“Noel… Can I sleep with you?”
As an assassin with enhanced night vision, I could see it clearly.
In the dim light, her eyes, as blue as glistening moons, were fixed on me from directly above.
Like strands of silver thread, her long, silvery hair brushed against my neck. I could sense the fragrance of flowers right beside me. Her delicate, youthful body pressed against me, reminding me of her feminine poise as she straddled me in her sleep attire. And like petals to flowers, her dress adorned her seductive dark skin, etched by intricate red engravings she used in combat. They clung to her slender, clean body like jewels, from her supple neckline to her thighs.
A faint gulp escaped me.
“Is it…a no?”
Her slender fingers traced my neck, and one of her shoulder straps slid down, revealing a hint of her skin. Her every little action only caused my heart to pound a heftier might.
If I said “yes” right now, what would happen…? What would become of me at the hands of his enigmatic and beautifully transformed girl?
“N-No, it’s fine…”
Rokoko smiled at the answer I managed to squeeze out under her weight. Before I could do anything, however, her innocent face grew closer to mine.
I had been woken up, so it wasn’t a surprise that I was sleepy. Still, I realized I was wrong in assessing the situation. My mind flared up, dispelling the misty sleep.
T-This doesn’t feel like the right atmosphere at all…! Also, isn’t she a bit younger than me…? What on earth am I supposed to do? No matter how charming and beautiful she may be, I…
Shaking these thoughts off, there was still something I couldn’t quite ignore.
“Um, I mean… Your b-beautiful underwear… What’s the story behind that?”
“The girls gave it to me after the bath… When I said I wanted to sleep with Noel, they told her to try harder… ‘If Rokoko wore this, you would win him over’, they said… “
Rococo’s hesitant and drowsy words swirled in my mind. After pondering her unclear explanation several times, I finally arrived at an answer.
“Got it, little Rokoko? Try out the special ale I gave you tonight! I’m rooting for you. Do your best!”
“…Yeah. Thank you.”
Ah! It’s the ‘secret’ the lady told her back then, isn’t it?! Wait, since those ladies worked at that bagnio as a profession, did they maybe understand something else by Rokoko’s request to ‘sleep’? Is that why this is happening?!
Of course, Rokoko wouldn’t have such intentions! In the end, I was confusing myself needlessly. As soon as I understood the truth of the situation, I felt a rush of exhaustion wash over me, and a drowsiness followed soon after.
There probably wasn’t much time left until morning, but I didn’t care anymore. I didn’t want to think about anything. I closed my eyes.
“Is it… alright now? Good night, Noel…”
“Yeah… Thank you for telling me… Good night, Rokoko…”
Holding her delicate, petite body in my arms, I began to drift off to sleep. Having someone close reminded me that people really were warm…
It didn’t take long for my consciousness to fade.
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