Chapter 10 – A Month in Another World and God’s Complaints
Morning, huh…? It’s been almost a month since I arrived in the other world. My level has improved a little, and I have saved up some money. At this rate, I think I’ll be able to survive in another world.
Name: Wataru Toyomi
Occupation: Ship’s captain
Physical Strength: 340
Magic Power: 32
Language Comprehension (Unique)
Ship Summoning Level 1 (Unique)
Balance: 1 gold coin, 32 silver coins, 60 copper coins
My savings is over one gold coin, which is about 1,000,000 Japanese yen. That’s a little amazing, isn’t it? Alright, I’ll do my best to hunt horned rabbits again today.
I had breakfast at the inn, picked up my lunch box, and left for the guild. I took one of the request forms for the horned rabbit and went to the reception counter… I have done it so many times that I seem to have the air of a veteran.
“Good morning. I would like to take this request.”
“Good morning. Um, may I ask you something?”
What is it? It feels like this is the first time I’ve ever been talked to by the fox-eared Onee-san… and I’m getting nervous. Is it perhaps an invitation to go on a date?
“Yes, what is it?”
I replied, trying to look nonchalant despite my pounding heart.
“You come here every day to do requests, don’t you? Unless there is a reason, I think it would be better for you to take a break… Being an adventurer is a difficult job and they’re working really hard for their job, and most of them take a break after one job is done. Of course, if you want to take a request, I will be happy to accept it…”
That’s right; it can’t be a date. …But is she worried about me? Just the thought of that alone is enough to blow away any fatigue I might be feeling! Calm down; I mustn’t lose the kindness of the beautiful fox-eared Onee-san.
“I haven’t rested for a while. I came to the guild somehow, without any particular reason, and I was hunting horned rabbits in some way. Should I take a break?”
“It depends on each person, but you seem to be working too much, so if you don’t have any particular reason, I think it’s okay to take a break.”
That’s true too. There don’t seem to be any labor laws in this world, and I should consider taking my vacations. Now that I have some money to spare, taking a little time off should be okay.
“Well, since I have no particular reason, I’ll take the day off today. I appreciate your concern. And thanks for the advice.”
“No, I apologize for going too far.”
“No, no, I appreciate it very much. Thank you very much.”
Have I done it without any trouble? I was so worried about the beautiful fox-eared Onee-san that I almost got carried away and did something incomprehensible, but I didn’t behave in a problematic way, did I? I thanked the fox-eared Onee-san firmly and left the guild.
Thinking about it calmly, I’ve been hunting every day since I came to this other world. It’s a big city, but I didn’t even do any sightseeing. Now that I have a day off let’s take a look around the city.
I calmly look around. Where should I go? …I should have asked if there were any good places to go before I left the guild. It’s a tragic mistake. Well, it’s better to enjoy the moment than to dwell on the mistake.
…Huh? Is that guy a dwarf? Whoa, there’s the dog-eared beastman, as well. It’s been a month since I’ve been in this city, and somehow I feel like I’m seeing this city properly for the first time. I guess I didn’t have enough time; let’s make sure to enjoy today.
A city of another world, full of strange things I’ve never seen before. People and things are literally from another world. It is interesting to see both things that I have no idea how to use and things that are also found in Japan.
Kitchen knives have the same shape in this world. A pot is still a pot, and there are things like frying pans. It is somehow interesting to see the same things in different worlds.
As I wandered around the city, I came upon a large plaza. Among the large buildings, there is a large and majestic building. It looked like a church. Religion, I wondered, what kind of gods are there in the other world?
Speaking of which, there was a person who gave me a message and a skill, right? I remember that, and it said that I couldn’t do anything too much about it. I thought maybe it was a god who gave me the message. I wonder if I could reach him if I prayed at the church and thanked him?
I went to what looked like a church and asked.
“This is a church, isn’t it? Can a regular person come in? I was wondering if I could just pray as a non-scholar?”
“Yes, you may come in. When you go in, you will see many people praying, so just do the same, and you will be fine.”
Should I do the same? It seems appropriate… is that right? Well, that’s what the church member said. Everything is fine, right?
Once I got myself together and entered the church, I felt a change in the atmosphere. It’s a world with magic power, so it’s not surprising that there is divine power as well.
Inside the church, believers are praying in front of the statue of a god, kneeling down on both knees with their hands folded in front of their faces. I guess I should imitate them.
I get down on both knees, fold my hands in front of my face, and close my eyes. Is it god who gave me the skills and the message? Thanks to you, I can manage to live in the other world. Thank you.
“You are welcome.”
As I was praying, I suddenly heard a voice. I was surprised and opened my eyes to see a glowing, gorgeous room…
“Nice to meet you, Wataru Toyomi-kun.”
I turned toward where I heard the voice and saw a mischievous-looking boy sitting on a glittering throne. He is sure to be handsome in the future; I envy him.
“Um, nice to meet you. Where is this place?”
“I guess you’d call this the divine realm in your country, huh?” [T/n: He said it Shinkai with 神界, which means Divine Realm here.]
Deep sea…? No, it’s not. In that case, it’s the divine realm, isn’t it? So then, is this boy a god? [T/n: Then Wataru thought it was Shinkai with 深海 which means Deep Sea or something like that.]
“Well, once again, thank you for giving me the skills.”
“You are unfazed; weren’t you surprised?”
“I’m surprised, and I’m scared. But in a Japanese story, when you pray in church, there is a possibility that you will be called by god, so I thought that there is such a possibility, so that’s why I might be a little calm.”
“Ah, your world culture is interesting, isn’t it?”
“Do you know it?”
“Well, there’s the association between the gods.”
“Oh, I see… Is it possible that when I go back, the time hasn’t moved forward?”
I know, it’s just like in the templates, but god is amazing.
“I was surprised because I thought it would be a blank, empty room when I was called.”
“Yeah, I thought I’d go with a plain white room, but I went with this one because it’s my taste. It looks great, doesn’t it?”
“Yes, but you are god, aren’t you? Aren’t you great?”
“Yes, I am great because I am the creator god. I created this world. But there is a difference between being great and looking great.”
“That’s true… I mean, you are the creator god, aren’t you? So, why did you call me here? I thought you said in your message that you couldn’t do much about my situation.”
“Now that you mention it, I have a question for you. Hey, how is your life in the other world? Well, in my opinion, I don’t think there’s any such thing.”
When I asked the question, the Creator God started denying my life.
“Um, what’s wrong with it?”
“What’s wrong with it, you ask? You’re just hunting horned rabbits. You do not have any adventures. You’re completely buried in it.”
“But you said in your message that you prefer to keep a low profile, didn’t you?”
There must have been something scary, almost threatening, written in that message.
“That’s right, and I got some complaints about it. It was not interesting to watch. It’s troublesome, isn’t it? I mean, how could I, a creator god, complain about that?”
The creator god, with his mouth agape, complained. I would like to say that it is impossible for me to be called to the divine realm and be dissed for leading a serious life. I can’t say it, though.
“Um… I don’t understand. Am I being watched?”
“Yes, because you are from another world. They tend to behave in unpredictable ways, and there are a lot of gods who look forward to it, you know?”
“No, there are a lot of them? It is embarrassing to be watched…”
“Well, that’s alright. We never watch you in the bathroom or in your bedroom.”
I wouldn’t say that’s okay.
“I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t look at it if you could.”
“Yeah, quite a few gods and goddesses have stopped watching because your behavior is so boring. Like the god of entertainment, he said your behavior makes him nauseous.”
“I was just living a normal life, and you said it made him nauseous…”
Don’t gods support people who live serious lives? Is this world okay for him to be nauseous just because he’s an entertainment god or something?
“The god of war and the god of magic says that you become like this because your unique skill set sucks. Isn’t that awful?”
Now I can see that ship summoning is fun. But at the beginning of the fall, I somewhat agree with the opinion of the god of war and the god of magic, which are gods with disturbing names.
“I fell into a place where there are no rivers or oceans, and I honestly don’t see how I can summon a ship there. It was written that it was because my name sounded like it or something.”
“I thought it was a perfect fit. It’s a great skill. If there are no oceans or rivers, why not go where there are? The boarding rejection is amazing; it can easily repel even a dragon breath, you know? Only a god can break through it. And yet, you run away from even goblins and refuse to fight. That’s why the god of war and the god of magic call it a shitty skill.”
“No, I didn’t know that boarding rejection was that powerful either…”
“Even if you don’t know, at least try with the goblins. It’s a unique skill, you know. And since you’re not going to notice for the rest of your life, let me tell you, you don’t have to wait until you summon a boat to get on it; just get on the glowing magic circle, and you’ll be right on it.”
“Oh, there’s a trick to that…”
“When the magic circle appears, you can even stand on the water’s surface and be protected. And while the ship is being repatriated, the cargo on the ship is also frozen in time, so you can use it to your advantage.”
What is that? It’s a ship’s version of an item box. That’s very convenient. Oh…
“You haven’t even looked at the purchase screen of the ship yet, have you? Now that you have some money saved up, don’t you want to buy something? There are plenty of nice ships out there, aren’t there? You can raise the level of ship summoning by buying ships.”
“I don’t have a place to use it, and even a rubber boat would be conspicuous, but a motorboat is a bit… and the level of ship summoning goes up if I buy a ship, huh?”
“Such a thing can be done as long as the level of ship summoning goes up. It’s a skill I gave you. You’re too cautious.”
“Um, but I got a message that it’s better to be inconspicuous.”
“There are limits, aren’t there? It is true that in the past, when I gave unique skills to the people who fell, there was a problem because they became heroes, saints, demon kings, kings, and so on, and they all went wild. So I gave you a slightly weakened unique skill and a message.”
Hero? Demon King? There are too many things to get into; I can’t keep up with them…
“But you know, most people, somewhere along the line, give out their knowledge or show their power and influence the world a little bit, even though it’s halted. And they use their power to satisfy their greed while keeping a low profile. And you are what? How can you be satisfied with summoning a hut boat? So you should try harder.”
I know what you mean, but I feel like you are being unreasonably angry.
“I have greed, too. I’ve only been in this world for about a month. I could have been very active in the future.”
“Most of the gods’ opinions are that you will either spend the rest of your life in a leisurely manner or you will end your life by just defeating a goblin or even an orc. If that happens, the unique skills I gave you will not work. And then they will say that the unique skills I gave you were not good enough or that the message was unnecessary, and that’s the leverage.”
By leverage… Do you mean what you do to people’s lives?
“Um, okay, I understand. I’ll do my best. You taught me that even dragons can’t get in, so I’ll fight the monsters a little more too.”
“Hah, you really should do your hardest. You’re just like a loner, aren’t you? You should try to build a better relationship with people.”
“I at least have someone to talk to, you know.”
“All you do is talk. Do you even know their names?”
“This is just the beginning, just the beginning.”
“I’m really asking you.”
God is asking me seriously. …Regardless of the content, it’s kind of great to be asked by god, isn’t it?
“If I don’t provide you with a little more guidance, I’ll be concerned in your case. Don’t you miss the taste of your hometown? You can eat at the restaurants on the ship for a small fee. On a luxury cruise ship, there are many first-class restaurants from all over the world.”
“That means I can eat rice, then?”
“Yes, you can’t watch TV or use the Internet, but you can watch DVDs, movies, and even new releases. …Of course, other than that, you can use the stores and facilities that are open. God gave you unique skills; they’re incredible, you know.”
I’ve been told things that motivate me tremendously. With a luxury cruise ship, I could get back to a pretty civilized life! Good food and movies… I can’t believe how incredibly exciting it would be.
“I’m motivated. I’ll do my best from now on!”
“That’s the most powerful reply I’ve ever heard. I believe in you, so good luck. Bye.”
Hmm? Have I returned? But I never thought the gods were watching me. I got quite a bit of useful information, so I guess I’ll do my best to please the creator god a little more from now on.
As I was leaving the church, the people who were praying were handing money to the priest. I wondered if it was an offering. I was given some useful information, so I was inspired and decided to give one silver coin. Now that I have gotten a lot of unexpected information, I think I’ll go back to the inn and think about things today.
Balance: 1 gold coin, 31 silver coins, 60 copper coins