It’s Ko-Fi’s Supporters’ chapter (75/105), enjoy~
After a while, he left the audience hall and found the people who had been waiting for him there.
It was Chris, Krone, and Martha.
A gaze that seemed to emit such a sound effect was directed at Ain. The main owner of the gaze was Krone, who was staring at Ain without blinking an eye.
Ain looked back with a troubled look, but the situation remained the same. Krone, who is staring at him with a straight face, stands at a distance of about one step away from him than usual.
“Um… it worries me if you don’t say something.”
Her silence is a little strange, but the look she gives him is fresh. A few days ago, their eyes were almost at the same height, but now Krone is looking up at him.
Just as Ain was feeling some joy in his manly heart, Krone finally opened her mouth.
“Your Highness, may I come a little closer to you?”
The reverent Krone asked as if she were speaking to a stranger.
“I don’t mind, of course.”
Krone didn’t even wait for a reply and just moved closer to him. And as soon as she boldly closed the distance so that she was in close contact with Ain’s body.
“Excuse me then.”
Finally, she grabbed Ain by the chest, stood on her tiptoes, and brought her face close to his neck.
It wasn’t just Ain who was confused by the passionate gesture. The other two, Chris and Martha, were also confused.
It was a bold gesture as if they were hugging each other. Ain’s cheeks, which hadn’t changed at all no matter how big his body had become, instantly flushed.
Gradually, Krone’s face drops down to his neck and collarbone, and finally, she puts her face into his chest.
(It’s a bit of a déjà vu.)
After regaining his composure, Ain remembered what had happened as soon as he returned to the castle.
He thought it was just like Chris.
But it was a little different from Chris’s situation. In Krone’s case, she was breathing as if she was taking a deep breath. The degree of closeness was incomparable.
As soon as Krone’s eyes started to glaze over, she said in surprise.
“…you are really Ain, aren’t you?”
“Hey, is that a popular way to confirm this?”
He didn’t expect to be subjected to such a method of judgment in succession, and he was enveloped in a subtle emotion that he couldn’t put into words.
He had been thinking about it all the way to the castle, but he couldn’t stand the tightness of his current clothes. But it was also true that there were no clothes that fit him at the moment.
When he returned to his room, Ain walked through the living room to his bedroom and stood in front of his dresser, thinking about this.
“I wonder if I should have borrowed something from grandfather.”
Sylvird was much bigger than Ain was now. He wondered if the king had any clothes that would fit him, but borrowing clothes from the king seemed like a problem.
“I guess I don’t have a choice ── Oh, Martha-san.”
“How can I help you?”
“I haven’t seen my mother since I came back. How is she?”
“She’s happily back in her room.”
“She has always loved you more than anyone else, and I think that if she were to see the dignified growth of your figure, she might lose her composure. I’m sorry to say this, but she’s really spoiling Ain-sama now more than ever…”
Olivia is a woman who understands what is going on.
Ain lifted the corners of his mouth, then unbuttoned his clothes, took off his shirt, and put on the bathrobe that he had prepared.
“I apologize; that’s all I could prepare for you now.”
“It’s okay. It’s my fault for getting so big so fast.”
He almost laughed at himself for saying that.
“We have clothes for visitors, but we don’t want you to have to change into them. I’ll have some clothes for you tomorrow, so please be patient.”
“I don’t mind; it’s so comfortable.”
“Thank you for your concern. Well then, if you need anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask.”
Martha left Ain’s bedroom.
A few moments later, Ain also walked towards the living room.
He saw Krone and Chris sitting on the sofa.
“Hey, are you going to cut your hair?”
“Yes, I’ll cut it. It’s getting in the way.”
“That’s a pity! I don’t think you need to cut it!”
“Yeah, I think it’s a pity, just like Chris-san said.”
While thinking about what to do, Ain sat down in front of them after being told something like that.
“Can I touch it a little?”
Then without waiting for Ain’s reply, Krone stood up.
“I didn’t say it was okay yet.”
“Ara, I can’t?”
“I didn’t say no, but…”
“Fufufu, then fine.”
She sat down next to Ain with the same adoring smile on her face.
At first, she was happily touching Ain’s hair, but a little while after she reached for it, her expression gradually changed.
“Eh, no way… wait a minute, really?”
“Um, Lady Krone? What’s wrong?”
“…wait a minute, please.”
When she replied to Chris, Krone quickly reached for her own hair.
Her silver-blue hair reminded of well-maintained silk threads. She touched it from top to bottom as she had done with Ain as if to check the texture.
“Why are you so surprised just now?”
Ain finally lost his nerve. He called out to the stunned Krone as if to pursue the matter.
“Never mind! Ain, just wait a minute… Chris-san, please come to the other side and touch Ain’s hair.”
“Like this, from the top to the bottom of the hair… Touch it slowly.”
“Okay, but is Ain-sama okay with me touching his hair?”
“If I say you can touch me as much as you want, that would be a bit of a problem, but yes, you can.”
He wondered what this hair was all about. He didn’t understand why she had bothered to call Chris and made her touch it.
Putting that aside, Chris came next to Ain and gently reached out her hand. Ain’s hair was waist-length, and even though it was tied up with the string Martha had given him, it was still long enough to drape over the sofa.
At first, she touched it slowly, but then, like Krone, she started to be surprised.
“It’s embarrassing when you touch me without telling me.”
“It’s unfortunate, but it seems to be true.”
They nodded their heads in agreement as they conversed.
“What are you two so convinced about, what’s true and what’s not…?”
“Oh ── I’m sorry. I think it’s better for you to find out for yourself why we were so surprised.”
Krone then held out Ain’s right hand.
“With my hand?”
“That’s what I mean. It’s faster if you can check it out for yourself.”
He did not know what was happening, but he complied and put his hand on hers.
Her hands are smooth and shiny, and it’s comfortable just to touch each other.
“You can even touch the bottom; just make sure you do it right.”
Ain’s hand, half forced, touched Krone’s hair. Her hair was silky to the touch and smelled good. But Ain didn’t understand why this was happening.
“I think your hair is beautiful and silky as always.”
Well, when he said as always, he didn’t mean that he touched it every day.
Anyway, so what? Ain was tempted to retort.
“I’m working hard every day, after all. …You can touch your own hair next.”
“Okay, but you have to let go of my hand.”
“Don’t worry about it. Compare it to my hair!”
Ain touched his own hair with his other hand, but.
───He didn’t know. He tilted his head to the side.
Then Krone said with a frustrated pout on her lips as though she had no choice.
“You know, Ain’s hair is silkier than mine.”
Ain understood what she was trying to say, but he couldn’t just accept it.
“I think Krone’s hair is more comfortable to the touch.”
“──It’s really, really nice of you to say that, but…”
“Since we’re women, it’s frustrating to lose to Ain-sama…”
“T-that’s what this is about!”
“Therefore, Ain-sama, I think it would be regrettable if you cut off your hair.”
Krone agreed with Chris’ words. She nodded vigorously and looked at Ain with expectant eyes.
“It’s going to be tough to keep it this long.”
If it’s so long that it reaches the waist, it’s hard just to maintain it.
There are many women who carefully groom their hair, like Olivia, Krone, and Chris. However, Ain had never done that before, so he didn’t want to go through that kind of trouble.
First and foremost, he didn’t want to hinder his ability to swing his sword.
“How about if it’s as long as your shoulder blades?”
Ain put his hand on his own back and checked the length of his shoulder blade…
It’s still too long. He didn’t want to be at that length too much.
“I’m sorry, but it might still be a problem.”
Not wanting to give up, Krone persisted.
“Does it really bother you?”
“It’s hard to move. A little longer than before would be fine.”
“I see… I’m sorry, but that should do it.”
“But you know,” Krone continued. “I’m sure Olivia-sama will say the same thing as I do, so you’ll have to do your best to convince her.”
And then she confronted Ain with a new problem.