"What did you say?"
"Didn't you hear me? I said I was the one who killed your parents."
"No, you didn't."
"Fufu. Yes, I did."
It felt as if my consciousness was fading away.
I tried to understand Lisa's words, but my head was rejecting them.
If true, I find it difficult to accept.
"The only thing I liked about you was the way you were telling me you loved me while I was scoffing about murdering your parents behind your back. Fufufu, that was hilarious."
I felt the strength in my legs fade away.
It can't be.
Lisa would never do that.
"Master! Be careful!"
Kaede hugged me from behind and used her healing wave magic.
I felt a beautiful white hand grab my arm as I was about to sink into darkness.
"Thank you... Kaede..."
I stood up again and took a deep breath.
Calm down, calm down.
Don't get angry.
My mother and father were not killed yesterday or today.
I accepted their deaths a long time ago.
More importantly, I need to know why Lisa killed them.
"That beast is too annoying."
When Lisa's cane pointed at Kaede, I immediately stepped in.
I managed to deflect her fire spell with the great sword as a shield.
I was relieved when I saw that Kaede was safely behind me.
She is very powerful.
Just as one would expect from a level 800 demon king.
Fighting that powerful magic makes my legs tremble.
"Wow, now you're obsessed with that slave. Can't you tell me that you love me once more? Tell me one of those stories of those useless days when you were making a futile effort to protect and treasure me. Come on, Toru, I want to hear those miserable stories."
"That doesn't interest me. Tell me why you killed my parents."
Lisa sat on a nearby carcass and crossed her legs.
"Since I'm your ex-lover, I'm going to tell you the truth - don't you feel special?"
"Stop your nonsense and speak at once."
"I see you are impatient. As you know, the biggest threat to me as demon king is the hero. But it's not how you would think. The hero's job specializes in battles against the demon king. “
Lisa spread her legs apart again.
"But even if you get rid of them, they'll come back in a hundred years. It's too much trouble. I can't deal with them all the time. So I thought, why don't I make them my friends and keep them around?"
.....Is that the reason?
It is unknown how long Lisa will live, but if she has a long life, she will fight the hero many times. That's why she thinks it's safer to manipulate the heroes of this generation so as to prevent the appearance of future ones.
But why are my parents involved there?
"First I had my subordinates who can see the future predict where the heroes would appear. Then I moved to the same village, pretending to be an innocent girl, but the important thing was that Sain had an unbalanced sexuality that couldn't be dropped with ordinary color tricks."
Lisa keeps talking.
"That worried me. It was a problem of calculation. Sain is the kind of guy who likes to steal other people's belongings. So I decided to change my plans, and that's where you come in."
"I was a stepping stone so you could get Sain."
"Yes, but simply reaching out and making Toru fall in love wasn't enough. I had to make you vulnerable, dependent, break you so that I could be the light of your life, be your refuge after going through a terrible tragedy in which your parents lost their lives."
I was so angry that my teeth were about to break.
My parents were killed so that I would be fobbed off as a fool. All because my enemy wanted someone else.
Everything I held dear was being trampled on.
My life was ruined because of this woman.
"But what I didn't calculate was that Sain would get the 'Demonic Eye of Seduction'. It's really a problematic ability."
"Nei and Soara weren't in your plans, were they?"
Lisa laughs at my question.
"That's why I said it was a calculation problem. Thanks to you, it took me a long time to get rid of them. I needed Sain to trust me, I can't let him focus on two people I don't care about. I am the only person he can trust. And if he doesn't believe those words, my whole plan will fail."
But there is a contradiction in what she says.
There was a woman standing near her, her new companion.
I wonder if that woman was also outside of her calculations.
"So, what about that woman?"
The woman who looked like a priestess takes off her ring.
From one moment to the next, her figure changed and she became a huge, muscular demon.
For some reason, Sain was upset.
The demon man cast an embarrassed glance at Sain.
The demon blushed, rubbing his buttocks.
"Do you understand the situation yet? I was never interested in you. What's more, I wanted to kill you long before."
I finally understood everything.
It had all started with the woman in front of me.
Angrily, I swung my sword at Lisa.
However, the demon man who stepped in an instant stopped my sword attack with his spear.
"Don't think I'll let you near the Demon King, human."
"Mirim, Toru's level is probably close to 200. Be careful, I'm going back to the castle, so come back when you've taken care of him."
He hit me with his spear and I went flying backwards.
Lisa stood up and started walking with her back to Sain.
Wait, fight me.
I will never forgive you.
"I am Mirim, one of the six generals. The demon king commands me to deal with you."
"Get out of my way!"
I attacked him with my sword with all my might, but he parried all my blows with his spear, and kicked me hard in the back.
After receiving the kick, I managed to position myself in the air after propelling myself with one of my fingers on the ground.
"How dare you...!"
"I saw you."
Mirim easily dodges Frau's hammer and is behind her in an instant.
The moment he aimed his spear at Frau's back, Mirim's legs froze instantly.
Kaede held her iron fans in her hands.
"How dare you harm my master...? You, the hero and that woman, I'm going to send you to hell."
"Get out of my way, wizard."
"Don't forget Frau is still here!" Hammer Break!"
A thunderous sound was generated and Mirim was sent flying by the hammer with great force.
He quickly shielded himself with his spear and landed with a glide.
"How could she hurt me with one blow? If I don't heal quickly..."
He tries to draw strength from his pulsating spear.
But before he could, a blade of wind passed by and severed Mirim's right arm from his shoulder.
The arm and spear flew through the air.
Kaede, who had a cold look on her face, closes her iron fan with a snap.
''Did you think I was going to give you enough time?''
Mirim holds his wound and starts to run away.
Although he fell, he got up and kept running desperately.
His appearance is so wretched and ridiculous.
Kaede's eyes had an expression as if she was wondering; "What are you going to do?"
Clearly I do not intend to let him escape.
I ran past him silently and showed him my greatsword as I passed.
"Ugh, damn kid... How could you..."
Mirim's body separates in two diagonally
"Have they escaped?"
I clenched my left fist tightly.
Sain and Lisa had disappeared.
Kaede placed her hand on my arm as if she knew how I felt.
The warmth of her hand was now gratifying.
Frau landed softly on the ground.
"I'm not sure if we can go through with this, we might as well withdraw for now. The demon king is level 800."
"...I will not give up. I will definitely kill those two."
"I will follow the master wherever he goes. But first you have to raise your level, it's essential."
"Yes, I can't win in this state."
I'm nowhere near being Lisa's foot soldier right now.
But I definitely have to get stronger.
And the fact that the hero has betrayed the humans is also a problem.
It can be said that we are worse off than when we started.
Not only the demon king, but even the hero has become the enemy.
I heard the soldiers shouting.
When I looked back, the Grayfield flag was on the fort.
The human forces have managed to make their way into the dark realm.
It was now possible to enter the realm of demons at any time.
"What do we do now?"
"First, I must tell the king of Grayfield that the hero has betrayed us. Then, we will hunt him down."
I kept my sword in the sheath on my back, and we left the battlefield behind.