The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary
Author :Mine
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Chapter 48

Chapter 48
Ch . 48: Resting After Waking
x201C;Of course this is where I end up . x201D;
Loren was lying on top of a hospital bed, listening to Lapis, who seemed to be in a bad mood . He silently looked up at the ceiling, trying not to look at her .
The location was the city of Kauffa .
Loren was lying in a room in one of the few hospitals in the city .
x201C;Do you know how hard it was for me after that? You x2019;re way too heavy for me to carry with these thin arms of mine . Plus, you x2019;re way taller than me, you know? Your feet were dragging even when I carried you on my back . x201D;
x201C;Yeah, my boots have cuts and sc . r . a . pes all over . I might have to get a new pair . x201D;
His expenses would increase, but a pair of boots wasn x2019;t that expensive .
While he was thinking about the cost of the boots and asking Chuck, who seemed like he would know much about this kind of thing, if he knew a place to get a cheap pair, Lapis x2019; scolding continued .
x201C;You were heavy enough, but I had to drag your great sword as well, you know? I believe that it would be fair for you to make up for this service, don x2019;t you think? x201D;
Loren x2019;s great sword was something a normal warrior would have trouble holding with both hands, but Lapis said that she was able to drag it, so he was able to get a general idea of how strong she was .
x201C;Let x2019;s talk about that later . Anyways, hey Lapis? x201D;
x201C;Yes, what is it? x201D;
Lapis had been complaining the whole time, but when Loren spoke in a tired voice, she stopped doing so and answered him .
Maybe she wasn x2019;t that mad, and she just wanted to complain .
Or maybe she was just fast and clear when switching over .
Loren had no idea, but he asked Lapis the one thing he had to know .
x201C;What happened after that? x201D;
Shayna, who had become a No Life King .
Loren had shattered the jewel on its chest and defeated it .
Apparently normal No Life Kings didn x2019;t have weaknesses like that, so Loren knew that he wouldn x2019;t be able to defeat other ones in the same fashion, but anyways, he was able to defeat it and while it was disappearing, Shayna x2019;s consciousness returned .
He remembered up to the point where he reached out to her to comfort her and took her hand .
At that moment he felt that Shayna had whispered a few things to him, but he blacked out right after so he couldn x2019;t recall what they were, and so he decided that he needed to check with Lapis what happened after .
x201C;The thing is, I x2019;m not sure . x201D;
Lapis pulled up a chair next to the hospital bed and sat down .
x201C;Loren, you went up to it as its body was crumbling, but that was really careless, you know? A gt; doesn x2019;t exactly die even after its body disappears . x201D;
x201C;What x2019;s that supposed to mean? x201D;
x201C;Do you know that every living thing has two different bodies, Material and Astral? x201D;
Loren immediately shook his head .
x201C;Material is the physical body . Astral can be considered as the spiritual body . The two of these merging together makes up the existence of a living being . This can be slightly confusing, but even if you damaged the material side, it doesn x2019;t necessarily mean that you damaged the astral side . x201D;
Lapis peered into Loren x2019;s face, wondering if he understood .

Lapis then said that for beings that are not aware of the two types of bodies, the death of the material body is the definition of death .
In that case, since the astral body is still alive, it is possible to revive them with the highest ranking Divine Arts, gt; .
But even the astral body will weaken and eventually die if its material body isn x2019;t alive, so there is a time limit for reviving people .
x201C;What is the difference between that and a ghost? x201D;
x201C;A ghost is an astral that has been rooted to this world, although it is but a shadow of its former self . Since it is but a shadow, it is impossible to resurrect it . Although it seems that necromancers are still researching this . x201D;
x201C;I got what you x2019;re saying . But if the material dies, the astral will die as well, right? x201D;
x201C;But the thing is, if the being is aware of the two, even if the material is destroyed, it can live on for a while in its astral state . A gt; is one of those few beings . x201D;
So what Lapis was trying to say was that although Shayna x2019;s body started to crumble from the recoil of the jewel, but that was just the material body, and was unsure of whether or not it was the same for the astral body .
If the astral side was untouched, it was impossible to say that the No Life King had truly died, so Lapis was angry that Loren was too thoughtless .
x201C;Well, you don x2019;t need that kind of information when you x2019;re a mercenary . I x2019;ll admit that I was careless, though . x201D;
x201C;Yes, indeed . But in any case, the disappeared, and you only lost consciousness, so it seems that the recoil was powerful enough to destroy the astral body as well . x201D;
Lapis voice had a bit of relief mixed in it .
That meant that although she was angry about Loren x2019;s actions, she was worried about him, and Loren coughed, starting to feel slightly embarra . s . sed .
But then something caught the corner of his eye .
The only thing in front of his eyes was the ceiling, but at the corner he saw a small girl with wings wearing a dress . She was floating there, without needing to flap her wings .
The girl, who was hovering in his sight ever since he regained consciousness, looked very similar to Shayna, and it seemed like Lapis couldn x2019;t see her at all .
x201C;Falling unconscious x2026;was that really all that happened? x201D;
Loren asked Lapis, worried that he hit his head really hard and something was wrong with his mind .
Of course, he didn x2019;t mention anything about seeing a girl in the corner of his eye because he didn x2019;t want anyone to think that he had gone insane or something .
x201C;You x2019;ve gone through a few examinations just in case, but you x2019;re quite healthy . But this time you were a lot more weakened than last time . You were one step away from dying, to be exact . x201D;
Lapis, who had taken Loren back to the clinic in Hanza, was fl . u . s . tered at Loren x2019;s condition and made Klaus, who was already exhausted from defending the place, go get the four who were sleeping in the clinic and throw them in the caravan along with Loren . She then fastened him onto the horse and forced them to come all the way back to Kauffa .

As Lapis crossed her arms, wondering how he could be so weakened even though he wasn x2019;t even injured, Loren sighed, knowing what direction this conversation was going .
So basically he was almost dead and normal treatments wouldn x2019;t have worked, so in order to save him they did something that wasn x2019;t normal treatment .
And because it wasn x2019;t a normal treatment, it cost extra . Loren could already see the conversation going in that direction, so he just asked Lapis .
x201C;How much did it cost? x201D;
x201C;We used elixirs, which are one gold coin per bottle, and we used five of them . x201D;
x201C;You know you could x2019;ve just let me die, right? x201D;
Five gold coins was a lot of money .
But if it was for an elixir, which was the highest quality healing medicine, it made sense .
But it was an amount that would make someone want to die again, so Loren wasn x2019;t sure if he should be happy he didn x2019;t die, or if he should be sad that he didn x2019;t die peacefully .
x2018;Onii-san . It might sound awkward coming from me, but if you x2019;re living, good things are bound to happen . x2019;
Loren looked at Lapis in surprise as he heard Shayna x2019;s voice, but it seemed that the voice didn x2019;t reach Lapis, and she gave him a blank look when their eyes met .
x2018;I x2019;m sorry, Onii-san . I doo feel sorry, but when I touched your hand, I thought x2018;I don x2019;t want to die x2019;, and so this happened . x2019;
x201C;What the h . e . l . l? x201D;
Lapis continued to look at him with a blank face as he unknowingly muttered out loud, confused .
The girl floating in his sight frantically waved her arms .
x2018;Onii-san . You can talk to me even if you don x2019;t say it out loud . I x2019;m an astral body that x2019;s living in your material body, after all . x2019;
{What about my privacy then?)
As he replied with a sullen thought in his mind, the girl drooped, disheartened .
x2018;I x2019;ll stay away from the deepest parts as much as I can . But x2026;if it x2019;s going to cause you too much trouble, I x2019;ll leave immediately . x2019;
(What will happen if you do?)
x2018;I don x2019;t have a material body and can x2019;t reconstruct one, so I x2019;ll eventually disappear . x2019;

(I can x2019;t tell you to leave after hearing that x2026;)
Loren didn x2019;t feel like he could be so cold hearted as to make someone who knows she x2019;s going to die, to leave .
The thought that he had a girl living inside his mind gave him a heavy feeling, but he forcefully convinced himself that it could be solved over time and that there was no reason to be hasty .
x201C;Umm x2026;Loren? Is there something wrong? Are you not feeling well? x201D;
Since Loren stopped talking, Lapis, who was thinking maybe there was something wrong, asked him in a reserved voice . After replying that nothing was wrong, he said with resignation in his voice .
x201C;It means that you paid the expenses in my stead, right? x201D;
x201C;Ah, yes . Umm x2026;I x2019;ll go ahead and add it to your debt . Along with the hospital charges and medicine and other things, it will be six gold coins and twenty silver coins . x201D;
x201C;So it x2019;s right at thirty gold coins, huh x2026;my debt x2019;s just getting larger and larger . x201D;
x201C;The quest is considered a failure, but we will still get some hazard pay . They wouldn x2019;t believe that a No Life King appeared, but we will get rewards for the zombies and revenants . x201D;
x201C;Wouldn x2019;t it become an uproar? It was a city-state, but still, a whole nation perished . x201D;
No one actually said that, but based on Lapis x2019; speculation and Shutel x2019;s att . i . tude, it was likely that Hanza was no more, and thinking about the effect it would have on the nations around it was enough to hurt anyone x2019;s head .
But Lapis x2019; response to his words was a complicated one .
x201C;What x2019;s wrong? x201D;
x201C;Well, the thing is x2026;the herd of undead that was around Hanza disappeared completely . x201D;
For some reason, the winged girl in the corner of his sight puffed out her chest .
She looked like a fairy, but she was the astral body of the highest ranking undead, a No Life King .
When he guessed that on the way back, she somehow took care of all the undead that were in the area, Shayna nodded, saying that he was right .
x201C;Well in any case, the threat is gone, so I guess its fine . x201D;
x201C;But because of that they wouldn x2019;t believe that a bone dragon appeared . x201D;
x201C;Can x2019;t be helped . It just means that it x2019;ll take longer for me to repay my debt . x201D;
x201C;For that matter, I don x2019;t really care whichever . x201D;
At her words, Loren came to the realization that he was starting to not care about it either . While looking at Shayna fall on her face for some reason, he decided to rest and closed his eyes .

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