Chapter 5-14 : Shopping Ⅱ
On the next day, in the early morning, Iris-san and I loaded the cart we borrowed from Daruna-san with artifacts and homemade lunch boxes made by Lorea-chan.
After that, the two of us left the village for South Strugg.
We used body-strengthening magic and started running.
Even though the items on the cart are protected by the Shock Absorbing Cushion, there’s a limit to how hard the impact can be absorbed, so we didn’t run at full speed. Besides, I don’t want to damage Daruna-san’s cart because of running too fast.
The safest method to carry goods from one town to another is to use a Floating Board. You don’t have to worry about bumpy roads since the board is floating in the air. However, you need to use your magical power in order to operate it.
Supplying magical power to a Floating Board while maintaining body-strengthening magic to run all the way to South Strugg is very tough even for me.
That’s why I decided to just use a normal cart.
On the way, Iris-san and I occasionally stopped to take breaks, enjoying Lorea-chan’s lunch boxes or just drinking water. We also used this opportunity to take turns pulling the cart.
Fortunately, we didn’t encounter any trouble along the way. When the sun was about to set, we arrived at South Strugg as planned.
「Whoaa… It really took us less than a day… I thought we would definitely camp on the way.」(Iris)
Iris-san looked up at the gate of the town of South Strugg with a disbelieving face.
「Daruna-san’s cart is different from other carts because I’ve installed Korokoro on it.」(Sarasa)
「Ah, you once told me about it before. It’s an artifact that can make wheels spin more smoothly, right?」(Iris)
「Exactly. That’s why we were able to pull this cart while running with considerably small effort.」(Sarasa)
「I see. So… What are we going to do now? Are we going to sell these artifacts first?」(Iris)
「Yeah. We can’t just sleep in an inn while leaving all these valuable items on the cart.」(Sarasa)
I think all the artifacts on this cart are worth more than a single commoner’s house. They are easy targets for thieves.
Therefore, I decided to go to Leonora-san’s shop first.
I parked the cart in front of the shop and left it to Iris-san.
As always, the street in front of Leonora-san’s shop was clean. She always cleans it up every day.
As soon as I entered the shop, Leonora-san and her employee, Filione-san, greeted me.
「Long time no see, Sarasa-chan.」(Filione)
「Leonora-san, Filione-san, it’s been a while.」(Sarasa)
I greeted them back and politely bowed my head to them.
Perhaps because I had informed Leonora-san that I would be coming, so they both were standing by and waiting for me.
「Leonora-san, thank you for helping me this time as well. I’m sorry for asking so much of you.」(Sarasa)
A few days ago, I contacted her and asked her to buy my remaining artifacts all of a sudden.
First of all, I thought that I had to apologize. However, when I apologized, Leonora-san raised her hand and smiled at me.
「Don’t worry about it. Anyway, before we talk further, let’s bring the artifacts inside. The security around here is not that good lately.」(Leonora)
I nodded at Leonora-san who made the suggestion while looking at the cart and Iris-san through the shop glass window.
Leonora-san and Filione-san then followed me heading outside the shop and called out to Iris-san who was standing on guard next to the cart.
「Hello there! You must be Iris, right? I’ve heard about you from Sarasa but this is the first time we’ve met.」(Leonora)
「Ah, it’s nice to meet you, Leonora-dono. Thank you for always helping us.」(Iris)
「No problem. By the way, this is my partner.」(Leonora)
「I’m Filione. I work at Nora’s shop as a shopkeeper, but not only the shop, I’m also taking care of her and other things. Nice to meet you, Iris-chan.」(Filione)
「Eh? You don’t like being called like that?」(Filione)
「No, no. I just think it’s a bit girly for someone like me, but you can call me that. Nice to meet you too, Filione-dono.」(Iris)
Iris-san was bewildered for a moment when Filione-san called her with the honorific of ‘chan’, but couldn’t complain after seeing Filione-san’s smile.
「Alright, then. Let’s bring these artifacts inside. You can put the big ones on the floor in the corner, and the smaller ones on the counter.」(Leonora)
The big number of artifacts that filled a large merchant’s cart was not a big deal if four people were taking care of them. It didn’t take long for us to move them from the cart to the shop.
The last artifact was the Shock Absorbing Cushion that I put on the floor of the cart. I rolled it up and brought it inside the shop.
「Hmm, why did you only bring common artifacts?」(Leonora)
「So that you can easily sell them in this town. I thought you would have a hard time if I brought artifacts that are not commonly known.」(Sarasa)
Leonora-san, who was observing the artifacts while taking notes and making calculations, stopped writing and looked at me.
「You didn’t have to worry about that, you know? Anyway, how about this much for all of them?」(Leonora)
Saying that, Leonora-san wrote a number on a piece of paper and showed it to me.
「Eh? But, isn’t it too close to the regular price? You can lower it more if you want.」(Sarasa)
「No, it’s fine.」(Leonora)
The price Leonora-san offered was not too different from the market price. She won’t get much profit from it.
Moreover, there’s the possibility that she wouldn’t be able to sell them all since selling artifacts that are not made on request is quite difficult.
「But… are you really sure?」(Sarasa)
I asked her one more time, but she gave a wry smile.
「I said it’s fine. You can think of it as my apology for leading that troublesome man to your place.」(Leonora)
「Troublesome man? …Ah, you mean Nord-san?」(Sarasa)
「Yeah. He came to your place because I recommended your shop to him.」(Leonora)
That reminds me. Nord-san brought a letter from Leonora-san when he first came to my shop.
「I heard he caused you a lot of trouble. I swear I will punch him in the face the next time he visits my shop!」(Leonora)
Saying that, Leonora-san cracked her knuckle with a scary smirk on her face.
She trains her body a lot, so she has a quite muscular body for a middle-aged woman.
I hope Nord-san won’t die the next time he comes here…