Volume 1 – Reincarnated
I had always been a bit strange. If I had been extremely strange, I could’ve made a name for myself in this day and age. But I wasn’t. I was just a bit more interested in poisons than most people.
I went to school normally, got a job normally, worked normally at a black company for three years… Then, on one of my occasional day-offs, I was strolling along the river bank when I found aconite growing its leaves on a warm spring day. I was curious about its poison, so I looked up its characteristics on my phone and confirmed my suspicions. I gently plucked the leaf and went home. There, temptation arose.
I boiled it and ate it.
Yes, I ate boiled aconite. I poured some soy sauce and bonito flakes on it and chomped it down. Wouldn’t you be curious if you had on hand what was said to be one of the strongest poisons in the plant kingdom?
Well, perhaps I was just tired… and wanted to get away from everything.
I was reading on my phone when my mouth and limbs went numb. My stomach started hurting, and I felt regret, but… before I could throw up, drink milk, or call an ambulance, my heart stopped. My heart lacked willpower, huh.
The next time I opened my eyes, I was in what looked like a hospital examination room, sitting on a spinning round chair. There was a female doctor in front of me, and she was very beautiful. She had blonde hair and seemed radiant.
“To be called beautiful makes me so happy! Thank you! I’ll make your face pretty too!”
Uhh, did someone call an ambulance for me?
“Nope. You’re dead. You ate a poisonous plant, right? I can’t believe you. Well, I guess that’s why they gave me a discount.”
So, I died— …Is this the afterlife? Then, is this young lady the god of death? I mean, it’s like I killed myself, so… I guess I’m going to hell?
“I don’t want you to go to hell. I want you to go to the world I created. The guy I sent there went out of control, and things are going horribly wrong. Also, how should I put this… I’m more interested in the other world… And it’s a lot more fun there…”
The young lady slowly averted her gaze.
Uhhh, keep it simple, please.
“In your original world, you died in a manner that was akin to suicide. If left unchanged in that world, it would cause tremendous damage to society.”
There was a possibility that something like, ‘going to eat aconite now’ would go viral on social media. Well, that would be a problem.
“That’s why the god of your original world erased you. But isn’t that just pitiful? That’s why, your soul was put up for sale at a discount, and I bought it!”
She put on a smug face.
Does that mean this person’s a god, too?
“That’s right. Though, you’re quite laid back even though it’s you we’re talking about.”
Isn’t this what happens when you get too disconnected from reality? And, does the goddess want to send me into her world?
“Yes. I just want to do something about that world already! I’m not saying it’s for free, of course. You’ve always wanted to eat poison, haven’t you?”
Yeah, I ate one, and that’s why I’m dead.
“I’ll make you resistant to poison. A special kind of person. You’ll know what it tastes like, how it smells, and feel its effects, but it’ll never kill you, and it won’t leave any aftereffects. What do you think? You can savor as much as you like.”
“Maybe I’ll go—?”
I spoke out loud at that moment. The goddess smiled and enthusiastically stamped a piece of paper on the desk.
“As expected of the soul I had set my eyes on! I’ll be sending you quickly, okay? I’ll leave it up to you. You’ll also have the smartphone that’s popular these days, so you don’t have to worry, okay? Bye bye!”
The smiling goddess waved her hand, and a hole suddenly appeared on the floor where the chair I was sitting on had been.
I fell into the hole, leaving behind one strange voice.
“Phew! Now, we’re all done here. I wonder how Xenogear is doing—!”
Little did I know that I wouldn’t be receiving any more divine protection from the goddess.
She dropped me. I was cold. It didn’t hurt, but I was cold.
“This is… water…?”
I looked around and saw that the area was covered in thick fog and trees, so visibility was poor. Worst of all, I landed on water… or rather on mud. No, on a swamp.
“It’s cold! Not to mention, it feels tingly… Oh, this. It’s poison.”
My entire body was covered in mud and smelled like shit! My limbs got numb from being soaked in the muddy water. I looked around for the shore, but the swamp was stretched out in every direction.
The cold water took away my body heat. In addition, the poison from the swamp seeped into my body, and I found myself unable to move.
“Huh, wait, wait! God, w-what’s h…a…”
I heard a loud squishy noise, and my body sank.
Wait! Just wait! If I sink into the swamp, I’ll die! It’s even cold and freezing! Will I freeze to death? Will I drown?
My desperate cries echoed through the swamp, but no one showed up to help, and the mud engulfed me up to the top of my head.