Chapter 09: Heart to Heart
“Wow ~~~!” I inadvertently shouted in joy at the scene in front of me.
There were various multi-coloured vegetables, fruits, meat and fish being sold at the marketplace. There was also a shop that looked like it specialised in mushrooms.
Besides ingredients, there were also shops and stalls selling bread. The smell drifting about the place made my stomach grumble.
Although there were an abundance of ingredients, their cooking was like that. Things I’ve never seen before were also being sold, so it was interesting.
There were also various breads in the bakery and although there was only a small amount, they also had white bread.
The white bread is small and the price is higher than all the other breads, so is it treated as a luxury good?
The market was also called the capital’s kitchen. It was vibrant and crowded with people.
The road between the shops was big enough to fit eight people lining up, but it was filled with people and it was difficult to walk through.
I walked through the road and I was drawn to the interesting items on the shop displays so I looked at them.
It seemed that I was going to collide with the person walking in front of me.
When I smiled and thanked the Captain who was next to me, he sweetly smiled at me.
Even after we arrived at the market, he held my hand as we walked.
The market was crowded so I could get lost while looking at the stores.
Well, I want to escape from reality in various ways.
I didn’t think I was that inattentive, but if I staggered then I felt like I’d bump into the person walking in front of me.
So he casually released his hand and brought my shoulders closer to him instead……
What kind of torture is this?
I wonder if God is testing the power of my heart.
After we avoid all the people will he possibly hold my hands again?
Yeah, I’m scared of getting used to it.
This went on several times.
I may not be red anymore and my face was probably twitching, but I grew! I was able to thank him with a smile!
I think I tried really hard.
Shouldn’t I be concentrating on the shops?
If I don’t concentrate on the shops then I’ll concentrate on other things!
“Are you okay?”
“Ah, yes. I am okay.”
“Are you hungry?”
It was still a bit early for lunch, but we left early in the morning so I was a bit hungry.
We walked for quite a bit so my feet were also a little sore.
The Captain seemed to be fine but it was hard for a shut-in like me.
There were food stalls at the market, but the Captain was an aristocrat so I was a little worried.
He won’t eat something bought at a food stall, right?
Does he feel like entering a nearby coffee shop?
“I’m a little hungry.”
“Then why don’t we take a break and buy something from the food stall?”
Huh? The Captain is an aristocrat, right?
I’m happy but are food stalls fine?
The Captain took me to the place where the wooden boxes were kept near the food stalls.
The Captain asked me what I wanted to eat and left me to go buy food when I replied.
Isn’t he accustomed to this?
After waiting for a while, the Captain returned with several skewers and two fruit waters in a cup.
I received the skewers and fruit water one by one and the Captain sat down next to me.
“It seems like you are used to buying things from food stalls.”
“Because I used to come here with Johan a long time ago.”
“Is that so?”
To my surprise, the Director and Captain came to the markets when they were young.
Even the aristocrats of this kingdom came to the markets?
When I asked about it in detail, he told me that they came to the market dressed as young rich merchants.
“Ah, come to think of it, how much was the food?”
“Don’t worry about it.”
“Eh, but…… Thank you for the meal.”
I felt sorry about something and my words got quieter.
He’s laughing like he’s troubled.
Well it’ll be fine if I return the favour next time.
The skewers were only seasoned with salt, but the salt was good so it was still delicious.
There was a good portion of skewers and I ate the whole thing.
I took a sip of the fruit water, it had a gentle fruity smell to it.
I was a bit thirsty so it was also delicious.
It would be really good cold but ice was a luxury item here.
I stared at the fruit water while thinking that and the Captain made a dubious face.
“No, it is nothing.”
“Really? Does it not suit your taste……?”
“No. I just thought that it would taste better if it was colder.”
The Captain said and took my fruit water.
What’s he going to do? I thought and watched him. Then the fruit water in the Captain’s hands started emitting cold air.
Huh? What’d he do?
He gave the fruit water back to me and I took it. There was ice in the cup.
I was surprised. The Captain urged me to drink it with his eyes.
I took a sip and I thought, ah, yup, it’ more delicious cold.
I smiled complacently and the Captain also smiled.
“It is delicious.”
“Is that so? I’m glad.”
“What did you do?”
There were no refrigerators in the world, ice could only be left in the ice room in winter or made with magic.
There weren’t many people who could produce ice with magic, so ice was very precious.
I heard that it could be made with ice attribute magic, which was superior to water attribute magic. But I didn’t think that the Captain could use ice magic.
Since he’s called Ice Knight-sama, does that mean that it’s widely known that he uses ice magic?
“It is very delicious. Thank you.”
“I’m glad that it pleased you.”
The cold fruit water was very delicious and I quickly drank all of it.
I finished drinking it and said my thanks to the Captain, he laughed.
Like this, he didn’t look like someone who would be called the emotionless Ice Knight-sama.
He’s always laughing and somewhat sparkly.
No, sparkling has nothing to do with this.
He wasn’t wearing his Knight uniform right now. He was wearing normal clothes, but his aura was showing so he didn’t look like a commoner.
When I saw him in the morning, I thought he looked like a commoner. But after mingling with real commoners, I could see the difference.
Is it because they grew up differently?
The appearance of the fruit water that I drank was also beautiful.
If he dressed as a young rich merchant then he might’ve been able to deceive people. But if he dressed up like a commoner, then there was no way he could deceive them.
He tilted his head. Was it because I was staring at him carelessly?
I flustered and shook my head. I told him it was nothing before averting my eyes.
Please don’t look at me with such gentle eyes.
I really want to run away.
After we finished eating, we left the market and walked along the street while looking at the shops.
There were mainly good quality items lined up inside the shops, they were expensive. I was a little hesitant to enter.
That’s why I only looked at the shops, but the Captain stopped in front of a certain shop.
“Sorry but could we go in here for a bit?”
“I do not mind.”
We’ve only been looking at the things that I’ve wanted to look at, so I didn’t mind.
Commoners could also enter the shop that the Captain stepped into but it was a somewhat luxurious accessory shop.
The inside of the shop was decorated with various accessories for both men and women.
The Captain went into the back alone and I walked around and looked at the items for sale.
There were hair clips and hair strings lined up near me. The hair strings stored in the boxes had a beautiful nine colour gradation.
I was so busy with work before that I didn’t have time to cut my hair. Even when I was summoned, I just let my hair grow out and it was so long that it was halfway down my back.
It’s a little expensive but I want to tie my hair up in this heat. I wonder if I should buy this hair string before going home.
While I was browsing around, I found a hair clip that I really liked.
It was an elegant piece made out of silver metal, there were blue gems inlaid in some of the fretwork.
The hair clip looked delicate and was very beautiful, but it was also very expensive so I was a little hesitant to buy it.
If there weren’t any gems then it would probably be cheaper. While I was browsing around, the Captain returned.
“Sorry for making you wait. Did you find anything you like?”
“No, I did not.”
I liked the hair clip but it was a bit over my budget and it was also bad to make the Captain wait so I gave up on it and decided that I would search for it again next time.
“Then shall we go?”
I followed behind the Captain when he left the store.
I came out a little late and the Captain held my hands again like it was the natural thing to do.
One way or another, I was able to slowly explore, so I had a good time. We found the carriage and returned to the Royal Palace.
It’s been awhile since I’ve walked around and I’m mentally exhausted.
The carriage was swaying and before I knew it, I fell asleep.
I could hear someone calling me so I slowly opened my eyes. The carriage had stopped.
I faintly looked up at the Captain and smiled softly.
“Have we arrived?”
“Ah. You seemed tired. You slept really well.”
No way, did I use the Captain as a pillow?
I stared at the Captain and his smile grew wider.
Ah, I did, didn’t I?
I used him as a pillow.
I can tell he saw my sleeping face.
I feel like I can’t escape from this. I casted my eyes down as I blushed and then I heard a puffing sound.
Wooow, I think I received the most damage today.
I groaned and glanced sideways, the Captain got out of the carriage first, just like in the morning.
I couldn’t stay in the carriage forever and when I got ready to get off, the Captain lent me his hand.
We walked towards the research institute and talked about the market and my impressions of the shops.
Various things happened but today was fun.
When we arrived at the research institute, I turned to the Captain and bowed.
“Thank you for taking me out today.”
“No, it was fun.”
He was called the Ice Knight-sama. But during the day, the Captain was in a really good mood.
He’s always smiling.
Of course today as well.
I feel like I dragged him around quite a bit but not once did he complain.
He’s such a nice person.
“It was also very fun for me. Goodbye.”
“Ah Sei, here you go.”
When I tried to return to my room, the Captain stopped me and gave me a big box.
What was it?
I couldn’t tell what it was by just looking, so for the time being, I received it with both hands.
“What is this?”
“Please use it. Wait until you get to your room before opening it. Bye.”
“Eh? Wait a minute. Hawk-sama!”
He ignored me when I tried to stop him and left.
It’s probably better if I ran after him but I’m tired from today. I don’t have the energy.
It can’t be helped, I’ll open it when I get back to my room.
If there’s something wrong with it then I’ll return it to him tomorrow.
I soothed my feelings, returned to my room and opened the box.
Inside was the fretwork hair clip that I liked from the shop.