Chapter 10 : Dream And Obstinacy
The bar we went to was 《Frog’s Tongue Pavillion》. We occupied the innermost seat.
「Get us 《Ogre Chicken’s Pie》 and 《Bell Fish’s Meniuere》 and high-class Slimur mucus liquor for two please. Hahaha! The me today is generous, right? 」
His tension was so high to the point of being ominous.
But, it was clear to me that he was obviously bluffing.
「Ooh, the liquor has come. Let’s toast, that’s natural, right? Well then, to the safe return of my best friend. Cheers! Hahaha! How’s that, this is a big treat from me you see, Dean-kun! 」
「Enough with the chit-chat, state your intention? 」
Gilbert pinched his bangs.
「…. How’s that? I am splurging for you here. Will you keep those events under the bridge then? 」
「You bastard, what the hell are you talking about? 」
「If it comes to light that I used 《Decoy》 on a porter to save myself, no one will want to form a party with me later, you see. And I will be troubled if that happens. Yes, you should understand what I am trying to say right, Dean-kun? But, let’s stop acting like a child here and think like adults.」
「Are you fucking kidding me here? 」
「I am serious. Isn’t that fine in the end though? My action is indeed underhanded, but none of us might have come out alive of that situation you see. If I did not use 《Decoy》 on you at that time, the three of us might’ve died there you see. It’s my duty as the party leader to bring at least Morgan back. And I chose the wisest option at that time. You know what I mean, right？ 」
Gilbert explained frantically while acting self-conceited.
「You bastard…. Do you think I am a four year old kid who will be tricked by your story?! 」
「Let’s act like grown adults here, Dean-kun. No, you have to understand. And that’s the reason why I brought you to this place. I really want you to stop spreading that kind of story.」
「That’s for your own convenience! 」
「It is, it’s for my own convenience. Even so, as long as I deny your version of the story, no one will believe you, no matter what you do. That’s why… letting that incident be water under the bridge, is the best for us right? I am at a disadvantage, but I am far more powerful you see. Her name’s Mani-chan, wasn’t it? You might bring her a lot of trouble you see.」
Gilbert stopped pleading and looked at me with an evil smile.
「How… dare you! 」
「I have no other way other than using this method, you know! That’s why, let’s be rational adults here. I trembled in delight since I thought you’re dead. Let’s just go with that story. It’s better for both of us. And later if I am looking for a party, I won’t haggle down the price for your service below the market price. How’s that? Makes you feel better right? And that’s for now, you couldn’t think calmly without a warm meal, right? Look, our order has arrived! 」
I shut my eyes to calm myself.
He was desperate and had no other choice but to turn me into a bait.
I was sacrificed. But as a result, everyone else survived.
Nevertheless, all is well. Logically speaking, Gilbert might really have had no other choice. Yes, that’s just how it is.
So I said as I desperately surpressed my anger.
「Fufufufu, That’s right, it’s a sin to be a weak person you know, porter.」
Gilbert’s voice relaxed, a mutter escaped his mouth.
He let his guard down and muttered with such a tone. It seems the person himself didn’t realize that.
You leaked out your real intention.
He said the same words when he’d cast 《Decoy》 on me too.
He was annoyed.
But,I was in a more miserable situation.
I was made into bait for those rats due to my lack of power. I couldn’t blame Gilbert even after I returned alive from that situation because I’m just a weak porter.
Thus, I am forced to agree to everything in silence.
On the contrary, he went as far as using my best friend Mani to threaten me.
「Thank you for waiting, here’s your order.」
The waitress came with two portions of 《Ogre Chicken’s Pie》 and 《Bell Fish’s Meniuere》.
It smelled so good. The aroma that wafted stimulated my appetite even further.
It was the kind of dish that I would never even consider buying with my meager amount of money.
「What do you think? Eh, Dean-kun! Someone like you couldn’t even dream of buying this kind of dish yourself, right? It’s so delicious riiight? These dishes are extremely delicious you know. Me and that Morgan fellow always enjoy this kind of treats and liquor when we hit a jackpot after exploring the labyrinth you know.」
I slammed my fist against the table and stood up from my chair.
「Never talk to me EVER again from now on. AND ABSOLUTELY NEVER APPEAR BEFORE ME, FOREVER! 」
I shouted so and left that place.
I’m completely enraged right now.
Nevertheless, I hate this pang of hunger too.
Just how much did he look down upon me just because I have no power?
I walked briskly along the street that was dyed red by the evening sun.
I saw a blurred orange-colored cloud.
I wiped my eyes with my sleeves.
『Dean, I’ve told you before, right. Nothing good will happen by involving yourself with that kind of man. But then, it would’ve been better if you’d eaten that delicious-looking food. Though I don’t think he had a reason to act like that, aren’t you glad that you’re a little bit wiser and grown-up now? 』
Beelzebub shared her opinion.
It wasn’t a shameful thing since I was a childish person.
I mean, I wasted that luxurious food.
Now I can’t work as a porter anymore.
I might have attracted too many enmities from Gilbert.
I wasted too many things due to my childish pride.
And even I understood that it was for nothing.
It’s not like a Devil, who has been living for who knows how many years, could understand the trivial worries of a petty human like me.
「Nevertheless, these trivial things are what makes us a human.」
『Correct. But it’s not like this mistress hates such weakness of a human.』
「I have a wish, Beelzebub. I want to become a real adventurer. Please, lend me your power.」
『Fufufu, very well then, Dean. In the first place, it will be me who will be troubled if you don’t learn a stronger version of 《Petit Dimordi》. Though I can just look for a more powerful fella, you’re the one who accidentally picked up this mistress. In addition, this mistress took a liking to you.』