278-250 Aristocratic wedding (3)

 Mr. Arlin brought me to a clothing store on the main street.
 The shop had a sign that read, "No commoners allowed! You can almost see the words "No commoners allowed!

 Because I'm accompanying Natsuki and her friends, I don't mind going to expensive boutiques, but this store requires a bit of courage to enter.

 But this time, Arline walked in so smoothly that I just followed her and walked right in.

 At first glance, the inside of the store gives the impression of an upper class parlor, not a clothing store.
 There were no clothes on display at all, just a few large tables and sofas.
 The only major difference was that there were some spaces separated by curtains.

I've never been in a place like this before.

Is that so? I've never been in a store like this before. - I've never been in a store like this before? - Well, everyone, including Mary and the others, wears well-made clothes. ...... Sometimes I see some unusual designs, but they're expensive too, aren't they?

Those clothes are made by us. It's like a hobby.

...... Are you sure you're doing your job right? I'm sure you can make more money as an adventurer.

 In the event that you're not sure what to do, you'll be able to ask for help.

 It is true that it is safer and more profitable to be a tailor than a novice adventurer, so Arlin is not wrong.

 However, this is not an easy task, because it requires the ability to open a tailor shop.

Welcome. What can I do for you today at ......?

 A slightly older woman came out from the back of the store.

 She smiled as she approached, glanced at Arline and the two of us, hesitated for a moment, then set her sights on Arline.

 As Mr. Arlin says, our clothes are reasonably well tailored, but they are not what a nobleman would wear.

 In that respect, Arlin-san is dressed in a way that would be recognizable as a servant of a nobleman, so I guess he decided that there would be no mistake if he talked to her.

I'd like a set of clothes for these two, please. So that you can attend the wedding of Baron Daileass.

That's only two days away. You'll have to pay extra. And I don't want anything too complicated. ......

I'm fine with the standard stuff.

Yes, sir. This way, please.

 As we sat down on the sofa, a young male clerk quickly came up beside me and began to explain, showing us some pictures.

This is the current mainstream type of formal wear. The color of the pants and coat can be whatever you like, but we don't like anything too flashy. Many people use decorative cloths to express their individuality.

 Pants, shirt, vest and jacket.
 The closest thing I know is a frock coat.

 Instead of a tie, a long, thin piece of cloth is draped like a scarf and tied in front of the chest, but the overall impression is that it would not look strange even if it were worn today.

 However, it seems to be the current fashion to use patterned cloth or detailed embroidery for the lining of vests and coats.

 It is said that this is a kind of appeal to affluence, and at one time it spread to the outer lining of coats and even to pants, but the fashion died out in a short time when it became too noisy.

 I completely agree with you.
 Only women should be glamorous.

 I'm glad, though, that the formal attire of the aristocracy in this world is not pumpkin pants, tights, and flouncy neckties.

 I'm ashamed of myself, even if I look normal to others.
 And Toya and the others would definitely laugh at me.

"This is the type of vest that is in fashion these days...

 The male shopkeeper continued to explain, but I just listened to him, and finally said, "I'd like whatever the shopkeeper thinks will look good on me.

 However, the shopkeeper said, "You can choose your favorite cloth ......," so I chose a blue-ish cloth out of several offered.

 To be honest, formal wear is not something that I would wear on a regular basis, and the people around me would be looking at it, not me.
 My taste is of secondary importance.

 Most people won't think it's strange if it's coordinated by a professional who thinks it looks good on me, and if they say it's strange, it's easy for me to feel good about it because I didn't choose it myself.

 I'm a chicken.

 Once I've decided on the clothes (and thrown them at her), all that's left to do is to measure my body and I'm done.

 The male clerk seemed to start working immediately and retreated to the back.

 I sipped the tea that the other female clerk had served me and looked at Haruka, who was still discussing the matter.

 Haruka, like me, must not be familiar with the situation of formal wear here, but she doesn't seem to be throwing things around like I am, and seems to be having a discussion with the clerk, including Arline.

I think this will look more beautiful on your body line.

If your hair color is Haruka's, wouldn't this cloth look better?

"I prefer this one for the neckline. The sleeves should be this one.

Since you are tall, you might want a skirt that is not too wide.

 I saw only a few pictures, but Haruka had dozens of pictures spread out on the table, along with shiny, silky cloths that were probably used in real life.

 ............ Yeah. Let's get some air.

 If you're not careful, you can make your presence felt and ask, "What do you think of Nao? What do you think?" It's a pain in the ass.

 When asked like that, what you need is not the ability to "choose a good one".
 "It is the ability to choose something that the other person likes.

 Haruka and I have not known each other long enough to become unhappy over a failed choice, but I can assure you that the time spent worrying over a failed choice will add up.

 On the other hand, if you can make the right choice, you can save time. ...... It's quite difficult.

 You'll be able to find a lot of people who are interested in your work.

 If you're asked for your opinion, it's completely at the level of slight preference.
 So, the safest thing to do is to put yourself in a situation where you are not asked to choose.
 It depends on the mood of the other person, so it often fails.

 In the end, the discussion between Haruka and the others ended when I finished my fifth cup of tea, enjoyed the sweets served with my second cup of tea, and began to think that I should use the restroom.

 At the end, I was asked for my opinion, but this time it was easy.

 Haruka, Arline, and the shopkeeper had already discussed it with me, so we had already rejected the ones that we didn't like in our world, and Haruka's opinion had already reached my ears.

 So, there was no problem if I chose accordingly.

 The best thing would be if Haruka were to ask me, "Which do you prefer? That's the most annoying thing.

 And so, the design of the dress for Haruka was decided.

 Like me, Haruka also had her body measurements taken, although it took her longer than me, obviously, and she'll be waiting for her dress to be ready in two days.

    I'm not sure what to say.

And I'm sorry, but you two could use a little help with your manners. ......

 The dressmaker ......, or to be more precise, that's what Arline told us when we came back to the inn from the tailor.

You can't just stand there, after all.

If it were the master, he would be able to follow up appropriately and there would be no problem with that, but since it is the Iliad, ....... In fact, I would rather you two follow up on Mr. Ilias.

 To be honest, I would like to file a complaint, but it's hard to say when you consider that a child under the age of ten is doing his best.

Is that something you can get by with a little practice?

 Haruka's question was met with a quiet nod from Arin.

It's better than being dull. It only needs to last a day.

 I see. Very well said.
 All you need to do is get through a day - well, half a day, actually.
 The possible situations are very limited, and you can get by if you learn only that range.
 Besides, I still have some of the lessons I took before I left, though only a little.

That's why Iliad, let's do our best.

 After returning from the tailor shop, we went back to our rooms, but Toya and the others quickly sent us off, and now we were in Ilias-sama's room.

 This is the first time I've been in this room, and even though it's not fancy, it has a luxurious feel to it.

"Yes. Haruka-san, Nao-san, I'm sorry for the trouble I've caused you.
No, it's not a problem. I took this job as a job.
I'm a little nervous, but I'll do my best.
Thank you very much.

 I also nodded lightly with a smile as Haruka smiled and said it was no problem.
 I'm not sure what to say, but I'm not going to say it to Ilias.

It's not uncommon for a decent nobleman to talk to the two of you out of the blue, so as long as you can handle yourself well, there should be no problem.

I don't know if I can do this: ......

You'll be able to do it. You'll be fine. We still have two days.

 As if to encourage Ilias-sama's anxious expression, Arin-san responded strongly with a smile, crouched down beside Ilias-sama, and mumbled something in his ear.

 As he did so, Ilias-sama's anxious expression tightened and changed to one of determination.

 After confirming this with satisfaction, Arlin stood up again and turned towards us.

There are two purposes for a nobleman to talk to you two. The first is that they want to recruit you to their territory as excellent adventurers.

We're not good enough for them to want to take us out. ......

No problem. We spread rumors to make people think that. Or rather, we do. Ketola.

 Mr. Ketola, I thought you were gone, but I didn't know you were working like that!

That's rather not okay, wouldn't you say?
It's overrated. ......
Yes. I want you to overestimate it. For the sake of our family.

 That's what I was talking about. ...... Hmm.
 I hope the Iliad is treating you well.
 I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one who's had to deal with this.

I don't think we'll have much trouble here. It's only natural to stop the withdrawal of adventurers from your territory. As long as you stay close to Master Ilias, I can intervene.

Leave it to me. It would be our family's loss to lose Mary and the others.

 Ilias-sama said proudly, but I wish he would have mentioned my name and Haruka's.
 Well, there is no doubt that he and Mary are getting along well.

The other thing that can be a little troublesome is when you are spoken to as a man or woman.

"...... What?

"Simply put, as a marriage partner.

What? As an adventurer, you spread rumors, right?

 It's a nobleman who attends the marriage ceremony.
 Adventurers wouldn't make good marriage partners.

 There will be squires like us, but they won't leave their masters alone and call on us.

"No, no. Not if it's a high ranking adventurer. There's still a lot of uninhabited land around this country, including the area from north to west of our house. It's possible to become a noble from an adventurer.

 In order to expand their territories, they anoint skilled adventurers as nobles and put them in charge of empty areas.
 The higher the rank, the more money they have and the more demons they can slay.
 From the point of view of the country, this is a great way to expand the territory at a low cost.
 If you fail, your title will be taken away and you will be restored. There is no great loss.

 That's what they said.

In addition, even if you can't become a nobleman, it's worthwhile to have good adventurers in your family. It's a great target.

 Haruka frowned at Arlin's frank talk.

 In the past, even if you are an elf, you have never gotten into trouble because of it, but this time, it's because you are an elf.

 It may not be so bad if you look at it from a certain perspective, but to be honest, it doesn't make me happy to be popular with the ladies of the nobility.

 The other day, Adversus-sama gave me the [Lucky! Is it working?
 I've never really felt the effects of it at all.
 It's the same with the experience boost I got the other time.
 You can't compare the two.

You can't compare one with the other. "This wedding is rich, but it's only a baron's wedding, and the people who are coming are not high in rank. It's just right for an adventurer.

It's a bit of a problem. ....... I'm in a bit of trouble. Can you help?

I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who has a problem with this. Are they actually married?

"No, no, we're not married yet .......

 I'm not sure what to say, but I'm going to say it.
 Haruka's cheeks and ears are slightly red.
 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

"Well, well, well! I knew you were! It's lovely!

 Ilias-sama pans her hands together, her eyes sparkling with a smile.

"I think you two look great together, don't you?

 In the event that you have any questions concerning where and how to use the internet, you can contact us at .......

 I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's worth it.
 You'll be able to get a lot more than that.

I see, I understand.

What do you mean, Arline?

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one who's a fan of your work.

"Well. . should I give you a push on this one?

 Mr. Arryn, please don't explain that in front of him!
 And Mr. Iliad, you've ruined everything!

"For the two of you with such a delicate relationship, I recommend a matching ornament. I'm sure Nao has chosen to wear one around her neck, but I suggest you wear the same one around Haruka's waist.

...... What does that mean, exactly?

It means that you are in love or engaged to be married. It is very rude to call out to someone when they are next to you. No nobleman in his right mind would do that.

...... What do we do? Nao.

No reason to refuse, right?

Of course.

 In the corner of my eye, I see Arline and Ilias smiling at me, and we nod to each other and decide to accept the proposal.

 And so, for the next two days, we were subjected to an education in the nobility.