On our return to the palace, we knelt gallantly before Her Majesty the Queen.
"Hello, Zig. How was the mission?"
"I'm sorry, Your Majesty. We couldn't complete the mission. A human interfered, so we couldn't fully exterminate the villagers who were possessed by the mist."
"Don't worry about that. Never mind the lives of the lower races. I sent you there to get everything under control, but whether they live or die is something that shouldn't matter."
"Thank you for your generosity."
A mental smile forms in my head.
I knew this would happen anyway.
As Her Majesty's favorite, I wouldn't be blamed.
After this, you will be bent over my bed, pleading with me in the wildest way possible.
Soon you will be impregnated by me.
If that comes to pass, my position on the throne will be secure and I will be able to rule this country from the shadows.
Being the hero is only a stepping stone.
It is impossible for a man as talented as me to remain a mere hero.
I will climb to the top in the end, then live the rest of my life the way I want.
There is no plan more perfect than this.
"Soon you will be on your way to defeat the evil dragon. You know your mission, don't you?"
"Yes. As a hero, I must slay the evil dragon and reclaim the sacred land."
"Good. The Spirit King is still waiting for us there. You can't afford to fail, Hero Zig. You will have to make careful preparations for the final battle."
"I will, Your Majesty."
After receiving the request, I went to leave the audience hall.
However, Her Majesty stopped me.
"Oh, by the way, I hear your fiancé is back. Why don't you visit her to see how she's doing?"
"I will in the near future."
Her Majesty looked at me with jealousy in her eyes.
Damn you, you old hag. You're disgusting.
Surely you're worried that I won't marry you.
Don't worry, I won't leave you. You are necessary to fulfill my wishes.
"They've already been defeated?"
When I arrived at the village, I received unexpected news.
The other day, a group of adventurers accepted the job of killing the Samegra.
In addition, the adventurers revived a field that was about to disappear and left without receiving any reward.
The villagers praised them, saying, "They were our saviors."
What's going on?
I am supposed to be the one who accepted this job.
Why was it done by someone I don't know?
I don't like this.
You've got to be kidding me.
"Please accept one of our Manyu vegetables, hero."
"Manyu vegetables? What's that?"
"We call them Manyu vegetables on behalf of our saviors. They have grown sweeter and bigger with the help of those people. We are all very grateful to them for making our village famous."
I squeezed the tomato offered to me by the villagers with my hand.
Why do I have to eat that thing?
I'm the one who should be praised.
"Zig, let's get out of this disgusting town☆. It smells like dirt, there's nothing here and it's boring."
"Easy, Aide, it was just a joke☆"
"....You should watch your words. The hero and his party are always being watched in every aspect."
"Yes yes yes yes☆"
Aide picks up one of the tomatoes and thanks the villagers, "I'll take this one."
He is a member who just joined our party recently.
He speaks very little, and always wears full jet black armor that you can't even confirm his face, or even his age and race. He is a man shrouded in mystery.
But I don't mind.
He has fighting skills, doesn't talk much, and can be minimally trusted. With that, I am satisfied.
After all, friends are disposable.
I'm satisfied as long as they're useful.
Above all, I'm not interested in men.
"Yes, yes ☆"
We arrived at Apolloa, in the territory of Sinus.
"Do you know what you're doing?"
"How long are you going to prepare this ☆?"
"Don't bother me. Aide, did you buy the flowers?"
I check my hairstyle over and over again in the hand mirror.
My fiancée... It's been a long time since I've seen her.
She's an adventurous tomboy despite being a marquis' daughter, but I like her smile and enveloping aura.
And that seductive body she can't fully hide, I can't wait to embrace her.
I've had over a hundred women in my life, so I know.
That woman is magnificent.
I can't stop drooling. Heh, how silly.
"Do you think you can conquer her ☆?"
"That's a stupid question. With my skill [Awareness Induction], she's already leaning 80% towards me. If I can take one more step, Monica will be mine."
"You have this thing called me, and still a fiancée, too☆"
"What are you talking about? Our relationship is just sex. If you have a problem with that, you can leave."
"I-I'm sorry! I'm just a little jealous☆"
Tch. I hate women who don't know their place.
I'll teach you a lesson later.
It's time for me to make you my property, Monica.
The love of my life, my fiancée, I'm here to see you.
"Our engagement is cancelled."
I dropped the bouquet to the floor.
It was as if I couldn't understand a word she was saying.
"I'll say it again. I'm breaking off my engagement to you."
"Why? Wasn't it your family that wanted the Jewel of Life that I possess? That's why you pledged yourself to me!"
"We have already found one. Our family wishes to continue to have a good relationship with the Count, but we no longer have any reason to proceed with this engagement."
That's a lie.
It thought I could finally make Monica mine.
Then Marquis Bilfrelle showed up.
"Oh, hello Zig-Dono. As expected of the hero, you were the first to come after my daughter's return."
"Well, it's only natural that I come to visit my fiancée. Besides, there's something that just took me by surprise. Monica-San said she wishes to cancel our engagement. Is that true?"
"You didn't know? I'm sorry, but I spoke with your father the other day. The Count has accepted our request to cancel the engagement."
My father accepted that proposal?!
Damn it, how much money did he ask for this?!
I knew he didn't want me to have his daughter.
I was so close. So close to having Monica.
"Mo-Monica... You don't want to marry me?"
"No. Besides, I've met a wonderful man who I've fallen in love with. And not only has he saved my life, but my mother's as well."
I opened my eyes wide, astonished.
Her mind, which should have been leaning towards the thought of loving me, had completely moved away.
Awareness-inducing abilities have a weak effect at first, but over time they can bring about major mental changes.
There is no doubt that she used to have feelings for me.
And yet, within a month, the situation has changed dramatically.
It is reasonable to assume that something has happened that has nullified the effect of the ability.
Oh, right. She said her life was saved.
Geez, who is this guy?
The one who took my Monica.
I'm going to kill him. I'll make sure he's dead.
If he disappeared from this world, she'd come back to me.
"Can you tell me the name of that wonderful person?"
"Yes! His name is Toru-Sama!"