Noa stands up silently.
Spreading her palm, showing the back of her hand to the others and me, she
lightly waved her hand in front of her chest.
Then, I could see something
glittering in the light of the lamp in the living room.
“Woah, no way—”
It is a Spore Dispersion type skill.
No way, even Noa has [Charm]—I immediately covered my mouth in panic. Even the
fake loli was secretly confused, and I have no confidence that I would not fall
if Noa used it on me. It’s going to be so embarrassing.
“Abe, this is not [Charm],”
said Utsuki. “I think it might be [Life Spores]… It’s in the [Healer] system.”
“Yes, it seems so.”
I take my hand away from my
mouth, believing that it was not [Charm].
“What is this Life Spores?”
“When inhaled, it strengthens
the body’s internal organs, temporarily increasing energy and endurance.”
“Ah, so it’s a buff-type
It is tasteless, odorless, and
hard to tell, but as I was told, I did indeed feel a little less tired (though
it may have been a placebo effect). Tamiko, who inhaled deeply and loudly,
started shadowboxing, “It-is-o-ver-flo-wing-squeak!” A series of squirrel
punches cut through the air sharply.
“Hey, Noa, you know what?
A [Healer]’s Dust Skills is a natural ability you know? Compared to [Strengthening
Spores], it’s said to be plain, but if you’re going to dive in the metro for a long
time, you should have one in your team. It will come in handy.” 9(Kure)
Before we knew it, Kure was
calling Noa and frowned, but she sat down without saying anything.
“Unlike my [Herculean
Strength]—” Kure said. “Since the target is not limited to yourself,
the effect is slightly weaker, but it’s more convenient for party cooperation.”
“I see.” (Noa)
Anyway, should I say that I’m
glad it wasn’t [Spirit Ball]? It seems to drain her physical strength
tremendously, and strange memories cross my mind.
“So, you don’t remember
learning it, Noa? I mean, didn’t you notice that your back was hot while were
in Ouji?” (Shuu)
“…I would have noticed
if I had, but I don’t have any idea…” (Noa)
“……I see……” (Shuu)
—So, the Ikebukuro branch
began to question the credibility of Noa’s various statements, such as the fact
that she had acquired Fungal Skills that she didn’t remember, and the Ikebukuro
branch was shaken as to whether it was okay to issue a transfer permit.
They seem to have a close
relationship with the Sugamo branch, and if the pretend not to notice that they
handed over the seeds of trouble without hesitation, it will affect the trust
between the branches. They even plan so far as to provide the guild
headquarters with information and consultation on how to deal with the
In the end, however, the
situation did not turn out to be so serious. It was the word of one of the
branch’s leading figures–yes, it’s Giran Taichi.
He came to the defense of
Noa’s personality and work ethic and offered very plausible speculation that
perhaps the harsh experience in the Ouji Metro’s depths had brought out her
latent potential. He also graciously encouraged her transfer, and today all the
procedures were finally completed.
“Mr. Giran told me that, but I
had no idea what I was getting myself into. …It’s not normal, I don’t know
why this happened to me… I just don’t know what I am anymore…” (Noa)
I could only put my elbows on
the dining table and held my head.
“So, when I came home, I
was surrounded by strangers… They said something about Mr. Shuu’s mistress or
something I didn’t understand, so my head was already in a mess…” (Noa)
I opened my eyes and glared menacingly
at Utsuki. Utsuki shakes her head from the uncomfortable stare.
“Even with the food just now,
I really wanted to serve the taste of my hometown in a normal way… However, somehow
it turned out to be a mess, and I gave you a bad impression even though we are
finally back home together… I’m sorry…” (Noa)
Noa hangs her head with a few
tears in her eyes.
“…No, Noa it was not
your fault.” (Shuu)
I don’t know if it’s a normal
mindset for girls around the high school age to be so anxious that they start blasting
I finally understood Noa’s
A mysterious power dwells in
her that she doesn’t even know where it came from. She must have felt fear and anxiety
as if she were no longer herself.
She was so anxious that she
hurried back home, where her friends were waiting for her, only to be greeted
by a stranger, a fake loli. It looked like I took advantage of her absence to
bring a woman into the house, not knowing what to expect–no wonder she was so
(I knew I should have taken
her with me, even if I had to force her.)
It was a regrettable error in
judgment. I should not have let her out of my sight after all. As it turned
out, it was a lot more difficult than I thought.
What’s even more frustrating
is that the pervert wolf scored good points. I feel grateful that it’s all
thanks to him, but I also have a selfish repulsive feeling that I’m being
presumptuous like a creep. Or rather, feeling jealous, damn it.
“…I’m sorry, Noa.”
“…why is Mr. Shuu
That apology includes the fact
that I had kept things a secret from her.
Yes, I already had a guess. The
reason for the strange things that have happened to her.
The shadow that lurks inside
of her, a shadow that looks like a demon–has revealed itself in Ouji. There is
no other explanation.
And surely Noa herself has
unconsciously sensed this presence. That is why she is so anxious.
I sat down in front of Noa and
grabbed her face with both hands.
Disregarding the bewilderment,
I brought her face closer to mine.
“Hey, Mr. Shuu!? What are
When I look directly into her
face, she turns red with embarrassment.
“Um I’m sorry, I just…! I can smell the garlic!!” (Noa)
Behind me, the three of them
are screaming three different things. Tamiko: “You’re a virgin, but you’re
sexually harassing her, squeak! Kure: “Why only Ms. Ikari, it is not fair!
Me too, me too!” Utsuki: “Oh, I’m going to go prepare the bed.” I glared
at them to shut them up for the time being.
“I’m sorry, but I’m
actually serious. I’m going to say something weird now, but Noa will you be
quiet and listen to me?” (Shuu)
“Huh? Ah, yes…”
I sucked inhaled and once
again peered into Noa’s eyes from the front.
“Sparkle, come out if
you’re there.” (Shuu)
For a moment, the room is
“Um, Mr. Shu–”
“Sparkle, I know you can
hear me. You’re there, aren’t you?” (Shuu)
Noa stares back at me with a
puzzled look in her eyes. What could I be talking about?
“Come out. I’m here, I
want to talk to you, Sparkle.” (Shuu)
The puzzled Noa suddenly
closes her eyes.
Then, her body has gone limp,
and she doesn’t even move.
I gently let go of her hand
and watched with bated breath along with the other three.
The same voice as Noa came out
from Noa’s lips.
“Did you call for me?”
But it sounded completely
different from Noa’s usual tone.
Noa opened her eyes――no, Sparkle
smiles serenely. It’s a smile that borrows Noa’s face and is full of mysterious
There, she stops speaking and
She puts her hand over her
mouth and huffs out a breath, and in a flash, her face contorts into despair.
Impossible… Coming back like this…” (Sperkle)
“Wait, wait, wait.”