Bruno was carrying a box full of his belongings as he was going up to the third floor by the spiral stairs, having careful to not trip and fall. Though this was now the last time he had to come back to the moving truck to carry another box, he was now feeling exhausted after running up and down stairs. Even so, he did his best to struggle until he reached at an open door and he went inside.
The living room used to be spacious until now, apart for the dozens of boxes scattered around, there was a three-seated couch with a rectangular coffee table on front and under the furniture the wooden floor was covered with a white carpet; a dresser with a LCD TV, a couple of videogame consoles stood beside the television; even there was a large window which leads to the balcony to contemplate the view of the city. Behind the TV stand there was a dark table with two chairs and next to the dining room was a small kitchen, with piles of plates and rows of glasses placed on the counters. On the other side, a small hallway with two doors facing each other, and the third one at the end.
Before Bruno almost fainted when he felt his energy running out, he placed the box on top of the coffee table carefully, before letting out a huff.
“Alright, that was the last one.” He said as he wiped the sweat off his forehead. “Thank you for giving me a hand, man.” He turned to a bulky man who’s the driver of the moving truck.
“Nah don’t mention it, there’s no way you would carry all that stuff by yourself. You sure you don’t need me to unpack?” The moving man asked.
“Thank you for the offer but I can do this on my own. Besides, I think it’s a good way to exercise, only I need to rest for awhile.”
“Well, if you say so, just don’t push yourself too hard. Anyways, I take my leave.”
“Again, thanks for the help.” Bruno walked up to give the moving man a handshake.
“Take care kid, you have my number if you need anything else.” Then, he walked out and closed the door, leaving the young man alone.
Bruno slumped down on his couch with a relaxed sigh, as he looked around his new home. It was normal to feel weird since moving out is a big change for him, but eventually he will get used to live in a new place. Though the one thing he doesn’t want to feel is being alone since he was now far away from the people he knows. Maybe he should get to know the new neighbors and hopefully he can be around with them.
Suddenly, before he was about to think how he should start to unpack, he heard a knock on the door, which he never expected that would happen all of a sudden.
“Huh, wonder who is it?”
Bruno stood up from the couch and walked towards the door before opening it. In that moment, his eyes were wide opened as he did the best of not letting his jaw falling to the ground after meeting the person he never expected to meet.
An adult woman of incalculable beauty was standing in front of him, with shoulder-lengthen violet hair tied in a bun, wearing a white tank top and a purple skirt. Even though she appeared to be a little overweight, her voluptuous body with K cups, and her thick lips and the shining cyan eyes was enough to make all the men fall under her incredible charm.
“Good afternoon, are you the new resident of this apartment?” The woman asked with a sweet and kind of voice that would make his heart flutter.
Bruno was starting to feel a nudge inside his throat that would make him unable to talk, but he knew that he will make things awkward if he doesn’t speak to the lady. So he straightened his back and gathered all his courage to be polite.
“Y-Yeah, it’s me. I’m Bruno, nice to meet you.” He responded as he tried to keep his sight on her eyes instead on her visible nipples through her clothing.
“Pleasure to meet you too, I’m Oomori Nanako. I’m the landlord of this place and I came here to give you my warmest welcome. I hope you feel very comfortable here from now on and if you ever need something, don’t hesitate to ask me.” Nanako said with the sweetest smile.
“Oh, really? Thank you.” Bruno replied with the slight flush on his cheeks. “I don’t remember the last time someone would come to my doors just to give me a welcome. Would you like to come in?” He stepped aside with a motion with his arm.
Nanako was slightly surprised by his offer, but then she nodded with her cheerful expression.
As Nanako was passing by, Bruno took a closer look at her face to admire the beauty, but when her eyes turned at his when she noticed he was staring at him, he quickly looked away in embarrassment, hoping she’s not having a wrong idea about him. But what he didn’t know is that she was smiling because she was aware of her beauty to gain his attention. In fact, she didn’t mind to be flattered.
“Would you like something to drink? I mean, I just have water but it’s something, right?” Bruno said as he closed the door and made his way to the kitchen.
“I’m fine, thank you.” Nanako said with a giggle, as she sat on the couch. “Actually I’d like to know about yourself, if you don’t mind.”
“About me?” Bruno paused before he filled the glass with purify water from the sink. “Well, I don’t know where to start, but I can tell you that I just moved out from my old apartment because the landlord was asking me, no, he was demanding for me to pay him more.”
“Oh, how so?”
“I don’t know, I asked him the same thing and the only answer I got it was that the price of the rent increased, nothing more. I was upset not only because I wasn’t convinced by that kind of answer, but that I didn’t have enough money to pay that amount. That’s why I left so I couldn’t see that asshole anymore.” Bruno flinched when he realized he just swore in front of the lady. “Pardon my language!”
“No worries, I understand you have some trouble with your old landlord. I wonder, though, how did you find this apartment?”
“Internet.” Bruno replied with a shrug. “I’ve been planning to move out anyway since I grew tired living in a small apartment and with that grumpy old man. That’s when my attention caught about Apartment Gardens and, to take the chance of giving you my opinion, I found this place really amazing. Even I think it’s great you have your own park.”
Nanako beamed at his positive review. “Why, thank you. I always thought it would be nice if my tenants would like to take a stroll around a quiet place and take a fresh air. But since you can’t find so many parks around this city, I decided to put it just outside the entrance. You are welcome to spend some time there.”
“Thank you, I will. By the way I also saw on internet that here has some community amenities, but there was not so much information about it.”
“It’s true. I would tell you right now but I think it would be the best if you see it for yourself, consider this as a surprise.” Nanako replied with a wink. “But the tour has to wait because I’m busy doing the meal.”
“It’s alright, I also have something to do.” Bruno said, referring to the pile of boxes around here
“Wait, I have an idea, why don’t you come to my place for the meal? Some of our neighbors are going to be there and I think it would be nice you join to introduce yourself, maybe you can even start befriends with them.”
“Really?” Bruno rubbed his chin thoughtfully for a moment. “You know what? I like that idea. I’m in.” He responded with a smile.
“Splendid! The meal will be ready at three. My apartment is at the first floor, down the hall to the right.” Nanako stood up her seat and made her way to the exit.
“You sure you don’t need help?” Bruno asked as he set the glass on the table.
“That won’t be necessary. It’s not the first time I cook for the half of tenants, but thanks for your concern. Besides, it seems you will be busy unpacking all these boxes.” She pointed to the boxes scattered across the living room.
Bruno nodded in understanding. “Yeah, you’re right. Well, then I see you later. It was nice to meet you, Miss Oomori.”
“Please, you can call me Nanako, everyone who lives here is a friend of mine.” Nanako responded with a friendly expression. “See you later, Bruno.” She closed the door.
After that, Bruno collapsed into the couch with a huff, greatly relief that his conversation with the beautiful landlord turned out pretty well than he expected. He couldn’t believe that somehow he managed to control his hormones to avoid filling his mind with naughty images. However, it was too soon to celebrate since he will join the meal with her, he knew he had to be prepared if he doesn’t want to be frowned upon the neighbors he’s gonna meet.
As he checked on his watch, he saw he has two hours before he has to go to Nanako’s apartment, so he decided to start unpacking.
He took almost one hour and a half to take out and arrange all his belongings, before keeping the empty boxes in the basement. After that, he took a shower since he didn’t want to go outside with sweat all over his body, and now wore a dark green long-sleeved shirt and coastal blue jeans.
Then he got out his apartment and used the stairs to get down to the ground level, and following Nanako’s directions, he turned to the right across the hall and found two doors facing each other, and the third one at the end of the hall. So he went to that door before knocking it a few times, and as he was waiting, he took the chance to take a breath while keeping his mind clean.
Then, the door was opened and as he expected, Nanako was the one who answered it, as she was now wearing a light blue apron.
“Oh, Bruno! I never thought you would come a little bit early. And I see you changed your clothes.” She said with a hint of surprise.
“Yeah, I just finished with the unpacking and then I took a shower. Thought I should be clean before coming to your house.” Bruno said with a smile.
Nanako smiled back, before she sidestepped. “Well, come in. The meal is almost ready.”
Bruno nodded and went inside. Suddenly, his mouth went opened when he looked around her apartment, with some expensive furniture, modern decorations, even he could smell the sweet cinnamon apple aroma coming from a lit candle.
“Whoa… Your place is amazing!” Bruno said in amazement. “To live with such luxury, you should feel like a queen.”
“Thank you, this is everything what was left from my husband.” Nanako said as she made her way to the kitchen.
“Wait… What was left? You mean…” He trailed off when he knew it wouldn’t be a good thing to finish that sentence.
Nanako stopped her tracks, but didn’t turn around as her head slightly hung down.
“That’s right, I’m widow.” She answered with a nod. “He was the one who built this apartment and become the original landlord, even he used to be a successful businessman. But after his death, I took his place as the owner of this building; the company he worked with offered me to provide, but I kindly rejected it because I don’t need wealth to make my life better.”
Bruno flinched after he heard the hint of sadness in her voice, as he resisted the urge of slapping himself for making that question that unintentionally forced her to answer.
“I’m really sorry.” He answered to the grieving widow, as he averted his gaze away in shame.
Nanako turned around to face him with a sad smile. “No need to apologize. I know it’s hard to be lonely without someone you love, but as long as my tenants and you live here, I will always be happy.”
“Glad to know, but if you really need something I’ll be here for you.” Bruno replied with kindness.
“I’ll keep that in mind.” Nanako said with a nod. “Why don’t you take a seat at the table? The others will be here soon.”
Bruno nodded as he went to a rectangular black dining table with eight cushioned chairs. The table was already set with plates, cutlery and glasses, even the striped tablecloths placed under the plates. He sat at the end of the table, before he started to smell the delicious scent coming from the kitchen, like she was preparing something roasted.
“So what can you tell me about the neighbors?” Bruno asked, as he glanced at Nanako as she was now standing in front of the stove.
“Would you be surprised if I tell you the truth?” Nanako asked with a hint of amusement.
“What do you mean?” Bruno raised his eyebrow in puzzle.
Before Nanako would answer, she and Bruno heard the knocking coming from the door.
“Oh, that must be them! Would you be so kind to open for them, please?” Nanako said, a little excited that they could make it.
Bruno stood up and went to the door, but took a moment to fix his hair before he opened it. But once again, his body froze as his breathing stopped. He was expecting to meet the neighbors, but the reason behind his shocked reaction is that he never thought he would find SIX women standing there, who are as beautiful as Nanako.
One of them is a young woman with long violet hair that reaches behind her back and green eyes. She wore pink sweater with her cleavage exposed, light pink long socks up her mid thigh, and violet heel shoes.
The second was around the same age as the purpled haired one, with shoulder-length brown hair with white headband and a red ribbon tied on her right bang, and blue eyes. She wore a beige turtleneck sweater, flannel miniskirt, and brown shoes.
The third one appeared to be younger than the other two, with long black hair in a hime cut with blunt bangs, amber eyes and pearl stud earrings. She wore a short-sleeved button up white blouse, a matching miniskirt fastened with a black belt, long white socks and white heel shoes.
The fourth woman has dark brown hair tied in a ponytail with long thin bangs and grey eyes. She’s wearing a long sleeved red shirt with black accents around the collar, beige slim pants, and red stud earrings and dark brown slippers.
The fifth one, like the purpled haired woman had an amazing busty figure, with wavy blond hair and brown-reddish eyes. She wore a blue button up short shirt with white collar and black pants with white a white belt and white heel shoes, as around her neck was wearing a small gold necklace.
Finally, the last visitor’s the oldest of all, but despite her age she had the plump lewd body that looked like a goddess. With black hair tied in a braided bun, purple rimmed glasses behind her green eyes and a beauty mark on the left side of her lower fleshly lip. Her attire consist a crimson button up jacket with white accented collar, under a unzipped purple blouse that revealed her G-cup cleavage, thigh-high stockings and black heel shoes. However, Bruno noticed a string on her left thigh which appears that she’s wearing a thong.
The women were surprised that the young man answered the door instead Nanako, but the blond haired woman was the only one who frowned in suspicious. On the other hand, Bruno realized that this was too much to control the hormones, especially when his eyes forced him to look at their breasts. A part of him wanted to come out and run all the way to his apartment, but his common sense warned him that it would be a really bad idea, not to mention very impolite to leave without even introduce himself.
“Um… Is Nanako home?” The dark-haired woman in white dress asked.
Thankfully, the question made Bruno snap out of his stupor.
“Oh yeah, yeah! She’s in the kitchen, but you can come in!” Bruno answered and stepped away from the door to let the ladies enter.
The women glanced at the young man as if they were trying to remember if they have seen him before. Bruno couldn’t help but wonder why they’re acting like they’ve never seen a Male, but then realized that probably they are not aware that he’s their new neighbor. However, the blond haired woman gave him the distrust look; apparently, since she doesn’t know who he is, she would say that he is not supposed to be in Nanako’s home.
“Glad you could come by, my friends! Our today’s meal is Fettuccine Alfredo with grilled chicken and broccoli.”
“That’s wonderful! I was hoping you would do pasta today!” The purpled-haired one said in glee.
“Oh, but why didn’t you ask us to help you to make the pasta? It must have taken a lot of work for you to cook for all of us.” The young brown haired woman replied.
“I didn’t want to bother you, but I thought that wasn’t necessary because I love cooking by myself, even if I have to serve the whole apartment.” Nanako responded with a smile as she took off her apron.
“We know that, but you can’t do all that job by yourself and that’s unhealthy.“ The mature lady in glasses responded with a strict tone. “Next time don’t bother to ask us for help, remember we’re always for you.”
“At least let us help you cleaning the kitchen after eating.” The ponytailed brown haired woman suggested with a pleading look.
“I understand, I guess there’s no point to say no.” Nanako said sheepishly.
“Nanako, would you mind to tell us who is this young man?” The blond haired woman brought up a question that everyone’s suppose to talk about.
Nanako and the other women turned to the guy who just became paralyzed when they stared at him. He tried to speak up, but his nervousness left him unable to think how he should respond, but in a good way.
“Yeah, I don’t remember the last time you had a visit.” The woman in white dress added in wonder.
“Oh, that’s right.” Nanako walked up and stood beside him. “Girls, this is Bruno. He’s our new resident who just moved in and he’s going to live with us from now on.” She said with a cheerful smile.
In that moment, Bruno was very grateful the nice landlady introduced him in front of the ladies, but then he knew he must do his part by talk to them instead being shy.
“N-Nice to meet all of you! I hope we can get along!” He spoke up, standing in attention like he was a cadet in a boot camp.
The women are taken aback by his outburst, but before Bruno would regret his recent choice, they burst out giggling. Well, all of them but the blond one, but at least he was a little relief that he’s not considered as a stranger for them anymore.
“You don’t have to be very serious, we just didn’t know who you are and it’s very unusual to us to see a stranger in Nanako’s home.” The ponytailed woman answered.
“But we have to be honest, we are now surprised that you are our new neighbor.” The purpled haired woman replied.
“Wait, what do you mean?” Bruno asked with a raised eyebrow.
“As I was about to tell you, all the residents of my apartment are female. In fact, you are the very first man who lives in our apartment.” Nanako made a surprise statement that left Bruno very dumbfounded.
“You’re… You’re kidding…” Bruno responded, as he started to imagine himself living in a big house full of attractive women.
“I understand it’s hard to believe that, but I can assure you there’s no rule that we don’t allow men here. That would be very unacceptable.”
“Not to mention sexist.” The purpled haired one added as she popped up behind Nanako’s shoulder.
“You could say that this is just a coincidence,” Nanako continued. “But the truth is we considered ourselves as a part of some sort of a community. We look out for each other and do our best to help when one of us needs.” She turned to the ladies with a smile. “Now why don’t you introduce yourselves to our new member?”
“I’ll go first. My name is Wendolin, but you can call me Wendy for short.” The purpled haired woman said with a playful wink.
“I’m Urahara Ebihara, it’s nice to meet you too.” The young one in white dress replied with a bow.
“I’m Koharu Hinomoto, I hope we can get along too.” The woman with a white headband said with a blush.
“My name is Sawako, pleased to meet a new neighbor like you.“ The ponytailed woman gave Bruno a sweet smile with her eyes closed.
“Rinko Murai, I will be appreciated if you respect the ground rules of this building, just as you respect the neighbors.” The woman in glasses said with an authority tone. “Nevertheless, welcome to Gardens.” She finished with a smile.
“Reisa Suzuki.” The blond haired spoke coldly, without anything else to say as she didn’t stop giving Bruno the suspicious glare.
“Well, now how about we go to the table while I bring the pasta?” Nanako said gleefully.
Bruno and the rest of the ladies took their seats on the table, Wendy and Urahara sat beside Bruno, while Sanako was next to Wendy and Koharu next to Urahara. Reisa, Rinko and Nanako were sitting at the other end of the table. Bruno took the liberty to serve the plates each of the ladies, as they were thanking him for his kindness, though Reisa didn’t show a hint of appreciation after he served to her.
So they started to enjoy the meal while others served the lemonade to each other. Bruno remained quiet as he was eating the pasta, while the ladies began to have a conversation.
“So Rinko, how’s Haruka?” Nanako asked to the beautiful woman in glasses.
“She’s doing pretty well. Right now she’s striving to become the presidential candidate for the school council. Then again, she’s not very ambitious to earn that title, but if she gets the chance, I would love to see her how she handles a school council.”
“What about Ai, Sawako?” Nanako asked.
“Been watching her doing her best to become an artist, it makes me happy to see her so motivated to do something she loves.” Sawako turned to Reisa. “By the way, how are things in the café?”
“Very quiet so far, nothing to worry about.” She answered. “But we still have to keep our eyes open if those customers would do anything inappropriate to our staff.” Reisa took a glance at Bruno, as he didn’t notice she was looking at him.
“Don’t you think you’re overreacting a little? I know you are just concerned about your employees’ welfare, but not everyone can be like that.” Wendy responded as she took a sip of her lemonade.
“Maybe you’re right, but you know it’s my duty as a boss to take care of my employees. I would do anything to make sure they get here safe.”
“Wait, your employees lives here?” Bruno asked with a tone of surprise.
“Ai and her friends, Miwako and Asuna, work for her.” Urahara replied. “They need the money to pay for their university, so Reisa offered them to work as waitresses since she was short of staff.”
“Hmmm, wouldn’t be a bother if I come by to your café? I mean, if you don’t mind, I’d like to explore some new places, that’s all.”
Reisa frowned at his request, but she noticed he didn’t have the wicked expression. Though she’s doesn’t buy that, she decided to answer. “I will give you a pamphlet after meal, it has the location.” She said before she continued eating.
“What do you do for a living, Bruno?” Koharu asked the young man with interest.
Bruno blinked in surprise at her question, but then realized it’s a good opportunity to give them a good impression.
“Well, I work in a book store, it’s not the best paying job but it’s a quiet place and my co-workers are friendly, so I’m happy to be there.”
“You look younger to have a job. Do you go to a college?” Rinko asked.
“I’m afraid not. I had some… personal problems that I had to drop out and I wasn’t able to find another.” Bruno went a little uncomfortable to keep mentioning about what kind of issues he had. “But I’m finding my ways to learn things. Like, in my job, I’m allowed to read a book and sometimes I pick one that would interest me to learn.”
“Impressive, I’m glad to know you didn’t give up on your studies.“ Rinko complimented with a pleased smile. “I have a suggestion, how about someday I’ll stop by your place so we can talk about what you’re learning?”
“I think that sounds a great idea, you like World War Two?” Bruno said with an excited grin.
“I don’t read too much about it, but I would like to hear that.” Rinko answered, very anticipated to have a chat with him.
“Hey Bruno, do you like playing videogames?” Wendy was the next to make a question to her new neighbor.
“Of course! I have an Xbox 360 and a PS4, even I have a computer. What kind of videogames do you like?”
“I’m a first-person shooter fan. I usually play Overwatch and Battlefield 4.”
“Hey that’s awesome, I have both of these games, how about I add you as a friend so we can play together?”
“Sounds great! What’s your gamertag?”
“CaptainB17. My profile pic is a bomber, you can’t miss it.”
“Alright, I’ll send you the friend request later.”
“If you don’t mind if I ask, how do it feel living by yourself?” Sawako asked.
“To be honest, it’s kinda lonely when you don’t have someone around you and sometimes you want to have a chat with anyone. I mean, I have friends and I chat with them on the internet, but what I really need is to have a conversation in person.”
“It must be really hard you feel that way. But you don’t have to worry, we’re here for each other and if you need something, you can talk to any of us.” Sawako gave him a compassionate smile that Bruno felt his heart skip a beat.
“I’ll keep that in mind, thank you.” Bruno nodded with a smile before he went back to eating.
“I think what you really need is to do some activity.” Bruno turned to Urahara. “I do some Yoga classes here and most of our neighbors come there, you can have a class with me and maybe you’ll get the chance to socialize.”
“Hmm… I’ll think about that, but thanks for your suggestion.”
“Anything to make you feel better.” Urahara replied with a smile.
When Nanako was watching the young man getting along with her friends, she was very glad to see him happy. She knew that moving on a new apartment is a big change and some people would feel odd to get used to it. Nanako was aware that Bruno would feel that way and that’s why she wanted to have a talk with him, making him feel very welcomed and make him realize that he’s a new part of a new ‘family’. However, the only one thing she was worried about is that she noticed that Reisa is the only one who was staring at Bruno, but didn’t seem like she would like to know a little more about her new neighbor.
Nanako thought she should have a talk with her, but she was afraid to make the meal a little awkward if she brings out that subject. So she decided to just sit back and wait, as she was trying to enjoy the spaghetti.
After the dinner, Wendy, Rinko and Reisa were the only ones who left, as for Sawako, Urahara and Koharu decided to stay to help Nanako cleaning the dishes and the kitchen. As for the tour Nanako promised to him, she asked Urahara to be the one to show Bruno what the building has. Urahara kindly accepted the suggestion, only she asked him to wait for a while since she’s helping Nanako in the kitchen.
“Thank you so much for the meal, it was so delicious.” Bruno said when he was now prepared to leave.
“You’re welcome, Bruno. I hope you can come again next time, it was nice having you around.” Nanako beamed.
“See you later, Bruno!” The rest of the girls bid farewell with their radiant smiles.
“Goodbye everyone, take care!”
Bruno waved his hand at the beautiful ladies before he went out of Nanako’s apartment. But before he was about to make his way to his apartment, to his surprise he saw Reisa leaning against the wall, like apparently she was waiting for him.
“Bruno, can I talk to you for a moment?” Reisa spoke coldly as she walked up to him.
“Um… Sure, what is it?” Bruno said, though now he was a little nervous when he felt like the glare from her was piercing his soul.
“I know you just moved in and you didn’t know that you are the only man who lives in this building. But I want to ask you something to get the bottom of this. How are you going to try to be a good example to Nanako and all of us? I can see you are not as charming and I’ve known people like you who tried to take advantage not only me, but my employees as well.”
Bruno’s eyes widened when he realized she was accusing him that he’s intending to do something unacceptable to women. He was very offended, but at the same time he understood why she was thinking that way. Sexual harassment is a very serious issue that nobody has to ignore, and he could bet that Reisa experienced that to act hostile. However, it’s unfair that she would think that all the men are the same and he’s willing to prove she’s wrong.
With his head raised, shoulders back and the look of determination, he answered.
“Alright, I’m gonna be honest. I’m a man, okay? And you have to understand that it’s pretty normal for us to have dirty imagination when we’re surrounded by women. But let me assure you that I’m not that kind of man you think I am. It would be hard for me to act normal around you, but taking advantage on you against your will it’s the last thing I want to do. Please, give me a chance to prove that I can be a good person. As the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover.”
Reisa remained speechless with her serious expression, but the truth is that she was slightly impressed by the young man’s words. Actually, she never expected he would confess that he could be a pervert in his mind, but in his heart wants to be a better person. Reisa tried to look behind his eyes to see if he was hiding his true intentions, but she found nothing at all. And when Bruno just said that quote, she felt like he just made her open the eyes.
Her frown began to soften when she started to realize that maybe she was being unfair with him. It’s true that no one is the same. Though she wanted to be cautious and protect her friends, she thought maybe he deserved to give him a chance.
“Are you sure you promise you’ll be good with us?” Reisa inquired with her arms folded.
“Well, I’m not going to make promise I can’t keep, but I’ll do my best.” He said frankly.
Reisa looked downwards thoughtfully, and after a moment, she spoke. “Alright, you got the deal. However, I will give you a test.”
“A test?” Bruno blinked.
Reisa shoved her hand into her pocket and then handed a piece of brochure to him. He looked at the image of three ladies standing each other with friendly smiles, but then he noticed that they were dressed as maids.
One standing on the left had a wavy pink hair with green eyes, and her maid outfit was dark purple with low cut shirt that expose her cleavage through the strings.
The other busty maid in the middle had dark purple hair tied in a ponytail with a red bow, as two curved thick strands stood above her head. Her maid costume was red and white with two small red ribbons.
The last one standing on the right had the long reddish orange hair with a red bow on the back of her head, and violet eyes. She wore the red’s maid outfit with a pink ribbon above her huge chest and a white apron around her waist.
“Is this a maid café?” Bruno deduced, a little surprised that this kind of establishments exist around the city.
“Correct, now you understand why I’m concerned about the safety of my employees. While we’re making the costumers living a fantasy when they get served by beautiful maids, it’s my duty to make sure none of them goes too far. So if you’re willing to proof to be polite, I want to see how you behave with us in maid costumes.”
“But wait, how’s that gonna work as a test? I mean, there’s no way I would do something like you’re thinking in your café. I would be totally humiliated.” Bruno replied.
“The only difference is that you don’t have to come to our café, we will come at your apartment.” Reisa responded flatly.
“Wait, what?” Bruno went taken aback as he tried to believe he misheard the last part.
“What’s gonna happen is that we’ll go at your doorstep and we’ll offer you a service. We clean your house, make you a dinner, buy some groceries, whatever you wish. I’ll be the one who watches you to see if you can control yourself of giving them a… improper order. If you can do it by the time I’ll tell when will be over, I will go easy on you.”
“Um, are you sure they will agree with this? Because I don’t think they will.” Bruno said as he tried to fight back his imagination of being treated as a lord by the beautiful maids.
“I’m aware of that, but I’ll try to repay them if they can do me that favor. Besides, I’m sure they will be excited to meet you when I tell them you just befriended some of our neighbors. So, what do you say?”
Bruno knew he’s in the moment when he has to make a choice, and probably whether the choice he will make, something big is gonna happen next, just like in the videogames. The test will be so much for him, but maybe Reisa’s distrust will get worse if he refuse to accept the challenge. It won’t be easy, but if is to gain the attractive blond woman’s trust, he has to take the risk.
“Alright, I’ll do it.” Bruno gave her a nod with his frown of determination.
“Very well then, I’ll let you know if something new comes up. In the meantime, enjoy your stay.”
Bruno remained standing as he watched Reisa leaving. A part of him felt lucky he’s going to be served by pretty maid girls, yet, another part tells him that he should be prepared to act like a decent man not just them, but all the women who lives here.
“Oh, you’re still here?”
Bruno turned around and saw Urahara coming out of Nanako’s apartment with her bag, wearing the surprised look when she saw the young man standing in the hallway.
“Oh, hey Urahara, I just had a talk with Reisa, not big deal.” Bruno explained.
“Oh, I see. I was hoping I would find you in your apartment so I can give you the tour, but since you’re here… I guess we should start it?”
“Oh yes, of course! I was so looking forward for it.” Bruno responded with a grin.
Urahara smiled back. “Alright, then follow me.” And so Urahara lead her new neighbor and friend to the different places around the Apartment Gardens.