My Demon Queen
"Long time no see Dylan."
They shook hands.
"Aren't you busy? Or you pushed all the work to the other chefs?"
"It's not that busy at the moment so.. i suppose it's alright.." Ugine said, unsure if that was the case.
"Take a seat, oh, where's your daughter?" My mom beckoned.
"I appreciate it. Uh, I don't know, she stormed into the kitchen, did anything happen?"
"She must have been jealous?" my father questioned.
"I don't understand my daughter all that much but let's not jump to conclusions?" Ugine had a strangely cramped smile on his face.
Prune is jealous? Hm… now that's tricky.. I don't think she liked me in the first place?
Hah.. again with my delusions.. Liliath is going on the offensive here and I'm still thinking about Prune. What's wrong with me..
I saw Liliath's questioning gaze on me.
"What is it?"
Liliath glanced away for a moment before asking, "Who is Prune to you?"
I said blatantly. If anything, It's true that I liked her but.. when I found out that she was going to transfer schools i just accepted it as was. I think my 'like' towards wasn't all that deep, which could be the reason why I didn't feel much about losing her. THough the situation now.. I could very well be going to the same school as her.
And there was the thing with Liliath.
Wait, Liliath asked me this question so could it be that Liliath is jealous?!
No, no, no.. I shouldn't jump to conclusions.
"Ah? So that's your intention?"
"Yup, so what do you think? The monthly rental is decent for the location of the rental and it's 20 percent cheaper than the fees the in-school dormitory charges~" my mom, being the real estate professional, persuaded.
I missed out on some parts but huh? Monthly rental?
"I would have to discuss this with my wife and my daughter before coming to a conclusion," Ugine spoke as if troubled.
"It's alright, we can schedule a later date to give you some time to finalize a decision."
"Then give me some time to think about it."
Did I miss something important there?
Why do I have this bad premonition..
"I better get back to the kitchen, my boys are waiting for me," Ugine stood up and stretched his back, "Thanks for the offer. And I'll have Prune come over to receive the bills if that's alright?"
"Yes, thank you. And please give it some thought," my mom showed a business-like smile.
"I understand," he sighed before exiting the room.
It could've been another awkward silence if it were not for the sound of the little devil teaching Liliath how to eat ice.
That was literally bribery to have Liliath create more ice for the devil to suck on with such useless knowledge as the price of exchange.
Business-minded people are scary..
"Hey mom, what was that about?"
"HM?" my mom showed a surprised expression, a suggestive one at that.
"What is it?"
"Should we tell you?" she contemplated, "What do you think dear? Do you think it would spoil the surprise?"
"Noel, listen up. This is what you call anticipation. So brace yourself for what's to come," my father talking nonsense to me…
"Liliath, don't tell Noel alright~" my mom said in sequence.
Wait, Liliath knows?!
"Tell what?" Liliath spoke in a cute, muffled tone where a piece of ice in her mouth impeded her normal voice.
"I guess the secret is safe in her hands," my father sounded relieved.
SO SHE KNOWS ABOUT IT?!
"What is it? What about monthly rental and the school dorms?"
"You'll know in time, protagonist Noel," my father said with a natural smirk.
This is bad..
"Liliath?" I turned to the innocent face cutie beside me chewing on ice.
"Don't tell him Liliath, it's a surprise."
Mom.. don't instigate her.. I'm shitty curious. I really, really, absolutely fuckign really want to know what the hell this is all about.
Liliath merely tilted her head.
My shoulders dropped at the instant and I just stared at her with dead eyes, I didn't notice this but apparently a frown surfaced on my face.
She pouted. So cute.
I've been telling myself that LIiliath is cute quite often these past few days.. it's strange.
"They're flirting again."
At the words of the devil, I switched targets and fired imaginary laser beams at her. Speaking of which, I still haven't gotten my revenge on this twerp.
But no ideas come to mind.. she's too 'perfect', no weaknesses no, gaps. I wish she got herself a boyfriend so I could tease her to the point of hell. Heck, I doubt telling mom and father about her stash of porn i found in her room would really do anything at this point. Because as I said, it runs in the family.
The door of the room slid open again and came Prune-- i felt her gaze brush past me for a moment but it's obvious she's avoiding Liliath's gaze. Holding the credit card machine, she went straight to my mom's direction.
Liliath was staring intently at the exchange of Prune and mom-- or more accurately-- at the machine and card, and the receipt being spit out from the head of the machine. I'm sure LIliath must be thinking somewhere along the lines of the credit card being some sort of ancient artifact.
Just as Prune was about to leave, my mom tugged at her shirt and whispered something into her ear-- to find out that she whispered at the wrong place because her ears were no longer there, replaced by the wolf ears up on top.
Embarrassing.. i understand how you must feel mom.. because that's what i felt a few minutes ago..
Ignoring my father who was desperately holding in his laughter, my mom told Prune something in a voice so soft I couldn't discern the contents. Prune nodded a few times and sent me a weird look for some reason.
"Don't tell Noel yet alright?" was the last thing i heard my mom say 'loudly' on purpose so that I could hear before releasing Prune. Grrr… what in the world..
Prune nodded and left towards the direction of the door, seemingly dazed. Just before she exited, she looked at me one last time-- with a smile, a trace of sorrow could be seen from her eyes.
Then she left.
"What?" I spoke my thoughts.
"What?" just as the little devil repeated a second after.
"I still haven't had my payback on you, stop repeating my words as if you don't understand what's going on," I glared at her.
"But i really don't know what's going on though? Big sister Liliath, what is this about, why am I and big brother left out?" the little devil showed a genuinely confused expression-- seriously? The omnipotent devil doesn't know?
But that was just temporary.
"So that's what it is.." the devil showed me a grin.
"I only spoke what I knew?"
"So what did you tell my sister?"
"I dont know?"
I gave up, not even giving Liliath another glance, I sipped on my tea and tuned my mind elsewhere.
I'm sure i'll figure out what it is in the future. It's something to do with real estate, renting and Prune.
That look of hers.. i might just be imagining things.. yeah. There's no way she likes me.