“Oh okay- wait, what?”
Did I hear that right? Did she just say that her STR is around 3 million? God-fucking-damn, by stats alone she’s as strong as the Knights of Sin, one of my finest creations. Not to mention that she’s way stronger than me.
Yup, gotta make sure to not anger her lest she whoops my ass.
“Haah, fine.” Susan sighed for some reason. “It’s 2991000. Happy?”
No, no, no, that’s not the problem here. Isn’t she, like, stronger than the Demigods? Fuck.
“You are a force to be reckoned, huh? What is your level and POT value?”
“Level is 971, while my POT is 999.”
“A genius of the highest level. No wonder.”
999 is the highest possible value for POT. Of course, I, with my measly 666 (just 66 points above the average value), am no match for her.
Now I can see how she survived against Balgaar; with Shiggurath, the First Dragon, and Regina, the (supposedly) second-in-command on the Ten Asuras, she had the minimum requirements to just make it out alive from that battle.
“I wouldn’t say that.” Susan shrugged.
“Why not? Can you even imagine how strong you could have become had you actually lived through those 5000 years?”
The God’s Realm would have definitely recruited her as a Goddess. In fact, she could have become one of the mid-level Gods.
Now that’s what you call a cheat MC.
“Actually lived, you say? Heh, how I wish that was possible…” She pursed her lips and stared into the distance.
“What do you mean?”
“While I was sealed my friends suffered so much.” Her eyes drooped as she clenched her fists. “Liera reached the height of nihilism, Regina was turned into a puppet for the rest of her life, and Shiggurath sunk into so much despair that she was shattered. If only I was there…!”
“Susan…” Shiggurath eked out a low mutter, but didn’t continue with a half-assed consolation.
I suppose they have already talked about this before. In that case, there’s nothing for me to do here.
“Going back would be impossible, of course, so all you can do now is to make up for those years now.”
Well, not technically impossible, but still.
“Precisely!” Shiggurath nodded.
“…Thank you, Sam.” Susan smiled weakly. “Truly, thank you for everything.”
“I did not get the chance to say this before, but thank you for saving my friends in my stead.” She gave a deep bow.
“Think nothing of it.”
“I cannot do that.”
“But you must. Besides, I’m sure you’ve already realised that you shouldn’t really thank me, haven’t you?”
It would be weird if she hadn’t. After talking to her friends, she must have known the things they went through; I destroyed Shiggurath’s mental support system by dredging up her past and ruthlessly brought Regina to the verge of death, while Jack shattered Liera’s heart by plunging her into the deepest of despair.
It would be unreasonable for me to expect her to not resent me.
But the question is, is she capable of truly hating me? I suppose the answer to that lies in the years she spent before being sealed in a crystal, though I hope she doesn’t.
After all, the stronger the emotions someone holds towards me, the more likely they are to get in my way.
“…I do have some questions for you.” She clenched her jaw.
“I’m sure you do. We can have a long talk when we get back-”
“No.” She sternly stopped me. “I want everyone to hear.”
“W-what are you trying to do, Susan?” Chloe tried to stop her, but.
“This is for your own good, Chloe. And Cornellia and Shiggurath as well.”
“If that is what you desire, then I shall respect it. So, how much did Solomon tell you?”
“That you were the reason I was sent to Lady Phiria’s world.”
“Hmm, well, technically I was, so let’s go with that.”
Our main goal for the first stage was for me to gain an official entry into God’s Realm without them realising that I was the Samuel Hayden, and we decided the best way to do that would be the Hero Programme. To be enlisted into that programme, a Hero must perform exceptionally well and prove his merit by achieving the everchanging ideal scenario in a world which varies from world to world and situation to situation. For example, the ideal scenario in Phiria’s world was to defeat humanity’s traitor, release the captured Heroes, and bring humans and demons together.
The finer details of the first stage were left to Phiria because I was incredibly busy with creating an army. Since a God wasn’t allowed to interact with the Hero in any way after summoning them, Phiria used the presence of Susan to direct my actions towards the optimal solution.
So yeah, I was responsible for that.
“Because that world was better for you than this one.”
Of course, I could not tell her all that.
“That’s a lie.”
I was caught rather quickly.
“Not a complete lie. You have no idea of what’s going on in the shadows of this world. The previous you would have definitely died a meaningless death, but now, you are strong enough to be able to protect whatever you want.”
Too strong, actually.
“Then why did we come back to this world?”
“It was necessary for my plans.”
“As far as you’re concerned, none.”
“Believe me when I say this, Susan, but you definitely do not want to know about my Grand Plan. However, if I’m to simplify it for you, I’m just trying to Protect and Avenge.”
“Again, someone who doesn’t concern you.”
Susan pursed her lips and crossed her arms.
“…You aren’t really answering anything, are you?”
“I never said that I’ll truthfully answer all your questions, now did I?”
I just said that I was willing to entertain her queries on top of Shiggurath’s back.
“…If you keep this up then it’ll be difficult for me to trust you. And believe me, I really want to.” She grasped my shoulders weakly.
“That’s a shame.”
But there’s nothing I can do about it.
“Just why can’t you come out and say it?!” She suddenly grabbed my collars.
“I could not tell you even if I wanted to, and you wouldn’t be able to change anything even if you knew. So, it’s better for both of us that you don’t know anything.”
I wanted to grab her wrists and free my collars, but given the vast difference in our stats that was not going to be possible, so I did not bother.
“Hmph, if that’s how you’re going to play it, then fine! I won’t bother.” She let go of me with a glare and turned around.
It would become troublesome if she knew too much as she’ll become that much more likely to interfere. And if she did, it would ultimately be her who’d lose her life- and probably something more than that- and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.
“If you’re done, can you please tell me where I have to fly?” Shiggurath interrupted with a light-hearted tone.
Looks like she was trying to dissipate the heavy atmosphere between us. Cornellia was alternating her nervous gaze between me and Susan, while Chloe was almost glaring at the latter.
“Ah, right. So-”
After some trial and error, I was able to pinpoint the general direction we had to travel in. We could see the Painia Duchy after some time, and I decided that we’d walk the rest of the way there- wouldn’t want to cause another commotion by the appearance of a dragon, now would I?
The knights guarding the mansion seemed to want to say something about my large entourage, but they ultimately did not, probably because they had been ordered by their employer not to.
And as expected, Phiria had come out to greet us.
“Welcome back, Samael!” She jumped at me with the intention to kiss, but I was able to successfully reposition myself to turn it into a hug.
“Please limit your actions, Phiria.”
“But, but, you had been away for so long that I ran out of Sam energy!” She rubbed her cheeks against my chest.
Just how inefficient is that battery? She should probably get it replaced.
“I see, I see.”
The others were giving me weird looks; Chloe’s was especially dangerous, so I tried to get her off me.
Huh, now that I think about it, how would these two yanderes fit into this harem-like situation? Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn into a bloodbath, or at least they don’t involve me in it.
“And since I was so bored while you were away, I took care of some pests.”
“I annihilated a human trafficking ring.” She whispered into my ears.
“What are they whispering about? And why are they so close?” Shiggurath retorted.
“What the hell, Phiria?” I couldn’t help but sigh. “Weren’t we supposed to do it together?”
Well, whatever, I guess. The plan of taking out the first major power has begun.
“I’d rather go on a date with you.” She smiled sweetly.
“D-date?!” Chloe shrieked.
“Ah, we had that too, right? Then, would you like to go right now?” I extended my hand towards her.
“I would love to.” And she gracefully took it. “Ah, by the way it was Baron Loit that sent the traffickers after me. He apparently wanted me all to himself.”
“Oh, my. How rude of him. I suppose as your partner, I cannot possibly overlook that.” I turned to Serasta who was silently listening to our conversation till now. “You have a mission.”
“What is it?”
“Go and destroy that Baron.”
“Yes, my lord.” Serasta’s eyes glinted as a malicious smile blossomed on her face.
Now, time to go on a date.