The next day.
I visited the ojousama and the other’s room first thing in the morning and when I got in, many of the adults were groaning.
“Ugh… Ryouma-kun… Sorry, but… Could you make me that… medicine again?” [Reinhart]
“Me too. I know it’s unsightly considering how old I am, but… I drank too much, it seems…” [Reinbach]
“Me too… Thanks…” [Elize]
They were really happy yesterday, after all…
Even Arone-san and Lilian-san don’t look so good. It was a celebration, so they too drank a little, but it seems they can’t hold their liquor either.
Of the adults, only Sebasu-san was alright. I was sure he’d drank a lot, but he seems perfectly fine. As for the ojousama, although legally speaking it was fine for her to drink, she only drank one cup to be safe.
Anyway, I went to the drugstore and the grocery store just like last time and bought the ingredients, then I went back to the inn and concocted the medicine.
After Reinhart-san and the others drank it, they told me to accompany Elia.
“Ryouma-kun, sorry, but could you watch over Elia today?” [Reinhart]
“With the sorry state we’re in, we really can’t look after her right now.” [Reinbach]
“What he said. Thanks.” [Elize]
Maybe it’s because we won’t be meeting soon for a while, so they’re basically telling me to go make some memories with her?
If that’s the case, then I can’t refuse here.
“Sure thing.” [Ryouma]
As I said that, they said thanks and went to their bedrooms. It seems they really do have a hangover, though.
After seeing the three off, I talked to the ojousama.
“Well then, what should we do for the day?” [Ryouma]
“Ryouma-san, don’t you have work? Aren’t you busy?” [Elia]
“The employees can take care of the store by themselves already, so I just need to show my face once in the morning and in the evening.” [Ryouma]
“…Then can you show me what you normally do?” [Elia]
“If that’s alright with you, sure…” [Ryouma]
Is she really fine with that?
“I’ll be looking forward to it then!” [Elia]
Like this I ended up accompanying the ojousama. Sebasu-san also came with us as our guardian. We dropped by the store once to show my face, then we went to the mines.
When we got to the mines, I started treating the cloths as usual. There were some things I did that weren’t part of the norm, but that was just me letting the rimel birds play around in my Dimension Home. That’s something that happened before I started working. And then there’s the ojousama helping out in my work.
I wonder if she’s really okay with just this?
Naturally, I ended up thinking like that, but I had no idea what activity we could do, so I asked the ojousama.
“What are we doing next?” [Elia]
“Nothing in particular. After telling the sticky slimes to treat the cloths with their sticky liquid, then all that’s left is to wait for them to finish drying. We have a lot of free time now. Normally, I’d train or make dolls during this time.” [Ryouma]
“Oh, I see… I thought you were always busy at work.” [Elia]
“Well, I used too. But after the store became self-sustaining, I’ve gotten plenty of free time. Do I really look that busy?” [Ryouma]
“You always seemed to be working from dusk till dawn without any rest, so yeah…” [Elia]
“There are times when I’m doing nothing too, so I’ve had to find ways to kill time too. Like making stones to make buildings with or something. I’m quite leisurely, you know.” [Ryouma]
“Really?.. By the way, you mentioned making some stones to build a house with. Does that mean you’re really going to be living here?” [Elia]
“Living here would make doing my rounds easier. I can also train my magic here without causing other people problems.
“When are you going to start building your house? You’re not going to live in this tunnel, are you?” [Elia]
“I was thinking of just making a simple shed with the stones or digging out a hole in the tunnel to live, then slowly building my place for a while, actually.” [Ryouma]
“In that case, can we talk for a bit?” [Elia]
“Of course.” [Ryouma]
We left the workshop and went to a well-lit place outside, where I made ourselves some chairs using earth magic.
“Ojousama, you’ll be going to the academy starting this year, right?” [Ryouma]
“Yes. All noble children have to attend the royal academy starting at 12 years old. Well, it’s not like we actually have to go, but if we don’t go, my reputation among nobles will decline.” [Elia]
“I see.” [Ryouma]
“…Actually, I don’t want to go either, but it can’t be helped.” [Elia]
“Dad, mom, and even grandpa says they wouldn’t let me go if it weren’t customary.” [Elia]
“The gates of the Royal Academy are also open to commoners, and every year, a lot of them would enrol. While in the school, there’s no difference in status, but there are still a few people who can’t help but cause problems.” [Elia]
Ahh, yes… I recognize this cliché setting.