Chapter 16 – Mysterious creatures that have disappeared
After exploring the house for a while, I finally realized
I was in big trouble.
“Mysterious creatures, not present.”
It’s not just about the Onmyouji Channel.
The only way to significantly increase my total spiritual production is gone.
I hurriedly search the shadows around the bedroom.
They are often in places where there is no sunlight.
“But there aren’t any!”
I’ve looked everywhere for them, but there are no shadows or shapes.
They’re not even shadows to begin with, and their outlines are fuzzy.
Anyway, they are nowhere to be found!
What to do, what to do, what to do.
I was pacing around my bedroom, thinking.
Thinking about it again, I don’t think there’s any need to panic.
My total production of spiritual power still exceeds the amount I can refine in a day.
So, there is no need to increase it any further…
No—I would have answered like that in my previous life.
I remember those days when I couldn’t give my all to something I wasn’t interested in.
When I was in elementary school, I went to swimming school.
The reason I started going to swimming school was because I couldn’t swim in gym class.
When I told my parents that I couldn’t swim in gym class, they suggested that I try something new.
I guess they saw the flyer and thought that sports would help me build a healthy body for growing up.
But I honestly didn’t think anything of it.
I didn’t see the point of swimming. I just brought up the fact that I couldn’t swim as a topic of conversation at dinner.
However, it was not that I disliked swimming, so I went to swimming school and became a normal swimmer.
Swimming school has a system of earning well, and you can advance to the next educational course by the system of advancement. Starting with the kick stretch, I gradually learned how to swim the crawl, backstroke, and breaststroke.
There were no major obstacles up to this point. Even I, who had no interest in swimming, could continue to swim once a week.
However, I stumbled in the last swim, the butterfly.
I was moving my body as instructed by the instructor, but I was not making any progress.
I was consuming the same amount of energy as the 25-meter crawl, but I could only advance 10 meters.
“Mom, I’m quitting swimming school.”
After learning the butterfly and advancing to the next level, the next step is to practice swimming long distances using the swimming techniques that you have learned so far.
I withdrew from the butterfly class because I was not improving at all.
There was no point in advancing any further, and since I could now swim the three main swimming techniques, I figured that was enough.
This was the beginning of the first compromise and escape in my life.
After all, I couldn’t swim butterfly properly until the day I died.
It didn’t bother me that I couldn’t swim, and I was even glad to have saved the exam fee for advancement. But I started making excuses like that, and I would repeat the same behavior in the rest of my life.
Compromise is not an option here.
Once you compromise, you start compromising again and again.
This is the first time I have found something I can get so absorbed in.
If I compromise even this, the world of Onmyoji, which I finally found after my reincarnation, I will never become a celebrity no matter how many times I redo my life.
“I will definitely find you.”
I will raise my total production of spiritual power and become the most powerful Onmyoji in the world.
With renewed determination, I sat down on the futon and thought about the cause of the problem in the first place.
It is hard to imagine that the mysterious creatures are no longer.
Because I was absorbing it every single day and I didn’t see it decrease until today.
Then it is not gone.
“Have you lost your sight?”
Yes, I cannot see those guys as an adult.
I turned one yesterday. To be honest, I think one year old is still in the category of a baby, but it is a big change from 0 to 1.
I don’t even know if age has anything to do with it. I think that a person who started walking like an adult would be an object of fear for someone who is so weak that he or she can be beaten by a baby. It is even possible that they may hide from me now that I am walking around the house.
In other words, it was not the mysterious creature that had changed, but me.
“I could kick your ass. Even if you could get rid of them, they’re still out there somewhere.”
Even if they could disappear, if they are somewhere in this house, there are……ways to do it.
I’ll get to work on one idea right away.
“A touch of the color.”
I extend my encased tentacles from both hands.
I have gained so much spiritual power that I can now produce two tentacles at the same time. Moreover, I can recycle the tentacles by putting them back into my body.
“Oh, something touched me. I can feel it.”
In the shadow in the corner of the hallway, when the tentacle passed through there, I felt something touch me. It was more like it slipped through than touched. There was only a slight sensation of resistance, and the tentacle could not grasp anything.
After all, the mysterious creatures are there.
But I can’t see them, and even my tentacles, which usually catch them, are striking out.
They are definitely hiding from me.
Whether it was my age, my spiritual power level, or my physical ability, I couldn’t catch it if it hid from me.
Now that I think about it, since I have been able to use my tentacles, the mysterious creatures no longer come into my mouth.
They began to attack me, and before I knew it, I had advanced to the top of the ecological pyramid.
So how do you catch a herbivore running and hiding from a predator?
The answer is easy for humans to figure out.
Unlike wild beasts, humans are tool-using creatures.
“Let’s make a trap.”
A second plan was fairly easy to come up with.
However, there is something fatally missing from this plan.
I need a bait to lure them in.
Tentacles would be a good tool to capture them. But there is no bait.
Something that would be suspiciously tempting for the mysterious creatures to bite…… babies?
They were literally eating each other, and if I used a baby as bait,…… no, no, there is no way I would use my soon-to-be-born sibling as bait.
He said, “Saint, what’s the matter with you, groaning? It’s time for lunch.”
In the end, I could not come up with a good solution this day.
However, I was not going to give up on this problem that I could not solve even after worrying and twisting my head around it.