My Demon Queen
This happened when Noel and Dylan-sama were having a conversation that night. I and Novelle-sama were watching these clips of 'videos' much like an advanced performance on a laptop.
The show displayed on the screen was pertaining to odd cooking methods of ingredients I have never seen before.
"Novelle, do you know how to cook?" I asked.
"Cook? NO, not really.." she said, dragging her words as she moved the white triangle, and with a click, changed the show.
I had been told by Novelle that these shows were available for the masses to watch due to the power of the thing called the internet. It functioned like a compressed wave that could not be perceived by human beings. That being the case, I realized that there were indeed many waves coursing around the world when I tried enhancing my hearing, which the ability would usually be used to perceive prey from a distance. It was something natural to elves though I was unsure why a demon lord such as me possessed this ability.
However, listening to the high and low waves-- that shall never do such a thing again in this world…
"Are you alright big sister Liliath? Why are you shivering?"
"Please assume you didn't see that.." I smiled wryly, happy that Novelle-sama was sensitive enough to catch my light reactions.
"If you say so-- um Liliath, are you interested in cooking?"
"TO be honest, my answer would be yes. Back in my world, it was common knowledge that otherworlders possess exquisite culinary abilities that revolutionized the food industry throughout the world."
"Ah? That's so cliche~"
Another word I seem to and seem to not understand.
"You'll understand if you read more light novels and mangas soon enough," Novelle spoke as if hinting at me to search for the answers by myself.
Fried meat; curry.
That was the show being shown as of the moment. I watched as the person dip the battered meat into bread crumbs before tossing it into a pot of oil. Curry-- which was said to be a legendary staple of the heroes was cooked using an assortment of yellow and red powder.
Which was odd because the ones mentioned in the archives mentioned 'instant curry'.
"How about you ask mom about it? I think she can teach you how to cook?"
"I suppose that is a good idea. I should think about it."
Novelle-sama switched the show again.
This time, it was something about a person eating a large platter of ribs in thick gravy. The amount was insurmountable-- seeing the girl on the show eat it all, accompanied by succulent sounds-- i felt my own stomach hurt.. how could one eat so much..?
At the same time, the sounds of Dylan-sama's laughter echoed in the room. Turning towards his direction, I saw Noel wave to disregard it before his expression turned a little off.. he had a funny look on his face.
Did I do something wrong again?
"Opps.." Novelle-sama voiced, quickly diminished the volume of the sucking sounds as the girl ate away at the ribs.
Once Noel looked away, I felt that my face had become hot.
He surely hadn't misunderstood right?
"Diana, can I ask of you to teach me how to cook," finishing my statement, I bowed.
"You want to cook? Hm.. how about helping me in the kitchen first, i'll teach you along the way," Diana-sama smiled, she looked rather happy-- unusually so..
"Thank you very much."
"Today we'll be cooking fired meat cutlets and mixed vegetables." Diana-sama brought out the ingredients that had been sitting inside the 'frwidge', which acted much like a convenient cold cellar. Various types of vegetables and meat slices that had been soaking inside a white liquid that I was informed to be milk. The process was marination as the meat had been sitting inside the liquid since last night.
Half way through preparations, Noel came into the kitchen.
"Ah, Noel, it's alright, I got a new helper. Thanks for your help~"
"Alright.. so Liliath will be assisting you.. well, thanks Liliath."
"Did i do something?"
"No.. you did nothing wrong.. um.."
"Usually it's Noel that helps me in the kitchen but because you're here this time, it's alright for Noel to take a break, is that right?"
"Yeah, what my mom said. Something like that..."
"So shuu--" Diana-sama made a gesture as if to shun Noel away. "I'll teach Liliath to be the best chef ever,"
"Yeah right.. do your best LIliath, and thanks again.
Nodding at Noel's wryly smile, I returned to assist Diana-sama.
I was able to help cut a portion of the vegetables albeit creating a few dents on the soft wooden chopping board… before Diana-sama took away the knife from me saying that she would do the rest with a wary look.
I suppose I put in too much strength? The chopping board was rather easy to break though..
The easier task of dipping the meat cutlets into beaten eggs before rolling it in flour was done without any issues.
After the mixed vegetables were done, Diana-sama added oil to the large cooking pan that was shaped into a bowl-- it was called a wok?
The cutlets were fired until it turned brown and moved to a large plate with white paper to absorb the oil.
I was given the opportunity to try my hands on frying the meat cutlets myself under Diana-sama's tutelage. The result was a success, though, since the timing was slightly different, mine looked a little darker than the rest, presumably burnt a little.
Though, Diana-sama didn't comment on it.
Lunch came and everyone came to sit around the table.
This was where the so-called war of retorts Noel mentioned before began..
As I was eating the meal, I noticed that everyone had been purposefully avoiding the cutlets that I had cooked.
To describe it in more detail, it seemed that everyone other than Noel had filled their plates with the cutlets beforehand, leaving Noel no choice but to choose those pieces. Even the ones currently on my plate were picked out by Diana-sama.
"Seriously, seriously," Novelle-sama said with a triumphed look.
"Come on know, LIliath put in a lot of effort to cook that you know?"
"And why exactly do I have to specifically eat the ones she cooked? There's no difference right?"
I smiled wryly at Noel's words, rather-- would deem it a stiff wry smile.
I didn't plan this-- it was incredibly embarrassing. Diana-sama, Novelle-sama and Dylan-sama had planned this before-hand, they held no disregard to his retorts at all..
Though I do agree with Noel, to say the truth, Noel's words did sting-- a bit..
"Liliath cooked those you know?" Diana-sama pressed on, "There's nothing wrong with letting Noel eat your cooking, isn't that right Liliath?"
I said nothing.
This family was to.. how to put it.. honest? Blatant?
They were pushing me to marry Noel weren't they?
I felt a cold sweat run down my cheeks, likewise, I saw Noel holding a troubled look. He locked gazes with Dylan-sama to seek help, the response was a smirk.
"If you're not going to take it then i'll take it, that's fine right big sister Liliath?"
"If, like me, you are concerned about the matter of eating the food I cooked, how about switching plates with mine for the ones your mother cooked?" I said out of desperation.
As if eaten a bug, Noel furrowed his brow.
"No.. I don't mean that Liliath.. ugh, whatever, fine. I'll be sure I will pay all of you back twofold next time," Noel said with a light coercion in his tone and placed the two pieces of meat I cooked onto his plate.
He took a bite out of it and glanced at me slightly embarrassed.
He complimented with a troubled smile on his face, a sense of accomplishment and relief welled up inside of me. At the same time, out of embarrassment, I could only avert my eyes.
I suppose this is what it feels like to cook for someone.
Diana-sama and Novelle-sama slapped their hands together in victory.