Eyes stared a bit as he spoke, unsure of what to really think of what the boy had just told her. Nobody had really complimented her other than Jack, and he was just a natural flirt all around when it came to women. Even if she knew he wouldn’t lie about looks, she didn’t take it completely to heart. That, and now he was a traitor to them, everything he said seemed to be lies to her.
It was safe to say that compliments, when actually being sincere from someone with a genuine heart, caught her off guard.
“Thank you,” she responded, her voice a bit more quiet than it had been as she felt a bit guilty she couldn’t respond with anything else. Being polite was something she was used to by now, despite those special occasions. The only time she had never really been polite with a compliment was when one of the Baskervilles did, but they were all in the same boat; they were rejects who understood their flaws that caused them to be abandoned by humanity. Hearing it like this from an outsider, it was very foreign.
“I’d comment more, but if I were to be honest, I’ve never heard a compliment like that directed at me before.”
An image ran through her mind that caused her to stifle a laugh, a hand moving to her lips as if it would escape if she didn’t. “Ah!~ I’ll be sure to do that, then! I wouldn’t want you to lose anything at all,” she spoke, finally just letting a chuckle escape. “Though, I guess it would be quite a hassle if it were to escape… playing a game of catch with a piece of hair; people might think we’re insane~.”
Really? Now he found that just a tad odd. How could she not receive such a befitting compliment like that before? Again, he found that bit rather hard to believe, it almost puzzled him. Or maybe… maybe Araragi wasn’t seeing something everyone else could see? Something that prevented them from commenting on Lotti’s apparent beauty? He wasn’t sure, but he wasn’t going to pry either.
He didn’t know her well enough for that sort of question anyway. For now, only his opinion mattered.
It’s also important to say, that Araragi had also noticed how quietly she had responded to his earlier compliment of her. If his guess was right, then his compliment must have been new to her, and really caught her off guard.
He tilts his head to the side, eyes up slightly in thought before turning them on Lotti before speaking. “I find that really odd somewhat, Lotti-san. I honestly thought you’d get complimented more. Hmm… not even in this circus?” he asks, curious. Sure, maybe people back in her world would not comment on it, but what about here in the Ringmaster’s playground? Surely one or two would have complimented her looks.
“Hah, the thought of it is kinda funny I think.” The image of him trying to catch his own hair would be hilarious. It almost made him think of the poor sap that was constantly harassed because of his own hair, much like Araragi’s. What was his name again? Chen? Chered? Cheben? Something like that anyways.