My Demon Queen
Oh man-- a power outage. Now, what can I do about this? Are the girls alright? Girls-- is that the right way to address them? Nine's isn't just a girl right? Dunno.
I got up from my table, grabbed my phone and turned on the flashlight. Hm? Even the reception is down. Is this a large-scale power outage? If this happened during winter everyone would freeze to death.
The current temperature is undeniably low but it isn't enough to kill us, it's still the beginning of autumn after all.
"Liliath! Prune! Nine! Are you alright?" I got out of my room and yelled.
"Hey Noel.. I almost hit the money shot when the outage happened.. can I kill someone?" Nine got out of her room totally out of it.
"Yeah-- no. What happened?"
"I was about to ram an enemy tank with a unicycle when my PC blacked out.. my viewers were so eager to see the glitch. Uwuwuwuww.. What should I do? Even the internet is down-- is this fate?"
What the fuck? Okay.. I don't get gamers but alright. A unicycle against a tank-- I learnt something new today.
"I can only say this-- great timing. Actually, even if the power outage happened, doesn't that mean-- nevermind.."
If the game was online then the unicycle would've successfully hit the tank but since the streaming service requires Nine's PC to be running, even if the hit was successfully, it wouldn't be captured live.
"What are the two other girls doing? They are awfully quiet."
"Yeah, we should probably check on them."
The room was pitch black if not for phone lights. And with the heater down, it was eerily quiet asides the sound of the howling winds outside due to the rainstorm was still audible. It actually made it even creepier.
With two hand held phone flashlights, it felt like Nine and I were part of a horror game.
"Noel, what if we were transported to a horror game? What should we do if that were the case."
"Don't talk nonsense.."
"I'm scared onii-chan," Nine held my arm.
I glared at her-- which was a bad idea because the moment I saw her grin she turned and pointed her flashlight at me. Rendering me temporarily blind. Ouch.
"Operation to find the onee-chans that disappeared go!"
"Hey! Hey! I can't see!"
"Noel. It's so quiet though.. Liliath and Prune are supposed to be in their own rooms right?"
"Maybe they slept already?"
"Maybe.. but it's really weird."
The apartment is divided into two parts. On the left wing was Prune and Nine's room while the right wing was where Liliath and my room is. In the middle was the living room and kitchen. One of the toilets was close to the kitchen, the other one at the left wing.
Since Liliath and Prune's room were separated by the living room--
"Should we split up?"
"I think we should."
"Hey, where did the 'I'm scared onii-chan' go?"
"Owh, so you want me to stick myself even closer to you?" Nine pressed her breast on my arm. I could feel the fact that she's not wearing anything underneath through her pajamas. I regret asking that.
"Let go, you pervert."
"Says the person who's totally entranced by my breasts!"
"Says who!?" bitch.
I forcefully pushed her away and went separate ways. Nine to Prune's room, me to Liliath's room.
It's really, really quiet. Normally shouldn't they have left their rooms in search of someone to accompany them? That should be the natural response.
I called out, I could hear Nine doing the same for Prune. But no response..
"Hm.. Liliath?" I called out to her a little louder this time. Is she trying to prank me or something?
Finally, I knocked on her door.
"Liliath, are you there?"
No response. Dafauq?
Okay, calm down Noel. There's no such things as ghosts-- goddesses exist but not ghosts.. wait. Doesn't that mean my TALENT could practically invent ghosts? If that's the case the ghost would fall into the category of being approachable, cute and a potential harem candidate which I'm absolutely not looking forward to meeting.
I held the knob and pushed open the door without resistance. Again, it wasn't locked.
Peering over the edge I ran my flashlight over the room. I could see my figure and light reflected on her mirror. Her room was-- for the most part, neat and tidy. Different from yesterday when she assaulted me.
I pushed the door open wide and swept the flashlight across the place.
"Seriously now? T-this can't be right? Nine, how's it on your end, Liliath and Prune aren't here.. Nine?"
I blinked in the darkness. Slowly, I brought my flashlight over to the corridor. A pitch balck vortex in the furthest back, a minimal amount of light shone through and it felt as if the darkness was expanding. The reach of the light, growing shorter and shorter.
"Um.. guys? I mean, girls?"
Shit. The fuck kind of sitaution is this? No, no, no, no.. Like hell am I going to accept this situation? I didn't knock my head and fall off somewhere right? I'm not unconscious right?
"Nine? LIliath? Prune?"
I took a step forward.
Better go check Prune's room. There might be a chance that they're there. Maybe Liliath went to Prune's room, I heard footsteps pass by my room previously-- or was it Prune that went to Liliath's room? I don't know.
At the living room, I gave a quick sweep of light to check for anything out of place before proceeding.
Please tell me this is just a prank?
Swallow my saliva, I knock on Prune's door.
Shit. Do I open it? I know that Nine went in and then everything became quiet after that. Okay, steel my heart for a jumpscare.
Taking a deep breath, I pushed the door open and stepped inside. My eyes shot to a suspicious spot.
There was a bulge on the bed-- a wiggling bulge.
"Hey Nine, that's you right?"
The sound of the blanket rubbing against the fabric was the only reply.
"Nine, please. I'm scared as heck here. Just stop the prank already, Liliath and Prune disappeared."
The thing beneath the bulge emerged from the blanket, her back facing me, long black hair cascading downwards. I felt my spine freeze.
NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. THIS CAN'T BE FUCKING REAL?!!
Slowly, the figure in white turned around.
Two jet black pupils that gleamed in the dark, hair that seemed to flow endlessly-- It was Nine wearing a wig. A grin spread across her face.
I caught my breath and heaved out a sigh.
"BUahahahahaha! Noel is a scardy cat! Noel is a scardy cat!"
I took in deep breaths to calm my racing heart. Damn it, fuck that was so damn scary.
"Prune is not here is she?" I asked in a serious tone.
"Eh? That wasn't a prank?" Nine removed the wig and jumped off the bed.
"It's not a prank."
"I'm serious. Where was the last time you saw them? I checked LIliath's room, no one was there."
"I don't know.. seriously? They're g.."
The sound of running water echoed through the halls. Nine and I reflexively straighten our backs with a grim expression.
"H-hey, Noel. This isn't some crazy shitty game right? You're really not pranking me right?"
"Like hell I am.."
You're the one shitting me.
The running water was coming from the bathroom in the kitchen. Peeking from the room, a dim light could be seen illuminating the living room.
"Maybe that's them."
"You're scared now huh?"
"OF COURSE I WOULD BE! SAVE ME ONII-CHAN!"
Gritting my teeth I proceeded towards the bathroom adjacent to the kitchen. The light grew in proportion the closer we got. Two dot moulds pushing against my arm. Before I reached an angle where I could see the inside of the bathroom I turned to Nine and asked in a whisper.
"Nine, can't you act more male-like?"
"I'm a girl!" she hissed.
"You were originally a male!"
"Doesn't matter! It's best to just stick together.."
Then the creaking of the tap pierced the silence, the sound of running water came to a halt.
"N-Noel.." Nine pressed her chest against me even harder. The light became brighter as two shadows became visible--
I held my breath, feeling Nine's body tense up.
However, the real cause of the shadow was Liliath and Prune. A light orb swirling around them. Nine and I heave out a sigh.
"Where have you two been? You gave us quite a scare."
"We were doing something so.. it just ended up this way," Prune showed an apologetic smile. Liliath looked crestfallen for some reason. From the minimal information I was able to glean-- they had apparently washed their faces.
"Okay.. everyone's here-- now what?"
"Could it be that you two hold affe.." before Liliath could finish her sentence, she was silenced by Prune's hand gag.
"Nine?" Prune, acting like Liliath's mother for some reason, gave Nine a bloodshot glare. Heh? Her eyes were red for some reason.. how scary.
"Ah! RIGHT! I'm holding onto Noel aren't I? It's nice, warm, secure and comfortable, you know? Wanna have a feel?"
And instead of your typical: Kyahh! I'm sorry. Nine literally wrenched her breasts against my arm. Gross-- I struggled to pull it away.
"HEY! HEY! It's them who pranked us! Time to prank them back! It's called tactical retaliation!"
"Yeah. But don't do it in a way that reduces my sanity to dust!"
"Oh, so you're saying you're aroused by me, is it?"
Prune and Liliath could only stare silently at our exchange. Please don't misunderstand.. Nine's a bitch, it's not what you're thinking!