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Queen of the Night
Chapter 2LN2 infobox
Chapter 2

Episode 05: Queen of The Night

Japanese Name

月下美人

Romanized Name

Gekkabijin

Volume

2

Release Date

August, 2008 (The Sneaker)

Pages

36

Adaptation

Episode 3

For the anime adaptation, see Episode 3.
For the plant, see The Queen of the Night.

"Queen of the Night" is the 2nd chapter of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, volume 2. It's divided into four parts and contains one illustration. The chapter is labeled as Episode 05 in the story line.

Two robbers go to the Disward estate to look for The Queen of the Night.[1]

Summary[]

The moon shines in the sky. There is a foul but attractive smell in the air. A tall man appears pushing the weeds. He looks dangerous, wearing expensive clothes and holding an automatic pistol. He’s calling for someone, but there is no answer. He sees a white light among the dense vegetation. It's a tempting book. Its pages are flapping in the wind. He reaches for the book, and notices something moving. He drops his gun and screams.

Part 1[]

There is a small garden at the back of the Disward estate. It looks abandoned, flooded with weeds, although flowers were blooming everywhere. In the late afternoon, Hugh is walking on a stone path next to a greenhouse, looking for Dalian. The interior of the greenhouse is like a jungle. Hugh finds Dalian inside it, watering a huge plant. He is surprised by the cactus she's taking care of. It's at least twice as tall as Hugh, with well-developed roots. According to Dalian, it's a rare species, coming from the Dark Continent. Hugh teases her, never imagining that she could have such a hobby. She kicks him for that. She explains that the cactus was planted by Wesley, for Hugh’s surprise. Dalian inherited the job of attending the plant. It would bloom that night, an event that she waited for 13 years. He notices the bud on the trunk of the swollen cactus. Dalian changes the subject, questioning about someone Hugh welcome earlier. Kamilla had brought chocolates from Switzerland as a present. Dalian asks Hugh to prepare the afternoon tea. Hugh heads to the kitchen. He stops for a moment, as if feeling something. They hear the doorbell of the backdoor.

Part 2[]

They are visited by two unfamiliar men. They identify themselves as employees from the Gladstone Company, looking for the owner of the mansion. Hugh informs them about Wesley’s death. The guests supposedly found an item ordered by Wesley. Hugh asks if Dalian knows something about that. Suddenly, the muscle plump man tries to hit Hugh with a baton. Hugh kneels to avoid the attack. Hugh kicks the wrist of the assailant, who drops the baton. They fight each other. Hugh gives up when the accomplice, a bearded man, points a large automatic pistol at Dalian’s head. Hugh and Dalian are tied up with a hemp rope. The bearded man is speechless with Dalian’s rude attitude and appearance. He affirms that the company's information is unreliable, since the mansion is not deserted as it's supposed to be. Hugh affirms that there’s nothing of value in the mansion. The bearded man reveals that they are looking for a valuable book called “The Queen of the Night”.

Part 3[]

Dalian is tied up

Dalian, tied up, gets angry when the plump man eats the chocolate brought by Kamilla.

Hugh and Dalian are tied to a pillar in the living room. The criminals search the mansion for The Queen of the Night. Hugh had let his guard down before, thinking that the men were acquaintances of Dalian. After all, they also wear weird clothes. The situation makes Dalian angry. Hugh explains that he doesn’t carry his gun inside the house. The bearded man appears, covered with dust and frustrated over his fruitless search. He shouts and kicks the books scattered on the floor. Dalian tells him that she still reading one of the books. The angry man seems unable to hurt Dalian, although he starts to step on the book. Dalian screams weakly. The burglar seems satisfied.

The plump man also returns empty-handed. Dalian furiously screams when he starts eating the chocolates brought by Kamilla. Hugh knows about the Gladstone Company. It’s a store selling illegal items in the capital. They would even share information about rich people to criminals, purchasing stolen goods. The criminals reveal themselves as bodyguards of the company, turned into robbers when it collapsed after its chairman was killed. They need enough money to hide, which explains why they are looking for The Queen of the Night.

The bearded man asks where the valuable book is. Dalian screams when he hits Hugh with the butt of his gun. Blood trickles down from Hugh's temple, but he remains calm. Hugh and Dalian are threatened with death. Dalian affirms that there was no Phantom Book called “The Queen of the Night”. The bearded man heatedly tells his partner to keep looking. Dalian lets slip that they should look around the backyard. While the plump man walks towards the garden, Dalian panics. Her attitude makes Hugh confused and the bearded man satisfied, with a triumphant smile. However, the latter's expression tenses when he hears the scream of his partner. The criminal leaves the room to check what happened.

Part 4[]

Hugh tries to burn the ropes with his lighter. Dalian rushes him, saying that they should go before it’s too late. They hear the scream of the bearded man. As soon as they are released, Dalian runs, followed by Hugh. They follow the traces of the criminals through the weeds. They head towards the greenhouse, which was glowing due to the full moon in the sky. Inside it, Hugh finds the bearded man’s automatic weapon, recently fired. The criminals are nowhere to be seen. Investigating the place, Hugh notices signs of struggle on the ground and tree branches that were moved. Dalian affirms that there is nothing to worry. They find an old, thick book suspended in the light green darkness. It attracts Hugh with a strong fragrance, but Dalian stops him.

Pages are blown away by the wind as the book falls apart. Dalian explains that the book is The Queen of the Night, a plant that blooms every 13 years and withers in one night. As a carnivore plant, it has a flower resembling a book to attract humans and used them as nutrients. Two men can be seen inside its translucent trunk, submerged in digestive fluids and strangled by vines. It is said that the words written on its petals come from the memories of its victims. Dalian affirms that she couldn’t sympathize with the criminal’s fate, since they damaged something she likes. Hugh believes that she’s referring to the book. Dalian leaves the greenhouse, followed by Hugh, whose head was still wet with blood.[1]

Trivia[]

  • Dalian calls the robbers monkey and pig. She mentions both animals going on a journey with a monk and a river monster.[1] It's a reference to Journey to the West, novel usually attributed to Chinese novelist Wu Cheng'en, published in the 16th century. The Dragon Ball series was initially inspired by this book.[2]
  • It's the first chapter with no Phantom Books.[1]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Mystic Archives of Dantalian light novel, Chapter 2, volume 2.
  2. Journey to the West. (2017, February 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:16, February 19, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Journey_to_the_West&oldid=765130179
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Volume 1

Gastronomy Worship - Pedigree - Book of Wisdom - The Dictator's Book - Turn-Up Book - Book of Lifetime - Libricide

Volume 2

The Briar Princess - Queen of the Night - The Lovers - Book of Equivalence - Book of Fetus - Winning Strategy - The Mystic Archives of Rasiel

Volume 3

Book of Soul Exchange - Book of Oblivion - Book of Twilight - Book of Sleep - The Magician's Daughter - The Beautiful Woman's World - Book of Atonement

Volume 4

Book of Gap - Phantom Score - Book of Relationship - Book of Hypnosis - The Perfumer - The House-Elf's Rough Time - Phantom Book Thief

Volume 5

Timetable - Waterside Flower - The Cat and the Biblioprincess - Book of Fools - The Logbook - The Observer - Book of Connection

Volume 6

The Template Book - The Working Man - Book of Coffin - The Real Me - Book of Humanization - Paradise

Volume 7

Disaster and Temptation - Catalogue - Book of Wisdom II - The Girls' Long Night - Book of Imitation - The Key-Keeper

Volume 8

Phantom Book of the King - The Last Book - Vignette of Eternal Twilight
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