Light, Ash and Meat
“Phew… Ah, you are back, Asagi.”
“Hey, Daniela. Might be better to wear some clothes. We have a guest.”
“Hello, Miss Daniela.”
Daniela came out with just a towel wrapped around her head and looked at me. Lemon sat in the back. Well, I supposed it wasn’t a big deal, but she was still a guest. It was best not to be rude.
“Hmm. You are that grey elf…”
“Yes! I am Lemonfrost Grasilf!”
“Ah, yes. Are you here on holiday?”
“I heard that you were sick from a hangover, and so I came to see you!”
“Hehe. Thank you. But I am fine now. Quite healed.”
Daniela said as she flexed her muscles. She wanted to show just how much she had recovered, but it seemed like she’d be back in bed with a cold soon.
“I’m going to get changed. Wait here a moment.”
Daniela picked up her clothes and went to her room, and so I prepared some food in the meantime. Well, it was the food we had brought.
“Asagi, I’m already full.”
“It’s for Daniela. She eats a lot.”
Lemon chuckled as if she had known all along. A typical junior-type character. It was kind of refreshing since there hadn’t been anyone like that at work when I was a part-timer.
So we talked while taking out the various meats, fried vegetables, and sandwiches and putting them on the table. Then Daniela arrived, fully dressed. As she was the fashionable one, she looked good even when in her casual clothes. It was always impressive. It made me feel like I needed to try harder, but I didn’t know how… I had bought clothes from Miss Amarilith, but, I’d think about that later.
“Is this for me?”
“Yeah. We already ate.”
“I see. Thank you.”
“Don’t mention it.”
And so I pushed it forward and told her to eat. Well, she wasn’t exactly the kind of person who needed encouragement.
I watched her eat it eagerly and told her about the preliminary match that had happened today.
There were the bandana man and the dual-wielder. They would be moving on to the main event. That meant there was a chance we would be fighting them. So we’d have to discuss ways of dealing with their ways.
So first, I told Daniela about their fighting style. She chewed on her fried vegetables and listened intently. Then she swallowed and opened her mouth.
“Well, perhaps they are impressive among that group, but I doubt we have anything to fear. It seems like neither of them can fight head-on, that is why they use such a strategy. So I think we need only crush them from the front.”
“I feel stupid for being anxious.”
“I don’t really care since I’m not fighting. But I feel very enlightened just now!”
Not sure I would use that word. Still, they had the wisdom to make it through that fight, so I didn’t think it was a bad thing to be wary of them. We didn’t know how they would move in later matches, and they might do something entirely surprising. I would keep my guard up, even if Daniela thought she could ‘crush’ them easily. After all, maybe they have Unique Skills.
We continued to talk about other things until the sun began to set. It had been a while since we did something like this, and it was quite fun. The table was a mess now, kind of like when you have friends over at your house. It made me feel nostalgic.
“Oh, it’s evening already! I must take my leave.”
“Do you have an inn to go to?”
Daniela asked as Lemon got to her feet.
“Oh, yes! I have a room in the south district!”
“I see…that is…nice…”
Lemon said in an almost unnecessarily cheerful voice, clearly not sensing the tone of jealousy in Daniela’s reply. But she had probably reserved a room like a normal person… While she was a newcomer to adventuring, she had lots of experience as a guard. She must have stayed at a number of inns before…
“Wh-why are you two looking at me like that?”
“Oh, it is nothing…”
“Yes…don’t mind us…”