Chapter 1:

Akuma to Majutsu ~Ai ga Yuitsu no Tame ni?!~

AkuMajutsu: Demons and Witchcraft - All for the Sake of Love?!

悪魔と魔術 ~愛が唯一のために?!~Bookmark here

Akuma to Majutsu ~Ai ga Yuitsu no Tame ni?!~Bookmark here

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“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!”Bookmark here

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.Bookmark here

“It’s fine,” I called back, “I’m sure I’ll manage to get back home before the rain starts!”Bookmark here

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.Bookmark here

“Can’t that woman ever mind her own damn business?” a suave voice whispered into my ear.Bookmark here

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!Bookmark here

“How do I look?” I asked, grabbing the corners of my new mini-skirt.Bookmark here

“Like a hairless monkey.” Luxette sighed, rolling his bright yellow eyes.Bookmark here

“But what about Damon,” I said, rolling my eyes, “Are you sure this will impress him?”Bookmark here

“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.”Bookmark here

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.Bookmark here

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“Yo,” a familiar voice said, interrupting my train of thought, “You wanted to hang-out, Hanako?”Bookmark here

“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.Bookmark here

“No, why?” he responded, giving me a look of confusion.Bookmark here

“Didn’t they say it was going to rain on the weather forecast?” I innocently asked.Bookmark here

“So what?” Damon replied. “If we’re just grabbing a quick bite to eat, I should probably be home before it rains.”Bookmark here

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.Bookmark here

What’s so funny? I said in my head, knowing that the demon could read my thoughts.Bookmark here

“It’s nothing,” Luxette snickered, “Shouldn’t you be focusing on getting Romeo over there to fall for you?”Bookmark here

I’m wearing a mini-skirt and we’re going to his favorite diner, what more do I need?Bookmark here

Luxette paused. “Video-games.” he muttered.Bookmark here

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“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.”Bookmark here

I clenched my fist and bit my lip. I don’t know anything about video-games!Bookmark here

“Relax,” Luxette calmly said, “I’ll tell you what to say. You just focus on maintaining eye contact and looking seductive, or whatever.”Bookmark here

Right, I nodded.Bookmark here

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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.Bookmark here

“So,” Damon said, “Do you have any hobbies?”Bookmark here

Now was my chance!Bookmark here

“Oh, yeah,” I began, “I like roleplay, swimming…” I paused. “And of-course video-games!”Bookmark here

Damon stared at me with a puzzled expression. “Huh,” he interjected, “I never took you as a gamer girl, Hanako.”Bookmark here

“Pfft, are you kidding?” I rhetorically asked. “I LOVE video-games! Like, uh…” I paused and glanced over to Luxette.Bookmark here

The demon was laughing his head off.Bookmark here

What’s so funny?! Just gimme some games that Damon likes.Bookmark here

“Heheh…” Luxette chuckled, wiping tears from his eyes with one of his clawed fingers, “Sigil of Flame.”Bookmark here

I turned back to Damon and grinned from ear to ear. “My favorite game is Sigil of Flame! Have you played it?”Bookmark here

“Yeah,” Damon muttered, “Hey, do you have any other hobbies?”Bookmark here

“Huh?” I stammered. “W-Well, yeah, but video-games are my favorite.”Bookmark here

“Interesting you should say that,” the boy responded, “I thought you were into more… obscure stuff. Like, say, the occult?”Bookmark here

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!Bookmark here

“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.Bookmark here

“W-Whaaaaaat?!” I gasped, playing innocent, “Can’t I just invite someone for a quick bite without any ulterior motives?” I asked.Bookmark here

“Hanako, let me be honest with you,” Damon sighed, “I know you have a crush on me.”Bookmark here

But how?! I never told anyone about my crush on Damon. Anyone apart from…Bookmark here

My train of thought was cut off my Luxette bursting into hysterics.Bookmark here

You told him?! But how?! I thought only I could see and hear you!Bookmark here

“Don’t look at me,” the demon shrugged, “I think maybe your friend has a few secrets of his own.”Bookmark here

I glanced over at Damon, then back to Luxette. Then to Damon. Luxette. Damon. Luxette. Damon.Bookmark here

“Y-You’ve got a demon too?!” I shrieked.Bookmark here

Damon nodded.Bookmark here

“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.Bookmark here

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As I walked home in the rain, I peered up at my incubus friend through my soaked bangs.Bookmark here

“I don’t get it,” I said, “I did everything you told me to! I knew all of his turn-ons and interests!”Bookmark here

“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?”Bookmark here

“When did you realize that he had a demon too?” I pouted.Bookmark here

“When we dissed the weatherman.”Bookmark here

“Then why didn’t you tell me?!” I moaned.Bookmark here

“Because,” Luxette winked, “Sometimes it’s better to learn some lessons by yourself rather than turning to incubi to solve all your problems!”Bookmark here

“Cut the crap,” I rolled my eyes, “You just wanted to mess with me, didn’t you?”Bookmark here

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.”Bookmark here

I raised an eyebrow.Bookmark here

“Knowledge isn’t the same as intelligence, kid.”Bookmark here

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