After the fun date with Kuro, it would have been great if we went back to the Central Tower together but…… As she was the one who was running the event, Kuro seemed to be busy, so we decided to part ways at the Central Plaza where we had first met.
Maybe because tomorrow is finally the last day of the Six Kings Festival, and there are preparations they need to make for the party that is going to be held in the Central Tower.
Anyway, after seeing Kuro off with a wave, I didnt go back to the Central Tower…… and started walking towards the stalls.
Unnn, how should I say this…… Ive eaten nothing but baby castellas for almost the whole day, so I wanted to eat something else. Dinner time is near so Im going to try not to eat too much, but I want to eat some skewers or something.
As I was walking towards the area lined with stalls, I suddenly saw a familiar figure ahead of me…… someone who shouldnt have been here.
[Oyaaa If it isnt Kaito-samaaaa, good evening~~ What a coincidenceeee, meeting you here.]
[Ah, yes. Good evening.]
When I called out to her…… Illness-san, a maid at Lilia-sans mansion, turned around and replied with her peculiar tone.
Illness-san is a maid under Lilia-sans service, and shes the one who cleans my room and changes the sheets on my bed.
At about 120cm tall, shes the smallest person Ive ever met except for Raz-san, and with her dark gray-colored hair that is moderately long she had the image of a youthful beauty.
However, as one would have expected in this world, where appearances couldnt always describe what a person is, and despite her petite stature, Illness-san seems to be the oldest of the servants in the mansion.
And there are two…… no, three major characteristics that could describe Illness-san.
The first is her peculiar way of speaking. The second is her unfocused black eyes…… as if she was always staring at the empty skies.
And the third……
[Kuhiii, kuhihihihi…… Even though it may be a coincidenceeee~~ Im glaaaad to have met Kaito-samaaaa.]
——is her very creepy smile that looks more like a grin rather than a smile.
Her peculiar way of speaking, unfocused eyes and creepy laugh…… If one only looks at these, how should I say this…… although it may be rude to say this, they would think that shes a creepy person.
In fact, when I first met her…… I actually got really scared of her.
[Oyaaa Kaito-samaaaa, do you mind crouching for a biiiiit]
[Eh Ah, yes.]
The sight of Illness-san urging me to crouch down with a smile on her face, the corners of her lips turned up so high that I can see her teeth, makes it look as if shes going to play a prank on me.
Following Illness-sans words…… Illness-san took a comb out of nowhere and started combing my hair.
[……There~~ You look greaaaat.]
Unnn, well, how should I say this…… I thought Illness-san was very creepy when I first met her, but she was actually…… a very “caring and gentle person”.
In the beginning, when I first came to this world, I was the only man in a mansion filled with women, so I was feeling ashamed, but it was Illness-san who stepped forward to be my exclusive maid, and I have been under her care ever since I came to this world.
The room she cleans is always spotless, the bed is very comfortable, and the clothes she washes are wrinkle-free.
Anyway, she is very talented and Lilia-san said that shes indebted to Illness-san. Of course, Im also indebted to her.
Furthermore, not only was she a skilled maid, she was also a top-notch leader, and this is something I just heard but…… it seems that it was actually Illness-san who instructed Anima in miscellaneous tasks such as letter processing, and Eta and Theta in the basic tasks of being a maid.
On top of that, shes even taking care of Bell and Lynn while Sieg-san and I are away……
But well, even though shes an amazing person, according to her, she doesnt like standing out, so she basically stays behind the scenes.
In addition to Eta and Theta, she has also given Anima some advice and handed over some jobs related to me if she wants them, and the three of them are quite fond of Illness-san.
For me personally, she has been very helpful in many ways. She cleans my room, brings me tea and sweet butter cookies when Im tired, and arranges my hair when visiting the royal castle.
[……H- Hmmm. It will beee a bit chillllllly from now oooooon~~ So it might be gooooood to let it grow longer for a biiiiiit.]
[Ah, yes. Errr…… Can I entrust them to you again]
[Yeeeees~~ You can count on meeeeee.]
[Thank you as always.]
Incidentally, the person who had cut my hair when it grew longer is also Illness-san.
And well, although Illness-san has an unusual way of speaking and laughing…… She is motherly, kind, a touch-notch maid and leader, and yet, she is not conceited at all, and was humble and incredibly nice.
She had a different type of motherliness from Kuro who was just like the sun, pulling you in and wrapping you up in her warmth with a smile. Illness-san was just like the moon, gently supporting behind my back, advising me on the path I should take even in the darkest of times.
[……Speaking of which, Im changing the subject, how come Illness-san is here]
[Im here to deliveeeeeer~~ a document to My Lady that requires her urgent confirmation. Ive just finished thaaaaaaat~~ and Im heading back to the mansiooooooon.]
Illness-san didnt participate in the Six Kings Festival. Well, I invited her and I dont know if she doesnt like going to noisy places or not, but she refused and stayed at the mansion.
[……Errr, are you in a hurry to go back]
[Hmmm. Im not really in a hurrrrrry, so is something the matter]
[Well, ummm…… I was just about to go check out the stalls…… and Ive always been indebted to Illness-san, so I thought I could treat you to something if youd like…… but Illness-san did mention that you dont like noisy places, right]
[Nooo~~ Its not that I dont like iiiiiit, I also like things when things are livelyyyyy. Lets seeeee, please waiiiit for a bit, okaaaaay]
When I suggested that I wanted to repay Illness-san for all the help she has always given me, she took out a small pocket watch from the pocket of her maid uniform.
Then, after looking at the time for a bit, she turned to me and let out her usual smile.
[Kuhihi…… If its for two hoursssssss, it should be alriiiiiiiiight. Well theeeeen, since youve invited meeeeee, Id be happy to join youuuuuu.]
[T- Thank you. Im sorry for the bother……]
[No, noooooo~~ Im very happyyyy that Kaito-sama is thinking well of meeeeee. Kuhihi.]
Even though it was a sudden invitation, Illness-san readily agreed to my invitation.
Dear Mom, Dad———— Depending on who listens to it, it may sound like Im asking her out on a date but…… I dont have any ulterior motive at all, and I was only thanking her for all the help she has done for me. N- No, I guess that would be a bit of an exaggeration. Although the main purpose really is to thank her, having to walk around stalls with a beautiful girl like Illness-san, as a man————- Id be lying if I said I wasnt happy.
Serious-senpai : [Why the heck are you on another date! Gununu, do you really want to torment me that much, protagonist…… Well, putting that aside, what is she really like Whats the true nature of that new character]
: [Why are you asking me Im , someone unrelated to the Ten Demons, you know]
Serious-senpai : [You can drop the act already…… Is that her true nature]
: [No, well…… Thats her real personality. Shes easily misunderstood because of the way she talks and laughs, but she has a pretty decent personality. She never misses any of the periodic reports, and shes probably the most sensible of the Ten Demons.]
Serious-senpai : [……What about the others]
: [……Theres a few of them who have some bugs in their loyalty, a troublemaker who makes ultrasonic waves everytime she cries, a cruel one who always plays around with men, one who doesnt talk at all, even though she can talk properly, and one who often corrodes desk and chairs, even if its not on purpose.]
Serious-senpai : [……Doesnt seem like theres anyone decent among them.]
(T/N: Not sure about their genders, so Im going to assume theyre female. I think I remember that corroding guy being a guy though. Not sure.)