Chapter 1 – I flew to another world

6時半と同時に目覚まし時計とスマホがけたたましくベルを鳴らす。
今日は朝からミーティングがある為、何時もより30分早めにセットしていた。

My alarm rang noisily several times signalling the time was 6:30. Because there is a meeting this morning, i set it ahead by half an hour.

「ね……眠い。」

[Ah….I’m sleepy]

メタボ気味のお腹を揺らしながら、布団からもぞもぞと起き上がる。
2年前までは妻が起こしてくれたが、離婚した後は一人で全てを賄わなければならない。

I get up restlessly from my futon. My wife used to wake me up, until 2 years ago when we divorced. Now i do everything by myself.

「シャワーだけ浴びて、朝は会社で食べるか……。」

[I’ll take a shower, then eat at the company this morning….]

冬の冷気を浴びながら、風呂場でガタガタ震えながらお湯が出るのを待つ。

I wait patiently for hot water to come out whilst trembling, it was winter so the water takes some time to heat up.

「今日は年度末の電話システムの全社一斉更新の立ち上げミーティングか。」

[This meeting will cover the phone system update and the start of the fiscal year]

離婚から日が経ち、日に日に独り言が増える。
脱いだ下着を脱衣籠に放り込み、熱い湯を浴びる。
布団から出てから冷え切った足先から痺れるように熱気が伝わってくる。

As days passed since the divorce, i seemed to monologue alot more often.

I take off my underwear and bathe in the hot water. Heat is transmitted instantly to my feet, that had been sticking out of my futon.
「もう年末も近いのに代り映えしない日々だな。」

[Every day is no better than the next, it’s nearly the end of the year]

自嘲気味に微笑みながら、タオルで乱暴に体を拭う。
髪はスポーツ刈りに近い短髪なのでセットの必要も無い。

I smile at my self-mockery whilst drying myself with a towel. As my hair is short, it doesn’t need to be set and keeps it’s style consistently.

下着、シャツを着てPCチェアーに座り込む。
リンゴマークのスマホで本日のニュースと株価をチェックする。

I sit down at my PC whilst in my underwear and shirt. Then, I check today’s news and stock prices.

「特に代り映えのしない日か。大きな変動も無いし。もうちょっとの間は現状維持かな。」

[There doesn’t seem to be any great fluctuations, it seems to be fairly constant]

朝の日課も終わりそろそろ家を出る時間も近づいてくる。

The daily work ends, as the time to leave the house draws near.

「さぁ、今日一日も頑張りますか。」

[Now, lets work hard today]
『代り映えしないと思っていた日々』も、もう少しで大きく変化する事を私はまだ知らなかった。
『I have never thought that everyday that goes by has helped me change for the better』

スーツを着込み、通勤鞄を持ち、革靴を履き、アパートの扉を開けた瞬間。
そこは真っ白に輝く空間だった。

Putting on my suit and grabbing my commuting bag, i open the door to my apartment….

….The space there shone pure white.

「え?」

[Eh?]

狭い廊下から一階への階段と続くはずの空間は無く、ただただ真っ白な空間が扉の前に広がっていた。
ふと後ろを振り向くと、今閉めたばかりのアパートの扉すら無くなっていた。

There was neither stairs nor the familiar narrow corridor that greeted me. Instead there was a pure white space that seemed to extend endlessly. I turned back, but even the door to my apartment has disappeared.

「何これ?どうなっているの?分かる人説明してくれないかな。」

[What’s this? What happened?]

半ば呆然としながら返答を求めない疑問を空間にぶつけてみる。

My question receives no reply. Instead….

<状況認識及び応答を希望されました。スキル『識者』の付与を実施します。>

<Your wish for situational awareness and response has been granted. The skill 『Well-Informed Person』 has been given>

幼い中性的な声が明確に聞こえる。ただそこに甘さは無く、電子音声に近い硬い声だった。

A neutral young voice could be heard. However, there was no sweetness there, the sound was close to that of an electronic voice.

「しきしゃ?」

[Well-informed person?]

What does it mean? I don’t understand. (TLN: Guess the skills not effective then O.O)

However, i could vaguely understand the current situation. I still needed a clear explanation.

[I don’t understand very well. I want to confirm the current situation. Who are you? Why am i here?]

<You wished for the explanation of the current situation. I have derived the skill 『Recognition』from your current skill『Well-Informed Person』. You have now acquired it. >

At my question, another answer without meaning appeared. It appears information cannot be exchanged. I think i’m talking to a badly made A.I.

[The current information, i want it all. Can you execute that order?]

After getting the current information, i can clearly judge what will happen in the future. Hopefully, i’ll be able to get to the company in time for the meeting.

<Acquisition of all information has been requested. The skill 『Acquisition』has been acquired. >

An extremely distorted answer came back. I began to feel sour as none of my questions had been answered. Even if i repeated the question, it is clear that the A.I was at it’s limit.

[I want to get out from this pure white space, can you do that?]

I tried the simplest question and request i could, this way there should be no mistakes.

<I am just an interface to send you from here to there>

Here? There? As long as i can return to my apartment and go to the meeting, then it’s fine.

<Then, have a safe journey>

As soon as the existence who introduced itself as “Interface” said those last words, the pure white space shone brightly, making it difficult to keep my eyes open.

[Hey. You only need to return me to my original place!]

The brightness began to increase more and more, a floating feeling began to engulf me. How has it become like this? I don’t even know what’s happening.

I lost consciousness as i noticed i was now laying in an open forest.