I was in a damp, dimly lit dungeon.
My right shoulder was hurting, it hasn't been long since it had healed.
But what torments me more than that is the fact that I have been defeated by Toru.
I used a demon sword, wore powerful armor and even had the support of the demon king, Lisa, and yet I was defeated so easily and effortlessly!
It is impossible. I can't accept it.
I can't believe there's such an impassable wall between me and Toru.
"Toru, it's your fault. Everything is your fault!"
"Shut the hell up!"
An old man in the cell next door shouted at me.
You shut up.
I'm busy thinking, I'm going to kill you.
The shackles and chains on my hands and feet clinked.
They are not ordinary shackles and chains, they are relics, and they succeed in suppressing the movements of those who wear them.
Only my defense remains the same, and my strength is now equivalent to a level 10.
I cannot break down the bars or destroy the walls and escape, nor can I take the keys from the guards when the cage is open.
If it weren't for these handcuffs, I'd be out of here in a heartbeat.
It's all Toru's fault. He interfered with my plans.
If it weren't for him...
*Pak pak pak pak pak*
That sound... I've heard it before.
It seems that the guards are returning.
In addition, today I can hear multiple footsteps.
"This is Sain."
"Hmm, so this is the traitor who killed the king and slaughtered many of his men. He has a better face than I thought."
"What do you want me to do with it?"
"Smear his face in the mud, I want people to feel satisfied when they throw stones at him."
A soldier enters the cell and smears mud on my face.
Stop, what are you doing to my face?
I am the hero. The man who was chosen by God.
The soldier hits me.
I don't feel pain, but it's humiliating.
If I had a sword, I would have stabbed him in the throat.
They forced me to stand up and took me out of the cell.
"You're going to serve us right, because you're going to pay for pissing us off so badly."
"Don't think you can do this to me and get away with it. I have been chosen by God. A hero is justice itself. To harm me is to defy God. In other words, I am a transcendent being that God allows and protects in everything."
".... What the hell is this guy talking about?"
"I don't know, he's probably going crazy."
These fools cannot understand my value in this world.
But I am surprised.
They should know how foolish it is to harm me. To harm a hero.
"No! That's enough! I'm the hero! Agh! I told you to stop! I'll kill you all!"
People were throwing stones at me from all directions, cursing me and making fun of me.
I tried to capture women I could see with the power of my demonic eye of seduction many times, but there was no sign that the effect had come, probably because the ability was still blocked.
In the crowd, I saw some men I recognized.
They were men from whom I had stolen their wives.
They throw stones with eyes full of murderous intent.
But even if I get hit, it doesn't hurt.
It is impossible for it to work on me, my level is 100.
But why are they so desperate to throw stones?
Is it resentment for being cuckolded?
It doesn't make sense. There are plenty of women out there, why don't you just look for someone else?
I guess I can understand your anger.
They are jealous of my good fortune.
"Look at me! Soon you will be punished by God! I am the hero! I am destined to defeat the demon king! The chosen one...! Stop throwing stones!"
Damn, I'm pissed.
Don't they know it's me?
I am Sain. When I have the world under my power, I will have you all executed.
"Cut out his tongue!"
"That's it, that's it!"
"Not just his tongue - cut off the thing hanging between his legs!"
People's comments make my blood boil.
Are these people crazy?
Who cut my tongue and my penis.
A nobleman on horseback replied in a loud voice
"I understand everyone's anger. So let's cut off his meatloaf tonight. Oh boy, I made a size mistake. It's more like a small baby-sausage, how embarrassing."
People laughed out loud at the aristocrat's joke.
My face was hot with embarrassment and my body was trembling.
I will never forgive them for this.
"As good an idea as that sounds, It's not as much fun as you'd think. Don't you want to hear the traitor begging for forgiveness?"
The people seemed to agree and applauded the nobleman.
It has been a week since my punishments began.
I was exhausted.
They tortured me for more than ten hours every day.
While I was resting, I had nightmares.
I was remembering all the things I had done.
How did it come to this?
If there is a next time, I will do things better.
That's all that came to mind.
*Pak pak pak pak pak*
My body began to tremble after hearing the guards' footsteps.
"It's your lucky day. No more punishment, thanks for all your hard work."
"Hahahahahahahahahaha! I finally made it! They finally realized my worth as a hero!"
I laugh out loud at the guard's words.
Look at me. I am God's chosen hero.
When I get out of here, I'll make you all pay for this.
And then I'll kill Toru, but before that, I'll fuck all his girlfriends and kill them in front of him.
Look at me and tremble. Nobody can kill me!
God does not love Toru, he loves me.
I came into this world to be great.
As I left my cell, I walked down the hallway with a smile on my face.
I am excited about the future ahead of me.
When I get out of here, the first thing I will have to do is to look for an elixir to regain my strength. Then, I'll eat a big feast until I'm satisfied, then I'll look for a way to break the seal on my skill. Oh, and I have to level up so I can kill Toru. I need to get my demon sword and armor back, so I can kill high-level demons. If I do all that, I'll be able to reach level 300 in no time.
As soon as I left the building, I was stunned.
There was an executioner and an execution table.
More than a thousand spectators rushed up and expressed their joy at my appearance.
"Don't stop! Keep moving!"
"Wa-wait, there must be a mistake."
"Shut up and kneel."
My head was placed on the table.
There was a basket in front of me for my head to fall into.
The aristocrat in front of me crouches down.
"Sorry, hero. I wanted to use the guillotine, but the blade seems to stop halfway against opponents over level 100. So I decided to use an old-fashioned method of execution."
"Wait! No, wait. Please. Please spare my life."
"Hahaha, what are you talking about? The time for forgiveness has long since passed."
"I'll do anything, please don't kill me."
I pleaded with tears streaming down my face.
If I don't convince him now, I won't be able to save myself.
I knew it instinctively.
"Apologize to them. Apologize to them for betraying their expectations, for betraying their trust, for betraying the country, for betraying humanity.
I can clearly see people's angry faces.
They were demanding my head.
Rage came over me for having to bow to the crowd.
But if I make one wrong move here, I'll be dead.
It's very humiliating, but I had no choice but to accept it.
"I was wrong. Despite being a hero, I betrayed my homeland and betrayed humans. But the truth is different. I was negotiating with the demons and trying to create a world where we can live in harmony. Believe me, I'm not a bad guy. I'm a good guy."
People calmed down.
After all, they are a bunch of stupid people.
They are too easy to fool.
"That's a lie! You took my wife away from me!"
"Yes! My girlfriend too!"
"And why did you kill the king!?"
"He killed my best friend, who was an adventurer!"
"Why did you betray us, Sain!?"
Voices began to rise one by one.
Cold sweat dripped from my forehead.
Stop, don't say things like that here.
If you keep talking, I'm going to end up getting killed.
People started demanding my head again.
"No, all they're saying are lies. They're just trying to fool you!"
"Oh, yeah? It doesn't look like it."
"Please forgive me!"
"I'm not lying!"
The aristocrat smiles.
I had some hope that he would understand my feelings.
"You know, one of the knights you killed was my brother. That's why I volunteered for this role."
"From this moment on, your name in the history of the world will be erased, Sain. You were never here, never born, and no one will remember you."
"No, no, I don't want to die. I'm sorry! Please don't kill me!"
At the aristocrat's signal, the axe came down.