I left the room after the discussion with Bordow and saw that Fiona was waiting outside. She seemed a little restless, which was quite the departure from her usually cheerful disposition. She was sitting in a chair with an uneasy expression, but quickly got up when she noticed us.
“Hey, it’s been a while.”
“It really has! We were both so busy, and we had no time to meet… Wait, nevermind that. Is it true that you killed a wyvern? Are you hurt?”
She began to pat me down as if looking for injuries. I pointed to my right thigh and she tapped it lightly. I nodded to show that there was no pain, and she finally moved away with relief.
“Well, this was just from a broken blade catching me in the leg. I wasn’t hit all that much from the wyvern.”
“Amazing… It is like you came out unscathed.”
“That’s a bit of an exaggeration.”
That made me sound like some kind of superhero. I walked with Daniela and Fiona and explained the story again. I was out camping and encountered a wyvern. It wasn’t the longest story, and I finished when we reached the entrance.
Entrance… Rex and several other adventurers were gathered near the counter. They looked familiar. They were his other party members. Looking at them again, I got the impression that they were very high level. A strong party. And yet, once Danny, their shield-bearer had gone down, the party had crumbled… The field of battle could be very unpredictable. You really should have a healer with you. Seriously.
Rex called me over. I waved at him with one hand and the other members all waved back.
“Ah, I just wanted to thank you. You really helped us back there.”
Said the greatsword-wielder who had been the one to carry Danny during their escape. I accepted his offered hand and shook it.
“I’m glad to see you are well. How is your shield-bearer doing?”
“There’s no need to worry about him. We pooled our money together to put him up in the best hospital in the city. He’s resting nice and easy now, but he’ll be out before you know it.”
“That’s good. Do they accept visitors? I would like to go and see him.”
“Aye, I hoped you would. He said he wanted to thank you. He’ll surely be happy if you visited.”
It was great that he was doing well. I will have to go check up on him later.
After that, I talked with the archer and the other swordsman as well. They both wanted to thank me, which was a little embarrassing. It was just not something that I was used to… But I didn’t hate it either.
After a while, the subject of the reward was brought up.
“The total sum of the reward comes out as one hundred and forty gold pieces and a few silvers. This will be shared between us all. And there is no room for argument on this matter.”
Rex declared. I had no complaints, and so I nodded.
“Asagi, here is your share. Please count it.”
He says as he hands me a leather pouch. It seemed a little heavy to me…and I was surprised when I opened it. This didn’t seem right. It was clearly almost half of it.
“I split it. No arguments.”
He says, and they all laugh. It seemed that they were all in agreement about this. I suppose that for them, words were not enough to express their gratitude. And so I humbly gave in and put the pouch in my bag.
“Alright, I get it. Thanks.”
“Aye, this is how it should be!”
Rex wraps an arm around my shoulder and laughs happily. Ah, yes. I felt like a real adventurer now. It was something I had longed for ever since coming to this world. There were some who laughed and called me Black Rabbit, but there were great adventurers like Gardo and Ness as well. Adventurers who embodied real freedom. I wondered if I would be able to be like them one day.
“Well, we’re off to the bar now. What about you two?”
“Hmm…I was thinking about going to an armor shop after visiting Danny. What about you, Daniela?”
I asked her.
“I do enjoy a bar. However, we should visit this Danny first.”