Chapter 272 - A Grown Girl Can’t Be Kept at Home
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The Tale of Hero Alice's Social Death (Pantsu Hero Alice) Chapter 272 - A Grown Girl Can’t Be Kept at Home

Fortunately, what Gel worried about did not happen in the end. Alice and Andusia truly didn't seem to take the death of a Demon King seriously. They also showed no intentions of silencing him and his little sister.

It made sense after Gel thought over it a little. If a former Demon King had died, so be it. Even if the soul of a past Demon King remained in this world, it wouldn't be of any help to the current demon realm. After all, the only way to construct a fully functional body was to use the elves' Seed of Nature. However, as facts had previously shown, obtaining a Seed of Nature from the elves was easier said than done.

What's more, the former Demon King in question had even intended to seize the body of the current Demon King.

Aside from civil strife, the only other result a conflict between two Demon Kings would bring was the weakening of the current Demon King's strength. It went without saying that this would be terrible for the demon realm. If the Four Heavenly Kings were to learn of this matter, they would definitely choose to place their support with the current Demon King.

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All four Heavenly Kings have been looking forward to the current Demon King occupying the human realm's favorable environment. If a former Demon King's soul were to try to butt in on this process and render the current Demon King incapable of going up against the Hero, the Four Heavenly Kings would definitely be the first ones to stand up against this situation.

Thinking up to this point, Gel could understand why Alice and Andusia could discuss the elimination of a former Demon King's soul so casually in front of him. This was because they understood that even if he brought this matter up to the Four Heavenly Kings, the Four Heavenly Kings would think nothing of it.

However, compared to Alice eliminating a Demon King's soul, or two if they included Grant, what gave Gel a bigger headache right now was his little sister Kamia.

"Can you not stay in the demon realm, Mama?"

At this point, Kamia had already learned about Alice's goal in coming to the demon realm from Andusia and Alice's surface identity as a human princess from Gel. Hence, now that Alice had already accomplished her goal of visiting the demon realm, it was only a matter of time before she returned to the human realm. Meanwhile, after reaching this conclusion, Kamia couldn't help but tug at the hem of Alice's clothes and speak to Alice in a clinging tone.

The sight of a high schooler tugging at the clothes of a loli, who looked like she was an elementary student, and calling the latter "Mama" was strange no matter how Gel looked at it. It was especially so when the high schooler in question was his little sister. He simply could not fathom how these two girls had ended up adopting such a play.

If it were before, Gel might have used her status as Kamia's elder brother and Alice's "brother-in-law" to say a few words to them. However, after learning that Alice was the Demon King, Gel didn't know whether he should poke his nose into the two girls' rather unique play.

If he chose to turn a blind eye on the matter... The play between his little sister and Alice was incredibly rare. On the off chance that they got seen by others, they would definitely receive strange looks from others.

Yet, if he chose to interfere in the matter... He was only the right-hand man of the Heavenly King of Water. He didn't really have the qualifications to decide what kind of play or fetish the Demon King decided to adopt.

"That's right. You know what my current identity is. If I spend too much time in the demon realm, people in the human realm might notice something," Alice said as she gave Kamia, who had crouched down to match her height, a pat on the head.

Although Alice found it strange and frustrating, she had no choice but to play the role of Kamia's mother. After all, it was her fault that Kamia's memories were a mess.

Though, this wasn't necessarily a bad situation for Kamia. Kamia had lost her mother from a young age, so Alice's appearance had allowed her to experience the motherly love she had missed out on during her childhood. Of course, this situation also came at the cost of Gel's mental suffering, so Alice hoped the man could stay strong for his little sister.

"Then, I want to go to the human realm with Mama," Kamia said after hearing that Alice had to return to the human realm no matter what. It had been a long time since she had experienced motherly love. Now that a new mother had appeared in her memories, she naturally wanted nothing more than to spend more time with this new mother of hers.

This situation frightened Gel. Although demons had many ways to hide their unique organs should they wish to visit the human realm, no disguise could hold up forever. The longer a demon stayed in the human realm, the more likely they were to get exposed.

Not to mention, Alice was currently the Gryffin Kingdom's princess on paper. Alice herself might not be aware of it, but there were undoubtedly many people ensuring her safety in secret. Meanwhile, there was no telling whether one of these people might have a tool that could allow them to discern demons in disguise. If Kamia were to follow Alice to the human realm, it probably wouldn't take more than a few days for her to get found out.

Of course, what Gel did not know was that Alice possessed another identity in the Gryffin Kingdom--the Hero. So, contrary to Gel's expectations, Hatter had never bothered assigning any bodyguards for Alice. After all, even Catherine, the Gryffin Kingdom's Royal Guard Captain, dared not say that she could beat Alice in a fight. In that case, what was the point of assigning a bodyguard for Alice?

As a side note, Hatter had assigned some bodyguards to Kristine, though not because he worried someone might bully the former Hero. Instead, the bodyguards were there to deal with the aftermath of Kristine bullying others, such as appeasing the noble families whose children Kristine had pummeled into submission.

After experiencing the havoc brought by Kristine, Hatter also learned that it wasn't necessarily a good thing to have two Heroes in a country. Alice was fine since she had never caused any major incidents outside of those related to the Demon King. At most, she had left the impression of a cold and blunt princess on the various nobles. Kristine, on the other hand, was a huge problem. By now, she had practically blessed the children of almost every noble household in Holl City with a beating already.

"Stop it, Kamia. I'm sure you don't want to bring trouble to Alice, right?"

Gel felt that now was the time when he should step in as an elder brother. While he could not afford to offend Alice, it was a different story when dealing with his little sister.

Gel might spoil his sister, but he still knew how to set his priorities straight. If he continued to indulge his little sister's willfulness in this matter, Kamia might very quickly end up in danger.

"But once Mama returns to the human realm, it'll be difficult for me to see her again."

Kamia felt a little aggrieved. After finally gaining a new mother, she had to separate from her new mother so soon. Moreover, she had no idea when they could meet again in the future. This situation made her feel very despondent.

Of course, Kamia wasn't trying to throw a tantrum and insist that she would follow Alice no matter what. She was simply voicing her feelings to Gel.

Gel wasn't aware that Kamia truly regarded Alice as her mother. When he saw Kamia's clinging behavior, he simply thought that her behavior resulted from her deep love for her "boyfriend." This, in turn, gave him an even bigger headache.

"If you insist on meeting her... You can do so through the internet."

Normally, the human realm's and demon realm's internet weren't connected due to the realm barrier separating the two realms' mana. However, there were ways to bypass the realm barrier. Meanwhile, it went without saying that the Four Heavenly Kings, their close confidants, and the people in the human realm's upper echelons had access to some of these methods.

As Ellu Shax's right-hand man, Gel naturally could connect to the human realm's internet as well. In fact, he would frequently use it since he needed to manage the Acura Kingdom's trade and smuggling activities and keep himself updated on the human realm's situation. So, if he wanted to, he could most certainly let Kamia connect to the human realm's internet and chat online with Alice.

Novel Notes

Made a change to Chapter 262:

Original:
Several thousand years ago, the psychokinetic and spirit attributes had yet to be separated. So, the first comment should be referring to using psychokinetic-attributed mana to cast this taboo.

Edited:
Several thousand years ago, the mind and spirit attributes had yet to be separated. So, the first comment should be referring to using mind-attributed mana to cast this taboo.

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