I was sold at the lowest price C348
I was sold at the lowest price C348 – A Small Exchange
Emitz made this request to me in a slightly reserved manner.
“I’m sorry to bother you on duty, but I’d like to shake Kiyone-sama’s hand, if that’s all right?”
“I think a handshake would be fine. Wait a minute, I’ll ask Kiyone.”
Kiyone looked a little dubious, but agreed to shake his hand. However, when Emitz put out his right hand, Kiyone stopped him.
“I’m sorry. May I use your left hand?”
“Oh, I’m sorry.”
The right hand and the left hand would be the same…….That’s what I thought, but Nagisa, perhaps noticing my wondering, explained Kiyone’s intentions.
“A martial artist does not simply leave his dominant arm in the hands of his opponent. If you’re as good as Kiyone, that kind of consideration is normal.”
Oh, so that’s how it is.
As Emitz and Kiyone shook hands, the soldiers of the surveillance unit rustled around. When Emitz thanked Kiyone and left the scene, the soldiers gathered under Emitz, saying something. Listening to the soldiers, words like “I’m jealous” were flying around.
It was strange to think that the soldiers of an enemy country, who had been fighting not so long ago, would feel that way, but I didn’t find it offensive.
All right, I’ll do my part here. So I called out to the soldiers.
“Is there anyone else who wants to shake Kiyone’s hand? I’ll ask her for you now.”
Hearing this, the soldiers came towards me at a great speed. Almost all of the soldiers there were there, about fifty of them. I had the soldiers line up in order and asked Kiyone to shake hands with them.
Perhaps thinking that she could not respond to just one and refuse the others, Kiyone reluctantly complied. A few more soldiers came up to me and whispered to me, asking to do the same.
“Um……is there any way we can ask that person over there to shake our hands, too?”
It seems that the person over there is Nagisa. He’s a maniac, asking Nagisa to shake his hand. Well, I couldn’t let Kiyone shake their hands and stop Nagisa, so I said yes to that as well.
“What’s the fun in shaking hands with me?”
“That’s what I think, too, but he wants to, so do it.”
“I don’t know why I get so angry when Yuta says that.”
“Come on, I’m waiting for you.”
“I can’t help it…….”
Nagisa also reluctantly agreed to shake hands. I’m smiling at the scene, which has become a bit like a handshake session, when Emitz approaches me.
“I’m sorry, even my subordinates. The soldiers of the Royal Army of Lubel have an admiration for the strong, so they genuinely respected those two.”
“It doesn’t matter if they’re from an enemy’s country?”
“We soldiers don’t decide who we are going to fight. Very few of us think badly of someone just because they are from a hostile country.”
“You’re right…….I don’t fight because I hate the other side.”
”I hate the act of war itself and wish for a peaceful era without conflict.”
“That’s a very un-soldierly thing to say. How did such a man become a soldier?”
“My family has been in the military of the Kingdom of Lubel for generations. I had no male siblings, so I received a military education from an early age.”
“It’s hard to believe that……you were set on a course of action without your consent.”
“Yes……I was robbed of my dignity as a woman by my family.”
Emitz said, somewhat sadly. It was a heavy thing to say that your family had taken your dignity as a woman away from you. I realized that she didn’t really intend to abandon her womanhood.
“You are a strange person. I don’t usually talk about this kind of thing, but……Oh, I didn’t get your name. If you don’t mind, I’d like to know your name.”
“Oh, that’s right. I’m Yuta.”
“You can call me Yuta. I’m probably younger than you.”
When she said that, Emitz smiled and nodded. That smile was that of a wonderful woman she should have abandoned. It made me kind of happy to see Emitz as a woman and not as a soldier.
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