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Together with the princess, we go in circles around the fountain in the center of the city.
Literally going around.
I must have gone around the fountain about 30 times.
From an outsider’s point of view, it was odd behavior, but the two of us were taking it in earnest.
Our shoulders were barely touching each other.
If Chloe were to see this scene, she would probably say, “You’re so spineless”. Victor would probably look up to the sky and say, “Oh, what a pity”.
I imagined this, but it didn’t end in my imagination, it became a reality.
I saw a girl in a maid’s uniform glancing at me from the shadow of a building a dozen meters away.
She was looking at me with such vigor that the words “Geez” seemed to fit her.
Only half of her body is out of the shadows and she is thoroughly observing us.
Of course, I didn’t say any words, but in my heart,
I felt like it was what she might have said.
It reminded me of a novel I read once, a mystery called “The Maid Saw It!”.
I let out a sigh, but I can’t help but laugh at her.
She is tailing us because of her master Princess Sicily.
And the feelings she was having were not untrue.
(…Actually, I am quite spineless.)
I can lead a large army on the battlefield.
I can outwit and outsmart my enemy.
I can overcome a strong enemy and bring victory.
But I cannot amuse a younger girl on a date.
What a clumsy and pathetic man I am.
I felt ashamed of myself, but I was not so pathetic that I would become a sore loser.
After completing my 31st lap around the fountain, I came to a stop.
I turned around and said with a nervous look on my face.
“…Princess… I’m going to go to my favorite place now, do you wish to follow me?”
“Your favorite place, Leon-sama?” (Sicily)
The princess was puzzled by the suddenness of my question.
“Yes, we can be alone and it’s quiet, no one will disturb us—”
Suddenly she blushed crimson.
I thought it would be misunderstood that I was taking her to a hotel.
It would be a lie if I said I didn’t want to go to such places with the princess, but we don’t have that kind of intimate relationship.
I don’t think we will ever develop into such a close relationship.
So when I cleared my throat, I rephrased it.
“My favorite place is the library. It’s very quiet and I feel at home there.”
“Oh, the library?” (Sicily)
The princess held her mouth in surprise.
“You seem surprised, Well, I work in a library, you know.”
“You are very dedicated to your work, aren’t you, Leon-sama?” (Sicily)
“Of course I am. If you go to the library and look in the dictionary, you’ll find the word ‘gentleman’, it will say ‘Leon von Almarsh’.”
After concluding with such a joke, we quickly headed for the library.
I peek at Chloe lightly, but she only puts her right hand out from inside the wall and gives me a thumbs up.
I guess that means I did well.
She doesn’t seem to want to interrupt our date any further.
“I’m glad to see that the strict maid gave me a passing grade.”
I murmured and moved slowly with Sicily through the main streets of the capital.
It takes several minutes to walk from the fountain square to the library.
On the way, Sicily looked at me suspiciously.
“You can’t reach the Royal Library this way, but…” (Sicily)
“I said we’d be going to the library, but I didn’t say we’d be going to the Royal Library.”
“Are we going to another library?” (Sicily)
“Oh, I don’t want to see my co-workers and boss until after the holidays. Well, it’s true that the Royal Library has the best collection of books. Would you like to go to the Royal Library, Princess?”
She shakes her head slowly and says timidly,
“The best library is the one with Leon-sama.” (Sicily)
It’s a rather embarrassing line, but don’t get me wrong.
Any library is a paradise for a bookworm like me, but for a normal woman, it would be a boring place.
If it is true, it is the standard to go to see amusement parks, zoos, aquariums, or plays from theaters that are popular in the Royal Capital.
In such a situation, choosing a library as a date would be classless in a sense.
The princess, however, showed no sign of worrying about such things and kept smiling.
“You really like books, don’t you, Leon-sama? I can’t believe you go to another library on your days off.” (Sicily)
“Well, you know, books made me who I am.”
“What do you mean to say?” (Sicily)
“When I was a kid, I was the bonbon kind of aristocrat. I didn’t have any friends because I was such a charmless brat.”
“Well, you’re so charming now.”
What part of me is charming? Not surprisingly, but continue without commenting on her comment.
“Maybe it was because of my personality that my sister and family were so worried about me. They often bought me books. As a child, I grew up reading them.”
A heroic tale of knight’s valor.
A story of a poor peasant who realizes the courage within him and becomes a hero.
A story of a magician traveling through a foreign land.
I was a boy who was fascinated by them and read them all the time.
Maybe I’m here because the hero in those stories is buried deep in my heart, and Sicily agreed.
“You’re absolutely right. The courage that is undaunted by any large army is like that of the warrior knight in the story. The way they use their wits to kick the crap out of large armies is like the genius military strategists of a war epic.” (Sicily)
“Thank you. The princess says I’m amazing, but actually, I’m not. I’m just applying knowledge from books.”
“That’s not true. Reading a book doesn’t mean that everyone can utilize that ‘knowledge’. It is up to the ‘wisdom’ of the person to utilize it. Leon-sama has that.” (Sicily)
“You overestimate me.”
“It’s an appropriate assessment. And I’m not only evaluating Leon-sama’s unrivaled magic power and unparalleled wisdom.” (Sicily)
Then what are you evaluating? Before I could ask her that, she put her hand on my chest.
She speaks such embarrassing phrases with a sincere expression, without being bothered.
“What I appreciate is in Leon-sama’s heart.” (Sicily)
“Yes. A kind heart cares for others, a compassionate heart that pities the weak. These are the greatest treasures that surpass any magical power or intelligence.” (Sicily)
She assured me and smiled like a blooming flower.
I was mesmerized by her smile.
I wanted to hug the girl, who had a kinder and more compassionate heart than mine, but I made up for it by burning her image into my eyes and entered the library of the Magician’s Guild with her.
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