Pione was wrapped in the bed sheets.
"I won't be able to get married.... anymore... "
"I'm sorry, I didn't know you were there."
"Uuuh~. You've seen me naked 4 times."
Once again, I deeply apologized.
It was all my fault.
I should have made sure before I went in.
Although to be fair, the Slime and the bath were the only times I saw her naked. The goblin thing doesn't count.
Pione probably feels very hurt.
".... It's okay, I forgive you."
"Instead, you will have to visit me as soon as you have defeated the demon king."
"Of course I will! I'll come and see you!"
Pione was jumping for joy.
Then she pulled a piece of paper similar to a contract from under the sheets.
[I swear by the gods of the demon race, that Toru will visit Pione].
What is this? Do you want me to sign it?
I guess you won't believe me if I just say it out loud, right?
I will think about Pione's feelings and sign it.
"You can't take it back anymore!"
"Yes, I promise."
"I'll be waiting for you."
I nodded and left the room.
Outside the room Kaede, Frau and Panda were waiting for me.
"How did it go?"
"She seems to be in a better mood."
"Maybe her anger wasn't so exaggerated."
I feel I have apologized a lot.
Still, I'm glad I did it, I had to apologize for all the things that happened.
Because Pione has taken good care of me.
I don't think it's bad to be friends with a demon.
I will thank you again when I have killed Lisa and Sain.
"Master, be sure to keep your room locked."
"Yes, you never know what can happen at an inn."
"And never open the door to anyone you don't know."
"Kaede, you know I'm an adult, right?"
Are you confusing me with a child?
No, it is true that I am still like a child inside.
I wonder when one truly becomes an adult.
The next day, Pione took me to an underground palace.
For the sake of being honest...
...The demon race's royal palace is larger than that of the humans.
Surrounded by multiple exterior walls, you have to pass through several gates.
Pione saluted every guard we passed by.
By the time we reached the main palace, where the king was, more than thirty minutes had passed.
"You're too late! How long were you planning on making us wait?"
"This place is huge, it took us a long time to get here."
Mugen, in his armor, shouted at me as soon as we met.
A few minutes have passed since the scheduled time.
No wonder he is angry.
"I'm sorry, Grandpa. It's my fault, I got lost."
"It's fine. Pione had nothing to do with it. It's all that human's fault."
"That's too unfair."
Is that what grandparents are supposed to do?
I didn't have a grandfather or grandmother, so I don't know.
If you look at the palace, the entrance was open and there was a man who looked like the king sitting in a chair watching us.
"The King will be present today. Don't make a scene."
Mugen gave me a large steel sword.
I have taken off all my armor.
I am now in a state where I cannot borrow the power of holy armor.
Each of us took position.
There are no referees in this battle.
The only way to end this is to admit defeat or win the battle.
I will activate my job and my skills so that I don't look like a fool.
I was the one who moved first.
I instantly closed the distance and launched an attack on Mugen.
He blocked my attack with his sword, and instead of running to the side, he suddenly headbutted me.
Seriously, you old bastard!
You are very tough!
The next thing that happened was that Mugen was stepping on my feet.
While I was falling to the ground, I managed to stick one hand on the ground and launch myself backwards.
But Mugen had already gone ahead and was in front of me.
Our swords clashed and a metallic sound resounded.
"You're on my same level at such a young age. It's been a long time since I've fought a hero."
"I'm happy to fight a legendary warrior."
Agh, my sword is about to break.
I guess it can't withstand a fight between two level 300 warriors.
....No. Mugen's sword is still in good condition. It does not squeak or make any unpleasant noises.
It even feels powerful, like a sacred sword.
That's right, this old man is a magical swordsman.
He is strengthening his sword with magic.
I will use the earth element with my magic swordsman job to strengthen my sword.
- Mekimeki Mekimeki, Mekimeki Mekimeki*
The sword grows larger and larger as the earth clusters around it.
"...What are you doing?"
"W-Wait... You'll see soon enough!"
The earth tries to form a sword on top of the sword, but the size is not right.
It was more than ten meters long and still growing.
The earth falls away from the sword.
Tch. I can't strengthen my sword as well as Mugen's.
Come to think of it. I'm bad at using magic. I've never been good at it, now I understand why I failed.
"Well, let's get back to fighting!"
"Kuku, you are a very interesting guy."
We clashed swords again.
I have to be careful not to break the sword, while at the same time thinking of a way to defeat him.
The fastest way would be to break his sword, but he's stronger than me.
I can use my dragon knight work to exploit his weaknesses, but with my current skills, my sword will probably end up breaking.
Although a draw is not so bad.
The problem is that Mugen won't let me break his sword so easily.
On the other hand, trying to slash the old man's body would only increase the chances of it breaking.
The body of a level 300 individual is extremely hard.
One bad blow and even steel would break against it.
Either way, I'm still not skilled enough.
"If my sword were a magic sword. You would be dead three times already."
"Of course I would be. I had the feeling that I was practically dead four times myself."
"Not bad. But there were actually six times. I'm surprised you were able to see four."
You're a monster, you old bastard.
Five minutes have not yet passed.
If possible, I wanted to win with my own strength, but in this situation, I have no choice but to use my 'Imitator' job.
I will imitate Grandpa's movements with my work.
"Hey, your movement has improved a lot! Why do you move like me?"
"I've decided to imitate you. I think I can learn a lot from you, old man."
"Ha ha ha ha! All right, let's see what you can do!"
I imitated all of Grandpa's movements: his steps, his breathing, his gaze, his rhythm.
But this fight no longer made sense.
Our skills and movements were the same. It's like fighting a mirror.
Still, it's fun.
As I imitate Grandpa's movements, I keep turning my head to understand the meaning of his movements.
The more I clashed swords with him, the more my body tried to remember the moves.
I feel like the real me will be catching up soon, very soon.
I had a feeling that I was growing rapidly in this battle.
The self that I desire and my current self overlap.
I head-butted Grandpa.
Haha. Look at that.
I hit back with the very blow you gave me.
"Well, I lost."
"We were already evenly matched in strength, and if we had gone on like this, you would have broken these swords sooner or later."
Mugen puts away his sword and approaches the king.
"Your Majesty, this person is undoubtedly the one who will defeat the Demon King. I would like to ask your permission regarding the use of the magic circle."
"I'll trust you if you say so. I hate to ask a human hero for help, but the demon king Lisa is a plague that will destroy the demon race. This time I'll avert my gaze for the sake of the demons."
"Thank you for your wise decision."
Apparently, he informed him that I was a human.
We reached this point thanks to Mugen.
I thanked the king as well.