Miss Appraiser and the Gallery Demon 2 ~ Prologue ~

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Prologue: A Counterfeit Chair

It was an event in the “Holy Fig Tree Room”.

“John, are you unhurt?”

Riz Milton asked this in a stiff voice.

She clasped her hands tightly in front of her abdomen so as not to lose to the terror gnawing at her heart.

“I am unharmed.”

John Smith answered without hesitation.

He was sitting in an old wooden chair that was placed alone in the middle of the room.

It was a special chair that the pious eighteenth pope, Urbaunus, who dedicated his entire life to God, habitually used until he welcomed the end of his days. The backrest was engraved with a drawing of branches that could be regarded as hooks and a fig tree drooping with fruit.

To the devout this was a “Holy Chair”, but to the wicked it was equal to a “Torture Device”. It was said to deprive the body of freedom and to seal powers, and was used to destroy vampires or malicious spirits who would threaten the peace of the people.

And it was also used on demons.

Riz approached John, who was imprisoned in that chair, and firmly swore a vow.

“Just wait. I’ll definitely save you.”

“I am alright. Please do not do anything unreasonable.”

“I won’t hand you over to anyone and I absolutely won’t let you be executed.”

She crouched on the spot and placed both hands on his knees.

John stared at Riz’s hands and furrowed his brows in conflict.

“You are my demon.”

“However— My lady.”

“Let me save you.”

“No, I’ve considered it and, in the end, you cannot. Please be quiet and obedient.”

His voice seeped with a distress that couldn’t be hidden.

He might have been concerned about her welfare— was her sorrowful assumption but, in the next instant, that was easily betrayed.

Faster than Riz’s answer of “Don’t worry” his lips curled with sarcasm and he told her this.

“Let us look at the facts. No matter how hard you try, you are extremely frail, are you not?”

“…”

“You would likely die before saving me.”

“……”

“Simply running a little will make you dizzy and collapse and your breath will be feeble. Rather, the one who needs help is you, my lady.”

Riz instinctively had questioning eyes.

“Oh dear, will this lady be alright without me there?”

He was legitimately troubled.

“You cannot skip your meals. Keep to your medicine time. In addition, you cannot act without restraint and stay up all night because there is no concern of someone questioning you. Listen, you must get six hours at the bare minimum. Be sure to sleep. You must take a break every fifteen minutes when you are outside.”

Riz felt like her cheeks were about to twitch after being told this with a serious expression.

“Are you aware that, right now, you’re being restrained?”

“Do not divert the topic. In any case, do try your best not to do anything reckless. Understood?”

He sent her a dubious look when she reluctantly nodded.

“Do you truly understand? I cannot seem to believe you though.”

Riz thought this demon should work harder to read the atmosphere.

He was the one in a dangerous situation, and yet why did she end up in a position to be scolded?

“Shall I make a contract so that you won’t live a life of sloth and make you seal it with your blood? No, rather than such a slow method, perhaps it would be quicker to employ a spy to monitor you?”

“Just how much trust do you have in me?”

“Smaller than an apple seed.”

“That small…”

Riz drew her eyebrows together. What sort of human was one who was distrusted by a demon?


T/N: Don’t worry, we’ll get a flashback the next chapter as to how things ended up like this.

12 thoughts on “Miss Appraiser and the Gallery Demon 2 ~ Prologue ~

    midoriha said:
    February 7, 2020 at 13:15

    thanks!
    riz doesn’t even take care of herself, she really has no right to try to help our dear demon rofl!

      Ilinox responded:
      February 7, 2020 at 20:17

      I think it’s hilarious how he’s so chill when he’s trapped on the chair LOL enough to scold her like that.

        midoriha said:
        February 7, 2020 at 23:37

        it really is funny! he’s more worried about her, hahaha!

    Mae03 said:
    July 30, 2019 at 01:59

    Hello,
    It’s been some time since your last update, are you still working on this novel ? (Please say yes ,I want to read more 😍)
    I hope you haven’t been troubled by personal problems or health, please be well
    best regards !

      Ilinox responded:
      July 30, 2019 at 11:57

      Hello hello! It has been, hasn’t it? Oops. I’ve been slowly working on it, but it definitely hasn’t been set as a priority because I’m trying to get through my commission back logs, sOBS. I only work on it whenever it’s a slow day at work.

      Thank you for your concern and I’m doing well though! Just wishing there were more hours in a day, haha.

    KugatsuKarma95 said:
    May 11, 2019 at 00:14

    I’m so glad I found this, the chapters are nice lengths and the character interactions are really likable. While I wish I can look at pictures for this novel, I know that its usually not that simple, but thats just me being me lol.
    But really, thanks for this.
    This chapter has me worried though, I wonder what could have happened for them to end up in this situation, perhaps his demon identity was discovered by someone they couldn’t quite deal with, but, John seems too strong for that. Maybe more trickery or something was mixed in, well ither way, I’m excited to read the next chapter.

      Ilinox responded:
      May 12, 2019 at 22:35

      I try to assuage my guilt about translating the author’s work like this by trying to lure people into buying the novels if only for the illustrations LOL. But I’ll try to see if I can share the occasional one!

      I’ve been a bit busy lately so the next chapter is still under progress, but you’ll definitely get answers to what’s going on in the next chapter! Thanks for commenting <3!

        KugatsuKarma95 said:
        May 12, 2019 at 22:39

        I wish I had money to buy certain novels, but oof, Im dirt broke. ;w; Eventually ill save up to at least buy my favorite ones if I can. But yeah, it does help with at least knowing what the characters look like, especially because alot of light novels dont paint a clear enough picture of certain details. At least, alot of the ones Ive read dont. Rip.
        Ah but thats good to hear! I’m excited :>
        And of course!

    Rumby Fish said:
    April 1, 2019 at 07:06

    Thank you for the chapter and not making it a April’s fool joke! D’aww riz don’t neglect your health hopefully you’ll live long with John

      Ilinox responded:
      April 1, 2019 at 17:01

      Haha, to be honest, I thought about it for a brief second when I realized it was going to be posted on April 1st but then I was too lazy to come up with anything good.

      I love how Riz is so concerned about John, but he doesn’t even seem to notice his own circumstance and is just nagging at her.

    Kalmaegi said:
    April 1, 2019 at 02:09

    Lol trust Riz’ demon to be as overbearing and nagging as ever when he fusses over her health.

      Ilinox responded:
      April 1, 2019 at 17:02

      He fusses over her so much, completely ignoring how he’s trapped in a chair LOL.

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