With Jean in a good mood again, I walk towards Deus, the sub-god of the end.
It’s not that I’ve forgotten to be vigilant, of course. I don’t want to endanger my friends twice by making the same mistake, and I don’t want to look uncool to Jean for setting the stage for me to do so.
“Well. You’ve got wounds, Deus.”
“…………. I don’t know what to say to you, but I have not lost to you.”
“Haha, that’s exactly right.”
He was still immature after all.
He is not satisfied with the situation he is in, and he didn’t want to admit defeat.
The intelligence itself seems to be quite high, but the emotions are not controlled.
But that’s why it’s easy to see what this guy wants.
“All right, then, let’s have a rematch, shall we? If you can beat me, one on one, I’ll admit you.”
“Are you insane?”
“Oh, I’m sane.”
What this guy wants now is simple.
He wants a revenge match.
The only reason he lost was because of Jean’s overwhelming power, which he did not expect.
The original plan would have been to grow in power over time and declare war on the world when the World Tree had been fully absorbed.
So he thinks that he could have been much stronger than Jean, and he hates to admit defeat to us, who are probably less powerful than him.
And in a way he’s right.
If it weren’t for Jean, I would have been defeated by surprise, and I could have seen in 10,000 years from now that he would have destroyed the world if he had taken his time.
But even with that in mind, I still think it’s a bit naive.
Because there is no such thing as “IF” in the real world.
If I can use a time machine, “IF” will never come to this guy who doesn’t have that power.
And that’s where the opportunity lies.
Deus of today, who thinks hypothetically, or maybe, or really, would accept a one-on-one with me.
Since this was an opportunity for him to prove he was right, he wanted to prove that his calculations and the thought that he could beat me were right. The thought about “IF” will come true.
But there was trap in those ideas that he didn’t notice.
“All right. I accept your challenge. Either way, I can’t possibly lose to you.”
“Okay, we have a deal. Now the contract has been made.”
I activated my new skill [Contract] of [Composite Job: Akuma] which I had during my two months in the dungeon capture.
And the content of the contract is that the winner of the one-on-one will be admitted by the other party.
It’s a risky ability that will blow all your magic power once you use it, but I’m glad it worked out.
For me, if Deus wins, he will be able to prove to me the “value of his own existence”, and if I win, I will be able to prove to himself that I have “accepted the existence of Deus Ex Machina”, the sub god of the end.
In other words, the contract we made harm no one no matter which side loses.
Hahaha, there you have it, boy, that’s the dirty way of being an adult in the modern world.
I don’t need to defeat him in the first place.
It doesn’t matter if I win or lose.
The important thing is to recognize the “value” of this Deus entity.
Hey, isn’t that right, sub-god of the end?
In the end, you don’t know what you were born to do, and you don’t know what you should do, so in order to prove your vague existence, you did this conspicuous act and tried to carve some kind of recognition in the world.
You know what I mean.
From the moment you created the dungeon in the World Tree.
And then I said,
“All right, I give up. I’ve lost.”
At that moment, I recognized Deus as a worthy being who had been born into this world through my own skill of [Contract].
And this cognitive skill can never be broken from within.
“What? What’s going on? What did you do, Kenji?”
“Hahahaa! Well, there you have it, Father! Wonderful, it’s wonderful, really!”
“Explain that to me, Jean!”
Behind me, Mizzet and Jean are playing with each other.
Apparently Mizzet didn’t understand what was happening now, but Jean, who had mastered the misuse of manna as a Demon God, knew what my skill was.
I’d say that his ability is great.
“Hmm? Are you curious? …………”
Deus seems to be wondering why I admitted defeat.
Even now, the inorganic body sends me a puzzled blank look.
He’s an unexpectedly straightforward guy, being able to convey his confusion with a blank expression.
“The answer is simple …… I’ve acknowledged of you from the beginning. That’s all.”
“Between you and me, I’m the creator of this world. I don’t like the idea that you were born in this world as a worthless. So I just have to make you admit yourself, that’s all. ”
Deus’ eyes widened as I said this.
Oh, there was a pattern other than expressionless?
“Oh, I see.”
“Yeah, that’s right.”
“I see, I have finally found it. I finally found the [One who knows the answer to my beginning and my endp].”
Suddenly he said something and the riddle began.
I wondered what it was all about.
“Now that I have recognition as the reason for my existence, there is no need for me to act out any more…. It is not good to destroy this world, so I’ll cut off the connection with the World Tree. Then send the power back through the internal connection to the World Tree that has not yet been absorbed, hastily register the master and ────”.
Deus starts mumbling some obscure words and goes into his own world.
Behind me, Mizzet is fussing, Jean is laughing and Kuroko-san is fuming at Mizzet’s swashbuckling.
Am I the only one left behind?
Even though I thought I’ve been actively acting cool.