Chapter 2:

Ch 2 - Mr. & Mrs. Almond

St Chaos Healer

It’s been 2 weeks since I have been reborn into this world.Bookmark here

I am still quite getting used to the fact that I was reborn as a human infant with my previous life memories intact. Pretty crazy, right!Bookmark here

I am not a guy who believed in nonsensical things like reincarnation and the cycle of life. I thought it was just mythical made-up stuff made by bored people.Bookmark here

This new life gave me a new perspective on our life.Bookmark here

Right now, I am in a wooden cradle with long fencing. I am laid on a comfy soft bedsheet white fabric cloth swaddled around my body pretty neatly.
It’s pretty cozy.Bookmark here

It would be pretty hilarious if anyone came to know that the Demonic Overlord wrapped in a blanket and cozying on a cradle. Thanks to my new life I don’t have to worry about such things.Bookmark here

I checked my body to test how much I could control my infant’s body.
To my surprise, I got next to no control over my limbs.Bookmark here

I can only flail my arms at most and I have no control on fingers.
Also, I could do only light kick-like action with my legs.Bookmark here

My infant’s head is too big proportionate to my body to lift it. I have to rely on everything on my Mom and Dad.Bookmark here

My mom, Bethenny Almond, whos a housewife.
Does everything from daily cleaning the home, tending the garden, grocery shopping, cooking, and sometimes helping Dad with work.Bookmark here

On top of that, she also takes care of me.
From changing my soiled nappies to bathing, she spares no effort.
Pretty laughable that once the supreme Demonic Overlord ruled over the demonic realm with an iron fist but now I even can’t control my bowels.Bookmark here

She also makes time to breastfed me multiple times every day, just to make sure I don’t go hungry.Bookmark here

The first time I felt weird doing it. it felt ethically wrong.
I didn’t get a perverse feeling as she was my birth mother after all.Bookmark here

But later I was getting hungry and I also needed to grow up, strong and healthy.
Mother’s breastmilk has the most beneficial nutrients that help babies' growth of their bones.Bookmark here

So after some deep thinking, I was like fuck ethics!
I maybe the Supreme Overlord with 800+ years of life experience, but right now I was her son.
I need to become healthy enough to become powerful enough to stand against my enemies.Bookmark here

So If I have to drink breastmilk to survive then I will do it.Bookmark here

So from then, I am chugging like there’s no tomorrow.
It also tastes quite good, never getting bored.Bookmark here

Whereas my Dad, Arthur Almond is a merchant who owns an antique shop in the town.
There is pretty weird stuff around our homes like odd-looking charms, creepy head sculptures, and even eerie-looking mannequins.Bookmark here

No wonder I thought during my birth, the first thing I mistakenly thought I was being summoned by soul summoning ritual.
Calling our home a witch's hideout wouldn't be wrong.

Meanwhile my Dad's personality, I don’t have much to say.Bookmark here

He acts rather normally around our home discussing business with mom, helping around the house, and also cleaning the antiques.Bookmark here

But for some reason, his intellects sharply tumbles when he comes around me.
He always tries to get my attention while making these weird faces.Bookmark here

He also shows his creepy antique collections while puffing his chest proudly.Bookmark here

Is this what a child does to a man after he becomes a father?
Does a father go any length to make their kids smile?

I was an orphan back in the Demonic Realm so never experienced what it feels like to have parents.
Is this how it feels to have parents?Bookmark here

Even though my human father hasn’t left me much impression but his antics keep me entertained.
So I don’t have any complaints, at least for the time being.Bookmark here

I still have to figure out where I am exactly in the mortal realm.
Also how much time has passed since my death as the Overlord.Bookmark here

Maybe millennia have passed since I was in that void?
Maybe my enemies are long gone dead and died a natural death because of passing time?Bookmark here

Then what’s the point of this newborn life then?
Should I even bother chasing after my vengeance?Bookmark here

I took a sigh, there was no point in pondering after something you can’t do anything about.
After I grow up a bit I have to research past events.Bookmark here

Assassinating the Supreme Overlord is not a simple thing that could be hidden easily.Bookmark here

Not to mention the 12 Heavenly virtues were involved, so definitely the news would have reached the mortal realm and even those bastard pigeon feather angel race would be celebrating.Bookmark here

“Little Benji! See what I have got today!”
Just when I was in deep thought, I was alarmed by the voice of an excited man.Bookmark here

Humans and their weird taste of names.
After my birth, my parents named me Benjamin, Benjamin Almond.
The name itself is weird not even people in my demonic realm would name their pet monster with such an embarrassing name.Bookmark here

To make matter worse, they call me Benji with affection.
If you guys had to call me Benji, so what’s the point of naming me Benjamin in the first place.

I can't understand the mindset of these people.Bookmark here

Anyway, I glanced at the source of the voice, nothing to be surprised he was my old man.
For some reason, he had a goofy smile like always when he appears in front of me like usual.Bookmark here

He must have just returned from his shop.Bookmark here

“Hey Arthur, first get changed. You just returned from the shop so first, you have to get a bath.” my mother retorted, "I don't want any germs from your workplace to harm my son!"Bookmark here

“Dear, he is also my son. And I am not touching him. I just wanna show-”Bookmark here

“No excuses. First, take a bath and get changed. Only then you are allowed to touch my son”Bookmark here

“But-”Bookmark here

My mom showed up at the doorway pointing the ladle threateningly,
“No but’s.”Bookmark here

Even I got a cold sweat seeing mom like that.Bookmark here

My dad gulped down his excuses and obeyed mom.
My mom actually dominates our family is the thing I've noticed.Bookmark here

Later my dad after getting refreshed and changed back into his home attire.
He rushed beside my cradle once again.Bookmark here

“Little Benji! Guess what Papa has got for you?” he asked excitedly.Bookmark here

I don’t know, maybe showcasing me more weird antique wares?
Or some weird Head sculptures again?Bookmark here

Also, why are you asking such a question to an infant?
I can’t even nod or shake my head to respond, let alone talk.Bookmark here

I didn’t give any response and just lied cozily snuggled in my swaddle while I glared at my dad.Bookmark here

My mom returned from the kitchen while wiping her hands with a cloth.
“What is it dear? Stop stalling and show us already, what’ve you brought.”Bookmark here

My dad with a giant smirk holding a piece of a paper bag and his hand inside it as if holding on to something special.
Even I couldn’t help starting to anticipating what it could be.Bookmark here

“Tada!” said my dad out loud while holding something like a flat bowl with lots of strings sewed with metallic stars and crescent moons.Bookmark here

“It’s a wind chime, for our little Benji's cradle.” said my Dad proudly.Bookmark here

“Wow! It’s really pretty. But it looks pretty expensive.”Bookmark here

My dad with a smug face,
“Yes, this is wind chime is carved from a rare metal which had some magical properties. Although this windchime is quite old which is why it lost its magical properties and now it's just a regular wind chime. I still bought it so we could hang it on our little Benji’s cradle.”Bookmark here

“That’s so nice of you!” my mom affectionately kissed my dad on his cheeks, “Okay, I will go ahead and set our dinner table. I cooked your favorite Cream Stew and Crispy Mashed Potatoes with Shrimp.”Bookmark here

After a little bit of hustle and craftsmanship, dad finally managed to hang the wind chime on the cradle.
The bowl of dull bronze color with dozen strings attached to its edge. There were small metallic pieces shaped like stars and crescent moons sewed in those strings. The gentle breeze made those stars and moon clashed giving a pleasant sound whenever the strings moved. This windchime had a gentle and beautiful rhythm that soothed all worries and let me be in a peaceful state of mind.Bookmark here

“So how do you like it?” asked my Dad.Bookmark here

I know how to answer him but here goes nothing.Bookmark here

[“You have my permission to hang this.”] I tried to respond.Bookmark here

*Guga Guu*Bookmark here

The only noise that came from my mouth.Bookmark here

I mean this wooden cradle and soft bedsheet were more than comfortable. This wind chime would surely improve my luxury. So I have to give props to my old man for getting this wind chime.Bookmark here

Seeing my response astonished my Dad.Bookmark here

He started getting all sentimental and teary-eyed as he picked me up in his arms.
“Beth! Our son loved the new wind chime. He even thanked me in his baby tongue.” shrieked out my old man in joy.Bookmark here

What’s with this overdramatic response.Bookmark here

He continued,
“Before I thought my little Benji used to hate me. This is the first time he responded so cheerfully, now I really feel like my son finally accepts me. I am really happy, Beth!”Bookmark here

Oh yeah, I did ignore him.
He was constantly making stupid faces to the point I was bored.
Not to mention showing weird antique wares that literally creeped me out.Bookmark here

So I started to just ignore him, all this time.
Now even I am starting to feel bad.Bookmark here

“I am happy for you, honey. Now put Benji back in the cradle, it’s already pretty late and he needs to sleep. Come get dinner before it gets cold.” said my mom from the other room.Bookmark here

“Coming! When my son grows up, I will teach him the ways of studying antique wares so he could help me in our shop. Our shop name and fame will rise all over our country.” said my Dad with his eyes glimmering brightly.Bookmark here

[“Hell no! I got bigger goals to achieve, old man.”] I tried to reply.Bookmark here

*Agoo guu ga*Bookmark here

“Oh! You are really excited to work in our shop. Don’t worry, you need to grow up a little first.” said my Dad with an innocent smile.Bookmark here

My old man is really yearning for me to take over his shop.
I will give an advance apology for disappointing you.Bookmark here

It seems I am already in the rebellious phase.Bookmark here

“Honey, you coming? Or today you don't feel hungry tonight?" asked mom, she really had a threatening tone.Bookmark here

“Coming.”Bookmark here

My dad carefully put me back in my cradle before placing a good night kiss on my forehead and rushed out to the dinner table.Bookmark here

As soon as Dad left my cradle started rocking.
My cradle has a rope tied to one of its fence rails. The rope goes all the way to the living room, where my mom pulls this rope to swing my cradle.
It’s a nice way to put asleep babies.Bookmark here

I should even get one for my child if I ever have one.Bookmark here

The peaceful swinging cradle created a gentle breeze and the hanging wind chime played pleasant music.Bookmark here

Before I knew it, I was already asleep.Bookmark here

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