My Demon Queen
"Here you go Liliath, you're own phone," my Father passed the boxes to Liliath looking a little haggard. Yawning, he continued, "Noel will teach you the rest, i'm going to take a nap."
"Then i'll accompany you dear," my mom joined, "See you later this evening."
"T-thank you.. I'm undeserving of such a gift.." Liliath forced those words out of her mouth.. sounding guilty.
"Don't mind it Liliath, you're part of the family after all," my father said with a yawn.
And with that, my parents went upstairs to sleep-- or cuddle-- or.. Whatever. Not my problem, better not think too much about it.
Liliath looked at me, revering the small white box in front of her. We'll be leaving out the larger box-- which contains the tablet for now.
The little devil on the other hand was looking at Liliath, puzzled at her conservativeness.
"Open it Liliath," I nudged.
Liliath timidly raised the cover, to reveal the black screen of the phone. OH, looks like the screen protector has already been stuck on top.
Bringing it up to her face, Liliath examined the foreign object and clicked the button that was supposed to bring the screen to light.
"Is this how it's supposed to work?" Liliath pouted, unsure why the normal screen isn't showing up.
Obviously because it's still powered off.
"Lemme do it!" Novelle took the phone from Liliath, "You have to hold down this button here for a while to start it up."
The screen lit up, and the usual phone applications appeared on screen.
No.. there was a peculiar app that looked oddly similar to the gacha app on my phone.. It's not just 'similar'.. it's the actual app.. the same one on my phone.
No fucking way..
And as one would guess, that was the first application Liliath entered.
Novelle looked at me, with a grin.
"It's slightly different from the one Noel has."
"How different?" I asked out of curiosity.
Liliath turned the phone to me. The gacha option was blacked out, only the store was accessible. Not to mention there was a small circle on the upper right corner that showed Liliath's face in chibi form with her username attached to it.
Hey-- why don't I have that too..?
Besides that, everything else is the same, the items in the store and LIlith-specific quests. Looks like Liliath won't need to share my phone to refer to the quests anymore.. that makes me a little lonely for some reason.
In other words, Liliath can buy items at her own discretion. Though, I doubt she would do that since she never really wanted anything from the store in the first place.
Ah, which brings me to the main point-- so perhaps there's no risk in losing my phone? Not like I'm inclined to destroy my own device, ahem…
I have no clue how that app appeared on Liliath's phone but-- could I possibly assume that the app will appear again if I got myself a new phone?
Again, Novelle isn't able to use any of the functions, only Liliath and I have the authority to do so.
Moving on, Novelle guided Liliath in downloading the messaging app our family uses. And a game called 'Pig Pipes'-- of all things.
While waiting for that to settle, we went to try out the call function.
"What do these numbers signify?" Liliath asked.
"It's your mobile number, a special code that.. um.. you can give to people you want to connect with?" Novelle looked a little troubled.
I mean.. it's not like Liliath would understand what a mobile number even is or why every number is different--
"Mobile number? So this is what many people kept asking me for? I thought it was something to do with flying numbers." Lililath sounded like she had just learnt something life-changing.
PFftt. what? Which reminds me.. Liliath flat out rejected that guy who asked her for her mobile number didn't she? Wait.. how many people had she rejected since that day? I don't remember seeing anyone approaching Liliath though?
"Don't simply share your number to strangers alright Liliath," I warned. A little worried that Liliath may very well attract unwanted visitors.
"Isn't it important to build connections?" Liliath questioned.
"Nah, Big brother is just being overprotective," the little devil grinned.
"Is that so?" Liliath.. looked convinced?
"That's not it. Put it in this way, you don't just connect with every person you come across right?"
"That is true," Lilith nodded.
"Wait, Big sister Liliath, exchange contacts with me first!" the little devil said that in such an ecstatic manner, it was as if she was about to steal away Lilaith's first kiss.
The devil stood up to go get her phone.
Liliath looked at her as she left, then at me.
"What does exchanging contacts mean?"
"Novelle will explain it to you, gimme a second, i'll go get my phone," I proceeded to my room where i left my phone--
Even since the gacha app appeared on my phone, I've been using my phone relatively less due to the fear of losing my phone. But now I know it's a pointless worry.
Taking my phone and learning that mom and father are actually sleeping and not actually doing what i thought they were about to do, I headed back to the living room.
"Liliath already exchanged contacts with me first!" Novelle stuck out her chest in triumph. I wouldn't say her chest is flat.. but it's still relatively small for a typical girl. It's alright though, she still has a fighting chance, after all, she's only 12.
Then I turned my line of sight to Liliath who stood up at my arrival.
She looked at me, then averted her eyes, responding by opening up her arms.
Huh? Are you kidding me? A hug?
If i were dumb then i'd go for it but.. I'm still a virgin so no thank you. Wait, aren't virgins even more susceptible to an invitation like this?
Control yourself Noel.. self control.. hnngg..
What stupid logic did the devil teach Liliath this time I wonder?
"What did you teach Liliath?!"
Ah shit, I raised my voice like a flustered pip squeak going outta control. NOt good.
"I-Is this not what exchanging contacts mean?" Liliath queried in a stuttering voice.
Novelle took a photo of a crazy me and flustered Liliath using Liliath's phone.
"Come on big brother, I prepared the perfect chance in front of you yet you don't go for it? You're even condemning me?" The little devil clicked her tongue.
"Novelle!" Liliath fummed, all embarrassed.
The little devil merely grinned, escaping Liliath's wrath by running to who knows where.
Damn, that little schemer..
Though, I was a little surprised by how Liliath acted.
In any case, I got to exchange my contacts with Liliath.
"I was tricked, I apologize for the misunderstanding Noel," Liliath hung her head.
It's alright, but it's also bad for my heart.
"D-do you perhaps want to exchange contacts?"
"I thought we already did.." I distanced myself. Not because I didn't want it, but because I was afraid I would actually jump at her.
"I-I see," Liliath sounded relieved.
Hey, isn't this supposed to be where Liliath sighs in disappointment? What's up with the difference in reality?
While i thought of such a thing, Liliath's phone rang, causing her to jump.
A video call.
"Try swiping to the green button."
Doing as I told her, the figure of the little devil who was laughing cackled through the roof, destroying my eardrums with all the static and hissing.
I cut the audio.
And the call was cut off.
Damn it. A prank call? Really now? What era is this?
"That was Novelle?" Liliath said, her back against the couch, staring at the phone as if it were some cursed object.
Ah heck, look what you did Novelle-- you've caused Liliath to contract 'phone-phobia'.
"Yes, that was Novelle.. a prank call. Not how you're supposed to use a phone.."
Rather, isn't that what phones are made for? Else why would prank calls even exist?
Novelle came from somewhere laughing, we gave her a look which she ignored and taught Liliath da way to properly call someone.
Next up was the messaging app. We had Liliath set up her account and added her to the group chat, personal chats too.
"Liliath, send this one," guided by the little devil, Liliath sent me her first message.
"No.. that implies something.."
And it was a sticker of a rabbit blowing out heart kisses… in the group chat.
I glared at the devil, Liliath shaking her head saying that she wasn't the one who sent it.
Ignoring that, the next message-- actually typed by Liliath, was a simple 'ashdlajbdsoua'.
Liliath struggled with the keyboard-- I digress.
"Noel, this is what you use to send information to the beastkin correct?"
Yeah. I think it's hopeless to have Liliath change the way she addresses Prune.. as long as she acts respectful in front of her.. I think I'll leave it at that.
"Could I also have her personal cat?"
Whatever 'cat' Liliath may refer to.. Prune's profile picture is a cat, so I guess that's what Liliath means? Huh? I didn't think Liliath would pay attention to something like that.
Taking the chance to pull the phone away from the little devil-- deleting the blow kiss stick on the way, I added Prune's personal chat to Liliath's account. Prune is going to be living with us for the next few years so I suppose it's essential for Liliath to get along with her.
Next was 'Pigs and Pipes'. I had no idea what the devil was plotting but it's basically a simple game where every time you utap on the screen the 'holy pig'-- as I call it, since the pig has angel wings attached to it-- would jump in the air. The point is to dodge the incoming pipes.
"Did you know angel pork is an expensive delicacy back where I came from?" Liliath told me.
Angel pig? SOmething like that exists in Liliath's world? What kind of isekai world is that??
Liliath nodded seriously, "Though I've never tried it, it was said that eating too much would cause a divine retribution to befall on said individual."
Which reminds me.. if i'm not wrong.. I saw something like an expensive pork chop in the shop catalog.. maybe it should ask Liliath if the meat is the aforementioned one. And hey, since we're not in Lilaith's world, it should be alright to eat it right?
No.. I thought of something good, next time I bump into Kai-- and if he is the person i think he is-- i'll invite him to eat a piece of the divine pork, maybe that'll do something.
"Big brother has a creepy smile," Novelle commented.
"Is that so?"
The little devil and Liliath had a bout. In the end, Liliath won by a margin of 561 pipes leaving Novelle dejected. Heck, Liliath's superhuman reflexes are crazy.. I wonder what she would do if she tried FPS games. I'm inclined to think that she would ace it.
Evening, I'm in my room, posting my latest artwork and..
Arthub-- I've finally hit a 5 digit following.
I leaned against the chair and pumped my fist into the air.
What's next I wonder? I should probably focus on getting art commissions? That might be a good idea. Though, I don't really have any means of transactions-- I'll have to ask my father about that.
While writing key insights and notable items in my journal, I heard my phone buzz. It was a notification.
My heart skipped a beat.
From Liliath huh?
Hm.. I wonder if this means Liliath wouldn't come over and personally say good night anymore? Sometimes I would be the one to head over to my sisters room to do so but most of the time Liliath was the one to take initiative.
I suppose I'll go over today.
Raising from my seat and exiting my room, I headed on over to where Liliath was.
I knocked on the door.
After a little while, the door opened, I had to squint my eyes to adjust to the sudden shift in brightness. The corridor was dark, Novelle's room was blinding. It took me a bit before Liliath's figure registered in my eyes.
"Good night," I said. It has probably become this little tradition Lilaith and I do every night.
Honestly.. I don't think I want it to end. Messages are nice and all but-- it's kinda distant.
"Good night Noel," Liliath looked a little surprised, and with a smile, she responded in kind. "I thought of going over if you didnt come," she chuckled.
"I see.. Novelle?" I peered behind Liliath's shoulders, Novelle, furiously typing away at her phone-- Liliath's phone.
"What's Novelle doing?" I wonder why I'd even ask this dangerous question in such a casual tone.
"Novelle? She asked if I could lend my phone to her. She told me that she was doing something called 'SPAM'," Liliath turned to look at Novelle as if a mother looking at a child.
SPAM, not as in the canned meat, but as in-- my phone is going to blow up.
"Heheheheeh!" She threw Liliath's phone on the bed and went to hide under the bed sheets.
It was later when I returned to my room that I realized my phone had 99+ messages, all of which were from Liliath-- I mean Novelle-- all of them saying 'Good night'.
That said, I felt a warmth inside my heart at the last message from the real Liliath as the 'good night' was missing the initial capitalization.
The many mysteries surrounding Liliath. How does she feel about me anyways?