Chapter 44: Return to the inn
As the sun went down, Tatsuro and Ai went through the gates and were thanked by Zendo and the others before parting ways, and came to the Adventurer’s Guild to report on the accomplishment of their request.
”Good evening, Tatsuro-san, Ai-san.”
”Good evening, Leela-san.”
The two were greeted with smiles as they entered, and they responded before submitting their requests.
When Leela finished checking it, she said, “Certainly,” and handed them half of the request reward.
At that time, he mentioned Ai who was not in good spirits, so he explained to her what had happened so far.
”Well, that was another disaster. ……”
”Yeah. Ah–by the way, is there any inn in this town that has a bath?”
”A bath? Well, when it comes to baths, you can only find them in the most expensive inns in this town.”
“So you do have one?”
Ai jumped for joy at those words. However, Leela’s next words made her depressed again.
“However, I believe you can only stay there if you make a reservation the day before.”
After being given hope that today would be the day, Ai’s mental capacity gauge was on the verge of death after being dropped.
”Well, what can’t be done, can’t be done. Let’s go to the inn we stayed at yesterday for now.”
”By the way, where is that inn located with the bath?”
“Uhmm that inn…”
Just in case, he asked Leela where it was, so that he could go there anytime he wanted.
Then Leela asked them if they would take another request tomorrow, and they decided that it was a ship they were boarding and that they would continue to escort Zendo and the others tomorrow.
”In that case, you’ll be leaving at 6 a.m. tomorrow, so please be careful not to oversleep.”
As for Leela, she thought she had just said the obvious, but she could feel the cold sweat breaking out on her face at their reaction.
”Um, it’s okay, right?”
”…… We’ll do our best.” “I wonder if I can get up.”
”I’m very worried …….”
Leela gave them a worried look and handed them a red board with a request form.
The two received it, checked the contents, and then pressed the button for approval.
”Well, good luck tomorrow.
The day after tomorrow, skilled adventurers who are currently out on a different matter will be arriving, so I think we can leave it to them.”
”I see, so all I have to do is work hard for one day tomorrow!”
”That’s right, all we have to do is wake up early for once! We can do it, Ai-san!”
”That’s right. I have a feeling you can do it!”
”I can do it! I can do it! I can do it! I can do it!”
Leela is doing her best to encourage Ai to wake up, but in the end Tatsuro is going to wake her up, so what’s the point? Tatsuro secretly thought to himself.
They then went straight to the inn where they had stayed yesterday, and after getting a room and dinner, they finally felt comfortable.
Now, Ai had changed back into the clothes she had bought for everyday use, and she and Tatsuro were washing the clothes they had worn today in a tub.
“Ooh, I feel like I’m getting purified more and more!”
Ai scrubbed the lather-covered clothes, happy to know that there was proper soap in this world.
Once that was done, the water was put away in Tatsuro’s “item box” and poured back in, the soap was removed, and finally the water magic was used to finish the drying process, and it was as clean as new.
Satisfied with this, she washed the other clothes as well, and Ai’s mood became clearer as well.
”Okay, laundry’s done!”
They high-fived each other and labored, and then it was their own turn to was them self, as tomorrow would be early.
”Here, Tatsuro-chan. Banzai!
”What do you mean with Banzai, am I a baby?”
They had become accustomed to this routine and could now afford to joke around with each other.
Ai finished wiping while looking at Tatsuro’s body with both hands raised and enjoying casually touching him.
As usual, she left the back to wash, and then it was Tatsuro’s turn.
”Here Ai-chan. Banzai”
”If you do that now, I’ll be able to see me!?”
”Did you notice that ……?”
“Of course I do notice it…..”
Tatsuro wiped Ai’s back, not forgetting to show his eroro spirit as always.
”You’re still so thin, Ai’s body.
“Tatsuro, do you prefer a thicker body?””
“Ah. I don’t know. I will get excited no matter what body shape Ai has.”
”Excited? …… You’re being a little too direct. ……”
Tatsuro, who was still in this state, realized that his choice of words had gone awry due to his loose head, and hurriedly apologized.
Ai replied with a small shake of her head to the side.
”It’s okay. It made me squirm a little to think about it….”
”Yeah. I’m sure I’ll be excited when Tatsuro turns into a beer belly uncle—-“
“Does that excite you?”
“Of course not! Why are you going that way?!
Even if that happens, it doesn’t change the fact that I like you!”
”That’s very nice of you to say, or rather, I’m grateful. ……”
Ai suddenly feels the urge to jump on Tatsuro, who looks so cute and sluggish. However, if she did so in this state, she would be able to see his gender for a moment.
”Tatsuro, close your eyes for a second.”
The sudden words puzzled him, but he had no particular reason to refuse, so he honestly closed his eyes.
”Can’t you see me?”
”No, I can’t see you…!”
The sudden shock and the soft feel of her breasts directly against his chest made him open his eyes.
Then his vision was filled with Ai hugging Tatsuro while crushing his own chest.
He went rigid, but he was so focused on the feeling against his chest that he couldn’t think of anything else.
“I love you, Tatsuro.”
”I love you too.”
“Do you just like them?”
“No, I love you more than anything in the world. ……”
Then Ai’s lips covered Tatsuro’s, and for a while they kissed each other over and over again without ever getting tired of it.
After a while, they kissed each other over and over again without ever getting tired of it. When Ai was satisfied with the skinship, she told him to meditate again and finished changing into her nightgown.
He felt relieved and a little disappointed because he was almost pushed over the edge, but after calming his feelings with some Life magic and wiping his whole body, he got into bed with Ai.
“Tomorrow we have to get up early. We should probably go to bed.”
“I’m not really sleepy, but I guess I should force myself to be.”
She moved a bit, and as usual, used Tatsuro as a pillow.
” The routine’s really starting to grow on me.”
”Did you find it hard to sleep with this?”
”No, I’m fine.”
As if to reassure Ai, who suddenly looked uneasy, Tatsuro gently hugged her back. Then Ai’s face broke into a smile as she said, “I see, I see.”
Gazing at her pretty face, Tatsuro stroked Ai’s head and encouraged her to fall asleep easily with his life magic.
” Why do I feel all warm and fuzzy?
Could this be the raw magic you were talking about today, the one that relaxes you?”
”Ah yeah. Are you feeling sleepy?”
”Yes, this will help me sleep.”
Then Ai closed her eyes and let the warmth wash over her.
”Tomorrow …… I have to……… wake up early ……………right ………….”
After saying that last thing, Ai began to breathe in and out in her sleep.
Tatsuro then stroked Ai’s head one more time while he used the same magic on himself to induce sleepiness.
After a few more minutes of this, Tatsuro too sank into a dream.
When the morning sun appeared on the horizon, Tatsuro woke up firmly.
He checked the time and found that it was 5:02 a.m. He was relieved to know that he would be able to make it in time if he started his preparations now, and he immediately started to get ready.
The first thing he had to do was, of course, to wake up Ai with his magic.
”Hurry up and wake up, will you?”
Muttering something like that, he woke up Ai and the two of them got ready.
”Okay, are you ready?”
And so the two of them cheerfully walked towards the still dimly lit streets.