The Netherworld : Awakening
After few minutes of walking, we are here.
"Where are we?" I asked.
"Can't you tell by just looking at it?"
Satori questions me. The answer to any question should be another question. That's his mentality, I guess.There is no way I can tell by just looking at some gates which are giving you-will-die-if-you-open-it aura. But still if I have to guess then I would say execution chamber.
"If I was capable of doing it then why the hell would I bother myself asking you?"
"What do you mean by bothering yourself by asking me?"
"Nothing.""No, tell me what do you mean by that?"
He points a finger towards me while questioning.
"Just like I said it's nothing.""Both of you stop that or else I will smack you."
Luemon says those words in harsh manner."It's a library."
Luemon says it with dissatisfaction in her voice. Maybe, I know why?"It's a library?!"I say it in a shocked manner.
Satori shouts at me.
"Yes, we do have. But what's with this gate?""Gate! What's wrong with the gate?"
Luemon asks."You are just overreacting."
"No way. Look at its size. It's even bigger than the apartment I was living in until a few hours ago which was a four-storey apartment. the gates are scary. And why it is giving an aura of don't-open-it-or-else-you-will-die-after-opening-it?"
"You are kidding, right? It's normal." Satori replies saying the gate is normal."Yeah, it looks completely normal. No matter from which angle you look at it."
Luemon also joins in the conversation of ' the gate is normal '."By the way from which angle are you looking at it?"
What do you mean by from which angle I am looking at it? The same angle as yours, you dumb. But I didn't say it."From inside."
That's my reply to her stupid question."Maybe that's why it's looking weird to you."
She is a gone case. Well, leave it.
Things normal to them aren't normal for us humans. It's the netherworld and not the human world. I don't know why but I keep forgetting this small thing. It's almost like...
Luemon orders me while placing both her hands on the gates."O-Okay."
I take a step back, then a thought passed through my mind ' She is a demon and there is a colossal gate plus her hands are on those gates '."What happened? why are standing that far?"
"Well, just to be safe...no, it's nothing.""He is weird."
She murmurs."Leave him and open it."
Satori says to Luemon."You don't have to tell me."
Luemon says it angrily and then pushes the gate with some force."She is having trouble it seems...or maybe not. Damn, she is strong."
She opens the gate easily, I guess."Don't just stand there and get in."
Luemon shouts those words towards me because I was standing at a distance from them.
I followed her inside and it turns out that it's a library---no, a colossal library. Its interior looks like a luxury castle you would see in movies.
It looks like a castle specially made for books and book readers. The gates were giving death aura's but the interior, it feels like I am not in the netherworld anymore.
Libraries on Earth are nothing compared to this library."Woah! It's a library."
I couldn't hold my excitement.
"Yup! It's a library."
"So, why are we here?"
"What do you mean by 'Why'? Isn't it obvious? If you are going to live here then you first have to learn about the netherworld. So here you will learn about the netherworld."
"You are right. So who is going to teach me about the netherworld?"
"They are going to teach you about the netherworld."
"Are you kidding?"
"These are books?"
"I know.""There is no way I can read these books. In fact, I can't even read the name of this book.
By the what's even written on it, seems like a curse to me."
"Wait, you can't. Sorry, Sorry I forgot that being able to understand us is one thing, reading and writing are other things. There is no way you can read these. What should we do? Looks like someone has to teach you, that's the only way."
"At least hold it correctly. You are holding the book upside down."
Satori says it with a what-an-idiot-can't-even-hold-a-book-correctly look."Does it even matter? I can't read it anyway so holding it upside down or correctly changes nothing. You idiot demon."
Satori gets angry."Who the hell are you calling an imbecile?"
He made me angry.
"Who else? You.""How many years do you have to spend in jail for killing a demon?"
I asked Luemon."Kill? Jail? What are you saying?"
She is confused."Do you think you can kill me? First, learn to read and write."
"I don't want to hear that from some who-know-if-he-is-even-a-demon?""Please keep it down. This is a library and not some battleground."
Someone says it in a cute voice. Everyone looked behind at the same time and a woman was standing there. Actually If I have to describe her a cute maiden will be the precise word for her.
"If you wanna fight then go to the training ground."
Then she looks at me keenly.
"Wait. Why is a human here? Don't you have a no-human-in-the-netherworld policy?"
"Who is he? Never saw him before.""A lot happened and because of that we are here."
Luemon replies."What happened?"
Ignoring my question. Recap of what happened until now starts.Luemon explains everything with a lot of plot holes, that Satori had to interfere in between and correct her. In the end, she said this.
"So in short, a lot happened."
She says it with a forced smile on her face.
Well done. You confused her to the point of no return and if you start explaining her again, then I don't think she will be able to keep up.Maybe she will get even more confused after that.
"Excuse me! But no one has answered my question.""Oh! That. Actually, she is not a human but she is a human. She is a demon but at the
same time she is not a demon."
Luemon tries to explain me but confuses me even more. Okay, I lost her. I don't know what she just said.
"I don't know what that means?""Let me explain. I am a Cambion."
Le'en says after hearing Luemon's explanation.
"Cambion? What is that?""A cambion is a half-human half-demon offspring of a demon and a human."
"So that's why you like a human.""Yes. But I do have horns right here."
She leans towards me to show me those horns.
"See. They are small but I do have horns."
She touches her horns to show me where they are .
"I also have horns like yours or maybe smaller than yours.""No, they are plenty big."
She says it and then gives me a smile. I Got to admit she is cuter when she smiles."B-By the way I haven't introduced myself. I am Yukio Ichiro. Pleased to meet you."
I say it all flustered.
"My name is Le'en. I am a librarian in this library. Pleased to meet you too."So she is a librarian. Oh! It will work. Since I can't read the books of the netherworld, I should ask her for help.
"Hey, Le'en. I want to ask something?"
"What is it?"
"How much do you know about the netherworld?"
"How much? I know most things about netherworld after all I live here and I am a librarian.""Then, can you teach me about the netherworld?"
She looks at me with the expression of what to say.
"You are the only demon I can rely on right now.""Okay. I will teach you about the netherworld."
She responds immediately.
"T-Thank you.""No. You don't have to thank me it's my work."
Now, I don't have to worry about how will I learn about the netherworld? At least, that problem is solved. Maybe I should also ask her to teach me how to read and write demon language.No, I don't think there is a need for that because Satori will assist me anyway so,he will handle all the writing and reading things.
But considering his nature I don't think I should count on him. When I would need him the most he will definitely become useless. I am sure about that it, no doubt.
After all, that's how his nature is."Okay! After this is over I will come here to pick you up."
Luemon starts to leave after saying it.
"This is a good chance for you. Maybe you should also learn about the netherworld too?"
Satori blocks her exit.
"W-Why me? I-I am an honorable demon of the netherworld and I already know about the netherworld. I don't think I need to learn anything."
"Then can you tell me in which direction 'Ars Goetia' is?""O-Of course I know that. It's...It's..."
She tries to maintain her composure."It's that direction."
She points her index finger towards the windows on her right.
"Okay, sit down. You need to learn about the netherworld.""Wait a minute, I was joking. It's that way."
This time she points her index finger toward the gates which are on her left."No matter whichever direction you direct your fingers you will always get it wrong."
Satori bursts out with anger and started shouting at her.
"What does he mean by whichever direction she direct her fingers she will always get it wrong?""Oh! Well, you see the place we are at right now is Ars Goetia."
Well more or less reasonable for Satori to react that way.
Satori ties Luemon on the chair beside me with a black rope which he produced out of thin air."Okay fine. I won't run away."
Luemon says it in irritated tone."So, from where should I start? If I start from the beginning then it will take a lot of time. what should I do?"
Le'en starts thinking."You don't have to tell them everything just the basics will be enough."
Satori suggests her.
"Maybe you are right. Okay! Then I will start with the basics."After that, she started explaining to us about the three layers of the netherworld, the
current Demon king and many more things.
Everything she tells me about the netherworld is nothing I have learned on Earth. It's like a different story with the characters more or less the same.