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“So? What’s the change of heart, Jiro?” (Kio)
“Nothing, but I’m going to try to get back to the basics!”
He’s trying to blow my arm off but I lightly parried it.
It is the power that children challenge adults.
This is a natural consequence of the difference in physical ability status between me as a demon and Jiro as a human. But this guy is definitely getting stronger.
My arm casually blocks Jiro’s sword, a flexible sword that can withstand my magic power that is made by the giant race then I flick off his weapon.
“You got a good weapon, didn’t you?” (Kio)
When Suela called me over, I found Jiro waiting for me, bowing to me to train him.
I was just having a little too much time on my hands.
So I thought it would be a good idea to go to the training area and have a go at him like this. I was surprised at how much this guy has grown.
And it’s fun.
It’s a bad habit of mine.
But it’s also the nature of demons.
We demons love people who have this kind of spirit.
The man in front of me is being blown up and crawled on, again and again, attacking to avoid a fatal wound, but the pain must be different.
He defies me.
He challenges me.
He is determined not to be defeated.
Demons love honest people.
We love clumsy people.
We love people who come straight at us like this.
It doesn’t matter if they are strong or weak.
Even if I, The Ogre King Raidou, like this twisted and straightforward man, that is an unchanging fact. [T/N: He’s name is Raidou and Kio is sort of a nickname/alias based on his title as the Ogre King.]
“Hey, hey! Your attack speed is slowing down!” (Kio)
“If you swing around for two hours, you’ll get tired!”
If I provoke him like this, he will move with all his might.
I blocked the magic sword he has with my toy sword as it accelerates faster than before, it has been the fastest compared to the previous instances when he uses magic power.
“Hahahahaha! So, when will you be able to hit me?” (Kio)
“I’ll get to it!!!!”
“You said that!” (Kio)
It seems that the attacks from this guy have stopped.
It’s harder to hit him.
But it’s strange.
I’m hoping that this guy will really be able to hit me.
“Well, wasn’t that quite regrettable?” (Kio)
“That’s not a line from someone who’s dodging with ease!”
Probably because we are in the middle of fighting.
Regardless of his form, it’s comfortable to take in the spirit of this guy who is now breathing roughly.
When I first met him, I thought he was a fragile guy who would break once I poke at him.
In fact, he died after a light hit.
I thought that was the end.
I thought he wouldn’t be able to get up, and I looked down on him with a smile, thinking that was human nature.
So I was honestly surprised when he got up after being treated.
I could not help but laugh at the thought that he had challenged me again.
I’ve almost killed him more than three times just counting.
But every time, this guy got up.
“Get up! Do it! Get up! And ready again!” (Kio)
“Well, you can afford to!”
“Because I’m stronger than you!” (Kio)
And this guy is getting stronger.
He got up after being knocked down, and when I tried to knock him down, I thought it was at the slightest bit harder than before.
That No-Life bastard laughed and said that his soul was getting more and more polished, and he might be right.
It’s not beautiful.
He certainly doesn’t have the sparkle of a jewel.
It’s roughly polished as if he’s struck it with the same stone that’s lying around and polished by it. However, this guy definitely has something that attracts the gazes that land upon him as he gradually becomes sharper than before.
“This time, no hands!”
As if to prove it, this guy is a genuine fighter.
Flexible enough to calculate risk and return in combat.
In fact, he easily let go of his main sword, the Mineral Tree.
When I struck it down, I felt a slight discomfort of resistance. I’m sure his body would have been tense as if he was trying to hold on. But there was none.
He was willing to take the risk of giving up his weapon to strike me down.
His hand stretched out to grab my arm, which had swung out to the side. He dared to grab it, and I let him.
He’s used to it.
It’s not a conventional move.
It’s a move cultivated through actual combat.
He leaps like a monkey, constricts like a snake, and viciously attacks like a wolf.
My demon blood tingled at the movement that combined beast and human.
“However! For now, you should have come back the day before yesterday!” (Kio)
In order to calm the blood aching to destroy with all my might, I grabbed Jiro’s leg that was aiming for my face and slammed him to the ground.
It’s not the first time he’s clearly grown up.
“Oh, you’re conscious.” (Kio)
“If that’s the case, you should be a little more gentle. I’ve got a crack in my ribs.”
“You’re having fun, aren’t you?” (Kio)
If it was the first time, he would have suffered a nasty concussion, but I’ve gotten much better at being passive and reducing the damage.
“If I was dying again, I wouldn’t have enough lives… This potion is not good.”
“Gahaha! It’s proof that you’re getting stronger!” (Kio)
I’m very happy and enjoy his growth.
I’m delighted with the fact that his blade is steadily approaching my neck.
“I’m sure you’re right, I thought that was going to hit.”
“If you’re going to hit me, you’re going to have to be a hundred times faster than that.” (Kio)
“…you are bugged. This instructor is bugged.”
“Can we please just kill each other?” (Kio)
“How can this instructor sound so reckless with just a few words?”
I want to say that it’s your fault for entertaining me, but I won’t dare say that.
Demons are creatures that love to give trials.
Especially if there is someone in front of you who you know will become stronger.
Among them, I’m different.
I’m willing to lend a hand to someone who has the potential to become strong in order to fight someone stronger.
If a guy like that is struggling in front of me, I’ll at least listen to him.
“What are you worried about?” (Kio)
“Oh, in summary, how to become stronger?”
“That’s why you called me.” (Kio)
We took a break before our next fight to talk to him. Oh, yeah. It seems that Evia really likes this guy.
Because Evia is the one who likes action, I, No Life, and Evia just want to help.
“Yeah, that’s your fault.” (Kio)
“Oh, if I were the one who was mocked, I would have torn him into eight pieces.” (Kio)
“Is it really that cutthroat over there?”
“Unlike here, there is constant fighting all year round there. If they get the drop on you, you’re done.” (Kio)
I made a gesture of my neck being cut, Jiro then frowns slightly.
“When it comes to that, I’d say we’re pretty sweet.”
“I won’t deny it. The attack you just made is the same as if you weren’t trying to kill me. Be a little more careful. Then I might reach you.” (Kio)
“I will devote myself.”
“Well, I’m sure there’s a different reason why Evia is so determined for you to crush him.” (Kio)
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