Ex Strongest, Deciding to Go Along with God’s Motive
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Ingrid was looking at the two backs walking away with an indescribable expression. After all, she was wondering who those two were.
It went without saying that he wasn’t an ordinary person. And she also knew that the girl also wasn’t an ordinary one, but… after thinking so far, she shook her head. It was meaningless to think about them.
Although they said that they were just guests, they could show such an attitude toward the Saintess. There was no way it could be right. Somehow, they had a meaningful conversation with the Saintess, and she was sure that they didn’t have anything to do with her anymore.
When she was aware of that, she felt that should have rearranged her mind. The damage caused by the Devil possession was suppressed thanks to him, but she needed to keep an eye on the victim’s progress just in case.
She wasn’t wary that the man would go on rampage again, but rather she was worried about him. A person possessed by the Devil might feel extreme fatigue even after being safely exorcised.
It was thought that the Devil deprived the physical strength, and in the worst case scenario, the victim would be bedridden for about a month. It was necessary to observe at least until he woke up, and she needed to carry him to a place where he could rest in case of emergency. And it was Ingrid’s job to do it.
Above all, the Saintess was here. She couldn’t show a very awkward appearance, so she took her eyes off those two who disappeared. Then, when she turned to the Saintess to tell her what she was going to do… she opened her eyes wide.
The Saintess, who was smiling beside her and seeing them off, was somehow holding her head and cowering on the spot.
“What’s wrong, Saintess-sama…!?” (Ingrid)
“…It’s nothing. I was just lamenting a bit. There’s no problem if I was just complaining to my Lord that I had a grudge against Her.” (Eleonora)
Ingrid was wondering if there was no problem, but it didn’t seem so because the Saintess said she was fine. The Lord that the Saintess was complaining about was their God, but… even though she was the Saintess, it could be said that she was the child of God. God surely would forgive her if it was that much.
“I-I see… Well, then, I’m going to start working as usual, but are you sure you’re alright?” (Ingrid)
“Yes, I’m alright. There’s no particular damage this time, and there were no people around. So, there’s no need for ‘treatment’.” (Eleonora)
“Uh… Yes, understood.” (Ingrid)
She bit her slightly when saying those words. She pretended to be calm and nodded, and then, she started to move.
Yes, there was nothing else for this time. There was no need to be disturbed.
The Saintess calmed down while doing so. When she let out a sigh, she stood up and began to check the surroundings. Although there was no damage, that didn’t mean that he wasn’t ‘eroded’.
It was necessary to examine it thoroughly because she shouldn’t have overlooked it by any chance.
“By the way, have you inspected those two? Especially the young man, who fought it directly. I think he may have been ‘contaminated’.” (Ingrid)
“Hmm, I don’t think they will be contaminated by the power of the Evil God, so don’t worry about it. We’re going to find out later.” (Eleonora)
“I see…” (Ingrid)
When Ingrid thought about it, those two were the guess of the Saintess. It was a matter of course. Saying that it was useless worry with a self-deprecating smile, Eleonora approached the man’s side.
She looked at his appearance again and again, and she let out a breath since she didn’t understand whether it was admiration or something else. As declared earlier, there was no damage on the man’s body.
It looked like the man had been knocked to the ground, but… how was that possible? The young man with many mysteries, defeated the Devil that should only be able to deal with the Saintess.
Thinking so far, Ingrid noticed one fact as it was now. Come to think of it, she hadn’t even heard of his name.
She sighed at what she was doing, such as forgetting to ask her benefactor’s name. She thought that the Saintess knew because she seemed to be calling their names, but… even if she asked, she might not answer her.
Again, she let out a sigh of ‘Oh, well’. If she had a chance to meet him next time, she should ask at that time.
Well, Ingrid was just a paladin and she was sure that she wouldn’t have the opportunity. With that in mind, Ingrid held up the man.
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It was an indescribable, annoying smile that greeted Soma and Hildegard, who returned to the place. It was a smile that even though they knew that it was going to happen, and it felt strangely irritating.
“Hey, welcome back, you two. I was waiting. Well, that said, it hasn’t been a long time… Aah, or should I say that you return early?” (Satya)
“…Soma, I’ve got something to ask you. What do you think about when ‘she’ didn’t say anything like asking about the situation, but took the means so that we will have to say it forcibly? That’s because I don’t feel like getting involved with unnecessary troubles.” (Hildegard)
“Hmm… Well, it’s a means that seems worth considering. Should I do that for the time being?” (Soma)
“Goodness, you both are really upset. You don’t have to worry. I’m not going to involve you. Well, it’s out of my jurisdiction if you get rolled up on your own.” (Satya)
“That is a very extreme way of doing things indirectly. Although you’re God, aren’t you a trickster-like God?” (Soma)
“Well, if I have to answer honestly, I don’t deny that I have that kind of nature. But, rather than an innate one, I have to have it because I needed it.” (Satya)
“I don’t think so.” (Hildegard)
“Well, it has been 500 years. Anyway, would it be alright if you listen to us again?” (Satya)
Soma shrugged his shoulders and looked at ‘her’, who dared to ask to ask something that he didn’t need to hear. However, since he was told such a thing, there would be no other way but to listen.
“Dear me, this is a godly wile.” (Soma)
“Honestly, I’m really reluctant to do this, but you wouldn’t believe me even if I say that. But if I don’t do this, you’re not going to help us, and I don’t want to die or have this world destroyed. That’s why I use this kind of scheme even if I’m unwilling.” (Satya)
“If you’re unwilling, think a little bit more. So, what should we do?” (Hildegard)
“It helps when you understand quickly, but I’ve already said what I want you to do first, right?” (Satya)
“…? What do you mean?” (Soma)
“Didn’t I tell you already? …That you’re going to listen to us again.” (Satya)
Apparently, it wasn’t a joke. In other words…
“Are you saying that we should be aware of the situation first? I only want to know it, and that’s it, no more.” (Soma)
“I understand your feelings, but that’s not the case. Besides, it’s not the circumstance that we’re going to talk to you… More precisely, that is not the only circumstance, you know?” (Satya)
“What does that mean?” (Hildegard)
“I think you already know what I want you to do. To put it simply, it’s the Devil. They are the sense of touch, arms and feet of the world. In a sense, they should be called the will of the world, and… that’s why the Devil moves on the basis of the laws of the world. And when fighting someone, isn’t it common sense to know the other side first?” (Satya)
“In other words, are you telling us to learn the common sense of the world?” (Soma)
“If I have to put it simply, yes.” (Satya)
“…I can speak a lot about the world, but I think I know the world as it is. Then, I suppose you want me to assist Soma even though you know how lacking I am in this matter?” (Hildegard)
“Well, don’t you also think the same? But do you give advice each time in the last minute of the situation? I think he needs to know the whole thing for the time being, right?” (Satya)
That was a correct argument. Although it was within the assumption that everything was true… there was no reason for ‘her’ to lie here.
That meant that Soma certainly needed to listen.
“Oh, by the way, I’m talking about the world, so don’t expect it to end in a day or two, alright? I’m not going to take a year to do it, though.” (Satya)
“Do you have spare time to do that?” (Soma)
“Well, I think I took time doing something like this before. Now that I have time for that, I’ve already taken such a forced measure.” (Satya)
“Hmm… rather, if you want to talk about the world, we don’t have to stay here, yes? It’s certainly a problem for the Saintess to leave the Holy City for a long time for this purpose, but if you were there, wouldn’t you be able to do something about it?” (Soma)
“I can do it if I want to do it, but it doesn’t make sense, yes?” (Satya)
“Why not?” (Hildegard)
“Even though I said ‘we’ are going to explain, but actually, I’m the one who will do the explaining.” (Satya)
After all, that was something unexpected. ‘She’ had said a lot of things until now, but they thought it would be Eleonora who would do it.
They hadn’t considered that they would learn common sense directly from God.
“Well, I think that’s inevitable, right? Surely, I’ve taught that girl, but… after all, who knows the world best?” (Satya)
“…You, of course.” (Hildegard)
“Yes. Well, there are times when the world is misrepresented or intentionally misrepresented. If that girl thinks it’s common sense to teach you, it might come out poorly, so I have to teach you myself.” (Satya)
“…Does God have time to do such a thing?” (Soma)
“Actually, I prefer to do that. There are many things I can do if I can use my authority to the fullest, but for various reasons, I can’t do that right now. Well, I think I’ll explain that part later.” (Satya)
They didn’t know the circumstances of God, but that was probably not the case. ‘She’ just smiled when he sighed.
“Oh, that reminds me. I’m sure we’re not going to have a long relationship from now on, but I would like you to call me Satya, alright? Or maybe, Sensei? I don’t mind either one.” (Satya)
Some shrugged his shoulders as he looked at ‘her’ joyful smile. Then…
“…Then, nice to meet you, Satya.” (Soma)
“…Yeah. Nice to meet you, Satya.” (Hildegard)
“Alright. Nice to meet you too, Soma, Hildegard.” (Satya)
‘She’… Satya’s deeper smile caused Hildegard and him to sigh again.
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