“I want money”
A corner of the cafeteria in the school.
In response to Efa’s sudden confession, Amu and I silently stare back at her face.
Half a year has passed since I entered the school, and the season has fallen.
Take a lecture and do practical exercises.
The last six months have been repeated, and the second test has just finished.
Neither I nor Efa could use magic in the true sense of the word, but I laughed at the fact that my practical grades were better than most of the students. Amu was amazed.
I’ve become quite accustomed to life here.
“Um … money?”
“Is there any good way?”
Amu, who sits next to me, pokes my flank with my elbow.
And whispered in a whisper.
“Are you properly spending money on Efa?”
“I haven’t given it, but”
“You are …”
“Wait different. Efa is here as a servant, so my father should have paid me.”
In fact, it was sent regularly with my living expenses.
However, I don’t know the amount.
“Isn’t it enough? Do you care about that area?”
“Oh, well, I’m getting enough money. It’s okay.”
Efa waved and denied.
“Uh … I hope there are a few more …”
Efa is hard to say.
Looking next to me, Amu was staring at me.
Ah, I wonder if that’s the case …
I clear my throat and open my mouth.
“Oh, Efa … I know how you feel. Most of the people who go to school are aristocrats or rich children. Some of them may have beaten slaves on a daily basis at home, especially running farms and mines. I hear that it’s only treated like livestock when it’s done. I can imagine that you’re lonely. “
I will continue.
“So I know I want to be free sooner … but I need a guardian to release the slaves.”
The guardian is obliged to pay a portion of the compensation when the freedman commits a crime or to assist in the event of distress.
This is, in essence, a system to prevent slaves from being released indiscriminately.
It seems that when wars broke out in the past and the market was flooded with slaves, the number of freed slaves increased, and those who were in trouble in their lives committed crimes or corpses and rolled in the back alleys.
For a similar purpose, the Byzantine Empire of the previous life limited the number of slaves that could be released at one time, but here it would have been more serious than some slaves with demon blood.
“You can only be an adult as a guardian. You don’t have to be a former master, but it’s hard to ask for the one you got from your father, and you also have the right to manage your property, so you can’t ask a bad guy. So … can you wait until I’m fifteen? If you want, I’ll be your guardian and free you. “
I became friends with Efa because I needed a companion to help me in the event of an emergency.
No matter how strong you are, there is a limit to what you can do alone.
I wanted friends other than the strongest umbrella.
Efa is smart and talented as a magician. Although she is a woman, there are many women in the empire who are independent and successful, so this is not a problem.
She will surely succeed.
When it comes to that, you don’t have to have Efa be a slave.
Rather, it would be more convenient for me to be free.
Besides, I can sell my favor, so I’ll release it as soon as I grow up.
I thought, though.
Efa shook his head in a hurry after being vacant for a while.
“No, no. I don’t mean I want to buy myself back right now.”
“Oh, that’s right …”
What was my lengthy commentary?
“There are many rich children, and it’s okay because it’s fun in the dormitory.”
“It’s true that Efa has more friends than you.”
“That was good, but can Amu stop stabbing me when I pass each other?”
There is something I don’t like when I’m told that I’m boring.
“But thank you. Seika-kun.”
“Oh, yeah … but why do you need money?”
“Uh, uh …”
Efa looks awkwardly, and then suddenly says something.
“Se, Seika-kun … Don’t you think the real magic is money?”
“Eh … what do you mean?”
“Hey, hey. A great fairy tale wizard can fulfill various wishes just by waving a wand, right? But with our four-attribute magic, no matter how much you study, you won’t be able to do that. It’s not magic! “
“Oh, oh … hmm?”
“Then, what is the real magic? It’s money! Money can be exchanged for anything. I can’t do anything, but most of my wishes can be fulfilled! Yes, money is the real magic. ! …… Well, I think there are people who don’t want that kind of thing !? ”
Efa’s eyes leaning forward had slightly open pupils, and it was doubtful that she knew what she was saying.
Amu and I silently look at each other.
“I wonder … I feel like the spirits of Efa are crying now.”
“Oh, stop saying that.”
“Really. You’re usually taken care of like that. If you say that the real magic is money, it’s okay to make the world ephemeral.”
Familiar with Amu, Efa turns her face down.
By the way, Amu already knew about the spirit of Efa.
When I said that it was okay to talk, he told me immediately.
“Well, but … money is important, isn’t it?”
Amu says with a cheek stick.
“If you’re a newcomer, you’ll hear the story of an adventurer who died after being stingy on his equipment.
“Hmm … that’s right.”
Even in the past, there was no place in the country where money existed where it was not important.
Is that the same even if the world changes?
“Did you both understand? What should I do?”
“That’s what I should do to this guy.”
Amu points to me.
“You’re your master, right? Listen to your servant’s request.”
“Unfortunately, Amu, I don’t have money.”
“Why. At least you should get it from Efa? Do you play with women?”
“Eh, Seika-kun …”
“I didn’t. In my case, I need paper to make the fulu.”
“It’s a costly magic”
“By the way, did you buy a lot in the city?”
Amu murmured with a cheek stick and said as Efa remembered.
By the way, I had already revealed to Efa about the human backlash that I use.
There is no point in hiding it as long as it is known to Amu.
Rather, I wanted to avoid creating a gradient of information among my relatives.
Living cunning is my goal in my life, but I don’t think I’m dexterous enough to manage different secrets.
Well that’s it.
“That’s why I want money too.”
“I also want to prepare it myself if possible. I wonder if I can make some money.”
I think about it for a moment, but I can’t think of it.
Speaking of poor students’ side jobs, amanuensis is a staple.
However, Rodnea has a high literacy rate because it is a school city, and there are also bookstores for each Tsuji. I can’t make such a profit.
There are definitely students working to earn tuition, but I don’t know what they’re doing and they don’t have a messenger.
I made a lot of wealth in my previous life, but I didn’t have any special business talent …
“Well … Actually, I’m running out of money due to the current unfortunate circumstances. I still have a little money to send …”
“You too? Do you know what to earn? We’re from a distant territory, so I’m not familiar with the city.”
“… I have one idea.”
I expect it for a moment, but when I look closely, I see a faintly greedy smile on my mouth, which makes me more and more anxious.
“Both of you should leave your next vacation free.”
I and Efa look at each other.
I can’t help it, why don’t you try dating? It’s for money.