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.
Then, I saw a bushy tail. A hand..
The struggle between father and daughter.
Oh what. Prune's father went to the kitchen and took the initiative to kick her out of the kitchen?
Oh well.. that solves something at least.
The moment she stepped out into the customers dining area— all sights were locked onto her.
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.
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.
Her father left for the kitchen, leaving Prune, frozen as a statue standing in front of us.
"What's wrong Prune?" Her mother asked, noting the oddity in her actions.
"N-nothing," she showed a stiff smile.
I pulled over an unoccupied chair and beckoned her to sit.
"Glad to see you're doing well— Prune," Liliath stretched her hand out— a handshake.
Shivering, Prune who had no option to object accepted her greetings.
"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.
Prune didn't say a word.
"Is that so?" My mom replied back and their conversation continued forward.
"What next," my sister yawned, breaking the ice.
"I suppose I should explain myself. Prune, your fear towards me is justifiable, for I am a dangerous existence to your kind."
Prune seemed to not understand.
"Noel, help?" Liliath looked at me.
"You need me to help explain the situation without saying 'that'?" I pointed my finger at my head, I was referring to her horns.
"Hm? You two are... keeping secrets.."
"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."
"Creatures and animals..," Prune punched down her fluffy ears with her hands.
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?
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.
"Prune, you need not to be scared," Liliath gave her a sympathetic look.
"I-is that so... but you're dangerous?"
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.
"I don't mean any harm.. I understand that my constitution may be different from normal humans in this world."
"Because you came from another world.."
"Yes. Because of that."
I suppose Prune's theory now would be that because Liliath came from a foreign world, her danger sense was going nuts.
"Liliath— came from another world.. Noel, you have an amazing TALENT.." she looked disappointed.
Hearing that from Prune with the kind of tone she held was a little uncomfortable.
"I was just hoping I could try to clear up the misunderstanding between the two of you.."
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?
"Then with this I hope you can accept my apology. I didn't intend to scare you." Liliath spoke in a flat tone.
"Y-yes!" Prune's wolf-like ears stood up straight.
The two mothers laughed in response. Ah yes.. the typical parent-child interaction.
"Hope you can get along well with my daughter Liliath, you too Prune, get along with Liliath alright."
"I will do my utmost," Liliath gave Prune's mom a Princess-like smile.
"I'll try.." Prune was still shivering.
"Also, I want to apologize about the other day. It was a misunderstanding on my part," Liliath spoke.
"The video call that day— was it?"
You're seriously going to bring that up Liliath?
"Noel wanted to stop me, but due to unforeseen circumstances— it resulted in the scene you saw happened."
Just as I was about to step in to stop the conversation from driving into a red-light district—
"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.
Prune stared at me unblinking— while the entire restaurant fell silent.
Fuck— why did you have to bring it up you devil?! I KNOW YOUR CUTE, SCHEMING AND WHAT-NOT BUT WHY?! WHY?!
"You.."Liliath looked at the grinning devil in disbelief, "I-I trusted you!"
The devil stuck out her tongue.
"Those two seem intimate," Prune's mom commented.
"Yes they do," my mom chuckled.
I turned to face the door. There wasn't a need to guess who was behind the door. I already know who it is.
Liliath who always came to say 'good night' was in a purple pajama this time— not the erotic nightgown— totally not disappointed.
"Can we talk?" she looked straight at me.
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.
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.
The feeling I got was— Resolve.
"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."
"No. Noel, you aren't wrong," Liliath sat down, smoothing out the edges of my bed with her finger just like the last time.
"W-what do you mean?"
"You were right to not trust me."
Huh? What the hell?
Liliath looked at me straight in the eye. Her eyes were stern— straight up serious.
"Noel. You can't trust me."
What? Is this some kind of plot twist? A weird story development or something? What the hell is with this act?
"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."
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
She still holds her past traumas.
She needs time to recover.
But to not trust her?
Maybe that's just a way to say be careful?
But her next explanation shattered my wistful thinking.
"Noel, I ask of you keep your guard against me— protect me in that I don't interfere with the peace of this world."
Liliath said with a smile...
The smile of someone willing to risk their all.
But Liliath was someone I summoned— she was my responsibility.
But to her request— I don't know what I can really do to fulfill it..
What she said.. I understood it completely. It was a hint to something much, much larger—
A demon queen.
An existence that could destroy entire kingdoms.
And me? I, a meager human being incapable of even taking care of myself.
"I-I will do my best.."
This was a vow. The weight of the words dawned upon me.
"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."
"Good night Noel," she smiled again.
I smiled in response. "Good night Lilith."
She left my room.
I bent forward and placed both my hands to my forehead.
I was naive..
Who would've thought that Liliath's condition wasn't as simple as I thought...?
Current Points: 185
Quests: Gaining affection:
Play around with her hair. 10P
Learn about her favorite food. 20P
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