Chapter 8 Living Together

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The day’s classes were over and it was now after school.

Today has been a tumultuous day.
Justina transferred in, declared she had fallen in love with me at first sight…
We became classmates and Cedric was defeated instantly…

I had a very busy time.
It’s been a little over a month since I entered the academy, but…
I can say without a doubt that today was the most intense day I’ve had.

But the turmoil was not over yet.
It was still going on.

 

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I went back to my dorm room.

“I’m home.”
“Mmm, welcome home.”

For some reason, Justina followed me…
I didn’t know why she said that line either.

“Ah-eh? What’s the matter? Should I have said, ‘I’m home?’ Alto, are you not the kind of person that wants someone to welcome you home?”
“What are you talking about?”

More importantly…

“Why is Justina here? And what’s with the luggage?”

A bag as big as Justina was next to her.

“It’s my stuff.”
“Why is it here?”
“Of course, it’s because I’m in the same room as Alto.”
“…Wait. I don’t understand what you’re saying.”

I was confused as I was given an answer that didn’t really answer my question.

“What’s going on here? The dorms are supposed to be for one person each…”
“I got in late, didn’t I? That’s probably why they don’t have any rooms available. So I would have to share a room with someone…”
“Did you choose my room…?”
“Correct♪”

I wished it wasn’t true.

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“So, from now on, I’ll see you in our room.”
“No, you can’t.”
“Oh, why not? Isn’t Alto happy? I’m very happy to be with you in both the academy and the dorm.”
“We’re a man and a woman, and we’re not supposed to live in the same room…”
“Yay, we’re living together.”
“Don’t sound so happy about it… Are you serious?”
“Of course!”

She nodded very cheerfully.

When I first met her, I didn’t understand her at all…
But by talking to her a lot today, I’ve come to understand her somewhat better.

She was very pushy and would stop at nothing to get what she wants…
I’ll repeat this again, she was very forceful.
It would take a tremendous amount of effort to get Justina to change her mind.
I mean, it was probably impossible.

“…Okay. I accept that Justina will live in my room.”
“Really? Thank you!”

It may be a lot of work, but…
I just couldn’t shun Justina, who missed me like a puppy would.

“Let me get your stuff.”

I tried to move Justina’s luggage, but it refused to budge, it was like a boulder.
What was this unusual weight?

“What, what is in this…?”
“A change of clothes for me, some household items. Just… a lot of things. There are many secret items for girls. Even if it’s Alto, I can’t tell you everything. It’s also too heavy for a human to move, so I usually carry it.”

Justina lifted the huge bag like it was nothing.
…With a singular hand.

“…You never cease to amaze me, Justina.”
“Don’t make me sound like a surprise box.”
“I’m sorry.”

I showed Justina into the room.
Fortunately, I always kept my room clean and tidy.
There was not much furniture.

The furniture was moved to make room for Justina’s belongings.
Justina took out a disassembled bed, a chest of drawers, and shelves from a huge bag and quickly assembled them.
I can’t believe there was all that stuff in there. …No wonder why it was so heavy.

We placed them in the room… And we completed the move.

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The room was large enough to begin with, so two people could use it without any problems.

“Phew, it’s that time already.”

Moving in was not something that could be done in a few minutes, and by the time we finished, it was already dark outside.

“It’s time for dinner. Let’s go to the cafeteria today.”

If at all possible, I’d like to avoid crowded cafeterias.
Even if Cedric wasn’t around, there was always the possibility of other people getting involved…

However, I didn’t have much time left.
Partly because I was tired from moving, I decided to take it easy today.

“Hey, hey, Alto. You know… if you want, I can make you dinner.”
“Eh? Justina, you can cook?”
“Muu, what’s that reaction? You think I’m a bad girl who can’t cook? That’s so hurtful.”
“I-I’m sorry, it’s just that… Justina is a dragon, right? I thought you didn’t know how to cook for humans, and also because you were called Princess. I thought that beings in that position would never have the opportunity to cook.”
“It’s true that I’m a dragon and a princess. But before that, I’m a girl. It wouldn’t be strange if I practiced cooking, hoping that one day the person I love would eat my homemade food.”
“That…person you like is…”
“Of course, it’s Alto♪”

I was embarrassed to be exposed to her love for me head-on.
Seeing me blush, Justina looked happy.

“Fufu, Alto’s embarrassed face is so cute.”
“Don’t make fun of me.”
“I’m just being honest. I think you’re very cute. I want to hug you so badly.”

As she said, she pretended to come and hug me.

“L-Let’s see… then could I ask you to make some food?”
“Oh, understood!”

I’ll just have to fake my composure.
There was no way I could ask her to hug me.

“Of course, I’ll take care of it. I’ll make sure you say it’s delicious.”
“Then… please.”
“Yes, if you tell me to.”

Justina put on an apron and moved into the kitchen.
Soon I heard a knife tapping on the cutting board and the sound of something frying.

I think I’m a pretty good cook too but…
In comparison to me, Justina’s skills seemed to be much better.
After a while, a nice smell drifted into the air…
I felt my stomach growl.
I was looking forward to her meal.

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“Here you go!”

Justina came back to me with the food on a tray.
She quickly laid out the dishes on the table in the center of the room.

“It’s a meat bowl and salad today. I made it quick because we didn’t have a lot of time. But I can guarantee the taste.”
“Yeah… it looks delicious.”
“There you go. Please, please. Dig in.”
“…Itadakimasu.”

I decided to try the dishes.

I first ate the meat bowl.
It is covered with a sweet and spicy sauce that tasted quite rich.
However, it wasn’t overpowering, so it was pleasant to eat and only stimulated my appetite even more.
When the rice was covered with the sweet and spicy sauce, it gave off an indescribable flavor…

“What do you think?”
“It’s very delicious.”
“Ehehe, I’m glad. I was pretty confident about it, but I wasn’t sure if it would suit Alto’s palate, so I was a little worried.”
“No, there’s no need to be anxious. This is very good, and I’m sure everyone will be satisfied with it.”
“I can’t please everyone, can I? I only want Alto to be happy.”
“I-I see.”

Justina displayed her affection straight out.
I got so embarrassed that I lost my taste for a moment.

“Ah, are you embarrassed again?”
“…No, I’m not.”
“There was a pause, wasn’t there?”
“It was just your imagination.”
“I wonder? Perhaps you’re really attracted by my charm?”
“No comment.”
“Oh, that’s not fair.”

Justina pouted, I honestly think she’s cute.
I can’t help but wonder why such a girl would want me, but that conversation ended at lunchtime.

I have so many questions…
I can’t ask Justina over and over again.
It would hurt her if I questioned her feelings too many times.

What was I supposed to do?
I don’t have an answer to that question yet, and I don’t have any prospects at all…
Though I made a vow to face Justina as sincerely as I could.

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“Why don’t you eat too, Justina, instead of just watching me eat?”
“Oops, that’s right. I was so happy to see Alto eating so well that I couldn’t help but watch in admiration.”

I actually admire her a lot.

“Well, Itadakimasu.”

Crunch, crunch, crunch!
She ate the rice at a very fast pace and emptied the bowl in no time.

“Gochisousama!”
“Ha, you’re fast… I’m still in the middle of eating.”
“I remembered that I had some business to attend to later. So I decided to finish my dinner right away.”
“Errands?”
“I forgot some things…”
“It’s getting late. I think the teachers are still there, but I don’t think the students are allowed in.”
“It’s okay, it’s okay. Just tell them what happened and they’ll let you in for a minute.”
“Really? Well, maybe so… In that case, I’ll go with you. I’m worried.”
“I’m fine. Have you forgotten who I am?”
“Yes, I remember. You’re a dragon, and a Bahamut that is at the top of the heap.”
“Then…”
“But to me Justina is just a girl. I can’t let a girl walk alone at this hour.”
“…”

Justina blushed.

“Mouu… Alto always gives me the words I want to hear. It’s nice to know that you treat me like a girl. …Ehehehe, I’m glad.”
“Of course I do. Justina is a cute girl.”
“Aou… I might have been embarrassed by that one.”

Justina beamed with happiness and embarrassment.
She stood up and went to the door of the room.

“Ah, oi.”
“It’s okay, it’s okay. Don’t worry about me. I’ll be back real soon.”
“But…”
“Sorry, but would you mind cleaning up the dishes and stuff while I’m gone? I’ll see you then!”

After forcibly ending the conversation, Justina walked out of the room.
I tried to follow her, but when I reached the hallway, Justina was already gone.

“That’s too fast…”

Anyway, I couldn’t just leave her alone.
I locked the door, went outside, and headed towards the school too.

 

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