The next morning, I woke up to see the gentle sunlight pouring through the window.
I stretched my limbs and tried to shake off the last residues of sleepiness. And with that, I got off from the low bed and headed to the bathroom, where I washed my face. It was just as I was walking out while trying to tame my bed hair, that I bumped into Daniela.
“Woah. You surprised me. Morning.”
“Good morning, Asagi. …Haaa…”
She was still sleepy. She usually looked so sharp, but her face in the morning was quite the opposite.
I moved out of the way, leaving her a clear path to the sink. In the meantime, I got changed and prepared to go out.
Daniela finished washing up but was still sleepy. Still, while her movements were sluggish, she was able to get dressed.
“I think Bacon should be arriving soon…”
Just then, we heard a knock on the door.
“Looks like he’s here.”
“I will go.”
Daniela stopped as I was getting up, and she jogged to the door instead.
“Ah, yes. It’s me.”
“Wait one moment.”
Ah, yes. He said. I called him Bacon because his reactions amused me, and it was hard to stop once you got going. But his real name was Yacon. Not only that, but he was a captain. But you wouldn’t know it by the way he talked to Daniela. But I could understand that. Yes.
Such thoughts were in my head as I chuckled and put on my bag.
“There you are.”
“Morning, Asagi. And you, Miss Daniela. Shall we go then?”
“Yes. Thank you for helping us.”
Bacon seemed quite surprised by Daniela’s politeness. She had been trying her hardest since yesterday.
“Alright, let’s go.”
“Ah, hey. There is no point in you walking on ahead if you do not know the way!”
“Roads are made after I’ve walked.”
I was so proud and happy for Daniela, but also felt a little embarrassed about it, and ended up saying something nonsensical. What was this strange feeling? Hmm. I didn’t understand it. But it was different from love?
“…Uh, I don’t know. I discarded all my emotions.”
“Are you alright? Did you hit your head?”
Bacon asked me worriedly as he started touching my head.
“Ah, hey. Stop that. I just got done fixing my hair!”
“Woah, it’s like a bird.”
“Asagi. That is quite embarrassing.”
That’s why I spent so much time on it… Damn you, Bacon!
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Once we left the inn, Daniela suggested we get breakfast first, and so Bacon took us to the place that he always ate at. It was there that I ate a plate of bacon and eggs, while giving him a knowing look.
“Look at this crispy bacon…!”
“Eating bread with such a soft yolk is just too delicious…!”
“Could you two just shut up…”
The best way to eat things is only discovered after thorough research. And we didn’t mind putting in the work.
Once we were full, Bacon led us through the town. As this was a trading town, it was bustling even in the early morning. We saw carts being drawn that were filled with mountains of sacks.