Chapter 84:

Discrepancy? Negotiation? Tea? (3)

My Demon Queen

"Noel, where are you going?"Bookmark here

"Hm? I'm going to walk around for a bit, you're going to the cafeteria with Saria right? I think she'll be able to guide you on the process of buying stuff-- oh right," Noel then took out his wallet and passed me a few pieces of valuable paper. "Saria, i'm counting on you to take care of Liliath."Bookmark here

"Sure thing Mr. overprotective, come on Liliath. I'll make sure not a scratch comes your way."Bookmark here

"Thank you Noel."Bookmark here

Though.. I wish he would've joined me instead. Whatever it may be, I understood it would be uncomfortable sitting together with both Saria and I. Moreover, I believe this was a chance for me to stop relying on him for a bit…Bookmark here

Disappointment. Such a feeling welled up inside of me.Bookmark here

The lack of the tasks which I need to complete with Noel which I thought to be responsible before-- I realized to be the string that connected Noel and I. We were growing distant.Bookmark here

At the same time, some distance infrequently was important for intimacy and trust to grow. I will take head on that advice.Bookmark here

The 'cafeteria' was busy, students with similar uniforms in queue, some were running about. I could see a few notable students wearing red ties-- members of the student council. It was apparent their role for today was to keep everything in order.Bookmark here

I now believe I made the right decision to reject Elyja's offer. I will have to notify her about this in due time.Bookmark here

"Liliath, do you know the process to buy things from the cafeteria?"Bookmark here

"I apologize for my incompetant.."Bookmark here

"No worries! With me here you'll definitely be a-okay!" Saria replied enthusiastically, grabbing my arm, she pulled me forward. "We queue up here and wait for our turn."Bookmark here

It wasn't a few minutes before our turn came. An amiable woman who looked to be the merchant of the 'cafeteria' asked for our order.Bookmark here

"So, what do you want to buy Liliath?"Bookmark here

"Water."Bookmark here

"Water?"Bookmark here

"Yes, water. Plain water, if possible."Bookmark here

Saria's eyes rounded into a bead.Bookmark here

"Water?"Bookmark here

I nodded.Bookmark here

"Uh.. mineral water is g-good right?"Bookmark here

I nodded once again, though confused by the added 'mineral' to the water. I believe it was a topic I've seen somewhere in biology.Bookmark here

"Okay.. auntie, one mineral water and a packet of fries.. is that all you want Liliath?"Bookmark here

"Could I request for a clean cup?" I asked the amiable lady.Bookmark here

"Oh my, what an exotic hair colour-- " the amiable lady looked stunned. Procuring the requested orders, I passed the valuable papers to her, Saria too paid for her portion.Bookmark here

With that, Saria and I sat down at a corner table.Bookmark here

Saria, with a sympathetic look, taught me how to open a mineral water bottle-- as it was called.Bookmark here

"What are you going to do with the water-- and why the cup? Are you actually going to drink water out of the cup?"Bookmark here

"I was planning to drink some tea."Bookmark here

From my pocket, I took out a tea bag. Pouring the water and heating it with heat magic, I was able to raise the water to a modest temperature. From there, I tore open the packaging and dropped the tea bag inside the water. I didn't forget to lift and drop the tea bag from time to time. It has become a habit of mine-- and it helps the tea diffusion process faster.Bookmark here

"This was the idea Noel recommended yesterday. I plan to bring my own cup next time… Saria?Bookmark here

"Ha-haahh.."Bookmark here

She looked like she had lost her soul?Bookmark here

"I don't get it anymore, ha.. hahaha," Saria clung to her head with tears in her eyes.Bookmark here

"D-did i do something wrong?"Bookmark here

"No, you did perfect Liliath, I'm proud of you," Saria' expression turned for the worse, a beautiful yet fake smile clung to her face. I shivered, "Liliath is an otherworlder, her common sense differs from normal people wait.. doesn't that mean Noel is also corrupted? Why did he even recommend something like this.." such a mutter could be heard under her breath.Bookmark here

I hung my head.Bookmark here

"Status window open."Bookmark here

The cute Noel and Prune were there together, flowers adorned the surroundings.Bookmark here

I wonder what Noel was doing.. and with Prune..Bookmark here

"Liliath?"Bookmark here

"Sorry.. I was just thinking.."Bookmark here

"Y-Your coloured changed a little.."Bookmark here

"How so?"Bookmark here

"It became.. darker.. something happened?"Bookmark here

"I'm a little too possessive… that's all. I have to control my impulses,"I waved my hand to dismiss her concern.. though, it is surprising to hear how the colour changes depending on my emotions.Bookmark here

"That's rather direct.. I see.. it must be Noel."Bookmark here

I meekly smiled at her correct assumptions. Though I am concerned, Noel needs his own space too.Bookmark here

"Well, what about him?" Saria asked out of concern.Bookmark here

"I'd appreciate it if you didn't dig too deep into the matter."Bookmark here

"Alright," Saria punched her fist together, " Want some fries?"Bookmark here

Accepting the snack and drinking a sip of the pleasant tea, I felt Noel's presence move close by. Turning my head, I saw him waving at me from a distance, Prune beside him.Bookmark here

I suppose he was at least concerned enough to greet me here. I waved back at him.Bookmark here

As if they came to a conclusion on something, they went somewhere.Bookmark here

I bit my lips in secret.Bookmark here

"Liliath~"Bookmark here

"Yes Saria?"Bookmark here

"I'm sure it'll be fine.. Noel has eyes for you only. At least, that's what I feel. Your colours are mixed together after all."Bookmark here

"Is that so?"Bookmark here

Saria nodded with a wide smile. Her ability to see colours was something that she herself has yet to come to an understanding, though, it was interesting to hear how those colours interact with each other.Bookmark here

From her explanation, it seemed coming into contact with other people would cause the two colours to mix at times. I imagined Prune's colour mixing with Noel's colour.. a little displeasure could be felt from the thought.Bookmark here

However, it seemed I was a special case where my colour is directly attached to Noel's. No matter how far I am from him, Saria would tell me that there exists a string that connects us, much like a master and familiar.Bookmark here

"Speaking of which, how did you heat the water? The tea is warm.. how? Magic?"Bookmark here

"Yes, with the aid of magic."Bookmark here

"Can you show me?" with sparkling eyes, Saria pleaded.Bookmark here

Pondering a little, I raised a finger into the air, a ball of water condensed in the air.Bookmark here

"Uu--wow!"Bookmark here

Saria proceeded to poke the water with her fingers. The water would separate from the source before coming together in conheasion.Bookmark here

"It's like playing with water in zero gravity-- so cool.."Bookmark here

Zero gravity-- it was the name of a spell I've read once before. At the same time, I felt as if Saria was referring to a different thing when she said that.Bookmark here

Saria's gaze traced my finger, pointing it towards a building. More concisely, it was the window close to the balcony. I released the mass of water, it sliced the wind and hit the 'target' satisfyingly.Bookmark here

"Your magic is different from TALENTS right? There are TALENTS that allow people to use elemental magic but-- from what I've heard, it's limited. You can use more than one element right Liliath?" Saria who shifted her gaze from the distant building turned to Liliath with sparkling eyes.Bookmark here

I gave her a smile, "So I've heard from Noel."Bookmark here

Saria nodded, taking another potato fry and tossed it into her mouth, not before dipping it into chilli sauce however.Bookmark here

Before taking the next potato fry, Saria paused, then looked at me.Bookmark here

"Why did you need to buy water? You could've just 'summoned' water can't you…"Bookmark here

"I wonder.. perhaps it was because I wanted to experience what it was like to trade at the cafeteria?"Bookmark here

Could be.. such a fact. I overlooked this option. I blindly followed Noel's suggestion of buying water from the canteen. Else, I could also use the water I brought from home.Bookmark here

Perhaps I should bring an assortment of sauces for a change. Additional members to form a small daily gathering sounded like a good idea.Bookmark here

Saria recovered from her stupor and shifted the topic.Bookmark here

"Speaking of which, what is Noel's TALENT?"Bookmark here

"Noel's TALENT…" I took another glance at the status window, the little Noel was cutely munching on a cookie. I inadvertently laughed.Bookmark here

Saria looked at me in confusion.Bookmark here

Since Noel and I had discussed this matter before hand, I suppose it's alright to let Saria know.Bookmark here

"How should I put it.. Noel's TALENT could be considered a complicated one. My deduction would be that his TALENT revolves around bringing something into existence-- an example would be me," I spoke.Bookmark here

"I see.. but I still don't get it?"Bookmark here

"Take for example one of the systems Noel's ability created. The system is such that it requires us to do daily tasks that could otherwise be considered slightly risque," I raised a finger in explanation.Bookmark here

"System? But why?"Bookmark here

"Because I wanted to."Bookmark here

Part of what I said was the truth, the other half came from my hesitance. I felt that the information regarding the points to buy items from the 'shop' was a troublesome aspect to explain.Bookmark here

"W-WHa.."Bookmark here

"Yes?"Bookmark here

Saria froze. I wondered if my explanation was lacking?Bookmark here

"Y-you.. two have that kind of relationship and do those things… I can't believe you didn't deny...."Bookmark here

"Is there anything wrong?"Bookmark here

"H-have you two.. done it?" Saria sprawled across the table, casted a quick glance at me.Bookmark here

"Yes?"Bookmark here

I wonder what she meant? Though, the context sounded like something pertaining to indecent acts?Bookmark here

While Saria looked at me doubtfully, turning to face the status window, the appearance of Noel talking to another girl could be seen.Bookmark here

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Who is that?Bookmark here

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