Published at 24th of October 2020 09:47:29 AM

Chapter 282

So, while we did get some nice things, it was just bait . Now, all of the evil in the Empire was going to be attracted to us . Huh . I’m sure the good Emperor was feeling very happy about all of this . But we mere Adventurers were not too grateful .

On the other hand, they were very useful tools . That was a fact . Perhaps there was a good balance we could find . Still, it was some rather impressive manipulation on his part…


It continued to be on my mind as I ate dinner with Daniela . Then I saw her fork moving towards my meat .


“Knock it off . ”




How greedy could a person get?


“You are still thinking about the gifts, I suppose?”

“Yeah . ”

“There is no point in doing that . We have them now . And we will kill anyone who gets in our way . And that will help bring peace . ”

“Well, that’s true, but… Anyway, we should plan what to do next . ”


I suggested after cutting the meat in half and putting it on Daniela’s plate . She put the delicious-looking morsel into her mouth and chewed it slowly . Then she swallowed and nodded .


“Thank you . So, what we will do…”

“Hmm… I hadn’t really thought about it . ”

“Well, thinking of it should help with digestion . ”


And so we faced each other and talked about it . As we’d be leaving the Imperial Capital, we’d have to prepare for our journey . That meant shopping . However, we still hadn’t decided on a date for our departure .

And so we ultimately concluded that we’d stay here for a while . Do some quests like good Adventurers and explore the city . A little peace and quiet would be nice .


“Alright, it is settled then . ”

“Got it . Ahh, I’m tired after eating so much…”

“Hmm… It is time for bed . ”

“Mmm . G’night . ”

“Good night, Asagi . ”


We kissed and then got into bed . I felt like I had done a little too much thinking today…which tended to happen when meeting important people . It wasn’t for me . I preferred to travel around at my leisure . This day was a good reminder .

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We ate breakfast in the dining hall the next morning . Now that the Imperial Sword Tournament was behind us, it was a lot easier to find inns, and so we were able to stay at a place that was very close to the south gate . At the same time, it started to get colder, and the city was now covered in snow . It had been getting colder for a while, but it had finally become winter .


The snow crunched under my feet as I walked through the streets . My breath was white and my fingertips were cold . Even my toes were painfully chilled in my boots . I had always been quite sensitive to the cold .

As for Daniela, she wasn’t with me today . We were acting separately . There were times when people wanted to be by themselves . Being able to respect each others’ time was the secret to a long relationship . I think .


“The way I see it, we both have a gauge that depletes whenever we communicate . It depletes faster the more we see of each other . And once it reaches zero, it’s over . We have to separate for some time in order to replenish it . It’s a repeating process as life goes on . ”


That’s why it’s better to avoid contacting people too much or trying to see them all of the time . It’s important to know the right distance to take .


As I mused on this, a young couple in warm-looking clothes walked in my direction from the other side of the street . I suppose their gauge was depleting right now .


“What’s wrong with that guy…”

“He’s staring at us…”


They saw me staring vacantly at them and gave me a look of disgust . Ouch .

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I was at the guild . Just thought I might take a look at the quest board since I was strolling through the area . I hadn’t checked it since the Reserentrible incident, so I was curious to see how things were these days .


“Hmm… I don’t see anything particularly new . ”


As it was the ice snow season, there weren’t as many monsters around…probably . Goblins were weak to the cold .  


“Maybe I should do a non-hunting quest for a change…”


I might as well make some money if I had nothing to do… Oh?


“Mansion Security?”


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Apparently, someone was prowling around this person’s house recently . And the owner wanted it to be investigated . Hmm . As the tournament was over, most of the tourists would have left already . Of course, there could be suspicious people here as well . In fact, I had been seen as one just a moment ago .


“So, it’s not stakeout . ”


It was only for one night . Or perhaps they wanted to hire multiple people so they wouldn’t be recognized . So anyone who was there on the day the suspicious person appeared would be pretty lucky .


“Hmm…sounds interesting . ”


What could be more fun than capturing suspicious people? It might be dangerous, but I’d figure it out . I wasn’t being narcissistic, but I had some confidence in myself these days . It had been a long road to getting strong enough to feel that way .

Alright, I would do it . I grabbed the request slip and headed to the counter . I would have to tell Daniela about it…or I could tell her when I was finished…maybe .


“First of all, better go see this client . ”


Then I would return to the inn, tell Daniela, and then go out at night to investigate . Yes, that was fine . Good . It shouldn’t be a problem .


Or so I told myself . But for some reason, I felt a chill go up my back .