifrons is using Strings of Fate to control vampires…?

“Momo, you are okay currently, right?” (Makoto)

“Yes… I can hear the voice of the Demon Lord-sama, but I can move my body freely. But I think I can’t go far away from the Demon Lord Castle.” (Momo)

I see.

This is troubling.

With this, I can’t run away together with Momo.

At that moment, words floated in front of me.

[Will you abandon the Great Sage-sama Momo?]

Yes

No ←

A bad natured choice showed up.

It must be asking me full well I will choose No, right?

But what should I do?

What can I even do to something like a String of Fate?

In the first place, I can’t see it…or can I?

I have the destiny magic Ira-sama gave me.

I am still a complete newbie, but could I use this?

I pondered for a bit, and used the Perspective Change of RPG Player to check Momo.

Destiny Magic: Elementary Rank.

I gather mana in my eyes and look at Momo.

I couldn’t see anything at first, but…I slowly managed to see string-like lines that were extending from Momo.

Oh, looks like I can do it.

Within all of those, there was one red string glowing ominously like blood.

It must be this one…

This is what’s tying down Momo.

Because of this string, she can’t go against Bifrons.

If I could cut this…

I take out the dagger of Noah-sama from its sheath.

“Makoto-san?!” (Abel)

“M-Makoto-sama?! What are you going to…?!” (Momo)

Hero Abel and Momo raised their voices in surprise.

Of course they would react like that if I were to unsheathe my dagger all of a sudden.

“Momo, trust me. Can you stay still?” (Makoto)

“…Yes, I trust you.” (Momo)

When I asked this, Momo nodded as if she had resolved herself.

“Thanks.” (Makoto)

I wrap destiny magic mana around the dagger of Noah-sama.

And then…slowly cut the blood red string extending from Momo.

“Hau!” (Momo)

Momo quivered.

“Momo!” (Makoto)

I hurriedly catch her in my arms.

“…Haah…haaah…haaah…” (Momo)

I could hear the rough breathing of Momo from her small mouth.

I waited for her to calm down.

“Momo-chan, are you okay?!” (Abel)

Abel must have gotten worried too, he came running.

“M-Makoto-sama…” (Momo)

“Momo, can you still hear the voice of the Demon Lord?” (Makoto)

“Makoto-san, just what in the world did you…” (Abel)

Momo fixed her breathing, and she looked at me with her red eyes.

I can’t! I don’t hear the voice of the Demon Lord-sama anymore. Also, the pressure that was tying my heart is gone too!” (Momo)

“?!” 

Alright, it went well.

As expected of the dagger of Noah-sama.

It can cut anything.

“What did you do just now, Makoto-san?” (Abel)

“I cut the String of Fate.” (Makoto)

“…Huh? No, there’s no way…” (Abel)

“Momo, are you free now?” (Makoto)

“Yes…it is completely different from just a moment ago. I have been freed from what was tying me. Makoto-sama…that’s amazing.” (Momo)

Momo grabbed my sleeve with spellbound eyes.

It feels weird having her make that kind of face when she looks like the Great Sage-sama.

“Something like that…that’s…in the realm of Gods.” (Abel)

Hero Abel was still absentminded.

“Really?” (Makoto)

Well, it is the sacred treasure of Noah-sama after all.

It should be able to do at least that much.

“Then, Momo, Abel-san, let’s hurry and ru—” (Makoto)

“To think you would brazenly appear.” 

A voice as if ridiculing us resonated and a squall of wind blew.

The Mist that I made with water magic was cleared out.

At the other side of the cleared up mist…there’s demons and monsters surrounding us, their eyes directly looking at us.

We are surrounded from all directions.

A trap, as expected.

Even within the demons and monsters surrounding us, there’s a demon who pulls my attention.

A demon in his prime of life wearing red armor and helmet. 

He is more than 2 meters tall and the mana covering his body was stronger than any demon around.

“Impenetrable Demon Balam…” (Abel)

I heard Hero Abel gulping.

I have heard that name before.

Momo and the Earth Hero-san told me about it.

One of the confidants of Demon Lord Bifrons.

“But the Earth and Wood Hero are not here, huh… The only one here is the Lightning Hero. The other one is…a weak human. A miss.” (Balam)

Balam brushed his beard while saying this unamused.

“The Demon Lord-sama told me to capture all Heroes aside from this so-called Light Hero. But cut off their legs so that they don’t run away again.” (Balam)

““Yes sir!””

The subordinates of the demons responded to the order of Balam, and the monsters roared in response.

(‘So-called Light Hero’…huh.) (Makoto)

The demon lord army isn’t aware that Abel is the Light Hero?

I glanced at the person at my side.

Hero Abel is on guard of the surroundings with a nervous expression.

He didn’t react to the words ‘Light Hero’.

There’s a number of points that bother me, but we must overcome this first.

I pulled Momo closer by the shoulder in order to protect her.

Momo held my clothes tightly.

She is trembling.

But it is not from fear…it is a different emotion.

She is glaring at the confidant with eyes of hatred.

It is the first time I see those kinds of eyes from her.

“Momo…did he do something?” (Makoto)

“He is…the one who devoured my mother…” (Momo)

“?!” (Makoto)

When I met Momo, she told me that her mother died 3 days ago.

It has already been several days after that, but it must be a fresh memory in Momo.

The memory of her mother being killed.

I don’t know how that chagrin of being used by the killer of your mother could feel. 

“Makoto-san, we are surrounded. There’s not that many. We should aim for one point to break through, and run away -before reinforcements come.” (Abel)

Hero Abel whispers to me.

Hearing this, Momo nodded hatefully.

“…Within the confidants of Bifrons, General Balam is the one with the most seniority. He is really strong…” (Momo)

“Right, we must not fight him. Let’s run.” (Abel)

Abel nodded at the words of Momo.

The voices of the two were filled with tension and stiffness.

“Makoto-san?” (Abel)

“Makoto-sama?” (Momo)

“…”

I didn’t answer the call of Abel and Momo.

I look around.

The hundreds of monsters and demons surrounding us.

They all must have the Divine Protection of the Great Demon Lord, I could sense powerful mana from them.

They must be monsters far stronger than the ones in my present. 

It is a despairing situation.

And yet…my heart was at peace.

Even though I am in this kind of situation, the words that surfaced in my mind were ‘not even a match’.

 …Is it because of my Skill?

(Clear Mind…undo.) (Makoto)

But it didn’t change.

My heart wasn’t shaking at all.

It was completely calm.

This must be that.

Noah-sama is not here with me now, so I can’t talk to her which is a shame, but if she were here, I am sure she would have told me…

‘Makoto! Kick the ass of these small fries already!’

“Right, Goddess-sama.” (Makoto)

When I muttered this, Hero Abel and Momo looked back.

“Momo, as an apology for being late in getting you, I will avenge you.” (Makoto)

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