It was almost midnight when I set my foot down the lonely street in Ironshade Town. Like yesterday, I had deactivated my incubus form and returned to my human form, and also changed my clothes at the station. My eyes stared at my status and skill screens.
[Name: Damian Lucio] [Age: 18]
[Level 10] [Exp: 70.26%]
[Race: Demon-Incubus] [Title: Sex Addict]
[HP: 250/250] [DP: 260/270]
[STR: 33] [VIT: 25]
[AGI: 43] [LUK: 21]
[INT: 24] [WIS: 27]
[Partners - 3]
[Camila Creststream - Human (35)]
[Mia Ashelis - Hybrid-beast (24)]
[Pearl Seabloom - Hybrid-beast (20)]
[Unused stat - 10]
'LUK status seems to increase my critical damage significantly. Should I add more? Or should I add it to WIS or STR? '
Suddenly my attention was focused on the INT status that was barely touched by me.
'What is INT for?'
For now, I still haven't found any skill related to my INT status, at first, I thought it was related to my manipulation skill, but when I raised it yesterday that skill's effectiveness was only influenced by the skill level.
I have many considerations in my head to distribute my skills and status points. Because I don't know what my future opponents are like, neither my future skills. At least when the last time I got dispel skill, I learned that there are still many hidden skills that I need to unlock. During the time I might fight physically but there was a possibility I could fight using magic in the future.
Finally, I decided to save my status points first.
[Charm Lv 1 (Requires 5 DP)]
[Dark Healing Lv 1 (Requires 10 DP)]
[Demonic Energy Lv 3 (Requires 12 DP)]
[Demonic Erection Lv 1 (Requires 5 DP)]
[Manipulation Lv 2 (Requires 8 DP)]
[Observation Lv 3 (Requires 3 DP)]
[Dispel lv 1 (Requires 5 DP)]
[Unused skill points - 3]
After being hesitant about choosing between my Demonic Energy or Manipulation skills, I finally decided to raise up my Demonic Energy skills first.
'Raise Demonic Energy skills by 1 point.'
[Your Demonic Energy skill is level 4.]
[Your strength and speed increase by 120%. ]
[Congratulations! You just unlock new skills.] [Demonic Claw - Skill used by the demons to turn their hands into strong claws that can give bleeding status effects and have the chance to do instant death to lower-level opponents. The chance of rate success is increase by per level. ]
I stopped when I saw the announcement.
'Wow! Bleeding effect and instant dead? This skill is really cool! ' Without thinking twice, I immediately raised my new skill.
'Raise Demonic Claw skill by 1 point.'
[Your Demonic Claw skill is level 1.]
[Demonic Claw lv 1 (Requires 5 DP) - Skills used by the demons to turn their hands into strong claws that can give bleeding status effect per wound (1 point per 5 seconds), 10% have the chance to do instant death when attacking critical points at lower-level opponents. ]
I looked at my remaining skill point and decided to maximize my Demonic Energy first.
'Raise Demonic Energy skills by 1 point.'
[Your Demonic Energy skill is level 5.]
[Your strength and speed increase by 150%. ] [Congratulations! You just unlock new skills.]
[Devil Space - Skill to create virtual spaces that are not connected with reality. This space can be entered by people who have high magic power. The duration of this skill depends on the user's INT point (1 INT point =1 minute duration). ]
'Virtual space? With this skill, I might be able to fight demons without involving the people around me.' My attention was focused on the words 'This space can be entered by people who have high magic power'.
'But it seems I still have to be careful of the Demon Hunters. Since there's a possibility that they can enter my virtual space. '
I sighed and continued my steps again.
'Alright, after I get more skill points, I'll raise my Devil Space first to avoid ordinary people getting involved in my battle.'
My hand pushed against the front door of my house as quietly as possible while my feet slowly stepped inside. After that, I closed the door and locked it before taking off my shoes. It was past midnight and Celia was usually already asleep, so I didn't want to wake her up.
I took off my sweater and put it with my bag on the sofa, then walked to the dining room to cook instant ramen for my dinner. Actually, I planned to buy my dinner at the convenience store before going home, but I forgot about it after helping Emma.
'Ah!' My eyes widened when I saw the chicken teriyaki bowl on the table along with a piece of paper. I approached and read the pink note paper tucked under the bowl. 'Thank you for your hard work. Don't forget to heat it before you eat it. '
My smile immediately blossomed as my cheeks blushed, I could not hide my happiness. I thought Celia would be mad at me because when I sent the message that I would be late, she didn't reply to me at all but instead she prepared a dinner for me.
Although I feel confused with her attitude lately, especially after she saw Mia's hickey on my shoulder, I did not deny that I am happy with her attention. It seemed, her attitude not only returned just like when father was alive but more than that. Even though yesterday she said that she was being cold to me because I didn't want to be honest about our difficulties, but I felt there was another thing she had covered up from me. Actually, I was quite curious about the reason for her change, but I didn't want to force her to say it. After all, I also keep a lot of secrets from her.
After sitting on the chair, my hand took a spoon at the side of the bowl and started to eat it. I didn't warm it up anymore because I was too hungry to wait. Within minutes the bowl in front of me was empty. I quickly washed the dishes, tidied the table and took a glass of drink.
I took my bag, slipped my sweater on my hand and went up the stairs. My feet tiptoed closer to Celia's room to check whether she was sleeping or not. My hand slowly opened the doorknob of her room and peeked into it, but I found the light was still on.
'Is she still studying?' I thought as I opened the door to her room wider. My eyes swept around her room but I did not find her in front of her desk nor on her bed. "Celia?" I called out in confusion while my feet stepped into the room.
Suddenly I could detect a movement from behind me, I immediately turned around and saw Celia stiff in shock. From her position, it seems like she was just about to surprise me but failed because I found her first. Her face turned sour.
"Haaa! How did you find out? I didn't even make a sound. It's so annoying!"
I laughed in response, my senses have become sharper since becoming a demon so I can easily detect her movements.
"Why are you not sleeping yet?" I asked.
"Of course I'm waiting for you," she said as she approached me while her hand grabbed my bag and sweater. But suddenly she has frozen again while looking at me suspiciously, just like when she noticed there was a hickey on my shoulder two days ago.
"What's the matter?" I said as I tried to remember if there was another hickey on my body but I didn't think I had it. Although Pearl did a lot of suction on my entire body with her tentacles, but she didn't bite me, it shouldn't be as clear as Mia's hickey.
She replied to my question by bending her head in silence, but before it, I could catch a trace of disappointment on her face when her eyes began to glaze over.
Both of my hands clamped her shoulders gently. My eyes looked at her deeply. A second ago we were still joking around but why did she suddenly become sad?
"Celia, what's the matter?" my voice is softer than before.
Her head shook from side to side, then she took a deep breath before returning her gaze to me and smiled bitterly.
Confusion swept through my mind after seeing her expression while both of us stood in silence.
She let go of my hand.
"I'll put your bag and sweater," she said as she left. But I caught her hand, breaking her movements.
"Tell me what happened?" I asked again. How much longer will she keep giving me this riddle?
"I already said it's nothing..." she said without turning her gaze to me.
"Really?" I know she clearly lied to me.
She tried to release her hand but instead, I held her hand tighter.
"I will not let you go until you say it," I said.
She paused for a moment before returning to speak.
"Brother ... Have you just been with your girlfriend?" her voice stammered.
I sighed tiredly.
"Celia, didn't I say I don't have a girl-"
But she interrupted my sentence while turning her head to me and looked at me in the eyes. "You asked me to be honest but you don't want to be honest with me." Her disappointment was seen from her face and voice.
It's not that I don't want to be honest. Actually, I don't know what I should call my relationship with them. Lover? Client? Sex partners? I remember Pearl's status was an incubus' partner after she became my partner. Should I tell Celia that I'm not human anymore?
My mind sank into consideration for a while...
No ... I don't want to tell her. Even if I could, I wouldn't tell her about this forever. Our parents are gone and if she finds out that her brother has turned into a demon ... She will definitely be very sad. Even if I have to admit it, at least, not now ...
"I knew it ... You still don't want to be honest with me. That's why I decided to be cold to you ..." she said again.
"Celia ..." I could see her disappointment getting clearer on her face.
"Did you just do it with her ?"
Her blunt question shocked me, how could she possibly find out?
She cut out my sentence again.
"That's not your scent, brother."
'My scent?' I remembered that Pearl's tentacles had soaked my entire body with her liquid when we did it and now my body's smell was like hers. But I didn't think Celia would notice such a small change.
"I told you whatever happened I won't leave you," I tried to calm her. I could only guess she did this because of her fear of losing me.
"Tell me. Did you just do it with her?" she repeated her question once again while her expression remained unchanged.
I sighed tiredly, I did not understand why she could be so angry because I did this. When in fact it's normal for a man of my age to have done it.
"Yes ..." I replied simply while avoiding my gaze from her eyes.
"Did you enjoy it?" she asked again boldly.
I lifted my head to look at her in shock and confusion. What kind of question is that?
"Yes ..." I answered again. Rather than a conversation between brother and sister, I feel like a man who was caught having an affair by his girlfriend.
After that silence strikes between us ... It feels like seconds by seconds are passing slowly.
"I'll take a bath," I said, breaking the silence.
"Brother, I love you," she said out of blue.
I sighed and smiled. I don't know why she suddenly said that but at least I know she isn't angry anymore.
"I love you, too."
Suddenly she dropped my bag and sweater as her body moved pushed me against the wall. Her hands began to open my shirt with an upset expression while I immediately caught her hand in reflex and held it.
"Celia, what's wrong with you ?! Why are you acting like this ?! Didn't you say you want to go back to the way we used to be ?!" Before father died we were very close but we never kissed like yesterday and she never touched me like this.
"I love you not as my brother... But as Ethan," she clarified. Her eyes looked at me deeply.
My eyes widened in surprise after hearing her words, my heart beating fast, from the look in her eyes I knew she was serious about her words. But I could only stay still without saying anything.
"I tried to cover it up for years ... Trying to be cold to you ... Hoping that someday this feeling will disappear. But no matter how much I mad at you about father's death, no matter how much I mad when you treat me like a kid, no matter how much I mad because you hid a lot of things from me. This feeling keeps coming back to me ... "
"Since when?" I asked after I could make my voice.
"As long as I remember ... Even before dad died ..."
I didn't know Celia had such deep feelings for me. But I do not know how to respond. After all, we are ... Siblings...
Her hands that moved, trying to touch me restored my mind. I held her once again. "Celia!" I called her name hoping she stopped what she was doing.
She looked back at me in frustration.
"I know this feeling is forbidden... I know our relationship is impossible ... But at least, let me erase her scent from you ..." she pleaded.
'Erase her scent?' Those words remind me of what happened two days ago when she said something similar. I was just about to reject it.
"I promise, I won't be overboard ..." she added again.
My eyes are blinked in confusion. Overboard... I'm not even sure what her 'overboard' meant since kissing is already in the category of overboard for brother and sister relationships in my opinion.
I looked into her eyes that stared at me with a pleading look. Instantly I could see the sadness and jealousy in her eyes. Now I understand why her attitude changed after seeing the hickey on my shoulder two days ago, also why she kissed me yesterday and why she kept saying she would make me belong to her. All because she was jealous but she couldn't do anything about it... She knew our relationship was impossible. That's why she could only say that she wanted to improve our relationship even though all of that was just an excuse.
As my heart wavered after understanding her sadness, my hand moved to release her slowly.
"Just ... Don't go overboard," I whispered.
"Yes ..." she replied.