As Lapis had said before, the inn that the guild prepared was indeed high quality .
Loren couldn x2019;t help but feel uncomfortable spending someone else x2019;s money, but Lapis didn x2019;t seem to mind at all and enjoyed all the inn had to offer until she was satisfied .
x201C;You x2019;re pretty bold, you know that? x201D;
x201C;You x2019;ll miss out on a lot of stuff if you don x2019;t have fun when you can, you know? x201D;
As Loren was wondering if that was the case, their bliss time came to end .
The adventurer x2019;s guild had contacted them that the girl they had rescued had regained consciousness .
Two days had gone by since they had stayed at the inn .
They were summoned to the adventurer x2019;s guild, so Loren pulled out Lapis, who didn x2019;t want to leave, and headed towards the guild x2019;s front desk .
They were immediately pa . s . sed inside .
x201C;Thank you for coming . I will now tell you the results . x201D;
The lady that started talking as soon as they sat down was the employee that talked to them two days ago .
Her lips were tightened, determined not to let the two of them say anything until she was done . Loren didn x2019;t know that she felt so bullied, and put his hand on the back of his head awkwardly .
The employee didn x2019;t notice Loren x2019;s apology and continued with a serious expression, telling them exactly what she was told to tell them .
x201C;There are no problems concerning the two of you, so we x2019;ll take off the restrictions we put on you . You x2019;re free to go now . x201D;
Loren was surprised at the anticlimactic conclusion, but Lapis didn x2019;t seem satisfied with what the employee told them .
x201C;Is that it? Is there no explanation of the situation for us? x201D;
x201C;Do you need one? x201D;
x201C;Yes, of course . I x2019;m not sure why you thought we didn x2019;t need one . x201D;
Lapis tilted her head, looking confused, and the employee went silent, with a difficult expression .
Loren didn x2019;t want to poke his head into trouble, but since he had promised Lapis that he would stay with her, he couldn x2019;t just leave her and go on his own .
x201C;The following information has been shared only to adventurers iron rank and above that the guild has chosen . x201D;
Loren guessed that since they were limiting information, there was something to the girl which made them act secretive .
Even among mercenaries, there was information that only the leaders knew and normal mercenaries often didn x2019;t know or were required to act like they didn x2019;t know about it .
Due to these experiences, Loren was satisfied with the employee x2019;s words, but Lapis wasn x2019;t one to back off without all the information she could get .
x201C;But the ones who brought her here was us, right? I don x2019;t know what the situation is, but don x2019;t you think there should be some sort of explanation for us? x201D;
Lapis x2019; beaming eyes met the employee x2019;s glare .
Loren thought he saw sparks erupting from between them and looked away at the ceiling .
As the information was for iron rank and above, the employee had no reason to tell them anything and she probably wanted them to understand that and leave, but Lapis didn x2019;t want to miss a chance to get her hands on information that she shouldn x2019;t be able to get normally .
x201C;Well x2026;I x2019;ve heard that that x2019;s the case most of the time . But this is something that the guild has decided, so x2026; x201D;
x201C;Yeah, I know . You can x2019;t talk about it . I won x2019;t force you to . x201D;
x201C;Wait, Loren!? x201D;
Lapis, who thought Loren was going to wrap things up, raised her voice slightly, but Loren patted her on the head with a bit of strength in his hand .
The strokes not only make her head shake, but caused her neck to sway as well, so Lapis couldn x2019;t help but go silent . Then Loren faced the employee and casually asked her .
x201C;By the way, is the information already out? You can at least tell us this, right? x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s x2026;yes, we have already selected adventurers and told them everything . x201D;
Since it wasn x2019;t related directly to the information, she replied to his question .
As soon as he heard her reply, Loren lowered his hand from Lapis x2019; head and took her arm, then stood up . Although Loren had stopped patting her on the head, her head was still shaking inertly .
x201C;I see . Then since we x2019;re innocent, we x2019;ll be taking our leave here . We x2019;ll check out of the rooms by the end of today as well . x201D;
x201C;That would be very helpful . Thank you so much for your cooperation, mister Loren . x201D;
x201C;We x2019;ve been treated pretty well for the past few days . Don x2019;t worry about it . x201D;
He used his free hand to wave back, dragging Lapis out with his other hand . After being dragged for a while, Lapis whispered to him .
x201C;You x2019;ve got a plan, right? x201D;
x201C;Yeah . They x2019;ve got strict confidentiality so you wouldn x2019;t have gotten anywhere . If she did tell you, then that itself would be a whole different problem right there . x201D;
If the employees were people who would share information that they weren x2019;t supposed to with a slight push, then he couldn x2019;t trust the guild at all .
From that perspective, the fact that the employee refused to tell them the information, even though Lapis was in a bad mood, raised Loren x2019;s view and evaluation of the guild .
x201C;That x2019;s true, but x2026; x201D;
x201C;Trying to force someone to talk is too bothersome . What we have to do is just find someone that can . x201D;
x201C;Do you have an idea of someone who would? x201D;
x201C;Yeah, so help me find him . I know his name and what he looks like, so it won x2019;t take that long . x201D;
Lapis didn x2019;t know who Loren was trying to look for, but if it meant finding out what the guild was keeping from them, there was no reason for her to refuse . She pulled out her arm from Loren x2019;s grasp and put her arms around Loren x2019;s .
x201C;Hey, seriously x2026; x201D;
x201C;I don x2019;t know where we x2019;re going, so please escort me, Loren . Come on, let x2019;s go . x201D;
Loren knew that she wouldn x2019;t let go even if he told her to, so with Lapis still clinging to his arm, he walked about the bar and started talking to an adventurer .
When Loren and Lapis sat down, a waitress came to take their orders .
Loren tried to dismiss her, but Jack had already put in two additional orders .
x201C;Come on, let me buy you a drink . I owe you one . x201D;
x201C;I don x2019;t think I did something that great though x2026;I ruined your quest if anything, so x2026; x201D;
x201C;Don x2019;t be stupid . It x2019;s true that we didn x2019;t make as much, but that couldn x2019;t be helped in that kind of situation . We x2019;re lucky to have gotten out with our lives . It would be a lie if I said I didn x2019;t have any complaints, but it x2019;s all in the past now . Don x2019;t worry about it . x201D;
x201C;Sorry . x201D;
x201C;Hey, I said don x2019;t worry about so it x2019;s fine . Anyway, you didn x2019;t come all the way here to find me just to say that, right? x201D;
The waitress brought two cups of ale and placed it on the table .
Jack pushed the cups in front of Loren, who was trying to decide how to start, and Lapis, who was sitting silently next to Loren .
x201C;Drink up . We can talk afterwards . x201D;
Loren didn x2019;t want to refuse what was given to him, so he took the cup and felt the refreshing sensation of carbonated liquid go down his throat .
Next to him, Lapis picked up the cup with both hands and started sipping the drink .
x201C;So, what brings you here? x201D;
As Jack pushed the plate of cheese towards him, Loren told him the reason why they were looking for him .
x201C;The thing is, we picked up a girl in a nearby forest two days ago, x201D;
x201C;Huh? You guys were behind that? They said that the quest was only for iron ranks and above . Is that what you want to talk about? x201D;
Loren glanced at Lapis, who started reaching for the cheese as she continued to sip her drink, and Jack sat back in his seat, understanding what Loren was trying to say .
x201C;I understand your situation, but I x2019;m a silver rank, you know? Do I look like I would just tell you everything you want? x201D;
x201C;Not at all . But I couldn x2019;t think of anyone else that might sell us the information we want . x201D;
Still sitting back, Jack crossed his arms and stared at Loren in the face for a while .
Loren had no intention of saying anything until Jack said something, so he continued drinking his ale .
x201C;Just saying . An adventurer who leaks information on a job is third rate . No one like that can become silver rank . x201D;
That was exactly what Loren thought .
There was no way anyone would trust that kind of person, and Loren didn x2019;t think that someone like that would be able to become a high-ranking adventurer .
Despite knowing that, he had still hoped that with the right price, Jack would leak them the information, but apparently Jack was a lot more bound to obligation than he thought .
Loren decided that this wasn x2019;t going to work and was about to give up, but Jack leaned forward across the table and whispered .
x201C;But then again, I owe you one for saving Nim . If you promise that you don x2019;t tell anyone that I told you this, my mouth might just slip . x201D;
Jack remembered that Loren had saved Nim, a female elf that they met along with Jack, from being a . s . saulted by a goblin .
That x2019;s why Jack told them that he x2019;ll bend the adventurer x2019;s code if they kept the fact that he was the one who told them a secret .
x201C;I promise that we won x2019;t cause you any trouble . x201D;
x201C;Same for me . x201D;
As both Loren and Lapis agreed to his terms, Jack looked at both of their faces . He then told them that it was their choice whether to believe the information he told them was true or not, and started talking in a hushed voice .
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