My Demon Queen
"Pleasure to meet you again, how are you feeling, Saria?"
Yeah.. our method of greeting is like the sky and sea alright…
Saria trampled, staggered and fell to the floor.
"Saria, what's wrong.. um, sorry, she doesn't always act this way.. Saria?"
"P-Pleas.. i-i didnt t-tell anyone s-so spare my life-- spare my life!" Saria cried.
Liliath tilted her head.
The memory of Liliath being hyper scary at the time she healed Saria popped up in my mind.
"I think you were too scary that time, she misunderstood you."
"Was it now?" Liliath pondered.
"Um.. sorry but could you.." Saria's friend wanted to say something but was interjected by Liliath
"My apologies Saria, I didn't mean to scare you," Liliath squatted down and gently held Saria's hand.
Saria's teary pale face slowly regained colour and her breathing gradually returned to a normal pace.. a small amount of green light could be seen emitted from the palm of Liliath's hand. Must be some kind of spell.
"How are you feeling?"
"B-better.. I-I'm sorry. I really didn't tell anyone about it.. I didn't tell anyone."
"I know. Thank you for keeping your promise." Liliath smiled.
Saria's eyes opened wide and her face turned red. On the other hand, the guy beside her has eyes that turned into saucers.
"Welp, She's Liliath, and I'm Noel, nice to meet you two?" I sliced the awkward atmosphere into two with a likewise awkward greeting.
"Um, I'm Voux, and.. Saria, are you alright?"
"Y-Yes. I-I'm calm. i'm very very calm," Saria said, supported by Liliath. After which she buried her face in between both her hands while her head bellowed imaginary smoke.
Huh, how familiar.
"Do you know each other?"
"Yes, though it's best if our first meeting is kept a secret," Liliath said.
"Sorry Voux, I made a promise. I can't tell you, I don't want to break that promise." face still buried between her face, Saria said.
"Anyways… wow! Purple hair?!" Voux yelped.
"I didn't see you two before.. how.."
"Magic. A concealment barrier is around us as we speak. I thought to examine Saria's condition, such is why we came out to express our greetings to you two," Liliath said in a diplomatic way.
Voux's eyes turned into saucers yet again.
A peaceful silence ensued-- Saria took a deep breath and came out of hiding. That was when Liliath said something to start up another conversation.
"Noel is my master."
"Will you stop that Liliath!" I bit my tongue saying that.
"Master?" Voux questioned.
"Liliath is a summon?!" Saria raised her voice in disbelief.
"Uhh.. yeah.. something like that.. Liliath isn't my familiar.. she's a free human being from another world.."
Liliath didn't say anything, only smiling. I'm so fortunate no one else is here..
"What the hell kind of TALENT is that.." Voux held his hand to his mouth to cover up for his cuss.
"I don't mind cursing.. it's not a big deal.."
Well, I curse a fucking truck ton in my mind so fuck that shit called being polite right?
"Okay.. let me get this straight, so you're saying Liliath was summoned by you?"
"On a whim."
"W-what a powerful TALENT.."
"Opps, yeah. I should talk about my TALENT too-- Liliath has a TALENT does she?"
"No, I am in no possession of abilities you call: TALENT. I can, however, use magic without any issues."
"Your speaking manner is weird.."
"I agree.." Voux supplemented Saria's comment. "About my TALENT, since you've revealed your's, my TALENT allows me to grow and shrink in size. It's just shrinking ability though.. I can't grow any bigger than my current size."
After which I saw him shrink to the size of my palm. I reflexively took distance.
His size returned to normal in the seconds after.
Scary in a sense that.. i could've crushed him under foot like an ant if i wanted to..
"What an amazing ability," Liliath complimented.
"Why thank you," Voux scoffed jokingly.
"Voux, can i ask what would happen if you keep food inside your mouth when you shrink?"
"Good question, It shrinks together with me. Objects in contact with me can shrink together. I shrank my clothes, remember?"
The image of Voux' jaw being dislocated-- or exploding due to an apple slice in his mouth flushed in my mind, sending shivers down my spine. I'm so grateful God didn't make it so he could die that way because of his TALENT..
In fact, most if not all TALENTS that were bestowed to us are non-lethal, special conditions and exceptions outside our realm of understanding prevents a person from dying due to the TALENT itself. That said, it didn't mean there wasn't such a thing as a TALENT that could harm people.
"Me too, me too. My TALENT is the ability to see each person's colour."
Ah right, Saria did mention something like that the last time we met.
"And you two are definitely a summoned and summoner, your colors are connected to each other."
"So what colour are they?" Voux asked.
"Do you two mind?" Saria asked, a little worried.
Liliath didn't mind it either, but I guess it does violate our privacy somewhat… Liliath looked super delighted in fact.
"Liliath's colour is a.. large deep black mass while Noel's colour is.. something like a small condensed diamond…"
Liliath and I looked at each other in surprise.
That's… pretty scary. Liliath is a large jet black mass huh?
"What kind of colour is that? Sounds pretty dangerous.."
"I think so too.."
"Interesting," still staring at me, those were the words that came out of Liliath's mouth. A gentle smile spread across her face which made me flinch a bit.
"Don't tell other people alright Voux?"
To Saria's words, Voux made a gesture of zipping his mouth shut while nodding.
"Looks like the rest have left, we have to go," Liliath said.
And she was right-- everyone WAS gone.
Fortunately, with Liliath's ability to sense surrounding presences, we were able to catch up with the group-- to see Prune all teary eyed.
Next stop: the classroom.
Your typical classroom with a super shiny wooden floor-- polished till it reflected our figures. In a sense, if someone gets the angle right, it might not be impossible to steal a look at the silhouette of a girl's panties.
Gotta make sure the floor is dirty, wouldn't want to become a victim of said pedophile.
Air conditioners and fans decorated the ceiling of the class, two large white boards, a cork board at the back, a large desk for the teacher in front.
There's also an awkward raised platform where the teacher would have to stand if they were going to use the white board. It looked like a useless design choice though. SOmeone could trip from that.
The windows were curtained, overlooking the school garden and past that was the dormitory.
Ah yes.. the dormitory.
Since Gilgamesh only has two schools to accommodate 'troublesome' students, parents sometimes had trouble sending their kids to school due to geological reasons.
As such, dormitories were set up for students facing this issue.
I wonder if my parents would apply for a dorm? The distance between my house and Mondai high is a full hour drive after all..
"I'm sitting in the middle zone," Prune said, scanning the seating table on the door.
"I'm somewhere in the back," Saria said.
"And looks like i'm sitting beside you as always," Voux snapped his fingers.
Curious, with a bad premonition coming on, I took a look at the table.
I'm at the front…
I'm seated at the very front row.
That's not the worst part… even though I already hate sitting in the front.
What is with the arrangement of the tables? Why is Liliath's table combined with mine?! And she's assigned to sit beside me?!
Everyone's else's seat was separated, there were no joint tables. There wasn't supposed to be any if it weren't for how the sitting arrangements were illustrated!
"You two really are summoned and summoned huh?" Voux said in surprise.
Now that he mentioned it, Liliath and I are to be considered one right?
"I'm seated right next to Noel, I suppose it's a good outcome," Liliath said optimistically.
We entered class, dragged by sorry butt and sat at my seats as assigned, Liliath beside me, table edge to edge. Directly in front of us was Teacher Glib and behind her were a number of textbooks, leaning against the wall of the white board.
The teacher stared at Liliath and I with a dubious expression.
I don't even know what in the world is going on anymore. Why? Was this Keaaton's doing? I had a feeling that it's gotta be him.. I still remember the bad premonition I felt back at the hospital.
Hah.. no way… no way i'm accepting this. Everyone's attention will only condense around Liliath and I, it's the worst!
"For starters, let me introduce myself, my name is Glib, your homeroom teacher for class E. Can I first assign the class representative and helper? Raise your hands if anyone is interested in picking up the position."
"What's a class representative," Liliath turned to me and asked what a class representative was.
"It's something like a leader to represent our class."
Liliath nodded, Teacher Glib glanced at us for a moment before her gaze continued around the rest of the students.
It's a weird feeling since no one was wearing proper uniforms. By the way, our uniforms could be seen on the teacher's desk, but it still needs to be distributed.
Nobody raised their hands.
"No volunteers? Alright, Noel, pick a person,"
"Yes, you," everyone's gaze fell on my shoulders. Teacher Glib went to the white board and wrote down my name.
"Selling me out! Why!" Prune shouted in a whispered voice.
Oh, her seat is like-- just behind me.
"Prune, your choice?"
"Let me see.." Prune scanned through the student list. "Eunice?"
"Eunice, pick another name."
I turned to the girl named Eunice, she had wavy black hair. She wore a coat on top of a simple 'stretched' collared collared shirt that looked to be too small for her chest.
"Kai then," she said lazily.
Four names were written on the board.
And as you can expect, it was a vote showdown.
"Four of you, please stand outside of class."
Four of us did as ordered, and went outside.
I kinda wonder, class hasn't started yet but the teacher is already picking a class representative?
Prune glared at me, her tails stood on end.
"If I get chosen, I'll kill you," she said, showing her canine.
"How aggressive," I let loose a sigh. Welp, not like I intended to sell her out in the first place.