Ex Strongest, Listening to the Devil’s Story
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If Soma really had to hear those words, he actually didn’t have to. However, it was worrisome to cut it off as a joke on the verge of death.
“Hmm…? What do you mean by that?” (Soma)
When Soma replied, it distorted the mouth in a funny way. It wasn’t an expression that Ingrid would ever do, and although it was something out of place, this was something that happened at the moment.
With that in mind, Soma let go of his sword handle, its smile became more distorted as it became interested.
“Well… I didn’t think you would lend your ears.” (Ingrid?)
“It’s a bit of concern to listen anyway.” (Soma)
It was no wonder that Soma knew he was the Demon King. The Demon King was someone that the world decided. It wouldn’t be strange if the Devil, who was also given a role by the world and was a terminal of the world, knew that.
Even if Soma was called the Demon King, that didn’t mean Soma was no longer a human being. As long as that fact remained, he would surely die someday, but… what did it mean that he would be killed by the beloved one?
“Certainly, there were words that I couldn’t ignore. What do you mean by me killing Soma!?” (Hildegard)
“What in the world are you talking about…?” (Soma)
As Soma said that, he let out a sigh, but her eyes were unexpectedly serious. It wasn’t a joke. It was a serious statement–…
“Didn’t it say that you’ll be killed by the beloved one? If that’s the case… Soma’s beloved one is me. So, to kill you means…!” (Hildegard)
“Now, now. So, what do you mean? Is it a prophecy or something… or is it some kind of revelation?” (Soma)
Soma ignored the foolish Hildegard and moved on. A dissatisfied gaze was directed from the side, but he didn’t have time to reply seriously.
Soma certainly did a fatal injury to it, and it could disappear at any time. It wouldn’t make sense if it disappeared while saying something nonsense.
“Well, I was going to answer if you asked, but… are you sure? Keep your hands away from your sword.” (Ingrid?)
“Hmm… do you mean you’re going to do something while pretending to talk? I don’t mind, you know? Well, that is if you can do something.” (Soma)
“Haa… It’s a joke, a joke. That’s why you shouldn’t direct such a scary feeling. I will die before I can talk.” (Ingrid?)
When he heard that, it seemed that he could afford a room, but it was probably just strength. He looked at it as he squinted, it seemed to be in pain, contrary to its words.
“Well, I don’t seem to have much time really, so I’ll talk about it quickly… In the first place, the Demon king is a mechanism created by the world based on the Evil God to kill the world itself. I don’t know whether it was a hassle or impossible to do it by itself… So, if it doesn’t go as intended, the Demon King will be reassigned to the end.” (Ingrid?)
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“Is that the reason why I would die by the hand of a beloved one?” (Soma)
When he turned his eyes to Hildegard, she shook her head. It seemed that Hildegard had never heard of such a story.
However, in that situation, there was no way to judge the truth of this story. On the contrary, Soma was planning to listen to the whole story. There was no particular problem to do so. It would be good to confirm with Satya later.
“Aah, about that… However, the chosen ones seemed to be defective. So, it seems that you are finally the true Demon King, right? It was worth trying hard many times. No, it’s not in vain because the world succeeded? Well, it doesn’t really matter.” (Ingrid?)
“They were defectives until now, were they…? Hmm.” (Soma)
If that was the case, there was consistency. That was because it didn’t seem that the previous Demon King fit into that story.
“By the way, of course there is a way to prevent that, you know? Just like I said earlier. Aah, I’m sure you get what I mean, yes? That’s right… if the world is destroyed this time by you, you can survive.” (Ingrid?)
“Hmm… I feel like I will die if I destroy the world, isn’t it?” (Soma)
“Haa… saying something foolish. Can such a person die to the extent the world is ruined?” (Ingrid?)
“…I’m not trying to side with him, but there is a reason for that. Destroying the world means that you become a higher existence than the world. In a sense, it’s different from the God who can be called the world itself… Well, even if you destroy the world, you won’t die.” (Hildegard)
“That’s it. Well, do whatever you want. Will you die or destroy the world? Do you think you should choose the option that you like? however, the world gives you time to choose freely… No, I don’t think those people will let you.” (Ingrid?)
It seemed that it wasn’t lying even though he was still smiling while saying such a thing. The eyes that stared at him seemed to want to convey something…
“Hmm… Speaking of now, why are you talking so much?” (Soma)
“Well. I’m defective… No, that’s because I’m injured. So, it’s fine to be honest with you. That is whether you die or the world is destroyed. But, if it doesn’t matter which one, it is fair, right? Otherwise, it’s not interesting.” (Ingrid?)
From its appearance, it didn’t sound a lie.
However, he didn’t intend to fall in the scheme of the Devil. At the end of the day, he just came to the conclusion that the matter of destroying the world was pending.
“…Is that so?” (Soma)
“Aah, yes. Let me tell you one more thing. Whatever you pointed out about what we did is correct… except one thing is wrong. Regarding that material, it’s true that it was prepared on purpose, but… in a sense, it’s genuine, right? What is written is information about us, the Devil.” (Ingrid?)
“Surely, there wasn’t any wrong information at first glance, but… why did you do that?” (Hildegard)
“Haa, why? There’s no reason for that. If I dare say, it was just a hassle to think about fake information.” (Ingrid?)
It mocked while lifting the edge of its lips. Finally, it was probably hard to even stand on one knee, it fell on its back. Inevitably, it turned its face to the sky, which wasn’t visible to Soma and Hildegard, and raised a voice that sounded as if it was refreshed.
“Well, this is what I know. I said everything I wanted to say, and I have no regrets anymore. I’m looking forward to seeing what you will do…” (Ingrid?)
“Hmm… I don’t mind if you look forward to it, but I’ve already decided what I’m going to do, you know?” (soma)
“Ooh…? What are you going to do then? Will you be killed gracefully? Or will you destroy the world to live nastily?” (Ingrid?)
“That is… I have decided not to choose either.” (Soma)
“I have no intention of being killed by anyone nor of destroying the world. After all, my purpose is to be able to use magic in this world.” (Soma)
When he told that, for some reason, it seemed to be taken aback. Even if it couldn’t see his face well, he could feel the mood–…
“Ha..hahahaha! Aah, is that so? Then… is it really possible… I’m looking forward to it.” (Ingrid?)
At the end of that word, it never spoke again. The sign of the Devil had completely disappeared, and a small breath could be heard from Ingrid.
Apparently, it was finally over.
“Oh my… Somehow, I feel that we can rest, but the troubles are going to come again.” (Soma)
“Well, you won’t change what you will do, right?” (Hildegard)
“Of course.” (Soma)
Still, Soma somehow looked up at the sky and let out a sigh, as if saying it would take some time before he could do what he wanted to do.
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