The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary
Author :Mine
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Chapter 14

Chapter 14
They didn x2019;t run into any problems while exploring .
As Ritz said earlier, the only monsters they encountered were goblins, and they were quickly taken care by him and his party .
The goblins x2019; corpses were laying strewn along the ground, with one ear missing .
Loren was worried that they would become undead, but there was no way for them to bury them inside the ruins, and if they were to burn them, the smoke would fill up the corridor .
They had no choice but to leave them as is .
x201C;Even if they do become undead, they x2019;re only goblins so it shouldn x2019;t be that big of a deal . x201D;
Although Ritz answered Loren x2019;s worries, Loren did not want to meet ghosts or undead goblins .
Putting that aside, thanks to all the goblins that showed up, the sack on Loren x2019;s waist was now full .
It wasn x2019;t much at first, but as the number of ears increased, the goblins x2019; blood started seeping into the sack, and started giving off an awful stench .
As much as Loren wanted to throw it away, he couldn x2019;t, because it was given to him by Ritz and his party .
He couldn x2019;t handle it roughly either, because it could be traded in for money .
Loren wondered if no one else was bothered by the smell, so he looked around, but no one seemed bothered by it except for Lapis .
She was grimacing, and because she was trying not to breathe through her nose, Loren could hear her heavy breathing .
x201C;It x2019;s not like I x2019;m getting aroused or anything . x201D;
x201C;I know . You don x2019;t have to tell me . x201D;
Even if she didn x2019;t say it, there was no way Lapis could be in the mood, anyway .
Nim, who was watching the two of them with a smile, suddenly became serious and let out a warning so everyone could hear .
x201C;Wait . Something x2019;s wrong . x201D;
Ritz and his party responded instantly .
Ritz, the warrior, raised his shield, and Jack, the thief, scanned their surroundings .
Quartz, the magician, raised his staff and looked around .
x201C;Nim, what is it? x201D;
x201C;The smell of the air changed . I smell blood other than goblin x2019;s blood in the air . x201D;
At Nim x2019;s words, Loren sniffed but the only thing he could smell was the goblin x2019;s blood coming from the sack, and couldn x2019;t smell what Nim was talking about .
Loren was surprised that Nim was able to detect a different smell, despite being right next to him with goblin stench covering up all the other smells in the area .
x201C;Blood smells like iron, but is there really a difference between the smell of human blood and goblin blood? x201D;
Lapis asked Loren with an unamused voice, but there was no way that Loren knew the answer to that .
x201C;I won x2019;t tell you guys to stop talking, but from here on out we should be careful . When it comes to sight and hearing, Nim x2019;s is the sharpest . x201D;
x201C;Her figure is sharp too x2026;Oww!? x201D;
Jack, who said one thing too many, received a kick on the back from Nim .
Although Jack had the larger body and looked stronger than Nim, she must have put in quite a bit of strength into that kick, as Jack fell face first onto the ground .
x201C;Stop messing around x2026;I just said we need to be careful . x201D;
x201C;Come on, it x2019;s getting too serious here . If we don x2019;t relax it x2019;s not good for our mentalities . x201D;

Ritz, who decided that it was a waste of time trying to deal with Jack, gave the order, frustrated that he wasn x2019;t apologetic at all,
Although they would slow down, everyone agreed that it was better than becoming like what Nim sensed, or fighting with whatever caused it without preparation .
x201C;The young lady can x2019;t move yet? x201D;
While moving slowly through the corridor, Ritz asked Loren .
Loren looked behind at Lapis, who tried raising her arms up and down, and shook her head .
x201C;I x2019;m sorry, it x2019;s going to take a bit more time . x201D;
x201C;I thought you weren x2019;t able to stand? Your arms should be fine . x201D;
x201C;I know this is embarra . s . sing, but my whole body seems to have frozen from all the fear and tension x2026; x201D;
Ritz let out a bored expression at Lapis x2019; excuses, but then said to Loren .
x201C;I don x2019;t know where you found her, but wouldn x2019;t it be better for both of you if you took her back to her church? x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s something for her to decide . I can x2019;t really say anything about it . x201D;
Loren thought that they weren x2019;t close enough for him to say anything about what she should do, but didn x2019;t feel like explaining that to Ritz .
He knew that he didn x2019;t have a way with words, and there was a chance that he would say something that he didn x2019;t need to .
Loren didn x2019;t have any thoughts about Lapis x2019; true colors, but most people didn x2019;t think the same way he did, and he wasn x2019;t sure how Ritz and the others would react if they found out .
So Loren decided that there was a need for them to keep it a secret, and if he was going to do that, he shouldn x2019;t talk much .
x201C;Hey, look at that . x201D;
While Loren was thinking such thoughts, Jack, who was looking around, raised his voice .
Loren stopped thinking and looked toward the direction Jack was pointing, and what caught his eyes was something on the ground a distance ahead of them .
Loren wasn x2019;t sure what it was at first .
It was a distance where he could just make out that there was something on the ground, but maybe because her job was a hunter, or maybe because it was because she was and elf, Nim was able to make out what it was, and muttered under her breath, trying to keep something in .
x201C;Armor x2026;b . l . o . o . d . y . x201D;
Even after finding out what it was, Ritz and the party didn x2019;t cease to be cautious .
As much as they wanted to rush in and examine it, they were careful to look for traps or whatever left the b . l . o . o . d . y armor on the ground, and after taking a good amount of time to make sure there were no dangers, they walked closer to the thing lying on the ground .
x201C;It x2019;s armor all right . Leather armor . But this doesn x2019;t tell us anything . x201D;
Ritz went close and leaned over to look at it more closely, but soon gave up trying to gain any sort of information .
As Nime said, it was leather armor covered in blood, but it in such a shape that they could barely recognize that it used to be armor, and there was nothing that let them know who x2019;s it was .

Quartz started gritting his teeth and tried to remember as hard as he could .
Around him, Ritz and Jack were growling, not able to remember at all either . Nim ignored all of them and told Loren .
x201C;What do you think? x201D;
x201C;Me? Not your party? x201D;
x201C;We should let them think for a bit . They might remember eventually . x201D;
Nim, who completely cut off the other three, gave the information to Loren, who was thinking if it was okay for her to do that to her party .
x201C;If the armor was from someone in the competing party, the person wearing it was a thief . x201D;
x201C;Looks like it . x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s not the problem . I want your opinion on the next thing . x201D;
Magicians usually didn x2019;t wear armor, but instead wore robes made of cloth, and priests wore equipment made of cloth as well, and sometimes wore chain mail under it .
When it came to defense as well as being able to move quickly, it was usually equipment for thieves or warriors, but the leather armor didn x2019;t have any reinforcements to make it st . u . r . dier and was quite light .
Based on this, Loren could tell that it belonged to a thief even without having seen the other party .
But that wasn x2019;t what Nim was worried about .
x201C;If we x2019;re to continue with the theory that it x2019;s one of the members from the other party . Their thief was a woman . x201D;
x201C;Huh? x201D;
Loren wasn x2019;t sure what that signified, but Lapis, who was listening on his back, seemed to find something wrong .
x201C;From what I saw, the only monsters that came out in these ruins are goblins . x201D;
x201C;What about that? x201D;
x201C;Goblins don x2019;t usually kill women . It x2019;s because they can use them for other things . But if the wearer of this armor was a woman, it means she was killed . That x2019;s what x2019;s strange . x201D;
Loren looked again at the remains of the armor on the ground .
In its current state, it was hard to tell if it was armor made for a woman .
But if it was like Nim said and the wearer was a woman, it was weird that she was killed on the spot, as Lapis just said .

x201C;It x2019;s not like something hit her and killed her? x201D;
x201C;It x2019;s not impossible . But there x2019;s too much blood . x201D;
Loren agreed with Nim .
Even if something like an arrow had killed her, it was hard to think that goblins x2019; weapons could make a wound that caused so much bleeding .
x201C;There x2019;s too much blood . It x2019;s likely that she was taken apart on the spot . x201D;
x201C;That would be unusual for goblins . If their prey was alive, they would prioritize their entertainment and take it to their nest . x201D;
x201C;Then I guess there might be something other than goblins here . x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s what it comes down to . x201D;
After being silent for a moment to collect her thoughts, Nim asked Loren .
x201C;The crack where we met you two . Do you remember the way back? x201D;
x201C;Yeah . It was mostly a straight tunnel, anyway . x201D;
x201C;Okay . Ritz . x201D;
Ritz stopped thinking and turned toward Nim .
After waiting for him to completely turn his attention to them, Nim suggested to Ritz .
x201C;Something x2019;s weird . We should go out and restart . x201D;
x201C;Wait a second . I feel that something x2019;s wrong as well, but we don x2019;t know for sure if these remains are from the other party . We need a clear reason to retreat . x201D;
x201C;It won x2019;t look well if we say we came back because we found b . l . o . o . d . y armor . It x2019;s a different story if we found their identification tags, though . x201D;
Nim scanned the area with her eyes, but there was nothing of the sort laying on the ground .
x201C;We can be extra cautious, but retreating is out of the question . It x2019;ll effect our jobs in the future . x201D;
x201C;It x2019;s okay if that x2019;s what Ritz decides, but x2026; x201D;
x201C;I know . We x2019;ll head back if we find things like tags . x201D;
x201C;Then it x2019;s fine . x201D;
Nim stopped being persistent as Ritz presented the conditions for retreat .
Loren, who had no choice but to follow Ritz regardless of whether he agreed with his decision, stayed silent and nodded .

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