19 Episode 18-Gift from Captain Saran-

I'll give you this.

After saying that, Commander Saran took out a single sword.
...... Wait, where did you just get it out of?
Before the question can come out of my mouth, Commander Saran quickly puts his sword in front of me.

I reluctantly accepted it, losing out to Commander Saran's smiling smile.
I'm sure you'll be able to find a way to make the most out of your time in the future.
...... I didn't know that swords were a thing in this world.
I've never seen one before, so I just assumed it wasn't there.

''What's this?''

'This is a weapon called a katana that the First Brave Master made with his own hands. As I recall, you are from the same world as the first hero, right? You know about the Katana, don't you?

...... No, yeah. I mean, why are you giving me this instead of a brave man? I mean, can't I just give it away so pompously?

When I pulled out a little bit, the sword blade is also beautifully black.
...... You know what I'm talking about, the first hero.

''Of course I thought about giving it to Tsukasa-kun, but since he doesn't have the skill of the curved sword and the holy sword is handed to the brave men and women for generations, I decided to give it to you after discussing it with Ziel-kun.''

...... for the king?

...... Don't tell anyone about this, but I stole this from the treasury of the royal castle. Your weapon seems to have been broken in today's battle against the Minotaur, so it's just as well.

I was a little creeped out by Commander Saran, who said something outrageous so quickly.
Didn't he just say he stole it from the treasure room?

'I told you I stole it from the treasure room. Besides, the katana would be more pleased to be used than just buried in a glittering gold nugget. Besides, the dagger you were using was stolen from the vault.

...... Esper.
Also, I'll be completely silent on the source of the broken dagger.
It's broken and I hope you don't dig it up again.

I pulled out my sword completely.

It is a double-edged sword with a so-called korasu-zukuri blade, with only the tip of the blade attached to the peak.
It is a double-edged sword that cannot be used to say, "Don't worry, it's a peaked sword.

Doesn't it have an inscription?

That's where it is, apparently. You see, at the base of the blade. We don't know how to read it.

When I looked at it, I saw that it was indeed engraved with letters.
It was in kanji.
I knew the first brave man was Japanese.
It's been a long time since I've seen this kind of Kanji and it makes me nostalgic.

So what is it written?

With an excited look on his face, Commander Saran urged him to read the words.
The name was engraved in white on the black blade and stood out very clearly.

'The inscription is "Night Sword God". I believe it was the name of a god.

Jatnokami ...... Is there such a god in your world?

Yeah, our country, that is. In Japan, where we were born, there is a belief that there are eight million gods, and that everything has a god in it. It's almost as if there are an infinite number of gods.

God dwells in all things. ...... I see, I've never thought of it that way before. And there is only one God in this world, the Creator.

I looked down at my sword, leaving Commander Saran alone as his eyes lit up with new knowledge and he started explaining to me about the gods of this world without asking for it.

'...... hmm?'

There is inconspicuous, uncolored writing next to the inscription.
It was barely legible in the reflection of the moonlight.

"Hopefully it will be of help to my juniors who will come in the future."

That slightly left-leaning letter made me smile unknowingly.
In my mind, I thanked my seniors.
Without a doubt, those are the words that support my heart right now.

'...... I wish I could meet the first brave man.'


When I said that, looking up at the full, cloudless starry sky, which was unseen in Japan, Commander Saran also looked up at the starry sky in silence.

It's a very good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for, but it's not a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

'Hey Commander Saran, it's me--'

I did Commander Saran a favor.