Chapter 4: Miss Reno and the Adventurers’ Guild
I chanted a few more [Heals] over the girl I met at the garbage dump in the slums. After recovering from her injuries, blindness, and bad leg, the girl clung to me and cried.
After awhile, the girl stopped crying. I rubbed her head and looked into her blue eyes. “How are you? Feeling better?”
“Yes, thank you! Also, my name is Reno. What about you, brother?”
“Mister Lars, I want to thank you! Tell me what I can do!” She looked up at me with a gaze still wet with tears. The bridge of her nose was straightened and her eyes shone with intelligence. Her gentle, youthful cheeks were flushed. Her cuteness made me feel a little embarrassed and I scratched at my cheek.
“Umm, right… Ah! Actually, I’ve just arrived in this city and I’m lost. Do you know where Stella’s Inn is?”
“Yes, I do!”
The girl – Reno – adjusted the hem of her patchy clothes and started walking and I followed after her. As she led me, she also told me about the different stores.
After walking through the back alleys, I finally found the inn. A lone signboard marked it among the densely packed streets. It looked no different from the surrounding stone buildings so even if I had passed by earlier, I wouldn’t have noticed it.
Lino’s cheerful face was framed by her blonde hair. Smiling, she said, “Mister Lars, here.”
“No, you saved me. To be able to see clearly and walk well… it’s like a dream. If you have any other problems, please let me know! I will definitely help you!”
“In that case, I’ll find a way for you to pay me back.”
I reached out to touch Reno, not her body this time but her ragged clothes.
“[Heal].” As soon as I said it, her clothes were as good as new. Golden blonde hair, white skin, and well-tailored clothes on a lean body. She could have passed as a beautiful young noble lady.
Reno’s eyes widened with surprise. “Eh!? Eeeeee!! What kind of magic is this?!”
“I only healed…”
“Waaah… Mister Lars is a god.” With a smile on her face, Reno began to shed big tears.
“It’s not that big of a deal. I’m just a useless guy who can only use [Heal].”
“…Eh. That’s…” Reno rubbed her eyes with the back of her hand and shook her head. Her blonde hair glistened in the sunlight. She was very cute. I’m glad my [Heal] could help her.
“See you, Miss Reno.”
“Yes! I’ll come see you again, Mister Lars!”
I entered the inn, Lino waving goodbye from the street.
There was a reception counter as soon as I entered. Behind it was a woman with long green hair. She had big breasts and a good figure and gave off an alpha energy.
“I’d like to stay for a few days. In a private room, if possible.”
“Hmm, are you an adventurer?”
“No, just an ordinary traveler.”
“What about meals? Or will you be eating out?”
“I have my own food, so I’m fine with just the room.”
“Oh, then, 900 kali in advance for three days.”
“Er, isn’t that a bit expensive?”
“Since I have no guarantee of your identity, I need double.”
“I see… well then, okay.”
I took out a gold coin and handed it over. The receptionist examined it closely. She then gave me the key to the room and five silver coins. “Your change is 100 kali. Your room is the one on the corner of the second floor.”
I went up the back stairs to the second floor and used to key to unlock my room’s door. It was a small room with only a bed and a table inside. The air was fresh and there were windows on the south and west walls.
“Well, then.” I put my luggage down and sat on the bed. Thinking about the future, I had ended up spending money before even arriving in the city. My savings amounted to about 17,000 kali. I was running out of money.
Moreover, it seemed services would cost more if I didn’t have a way to guarantee my identity. This made sense for businesses of course. “This’ll get bad if I can’t find a job soon. I need to earn some money.”
I got up from the bed and left the room.
First, I went to the Adventurers’ Guild. It was on the main street so I didn’t get lost en route. It was a splendid marble building. I went inside and approached the receptionist. “Excuse me, I have a few questions.”
“What do you want?”
“I can only [Heal], but are there any jobs for just healing?”
“[Heal] only… you’re not a monk or cleric?”
“Yes, if possible I would like to help injured people and receive money.”
The woman at the reception desk furrowed her brow and groaned, “Aren’t you asking a bit much? Every party already has priests and healers. Shouldn’t you go to the training center and pick up some more skills?”
“I can’t do that… instead, can you tell me the location of the nearest dungeon?”
“Fine, but you’re not an adventurer, right?”
“No, I’m not.”
“Then you can’t actually enter the dungeon.”
“I know. I’m only going as far as the entrance.”
“Well, here’s a map so knock yourself out.”
“Thank you.” I took the map and left the guildhouse.