She didn't really expect to be dealing with much today, as she had taken a break from her normal excursions within the guild. A lot of her time as of late was spent rebuilding the guild hall and it was kind of draining to be there all day, in addition to having a different hotel every other night. Sure, she was grateful that it was all paid for by the guild, but at this point, she was still looking for a place that she could call her own home. The guild was the only home that she had for a while, so this sudden change where she didn't have anywhere to live was getting kind of tiresome to deal with in all honesty. But, she couldn't constantly be looking at the dull and drab of everything. As she was now getting her own apartment in Rose Garden. She had traveled to the Capital in order to pick up some future that she was establishing her home to be with. Lilium realized that she should have something to always look forward to return home to, and if it wasn't a person, it'd have to be a place. The guild may always be there in spirit, but the establishment was a breath of fresh air whenever she returned after a long mission. Perhaps a home could provide the same sense of being. Her sunglasses being flicked on, the holy mage would glance down in her hand to her iLac as she looked at the store's address that they were shipping to. It was in the middle of the mall, so perhaps the holy mage could afford to window shop now. She had been saving her money for once as opposed to impulse buying what she usually wanted and now had quite a bit to spend. Although, a drink in the warmth of the day sounded somewhat refreshing. Making a detour, the holy mage would walk into a cafe.
The cafe was honestly really cozy. It wasn't too crowded for this time of day but still had a hum of life as it was full of many different patrons, such as some young students and some people who were heading to work. It was a nice ambiance to compliment the scent of roasting coffee in the air. Walking over to the counter, the holy mage would place her sunglasses on her head as she pulled her wallet out of her varsity jacket. She ordered an iced coffee, to provide some coolness to her internally while the day was still nice. Good days in terms of weather were far and few with what she was used to so she was taking this opportunity to relish in a colder drink without receiving death glares. Either way, the barista would nod silently as she handed her the jewels required to purchase it. A minuscule amount to be completely honest and that was relative to her money now, not even her family's worth in terms of jewels. But either way, she was excited to be able to have some more money to play around with now. Fiddling with her hair as she sat at a table waiting for her coffee, she would glance at the window as she glanced at all the passerby who were as entertained as she was with how pleasant the day was starting. Her ice coffee would be finished as she walked up to the counter and grabbed the drink. Lifting the cap up, she'd grab a packet of sugar and pour all of it in the plastic cup. She liked a lot of her things on the sweeter side and since it was still morning time, perhaps she could stop by a diner and try some pancakes, but that would have to wait until after. She had an appointment after all. She couldn't get too sidetracked.
Walking around the mall for a couple of minutes, she would analyze the area before Arthur had tapped her shoulder. "So, is this where most people do their commerce?"
Somewhat startled, the holy mage would jump back as she almost choked a little on her coffee. Coughing for a moment, she'd hold a finger in his face as he tried to offer some help but paused until she was finished. "Sorry. Wasn't expecting you to show up cause it's a rather calm day. But, yeah. This is where people come to get a lot of shopping done."
. In all honesty, a lot of people came here just to browse. Buying a lot in here could be a hassle for an average working person unless they were playing around sales. The people that did play around sales however were not to be messed with. Arthur actually had casual clothes for once which was a pleasant surprise because the holy mage had always assumed he only had armor and it was pretty fashionable too. Today seemed to be full of pleasant surprises actually. Hopefully, it'd only improve from here.
Omit the word 'pleasant'. Lilium turned her head and saw a familiar silver haired dragon slayer in front of some jewelry store. What a shame. The holy mage wanted to go in there too. Turning her head slightly, she'd see the person that she was talking to and sensed a familiar magic energy as she pondered for a moment. Squinting slightly in the direction of the two, she would mumble, "Is that... Erika?"
. Yikes. She wanted to say hi to her... she actually didn't know what to call the CEO of the Nightshade Company. Friend felt too familiar and acquaintance felt too far for someone you spent an afternoon with learning how to kill. Perhaps, personal trainer would do. It'd be fine if she didn't say hi. She wasn't sure about saying hello to Astrid as well, and the mood between the dragon slayer and the thread mage felt a little too... intimate to come in between. Hopefully, neither would notice her and Arthur on the other side of the mall. But, Astrid has always managed to be a pain for the holy mage so she would try to keep her hopes low.