It’s Ko-Fi’s Supporters’ chapter (76/105), enjoy~
The next morning.
It was still dark outside the window with the lapis lazuli color of pre-dawn. Ain woke up on the sofa, but his memory was hazy.
Perhaps he had fallen asleep on the sofa last night in the middle of a conversation.
Although Krone and Chris were concerned about Ain’s monsterization.
(There was no sense of discomfort at all.)
Rather, they even felt relieved.
In addition to being able to exchange words with Ramza the Dullahan in the dream world, he was able to trust their words because of Marco’s way of life.
So, what did he do after he told them…?
He woke up from sleep, and his mind wasn’t working, but he tried to wake up anyway.
He couldn’t move his body. He wondered why, and when he looked at his surroundings, he immediately understood the reason.
Chris was on his lap. And on his shoulder, Krone was snuggled up to him, breathing peacefully.
Krone’s gentle breathing continued.
“No… If you’re going to absorb it, do it more gently.”
Chris on his lap was talking strangely in her sleep.
He doesn’t know what kind of dream she’s having. The way she stubbornly tries to get him to absorb has become a commendation.
“I’ve already told you many times that I won’t absorb it.”
Now, how should he get out of here?
The bell to call the waiter is on the desk, and of course, it’s not within arm’s reach. This means that he can’t even call Martha.
He didn’t want to wake up the two sleeping girls.
Thinking of what to do, he whispered, “Martha-san.”
As he smiled bitterly, he heard a knock on his room door a few dozen seconds later.
“Good morning. Are you calling for me?”
“Martha-san, you’re super awesome…”
Martha took this voice as an answer and opened the door.
“What can I do──?”
Martha opened the door. When she saw Ain being cuddled by the two women, she stopped, her eyes widening.
In her hand was a change of clothes for the larger Ain, but she unintentionally dropped it on the floor.
Then she opened her mouth, still looking surprised.
“…I think you should decide on the first queen as soon as possible. Even if Ain-sama does not want to make a difference, your subjects will still feel uneasy.”
“No, you’re wrong. You’re making a terrible mistake.”
“We, the servants, would welcome it. It is only natural to have several queens. It’s not that we’re unhappy with you, but as your subjects, we feel more comfortable that way…”
“I’m sorry, Martha-san. Listen to me.”
“Then… take your time.”
Martha said and picked up Ain’s change of clothes that she had dropped. She quickly places it beside the sofa where Ain is sitting and then quickly leaves Ain’s room.
How can he get out of this situation again?
Ain began to think of a new way out.
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Eventually, when Ain was in trouble, Krone woke up, which was a big help to him.
She helped him lay down Chris, who hadn’t woken up yet and stood up from the couch. Then he changed into the clothes that Martha had prepared for him first thing in the morning. Just by putting on the right size clothes, it was easier to spend time without the tightness he had felt yesterday.
After that, he left Krone in charge of Chris and left the room.
He went down a few stairs and was walking down a corridor.
“──Fumu. You really are big, aren’t you-nya?”
A woman was standing with her back against the wall.
She’s Ain’s aunt and the first princess, Katima. She is one of the rare different races in Isthalika, a Caith Sith, and also a clever and talented woman.
She was surprised by Ain’s condition, but she was calmer than anyone.
“It looks like I’m too late to get you the results of my research-nya.”
“What research results?”
“About Ain’s monsterization-nya.”
Then Katima approached Ain.
They’ve always had a big height difference, but now it’s especially noticeable.
“I think we talked about this at Magic City Ist-nya, but monsterization is a phenomenon that should be determined as evolution-nya. The process of monster evolution is the same as the process of Ain becoming strong because Ain was also eating a lot of magic stones-nya. …So I was going to tell Ain about this when you came home from work-nya. but…”
“You don’t have to say anything-nya. I can predict what happened to you by looking at you now-nya. Also, my father warned me last night not to do anything too much to you-nya.”
Katima must be aware of what happened to Ain. It is not clear if she even anticipated that he has become a Demon Lord, but it would not be surprising if she did.
“I don’t care if Ain is evolving, as long as Ain stays as Ain-nya.”
This was the conclusion she came to.
The biggest concern with monsterization was that Ain would lose his ego as Ain. Even if monsterization was an evolution, if Ain could keep his ego, there was nothing better than that.
“I’m sorry; I appreciate you saying that.”
“Don’t worry about it-nya. Well, if there’s anything I can do to help, just let me know-nya.”
She smiled wryly and turned on her heel.
“I thought you had a local wife-nya…”
“Um, what did you just say?”
“Nothing-nya. Then come to my room immediately if you need anything-nya!”
As she walked away, her steps were as light as usual.
“She’s a very perceptive person.”
He admired her brains for sensing the situation without saying a word.
Although she had been warned not to touch him too much, she gave him some advice and told him to rely on her when the time came. She never seemed to be the kind of person who acted outrageously on a daily basis.
Eventually, Ain walked in the opposite direction of where Katima had left off.
He didn’t have a destination in mind, but he decided to go for a walk in the courtyard.
As soon as Ain started walking, he noticed a man walking in front of him. He seemed to have noticed Ain too and approached him with a smile on his face.
“Well, well, Ain-sama, good morning.”
“Good morning. You’re up early too, Warren-san.”
“As I thought last night, even I am a little bewildered when I see you looking so dignified.”
“I’ll cut my hair later, though.”
“Oh, that’s a pity.”
“Krone and Chris told me too. But it’s hard to move around like this.”
After exchanging greetings and light words, Ain asked.
“Are you working at this hour?”
Warren usually came to work early. But it was particularly early today, partly because of his heavy workload.
“The year is almost over, so I’ve got a few things to take care of. In addition, I’ve been working on the royal family’s official duties for the next year.”
“Next year? Do I have any official business scheduled?”
“Yes. I’d like to suggest a visit to the port city of Magna.”
“Could it be about the Red Fox?”
“No, it has nothing to do with that this time. There is a lot of information that Marco-dono has shared with Ain-sama that I’m curious about, but your official business at the port city of Magna is on a completely different schedule.”
The main work is to inspect and meet with the nobility.
“It’s scheduled for just before spring.”
Warren, who had been smiling up until now, suddenly tightened his expression.
“The rest is still undecided, but I think the meeting with Heim will take place in the summer.”
For Ain, it was as if it had finally arrived.
“It’s going to be a bit of a mess, isn’t it?”
“You’re right. His Majesty will participate in the meeting, and the King of Heim will also visit. Of course, the generals of the two countries will also participate in the meeting…”
“That means that… Logas will be there.”
“In addition, your brother in the service of the third prince Tigre will also be there.”
When Warren said that much, he was concerned that Ain would feel uneasy. He said that it was inevitable that he would feel uncomfortable and that the only way to avoid that was not to participate.
But Ain shook his head and said.
“It was my words that initiated the meeting. I will not run and hide.”
“──Fufu, you’ve really come into your own, haven’t you?”
“Thank you. I’ve had a great teacher who trained me in both the literary and military arts, after all.”
“I’m honored to hear you say that. Now, I will inform Ain-sama of these matters as soon as we have a possible date. If there is anything that concerns you, please let me know.”
With that, Warren left.
Before he realized it, the morning sun had begun to appear outside the window. The view of the royal capital as the sun began to rise was clear and beautiful again today.
With a short word, he steeled himself. He opened the window to let the cool morning breeze hit his body and smiled pleasantly.
After that, he gazed in the direction of the distant castle of the Demon Lord and narrowed his eyes.
Remembering that day when he and Marco fought a fierce battle and became the Demon Lord, he stretched out his palm to the sky and squeezed it tightly.
Feeling the power that permeated his body, he made up his mind to work hard again from today.