my past life, but they don’t exist in this world.

『In the meantime, how about a sword? It should be enough, a lot of people own swords after all.』
「Is that so?」
『You can also pretend and say that you’re 「Sword Dancer」 in this case.
If you say that you need a sword for a Sword Dancer, the shop might be able to help us pick one.
While Sword Dancers are rare to find, this is the royal capital, so we should be able to manage somehow.』

Sword Dancers, just as what their name implies, is a Job specialized in sword dances.
Concerning its status, it’s considered to be in-between Combat Jobs and Entertainment Jobs, but it has also gained civil rights even as a Entertainment Job — it seems.
As for the Job’s fighting style, it’s to not get hit.
The so-called 「Dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee」 thing.

While they aren’t much different from a Dance Princess armed with a sword, in the case of Sword Dancers, they don’t require music.
I guess this was part of the reason that this Job gained civil rights as well.

「I see.
Then let’s go.」

Heading off, Ciel left the plaza after asking a stall person where the beginner-aimed weapon shop is.

「Welcome. Oh, are you a hunter, girl?」
「It must’ve been tough considering your age.
So you came here to buy a weapon, right? 」

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As we entered the weapon shop we were directed to, a well-proportioned lady between the crowded lines of weapons was surprised as she saw Ciel.
As Ciel does look somewhat appropriate for her age, I’m glad that she didn’t think that it was just a child entering as a prank.
Though, maybe Ciel’s hunter-ish look helped as well.

I guess she was either surprised that a 12-year-old girl was a hunter, which is possible age-wise, or of Ciel’s hair being white.

Since Ciel looks like she just clearly started out as a hunter with her age, it seems like we won’t be chased out for going to the wrong shop.

「What kind of weapon do you use, girl?」

I don’t know if it’s because the shop is aimed for beginner’s, but the weapons shop lady called out to us even without us saying anything.
I’m honestly glad that it’s the same as the stalls.
Having a quick look at all the weapons, I naturally couldn’t tell the difference between their quality or materials.

「Which one’s a Sword Dancer’s sword?」
「A Sword Dancer’s, eh? That’s quite an unusual thing to look for.
If you just need a sword to use, then the ones lined up here would be enough, but for the proper ones for Sword Dancers, there aren’t any on display.」
「How are they different?」
「The looks are important for Sword Dancers, you see? Though obviously there are some people that find regular swords pretty and all.
However, Sword Dancers need to be showy or rather they need some dazzle that’s easy for the public to see.
For an easy example, something like those slightly over-decorated swords the nobles tend to have.」
「Where can I buy one?」
「Wherever you go, it’s still going to have to be made-to-order.
A blunt accessory won’t be any use for hunters, right?
Well we do make those here too, but it’ll cost a few gold coins.」

『Should we buy one?』
『If it’s just that price, it won’t really hurt that much, so it should be fine.
Also, it being made-to-order should mean that they’re going to make the sword to fit you.
Still, I don’t think that we’ll be here for a long time, so as long as it can be finished within a few days then it should be alright.』

While it’s definitely not cheap considering that it’s worth gold coins, I actually want to get rid of some silver and big silver coins from our magic bag.
So if we can use up 10 or 20 of them, that would really help.
Even if we go to some other shops, they might say that they won’t sell for beginners, so if we can buy a sword here then that’s not a problem.

「When can you finish?」
「It should be done in five days.
Do you have enough money, girl?」

As Ciel showed her several gold coins, the lady was shocked for a moment but immediately recovered.
She then opened a door that seems to lead to the back of the shop and shouted 「It’s a customer, dear!」 beyond the said door.
In a few moments, a bald man who was more muscular than the regular hunter and wore practically nothing on his upper body appeared from the back.
The vaguely drowsy looking man looked at Ciel and was puzzled.

「By customer, you mean this girl?」
「That’s right.
She wants a sword to use for sword dancing.」
「Well that’s a pretty difficult Job you have there, isn’t it? This’ll be your first time holding a sword, right girl? 」
「First time.」

I expected him to start finding faults in us, but that didn’t happen at all.
Based on our experience so far, we usually get into some sort of mess but I guess this isn’t a beginner’s weapon shop for nothing.

「Considering your size, it’ll be better to make it as light as possible.
So I suppose a thin sword then.
Maybe something single-edged that can be used for thrusting too… Could you leave the design to us?」
Make it easy to use.」
「Then, take that sword there, do some light swings, and tell me how the weight feels for you.」

Ciel held the sword the man pointed to and lightly swung it like he asked.

I noticed it just as Ciel held it, but I think it’s made for adults or maybe for men since it’s really long and heavy.
When Ciel told him that, he gave her a different sword and Ciel swung it again.

After swinging several swords, we figured out the suitable weight and he wrote it down on something.

「In this case, it’ll cost two gold coins.
If you can, it’ll probably be better to buy a spare too.
If you want a spare too, it’ll be three and a half gold coins.
Do you have enough?」
『Should we get the spare too?』
『I think we should buy one just to be sure.』
Including the spare, how long will it take?」
「Three days at the earliest.
We should be able to finish it in five days.」

The man said it without any hesitation, but then glanced at the lady after that.
After seeing the lady nod, 「Five days.」 he confirmed it.
At two gold coins, it’s already ten times the cheapest weapon in this shop.

「Are silver and large silver coins fine?」
「That’ll help a lot.
Beginners come here, so we don’t really use gold coins.」
「Do you earn enough money?」
「Well, we really enjoy doing this, you see? We usually only ask normal customers to check the grip and other small details.
After all, we usually just make the same cheap weapons, and if we don’t, these kids that just became hunters won’t be able to buy a single weapon.
But this time, we even got to discuss about the design and such that will usually make it pricier when it gets more complex.」
「Then, here.」

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Ciel gave three and a half gold coins worth of silver and large silver coins.
The lady gave Ciel a palm-sized plank of wood with today’s date, the estimated completion date, and the words “For Sword Dancer” written on it along with half of the sum Ciel gave them.

「In these situations, you should only give half, okay? Pay the remaining sum after you actually receive the sword.」
「I didn’t know that.」
「This plank will be your claim stub, so make sure you don’t lose it.
I probably wouldn’t forget your face but just to be sure, right?」
After five days then.」

Receiving the wooden plank and the coins, Ciel slightly bowed her head before exiting the shop.



Heya~! A new weapon for our princess!? Sword Dancer Ciel now!? And before that of course, some AinCiel fluff~!

First half, literally a date.
Nuff said.
Also, Ciel looking around restlessly from stall to stall.
On the other hand, Ain being a bit upset about not seeing the castle and Ciel reading her like a book, also cute.
And then, sword! Actually a good point, as while they’ll probably never run out of magic power against a goblin, they’re currently too dependent on magic/sorcery.

One thing that’s nice is how Ciel asked the shop keepers, do you get enough? Ciel’s naturally curious, but her, well, general apathy and discomfort with people has stopped her from asking those questions so far.
Even on the last few chapters, it was Ain asking on her behalf, so it’s a nice development.
Also, the stall people calling for Ciel was cute.
Also the depressed old man on the fifth stall, don’t mind! You’ll get our princess to buy some day.
All the “Girl, girl” reminded me of God of War though.

Also, *Mn.*

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