Chapter 5-2 : Suspicious Guest (part 1)
The person who was waiting in the drawing room certainly looked suspicious.
They were wearing a thick coat, a thick muffler that covered their mouth, and a big cowboy hat that covered their face.
It was still snowing outside, so I could understand why they were dressed that way, but I couldn’t see their face because of that.
However, from how big their body was, somehow I could tell that they were a man.
I’ve installed an artifact in this room that can keep it at a suitable temperature, so it’s comfortably warm here, but I wonder why he doesn’t take off his hat and coat…
He was leaning on the sofa with his legs crossed and his hands folded. From the way he was sitting, somehow I felt like he wasn’t an ordinary person. He was probably a person of authority just like Lorea-chan said.
Regardless of who he is, I want him to at least show us his face.
It’s a bit awkward to talk with someone who’s hiding their face.
「Welcome to my store. I’m sorry to have kept you waiting.」(Sarasa)
「No problem. Are you Sarasa Feed?」(???)
The suspicious person raised his face and asked as Iris-san, Kate-san, and I took a seat on the sofa in front of him.
I don’t know why but I feel something nostalgic when I see him…
Oh, right! He reminds me of nobles who came to Master’s shop when I still worked there. Among those nobles, there were people who behaved like him.
「Yes, I’m Sarasa Feed. Please excuse me, but… may I know who you are?」(Sarasa)
「Ah, I should have introduced myself first. My name is Ferik… Ferik Laprossian.」(Ferik)
「「EEEEEHHH!?」」(Iris, Kate & Sarasa)
The three of us were surprised when we heard his name.
It couldn’t be helped. After all, the name of this country is the Kingdom of Laprossian.
That means this person belongs to the royal family.
「P, Pardon me, but… Are you really…」(Sarasa)
「I had a feeling you wouldn’t believe me, but… can you say the same thing after seeing this?」(Ferik)
The suspicious person who named himself Ferik Laprossian took out a dagger from his pocket and showed it to us.
On the tip of the handle, there was an engraving of the Laprossian Royal Family crest.
I heard that only royal family members have this dagger.
After confirming that the dagger was real, Iris-san, Kate-san, and I immediately got up from the sofa and knelt on the floor. We then brought our faces closer to each other and whispered.
「Iris, is he really a member of the royal family?」(Kate)
「I don’t know. I’ve never been to the royal capital, so I’ve never seen any members of the royal family… Store Owner-dono, what do you think?」(Iris)
「Honestly, I’m not sure. I heard that the members of the royal family have golden hair, but he doesn’t…」(Sarasa)
I had been living in the royal capital for a long time and I had seen royal family members a few times from a distance.
Moreover, it was easy to get information about the royal family in the royal capital because people sometimes talk about them, and one of the pieces of information I learned was that the royal family has golden hair.
However, the suspicious person in front of us has dark brown hair. His hat was covering his face but I could see a little bit of his hair and it looked totally different from the golden hair of the royal family members.
「Are you guys curious about my hair?」(Ferik)
It seems that he heard us…
「I’m currently in disguise, so this is not my real hair color.」(Ferik)
After saying that, he took off his hat and muffler, showing his pretty face.
He has brown eyes and dark brown hair. However, his hair suddenly grew to about shoulder length and its dark brown color changed into golden, and his brown eye color changed to emerald.
Iris-san and Kate-san were surprised by the sudden change but somehow I had an idea why his appearance changed as soon as he took off his hat.
That hat is probably a “Disguise Hat”. As the name suggests, it’s a perfect artifact for disguise.
Normally, Disguise Hats can only change the color of your hair.
However, there are Disguise Hats that can also change the length of your hair and even the color of your eyes. Of course, Disguise Hats of this type are more expensive than normal ones. Only rich people have them.
It further proves that this suspicious person is really a member of the royal family.
「Please forgive us for not believing you, but, Your Highness, what brings you to a small, remote village like this?」(Sarasa)
「Before I explain, can you guys sit on the sofa? For now, I’m just a traveler, so you can relax while talking with me.」(Ferik)
Even though he told us to relax, he is still a member of the royal family. We can’t just talk to him like we’re talking to a normal citizen.
I looked at Iris-san and Kate-san, hoping they would give me advice, but they looked back at me as if they were entrusting the decision to me.
I then glared at Iris-san with sharp eyes, telling her that she’s a daughter of a noble, so she should be the one who handles this person, but she slowly shook her head as if saying, “I don’t know how to deal with a royal family member!”
The Lotze Family are nobles but I guess their role is not that important in this kingdom so they rarely meet with the royal family members…
I guess I have no choice but to do it myself as the owner of this store…
This is my first time dealing with a royal family member. I don’t want to upset him, so I think I should just listen to him and sit on the sofa.
「Understood… Please excuse us.」(Sarasa)
I glanced at Iris-san and Kate-san and we nodded at each other.
We then stood up at the same time andー
We couldn’t help but giggle when we saw his head.
However, we tried as best as we could not to burst into laughter. We could be punished for laughing at a royal family member after all.
What’s so funny about his head, you say?
Well, we couldn’t see the top of his head when we were kneeling, but now that we’re standing up, we can see his smooth head skin in the center part of his head.
Yup. He is actually bald, but only on the top of his head. His gorgeous golden hair is surrounding the bald part of his head.
If he were an old man, then it’s normal. After all, some people will experience hair loss in old age.
However, he is a young man.
A handsome young man who has a good-looking, prince-like face and gorgeous golden hair.
We found it funny that such a person was actually bald.