>>41560220>Both the young woman and her mood seem to deflate a bit more as Alton brings up the potential problem with her approach.
"....She'd probably get mad and yell at me...for a lot of reasons. But...it's not like it's a lie that she's really helping me out, even if I can afford to buy or put out a quest for whatever materials I need. If I did that it'd basically look like I didn't want to spend time with her though wouldn't it? Plus there's no way she'd ever let me help with her work if I didn't let her help with mine...even if protecting me while I'm gathering ingredients is the only part she can help with."
>She clenches the edges of her skirt a bit as if to try and calm down a little.
"She's just...got a lot of pride...and I guess her family puts a lot of pressure and expectations on her? I don't really get it because it's not like my family was ever particularly important, but she always acts like she has something to prove, even if nobody else has really cared one way or another about the nobility for the last 10 years or so?"
>Her expression sinks a little more at this as she pats the part of her skirt she'd crumpled back into place before finally speaking up again.
"...When its just the two of us she's just Mimi and I'm just Lina and...her being the heiress of some noble family...while I'm just a girl from a tiny fishing village out in the boonies, none of that really seems to still matter to either of us when we're alone together. But...if I suddenly started spending lots of money...especially in a way that looks like I'm pushing her away...we might end up having a stupid fight over it all and end up going back to how we were at the start, since even if she tends to act really stuck up around other people she's....not really actually that confident deep down, even though the Mimi I love is the one she's too scared to show anyone but me."
>Adelina lets out a soft gasp after she's done letting her feelings off her chest.
"Oh...please don't tell her I said something like that though, since, well, she'd probably call me a traitor or something for telling someone her weak points. Even though people would probably like her more if she didn't try to hide them so much. At least I did, once she finally started opening up to me."