My Demon Queen
Liliath and I returned to our apartment using the light rail transit.
On the way, we got Prune lunch and the chocolate milkshake-- though it would've melted if it weren't for Liliath's temperature preservation magic. OP.
Prune ate the takeaway on the kitchen table-- Liliath sitting opposite to her counting the number of teabags she currently has. Liliath has been getting along with Prune just alright, though, she still refers to Prune as beastkin at times.. but it's not like Liliath purposely distances herself from Prune.
"Right, Noel, the new tenant had arrived this morning," Prune spoke in abrupt, noodles muffling her voice.
"Oh, yeah. So where is he now?"
"He went out to buy some necessities," PRune said, swallowing the food.
"Did he mention when he would be back?"
Prune shook her head in denial.
Ah well.. It's not like I have any other plans for today. Dating Liliath is a good achievement for today. I suppose I'll work on other things.
The living room and kitchen was separated by a partition, so I could see Prune wolfing down her food and Liliath now making her own cup of tea.
"Prune, do you want tea?"
"No thank you, I already have this milkshake."
Liliath nodded with a smile, proceeding to boiling water using magic-- which is much more convenient than an electric kettle.
I started writing an art commission information list on my laptop, adjusting the pricing and whatnot. Everyone is different-- even though I've watched a number of videos talking about how to do commissions, it's a lot harder when I'm actually doing it.
Ding dong-- or buazz.. or whatever the doorbell sounds like-- echoed inside the apartment.
"I'll get it," I got up from my seat and walked to the door. His name is Nine-- if i'm not wrong.
Checking the intercom, what I saw was a girl with shoulder length hair in a bright orange shirt, wearing a cap standing loosely, the bag of bought items in tow.
"Prune.. is Nine wearing an orange shirt and a cap?"
"Nom.. that's him." Prune chucked a few words between her teeth.
Him? What.. the fourth tenant is a girl for gosh sake? Why him? Mom said that the tenant was a male right? Perhaps I heard wrong.
I gingerly pulled open the door just to be greeted by a short lollita whose face was blocked by the visor of her cap. She had to raise her head up to look up at me.
"Who are you?" Nine asked in her squeaky cute voice.
"You're Nine right?" I snuck a look at the items she bought-- sanitary pads-- erm.. let's not look any further.
"Yup that's me and you are? Prune's secret boyfriend?"
"Noel.. heehhh…. why are you a male?"
What in the actually fuck is this girl talking about? Of course I'm a male.
Sighing, I continued, "Well.. ask my parents, they were the one who made me in the first place.. anyways, come in-- and I guess.. nice to meet you."
"Nice to meet you too NOEL~"
Her voice was so cute-- i wanted to puke sugar then and there. It was a nightmare to hold it in.
"Nine… wha?!" Prune jumped in shock.
"I'm back-- could you be Liliath? Oh my gosh, you actually do have purple hair!"
"Pleasure is mine. Likewise, I extended my greetings to you, Nine," Liliath nodded as a simple greeting.
"So you're the person who bought all these tea bags-- an amazing collection you got nare'."
"N-Nine.. why are you a girl?!" Prune was freaking out.
"What's wrong?" I asked.
"He's supposed to be a boy! A boy!"
"What are you talking about, I'm a girl," Nine stuck out her chest in pride. Quite literally-- she doesn't lose to Liliath in the slightest. The only thing she's missing is a gothic costume. It would be perfect then.
"No.. Noel.. you have to believe me, Nine isnt a girl, not possible!" Prune said frantically.
"Calm down Prune.." Liliath placed her hands on her shoulder, "I believe your claims.. Nine does seem rather suspicious. I've heard of assassins disguising themselves as the opposite gender."
Nine frowned in response.
"Nine, what is your TALENT?" I asked, a little doubtful. Something is amiss alright.
"You first Noel, what is your TALENT. It's rude to ask for other's before you own."
To Nine's words, I pointed at Liliath.
"I don't get it."
"She's an otherworlder."
"I now get it.. WHAT COME AGAIN???!! An otherworlder?" Nine kept glancing to and from me and LIliath. "Do dragons exist?"
Liliath nodded at his question.
Liliath pondered a bit before nodding her head in.
"God and goddesses."
Liliath pointed her finger at Nine and nodded.
Nine's mouth kept flapping out and down but no voice could be heard. Silencing magic or something like that I think.
Liliath then turned to me.
"She's quite an eccentric one."
"Is that so?" a little surprised at her words.
Nine who realized her voice wasn't registering started flailing her arms.
Liliath snapped her fingers and Nine's yell shot through the roof.
"SOMEONE HEAR ME!! Oh. So this is magic," Nine who reimagined composure after seeing me pressing my fingers to my ear came back to reality.
"And your TALENT Nine?"
"I'm not convinced. I still don't get your TALENT."
"Then would it be made clear if I told you that Noel is my master?" Liliath blinked.
"Liliath.." seriously? Is this going to be a signature joke of ours for life?
"Is that so? Pretty good TALENT you got there Noel," Nine grinner, "Gimme a sec, I'll go arrange my items then I'll tell you."
"You better," Prune growled.
"I will. I will. Be patient," Nine said, sounding displeased.
Nine headed to her room.
"I swear she's a boy," Prune said to me.
"We'll see about that.." I actually have no clue what's going on either but..
"I'm back, what-sup."
Prune's tail stood on end, Liliath rubbed her eyes while I had my mouth wide open.
"What?" Nine, who looked like a first rate male model called out with his crisp deep voice. But he was short! He was freaking short! A midget! A male lolli!
I'm innocent! I'm innocent! Don't call the FBI!!!
Nine shrugged, passed by me to the fridge holding a few can drinks.
"Permission to use the fridge?" Nine asked.
"Hey Nine.. what is your TALENT exactly?"
Don't tell me...
"Still can't guess even though you've seen it in front of your eyes?" his voice changed to a female voice all of a sudden! I don't know how the hell it happened but his-- I mean his-- her hair grew back to the original shoulder length??!!
And when Nine finished rearranging the canned drinks, she looked at me-- I mean, us with a frown.
"Hah…" Nine looked like she had given up, "C'mon' you can do better than that right?"
Her swaggy manner of speaking only sounded weirder considering her cute high pitch voice.. I feel like his male voice was better suited for this role..
Prune and Liliath looked at me pitifully-- it seemed they too didn't dare to guess his/her TALENT.
No fucking way.. tell me it's a lie.. such a TALENT can't possibly exist in this world right?
Bracing myself, I squeezed the words out of my mouth.
"Bingo!" She said in a cheer.
WHAT IN THE FUCK?!
And with this-- I learnt that the fourth tenant has the potential to become, gay, lesbian, bisexual and gay. An absolute weirdo.
I regret underestimating the 'troublesome' TALENTS of the world…