Chapter 60

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And thus, the two of them left the castle gate and found themselves looking at the town.

The sun was setting and had dyed the sky orange and red, but clouds were still floating above them.
With the town illuminated by the evening sky, the pair simply stared dazedly for a while.

(Speaking of which, it might be my first time being alone with a guy like this. But well, it's just Crow-san.)

Fii had gone shopping a number of times with Gorms and the others, but it was her first time coming to town like this.
For nobles and royalty, even going on a date required them to bring along various guards, she had heard. Apparently the guards and attendants would try their utmost to stay out of sight of the two.
But Fii had never experienced that at all. Fii had only entered high society for a year, merely as an extra to Fiiru. Because she had no experience at all, she didn't fit in with the nobles and always ended up as a wallflower.
And even in those gorgeous parties, with Fiiru, the incredibly beautiful and resplendent star of the party present, who in their right mind would go out of their way to speak to the inferior and presumptuous Fii?

It might have been a tough time for Fii.
She had no prospects for her future nor did she have anything she really wanted to do, so they were just days spent killing time until each party ended.
Due to that, she wondered if, at this rate, she wouldn't be able to find a husband and would instead be forcefully married to some noble in Déman.
But perhaps she had wished for that at the bottom of her heart. She didn't need love. Even a political marriage was fine if her husband would properly look at her. Spending time with someone like that would have been enough.

But well, the point was that Fii had no experience, and although she had happily agreed to help Crow, she really didn't have the faintest clue on what to do.

On the other hand, Crow was worrying about his dress-wearing kouhai too.

(How on earth am I supposed to treat him. He's wearing a dress, but should I just treat him as normal? No, but then this is training, so should I treat him like a woman? But man, he really does look like a girl, huh...)

Crow turned his gaze to the town and gazed Fii's profile as she stood in a daze.
Even though she should have been the same as usual, somehow with the evening sky on her cheeks and the red sun reflected in her eyes, she seemed almost magical. When she stood silently like this, she only looked like some girl he didn't know.

Her eyes turned towards Crow.
For a while they stared at each other silently, but,

"Crow-san, can I go buy some soap? I ran out recently,"

she said.

After thinking about dates for a while, that was the answer Fii came to. She had never gone on a date before, nor did she know if this even counted as one. While she was thinking all this, what occurred to her was that she ran out of soap just recently.
Fii had considered borrowing off Doug, but for some reason he hated going to the bathing area with her. Thanks to that, she was borrowing Gorms' as always.
Still, even she felt a little guilty about borrowing so much of his.
Since she was in town now, it was a good chance.

"Yeah, there's still some time until nightfall. Just use this time to buy whatever you need," replied Crow, scratching his head.

Crow escorted plenty of women around, and making them feel comfortable was supposed to be second nature to him. But for some reason, when it came to Heath in women's clothing, he didn't know what to do.
Well of course. Because Heath wasn't a girl and was just his cross-dressing kouhai, he told himself.
For some reason though, he felt relief when Heath spoke instead.

"Yes!"

Fii smiled at Crow's response, and the two of them headed down to town together.

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