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As expected of a man who has served for 40 years.
Elder Boar moves swiftly and with certainty through the Bewildering forest, which is tinged with the darkness of night.
It’s a good thing Timora-chan and I are on his back.
“Is it shaking too much? Please let me know if you feel uncomfortable.” (Elder Boar)
“How are you, Timora-chan?”
“Eh… oh no, it’s very comfortable…” (Timora)
“We’re fine, please take care of us.”
“No, as I get older, I can only do so much.” (Elder Boar)
“Acting too humble will make you look old.”
“No, haha…” (Elder Boar)
Elder Boar laughs shyly.
I think his previous work environment was really bad.
He doesn’t look like he’s.
Rather, he exudes a sense of freedom that is characteristic of those who have grown older.
My former subordinates had a tendency to work a little too hard because of their youth.
With him on board, the atmosphere in the workplace will soften.
But before that, the biggest question that remains is whether my former workplace is still there. …… I’ll have to sort out the information later.
“… Narugoa-kun is amazing.” (Timora)
Timora-chan suddenly said something while I was thinking.
“Everything! You manage to beat Owlbear… Weren’t you just level 3?” (Timora)
“Well you are absolutely correct.”
The my strength came from the “hand” that I summon though.
I myself am still a level 3 Summoner.
“And you even did something more amazing! Especially, when you persuaded Elder Boar, it was amazing! Something about measures? Or something! It was difficult and I didn’t understand most of it…” (Timora)
“If you’re interested, I’ll teach you later, it’s something worth knowing, it will be useful when Timora-chan becomes an adult.”
“Yeah! Teach me properly! That’s a promise!” (Timora)
“Haha, Little Timora’s future looks promising.” (Elder Boar)
Elder Boar laughs.
He’s such a happy-go-lucky old man.
“Oh, how amazing, Narugoa-kun, it seems you have immediately grown up without my knowledge.” (Timora)
Well, it’s not a metaphor, because my memory of the time when I was Thousand Hands Narugoa was revived…
When I was thinking about that, I felt a warmth against my back.
Timora hugged me from behind.
“I’m sorry you had to go through that because of me… Not only that, but I went in to help you, and you ended up helping me instead…” (Timora)
“Why are you apologizing, I was happy that Timora-chan came.”
“I was so scared, but I don’t want Timora-chan to get hurt.”
I didn’t get a reply.
I turned around to see what was going on, and Timora was covering her face.
She had a bright red face like a ripe apple.
“Well, Narugoa-kun, you’ve suddenly changed…” (Timora)
“That’s right…” (Timora)
Timora-chan said softly.
Yeah, have I changed…
It’s not hard to see why. I remember living as a human boy for 10 years, but then my memories of being a demon that lived hundreds of times longer got mixed in.
If anything, it was as if my memories as “Crybaby Narugoa” had been mixed to my memories as “Thousand Hands Narugoa”.
To an outside observer, it might look as if I was possessed by something.
That would surely lead to something troublesome.
… No, before that, there’s that person who forced me to reincarnate.
It’s a good idea to keep it a secret that I have regained the memories of my previous life.
If that’s the case,
“… Timora-chan, can I make a request. Please, don’t tell everyone in the village about what happened today.”
“Yes, but why?” (Timora)
“It would be troublesome if people found out…. Maybe Rigat would bully me more.”
“Sure! Okay! I won’t tell anyone!” (Timora)
After all Timora-chan has always been reliable.
Oh, I’m glad she was around the moment my memory came back.
“‘I’m glad you’re getting along so well, we are near the exit…… Hmm?” (Elder Boar)
“What is it Elder Boar?”
Elder Boar suddenly stopped.
And he started to snort.
“… It smells like a lot of people and fire. Apparently someone is near planning to pick you up.” (Elder Boar)
“Oh, I’m sure everyone in the village came to look for us!” (Timora)
Hmmm, I am thankful, but the timing is terrible.
“I’m sorry, but can you drop us off here? If they see you with us, it’ll probably complicate things.”
“Yes, sir. I’ll take a different route out of the forest and wait for you.” (Elder Boar)
Elder Boar slowly bends down and I slowly step down his back, supporting Timora-chan.
“See you later.”
“Very well, later…” (Elder Boar)
“Goodbye! Uncle Boar!” (Timora)
The Elder Boar smiles one last time and disappears into the darkness of the forest.
After seeing him off, we left the forest, following the moonlight.
–As he had pointed out, there were adults with torches waiting outside the forest.
Among them, there is also a group including Rigat.
“–Hey! Someone is coming out!” (Villager)
“Narugoa! There is Timora!” (Father)
A pair of men and women jump out of the crowd and hug me.
Needless to say, they are my parents.
“You are safe!? Timora were you hurt!?” (Mother)
“Uh, yeah! I’m all right!” (Timora)
“Oh, I’m really glad …!” (Mother)
Mother is crying and smilling with joy.
The father also looked of relieved, though he did not cry.
“Crybaby” Narugoa is blessed with parents who can get worried.
As I felt my mother’s body warmth and thought about it deeply, her expression suddenly changed.
For some reason, she seemed to blame me—
“It’s so stupid to enter the Bewildering Forest late at night! We were so worried!?” (Father)
“That’s right! Ant to take Timora-chan! And After I told you not to enter the Bewildering Forest!?” (Mother)
“What would happen if Rigat didn’t tell me…” (Father)
“Oh, thank you to Rigat-kun!” (Mother)
…… Wait a minute, something is wrong.
Both hands and feet were bound by that Rigat-kun. I was also gagged, and thrown to the Bewildering Forest?
If you look closely, the adults who gathered are also looking at me with a torch in one hand.
Then, I saw Timora-chan face to face.
Then, almost at the same time, they realized the truth of the matter and sent their eyes to Rigat.
Rigat is surrounded by adults and has a sly smile on his face.
That was enough.
For a moment, I thought it was something wrong with what is happening, but this is definitely!
“– I tried to stop him! But he insisted on going to the Bewildering Forest, forcing the reluctant Timora-chan to go with him..!” (Rigat)
When I saw his bad acting and the cronies who were deliberately making fun of it, I was convinced.
So much for your plan! You’ve got it, Rigat!
“What a fuss about this late night…” (Rigat’s Underling)
“Hmm… You’re just 10 years old and you think you can do everything, Narugoa…” (Rigat’s Underling)
“But, everyone! Narugoa…!” (Timora)
“Okay, Timora-chan, I don’t know what Narugoa said, but he caused a lot of trouble for everyone.” (Rigat)
“Yeah, Narugoa! Apologize to everyone!” (Mother & Father)
I feel like I they wouldn’t even listen.
Even my parents have completely believed in Rigat’s lies.
……It’s totally out of my control.
It seems that while we were in the Bewildering Forest, he had a lot of “story telling”.
Quite carefully crafted plan, and if you can use that passion somewhere else, you’ll be able to achieve more…
“Well, Narugoa-kun…! What should I do, because of me…!” (Timora)
“It’s not your fault if I make a mistake, if I bow my head properly, that’s fine.”
Well, I’m a former Mid-Boss (Middle Manager).
I’m used to bowing my head.
I took a step forward and looked around.
Rigat has been glancing at me hoping about what would happened next.
…… Remember someday, Bonbon. [T/N: So bonbon is a chocolate coated candy or a spoiled brat.]
While cursing him in my heart, I was about to apologize, when many of the torches are blown out.
Just like a birthday candle getting blown out.
At the moment, I sense something approach.
“–Everyone get down!!”
Rigat muttered dumbly, probably because something unexpected came out instead.
Immediately after that.
He appeared in front of him, and the torches’ flames were blown out all at once.
“What is it!? What is happening!?” (Villager)
“The torches…” (Villager)
“No!? Did you see anything, anyone…!?” (Villager)
The villagers were immediately confused by the sudden darkness.
However, Timora and I, who had been accustomed to the darkness of the Bewildering Forest, were able to see the whole scenario unfolding.
“What is that…?” (Timora)
Timora looks up at the thing and muttered.
I also looked up at it and clicked my tongue.
“… This is going to be troublesome because of the light.”
–Nightwalker, level 35.
A nocturnal dragon was staring at the panicking villagers.
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