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Chapter 92: The Sage Receives a Proposal
Ten days later, the torture of the captured demonkins ended.
Unfortunately, no new information was obtained, so they were given to the laboratory.
The director happily said that she would use them for experiments.
The demonkins’ sacrifices would contribute to some new invention.
Our spies were searching all over this world for the human who’d come into contact with the devils.
They were already narrowing down candidates from the possible nations that might be the culprit.
While there was no definitive information, there were also no major errors.
From here onward, it would be a matter of careful scrutiny.
As soon as I found out which human had contacted them, I would immediately move in to kidnap them.
Then I would ask Luciana to use her charm to make them confess.
Regardless of whether their actions were related to me or not, I wanted to know what their intention was.
There was a risk of it bringing harm to the world in the future.
For me, I didn’t need an unmanageable threat.
If it was just something small scale, I could tolerate it.
Since it wouldn’t affect many people.
However, it was a different story if the target of the destruction were either the nations or the continent itself.
The event regarding the Great Spirit and the Magic Kingdom was a clear-cut example of this.
In those cases, I would do my best to eliminate the cause.
Well, I doubt such an event would happen often, but…
Even so, I couldn’t let my guard down.
The Will of the World could cause a problem out of nowhere.
Even if they made me think it was an unrelated matter, they might still get involved in some way.
I must always stay cautious.
I stopped my thoughts there and leaned against the throne.
Being immortal frees one from physical fatigue, but not from mental fatigue.
If one thought too much, they would later feel like resting.
Recently, the executives have been caring quite often about my daily life.
Apparently, I looked tired.
I shouldn’t have a complexion on my face to judge such a thing, unlike the time when I was a human, but they were still worried.
I had already been involved with them for quite some time.
Perhaps they noticed the slightest changes within me.
Perhaps I need recreation?
I suddenly thought of that.
Now that I thought about it, that person had also mentioned recreation and hobbies.
At the time, I was mentally cornered due to the burden of our mission to subjugate the Demon Lord.
Perhaps from her perspective, she had thought she had to mention that.
Looking back, it had been a shameful blunder.
Originally, I was the one who needed to take care of her as her supporter .
Those parts of me hadn’t changed even after abandoning my humanity.
It seemed to me that I had quite the clumsy temperament.
If I were to think about what I wanted to do — perhaps, it would be a trip?
I missed the days when I visited different locations for training.
It had been quite fun to visit different landscapes and enjoy the local dishes.
It had also been an opportunity to learn and confirm new knowledge.
However, there was no way I could casually travel around as a Demon Lord.
I always had to be vigilant to all possible threats.
It wouldn’t be funny if I wasn’t careful and ended up getting assassinated.
All of my hardship, up until that point, would simply evaporate.
During my life as a human, I had fought as the hope for humanity.
I also had heavy responsibilities at the time, but currently, I carried a greater burden than before.
Careless behavior should be prohibited.
As for recreation, I would need to think of another method.
At that time, I heard knocking from the other side of the door.
It brought me back to reality.
“Demon Lord-sama, may I have a moment please?”
It was Grom’s voice.
Did he have something to report?
“Ah, come in.”
Grom entered smoothly.
Yuura was sitting on his shoulder as if it were the most obvious thing to do.
I looked at Grom.
He quickly turned his face away.
For some reason it felt awkward.
Since the other side didn’t start talking right away, I decided to ask.
“What’s the meaning of that?”
“Answering the master’s inquiry — it was the suggestion of the individual named Grom. I can reach books which are located in a higher position through this manner. It also makes movement easier so it is a very rational action to take.”
“No, don’t suddenly start to answer!”
Grom seemed panicked.
It seemed he didn’t want to be asked about it.
Did he want to hide it that much?
I wondered about that.
It was a suggestion that clearly showed his kindness.
Certainly, if Yuura were to stay on his shoulder, it would make it easier for her to reach the books.
It was more efficient than asking Grom for help every time she needed a book.
It was a welcome development for the subordinates to get along well.
After all, it would be hard to cooperate properly during an emergency if they were hostile towards each other.
The relationships among the executives and quasi executives were good as of now.
I didn’t hear anything about anyone being on bad terms with another.
I had never seen such a scene to begin with.
Grom and Luciana often argued, but that was their way of getting along.
Rather, they could be considered as a pair with a good relationship.
I gave a word of appreciation to Grom.
“I’m sorry about that. Thank you for enthusiastically taking care of her.”
“N-no, it is an honor for me…”
Grom responded awkwardly.
He seemed to be feeling shy.
Perhaps he didn’t want to be seen like this too much?
Since it would make Grom feel bad to prolong this matter, I decided to switch topics.
“So, what are you here for?”
“Yes, it seems she had a report and requested to meet with Demon Lord-sama…”
Grom glanced at Yuura, who was sitting on his shoulder.
It seemed she was the one who wanted to meet me.
Wasn’t this the first time for such a thing?
I got curious and asked.
“Yuura, what is it?”
“Proposing a request to master — let us patrol around the castle together.”
“Patrol? Is there something suspicious?”
I immediately used perception magic to explore the whole caste.
There was no hostile reaction.
There was also no trace of magic interference.
We were very thorough regarding that matter.
This castle was very safe.
I saw no necessity for patrolling.
However, I got curious due to the fact that it was Yuura who was suggesting it.
She was the offshoot of a Great Spirit.
She was a special existence in a different way to my own.
Perhaps her unique power had managed to detect something?
It wasn’t impossible.
As soon as I thought of that, Yuura shook her head.
“Answering to the master’s inquiry — Currently, there have not been any suspicious points to be found. The patrol is intended to find the problem before it happens, or to settle it as soon as it happens.”
Yuura resolutely stated.
Unlike what I’d expected, it didn’t seem like she had managed to detect anything wrong in particular.
There didn’t seem to be any problems and I was relieved for the time being.
On the other hand, Grom told Yuura in a persuasive tone.
“Demon Lord-sama is busy. He is unable to go along to play with you.”
“Rebutting the opinion of the individual named Grom — it is not a game. It is a serious task of checking the safety of the castle.”
Yuura retorted with an undaunted tone.
She was unexpectedly stubborn.
Anyway, what does game mean?
I got curious and thought about it.
Then I came out with a guess.
Perhaps she wants to go on a walk under the guise of going on patrol?
I didn’t remember doing anything in particular to get her to like me, but perhaps it was just a whim.
If she had plainly asked for a walk, not only would it be annoying, there would’ve been a high chance that she would be refused.
That was why Yuura used patrolling as an excuse to do so.
She had that kind of wisdom, I guess.
“Demon Lord-sama, I’m terribly sorry about this. I will admonish her about it later…”
“No, that won’t be necessary.”
I told that to the apologizing Grom.
Then I suggested it again.
“I have some time. Let’s patrol around the castle — as Yuura said.”
“I, I see… then Yuura, you are to get down from my shoulder. Remember to not be a bother to Demon Lord-sama.”
“You can stay as you are. Grom, you will also accompany me.”
I continued and commanded Grom.
There wasn’t any urgent business as of now.
The preparation for the invasion of the Slave Autonomous Region was in full swing, but it wasn’t like we could dispatch the army by today or tomorrow.
Even if that wasn’t the case, a walk around the castle shouldn’t be a problem.
It wasn’t like it would take too much time anyway.
Grom cautiously asked me for confirmation.
“…Is it really alright?”
“Yes, I’ll allow it.”
As I nodded, Grom put his hand on his chest and stretched his back.
Yuura ended up falling because of the momentum.
Then he declared loudly, seemingly missing that Yuura’s had fallen from his shoulder.
“Thank you very much! Your humble servant, Grom, will enthusiastically go on the patrol! As long as I live, no evil, no matter how small, will be missed.”
For an immortal like Grom to say “As long as I live,” made me feel greatly uncomfortable.
On top of that, far from being a small evil, I myself was a world-wide class of evil who was standing right in front of him.
It wasn’t something you could miss.
I quelled my nitpicky thoughts and just nodded to his words.
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