The Witch’s Miniature Garden

魔女の箱庭


Mash:

You want us to defeat the king of the dolls?

Medea:

Yes, to be brief. You’re the only ones I can ask.

  1. The king of the dolls…?
  2. I don’t get it…

Medea:

…*sigh* Don’t make me explain it again. See this 50 cm earth diorama I brought here?
It’s a miniature garden that I made. Simply put, it’s a variant of a magical Reality Marble.

Mash:

No, well… You’ve obviously just posed miniature figures inside the model buildings…

Medea:

What a rude human. This is an exquisitely detailed bit of magic that I’ve been working on, day by day, hour by hour, until I perfected it into a superb magical field. Well, someone like you wouldn’t understand.

Mash:

…Yes, I don’t understand at all. Clearly, my studies were inadequate. I’ll work on that.

  1. Caster, you enjoy this, don’t you?
  2. Don’t worry, Mash. Nobody understands her.

[1] Medea:

Oh, could you tell? I think ships in bottles are the best models, but sometimes I want to try my hand at the bigger ones.

I took the plunge and splurged this time. Hee hee.

[2] Mash:

Yes, I’m beginning to sense that. It’s a hobby that only she enjoys…
The kind of hobby that you gloomily immerse yourself in while staying cooped up at home… in other words, a housewife’s hobby.

[2] Medea:

Excuse me. Would you stop talking like that? You’re going to offend someone, and by that I mean me.

Mash:

Okay, let me take back my earlier statement. This is no ordinary model. It’s a very elaborate model.

…So, by “king of the dolls,” you mean…

Medea:

Yes. I’m talking about this tiny world.
The interior of this model is an alternate realm. If I were to couch it in terms that even you amateurs could understand, I suppose I’d call it the world of the dolls. People are actually living in these houses.

Of course, it’s because I put blood and sweat into making these dolls every day.

  1. Just what is a witch from the Age of Gods supposed to be…
  2. You sure have a lot of free time.

Medea:

I’m sorry, what was that?

I think I’ve explained enough. What I need you to do is maintenance.
The doll that I appointed as administrator of this world is ignoring my instructions, and has begun acting on its own.
Seriously, talk about biting the hand that feeds you!

Mash:

…Um. I don’t really get it, but can’t you just take the doll out of the diorama?

Medea:

I would’ve done that already if I could. But if I make a mistake, I could break everything.
For instance, it may be easy to build an addition to a building, but removing part of it takes several times the skill and architectural sense.
Lots of people write revisions to their novels, but few actually remove characters, right?
That’s what it means to remove a component of a finished product.
The removal of one doll could cause several times the damage.
People think of a creator god as one that doesn’t touch the world after it’s been made.
No matter how bad the damage is, God can only watch.
It would be best to introduce a concerned third party to enter the premises and repair the problem with minimal damage.

Mash:

That’s all well and fine… but how are we going to enter?

Medea:

Don’t worry, I’ll guide you. Now, relax… Heh heh heh heh heh.

  1. I can’t relax at all.
  2. Ah, I’m fading…

Mash:

Senpai!? Senpa-…!!…!!


Mash:

Senpai! Are you awake?

  1. What is this place?
  2. Where are we now?

Mash:

Thank goodness you’re okay… I also passed out. We were here when I came to…

Medea:

So? Are you awake yet?

Mash:

Medea!? Earlier, what- Sorry, where are we?

Medea:

As I said, we’re inside my miniature garden. What do you think of my handiwork?

Imaginary Social Plan World. Or, Jason World Japan, for short!¹

I’ve built a variety of different attractions here, but basically, they’re all set to lead men with nothing but good looks to miserable endings.♡

Mash:

………Um, Senpai?

  1. That’s name of a studio that’s rotten to the core.
  2. I wonder what drove her this mad.

Mash:

Medea, never mind your attractions. Please explain why Senpai and I are here.

Medea:

Oh, you still don’t know? I had dolls made for visitors, and I’ve shifted your consciousness into them. Think of them as rei-shift mind-only editions.

Mash:

Our minds… Wait, isn’t that really bad!?

Medea:

You’ll be fine. They’re set to return your minds after you defeat the administrator.
Oh, and of course, you don’t need a ticket. You’re here at my request, so I’ll let you ride for free.

Mash:

…*sigh* Let’s just accept Medea’s request.


Mash:

Senpai, some people armed with swords are approaching from the front!

Medea:

That’s a level 10 regular soldier, Jason Hunter. He’s set to attack normies on sight without question.
Next is Jason Killer, who goes crazy when he sees two people together, whether they’re a romantic couple or just friends.
Jason Ace challenges any woman under twenty.
There’s also the hyperconscious Naked Jason, who can’t rest until he destroys everything around him.

Mash:

Medea, you’re way too excited about this!

Medea:

By the way, if you die here you’ll return to your original bodies, but your injuries will be carried over, more or less. Be careful.
If you take enough damage to die, you might just die for real when you wake up.

Mash:

So unreasonable… Master, engaging now!

[battle]


Mash:

…Phew. We defeated them somehow, but they were more like monsters than soldiers…

Medea:

How strange… the dolls I made have been warped? Whose influence is this?

Automata:

Terminate… Terminate the outsiders… TerminateTerminateTerminateTerminateTerminateTerminateTerminate!!!

Medea:

Impossible, I don’t remember making these! No, more importantly, this detail, these smooth articulating joints….
This is several levels of craftsmanship above mine! I haven’t been this disgraced in ages! How frustrating!

  1. Let’s get serious here, Caster.
  2. Why don’t you change class from Caster to Modeler?

Mash:

I completely agree, but we need to focus on the battle! There’s a powerful enemy incoming, Master!

[battle]


Mash:

We fended them off again, but they’ll keep coming if we don’t stop them at the source.

Medea:

No need to worry there. The source is here- Wait, it can’t be… What is this!?

Doll Princess:

You dare sully my dream with your feet? Such rude humans.

Mash:

That’s… Medea’s shadow!? …And isn’t she a little smaller?

Doll Princess:

Come, my adorable dolls. Exterminate these pests that have come to ruin my dream world.

Shadow Servant:

For our beautiful princess, Medea. For our lovely princess, Medea.

Mash:

That’s… Is this Medea’s…

  1. So this was Medea’s miniature garden…
  2. So this was Medea’s desire…

Medea:

N-No, it wasn’t! That’s just a doll! It has nothing to do with me! Nothing at all!
And what’s with all the princess stuff? I’m not some pubescent girl who wants to be a princess…

Gudao, you know that, don’t you? I’m not that far gone, am I?

  1. Umm… sure…
  2. Your friends… are dolls…

Medea:

Nooooo! Don’t look at me that way!!!

[battle]


Medea:

It’s over… All is lost…

Doll Princess:

How dare you lay hands on a helpless and innocent princess!
What do you think a maiden’s garden is meant to be? Do you enjoy murdering cute princesses?

Medea:

Rule Breaker!!!!!!

Doll Princess:

Ahhhhhhhh!? Princess killer!!! (clank)

Mash:

I think it’s over…

  1. All is lost…

Medea:

……… (stiffens)

You saw nothing! Nothing at all! Nothing happened here! Right!?

Isn’t that right, Gudao!?

  1. I don’t know…
  2. It’s just a hobby, yo.

Medea:

What’s wrong with that!? What’s so bad about dreaming of being a princess!?

A girl is a princess no matter how old she is, you know! There’s nothing wrong with that! What? You got something to say to me!?

That’s right! I’m a lonely woman with dolls for friends! Kill me! Kill me nooow!!!

Mash:

It’s okay, Medea… I’m sure you’ll meet someone that’s right for you.

Medea:

I don’t need your pity! Just you watch! One day, I’ll find happiness too!!!


1. Pun based on the Japanese (Greek) pronunciation of Jason. 「イマジナリーアース・ソーシャルプラン・ワールド。略してイアソンワールド・ジャパンよ!」

Advertisements