The long day is truly over,
and it is finally time to go to bed.
As I had expected, there was
no bath, and I wiped myself with a wet cloth – not a soft one like a towel, but
a stiff linen rag – and crawled into bed naked.
I didn’t have time to notice
in the morning, but the bed was just a cloth over a bed of straw or something.
The quilt was heavy, stuffed with wool or something, and smelled of an animal.
Tired as I was, I paid little
attention to it and soon fell asleep.
Suddenly, I found myself
surrounded by a bright white light.
I was aware that I was
dreaming, because of the surreal sight.
(It would be hilarious if I
ended up back in Japan. Still, it is so bright.) (Zack)
I squinted against the intense
white light. But the light gradually became so strong that I could see the
blinding light even with my eyelids closed.
I held my hands over my eyes
and waited for the light to subside, but there was no sign of stopping, and I
was getting a little frustrated.
(The glare is starting to hurt
my eyes. Enough, stop it!) (Zack)
Perhaps my wish was heard, and
the light gradually subsided.
When I slowly opened my eyes
to see that it was probably safe by now, I saw a dozen or so huge human figures
towering above me.
They were large enough to look
up at, and about a dozen meters tall visually. Within the hazy profile, there
appeared to be a head, arms, torso, and legs, which seemed to be the human
figure. It looked as if they had no substance, like balloons used in some kind
of attraction, but for some reason, there was something about the figures that
made me feel overwhelmed.
The feeling of being
overwhelmed was unpleasant.
(I don’t know what this dream
is about, but I can’t wait for myself to wake up.) (Zack)
(Do you hear me?) (Voice)
Suddenly, some kind of
thought, not a voice, rushed at me from one of the human figures.
The thought had a physical
weight, like a rough wave, crashing into me. Before I knew it, my butt was on
“That hurts! What the
hell are you doing all of a sudden!?” (Zack)
I was angry and was yelling at
one of the human-shaped silhouettes that seemed to have released the thought.
(Pardon me. Is this better?)
Instead of the rough, surging
thoughts of earlier, the current had turned into a steady, restrained flow,
like a ripple on a pool of water.
“It’s better, but what
the heck is this place?” (Zack)
(You wanted to talk to us,
didn’t you?) (Voice)
I didn’t know what their
intentions were, and I asked, “I wanted to talk to you? I have no idea
what you’re talking about,” I said, sounding a bit annoyed.
(We are the ones who brought
you into this world. You asked for an explanation, didn’t you?) (Voice)
I’m finally starting to see
the bigger picture.
(Are you saying that you
summoned me like a god or something, and answered my wishes?) (Zack)
(That’s right. We are the
keepers of this world. I have a favor to ask of you. I need your help to avert
the annihilation of the world.) (Voice)
(Keepers of this world? Do you
mean a god? Why me?) (Zack)
(I don’t deny that we are
called gods. I called you because you wanted to. We have given you a second
chance at life, and in return, we want you to help us.) (Voice => God)
(Gave me a second chance at
life? As Zack, umm, you mean the life of Zacharias Lockhart?) (Zack)
(Yes, that’s right. You had a
strong desire to start your life over. That desire has reached us.) (God)
(My desires… If it’s in my
dream, it wouldn’t be strange if my desires came out, but if they’re gods…) (Zack)
I was going to listen to what
they had to say, whether they were gods or not.
“I don’t really get what
you mean, but I kind of understand what you mean. So, what do you want me to do?”
(Our world may be destroyed
within a few hundred to a few thousand years from the time of your
reincarnation. To prevent this, we are sending a certain someone…) (God)
(Someone from your world. Our
enemies will try to eliminate them. I want you to prevent that.) (God)
I had no idea why God would
want to ask for my help, a mere mortal.
“Isn’t it faster for you
gods to do it directly?” (Zack)
(We are forbidden to interfere
directly in the world including our enemies. It is best to send people under who
can influence it instead. However, the enemy is hundreds of years ahead of us.
To overturn it. We have to send xxxx.) (God)
I didn’t catch the important parts.
“I didn’t hear you.
Please try again.” (Zack)
(As for xxxx, it doesn’t
matter how many times you heard it, but you won’t understand it. It is trying
to prevent our interference from becoming too strong.) (God)
(I wonder what those parts that
I can’t hear. No choice, let’s move on…) (Zack)
I decided to make sure we had
a specific way to proceed.
“So, what do you want me
to do? Any specific instructions?” (Zack)
(Two years from now, I will
send a certain person. That person will have interference from the enemy’s
agents. I want you to shelter him from that interference and, if possible, to
pave the way for him like a guide.) (God)
(Paving the way? Are they
asking me to play a similar role of John the Baptist to Jesus? Teaching might
be a good fit for me, if you ask me…) (Zack)
I used to be asked to be the
instructor for training new employees at my company. I also had a bit of an
interest in the unsung heroes versus the eye-catching hero.
I was trying to get some
information about the man in question.
“Who is it? If I don’t
know, how can I help them?” (Zack)
(I can’t reveal anything at
this time. But when the time comes, the Wheel of Fate will have your paths
crossed. Then you will know.) (God)
I was planning on enjoying my
second life. However, I was baffled by the fact that I will meet this person on
my own, through fate or something, and I’ll be involved.
(Can I refuse? Is there a
penalty if I refuse?) (Zack)
(You may refuse. There is nothing
like a “penalty” as you call it.) (God)
I finally realize that the
gods are reading my mind.
(You’re reading my mind? Then
why did you need me to say it out loud? …If I could say no, why did you speak
to me?) (Zack)
(We thought that you would
cooperate with us even if you did not understand our purpose. There is no need
to be so anxious. Live your life the way you want to live it, and you will
naturally fulfill your purpose.) (God)
I decided to take these gods’
word for it, just in case.
(I don’t understand, but if
that’s what you say, I’ll accept. So, I’m going to live the way I want to live.
If that someone interferes with my life, I won’t get rid of them, but I won’t
help them either. I will not plan my life for that someone. Is that fine?) (Zack)
(That’s fine.) (God)
I had a few things I wanted to
make sure of.
Especially about my abilities,
because I was uncomfortable with the TRPG-like method of character creation.
(Is the character creation a method
you made?) (Zack)
The gods seem a little
(I’m not sure I understand
what you mean, but we gave you the ability to do exactly what you wished for?)
(So, is that what I wished for
was this person named Zacharias?) (Zack)
(That’s right. How you decided
that is none of our concern.) (God)
Apparently, it was my desire
to use the TRPG character creation.
(Would it have been possible
to wish for better abilities?) (Zack)
(Of course. But you did not
want them. You received many of our blessings, but you did not ask for the
ability to be a demigod.) (God)
I finally understood what I
was truly wishing for.
I didn’t want to be a hero. I
just wanted to redo my dull and colorless life.
In other words, I guess I
wanted the ability to live as a person with my friends, not as a lonely hero with
absolute power like some man of steel superhuman.
Whether they took my silence
as a signal to end the meeting, or whether time was running out, the gods ended
(Then enjoy your second life.
You will see us no more… Farewell.) (God)
(Wait. Tell me your names…)
My consciousness was immediately
When I woke up, it was still
midnight and my father and mother were sleeping peacefully beside me. In my
dream, I was remembering a conversation I had heard from a god-like being.
(Two years from now, which
makes them five years younger than me. If they want me to teach them, shouldn’t
I teach them a little while later? Or is there a reason for this age
difference? Where and how will I meet this person? Oh well, the gods gave me
the green light to live my life the way I want to. I’m going to enjoy my second
I immediately fell asleep.