Prologue

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It was the same road back as always.

A little ways off from the metropolitan area, but easy enough to access, which made it a decently popular district.
There were quite a lot of cars going by, but not enough to cause traffic jams.
I was driving a light car that I didn’t have any particular fondness for.
There had been a time in my past when I was more of an enthusiast, but now I only cared if they worked or not.

I finished my dinner shopping at the nearby supermarket.
When I returned home, I would remove the 50% discount stickers off of the packs of side dishes and heat them in the microwave before eating.

After all, there was no one else waiting there in the apartment, as I lived alone.
And so there was no point in putting any effort into cooking.
I just needed to satiate my hunger, that was all.
I was 46 years old and single.
Once I became a temporary worker, the feeling of giving up was deep within me.

I didn’t care about my current job at all.
It was just like my food.
As long as I could live…

Oh, as I was monologuing, a light jumped out from the other lane.
A trailer was rushing towards me at a strange angle.

And to this, the only thing that I could do was…

“Huh?”

Raise my voice like that.
I closed my eyes, not even able to brace myself for the coming impact.

…Or so I thought.
But the impact did not come no matter how long I waited.
And when I fearfully opened my eyes, I was suddenly floating in a white space.

“…What happened?”

I looked around but there was nothing but white.
After some time had passed, a light suddenly appeared in the air.

At first it was just a small dot, but it slowly grew larger.
Eventually, I had to squint in order to keep looking at it.
And then, it spoke.

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“Shinichi Saitou.
I invite you to another world.”

It was like a soft woman’s voice.

…Hmm.
So this is the ‘another world transfer’ thing I keep hearing about.
No, it’s too ridiculous to believe that just yet.

“I’m sorry.
Can I ask you a few questions?”

I said to the light.

“Yes, certainly.”

It replied.
Hmm.
Apparently we could communicate.
In that case, the first thing to do was understand the situation.

“What happened to me? I remember the moment before being hit by a truck… Did I die and come to the world of the dead?”

“No, you are not dead.
You were invited to this place right before the accident.”

So I wasn’t actually dead.
I felt relieved for now.
Death would not have been strange in that situation.
In fact, I should have died.
And even if I survived by some miracle, I would not have come out unscathed.
While I would avoid the worst kind of situation, it would still not be something to take lightly.

“It seems that you saved me then.
Thank you.
But why me? And is it possible for me to return to the world that I was in?”

A younger person might have jumped at the opportunity, saying, ‘Yes, another world!!’ However, I was just an old man.
I was happy enough in a lukewarm modern world, rather than going to a place where I couldn’t tell left from right.

“I was looking for personnel to transfer to another world, when I found you right before death.
And so you were invited.
If you refuse, you will be sent right back to the moment before the accident.”

Are.
You.
Serious!
So I hadn’t avoided the worst outcome at all!
I held my head and threw myself to the ground, but as there wasn’t actually a ground, I just rotated in the air.

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Uh, ugh.
While I felt a light feeling of despair, at least I still had a chance left.
But being thrown into another world like this would be no good at all.
I needed to gather as much information as I could first.

“A-and what kind of world is it? And what am I supposed to do there?”

“Your people would call it a medieval world of swords and sorcery.
There are many books that suggest worlds like this would be very entertaining to transfer to, and so I wanted to know what would happen if I put it to the test.”

So it was just out of interest!!
However, if returning meant death, then perhaps a medieval fantasy world was not bad.
Besides, I had no hopes, dreams or family.

“…Very well.
I think I’ll go to this world of yours.”

“Thank you for your cooperation.
That being said, I think it will be very hard for you to be suddenly thrown into a world where you know nothing, and so I will grant you the minimum initial support.
Now, are there any other questions you would like to ask?”

Minimum initial support…that wasn’t promising.
However, the books…light novels about other worlds, these were read by older men these days as well.
Don’t underest

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