Saturday, June 18, 2016

Spice and Wolf Volume 14


I want to talk with you. That was what he was going to say when he entered her room. But the moment he did, he was too amazed to say anything at all. She simply looked too beautiful, sitting there on the bed, staring out the window.

Right now, her beauty was something he couldn’t quite put into words. True, she looked lovely, and rather exotic with her tan skin. But more than that, it was because she was so calm and quiet. To use a metaphor, she was a perfect, polished gem. Humans argued and harmed one another, but right now she seemed to be entirely removed from that world.

Lawrence quietly took a seat on a chair. She didn’t turn to face him, but she did speak.

“There’s a merchant named Flynn In Lenos.”

It was too sudden for Lawrence to know what she meant, but asking someone this beautiful to clarify seemed wrong somehow.

“He’s supposed to be a grocer, but in fact he supplies mercenaries.”

She finally turned to face him.

“Give him my name, and he will do everything in his power to help you.”


Lawrence kept quiet as well, unwilling to destroy the atmosphere.

“Is it really alright for me to know that? Or for you to tell me?”

Mercenaries lived in their own special world, where gains and losses couldn’t be easily evaluated, nor the ties of glory and knighthood. It was a world that could not be understood unless one lived in it. What would happen to an outsider merchant if they leapt into that world?
The person sitting on the bed right now seemed to be considering that as well.

“He owes me a favor, so this should be fine.”

She smiled and returned her gaze to the world outside the window. Lawrence was reminded of the nun he had spoken to on his way here; she had told him to not show desperation.

“Flynn is the one who decides which frontier suppliers will work with which mercenaries. He should know better than anyone else if a war is about to break out in the north.”

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