The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary
Author :Mine
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Chapter 38

Chapter 38
Loren opened his eyes .
The caravan was still shaking, but it wasn x2019;t as disastrous as it was before .
Sunlight was pouring in from a crack in the hood, and Shayna was asleep leaning onto him with an innocent sleeping face .
Still sitting down, he looked around the caravan and saw that nothing had been destroyed .
Before he closed his eyes, Ange was laid down in front of Layla and Roll, but when he looked over to them, Broas was laid down beside her as well, and the two girls were glaring at him .
x201C;You seem so carefree . x201D;
Roll sounded angry as well, but Loren couldn x2019;t understand why they were angry at him, because there was nothing else he could do in that situation and didn x2019;t feel that he needed to stay up until morning .
They could x2019;ve gotten caught by the bone dragon, but in that case it would x2019;ve been either going down fighting or getting killed while asleep . Loren preferred dying in peacefully in his sleep than dying while fighting .
x201C;It looks like we outran it . But what x2019;s wrong with Broas? x201D;
Although Ange was still coughing with the smell of blood coming from inside her mouth, she looked a lot better than the night before . But Broas x2019; face was pale, his breathing was shallow, and looked like he could die anytime .
Loren looked at Layla if there was an attack from something else than the bone dragon, but the knight just shook her head .
x201C;We have no idea . He became like this after a while . He x2019;s been getting worse ever since . x201D;
x201C;Have you tried healing him? x201D;
x201C;Roll used divine arts after resting for a while but it had no effect . x201D;
Loren pulled away Shayna from his body, being careful not to wake her up, laid her down on the floor, walked over to Broas and looked at his face more carefully .
Broas x2019; face was noticeably blue and wet with sweat, and his eyes didn x2019;t have any focus .
x201C;I x2019;m not sure if it x2019;s an illness, but x2026;this isn x2019;t good . x201D;
Loren had no medical experience, but he could tell that Broas was in a bad shape just by looking at him .
He easily guessed that a wrong move could cost him his life .
x201C;Ange x2019;s condition is getting worse as well . We x2019;ve used gt; two times already, but there were too many deep wounds, the best we could do is keep her alive . x201D;
Although Layla told that to him, there was nothing he could do right now .
Loren silently turned away from them and poked his head out to the driver x2019;s seat, thinking that the only thing they could do was pray that they will get better .
x201C;Loren, you x2019;re awake . It x2019;s a pretty good morning . x201D;
Lapis, who must have been holding the reins throughout the whole night, gave him a smile with no trace of fatigue at all .
He looked up, and the sky was a clear blue with the rising sun x2019;s rays shining down on them as if the whole incident from last night didn x2019;t even happen .
Either the horse was a tough one or it was all thanks to Klaus x2019; power, it managed to gallop at full speed throughout the night, and was still pulling the caravan with ease at a comfortable pace .
On its rear half, Klaus, who had been whipped countless times, was still clinging onto it with his eyes rolled up .
Although it was so that they could run away from the bone dragon, cold sweat ran down his forehead as he imagined how much Klaus had been whipped during the night, and hoped that the experience didn x2019;t open up any new doors .

x201C;I don x2019;t know . I x2019;m not even sure if we x2019;re going in the right direction . x201D;
Loren was alarmed for a moment at Lapis x2019; confession, but guessed that it was something that couldn x2019;t be helped .
Even though an ordinary person wouldn x2019;t even have been able to drive the caravan, Lapis had driven it the whole night at an impossible speed .
He couldn x2019;t blame her if she went down a wrong road or two .
x201C;It was a single path, though . x201D;
x201C;In that case I guess it x2019;s fine . x201D;
x201C;It doesn x2019;t look too good back there though . x201D;
Loren shrugged as Lapis turned her head behind her .
x201C;The front doesn x2019;t look good either you know? x201D;
x201C;He x2019;s fine . After a while he starting saying things like x2018;Noo x2019; and x2018;More x2019; . x201D;
At those words Loren looked at Lapis like she was a monster .
Lapis looked at his expression and gave him a sly smile .
x201C;I x2019;m joking . But don x2019;t you think getting whipped by a beautiful girl is a reward? x201D;
Loren felt disgusted at the question .
He knew that such preferences existed in the world, and although he didn x2019;t know anyone that would enjoy that kind of thing, if someone asked him if he could get used to it or understand it, the answer would definitely be no .
x201C;I x2019;m not into that sort of thing . x201D;
x201C;I x2019;m relieved . I wouldn x2019;t have known what to do if you had answered yes . x201D;
Loren gave her a troubled face, since he had no idea if she actually meant what she said, but it soon turned into one of confusion as she held out the reins in front of him .
x201C;Loren, can you at least drive it in a straight line? x201D;
x201C;Yeah . x201D;
x201C;Then can I count on you? I x2019;ve been up all night and I x2019;m almost at my limit . x201D;
When he thought about it, while he was sleeping, Lapis had been driving the caravan the whole time they were being chased by the bone dragon .
Since he knew nothing good came out of sleep deprivation, he was fine with driving the caravan for a while, so he sat on the driver x2019;s seat and took the reins from Lapis .
x201C;If you x2019;re going to sleep you should go inside . x201D;
Loren didn x2019;t think the driver x2019;s seat was well suited for sleeping .
Although there was one that was injured and another that was sick, Loren thought that laying on the floor would be better, but Lapis shook her head and declined .
x201C;No no, just lend me your shoulder . I like this better . x201D;
Lapis didn x2019;t even wait for Loren to respond as she rested her head on his shoulder and fell asleep almost immediately .
Loren was surprised at how quickly she fell asleep, but guessed that running away all night brought a lot of anxiousness and fatigue, and focused on keeping the caravan on the road, being careful not to move his body as much as he could .
x201C;It would be really helpful if I knew where we are x2026; x201D;
He guessed that they were heading towards Hanza, but since he wasn x2019;t certain that they were going the right way, it made him worry .

x201C;That x2019;s the best news I x2019;ve heard in a while . Is our luck turning back? x201D;
Since Shayna was from the area, what she said was very reliable .
If they could reach Hanza, there would be medical supplies as well as doctors, and there would be a higher chance saving the four in the back .
Loren saw the walls of the city shortly after Shayna told him that they were getting close .
Since it was the center of the city-state Hanza, the walls surrounding the city were tall and thick .
On one of the sides was a large gate, and whoever wanted to get into the city had to pa . s . s through there .
He was worried that the guards wouldn x2019;t let them in since they were carrying one wounded and three unconscious members, but they should be able to call a doctor for them, and if he told them they brought the president x2019;s daughter, they shouldn x2019;t be able to treat them roughly . As he was thinking that, Lapis, who had been asleep leaning onto his shoulder, woke up and gave him a warning .
x201C;Be careful Loren . Something isn x2019;t right . x201D;
x201C;What do you mean? x201D;
Loren couldn x2019;t understand what she was talking about .
As they got closer to the gate, where usually there would be a line of people trying to get in, he couldn x2019;t see anyone there .
But if there were lots of undead roaming around, of course people wouldn x2019;t want to travel, so it didn x2019;t seem like an unnatural sight to him .
But then he realized that there were no guards at the gate either .
Even if the number of people coming to the city decreased, it was hard to imagine that they had abandoned post .
As Loren realized that this was what Lapis was talking about, she softly took the reins from Loren x2019;s hands .
x201C;Please be ready to fight whenever . x201D;
x201C;Alright . But x2026;the whole city? x201D;
x201C;I x2019;m not sure . If the gates were closed I would x2019;ve guessed they barricaded themselves inside, but the gates are wide open . x201D;
It was unnatural that the gates were left open even though no one was there .

It pretty much told them that something had happened .
x201C;What do we do? x201D;
x201C;Nothing other than going in . Even if no one x2019;s inside there might still be supplies, or they might have moved the barricade inside the city . x201D;
Either way, their goal was to take Shayna back to Hanza, so they had no choice but to go inside .
Plus, Ange had to be treated as soon as she could or she could die, and they couldn x2019;t ignore the chance that Broas, Layla, and Roll, who had collapsed for an unknown reason, could become like the female adventurers that died the first day .
x201C;I guess luck isn x2019;t on our side after all . x201D;
Even so, they didn x2019;t have the option of turning back .
With their luck, Loren had the feeling that even if they did, they would again encounter the bone dragon that they tried so hard to run away from .
x201C;It x2019;ll work out somehow . Okay, let x2019;s go . x201D;
In contrast to Loren x2019;s heavy thoughts, Lapis didn x2019;t seem to think of the situation heavy at all, and sped up the horse slightly and started heading towards the entrance .
Loren had no way of stopping her, and could only watch as the entrance grew larger and larger .

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