I hate how they've interfered with my plans.
And to have the woman I had chosen as my wife taken away from me is a shame far worse than death.
Once Monica and I were married, I was going to make sure her body knew its place in the hierarchy.
I planned to stain her innocent face, smother it and dye it in my color down to the marrow of her bones.
Manyu Brigade, this will be the last time you stand in my way.
You made Monica break her engagement to me.
I won't forgive you, Toru. I will kill you.
I bite my thumbnail as we travel back to the capital.
"Zig, your face is scary! Guess you couldn't stand it when she broke off your engagement!☆"
"Hey, Aide, what do you think?"
"....I'm not interested."
"You're not very nice. You don't shine enough ☆"
Well, I'm sure once I've defeated the evil dragon, Marquis Birfrell and Monica will have second thoughts.
They'll realize how foolish it was to break off our engagement.
I'm going to stomp on yours and your daughter's faces once our positions are reversed.
"One of the Evil Dragon's subordinates has been defeated."
The words the Queen said really bothered me.
"It can't be... Who did it?"
"The Manyu Brigade. Damn, I didn't think that human had that much power. You know where I'm going with this. We can't let a human kill the Dragon. He'll ruin my reputation for recommending you."
"I'm aware of that."
From the way the Queen mentioned them, I guess they have come here. They're like rats, scurrying everywhere.
But there's nothing to worry about, not yet. He's only killed 1 of the 3 subordinates.
As I was thinking that, a knight burst into the room.
"Pardon my intrusion! Your Majesty, the Dragon's second subordinate has been defeated!"
"It was a party of adventurers called the Manyu Brigade that slew him!"
That's ridiculous. Impossible.
In such a short period of time, he defeated the second subordinate.
What's wrong with those people? Ever since we met at that village, they haven't stopped interfering with me. First Monica, and now this?!
A second knight bursts into the room.
"The Dragon's third subordinate has been defeated!"
"He was killed by the Manyu Brigade."
"Zig! Hurry up and head towards the Evil Dragon!"
I could feel the Queen's impatience.
If the humans defeat the Dragon, it will be a huge failure for me as a hero and for the royal family with the queen at its head.
I will lose all my honor... Not only me, but all the elves of this country.
We absolutely must avoid being the laughing stock of other nations.
But how could a mere human defeat three of the Dragon's strongest subordinates?
Perhaps they must have used cowardly methods.
Humans are greedy and cunning.
I wouldn't put it past him to have slaughtered them in a way that an innocent elf would never have thought of.
Another knight appeared in the audience chamber.
"The evil dragon has been defeated by the Manyu Brigade!"
It couldn't be.
The whole place was bustling.
He was defeated by the humans.
We were able to retake the sacred land, but now the image of our country is completely ruined.
Our nation, which proclaims that elves are the best and strongest of all races, has no place here anymore.
Anger permeated my mind.
I had never been humiliated like this.
My clenched fists trembled slightly.
"Damn you, Manyu Brigade!"
"You're angrier than usual ☆ But aren't you glad we took back the sacred land?"
"Shut up! A commoner like you couldn't understand the humiliation that I, a noble Elf, feel from being looked down upon as something lower than a mere human!"
"Zig, the noble Elf ☆ Haha!"
"Don't laugh, I'll kill you!"
As I try to raise my fist, I notice the stares around me.
We were in a tavern.
Not a good idea to raise my hand like I usually do.
"Who do you think you are to order me around?"
"I don't plan to, but you can still make up for this."
Aide's words left me frozen.
How can I profit from this?
The evil dragon has been defeated.
"Think about it, where did the evil dragon come from?"
"....Is there still a mastermind to defeat?"
"I can't say for sure, but it's natural to think so. The Spirit King is an immensely powerful being, and it's not unlikely to think that there are those who don't like him."
"When you put it that way, I think it might make a lot of sense... So there's another enemy to defeat?"
He's right. I felt encouraged yet again.
The plan can still be modified. A better life still awaits me.
This time, some simple humans got in my way, but they are just that; simple, pathetic humans.
No matter how hard they try, I will always get the last laugh.
"By the way, Zig, you have the [Seal Breaker] skill, don't you?"
"...How do you know that?"
"You showed me your status before. That's when it came to my attention."
"Oh, was it that time?"
We showed each other our stats once, when we had just met.
Aide was quite surprised by my stats, wasn't he?
Of course. I have the job [Hero] as well as powerful skills.
"Actually, one of my abilities was sealed a long time ago... And I need your help to release it."
"That's interesting... What kind of ability is it?"
"I can't tell you yet."
For someone to have bothered to seal this ability of his, it must be because he was someone very powerful.
There's no guarantee that this guy won't betray me.
I don't think it's a good idea to do that.
"I'm sorry, but no."
"I see, but if you change your mind, this skill will definitely come in handy."
That reassured me a little. It was here that I finally got curious about who Aide really was.
He said he was a simple adventurer, but I feel like he's hiding something from me.
Who the hell is this guy?
We don't even know if he's an elf.
"Zig, what are you going to do now? He's talking about a mastermind, but we're on standby.☆"
"If Aide's telling the truth, a subjugation order will be given in the not too distant future, since there is still the story of the spirit king left to hear."
"That's right ☆ Our chance will come! ☆"
The knight's report said that the Manyu Brigade had left the country.
The chance for us to kill them is gone, but it's reassuring to think that we won't see them again.
I'm sure there will be a chance to get Monica back sooner or later.
Damn it. You're a dirty, pathetic human, but I must admit you've done very well.
I congratulate you, Manyu Brigade. Not bad for an inferior race.
"So you were here."
A knight enters the tavern and approaches me.
From his mood, it seems he was looking for me.
"Zig-Sama, the Queen wants to see you at the castle."
He's here! He's finally here!
My job isn't over yet.
My days of glory are drawing near!