Instead Of Being Transported Into Another World I Became Another Person’s Skill In Another World Chapter 5 Talon Reaching For The Gold

-Where are we going ?

Camilla asked, her voice clearly nervous and unsure about the whole situation, her hands tightly wrapped around my neck while her legs lightly shivered within my grasps, holding her behind my back with my black jacket covering Camilla’s shoulders as we made our way through the slum streets of Septinia city.

It hadn’t been long since Camilla and I left the wooden box within that filthy alley, after making a few inquiries about the city, its layout, and its people, I finally judged that we were ready to go by the next day.

Camilla was very uncomfortable with that decision and thought that we needed more time and wait for her to recover, she did protest lightly at the very beginning but she quickly gave in when I told her that we should find better place to recover her wound and that it wouldn’t do good for her health to stay in that filthy place any longer if she wanted to recover quickly.

In all reality I could have left Camilla there and came back later after I finished my task but I felt very insecure having Camilla all alone inside that filthy alley without anyone taking care of her which is why I wanted to take her with me into the streets.

The over all appearance of the city slums wasn’t as different as I imagined it to be, though the buildings looked to be heavily in disrepair, the environment still closely resembled that of my own world without its ruins or rubbles scattered everywhere, if you had to ask me whether there was a difference then it would be the fact that everything here was the same style while in my former world some buildings from the old age were still preserved giving a sense of new and old meshing together which was not present in this city.

The buildings here were made out of stone and wood with numerous strings going from one wooden window to another creating dry hangers for laundry, the path was made out of stone bricks with a few lanterns hanging on masts near the roads to give off light when it became dark.

Right now it was about 5 or 6 o’clock maybe, the sky was dyed orange with the sun rising up, the day had just begun with people already out and about, some looking to go to work while others waiting to start their own business for the day.

Looking around the facial expressions of these people weren’t that good, there was a very real sense of fatigue that you could feel oozing off their bodies and the atmosphere was also strangely oppressive or rather hurried giving off a heavy vibe that made people uncomfortable.

Normally there wouldn’t be anything strange with such display of people busily going through their day, my world wasn’t any different with people worked hard everyday so they could keep their bellies filled and their minds occupied, the only difference here though was the fact that these people going about their day weren’t humans.

They were all demi-humans.

It was really strange in my perspective, if I thought before that the red eyes of Camilla were strange then the people here were in a whole other level of strange with some demi-humans having not only different hair or eye color but also extra limbs such as           animal ears ,tails ,claws ,fangs or horns growing out of their bodies, their eyes were also unique some having pure black or white eyes while others showing cat eyes or snake eyes which differed forms from person to person as they passed by.

Body proportions and lengths aside, some of these people didn’t even resemble humans at all, compared to Camilla who almost certainly looked human just with a different eye color, some of these people had their entire bodies covered with gray scales or green skin and their faces resembling lizards or pigs.

I already knew from Camilla that Demi-humans were beings that were the result of humans and different humanoid creatures copulating with each other, other then humans there were a lot of other races in this world the most prominent ones being elves, dwarves, beastman, dragonnewts and devils.

Humans were merely the most numerous out of all the major races, if you thought about it really humans weren’t that special compared to the others.

And while I heard those races description and names from Camilla I still didn’t understand them since I’ve never seen them before which is why for now I couldn’t be bothered about knowing them.

I thought, almost forgetting about Camilla behind my back because of my inner rambling quickly recalling her question and thinking back to my plan.

-A Tailor shop, we need funds quickly because without money we can’t start earning money…

-Tailor shop ? Funds ? How are we ?…

Camilla let out a confused whisper, at this point I also didn’t see a point to hide what I was planning to do and directly told her why I wanted to find a tailor shop, Camilla herself didn’t know where the tailor shop was because she never went there before since clothes were too expensive for her to buy.

As of now both Camilla and I were penniless, Camilla wasn’t paid for her last round of work because she got injured and needed to escape, before that event she didn’t have any savings anymore since she already used everything for food and medicine that day relying on that days work to reimburse her pockets with coin.

I on the other hand came from a different world, in my world bartering was the only type of trade available, water was the most closest form of currency I had in that world, since everyone needed clean water to stay alive it became the norm to measure everything in exchange of water.

In fact the water bottle I used to clean Camilla’s wound was sort of like my wallet, other then the bottle I also had a few rolls of gauze, a waist pouch, my clothes, my hat, a jacket, 6 throwing knives, 2 skinning knives, 1 Military grade combat knife, a compass, binoculars and a multi-purpose mini-axe.

These things were the only items I had on my body I usually always carried more inside my backpack but because I died without carrying it on my body it didn’t come along with me.

Now since we didn’t have money my first thought was to immediately sell what we had.

The reason I wanted to find a tailor was because out of all the things I had on my body my clothes were the only things I didn’t mind losing, as far as I could hear from Camilla linen seemed to be the only common piece of textile around this area and if I offered my clothes most probably the value of those textiles would be something Tailors would find incredibly interesting and that isn’t even mentioned the over all design my clothes had including the durability which was both water proof and tough to cut.

The compass, the binoculars, the multi-purpose mini-axe or even the plastic bottle may get us a lot of money if I find the right person to sell it to, but at the same time it would probably cause a lot of trouble for us if these items are something that aren’t invented in this world yet.

People would question the origins of these items and how they are made with loads of hungry sharks charging at us to bite off a piece of meat or eat us whole.

As a ruins explorer lost technology was something I was always careful about when peddling around, I knew the thought process of others before they could even think about how to take away my possessions, making my clothes the only thing I had that could gain us some bit of funds to kick start our operation and keep ourselves low.

Or at least get us enough money so we could afford the cost of lodgings and some food for a week or two after getting that much I was planning on collecting information and letting Camilla rest until she fully recovered and by then think about how to proceed further.

And if that didn’t work, at worst case scenario I was ready to sell my knives even though I felt very uncomfortable in my heart I still knew what was worth more between our future or the knives that were dear to me.

And if finally that didn’t work either I could always resort to either stealing or trying to find temporary work until we got things figured out.

-At least thats what I think we should do.

-…

Camilla was silent, after hearing my entire thought process and plan she seemed a bit strange even though I couldn’t see her expression I could feel her red eyes staring at the back my head as if trying to poke a hole into it.

For a moment I thought that there was something wrong with her or that she didn’t feel well but just as I was about to ask her.

-I..Is that so ? I didn’t know you thought so much about all of this…Alright, I try to stay quiet until you find the shop…

She said, her voice a bit strange not the usually shaky tone but rather a hesitant one, I felt tempted to turn my head and look at her but Camilla had already buried her head into my neck hiding her face as she started to rest and conserve her energy.

The feeling I got from Camilla were still a bit strange but I quickly let go of the issue and instead focused on the task at hand.

Thinking like this I slightly turned my head towards right and looked around the area, find the tailor was my top priority asking somebody was also a good idea but at the same time there wasn’t such a thing as being “too careful” when it came to your privacy.

It was also a good opportunity to finally test something that I wanted to do since yesterday.

I thought, my eyes sweeping through the crowd for a second shining with a golden luster as I tried to find someone who looked generally weak finally glancing towards a bird like demi-human who was sweeping the front of a building which looked like a pub ?

Name:Na’lto
LV:5
Race:Demi-human(Half-Harpy Half-Human)
Gender:Male
Age:26
Occupation:Shop Keeper (Apprentice Tailor)

[Talent]
-Philanderer Lv.0 (0/10)

[Skill]
-Body Arts Lv.1(4/25)
-Sewing Lv.2(18/50)
-Physical Strength Enhancement Lv.1(2/25)
-Abnormal Status Resistance Lv.2 (8/50)
-Keen Eyes Lv.2 (4/50)
-Wind Magic Lv.0 (0/10)

Instantly, a blue window appeared the moment I laid my eyes upon him, this window was something I had discovered yesterday when I looked at Camilla’s eyes for the first time, I am not sure what this ability is called but I call this blue window the “character window”.

The reason I call it the character window is because it shows the true character of the person I looked at, who they are and what they are capable of, even revealing things that the person himself doesn’t know about showing their true potential.

The way this ability gets activated is by me just looking at the person and desiring to see their true self and not necessarily looking into their eyes.

Yesterday, since the discovery of this ability I’ve been constantly experimenting with it through Camilla, Camilla isn’t aware that I have this ability as of yet and while I want to tell her about it I judged that for now keeping this secret was fine since telling someone about it was far more detrimental then keeping to myself which would do no harm.

At some point I would probably tell Camilla of this ability and inform her of her true origin but as if now it wasn’t the time.

Getting back to the window itself,I had a bit of trouble understand and operating the window at first but after thinking about it and instinctively touching the unknown terms and numbers of the window a few smaller windows appeared giving more insight and explanation to what these terms meant.

【Name(Individual)】

A Name is a sound,combination of letters and marks identifying a being in this world in which it resigns in, any being or individual can only have 1 true name which they were born with or given the moment they acknowledged themselves with the name.Any other names later brought to the individual will be counted as fake names if they do not associate themselves with the name.

【LV(Level)】

A Level or LV is the base power and knowledge of a being represented with a number, a single Level is made out of a certain amount of experience crossing the threshold, experience comes through all sorts of methods ranging from daily activities such as eating,sleeping and working to active and more rewarding activities such as hunting,discovery and understanding.The higher the level the stronger or more experienced the individual is.Certain items or techniques also have a certain Level requirement that need the individual to be at a certain strength to be able to utilize the item or technique.

【Race】

Race is the categorization of all individual conscious beings be it living or not.

【Gender】

Gender is the differentiation between masculinity and femininity or man and woman.

【Age】

Age is the representation of the current lifespan lived by the single Individual.

【Occupation(Individual)】

Occupation is the Individuals usual duty or principle work they are associated with examples such as guards and blacksmiths can be taken as occupations.Occupations give boosts to certain aspects of power and allow the individual to grasp certain skills faster.

【Talent】

A Talent is the innate ability of every living and intelligent being, it is the characteristic that enhance’s one’s latent abilities in a accelerated manner.Traits which allow one to improve at quicker rates than others in the same field of expertise and excel in them further then others.Talent comes in many forms, people can have it passively like swinging a sword as if it is a extension of their arm or sometimes they are simply capable of it actively like being able to levitate items with your mind.A Talent is most of the time no different from that of a Skill which is why it is treated as such as, it needs practiced to be truly useful for the individual.A Talent cannot be learned a individual can only be born with it or acquire it through special means.A Talent while treated as a skill cannot turn into a evolved skill.

【Skill】

A Skill is the accumulated knowledge or experience of a person in a certain area of expertise which they practiced.A skill can be learned through a number of means depending on the skill itself, a average human can only learn 10 skills without crossing level 30, if a human learns more then 10 skills before level 30 the skill proficiency of all other skills will decline until one other skill proficiency drops to 0 and disappears to open space for the new skill, some other races or demi-humans can have different skill limits and required level prerequisite compared to humans. Some skills a person can only be born with or acquire through special means.When the skill Level of a certain skill exceeds Lv.5 it becomes a evolved skill.

A skill has a total of 5 Level proficiencies practicing the skill increases the skill proficiency,certain actions, enlightenments and discoveries can also boost the skill proficiency level.

Lv.0-Beginner(0/10)
Lv.1-Apprentice(0/25)
Lv.2-Intermediate(0/50)
Lv.3-Advanced(0/250)
Lv.4-Expert(0/500)
Lv.5-Master(0/2000)

Is what everything meant.

I never imagined something as complex as a person could be analyzed to this extend, I felt dubious the first time I read through the entire passages of text explaining what every little thing did and what it meant, though things started to get clear to me the situation only got me to ask more questions the more I started to know.

I even figured out that the window was most probably not telling me everything since some of the explanation regarding the function of the window left out some newer terms like , evolved skills, which I wasn’t aware how they looked like or what they even did to the original skill itself making me assume that they either replaced the skill or included a add-on to it ?

Talents and levels were also just as doubtful, a talent signified the potential of a person and their growth but what were levels for then ?

If Levels determine the base strength or knowledge of someone does it mean that the level can rise indefinitely ?

If there is no max cap to a level does it mean a talent can become obsolete depending on the base power of the individual ?

Can a person grow infinitely ?

The levels also seem be deeply connected towards the amount of skills a person can master depending of what race you are, humans can only master 10 skills under level 30 if they try to learn a 11th skill they will suffer from skill proficiency drop until one of their skills disappears and opens a slot for the new skill to reside and if that really is the case does there exist a race which can master more then 10 or less skills at the very beginning ?

How many talents can a person really have ?

Can a skill become more powerful then a talent ?

If there already exists a level boundary in which you can learn more then 10 skills is it possible that you can learn infinite amounts of skills if your level rises infinitely ?

And all of these questions don’t even account for the fact that I am somehow capable of knowing the name,age,gender and occupation of a person without even exchanging a single word with them !

This was just too illogical ! If this was just some sort of game on a sheet of paper maybe I could have accepted this more easier…well not that it matters now.

I lightly gulped, looking back at the character window of this bird like demi-human trying not to directly stare at him while doing so.

Name:Na’lto
LV:5
Race:Demi-human(Half-Harpy Half-Human)
Gender:Male
Age:26
Occupation:Shop Keeper (Apprentice Tailor)

[Talent]
-Philanderer Lv.0 (0/10)

[Skill]
-Body Arts Lv.1(4/25)
-Sewing Lv.2(18/50)
-Physical Strength Enhancement Lv.1(2/25)
-Abnormal Status Resistance Lv.2 (8/50)
-Keen Eyes Lv.2 (4/50)
-Wind Magic Lv.0 (0/10)

This person had decent amounts of skills and even more impressively he had something called Wind Magic.A skill that was native to this world and seemed to be one of the types of skills a person can only be born with similar to a talent but not actually that unique.Recalling a matter from yesterday I also summoned Camilla’s character window for a side by side reference.

Name:Camilla
LV:6
Race:Demi-Human(Half-Dragonnewt Half-Human)
Gender:Female
Age:15
Occupation:Bag Carrier

[Talent]
-Natural Instinct Lv.3(127/250)
-Otherworldly Space Lv.0(0/10)
-Otherworldly Contractor Lv.0(8/10)

[Skill]
Abnormal Status Resistance Lv.3(29/250)
Physical Strength Enhancement Lv.2(26/50)
Physical Vitality Enhancement Lv.2(42/50)
Cooking Lv.1(4/25)
Dragon Magic Lv.0 (0/10)

Just like this bird like demi-human Camilla also had a type magic called Dragon Magic, Camilla herself claimed that she is not aware that she possess such skill neither did she ever practice it before reinforcing the idea that magic is a exceptional type of skill that someone needs to be born with to use, at this point it was unknown to me how this system differentiated between Talent and skill even though magic itself looks to be a talent than a actual skill…

Hmm….

Either way this wasn’t something I could figured out right now without having a good understanding of magic, ignoring the magic skills for a moment I looked over both their skills and talents while also at the same time tapping on all the skill names to get a good idea of what they all do again, though honestly I was more curious about the talent the bird like demi-human possessed then skills themselves.

【Philanderer】

Increases opinion of the opposite sex towards you, charm increases the more you speak towards the opposite sex giving extra libido when in heat.

【Body Arts】

Increases unarmed combat skill, precision and agility gain a boost the more you practice.

【Sewing】

Increases your ability to stitch and craft clothing items, Dexterity and concentration gain a boost the more you practice.

【Physical Strength Enhancement】

Increases physical strength, handling and health gain a boost the more you practice.

【Abnormal Status Resistance】

Increases resistances against poison,disease and infections.

【Keen Eyes】

Increases eye sensitivity, the more you practice the more you pick up on smaller details with your eyes.

【Wind Magic】

Increases your skill to control wind and its different properties, mind, wind affinity and concentration gain a boost the more you practice.

【Natural Instinct】

Increases your perception of danger, the more you practice the more you are capable of discerning your surroundings and seeing truths from lies.

【Otherworldly Space】

Gives you the ability to a open a alternate space within your soul where you can store items ,the more you practice the bigger the space gets.

【Otherworldly Contractor】

Gives you the ability to form a single contract with a being from another world making it your familiar, the more you practice the stronger the contract gets and the more privileges you gain through the contract.

【Physical Vitality Enhancement】

Increases your physical regeneration, willpower,stamina and defense gain a boost the more you practice.

【Cooking】

You are capable of utilizing ingredients and tools together to make a meal, the more you practice the more you gain the ability to make better food with more status bonuses.

【Dragon Magic】

Increases your ability to wield the power of a dragon,elemental resistance increases the more you practice.

I read through all of the windows, especially focusing on Camilla’s talents thinking about the space that could be incredibly convenient to us, the otherworldly contractor skill seemed to be the reason why I was called into this world in the first place, how this ability was categorized as a talent baffling my thoughts trying to find a criteria as to how this structure itself is build.

I wasn’t surprised to see Camilla having a ability such as the first time I saw it, it was understandable since without this ability Camilla probably couldn’t have taken care of herself for so long, the fact that her , and were such a high level for someone her age proved how much she struggled for so long to continue on living.

People live differently in different regions and here people couldn’t easily leave the safety of the city walls, with monsters and incredibly powerful beings walking outside that can kill them at a moments notice, it seemed as if my world in comparison was probably much more lenient then this world…will we able to pull through?

I wondered, before lightly shaking my head shooing away those pessimistic thoughts…

I raised my head looking around, the people here weren’t even paying attention to a couple like us standing in the middle of this street, everyone here had their own goals to pursue and I wasn’t done yet either I knew struggles were ahead if I didn’t start pull my weight fast enough.

-Excuse me mister…can you stand still for a second ?!

Just as I was about to move on again, the bird like demi-human who I had just used as a test subject for my ability suddenly approached me asking me to stay. I was a bit surprised honestly that he approached me all of a sudden and thought that he had noticed that I was looking at him for too long, but staring back at him appraisingly I noticed that he didn’t seem to have any malicious or hostile intent when approaching us.

I was about to ask what he wanted with a slight harsher tone so he would go away, but just as I was about to do so I could see his hands move lightning quick, his bird like fingers stretching out towards my body, the black talons of his finger nail looking as if he was trying to impale me.

My instincts reacted instantly, my left hand reaching towards my military grade combat knife to sever those talons and my feet stepping side ways to avoid his lunge, my eyes were focused on those black talons of his, Camilla seeming to be still asleep the entire time and didn’t wake up from the sudden shake of my movements when all of this occurred.

The shaking was not that bad my balance was still steady the only thing that happened was just as I moved the black jacket hanging on Camilla’s shoulders fell down intercepting the bird like demi-humans lunge with his talons.

At this point I had already drawn my knife but just as I was getting ready to retaliate, the bird like demi-human spoke again, his voice excited drawing my eyes towards his face as I once again saw his “no harm intended” looking expression holding the jacket with sparkling eyes and fondling it with his fingers as if he was holding his lover.

-Mister…where…where did you get these clothes !

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I may or may not have wrote too much.

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Instead Of Being Transported Into Another World I Became Another Person’s Skill In Another World Chapter 4 The Road Ahead

-I understand,from today on our goal will be to travel to one of the other major human kingdoms and start making a living ! After we finish that and have acquired sufficient amounts of funds we will directly head to the Demi-human kingdom and set a base !

I declared, my voice full of motivation as I set a clear goal inside my mind while thinking about a lot of other plans to reach said goal in the vicious journey that was up ahead of us.

-What ? How are we going to do that…

On the other hand Camilla still seemed to be befuddle by my sudden declaration of our quote on “Goal”, it was understandable really, doing something that she couldn’t reach even after working for 5 years must have seemed much too impossible for her even with my help.

But I thought differently.

Pies didn’t fall from the sky, only opportunities would show themselves and if you aren’t quick enough to grab those opportunities or gutsy enough to chase after them, then the pie would never bake itself.

Glancing at the confused Camilla I uttering only one sentence with a smile.

-We’ll become adventurers obviously !

And just like this a road was set, and with the road Camilla’s expression froze as she looked at me with small amounts of anxiety and horror which I could only smile wryly towards whilst sitting inside this big wooden crate of ours.

My eyes shone lightly with a golden brilliance.

========================3 Hours Ago=====================

Camilla and I started off rough, she was just like me not the most open or loose person when it came to others.Her paranoia was a good thing even though she understood that I saved her life and didn’t have any ulterior motives, she still opted to keep her guard up towards me in a certain part of her mind so she wouldn’t get swept up easily in case something happened.

This kind of paranoia was something I knew all too well, I was fine with it too since I also didn’t have much faith in this girl either, I knew that without at least that much suspicion she wouldn’t have survived for this long inside this vicious world.

It would have been all well and good if we could separate and walk our different paths.

But in the end things weren’t as simple as that, my life depended on this girl’s well being quite literally.

I wasn’t sure why god would tie my life with the life of this girl but I knew that questioning or holding assumptions wouldn’t do me good if I wanted to continue on living.

And because of this I wanted to form a friendly and trustworthy bond with her, I couldn’t see myself from running away all too soon, hiding things from her wasn’t going to be good either leading me into confessing everything I knew regarding this situation and the fact that my life was bound to hers.

Camilla at first was slightly nervous and skeptical by my confession, it was obvious that something as far-fetched as appearing out of nowhere and being bound to someone else’s life would garner their doubt and suspicion but fortunately she was quickly convinced adding her own few sentences explaining that she also saw the very same light blue window appearing when I was summoned and informing her of similar things finally understanding the gist of my existence and how I came here.

She was most surprised about the fact that my life was bound to hers and that I came from a different world, explaining why I had so many questions that seemed common sense in her mind.

She especially pondered about the fact that I was her Familiar, on that note to be quite honest, I was very much nervous and expected to be at least smacked by her because of how roughly I previously pushed her to the ground and made her suffer.

But luckily she only glanced at me with a passive look before letting go of the matter altogether, I was unsure what she was thinking but I quickly figured it out after she thanked me for treating her wound.

-It was only natural after all if I didn’t treat it and you died I would have most probably followed you suit, you don’t need to thank me for it

I replied like this at first and Camilla probably understood that too but she shook her head and stared back at me, her cheeks slightly red with a small voice of thankfulness as she spoke.

-Yes, I know, but I still want to thank you, even if you were forced to, you at least didn’t…didn’t leave me alone..

The last part was a bit low but I was able to hear it nonetheless making me also feel embarrassed for once thinking about how devoted I was, I lied after all, at the time it wasn’t because I was forced to treat her that I stayed with her but because I felt guilty for making her suffer, even I wasn’t as quick minded to connect the dots and think back to the part where I woke up greeted by the blue window.

I was still shocked after all letting my survival instincts take over instead of rational thought that I usually used.

I didn’t know why I lied that time about me taking care of her, maybe I didn’t want to seem pretentious or make her think that I was only saying that to make an excuse on my part but either way the distance between me and her quickly closed after the first few interactions we had to each other.

We talked for a long time until mid day, it was mainly me asking questions though mostly regarding the world and what people considered common sense.

The things she told me were all things I found incredibly curious and mysterious, topics of which my own common couldn’t seem to find head or tails with, no matter how many times I heard about them.

At some point our conversation started to lead towards Camilla’s personal life.

Camilla obviously had things she didn’t want to talk about, I even lightly alluded to the numerous bruises and scars she had all over her body when I tried to clean her while she was asleep.

She was quite embarrassed and depressed when she first heard me checking her entire body shaking with anxiety at first and looking down with a sulking face before quickly calming down when she heard about me asking about the scars and bruises.

She had a painful look at first but then stared at my face as if trying to find something reassuring,seeing my calm face she probably thought it was okay to talk about it and opened up lightly towards her life for the past 5 years she had as a bag carrier.

She briefly talked about the labyrinth and what kind of place it was, I was even more fascinating about her explanation regarding the labyrinth and how adventurers ventured into the depths to gain treasures and raw materials from there, it was truly magical, being able to gain massive amounts of wealth through venturing into the labyrinth in one shot was the epiphany of opportunity, but its massive wealth came in equal amounts of dangers as the entire labyrinth was ridden with dangerous demonic beasts which lurked at every corner.

For a moment I felt very curious towards this entity called “labyrinth” and the people who invaded it called “adventurers”,the way Camilla explained it she seemed to mean that the monsters and the treasures made of gold and other materials just came out of nowhere which baffled me.

I wanted to know more about the labyrinth,but refrained from asking any further since I didn’t want to interrupt Camilla who was originally patiently telling me about herself.

When she talked she didn’t seem to notice that her voice was getting a bit shaky and the fact that she was saying things that she probably wanted to hide.

I listened to everything, her struggles and how she desperately tried to work so she could one day leave towards the demi-human kingdom and live a better life with people who didn’t hold prejudice against her, as a demi-human Camilla had it tough all her life, at the age of 6 she didn’t even know how she got into this city and why she was here, and even though she didn’t say that it was tough herself or that she was tired, I knew from the way she was telling me everything that her mind was out of juice and that she felt like she was cornered the entire time.

I kept my face blank the entire time as if nothing was wrong.

I didn’t say anything or offer any sort of solace in what she was feeling at the moment, for what seemed like a solid and determined person to survive looked to be actually a weak life on the border of her sanity.

In a few ways her appearance sort of reminded me of myself, not her personality but the way she was feeling resignation and hopelessness that no matter what she does she wouldn’t able to escape no matter what, when I sat in front of god and knew that my life had ended I had the very same appearance of resignation and hopelessness so many emotions jumbled at me at that moment,but what particular feeling did stand out the most ?

The last question of the god momentarily seemed to flash through my mind as I thought about it.

Yes, regret.

My happiness came from desiring a world where things weren’t as tough as they were, for this goal I have staked my life, but for who did I really desire it for ?

Was I this selfish to the extend of making myself believe that my intentions were pure and just ? Maybe I truly didn’t understand myself as much as I thought I did.

Even in death.

I was alone.

I pondered snapping out of my daze, finally looking back at Camilla who I had noticed gone quiet all of sudden.

-Eh ? Is something the matter ?

I asked surprised the moment I turned my head, finding myself being stared at by this red haired girl whose eyes were gazing at me as if trying to poke a hole into my skin.

At that moment I didn’t know why but I found myself quite compelled by her red eyes for some reason, giving me a very strong impression and inexplicable feeling, it wasn’t in particular the color or form the eyes had that made me feel so conflicted but rather the hidden potential that was slumbering within those eyes which made me dazed as if I could just reach out for it and see what it was.

-Your eyes are strange ? It looked like they were glowing gold for a moment.

She said, her voice quickly snapping me back to reality as I realized what I was doing the entire time and also wondering what Camilla was talking about.

But before I could even ask her what she meant a small flash seemed to enlighten my eyes as an image started to make itself clear in the form of a blue window with text which greeted me the first time when I arrived into this world.

Name:Camilla
LV:6
Race:Demi-Human(Half-Dragonnewt Half-Human)
Gender:Female
Age:15
Occupation:Bag Carrier

[Talent]
-Natural Instinct Lv.3(126/250)
-Otherworldly Space Lv.0(0/10)
-Otherworldly Contractor Lv.0(8/10)

[Skill]
Abnormal Status Resistance Lv.3(27/250)
Physical Strength Enhancement Lv.2(26/50)
Physical Vitality Enhancement Lv.2(41/50)
Cooking Lv.1(4/25)
Dragon Magic Lv.0(0/10)

I was astonished, just like last time the window was informing me of something but this time it was something completely different out of the world.

This was also the first time I used my talent.

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Instead Of Being Transported Into Another World I Became Another Person’s Skill In Another World Chapter 3 The Two People See Eye

Astoundingly Camilla’s recovery wasn’t that long,In my own estimation it only took her half a day to recover back some energy and finally wake up.

This proofed that her vitally was strong and that she was very resilient towards a lot of microbes or germs,normally if it was an ordinary person with such a long cut and amount of blood loss they would have at least needed another 2 days to recover properly inside a warm,humid and comfortable area instead of this cold,filthy,abandoned crater.

I was fascinated by how fast her recovery was,but that wasn’t as important right now since my foremost mission was to deal with what came after she woke up.

-Please….please don’t hurt me…you can have whatever you want,but please don’t hurt me…

She begged tearfully,pitifully so as the moment she woke up and saw my face while looking up she immediately jumped and leaned onto the other side of the crater making the big wooden box shake for a second by the amount of force she used to escape my care even going as far as to create a small dent in the wood where she leaned onto.

She had unnatural strength…most probably from her job,but I wasn’t bothered by that right now.

Looking at her with blank eyes,I temporarily ignored her pleading and rather concentrated on the freshly bound gauze that I had rolled around her left leg where the cut was made.

I identified it to be from some kind sharp claw that belonged to an animal with long reach.

The gauze was starting to turn slightly red meaning that the injury had opened up from her useless flailing when she tried to escape.

Glancing at her expression,it didn’t even look like she was in pain in the slightest bit from her wound reopening but rather was concentrated on my entire being begging me not to touch her as if she forgot that it was me who had treated her in the first place…

Well unpleasant memories are the ones everyone remembers more then the pleasant ones so it wasn’t that nonsensical for her to forget after that whole ordeal of nearly losing her life from blood loss.

I thought simply keeping my eyes on the girl giving her a small space to breath before taking action once again.

Camilla was alert to the extreme,even though she had recovered enough to be awake and play this wild act,she was still very weak without food,running only through the water that I had fed her the entire time.

Obviously when she saw me trying to come close to her without a second word she immediately started to plead again telling me not to come close or not to touch her,but whatever she said I ignored and slowly approached as if I was some kind of bad person that only meant harm.

Of course I had my reasons to not say anything,after all words were empty without action,showing was believing not the other way around,I needed her trust not her consent.

-If…if you don’t back away right now…I..I will hit you !

She screamed out,showing her last ditch effort as I saw the look of desperation in her eyes that blinded her from the truth,her hands were gripped to the max ready to strike and even though she didn’t look like someone who would seriously hurt anybody she was still in a position of a cornered animal which could make her moves unpredictable without the proper judgment.

Her strength was something I should be careful of…

I merely thought,not stopping even after the harmful threat that came out of her mouth.

Seeing me not stopping no matter what,Camilla quickly realized that nothing she said would work.A glint of madness started to form in her red eyes as she started to get more determined in her decision until finally…

-AHhhhhhh ! I said go away !

She threw a punch,haphazardly so,with her eyes closed as she aimed at a random spot in my general direction,her movements and reaction were all pretty slow,predictable and wrong showing that she had never be in a serious fight before,but rather opted to be on the receiving end making it clear that she was not only a coward,but also a gutless coward too.

(Whump !)

A shock wave ran through my entire body as I caught Camilla’s flying fist at point blank,even though I told myself to be wary of her strength I still couldn’t help,but groan from my reckless move of trying to catch the fist instead of avoiding it.

Either way,I didn’t let the pain show on my face and didn’t let go of the fist either quickly closing into her space as I sat only a few centimeters away from her whilst holding her hand tightly within my grip.

Camilla wasn’t trying anything anymore and only stared at me wide eyed with a hopeless hollow look on her face as if resigning herself to her fate.

The look on her face closely reminded me of the time not too long ago when I met god and made the very same expression of resignation,seeing her like this I couldn’t bear to continue teasing her anymore and instead grabbed her left shoulder and pulled her towards my chest.

-Kyaaa !

She screamed lightly not even trying to run away anymore or say anything to stop this,and even though it was easier and more convenient this way,I still felt that she should resist to the end…well not as if the person who resigned to god has anything to say on that matter…

I mocked myself keeping her tightly nuzzled into my chest as I reached towards her left leg to see the gauze and whether or not it became loose.

Seeing me reaching for her injured leg Camilla looked as if she finally wanted to say something,but upon seeing that her leg was treated and covered with a unfamiliar fresh gauze she opted to quickly shut up and see what I was about to do instead.

-Ahhh…

She moaned light twitching in my embrace as she felt the pain of my touch fiddling with her injury by tightening the gauze to keep the injury closed.

Whilst doing so Camilla seemed as if she got used to me touching her freely and no longer seemed to shiver as much as she did at the start,I could feel her bright red eyes staring at me intently as if she was looking at an alien creature,not sure what to make out of me or how to respond to me as she finally realized that I wasn’t harming her,but treating her.

A lot of memories also seemed to return to Camilla as she started to remember who it was she entrusted her body to before falling asleep and at this point words didn’t even need to be transmitted as I quickly finished up with the inspection facing back towards Camilla with a gentle smile on my face.

-Looks like you survived,its my fault for having you go through this so can you please accept my apology ? Since I still want to hear more about this world how about it ?

It was a bit unnatural by Camilla looked as if she had already enough of the unnatural and only sighed before giving me a light nod with her gentle eyes,her heart also seemed to have calmed down leaving any trace of the previous madness she had behind replaced by ease a feeling of warmth.

-Yes…I..If I am helpful enough of course…

A weak reply,but we could work on that as we go along.

I thought so giving a nod back to her as we slowly returned to the conversation at hand and about the world I was just about to step my foot into for the very first time.

=====================Camilla’s P.O.V=======================

Today a lot of strange things happened.

I experienced a lot of things.

Getting close to death,I thought about many things and came to a lot conclusions about myself that I didn’t know of.

My name is Camilla and I am a demi-human living in the city of Septinia belonging to the Aion kingdom which was one of the 4 major human kingdoms.

Even though I was born demi-human I am not sure what kind of demi-human I am exactly as I had never met my parents before or even remember anything about them to give me a clue about my common heritage amongst my people.

My red hair and red eyes do not match with any kind of demi-human I have met so far,other then the color of my hair and eyes that didn’t match that of a human,I look and act like a complete human which puzzles me to this day.

In either case I work as a bag carrier inside labyrinths to give support to adventurers by carrying their materials and equipment inside and outside the labyrinth.

It is a dangerous line of a work that doesn’t pay much for the amount of risk that is involved for someone who isn’t a experienced fighter or well equipped,but it is one of the only lines of work demi-humans are capable of doing as most or almost all places that give out work don’t hire demi-humans such as myself into their mids.

The only places that give work to demi-humans are construction sites and brothels,but even those are almost always hesitant about hiring demi-humans that makes the line of work hard to approach and in either case,I am definitely not interested in to sell my body or to work all day in exchange of little to no money.

Even though my job does pay less then normal bag carriers it was still higher than most of the construction workers out there.

The treatment of demi-humans around the human kingdoms isn’t very friendly because of the recent war that occurred 50 years ago between humans and demi-humans,this unfriendly behavior was especially evident in Aion as the humans here practiced the belief of a goddess called Chirke who believes in human supremacy over that was not human.

As most commonly the humans are distinguished by their eyes and hair color that ranges from black,brown,blue and gold,my red hair and red eyes stand out significantly as those were the signs of discrepancy that were most commonly associated with demi-humans.

Demi-humans aren’t accepted into a a lot of places as you may have already guessed.

And while public order was kept high to keep people from harassing demi-humans such as myself,it was still unavoidable that people would break such rules to commit small acts of harassments against the minority of demi-humans that resided inside the city,though acts such as murder or heavy bodily harm was taboo,small acts such as bullying or public slander was still overlooked by the major populace and even the guards.

Fortunately,I was majority of the time spared by such harassments of the public,as ever since I was born I had a natural ability to sense danger or harm coming my way,I concluded that this ability must have something to do with the blood of the demi-human that was running through my veins and while I tried to see some common traits with other demi-humans,so far,I couldn’t find any leaving me to believe that maybe it was a unique ability of my own that allowed me to sense danger.

This ability was also the reason why I was leaning towards becoming a bag carrier inside a dangerous labyrinth with ruffians such as adventures who could cut me up if they didn’t want to pay me inside the labyrinth,it helped me recognize and differentiate between dangerous and harmless by looking at people allowing me to choose my clients effectively and without too much hitch.

But this ability while extremely convenient didn’t mean it showed me the nature of someone,but rather how dangerous they were towards my survival,harmless didn’t always mean unpleasant as most or almost all the clients I work with had prejudice against demi-humans in some way or another sometimes paying me less or at other times not paying me at all after the whole work was said and done.

Life was hard,and because of the danger within the labyrinth it wasn’t always possible to avoid the harm that came my way even with the ability making me experience countless of painful injuries and frightening experiences.

I worked 5 years as a bag carrier and kept myself from starving to death even without a luxurious bed or a roof over my head I kept on living expecting something to happen that could change my life.

I thought countless of times to save up and one day travel towards a demi-human kingdom so I could live my life in slight ease and not always struggle for my next meal.

Alas such thoughts were mere dreams,after all the paths leading towards the demi-human kingdoms were far and filled with danger that took the form of demonic beasts and occasional bandits on the roadside.

My strength wasn’t much either in comparison to the adventurers,even though I became strong through the years of carrying heavy materials and equipment,I was still very cowardly because of my ability to sense danger which gave me fear as a demerit of the ability.

On top of that I didn’t even know the first thing about holding a sword,buying one wasn’t an option either since majority of the stores don’t sell weapons to the demi-humans or either charge way too much for lower quality goods that makes the entire point of the weapon useless making a branch on the roadside a better weapon than a rusty dagger.

Even hiring adventurers to escort me was hopeless as most adventurers from this city held extreme amounts of prejudice towards demi-humans that it wouldn’t be surprising if they simply robbed me of my possessions and then killed me on the way there halfway through the journey.

And thats not even mentioning the amount of money needed to cover such ground or money needed to hire the said trustworthy adventurers.

It was truly despairingly hopeless making me think at one point that I would one day die inside the city or labyrinth without ever being able to do anything about my situation.

At one point I even considered to sell my body in exchange of a favor just so I could escape from my predicament,but in the end I quickly to came to give up such ideas because of disgust and issues regarding my pride that wouldn’t allow me to go that way…

My face and body were generally also nothing exceptional either for someone important to take note of,I was malnourished,my body was on the skeletal side while my face was slightly caved in from the lack of protein,the only thing that stood out were my eye and hair color which were completely crimson,a bit exotic yes,but compared to those prostitutes on the streets I was slightly above average perhaps,but even I doubt myself about my beauty and don’t think about it all too much so I don’t get sad…

In the end my only choice was to keep being optimistic and try to think of different solutions…but even so my luck had caught up to me…

The last job I did seemed as if it was my last as a demon mantis had suddenly attacked the group of adventurers I was working for,my ability to sense danger was overshadowed by the ability of the mantis as I couldn’t even sense its existence until it came close to us.

The demon mantis was famously known inside the labyrinth as the rookie killer because it aimed for adventurers in the upper levels of the labyrinth who almost always beginners.

It was the first time for me meeting such a gigantic and frightening demonic beast,I tried to run away but I was pushed by one of the fleeing adventurers who couldn’t keep their composure with the others and fell on the ground.

The demon mantis at the time probably saw an opportunity within my fall and aimed for me with his sickle,nobody tried to stop it and instead only cared for their own lives which wasn’t surprising since I was merely a demi-human they had hired to carry their equipment.

Fortunately I was able to avoid the entire slash in the last second and only partially got cut on my left leg,the demon mantis was displeased and probably wanted to kill me soon after,but quickly got distracted and changed its target to someone else for some reason which I am not sure about,but thankful that it happened still.

I dragged my body towards the exit as it was close by and simply walked away without contacting the guards as I could feel that if I didn’t treat my wounds immediately I would die from excessive blood loss.

I didn’t trust the guards,reporting them about the demon mantis because I thought that they would hold me up for too long without letting me treat my injury until it was too late,and in a sense my ability also told to immediately get out of there and get back home towards the slums.

At that point I was hazy and don’t remember much,I remember getting back home,closing my wound with a dirty rag and hoping that I would live through the night and not get diseased or infected with something.

In a sense I felt myself afloat while leaning against the wall of my trusty wooden crater that I had turned into my home inside the slums,I don’t quite remember what I was thinking about when I was trying to fall asleep,but I think I knew that I was probably going to die that day from either infection or blood loss.

The initial thoughts just like I said were hazy ,but my finishing lines were still very fresh to my mind as I knew what it was that I thought before I thought it was over.

If only…if only there was someone who could save me…care for me…

I thought,lines of which were quite innocent and unexpected from me as I tried my hardest to not to rely on anybody in my entire life so I could live without worries or feeling as if I owed somebody,I am not sure where those thoughts took root in myself,maybe it was because in the end I was still just a woman that wanted the reassuring embrace of a man that could protect me or maybe it was because I just felt burdened being all alone my entire life not relying on anybody or being relied upon by anybody.

But either way it was too late to regret,I believed.

Well I was not wrong until a stream of light suddenly appeared and summoned a young man out of nowhere.With his arrival a big blue screen of light suddenly appearing before my eyes before I could even react.

【Otherworldly Contract has been established】

【Kleptes has become Camilla’s Familiar】

【Kleptes the Familiar shares the Life of Camilla the Contractor,if the Contractor dies the Familiar will soon follow the fate of the Contractor and also die,if the Familiar on the other hand perishes the Contractor on the other hand will suffer 1/3 of the damage taken by the Familiar and the soul of the Familiar will be returned to the Contractor for safe keeping and repair purposes to be revived after 3 days had passed】

The writing was unfamiliar not that I knew,I was uneducated and didn’t know how to read and even though I knew close to nothing about writing or reading I still understood the words written on the window perfectly as if they were within my second nature.

Soon after I finished reading,the screen disappeared just as abruptly as it appeared leaving behind more questions then answers.

Quickly forgetting about the window I changed my attention back to the young man trying to wake him and see whether or not I could ask him what was happening.

The first thing I thought when he finally woke up was this…

His hands are quite rough…

Which is how I met Kleptes for the very first time.

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Instead Of Being Transported Into Another World I Became Another Person’s Skill In Another World Chapter 2 Rescue From Another World

-I see so this place is called Septinia a city of the Aion kingdom and right now we are inside the farther ends of the city outskirts or also known as the slums…am I correct ?

I asked patiently to reaffirm,my eyes calm and reserved endowing a gentle smile across my face as I looked at the young girl in front of me with no sorts of ripples or cracks showing in my expression.

If you looked at it that way you would have probably thought it was a very civilized and polite way of exchange though naturally that was only what was seen on the surface as what was happening bellow my head within the grasps of my hands was anything but civilized or polite for that matter.

-Y…yes..

The girl nodded,shivering in fear as I sat on top of her holding her in a tight restraining grip.

Currently the situation was both confusing and distraught,I was naturally a very cautious and suspicious person by nature since I was small.

Dying,meeting god and then waking up inside the dark alleys of a slum inside a foreign land would shake up almost anybody even the most foolish and because of this it was no surprise for me to immediately react negatively upon waking up and finding myself getting stared at by a filthy girl touching my body.

My reflexes reacted automatically towards this stimuli as my first course of action wasn’t to ask questions but rather immediately try to restrain the girl underneath me and then ask questions later,leading to this situation at hand with me sitting on top of her while pushing her face down side ways with one hand and pulling her left arm in a restraining grip with the other.

Because my body acted on impulse I didn’t have time to think,I was still very confused as to what was actually happening and while I did have a small suspicion inside my heart,I held it back and instead asked the most crucial questions at the moment that led to this situation.

The girl bellow me was called Camilla,she was 15 years old which means 1 year older then me,she didn’t have any parents and lived inside the outskirts of the city slums explaining her unbearably foul stench and her grime covered body that was laid with a dress that looked like it was made out of a potato sack.

The city was called Septinia and was a part of the Aion kingdom within the continent of Geus.

Camilla was a bag carrier who worked basically as a manual laborer that carried equipment and items for people she called “Adventurers” who ventured out into labyrinths and fought monsters for raw materials to gain money.

Camilla,while introducing herself slipped into her introduction that she was a Demi-human and while she was already spouting terms and settings that I had no clue of what she meant,the word “Demi-human” had a significant impact on me that left me curious as to what she meant when she was referring to herself.

Even though her red eyes were unusual coupled with her crimson hair,her body was still completely normal looking in my opinion no different of that of a normal human.

In either case I didn’t feel like interrupting her and just continued to ask her questions as time went on,surprisingly Camilla herself was quite docile or rather submissive of my rough handling and continues questioning,not once did she interrupt me or asked any questions about myself not even showing signs of resistance that I was prepared for from the very beginning,she felt rather detached and fearful than anything else to the point I felt rather pitiful for treating her like this.

But in the end I wasn’t going to let her go since it had already turned out like this and things couldn’t be changed.

After asking her some basic questions regarding my surroundings,I quickly went over the topic on why I was here in the first place which bothered me the most.

Camilla was a bit stumped upon the question which made me feel suspicious,it took her a few more seconds of silence before she answered me which still didn’t satisfy me but only served to baffle me more.

In short she didn’t know.

Camilla explained that she saw me just appearing out of thin air within a stream of light when she was resting inside her small hut recovering,In turn the small hut she was talking about was the little room we were inside currently isolated from the world,it looked like it was 2 meter square tall and was completely made out of wood with a small entrance to the right that you needed to crawl through to get in and out,other then me and her the hut only had a big bag inside and nothing else.

To me it looked like it was a gigantic crater turned into a hut by this girl,but that was besides the point.

Recounting her memories again,for Camilla it wasn’t a special day,she had just come back from the labyrinth working as a bag carrier,she didn’t talk about her payment,but she mentioned that she was injured by a monster inside the labyrinth her leg had been cut not severed but cut long enough to make her bleed profusely giving her no other choice,but to leave early.

Her expression was a bit paid when mentioned her early leave most probably she wasn’t paid.

 

At this point I finally noticed why Camilla didn’t even bother resisting the whole time looking back I could see her left leg tied with a big dirty rag that was turning red from the amount of blood she was losing,her face didn’t look well either she looked pale,malnourished with her cheeks caved in and tired making her unable to do anything even if she wanted to.

-Wait…

My face paled for a moment with a grim look showing on my face.I could feel the air inside the hut turning colder by 10 degrees in an instant as realization dawned on me.

My eyes turning sharp as a frantic expression started to form on my face.

-Damn it ! Why didn’t you tell me from the very beginning that you were hurt !

I shouted out angrily swiftly getting up from her as I turned her over and placed her more comfortably,my hands moving quickly as I started to pull out a bottle of clean water and a roll of gauze that I kept at all times on my body for first aide.I wasn’t sure how much blood the girl had lost,but looking at the her swimming eyes and delirious expression she was most probably very close to death.

-I…I was scared..I didn’t want to die…I thought…if I didn’t answer I would die…

She answered feebly,slightly shaking my heart as I felt the guilt only start to drill further into my conscious.

How could I be so short sighted…

I blamed myself,quietly trying to calm Camilla and make her stop talking so she could preserve her energy while explaining her that I would treat her wounds.

Camilla also seemed to have realized that I didn’t have any bad intentions hesitating for a brief moment before nodding back at me resolutely and shutting her eyes with a light sigh as exhaustion seemed to have taken her back into deep slumber with her chest slowly rising up and down.

I on the other hand didn’t have such leisure as my hands gently started to unwrap the blood covered dirty rag from her left foot while raising her filthy skirt up to her thighs to have a better view.

Whilst doing so I inevitable couldn’t avoid looking at Camilla’s delicate lady parts,but instead of being distracted by her feminine body I was far more dumbfounded by the amount of scars and bruises she had on her body making me wonder whether it was normal for her to take injuries like these on a daily basis…

-No you idiot of course it isn’t normal !

I quickly rebuked myself shaking my head while looking away and concentrating on treating her currently bleeding wound instead.

I didn’t know how much time passed while I was nursing her,but either way I wasn’t going to stop until I was finished.

=========================================

-Pew…it looks like this is as much as I can do for now…

I muttered sighing out of relief,finally finishing up with my treatment as the blood stopped flowing and Camilla’s expression turned normal again with her breath getting into proper motion…

Before this Camilla looked very pained in her sleep while I was treating her,but otherwise she didn’t wake up.

I took extra time wiping off the excess grime and filth of her body so she wouldn’t get sick or infected through her wound or body making her look somewhat decent,but still smelling foul as ever.

And after everything was finished I considered to up and leave this place since I didn’t want to bother this girl any longer or cause her more pain.But after considering and remembering the bright blue window I was greeted with when I came to,I shelved the idea of leaving and instead stayed,nursing the girl that looked like had a very close relationship to me from today onwards.

Placing her head onto my thighs while putting my jacket on top of her body I kept her warm and comfortable as much as I could.

Occasionally I would give her a sip of clean water to keep her hydrated when she would wake up from her stupor and then fall asleep.

Looking at Camilla like this I felt very sympathetic of her circumstances,even though I still had no idea where I was or what was going on,I already knew that the world I was in wasn’t the world I was originally from.

The only thing I knew right now was that I needed to stay with this girl and make sure that she doesn’t die or get hurt under my watch…

It was a funny situation really…If I wasn’t send here could it be that Camilla would have died from her injury ? Was the reason god send me down her to prevent her death ? How was she important to all of this anyway ? Why was I send to her or to this world in the first place ?

I wondered,still questions upon questions stacking up on my mind as I couldn’t get a head around what to do or what to say really.

In the end I could only sigh and look down onto Camilla’s sleeping face while showing a bitter smile.

-Looks like I’ll be staying with you for a long time now little missy…I hope you wake up so I can apologize..

I whispered,her stench still very unpleasant,but my nose slowly getting used to it as time passed.

Camilla also looked as if she had heard my honest words and gently nuzzled into my thighs looking comfortable.

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Instead Of Being Transported Into Another World I Became Another Person’s Skill In Another World Teaser Trailer The First Contact

Inside a single room,I sat on top of empty white space.

My surroundings weren’t any different it looked as if the room went on infinitely within the white space it showed,but I knew from one way or another that it was indeed just a room and it didn’t go infinitely like it looked it would.

-Hey…would you mind looked at me instead of the room,I am getting a bit offended you know ?…

Said the strange old man…

-Hey ! I am not strange at all ! Its clearly you the one who’s strange ! Getting in here and then completely ignoring me all of a sudden and instead looking all over the empty room for the past 30 minutes !

-So this really is a room and you can read my mind too !

-Of course I am god after all !

The old man replied,smiling as his words showed the kind of pride he held for his job while sticking his old chest out in the air,his white clothes completely melded into the space around us almost making him seem one with it if it wasn’t for the distinctive golden edges it had indicating his holiness.

His sudden proclamation of being god didn’t surprise me,the moment I found myself in this otherworldly space and seeing this old man I already had a small idea of where I was and who he was,but what assured me the most was the fact that the bullet holes that had covered my entire body not too long had completely disappeared along with the blood that stained my garments.

Indeed,I was dead.

There is not much I could say about my death,it was reasonable and a mistake on my part thinking about it…If only I chose to run the left path and entered the manhole,I could have most probably avoided those guys…

-Do you regret ?

The old man…or rather god suddenly asked as he pointed his eyes at me,he looked ordinary to anyone who laid his eyes on him,but he had the kind of aura to him that showed why he was a godly being deserving the title of god.

-Hehe…flattering me ain’t going to work if your aiming for that kid !

-Ho really ? Well was worth a shot wasn’t it ?

I smiled back at the old man,giving out a light sigh before looking down and closing my eyes again bracing myself for what was about to come,I knew that nothing I did at this very moment could save me from this all powerful being that was about to judge me and while asking questions was on my mind I simply didn’t see any reason to prolong my stay inside here…well if I knew that a god existed in this world I would have probably became religious,but that something everybody says isn’t it ?

Such fleeting and nonsensical thoughts floated about my mind as I kept my eyes closed and my head lowered,but just as I was expecting getting myself thrown somewhere or swept into a different dimension,I could hear the voice of god speaking to me again this time a lot more solemn and sincere then before.

-Do you regret it ?

-What ?

-I mean your life do you regret having lived through all of that ?

He asked,his words gentle and very soft as continued to stare at me with those glowing eyes looking as if he would wait as much as needed before hearing my answer.

Looking at him,I was momentarily dumbfounded I wasn’t why he was asking me this and not just throwing me into the after life or river styx or something.Either way it looked as if he wasn’t going to be satisfied if I didn’t answer him my thoughts were most probably read by him all the time even now,and because of this lying didn’t make any sense half heartedly giving an answer also didn’t make me feel contend with myself.

Making such thoughts I finally started to recollected the experiences I had over the course of my life,it wasn’t a long life the things I could remember were barely 9 years of memories I was after all only 14 years old and seeing that a 14 year old got showered by bullets like it was nothing you can guess that my world wasn’t very pleasant.

It was by the shortest sense a apocalypse…a crumbling world on its last legs.

My name was Kleptes and I was 14 years old.

I was 165 centimeters tall and had medium dark hair and soft brown eyes,my build was slightly toned and athletic with pale white unblemished skin.

I didn’t have a surname,but that didn’t bother me since a name had a value on its own which I treasured very much.

The name was in ancient greek from a time long ago and meant thief which suited me quite well,I disliked it when I knew of its meaning the very first time,but when I grew older I came to like it,it was given to me by one of the elder caretakers inside the orphanage when I grew up,residing besides a ruined city that was once called new york.

The cause of the apocalypse was also very simple as 110 years ago a meteor shower hit earth and killed at least 95% of humanity,fortunately the remaining 5% of humanity had somehow miraculously survived the entire ordeal and made it out alive,but unfortunately the true troubles began after the apocalypse and what followed soon after.

Food and water became an issue as the whole worlds preserved food supplies or farms were completely destroyed by the meteorites that came crashing down everywhere,and with this issue came also a lack of medication which turned small diseases such as a common cold and influenza into lethal diseases that could cause death.

After the apocalypse a truly united nation never happened,raiders and different factions emerged scattered across the lands making fights common place around the world who were also aiming for food,water and medicine.

Not many of the survivors who made it out knew how to live off the land much less cultivate or raise livestock,the knowledge of agriculture though not completely lost started off slow with many mistakes and sacrifices along the way which made it harder for people to live as the days went by.

I was one of the third generation of humans that was born after the great apocalypse,I was an orphan inside a small enclosed community residing beside the ruins of a great city that was once know as new york.

Both my parents had died when I was given birth,my father by natural disease while my mother after birth when she couldn’t recover anymore from the whole ordeal of giving birth and bringing me into this world soon after an orphanage accepted me into their mids when I was only a month old and from there life went on.

It wasn’t a good life,but I was contend with it.I never felt the feeling of having my belly full or ever not feeling sore all over my body from doing work all day,now that I am thinking about it I am not sure why I continued to live such life,but in the end it didn’t matter as living was the only goal every person had that I have met in my entire life giving it value on itself that I couldn’t quite explain why.

Of course my life wasn’t only eat,work and sleep,I did have days free and spare time everyday and this itself gave me a lot of things to do and things to explore within the ruined city of new york even when tired or sore.

The elders of the community would often talk about the wonders and stories of the past civilization with its futuristic colors and convenient gadgets that they employed in their everyday lives ranging from machines that fly in the air and things that were called computers which you could use to play games in and listen to music or even communicate with other humans on the other end of the globe.

By nature I was a quite curious and intelligent child,I was a quick learner too being the youngest child to learn how to read,write and do math at 8 years old,I helped out a lot within the community and would sometimes get rewarded for my efforts with more food which gave me extra energy to explore the ruins,the other children in comparison were always more obedient and fearing of the artifacts and remains of the old civilization which made me a bit of a outcast and weirdo because of my natural curiosity of the past.

The children never really walked out of the safety within their community and the adults also never bothered to explore the cities as they had said that anything left to take had already been taken by others long ago the ruins were also dangerous in a sense with a lot of sharp rubble everywhere and instable infrastructure that could flatten you if it fell on your head if you were unlucky.

Of course hearing such discouraging words I didn’t expect to find anything or even get much out of my exploring,but because I felt intrigued by the old civilization and as its descended I wanted to see what it was all about living in such times when famine was none and work wasn’t as hard.

Fortunately my exploration wasn’t as fruitless as I assumed it was,of course it took me a long time,but along the way I was capable of find ancient books and manuals within the ruins buried deep that gave further insight into the civilization and what it was like.

The stories and what was written in those books or rather magazines were fascinating and very valuable at that too,the language and writing system I had learned was identical to the one from ancient times that was used around the world called “english” which was now called “the common tongue” instead.

One of my more useful finds though on the other hand were the books concerning medical knowledge,geography,science,mechanics and physics.

These books gave me an entire new perspective of the whole world and everything around me,the information itself so incredible that I sometimes couldn’t believe what was written in there and sometimes thought that it was all made up fool with the populace.

But due time I came to realize that everything written down was true,that the earth spun around the sun and that the sun was a gigantic planet made out of fire,that our heart pumps blood through our veins to keep us alive and that the planet had something called gravity that was responsible for making things fall.

 

I became zealous with the new gained knowledge I had on hand,it gave me power in a sense which for a 8 year old at the time was far too tempting to refuse.

I of course hid the books inside the ruins,not because I was selfish,but because I feared that they would be taken away from me or I would be threatened with me life if word ever got out that I possessed these valuable books at hand.

Of course there were people out there who were curious of my  exploration everyday,some even followed me in secret trying to find anything valuable I could be hiding which they could steal,fortunately over the course of my exploration I had gained a lot of experience walking through the ruins,reading tracks and sounds,my eyes in particular I found out to be much more superior compared to that of a common man being able to catch small details within a moments notice.

I commonly shook off pursuers that way by walking through complicated paths or simply pretending as if I was admiring ancient relic from the past.I was 8 years old after all people didn’t expect much of me nor did they think I was that clever enough to trick them otherwise.

In a flash 2 years went by in such fashion,In my community one would be kicked out of the orphanage at the age of 10 when they were ready which was very young,but it was young enough for the humans in my world to live on their own as the orphanage taught the children by a very young age on how to get by.

I distinctly remember the day I was kicked out of the orphanage like it was yesterday,I had people that I called friends at the time sure,but those people had quickly walked their own path when we all got released from the orphanage,the last things we said to each other were small goodbyes and good lucks before treating our own way and never seeing each other again.

When I was kicked out a lot of different factions and clans came to me asking me to work under them as they knew that I was quite bright head for my age and could be of significant help if they employed me,the work they offered was mostly paper work or management which had some amount of power and a tempting salary.

But in the end I still refused all of them and went my own just as I planned they moment I was free.

In the end after brooding for it my whole life I had decided to become a ruins explorer and to uncover the lost knowledge of the world ahead of me.

New york while still big and with a lot of things to explore was already searched through and uncovered the things I found while valuable were still not much in comparison the other things explorers must have found while for the first time searching through the place,it was my greed for knowledge itself that drove me into the predicament that I got myself into.

In my head…I thought that the future looked bright,but it wasn’t.

4 years later,I was shot to death by a group of men that belonged to a particular strong leader who had wide influence throughout the lands,he was even capable of gaining the knowledge to a powerful weapon called a firearm to kill me instantly,the reason being my intentions of wanting to share my knowledge and discoveries with the people all around the world so we could go back to the good old times were no famine existed or work was too hard,over the course of years I had seen suffering and despair far more then I should have leaders lord who neglected their people and their pleas of a better life.

Being a ruins explorer wasn’t an easy task either there were already dozens on hundreds of explorers out there who searched the old civilization for profit to be found collaborating with powerful faction leaders to keep themselves in power and dominance.

I was mortified knowing how the world had turned out,even though I was also hungry for knowledge myself,it wasn’t to the point of selfishness and feeling of total control,but for the fun and enjoyment of knowing how the world and its surroundings worked.

Murder was normal for ruins explorers nobody was safe when entering a city and parties were even rarer as the chance of your teammate betraying you for a cheap profit was more likely then you sharing it with your teammate altogether.

Learning was a process any living creature had to go through,I learned all my life,but never had I imagined I had to learn so much bloodshed to reach my goals.Having someone waiting for me at a exit or being followed became routine for me until I reflexively started to meld into the shadows and move inconspicuously,the movements of my dagger became much more natural as I continued to cut down my foes my natural talent for eye sight and movement truly shined in this line of work which I truly couldn’t be happy about.

At the time of my death I didn’t have anyone on my side,no loved ones,no friends or a family,I had hopes and dreams…

I…I did so much in life…set so many goals…

Do I regret it ?

I looked up at the old man,my face showing a very straight and tranquil look as I gazed at him with my sharp eyes.

-Of course I regretted it,but did I think I was wrong ? No…never…no,in a million years…

-I see…I understand

God replied,giving me a gentle smile on his wizened old face as if he was looking down on his grandson,I couldn’t quite understand what he was thinking,but whatever it was,I was ready to be judged.

 

Reading my final thoughts god didn’t bother to say anything anymore as the space we sat in quickly started to shake,the floor cracking in a spider web pattern underneath my feet as flowing orbs of light started to escape these cracks floating up the ceiling.

My vision blurred and my head spun around as I quickly realized it was time.

Staring at the old man I gave him one last looking to see what his face was like,but just as I did so I could see him making a distorted crooked smile at me his eyes never leaving my own as the whole world seemed as if it was about go into thin air,I heard his voice.

-Haha…I originally was thinking that I would send you to another world,but you changed my mind instead of only sending you to another world I want you to watch someone down there instead as a—

He said,his last few words quickly distorting and became unintelligible as I couldn’t figure out their meaning.

Send to another world ?

I was confused,not sure what he was talking about I tried to ask him again only to be met by complete blackness as the world turned into a wide abyss…

Was this the end ?

I thought to myself my conscious immediately laying dormant as I felt resignation in my heart.

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-Hey !….you ! Are you—right ?! Please—up !

Someone spoke to me,the voice feminine and very clear to my ears as the world seemed to spin violently making my head feel incredibly dizzy.

And before I could even say anything a big blue window of light suddenly appeared in front of my eyes.

【Otherworldly Contract has been established】

【Kleptes has become Camilla’s Familiar】

【Kleptes the Familiar shares the Life of Camilla the Contractor,if the Contractor dies the Familiar will soon follow the fate of the Contractor and also die,if the Familiar on the other hand perishes the Contractor on the other hand will suffer 1/3 of the damage taken by the Familiar and the soul of the Familiar will be returned to the Contractor for safe keeping and repair purposes to be revived after 3 days had passed】

It said,reading it with my eyes wide open,I couldn’t believe what was happening right now.

Soon after the blue window quickly disappeared after I finished reading it with my vision turning clear again as the intense feeling of dizziness subsiding instantly as if it never happened.

I blinked a few times trying to focus my eyes some before finally resting them towards the face of a young girl that was right in front of me.

The first thing I thought when I looked at her crimson red eyes was simple.

She stank like a pig.

Which is how I met Camilla for the very first time.

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A Journey Through Summoning Chapter 2 Sea Of Memories

“Terra Lizar,Ignis Amelton,Curt Mundon,Joseph Snish and finally Estesia Magdol”

The village chief read out,his voice very coerce and deep,his statue small and humped over with a long gray beard going down his old wrinkled face as he stood in front of all 5 of them reading out their names in succession while holding onto a long piece of parchment with all the children’s names on it,his hands shaking slightly as his eyes swept with hopefulness and anticipation.

A thick heavy air surrounded the area around the children as their names were called out one by one their eyes instinctively raising up as they first looked at the old man in front of them then shifting right towards the person that stood next to him.

Terra did the same thing albeit a bit slower then the rest while also looking at the old man a bit more longer with a few thoughts left to spare.

The old man that stood in front of them was their village chief,a person who served their village for many years keeping things straight and fair around here.

Incidentally he was also the person who let Ignis’s family stay in the village even though the other villagers were against it,Terra didn’t hear the exact details,but he knew that the village chief and Ignis’s father were somehow connected with each other since both of them would be often spotted talking with each other on friendly terms be it outside or inside.

Currently they were all gathered here inside the town hall conducting the evaluation.

Their long awaited day that would seal their fate.

Or so people thought.

The atmosphere was very quiet and formal around here,looking around Terra remembered that this was only the third time that he entered the town hall of the village the first two times was when he needed to register something inside the town hall with his parents and the second time was when the whole village was rounded together for a meeting by the village chief.

Compared to the other houses Terra had seen that were build from stones,mud and straws,this building alone was almost entirely build out of wood and clean cut stone,even the inside was very elaborate and what he considered pretty compared to his own home.

Unfortunately as pretty as the town hall was it was only one room as the whole building only served as a place to hold meetings or conduct important matters that needed to be set in private.

Just like today.

With that thought Terra quickly stopped observing the town hall and instead stared straight again,he was the only child that was currently even holding the leisure to look around and become distracted,compared to the other children next to him who looked serious and tense,he was more like relaxed and loose as he stared at the imposing tall man standing next to the village chief evaluating them with his stern eyes.

The first time Terra saw this imposing tall man,his eyes couldn’t help,but quickly attract to his attire instead of his face,compared to the other villagers Terra had never seen such odd clothing as his,but he still immediately recognized it as those kinds of clothing were depicted in those children stories he once read and sometimes the villagers would even talk about them.

The summoner robes.

Going all the way down to the knees it was a robe that was oddly colored white and blue,looking rough but refined with a few belts and pockets while also giving off a mystical feeling as if it was once alive made out of a material that seemed like hard leather,but looked like fine silk woven neatly together,what made this robe stand out though was the fact that it had weird star shaped buttons on the cuffs and a hood in the shape of some kind of animal head that was always different with every summoner even now.

While he did not know much about them in specific other then this,Terra knew that those robes meant that the person who was wearing them was a summoner.

In the eyes of the ordinary villagers summoners were like godly existences that could tap onto unimaginable amounts of power and strength,through the use of stories their tales had been spread far and wide over the world making ordinary people feel awed by their presence alone which just shows how high of a standing summoners possessed in society.

Terra in particular was a bit ignorant about these matters,but he still understood that summoners were really a huge deal since he always heard about them on a daily basis,he himself had his opinion about summoners,but because his father Donavan Lizzar always lectured Terra to think for himself instead of listening to others his opinion always changed with every new piece of information he learned about these mystical humans just as it did today.

 

Terra wasn’t very enthusiastic about being a summoner in general,but he still didn’t completely dislike the idea since he also was a bit curious about them in his heart as a child,today was the day he could finally meet a summoner face to face and not only him this also counted for the other 4 children next to him that were staring at the man intensely their ambition,hopes and dreams clearly evident inside their burnings eyes as they continued to stand firmly in their place.

All traces of youthful childishness gone and replaced with sheer anticipation that permeated the room around them as they stood.

(Cough)

After an indefinite amount of time the village chief lightly coughed bringing the atmosphere down a notch and making everyone concentrate back to him,it didn’t look like he was about to say anything and instead turned his head towards the tall man standing next to him his demeanor very respectful towards this man that looked to be in his mid thirties,his face wasn’t anything extraordinary if you disregarded the fancy robe he would look like any normal person on the street with his black hair and brown eyes,but even so Terra had to admit that there was really something special about this man that had a small glint in his eyes that he couldn’t explain.

Seniority didn’t matter in this world as long as you had the ability and strength you would earn respect from anyone including people much older then you.

The world just was made that way,strength meant all while weak was not acceptable.

With that gesture completed the man finally spoke up giving one sweeping look over all 5 of them as he spoke shortly and softly.His eyes never once betraying the amount of sternness he held regardless of who it was.

“I will say this only once,today you will be evaluated by the empires law my name or your names at the moment will not matter as only the people with the ability and strength are allowed to ask further questions of me,right now you will be tested and if you fail to “Awaken” it just means that your ability came only this far which is why you can only blame yourself to be without strength”

His words were cold and detached,immediately giving the 4 a small shiver down their spines as the heard a cold hard truth of the world,Terra held a bit more better then the rest only frowning when the man spoke because as a sword trainee he had already heard these sorts of words from his father numerous times that he was starting to get sick of them repeating themselves everywhere and anywhere.

Soon after the warning the children calmed down again to a reasonable level,Terra wasn’t sure what would happen next or how this evaluation actually proceeded as the adults would never go into the specifics of this test fearing that their child could mess up if they did something unnecessary in the process,but even though he was clueless he still did not care to the least,failure didn’t mean anything to him in this matter instead he worried about someone else entirely as he glanced to his side staring at the red haired little girl next to him that was lightly shivering in fear hiding her face behind her long red hair in anxiety,her fist clenched to the max as she seemed to be murmuring some kind of chant to herself.

Terra felt distressed,he wanted to say something to make her feel good,but the words of encouragement until now were only temporary relieves at this point and speaking while going through this important event wasn’t very appropriate so he kept his mouth shut and could only silently pray for Ignis’s happiness in his heart.

Just as Terra stopped looking at Ignis the summoner arched his brows for a second glancing at Terra for a moment as he seemed a bit interested in the young boy that didn’t even have a hint of nervousness in him.

“Ho…quite a bit of composure he got there..or is it just that he doesn’t understand the scale of this endeavor that he doesn’t feel pressured ? Will he be able to make it,I wonder ?”

With that single thought the summoner didn’t bother to think about it anymore as he quickly threw away his fleeting thought out of his mind,returning back to the evaluation at hand as he swiftly spoke up again.

The atmosphere was just about to get tense again.

The children were ready.

“Now everyone I want you to close your eyes”

The summoner spoke.

Everyone followed,not even questioning for what purpose this served as nobody wanted to talk back to such a huge figure as him and simply obeyed.

Terra also closed his eyes without a second word,darkness descending down his eyelids as he felt small amount of curiosity and anticipation starting to rise from somewhere unknown.

The summoners voice quickly followed after the children close their eyes this time ordering something a bit more weirder then anticipated.

“Now,I want you to think about your most painful memory or your most happiest memory,it doesn’t matter which kind you choose,but what I want you to do is choose one and focus on it intently”

Just as his words stopped,Terra felt a bit weirder inside,to be asked something like that,it didn’t make sense to him,either way he wasn’t going to question it and instead just obeyed trying to think of something through his jumble of memories that he could be consider bad or good which stayed in his mind.

And as he sorted them out Terra soon realized that he couldn’t find too many bad memories inside his mind,this could be tributed to the fact that he was still only 10 years old without a lot of experience in life,but having no bad memories or that sort of scary experiences when young was still a very rare occurrence that not many had.

If Terra right now could open his eyes and look around he would realize that the other children seemed to be showing a variety of faces 3 of them seemed to be focusing on happy memories with the look evident by the smiles they had plastered on their faces while 1 of them was instead frowning very deeply,shaking at that almost tearing up even as she thought deeply about the memory in her head.

Of course that person was Ignis who was making that face.

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“hmm…seems like todays results are going to be pretty good now aren’t they ?”

The summoner pondered to himself already disregarding the 3 other children that were smiling to themselves and instead staring at the other two one of which was showing a face of intense sadness while the other one being completely blank on his part with no shred of emotion which was Terra who was still engrossed in his sea of memories.

The summoner couldn’t quite put his finger on it considering Terra as he didn’t look like he was thinking about any good nor bad memories in his mind,he even considered that he wasn’t trying at all and just waiting it out completely abandoning this test so he could go home faster,but even so the summoner didn’t mind either way.

“If he really chooses to abandon,thats his problem he’ll regret soon enough for not putting enough effort into this”

He thought a small amount of disdain showing in his eyes as he then proceeded to ignore Terra with it completely focusing on Ignis instead of who was now starting to sweat unnaturally and soon enough the sweat that was pouring down her neck immediately dissipated into the air turning into steam instead.

Quickly a strange aura started to surrounding Ignis,small particles that the summoner was emitting started to get sucked into Ignises body like a hungry beast ravaging its meal,the steam never stopping,but only growing more intense at every second with the aura becoming stronger and stronger.

The summoner smiled his eyes showing a bright glint as he stared at Ignis as if looking a treasure of some sort.

“Its here…finally…the birth of a new summoner a strong one at that”

He thought,fully concentrated on Ignis and her alone as everyone else was already out of his sight and pushed away,all he cold concentrated now was the girl and the steam that enveloped her like a storm.

The village chief was already deeply surprised by the steam that surrounded Ignis just like the summoner he couldn’t help,but anticipate what was going to happen next deeply rejoicing in his heart as finally a summoner was born in their humble little village,the village chief compared to the summoner was only able to see the steam coming off of Ignis he couldn’t see the particles that were flying into Ignis like the summoner could as they were special.

These particles were called spiritual essence they were something only summoners could utilize and could only be seen by them as well,it was their source of strength and the power that gave them the ability to use summoning.

The summoner was elated in his heart.

But if he had even bothered to look around and focus he would have already noticed that the particles weren’t only flying towards Ignis,but some of them were also separating themselves towards another direction next to Ignis.

Those particles were extremely few and small in number almost unnoticeable,but they were still floating and separating themselves towards another direction compared to the other children who didn’t even lure a single particle towards them.

And the person who was attracting those particles was none other then Terra,his face was still blank like before,but that still wasn’t the same,looking at it this time instead of some kind of change it had a different feel to it instead,it felt more natural or serene in a sense…the most accurate word to describe it was…

Peaceful.

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“Uhm…wh..where am I ?”

Terra muttered to himself very confused as he looked around trying to understand where he was and what just happened.

At first Terra tried to find any good memories that he could focus on,but sooner or later he started to think about what he liked to do the most instead of thinking about a happy event that happened in his life,this sort of thought expanded quickly flooding his thoughts in a instant as his vision turned white which the dark quckily covered up again making him only able to think about his beloved hobby that he enjoyed.

The forest.

To describe it shortly,Terra loved to go outside,to be more specific he loved to go into the forest and wander around aimlessly until he needed to go home.

Now you might ask what he would do while inside the forest,most kids his age would naturally just walk around and play,but that wasn’t what Terra would usually do,while he did play with Ignis like any other normal child does,when he was alone Terra just wandered around the forest everyday observing nature,he didn’t do anything else he just watched nature as if it was something interesting to watch,listening to water flow,wind brush against the leaves or just listen to the grass grow from the ground.

It was strange and unknown why Terra was so attached to nature itself,but what he liked the most about it was the feel of the earth making its way through his fingers he felt a sense of security and calmness from touching the dirt that was everywhere feeling all sorts of sensations depending on the place the earth was found be it soft,moist,rough or dry he liked them all like as if they were all his close friends in some sense.

His mother once explained to him the meaning of his name “Terra” which meant earth,it could be because of his name that he felt so close towards the real “earth” itself,but regardless of what it was he liked it and thats what counted to him.

Of course any normal person who would hear about his interests would immediately label him as a weirdo and the village children did just that,but because no one could find fault in his actions nobody really tried to humiliate him for his likes as everyone immediately just assumed he was curious and liked to explore creating a misunderstanding which Terra didn’t bother to explain anymore.

And now,the place he was standing in was the place he was the most familiar with his entire life,the surroundings covered with growth that was nearby stroke his mind while greenery and tall trees next to him refreshed his thought and with a deep breath he took in a large mouthful of fresh air as he calmed himself some more before muttering again with a gentle smile crossing his lips.

“This is…the forest ?”

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The first chapter for this is here don’t worry I am not entirely starting a new series this is just something to keep my mind off of something right now,sorry for being away for so long I have been really busy of late since graduation even now I am still doing work to get into a college and so forth,thank you for still sticking around if you are there I appreciate that very much !

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A Journey Through Summoning Chapter 1 The Arrival

“Terra ! Terra ! come on you slow poke ! The summoner is coming to our village today to evaluate us if you don’t hurry up we gonna miss him !”

A little girl shouted out her voice full of energy,youth and excitement as she turned her little red head behind her pointing her also red eyes towards the youth that came behind her showing a bright smile and sparkling eyes that could even rival the stars in the night as she faced the youth on top of the small empty hill she stood on.

Looking at the two children that were on top of the small hill you could immediately guess that they weren’t older then 8 or 10 years old their childish and young features were just like that of any ordinary children in this world,the boy who was walking up could be considered ordinary with his short brown hair,brown eyes,white skin and skinny build while the girl looked slightly more unique with her strikingly long red hair and dark red eyes even her skin was something else a lot more darker then simply being tanned most likely taking after her mother coupled with having a more rounded build and thighs that were developing rather nicely for a child her age.

The youth hearing the girls sudden outburst of excitement and urgency didn’t immediately answer and simply moved up,slowly,or rather what he considered “casually” as it was the only speed he even considered walking with even on top of this small hill that can be barely considered a hill rather then a bulge or a slope.

The youth was quite adamant about this speed in particular he wasn’t tired in anyway he just didn’t like rushing like the little girl up ahead of him,he thought that running wasn’t necessary if it wasn’t needed he thought that losing energy meaninglessly like so would only tire you quicker as the day went by,a day in which you could accomplish much more things instead of rushing like this meaninglessly.

His motto after all was “God made time and man made haste” its not something he always told himself or anyone else in this world,but it was something he followed in his mind that made him the person he was today be it for good or bad.

Though in the end it was weird for a 10 year old to have such out look in life any person who would have heard his thoughts would have immediately attributed those facts to be simply an excuse to be lazy and in a way it was true any person could be lazy him included.

But today was not just any “day” to be “Lazy” or follow his life’s motto even the youth knew that as today was a very important day for every person that was born in the Ethereal Mist empire it was a day that would forever decide the “fate” of that person and what they would do from now on.

It could be regarded as they day of becoming an adult.

Or whether you will live rich or poor for the rest of your life,there were a lot of ways to interpret this day.

But generally it was known as one thing.

It was the day of evaluation.

To see whether or not a person had the talent to become a summoner or not.

A massive step in life that would decide what plans god had for your existence.

At least thats what Terra always thought in his mind.

He sighed finally reaching the top of the small hill as he stood next to the little girl who still had a face that excitement written all over it,any person by now would have been put off by Terra’s slow pace,but the girl didn’t mind one bit she knew terra since she was 6 years old,he was after all her only playmate and friend in the village,not that the village had only 2 children,but rather it was because Terra was the only child in the village that would even play with her which is how she already got used to his weird mannerisms.

(Whoosh)

The wind blew on top of the hill,even though it was a very small hill it was still enough to see the village up ahead of them their home to be exact,Terra standing on top of this hill very much liked this sort of breeze neither cold or too fierce,but just right to relax and sit down and maybe take a nap,the shuffling grass underneath his shoes also didn’t help this comfortable feeling he got as he stood on this small hill,huge milky white clouds hovering above his head making him get lost in thought as he looked up absent minded.

Finally,the little girl couldn’t wait any longer seeing her friend spacing out again she pouted her cheeks seeing him like this and swiftly grabbed his shoulder shaking him out of his daze,this sort of routine was already normal for these two friends and Terra didn’t feel one bit annoyed by it as he turned his brown eyes towards the little girl that stood next to him both of their hair respectively shaking in the wind as they looked at each other.

“Ignis..don’t worry I don’t think the summoner would come just yet looking at the village it doesn’t seem like anything is happening we’re most probably not going to be late”

Terra said his relaxed tone and carefree words were like the wind brushing through the leaves,but even so the girl called ignis wasn’t relieved both of them were very young at the moment and both of them had an idea of what their life was going to be and what they wanted to do Ignis especially thought of this countless times after all it was something she dreamed of ever since hearing of it back when she was really small.

The determination that was in her eyes could be said to be something abnormal for a child her age to have,but that was beside the point,the way she looked at the village above the hill was like looking at a matter of life or death.

And in a way this was indeed the case for her.

(Tock !)

“Ouch ! Why did you hit me all of a sudden !”

Ignis immediately cried out in pain,holding the side of her head as she glared at Terra that stood next to her in annoyance and confusion,Terra in turn didn’t even bother to look back at her as he made his way down the hill towards the village looking up the sky while holding the back of his head with his hands in a relaxed manner as he walked.

“Ignis stop thinking and start walking even if something happens don’t worry about it”

He said,his voice this time not holding his usual relaxed or carefree voice,but rather a voice of assurance and trust,it was surprising to see something like this from children their who would usually only care about what was in front of them rather then what would happen.

Ignis of course still held her head in pain,but after hearing Terra’s words of reassurance she couldn’t help,but smile and believe in those words innocently.

She soon quickly started to follow behind Terra with a big smile and eyes sparkling like the stars in the night.

This was indeed the start of their life and the day of departure.

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(Whamp!)

The door to the town hall suddenly crashed open the sound of the door opening attracted the attention of many people most notably the children that stood in front of the town hall and the adults surrounding them forming a circle around the children.

Soon after the door opened 5 children came out of the door all 5 of which had a look of utter disappointment written on their faces,their crooked backs and lowered heads made them look as if they were dead row prisoners and as they walked out of the town hall the voice of a man could be heard coming out of the town hall.

-Next !

The voice was coarse,strict and deep it had no unique characteristic other then sounding a bit frustrated to some and as soon as those words were heard another 5 children inside the group were pulled out and lead into the town hall to be evaluated for once again the door closing onto the children and the adults alike as they could only wait for the results to come.

“Ahh…it seems like this year there won’t be any summoners from our village once again..”

“No need to be so disappointed its not like we didn’t know something like this would happen its no wonder since our village doesn’t even have a speck of summoners blood or heritage in our mids we can only pray for some kind of miracle to happen…”

Already a few adults were discussing the current matter of the situation the children that just came out each respectively went back to their families each treated different with some showing regretful faces and trying to comfort the child while others fuming in frustration and scolding the child unreasonably for not being born with the talent to become a summoner.

At this very moment a youth with short brown hair and brown eyes stood amongst those children he as well came to be evaluated as today was the day he would be officially tested whether or not he had the aptitude to become a summoner himself,his calm and relaxed attitude made him look slightly unique amongst the crowd of children who were either anxious or excited while talking with each other,the way he looked at those numerous adults around him that gave the children hopeful or yearning looks made him think about a lot of things that he didn’t really want to think about right now,he wondered would he also end up like those children ?

Would he be disappointed ? Ashamed ?

Would his parents scold him or comfort him ?

Was he fine with the way he lived right now ?

Those were questions that only now assaulted the mind of this 10 year old and even those questions were fear inducing he didn’t look to the slightest bit fearful or anxious as this was not the way he acted…calm and steady wins the race…he never liked rushing things compared to other children in the village he preferred to be a bear or a turtle instead of a bird or fox even if he didn’t have a talent for summoning he knew that it wasn’t the end of the world.

For a second the boy turned his head back to the crowd of adults searching with his eyes he looked for his parents finally discovering them standing not too far off smiling at him and waving at him gently,the boy also didn’t feel like thinking about these complicated things anymore and instead put a smile on his face waving back at his loving parents temporarily forgetting about the problems of this world,instead indulging in the clouds up above.

The village they lived in was called Turtle Village,it was one of the numerous villages located inside the Lionheart duchy and was just like any other village that existed anywhere in the Ethereal Mist empire they belonged to.

The youth was called Terra Lizar,he was one of the villagers in this humble village and lived together here with his family that consisted of only 3 people which were him and his two parents.

Terra had only just turned 10 this year and even though he was still a child he already worked on the fields in his village since he was 6 years old,his over all build was ordinary for a child his age,he had short brown hair,brown eyes and white skin his body was naturally very skinny making him look a bit thinner then he actually was,his face could also be only said with one word as it was just as ordinary as any person on the street.

The village was of a very humble background of farmers that lived through generations inside this village growing grain,it didn’t have anything special other than that neither could the village be considered wealthy or poor as the villagers never really starved in here or ate anything luxurious that could make your mouth water.

And in terms of clothing it was the most basic cotton and leather,and when it came to entertainment the people had to think for themselves to keep them occupied when they weren’t working that is,but even so Terra never considered himself unfortunate or dreamed about greater things in life,he was a simpleton,not ambitious nor greedy and in any way,he was like a lone frog inside a deep well,his world only encompassed the village and forests nearby other than that he had no clue of anything beyond of what was outside the village borders neither did he long to see what was there.

In short he was very satisfied with how he lived his life everyday up until now,he didn’t have any complains neither did he wish for anything else other then to stay in his village and live an ordinary life of a villager with his family that he dearly loved.

In a sense that was his ultimate happiness,to live peacefully.

But even so his wishes weren’t considered as he was just a child who didn’t know better and just like any parent they would only wish the best for their child to grow up and become a great person who can shoulder them one day,and Terra was a obedient child even though he had some amounts of dislike towards the idea of becoming a summoner he still never dared to go against his parents words he was but a simple boy who yearned affection just like anyone else,saddening his parents was out of question and even if he didn’t have the talent to become a summoner,he would at least try to not make his parents disappointed.

And today was the day as the law of the empire stated every year a summoner would visit every village in every duchy of the empire to evaluate the children between the age of 10 to 15 to see whether or not they had talent in what was called “Summoning”.

Now what is summoning ? In a broad term it is the act of “calling” or “Summoning” a creature to become your servant and do your bidding,these people who summon those creatures are referred to as “Summoners”.

Today,Terra was going to be evaluated and tested whether or not he had the talent to become a summoner,there was not many things a village out in the boonies knew what a summoner really was other then knowing they could call out fierce beasts and creatures,but stories and legends talked about these summoners as almost godly beings or deities,warlords of slaughter and great saints that swept the heavens and shook the earth even Terra liked those stories and sometimes even pretended to be one of those great heroes in those stories.

But even then pretending was pretending and having the ability were two and complete different matters altogether,dreams could shatter in a matter of seconds and if you asked Terra right now whether or not he was confident in himself then you would most probably just hear a few words of disinterest coming out of his mouth as if he didn’t care whether or not the sky would fall or rise.

And just like this.

Time passed in a blink of an eye.

Once again the door to the town hall crashed open and just like last time 5 children exited the door showing the exact same disappointment on their faces as they walked back to their parents being either comforted or scolded for being talentless.

“Next !”

And just like before the voice rang out a cycle repeating itself as the door got shut tightly waiting to be evaluated,the crowd of children were getting smaller and smaller with every batch moving forward it wasn’t very long until the boy was close to get called out himself.

“Te…Terra…I..I am scared what…what if I don’t have the Talent ?”

As Terra continued to get lost into the clouds up above he could feel someone gently pulling the hem of shirt and speaking up to him,the voice was sweet and smooth,but right now the could be heard from that voice was fear and anxiety.

“Ignis,didn’t I already tell you ? Stop thinking about it and don’t worry you can’t change what had already been destined,instead of fearing your failure you should think about your success…”

Terra replied in a more softer tone then usually moving his childish face towards the little girl next to him as he stared towards the long red hair of that girl and her dark red eyes that were looking up at him in a upturned manner making her look like a small animal which was cute.

Her skin was also a lot more darker compared to the other children her features even more so distinguished and unique inside the group making her stand out as most of the children had either only black or brown hair coupled with black or brown eyes and fair or white skin which was the norm for the people of this empire.

And as it stood Ignis wasn’t someone from this empire,she was actually someone who had heritage in the neighboring empire of the Ethereal Mist empire which was called the Black Flame empire where people like her were the norm.

The reason why Ignis was in this country though and not in her native country was also simple,you see her mother was a woman from the Black Flame empire and the father was a man from this empire,60 years ago a great war was waged between the Ethereal Mist Empire and the Black Flame Empire the reason for the war wasn’t quite specified,but that didn’t matter as after the war both sides suffered from heavy casualties and loss,both sides also ended up halting the war and making a ceasefire agreement between each other as the damage they suffered was too great to really continue the war without mutually causing the destruction of one another that both empires wanted to avoid.

Finally after the ceasefire agreement both empires immediately took up their stand and simultaneously ordered to lock down their respective empire borders to make sure nothing would happen that would breach the agreement as they still didn’t trust each other.

At the time a large amounts of troops from both sides were still in the neighboring countries of each other send to wage war,but because of the ceasefire agreement between the two empires neither of these soldiers could do anything anymore nor received any orders on what to do and because the borders were locked none of these stranded soldiers could possibly cross the border without getting killed as it didn’t matter whether they were citizens or not since the decree was already set by the emperor which was absolute no matter who it was.

In the end the soldiers realized that they had no way of going home anymore as long as the borders were still locked down this in turn made them realize that they had no other choice,but to live in the country of their enemies which resulted in many small scale events happening all over the respective empires be it conflict or discrimination both sides went at each other as long as they had the means to do so.

But after more then a half century later people started to accept one another again,the flames of war never really extinguished,but low enough to not cause anymore conflict and even sprout affection for another underneath the pile of insults and discrimination that happened on a regular basis nowadays.

Ignis and her family were very much slighted in the village for being people of the Black Flame empire,their distinguished looks amongst the people of the Ethereal Mist empire made them the perfect target to pick on and while no one really dared to cause violence in the open they were still looked down upon.

Even now Terra could hear lot of the children around them whispering with each other and giving Ignis a dirty look one or two,Ignis’s family especially her mother were the same too the village actively avoided them and gossiped about them making them much more so a target to bash on.

And what was even worse,Ignis’s family was also the poorest family in the village they barely would meet their status quo in terms of food every year,and it wasn’t because they were lazy or anything just like Terra’s family Ignis’s family were also farmers,but because they were treated differently their income was much different from one another with people constantly taking advantage of them in these hard times paying them less for their work or even not paying them at all.

It was already hard to get some sort of work to gain money or food,Ignis’s family especially so as they needed it very much and didn’t dare to make a ruckus because they were paid less then normally since they needed every penny they got and didn’t want to make those employers unhappy.

Fortunately the father of the family was a experienced hunter,his wares were very much sought after inside the village which were the different furs and meats from that he hunter from the forest it was also because of him that the family didn’t completely starve to death.

But even then their father was still just only one person making one person work on the farm and go hunting everyday would really take huge tolls on him usually villagers have a set schedule in which they do their work keeping 1 day each week to properly rest,but in Terra’s knowledge he never saw the man resting ever not even once.

And mostly Terra knew where this huge amount of fear came from in terms of Ignis,looking at her,Terra was once again reminded of the day they met,it wasn’t really anything special,but it wasn’t anything ordinary either if you asked the simple truth then Terra would say that he simply asked Ignis to play with him.

But in Ignis’s mind things weren’t as simple as that,the day she met Terra was also the day she acquired an eternal playmate for herself because she was a person from the Black Flame Empire every parent in the village made sure that their kids would avoid her telling their children that they weren’t allowed to play with her no matter what.

Unfortunate for them Terra was told no such things from his parents,his parents were one of the more accepting people of the Black Flame Empire there wasn’t a clear reason as to why,but as it seemed Terra’s father had friends who were from the Black Flame Empire so did his mother which is how they met each other too.

So when the day came for the children to finally be able to go outside and play for themselves Terra came out to see his village,even then Terra had a laid back attitude as a little child even before he turned 6 he already sneaked out of his house multiple times to see the forest next to his village he went missing a lot of the times,but always came back home unscathed.

That day when Terra was getting to ready to leave the village and into the forest he coincidentally met Ignis who was sitting on a tree trunk all alone in sadness,the children were all avoided her and playing with each other leaving her out.

He didn’t like running all too much and he wasn’t as energetic as other kinds his age and preferred to sit rather then stand,at the time the kids did want to play with him,but because Terra thought that they were a hassle he actively tried to ignore them so he could get to the forest in peace.

Ignis on the other hand was a bit of an exception,he misunderstand back then thinking that she was a fellow soul just like him and even then he was a bit curious about her skin color that it made him approach her for the first time asking her.

“Hey do you wanna play with me”

Of course Terra’s form of “playing” was actually something complete different than that of a normal child,but Ignis didn’t know rather she was very happy that someone approached her she didn’t know what to say or what to do other then quickly stutter and say.

“C..can I ?”

And just like that a friendship was build,soon enough it became clear to Terra that he was mistaken about his new found friend,but after only playing with her once and seeing her happy he couldn’t bring himself to not play with her again which is how their relationship continued with each other.

Terra’s and Ignis Respective parents didn’t mind them two playing with each other even though the villagers did at first scorn Terra’s family at first it quickly wore down as Terra’s father was one of the combat instructors in the village with big influence.

“Terra ! One day…One day I want to be rich ! I want to leave this village one day and see the world become strong and protect my parents !”

She would say,there weren’t anymore words with such conviction said by a 6 year old it was even more frightening to know that she understood a truth of the world at such young age that she could proclaim something so ambitious as her goal,but Terra didn’t mind even though both of their goals in life were completely different Terra still liked being with Ignis as a friend.

Which is why he knew so clearly why becoming a Summoner was so important to her right now.

Back in his mind there was even a dark thought in his head hoping that Ignis could stay,but Terra knew better then that he cheered for his friend to leave the village and fulfill her dreams.

“Ignis don’t worry I believe in you whatever might happen I am still here”

Terra spoke trying his best to cheer for his friend,his thoughts were ultimately innocent like a white sheet of paper he meant what he said from the bottom of his heart while looking at Ignis with his brown eyes.

Hearing Terra’s encouragement Ignis temporarily didn’t know what to say,she once again ended up looking down hiding her face,from the side you could even catch her blushing slightly,but because her skin was dark and her hair was long it wasn’t easy to detect.

Ignis was very young she was only 10 years old,but because she was a girl she matured faster then guys and quickly understood the matter between males and females subconsciously hearing Terra’s honest opinion made her heart beat for a moment as she mumbled to herself.

“But…but what if I won’t see you again ?”

The mumbling was very low not even she could hear what she said as she clunk onto terra for support until.

(Whamp!)

The Door crashed open and as 5 heads disappointingly left the door a loud voice came out.

“Next !”

Now it was their turn.

 

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