My Demon Queen
"Lilith sure picked herself a pretty good night wear don't you think?"
"Yeah sure.. that's quite a suggestive remark you got there father," I spoke, sitting on the couch as I updated my Arthub profile.
At least there was some growth. Finally, there's some momentum in growth-- i'm going to break into my first ten thousand at this rate.
Though, I've been growing my account for almost a year now. I can't tell if i'm merely being impatient or corrupted by other accounts that shot into 6-digit followers in 3 months, i feel kind of meek. I should be happy about hitting my goal but.. rather.. i feel like my achievement doesn't really mean anything at all..
It's either i feel the happiness of gaining 10 k followers because i'm among the top on this social media channel or dread because 10k is nothing compared to the giants that dominate the platform or nothing at all because it doesn't matter how many followers i have, there's always another mountain to climb so might as well just enjoy climbing.
It's a conflicting feeling.. i know i shouldn't really be anxious about these things because being worried doesn't help one bit yet, i feel the fear of falling complacent if i don't feel anxious about going further-- urgghh..
"OH, congratulations, looks like you've almost hit 10k, that's an incredible achievement."
"Yeah.." i don't know what i'm even feeling actually.
"You don't seem all that happy?"
"It doesn't matter does it? If i feel happy about 10k then i'll feel sad that i'm not at 20k, or when i'm happy when i'm at 20k, i'll be unhappy because i haven't reached 50k.. it's an endless cycle.."
Hearing that my father laughed, "Good to hear that you've noticed. In fact, you should aim to build 'real' fans next. Try to create a website to act as a funnel, those who and truly interest in your work will definitely check out your website, and that's where you implement another funnel to sift out those who are willing to support your cause and those who are just there to admire-- it's a strategy by the way."
I've heard about this before. It's taking what I have and then trying to monetize it a little. OF COURSE, based on logic, it'll take a long time for it to generate decent revenue. It's like an investment.
I don't know how my father did it-- rather, i do, he's got a cheat TALENT so go figure. But his cheat TALENT doesn't allow him to cheat his way through the art industry or manga industry though..
"Oh yeah, you asked me about how I summoned LIliath," wrapping up my posts, I remembered the thing my father asked me of in the car.
I picked up my phone.
"Before I show it to you, father, promise me that you wouldn't laugh."
"Of course I would, I'll definitely break that promise," my father grinned.
What a devil..
Letting loose a sigh to prepare my mind, I first showed my father the app-- with the eerie diva face.
I saw my father shudder for a second.
Then he tapped the app-- but nothing happened.
"That's just how it is, only Liliath and I can access the app for some reason," saying that, i opened up the app normally.
"That's some good security you got there."
"Ah, well, it's not like i intended it, it just is."
"Hm? Gacha-- pffttt.."
And he laughed.
Liliath and the little devil, Novelle, sitting a little distant away looked over.
I waved my arm in response, gesturing it was nothing too serious-- since there' really nothing too serious about someone laughing at a girly interface being displayed on my phone..
If anything, Novelle was doing a good job teaching Liliath about technology, I wonder what video they're watching. Hopefully not porn.. or that cartoon..or Super Glue..
Though… I'm pretty sure I'm hearing some rather obscene sounds of mouthing something. Serious, what the fuck.
My mom was in father's office, apparently working. And the only reason father was here was because he wanted to spend time with us, since he had just returned from Orlando.
Anyways.. back to topic.
"So the shop is where you get the gacha tickets?"
"These points-- ah, so you get them from doing 'stuff' with Liliath right?"
"Also a source of these points."
Current Points: 745
Kiss Liliath. 30P
Make Love. 200P
Be there for Liliath when she feels uneasy. 20P
Wash Liliath's clothing. 20P
Learn about her favorite food. 20P
Learn basic rune drawings from Liliath. 15P
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: 2 (Upgradable) (1/100)
Ah crap.. I forgot to attend to these quests. I set a target of completing 2 a day after all.. wait. Lilith and I did actually complete 2 quests, just that those quests were 'special' quests.
The special quests don't add to the upgrade requirements.
Father.. please.. that's deafening. And it's 9 pm at night, what would the neighbours think if they heard us?
"MAKE LOVE? SERIOUSLY? AHAHAHAHAHA"
Ah yes.. it's worth a juicy 200 points, but i assure you, it's not going to happen anytime soon, you're not going to have a grandchild so soon, sorry to disappoint you.
YOu know what, i'm going to trash it right this instant. And I'll also get rid of the 'finding Liliath's favourite food' one because it's impossible.
"WAIT, no?! How can you?! That's 200 points! 200 points!" his voice mingled with laughter.
"Give it up already father-- you pervert."
To my reply, he only grew crazier.
"Ahem," after a while, he faked a cough citing that he had finished laughing his ass off.
"Can we continue?" I said in a slightly irritable tone.
Since my father was unable to touch, let alone scroll through the app, I had to assist him in his quest to find the most exotic item in the shop.
"Huh?! You can buy these here?"
And honestly, I'm just as surprised as my father. Is it just me or does the store expand with time? I remembered seeing the rare-candy that increases the level of a 'creature' by one, but it had disappeared for some reason.
Oh, right, you were wondering what in the heck my father was surprised about right?
There's one in powder form, another in liquid form, not to mention one in gas form. And with scalable potency too. Now that's downright amazing…
NOT..it's like the system WANTS to do it. But no fucking way, i'm prioritizing my chastisy.
Like holy fuck… this is scary stuff. I hope Liliath doesn't get access to this app when she gets her own phone..
I'm raising a flag aren't i?
I felt a shiver down my spine.
"Alright, alright, scroll on."
PAssing through the fantasy metal section--
"Orichalium? Ah.. the price though.. 10000 for ten gram? That's insane--"
That caught me off guard somewhat.
10000 points is equivalent to me catching LIliath naked 200 times.I wish my father knew the struggles i'm going through just to wrack up these points..
"You know it's pretty hard to collect these points right?"
"Hm? Really? All you need to do is marry off LIlith and you two can do everything possible thing you two want, I'm sure you'd be 100 times more efficient in points collection in that way don't you think?" he spoke as if whispering.
I had no words to retort. I merely stared at my father with my mouth agape. Sometimes I wonder what goes through my father's mind. How did my mom fall for such a guy again?
"I give you my consent as your father, go for it," he pushed me a thumbs up.
Fucking what? Seriously?
"Which kind of reminds me, LIliath is a princess right? And you said she was a slave before she arrived, and she's tight lipped-- do you know about her situation? I'm not forcing you to tell me but i'm somewhat worried."
Huh? Rid of marry LIilath for a second. There's something off about what my father is saying to me currently.
"Hasn't mom told you the reason about why LIliath became a slave in the first place?"
"She doesn't know anything about it though?"
So does this mean LIliath hasn't told mom yet? About her being a demon lord?
I glanced over at Liliath's direction, they were engrossed watching a video on a laptop.
How about my sister? Those two are close-- so has LIliath told her about it?
"Well.. I'm thinking it's best if she told you about it herself.. I was told to not talk about it. She'll tell you when she's ready."
"Is that so?"
It's been about a week, i guess it'll take more time for LIilath to open up. THough, she opened up to me first-- i can't really think of any reason why. Which also begets the question-- could LIliath sense distrust? I wonder how she caught me doubting her last time. I'm sure i wasn't showing any obvious body languages..
Something is up..
I returned my gaze to my phone.
"I-Is this.. a philosopher's stone?" my father stuttered.
"Oh, yeah it is."
5000 points. A single philosopher's stone. The description there says: evolution material if one looked closely.
"Can I assume Liliath came from a world of demons and dragons? Demon lord, specifically."
I felt a stare-- it was Liliath's. Looked like she heard-- no.. could it be that she had been paying attention to my conversation with m-my father?! She didn't hear anything weird like marrying me off to Liliath right?! That just sounds wrong..
"Yeah, your typical fantasy isekai, with demi-humans and such."
"OOooh, so there are dungeons too?"
"Not sure about that?" i might have to ask Liliath
"Interesting.. evolution material huh?"
Hm.. now that he said it, it is weird how the description describes it as an evolution material. Aren't philosopher stones supposed to be a perpetual powersource?
"It's great how you don't even need to kill a demon lord to acquire such an item, Noel, your TALENT is a cheat," my father turned to me and grinned.
"Uh.. yeah. Actually, i haven't tested what would happen if i lose my phone so.."
"Ah, you're right.. i guess i'll have you get you a proxy device."
"Uh.." i wanted to say that he didn't need to go that far but.. for safety purposes, it would be better to go with his opinion, "thank you.."
"And one for Liliath too." he added. "Speaking of which, about Liliath's medical checkup, i'll bring you and her to the hospital so get ready for tomorrow alright?"
And we left it at that. Well, like i said before, sometimes shitty stuff becomes the topic but-- it's to me, what it means to be a family.