The Book Eating Magician - chapter-397
A quiet voice announced the end of the fight.
Theodore stepped back and saw Gluttony stuck to the ground. Gluttony was
caught in the ‘sword that sealed time’. It had lost its Absorption
Star Method and couldn’t lift a finger. Though Theodore’s body, which
had lost its left arm, was wary of the possibility of resistance,
Gluttony’s artificial body had already scattered into the air.
It was literally world-shaking. The fight between the two transcendent
beings had caused the earth to shake wildly, triggering a localized
earthquake. In a sense, it was fortunate that this was finished now. If
Theodore hadn’t stopped the offensive and actually competed with the
power of the management authority, the northern part of the continent
would’ve been blown away.
Theodore closed his eyes for a brief moment and sighed deeply.
‘Almost half of the restored atmosphere has been blown away again. The
glacier melted from the heat, causing the sea level to rise by a few
meters. It won’t be fixed for a while.’
In the end, he had no room to complain. Theodore delayed thinking about
reality and turned to Gluttony. The sky was crying out, and the earth was
shaking. The end was approaching. Both of them knew this and didn’t
speak. Time passed without a word. Eventually, the shaky ground and sky
-Hmm. Finally, Gluttony opened its mouth and spoke calmly, -You are
strong, User. You have surpassed my expectations.
-That’s right. You easily suppressed me without using my strength…
There was no big difference between Theodore and the heroes of the Age of
Mythology. Most of them wouldn’t be Gluttony’s opponents unless they
were like Simon Magus or Solomon.
It wasn’t an exaggeration. Theodore’s clone, created by Gluttony, was
stronger than it was originally. From the magic power and computing power
through to the overwhelming amount of knowledge and magic linkage that
fired spells in seconds, Theodore’s clone had been a near-universal
Among the heroes of the Age of Mythology, approximately only 10 of them
would be a match.
-Now you might be able to knock down Nídhöggur if he appears in the
material world. Some preparations are needed but you can be born as a new
god on this planet.
“I don’t want to be a god.”
-I know. You don’t even want to overthrow Akasha’s throne of
omnipotence. You are such a person, Theodore Miller.
Theodore couldn’t say anything. It was a strange relationship from
beginning to end, but Gluttony was the one who best understood him in
this world, even more than the family members who were connected to him
by blood or his lovers.
The grimoire was a part of him that was so close he couldn’t speak
about love. Gluttony knew everything. It was Theodore’s second soul and
companion, the one who had reached out a hand of salvation to Theodore
when he had fallen into inferiority.
Thus, Theodore had to hesitate. He had already wasted a few minutes on
the opponent whom he could finish off with one chant. No matter how
powerful the ‘sword that binds time’ was, he couldn’t keep Gluttony
in this state forever. It meant there wasn’t much time left to talk.
At that moment…
-Don’t hesitate, Gluttony opened its mouth before the hesitating
Theodore. -Why are you so agitated? Why are you hesitating? Do you think
that I’ve regained reason? No. This chance doesn’t exist. Once the
binding power is lost, I will attack again.
“I know even if you don’t say this.”
-You have made your choice. You didn’t look at the end of all truths
and decided to stay in this world. Continue to the end of this path
without looking back. This is the responsibility of the winner.
“Hah,” Theodore laughed bitterly at the words. ‘Advising me to
finish it off.’
It was really annoying that Gluttony was always right. Theodore didn’t
hide his heart as he spoke in a sarcastic tone, “Why don’t you speak
words of surrender instead of death? Why don’t you ask me to seal you
or something like that?”
-Will you do it if I ask?
-The result is obvious, so there is no point. You wouldn’t want to see
me like that either.
The penetrating words caused Theodore to bite his lips. Otherwise, a bad
sound would emerge.
“…I still can’t get the final word in, dammit.”
-I won the argument. With this, it is 1:1?
“How funny.” Theodore couldn’t help laughing and realized that his
heart had become lighter. The lingering attachment between the two of
them was settled. It was clear that the shape of the sword holding onto
Gluttony had become increasingly blurred.
“―Yes, let’s finish it.”
The two who met must now part. Theodore realized the inevitability of
this and raised his palms. He couldn’t buy any more time. As his nine
circles revolved and the magic power in his body boiled, a complicated
magic circle rose from his palms as he spread them out. This was a magic
that he had previously cast once by borrowing the power of others.
-Dimensional Banish? It is a decent way.
A Seven Sins grimoire wouldn’t disappear from this material world
unless the host was destroyed. What if it had a defenseless structure
like Lust? As such, in order to combat the grimoire, Theodore needed to
pour out firepower like he had done with Pride or to banish it from the
dimension like what had happened with Sloth.
Wuuuong… The space started vibrating. It was the sign that the circle
around Gluttony was punching a hole in the dimension. Theodore was
surprised since the speed was faster than he had expected. However, he
soon realized why.
‘I see. Thanks to the experience with the Akashic Records, it seems I
have learned how to deal with dimensional boundaries…?’
Theodore’s speed was two times faster than that of Simon Magus, who had
spent 10 minutes to launch it. However, this didn’t mean that Theodore
was a magician beyond Simon Magus’ level. The Akashic Records was the
center of the most profound dimension in space. After blending with it,
Theodore had reached another level of dimensional magic.
-Umm… At this time, the silent Gluttony spoke up. -I have something to
say… but I can’t really remember. No, I don’t know how to say it.
-This is the first time I’ve had a contractor like this… I’m sorry
that I’ve missed a good chance. I thought I understood human emotions,
but I should analyze it again from the beginning…
It wasn’t a normal voice but a powerful one, and it sounded like a
farewell rather than a complaint. Theodore bit his lips until blood
flowed and focused on the magic circle. He didn’t want to show an ugly
appearance while saying farewell. Subsequently, the banishment magic
circle was completed without any mistakes.
The space around Gluttony distorted. No, it wasn’t the space but the
dimension. The passage leading to the outer dimension opened its mouth,
and everything inside it would disappear without a trace. The specified
action of a finger snap was the key to start it. Theodore didn’t
hesitate to snap two fingers. He didn’t look back as his friend had
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Before his mind could hesitate, his fingers moved.
Dimensional Banish—its magic circle started to vibrate at super speed.
This was the preliminary work to tear apart the walls of the dimension.
Gluttony’s voice was almost inaudible due to the noise. -Ah, that’s
right… Is this the feeling of ‘regret’…? It hasn’t been a long
time. No, maybe that is why it is more…
Theodore didn’t answer.
-Meeting a lot of people up to today… talking to them… fighting…
going to sleep… The ones who left the deepest impression… most of
them occupied one corner of the storage space…
Again, Theodore didn’t answer.
-No… this isn’t what I wanted to say. Theodore Miller… you are the
most mysterious of all the magicians I have contracted with… the
greatest magician to the end. The journey with you… It was a special
experience for me…
Gluttony’s voice was now muffled. Theodore wouldn’t be able to hear
it unless he focused. So, he listened quietly. His heart was whispering.
Theodore couldn’t miss this moment, the end of a friend he wouldn’t
The final step of being expelled from the dimension was completed,
cutting away the coordinates designated by the magic circle and blowing
it outward. Now Gluttony’s voice was distorted like it was on a low
frequency. -…The time that we have spent together… It, has, been,
Simultaneously, the banishment was carried out perfectly.
The space, that had been torn off, disappeared somewhere before returning
to its original state. There was a pit on the ground, like something had
been dug up. Nobody would know what had happened here just a moment ago.
Theodore was the only exception.
“…Yes,” the words that he couldn’t suppress emerged after
everything was over, “I also enjoyed it.”
It was all thanks to Gluttony that he could come here. He had gained
strength, fame, and people who loved him, and he had saved the world.
Theodore stood before the pit and looked at the sky. Due to the fight
between the two beings, strange colors swayed over the northern
hemisphere like an aurora.
‘Long… It wasn’t long…’ Theodore looked back on his journey.
Gluttony advised Theodore not to look back, but it had meant for Theodore
to not feel regretful.
Theodore didn’t feel regretful. So, he looked back without hesitation
on everything that had allowed him to reach this day.
He’d met a grimoire in a library.
He’d met a good teacher who had seen a talent he hadn’t had.
He’d overcome his inferiority complex and saved his home from danger.
He’d met the elves from fairytales and survived a monster.
He’d saved the world tree, made friends, and also met an evil dragon.
He’d killed a monster, jumped over a wall, and inherited a power.
He’d made bonds in distant lands and become the hero of a kingdom.
He’d thrown down the monster behind the empire.
He’d repelled an invader from another world and become protector of the
He’d defeated a disaster on the distant continent and a threat to the
He’d smashed a falling meteorite and rejected all truths.
And… he’d sent away a friend.
How was his life? Theodore asked himself. He remembered the day it had
started and how he’d met many people. There were both good and bad
people, along with bargaining, fighting, talking, pointing his sword, and
talking again. Theodore had developed relationships with many of them.
‘One day, all of them will leave me. But not now.’
By denying omnipotence, he would enjoy the happiness he held on to. As a
friend of his had said, this was the right and responsibility of the
winner. Theodore would follow these words.
‘Let’s live the right way…’ Just like how he was always told. He
inadvertently looked up and saw a shooting star streaking across the sky.
Tomorrow would come as always.