Chapter 15:

Is It Wings On Cushion Or Something Else?

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.Bookmark here

"Are you worried?"Bookmark here

Luemon asks seeing me all tense.Bookmark here

"N-No, I am fine. It's just--"Bookmark here

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.Bookmark here

"What? You don't need to worry just go in there..."Bookmark here

Is this a dream or something? Satori saying such things...maybe he hit his head somewhere.Bookmark here

Satori turns towards me and hits me on my head with his right fist.Bookmark here

"...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?"Bookmark here

Knowing that he won't stop talking, I walked towards the gate.Bookmark here

"Go and get his permission."Bookmark here

Luemon encourages me.Bookmark here

"Leave it to me."Bookmark here

I look toward the gate and then look back at Luemon.Bookmark here

"Can you open this?"Bookmark here

I say it while pointing my index fingers at the gates.Bookmark here

She gives me a confused look.Bookmark here

"Last time we tried to open it and failed."Bookmark here

"Wait by 'we' do you mean you and that dumb demon?"Bookmark here

"Yes."Bookmark here

"Oh!"Bookmark here

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-?.Bookmark here

"Don't look at me with that face."Bookmark here

Satori says it with it's-on-my-pride-now expression.Bookmark here

Creak!Bookmark here

The gates suddenly start to open. A female demon appears in front of me.Bookmark here

"How long are you planning to stay out?"Bookmark here

She says it with frustration on her face.Bookmark here

"Sorry. I was going to..."Bookmark here

I walk inside and I see no one.Bookmark here

"Excuse me, but I came here to meet Lord Astaroth but seems like no one is here."Bookmark here

"What are talking about? He is right in front of you."Bookmark here

"Well, that's just giant wings."Bookmark here

"That's Lord Astaroth, not giant wings."Bookmark here

"No. It's a giant wing on a giant cushion."Bookmark here

"Like I said. That's Lord Astaroth on a cushion."Bookmark here

"Giant wings."Bookmark here

"Lord Astaroth."Bookmark here

"Giant wings."Bookmark here

"Lord Astaroth."Bookmark here

The wings start to rose up and there was lying a...Bookmark here

"Both of stop fighting or I will--"Bookmark here

"Pervert."Bookmark here

He is naked. But due to his wings, his genital area is luckily covered.Bookmark here

"Who the hell are you calling a pervert?"Bookmark here

The female demons shout at me.Bookmark here

"Sorry, maybe that's not correct. Exhibitionist."Bookmark here

"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."Bookmark here

"That's enough. You don't have to go that far--"Bookmark here

Lord Astaroth says it with worry.Bookmark here

I don't know if she did it on purpose or unknowingly but she says it to Lord Astaroth.Bookmark here

"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." Bookmark here

"But you just who bad-mouthed him."Bookmark here

I try to make her realize her mistake.Bookmark here

"Huh? Me, bad mouth Lord Astaroth. That's impossible. Do you have any proof?"Bookmark here

Well, she forgot, I guess.Bookmark here

"You just said 'Shut up, you pervert', right?" Bookmark here

"Yes."Bookmark here

"Do you know whom you said that?"Bookmark here

"I said it that pervert ther--"Bookmark here

Sudden realization kicks in.Bookmark here

After few minutes.Bookmark here

"Seriously. what was wrong with here?"Bookmark here

I murmur to myself.Bookmark here

"Sorry for that."Bookmark here

Lord Astaroth apologizes.Bookmark here

"I don't think there is a need to apologize for that."Bookmark here

Shouldn't he be apologizing for being buck naked? Does he remain like this for the whole day?Bookmark here

"So, why a former human wants to meet? What do you want from me?"Bookmark here

"I want your permission to use the No-Destination gate."Bookmark here

"No-Destination Gate? Okay, I will give you."Bookmark here

"Huh? "Bookmark here

"But only at one condition."Bookmark here

"Condition?"Bookmark here

"What's with that serious look? It's not something impossible."Bookmark here

"Then what is it?"Bookmark here

"You have to cook food, clean this castle and do other chores for the next 7 days."Bookmark here

Wait, he wants me to do chores. But why?Bookmark here

"If you complete the chores assigned to you for the next 7 days then I will give you permission."Bookmark here

"O-Okay. So when do I start from."Bookmark here

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.Bookmark here

"From today."Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"Yes, now go and prepare food for me."Bookmark here

"But wait, wasn't Marchosias going to prepare food for you?"Bookmark here

"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."Bookmark here

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. Bookmark here

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.Bookmark here

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. Bookmark here

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."Bookmark here

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. Bookmark here

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. Bookmark here

And after 7 days of continuous labor, I got Lord Astaroth's permission and also became the underling of a wish-granting demon. Bookmark here

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.Bookmark here

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