Hiiro was sleeping on his back, yet his body somehow felt heavy . Hiiro suddenly opened his eyelids . He was startled by the spectacle that appeared before him . He did not know when or who had mounted themselves on top of him . Hiiro attempted to raise his voice .
However ~smack~ he was smacked on his mouth by that very someone’s hands .
(Hiiro) (why is this guy……here!?)
He was shocked by who was there . Although he could not see who it was for a moment, he determined the person’s identity upon looking at their head, done up in twin tails . Yes, the person in question was the maid named Shamoe .
However, there was obviously a different atmosphere surrounding her compared to the time at dinner . Her previously pink hair was now stained in a pitch black darkness . Her eyes that seemed to faintly sag were now sharpened like a beast as they emitted a golden glow .
Furthermore, she possessed something that she clearly did not have during the dinner . This being a set of Kemonomimi and tail .
(Hiiro) (What the hell’s this guy trying to…-!?)
She looked at Hiiro with an expression that resembled a beast that had found its prey . She was looking down on him with a smile, licking her lips in delight . Hiiro found himself stunned at the changes that had occurred to her compared to the time at dinner .
(Hiiro) (I don’t really get what’s happening but for now-!)
He tried to grab her hands that were covering his mouth, it was only natural for a victim to struggle to break free . However, she had an iron grip on him . Hiiro could feel the pressure almost breaking his teeth
(Hiiro) (W-what kind of brute strength does she have!?)
Hiiro had no choice but to use his fist . However, she had reacted faster . Shamoe grabbed both of Hiiro’s hands and head butted him .
Hiiro began to see stars from the considerable impact . Following this, the maid began to strangle him with both hands .
She possessed tremendous force . If Hiiro had slackened his resistance even slightly, he would have been rendered unconscious instantly . As the situation would become really bad at the rate things were going, Hiiro invoked the previously installed “Protect” without particular regard for the consequences .
The characters he wrote on his arm appeared with a “powa” as it exhibited its effects . Pale blue magic appeared before Hiiro’s eyes .
Shamoe, noticing the magic, leaped backwards, away from the bed .
While Hiiro had one eye closed, he coughed as he rubbed his neck .
“Gururururu” Shamoe growls at Hiiro .
As if she were a famished beast, Shamoe growled as she slowly prowled around the room on all fours . She appeared to be searching for an opportunity to pounce on her target . Actually, that’s exactly what she was doing . Her eyes were glaring at Hiiro, filled with killing intent .
(Hiiro) (…if I don’t take this seriously, this could get pretty dangerous……)
Immediately jumping out of the bed, Hiiro grabbed the “Piercer Sword” that was leaning against the bedside . Although Hiiro was wary of the opponent, Shamoe seemed to maintain a constant distance as she kept glaring at him with sharp eyes .
(Hiiro) (This fellow seems to have a good intuition . She seems to be extremely wary of this magic barrier . )
The word magic “protect” would still remain active for a little longer . After receiving such a mysterious attack, Shamoe deemed that it was worthless to draw closer at this particular time, seemingly basing it on pure animalistic instincts .
As the standoff continued for a while, Hiiro used that opportunity to once again install the word “Protect” onto his arm . The instant Hiiro finished writing, the magic barrier that had been protecting him up until now disappeared .
In that instance, the maid’s eyes flashed as she forcefully kicked the floor, launching herself towards Hiiro . While gritting his teeth, Hiiro took a stance as he prepared to swing his sword . However, in that moment…
“Please wait!!” (???)
Suddenly, the door burst open as Silva stood in the doorway shouting . Hiiro’s hands involuntarily paused . As Hiiro’s resolve to attack faltered at Silva’s words, he was utterly unable to avoid the approaching Shamoe’s assault, his left shoulder being bitten as a consequence .
His face distorted due to excruciating pain .
“Gu…… t-this fucking-!” (Hiiro)
As he was being bitten, Hiiro activated the previously installed character, “Speed” and began to fly forward with full force . Naturally, they moved with tremendous velocity .
Shamoe, whose back collided with the wall at full force, involuntarily spat out salivation before collapsing directly onto the ground .
Hiiro used the word “Speed” in order to accelerate towards the wall . As Shamoe collided with the wall, Hiiro shoved the hilt of his katana into her stomach, inflicting some damage . It was obvious that the damage dealt was significant as her legs buckled and she tumbled to the floor .
Following this, her hair that was black returned to the same shade of pink that Hiiro noticed during their first meeting . Her Kemonomimi and tail also retracted .
“Haa, haa, haa……”
Hiiro staggered as he held his wounded arm .
Silva supported Hiiro from behind with both hands .
“Ku……Y-you better explain this, Jii-san . ” (Hiiro)
As Silva made an apologetic expression, he returned a faint nod . Yet, the remaining resident of the mansion began to speak .
“Let me take care of the explanations . ” (???)
It was Liliyn . Wearing black negligee, she was carrying a plush teddy bear by the hand, the plush’s neck having cotton spilling out of it . Although she wore a sleepy expression, after taking a glance at the unconscious Shamoe collapsed on the floor, she moodily grunted .
“Silva, go carry Shamoe of to her room . After that, begin treating the boy . ” (Liliyn)
“As you command . ” (Silva)
Quietly responding thus, Silva let go of Hiiro as he carried Shamoe off to her room . Following this, Liliyn turned on the lights as she drew close to the sofa .
“Now then, for the mean time sit down . I have a lot of explaining to do . Not to mention, I also have some things that I want to ask . ” (Liliyn)
Her current expression was unlike the suspicious smile she wore during dinner . Her eyes were narrowed and her mouth was slightly pointed in seriousness .
Hiiro similarly sat down on the sofa while suppressing the pain . As it was just the two of them, he sat down so that they could converse face to face .
In that moment, Silva returned with, what seemed like, a first aid kit . In reality, he did not need to be treated . If he used the word “Healing” then Hiiro’s wound would be neatly cured . Yet, as he could not afford to use his magic here, he had no choice but to accept the treatment .
As Hiiro was being bandaged by Silva, Liliyn began to speak once the treatment was over .
“I’ll say this first . I apologize on behalf of our kin . ” (Liliyn)
Hiiro thought this was slightly surprising . Ever since he met her, he thought that she was the type who would never offer apologies . As such, Hiiro could now determine that she was civilised, even if only slightly .
“Never mind that, just give me an explanation . Why the hell did she come here and attack me? Not to mention, her appearance……” (Hiiro)
“Umu . Well, no need to rush . This was entirely caused by our carelessness . However, I’ll still explain it to you . ” (Liliyn)
As she said thus, Silva, who had disappeared undetected, seemed to have gone to prepare tea as he returned and set down some tea in front of the two .
Liliyn took the tea with one hand, taking a sip before exhaling . Following this, she began to softly speak .
“I’m assuming that you already know that this place is the Demon World . ” (Liliyn)
It seems that the [Evila] call their own world the Demon World, the [Gabranth] call theirs the Beast World, and the [Humas] the Human World .
“Although those living on this continent are mainly [Evila], there are some other races that secretly make their homes here . ”
This was not a particularly unusual story . There were some Gabranths who lived on the Human Continent and vice versa . As the Demon World had harsh environments and strong monsters, it seemed more likely that other races living on this continent were rare .
“As you can guess from the flow of the conversation, Shamoe isn’t an [Evila] . Actually, in hindsight, perhaps saying that she’s not a pure blood might be better . ” (Liliyn)
As he picked up an intriguing word, Hiiro echoed .
“Shamoe is a crossbreed between an [Evila] and a [Gabranth], she’s an abandoned child . ” (Liliyn)
“……so she’s a half?” (Hiiro)
“Yeah . If we were to classify her, she’s of the Majuu (Demon Beast) race . ” (Liliyn)
As Hiiro contemplated about the existence of such a race, as it had explained Shamoe’s Kemonomimi and tail, he somehow accepted it .
“But when I first met her, she didn’t have Kemonomimi or a tail, right?” (Hiiro)
Yes . If he was to say one or the other, she had the appearance of a normal person .
“Among the race known as the [Majuu], they can be split into 2 types: those with strong [Evila] blood and those with prevalent [Gabranth] blood . Shamoe is of the [Evila] group, thus she normally doesn’t have Kemonomimi . ” (Liliyn)
“I see . So? The reason why it suddenly grew is?” (Hiiro)
“We were careless . Tonight is the night of a full moon . ” (Liliyn)
As Liliyn peered out the window, Hiiro followed suit . What he observed was certainly a full moon floating in the night sky . It’s size was incomparable to Japan’s moon as it was magnitudes larger .
“On nights of the full moon, it seems that the [Gabranth] blood strengthens . But don’t misunderstand? Not all [Majuus] run wild like Shamoe . There are fellows who don’t lose to either blood line, to the point that they can control it completely . ” (Liliyn)
In other words, Shamoe was simply still immature . It seems that there are [Majuus] who have matured and have a full understanding of their bodies, thus being capable of controlling their blood . However, as Shamoe has not yet become an adult, she does not possess the mental strength capable of preventing herself from going wild .
“Although lately, it seems that she was able to control her urges . Perhaps because a lot happened today, her heart was uneasy . ” (Liliyn)
“My condolences . ” (Silva)
Silva lowered his head apologetically . It seemed that today was the very first time she had to serve a guest . In addition, as Silva, who she was constantly worried about, had finally returned from the toxic mountain, she seemed to be extremely distressed .
As her heart’s stability had been impaired, she was unable to suppress her instincts, unlike usual, which led to her assaulting Hiiro due to her going out of control .
“But still, why did she come to my room? You guys have also been attacked, right?” (Hiiro)
“Yeah . Certainly, it’s as you say . The one who’s on the receiving end of these attacks is usually me, you know . ” (Liliyn)
“Well, if would rather enjoy I were the target of her assaults . ” (Silva)
“Shut it, pervert!” (Liliyn)
Receiving a magnificent hook, Silva flew towards the bed . No matter where he was, Silva would remain Silva .
“Her [Gabranth] instincts are stronger than most . It often reacts to dangerous people . Thus out of those in this mansion, Shamoe’s target was basically me . ” (Liliyn)
Come to think of it, Silva indicated that Liliyn’s strength was on the level of making a dragon cry and beg . if this was true, then it was understandable that she would trigger the Gabranth’s instincts .
“But today……a strange event happened . ” (Liliyn)
Saying thus, Liliyn narrowed her eyes .
“Who Shamoe deemed as being dangerous was not me, but you . ” (Liliyn)
It suddenly occurred to Hiiro . It was certainly as Liliyn had indicated . Shamoe’s instincts had judged Hiiro to be of a greater threat than Liliyn .
“Certainly, there’s many mysterious things about you . Even though you’re not of the [Imp Race], you have their appearance . In addition, there’s the previous struggle with Shamoe . ” (Liliyn)
Thinking that he had been seen, Hiiro began tightly grinding his back teeth .
“You, I heard from Silva that you were a fire-user, yet I there were no signs of flames . In spite of this, there’s still the presence of magic being used . ” (Liliyn)
“Not to mention, those last movements . It felt like your power spiked for a brief moment . During that time, your arm also emitted a faint glow . ” (Liliyn)
As she said thus, Liliyn pointed towards Hiiro’s arm .
“Instead of me, Shamoe’s deemed you more dangerous . Her instincts thought such to the extent of trying to kill you . That has not occurred even to me . ” (Liliyn)
She sounded a little angry . As she thought that Shamoe had chosen Hiiro over her, she displayed slight jealousy . However, it seemed that she was even more shocked when she witnessed Hiiro’s [Word Magic] .
“I’ll ask again, boy . Who in the hell are you?” (Liliyn)