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Chapter 28: Ah, Is That So? (4)

“Eek?”

Another patient who had been quite aggressive collapsed with a cartoon-like scream.

“Well, you have endured quite a lot.”

“Shall we continue?”

In an instant, Shuttle, who had been flying through the air with a waving arm, approached.

“Yes.”

“Understood.”

Radiant light emanated from Shuttle’s outstretched hand.

Shuttle possessed incredible power as a Saint of the Natural Doctrines.

And the true nature of the light emitted by Shuttle, who had decided to release it, was…

“Is this brightness enough?”

“Yes.”

It was just light.

-He uses his abilities so casually.

-But it’s us who make him use it.

-It’s not us, it’s the owner!

At Soffada’s words, I unconsciously nodded in agreement.

Well, I have to admit that I wanted this situation.

“Then let’s start the treatment.”

“Understood.”

I picked up the fallen man and woman and looked at Soffada.

First the man.

“He seems to have lost an arm. Did the wound go up in flames?”

“Looks like it was consumed.”

“If he still had the arm, I would have tried to reattach it.”

“Unfortunately, that’s not possible.”

Truly unfortunate. If they were able to withstand such a formidable force on their own, they must have possessed considerable fighting skills.

“It’s really unfortunate.”

A situation where even one person’s fighting ability could not be used is disheartening.

The opponents were the Demon Lord and the Empire, both monsters capable of standing against the world.

To save the world from such monsters, a hero would be the most suitable existence.

-Not the world, but the owner.

-What you see with your own eyes is your whole world. In other words, if I don’t exist, my world doesn’t exist.

-That’s just an excuse.

It’s not an excuse. First of all, the world revolves around your perspective.

Even if it’s an established principle, if it makes me suffer it’s a curse, but if it makes me gain something it becomes an established rule.

The world is the same.

People are born and die. But each person’s life is unique.

There may be someone who lives worse than me, but finds more happiness.

There may be someone who lives better than me but experiences more misery.

For example, let’s say there’s a student who’s ranked 35th in a class of 40, and he moves up to 20th.

He would probably be happy, and his parents would be happy.

But what if the student who usually ranks first accidentally drops to third? Would that student and his parents still be happy?

They might consider it a mistake and try to do better next time, or perhaps it would be normal for them to feel that way.

But the scene that sticks in my mind is that of a depressed student.

Did they receive all kinds of criticism from their parents?

In any case, it was not a happy ending.

A student who ranked 20th in the class and a student who ranked third in the whole school.

To everyone, the student who ranked third should be more outstanding and receive more recognition, but the reality is a little different.

There are no absolutes. Everything is subjective.

Like the different value of 10,000 won to a kindergartener and an adult.

Or the different value of a glass of water in an ordinary place and in the desert.

Or how the sales of air conditioners differ between summer and winter!

Oh, that last example might not fit.

Anyway, there are no absolutes in this world.

My own way of thinking, my physical abilities, my possessions, and the circumstances around me are the whole of my world and the whole of this world.

Why should I worry about a world without me that I don’t even know?

-Young Master?

-Oh, that’s a worry.

Our innocent young master.

Based on his recent behavior, it didn’t seem like he was being deceived by anyone, but Father was still worried!

That’s right! He’s going through puberty and has become a bit more temperamental, but he’s still our innocent Young Master.

What would happen to our beloved Young Master if I left?

-What would happen? He’d live well.

-The world is a scary place. It’s too hard for an innocent child like him to live in!

-Being innocent… Young Master has already begun to resemble the owner. You’ve seen it, right? He’s already changed so much through puberty!

-Oh no!

-Accept reality!

“The treatment is complete.”

Soffada’s shaken consciousness returned.

There was a man on the floor, foaming at the mouth.

Even if Soffada was omnipotent, he didn’t create a scene with a severed hand sticking out like a great demon lord, but all the wounds the man had suffered were healed.

“Now it’s the hero’s turn.”

The shuttle that had rolled the fallen hero of the Ganges Temple to the ground lowered its gaze when it heard Shuttle’s words.

“Hmm…”

It was a face that did not seem to belong to a commoner.

The saliva dripping lips were as red as if they were covered in lipstick, and despite being covered in dirt and dust, the hair fluttered gracefully.

In addition, she exuded the beauty and mature charm of a woman.

The estimate came out.

“Let’s wear the mask.”

“Understood.”

Shuttle and I covered our faces with the black masks we had prepared.

“Let’s begin.”

“Yes!”

Since I had warned Shuttle about the dangers of dealing with beauties, he had heard my story a few times and quickly understood what I meant.

Well, if he didn’t understand, he would be a fool, considering how his esteemed warrior was enchanted by a princess.

Still, I should make sure that he memorizes the precautions before we start, because there is a risk of becoming too immune to security.

“Now repeat what I told you.”

“A commoner can be good, but a beautiful commoner cannot be good. A commoner without abilities can be good, but a commoner with abilities can’t be good.”

“True. Why is that?”

“There are exceptions! If someone is beautiful or capable but has no one around him, be careful. Chances are, their personality is a mess!”

“Good, excellent.”

“Thank you.”

Shuttle, nodding vigorously, gathered magic again and created a bright light.

They got along so well that even after the battle was over, I felt like taking the role of hero and demon radar with me!

It’s just a shame that I have to release them because of the risk of being traced after defeating the demon lord.

“Now, let’s begin the operation.”

I looked at the fallen hero with the sledgehammer in his hand.

He had already been treated a bit because his body had gone wild even when he was unconscious.

He hadn’t suffered as much as the man next to him, and Shuttle had treated him enough with the sledgehammer… but…

-When else will I get the chance to hit warriors like that!

Determined by the strong will of the sledgehammer, I decided to use my own hands this time.

I swung the sledgehammer with a steady rhythm.

It was like a salmon jumping against a strong current!

But what came out of the hero’s mouth was the roar of a beast, a strange combination.

“It is done.”

The hero’s body, which had been bouncing around, came to a halt.

There seemed to be nothing left to treat or bless him with.

“Your skills seem to be quite good.”

“I heard that he moved with the Knights of the Ganges Temple. Although the Ganges Temple is not well known due to its lack of accomplishments, these people all recognize his skills.”

“Even so, he wouldn’t have survived without his own abilities.”

I had found a quite useful talent.

No matter how strong the Knights of the Ganges Temple were, the hero of the Ganges Temple was just a novice who had been chosen as a hero for only one year.

Not only did he survive a relatively large battle, but he wasn’t even seriously injured!

There was no other way to describe him but as a true hero.

“That’s right.”

And Op… no, Shuttle, who provided me with information about the hero, would surely understand how remarkable the Knights of the Ganges Temple were.

“I’ll leave the hero to the waiting priestesses…. What about this one?”

“Hmm… First, we need to get the opinions of the two people involved before making a decision, but we should probably send him back to the Temple of Instruction.”

There would be nothing but trouble if I brought that guy along for no reason.

For example, he would come forward as usual and be in a life-threatening situation, and the warrior who was enchanted by the beauty of the Ganges Temple would break formation to save him.

And then the male warriors who were enchanted by the beauty of the Ganges Temple would rush to save him, creating chaos…

“It’s terrible.”

“What?”

At the words that slipped out, Shuttle looked at me with a puzzled expression.

“Losing a hand as an examiner is more painful than death.”

“Ah…”

No, I didn’t hear anything. He’s just saying things that sound plausible.

We need to shape public opinion like this to make it easier to send him away.

It’s not a good idea to leave an inspector or the Immortal Affection on the battlefield until the decisive moment. Who knows what might happen.

It’s best for the patient to rest comfortably at home, especially in the current situation where the final battle is imminent.

“What is the Demon King’s current location?”

“It is quite close. At the current marching speed, we may be able to meet within ten days.”

“And the position of the Empire?”

“They are scattered in various places, but the main force is about five days away from here.”

The main force belonged to Mirah.

With their speed, they could probably arrive within a day if they set their minds to it.

“What about support from other kingdoms?”

“Food supplies are expected to arrive this afternoon, and militarily, there are about ten thousand elite soldiers from the Parsis Kingdom, the closest place.”

Ten thousand. A considerable number, but considering that they’re soldiers, it’s a force that can handle about five hundred evil armies.

Not bad at all.

“How reliable is the information?”

“As for the Demon King’s location, it’s reliable because it was directly informed by the Nature Gods. As for the Empire’s location, it’s not entirely accurate due to some manipulated information, but we’re sure of the main force’s location.”

According to the shuttle, the leader of the Empire’s main force, Mirah, had requested assistance from the Divine Sect and appeared to be accompanied by some of the Sect’s priests.

They claimed it was for emergency treatment, but there were some powerful healers among the Eugrasian members.

Whenever they were injured, Soffada would heal them… so they must have worked hard to get treated before Soffada arrived.

Maybe Mirah called the Holy Sect people to signal me. I haven’t collected all the recipes yet.

Of course, there’s a chance that she’s targeting my weaknesses, so I have to be careful, very careful.

In the worst case scenario, the moment the Demon King is defeated, I’ll be able to go after him and capture him!

“The preparations are almost finished… Then, Shuttle, take the heroes to the temple. I’ll leave this man in someone else’s care and come back.”

“Understood.”

Shuttle, bowing slightly and lifting the hero, left.

“I told you not to do that…”

Her appearance, carrying the hero like a princess, seemed as if she hadn’t fully recovered from her shock.

If she continued like this, the moment the hero woke up and fell for the shuttle…

“No, that’s too fast.”

Soffada, who had finished everything, began to grumble naturally in the form of a girl.

“They say love can start suddenly.”

“What? I haven’t even been in a relationship, let alone married!”

“Hey… you…”

At that moment, Soffada’s words hit me mentally, leaving me slightly speechless.

Damn it! It looks like this life is confirmed to be that of a bachelor.

Even if there’s someone to follow, I still feel a pain in my side!

“Anyway, why did you come out again? You said you had a lot to do.”

“Oh, that… “

Soffada looked around for a moment and then stared at me with a serious expression.

“Master, listen carefully to what I’m about to say. This is a legend…”

“What legend?”

“I don’t believe in legends.”

“….”

Soffada’s expression turned cold. But I couldn’t help it.

We’re preparing for the Demon King’s battle, which will take place in a few days! In such a situation, there’s no need to listen to Soffada’s nonsense!

“Hmph… Hmph!”

Soffada tried to protest with a puckered lip, showing that she was in a bad mood, but I ignored her and focused on planning the operation ahead, looking at the heroes fighting on the battlefield.

“It was really important…!”

Soffada’s gaze turned to me.

At that moment, I didn’t realize that her eyes were completely different from her usual ones.

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“It’s just a shame that I have to release them because of the risk of being traced after defeating the demon lord.”

“Now, let’s begin the operation.”

I looked at the fallen hero with the sledgehammer in his hand.

He had already been treated a bit because his body had gone wild even when he was unconscious.

He hadn’t suffered as much as the man next to him, and Shuttle had treated him enough with the sledgehammer… but…

-When else will I get the chance to hit warriors like that!

Determined by the strong will of the sledgehammer, I decided to use my own hands this time.

I swung the sledgehammer with a steady rhythm.

It was like a salmon jumping against a strong current!

But what came out of the hero’s mouth was the roar of a beast, a strange combination.

“It is done.”

The hero’s body, which had been bouncing around, came to a halt.

There seemed to be nothing left to treat or bless him with.

“Your skills seem to be quite good.”

“I heard that he moved with the Knights of the Ganges Temple. Although the Ganges Temple is not well known due to its lack of accomplishments, these people all recognize his skills.”

“Even so, he wouldn’t have survived without his own abilities.”

I had found a quite useful talent.

No matter how strong the Knights of the Ganges Temple were, the hero of the Ganges Temple was just a novice who had been chosen as a hero for only one year.

Not only did he survive a relatively large battle, but he wasn’t even seriously injured!

There was no other way to describe him but as a true hero.

“That’s right.”

And Op… no, Shuttle, who provided me with information about the hero, would surely understand how remarkable the Knights of the Ganges Temple were.

“I’ll leave the hero to the waiting priestesses… What about this one?”

“Hmm… First, we need to get the opinions of the two people involved before making a decision, but we should probably send him back to the Temple of Instruction.”

There would be nothing but trouble if I brought that guy along for no reason.

For example, he would come forward as usual and be in a life-threatening situation, and the warrior who was captivated by the beauty of the Ganges Temple would break formation to save him.

And then the male warriors who were enchanted by the beauty of the Ganges Temple would rush to save him, creating chaos…

“It’s terrible.”

“What?”

At the words that slipped out, Shuttle looked at me with a puzzled expression.

“Losing a hand as an examiner is more painful than death.”

“Ah…”

No, I didn’t hear anything. He’s just saying things that sound plausible.

We need to shape public opinion like this to make it easier to send him away.

It’s not a good idea to leave an inspector or the Immortal Affection on the battlefield until the decisive moment. Who knows what might happen.

It’s best for the patient to rest comfortably at home, especially in the current situation where the final battle is imminent.

“What is the Demon King’s current location?”

“It is quite close. At the current marching speed, we may be able to meet within ten days.”

“And the position of the Empire?”

“They are scattered in various places, but the main force is about five days away from here.”

The main force belonged to Mirah.

With their speed, they could probably arrive within a day if they set their minds to it.

“What about support from other kingdoms?”

“Food supplies are expected to arrive this afternoon, and militarily, there are about ten thousand elite soldiers from the Parsis Kingdom, the closest place.”

Ten thousand. A considerable number, but considering that they’re soldiers, it’s a force that can handle about five hundred evil armies.

Not bad at all.

“How reliable is the information?”

“As for the Demon King’s location, it’s reliable because it was directly informed by the Nature Gods. As for the Empire’s location, it’s not entirely accurate due to some manipulated information, but we’re sure of the main force’s location.”

According to the shuttle, the leader of the Empire’s main force, Mirah, had requested assistance from the Divine Sect and appeared to be accompanied by some of the Sect’s priests.

They claimed it was for emergency treatment, but there were some powerful healers among the Eugrasian members.

Whenever they were injured, Soffada would heal them… so they must have worked hard to get treated before Soffada arrived.

Maybe Mirah called the Holy Sect people to signal me. I haven’t collected all the recipes yet.

Of course, there’s a chance that she’s targeting my weaknesses, so I have to be careful, very careful.

If the worst comes to the worst, I can go after the Demon King the moment he’s defeated and capture him!

“The preparations are almost finished… Then, Shuttle, take the heroes to the temple. I’ll leave this man in someone else’s care and come back.”

“Understood.”

Shuttle, bowing slightly and lifting the hero, left.

“I told you not to do that…”

Her appearance, carrying the hero like a princess, seemed like she hadn’t fully recovered from her shock.

If she continues like this, the moment the hero wakes up and falls in love with Shuttle…

“No, that’s too fast.”

Soffada, who had finished everything, began to grumble naturally in the form of a girl.

“They say love can start suddenly.”

“What? I haven’t even been in a relationship, let alone married!”

“Hey… you…”

At that moment, Soffada’s words hit me mentally, leaving me slightly speechless.

Damn it! It looks like this life is confirmed to be that of a bachelor.

Even if there’s someone to follow, I still feel a pain in my side!

“Anyway, why did you come out again? You said you had a lot to do.”

“Oh, that… “

Soffada looked around for a moment and then stared at me with a serious expression.

“Master, listen carefully to what I’m about to say. This is a legend…”

“What legend?”

“I don’t believe in legends.”

“….”

Soffada’s expression turned cold. But I couldn’t help it.

We’re preparing for the Demon King’s battle, which will take place in a few days! In such a situation, there’s no need to listen to Soffada’s nonsense!

“Hmph… Hmph!”