The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary
Author :Mine
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Chapter 30

Chapter 30
The next day .
Loren opened his eyes and shook his head, ridding his head of alcohol and drowsiness .
There were quite many bottles stacked on the table, and across from it was Jack, completely knocked out with his cheek on the table .
Loren tried to recall what happened the night before, and buried his face in his hands as he remembered Jack going on and on about how he was in love .
The frightening thing was that Jack had kept talking about Nim, the elven hunter, until both of them went down from all the alcohol .
Since Jack was the one buying the alcohol, Loren thought that it wouldn x2019;t be too bad to listen to him talk for a bit . But it started to become a pain after Jack kept on going through the night, and as the bottles piled up, Loren started to feel less and less .
Although Loren had listened to Jack the whole time, he wasn x2019;t sure which one of them fell asleep first .
When he woke up he found himself leaning back against his chair, and Jack was sleeping soundly in front of him .
x201C;Don x2019;t tell me x2026;you were here the whole night? x201D;
Loren turned his sleepy eyes towards the voice that came from the entrance of the bar and saw
Lapis walked in, with the morning sunlight shining behind her .
Lapis, who was wearing the same clothes she had been wearing the day before, walked towards him . Exasperated, she tapped Jack on the shoulder to see if he was still asleep, and then walked next to Loren .
x201C;Umm x2026;Well, yeah . x201D;
x201C;After leaving last night, I remembered that we didn x2019;t get a new room at the inn . x201D;
x201C;Now that you mention it . We had to check out of the inn that the guild let us stay in . x201D;
x201C;I x2019;ve already done it and moved our things as well . Loren, you don x2019;t have much so it wasn x2019;t hard at all . x201D;
Lapis x2019; words took a while for Loren, who drunk too much, to process, but he eventually grasped what she was saying and glared at her .
He could understand checking out, but if she wanted to move his things, she would have to step into his room .
x201C;How did you get into my room? x201D;
x201C;They let me in pretty quickly once I told them that I was with you . x201D;
Loren wondered if it was fine to do that, but the inn was one of the best ones and was also one that the guild recommended .
There would be times when customers couldn x2019;t come to take their things, and it would be too much work to go through loads of procedures for them .
He didn x2019;t know what the baseline was, but decided that there must be a way to get into your party member x2019;s room using their information and knowledge as a party . If that was the case,
Lapis x2019; actions weren x2019;t that unusual .
x201C;I got us new rooms at a different inn as well, so don x2019;t worry . x201D;
x201C;Sorry for the trouble . x201D;
x201C;I got the money ready too . As much as I would like to start shopping x2026;what are you going to do about the payment here? x201D;
The number of bins stacked on Loren and Jack x2019;s table was quite high .
They had eaten quite a bit of side dishes as well to go with all the alcohol, and it wasn x2019;t hard to imagine how much money it costed .
Loren was going to let Jack pay for everything, but since he was pa . s . sed out, he couldn x2019;t just leave him here . When he was wondering what he should do, a helping hand reached out .

A loud noise erupted, and Loren and Lapis thought that it would be enough to wake Jack up, but he didn x2019;t even respond to the kick and was still asleep .
x201C;Nim, right? It x2019;s been a while . x201D;
x201C;Hey Lapis . I don x2019;t think it x2019;s been that long though . x201D;
x201C;Have you come looking for Jack? x201D;
x201C;Yeah . I x2019;ve been looking for this b . a . s . t . a . r . d . x201D;
x201C;Umm well . He was here because I wanted to ask him some stuff, so x2026; x201D;
Loren was the one who came to Jack in the first place .
Jack was drinking even before he came, so Loren wasn x2019;t the reason that he drank all night, but he didn x2019;t want him to take all the blame, so he started to talk, but faltered as Nim stared at him closely .
x201C;Loren is a good boy . Lapis should follow your example . x201D;
x201C;Are you saying that I x2019;m a bad girl? x201D;
x201C;I x2019;ll let you decide that . I x2019;ll tell Ritz that he tried to do something good for his juniors . I x2019;ll pay for all of this too . x201D;
Nim gave Loren a thumbs up as she said that, but it was hard to guess what she was thinking from her expression, and Loren stayed there wondering if it was okay for him to leave . Since he wouldn x2019;t leave, Nim made Loren stand up and pushed him out of the bar .
x201C;Should we go apologize later? x201D;
x201C;I think it should be fine . Rather than that Loren, am I such a bad girl? x201D;
x201C;Don x2019;t ask me that x2026; x201D;
For some reason, Lapis was worried about what Nim had said earlier .
Loren refused to answer her question and started walking towards the shopping district, towards the shops where they were going to buy his equipment .
Although there were many shops there, they weren x2019;t ones that ordinary people would go to .
It consisted of shops that sold items and equipment for adventurers, and it existed in any large city .
Lapis said that she had already researched and found a good place to get his equipment, so he followed her to one of the stores .
x201C;Most importantly, what we need is a weapon and some armor . You can x2019;t live as an adventurer without these . x201D;
The store that they went into sold weapons and armor .
There were many weapons hung on the walls and the place was filled with armors of different shapes, sizes, and materials . It was quite a thrilling sight .
At Lapis x2019; words, Loren pointed at the leather armor he was wearing, but she immediately shook her head .
x201C;You x2019;ve been using that for too long . It x2019;s time to get new ones . x201D;
Loren wondered if it was actually that bad, but the armor that he had been using since his mercenary days was indeed ripped in a few places .
When he was a mercenary, one of the members would mend it for him, but he couldn x2019;t after he became alone because he had no idea how to .
x201C;Loren x2019;s fighting style involves getting hit by your opponent quite a bit, so we should think about getting something harder than leather armor . x201D;

Forty-five gold coins was an incredible amount of money, and Loren felt bad about cheating the owner of all that money, but Lapis folded the coat up and pressed it onto Loren .
x201C;It x2019;s the store x2019;s fault for not knowing, so it x2019;s fine . x201D;
x201C;But still x2026; x201D;
Loren looked towards the old man sitting at the counter in the back of the store .
The old man was looking towards them, and although they weren x2019;t talking that loud, he couldn x2019;t help but feel that the old man knew what they were talking about, so Loren whispered to Lapis .
x201C;I think he knows . x201D;
x201C;No, he doesn x2019;t . Even if he did notice, we just need to buy it before he changes the price . It has a price tag, after all . x201D;
The coat indeed had a tag that read five gold coins .
It looked new, and Loren wondered if it was really okay, but Lapis walked around the store, looking for the next item .
x201C;Huh? This is weird . I had my eyes on that x2026;Owner, where did that one go? Don x2019;t tell me someone bought it? x201D;
x201C;Who the h . e . l . l would buy something like that . It was too big to leave out here so I moved it to the back . x201D;
x201C;I x2019;m surprised you were able to move that . x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s my line x2026; x2019;cough x2019; I had a few people move it inside . x201D;
x201C;I see . Then can you go get it? x201D;
x201C;Wait a bit . There x2019;s no way I can move that thing so easily . x201D;
After the brief conversation, Lapis and the owner walked into the back of the store .
Loren, with the coat in his arms and feeling left behind, decided to walk around the store until the two came back .
The store itself wasn x2019;t that large, but it had a good a . s . sortment of weapons and armor, and Loren had fun looking at all of them .
Although Loren x2019;s wallet was empty and he had to resort to borrowing money to buy equipment, he thought that it might not be bad to come get a secondary weapon once he had enough money . As he noted to himself the location of this store, his eyes stopped at a shelf inside the store .

Propped against it was a sword .
Its scabbard glistened with gold and silver decorations, and its black leather grip had gold and silver ornaments as well . Its straight blade glistened in the dark interior of the store .
Loren didn x2019;t use long swords a lot, but it x2019;s beautiful blade made him want to pick it up . But as he was reaching for it, another hand swooped in from beside him and s . n . a . t . c . hed it away .
x201C;I had my eyes on this . It x2019;s not something that a muscle head like you could master . x201D;
Although the sudden insult surprised him, Loren made sure it didn x2019;t show on his face and turned his head towards the voice, and saw a young man standing there .
He looked younger than Loren, had burning red hair, strong willed eyes, and although his clothes were one of normal people, he had an iron plate hanging on his chest .
x201C;It x2019;s not something a copper rank like you could buy in the first place . Know your place idiot . x201D;
Loren wondered why he had to be insulted by someone he had met for the first time, and younger than him at that, and stayed silent .
He had a feeling that if he said anything the situation would get messy, and the sword only piqued his interest and he didn x2019;t really want to see it that much anyway .
Since Loren didn x2019;t say anything, the young man must have thought that he had won, and took the sword to the counter .
Right as he did that, the owner came out and sold him the sword, while Lapis came out dragging a large package .
x201C;Did something happen Loren? x201D;
x201C;No, not much . x201D;
x201C;Hmm? The long sword that was here, it got sold . That was quite the weapon, but it x2019;s nothing compared to this one that I brou-I mean found, it x2019;s a few ranks lower for sure . x201D;
x201C;You know, your tongue x2019;s slipping is quite easy to make out . I don x2019;t feel bad so I x2019;m not going to stick into you too deep . x201D;
x201C;Sticking into me too deep, Loren you x2019;re such a perv . x201D;
Lapis let out a vulgar giggle .
Loren brought his fist down onto Lapis x2019; head and looked what was inside the package that she had brought .
x201C;Now this is another x2026; x201D;
The object that came out of the package .
At a glance, a sigh of admiration escaped his lips .

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