The Dragon King’s Favorite Person - 1
Chapter 1 : Transition
The girl walking in front of me in the school hallway dropped a palm-sized stuffed toy.
It seemed the stuffed toy was an accessory that the girl attached to her school bag.
It was a pink bear toy.
Without thinking much, I picked the toy up and said.
“You dropped this.”
However when the girl turned her head and saw my face, her face was scrunched in plain disgust.
“Uwah.. Aren’t you the snake boy? I don’t need something that you’ve touched, it’s gross. Just throw it away.”
“Cho, did you really just say that right in front of him? You’re pretty mean, huh~”
The girl she was walking with, who appeared to be her friend, said she was being mean but the girl was also laughing along with her.
“Because~ Somehow the stuff this guy touched feels kinda yucky~”
“Ah~ I get it~”
The girls left while laughing innocently.
I could only stare at them in silence while clutching at the pink bear she had just thrown away.
―― Why did I touch this stuffed animal?
It would’ve been better if I had just called out to her and told her that she had dropped it.
Or rather, I should’ve just ignored this dropped toy.
Even though I knew she would react like that.
I’m used to having people insult me but no matter how many times they say it, no matter how many times they laugh at me, what hurts still hurts.
My name is Hoshina Riku and I’m extremely ugly.
I’m a full fledged japanese but my hair is reddish-brown and my eyes are light brown.
My slanted eyes are highly upturned, something people used to refer to as ‘sanpaku eyes’.
T/N: Like you can see the three white areas.
My eyebrows are spread out wide and thin, even I am not sure if my eyebrows are properly growing or not.
My nose is incredibly low and flat, my skin is way too pale and my thin but wide lip is strangely red even though I never put anything on it.
My teeth are crooked, some of the teeth are protruding against each other while my canine teeth are longer than usual.
People often said I resembled a demon when I laughed.
That’s why I held back from laughing as much as I could.
I had to be careful to not open my mouth too wide.
Perhaps because of my genetics, it’s hard for me to grow any body hair.
I don’t have any beard or armpit hair. .
I couldn’t get tanned, my skin remains pale all year around so I look weird in front of other people’s eyes.
My pale, hairless skin coupled with the feature of my face, reminds people of a snake or lizard or other reptiles.
Because of my unusual features, I tried to hide my face even just a little bit by growing out my bangs.
But my long bangs that covered a part of my face made me look gloomy, my effort in trying to hide my face bit me back instead.
Although my height is average, I have a small appetite, my muscles are practically non-existent, I’m basically skin and bones and that makes people say I look gross.
When I forced myself to eat more, I’d vomit it out afterwards and I couldn’t gain any muscle no matter how hard I tried to hit the weights.
In the first place, I’m pretty sure people would say I look even more disgusting if I managed to build up muscle with this face.
Both of my parents, who were praised for their beauty, were shocked at my ugliness which became more apparent the older I became.
My mother became depressed because people began to gossip that she had done plastic surgery and my father even had a DNA test done on me to make sure I was his son.
Maybe because of that reason, my parents, who were overjoyed to see my handsome younger brother who was two years younger than me, refused to acknowledge my existence.
I came from a wealthy family but I had been ordered to live in a detached house built in the family’s courtyard since about the third or fourth grade of elementary school.
My lovely younger sister, who was born after my younger brother, was blessed with my parent’s beautiful genes.
Beautiful parents, complimented with a pair of son and daughter so pure and lovely as if they were literal angels.
Between such a perfect family, there was no room for an ugly eldest son like me, not even one millimeter.
A separate house and different sets of meals.
I was never invited to any family events where the other relatives would be present.
In fact, my own family never took me either if they were to go on a trip.
―― The gorgeous western-styled house looked so close yet so far from the detached house I was living in.
“Ahh… Nii-san, you’re so stupid.”
T/N: I’m going to keep nii-san (older brother) as nii-san.
I came to my senses when I heard that voice.
After the girls had left, I was still standing absentmindedly in that empty corridor.
“You know people are going to feel disgusted when you talk to them so isn’t it better if you stop trying at all?”
The one that spoke to me was my younger brother, Kaito.
It seemed he had seen the whole thing from the start.
Flustered, I hid the pink bear that I had tightly gripped in my pocket.
Even though it didn’t matter if I hid it or not since Kaito had already seen everything, I felt like an idiot.
My younger brother entered the same high school as me this spring.
Unlike my faded reddish-brown hair, Kaito had beautiful, glossy black hair.
Added with his masculine and handsome looking face, he looked like an honored student.
He was two years younger than me but he already overtook me in terms of height which enabled him to stare me down when we talked.
He was not blessed with good looks only, Kaito also had excellent grades and was good at sports.
If he tried to get his hand on any musical instrument, it didn’t take long for him to master it just like a professional musician.
My parents were really proud of everything about Kaito, their beloved son.
Even my younger sister, who immediately burst into crying fit out of fear when she stared at me, stopped crying as soon as Kaito held her in his arms.
Right now, Kaito was unusually alone.
Usually people would constantly flock around Kaito, regardless of their gender.
The people that gathered around Kaito were as beautiful, as bright and as sociable as Kaito.
Kaito was the complete opposite of me, who had been bullied throughout elementary, middle and high school.
I was always alone, I didn’t even have a single friend.
“I’d be the one that has to bear the same when Nii-san is doing something unnecessary so do me a favor and just keep everything to yourself, okay?”
“….. Then.. You should’ve gone to a different school than me! Why, why did you come here? You….”
Because of you, I stood out even more.
I’ve been holding my breath and living quietly, even if people were to bully and throw insults at me, I still put everything up and laughed it off like a fool instead.
I’ve been trying to live inconspicuously so I won’t become a target of bullying.
The teacher and also the juniors that I wasn’t acquainted with, were always comparing me with my excellent younger brother.
They ridiculed me for not resembling Kaito in the slightest and I had to be on the receiving end of the irrational harassment caused by the students who envied Kaito’s popularity.
I’ve had so many bad memories throughout grade and middle school so I had decided to attend a different high school than Kaito.
I had gone into the trouble of choosing a far away second-rate high school that I knew my younger brother would never pick.
But despite both my parents and the teacher’s blatant objection, Kaito still came to this high school.
“Huh? Isn’t the reason obvious enough?”
Kaito took a step forward, his beautiful face was stretched in a wide grin as if he was enjoying the situation greatly and then he whispered.
“Your idiocy, your awkwardness and not to mention your ridiculously ugly face. I’m already perfect as it is but with Nii-san by my side, I look even better. 『It’s a pity someone like that becomes your brother.』It feels great when people pity me because of you. I’m not going down to Nii-san’s level for college but I’m going to enjoy this moment while I’m still in highschool.”
“For that kind of reason you….!”
Are you saying you’re using me to drown yourself in your superiority complex?
So cruel. You only think about yourself, how selfish.
“Moreover, I love it when Nii-san is being bullied because of me or when Nii-san is crying because you’re depressed that you have to be stuck being compared with me even throughout high school.”
My brother smiled cheerfully even though he had been spewing nothing but the worst kind of things.
He even knew that I was being bullied…..
I mustn’t cry.
I thought that if I cried, I’d be giving my brother the things he exactly wished to see.
The sadness that had been smoldering inside of me ever since those girls made a fool out of me and the malice that my own brother poured at me, filled my heart with unbearable misery.
Even though I tried to hold it in, my eyes began to moisten.
I don’t want anyone to see my crying face.
After covering my face, I immediately ran away from my spot.
But Kaito gripped my arm tight, preventing me from running away.
Was there still anything else he had to say?
Hadn’t he already hurt me enough?
Right when my brother was about to hurl another abuse at me, his body suddenly wrapped in a blinding light.
“Kaito! What’s this?!”
“I don’t know….! Some…Thing… Something is pulling my body in!!”
The light that appeared behind his back, began to engulf his whole body.
It was as if the light was trying to take my brother somewhere beyond the light.
I hate my younger brother but as a human, I couldn’t just abandon him even though I didn’t understand what was going on currently.
Desperately, I pulled my brother’s arm away from the light.
My brother, on the other hand, clung to me with a flustered expression that I had never seen before.
Just pulling his arm wouldn’t be enough.
I encircled my arms around his back and hugged him tight.
But it was not strong enough, I got dragged along with him instead.
“Nii-san! No! Don’t let me go!”
I braced on my legs and pulled Kaito back with all my might but to no avail.
The pull was way too strong for me.
While clutching tightly at Kaito, I got swallowed along in this unknown light.
The light was so blinding, even after I had closed my eyes, I could still see the light flickering away.
I heard the ringing of metal against metal in my ears and a shaking sensation as if I was stuck in a rollercoaster ride.
I felt nauseous and bile began to rise from my stomach.
I desperately kept my mouth shut, afraid to throw anything out.
“Are you alright?”
“Ugh… I feel like vomiting…”
I think only a few seconds had passed by.
I couldn’t see anything else right after I was engulfed in the light along with Kaito.
It felt like my body was being thrown all over the place and by the end of it, I was dropped on top of a hard and cold floor.
Kaito was holding me to his chest as if he was trying to protect me from something.
All around us, I could hear the sound of some people shouting excitedly, they were all chattering excitedly as if they were in the middle of a joyous occasion.
Their voice resounded in my head, it sounded horribly loud for me.
I slowly opened my eyes and found myself sitting in a dimly lit room made out of stone.
There was no ceiling, the only source of light came from the moon cascading over us and the torchlights surrounding us.
――Moon? Why is the moon already out? I’m sure it was still daytime when I was in school with Kaito…
On top of the stone floor, there was a strange magic circle drawn on it.
Me and Kaito were sitting right in the middle of the said magic circle.
There were six people surrounding me and Kaito in this room.
They were wearing some sort of robe that went down to their feet and a big hood covering their head, making me unable to discern their face.
They were all largely built and judging from the low tone of their voice, I think all of them were men.
They were talking in a language that I had never heard before.
It was not english, it was not mandarin.
What kind of language were they talking in?
“Where are we? Who are you guys?”
Kaito, who had been enveloped in the same light as me, wasn’t even the least deterred.
He began to question the men before us imposingly even though I was still feeling worse to wear from the roller coaster-like ride.
“Huh….. Haah… I understand your words but I don’t understand the meaning.”
“Huuuh? Wait, you guys are making me laugh… Hahaha!”
Kaito was having a conversation in Japanese with another person who was speaking in a language that I couldn’t understand.
Then Kaito suddenly laughed sarcastically as if he couldn’t help it.
What’s happening right now?
“Kaito, what… Are you talking about…”
“No, I mean, they said nii-san is a lizardman? Isn’t that so funny? I mean, nii-san’s face does resemble a lizard but still.”
“You… You can understand the language these people are talking in…?”
“Nii-san, you can’t?”
I had no clue at all.
While I was still battling with this nausea in this unknown situation, Kaito was already talking about a lot of stuff with these guys.
Kaito was speaking in Japanese but these people were talking back in an unknown language.
But for some reason, they could understand each other.
Ahh… I couldn’t think straight.
My body was shivering, the chills were getting worse and my stomach was twisting painfully.
“Kaito, I’m sorry. I’m going to puke…”
“Okay. No need to force yourself, just let it out.”
I couldn’t take it anymore, I vomited all over the stone floor.
The bitter feeling of the leftover bile trickled down my throat.
The men surrounding us were shocked, they were murmuring between themselves and the clear expression of disgust could be seen from their body language but once I began to vomit, I couldn’t stop until I was finished.
Kaito began to gently stroke my back as I was coughing violently while sitting on my knees.
I wondered why he didn’t get mad even though I got some of it on his pants.
『Stop bothering me.』
In my memories, those were the only words my younger brother used to throw at me.
The men surrounding us began to shout angrily and then they suddenly tried to pull me away from Kaito who retaliated by catching my arms and pulled me down with all of his might.
My feeble body staggered for a moment before I fell down on the cold, stone floor.
“Don’t touch nii-san!”
The moment Kaito shouted with a tinge of sadness latched in, the air…
The air… disappeared.
My body felt heavy, as if I was being sewn to the floor.
The oxygen vanished, as if an invisible giant iron ball was weighing on me.
My back felt heavy and painful and to top it all off, I couldn’t breathe.
This strange phenomenon wasn’t only affecting me, it seemed the other guys were also affected.
Everyone was also writhing on the floor in pain.
I couldn’t speak from the heavy pressure and my throat felt painful thanks to the bile I puked just a little while ago.
Only the sound of stinging wheezing breath could be heard from me.
Creaking sound came from my spine, I felt like I was being broken apart.
Kaito’s flustered voice was being mixed along with the other guy’s voice, which I still couldn’t understand.
The pain and the extreme dyspnea made me lose my consciousness.
When I came to my senses, I was laying in a dusty place surrounded by stone walls in all four directions.
I was still wearing my high school uniform, a black gakuran.
T/N: Gakuran, in case you guys are new to JP fandom.
The pink bear that I had stuffed in a hurry was sticking out a little from my pocket.
Everything felt so surreal.
Where am I? Am I in a basement? There’s no window at all….
My throat hurt and my uniform stank and dirty, probably from my own vomit.
This place reeked of mold and the gutter located on the corner of this room gave off a foul odor that made me want to throw up once again.
Even though there was nothing left in my stomach to throw out.
Little by little, the memories from before returned back to me.
In the school’s corridor, me and my younger brother were wrapped in strange light.
After the light dissipated, we were surrounded by a bunch of men that covered their faces.
I couldn’t understand their language but Kaito was able to converse with them in japanese.
After I had vomited, they tried to separate me from Kaito and Kaito yelled at them in return.
My body then felt heavy and I couldn’t breathe….
What happened after that?
I wonder if my younger brother is alright.
This room, surrounded by stone walls, was dark so I had trouble seeing but after a while my eyes got accustomed to the darkness.
After looking at things closely, I could see a door made of iron not far from me.
On the bottom of the door, there was a small hole that seemed to be used as a slot to insert something.
Near the door, there was a tray with a wooden cup filled with water and something that resembled bread for me to eat.
The possibility of me getting sick or poisoned from it never came across my mind.
The pain in my throat was unbearable, I gulped down the water to moisten my stinging mucous membranes.
Maybe because I gulped down more than I could, I began to cough when some of the water went down the wrong passage.
And yet, I still drank down every little drop I could from the wooden cup.
I even licked the rim of the cup to have even one drop of the water even though I knew my attempt was futile.
I would like another cup of water if I could.
After my coughing fit subsided, I wondered if there was anyone outside even though I knew I couldn’t understand their language.
I banged on the locked iron door and asked.
“Is there anyone here?”
But there was no response, only silence remained.
I couldn’t even hear any sign of anyone present nearby.
Even though I had just finally been able to drink some water, tears began to flow from my eyes instead.
Anyone, please explain the situation to me.
Where am I? I doubt I’m still in Japan.
How did I end up here? Why am I here?
I wonder where’s Kaito.
Maybe he’s locked in somewhere else like me?
All I could let out was a hoarse sounding voice.
My throat hurts.
My whole body hurts.
I have so many questions.
If this is a dream, please let me wake up from it soon.
“Uuuhh… Hic…. Anyone… Here….”
No matter how much I cried against the cold iron door, there was no kind God who came to explain things to me and there was no hero appearing to save me from this predicament.
Still not understanding anything, I fell asleep with my gakuran.
Dust piled up on me and I reeked horribly.
It should be spring season in Japan right now but since I couldn’t see what the outside looked like, I didn’t know what was the season here.
The temperature was just enough to not let me die from the cold.
But the stone floor was cold and when I laid down or sat against the wall, nothing but freezing cold awaited me.
I was always cold.
I had no other choice but to do my business on top of the drain in the corner of the room.
At a fixed schedule, water would flow to flush whatever was inside the drain away.
I heard a thunk and saw a tray with water and a simple meal were given from under the door.
Whenever someone would come to give me my provision, I’d desperately say.
“Please let me out of here!”
“Please, let me talk to someone!”
“Do you understand what I’m talking about?”
But no matter how hard I tried, the person that came would never give me any response.
There was no sign of anyone behind the door except when it was time to give me my meal.
―― I wonder how much time has passed since I was locked in this dimly lit room without any sunlight peeking in.
A week? Ten days? I felt like I was about to go insane.
I didn’t even know how many meals I could get in one day.
Just when I felt my stomach was wrenching in pain from hunger,there came another tray with one cup of water and one hard, palm sized bread.
On my first day, I immediately drank up all the water I got but nowadays I realized the importance of rationing the water.
The bread too, I used to immediately gulfed the hard bread down in one go but now I nibbled them bit by bit by only using my front tooth.
I couldn’t take a bath and I was still using the same school uniform I had worn when I first got here so my body was a little sticky all over.
Surely both my uniform and my body was smeared with grime and filth but my sense of smell was already dulled.
I was ugly and my whole family ostracized me.
In school, I was either ignored or bullied, I had no friends.
Up until now, I couldn’t count how many times I wished for myself to disappear since I couldn’t see any value in living.
Thinking of dying as soon as I was hit with a hard time became my daily routine.
But no matter what, the life I lived in Japan was peaceful in a way.
Even though I was living in a detached house, the building itself was well maintained.
I had easy access to the bed and toilet.
If I was bored, I could watch TV or play some games.
I wasn’t deprived of food, I could go to school.
I was living in solitude but I still had contact with another human.
While in here, I didn’t feel like a human being, I felt like I was being reduced into a caged animal.
I couldn’t talk to anyone, I had nothing else to do but sleep.
Even then, I couldn’t have a good sleep since I only had this cold and hard stone floor as my bedding.
I’ve always been a light eater so this was the first time I’ve ever felt hungry.
I wanted to take a bath, I wanted to brush my teeth, I wanted to drink as much water as I wanted to.
I wanted something sweet.
I wanted to sleep in a clean bed.
I wanted to meet someone, anyone.
―― If I couldn’t get all of those wishes to come true then, I wanted to die.
What should I do to kill myself?
I didn’t have enough courage to bite my own tongue off nor the resolution to starve myself when I was offered another try of water and bread.
When I was dozing off while feeling ravenous, even this hard and a simple cup of water felt like a feast to me.
I was salivating just when I stared at them and without realizing, I had already grabbed the bread and took a bite out of it.
My skin and lips became cracked and dry because I didn’t receive enough water nor nourishment.
Dirt was collecting inside my growing nails. My body was itching all over.
My head felt sticky and when I scratched them, a bunch of white flakes would fall off my head.
I wonder if I were to go crazy, maybe all of this would become a trivial thing and wouldn’t bother me anymore.
I didn’t care who, someone please kill me already or make me go crazy.
Just when I was spending my time vaguely praying to nothing, Kaito came to visit me.
At the top of the door, there was a window that could only be opened from the other side.
From that window, Kaito’s voice resounded in my room.
I hadn’t heard my voice for the last few days, my voice had already become raspy and weak.
With unsteady feet, I staggered toward the door.
Even though I could only see the top-half of his face, I was happy I was able to meet with someone and have a conversation like this.
“Are you alright?”
“Rather than me, you should’ve worried about yourself! ………. What an awful smell. Those guys were unbelievable! Sorry, I didn’t know they were holding nii-san in such a horrible place like this. I will have you freed from this place soon.”
“Hey, where is this place? This is not Japan, right?”
“….. Nii-san, calm down and listen to me. This is not Japan or any other place on earth. We are in another world.”
What is he talking about…?
“I’m still not entirely sure but apparently I’m… a 『hero』. I heard that people with black eyes and black hair do not exist in this world and even if they do, those people are special or something. I was summoned here in order to defeat the 『demon king』. Then at that time of summoning, nii-san got caught and ended up here with me because nii-san was holding me.”
“Yes. When I was in the middle of being『summoned』here, I came to understand the language and granted some sort of 『unique skill』and I also have 『magic power』. On the first day we came here, nii-san lost consciousness because my magic power was running wild….. Ever since I arrived in this world, power has been surging through my body, it’s hard to believe I’m still a human with this much power in me. Everything that I touched would break. So I couldn’t touch nii-san either. Right now I’m still practicing on how to control my power.”
“Kaito. Since I was summoned here by accident, that means I can return to Japan, right? Because… I don’t really understand but the people in this world only need you, right?”
I was desperate.
I didn’t have the time to think about Kaito’s feelings or position.
Other worlds or anything, I didn’t care.
If I could return to Japan, I’d kneel if I had to.
I’d even lick anyone’s feet.
But when I threw that question to him, Kaito’s expression suddenly turned dark, the previous apologetic expression and the frowning eyebrows were gone in an instant.
“There’s no way I’d let you go home.”
“…….. Nothing. I will try to ask the magicians that summoned me but don’t get your hopes up.”
“Just now, you said you wouldn’t let me go home didn’t you! Why? Just let me go home! I’m not needed here anyway!”
The sound of a heavy blow reverberated inside the room.
The door, which was made from iron, was heavily dented on Kaito’s side.
Judging from our situation, I assumed it was Kaito that punched the door.
The current Kaito held enough power to make a dent in this heavy door made from iron with his bare hand.
He was staring my way with a surprisingly cold gaze.
I gulped down on my own spit.
“Anyway, I will tell them to immediately prepare another arrangement for nii-san. So just wait here for a little bit more. I will definitely not let anything bad happen to you.”
“…….. Kai-Kaito…… Kaito!!”
I called out to him but Kaito didn’t respond.
I could hear the sound of his footsteps after the window was closed.
After realizing there was no sign of anyone else nearby, I sank down to the floor.
I was sitting in a daze, ruminating on the conversation I just had with Kaito.
Hero? Demon king? I don’t understand.
I got on all four like a literal animal and sidled up toward my gakuran jacket.
Then I took the pink bear out of my pocket.
Because this thing was the only proof of my connection with another person in this bare room.
While clutching on this small stuffed toy, the tears that I thought had already long dried up, began to overflow once again.
I couldn’t even be bothered to wipe away the tear that dripped on my lap.
Living in this stone prison had shaved my emotions away.
Back in that room with a magic circle drawn on it, I already realized.
Even though I couldn’t understand their language, I knew that unlike Kaito who was 『summoned』 into this world, I was an irregular thing that 『got summoned by accident』.
It was obvious.
Kaito also sneered when those guys called me a 『lizardman』, didn’t he?
Both lizardman and snake boy, they both held the same meaning, a monster.
There were a lot of things I didn’t understand but I knew although I was about to be released from this prison thanks to Kaito’s authority, my existence was not welcomed in this world.
Because even though I was Kaito’s older brother, I had to receive this horrible treatment.
In here too, I was nothing but an accessory to make Kaito shine even brighter.
I was the older brother of Kaito, a 『hero』or some sort of a savior of this world.
But unlike Kaito, I was ugly and useless.
A lizardman from an unknown place who couldn’t even speak the language of this world.
I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. I hate everything.
Even if they gave me a better bed and meals, I still didn’t want to stay in this place anymore.
Was my existence destined to be shunned upon even after I came to another world?
Was being born ugly such an abhorrent thing?
My parents told me to leave the house as soon as I graduated from highschool.
They told me to never return back, to never show my face ever again.
But that was fine.
I thanked them for going through the trouble of supporting me financially until I finished highschool.
After completing highschool in another year, I would go to some rural area where no one knew me.
I’d find a job that even a dullard like me could do.
I’d try to avoid having a connection with other people as much as possible and live a peaceful and quiet life….
I was thinking of living my life to the end alone.
I never dreamt of being in love or getting married because there was no way anyone would love someone like me.
I knew precisely my situation in this world.
I only wished to live and breathe like a normal person would.
After all, no matter how grotesque looking you were, you deserve to at least be able to live normally.
If not then….
Why did God let a human like me be born?
My body stiffened when I heard a strange sound of water in my ears.
When I turned my head toward the source of the sound, I saw a huge orb of water floating inside this narrow jail.
….. What is that….?
In this dimly lit prison, the water orb was shimmering in rainbow color.
I had been thinking that the only way to escape this world was to die and this glittering orb looked so beautiful and ethereal.
The orb was floating in the air like a bubble and this already huge orb kept on expanding and expanding.
Before long, I could see the orb was starting to fill the whole room.
Ah, I’m going to get swallowed up.
….. I wonder why… Maybe it’s because I don’t have any lingering attachment to this world anymore…
Even after the orb began to engulf me whole, all I felt was this gentle and warm feeling.
I don’t care even if I suffocate.
As long as I can be inside this warm water.
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