Two Hundred Years Later
Liz and I walked down the snowy mountain together.
After walking for a while, we saw a small village at the foot of the mountain.
Hmmm, there shouldn’t have been villages in a place like this two hundred years ago, but it sure seems to be a lot different from before.
Although this place is a poor countryside and lacks a geographical location, it seems to be quite prosperous.
I’m afraid it’s the result of the nobles who governed this land and exercised excellent ruling ability.
As I pondered these things, I soon arrived at my destination.
“We’ve arrived. That building over there is the secret stronghold I prepared for Abel-sama.
I unconsciously let out an exclamation.
In front of me was a large mansion.
In my time, it wouldn’t be strange even if I was told that it was the residence of a royal family.
The building was symmetrical to the left and right, two stories tall, no, three stories tall. How many rooms are there in this house?
I want to get in there and see what’s going on.
” Abel-sama, unfortunately, it’s not that house. I’m going to prepare that single house next door.
Prompted by Liz, I moved my gaze.
It’s the house. A wooden house.
Simple and elegant in a good way, drab and boring in a bad way.
No, it’s just that I’ve seen mansions before, but it’s actually quite grand. Not only does it have a chimney, but if you look closely, it looks like it has an attic. Wow, it’s a nice house with a nice atmosphere.
It’s a nice house, isn’t it?
“It’s ordinary, isn’t it?
“Normal is better. I don’t think it’s a good idea to be too ostentatious, considering Abell’s position.
It makes sense for Lilith to say that.
In my previous life, I was the strongest magician that some humans were afraid of, but this child’s body is now able to use less than 30 percent of the strength of my previous life.
Before my body enters the growth stage, it would be wise for me to wait quietly.
The house that Lilith took me into always had an interior that resembled the average home of two hundred years ago.
The wooden floors were polished and the wooden table was light in colour and equipped with a heater.
There were also sofas with detailed rugs. There were sofas in the previous world, but the seams of the carpet were really frighteningly fine.
However, there was something I had never seen before – a mysterious sphere hanging from the ceiling.
So blinding. The sphere is glowing.
Is that what this is all about?
It was just me and Lilith in the room, and there was no sign of anyone else constructing the magic.
I’m very sorry. I’m sorry, did I scare you? The object that glows over there is a lighting device called a “bulb”. It’s very convenient because you can illuminate your surroundings just by pressing a switch,” she said.
After saying that, Lilith pressed the switch repeatedly and showed me how the light would turn on and off.
That’s how it works. That’s convenient.
It seems that the light bulb is equipped with a small magic stone that reacts to the switch and automatically creates a magic effect.
The only evidence of this is that the flow of magic around the bulb has stopped.
Abel-sama, you weren’t surprised, were you?
“That’s right. It’s an amazing technique, but I think it’s easier to build my own magic.
Originally, magic that illuminates the surrounding area is the field of expertise of “Burning Eye” that specializes in fire-based magic, but this level of magic can be used easily by anyone regardless of eye color.
In the world where I lived 200 years ago, children who were afraid of the dark at night were desperately trying to learn the magic words of “flash light”.
It’s like what Abell would have thought.
It’s like what I would think?
The Illumination of Illumination is the foundation of the foundation in magic.
I thought it wasn’t just me, but all human beings who have studied magic would hold this legitimate doubt ……
“I will prepare the meal now, please make this place your home and make yourself at home, Abel-sama.
After saying so, Liz entered the kitchen.
By the way, this is a small house, so you can see the kitchen from the living room.
If you’re tired, feel free to lie down on the sofa over there. I’ll call you when I’m ready.
If that’s the case, I’ll make myself at home.
It seemed that I had woken up after a long absence, and my body was more tired than I had expected.
I lay down for a while, took a nap on the couch, and fell into a sweet sleep.
“…… Abel-sama, the meal is ready.
Lilith kept her promise to call me up, and it was an hour later.
When I opened my eyes, the table was already set, and the smell of food was filling the room.
“You slept well, didn’t you?
Yes, I did. A child’s body is not immune to the problem of frequent occurrences of sleeping demons.
…… Can I ask? Why do you choose a child’s body even though you know it’s inconvenient?
“Well, there are risks, but there are also many advantages.
As the saying goes, there are three peaks in this world.
The peak of learning ability is in your teens, the peak of physical strength is in your twenties, and the peak of magical power is in your thirties, or something like that.
I chose a child’s body before the age of ten because I thought that in the future, two hundred years from now, I would have to learn many new things.
However, there was also a personal factor that I wanted to start over with a child’s body since I was about to start a new life.
Oh, …… is a really laborious dish.
Today’s dinner was spaghetti with clams and pink sauce.
The dish itself is simple, but the tasteful cutlery and plating make it look especially luxurious.
“Here you go.
“I’ll make myself at home.
It seems my body had become very hungry for a full meal during its two hundred year slumber.
I didn’t have time to express my feelings about the taste, but I was able to eat everything in front of me in the blink of an eye.
How does it taste?
“Wow, that’s pretty tasty. Where did you learn to do that?
No, it’s not that great. I just read some cookbooks and learned some recipes.
I see… …… This is the age when even cooking books are published… ……
In the world of two hundred years ago, books were ultra-premium.
The paper itself was already expensive, plus it took a staggering amount of labor to produce them one by one by hand.
Even more pernicious was the fact that even if the same book was copied multiple times, the content would scramble and the quality would drop.
In previous eras, ninety percent of the books were magic-related, and beyond that only a handful of history books at best.
At least at the time I was living in, I didn’t think of writing a book about cooking.
Back in the old days, a book was enough to buy a small house… ……
“Yes, I did. I also spent all the money I earned on books, and I continued to live in poverty.
I don’t like bad copies, so I buy originals, but honestly, no amount of money is enough.
To be honest, there is never enough money.
However, there are many more things to look forward to in the future.
The evolution of the human race has surpassed my imagination.
In this day and age, you can probably get books at a very low price.
If it’s convenient, would you like me to take you to the bookstore on the second floor after dinner?
“Oh …… even prepared that for me? ……!
“Yes. I know Abel-sama loves books very much, but the point is, I think reading books is the fastest way to understand the current times.
Encouraged by Lilith’s words, I tramped briskly to the second floor where the bookstore was located.
As long as I could read my favorite books, I was sure that I would be able to make sense of my dull childhood.
At the time, I was thinking about such things leisurely, unaware of the ‘decline’ that was taking place in the world.