The time passed quickly as the two of them talked, so they went downstairs to the cafeteria to have dinner.
The taste of the food was just average, and they went back to their rooms without any further comments.
It was still too early to go to bed, so they spent the rest of the time looking for the spoils of the day. At that time, Ai suddenly showed a sign of thinking about something.
”What’s the matter?”
” No, I feel like there’s one more thing I should have done, but I can’t remember.”
”Something you have to do? Hmm~….you’ve finished everything today… oh!”
Tatsuro didn’t think there was anything in particular he could think of, but just to be sure, he thought back on his past actions and remembered now that there was definitely something he should have done earlier.
“A permit to enter town!”
They had completely forgotten that they were now entering the town with a temporary permit.
They both reflected on the fact that if they had just forgotten about it, they might have caused trouble for Zendo.
“ Let’s go update it first thing in the morning.”
”Yes, absolutely! He has been good to us, but we can’t bother him.”
They nodded at each other and filled in their schedules.
“If we’re going to the gate anyway, why don’t we go to the guild tomorrow and take care of some simple requests?”
”Yeah, I guess so. The payment from the guild is due in five days.
Until then, I have to make do with only the money I have, but today’s expenses were unexpectedly large.
I should earn some money so that I can live comfortably.”
”I can’t believe this is all the money we had.”
”You’re spending too much, Ai.”
”I need everything!
But I don’t have anything special to buy with this, so I’m going to keep it low for a while.”
Tatsuro wondered if it was true, and although he had some doubts, he decided to believe it if the lady herself said so.
”Well, let’s spend a few more days taking requests, and in the meantime, we’ll think about the request that Leela-san mentioned.”
“Ah, there was such a thing heh.”
Ai narrowed her eyes with a subtle expression as she said this.
”Don’t you want to take it, Ai?”
“At the moment, I’d rather do both.
I’d like to take a few requests and see what it’s like.”
”I guess so. Well, if it looks good enough, I might as well take it to reassure the people of this town.
If I don’t, Zendo-san will be worried.”
And so the pace of their daily lives was set, and eventually they returned to spending time together.
Tatsuro was looking at a book on wind magic he had bought at the bookstore. He was curious to see if the wand he had acquired today would also be suitable for wind magic.
I’m not sure what to do with it.
Ai picked up a book on energy that she had also bought at the bookstore and was reading the section on releasing energy.
Speaking of long-distance strikes, she still had plenty of Tatsuro’s stone kunai, and had also bought a bow and a knife.
However, Ai thought that they were not as powerful as the ones that used her energy.
As she continued to fight against the demons, she thought it would be better to have as many moves as possible.
After relaxing like that for a while, it was getting late and they decided to get ready for bed.
In that case, he wanted to take a bath to refresh himself, but there was no such thing at this inn.
He decided to ask Leela if she knew of any lodgings with baths, and for today, they would have to settle for a tarai.
“So, here we are again.”
“That’s right, look, raise your arms.”
As usual, the two of them were now half naked in front of the tarai. Tatsuro was blindfolded with a towel, and Ai was wiping his body.
However, today he had gone shopping and picked up a variety of items, so what he was wiping with was something that looked like a sponge.
It was gummy, slime like, squishy, and slippery to the touch. It was a strange item, but it was able to absorb foam and water and act as a sponge.
After Ai finished washing Tatsuro with it, she went on to wipe herself. When she had finished washing all the areas except for his back, she asked Tatsuro with a hesitant smile.
”Do you want to wipe my back again today?”
”Is that okay?”
”If you want okay with it, sure.”
The slightly blunt way she said it made it sound even more vivid to Tatsuro.
”Well, then, just the back. ……”
He took off the towel he had been using as a blindfold, and when he turned to look at Ai, he saw that her back was as thin and beautiful as ever.
As he approached her, unconsciously swallowing his saliva, he could smell the delicious scent of soap, whether it was coming from the tray or from Ai.
Tatsuro’s face was hot, but he tried to remain calm as he picked up a sponge-like object, applied a thin layer of soap, and applied it to her shoulder blades. It tickled Ai’s body and she moved a little.
Tatsuro continued to wipe towards her waist, and when he reached the bottom, he repeated the process from top to bottom, and when he had washed her carefully, he was able to stop himself today.
“Are you okay?”
”Y-yeah. You look beautiful.”
“My back? Or me? What the hell!”
Ai was still embarrassed, but she tried to play it off.
” Your back is beautiful, but I would say that Ai’s is more like cute.”
He said what he was thinking, and when he thought back on it, he felt so embarrassed that he almost died.
Ai laughed at the sight of him writhing, and the embarrassment went away.
As he did this, he asked Ai to turn around and he cleaned her up, and then they changed into the nightgowns they had bought today and got into the same bed together.
“Do you feel hot?”
”No, not at all. Tatsuro is so warm… I think I’ll fall asleep soon. ……”
Then Ai clung to Tatsuro like a koala. However, when Tatsuro does so, he finds it difficult to sleep.
However, when he saw Ai’s happy face, he couldn’t say the same, and he realized that he would need to take advantage of life magic again today.
As the sun rose, Tatsuro and Ai renewed the number of days they had stayed in the other world. One of them, who had been sleeping close to each other, woke up.
He picked up his pocket watch on his pillow and looked at the time, the hands were pointing to a little past six o’clock.
（I think I’ll get up. I don’t want to sleep now.)
He decided to get up, but in order to do so, he would have to pull the healthy child who was sleeping happily in his arms, who went to bed earlier than him and woke up later than him, out of his body.
Thinking about what to do, he couldn’t come up with a good idea, so he tried kissing the forehead that was right in front of him.
“That’s right, look, raise your arms.”
There are fairy tales about waking up with a kiss, but the princess in front of him would not wake up whether he kissed her on the forehead or on the mouth.
Then the sleepiness came back, and he had no choice but to let it take over.
When the morning sun had completely risen, one of them, who was sleeping close to each other, woke up.
He picked up the pocket watch on his pillow and looked at the time, the hands were pointing at half past eight.
(I should get up soon, huh)
Happy that he was the first one to wake up today, he decided to wake up the person sleeping next to him. However, just waking her up was not enough of a trick.
So, what was he thinking? He kissed her on the other cheek to see if she was awake. Then he kissed her forehead, neck, eyelids, chin, and everywhere else to see if she woke up, but there was no sign of her waking up.
（Still sleeping? Sleepyhead♪)
Murmuring that in his mind, he kissed her on the lips for the last time.
When she woke up, she saw that her lips were covered by something.
It was soft and felt like something she had tasted before.
When she opened her eyes, they parted, and she saw him smiling in front of her, filling her vision.
It was then that she finally remembered what it was that she had just felt.
“Good morning, Tatsuro.”
”Good morning, Ai.”
And so, this time, they kissed of their own volition.
In the midst of this, Tatsuro was secretly thinking about something like this.
(I didn’t think I was supposed to be the princess.)
”Eh!? What?! What’s wrong?”
Imagining himself dressed as a princess, Tatsuro couldn’t help but blow up.
Ai was worried about his sudden behavior, but Tatsuro said, “It’s nothing,” and covered it up.
This is how they started their day together.