“Become Baron Maple’s maid!?”
On my way home that day, I told him the result of our (Miss Anna and me) discussion after I cut off the commlink, and he was shocked.
“Why you need to do that? And why?”
“I felt that she had a few family problems, to the point that I feel like there’s a need for external intervention. But, now that I think about it calmly, I think I went a little too far… For some reason, I was in a good mood at the time, and I thought it would be best to do that.”
“…so that’s what happened after you prematurely disconnect the communication. I could imagine how it went. That aside, what are you going to do about your job at the academy?
“I’ll still be doing it. I only work as a maid on weekends. Even though I can’t make drastic changes, I still hope I can make changes.”
Then Hayato sighed and said.
“I shouldn’t have agreed to play the waltz…”
“Oh right, why did you continue playing it even after the signal was off? It saved me a lot of trouble, but it also cost you your lunch hour.”
“I couldn’t stop because I was having so much fun… I think it was the waltz’s fault. And I’m not too hungry these days. I’ll be fine without lunch.”
“This isn’t fine at all … is this job really stressing you out?”
The words of Anna, who said Hayato has been through a hard time, flashed through my mind. But he shook his head and denied it.
“I’m not stressed.
Before, I rarely ate three meals on time. It’s only since I’ve been with Alice that I’ve started eating properly. So there’s nothing to worry about. More importantly, is Alice all right? Being a maid?”
“It’s all good. I’ll have my maid teach me what to do.”
“You won’t have time off.”
“I guess that’s true, but it’s only temporary.”
“…I wonder if I should go too.”
“I’m worried. I’m worried about Alice being a maid.”
I wonder what she’s worried about.
Does he think I can’t do my job?
It’s true that I’m can be careless, but it’s not that bad.
“I’m more worried about you going to Anna’s house. I don’t want you to go near her if you can help it. Besides, I’m going as Mrs. Ellie, remember? No matter what the reason is, it would be strange for you to go with me, wouldn’t it?”
“Then why don’t I disguise myself? As Mrs. Ellie’s husband.”
The conversation took an increasingly strange turn.
But when he approaches me with a glitter in his eyes, I can’t help but nod my head.
“… If it’s okay with you, sure.”
“It’s decided then, tell Anna that your husband is coming.”
“My husband… So, In that setting, we’re already married?”
“That’s about right. Do you want to try it? act lovey-dovey as husband and wife?”
“Let’s do it.”
I don’t know what exactly we’re going to do, but I’d love to do it.
With that thought in mind, we were cackling and laughing as we tickled each other while keeping our shoulders right next to each other, and before we knew it, we seemed to have arrived at the house.
Once that was decided, I had to think about my husband’s settings.
After we changed our clothes, we went to Hayato’s room and started discussing Mrs. Elly’s husband’s background.
First of all, you’re a little to stand out, so we can’t take you unless you do something about your appearance.
“How about adding glass, like Mrs. Ellie?”
“I don’t think you can hide (your glittery) feature with something like that. It needs to be more concealing.”
“You know… I’ve always wanted to tell you that glasses are not a disguise. I think it’s only a matter of time before people find out that Mrs. Ellie is Alice.”
“As a woman, I can cover the rest with makeup, I’ll be fine. That’s right, if you change your hair, you’ll look like a different person too.”
“You’re right, but… It’s a normal thing for me to change the color of my hair. See?”
As he said this, his surroundings froze, and his hair and eyes turned into ice blue color.
–Did he just do self-coloration?
Yeah, this happened before when he vaporized the classroom. Back then, his hair turned pink, but isn’t that like turning into a volcano? Or, in this case, an iceberg.
“It’s not normal, you know. People cannot normally change their hair color; also, it’s freezing when you do that.”
The Ice melt soon after, and the room temperature gradually returns to normal. Hayato, who returned to his normal color, started thinking about something while putting his arm on the table and resting his cheek on his palm.
Although I’m used to seeing it, I can’t help but admire the beauty of such a casual gesture that makes him so picturesque.
The gaze that looks a little far away and the long eyelashes that border the eyes create an indescribable sex appeal. His well-shaped lips opened thinly, and he spoke some words with a glimpse of his beautiful white teeth.
I shook my head in panic at the situation that I could only describe as a bug in the system, as there was too much of a gap between the information coming in through my eyes and the information coming in through my ears.
“You can’t use that. That disguise is too obvious.”
“That’s right. Then I guess I should just cover my whole face.”
“What do you mean?”
“Just like how my father used to work, you know.”
He pulled out an old black silk hat from the shadows.
That’s a chimney sweep’s hat – a memento of his father’s.
“—Good one, that.”
“Did you know? It’s not uncommon to cover your face with a cloth, and if you wear a hat and glasses, it will be more convincing.”
As symbols of good fortune, they devise various ways to protect their bodies from soot. Hats, clothes to cover their mouths, and glasses are just some of them.
However, leaving that aside for the moment, I was somehow delighted.
“Try to wear it for a minute. Fufu… it’s looking good on you.”
I was happy to feel as if I had touched his roots.
In the end, we decided that Mrs. Ellie’s husband will infiltrate the Baron Maple family as a chimney sweep.