I’m a humiliated, incompetent person, but I alone can talk to dragons, so I can choose all the SSS skills and loophole items I want to. I’m going to become famous and respected, so, to the people who humiliated me – Go die in a ditch - Chapter 18
Translator: Jasper Kadowaki | Editor: NovelMultiverse
“Excuse me… Cyril-san,” said the princess.
“Huh?” I answered.
While I was struck speechless, the princess peered at me, cautiously.
“Is something wrong?” she asked.
“No, it’s not that something’s wrong. I’m just shocked at receiving such an important task,” I said.
It was true. A member of the royal family had come to me with a request to take care of a dragon with the monstrous alias, “Child of God”. It would be weird to not be in shock.
At the same time, though, there was no reason to refuse the request. I composed myself and faced the princess.
“I accept your request, my lady,” I said, bowing my head deeply.
We set out to towards the city of Boisrussel to take on the mission concerning the “Child of God”.
This was a mission that outranked everything else in importance, so I brought Louise, Colette, and Emma along with me. Louise was a Balaur-type, which meant she was especially good for transportation, so I rode on her back. Colette and Emma walked alongside us.
The carriage bearing the Princess’s emblem traveled alongside us, as well. It would be natural to assume the Princess was riding in her carriage, but that was not the case.
“Wow… Amazing,” said the Princess, sitting beside me on Louise’s back. I was sitting cross-legged and casually, while she sat elegantly, with her knees together.
“This is the smoothest, most pleasant ride on a dragon’s back that I’ve ever experienced,” said the Princess.
“You’ve ridden on Louise before, though, right?”
“Oh, but that time…” said the Princess, flustered and blushing.
“There was so much happening at once, then, so I can’t remember it very well,” she said.
“Ah… Well, that makes sense,” I said, nodding in acceptance.
She meant her carriage had fallen off of a cliff, and all of her guardsmen were dead, I thought. If she were thinking about how smooth a dragon ride was in that situation, that would be something else.
“But, really, it’s amazing how there’s no shaking up here, at all. The fact that you’ve tamed this dragon so well says a lot about you, Cyril-sama.”
I wasn’t sure I liked the word “tame” that she used.
“Don’t worry, master,” said Louise. “I know you want to make a good impression on this person, so I’ll walk nice and properly.”
She was right, but she didn’t have to say it out loud. Then again, I was the only one who could understand dragons, so it didn’t matter much.
Instead of responding out loud, I gave Louise a couple of pats on the back.
The way that Louise said it was pretty frank, but she was absolutely right that the Princess was someone I wanted to make a good impression on. I was grateful that Louise was understanding of the situation.
“Clearly, I was correct in coming to you to take care of my issue with the Child of God,” said the Princess.
“About that… I did a little bit of research, and I read that the Child of God went extinct a long time ago, and there are no existing descendants,” I said.
“Yes, that is correct,” said the Princess.
“What?” I said, surprised.
They went extinct a long time ago, and there are no living descendants.
If the Princess came to me with this request, surely what I read was a lie, a rumor, or some kind of incomplete understanding.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“When it comes Phoenix-type dragons it is said that only one exists on the face of this earth – that is the Child of God,” said the Princess.
“It is said that although it does not bear children, after it dies, it always come back to life at some point,” said the Princess.
“Really?!” I exclaimed, doubly shocked.
Dragons had many special qualities that surpassed humans and all other living things, but I had never imagined that they could come back to life after dying.
I patted Louise on her back. I was trying to ask if her if she had ever heard about this.
“I’ve heard of it,” said Louise.
After Louise answered, Emma and Colette realized I wanted to hear more about this topic, and they chipped in with what they knew, too.
“I’ve heard that the Child of God is a dragon, but at the same time, it’s more than just a dragon,” said Colette.
“I heard once that while it’s alive, it can never take damage,” said Emma.
Apparently, what I had read was true.
“Amazing… This Child of God is truly special, isn’t it?” I asked.
“Yes! But for hundreds of years, now, it hasn’t come back to life, so I thought, Cyril-sama might be able to help!”
“Well, that’s… All right,” I said, nodding, but I was filled with feelings of self-doubt.
I had really not expected to be faced with a dragon that wasn’t even alive.
The journey continued for about two days, and we finally arrived at our destination.
We were at a grand temple at the top of a mountain.
The mountain roads were rugged, and the carriage had followed us until it could no longer travel on the rocky paths, and we decided to leave it near the foot of the mountain.
The Princess appeared to be completely used to riding on Louise’s back, and we rode Louise to the top of the mountain.
“We’re here,” said the Princess.
“All right,” I said. I jumped off of Louise first, and extended a hand up to the Princess.
The Princess took my hand and slowly came down to join me. As soon as she was standing on solid ground again, she started heading towards the temple.
Beside the temple was a building that looked to be something like a military garrison, and in front of it, a guard appeared to be on watch.
As the Princess got close to him, he seemed to already be aware of our presence, and he snapped to attention and saluted her.
“We have been awaiting your arrival, your majesty!”
“Thank you. Not to be hasty, but can we see the Child of God, right away?” asked the Princess.
“Yes, your majesty! There have been no indications of change, and you can see it whenever you would like,” said the guard.
“All right, thank you,” said the Princess, expressing her appreciation to the guard once more. She then turned to face me.
“Well then, let’s go inside, shall we?” she said.
“Yes, my lady. Louise, Colette, Emma – Wait here for me, okay?”[Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]
“Got it,” said Louise.
“Hurry up and get going,” said Colette.
“We will await you, here, sir,” said Emma.
The three dragons answered me with their characteristic responses.
I felt like a guest of the Princess, and I stayed one step behind her as we walked into the temple.
The temple was a simple structure, and before us was a massive dragon reduced to bones, sleeping on its side.
“This is… the Child of God,” I said.
“Yes. As you can see, it’s just a skeleton, right now,” said the Princess.
“Yes…” I said.
“It has stayed as a skeleton for hundreds of years, but our country has continued believing in the legend that says it will return to life one day. We faithfully stand guard over it and await its return,” said the Princess.
“What do you think? Do you have any ideas?”
“Uh… Let me take a look around,” I said. She put me in a difficult spot by just asking me what I thought, straight away, but I decided I could start by inspecting the skeleton.
I walked in a semi-circle around the front of the enormous dragon, walking over to the other side of its massive skull.
I tried putting a hand on the skull, but I was starting to think that I wouldn’t be able to do anything to help.
“Ah, it’s been a while. A human hasn’t entered the temple in decades.”
“Huh?” I said.
“The woman smells like royalty. The man is… a commoner.”
“Are you speaking? Is that you?” I asked the skeleton.
“You’re the Child of God. The Phoenix-type dragon, right?” I asked.
“You dare speak to me, directly? A human?”
“Yeah,” I said.
“…Oh? My, my. It appears you even understand my speech.”
After a few seconds of silence, a loud laughing rang out, “….Gwahahaha! That is wonderful. I never thought that there existed a human who could understand me with their mortal ears,” said the dragon.
“I should be the surprised one, here. I never thought I’d hear a dead body talking to me,” I said.
“Gwahahahaha. I see. In that case, you still have some human sensibilities.”
“And what are you here for, mortal?”
“Uh… I came to ask you if you wanna come back to life,” I said.
“We humans have a legend that you’ll come back to life, one day.”
“I am aware. And? Did they tell you about exactly how I can return?”
“What?” I said, surprised.
I made another semi-circle by walking around the back of the skeleton, and came back to where the Princess stood.
“Excuse me, but I have a question,” I said.
“What is it?” asked the Princess.
“Is there something in the legends that mentions how the Child of God is revived? Maybe something in ancient literature?” I asked.
“No, nothing like that,” said the Princess, quickly and definitively.
“Gwahahaha. That’s her response? Well, humans memories’ are like dust in the wind. Only the literature that those in power find convenient remain, so I am quite unsurprised that the knowledge has been supressed,” said the dragon, jovially. He had been listening to the conversation between me and the Princess.
“All right,” I said, nodding to the princess, and turning to the dragon skull.
“How do you come back to life?” I asked it.
“You must set me on fire,” it said.
“I come back to life in flames. Over and over.”
I stood silently for a moment, thinking. This would be a difficult situation. The Child of God’s skull was a national treasure. It was on par with the most precious items in the world.
If I set it on fire and something went wrong, I would surely be killed as punishment. More importantly, though, I believed in the honest nature of dragons.
“Princess,” I said.
“What is it?”
“I will now bring the dragon back to life. Please, don’t be alarmed.”
“Yes, I understand! I shall trust you, Cyril-sama,” said the Princess, giving me all of the space and trust I needed. I was glad to see that.
I pulled out a small tube from my breast pocket. From inside the tube, I pulled out a firestarter. I always brought a firestarter on long trips for camping. Using that, I shot embers onto the Child of God.
“Cyril-sama?!” cried the Princess. Although she had said that she fully trusted me, she had never imagined I would start trying to burn the skeleton, and she was in a state of shock.
I ignored her panic and continued to light the fire.
At first, it was just a small flame, but after just a moment, the entire area erupted into flames. The fire grew faster than it could have with the aid of any kind of feul. In just ten seconds, the dragon’s gigantic skeleton was engulfed in a blaze.
“C-Cyril-sama, what in the world…” said the Princess.
“Please, just watch,” I said, staring at the fireball surrounding the Child of God.
After about a minute had passed, out of the still roaring fire, a relatively small dragon appeared.
The dragon sauntered out of the flames, calmly.
“Gwahahaha. I am reborn,” said the dragon, with a certain majesty to its voice.
I turned around to face the Princess.
“Uh, he’s kind of smaller than expected, but… This is the Child of God,” I said.
The Princess had sank to the floor. Her face was pale, and she was trembling in fear.
“What’s wrong, Princess?” I asked.
“Ah, I’m sorry,” said the dragon, “It’s my fault. I haven’t been reborn for hundreds of years, so I forgot to turn down my powers.”
The Princess then said, “Ah! W-What was that?”
“Apparently, since he was just reborn, he had forgotten to hold back his powers. He seems to be quite the little rascal,” I said.
“Hahahahaha. You are the first human to ever call me a rascal,” said the Child of God. He lifted a foot and patted me on the head. Even though I didn’t know much about him, I could tell that there was the love of a parent in that action.
“A-Amazing… You really did it, Cyril-sama…” said the Princess.
Watching the Child of God pat my head, the Princess was awe-struck. [Read this novel and other amazing translated novels from the original source at the “Novel Multiverse dot com” website @ novelmultiverse.com]