It’s Surprisingly Comfortable at the Demon Lord’s Castle.
Adventures of the Hungry Duo
“I thought I was going to die.”
“My bad, my bad. But I was only going about half as fast as my normal strolls.”
“If that was just half of it, then my body will explode and scatter if you get serious.”
I thought this would happen.
Didn’t I say so.
Gard walked on the rocky road with a great deal of effort while carrying me, who had completely damaged semicircular canals and was limp, on his back.
We arrived in the middle of Axio Valley within five minutes of Gard flying.
Although it’s just behind the Demon Lord’s castle, I cannot reach the central part of this vast valley at the same speed alone. It was worth the thought of dying.
However, a gigantic dragon can’t go along the steep and complex rocky roads in the valley, so we decided to land at a slightly open area and explore on foot.
Even though I got nauseated on my own accord, Gard felt guilty for taking me here on my request, and walked slowly so as not to shake me around.
It’s hard to tell because of his sturdy appearance and his my-pace attitude, but nonetheless, it seems that Gard might be regretting his wild behavior and recklessness.
He’s a delicate dragon.
I gently held out forward my arm that he was carrying over his shoulders, and tried to lean my chest on his back.
“We were able to get in here so quickly thanks to Gard. It would’ve been more difficult if I were alone. Thank you, really.”
“Ngh… Well, even if you were able to obtain a present and apologize, if the Demon Lord didn’t forgive you, then I’ll keep it for you.”
I appreciate that.
I’m sure I’ll be killed someday if I go back to my country. I also don’t have any friends I could rely on, so I’ll be naturally weeded out.
Gard began to hum, and while on his back, I was pleased by his thoughtfulness and relaxed my mouth.
I’ve also sobered up quite a bit.
Having recovered, I asked Gard to put me down from his back, and I started to search around the rocky areas, moving my eyes around restlessly.
Gard seemed very disappointed and didn’t want to put me down, but he released me reluctantly.
Why? I’m heavy, aren’t I? Is this the usual case where I couldn’t understand Gard?
“The flowers that Maruo told me about seem to often be in the shadows of rocks on the cliffside.”
“Based on what you’ve said, they’re probably Aryma. It’s a short, white flower with eight petals.”
Based on information given to me, I should carefully search the cliffs above, around and under my feet, while walking with my hands on the wall.
I couldn’t find anything like it, but peering into the deep cliffs where the bottom is dark that you couldn’t see anything, would make one faint if they’re afraid of heights.
I can’t use magic, so if I fall down, the end credits will play straight through.
In that way, I searched the entire trail as closely as possible, while looking for cliffs with a lot of rocks.
However, I couldn’t find it even when the sun was pointed directly above… Even now that it has begun to set, the Aryma is nowhere to be seen.
It feels like half a day has already passed, but it probably hasn’t been that long yet.
Incidentally, Gard started to get bored, and has been chasing grasshoppers, and jumping with a grin.
Earlier, he was looking at a swarm of ants. Is he an elementary school student?
I’ve been silently searching around suspicious places for a while now, but I suddenly stopped and placed my hand on my stomach. It was the sound of my stomach.
Come to think of it, I refused to eat breakfast.
It was well past noon now, so I couldn’t help feeling hungry.
Gard heard my empty stomach, and skipped towards me while grinning, away from the fleeing grasshoppers.
“You’re hungry? Me too.”
“You too, huh.”
He had only come to complain of his own hunger.
Oh, god. There are only two people hungry and without food in such a wild valley. I’m a little nervous.
“Alright! Let’s go hunting! I’ve got three plans, but which one do you prefer?”
“What do you have?”
“Plan A, I will take down one of those block headed buffadons1 swarming a while ago. Plan B, I will make the gryffor targeting that buffadon into grilled chicken. Plan C, eat Shal.”
“Anything but Plan C.”
Don’t look so disappointed.
Oh, right. Just like how vampires like blood, dragons like meat.
If demons with excellent recovery ability had their arm accidentally blown off, it seems that it’ll just quickly grow back, but humans can’t do this. It’d be intolerable if I’m going to be eaten like a bento.
Mm, if that’s the case, the choice of plan is important.
I don’t think I’m going to be useful in fighting at the moment, though.
My magic is sealed, and I don’t have a sword. In the human realm, I would still be able to fight against a weak demon with my bare hands somehow, but… I can’t hunt outrageous monsters in the demon realm…
“There’s a cave somewhere a bit further ahead in the open area. I’ll prepare the firewood near there, so I want you to hunt whichever you like, Gard.”
Gard satisfyingly laughed at my answer that I’ve thought of for a while, and in that short moment, he transformed into a gigantic dragon, making the tail end of his words faint.
The distance from the ground to the top of his head alone seems to be around 30 meters.
Transforming in the narrow passage made it hard for him to move, and immediately spread his large wings.
He gently stomped on the ground, and flew lightly in a way that didn’t suit his large body.
The ground shook, and when I thought that a strong wind was blowing for an instant, Gard had already flown high in the sky.
As usual, he flies splendidly.
The ruler of the sky, a first-class silver-colored champion, unparalleled among the dragons.
“Don’t go anywhere, I’ll come back, alright!”
Did you get it or not?
A roar was returned right away by the surprised monstrous birds from the nearby mountain recess that flew away.
I know how they feel.
Just by looking at him, he seems like a boss-rank from a dungeon somewhere.
 buffadon – literally just buffalo + ‘don’ which means dull, or stupid. ←