The Saint of the Labyrinth Is Adored by Monsters~ Though I Was Exiled and Left to Die in the Forest of Abyss, I Offered Prayers to God and Before I Knew It, It Became a Sanctuary – Chapter 43

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐧𝐢 𝐒𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟒𝟑: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐧𝐢 𝐒𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠

I discovered a pair of injured Oni sisters by the riverbank.

With the power of God Noir, I managed to keep things under control.

For the elder sister Oni who fainted from hunger, I decided to provide her with food and head towards the old paradise.

“Miss Tree King, hello.”

Deep in the forest, a magnificent giant tree stands tall.

This one is known as the Tree King.

Here, she is someone who knows about Abyss Forest from long ago.

And she’s also the guardian of the old paradise.

『Hmm. . . . . .Huh! Kyrie, is that an Oni on Kumakichi’s back. . . . . .?』

“I’m here too!”

The little sister Oni, fitting snugly in my chest, asserts herself.

She’s petite and looks like a cute baby.

But to speak so clearly, and be so small.

『What. . . . . .an Oni. . . . . .Kyrie, this is bad. You should drive them out of the forest immediately.』

“. . . . . .That’s not.”

Why would he say something so sad?

But wait.

Miss Tree King has lived for a long time.

Perhaps she knows various things about Onis.

I don’t know anything about these sisters.

Denying Miss Tree King would be wrong.

“What do you mean?”

That’s when it happened.

“Kyrie-sama. . . . . .!”

From the sky, a silver-haired dog-eared young man, Mr. Chatura, descended.

He’s a powerful monster, having received strength and a name from the previous Holy Demon King Ellison-sama, part of the Holy Zodiac.

. . . . . .But somehow, he was on high alert.

Standing in front of me, Mr. Chatura bared his fangs and glared at the elder sister Oni.

“Kyrie-sama, this Oni hasn’t been treating you badly, has she. . . . . .?”

“Eh, yes. . . . . .”

Perhaps in his anger, his hair and tail were standing on end.

Hearing my response, he sighed in relief but narrowed his sharp eyes, watching the elder sister Oni without letting his guard down.

Between Tree King and Mr. Chatura, why are they so wary. . . . . .?

“She’s wounded. We can defeat her now!”

“Defeat?! Don’t joke with me! No, Mr. Chatura!”

I stood in front of the elder sister Oni (or rather, in front of Kumakichi-kun, who was carrying her) and spread my arms.

“This elder sister Oni is very weak! I want to give her food immediately!”

“But. . . . . .! She’s a man-eating Oni, you know?!”

Kumakichi-kun and Miss Tree King said the same thing. But. . . . . .

“That’s not true. Starving and weak, to strike her down, neither God nor I will allow it.”

“But. . . . . .!”

Oh dear, he won’t back down.

I can feel that he’s very, very concerned about me.

Even so. . . . . .

“Enough, 『Sit』!”

“Kyauuun!”

I spontaneously spoke to him as if he were a dog.

I learned it from a friend who has a pet dog.

Mr. Chatura obeyed my command and squatted right down on the spot.

“Ugh, I can’t move. . . . . .! Tree King, what’s going on?!”

Can’t move. . . . . .?

Mr. Chatura is indeed trying to exert force in his body.

But it seems he can’t do it.

『Hmm. . . . . .It’s probably Kyrie’s power. Some kind of magical force is inhibiting movement. . . . . .To hinder Fenrir’s movement, as expected of Kyrie.』

“What are you admiring?! It’s Kyrie-sama’s crisis! Grrr. . . . . .grrr!”

It appears that God Noir is lending me strength.

I knew it.

“It’s alright, Mr. Chatura. Trust in me and God.”

“Kyrie-sama. . . . . .”

“God’s power is stopping you from acting rashly. Elder sister Oni must be a good girl. That’s why it’s holding you back, so you don’t hurt her.”

Certainly, it must be so.

『No, Kyrie, your power is something. . . . . .』

“I’ll take responsibility. So, I’ll provide meals for these kids.”

I, as the person in charge of the forest’s management, make a request to Mr. Chatura.

He reluctantly agreed after much complaining. . . . . .and took a small breath.

“. . . . . .I understand. If Kyrie-sama says so.”

I’m glad. The matter was settled through discussion.

Fighting and violence are truly undesirable.

After a short while.

“I’m most grateful, Lady Kyrie. How can I ever thank you. . . . . .?”

The scene changes to a church in old paradise.

In the dining hall are myself, Mr. Chatura, Miss Tree King (in the form of a spirit), and Kumakichi-kun and others.

『The Oni sisters eat a lot too, eh. Sura-chan’s stored food and nuts are all gone now.』

The food nuts are special nuts that, when you open the lid, contain meals like stew inside.

With my prayers, God Noir creates them for the children of the forest.

“If the forest’s food runs out, it’s your fault, you Onis.”

“It’s alright. Praying will quickly make more nuts.”

Mr. Chatura still seems wary.

On the other hand. . . . . .

“Heh, your name is Kumakichi? Even though you’re a boy, it’s a cute name!”

『What? Are you mocking me?』

“Wha? You want to fight?”

『Hmph. I, Kumakichi, am not so low as to pick on a baby.』

“I’m not a baby!”

Kumakichi-kun and the little sister Oni seem to be getting along.

Fufufu.

“My sister is becoming attached to others. . . . . .It must be thanks to Lady Kyrie.”

“Me?”

“Yes. A bear under the command of the compassionate and splendid individual known as Lady Kyrie. Therefore, it is likely that even my younger sister is at ease.”

“OBig Sister~!”

Little sister Oni comes crawling and reaches my feet.

When I pick her up, she cuddles affectionately.

What a lovely and adorable life.

She doesn’t look like a man-eating monster at all.

“Since you’re full now, leave at once.”

Mr. Chatura seems really eager to drive the Onis away.

“No, you must listen properly. I think there must be some reason.”

“Kyauuun. . . . . .”

Mr. Chatura is not a bad person.

I know that he’s keeping an eye on potential enemies instead of my lacking caution.

“Thank you, it is as Lady Kyrie says.”

With that, the elder sister Oni begins to tell her story.

“Our Oni clan, as you know, was despised as man-eating monsters by both humans and monsters from ancient times.”

But that is a thing of the past.

Today’s Onis are not as wild as they used to be.

“Since Lord Mihira took over the demon clan, the demons stopped attacking people.”

“Mihira, you say. . . . . .?”

Mr. Chatura stands up in a panic.

Mihira. . . . . .?

“Who?”

“One of the Holy Zodiac.”

“Oh. . . . . .then the leader of the Oni clan was a companion of Ellison-sama too.”

There are 12 members of the Holy Zodiac.

I only know the dog, the bird, and the dragon.

“Clan leader Mihira is one of the Holy Zodiac, known as the Tiger God General.”

“Tiger. . . . . .?”

Why is it an Oni in the year of the tiger, I wonder?

Well, let’s leave that aside.

“Where is Mihira-san now?”

“. . . . . .She was killed. By another, by the Demon King.”

. . . . . .Demon King.

It’s not the name of an evil king that once existed.

It seems to be a general term for the highest-ranking monster.

There are quite a number of Demon Kings in this world, it seems.

There’s the Holy Demon King and the Dragon Demon King as well.

“Does the Demon King. . . . . .attack other monsters?”

Miss Tree King nods.

“Indeed. Not everyone is as gentle and peaceful as Kyrie. Rather, there are more violent ones.”

“Why. . . . . .Even though Demon Kings have power, why would they hurt others?”

If you have great power, use it for those who are weak.

Isn’t that how it should be?

“Kyrie. That’s because you are especially kind.”

“You’re right! Kyrie-sama is amazing! The Demon King is just in awe of Kyrie-sama alone. . . . . .”

Kumakichi-kun covers Mr. Chatura’s mouth from behind.

『Because the conversation isn’t progressing』

“Moga―.”

I look at elder sister Oni.

“. . . . . .What happened to Mihira-san afterward?”

“When the village was nearly destroyed by the Demon King’s attack, she allowed us Oni children to escape. She stayed behind to fight, so probably. . . . . .”

Is dead, huh?

That’s. . . . . .too pitiful.

“Our companions scattered, and only my sister and I were left. To escape from the enemy, we jumped into the river. . . . . .”

“And that leads us to now. . . . . .”

“Yes. The fact that my sister and I were saved is thanks to Lady Kyrie. I can’t thank you enough. Thank you so much.”

Elder sister Oni kneels and bows deeply to me.

No, no!

“You don’t need to bow like that. I just followed God’s will. You were saved because of your good deeds, and you were appreciated by God.”

Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to reach elder sister Oni.

“Ah, what a pure-hearted person you are. . . . . .! Not only do you treat a man-eating Oni equally, without fear, but you even saved our lives. . . . . .!”

As a woman serving God, I only did what was natural.

Still, elder sister Oni praises me excessively.

“So. . . . . .what are you going to do now?”

Mr. Chatura glares at elder sister Oni as he asks.

“I cannot leave a man-eating Oni like you near Kyrie-sama.”

“. . . . . .I understand.”

Saying he’s going to kick her out. . . . . .That’s not okay. It’s obviously not okay!

“Elder sister Oni, won’t you come with me along with your little  sister?”

“! Are you saying I can serve by Lady Kyrie’s side?”

“Yes, of course.”

Because it’s too pitiful.

No place to go, no place to sleep, no food to eat.

“Oh. . . . . .What a kind person. . . . . .”

“Kyrie-sama! I’m opposed to this! I cannot allow a man-eating demon in! If any danger befalls Kyrie-sama. . . . . .!”

Hmm, Mr. Chatura is opposed, isn’t he?

What should I do?

That’s it!

“Elder sister Oni, I’m going to give you a name.”

“A name, you say? Is it okay?”

“Yes. I will give you the name Mihira.”

I see. . . . . .Miss Tree King nods.

“By naming and forming a master-servant relationship, she’s ensuring that no harm will come to Kyrie, the master?”

“I see. . . . . .Like how I was compelled by Kyrie-sama’s command earlier, right?”

. . . . . .What are you talking about, Miss Tree King and Mr. Chatura?

“Mihira-san was part of the Holy Zodiac, right? So, a comrade. Then, Mihira-san is a comrade too, right?”

“”. . . . . .””

For some reason, Mr. Chatura and the others are making complex faces.

“Hey hey! I want a name too!”

Mihira-san’s little sister insists.

“Then. . . . . .how about Hiiro-chan?”

“Hiiro! Cool! I love it!”

That’s when it happened.

When the Oni sisters’ bodies shone and sparkled. . . . . .

There, a beautiful woman with black hair and a handsome appearance.

And a lively-looking girl of about 10 years old, with black hair and red highlights.

“This is. . . . . .! With Kyrie’s power, the Onis have undergone existence evolution and have become greater Onis!”

Since Miss Tree King has an appraisal skill, she can check their status.

It seems that Mihira-san and the others have evolved.

“Thank you, Kyrie-sama! Not only for taking us as comrades but for naming us, and even allowing us to evolve. . . . . .!”

The black-haired beauty, Mihira-san, kneels and bows before me, tears streaming down her face.

“This Mihira will work tirelessly for Lady Kyrie!”

Well, you don’t have to work yourself to the bone, but. . . . . .

Mr. Chatura makes a truly displeased face, but

“Well. . . . . .having more of the Holy Zodiac is a good thing. More cards against the Demon King. . . . . .are better, I suppose. . . . . .”

He seems to accept the two with a reluctant face.

And so, the Oni, Mihira-san and Hiiro-chan became new comrades.


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