276 – Granny, don’t overdo it!
Via the clone that is watching over Yamada-kun, I guess I should say “as expected”, but it has been confirmed that Yamada-kun is the new Hero . Yamada-kun confessed that himself to a teacher, so it seems certain .
Leaving the capture of the fort to Waldo-kun, I teleport to the Demon King’s place . At the very least, unless I discuss things with the Demon King then nothing can begin . On teleporting to the Demon King Army Headquarters where the Demon King is, the mood there had become excessively tense .
「You came at a good time . I have something to ask you . 」
Kuro, who was together with the Demon King, took us to a deserted location . Balto stared at us as if wanting to ask us something, but in the end he let us pass without saying anything . I think that he’s probably already heard about Blow’s death via Telepathy .
「Was it necessary to throw that in?」
「”That”? What might that be? I won’t get it from ju-u-ust that . 」
In response to the question posed to me, the Demon King forcibly interjects . Although Kuro turns his gaze towards the Demon King for a moment, he soon turns his stare back to me and opens his mouth .
「The Queen Taratect . 」
「Oh, that huge spider-san, huh . What an amazing coincidence, huh . Who’d expect it to suddenly teleport onto a battlefield, eh」
「Don’t play dumb . 」
「Kuro-chan, scar-y-y-y . Shiro-chan, save me-e-e!」
The Demon King replies to the question asked to me, and Kuro continues to stare at me without glancing at that Demon King . Within that strange mood, I keep my silence . I have no intention of informing Kuro about the current situation .
「Shiro-chan, your onee-san wishes that you would at least give a response you know . 」
「Don’t change the subject . 」
Perhaps sensing that I have no intention of replying to anything, Kuro turns to face the Demon King . Then the Demon King and Kuro begin an exchange . The Demon King shouldn’t be aware of the reason why the Queen Taratekt committed that atrocity either, but it seems that she has no intention of complaining about it . Far from it, within all the words, gloomy thoughts appear and disappear with regards to the humans and demons . After having endured for such a long time, maybe she thinks that it’s fine to kill a somewhat larger amount . Well, regardless of the Demon King’s true feelings, if she’s going to cover for me, then I have nothing to say .
「I guess you won’t understand unless I put it in words, huh? Say, between bottomless kindness, and bottomless stupidity, don’t you think there’s a paper-thin difference?」
「I don’t think so . 」
After observing the exchange between the Demon King and Kuro for a while, the Demon King says something incredible . From her way of speaking it’s almost as if she might know about the current situation . And also, that she might be criticising the Goddess’s actions . Kuro might have denied the Demon King’s words immediately, but for the Demon King to say such a thing in the first place, and just how odd that is for her, is surely something that he understands, right?
「Oh, really . However, perhaps you should keep the following in mind? Those who are saved with kindness alone, don’t amount to much . 」
「I was saved by that kindness . Also, doesn’t that mean you’re also denying ourselves?」
「I guess so . Which is exactly the reason why you and I are at odds with each other . 」
「You have no intention of withdrawing, then?」
「None . 」
「……Very well . I will associate with your for a little longer . 」
「Just what I’d expect of Kuro-chan! You’re so-o reasonable!」
「However, if the time comes when I cannot agree at all, then I will show no mercy . 」
「Gotcha . I pray that such a time won’t ever happen . 」
As soon as the conversation is over, Kuro leaves in a bad mood . Once the Demon King has seen him off, she heaves a big sigh of exhaustion .
「Sheesh . I thought I was gonna be killed . 」
Although the Demon King is undoubtedly the strongest existence within this world, she’s no match for Kuro who is a god outside of the laws of this world . Even though she was vigorously arguing with him, it seems that she was quite tense inside .
「Demon King . 」
「It’s okay . Don’t say it . 」
When I tried to explain about the situation, I was restrained by the Demon King .
「Or rather, I don’t want you to say it, I guess . Because it feels like my determination will falter . 」
Saying so, the Demon King turns her back towards me . With my eyes, even if her back is to me I can still tell her expression . The Demon King still has the same frivolous smile as ever . However, beneath the surface, I can tell that she’s almost about to cry .
The Demon King had known . The reason why I had taken unexpected actions . That what those actions imply . That what she is trying to achieve, was rejected by none other than the person she was trying to save .
Even though she had known, she was scared of hearing me speak the truth . That if she actually did hear it, that then she would want to stop . And also, that if she had actually stopped, then the Demon King would probably no longer have anywhere to go to . I think it’s because the Demon King understood that, that she refused to hear it .
However, putting it the other way around, it also means that she still has no intention of stopping . That even if the Goddess rejects it, she still intends to proceed .
She’s so strong . The Demon King is strong . Putting aside things like being a god, or status values, and so on, she is the strongest person I know . Dazzlingly strong . I envy that strength . Because there is nobody with more pride than the Demon King .
In my case, I don’t yet have a belief that I can be puffed up with pride over . I have no pride . That might be the exact reason why I seriously want to help this proud Demon King .
With the Demon King still facing away from me, I embrace her closely .
「It’ll be okay . 」
Though I have never before done anything like comforting a person who is feeling down, I thought that now’s the time that I should do this .
「I’ll be with you . 」
While there is the agreement with D as well, on top of that, with my own personal feelings, I intend to watch over the Demon King until her last moments . That’s why, until that time comes I will always support the Demon King .
「If it’s like this, then you can’t tell which one of us is the onee-san you know . 」
The Demon King says that jokingly . Since the Demon King has the appearance of a young girl after all . Seen from the side I would certainly be the onee-san instead . In actual age the Demon King is far greater though .
「Rather than onee-san, it’s more like obaa-san though . 」
Because I was born as a child to Mother, and it was the Demon King who gave birth to that Mother, it’s correct to say that we have the relationship of grandmother and grandchild . So, arguing over who’s the onee-san is wrong either way .
「Ahaha . That’s a fair point . 」
Granny smiles .
「Thank you . 」
And so, granny thanked me . It’s the least I could do . I’m a granny’s girl after all .
The full conversation between the Demon King and Kuro can be seen in “Human-Demon Great War Secret” .
Shiro’s personal “heart” power ratings:
Demon King > sensei > the Goddess = the pope > oni-kun >>>> The unsurpassable wall >>> vampire girl > loser (Kuro)
This is ultimately Shiro’s personal opinion, so other opinions are just as valid .