Alice Tale in Phantasmagoria

 
 
 

Alice Tale in Phantasmagoria Chapter 56


In the end, I decided to give up as I got dragged into the employee lounge. Whatever, it's just one time. To not do it, would not be possible now. How many days have passed since I have fallen into this parallel world with this body? The person I am now who has amassed various experiences, cannot possibly lose to the newbie back in those days. Yes, such as inside the girls changing room ―― Ilya, Eclair, and I changing together which is putting my heart in turmoil!! "Come on Alice, hurry up and change yo, there is a meeting after this. Are you going to keep your clothes on forever? And why are you turned around, yo?" The red-haired Missus Rival continued to vocal her complaints in her underwear. ......Sorry, sorry, I just saw your bare figure. Eclair was a little shorter than me. But somehow, her unevenness was well balanced. (Body symmetry?) What radiant white skin....... "Miss Eclair, do not forcibly drive Milady to such a corner please. Each and every person has their own circumstances." After that comment, next to me, Ilya took off her clothes. Why is it that you are always so close, Ilya? Those arms and legs ...... they will intoxicate my eyes (!). "Haha~n? What, is it 'cause you have no confidence in your body?" Another somehow convenient misunderstanding has been formed. However, having talked about body figures, I am still not guaranteed out of this mess. Because in girl groupies, they go from this and that, which guarantees more embarrassing things later. ".... Well, don't you capture a lot of stares in public? With that figure, aren't you like a model? It's not like you don't notice that yourself, right?" It's not like that make me feel good, ne! Eclair silently glared, who finished changing into her maid clothes. "Um...... I would like to say something." "What is it?" "Are you an exhibitionist, Eclair?" "There's no way! How could you arrive to that conclusion yo, you have a husband!" Turning red, Ilya shouts at Eclair. "Milady is a despondent 'Innocent' person, Eclair-sama." Ilya gave a polished smile, who finished changing into the same maid clothes. It is alright, I understand Milady that smile said, just what sort of understanding did she get, I don't understand. Understanding her is, difficult. "Fhun, whatever, Eclair is going ahead. You guys hurry and change, ne." "y, Yes. Apologies." Eclair left the dressing room. There wasn't a good reason to be so sensitive, at this point. There is no way I will return to being a guy I think. But for my mentality, it would be inexcusable to peek at others by taking advantage of this situation..... "Milady, I shall help you change." "Thank you." It is hard to take off a one-piece ne. Pulling back my arms, it popped off snuggly from my head. As, taking it off becomes easy with someone helping. "Now then, ban~zai." "O~kay." With my arms risen, Ilya skillfully extracted out my clothes. "......te, It's like I am a kid!" "Exactly Milady, the fact that you're so easy, I love you." "It would make me happier if you played around less." "Fufu, not possible ...... you're too cute, Milady." What is not possible ......? With a smile, Ilya put the clothes in to the locker. Nevertheless, this world that is fantasy, that is a fantasy in the Middle ages, have days that compare to the modern era, the original world. It feels like Magic materialized in the place of Science. Where we are at now, horses are still the method of long-distance traveling, but using magic stones to power a sort of locomotive - that possibility is out there. Perhaps I should say, somewhere out there, it should already exist. ......Til travels fast on her feet though. And now that I mention it, Libra's movement magic, is somehow, got to be a cheat. I have never seen Til use that before though...... Is it outside of her magical lineage?* In the first place, what magical lineage is it from? Fire, lightning, water, beyond these I do not know. The next time I fight Libra, I will not be ready the way I am now. Obtaining more firepower would be pointless without a counter against that movement. A method to decisively catch the enemy. Hm~~~~~~~~~m "Here you go." "Un."* While absorbed inside my thoughts, I received the maid clothes that Ilya brought over. (?) My my, passively thinking Ilya as she saw my underwear through the mirror. I already got use to her doing that, but with others looking I would feel guilty... Time to change. "Mm? Isn't this a uniform colour different from everyone's?" Eclair had a mainly white maid uniform. Ilya wore before me, a white-black style apron dress. And, mine was a pale blue. This colour, this uniform ...... much like that famous fairy-tale...... "This is Alice Blue, of which it is called." "It was that sort of colour? Isn't that Milady's colour, ne." It's not that, it was the big western country in the original world which named it such...... "In truth, it was from Eleanor. I was entrusted to bestow it to my Lady." "Fhu~n?" "And created by a famous tailor. Anyhow, let us go this way." "Right." The administrator behind Eleanor, must be pretty amazing? With the shop opening, there is going to be a lot of work soon. ( ?そういうコネまで Putting off connecting the dots on Eleanor?) Well, it will be alright. Got to quickly get dressed, and leave behind the mysteries of the world in the locker room. Not that the shop was strange, but today's opening hours start from the evening though it was the first opening. Alcohol drinks were going to be served, as this was said to be a maid cafe. If I recall correctly, alcohol is served in cafes, and not served in tea houses? The meeting started with kitchen staff members, floor cleaning staff - all employees coalesced. The owner and manager of Eleanor spoke with seriousness, all dressed up, body all tensed. While I was undeniably reluctant, since I am here I will do what I can. The whole meeting has ended and only the cleaning staff remained next to us. Other than them, it was me, Eclair, Ilya, and with Eleanor makes the four of us, plus the manager. ......Has it only been the two of them before? Will it be okay?..... "Ok, this is a good place to practice. This is your second time I think Alice, it is reassuring." "t, Thanks." I am a pro, I will become a pro. "Eclair-chan has already practiced perfectly, therefore Ilya, memorize it at once!" Ilya is a real do-it-all you know, Eleanor. "Oh? You are the people that Eleanor has employed? What cute kids!" I turned around at the impudent, rudely spoken out tone ―― "Heeee!!" Muscles of muscles! Beefy beef! A skinhead! Tank-top, short shorts! Also―― "Fabulous, my motivations just got excited!" Homo!! "te, is this a reincarnation mistake!?" "Nn? Whatever did you say, this cute, silver lady." His body did a *pikun* *pikun*, and started coming closer to me. Those extraordinary hot, fried muscles are huggggeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! How did he work those up!? Like a frog being stared down by a snake, I was motionless. "wha, What are ya doing! Don't come closer to Alice, yo!" Seeing me freeze, Eclair forced herself in between. "Whaat~? This fine red girl is quite cute, too. Oh, isn't she?" "-ts!" Mister Muscles moved towards Eclair, who took a cat-like stance with her paws out. (クネっと?) ...... She must have gotten goosebumps, that Eclair. "Nnnn? That blonde girl too, has a great body, ehh." "Thank you very much, you are the Tailor Bati, ne?" "Indeed." "This time, it is an honour to have received the clothes that you have made. To have witnessed my cute Milady, I will treasure such." "Well! You are an understanding girl, nee! Well well! But, I would rather be known as a designer for my work." "Fufu, I understand, Designer Bati." Ilya ...... just how are you being so fine about this ...... "That said, this is the capital's famous Designer, Bati! Our clothes are all done and received from Bati's work!" With the introduction of Eleanor, Bati poised his muscles. *pikun*. "A pleasure, n~" "I look forward to working with you." A melodious response from Ilya. "i, It is a pleasure." "n, Nice meet you." Mine and Eclair's response were somewhat clumsy, forgive us...... The first opening of the shop starts at dusk, and for the sake of success, the nightshift staff came to help. The daily income was for helping Eleanor whenever she calls for help. On days where there is no adventure, helping will be a good thing I thinkk. A sense of accomplishment is there. ...... I wonder how Saira is doing? Staying inside and secluding herself in the mansion is bad. That neko, maybe already has something going on? Am I being optimistic? No, it is easier to do something about your worries they say, so I will encourage her. The cafe owner and Eleanor has reassured me. "Okay, Alice, Eclair, that will be all." "Ah, yes. The night is quite late, be careful Eclair? If you want I can leave with you." "It's fine yo, Eclair's magic deters all enemies." "Fufu, that is true." With the part-time over, the three of us left to head back. The roads forked, where us and Eclair pointed to different directions. Certainly, there is no better matched opponent as her. Experienced in battle with a set of good instincts, irrefutable magical power. During that match in the tournament, if it wasn't for the Icicle・Garden, I should have lost. "toda, Today you helped me a lot, Alice ...... Thank you, ne!" Eclair ...... she's so adorable. "Mhmm, same, today was fun." That being said, I just remembered the errand Klan had for me. I had better head to the guild to receive the request. ......Because, regardless, I should meet with her. Though it can't be, the resulting chain of events that happened was an organized trap...... "Alice...... See you tomorrow, ne ――?! What, what is this strange' magical energy!!" The farewell was cutoff, at that moment Eclair's facial expression changed, doing a double-take. Responding to that moment, I put my focus to the surroundings, staring towards the direction of darkness. A late hour, civilians - none. It is past twilight, but the atmosphere at this late hour gives shivers down my spine. My eyes can handle the dark, but cannot see past the light under the streetlamp powered by the magic stone, as it contrasted too heavily making it imperceptible. ――But something, something unthinkable is there! "―― Objective confirmed, initiating contact." Out from under the light, a small silhouette hidden under a hood. Noticing, Ilya stepped in front of us without a word. "――!? Change of plans, retreat." Suddenly, the silhouette felt something behind it, then disappeared under the cover of darkness. "wh, What was that......" Regarding the unusual presence, Eclair thought aloud. ......Eclair was nervous to that extent. For a while, we were motionless, holding our breath inside the darkness of the night, standing there. Then―― "――For aye', there are three things that cannot be forgiven." "Eh'-......" t, This voice...... Out from under the darkness of the streetlight, a different new voice. "First, forcing a child upon one." I was trembling with fear. Eclair had a clueless face on her. "Second, disturbing one's sleep." Ilya, get out of the front and behind me! "Third, this idiot whom does not study." This must be the leader, of that previous shadow that stood under the light ―― "A child? At the hour? You know her Alice?" Eclair flummoxed, staring at this person. "Now, between ye all, whom was the perpetrator that dared to infuriate thy superior?" "Everything you think of, was Master." Ilya who at some point took refuge at the corner behind the wall, responded! "*umu*, thus ―― Hell shall be rained, upon this moronic discipleeeeeeEEEEEEEEEE!" "w, We're getting outta here, Eclaaaaair!!!" "Wait!! Why Eclair too!!?" Wrapping myself in lightning, I jumped carrying Eclair. The place we were standing just an instant ago, was assaulted by a storm of blizz ice! Had, anyone been standing there, they would have become sculptures - frozen in everlasting, never-melting ice. We're in deep crap! "wh, What was that, that highly pure ice magic!! Just how many monsters are hidden in these streets yo!" Especially the one chasing us, Eclair!! "I will use my full power to escape! But we can't jusy escape, we have to face against it, Eclair!!" "na, What the heck!! I don't want to fight a child, ne!" "The fact that it is a child, is something that can't be undone!!" "What did you do to it, anyway!?" ......I get it! I, get why this is happening!! But the moment Rin-chan wakes up, she would have felt suuuuper loneelyy, I thought!! "m, My determination is resolute! It's time for do-or-die resistance!!" Even though Ilya already abandoned me! "So it couldn't be avoided, ne -, we'll burn it down' yo!!" Eclair start accumulating her magic. I could see red magical particles gathering. "Veracious origin of light yo, release your cleanse light against impurity! Fire ― !!" The red flame went after Til, whom created a foothold of ice. With such low magic, then ――!! Looking back behind a shield of ice easily deflected the magic Eclair had sent. "wh, What is with this kid!?" "Eclair, Star Flare. Full power!" "What the heck you sayin'!? You want to murder!?" "You have misread the enemy's power level!!" During our shouting, the enemy appeared beside us!! "――You have warmed up to one another quickly, that deserves praise. Icicle・Garden." "Wawa- !!?" "What-!" Before we knew it, the world was encased in a dome of ice, in every direction to prevent any intrusion or evasion. Out of necessity, I had to regulate my magic in order to not crash into the wall. "――oh, Alice? From the confines of made by this barrier, how shall ye escape, could thou show?" ......hu, This is as far as we can escape, as said. "Let's do it, Eclair." To barbeque this lazy slothful Master, this is a good chance for it! "......I sort of haven't been able to follow any of what's going on, though." "It's ok, me and Eclair, if we're together, we can do anything!" Reassuringly, I held her hand. Being a bit shyly, Eclair blushed. "Alice ...... i, I guess we have to! I don't get any of this, but I have to return the favour anyway, ne!" Eclair is fired up! Yes, we can win this! ―――― The existence of such possibility never existed. Eclair ...... I'm sorry. The solemn snow that fell wrapped the defeated victims, Eclair and I. Ilya diligently dug us out, and took us back to our homes. And they lived happily ever after......