Chapter 86:

Discrepancy? Negotiation? Tea? (5)

My Demon Queen

Breakfast was-- awkward, Prune seemed to have noticed. I mean, how wouldn't she, there was a little bit of her fluffy white hair stuck on me before Liliath took it off-- she must have noticed a long time ago and left it there on purpose.Bookmark here

Liliath kept chuckling, Prune was.. slightly, or quite obviously embarrassed. Nine on the other hand, felt that something was amiss.Bookmark here

Welp, not like she deserves an explanation since the first thing Nine does after taking a morning shower is to hole herself inside her room-- most probably playing games.Bookmark here

"Hey Noel, what in the world happened?" Nine asked, noticing my silence.Bookmark here

"I got found out.."Bookmark here

Yeah, no shit. And there's no way I'm telling you what the hell happened.Bookmark here

"Found out what? You were caught cheating?" Nine narrowed her eyes at me suspiciously, her hands going round and round the plates. Bubbles continued to form on the surface.Bookmark here

"Maybe."Bookmark here

"What?! You pervert!"Bookmark here

"Says the guy dressed as a female."Bookmark here

"Oi, I'm a genuine female, you know? Or would you like to play with my breasts to burn the truth into your mind."Bookmark here

"Uh.. yeah. No thank you."Bookmark here

Wow.. so blunt. Not feminine at all. Zero points.Bookmark here

"Ah.. so that's why.." Nine said suspiciously.Bookmark here

I decided to stop thinking about it. Nine's only going to prattle on with some lewd topics.Bookmark here

"Tsk, a herbivore."Bookmark here

Then a moment of silence-- rather, the sound of running water.Bookmark here

"Noel, can I borrow Liliath later this evening?"Bookmark here

"Yeah? Why?"Bookmark here

"Oh, so you're admitting Liliath is your property huh?"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

I got played by her words.Bookmark here

"Alright, alright. In short, my viewers liked her."Bookmark here

"Viewers?"Bookmark here

"I'm a streamer--duh~. And everyone wanted to see Liliath's appearance again."Bookmark here

Nine's a streamer? Is that why she's always locked inside her room? Oh yeah, she told me that before. I wonder how many subscribers she has? Also, my guess is that her 'interchangeable' gender is the leverage around her stream.Bookmark here

Ah.. this explains why 'she' has such an 'explicit' and 'perverted' persona doesn't it?Bookmark here

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"I guess you can ask Liliath about that.. Yeah...why did you even have to ask me in the first place? It's not like I can force Liliath to do something she dislikes."Bookmark here

"For fun."Bookmark here

This bitch.Bookmark here

Our hands kept moving until all the plates were cleaned.Bookmark here

Liliath was in the living room, reading a biology book-- Prune was scrolling through social media. We have another hour to go before we leave for school.Bookmark here

"Nee-chan! Tell me what happened to Onii-chan!" Nine pestered Prune who was claser.Bookmark here

Prune glared at me, I could only lower my head.Bookmark here

"Prune nee-chan! Can your imouto know what happened?"Bookmark here

"Liliath.." Prune pleaded for help.Bookmark here

Liliath who took notice pointed her finger at Nine. Nine froze on the spot and turned to Liliath. Her mouth flapped up and down with an annoyed expression on her face, it was like a lecturing mime.Bookmark here

"You saved me Liliath," Prune heaved a sigh.Bookmark here

Well.. rather.. It's more like Liliath saved me and Prune.Bookmark here

"Noel?" Liliath turned to me and showed an implying look. I could guess what she wants me to do.. why does it feel like she's my mother? I mean.. different from my mom in a sense but still quite motherly.Bookmark here

"Sorry Prune.. I didn't mean it," I exhaled.Bookmark here

Nine who couldn't speak started beating at me with her weak fists.Bookmark here

"You have my smell on you know.." Prune whispered.Bookmark here

"Come again?"Bookmark here

"N-nothing. I-it's an accident right? J-just forget about it.."Bookmark here

"Yeah.. Sorry.."Bookmark here

I actually heard what Prune said.. well. I suppose her sense of smell is heightened.. and.. hah.. this is complicated.. fuck.Bookmark here

Nine kept beating at me with her fists while I drowned myself in my thoughts.Bookmark here

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Class.Bookmark here

Early morning, few students, pre-class.Bookmark here

Liliath, Prune and I shared a table.Bookmark here

It seems that Liliath is interested in biology. If anything, she's constantly asking about this subject in particular. Of course.. most of her questions only bring up more questions..Bookmark here

One of them which I'm wracking my head around is photosynthesis. I know there is a deeper explanation of photosynthesis in the later chapters but.. just what exactly happens inside chlorophyll?Bookmark here

From where Liliath came from, their explanation was that plants convert the mana from the sun into mana which is used to purify the air.Bookmark here

A simple explanation for a 'simple' process. A plant is after all-- a plant. Then again, in biology, scientists just had to use an overly complex explanation-- an organism that synthesizes nutrients in its leaves by photosynthesis using the green pigment chlorophyll.Bookmark here

The problem is chlorophyll. What exactly is chlorophyll? And how does it act as a catalyst to modify the molecules.. our syllabus doesn't cover how and why the photolysis process happens..Bookmark here

"Liliath likes biology a lot huh?"Bookmark here

"Not quite.." to Prune's question, Liliath said.Bookmark here

"But you're always reading and asking biology related stuff though?"Bookmark here

"I prefer the subject of self-development, philosophy and economics.. "Bookmark here

"Heehh.."Bookmark here

"Prune.. how does one explain photosynthesis to Liliath?" I'm being tested to the limits.Bookmark here

"Photosynthesis? It's a process of changing energy, and molecules into sugar."Bookmark here

"What is 'synthesize' then?" Liliath pointed at the confusing lexicon.Bookmark here

"It's a fancy word for 'produce'."Bookmark here

"How complex," why does Liliath sound like she was praising the person who developed this word. Haah..Bookmark here

"Perhaps the teacher can give a better explanation, we have biology class later right?"Bookmark here

"That is true.."Bookmark here

"Morning Noel, morning Liliath, morning Prune," Kai who arrived greeted us before taking a seat.Bookmark here

""Morning,"" Prune and I replied.Bookmark here

Liliath-- remained silent.Bookmark here

Her vigilance still hasn't subsided. I wonder why.Bookmark here

Kai then went to Eunice's table and started discussing with her regarding class 'stuff'. Whatever that may be.Bookmark here

"You know, I'm feeling a rather odd repulsion when it comes to Kai.. similar to when I met Liliath," Prune commented.Bookmark here

Liliath then looked at me, "I don't understand why I'm feeling this way but.. be careful Noel.."Bookmark here

Again with this problem.. why exactly are they wary about Kai? He's a good, amiable person for the most part right? Or was there something deeper behind it.. what exactly is his TALENT? His explanation was rather crude.Bookmark here

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Science lab. Biology class.Bookmark here

Um…Bookmark here

"Liliath?"Bookmark here

I was about to go to my usual table with Kai and Voux when Liliath held my sleeve. Rather than say 'held', it's more like, she's going to rip it apart if i tried to pull away.Bookmark here

"I suggest to not get too close to him.. it is alright to shuffle between seats isn't it?"Bookmark here

"Aren't you being over--cautious?"Bookmark here

I wanted to say overprotective but.. it just doesn't sound appropriate.. honestly, this feels like a ridiculous development, I mean.. What in the world is this flag?! It definitely has something to do with my TALENT. Then again, I don't really want to play around with emotions.. it's ridiculous.. I've taken my share of pills from the incident where Liliath went to the hospital last time..Bookmark here

This is a school, and befriending people is appropriate isn't it? I don't think there really is any reason why Liliath has to stop me from joining Kai.. unless Kai is secretly a female, then it would make sense.Bookmark here

Though, I should also consider Liliath's superior instincts. She's a demon lord.Bookmark here

Then again… she told me not to trust her..Bookmark here

Hnngg…Bookmark here

What a ridiculous 'event'... wIll it turn into an event? I'm not sure..Bookmark here

"How about we take a seat further back..those groups of students there.. right, you have those questions you want to ask the teacher don't you?"Bookmark here

"I could always walk to the front or raise my hand. We should follow your suggestion."Bookmark here

"Alright then.."Bookmark here

Kai and Voux flashed an expression of confusion when I chose to take a seat in another group. I could only smile wryly.Bookmark here

The group we were at had another 3 people. Eunice, Wendy and Wake.Bookmark here

Wake-- as in wa-ke. A stout two syllable pronunciation, in a japanese accent.Bookmark here

"Hello! Qui!"Bookmark here

But the person-- or rather, the thing that greeted Liliath and I first was the rabbit plushie..Bookmark here

What. In. The. Fuck.Bookmark here

IT CAN TALK?!Bookmark here

Wendy smiled at Liliath and invited her to sit beside her. I on the other hand, had no option but to sit beside her, Wake to the left of me.Bookmark here

"Nice to meet you Mr. Noel. Qui!" The rabbit raised its paw. I wonder if it eats cotton carrots.Bookmark here

"Uh.. yeah.. nice to meet you.."Bookmark here

Eunice and Wake gave Liliath and I a nod as a greeting-- Eunice being rather cold as she shifted her attention back to the novel she was reading. Wake on the other hand, was a typical male with a medium build and balck hair accentuated by his black rimmed glasses.Bookmark here

An Asian.Bookmark here

Just like the rest of the class-- except Liliath and Prune-- who were also Asians, obviously.Bookmark here

"Is he your boyfriend?"I heard Wendy whisper to Liliath. I'm pretty sure she didn't mean for me to hear it but I still heard it anyways. Technically no? I got rejected by Liliath despite her still clinging to me. Yup, serves as a good explanation.Bookmark here

Liliath tilted her head before asking back in a genuinely curious and innocent voice.Bookmark here

"Which definition are you referring to?"Bookmark here

Which definition? Isn't it obvious?!Bookmark here

"No eavesdropping Mr! It's impolite," and before I could say anything, the rabbit plushie jumped and clung to my face.Bookmark here

The impact was like cotton candy moving at the speed of a bullet-- minus the stickiness of sugar.Bookmark here

Truthfully speaking.. whose rabbit is this.. It's a plushie for gosh sake.Bookmark here

"Are pets even allowed in class?" I asked Wake through the plushie.Bookmark here

"Yes, for familiars, but.." Wake's voice was your every-day casually-typical kind of student… oh wait. Let's not make a mistake, every student in Modai high had been 'specially' selected. I can't underestimate him like how I underestimated Nine.Bookmark here

Then again, It's a courtesy for both parties to share information regarding each other's TALENTS, not a one-sided exchange.Bookmark here

"Qui is a plushie! Plushies are banned from school!! But Qui is a rabbit! And a plushy Qui so Qui is a familiar! Qui!" The rabbit yelped in the most adorable manner ever. I'm surprised that it's so clingy. So much for its violent explanation.Bookmark here

"Noel, i've heard from the rumors bt just to confirm, you actually summoned Liliath-- is that true?"Bookmark here

"Pretty much," I tore the rabbit off my face. "Whose's rabbit is this?"Bookmark here

"Wendy's."Bookmark here

Ah.. so this is her TALENT? I wonder what's the catch..Bookmark here

"Oh, and if you're wondering about, my TALENT it's the ability to locate people with a touch. I can go up to around a hundred, and delete or add people in the list at my own discretion."Bookmark here

Wake poked my forearm.Bookmark here

Huh..Bookmark here

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