It’s Surprisingly Comfortable at the Demon Lord’s Castle.
A Demon Lord I Don’t Know
The Demon Lord’s office was on the level where there were considerably few other demons.
After walking out from the prison for a while, I’ve just gone up through three magnificent stairs which were hard to climb because of the high ceilings.
Beyond the window facing the hallway was a clear sunny day. The door across it was normal sized, probably because Azel is the size of a human.
Even so, for me, it felt much bigger than the huge door of my prison.
After I go beyond this door, I have to clear up the misunderstanding and make up with him no matter what.
I was nervous and my hand trembled as I tried to knock on the door.
Gard standing next to me saw it, and applied his strength in the hand holding mine. It hurt a little.
“It’s gonna be fine. I can fight him until his fourth form.”
For me, who was killed in his final form before even seeing the fourth form, they were very reassuring words.
But don’t fight each other, you’re both important to me.
Having an ally gives me a lot of courage.
It’s ironic that the Hero’s first ally is a demon commander, but I was very happy.
I took a slow, deep breath on the spot.
…It’s okay, I’ll clear up the misunderstanding.
Upon hearing the troubled voice from inside, my hand that was determined to make a new attempt on knocking suddenly stopped moving.
“That’s enough, please fix your temper. With your intimidating air, the lesser demons directly under the Demon Lord will be terrified and filled with tears in their big eyes no matter how much time passes.”
“…It looks like someone’s there.”
“The voice just now is Reisen’s, the Prime Minister. Eternal Prison Flame Demon, Reisephon Amarald. This Phoenix guy heals enemies he dislikes and burns them to death over and over again.”
‘It’s better not to show up while he’s there.’ Gard opened just a little gap in the door stealthily to check the situation.
Does everyone here with high ranks have such horrifying titles…?
The Demon Lord Azel started to look simple. In fact, the title of the Demon Lord is the most dangerous, but the sound still feels peaceful.
Perhaps, in the demon realm, there might be a lot more names for the Demon Lord Azel. I’ll ask him afterwards. It’s scary, but I’m a bit curious.
Following Gard, I also peeked through the gap.
I felt awkward about peeking, but it’s to avoid eternal death by fire. If I ever meet Reisen-san afterwards, I’ll apologize to him.
Across the gap, the first things I caught sight of in order were, a bookshelf filled with books, a black-toned sofa of good quality, and a glossy wooden low table.
Near the sofa was a beautiful man with a familiar crimson hair, having a troubled expression, ruining his beautiful, slender face that can be mistaken for a woman.
It seems that the confidant with the sunset-colored wings from last time was the terrifying Prime Minister.
I’m glad I wasn’t burned when I made a misleading statement about sexual harassment to Azel without knowing it. I really am.
And then, the last thing that came to my view was the one I really cared about.
In the elegant office desk installed sideways to the door, was the appearance of a night-colored, fine figure of a man dealing with a tower of documents.
Wearing the same black Asian-style clothing as usual, the finely crafted accessories shaking with his movements, his exposed profile was like a work of art.
He looks the same as usual.
But, there was an Azel I didn’t know about.
“Gard, is that Azel…?”
“It’s the Demon Lord, alright. He’s in a really bad mood, but it’s definitely him.”
“But, I’ve never seen Azel with such a cruel aura.”
In response to Gard’s voice above my head, I blurted out words that exposed my impatience.
Azel had a face like an expressionless Noh mask, scanning the documents with his abyss-like pair of eyes.
His deep, black pupils also had a harsh, beast-like look in his eyes.
No matter how I looked at it, I could see that he couldn’t suppress his anger from yesterday’s incident.
I’ve never seen that kind of eyes even during the fight when we first met. His eyes usually had an abundance of hues, just like how his expressions often changed.
Maybe, the one who unexpectedly got the wrong idea was me?
I assumed that I had hurt Azel selfishly, and made him more depressed than I imagined that he left the room.
But no, it wasn’t like that.
He was so astounded that he got so angry with my own selfishness and insolent tone.
“Hm? The Demon Lord might have human-like aspects, but he’s kind of like that. Especially during work. At any rate, he’s in a really bad mood today.”
“Is that so…? But, to be that usually—”
“Haa… Then, the lesser demons should switch loyalties to the oh-so gentle Prime Minister. If I’m to be feared, then they should be frightened. If they can’t stomach my face, then they should leave to a place they want, even in the human realm, or anywhere else.”
“What? The Demon Lord is the ruler of the demons. They’re supposed to be cool.”
It was a cold voice, so indifferent that chilled me to the bone.
He has never spoken to me like that.
Gard hasn’t moved at all, but it felt a bit more intimidating to humans, even though it wasn’t directed at me.
“It’s not that they can’t stomach it, but the lesser demons cannot withstand your eyes. Your bad-tempered, unstable control of magic causes the demons’ eyes to shake in such an abnormal fearful state!”
“Ah— That’s why there isn’t light in his eyes. Reisen, who’s directly face-to-face with him, has teary eyes. It’s pitiful.”
“So what? I can get into a bad mood whenever I like. Now’s the time for those who are unimportant to run away in fear. I’m used to it. Since a long time ago.”
“G-Gard… Gard, I don’t feel like I’m allowed to just step into the room and apologize…!”
“What are you gonna do? Are you gonna fight?”
“I’ll die if I do that…!”
If I attempt a suicide attack on Azel, whose advent as the Demon Lord was because of his anger towards me, I wouldn’t last even for a second.