Then again, she was as good as exposed as well. I was more annoyed when the restaurant people recognized us from the last time we were here…
“Eat more, Asagi. It is my treat.”
While we were a party, we managed our own money separately. Your treat? Do you mean the party funds? Stuff like that didn’t happen. It was good to hold onto your hard-earned money.
The slices of meat were thick today as well. It was as if they had gotten a good grasp on what Daniela liked. It wasn’t the most appetizing sight… I wondered if they had tripe.
But they kept bringing more and more meat. They knew she could eat it. Just like yesterday, I focused on cooking and trying to make her happy.
“Asagi. I believe that one is ready.”
“No, not yet.”
“But I am hungry…”
“It’s best to eat it when it’s just right.”
I had become an expert, it seemed. Still, Daniela could not complain about the results, and she even said, ‘I want you to cook meat for me tomorrow as well.’ That made me regret it a little. But, well, at least I could see her smile… Though, I would have to make her eat some vegetables later as well.
Eventually, the smell seduced me, and I ate until I was stuffed. And then we both left the building very satisfied. As we had been in there for a while, the crowd outside was now dispersed. It was quieter, even if the festivities continued.
“Let’s go back…”
We dragged out heavy bodies forward. I didn’t hate that sensation of being stuffed after eating meat…I don’t know, it was different, somehow. The memory of its taste lingered, of course…but also the memory of how fun it was. Perhaps it was because I was with someone I liked.
The night sky was clear, making the stars very visible. They were so bright that they looked like they might fall down at any moment. Next to me, Daniela smelled of our dinner. Well, so did I.
It was very relaxing. I was glad that I was with her.
And it was with such feelings and smells that we held hands and walked back to our room.
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The next morning, we gave our clothes over to people in charge of laundry and then headed for the arena. We woke up earlier than usual in order to do it, but it turned out to be more time consuming than expected. And so we had to hurry.
“Hey, Daniela. Come on.”
“I am tired…”
“So am I.”
We had stayed up quite late talking, which meant a lack of sleep. I thought that moving my body like this would help me wake up, but…it didn’t.
Still, we had to go. Lemon would have saved us seats today as well. As Daniela had let it spill that it was hard to see anything, she would have gotten front row seats this time. She was very diligent.
“We finally arrived…”
“Uh, good morning. Mister Asagi, Miss Daniela.”
“Good morning… Here you go.”
“Yes, thank you.”
We greeted the same guy and handed in the cards. You’d think they’d just let us in, but rules are rules.
“Oh, are you a light elf?”
A voice called from behind us. Well, it was obviously not calling to me… Still, I turned around to see who it was.
“Hmm? Have we met?”
It was the handsome guy with the platinum blond hair. I hadn’t meant to say that out loud.
“Who are you?”
“Adlus Brasilf. A light elf, just like you.”
“I see. Asagi, Lemon will be waiting for us.”
I was shocked at her ability to take no account of someone. He had said his name but she hadn’t given hers. I would want to cry in his position…
“Wait a minute. It is quite regrettable that you ignore me of all people.”
“I do not see a reason that I should give you any of my time.”
“But we are of the same race. Perhaps this is fate?”
“What utter nonsense. You have wasted enough of my time already.”
Sparks flew. …Well, it seemed like they were. His methods weren’t exactly the most commendable, but Daniela was acting rather odd as well. I don’t know. It was like they were somehow very incompatible.
Adlus looked towards me.
“Give up this woman. A light elf should walk with a light elf. Your kind does not live long enough to be a suitable match. Ah, yes. I will pay you off. Then you can withdraw.”
These words were so sudden and so meaningless that I was at a loss for words for an instant.
What? Money? Leave? What was he saying about Daniela?
“All right, you handsome bastard… There are things you should never say…”
My voice shook with rage.