Well, in times like this… Chiharu went back to making her usual troubled expression. Kreis saw this and came to her rescue.
“Kaider, don’t you have any better pick up lines?”
“What! No, really! I have seen…”
Said Kaider. His eyes went from their hair to their body as if he was trying to remember.
“Black hair, I think…”
Chiharu said without thinking.
“Oh, I’m sorry. But I think that this is the first time we’ve met.”
She said softly.
“Forgive me, that was rude of me. I am a friend of these two. My name is Kaider, and this is Nyran. Uh, we are looking for two human children. Did you happen to see them anywhere?”
“I believe that we would have noticed seeing any children here that were humans like us. Unfortunately, we have not.”
“I see…that is too bad.”
“What, Kaider? Does it bother you so much?”
“I’ve been watching them ever since we sat together on the train. But they said they were going to Gromble alone. But we’re headed there with the soldiers in just two days. I thought that we might as well take them with us.”
“Take them? Like as an attendant?”
“Yes, or they could help the cooks. I hear that they do not have enough hands from Midland, as this was on such short notice. They are both very independent, and wouldn’t expect any direct help. But they are too skinny to become Adventurers.”
“I will continue to look for them. Excuse me, ladies.”
And so Kaider and Nyran left the restaurant.
“I don’t remember him being like that.”
“He finally matured.”
Edmond said as Kreis tilted his head in puzzlement.
“Uh, that nice man…”
“Ah, Kaider? He is a little rough, being an Adventurer and all. But he is also the third prince of this country.”
Him? Kreis continued.
“Being a capable blacksmith and leading the people has always been seen as proof of being a royal in this country. Kaider as well. He is an odd one though. He insisted that blacksmiths needed to know how to use a sword, and so he went out to become an Adventurer.”
“Is that so.”
Edwy was such a prince-like prince.
“I feel like it might be safer for you two to move with the Midland troops as well.”
“Oh, I’m sure we’ll only get in the way of their very, very important work. After all, we’re just going to meet our father.”
“No, no, no. If anything, it might actually be more dangerous to travel with so many soldiers and Adventurers.”
Kreis said indecisively.
“Really. But please come to use if you need help with anything. We’ll be at our store for the next two to three days.”
Edmond said and showed them where it was located.
“Yes. Thank you so much.”
They continued a light conversation after that and tasted the apple wine that had been enhanced with dried apple peels. And then they walked Maki and Chiharu to their room. The people in the dwarf country were all very kind.
“So, Kaider was a prince…a prince…heh.”
“Maki-chan, that’s rude. And he was so nice. But…haha.”
The two of them spent the next few minutes laughing in their room.
“No, no. He’s so nice and is still searching for Norfe and Chouze. His appearance aside, he is clearly a prince at heart.”
“What do you mean by appearance? Kaider is quite handsome?”
“Chiharu… Did you always like them buff?”
“For the most part, yes. I mean, his thick red hair is wavy like a lion.”
“A red lion. Hehe.”
“The nice forehead and angular features. The bright brown eyes.”
“Chiharu, you aren’t…”
“No, it’s just a general observation. I actually thought he was your type?”
“Huh? Oh, yeah! I didn’t even notice. I was too busy trying to trick him. That’s right, to generalize, Kaider is quite handsome.”
Maki said in agreement.
“I feel bad that he’s still looking…”
They felt guilty. About that, and about laughing.
“But more than that, plan B. It totally failed.”
“I didn’t think we’d get so much attention.”
“What will we do now?”