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“Noel… Wake up, Noel…”
Feeling a gentle shake, I slowly opened my drowsy eyes. Rokoko still lay on top of me… Which meant she was in a rather embarrassing position for me.
“G-Good morning, Rokoko… Did you sleep well?” I asked, turning my head to the side ever-so-slightly, embarrassed.
“Mhm, slept well. It’s already noon after all,” she nodded clearly.
“I see. That’s good… Wait, what?!”
Her words caused me to jump in surprise.
“Oh, s-sorry! A-Are you okay?!”
In the process of preventing Rokoko from tumbling over, I glanced at the wall clock in the room. Indeed, both the hour and minute hands pointed straight up.
What…? Does this mean… Could it be, I overslept…!? Me…!?
Back in my ancestral home of assassins, I used to wake up earlier than any potential assassins who might attack randomly during the night and counter them. How could I have slept so soundly until noon…!?
Unable to fully grasp the unbelievable fact for someone like me, Rokoko, who had her head resting gently on my chest, looked up at me with pleading eyes.
Her stomach growled, and mine followed suit, as if in symphony.
“…You’re right. It’s lunchtime. Let’s go eat something first. We can go to the dining hall downstairs together. Oh, and for now, Rokoko, change into one of the regular clothes the ladies gave you yesterday.”
“Got it, Noel.”
While there were many things to think about, it was about time to have a good meal with her. And you know what? Since meeting Rokoko, it feels like these firsts were only a small taste of what was to come in the future. After all, this was the first time I had ever woken up after the sun hit its peak.
…Still, this sweet morning reminded me of another time, a contrast to today.
It happened one night past. One so similar to the one I met Rokoko, yet so different. Still, I remembered the unbearable pain that seared my chest from within, born from the first agonizing morning after I ran away from home.
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