The wings that fell off my body became destroyed rapidly.
Every joint of the bones connected by the things resembling cartilage disconnected and fell apart, and the bone fragments easily crumbled away like chalk.
The membrane of the wings weren’t too much different either.
Even the sword strikes and magic of those barbaric aliens had no effect on it, yet it tore simply like tissue upon separating from my body.
“The truth was near, huh?”
To not hide the wings but outright pull them out!
There couldn’t be a method more certain than this.
“Mr. Kang Han Soo. Is it fine to throw them away? They’re special wings obtained from getting an SS-grade, after all.”
“… Are you, worrying for me right now?”
I fixed an intent stare on Victoria’s face.
“Am, am I not allowed to? Why are you making a face like my nephew that saw elephants mating at the zoo and got shocked? Do I look that shocking?”
It was honestly shocking.
“In times like this, deny it even if you don’t mean it please!”
“But it’s too shocking, isn’t it? That you worry for me when you can’t even beat a pet of the Demon King on your own.”
“Can’t I worry?”
“Why don’t you use that time to work on improving yourself instead.”
That was how I had grown stronger, and it was the same now.
I gathered my focus.
As I did so, new wings protruded from my back like bamboo shoots.
It took approximately 10 seconds for the wings to completely form as the three pairs of bones elongated and the membranes on them appeared. It wasn’t possible to take them out in the blink of an eye like when summoning.
They were wings that needed a bit of preparation.
Forming the wings was fine, but there was something I had overlooked.
“Mr. Kang Han Soo. Your expression’s become serious again. Is there some problem with your new wings?”
“… There’s not enough calcium phosphate.”
It turned out that the bones of my wings weren’t simply made out of nothing.
“I feel like I’ll get osteoporosis if I don’t munch on some anchovy or something this instant. Is there something to eat on the ship?”
These wings abided by the law of equal exchange.
As befitting a luxury cruise, its restaurant had plenty of things to eat.
I simply gave up the vow I had made to first taste the bad beanpaste pot stew my mother makes upon returning to Earth someday.
I had thought it such a wonderful dream at the time, but…
Apparently, it was just my imagination.
In the restaurant, I replenished the nutrients I had consumed to create the wings. I performed some tests in between as well.
And here came the conclusion.
If I were to regenerate my wings three times in a state of having eating nothing, my bones would become as weak as millet stalk.
It seemed that caution would be necessary regarding this point in future as well.
“You’ve totally got the appetite of a child.”
On Fantasia’s continents, I had tried several times to reproduce the cookings of Earth.
But while I knew how to pay at a restaurant and eat, I was utterly clueless as to cooking myself. This wasn’t my fault.
School didn’t teach me the methods on making ketchup, margarine, soy sauce, soybean paste and teriyaki, and they didn’t come up as examination questions either.
How was I supposed to know something I didn’t learn?
I had resolved to learn cooking without fail when I returned to Earth, yet in reality that thought disappeared like melting snow after actually coming back.
It wasn’t like I was going back to the dimension of Fantasia, was I?
I just had to buy food or eat the meals made at home like I used to. There was no real need for me to learn to cook.
“… Why do you keep on smiling? Getting on my nerves.”
Factoria had been appearing to be in a very good mood since a while ago.
“Because being by your side, it feels like I’ve gone back to Fantasia’s continents.”
“You sure can say something horrible so easily!”
That was why I wasn’t able to even sleep.
It felt like if I needlessly fell asleep, I’d be kidnapped again and be shaken awake by a little sister-version Lanuvel saying “Brother! Get up quickly! Come on~”.
Truthfully, the thought was frightening.
“Don’t you miss it, Mr. Kang Han Soo?”
“Not at all.”
I was even insulted that I was more knowledgeable over there than its native residents. Never again did I want to go back to that wearisome world.
“I recall the faces of my companions, now and then. The cute Lanuvel, kind Alex, beautiful Sylvia, pure Aqua, the solemn Sir Sage…”
Apparently, she had gone to a dimension that was the same in name only.
“I did vaguely feel that I’d be able to return to Earth upon defeating the Demon King, but who would’ve known that forget choosing, I wouldn’t be able to even say goodbye… If I did, I wouldn’t have rushed the subjugation.”
“… I’m the same.”
Was it really a dimension with the same name only?
I had taken a whole 10 years despite rushing, after all.
“You miss it in truth, don’t you?”
“Are you mad?”
I quietly listened to the reminiscing Factoria, and while doing so I put together the information she knew.
The graduates didn’t know in detail regarding the existence of the teaching staff.
They only knew of them as “angels” sent by the Fantasy God.
The real angels I had come across in the Hero Festival were a thug race of cockheads, but it was inevitable that the other graduates would misunderstand as the angels didn’t make a proper appearance in the elementary education curriculum.
She didn’t have much to say of use.
“Chief Director Victoria! Here you were!”
“I hear a salvage ship has just set sail.”
“Director. The captain is in a hurry to find you.”
“Our stock is fluctuating due to this incident!”
Hundreds of passengers and crew members aside from us had been on this wrecked ship.
I felt like I heard about some couple that ignored the warning to go on the deck and mimicked The Titanic at the ship’s bow to end up going missing, but surely I was imagining it.
There were many people looking for Factoria.
Among them were officials who worked under her, but the number of businessmen and politicians who got on the cruise ship to meet her, the Chief Director of the Pacific Ocean’s third marine city, and unexpectedly ran into her weren’t few.
I took advantage of the confusion to quietly slip away.
“Where are you heading to, Mr. Kang Han Soo?”
Factoria, who managed to notice me, came running over in a fluster to ask me this.
I replied honestly.
If it weren’t for the problem with my wings, which I hadn’t expected in the least, I would have ignored the wrecked ship and immediately flown over to Korea.
But even that problem was now over.
It was time to go back to my hometown.
“Could I ask for just one favor before that?”
“I’ll sufficiently reward you.”
I found Factoria amusing to be proposing a trade with me.
Could there be anything more important than going back home to read the comics and novels that I had missed out on?
There was no reward that could possibly satisfy me.
While I did have a slight interest in Factoria’s refined body, there were bound to be other ladies better than her if I were to search well.
My interest wasn’t to the extent of hearing out a bothersome request.
“It can’t be helped then.”
Factoria took a step back as she shook her head.
“I see you giving up quickly this time?”
“I’m a learner myself, I’ll have you know? I’ve roughly figured out your personality. I don’t want to bother wasting brainpower when I know you won’t listen no matter how much I ask.”
I stood on the deck of the wrecked ship and focused my mind to create my wings.
At that moment, I overheard the conversation between Factoria and a crew member.
“Chief Director Victoria. The alien woman we fished out of the ocean has regained her senses. Let us head to the captain’s cabin.”
… Alien woman?
“That name doesn’t even matter.”
“But I don’t like it!”
Ignoring Victoria’s protest, I slapped my chest and made a heroic exclamation.
“Entrust the peace of Earth to this Hero, yours truly!”
PR/N : There is an illustration page for some of the characters, be sure to take a look !
>>>>> Victoria was added to the illustration page ! <<<<<
Translator : Hunnybuttachips
Editor : Fujimaru