Chapter 4:

Ch 4 - Floor Crawler

St Chaos Healer

It’s been 7 months since my birth.Bookmark here

Right now I am wearing a shirt with a cloud-type pattern that my mom designed herself.
Also, I am wearing brown pants, yeah finally I am old enough to wear pants.Bookmark here

I always had only my nappy to cover my rump but now I have grown enough to wear pants.
Although I still have to wear my nappy underneath them anyways.Bookmark here

I am in my room with my mother.
My room was a square-shaped chamber and the walls were actually the hollowed trunk of the giant tree. The room was quite nicely cleaned and tidied thanks to my mother’s effort.
My cradle was placed in the corner near the only window in my room. There was also a bed and table with a couple of chairs in my room.Bookmark here

There were dozen plushie dolls made of cotton and wool around my room. Some dolls looked like a horse, monkey, and there was even a doll that looked dragon but much simple and adorable. Everything was handsewn by mother.Bookmark here

There was also a doll with wings on it. Yes, a doll representing the angel race.
I bit off that angel’s face and then tore open its stomach and scrambled its insides as I made a big mess with a lot of feathers scattered across my room. (Yes, I have already grown two front teeth.) Then placed my soiled nappy on that wretched doll’s face to give it a finishing touch.Bookmark here

My mom then had no choice but to throw the miserable doll’s remains out of the house. My mom was quite surprised to see such aggressive behavior and she even scolded me for doing so.Bookmark here

That incident happened 2 weeks ago and all is water under the bridge now.
She had long forgiven me.Bookmark here

Right now at this moment, I was sitting on my mom’s lap while she was sitting on the floor.
She had this wide smile almost fanatical as she stared at the doorway.Bookmark here

My dad was in the bath after he had returned home from work.
She was eagerly waiting for him.Bookmark here

My mom had wrapped her arms around me, restraining me from moving freely.
I also didn’t resist, I already knew what she was so excited for so even I waited along with her.Bookmark here

It wasn’t long before dad came out of the bathroom and head straight towards my room.Bookmark here

“Beth? What is that you wanted me to show?” asked my Dad nonchalantly as he walked through the hallway heading to my room.Bookmark here

My mom picked me and placed me on the floor.
“Benji, go get your papa!” she said excitedly.Bookmark here

I just sat there on the floor stared back at her.
She looked like an excited little girl and even I started to wonder who was the grown-up here.Bookmark here

Not to mention she was even using her tone as if she was bossing me around.
I was once an Overlord to the demonic realm, and no one had the audacity to boss me around except for Gloxinia, my master, and maybe few other people. I wasn't easy to boss around.Bookmark here

So I just sat there and ignored her.
My dad’s footsteps started closing in.Bookmark here

My mom became dejected and glanced at me with her puppy eyes,
“Please, Benji! Do the thing you showed me today to papa. Please!”Bookmark here

Hey! Resorting to emotional blackmail, such underhand tactics won’t work on a former Demon Overlord.Bookmark here

But after seeing her saddened expression and the huge puppy eyes, I had to give in.
Dammit!Bookmark here

With a sigh, I turned around and placed my forelimbs on the floor as I lifted my head.
And then, I raised my rump and spread out my weight on my knees.
Yes, I can now stand all my four limbs but that’s not all...Bookmark here

After carefully standing on my forelimbs I looked forward towards the doorway.Bookmark here

I placed one of my hands in the front and then pushed my body with my leg on the opposite side. I again then placed my other hand and then pushed my other leg forward and repeated it henceforth.Bookmark here

Then I marched onwards.
Yes, I can now crawl.Bookmark here

Pretty big achievement.
It was a little hard at first but I can now finally able to uplift my body with help of my limbs.Bookmark here

I then crawled out of the doorway to greet my father.
My mom tiptoed and followed behind me with a bit of worry that I wouldn’t trip and hurt myself.Bookmark here

My mom also wanted to surprise dad about my big progress.Bookmark here

Just when I walked out of the doorway, I saw my old man who stopped right in front of me.
I tilted my head upwards to glance at my old man.Bookmark here

He still had the towel over his head to dry his wet unkempt hair.
His eyes were hidden behind the foggy glasses that he always wears.
But seeing me his jaw was wide open, I could definitely tell that our big surprise did hit its mark.Bookmark here

My mother stood at the doorway entrance with a wide grin on her face as she stared at my dad. Her two hands were placed around her hips and puffed her chest as she stood proudly.Bookmark here

You know I was the one who managed to crawl on my legs, so shouldn’t I be the one who should act all proud instead. Nevermind.Bookmark here

“Oh, my Benji!” exclaimed Dad as he rushed towards me like a maniac.Bookmark here

I was a bit startled and turned around quickly tried to crawl back towards my mom.
But my father quickly overtook me and caught me.Bookmark here

He then lifted me in his arms like I was some divine prized possession handed to him by gods themselves.Bookmark here

“My son has grown up in such a short time! Dad is really proud of you,” exclaimed Dad as beads of tears started to flow from underneath his thick foggy glasses.Bookmark here

He then continued to praise me with more words followed by the constant barrage of kisses all over my face.Bookmark here

My human father was the first-ever male to kiss me.
I was never ever let any dudes kiss me in my previous life.Bookmark here

His kisses were filled with a lot of fatherly affections and even a little bit of his drool.
Gross. I used my arms to push his head away and defend myself.Bookmark here

My mom was soon standing next to us.
I flailed my arms towards my mom and she quickly rescued me from my dad’s grasp.Bookmark here

My dad then affectionately placed a kiss on my mom’s lips and hugged us.Bookmark here

He then praised my mom for raising me with such love and care.Bookmark here

Later Dad decided to have dinner in a restaurant to celebrate this moment.
My mom hesitated a bit but dad insisted and she eventually gives in.Bookmark here

Then the three of us went to a luxurious restaurant in the town and had a grand feast.
I didn’t get to eat anything from there though, the two of them had a hearty feast.Bookmark here

My dinner was once again breastmilk once we came back home.Bookmark here

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It’s been about two weeks since I first started crawling.Bookmark here

I have already mastered crawling but standing on my hind legs still isn't possible. I already hit my head twice trying to do that.Bookmark here

In this past week, I was roaming around the home trying to hone my crawling skill while also scouting out the layout of my home. My mom doesn’t allow me to roam around the home freely, whenever she catches me she would put me back in my cradle with the long fencing followed by long lectures.Bookmark here

Henceforth I always on the lookout for an opening for example when my mom gets busy in the kitchen or when she’s tending the garden to use that opportunity to explore our home.Bookmark here

So far I could tell that our house was huge.
We had a wide living room in the center and the kitchen was side by side. There was a hallway that connected the living room to my parent’s bedroom and my room. The bathroom and toilet were also placed between rooms adjacent to the hallway. All these rooms were placed on the same floor of a hollowed giant tree.Bookmark here

I knew the tree was big but after scouting the rooms, I couldn't help but be more surprised.Bookmark here

Not to mention there was also a stairway that led to the upper floor.
The upper floor had rooms which were basically storerooms filled with my father’s creepy antique stuff.
Except for one neatly tided room.Bookmark here

Today my mom once again came to check on me as she peeped through my doorway.
After seeing me asleep in the cradle she went back to the kitchen to start working on our dinner as usual.Bookmark here

Of course, I was just pretending to be asleep.
I quickly checked with my one eye to see if she had left and continued to lay in my cradle.Bookmark here

Soon I heard the noises of metallic utensils clanking noises coming from the kitchen.
After making sure she was in the kitchen, I quickly got up and pulled the thick blanket underneath from me. Then I used all my power to overthrow this blanket from the cradle onto the ground.Bookmark here

After doing so, I quickly started to climb up the fencing and used the plush dolls in my cradle as a ladder. I reached and climbed over the edge and then dove straight down on the blanket that I placed beforehand.Bookmark here

I landed on my butt safely thanks to the blanket and my thick nappy that I was always forced to wear. Never had I thought that I would come to appreciate wearing this nappy before.Bookmark here

After that, I quickly used my baby crawl to race towards the door which was slightly open like always. I peeped out of my room making sure that no one else was in the hallway. I heard mom humming a song as she worked in the kitchen preparing dinner.Bookmark here

This was my chance.
I quickly raced towards the stairways that lead me to the upper floor.
I crawled through the hallway going where the stairways were situated.Bookmark here

The stairways were placed in between the hallway that connected the living room with my and my parent’s bedroom. So it was really not easy to go upstairs without getting caught.Bookmark here

Right now my father was at the shop and my mother was busy preparing dinner. My mother had already checked on me so she thinks I am asleep and that's why she has let her guard down.Bookmark here

I quickly reached the stairways and then glanced at the kitchen.
My mother’s back was facing me and she was humming a melodic tune as she was preparing dinner.Bookmark here

Then I glanced back at the stairways ahead of me.Bookmark here

I gulped down my saliva as I saw the mountainous-looking terrain of stairs ahead of me.
The stairway was narrow for two adult people to walk side by side. But the stairs themselves were tall in height almost half my size.Bookmark here

There was no time to waste I was sitting duck in the hallway. If my mom turned around, she would spot me in a second.Bookmark here

I quickly rushed towards the stairs and flailed my arms to climb them.
After hugging the stair with both my hands I had to use my leg to climb over and then repeat this step all over.Bookmark here

Today I had to reach the upper floor in any way possible.
I didn’t stop and dragged my infant body up the stairs.Bookmark here

There were about a dozen stairs that lead upwards to a landing followed by another dozen of stairs to the right that finally leads to the upper floor.Bookmark here

It took about 10 minutes to finally go all the way to reach the next floor.Bookmark here

As soon as I entered the upper floor, I was greeted with a hallway with a lot of rooms.
Most of the room doors were locked but I was heading to this particular room.Bookmark here

When I reached this room the door looked the same as every other room but it wasn’t locked.Bookmark here

I quickly rushed to the door and pushed it open using the strength of both my baby arms and the use of my knees.Bookmark here

The door wasn’t locked and it quickly opened that I was almost about to fell on my face.
I quickly regained my balance and stood on my baby limbs.Bookmark here

Then I lifted my head to gaze around the room and a joyful smile appeared on my face.
The decomposing smell of paper lingered in the room. The dusk light entered through the windows and lit the room in yellow and orange portraying as if this room was set on fire. There was a wide desk table in the center of the room. On the table, there were a couple of books, unlit candles placed on the stand, an ink bottle, and a quill.Bookmark here

But what I was interested in was not the desk but the things around them.
There were long wooden shelves that reached the ceiling. And every one of the shelves was racked with various books in a variety of sizes.Bookmark here

My smile reached the corner of my eyes and couldn't help smiling.Bookmark here

This room was a miniature library.Bookmark here

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