Chapter 13

Testing waters, waters testing

Alright, to begin with, I'd like to know her price.

Ignoring Her———Ilya's, it seems, imploring gaze, I erased my expressions.

I'm not going to be overcharged here.

Even if I don't have the money in the first place.

Buying everything at the price it's offered at is too Japanese.

This is another world.

Now then...

 

"I see. She certainly is pretty. But doesn't she seem a bit listless?"

"That's because not even a week has passed since we procured her. It must still be difficult for her to accept the reality of the situation."

 

That's really recent.

 

"However, she knows etiquette from before. She's not just some town girl."

 

Like that he nonchalantly raised her value.

 

 "One week. Which means the people of your firm didn't have time to teach her anything... I understand you had no time to raise her value, correct?"

 

That I directly went and asked to see her was a mistake, but I'd like to keep the stance that I don't have to buy her no matter what.

At least superficially.

 

"Hmm, that's what it means."

 

He didn't even twitch.

Well, of course, no matter what a little girl like me says, he far surpasses me in experience.

 

"As an adventurer, I think it's better if I'm accompanied by a girl. However, if she can't fight, I'd be troubled, too. Would she have combat experience?"

 

Well, even if she doesn't, the demand from customers other than me should be high.

From men, you know?

 

"I see. Why don't you take a look at her Attributes then?"

 

Oh?

He seems really confident, from his reply.

Very well.

Let's have a look at those Attributes.

 

"May I?"

"Of course. Convincing the customer and making him happy is this firm's policy, Miss. Fraud is something only third-rates stoop to."

 

He's sure making a real job of it.

Signaled by the eye-patched man, Blackie guided Her to my side.

There, she showed her Status with Attributes only.

So they aren't showing me all at once.

Step by step, is it.

 

Strength 1, Endurance 3, Protection 5, Agility 1, Mind 0

 

"T-this is..."

 

This is too different from her appearance and impression!

 

"How is it? The one-sidedness isn't very praiseworthy, but I believe she completely fulfills your needs, Miss."

 

Ridiculous.

I unintentionally stared at her.

 

"It would be my pleasure, Milady."

 

She bashfully talking to me is actually indomitable, like a raspberry shaken in the wind.

The stalk is full of thorns, but the white petals bloom so very neatly and sweetly.

Other worlds, incredible.

The gap between appearance and ability is too big.

Where in that slender body of hers does she hide that sturdiness?

 

"... it seems so."

 

While reacting to Her reverence by lightly raising my hand, I thought.

If I have her, won't she become my shield even if Shion-san is not around?

Rather, speaking of becoming a shield, I can't think of anyone being more suited.

I want her.

No, now I really want her.

Seeing the real thing really does drive up your desire to buy it."But she doesn't have any combat experience, does she?"

 

I was persistently asking the eye-patched man, not the girl next to me.

I can't have them take me lightly.

 

"She doesn't."

 

Meaning she is a level one apprentice, huh.

 

"Her class?"

"Of course you can change it, but she is currently a Lancer."

 

Of course I can change it. Is that so?

 

"Do you want to confirm it?"

"No need. I trust you, Mister."

 

I composedly smiled.

I've become thick-skinned, too.

I can't manage it in front of Shion-san no matter what, but maybe I'm someone who can really put up a strong front?

 

(However, so far I haven't found a serious demerit. If anything, she's gathering points?)

 

...

Then it's time for a leading question, I think.

 

"I see. I've gotten a good grasp of her value."

 

She's completely unrefined, but there couldn't be a better raw gem.

That's how it is.

And

 

"This girl's not an elf, is she?"

 

The eye-patched man's mild smile deepened even further.

As if to say he liked the question.

 

"As expected, Miss. You are not swayed by outward appearance alone."

"Of course not."

 

Of course not my ass.

 

"Elven slaves are scarce. I want to obtain some even if I have to go to some length, but currently I don't have any."

 

I'm not an elf, okay?

Although I definitely won't show you my Status.

But... what do I do?

Do I push on, even if it's dangerous?

...

Alright.

 

"... If I said I have some connection to elves would that draw your interest?"

 

Not only Eyepatch, even the black-clothed man's atmosphere changed.

Crap, don't get violent, okay?

I still didn't eradicate my smile.

 

"I thought you weren't a just a sheltered, young lady, but this is a surprise."

 

The eye-patched man placed his elbows on the table and intertwined his fingers.

 

"Is that story true?"

"Let's say I cannot make definite promises."

"Of course not. It's elves we're talking about. Still, very intriguing."

 

Hmm.

Let's hope this doesn't cause any trouble between humans and elves.

 

"I thought you'd say so. But, let's keep today's conversation focused on this girl, shall we?"

 

At any rate, I'm suddenly down to only one card I can play.

Because I only have one trump card, right now.

Right, myself.

The suicidal act of revealing my Status.

 

"Hehe, you got me there, Miss. I underestimated you just a bit. It's been a while since I've had such an enjoyable negotiation. Including your fairness to the eyes, Miss."

"Why thank you."

 

I cast down my eyes and calmly smiled.

For some reason, I could hear the girl next to me make a little, admiring sound.

 

"Then, shall we release her Status? Including her race, that is."

"No, it's fine. Let's confirm that for when we make the final contract."

 

I softly rejected the eye-patched man's proposal.

Stop cornering me already.

I still have absolutely no concrete idea how to obtain her.

 

"Is that so. Let's stop beating around the bush then. This firm has set her price to be 500.000 Rook... is what I would like to say, but."

 

There the eye-patched man cut off his words and smiled at me.

 

"I'm dealing with you here, Miss. What do you think about specially making it 400.000 Rook?"

"I think that's a fair price."

 

So much!

 

"Today, since the beginning I came here only to look at her, but is she always here? Because I also heard she is a prize?"

 

I glanced at the black-clothed man.

I thought he was expressionless, so why does he stare at me with such a mean look in the eyes!

No, he's had that mean look in the eyes in the first place, so he's normal right now?

 

"We intended to use her as a prize for the combat tournament in the royal capital's coliseum. But well, we have replacements. If you buy her here, now, there's not much of a problem."

"I see, in the coliseum."

 

That also gets the adrenaline flowing.

But in that case

 

"Then, if I participate and become the champion, I can also obtain her, correct?"

"Hahahahaha!"

 

The eye-patched man couldn't bear it any more and laughed out loudly while slapping his knees.

 

"Hah, apologies. You are absolutely right, Miss. Truly interesting, you are."

"Well, I can also see how selling her for more to the coliseum, making her a prize, is more advantageous for you, Mister."

 

Become a champion at the combat tournament or earn 400.000 Rook, just what is more realistic, huh.

Keeping my composed smile, I stood up.

 

"Hehe, either way, I won't think of it as a loss. If I can deal with a personage such as you, Miss."

 

The eye-patched man also stood up and signaled the black-clothed man to escort me out.

Blackie opened the door I'd come in through.

 

"It is business practice not to exchange names with first-time customers, but I would like to introduce myself regardless."The eye-patched man bowed with the elegance reminiscent of a butler.

"Bertrand is my name. It was a pleasure making your acquaintance, Miss."

"Alice. This was a valuable conversation. Let's talk again, Bertrand-sama."

 

I concisely answered, calmly bowed and headed towards the door.

In passing, I met Her eyes just once.

For some reason, she was blushing.

 

"... beautiful."

 

...let's pretend I didn't hear that.

 

"I'll make you mine. I've decided."

 

I whispered her just that.

After passing her, I felt a stare against my back.

 

"Y-yes! I'm looking forward to it, Lady Alice!"

 

Ahh.

I got through my grandstand play.

From here on out, I'm flying blind.

Probably nobody in this room knew these thoughts going through my head.

34 thoughts on “Chapter 13

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  1. sunny

    It's so funny seeing guys flirting with the mc...I don't think I'll get tired of it

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  2. worshipper

    mwahahhahahahha now this is going to become really fun Alice is going to defeat everyone in the coliseum!

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  3. John Smith

    Okay i got to admit it, this got me hocked. I got to see if TA/ATLAS gives something readable out of the jap source...

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    1. KadiKadi Post author

      Better Don't. I promise that I will keep translating, and it'll be so much better than whatever machines give you. Whatever you do figure out from the machines will half-spoil you and lessen the enjoyment of a proper translation. That being said, it's your decision.

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        1. KadiKadi Post author

          But it's already fulfilled... although in the process, I wished I'd died... ANYWAY!

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  4. Rockmosis

    Yay I'm back with a short list. This one was really good, very few errors, I just have some stylistic suggestions :)

    'She bashfully talking to me is actually indomitable, like a raspberry shaken in the wind.' I think this needs to be reworded somehow.
    I think the meaning is 'Her bashful way of speaking to me actually has an indomitable will behind it, like a raspberry shaken in the wind.'
    I can't cleanly modify the original sentence to fit the meaning(?) so I'll just use my interpretation as my suggestion.

    'The stalk is full of thorns' might be better as 'The stalk is covered in thorns'

    'your desire to buy it.”But she doesn’t have' A line break or a space is needed in between.

    '“I thought you weren’t a just a sheltered' to '“I thought you weren’t just a sheltered'

    'introduce myself regardless.”The eye-patched man' a line break or a space is needed.

    '…let’s pretend' might want to put a space in front of the '...'

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  5. lesstea

    Somehow since the first chapter, I know she'll turns into a scheming character, considering how she easily lied to her saviour and adopting family. She looks suited to be a trader, or tactician, I guess.

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  6. Oddmoonlight

    So, this girl is worth an Alice ... What to do, what to do? Level up, gain an Aoe spell and take out the whole coliseum?

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  7. Kaiflame

    “I thought you weren’t a just a sheltered, young lady, but this is a surprise.”
    [I thought you weren't just a sheltered, young lady, but this is a surprise.]

    She bashfully talking to me is actually indomitable, like a raspberry shaken in the wind.
    [She who is bashfully talking to me is actually indomitable, like a raspberry shaken in the wind."
    ^ Just sounded kind of awkward to me the first time ._.

    Seeing the real thing really does drive up your desire to buy it.”But she doesn’t have any combat experience, does she?”
    ^ might want to move the quote down a line, instead of having them on the same line. :P

    ...I need to sleep. But new chapter. But sleep. But Alice. ;__;

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  8. iLikePotatoes

    SO IS SHE GONNA JOIN THE COLISEUM ?

    I can't wait, I hope she joins the the coliseum and somehow wins! That would be so awesome.

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  9. NP-3228

    Though its nice that Alice is saving that girl from being taken by some pig, shes still going to be used as a meat shield. =P OK! Female version of shield bro coming up.

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  10. Starfree

    .......Dom!Alice? I'm strangely okay with that.
    I wonder though, does the stat affect her (his?) personality?
    Thanks for the translation!

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  11. Bladedknight

    Ah… Alice is gathering a harem of young girls…

    And that bluff sure was grand.

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    1. KadiKadi Post author

      Oh I loved it, too, but... it makes you wonder how Alice can hold her own there. As she admitted herself, it's not Japanese... where does it come from!?!

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      1. Aorii

        Yeah that part stretched belief a little. So far nothing she did has shown any capacity or experience in (1) being able to hold a front/poker face or (2) having basic negotiation skills (although what she did was very, very simple). Honestly, if the other side accepts this deal, it'll mostly be motivated by interest rather than any kind of business pragmatism. I don't see any real, tangible gains other than the off-handed claim Alice made about the elves... which honestly was a bad idea due to how little she knows about elves in this world and how any simple questioning will likely reveal it.

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        1. lesstea

          But in the past, it was shown HE had a whimsical-yet-dedicated personality;
          He decided to join the soccer club, so he joined one until he almost graduated.
          He decided to enter a good university, so he studied like a madman until he got into it.That's why he was so burnt out and became a NEET.
          Then, he decided to play a girl chara, and got teleported into this world as a girl.
          Now as a girl, though it's not that perfect, she's indeed trying to be a girl; utilizing her charm to the max, gaining other's acceptance through lies and deceit, etc (no offense to you, girls. I'm talking about this particular woman)
          And this time, it looks like she has decided to make that girl hers. So why are you so surprised to see her trying to be a scheming and cunning woman?

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          1. Aorii

            I almost feel like we're not talking about the same thing...
            Anyway, I'm just saying one does not suddenly learn these aspects overnight, especially not against a professional from a major, reputed firm who has decades of experience. Outside of student body politics, very few experiences in school or part-time work can prepare one for such a thing. Being pressured is a normal in any negotiation, but that's really the worst Alice got of it thus far; the other side hasn't seriously tried to prod and get a feel for her stance -- which is really unusual for any high value negotiations, especially when the 'customer' looks like a kid from the boonies and will naturally raise suspicions if they can even deliver their end of the bargain. Alice simply has too many factors laid against her and very little for her at the moment; so to see her simply breeze through initial contact is... heh ^^"

        2. dan

          It seemed fine. She got pushed a bit, but remember that they want to sell to her. Making the customer upset would not help sales. And at the end, the 500k was about what she expected(Sion's estimate for a cute elf type girl), but then there was 20% off.

          As far as money goes, she met Blackie when she was going to the Adventer Guild, so they know she's likely registered. And while she doesn't have enough money currently, she's also a mage. That leads to a potential customer who will buy from them, as long as they can get her interested. Lots of reasons for the business to not give an inflated asking price. Besides, all that was talk and no money actually changed hands. At worst, all they would've lost is some time and tea if she took it, while they could gain her patronage in the future.

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          1. grim

            i know this comments old, but.. its just a thought, but maybe her settings changed her persona slightly? we've obviously noted how girly he's become, so i wonder if, like her gender, maybe her "mind" stat affects her/allows her to do that?

  12. Rahman

    “One week? That means your firm had no time to teach her anything… in other words, there’s no added value to her yet, correct?”
    “One week. Which means the people of your firm didn’t have time to teach her anything… I understand you had no time to raise her value, correct?”

    Chose one !! Make up your mine !!

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    1. John Smith

      i don't see the issue, both phrases say the exact same thing :
      The slave has been caught/bought/whatever a week ago which means she hasn't been trained (much) by the slavers hence as "un-trained" she has lower value than a "trained" slave.
      Did i miss something ?

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