I felt it shaking.
I slowly opened my eyes and closed them slightly at the dazzling light of the sun.
I smelled the faint scent of a shore and heard the sound of water hitting something.
“You’ve awaken, Hero-sama.”
I turned my head toward the voice and saw Io, my Green-headed subordinate, being quite close to me.
Apparently, we’re on a ship.
“I haven’t heard from the others. Most of them must have been destroyed by the denizens of Lemaire.”
He said it like it didn’t matter.
Oh yeah, some got crushed, too.
“I guess that’s the end of my contract with you.”
“Then why did you save me?”
Io looked at me curiously, as if he had just realized it.
After saying that, he fell silent.
As far as I can see, there was no sign of a single demon in the sky.
If the original plan had succeeded, there would have been a whole sky full of demons looking down at us.
Oh, well. I was beaten.
With a long sigh, he turned to meditate.
In my mind, I could see the face of that girl as if to say that she would never give in to us.
I haven’t seen eyes like that in a long time… It made me feel nostalgic.
As I did so, a series of faces that I couldn’t remember where they were from came to my mind.
A former Lord to whom I’ve sworn allegiance.
A former friend to whom I entrusted my life.
Good people, I’ve saved with my own hands.
And for last…
My wife and son who were brutally murdered.
Since when did I forget about them?
I was hailed as the Guardian of the Continent and rejoiced in the heat of battles.
I had a reason and something to protect.
Although it was barely there, I wasn’t able to make it to the other side. I guess that was why…
Yes, that was probably why…
The Lord, whom I praised, said: ‘You are no longer my child, begone monster.’
My trusted friend said, ‘I envy you, but most of all, I fear you.‘
Betrayed and in despair, I was confronted with a wife and child who a mob of people had killed.
At that moment, I lost the very something that made me wish to go on…
I lost the country I was supposed to protect, the people I loved, and I spent the rest of my days like an animal.
I destroyed countries for revenge, killed people due to resentment, and tried to destroy everything wretched in mind.
But gradually, the feelings that should have been deeply engraved in my heart faded away.
Everything became nothing, and my mind became a sea of numbness.
And then, before I knew it, I forgot all about it.
I forgot about my revenge for being abandoned by my country.
I forgot about the bitterness of being betrayed by a friend.
I forgot about my wife and child’s loving faces.
All that was left was the emptiness and the urge to destroy everything.
I thought that we could destroy the world with this plan, and that would be the end of it all…
I tried to get up while mocking myself when I realized that my right arm was missing.
Ahhh… That young female wounded me.
The way she fought in her madness was just like me, but she never faltered.
Thanks to that girl, huh?
I felt terribly amused. I coughed whenever I tried to laugh.
For some reason, I’m exhausted…
Exhaling deeply, I closed my eyes.
Seeing Hero-sama with his eyes closed, he stopped steering and sat down.
I’m tingling where the Red-haired one hit me.
I told you I’m not good with sorcerers, didn’t I?
When I held the tingling spot, I felt the blood seeping out.
The bleeding needed to be stopped immediately.
I thought about it, but I used all the coagulants I had on me earlier on the Hero, so…
There’s not a single one left for me to use.
I don’t know why I did it… But I did.
I smiled thinly, my ribs aching. This was from the escape… From being caught from the fall.
It’s not like me to put my body on the line to help a client who hired me for money.
It’s really not like me.
It’s all the fault of that damned, strange, little girl.
It has to be.
What I did to that little girl, I’ve done to others.
Happy guys who just happen to simply be passing by.
It’s easier than you think to take what’s important to them.
So I killed them, destroyed them, stomped on them, and left only one behind.
Then, they’ll have to come to me alone. Out of desperation. Out of revenge.
So, it’s only natural that I kill their dearest friends.
I could have seen them hating me, resenting me, trying to kill me, and I could assure them that this was how the world is.
Not that weak, reckless little girl, though.
She had intense eyes.
With eyes straight ahead. But there weren’t any hatred, nor resentment. She came to crush me with all her might.
However, she brought her friends with her.
I really don’t get it. What was that girl…
Thanks to her, our plan is now dead and buried.
I spent years preparing for the Hero’s request to destroy the world by gathering people, disturbing countries, and killing people.
The war between the Empire, the Imperial Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Lemaire were all a cover for that.
Amid this war, all the countries would have been attacked by demons strengthened by the Dragon Vein, with no way to stop them.
And even to stop the resurrection of the Evil Dragon…
It was supposed to ravage this world.
That was its purpose.
What the hell is going on here?
There was no war, the demons didn’t take them by surprise and have probably all been defeated by now, and the Evil Dragon wasn’t resurrected for some reason.
It’s all because of her… All because of that pitiful little girl.
She was an anomaly in my world.
How annoying… I must have messed with the wrong person… But if I hadn’t…
Curse it all…
So much blood has come out, I feel like sleeping…
The Hero wouldn’t be woken up by this. The sea is too calm for that.
It looks like I won’t have to paddle for a while.
Then I guess I can sleep for a little while.
Both commanders forced their way across the ocean, and as soon as they returned to Lemaire, they stopped by our house to call him.
Even before I could report to His Majesty.
The Knight Commander was still carrying me, but it couldn’t be helped since I can’t move my body right now!
Please be my feet for a while, Knight Commander!
“What can I do for you, Old man? You’re all torn up!”
The boy who has grown a little since then rolled his eyes and exclaimed.
He’s our apprentice gardener, in case you were asking.
I didn’t hire him. It’s just that Grandpa Tom, the gardener, happened to find him and brought him here.
“I put a bunch of stuff in that bastard.”
‘It wasn’t a fist, though.’ I said, barely able to keep from laughing since the boy’s eyes widened to the point of it almost spilling out. His mouth curved up in a smile.
“You’re a fool, young lady. I can’t believe you kept that old promise.”
“Yep, I did.”
“It’s like you said even when you’re not feeling up to it. It’s necessary.”
“Thank you for keeping your promise…”
You’re still the same crybaby.
I tried to pat his head but realized that I couldn’t reach it. The Knight Commander’s shoulders were too high up!
I thought, but the Knight Commander bent down a little so that I could reach the boy.
“I’m just keeping my word, you know.”
I pat the boy’s head.
It was an impossible position, so it was just patting instead of completely messing with his hair.
Still, he silently accepted my hand.
As I did so, I suddenly felt as if someone was laughing at me.