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Chapter 5 FINAL ASSIGNMENT (|)

  • To an immortal, time is but a number. As
  • such, highly ranked demons have no little to no interest in lowly-ranked
  • members of their kind whose lifespan is over in the blink of an eye. Since
  • years of exposure to tragedy gradually desensitizes a mere human, a demon whose
  • base instinct is evil and has experienced unimaginable tragedy cannot be
  • expected to fare any better. To them, emotions are dispensable because they
  • have a time limit.
  • This knowledge makes Klade ecstatic,
  • because his encounter with Pride will catapult him into the next level. When he
  • was chosen for this mission, his family made arrangements for his funeral, as a
  • demon of Pride’s caliber would only ever actively seek out a subordinate for
  • two reasons- death or promotion. Getting promoted seemed to be the last thing
  • that could happen to him, as the mission was a highly difficult one.
  • A portal opens. Pride’s voice is heard on
  • the other side. “Step forward Klade Gregor, of the House of Gregor.”
  • As Klade steps forward, his other team
  • members look on in envy. This could have been their time to shine, but they
  • prioritized their survival over the mission and missed out on its rewards. The
  • portal closes immediately he enters, but the other demons remain as they are,
  • afraid of incurring their ancestor’s wrath.
  • When Klade opens his eyes, he is in a
  • magnificent hall, with all sorts of accessories hanging around. Awed by the
  • resplendence of the hall, he is tempted to move closer and touch a nearby
  • candelabra. Before he takes a step forward, however, he comes back to his
  • senses. “What if this is a test? What sensible guest would go around touching
  • things indiscriminately, just because he is alone? This is my ancestor’s house-
  • I must be more respectful.”
  • After five minutes, the environment changes
  • and he finds himself in a courtyard where Pride and a young demon are seated.
  • Only then does he realize that the former scenery was an illusion.
  • “A true demon of pride is not swayed by
  • anything. Had you as much as taking a step forward, your soul would have been
  • reduced to fine dust. Even the water of the Eternal River of Reincarnation
  • would be unable to successfully heal the injury to your True Soul. You’d be
  • eternally reborn with a scarred True Soul and mediocre potential.”
  • Klade remains calm at his ancestor’s words,
  • but the horror in his eyes is barely concealed. The blessing of a high-ranked
  • demon is a double-edged sword, as the definition of a reward depends on the
  • mood of the demon. He can only blame himself for being obvious enough to catch
  • their attention.
  • “Step forward, warrior. Step forward to
  • receive your blessing.”
  • Klade moves forward with heavy steps,
  • trying his best to not let fear get the better of him. Defying his ancestor’s
  • orders would result in inevitable doom- he is certain that he won’t even
  • understand when or how he died. He adopts a half-kneeling posture, as tradition
  • demands.
  • “On this day, with the essence that forms
  • the very core of my being, I bestow my blessing upon you. I grant you a
  • qualitative increase in rank, status, and power. You will always be unequaled
  • amongst many others. Rise, my warrior, and heed my will. For my will is the law.”
  • Klade stands on his feet, eyes gleaming
  • with a new light.  He immediately
  • responds to Pride. “My life is yours, my lord. I seek to please my ancestor
  • alone.”
  • “I have just one mission for you. One
  • mission and no more.” Pride clears his throat loudly before continuing. “I
  • would ordinarily not be bothered to explain the details to you, but I doubt
  • that anyone else would be able to properly convey what I have in mind other
  • than myself.”
  • “This mission is one that requires extreme
  • concentration and determination. If the assignment is compromised in any way,
  • you’d better extinguish your True Soul immediately, because it will be child’s
  • play compared to the ‘reward’ that awaits you.
  • Generals have killed and are still killing
  • to be given this mission. Marquis demons have repeatedly offered me their True
  • Soul. Even Andromeda and Belial[1]
  • agreed to eternally remain in my debt if I gave them this task. I am not saying
  • this to frighten you, but to help you realize how special you are.”
  • Pride pauses his speech to let his words
  • sink in. The lower-ranked demon, on the other hand, remains silent, but only
  • for a while. “I accept the assignment, my lord.”
  • “This mission is the epitome of grave
  • danger. There can be no hesitation in the discharge of your duties at all.
  • Accepting this assignment will cause you to step on many toes- you’d probably
  • be hated by almost everyone. Many demons will be closely watching from the
  • shadows, waiting for an opportune moment to strike. And they will not show
  • mercy. They will not hesitate to kick you when you are down. Knowing all this,
  • do you still accept the mission?”
  • “My lord, my mentor used to say something,
  • like a song on repeat. The greatest dangers lurk within immense success.
  • You would not have chosen me if you did not consider me worthy. It is left for
  • me to prove my worth to anyone who thinks otherwise.”
  • Pride nods his head at the lesser demon’s
  • words, clearly impressed.
  • “The way of pride is a crooked one, and
  • only those who remain true to themselves walk it to the very end. Who is this
  • mentor of yours?”
  • “Oliver Denarius, my lord. Permit me to
  • mention that he is deceased.”
  • “Wise demons die too soon, leaving only
  • featherbrained retards who think themselves to be wise. They are indeed the
  • biggest fools. Turn around, boy. Let him see your face.”
  • The young demon turns around to reveal
  • stunning features, leaving Klade dumbstruck. But the next words that come out
  • of Pride’s mouth are even more shocking.
  • “Meet Travis, my son, and your new
  • assignment.”