Chapter 14:

A Demon In A Tuxedo

The Netherworld : Awakening

"Just what the hell are you doing."Bookmark here

Satori shouts at Luemon.Bookmark here

"What do you mean by what am I doing? Can't you see? I am peeling these."Bookmark here

Luemon replies with frustration in her voice.Bookmark here

"You say you are peeling these but seems like a murder scene to me."Bookmark here

"From which angle does it look like a murder scene to you? It looks fine to me, although I don't think you have the right to say it."Bookmark here

Seeing Luemon gazing at his peeled vegetables. Satori also looks at his peeled vegetables.Bookmark here

"A-At least it's better than yours."Bookmark here

Satori says it flustered.Bookmark here

"Oh! Look at Yukio's peeled vegetables. They look so good."Bookmark here

Satori looks at my peeled vegetables with I-don't-want-to-admit-it-but-they-are-neatly-done face.Bookmark here

"Do you know how to cook?"Bookmark here

Luemon asks me, seeing my peeled vegetables.Bookmark here

"Well, a little. I guess." Bookmark here

We are currently helping someone in the preparation of food. We are doing it to get lord Astaroth's permission and if I somehow get his permission then I won't even have to look for a demon. Why?Bookmark here

This all started this morning when we were having breakfast and Luemon was eating excessively. Seeing Luemon eat too much Satori said "Eating this much early in the morning. What kind of a demon are you?" to which Luemon replies "A demon-like you who can't even eat a full main course without the help of another demon has no right to talk about food." This was enough to force Satori into an eating competition. Such a simpleton he is. Well, right after that-- Bookmark here

"Huh! This is such a childish thing to do, but I will play around with you for a bit, and I will definitely wi--ahem."Bookmark here

Satori turns pale. Maybe he remembered Luemon's appetizers.Bookmark here

"What happened. You will definitely what?"Bookmark here

"W-Well competition between two is no fun, so how about a competition between three? So this fellow will also be part of the competition."Bookmark here

Most demon's attention was on us, but right after Satori's declaration, everything escalated. The restaurant went from some murmurs to "whoa" in a second. Bookmark here

They all gathered around our table and were going crazy. Bookmark here

"Wait, why me? I don't--"Bookmark here

"What? Trying to run away? You sure are pathetic, and yet you call yourself a demon? Fine, go eat some air, kid."Bookmark here

Wait, I never once called myself a demon. In a normal situation, I would have made my exit, but since it came to this...Bookmark here

"Fine. Bring it on then. I don't think I will get the first position, but I will definitely beat your ass."Bookmark here

…I won't back down.Bookmark here

"Bring on the food."(*??)Bookmark here

Everyone present in the restaurant shouted at the same time.Bookmark here

"Here you go, sir. Enjoy it."Bookmark here

The three waiters brought the food on our table and--Bookmark here

"Thanks, but I think I will pass."(*2)Bookmark here

Both Satori and I put down our fork and knife.Bookmark here

"Wait, nobody told us that it is going this huge. Do you think it will even fit in my stomach? I think I would have been a perfect fit for his stomach if he was alive."Bookmark here

I reasoned why I can't continue this challenge.Bookmark here

"Yes, he is right. And I don't remember ordering this one for the challenge."Bookmark here

Even Satori agrees with me.Bookmark here

"What? Trying to run away? You sure are pathetic, and yet you call yourself a demon?" Bookmark here

Luemon repeats Satori's words which he said a few moments ago.Bookmark here

After listening to Luemon, satori eyes fill with rage.Bookmark here

"A demon, you say? Fine, I will show you."Bookmark here

Satori enters the competition. Seeing him enter the competition, I was left with no choice but to start eating, not because Satori re-joined but because everyone is glaring at me with the eyes saying what-a-pathetic-loser-he-is. I also enter the competition, more precisely, I was forced to enter. Bookmark here

In the end, Luemon won first place, which was expected, whereas Satori came last. Yes, I came second. Bookmark here

"I am totally surprised. Satori couldn't even eat half of what I ate. I wonder how he is still alive even with that little appetite of his?"Bookmark here

"Well, that's how he is. His appetite is lesser than a lesser demon."Bookmark here

"Don't make fun of me, or I will kill you both right here right now."Bookmark here

"Fine, fine. You don't need to be that mad."Bookmark here

"Hmm."Bookmark here

I stopped walking and looked back.Bookmark here

"What happened? Why did you stop walking? Don't tell you are tired."Bookmark here

Satori asks, seeing me stop.Bookmark here

"Isn't that your specialty?"Bookmark here

Luemon says it to Satori.Bookmark here

"What did you say? Looking for a fight?"Bookmark here

"Isn't being a last ranker enough for you that you wanna lose again?"Bookmark here

"Wait, where are you going?"Bookmark here

"Let me help you."Bookmark here

I walked to the demon who was picking up the vegetables which fell from his hands.Bookmark here

"Ah! Sorry. Maybe I lost my grip for a second."Bookmark here

"Here."Bookmark here

I picked up the vegetables and gave him.Bookmark here

"Thank you very much. By the way, what's your name?"Bookmark here

"My name? It's Yukio Ichiro."Bookmark here

"Yukio...Ichiro."Bookmark here

He then started thinking something.Bookmark here

"And yours?"Bookmark here

"Ah! Sorry, I forgot to tell you my name. Let me introduce myself...Ahem...My name is Marchosias."Bookmark here

Well, he looks like an old man who is wearing a tuxedo. Even though he is wearing a tuxedo he has a nice physique. Looks like a strong demon to me. The most fascinating thing about him is that he looks like a human with horns on his forehead.Bookmark here

"I am the commander of Lord Astaroth's army."Bookmark here

Lord Astaroth?Bookmark here

"Lord Astaroth, you say?."Bookmark here

"Yes."Bookmark here

That's a nice coincidence we have here.Bookmark here

"That's great. We were also going to meet him."Bookmark here

"To Lord Astaroth? Do you have--"Bookmark here

He was going to ask something, but two voices call him. Bookmark here

"Marchosias."Bookmark here

"Oh! It's Marchosias."Bookmark here

And they are none other than Satori and Luemon. So, they know him. Bookmark here

"Satori and Luemon. What are you both doing here? That's rather unexpected to see both of you together."Bookmark here

"It's not like I want her to be around me. She's just following us."Bookmark here

Luemon gives a death glare to Satori, which he ignores.Bookmark here

Satori continues.Bookmark here

"Well, that's great that now we don't have to worry about how we will meet Lord Astaroth."Bookmark here

"Wait, what do you mean? Haven't you taken appointment?"Bookmark here

Luemon asks Satori with a serious look on her face.Bookmark here

"W-Well, that's..."Bookmark here

Satori looks agitated.Bookmark here

"That's what? Come out and say it."Bookmark here

Looks like Luemon is not going to give up until she hears it.Bookmark here

"Don't get too close to me. And yeah, I forgot to. So, what? We can enter now."Bookmark here

Seeing Luemon coming close to her, he brushes her aside with force.Bookmark here

"Well, that's thanks to Yukio that he helped Marchosias, and we met him. Otherwise, it would have been a waste to go there, right?"Bookmark here

Seriously, what's wrong with them? They keep on fighting each other.Bookmark here

"You must be thinking why they fight each other, right?"Bookmark here

Marchosias says it with expression joy on his face.Bookmark here

"Well, n...yes."Bookmark here

"No one knows why they turned like this, but there was a time when they were best friends."Bookmark here

"Wait, what? Best friends? You got to be kidding me? I can't believe it."Bookmark here

"Everyone has the same reaction when they hear this. I can't blame you, but it's true."Bookmark here

"If they were best friends, then how did they end up like this?"Bookmark here

"As I said, no one knows what happened. It is one of the mysteries of the netherworld."Bookmark here

I wonder what they were like when they were best friends. I am a little curious now because I can't imagine them being all buddy-buddy with each other.Bookmark here

Marchosias's bag of vegetables was slipping from his hands. But I grabbed them before they fall.Bookmark here

"Are you all right?"Bookmark here

"Y-yes, I am fine. I don't know why but my hands are losing grip. It was fine until this morning."Bookmark here

"Give me that. I will carry it for you."Bookmark here

"No, there is need for you--"Bookmark here

"Just give it. I bet they will again fall from your hands."Bookmark here

I take the bag from him.Bookmark here

"Sorry for that."Bookmark here

"No, it's fine."Bookmark here

We start following Marchosias. After walking for a while, a question came to mind.Bookmark here

"Hey, Marchosias.""Bookmark here

Hmm."Bookmark here

He looks at me.Bookmark here

"I wanted to ask you that why are you doing all this grocery shopping when you are a commander? I mean, there must be lots of servants who serve lord Astaroth then--" Bookmark here

"Oh! That. It's because Lord Astaroth wanted me to cook food for him today."Bookmark here

"You? Why?"Bookmark here

"Well, it's because Marchosias is not only a commander but he is also a good cook."Bookmark here

Satori answers.Bookmark here

"Really?"Bookmark here

"Yes. That's why sometimes I cook for Lord Astaroth. And yesterday he specially asked me to cook something special for him."Bookmark here

"Oh, that's amazing."Bookmark here

If a ruler is asking his army commander to cook food, then it means he must be a really good cook. Marchosias stops right next to a carriage.Bookmark here

"Why did you stop? Do you want to buy something?"Bookmark here

"No, that's not the case. This is our ride."Bookmark here

"Our ride?"IBookmark here

t looks like a carriage we humans used to ride in the old days. Bookmark here

"Yes. That's right. Don't tell me you are planning to walk to the castle?"Bookmark here

If you hadn't shown up, then maybe we would have. I don't have the map of this place, so all I can do is follow them--Bookmark here

I turn my face toward Satori and Luemon. Bookmark here

"Don't come close to me, you meathead."Bookmark here

"What? Did you say anything? Sorry, but I couldn't hear you, loser."Bookmark here

--Even though I don't want to.Bookmark here

Satori and Luemon sat inside the carriage while Marchosias sat on the driver's seat (coach box). I was also going to sit, but something piqued my interest.Bookmark here

I ask Marchosias with excitement.Bookmark here

"Wait, what is this creature?"Bookmark here

"This? Oh! You mean Syron. Let me introduce you. This is Syron. He is the one who pulls this carriage."Bookmark here

Well, I am in the netherworld, so these types of creatures will possibly be in here. But still, this creature looks so cool.Bookmark here

Syron is a creature who looks like a hybrid of a dragon and a lion. So, it means there will be a lot of different types of creatures like this. I wonder if they have a Griffin or an actual dragon. Bookmark here

Now I am kind of hyped. I want to see more creatures like this one. With my excitement increasing every second, we left for Lord Astaroth's castle. I wonder what kind of demon he would be?Bookmark here

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