Chapter 13:

Death Is Not A Requirement If You Want To Sleep In A Coffin

The Netherworld : Awakening

My head is aching badly. Where am I? 

"..."Bookmark here

After waking up, I analyzed my thoughts of what happened before I lost my consciousness. My brain is constantly getting fill with pieces of information about what happened before I lost my consciousness. Bookmark here

I suddenly remembered it all.Bookmark here

I panicked after remembering what had happened and why I am here.Bookmark here

"Ah! I was supposed to get--"Bookmark here

"Calm down. You are still not well. You should take a rest."Bookmark here

"Huh? Third-whatever-captain."Bookmark here

I say it out loud, seeing her standing right behind me. Maybe I shouldn't have said Third-whatever-captain.Bookmark here

"What do you mean by Third-whatever-captain? I am Third Division Rank 7, Captain Omivias."Bookmark here

"S-Sorry--wait, third division rank 7, captain Omivias. Isn't it too long."Bookmark here

she takes a deep sigh and then speaks.Bookmark here

"Well, if you can't remember it then, call me Captain Fuera."Bookmark here

"Fu-era?"Bookmark here

"Not Fu-era. It's Fuera. Omivias Fuera."Bookmark here

That's kind of--Bookmark here

"I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, 'what a weird name to have', right?"Bookmark here

"N-No, it's nothing like that."Bookmark here

"Don't lie. I can smell it."Bookmark here

"Smell?"Bookmark here

"Yes. I have the ability to smell others emotions. Emotions like hate, fear, joy, disgust, anger, pride, hope, shame and many more, actually almost every emotion. It helps me to get a gist of what the others are thinking. Well, back to the original point. I know that Omivias Fuera sounds weird..."Bookmark here

"No, you got it all wrong."Bookmark here

"...Even though Omivias is not my name, it is still important to me."Bookmark here

"Wait, it's not?"Bookmark here

"Yes. My name is Fuera. Omivias is the name that is passed on from one captain to another. But it can only be passed from one captain of beasts to another captain of beasts. You can say only third division rank 7 captains are allowed to have this name. I was bestowed this name by the former captain when I became the captain."Bookmark here

That's the same as what humans used to do in old times. It was rare because every human's name is passed from one generation to another of the same family. Although, there were times when names were passed on from one person to another without having any blood relation or anything.Bookmark here

"Don't push yourself. Just rest here."Bookmark here

She says after seeing me struggle to stand. Bookmark here

"No, I am fine, and more importantly, I came here to get the permissions, so I can't waste my time here lying down resting."Bookmark here

"Do you think I will give you permission?"Bookmark here

"No. I don't think you will give me permission that easily. And I don't even know what to do to get your permission?"Bookmark here

"Hunh? You are just a human who has demon king's blood in him, and that's all. Other than that, you are nothing but a human with human strength and limits. What can you even do with that human self of yours?"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

I opened my mouth but couldn't say anything, because what she said is true. They are facts about me that I can't ignore.Bookmark here

"Don't tell me that you will join my legion and contribute to the netherworld. That's beyond your reach. There is nothing you can do to make me give you permission. So it's better for you to give--" Bookmark here

"You may be right. I don't know if I'll be able to do anything to get your permission, but that's why I will do everything to get your permission. It's better to try and fail rather than give up before even trying. It's the same as accepting your fate even though you don't want to. And if you are talking about my limits and capacities, then you don't have to worry about that, I will cover up for the traits I lack with my intelligence. Although I am not smart, I will do everything even if I have to breaks my limits as a human." Bookmark here

After hearing my reply, she bursts into laughter.Bookmark here

"Hahaha. Don't make me laugh."Bookmark here

"Well, no. I am serious. I have made my resolve."Bookmark here

"Then let's test your resolve."Bookmark here

"Test my resolve? How?"Bookmark here

"It's simple you have to achieve your goal. If you achieve your goal, then I will acknowledge your resolve." Bookmark here

"Does that mean?"Bookmark here

"Yes. I'll give you permission."Bookmark here

"Really. Thank you."Bookmark here

Never thought that I would get her permission that easily. I was thinking she would be more like, "I don't care what happens to you. It's none of my concern. Now, leave." but it's good she isn't anything like that. Even though she still said some harsh words. But they were facts, so I can't argue on that. Bookmark here

"Captain Omiv--"Bookmark here

She cuts me before I could say anything further.Bookmark here

"Captain Fuera is fine."Bookmark here

"Okay...then Captain Fuera...since you are a captain, you have many demons working under you. Right?" Bookmark here

"Well, yes."Bookmark here

"Then there will also be a wish-granting demon, right?"Bookmark here

"What of it?"Bookmark here

"It may be too much for me to ask of you, but...can you introduce me to one of them?"Bookmark here

"Well, I can, but he is not the kind of demon you wanna meet."Bookmark here

"What do you mean?"Bookmark here

She takes a deep sigh and then continues.Bookmark here

"He is the kind of demon who goes on a rampage now and then. He only answers to those who either defeat him in a fight or give him a worthy fight. Other than that, he just kills others."Bookmark here

"So, there is no hope."Bookmark here

I thought since she is the captain of beasts demons, she can help me in this. But if you think of it from another way then there was never a chance to find any decent wish-granting demon in this division. After all, this division is filled with beasts. Bookmark here

"Sorry, I can't help you with that."Bookmark here

"No, it's fine."Bookmark here

Seeing me sad, she walks towards in front of me.Bookmark here

"Seriously, you haven't even started, and yet you have that defeated look on your face. Don't worry. This netherworld is massive and is filled with all types of demons. You will definitely find the demon you are looking for.Bookmark here

"I wonder why everyone thinks of her as a ruthless demon?" Bookmark here

"Sorry about that." Bookmark here

 Well, I just started today, so I can't expect things to go smoothly. Bookmark here

After that, she offered me some tea and told me about herself. We talked for a bit, and then I left. She gave me a blue sparkling crystal. Apparently, in the netherworld, this is what you get as permission and not some written letter. Bookmark here

I was standing at the gates seeing the gates as they closed. I bowed down as thanks for her tea.Bookmark here

"Did you get her permission? Maybe you didn't, well, I am sure you didn't, after all, you can't get permission from someone like her. Getting my permission would have been easy, but it's her, we are talking about, so it was expected. So, let's go eat something while you cry."Bookmark here

"Ahem...well."Bookmark here

I showed him the crystal.Bookmark here

"Wait a minute. You are kidding, right? T-There's no way she would give you permission. This-This isn't real. Maybe it's a dream. Or maybe the netherworld got destroyed, and I am dead and--"Bookmark here

I punched him right in his guts.Bookmark here

Just how badly he wants to disbelieve this.Bookmark here

"W-What's that for?"Bookmark here

Satori falls on his knees. Was my punch that strong?Bookmark here

"Well, it's that. When you want to check if you are in a dream or not." Bookmark here

"You pinch them and not punch them. You idiot."Bookmark here

"Pinch? will it even work on a demon? You are a stupid demon, right?"Bookmark here

"Excuse me, but I think that 'stupid' part was unnecessary."Bookmark here

I don't think so. He is a demon who just like to talk great about himself. Isn't that stupid?Bookmark here

"I can hear you dumb. Don't tell me you keep on forgetting that I can read your mind."Bookmark here

Satori tries to strangle me with his arms.Bookmark here

"Like-Like I said earlier. Not my f-fault. It's yo--your fault to read my mind. And stop stran--gling me."Bookmark here

"Both of you. Can't you stop doing things like these?"Bookmark here

Luemon says it from behind. Bookmark here

What does she mean by 'Both of you'? I am the victim here. Did she come just now? How long was she in the bathroom? Then suddenly her appetizer's image came into my mind. And well, it's justifiable. Bookmark here

The crystal in my hand catches her eyes. Bookmark here

"You got her permission. That's amazing. Didn't I say that you will get the permission for sure? I knew you would be able to get it."Bookmark here

"Hmph! Whatever. I am going home. I am tired."Bookmark here

Satori ignores us and starts walking back.Bookmark here

"Wait, then what about the other permission?"Bookmark here

"It's getting late, and I am hungry. Right now, I just want to go home and sleep."Bookmark here

Well, he is right. It's sunset right now. Although I am not tired because I already rested inside for a bit, but I am getting hungry.Bookmark here

"You are right. Let's go home. I am super hungry and want to eat something."Bookmark here

Just how much does she eat. Her appetite is something to be scared of. She was in the bathroom for hours, so her stomach might have gone empty. Bookmark here

"Wait, what about me?"Bookmark here

"Maybe you should go with Satori."Bookmark here

Luemon says it with a smirk on her face.Bookmark here

"Why me? There is no way I will take him with me."Bookmark here

"You were ordered to assist him. Right? So, he is your responsibility."Bookmark here

"Damn you."Bookmark here

Satori says it while gritting his teeth.Bookmark here

Luemon again smirks at Satori.Bookmark here

"Fine. I will take him with me, but I won't take him to my home."Bookmark here

"Then where?"Bookmark here

I asked.Bookmark here

"Here."Bookmark here

We are currently standing outside a--Bookmark here

"What is this?"Bookmark here

"Can't you tell?"Bookmark here

Every question's answer is another question. Satori's mentality, huh?Bookmark here

"If I was, then why would I bother myself asking you?"Bookmark here

"Well, whatever. It's a lounge."Bookmark here

Why is that everything in this place has this evil aura? Maybe just like the other place which turned out nice, even though having evil gates, this would also be--Bookmark here

"It's a coffin."Bookmark here

I said.Bookmark here

"Yes, it's a coffin."Bookmark here

Satori says.Bookmark here

"Don't tell me."Bookmark here

"Yes, you will sleep in this."Bookmark here

"Stop joking around. This is--"Bookmark here

I opened the coffin behind me and...someone was in it. The demon inside said nothing but kept on looking at me.Bookmark here

"Don't you have manners? Don't just open without permission. You idiot."Bookmark here

Satori starts shouting those words at me in anger.Bookmark here

"Um...sorry."Bookmark here

I apologized to the demon inside and closed the coffin instantly. Ignoring as if nothing happened.Bookmark here

"Are you kidding me? There is no way I am going to sleep in this." Bookmark here

I point my finger at one of the coffins.Bookmark here

"No, yours is that one and not that one."Bookmark here

Satori points his finger to the coffin in my right.Bookmark here

"Does that even matter? It's final, and I am not sleeping in this. You sleep in this."Bookmark here

"No thanks, but I have a place to sleep, and it's called home. So don't worry about me."Bookmark here

Damn him. It's all the fault of you demons because of whom I can't go home. Bookmark here

"Worry my ass. There is no way I will worry about you. And if you have a home, then take me there."Bookmark here

"Not happening. Until and unless I am alive, you won't get a chance to enter my house."Bookmark here

"Okay, Luemon. Let's get to business."Bookmark here

She understood what I meant by that.Bookmark here

"Hehehe. As you wish, but I will take all of his personals after his death."Bookmark here

"Okay."Bookmark here

"Both of you stop right there. That's not funny, and you insolent women stop glaring at me like I am some food. Stop it...arghhhhhhhh."Bookmark here

Luemon jumped on Satori in an attempt to kill him, and I also jumped behind Satori to stop him from escaping. Bookmark here

But Satori ran away with Luemon following him. Bookmark here

"But seriously. Do I really have to sleep in this? Got no choice, I guess."Bookmark here

I went inside the coffin to sleep, and's not at all cramped. I don't know why? But it's comfortable although it is not that big from the outside. It feels good inside.Bookmark here

I got one permission, and one is still left. I don't think that this Astaroth will be as good as Captain Fuera because all the lords are mostly perverted, money addicts, fat and don't care about others. Bookmark here

Let's see what will happen tomorrow.Bookmark here

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