The Dragon King’s Favorite Person - 2.1
Chapter 2.1 : Second Transition
The sound of the large, floating water sphere bursting open travelled across the air.
The water was splashing on the floor in equal amounts since it popped open right on the center of the sphere.
And I was sitting in the middle of it.
The water was rainbow colored when it was in the shape of a sphere but after it burst open, the water became an ordinary, transparent water. The rainbow hue was nowhere to be seen.
Both of my shirt and pants were soaking wet and clinging to my skin.
The sight of a snake-like boy clutching a pink bear with a dumbfounded expression on his face must’ve looked ridiculous and creepy for other people.
… I’m not in that prison cell anymore.
Before I realized it, I was already moved from that dimly lit cell into here. This new place was so white, the floors, the walls, everything was so pristine white and so clean without a speck of dirt.
The ceiling was so high and the room itself was really wide, I couldn’t even see the end of the room.
There were several spheres of various colors around the size of a soccer ball floating in front of me. All of them were not of solid colors either, they all have a unique pattern and hue on them. The blue sphere had a hue that resembled the blueness of earth. The brown and the red one had a certain hue on them too. While the orange and reddish sphere had a pattern that resembled a marble.
I couldn’t see any thread or line connecting to these spheres so I wonder what was the physics behind these floating spheres? There was so much going on already, I wouldn’t be surprised by any magic or whatever new logic I came across anymore.
I thought I wouldn’t be surprised but….
“Ryuuou-sama! Please calm downnnnnnnnn!!”
“This thin looking human, are you sure he’s the right one?! That can’t be true, right?! Aaaaa, if you’re being so rough to him, this little thing is going to perish soon!!”
“For now, please let us take care of him first!”
Hearing a bunch of shrill sounding voices from behind me, I turned my back to see what the commotion was about and I was immediately at a loss for words.
Because right behind me, there stood a reptilian looking creature who was twice as big as me.
His whole body was covered in silver scales. He has a thin face with the shape of an inverted triangle. Large gills protruding on both sides of his neck and from the top of his head toward his back, sharp dorsal fins sprouted there like a mane. His bony wings were covered with thin membranes, just like a bat’s.
His blue, almond shaped eyes, which glimmered like precious jewels, were staring straight at me.
I wasn’t really sure if that was his nose or not but on top of his large mouth, which seemed to cover his entire face, there were two small holes and from those two holes, I could feel the wind blowing as if he was breathing hard out of excitement. The wind produced from his breathing was really strong, I could even feel the wind blowing to the tip of my toes.
This… This is it.
If I’m not mistaken, this must be a dragon?
You know, those fantasy creatures you often see in the game and movies?
Near the dragon’s feet, there were three large bipedal frog creatures the size of a normal grade schooler clinging to him.
These three frogs must be the owner of the shrill sounding voice I had heard before. Each of them were wearing different colored hooded tunics. I wonder, did the dragon come here to eat me?
Sharp looking claws were growing from the dragon’s feet. It would only take the dragon a little nudge from his feet to kill me with those claws. The dragon himself was leaning his body forward, as if he was ready to pounce me at any second. Despite the dragon being equipped by those deadly weapons, the frogs weren’t even the least deterred. They were clinging to the dragon’s feet, desperately trying to stop him.
They were restlessly slapping the dragon’s leg, which was covered with a hard looking silver scale with their small hands.
“You guys! Stop sticking to me! It’s been a long time since I last felt this excited! I want to quickly savor him!”
“At! The! Very! Least! Change into your human form first!”
“In your current state, this human will be on his deathbed with just a single bite!”
“Muu… I see…”
Huh? I don’t really understand what they are talking about but somehow it sounds like they’re speaking in japanese? Or maybe I heard them wrong?
A silver dragon is speaking in Japanese with three bipedal green frogs. What kind of fantasy setting is this?
Being stuck in such a bizarre situation like this, I couldn’t even think of running. All I could do was sit there dumbfoundedly while I unconsciously swiped the water that had been dripping from my hair to my eyes.
Then all of a sudden, I was floating. When I was wondering what was going on, suddenly I was being held by a tall, handsome man that looked nothing like a Japanese person. This must be the notorious ‘princess carry’ I often read in manga.
At the same time, the impending, large dragon disappeared from my sight…..
“It’ll be fine if I’m in this form.”
Deep, pompous voice came from the young man’s mouth, it was the same voice as the dragon’s.
“Ryuuou-sama, this boy stinks. He smells bad.”
“Furthermore, he looks extremely weak. Please wait for at least a few hours! We finally found ryuuou-sama’s favourite so we hope he’ll be able to live long!”
“Oh, you do stink.”
I was too dumbfounded and couldn’t speak.
The dragon, who seemed to have turned into a human, was wearing loose black clothes. By the way, this must be the kind of face people were referring to when they were talking about ‘peerless beauty’.
His chiseled face was adorned with medium length, silky looking silver hair. His long eyelashes that bore the same color as his hair were casting over his blue eyes. His eyes were glimmering vividly, just like a sapphire. On the edge of his sharp nose, there lay his lips that were neither too thin nor too thick. Those lips with the right shade of pink made his glossy white skin stand out even more. His translucent skin was completely different to my pale, sickly looking skin.
Aah… Due to my limited vocabulary, I couldn’t even describe this person’s beauty accurately.
Such a beautiful person like him was holding me in his strong arms. Me, the so-called snake boy who hasn’t even washed his face for about a month. I was smeared with all kinds of filth and to top it all off, my whole body was sopping wet from being inside that water sphere.
Too big. Our disparities were way too big. The realization of my own self worth came crashing into my heart like a big tidal wave. Someone who was so ugly and worthless like me… I was so ashamed. I hoped I’d instantly die right now.
“Ugh, I’m smelly and dirty! Le-le-let me g-go!”
Just when I thought I could finally speak, my tongue slipped and I stuttered badly. I even bit my tongue.
“Ryuuou-sama, here, please give him to us. We shall bring him into the hot spring and polish him until he’s all shiny and squeaky clean.”
“You only have to be patient for a little bit more!”
The bipedal frogs were hopping up and down, only reaching to this beautiful person’s waist. They were requesting him to hand me down to them.
These frogs didn’t have human’s characteristic. With their slick and slimy green skin and big, black eyes, they looked like a tree frog. The only difference was thar they were the size of an average grade schooler and walked on two legs. Each of the frogs were wearing tunics of different colors. One of them wore a red tunic, the other wore blue and the last one wore yellow. They also had anachronistic way of speaking.
“You don’t have to put him in a bath. If we only need him to be clean then…. ”
The beautiful man puckered his lips and blew a little bit of wind out then suddenly…
My clothes and my hair which were soaked to the brim became dry in an instant. The sticky and grimy feeling on my skin also disappeared along with the rough plaque on the back of my teeth…..?!
What… What is this? This guy, what did he just do?
After witnessing this… Magic…? Miracle..? Supernatural phenomenon…? I wasn’t really sure what had just happened, all I could do was stare at him in wonder.
But as I stared at him, somehow his eyes were dyed in a rose-colored hue and he seemed to be gazing at me passionately.
“Wha-Wha-Wha-What. What is happening…?”
“….. So adorable.”
Did I hear him right? Am I experiencing auditory hallucination now?
No one ever called me ‘adorable’ or anything similar to that in 17 years of my life.
“Your clear and bright amber eyes, your smooth face without any hint of blemish and… These thin red lips…. Ah, everything about you is so fascinating, I can’t help but be enthralled by you.”
“Eh? Ah? Errrr….. Eh…. Ah… Um…. Err….”
I was rendered helpless at the sudden turn of events. As he leaned close to me, I could see the detail of his beautiful face up close. Just when I was admiring how his long eyelashes were cascading over his eyes, all of a sudden I could feel his beautiful lips on my overly wide and thin lips.
Huh? A kiss?
Is this really a kiss? Something that I thought I would never get to experience in my whole life?!
He kept on pressing our lips together, changing his angles between each kiss. After more and more kisses, I felt something slimy forcing its way into my mouth. Shivers running down my spine as this slimy thing traced the lines of my crooked teeth.
I yelped out of reflex and pushed him away, separating our lips. It seemed the slimy thing that went into my mouth was his tongue. I could hear the sounds of our lips squelching together before we parted. For some reason I felt a little sad now that our lips were separated. My body grew1 hot when I stared at his lips that had turned a shade darker and were glistening wet from our earlier kisses.
“Please don’t give me such a sensitive reaction just from a kiss. When you’re staring at me with your eyes wet like that, it’d make me think you’re begging for more. I…. I won’t be able to hold myself if you keep staring at me like that.”
“Fu-eh? Huh? Ah- Hah- Nnh!”
A series of disgusting sounding voices leaked out of my mouth as he licked my earlobe. He kept on licking and gnawed on my earlobe playfully.
“Ah! You mustn’t, Ryuuou-sama! That young man, although he’s physically clean, his vitality is already depleted! He’s still very weak! Are you perhaps trying to use him once and then throw him away like a disposable thing?!”
“Even though Ryuuou-sama’s 『favourite』finally appeared after a hundred years!”
“………. You guys are so annoying.”
While I was still out of sync with the current situation, the frogs repeatedly slapped the beautiful man while protesting about something I didn’t really understand.
The beautiful person that had been biting on my ear, furrowed his eyebrows. He didn’t even bother to hide his displeasure.
While all of these were going on…
My stomach growled stupidly loud, without heeding the situation.
Hearing the embarrassingly obvious sound of hunger coming from my stomach, the beautiful man knitted his eyebrows and showed a sad expression on his face.
“…… Are you that hungry? Letting a starving child be is certainly…. You guys. Prepare a meal and warm bath for this kid. However, I will only give you guys 2 hours. I desire this kid. Get him ready in 2 hours then bring him to me.”
The moment he put me down on the white bed, the three frogs came to lift me up.
“Hurry! Hurry! We only have two hours!”
The frogs took me out of the white room frantically.
The sound of a water dripping, echoed from somewhere.
T/N: Luukia here. I’m sorry guys, I really don’t want to divide the chapter but I guess this novel is just too lengthy for me. I need to separate them otherwise I’ll be getting too burnt out.
Illustration from the light novel (the one I’m translating is the web novel, not light novel) :
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