Chapter 3:

Two Choices I outcome

The Netherworld : Awakening


Both Satori and I are in the Demon King's room---throne hall, to be precise. There are a total of 5 demons in the throne hall, including me.
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The Demon King is sitting on a throne. It is dark where he is sitting, I can only see his silhouette with his red eyes glowing, staring directly down towards us while his head is resting on his right fist. Bookmark here

"Is he that other vessel?"

So, this is what it feels when you are in the presence of being far superior---No, there can't be a comparison in the first place. And the difference is not just between him and me, but he is just on a different level, compared to the rest of the demons around him. You can easily tell who is the demon king among them.Bookmark here

"Yes, your majesty."

After Satori's replies the hall fells in silence. I can hear my own heartbeat and Satori's breathing in this silence. Bookmark here

The Demon King is looking at me deliberately. After a moment Demon King utters a name.

"Vassago."Bookmark here

A demon steps in front of him at a distance and kneels down with one leg facing the ground while the other facing front.

"Give it to him."Bookmark here

He says it with his left palm facing up. Then suddenly blood started flowing from his palm upward and formed a small crystal. The blood crystal is floating on his hand, then suddenly it disappears. It then appears in front of Vassago.

"Yes, Your Majesty."Bookmark here

Vassago holds the blood crystal in his right hand and starts walking towards us. Seeing him coming toward us Satori takes a step back.

"Here take it, human."Bookmark here

He hands me that blood crystal and...what should I do with this? No, Idea. After handing it to me, Vassago returns the way he came.Bookmark here

"What happened?"

Satori asks seeing me looking at that crystal in a confused manner.Bookmark here

"What should I do with this?"

"What do you mean by 'what should I do with this '? Just ingest it."Bookmark here

Satori says it in my ear.

"Okay."Bookmark here

I ingested it.

After a moment, everything in front of me starts looking blurry. My head starts to ache badly, especially my forehead. Bookmark here

Almost making me feel like it's going to burst. After a moment, that feeling changes and now it feels like something is coming out from my forehead. No, it's not just the feeling, 

but something is really coming out from my forehead.Bookmark here

Everyone's eyes widen up upon seeing me as if they are seeing something uncommon even the Demon King is looking surprised.
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Don't tell me, this wasn't supposed to happen after taking that. Damn it, feels like I am going to die.

"Hey, are you okay?"Bookmark here

Satori says it concernedly.

I fell on both my knees. The pain is unbearable. I don't think I can take it any longer. Goodbye, my life.Bookmark here

"Huh?"

"What happened? Are you okay?"Bookmark here

"Yes, somehow the pain is gone."

"What?"Bookmark here

"Yes, a moment ago, it was paining like I was going to die. But now the pain is all gone."

I touched my forehead, and there are horns, two small horns coming straight out of my forehead.Bookmark here

"Wait, what are these? Why do I have horns?"

"Don't ask me. Even I don't have any idea."Bookmark here

"Huh? You don't know. What kind of demon are you? Are you even a demon?"

"What? Are you trying to pick a fight with me? And don't blame me, this is the first time I am seeing something like this." Bookmark here

"Oh! So you are just a lowly Demon."

"Bring it on. You asked for this, you moron. Don't blame me for whatever happens next." Bookmark here

"C'mon then, I will take face head-on."Bookmark here

We both are now standing in a fighting stance.Bookmark here

"Both of you. Don't forget where you are standing at the present moment."

Vassago shouts at us.Bookmark here

"Sorry."

We both replied reflexively.Bookmark here

"Your majesty. What should we do now? It looks like they both turned out to be..."

"Defective." Bookmark here

The Demon King completed the rest of what he was going to say.

Wait, defective. What do they mean by 'defective'? Bookmark here

"Excuse me, Can I..."

"Don't interrupt in between, you human."Bookmark here

You don't have to remind me that I am a human. I know that.

"Let him speak. Continue what you were asking."Bookmark here

"Um...I was asking, what do you mean by I am defective."

"It means you can't become a vessel."Bookmark here

"Seriously?"

There was happiness in my voice.Bookmark here

"Hmm, you sound happy."

"Yes, because I don't have to die now." Bookmark here

"Who said that you don't have to die? You are dead either way?"

"W-What are you saying? T-There is no need of me now that I can't become a vessel."Bookmark here

"Yes, that indeed is true."

"T-Then you have no choice but to send me back." Bookmark here

"Send you back home? No, it's impossible."

"Why is it impossible? You are Demon King, right?"Bookmark here

"This has nothing to do with me being a Demon King."

"Then what is it?" Bookmark here

"netherworld---No, hell is that what you refer to this place---This place has a set of rules which can't be broken by anyone and should be followed by everyone even by the Demon King."

"What does that have to do with me?"Bookmark here

"This has to do with you being a human."

"What do you mean?"Bookmark here

"Don't be in a haste. Let me explain it first. In those set of rules, there is a rule and that is, 'Humans can't enter hell while they are alive and if they enter then they should be killed."

"Wait, I didn't come here on my own accord. You were the one's who summoned me here."Bookmark here

At this point, my voice is getting louder due to frustration.

"Yes, I know. There is one more rule because of which we can't send you back ' Humans can't see hell during their living period. ' Originally you were chosen to become a vessel. So, even if you see this place while you were alive it doesn't matter because you will become a vessel in the end. But since you turned out to be defective..."Bookmark here

He stops there because my facial expression is telling him that I already know what comes next.

"...oh! looks like you already know what that means."Bookmark here

"T-That means if I can't become a vessel then I have no use here, and if I have no use here then...then I am just someone who entered this place and can't be left alive according to the rules."

"Oh! Not bad. You understood."Bookmark here

"It's not my fault, it's your fault."

"Let me tell you something, of how we select a 'vessel' then you will understand our situation."Bookmark here

"What do you mean you select a vessel? Don't you summon humans randomly?"

"No, we never summon someone randomly to become a vessel. We always choose a human who has a certain level of aptitude to become our vessel. We monitor that human's aptitude level for a while, and then summon that human." Bookmark here

"Then why did you go wrong this time?"

"We don't know?"Bookmark here

"I-It's not like this is the first time something like this is happening you must have encountered this in past too. Right?"

"Yes, we had one encounter like this."Bookmark here

"Then what did you do that time?"

"We didn't do anything because we don't know what to do?"Bookmark here

"What do you mean by ' don't know what to do '?"

"Because the first encounter happened few minutes before you entered this hall."Bookmark here

"Wha-"

It isn't just me, but Satori is also shocked upon hearing it.Bookmark here

"Now, do you understand?"

"You are kidding me. The first encounter happened few minutes before I entered this hall. What kind of coincidence is that? And they don't know what to do?" Bookmark here

You are kidding me. Am I really going to die just like that?

"Ha-ha-ha"Bookmark here

Will my life end here? So, this is my end.

Seeing me laugh, Demon King asks. Bookmark here

"What happened? Why are laughing?"Bookmark here

I am going to die anyway. So, I am not going to hold anything in. I will say everything which is on my mind.Bookmark here

"Are you seriously a Demon King? I doubt that, maybe you are just an idiot who can't even give a proper excuse. You are just a..."

The anger filled in my voice was clear to everyone. But I am interrupted in between by Vassago.Bookmark here

"How dare you say such things to his majesty. You will suffer for this..."Bookmark here

My anger feels like matchstick flames in front of his anger which feels like flames of a bonfire.

"Vassago. Calm down."Bookmark here

"But your majesty this human..."

"It's okay. It's not his fault, everyone will feel this way when faced with such a situation." Bookmark here

The Demon King starts walking towards me.

"Since, I am at fault. Allow me to give you a choice."Bookmark here

After saying that, the demon king takes a heavy sigh.

"What choice?"Bookmark here

There is still some anger in my voice.

"Either live the rest of your remaining life in hell or die right here right now. Now the choice is yours. Pick whichever you prefer."Bookmark here

"What kind of choices are these? There is no way I can choose any of them."

"You should be grateful that I am giving you such choices. In normal conditions, I wouldn't do something so reckless."Bookmark here

"Then why are you giving me such a choice and wait, didn't you say that humans aren't allowed in this realm."

"I wouldn't have given you such choice if you were a human."Bookmark here

"What do mean by,' if I were a human '? I am a human."

"No. You were a human, but I don't think you can call yourself what you are now a human."Bookmark here

"What do you mean by that? You are joking, right?"

"I am joking, then explain to me what are these?"Bookmark here

He touches my forehead---no, the two horns which are growing from my forehead. It slipped through my mind that I have horns on my forehead.

"Now, what will you prefer? Want to live in hell or die in hell."Bookmark here

"I-I..."

"Before you choose, let me tell you something. If you choose to die, then you will cease to exist for all eternity because the death of a human in hell by demons takes their everything, even their rebirth. But if you decide to live in hell, then also, after your death you will cease to exist even if it's a normal death."Bookmark here

Doesn't that mean I will cease to exist no matter what option I choose? In one option I will cease to exist right after I choose that option and in another, I will live for a while and after my death, I will cease to exist. Bookmark here

The only difference between them is the difference in time, other than that, they are the same.Bookmark here

                                   I Will Cease To Exist, No Matter What I choose.Bookmark here

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