Chapter 17:

We Need to Talk (1)

My Demon Queen

 Horns. So she had been hiding it all along.Bookmark here

I’m not too sure if those were demon horns or dragon horns. I’ve seen a number of illustrations involving characters with this sort of additional body parts but this is the first time I’m seeing someone with four horns. The pair on the top curled upwards while the pair below curled forward— like tusks.Bookmark here

Four black horns that were pulsating in red.Bookmark here

Pushing past the crowd, I brought Liliath outside the school compound with the many gazes on us. Darn fuck you Gruan. Bookmark here

By the way, you should’ve seen the faces of those imbeciles at the sight crushing Gruan at a lift of a finger— he’s not dead.. I think? Either way, IT’S SUPER SATISFYING~Bookmark here

Calm down Noel, calm down. Bookmark here

Now isn’t the time for this.Bookmark here

I need to figure out what’s wrong with Liliath.Bookmark here

Something happened to her that caused her to reveal her horns... she looks to be in a trance like state ever since I got beaten up by that dick head. I tried waving my hand in front of her, but she was unresponsive for the most part.Bookmark here

Whatever. I need remove ourselves from the public eye.Bookmark here

I pulled her over to the gazebo in the garden, nobody in the vicinity— I hope.Bookmark here

I sat Liliath down on the bench and passed her a water bottle.Bookmark here

“Liliath,” I nudged it up to her hand.Bookmark here

“Hm?” She looked up at me with lifeless eyes. Her head tilted at an angle.Bookmark here

“Drink some water to calm down.”Bookmark here

She gazed down at her bottle for a few seconds, grasped the bottle and brought to her mouth. Shaking, the water spilt from the bottle as she desperately tried to keep her hands steady.Bookmark here

After drinking, she held the bottle with both hands, her gaze casted downwards at the floor.Bookmark here

Honestly, she looks totally brain dead. I don’t mean in a medically bad way but I can tell she’s deep in thought.Bookmark here

“We’ll take a break here first, tell me once you’re ready,” to tell you the truth, I’m quite worried about her condition. Her horns were still present— I wouldn’t want people to see her in this condition. Like four horns— FOUR FREAKING HORNS. She’d go viral on the internet if someone found out.Bookmark here

The sultry wind accompanied the silence that ensued.Bookmark here

Hah...seriously. This was my fault. I should’ve taken the side exit. Fucking Gruan and the imbeciles.Bookmark here

“Noel.”Bookmark here

Liliath’s voice broke my train of thoughts.Bookmark here

“What is it?”Bookmark here

“Why..?”Bookmark here

“Why what?”Bookmark here

“Why did you apologize?”Bookmark here

I don’t know actually...Bookmark here

“I don’t know?”Bookmark here

I mean Liliath, who’s kinda my responsibility hurted someone right? Be it a fire or foe, as long as I did something to hurt someone, I guess it’s common sense to apologize right? Maybe I just said it on a whim.Bookmark here

“Why didn’t you fight back?”Bookmark here

“Well..”Bookmark here

Oh shit. I can’t tell Liliath how weak I am right? Bookmark here

“I can’t. It’s impossible. Gruan has twice the strength of a normal person. I’d rather get beaten up once obediently, than to be beaten up twice by retaliating.”Bookmark here

I think? Is this a wise answer?Bookmark here

“And violence doesn’t solve anything either.”Bookmark here

The whole time, Liliath’s gaze never left the floor.Bookmark here

Her horns seemed to crumble into dust, leaving her sandals, slowly, she raised her knees up to her head, and rolled up into a ball.Bookmark here

“Liliath?”Bookmark here

She started weeping.Bookmark here

Sigh..Bookmark here

What kind of past did she have? Bookmark here

Now that I think about it, this habit of her’s, crawling into a ball— I can only think of it as something an ex-slave would do. Huddled at one corner, knees brought together to the stomach... in a dark corner of a cage..Bookmark here

I’m sorry Liliath. Bookmark here

I’m sorry I forgot. Bookmark here

I should’ve taken the other exit. Bookmark here

We would’ve avoided Gruan.Bookmark here

Then this wouldn’t have happened..Bookmark here

“I’m sorry Liliath.”Bookmark here

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Liliath came to herself after half-an hour— not really herself but was good enough where she could start walking again. I didn’t have a watch on me so I could only estimate so. Her horns had disappeared which was a relief— I chose to avoid that topic for now despite dying to know what kind of existence she is— a demon lord?Bookmark here

Anyhow. We returned home late— my mom fortunately didn’t seem to mind. Bookmark here

Liliath barely ate anything during lunch, and the mood was somewhat somber. Novelle was curious but wasn’t insensitive as to prod about the matter. Rather, she just stared at Liliath.Bookmark here

Cut it out.. Bookmark here

But my thoughts reached no one.Bookmark here

While I was washing the plates after the meal, my mom came up to me.Bookmark here

“What happened?”Bookmark here

“Gruan. That’s what happened. At the same time, I think it’s to do with her past?”Bookmark here

Yup. I won’t mention about the horns just yet?Bookmark here

“Not again,” my mom sighed, her fingers pressing again the point between her eyes.Bookmark here

“She should be alright.” Bookmark here

I think.. Bookmark here

I hope..Bookmark here

I’m unfortunately not someone who knows how to sympathize with others. Moreover, I think it would make it more uncomfortable to Liliath if I tried. She’s not that close to me yet.Bookmark here

Finishing the chores, I saw Liliath sitting on the couch, Novelle playing around with her with the television playing an advertisement talking about the latest super glue.Bookmark here

Huh. Looks like my sister found out Liliath was the kind who’d find the intermission ‘shows’ more entertaining than the cartoon. They were discussing the use of super glue. Now that’s just weird.Bookmark here

Relieved that Novelle took the chance to accompany her, and kinda sad that I couldn’t do anything to help, I went upstairs to my own room.Bookmark here

I still have an art project I need to work on— the collaborative piece with another artist. I’ll leave Liliath to the little devil since I bet they make a good demon-devil pair. After all— I’m sure my sister was the one who helped Liliath acquire volumes 2 to 7 of ‘that’ manga.Bookmark here

Speaking of manga— I should properly educate Liliath about the do’s and don'ts when reading such a thing. If anything, she should read these works in secret.Bookmark here

No, what the hell. She shouldn’t even read it at all! But i‘m guilty of such an act too so what right do I have to call her off? Sigh..Bookmark here

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An hour passed, two hours passed— and now I’m stuck. Adding the base colour to the sketch and then polishing the rest— it only made the illustration worse. Ughhh...Bookmark here

That’s the weird phenomenon I found out when doing illustrations. There will always be this one point in time where everything falls apart before coming back together in one piece.Bookmark here

Fucking frustrating... I hate it. Bookmark here

Why does drawing a half-naked anime girl be so hard?Bookmark here

I think I should take a break. Yeah. Me brain is fried.Bookmark here

Oh right. The quest board. I have a feeling that Liliath and I had completed one or two by accident.Bookmark here

Hm?Bookmark here

A notification— a message for, Prune? Wow. What a coincidence.. I wasn't expecting that— or not. Bookmark here

‘Noel, congratulations on getting first place. Hahaha, looks like I lost to you yet again...’Bookmark here

Alright. An introductory message praising me for my academics... seriously? Come on, you don’t need to try to cover up your main point with a bunch of appetizers right?Bookmark here

‘I wanted to know who’s that person you brought together with you this morning?’Bookmark here

Yup. Knew it.Bookmark here

I have a slight premonition that she’s jealous— fuck. I’m sure it’s just my self-delusions. To start. I doubt Prune even likes me. Anyhow, why would she ask about Liliath? I still remember Prune’s reaction towards Liliath— it was fear.Bookmark here

And Liliath said something about it being the same here— which I assume ‘here’ is this world. So beastkins fear her?Bookmark here

Demon lord.. Could Liliath actually be a demon lord? Oh damn.. that would mean... I guess that would explain why she would be considered a five-star summon? Then the magic power she possesses could possibly destroy the world?Bookmark here

I shuddered at the thought. Imagine such a girl ruling the world. Shit.. just what kind of existence did I bring to our world!?Bookmark here

And I don’t have anything to control her with do I? It isn’t like she’s tied to a contract or anything. She could very well be your everyday typical demon lord free to rule the world.Bookmark here

Fuck. Do I need to talk to her about this? Liliath doesn’t seem like she’s going to cause any harm to the world though... She's cute, obedient, tactful and cares about the people around her a lot.Bookmark here

That said— I think it’s better to draw a line. If she’s the person I think she is, I don’t think there would be any problem for a cataclysm-like existence to stay together with us. Bookmark here

‘Her name is Liliath, though I don’t think it’s appropriate to my familiar but I accidentally summoned her to this world. My talent is a summoning one.’Bookmark here

And send.Bookmark here

Wheewh.Bookmark here

Ding.Bookmark here

What— so quick.Bookmark here

‘You summoned that girl!?’Bookmark here

Yup. Prune’s reaction was to be expected.Bookmark here

‘Yes.’Bookmark here

‘If that’s the case then.. all I can say is congratulations? But be careful.. my instincts are telling me that there's something about her.. just be careful.’Bookmark here

‘Yeah, yeah. I think she’s a dangerous existence too.’Bookmark here

I’m just gonna hint.Bookmark here

Hm.. Something about Liliath. So assuming Liliath is a demon lord, it’s a surprise that Prune’s instinct was able to pick up something. Bookmark here

Eh... wait. That means the magic she demonstrated was a fraction to the full extent of her magic abilities? I wonder what she could actually do if she were serious.Bookmark here

That said. I didn’t think Prune needed to warn me about that.Bookmark here

Yup, she’s totally jealous seeing me with a beauty like Liliath. Else why would she still try to message me even though we’re probably never going to meet each other again—Bookmark here

Fucking stop it with me and my own delusions already..Bookmark here

‘I’m serious about this Noel. Can you return her to her summoning plane? Or something? She’s really dangerous. Really.’Bookmark here

What. Prune’s that scared? Why?Bookmark here

‘She’s not the kind of summon that I can return. Are you really that scared of her?’Bookmark here

‘It’s not about me. It’s about you. Is there anyway you can remove her from your summoning contract?’Bookmark here

Summoning contact. To be honest, almost all summoning TALENTS I’ve heard talk about something like a contract between the summoner and creature during their first encounter. Unlike Liliath— who’s free to bring destruction to the world. Bookmark here

‘I don’t know how?’Bookmark here

And the conversation ended there.Bookmark here

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Current Points: 125Bookmark here

Quests: Gaining affection:Bookmark here

Embrace Liliath for half a minute. 20PBookmark here

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Quests: Introductions:Bookmark here

Learn about her favorite food. 20PBookmark here

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Quests: Gaining trust:Bookmark here

*Do something Liliath asked. 5PBookmark here

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Quests: Utilization:Bookmark here

*Have Liliath attack an enemy. 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: 1 (Upgradable) (8/20)Bookmark here

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