My Demon Queen
Another peaceful day went by without any crazy developments.
I finally received the letter of approval my school Principal told me about but.. the informant wasn't the Principal but rather a staff from the summoner's department, which was a surprise. Today would be the date that had been assigned to us where we would need to head over to the department to have Liliath registered as a 'summoned' person or.. if possible get her a proper identity certificate. Regarding Liliath as my summon honestly just sounds weird.
That said, the thing before.. it still bugged me..
Liliath acted as if that night never happened at all— However, she was no longer as talkative.
She continued studying the materials on mathematics and science I gave her, independently searching for answers to things she didn't understand.
If anything, she opted to ask my sister whenever she got stuck rather than me.
This feeling.. it's heavy.
It's crazy. There's still this one part of me refusing to believe Liliath wasn't plotting something.
Liliath helped out with the chores, slowly learning the do's and don'ts of the family.
In the late afternoon, at the kitchen table, I saw Liliath dipping a tea bag into a cup of warm water— I think my sister helped her with that since she was playing around with the laptop I borrowed from her, my earphone sandwiched between her head.
Up and down and up and down.
Liliath continued to lift and drop the tea bag... it was a weird habit I noticed her do a number of times.
I casually sat down on the empty chair opposite to Liliath and acted as if I was reading a manga.
Liliath didn't say anything, still playing with her tea.
My mom was making a call out in the living room, which was why the three of us were holed up in the kitchen. Something to do with stock portfolio, real estate, economic trends, company PA ratios and share prices.
I'm not into economics— no idea what she was talking about.
"Hey Liliath um.."
She drank her tea, placing it down, she asked, "Anything?"
"I'm sorry about the other day."
About Prune... she never replied. There was nothing I could do— I have no idea what she was thinking. I also crossed out the 'Liliath may be a succubus' entry in my journal.
"Nevermind that, I was wondering how the people of this world drink tea. Does the repeating motion of lifting and dropping the tea bag signify anything?"
Hm.. there are two different trains of thought going on in my mind at the moment. First was that Liliath had been skillfully avoiding the topic by dragging the conversation elsewhere— everytime. Second was— WTF. Moving the tea up and down, does it signify anything?? What does she mean by that? Did I teach her something wrong? I was the person who first introduced her to instant tea right?
"There isn't any meaning behind lifting the tea bag.. it's just a lazy way to stir the drink."
"Is that so? I thought there was a deeper meaning behind it.." she placed her finger to her chin. After which she drank the tea again, staring into the cup.
An awkward silence ensued accompanied by the background sound of my mom's economic conversation. My sister was using headphones so no sound— go figure. And I doubt she could hear anything from the outside world.
"Liliath, do you know what my sister is watching?"
Liliath tilted her head a little to peek. "It's that same thing she frequents on the television. The chicken and farmer chasing each other."
Ah.. that cartoon again. Why in the fuck was my sister interested in that kind of show when her bookshelf was filled with porn— ahem. I did or did not take a peek inside her room at one point in time.
"Heroes were destined to subjugate the demon— in one record, there was once a hero summoned with an unbearably low basic status. He was kicked out of the castle due to the excuse of uselessness— though not being trained or told of the dangers of the world, he killed the demon lord and demon queen nonetheless, treated as a hero by the kingdom afterwards."
Liliath spoke as if reminiscing. I was surprised to hear her say that.
"Do you feel that way?"
"Quite so," she stood up, I grabbed her hands.
"Hey Liliath. Don't leave.."
"..what are you trying to imply?"
If my understanding was correct, Liliath's anecdote meant that she was planning to leave. She must have thought that there was a secret purpose in her life she was meant to accomplish. Not that she had any..
"Don't go. I'm sorry about.. everything.."
"And why should I comply?"
"Because you're mine. I summoned you,"
She stayed silent for a moment, before sitting back down with a straight posture.
"Noel. Just tell me what I need to do already. What is my purpose? Why did you summon me here?"
"It happened on a whim, just live life. That's it."
She was misunderstanding. Totally misunderstanding.
"I don't believe it."
"That's the truth Liliath."
Maybe Liliath does have a secret purpose? I have no idea.
"Or is my purpose to serve you like a maid?" She glared at me.
"No. Not in that sense..."
"So what is it then?"
What is Liliath's purpose? A purpose comes from oneself.. I understand Liliath came from a world where fate and destiny are intertwined but this sort of concept just doesn't apply in the current world. If anything, these things are really just a concept to make life all the more dramatic and sentimental.
Or should I decide a purpose for her?
No. I should really first understand why she's so adamant about finding her purpose.
"Liliath, is a purpose so important to you?"
"It isn't about the importance of having one, everyone has a purpose they need to fulfill in the world."
Ah.. talk about being dramatic..
Oh, I just remembered, she's a demon queen.. go figure.. maybe that's why. She grew up as a demon queen, thinking that it was her fate, pushing herself through hell because of this divine 'purpose'... I think?
Wait.. I got an idea.
"Maybe the quest board has a clue," I said.. it's a lie.
"The quests... sounds plausible."
Current Points: 160
Quests: Gaining affection:
Play around with her hair. 10P
Learn about her favorite food. 20P
Quests: Gaining trust:
Regain Liliath's trust. 20P
Allow Liliath to speak on your behalf. 5P
Quests will be refreshed daily. Quests that have been completed will be prioritized else the user can select up to 1 quest per category to remove. (removed quests will be refreshed the next day)
Max quest for each category: 1 (Upgradable) (11/20)
Ok.. no way. There's no way the answer to Liliath's life purpose lies within these stupid tasks.
Huh?! There are two quests with 20 juicy points up for grabs?! It's been a while since I've last seen quests with this many points.. but..
Liliath sent me a sideways glance, a pained look.
Ah yeah.. looks like I lost Liliath's trust.. I can't believe it was listed so here in such a blatantly obvious way.
There's no way I can regain Liliath's trust all that easily.
Like damn these quests do really tell Liliath and I about ourselves.. the random tasks are somehow presented based on our current situation...
Could it be that someone is stalking us..?
"It's almost time. Please get ready, and how about we stop by Prune's place for dinner," my mom who finished her call came in to inform us.
Liliath froze at her words.
Um yeah.. my bad. I honestly have no clue if that was a good idea for my mom to suggest that but.. perhaps I would have a chance to explain the situation to Prune— also perhaps attempt to mend their somewhat odd relationship— I don't know. Prune might not even be at the diner.
"I'll go change my clothes," I stood up.
Liliath was already in a black dress— as usual but the attire was a little too stimulating...
"Liliath, um.. are you sure you're going to wear that?"
"It's alright Noel. I'll wear something to cover up my skin," Liliath remarked.
To her words I remembered that she got herself an outer coat or something.. perhaps it was for this occasion. I guess I'll leave it at that.
"Noel, have you prepared Liliath's photo?"
"Done," and I was brought back to some pretty annoying memories.. I could barely keep the camera still when trying to take a photo of Liliath.. I wasn't too sure if it was because my photo taking skills suck or that Liliath's cuteness somehow shot up to 200% when she posed for the photoshoot.
Why a photo? Well, it's a requirement by the summoner's department, a photo of the summoned 'creature' has to be prepared beforehand. And thus why..
"Mom. Can we use a different photo? The one big brother took isn't nice at all," the little devil who I thought wasn't listening to our conversation turned the laptop screen to face our way and, "I recommend this one!"
My mom gasped in astonishment.
Liliath and I cramped and...
"DELETE THAT!" "REMOVE IT!"
We retorted at the same time.
That fucking devil— I will kill her someday.
The picture in question was me holding Liliath's hand..
"Eh? Why? Big brother told Big sister Liliath that she was your's didn't you? This is a commemoration photo!" The shitty devil giggled.
Fuck. She heard our conversation after all?!
My mom giggled in the background while I heard Liliath gritting her teeth and.. blushing..
Ah crap.. did I say that? DID I REALLY SAY THAT?
I said in the heat of the moment.. I didn't mean it seriously... CRAP.
I reached over and forcefully shut down my laptop.
"Liliath, I did't mean it literally what I said that to your earlier!"
"I understand, I understand.." she repeated the phrase covering her face while nodding hastily
Damn it she's so cute... I grind my teeth and glare at the little devil who had both hands covering her giggling mouth.
"Ooppss. I think I already sent it to father."