Chapter 32:

Reconciliation (2)

My Demon Queen

I too turned to the direction of her sight. Did Liliath really scare Prune? I honestly have no idea. Every once in the blue moon when I would come here to have a meal and she was coincidentally present, it would be a chance to hold a conversation.Bookmark here

Then, I saw a bushy tail. A hand..Bookmark here

The struggle between father and daughter.Bookmark here

Oh what. Prune's father went to the kitchen and took the initiative to kick her out of the kitchen?Bookmark here

Oh well.. that solves something at least.Bookmark here

The moment she stepped out into the customers dining area— all sights were locked onto her.Bookmark here

Ah— could that be why she's considered to possess a troublesome TALENT? Like Liliath, she stands out a lot? Maybe there's more than what meets the eye.Bookmark here

Prune stiffened the moment her eyes met Liliath. Her father was literally pushing her from the shoulder as if she were a wheelbarrow— her two feet acting as the single wheel out in front. It looked rather comical.Bookmark here

Her father left for the kitchen, leaving Prune, frozen as a statue standing in front of us.Bookmark here

"What's wrong Prune?" Her mother asked, noting the oddity in her actions.Bookmark here

"N-nothing," she showed a stiff smile.Bookmark here

I pulled over an unoccupied chair and beckoned her to sit.Bookmark here

"Glad to see you're doing well— Prune," Liliath stretched her hand out— a handshake.Bookmark here

Shivering, Prune who had no option to object accepted her greetings.Bookmark here

"Ever since she's gotten her TALENT, Prune became able to detect people who mean harm to her, and it had become somewhat problematic." Her mom confessed.Bookmark here

Prune didn't say a word.Bookmark here

"Is that so?" My mom replied back and their conversation continued forward.Bookmark here

"What next," my sister yawned, breaking the ice.Bookmark here

"I suppose I should explain myself. Prune, your fear towards me is justifiable, for I am a dangerous existence to your kind."Bookmark here

Prune seemed to not understand.Bookmark here

"Noel, help?" Liliath looked at me.Bookmark here

"You need me to help explain the situation without saying 'that'?" I pointed my finger at my head, I was referring to her horns.Bookmark here

"Hm? You two are... keeping secrets.."Bookmark here

"Yeah, yeah," I replied to the little devil, " Bottom line is this Prune, she naturally has this aura that scares creatures— or animals in general."Bookmark here

"Creatures and animals..," Prune punched down her fluffy ears with her hands.Bookmark here

Fluffy..Bookmark here

Wait.. if Liliath can scare animals with her aura alone then... could she get rid of all the cockroaches in the house by releasing bloodlust to the surroundings?Bookmark here

That would be convenient wouldn't it now? The sight of cockroaches and rodents running for their lives— seeking a new shelter that is our neighbor's home— I should ask her to try that. Should be fun.. dancing cockroaches.. like a reversed Peter Piper or something.Bookmark here

"Prune, you need not to be scared," Liliath gave her a sympathetic look.Bookmark here

"I-is that so... but you're dangerous?"Bookmark here

Ah... that makes sense. From her mother's explanation, Prune has like an ability to sense dangerous people— that including Liliath who is a demon lord candidate. Makes sense, makes sense.Bookmark here

"I don't mean any harm.. I understand that my constitution may be different from normal humans in this world."Bookmark here

"Because you came from another world.."Bookmark here

"Yes. Because of that."Bookmark here

I suppose Prune's theory now would be that because Liliath came from a foreign world, her danger sense was going nuts.Bookmark here

"Liliath— came from another world.. Noel, you have an amazing TALENT.." she looked disappointed.Bookmark here

"Uh.. yeah.."Bookmark here

Hearing that from Prune with the kind of tone she held was a little uncomfortable.Bookmark here

"I was just hoping I could try to clear up the misunderstanding between the two of you.."Bookmark here

I didn't know how exactly I planned to go about it but I suppose having them meet like this could be a step to mend their relationship. I was genuinely surprised that Liliath had this gentle side to her— I still remember her bad-mouthing Prune just a while ago.. what's up with that?Bookmark here

"Then with this I hope you can accept my apology. I didn't intend to scare you." Liliath spoke in a flat tone.Bookmark here

"Y-yes!" Prune's wolf-like ears stood up straight.Bookmark here

The two mothers laughed in response. Ah yes.. the typical parent-child interaction.Bookmark here

"Hope you can get along well with my daughter Liliath, you too Prune, get along with Liliath alright."Bookmark here

"I will do my utmost," Liliath gave Prune's mom a Princess-like smile.Bookmark here

"I'll try.." Prune was still shivering.Bookmark here

"Also, I want to apologize about the other day. It was a misunderstanding on my part," Liliath spoke.Bookmark here

"Misunderstanding?"Bookmark here

"The video call that day— was it?"Bookmark here

You're seriously going to bring that up Liliath?Bookmark here

"Noel wanted to stop me, but due to unforeseen circumstances— it resulted in the scene you saw happened."Bookmark here

Just as I was about to step in to stop the conversation from driving into a red-light district—Bookmark here

"Ah! You mean the time Noel forced you to bed!" The little devil who had been ignored all this time landed a critical hit to my soul.Bookmark here

SHEEEIIITTT..Bookmark here

Prune stared at me unblinking— while the entire restaurant fell silent.Bookmark here

Fuck— why did you have to bring it up you devil?! I KNOW YOUR CUTE, SCHEMING AND WHAT-NOT BUT WHY?! WHY?!Bookmark here

"You.."Liliath looked at the grinning devil in disbelief, "I-I trusted you!"Bookmark here

The devil stuck out her tongue.Bookmark here

"Those two seem intimate," Prune's mom commented.Bookmark here

"Yes they do," my mom chuckled.Bookmark here

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Knock. Knock.Bookmark here

I turned to face the door. There wasn't a need to guess who was behind the door. I already know who it is.Bookmark here

Liliath who always came to say 'good night' was in a purple pajama this time— not the erotic nightgown— totally not disappointed.Bookmark here

"Can we talk?" she looked straight at me.Bookmark here

"Alright."Bookmark here

The fact that she wanted to talk to me for the second time with the first one ending in chaos— it was a little suspicious and scary at the same time.Bookmark here

The aura she gave off was very different from last time. It's the first place, it was even odd to say that I could feel it emanating from her.Bookmark here

The feeling I got was— Resolve.Bookmark here

"I'm seriously sorry about the other day," sitting down on the bed, I was the one to speak first. "I wasn't planning on betraying you. To tell you the truth, the main reason why I was suspicious was because your actions didn't match your own description of the world you came from."Bookmark here

"No. Noel, you aren't wrong," Liliath sat down, smoothing out the edges of my bed with her finger just like the last time.Bookmark here

"W-what do you mean?"Bookmark here

"You were right to not trust me."Bookmark here

Huh? What the hell?Bookmark here

Liliath looked at me straight in the eye. Her eyes were stern— straight up serious.Bookmark here

"Noel. You can't trust me."Bookmark here

"W-why?"Bookmark here

What? Is this some kind of plot twist? A weird story development or something? What the hell is with this act?Bookmark here

"My emotions are volatile. That's the main reason. You said that my actions did not match the experience I've gone through— I would say that you are largely wrong about that point."Bookmark here

Liliath was dead serious. How did it come to this? Her emotions are volatile? Could she be scared? I understand that she puts up an act sometimes— could that be the reason why?Bookmark here

Alright, to put it into context, Liliath told me not to trust her, thus saying that she doesn't trust herself— thought the reason for that was because her emotions are volatile?Bookmark here

So my conclusion is that she's still not comfortable enough to show her true self— the many sides of her. She hides the rest of her with an act.Bookmark here

Just as I have many different me's: one being the analytic me, the other wanting to kiss Liliath right here right now, another worrying about her future, another wanting to punch myself in the stomach because of how cute Liliath looks in a pajama and vice versa.Bookmark here

Darn. That makes a lot of sense. I'm fucking blind to think that everything became A-O-K for Liliath after I summoned her.Bookmark here

She still holds her past traumas.Bookmark here

She needs time to recover.Bookmark here

But to not trust her?Bookmark here

Maybe that's just a way to say be careful?Bookmark here

But her next explanation shattered my wistful thinking.Bookmark here

"Noel, I ask of you keep your guard against me— protect me in that I don't interfere with the peace of this world."Bookmark here

Liliath said with a smile...Bookmark here

She smiled...Bookmark here

The smile of someone willing to risk their all.Bookmark here

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I hesitated.Bookmark here

But Liliath was someone I summoned— she was my responsibility.Bookmark here

But to her request— I don't know what I can really do to fulfill it..Bookmark here

What she said.. I understood it completely. It was a hint to something much, much larger—Bookmark here

A demon queen.Bookmark here

An existence that could destroy entire kingdoms.Bookmark here

And me? I, a meager human being incapable of even taking care of myself.Bookmark here

"I-I will do my best.."Bookmark here

This was a vow. The weight of the words dawned upon me.Bookmark here

"Thank you," Liliath got up and headed to the door, "Take care of me alright? I don't know when the next opportunity would arise where I can speak with you in my current state of mind."Bookmark here

"Y-yeah."Bookmark here

"Good night Noel," she smiled again.Bookmark here

I smiled in response. "Good night Lilith."Bookmark here

She left my room.Bookmark here

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I bent forward and placed both my hands to my forehead.Bookmark here

I was naive..Bookmark here

Who would've thought that Liliath's condition wasn't as simple as I thought...?Bookmark here

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Current Points: 185Bookmark here

Quests: Gaining affection:Bookmark here

Play around with her hair. 10PBookmark here

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Quests: Introductions:Bookmark here

Learn about her favorite food. 20PBookmark here

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Quests: Gaining trust:Bookmark here

*Regain Liliath's trust. 20PBookmark here

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Quests: Utilization:Bookmark here

*Allow Liliath to speak on your behalf. 5PBookmark here

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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)Bookmark here

Max quest for each category: 1 (Upgradable) (13/20)Bookmark here

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