The Spring Scenery of this Other World
[TL Note: This short story was given away to attendees at the special anniversary event that Sneaker bunko held earlier in the spring. This is not the short story that showed up in the special anniversary edition Sneaker bunko released, which should be going up sometime soonish]
Just shortly after noon, the light of the sun shines in gently through the window.
I was enjoying a short nap by the window after lunch, before a sudden loud noise blew any trace of the previously comfortable atmosphere away.
“Kazuma-san! Kazuma-san! Let’s go flowerwatching! The cherry blossoms are really beautiful today!”
Hearing Aqua in such high spirits gave me a bad feeling, so I continued pretending to sleep.
“… Are you sleeping? Hey, Kazuma, you’re actually awake, aren’t you?”
Just as Aqua was shaking my body,
“Aqua, it’s too cruel to force a sleeping man awake. Let’s just enjoy the flower viewing with the three of us.”
“True… Kazuma must be worn out by his constant adventures. Let’s just enjoy the flowers without him.”
Megumin and Darkness said, convincing Aqua to give up.
“It would’ve been merrier the more people we had with us, but… Oh well. We even managed to procure high quality snacks to go with the wine too.”
… High quality snacks.
No, no, no, don’t fall for it. Nothing good comes out of getting involved with the plants of this world.
Even if there is a cherry blossom in this world, it’d be the kind that’d spit sap in your eyes before slicing you to pieces with their sharp vines or something.
Then Aqua would cry, Darkness would clutch her head, Megumin would blow it and the entire area up and I’ll have to clean up after them.
I removed all thoughts of the high quality snacks from my mind and remained motionless…
“After all, the cherry blossoms spirits alway appear completely nude. It’d be too much excitement for Kazuma, so…”
“Hey, what are you three doing!? Hurry up and grab your stuff! You didn’t forget to bring the wine? Alright, let’s hurry up and go!”
When I shot up from my bed and started shouting instructions, the three of them looked at me like they were looking at walking garbage–
“Waaaaah! Kazuma-san! Kazuma-san! Please save me!”
That’s a flower that heralds the coming of spring, one that all Japanese love.
“Kuzuma, quick, scatter the wine on the ground! The cherry blossom spirits will return to the ground to drink once you do!”
“A Crimson Demon like me is not going to lose to a mere plant! Buy me some time! I’ll use Explosion to blow them all away!!”
A flower that only blooms for a short time, and thus captures the adoration of the public.
“Don’t look down on us Japanese! Even if I die I’ll definitely catch a clear view of you cherry blossoms spirits!”
I stopped Darkness who was just about to start pouring wine.
“Come up here and face me!!!”
Yelling, I charged straight into the cloud of flower petals—
In the end, Aqua cried, Darkness clutched her head, Megumin used Explosion and blew up the entire area, and I had to pay for the destruction of one cherry blossom tree.