Translator's Notes: This chapter does not affect the continuity of the story and Arc 4. It was published as a bonus chapter when Volume 2 of the Light Novel was announced.
I think we were a happy family, relatively speaking.
A kind father whose hobby was reading.
A mother who was a good cook and always smiled.
And mee, an intelligent and good natured child.
I was born to the house of a baron who lived in the capital.
I grew up without any inconvenience.
Although he was a lower-class nobleman, my father's business was doing well and we never had any financial difficulties.
My life was good.
However, if I had to complain about anything, it was that my life was terribly boring.
I was already bored with my dull life.
I was tired of pretending to be something I'm not.
I was raised to be like a butterfly and a flower, and I had to constantly put on a smile and act like my parents and the adults around me wanted me to.
There are too many annoying people in the world.
If I could kill them all, I would feel so much better.
However, there's only so much a five-year-old can do, so I had to hug my teddy bear friend and polish myself up for the insignificant marriage partner that would eventually arrive.
"She'll make a wonderful wife."
"Yes, because she's so pretty and smart."
"Yes! As the daughter of a baron, I'm sure she'll make a wonderful wife."
"The marquis will marry you when you turn 13. By then, you must become a proper lady of nobility."
"Yes, marriage to a rich man is a woman's happiness. You will be my new daughter and we will welcome you with open arms."
I knew the truth.
My parents did not even look at me.
They cherished me because I was beautiful, good at what I did, and they could use me as material for a political marriage.
This world is boring.
Have you ever thought of the feeling of a bird in a cage that has wings to fly, but isn't allowed to, slowly wasting away as an ornament?
If it had a lot of power, it could be free.
I think about this as I munch on a snack my mother prepared in the meadow.
Our family goes on a family picnic once a week.
We are in a meadow on the outskirts of the capital.
The tall grass swayed in the wind and dragonflies flew around.
I want to be a dragonfly.
I don't want to feel anything.
I just want to fly freely through the sky and go wherever I want.
Suddenly, a semi-transparent window opened in front of me.
《Notice: You have obtained the job [Demon King]》.
I didn't understand what that meant.
Immediately after, I heard the sound of cutting flesh and a scream.
A group of armed men appeared behind me.
They shot down the soldiers guarding me and my family one by one.
"Why are there demons in a place like this!?"
"What do they want with us?!"
"Take the girl back to the city, we'll buy some time!"
"I won't leave without you. We're no match for these demons."
As I was carried off in my mother's arms, I saw many soldiers die.
Surprisingly, my heart is burning.
I was very excited.
Yes, this is the kind of stimulus I was looking for.
The splashing red blood is beautiful.
The screaming is very nice.
It's fun. So much fun.
My father was pierced from behind by a sword.
My mother let go of me and ran to my father.
A sword also pierced my mother's chest.
I stood back and looked at the men around me.
"Your Majesty, we've come for you."
The demons knelt down and bowed their heads.
One of the larger men knelt before me.
"What do you want from me?"
"You are the new Demon King. You will join the demon race and conquer the world."
"Hmm, so all of you will follow me?"
"All present are your loyal servants."
Ecstasy enveloped me.
I felt an intense heat in my chest.
I could almost hear the bell of freedom ring.
The cage opened wide and I took off into the sky.
"Ha, ha… Hahahaha! I'm free! At last, at last I'm free! I will no longer be judged for anything I do! Hahahahaha!"
I grabbed my teddy bear and started to turn around.
I have freedom.
I have power.
These men in front of me will be my hands and my feet.
"Where are we going now?"
"We have found an unassuming village for you to reside in. I think you should hide there for now and wait until you grow up."
"Do you think the humans will try to kill me if they find out the Demon King is a young girl?"
"Exactly. There are rebellious factions that will want to assassinate you, not to mention the hero will be after you."
"I see. Do you know where that hero will appear? Because I doubt it was a coincidence that you found me."
"Your Majesty is very wise. We have an astrologer. His predictions about the future have helped locate the place of your appearance."
An idea occurred to me.
At last I have freedom.
But there are too many people in my way to enjoy the thrill of life.
Especially the hero.
Maybe if I could get rid of him sooner... No, it will be better if I can take control of him. If I can do that, there will be no one to stop me.
"I have an ingenious plan to deal with the hero. But it's too early to implement it. I have to grow up a bit more before that. Besides, I need a group of demons who have no intention of obeying me, and I need them to be of as high a level as possible.
"What are you planning to do?"
"First, there's the matter of my experience points. I'm a Demon King, so I have to camouflage them lest someone notice."
I climbed onto the Demon's shoulders.
"By the way, I haven't heard your name yet."
"Very well. Demon King Lisa, let's go."
As we walked, I held on to my teddy bear, stained with my parents' blood.