Hera went up to his ears as he was slowly grabbing the fry.
Same energy as always, but she was speaking in a more subtle voice.
In order to match that, Taiyou lowered his voice to inquire.
“What is it?”
She said as she spun around in the air.
Every turn she made had a graceful, model-like air to it, very different from the usual level up animation.
“What do you think?”
“Oh, you are so daft, Taiyou-chan. A girl wears cute clothing and asks you how it looks, what do you think the answer is?”
Taiyou recognized that she wanted him to compliment her.
Very true. When a girl wears pretty clothing, you should compliment them, thought Taiyou.
He had realized that lately, and had of course proceeded to answer that way.
Seeing them get happy or embarrassed was always something he quite enjoyed.
He often forgot when it came to Hera, but if that’s what she wanted he would oblige.
The words would not come out.
He knew what he must say.
She was a beautiful uniformed (although not the same size) girl, so why not compliment her as he always did?
That was what he actually thought, so that was what he should say.
What he actually thought.
Still, he could not say it. He could not put it into words.
Noticing that he was acting strangely, Hera cocked her head.
“What’s the matter, Taiyou-chan? Scavenging for food?”
“No, not that.”
He outright denied it. He didn’t even make any smart remarks.
It was at that moment that Taiyou realized that he was perplexed.
Perplexed, and unable to say what he wanted to.
He must say it. Even if this was Hera, he must compliment her.
But the words got stuck in his throat.
“…W-Well, not bad.”
As a result of his hesitation, Taiyou had ended up blurting out that silly, or maybe even negative thought in his head.
“Y-Yeah, not too bad.”
He nodded, awkwardly looking away.
This was because Taiyou not only felt guilty but was scared of how Hera would react.
“Thank you, indeed.”
Hera pinched the hem of her skirt and flew around in the air.
When she did this, Hera really did look like a perfectly normal, attractive girl.
No, even better.
Golden hair and an appearance so perfect it boggles the mind.
Taiyou was captivated.
He furtively looked away, trying to mask what he had been feeling just a moment ago.
“But you’ve been weird for a while now. Are you really okay?”
Hera said as she flew up in front of Taiyou’s eyes.
She came closer to where he could feel her breathing and put her forehead against his.
Taiyou slammed his back into the wall.
“W-What the heck are you doing?”
“I was wondering if you had a fever, Taiyou-chan. So I tried to measure it.”
“F-Fever…How would you know something like that anyway?”
Taiyou objected, but…
“Heheh, I don’t know about anyone else, but I do know about you, Taiyou-chan!”
She put her hands on her hips, showing off.
“Yes indeed. Just like how you can touch and hurt me, I know what your body temperature is!”
“I didn’t know…”
“There are other things too.”
“Such as? Hm…there are so many things that I would need to think about that.”
She crossed her arms and held her chin as she thought.
“But in one sentence, I would say that I am the most normal girl in your eyes, Taiyou-chan.”
He had not been this surprised in ages.
His emotions had been like a rollercoaster all this time.
Meanwhile, Hera was perfectly calm.
“The most normal girl in your eyes or the girl who belongs only to you. Which sounds better?”
Hera asked. Taiyou had heard the second part numerous times.
He hadn’t paid much attention to it before now. He had thought it to simply mean what it sounded like, and half—-no, more than 90% of the time he had ignored it.
Hera had repeated that phrase, along with a new one.
Hera didn’t seem to have any ulterior motives shown on her face. Taiyou, the listener, seemed to be the only one overreacting.
Even the things he said showed how much he was overreacting.
“Uh, the second one sounds fine to me.”
“You mean ‘the girl who belongs only to you’?”
“Yes indeed, then I will continue using that one from now on.”
Hera grinned without reserve.
It was a graceful, alluring smile.
It looked so special, so different from everyone else.
While questioning why he felt that way, Taiyou managed to nod once.
Twirl twirl twirl. Hera was spinning so fast that her skirt was fluttering.
At length, she said one more thing.
“And I will always be the girl who only belongs to you!”
The same phrase came rushing at him with destructive force.