Hiding in the bushes, I looked ahead.
There was a group of goblins near us.
Goblins, Goblin Warriors, Goblin Riders, Goblin Shamans, and more.
Some of them are even hobgoblins, which are a higher level of goblin.
"All right, it's time."
"I'm right behind you."
Pione was excited, but did not move at all.
You are the one who said she wants to level up.
We have been watching the goblins interact with each other for almost 30 minutes.
Now I understand why she has been at level 7 all this time.
This girl is pretty cowardly.
"Don't worry, Pione-san. They're level 10, so we're sure to win."
"Yes. Thank you, Kaede-san."
"You should retire, the sun is already setting."
Suddenly, Frau pushes Pione and makes her stumble out of the bushes.
I told Frau not to be too rough with her, but Frau, who was on top of Panda, replied; "It's not always good to be too nice."
You are the wrong person to say that.
At that rate, no matter how much time we have, it won't be enough for her.
Should I be harder on her?
The goblins noticed Pione and began to make noise.
Pione is standing shakily with her sword in her hands.
On the other hand, the enemy has already begun to move.
"Move! They'll kill you!"
"Ah, yes, I have to fight!"
Pione started running and swinging her sword wildly.
But her movements were so clumsy due to the tension, and the enemy dodged her attacks easily.
Seconds later she was caught by one of the goblins and fell to the ground.
The goblins surrounded her and tore off her clothes.
Then she managed to escape to me in her underwear.
Pione clung to me in her underwear as she cried.
"Toru! I can't!"
"Let's get you dressed and take a break."
Kaede took it upon herself to eliminate the goblins that were approaching us.
Pione, who was wearing a cloth to cover her body, was looking at the scene with regret.
"I'm an idiot."
"Don't be discouraged. Here."
I gave Pione a bowl of soup.
There are people all over who are not cut out for battles.
Even demons come in all shapes and sizes.
The unfortunate thing is that she doesn't like to fight, but she is in a position where she has to show power.
"Why don't you stop using swords and start using magic?"
"I can't do magic."
"How about a bow?"
"I've never hit a target with a bow."
"'My Lord, we should pretend this never happened."
Pione was surprised after Frau's words.
But what Frau said is correct, we can't go on like this.
I don't have enough time to train her.
Should we rethink this from the beginning?
"You said you were practicing a sword - how about a spear?"
"Yes, I've been instructed on how to use one."
"....Wait a minute."
I left the girls behind and opened a portal to go to [My room].
In the blink of an eye, the scenery changed and I was in the hidden room on the top floor in the dungeon I placed in Armand.
I immediately grabbed one of the many spears on the wall.
I opened another portal and returned to where I was before.
"Use this one."
"A spear?! Where did you get it?! You suddenly just disappeared!"
"It doesn't matter."
"I think it does!"
The spear I brought back is a very high quality one I found in Berserker Valley.
This will improve Pione's level.
If you use a spear, you can attack from a distance, and you will be able to defeat the monsters just by stabbing them.
If this does not work, we will have to give up on her.
"I'm sorry. I've been a pain in the ass."
"Don't worry. I know you're trying hard to get better, Pione-San."
Pione hugged Kaede with teary eyes.
Kaede gently strokes her head.
They look as if they were sisters, even though they are not related by blood.
"Do you want to comfort her too, Panda?"
Panda approaches Pione and rubs against her face.
Frau, who is flying above her, reaches over to pat her head.
Let's hope it works this time....
A spear is thrust into the goblin's heart.
Next, Pione dodged the hobgoblin's swinging axe, and thrust her spear into its neck and then tore it open.
Within minutes, the goblins were annihilated.
Pione, holding a spear, was breathing heavily over the fallen goblins.
The result was a success.
In the first battle, she managed to kill the enemy with her spear.
In the second battle, the stiffness of her body disappeared and she was able to fight without any problems.
And the third was the one she just had. She was able to fight with complete ease.
Pione is so tired that she falls to her knees and sits on her legs.
We ran to her and congratulated her on her success.
"You did it!"
"Yeah, I guess I'm good with a spear."
"I think you're getting better."
"Hah, I'm level 84 now."
Pione smiled and nodded.
Apparently, she is satisfied with her results.
84 is quite a high number.
Now she will have no difficulty in demonstrating her power as a Lord.
In any case, she'lll have to do the rest on her own.
"I'm all sweaty and sticky."
"There's a river over there, do you want to take a dip?
"Yes, I would love to."
Kaede, Pione, and Frau head to the river.
Suddenly, Pione comes running back to me completely naked.
What is it this time?
What's all the fuss about?
She clings to my body and points to the river.
"K-Kaede-San turned into a beast!"
"It can't be... The ring."
I put my hand on my forehead and grunted.
This is what we were trying to avoid.
I thought we could fool her for a few more days.
I was too careless with Pione.
Kaede and Frau also returned.
Hearing their voices, Pione hides behind me.
Kaede is in her Beast form, with a towel wrapped around her body.
"You tricked me!"
"That 's not true!"
"You seemed so kind and sweet to me and I felt so at ease with you! How dare you deceive me!? I was so happy, I even thought of you as an older sister!"
"I-I'm so sorry."
Her fox ears droop and her tail sags.
"Why did you take off your ring?"
"Pione-San said it was beautiful, so I wanted to show it to her more closely."
So Kaede was also caught off guard.
Now that we have reached this point, it will be difficult to fool her again.
I guess it's time to show her the truth and then tell her to go home.
I took off my ring as well.
"Huh!? Toru, where did your horns go!?"
"As you can see, I am a human. I'm sorry for deceiving you."
"...Would you please cover your body?"
I scratch my cheek with my finger as I look away.
There are many things jiggling that I would prefer not to look at.
For the time being, I asked Pione to calm down and gave her an explanation of what is happening.
I am here to fight the Demon King.
I will not fight the demon race any more than necessary.
The purpose of our disguises was to avoid unnecessary conflicts.
I don't expect you to understand the whole situation.
But it's hard for me to just walk away from her without explaining what's going on.
"I understand the situation. Toru is here to defeat the demon king and the traitorous hero, not to fight demons in general, right?"
I nodded silently at her words.
"To be honest, our country is not cooperating with the current demon king. In fact, I think they even hate her."
Before I could say anything, I was stopped by Pione's hand.
"But the relationship between humans and demons is too toxic. We have a long history of conflict. Although Toru and his friends are good people, I am a demon aristocrat."
"I'm glad you think so, thank you Pione."
"Although... If you wear the ring you'll look like a demon! Does that mean you can stay with me?!"
What happened to her serious look just now?
Now she has a strange expression of satisfaction. Give me back the feelings of admiration I had for you.
But, thank you... I am very relieved.
"Maybe it was for the best to hear about this. The king of my country was looking for someone who could defeat the demon king. It's best that Toru take on that task."
"Hm? The demon race wants to wipe out the demon king?"
"There is a magic transfer circle in the capital that will take you to the basement of the Demon King's castle. I will ask them to let you use it."
Pione-San, for some reason...
I feel like I admire you again