Great minds think alike – Prologue
Takumi stood in a snow-white room.
“Hello. You never called me in seven years and now you bring me here twice in a few weeks? What’s up?”
His vision was filled with too much light to see anything, but he knew someone was listening.
“Nah, we’re just getting used to see each other.”
A carefree voice bounced around and reverberated in the room, which distorted slightly before outlining a humanoid figure appearing from the blinding white.
“Hey there~! Your dearest Goddess’ speaking~!”
“Can you greet me like a proper Goddess for once? Like, try to be a bit solemn.”
“Solemnity isn’t part of me~! Also~! There’s a certain someone who knows I’m a Goddess~! But he keeps staring daggers at me like I’m some happy-go-lucky idiot~!”
“Oh, nice catch, Goddess. I’m impressed you could tell what I’m thinking.”
“Guessing right hurts all the more…”
As the woman drooped her shoulders dejectedly, Takumi cut the conversation short.
“So, why am I here? Tell me if you need anything. I won’t get mad.”
“Why’re you treating me like I’m some mischievous child?! Also, it was you who caused a mess, not me! Why the heck did you get arrested?!”
She was about to snap—her anger was evident on her face as she jabbed at him with her words.
“You only have a big-ass mouth, you brat! You even fell into the schemer’s trap! Gosh, it serves you right to be—OUCH!”
“That’s the right reaction for a happy-go-lucky girl like you.”
He commented while pulling the Goddess’ cheek, her eyes welling with tears.
“It’s going all according to my plan. Everything’s fine and dandy so far.”
“Eheheh, that’s what you believe, but you’re actually in a tight spot, aren’t you? It so happens that you have a free coupon for a super-broken and cheating ability, so…”
“Sorry, I don’t have any coupon. I can’t accept it.”
“You’re not supposed to have a flier. Also, you have smartphones nowadays. Who would keep a stupid flier? Let’s talk seriously. No matter how powerless you want to be, the moment you get isolated from your comrades, you might face your end. Do you understand it?”
He didn’t deny her words. She was right—he had survived in that world starting as a powerless slave only thanks to his comrades.
His current situation did sound very bad.
“A little discount is a thing, but I don’t need any cheat-like ability.”
“Are you absolutely sure about it~? Whenever I grant one, my chest warms up~!”
“How can it warm up in that revealing dress?”
“With my bountiful breasts, of course!”
“Stop puffing your chest out, you showpiece of a Goddess. I don’t need any lukewarm cheat-like ability.”
She was dejected again as she started to stutter.
“I-I see… I-I get you’ve been suffering due to your deep regret, b-but is it so bad you have to refuse my offer? None of the guys before you has refused it so far.”
“I know what you’re aiming for and why you want to grant me some broken ability. I also know why you keep trying to meddle with me and my choices… you need to give me this thing to reach your goal, right?”
Then, the Goddess lips curled into a smile.
“Well, I don’t really give a damn about you guys’ regret, you know?”
“I figured. You want them to take the chance to save the world, am I right?”
The Goddess fell silent for a few moments. That was the reason she was giving another chance—another life—to people who had died.
Given her reaction, Takumi knew he hit the bullseye.
“You want to save your dear world, don’t you? I guess your efforts will be wasted if the people you reincarnate end up dying, though.”
“Indeed. You know, lately a certain powerless guy has appeared from nowhere and he keeps refusing my help. He’s the worst fail I found so far.”
“If you welcomed someone who has failed to reach the top, what’s the problem in reincarnating the worst fail around?”
“Well, for starters, if I reincarnated everyone blindly, I would affect my own world for the worse.”
“That’s exactly what you did with with Elvis, right? Or someone like him.”
Takumi noticed that the Goddess’ expression had stiffened at his words and he smiled brightly in front of her renewed silence.
“You know what? I’ll take the chance to save your lovable world.”
“Don’t talk about love when you don’t have the sliiightest ounce of it within you!”
“I’m talking about the world, not myself.”
A happy smile cracked his face.
“Call me again when you want to talk.”
“Sure thing. Let me figure out a way to make you break free.”
“I already figured it out by myself. You can free your schedule.”
“So that we can have another date like this one?! Oh my, I already have someone in my heart, what should I do~! Hey! Stop right there! Don’t leave in silence! It’s making things awkward for me!”
Takumi ignored her complaints and briskly walked towards the light on the other side of the room.
“See you, Filia.”
She heard his farewell right before his figure was engulfed by light.