Chapter 14:


The Human Saint is Bored, so I was Summoned to Another World Vol. 1

Good morning, sir!”Bookmark here

“Ah, good morning!”Bookmark here

“Hello, sir!”Bookmark here

“What’s up, y’all?”Bookmark here

It’s been a long time since I last saw this familiar scenery. A long corridor filled with students in their white uniforms, empty rooms with chairs and bags scattered everywhere, and my tired co-workers gathering around to take a well-deserved break in the faculty room…Bookmark here

I knew this is just another dream, but it brought out nostalgic memories…Bookmark here

I took a walk around my old school, which was quite small compared to a normal one back in my country. Within a few minutes, I could go on a round trip several times in this place. Yep, this school was tiny, where we even had to give our workspaces to accommodate more students coming in from other places…Bookmark here

However, this one is full of memories—good and bad—for me…Bookmark here

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Hmm…I don’t know. Maybe I got influenced by what that black-haired Saint, Natasha, told me about my ‘true power’. That could be the reason I’m seeing this scenario once again. She said I could use words to influence people, but I doubt that would be the case…Bookmark here

I mean, all of my co-workers are teachers too, don’t they have the same power as me?Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

I was surprised when someone bumped into me. This should’ve been a dream, but I felt like this was all real…Such a vivid dream I’m currently having, huh?Bookmark here

Oh, sorry for hitting you, sir!” it was a girl who hit me. Perhaps not looking on the way she’s going, I didn’t know. But what I remember was, this student of mine was a good friend to me back when I was still on Earth.Bookmark here

“Alexa? You alright, dude?” I asked her. Pardon my speech; it’s just the way I talk to them.Bookmark here

Ah yes sir, I’m fine.”Bookmark here

“Watch out where you go, then. It’ll be a pain in the ass if you hit your head on a pole and you became amnesiac.”Bookmark here

“Come on sir, you know it won’t be the case.” Alexa replied, laughing, “I have a thick skull, it will not be a problem.”Bookmark here

“I agree.” I sarcastically commented, “That’s why you and your classmates are real assholes…you have thick skulls!”Bookmark here

“Of course, sir! We’re your students and we’re proud of it, you know!” Alexa playfully winked at me.Bookmark here

As a teacher, hearing those words from my students—no matter how ‘demonic’ they seemed to be—warms my heart. Heck, it’s the reason I got into this low-paying, highly stressful job in the first place!Bookmark here

“Take care on your way around, Alexa!” I gently patted her head.Bookmark here

Alexa waved her hand at me as she walked away, “I will, sir…thanks!”Bookmark here

A power using words to influence people, huh? I knew it’s possible, but I’m not the only one who wields it, you know?Bookmark here

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Man, I miss my students. I wonder how are they doing now…Bookmark here

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To be honest, I got an uncomfortable feeling as I head to Her Holiness’ room. For one, it wasn’t easy to talk about a failed romance with someone who’s been rejected by the man she loved and tried to harm herself because of it.Bookmark here

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But I guess I had to help the Saint confront her failures and cope up with the pain.Bookmark here

Man, this is heavy.Bookmark here

I hesitated for a few moments before entering that huge wooden door leading to Her Holiness’ room. I was about to knock when the door itself opened and out came Lily’s head.Bookmark here

Oh, Kuro!” she greeted me with a smile, but I could see that she’s got some eyebags, “Her Holiness told me you’re standing outside her room, so I took the liberty to open it. You need something from her?”Bookmark here

“How is she?”Bookmark here

“Err…” Lily was apprehensive whether she would answer my question. But she pleaded to me in the end, “Please, Kuro, Her Holiness is utterly dejected when that idiot, Simon, rejected her. Can you at least talk some sense into our friend?”Bookmark here

“I’ll try to.” Honestly, I’m not confident. But I guess there’s no harm in trying.Bookmark here

Lily then let me in.Bookmark here

Oh Kuro!” it was the Saint, “You need something from me?”Bookmark here

I was startled to see her keeping up a strong front. She was smiling—as if nothing happened, but her expression had a distinct feeling to it. If I may say, I could feel the sadness coming out of her.Bookmark here

Uhh…Your Holiness—”Bookmark here

The Saint quickly cut into my sentence, “I know. I can see into minds, Kuro.”Bookmark here

I fell silent. I didn’t know how to put my thoughts into proper words.Bookmark here

“Please don’t pity me.” the Saint demanded, turning away from us, “I may be the Saint, but I’m still a human girl with feelings and pride, you know.”Bookmark here

“I understand, Your Holiness.” I answered, “But can I ask you one thing?”Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“Can you please stop reading my thoughts for a moment?”Bookmark here

Her Holiness stared at me, “Fine if that’s what you want.”Bookmark here

And so, I said what I had in mind, “Your Holiness, if I may speak …”Bookmark here

“You tell me to stop reading into your head and then the next moment you say you want to speak your thoughts? Aren’t you full of contradictions, Kuro?”Bookmark here

Well, I guess I am, Your Holiness. But I’ll try to help you, no matter what. “I’m sorry, Your Holiness, but can you please listen to me for a bit?”Bookmark here

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I took her silence for ‘yes’.Bookmark here

“First, I just want to say that you’re not alone. Whenever you feel sad or dejected, Lily is here with you, or you can also talk to me if that’s alright.”Bookmark here

She remained unresponsive. So I continued to speak.Bookmark here

“Second is, that second prince is a fucking asshole, you know.”Bookmark here

The room was filled with awkward silence. Sir Simon was a good friend to Her Holiness and Lily, after all. Of course, they wouldn’t want to hear some stranger from another world talk ill of their childhood companion.Bookmark here

Should I continue? Well, no matter. If they get angry, then so be it.Bookmark here

“You know why, Your Holiness? You showered that guy with your love and devotion, yet he still has the guts to reject a beautiful girl like you! We call that kind of person ‘asshole’ in my old world. They don’t deserve a second life.”Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

I’m sorry, Sir Simon, it’s not that I hated you. But situations like this one called for extreme measures…Bookmark here

“Kuro…”,Bookmark here

“Yes, Your Holiness?”Bookmark here

“Please…don’t call Simon like that. He’s our good friend.” she pleaded, “Simon may be an insensitive liar and an idiot, but he’s our friend.”Bookmark here

“Yes, Your Holiness, I agree with that.”Bookmark here

“He may have loved someone else, but he’s our friend, alright?” the Saint’s voice was shaking; she’s about to cry again any minute now.Bookmark here

“Yep, I understand. My apologies…” I sincerely apologized.Bookmark here

“I was wrong to have let my feelings get over me.” Her Holiness quipped.Bookmark here

Uh…I don’t think it’s a mistake, Your Holiness.” I gently rebuked her, “You’re human, and I believe that even if you’re a god, you can’t stop your heart from loving someone. Please stop blaming yourself for something that is naturally happening.”Bookmark here

“But it hurts, Kuro…”Bookmark here

“Yes, it is, just like how it should be. It’s proof that you loved that person.”Bookmark here

“Simon…”,Bookmark here

Although I knew I couldn’t properly console her, I gathered my courage and gave the Saint a head pat. Bookmark here

Man, I guess I’m pathetic; it’s the only way I know in comforting someone.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry you have to destroy the only memento that you have from your world.” Her Holiness apologized for the old shirt that I used to put a tourniquet on her wound.Bookmark here

“It’s fine, it’s old stuff, anyway.”Bookmark here

“But still…”Bookmark here

“I’m telling you it’s okay with me.” And that’s the truth, anyway, “If you’re truly regretting what just happened, then I’ll ask you to keep yourself alive and well. You can make amends to me if you did that.”Bookmark here

“Thank you, Kuro…”Bookmark here

Ah…you’ll be able to get over him soon, Your Holiness.” I assured her, “Just accept the reality that you’re hurt, and if you need to, change yourself for the better. I’m sure you deserve a much better guy out there.”Bookmark here

The Saint fell silent. Lily was beside her, consoling her quietly. Tears were already flowing down from her eyes, though she’s trying her best to hold back.Bookmark here

“Your Holiness, I don’t think it’s a sign of weakness that you let yourself cry from time to time.” I suggested, “In fact, it can help you go through with your sadness.”Bookmark here

And so, with the two of us—Lily and I—keeping the Saint accompanied, Her Holiness the Great Saint of Chersea poured out her entire feelings in a heartfelt cry that lasted for quite long.Bookmark here

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I left the Saint’s room as soon as she stopped her tears. Lily stayed with her all the time, so I’m confident that she’ll be safe under her watch.Bookmark here

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There were a few more things I needed to do before I called this a ‘day’. Quite a distance away from the Saint’s room stood the royal pair, Sir Simon and King Rambo.Bookmark here

“So, how’s Maddie?” the meathead grabbed the collar of my shirt while asking for the condition of Her Holiness.Bookmark here

“She’s fine now. At least, she’s recovering.” I replied, trying to let his grip loose. Well, if you’re that worried about her, you can at least see her for yourself.Bookmark here

As for Sir Simon, he remained silent. He was averting his eyes from me as if he had done something wrong.Bookmark here

“Hey, Your Highness.” I tapped his shoulder to get his attention, “You alright?”Bookmark here

“I know I don’t have the right to talk to Maddie, nor be concerned about her.”Bookmark here

Nah. No one wants what just happened.” I tried consoling the prince, “Don’t pin the blame on yourself, Sir Simon.”Bookmark here

“But you know the reason behind Maddie’s actions was all because of me.”Bookmark here

“That’s right!” it was King Rambo, “It’s Simon’s stupid mistake to hurt Maddie like that, so he has to face his guilt.”Bookmark here

Shut the fuck up, Rambo. I never asked for your opinion. Anyway, I continued, “Well, if you truly are repenting, at least take proper responsibility for your actions. And I’m not telling you to hurt yourself, Sir Simon.”Bookmark here

“What should I do then?”Bookmark here

“Well, grit your teeth and live by your decision to reject her. Think about Her Holiness’ feelings once she learns you became a dejected person because of her actions. You think she’ll be happy with that?”Bookmark here

Sir Simon was silent. It seemed like he was pondering deeply about what I said.Bookmark here

“A mistake wouldn’t correct another wrong. It would only make it bigger, Your Highness.” I suggested, “Best course of action is, reverse the mistake by doing right, which in your case is, pursuing what makes you happy.”Bookmark here

“That’s some deep words you got there, peasant.” King Rambo commented.Bookmark here

“I hope you find your happiness as well, Your Majesty!” Honestly, I’ve been itching to tell him ‘go die drowning in steroids’, but I decided not to pick up any new enemies.Bookmark here

Hmph! Thanks for the words, peasant!” he replied in his usual arrogant tone, “I may leave soon, but don’t think that someone like you can win against me for Maddie!”Bookmark here

What the hell are you talking about, meathead? Did you get high on steroids again?Bookmark here

“Kuro…” it was Sir Simon.Bookmark here

“Yes, Your Highness?”Bookmark here

“Thanks for your words.” he laughed a little, “I’ll try to follow it, I promise.”Bookmark here

“No problem, Sir Simon!”,Bookmark here

Ah, if ever you wanted to come to Nerfes, drop me a visit!” the second prince offered, “My entire household is always open to welcome you, Sir Kuro.” He bowed in gratitude before me, much to the surprise of his ‘blood’ brother, King Rambo, and myself as well. But the steroid boy decided to remain silent.Bookmark here

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Sometime later…Bookmark here

“His Royal Majesty of Nerfes, King James Walter Reed II!”Bookmark here

The carriages of the royalty of Nerfes had lined up once again at the courtyard of the palatial gardens, though this time, they were now facing the direction of the main gate. The palatial guards, as well as the Nerfes’ royal guards, lined along the path that led to the first carriage, where the king was expected to take his ride.Bookmark here

I guess this was the time the guys from Nerfes would come back to their own country.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

I could see the royal attendants preceding the entourage and carrying the various things the royals had with them in their visit. And man, I’m impressed by the sheer numbers of the suitcases these people had brought; they had their entire house move with them.Bookmark here

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King Rambo’s glare towards me never changed, though it mellowed down. He had his painting made by Her Holiness in his hands, never planning to entrust it to one of his servants. He guarded it with his entire life.Bookmark here

Heh, no one would want to snatch it from you anyway, Rambo. Anyone who’d do it is blind or is nuts in the head. Oh wait, I forgot about Sir Simon…well, he’s the only one who’d love him.Bookmark here

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And uh, speaking of Sir Simon…Bookmark here

I turned around and saw him a few steps away from where I stood. Lily was with him, along with the dignified figure of that silver-haired girl, the Human Saint of Chersea, Madelaine Ann Rubinforth.Bookmark here

I wonder what are they talking about…Bookmark here

For one, Lily’s face was something I couldn’t describe, though Her Holiness’ expression remained the same.Bookmark here

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“Well, Sir Simon Hugh Reed, Second Prince of Nerfes, I guess this is goodbye…” the Saint said out loud. Though her voice remained stoic initially, I noticed it trailed at the end.Bookmark here

“Yes, Your Holiness.” Sir Simon bowed in reverence, “I would also like to extend my deepest gratitude for welcoming us here in your presence.”Bookmark here

“As always.” Her Holiness was keeping up a brave front, “Anyone who is in need will be welcomed in this place.”Bookmark here

I’m having a painful feeling while watching these two talked. There’s an invisible wall being put up between them…Oh well, I guess it’s pretty much normal.Bookmark here

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But Sir Simon never moved from his position. He kept his head low before Her Holiness…Bookmark here

“Your Holiness…no, Maddie!” he began talking, “I…I’d like to apologize for—”Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

Me, Lily, and most especially, Sir Simon, were all surprised when the Saint seized hold of him and embraced him tightly. There were tears in Her Holiness’ eyes…Bookmark here

“Please don’t.” she told him, “Don’t regret that you chose to be happy. I can manage somehow; I got Lily with me.”Bookmark here

Sir Simon, though he was surprised at the sudden gesture, finally gave in and reciprocated Her Holiness’ embrace, “Thank you! Thank you, Maddie!”Bookmark here

“No matter what happens, I’ll always be a friend to you, Simon.” the Saint reminded the Second Prince, “So pursue what makes you happy and fulfilled. I bless you with the gods’ favor.”Bookmark here

Silence prevailed as the two souls finally found the courage to confront and be at peace with each other…Bookmark here

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The royal entourage from Nerfes had just left. Sir Simon remained in solitude the whole time, after that scene with the Saint, while the rest of the royal entourage said their goodbyes. Well, I could understand the second prince’s sentiments. Of course, he’s still wracked with guilt over Her Holiness’ action, and I doubt if he’d ever get over that feeling as long as he lived…which is kind of sad. But I’m hoping that Sir Simon could find the happiness he’s searching for…Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

After all, I doubt Rambo would ever return his feelings.Bookmark here

Man, the human heart is too complicated.Bookmark here

“Hello, Maddie! Are you okay now?” it was the former slave boy, which was the Beastman Saint, Ruro of the Wolf. She had shed off her disguise and greet Her Holiness as herself.Bookmark here

“You finally revealed your true self, Ruro!” the Human Saint replied happily, “I thought you let yourself be the slave of Kuro.”Bookmark here

Haha! So, you know it was me after all!”Bookmark here

“Of course, I would! You’re bad at acting, you know.”Bookmark here

“Uuu…”Bookmark here

Well, of course, they’re saints. Their godly powers were cheats that could see through anyone’s heart and mind. It’s easy that Her Holiness could know about the Beastman Saint’s disguise.Bookmark here

“Thanks for saving me, Ruro. I owe you my life.”Bookmark here

Nah, don’t mention it. I was there, so I smelled your blood; if you’ve got someone to thank for, it’s my master.”Bookmark here

Uhh…I thought we have talked about this, Your Fluffy Holiness?” I corrected her, or there’ll be further misunderstandings if she continued with her nonsense, “I don’t need slaves, especially an esteemed Beastman Saint for one.”Bookmark here

“Well, I think you have no option to refuse, M-A-S-T-E-R. This humble Beastman Saint was ensnared by your trap of words, and now she dedicates her life for you.”Bookmark here

“Please don’t do that, you have a land and a race to take care of.” I don’t think I could accept the fact that a Saint would leave her people to ruin, just for some idiot from another world, even if it was meant as a joke.Bookmark here

Her Holiness laughed softly. Bookmark here

Well, at least, if she’s able to do that, I guess it’s all fine.Bookmark here

“Yes, I’m pretty much okay now, Kuro.” she told me, “I’m still sad though.”Bookmark here

“It’s normal, Your Holiness. Sir Simon had played a big part in your life, after all.”Bookmark here

“Thank you for your words, Kuro.”Bookmark here

“You’re welcome, Your Holiness.”Bookmark here

Uh…if it pleases you…” she had a bit of difficulty in bringing out her words, “Can I request something, Kuro?”Bookmark here

“Sure, why not, Your Holiness.” I replied, “What is it?”Bookmark here

“It’s Maddie.”Bookmark here

“Hm?”Bookmark here

“Please…can you call me Maddie from now on?”Bookmark here

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I think I should tell you a few more things. After the departure of the Nerfes royals, the Saint had considerably withdrawn herself from the public eye for a while. Perhaps she’s still grieving, I didn’t know. But I guess she had all the rights to. Bookmark here

It’s difficult to mend a broken heart, after all…Bookmark here

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Hmm…I guess this would take a while.”Bookmark here

Drying clothes without the usual conveniences available to modern city-dwelling humans like a clothes dryer, or a spinner could be a hassle. Chersea was a world that did not know ‘night’ and ‘day’; the only thing closer to that concept was the ‘long sleep’, which was the time when we take a long sleep (like what you do every night).Bookmark here

If I did the laundry, I’d have to check it from time to time to see if it’s dry and ready to use, or if it was still wet. Add the temperate climate of the land, and you’d get a slow way of drying the clothes. I thought it would take a while before I fully adjusted to this kind of lifestyle.Bookmark here

On the bright side, however, the ‘day’ was slow. It’s the ideal vacation spot for any stressed-out employee from Earth, after dealing with obnoxious people like bosses, entitled clients, and toxic co-workers. And because Chersea was in its medieval period, the air was fresh and cool. The rolling hills and flat, green plains were a treat to the eyes. Nearby streams could be a source of drinking water. And the best part of it is, there were no dusty, dirty, and polluted urban centers like on modern Earth.Bookmark here

Having been summoned here isn’t all that bad…Bookmark here

Plus, I didn’t have to use torches and candles too often. The Chersean sun—or whatever was that light up there—never sets; the only places you’d need an artificial light would be in your house’s interior if you decided to keep it dark.Bookmark here

So technically, I could go around the Holy Palatial Gardens arousing no suspicion. Though the people of Chersea had the concept of ‘long sleep’, there was always a person who was awake in this place at any time of the ‘day’. They could see whatever it was I’m doing in broad daylight.Bookmark here

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Now, while waiting for my clothes to dry, I decided to take a walk and catch some fresh air. By this moment, most of the staff of the Holy Palatial Gardens—including the Saint herself—were off to their dreamland.Bookmark here

I guess now’s an excellent opportunity to go around for a bit. No one will come buzzing at whatever catches your interest; or worse, stalk and follow you wherever you go…Bookmark here

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Anyway, just outside the manor where I was staying, there’s a forest nearby. You see, the Holy Palatial Gardens was not only enclosed by defensive rings of wall and moat, but it’s also a place where one could mingle with nature. And in that dense cluster of trees, a small spring flowed that was the primary source of fresh water supply.Bookmark here

I’m told that when the Holy Palatial Gardens compound was being expanded, the construction purposefully left that body of water untouched. The Saint from that time believed that it was a sort of divine providence, a gift from the gods. Something close to the Catholic church’s holy water. Though honestly, I was thinking, what if someone messed with the stream somewhere along its stretch? Wouldn’t the people here get sick?Bookmark here

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Oh well, the water’s pretty clear, so I guess I can take a sip? Anyway, I’m already drinking the water from the palace kitchen, so what harm can it bring to me?Bookmark here

I stooped low to scoop a bit and drink from my hands. The cool sensation, coupled with the pleasant, open-air ambiance of the surroundings, made me thirstier. Without further delay, I drank the water.Bookmark here

“Oh!” Well, it was sweet. Quite a nice source of spring water, eh?Bookmark here

Delighted by my discovery, I scooped once again for another round.Bookmark here

This is good!Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

My jolly moment came to an abrupt halt when I heard a splashing sound coming from upstream. In that direction, the trees were growing in thick clusters, obscuring the sight.Bookmark here

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Well, I didn’t know. But from the splashy, watery noises themselves, it looked like someone entered this place and was at the water; either taking a bath or walking through the spring. If that’s so, that wasn’t good. I mean, who would take a bath at this moment? Almost everyone was asleep! Besides, there were a lot of bathtubs, augmented by two bathhouses inside the Saint’s Chambers Palace alone. Bookmark here

Why will someone do it where she can be seen?Bookmark here

That made little sense. So, with that, it can only mean one thing…Bookmark here

“A trespasser!”Bookmark here

That incident with the perverted thief was still fresh in my mind. And since the Holy Palatial Gardens had a reputation of a ‘place filled with women’, it’s of no surprise that these sex-crazed maniacs would try sneaking in from time to time.Bookmark here

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Back to the trespasser. Carefully, I inched my way towards the sound. I knew I couldn’t do much against a criminal who was capable of magic, but if I could pin him down long enough for help to arrive, I thought it’d be fine.Bookmark here

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I finally found a hiding spot among the thick bushes and trees. From my spot, I peered at the source of the suspicious sound. However, what I saw was only a figure shrouded in white, in the very middle of the lake.Bookmark here

Perhaps this idiot is trying to obscure his face so that no one can know his identity.Bookmark here

I silently prayed that he won’t notice me as I positioned myself in a favorable condition and angle to launch an attack that would pin him down. Then, once I made sure of my distance…Bookmark here

“I got you now!”Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

With all of my adrenaline pumping out, I grabbed the trespasser with all of my strength while pushing him desperately to the ground. But there was no pinning down.Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

Instead, a soft, warm, and pleasant sensation embraced my head and my arms, which were wrapped around the criminal to keep him from escaping. And then, what put a stop to my hopeless struggle was when the trespasser finally spoke.Bookmark here

“Goodness, you surprised me there, Kuro!”Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

Bewildered by the terrible realization of what I just did, I saw I was hugging Her Holiness the Saint, all in her naked splendor.Bookmark here

What the fu—Bookmark here

I quickly backed away in panic. I didn’t want a return to that time when the maids here were always plotting against me. Bookmark here

However, my efforts to escape went for naught. In backing off, my feet slipped on the wet rocks, and I fell into the water.Bookmark here

Everything went dark.Bookmark here

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Eventually, my consciousness returned.Bookmark here

When I came to be, I half-expected that I would awaken on a shaky cart pulled by a horse, on my way to execution, with a fellow prisoner greeting me amicably.Bookmark here

“Hey! You’re finally awake!”Bookmark here

For some reason, the Todd Howard dream turned into reality, but minus the overused prisoner guy meme. Instead, a beautiful girl with silver hair and silvery-blue eyes was the one who was happy that I finally awakened.Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

I was quick to sit up, hitting my forehead against Her Holiness’ chin in the process.Bookmark here

“Ow!”Bookmark here

“Sorry.”Bookmark here

“You don’t have to be so jumpy, Kuro!” Her Holiness said in a half-amused, half-annoyed manner. I found her sitting in a ‘seiza’ position, meaning she put my head on her lap while I was unconscious. Unlike earlier, she was now wearing a pure white gown.Bookmark here

“Y-Your Holiness, I’m sorry I—”Bookmark here

“There’s no need for apologies.” she laughed, “I can sense and hear your thoughts from your hiding place while you’re planning to grab and pin me down. I just can’t believe that you thought of me as a criminal.”Bookmark here

“Sorry.”Bookmark here

“Don’t be. I’m not blaming you; I just took my routine bath in this place and forgot to tell you about it.” the Saint smiled, “Before you came, we’re all girls around here, so I didn’t bother.”Bookmark here

No wonder why someone will attempt to trespass. Aren’t you’re way too unguarded, Your Holiness?Bookmark here

“Not really.” she replied nonchalantly, “I could always give them divine retribution if they chance upon me while bathing.”Bookmark here

Err…does it have to end that way? I mean, you have two enormously big bathhouses in your palace, and you still prefer to do that here.”Bookmark here

Nah, it’s fine.”Bookmark here

“No, it’s not.”Bookmark here

“Come on, what’s the harm of being seen naked by someone whom you trust?”Bookmark here

“Well, it’s not that you can always count on someone that you trust. What if he turns out to be a villain?”Bookmark here

Her Holiness stared intensely at me, “Well, are you?”Bookmark here

For that, I was speechless. Not that I can help it, see? Her Holiness, no matter how I treat her, was still a member of the opposite sex. And yes, she’s a beautiful girl—both in her looks and figure. It’s impossible for any guy alive to not turn their heads towards her if ever they saw her on the streets.Bookmark here

Oh…so now you’re eyeing on me?” she teased.Bookmark here

Ah! I’m just telling you, stop taking baths outside.”Bookmark here

“Why would I?” Her Holiness playfully laughed and caressed my face, “It always gives me the thrills to be seen by someone I trust.”Bookmark here

Is her head damaged or something? Anyway, I pretended I didn’t hear that.Bookmark here

Aw…you’re no fun!”Bookmark here

“Because I’m being serious.”Bookmark here

The Saint laughed heartily once again, “Oh my, Kuro, you sure are an interesting person! Don’t worry, I’ll take your advice. It’s just that, I’m used to doing it before; I kind of forgot that you’re here already.”Bookmark here

“O-Okay…” Hearing her say that made me wonder if all the males she had encountered so far were just perverted jerks. I mean, it’s pretty normal back on Earth that a man would show self-restraint, especially in public.Bookmark here

“More like, I can always see through their lies.” the Saint replied, “Every time they talk to me, their eyes would always fall on my chest, and their hearts were filled with lustful thoughts.”Bookmark here

Oh. Yeah, I forgot she could read minds. And even if one would say flatteries, the Human Saint could peer into their actual intentions.Bookmark here

“So, how is it?” a nasty smirk formed on Her Holiness’ lips.Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

“Didn’t you see me naked? You even hugged me!”Bookmark here

“!!!” I jolted upon hearing that. And the soft, warm, and pleasant feeling of her body as I hugged her came back to me. It felt so real that I had to shake my head vigorously to remove any impure thoughts.Bookmark here

“I’m telling you, I’m fine! It’s not like you forced yourself on me because of lust. Besides, though what I told you about the ‘used to bathing’ part was false, a little compensation for your hard work wouldn’t be so bad!”Bookmark here

Something was wrong with her head. As someone more mature, I should hammer some values on this Saint. I mean, I’m a guy, but not once did I desire that kind of reward.Bookmark here

Oh? Even though my looks are something that is coveted by many?”Bookmark here

No, not that. It’s about my dignity as a person. I’m not some generic isekai MC who thinks it’s normal for him to get under a girl’s skirt just because he saved her.Bookmark here

Love and respect don’t go that way!Bookmark here

“L-Love…” the Saint’s face became red, “K-Kuro, I-I…”Bookmark here

“Your Holiness, please be rest assured. What I meant by love and respect is that I admire you as a friend, and I won’t be too full of myself thinking that I should fall in love. I’m just someone insignificant.”Bookmark here

“Oh…” the changes of expressions Her Holiness exhibited were just confusing. From being embarrassed, she quickly became annoyed and irritated. Abruptly standing up, she dusted herself and whispered, “But I want you to…”Bookmark here

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Once again, I pretended I did not hear that. My policy in life for romance was that I won’t assume things. I’ve been through that, though I never got myself a girlfriend. So yes, now I know what to expect and what to do about these ‘sweet nothings’. Plus, the Saint had just gone through the worst. Possibly, her displays of ‘love’ and ‘affection’ might be a sign that she’s looking for someone to fill the void left by Sir Simon in her heart. It won’t be good for her, nor for me, if we decided to enter a relationship.Bookmark here

And come on, looking at her, it’s almost as if I’ll be having a student of mine as my girlfriend!Bookmark here

“Tch!” Her Holiness didn’t hide her displeasure anymore, “You’re stupid Kuro!” She stuck out her tongue to me and then teleported off.Bookmark here

I could only stare in bewilderment. Bookmark here

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