The Great Saint’s Ceremony was successfully completed.
The city was in an uproar, drinking and singing over the birth of the new Great Saint, and the sound of laughter never ceased.
“It’s finally over. I’m finally done, I’ve become a great saint.”
Hirune rubbed her eyes and yawned loudly.
The ceremony had taken all day. A drowsiness enveloped her whole body.
The moon was up in the night sky, and Hirune, Jeanne, Holly, Wanda, and Zekyutos were gathered in a room reserved for the Great Saints in the main church.
Hirune’s mind was completely relaxed at the sight of these reassuring members.
(Now I’m also a great saint! A white company with fluffy futons, all-you-can-eat delicious food, three meals and a nap!)
When Hirune stretched out, Archbishop Zekyutos put his hand on Hirune’s head and gently stroked it.
“Ah, … Zekyutos-san?”
“You’ve done well. It’s been two and a half years since I found you collapsed. I never thought you’d be promoted to Great Saint so quickly.”
“It’s thanks to you, Zekyutos-san. Thank you very much.”
Zekyutos removed his hand from Hirune’s head, and Hirune bowed with a smile.
“I didn’t do anything. It was the goddess Sophia who guided me.”
With a serious face, Zekyutos made the holy seal.
“You’re the only one who’s ever yawned while becoming a great saint. But it’s so you.”
Holly laughs amusedly, rolling her large hanging eyes.
Jeanne, who was watching, nodded her head.
“I can’t leave a girl this dangerous alone.”
Wanda straightened her back and looked at Hirune, then slid her gaze to Zekyutos.
Zekyutos nodded absentmindedly.
“I have something to tell you Hirune. Jeanne, Holly, please listen. Hirune, you know that there are three Great Saints in the world, don’t you?”
“Yes, I know.”
“The Great Saints are responsible for stopping the miasma in the three cities of the East, West and North. It is to protect this world.”
Zekyutos made a worried look in his eyes for a moment, which quickly changed to a sardonic expression.
“We’re asking you to go to the southern region ……. We’ll build a large church exclusively for you and purify the depopulated southern land. It will be a hard and arduous road for a ten-year-old, but I believe you can do it.”
“I’m going. I’ll build my own church.”
Hirune replied with a hint of fear.
Zekyutos shook his head gravely, “I see,” he said, the crease between his eyebrows deepening.
“I want Jeanne and Holly to go with Hirune to the south and assist her. Can you do that?”
Holly straightened up as she was told.
“Of course. I’ll do my best in the name of the Goddess Sophia.”
“I’ll also help you, Hirune-sama.”
Jeanne also affirmed.
Zekyutos and Wanda looked at each other, relieved by their words.
It was Zekyutos who spoke first.
“Wanda, you will continue to be the educator for Hirune and Holly. There’s still a lot about the world that you ten-year-olds don’t know. Wanda will teach you everything you don’t know. Keep that in mind.”
“I will continue to be strict with you. Hirune, are you ready?”
In response to Wanda’s gentle but stern gaze, Hirune bit back a yawn.
“Yes. Wanda-sama, I look forward to working with you.”
“Good answer. Holly, is that fine?”
“Yes. I’ll be glad to have you with us.”
Holly shook her head happily.
For both of them, Wanda was an educator, a mother figure, an older sister, and an irreplaceable presence.
“And one more thing. There’s a rumor spreading that Hirune will be the Great Saint who will purify the southern districts. ……”
For the first time, Zekyutos slurred his words.
“Thomas of Valhalla, the bedding shop that was involved with Hirune, the owner of a skewer stall, Phi Phi the bakery shop owner, and Leanne, the furniture maker, are all saying that they want to go south with you. According to the reports, other stores have also raised their hands. It seems that everyone wants to open a branch office in the south because they believe that the development of the south will advance if you’re there.”
Hirune had been worried about the depopulation of the south, so the offer seemed to open up the future for her.
“The aristocrats have nominated Count Bon Hazel. The Count’s architectural firm has decided to open a branch office. Hirune, this is a tailwind for us and for you. The goddess is still in the south. There’s just a lack of faith. This is an opportunity for the Mephistopheles church to seriously embark on the development of the south.”
These were the words of the pragmatic Zekyutos.
(So many people are going to the south with me?)
The matter was becoming more and more serious, and Hirune was getting faint. Also, she was getting sleepy.
“Wow…..It’s great that they’re going to be able to go to the South with me…..fwaaaaaah”
“Hey, don’t talk while yawning.”
Wanda chided Hirune.
“I’m sorry, I’ve been sleepy all day. ……”
They’d been working since early morning. It was almost too much.
Jeanne stepped forward and narrowed her eyebrows.
“I’m sorry but by the looks of it, Hirune-sama has already exceeded her limit of activity. If we don’t get her to bed soon, she’s going to be a problem for us tomorrow.”
Jeanne put her hands on her skirt and bowed.
Zekyutos and Wanda, who had been dimly aware of this, nodded that they knew also.
“I’ll tell you more about it tomorrow. Sleep well today, all three of you.”
Zekyutos looked at Jeanne, Holly and Hirune, who was swaying her head.
“It’s against the rules for two saints to sleep in the same room, but …… Zekyutos-san has given his permission. I’ll make a special exception for today.”
Wanda smiled and looked at the three of them.
“I’ll see you later.”
“Good night. May the goddess Sophia bless you all.”
Zekyutos and Wanda left the room.
“…… bed. …… oof …….”
Hirune leaned against Jeanne.
“Yes, yes. We’ll sleep in the bed, Hirune-sama.
“My God, she’s asleep already?”
“I think so.”
Holly and Jeanne looked at Hirune’s sleeping face and smiled.
They worked together to put Hirune to bed, and when they were ready to sleep, they formed a river shape with Hirune between them. The Pyory down comforter felt good. Jeanne and Holly wriggled their bodies into the most comfortable position and held Hirune’s hand.
“…… my own church is …… so nice, isn’t it ……?”
As they held her hands, words escaped from Hirune’s mouth.
Holly giggled at her funny sleep talking.
“I wonder what kind of dreams she’s having?”
Holly pulled the Pyory covers up to her neck and glanced at Jeanne.
“A pleasant dream, I’m sure.”
Jeanne looked at Holly and Hirune with kind eyes.
“Hmmmm…….. I’m sure it is ……”
“Yes, …… surely….. It is …….”
The girls had also been moving all day. Sleepiness washed over them.
At some point, the room was filled with the sleepy breathing of three lovely people.
(…… My own church …… all rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with chairs that ruin people …… four days off a week with three meals and a nap…) …a white company with no overtime…..)
Hirune sleeps peacefully, dreaming of a happy future to come.
End of Volume 1
Thank you very much for reading this far.
This is the end of the first volume.
The author herself is relieved that Hirune was able to become a great saint.
I started writing this story because I wanted to heal, but this is the first story I’ve ever written that made me sleepy. It’s really hard to write this story at night… lol.
I’d like to start writing the second volume after I’ve made a plot, so it may take a while.
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I’ll be back. (˘ω˘) Sleepy