My name is Flamilia Stratos.
I am sure you are a well-known person, but would you mind telling me your name?”

I answered, wiping the dirt from my dagger clean with a cloth.

“My name is Xsara.
I’m but a humble adventurer.
I don’t have much of a title or anything to distinguish myself.”

When I laughed and said so honestly, Flamilia shook her head from side to side and smiled.

I can tell from your magnificent sword that you are a man of great honor.
You must be doing something of great importance to the world.
Rest assured.
I will not pry into anything.”

“Eh? No, as I said, I’m just…”

“Fufufu, I understand.
Well, I will walk from here to Royal Capital and I will thank you later.
However, there is nothing I can do for you presently that I could have done a year ago…”

After bowing, Flamilia muttered sadly and turned to leave, but I couldn’t help but call out to her.

“I’m on my way to Royal Capital, too.
Why don’t you get on my horse? The sooner, the better.”

“Oh, but I can’t cause you any more trouble…”

“Look, a horse would be more pleased with a young lady like you than with me”

Flamilia, looking somewhat familiar with the horse, smiled shyly.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been called young lady.
I’m already thirty, you know?”

“Ha ha ha.
You are joking again.
You don’t even look 20 years old.”

“My, you are good at complementing someone, aren’t you?”

And so, with only a few more days to go, the one-man trip became a two-person trip.
We entered the Royal Capital upbeat, exchanging a few friendly chuckles.

“Where do you plan to go, Flamilia?”

“I…I don’t know what to do.
The guide escaped and…”

I nodded my head at Flamilia, who said in wonder.

“…What brings you to the Royal Capital?”

“I…my family had fallen into ruin, so I came to see if there were any noble families looking for maids…I was in trouble… I didn’t mean to imply this…I’m so embarrassed.”

Flamilia’s shoulders droop.

Seeing this, I could not help but say something out of character for me.

“What, are you a free spirit too, Flamilia? You’re just like me.
There is nothing to be ashamed of.
If you like, you can join me.
I will protect you.
You won’t regret it.”

When I encouraged her with these words, Flamilia looked at me for a few seconds, but then she immediately blushed and put her hand over her mouth.
Then she responded with a smile like a blooming flower.

I look forward to working with you.”

I took the beautiful woman to the Adventurers’ Guild and told the receptionist, “I’ve found a dungeon,” which caused a stir in the guild.

The guild master immediately called us upstairs and asked us where the dungeon was and what kind of magical beasts we could expect to find there.

I also reported the defeat of a dragon and armored lizards, and learned that they had recently been sold at an auction.

At this point, the guild master called out in front of the guild’s reception desk to gather adventurers.

“A dungeon has been discovered on the frontier of the Fertio Marquis territory.
Even though it is a frontier, it is a village where the recently reported dragon and armored lizard have been defeated.
The lord is the new Baron Van Nay Fertio, who is the talk of the town.
The guild is now preparing to build a branch there.
As usual, all materials will be purchased at a 20% premium for a while after the branch is established.
Also, there will be a special reward for those who have mapped the dungeon and have been recognized for their achievements.”

When he announced this, the adventurers began to make a fuss.
Well, those who wanted to get rich would be the first to go.

Now that I have reported the results, the dungeon would be open to us, too.
I must hurry back home!

Just as I was thinking this, the adventurers in the guild all swarmed around me at once.

“I heard a Green Forest dragon appeared and was defeated, but who killed it?”

“Did Baron Van really defeated it?”

“Is the dungeon located far from the village?”

I yell back at the stern men approaching me.

“Calm down! I’m busy here! Well, I’ve reported the discovery of the dungeon, so I’m going home!”

With these words, I pulled Flamilia’s hand and left the guild as if to run away.

Then, a group of men came running up behind her.

“Wait! You just wanted to be the first one to dive into the dungeon!”

“I won’t let you! I’m going to follow you!”

I turned around and complained in response to their voices.

“We’re gonna stay at an inn and then leave! There’s nothing for us here!”

Ah, I unintentionally declared that I was going to work with Flamilia.
I looked next to her, but Flamilia smiled kindly at me, so I guess it’s all right.

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