“Damn it, I will remember this!”
“T-This can’t be right……. I-It’s cheating! It must be!”
Hyoro and Jaga are screaming and yelling.
“Yes, yes, it’s nighttime now, so be quiet.”
I grabbed them by the collar and threw them down the hallway.
“Wait! Give us one last try!”
“I can’t accept this! I can’t go on losing!”
“I’m sorry, but I have no use for men with no money. Good luck with the repayment.”
I slammed the door shut and locked it.
“Why……after all that cheating practice?”
“It is impossible. You mean to say that everything failed?”
“How is that possible?”
“But, it happened……”
“Damn. I’m going to borrow again at Mitsugoshi.”
I hear a voice whispering on the other side of the door.
Of course, I destroyed every cheat. And if they come to me with cheats, I have the right to return them with cheats.
I gathered up the stack of bills on the table and smiled.
Hyoro and Jaga are my new piggy bank. Thank you, Mitsugoshi Revolving Payments.
The money flows from the Mitsugoshi Bank to Hyoro and Jaga, then to me.
This is the law of the jungle.
“Fmm fmm fmm.”
I put the stack of bills into the fund box, humming an appropriate tune.
Then I called out through the window.
“Sorry to keep you waiting, Zeta. You can come in.”
Then, without a sound, a golden-haired beastman appeared.
“Happy birthday, my Lord”
“Hmm? Ah, I see. I’ve turned sixteen.”
I realized that the date had changed. Today is my birthday.
Although I am not really happy about it.
So, one year out of my planned six hundred year life span is dwindling away.
I have yet to reach the heights of “The Eminence in Shadow” but life is so short, after all.
“Does my Lord hate birthdays?”
“Not really. I don’t like it because the time left in my life is dwindling.”
“I know the feeling.”
Zeta relaxed and gave a small smile. It was a natural smile, unusual for her.
“Life is too short to achieve your goals.”
“Hmm. I understand.”
She agreed again.
Then she looked at me with a serious face.
“Tonight, mainly, I have something important to tell you.”
Zeta has taken good care of me, so I might be able to lend her a thousand zeny or so.
“My Lord wants “eternal life,” right?”
I answered immediately.
With eternal life, I can reappear a hundred years from now, when people have forgotten about me, and play the legendary …… as many times as I want. As long as I live, I can reset the “Eminence in Shadow” play for all eternity.
I plan to live six hundred years with my magical power, but it’s still not enough to enjoy my life.
I want to live forever as I am. Oh God, please make a system to purchase the lives of those who don’t want to live long.
“I know how you feel, my Lord.”
“That’s why I was working on it.”
“Do you remember the day we first met?”
It was a rainy day.
“It was a cold, snowy day.”
It was a snowy day.
“I was possessed by a demon and I saw how ugly people could be.”
“And I was thinking. About the people who had driven me away. About this stupid world.”
She gave me a cold look as she said this.
Since the first time I met Zeta, she would give me this look at a moment’s notice. This is pretty cool, and I have secretly imitated it myself.
“People repeat their mistakes. Over and over again, without ever getting tired of it, and the world remains the same in its stupidity.”
“I thought I could die. The world will not change if I die. Even if I live, nothing will change in the world. But then I met my Lord, and I realized that I had something to do—“
Saying this, Zeta began to tell an old story.