The eighty-seventh airspace located in the territory of the Government Sector.
There were many unnamed floating islands in the Floating Archipelagos <Lagoon>, one of which was covered in a lush primeval forest—
"There, mission complete."
Igun-I nodded his head in satisfaction as he put his white gloves back on.
Dipping his fingers into the chest pocket of his black suit, he fished out a watch to check the time.
Seven minutes till noon. He wanted to take a stroll around the primeval forest, but he had to meet up with Maha, who was very peculiar about time. The time was just about right. Maha is probably irritated from waiting.
"Hmm? A call?"
The communicator in his pocket rang.
"Hello— ahh, it's been tough on you. Is the experiment done? That's great...... eh, that's not good at all! What happened...... mhmm."
After hearing the reasons through the communicator.
"Oh? Mr. Maha's dummy lost? And the water tank was destroyed?"
The ends of his lips curved upwards, forming a bewitching smile.
"Weird. I thought Mr Maha's very confident of that dummy of his. Oh? People from Tenketsu Palace <Sophia>...... Sennenshi? Eh, the dummy had autonomous control, so Mr. Maha himself had no idea huh............ Fufu, you're funny. How can I possibly know?"
He said that lyrically.
Igun-I's voice was filled with happiness.
"Yes, my work here is done. The tracking screen of the 'Forbidden Crystal' and the water tank for the 'Slumbering Child' were destroyed. Mmm, I'll be heading back right now."
He disconnected the call and slotted the communicator back into his pocket.
"Is that so...... so that's what happened...... Welcome back."
The smile that appeared earlier was becoming deeper and deeper.
"Welcome back, Sheltis. I have been waiting for you all these while."
Stretching his arms out wide, Igun-I stared into the sky. It was as if he was welcoming someone whom he had been waiting for a long time.
"It's been really lonely. I've looked forward to this for so long...... I've always been waiting for your return. Hurry. Hurry. Hurry up and come to my side.
Hurry. Hurry. Hurry. Fill my blankness with your mateki.
Whiter than snow, and darker than night,
Redder than blood, and bluer than the seas,
A color that was more brilliant than the sun, the moon, the stars or the rainbow.
Dye me all over with your color.
Turn me into your color...... so that I can be by your side."
A gust of wind rustled the leaves of the trees.
By the time silence returned to the forest, the man was no longer on the Floating Archipelagos <Lagoon>.