“Let’s work together from today on as well.”


I grasped Rattlua-san’s proffered hand tightly.

Starting today, we will explore this town together for a while.

The problem is gauging how far the organization’s people will move.


“Then, what shall we do today? Look around the town?”


“Um, before that, can I go to the river to do my laundry?”


“Huh?… you want to do laundry in the river?”


Ah, I guess people don’t do laundry since they can just use cleaning magic.

What should I say.




“Are you perhaps not able to use cleaning and water magic?”


I can’t keep this secret anymore.

I have to prepare myself.




“I see….
There are laundry places in this town, do you want to try going there?”


Laundry places?

I’ve never heard of them.


“What kind of place is it?”


“Hmm? I see, I guess you can only find them in big towns? Laundry places are places dedicated to people who can’t use cleaning and water magic.
Well, people who can use cleaning and water magic also use them though.”


People who can’t use cleaning magic and water magic?


I thought everyone can use magic that are necessary for everyday life?


“Um, about people who can’t use magic…”


How am I supposed to ask this?

Are there a lot of people like them?

Or else…

I couldn’t gather what I want to ask because I wasn’t expecting this outcome at all.


“Huh? Ah, I see, Latomi is a small village, isn’t it.
You see, you might be taught that everyone can use fire, water, and cleaning magic that are necessary in everyday life, but that is a misunderstanding.”


“Is it a misunderstanding?”


“Yeah, it is a misunderstanding to say that everyone can use these 3 kinds of magic.
There are people who can only use 1 or 2 among these 3 kinds, there are people who can’t use all 3 because of insufficient amount of magic power as well.
Did you not realize about it when we stay in the adventurers’ area? They prepared firestone to lit fire.
That is because even among the adventurers, there are people who can’t use fire magic.”


Well, I did see they prepared the firestone.

Not only in this town, some places in the village also have it.


“By the way, I cannot use water magic.”




“I have no idea at all.”


I didn’t notice at all.

Huh? But…I remember he prepared some water for me when I was cooking, though.

…ah, perhaps that was magic item as well?


“When you put some water in the pot at that time, was it a magic item?”


“Correct! Cival especially looked for it and bought it for me since I can’t use water magic.”


“Is that so? How kind of him.”


“Well…as long as you don’t make him angry.”


Ah, yes, Cival-san was really scary yesterday.

Even so, is what my mother taught me a misunderstanding?

Then, I don’t need to hide the fact that I can’t use magic for everyday life?

Ah, but I wonder how many people can’t use magic due to their low magic power.


“Um, are there a lot of people who can’t use magic due to their low magic power?”


“I’m not really sure how many people there are.
But I know one of them.
Are you perhaps unable to use magic because your magic power is low?”


I can actually use magic, but my magic power is really low.”


“I see…but you are on a journey? Though you know it’s dangerous.”


“Well, that’s the case.”


“Fire magic is useful in times of emergency, though.
Hmm~ I guess slaves it is.”


Now that you mention it, Rattlua-san suggested me to get a slave.

Why though?


“Why do you suggest me to get a slave? Um, I am not very familiar about them.”


“Ah~ I have nothing against slaves since I usually see them since I was little.
Of course criminal slaves are whole different matter.
I know an adventurer that turned into slave.
I think of them as comrades, you see.
I wish for them to find good masters.
Besides, if it’s a small amount of debt, the contract will only be few years, isn’t it better to sign a contract early, repay the debt and then return to being adventurer?”


“A few years of contract? Return to being an adventurer?”


“Huh? You don’t know about that?”


“I don’t know.”


“It’s impossible if it’s a large amount of debt, but in case the debt is of small amount, the contract will be 3 or 5 years long.
A lot of adventurers sign into short contract because their debts are of small amount.”


“So that’s the case.
I thought slaves signed a lifetime contract.
I’ve heard about adventurers turning into slaves, I thought how tragic.”


“Hahaha, if that’s the case, slaves will become very expensive, you see.
Even for criminal slaves, the ones with relatively minor offense get the shortest contract of 10 years.
I think it’s too severe to punish the ones with small amount of debt with lifetime contract.”


“Certainly, that’s the case.”


“If you register to adventurer guild, they will enroll you to some training, you will learn about managing your finance first.
You have to prepare if you fail to complete a mission.
The, in case you can’t repay your debt, you might be demoted into slave.
Well, this is common knowledge, though.”


“Training in the guild…”


A lot of adventurers are well prepared to avoid being demoted into slaves.
They are also prepared for when they fail to complete a mission.
However, even if I said they are prepared, it’s difficult to practice it perfectly.
If you fail to complete a mission, there are cases that you are left with some amount of debt.
Then you get demoted into slave.
But if the debt is of small amount, you can repay it in 3 or 5 years.”

(T/N: he’s just repeating infos, but this paragraph is really there in the raw)


“I see.”


“The tragic guys, perhaps they used up all their money.
There are some stupid ones even if the guild has warned them.”




“In case of capable adventurer turned slave, I know one of them signed a contract with my adventurer friend.
Well, the condition is that I knew an adventurer with quite some money saved up.”



Somehow, it is quite different from what I imagined.

If someone got demoted into a slave, I thought they would be a slave forever.

Where did this knowledge come from?

…probably my previous soul.

Ugh~ a world riddled by betrayal, if you got demoted into a slave, you would be a slave forever…what kind of world did my previous soul live in?

Surely a world harsher than this world.


“Ivy? You all right?”


“Ah, sorry.
I’m alright…um, what will happen to the information you gained along those years?”


“Hm, the information you learned when you are a slave is sealed with magic, you can’t tell it to anyone even after you’re done being a slave.”


I see, sealed with magic, huh.

Somehow, the feeling of rejection I felt for slaves faded.

Even if I say it like that, slaves are expensive, so they are beyond my reach.


“We’ve arrived, huh, it’s pretty crowded today.”


People were doing their laundry.

I felt a bit strange when I thought about these people, who can’t use magic.

I thought they don’t exist, but here they are in front of my eyes.



“What do you want to do…Ivy, are you alright?”


“Ah, I was shocked because there are more people than I imagined.”


“Hahaha, is that so?”


It’s unlikely that all of them can’t use magic, but there are more people in the laundry place than what I imagined.

I found an unoccupied place there and washed my clothes.

The bucket prepared there acts like a magic item.
If you put some water there, the bucket will be automatically filled with water.

I was excited because this is the first time I use a magic item.
Rattlua-san laughed at me.

I washed quite a lot of clothes piled up during my journey.


After I finished washing them all, I put them in a basket.


“Good work, are you finished?”


Ah, I forgot what we came here for because I was so engrossed in doing laundry.

…about the lure too.

I feel safe since Rattlua-san is here with me.

I need to brace myself.


“Sorry to make you wait.”


“No problem.
Then, since you need to air them, shall we go back to the adventurers’ area?”




He told me things like about the shops here and so on as we headed back to the adventurers’ area.

As expected for someone living here, he knows a lot of details.

He knows a lot especially about shops selling sweets.

He seems to like the milpa from yesterday as well.

I could see a building with a lot of people going in.

I could see a cross on the roof of that building.

A church.

…a place that changed my life.

It’s a place I’ve been avoiding for a long time.

I quietly looked at other direction so nobody notices.

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