The Netherworld : Awakening
Ars Goetia in terms of structure and appearance is like the roman city you would see in books.
"Woah! So this is the netherworld."
We are outside the castle and are in a market.
Yes, you read it right. A market outside the castle at a little distance. Its layout kind of feels like what humans designed and created in old times. This place looks old in terms of structural design compared to the world we humans live in now."Seeing something like this for the first time. Well, can't blame a pathetic human like you to react like that. Here! Hold my hands or else you might get lost."
"Huh? There is no I am seeing something like this for the first time. And don't you treat me like a kid there is no way I would get lost--"I am new to this place, don't know much about this place and don't even have a map of this place. I totally will get lost if I don't stick around with them.
And I am feeling like this is the worst place to get lost in."See told you. Hold my hands."
Satori says it with an evil smirk on his face.He then directs his hands toward me. I instantly slapped his hand.
"There is no way I am going to hold your hand and stop reading my thoughts.""Can't you both stop doing this in the market. It's kind of embarrassing with these many demons watching us."
"And whose fault do you think it is.""It's all because of--"
She says it while pointing her fingers at us.
"Huh? And why can't I blame you..."
Because we ain't the one carrying a bag filled with don't-know-what in our arms while eating something weird. I don't know what even is that. Is it even edible? I highly doubt that. There were some kind of skewers stuck between her every finger and she was stuffing her mouth with those. I don't know what kind of skewers they are but they are way too much disgusting for one to eat.Even if you fail to fill your stomach with that (that you will definitely fail) you will succeed in emptying it. Which I already did two times.
"A lot of demons are watching you and not us."
Satori says it while pointing his finger at Luemon."There is no way they are looking at me or maybe they are because of how cute and charming I am."
"No, not even in a millennium they are gonna think that. Well, looks like I have to tell you because there is no way you could even guess it by yourself. It's because of that."Satori now points his fingers towards the bag that Luemon is carrying.
"Wait, that's just my appetizer."
Appetizer? I am shocked to hear that word. The way she described that whole bag, which is worth someone's two days food supply into just one word. Seriously?"That's not even the appetite a demon-like yours should have when they are hungry. That just makes you a straight glutton."
Satori literally shouts at her in frustration.
No, I think she already crossed the point of being called a glutton the moment she described that bag full of food as her appetizer."It's not me who is glutton but it's demons like you who don't eat properly."
"No point in arguing with you. let's get going."
I asked."To someone who might know something about how to escape from this (cease of existence) fate of yours."
"Then what are we wasting our time for? Let's go directly to him.""Yes! Yes! Let jump."
Luemon says it with excitement.
Jump what does she mean by jump. Well, whatever. I don't think it will be that important anyway."You think so?"
Satori murmurs something and then appears an evil grin on his face.
"Did you say something?"
I asked cause I want to know what he means by that?"No, nothing. It's as you think nothing important."
Now I am having a bad feeling about this.
"Okay! let's go."
Satori says it and then we start walking.
The market was kind of huge, filled with different types of demons. Satori told me that this market is known for its expensive and vast variety of everything. Only the high-rank demons can afford them while they are off-limits for ordinary demons.
At first, he wasn't interested in telling me anything about this place, then why did he do it? Well, it's because he wanted to brag about how high his rank is and he can easily afford those items. But I wasn't interested in listening to his brag talk so I just ignored him.
"Okay! So, how many more hours do we have to keep walking."
I asked because we were literally walking for an hour now."Don't worry. We are almost there."
Luemon says it with excitement in her voice. I wonder why she is so excited. Something feels off."I know something is wrong. So, tell me Satori. What's going to happen?"
I asked this question from Satori without looking toward him.After getting no reply, I asked again."
Don't hide it just tell me Sa--"
I turned my face left to make him answer it but he is not there. "Satori? Hey! Luemon where is Satori?"Not able to find Satori anywhere I asked Luemon."
That some serious memory she there."
Satori. Of course that dumb bragging demon."
I shouted those words at her."You don't have to shout at me. I can hear you just fine. Actually, he is physically weak and has low heat tolerance. So he must be lying dead somewhere."
She says it without any concern. Like she was stating the obvious.
Then a voice enters my ears as if the one saying it is on the brink of death."No way...no way I...will die...so easily."
It's Satori who says it while lying on the ground.
No, I don't think you can say that. You look like you are going to die any moment now.He's lying on the ground and it looks like he was crawling on the ground. How do I know? It's because there are marks on the ground as if someone was crawling. And it looks like he was crawling for a long distance. Maybe Satori is a crawling type demon.
Satori says it with a lack of breath."What?"
"If I wasn't in...this state...then I would have--Argh."
Satori wasn't done talking, but Luemon is Luemon so steps on his hand anyway."No need to listen to him let's go."
Luemon says it with no feeling in her words.
I nod and then start following her. Whereas Satori tries to get on his feet andddddddddddddd, okay he is now standing on his two feet, somehow.After few more minutes of walking for us and few minutes of crawling for Satori, we are here at a dead end. The ground ends here and the hell is that.
"Excuse me what is this?"
I asked this not able to understand what I was seeing.
"It's as Le'en explained. That's the second layer of the netherworld."
Does that mean--
"Yes. They are floating, the first layer and second layer that is."
So that's why they call it layers not because they are separated by land, boundaries or are on the high-level ground but because they are floating. That's amazi--"Wait, why are we here?"
Then suddenly I remember what Luemon said an hour ago
"Yes! Yes! Let jump."Don't tell me--
"Yes! It's what you think it is. We have to jump that's all."He again used that's all like it's nothing.
"There is no way I can jump--and just look at the height.""It's just 2km."
Satori says it in stating the obvious tone."2km! And you are asking me to jump--Huh?"
I was in the middle of speaking when satori pushes me. Yup! I am falling and in few seconds I will die. Even though the wind is hitting me non-stop it still feels good. It is as if I am free from all those chains holding me back.
If I die then I will cease to exist and there will be no rebirth as I remember those words--
Luemon shouts those words at me because it's not possible to hear someone clearly while you are falling from a high level.
"It's not called flying it's called falling."
"Aren't they the same things?"
Ignore her and focus on what you were doing my mind says. And I did just that."...Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"
I start Screaming again.
The ground is getting closer and closer with every passing second. Then suddenly I felt my clothes stretching from my back, and my speed starts decreasing.
"Huh?""Don't Huh? You are heavy."
It was Satori who grabbed my cloth and was flying with the help of his wings."You can fly."
I say it surprised."Of course I can. I am a demon, you idiot."
Satori says--shouts those words.
At the same moment, I hear a crashing sound but ignore it.
Satori says it.
"Okay, Sorry. Just don't let off your grip from me."
We then started going down slowly. The ground is a lot closer now. But I don't know precisely how much--"Find it yourself then."
He leaves his grip on my clothes."Ahhhh...Argh...4.76 meters."
He then lands behind me. I start getting back on my feet and turn around towards him. His wings start to disappear in thin air.
"That was the actual distance you calculated there. How did you do it?"
Satori says it with surprise in his voice.
"Just experienced the distance by actually feeling it.""You both took time. Looks like you enjoyed it."
Luemon comes running towards us.
No way I can enjoy it when I know I will cease to exist after I die. She is unharmed even after crashing. ""Just leave it and hurry up or else I will leave both of you here."
satori says it without directly looking towards us and then he starts walking.
We again start walking to don't-know-where. Then after walking for another half an hour which felt like an eternity to me. Not because it was tiring or because of continuous walking but because some weak demon kept on falling and falling and falling and falling. I think instead of being called a demon, he should be called a fallen because he keeps on falling.
I asked."It's a...library."
Satori replies in a half-dead voice.Another library. I am in the netherworld and all I am doing is going from one library to another.
"We are here just to meet someone."
Satori says. Maybe he read my mind.
Again Luemon places her hands on the gates ready to push and again I take few steps back.Well, whatever. Let's see who is that demon we are going to meet here.