Volume 1, Chapter 2: I became a Demon
The black panther and I began our cohabitation.
Saying that, since my identity is that of a girl, and the black panther speaks in that wonderful masculine voice, doesn’t this mean we’re like a couple living together? Or so I hoped, but I’m his pet.
Thinking about that makes my heart beat a little faster.
“[…… What are you thinking about?]”
“[No, nothing really.]”
This panther has surprisingly good intuition.
“[Ah, right right, there’s something I wanted to ask you about.]”
“[…… What is it?]”
The black panther unexpectedly replied without reluctance, albeit in a suspicious tone.
Although the area we were in was the black panther’s territory, he didn’t have a home in it. Since we didn’t require neither sleep or meals, we had no need for a location that guaranteed safety.
Nevertheless, although I did wish for a safe place, due to my body being that of a kitten. However, the stronger demons that would normally attack me wouldn’t draw near, fearing the black panther.
“[This place we’re at…where is it?]”
In response to my vague question, the black panther slightly narrowed his eyes… but still replied after several seconds.
“[By this place… you mean, rather than within my territory, where we are within this world?]”
“[Right right, that’s it.]”
He’s so smart~….. I’m alone in my idiocy huh.
“[Even with enough intelligence to allow you to converse, you don’t know…? Didn’t you learn words after being summoned?]”
“[Su-summoned? No, I was born just recently……]”
While still nervous from the black panther’s surprised growl, I decided to explain. Of course, what I explained was the dream world, but since he mentioned the word [Summoned], I felt that it was better not to speak of the part where I was a human.
“[Memories of a dream……how strange.]”
“[I know right~.]”
A huge black panther and a golden kitten, seriously nodding at one another… Pretty surreal.
Surprisingly, the black panther easily accepted my explanation. Well, he is highly intelligent, but more than that it must be that the strong didn’t fuss over such small things.
“[So, about this world……]”
“[Ah, yes…… this world has many different names. The truth of the matter is that you can’t truly understand unless you’ve existed since the beginning of this world.]”
T-that kind of technical answer isn’t what I wanted to hear….
“[But the humans use a mere few words to portray this kind of world. They call it the [Spiritual Plane].]”
The black panther explained in simplified terms so that I could understand.
The [Material Plane] was where the beings with life existed, such as humans, animals and the like.
In this world, the [Spiritual Plane], those that were the exceptions… the beings that possessed no flesh or bones, existed.
“[Take a look above.]”
“[Above, you say…]”
When I did as the black panther said and looked up at the sky, what I saw wasn’t the sun and the blue sky that I knew from my memories, but the usual hazy, dark emptiness.
“[Try to look far up there, [Something] is there.]”
Upon being told that something exists up in the sky, I tried searching for it… in a place that was considerably high up, I saw shiny clouds that were spread out.
“[Do you see it?]”
“[The spiritual plane doesn’t consist of a single layer, but is divided into several. That is one of them… the border into the fairy realm.]”
I was surprised, hearing that, but it made sense.
Ever since learning about summoning, I had already grasped a feeling for this world…. This is that, isn’t it. The domain of myths and fantasies. I vaguely remember reading such books among the ones that my siblings brought to me in my hospital room.
The black panther hadn’t personally gone there before, but apparently, even further above, there was also the afterlife realm.
“[Then, is there a celestial realm?]”
“[…… I’ve never heard of it.]”
I wonder, is it that it doesn’t exist, or that he just hasn’t heard of it? Or, rather than that……
“[This place…..or rather, what do humans call us…?]”
I questioned the black panther, ignoring the bad premonition I felt.
“[Let’s see…… if you mean how our existences are called as a whole then… the humans call us [Demons].]”
A-as I thought…. I was hoping that, at the very least, we would be some type of dark spirits, but the truth was a dimension apart huh~.……
For a demon, the black panther unexpectedly had quite the calm personality. ……Or so I thought, but he really was a demon after all.
On one occasion, we were roaming far and wide in search of snacks.
“[Don’t fall off.]”
Today, I wasn’t being held in the black panther’s mouth, but was riding on top of his head like a blond wig.
Even if I were to fall off, I mustn’t cling on with my claws. If I did such a thing, I would get munched on.
“[There it is.]”
In the next moment, the black panther was racing across the ground at an unthinkably fast speed towards a tiny gray colored monkey and in a flash, snapped it up into his jaws.
In the place of flesh and blood, the bittersweet scent of apple wafted in the air.
“[Is it tasty？]”
“[……It- it’s delicious.]”
Certainly it was delicious but…I thought I recognized something of a will from the mini monkey when the fear-filled eyes of the monkey met my gaze, right before the moment it was bitten to death.
Even after that, the black panther continued to slaughter. Truly, it was delicious.
But you know~…… this place we’re in is something like the demon realm, and, seeing as we’re one of those demons that exist here, doesn’t this count as cannibalism?
“[Hey, Black Panther-san.]”
“[……Black Panther…? What’s with that.]”
He glared at me.
“[We demons have no names. Demons naming each other will end up causing us to deny our own existence.]”
The inhabitants of the spiritual plane had no names.
According to the black panther, it’s because if you were to be given a name that caused you to doubt yourself, your existence would weaken.
However, if you are granted a name from the material plane, it will further strengthen your existence, apparently.
“[… S-so you have no name?]”
“[I do have a species name. Like how you would call humans or wolves. The other beings call me a [Dark Beast].]”
Dark Beast…. Like what he said, I felt like it was more of a name that defined a type name rather than a species. But, isn’t it inconvenient since there’s no way of differentiating between other Dark Beasts? He said that there was no problems, though, since he was the only existing Dark Beast.
Incidentally, the mini monkey he had killed was just an ordinary [Demon]… broadly speaking anyway.
“[Well then Dark Beast-san, what about me?]”
“[Don’t use the “-san” with my name. Also, it’s troublesome so you might as well speak casually.]”
“[G-got it. ……so, what about me?]”
“[A species name huh? ……Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen something like you…』
It seems that beings like the dark beast and I are rare. When I transformed, he was expecting me to turn out as a monkey [Demon Type]. How cruel.
According to him, the other intelligent beings calling him dark beast was something that had naturally happened over the long passage of time.
“[For you, seeing as how you’re similar to my species, let’s go with “[Golden Beast].]”
Golden beast huh~……That’s pretty half-assed, oi. I couldn’t say it out loud, though, after seeing how confident he looked saying it.
I’ve become used to the lifestyle of a demon.
When facing up against a kitten like me, as expected, even the mini monkeys that were usually so full of fright displayed hostility, although they were surprisingly easy to defeat. I’ve even gotten used to the terrified expressions they show before their moment of death. I’m sure that demons don’t have the heart to mind such things.
The reason they’re aggressive towards me must be because my kitten form has no dignity. Yup, it can’t be helped.
I got to talk about various things with the dark beast as well.
It’s been on my mind since the first mini monkey we saw, but regardless of whether the beings we run into have more or less purpose and intelligence, the dark beast would always just mercilessly kill them all.
Somehow I ended up asking him about it, and he replied that he disliked them because the large majority of those beings were either [Stupid], [Fearful] or [Haughty], so they didn’t make for good conversations.
That was why it had been such a long time for him to find someone like me who could converse normally, counting up till the present, it seems he had known of only five beings that he had enjoyable talks with.
“[Is it fun talking with me…?]”
“[It is. Your talk of the dream world is interesting.]”
I also find talking with him to be fun. He has a lovely voice after all.
Once in a while there are times when we don’t talk as well.
Probably because we’re both beasts of the cat family, our enjoyment of playing and frolicking about closely resembles each other.
He was *mofumofu*ing around the top of my belly with the tip of his nose.
I thought that if he went as far as licking then I would claw him good, but I won’t lash out if it’s just to the degree of nudging with his nose, rolling me over like a ball of fur and sniffing me.
After all, he let’s me mofumofu as well.
His fur is naturally silky, but the area around his chest was especially plushy. I have the privilege of plunging myself in there to the point of being buried and enjoying a full body mofumofu.
It smells good in there as well.
I sense a slight… sweet scent, and a sense of intoxication like you get from sipping alcohol.
I wonder, does my stomach give off a similar feel?
It was in that manner that we passed away a considerable amount of time.
It might have been just a few days, or perhaps even several years. There was nothing to measure the time with. To begin with, the very concept of time in the spiritual plane was vague.
But, to a certain extent, I felt the passage of time through my body.
My body had grown from the size of a kitten to the size of a slender adult cat, and although I was still the size of a regular cat, I could run at the same speed as the huge dark beast.
Although I could only just barely bring out the same speed when using my bat wings.
My strength had increased by quite a fair amount as well. ……A passerby monkey-san that was bigger than I was took a look at me, only to become stiff in the face before slowly backing away with inching steps.
Ahh……please don’t make that face. It makes me feel all excited, I want to chase you down.
When I gambol around with the dark beast, though, I’m always the one to get blown away and end up surrendering my belly for him to mofumofu.
Muu……next time for sure I won’t lose.
“[Hey, what’s that?]”
I was being *mofumofu*’d by him since I lost in our previous contest, until I lost patience and bit his nose, so he was now letting me mofumofu him as an apology for being obnoxious.
It was when I was mofumofuing on his chest when I noticed something.
“[What is it, you say… it’s a summon circle. Didn’t I teach you?]”
He replied while also looking at the summon circle.
He was in a good mood until just moments ago, but he abruptly fell into ill humour. Is it that bothersome to repeat something you’ve explained before? I wonder.
“[Not that~. Why is that tiny demon that was nearby suddenly being pulled away?]”
Summoning circles. I’ve heard about them from the dark beast.
In short, it’s a gate that’s made through the use of summoning magic from the material plane, and if a demon from this side of the realms steps onto it, they would be summoned to the other side…or so it goes.
By the way, I’ve never entered one before so I don’t know. The first time I heard of it, I was happy in thinking that I could go to that world of light, but I couldn’t enter.
Just pushing through the tip of my foot was the farthest I could go in, and when I tried scratching around, I heard something like a shriek after which the summoning magic circle immediately disappeared.
Apparently, in the past…when the dark beast was much smaller than he was now, he had been over to the other side several times, but it was impossible for him now.
Magic……it’s something I would have liked to see huh~.
“[Your question… it’s because those of weak will are forcefully summoned away like that. When that happens, you don’t even get to make contract and get forced to work for nothing.]”
Upon responding to a summoning from the material plane, the demon forms a contract with the summoner. Through the contract, the demon will receive souls, sacrificial offerings and whatnot, but from what I heard it seems like summoners are usually quite miserly.
Even though if they gave a good sacrifice, it would allow a demon to manifest without restrictions and better display its power.
By the way, we can’t speak properly on the other side… in the case that a weak willed demon that don’t know words is summoned over, it would only end up with an incomplete contract and wouldn’t even be able to fulfill the job properly.
“[So you get dragged away if you have a weak will…? I should be careful too.]”
I don’t mean to be self deprecating, but I have a weak will. I mean, I can’t even win against the temptation of snacks.
“[If it’s you…well, you should be fine.]”
“[You’re a little…careless.]”
Certainly, I know that I’m a bit mentally slow, but you don’t have to put it that way do you?
Slightly miffed, I smacked his face with my paws which caused him to laugh amusedly.
So my cat punch doesn’t hurt huh…muu.
When I put on a dissatisfied face, he suddenly stopped laughing and pushed me down as he stood up and bore his fangs into me.
“[Wha!? O- ouch ouch.]”
It was the first time being bitten this hard by him. The sensation of his fangs sinking into my back made me shudder from fear, just like the first time I had met him.
The body of a demon felt almost no pain. Yet this pain told me of the stormy state of mind he was in.
“[There’s no need for you to go over to that side. ……Stay in this place.]”
He spoke in a rough and…scary voice, like the first time we had met.
All I could do was to give a small nod in fright.
He really is a demon after all.
No matter how much I’m favored as a pet, I’ll simply be eaten after affection runs dry.
Before I knew it I had been thinking of us as equals, I was sad after remembering that I was no more than a pet to him.
I want to mofumofu but I’ll restrain myself~. ……Kusun.
Ever since the previous incident, he has become increasingly persistent in mofumofuing me. If I let it be, then he will continue for god knows how long, so I lightly smacked him with my paws, to which he responded by lightly biting and even licking, which I disliked.
Muu, doing whatever he likes.
One day, he had went off somewhere.
Seeing as how we’ve been together ever since we met, it sure is a rare occurrence. I was pushing and rolling over a small demon into the summoning circle in front of me, when the dark beast returned out of nowhere.
“[…Ah, where did you g-……what’s that?]”
My……pet? Why did you bring such a thing? Is it so I can use it to vent out my mofumofu urges?
Several small demons that still had indeterminate forms were placed in front of me.
Four in total. Each and every one of them only had a slightly changed coloring, as well as some amount of purpose and intelligence. They all seemed afraid of both me and the dark beast.
They’re kind of…cute. And also seem tasty…sniff sniff.
Reacting to my faint thoughts, the demons began to tremble. I spoke in a gentle voice.
“[It-it’s okay~. I won’t eat you or anything~. Nothing to be scared of~.]”
I’m not convincing at all, if I may say so myself.
Alright, in that case I should go with that tactic. I placed all of the demons onto my back using my mouth, and, spreading my bat wings widely, I leapt into the dark sky.
At this point, the matter about the summoning circles and my yearning for the world on the other side didn’t matter one bit in my mind.
The dark beast was making a face with mixed feelings as he watched me dance in the sky, full of enthusiasm for the first time in a while.
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The demons on my back were hopping up and down with joy as they indulged in the fruity scent that was the result of my rampage: smashing up monkey demons.
They appeared to be no longer frightened of me, which was a relief. I slightly lowered my pace, and while gliding above the surface of the ground, I one-sidedly talked to the demons.
I spoke in a way similar to the people I had seen in my dream. The day-care worker, the teacher at school, and my own elder sister.
I wonder if it’s safe to speak like this to the demons? I though all of a sudden. What would I do if this made them deny their existence, causing them to disappear?
……Oh well. I’m a demon too after all.
I gave up thinking too deeply into it. I mean, given the opportunity, wouldn’t it be fun if they became intelligent enough to converse with? …Right?
After a while, maybe as a result of my education, the little demons have become smarter……or so I feel.
They’ve become a little bigger, and even took the initiative to find their own snacks. They might be at that age that they’re ready to transform.
“[How about giving them a species name…?]”
“[A species name…? Why?”]
When not looking after the demons, most of the my time was spent being mofumofu’d by the dark beast.
Thanks to that I was always busy.
“[If you create a clear enough image, they may gain be able to gain a similar form, rather than that of a monkey.]”
“[I see… in that case, why didn’t you do the sa-…ow ow ow.]”
When I let out a light complaint, he abruptly bit down on me. I told him it hurt, after which he started licking me. ……Looks like I haven’t taught him enough manners yet. Argh…do as you like.
“[Muu…which species would be good?]”
“[Don’t you possess those strange memories? Why not start thinking from there?]”
I sulkily turn my face away after hearing his slightly dismissive tone. It’s like we’re both children.
But let’s try thinking about it seriously. It wasn’t a bad suggestion.
What would be good…. Since it’s come to this, how about picking something religious? No no, they’re all things to do with gods and my imagination doesn’t go that far.
Then how about the monsters that appear in myths?
Not an ordinary monster, but something along the lines of a demonic or ghostly type. Perhaps even a divine beast would do.
I was muttering by myself in the middle of thinking when the four demons began jumping up and down. Perhaps they thought I was anxious.
Their dispositions slightly differed from one another. It was just a hunch, but I felt like they each had their own genders.
“[……Let’s see~. This one and this one, their colors somewhat resemble each other so I could make them be siblings….]”
And so while murmuring such things, I continued to customize the four demons in my mind, down to the last details.
……But I wonder if this is okay? By all rights, these little ones should have had their own ideals, an image of what they want to become. ……But they were simply happy and accepting of the species name and setting I had in mind for them.
Feeling somewhat uneasy, I asked the dark beast about their reactions, to which he responded that it wasn’t anything strange.
Demons that were at the pre-transformation stage, unless summoned into the material plane, would find it difficult to attain an image, which was why in most cases they would end up with monkey-like forms, incapable of even creating a distinction between genders.
“[……Why is it always monkeys?]”
“[The image of demons that the greater part of humans hold in their minds, somehow managed to influence the spiritual plane.]”
But why, though, why is it always monkeys….
Fire spirits and earth spirits becoming lizards and wolves, water spirits and wind spirits, turn into maidens, wasn’t all of this a result of the so called human idea of romance?
…… So in other words, demons=ugly=monkey… this must be their train of thought. Dangerous, dangerous.
Seeing as how everyday I call the four demons “cute, so cute”, I’m sure that they’ll grow up to be cute.
“[……What’s the meaning of this…?]”
“[………How should I explain…]”
What a deja-vu. The only difference this time was that instead of sounding angry, the dark beast was simply utterly amazed.
Albeit with a slight lisp, the four demons gave off proper greetings. Super cute.
But the problem was that…they’re too cute huh~.
Two of them had perfectly round bodies like steamed buns. They were gazing towards me with sparkles in their purple colored and round eyes. The only demonic part about them was the pair of black sheep horns on their heads.
Depending on perspective, you could even see those horns as twin tails. Adorable.
One of them was a monkey-san…however, its pure white hair looked buoyantly fluffy, giving it a very lovable appearance. Its face closely resembled a pierrot, or so I had thought, but upon taking a closer look I saw that it was its actual face.
The last one was a snake. But instead of scales, it had extremely soft skin. I specifically chose this one to have matching colors with me; a light golden body and red eyes.
I’m sorry…. I’ve completely made them into my pets.
I’ve…known for a while now.
The dark beast…he must have brought back the little ones for me so that I wouldn’t go to the other plane. Chaining and collaring me in the form of [Lingering Attachment].
Even now, my heart grew calmer when I looked at the four demons chasing after insect demons.
But…did you know? Demons by nature shouldn’t have these kind of emotions.
As my mind became tranquil, I think of the world of light from that dream.
The memories of that world that I had recalled in order to create an image for the four little ones, had awakened a strong yearning for that world.
I want to go back. ……I was feeling something close to homesickness.
But still, I couldn’t go there. Because I didn’t know if the same world from my dream existed or not.
… Even so, if it was the very same world of light….
I heard the loud sound of something bursting open.
The dark beast and four demons became wary, unsure of what happened.
But I knew. No…I understood the instant it happened. My emotions had called on that summoning magic circle, so deeply imprinted in my memory.
Originally, opening a summoning gate should have been impossible to do from this side of the realms. It wasn’t a question of ability, but a law of this world which made it impossible.
It could only appear as a natural phenomenon. Otherwise, even if it did appear by coincidence, it would have been a gate opened from the material plane. There should have been no way to open one from the spiritual plane.
One of the primary factors for this exceptional occurrence was that I had the “[Memories of a Human]. The other was that… when I had unconsciously invoked the summoning circle, at the same time there was acall from the material plane.
A huge summoning circle, larger than I’d ever seen had appeared. The size of it completely enveloped my body.
Noticing the summoning circle, the dark beast rushed towards me… but regardless of his powerful strength, he was rejected by the summoning circle and blasted away, going flying.
It was only natural that would happen…. It was because this summoning circle was for me… for the sake of going to the other side, it was born for me alone.
The summoning magic circle was overflowing with the nostalgic light from my dream. Basking in that light, my body disappeared into that summoning circle.
I felt that my consciousness was… freezing. As I turned my eyes towards the demon realm I grew up in for the last time, I saw the dark beast gazing intensely towards me with anguish in his face.
His cry resounded deeply. ……I’m sorry. I ended up making you mad.
When I came to my senses…I was surrounded by light.
Where could this be? The world of light…was I able to reach the material plane?
My eyes…I couldn’t see very well. I couldn’t hear well either. Even my body wouldn’t move as I wanted it to.
Was the summoning a failure…? If that was the case…. I felt paralyzed by the fear for the first time in a while. ……At that moment,
My body received a shock, as if slapped awake by something.
I sucked in a breath in my frightened state. ……Eh!? I’m…breathing?
I heard the crying sound of a small animal. For a while, I didn’t notice that those cries originated from my own mouth.
Other sounds could be heard. ……Someone was speaking.
The moment I realized that these sounds were [Words], the words that were incomprehensible in the beginning, unraveled into understandable words that resounded in my ears.
“[……My beloved child. My……Yurushia…]”
I felt my mind quake, as if struck by lightning. Born in the demon realm without a name. After coming into the material plane, I was granted my first name. I understood at that moment, that my existence had been firmly established.
I, a demon…was born as a [Human] baby.