Everything around me resembled an old wood cabin. There were heavy plaid wool blankets, exposed wood columns and a large beaten down couch. I could swear the air even smelled like pine.
“Are you comfortable?”
I turned my head to see who talked. It was an old man in a rocking chair. He was holding out a cup of tea for me. I slowly took it. It’s not like there was much else that could happen to me. The last thing I remembered was feeling pain in my chest before I went to bed. It seemed like things have finally ended for me.
The old man smiled.
“Kuding tea is what you prefer right?”
I looked around the room. The fireplace was lit and you could almost hear the sound of wind in the trees. It must be winter.
“Yes, thank you.”
“This place was designed to be comfortable for you.”
I took a sip of the tea. It was so bitter, a completely acquired taste.
“I died didn’t I.”
He nodded his head solemnly.
“You did. It was a very quick painless death in your sleep at least.”
I took another sip of my tea.
“That’s not the worst way to go.”
The old man put his tea down on a Canada coaster. He really had an eye for details.
“My name is Sorrev. I am the God of a world called Pirth. Your G-d gave me permission to transmigrate your soul to my world.”
I took another sip of tea before putting the mug down. It had cartoon images of super heroes. How keen an eye he had.
“I see. I was beginning to wonder whether being stuck in a cabin was supposed to be punishment or reward.”
The old man laughed.
“It’s only temporary. On Pirth cabins do not look like this necessarily.”
I could only nod my head as he continued.
“Pirth is a newer world. It often stagnates in development and population. In order to fix it, every few hundreds of years a God(s) of a world will send over candidates for me to reincarnate into my world. This cycle you have been selected.”
Sorrev took out a pen and paper from the air. He really was a God.
“Individuals who reincarnate anywhere have their souls evaluated for quantity and quality of requests for their new lives. Please tell me what you would like and I will tell you what can or cannot be done.”
I leaned back into the beaten down couch. What I would like? That wasn’t an easy thing to decide off the top of your head.
“Um… I guess… Well, if it is possible I would like a stable family. They don’t have to be rich or noble, but a family that is comfortable and not having to worry. Ideally, they would be kind and well suited for each other and have a decent reputation amongst their neighbors.”
I watched him scribble down on his paper smiling.
“That isn’t something that can be considered a proper request by the system. Is there anything else you would like?”
I picked up my tea for another sip.
“Well, I don’t know if I can keep my memories, but if I do I would like to have a dimensional storage ability. One that holds books or records from our world with the sort of information that would be helpful for those around me. Like farming techniques or the ratio for making gunpowder… if that isn’t possible I would want the records of my unfinished writings. I could publish them in Pirth and still be a writer like I dreamed about.”
Sorrev scribbled all of that down.
“Taking books or paper isn’t considered a problem. Technology from Earth on the other hand wouldn’t be possible. However, they will take up space so I will give you two dimensional storages. One specifically for your requests and one for all other items. You have been approved for three other requests.”
I crossed my arms. It’s not like there was any specific cheat I wanted.
“On Earth, I had a very weak and unhealthy body. There were a lot of problems. Is it possible to have a healthy body with no problems?”
Sorrev stayed silent this time and just nodded his head.
“And. Well, I tend to get sad from time to time. On Earth there is medication, but I don’t want that to affect my time on Pirth.”
He looked up and smiled.
“I can completely get rid of that if you would like?”
I shook my head no.
“No. I don’t want to get rid of it. Is there a way to find a substitute or have access to something similar to my medication on Earth?”
He leaned back in his rocking chair for a moment and thought to himself. A few minutes went by before he spoke again.
“That should be possible. I will figure it out. I don’t see how these are really requests though. Most people request for abilities or items.”
Right. I should get something for my safety that could also provide me with a stable future.
“What is Pirth like?”
“Recently the countries seem to be in a declining era of political peace. But normally it is a very cheerful place. There are all kinds of races that you’ve read of on the books of Earth and magic as well. For you it would be a fantasy adventure.”
So, basically I was in a Light Novel trap. That left me with a lot of options.
“Um…. Is it possible to not just have language comprehension for the area I’m in, but for all languages on Pirth? Or perhaps an increased aptitude for learning them?”
“I feel like you aren’t understanding this. You will already have language comprehension and basic skills and increased mana. This is standard. Where’s the cheat like ability requests. The individualism…”
I took another sip of my tea. Somehow, I was already messing up my second life by annoying the God of it.
“The thing is… Being in a stable environment, healthy and able to write makes me really happy. I can’t think of a specific cheat that I would want. Especially, if you are already giving me the basic cheats.”
He leaned back in his chair and groaned.
“You know. You may be worse than the last kid. At least he had a list of unreasonable demands.”
I bowed my head.
“Isn’t there anything that immediately pops into your head?”
I nodded my head.
“A whole bunch of things. The problem is it is all at once and I can’t decide which one I should request….but… OH! How about this… Would affinity to all different magic current or possible able to be discovered be okay? I don’t need them crazy level, but being to try a bunch of different things sounds fun.”
Sorrev removed the hand that was covering his face to reveal a smile.
“Finally, a proper request. Sure. We can make you crazily good at magic. Anything else?”
I shook my head.
“No. I mean that should cover my basis. It makes life stable. If need be I will probably always be able to find a job. Sounds good.”
He sighed again.
“That’s why you want it?”
I blinked a few times.
“Well, magic is also cool. And we didn’t have it on Earth.”
Sorrev stood up.
“Alright then. I suppose you will just let me fill in the rest.”
I stood up as well. It would be weird to just keep sitting.
“Please do. Nothing too much.”
“Well, have fun on Pirth. The next time we will see each other will be after your next death.”
I smiled at him.
“Alright. Thanks for everything, Sorrev.”
Sorrev snapped his fingers and I was gone.
The God scribbling away on his pad frantically. When it was over he threw the entire thing into the fire and cracked up laughing.
“I was told to make her next life amazing, but all she wanted was to be comfortable. With this, she will definitely be in for a surprise.”
“Your Majesty you can’t go in yet!”
“Get out of the way, Gareth! My wife needs me.”
The middle-aged guard tried desperately to hold the King back, but was doing an awful job at it. The King possessed a remarkable amount of physical strength for someone with a tall lean frame.
“Please, your Majesty. Just wait a few minutes longer.”
Electricity coursed through the body of the guard. He too dropped like the thirteen other guards before him. The King’s magic was too powerful. He moved quickly towards the doors. His rush triggered by the sound of his wife’s scream. Large flames bursting from his hands causing the doors to go flying open as charred crisps.
Right in front of him was a large bed and a group of midwives. They were all swarmed around his wife, so it was hard to get a good view of her. However, they all turned to him smiling. He was finally able to see his beloved wife. She was sweaty, tired, weak, but in her arms was a beautiful baby. The King rushing forward to kneel by his wife’s bed.
“You did it.”
The Queen laughed. The entire room smiling at the sound of her voice.
“I told you there was no need to worry.”
He stood up and gave her a kiss on the forehead.
“I will always worry about you.”
A soft chuckle escaping the Queen’s lips.
“Maah. Come on now. You have to worry about this little one to.”
He looked down at the baby. It had her violet eyes. A warm goofy smile appearing on his face.
“It has your eyes.”
The Queen puffed her cheeks out like a child.
“S-H-E does have my eyes, but you have to love and watch out for her for more than just that. Do you hear me Richard. She is our precious daughter. Alexios’ baby sister and the princess of the Shirg Empire.”
The King nodded his head.
“I understand, Lunaria.”
The Queen smiled a bit.
“Well, I’m not sure you do, but…. This will have to do for now. Come hold our daughter so I can take a nap.”
The King gently took the baby girl in his hands and nodded his head.
“Rest well, my love.”
The Queen nodded and closed her eyes. She was awfully tired.
The King turned around to see a two-year-old boy being held by the chamberlain assigned to the management of staff around his son. He walked slowly over to them and leaned down. The King was taller than most people.
“Look, Alexios. You have a sister.”
The young Prince looked at him confused.
The King nodded his head.
“Mhm. She is like you, so you have to take care of her, alright. You are her older brother.”
It didn’t seem like the child got it, but he nodded his head at his father. The chamberlain smiled at the King.
“So, what is the Princess’ name?”
The King smiled.
“It will be Selene. She has her mother’s eyes.”
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
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