This is why I hate this demon…!!
She was the same in the original game and other media.
Except for those whom she likes, she naturally looks down on them, humiliates them, scorns them, and gives them a dirty look.
No, even those whom she likes, she will turn her back on if she doesn't like them even a little bit.
She is self-centered, egotistical, and selfish.
That's why she can say such harsh and heartless words.
”Oh, I'm scared.
But it's tempting.
Not many people can look at a demon like that.”
Seriously! This demon seems to be even comfortable with the intention to kill.
In fact, from this demon's point of view, my intention to kill is just like a small animal threatening a human.
She may feel pity for me and there is no chance that she will fear me.
And if her life is seriously in danger, she will run away as fast as she can, holding her protruding intestines, as she once did.
With tears in her eyes.
”…Seriously, I can't talk to you at all.”
I moved slowly along the porch to get away from the demon.
Because I wanted to be as far away from this demon as possible, and the smell of her stifling liquor was too much for me.
Seeing me like this, the demon laughed at me like an old man, which made me wonder what was there to laugh at.
As always, she is a madman.
Frankly speaking, I don't want to talk to her anymore, and I don't want to step on any landmines by conversing with her.
Instead, I'd like to ignore her.
(I wonder how the main character can keep up with such a guy.
Then I suddenly have a doubt.
It's no secret that this vain, uptight, and selfish demon has a lot of likes and dislikes, but I wonder how she perceives my current state…
Thanks to the medicine, I am still human in appearance, but I was aware that my body was unpredictable to the extent that…
I was subjected to an unpredictable examination by Matsushige's granddaughter.
Since then, my five senses have become very keen.
Like an animal, my sense of smell, hearing, and sight had become more vivid and delicate.
My physical body had become more robust, and my physical ability seemed to have slightly improved even without using spiritual power.
Wounds were healed more easily, and the wounds healed faster.
Of course, none of these things are so obviously out of the human realm…
but it is still enough to realize that my body is changing, and this will probably become more apparent as the days go by.
For how many more years, I don't know if I will be able to keep up with the deception of my surroundings.
Moreover, a serious injury could endanger the balance.
More importantly, ever since I became a monster, there are times when I'm not sure if I'm really human.
And the demon in front of me is a very distorted person.
Therefore, I have been wondering what the demon in front of me is thinking inside.
I don't want to die…
but at least, if I'm going to go on a rampage, I hope I don't get any innocent people involved.
”Well, well, you don't have to look at me with such distrust, do you? I'm still—”
The next moment, just as the demon was about to say something.
Suddenly, a voice echoed from the other side of the screen.
The voice sounded more like a girl's voice than a boy's.
For a moment I panicked about what to do, and then I thought about how to protect the safety of the boy in my care.
However, my fears might have been groundless.
The demon sprawled on the porch laughs and waves at me, then quickly vanishes in the wind.
The bee perched on my shoulder was also gone before I knew it.
Hey, don't run away, you guys! No, I'd be in a lot of trouble if they were here.
”…what are you doing, hmm?”
In the meantime, Shirowakamaru quickly slide the sliding door and appeared.
The beautiful boy in nightclothes lit up by the moonlight was sensual, even though he was probably unaware of what he was doing.
Ah, this is the kind of thing that makes players run for men.
”Ugh…!? I smell alcohol!?”
The next moment, the boy distorts his face and holds his nose with his arm.
Perhaps he was hit by the smell of alcohol that made him want to vomit.
Although I've gotten used to it by now, the breath and body odor of a demon who seems to be drinking all the time is enough to make an unaccustomed person fall into a coma instantly.
I've been drinking a little.
Did I wake you?”
I insist, holding up the plate of snacks the demon left behind to cover my mistake.
This boy is not on my side, at least not now.
Telling him about the existence of Aoko and Matsushige's girl's shikigami will only complicate things.
Therefore, I will deceive him.
”…it smells terrible.
Don't drink too much, okay? I'll be in trouble if you get drunk tomorrow.”
While holding his nose, the boy says with a look of disgust on his face.
I respond with a wry smile.
Shirowakamaru, who seemed not to like my attitude, narrowed his eyes at me and said, “I'm going to bed,” and slammed the sliding door shut tightly.
”…Haha, he hates me.
I knew the boy didn't like alcohol.
He even warned of it as a landmine point in the game.
Seriously, I dug my own grave.
”…Hah~, I don't like this.”
I left the pickles beside me and said whatever I wanted, clicking my tongue at the demon who had caused me so much trouble.
…What should I do with this plate?
From behind the sliding shoji, a voice filled with disappointment, disgust, and loneliness quietly disappeared into the darkness of the night, and no one heard it except for the one who had whispered it.
* * *
Shiro'oku city, the economic center of the northern region, is a kind of fortress-capital city, to which the shogun (local mayor?) and dochō-kan are sent by the imperial court.
It may be better to imagine it as Kamakura or Odawara Castle in my previous life.
Originally, it was the home of a famous youkai, and the Imperial Court took by force one or two of the best-sacred places in the northern region, and built the largest city in the northern region on it.
The surrounding valley is further covered with a boundary to prevent the intrusion of evil into the area.
Now, Shiro'oku is the most prosperous city in the northern part of the country, where the court army is stationed and where the exorcists are dispatched from the Onmyou dormitory and many people from the surrounding feudal lords and exorcists stay for military service.
It was also an important center of the Imperial Court, built to withstand an attack by an army of more than 10,000 youkai for many years.
Its gate was five meters high, with a gate measuring one meter by three meters and two meters by five meters, and several carriages could enter and exit side by side.
There, several soldiers with iron armored crossbows were given protection blessings to kill the invading youkai from afar, and if this could not stop them, a few exorcists stationed at the back of the gate were sent in.
”Wait! Where are you from? Let me see your documents.”
Now, we were stopped by a fence built in front of the gate.
As a few soldiers with spears approach, I show them an inro (a sealed case) decorated with gold and raden, which I had received from Kizuki's residence in exchange for a letter of introduction.
The soldiers' attitude changes when they see us with Kizuki's family crest engraved on it, and the gate is immediately opened.
”Well, well, well…
you are from the Kizuki family, the most prestigious family in the northern lands, I see? What in the world brings you to the city?”
The head of the gate rushed to the scene and bowed reverently as he bowed.
….To Shirowakamaru on his horse.
Well, his clothes are of good quality and he has a good face.
”The second princess of Kizuki has sent us as a messenger to deliver a gift to the Tachibana Trading Company.
I humbly request that you allow me to pass.”
I offered, subduing Shirowakamaru, who was puzzled.
At the same time, I commanded him to remain silent with a look from within his face.
Shirowakamaru gulps a mouthful of spit and then shuts his mouth.
He opens his mouth only after we pass through the barrier.
”I-Is it OK? Like that…”
”I don't want to get in trouble for pointing out your mistake.”
I could have pointed out the mistake, but that would have embarrassed him.
The fact that the guard was taking a bad attitude toward a childish boy who did not belong to Kizuki and was not a representative of the emissary was a good way to embarrass the other party.
”….Is that how it's done?”
”In the temple, the hierarchy is very strict.”
Shirowakamaru looks away and mutters.
What is probably in his mind is the life he had when he lived in the temple.
In my previous world, there are about fifteen ranks in the Buddhist priesthood.
Although there are some differences among sects, they seem to have been applied in this world too.
If there is a difference from reality, is it more severe? Well, to be precise, in this world, Fusō-kuni is not Buddhism but a fictitious religion based on it.
And even children have a hierarchy, and it is said that there were abuses in real life as well.
Naturally, Shirowakamaru should be the son of a noble family, etc., and not a child.
If so, life at the temple must not have been pleasant.
…the worst part, however, is that even in such a temple life, it is still better that there is no danger of youkai or starvation.
Haha, this world sucks.
I only answered shortly.
Shirowakamaru didn't seem to have any intention to expand the conversation, so he gave a small nod and kept quiet after that.
We continued on in silence until we crossed the checkpoint and arrived at Shiro'oku city.
It was about an hour later that we entered the main branch of Tachibana Trading Company's Northern Region branch…
 Government official who was in charge of construction and maintenance of public works projects, such as roads, bridges, and canals.
 Japanese craftwork that involves decorating objects with small, spiral-shaped shells called “螺” (ら), which are also known as “鈿” (でん) in Japanese
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