The Netherworld : Awakening
Okay. I am good, nothing to worry about. I won't let anxiety get the better of me. I will make it. I got captain Fuera's permission who is said to be one the most ruthless and aggressive demons in the netherworld. I take a deep breath and then exhale.
"Are you worried?"
Luemon asks seeing me all tense.
"N-No, I am fine. It's just--"
We are currently right outside Lord Astaroth's throne room. Due to Marchosias's help, we made it inside the castle and because of his help we now don't have to worry about not having the appointment. He arranged it for us.
"What? You don't need to worry just go in there..."
Is this a dream or something? Satori saying such things...maybe he hit his head somewhere.
Satori turns towards me and hits me on my head with his right fist.
"...and get rejected, that's all. I don't know how you got captain Omivias's permission, but this one is different. I am certain that you will fail to get his permission and if you--wait, where are you going?"
Knowing that he won't stop talking, I walked towards the gate.
"Go and get his permission."
Luemon encourages me.
"Leave it to me."
I look toward the gate and then look back at Luemon.
"Can you open this?"
I say it while pointing my index fingers at the gates.
She gives me a confused look.
"Last time we tried to open it and failed."
"Wait by 'we' do you mean you and that dumb demon?"
She then looks back towards Satori with an evil smile on her face, while her face saying what-else-can-you-expect-from-a-pathetic-demon-?.
"Don't look at me with that face."
Satori says it with it's-on-my-pride-now expression.
The gates suddenly start to open. A female demon appears in front of me.
"How long are you planning to stay out?"
She says it with frustration on her face.
"Sorry. I was going to..."
I walk inside and I see no one.
"Excuse me, but I came here to meet Lord Astaroth but seems like no one is here."
"What are talking about? He is right in front of you."
"Well, that's just giant wings."
"That's Lord Astaroth, not giant wings."
"No. It's a giant wing on a giant cushion."
"Like I said. That's Lord Astaroth on a cushion."
The wings start to rose up and there was lying a...
"Both of stop fighting or I will--"
He is naked. But due to his wings, his genital area is luckily covered.
"Who the hell are you calling a pervert?"
The female demons shout at me.
"Sorry, maybe that's not correct. Exhibitionist."
"How dare you foul mouth Lord Astaroth. Lord Astaroth likes to remain naked, so what, everyone has their way of living life. You can't judge other's by that."
"That's enough. You don't have to go that far--"
Lord Astaroth says it with worry.
I don't know if she did it on purpose or unknowingly but she says it to Lord Astaroth.
"Shut up, you pervert. I would like to make one thing, no one can bad mouth Lord Astaroth, and if you do, then prepare for consequences."
"But you just who bad-mouthed him."
I try to make her realize her mistake.
"Huh? Me, bad mouth Lord Astaroth. That's impossible. Do you have any proof?"
Well, she forgot, I guess.
"You just said 'Shut up, you pervert', right?"
"Do you know whom you said that?"
"I said it that pervert ther--"
Sudden realization kicks in.
After few minutes.
"Seriously. what was wrong with here?"
I murmur to myself.
"Sorry for that."
Lord Astaroth apologizes.
"I don't think there is a need to apologize for that."
Shouldn't he be apologizing for being buck naked? Does he remain like this for the whole day?
"So, why a former human wants to meet? What do you want from me?"
"I want your permission to use the No-Destination gate."
"No-Destination Gate? Okay, I will give you."
"But only at one condition."
"What's with that serious look? It's not something impossible."
"Then what is it?"
"You have to cook food, clean this castle and do other chores for the next 7 days."
Wait, he wants me to do chores. But why?
"If you complete the chores assigned to you for the next 7 days then I will give you permission."
"O-Okay. So when do I start from."
Maybe I should just accept it. I don't think I'll be able to do any other tough works but if it's basic chores then there is a chance.
"Yes, now go and prepare food for me."
"But wait, wasn't Marchosias going to prepare food for you?"
"Yes, he was, but he is having pain in his hands and can't hold objects in his hands. He probably won't be able to use his hand for a few days. So you must satisfy my taste for next 7 days."
And that's how I end up in this situation. And how Luemon and Satori ended up in this situation it's because I knew that after I leave, Satori will start making fun of me so I asked Lord Astaroth to give me another helping hand since I am a human.
He allowed it and let me choose and I chose Satori. He was angry but he has no other choice since Lord Astaroth also said Satori to help me. In the case of Luemon, she volunteered herself thinking that it will fun.
On the third day when I told Marchosias about how I will still need a demon to whose underling I can become he told me about a certain demon who also happens to be Lord Astaroth's cook. After persuading him non-stop he gave up and allowed me to become his underling but only on one condition.
The condition was that if I defeat him in cooking then we will let me become his underling. It was impossible but Luemon said to accept it and I accepted it. Later she told me to learn how to dress a dish perfectly and also said "Don't make it look like a pile of colors but make it look appetizing. That's the only way you can win."
On the seventh day which was supposed to be my last day, we held the competition. Knowing there was no chance for me to win, Luemon instead of making my dish more delicious, messed up the opponent's dish. But our opponents were also demons so, in the end, we were messing with each other's dish.
I won but...I feel like dying. Even though I won, but the decision was difficult to make. In the start, it was the competition to see who cooks better but when it came to taste the dish and decide who cooked better it changed into the competition to see who makes the least disgusting dish.
And after 7 days of continuous labor, I got Lord Astaroth's permission and also became the underling of a wish-granting demon.
The moment I step back into the human realm my real adventure will start. I will take my first step toward erasing my fate and write a new fate.