My Demon Queen
A bunch of crazy stuff happened as Nile and Brusq continued their stalking adventure. And every day brought a new 'fresh' experience to them. From bringing an assortment of sauces for potato fries to Liliath's disappearance when turning at a corner. Last but not least was her hyper vigilance against Kai.
Kai was also part of the stalker's watch list, but a secondary priority. Though, it seemed that they may have to change their stance and keep a better eye on him.
"Ready for the new week ahead?"
"Y-yeah.. I'm pretty sure she hasn't found out about our existence… hopefully."
"I'm really skeptical though, how exactly did she locate you even though you were so high up.. well, can't think too much about that now can we? Let's focus on today."
Brusq had become wary ever since that incident. He couldn't find any possible reasons to rule Liliath's accurate 'heart shape bombardment' as something that happened on a whim. Mimi started distancing herself from him, Brusq found that spiteful.
Fortunately Mimi agreed to keep a tight lip on the matter.
"Oh, we finally get to see them in exercise clothes huh?" Nile ogled the girls as they headed into the girls changing room one by one.
"You're really enjoying this aren't you?"
"I get that you're worried about our marks and all but, being excessively nervous would only increase the chances of us slipping you know?"
"I'll keep that in mind."
Liliath who entered with Prune gave a quick glance in their direction before disappearing behind the door. The two 'stalkers' flinched. It was as if she was hinting of them not to try anything stupid.
"S-she didn't see us right?" Brusq had cold sweat running down his back. He wouldn't dare to take a peek at her even if could.
"I'm confident in my light distortion envelop a-alright.. Yup. It's probably just us," Nile was still shaking.
"Ha..hahaha.. what if we fail?"
"She didn't see anything… she didn't see anything.."
As they were in the midst of muttering such prayers, Kai and Noel left for the store room.
"Hey.. should one of us follow Noel? I think it's possible for me to observe Liliath from the 3rd floor," Brusq nudged Nile's arm.
"Good idea. I'll come pick you up once Noel's at the field. We'll probably lose sight of them for a while but-- it should be fine.. you head on over to the third floor-- and be careful."
"Wish me luck."
Brusq left for the stairs. Nile followed close by.
An interesting conversation regarding Liliath's vigilance and Kai's TALENT ensued.. Kai's TALENT allows him to change the way others view him? Bullshit. What a crude lie.
Noel became perplexed, Nile could only observe in pity. It seems the person called Noel gets into a heck load of trouble every time.
That said, listening to the conversation between Kai and Noel, Nile had come to a decision to notify the teachers to observe Kai more closely in the future. He was incredibly cunning with the way he used his TALENT. Mimi did once talk about how Kai was being suspiciously amiable to her target-- Lyndia.
With Noel and Kia now out to the field, Nile went to the third floor to find Brusq before coming down to the field.
"How should we spend the rest of this time, I wonder."
"Aren't you with the other female students just now?"
"I prefer to spend time around you, to be honest. The lack of the system quest has.. brought us slightly apart." Liliath said in a soft bashful tone that rang in the two's ears.
Nile and Brusq took note of these rare instances that hinted at Noel's TALENT. Holding back their urge to puke sugar, it seemed his TALENT wasn't as simple as they thought to be, after all, 'Manifestation into Reality' could very well bring to an almost infinite number of possible abilities. That was the hypothesis.
What a lovely couple. It seemed that Noel and Liliath were having a discussion regarding Kai. After which Noel flirted with her and taught her the 'wrong' method of 'skipping' rope...
Nile and Brusq who were hiding behind one of the teacher's cars blankly staring at the development.
Liliath could levitate and rotate the skipping rope at a crazy speed, whipping the wind that produced an awfully painful sound.
"Is she looking at us?"
"It seems so.."
Liliath who was secretly glancing at their direction showed a beautiful smile before landing on the ground.
Shivers were sent down their spine.
"What do we do now? We're totally bust.."
"Must be a coincidence, there's no way she found out.."
"But you saw it with your two eyes!!"
"Calm down! What if this is merely part of her TALENT?"
"Then wouldn't it be easier to explain this phenomenon as us being busted because of it?"
Noel and Liliath proceeded to the dodgeball game. Nile and Brusq had to shift hiding spots. They hid behind a small trolley, not that the trolley could fit both of them to begin with.
"How do you think the match will go?" Brusq asked.
"I think the girl's side will win this round."
"Oya? So confident in Liliath huh?"
The battle unfolded, the match was fairly interesting to watch. The females don't lose out to the males in the slightest. That said, everyone was anticipating Liliath's turn to attack, you could practically feel the air boiling for this moment.
And when two balls were launched at her, it was intercepted in an instant. Nile and Brusq gawked in surprise. Her reaction speed was top notch.
That was when a cannonball explosion occurred.
Nile and Brusq came to the counselling room for de-stressing.
"Teacher.. who the hell is Liliath? How in the world can anyone throw a ball like that?!" Nile shuddered. The visual impact it had on his mind was overwhelming. The fact that they were tasked to 'stalk' an individual with this level of strength. Theri lives could be taken away in mere moments.
How strong was Liliath exactly? They had absolutely no idea.. it seemed bottomless.
"Brusq, any weird readings?" Glib ignored Nile and spoke to Brusq.
"When she realized Noel fainted in shock, her emotional state was ECSTASY!" Brusq hugged himself and shivered like a kitten.
"Hey, teacher Glib, can you request us to change to a different target? Like Kai, he's been making some odd movements lately like-- hooking up with Lyndia. I feel like our life is at risk, you know? That girl Liliath is dangerous.. that girl spells serious serious dangerous.. she's way beyond your standard practical exercise you know?" Nile pleaded.
Glib rubbed her forehead. Truely, she hit the mark when she said that Liliath should be closely looked after. Why was it that there were so many things about Liliath that were left unreported?
Keaton's description of Liliath was simple: Frail otherworld Princess. Since summoned creatures weren't given deep diagnostics on their traits and abilities, their characteristics would usually be condensed to a single paragraph description during the form filling process. It wasn't a priority to get the details regarding the summoned 'creature' down in concise detail.
"You're absolutely going to cry tears of blood once I report this to the higher ups," Glib grinned bitterly.
"Ignore that. I'll call the two here now, you two can listen in on them if you want," Glib pointed to the corner of the room.
Nile and Brusq exchange glances before moving to their positions. This wasn't punishment, rather, served as an 'effective' hiding spot.
Liliath and Noel came in and were properly scolded by Glib. After that they exchanged some banter regarding their condition, updates on Noel's TALENT and discrepancy surrounding Kai.
"Sorry, just want to ask but it's alright to ignore this but, is his TALENT something to do with altering our perception?" Noel asked.
Glib shook her head to deny his claim.
Noel fell into a pensive state.
"That's exactly why his TALENT is dangerous to begin with. It's impolite to tell you the details however, what I can say is, be mindful of yourself and the way you think about him. That's all," Glib explained. It seemed she had to do something about Kai.
"Alright, thank you."
"You two can leave, Liliath, make sure you control your behaviour."
"I understand. Though, i have one more thing i would like to request of teacher Glib." Liliath got up from the chair and walked over to her. Glib flinched as she felt an intimidating aura leak from her smile.
She slowly ran her fingers across the table, reaching the other side where Glib sat, she opened her mouth and in a sweet voice, asked.
Glib reflexively shuddered, she thought Liliath was without a doubt, a monster. She would indefinitely become a priceless asset for the security department if she was selected— which could be said as an inevitable development in the probable future.
Brusq and Nile, who stood at the corner of the room still as a statue like bad kids, could only look at each other in wonder. They weren't able to grasp her words, though it sounded quite severe.
Liliath and Noel then left.
The room fell into silence.
"You two failed," Glib stated curtly.
"You've been found out, and it hasn't even been a full week," She turned to them and shot a flat glare.
Brusq flinched while Nile's mouth was agape.
They wanted to retort. Liliath was a calamity-like existence. She probably knew from the start and had sold them out at this very moment.
Took them long enough to notice, even though Liliath had dropped a number of very VERY obvious clues.
Nile and Brusq dropped to the floor in despair.
"But I'll do my best to persuade the higher ups to specially review your case,"Glib dropped a life-line.
Two lifeless voices rang in unison.