We drove to a shopping district with many small stores lined up side by side. The shop windows display several elegant bath products, clothes and other feminine products. Such things make women passionate about spending money.
I'm not the least bit interested in shopping, so I don't feel any excitement, but the ladies don't seem to mind and pull my hand towards the store.
It was a neat little store with a sign that said, in cursive lettering; "Miss Allan's Shop."
I then noticed a muscular man come out from the back... However, he was wearing a woman's dress. Moreover, his manner of speaking was also like that of a woman.
"Oh, princess-chan. Hello hello."
But the voice that came out was very thick, like a man's.
My brain couldn't process what I was observing. Was it a man or a woman? Or was it a woman in a man's body? Putting my thoughts aside, I listened as he or she continued to speak.
"It's been a while since I've seen you. How are you doing? How are your studies going?"
"Oh well, same old same old, and although I've been doing a little poorly on the practical exams, I'm still trying to make up for it inside the classroom."
"That's good, but you mustn't let your guard down when it comes to your work as a woman."
"Work as a woman?"
"Yes, a woman should always look beautiful and presentable. A lady's dress should never be neglected."
"Especially you, Aria-chan. You are a beautiful woman, so you must look very pretty. Would you like to see the new dresses that just arrived?"
"I'd love to, but that's something I'll have to leave for later, we need something else now."
"And what's that? I can get you anything from aphrodisiacs to duchess bras."
"Would you be so kind as to make a uniform for Licht-Sama?"
"A uniform? Like a military uniform?"
"No, a uniform for the Royal Academy."
"I see, but isn't it a little late for that?"
"I know the enrollment stage has passed, but I can't wait until next term."
"I hear it's very difficult to get into school in the off-season," she said.
"I'm sure Licht-Sama will find it easy."
Ariarose says proudly, and Allan glares at me.
He inspects me from the soles of my feet to the top of my head.
"Hmm, he seems like a nice guy."
He tries to touch my butt, so I quickly dodge him.
"I'm sure you'll make a great bodyguard for Aria-Chan if you always react like that."
The big man grins.
"What were you trying to do, weirdo?"
"Oh, you're so sweet. My name's Allan. Haven't you ever seen anyone like me?
"There are no weirdos in the land of the Estark. They're all brave warriors."
"That's a lie. There is something called 'love in the field.' The more masculine the environment in the military, the more likely you are to be homosexual. When it's an all-male environment, it's more problematic."
That reminded me of a time as a kid when some soldiers tried something with me. They were trying to get my attention with candy to get me to go with them. But I was able to get away easily.
"That face says I'm right."
"...I guess it does, but it doesn't mean you can touch my butt."
"Yes. I apologize for that."
After his apology, he told me he wouldn't try anything sexual with me, so I let him take the measurements. It took Allan only a few minutes to take the correct measurements of my body to make me my uniform.
"Your arms and legs are very long. And your face is small. I'm sure you'll look very nice in your Royal Academy uniform."
"When will it be ready?"
"I'm not sure. The day after tomorrow, maybe."
"Can't it be tomorrow?"
"Why are you in such a hurry?"
"There's an entrance exam tomorrow."
"Well, it's a complicated situation... But I'll do what I can."
"Thank you. You'll be well rewarded."
"I'm counting on it."
I interrupted Ariarose and Allan's conversation.
"Wait a minute, Princess. Are you sure you want to sign me up too?"
"Yes, I intend to. Is there a problem with that?"
Ariarose bowed her head.
"Yes there is, I don't want to go to the Royal Academy."
"I'm not good in that kind of environment."
"But if you graduate from the Royal Academy, you'll have no trouble finding work."
"It's easier to be a mercenary or an adventurer."
"If you graduate from the Royal Academy, you can become an officer, starting as an A-rank adventurer."
"I don't mind that. As long as I can have money to eat, I'll be satisfied."
"Still, you need to get in, otherwise how will you guard me?"
"You can protect yourself from inside the Academy. I'm sure that institution has bodyguards."
"It is true that there are guards, but they do not have one-ten thousandth of the strength of the Licht-sama."
Ariarose says firmly, and continues speaking.
"Licht-sama said he would be my knight and protect me, are you going to violate that promise?"
Ariarose's eyes become glossy and moist.
She hugs a stuffed animal and cries as she says, "Onii-Chan..." Oh no... That look, it reminds me of my little sister every time she asked me for something. I can't handle these situations, it's my weakness. I walked up to Allan and said softly;
"I'm still growing, so make it a little bigger."
"Ha, I see the princess has you well in hand."
Allan says that as he watches us.
As we were leaving the store, Allan closed winked and said in a voice only I could hear:
"Don't make the princess cry."
"I know, they'll cut my head off if I do anything wrong.
"No, I didn't mean it that way. A man's job is to always make a woman happy."
"I'll keep that in mind."
With that in mind, we headed towards Ariaroses residence.
Thanks to Allan, the uniform could be ready for tomorrow, and we needed rest after our long trip.
Ariarose Manor was a large mansion in the upper-class residential area of the royal capital. It looks like the home of a great merchant. The Kingdom of Latculus seems to be a very rich country.