Author’s note: Demon King’s perspective
Meh . Nothing to do . How’d this happen?
At the Demon King’s castle, I should have been beginning my work as the Demon King, and yet while I was travelling I was far busier somehow, right? How strange .
At the Demon King’s castle a typical day goes: get up early and have breakfast, loiter around, have lunch, laze around, have supper, slouch around, sleep .
Oh? Isn’t that, like a NEET? Strange . I’m the Demon King . But what I’m doing is no different to a NEET?
Well, it’s somewhat unavoidable . Yeah, since the disappearance of the previous Demon King, Balto’s been there keeping the demons together the whole time . With me suddenly popping up from nowhere, there’s no need to order others to do this or that . Actually, if I did that it would just result in confusion instead . In short, I just need to convey the general objective . For now that’s to focus on building up the army .
I am referred to as the oldest Divine Beast, yet there’s not much I can do in government . Anyhow, it’s been too long since I got involved with this government stuff . Theoretically I know about it, but I’d have to admit that it may be impossible in practice for me . Even if I tried I’d probably be at the bottom of the pile for years, ending as a good-for-nothing who just messes up the place . Therefore, there’s been nothing for me to do for now .
The King reigns but does not govern . Yeah, I’m the personification of that saying . Day by day I feel that those around me are increasingly giving me the cold shoulder, but I’m surely just imagining it .
Hrm . But, this is boring . If it’s going to be this boring then maybe I should bring Shiro-chan with me? I bet that girl is doing nothing but loafing around the mansion anyway . Ah, better not . The NEETs will just increase then . Crap . It’ll become a blizzard of cold shoulders .
Actually, the eyes of Balto’s little brother Blow have been stabbing daggers at me lately . Blow is the sub-commander of the 4th army . After Balto got tied up with government, it became Blow who commanded the 4th army in practice . He looks like a hoodlum version of Balto . But, contrary to those looks, he only really has the ability to master office work . Perhaps it’s due to looking up to his elder brother continuously organizing the demons, he has proven to be not inferior in excellence to his brother . He has a tendency to over-idolize his elder brother, but that’s okay I reckon! The taboo of siblings in…
So, the current situation where that Blow’s esteemed elder brother is bowing before a mysterious NEET, that would surely rile him up . Mysterious NEET – that’s me . I’m the Demon King that has displaced his esteemed elder brother . From Blow’s point of view it appears that I have undeservedly stolen the throne of the Demon King . Gnnn . It’s urgent that I make him realize my greatness . But, how?
Get working? No deal . It’s a pain, totally bleargh, and like I said earlier if I start crudely intervening in government it’ll have the opposite effect . Balto has the track record of gathering the demons without mishap, so it’s more effective to just leave it all to him .
Shake him down a bit? No deal . If it goes poorly then my image could go from bad to worse . In the sense of making him acknowledge my strength, it’s certainly the fastest . Though if I overdo the lesson and he starts moping around or something it would be unbearable . He obviously has a lot a pride, so it’ll probably take him some time to recover from merely submitting to me . From a long term point of view that seems likely for his personal development, in which case, his chances of recovery would be like 50-50 . Most of all, in a critical period like this it’s not good to render a good pawn inoperable .
So what, is left? Nothing? Th, that can’t be . It’s surely possible that there’s an awesome way to make everyone recognize my greatness! Surely it’s possible, right?
While I’m seriously struggling here, there’s a knock on the door . After giving permission, in comes the Balto and Blow brothers .
「Excuse me . 」
Bowing his head politely while entering is Balto, and sullenly silent is Blow . Even when Balto glances at him in rebuke, Blow ignores it . Seems like he can’t stand me to the extent of ignoring his esteemed brother’s guidance .
「Maou-sama, I wish to consult with you . 」
「Surely you jest . How could you not know, Maou-sama?」
Balto inquires with a wry looking smile . Hm? I don’t get where he’s coming from . Seems like it should be obvious to me what Balto wants to consult about, but I’ve seriously got no clue .
「Sorry . I’m really not following you here, what is it?」
On my frank admission, Balto and Blow turn to each other . It bothers me that Blow has a somewhat triumphant expression .
「Brother, it’s like I said right? She’s so incompetent that she doesn’t even understand what her subordinates are up to . 」
「Blow, I apologise . 」
「Nah . Let’s get this straight . She’s unfit to be the Demon King . 」
Suddenly I’m being dissed . Why? What’s going on? I’m more confused than angry over this nonsense they’ve brought with them .
「Umm, how about you tell me what you wanted to consult with me about?」
「Certainly . 」
While breaking out in a cold sweat, Balto hands me some documents .
「Based on the intelligence that Shiro-dono has gathered, the illegal activities of Warkis the present general of the 7th army has become clear . Furthermore, it has been determined that his secret plans for a coup d’état have advanced and before long would be staging a revolt . There is adequate proof . 」
I look at the materials in my hands . Recorded in them is proof of illegal activities from numerous intelligence reports . Er, what are you up to, Shiro-chan?
「By successfully determining their actions at an early stage, I believe we should attack them instead to take decisive action to suppress them before they can launch their coup d’état . For that reason, I wish to seek authorization to deploy the 4th army under Blow’s command . 」
Oh, ahh . Let’s see . Erm? Well for now, let’s go with that, yeah .
「I’ll leave it to you . 」
That’s the only thing I can say . Though Shiro-chan, seriously, what are you up to? This is obviously top secret internal information you know . So how did you get hold of it then?
To my half-hearted response, Balto nods without batting an eyelid . Blow has a vein about to pop on his forehead, but before he can say anything his head is forced down by Balto .
「Then, we shall proceed as discussed . 」
Balto bows his head and at the same time increases the force on Blow’s head to also make him bow . Seems like Blow had to hold himself from almost brushing off that hand . Forcing up his head, he gruffly stomps out of the room . Balto bows his head again, then follows after .
Ah-hah, then, this is why I was thought to be so incompetent that I don’t even understand what my subordinates are up to . On top of that, what Shiro-chan obtained was bumper sized intelligence . An incompetent boss with capable subordinates . That’s how you think of me, huh? Shiro-chan of all people .
Whyyy!? How did this happen!?
When “maou” (demon king) is used as a title I left it as is, eg “maou-sama” .
Balto’s speech patterns are fairly polite, unlike his younger brother who talks quite roughly to everyone .