The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary
Author :Mine
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Chapter 29

Chapter 29
x201C;First of all, the girl that you brought back is Shayna Lonbaltear, from the city-state of Hanza . x201D;
Loren didn x2019;t know about anything Jack just said .
When he looked at Lapis for more information, she immediately provided him with the information he needed .
x201C;The city-state of Hanza is a small state centered around the city of Hanza, which is a three-day trip by carriage to the south of Kauffa . I have never heard of the name Shayna but the house of Lonbaltear is the head of the state . x201D;
x201C;You really know your stuff, huh? x201D;
x201C;Hehehe x2026;You can praise me more, you know? x201D;
Loren ignored Lapis, who was puffing out her chest proudly, and asked Jack to continue . Jack decided to ignore Lapis as well and continued, looking straight at Loren .
x201C;Shayna is the head of the state x2019;s only daughter . Her status isn x2019;t too surprisingly high, but that doesn x2019;t mean we can treat her crudely either . x201D;
Loren agreed that even though the state was small, the daughter of the person who was at the top wasn x2019;t someone they could treat roughly .
But helping a small city-state didn x2019;t seem like something the guild would benefit from .
He couldn x2019;t help but feel like the whole thing seemed strange, and asked something that was on his mind .
x201C;I can x2019;t understand why we had restrictions put on us, when the only thing we did was bring her here . x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s easy . They didn x2019;t want you telling people . Think about it . A lady from a high-status family was left in the woods all alone . People will gossip and spread rumors all over the place . x201D;
Loren wasn x2019;t sure how that worked, but decided to agree with what Jack said .
n . o . bles and royalty would often do things that would seem meaningless to the common folk .
Loren believed that it was smarter not to question anything, because if he kept on questioning everything, the conversation would be at a standstill .
x201C;Usually when you help a person, there x2019;s some amount of rewards that you would receive, but there are two reasons why you guys didn x2019;t receive anything . One, no one requested for the search . Two, they weren x2019;t able to confirm whether the girl is actually Shayna herself . x201D;
x201C;It x2019;s been two days, but they still haven x2019;t been able to find out? x201D;
Jack shrugged at Lapis x2019; exasperated tone .
x201C;Don x2019;t ask me . The guild says that she x2019;s most likely who she says she is, but the messenger they sent to Hanza hasn x2019;t come back . x201D;
Loren thought that something was definitely strange .
Loren and Lapis brought the girl two days ago, and even if the guild sent a messenger to Hanza right after, he would still be on the way to Hanza .
As Loren was wondering why the guild would proclaim that the messenger wasn x2019;t coming back, Lapis answered his question .
x201C;It x2019;s not limited to the adventurer x2019;s guild, but messengers from large organizations carry a magic item that periodically sends a signal that indicates their location . It x2019;s most likely that the signals have disappeared . x201D;
x201C;Here x2019;s what the adventurer x2019;s guild would think . It x2019;s not something they want to prioritize, but they don x2019;t want to anger the state either . So, they call out to the iron rank adventurers and have a few parties accompany the girl to the city . It means that a quest for taking her back to Hanza is out . x201D;

It meant that the rewards weren x2019;t going to be that good, but they would still have to be considerate of the person they were guarding .
Even if it meant getting a connection to the city-state of Hanza, it wasn x2019;t a good quest for high ranked adventurers either way .
x201C;It x2019;s not as top secret as I thought . x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s true, but it x2019;s still about a quest and usually, I wouldn x2019;t talk about it . The reason why the guild didn x2019;t tell you, is because this isn x2019;t something for copper ranks to worry about . x201D;
x201C;What should we do to b . u . t . t our heads in it then? x201D;
As soon as Lapis said those words, Loren and Jack looked at each other .
Jack was exasperated at Lapis and turned towards Loren, and Loren looked towards Jack, knowing that Lapis would say something like that .
x201C;Is there a specific reason to why she wants to? x201D;
x201C;No . It x2019;s probably because of curiosity . x201D;
x201C;Of course, it is . A well-kept girl from a n . o . ble family was left lying alone in the woods, three days away from her city . I can x2019;t help but want to know more . x201D;
Although Lapis emphasized the fact that it couldn x2019;t be helped, Loren had no idea what part of it made it that way .
But there was one thing that he did know, and he told it to Lapis .
x201C;They wouldn x2019;t bother with us, we x2019;re just copper ranks . x201D;
x201C;I was hoping there would be a loophole somewhere . x201D;
x201C;There x2019;s no way x2026; x201D;
x201C;There is one, you know? x201D;
x201C;Seriously? x201D;
Loren replied weakly to Jack .
x201C;It x2019;s a special case, though . If you get recommended by a silver rank adventurer, a copper rank can get treated as an iron rank . x201D;
x201C;Even if that did happen, we didn x2019;t receive the quest itself . x201D;
x201C;But we did . x201D;
Loren narrowed his eyes and looked at Jack .
Jack, while trying to figure out what was behind that glare, continued his explanation .
x201C;The quest came around to Ritz . If Ritz allowed it, you can squeeze in there with our recommendation . x201D;
x201C;That sounds wonderful . I x2019;d love it if you could x2026; x201D;
Loren x2019;s hand covered Lapis x2019; mouth, preventing her from trying to accept the offer .
Though Lapis was about to complain, Loren silenced her with a look, and turned to Jack .
Although Jack had brought it up, Loren understood that recommending someone was easier said than done .
If the ones recommended failed or didn x2019;t live up to the expectation in any way, it meant that the reputation of the ones who recommended them would fall as well .
x201C;I don x2019;t think it would be a problem . Ritz would probably say the same thing . x201D;
x201C;But still x2026; x201D;
x201C;I won x2019;t force you . You can decide if you want to take the quest or not, I x2019;m just saying it x2019;s possible to . But x2026; x201D;
Jack stopped talking and gazed over Loren x2019;s body .
Loren didn x2019;t understand what he was trying to say, so Jack told him apologetically .

x201C;Thanks, man . So x2026; Lapis . x201D;
x201C;Hmm? x201D;
Since the conversation was going the way she wanted it to, the pressure that Lapis was emitting just a moment ago had vanished without a trace . Loren willed his mind to say the words that he really didn x2019;t want to say .
x201C;Lend me some money . x201D;
Increasing his debt wasn x2019;t good at all .
But if he couldn x2019;t prepare equipment, he wouldn x2019;t be able to take better quests and would have to use his fists to fight instead .
So, he decided to take this opportunity to borrow what money he could to buy equipment .
x201C;Equipment? You x2019;re going to buy some? x201D;
x201C;If I don x2019;t, I x2019;ll be causing trouble for Jack . x201D;
x201C;Hmmm x2026; x201D;
Lapis started thinking for a while and then asked Jack a question .
x201C;About the quest . What will the departure time be? x201D;
x201C;I x2019;m not sure about the details, but they have to make sure Shayna is healthy enough to move, so they said in three days at the earliest . x201D;
After Lapis heard Jack x2019;s reply, she started counting her fingers, seemed to come to a conclusion, then faced Loren .
x201C;I x2019;m sorry Loren . I can lend you the money no problem, but is it possible that you can wait one day? x201D;
x201C;Well x2026;I x2019;m the one borrowing, so if you want me to wait, I x2019;ll wait . x201D;
x201C;Since it x2019;s equipment, that means you want to buy a weapon like a greatsword, right? If that x2019;s the case, I feel like the money that I have right now isn x2019;t going to be enough, so I x2019;ll go get more money . x201D;
Loren x2019;s feelings darkened slightly, as he knew that he wouldn x2019;t be able to get a weapon like the one he had before to have right away .
It was hard to believe that a weapon of that size and weight would be sold at an ordinary store .
He was planning on finding something similar, but that was going to be difficult as well, so he was going to have to compromise .

x201C;Well then, I x2019;ve got things to do, so I x2019;ll be on my way . x201D;
She slowly and smoothly stood up, and quickly walked out of the bar .
After watching her go, Loren decided to leave as well, but Jack stopped him as he was about to stand up, so he sat back down .
x201C;You x2019;re not in a hurry, right? Join me for a bit . x201D;
x201C;Well, I don x2019;t mind x2026; x201D;
Even if he wanted to go look at some equipment, he wasn x2019;t sure how much Lapis was going to be able to lend him .
He decided that he had some free time to spend with Jack, and took a gulp from his cup, but almost spewed it all over at Jack x2019;s next words .
x201C;We x2019;ve both got it pretty rough, having fallen in love with odd girls . x201D;
x201C; x2026;How did we get to this topic again? x201D;
It was so sudden that Loren couldn x2019;t put any emotion into his comment, while Jack was nodding like he understood how Loren felt .
x201C;I know I know . I understand . I x2019;m getting walked all over by Nim as well, but I guess this is what the weakness called love brings us . x201D;
Loren, as he wiped the ale from his mouth, had already guessed their relationship during the first time they were together, but it was kind of awkward coming from Jack x2019;s own lips .
x201C;But you know, I x2019;m starting to think that getting sat on by that thin b . u . t . t of hers isn x2019;t that bad . x201D;
x201C;Hey, if she hears that you x2019;ll become a beehive on the spot . x201D;
Conversations like these were bound to go around one way or another .
He was giving a warning as well as some advice, but the alcohol had already worked up to Jack x2019;s head and didn x2019;t reach him .
x201C;Her touchiness is also part of her charm . x201D;
x201C;You drunk x2026;and you x2019;re talking fondly of the girl you love at the same time . What am I supposed to do about this x2026; . x201D;
Loren decided that he was going to need more alcohol to deal with Jack x2019;s drunk behavior, hugging himself and squirming as he kept talking about Nim, and ordered another cup from a pa . s . sing waitress .

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