t you don’t know Horun onee-sama’s current circumstances, right?”
“Completely in the dark.
Two years she’s left the village, and not once has she come back.”
Upon hearing my answer, Laila’s atmosphere changes drastically.
Her restless air has gone, replaced by a brooding serious face.
Eventually, her eyes focus as if she’s drummed up the resolve for something.
“If you’re searching for Horun onee-sama, then I’m sure you’ll hear about it somewhere on the way.
So I might as well tell you now.”
For an instant, “ah, never mind, I don’t want to hear it after all” flashes through my mind.
From this change in mood, I can tell.
My sister has definitely gone and done something.
…… Well, let’s just listen to it first.
If it turns out to be something dangerous then let’s run away immediately.
“Horun onee-sama currently has a heavy debt.”
Ah, turns out to be something I indeed didn’t want to hear.
“What did she do? Did she hit someone in authority? Did she throw away someone’s sword? Did she over-splurge on expensive food? Ah, I got it.
She broke something and now has to pay it back, right? Or wait, did she fall for a scam? I’ve heard there’s lots of those in the city, right?”
“Wh-, what’s with you.
Now you’re talkative all of a sudden.”
I would, why wouldn’t I? It’s a topic that I have an interest in.
Depending on what it is, it may involve me and our parents and maybe even our entire village.
“To put it really simply, she requested a job from Black Swan of Dawn.
Then the fee from that job became her debt.
So her being in Black Swan is also part of returning that debt.”
…… Money for a job request, huh.
So it’s not overspending nor compensation for damages.
“What was the job? How did it end up that way?”
“There was a village that was under attack by demon beasts.
But the village was poor, so they could only offer a very small amount as compensation.
As a result, not a single adventurer was interested.
The country also couldn’t move immediately, citing formalities and paperwork and whatnot.
In short, nobody strong was going to help the village in time.
Then at that moment, Horun onee-sama, who just happened to be there, spoke up.”
“She said that she’d bear the entire amount of however much it would take.
And so that got processed as a proper job request.”
…… Ahh, I get it.
“And so that was what convinced the famous adventurer team Black Swan of Dawn to move?”
The adventurer team jostling for second place in the royal capital moved.
Thanks to that, the damage to the village was kept to a minimum.
Some livestock died, but all the villagers were saved.
There’s no doubt that that really was the lowest minimal damage.”
Thus, the debt.
I knew it.
My sister’s caliber really is enormous.
“So that’s what happened.” (Lorobel)
For some reason, even Lorobel, who’s sitting next to Laila, is looking enlightened.
“I’ve also heard some of the rumors about Horun, but it’s my first time hearing the full story.”
Apparently she also knew that Horun is in debt.
“But from what I’ve heard, afterwards Black Swan told Horun that they don’t want the payment.”
Is that so.
I may not know what the leader of Black Swan was really thinking, but I suppose it would probably affect the dignity of adventurers as a whole to demand a large sum from a teenage girl who’s only recently turned 15.
Cus, well, if he accepted it, then his reputation would definitely take a hit.
Once a job becomes so tied in with empathy and whatnot, taking profit would definitely be a loss.
But I can all too easily imagine Horun’s actions after being told that she doesn’t need to repay the money.
“She probably said something like ‘something that I’ve already promised, I will carry out even if I die doing so’ and turned it down, right?”
That’s the kind of person Horun is.
“Ah, so you really do know her.
Yep yep, she said that and turned down the offer entirely.”
I can go on even further.
“And for the same reason, she also refused money from the village, right?”
“Eh, you can even predict that?! A-, as expected from someone from the same village……”
Thus the large amount of debt, huh.
Horun being Horun, she’s probably also decided to not return to the village until she’s done repaying the debt in full.
Thus the two years, huh.
What an idiot my sister is.
She’s a complete idiot and so gah that she can’t be helped, but she really is my prided sister in the end.
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