253 – PUNISHMENT TIME (for real)
The explanation to Kuro and the Demon King has finished . What they do afterwards is up to each of them . Well, in the situation where they can’t see my hidden cards, if something so tasty is dangled in front of them, it’s obvious that they’ll take the bait though . Kuro still seems to be a bit suspicious, but the Demon King should take the bait . After all, there’s no other option available .
Even if they don’t take the bait then it’s okay . I’ll just have to reveal my hidden cards . Ultimately, the Demon King will definitely come to my side . Then, she should be more than willing to transfer the authority of the Ruler of Gluttony to me . If that happens, then there’s only a few remaining .
I turn away from Kuro and the Demon King, teleporting . It seems the two of them need a bit more time to consider it . After they think it through, they just need to come begging to me . In the other dimension I teleported to, the vampire girl is sullenly standing with a daunting pose . It seems she woke up at some point .
「Who, was that?」
By “that”, I guess she’s referring to Kuro . She thinks that he got in the way of her fight with oni-kun it seems . Or rather, he did actually, yeah .
「Kuro . He’s the same kind as me . 」
「The same kind as goshujin-sama . 」
When I said he’s the same kind as me, vampire girl made an understanding expression . But, the dangerous light in her eyes doesn’t weaken .
「Let me meet him . 」
What’ll you do on meeting him – I don’t even need to ask I guess . She’ll definitely bite his head off . I mean that she’ll literally try to bite his head off . When she found out that he was the same kind as me she should have understood that she has no chance of winning, yet look at this damn battle junkie . Well, it’s not like I have duty to let her meet him anyway .
「No . 」
In the first place, why should I have to go out of my way to do that? Particularly when I know for sure that you’ll cause problems . Do you think that all your desires have to be granted? Aren’t you pushing your luck a BIT too far? It seems I have to make you remember your own position, even if just a bit .
「The man ruined everything just when things were finally getting good . He better take responsibility . 」
「I don’t care . 」
「I do care though! Let me meet him already!」
「Be silent . 」
I raise my voice a little and open my eyes . That instant, vampire girl’s body shakes with a start and she shrinks in fear . Yup, yup . I see you do comprehend the difference in strength . Yet she still flared up at me that much – the fighting instincts of vampires sure are running wild huh . Well, time for a little lecture, including that .
「Envy, you used it didn’t you?」
「What might you be talking about?」
Vampire girl tries to play dumb, but her eyes are swimming like mad . Lies are bad okay, BAD .
I grab her cheek hard and pull . You used it didn’t you-u? Lies are bad okay-y? I was watching you know-w?
I pull the cheek that I grabbed around – up and down, left and right . Vampire girl grabs my arm and tries to pull it off somehow, but unfortunately for you with my superior physical strength that’ll just be futile resistance . Humph, even before my apotheosis my physical strength, as part of my offensive ability, vastly exceeded vampire girl’s, so there’s no reason why I would lose now after my upgrade . Did you think those thin arms could beat my thin arms eh? Ah, isn’t it more like mine are thinner? Yeah, let’s ignore the matter of thin arms .
「I’m sorrehy! I’m sorrehy!」
Vampire girl apologies with tears in her eyes, but I’m not going to forgive you yet . Though saying that, there’s nothing left for me to do .
I release vampire girl’s cheek . While at it I connect the dimension to another, inviting the person there in .
「Ojou-sama . 」
Vampire girl turns her gaze to Mera, who steps in from the other dimension, as if seeking help .
「Ojou-sama, your charm will not work on me . 」
Mera slowly shakes his head, then slaps vampire girl in the face .
Vampire girl blinks her eyes with surprise, unable to take in the situation .
「Ojou-sama, would your parents be proud of you as you are now?」
「That’s, that would, eh? Huh? 」
At Mera’s words, vampire girl tries to object by reflex .
「Ojou-sama, to surrender yourself to a vampire’s instincts in self-indulgence, that must have been pleasant I’m sure . Nobody will defy you . Nobody can defy you . Yes, you yourself enticed them after all . Was it like a dream? Or perhaps, did you actually think it was a dream? Did you actually think those incidents were all just in a dream, with no relation to reality?」
The butterfly dream . The current vampire girl is overwhelmed by her desires as a vampire, and the distinction between dreams and reality has become vague I guess . Or perhaps otherwise, it’s that her consciousness as a vampire has become too strong, and her consciousness as a human has been shrugged off completely .
「Ojou-sama, I shall ask again . As you are now, are you walking the life your parents proudly walked?」
Vampire girl doesn’t answer . She can’t answer . The retainer she trusted the most, the one she never thought would betray her has slapped her, waking her from the dream . Her dazed face is slowly becoming pale .
「Ojou-sama, I cannot serve you as my master . That is because my masters are your parents . 」
As the subject of her parents is raised, inside of her, vampire girl’s consciousness as a human is jolted .
「Therefore, even if I have become a vampire with you as my “parent”, that cannot overwrite what is in my heart . 」
Those words, at first glance, appear to be a snub . To the vampire girl, Mera is a significant existence . He is someone who has continuously supported her at her side since she was a child after all . If she is snubbed by such a man, how will she react .
Vampire girl mutely shakes her head in denial . Those eyes have a suspicious light in them for an instant . But, what brings her back, is a second slap .
「I have already devoted my heart to your parents . I will not hesitate any more . I will doubt no more . 」
Vampire girl hangs her head in shame . Her shoulders tremble repeatedly .
「Your parents, have entrusted only one thing to me . To take care of you, ojou-sama . No more than that . 」
Slowly, Mera hugs vampire girl in a gentle embrace .
「I was asked to take care of you . I shall watch over you until I die, ojou-sama . I will never abandon you . If you lose your way then I shall remonstrate you . Until you return to the proper path, I shall raise this hand as often as necessary . However, if there is something I can do, then please let me lend a hand . 」
In the end, if you ask what is the best punishment, then the most effective one is for a child to be scolded by their guardian . With regards to the circumstances in which vampire girl fell into such a bad state, her guardian Mera not being by her side is likely a significant factor . The Demon King said that if these two were allowed to be together then they would depend upon each other . However, I don’t particularly have a problem with that . Being able to depend upon someone, if that’s the case then isn’t that a blessing in itself? For me, that is something I’ll never be able to do after all .
Whatever happens next is up to the two of them . However, I personally think that the two of them should be allowed to work together as much as possible . I shall discuss that with the Demon King later .
From that dimension, I gently drop off the two of them in Mera’s private room . Okay, it’s the last thing remaining, but I guess I’ll go visit the other reincarnator now .
“Same kind” – the word used here can mean same kind of “species”, “class” or “category” .
“Thin arms” – there’s this cliche in combat where a large muscular guy taunts their weaker seeming opponent’s thin arms . Shiro is metaphorically acting like this, even though she actually has thinner arms .
“The butterfly dream” – a reference to a certain philosophical riddle .
Vampire parent – presumably Mera is referring to the fact that he became a vampire due to Sophia’s power .