I don’t understand. We laughed so happily, we had fun together, and suddenly it’s over. Like we were just playing house.
Caladium acted like he didn’t care about her anymore, but if he really didn’t care about her, he wouldn’t have led her to a ladybug. He made a face more pained than her and even buried his face in his palm.
“I need to see Caladium again.”
Adelaide also knew that even though she was the dungeon master, she had no right to ask the reason for her demons requesting the termination of their contract. If her demons wanted to leave the dungeon, the dungeon master must release them freely, unless there were special conditions in the contract.
However, Caladium was not just any demon to Adelaide. He was her new family, the most affectionate friend of all…… it was a precious relationship, so close yet so subtle that could not be explained in words.
If I wasn’t a dungeon master, but a friend, don’t I have the right to ask why he suddenly ended the relationship? Adelaide thought.
“Are you going to go find him right now?”
Lupinus asked, narrowing his eyes. Lisianthus’ expression wasn’t very good either.
The current Greenville Dungeon was about to battle the Sol Dungeon. It was dangerous for the dungeon owner, Adelaide, to leave frequently. But they knew how desperate Adelaide was, so they could only open and close their mouths as they didn’t have the heart to stop her.
Fortunately, Adelaide shook her head.
“No. Not now. It takes a lot of preparation to leave the dungeon, and if I meet Caladium again soon…… I don’t think we can have a proper conversation.”
She knew it intuitively. If she ever met him now in this state, Caladium would leave without a proper explanation again.
She needed something to at least keep him from leaving. If she can convince him to come back, even better.
“Lisian. Can you do me two favors?”
“Yes, I can.”
“First of all, I’ll ask for some special training before the war.”
Adelaide recalled her situation yesterday when she had taken unwanted steps, helpless against Caladium’s power. She was just a particularly strong succubus, but he was still a devil, so it was only natural…… Still, she never wanted to have that experience again.
And she didn’t want to take it for granted.
There was a time when she was mercilessly defeated by a mid-level demon, what more if it was a devil. A time when she never imagined that she would have more power than she did in her prime. Back then, she thought it was impossible to rise up once she had fallen to the ground.
But Adelaide achieved what she thought was impossible, and the experience was a great driving force.
She herself overcame the power of Abaddon. So, even with Caladium, if she trained hard enough, she would be able to overcome it someday.
“Yes, let’s start today. And the next?”
“I have information I want you to look into.”
Adelaide’s eyes twinkled with determination. Lisianthus met her gaze very warmly and listened to her words.
“If that’s what it is—”
* * *
At Adelaide’s request, the special training began.
In fact, her special training had no significant difference. Adelaide had been training her powers with the help of Lisianthus ever since she met Abaddon, and this special training was just an upgraded version of it.
“Adele, you’re still thinking about too many things.”
Adelaide, who was swinging her whip with big movements, was struck in the back by Lisianthus who suddenly appeared from behind her, and fell forward. I’m sure he was far away just now! She gritted her teeth and did a forward roll.
It didn’t hurt that much because she was hit with lightly with a fan, but since it was Lisianthus who wielded it, she was embarrassed because the sound was so loud each time she was hit.
Adelaide couldn’t even brush Lisianthus’ collar even though she was sure that he was going easy on her. No, to be precise, it was difficult to follow his actions using her eyes.
She suddenly remembered the mid-level demon who attacked her with slow movements last night. That was probably how she looked to Lisianthus right now.
“Can you afford to think of something else?”
The fan slapped her bottom this time. Adelaide’s face flushed with shame as the somehow cheery sound filled the training room.
You hit my butt even though I hit you! Does your p*rverted instincts come out even during training? Lisianthus shrugged his shoulders shamelessly when she called out his name in disbelief.
“That’s why you have to concentrate.”
Adelaide wanted to complain more about it, but she couldn’t. Because as soon as she loses her concentration, her powers will weaken as well.
They were now standing in the middle of ice-cold water. Lisianthus had filled the empty room with water using his own power. Adelaide needed to stay focused and use her powers to keep herself from drowning. She was also using her magic very carefully so that she could float with very little force.
She let out a strange scream as one of her legs plunged into the water.
“You sound like Shoeville. It’s cute.”
Lisianthus leisurely assessed.
She hurriedly raised her legs. Even though it was only for a short time, the temperature of the water was so cold that her legs were tingling. Adelaide caught her breath and quickly focused her mind.
‘Last time it was a field of thorns, but this time it’s ice water?’
Lisianthus’ training method was surprisingly very extreme. In order not to suffer hardships such as being pierced by thorns or drowning in ice water, she had to use her power to push them away and at the same time, she had to stop Lisianthus who was attacking with a large fan. It was too complex for someone like her who was not good at multitasking.
Adelaide swung her whip back and forth and blocked his approach. It seemed to be working in its own way, but after a while, Lisianthus disappeared from her sight again. He was able to attack from all sides so she raised her senses to the fullest and felt for his presence.
She slashed her whip in the direction where she felt his presence, though minute. It was behind her. But sadly she looked back and there was no one.
And Lisianthus, who appeared from the sky, tapped her head with his fan. It was a small touch, but the amount of power transmitted through it was enormous. As a result, Adelaide’s control was completely destroyed.
Adelaide plunged into the water without being able to scream. However, even in the midst of falling, she did not lose her tenacity. She grabbed Lisianthus’ wrist and pulled him close. As a result, Lisianthus also fell into the water with her.
She predicted that the cold would prick her skin, but unlike before, the water was warm. Unfortunately, Lisianthus must’ve changed the temperature before she knew it.
She dangled from Lisianthus’ arm and rose above the water. Her damp, wet hair stuck to her face.
As she wiped the water droplets off her eyelashes, she saw Lisianthus wiping his wet bangs covering his face with a somewhat disappointed expression. Adelaide couldn’t help but burst out laughing.
“Lisian, look at yourself! You’re completely drowned……!”
She was about to say that he looked like a drowned rat. Until she saw his mysterious and beautiful appearance, as if he had just popped out of a masterpiece.
We fell together, so why is Lisianthus the only one like that? She swallowed a laugh and said.
“You fell into the water…… handsome guy.”
She would have believed it if he said was the god of water. She grumbled as she floated above the water.
“Thanks for the compliment, Master.”
Lisianthus answered, closing his eyes prettily.
Adelaide leaned her tired body against him while grumbling, saying that she wasn’t really complimenting him. Because of their wet clothes the texture and feel of his strong muscles was evident.
“When will I be able to hit Lisian?”
“……My taste is more like the opposite, but if that’s what Adele wants—”
“Huh?! I’m talking about training!”
“Yes, I’m joking too.”
Lisianthus laughed slyly. After having relations until just before insertion, he would casually bring out his p*rverted tendencies. Adelaide stuck her tongue out at the dual nature of her friendly manager.
“There is no need to rush. Master has already made a lot of progress.”
“Yes. Just look at the fact that you dragged me into the water.”
As it was a special training session, Lisianthus showed quite a bit of his skills. Adelaide held up rather well against him, and she even dragged him into the water.
Even though he didn’t reveal all of his skills, and although it was just for a moment, she still overwhelmed him.
If it wasn’t a playful atmosphere like now but a proper battle, it would have been a fatal attack.
‘You always exceed expectations.’
An exhilarating shiver ran through his whole body. The reason Lisianthus fell in love with Adelaide had nothing to do with her fighting ability. It was her ever-evolving appearance that made him more and more hooked.
How far can you go? Can I bring you there, with my own hands?
His body trembled with excitement. At the same time, he was anxious. The moment Adelaide reaches the top, he feared that he would not be by her side.
The wonderful time he spent with her seemed to pass by so quickly that it scared him.
It was an emotion that didn’t suit him. Even more so because he had never been anxious or afraid even when his death reached the end of his neck.
“Lisian, shall we have one more go at it?”
Adelaide reached out her hands and grabbed his shoulders. She was planning to use her powers again to stand on the water.
“No, that’ll be all for today.”
I still have some strength left. When her training ended much sooner than expected, Adelaide blinked her eyes in regret. Although her special training process was difficult and shameful, she also felt that her own skills were improving and wanted to do a little more.
With furrowed eyebrows, Lisianthus wistfully replied.
“I’m sorry, it’s because my lower part is standing.”
Adelaide was silent for a moment, unable to understand what he said.
“I think I have to deal with it, but I’m lonely all by myself, so will Adele help me?”
Why on earth did our Lisian, who was elegant and aristocratic, become like this? She resigned with a dispirited expression on her face.