Rem came rushing over.
「Are you alright!?」
「There are no problems with me at all. It’s at the level of having played around a bit.」
「……To think that you would win against that Galford……Moreover, in such an exhausted state……You truly are amazing.」
It was enough to make Diablo want to make a guts pose but──keeping it Demon King-like, he humbly smiled.
「That’s only natural.」
He saw Shera rush over to Kiira’s corpse.
Diablo thought about heading over there as well but……
──I’m so tired that even walking is annoying.
It was enough that he wanted to go to sleep just like this.
Rem asked Diablo a question.
「Um……Do you have any potions leftover……?」
「Mu? Did you get injured?」
「No, that’s not it……I wanted you to use them on the Elves……」
──True, there looked like there were a lot of guys that could be saved if they had potions.
Diablo took out some HP Recovery Potions from his pouch. They were the ones that he made that morning.
However, a Demon King throwing away his private property in an act of mercy wouldn’t match his appearance.
「Let me see……Come to think of it, I had some things that I thought about experimenting with. They are potions that were too weak and would be useless to me even if I were to use them. Oi, go test them out to see if they are usable.」
Rem accepted the potion tubes.
「……As I thought, you really are kind.」
Diablo shouted at her to hide his embarrassment.
「You fool! If you keep saying such worthless things, I’ll erase you together with this forest!」
「……Since I can’t bear to be erased, I will be treating the Elves.」
As expected, she had seen through him. Having been together this long, it might have been inevitable.
Diablo breathed a sigh.
「Hurry up and go. While I haven’t changed my mind.」
「……Yes. About Shera, I leave her to you.」
She ran off to the direction of the injured Elves.
──That’s right. I need to go over to Shera.
This time, Alicia came to talk to him.
「I’m sure that Lord Galford will make a report that is disadvantageous to you, Diablo-sama……Was that really alright?」
She had a serious expression.
──Is she telling me to kill him? As I thought, since there are knights in this world, their feelings are a bit different from mine.
He thought that it was hard to say that Galford was a “scoundrel”.
To begin with, it was Kiira’s reckless actions that were the cause of things falling into such a situation.
He thought that Galford’s high-handedness was cruel, and that there were many various ways of thinking other than thinking there was a need to kill Kiira.
However, Galford acted not in self-interest, but “for the sake of protecting the Human country”.
Diablo only kicked him about after challenging him. He had no intent on judging him as good or evil. It’s not like he was God, and he didn’t have such an outstanding right or duty.
In Galford, and in the Elves, in the end, they both their rights and wrongs. That is probably what the thing called war is.
──As I thought, I don’t like war.
Even in terms of labor, he’s had enough of fighting with the national armed forces.
However, showing his timidness might become an opening that would be taken advantage of.
Diablo informed Alicia.
「I am neither a god nor a watchman of the law. I am a Demon King. I kill the people I feel like killing, I let people live if I feel like letting them live. As a result, if the King or whatever believes in Galford’s words, makes light of your words, Alicia, and has hostility with me, then I simply have to massacre this country.」
Half was a threat, half was the truth, that is how it could be summed up as.
If Galford had used soldiers in the middle of the fight, even for him, it might have been impossible to fight without killing. Since he only had a small amount of MP remaining, it would have been more reliable to go with a single shot of a wide range attack magic rather than making a large group powerless without killing them.
If the King really were to come with hostility and send the whole Lifelia Kingdom’s army at him, he would have no choice but to fight with the intent of massacring them.
If they craved for peace, not resisting was probably for the best.
──Letting myself get killed without killing anyone?
He wouldn’t become that much of a saint. Actually, he didn’t think he would be able to agree with things turning into that situation.
「Diablo-sama, I now understand your thoughts. This time, I will endeavor to make it so that a war does not occur between you and the Lifelia Kingdom.」
「Do as you like.」
──I am extremely counting on you for that.
Casually, Alicia turned her eyes to Rem’s direction.
Diablo also looked that way.
Rem was earnestly going around and calling out to see if there were any seriously wounded Elves.
Alicia breathed a sigh sound like she was in admiration.
「Honestly, I thought that she would have been considerably tired but……It would seem she doesn’t have much MP remaining either.」
「Fumu……Rem also took out her Summoned Beasts after all.」
「Rem-sama’s appearance, it’s as if she were an envoy of the gods……」
In a hushed voice, Alicia muttered.
……So this had no effect on her personality──Diablo felt that he somehow heard that from her.
What did she mean by that? Was an Adventurer doing an act of mercy that wouldn’t turn into money that surprising?
It might have been him mishearing things.
Honestly, maybe because both his HP and MP had been greatly consumed, he had a tired feeling that was enough to make him feel like he would fall asleep standing up if he were to stop concentrating. He could have been having auditory hallucination.
Falling asleep while standing was something that a salaryman on the last train would do, it wasn’t Demon King-like!
He roused his energy with some Demon King-like speech and conduct.
「Hmph! Good grief, each and every one of you are unsatisfactory. Is there no opponent in this country that can make me bring out my full power!?」
He raised his staff to the sky.
Alicia staringly gazed at him.
「You really are a fearsome person, aren’t you, Diablo-sama……Perhaps, you really might be a Demon King……」
Strangely enough, that facial expression was one that made him feel sentiments that were more than just familiarity. Could it be called adoration?
He thought that she would be a bit more afraid. Could it be that she saw through him since he had this big of a fight yet killed no one?
「I am a Demon King. That is what I’ve told you.」
「Right, please excuse me for that……Diablo-sama, it’s about time, please go to Shera-sama’s side.」
「Umu……Are you not going?」
「Let’s see……I shall go and assist Rem-sama. Probably, it would be better for Shera-sama if she were alone with you.」
Leaving behind a profound smile, Alicia walked over to Rem direction.
Is there something that only a female knight could understand?
Shera was loitering in the middle of the forest.
In front of Kiira who would no longer move, she dropped her shoulders and steadily watched him.
He couldn’t be saved.
Diablo was about to call out to her but, something like words to comfort someone that had lost a family member──That was something he couldn’t speak out with the Demon King role play.
Shera wiped her tears.
Seeming like she had noticed the approaching Diablo in only an instant, she turned her gaze to him.
Thinking that he needed to say something, he opened his mouth.
With only that much of a conversation, it became silent again.
Before long, while still looking downward, Shera muttered.
「…………It couldn’t be helped, could it……Although I don’t really get the things that happens between countries, it was because Nii-san had done something bad.」
Her voice quivered.
Even though it was obvious that she was forcing herself, she wouldn’t say her true feelings.
In the end, Diablo didn’t say anything. He couldn’t convey his feelings with words.
Gently, he placed his hand on her shoulder.
Shera gazed at him.
Her eyes were wet, tears ceaselessly spilled out, and they flowed along her white cheeks.
She jumped to diablo’s chest.
She cried with all her heart.
There were no words.
Simply, it was these tears that were her true feelings.
The personality and the actions of the deceased had nothing to do with this.
Being sad if losing a family member──That was natural.
Diablo stroked her golden hair.
He felt that doing this until Shera calmed down was the best thing to do.