Episode 121 Adult Women / Emina
“I’m wondering now, why this group?”
Linnecarlo says sadly as she looks at me and Alana.
“I don’t know, you just followed us on your own, didn’t you?”
Alana invited me to go shopping in the city, and somehow Linnecarlo came along with us.
“I didn’t follow you, I just happened to be heading in the same direction as you were heading.”
“So we’ll go our separate ways from here?”
“……Well, since we’ve come this far together, it’s nice to have you with us today.”
You’re not an honest person. Why didn’t you just say you were lonely and wanted to come with us?
“Emina, you said you wanted to buy some clothes, that store would be good.”
That’s what Alana suggested, it certainly looks like a good place with a wide selection of different types of clothes on display.
“Let’s check it out.”
Compared to my favorite store in the Imperial City, there were fewer clothes that I liked, but I found a type of jacket that I don’t usually wear but I liked it a little, so I had a little trouble deciding whether to buy it or not. The price was 3,000 gold, and perhaps my sense of money was numbed by the debt, but it seemed quite expensive.
“It’s only 3,000 gold. Why don’t you buy it instead of worrying about it?”
“3000 gold is a lot of money for me right now! Let me think about it.”
I wondered if I should spend 3,000 gold here, what if there were better products in the stores I would stop by later? In the first place, it would be foolish to spend the 10,000 gold allowance in a single day, and since we could not predict what events would occur during our week-long stay, it would be best to leave some extra money.
I tried to put the jacket back, but Linnecarlo took it to the counter.
“Don’t get me wrong, this is an apology for the trouble I caused you with Orlea, I’m the kind of person who pays her debts.”
She paid for the jacket and held it out to me. She’s really a straightforward person……I smiled, thanked Linnecarlo and took the jacket.
After that, I went to the next store and looked at a hat that I liked, but this time Alana bought it for me.
“Unlike you, I get paid, so I can afford it.”
It seems that they take quite a bit of pity on me.
After that, the three of us went around the city happily, and since we were getting tired, we went to a restaurant with a terrace to have something to drink. In the end, I didn’t spend a single dime while the two of them paid for everything. I was both grateful and apologetic…….I had made up my mind that I would pay for this at least.
“Emina, are you sure you don’t want to contact your family back home or something? If you don’t have enough money to hire a letter carrier, I can lend you some.”
Alana suggested that. But……
“Thank you, but don’t worry, I don’t have a family….. My parents died in the war right after I was born, my Ludia value was high so I was put in a state institution and became a rider, but if my Ludia value was low I would have been a slave or something.”
“Well, that’s fine, but can you contact the government or something?”
If I contacted the country, the Elysian Empire would come for me by any means necessary – I would have hoped for that a while ago, but for some reason I don’t want to do that now. I think I’m more comfortable in the easy, pressure-free life of the Iron Knights than in the cramped life of a soldier. I’d like to let my best friend Yuki know that I’m okay, but that was impossible because the Elysian Empire censors all letters from outside the country in order to prevent their own riders from being taken away by other countries.
“I will contact the country in the future, but right now I don’t want to.”
I answered and sipped my drink. I hadn’t completely lost my loyalty to the Elysian Empire, but I was aware that it was fading little by little.