ial expressions that I could only see if we’re face-to-face.

If so, I’m sure that she would be extremely adorable…… As I was thinking of this, my heart suddenly jumped.

I frantically shook my head and talked to Ciel to distract myself.

『If, by any chance, there comes a time that I’m able to talk with you face-to-face, let’s take a bath together Ciel.
If you like, it might be nice to wash each other too.』
『Fufu, that would be amazing.
It’s a promise, alright?』

It seems like Ciel’s in a good mood now.
I let out a sigh of relief and returned the body to Ciel.

「Now then, Ain.
What should we do tomorrow?」
『Aren’t we immediately leaving after picking up the sword in the morning and meeting with Chasse-san and the others in the afternoon?』
「It’s certain that we’ll receive the magic bag tomorrow, right?
In that case, we could buy some travel equipment too.」
『I see, buying a sleeping bag might be nice after all.
Then let’s stock up on our preserved food supply as well.』

And so we continued talking until Ciel fell asleep.

The next morning.
A short while after sunrise, Ciel arrived at the previous weapon shop from several days ago.
As before, the one managing the shop is the lady who seemed to be the owner’s wife and as she saw Ciel, she gave us a gaze of suspicion.

「You’re the girl from the other day, yes? The sword is finished.」
「I see, then can I have it?」
「Before that, could you meet with my husband first? Depending on the circumstances, we won’t sell you the sword.」
「…… Understood.」

Ciel is glaring at the lady as she enters the back room, 『Ciel.』so I called her name and chided her.
It’s been two days since I’ve been exposed as a Song Princess.
I suppose this means that, even with the gag order, rumors are still spreading around.
”The white-haired girl is a Song Princess.” Even with only that information, it should be enough to conclude that it’s Ciel.
Now then, I wonder what this man now standing before us has to say.

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He looked drowsy the last time we came here but his gaze seems somewhat sharp today.

「You, eh? You ordered a sword dancer’s sword, right? Could you try swinging it around for a bit?」

『Should I?』
『It’ll be a waste of time to get in an argument here, so let’s do as he says.』
『Will you sing for me, Ain?』
『If it’s after you’re done testing it on your own, then gladly.』

Where should I do that?」
「We have a yard in the back, so try it there.」

Ciel followed the man and at the shop’s backyard, there’s a scarecrow-like human-shaped thing made of straw.

「Try using this on that.」

As the man said so, he handed over a thin sword that had ornaments adorning its handle.
After receiving it, Ciel placed the scabbard on the ground and readied the sword.
Ciel isn’t holding the sword with both arms right in front of her, but is instead holding it on one hand with the foot opposite of her hand positioned behind her other foot.
From that stance, she quickly rushed towards the straw doll.
She approached with a clear three-step rhythm and slashed the places corresponding to wrists in the same rhythm, first up, then down, and with a kick to close it off.
With the momentum from the kick, she then jumped backwards to retreat.

That ends the one flow.

After that, Ciel adjusted her grip on the sword a few times before eventually holding it in front.
With two breaths, she then stepped in and slashed the areas corresponding to the neck and the arms, before retreating again with a single breath.
While her movements are a bit too stiff for this to be pictured as “dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee”; as expected, using only the Dance Princess doesn’t show too much effect.
In the case that Ciel could only fight with a sword, she would probably be weaker than Perla.

Now, since it seems like Ciel’s testing phase is finished, I’ll try singing a song.

A song having a rhythm similar to Ciel’s movements earlier should do well.
Still, even if it’s somewhat different, Ciel would match her rhythm to the song, so it doesn’t need to be that exact.

Following the rhythm of my song, Ciel brandished her sword and attacked.
What she’s doing isn’t any different from what she did earlier, but her stiffness is now gone and her motions are flowing naturally now.
Additionally, her strength increased as well, resulting in the straw doll she could only cut on the surface level now getting quickly shredded to the point that it can’t maintain its original silhouette anymore.

By the time we finished, Ciel then stared straight at the man.
The man awkwardly stares back at Ciel before suddenly looking away and declaring:「You pass.」
Ciel only gave a short 「I see.」, picked up the scabbard, and returned to the shop interior.
She then paid the remaining sum and immediately exited the weapon shop before they could say anything to her.



Heya~! Sudden bath episode as prophesized and more cute AinCiel fluff~! Didn’t stay fluff until the end tho…

First, I like how Viviana is in this chapter.
And how it ended, while she didn’t really succeed and ended up coming off as a bit nosey, it did show a lot about her.
As some people commented, she’s a bit of both Carol and Celia.
However, she’s also less of both.
Not as nutty as Carol and not as experienced with handling people as Celia.
She does have heart, which sounds cliché but is a valuable thing.
Still, it’s a bit unfair to compare Celia and Viviana, Celia’s a full time receptionist after all, imagine being a receptionist in the Hunter Guild with all those ruffians, impressionable young newbies, arrogant fools, nobles incognito and the occasional weirdos.
*And* you’re not a stationed receptionist, so you’ll have to adapt each time.
Life experience baby.

Also, Ciel being jealous of Viviana, cute.
Also, Ain shaking off the sudden heart throb, lol.
And then the promise of having a bath together… Cute.
It is a bit sad to think of how Ciel actually can’t see Ain when she’s moving Ciel’s body, moreover how they can’t even have any skinship with each other.

Lastly, well, that was awkward.
Ciel was really pissed tho, which is understandable.
While they weren’t wrong about their suspicion about Ciel (Ain), they should’ve just sold it normally.
Now they just got themselves played and without the assurance that Ciel is really a Song Princess, the shop owner — who made weapons for beginners out of care in the first place — now has this stain on his conscience that he will never forget.

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