“I, too, don’t like shopping that much. No, I like it, spending money is good, but constantly changing clothes—I’m not very fond of it.”
“What’s so enjoyable about it, you mean? Well, of course, you just sat there and watched, Senior. In the first place, a dress is a hundred times more difficult than a pantsuit.”
It was not uncommon for Claire to use strange words, but this time, it was too unfamiliar.
Claire continued speaking anyway, not paying attention to Erich’s question.
“It’s not even two o’clock yet. Let’s go to two more places.”
“Should we go that far?”
“I’m sure the rumors are already spreading.”
“If you go around like this, aren’t you being too blatant even though you’re bragging to others?”
“So you’re saying that you’re someone to be bragged about?”
“Don’t twist my words.”
“If you’re going to be someone to be bragged about anyway, Senior, wouldn’t I feel very proud of ‘being able to drag you around all day’? Apart from that, I should also be quite smug about you ‘buying me so many clothes in all the boutiques’ like this, yes?”
“It won’t give you a good reputation.”
“I know you’ll think about all of that now.”
Claire jumped up and stroked Erich’s head, like praising a child. He looked at Claire with a puzzled look.
He didn’t shake off her hand.
Claire straightened her leg.
“Is that too much?”
“Call the rest home.”
“Alright. Then, let’s take a short break, eat something, and then stop by the jewelry store.”
“Call them home, too.”
“No, I don’t want to. I’ve never walked into an expensive jewelry store before.”
“Aren’t you the owner of the Weaving Guild? What are you talking about?”
“That’s not my money— It’s the guild’s.”
“It’s all the same.”
“No it’s not. There’s a sense of distance between them.”
This was a world where the concepts of ‘companies’ and ‘managers’ were yet to be distinguished.
“I’ll go anyway.”
“Just one place.”
Erich replied patiently. Claire said with a satisfied smile.
“Before that, let’s go get something to eat. Where are we now?”
Claire asked by opening the coachman’s side window, and she heard the name of the street and said,
“Please drop us off in front of the marketplace.”
“It’s close to the academy here. Let’s go there, over at the big marketplace. Senior, have you ever tasted double roll bread before?”
Erich frowned this time.
“Are you serious? You want to stand on the streets and eat the food there?”
“Wow, you seem to know your thing?”
Erich tried to speak, but shut his mouth. He didn’t want to say that he had seen Claire hanging out with her friends and carrying food in her hand, and that he remembered it.
“…I have a cousin who liked to sneak out.”
Guessing who it was, Claire didn’t answer for a moment.
If the Crown Prince hadn’t passed away, Erich wouldn’t have referred to him in such a soft tone. He would have called him ‘that punk’.
Claire casually cast her gaze toward the window.
“I guess so. My sister also talked a lot about many good restaurants around here.”
“I want you to take this opportunity to taste the life of a true commoner.”
Claire deliberately spoke more cheerfully and tried to open the carriage door. Erich closed the door.
“What if I don’t want it?”
“It’s not a negotiation though?”
“I can’t help it because you won’t even listen to my trivial request.”
Claire looked away, awkwardly averting her gaze.
To put it bluntly, he’d been paying attention to her all day, so she couldn’t feign ignorance about that ‘request’ now.
“Didn’t you admit that I’m someone to be bragged about? That’s why you’ve been doing this all day today.”
“Don’t rush me. I mean, it’s awkward.”
Claire fanned her face once. She had to change the way she called him anyway. She couldn’t call him ‘Senior’ forever.
Erich removed his hand from holding the carriage door and tightly held Claire’s hand. Claire lowered her eyes in embarrassment feeling his fingers interlacing between hers.
“Hey, this is the side of the road though?”
“What have I done? Why are you feeling embarrassed when you were the one who lied down on my lap not long ago?”
“I never feel embarrassed of what I’ve done before.”
The quarrel didn’t last very long. As Erich approaches, Claire tries to protest by clinging to the carriage, but he reaches over Claire’s waist to open the door.
A smile tugged up on Claire’s lips.
“Why? Do you think I’ll do something to you here?”
“Gosh. Don’t tease me.”
“Tease? You mean like this—”
As Claire relaxed, his lips touched hers. He meant only to place a very brief kiss on her lips, but Claire misunderstood and freaked out this time. She almost fell off the carriage while trying to avoid him.
Erich grabbed her and held her. Claire angrily slapped him on the shoulder.
“You startled me!”
“Looks like I did a good job.”
“I’m good at everything.”
Erich didn’t say it directly, but Claire’s face turned red.
Erich got off the carriage while holding her in his arms. As soon as Claire’s feet touched the floor, she was freed from his arms.
“We’re in public!”
Erich glanced at one side of the street. There was a couple or a married couple who had parked a rental carriage and were absorbed in a goodbye kiss.
Claire shook her head.
“That’s just my personal taste.”
“That is also an issue that needs to be negotiated in the future.”
“What kind of negotiation is that?”
“I want to give my wife a hello kiss and a goodbye kiss, too.”
“We’ll just compromise halfway.”
“‘It’s not a negotiation though’— didn’t you say something like that just now?”
Even while arguing with her, Erich held out his arm to escort her. Claire put her hand on it.
“Isn’t it too classy to be an escort like this even though we’re going to the market?”
“You were the one who said let’s go.”
Anyway, Erich added that just because they were dressed luxuriously in the standard of this world’s current era didn’t mean they couldn’t go to the marketplace. Claire laughed at the words ‘this world’s current era’, but Erich couldn’t understand why she was laughing.
“There’s a famous soda shop near here.”
It’s the place that Elisa liked so much that she told Claire about it.
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