255 – Three sentences is my limit!
Q: What happened while I was unconscious?
A: The guy called Kuro beat you up and by making you waste your energy, the power that was sustaining Wrath was completely used up . That’s why you can now stay sane . To confirm that you really wouldn’t activate Wrath for now, I quarantined you safely in another dimension .
Q: Who is “Kuro”?
A: A god of this world . However, he’s an indecisive loser .
Q: What connection does he have with you, Shiro-san?
A: For now he’s cooperating with us . For the sake of convenience he’s expected to be placed under the Demon King .
Q: The Demon King?
A: The Demon King .
Q: Umm, by “Demon King” you mean the king of the demons?
A: Literally no, but you can think of it like that for now .
Q: What about that girl I was fighting?
A: She’s a vampire . She’s currently pretty much living in the demon country . Incidentally, she’s a reincarnator .
Q: What’s her name in the previous world?
A: Negishi Akiko .
Q: Her attitude has really changed .
A: She’s been through a lot .
Q: Is Negishi-san okay?
A: She’s okay . She’s been punished a bit for recklessly fighting you though .
Q: I, I see . I’ve done something bad then I guess .
A: That’s not the case . You don’t need to worry about it .
Q: What are the other reincarnators doing?
A: Most are under protection of sensei with the elves . Some of the others are at a human academy though . Yamada-kun and Ooshima-kun are among the academy group .
Q: Is it far from here to that human academy?
A: It’s far .
Q: What will happen to me now?
A: Nothing . Since your sanity has returned you can do what you like .
The end – question and answer session is complete . Well done me, really well done me . Incidentally, as for how much time it took, I’m not going to say . Yeah, I became hungry in the middle and left the room once to go get some food, but it didn’t take that long, really . Yes, really . Let’s just leave it at that .
When I told oni-kun that he can do what he wants, he got a troubled expression instead as if pondering something or other . Well, suddenly being told you can do as you like and being abandoned, I guess you’d be troubled . Should I hand him a lifeline perhaps? We’re basically both reincarnators, so I won’t be stingy on lending a hand .
「If you have nowhere to go, then stay at my place for now?」
I called it “my place”, but it’s really Balto’s . Alternatively I can lend you this other dimension as well . Ah, but, if I’m not here then it’ll become impossible for him to come and go, and he’ll die .
「I could, I guess . To be honest, I really don’t know what I should do from now on . 」
And thus, rather than taking in a lost lamb, I’m taking in a lost oni-kun . First of all since him being half-naked is a bit out there, I returned to Balto’s mansion and had the servants pick out some suitable mens clothes, and had him try them on . Because oni-kun under the influence of Wrath had lost his reason, he had the style like an oni out of a fairy-tale with just a single pair of pants to his wardrobe . Him at least just wearing the pants, was perhaps due to the last remaining sense of reason he had .
Then, after he put on the clothes, wafting in the air was this “something ain’t right” feeling . Oni-kun’s face is the same as in his previous life, a Japanese person’s face . Even if his species is an oni, that’s still Japanese style . Japanese clothes or for the sake of argument perhaps some Chinese style armour would be better, but there’s a huge sense of unease with him wearing western clothes . Rather unusually for me, I unthinkingly muttered out loud that “it doesn’t suit you” though . It sure seems that he heard that mutter, and oni-kun seemed to be plainly shocked at it .
Hrm-mm . Somehow it just doesn’t match . After all he’s an oni swordbearer with a purely Japanese face, so try imagining him wearing the clothes of a western aristocrat? Ah, Balto is basically like that, amongst the demons he’s at the very upper echelons, so I guess they only have suits for noblemen stored there . An oni clothed in a nobleman’s suit . Somehow, while the person himself might be able to accept it, I cannot . Oni-kun’s original face has quite well balanced features anyway, and on becoming an oni he’s gotten taller, so he is by no means unattractive . He’s not at all, but there’s this uncomfortable feeling .
Yeah . Let’s go with Japanese clothes . However, Japanese clothes don’t exist though . On the long journey to the Demon King’s castle, we went around all sorts of places, but there were no Japanese clothes . Or rather, Japanese culture itself doesn’t exist . It’s another world so it’s just natural though . I somehow thought that if it’s D then it wouldn’t be strange for her to forcibly establish a fake Japanese culture, but there was none .
If there’s none then I can just make one then . Muhaha . There are no clothes that my threads cannot make! What kind of Japanese clothes would suit him best I wonder?
Ah, before that I gotta talk with Balto . For now, I’ll have oni-kun wait in my own room . When I had asked the servants who went to get the clothes about if there were any available rooms, I heard that half the rooms in the mansion are available . Ah, well, it’s extremely spacious but there’s surprisingly few people after all . The master, Balto, doesn’t come back often either .
There no problem in terms of available space for oni-kun to stay here . I just need to get the OK from the mansion’s master . I teleport to the Demon King’s castle, and knock on the door of the office that Balto uses everyday . Even I have some common sense . As for suddenly teleporting into the middle of a room, it’s not like I’ve never done it but I can’t say I rarely do it either .
「Come in . 」
I got permission to enter the room, so I open the door . This really is the Demon King’s castle at the summit of the demons, so normally I should pay attention to how I open the door too, but unfortunately such trivial manners are beyond me . I open the door trying to be as careful as possible . Besides, whenever I’m forced to open my mouth, being helpless with things like tone or number of words are a far bigger problem than mere manners .
While thinking such things I enter the opened door, and there my prey Balto is fighting with documents . That’s fine . It’s always the case that Balto seems about to die from being buried in documents . However, at the reception table in the office, his younger brother also being there looking over documents is unexpected .
「What do you want?」
The hoodlum glared! The spider guards the door!
「Oi! Don’t just up and leave without stating your business!」
Ugh . Why is this guy here? What a blunder . Since I teleported and knocked on the door immediately, I didn’t pay any attention to the possibility of others being there . If I’d known he was here I wouldn’t have wasted my time . Argh, what a pain .