High School DxD:Volume 18 Life 1

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Life.1 Even Devils Celebrate Christmas![edit]

Part 1[edit]

The second trimester’s closing ceremony—.

Since the speech taking place in the gymnasium ended, all of us returned to our classroom. I chatted with Matsuda, Motohama and the four girls (Asia, Xenovia, Irina and Kiryuu) until our homeroom teacher returned.

“So you will be busy for the New Year holidays huh, Ise.”

I can only earnestly apologise to Matsuda, who said that while sighing.

“Sorry. It looks like I can’t make time due to the club and such after all. We are still talking about the new formation of the club. We’ll end up having an hard time from the start of the New Year if we don’t discuss about it now. Right, everyone?”

I dragged the Church-trio into our discussion while giving them a wink.

“Y-Yes. I-I’m sure we, the second years, will have to be the ones working hard, and Irina-san will also officially join the club.”

Yeah, as Asia said, Irina will officially join the ORC. Until now Irina was planning to build her own club, one in where she would help the students. But in the end no one came to join her club. Therefore, due to that and to the fact the ORC will also have two members leaving the club since they will be graduating, she made up her mind and decided to join our club.

Xenovia will also leave our club if she wins the elections and becomes Student Council President. ……Well, whether she will be leaving or not only depends on how well she performs in the upcoming election.

“The two seniors will be leaving the club and since they have been taking care of me till now I decided to settle down in this club after spending so much time there and also because I will soon become a third year student.”

Irina is nodding. ……Well, there will be a limit on how much she can do with her club by trying to gather members. Irina already has the reputation among the students of our school of being “cute but weird”. So it will be hard for her to gather members. You can say that it’s the right decision for her to join our club at this time.

Motohama then asks.

“Have the new Club President and Vice-president been chosen?”

The ORC members nod at his question.

It’s about time they tell us. We have yet to find out who will become the Club President and Club Vice-president and I, more than the rest, wonder who the new Club President will be.

Matsuda looks at Xenovia.

“I’m more surprised about Xenovia-chan choosing to become a candidate for the Student President. Rather, the entire Kuou academy is talking about it.”

Yeah, as Matsuda said, the news about Xenovia running for the Student Council President seat are spreading throughout the school. After all, Xenovia has officially volunteered to run for the Presidency after the incident which occurred at Auros academy. The school also approved it, hence Xenovia officially joined the candidates.

“I’m going to make a detailed plan for my election during the winter holidays. I would need to start acting right after New Year's."

Xenovia is on high spirits. She's putting on a serious expression while holding a reference book in her hands.

“I’ll also help you for your election. It will be interesting if Xenovia-chi becomes the Student President.”

Kiryuu says that as she finds it amusing. ……In her case, even though she wants to help Xenovia as her friend and out of kindness, she must also be thinking that a Student Council run by Xenovia will make the school more interesting. I also can’t imagine Kuou Academy's Student Council being led by Xenovia.

“So Ise and others are busy after all.”

Matsuda takes a breath after saying that.

“Ah man, and here I was thinking that the three of us would have another video session especially made to celebrate the New Year.”

“……DVD huh. I……would rather not.”

I feel pretty tired while saying so. Matsuda narrows his eyebrows finding my answer suspicious so he asks “Why?”……

Truth is, I had a rare experience last time. An experience that made me feel like to not watch DVDs with dudes for a while.

Why, do you ask? Well, this is what Vali said not long ago, when he suddenly showed up at my house.

“Hyoudou Issei. I came here after Azazel told me to, so can you show me a video that'll make me sexually aroused?”

The Hakuryuukou-sama,rumoured to be the strongest in history, said that! Azazel-sensei definitely said something weird to Vali, whose personality won't ever let him say such a thing on his own accord.

Apparently, this is what Azazel-sensei said to Vali.

[Listen up, Vali. If you wish to attain a power which surpasses your imagination, you should try to get hints from Ise. He attained a mysterious power which I named the Breast-power. If you want to understand a power which is neither a demonic-power or a Dragon’s power, how about you pay attention to Ise’s life style who is a fellow Heavenly Dragon like you?]

—That’s what he said.

As a result Vali, who pursues strength wholeheartedly, came to my place while being serious about it.

No no no, even if I did attain the power called Breast-power, he’s asking too much from me when he asks me to watch a porno DVD with my rival and discuss about it!

In the end I couldn’t reject Vali’s approach when he said “Show me the video”, therefore the two of us — no, the Two Heavenly Dragons ended up watching a porno DVD together, you know!?

While the video was playing, all we could see were women screaming out things like “iyaan” and “aan” and so Vali—

“So, which part of this should I pay attention to? Her breasts? Her buttocks?”

—asked me such a thing while putting on a serious face!

I then ended up explaining to him what was being played on the screen in the most detailed fashion when I said: “Ehm, this is called nurse uniform. And what’s she's doing right now is cosplaying. And there are guys who get aroused by such situations”! Then that bastard started thinking seriously about it and said: “Nurse uniform. Cosplay…… How should I use these to increase the Dragon’s power?”!

There was no way that would happen a situation in where two youngsters would start talking about each other’s fetish after getting excited. So my explanation about porno DVD's kept going until morning, a time during which I thoroughly explained them.

……In the end he went home after sayingd something I couldn’t comprehend, as he said: “I don’t really understand, but I understood that Hyoudou Issei researched this thoroughly. It must be the result of researching hard into it. There sure are many unknown factors regarding the Dragon’s power”. He left after saying something which made me feel uneasy “I’ll be back”……!

Due to such a thing happening, I started to feel unwilling to watch porn DVDs with other boys for a while.

Motohama asks while he shakes his head.

“In my case, I wanted to play the new eroge I got my hands on, the “Child-making Princess of the Absolute Holy Castle” together……but it seems like it’s useless.”

—! ……Wh……at……?

Even I, who showed difficulties regarding the issue about a porno DVD, bit the bait of Motohama’s eroge.

“I-Is it the eroge that has high ratings among those who bought it!?”

It’s an eroge whose story is about a wandering swordsman who ends up staying at a certain castle and starts getting along with the princesses of that castle while doing naughty stuff to them! The plot has mysteries and it becomes even more of a mystery the more you play it, which makes the game more entertaining. The visuals are depicting beautiful girls. The setting is also excellent. And it’s said that the sequence of events you have to go through in order to make the princesses fall for you is also appropriate as well as emotional!

“Yeah. I was somehow able to get it. I thought even Ise who has unusually been passionate about princesses and girls from socially high class families lately would be overjoyed with this.”

T-That sure is something I can’t resist! Like Motohama said — I can’t resist the words “Princess”, “Girl from high class family”, and “Older girl”. I take interest in such a title and genre. ……Maybe I turned like this since I’m currently dating Rias……! No, I’m sure I have been in this state because I have been crazy about Rias.

Xenovia who is next to me and who heard that becomes interested in it.

“……Hmm, eroge huh. You sure have my interest.”

Irina agrees.

“On top of that, a princess genre one! ……It sure does seem like it will tell us about Ise-kun’s type of girls!”

Geez, I don’t want to play an eroge while having the girls order me around ever again! Please let me play it alone and quietly!

Kiryuu changes the topic while having her eyes shine.

“Putting that aside, it’s almost Christmas.”

Yeah, today—is the 20th of December hence the closing ceremony. So there’s few days left before Christmas.

The glasses-girl suddenly puts on a lecherous face.

“Hyoudou, I wonder what kind of present you will get this year.”

……W-What’s with that face of yours which is definitely expecting a lecherous answer from me…… Rather, did you tell some rubbish to them!? When I look at the Church-trio while feeling uneasy, I witness Xenovia with glittering eyes while Asia and Irina are looking down with red faces!

Xenovia rests her hand on my shoulder.

“Yeah, Kiryuu told me about it. I heard that Christmas in Japan isn’t about spending time with your family but a day in which a boy and girl that get along spend time together to make babies. On top of that, I heard that in that day Heaven will bestow you a child right away. Japan’s Christmas sure is a wonderful day for those who want a baby.”

Stop saying such things while giving me a thumbs up! C-Certainly in Japan a lot of couples spend time together during Christmas! But, it’s not like that will turn into making babies……well, actually you can kinda say that it’s making babies……

Asia and Irina say so while wiggling their bodies.

“……If I were to use Japanese Christmas as an example, I will be Ise-san’s present itself, yes……? I-I will happily hand myself to you if you are fine with me……!”

“……I was shocked to find how Christmas in Japan changed during the time I was away, but it’s not like I can’t understand handing yourself as a present as a Christian, and if that’s what Ise-kun desires……I-I think I need to give you a present……!”

The three of them are misunderstanding the whole thing! Well, I’m certainly happy if they are going to hand themselves as a present to me! B-But it isn’t good for them to have a misunderstanding about Japan’s culture!

“Kiryuu! I have been telling you to stop teaching them weird things!”

Even though I said that to her, the bitch simply puts on a lecherous smirk! Damn you, Kiryuu! Unexpectedly, she may be my biggest enemy! No, she is my natural enemy!

Matsuda and Motohama glare at me with eyes filled with hatred, so they shout while shedding tears.

“Ugh, Ise you dumb ass! I hope your manhood rots and falls off!”

“Eating beauties as much as you want huh! No wonder you won’t need porno and eroge since you have sacred and sexual nights everyday just like what you see in erogeee!”

They put their arms around each other and say it while crying like mad!

“ “We won’t lend you both the porno DVD and the eroge!” ”

……Ah, looks like I won’t be able to play “Child-making Princess of the Absolute Holy Castle” during the winter holidays……

Like this, the closing ceremony for the second trimester ended.

Now then, let’s enter the winter holidays!

—On the evening of the closing ceremony day we, the ORC members, gathered in the VIP room that's located at the uppermost floor of the Hyoudou residence.

Rossweisse-san and Azazel-sensei, who have finished their duties after the closing ceremony, have also come. And Sister Griselda who is leading the staff from Heaven within this region has also arrived.

Since the members that are able to gather here are all here, Irina acts as a representative for all of us and tells us the main reason for this gathering.

“For that reason, we are going to hand out presents to all of the people of Kuou-town during the Christmas period!”

Yes, the Three Great Powers made a certain project for Christmas while having us, Team D×D, as the main workers.

Rias then continues from there.

“This town is the symbol of the peace among the Three Great Powers and it is one of our important locations. More than that, though, this town is an important place for the people living here. We have been using this soil for most of the time so it's natural for us to celebrate Christmas with and for the residents.”

Irina also nods.

“She’s right! Heaven and the Underworld will work together in order to hand out presents to all the people in this town! The ones that will be handing them out are——”

Irina looks at us. I then say it.

“It will be run by Team D×D, mainly by us huh.”

“Exactly! Obviously we will be handing out the present while we dress up as Santa Claus just like in a Christmas manner!”

—Like that, we are currently organising such a project. A lot happened in this town in the past year. That also includes huge incidents during which it wouldn’t have been weird if the whole town would have been wiped out. We were somehow able to prevent that from happening……but it’s also true that we have been causing a lot of trouble for the residents of this town without realising it. Should we just change our main base to avoid that,then? Even if we end up doing so, moving away won’t be that simple. Having set this much equipment here already, we don’t have the flexibility nor we are in a condition in which we can that easily move to another place.

Then maybe the least we can do is to hand out presents to the residents for Christmas? Such opinions were brought by the youths. Obviously each of the forces decided to approve that opinion of ours and to give us their full financial support. Since we have been causing trouble for all the residents every day, we also contributed with our own pocket money. We should at least do this much.

And there are all kinds of presents. We wanted to research and list the things the residents would want beforehand, but unfortunately we didn’t have the time. So we decided to give mainly presents that would please the most the person receiving it; presents that wouldn’t harm or be offensive to them. If they were little girls, we would hand them out a Magical Girl clothing set. For the working daddies, it would be things like a tie or a voucher for getting a massage. If we give them an high class present, they might think something is off and rumours might spread worldwide. So the suggestion earlier was the safe zone according to Sensei.

“Well, we should keep it to the level where this would remain as a local legend of this town.”

Sensei added such comment.

Now then, everyone became quite hyped after hearing about this plan. After all, you won’t have that easily a chance where you would become Santa Claus and hand out presents. It’s totally different from playing the role of Santa Claus for your part-time job which involves standing in front of the shop you're working for.

Are Devils even allowed to dress up as Santa Claus? Furthermore, can we even experience such a tradition of the Christianity? Even though we had such questions, we made up our minds and decided to do this by thinking “Doing this for a change is okay”. Well, I really do think that doing this for a change is good.

“Ufufu, this over here is the Santa Claus costume.”

The sample of the Santa Claus costume for girls that Akeno-san prepared is here. A costume with the color contrast of red and white. Xenovia asks Irina while taking that to her hand.

“Are we going to prepare a reindeer?”

“Can reindeers even fly?”

When Irina asks Sister Griselda, she answers by saying “We will cast magic on them to make them fly”. Wow, so we can see the reindeers pulling a cargo and having a leash on them during the night of the sky?

“It’s an honour to be able to become Santa Claus.”

“But I do feel bad since it seems like we are stealing Santa Claus’s job. This is pretty much interfering with their business, right?”

Xenovia and Irina start laughing while imagining as if Santa Claus even exists.

“Hold on, there’s no way Santa Claus exists in the first place—”

I try to finish my sentence, but the two of them answer at the same time while putting on a shocked face.

“ “? But he does exist?” ”

…………

They say it as if that’s the natural answer. ……Aren’t your parents the ones who dress up as Santa Claus? I know that what I’m saying lacks of imagination, but that’s the truth…… There’s no way Santa Claus exists—

I then ask Rias.

“……Eh? He exists?”

She’s putting on a smile.

“Yes, he does. Well, speaking about that will turn this into a different topic so I will refrain from explaining it.”

Seriously!? Santa-san exists!? W-Well, Devils and Angels exist, so it won’t be weird if Santa Claus exists too! But I had been living for seventeen years, yet I have never met him even once! I never received a present from him!

“……So Santa-san never came to lecherous children.”

I received a harsh comment from Koneko-chan! I guess so! He sure doesn't come to lecherous children! I’m sorry that I was craving for porno DVDs and magazines since when I was a grade school student!

Even though I was repenting for my actions inside me, Rias continues without noticing me.

“Christmas is also the time the Devils profit. We will also have a meeting regarding that, so my servants will need to gather back here again.”

[Roger that.]

The Gremory group responds. Kiba then tells me.

“Even in terms of Devils’ jobs, Christmas would be a busy time.”

Apparently devils receive many requests every year from residents who spend their Christmas alone. And the number of requests goes up a dozen times more than the usual number sent to us. I do feel that summoning a Devil during Christmas is a bad act, but I’m sure they are either bored or lonely so they get to the point of summoning a Devil to ease their boredom and loneliness. I can also understand that! You normally would prefer to spend Christmas with your girlfriend!

“We have to visit our customers who made Christmas's day free to summon us.”

It’s just as Rias said. ……Yeah, I did want to spend time with Rias, but at this rate, it looks like I have to postpone it this year. The present project for Christmas and the Devils’ jobs would seem enough to kill me.

I then say to Kiba.

“You will probably get summoned by elder women. Are you planning to cook them the food you are so proud of?”

“I had lots of requests like that last year. ……Though I do think that it will be good to spend this Christmas with my friend.”

Kiba suddenly puts on emotional eyes. He said that while brushing!

“I’m planning to bake a cake. ……I kind of want to have you eat it as well, Ise-kun.”

Why the heck do you want to do that for me!? An handsome guy shouldn’t put on his face the expression of a maiden's!

“Haven’t I always told you that you should say that to girls!? Alright, I’ll call Shinra-fukukaichou and have her invite you!”

I sent a mail regarding Kiba to Shinra-fukukaichou whom I exchanged e-mails with!

I’ll send her a safe mail which goes: [Kiba is planning to bake a cake, so would you like one?]

Kiba panics hearing that!

“W-Why does Shinra-fukukaichou's name pop out here? Why are you trying to have me meet with Shinra-fukukaichou so often lately?”

I have to make him walk on the right path! At this rate, he’ll head to the wrong path, a thing which scares me! And if a woman is by his side, I’m sure he will stop being reckless. This guy……tries to do reckless things even more than me. Just like how he’s trying to use his Gram and also during battles when he gambles on his safety. As a result, he succeeds thanks to his techniques……but even so, he may face a difficult situation.

……Though it will be weird for me to say it since I too charge ahead without thinking twice. But still, I don’t want to see my pal being put in a life or death situation and then die. For that reason, it’s necessary that there's someone by his side, supporting him. And a woman definitely fits the role. I’m sure the very place a man can return to is a woman’s side. That’s one of the facts I know very well after I started dating Rias. Since I have a strong feeling of wanting to return to Rias’s side alive, I came to think of a way to keep myself alive.

Just like that, I am working hard to have Kiba and Shinra-fukukaichou become an official couple (Sona-kaichou and the Sitri girls are with me in this). Though they haven’t become a couple yet.

“Oh yeah, the Sitri-side can’t join this conversation till the last moment, right?”

I ask Sensei. Sona-kaichou and her group also said that they will join the Christmas project, but the timing was bad so they couldn’t join this meeting. So they will basically join the project without having a word in the preparation process.

“Yeah, they are in middle of repairing and reconstructing Auros. Even if they can fix it with the use of demonic-powers, they will need to equip that place with equipment which will prevent future incidents from happening there. They are going to re-plan the whole construction there.”

Auros academy was partially destroyed due to Qlippoth’s assault. It turned to be necessary to look over the equipment installed at the country town, so the soldiers are currently stationed over there to guard it. After that, the anti-terrorist protection wall will be put on there once again and it certainly will be more powerful than before…… But our opponents aren’t someone to be taken lightly, so we won’t know what will happen if they attack again. Well, I doubt they would make their assault right away yet. Apparently they took in the residents that were sent out of the floating island.

Even though such a thing happened, the number of applicants for the academy’s experience day has risen dramatically. I hear that there are bookings for several years ahead already, so it does show how much impact that incident caused to the Underworld.

“That incident was broadcasted to the Underworld as urgent news. [Youth Devils showed great performance against the terrorists. They protected the academy filled with dreams and hopes!]. If such things appear on the news and in the newspapers, you would gain attention whether you like it or not. Especially you guys, that are the reincarnated Devils, and Sairaorg, who lacks demonic-powers, made a big brawl against the legendary Evil Dragon. This is pretty much an heroic tale among the Low-class and Mid-class Devils.”

Like Sensei said, the children’s dads that survived that battle and saw the battles with their own eyes spoke of what they saw to the media while being hyped about it. The Auros academy became so famous that there isn’t anyone who doesn’t know about it since the viewers throughout the Underworld who saw the broadcast became greatly interested in it. For that reason, the Sitri-group can’t show up since they have to handle the media’s reports and applications.

……On the opposite side, the criticism we received for having Agreas taken is also strong. We received harsh comments from the fans and noble players of the Rating Game for having the holy-land of the Rating Game taken. Also, the media of the Underworld are talking about the hypothesis behind the mastermind of the "stealing Agreas plan" every day. Also due to the battle of Auros, the Devils are currently in a state where they have both hope and sense of insecurity.

……Well, the same goes for us. Since we haven’t received any contacts from Maou Ajuka Beelzebub-sama who apparently knows about the secret hidden in Agreas. I can’t help but to have a bad premonition depending on what that island really is……

Even so, we won’t be able to go forward if we're simply concerned about that. So the upcoming Christmas project will become a good change. Even though we are the counter-terrorist team, I reckon organising some surprise like this for other people is a good activity.

I also want to have a mock-battle with Saji soon. He only reached Balance Breaker recently, so he’s saying that he still lacks in maintaining it. But I did feel what kind of ability it has with my own skin. I guess it’s probably because his one is the same Dragon-armour type like my one.

Sensei then says as he puts on a bitter smile.

“You guys sure do work hard. Using your own body to work, going to school, joining a project like this one, and accomplishing your own job. I can’t help but to praise you guys despite being still young.”

We certainly have been doing a lot of things like Sensei said. But those with strength need to use their power for others. That’s what I think. ……I don’t want to……see someone getting hurt without doing anything about it.

After that, we started the meeting for the upcoming plan and then checked the costumes for the upcoming day. The girls are mainly talking about Santa’s costume while being hyped over it.

Sensei then naturally asks Rias who is reading a document.

“Rias, how is Grayfia doing?”

Having being asked about her sister-in-law, she narrows her eyes.

“……She’s in a state I really can’t explain.”

Currently, Grayfia-san is interrogating Euclid Lucifugus who is her real brother. I do think the situation where his actual sister is able to interrogate him is unbelievable to happen. But it happened because Euclid chose who he wants to be interrogated by. —He said he wants it to be his older sister, Grayfia-san.

……Geez, he sure has a strong sister-complex. To have some time to talk with his sister after he gets caught. Maybe from his perspective, is he happy that he lost against us?

Obviously the Underworld’s army showed signs of dissatisfaction to Euclid’s request. But thanks to the approval of the higher-up—Sirzechs-sama, the interrogation between siblings became possible.

“I heard that the man himself is in a very good mood. He really must be enjoying talking to his sister. But I heard that the interrogation by Onee-sama is so harsh that it doesn’t make you think she’s interrogating her own brother.”

Rias says. If Grayfia-san shows mercy to him here, then it would basically make the higher-ups that are suspicious of her think that “Lucifugus that was the right-hand of the previous Maou is planning to overthrow the Underworld”. So interacting with Euclid without bringing out her emotion would be a proof of her loyalty to the Maou and to the current government.

……Though in reality, it seems like she is giving harsh interrogation to her own brother without even the slightest mercy…… There’s no way you would be safe if you make that Grayfia-san angry. It scares me so much……

Sensei then continues.

“From what he told Grayfia—it seems like the new Khaos Brigade, the Qlippoth, has several hiding places. Each faction have sent their agents to those locations already. It’s about time they attack them. I received a report from Shamhaza that he already gave his order to “eliminate” them.”

……Euclid spoke about the headquarters to his sister. Maybe Grayfia-san’s interrogation worked. Or maybe he confessed because he’s up to something. We still aren’t sure about it. ……It could be both reasons.

Speaking about him, apparently the fake Boosted Gear he was in possession of was destroyed. According to Sensei, it was apparently programmed to destroy itself if Euclid was defeated. Apparently it vanished without leaving a trace.

I then say to Sensei.

“There’s no way Rizevim will simply get caught with this, right?”

“Obviously. The ones hiding at their secret base would be their weakest soldiers and magicians that were working with them. Their main forces must have moved to Agares already. And the whereabouts of Agares itself are still unknown……”

……So their current base is that floating island. Well, that’s a whole city itself so it can certainly be quite a remarkable base. There must have been quite a lot of food, materials, and varieties of weapons stored there. If they were to use them, we will struggle against them.

“I wonder where an enormous floating island like that disappeared off to.”

Sensei puts his hand under his chin when I asked.

“Maybe it’s putting on a camouflage by blending itself within the scenery. Obviously by using a spell which won’t get caught by us.”

A camouflage, huh. It might unexpectedly be floating above this town……won’t be it. Moreover, we don’t even know if it can teleport itself completely into the human world. No, if it’s those guys then it’s possible.

“Regarding Ajuka and his servants that know the details of Agreas. Apparently it’s hard to get in contact with them. From what I hear, they are having a hard time of their own because they are being pestered by some noisy bunch.”

I guess the Maou Beelzebub-sama also has many enemies. So having management over the games wasn’t the only thing he was doing……

“……Sensei, did you take any notice regarding the Agreas?”

Sensei smiles happily when I asked. Ah, this is the face he puts when he found something.

“……I guess. Though there’s no stop to it if I tell you it now. I’ll let you hear my hypothesis once we receive an official report from Ajuka.”

……I wonder what’s hidden in that floating island.

—Then Griselda tells all of us once she took a look at the clock.

“First of all, we will take all of you to Heaven after this. Our plan once we get there is to have a discussion about the content of the project—which is confirming what’s inside the presents, and receiving Michael-sama’s greetings before the New Year.”

—! It’s finally here! We are finally entering Heaven! Devils going to Heaven—something unreal like that is going to happen! Oh man, I can’t thank the peace treaty between the Three Great Powers enough! I was curious about it. Since the Underworld was like that, then how will Heaven where Angels reside be like? It sure has been on my mind! Just what kind of world exists above the sky!?

“Alright, then give my greetings to Michael.”

Sensei simply waves his hand at us and showed no sign of coming with us.

“Aren’t you going to Heaven too? —Oh, I guess it’s more appropriate to ask if you are not going back.”

Sensei sighs.

“You think I can just return to that place now? Well, I don’t mind going if they allow me to destroy my old institute over there.”

Sensei leaves after saying that.

“Alright, let’s head to Heaven using the magic-circle in the basement!”

At Rias’s command, we move down to the basement of the Hyoudou residence—

Now then, Heaven here we come!

What was drawn in the teleportation room of the basement wasn’t the usual magic-circle written in Devil’s symbols.

Irina and Sister Griselda start to chant something you would find in a Bible while making a posture as if they were praying. ……Hmm, seeing that all the Devils here including myself are getting headaches shows that it may be a phrase from the Bible……

We receive a halo, limited to DxD members, beforehand just in case so we can move within Heaven. When I put the halo above my head—it starts to float and shine. Wow, it feels as if I’ve become an Angel!

With this, even if other species besides the Angels move within Heaven it won’t affect the “system” left by the God that much. It would be troublesome if those who know about the absence of God or someone who would give bad influence to the system walks past the gate. You are able to avoid that from happening by putting on a halo.

Our ID and such are registered in our halo. So it's custom made for each and every one of us. I need to make sure I don’t lose it……

Its thanks to the shared technologies between the Grigori and the Devil’s side that they were able to have such a major change in their technology. If the peace didn’t happen, then an item such as this which allows us to enter and exit Heaven wouldn’t have been made. You could also say that it indicates that there wouldn’t be people like Asia who will experience unfortunate fate. ……Yeah, we can’t repeat a tragedy like that any more.

The ones that are acting happy by putting this halo on are—Asia and Xenovia.

“Asia! I-It feels like I’ve become an Angel!”

“Yes! It’s such an honour!”

Yeah, the two of them are pure followers and they look up to Angels. So these halos are something they couldn’t resist. They have such bright expressions.

Irina then tells the two.

“So then. Let’s do our prayers with the three of us to celebrate this occasion before we enter Heaven!”

“Yes!”

“Yeah!”

They do their usual pose they do with the three of them! While putting a halo above their head that is!

“ “Ah, lord!” ”

The Angel Asia huh. I’m sure it would suit her……! Just imagining so it makes my face grin.

……But an item that allows the DxD to enter Heaven huh. That means that they prepared it beforehand just in case something happens in Heaven. ……So it means they are concerned about the possibility of the Heaven being attacked.

While that was going through my mind, a huge door appears in the teleportation room. It looks so magnificent and it appears as though it is made from chalk. The door opens while making a loud sound.

“Here, please come in.”

Sister Griselda urges us to pass through the door. Irina enters before us.

“Hurry! Everyone! This is an elevator for the Angels! Don’t hesitate and come in!”

Irina is in high spirits. She’s taking this Christmas project more seriously than any of us. It seems like she’s really happy about being able to serve everyone in this town as an Angel and also appears to have pride in doing so.

Once the rest of us pass through the elevator door, a white space appears in front of us. Then the golden symbol below our feet glows!

I suddenly feel my body float! I experience a sensation where it feels like I have my whole body thrown up in the sky!

That instant, the scenery around me changes and a very bright light dims upon us. When I look around—we find ourselves above the clouds! When I look up, a large, white, and bright ceiling is above us!

……Did we get teleported from the Hyoudou residence’s basement instantly? It means that we came up here in the elevator at the same time the symbols below our feet glowed.

Rias and Akeno-san look calm compared to me and Asia who are astonished by this.

The giant gate opens before we can get surprised by it!

Sister Griselda and Irina then tell us while facing their back towards the opening gate.

“ “Welcome to Heaven.” ”

The giant gate—when we passed through the front gate of Heaven, what lays behind it is a white stone paved path, buildings that are aligned which are made from stones, buildings that are floating in the sky, and Angels that have pure white wings that are moving within! How should I put it? It’s so bright!

It’s also due to the fact that the sky is glowing white, but it doesn’t stop me from feeling as though the Angels, the buildings, and even the path we are walking on are glowing!

There isn’t even a speck of dust on this path. The Angels that walk past us looks at us as if they find us curious. If there are those that realise our identities, there are also those that don’t.

Sister Griselda who is leading us gives an explanation to us.

“There are total of seven levels in Heaven. This is the first floor—the place which is called the First Heaven. The highest floor, Seventh Heaven, used to be the location where God resided. What remains there now is just the “system” that represented God. The Sacred Gears “system” is over there as well.”

I certainly heard that from Irina beforehand. The First Heaven is the place where the Angels work and it’s pretty much like a front-line base. Irina and Sister Griselda also mainly work here. I’m guessing they come back to this place when they have to return to Heaven.

Irina then says it while pointing at the building that’s floating in the air (It’s built on top of the clouds!).

“Ah! That building! That’s the place where Michael-sama’s Brave Saints gather! I also show up there quite often!”

Hmm, it’s quite fancy to have a building that’s floating in the air as your quarters.

Irina then gives us a further explanation. She points directly up.

“Michael-sama and the other Seraphs are at the Sixth Heaven. That’s where the main headquarters of Heaven are based at. Well, the lowest ranking Angels including myself mainly come here—the frontline base of First Heaven.”

So Michael-san is in Sixth Heaven. That means that’s the place we are heading to.

Rias says while looking around with keen eyes.

“I was told that the structures of the floor changed quite drastically compared to before.”

“I’m sure Azazel-sensei—the Grigori were living at Fifth Heaven before falling.”

Xenovia continues after her. Sister Griselda nods.

“Yes, it’s said that the Fifth Heaven where the Grigori’s lived when they were Angels was temporarily their camp. Currently it is a floor with many research institutes. The “Brave Saints” cards were also created there.”

Hmm, so the place where Sensei lived now has a laboratory where they create Brave Saint’s cards huh. I sense some kind of link between the two.

Like that, we arrive at the elevator which will take us to higher the floors while walking and looking around like tourists. We get a strict check from the security Angels and go through many thick doors in order to get onto the similar elevator as before to go further up.

Massive doors appear as we go higher and we continue forth by going through them. This may be a hassle, but these are needed in order to make even a sturdier security in Heaven. It appears that there is a door and security check for every floor. I guess you would need a lot of privilege in order to go to the higher floors.

We weren’t able to have a look at Second Heaven and Third Heaven. Unlike First Heaven, we moved towards the elevator as soon as we passed through the gate.

Sister Griselda explains to us who weren’t able to have a look down there.

“Heaven which is commonly referred to exists in Third Heaven. It’s the largest floor. It’s so vast that it is said you can’t tell where the end is. I’m sorry but the souls down there may be stimulated if Devils like you go there. Therefore we wanted to restrict you from visiting down there.”

So the general Heaven is at Third Heaven huh. We already came up to Fourth Heaven. It kind of feels weird when I’m told that we just bypassed the general Heaven. On top of that we are Devils, so that makes us Devils who went past Heaven. —That phrase alone makes it sound cool. But the fact is we haven’t seen the general Heaven. It’s the resting soil of souls that came here so they wouldn’t want to meet Devils.

Well, apparently the number of Heavens is equal to the number of mythologies. So I guess this is the Heaven of the “Catholic religion”. I guess this Heaven is the living land of Angels that served under the God from the Bible.

“Fourth Heaven is also known as Eden’s Garden. I guess the story of Adam and Eve is famous for it.”

Irina tells us. Eden’s Garden! I wonder if it’s a paradise-like place? I would love to see it but we ended up passing through that as well and continue going up.

Fifth Heaven really was a place with many laboratory like buildings. There are also buildings that look like those modern human ones which gave it a new feeling to it. I’m starting to have an interest in this place knowing the fact that it’s the former workplace of Sensei…..but the place we are heading to is above this place.

It happens when we enter the elevator which connects to Sixth Heaven. Sister gives us further explanation as if she just remembered.

“Regarding the rules of Heaven……this place isn’t strong towards the evil as the human world and the Underworld.”

She then says this while putting her index finger up.

“In other words, its very fragile against evil.”

Well, they are Angels after all. So having evil intents would be a taboo. Even Irina has her wings lit black and white to things besides erotic things. It even makes me shocked to the degree where I say “You can even fall with just that!?”.

“……To put it simply, Ise-senpai needs to refrain from having his usual pervert thoughts.”

I don’t have any words to throw back to Koneko-chan’s harsh comment!

“Yes! I will promise not to think of lewd things as much as possible!”

There’s no way I can do a perverted things in Heaven!

Once we go up to Sixth Heaven, a gate and door which is even larger than before appears! No matter where I look at simple walls and even the gates are so large that it’s more than one-hundred meters tall! A huge gate as such opens slowly and we pass through it. ……The gate is so thick that it makes you think it’s a wall! If you have to come up with someone who can manage to destroy this, than it will only be possible for those with strength of a God-class. Even I don’t have a technique which can puncture a hole in this thing. Maybe its even impossible for Crimson Blaster to break this gate? A gate which makes me think like that exists in this Sixth Heaven.

Once I pass through the gate, what appears ahead is a shrine-like building giving out a golden shine.

And the whole building itself is emanating a sacred wave which makes me realise how lucky I am to see such a thing! It has so much light density that a Devil can suffer great damage and even be eliminated just by seeing that! No, the fact remains that we are still alive even after seeing that! That’s just how grand and sacred it appears.

Sister Griselda explains to us as we walk on the path that leads to that building.

“That’s the current core of Heaven where the Seraphs reside at—the “Zebel”. We also call that building as such. The floor above this place— Seventh Heaven which is the highest floor is an area which only the Seraphs can enter.”

—“Zebel”

That’s the core of Heaven where Michael-san resides! And for us to be able to step inside of it……! If I think about it, I haven’t even been able of sightseeing the place where our Maou-sama of the Underworld works at. And now I find myself suddenly coming this far in Heaven.

—That’s what was going through my mind. But Sister Griselda and Irina turned in a different direction during our course and are now getting further away from the road leading to the entrance of “Zebel”.

“Truth is Zebel is currently going through interior construction therefore the Seraphs are at different locations. Michael-sama is waiting this way.”

Sister goes forward while saying that.

That building is going through construction, huh. ……Perhaps they are strengthening the interior in order to be ready for any terrorist act?

Several minutes after going forward we find ourselves in what appears to be a middle court. There are many varieties of flowers blossomed in different colours and there’s also water flowing. Therefore it appears like a garden.

We then find a certain individual sitting at a table at the terrace, in a small hut. As soon as he sees us, he gets up and shows a gentle smile at us.

“Hello everyone. It’s been awhile.”

The handsome man with golden wings—it’s Michael-san! The leader of Heaven! The legendary Chief Angel! The last time we met him while standing this close was the sports day held between the Three Great Powers.

“It sure has been a while, Michael-sama. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for inviting us on this occasion.”

The members of the ORC also greet him politely, while having Rias says that as our representative. We need to make sure to not be rude! We have been invited to a crucial location of the place above the skies while representing the Devils after all.

He then urges us to sit. Michael-san then questions us as we sit.

“What’s your impression of Heaven?”

“How should I put it. It feels divine……”

That’s my honest opinion.

“It’s a wonderful place. If human souls really do come here after their death, then it really must be a paradise.”

Rias says such a thing. She also had her eyes glued towards the rare sight of Heaven and observed it with keen eyes.

“Well, the majority of the deceased go to Hell.”

Michael-san gives such Heaven joke! I don’t even know if I should laugh at it!

“Please don’t be too stiff. There isn’t anything here……but please make yourselves at home.”

When Michael-san raises his hand, an Angel woman (she’s really adorable!) pours tea for us. Angels and Devils having tea together in Heaven isn’t something you would experience quite often.

“Please let me thank you once more for your hard work this year. —It sure was a year filled with so many shocking events. However, it’s also true that if all of you weren’t present, then the current situation for Heaven and the Underworld would never have happened. Having tea together like this with Devils in Heaven is something you simply couldn’t have imagined last year. All of this is now possible only thanks to the efforts of the young ones such as yourselves, efforts which will avoid the risk the next generation will lose their lives in battles. I thank you once again.”

It’s such an honour getting praised by the Chief-Angel!

“I believe you have visited here previously, Xenovia.”

“Yes, Michael-sama. That happened back at the time when I came here to get my Durandal repaired when it was destroyed by the leader of the Hero-faction.”

Among the legendary items possessed by the Church, Heaven is keeping and also repairing items that could be used in the human world. The combined holy-sword of Durandal and Excalibur had been sent to this place to get maintained after each battle. Seeing the sword sent here in the morning and coming back in the afternoon back to Xenovia’s side is something we have seen quite often. The fusion of legendary Holy-swords is still in the trial-phase, therefore Heaven must want to search through many aspects of it.

After that we move onto the discussion of the Christmas project of which Michael-san showed us the schedule and the project’s contents. We exchanged opinions and discussed about how we should give the presents out.

“It’s about time the person who came up with this project will arrive on the scene where this project will take place. I guess it will be enough to simply have a final confirmation with him. I’m sure all of you are busy so it may be better to confirm the details of this project and return back to your position.”

Saying that, Michael-san ends the discussion for the Christmas project.

I see, so it’s about time the person who started this project will arrive in the human world, at Kuou town.

After confirming the Christmas project, we bring out a single round object.

“And this is—the jewel which has Grendel’s soul sealed within.”

Like I said, this has the soul of Grendel that we defeated when we were defending Auros academy. We came to Heaven after listening to our comrades opinion in order to have Heaven check on it and secure it.

Evil Dragons are very persistent. Even if we manage to seal their souls in these jewels, there’s still a chance their consciousness will leak out. Therefore Azazel-sensei said that we should leave these things to Heaven which specialises in these departments.

Michael-sama then says it after he receives the jewel.

“We shall examine and keep this away while cooperating with the Grigori.”

Alright, things will be okay with this.

Our discussion with Michael-san ends and while we continue to have a tea party under a peaceful atmosphere, a voice can be heard.

“Michael-sama.”

A woman’s voice with a long vowel. When I look that way—I find a beauty with a gentle smile and wavy blonde hair! The number of wings growing out from her back is the same as Michael-san. She appears while wearing a Santa costume.

“Oh, if it isn’t Gabriel.”

“Gabriel-sama.”

Michael-san and Sister Griselda says the name of that beauty.

Yes, this person is none other than the most beautiful woman in Heaven! Gabriel-san, one of the Four Great Seraphs! Her beauty is too bright for my eyes! Furthermore, you can tell how glamorous her body is even though she's wearing a Santa costume, which isn’t showing much of her skin! Ah, her breasts are so huge that they're so fascinating! Those breasts of hers definitely must be filled with compassion and good fortune!

“Oh my~, Griselda-chan and everyone are here. Especially the Devils here who I haven’t met since the sports day. How are all of you doing?”

Gabriel-san who notices us greets us politely. The instant she bows her head down, her enormous breasts bounce! Is it me or are those breasts of hers shining in the light!?

I guess if it’s the breasts of a Seraph,they must be filled with holy power. I can’t stop but think as such!

That instant, a circle drawn with many layers of Angel’s symbols appears around me! It’s not a magic-circle. It must be symbols used by Angels.

“—!? W-What the!? Why are there barrier like things!?”

I become shocked at the sudden appearance of the barriers but Michael-san makes a bitter smile.

“I’m sorry. That’s a system which activates automatically when your evil passion appears more than necessary in Heaven. –You can say it’s a device which prevents you from falling. It normally activates when an Angel has his or her worldly desires increased, to restrain them……but it looks like it also activated on the Sekiryuutei.”

A falling prevention device! So he’s saying it activated by responding to my evil passion! So that means I would be in a risk of falling if I was an Angel?

“……Ise-senpai has been staring at Gabriel-sama’s breasts with lewd eyes.”

I once again received a harsh comment from Koneko-chan! Yes! I sure had my mind distracted by Gabriel-san’s breasts!

Gabriel-san herself isn’t showing any sign of concern and instead shows her smile at me.

“Oh my~, this Devil-san sure is naughty. That’s a no-no, okay? Bad♪”

I get my forehead hit by her index finger. ……Aaah, she sure does give you a punishment in such an adorable way!

I’m getting all hyped but the barrier strenghtens even more to the degree that something which sounds like an alarm starts to echo!

“It seems like the security has increased……”

Even Asia is troubled by this situation.

“……Geez, Ise, calm yourself down.”

And it seems like even Rias is also astonished by my reaction.

S-Sorry! For showing such embarrassment! I don’t know why but Gabriel-san’s breasts has activated something inside me very violently! How should I put it? It’s been a while since I felt like this!

That’s how godly her breasts are!

“Oh, if it isn’t Ise-dono and others.”

When I turn around after hearing a familiar voice—I see Joker Dulio. He comes to our side with a big smile.

“Dulio, have you finished your walk?”

Dulio bows his head at Michael-san’s question.

“Ah, hi there. And sorry for asking for a time to get some air at a time like this……”

“Since it’s a time like this, breaks are something definitely needed from time to time. And I believe you will be helping with the Christmas project, Dulio?”

“Yes, of course. I’m good at giving out presents.”

Oh, I thought he wouldn’t participate since he didn’t show himself. So Dulio will also be joining the Christmas project.

—Then Sister Griselda changes the subject by asking Michael-san.

“Michael-sama. Maybe it will be good to notify them about that case?”

Michael-san nods.

“You’re right. It’s not like they are unrelated to it. The truth is there are incidents involving the staff of the Church whom is being attacked.”

—!

……The staff of the Church is being attacked? It suddenly turned into a fishy atmosphere.

Everyone puts on a serious face at that report and becomes alert to what he has to say. Michael-san continues.

“Not only are there fatal casualties among the leaders of the Vatican, but there are also those being killed among those with important positions in other branches. We are still investigating the incidents in order to find more accurate information, but it seems like there are presences of Evil Dragons being caught. So it’s most likely—”

“Qlippoth, correct?”

Rias continues after him. Michael-san also nods.

“Yes, so please be alert. Since we don’t know what their objective is, we will end up getting hurt if we lower our guard. —They are good at checkmating you by using traps.”

……The presence of Evil Dragons huh. And the Qlippoth attacking those related to the Church…… Well, it’s not weird if they do such things since they are terrorists…… But we don’t know what their aim is. Indiscriminate terrorism? That also sounds plausible……

While feeling uneasy from what I just heard, we return to the human world after ending our discussion with Michael-san and Gabriel-san.

Part 2[edit]

We returned from Heaven and climbed up the stairs from the basement of the Hyoudou residence (We parted with Sister Griselda in Heaven). I then hear people's laughter coming from the living room.

When we went there - since everyone curious—we found my mum speaking to a middle-aged man. He’s a brown haired man wearing priest’s clothing. ……He looks familiar. More like I have seen the very same hair colour as his……

The man shows a gentle smile when he notices us. His expression says that he knows me.

“Sorry to disappoint but I’m already here.”

“Papa!”

“Oh, my Angel! Are you doing okay?”

Irina and the man embrace each other! That’s right! Now I remember! No wonder he looked familiar!

This person is Irina’s dad!

Irina also hugs her dad happily.

“Of course! Papa, are you doing fine as well?”

“Of course.”

My mum then tells me as she watches the two of them happily.

“Ise. This person is Irina-chan’s father. Do you still remember him? I was shocked to see him since he returned so abruptly.”

Irina’s dad offered his hand to me.

“Hello there, Hyoudou Issei-kun. Do you still remember me?”

“My memory is vague but I kind of remember you. Sorry, my memory of you is poor since I was too little back then……”

“Oh no, not at all. Both you and Irina were little back then. It can’t be helped if your memory is vague.”

The Shidou family lived close by. Irina’s dad often brought snacks and juice to us when I visited Irina’s home to play with her. I remember how kind he was. Her mum was also a kind person. Oh yeah. Irina’s mum is running a Japanese restaurant business in England. They say that both Irina’s parents know about her reincarnating into an Angel. That part is clearly different from the Hyoudou family. I……haven’t confessed to my parents that I have been reincarnated into a Devil yet.

Irina’s dad then says with a big smile.

“It has been planned that I will work with Irina-chan for this project but let’s discuss about that afterwards. I have brought you souvenirs.”

We then came to realise it.

I see, so the person who came up with the Christmas project is……Irina’s dad!

Like this, we all ate dinner while having talks filled with laughter.

The heroic story of Irina we heard from Irina’s dad during dinner was so funny that Irina’s face turned red since it mostly was a story of a father praising his daughter.

“Geez! Papa, you even talked about my embarrassing history in front of Ise-kun’s parents!”

“Hahaha, I’m sorry. I would be satisfied if I can talk about how adorable you are but I couldn’t help myself”

Irina is enraged by this. Even the side of her making a face like that is cute. It’s rare to see Irina angry like this. That point alone makes me think how valuable it is to be able to see a new side of her when she is having dinner with her dad.

“Oh, so you guys came back from Heaven.”

Azazel-sensei returned back to the Hyoudou residence.

“You must be Irina’s father. I am Azazel.”

“Oh if this isn’t……the former Governor. How do you do. I am Shidou, I have role of both the pastor and agent of the Protestant Church. Irina sure has been under your care……”

Sensei and Irina’s dad exchange a handshake. From Irina’s dad perspective Sensei would be the former Governor of the Fallen Angel’s organisation and a teacher in the school her daughter is enrolled at.

Since Azazel-sensei came to the VIP room again, Irina’s dad says this after making a cough.

“Let me introduce myself again. My name is Shidou Touji, the one who came up with this Christmas project. I am the pastor of the Protestant Church of England.”

“Did you know that my papa was an exorcist in a past?”

Irina adds. So a pastor huh. If I remember right, you call a male churchman a father for Catholicism and a pastor for Protestantism. Huh? Wasn’t a pastor a teacher and not a churchman? Well, they do say that the way they are called and their teaching itself changes for each teaching. Except, unlike priests, pastors can marry.

“That’s how it is, so for today we will just confirm what we must do for this project,go through the reason why I started it, and then prepare for the actual day to come.”

From there we get explained from Irina’s dad of how he came up with this idea and the points we must be cautious about. Well, it's something that was already explained beforehand so it was easy to understand what he had to say. The reason why he came up with this project is basically a way to show gratitude to the people living here and to put it even more bluntly, a compensation fee for causing them inconveniences.

What shocked me the most from his explanation is that Irina’s dad is office chief of the protestant side! Apparently he has a role in a certain branch. ……He’s a VIP! The reason why he doesn’t have any guards is because he declined to have them follow him since this land is a familiar place for him.

Irina’s dad, who finished explaining a quick run-through for this Christmas project, starts looking through his baggage after saying “Oh yeah, I have a gift”.

What he takes out is a—doorknob. ……A doorknob. Why a doorknob? While everyone puts on a puzzled look while staring at the doorknob, Irina’s dad explains while he changes it with the doorknob of the VIP room’s door.

“It will work anywhere so please attach it to a door. For example this room’s door. You remove the doorknob of this door, replace it with this one, and then when you open the door—”

What appears within our line of sight is—a spacious unfamiliar room! What the. Even though he opened the door from inside the VIP room, what we see isn’t the corridor but an unknown room!

The room has a size of twenty tatami mats……no, even more. It may be bigger than my room which went through renovation. There are statues of Angels, portraits of the prophets, and ornaments which looks like they will bring fortunes decorated inside the room. It gives off the vibe Devils will receive damage simply by entering it.

What’s standing out the most is the huge bed located at the centre of the room, a bed which comes with a canopy!

There is no other furniture other than the bed, the chairs, a table, and a clock. But man, I can’t keep myself from sensing a mysterious vibe radiating from here. How should I put it? It feels the same as when I encounter a priest or a feeling similar to the power of light of the Angels……

Irina’s dad says it to us who are observing the room with suspicion.

“This is a special room, a room created in a way that doesn't cause problems for an Angel and a Devil should they make babies in here. This doorknob will connect it to a customised alternative space.”

[—!?]

Everyone is shocked at his words! O-Of course! Obviously! So this room which is giving out a holy vibe……is a room which is even okay for a Devil and an Angel to make babies……!

Irina’s dad grabs her by her shoulders and declares it very loudly!

“Irina-chan, don’t hold back in deepening your love with Ise-kun inside this room!”

“E……eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!?”

Irina screams in astonishment when she hears her father saying such a thing,something she couldn’t have possibly predicted!

Leaving us dumbfounded and unable to respond to this, Irina’s dad starts to tell his story in tears.

“……Uuu, I gave up on being able to have grandchildren when Irina-chan reincarnated into an Angel……! I was about to abandon my dream for the sake of our beliefs……! And thanks to the kindness of the Seraph Michael-sama, I was given the opportunity to become a grandfather……! Ah, this must also be the lord’s love! Amen!”

Her dad who started doing prayers started to repeat the kind words of Michael-san.

[The Angel Irina, and Hyoudou Issei-kun. There won’t be any problem whatever you two do in there. Please try out many things in there. Both of you are young, man and woman. So everything will be a challenge and turn into a good experience. I presume there are such beliefs.]

…………

……W-What kind of beliefs are those!? A room in where we can do anything we want!? Ah, oh, I do remember Irina and Xenovia talking about this and that. About Michael-san coming up with ideas for Irina. ……Though I never guessed that they would actually use all the technologies Heaven had to offer in order to invent this……! I thought that Heaven, more precisely Michael-san, would use their technology more seriously unlike the Grigori and the Underworld who are using it for strange purposes! But that wasn’t the case! Even Heaven turned to use its technology in an abnormal way, coming to create a doorknob leading to a baby-making room! Even the Angels are putting too much effort for funny, yet weird, things!

Irina’s dad whose face is covered in tears places his hand on my shoulder.

“……Ise-kun, I place my grandchildren in your hands.”

“U-Umm, e-excuse me……”

Even if you suddenly bring the word grandchildren into the discussion……I don’t know how I am supposed to react…… But Irina’s dad doesn’t realise that I’m getting confused so he simply nods by himself.

“Yup yup! I don’t mind either a boy or a girl! No, in fact I want to see lots of my grandchildren by having you two put so much effort in making babies! Ah, if it’s a girl then she will probably become lovely like Irina-chan…… Since she will become a child of an Angel, she will turn out to be a very angel-like girl? I guess it will become courageous like a Dragon if it’s a boy……”

……Ah, his mind went to the world of his own. This habit of his is exactly like Irina’s! They really are daughter and father! His bad side has been passed on to Irina!

After hearing this, Irina—

“You dummy dummy dummy dummy dummy! Papa you dummy! Michael-sama! For all people, why did you have to give it to papa!? I can’t stand this anymore! Ise-kun will hate me now!”

She hides herself at the corner of the VIP room. I can feel your pain, Irina. This must be hard to endure. And to have her own dad bring it! What kind of humiliating play is this!?

“……This kind of room is revolutionary.”

“Once you enter this room, there’s only one thing you need to do……”

The ones that are really interested in this room are Rias and Akeno-san!

“……It may be a room which I don’t want Nee-sama to find out about.”

“It sure does seem like she won’t let Ise-sama off till he gets dried up once she takes him inside.”

Even Koneko-chan and Ravel are saying disturbing things!

“Let’s borrow it next time, Asia.”

“…..I-It’s a room we have to prepare ourselves for!”

I can also see Xenovia and Asia who are full of energy!

“…………Oh my! I have my head full of indecent things! It’s too early for me! It’s too early I say!”

It seems like Rossweisse-san is shaking her head while her face is beet-red!

The one who rests his hand on my shoulder, noticing how troubled on how to react to this situation I am, is—Azazel-sensei. He’s putting on such a lecherous face!

“You did it Ise! You won’t find a situation where a Devil or a Dragon can make love to an Angel without making them fall so often! Man, you womaniser!”

“Eh……I-I am……?”

I can only put on a bitter smile but Sensei puts on a puzzled look when he sees my face.

“…………”

He starts to speak after a pause.

“……Hmm, I did have a vague feeling about it……”

Sensei scratches his cheek.

“……W-What is it?”

Sensei sighs at me who asked him a question out to curiosity.

“Your sexual desire sure did become weak ever since you started dating Rias. Before you would have been craving for perverted things……but maybe it's because you became a riajuu, now I don’t feel as much lust from you as before.”

“—!?”

……He can’t sense any lust……? From me……?

“……T-The sexual desire……?”

“Have you been using dress break or pailingual during battles lately? Though it isn’t something you should be using so often.”

“N-No, I haven’t used them.”

When he puts it that way, I certainly haven’t used them even if my opponents happened to be women…… The last time I used it was……against Jeanne from the Hero-faction I think. During the assaults of the magicians, they attacked us without women as they were cautious of my abilities.

Maybe Sensei finds it weird, so he asks me.

“Hmm? You didn’t use it against Walburga of the Purple Flames? She’s a woman ain't she? Couldn’t you have predicted her moves if you used pailingual on her?”

“…………!? ……I-I didn’t use it on her……”

Oh my god! I just found out! Back then at that place! I was against Walburga back then! She was fighting against Saji but I sure was there! ……Couldn’t I have supported Saji by activating my pailingual……? Why couldn’t I come up with that idea? Was it because I saw that awful cooking class done by Fafnir? No, if it was the me from a bit in the past I would still have spoken to the breasts even after witnessing such thing.

—It’s because there are oppai ahead.

Both my hands are shaking. It’s because I finally found that little change in me.

Sensei says it to me with a worried voice.

“……Oioioi, seriously? One of your strengths is your sexual desire that appears even during battles. Isn’t that how you survived all those life-and-death situations till now? Well, the opponent was a skilled Magician and also the possessor of a relic, the Longinus. There was a high chance that it wouldn’t have worked. I see, so you didn’t use your pailingual.”

……I didn’t. Even the thought of not working didn’t cross my mind so I didn’t use pailingual on her, If it was me from a bit before, wouldn’t I have thought something in the lines of “I will read through their mind if the opponent is a woman!”?

“Well, that may be one sign of your growth, but……there are guys who become weak after getting themselves a woman. Well, I think you will be fine…… Everyone has their eyes on your actions. So including your sexual desire, expand and improve your abilities to the fullest.”

……Have I become satisfied by getting a girlfriend? Absurd! I, who have been called the embodiment of sexual desire possibly can’t cool down just with getting a girlfriend……! The road to become a Harem King is still far away and I haven’t even got laid yet! You are saying I cooled down simply because of that!?

……It won’t be weird for guys my age all over the world to have at least one girlfriend! Isn’t it, a natural thing for me to have a girlfriend!? There is a huge difference between my current and my past environment! I also don’t recall I abandoned my stance to crave for a woman’s body either! ……I don’t remember doing such a thing……

Sensei puts his hand on my head who is feeling down.

“Well, don’t feel so bad. You can simply increase your sexual desire again. Let’s see……did you meet Gabriel up there?”

“Y-Yes. I did meet her.”

Sensei puts on a lewd face again.

“Her breasts. They were amazing, weren't they?”

“Yes! They sure were amazing!”

Oh man, those sure were amazing! They were so godly, they felt like they had some unknown power in them. So I couldn’t help myself but stare at those!

Sensei starts talking seriously.

“Those things……made my wings go black and white since I imagined about touching those when I was in Heaven. No man has ever seen or touched Gabriel’s breasts. According to the female Angels that saw them—they described them as the finest breasts out there.”

—The finest breasts.

Such wonderful praise! I would love to see such breasts at least once!

“I even think that it wouldn’t have been bad if I had fallen by touching those.”

I can understand his feeling! Even if I was born as an Angel, I wouldn't have mind falling if I had touched the finest breast!

……Ah!

It feels like something I have forgotten is coming back to me just by remembering about Gabriel-san’s breasts.

Sensei also smiles seeing me.

“That’s a good lewd face you are putting on. Looks like what you received from Heaven wasn’t nothing. Ise, if you want to resurrect your sexual desire from before, you can only accomplish it by wishing to see breasts of that caliber. And by seeing those breast you may find an answer. If it’s you who has been allowed to enter Heaven, then you might be able to fulfill the dream which I couldn’t.”

Sensei puts his hand around me and whispers to my ear.

“—Ise, aim for the number one breasts in Heaven.”

“Y-Yes! I will definitely see Gabriel-san’s breasts one day!”

The teacher and student embrace each other in tears!

Leaving the girls who are captivated by the baby-making room behind, me and Sensei exchange a passionate hug between lewd guys.

There was the issue about the baby-making room, but we ended up having a quick discussion about the future meetings once Irina’s dad left. It was mainly about the time allocation for our training and Devil’s work. By the way Irina’s dad was asked out by Sensei.

“Office-chief Shidou! Do you want to come with me to a shop run by my subordinates?”

“Is it okay? Oh my, I was just thinking about going somewhere since I haven’t come to this town for a while.”

“Then this will be a good time. —Do you like tits?”

“Yes, I love them.”

“Then there’s no problem! Seriously, you sure are a horny pastor! Let’s go, to the night town of Kuou!”

“Hahaha! Irina-chan, keep this is a secret from your mother, okay?”

They disappeared into the night of this town after having such a discussion! Azazel-sensei’s diplomacy at night not only is given to that geezer Odin, but also those related to Christianity! The face of Irina’s dad who said he loves breasts looked lively! He is an outrageous lewd geezer! Xenovia went as far as to say things like “To be expected from Irina’s father. He does look lewd”.

……Oh well, let’s put that aside for now. Though I also wanted to go with them.

Just like I thought, I checked my schedule and found out that I won’t have time to hang out with Matsuda and Motohama. Furthermore, we don’t know when Qlippoth might strike. So I wouldn't have had any time to hang out with my friends from the beginning.

“Now then, we’ll stop here for today. Good job everyone.”

Our duty for today ends with Rias’s words which signify the end of the discussions for today. Today has been a busy day since we went to Heaven to have a meeting about Christmas and also having Irina’s dad come. Being affiliated with DxD sure makes your life packed with events.

……Then something crossed my mind all of a sudden so I ask Koneko-chan who is washing the teacups.

“……Hey, Koneko-chan. Did I lose my lewdness?”

“……You still are lewd.”

Koneko-chan answers immediately.

“R-Right?”

If that’s what Koneko-chan says, then it must mean I’m still lewd. But Koneko-chan adds.

“……But.”

“But?”

“Your lewd face looks much calmer than before.”

“—!”

…………Even Koneko-chan who has sharp instinct towards my lewdness is saying that my sexual desire has weakened from before.

……I guess I need to think about it. It scares me to think that it would affect me from now on if my source of power has weakened. Hmm, what should I do? Should I talk to Rias about it?

When I was thinking such, Rias speaks to me.

“Ise, do you have a minute?”

“……What’s wrong?”

“Yes, the truth is I received a call from my house so I will have to return to my castle now.”

A call from the House of Gremory? So she will be returning to her castle temporarily huh.

“Does that mean something happened?”

Rias tilts her head when I asked.

“……It sounded like it’s not much of a good news. Think about the season we are in. It won’t be weird for anything to happen. I was just thinking about seeing Onee-sama so I will be going back for a short time. I will be back by tomorrow night.”

……She would tell me directly if things were really serious and the fact that she has to return means that they want to inform her of something which can’t be revealed to the public. I’m worried about what actually happened but I feel relieved that she can go and meet Grayfia-san.

“Roger that. Then we will do the rest of the cleanup. —Give my greetings to Grayfia-san.”

When I say that, she smiles back to me saying “Okay, I sure will. Thanks”.

Part 3[edit]

Late that night—

“……Hmm, Ise……do you think I have a baby inside me with this……? I’m worried that I don't, so one more time……”

I can hear such seductive sleep talk from besides me!

Akeno-san who is sleeping while she’s wrapped around me! Since Rias isn’t here tonight, I ended up sleeping with Asia and Akeno-san!

Due to Rias’s absence, Akeno-san snuck into my bed while wearing a see-through negligee! I won’t be able to sleep if she sleeptalks like that right beside me!

What kind of dream exactly are you having Akeno-san!? What am I doing inside your dream!?

I’m so curious of it that I don’t think I can sleep! Rather I'm feeling the soft sensation of a woman’s body all over my body! And I can’t move an inch if she is clinging onto me like this!

So I hug Akeno-san tightly, and—

“……Aaan, Ise……”

She strengthens her hug and says such things in her sleep so it makes it even harder for me to move!

Umm! Umm! How can I lead this defenceless Akeno-san to act to my liking!?

I ended up using my brain so no answer comes out for that question. Suddenly, someone pokes me.

Asia? Even though I turned around thinking it was her, I find her sleeping. Then when I look around trying to find out who it is—

(……Shhh!)

Xenovia appears while putting her body over me! She uses her finger to tell me to be quiet.

(X-Xenovia. Something happened late this night?)

I ask with a low voice to avoid waking up Akeno-san and Asia.

(……Rias-buchou returned to the Underworld temporarily, right?)

(Y-Yeah. She returned to check on Grayfia-san and also because there was an urgent call for her.)

(……And Asia?)

(Fast asleep.)

(……I see, she certainly is sleeping. Both Asia and Akeno-fukubuchou.)

Xenovia confirms that both of them are sleeping. This is what she says.

(Come with me. There’s something I want to show you.)

I somehow manage to escape Akeno-san's embrace without waking and I leave the room while following Xenovia.

We left the room and arrived in front of Xenovia’s room which is a floor above my room. ……Coming to Xenovia’s room late at night huh. What is she plotting?

“Now, Ise. Open it.”

“?”

Xenovia sure is saying weird things. She’s asking me to open the door leading to her own room.

I turn the doorknob like she ordered. Then—what appears to my sight is that baby-making room from before!

“Wha! Isn’t this!?”

I ask Xenovia but I end up entering the room after she pushes me from behind!

Then a sound of the door being closed follows! I try to turn the doorknob immediately but I couldn’t do it due to an unknown power which is coming from the other side of the door!

“H-Hey! Xenovia! What’s the meaning of this!?”

Xenovia tells the confused me from the outside.

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“I thought we should use it since they went through all the trouble to give it to us. Prepare yourself, Ise. Your partner is waiting.”

……My partner is waiting? When I turn around and look behind after finding it suspicious—

“………..Hello, Ise-kun.”

There’s Irina who is wearing a negligee while having her hair down!

Irina then says to me shyly while looking down.

“……Umm, umm……”

Irina has a high tone of voice right now and uses her shaking legs to walk to the corner of the bed and sit there.

“……Don’t you want to come here and have a small chat?”

…………E-Even if you say that! T-To talk when she says it that way in a room like this room while she's dressed up like that!

But I can’t go back. So the only thing I can do is go forward……?

After I gulp down my saliva, I walk to my bed. ……Even though it’s a bed, I feel pathetic at myself for sitting a bit away from Irina.

“…………”

“…………”

Both of us become silent. What were Xenovia's intentions when she made me come here? More like, what intentions does Irina have by being here?

……Though I do think there’s a simple explanation behind it. But it’s too daring so I’m really confused. No, it’s because we were introduced to this room just earlier you know? I never expected I would step foot in here in the same day!

And this room is for an Angel and Devil…… T-That means Michael-san made it for me and Irina. And for Irina and me who are the main two beings in here!

I then take a glimpse of Irina beside me. She’s wearing a negligee. Usually she wears normal pyjamas but today she’s wearing a negligee similar to the ones worn by Rias and Akeno-san. ……Obviously it's see-through! It’s so transparent that I can’t see her wearing a bra and……not only can I see her round breasts but also the tip of it! Oh yeah, now I remember that she’s often in a state where she wears no bra! No, more importantly her breasts have a nice shape, her body has no useless fat because she’s a warrior, and furthermore she has a nice curve……!

……Phew. I need to calm down. The mood is important. Even if I were to turn into a wild animal, going at her right away won’t be a good thing at all. What we need to do first is have a proper conversation.

……Oh yeah, talking about that will be good. This is a good chance. I might as well say it.

“Oh yeah, I remembered about the Christmas promise we made when we were kids.”

I say that to Irina. Hearing that, Irina looks at me as if she isn’t shy anymore.

“—We will defeat Santa together and share his presents! Right?”

When I say that, Irina is in such joy that she puts on a big smile.

“So you remembered. I thought I was the only one who remembered it and that you had already forgotten that promise.”

Irina even has her eyes all wet. Looks like she’s happy that I remembered our promise.

“Well, I did forget it. But I started to remember it while we were preparing for Christmas.”

Yeah, that’s the gist of it. I started to get a flashback while I was working with Irina which in turn brought my memories back. Oh yeah, when I was a kid I made a promise with my childhood friend, in this case Irina, during the cold time of the year.

Irina starts to chuckle because she remembers it.

“Yeah, we certainly were innocent back then, or should I say we were clueless…… We sure did come up with so many reckless ideas. I sure had fun back then when I played like a boy with you and even thought like one.”

I do think that I did lots of reckless things with Irina when I was little. I completely mistook Irina for a boy so I played and took her to places girls wouldn’t definitely be happy to go to.

“We sure often went to places like the forest of a park which is outside the town and also destroyed shrines.”

“Yup. We even took an insect catcher with us and rode our bicycles to somewhere far as well.”

“You say far but we were kids so the furthest we could go was the next town……”

“But it was so fun since it felt like we entered a new world.”

“Yeah, like those sweets we bought from the candy-store of an unfamiliar town. I still remember the taste of it.”

“Yup! We certainly did eat things like lettuce-jirou and Micchan the octopus.”

Oh man, I can’t believe it’s this easy to remember. I sure did play a lot with Irina. Maybe it’s because she was one of the few around my age in my neighbourhood, so it feels like we did all sorts of things together. Even our memories of Christmas are so childish. They're filled with cluelessness and recklessness.

I then open up to her as I talk to her.

“Sorry that I didn’t know you were a girl. But I did think of you who was a child my age in this neighbourhood who would also do reckless things with me as an important friend……”

Irina suddenly looks down when I said that.

“…………A friend, huh.”

Irina mutters in such way! Ah, looks like I failed! I should rephrase it!

“N-No, I meant a childhood friend! Sorry……even though I’m the only one who shares the time of our childhood with you.”

—But Irina chuckles and looks up the ceiling.

“Speaking about that, I had Rias-san ask me about it.”

Apparently Rias asked Irina.

—Can you please tell me about Ise when he was a child?

“I was sure that she was jealous of me for being the only one who knew about your childhood, Ise-kun. So I naturally started having more conversations with Rias-san. By the time I realised it, she started calling me “Irina”.”

Ah, so that’s how the two of them started getting along while calling each other by their given names without feeling reserved. So the two of them have become close by sharing the story of my childhood huh.

Irina starts to speak with a serious face.

“The truth is Rias-san has been the person who I wasn’t able to get along with the most among the ORC members. That’s because she would have been someone I couldn’t possible coexist with since I’m from the Church side, you know? She’s—the heiress of the House of Gremory, a high-class Devil. She’s a genuine princess so I felt that the world she lives in is way different from mine who is a normal warrior of the Church. So it was kind of hard to interact with her. Though it’s true that it was easy getting along with Asia-san and Xenovia who are also from the Church.”

……So she had such reasons. Even though it seems like they are getting along living together at a glance, there are different opinions from each person. It’s just that I didn’t realise it.

But Irina then smiles.

“But I started to find out as I started speaking to Rias-san. Oh, she’s also a girl just like me. She would smile. Become sad. She would get angry. And also become happy…… Even though she’s older than me by a year, I started to feel that she’s also a girl of my age very strongly. Then I started having more discussions with her. From being someone I can’t interact with, she became my precious comrade then my friend.”

……So the relation between Rias and Irina started changing and developed when I didn’t realise it.

Irina turns red.

“……I came to realise one more thing once again as I got close to Rias-san. As I started to talk about Ise-kun’s childhood to Rias-san, I started to think……“I don’t want to talk anymore than this” and “I want to keep this memory to myself”……”

Irina—came close to me. Even though I sat a bit away from her, Irina shortened the distance between us without me noticing it.

“Ah, now I understand, without noticing, I—”

Irina takes my hand.

“……I-Irina?”

I become confused. That’s because Irina suddenly shortened the distance between us and took my hand!

Irina takes my hand slowly—and brings it towards her breast. My fingers! My palm! It’s feeling a soft sensation! My whole hand is glued onto Irina’s breast!

Ah, Irina’s soft breassssst! Not only it is smooth, but the feeling of this Angel’s skin under my hand is violently stunning my brain!

Irina puts on an emotional eye and starts putting on a seductive face. I never thought that a girl who acts so innocent all the time can put on such a hot face……!

“……Looks like my wings won’t glitter even after doing this much.”

Like Irina said, the wings on her back are—still white! Usually Irina’s wings turn white and black when she does erotic things like these. ……So this room really does allow a Devil and Angel to do it……?

Irina—then pushes me down! I lay down on the bed. Irina then positions herself in a way in which it looks like she is on top of me. Her negligee is falling off and her developed body is basically exposed. Her long brown hair falls onto my face and something which smells nice stimulates my nose. ……This smell of shampoo coming from her hair sure does break my mind……!

Irina then mutters with a sad face.

“So in here I can do naughty things with Ise-kun……”

Irina’s face comes closer to my face slowly. At this rate, Irina and I will—

I then hear a sound of the door being opened when I swallowed my saliva.

When I take a quick look, I can see eyes from the gap created by the opened door……and there are several of them! They are in a state where they are showing half of their faces from the other side of the door and their eyes are directed at us. I can also hear their conversation.

“……Irina, you have grown……I can’t stop myself from crying……!”

“……Xenovia-san, is Irina-san really going to……!”

It's Xenovia and Asia!

“……This room is simply indecent.”

“Even though you say that, you are desperately staring at them.”

There’s even Koneko-chan and Kuroka!

“……Lately I have been talking to Rias about it. Just how can we stop our junior’s aggressive approach?”

“……Indecent……it’s so lewd……”

That must be Akeno-san and Rossweisse-san (in her accent-mode)!

“……It seems like the schedule will collapse if I don’t manage this room as well.”

“Awawawaw……s-so Angels also make room like this!”

Ravel and Le Fay are watching as well!?

“Ise, are you breeding?”

Even Ophis is there! You can’t say something like breeding!

“A-All of yoooooou! What are you girls peeping for!?”

I can’t resist from saying that! Irina also returns to her own calm state and starts to fix her clothes in panic. But then Irina starts to blurt out in laughter.

“……I can now understand how Rias-san feels. This is quite impossible to do.”

After Irina says that, she then asks everyone.

“Geez, all of you. Do all of you want to take a look around this room?”

Like this, the sightseeing of the baby-making room commenced.

I understood at that time that even though it was hard to tell, this room comes with a bathroom and a fridge. On top of that the bed can spin. Even the pillows can glow in seven different colours……

Michael-san, you put unnecessary technology in this room……

Part 4[edit]

The next day—

After training the whole morning, we spent the afternoon working on the Christmas project.

Me, Asia, Xenovia, Irina, Rossweisse-san, and Irina’s dad went to a train station which is two stations away from the one in our town.

We came to check the presents for the project in different places of this town, like the large electronic stores and the bookstores, since they have better selections than the ones in Kuou town.

We checked which ones are popular and also asked the store clerks about the products's specs. All of us decided that we will use this occasion to choose a portion of the presents we have decided to give out for Christmas. I guess receiving a present which is quite new and useful will make the ones receiving it happier. It’s a shame that we couldn’t research what the residents wanted……

“I’m very sorry for having all of you spend your precious time on this.”

Irina’s dad apologises to us.

“Oh no, it was actually a good change for once.”

“He’s right, Irina’s dad. Usually our job is to train, so coming this far was a good experience.”

Xenovia sure did learn how to speak smoothly all of a sudden! I guess this is something she acquired after aiming to become the student president. ……Oh crap, it feels like Xenovia will become more normal than me! Since she’s potentially different from me, she will turn into a talented girl after she learns a bit! It feels like it was so long ago when she was called a muscle-brain swordswoman! No, I do still think that she only relies power during battles!

Irina then says after confirming the memo she wrote.

“Next we will be checking the costumes. Let’s head to the store which has cosplay costumes.”

Irina leads us after saying that.

A Santa costume huh. Looks like they are keen on it since the majority of them are girls. To be honest I don’t think there’s a difference in a Santa’s costume. But when I said that—

“Looking at the places which sell them will turn to be a good example!”

That’s what they said. Hmm, they already had a look at the costume since they received a sample of it already so they can use that as a specimen…… Understanding girls’ minds is difficult.

As we walk, Rossweisse-san suddenly asks me.

“B-By the way Ise-kun. I-I’m asking this is one of the examples, but……please be aware that this is an example, okay?”

Rossweisse-san asks shyly after saying that.

“From Ise-kun’s perspective, for a costume worn by women……should it be those authentic trousers or……a skirt?”

Trousers or skirt, huh. Well, if a woman is to wear them, then—

“I’m all for the skirt! And if it happens to be a miniskirt I might get excited over it! ……So I think a skirt will definitely suit Rossweisse-san for the Santa costume.”

When I said that, Rossweisse-san turns red.

“—! G-Geez! Y-You shouldn’t say such things to a girl without thinking about it, like that!”

S-She’s angry at me! And with her accent that is! But she then coughs and mutters.

“I-I see. A skirt, a skirt. ……Will it make my legs look slim……and I don’t think I can make it in time if I prepare for it now……or should I deceive it by using magic? But Granny said I won’t be able to deceive a boy’s eyes even if I do that—”

……Ever since the battle at Auros Academy, Rossweisse-san also started asking about my preferences. Though she’s saying that she’s asking for my opinion as an example……

During our way to the shop, though, it started to rain. It turned into heavy rain quickly so we went to a summer house located at the park nearby in order to take shelter.

We didn’t bring any umbrellas with us.

“Let’s wait until it stops.”

Since Rossweisse-san said that all of us agreed to her suggestion.

“If Joker Dulio was with us he could have easily controlled the rain in one go……”

Xenovia said that sarcastically……but we shouldn’t recklessly control the weather. It may be possible for Dulio but I don’t think he would recklessly do that unless it’s an emergency.

While all of us wait at the summer house, we can hear the sound of someone walking through the rain.

When I look forward— I see that a man who isn’t using an umbrella is standing under the rain. A man— with long black hair. When we look at what the man is holding onto, our alert level rises to the maximum.

……It’s because he’s holding onto a sword giving out an ominous feeling.

“Qlippoth……?”

Xenovia says that as she brings out the Ex-Durandal from the different dimension. ……Even if it’s raining, this is still a park used by civilians. And it’s during daytime. So taking excessive action will result in having unneeded attention onto us! Anyhow we cannot allow to simply be defeated by him, whose murderous intent directed at us is the real deal!

We ready our stances at him but there’s one person among us who is really shocked at the appearance of the man.

Irina’s dad has his whole body shaking while looking at the man, as if he can’t believe his eyes.

“……I-It can’t be……! Why are you……!?”

Irina’s dad says it with a shaking voice. The man—puts on a creepy big smile.

“……It’s been a while. Shidou-san. ……Or should I call you the “Office-Chief” Shidou now?”

The man increases the wave of the sword he’s holding onto as he walks towards us! That aura coming from him isn’t normal. It has something which won’t bring us nothing good if we approach him carelessly!

Irina’s dad shouts after he takes a step forward.

“So it is you, Yaegaki-kun……!”

“Yes, I was given this opportunity. I came to deliver judgement to you.”

That instant—. The man leaps forward! I followed his movement with my eyes and used my whole body to feel his presence!

The man—shortened the distance between us without making any sound and slashed his sword at us from the side! We reacted immediately. Irina moved Asia and her dad to the rear. Xenovia and I blocked the enemy’s attack using our holy-sword and gauntlet respectively. Xenovia and I get our defence increased very high thanks to Rossweisse-san's defence-magic.

We can still feel the extreme destruction of its attack even with our enhanced defence……! Maybe it’s because I’m not wearing my armour, but I get pushed back by the impact from his sword! Xenovia withstood the impact on the spot even after receiving it and started to exchange sword blows with the man!

Xenovia attained high speed due to the holy-sword’s trait. Slashes which can’t be seen with the naked eye are aimed at the man—but the man responds to Xenovia’s attack by blocking it and then attacking her back!

—! He can even exchange blows on par with Xenovia! Xenovia, who has the trait of destruction in each of her attacks. But it’s as if the man can oversee it. He doesn’t get hit by her attacks and easily shortens his distance with her by overcoming it! Xenovia also doesn’t receive any critical damage as she evades it by an inch. But different parts of her clothes are torn. Her attacks filled with destruction which are evaded by the man create holes in the ground of this park, blowing the ground away.

“Xenovia!”

Irina shoots arrows of light from the rear but the man takes them down with his sword while he’s taking on Xenovia!

I also use Balance Break right away. I try to find a chance to shoot my Dragon-Shot……but it looks like the man is no ordinary assassin. I can’t find the slightest opening. Even while he’s exchanging blows with Xenovia, he’s still paying attention to me and Rossweisse-san so we are in a situation in which we can’t break his guard down.

Xenovia shouts.

“This slash! It’s something learnt by an Exorcist. ……You must be a warrior from the Church, are you not?”

The man makes a cold smile at Xenovia’s question.

“Indeed, though it’s more precise to say “former”.”

Irina who took her dad to the rear shouts as she makes a stance with a mass-produced holy-sword.

“Hey, you! Why are you after papa!?”

He makes a creepy laughter, “kukuku”, when he witnesses Irina’s white wings.

“……So your daughter is an Angel, huh? Seriously, this must be mercy given to you from Heaven. Are you telling me this is the reward you received by killing me and her……!”

This man’s murderous intent—his hatred increases. ……Killed him and her? What does he mean……?

Irina’s dad seems like he understood something hearing that.

“Don’t tell me the one who killed Smith and Todoroki……and the other members back then was you……!?”

The man blurts out in laughter.

“……You are the only one left, Office-Chief Shidou.”

Even though he’s fighting Xenovia, his attention is now aimed towards Irina’s dad. I can feel a very strong aura of hatred coming from him. No, what’s coming out from him is his anger itself. You can say his whole body is enveloped by it. Just how much hatred does he have towards Irina’s father?

I stand between the two and ask the man.

“Hold on! I don’t know what’s going on but what’s your reason for attacking another person all of a sudden!?”

“……Can you step aside? This is revenge. If I kill that man I can finally lower my hatred by even the slightest.”

……Revenge? Irina’s dad also puts on a sad face and doesn’t deny it.

The man moves his eyes at me and puts on a serious face.

“Sekiryuutei, huh. Looks like I have no choice but to release the power of this sword. ……This whole surrounding has been turned into an isolated area after all.”

Saying that, the man concentrates on the sword he’s holding onto. That instant, the ominous aura coming from the blade increases drastically and distorts the space around him! The rain pouring on the man evaporates before touching him.

From the sword held by the man, an enormous and very black evil thing starts to take physical form. What appears from the sword is –— a large eight headed Dragon! It’s shedding tears of blood from its eyes and its large mouth which is wide open is showing its sharp fangs.

……A Dragon grew out from a sword……! A gigantic eight headed giant dragon emerged from that sword! It’s over ten metres in length! Each of the heads moves as if each of them has a mind of its own.

Irina’s dad becomes speechless.

“——! ……Yaegaki-kun, t-that sword……!”

The man, the swordsman called Yaegaki, strokes the blade which has eight heads growing out from it.

“……Divine Spiritual Sword “Ama-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi”. Well, right now it’s been altered and looks like this.”

— Ama-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi!

I’ve heard about it! I’m sure it’s the Japanese holy-sword. From what I heard the sword was currently broken and it was in the middle of being repaired…… But it’s the first time I hear that a Dragon is residing in it! Rather, this ominous feeling isn’t that of a holy-sword but more of a demonic-sword!

Ddraig who has been quiet till now tells me.

[……Partner, that’s an Evil Dragon.]

—Evil Dragon!

I guessed so. That evil aura is so dangerous that I can only think of an Evil Dragon.

[The Evil Dragon resided in that sword. And this poisonous aura……]

Looks like Ddraig is familiar with this aura……

Irina then shouts.

“Ama-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi was supposed to be broken and was in middle of restoration!”

“That’s why it was repaired. Though it has changed a lot…… The sword which appeared to be possessed by Yamato-no-Orochi.Don’t you think this is sarcastic and is wonderful?”

Yaegaki then says it at us.

“My hatred and the evil intent of the legendary Evil Dragon, “Venom Blood Dragon” Yamata-no-Orochi, possessed in this sword— I shall use this to give punishment to all of you!”

Saying that, Yaegaki slashes the sword possessed by the Evil Dragon with all his might!

The eight heads come at us! Maybe it’s because each of them has a mind of its own, so each head stretches out from the sword and comes at each of us!

“Ku!”

Rossweisse-san activates the defence magic-circle to block the Evil Dragon’s head charging at her but she gets pushed back due of not being able to withstand its power!

The head which is after Xenovia is trying to attack her violently by showing its fangs to bite her to death!

“Ha!”

Xenovia crushes the head with a single slash of her holy-sword by jumping to the rear—but the head regenerates immediately!

“—! The head regenerated!?”

I didn’t have time to be shocked as there is another head coming at me at high speed! Ddraig shouts inside me!

[Partner! The poison of Yamata-no-Orochi is dangerous! Do not touch its fangs or poison at all costs!]

Poison—. Samael flashes back in my mind but I doubt the poison it's as powerful as his. But it’s still the poison of an Evil Dragon. There’s no way I can just simply receive its attack head on!

I gather aura to my right arm and shoot the mass of aura at it immediately!

—A massive Dragon-Shot!

Several heads of Yamata-no-Orochi get blown away when being hit by my attack made up of demonic-power. –But they regenerate as if nothing happened!

There’s no end to this! Should I aim for the wielder!? When I look at the enemy I can see the Evil Dragon’s head around the man as if it’s protecting him. ……So he already predicted we will aim for him huh!

Well, with the endurance of these Dragon’s heads, we can easily blow them away! I simply need to blow all of them away in a single shot!

“Fairies!”

I make Dividing Wyvern Fairies appear from each of my jewels. When I give my command to them, the Wyverns fly in random directions in the air and surround the man. The Wyverns will attack the enemy at high speed at times. Well, they usually dodge it though.

But the preparation is set. With this I can reflect and boost my Dragon Shots to defeat the enemies instantly!

“Ise-san!”

Asia shouts out my name. I know why. ……She’s telling me to not push myself.

Yeah, I did unlock the Longinus Smasher in my previous fight with Euclid. That effect is still remaining in me. ……Due to that attack being too powerful and dangerous, I used up the majority of my Dragon’s power. In other words boosting up my power by using the Wyverns will put too much stress on me. Using boost in Balance Breaker state would be fine for my stamina but using Wyverns on top of boosting would be pretty hard in my current state.

According to Ddraig I would need to wait a month for it to be fully charged. So it means using Wyverns in my perfect condition and also using Longinus Smasher would still take time. One shot per month. Should I say this is an expensive deal or a cheap deal? Well, it will depend on the situation but for my current self it's quite good. I did unlock such a strong attack. But there will be no point if I can’t use it when I’m in danger!

I shoot out my Dragon Shot lightly! The bullet of demonic-power gets reflected by one of the Wyverns and changes its course! One of the Evil Dragon’s heads let its guard down but another head responds to it and bites it down!

If several heads acts on their own like that, it means they can support each other and replace the fallen heads. And it feels like the Evil Dragon is starting to respond better to our actions! Rossweisse-san’s arrows of ice made by her magic are also dodged and Xenovia’s strike are evaded! My rapid Dragon Shots also get taken down by its massive flamethrower!

—!

A suspicious scenery appears before my eyes. One of the heads—digs into the ground!

I have a bad feeling so I shout at Asia!

“Asiaaaaaa! Summon Fafniiiiiir!”

Asia tries to draw the Dragon Gate immediately but I can see the Evil Dragon moving through the ground as it pushes the ground up!

“I won’t let you!”

Xenovia releases aura from her holy-sword. The holy aura perfectly slices the Evil Dragon that is moving through the ground! —But it’s still moving at rapid speed despite being hit!

[Partner! If it has a powerful thought an Evil Dragon taking a physical form can still move even if it gets its head cut off!]

—! Damn it! The direction that head is moving towards! It’s heading towards Asia and Irina’s dad! Asia’s summon won’t make it in time!

Xenovia and I assessed the situation right away so we try to head their way. But several Yamata-no-Orochi’s heads stretch forward and block our path!

“ “You’re in the way!” ”

We eliminate the heads forcefully. —But the man makes a mad laughter!

“Hahahahahahahaha! My anger and Cleria’s revenge! I shall purify it with your soul!”

The Evil Dragon’s head which comes out from the ground! Rossweisse-san sends her magic-circle in front of it!

“I won’t let you!”

That magic hits right before the Evil Dragon hits Asia and Irina’s dad. The Evil Dragon’s head crumbles. But one of its fangs flies towards them—which grazes Irina’s dad on his shoulder.

“Ku……!”

Irina's dad receives damage on his shoulder. Asia tries to heal the wound immediately—but the man, Yaegaki, becomes so happy that he has tears flowing from his eyes.

“……This is fine. This is how it should be. Yeah, suffer. Suffer so much.”

Even the wound should be healed by Asia’s Sacred Gear, Irina’s dad falls on his knees and his body shakes violently.

—The poison!

“Papa!”

Irina panics at her dad’s change but stands in front of Yaegaki right away!

“……How dare you attack papa?!”

Seeing Irina shiver in anger the man makes a satisfied expression.

“……That’s it. Do you understand? That’s anger. The emotion carried by those who had their loved ones hurt. Even if you are an Angel, you can’t hold down your rage due to having your family hurt, can you?”

“…………!”

Irina can’t argue back. The man simply puts on a evil smile.

—! An aura belonging to someone else approaches this place. When I look that way I witness Akeno-san, Kiba, Koneko-chan, and Gasper!

“We came flying here because we received a report about a dangerous aura being detected!”

The ORC is all here. The man falls back seeing that. He jumps to the rear and takes his distance.

“……Staying any longer would have myself exposed.”

Saying that, the man shouts towards Irina’s dad.

“Office-Chief! I will definitely take my revenge on you, Heaven, and the House of Bael! I will never forgive you all! Absolutely not!”

We try to reach him right away but a teleportation magic-circle appears below his feet instantly.

As he disappears into the light, the man says it at us.

“—The paradise called Kuou town you are living in is the result world of many sacrifices. The Devil who inherited that town and also carries the blood of the House of Bael as well as her servants. Remember that well.”

I came to a conclusion after seeing the emblem drawn on the magic-circle. That teleportation magic-circle—belongs to Qlippoth. The man—is an assassin sent by Qlippoth.


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