Chapter 5 – Promise and Tears
Oh geez! This mother is just!
What the hell is with ‘Isn’t it too early’ to her son who just ran on top speed and finally reunited with her!? Well, she might have set up this test with this much difficulty……but still!
Seems like Mom was thinking, it would take more time for me to find her……rather, it was supposed to be like that.
According to mom, she was to judge my data processing abilities and survival instincts in this test.
By the way, I will explain the actions I took to reach here, in short.
“What in the friggin hell is that mother doing—!!?”
Well, while yelling, I left the house.
Naturally, I wear gauntlets and shin guard on my training clothes and took some equipments used in training and etc and then I leave the house. Sorry I rush out of the house.
I dash forward through the forest, and enhance my ‘sense of smell’ using magic. I use that smelling power to find mom by tracing the ‘magical scent’ left behind by her.
The people who are thinking ‘You can use magic !?’ , wait a bit more I’ll tell you a little later. [ET: This author does like the 4th wall breaking phenomenon.]
While running earnestly through the forest (of course sprint power and various others are also enhanced through magic), I encountered many demons.
There were monitor lizards about the same height of a child, and grizzly bears obviously more bigger and powerful than my previous world.
But, there won’t be an end to them if I take on every one. So i run away from them as much as possible. I earnestly keep on running while repeating side step or forward somersault evasion technique.
Or rather, if I don’t chase her fastly, the smell of mom will get erased by the scent of animals. Is this also included in test. Damn it.
Well, me and mom are always together with each other from morning to evening, even sleeping time. So I won’t ever make a mistake in knowing my mom’s (magical) scent but still it’s not good to lower down the guard.
In this world some animals contain magical energy with them. Let’s hurry up before their magical scent gets stronger.
While thinking that I release the limiter I never release even during the training and by increasing the circulation of magical power inside by body……I accelerate.
In addition to that, I use all skills I made in secret and have not even shown to mom. Thanks to them I accelerate my running speed to my body limits.
Strengthening my sprint power and cardiopulmonary functions, I run through the forest in a super deluxe dash skill. [ET: Cardio ……blahblahblah……means circulation of blood in other words the circulation speed and heart beating.]
And finally I exit the forest, uh-oh, the road here is a place I’ve not even come along with mom during training.
I carefully and vigilantly start walking forward.
or so I thought for a moment, but I don’t have time, let’s keep solving trouble along the way using manual power.
Say hello to the rampaging bull. I decide to either evade or hit and run.
After reaching a place with bad footing with walls. With my all might I run along the rock wall ignoring the obstacles and bad footing on the ground surface.
Before Right foot sinks in I put my left foot forward and vice-versa. Whoa awesome, I am running on the water’s surface, short distance though. I can do what I put my mind to after all.
Anyhow, near 3 hours passed while running.
Based on experience, probably, maybe I have ran 4 or 5 times more than a marathon race.
After all that, I considerably came close to the place mom is at.
After crossing 1 mountain and 2 rivers, I am now facing against my 2nd mountain. While being cautious, I decelerate my speed on the mountain road. Still my speed is that of a car and then,
It’s there! In front of me! The carriage group having a sort of known feeling around it.
How should I say it, it gives out a feeling like it’s full of hooligans and also seems suspicious. And yet with so many crap, it has a sturdy and good looking locks placed on it. It’s appearance coincides with the description given by mom some time before about illegal slave dealers carriage.
Mom’s scent is also coming from there. The character of people on the load-carrying carriages seems evil too. Yep, slave carriages confirmed!
And, the first one to strike wins.
“Nh? Did you hear somethin—waa!?”
For the time being, I jump and ram attack to one person who seemed like a guard and was sitting outside the carriages. The man who got a attack on his collar bone, soared in the air and disappeared in the brushwoods alongside the road. Huuuuh, h-he isn’t dead, right?
And everyone becomes dumbfounded upon seeing their one comrade soaring in the sky due to a thrust by a small boy. After being in that state for a while they return back to reality.
“Y-You bastard, who are you!?”
“What the hell you trying to do, just coming out of blue and ramming into us, huuh, rascal!?”
“Like I f*cking care about that! Just return my mom back already!!”
I just blurt out the main point rather than crap talk. This is a basic.
“What the hell? Haha, this rascal came here to get his mother back, hahaha”
“Wee wee Really sentimental. Gyahahaha”
And, after guessing my situation from my line, the robbers laugh in creepy manner.
They keep on laughing, on seeing a child, me, who did foolish and brave actions to take back my kidnapped mom.
Well they are completely off the right track. My mom got herself kidnapped on her own will.
“Sorry, maggot, ya mom now our commodity. You see we ain’t returnin her back to ya.”[Some new guy entered and spoke in somewhat good gangster like lines.]
“I don’t know ‘which’ one you’re talking about, but all great material so we can’t return it.”
I see. So some other girls are also captured along with mom. Well, let’s save them all, it’s not like they have some sins that require them to be here.
“He–y, this bastard is saying mother, was there any slut looking like that?”
“Who knows, a mom with black hair and black eyes, wait, there ain’t any slut with age that will be his mother.”
Ah, Yep, mom and me don’t look alike after all~. Mom has blond hair and me with black hair (exactly like the previous life)
In addition, mom is a ‘succubus’, the race that lives very long. Due to that, even I don’t know her real age. Her appearance is absurdly young and pretty. She looks like a person in his twenties.
……But, for the time being—
“Leave it, all are great materials, if the buyer doesn’t know she has gave birth to 1 child, there’s no damn problem.”
“Yeah, how much money will she give us? Guhehehehe”
“Let’s kidnap this rascal and sell him too. Black hair is unusual and his face is also not bad. Maybe some Madame will buy him for pleasures, don’t you think?”
—–For the time being, there is no need to restrain myself.
“Yo, maggot, we won’t do bad things to you, so silently come with us un—Gubooo!?”
I don’t have any reason to hear any more, so I punch the guy coming close to me.
Punch lands on his chin and the……… unnamed thief A faints.
Well let’s refrain from killing them.
I still don’t know if this world follows the plot line of novels in which we can kill thieves and ‘criminals’ like them.
And, due to my previous life’s sense of values, I don’t want to willingly kill them.
Lets just punch them to faint, the rest I can ask mom.
While I was thinking that, the others were taken back and,
“Wha, You, B-Bast……”
“What the hell you doing”
Well, I doubt there is any person who won’t go in rage after those sort of words.
But, they were still thinking that just a small child going on rampage. Does this world with magic not have the general idea of not judge a person on appearance?
Anyhow seeing 1 comrade (Ah, 2 comrades including the one from before) go down to taste dirt. Other kidnapper start releasing bloodlust and take out knifes too. Against a child they take out those, so childish.
Hell with all this, I’m getting hungry.
Ah, I came here ‘running’ without eating breakfast. And right now it is noon, no wonder I’m getting hungry.
Alright, let’s finish this up in some minutes.
Ah, the talk derailed a bit. [ET: First ever MC to talk about something else during fight. Even Hiiro can never do this.]
I think before I left the talk about why I can use magic. Let me finish that right now.
Just like I said before my ‘magical power’ was given to me by outside and disperses soon. My talent in controlling the magic is normal, and so it’s not like I can’t use magic at all, but it is limited.
I can make a small flame light, or do anything thing that some other can do if they have magic. But powerful offensive magic used by magicians or magic suited for fights is impossible.
If I forcefully try to do it, the magic may explode during concentration. Dangerous!
And there mom suggested ‘Don’t release magic out’ and ‘Don’t let it fly far’ and then use magic somehow. Like storing magic in your body to enhance it and learn how to fight using martial arts.
I forget about letting magic out of my body, and started training on enhancing my skin and body parts. I trained, mastered both the magic and martial arts.
Well, in short hand-to-hand combat techniques included.
“thi-This rascal is WAAAH!?”
“What the hell is he, damn he is friggin strong to!?”
While the thieves are ranting, I more person faints from my reinforced fist. And that is how I fight using ‘Magic’ to “Enhance/Strengthen” my body.
In these several years, to cover my weakness of not being able to release magic outside, mom drilled the martial arts skills into me using the not-so kind and gentle training menus.
Furthermore, the movements of legs is all self-taught, there is no fixed ‘Pattern’ too, so it basically is always changing way of killing. [TN: In raws it said killing not fighting.]
And above my martial arts style consists movement from many hero games and fighting games along with the martial arts shown in Hong Kong movies too.
Frankly, this is a pretty decent martial art style.
Due to training them for many years, the skills are already ingrained into my body and the useless movement have also reduced.
This is my PvP against someone else than mom but I have confidence I won’t lose to these punks. Their attacks are slow and feeble if compared to my daily partners like mom and demons from forest.
Did mom even that in consideration, and choose these particular guys to be my sacrifices.
I dodge the sword of the man coming from front by lowering my posture, and punch into his gut.
I punched a lot hard, so the man flies up 10 cm in the air, while releasing all the air in his lungs the man faints and crumbles down on the spot.
Immediately after, moving eyes in all directions for scanning, I do a roundhouse kick towards the back and take out one more person. The two men who thought of taking my blind spots, flew horizontally and……… disappeared in the brushwoods.
Around this time only half of them are left. After all this time, the men here seemed have the bud named as ‘Sense of Danger’ sprouted inside their minds.
The men attacking me in rage stop and now they all surround me while waiting for me to show a gap.
I see, so now that foolish have gone only the careful guys re left?
Well, if you don’t come I’ll come from here then. I don’t have any obligation to wait.
Exhaling a short breath, I jump towards the closest man and thrust into him.
He swings his blade in desperation. I dodge them by twisting my body, and with that momentum give a backhand chop to his neck. He staggers, and then takes my kick too and then faints.
Using the fainted guy as stepping stone I jump off and fly up 3 metres high and land outside the area with the crowd of people.
One rushes to me. I give a low kick to his face first and the punch with force in his solar plexus. [ET: R.I.P]
One more rushes seeing the gap. I dodge it by jumping + rotating. With that momentum, I give a roundhouse kick in his medulla oblongata.
1 man aims for the time of landing and attacks with spear. I repel away his spear with the gauntlets and overenthusiastically send him flying away with a kick.
And then, one more spear attacks towards me. This time I forcibly snatch it and roll down on the ground and reach the place where every person is in the range of spear.
I make one full clockwise rotation at the best position available. I hit with spear to every person who were surrounding me.
And for the guys who staggered, I rotate in anticlockwise direction and give them the dessert.
I used the handle area to hit them due to my conscience.
After confirming every person is blown, I swing the spear and make a signature pose………umm erm just forget about that.
Well, this was worthwhile for gaining hand-to-hand combat experience.
After confirming that the guys who were hiding have also gone, i went inside the carriage where mom might have been hidden.
There was one last person, I punch him and make him faint,
And then this,
“……Isn’t it too early?”
………So terrible, right?
And after releasing the captured girls. We bind up the slave merchant and using the ‘summoned familiar’ called out by mom, escorted him to the guard’s base at the nearest town.
And now, I’m alone with mom.
Even though they are summoned familiars, but is it alright to let demons escort someone?
And, it seems like there is no problem in killing off the thief company. As expected, in this world the life of a criminal is not valued at all.
So, I reported how i came to rescue her (Running through the cliffs and running on waters et cetera). Now it the scoring time by the examiner, in short mom.
“……Well, now that you have come here, I have to give you passing marks. So, now you have passed and have achieved full mastership.”
……On the contrary to the good words, for some reason her eyes are not laughing?
Normally in these situations, one would give praises to the child who just gave results that are more than expected and splendid too, right? No, it might be boasting to say that myself.
Erm, so why is she not so happy?
“It’s not like I’m not happy. As a mother, as a teacher, I am proud and delighted at your more than expected abilities. But……”
“Minato, from what I know, it should have been evening by the time you reach here, even if you use your abilities to full extent. In that case……you have made new magic in secret and are hiding them. right? ”
So that’s why you were angry.
The story goes back to some years.
The me having knowledge and memories from previous life, along with the creative power of a pubescent boy loving fantasy, started researching magic by myself not long after starting the training for magic.
At first it didn’t go well, furthermore to deal the finishing attack, came the shocking truth of me not having talent in magic.
However, Somehow or other, I started researching about my original magic to heal my broken heart.
After all, things like these are what I admire for some reason.
Just by having the possibility of gaining my own magic or power that can’t be used by others. My intellectual curiosity intensified rapidly.
Mom still watched over me, though being surprised.
Though I say that, in the eyes of mom I looked like a small child playing while thinking about my own magic. That is something normal in this world for childs to think about their own magic.
In my previous world, all I remember children doing is, acting macho, shouting ‘I’ll become a superhero in future’ or ‘I’ll invent a great weapon’.
But, unfortunately, the me, mom was looking is not a normal child. I am the being having memories of past life, logical way of thinking and adults way of life.
Naturally,mom who had no way of knowing that secret payed no heed to me researching the original magic and regarded it as child’s play.
……The mom’s negligence and lack of awareness of my doings, once invited a disaster.
While manipulating the magic inside my body, my original magic started going on rampage inside my body and exploded.
That time, neither me or mom knew about what had occurred,
But, seeing the blood dripping from my hand, and feeling the piercing pain that came a little late. I couldn’t stand it and cried like a small child.
Mom came running to me in a panic whose face had turned pale and while healing me with magic, she was desperately trying to understand about the situation.
A few minutes later,
Mom heard about the situations and rest of things from me after healing most of injuries.
Though i say that, it’s just that she listened to me earnestly instead of regarding it as fabrication.
Mom who heard it, didn’t get angry.
No, she did scold me saying ‘you did a really dangerous deed’ but soon after that,
‘Sorry’ she said that, and hugged me while crying.
She scolded herself, saying that she never listened to me properly and so she didn’t pay heed to my deeds and due to that I got hurt. And also said ‘I won’t get angry at you, after all, I never told you that it was dangerous.’
It’s all ’you reap what you sow’ so it’s not mom’s fault. I told her that many times but she didn’t agree it. Mom couldn’t forgive herself.
At that time, along with the sense of guilty,
it might be a little bit imprudent, but I seriously thought that I have been blessed with a really good mother and got happy.
And, Mom who now understood the ‘research’ I do is not ‘child’s play’ but a full-fledged ‘research’ made 3 promises with me.
I always have to report the magic I have found during the research.
I always have to experiment the magic I have though when I’m with mom.
And I will not use the magic mom says as ‘rejected’ and will not tell it to others.
About the third one, I had some doubt due mom being the only person near me, well anyways,
From then, I faithfully followed the 3 promises, but recently, I forgot to report some really useful magic that got invented on whim.
It’s a hassle to report each and everything, now I can also differentiate between magic, so I thought it would be okay to not tell……but it’s over by coming here.
I used some magic helping in accelerations and enhancement of physical ability……conclusion, I got here at unreasonable speed.
“I never thought the training course for dealing with obstacles will be used to make new magic like this, am I right, minato?”
She is smiling a bit, her eyes are not.
I am bad at telling lies to her when she has those damn eyes.
I wonder why the mothers spanking is so painful,heavy and sad. It was the same in my previous life too and this life too.
The punches and kicks thrown at me in training are more powerful but why does this stir up my heart thousands of times more. It really is strange.
“I also know that you have become a good person now, so I don’t have the right to do anymore or scold you and that’s why I’ll leave it with just this one shot, but……”
“But still I’m worried……I don’t want to have the feelings from that time before……” [ET: Wth . So it means that she can also be a true mother .pfft]
“You have grown, have got good at magic, have got strong, can use strong magic skills now, but, that’s why when I think about something like before happening again, I……”
“There are no people who don’t make accidents even if they think of having one? Even if you think it’s fine and all, but the things that is bound to happen will happen. That’s why Minato, though my promise may be annoying and a hassle…… but please”
This time by bowing, I with all my sincerity apologized.
I have no other choice to take……when you say something with those crying eyes and sincerity.
Mom’s face went back to normal as if her crying face was a lie and we both headed our way back to home.
I passed the test. And I have got full mastership in strength and ability.
And, while on our way back to home, from what I heard this test was just as I expected not for knowing my ‘battle ability.’
That is something i got a hint during the fight with thieves. These are too weak for me to even spar.
Perhaps, this was something like extra characters in the ‘setting’ mom put in the letter for making it seem more real and for me to get into panic. Ah these were disposable extra characters by the way. Or she would have thought it would be good if I could also do some PvP training too while doing the test.
I’ll leave the details but if I was serious those guys would have died. Even if they are scum, I still held myself back to not kill them because they can be judged by law.
Even mom easily understood that much. If one compares my daily training spar partners these guys were just too weak.
Compared to them, the demons I found en route to come to save mom were a lot stronger. Mom knows about my ‘battle prowess’ more than anyone else due to her always being my hand to hand spar partner.
She made a situation, to evaluate whether I can attack the enemy while keeping my judgement and calm.
Due to the clear time being too short, she couldn’t evaluate everything and would evaluate at a later date with some other methods. I would like it to be within the bounds of common sense.
And naturally, I made a promise to tell her about every ‘skill’ I have.
It would’ve taken a lot of time to come while running, so Mom took me in her arms and we came back flying.
Flying through the skies is really great. It’s depressing from the standpoint of someone with no talent.
Mom speaks in my ears while holding me in the front,
“Minato, it is mom’s fault to have deceived you.”
“I am really happy that you came to look after me with all your might?”
I am really happy for her to say that to me.
At the same time, I once again made my mind to not let her become depressed ever again.