Enduring as a Maid in a Horror Game - Chapter 16
The curse cut and flowed with blood, scratching the flesh and seeping in like poison.
A demon born of a monarch’s blood finished the curse by pouring all its life energy into it.
Even the most powerful Satan could not entirely annul the curse, and the demon was thrown from the demon world after receiving the curse with its entire body.
And, as Lilith’s curse had predicted, it awoke as a human, having lost all power.
The weakness of humanity astounds him, who lived with fantastic power and physicality even as a demon.
Unlike a demon, a human must lie down for a lengthy time after birth to walk and use its intrinsic power.
They couldn’t even speak or get up independently and couldn’t eat without assistance.
Even when they could stand on their own, that wasn’t the end of it.
Every stage was slow and laborious, and even after all this time, it wasn’t finished.
But he persevered.
He reasoned that humans, like demons, would go through six moltings to reach perfection.
Regardless of how long he waited, the human body never grew stronger.
Human skin was too delicate, easily penetrated, susceptible to various diseases, and prone to malfunction.
It aged and weakened rather than growing stronger over time.
What about the lack of mental fortitude?
So frail that the lady who bore this body went insane when she realized her son couldn’t be baptized.
“Isn’t it more intriguing? How exciting to have a proud soul in a fragile body.”
Lilith had long been fascinated by mankind.
She thought they were interesting and worth observing.
He naturally saw his young disciple’s curiosity as a mentor and assumed it would pass quickly.
Mayflies, for example, live briefly and then die.
Because they were not humans worth worrying about for long.
But Lilith’s fascination lingered for an unusually long time, and she spent more time examining humans than demons.
She appears to have trapped him in a human body for that reason.
Because she was well aware of how insignificant they were.
Adrian, too, was significantly weaker than the rest.
He would vomit blood if he didn’t take his medicine on time every day, and if he walked for too long, he would lose consciousness.
Other demons would have devoured such frailty in their childhood, but the human culture was different, allowing him to command others freely due to his parents’ rank.
The humans in this home bent to him so low that their heads resembled faces.
He accidentally killed a human when he was seven years old.
A careless servant fell down the basement steps.
It was a spot that was rarely visited, and he was discovered late with a twisted neck that was slowly dying, so he pushed a book to his neck to kill.
If there is no hope, murdering fast could be considered a sort of mercy.
Then, he felt a resurgence of Satan’s might.
The power of hypnosis, which was frequently employed against demons, returned somewhat, allowing him to implant his thoughts and directives into human minds.
Then he realized a component of Lilith’s curse.
To reclaim control by killing people while remaining undetected.
Nothing was more difficult for a lord whose servants continually surrounded him.
The mansion rapidly grew restless and unruly when the body was discovered.
Everyone assumed the victim had slipped and fallen, but the unmistakable mark on the neck raised suspicions of murder.
Because it was a high-ranking count’s family, the circulating rumors died down quickly, but the watchful eyes lingered.
Nobody wanted to be alone, so everyone moved in groups.
Adrian chose to take his time rebuilding his vigor, especially given the countess’ intermittent coherent utterances, which required prudence to prevent detection.
It would be challenging to demonstrate his demonic nature with holy water.
He moved at his own pace.
A typical demon would have carried out a bloodbath, but he hid when the environment became too noisy and hunted prey when vigilance dropped.
Those who hadn’t been in the mansion long had a bad attitude and wouldn’t be noticed if they vanished were the best prey.
He waited for easy prey and attacked mercilessly when the opportunity presented itself.
He gradually but steadily regained his strength.
Since then, five individuals had died or gone missing at the home, but no one knew except the first.
It wasn’t because of his overpowering power or plan that he overcame Lilith.
Restraint and patience developed over time, weapons uncommon among ordinary demons.
Furthermore, his status as the count’s son and his weak frame played in his favor.
Everyone pity him for his health, not suspecting him of being a heinous murderer.
Life got more convenient for him as he regained his strength.
Though he still had to hunt prey and set traps away from other humans, he could now forcefully use hypnosis to lessen problems in grave scenarios.
However, hypnosis only worked when the subject’s life was not in danger.
Survival was a human urge that could not be overridden by hypnosis.
‘What if I killed everyone in this mansion at once?’
He contemplated it several times but couldn’t rush until he fully understood Lilith’s curse.
He had yet to discover any information on the guardians or predators.
“Would my world come to an end?”
It was nonetheless a fascinating issue to think about.
Lilith and he liked to exchange riddles and watch each other solve them.
Lilith posed a riddle as the final curse.
A final bet with the recently deceased Lilith.
He had to have a good time.
“What has come to an end, Young Master? Are you feeling sick?”
Leticia was the most devoted and dramatic member of the family.
Alvin said nothing, but his gaze was fixed on Adrian. Adrian took up a chunk of steak and shoved it into his mouth without saying anything.
Satan, the demon, was an excellent eater.
He would postpone conflicts for perfectly cooked food despite being a murderer who viciously massacred his opponents.
He used to eat solely to enjoy fine cuisine, but now he had to eat to survive.
The human body’s performance remained inefficient and unsatisfactory.
“Is there a problem, Young Master? You appear pallid. Do I need to have the meal prepared again?”
“Or are you feeling sick? Do you want me to bring you your medicine?”
Leticia was helpful to have around, yet she could be annoying at times.
Adrian was enjoying his meal when she interrupted.
After slowly chewing and swallowing the meat, Adrian set down his cutlery and gazed at Leticia.
Leticia instantly froze all her actions upon his silent command, then turned around and fled the room as if in a trance.
Using hypnosis for such insignificant concerns.
Having slaves like Leticia made living easier, but it also occasionally resulted in inconvenient circumstances.
Despite Leticia’s abrupt departure, Alvin, the butler, poured wine into his glass as if nothing had happened.
Alvin was a very helpful person.
He only spoke if prompted, and he never ventured to ask.
Adrian had never had to employ hypnosis on Alvin before.
Considering the future, killing all the humans in the mansion was not a good decision.
Who would cook these delectable dishes if they were all gone?
Adrian could enjoy his evening again now that Leticia was gone.
He picked up another piece of meat and placed it in his mouth, recalling an episode involving Leticia a few days before.
There had been an unusual behavior by a servant.
A woman with light brown hair came sprinting after Leticia, who had been left alone with him.
When she saw him approaching Leticia, she became pale as if she had seen a ghost.
She’d vanished after giving several excuses, and her sudden reappearance had been perplexing.
It was as if she had come running after realizing Leticia was alone with him.
“Please, please, Leticia, you need to come with me to the kitchen.”
“Why? What happened in the kitchen? I need to do a little more cleaning around here.”
“It’s critical! It is quite important. You must leave immediately.”
“Yes, right now! Quickly!”
Hilda was uncomfortable, fidgeting as if standing on hot coals.
She was conscious of Adrian’s looks but avoided establishing eye contact by sneaking glances.
Adrian didn’t need to make eye contact to induce hypnosis.
He silently observed her and attempted to hypnotize her, as he had done before.
‘Look at me.’
“Leticia, hurry up!”