AkuMajutsu: Demons and Witchcraft - All for the Sake of Love?!
Akuma to Majutsu ~Ai ga Yuitsu no Tame ni?!~
By: L. Moonlight
“Make sure you take an umbrella,” my mother called out as I opened our front door to leave, “The weatherman said it’s going to rain today!”
I rolled my eyes. What did that guy know, anyhow? He was just reading from an autocue that some half-awake meteorologist wrote for him. It wasn’t like anyone could accurately predict the weather or anything! Well, anyone other than me, of course.
“It’s fine,” I called back, “I’m sure I’ll manage to get back home before the rain starts!”
It had been like this ever since that day. I drew a summoning circle on my bedroom floor and read some incantation I found on the deep web not expecting it to do anything. But in the end, that’s how I met… him.
“Can’t that woman ever mind her own damn business?” a suave voice whispered into my ear.
Luxette Nebrae, the incubus I summoned with my incantation who only I can see or hear. Since I met him, my world has been opened up in ways most don’t even know to be possible. I am of course referring to the occult. Tarot cards, crystal balls, demonology, those sorts of things. With Luxette’s teachings, something simple like predicting the weather was no longer an issue. If I went to a new restaurant, I could just ask Luxette which items would appeal to my tastebuds. If I wanted to land a promotion, I could use clairvoyance to make sure I always drew the Wheel of Fortune card from my tarot deck. Knowing “weather” or not it would rain was a simple matter of consulting my crystal ball!
“How do I look?” I asked, grabbing the corners of my new mini-skirt.
“Like a hairless monkey.” Luxette sighed, rolling his bright yellow eyes.
“But what about Damon,” I said, rolling my eyes, “Are you sure this will impress him?”
“You’re kidding, right?” Luxette growled. “I know everything there is to know about Earth and its inhabitants. Trust me, Hanako, Damon has a thing for short skirts.”
I sighed. Luxette hadn’t been wrong about anything yet. If this was how I’d get the man of my dreams, then so be it. That was why I had entertained the idea of summoning a demon anyways. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get Damon to notice me. I was like a lovestruck anime kohai trying to get my senpai’s attention. Even if it meant selling my soul, I would’ve done anything to get him to fall in love with me. Thankfully, it didn’t come to that. All I had to do was put the knowledge I’d gained through the dark arts into action.
“Yo,” a familiar voice said, interrupting my train of thought, “You wanted to hang-out, Hanako?”
“Oh, Damon, hi!” I beamed. “…Don’t you have an umbrella?” I asked, taking note of his non-waterproof clothes and lack of an umbrella.
“No, why?” he responded, giving me a look of confusion.
“Didn’t they say it was going to rain on the weather forecast?” I innocently asked.
“So what?” Damon replied. “If we’re just grabbing a quick bite to eat, I should probably be home before it rains.”
Drat, I thought, I wanted to stay in the bar just long enough to be caught in the rain. My dreams of sharing a lovers’ umbrella with Damon had been crushed before my eyes. No matter! I’d just have to cut our meal short and invite him over to my place! Suddenly, Luxette began chuckling to himself.
What’s so funny? I said in my head, knowing that the demon could read my thoughts.
“It’s nothing,” Luxette snickered, “Shouldn’t you be focusing on getting Romeo over there to fall for you?”
I’m wearing a mini-skirt and we’re going to his favorite diner, what more do I need?
Luxette paused. “Video-games.” he muttered.
“Damon loves video-games. Just talk about some games while you’re having your dinner date and you should be able to win him over.”
I clenched my fist and bit my lip. I don’t know anything about video-games!
“Relax,” Luxette calmly said, “I’ll tell you what to say. You just focus on maintaining eye contact and looking seductive, or whatever.”
Right, I nodded.
And with that I lead the way to the diner. As we went to sit by our table, I made a show of making sure my skirt didn’t expose me, watching Damon’s face the entire time for any reaction. We ordered our starters as I discreetly opened my handbag and gave a side glance to my crystal ball inside. I breathed a sigh of relief as there was still about half-an-hour before the first raindrops started falling from the sky, according to the trusty psychic orb. I turned back to Damon with a smile as we locked eyes. As we started talking, I looked for an opportunity to turn the conversation to video-games, or at the very least general interests.
“So,” Damon said, “Do you have any hobbies?”
Now was my chance!
“Oh, yeah,” I began, “I like roleplay, swimming…” I paused. “And of-course video-games!”
Damon stared at me with a puzzled expression. “Huh,” he interjected, “I never took you as a gamer girl, Hanako.”
“Pfft, are you kidding?” I rhetorically asked. “I LOVE video-games! Like, uh…” I paused and glanced over to Luxette.
The demon was laughing his head off.
What’s so funny?! Just gimme some games that Damon likes.
“Heheh…” Luxette chuckled, wiping tears from his eyes with one of his clawed fingers, “Sigil of Flame.”
I turned back to Damon and grinned from ear to ear. “My favorite game is Sigil of Flame! Have you played it?”
“Yeah,” Damon muttered, “Hey, do you have any other hobbies?”
“Huh?” I stammered. “W-Well, yeah, but video-games are my favorite.”
“Interesting you should say that,” the boy responded, “I thought you were into more… obscure stuff. Like, say, the occult?”
I froze in place and stared at Damon with my mouth hanging wide open. How did he know?! We barely knew each other! And even if we did, it’s only been about a week since I met Luxette!
“And come to think of it,” he continued, “I’ve never seen you wearing such a short skirt before. It’s almost as if you’re just trying to impress me…” he winked.
“W-Whaaaaaat?!” I gasped, playing innocent, “Can’t I just invite someone for a quick bite without any ulterior motives?” I asked.
“Hanako, let me be honest with you,” Damon sighed, “I know you have a crush on me.”
But how?! I never told anyone about my crush on Damon. Anyone apart from…
My train of thought was cut off my Luxette bursting into hysterics.
You told him?! But how?! I thought only I could see and hear you!
“Don’t look at me,” the demon shrugged, “I think maybe your friend has a few secrets of his own.”
I glanced over at Damon, then back to Luxette. Then to Damon. Luxette. Damon. Luxette. Damon.
“Y-You’ve got a demon too?!” I shrieked.
“Sorry, Hanako,” he apologized, “You’re just not my type. Try again once you get to know me better.” he smiled. “Now, shall we get going? It’s about to rain.” he sniggered, pulling a crystal ball of his own out from his backpack.
As I walked home in the rain, I peered up at my incubus friend through my soaked bangs.
“I don’t get it,” I said, “I did everything you told me to! I knew all of his turn-ons and interests!”
“Well,” Luxette began to explain, “Knowing everything about your opponent is useless if they know everything about you too.” He paused. “Since Damon knew you were only trying to impress him, he wasn’t interested in dating you. Next time, maybe try being yourself?”
“When did you realize that he had a demon too?” I pouted.
“When we dissed the weatherman.”
“Then why didn’t you tell me?!” I moaned.
“Because,” Luxette winked, “Sometimes it’s better to learn some lessons by yourself rather than turning to incubi to solve all your problems!”
“Cut the crap,” I rolled my eyes, “You just wanted to mess with me, didn’t you?”
Luxette threw his head back and laughed to the rainclouds above. “Knowledge alone isn’t enough to get everything you want, Hanako. It’s about knowing how to use that knowledge.”
I raised an eyebrow.
“Knowledge isn’t the same as intelligence, kid.”