Shokuhou Misaki read the girls' mind and she blushed slightly before recovering.
"I know they are cookies but with so many, I am sure we can satiate our hunger!"
Shokuhou Misaki declared proudly although her awkward smile was a cause for concern.
"I mean, we ate junk food for meals before so..."
"I-I think you're the only one who did that..."
Mikoto said with a speechless look. Mikoto was enjoying this judging by her giggles. She didn't think the perfect Shokuhou Misaki would have an Achilles heel other than her laughable stamina.
"Rather than whether we can fill our stomach with this..."
Hinagiku picked up one of the "cookies". With a look that said she's both curious and amused, she asked.
"May I know how you shaped the cookies like these?"
"Cookies made by a queen must be different from other cookies!"
Shokuhou Misaki puffed her chest out like she's explaining something natural to the others.
"These high-class super cookies are the fruit of labor of an entire morning's research, crystallized from Tokiwadai Home Economics curriculum, enhanced by Kinuhata Saiai, Frenda, and Takitsubou Rikou's experience in making cookies."
Kinuhata Saiai's lip twitched.
"Memories and experience..."
Frenda couldn't sit still.
Takitsubou Rikou lost her strength.
Their shoulders sagged down while looking at the modern art that took the form of those exquisite "cookies". The making of those cookies certainly took its toll on the young ladies, they looked like they could collapse to the floor sobbing any second now.
Any girl would feel distraught by the thought of someone looking at their memories, even more so when the culprit still failed spectacularly after peeking into their thoughts.
Hinagiku, Mikoto, and Kotori looked at the pathetic trio. They had the other girls' sympathy. Astrea and Tohka also wanted to console the trio but they couldn't find the words to cheer them out.
"Hey! What's up with that attitude?!"
Shokuhou Misaki stomped angrily.
"You're not just looking at cookies, you're looking at art, ART!"
The girls almost fell to the floor.
"Okay, let me ask you something..."
Mikoto sighed and she threw her a look of judgment.
"How did you make these pieces of art?..."
"How would I know?!"
Shokuhou Misaki pouted.
"I just wanted to infuse some creativity into the cookies and they turned out like thees..."
The girls exchanged looks.
"Arghhh! Like I said, you girls got a problem with it?!"
Shokuhou Misaki shrieked.
"I can deal rudeness when you didn't thank me for cooking, to think you girls would look down on me like this!"
"Look, they might look a bit too avant-garde for you but I assure you they taste really good!"
Shokuhou Misaki grabbed a piece of cookie and she shoved it into her mouth.
Her mouth stopped moving as her starry eyes turned glassy.
The girls gulped nervously.
"H-how is it?"
Shokuhou Misaki stayed still as the girls probed her for answer. However, her puppet-like response filled the girls' heads with question marks.
Flan had an idea. She flew over to Shokuhou Misaki's side and she observed Shokuhou Misaki for a few seconds. Then, she poked Shokuhou Misaki in the cheeks. And...
Shokuhou Misaki fell flat on the floor with upturned eyes. She's out cold.
The girls immediately threw away the cookies in their hands.
Kinuhata Saiai, Frenda, and Takitsubou Rikou rushed to her side, they fetched water as they tried hard to resuscitate her.
"Th-those aren't ordinary cookies..."
Kotori stepped back with a terrified look.
The girls nodded in sync. They pretended the cookies on the table didn't exist.
Astrea grumbled while holding her stomach.
"I am so hungry..."
Tohka also pouted.
Te girls were in a pinch. If they didn't feed Astrea or Tohka, they wouldn't stop making a fuss.
"What are you girls doing?..."
A familiar voice came from the tent's entrance. The girls flinched before looks of joy creeped onto their faces.
Ikaros who looked like her soul got torn out recovered in an instant. Her worries were dispelled as she got up to greet her master.
Wu Yan returned from his emergency journey and he beamed at Ikaros, greeting her back.
"I am back..."
Wu Yan looked at Shokuhou Misaki who was still unconscious while Kinuhata Saiai, Frenda, and Takitsubou Rikou tended to her.
"What happened to Misaki-chan?"
Astrea, Tohka, Flan, and Yoshino dashed over to Wu Yan. The two kids glomped Wu Yan by the neck, swinging around while giggling.
"Master (Shido), you're finally home!"
Astrea and Tohka started crying up a storm.
"We missed you so much!"
"I miss you girls too..."
Wu Yan patted the two kids on the back and he continued asking with a puzzled look.
"Why do I feel like something's off..."
Hinagiku, Mikoto, and Kotori sighed in relief. It's obvious they were glad he came home.
Wu Yan still felt strange.
"Look, I like the greeting but..."
"When did you girls become so sweet and gentle?"
"Don't mind the details..."
Hinagiku slapped Wu Yan on the shoulder.
"Just know that we never missed you as much as we did this time around!"
"Ahaha, now see, that just makes me more curious..."
Wu Yan pointed at Shokuhou Misaki who fainted and was laid on the ground like a sack of potatoes.
"What's up with her?"
The girls immediately dismissed her abnormal condition with a simple answer.
"She will be fine, she just ate something wrong..."
"She ate something wrong?"
Wu Yan couldn't keep up with the girls.
"Did I miss something important?"
"Maa, ignore her, she got what she deserved..."
Mikoto waved her hands, then, she got down to brass tacks.
"Right, Yan, you haven't ate, right?"
Mikoto clapped her hands.
"Go make us some food pronto!"
Wu Yan's face turned into 囧.
"I thought you girls wanted to make food for me, so you're just gunning for my dishes..."
"Oh, stop making a fuss."
Kotori teased him.
"We all realize how important you are..."
The girls all nodded in unison.
"Yan! We can't live without you anymore!"
"Wh-why aren't I glad with that?"
Wu Yan pursed his lips, he looked at Kurumi who was closest to him.
"Hey, what's up with them?"
Kurumi tilted her head. She placed her index finger under her chin as she pondered while looking very cute. She giggled with a wide smile.
"They just realized how important food is..."
Stunned, Wu Yan still couldn't keep up with their train of logic...