𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟒𝟗: 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐜
“If you promise, I will give you this.”
“It’s an apple coated with candy. Originally, it was supposed to be given to Orphemia-san, but if you promise, I will specially give it to Demon King-sama.”
It seems that the sparkling snack has captured Demon King-sama’s heart.
In front of an unseen food, his heart seems to be strongly shaken. His hands are moving in the air.
However, it seems that they haven’t reached an agreement yet. It’s like one final push.
But I don’t get impatient with that. I have a special word to make Demon King-sama surrender.
“By the way, Migi-san and Hidari-san highly praised it.”
The word “highly praised” made Demon King-sama’s eyes widen.
And although he showed a moment of hesitation, he quickly made up his mind. Understood… he muttered softly.
“I promise. I promise it, so give it to me!”
“Then, here you go.”
Negotiation successful. I give him the apple candy in exchange for an empty cup.
Even though it’s Demon King-sama, it seems that the enchanting word “highly praised” works. Moreover, it was made by the cooks Migi-san and Hidari-san, so the effect was tremendous.
He immediately takes it out of the bag and starts eating it.
He keeps repeating “Delicious, delicious,” so it seems that the promise wasn’t only advantageous for me. I feel relieved.
“Is there no more?”
“That’s all for today.”
“Only once? It’s so delicious…”
“Then, how about this? From now on, I will give you apple candy when Demon King-sama does something good. I will be the judge of whether it’s a good deed or not.”
It’s a reward strategy for good behavior.
After conveying the deliciousness of the apple candy, Demon King-sama quickly takes the bait.
“Understood! That’s fine!”
There are still differences in perception between demons and humans. But I hope this will change him even a little. Thinking that, we make a promise. Then, someone suddenly appears from behind.
“Hey, I didn’t get any of that.”
It’s Tyran-san. I’m not sure when he arrived, but he looks very dissatisfied.
But this is a snack for Demon King-sama to be a good child.
Demon King-sama has already recognized it as his own snack and hides the empty bag behind his back.
“I won’t give any to Tyran!”
While hiding the bag, Demon King-sama shouts, “It’s mine!” and runs away.
Even if he’s heading to the king’s chamber, what does he plan to do with it when there’s no place to eat it anymore?
“I’m sorry. Instead, I will prepare small jam cookies for Tyran-san, so please bear with it this time.”
“Small jam cookies?”
Tyran-san’s feelings are greatly shaken by those words. He seems very interested, as if it’s obvious.
He seemed to really like the snack time earlier, so he will probably quickly regain his good mood.
Considering that the ones from yesterday were supposed to be given to Orphemia-san, I made something with a cute appearance. Since he said he wanted the same thing, what I prepared today is exactly the same.
But I feel more familiar with the smaller ones.
In my previous life, there were always large bags of apple jam cookies at the nearby supermarket, so I often saw them.
By the way, this product is quite dangerous.
It meets the forbidden conditions of being delicious, bite-sized, and in a large bag, so I unconsciously eat them bite by bite.
Please don’t think that dividing a small amount onto a plate will prevent overeating. Opening the sealed bag and putting more into the plate is part of the set.
If you choose it as a companion for your work, by the time you finish, how much will be left? The remaining amount will definitely be less.
Honestly, it’s one of the foods that should not be given to Tyran-san.
“I will put a generous amount in a jar with a slightly larger mouth. Since it might get humid, I will collect the remaining portion after a few days and add more to it.”
“I will use a preservation magic, so there’s no need to collect it. Instead, I want one each of the apple jam and apricot jam ones.”
“Preservation magic? Is it different from the magic for maintaining the quality of the pantry?”
“Quality preservation magic is a magic that keeps the state of the ingredients as they are, while storage magic can be applied to anything, not just ingredients. Generally, it is considered easier to use quality preservation magic that targets specific objects, but the food storage in the pantry is on a different level. Also, if the duration of the storage magic is set shorter, even Dairy can handle it well enough.”
“It’s a convenient magic, isn’t it?”
“I use it to store potions, but for Dairy, it might be perfect for making a large amount of snacks and storing them. What do you think?”
“I see. So even if you make too much, you don’t have to worry about wasting it.”
Having a stock allows you to add something extra when you feel like having a little more, and it’s also convenient when Cerberus and the others are hungrier than usual.
And it would be nice to give rewards to Demon King-sama immediately when he does something good.
If I can learn it too, I definitely want to remember it.
“You can have snacks as a late-night meal too.”
“…By any chance, Tyran-san, are you planning to take some back to your room in the future?”
“It disappears quickly, you know.”
“But don’t eat it all at once, okay?”
I don’t want him to devour it all at once like he did with the jam. I imagine him unconsciously munching on it and give him a suspicious look.
Then, Tyran-san lets out a short sigh.
“I know. It would be unbearable if I had something I received taken away.”
He seems to be aware of his habit of eating a large amount of his favorite food. As the one who made it, I’m happy, but I also want him to consider his own health a little more.
“Alright, I got it.”
I part ways with Tyran-san and head to the kitchen. Migi-san and Hidari-san don’t seem to be coming back anytime soon.
I’ll quickly make Orphemia-san’s apple candy and the jam cookies for Tyran-san. Might as well make some for myself too.
Before going to get the ingredients, I need to ask Ciel-san if there are any empty bottles…
Thinking that, I called out to her, and it turns out that the amount to make has increased by about one bottle. She wants two different mixes.
Orphemia-san seems to really like the apple candy.
I could feel Tyran-san’s expectant gaze, but when I handed him the bottle, he nodded satisfactorily.
However, he didn’t accept the payment for the notes he gave me later.
He said it’s a barter, so it goes without saying that you would put the money in your pocket, as expected.