The day after we returned from our trip to Osaka, Alice and I went on a little excursion to a department store. The purpose was to look for a yukata to wear to tomorrow’s fireworks display.
To be honest, I was not particular about wearing a yukata at all, but Alice was not. So I had to be woken up early in the morning. Now we are at a kimono store looking at yukata together.
“From Takuma’s point of view, what color yukata do you think would look best on me?”
“It’s a pretty tough call, but personally I think blue.”
The blue yukata, with its fresh and cool impression, would definitely look good on Alice. Alice heard my words and went into the fitting room with the blue yukata. A little while later, Alice came out of the fitting room and opened her mouth.
“How do you like it?”
“I think it looks good on you.”
The blue yukata suits Alice better than I had imagined, and she looks like a model of some kind.
“Thanks, I’ll go with this one then.”
“Don’t you have to try on the other colors?”
“Yes, Takuma said it looks good on me, so I don’t think there’s any mistake.”
“If Alice is happy with it, that’s fine.”
Alice went back into the fitting room and changed back into her original clothes inside and came out.
“Well, let’s pick out a yukata for Takuma to wear next,”
“No, I don’t have to buy anything.”
“It’s a fireworks show after all, so let’s put on a yukata for Takuma too.”
“Even if you say so, I don’t have the money to buy a yukata in the first place.”
Since it’s a kimono shop located in a department store, the price is pretty high, and I don’t think I’ll be able to buy it with what I have now.
“Ah, I’ll buy Takuma’s yukata for you, so you don’t need to worry about money.”
“No, no, that’s just too bad.”
“Then I’ll just say you owe me.”
Alice really wanted me to wear the yukata. In the end, she pushed me into buying my own yukata as well.
“How about this yukata?”
“I think it’s a little too flashy and doesn’t suit me.”
“How about this one then?”
“I think it’s a good choice.”
We went back and forth like this several times, and finally I chose a simple black yukata. We paid the bill, and the total price for the two yukata was listed at 50,000 yen.
Fifty thousand yen is a lot of money for a high school student. However, Alice paid the bill with her credit card without changing her expression.
“How do you have so much money, ……?”
“I make a lot of money, so to be honest, I don’t really have a problem with money.”
“Alice, I don’t think you have a part-time job or anything, how on earth do you make money?”
I was curious, so I asked her that question and she gave me the most ridiculous answer.
“Dividends from the stock market. I think I get about four million yen a year.”
“F-Four million yen!? If you want to receive that much in dividends, you’re going to need a lot of principal, so how on earth did you prepare it…..?”
I don’t know much about stocks, but even if the yield was 10%, I would need about 40 million yen in principal. Then Alice answers my question.
“I bought about a million yen worth of stock in the company that runs Puzzle & Dungeons before the game went into service, and a year later the game became very popular and the stock price increased a hundredfold. So I took my profits and used some of it to buy some high-dividend stocks.”
I couldn’t hide my surprise at Alice’s casual way of saying such a thing. How could she invest a million yen in a company that was completely unknown before Puzzle & Dungeons became a big hit?
I don’t think you can buy and sell at such a good time unless you know the future, but that’s impossible, so Alice must have had a tremendous foresight.
“I think Alice can live as a private investor even if she doesn’t get a job in the future.”
“”I just happened to win by luck, so I don’t think it will be difficult. Besides, I’ve decided to work for Takuma permanently in the future.”
Alice says this while grinning, and seems to be driving normally as usual. Having achieved our goal, we left the clothing store, but Alice seemed to have other places she wanted to go.
“Hey, where are we going next?”
“That’s for when we get there,”
I had a bad feeling about this, but unfortunately, it turned out to be true.
“No, no, no, we’re in the women’s swimwear section.”
“My breasts have been getting bigger lately, so I thought I’d get a new one.”
“I’ll wait outside, so you can take your time choosing.”
“Eeh, I’m going to have Takuma pick one out for me, so that’s going to be a problem.”
Alice said this without hesitation. But no matter how you think about it, the hurdle is much higher than choosing a yukata.
It’s already uncomfortable to be stared at by customers and staff around, but having to choose a swimsuit in such a situation is like torture.
“Which do you think would look better on me, a red bikini or a black bikini?”
“I think either one would look good, so please decide quickly.”
I answered with a single-minded desire to get away from this place as soon as possible, but that didn’t seem to be a good idea.
“Muu, I won’t move here until Takuma chooses properly and seriously.”
“…… Oh, come on, give me a break.”
I had no choice but to start thinking seriously about a bikini that would look good on her, but Alice wasn’t convinced, so I ended up staying for almost an hour.
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