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I had thought that since Fira-san lived in this mansion, I might meet her. When I made the package’s delivery, I didn’t meet her at all, and then I forgot about it because all I could think about was Ristina-san.
Fira-san was smiling. She looked somewhat happy. Her golden hair looked good in the sunset. Did she trim her bangs a bit? It also looked good on her. I was genuinely happy to meet her, thinking that she was a noblewoman as expected.
“It’s been a long time, Fira-san. How have you been feeling since then?”
The reason I met Fira-san was to get rid of her insomnia. I asked her about that time, and she smiled happily.
“It’s perfect, thanks to Relius.”
That’s good, then. Her smile wasn’t as sullen as it used to be.
“So Relius, what are you doing here? Why are you in this town?”
“It’s because I have accepted an adventurer’s request. I’m resting in a tent outside of town.”
“Oh, so Relius is an adventurer?”
“I see… but what brings you to the mansion? Did you come to see me by any chance?”
Fira-san said happily.
“I’m here to deliver a potion to the knight. Also, I know someone from the theater, and I wanted to see how she was doing.”
“Hmm, I see.”
Fira-san’s shoulders dropped at once. Then she shook her head and smiled.
“You should have come to see me too. Didn’t I tell you before?”
“…But I mean, you know, it’s hard to get past the gate, isn’t it?”
“Hmm… maybe. Let’s think about that later… do you still have time?”
I thought maybe I should go back and report to Klua-san for once, but I also told her that I was going to meet with Ristina-san. I’m sure Klua-san will understand that I’ll be a little late.
“It’s okay, I guess. Do you need anything?”
“Yes, I just need to have a word with Relius. I want to consult something with you. So why don’t you come to the mansion and have a chat?”
What in the world would Fira-san consult me about? I’m sure Fira-san is in a position to make most things happen. Also, is it something only I can do?
I walked with Fira-san towards the mansion.
“Fira-san, may I hear a short story about it?”
“I thought it might be a good opportunity for Relius to help me with my future work.”
“Yes, you would. Relius is the right man for the job, and I’ve been thinking about making the offer.”
Am I the right man for the job? Then I remembered that I had shown Fira-san my blacksmithing abilities. Is that the right job for me? I told Fira-san to keep it a secret, but has she kept it quiet since then?
I entered with Fira-san in her room, where I had made the bed before.
“Here, Relius. Come sit here.”
She pulled a chair to sit across from it. I curtsied once and then sat down in my seat.
“Speaking of which, how did you happen to find me, Fira-san?”
“A servant told me that there was a man like Relius.”
Oh, well. I guess it wasn’t as if Fira-san had gone out into the garden and happened to find me.
She also took a seat, and shortly afterward, the maid arrived.
…It seems that the maid was moving the moment we entered the mansion. She had prepared drinks and tea cakes. Do the servants of the Count family have to be able to do this much?
I took my tea in wonderment. Fira-san nodded her head as she rested her elbows on the table.
“Relius, can you go out with me for a while?”
“Going out? What does that mean?”
“Eh? Ah…! N-no! It’s not about going out between a man and a woman; I don’t mean that! …I want you to help me rebuild the places where the refugees were living. It’s my father’s work, but I’m going to take over.”
Fira-san began to speak indifferently.
…I see, so that was the situation. And yet, I had been thinking strange things. I have to reflect on it.
“Does that mean you’re going to build a building or something?”
“Yeah, pretty much. And I’m the one who has to do all the work, you know. It’s part of my training as a future bride.”
“Yes. A nobleman’s wife has to manage the territory on behalf of her husband or assist him. They also have to deal with disasters like this one.”
“Well, I don’t plan on getting married just yet, but I don’t want to get into trouble in the future. But I doubt my father would let me become a bride.”
Fira-san shrugged her shoulders with a puff.
…It’s true. A father is especially likely to be a parent idiot, isn’t it? My foster father was the same as well.
“Relius, you must keep an eye on Lynn so that she doesn’t get a strange man.” he told me over and over.
But, well, I don’t know how it feels.
“I see. But marriage? That is fast. I hope you meet the right person.”
I don’t think about such things one bit. I want to meet someone special, and that’s what I really want to do. Although there are many women around me, that doesn’t mean they’re like that, they’re all just business partners and trusted friends.
I’m sure that’s what they’re thinking as well, but it would be rude to be strangely conscious of just this one.
Fira-san puffed out her cheeks a bit and muttered that.
“So, about that business we were talking about earlier…”
“Oh, that’s right. How’s it, Relius? Would you accept?”
“…Well, I’m originally working at an inn, and as long as I can make sure it doesn’t interfere with my work there, I guess I’ll take it.”
“Yeah. …It’s just, you know. Do you remember what happened when I used my ability to make Fira-san’s bed?”
“Yes, I remember.”
“…I think that ability is quite powerful, so I don’t want to use it in a situation where an unspecified number of people will find out if possible.”
“Yes, I know, you told me not to tell anyone else about it… it’s just you and me.” [T/n: Lol, Relius has told it to the number of women already.]
“Yes. So it would be nice if we could put it in a situation where we could hide it.
“It’s okay. I’ll take care of it. So can I go back to Relius to talk about it in detail later?”
“Yes, that’s fine. In the meantime, I’ll see if I can take the job, too.”
Fira-san smiles at me. Then, after chatting and laughing for a while, I left the mansion.