We were at an electric stand on the highway, waiting for the car to charge, and I was moping around in my usual outfit of a parka and denim skirt. Jennifer, the self-proclaimed Dark Lady worshipper, was fidgeting in restlessness. She waved her smartphone in front of my eyes.
“Hey, Shedy, can I go on the internet already? Pleaaase?”
“…as long as you don’t talk about me.”
She’d been trying her best to stop herself from telling everyone about me, apparently, and it was about time for her internet addiction to relapse.
She started speaking in a hurry, trying to defend herself. “B-but our server’s locked super tight! Even my company’s intelligence division can’t get into it! And everyone in the group already knew that world’s real!”
“…what?” That was surprising. I looked at her, and Jennifer puffed up her modest chest in pride.
“Our group already thought that world was too suspicious in the first place. Too real, you know? We started to look around, and once I recovered a deleted log in my company, we found out the truth! Amazing, right?!”
So she actually managed to figure it out by herself. So talented, yet her personality’s so disappointing…
Anyway, it wouldn’t be good if anyone else knew about Yggdrasia. Had she even given any thought about the reason why that corporation would want to be secretive about what might as well be the greatest discovery of this era?
The corporation might still not be able to travel there yet, but they had a new form of energy called ‘mana’ and the technology to make use of it. They’d only been applying it in a military context in the form of magitools, but if information spread, sooner or later this world might be able to use magic too.
Offensive spells allowed you to destroy vehicles with your bare hands, and healing spells could regenerate lost limbs in a blink of an eye. If people here knew how to use them, they would turn into a swarm of locusts to devour Yggdrasia’s mana dozens of times faster than they were doing at the moment.
Currently, only a single country was hoarding the information, so there was no real chaos in Yggdrasia or here, and I could still deal with the problem quietly.
But if the knowledge spread throughout the world and they got ready for an invasion… then I would destroy the civilization of Earth, genocide or not.
“…Shedy…? It’s getting kind of… cold…”
“Really? Anyway, mind telling me who knows about it?”
I let loose some coldness and demonic presence and shot her a glance of crimson eyes. Jennifer twitched and stood ramrod straight.
“No, nonono, please don’t kill them! There are some middle-eastern royalty and some serious celebrities in there too!”
And then she just blurted out their names and so much more information in her panic.
“No one will know.”
“Oh, fine… Jennifer, you tell them that whoever leak the secret is going to get their whole country wiped off the map.”
Her face twitched, herself remembering the tragedy that had happened to the 7th research center. This should be enough for the time being.
“What are you going to do online?”
“Umm… I haven’t logged in Yggdrasia for a while, and I wanted to check out the news too. Let’s see… there it goes.”
“You can log in with that phone?”
“Aaah, no, no full-diving into your avatar, but you can use the VR forum and a few other things when logged in.”
“Hmm… can I borrow your ID?”
“Eh? Um, yes, but why…?”
She tilted her head in puzzlement but still gave me her phone.
Generally, logging in with a personal account required biometric authentication, so no one else could do it aside from the account owner themselves. Not a problem for me, though. I took out my prepaid phone, tapping it against Jennifer’s to copy her ID, and logged in in incognito mode with my [Cyber-Manipulation]. At the same time, I also restored the user ID of No. 13 that I had once used and had since been deleted.
In incognito mode, I browsed through the historical records of the forum Jennifer talked about, gathering a few glimpses into the situation of the other world.
Dark pixies? What are those? Apparently they’re really making a mess of the human countries right now. No one knew what they were? Didn’t look like an official game event. They seemed a bit different from militarized avatars.
And one of the Heroes was missing? If it was that weirdo, then I hoped he’s actually dead.
A strange ringing sound rang out. Some sort of icon appeared in a corner of my vision. This was… a mail? Why? How? I checked the sender, but there was no text, only a symbol that looked like a tree.
…the World Tree?!
The mail automatically opened, and I instantly logged out. In front of me, in front of my real body, there floated two white magic stones.
Were these the Saplings’ magic stones? The moment the thought passed through my mind, they flew inside me and were absorbed. I immediately felt more powerful.[Shedy] [Race: Bunny Girl] [Archdemon Lv. 23] ・The rabbit demon of Laplace. Trickster and guide of man’s fate. [Magic Points: 81,300/91,000] 6,000 ↑ [Total Combat Power: 90,400/100,100] 6,600 ↑ [Unique Skill:
It’s the real deal. They were exactly the white magic stones that I received whenever the soul of a secret alpha tester transformed into a new World Tree Sapling. And not only that, No. 01’s Cyber-Manipulation even evolved?
It seemed the newly evolved skill was no longer restricted to only cyberspace. I think I could now use it on real space, too.
But what happened? Did somebody other than me destroy an existing Sapling? I thought the demihuman resistance still hadn’t had that much power yet, but maybe they could handle a small rural country.
This was the proof of their resolve. They were the one to have allowed the humans to go so far, after all. If the demihumans had made their decision, then it wouldn’t be my place to say anything.
But, well, I never thought the World Tree would use the connection to me to send the magic stones all the way to Earth. The Tree was more skilled than I imagined.
“No, nothing.” Jennifer looked puzzled at my answer. I gave her a faint smile. “Anyway, it’s about time we should leave.”
We got on her fully-charged car.
The magic stones were a nice surprise boost to my power, and I got more magic to play with now. Maybe I could even splurge a little bit and test out my new ability.
I leaned out the car window, my hand aiming at a highway camera that was staring at us, and I squeezed.