Chapter 0:

PROLOGUE: A MEETING IN THE DESERT

The Human Saint is Bored, so I was Summoned to Another World Vol. 1


Silence prevailed in the valley as the opposing hosts met. Thousands of colorful banners fluttered in the air. The light reflected from the armors of the knights, gunners, and pikemen standing on the other side of my position blinded me. Adjusting my sight to the brightness, I watched the wide expanse in front of us, as the leaders of the two of the greatest worlds of this land met each other at the center: the spiritual head of the human armies, the Great Saint of Chersea, Madelaine Ann Rubinforth, and the king of the demon clans, Hurion Devras IV.Bookmark here

Filled with dread and anxiety, the two armies faced each other with deafening stillness. Yet, there was a sincere hope that things would remain as it was.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

As the armies stood by, the Saint and the Demon King stepped ahead of their respective parties. Followed by their greatest generals and servants, they gave each other an honorary salute before going down the details of what they wanted to talk about.Bookmark here

It was King Hurion who broke the ice. “I believe this isn’t your territory anymore, Human Saint. What brings you to our lands?”Bookmark here

“My apologies, Demon Lord,” the Saint, Madelaine, countered, “but I think you already know what I came here for.”Bookmark here

“Is that so…” King Hurion was silent for a moment, “Well if we can still settle this peacefully, I can offer you the best of our lands, the brightest of our people, and the bravest of our—”Bookmark here

“I thought I’ve made it clear, King Hurion,” Saint Madelaine’s gentle smile fell in contrast to the seeping pressure she’s exerting towards her rival, “I need nothing else from you. I only want ‘that’.”Bookmark here

“‘That’?”Bookmark here

“Yes, ‘that’.”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry, I can’t seem to understand.” Bookmark here

Oh, good lord! There goes King Hurion on his antics once again, with the ‘playing innocent’ face. He’s deliberately annoying Maddie—I mean, Saint Madelaine.Bookmark here

“‘T-That!’” Saint Madelaine’s face was as red as a beet, and her speech stammered.Bookmark here

“Can you say it right?” King Hurion had a sardonic smirk; he kept on throwing arrogant stares at the Saint as he maintained his dignified posture before her.Bookmark here

I think this is getting out of hand. Maybe I should intervene now—Bookmark here

I was about to enter the conversation when I felt someone grab my arm. It was no other than the Demon King’s servant and part-time general, Shevaun Ilkes. Though silent, she was telling me, ‘No, don’t interfere’. A twisted smile appeared on her face.Bookmark here

These two idiots are enjoying this, huh?Bookmark here

“Muu!” Saint Madelaine was already pouting; she was impatiently tapping her foot on the sand, “I told you, ‘that’!” Pointing towards my direction, I could picture the veins popping out from her head. “I think you’re not that stupid for me to spell it out for you.”Bookmark here

“Well, I can’t grant your demands if you don’t tell me exactly what you want.” Bookmark here

The unease was slowly growing within my heart the more I listened to their talk. My legs were quivering; and deep inside, I wanted to turn back and run. If only I could shout my thoughts right now, I’d tell King Hurion, ‘Don’t play around, Demon King…you don’t know the girl you’re dealing with.’Bookmark here

“…” Bookmark here

Another round of deafening silence echoed throughout the valley once again.Bookmark here

I could see the triumphant smiles of King Hurion and Shevaun; it’s as if they were congratulating each other for pissing-off the Saint. Well, it’s their plan. They enjoy bullying people, aren’t they?Bookmark here

“…ro…” the Saint was muttering something incomprehensible. She was trembling, while her face was redder than ever before.Bookmark here

“Ha?” King Hurion kept on playing dumb, “‘Ro’? Who’s ‘Ro’?” Bookmark here

You’re going to get us all killed, Your Infernal Highness.Bookmark here

“I said I want my Kuro back, you stupid demon king!” Saint Madelaine began flailing her arms as her servants moved in to restrain her from pulling her sword. Bookmark here

Yep, totally unsaintly.Bookmark here

Whoa, calm down, Human Saint!” King Hurion was quick to raise his hands halfway in the air and hide his sarcastic grin. Though he had a nasty side to him, the Demon King still wanted to just get along with everyone. Bookmark here

Sometimes I wonder if he’s a Demon King. Bookmark here

So anyway, turning back to me, King Hurion asked, “So what do you think, Kuro? The Human Saint wants you back.”Bookmark here

With Maddie—I mean, Saint Madelaine—glaring at me, the pressure from her saying, ‘Come here!’ was enough to make my heart weaken, and my legs eventually gave way.Bookmark here

But well…Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

Turning my gaze to the demon army that stood behind us, I could see their worries. The thought and fear of fighting and dying in a preventable battle was clear on their faces. After all, they only came with us because the demon king ordered them to. Bookmark here

They have nothing to do with this conflict.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

Looking at the multitudes of human forces before us, I could tell our side was at the losing end.Bookmark here

I don’t want to escalate this stupid confrontation any longer. My decision can end this at once!Bookmark here

Without further delay—as well as swallowing my fear, I took a step towards the Saint’s side.Bookmark here

However—Bookmark here

“Where are you going, Kuro?” Bookmark here

It was King Hurion. His eyes were deadly serious, as if he’s about to go on a rampage.Bookmark here

“Well, I-uh…I don’t want to continue this conflict, Your Highness,” I was trembling. It was one of the rare times I saw him having that scary expression.Bookmark here

“I only asked for your opinion,” he rebuked me, “I don’t remember giving you the permission to go to the human side.”Bookmark here

“But—”Bookmark here

King Hurion shot my objections down with his glare; his face was telling me, ‘Don’t go over there; you’re mine’. Even the demon soldiers felt the ominous aura of their king; they retreated from him for a few paces. Bookmark here

And the nose of his servant Shevaun was already bleeding while lost in her perverted thoughts…Bookmark here

“…” Bookmark here

Ahem, forget about Shevaun. Bookmark here

Anyway, with a threatening demon king like that, I don’t think I could continue defying him any longer. So, without further objections, I backed down.Bookmark here

“Human Saint, you know that as demon folk, we value our words.” King Hurion explained, “As I am the Demon King, I have to set an example for my kin. This poor human soul here, Kuro, came to my court seeking protection, and as someone who promised him refuge, I can’t betray his trust.”Bookmark here

“So, you are telling me…”Bookmark here

“We the Demon folk won’t hand him over to you.”Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

Still another moment of silence. The Demon King and the Human Saint stood face-to-face, glaring at each other. Both sides were unwilling to yield to his/her counterpart. With every minute passing, the ominous atmosphere between them grew stronger, and everyone in that valley felt the suffocating tension permeating the arid air.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

King Hurion’s commanding presence and intimidating looks could easily cause an ordinary human to faint; that was in normal conditions. However, at this moment, his terrifying aura doubled—no, make that tripled. Bookmark here

You can say that King Hurion indeed looks like the evil demon lord of the legends.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

However, the Human Saint Madelaine Ann Rubinforth wasn’t one meant to be a pushover. Her delicate features belied the fact that she could exert tremendous pressure on everyone around her when she had to. With that polished, intricate armor encasing her beautiful curves, one could mistake her for a holy warrior—something like a paladin.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

The staring contest continued for some time. Bookmark here

On a side note, some human soldiers were already sitting down and fanning themselves to ease the heat. Oh, and I also heard some guys throwing bets on who would win between the Demon King and the Human Saint. Bookmark here

I guess Maddie’s—I mean, Saint Madelaine’s holy aura is negating the effects of King Hurion’s intimidating powers.Bookmark here

On our side, Shevaun pulled her drawing pad and began sketching something while ominously laughing. The other demon soldiers began cooking their lunch, with some even sang away their boredom.Bookmark here

“!!!”Bookmark here

And then, after a moment that seemed to last forever, the Human Saint took a step back. The human side didn’t hide their surprise. Bookmark here

“Seems like I won’t be able to convince you,” Saint Madelaine was all-smiles, “alright, Demon King Hurion, you win this time.”Bookmark here

No one dared to shout. We were all dumbfounded. It’s because the Human Saint, Madelaine Ann Rubinforth, was renowned for her stubbornness. She would not stop until she got what she wanted…Bookmark here

And for the Demon King Hurion Devras IV to defeat her is just unprecedented.Bookmark here

Turning back to me, King Hurion smiled. He had this ‘you’re safe now’ expression as he walked back to our side. Bookmark here

And I could imagine Shevaun, who’s behind me, drowning in her perverted thoughts. That stupid maid’s really into men-to-men stuff. Bookmark here

Anyway, congratulations King Hurion! For defeating the Human Saint, my respect for you goes up a little.Bookmark here

“However!” Everyone froze when a shrill voice rang out; it wasn’t over for the Human Saint just yet.Bookmark here

“We’re only starting Demon King!” There were flames on the Saint’s eyes even as she showed her usual ‘saintly,’ smile, “I’ll ground your cities to the dust with my armies, and utterly desolate your fields because of my wrath. And I’ll leave no trace of your kind for refusing my demands! However, as I am a kind and generous Saint, I’ll make your deaths quick and painless—you’ll never even know what hit you!” Bookmark here

Then she ended that with an ‘evil’ laugh.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

But the Demon King Hurion remained unmoved by her words. He stood before her, unflinching.Bookmark here

Ha! Take that, Saint! That’s a real demon lord for you!Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

Wait. He is not moving.Bookmark here

Ah darn it, Kuro!” Shevaun exclaimed, “I think His Infernal Highness fainted while standing!”Bookmark here

“What?”Bookmark here

Indeed, when we checked on him, King Hurion’s eyes were all white. His mouth was foaming as well. Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

Wow…now I’m confused who between them is the real Demon King.Bookmark here

“Kuro…” Once again, the Saint’s gentle, and alluring, voice called out to me, sending me the chills, “I told you, didn’t I? You won’t escape from me, no matter where you go. Now please, give it up and return to my side.”Bookmark here

Leaderless, and to avoid further bloodshed, I swallowed my pride and fears. Turning to Shevaun, I told her, “Hey, looks like this is the end for me. Thanks for everything you and your kin did for me.”Bookmark here

The maid began shedding tears. “It’s okay, Kuro. We understand and thank you for considering our lives. If you got time, please visit us, okay?” she hugged me tightly.Bookmark here

“Please take care of His Infernal Highness for me!”Bookmark here

“Yes, I will.” Shevaun waved her hand to say farewell, and there was regret in her eyes. Bookmark here

Ahh…this maid is close to me when I’m in the demon land, after all…Bookmark here

“Ah fuck! Now the Kuro-Hurion ship can’t sail anymore! This fucking sucks!” Shevaun screamed at the top of her lungs, and it echoed throughout the valley.Bookmark here

“…”Bookmark here

I wanted to go back and smack her on the head. But then I continued on my way, pretending not to hear that. Please pretend nothing happened as well, dear readers…Bookmark here

Why am I surrounded by people with brain damage? Can’t I even have a normal friend?Bookmark here

“Haa…” Bookmark here

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How did it even come to this?Bookmark here

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