WM – Chapter 249: Takatsuki Makoto’s desire

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“Can I meet Noah-sama…?” (Makoto)

Those were the words that unconsciously came out from my mouth. 

This loneliness that I have felt this whole time since coming to the past. 

If only I could get a glance of Noah-sama…

“Figures…” (Ira)

Ira-sama looked at me as if pitying me. 

I can’t tell if this request is difficult to grant. 

As far as I could see from Eir-sama, she seemed to be able to easily come in and out of Noah’s place. 

“…Takatsuki Makoto, about your request…” (Ira)

Ira-sama crossed her arms and made a complicated expression.

What will it be…?

I could feel my heart beating faster as I waited for the answer of Ira-sama. 

“…The Noah of this era is…scary.” (Ira)

“Eh?” (Makoto)

An unexpected response came back.

That kind Noah-sama is…scary?

“No, she is only kind to you since you are her believer… The Noah of the future has become a lot less thorny to an unbelievable extent, and Eir-oneesama nonchalantly goes there to hang out, but…unless I have some business there, I definitely wouldn’t be going to the Deep Sea Temple… I had to go no matter what despite not wanting that time before though.” (Ira)

“Ah, now that you mention it, you don’t get along with Noah-sama, right?” (Makoto)

I think I heard something like that from Eir-sama.

When I said this, Ira-sama made a hard to describe expression.

“You really said that straight to my face… That’s right. I am the youngest child of the Olympians, and everyone would spoil me, but when Noah is present, they would all go to her… Even though she only has a good outside mask, but her insides are the worst…” (Ira)

“Uhm~…Ira-sama?” (Makoto)

I stop the Goddess-sama who is mumbling dark stuff. 

“…I was talking to myself there. Forget about it.” (Ira)

“Okay…” (Makoto)

“Well, you could say we don’t get along, but the Divinity of Noah and I are completely different. Noah is on the same level as Althena-oneesama, so I would be no match against her.” (Ira)

“I see…” (Makoto)

It doesn’t click with me, but is she saying that Noah-sama is stronger?

“That’s right. In this era, Noah is on the side of the Devil Gods, so if I were to make contact with her thoughtlessly, it might turn around with her sending Demon Lord Cain and wiping us all out.” (Ira)

“…I wouldn’t like that.” (Makoto)

“If you want to talk to Noah, you would have to bring Demon Lord Cain into your allies, but…Hero Abel wouldn’t allow that…” (Ira)

“All routes closed off…” (Makoto)

So I really can’t contact Noah easily, huh…

There’s no other choice but to go directly to the Deep Sea Temple then?

The moment my shoulders drooped…

Ira-sama approached me and brushed my cheek gently. 

“Takatsuki Makoto…if you so wish, shall I grant you the title of the Destiny Goddess’s Hero? Not only that, I would put my whole heart and soul in supporting you as my Apostle.” (Ira)

“I-Ira-sama…?” (Makoto)

I was flustered by the sudden change in her tone, and tried to take a step back.

But the hand of the Goddess had wrapped around my waist, and she pulled me onto her. 

Her warm breath was hitting my ear.

“It must be lonely in this era, right? I -the Destiny Goddess- am the only one who understands you, you know?” (Ira)

“That’s…” (Makoto)

That might be true. 

I am a foreign being in this era. 

An irregular that came from a peaceful world. 

In the first place, our sense of values is different. 

Even when I say we should defeat the Great Demon Lord, most people wouldn’t even take me seriously. 

That’s why I always felt isolated. 

“You are doing well by yourself. But aren’t you already reaching your limit? Don’t you think it would be better to rely on someone?” (Ira)

“…That’s…” (Makoto)

Until now, I had Noah-sama, Lucy, Sa-san…

Comrades that would help me, and friends that would support me…

Having come to the past…I feel a bit lonely. 

“Hey, Takatsuki Makoto…how about you change from Noah to me?” (Ira)

Those words sounded like sweet honey. 

“Y-You must not! Our King!!” (Dia)

A flustered voice resonated.

The sudden interloper was Dia.

“Oh my, the Great Water Spirit Undine. You were here?” (Ira)

“G-Get away, you Goddess! O-Our King…there’s no way that you would abandon me—” (Dia)

“I won’t. Ira-sama was simply teasing me.” (Makoto)

When I said this, Ira-sama let go of her hand that was wrapped around my waist, and took a step back from me. 

“Good grief. Here I am going so far to tempt you… At least be a bit flustered.” (Ira)

“Sadly for you, Noah-sama is my only one.” (Makoto)

“…Kuh! That Goddess!” (Ira)

So she really was joking there. 

Even so, Dia, who normally takes a haughty attitude, is being docile in front of Ira-sama.

Ira-sama must have read my mind, she speaks.

“Must be a memory of the Divine Realm War. The Spirits can’t deal with Holy Gods.” (Ira)

“I see~.” (Makoto)

“I-It is not that I am scared! You must not lend an ear to the cajolery of this Goddess, Our King!” (Dia)

Saying this, Dia disappeared.

It looks like she really can’t handle Ira-sama.

“Please don’t bully Dia too much, okay?” (Makoto)

“I know. Well, it would have gone smoother if you had converted to me, but put this on instead.” (Ira)

Saying this, she gave me a necklace that seems to be made of something that looks like silver.

Now that I look closely, it is like a clock…wait, it IS a clock.

“What is this? Could it be that I can stop time if I wear th—” (Makoto)

“Sorry to inform you, but that’s not the case. That’s a communication device to me.” (Ira)

“Communication device?” (Makoto)

I tilted my head for a second at those words that didn’t suit an isekai.

A communication device…huh.

In other words…

“I can talk to you whenever with this?” (Makoto)

“That’s right. I can’t go together with you, so if there’s any problems, contact me with this.” (Ira)

“Oooh!” (Makoto)

That’s reassuring.

It is the support of the Destiny Goddess that can see the future after all.

“I look forward to working with you from now on.” (Makoto)

“Yes, same here, Takatsuki Makoto. It is about time we go back to your comrades.” (Ira)

“Okay.” (Makoto)

Ira-sama and I went back to the worship hall where the Great Sage-sama is at.

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“Master! Look!” (Momo)

“…Ooh.” (Makoto)

Momo tottered her way here with a rustic robe and jingling magic tools.

“Isn’t that hard to walk in?” (Makoto)

“Is it…?” (Momo)

The dejected Momo looked cute, so I ruffled her hair. 

“Makoto-san, did you finish your talk?” (Abel)

“That was long, Spirit User-kun.” (Mel)

Hero Abel and the White Dragon-san came over too.

They have also readied their equipment decently.

“I have finished the talk. Abel-san, did you find a good Holy Sword?” (Makoto)

I ask for the situation of our original objective that is securing a weapon. 

But Hero Abel was finding it hard to talk.

Eh?

It seemed like there were a variety of magic weapons within the things that Ira-sama prepared.

“Spirit User-kun, the magic weapons here were all the top of the top, but there was no Holy Sword.” (Mel)

“I have taken a magic sword made of mithril. It is far better than the weapon I had, but as the White Dragon-sama says, it is no Holy Sword.” (Abel)

“I see…” (Makoto)

I look at the sword of Hero Abel.

In my eyes, that thing looks like quite the strong magic sword though… It is apparently lacking for a Hero.

I see. This is troubling.

But right now we have a strong advisor.

“What should we do?” (Makoto)

“Hmph, leave it to me.” (Ira)

Oracle Esther -who has Ira-sama inside- pushed out her chest with confidence.

“Head to the Ascraeus Sacred Mountain. The summit of the Ascraeus Mountain is higher than even the Pitch Black Clouds; at that place that’s the closest to the heavens, there’s a Sun Temple. At that place, you can hear the voice of Althena-one—Althena-sama. If you do that, you will be able to obtain assistance to defeat the Demon Lords.” (Ira)

She said solemnly. 

Hero Abel, the White Dragon-san, and the Great Sage-sama were listening seriously to it. 

But I got a bit worried there.

She was about to say Onee-sama there, wasn’t she?

(…Ira-sama, your actual personality is leaking.) (Makoto)

I looked at Ira-sama with narrowed eyes.

(Ignore it.) (Ira)

Were the kind of eyes she glared at me with.

Is this really going to be okay?

Believing in the words of this airheaded Goddess…

I sighed lightly.

Well, even with that…this is a lot easier on me than the time when I was completely alone in this era.

Looks like our objective has been decided.

“But how are we going to leave the city?” (Abel)

Abel asked while we were packing up.

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