Living As the Villainess Queen - chapter-113
Chapter 113 – Such Adorable Little Beast (2)
He then started to transform before her eyes. She held a bated breath as
she saw the black horse change into a completely different beast!
His snout grew shorter, his hooves grew bigger into a paw, his eyes
became sharper as slitted eyes stared at her. He had fully transformed
into a black panther! It was an incredible event to witness. Afterwards,
the black leopard stretched his front paws forward before sitting down on
the ground, his long black tail swishing side to side.
“…Wow.” Eugene breathed out in awe with an overwhelmed expression.
“You are really big…” She glanced down at the beast’s front paws
that were frighteningly large. To imagine the size of the claws hidden
within the fur sent a chill down her spine.
“You’re even bigger than before…” she remarked, noticing the
slight difference from the last time she saw him. Abu had grown larger
– much larger.
She had to raise her head much more than the first time she had met the
The panther’s ears twitched as he stared at her. The small move
startled her and caused her to step back unwittingly. Abu revealed his
true power for the first time in a while, and at her behest nonetheless.
He wanted to boast about his greatness to Eugene, to impress her, but she
seemed to not like it.
Which made him sullen, drooping his shoulders pitifully, letting out a
“I’m sorry. It’s not because I don’t like you, but I just got
nervous at how big you will become in the future.” Eugene said with an
Abu rose from his sitting position, shook his body, and raised his tail.
It was only then Eugene realized he was shrinking, reducing the
panther’s size to about half…
He made himself smaller for her.
“Wow. Are you free to grow to any size? How awesome!” she exclaimed.
Despite the reduction in his previous size, he was still notably large.
“Abu. Could you become even smaller? About this size?” Eugene asked,
demonstrating what she wanted as she drew a circle about the size of both
her arms for Abu.
Abu appeared to be hesitating as he looked at her arms.
For a lark, the bigger the size, the stronger the beast. Size was
essential for the larks to determine superiority and thus their survival.
The smaller beast could not overcome the larger. That was the order of
his world – survival of the fittest. As he lost to his master, it was
only natural that the weaker should obey those who are stronger.
Although Abu had adapted to life as the king’s Hwansu, he still was a
lark by nature; his innate wildness was still there, just tamed. Catching
wild wolves was no different from raising a dog.
After meeting the king there became no need for Abu to fight other larks
to survive, but his preconceived notion associated with his body frame
remained. He was dissatisfied with the thought of further reducing his
Even when he was a horse, he would have an unusually large build. It was
his subtle form of disobedience. But, to be asked to become
smaller…even beasts have pride! However, his self-respect wavered when
he saw the expectant look in the small woman’s eyes.
An irresistible energy was what he could sense from her.
A lark’s aggression was inborn, an instinct. If Abu could express
himself using the words of humans, he would have been able to explain his
impulses rather clearly.
An urge that he cannot endure to attack something.
The king kept Abu’s urges under control mainly with the power of
his Praz. Because of it, the desire did not disappear; merely
But the energy that came from the woman in front of his eyes gently
soothed him. Abu felt a sense of stability for the first time in his
life. He then began to condense his energy inward and gradually decreased
his size to what she wanted…
Eugene was thrilled to see black panther standing no taller than her
“Oh my! How cute!” she continued cooing in delight at him. She
carefully reached her hands down behind his front paws and lifted the
She had been worried that, though his size was smaller, his weight would
have remained the same, but it was delightfully plain her concerns were
unfounded. He was only a little heavy, fit for his size.
Eugene held the panther, now about the size of a cat, in her arms and
rubbed her face against the fur. Soft hair brushed against her cheek.
“Ah, so adorable! My goodness!” she squealed. Eugene jumped up and
down and giggled excitedly to herself. Fortunately, there was no one
around to witness the queen’s sudden childish demeanor.
* * *
The king and his soldiers rode up to the central storehouse. Kasser
pulled on the reigns of his horse and looked down at the building,
finally arriving after a day’s worth of journey.
The storehouse was located by the center of a concave indent in the
terrain. There were a few sparse buildings in the surroundings, but they
had been abandoned. It was a dangerous place. The larger and darker the
seeds of the larks, the more dangerous it was to handle them, but the
quality was undoubted.
And this storehouse kept the best seeds in the entire kingdom. There was
no other treasure house that kept seeds of such high-quality as the
central storehouse in the Hashi Kingdom. This was because all of
Mahar’s finest seeds originated from the harsh environment known only
in the desert.
Inside, the larks could become unruly, thus the stone walls were built
the sturdiest to keep them from escaping.
There were also two circular walls surrounding the building, causing it
to closely resemble a fortress, instead of just a storage house. Citizens
were not allowed to live within a certain radius of the storehouse.
Its placement was a double-edged sword; showing that these precarious
facilities were relatively close to the palace.
Kasser spurred his horse again; his soldiers closely following behind him
in haste. The soldiers around the storehouse walls took one step forward
to prepare to protect it. Their commander came running when he heard that
the king had arrived, greeting him immediately.
“Your Highness!” The commander greeted Kasser. Knowing the king’s
temperament of disliking unnecessary chatter, he skipped the formal
greetings and immediately began his report.
“According to the testimony of the first witness, one of the bottles
accidentally spilled while checking the storage conditions in the
preparation room. At first, he said it burst spontaneously, but his
stories did not seem to match, so after interrogating him, he confessed
and told the truth.” he summarized efficiently.
Kasser frowned and clicked his tongue. Though it was an irritating
situation, it could have been worse.
He’d take a worker’s mistake any other day over something more
Still, if the seeds had been broken because of the managing sector’s
mishandling, it was paramount to check on the rest of the seeds in the
storage as well.
Kasser inwardly sighed. It was going to be a long while until he could
return to the comfort of his wife’s bed.