Chapter 107:

Common Sense (3)

My Demon Queen

"Huh? You're up early. Morning Prune," after washing up and changing into my uniform, I saw Prune already preparing breakfast in the kitchen. Liliath was currently in the bath. Nine-- in her room as usual.Bookmark here

And-- Nine lied. There wasn't a hickey on my neck but-- it wasn't the case for my shoulders and chest though. Gosh.. how far did Liliath go yesterday? I'm pretty sure my chastity is still safe right? RIGHT?!Bookmark here

Which begs the question.. how did Nine know?Bookmark here

"How are you? Is Liliath alright? I heard from Nine that she cried," Prune turned to face me. Her silver hair cascading down her back, the two wolf ears on top of her head twitched, her bushy tail swaying behind her.Bookmark here

"She's fine-- for now. I'm good. How bout' you? It's odd to see you so early?"Bookmark here

"Well.. I was just worried. That's why.. ah, can you help take out the chicken slices in the fridge, thanks."Bookmark here

"I see… Got it."Bookmark here

For today's breakfast-- chicken cutlets with a side of fermented radish and watercress soup or something-- I wasn't all too familiar with the ingredient.Bookmark here

It sure is convenient to have someone like Prune who knows her stuff when it comes to cooking. The kind of image I had in mind when it comes to living alone in an apartment was eating out for most of my meals since-- I was thinking I would be too lazy to cook.Bookmark here

But now I kinda wonder if that really was the case.Bookmark here

Cracking the eggs into a bowl and pouring bread crusts on a flat plate, the next step was obvious. Dipping the marinated chicken into the egg before rolling it over the bread crusts-- well, it was supposed to be like that if Nine didn't interfere.Bookmark here

"Why not put everything into a container and just shake it. My mom used to do that. It's a lot quicker, makes less of a mess and the coating becomes even," was Nine's suggestion.Bookmark here

"That could work.." As someone who doesn't like to get my hands messy, Nine's plan had my approval. I wouldn't want to have crumbs sticking on my fingers.. It's uncomfortable. Though, the ultimate decidor would still be Prune.Bookmark here

"I prefer the traditional method though… we could try this method," Prune approved and went to search for a suitable deep container.Bookmark here

Improvising, we layered the breadcrumbs on the first layer before dropping an egg coated chicken on the second layer-- then another layer of breadcrumbs followed by another layer of breadcrumbs. This was repeated until every piece of chicken had been done in. The result was a mountain of crumbs. Feels like we just made a chicken cake.Bookmark here

I was responsible for pouring the crumbs, Prune was in charge of dipping the chicken into the egg before dropping it into the container. Last but not least was Nine's role. She insisted that she wanted to shake it.Bookmark here

With the lid pressed onto the container, holding it in the air, Nine brought it down much like swinging an axe.Bookmark here

Nine didn't drop the container-- but she didn't hold the lid still enough. The crumbs escaped from the gaps-- flew and dirtied her clothes-- and her face.Bookmark here

"WHAT!? NO! My clothes?!"Bookmark here

While shedding fake tears, Nine retreated from the kitchen to grab a change of clothes. Sighing, Prune was the person to complete the task before sending each coated chicken cutlet into the fryer.Bookmark here

"Noel. Can I ask what happened to Liliath yesterday?" Prune asked, her gaze focused intently on the sizzling golden chicken.Bookmark here

"A mental breakdown. She was reminded of her past-- is my guess. I don't have a concrete idea why either."Bookmark here

That's my opinion. I could say it's because the student council president said something to arouse her memory or that she had been suppressing her emotions all this while, finally bursting open yesterday. But only Liliath knows the reason.Bookmark here

No.. perhaps she herself doesn't know either.Bookmark here

"I heard that it happened when she was talking to the student council president. But I don't know the contents."Bookmark here

"I don't think the student council prez meant anything bad though. Must have been an accident."Bookmark here

Yeah.. I'll probably have to apologize to her if I meet her today. I hope she wasn't hit directly by Liliath's bloodlust. Then I also have the counseling session with teacher Glib-- and I need to report the updates to my TALENT--Bookmark here

Yup. I have a lot on my plate today.Bookmark here

Speaking of which.Bookmark here

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Current Points: 3255Bookmark here

Quests: Passion:Bookmark here

Sleep together with Liliath for a night. 50PBookmark here

Hug Liliath. 30PBookmark here

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Quests: Commitment:Bookmark here

Get something for Liliath in the shop. 30PBookmark here

Protect Liliath from ill-intent. 30PBookmark here

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Quests: Intimacy:Bookmark here

Take a walk together under the open rain. 20PBookmark here

Cook a dish together. 20PBookmark here

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Quests will be refreshed daily. Quests that have been completed will be prioritized, else the user can select up to 1 quest per category to remove. (removed quests will be refreshed the next day)Bookmark here

Max quest for each category: 2 (Upgradable) (68/100)Bookmark here

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Man.. it's been a while. I really miss this-- can't wait to get back to 'purposefully' flirting with Liliath again.. not.Bookmark here

I can't believe i'm saying this but I'm hating the system for not having any sort of kissing quests today.Bookmark here

Ugh.. What have I become..Bookmark here

And I have a tonne of points. Can't wait to see what's in the mail later-- probably more points. I have to really spend it on something ASAP. But what should I spend it on? Buying an item and actually using it would only cause suspicion and prove the utility of my TALENT right? And if word got out, it would be troublesome if someone begs me for an elixir potion in the future..Bookmark here

I've already delayed notifying the full extent of my TALENT to the teachers and doubt is dissolving my resolve-- what should I do..?Bookmark here

The shop function is convenient, yes. But also incredibly troublesome, which is most probably why I didn't really feel like getting anything from the store before. Plus, I'm not a huge spender either. Maybe buy some premium tea leaves for Liliath? Yeah, that could be good too.Bookmark here

In any case, with this perfect weather of despair-- it's literally raining thunderous dog and lightning cats outside, so.. there's no problem taking a short stroll together with Liliath under the rain.Bookmark here

"Hey Noel, are you busy?" Nine called out to me in the corridor.Bookmark here

"What?"Bookmark here

"I was just wondering.. come here for a second," she beckoned me with her hands.Bookmark here

And so I went.Bookmark here

"What is it?"Bookmark here

"This. I saw it a while back but never got the chance to ask," Nine tippy-toed, pointing at the picture frame hanging on the wall, I felt a jolt in my mind.Bookmark here

Don't panic Noel, you got this.Bookmark here

"Hm? That's the house document, don't mind it," clam-- peace-- tranquility. Don't show any suspicious actions or stutter-- everything will be alright..Bookmark here

"Oh. Alright."Bookmark here

Yes.. just forget you saw that.Bookmark here

I wouldn't have thought Nine's height could become such a convenience. Shit, my heart is beating really fast here..Bookmark here

If she were taller, she would've been able to read the contents without any issue. But since she wasn't able to read the tiny words at eye level, she never got to learn the purpose of that legal document.Bookmark here

Yes. THAT legal document.Bookmark here

"That is a legal document citing that Noel is punishable by law if he attempts anything indecent against Prune," Liliath's voice boomed behind us…Bookmark here

Yes. Just as Liliath said-- this is the document to protect Prune's chastity from me-- the one Prune's parent signed in front of me the first time they came to look around the apartment with my family-- the bane of my existence-- and it just had to be drilled into the wall for anyone, and everyone to see.Bookmark here

But that is besides the point--Bookmark here

"It was said this was kept here for the sake of reminding Noel to keep himself in check."Bookmark here

And Liliath just had to say that..Bookmark here

"What? Seriously? Is there one for me then?" Nine asked. What? She's actually requesting one for herself—Bookmark here

Liliath turned to me with a questioning look.Bookmark here

"No…" I drawled.Bookmark here

"I knew Noel was two-timing… or three-timing.."Bookmark here

FUCK..Bookmark here

"No I'm not.." I pressed my hands on my forehead. Liliath giggled. She must have said that on purpose huh? Well, as long as she's feeling better.Bookmark here

"Says who? I trust my observations-- the proof is already in the pudding."Bookmark here

"Pudding?" Liliath's interest was piqued at Nine's word.Bookmark here

"It's an idiom."Bookmark here

"Noel is the pudding, go eat him up Liliath!" Nine cheered.Bookmark here

Damn. Well.. she's a streamer after all.Bookmark here

In anycase, after this light banter to brighten up the mood, we went back to the kitchen to have our breakfast.Bookmark here

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