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

Chapter 287

“…I’m a slave . Doing the filthy work is how I survive . ”



That was the explanation that ‘Douva’ gave to me . However, she was using a figure of speech here . Her father had fallen into tremendous debt, which had then been subrogated by a noble . She was now paying in her father’s stead . Unsurprisingly, her father had vanished . As for her mother, well, she had died a long time ago . The only thing Douva had left was debts .


“So, that is why I take on jobs that I do not want to do . It’s the same with the others . The noble that hires us knowingly selected people who are in debt . Do you understand? If you want to buy us, the price will be high . And great house or not, no one pays that kind of money without a good reason . ”


Indeed . Regardless of their situation, this was trespassing and attempted robbery . There was no reason to buy them at all .

That being said, I had promised to negotiate, so I would have to bring it up with Miss Camila, at the very least . Still…it worried me . This could get very unpredictable . And how should I move then? Daniela would be pretty angry if she could see me now .


“I will talk to her first . You stay here quietly while I call someone from the house . ”

“Very well . I do not have the energy to resist now . But let me see the others . ”


I nodded and took her to the guardhouse so that she could explain the situation to them . In the meantime, I returned to the mansion and told the butler that I needed to see Miss Camila . He didn’t seem too pleased but nodded .


  □   □   □   □


“I see . This is quite the opportunity . ”

“You think so?”

“Yes, I will buy them . And then unleash them on their old master… It’s very simple . ”



What a frightening mind she had…


“Of course, what this noble is doing is against the law . Nobles of the imperial capital are not allowed to have a private army . However, that does not include gatekeepers and bodyguards . But specially trained troops…that is forbidden . ”

“That seems difficult to enforce . A gatekeeper and a soldier could look exactly the same . ”

“I wouldn’t say that . Status cards do exist, you know?”



Status cards did not lie . They displayed all of your abilities .


“I will hire her and her men and send them back to this noble’s house . Information will be stolen, and the house will be forever ruined . ”

“You just said that it was illegal to hire…”

“As long as I don’t get caught . And I won’t . ”



One thing was clear . These people were scary .


  □   □   □   □


“So, there it is . House Carteraza will take care of you from now on . However, you must finish this job first . This means entering the house you came from and stealing . Any objections?”

“None . Being backed by one of the eight great houses means that we have nothing to fear . ”


Douva had lived in a rough world . She changed loyalty very easily . The others nodded in agreement . It spoke of how bad their previous environment must have been… I had only seen the beautiful sides of the city . There was a lot that happened in the shadows that I had no knowledge of . And while these were not literal slaves…there probably were real slaves here as well .

Sponsored Content

If I encountered such people later on, how would I react? I couldn’t know until the time came, but I had no delusions about saving everyone every time . There would be no end to it if I tried . There was only one person that I could help . And that was Daniela .


“There you are . ”


The door to the guardhouse opened and Miss Camila entered .


“So, this is my new and brilliant army . It’s a pleasure . ”

“Uh… Please forgive us for this disgraceful incident…”

“Say no more . That is of no interest to me now . There are more important things to discuss . The war council begins now . My maid will accompany you, and it will be carried out tonight . ”


Miss Camila stepped to the side and the Automata walked into the room .


“This is…”

“I am Reticle, an Automata and exclusive maid to Camila Dee Carteraza . It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance . ”


Reticle? Like the cross mark on the scope of a gun? It was something that helped you take aim . You wouldn’t miss… Perhaps that’s what she meant with the name . An Automata would likely be very precise . But then again, there were no guns in this world .

Still, a name for an Automata? I suppose it was useful . What would I have named it… No, never mind that .


“So, you’re really not going to be killing them . Have I got that right?”

“Yes, that is correct . As for you, your job is now finished . It is now a matter between noble houses . ”

“I understand . That’s the last thing I want to get more involved it . ”

“That’s very wise of you . Now, here is your reward . I had promised you that it would be doubled if you captured them . I even added a little bonus . It’s for each one that you caught . Think of it as a show of gratitude, for helping me acquire such useful…resources . ”

Sponsored Content

“I gratefully accept . ”


It didn’t sit right with me that she saw people as resources, but she would probably treat them well enough if they succeeded . The butler handed me a bag of gold and I made my way to the door . Just then, Douva and the others called out to me .


“Uh, thank you . We might not have ever escaped from the shadows without you . ”

“Thank you!”

“Thank you!”


Awkward . I just did my job . In fact, I had done it in a pretty self-indulgent way at that… Things just happened to end on a positive note, that’s all . It all depended on Miss Camila .


“Don’t mention it . I’m glad no one was killed . Good luck . ”

“Aye . …Oh, I didn’t hear your name . Will you tell us?”


Uh… I guess I hadn’t . I mean, they were enemies…

But it would be rather embarrassing to introduce myself now . Not that that was a good reason to refuse .


“It’s Asagi . A humble Adventurer . ”

“Asagi… You’re Asagi Kamiyashiro . Everyone knows that name . ”

“Haha . Surely not . Anyway, I gotta go . I’m very, very tired…”


I slung the bag of money over my shoulder and left the guardhouse . I also activated Presence Block, just in case . There were gasps of alarm coming from within the guardhouse . I chuckled sleepily . It couldn’t be helped . I was no longer used to staying up all night . And so, in order to return to my usual schedule, I used Legs of the God Wolf to return straight to the inn .

Sponsored Content


  □   □   □   □


During the afternoon of the following day . Daniela had finally kicked my out of the bed in frustration, and so I stifled a yawn and left the inn to wander on the streets . The yawns were clearly an indication that I hadn’t had enough sleep, but Daniela was unforgiving . Well, then . I might as well go eat, I thought . And so I moved my shaky feet forward and opened my mouth wide . There was no point in stifling it anyway .


“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!”


As I walked towards the dining hall, I could hear someone shouting . Some newspaper, I guess . Now that I think about it, hadn’t Daniela been reading something? I thought dumbly as I walked . Suddenly, a crumpled paper got caught on my legs . I picked it up and spread it out .


“…Damn . ”


It was just words . But it said that a certain noble had been stripped of all titles . So, Miss Camila had done exactly as she had promised . She had escaped the approaching danger . The Automata was safe and she had new people working for her . I wouldn’t be surprised if she stole her enemy’s gold as well . And as the noble was ruined, Douva’s debts would be erased .


I folded the newspaper and entered the dining hall . It was pretty crowded, but I was able to find an empty seat . Everyone seemed to be smiling here, and the atmosphere was pleasant . But while we all dined in peace here, there were people elsewhere who fought like dogs . The world was a big place . It was, but what was unknown to you was often not as far away as you thought .


“Haaahhh…damn it, I’m sluggish…”


Danger was always present . But for now, I prioritized satiating my appetite . I put the newspaper down and ordered some food . The waitress repeated it energetically and then disappeared into the kitchen . I looked down and tried to read the small articles on the paper, but it was hard to concentrate . I felt like I was still half asleep . As I sat there, feeling light-headed, a delicious smell entered my nostrils .


“Here’s your food!”

“That looks good…”


But for now, everything was peaceful . Now, this was a time when I could relax and just eat my food .