Chapter 29:

Aftermath

I am a God, But I Accidentally Summoned Myself into My Own World as a Human Being!


“That was too easyyy!” Bookmark here

Nadia exclaimed, stretching her hands up in the air.
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They’ve successfully rescued Martin’s family from the Kingdom of Maghramm. Now they’re heading to the border of the Chablis continent and the Epheron continent.Bookmark here

“We’re lucky it was easy. Can you imagine all the people we’d have to fight if they knew we were here? Or that Martin is no longer their ally?”Bookmark here

Toshikasu said as he took off his armor while Nadia continues to stare at her katana.Bookmark here

“I bet my brother is having the time of his life. Aaagghhh I’m boreeddd!”Bookmark here

The carriages continued on west.Bookmark here


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I looked at the obsidian blade in my hands.Bookmark here

The weapon is sharp to an almost unreal degree. The design is minimalistic, focusing more on utility than beauty. It's a souvenir from the fight with the Demon General Raziel, a reminder of sorts.Bookmark here

In front of me, Mercedes, Grayson, Iris, and Loralei are still unconscious on the grass. We’re currently stranded in the woods, waiting for them to wake up so we can start walking towards the border. The carriage and all the supplies in it blew up in the fight two days ago.Bookmark here

Shaun appears. He’s carrying some wood for the fire later. We’ve been taking turns guarding our sleeping companions, and the other looking for food. So far, we’ve been getting by with the wild berries and the occasional unknown fruit in the forest. Bookmark here

There’s also a river nearby. We’re still working on fishing though. Bookmark here

“I’ll leave them in your hands Shaun” I said to him as I stood up. Bookmark here

It’s my turn to look for food.Bookmark here

“Good luck finding food Aelius”Bookmark here

With a nod, I’m off. My destination? the river. I’d really like some fish right now. I’m tired of eating unknown plant material. Bookmark here

I crossed by Aidan’s grave. It still feels unreal to me. I never would have thought anyone of us would die. I knelt down for a moment to pay my respects. Bookmark here

"May you find peace in the afterlife" I mumbled as I look at the grave.Bookmark here

It's just a simple pile of rocks, with his broken katana placed in between. I never knew what he was doing with a melee weapon, and I never will. I’m sure it’s written inside his journal, but I haven’t read it yet though, I’m just not ready.Bookmark here

I stood up, brushing off the dirt that got stuck on my pants.Bookmark here

“See you later, Aidan”Bookmark here

I continued to head towards the river. After crossing through some shrubs, there it is. A gentle stream heading somewhere I do not know, maybe southwest. Fish swim lazily in the current, but neither Shaun nor I could ever catch them.Bookmark here

I stood at the edge of the riverbank, pointing my hand at one of the fishes.Bookmark here

“Ice Spikes”Bookmark here

Nothing happened. The fishes continued to ignore me.Bookmark here

I think I’ve permanently damaged my mana lines fighting against Raziel. I can’t even cast Rank 1 magic spells right now. A catastrophic fight indeed.Bookmark here

You should have done better. You wouldn’t have lost a friend-Bookmark here

I quickly shook my head. Nothing good will come out of dwelling on the past, even if it was only two days ago. I need my fish.Bookmark here

I took stock of our equipment yesterday- well what's left of it. We only have a shield, a crossbow, a book, a staff, and a set of claws. Armor, none – unless we count all the ones we had on us, which are all broken. I almost forgot. I also have the obsidian sword.Bookmark here

Maybe I could try to stab the fish with it. I take a look at the nearest fish. Bookmark here

“Stay still, would you?”Bookmark here

I kindly asked as I plunged the blade into the water. The fish continue swimming like nothing happened. I was never any good with swords to begin with. I guess I'll give up on the fish once again.Bookmark here

I walked along the edge of the riverbank, collecting wild berries from the nearby shrubs as I go.Bookmark here

It's hilarious. A former God collecting berries just to get by. How the mighty had fallen. But on the bright side, it is a sort of huge wake up call. Had it not been for that fateful day - which was probably a month ago by now, I would still be blissfully ignorant and feeling entitled to all of creation.Bookmark here

“Alright, I think that’s enough” I whispered to myself once more as I count the berries I collected.Bookmark here

We don’t need to worry if it’s poisonous or not; Shaun just purifies them with magic before we eat them. Bookmark here

I took one last look at the fish in the water then proceeded to go back to the camp.Bookmark here

On the way, I looked up. The skies are clear, the sun is shining brightly through the forest canopy. The sunlight seemed to highlight a lone tree, growing in a spot that's further away from the other trees.Bookmark here

I turned my attention at it. Maybe I could test the sword on this. Bookmark here

"Huh? Where's the sword?" I exclaimed. Bookmark here

Oh right. I forgot that I left it back at the river.Bookmark here

I went back to the river, picked up the sword, and went straight back to the tree.Bookmark here

"Here goes nothing" I mumbled to myself once more as I slide the obsidian blade into the base of the tree. Bookmark here

It goes through it smoothly, like slicing butter. Is this how Aidan’s weapon was sliced? He probably tried to parry it, with... less than desirable results.Bookmark here

The tree fell down with a loud thud. Crap. I’ll make my leave here. Bookmark here

Back at the camp, Shaun is busy trying to make a fire.Bookmark here

“Are you going to cook something?” I asked him.Bookmark here

“I’m just going to boil some water” he replied, his hands furiously rubbing the pieces of wood back and forth. Bookmark here

“Okay. I found some more berries… at least I think they're berries. Would you take a look at them?”Bookmark here

Shaun pointed at Mercedes’ shield. “Just place them over there, I'll take a look at them later”Bookmark here

“Okay”Bookmark here

I sat down opposite to Shaun by the fire. It’s a little too hot. I shuffled backwards.Bookmark here

“ughhh….”Bookmark here

Huh? Grayson is waking up. I stood up, walking closer to him. He opened his eyes, and sees me.Bookmark here

“Al?” he asked, his voice a little raspy.Bookmark here

“Aeliu-yeah. Al”Bookmark here

I’ll let you call me that.Bookmark here

He stood up, rubbing his head as he looks around our surroundings.Bookmark here

“Did we win?”Bookmark here

He looks at both of us. We survived, but I don’t think that counts as winning. He then looked at Mercedes, Iris, and Loralei.Bookmark here

“Judging by the looks of it, we lost the carriage and most of our supplies?” he continued to ask while he observes his outfit. Bookmark here

Shaun had been cleaning them up using magic, but that doesn't apply on their armor.Bookmark here

“Where’s Aidan? Why are you both silent?"Bookmark here

Before Grayson could say anything else, Shaun placed a hand on his shoulder.Bookmark here

“Follow me”Bookmark here

Shaun walked out in the direction of the river. Grayson tagged along, leaving me all alone with the others who are still unconscious. I sat down beside the three.Bookmark here

It’ll be the same once they wake up. And what would Nadia think… she’d never see her twin brother again. What do we say to her? To everyone? Not to mention, I couldn’t even beat Raziel...Bookmark here

I wasn’t strong enough. You're weak Aelius. You and your arrogance, if you just accepted your mortality, things would have-Bookmark here

As my thoughts began to infiltrate my sanity, a soft voice snaps me out of it. Bookmark here

“Aelius?... What happened?”Bookmark here

I opened my eyes. Iris looked at me, her face filled with concern.Bookmark here

I held her hand. “Iris, you’re awake. How are you feeling?”Bookmark here

She looked at the sky, her lips quivering as her voice starts to waver.Bookmark here

“I-I’m fine, I think. Aidan… he... he didn’t make it, did he?”Bookmark here

“Yes” I reluctantly said.Bookmark here

She placed her left arm over her eyes. A few tears fell on the ground as Iris continues to bite her lip. I wish I could comfort her. It wasn't her fault.Bookmark here

She rubbed her eyes and looked at me. “I’ve never seen one up close. A Dullahan I mean. He just suddenly appeared behind us”Bookmark here

So I wasn’t wrong. The figure really was headless. My vision was blurring out at the time so I couldn’t see any other detail. But I will avenge Aidan. As long as we keep heading towards the Demon Lord, we’ll definitely encounter that person once again.Bookmark here

I gripped her hand a little. “Stand up, let’s eat. Although all we have are berries and stuff”Bookmark here

That was an awkward line. Luckily, I think she gets what I'm trying to say. Bookmark here

She tried to smile a little. “Next time, leave the food preparations to me”Bookmark here

“Alright”Bookmark here

A few minutes later, Shaun and Grayson returned to the camp. Grayson walked over and slumped down a few feet from the fire. He then looked at me. Shaun must have explained the situation to him. I already know where this is going to lead.Bookmark here

“Aelius” his face darkened a little.Bookmark here

“Yes, I know. It's my fault-” I looked down on the ground.Bookmark here

“How are you feeling?”Bookmark here

Huh? That's not what I expected.Bookmark here

“You’re... not mad?”Bookmark here

He held his hands as he looks at the fire. He’s smiling, but it seems forced.Bookmark here

“Why would I be? It’s not like you’re the one who stabbed him”Bookmark here

“That’s true… but if I didn’t do what I did… maybe things would have gone differently”Bookmark here

He stood up and walked toward me. He then sat down, placing his hand on my shoulder.Bookmark here

“It would have been a lot worse if you didn’t teleport the injured out of the way. It could have ended with all of us dying that night”Bookmark here

I rubbed my eyes. I think he's right. But I also think that I could have done better. Maybe if I just kept teleporting us away… If I did my spell management better in that fight…Bookmark here

“You should be blaming me Grayson. Now I don’t know how to react”Bookmark here

“It can’t be helped. All of us are aware of the dangers we’re facing when we signed up for this mission. Let’s just pray we don’t lose anymore people in the future. I mean hope, not pray, seeing as you’re-um, never mind. You get the point, right?”Bookmark here

I couldn't help but smile a little. “I understand”Bookmark here

Grayson lets out a wide grin. He then took some berries from our stash, eating it alongside Iris and Shaun. I lay down on the ground. I haven’t been able to sleep since that night. Bookmark here

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I looked up.Bookmark here

There’s a dragon in the sky. It’s Nathan.Bookmark here

The Greater Dragon circled around our camp for a moment, then started to descend.Bookmark here

“Never thought I’d be grateful to see that overgrown lizard” Grayson covered his eyes as dust gets swept up in the air.Bookmark here

Nathan landed beside the camp, destroying a couple of trees in the process.Bookmark here

Where were you during that night? Is what I thought to myself. But I’m sure he has reasons. Bookmark here

His glossy black scales reflect the sunlight all over the place. He then looked at Loralei- who's still unconscious. Bookmark here

Seeing this, Grayson immediately walked up to the dragon.Bookmark here

“Woah there lizar- Nathan. We didn’t do anything to her” Bookmark here

As if feeling relieved, Nathan ignores Grayson and lies down. I stood up and walk towards him.Bookmark here

“Grayson, maybe we can get a ride from Nathan? We’re pretty far behind on schedule”Bookmark here

“Are you sure?”Bookmark here

“Well not really. I mean look at him, he still hates my guts”Bookmark here

Nathan glared at me. I don’t know what dragons look like when they hold a grudge, but Nathan is definitely still mad at me for what happened back at Sol.Bookmark here

Shaun called out to us. “Aelius, Grayson. Speaking of which, she’s awake”Bookmark here

He pointed at Loralei, who’s still lying down and looking at the sky. Grayson and I walked towards her.Bookmark here

Grayson stopped just by her head and looked down on her.Bookmark here

“Rise and shine lady”Bookmark here

She scoffed at him. “Knight. Where’s Aelius?”Bookmark here

Grayson sighed. “That’s the first thing you think about?”Bookmark here

Loralei ignored him, looking towards me. “Are you alright?”Bookmark here

I reached out. “You’re the one who was sleeping for two days. I’m fine. How about you?”Bookmark here

She took my hand, stands up and looks around.Bookmark here

“I’m fine Aelius. Thank you.” She said as she pats my shoulder for a bit.Bookmark here

Loralei walked towards Nathan. The two then looked at each other.Bookmark here

“Where’s the kid with the crossbow?”Bookmark here

“His name is Aidan! And… he’s not here anymore” Iris replied with a semi-bitter tone.Bookmark here

Loralei kept silent. Bookmark here

“Do you want something to eat?” Shaun gestured towards the berry stash.Bookmark here

She looked at it for a moment. “No thanks. We need to catch up with the others, right?”Bookmark here

Grayson nodded.Bookmark here

“Yes” I replied.Bookmark here

She got up on the dragon. “Then, what are we waiting for? Let’s go.”Bookmark here

Free ride.Bookmark here

Shaun dropped the berries and went to grab the equipment. Grayson lifted Mercedes, placing her on the dragon. Iris and I climbed on the dragon. Shaun and Loralei are the last ones on.Bookmark here

“Don’t try to fall, okay?” Loralei said as she stood up.Bookmark here

It doesn’t look like it will be stable, but I stand up as well.Bookmark here

“You should probably sit down.” she said, smiling at me.Bookmark here

I sat down, trying my best to act cool. “Let’s go”Bookmark here

With a roar, Nathan brings us up high into the sky.Bookmark here

Things did not go as planned, but I’m going to stop dwelling on that. We still have our mission. Defeat the Demon Lord. As for me, I have a personal grudge to settle. Bookmark here

Iris handed me the obsidian blade. "You almost forgot this Aelius"Bookmark here

"Thanks Iris" I replied.Bookmark here

I looked at the journal in my pocket. Maybe next time, I’ll open it.Bookmark here

Onwards to the Epheron Continent.Bookmark here

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