The Netherworld : Awakening
"So, have you made your choice."
There is no way I am gonna choose any option. They both lead to the same result, and when you give someone a choice you make sure that both the choices lead to a separate result.
"No. I don't want to choose."
I say it loud with anger in my voice.
If both the choices lead to the same result then can it even be called a choice? I don't think so. It's just forcing a judgement upon someone but also at the same time showing that you are kind enough to give them a choice. Even though you choose an option, it can't be said that you made that decision.No, you are just playing on someone's palm thinking that you made that decision even though that decision wasn't yours.
Demon King. Instead of getting surprised or angry, he starts laughing.
No matter what you choose you will always come to the same result. It means you will always regret thinking that you, yourself made a wrong decision.
"Nothing. It's just you are saying no to a Demon King. Don't you feel fear? I can get you killed right here, right now.""Huh? Why would I be fearing you? I will cease to exist no matter what I choose or what I
do. So, there is no point in me getting cold feet now."
fear him. If I am going to die anyway then I prefer to die with a boom.
This is the heaviest laugh I have ever heard in my entire life.
"You sure are interesting. Never in my entire life, I came across someone like you. Okay, I have decided for you, live in Hell for the rest of your remaining life."
"Wait. Why are you---"
"And find a way for yourself."
"Find a way?"
"Yes, find a way for yourself, so even after your death, you don't cease to exist. How about that? Think you will accept this offer.""Demon King offering me my own life. Doesn't sound good at all but at least it's better
than getting cease to exist. I will accept it."
"But, your majesty. You can't do that again. At least this time you should---"
I don't think he will ever get a chance to complete his lines.
"I already made that decision and I am not going to take that back, and Satori I want you to assist him until then."
"Huh?" Satori clears his throat and then continues.
"Ahem, I mean, yes your majesty."
"But why are giving me this treatment?""Why? you ask. It's obvious. I want to see how things will turn out from here for you and
"I don't quite understand that."
"It's okay even if you don't understand. Actually, you don't need to understand that."
Now it's even more confusing somehow."
"Let it be confusing, some things aren't meant to be understood but are better as a mystery."
Somehow what he said just now feels like I have heard it somewhere before. But where did I heard it before I can't recall it?
"Then it's decided."
He then turns toward Satori and says
"Satori give him a tour of this place and also tell him about the rules."
"Yes, your majesty."
"And what about the other person who came before me."
"You don't have to worry about him. He already made his choice."
"Is that so."
I wonder what option he chose?
Then Demon King asks me for something weird.
"Touch my horns with your horns."
"Just do it."
He leans towards me and then I touched his horns with my horns.
"Okay! From here on, I accept you as one of my fellow Demon."
After saying that he starts walking towards the gates which leads to the hall from where we entered this hall. I turned toward Satori to ask what it was?
Satori is shocked and it's not just him but the rest of the Demons are also shocked. Vassago is more shocked than anyone else. His mouth is opening and closing non-stop in confusion as to what to say.
And there is one more demon who is shocked, but the least. Since the moment I came here I never once heard him say anything.I don't know what it was but I can tell it is not something a Demon King do very often.
The Demon King turns back as if he forgot something.
"Since I accepted you as one of my fellow demons, can you tell me your name?"
"It's Yukio Ichiro."
"I will remember that name."
"And yours I still don't know your name."
"You are crossing---"
your limits, you human.' maybe that's what he wanted to say.
"Ah! Your Majesty, it's time we have to---"Seriously, he can't complete his lines.
"I know. I know. I know. Let's go."
After that everyone leaves the throne hall except for me and Satori.
"How long are you going to stay like that?"
I directed this question toward satori.
"Maybe for the rest of my life."
He says it with no life in his words."I don't have that much time. I mean I still have 35-40 years or maybe more but still I
don't have time."
Satori ignoring me starts murmuring.
"Even I never got a chance to---"
"Just shut that crap. Were you even listening to me? You idiot demon."
"You can't call me an idiot when you, yourself are an idiot. And who permitted you to hit me?"
Satori grabs my collar and I grab his horn. Both, ready to murder each other. But are stopped by someone.
"Both of you. How long are you planning to stay here?"
"Huh? Who the hell are you bitc---"(×2)
The one who just smacked us is Luemon."Okay, that's good."
"Wait why aren't you surprised seeing him alive?"
Seeing Luemon not reacting to me still alive Satori asks Luemon.
"Because I already knew that he is defective."
"You already knew about it? May I ask how?"
He asks her in a normal tone.
"Before coming to summoning chamber I was with her. She told me everything."
She knew from the start that I was defective. So, she was just messing with me in the summoning chamber.
"Her? Who do you...Ah! You mean that bitch."
"Just stop calling her a bitch already."
"Why? I am calling her who she is, so what's the problem?"
"Fine. Do as you feel like."
She crosses her arms and averts her gaze from him while saying it.
"W-Who are you talking about?"
forced smile on my face.
"Ah! You don't have to worry about that. By the way, what happened here? Give me the details."
She asks me with great interest in her voice.
After that, I started explaining everything that took place inside the throne hall.
"I knew from the start that even though you are defective, you are no ordinary human."
And that's a lie.
We were walking don't know where but we were walking. Confused about where we were going I asked.
"No. It's a secret."
Luemon replies."I hate secrets."
I say it in a low voice but Luemon still hears me.
"You don't have to act that surprised.""Seriously? I thought humans love secrets."
"I am different from those kinds of insects who keep secrets.""Not even 1 hour passed since you became a half-demon and you abandoned your
human side that easily."
"It's not like that. I just hate those kinds of people."
"Well, speaking of insects how are we able to communicate easily. I thought you inse---demons have different language?"
"Did you just called us insect? You ass."
Satori who up until a few moments ago was silently ignoring us raged out.
"Sorry, my tongue just slipped."
I apologized immediately
"No, you did it on purpose."
He grabs my collar.
"Leave him. He said his tongue just slipped and he even apologized."
"Just because I was ordered to assist you I will let it slip this time. Don't you dare say something like that again."
"Okay-Okay. Now leave me."
He then takes his hands off my collar."Okay. I Luemon will explain it to you. Do we have the same language? Hmm-hmm, no,
we don't use the same language."
She starts explaining it to me. But in a little weird manner.
"Then how are we able to communicate? It's very simple. It's because we...we."
She starts thinking. I understood that she doesn't know but still, she is trying her best to remember it.
"I don't know."
And she gives up.
"It's because we demons use a language known as ' Tenetur '."
Seeing Luemon unable to explain, Satori answers the question.
"Tenetur?""Yes, Tenetur. It is a language humans don't use, they can't speak this language but can
understand this language."
"There is no way what you are saying is true. I mean forget about being taught this language I haven't even heard of this language before. So how is that even possible?"
"It's true that you haven't heard of this language. It's a language your mind can understand even though if you can't speak this language."
"Why don't you just admit that you don't know? There is no way I can understand a language I have been taught?"
"Okay then. can you explain to me how is a newborn baby able to cry and laugh even though no one teaches the newborn baby how to cry or laugh?"
"Okay. For a second I believe you on this, then how are you able to understand my language? It can only be possible if we are speaking the same language."
"Blood bound ability? What is that?"
Sounds like something from a fantasy book.
"Just forget about it for now."
"So where was I? Yeah, Demons never created a new language and kept on using it. But humans started creating new languages like Greek, Latin, Japanese and many more languages. You humans now use different language but every language has the same origin 'Tenetur'. Because of having the same origin of your current language you use and since this language is in your genes you can understand this language. Your brain is translating this language for you and because of that, you are thinking I am speaking the same language as yours. And as to how I can understand your language, it's because even though your language has changed but it once was the language we demons still use now. And since I am a demon my blood bound ability helps me to understand your language. Same as yours, my brain instead of thinking of it as a foreign it is translating it for me. Now, do you understand?"
"Well, that's complicated considering what we were taught. Okay! teach me everything, from the start."
this much information is all you will get. That's all, thank you and bye-bye."
"You sure are useless."
"Call me whatever you want, but that's not gonna change anything."
"Who should I ask? I don't even know anyone here."
I started murmuring to myself in the confusion as to whom should I ask. Luemon seeing me murmur to myself says.
"Don't worry. I will---"
"No thanks. I have seen how knowledgeable of a demon you a---st-stop."
She started strangling. Don't know why? I just said the truth. Maybe, that's why.
"you don't have to remind me of that. I wasn't going to teach you anything and it's already embarrassing, so don't touch that topic again."
I was trying to get my breathing in control.
"Sorry, you wanna say. Okay, I accept your apology."
"No, I was saying ' so who is going to teach me '. Why are you angry? Don't stra---ngle m---me." After a moment she loosens her grip and then leaves my almost dead body. It was only for a moment but felt like several minutes.
Luemon orders us.
Seeing me almost dead Satori asks.
"Tch. He is alive." Satori murmurs.
"Why do you sound disappointed?"
I said it loudly with a little anger in my voice.
"Are you idiots planning to live there? Start walking."
Luemon shouts at us. After that, we started following Luemon.