Chapter 60:

Imminent Death (4)

My Demon Queen


Special Quest:Bookmark here

Don't let Liliath die. 300PBookmark here

RULES: Liliath cannot find out about the specifics of the task. If found out, the quest will be terminated. Special quests cannot be removed and will be refreshed weekly. Special Quests completed before the week ends will only be refreshed the following week.Bookmark here

WARNING: LILIATH's DEATH.Bookmark here

Complete quests before the time runs out: 1D 01H 32MBookmark here

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Fuck. FUCK! You've got to be kidding me?!Bookmark here

There's no fucking way I'll let Liliath die.. no fuckign way..Bookmark here

No..Bookmark here

But how.. what can I do about this?Bookmark here

Crawling up from my couch, my spine screaming at me because of my shitty sleeping posture last night, i shook my mom awake.Bookmark here

The time was around 6 am, the sky was dyed an orange hue.Bookmark here

"N-noel?" she yawned, "Good morning."Bookmark here

"Good morning, mom I.."Bookmark here

Then I stopped.Bookmark here

Shit. I just realized. I can't tell her, can I now? No, rather, I need to say it. THat way, it would be easier to come up with a solution but-- but instincts are yelling at me to not say it..Bookmark here

FUCK.Bookmark here

"Liliath is going to die," I squeezed each and every word out of my mouth.Bookmark here

"Come again?"Bookmark here

"Status window open," pointing at the screen.Bookmark here

"N-no way."Bookmark here

"That means there has to be a way to save her," I said optimistically-- despite the pessimism corrupting my mind.Bookmark here

There has to be a way.Bookmark here

The system already says it's possible, else, i don't think there would be such a quest. Moreover, who would let the heroine die right?Bookmark here

"I'll call the doctor."Bookmark here

"Mom, remember, you can't tell anyone about this system.."Bookmark here

"But it's correlated to Liliath's life, do you understand?"Bookmark here

"I know but.. if this gets out and Liliaths does survive.."Bookmark here

"Alright, it's troublesome," my mom groaned. "I'll call the doctor."Bookmark here

My mom went outside with her phone, she probably got the contact number of doctor Trisha. Since it's not an emergency, i dont think it's all that appropriate to use the call button in the hospital.Bookmark here

Anyhow, looking towards the bed, I could see LIliath lying in rest with shallow breaths, her chest moving up and down. The IV drip half-empty.Bookmark here

If anything, she looks like she's getting better, the machines aren't detecting any weird, life-threatening signs. But, the system quest says otherwise.Bookmark here

"There has to be a way.. " I pulled a chair over and sat beside the bed, observing Liliath's face.Bookmark here

Honestly, it's beautiful. Her velvet hair, fluttery eyelashes. God damn, what am I even thinking at this sort of time. Think Noel. Think. What could possibly save LIliath. And why the hell does her condition seem stable?Bookmark here

Contemplating without an answer, doctor Trisha came in and checked Liliath's condition. Her comment was that LIliath is steadily recovering, her condition today is better than yesterday.Bookmark here

Seriously though?Bookmark here

I doubted my ears when I heard that, I could say the same for my mom who held an expression of disbelief. The doctor had to persuade us quite a bit.Bookmark here

"Noel, what if it's the kind where other factors, depending on what we do, can extend Liliath's lifespan?"Bookmark here

"And an example?"Bookmark here

"For example, taking away the IV drip or the doctors help. MAybe taking medicine can help prolong Liliath's lifespan or-- could be the answer to the situation. In that sort of way, like the butterfly effect" my mom tried to explain.Bookmark here

I kinda get what she's trying to say, it's worth a shot. Maybe calling out to the doctor raises her awareness and thus increases the time limit.Bookmark here

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Special Quest:Bookmark here

Don't let Liliath die. 300PBookmark here

RULES: Liliath cannot find out about the specifics of the task. If found out, the quest will be terminated. Special quests cannot be removed and will be refreshed weekly. Special Quests completed before the week ends will only be refreshed the following week.Bookmark here

WARNING: LILIATH's DEATH.Bookmark here

Complete quests before the time runs out: 1D 00H 12MBookmark here

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Nothing. No change. Well.. the change is that the timer is ticking down.Bookmark here

Damn it.. what can I do?Bookmark here

My father and little sister Novelle came to the hospital to check on Liliath. My mom gave a gist report on the situation to them. Of course, she didn't mention about the timer in my 'super' special quest.Bookmark here

"Are you sure Noel?"Bookmark here

"Yeah, it's fine, I'll look after Liliath."Bookmark here

"Alright, then we'll get you something to eat later, careful alright?"Bookmark here

To my father's words, I nodded.Bookmark here

"Big sister Liliath will be alright.. right?" Novelle, who was biting her lips beside me, asked in worry.Bookmark here

"I'm sure she would be alright," I caressed her hair. It stings to lie, it really stings.Bookmark here

Novelle nodded before following them down for breakfast.Bookmark here

Now..Bookmark here

What can I do?Bookmark here

What is the answer to this?Bookmark here

I pondered, and pondered, and pondered.Bookmark here

Damn it. There has to be something.Bookmark here

Call the doctor and give her some exceptional medicine? Have the nurse stationed herself to look after Liliath's vitals 24/7?Bookmark here

The timer is still ticking, and it's not stopping.Bookmark here

The sound of rustling bedsheets brought me back to reality.Bookmark here

Liliath-- woke up. Her clear crimson purple eyes stared into mine. She looked at me in confusion?Bookmark here

"Morning, how are you feeling?"Bookmark here

"A bit better?" She answered dubiously. Cute.Bookmark here

"Hopefully," I muttered with doubt.Bookmark here

"It's alright Noel. Everything will be alright, everything will be alright,"Bookmark here

My hands were suddenly clasped around hers. Soft, warm..Bookmark here

It stings.. knowing that she could die.. and that i have no clue how to prevent it.. fuck.. why.. why..Bookmark here

"Liliath.. why.. no.. i will definitely find a way.. there has to be a way.." i placed my other hand on top of her's.Bookmark here

I lied.. I lied again..Bookmark here

Who am i kidding-- These words to console LIliath.. it feels more like I'm trying to console myself. Ha.. hahaha..Bookmark here

But there has to be a way.. right? The system is basically forewarning me of a future I can prevent.Bookmark here

"Noel, you ought to be resolved to face the inevitable," I heard Liliath giggled.Bookmark here

"Why.. hey LIliath.. why are you so calm? How can you be so calm."Bookmark here

No, I already know why. Liliath had been through hell. That's why. To her, death may even be better than living-- that is, if she were still in her world. But she isn't, she's in mine. A world of peace, a world without war, a world she can start anew.Bookmark here

The door of the room opened and a nurse came holding a tray of Liliath's breakfast.Bookmark here

I saw her look in my direction, then at my hand placed it on top of Liliath's. It all happened in a fraction of a second before she turned to Liliath with a smile.Bookmark here

Oh.. shit.Bookmark here

I tried to pull my hands away but Liliath-- damn it LIliath.. let go! Her grip strength was literally demon lord appropriate.Bookmark here

"Now, I don't mean to interrupt your intimate moment but do you mind if I ask you two separate for a bit?" the nurse asked. Is it just me or does the room feel rather chilly?Bookmark here

"Ah.." I heard Liliath leak such a mutter. She locked eyes with me.Bookmark here

And in the next second, pulled back her hands and hugged her knees.Bookmark here

The nurse's smile looked a little exaggerated for some reason. In anycase, while waiting for LIliath to recover, she arranged the food on the make-shift table built into the bed. She then walked over to the shelf and took out some medicine, passing it to Liliath.Bookmark here

"Remember to eat alright? Even if you don't feel like eating , it's a must to eat a bit to prevent the side effects of the medicine." the nurse advised before leaving.Bookmark here

It was a moment of awkwardness.Bookmark here

Yeah..Bookmark here

Wait, Liliath ate the medicine so..Bookmark here

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Special Quest:Bookmark here

Don't let Liliath die. 300PBookmark here

RULES: Liliath cannot find out about the specifics of the task. If found out, the quest will be terminated. Special quests cannot be removed and will be refreshed weekly. Special Quests completed before the week ends will only be refreshed the following week.Bookmark here

WARNING: LILIATH's DEATH.Bookmark here

Complete quests before the time runs out: 0D 23H 46MBookmark here

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Shit.. I thought medicine should work.. What the hell.Bookmark here

So does it have to be me then? What can I do?Bookmark here

"Where is the rest of your family, Noel?" Liliath called out, breaking the silence.Bookmark here

"My family? Ah, right, about that, they went out for breakfast," I wanted to forget what I saw. I wanted to believe Liliath wouldn't die..Bookmark here

"Breakfast? How about you?"Bookmark here

"I decided to stay back.."Bookmark here

But no matter how I try to push it to the corner of my mind-- it just..Bookmark here

"N-Noel?"Bookmark here

"Hey Liliath, is there anything you wish for?"Bookmark here

I don't know why or how, this question just popped inside my mind.Bookmark here

Liliath averted her gaze for a while before returning her reply.Bookmark here

"Feed me."Bookmark here

"Wuah?"Bookmark here

Feed me? As in, feed you?Bookmark here

"Feed..me. That's what I wish for."Bookmark here

"S-seriously?" oh wow. How nice.Bookmark here

"It's alright if you don't want to." she pouted.Bookmark here

"Alright, alright my princess," I laughed. I totally didn't expect this request, not to mention her reaction.Bookmark here

Why the hell.. she's so calm..Bookmark here

I scooped the porridge and brought it to her mouth but she was staring into the air.Bookmark here

Perhaps-- she's only calm on the outside. I wouldn't know what she's thinking inside her heart, would I now?Bookmark here

"Liliath? Liliath? Earth to Liliath, hello?"Bookmark here

"S-sorry!" as if she was shocked with electricity, she replied.Bookmark here

"Here, o-open your mouth," I brought the food to her mouth.Bookmark here

She ate it with a smile.Bookmark here

"Thak. u."Bookmark here

Don't speak when eating. That was what my mom would say if she saw this.Bookmark here

"Sheesh, really now.. what should I do," I questioned myself.Bookmark here

Continuing to feed her without exchanging another word, I only felt remorse build up inside of me.Bookmark here

Was LIliath aware of her death? She looked like she was aware of it though..Bookmark here

"Noel."Bookmark here

"Yes?"Bookmark here

"My turn."Bookmark here

"Hm?"Bookmark here

"Let me feed you," she snatched the spoon from my hand, scooping the porridge, she brought it to my mouth.Bookmark here

-- with a troubled expression on her face..Bookmark here

"No.. Liliath.. seriously?! I-I can't!"Bookmark here

Her expression changed to one of obstinacy. Pouting, she was relentless with this request of hers.Bookmark here

"Fine."Bookmark here

Why..Bookmark here

"How is it?"Bookmark here

"It's good… It's.."Bookmark here

Why..Bookmark here

There has to be a way right?Bookmark here

All of this.. Liliath was already preparing to die wasn't she? Being so proactive to feed me and such..Bookmark here

I hid my face, wiping away the tears that had condensed in my eyes.Bookmark here

"Noel."Bookmark here

"W-what is it?"Bookmark here

I struggled to speak.Bookmark here

"Thank you. I understand that I'm in no position to say this as I could never repay your family and your kindness.. that said... Thank you. Thank you for everything."Bookmark here

I don't get it..Bookmark here

"What are you s-saying.."Bookmark here

Ding.Bookmark here

'Liliath's Special Quest Complete.'Bookmark here

Hearing that, I raised my head to meet Liliath's gaze.Bookmark here

Her expression was akin to a mother looking at her own child. Me, a child, she, a mother.Bookmark here

"There. My last contribution. It's not much, but I hope you spend it properly." tears fell from her eyes as she said that.Bookmark here

But..Bookmark here

Rather than despair or anguish, I felt like something clicked.Bookmark here

"Say that again?"Bookmark here

"My last contribution," she spoke after wiping her tears, flustered.Bookmark here

"No, not that, the latter half."Bookmark here

"Spend it properly?"Bookmark here

Spend it properly..Bookmark here

Points..Bookmark here

Quests..Bookmark here

Systems..Bookmark here

Shop..Bookmark here

Fuck--Bookmark here

"T-That's it.. why am i so dumb. Why in the fuck did i not think of that sooner!" I pulled at my hair out of frustration.Bookmark here

"N-Noel? Stop it, stop it, you'll hurt yourself."Bookmark here

I look Liliath in the eye.Bookmark here

"I-I got it.."Bookmark here

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