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ARNRBKM – Demon King-sama and His New Guards [Part 6] (Unedited)
Novel Raw: 魔王様と新しい護衛たち 其の六 || Manga: I’m a Villainous Daughter, so I’m going to keep the Last Boss || Manga Raw: 悪役令嬢なのでラスボスを飼ってみました [JPN] || 作为恶役大小姐就该养魔王 [CN]
魔王様と新しい護衛たち 其の六 (Google docs)
He realized he was breathing after coughing violently.
The fire was blazing and black smoke was rising before his eyes. He could hear the sound of the mansion burning and crumbling. Kyle put his hand on his chest and tried to take a breath one more time as he knelt on the lawn. He was alive.
「……Claude-sama!? Walt, where are you guys?!」
「I’m alive. Though I thought I was going to die」
Behind Kyle, Walt raised his hand to answer him as he was lying on the ground maybe because he was unable to stand up. Kyle also felt like his body was about to collapse.
「Why are we alive?……I thought that we’ve been disposed of?」
The weight of his words increased after he spoke about it. They, the human weapons to fight against the Demon King, were discarded.
They were being used for the last time before disposal to lure out the Demon King without knowing it.
（And yet, this wasn’t supposed to happen）
Kyle laughed at himself when he thought about it. Forgetting that he was a mere tool and holding on to the hope that the Demon King and the Church would soon join hands and he wouldn’t have to kill the Demon King.
That resulted in this disastrous situation.
「We must have been saved by the Demon King-sama」
Walt’s easy-going words made Kyle’s heart heavier.
「Anyway, we’ve been done. But I never heard that the self-destruct magic can forcibly be cut off」
「……Walt. You look fine」
「No, because my whole body feels sore. Honestly, I feel like it’s telling me that I did well living」
「That’s not what I meant! We’ve been disposed of, you know! What should we do from now onwards――」
「I’m finally free」
Freedom, Kyle could only repeat that word in his mouth. Walt laughed at Kyle with a refreshed look on his face.
「You too, Kyle. In your face!」
「Wh-what do you mean?」
「With this, the Church can no longer cajole me to do anything for them. I can’t help but feel irritated with you about that. But well, you’re not the only one who hesitated」
Walt said while looking at the mansion that was burning rumblingly.
「With this, I don’t have to be tied to the Church anymore. Then, I’m going to serve the Demon King-sama」
「What are you going to do?」
「……I am the people of the Church. I don’t know how to live other than being that」
「Despite telling the Demon King-sama to run away?」
That’s right, that moment.
If Kyle truly only had the Church in mind, he shouldn’t be able to make such a wish. The right thing for him to do was to kill the Demon King with everything he got even if he had to cling to the Demon King for it.
But, he couldn’t figure out the right answer.
「……I wonder……if Airi would cry」
「If anything, I think she probably going to kill us in a fit of rage?」
「Then, at least for the very last moment……」
If only he could truly be the guard.
If only all of these days were real.
He always hoped so. Without being aware of them.
Tears welled up in his eyes then flowed down. Walt was taken aback by it.
「Eh, no way, will people usually cry at times like this? Stop it! I’m not happy making a bastard cry」
「What about… Claude-sama?」
Kyle couldn’t breathe properly maybe because he cried for the first time in a long time.
「Will I be forgiven? Will he thinks that it’s already too late now?」
「You should tell me that it’d be okay!」
「You’re truly surprisingly a troublesome guy！？ Anyway, where did Claude-sama go? I don’t think he would be caught up in the explosion, though――」
「Did you call?」
They felt like screaming when Claude suddenly appear before them. Kyle swept away his tears at once, while Walt, who was next to him, squinted his eyes.
「……What do you have in your hands? Don’t tell me」
「It’s the souvenir cookies. I’m glad that I saved you guys and brought you out that I forgot about it. I went back to the mansion to take it. Look, it’s a little burnt but it’s okay」
「Are you stupid? Who in their right mind would go back to a burning mansion? What are you going to do if something happens to you?!」
「Do you think something will happen to me?」
Walt covered his face in exasperation, while Kyle, who was next to him, calmly answered.
「There’s no saying what will happen to you if you’re safe, Claude-sama. Please refrain from doing such dangerous behavior」
Claude was silent. The moment when Kyle was worried that he might have overstepped his boundary, he saw several small flowers blooming underneath Claude’s feet. As Kyle raised his head with a visibly puzzled look on his face, Claude calmly said.
「I guess guards are prone to worrying」
「Because that’s our job」
Replied Walt, who had already decided to swear his allegiance to Claude. He always a step further than Kyle.
（Then, I also have to admit it already）
Clenching his fists tightly, Kyle knelt with his exhausted body. He bowed his head as he stared at the black shadow on the ground. Then, he spoke.
「Claude-sama, I have something to tell you」
「I was ordered by the church to assassinate you. It was me who suggested this private talk.…… Although I didn’t think that we would be used as a weapon against you」
He touched his throat lightly with his fingertips and laughed in self-deprecation.
「But, it’s undeniable that I’ve put you in danger this time. It’s all my fault. It has nothing to do with Walt」
Walt called out Kyle’s name reproachfully, but he went on without caring.
「So please punish me only」
「The Church’s aim this time isn’t me. It’s both of you」
Kyle raised his lowered head to Claude’s assertion.
「The Church probably didn’t want me to know the intel and information that both of you have. And the Church itself knows both of you are excellent guards. There’s no way that they would leave you guys with me without a fight」
「……Even so. The fact that I did betray you――」
「But you did recommend a compromise with the Church and tried to save me」
Kyle tightly bit his lips. While he was still hesitating about what to say, a gentle voice exempted him from it.
「That just didn’t work out. You don’t have to worry about it. And it was Irene who unreasonably took you guys away from the Church in the first place. We have some misunderstanding」
「So you think that assassination by an explosion is just some misunderstandingー?……That’s fine, though」
「Besides, Walt had told me about the assassination order from the Church. Secretly」
The moment Kyle breathe out in surprise, Walt grabbed Claude by his lapels.
「What’s the point of letting the cat out of the bag……！？」
「If I protect Kyle from the Church, he would pledge his allegiance to me and told me everything」
「Oh my God, can you please stop talking!? I told you it was confidential, didn’t I!?」
They struggled to stand up. Then, Walt looked away abruptly.
「I just wanted to one-up you, that’s all」
「I was very sad when I hear that」
Kyle and Walt turned towards Claude because of his sudden declaration.
Although it wasn’t shown, but――Claude was probably dropping his shoulder in a downhearted manner.
「Will you really swear your allegiance to me?」
「You’ve been smoothly demanding for something really heavy! Listen Claude-sama, if you do something for me, I’ll serve you. That’s normal」
「So if I don’t do something for you, you won’t serve me. Am I truly a Master with no charming qualities?……」
Claude was demanding an impossible thing like a free loyalty, but his puppy eyes caused a tremendous sense of guilt and impatience to be welled up inside Kyle’s heart. The Demon King’s beauty was a sin.
「Walt！Apologize to Claude-sama……！」
「No, you too, apologize！Or rather, Claude-sama, you’re so childish sometimes……！Despite being so cool in front of Airi-chan」
「Isn’t that natural？」
Both Walt and Kyle groaned when Claude said it nonchalantly.
（We’ve been completely being played……）
When he realized that, for some reason, he felt like somehow everything became stupid.
This man would surely accept all of their guilt and suffering. He was that kind of Master.
「Now, both of you. Is that the only thing that you guys want to tell me? I want to be the King who listens to others」
Claude also said the same thing as he did when they first brought up the subject of being his guards. After looking at each other, Kyle and Walt knelt side-by-side before Claude.
The flames that still burning were as beautiful as the hellfire.
「Walt Rizanis. As promised, I swear my allegiance to you. Please take good care of this life of mine for a long time」
「――Kyle Alford. I pledge my allegiance to you as well. This time, at my own will」
Soon after Kyle thought that he heard the sound of fingers snapping, the mansion that was burning down in flames, vanished from sight.
No, it didn’t vanish. They were transferred.
He could hear the sound of an owl hooting. A cobblestones-paved road. A bell tower that was high enough to look up, but familiar.
They were at the cathedral of the Church.
The statue of the Maiden of the Holy Sword was looking down on the Demon King.
「The letter of invitation from the church said:『I have something to say about Kyle and Walt’s treatment』」
The Demon King, who was holding the burnt souvenir on his hand, pretended not to see Walt and Kyle’s expression that looked at him in wonder since it was the first time they’ve heard about it.
「I need to greet them properly. I must not lose my sense of propriety」
The instant his red eyes was gleaming, a bolt of lightning struck on top of the bell tower.
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