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“……W-what is it~?”
The silence was very awkward.
In addition, it was difficult to read Palug’s expression whose smile disappeared, it was hard to circle around it.
Please give some reaction.
Why did I say such a thing, I was embarrassed about my self-satisfied look.
No, it is fine even if it is embarrassing.
I decided to settle this not with battle but with wisdom, it is my last ray of hope.
If this was a wrong information, my survival after this is in danger.
After all, it is a straight line towards me being eaten alive.
Unexpectedly, there was a strange voice coming out of Palug.
Gradually, her face twitched and finally her face broke into a smile as if to say she couldn’t hold it back anymore.
『Ufu, ufufufu. Why do you know about it?
Oh no, ufufufufu. That was a secret between my King and I~
Eh~ hundreds of years have passed, how did you find out?
Ufufuh, aah~ how embarrassing~』
Palug covered her face while looking over here from the gap between her fingers, her tail was swishing back and forth as if troubled.
You look like you are having fun, Divine Beast-san.
Where is the serious person from just a few moments ago?
Ah, no, if that serious person is busy, she doesn’t have to force herself to come back.
This person who has advanced to the gag route by her own will should increase my survival rate.
Anyway, is it really fine to win by a riddle match?
I was supposed to be cornered and about to die, I wonder if this person loves telling a riddle that much.
『I can’t believe it, there is actually someone who challenges me to a riddle match in this era!
Prepare yourself, daughter of an alchemist.
Here is the match that will decide your fate. This is the beginning of hardships beyond imagination.
Once the match starts, not even God can stop it. If you want to withdraw, this is your last chance, you know?』
“I am the one who challenged you, and I will not run away now! Bring it on, Messenger of God!”
There is no way I will withdraw, I miraculously succeeded in saving myself from being eaten alive by a cat.
Whether it is a tough match or not, it is better than sitting around and waiting for my death.
『Aah! The annoying Curse from my God!
I cannot escape from this constraint granted to me by my God who dotes on the diminutive human beings.
I cannot help it, I really don’t want it, I really, really don’t want it!
But alas, I have to accept this riddle match.』
Palug was exaggeratingly lamenting in a tone of voice as if acting on a play, as she hugged herself in anguish.
No matter how I look at this angel, she is in high spirits.
『If this is a normal match, it will be my complete victory.
Then it will be boring and become a breach of contract with my God.
So, I will give you, who is just a human being, a chance to win.
If I make a mistake even once, it will be my defeat. You lose when you make three mistakes.』
Palug thrust three fingers before me as she said that.
She seems to have given me a handicap.
In this case, let’s get as much as I can get.
“I understand. I guess I can make two mistakes, right?”
『Yes, furthermore, every time you make a mistake, you will give me one third ownership of your body.』
“Um……Palug-san, human beings will die if you pluck out one third of their body.”
『Wait……don’t say such scary things. I’ll only mark you a little bit.』
『Don’t worry. I will return it to normal if you win.』
I said that word many times without voicing it while nodding in agreement.
What did she mean by ‘mark’?
I feel uneasy, I wonder if she really can return it to normal.
『Then, I will answer you.
Walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening……
An infant walks with their limbs, an adult walks with two feet for a long time, an old man who walks with a stick.
In other words, the answer is human?』
The first question was easily answered.
Perhaps in the southern continent, there is the famous riddle of Sphinx that was said in my previous world?
There is no use in regretting, let’s think positively.
Because I thought of that riddle, I pulled myself into this advantageous situation, this is the most satisfactory outcome.
It was unexpected that the riddle was solved easily, but I succeeded in earning myself time.
I was barely keeping myself from thinking negatively.
In contrast, Palug was so pleased with herself that she was spontaneously jumping up and down.
『I did it~~! Yay~!
As expected of me! I’m so smart!
Now then~ this time it’s my turn to ask, okay?』
Palug assumed a mysterious pose that looked like some kind of martial art, somehow she seemed very excited as she was saying that.
Unlike her appearance, she was as childish as a little child.
By the way, until this monstro was found by Auguste, she had been living for a long time.
『He dies every night and revives every morning.
He runs all the way in a day and he will not stop walking no matter how tired he is.
Who is he?』
Incomprehensible words came suddenly.
Dies and revives every night, is it a zombie?
Or, is it a magical beast or a phantom beast of some continent that I don’t know?
No, there won’t be such a problem like that.
Palug said that it would breach the contract with God if it doesn’t favor human beings.
So, problems that human beings can never solve should also be a breach of contract.
Something that disappears every evening, and revives as the sun rises.
But shadows don’t walk thousands of miles.
Is there anything else linked to sunrise and sunset?
Rather than being linked—
“Sets in the evening, rises in the morning, and from our standpoint, this star goes around us—the answer is the sun!”
『Ufufufufu, correct. Perhaps that was too easy?』
“No, it was very difficult.”
『My, my, how splendid. Next time, let me give you a problem that you cannot afford to be humble, okay?』
Palug answered with a large smile.
Oh no, should I have pretended to struggle a bit?
『But before that, Erica Aurelia, it’s time for you to ask.』
As if she couldn’t wait, Palug was beckoning me to start.
Well, what kind of riddle should I make?
Since I didn’t particularly like riddles, I haven’t prepared anything.
Palug seems to really love riddles.
She must have already covered the basic riddles of this world.
Then, now is the time for my so-called modern knowledge cheat.
Even a common riddle in my previous world will be a riddle that nobody knows in this world.
After hesitating for a while, I asked Palug.
I chose a simple problem that even children in my previous world would know.
“A big flood on the top, a big fire at the bottom, what is it?”
A smile appeared at the mouth of Palug.
It seems that a riddle that doesn’t exist in this world has drawn the interest of the divine beast.
Yosh, if she is thinking about it carefully as she is, I can spend the time to think about the next riddle, I was thinking about silly things.
『Hmm~ to say a big flood, if it’s a pot, it is an exaggeration.
The submarine volcano should not be known by people yet.
Oh, I remember. Long ago, I have seen it on the southern continent.
—The answer is a bath.
You have an extensive knowledge, daughter of an alchemist. However, unfortunately my knowledge seems to have surpassed yours.』
In the meantime, my modern knowledge cheat was defeated.
No, rather, it was not even a cheat if it got insta-killed.
It was just modern knowledge.
If I think about it carefully, it might be a good thing that there is a bath in this world as well.
Without it, the problem would’ve failed.
It makes me shiver when I think of the penalty for cheating made with the sensibility of a monstro.
I secretly thanked the ancient technology in my mind.
Without knowing my internal conflict, Palug cheerfully pointed at me with an exaggerating gesture.
『Well then, now it’s my turn!
It is sometimes a serious illness leading to death.
No matter how powerful their magic is, no healer can heal it.
But this disease will make people and beasts happy.
Is this problem too easy for little girls?』
What should I do, I didn’t understand it at all.
Is it not ‘despair’, if we are talking about deadly disease?
But it is uncertain whether ‘despair’ makes people and beasts happy.
Besides, ‘easy for little girls’?
It is becoming more and more mismatched with the answer ‘despair’.
This is troubling……
No matter how many times I think about it, my thoughts return to ‘answer: despair’.
My modern knowledge is interfering with my ability to solve this riddle.
Eventually, I couldn’t think of any other answer after going around in circles.
This is not good, well, it is better than not answering at all.
I opened my mouth after thinking so.
『Oh my~ you finally made a mistake! Too bad!
The answer is ‘love’.
I thought it was too easy~』
Palug expressed her joy exaggeratedly.
However, her face suddenly became clouded.
『Hm? Wait a minute, ‘despair’? Huh? Why did such an answer come out?』
“Eh……is ‘love’ something you can be happy with?”
“While I am happy if I see people falling in love in a fiction—a drama……”
Palug widened her eyes, her mouth was half-way opened and with an expression that looked like a goldfish.
She took several steps back with that expression.
Eh? By any chance, did Palug just move away from me?
“Can falling in love really make you happy? It seems to be troublesome, and it will be painful if the other person doesn’t love you back, right?”
Palug stepped even further away.
Somehow she had an expression as if seeing a pitiful child.
『I do not deny that there is such a dark side.
It is because the death of loved ones can also lead people to death.
But, nevertheless, don’t you feel happy when you fall in love?
Look, what I’m trying to say is, that your heart would tighten with a ‘kyuuun~’ when you are around that person, and when you think about them, you become excited.
Since I was born, I have fallen in love about thousands of times, but I was happy each time.』
It is in four digits number, what amazing love affairs.
I would be happy if it was in a game, manga, or novel, but my real experiences with love were all unpleasant.
I am seriously scared of love.
Most of all, my feeling of refusal for such things is terrible because I had been caught up in such feelings of other people.
『……I wonder if you are too young to talk about love……you are not even a ten years old.
But, what do you mean?
To feel that ‘despair’ is a happy thing, just what the heck happened……what kind of life are you living even though you are not even a ten years old?』
No, I don’t think ‘despair’ is a happy thing, but I couldn’t think of anything else.
I tried to correct her, but when I heard the following words, I withdrew the words that had come up to the tip of my tongue.
『……This is my mistake in making the question. I will think of an alternative problem.』
Somehow I got through it and even got an advantage.
However, I appreciate Palug’s condolences.
『Cannot do anything, but can do anything.
Does not help with anything, but more precious than anything else.
The existence itself is a blessing, bringing salvation and happiness to those in contact.
However, not everyone wants it.
Who is it?』
I examined the second problem of Palug.
This time I only thought about it a little and quickly arrived at the answer.
The scripture stated that He was omniscient and a supreme being.
But, in reality He did not do anything.
The existence Himself was said to be a blessing, bringing salvation and happiness.
But the choice of whether to believe or not was left to each person.
The answer is surely ‘God’.
It is a problem that seems to match perfectly with ‘God’.
“The answer is God, isn’t it?”
Palug made a face.
That was pretty good, but it’s not the answer.
If it is God, He will help people even just a little.
The correct answer of this riddle, is a baby.』
This is bad.
Because there is a God’s messenger, God has to exist.
If even one of the miracles conveyed in the folklore or scripture is true, it would not match the condition that ‘cannot do anything’ and ‘does not help with anything’.
Besides, ‘baby’ is a perfect match for these conditions.
『Ufufufu. You finally made a mistake. Then, as promised, I will get one third of your body.』
“W-wait a minute.”
『Nope~ Because I have been kept waiting for a while.』
Palug’s arm lit up in light crimson.
It was lighter than the nails of flame, but I couldn’t feel at ease even by saying that.
She brandished her lit up arm and aimed it at me.
Due to the bright light, I closed my eyes.
『Yep, nice work.』
After a while, with the pleased sound of Palug as the signal, I opened my eyes.
There was no pain.
It seems that I was not broken, gouged, scratched, or bitten.
(That’s good, I’m not being eaten yet……truly, I don’t want to be eaten alive!)
Just to be sure, I touched all over my body and checked.
Yup, I am fine.
I have all my fingers and my legs, there is no place that I can’t move.
There is nothing bleeding.
I can feel both eyes, my nose, and my ears too—
As I was touching my head, I realized there was something out of place.
Something was attached on somewhat above the place where my ears should have been originally.
I hurriedly took out a small hand mirror from my bag.
Nothing was lost.
However, there were extra things added.
They were in a golden color similar to that of Palug in front of me.
However, mine were in a sharp triangle shape while Palug’s were a round lion-type.
On my head, they were moving with a twitch.
There were cat ears growing on top of my head.