Chapter 31: The Third Option
What do I intend to do? I thought about it all night, but I couldn’t come up with an answer. Garen, and the people I left behind in Crystalia, are important to me. I’m not sure how much Garen paid for me, but I have a friend in Crystallia, the Demon King.
But if I choose one, I must say farewell to the other.
“…I wish Garen would come to Crystalia too.”
Then I wouldn’t have to worry about anything.
However, Yulin despises humans and Garen despises demons because they are at odds. But Crystalia and Astoria are the same to me. The only physical difference is whether or not they have pointed ears. So, if Garen, the fifth prince, comes with me and examines the demons’ lives objectively this time, we can put an end to this war.
It may be a naive idea, but it is worth a shot. After all, the Shrine Maiden is a manifestation of her own desires. Then you must first try it.
First and foremost, I resolved to persuade Garen. When I’m alone with Garen, I request that he cast a soundproofing spell on us, and we talk about it.
“What’s the matter, Mika?”
Don’t go straight to the main topic. Instead, come at it from a different angle.
“Isn’t today a pretty bad day?”
“It is, indeed. Regrettably, it is raining.”
“Does it rain everywhere today? —For example, Crystalia.”
“Yes, it is raining in that country as well.”
Oh no, his face contorts just thinking about Crystalia’s name. How much does he despise Crystalia? I don’t think I’ll be able to do it, but I’ll give it a shot.
“What is Garen’s opinion on studying abroad?”
“…I think it is an excellent opportunity to broaden your horizons.”
Good! He is intrigued by the prospect of studying abroad. The issue is deciding where you will study.
“What’s wrong Mika, I was hoping you would give me an answer.”
“Yeah, about that…”
Suddenly, there was a loud noise in the corridor.
I was curious as to what was going on. Garen and I walk out into the corridor.
Although it was supposed to rain, there were flowers outside.
“How can this be…”
We were both looking at each other at the same time.
I drew Garen along with me and dashed back to my room. The flowers are a clear indication that the Saint is on her way. But why? There is still time. But there isn’t time to ponder. I must inform the Demon King.
I called to the ceiling.
“Please take this man to Crystalia with me—I’ll explain later.”
Yulin quietly descends from the ceiling. Garen’s face contorts when he notices Yulin’s pointed ears.
“Mika, what kind of──.”
“Do you want me to take that enemy too?”
“I’ll explain later! We have to tell His Majesty—the Saint is coming.”
Yulin bit his lower lip and nodded bitterly.
“…Okay, fine. But I’m going to have to restrain him.”
Yulin snapped his fingers, and Garen’s legs were rope-tied.
Then I take Garen’s and Yulin’s hands in mine.
After several teleportations, we finally arrive at the castle office of the Demon King.
I was falling from above when I was caught by the demon lord. Garen, whose legs were tied, fell to the ground, while Yulin landed gracefully.
“Welcome home, Shrine Maiden.”
“Your Majesty, I’m back.”
This is not the time to be distracted by the smile of the demon lord! We must inform him immediately.
“The Saint has appeared, Your Majesty! And there’s an Astoria foreign exchange student!”