Kuro no Senki LN – v1-c19

“… I left the mansion but, I guess an idea won’t just come out just because I decided to walk outside huh?” 

Chrono wanders around Hachel, muttering those words. 

How should he do to gather some subordinates… 

In his original worlds, he could use some advertisement agency, but in this world, no such thing was available. 

“How about a signboard?” 

Chrono stopped in front of a billboard in the square. A soldier with a spear on his hand standing next to the billboard. The soldier opened his mouth as he saw Chrono. 

“Ah, literacy rate huh?” 

Chrono muttered a small voice. The reason why a soldier needs to stand beside the billboard, it was because only a few people could read. 

“The details are not being transmitted by the illustration.” 

Chrono was wondering if he should start by using words of mouth as he looks into the heavens—. 

“Ara, isn’t that Marquis Erakis over there?” 

“Wrong.” 

As he was wondering, a woman called out to him. 

She was a woman with pale skin that seems to never got exposed by the sunlight. 

She had long hair being tied up and plainclothes wrapped around her body. 

“I know you’re Marquis Erakis, you don’t have to deny it.” 

“If that is the case, you don’t have to call out intentionally…” 

“Should I have dropped the handkerchief?” 

“Isn’t that too unnatural?” 

“Not really you know?” 

“How much do you think that kind of act would work?” 

“God only knows…” 

The woman chuckled. 

“What is your name?” 

“Elaine, Elaine Shiner…” 

“Are you a noble?” 

“No, I only do that to attach some prestige.” 

The woman, Elaine shrugged her shoulders. 

“What are you?” 

“A professional prostitute…” 

Elaine lifted her chest with her arms while leaning forward. 

“That is what I wanted to say but, since I opened my store, I have fewer customers. I do have other business, that’s why it was hard for me to answer what kind of occupation I had…” 

Elaine sighed. 

“Now, what is Elaine-san occupation right now?” 

“I like that way of asking…” 

Elaine smiled. 

“Right now, I’m an informer…” 

“So, why is an information broker called out to me?” 

“The man who causes a great loss toward General Ignis. It would be natural for me to feel interested, no?” 

“Haa, I see…” 

Chrono scratched his head. 

“I understand that you’re an information broker but, unfortunately, the information you want is beyond your pay grade…” 

“This time around, I want to provide some assistance…” 

“Thank you…” 

It doesn’t mean it was free, it was meant she would charge extra for the next deal. 

“What do you want to know?” 

“What should I do to hire someone?” 

“That depends…” 

“Right…” 

“If it is a prostitute then, the back alley…” 

“Is it that easy to gather?” 

“It would be very easy if you don’t ask about any quality…” 

Elaine smiled like a snake. 

“Usually, you may ask mediation store…” 

“Yes?” 

“Like I said, the procedure to hire people?” 

When Chrono asked back, Elaine said with the same expression as before. 

“In short, you should ask someone from the same occupation that you’re searching.” 

“I can’t contact those kinds of people, so it is impossible for me.” 

However, relying on someone with the same occupation, he thought that was a good idea. 

“If you want, I can help you, you know?” 

“I feel like my privacy would be in danger, so no thanks…” 

“I keep my customer identity tight you know?” 

“How could I believe you when we just met?” 

“Then why not surround me? I’m also a woman who knows how to do her job, see?” 

“I feel like I could actually lose my household if I do so, so no…” 

“I don’t like wary children you know?” 

Elaine pouted her cheeks. 

Her expression changes from time to time but, that might be her way to mislead you, he thought. 

“By the way, what kind of person you’re looking for?” 

“…” 

Chrono silently stared at Elaine. It was bad to talk about the internal work of his government. 

“You don’t have to be so vigilant. Well, but, if we’re talking about a Marquis, maybe someone who could do accounting?” 

“You sure know well…” 

“I’m an informant after all…” 

Elaine chuckled once more. 

“If you’re looking for someone who is a former prostitute then, we can find one fast you know?” 

“Not a former prostitute please…” 

“Oh my, is this an occupation discrimination?” 

“I can’t hire Elaine-san’s subordinates, it’s scary…” 

“That’s a joke you know? I can’t send my subordinates to an unknown man we have no deal with after all. After all, instead of getting information, I might lose my subordinates instead…” 

Elaine quivered on purpose. 

“What about slave?” 

“Are there educated slaves?” 

“Of course.” 

Uhuh, Chrono groaned. 

“What’s wrong?” 

“I’m not used to it you see…” 

“Not used to it?” 

Elaine frowned… 

“Well, I guess there are people like that too. But, the slave trades are something the country acknowledges. I can’t comment if you ask me if it is morally right or not…” 

“I know that.” 

“It’s helpful if you can understand it. So about the educated slave, we do have them but, not so much…” 

“I guess so…” 

In this world, only those who have good standing could have a proper education. To put it simply, those who have an academic background means they were a high class. It was likely for those people to become slaves. 

“W-What do you think?” 

“About what?” 

“You sure are dull. Following the story, of course, I’m asking whether or not you’re going to buy one…” 

“Aren’t you an informant?” 

“Well yeah, but I do have a side job as a slave merchant as well. If there is the slave that meets the condition then I can introduce you…” 

“Only introducing is it?” 

“Reserving is fine but, slave merchant is those who will kidnap if they find someone who meets with the condition.” 

“That’s like a criminal.” 

“That’s right, that is why. I will only introduce you, because of that possibility…” 

“But, it’s expensive, no?” 

“Around 20 gold coins… But, because it will be like an auction, it would be hard to get it exactly 20 gold coins…” 

“20 Gold coins eh…” 

That was a lot of money but, it would be worth it to get a trustworthy accountant. 

“Not bad, right?” 

“I guess so…” 

Elaine smiled once again. 

“How about this, I will contact you if there is a slave merchant that meets the conditions. Of course, if by the time I contacted you, you had already hired an accountant, then you don’t have to participate in the auction…” 

“Then, please do so…” 

“Alright…” 

Elaine smiled brightly…