Chapter 95:

Mental Breakdown (2)

My Demon Queen

I place the tea cup on the table with a clink. Her quote sounded fairly similar to a motto used by the corrupt governors that I've seen in the past. I felt myself shivering at the odd familiarity.Bookmark here

"Hehehe, don't get me wrong, it sounds like a pretty bad general principle if I don't explain what I mean by that specifically," Elyja awkwardly scratched her cheeks. "Put it in this way, the world is round, what you give is what you receive. The reason why I'm even taking up this role as Student Council president is so that I can give more, something like providing value to people? Not all people would really benefit from my work though."Bookmark here

I raised one of my eyebrows in dissatisfaction.Bookmark here

"I don't quite agree with that statement."Bookmark here

"Hm?" Elyja, who noticed a change in me tilted her head, "To put it another way-- let's take this here for example," she tapped the tea pot twice with a clink.Bookmark here

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"Put it bluntly, The company that made this is giving us the benefit of making tea at a moment's notice while it in turn receives money from us as an exchange and the cycle repeats.. No company can really run unless it creates or provides something that benefits others, right? Even if it's a selfish way to think about it, only by exchanging value would the company be able to survive." Elyja smiled.Bookmark here

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"Another one is building relationships. Doing a good deed and helping people selfless that you know you know you wouldn't get any return-- in fact, doing that deed itself brings happiness in return. Also, sometimes it takes time before what you give comes back to you. One example would be building relationships. It takes time and effort, then again we don't really think too much about it sometimes. When you're in dire situations, those closest to you will most likely be the ones who…"Bookmark here

"…"Bookmark here

S-she's right.Bookmark here

I did try to bring value.. I did try to help..Bookmark here

I wanted to protect the kingdom.. I didn't want to be a burden..Bookmark here

I knew there might not be a return. I understood the risk of it all yet..Bookmark here

Could I be a burden?Bookmark here

"Liliath?"Bookmark here

"What if the only good of helping only created more problems.. what if.."Bookmark here

"Then we can only forgive ourselves can't we.. it's not like we intended.."Bookmark here

"…"Bookmark here

"Liliath?"Bookmark here

"It's a lie.."Bookmark here

A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie. A lie.Bookmark here

"Are you alright? Do you need.."Bookmark here

"Should I prove it to you?"Bookmark here

"..."Bookmark here

Seeing her fearful expression, I smiled. Somehow. Unexplainably. I smiled.Bookmark here

I stood up from my seat and slowly stepped towards her. Step by step. A short distance.Bookmark here

Elyja did help otu Rishell didn't she? She did something to harm Noel didn't she? I should do something about her.. that'll be one less burden to Noel.. yes..Bookmark here

"Liliat.."Bookmark here

I held her neck with both my hands.Bookmark here

"How does it feel? What did you say? Give and you shall receive? Should I turn that concept around? It never existed to begin with. A mere delusion in our minds. If it did I wouldn't be doing this PRESIDENT," letting out a loose chuckle and tightening my grip, her face contorted.Bookmark here

But it wasn't one of pain. Something wasn't right..Bookmark here

"Liliath!"Bookmark here

I turned around, realizing that I had initiated the wrong target. The two observers standing guard. Elyja with tears in her eyes.Bookmark here

"Y-you.. I.."Bookmark here

My attack failed.Bookmark here

Rather..Bookmark here

W-what have I just done..Bookmark here

Noel told me killing was taboo wasn't it?Bookmark here

D-did I? Elyja was a threat right? She troubled Noel didn't' she? I-I just wanted to help?!Bookmark here

Grabbing my hair, I started laughing. I don't know anymore. Was there a point to begin with? I was never right. Everything I did was wrong. I DID help, I tried, but what did I get in return? Torture? Pain? Betrayal?Bookmark here

"Why Liliath? Why.." as soon as she said that, she covered her mouth.Bookmark here

"Call Noel now," one of the observers said, and I shivered at his words.Bookmark here

Noel.. oh no. He could be in danger now couldn't he? I-I should do something.Bookmark here

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Yawn.Bookmark here

Man.. Liliath and her tea. Ridiculous. I wonder if Elyja is a tea connoisseur too. I don't get why she invited Liliath to tea, she's a student council president, she must have a ton of work to do doesn't she? I even saw her dump all the bulletin decoration work to the next person.Bookmark here

Now that's what you call delegating folks.Bookmark here

Anyways..Bookmark here

"How's this?"Bookmark here

"Hm? Do I look like that? Why a girl?" Voux questioned.Bookmark here

"Sorry. I'm pretty bad at drawing males."Bookmark here

Hah.. I tried drawing Voux in my sketchbook. Who knew he-- she'd turn out so beautiful huh? What bullshit, it doesn't even look like Voux. It's like a girly-fied dumpling or something. I don't even know anymore… ugh..Bookmark here

"How's everything Noel? You're not hearing anything weird this time right?" Prune who was joining us in this random drawing session asked. By the way, the small sketch of Prune I drew turned out alright. Looked exactly like her.Bookmark here

"Yeah. I'm totally good. But just in case.."Bookmark here

I had Prune keep a watch on me just in case the serenade from Rishell strikes again.Bookmark here

"Noel, Liliath is.. she is.." Elyja's voice sounded in my mind.Bookmark here

"Ah.. I hear a voice.." a desperate one at that too.Bookmark here

"Hm? You do?" Voux looked at me in wonder.Bookmark here

"What did it say?" Prune asked.Bookmark here

"Something about Liliath.."Bookmark here

Hm? About Liliath.Bookmark here

"Liliath is h-having a mental breakdown. W-what should we do… she.."Bookmark here

"Mental breakdown?"Bookmark here

What the fuck?Bookmark here

"What happened?"Bookmark here

"I-I don't know.."Bookmark here

I stood up and just as I was about to make a beeline out of class, Prune held me by the arm.Bookmark here

Ah, shit. This is a misunderstanding isn't it?Bookmark here

"Prune, this is different, I need to go check on Liliath.. Liliath?"Bookmark here

I was about to finish my sentence to convenience Prune to let me go when a bright red light shone before me. Liliath appeared and the first thing she did was hug me, burying her head on my chest--Bookmark here

Horns..Bookmark here

"Hm? Liliath? What happened? Are you alright?"Bookmark here

"I-I did nothing wrong right? Right? I swear I only wanted to h-help.."Bookmark here

"Calm down.. calm down," I stroked her back, "What happened?"Bookmark here

"I-I wanted to h-help.." Her horns dug into my chest, it started to genuinely hurt.Bookmark here

"NOEL BE CAREFUL OF Liliath," teacher Glib's voice sounded in my head. Like what?Bookmark here

"Hm? Be careful?" I wonder if they could hear me if I said things out loud. Could this be Elyja's TALENT? Why teacher Glib's voice?Bookmark here

"S-she's talking to you isn't she? D-dangerous, I'll protect you Noel.." Liliath spoke, shivering.Bookmark here

"Huh? NO-- I mean yeah they talked to me but--"Bookmark here

Liliath looked into my eyes, her beautiful crismon iris glittered, a gentle wave washed over me-- I felt a floaty feeling, my vision blurred--Bookmark here

And my consciousness plunged into darkness.Bookmark here

I woke up and what laid before me was a field of red roses, leaves coloured pitch black. Countless small Liliaths with devil-wings on her backs tending to the plants.Bookmark here

Uh.. FUCK? What happened?Bookmark here

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"Should I prove it to you?"Bookmark here

To those words, Brusq's expression contorted, while Nile began to take action. She was falling into an unstable condition, a mixture of hate, regret, anger, remorse. To Brusq, it the reading he got from Liliath were as heavy as lead.Bookmark here

Elyja felt a shudder down her spine. The air suddenly became heavy, her body wasn't listening to her.Bookmark here

"Liliat.."Bookmark here

Liliath grasped the air in front of Elyja, a creepy smile floated on her face.Bookmark here

"Escape now," in a low position, Nile tapped Elyja's shoulder.Bookmark here

Elyja, who had been frozen, regained herself and crawled to the exit despite staggering a few times.Bookmark here

At the exit, Elyja turned around to look at Liliath.Bookmark here

"How does it feel? What did you say? Give and you shall receive? Should I turn that concept around? It never existed to begin with. A mere delusion in our minds. If it did I wouldn't be doing this PRESIDENT," Liliath let loose a chuckle.Bookmark here

"Liliath!" she shouted. Was it out of anger? Confusion? Panic? Elyja herself didn't really know.Bookmark here

"Y-you.. I.." Liliath turned around, a sour expression on her face.Bookmark here

"Why Liliath? Why.." as soon as she said that, Elyja covered her mouth. She remembered a crucial piece of information teacher Glib had told her once. Liliath was 'fragile', her past was unknown. It wouldn't be unusual for her to have a mental breakdown at any time.Bookmark here

It would've been wrong to assume Liliath had a sane reason. She had a REASON to do what she was doing, it was one which couldn't be fathomed by normal minds.Bookmark here

"Call Noel now," Nile spoke in a deep anxious tone.Bookmark here

Swallowing her saliva, Elyja called upon her TALENT.Bookmark here

'Noel, Liliath is.. she is..'Bookmark here

"Elyja, you go find teacher Glib or anyone. Brusq and I will hold her down here," A cold sweat ran down his forehead. Hold down a monster like Liliath? Impossible. But they had to do what they could.Bookmark here

Fortunately, Liliath remained in a dazed state. She was muttering something, but the contents were indecipherable. A laugh would leak out her lips every now and then. Four horn protrusion manifested on her head. A demon.Bookmark here

She was a DEMON.Bookmark here

Elyja ran.Bookmark here

Nile and Brusq stayed back and watched over Liliath's condition.Bookmark here

Truely. What they were seeing in front of them-- insanity in dead silence.Bookmark here

Liliath who kept staring at the ceiling finally turned to them, a chill was sent down their spine. Brusq and Nile took out an extendable baton from their pockets.Bookmark here

"I-I didn't mean to.."Bookmark here

A red light flashed in the room and-- she disappeared.Bookmark here

"Fuck, she disappeared. GO! GO!" Nile shouted.Bookmark here

Brusq had a hard time adjusting to the pressure he felt so he didn't really speak too much.Bookmark here

"Where's Liliath?"Bookmark here

The two 'stalkers' bumped into Glib, Elyja and a few soldiers.Bookmark here

"She teleported," Brusq said.Bookmark here

"TELEPORT?!" Glib's disbelief was transmitted through a yell. "Elyja, hook me onto Noel."Bookmark here

Elyja nodded, biting her lips.Bookmark here

Glib took the initiative to rush over to Class E, where Noel was.Bookmark here

'NOEL BE CAREFUL OF Liliath,' Glib transmitted her voice over.Bookmark here

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