Prologue: Humans from Another World Seem to be a Rare Food. Part 2


I didn’t think I’d be getting any more information, so I gave up and slowly rose.

“!”

The demon lord noticed me get up immediately, stopped their conversation and walked towards the side of the cage in a quick, yet graceful manner.

“…Good morning. …Uhm, I guess I lost.”

“……”

“Why haven’t you killed me?”

“Urk.”

I asked him, staring intently into the demon lord’s sharp, beautiful eyes as he stood there with furrowed brows. For some reason, he groaned and turned his face away. I wonder why?

The demon lord was silent for a while as he casually approached his visibly concerned red-haired confidant and suddenly gripped him with his hands.

What? Is he in a bad condition? Some of my attacks got to him, so he might’ve been injured. But If I didn’t kill the demon lord, I’d have nowhere to go back to, so I fought him; but personally, I didn’t really hate him, so I feel a little bit guilty.

Shortly after feeling unsettled, the trembling demon lord finally recovered.

He looked towards my direction, so I stared at him once more. While he appeared as though he was choking, he glared at me in a tremendously vicious manner. He seemed to hate me a lot.

“Normally, intruders and assassins would’ve already been banished or terminated, but see… y-you’re… a hero. That’s why… uhm, humans from another world have delicious blood. There are types of demons that feed on blood. That’s what I am, so… I’m keeping you. That’s why I didn’t kill you. So, just stay here.”

“…J-Just stay close to me!”

“I see…”

The demon lord incoherently explained why he didn’t kill him, wearing a self-satisfied expression that seemed to say ‘I did it! I told him!’

The confidant who was watching from behind also applauded with a ‘Bravo!’ I couldn’t really understand the culture of demons.

But when I heard the demon lord’s reason, I was convinced.

In simple terms, I was a “delicious dinner”.

Summoning from another world seems to use up a tremendous amount of magical power, so it wasn’t possible to do it frequently. I guess this equates heroes, or humans summoned from another world, to rare food.

I was convinced of his reason, but whether or not it was a good thing was a different matter. Perhaps I should be glad that I wasn’t killed, but if he was only aiming for my blood, it was still sad.

I refuse to spend the rest of my long life inside this cage as a blood tank.

I had been a corporate slave since the beginning, so it wasn’t that I was being pessimistic or submissive, but if I were to be kept for that purpose, I wanted to at least receive a proper form of employment. Otherwise, I’d rather take a long vacation… and go to heaven.

“Hey, Demon Lord.”

“Wah, w-what is it?”

After pondering for a while, I placed one hand on the iron bar of the cage and beckoned the demon lord a bit.

The demon lord jumped at my call and let out a strange voice; there was no way to cover it up, yet he tried to gloss over it. Then, the bed creaked as he leaned in close to me.

Looking closely, I noticed he had a more refined appearance.

Powerful demons were said to be beautiful in order to seduce their prey more efficiently. The demon lord certainly had a beauty that was hard to resist, to the point that I found myself agreeing with that I had heard in the past.

“Shal?”

The impatient demon lord called out to me as I thought of things like how I was glad that I didn’t leave any scars on this work of art that I had cut.

Hm? Have I ever told him my name? I can’t really recall, but oh well, I’ll just let it go.

Stripped off my equipment, leaving me only with my thin innerwear and leather pants, I grabbed my collar and opened it wider in one swift motion.

“…”

I exposed my neck so that the demon lord could see it clearly; with eyes wide open, he was left speechless. I wasn’t really sure, but when it comes to sucking blood, it was probably here.

“I don’t want to spend the rest of my life serving as food in a cage. If that’s going to happen, please drink to your heart’s content now.”

The demon lord didn’t say anything. He was stiff as stone.

But his eyes didn’t look away from my neck at all, so I tapped my fingers from my collarbone up to my neck as though telling him to drink.

“—I want you to suck me to death.”

And if possible, I would like to work for a place that doesn’t exploit their employees in my next life.

While adding quite a greedy request to god for my next life, I waited for the demon lord to say something like, “Interesting! Then, I’ll kill you and drink your blood as you wish, mwahahaha!” and then bite me, as if it was all a game to him.

However. Contrary to my expectations, the demon lord gradually turned red.

He began to tremble and turned red from the tips of his ears like boiled octopus.

“Huh?”

Something’s wrong.

As I was thinking that, the demon lord began to retreat and sprinted towards the door, hiding his face with both hands and cried out.

“H-How shameleeessss!!”

Slam!

“M-My looooordd!!”

The red-haired man unfolded his wings and went out, chasing after the demon lord who ran off somewhere with tremendous speed and a resounding incomprehensible scream.

Oh… I see. That’s why the demon lord’s castle had big doors and excessively high ceilings. It’s probably to make it accessible for different kinds of races.

I had no other choice but to sit down without knowing what to do, gaping at the door with my clothes wide open, like an idiot.

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