My Demon Queen
You've got to be fucking kidding me..
Staring at my laptop with my mouth agape, Prune who was leaning against the balcony called out.
"Noel? Did something happen?"
How the hell did she find out? It's not like I'm using my real name, you know? It's merely an alias, so how? How did she know 'PuddinFest'-- my alias-- was me?
To brief you on this crazy shit that I can't for any reason wrap my head around this, I finally got my first art commission request. And the client being-- Yuta. I don't know if anyone remembers that person. I mentioned before that I did a collaborative illustration with her in the past-- who I thought was a boy.. but the owner of the account was apparently Rishell!?
Talk about coincidence.. damn..
And here she's requesting one of my commission packages and then adding 'hush money' by asking for the additional request of-- JOIN THE ART CLUB.
What the hell.. like how..
"A commission.. and? Art club? Do you know him-- her?" Prune casually came over, and read the text on screen.
Now.. how should I approach this? In the first place, does she really know that she's actually requesting a commission from me? I'm pretty sure she's certain over the fact else I don't see a reason to send hush money to a random guy or gal.
I should probably discuss with Liliath about my next course of action.. She's probably my one and only safety net-- capable of rendering Rishell's TALENT to nothing.
"I think I'll go ask Liliath.."
"Who's Rishell? Hey?"
"Just think of her as a pushy senior that's desperate for club members.. Was your baking club like that? Why the baking club? There's a cooking club right?"
There are so many people out there. Why me of all people?
"Hm? I thought perhaps pastry could help increase the range of recipes I could create. Another reason being.. I was swamped back then and had no route of escape, so I was forced to choose the most 'accommodating' club.." Prune's eyes looked dead.
Maybe I'm just imagining things, she really enjoyed the cookies the club made though? I wonder what cult-like activities were involved in making cookies. Staring into the oven while the cookies are baking is one way to increase tastiness.. perhaps there's such a ritual.
In anycase, I headed over to Nine's room. She's borrowing Liliath today since her fans were eager to get Liliath to as Nine calls it, "Screw the world with jokes."
I knocked on the door twice. I wonder why I even did that.. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't hear me in the first place since they'd be on headphones.
I grabbed onto the door knob, not locked. Oh well, I better do this carefully, you never know what's on the other side of the door.
I twisted it and pushed it to a small gap and peered into the room. What I met however was a camera lens.
"And there ya have it BOIs. Onee-chan's heart stolen by this guy with an atypical girl's name that counds oddly asexual. Yo, Noel, introduce yourself," in her squeaky cute voice Nine commented as she tossed the door open.
"Ahahaha. Hear that folks? Ah, Liliath, what did they say in chat?
"The chats are rollin' fast, though I find most were nonsensical SPAM, I could infer that they are curious to learn more about our relationship," Liliath who sat in an elegant demeanor on Nine's large gaming chair tilted her head and spoke in a shaddy tone. A cool headphone sat on top of her head.
THE FUAQ? The hell is up with her narrator-like speaking and..
"Uh.. what exactly did you teach Liliath? Nine?"
"Me? I didn't teach her anything. What? Scared ya girl is getting too carried away?"
Placing my hand to my forehead, I entered Nine's room.
It was truly a sight to behold. She had quad monitors, a fully decked out gaming station for two fleshed out with all the recording equipment and lighting set up in prim and proper state. Her gaming setup was A LOT cleaner than her chaotic bed furnished with various types of pink, cutesy plushies.
What the hell.. Nine's a guy right?? What's up with all the girly colours? This makes no sense. She.. I mean, he isn't transgender right?
"Nine.. this really makes me question whether you're really a girl at heart or a boy.. oh, we're rolling live.. "
To this realization I shut my mouth.
We're live. I'm actually LIVE. Nine holding a portable camera. Nine was a computer expert to be able to connect her camera to her stream. I know I might sound like a frog right now but I honestly have no clue how streaming works.
Huh.. the comments area blowing up and there are.. AT LEAST A THOUSAND VIEWERS??
HA.. hahahaha.. Did Nine literally just announce my relationship Liliath on live broadcast with a thousand people watching?!
"B.." I managed to hold it in. One thousand is nothing to scoff at. Nine was a professional streamer? And here I thought she was just moderately popular.. I didn't think she'd have such a crazy large subscriber base..
"Okay.. so what are you here for? You distrubed our game of Genocide Killz."
Genocide Killz.. a brutal 2d game with pixel graphics, thrid person view that involved quite literally, genocide. As the 2D alien you are, you are tasked to blow up innocent humans and infrastructure to acquire points that the game refers to as 'guts'. And these guts can be used in exchange for buying more powerful-- and disgusting looking weapons at shops riddled throughout the map.
An apocalyptic game. Apparently Liliath and Nine were having a local PVP match. Based on the battle records, it seemed Liliath was having trouble keeping up with Nine.
Wow. This game suits Liliath's nature very well.
I took a deep breath to calm my head.
"Can I borrow Liliath for a bit?"
Liliath tilted her head at my words.. her head was bobbing up and down to some sort of rhythm, she was most probably listening to loud upbeat music. Then.. how in the world was she able to hear what I was saying though that? I'm pretty sure the volume is crazy high.
"Oh? Something good is going to happen eh?" Nine giggled.
I could see the chat blow up again with a bunch of whats-er-nots. Example being:
"OOOOOOHH?! HE'S THE MAN?! NO WAY?"
"MY MAN NOEL I HATE YOU!"
"SHIP THEM SHIP THEM<3."
"FFUUCK I WANT A GIRL TOO!!"
"HE SUCKER GOT NINE TOO? LOLITA HAREM MAN~"
Unable to withstand the sheer cray-cray of it all, I lowered my head and just walked closer to Liliath. I took off her the head phone just dragged her out of the room.
"3 minute intermission. She'll be back," I yelled at Nine-- or the camera and slammed the door shut.
I heaved a sigh. Well. That was fuck. I faced Liliath and she looked at me with a shrewd smile? What has gotten into her? This is the first time I'm seeing her like this.
"You had fun right?" I stuttered over my words in this suddenly awkward atmosphere. I was just about to talk about serious stuff when all the shit went done in Nine's room.
"It was quite an interesting experience. I learnt many things too. I could now understand better when past heroes documented information regarding the brutality if em' so called cold weapons," Liliath smiled.
Ah fuck. What did you teach Liliath Nine?!! And of all things, this was the most noteworthy lesson for Liliath? Gosh, I don't get her at all. Well, as long as she's having fun.
"Ah.. where was I? Yeah, uh.. remember during recess? When you 'saved' me from Rishell?"
Liliath nodded and her eyes turned sharp.
"She.. contacted me.. and is sorta bribing me. Looks like she's not letting me off that easily.."
Heck, what I'm I even supposed to ask Liliath for here? How should I reply to Rishell's commission request? Maybe it's good to just inform her about it? Hnng..
"Uh.. I guess that's about it? I was wondering if I should just reject her request.."
"Could there be any reason to accept? I don't quite understand your doubt?"
True.. why I'm I doubting myself? I'm probably overthinking. The answer on how I should deal with this is obvious isn't it? Then again..
"The problem being.. it's tied to a commission. She's like adding hush money on top of the commission request."
Liliath pondered for a bit before looking into my eyes.
"I was pondering what actions I should take.. she does seem like an eyesore. You wouldn't mind if she.."
"No killing.. no violence.."
Liliath is taking 'that' route? Now that's scary..
"Then what do you propose I do? I believe you must have a reason to why you hesitate to decline her commission, however, it would be best to just deny it altogether wouldn't it?"
"I don't think her main point is the commission.. yeah, that makes sense."
I'm one hundred percent certain Rishell is after me in the art club and not my art. So I guess rejecting it is alright? I'm definitely NOT joining the art club.. not with someone like her around.
"I think I got it. I'll just reject the commission. Thanks Liliath," I placed my head over her head and gave it a few pets.
"Glad I could be of help." Liliath nodded with a smile.
I guess the answer is already there..sometimes I just needed to talk to someone until the answer becomes clear.
"3 minutes up!!" Nine threw the door open and yelled, "Liliath is mine now."
"Yeah, yeah," I'm pretty sure Liliath is mine though-- opps, I can't believe I just thought of that. Yikes, that's just embarrassing. "Thank you Liliath, have fun.. on second thought, you're not divulging anything important right?"
Liliath shook her head, " I wouldn't dare find trouble for ourselves."
Yeah.. you being on screen is plenty troublesome already.
Liliath and Nine went back to their Genocide Killz match. Moving to the living room and proceeding to reject the commission from Rishell-- sorry even though I did a collab you with once before but nay way I'm joining the art club, such a scary place with this sort of girl.
"So your decision being?"
"I just rejected her commission.. I'm not going to take the risk.. "
"Who exactly is Rishell? Care to elaborate?" Prune showed me a curious glance. Her tail obviously gave away the fact that she wasn't excited to know.
"Hm.. remember the first time we came to MondaI High? The emcee. You remember that voice that seemed to just seeps into your soul right?"
"Really? That girl? Of all girls?"
"What do you mean 'of all girls'?" I glared at Prune with dead eyes.
"Then she bumped into me one day and for some reason knew about me as an artist.. it's not like I knew that she was an artist I got to know on Arthub you know? It's creepy.. like.. how did she even find out?"
"Your email address?"
Wow. I can't believe it. My email obviously had my name 'Noel' as part of the address…
"There are a million different Noel's in this world though?"
My Arthub account certainly says that I'm living in Gilgamesh..
"You sure know how to stalk people huh Prune? Say.. where did you learn all this from."
"You! I'm not a stalker kay'?" Prune pouted with a slightly flushed expression, it looked kinda cute. Not to mention, her bushy tail was wagging too, bolstering her already deadly cuteness.
"Haha. Yeah, right." I don't believe that crap.
After that I opened up the streaming site and proceeded to find Nine's stream. I kinda know how to find a stream but watching a stream is beyond me. But I guess this'll be my first.
I learnt that little Nine had a whopping 300k subscriber base, HOLY COW MOTHER OF..
The match between her and Liliath wa equally intense despite the lack-thereof any propers conversations. Nine cursing more than necessary while Liliath remained cool headed as she mowed through the enemies-- innocent humans with a.. how should I put it.. elegant smile?
"Brutal.. that's Liliath?"
"I didn't know Nine was such a big shot.. I should really go find his other social media account and follow him."
I nodded to Prune's words, she started fiddling around with her phone.
The match was evenly matched but.. Liliath eventually made it out on top in the end. Nine cursed inceasably while the chat congratulated Liliath.
"I'm curious, what did Noel talk to you about just now? The chat is also curious," Nine asked, a speaker quality voice through my laptop.
"Oh, there was a girl pestering him and he came and sought after my advice," Liliath replied nonchalantly. Her voice was quite beautiful.
"Oh, he's very loyal to you huh? I didn't think someone else would dare steal him away from you."
Prune spat air while I staggered to stand up. Cackling while wheezing, she held onto her stomach.
Ah fuck.. and I just told her not to divuldge anything important too..
My next course of action was obvious-- barging into Nine's room to stop the conversation from developing any further. Which was one of the biggest mistakes I've made.
It became a viral stream highlight. I can't believe I became the joke material.. hey. I'm innocent.