The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary
Author :Mine
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Chapter 32

Chapter 32
Loren had never done an escorting job before .
He believed that hiring an escort was something rich people of people of high status usually did .
He wasn x2019;t sure if it was a fact, but his understanding was that those kinds of people would never hire mercenaries, who were violent and rough by nature most of the time .
Because of that, he wasn x2019;t sure how escorting worked, and thought that Shayna would be put on a carriage and the rest of them would surround it . However, after seeing the three carriages, he realized that his a . s . sumption was incorrect .
x201C;We get to ride in carriages too, huh . x201D;
x201C;If we walked we wouldn x2019;t be able to get there in three days . x201D;
The carriages weren x2019;t that big, and looked more like carts used to carry goods and baggage .
In fact, Loren was astonished at the guild x2019;s ability to ready their means of transportation, as almost all the adventurers had accepted the quest .
The only reason that almost all the other parties joined the quest was because of the event where the young adventurer had a quarrel with Loren . After being defeated, his party declined the quest .
Loren thought that there would be some retaliation from the members of the young adventurer x2019;s party . Although he didn x2019;t know what they thought of him on the inside, it seemed that they understood that anything was fine as long as no one died .
x201C;Well, this is helpful . x201D;
To Loren, who carried around a gigantic weapon, not having to walk was a good thing .
He did train and build his body to be able to handle the sheer weight of his weapon type, but not having to waste stamina was always a good thing .
x201C;I can x2019;t believe you x2019;re able to march around with that on your back . x201D;
x201C;I got used to it . That x2019;s all there is to it . x201D;
Loren climbed into the carriage as he said that, but here a problem occurred .
There were seats on both sides of the carriage but when Loren tried to sit down, the carriage tilted over to his side due to the combined weight of him and the weapon on his back, and took up most of the s . p . a . ce .
x201C;Only thing we can do here is have everyone else cram other side while Loren and I sit over here . x201D;
The guild planned on having each carriage carry eight people, so sixteen adventurers on two carriages .
Along with the carriage with Shayna and seven adventurers to accompany her, there were a total of twenty-three of them partic . i . p . ating in the quest .
So if Loren and Lapis took over one whole side of the carriage, it meant that six others were going to have to sit across from them .
Although the weight balanced out, they would have to be cramped up .
The atmosphere was already not good, as iron rank adventurers had to give up their seats to Loren and Lapis, who were a rank lower than them .
x201C;I x2019;m really sorry about this . I x2019;ve got no excuse . x201D;
Loren bowed and apologized sincerely, knowing for a fact that this was his fault .
The other adventurers were taken aback at Loren x2019;s sincere apology, after a moment seemed satisfied by it, and one of the older adventurers of the group spoke up .
x201C;Can x2019;t be helped . x201D;
x201C;Sorry . I owe you guys one . x201D;
It seemed that the situation was resolved, but soon enough another nuisance appeared .

Loren covered Lapis x2019; eyes, which immediately charged with bloodthirstiness, with his palm, and even though the way he said it was a problem, what he said wasn x2019;t wrong and he had no excuse for it .
The red haired boy seemed to know that as well, and opened his mouth to continue, but the older adventurer from before gave an angry shout .
x201C;Shut up kid! This conversation is already over! Go back to your carriage right now! x201D;
While the red haired boy stood there with his mouth wide open, not being able to respond, the other members of his party hurried over and dragged him back to their carriage .
While that was happening, Loren took the opportunity to observe the red haired boy x2019;s party .
A woman with straight blonde hair wearing a magnificent full plated iron armor .
A brown haired girl with freckles holding a curved wooden staff wearing a dark navy blue robe .
A girl with blue, bob cut hairstyle wearing a white priest clothes and a crosier .
The red haired boy x2019;s party consisted of the four of them .
x201C;Is making a party with one guy and a lot of girls the trend right now? x201D;
Loren recalled that the party that he went goblin hunting with was like that as well, and Lapis, still blindfolded by Loren x2019;s palm, whispered back .
x201C;The one that looks like a knight is Layla . The magician looking one is Ange . The priest x2019;s name is Roll, and if I remember correctly she serves the Water G . o . d . x201D;
x201C;How do you even know all this? x201D;
x201C;I saw the register at the guild . The red haired boy x2019;s name is Klaus, by the way . They are currently up and coming adventurers . x201D;
x201C;Up and coming x2026;from where? x201D;
If what Lapis said wasn x2019;t just some sarcasm, it meant that the red haired boy named Klaus had a patron or something backing him up .
x201C;For now it seems like the Adventurer x2019;s Guild itself . I didn x2019;t have enough time to investigate who sent him in, though . x201D;
Lapis said she would continue her investigation later .
Loren couldn x2019;t decide what to be more surprised at . Klaus, who had support behind his back, or Lapis, who just told him she would investigate the matter . In the end, he decided to stay silent .
x201C;On a different note, the older adventurer right there is Broas, and is a veteran who has been doing this for twenty years . x201D;
x201C;Humph . You trying to say that even after twenty years I x2019;m still stuck as an iron rank? x201D;
x201C;Of course not . Even out of the many iron ranks, only a handful of them manage to rise up to silver ranks . I x2019;m impressed that you possess the skill to not have suffered major injuries and continued being an adventurer for twenty years . x201D;
Loren was so surprised that Lapis had said something to another person that didn x2019;t contain any sort of poison that he lowered his hand that was covering her eyes .

At Loren x2019;s cry of surrender, the carriages that carried the adventurers and the carriage that carried Shayna started moving .
x201C;Hey . Doesn x2019;t it feel kind of weird? x201D;
Since the trip was going to take three days, it meant that they would have to spend at least two nights on the road .
But the drivers that the guild had hired weren x2019;t trained to drive during the night, so they had to stop all the carriages in the evening and set up camp .
Loren said that as he got off the carriage and glanced at the carriage that Shayna was supposed to be riding on as it came to a stop behind them .
The two carriages that carried the adventurers ran in front and behind the carriage that Shayna was on, and Loren noticed that the driver of the carriage behind them looked unwell .
x201C;Hey, you alright? x201D;
As Loren approached the carriage, the driver was breathing heavily as he wiped sweat off of his forehead with a slightly pained expression .
x201C;Did something happen? x201D;
x201C;No x2026;nothing out of the ordinary, but I x2019;m not feeling too well . x201D;
The drivers that the guild had hired were healthy looking young men, but the one that was driving the carriage that carried Shayna looked like he was sick and was sweating a lot .
x201C;Everything x2019;s alright inside, right? x201D;
x201C;I-it should be fine x2026; x201D;
Although the driver stuttered, it didn x2019;t look like he was trying to hide something, and Loren decided that he was really not feeling too well .
x201C;Hey kid, what x2019;re you doing? x201D;
Loren pointed at the driver as Broas got off the carriage and walked towards him .
x201C;The driver x2019;s condition doesn x2019;t look good . x201D;
x201C;What? x2026; Hey you guys! Before you set up tent, get spread some sheets or something on the ground! x201D;
Broas looked at the driver x2019;s face and turned and shouted to who looked like his party members, and helped the driver get off the carriage .

As Loren was helping him, Klaus got off from his carriage and walked over towards him .
x201C;What do you think you x2019;re doing, low rank! x201D;
x201C;Lapis, can you go check inside the carriage? If I remember correctly this all the adventurers in this carriage should be women . x201D;
x201C;That should be correct . You can count on me . x201D;
Lapis climbed onto the carriage and poked her head inside .
Meanwhile Klaus, who had been ignored, started bite at Loren .
x201C;Hey you! Answer me! x201D;
x201C;Sorry but I don x2019;t have time to deal with you right now . x201D;
x201C;What did you just say!? x201D;
As Klaus started to get loud as Loren tried to shrug him off, he decided that he would have to make him shut up, one way or another . As Loren started to think of ways to do so, Lapis x2019; voice caught his attention .
x201C;This is bad Loren! Please come over! x201D;
x201C;Move . Don x2019;t get in my way . x201D;
Loren shoved Klaus out of the way and walked towards Lapis, who looked panicked as she pulled her head out of the carriage .
Lapis held the cloth that covered the entrance up so that he could see inside .
The sight that Loren witnessed made him catch his breath .
x201C;What the h . e . l . l? What in the world happened? x201D;
Shayna, wearing traveler x2019;s clothes, was there .
She was leaning against the wall of the carriage, soundly asleep .
There was nothing wrong with her, but what happened around her was what surprised Loren .
All seven female adventurers were there, but every single one of them was pale and covered In sweat, just like the driver .
Some were barely conscious in their seats, while some weren x2019;t even in their seats, but lying down on the floor unconscious with their eyes rolled up .
It was indeed an abnormal sight, and Loren called Broas, who was tending to the driver, in a loud voice .
x201C;Broas! Can I get some help here? x201D;
x201C;Why are you being so loud x2026;whoa, what x2019;s happening here? x201D;
Broas looked inside the carriage and said in a hollow voice .
The other adventurers faltered when they saw what was happening as well .
Loren decided that there wasn x2019;t any room to be considerate, climbed into the carriage, and started carrying the women out of there .

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