Chapter 08: Delighted and Shy
It was hot.
It was the peak of summer.
This place was the mainland so it wasn’t as humid as Japan.
But, it was hot in hot weather.
Moreover, there was no wind today.
I want to be in shorts and a camisole, if I was allowed to.
Of course with bare feet.
Oh well, it’s impossible.
If I were to dress like that here, the guys would have nosebleeds and pass out.
Even though it was summer, I was wearing a long-sleeved shirt and an ankle-length skirt.
Camisoles and short pants had less cloth than general underwear here.
Still, at this rate, I would probably have collapsed due to heat stroke. Although my sleeves were rolled up, it was still hot.
I was writing a document to submit to the Director, but my brush had stopped moving for a while because of the hot weather.
I gave up enduring this heat.
I moved to where Jude was sitting and he also seemed to be annoyed by the heat. His buttons were undone.
What the, that’s unfair.
I want to unbutton my top too.
If it was like this then let’s make him work.
“I have a little favour to ask you. Can you come with me?”
I said and brought Jude to the kitchen.
The chef wasn’t there when we entered the kitchen since it was already past noon.
While looking around, I found a bucket used for cleaning on the shelf near the wall.
I slowly took the bucket, put it on the floor and turned to face Jude, who was standing behind me.
Jude could use water attribute magic.
I had a feeling that he told me he could fill a tub full of water with his magic.
“Can you fill this bucket with cold water?”
“I can. But what on earth are you trying to start?”
“I thought that it’d be refreshing if I fill the bucket with water and put my feet in.”
“You’re trying to say it’s improper, right? It’s okay, nobody is around at this time.”
It wasn’t good for women to show their bare feet to the opposite sex in this world.
Recently, when I went to the library, it was hot so I lifted my skirt and Liz got angry when she saw me doing that.
Despite the fact that she was the same sex as me.
When I said that she replied with, “What if someone saw you?” She had a nice smile on while she was angry.
That was scary.
Because there are such values here, Jude hesitated and his face was unusually red.
“If Jude also had a bucket, you could also soak your feet. It feels good, you know?”
I proposed the same thing to the reluctant Jude.
It was the whisper of the devil.
“You don’t have to worry so much. No one comes to the kitchen at this time and it’s not like I’ll be soaking my feet for that long. Please!”
“……。Fine…… If you insist. Be careful not to get found out.”
Although Jude was reluctant, he filled the bucket with water and left the kitchen.
He cheekily took a different bucket with him when he left so it seemed that he was going to do the same thing at a different place.
The kitchen floor was dirty, so it was fine even if water spilt.
I put the bucket in front of the chair and sat down on the chair.
I raised my skirt up so that it wouldn’t get wet.
I took off my shoes and socks and put my feet into the bucket. The cool, cold water covered my feet.
Ah ~, as I thought it feels good.
Anyhow, no one was here so I unbuttoned two buttons from my shirt, opened it and fanned myself.
There was no wind but it was cool when I fanned myself.
I continued doing this in a daze and when the water in the bucket became lukewarm. The door behind me opened.
“Sei, here you……”
I heard a voice and turned back. The Captain was there.
He looked my way, stopped in the middle of his sentence and froze.
Ah ~, yup.
My appearance is overstimulating, isn’t it?
It’s very awkward.
For the time being I fastened my buttons, pulled my feet out of the bucket, put my shoes on and stood up.
“Hello Hawk-sama. What can I do for you?”
I called out to the Captain as if nothing happened.
The Captain, who was frozen, covered his mouth with his palm and averted his eyes.
He blushed as usual.
“Sorry.” He said in a small voice.
Please don’t be shy.
Please pretend it didn’t happen.
I thought as I cleared my throat. The Captain started speaking awkwardly.
“I heard that you have a day off tomorrow.”
“Ah ~, come to think of it, yes I do.”
When he said that, I remembered that tomorrow was my day off.
But what’s wrong with that?
I thought and tilted my head. The Captain turned back to face me.
“Tomorrow’s also my day off, so I was wondering if you’d like to go to town together.”
Oh! I can finally go to town!!!
I haven’t been to town yet.
When I replied joyfully the Captain recovered and smiled.
“Johan was worried that you were secluding yourself in the research institute and working on your days off. It is also important to take a breather once in a while, right?”
“Is that so?”
Johan was the Director.
It seemed that the Director was worried about me.
I didn’t have anywhere else to go and because I lived in the research institute, I was also there on my days off so I ended up working.
But I did spend my mornings leisurely.
“Thank you. Please let me join you.”
“Well then, I’ll pick you up here tomorrow morning.”
“Is that alright?”
“Yeah, no problem.”
What kind of place is it?
Of course it’ll be like a European townscape, right?
I wanted to go to Europe at least once but I didn’t end up going because I was summoned here.
Like that, there was a time when I was pleased……
I was looking forward to going into town that I completely forgot.
The person who was going with me was the Ice Knight-sama, who wasn’t cold at all.
There was a short distance between the Royal Palace and the town centre, so we rode a carriage from the front gate.
It wasn’t a luxurious carriage from the Margrave but a normal carriage, it seemed that the Captain made arrangements so that it wouldn’t be noticeable.
The clothes that the Captain wore also matched with mine. They were clothes that commoners wore around town.
I thought that the Margrave carriage was better than this one…
Because, you know, the normal carriage isn’t spacious at all.
I was in this cramped carriage with the Captain, who had a good physique. Just the two of us.
He’s close! Too close!
Right beside me is a sparkling hunk!
Moreover, we were sitting relatively close……
A trip in a narrow space while sitting relatively close to a hunk……
My level’s too low. I can’t do it!
Stop it! My life is already at zero!
“Look! If you look over there you can see Johan’s main residence.”
I was screaming inside when the Captain smiled and pointed towards the other side of me.
Wai-, don’t get any closer! You’re close. Too close!!!
I couldn’t look at the Captain anymore so I looked towards where he was pointing. Woah, the Director’s residence is big!
Since it was the capital, the price of the land must be expensive, right? And yet the Director’s house was very big.
Was his family rich?
“It’s very big.”
“Yeah. Johan’s family is really influential.”
I thought that was the case and turned my head back. I really thought my heart was going to stop because the Captain’s face was so close.
I was thankful that he moved when he noticed that blood had rushed to my face. But the inside of the carriage was really narrow.
Despite it being really taxing on my heart, the carriage carried on and gradually reached the town.
It’s amazing! What’s this, it’s so cute!
The landscape looked exactly like Europe!
The rooftops were red. It looked like something that popped out of fairy-tale.
While I was impressed by the townscape, the carriage stopped and the door opened.
The Captain got off first and lent me a hand.
I took his hand and got off. Looking around, this seemed to be close to the centre of town. There are quite a few people.
While I was looking around impressed the Captain said, “The marketplace is that way, shall we go and see?” and took my hand.
Eh? Is he not going to letting go?!