The Jack-of-all-trades Kicked Out of the Hero’s Party ~ The Swordsman Who Became a Support Mage Due to Party Circumstances, Becomes All Powerful – Chapter 125

CH125: Encounter

I turned around and sent a slash backwards, but something blocked it on the way.

There’s no one in my line of sight. But my senses tell me that there is someone out there ・・・・・.

(Was it a magic barrier that blocked my slash? No, that was more advanced than that…)

It’s going to be hard to block my slashes with a magic barrier now.

Even if I used my special ability [Convergence of Magic] in combination with the magic barrier, the result would be the same.

The actuality that it’s so close to a magic barrier it effortlessly blocked my slashes.

Who the hell are you?

What kind of a fool would cut me down out of the blue?

I let my guard down and let my thoughts wander, when suddenly an unfamiliar voice echoed in my head.

I’m familiar with the phenomenon of voices echoing in your head.

It’s Selma’s [psychokinesis].

But what I’m feeling now is something different from [psychokinesis].

Is it just that my senses have changed because I’ve activated my Ki to the limit?

“Isn’t it a bit much to just cut me off and ignore me out of the blue? Or did you just perceive our presence, but… you can’t hear us yet?”

I can still hear the voices in my head.

The airflow is consistent.

So you’re not using [Lurking Hyde] to hide.

But when it comes to magic, I sense something… different.

(What? Magic? No way…)

“… I can hear you.”

I call out to the empty space, but certainly to the beings that are there.

“Well, then, you’ll have to respond faster. I’m trying to talk to you.

Are you a fairy?

A fairy is simply a magical force with an ego.

Humans cannot perceive magic.

Only those who possess a special ability to interfere with magic such as [Convergence of Magic] can perceive a small amount of magic to varying degrees.

But that’s not enough to perceive fairies.

Therefore, the existence itself is uncertain, and people think that fairies in fairy tales are fictitious.

In fact, fairy tales don’t say that fairies are a magical force with a will.

In my case, Luna was the only one who could communicate with the fairies… and that’s how I was able to find out who they were.

“… Well, that’s a good point.”

The fairy affirms my mutterings.

I don’t detect any hostility in his voice.

You know Luna?

“Luna… Oh, you mean Luuko. She’s the only one we like.

She told me a long time ago that there’s a fairy who calls Luna Luuko.

Luna says that the fairy is a fairy who survived the battle against the evil god along with the heroes of fairy tales and is the queen of fairies who reigns supreme over all existing fairies.

So you’re Titania.

“Correct.”

I’ve heard that Luna has been saved by Titania several times in the past.

It’s not hard to imagine that he’s on Luna’s side, but that doesn’t mean he’s on my side.

But I don’t sense any hostility, so maybe we should let our guard down a little.

(I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be able to speak with a fairy…)

He is startled by the sudden turn of events, but he tries to think hard and swallow the situation.

It’s hard to keep up with the Ki activation, but I think I can keep it up as long as we don’t have to fight.

“Even though I was surprised by your suddenness, I’m sorry for slashing at you out of the blue earlier.”

“Totally. But it’s okay. I forgive you.”

“Thank you. Can I ask you one more question?”

“Okay. Whether or not I answer depends on the question.”

“… I’ve been feeling like someone’s been watching me lately, was it you who was watching me?”

“Lately”? What the hell… Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. ・・・・・・. That would be us.

Titania must have had some idea what I was asking. She answers in nonchalant affirmation.

The look in your eyes is Titania.

But why were you watching me?

The only big thing that’s happened recently is that fight with Oliver.

But I wonder if that’s enough to make fairies interested in humans.

If anyone’s going to be interested, it’s going to be Oliver, not me.

Oliver’s [Convergence of Magic] at that time was so out of character.

You think it’s funny watching me?

“If you ask me if it’s funny or not, it’s not funny. But it’s just a way to pass the time.”

I don’t know, I’m just trying to kill some time.

Well, fairies live a lot longer than humans.

The fact that it’s based on magic doesn’t suggest that it has any concept of longevity… or that it’s hungry for entertainment. So he’s just passing the time.

I mean, how come I’m talking to a fairy ・・・・・?

I thought it was Luna’s prerogative to be able to talk to fairies because she has the [Spirit Control] ability, but is that actually not the case?

I felt Titania’s eyes on me… I mean, I was perceiving fairies when I activated my ch’i.

Could it be that by activating their Ki, any human can communicate with fairies?

Mr. Hurt didn’t say anything like that, but it’s quite possible that he was keeping it a secret because he’s a secretive sort of guy.

Luna told me that there are only a few fairies in the world.

Then it’s possible that he didn’t tell us because we’d never have a chance to encounter him.

“Well, can I ask you a question too?”

As I drifted through a sea of thoughts, Titania was the next to speak to me.

Yeah, if I can answer that.

Why did you take such a risk?

A dangerous gamble would be [Unsealed Culmination].

Surely this was dangerous.

Just because the dream me… did it, doesn’t mean the real me ・・・・ can do it.

I had a feeling that I could do it, but I didn’t know the details of it, and of course I had no proof that I could do it.

In the worst case scenario, he could have lost control and gone berserk like Oliver did that day.

Of course, I thought it was very unlikely, and I took measures for it and practiced them.

“The answer is simple. It’s to get stronger. To never lose again… to protect what I want to protect… because I still need my strength… I don’t want to have regrets.

“No regrets? That’s impossible.

I think Titania’s tone changed when she heard my answer.

Titania?

“It’s impossible not to have regrets. As long as you’re alive, you’re bound to have regrets. Fairies and humans are no different.”

Titania’s powerful voice echoes in my head.

I feel that these words are accompanied by a sense of reality.

Titania may have some big regrets from her past.

“… Yeah, I know. You can’t have a life without regrets. But when I say “regrets,” I don’t mean the individual events, I mean the totality of them. In other words, when you die.”

When Oliver beat me and I was ready to die, I regretted it.

If only I’d done that, if only I’d done that.

After experiencing that feeling, I’m more determined than ever not to regret it.

I don’t want to go through that again.

“Someday we will die. It’s inevitable. But the process of reaching that final destination is up to the individual. When I die, I want to die satisfied with my life. To do that, you have to keep winning. If you die a loser, you’ll regret it.”

“… “and you remain defeated… “I see, so the Lord your servant…”

The sound did not come through his hearing, but he could not make out Titania’s sad voice.

What’s wrong?

No, it’s nothing. I guess you have to be human to understand human things. I guess that clears up one question.”

When I called out to him, he was back in the same mood as before.

What do you mean?

“That’s a secret. Well then, I’m going to go wandering again, looking for something interesting to do.”

As Titania said this, the presence gradually became less and less noticeable until finally she could no longer sense it.

Where did he go?

“… What the hell was that?

Although I am perplexed by the unexpected encounter with fairies, I am happy that I could exchange words with them, paranormal beings.

Maybe we’ll get to know more fairies besides Titania in the future.

I’m looking forward to it, but right now my priority is training my ki.

I changed my mind and continued fighting in the labyrinth for a while.

Since you still need to be very conscious of Ki, [Overlapping] is currently the more advanced combat option.

But you can use higher and higher magic in this state.

The potential is definitely better here.

I will continue to make efforts to shift to this direction in the future.

***

After dawn I came to the entrance of the labyrinth again with the members of <Twilight Moonbow> in tow.

“Let’s investigate the labyrinth! I’ll do my best!”

“Yes! Let’s try our best to help Orun-san!”

“… Master, I’m counting on you to guide me.”

“Ah… As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to explain to you how to investigate the labyrinth to begin with. After that we’ll work together for a while, but in the end I’m planning to have you investigate the entire labyrinth on your own. So please listen to the explanation with that in mind.”

“”””Yes!!!!”” “””

“Luna, please follow up with these girls.”

“Okay. Basically, I’ll leave it to the three of you and help you if something happens, right?”

“Yeah. You can join us for the battle. When we return to Tutrail we’ll resume the attack on the Grand Labyrinth, so make sure we’re all working together while we’re at it.”

“Okay. Then let’s all do our best.

“I’ll do my best not to put too much of a burden on Sister Lu!”

After we’d finished talking, we stepped into the labyrinth.