My Demon Queen
While we had a short chat, the class erupted into a small roar which signified that the voting was done. The four of us returned to class. Oddly enough, Eunice and Kai didn't talk to each other and kept their mouths shut.
They didn't talk to us either, I wonder if it's to do with Liliath's concealment barrier? It might not be the case since I'm not anywhere close to Liliath.
Hm… I thought Kai was the proactive kind of person though?
In the end, Kai was the winner, Prune and I let out an exhale of relief.
As I sat back down, Liliath welcomed me and told me about the voting results. And it was that I almost clinched the spot-- scary. Luckily Kai was a better looking man than me, I suppose that's why he won. I don't want to become the class representative..
Eunice came in third, Prune came in fourth.
"Kai, pick someone as your helper," teacher Glib requested.
"Okay, well, then Liliath."
"Denied," Liliath's crisp rejection echoed in the classroom.
"Is there anything wrong with my selection?" Kai pressed on with a smile.
And it was also at this point in time Liliath's barrier probably broke down and the entire class gasped at Liliath's existence.
"Anyone else beside Liliath Kai?" teacher Glib asked. It seemed that she was also in support of not having Liliath hold the position as his helper.
"There's nothing wrong with choosing someone with strong mental capabilities right? Liliath's the best in class."
"Liliath? Are you going to reconsider?" teacher Glib asked Liliath with a frown, probably annoyed by the development.
In the background I could hear people whisper about Liliath and her velvet hair-- and about how she's sitting right next to me.
Ah shit.. I can feel the daggers on me..
"My denial is absolute, I don't intend to accept," Liliath replied, glaring at the teacher Glib and she shivered a little.
The class roared.
"Calm down class, calm down," Teacher Glib raised her voice with a sigh. "Kai, choose someone else."
"Owh. Noel then."
"Seriously?" I shot my head towards Kai. He had a shrewd smile on his face.
"Noel, any objections?"
"Yeah, I don't think I'd be able to take up that role properly."
WIth Kai, i doubt things will go well..
"Come on.. seriously, not Liliath and now not you? You two have something going on or what?"
The class erupted into another roar.
I remain silent at his provocation. Deja Vu huh? He somehow reminds me of Gruan.
"That's it, the discussion will continue when class opens," teacher Glib pinched the bridge of her nose. "Kai and Noel, you two, help me distribute the clothes. Noel, you're temporarily assigned as Kai's helper until further notice."
Huh. Now this is just annoying.
Kai distributed half, I distributed the other half. The school uniforms were balck in colour, so was the skirt and long pants. The blazer was white, the tie-- obviously blue. Our sizes had already been submitted to the school authorities so all i need to do is to give out the clothing based on the names written on the packaging.
Walking around with the clothings, the attention was sickening.
"Who is Liliath?"
"What relationship do you have with Liliath?"
"What is your TALENT?"
"Is Liliath related to your TALENT?"
These sorts of questions were asked whenever I passed the package to the individual. I only gave a vague reply. But the reply in itself said everything. And now everyone knows Liliath is a summoned person.
In the end, the half I distributed didn't have Liliath's clothing, which meant that Kai is probably the one who'd pass Liliath her clothing.
Damn it Kai..
Finishing, I returned to my seat, to see all my textbooks neatly stacked, realizing that Liliath took the initiative to help me with the books.
"Ah, thank you."
"My pleasure. It's unfortunate he had to drag us into a commotion, " Liliath lamented.
"It's inevitable as usual," I pressed my hands to my forehead.
"Noel, did you bring the documents?" Teacher Glib asked all of a sudden.
"Documents? Oh you mean the one for mister Keaton, yeah," I pulled out the stack of paper from the file, "Here. Thanks."
"One more thing, Noel. What do you think of your seating position?" Teacher Glib sounded unconvinced about something.
"Seating position.. I wish it was less conspicuous.."
"I'll ask for your seats to be rearranged."
"Can I request that I continue to sit beside Noel though?" to the teacher's remark, Liliath asked.
"That's a given. It's that Keaton purposely asked for this saying that it was by your request," pointing at the conjoined tables with a frown.
"Please do, thank you teacher. And help me punch mister Keaton on the way."
Keaton purposely did this huh? How much influence does he have in the school anyways… that sly guy.. messing up my entire senior highschool life when it hasn't even begun yet..
Escaping class was a nightmare, LiIiath and I were swarmed by the students. It was like that time with Prune, except this time, our roles were reversed. It's a lot more 'realistic' when you're the one actually experiencing the thing. I'm sorry we left you back there Prune.. not.
We had trouble running but with Liliath's magic, we were able to put everyone in a trance-like state to make our escape.
Everyone will wake up in a few minutes time-- realizing that Liliath and I left the scene-- and that they've been drooling on themselves. I like to commend Liliath on that magic spell.
Dropping the textbooks and clothes into the bonnet of the car, I was told that we would go somewhere 'special'.
For some reason Prune's family was tailing behind us. I think it's for lunch? The whole albatross of registering in Mondai High took the whole morning. My stomach was rumbling already.
Exiting the school campus, turning a few blocks, we reached a highway and crossed a sky bridge.
We came to a large building complete with a bunch of eating spots on the ground floor. And that was where we had our lunch. We went to a chicken store-- I mean.. fast food restaurant that sells chicken.
I was again able to witness Liliath eating chicken drumsticks with perfect fork and knife etiquette. Novelle became her disciple. Prune's eyes turned into saucers.
Just when I thought it was all over, going back to our respective homes-- we were suddenly entering the elevator?
We were going to the upper floors?
Huh, this is an apartment complex isn't it? It's a familiar place.. I think this is where my mom bought a property. I remember visiting this place from the past when my mom was doing renovations.
"Where are we going?"
"Hm? You'll know in time," my mom chuckled.
Somehow, a bad premonition from an even further past swept over me.
Apartment housing 244A.
My mom unlocked the door and invited us all inside.. Prune's entire family included.
It was a spacious apartment, the walls painted white with glossy wooden parts dotting the place. A large television in the living room with a balcony that overlooked the city-- the school campus garden even. A kitchen decked out with cooking appliances and wares.
Two bathrooms, 4 bedrooms.
An ugly acrylic portrait I did of myself with a peacock in the background when I was 12 years old hung on the wall.
"This was painted by Noel when he was twelve," my mom explained.
"W-whY is this here?! I thought I threw it away!"
"I feel that this suits the taste of the paintings my father would've liked," Liliath commented. I couldn't tell if what she said was a compliment or ridicule..
"Noel did this? It doesn't look like him though?" was Prune's comment.
"Noel had many more of these do you want to see," the little devil said, taking out her own smartphone, showing her my past illustrations.
"Really? Let me see."
"NOVELLE NOOO!!" I screamed, standing in between Prune and the devil.
I didn't know my sister actually kept records of my old Arthub posts… you stalker..
The property showcase continued, my mom explaining every last bit-- including superb wifi connection since there's a wifi tower closeby. Quite an enticing location.
But that isn't the main problem isn't it?
"Father, you're going to rent this apartment out to Prune?"
"Something like that," he said lazily. After a bear, he turned to me then grinned "You wouldn't mind living with another girl would you?"
I felt like something clicked.
"Here's another document regarding my son's conduct, if he ever starts to make a move on your daughter without your consent, he will be punished under the law so you can be assured that nothing will bad happen to her," My mom said with a bewitching smile, handing a few papers to Prune's parent's.
What the fuck?
They read it and signed it with another thought; Prune visibly shivering with a pale face.
"She's in your care, control your libido alright? You're still underaged," my father whispered into my ear.
Liliath turned to me with a smile, "Take care of me from now on too Noel~"
A cold sweat ran down my neck.
And that was when It hit me-- the bad premonition--
I was going to be living under the same roof with these two girls for the next 3 years.