Monday, April 6, 2015

The Cursed White Rose Chapter 19 - Meeting Adventurers

Hi all. I'm very sorry for the delays. Orz  This chapter was such a mess. I axed various parts from the chapter and forced to write more since my work went to zero.

 I made used a some different writing styles, like time skips, into this chapter. It might be a little shaky since I'm not used to inserting such effects though.

Please enjoy.

Edit: Small typo on Yuki and Tsubaki's charts. Took off the (m) mark for Wind for Yuki and Earth for Tsubaki.

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 Chapter 19 – Meeting Adventurers

The following weekend, five girls sit around a fountain waiting. Sara with her short chestnut brown hair and brown eyes sits looking at the leather gloves on her hands. She repeatedly clenches and releases her fist examining the gloves. She wears a brown set of leather armor on her body. Leather boots scuff the ground as she fidgets restlessly. Sara carries a backpack. Inside of it, rests a thick book with a large blooming white rose engraved on the cover. A fifth of the pages in the book are blackened and crumpled as if they were in a fire.

To the left of Sara, Rose rests in her wheelchair. Her long white hair collects in her seat. Her contrasting ruby red and sapphire blue eyes are concealed from view as she quietly sleeps. She wears a simple orange dress contrasting from Sara’s equipment.

Tsubaki, stands on Sara’s right, a tall black haired girl dressed in light metal armor. The armor consists of both armor and leather. The metal on the armor is concentrated on the chest area with only chainmail covering the limbs of her arms and legs. Steel gloves and boots are equipped on her arms and legs. At her waist rests a long katana.

Next to Tsubaki is a young tanned skin girl with light brown hair and green colored eyes. Tsubaki’s partner Erutie is dressed in a simple red shirt and pants. Her height only reaches about a meter making her resemble a kindergartener. Despite her appearance, she is part of the gnome race, which naturally has a short stature. Her normal hammer is stored and concealed away by Tsubaki.

The blonde haired, blue eyed Yuki rests on the fountain using her projected computer. She wears a white robe draping over most of her body. On her neck hangs a silver medallion. She hangs a short wand at her side, with an emerald inset on the tip of the wand. In contrast with her robe, she wears thick leather boots.

Concealed in Yuki’s robe, rests her partner Slyph, a 15 cm tall fairy with emerald colored hair with bright blue eyes. She wears a sky blue one piece dress and carries a small gray orb in her hands. Using her magic, she distorts the wind to conceal her presence in this public area.

Yuki: “Do we really look normal? I feel like I’m drawing a lot of attention in these clothes.” She forces herself to stare straight at the computer screen as she speaks with Slyph.

Slyph: “You’re standing out because you’re pretty, not because of your clothes. And they’re much more normal than your normal clothes.”

Tsubaki: “We bought equipment to go adventuring, so why are we resting quietly here?”

Erutie: “Rose onee-chan is waiting for someone, I think.”

Sara: “I’m sure Rose has something planned. You two just completed your exam, so taking a short break would be best anyways.”

Tsubaki: “We barely did anything. I don’t need a break.”

Yuki: “It’s probably better to relax. Rose’s training is going to come up soon, so it’s best to conserve our strength.”

Tsubaki: “Ugh. Fine. ID Card.” Tsubaki opens her information and Yuki does the same.

Name
Awai Yuki
Race
Human
Gender
Female
Age
15 years old
Guild
None
Job
None
Familiar
None
Rank
E
Stats
Strength
E
Defense
E
Agility
E
Dexterity
E
Stamina
E
Magic Capacity
D
Magic Attack
D
Magic Resistance
D
Magic Control
D
Element
Wind, Water (m)
Money
0Cr 10G 20S 99C

Name
Tamura Tsubaki
Race
Human
Gender
Female
Age
16 years old
Guild
None
Job
None
Familiar
None
Rank
E
Stats
Strength
D
Defense
D
Agility
D
Dexterity
E
Stamina
D
Magic Capacity
E
Magic Attack
D
Magic Resistance
E
Magic Control
E
Element
Earth, Fire (m)
Money
0Cr 10G 20S 99C

Many people cast passing glances at the girls, especially towards the disabled Rose. After some time, a man dressed in armor embedded with numerous large gemstones approaches the girls. The sword at his waist shines with a large ruby set into the hilt. His appearance flaunts his wealth while also making him appear incredibly gaudy.

Man: “Hello ladies, I’ve come for the job. Let’s get going? Shall we~”

The girls cringe at the obvious pick up attempt. They back away from him circling around the fountain.

Rose: “Go away.” Rose’s calm voice responds.

Man: “No, no. I’ve been assigned by the guild per your request. How could I drop it prematurely?”

Rose: “Haah…Master, please look away. Tell the others to do the same.

Sara: “Okay. Look away, quick!” Sara quickly makes the others turn around. They follow her direction with some confusion.

The surrounding air seems to drop several degrees. Rose gradually opens her left eye revealing its bright red iris. The man starts to shiver like a new born deer. He falls on his bottom as if an incredible weight slams down onto his body. A small portion of the pressure reaches the girls making them shiver.

Rose: “Leave.” She whispers completely devoid of emotion, but to the man her voice thundered in his ear. He suddenly feels the pressure drop significantly, but the piercing glare from Rose continues to bore a hole into him.

Man: “A-A-AAHHHHHH!!!!!” The man bolts away at full speed. The crowd stares blankly at the man running away in fear. They turn to Rose in confusion, wondering what scared away that man so easily. When they look at her, they see Rose sitting calmly with her eyes closed. Afraid to anger her, they decide to ignore her and go about their business. However, the girls would not be able to drop the subject as easily.

Tsubaki: “W-W-W-What w-was that!?”

Yuki: “T-That was so scary!!”

Sara: “R-Rose.”

Erutie: “Rose onee-chan really is powerful!!”

Slyph: “Even in such a state, her experience is no joke.”

Rose sighs. “I guess annoyances are to be expected.” Rose glances at the girls and reluctantly explains. “That was not a spell. Just a technique using my experience. I let out some pure bloodlust and controlled it so that it merely in his general area. Since you felt something means my control is still bad.”

Sara: “B-Bloodlust?”

Rose: “Right. My desire to kill. That’s what you felt.”

Sara: “I-I see…”

Man: “Wow! I can’t believe you scared him off.”

A man interjects on their conversation. A brown haired man stands in front of them in leather armor similar to Sara’s equipment, but his armor is of a higher quality than Sara’s. On his waist are two daggers.

Man: “So tell me, how did you scare him off? That man was one of the biggest womanizer’s in town. He never lets his targets escape that easily.”

Rose: “None of your business.” Rose declares sternly without opening her eyes.

Man: “Aw. Come on, don’t say that. Name’s Agnar. An A rank adventurer from the guild. I came to take on your job request.” Sara quietly watches the exchange piecing together why they’re waiting here. “These are the girls you want to have escorted and trained right.”

Rose: “Please show me proof of taking the job request.”

Agnar: “Sure here.” He presents a silver card with a small sapphire in it.

Rose opens her eyes slightly before shutting them again. “Please leave.” She refuses him immediately.

Agnar: “Huh!? Why!? I have your proof right here!!”

Rose: “You don’t have the necessary qualifications.”

Agnar: “Of course I have the qualifications! I have the proof right here!!” He thrusts the card in front of her face.

Rose: “Liar. Leave. You’re not even an A rank.”

Agnar: “Stupid bitch! I’ll show you the power of an A rank!” He reaches for his daggers when a large hand suddenly grips his neck lifting him off the ground. The girls look behind him seeing a large muscular man with several scars across his face. His height reaches two meters. Both his arms and legs ripple with muscles making him resemble a bear. His short brown hair and mustache contribute to his bear like image. On his back hangs a large battle axe. 

Man: “Oi. What are you doing attacking my client?”

Agnar: “Gah! Agh!” Agnar groans and struggles as the man grips his throat. The man throws Agnar to the side slamming him into the ground. Agnar hacks and coughs as he rubs his throat.

Man: “What A rank? I’ve never seen you before.”

Agnar: “The A *cough* rank adventurer Regis.”

Woman: “Don’t forget about me.” A woman appears besides the large man. Her height is about 170 centimeters. The woman has a light skin color and is lightly dressed in thin tan colored clothing. Hanging on her sides are an epee on one side and a dagger on the other. She has ash-blonde colored hair and gray eyes. The girl’s gaze is not turned to her clothes or hair, but to her pointed ears. Her appearance gives her a whimsical appearance, if not for her serious expression.

Slyph: “An elf.” Slyph mutters quietly. The girls cast a quick glance at Slyph returning their attention to the woman.

Agnar: “You’re the A rank, Arlayna.” His face becomes sleet white as he quickly stands up. “I wasn’t thinking about stealing your job! It would be silly to disrespect your authority!! Bye!!” He runs away at top speed.

Arlayna begins to murmur a spell and silently releases the spell. Agnar’s posture distorts as he’s sent flying into the air. He shoots into the distance before disappearing into the distance.

Yuki: “Um… wasn’t that a bit too much?”

Arlayna: “Nonsense. That was the C ranked “Cockroach”. He’s too resilient to die from something like that.”

Sara: “C rank?” Sara glances at Rose, but she quietly remains sitting with her eyes closed.

Regis: “You’re the client Rose-san correct?”

Rose: “Yes.”

Regis: “Good. Here’s proof of my identity.” He pulls out a black card with his name engraved in magic.

Rose: “Understood.”

Regis reaches into his pocket. “I also have the proof from the guild here…” His expression drops as his hand shuffles around his pocket. Arlayna looks at him with a stern expression.

Arlayna: “Don’t tell me…”

Regis: “Fuck! It disappeared!!”

Arlayna: “You idiot!! YOU LOST ITTT?!?!”

Regis: “It was HERE!! I had it right in my pocket a minute ago!! Shit! Why is it gone?! What’s this?” Regis pulls out a black gem from his pocket.

Arlayna: “That kind of thing doesn’t matter! You lost it! What are we supposed to tell the client now?!” She points at Rose as she yells at him.

Rose: “Please show me that gem.” Rose cuts into their argument calmly. The two of them stop arguing and look at Rose. Regis hesitates, but ends up handing her the blackened gem. Rose weakly moves her hand as she accepts the gem. She glances at the gem before making it disappear into her dimensional space. “It’s the real thing. I’ve received the proof.”

Regis: “Huh? Real thing? But it looks nothing like the card we received from the guild.”

Rose: “Because it’s rigged to disintegrate in my presence. It is easier to identify this way.”

Regis and Arlayna freeze up hearing this. They quickly recover from their stupor giving Rose a heated glare.

Regis: “Damn! Don’t make disturbing tricks like that!”

Arlayna: “What would you have down if we couldn’t accept your job?”

Rose smiles ignoring their glares. “Well it worked out just fine. Should we talk about the job conditions?”

Regis: “Right! Are you serious about this?” He unrolls a piece of paper from his bag. “The reward money for this job.”

Sara: “May I see that?” Sara cuts in unable to hold back her curiosity.

Regis: “Sure. Here.” He roughly hands it to Sara. Sara accepts the paper and reads through it.

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Learning the Basics of Adventuring

Looking for someone to teach 3 girls about the basics of adventuring. 
Duration of the job is to last 7 days. In that time, teach them everything 
you can to be a competent adventurer. Costs for room and board are 
covered during the duration of the job.

Only qualified adventurers may apply. See below for conditions.

Rewards:
C Rank: 10 Silver
B Rank: 75 Silver
A rank: 5 Gold

Conditions:
Only those that pass the special screening held by the guild may apply 
for this request.
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She finishes reading and shows it to the others. Everyone looks at Rose, but keep silent.

Arlayna notices the girls’ looks and whispers to Rose. “They didn’t know?”

Rose: “No. I haven’t told them.”

Arlayna: “Hmm…” She gasps at the change in topic. She shakes her head focusing on Rose. “Are you really paying so much for a simple job like this?”

Rose: “Well…the reward listed is actually the minimum. If the job is done well, then I will naturally increase the reward.”

Regis: “You’re going to pay more!?” His eyes widen as a trickle of drool runs down the corner of his mouth.

Arlayna: “Wait! We should talk about the details for the job first.”

Rose: “Okay. I don’t mind. As stated, the job is to last 7 days. During that time period, I want you to teach these girls the basics of being an adventurer. These girls are from the human world and from a peaceful town at that. They have never explored Celestria or experienced much conflict. So I wanted someone to teach them as much as possible so they can stay safe. What to do in a new town, areas to avoid, finding a safe place to sleep in new areas. During an exploration, teach them how to make a safe camp area and similar precautions. I also want you to train them a bit in battles, especially on having them experience their first kill.”

Regis: “…You want them to kill a person?”

Rose: “No, no. Just something with flesh and blood. A wolf or goblin, something along those lines. I’ll also give you funding to cover your expenses during the week. The girls have their own funding so it shouldn’t be a problem for them.”

Arlayna: “The job is easy enough. Then onto the reward, what did you mean about it being increased based on evaluation.”

Rose: “5 Gold is actually the lowest I will pay you. If you seriously teach the girls during these 7 days, I’ll increase the amount as I see fit. Of course I won’t take away from the minimum unless a serious problem occurs with your tutelage.”

Arlayna: “What criteria are you basing the reward on?”

Rose: “How you treat the girls. The material you teach and how you teach them. Guarding over the girls.”

Regis: “About that. You said 3 girls in the request. I see four of them.” Arlayna immediately jumps and smacks him in the head.

Arlayna: “Idiot. One of them is a familiar. Two of those girls are contract partners.” Regis takes a better look and notices Erutie’s appearance. “I see… So it will be based on what the girls tell you?”

Rose: “Partly. But I’ll have a tracking spell to watch your actions directly too.”

Regis: “What’s the limit for payment?” Arlyana shoots him a glare at the question. But Rose smiles and answers it anyways.

Rose: “The highest I’ll give you is 30 Gold. But you can get an alternate payment if you want.”

Arlayna: “Alternate? What alternate?”

Rose: “Instead of gold, I can arrange for a custom made weapon to be forged instead. One around 20 Gold if you were to sell it.” Rose moves her hand and a katana drops into her open palm. “Master, come here and show off the weapon to them.”

Sara comes to her side and picks up the sword. She glances at Rose and follows her directions.

Rose: “This is one I own.” Pulling out the katana halfway from its sheath, Sara pours magic into it creating blue electrical sparks. The sparks form a large arc of electricity wrapping around the exposed blade. Sara sheathes the blade and returns the katana back to Rose before stepping away.

Arlayna’s eyes gleam seeing the katana. “May I see that?”

Rose: “Yes, of course.” Rose weakly motions to the katana in her lap. Arlayna takes it unsheathing the entire katana and pours her magical energy into it. She lightly swings it several times gleefully staring at the lightning arcing around the blade.

Regis: “Oi, stop fooling around.” He prods Arlayna to stop using the katana.

Arlayna: “Hmm? Ah! Sorry…” She hurriedly returns it to Rose.

Rose: “It’s fine.”

Arlayna: “So you’ll give that sword to us if we choose it.”

Rose: “No.” Arlayna’s expression drops hearing that. “I said that I would have one made to order based on your specifications. Weapon type and enchantment based on your choice. I would need around two days to arrange for it to be made, so tell me when you have decided.”

Arlayna: “I decided! We’ll take the job!”

Regis: “Oi!” He cries out at her rash decision before sighing. “Well whatever, the job is really good pay so we were planning to take it anyways.”

Rose: “And what would you like for the reward?”

Regis: “Just the Gold is fine with me.” He steps aside sensing his partner’s impatience.

Arlayna unsheathes the epee at her side stabbing it into the ground. “An epee like this one. Enchant it with a wind element.”

Rose stares at the sword. “That’s fine. Do you want the design, weight and length to be exactly the same?”

Arlayna pauses before picking up her epee. She swings it several times. Left, right, thrust, and performing several sword techniques before returning her attention to Rose. “A bit more weight at the base and decrease the hand guard by half.”

Rose: “Okay. An easy request.”

Arlayna: “Great!”

Regis sighs at her partner’s attitude. They finish up their negotiations concluding with a handshake.

Rose: “I leave them in your care.” Rose weakly bows her head. She turns her attention to the girls. “Work hard okay?”

Girls: “Yes!”

Rose: “Good. I’ll take my leave then.” Rose disappears in a flash of light. Rose’s book opens and closes behind Sara.

Sara: “Rose, is this really okay?”

Rose: “Yes. Don’t worry. It will be fine.”

Sara: “Okay.” Sara faces Regis and Arlayna. “I’m Akari Sara. Please take care of me.” The girls follow suit.

Yuki: “Awai Yuki. Please take care of me.”

Tsubaki: “Tamura Tsubaki.”

Erutie: “Steelhammer Erutie. Tsubaki onee-chan is Eru’s partner.”

Slyph floats in the air catching their attention, but continues to conceal her presence. “Moonglitter Slyph. Yuki’s partner. Please take care of us.”

Regis: “Oh…Bellstein Regis. A ranked adventurer.”

Arlayna: “Willow Arlayna. A ranked adventurer and Regis’ partner. Let’s get along.”


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