WM – Chapter 256: Takatsuki Makoto gets consulted by Anna

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“Makoto-san…please hear me out.” (Anna)

Anna had closed onto me to a distance that her breath could reach me.

I could feel something abnormal from that face at her wit’s end.

“What’s the matter, Anna-san?” (Makoto)

My most important mission is Hero Abel.

I wasn’t worried because we were training safely in the Sun Temple, but maybe there was an actual problem occurring? 

I held my necklace lightly.

(…Ira-sama, can you hear me?) (Makoto)

(I can. It looks like a problem has happened with Hero Abel.) (Ira)

(I will listen to the problem. Please let me consult with you.) (Makoto)

(Leave it to me.) (Ira)

As expected of a Goddess.

So reliable.

“You won’t be coming back for a while after going to the Deep Sea Temple, right?” (Anna)

Anna-san speaks.

“I will be returning every now and then. It seems like Momo can function better by drinking my blood after all.” (Makoto)

“…For the sake of Momo-chan?” (Anna)

“?” 

What does she mean by that?

“Are you…not worried about me?” (Anna)

“Uhm…” (Makoto)

“You will be leaving this place while you are in the Deep Sea Temple. Are you not going to worry about me…?” (Anna)

“O-Of course, Abel-san as well.” (Makoto)

“Anna.” 

“I will also worry about Anna-san too.” (Makoto)

“Then, please bring me with you!” (Anna)

“T-That’s…I can’t.” (Makoto)

I am going with Demon Lord Cain after all.

I definitely can’t bring her with me.

“Why…? You don’t care about me?” (Anna)

“…”

Help! SOS! SOS!

Ira-sama!

(Hey, Takatsuki Makoto…) (Ira)

Yes, Ira-sama.

What should I do?! 

(Hug her and might as well add a kiss too.) (Ira)

…Huh?

(It seems like Anna-chan’s mental state is a bit unstable, so comfort her.) (Ira)

Hero Abel is a man, you know?

(She is a woman right now. Don’t worry about the small details.) (Ira)

I-Is it really a small detail…?

Also, Anna-san looks just like Princess Noel, so I feel a bit against the idea because of this too…

But if Hero Abel really is in an unstable mental state, I do have to do something.

“Anna-san.” (Makoto)

“Y-Yes…?” (Anna)

I held her hand with both hands.

“Let’s rest well for today and train together tomorrow. If we train your Light Hero Skill, something like Demon Lords will be easy-peasy.” (Makoto)

“R-Really…?” (Anna)

Sakurai-kun defeated the Beast King in one hit after all.

(Takatsuki Makoto…the Light Hero Skill of 1,000 years in the future has been improved by Althena-sama. Don’t think of it as the same thing.) (Ira)

Eh?

The one of Sakurai-kun is stronger?

(Of course the latest version is better.) (Ira)

N-No way…

The Light Hero Skill of Hero Abel is the old version…

“Is something wrong, Makoto-san?” (Anna)

Holy Maiden Anna peeked at my face cause I had frozen there.

“It is nothing. Now, let’s rest for today.” (Makoto)

“I woke up just now though.” (Anna)

“It is fine, it is fine.” (Makoto)

“Eh, wa, Makoto-san? Uhm…there’s no need to push me so much…” (Anna)

I push Anna-san to her bed, and I lay down on the bed beside it. 

I look at the ceiling while thinking about the training of tomorrow.

I couldn’t think of any good ideas.

◇◇

The next day, it was decided that I will be training with Hero Abel.

I say that, but I don’t know about Hero Skills, so I am going blind here.

My point of reference is Sakurai Ryosuke-kun who has the Light Hero Skill too in the future.

My childhood friend.

But I have only fought together with him 2 times.

One time it was in Laberintos with the Taboo Dragons.

The second one was with Beast King Zagan.

I bring back the memories of those times.

(Even so, both times were one hit kills though…) (Makoto)

They are not memories that serve as much of a frame of reference. 

What I can tell is that sunlight is important.

It should be a Skill that doesn’t show much power when inside a cave or below the Pitch Black Clouds.

“Abel-sa—” (Makoto)

“Anna.” 

“Anna-san.” (Makoto)

“Yes!” (Anna)

I look at the Holy Maiden Anna who is taking a stance with her sword.

“Can you change the light of the sun into mana?” (Makoto)

“Uhm…I will try.” (Anna)

Anna-san holds her sword tightly with a complicated expression and goes ‘muuh~’.

*Zuzuzu* …A massive amount of mana began to gather, and the blade of the sword began to release light.

“What is going on?” (Mel)

“Enemy attack?!” (Momo)

The White Dragon-san and the Great Sage-sama came here.

“How is it, Makoto-san?!” (Anna)

“Hmmm…” (Makoto)

I checked the state of Anna-san, who is showing me the sword that is releasing radiant light, with a hand on my chin and thought.

“That’s outstanding mana. An Ancient Dragon would fall in one hit if it were cut by this magic sword.” (Mel)

“Anna-san’s sword is scary…” (Momo)

Judging from the faces of Mel-san and Momo, the magic sword in the hands of Anna-san is quite the thing.

But…

“It isn’t rainbow colored…” (Makoto)

At the time when Hero Abel cut Demon Lord Cain, it was shining rainbow.

If I remember correctly, it was the same when Sakurai-kun defeated Demon Lord Zagan.

“Spirit User-kun, magic that shines in rainbow color…the All Element Magic is the realm of Gods, you know?” (Mel)

“Yeah, I know… The Light Hero Skill alone can manage to do that.” (Makoto)

“Uhm…I don’t know about that. Why do you know more than me about it, Makoto-san?” (Anna)

‘Because Althena-sama told me’, is what I answer half-heartedly, and fall in thought.

At that time, Sakurai-kun was…

“Anna-san, can you summon an angel?” (Makoto)

When Sakurai-kun defeated Demon Lord Zagan, he borrowed the strength of an angel.

Shouldn’t we begin from there?

“““Huh?”””

But the other 3 opened their eyes wide at my proposal.

I don’t think I said something weird here though.

It should be easier than borrowing the strength of a Goddess, right? 

More so when…

“I can call Angels by asking the Water Goddess, you know?” (Makoto)

At the time when I took out my sacred treasure and was about to activate the Sacrificial Technique…

“You idiot! Stop it, Spirit User-kun! Don’t use that blasphemous spell so lightly! What will you do if we are attacked?!” (Mel)

“Eeh…I will offer a sheep around, so it is safe.” (Makoto)

“How blasphemous!” (Mel)

She scolded me.

I wanted to show Abe—Anna-san the actual thing though.

“You can summon Angels, Makoto-san?!” (Anna)

“That’s not it, Hero-kun. What he was about to do was a Sacrificial Technique. A heretical technique that takes the life of another to fulfill their own desire. You normally need to have a sacred treasure and a God Rank magic circle or it would take your own life though…” (Mel)

“A Goddess (Noah-sama) made this dagger, and a Goddess (Eir-sama) enchanted it with the magic circle.” (Makoto)

“Why do you have such a treasure of mythological times on your possession, Spirit User-kun?!” (Mel)

The White Dragon-san was amazed by this.

Looks like using a Sacrificial Technique lightly is not normal.

Well, it is a technique that Eir-sama told me to use as a trump card.

I should stop using it nonchalantly. 

But what to do then…?

(Pray. Anna is an Oracle, so it definitely will reach Althena-oneesama.) (Ira)

The voice of Ira-sama reached my ears.

(It seems like there’s no response even when she prays though?) (Makoto)

(This is troubling… She probably has her hands full with other matters… She is in charge of the whole solar system after all…) (Ira)

(I-Isn’t her range of duty a bit too wide? By the way, what about you, Ira-sama?) (Makoto)

(I am in charge of…only this continent.) (Ira)

It is completely different!

I could tell here that even when they are Goddesses, there’s a difference in their powers.

…Noah-sama is supposedly on the same level as Althena-sama?

Isn’t she quite the dangerous Goddess then?

(That’s what I told you; I can’t deal with Noah. And so, look properly after Anna-chan who is the crux of this matter, okay?) (Ira)

(Got it, Ira-sama.) (Makoto)

I nodded at Ira-sama.

“Anna-san continue your training with the magic sword made with the sunlight, and continue praying to Althena-sama. Your voice should be reaching.” (Makoto)

“Makoto-san… Got it.” (Anna)

Anna-san obediently nods to what I say.

Now that I think about it, when I was training in magic with Lucy at Makkaren, it was something like this.

They have strong Skills, but they can’t master them.

Lucy would mess up her magic frequently, but it doesn’t happen with Anna-san which makes things easier.

(Let’s take it slow…) (Makoto)

There’s no point in hurrying.

A few days after that…

I would train with Anna-san and check the progress of Momo’s magic…

And so…it is now finally the day before the promised day with Demon Lord Cain.

I asked the White Dragon-san to give me a ride for the going and the return.

“Then, I will be going.” (Makoto)

“Master~, come back quickly, okay?” (Momo)

“Take care, Makoto-san.” (Anna)

I was seen off by the Great Sage-sama and Anna-san…and head to clear the Deep Sea Temple.

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