𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟕: 𝐓𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐦
“Maylene-san, thank you. . .I’ll make sure to tidy up within two years.”
Tidying up, huh? Going to the Demon Realm must be like heading towards a place of death for Olivier-sama. Her eyes are filled with seriousness, believing that once she goes, she won’t be able to come back.
Perhaps two years is like a grace period for her. Thinking about it that way, it’s a little lonely. But at the same time, I’m happy that she relies on me.
As I think about how I hope to be of some use, Olivier-sama takes out a crystal ball from under the desk.
The crystal ball is an item used as a medium by the Saint, who excels in magic, when using wide-range spells. The higher the transparency, the better the quality, and the usable attribute varies depending on the color. The crystal in front of me is purple, so the attribute is darkness. It’s even more transparent than the one Great Saint-sama used.
Is it Olivier-sama’s personal item? I tilt my head, wondering what she will use it for, and she smiles.
“Now that we have confirmation, let’s get started.”
“I’ll send the remaining belongings to the dorm later. Also, the reward will be five times the amount received at the church, and I promise to give it to you in person. If you feel that working for two years is not enough or not worth it, don’t hesitate to tell me when we meet next time, and I’ll provide additional compensation.”
“No, um, I still need a detailed explanation of the duties and workplace. . .”
“You’ll understand once you go. Well then, let’s meet again in two years.”
With Olivier-sama’s words as the last thing I hear, my field of vision turns completely white.
『”𝐀𝐰𝐞𝐛𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬.𝐜𝐨𝐦” – 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞, 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐧o𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 “𝐝𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐮𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬” 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐨 “𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬”.』
Enveloped in a dazzling light, when I open my eyes again, I find myself in an unfamiliar place, slumped down. There’s a bright red carpet at my feet. If I follow it with my gaze, at the far end of the room, in what seems to be a throne-like place, a young child is sitting. And they have two magnificent horns. Probably a demon.
Demons are a type of demon that can take on a humanoid form, and among the demons who have long been considered enemies of humans, they belong to the higher ranks. The pinnacle of that is the Demon King that Jude fought. As the name suggests, they are the kings of demons. Since demons don’t have countries like humans, there is always only one king in any era, or so I’ve heard.
It seems that demons don’t have a proportional relationship between their appearance and age, and it’s quite possible for them to appear as children but be strong. I must not let my guard down.
Furthermore, I learned at the church that the higher-ranking demons rarely come to the places where humans live. Unless there is something significant, the Demon King would never appear before humans.
Especially right after making peace. It’s hard to imagine them taking careless actions.
“Is this. . .the Demon Realm?”
Unbelievable, but if I think that way, it easily explains the presence of a demon in front of me. What kind of place did Olivier-sama send me to?
She did mention living in the Demon Realm, but it’s a terrible place to be suddenly transported to. Perhaps the destination for the teleportation got mixed up.
I must leave this place as soon as possible. I stand up and search for an exit. As I look around anxiously, I find a door just behind me. It’s quite a distance away, but there’s no other way out.
I had intended to quickly retreat before bothering the Demon King.
But it seems that I won’t be let off so easily. It appears that I have already entered his field of vision.
“The Demon Realm is the Demon King’s castle. And this is the king’s chamber.”
I tremble at the voice that pours down from the throne. The king’s chamber of the Demon King’s castle means that he is the very existence called the Demon King.
Why am I, in front of the Demon King of all people?!
I repeatedly bow my head, my thoughts not coming together.
“I’m sorry. I will leave immediately! I will go out right away!”
Although I haven’t grasped the situation, in times like this, apologizing is the only option. Trespassing someone’s residence is a serious crime even in the human world. Although a peace treaty has been established, it shouldn’t be a problem to get rid of a woman who suddenly appeared.
While bowing my head, I move backward with small steps towards the door I found earlier. However, the demon wouldn’t allow the foolish escape of a human.
“Where do you think you’re going?”
“Do you claim to have a workplace in this Demon Realm?”
“Um, yes. Probably. . .”
“Without any confirmation, you teleported in front of the Demon King?”
“Eek, I-I’m sorry.”
I am glared at sharply, and instinctively curl up to protect my head. It’s a defensive instinct. But I don’t think I can protect myself with just this.
This is what happens when I don’t properly ask for details before accepting a task.
Even when Jude told me to wait, if I had established some rules like “return within a certain number of years” or “if there is no contact,” this tragedy wouldn’t have happened.
It’s fine to be angry about being abandoned, but shouldn’t I also reflect on my thoughtless actions? I don’t know if my teary eyes are from fear or regret. But there’s a part of me that thinks it doesn’t matter anymore.
My life has ended here. It was a short life. Just like in my previous life, as soon as I tried to move forward, this is what happened.