A Day for a Child’s Quarrel
The next morning.
I woke up shivering in the cold after having been robbed of my blanket. Next to me lay a happy, very warm and sound asleep Daniela. I had a momentary urge to take the blanket back, but I lost the will to do that after seeing her carefree expression.
And so I changed into my usual outdoor clothes and washed my face. I only woke Daniela up after brushing my teeth and fixing myself up. She stared dumbly with half-open eyes and sat with crossed legs on the bed. It reminded me of how I used to act before getting up to go to work.
“It’s a nice day again… The town is beautiful, and the room was great. Don’t you think, Daniela?”
I said as I looked around. Daniela had fallen back from her sitting position and was attempting to go back to sleep. But life was not so easy. And we were supposed to go and check the guild quests!
“Come on, get up. We’re going to the guild. We’ll be late.”
She shook her head in disagreement and buried her face in the pillow. She really was terrible at this…
“Do you want me to leave you behind? I would, you know?”
“…I will go after you, you go on ahead…”
I did want us to go together…oh, well. I scribbled a little note just in case and placed it on the glass table. Then I slid just the Glampanzer into my belt and left the room.
I greeted the other guests as I made my way down the stairs and to Vegun at the front desk.
He noticed me as I came walking, and greeted me politely.
“Good morning, Mister Asagi.”
“Good morning. I’m off to the guild.”
“I see. And the key?”
“My partner is still sleeping…”
I had left the key near the door. On the shelf with the security devices.
“Ah, then I will have someone lock it from the outside.”
“That’s very kind of you.”
“It’s nothing. Have a good day.”
And with that, I went out into the sunlight. There weren’t that many people in sight until I reached the main road, but once I was there, there were large crowds of people. I noted how energetic they seemed in the morning as I walked towards the guild. I also took note of the many Adventurers I started to see. Some wore light leather armor, others were huge and covered in full plate armor, and there were women who wore hoods and carried staffs. It was like an Adventurer showcase. I’ve been to a couple of guilds now, but I’ve never seen so many Adventurers before. But this was Adventure City.
Adventurers crowded the area near the guild. I feel like this was the first time I was seeing a real crowd of people since coming to this world. Many of them were holding something that looked like paper. Was it for quests? If it was, most of the lucrative ones were probably gone by now. With that thought in mind, I frantically entered the guild and checked the quest board. My shoulders dropped. There was almost nothing left on the board.
We were way too late…I hadn’t imagined that things would be this competitive. I thought that they would try to keep things a little more satisfying for everyone…I suppose it was the true Adventurers who rose to the top in this struggle. In that case, Daniela had no chance at all. I bet she was still sleeping right now.
“Well, might as well check these…”
If it came to it, I would just have to collect herbs again. I actually enjoyed it in a way. It was easy to mindlessly collect things.
I looked at the sad quests that had been left. Goblin extermination, Grass wolf hunting, Lost pet, Poisonous herb gathering…poisonous herbs? And what would you do with poisonous herbs…?
“There is nothing here that’s worth a damn…”
All of them were bad. The goblin one…was really the only one that allowed you to make extra on top of the reward money.
Oh, well. I will just have to bear it for one day… And so my hand stretches out for the notice. Just then, another hand stretched towards it.