Demon King in bathtub wants money
It was quite late at night. No, it’s still a little dark but it might as well be dawn.
I could feel the scent of those who had to get up very early in the morning.
I ignored the people of the capital and ran around the houses, my mind suddenly going back to the interview I had just had with Celestia.
Well, but anyway…
Somehow, my members continued to grow before I knew it.
I thought that girl was going to be the main fighting force in the Kingdom of Light, the ace that was going to take me down.
…… Still, there’s no way I can refuse her request.
To say why …… – because I was threatened by her.
I jumped up on top of the stone house of neighbors, who lived nearby, and landed in front of my own home.
Opening the door of the small wooden house, I entered it.
Having gotten out of a big jam for the second time in my life, I prepared a bath with citrus fruits added to it in order to pamper myself and quickly started soaking. I luxuriously soaked myself with water up to my shoulder area.
After exhaling lightly, I recalled what Celestia had said in the saloon the other day.
“…… I caught you. –Your Majesty Demon King Chrono.”
(Kuro no Maou/Black Demon King has the same pronunciation as Chrono Maou)
…… can you understand, the feeling of learning this horrifying and astonishing fact?
My real name, why was it discovered ……
Without a doubt, she called me Demon King Chrono.
I wouldn’t do something as stupid as giving my real name, I’ve never done it, I swear.
Why was it revealed and how exactly was it identified, I don’t have a clue. It’s really scary.
So with my weaknesses in her hands and under duress, I had to go to the castle even if I didn’t want to.
Immediately afterwards, having declared that I would not submit to that threat using my magical aura. Whether it’s a blessing or misfortune, but she actually said that she wanted to be my companion.
Hmph, she really is an evil princess, that girl. How dare she use threats to join as a companion. Is this what royalty does?
I don’t think it was a spy or something like that. After all, my personal information was completely known and there was nothing left to elicit information. I was just as naked in front of her as I am now, I was seen through.
I had already come to the conclusion that she was very capable, so I immediately accepted her request. It wasn’t because I gave in to her threats, it was definitely not the case.
The problem is the need to pay the salaries of the three of them is gone.
Besides, when she said that she had told the other two about me, I wanted to spend an hour lecturing her about the dangers of leaking secrets, and although I was a little angry, I thought it would be okay if she said it would come in handy.
I only got an advance on the attempted assassination of the king the other day …… and that’s all I’ve got, so it won’t last long.
“What should I do?” ……
By the next day, I was still working as a servant for Princess Erika, who had arrived early in the morning.
I added warm water to the green tea in front of Princess Erika, who was sitting on a rocky chair with her feet swishing and shaking.
At the same time, I let out a sigh.
“…… It’s rare for you to sigh. How about coming to discuss it with me?”
“Then please give me a pay rise.”
Erika, who had successfully concluded the imperial competition and received a great deal of praise, was still in a very good mood at the moment.
“Eh ……? Well, if it’s my Anee-sama, I think she can do something……”
It’s thanks to that sister of yours that I need the money.
“If it was Anee-sama, I don’t think she would mind going such length for you Glass… Sorry, I can’t help you raise your salary.”
“No, that was a bit of an uncharacteristic statement. Please forget it.”
Well, it was not like I was expecting from her anyway.
I guess I should have asked my most clever Celestia.
But then the dignity I’d built up last night would collapse, so I didn’t want to rely on her if I could help it.
“I think it would be easy if you just want to make money.”
“You’ll be the enemy of every workers in the world.”
“I didn’t mean it like that!”
From Princess Erika’s common sense, this statement was incredibly natural.
I responded reflexively.
“It was a slip of the tongue. I beg your pardon.”
“Well, it’s all right. …… If you’re a mercenary, you’ll be able to deal with monsters. With your skill, Glass, I think you’ll be able to make money soon.”
I’ve considered this option myself.
But mercenaries are a profession with a wide income gap.
If you join a mercenary union, you should be able to choose the job you want to do …… but in order to get a large amount of money, you have to become a powerful mercenary who can be named by the client.
In other words, it takes a long time to get famous.
Besides, I also have a job as a servant and a mission to promote Mac’s family’s rice …… No, it’s because I have activity as a Demon King. I don’t want to spend too much time because of that mercenary things.
“Ah~, but now the two major mercenary groups based in the Light Kingdom seem to be quite strict.”
Among those based in the Kingdom of Light, the largest mercenary group is the “Knights without Banners”.
It is a noble mercenary group that gathers strong mercenaries around the young leader and continues to fight for the weak. Although they are rare among mercenaries who are mostly brutal, because of their relatively high quality, even neighboring countries look at them with admiration.
The other one is the [The Bonds of Three Fairies].
This is a group of three sisters of three races, it has the same level of popularity as the [Knights Without Banners] because of the extraordinary three sisters.
Especially the eldest sister, even Lionel, who stepped in to mediate, couldn’t stop her when she was fighting in the tavern.
“Lulu Noah, one of the [The Bonds of Three Fairies], is someone who can even match to my Anee-sama. Then if you give up the mercenary path, how about gambling …… or becoming my exclusive servant?”
“Gambling is a little …… I can say it’s out of character for me.”
“…… Why do you ignore the latter part of the sentence? If it were any other servants, they would be so happy to cry…”
Even if you don’t know it, please don’t welcome the Demon King into the Royal Castle. There is already a lot of security there. I hope you’ll be a little more vigilant about the Demon King too.
“-Sorry I’m late..”
Panting, a white haired young man came running into the saloon.
It seems that at the touch of the Black Knight, he has started to practice with his father with a lot of energy.
…According to my plan, the Black Knight will become one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Evil, but in the end he has become a hero.
Posters of him are plastered all over the streets …… and children often play the Black Knight game by painting their skin black with charcoal.
Well, I’m happy if they’re happy, too.
“I will prepare green tea for you right away. Do you have anything else you want to order?”
“Yes, I’m a little hungry, so please recommend something.”
He expertly handed me his sword and sat down on the rock to order.
“Understood. Then, I’ll have the wasabi chazuke for you.”
“Oh, chazuke is okay..”
Hearing that voice in my ear, I moved to the corner of the room and started to prepare the rice.
“And then? What were you guys talking about?”
“He seemed to want money. So I said what if he become my servant, but he didn’t want to nod his head at all, this guy.”
Princess Erika pointed the tip of her sheath at me as I worked.
Incidentally, I also make a princess Erika’s, so let’s increase the amount of wasabi a little bit, hehe…
“Huh? What are you guys thinking, isn’t Mr. Glass can get as much money as he wants with that? ”
There’s no way Hakuto can come up with a way that I can’t even think of. Princess Erika would think in the same way.
Obviously both of us are bothered by this, so why is he so confident. Does he want to be blown away?
“You built that sword, didn’t you, Mr. Glass? It’s a pretty powerful thing in the eyes of anyone, so why not just sell the weapon you made?”
…… That’s quite a blind spot. I’m really sorry.
I didn’t think that that Hakuto could come up with such a good idea.
If we talk about mercenaries and weapons sales …. Hmmmm this is a promising prospect.
“Enjoy your meal.”
I placed the tea and rice in front of Princess Erika and Hakuto, who were frozen in place.
“Oh? Did you even make my share? Let me try it. ………… Whoaa!”
This was a solution that Princess Erika and Hakuto themselves helped to come up with. How about adopting both?
Once I found a solution, I was immediately filled with energy. Is this what they call enthusiasm for work?
But this time, I must be careful not to reveal my true face, whether it’s my personality or my tone of voice… Like a cool mystery swordsman, or something.