“… . . I’m sorry for all the noise… . . ”
Misa says to me after I signed everyone’s .
“Everyone got worked up seeing the raw Arnos-sama up close for the first time . ”
“That expression . How to say it…… . I don’t like it . ”
Sasha says and next to her Misha nods .
“Like alcohol . ”
“Fumu . Raw Arnos sake?”
“You don’t need to read so much into my words . ”
She has a point .
“First of all, some off these people are in the same class as me so it’s not their first time . I don’t get the raw part either . ”
“Ah, I’ll clarify . Arnos-sama has this atmosphere that seems to separate him from the rest of the world . To us, he’s in a place that we can’t see . Even though we are in the same classroom, today feels like the first day that you accepted my existence . ”
“Well, honestly, until today you were beneath my notice . ”
“Ahahah…… . . right……”
Misa seems slightly depressed .
“Don’t mind it . It’s my principle to ignore things that don’t interest me . ”
“I’m not even going to respond to that statement . ”
Misha nods in agreement with Sasha’s statement .
“I’ve learnt something today though . From now on you should fully taste the raw me to your heart’s content . ”
“That expression…… . . is obscene………”
Misha leans her head to one side in puzzlement .
“Is raw Arnos obscene?”
“It’s alright . You don’t need to know about that Misha . ”
Misha stared off into nothingness with her deadpan expression and muttered .
“… . . Interested… . . ”
“Ah, if that’s so Misha-san then why don’t you join the Arnos fan union? I can teach you various things . ”
Sasha quickly jumped in before Misha could respond .
“Absolutely not! I won’t let you teach weird things to my Misha! Can you stop your solicitation . ”
“Ah, is that so? Why don’t you join too Sasha-san?”
“Haaa!? Why would I?”
Sasha’s voice raises in surprise .
“You’re worried about Misha-san aren’t you? Wouldn’t it be safer if you both joined?”
Misa says with a bright smile .
“I refuse . I have no reason to enter such a place . ”
“Is that so? That’s disappointing . ”
Misa moved over to Sasha and whispered in her ear .
“…… . Right now, if you join, it comes with the magic photos of Arnos-sama I secretly took as a bonus . ”
“Such a thing…… . ”
Sasha looks towards me for a moment .
“I’m not interested at all . ”
While saying this Sasha brings her face close to Misa and whispers
“… . . What sort of photos are they?”
“Fufufu, do you want to see? There’s one I took where he’s changing his clothes so he’s half-naked . ”
“Half naked… . !? Tha……that’s unhealthy…… . . Tha……rude… . !!”
With a red hot face, Sasha raises her voice .
“Ah, don’t you like things like that? Well then, I’ll prepare something more wholesome and cool looking . ”
“Wait………… . ”
Misa puts on a blank expression
“Just to be sure I’ll take a look . Just to be sure . ”
Sasha repeats herself .
Fumu . What are they talking about over there?
If I listened hard I could hear what they were saying but I won’t . They are whispering so they don’t want me to hear .
“I understand . Well then, I’ll guide you to the second floor . Arnos-sama could you wait a minute?”
“Aah . ”
It seems something has been decided between Sasha and Misa as they both head off up to the 2nd floor .
“Aren’t you going Misha?”
“Because Arnos isn’t going . ”
“I see . ”
“Nn . ”
After a few minutes, Sasha ran down the stairs .
“Sorry to keep you waiting . ”
“What happened to Sasha?”
“Fufufu . Something enjoyable . ”
Misa says it like its something significant .
“Errm… . . Arnos-sama . Actually, I have a request… . . ”
Misa asks, completely changing her expression to a serious one .
“I understand its an impudent request but would Arnos-sama have us in his team?”
I see . Actually, I think its a reasonable request .
Other than me all the group leaders are royalty . I doubt they would be willing to have unificationists in their team .
“There’s a condition for me to receive subordinates . ”
“What is it?”
“They must be strong or interesting . ”
Misa laughs like she’s troubled .
“It’s not that easy after all then………… . . ”
“One question . Why are you doing this?”
“When you say this, do you mean the unificationists?”
“Aah . Certainly, Deiruheido is ruled by the royalty and the mazoku are divided in two but there isn’t actually that much trouble from this system . Deirueido is ruled well and is at peace . If you close your eyes to the point that you will never have power then life is very comfortable . ”
Even with the royal issue, this place is much better than 2000 years ago .
In the age of myths, powerless people died but now they can walk about freely .
“You don’t have great power and to unify the mazoku will bring great danger your way . ”
“… . . It’s just as Arnos-sama says . ”
Misa looks down for an instant, however, she raises her face back up with a smile like she had instantly recovered .
“If it’s fine by you can I show you around the union tower? There’s something I want you to see . ”
Misa looks at me earnestly . Doesn’t seem like she wants to answer me .
“Very well, guide me then . ”
“Yes! This way!”
Misa starts climbing the stairs and explains about the union tower .
On the 2nd and 3rd floors are things relating to the Arnos fan union . It’s where they do their day to day activities .
There’s sculptures of me and diaries listing all my actions since I joined the school .
The 4th floor is a living space where you can sleep and the 5th floor is full of Deiruheido history books and mazoku related books .
I had a brief look but there were no true history books from 2000 years ago .
Going up the stairs we come to the top floor .
In the centre of the room was a stone pedestal with a demon sword stuck in it .
Fumu . It’s a strange structure .
Potentially, it feels like its magic power could rival a masterpiece from the age of myths but its incomplete .
The demon sword has been split in half vertically .
“Is this what you wanted to show me?”
“Yes . ”
Misa walked slowly forward and stopped in front of the sword staring at it .
I was going to ask something but decided to wait in silence .
Before long, Misa spoke up in a quiet voice .
“… . You may have noticed Arnos-sama but I’m not a pure mazoku . My father is a mazoku but my mother is a spirit . ”
Part mazoku and part spirit . That explains why I felt the power of the spirits in her magic . The fact that the spirits and the mazoku have come together is even more surprising than the humans and mazoku coming together .
“My mother seems to have died soon after I was born . ”
Misa says a little sadly .
“I’ve never talked to my father . I don’t even know his face or his name . ”
“My father is royalty and seems to be in a very high position . He might even be one of the demon emperors ruling some part of Deiruheido . ”
I don’t get it .
“Did he do something wrong?”
Misha speaks up .
“The royal families are responsible for leaving descendants from the royal families . When they have children that have any blood other than a royal in them, that family is excluded from the royal family . ”
“I see . As well as themselves it affects the entire family as well . ”
Even if the child is of mixed blood that blood doesn’t get thinner and fade away .
It’s a very strange thought process .
“It’s as Misha-san says . I think my father understood it well that he shouldn’t fall in love with anyone other than a royal but he still seemed to have fallen in love with my mother anyway . Right?”
*Fufufu* Misa laughs .
“That’s just my delusion though . It would be nice to think so . ”
Misa says it like that but he must have liked her mother since it came with such big risks to himself and his family .
“My father cannot talk to me . If it became known that he had a half-spirit child he would lose everything . So we’ve never met and I’ve never seen his face or even know his name . ”
It’s different for myself but I can see not wanting to involve the rest of your family .
“On my 10th birthday, an unknown spirit owl bought me this half a sword . ”
Misa gently touches the handle .
“In fact, it would be better to leave no trace at all but I think that this is a message from my father who cant say anything . The other half is surely owed by my father . Right now this sword is divided in 2 but one day it will become one . The day when royals and mixed blood will join hands will come . That is why my father is fighting . I’ve always thought that he’s waiting to pick me up and tell me so . ”
Misa looks over her shoulder at me .
“Deiruheido is peaceful . The rule of the royals is excellent and I can go to this academy and live with no problems even though I don’t have any parents . ”
She briefly stops speaking and smiles sadly before continuing .
“But I have nothing more than a life without inconvenience . Even if I was poor all I want is to spend my days with my father and laugh . ”
Those last words were squeezed out and loaded with emotion .
“Father and daughter cannot even talk as they have been ripped apart . I want to end these sad things . Everyone’s the same . All the unificationists have never met their parents or have lost their families under the peaceful reign of the royals . ”
Misa stares at me with an appealing look .
“Still, the gap between ideal and reality is deep . So when I saw Arnos-sama overwhelming the royal family with overwhelming power I thought that we had finally found our ray of hope . I’m able to believe in you, the demon king of tyranny . ”
“Fumu . What if I wasn’t the founder, what would you do?”
“It doesn’t matter . We will even fight against the founder to achieve even a small bit of happiness if we have to . ”
Misa firmly declared .
“What we believe is your words . You said you were the demon king of tyranny and we believe you . ”
They don’t need the founder huh?
Certainly, it’s true that the unificationists don’t need a founder who’s royalty .
“Arnos-sama . Please forgive those of us who are weak but please lend us your strength . We will fight together…… . . ”
I can grasp the general circumstances .
“When’s the next group opposition test?”
Was my question unexpected? Misa was not able to answer right away .
“Day after tomorrow . ”
Misha answers instead .
“Well then Misa . In 2 days time, you should challenge me . ”
“But…… . ”
“I’m not going to say you have to win but I don’t need subordinates that rely on my power . You said that you were ready to fight the founder if you had to . Prove to me that those words weren’t a lie and fight me . ”
Staying quiet Misa then nodded in determination .
“Understood . I will be sure to meet the expectations of Arnos-sama . ”
“Now then . Let’s call Sasha and get some lunch . ”
We leave the room and head downstairs .
“Speaking of which, is Arnos-sama used to handling swords?”
Misa asks .
“Not really . I just swing my sword around with brute strength . Why?”
“Because tomorrow is a large scale military sword drill . I wondered if I’d see the cool figure of Arnos-sama . ”
I remember hearing such a story .
“Oh yeah . If I’m not mistaken isn’t a guest lecturer coming?”
“Yes . According to Melheys-sama any time a grand military drill is held there’s a chance that one of the old seven demon emperors will turn up . ”
Fumu . Avos Dilheavia must know that I have an idea about him now . Will he appear? Will he turn up for an ability inspection?
“Also, I don’t think many students know this yet but a transfer student is coming tomorrow as well . ”
I didn’t notice the meaningful words Misa said .