Chapter 17 – Slave Trading House and Felicia-san
I was buoyed by the slave contract with Ines-san when Duccio-san came to talk to me.
“What about Felicia?”
Felicia? Yes, I was supposed to meet one more person, I gotta ask him.
“Yes, please do.”
“Ara, you’re so greedy; after buying me, you want another one, and it’s Felicia?”
“Ahaha, you can’t escort me by yourself all the time. I need at least one more person.”
“That’s also true.”
While we were talking, Rimu came out from inside the bag. It climbed up to my shoulders and conveyed to me.
“Oh, I see, you’re hungry. Sorry to keep you waiting; please wait a little longer.”
“Duccio-san, do you mind if we start after lunch?”
“Yes, no problem. If you like, I can prepare lunch here for you.”
“Oh, yes, can I ask for five people’s lunch? Also, would you be willing to sell some of Ines-san’s clothes if you have any?”
“Very well. Please wait in this room.”
“Rimu, they will bring the food soon, so please wait a little longer.”
“Master, is that child your familiar?”
“Yes, I have not introduced it to you. This is Rimu, a holy slime and my familiar.”
“Rimu, that person is Ines-san, and she has become one of our companions today.”
“So, Master can talk to Rimu-chan?”
“Yes, it may look like I’m talking to myself, but I’m talking to Rimu.”
“Okay, Rimu-chan, nice to meet you.”
Does Rimu know what that means? Well, okay, it’s so cute.
“So smooth and nice to the touch.”
“Rimu feels great to the touch.”
As I told Ines-san how cute Rimu was, lunch was brought in.
“Your meal and clothes are ready.”
“Thank you. How much is it?”
“This is a service.”
“Eh? Is it okay? These are such nice clothes.”
“Yes, no problem.”
“Ines-san, go and change while I get Dino-san and Enrico-san.”
I go outside to call Dino-san and Enrico-san.
“Dino-san and Enrico-san, I am sorry for keeping you waiting. I have had your meals prepared, so please come this way.”
I return to the room with Dino-san and Enrico-san. Yes, I should introduce Ines-san too.
“Dino-san, Enrico-san, this is Ines-san. If all goes well, I think we’ll have one more friend, so please take good care of her.”
“I’m Ines. Nice to meet you.”
“”Nice to meet you.””
“Now, let’s eat. Itadakimasu.”
“Rimu, is it good?”
Rimu is going back and forth between the various plates as it did at breakfast; cute.
After lunch, I ask Ines-san and my two escorts to wait for me in this room, and then I take just Rimu to meet the other one.
I entered the room with the God of commerce’s barrier, and Felicia-san came in right after me.
“I am Felicia, a dark elf. Pleased to meet you.”
“Yes, my name is Wataru. Nice to meet you.”
She’s a beautiful woman with shining silver hair and brown skin, a little darker brown than Dorothea-san’s. She has F-cup breasts, and you can see the contour of her breasts thanks to her thin cloth clothes… No, now I have to work hard so that she can sign a contract with me.
“Wataru-sama, the conditions I have submitted to the slave trading house are a minimum of food and approval for certain sexual acts.”
“They are very few, aren’t they? I think you could make better conditions.”
“Yes, I did that because I thought I could get a good price for the minimum conditions if I ever had an auction.”
She seems very different from Ines-san. Is it seriousness or lack of leisure? Let’s listen carefully.
“May I ask how you became a slave, Felicia-san?”
“Yes, I am the daughter of a dark elf village chief in the forest. One day, our village was attacked by a force of subhuman hunters. We resisted desperately and managed to fight them off, but many of the villagers died, and we lost all our food. So I sold myself to buy food and medicine.”
Oof, that was a heavier story than I expected. But hunting subhumans? I heard that there is almost no racism in this country, but I wonder why?
“Felicia-san, I heard that there is little racism in this country. Was I wrong?”
“No, this is a pleasant country to live in and there is very little racism. I think that it was one of the race-supremacist nations that attacked our village. They attack us and take us, not under a slave contract with the God of commerce, but by the magic circle, forcing us into slavery.”
“Does the king of this country have any measures in place to deal with such a thing from another country?”
“No, he’s been tightening security at the borders and increasing the number of people, but it’s a big country, and there is no way to cover it all. And I don’t know how to say it myself, but we are a good-looking race, so we are traded at a high price, and even in this country, we can still be attacked by subhuman hunters and bandits.”
“Is that possible?”
“Yes, and I know it’s a difficult condition, but I want you to find us a safe place to live, and since the number of people in our village has decreased, I want to find dark elves who are living somewhere and recruit them. If you can help us, I will give my all, please?”
Hmm, if a beautiful woman with beautiful silver hair and big breasts said that she would give her all, I should be excited, but I can’t get excited because there’s a sense of sadness in the air.
In fact, this problem can be solved by ship-summoning, but the fact that the conditions of the slave contract seem to be manageable by ship-summoning for both of them makes me think it is too convenient.
“I know, I know it’s difficult, and I’m sorry to be unreasonable. I know that even if I gave my all, it wouldn’t be worth the balance.”
While I’m struggling with this, the conversation is moving on, and I have no choice but to go along with it, with or without leverage, so I’m going to do it.
“Oh, wait a minute, I was just thinking, you know, I can’t say for sure, but there is a way we can work something out.”
“Really? Tell me, please.”
“Look at my skill, this unique skill of ship summoning; I can summon a ship that won’t sink, won’t break, won’t be trespassed on.”
I am seeking an escort when I am on land for trade. If Felicia-san is strong enough to protect me, I can help her find a deserted island where people can live and emigrate while trading.
However, there is a possibility that there are no uninhabited islands or that I may not be able to find one. If I can find a deserted island that can be settled, there are many large monsters in the sea, so there is little chance that people will come to the deserted island that I found. It’s a search that requires a lot of luck, but that’s about all I can do.
“Can you really build a ship that won’t sink? If you can cross the ocean freely, then you may be able to find a deserted inhabitable island.”
“I can’t freely cross the ocean for any length of time because of the food problem, but I can swear to the God of commerce about my unique skill set.”
“Thank you, um, I look forward to working with you.”
“Yes, first of all, could you show me your status? Then we can come to an agreement on the conditions.”
Race: Dark Elf
Physical Strength: 920
Magic Power: 1840
Lightning Magic Level 3
Barrier Technique Level 3
Archery Level 3
Dagger Art Level 2
Presence Detection Level 2
Physical Enhancement Level 2
Age 62, is that normal for a dark elf? I know she’s a long-distance type, but if lightning attribute magic and barrier magic, especially barrier magic, are useful for safety on land, I’d love to have her as a companion.
“Felicia-san, what kind of magic is this barrier magic?”
“Barrier magic is a magic that creates a barrier around an object to prevent it from being attacked. With my ability, I can certainly prevent one strong blow, whether it is with a sword or magic.”
“Can you move around while barrier magic is applied?”
“Yes, the barrier automatically detects danger and prevents it, so it is no different from the normal state of nothingness.”
It’s perfect. I’d love to have her as a companion.
Oh, I forgot, I have to ask Rimu in case there is any problem. I woke up Rimu, who was sleeping in the bag, perhaps sleepy after eating lunch, and showed Felicia-san to it.
“Rimu, what do you think of this Onee-san?”
It doesn’t really understand, but if it doesn’t hate it, it’s probably fine.
“Felicia-san, I would like you to sign a contract with me. Can you give me your conditions?”
“Yes, to search for a safe place to live, to help with the relocation once an island is found, and to help with the relocation if you find a dark elf elsewhere after the island is found.
I will also give my whole heart and body to you, but, well, can it be after the island is found and the migration is completed that I do it to the end? I will serve you to the best of my ability until then.”
Serving me to the best of her ability? I’m very happy. But this is the second time I can’t make it to the end. I should really go to church to make sure that the creator God hasn’t done something to me.
“I understand. Under those conditions, I would like to sign a slave contract with you.”
When I went outside and told Duccio-san that we had agreed on the conditions, he rolled his eyes and was surprised again. I asked Duccio-san to deduct 30 gold coins from my guild card and headed for the contract room.
We climbed on top of the magic circle in the contract room and declared our oaths and conditions.
“I swear to the God of commerce that I will not lie about my skills, and the terms of the slave contract are that I will search for a safe haven for the dark elves and that I will assist them in their migration once an island is found.
After the island is found, if I find dark elves in another place, I will help them migrate, and after the island is found and the migration is complete, I will ask you to give your whole body and soul to me, and we will have relations only after the migration is complete, and until then, you will serve me as best you can.”
When I put blood on Felicia-san’s collar, the magic circle glowed and absorbed it.
“Whew, we made it, didn’t we? I’m not good with this tension.”
“Master, I will do my best as long as the contract is kept. I look forward to working with you.”
“Thank you very much.”
“Duccio-san, I’m sorry to keep asking you, but could you please take care of Felicia-san’s clothes?”
“Yes, of course. Please wait a moment.”
I asked him to bring some clothes, and after Felicia-san had changed her clothes, we went to the room where everyone was waiting for us.
After entering the room, we greeted each other. Then, after returning to the inn and getting our rooms back together, we decide to go shopping for all the things we need.
We return to the Black-tailed Gull’s inn, have the room changed to a four-person room, and have the two escorts move in next to us.
“I’d like to talk to you about our future plans. Ines-san and Felicia-san will be shopping for the things you need. A change of clothes, personal items, weapons, and armor.”
“I have to work on the island for about ten more days, so during that time, Ines-san and Felicia-san, you will learn how to be an escort from Dino-san and Enrico-san.”
“I have been asked to escort people several times when I was an adventurer, you know?”
“Dino-san and Enrico-san are professional escorts introduced to me by the merchant guild. I think you have a lot to learn from them.”
“Then, Ines-san and Felicia-san, please think about what you need and make a note of it.”
First, we headed to the weapons shop and purchased a sword and a small staff for Ines-san and a dagger, a bow, and a small staff for Felicia-san. At the armor shop, Ines-san bought light armor, and Felicia-san bought monster leather armor.
When I asked them if they use the big staff, they told me that the big staff is for drawing a big magic circle with ritual magic, and the small staff is used for a magic circle in battle. We headed to the clothing and tool stores with weapons and armor in hand.
It was a long day; even in this world, women have to shop for a long time. But they both seem to be having fun, so I guess it’s okay? I and my escorts, Dino-san and Enrico-san, were quietly watching from afar.
Balance: 3 gold coins, 11 silver coins, 10 copper coins.
Guild account balance: 4 white gold coins, 23 gold coins, 80 silver coins.