The Demon General of Earth (♀) Was Ridiculed as "the Weakest of the Four Heavenly Knights", but After She Decided to Quit the Demon King’s Army and Lead a Slow Life, She Was Forced to Live With the Exiled Hero (♀) … Also, for Certain Reasons, They Got Married. - 7
- The Demon General of Earth (♀) Was Ridiculed as "the Weakest of the Four Heavenly Knights", but After She Decided to Quit the Demon King’s Army and Lead a Slow Life, She Was Forced to Live With the Exiled Hero (♀) … Also, for Certain Reasons, They Got Married.
- 7 - Problems and Solutions in a Hidden Village
“Oh, you two were here?” Sido said as he opened the door to the clinic. As he looked at the strangely depressed Hero, he looked a little uneasy.
“There seems to be a bit of a problem…” he said. “Lady Eldora, Lady Yuri, could you come with me?”
I don’t know what this “problem” is but I don’t like the sound of it already.
To start with, they don’t know my goal is to live a Slow Life. I want to have an easygoing life living alone.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t owe Sido and Yuri for saving me but I didn’t ask them to.
The uncomfortable feelings return. I look through my bangs so I don’t make eye contact with Sido, they’re like a shield.
“I can’t go,” I said. “I’m in a hurry. I’ll be leaving the village now that I’ve recovered.”
I stand up and try to pass by the shadowy side of the room.
“Aah!” Sido gasps. “I’m sorry, but I can’t let you do that… Lady Yuri, if you may.”
My arms are grabbed from behind. The Hero crept up behind me without a sound, Yuri rests her chin on top of my head.
“It seems you can’t leave the village for now,” Yuri cheerfully says from above me. “We’ll handle you gently.”
It seems like it’s going to be very difficult to get away from here right now, so I decided to play along for the time being.
“I have to ask, where did everyone else go?” I asked.
We were walking through the village while Yuri holds me, a feeling of strangeness washed over me. I think back to my earlier attempt to escape Yuri, couldn’t find another exit route.
The escort beside me answers my question: “They’re all gathering at the town hall right now. We’re also headed there.”
I hate this. I don’t want to go to wherever people gather.
But regardless of my opinion, we don’t stop walking. It was only a short walk from the clinic before we reached the town hall.
Its size seems large enough to house all the members of the village. About five or six private elven houses are scattered around
it. There seemed to be a lively discussion inside, the hustle and bustle made it seem like there was a quarrel going on.
Sido opens the door and steps inside, we follow suit.
The entrance has a hall leading straight to the meeting room, I could see the elves arguing with each other as they sat at a gigantic, long table.
“–That Lady’s not a bad person, didn’t she save me?!”
“Isn’t she a demon? You never know what they’re trying to do. We should exile her immediately!”
“No, what if we do so then she takes revenge on us… our village’s location will be exposed. We shouldn’t bear the risk of retaliation! We must execute her immediately!”
“But isn’t she the hero who saved Monica?! Can you be so rude to a hero like that and still face your ancestors…?”
Confusion. Disorder. Chaos. It’s such a scene.
“Hero,” “Demon,” “Lady”–I can understand what they’re talking about just from those words. Their agenda was deciding what to do about me.
Suddenly, the villagers noticed I was there, their eyes turned to me all at once. There are 80 or 90 of them in total; I’m a little scared.
“Thank you for your patience,” Sido said. “I have brought Ladies Eldora and Yuri, so please be calm and civil!”
The response to Sido’s words vary—but few of them were good. Some scream for a moment, others stare at us, and others become visibly uncomfortable.
And how did they find out I was a demon? My appearance isn’t that different from humans. I should not have been found out unless they did a thorough examination.
However, I have my suspicions.
The woman gently restraining me from behind—I look back at Yuri and glare at her. “… Hey. Did you tell them I’m a demon?”
Yuri deliberately turns away from me, unable to look me in the eyes.
This girl knows my true identity because we’ve already fought once.
Perhaps she even talked about my being one of the Four Heavenly Knights.
“It’s because you were unconscious when I first saw you,” Yuri explains. “I was so angry that I cried, ‘What did you do to Eldora?!’ … Maybe it was because I was so scared for you before. And, well, everything else just kind of came out after that…”
She’s the worst. Can’t keep a secret for her life.
A child runs up—Monica. She throws herself at me and head-butts me, I wheeze as Monica hugs me and starts to cry.
“–I’m sorry, Lady, I’m sorry…!” she weeps. “Even though you saved me, all everyone says is, ‘Those demons are all evil’…!”
Geeze, what an annoying brat. She’s like a God of Misfortune. And stop holding me from my front and back—it’s getting hot and uncomfortable.
Oh, this is bad. This is very bad. “Execution” has already been thrown out. If things keep going like this, I’m going to get killed.
I’m not going to go quietly, either. I can easily disintegrate a good chunk of the elves now that I have my mana back.
But I can’t do that now.
A deterrent is right behind me. If I go on a rampage against a Hero, it’ll only last about five seconds.
My brain’s gears go on overdrive. I need a way to get out of this situation—anything that will spare my life, anything.
This is no longer a Slow Life. It’s a Life-Threatening Situation.
“–I have a suggestion,” Sido cuts in with his usual calm tone. “As you all know, Lady Yuri is not from this world, she’s a Summoned Hero. She has strong, special powers against the demons.”
Did you all know that? This woman with the loose lips. If she decides to smile and style go, “No, I don’t~”, I will hit her.
“If you exile Lady Eldora, you’re worried about her taking revenge. But to execute her is too disrespectful to someone who’s saved our own… so why don’t we keep Lady Eldora under surveillance with Lady Yuri’s help?”
What are you talking about? I hate that idea. And what if I go out of control?
“What are you talking about?!” someone shouted. “What are you going to do if she goes out of control?”
“Lady Yuri,” Sido says. “Can you prove that Lady Eldora can’t do that?”
“Huh…?” Yuri goes. “Yeah, I could.”
The discussion goes on without me.
“Then, please let us all gather outside…” Sido said. “Lady Eldora, please fight Lady Yuri.”
“Nooooo–!” someone screams.
Obviously, that someone is me.
“It’ll be fine, El—I mean, Eldora,” Yuri said. “I promise I’ll be careful and I’d never kill you.”
“As if I can trust you!”
My opinion is ignored. I’m forcible dragged outside by the Hero.
Our venue is the plaza where we held the banquet. Everyone is gathered there. The Hero finally lets me go.
Yuri walks away from me with a spring in her step and cheerfully says, “Right. Feel free to come right at me!”
I’m surrounded by elves as far as I can see—but this is also an opportunity. If I can get rid of the Hero here, the rest will be easy. I’ll escape this village and start my Slow Life.
Hence, I’ll give this fight my all once more.
“No regrets, Yuri…!” I barked. “I’ll show you what happens when I get serious!”
I have no regrets. I infuse the earth with 80% of my total mana. “Creaking bones, spinning gears, give life to my doll! Come forth, Eldoran Mk. II!”
My beloved Eldoran bursts out from the ground and appears. He is reborn.
It’s the type of weapon to ignore fuel efficiency in favor of short, decisive battles. Its design is stronger and faster. Compared to the original Mobile Weapon Eldoran, it’s rougher, wilder, and cooler.
With my remaining mana, I can only pilot this for about five minutes—this should all be over by then.
“Eldoran Mk. II…”
Yuri looks up at the golem as if she were stunned. I climb inside the cockpit from the hatch on its back and look down at the Hero.
“Hahaha! What’s wrong, Yuri?!” I taunt. “Are you scared?”
Yuri stands without even drawing her sword, I don’t feel an ounce of hostile intent from her. Maybe she was scared, I thought.
“… Pfft, ahahahahah!” she howls. “Hey, did you name it ‘Eldoran’ after yourself? And, and ‘Mk. II’… hahahahahah!”
My face heats up as soon as I see her face. She’s just made fun of my golem, that’s unforgivable. I have no words for her after that.
I take a step forward. The intimidating and powerful giant begins to move. Just that alone cracks the ground and sends gusts of wind rushing out.
But that’s all I get to do.
Two slashes. Only two silver gleams that I could barely see.
I have lost the foot I brought forward. Also the right arm.
Then there was a slash that skillfully sliced open Eldoran’s chest—the cockpit.
I’ve been defeated.
Yuri picks me up as she’s cutting then leaps out.
I saw my golem fall, lifeless.
Oh, my beloved Eldora Mk. II. Only 10 seconds of enjoyment.
Yuri lands while carrying me. I feel a sense of deja vu.
I hear the surrounding elves gasp.
“Do you understand now, everyone?” Sido calls out. “Lady Yuri is strong. With her around, Lady Eldora will not be able to do any wrong to us.”
He truly is crazy.
“And with that, the decision has been made,” Sido said. “Ladies Eldora and Yuri will try to live together in this village. Now, this meeting has been adjourned!”
He says that with a pleased expression, as if saying, “This problem has been solved.”
The elves that were ordering my exile or my execution seemed unable to protest, after seeing Yuri’s extraordinary strength.
Regardless of them being completely convinced or not, they went home with similar expressions.
“Well then–” Yuri says as she continues to carry me, “you’ll be in my care, Eldora!”
She’s completely genuine.
I can hear my impending House Arrest, a far cry from a Slow Life.
I wonder if I should have just died.
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