Ex Strongest, Interested in God
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Looking over the place, Soma exhaled in admiration.
It wasn’t gorgeous, but the calm atmosphere wasn’t strange even if it existed as a part of a noble mansion. Even if it was just one out of many furniture, it must cost a lot of money.
“I often hear that religion is about money, but it doesn’t seem to change in this world.” (Soma)
“I have refused them, and I have never asked for money you know? But strangely enough, people, who have money, want to find value in something that is intangible. When you ask them the value of believing in me, they will bring a lot of money just as a way to prove it.” (Satya)
“Well, there is no other God to worship in this world. If they were told to prove their belief, there is no other choice but to get cheated and offer money.” (Hildegard)
“Don’t you think that you’re being too harsh toward me? Can you be a bit kinder?” (Satya)
“Well, I’m not talking nonsense.” (Hildegard)
While saying that, he looked around furthermore.
Soma wondered if there was a need for a chandelier hanging from the ceiling. However, if it was pointless to do that, the chandelier wouldn’t be hung there. It was necessary to show authority in some way.
When he looked down, there was a long wooden table where it could easily have ten people to sit around it. Wooden chairs were lined up at regular intervals, and there was plenty of space between the intervals. From the fact that there were ten pairs of intervals, this place was quite large.
It was a dining room.
But there were only three of them there.
“Well, for the time being, you may sit down comfortably. As you can see, there is no one at this time.” (Satya)
“Hmm… does this mean that there are people who are using this place at other times?” (Soma)
“This is not a place to show that they are wasting money unnecessarily.” (Hildegard)
“Surely, I can afford that, but it’s not enough to do that too much. Well, even if you have all the people working here at once, half of the seats won’t be filled.” (Satya)
“That’s what I meant by wasting money.” (Hildegard)
Soma and Hildegard were in the dining room because somehow time had passed and it was about time for lunch. Strictly speaking, it was still early for lunch, but they had to come at this time to avoid being seen.
The reason why it was necessary to avoid being seen was because there were only ‘three people’ in this place.
“Well, it was a necessary waste. Leaving that aside, I wonder what will be the lunch of today. Aren’t you looking forward to it? Aah, yes, the meal here is pretty delicious, so you can look forward to it, alright? Well, Soma-kun already knows that.” (Satya)
“Hmm… that reminds me, it is really delicious.” (Soma)
“Both of you may know that I am reincarnated. If I don’t get enough nutrition, I can’t move.” (Satya)
“I feel like you can do something without having to eat in particular, right?” (Hildegard)
“Well, it’s possible to do that. But I’m not boorish to that extent.” (Satya)
Soma and Hildegard looked at each other after looking at Satya, who shrugged her shoulders, as ‘she’ said that. The reason why ‘she’ shrugged again was that ‘she’ had no problem with it.
Yes, in other words, Soma and Hildegard had to avoid being seen because Satya told them to eat together. There were a lot of believers here… or rather, most of them were. If such people were to know that God was manifesting, it would surely wreak havoc. Even in this world, it wasn’t normal for God to appear directly.
And even with this, Satya was a real God. ‘She’ wasn’t at the level of not known by people unless ‘she’ gave her name, but ‘she’ had an atmosphere around ‘her’ that made people realize ‘she’ wasn’t an ordinary person. ‘She’ couldn’t afford to be exposed, knowing that it would become a hassle.
“If you just want to eat, you don’t have to bring me here. That was what happened to me.” (Soma)
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“I see. I was wondering why you were looking at this place with a strange interest, but it seems this is also your first time to come here.” (Hildegard)
“For starters, he stayed in a room all the time. Well, that room is a prison.” (Satya)
“Haa…!? Prison… did you push Soma into the prison…!? I mean, Soma, why were you staying quietly in the prison!? You could easily destroy that place!” (Hildegard)
“No, it would be bad to break it even if I entered the place on my own.” (Soma)
Although he thought of destroying it this morning, it was good that he didn’t actually destroy it.
When Soma was thinking about that, for some reason, Hildegard was surprised with her eyes wide open.
“You entered it on your own…? Soma, what were you thinking about…?” (Hildegard)
“By the way, we were going to guide him to the guest room first, alright? Of course, it is the finest room here. But if we told you that you’re going to jail, wouldn’t you refuse?” (Satya)
“Speaking of a place, it is a place. It seems they taught me that I’ve become the Demon King, and I feel like I’ll get caught in some kind of troubles. So, the most likely place to avoid is a prison, yes?” (Soma)
“I don’t understand why you consider that as a factor that contributes to troubles…” (Hildegard)
“Really? Well, they said that the place wasn’t used at that moment, and it was reasonably dim and quiet. Relatively speaking, it was comfortable. It felt strange only when I went to bed, but I got used to it soon” (Soma)
“I think he should have been in the room from the beginning since it will end up in this way. Just so you know, Eleonora seems to have been very concerned.” (Satya)
“Wouldn’t that be a hindsight-based opinion? At first, I was going to return as soon as I heard only what I needed, so that was the optimal solution.” (Soma)
If he knew this would happen, he would have stayed in the guest room from the beginning, but that was unavoidable.
Hildegard muttered while tilting her head, wondering if there was something worrisome.
“Hmm…? Did you feel like returning soon?” (Hildegard)
“Well, I’ve been saying that for quite some time, right?” (Soma)
“Uhm, surely, you did say so, but…” (Hildegard)
“I was here for five days because of Satya, you know? I was told to wait for a while, but I didn’t expect that I had to wait that long.” (Soma)
“No, I believed it’s more of Hildegard’s fault, don’t you think so?” (Satya)
“Why is it my fault!?” (Hildegard)
“If you came right away, you would have met Soma right away as well. That’s why I took the trouble to write such a letter… aah, yes, now I remembered that.” (Satya)
“Letter…? Was that a letter…? Wait, could it be that you…!?” (Hildegard)
Hildegard had an astonished expression as if she had noticed something with those words. And Satya smiled at her…
“Aah, yes, it seems that you’ve noticed that. To tell the truth, that’s a personal letter that I wrote to you, you know? I thought if I did that, it would definitely reach you. Well, I couldn’t do it directly, so I had someone write it on my behalf, but… it looks like I’ve made some mistakes.” (Satya)
“You shameless bastard…!” (Hildegard)
He wasn’t sure about the situation, but apparently, Hildegard had done something. It might be accurate that she was led to act in that way, but the result didn’t change.
Well, to be honest, the situation is really unexpected for me as well. I thought you would come soon because this is about him, but I didn’t expect you would take five days. So, I think you need to let us know about that. That’s because I can almost predict how you guys will move.” (Satya)
“You… Did I get it wrong…!?” (Hildegard)
“Well, it’s a fact, isn’t it? I’m sure I can almost predict your behavior, but it’s true you guys are getting it wrong.” (Satya)
“…Are you saying I’m going to remember if I return!? Soma, I’m going to leave here for a while, but I’ll be back soon. But don’t listen to this idiot…!” (Hildegard)
As soon as she said that, Hildegard ran out of the dining room. Perhaps, based on the prediction mentioned earlier, she would return to Radeus from now on.
Normally, it wasn’t easy to get to and from, but if Hildegard were serious, she would be back by the end of the day. But it was no different from being in a hurry.
“Hmm… there’s one less person for the time being, but is it alright to eat it? I feel that it’s a waste if it is already prepared.” (Soma)
“No, it’s fine. In the first place, I told them to prepare meals for two people only.” (Satya)
“I see, then, there’s no problem.” (Soma)
When he said that, ‘her’ eyes looked wondered. After a few blinks, ‘she’ tilted her head.
“…Aren’t you going to blame me?” (Satya)
“Hmm? Why would I?” (Soma)
“To sum up, I was the one who set them up. So, I thought you would say something about it…” (Satya)
“Well, it’s not like I have something else to do at the moment. Even with that said, it’s unfortunate for Hildegard to be deceived. I’m not going to say that the ones who are deceived are bad, but it’s just they were unfortunate for being deceived. Even so, if they got caught in it, I have nothing else to say.” (Soma)
“Heh… I thought you were interesting, but you’re more interesting than I expected.” (Satya)
Those words that came from the heart were displayed through ‘her’ narrowed eyes and slightly raised lips.
For some reason, ‘she’ became interested. Soma wasn’t that delighted, but…
“It’s an honor, but… well, you’re saying like that because nothing has happened yet. Surely, they shouldn’t be deceived, but… if it involves my people as a result, I’m not going to forgive the one who deceived them, alright? Of course, regardless if the other side is God or else.” (Soma)
“That’s scary. Then, I’ll be careful at best.” (Satya)
Soma looked at ‘her’ as if he was glaring, but he let out a sigh as ‘she’ said that. It wasn’t worth the effort to do that. After all, she had the nature of a trickster.
Personally, he didn’t dislike it, but rather than dealing with that kind of existence, he rather did something else.
“So, what kind of business do you have since you intentionally got rid of Hildegard?” (Soma)
“Oh my, you understand that well. There’s only one thing I need to do. That is I haven’t told you the details about the reward.” (Satya)
“Hmm. That means…” (Soma)
“Yes. What you want is nothing more than being able to use magic, right? And if you don’t know if it’s really possible, it will not catch your interest. That’s why I’m going to tell you how you can use magic with what I will give you.” (Satya)
With that said, Satya turned her smiley face toward Soma.
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