~ Chapter 85: Colly Tos for the win! (Part 3) ~
[Illsyore's point of view]
After my wives returned, they found me sitting down at the entrance of Melkuth's Temple and petting Tamara. She was overflowing with cuteness and fluffiness!
Do I have a nekomini fetish? I wondered and got slightly frightened by the idea.
“Ah! There you are!” I lifted my hand up.
“We're back, Illsy. Hm, is Tamara sleeping?” Nanya asked.
“No, she's just very relaxed right now.” I shook my head and scratched the fellow behind her ears.
“Funyaaa~!” she stretched her tail in joy.
“What a cutie!” Ayuseya said.
“Zoreya is fine.” Shanteya told me.
“Is that so... Erm... Where is she?” I asked.
“What do you mean? She's right...” Nanya looked to her side. “Huh?”
There was no one there.
“It's not scratched! It's fine! Ah!” Zoreya said.
We all turned our head and saw the glorious crusader checking the Shield of Melkuth in her orange one-piece dress. Without a bra to keep hold of those big mountains of hers, the jiggle reached dangerous levels.
Me likey! But then again, how did she get there without me noticing? I thought.
“Zoreya?” Shanteya asked.
“Hm?” the woman looked up at her and then saw me. “EEP!” she ran behind the shild.
“Huh?” I blinked surprised.
“So it was Illsy's fault.” nodded Nanya.
“What?” I blinked surprised.
“Illsy's fault.” said Shanteya.
“Definitely.” nodded Ayuseya.
“It's always Master's fault...” said Tamara.
“Even the cat's speaking against me.” I squinted my eyes at the furry fellow and then vigorously scratched her as revenge.
“FUNYAAA~!” she cried out in pleasure.
The plan backfired, so I stopped.
Letting out a sigh, I rubbed the back of my head and looked at the hidden crusader.
“You know... I'm not a boogeyman. Why are you hiding from me?” I asked.
“B-Because...” she stuttered.
“Because?” I raised an eyebrow.
“You are a man... and I am woman...” she replied.
“You don't say.” I smiled.
“Erm... but I...” she peeked from around the shield.
Cute... I thought.
“But you what?” I asked.
“I don't have my armor on!” she said and hid back behind the shield.
“Huh?” my brain stopped.
“She's super shy.” Nanya remarked.
“No kidding.” I nodded.
Although, why didn't she act the same way back then when I stumbled upon her while she was bathing? I thought.
“Can you make an armor for her?” asked Shanteya.
“Erm? Do I have to? She quite beautiful in that one-piece and...” they were all glaring at me “I got it. One sturdy, bulky armor coming right up!” I replied.
A few moments later, I returned with her previous armor, now repaired and in working condition.
“This is only temporary. I'll make you a better one as soon as I can.” I said as I was made to turn around while she put it on, even if she was already hidden by that big shield of hers.
“Thank you.” she replied only after she was done.
“The old Zoreya is back.” Nanya remarked.
“Yup.” I nodded when I saw her.
“I am grateful for your help, Dungeon Lord. Although, how did you make it so I can carry Melkuth's shield as well?” she asked me.
“You... Call me Illsy! I'm your husband!” I retorted.
“No. That's... too embarrassing.” she looked away.
I squinted my eye at the woman wearing full-plate armor.
Embarrassing? How?! Ugh... she's going to be a pain. I groaned.
“Don't worry, Illsy. We'll make sure to train her well.” said Shanteya.
“Train?” I raised an eyebrow at her.
“Pardon me, I mean... teach. Yes, teach her well!” she giggled.
The assassin is scheming something. I thought.
“May I ask where we are? This looks like a town, but... where are the people?” Zoreaya asked me.
“I built this place after our battle. Well, I'm all cured now thanks to you. Melkuth made me into his follower, gave me a name, turned you into a High Apostle, yada yada... stuff happened.” I shrugged.
“That was lazy.” Nanya remarked.
I let out a sigh, apologized, then I began to explain everything that happened from the moment the battle began until now.
“So that's why I can still use Melkuth's Shield? Thank you, Dun...” she was about to say those words again, but I glared at her. “Illsy...” she blushed and tried to hide in her armor.
“So, what are we going to do now?” asked Nanya.
“I have an idea about that.” I smirked.
“What?” she asked raising an eyebrow.
“Well, with me being brought back to Level 1 and with the new addition to our group, I decided it was about time we all trained together!” I declared.
“Trained?” Shanteya tilted her head to the left.
“Yes. A few years offshore on a remote island where the former dungeon of a very old Primordial Dungeon resides!” I declared.
“What makes you so sure it's still there?” Nanya asked.
“I don't, but we can try. Not like we have anything else to do besides lots and lots of love?” I shrugged and looked at Zoreya.
Her cheeks turned red and like tortoise, she hid inside her armor.
“Oh no, you don't! You're not touching the poor girl!” Nanya warned me.
“I was joking, relax!” I replied lifting my hands up. “But still, Zoreya, I'm your husband now, so feel free to think of me as your man, and I will think of you as my woman. All bounds between us are gone. You can ask me anything, and I'll answer you. I promised Melkuth I'll take care of you and love you, so I'm not planning on going against him. Leaving that god aside, these are also my true feelings!” I told her with a smile.
She nodded once slowly.
She's too shy... I thought while wondering what sort of can opener I should use on her.
Letting out a sigh, I then took out a small white crystal from my Inner Mind. It was similar to the one I used to teleport ourselves to this continent. The old Primordial Dungeon desperately tried to hide this crystal from me and all those other Dungeons, but once I merged with The Darkness, all of their memories became mine and their knowledge flowed inside me. Among all the useless crap that could be called my 'inheritance' from them, I was able to find this thing.
Talk about luck... I thought as I looked at the crystal.
“Is that a...” Nanya spoke but stopped mid-sentence.
“Yes, a teleportation crystal. I need to fill it with Magic Energy first and then we can leave this place.” I said with a nod.
“What will happen to this town after we are gone?” Ayuseya asked as she looked around.
From her point of view, it may have looked as though I put a fairly decent amount of material and time into building it. Thus, abandoning it all of a sudden would be seen as a waste, but this was far from the truth. Thanks to my [Ultimate Creation Kit] skill, a construction project that should have taken months to complete barely took me a couple of minutes now. As for the required materials, there were plenty of them in the storage section of my Inner Mind.
“The humans will probably use it as a replacement for the one destroyed by The Darkness.” I replied in a calm tone of voice.
“Illsy...” Zoreya took a step forward and looked into my eyes. “About those killed by The Darkness... How do you feel about their deaths?” she asked.
This was a very serious question.
Letting out a long sigh, I looked up at the sky and replied “Melkuth didn't tell me anything about it, so he probably forgave me... But...” I looked into her eyes “Those deaths were caused by The Darkness, not me. Both you and I tried to stop him from bringing harm to others. So even if he used my body to do such terrible deeds, why should I consider myself guilty for his crime?”
“That is true... The Darkness isn't you, so paying for his crimes would be...” she furrowed her brow as she spoke but didn't finish her words.
“If the families of the victims or the nobles of this country heard you say this, they would never accept it. Their ways demand for someone to be held to blame for this disaster and suffer as retribution for all those lost lives.” Ayuseya said in a calm tone of voice.
Her point of view was that of a noble, someone placed on the high ladder of society, but for me, this meant nothing. I shrugged in front of this statement, denying all guilt and blame.
Maybe, if I were to look at this situation through the eyes of Illsyore before the merging with The Darkness, I would have felt quite bad about this and would have wanted to do something to change things. However, I would have ended up living a life filled with self blame and guilt for matters that were far beyond my control. It wasn't me who pulled the trigger of the gun. It wasn't me who laughed and enjoyed the deaths of all those humans... No, the one who did all of that was The Darkness. And if I were to go down the tree of blame... the ones who ultimately were to blame for this disaster were none other than the many adventurers who mercilessly destroyed all those Dungeons whose remains formed my current body.
When looking at it from that point of view, then why should I, Illsyore, take the blame for all of this mess, when I was also one of the victims?
“Do you see me as the one to blame for all of this, Zoreya?” I asked the crusader.
Without hesitating even for a second, she shook her head and replied “No! I do not believe you are the one who needs to be held responsible for this... I was just worried about how the aftermath of this disaster might affect you.” she showed me a small smile at the end.
“Indeed, we are just worried. No one is blaming you, my love. If they do, I'll make sure to know a draconian's wrath!” declared Ayuseya.
“And don't forget about me! I'll stand by your side, Illsy, no matter what!” Nanya smirked.
“I agree.” Shanteya's reply was the shortest, but her soft smile was sincere.
“Nya~ Blame never helped anybody catch fish... Better to think of ways to catch fish than blame the fisher for not catching fish... Nya~ I'm hungry...” Tamara said while lazily laying on my lap.
I let out a sigh. Even the cat said something smart... although in a very weird way.
In the end, it turned out that I was wrong.
For a moment there, I actually thought they were thinking of me as the one who had to hold the blame for this mess. I was technically merged with The Darkness, and from another point of view, his mistakes were now mine. Still, I was Illsyore, not The Darkness. He was merged with me, absorbed by me, but I remained as the one and only active mind. There was no more Darkness at this point in time, so considering myself either responsible or the one to blame for his past sins was illogical.
“Well, let's leave it at that, shall we? I left them a brand new town in return for all the damage The Darkness did, and we even stopped him, so case solved!” I laughed.
The women looked at each other for a moment and then let out a sigh of relief.
They were really worried about me, weren't they? I thought.
“How long will it take you to charge the crystal?” Nanya asked.
“I don't know. Let me see...” I said and then poured my Magic Energy in it at the same rate I was restoring it. I did this because I didn't want to suffer from the backlash of an empty pool.
After about 20000 Magic Energy Points, the crystal was ready.
“Done.” I announced.
“That was quick!” Nanya said surprised.
“I have far more Magic Energy than before.” I explained.
“Shall we?” Shanteya said.
“Let us proceed then!” Ayuseya nodded.
“I will join you as well...” Zoreya said.
“Great! Then hold onto me!” I told them.
They all embraced me at the same time, barely leaving me any room to move. Zoreya kept looking away, she had yet to calm down.
“Let's go then!” I said and activated the crystal.
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