“Master! Where did the stick-drum go!”
I believe she was referring to one of the toys I had bought back at Toued.
The pellet drum, I think it was called
Huh Im pretty sure it was right over here just a moment ago… Oh.
“Leoles got it!”
“Please! Were using it to play with Chappie!”
“Thats right, thats right! Thats the little bird over there!”
Although her humbleness was quite a bit exaggerated, she was dealing with the future Holy Emperor here, so I suppose that was only reasonable.
Yes – Leole, as in Leon; we had decided to call him that to hide his identity.
“Thank you! My Master will repay the favor someday, I promise!”
The success rate of her… negotiations were only about half-half, but it was a baby she was dealing with – one could probably say that Pochi was highly capable in this regard.
She did have quite a lot of training and experience dealing with kids back at the Pochisley Agency, after all.
“Hey, Shiro! Make sure to give that back to him later!”
“And stop imitating Leole! You dont look anywhere as cute as him when you do that, just saying!”
“Oh, you just have no idea how charming I am, Master!”
“Look, stop messing around! Im busy here!”
It was about time to change Leons diaper… so I proceeded to do just that.
“GYAHHH! Why didnt you tell me you were going to do that, sir! You HAVE to tell me before taking his diapers off!”
Pochi promptly covered her eyes with her front paws.
“What are you so embarrassed about! Hes just a baby! Besides, you shouldnt be leaving Chappie alone for too long! Youre his mom, for Gods sake!”
“What! And youre his dad! You should be helping me take care of him! Right, Chappie Here, check out this stick-drum! Clack-clack-clack!”
Shes quite quick to change her tone… probably thanks to the Heavenly Beast aura – well, no, thats just the same old Pochi.
Never had I expected a peac.o.c.k to turn out to be a Violet Phoenix, though.
After its hatching, I had tried to figure out why the peac.o.c.k was a Heavenly Beast, but never arrived at an answer until I had fallen asleep.
Yes, until I had fallen asleep – that was when the reason became clear to me.
Thanks to the only source of information that I could draw from in my sleep.
[Hoh hoh hoh.
We see that you are faring well in this era, hmm]
[There you are, you silly old fool!]
[Weve been wanting to see you, sir mailman!]
That was quite a rude thing to call him, even with asir attached.
[You two do not like Us very much, do you]
[Oh, you bet! Why send us to this dangerous time period! Is this even necessary!]
[Thats right! No tea for you today, sir!]
[No cushions, either!]
Gramps had probably anticipated that, what with him talking to us from a slightly higher elevation.
This makes it seem like hes looking down on us, though… Damn it.
Huh …Or is he floating
[There We go.]
Impossible… Hes sitting in the AIR!
Even in a dream, there was a limit to how much one could materialize their imagination.
That action of his far exceeded that, and he made it look so easy, too… Did he use a magic spell
[Ill sit, too!]
Pochi shouted; it seemed that she wasnt aware as to what was wrong here.
Wait, could it be…!
The Divine Messenger – he looked at us… and for a brief moment, smirked.
Yes, Im pretty sure he did.
For a second, I could vaguely see his mouth.
This means his face, shrouded in pure darkness… thats also magic!
Damn it, this Messenger… Hes got quite a twisted personality, throwing around hints this way.
[…Now then, what is it that you would like to discuss Oh, here is an idea – We will answer three of any questions you might have.
How does that sound]
[What is the most delicious food in this era, sir!]
[To the far south, the land in which God and the Devilkin once waged war, there exists the Mythic Fruit.
It is quite fascinating indeed, and there is no end to the number of people who seek it out.
It is even said that those who eat it will be able to meet God in heaven – though that is but a myth.
And that makes one question.]
[Thank you, sir!]
Damn this stupid dog!!
[YOU FREAKING IDIOT!!]
[Yeowch! What are you doing! Do that again and I wont share any of the fruit with you, all right!]
[Who the hell cares about that! We had three questions – THREE! We never know when well see Gramps again! And you just freaking wasted one on some asinine nonsense! Are you even taking this seriously!]
[Its not nonsense! The pursuit of the ultimate taste is number two on my overall priority list, sir!]
[So whats the most important thing, huh!]
[Your safety, what else! Ah-!]
[DAMN IT! IM SO HAPPY! YOU LITTLE SHIT!]
[Mmmph-! Hmm! Mmmph!]
Okay, I know shes embarrassed, but what made her think its a good idea to try and talk with her mouth blocked
I have a good guess on what shes saying, though – [Oh, youre very welcome!] – thats probably it.
At any rate, lets just leave her alone for a while – thats the quickest way to stop her.
Cant advance the discussion without her shutting up, after all.
So now that we have two questions left… I must consider how the type of question we ask will change the amount of information we get out of him.
Yeah, Ill have to think this through carefully.
[…So, have I – no, have we not been doing the right thing]
[Oh That is quite a surprise.
We were expecting something more… surface-leveled.]
[Answer the question.]
Gramps pondered it over, putting his hand up to his chin – or where it should be in that shrouding void.
[First things first: while this is your past, you two are the ones who will shape the future.
What have kept you alive thus far are your will-power and effort, and above all, conviction – belief that you will pull through despite the adversaries of this era and how your path crosses with that of the Holy Warriors.
The successful implementation of the Archetype Changer for Pochi, the Experience multiplier, and above all, the extermination of the Lord Dragons – those are all impressive results.
[The case with the Holy Emperor was… beyond Our expectations.
Other than that one point, We reckon it is safe to say that things are going as planned.]
Whats happening with Leon is… beyond their expectations
This Messenger of the omniscient God is missing information… this is quite surprising.
[That makes two.
Now then, what is your last question]
[Oh, I know just what to ask! Whats the deal with that egg! My Master said it was just a giant peac.o.c.k egg, but that cant be right!]
And so Pochi opened her mouth unnecessarily once again, wasting the question.
Well, thats fine, I guess.
Ive already heard enough of what I wanted, and Ill admit that Ive been curious, too.
[Yes, that is an illogical occurrence, no matter how one tries to justify it.
It would be perfectly normal if it already was a Violet Phoenix egg… But not so since a mutation had occurred during the creatures birth.]
Soooo… he was suggesting the possibility that, at least in this past, there was to be no other Shishichou in existence.
But then, if the existence of the Shishichou was triggered by our coming from the future, then what about the Shishichou weve met before coming here
Damn it, I cant even tell whats going on anymore!
[Hmm…… The short version of it is that it was caused by Pochis arcane energy.]
[So the creatures accelerated growth and change of archetype were triggered by Pochi – or more specifically the Shishichou arcane energy she possesses – staying close to the egg for long enough… is that it]
The Divine Messenger nodded lightly, agreeing to my statement.
[And that covers all three questions – is what We would like to say, but We do not think that last one should count.]
[I appreciate that.]
[You must be curious about how its existence began, are you not, Asley]
[I sure am.
It seemed that the Shishichou we met already knew about us.
Could it be that the little bird is-]
As I said up to that much, Gramps lightly raised his hands, cutting me off.
[You will find out the answer soon enough.]
[What the-! I thought you said that the third question didnt count! You old liar!]
[My Master wont let you have your dinner if he were to catch you lying, sir!]
[We said you would find out in time – what more could you want]
Damn this Gramps… always saying the technical truth.
Why did God employ this guy, of all the… entities He could have chosen Did He havean unpleasant personality as one of His hiring criteria
Still, time will tell, huh… We do have plenty of that to go around.
Were still five thousand or so years away from the Devil Kings resurrection – the one in our time, not the past.
With that consideration in mind, I calmed myself down.
The Divine Messengersmiled at me again.
[And that is that; that third answer was satisfactory, was it not]
[Ill have my payback someday, old man…]
[But one last thing – regarding the Experience-multiplying Artifacts…]
[…I have a bad feeling about this.]
[Hoh hoh hoh… It seems that your intuition has improved as well.
And indeed – those Artifacts of yours are weakening Gods power in this era.
As such, We shall make it so that the multiplication stays in a reasonable number.]
Yeah, thats what I thought.
…Well, it IS an underhanded thing to do, overwriting the amount of information God derives from his power to the mortal realm like that.
Guess I cant complain here.
I heaved a deep sigh.
Gramps, seeing that,smiled at me one last time before fading away.
[Ill remember this, damn it…]
[So will I, sir!]
Since then, the effect of the XP-Boosters has been drastically reduced.
Though they did not lose their power completely, its multiplier had been reduced from a hundred to a three; that loss hurt quite a bit, actually.
“No, thats not it! Woof!”
You cant force the nature of avians, former wolf-dog.
Seriously, doing that wont change anything, no matter how many times she repeats it…
“Chirp! I mean – woof!”
Welp, I was wrong.
Seeing Pochi turn away in embarrassment, Leon chuckled.
Looking up through the window at the clear, blinding-bright sky, I heave a sigh, clouding up the flawless glass.
Teaching magic, taking care of children, and managing my own studies… And right after this, Ive got to…
“Its time we departed, Sir Instructor.
Preparations are complete – we are now ready to combat Gokuryu the Hell Emperor.”
…Yeah, weve got busy days ahead of us.