The Netherworld : Awakening
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.
I suddenly remembered it all.
I panicked after remembering what had happened and why I am here.
"Ah! I was supposed to get--"
"Calm down. You are still not well. You should take a rest."
I say it out loud, seeing her standing right behind me. Maybe I shouldn't have said Third-whatever-captain.
"What do you mean by Third-whatever-captain? I am Third Division Rank 7, Captain Omivias."
"S-Sorry--wait, third division rank 7, captain Omivias. Isn't it too long."
she takes a deep sigh and then speaks.
"Well, if you can't remember it then, call me Captain Fuera."
"Not Fu-era. It's Fuera. Omivias Fuera."
That's kind of--
"I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, 'what a weird name to have', right?"
"N-No, it's nothing like that."
"Don't lie. I can smell it."
"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..."
"No, you got it all wrong."
"...Even though Omivias is not my name, it is still important to me."
"Wait, it's not?"
"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."
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.
"Don't push yourself. Just rest here."
She says after seeing me struggle to stand.
"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."
"Do you think I will give you permission?"
"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?"
"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?"
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.
"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--"
"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."
After hearing my reply, she bursts into laughter.
"Hahaha. Don't make me laugh."
"Well, no. I am serious. I have made my resolve."
"Then let's test your resolve."
"Test my resolve? How?"
"It's simple you have to achieve your goal. If you achieve your goal, then I will acknowledge your resolve."
"Does that mean?"
"Yes. I'll give you permission."
"Really. Thank you."
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.
She cuts me before I could say anything further.
"Captain Fuera is fine."
"Okay...then Captain Fuera...since you are a captain, you have many demons working under you. Right?"
"Then there will also be a wish-granting demon, right?"
"What of it?"
"It may be too much for me to ask of you, but...can you introduce me to one of them?"
"Well, I can, but he is not the kind of demon you wanna meet."
"What do you mean?"
She takes a deep sigh and then continues.
"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."
"So, there is no hope."
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.
"Sorry, I can't help you with that."
"No, it's fine."
Seeing me sad, she walks towards in front of me.
"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.
"I wonder why everyone thinks of her as a ruthless demon?"
"Sorry about that."
Well, I just started today, so I can't expect things to go smoothly.
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.
I was standing at the gates seeing the gates as they closed. I bowed down as thanks for her tea.
"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."
I showed him the crystal.
"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--"
I punched him right in his guts.
Just how badly he wants to disbelieve this.
"W-What's that for?"
Satori falls on his knees. Was my punch that strong?
"Well, it's that. When you want to check if you are in a dream or not."
"You pinch them and not punch them. You idiot."
"Pinch? will it even work on a demon? You are a stupid demon, right?"
"Excuse me, but I think that 'stupid' part was unnecessary."
I don't think so. He is a demon who just like to talk great about himself. Isn't that stupid?
"I can hear you dumb. Don't tell me you keep on forgetting that I can read your mind."
Satori tries to strangle me with his arms.
"Like-Like I said earlier. Not my f-fault. It's yo--your fault to read my mind. And stop stran--gling me."
"Both of you. Can't you stop doing things like these?"
Luemon says it from behind.
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.
The crystal in my hand catches her eyes.
"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."
"Hmph! Whatever. I am going home. I am tired."
Satori ignores us and starts walking back.
"Wait, then what about the other permission?"
"It's getting late, and I am hungry. Right now, I just want to go home and sleep."
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.
"You are right. Let's go home. I am super hungry and want to eat something."
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.
"Wait, what about me?"
"Maybe you should go with Satori."
Luemon says it with a smirk on her face.
"Why me? There is no way I will take him with me."
"You were ordered to assist him. Right? So, he is your responsibility."
Satori says it while gritting his teeth.
Luemon again smirks at Satori.
"Fine. I will take him with me, but I won't take him to my home."
We are currently standing outside a--
"What is this?"
"Can't you tell?"
Every question's answer is another question. Satori's mentality, huh?
"If I was, then why would I bother myself asking you?"
"Well, whatever. It's a lounge."
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--
"It's a coffin."
"Yes, it's a coffin."
"Don't tell me."
"Yes, you will sleep in this."
"Stop joking around. This is--"
I opened the coffin behind me and...someone was in it. The demon inside said nothing but kept on looking at me.
"Don't you have manners? Don't just open without permission. You idiot."
Satori starts shouting those words at me in anger.
I apologized to the demon inside and closed the coffin instantly. Ignoring as if nothing happened.
"Are you kidding me? There is no way I am going to sleep in this."
I point my finger at one of the coffins.
"No, yours is that one and not that one."
Satori points his finger to the coffin in my right.
"Does that even matter? It's final, and I am not sleeping in this. You sleep in this."
"No thanks, but I have a place to sleep, and it's called home. So don't worry about me."
Damn him. It's all the fault of you demons because of whom I can't go home.
"Worry my ass. There is no way I will worry about you. And if you have a home, then take me there."
"Not happening. Until and unless I am alive, you won't get a chance to enter my house."
"Okay, Luemon. Let's get to business."
She understood what I meant by that.
"Hehehe. As you wish, but I will take all of his personals after his death."
"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."
Luemon jumped on Satori in an attempt to kill him, and I also jumped behind Satori to stop him from escaping.
But Satori ran away with Luemon following him.
"But seriously. Do I really have to sleep in this? Got no choice, I guess."
I went inside the coffin to sleep, and damn...it'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.
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.
Let's see what will happen tomorrow.