Three years ago, I lost feeling in my legs. After that, my heart grew weaker, and I had to be transported to the hospital, with me immediately being hospitalized. While resting in that bed, I was reading a light novel from Fantasia Bunko.
Having lost my legs, and still being alive to this day, I started thinking about what I could do. I was touched by this light novel, and decided to create a story of my own. It felt like starting as an author felt a bit late at my age, I still kept on writing. One year later, the pet turtle I had kept with me over the years went on a departure. It had lived a long life, but since I heard that turtles could live for thousands of years as a child, I was pretty dejected, and I still am. However, my emotions and desire to leave a story of mine behind in this world grew stronger, even if it was as slow as a turtle, and after continuing to write despite age and sickness, I happened to win a prize like this. That reminds me, turtles can actually be quite fast if they want to, right.
Nice to meet you, my name is Orikasa Yuujin. Thank you very much for picking up this book. I have been granted the Gold Prize and Aoi Sekina  Prize of the 32nd Fantasia Light Novel Contest with this entry novel of mine. Even winning the legendary gold prize was truly beyond my belief, but to even receive the great honor of receiving the prize named after Aoi Sekina, I have no more words of gratitude. I was thinking of trying to explain the charm and beauty of my novel in this afterword, but saying ‘This story got a prize from Aoi Sekina-sensei!’ would probably do the trick much faster, so I’ll omit my original plans here.
Following this, I’d like to give my thanks. First up is my first editor-in-charge, K-sama. By receiving an editor for myself like this, I made my first step as an author. Thank you very much. I hope you recover as quickly as possible.
Next up, my current editor, T-sama. Thank you very much for allowing such a smooth change of editors despite the circumstances. The reason I was able to turn my amateur novel into one worthy of Fantasia Bunko undoubtedly is because of T-sama’s help.
Of course, I need to give my gratitude to Aoi Sekina-sensei, Ishibumi Ichiei-sensei, Tachibana Koushi-sensei, everyone from the editorial department, and all the helpers in the selection of my novel. I may be inexperienced, and barely standing at the starting line, but I will strive further in order to become worthy of having received this prize.
I can’t forget about my illustrator Saba Mizore-sama. Thank you so very much for all these wonderful illustrations, the characters are even more adorable than I could have ever wished for. If you hadn’t accepted to become an illustrator, I might not even have been able to publish this book, so thank you very much.
Talking about the publishing, there are countless people involved in this process. The proofreader, everyone from the publishing and editorial department…those who deliver my book into the bookstores all over the country, I could not have brought out this novel without your help, so I feel nothing but gratitude. I will not forget this feeling, and will use it to further polish my writing skills.
At the end, to all my readers, it is my duty to create something to read for you, and for giving me this opportunity, I thank you a thousand times over. Thank you very much—
March of 2020, Orikasa Yuujin