Chapter 2 – Distress
Morning on the next day….
In the human world, we will be fine even if we sleep on the ground. The surface of the demon world is polluted so we can only live inside the dungeon. If you sleep on the ground outside, you will never see the morning again.
In the old times, I heard the demon race lived on the surface until a certain person did something. If that person didn’t do that, maybe the demon world would be like the human world.
I’ve read about sun in the books. However, I was still impressed when seeing it in person. How could this be so warm? Is this some kind of colossal magic? How much magical power needed to cast it?
The sun also exists in the demon world. However, I have never seen it myself. The sky of demon world was always covered by dark clouds throughout the years, after all.
The demon world is a cold place. I really want to bring home this sun if possible. I will investigate if there’s magic to bring out the sun in the demon world when I return.
Now then, I have to prepare various things before Maou-sama wakes up. First I will make water with magic to wash our face. I really have to be careful here. If I make even a tiny mistake, the whole area will be flooded by water. I must maintain my concentration so that I won’t use too much magical power.
Even though there’s a magic to lower the strength, why is there no magic to lower the magic itself? I will ask the development department of demon world to develop it later.
Fwuh! I managed to wash my face safely. One tree was blown away in the process, but let’s pretend nothing happened.
Next let’s cook the wild boar’s legs from yesterday for breakfast. I only need to start a fire and grill them. I did a lot of cooking even in the demon world, but the level of my Cooking Skill didn’t increased for some reason. Why!?
Maou-sama opened his eyes when I was still cooking the breakfast. Maybe his consciousness was still fuzzy, he stared at the empty air, unmoving.
Oh well, Maou-sama is not a morning person. I will leave him be for the time being, and finish the preparation in the meantime.
Okay, it’s all set! Maou-sama doesn’t seem will get up anytime soon. Let’s use this chance to review our mission once again….
From what I heard yesterday, the food supply in the demon world will be exhausted in about 10 years if we do nothing. The surface of demon world is uninhabitable, while the food that can be produced from the field and forest inside the dungeon is limited.
Until fifty years ago, we pillaged the food from the human world to make up for it. However, since there’s the agreement with that jerk, we couldn’t do that anymore.
From now on, the demons should establish a friendly relationship with the humans and procure the food peacefully. But before that, I don’t think we will meet humans deep in the forest like this.
“Hmm… good morning….” (Maou-sama)
Maou-sama seems to have completely woken up now. He keeps rubbing his eyes, but I don’t see any problem in particular.
“Good morning, Maou-sama. I have prepared some water and breakfast.” (Fell)
“Thank you, Fell. You can have all the food. I’m not going to eat breakfast today.” (Maou-sama)
Skipping breakfast is not good for health. Oh well, it can’t be helped if Maou-sama decides so. I will eat his share, too. I’ve gotten tired of eating wild boar meat, but I shouldn’t waste food.
When I’ve finished my breakfast, Maou-sama began to explain our schedule.
“For a start, we will try to make a contact with humans.” (Maou-sama)
I see. However, there’s something I’d like to confirm first.
“Can we find humans in this forest?” (Fell)
“There should be a small village around here.” (Maou-sama)
“I’m not doubting Maou-sama, but we are not lost, aren’t we?” (Fell)
“…….. of course not.” (Maou-sama)
Maou-sama averted his eyes from me, I wonder why….
“The scratch that Maou-sama put on the trees as mark, I can see them here and there.” (Fell)
“…….. it’s alright. I can tell the differences.” (Maou-sama)
I don’t know the relation between not being lost and the marks being different. But if Maou-sama says so, then it must be true….
We really aren’t lost, right? I somehow feel uneasy.
“Well then, let’s go!” (Maou-sama)
That’s right. I’m a servant of Maou-sama. It’s presumptuous to doubt him. I should believe in Maou-sama.
Then, after walking all day, we finally arrived (at the previous place).
“I think this is the place where we camped out yesterday….” (Fell)
“…….. no, it’s a different place that looks alike.” (Maou)
Different place? Is Maou-sama testing my loyalty? Okay, let’s be cool! If Maou-sama says so, then this is definitely a different place.
Yeah, I was wrong! That fallen tree is similar to the one I accidentally blown away when I created water with magic to wash our face this morning, but this is definitely a different place!
“A-Alright, we will camp here again…. I mean, we will camp here today. I will go to hunt for food!” (Maou)
“I understand. I will make the preparation.” (Fell)
Now then, let’s start a fire, prepare some water, and pray to the god so that Maou-sama won’t return with a wild boar again today.
Oops, another tree was blown away in the process of creating water. Let’s pretend nothing happened.
Now that I think about it, I should have brought a magic tool for creating water from the demon world. It consumes less magic power and the amount of water that can be produced is constant.
I failed to make a proper preparation because it was a sudden trip, but I’m just making excuse for myself.
Come to think of it, the manager of the treasure vault forced something on me when I was making preparation. I was told to throw this thing somewhere in the human world, but I can’t just randomly throw it, can I? I believe the humans call it illegal dumping or something.
I heard that humans use money to buy stuffs. This thing is useless for us demons, but this thing should be precious to humans. I think I can exchange it with money. There’s also an option to exchange it with food.
“I’m back.” (Maou-sama)
“Welcome back, Maou-sama.” (Fell)
My prayers didn’t go through. Maou-sama returned with a wild boar again.
Now that I think about it, a demon should not pray to the god. I guess I’ve made a blunder. Even so, could it be that Maou-sama actually likes wild boar meat? Or maybe Maou-sama has some kind of grudge against wild boars?
I have no choice today, but tomorrow…. Yeah, tomorrow, I will properly tell him that I’ve gotten tired of eating wild boar meat all time, and I want to eat something else. I’m sure Maou-sama will grant this humble request.
When the dinner was over, I prepared the place for us to sleep and created a protection barrier like usual. Maou-sama told me that he was tired and going to sleep first. I once again wrote a diary while pretending to read a book before sleeping.
Tomorrow, I want to eat anything except wild boar meat!