42. What, the Demon King?
It normally took about 20 minutes to walk from the smithy to the guild.
However, despite that distance, we arrived instantly.
“Is that what it means to teleport?”
“That’s right. As long as I have the information, I can go wherever I want.”
“T, that’s amazing… don’t you think so, too, Grave?”
“Yes, as expected of the Demon King.”
The Demon King had transformed into a youth that resembled Grave.
As of the present, the aura the Demon King exuded was that of a human’s.
No one would think of him as a demon.
Actually, the people from before didn’t seem scared of him, either.
“How long do you plan to stand there? Can we go inside?”
“Okay. Should we enter?”
With Grave at the front, we opened the door of the building.
I didn’t say anything, but I was actually nervous inside.
Grave also had a tense expression.
When the door was opened, Rigard and Teresia happened to be there.
“Hmm? If it isn’t Liliana and Grave.”
“It’s rare for you two to return at a time like this. What happened?”
“Ah, yes, actually, there’s someone I want to introduce…”
“Did you pick up someone again? Is it a woman?”
“No, it’s different. Are women the only thing you ever think about…”
“I’m just kidding. Do you mean the guy behind you?”
Ibris, who was hidden behind him, took a step forward after Grave stepped aside.
Both of them were surprised at Ibris’ appearance.
“G, Grave, do you have a brother?”
“No. Since when would I have one?”
“Oh, t-that’s right. It’s just a coincidence, then.”
“If the two of you were to stand next to each other, you would look like twins…”
Rigard and Teresia stared at Ibris.
“When you stare at me like that, it feels uncomfortable.”
“Oops, sorry about that. Hmm? Who could you be? Are you the son of a great man?”
“No, it’s not that… uh, shouldn’t you guys be more surprised?”
“Is it such a big deal? Then be quick with it.”
Grave took a deep breath and exhaled for a long time.
Finally, he cut to the chase.
“He’s the Demon King.”
I had expected that kind of reaction.
Both of them had the same expression.
“Grave, what did you say?”
“He’s the Demon King.”
“The Demon King, as in, the king of the demons?”
“Yes. His appearance is that of a human’s right now, but he’s the full-fledged Demon King.”
“Yes! I’m the Demon King Ibris Dart!”
Ibris openly spoke his name.
Silence came for a few seconds.
Afterwards, to the two confused people, Grave did his best to explain the situation.
The contract and Ibris’ reason for wanting to stay there were also brought up.
He was the Demon King, but not malicious to humans. He also had no intentions of harming them.
It was unknown whether or not the two believed us. But we were finished talking for the time being.
“Well, I see. I don’t really understand, but is he really the Demon King?”
“Grave, how are you feeling? Did you just sign a contract with the Demon King?”
Teresia asked Grave with a concerned expression.
Grave nodded and answered.
“It’s okay. I don’t feel anything.”
“Alright, that’s good.”
“Don’t worry, the contract won’t do anything as long as we don’t violate the rules. In short, the contract won’t harm you.”
Ibris explained nonchalantly, and Grave continued.
“In exchange, I have to guarantee his safety here—is what the contract says.”
“So, you’ve mentioned. Grave, did you seriously just bring back the Demon King?”
Rigard said that, seemingly a little angry.
“Forgive me, boss…”
“W, wait, don’t blame Grave!”
“Everything started when he came to my place. Grave isn’t at fault!”
“Oh, no, no. I’m not blaming Grave—nor it is Liliana’s fault.”
Rigard sighed a little, and he looked at us with his arms crossed.
Rigard, who was as kind as always, laughed and accepted our selfishness.
However, that time, he looked a little anxious.
With a serious gaze, he alternated between us and Ibris—
—and came up with a solution;
“—It can’t be helped. Make sure to keep an eye on him.”
“Yep. Either way, I have no choice. Do you have any objections, Teresia?”
“Do you really trust this guy?”
“We have to. If this guy is really the Demon King, he could just resort to rampaging in the city. Afterwards, a sea of fire is all that would be left. Of course, as of the moment, that isn’t the case. After all, he has no intention of doing that, right?”
“…Haa. More troubles have come up.”
Rigard told Teresia that the rest was up to her.
I didn’t think she was convinced.
However, both of them seemed to understand our intentions.
“Boss, older sister, thank you…”
“No problem. That’s why, starting from today, the Demon King can stay here, too.”
“Got it. Thanks!”
“I only accepted you because of these two, understand? As long as you live in my house, you obey my rules.”
Rigard told Ibris.
His eyes were sharp like a wild beast; there was a coldness was like never before.
Murderous aura emanated from his entire body.
“Hmph. Good eyes. It seems that my time here will be enjoyable.”
Despite the barrage of murderous intent, his overbearingness didn’t change.
***T/N: Tell me more about Rigard and Teresia, pls.
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