Chapter 25: We are not doing business tomorrow
From the next day, the three of us decided to sell gelato. After tasting it, Pauline-san exclaimed,
“I have quite a bit of money! I want to buy it all and eat it!”
But even if she’s a wizard, doing that would definitely upset her stomach.
“Pauline, let’s sell it, all together.”
Consoled by Victor, she reluctantly joined us in selling.
“How about some gelato? Today we have milk, strawberry, and tea flavors! Feel free to taste! We also have hot tea!”
Gelato had become well-established in this town. Some people brought large containers to take it home. Victor would chill it and hand it over to those taking it home from a position where he couldn’t be seen. He’s quite clever.
Eventually, when the gelato sold out and only the tea was selling little by little.
“This is strange. Even though this gelato shop is so popular, we won’t be doing business here tomorrow.”
Pauline-san started to say.
“Pauline, did you foresee tomorrow?”
“Why, yes. Since Haru was summoned based on my foresight, I am responsible for Haru. I will foresee the next day every day.”
Pauline-san is a serious person.
“Thank you, Pauline-san.”
“No need for thanks. I take pride in my foresight, so I will see it through to the end.”
“The end. . .”
I wonder what will happen at the end of the summoning and the great disaster problem. It only fills me with anxiety.
“Haru, what’s wrong? You suddenly seem down.”
“Really? It’s nothing.”
“If you have any worries, tell me.”
“It’s okay. Victor is the worrier.”
I noticed that Pauline-san was looking at us with an indescribable expression.
“Huh? What is it?”
“You two make a good team.”
“I-Is that so?”
“You make a good team. It’s nice to have a partner like that. I wanted someone like that too. I’ve carelessly lived in the royal castle for twenty years, always focused on foresight, and now I’ve become an old lady.”
Pauline-san looked distant. Wait, did she just say “old lady”?
“You’re calling yourself an old lady! Pauline, you’re a stunning beauty. If you set your mind to it, you can find as many suitors as you want. In my country, it’s normal to get married after turning thirty.”
“Huh? In this country, it’s not uncommon to have grandchildren at my age. I want to be summoned to your country. The age of the person doesn’t matter. As long as they’re kind.”
This country must have early marriages, but it’s not unusual to have grandchildren in your thirties. I see. I’m still unmarried at twenty-five.
“If Pauline came to my country, I think men would flock to her so much that she would have to wade through them.”
“That sounds wonderful. . .”
Having sold out for the day, we were riding in the carriage towards Cyril-san’s house, joking around.
“Hey, Haru, Cyril-san is a wonderful person, isn’t he?”
“Pauline? Could it be. . .”
“I’ve thought he was a wonderful person since the first time I saw him. But my hair is like this.”
“Your hair is lovely!”
“But I’m wearing thick glasses.”
I can’t take it anymore! I want this person to notice her own charm.
“Glasses don’t matter! You’re a wonderful woman. Why do you belittle yourself so much? If I had your beauty, I would confidently approach men.”
For some reason, Pauline-san looked at me with dreamy eyes.
“What is it?”
“You’re truly a kind person.”
“I know that. But what I just said, it’s true.”
“Do you think I still have charm as a woman?”
“I think so! You’re truly lovely. In fact, you’re in your prime. Cyril-san, too, is always looking at Pauline. Right, Victor?”
“Don’t bring me into this.”
“Oh, come on. You know, when Cyril-san talks to Pauline, he tries to act cool just a little bit. I think he’s interested in you.”
Pauline put both hands on her cheeks and blushed.
During dinner that night, Cyril-san and Pauline were engrossed in talking about some board game they used to play. Victor and I quickly finished eating and went to the backyard to bask in the golden fountain, so as not to disturb them.
“It would be nice if the two of them could get along.”
“Although there’s a bit of an age difference, Pauline seems to match well with someone reliable like Cyril-san.”
Victor seemed absent-minded.
“Does Haru really want to aggressively pursue men?”
“If I were that beautiful, maybe.”
“Even now, you’re plenty cute.”
Something feels off. What’s wrong with Victor?
“…I don’t need reassurance.”
“I’m not reassuring you. It’s the truth. Do you want to become someone who confidently pushes through and approaches men?”
Huh? What are you getting caught up on?
“I guess I don’t need to be that assertive. If I can find someone I can get along with like my adoptive parents who raised me, that’s enough for me.”
“An adoptive parents raised you?”
“Yeah. My birth parents couldn’t raise me, so I was put in a facility. Then I was adopted by parents who were struggling because they couldn’t have children. But as soon as I was adopted, my two younger brothers were born one after another. It seems that kind of thing happens quite often.”
Victor’s face looked concerned.
“Um, were you ever treated differently because of your brothers?”
“No, not at all. I was called the lucky charm that attracted my brothers. They took good care of me.”
“They sound like good parents.”
“Yes, they really are. But my brothers were always worried that I was holding back because of them.”
“Are you close with your brothers?”
“Yes. I told them that I wasn’t holding back at all and invited them to my room to properly convey that. But that day, I ended up coming to this world, so I couldn’t tell them in the end.”
Victor lowered his gaze.
“I’m sorry. I will research how to send you back to your original world so that Haru can definitely return. . .”
“Thank you. But I’ve come to like this world, so there’s no need to apologize.”
“Yeah! Every world is livable if you make it your own.”
The golden fountain continued to gently shower us with its kindness as we talked. It felt so pleasant and enjoyable that I completely forgot that Pauline-san had said, “We’re not doing business tomorrow.”