Chapter 1-5 : Secret Promise
「By the way, thank you for cooking the meat for me-nya! It was very delicious-nya!」(Nyat)
「Fufu. You’re welcome!」(Kako)
「The spices you added to the meat were exceptional-nya! You said you weren’t a chef, but you really know how to make good spices-nya!」(Nyat)
「Hehe~ Actually, I made them with my Synthesis Skill.」(Kako)
「Nya nya!? Synthesis Skill!? So you can use a Skill-nya!? That means you are an Ability Holder-nya!」(Nyat)
「The people who can use Skills-nya.」(Nyat)
The next morning, we headed for the town that Nyat recommended.
By the way, I’m now riding on Nyat’s back!
I’ve never thought I would ride a giant cat in this world.
Nyat’s back is so warm and fluffy~
He told me that it would take us a few days to reach the town if we walked normally, so he allowed me to ride on his back.
You know what, he runs really fast for a big cat!
Because there’s no saddle, I’m trying my best to hold onto Nyat’s fluffy back so that I won’t fall off. It feels like riding a roller coaster without a safety belt. It’s kind of scary but I feel safe somehow.
While running so fast, Nyat also quickly killed every monster who tried to attack us with his claws.
He’s very strong. It seems that cattos are one of the strongest races in this world.
Suddenly, Nyat called my name with a serious tone.
「Don’t ever tell anyone about your Skill and the fact that you are an Ability Holder-nya.」(Nyat)
「Eh? But why?」(Kako)
「Ability Holders are rare-nya.」(Nyat)
I remember there were a lot of Skills listed in the list of abilities that the goddess showed me, so I thought there were many people who could use Skills in this world.
「Yeah, they are extremely rare-nya. It is said that only one in a million people can use Skills-nya.」(Nyat)
「One in a million!?」(Kako)
Eeehh!? It’s even fewer than I thought…
After listening to Nyat’s statement, I suddenly realized something.
I don’t know how many people live in this world, but let’s say that there are a hundred million people, that means there are only a hundred Ability Holders in this world!
Certainly, that’s super rare!
I thought this world would be the same as an MMORPG where everyone had a Skill or two, but no… This world is totally different from a game.
Now that I think about it, it would be a big disaster if everyone in this world had a powerful Skill. Bad people would abuse their Skills and become criminals.
That’s probably why the goddess adjusted the number of Ability Holders.
Aa-ahh… I should have thought about the skill I would choose more seriously…
「Skills are blessings from the Goddess that you get when you are born-nya, so they are different from magic and are unique. Some skills are like talents that allow the Ability Holders to perform techniques that ordinary people have to train for decades to obtain, without any training at all-nya. For example, a person with a Sword Mastery Skill might be able to defeat a knight even though he never swung a sword before. There are also skills that work like abilities to finish difficult tasks, that should take a lot of time and effort to be finished, in just an instant. Now you understand how powerful Skills are-nya.」(Nyat)
Now that he mentions it, Skills are like cheats in this world.
My Synthesis Skill is probably not an exception.
「However, it doesn’t mean that Ability Holders are invincible-nya. For example, even if you have Sword Mastery Skill, you may still be beaten by an ordinary person who practiced swordsmanship really hard for decades. Well, it only applies to talent-like skills. Mostly combat skills-nya. However, production-related skills like your Synthesis Skill are different-nya. They are valuable because no one else can do it except you-nya. That’s why it’s kind of dangerous-nya. You know what I mean-nya?」(Nyat)
After he finished explaining, Nyat asked me with a low tone.
Of course, I know what he means.
「You mean that bad people might kidnap me and use my power for their own sake… That’s why you warned me to not tell anyone about my Skill… Am I right?」(Kako)
I see now…
He’s probably rightー No, he’s without a doubt right about it.
In games, Skills like mine are common, but in this world, my Synthesis Skill is probably a rare Skill that most people wish to have.
「You are lucky I’m the first person who knows about your Skill.」(Nyat)
「Umm… Can I trust you…?」(Kako)
Nyat is the first personー No, the first cat? Anyway, he is the first living being with common sense I met in this world.
However, I just met him last night. I don’t know much about him. He doesn’t seem like a bad guy, though.
「Of course-nya. Unlike humans, nekkos are not interested in money at all. We are only interested in delicious food and the honor of facing strong enemies in battles-nya.」(Nyat)
「Is that reeeeally true…?」(Kako)
「Are you doubting me-nya? Don’t worry-nya. You can trust me-nya. I don’t do anything bad, especially to children-nya.」(Nyat)
「I told you I’m not a child! Oh, well…」(Kako)
I was thinking that he might use his cute appearance to deceive me, but now that I think about it more carefully, he saved me even before he learned that I’m an Ability Holder.
Besides, if he wanted to abuse my Skill, he wouldn’t have told me how precious my Skill was or warned me not to tell anyone about it.
He probably really is just an innocent cat who has a strong sense of justice.
Ugh… Now I feel bad for doubting him…
「Can you promise me not to tell anyone about your Skill-nya?」(Nyat)
「U, Un. I won’t tell anyone.」(Kako)
「You’re such a good girl-nya………. Hahh… I wonder why Master didn’t teach her anything about this world. What a poor girl-nya…」(Nyat)
「Hm? Did you just say something?」(Kako)
Nyat sighed and muttered something in a low voice that I couldn’t hear.
「I, It’s nothing-nya. I just think that I might teach you common sense since you don’t seem to have it-nya.」(Nyat)
「Ugh… Are you making fun of me…?」(Kako)
「Hm? I’m not-nya.」(Nyat)
He doesn’t seem to be joking, but it hurts when someone says that you don’t have common sense.
I don’t know much about this world, so… I might need someone to teach me the common sense of this world…
「Anyway, the first thing I want you to keep in mind is that you should never use your Skill in public-nya. If you want to use your Skill, do it in a place where other people can’t see you-nya.」(Nyat)
「A, alright. I understand.」(Kako)
「Well, if some bad guys still find you and try to kidnap you, I will save you and take you to the edge of the world-nya!」(Nyat)
「Will you? Thank you, Nyat~! You’re such a good boy!」(Kako)
Saying that, I buried my face in Nyat’s fluffy fur.
Ahh~ it feels so comfortable~
「…Of course, I will save you-nya… After all, you once saved my life in ‘that world’-nya…」(Nyat)
「Hm? You just said something, didn’t you?」(Kako)
Again, he muttered something, but I couldn’t hear it.
「I did, but I won’t tell you-nya~」(Nyat)
「Eeehh?? Why? Don’t make me curious!」(Kako)
「Leave that aside, look. We can now see the town-nya. We’re almost there-nya.」(Nyat)
I turned my face forward and saw a… town?
「Hold on… Is that a town…?」(Kako)
I was expecting to see some medieval houses and buildings but what I saw was just a wall. A tall, big wall.