“Oh? What are you two doing here?”
“I should be asking you that, Manager. Is it a quest?”
The Manager and the grey elf were standing in front of us.
Daniela and I were in the same party. What about these two?
“Ah, we bumped into each other yesterday. And I suppose we just hit it off well enough that we decided to do a quest together. And there happened to be a very interesting one.”
“Exactly! Miss Rindo has been telling me the most amusing things! So we formed a party!”
“A party? You sure move fast…”
Daniela was right. It was quite surprising.
“Yes. Forming a party was the main goal. But we thought we should do a quest to celebrate… In fact, we are just about to leave.”
“I see. So, what kind of quest is it?”
“Hmm? Oh, dungeon crawling.”
Surely, it wasn’t the Reserentrible Investigation?
“Rindo, are you going to the town towards the south?”
“Impressive, Daniela. You guessed that just by hearing the word ‘dungeon’?”
“Aye. We came here to accept the same quest. We already finished making preparations.”
So, it was the same quest after all. While Manager would likely be fine, Lemon had only just become an Adventurer… It seemed dangerous. She considered us veterans, even though she was actually quite a bit older. Though, her appearance was closer to a sixteen-year-old.
“I see. You two are going as well. Hmm. We might as well go together then.”
“Yes. I do not see why not.”
“I would be very relieved if you two joined us!”
“Oh? Does that mean you were worried about it just being the two of us, Lemon?”
“No-no-no-not at aaaall! Ahahaha…”
“Very well. We should go and accept the quest then… Come, Asagi.”
“Ah, uh, right.”
I hadn’t gotten a word in before the decision was made. I wasn’t sure how to react to all of this.
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I grabbed the card from the quest board and put it on the desk along with my status card.
“Very good. So, Mister Asagi and Miss Daniela, you have accepted the quest to investigate the southern labyrinth town of Reserentrible. We have recently had reports of a trap being triggered that resulted in the dungeon being inverted.”
“Yes. The upper and lower layers have been inverted. Much of the town is now very, very deep underground. The residents had been told to evacuate in advance, but some insisted on staying in their houses. Obviously, we have no obligation to rescue such people, but if you do encounter anyone, you should tell them to evacuate.”
So there really were people who remained for business purposes. They said we didn’t have to save them, but I don’t see how we could abandon anyone who was being attacked by monsters right in front of us.
“The guild’s demand is that you investigate and resolve the situation. As an A-Ranker, you should prioritize the latter.”
“That’s what we intended to do.”
“It is good to hear you say that. Obviously, there is a chance that thieves and criminals may also appear. You have permission to exterminate such people.”
Bandits always seemed to appear in such situations. I suppose it was the promise of gold and valuables lying around. Yes, we would take down any that we encountered.
“Now, do you have any questions?”
“I’m fine. Daniela?”
“What she said.”
“Very well. Here are your status cards. Now go, and please be safe.”
We accepted the status cards. I gave Daniela hers and looked at mine.