Chapter 16:

To School (4)

My Demon Queen

 So the question session had me share a table together with Liliath. That way, there would be less questions. One would ask while the rest would nod. Bookmark here

And I will repeat— we aren’t a couple... yet.. maybe. Fuck, could you all stop bringing that up. Even Liliath’s face turned red.Bookmark here

Ah. Anyhow. There was one thing about this that made me feel satisfied. It wasn’t the attention I got though it wasn’t as bad as I thought. It was Graun, left alone in his seat.Bookmark here

I guess he’s the only one who doesn’t dare to come close. Hah! Serves you right for flinging shit words at Liliath and me. Though, this is also a sign I should be careful.Bookmark here

Once the novelty wore off, and the teacher came to class well aware of Liliath’s existence, everyone dispersed and chatted among themselves.Bookmark here

That said, there were still a couple female students together with Liliath.Bookmark here

I remained seated together with her, sharing the same table as I read through the chemistry reference books, taking notes using a highlighter.Bookmark here

Why chemistry? I don’t know. I thought it looked interesting so I opted to study this first. And oh boy was I right and wrong at the same time. I was totally oblivious to everything other than e=mc square until my sights were set on the first chapter of the chemistry book.Bookmark here

I know. I said that the school year ended and what-not but I’m preparing for the subjects next year. Unlike this year, since would be split into three, and mathematics would be split into normal mathematics and additional mathematics.Bookmark here

More useless subjects to study— yay.Bookmark here

Liliath was reading a mathematics exercise book.Bookmark here

Wait. There’s something wrong. Why are the girls so engrossed in mathematics? And mathematics isn’t something you read, it’s something you have to practice with pen and paper.Bookmark here

I stretched my neck over to take a peek.Bookmark here

Wow. So she knows this trick too.Bookmark here

You know when you hide a book behind a book? Yeah. That kind of thing. It makes you seem super diligent and smart... if only she didn’t try to cover it up using a mathematics book..Bookmark here

Hm.. this manga looks familiar.Bookmark here

Where have I seen..Bookmark here

Wait.Bookmark here

Hold up.Bookmark here


I craned my neck to look at the other girls who seemed to have not noticed my presence, still engrossed in the ‘picturesque’ scene. My eyes twitched, that was when one of them looked at me and let out a muffled scream. Her glasses shook and almost fell.Bookmark here

I poked Liliath.Bookmark here

“Hey. Liliath... w-why are you reading this? I told you that it’s inappropriate right?”Bookmark here

While overdone else shifted their attention over to me, only Liliath remixed unmoving. She even flipped to the next page for FUCK SAKE. And there is a double spread of the climax scene.Bookmark here


HOW THE HELL DID SHE GET HER HANDS ON— I think that’s volume 4. Huh, that means she’s read the second and third volume.. Bookmark here

Ah. I think I can guess who’s the culprit behind this. I remember hearing footsteps yesterday night, it had to be that devil’s doing. Bookmark here

W-WAIT!Bookmark here

That’s not the problem. The problem is..Bookmark here

I folded the book shut from the outer mathematics book. Liliath’s finger stuck between the pages.Bookmark here

She turned to look at me— that expressionless face— devoid of emotion.Bookmark here

The girls looked at me with cold sweat and beet red faces.Bookmark here

Liliath’s eyes soon gained clarity, she froze.Bookmark here

I cramped a smile, “I’ll act as if I saw nothing. Just stop reading this in class alright?”Bookmark here

Liliath nodded slowly. Bookmark here

The other girls did the same.Bookmark here

I slid the manga out of the outer shell that is the mathematics book and then tossed it into her bag— I noticed she brought volumes 5, 6 and 7 too.Bookmark here

I turned around to see Liliath crawl into a ball, girls in crime comforting her.Bookmark here

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I didn’t mean to..Bookmark here

Honestly. Is Liliath interested in this kind of stuff? No.. I mean.. who wouldn’t.Bookmark here

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What a disgrace.. Noel-sama found out. Bookmark here

Why does it feel wrong to read such an opus in front of him? Why? There was nothing wrong reading it together with Novelle-sama?Bookmark here

Gender differences. True. I should have considered that into the variable.Bookmark here

Lord of the heavens please have mercy.Bookmark here

I continued looking down at the ground, unable to meet his gaze. I’m ashamed of myself. I should be more careful next time. I should have reconsidered my decision to read such a thing under the influence of another’s opinion.Bookmark here

Should I have not listened to them— needn’t I suffer such shame.Bookmark here

A flower petal drifted to the ground, the beautiful interlocking brick path that stretched across to the wide majestic gate.Bookmark here

“I just remembered,” I heard Noel click his tongue.Bookmark here

I raised my head to meet his gaze but..Bookmark here

My eyes were first met with the three unusual individuals in our path. All three wearing the same uniform Noel-sama was wearing. They had an aura similar to those knights.. those..Bookmark here

“GGAAH!”Bookmark here

Before I could call his name— Noel-sama was tackled to the floor.Bookmark here

“Hah! How do you like that!” Gruan yelled, a fist sent towards him.Bookmark here

The other three individuals laughed, often looking in my direction.Bookmark here

Punch after punch after punch.Bookmark here

I had no clue as to how I should react.Bookmark here

I stood there— genuinely confused.Bookmark here

I have to do something..Bookmark here

Why..Bookmark here

Why can’t I move... my body.. Bookmark here

It’s frozen.Bookmark here

Noel-sama..Bookmark here

Why..Bookmark here

“This is what you get for humiliating me!”Bookmark here

Gruan stood up and turned to me, Noel-sama struggled to raise himself into a sitting position.Bookmark here

The triumph look on his face as his dark chocolate eye met mine.Bookmark here

The scorching daylight pouring down together with the immense heat, I felt something well up inside me..Bookmark here

“Y-You..”Bookmark here

Why..Bookmark here

I’m.. mad.. angry... I thought it was all in the past so.. why..Bookmark here

Pitch black flames— my vision dyed in crimson.Bookmark here

“Liliath, let’s go,” Noel-sama’s crippled voice brought me back to reality. He got up staggering.Bookmark here

“You should be grateful I gave you a discount— it’s the last day after all,” Gruan snorted, laughing.Bookmark here

“Liliath?” Noel-sama, with his injuries, called out to me.Bookmark here

“Noel— sama.. why?”Bookmark here

He sighed, readjusting the bag on his shoulder. “I don’t get why either, but we have to leave.”Bookmark here

“Y-your hurt..” I reacted by instinct, evoking a light healing spell on Noel-sama. A number of light bruises on his face and a fractured nose.Bookmark here

“Hey. Ignoring me silly?” Bookmark here

Noel-sama held my hand and dragged me out of my stupor. Bookmark here

“Thank you.”Bookmark here

His tone was rushed but sincere.Bookmark here

“Come on now, you know I don’t like wimps.”Bookmark here

“Liliath, just go, Liliath,” He tugged at my arm but I was fixed in place, like a statue.Bookmark here

I...Bookmark here

You..Bookmark here

Something..Bookmark here

Shut up. Bookmark here

Shut up. Bookmark here

Shut up. Bookmark here

SHUT UP!Bookmark here

Using another individual for the sake of venting.. why must one do that.. WHY?!Bookmark here

I turned my head and shot a glare at Gruan, evoking a remote gravity field to pin him down to the ground.Bookmark here

“GWWAAAHHH?!”Bookmark here

Three times.. Four times.. Five times.. TEN TIMES..Bookmark here


“Liliath!”Bookmark here

I shuddered.Bookmark here

His hand was still tight around my arm, he lowered my hand, the hand that I unconsciously raised pointed at the enemy, the key gesture that tied itself to the gravity spell. Bookmark here

“Don’t..”Bookmark here

Those words he spoke weren’t firm nor strong. It carried a genuine weight to it.. weight that came from the emotion of fear.Bookmark here

“I-I...”Bookmark here

I didn’t know how, or why— my magic dissipated at his command.Bookmark here

“Sorry,” he remarked. I wasn’t sure it was supposed to be directed to me or them.. but why them? Bookmark here

Why?Bookmark here

At Graun who’s limp figure was left to the ground, I was dragged away by Noel-sama.Bookmark here

Why.. Bookmark here

Why did nothing change? I already knew I was fated down this path, bearing the responsibility of the kingdom but when I needed help the most.. why did no one come? .. I was all alone.. scared.. frightened... petrified.. why.. why? Why did I apologize? Why did I apologize when I was treated that way? Why did it have to be me? Of all people?Bookmark here

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