Shopping and Chunni's and Animal Girls (Oh My!), Center Road, Golden Quarter, Priestella
Aerith gratefully took the bag of offered coins from Irene, smiling but not all too sure how to say "thanks" properly in this world. It was kind of an odd feeling, but at the same time she had...well, she had to say something! Even if she was surprised at this act of kindness, to complete strangers with an "evil" aura of some kind at that. But the gift was welcome, though thoughts of conserving cash properly entered her mind at the same time.
"A-Ah! Thank you very much, Irene! We'll spend this as wisely as we can!" Aerith said, pushing through the things she felt to give a proper thanks as a small but genuine smile came to her face. She then turned to the wolf-eared girl who had been speaking to Hiro, before continuing on as the admittedly cute but somewhat unnerving (due to earlier) worker at this emporium asked for their names and such-
"Ah, my name is Aerith. As for attire, i am myself interested in one of the casual yet majestic outfits you talked about! About how much would it be for something in a darker color? Say, this one?" Aerith said, her free hand running its fingers very gently over the fabric of a dark green dress, good in style yet modest and casual enough to perhaps pass off in any part of the city as had been said. After all, they didn't know if they ever needed to step into the 'Noble District', and despite the higher price it could help to be prepared for the occasion.
Besides, this shade of dark green was a nice compliment to her own hair and eyes! She knew this for sure, at least from a friend's meddling during shopping in the past...er, back home in her original world anywho.
But still, they could get clothes to blend in! This was a perfect first step, though something gave Aerith mental pause. She had no idea what Chieko and Hiro would want to buy! Aerith hoped they had some sense about them, though between Hiro seeming to change oddly around the animal-like girl, and....wait, someone ran into Chieko? Aerith raised an eyebrow at the situation as it unfolded, albeit only briefly, though things only got somewhat stranger. As in, Chieko going into that "odd" sort of mood and patting the human girl on the head, and the other girl seeming to...enjoy it?! Chieko also seemed to be getting excited, and that, well, she had no idea what this could cause really.
"Ah, pardon me. I need just a second, and i'll be right back with you!" Aerith said to Fritzi, almost a tad sheepish in her behavior before moving to the other matter at hand.
Mentally sighing to herself, Aerith reached over with her one free hand and grabbed Chieko's ear, tugging at it a little bit to get the other girl to stop. Aerith's own face was nearly deadpan in expression at first as she moved to address her fellow otherworld companion.
"Chieko, please come pick and outfit. And please don't pet random strangers without permission please, we might seem rude," the dark-haired, green-eyed girl said, before letting out a small actual sigh, before looking over to Eiko and giving a respectful nod, face brightening up into a normal expression of pleasant politeness as she then addressed the dove-winged girl, the free hand letting go of Chieko's ear and coming back to hold the money bag as well, "Ah, i think my friend here will be fine! We're foreigners to this place, along with Hiro over there, so please forgive us in the case we have offended you or your companion here somehow."
Clothes, attempted damage control, shopping, bandits, animals girls, Hiro's seeming fetish, Chieko's odd behaviors like this....yeesh this first day in a new world was going oddly. Not as poorly as the "last life" here, though, that was most definitely for sure. Even the thought of that matter in general still crawled up and down her spine like a tingling spider, or a sudden shudder of the body during cold months. She wasn't even sure they had time for a second life, much less if they did live again....where would they appear? In the same muddy alley? Having to play pretend again to seem utterly new to all of this? She had no idea, and it did somewhat scare her.
But at least she could try to get the group focused on the matter at hand, in case this entire situation has the equivalent to "checkpoints" like some sort of video game. Though whilst the comparison seemed odd, they had already "respawned", so maybe the concepts applied somewhat? Ugh.