Story of a Cannon Fodder who Firmly Believed He was the Protagonist, Misunderstood the Actual Protagonist as the Cannon Fodder, and Ended up Victorious

Translator: Tsukii

Editor: Derpy

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Chapter 002 – Is Maria a Heroine After All? [A]

After my duel with Tlue, I woke up on the bed of the medical office with bandages around my head. Maria, who was a nun, smiled kindly as I woke up.

She was cute, was she one of potential heroines? 

Also, my body hurts. Well, I figured that’d be obvious since I was beaten to pulp. To think that Tlue would trounce over me like that. 

I was beaten down so much, I was practically smashed all over. I couldn’t do anything to resist. On top of that, there was no awakening. It was so unsightly that I even doubted I was the protagonist. 

Hu-huh? I was supposed to be the protagonist, right?… I got a little worried. However, another boom of thunder clapped in my head once again!! 

—It was supposed to be a meaningful defeat. After all, it was sort of like a protagonist’s experience. 

That’s right! I had to think positively! I was the protagonist of the novel game, right? My character was even ranked first in the popularity poll! In that case, that defeat was supposed to have meaning. There was no way that the things I did in this world would be meaningless! I was the protagonist after all! 

In that case… I could think of a possible explanation. What happened earlier wasn’t an awakening event for the protagonist, but another kind of event instead. 

In other words, it was a losing event exclusive to the protagonist. 

So that was the case. Not even I could see through that despite being the protagonist myself. Well, this kind of event wasn’t a waste since it would lead to hints or become a stepping stone towards becoming stronger later on, so I guess getting wounded at this point was good. 

As for Tlue, he was definitely the cannon fodder character. He gave off such a scent. 

“Fay? Are you okay?” 

As I was thinking, the beautiful Sister Maria looked at me. She sure was a good person, seeing how worried and anxious she was. 

{“I’m okay. You don’t have to worry about my wounds.”}1

I meant to say that to reassure her. However…

“Obviously. These are mere scratches.”

“That’s definitely not the case Fay!”

As expected, what came out were haughty words. Fay was the cool type of protagonist after all. 

Sorry for this, Maria. Even though you were older than me. It’s just that being haughty came with the package in being the cool type of protagonist. 

“Fay, why did you suddenly begin to take up swordsmanship?” 

“Why, huh…”

Well, it’s because I was the protagonist. I needed to train myself to prepare for the inevitable… but there was no way I could say that.

But well, it was basically me trying to become stronger after all… Although I had no idea of what the plot of the novel game was, there were monsters known as Abyss, right? Then I guess the plot should develop around defeating these monsters… 

That was why I trained to become stronger… This should be easy to understand. So, I guess it was to defeat Abyss. 

“To reach greater heights. Also… to destroy Abyss.” 

“—…”

Perhaps Maria was about to yawn, or maybe she was so surprised that her jaw dropped, that she had to use her hand to cover her mouth. 

Even so, the speech gimmick was quite something. What I said ended up becoming a declaration. But I think, for one reason or another, that result would be achieved. 

It was common for a protagonist to have a grand goal after all. 

“I see… So you’re still…thinking about that time… No, you’ve been alone… yet you still remember. About that moment when your parents were gone.” 

Eh? Ah- I got worried about it for some reason, but I figured she would be concerned about the character known as Fay prior to me possessing him. I’m really sorry, but I don’t remember anything at all, and there was no sign of me possibly remembering it either. 

“It’s all in the past, I don’t remember at all. So don’t worry about it.” 

“…No, but there’s no way…gh. I see, I guess that’s just how it is.”

Even though I told her not to worry about it, she started being very worried instead. Ah, we shouldn’t stay like this. I couldn’t recall the memory, and yet Maria was still distressed about it. 

“…Aah, that’s why there’s no need for unnecessary worry.” 

“—gh…I see, you’re right. I’m sorry.”

“Why are you apologizing? It’s not something for you to be concerned about.”

She looked really troubled for some reason so I felt really guilty about it. Maria sure was a good person…

“So, are your wounds alright? I’ll scold Tlue later…” 

“No, you don’t have to.”

“Why?”

It wasn’t like I was angry at him anyway. This kind of thing would only benefit me later on. After all, I was aware that no meaningless events would ever happen to me. 

I had guessed that these series of events would become some sort of hint for the future. I have also learnt of my current capabilities now, so I have to work even harder. It’s like some sort of fighting spirit emerged inside of me? I would acknowledge that I was defeated by Tlue, the cannon fodder who also seemed to be a mob character, and move on. 

Because I was the protagonist after all! I always needed the aspiration to improve! The world revolved around me. That losing event happened only because it was necessary, and I doubt anyone could’ve stopped it. 

As a result, it couldn’t be helped, and it benefitted me. 

“Because I’m not angry about it. It allowed me to learn of my strengths and step forward to the future. For me, it was necessary.” 

“—gh. I see, I guess that’s how it is… I’m sorry.”

Ooh, so she was convinced by that. Maria smiled, then for some reason, she embraced me. Her soft bosom engulfed my chest. O-oi… that’s a dizzying stimulation for the virgin me in my previous life… 

“It’s alright. I will always be with you… Fay… I love you.2

She whispered in my ears. That velvety smooth voice was dangerous. My ears felt like they were melting… Although I didn’t know why, perhaps it was like my body stiffening when it rains? 

Even so, it felt so soft. My heart pounded rapidly. My body froze as both I and my virgin heart scrambled in this situation. Maria was beautiful, kind, and smelled good. Moreover, she was willing to embrace me… Wasn’t it considered a common development for an orphaned protagonist to have a Sister type heroine who managed the orphanage? 

—Perhaps Maria really was the heroine. 



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Bully Maguire
Bully Maguire
5 months ago

Instead of optimism, he’s more like a narcissist

tsukii
tsukii
3 months ago
Reply to  Bully Maguire

yeah. he firmly believed since he is supposed to be protagonist, everything centered on him and it would eventually work out so all he need to do is to persist in whatever he is doing.

Jayswing103
Jayswing103
8 months ago

I really hope she’s the heroine because I’ve already fallen in love with her.

tsukii
tsukii
8 months ago
Reply to  Jayswing103

among many potential heroine, she is the only one(for now, there’s another later) who Fay had suspicion to be a heroine, so she is in greatest lead among other people