Chapter 1:

I Am Human After All

The Netherworld : Awakening


Most people in this era think that everything in this world looks the way it is, everything reveals its nature by its appearance. People think our appearance is our real self. If anyone looks cute then that anyone is cute by nature too, if anyone looks filthy then that anyone is filthy by nature too. This is the sad reality of our world. 
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Your appearance is now becoming your true self and your true self doesn't even matter anymore because more than your true self your appearance holds your value.Bookmark here

"Your total amount is 3653."Bookmark here

The one who said that was a worker at the store.Bookmark here

"Ah--Sorry, but can you put them all in a regular poly bag."Bookmark here

The bookstore clerk looked at me with a confused expression and then started placing them in a regular poly bag without any question.Bookmark here

I paid the money and then left the book store.Bookmark here

You must be thinking what did I just purchase.Bookmark here

well, it's something my father had recommended to me a long time ago. No, it's not a book related to how-to-become-successful or anything like that.Bookmark here

My current life is not something to be proud of or you can show off about but it still is a satisfying one, so I don't need a book like that. Bookmark here

The thing that I just purchased is porn mags.Bookmark here

Now, don't ask me what kind of father recommends porn mags to his son, I don't know that and I don't even care about small stuff like that.Bookmark here

You must be thinking that why did I ask him to put porn mags in a regular bag.Bookmark here

Just like I was saying before people in this era judge something by its appearance and not what's inside. Since my porn mags are in regular poly bags no one is going to be suspicious of me.Bookmark here

Well, I don't care if others see me with some porn mags. I don't have a problem with that, But the real problem is my neighbor who is extremely skeptical when it comes to things like these. To this date, I have no idea what's her real problem with these kinds of books.
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I was walking toward my apartment while gazing at the moon. It was a clear night. There weren't any clouds in the sky. It was complete silence, no sound of anyone walking or vehicles passing by. The only sound which could be heard was the sound of the wind whispering through the trees.
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It was such a pleasant feeling that I almost forgot about my surroundings and was living that moment.
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I stood there for a bit with my eyes closed and when I opened my eyes it was completely dark. It was like I was trapped in the abyss of darkness.
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"What? Who turned off the lights wait, where did the moon go? Did someone steal the moon? I highly doubt that someone is capable of doing that."Bookmark here

You must be thinking what is going on here? Well, what a coincidence, me too. 
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"What? Am I floating? You got to be kidding me, I was standing in the middle of the footpath a moment ago?"
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I was no longer standing on a solid platform and was floating somewhere. It seriously is weird, just a moment ago I was watching the clear skies and now I am at a place where you can't see anything.Bookmark here

 Then something caught my eye.
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"Is that light coming from... who-knows-where?"Bookmark here

The light was coming from...from where is that light even coming? Then the I realized my body being drawn toward that light.
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"Wait, what is happening?"Bookmark here

And I slowly started to regain my consciousness, I heard some commotion. Even though most parts were unclear to me and I had no idea what they were talking about, but the pleasure in their voice was crystal clear. It was as if they have just saved someone's life.Bookmark here

 It was a little dark here. Are they using candles? Just where am I?
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"yes, finally we did it."Bookmark here

"Yeah we did it, now we won't be fed to dragons."Bookmark here

"Yeah and now I don't have to clean toilets."Bookmark here

"wait then why the hell were we threatened that if we fail this time we will be fed to dragons."Bookmark here

"huh? I don't know anything about that but toilet cleaning was the only punishment I was told."Bookmark here

"Yeah, that's what I was told too."Bookmark here

"Me too."Bookmark here

"Does that mean I was the only one threatened... Hey, don't give me that you-are-the-only-weird-one-here-that's-why look. I will murder you bastards."
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All those voices that a few moments ago were filled with contentment are now filled with horror.
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What is happening here whose voices are these? I don't recognize any of these voices.

"Be careful"Bookmark here

Said someone in my ears. It sounded like a woman.

"Be careful? First, explain to me what's going on here."Bookmark here

She didn't answer my question and left. What a weird woman, wearing a robe in this heat.

"Let's go and welcome that sacrificial human."
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Huh? sacrificial human, is that me.Bookmark here

"Welcome to hell you who once was a worthless being with no meaning to his life is now chosen for a greater purpose"Bookmark here

Wait "worthless being with no meaning to his life" are they talking about me, no way they are talking about me...Bookmark here

Then I heard some other voices.Bookmark here

"Rejoice you stupid worthless crap."Bookmark here

"Yes Rejoice it's your lucky day you filthy maggot."Bookmark here

"Rejoice because that's the only thing you can do right now you rotten flesh"Bookmark here

Okay, they are talking about me.
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"Sorry, but I can't find myself to rejoice after hearing such heartbreaking insults. can you--no, please reduce the insult level, I would appreciate that if you do that."Bookmark here

And there is no way I can rejoice when someone is bleeding that badly from their head while talking to me.Bookmark here

"Huh? Why the hell should we do that you insolent fool."Bookmark here

Said the one who was responsible for the injuries of those three. He said it with an irritated tone and scary face.
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"But you are the one being insolent here."Bookmark here

"Okay, now you are dead."Bookmark here

The demon said that while pulling an axe from nothing but thin air. That's a demon for you, never thought they could do something like that.
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"I will murder you..no to put it more accurately I will massacre you."Bookmark here

Before the very eyes of mine, he was holding the axe with both his hands over his head.Bookmark here

He then swung the axe to murder me-- no, to massacre me.Bookmark here

But before he could reach me he stopped, not because he chose, but because the words he heard made him stop dead in his tracks. Bookmark here

"Are you sure you want to do this?"Bookmark here

The one who said those words was the demon who was watching this from afar.Bookmark here

"Well..."Bookmark here

He then lowered his axe and then was looking toward the floor with somewhat fear.Bookmark here

"So, you are capable of making such wise decisions."Bookmark here

After saying that he directed his gaze toward me, his stiffened face turned relaxed and then he said to me.Bookmark here

"I am just asking this question out of curiosity, but by any chance are you thinking that we aren't real demons?"Bookmark here

"No that's not the case I do believe that you are demons it's just that I forgot to react when I got my consciousness back and after that, I thought there is no point in reacting now."Bookmark here

"So you are just a weird person that's all."

"Please don't phrase it like that."Bookmark here

Since a lot was going on here I almost forgot to ask him something. Bookmark here

Upon realizing that I still haven't asked him the most important question, I looked at him with a serious expression on my face and asked.Bookmark here

"I didn't ask you this before but how did I end up here? what happened to me? Did I die?"Bookmark here

"No-no-no that's not the case, you didn't die or anything it's just you have been summoned to hell that's all."Bookmark here

I then said to him in the harshest manner I can.Bookmark here

"You can't say 'summoned to hell', 'that's all' and especially 'just' like it's nothing. Explain to me why I am summoned to hell?"Bookmark here

"Just like they said earlier, for a greater purpose."Bookmark here

"And just what is that greater purpose that you mention?"Bookmark here

"To become a vessel for Demon King that's all."Bookmark here

"That's all, didn't I just tell you don't use 'that's all' like it's nothing at all. Vessel you say, doesn't that mean I have to die?"Bookmark here

"Well yes, that's somewhat correct."Bookmark here

So that's what they meant when they said sacrificial human, and that woman when she said 'be careful' was she meaning to say this?. How am I suppose to 'be careful' when it's already decided that I would become a vessel.Bookmark here

I was panicking, my heart was beating fast and I was breathing at a faster rate now.Bookmark here

The only thought running through my head were---Bookmark here

I don't want to die.Bookmark here

I don't want to die.Bookmark here

I don't want to die.Bookmark here

I don't want to die.Bookmark here

"Oh, so you do panic."Bookmark here

"well, of course, I would panic in such a situation. I am human after all."Bookmark here

Maybe this is a prank, that's all. There is no way this could be happening in real.Bookmark here

"Well, it looks like you are more human than I thought, that makes me happy, and it's no prank. It indeed is happening for real."Bookmark here

He had a weird grin on his face when he said that. And how was he able to tell what I was thinking?Bookmark here

He must have read my face. Maybe it's just a coin--Bookmark here

"Coincidence, that's no coincidence, yes I am indeed reading something, but that's not your face but your mind."Bookmark here

His grin was scaring me and was giving me a spine chill.Bookmark here

"By the way, I haven't introduced myself, so allow me to introduce myself."Bookmark here

He now had a grin big enough to cover his face as if he already knew what my expression was going to be.Bookmark here

"My name is Satori. Satori the demon who can read others minds and can say those thoughts faster than the one who is thinking those thoughts."Bookmark here

This is b---Bookmark here

"This is bad. What am I suppose to do now... Right?"Bookmark here

Before I could even finish thinking, he was reading my thoughts out loud, in the same manner, I was thinking.Bookmark here

He didn't just say my thoughts out loud, but he made those thoughts his own and by that I mean he said those words like he was in this situation and not me.Bookmark here

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"Now, what the future is going to unveil is beyond Yukio Ichiro's comprehension. His life is in his own hands now whether he will live by accepting everything or die denying everything, he has to make that decision by himself."Bookmark here

"You bastard, you weren't supposed to say that one. That was for the next chapter."

"Oh! sorry, but not my fault. You should have told me that it's for the next chapter."Bookmark here

"Aren't you even capable of understanding something like that?"

"Nope."Bookmark here

"That was fast. Is it going---"

" "Is it going to be alright like this?" Right?"Bookmark here

"You bastard, I was saying that and not thinking that. You can't just take my lines like it's nothing. I will murder you."Bookmark here

(Leaving those two aside, please read the next chapter if you enjoyed this one.)
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