Chapter 112.5: Different Lifeforms have Different Gestation Periods
“Leaving in the middle of all that… what if we couldn’t handle it?”
Masaki chided Seimei.
It was now late in the evening, and the gamers had shirked all responsibility and fled to hide out in the inn.
It wasn’t difficult.
After easily causing the demonic horde to turn tail and flee, as Masaki and Hyde walked back to the inn, the townspeople naturally parted before them, keeping their distance.
Masaki had some concerns over how their OP flaunting would impact their business in this town, but the number 1 culprit was calmly sitting in their room, sipping on tea.
“If there were any problems, we have chat, correct?”
Seimei said with a smile.
Masaki’s head kind of hurt.
With the complete opposite emotions from Seimei, Lor is sitting nearby, holding his head in despair.
Across from them, with pink curls flowing down her back, an ero-cute girl, wrapped in an extra coat Seimei had bought back when he was in Carnus, was sitting, blinking innocently.
Two pale bat-like wings, a horn in the middle of her forehead…
“… She really looks like a demon, huh?”
“Liliana is Liliana, desuno. Liliana is not ‘akuma’ or ‘demon’ or ‘devil’.”
The succubus had a clear woman’s voice, but she spoke in a sing-song matter.
Even though Hyde still hadn’t really opened up to Masaki, they still exchanged suspicious glances before Masaki said,
“That’s right. Although she looks and sounds like that, inside she’s actually… very childish. Liliana, how old are you?”
“How many ages? Liliana doesn’t know, desuno. Liliana only remembers living with Mommy in a dark, cramped place, and then some men came and everything was on fire. Then Liliana was in a dark, cramped place with bars. Then Liliana was hungry all the time, so Liliana doesn’t remember much.”
“I suppose being starved out of your mind doesn’t do much for mental development.”
Seimei sighed as he looked at the very adult, yet very much still a child, woman in front of him.
It Tatsuki were here, that girl-loving guy would suddenly feel very conflicted, definitely.
Masaki felt a bit of anger welling up within him.
Just from Liliana’s incomplete description of her life, it was pretty obvious what had happened.
Those demons, treating someone like a weapon and completely ruining her childhood.
It kind of felt worse than even the sci-fi manga, the ones with that raised kids to be human weapons.
After all, Liliana had been starved until she lost her mind.
How many years did they leave her like that, a feral child behind bars?
Even if demons have a shorter lifespan than humans, demi-demons might not.
But even if she had the lifespan of a demon, Liliana completely had an adult woman’s body.
In Japan, Masaki would guess she was in her early 20s.
She had to be at least be 10-15 years old, even as a demon.
And yet, she hasn’t developed past a human 5-year-old’s mind set.
How many years… how many years did she lose?
As Masaki was lost in thought, Hyde said,
“So? You keeping her?”
“Keeping… she’s not a dog or pet. Well… what does Liliana want to do?”
“As long as Liliana can eat, Liliana doesn’t care! Liliana likes Onii-san’s mana! Liliana wants to stay, desuno!”
Although he had mixed feelings about her clinging to his arm, Seimei was secretly very pleased that Liliana called him ‘Onii-san’ instead of ‘Oji-san’.
Later on, the gamers snuck out, avoiding the eyes of the townspeople, to consult with the demons’ head in Merivolt, Usadhen.
There they found out that succubus demi-demons mature quickly, reaching puberty within 5 years of birth, and then grow old slowly, so that it was likely that Liliana had been in captivity for less than a year.
They were assured that her mental development would catch up to her appearance in almost no time.
That Usadhen had been slightly cowering in front of Seimei and the others the entire time is a story for another day.
<a/n: btw, Seimei is totally not into sister characters. They say people who have real sisters don’t see the charm behind it, after all.>