Episode 23

 I Didn’t Know What Happens When You Fall in Love, but When I Found Out, I Realized a Terrible Truth



“I’m sorry, did I wait long?”

George shook his head and replied to Marie, who came running up to him.

“No, I just got here.”

“You’re lying. You’ve been waiting for thirty minutes.”

It was Suzuna who whispered in a voice that they could not hear. I’m not in a good mood today.

As we had discussed the other day, we had come to eavesdrop on the conversation between lovers. I came to a case study to use as a reference for future marriage activities. Both Suzuna and I were hiding using the invisibility magic but let some of the light normal. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to see what was going on outside.

The reason why I brought Suzuna, who had been reluctant to join me, was because I was worried that I would not be able to do it alone. As the ruler of the world, the Great Demon King, I feel a bit ashamed, but for me, love and marriage activities are more formidable than an army of  500,000 or 1 million, so I wanted a reliable companion.

Fortunately, Marie and George, whom I had met last time, were planning to get married next year, so I decided to find out their meeting schedule and visit them. Suzuna doesn’t look very good, but it’s easy to find out what she is thinking with mind-reading magic.

“You must be hungry. I’ve brought lunch, so let’s eat first.”

The royal capital of the First Kingdom is a large city made of stone, but there are many parks filled with greenery for the people to relax and enjoy. George and Marie went to the park on the downtown side of the city and sat down side by side on the stone couches in the park, and Marie opened the lunch box she had brought with her and began to have lunch.

“Yes, ahh.”

“Yes, it’s delicious. Did Marie make this intestine stuffing?”

“Yes, I learned how to make it from the proprietress of the store, what do you think?”

“This is the best food I’ve ever had. I bet it’s even better than the landlady’s at the restaurant.”

“Oh, my God, you’re overreacting.”

“No, no, no, Marie makes a meal that tastes better than any feast in the world to me.”

“Oh, God.”

As she said this, Marie poked George on the side of his head to hide her embarrassment. I see, so this is what you call flirting. I’m learning a lot.

I was trying to find out how they were enjoying themselves like that when I heard some disturbing murmuring from the side.

“Calm down, calm down, I’m not allowed to blow up. ……No bombing, no bombing, no bombing, no bombing.”

Suzuna seemed to have a dangerous air about her. I couldn’t help whispering to her.

“What are you doing?”

“I’m sorry, Demon King. Right now, I’m really feeling the meaning of the phrase “Mischief to Couple”. I’m really realizing the meaning of the phrase.” (TN Note: リア充爆発しろ!When I googled it, I found it references a video game titled ‘Mischief to Couple’.)

Hearing this, I was chilled to the bone.

“Wait. You are an excellent wizard, and if you want someone to explode, they will really explode!”

“That’s why I am doing this to calm down, to concentrate! Don’t interrupt me! Get out of my way!”

“Uh-huh. I’m sorry.”

This is the first time I’ve seen such a frightening Suzuna. Oh, ao this was the reason why she didn’t want to accompany me. It seems that I have put Suzuna through a lot of trouble. I’m sorry about that.

However, when you think about it, this is not a good reference for marriage activities, is it?

As I was thinking about this, Suzuna spoke to me in a low voice.

“Hey, Demon King.”

“What is it?”

I bit on my lips as I replied.

“Can I make a fundamental point?”

“Hmm? I don’t mind.”

“This may be helpful ‘after you get a girlfriend,’ but I don’t think it’s helpful at all for ‘getting a girlfriend,’ which is what you need to do now.”

“That’s strange. That’s what I was thinking, too.”

“If that’s the case! Let’s get out of here before something happens, okay? Let’s go!”

At Suzuna’s urging, we immediately teleported to the Demon King’s Castle.

“I want to flirt like that too. Isn’t there a man out there who doesn’t look at me with tinted glasses? He doesn’t have to be handsome, cool, smart, or athletic! I just want someone who sees me as me.”

There was a huge explosion of Suzuna when we returned. I must have caused a lot of pain. I’m sorry about that.

“I am sorry, Suzuna. I did not mean to cause you pain.…”

“I’m sorry, I’m not blaming you. It’s just that I’ve only had one-sided love in my life, so I’m jealous of those couples who love each other. But for now, there is no one I like.”

When Suzuna heard me apologizing, she seemed to come to her senses and calmed down. Well, I’m glad for now.

But then Suzuna murmured something that I couldn’t hear.

“Oh, how I long for another heart-pounding love affair!”

Hmm? I have something that I need to ask.

“I have never been in love, so I don’t know. I’ve never been in love, so I don’t know, but when you fall in love, for example, does your heart rate spike?”

When I asked that, Suzuna answered with a dumbfounded look on her face.

“Didn’t you know anything about that? Well, I guess it can’t be helped when all you’ve done since you were ten is live in a monastery and stay in the mountains. That’s right. When you fall in love, your heart starts to pound.”

“Does it make your heart beat faster, for example, as if you were exercising intensely when you weren’t even exercising?”

“Yeah, well. Your face gets red and hot, too.”

“When does it happen?”

“Hmm, there are so many different situations. For example, I fell in love with a senior member of the men’s volleyball team when we were cleaning up the equipment after practice at a training camp, and we happened to be alone. He said, “When I was a freshman and became a regular, people were jealous of me too. But when I practiced harder than anyone else, I was recognized by everyone. So, don’t get discouraged.” He must have realized that I was isolated in the women’s volleyball team. That’s when I fell in love with him. After that, just looking at his face would make my heart pound so hard that I thought I would die if I saw him smile.”

The mere sight of a smiling face can make your heart beat faster? I’m sure I’ve experienced this recently, haven’t I?

Seeing the confusion on my face, Suzuna smiled and said.

” I can’t believe you didn’t know this, Demon King, you’re so cute.”

I had some reservations about the word “cute,” but I was in no condition to complain about it.

What is this heartbeat? My heart rate is skyrocketing! What’s going on here?

Seeing that I was looking at her with black and white eyes, Suzuna asked me with a suspicious look on her face.

“Hey, Demon King, what’s wrong? Could it be that you’re experiencing some symptoms?”

I could barely muster up the energy to reply.

“Uh-huh. Apparently, yes.”

When Suzuna heard this, she rolled her eyes and exclaimed.

“What, what, what, what?  Who the hell did you fall in love with? What?:

Hearing this, I boldly shouted with my chest out.


I don’t have the guts to say such a thing. What I actually said were the following words.

“I’m embarrassed to say it !”

I can’t blame you even if you call me a coward.

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