MTY: Chapter 146

Tea looked at me with confusion. Not saying a word. The look on his face cycled between disbelief and serious consideration over and over again, as if he was trying to convince himself that I was playing a joke on him. He knew though, he knew that I was being serious.

“That… that is certainly something. After the last few weeks I really thought that nothing could surprise me anymore, but now there is this.” Tea said after what felt like forever

His answer still unclear I continued to study his face, looking for a hint as to how he was taking it. With the look of bewilderment on his face however I began to wonder if he knew how he was taking it.

“Does that mean… you want to hurt people?” He asked, his voice shook slightly as it did

Rather than fear, however, it felt more like he was fighting back sadness.

“All I want is to keep myself and my friends safe. I have no plans to start any fights, but I won’t lay down and die for those that will hunt me.” I answered

His expression cracks slightly, as a glimmer of relief shows on his face. However, he clearly understood the implications in the answer I gave. I’m sure he wishes as much as I do that the answer could simply be “no”.

“I… I understand. If someone wanted to hurt you or Kiel… I think I would fight back too, though at this point I don’t know what I would be able to do.” Tea answered, fighting to put resolution in his words

“I’m… I’m one of the people you care about? You hardly know me, and I just told you that I’ve been lying to you all this time!” I snapped back, almost as if I am trying to convince him to hate me

I was surprised at myself. Why did I snap at him like that? I don’t want him to hate me, but it felt wrong to be included. Knowing that he cared for me… it made me feel like I had tricked him somehow. After all, what had I done to deserve his care?

“Your right… that hurts. Kiel has been my only family for quite some time. Lately, when the word family came up, I started to think of you too.” Tea said with pain in his voice

The anger I felt towards myself only grew at his response. I was his family? How was that fair? Because Tea is naturally kind he started to think highly of me, and even got wrapped up in the danger that I caused. Was asking him for help the right thing to do? Doesn’t this just mean that I am going to be taking advantage of him even more?

“I don’t know what hurts me more honestly. You didn’t trust me… but I understand why. I… when I think of what I would have done if you had told me right away.”

Tears started to well in his eyes as guilt began to wash over him. He grabbed my shoulders and pulled me quickly into a hug, sobbing softly out of view as my head rest in his shoulder. He held me like this for nearly a minute, neither of us saying a word. An awkward silence as we both tried to think of the right thing to say.

I tried my hardest to get my emotions under control, to make a decision about what to do next, but the more I tried to think on it the more my anger began to twist into something new. Regret, anxiety, and sadness filled my mind to it’s brim. I remembered all of the destruction I had seen over the last few weeks, and the people unlucky enough to become casualties. Imagining finding Tea in that rubble… it added fear to the mix.

Suddenly, with a yank, I am pulled out of my own world. Tea, having gathered his resolve, held me at arms distance and looked me in the eyes.

“Tell me what you need of me. I said I was going to be there for you when you needed me, and I will be.” He said in a firm voice

“Why? I don’t understand why you would go so far for me? Me being the Maou… it clearly upsets you. It clearly makes you uncomfortable, so why? I thought all I was to you was a friend of Kiel, and I’ve only known you for a short time, what could I possibly have done to deserve you caring about me like this? Don’t you understand the kind of danger I am putting you in?” I asked, indignant, as tears began to stream down my face as well

Why was I acting like this? It’s not like Tea was the first person to accept me being the Maou. Why was it that him accepting me or caring for me gave me such conflicting feelings.

“What are you talking about? Are you seriously asking me why I would go so far for someone that is effectively a stranger? Mano, in the past few months you have helped the only person I have considered family for decades gain the freedom he always wanted, freed me from a debt that was going to take a lifetime to pay, and now you are offering me a dream job. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned the fact that most of that involved fighting a life or death tournament against the strongest people in the world! What part of all of that isn’t deserving of a bit of sentimentality?” He responds with a look of disbelief on his face

“All of that was for my own goals! The only reason I was trying to help you was so that I wouldn’t owe you anything…” As the words rolled off my tongue I began to notice how ridiculous they sound

Why had I gone so far for him? Sure, he helped me out when I really needed it, but was that really worth all the effort I have put in? Was it because Kiel asked me to?

sigh “You and Kiel both.” Tea said with an exasperated tone as he shakes his head

“You are both dumb, dense, and can’t seem to keep yourselves out of trouble no matter what. It’s why I can’t help but watch over you. Listen, you could have walked out of town and never talked to me again. I refuse to believe that someone that goes through that much effort to pay back a favor as small as what I did for you isn’t a good person, and so long as you are good at heart I suppose it doesn’t really matter if you are the Maou does it?” Tea said as his expression softened

“That… isn’t…” My words failed me as I tried to take in what he said

It does matter though. Whether he accepts me or not doesn’t change the fact that this will put him in danger.

“So I’m going to say it one more time. Tell me what you need of me, I want to be there for you.” Tea said with an steeled resolve and and earnest expression

A small smile broke out on my face as I stared silently at his face. I could see how much he cared for me in his eyes, and his assured confidence helped clear my head a bit.

“Even if it ends in disaster?” I let out meekly after gathering myself

“I trust you.” He responded simply with a nod

Again, his words felt like they sent barbs into my heart, but I took a deep breath and continued.

“So, I am making a village…”

Posted in Author's comments | 4 Comments

MTY: Chapter 145

After leaving Juire to his devices, I found somewhere quiet to take a call. An alleyway not too far away served the purpose perfectly. Whether or not Juire is moving out, people still consider this the shady part of town, so I’m not likely to have any company hanging out here.

“Faurch, are you there? Juire gave me this stone, and said I could get in touch with you through it.” I say into the com-stone Juire gave me

“…Did he now? Sometimes I give that boy too little credit. He can make interesting decisions here and again it seems.” Faurch responds after a few seconds

There is something strange about his tone. He sounds interested, and yet annoyed. I wonder if Juire giving me this stone had some other meaning behind it.

“I want to discuss a deal.” I say plainly in response

“A deal? Well, why didn’t you say so? That sentence is music to any good merchants’ ears.” He returns in a delighted tone

Somehow, even without seeing his face, I can tell that he said it through a rather sinister smile. This isn’t going to be cheap, is it?

“You are the only person who knows about my little project, and you also seem to have a pretty large network of contacts. I was wondering if you knew any good architects that would be willing to move to the monster village to help them start construction on long-term structures. Possibly even teach the residence how to do it themselves.” I explain

I don’t want to give him the leverage of knowing he is my only option, but I doubt he doesn’t already know that fact. 

“I know dozens of architects that I could convince to move there. I have an even greater number of people that would be willing to just pass on the skill set. The deal-breaker for most of them is the need to stay in the village for a great length of time.” Faurch confidently explains

At his comment, I am taken aback. Dozens of people? No matter how connected he is, that just doesn’t sound right. Considering the massive danger this village is considered, even just passing on your skills to the monsters could get you labeled as a traitor against humanity.

As I ponder silently over his comment for a moment, a realization strikes me.

“How many of them can be trusted?” I ask in an accusing manner

“…Not that I don’t understand the need, but that does make the request a great deal more difficult you understand?” Faurch responds in an annoyed tone

I expected him to at least lie to me if that was really the angle he was going for. Why would he present me options if he knew I wouldn’t want them? Doesn’t he stand to gain from this village as well?

“No human I know of, even in my vast network, fits your criteria.” Faurch says in a slightly defeated tone

sigh “Is that so? I was really hoping you would be able to help me here.” I respond, getting ready to end the call

“I do know of a demon that would probably be willing, however. He is a bit of a pain, but if you can convince him then it would be a favor to us both.” Faurch interjects 

“What do you mean by ‘a bit of a pain’?” I ask in a worried tone

Considering the few things I know about Faurch, someone that stands out as a problem to him that he hasn’t already dealt with is rather worrying. 

“Does it matter? He is your only real option. Without someone with a knowledge of construction that village won’t last.” Faurch says with the kind of conviction that only a merchant has

The kind of conviction that says they’re sure they have backed you into a corner. 

“Fine, give me his location and I’ll track him down,” I say with an irritated tone

I confirm the details of the demon’s location on my map before ending the call. It is somewhat out of the way, but I should be able to handle it on the way to the Maou’s castle. 

I’m not going to invite a disaster into the village. If this demon turns out to be dangerous or troublesome, then I still have a few ideas in mind. As much as Faurch might like for this to be my only option, I’m not that easily cornered. 

With that out of the way, I only have one person left I need to talk to… Thinking about it conjures up a nervous dread in my stomach. I’ve mulled over this conversation a thousand times, but I can’t think of a single way to sway it in my favor. 

As I nervously pace towards my destination, I end up arriving before I even notice. Standing before a door I try to work up the courage to knock. I just about work up the resolve when-

creak “Oh, lass!” Tea says as he opens the door, surprised to see me standing on the other side

Startled as well, I am stunned for a moment, before I manage to put on a fake composure. 

“I see you haven’t left yet.” I say nervously as I notice the gear is he carrying

“I was just about to actually! After everything you have done for me, I can’t believe your coming to see me off too! Kiel has made such good friends.” Tea says as he begins to carry the gear in hand towards a nearby carriage

“About that actually… How attached are you to that village?” I ask in a small voice as I trail behind him

Tea seems the kind of person to be happy no matter where he is, and that village certainly didn’t seem to appreciate him. Maybe because of that supposedly famous smithy woman, he hardly seemed to get any business. 

“Hmm, well, not too attached I guess. I mostly settled down there because there was a cheap store for sale and a lot of nearby materials that seemed fun to play with. Ah! If you found me a job here in the capital I’m going to have to turn you down. I like the freedom that comes from having your own shop, and the materials are a good deal more expensive here.” Tea says with a pained look

Something tells me that isn’t the whole story, but I won’t dig deeper. 

“Well, it’s not a job in the capital, but I was hoping to make you an offer. It comes with a shop of your own, clientele that will be happy to buy whatever you make, and materials that are nearly free.” I say, trying to channel my inner saleswoman

“That is certainly a tempting offer lass! How much would it cost me though? It might take me a while to build up the funds for something like that since I just got out of debt.” Tea says with an apologetic tone

“That’s actually the thing about it, it’s more of a job than a offer. In return for one condition I’m willing to give you a shop, a house of your own, all the materials you could want, and even a decent wage.” I say as I plead to him with my eyes

“Lass… You sound desperate. My mentor once told me “If someone offers you the world beyond their means, one of two things are at stake. The world, or the person making the offer.”. Lass, if you are in some kind of trouble, you know that you don’t need to buy my help right?” Tea explains with a troubled expression

sigh “Yes, I do. That is the root of the problem actually. Tea… no matter what, you can never discuss what I am about to tell you with anybody. I need you to promise me.” I plead to him

If anybody else where to betray me, I would have little trouble ending them before they could make things worse. I can’t say the same about Tea. Ever since the very first day I came to this world, Tea has never been anything but kind to me. If Tea were to decide to expose me to the world, I doubt I could bring myself to stop him. 

After studying my face for what feels like forever, Tea finally answered. 

“I promise, that whatever you are about to tell me will never pass my lips. Whatever trouble a good girl like you is in, I’m sure their is a good explanation.” Tea answers resolutely

sigh I suppose that will have to do. 

“I’ve not been entirely honest with you. I’m not the princess of some distant country. I am the Maou, and I was born on the day we met.” 

Posted in Maou the Yuusha | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Work Break

Due to the events currently going on in the world my work has entered a sort of crunch time that is leaving me very little time to write. I’m putting some plans in place to make sure I can write soon at least, but I figured I would go ahead and let you all know why there has been a delay and that it might last a little while longer. I should have some time this Friday to write so I will do my best to finish up the chapter I am currently working on then so I can have something to post. I feel like over the years I’ve taken so many breaks, so I really hate taking another one now, but writing at the moment is simply unrealistic for me.

Posted in Author's comments | 3 Comments

Neoread Kickstarter

As I have mentioned before, Neoread is a website/app that is being developed in hopes of making it more viable for authors to self-publish their own works. Their payment model is quite generous towards the authors, and could potentially support popular authors entirely. They also have protections built in to make sure that the authors remain the sole owner of their own works.

Today they launched a Kickstarter, and I hope many of you will consider supporting it and/or sharing it around. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thibaud-okroglic/neovel-your-daily-novels I really want to see this website kick-off, as I think that having a platform like this will give a lot of people that currently don’t think of being an author as a viable career a platform.

Posted in Author's comments | Leave a comment

The Forgotten Journey Ch. 3

https://neoread.neovel.io/read/6303/EN/23543540 The third chapter is live on Neoread.

Posted in Author's comments | Leave a comment

MTY: Chapter 144

Anata left without saying much after the ceremony ended. Even Juire seemed to have some of the wind taken from his sails as he accepted his prize. I don’t know what is hitting them harder, the fact that it’s simply no fun when the king doesn’t have any fight left in him or the fact that it is a testament to how bad things are that such an arrogant man is acting so broken.

Perhaps there is more to this than just the monster raid, and the Yuusha disappearing? The King doesn’t seem the type to get so upset just because his people are suffering, and with the better part of a year left to go before the Maou is set to show up, I would think he would be hunting down the Yuusha angrily rather than sulking. This must be hitting him personally somehow. I wonder if Anata and Juire would cheer up if I told them that?

knock knock knock

“All set? Kera is back with the supplies, so the rest of us are ready to head out whenever.” Kiel says through the door to my room at the Inn

We waited until the day after the ceremony to depart. I had a few affairs I needed to make sure we’re in order before I actually left. Juire ripped up Tea’s contract right in front of me, and I’ve confirmed that the booze for the deal with the dragon has been delivered. Strangely though, no human parties have approached the village yet. The booze has already been paid to the dragon to make a show, but until there is someone to see it there is little point. Perhaps the situation with the undead slowed their reaction?

Regardless, having such a powerful backer for the village at the ready is quite comforting. That being the case, I do hope to see a return on this village. I’ve put my neck on the line to get it up and going, and so far that has largely been out of goodwill. If that is ever going to happen though, it will likely be after the village is finished in its construction. I managed to get them some labor, but they are still working with almost 0 knowledge of architecture. I doubt their housing is all that much more sophisticated than the tents I slept in while I was at their camp.

I really wish I could go and visit it, and see how things are going myself, but we really do need to hurry with this Maou’s castle mission. Maybe before I leave I should see if I can’t find someone with some engineering knowledge to help them with their development.

Thinking this, I exit the room. Outside Kiel is standing there waiting for me. The look on his face is that of sheer excitement as he seems to almost bounce on his heels as he waits.

“What has you so worked up?” I ask with a smile

“We are finally leaving the capital again! Ever since you stopped our training sessions, Bik and I have hardly had anything to do here. I’ve been raring to test out my new strength for ages.” He complains

“Your right… sorry about that. Honestly, I didn’t really expect to stick around here for so long myself either. After this escapade to the previous Maou’s castle is taken care of, I hope to get some distance from this city.” I say, feeling sympathy towards the sentiment

I initially only came to take care of Tea’s contract, and register with the adventurer’s guild. Neither really seem to be holding me here anymore. I would rather adventure freely than do so by request at that shady guild. Sure I would probably receive a greater reward, but in turn, a much larger portion of my actions would be on record and I would likely receive far more mandatory summons now that I’ve established myself as the strongest fighter around.

“Wait by the gate with everybody else. I have one more thing I need to take care of before we leave.” I say as I begin to leave

Wracking my brain there is only one person I can think to ask, after all, it’s hard to gauge whether someone would willingly move to a master village or not. Having made my decision I make my way to Juire’s.

“Get the lead out! I intend to leave by sundown, you fools better not hold us up!” I hear Juire’s voice barking as I draw close

Much to my surprise, his entire operation is frantically scrambling about trying to move everything important from his building.

“Heading out already? I figured you would stick around to gloat for a little while before heading out.” I say as I walk up to him

“Are you kidding? As soon as that incompetent fool gets his second wind I am going to have a huge target on my back. Better to get out before he has a chance to turn his attention towards me.” Juire says with a sly smile

“Ara? It sounds like you are running away to me.” I tease as I jab his side with my elbow

“Didn’t I tell you already? I’m a massive coward.” He says as he jabs back

“Well, I’m glad I caught you before you left. You have a way of getting in touch with Faurch right? I need to discuss a deal with him, but I don’t even know if he is still in the city.” I ask as I watch his crew frantically move about

“Ah, should have known you didn’t come for pleasantries. Maybe I’m not the person to learn this from, but you should really work on your manners you know?” He says as he pulls two com-stones out of his pocket

“Two?” I ask as I accept them

“One for the geezer, and one for me. I have a feeling you will want to get in touch with me before long. After all us ‘villains’ have to stick together, right?” he says with a mockingly serious face

I jab him extra hard before going silent for a second.

“Even if it was for a deal, you really helped me out here… Thanks,” I say, a bit embarrassed

I’m not sure why exactly I’m getting so mushy about it, but with his crew picking apart every ounce of personality from his base this really does feel like a farewell. I guess I’m not used to those yet.

“This taurch farm is all the thanks I need, but if you really want to thank me you can drum up some business for me in your travels.” Juire says with a straight face

sigh “Yeah, I’ll do that.” I say as I start to walk away

Posted in Maou the Yuusha | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

MTY: Chapter 144

https://neoread.neovel.io/read/5941/EN/23187309 Chapter 144 is up on Neoread, and will be posted here a few days from now. Apologies again for how long it took. The world is all but burning down around me where I live, so along with lack of time, it’s been hard to get into a good headspace to write comedy.

Posted in Author's comments | 1 Comment

Protest

I honestly don’t know how many people I will reach with this, or how far my voice goes, but any amount that I can help I want to. For those of you that reside in the US, beware. The national guard is being deployed in several cities (Boston and Philidelphia have been specifically named), and they have been cleared to use live ammunition. The police have already been inciting conflicts by being the first to begin firing, attacking, arresting, etc of peaceful protest, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YmZeSxpz52qT-10tkCjWOwOGkQqle7Wd1P7ZM1wMW0E/htmlview?pru=AAABcqCdYGU*obHsRJxMNv_yYfsxB7oyJw#gid=0 

Please, whatever you do, if you are joining protest tonight or going forward, please be careful. Lives are on the line, and because of that I won’t ask any of you join the protest (though you should show your support in any way that you can). Because lives are on the line however I will be joining the protest in my city from tonight onward. I cannot sit idly by while the people meant to be protecting us completely ignore constitutional, civil, and basic human rights in an attempt to silence us by force. Things have escalated past the point where I am capable of doing so any longer.

If you do decide to join the protest, please come as protected as you can. I’m personally going in a full set of motorcycle gear as well as a full helmet, bringing as much water as I can both to keep people hydrated and help wash peoples eyes in the event of teargas, and bringing along additional battery-packs so I can make sure if anything goes down I can keep it documented. Many people have composed guides on what to bring, what to do, and what to study up on before you join the protest. I urge you to read them. My personal advice is: do not assume safety. In several situations, police have begun opening fire on people attempting to give medical care to those that have been shot or injured.

Let me close by saying again, please be careful out there. There is still a pandemic on the loose, so do what you can to remain healthy as well. Oh! And please, whatever you do, keep the protest peaceful.

Posted in Author's comments | 4 Comments

The Forgotten Journey CH.2

https://neoread.neovel.io/read/6303/EN/23008265 The second chapter of my new series just went live on neoread.neovel.io.

This release slot was supposed to be for Maou the Yuusha, but things got a bit chaotic around here and it’s prevented me from being able to write. Thankfully I had the second chapter for this already lined up and ready, so I figured I would go ahead and give you guys this instead of making you wait.

Here is hoping you are all staying safe out there, especially with everything going on in the US lately.

Posted in Author's comments | Leave a comment

The Forgotten Journey CH.1

The first chapter of my new fantasy Sci-fi series is now live on Neoread at  https://neoread.neovel.io/#/read/6303/EN/22286495. Please go read it, and give me feedback both on Neoread and here. I have put a lot of effort into it, and tried to utilize all that I’ve learnt since starting Maou the Yuusha to make something hopefully quite fresh and polished.

 

Posted in Author's comments | Leave a comment