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Such Things, What Value Do They Have? – Part 2
“Wow…it’s so cold outside. I want to go back quickly so I can have dinner and sleep.”
Kagami had left the Ancient Cave at a brisk pace, as if he was halfheartedly fleeing from the Hero’s party. He was happy to see that the moon had come out and it had become dark outside.
“The night has a subtle chill. I wonder if I should have planned to go back before it got dark. All right! Let’s go home.”
Kagami placed the Quest form that had 30 Monsters Slain written on it into his bag as he spoke to himself, and began to walk towards Balman City while humming a tune.
“W-wait a moment! Are you trying to leave m-me behind so blatantly?”
The horned girl grasped the hem of Kagami’s clothes in a panic.
Kagami gripped the hem of his clothes and, after glancing at the beautiful red-headed girl, resumed walking without much hesitation.
“Wait! Wait! Why aren’t you stopping for me?!”
“Well, it’s because I’m not a lolicon. I’m not someone who would love a girl who is young enough to be my daughter. I love sexy and busty older women.”
The girl, stunned, let out an “Eeeh”, while Kagami felt embarrassed from describing his own tastes.
“That’s your problem! Why did you save me? I’m a Demon…don’t you know?”
“Because it seemed like you were going to be killed.”
The girl couldn’t hide her surprise at Kagami’s natural assertion. Surely there wasn’t such a human. Neither Demons nor Humans would believe that someone like that existed.
Still, the existence in front of her was out of the ordinary. He was not only a Villager, but also at Level 999.
“I only saved you. I don’t know what you will do from here. It’s fine if you act freely, since you came to the Ancient Cave by yourself. You’re a Demon so you won’t even need an escort, will you?”
“W-Wait! I have things I want to ask.”
The girl looked desperate, so Kagami stopped walking and listened.
“Earlier, you said that you don’t have any plans to defeat the Demon King. Is that true?”
The girl said while looking up fearfully at Kagami, as if she were a small puppy being scolded.
“I don’t. It doesn’t matter who defeats the Demon King.”
“The Demon King won’t get defeated but…you say that it doesn’t matter. Then, why did you save me, who is also a Demon? I don’t understand the meaning of your actions.”
“Wouldn’t you understand that best, since you’re a Demon?”
The moment she heard these words, she began to suspect that the man in front of her was the existence that she and her father had been seeking for many years.
Maybe, just maybe, Humans and Demons were equal beings in his eyes. This man…knew. He was aware of it. This is what the girl began to think.
She was almost correct. Apart from Kagami, the Demon King was the only other one who knew that the Demons were more than monster spawners. However, it was also true that they were harming humans.
Fundamentally, the purpose of their existence was to be an enemy of humans. Thus, there was no reason to complain even if someone tried to defeat the Demon King.
This was just how things were.
“I’ll change the question. Why didn’t you try to kill me?”
“Isn’t it because you haven’t particularly done anything to me?”
“Aren’t I a Demon? An existence solely meant to spawn Monsters…an enemy of humans.”
“It can’t be helped that you do such a thing, right? You can’t be a cockroach, since you can communicate like humans. Besides, aren’t you guys the only ones who can spawn Monsters? That is rather convenient.”
When she heard those words, the girl was convinced. This man was the existence that she and her father had been searching for.
As soon as she confirmed this, she walked up to the man in front of her, who was yawning as if annoyed, and bumped into him with all the strength of someone who was serious and determined.
“I-I want you to marry me!”
“Yea, maybe after a million years.”
“Sh-…shut up. At most, in 5 years. I’ll become glamorous, just like you want!”
She felt tense, as if her heart had ruptured, and she told him as if she was prepared to die. Kagami, far from being fazed, returned a seemingly carefree answer.
“Are you an idiot? It is not necessarily okay for a Demon brat to say that she will become a glamorous woman and propose out of the blue in this world, where Demons and Humans are mortal enemies, not to mention that not even ten minutes have passed since we first met. It’s like a scene out of a manga. Is this something that you want?”
“N-No! I have a proper reason for it! I have been searching for a human like you!”
“Don’t lie to me! It’s obvious that we’ve just met, right!? You even followed me to ask something, even though I had planned to separate immediately. Besides, what were you planning to do with the Holy Sword inside the cave?”
The girl hesitated, but she trusted the Villager’s declaration that he had no intention of defeating the Demon King despite being Level 999, and she opened her mouth after making eye contact with him.
“My father is sick…and I heard rumors about new Heroes going on a journey to try to get the Legendary Holy Sword. If the Heroes appeared with it, I think even my father…would probably be killed, so that’s why…I came to destroy the Holy Sword before they could take it.”
“That’s a fully loaded, amazing joke right there. How did you know about the location of the Holy Sword?”
“It was written inside an ancient book in the archives.”
The girl said, while gesturing to try to convince him that she had searched desperately.
“…Archives? I mean, you did say your father is sick…If there wasn’t a Holy Sword that the Heroes could use, wouldn’t he still win even if it’s a mild illness?”
“No, it’s a serious one. Dad says he can only use 50% of his power.”
“Can’t he win using 50%? Isn’t it fair to treat the Heroes as nothing more than a waste of paper? Who is your father?”
“Umm…he is someone that’s called demonic…that is, the Demon King.”
He felt contempt for her. Even though she thought that he might become hostile, the girl answered while squirming her body around, as if she was having a hard time speaking.