“Well then, please unmount me since I will unlock the case”
I jumped off from Balaina’s back. Balaina, who was freed, rose on her own two feets and started doing stuff with her front legs on the glass case. Soon, the glass case automatically opened.
I undressed the figurine, and dressed myself with the uniform. The uniform was a bit too big for me as it was baggy but as soon as I buttoned all the buttons, it shrank to fit me. It seems this kind of function is installed on the uniform.
“What do you think? Do I look good?”
“Right. You look very good with it, Captain Kaito”
Balaina nodded to my question.
“Well, that’s great”
I smiled feeling satisfied. While I’m still not really used to being called a captain, but I guess I made some step forward.
“Alright, now that we found the clothes, it's time for the food”
“Understood. The Food refrigeration facility is located nearby. We will have to move, so please hop on the hover plate and follow me”
I hopped on the hover plate quickly so that I won't be left behind. Even so, I wonder what the food from the age of gods would be like? To my rising expectation, my mouth started drooling.
“This is the food?”
Balaina nodded as if it was natural to my question.
“This is the food. Is there some sort of a problem with it?”
“No, but, this….”
In the direction that I pointed, an unknown pellet filled in a transparent bag was there. In the Food refrigeration facility, this was piled up in countless amount. Nothing else. No meat. No, nothing.
“Is this tasty?”
“What is tasty or not is subjective as it differs people to people.”
“I know that but….”
It has this shape that doesn’t feel inviting at all, it's a bit too dull. Oh well, if there are so much of it, it must’ve been well liked by many people. It shouldn’t be terrible, and should contain high nutritive value.
I convinced myself with great difficulty and reached out my hand, grasping on the bag and teared it. I picked up the pellets that came out and put them in my mouth with great determination.
The texture is as it appears to be. The smell is comparable to the dried meat. As for the important taste…..how should I describe it….
“....it’s not disgusting but, it has a weird taste. If I stretch it, it would be something along the line of nuts?”
Balaina approached me who was in middle of processing what I was eating.
“Captain Kaito, can I have some too?”
“Oh, right. I’m sorry, I should’ve given you some too.”
I extend my hands filled with pallets towards her, and she crunched away at it. And in no time, it was all consumed, so I did the same thing again. Everytime she eats the pellets, she licks my hand, which nearly made me giggle multiple times.
“You are eating it as if it is delicious. Does it to your palette’s liking?”
“Ee, my palette loves it very much. It is delicious”
“Fu~n. Not to me though”
“I believe it can’t be helped since this wasn’t adjusted to human’s consumption”
“I see, if that’s so than it can’t be helped………. Wait?”
I could feel my cheeks flaring, after hearing something I can’t ignore.
“Miss Balaina? What do you mean by not adjusted to human’s consumption? Please, explain it to me in detail”
“In detail for?”
“....First thing first, what is this thing?”
“It is a dog food”
“Dog food? …..that is to say?”
“That is to say, it is a feed specially made for dogs. It is tasty wan!”
“Feed for the dogs!? You, what in the world are you!”
I grasped onto Balaina’s cheek that stretches pretty well, towards the worst answer.
“What do you mean tasty wan! Are you making fun of me!?”
“It is tasty wan! Is the name of the feed”
“I don’t care! Why are you feeding me the dog’s food!”
“Because there is no other food. Plus, it's not like humans would die from eating it”
Towards Balaina who explained nonchalantly without a shred of guilt, my anger kept on rising. That’s why, I scratched her soft heads and necks.
In reaction, as if she was feeling good, her eyes scrunched and her tongue drooping out. This support ai is no good. It’s becoming more and more dog like. I felt exasperated, therefore, I mounted on top of her.
“As a punishment, you will be my bed for today”
I ignored her dissatisfied roar and I closed my eyes. When I buried my face in her soft fur, drowsiness soon fell on me.
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