-Inside The Modern Woman-
Leona stepped past the threshold and into the women's clothing store she wanted to go into first, which was teeming with customers perusing the clothing racks and employees helping customers make decisions. The Wizard Saint entered the shop unnoticed and thus got a chance to browse what The Modern Woman had to offer without being distracted by a starstruck employee trying to make a sale to a Wizard Saint... she carefully worked her way to center of the store and looked all around her. The clothing was a mix of styles that leaned on the casual side like t-shirts, shorts, and skirts with the occasional pair of pants thrown in for the sake of balance. However, the shorts and skirts seemed to be a bit too casual because some of them were dangerously short, but that shortcoming did not stop them from being snapped up by teenage girls and young adult women. Leona decided against buying a pair of shorts or a skirt because there was nothing in her size that was not on the short side and instead started to head towards the t-shirts for something in her size that might be comfortable to wear.
Leona got to the t-shirts and saw that there was a good variety of colors and styles to choose from. The main color options were staples like white, red, green, blue, black, purple, yellow, and pink, but right next to those were different hues and shades of the base colors like baby blue, hunter green, hot pink, lavender, cherry red, and other options. There were also different sleeves like short sleeves, long sleeves, and even tank tops. The color choices and the different styles of t-shirts were two things that worked in The Modern Woman's favor, but then she took a closer look and noticed that some of them were designed to expose the wearer's midriff, which was another thing that Leona had wanted to avoid. When she approached a blue tank top and touched it to feel the fabric, another flaw was soon made apparent.
The fabric was so thin that Leona could easily read a newspaper through the shirt if she wanted to.
Thin fabric was fine if one lived in temperate climates like Fiore or in warm ones like Desierto, but in colder climates like Silent Glacier or Phoenix Mountains that lack of thickness could be a big problem. Then there was the consideration of what would happen if the wearer got caught in a sudden rainstorm without a rain jacket. Leona's chest size would work against her in both cases. With those factors taken into consideration, Leona decided to hold off on making any purchases from here until she had first went to an athletic apparel store and browsed what they had to offer. She recalled there being one on the second floor named The Athlete's Edge.
With her mind made up, Leona silently left The Modern Woman and returned to the floor to make her way to The Athlete's Edge to see what they had to offer. She might return to The Modern Woman for a casual t-shirt or two, but that shop was not going to be the primary source of her new wardrobe. No one had even known that the Wizard Saint had been in there, but that lack of recognition was fine by her. She was not looking to be treated like a superstar. She just wanted the same shopping experience that an ordinary person would get
-The Second Floor-
Leona left The Modern Woman and blended in with some light foot traffic that was making a lap around the second floor. She calmly followed the mix of young people and middle-aged people until she reached the entrance to The Athlete's Edge and then broke away from the pack to check out the store. She entered the small, clean, and well-lit athletic apparel shop and a DING-DING sounded, eliminating any chance she had for a leisurely perusal of the clothing.
-Inside The Athlete's Edge-
"Hi there miss, welcome to The... oh wow!" A young woman with waist-length black hair and brown-rimmed glasses greeted Leona before stopping and cupping her hands over her mouth in surprise. Leona dreaded what was about to come next. She was probably going to be waited on hand and foot by a starstruck employee despite not wanting to be waited on. The Wizard Saint did not want this because to her critics it would look like Leona was abusing her status to make the hapless employee do her bidding. However, there was no stopping it now because the young woman was already excited about meeting the Wizard Saint and was ready to show Leona everything they had.
"I can't believe that I'm helping Leona Jarnefeldt herself! I never thought that I'd meet a Wizard Saint!" She exclaimed in clear excitement. Some of the customers down on the shoe aisle about 100 meters in front of her heard what was being said and turned their attention from the shoes to Leona, who began to blush. She was not wanting the attention, but she was getting it now. Since she was a public figure who commanded attention whether she liked it or not, Leona would just have to grin and bear it. Seeing that the Wizard Saint was uncomfortable with the unwanted attention, the employee calmed down and asked Leona what she could do to help the esteemed mage.
"What can I help you with?" The employee asked Leona.
"I'm looking for a shirt or two and some shorts that I can wear under my skirt." Leona answered. She was concerned that the size of her chest and backside might make things difficult, but the employee did not seem concerned by that issue. After taking a quick look at the blonde's body she calmly spoke to the Wizard Saint.
"We've got some items that should fit you. Follow me and I'll show you." The black-haired employee diplomatically said before motioning for Leona to follow her to the back of the store, where neatly ordered racks of shirts waited for them. Leona wordlessly followed the young woman through an empty aisle of shoes in boxes arranged according to size and brand and to the back of the store. A few young women who were browsing for shirts and shorts saw the Wizard Saint and brought out their iLacs to take pictures of the blonde mage. Leona obliged the young women, pretending not to notice them and letting them take their pictures. They smiled and resumed their shopping like nothing had happened and Leona was left in peace to do some shopping of her own.
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