Chapter 15: In Which We Have A Meeting With Trouble.
We arrived in the Aomori Prefecture of Japan in the small village of Rokkasho... a homey village but close to our destination of the temple in Mt. Osore. The smells weren't the best in the world but we couldn't expect much from the populace. Luckily, Tetsu was our translator for our interactions with the locals.
There was just one small problem...
"WHAT!!??" I screamed at Mara, wondering about how I was going to pummel her.
"Don't 'what?" me, I'm a guide, not your travel agent..."
"But you knew we were going to come here, you think you would have checked out if there were any vacancies at the hotels before we got here!"
"Time was of the essence, we need to get here as soon as we could, not my fault it happen to be a busy time of the year, who knew"
I swear I'm going to kill this girl were my thoughts when i had found out this bit of news... the six of us were in the middle of nowhere, Japan and no place to sleep.
"Hey guys!" I turned around. Tetsu was running towards us with what seems like great and terrible news.
He stopped to catch his breath, looked up at us and said "I have good news and bad news"
"I know i should probably say bad news first but I rather hear the good news first"
"Well, the good news is we are going to have a place to stay for the night..."
"And the bad news..."
"Man, it's hot out here" Xuan complained "and farm work is boring"
Serena throws a clump of dirt at Xuan "Be grateful that we have a place to sleep tonight, you think I like doing farm work?" she shakes her head as she goes back to picking vegetables.
I'm grateful that we have a place to stay... but what a way to earn it... isn't trying to save the world enough work already?
"Well?" Magnus wiped his brow "At least we can discuss our plans without disturbance from the locals or tourists."
"He's right" I say as I pull a daikon radish out of the ground "we need to figure out when we can go to hit the gate before those other five scions hit it"
"I.... got... a pamphlet... when I... .was looking... for shelter..." Tetsu said out of breath, leaning on his farming instrument. "The temple closes at sunset and opens at sun rise, so we got to get there as soon as they close up"
"That should be so hard" Mara said as she was laying back and watching us do the work.
Our eyes projected utmost hated towards our "faithful" companion. "Why aren't you working your us to help us here? You're sleeping in that house as much as we are."
She points to her work with a shit eating grin "Already finished, slackers". Our eyes turned to what she was pointing at and there I stood shocked. Somehow, our guide managed to finish her work in ten fold speed then we were doing.
"But... how... when...?" Tetsu managed to sputter.
"Magic!" She smiled and proceeded to sip her sake, she somehow got out of nowhere.
"You CHEATER!!" Serena screamed as she stomped towards Mara. It took Xuan, Magnus and me just to hold her back from beating the living tar out of Mara.
"You guys have to learn lesson in humility before you start on your journey to the top, and this was the best opportunity to do so." Mara said as she sipped her drink. "You need to remember that despite being of divine parentage, you are still human."
"That's bullshit and you know it! Get... OFF me!" Serena screamed.
It's wasn't til several hours later that we were finished with the work. It was perfect timing... the sun had set and we too set out on our mission.
We took only our essentials with us, leaving the rest with the family. Mara stayed behind to look after our stuff just in case our generous hosts would try and pilfer our belongs. We trekked along the path towards Mt. Osore and our first gate to seal.
"It seems that we are blessed with not having to deal with anyone at the moment" Magnus said as he surveyed the scene.
"Don't jinx us, Magey" Xuan said with his hands behind his head, but irking Magnus "Although, it would make things a bit more interesting, after doing menial labor in the hot sun. OW"
Serena had struck Xuan on his hands and head with her rod. "Be quiet, you insolent monkey."
This is our team, folks, can you believe it? Either way, we finally reached the temple, and to my surprise, I could sense where we had to go... and here I thought we were going to be lost without Mara, but then the feeling that this was all too easy started to rise.
"Guys, be on your toes, we don't know if we are the first ones here at the temple!"
Everyone acknowledged the warning and proceeded with caution.
As we walked towards the surge in energy, that feeling of being watched started to increase until...
"There it is!" Tetsu pointed out. There was the gate, bursting with boiling blue energy as though something was wanting to come out of it.
"Well, here we are, time to seal the first gate"
"Not if we have anything to do with it" a voice called out that wasn't any of our five. And this is where things got interesting...
- Onichi Kuroi, Origin of a Goddess, Saga 1: Hero, Book 1: Rough Beginnings, Ch. 15