86 This Business Talk

 We made it through the forest without any other problems, although there were some major happenings along the way, and then we came to a road where there were different dangers than in the forest. We would have to be even more vigilant than in the forest because we would be so obvious.
 Samija is alert with all her senses, and Deanna is looking at her surroundings differently than before. Liddy is also on the alert, looking a little farther away. After all, the more eyes you have, the more secure you feel.
 Although there had been a lot of confusion, the Amur family seemed to be well-governed, and they hadn't encountered any major problems on the road. Deanna would not be happy if something happened here, and I hope that nothing happens, even a little.

 At the entrance to the city, there was another person who was not her colleague. His weapon was still a short spear, not a halberd. I'm starting to recognize his face. Let's ask him.
"Oh, you guys. Hello.
 The guard greeted Liddy in a friendly but firm manner.
I'm sorry to bother you, but did the person who was close to Marius-san move somewhere else? I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's a good idea.
Hmm? Oh. He was called by Marius and went to the capital.
I see. That's why you haven't seen him. Thank you. I'll ask him when I go to the capital again.
Oh, please do that.
 We bade each other goodbye and walked on. According to the current guard, he was invited by the Count to go to the city, so I guess you could call it a promotion. But do the guards in the city still call him "Marius"? It's a little difficult to decide whether we should take this as a laxity in discipline or as a sign of affection from the guards.

 We walk through the crowded streets. There are some people who don't even try to hide their disapproving glances. However, strangely enough, no one is messing with me. It may or may not be true, but it seems to be widely believed, at least among the public, that if you do something carelessly, you will get hurt. He is a rather normal person (an elf), including his habit of assuming that others know what he knows.
 However, I wondered if it wouldn't be too much for you if you attracted so much attention. That's all I was worried about.

 Eventually we arrived at Camilo's store. It's indoors from here, so Liddy will feel a little more relaxed. I put the cart in the warehouse as usual and headed for the business meeting room. Camilo came in a little later than usual today.
"Well, you look busy.
Well, I'll take it easy.
 By the way, whenever Camilo comes to the office, he usually comes himself. I wonder if it's because he concentrates on managing people and things and doesn't do any work at all. Even if that's the case, there must be times when he is busy with meetings and other things. When I asked him about it, he said
"I know when you'll be here, so I'm just making room in my schedule for you.
What if you don't show up?
What if you don't show up? - Well, I've got things to do, so it won't be a problem.
I see.
 I thought it would be a bad idea if I was being a burden, but I was relieved to hear that I wasn't.

So, about today's deal.
Yeah, let's start with this guy.
 Camilo looked at the head of the department, and the head of the department put a cloth package on the table. It's quite large. Camilo looked at the watchman, and the watchman placed a cloth package on the table.
"This is it?
Yes, it's Apoi Takara.
 So this is it. That looks pretty good. I'm concentrating on mithril at the moment, so it'll be a while before I actually handle it.
Sorry for the trouble.
 The watchman wrapped it up again, and I took it.
I've already paid for it. Don't worry about it.
 Camilo said with a laugh.

Do you want what you want as usual?
"Yeah. We have a small number of deliveries this time, so if you need more, just let me know. I'll pay for it in currency.
 Based on our past performance, we should be able to cover the cost of this delivery, but the price of some products may have gone up. I've brought some money with me, too.
I've got half as much as last week, so I should be okay. If it's not enough, I'll deduct it from the next delivery, so you don't need the money.
"Sorry, thanks. Oh, and by the way. I'm working on a special order right now, so I think I won't be here next week.
Oh, yeah, of course. Okay. We'll have more of our stuff then.
Oh, thank you. Like you said, if you need more, take it off next time.
You don't have to tell me that.

 And so this business meeting came to an end. Camilo tells me how things are going in Tokyo and elsewhere. Marius seems to be doing well. Deanna seemed relieved to hear that. However, it seems that the demons in the outlying areas have recently become more active, and it is said that an army may be formed to defeat them. It seems that Karel was lying when he said that demons were sprouting up during the Amur riots, but now it's becoming a reality. That's a big deal. ....... If that happens, we'll have to deliver the goods to Camilo in order to make him money. I'll be prepared to increase production as much as possible.

 After that, we exchanged some idle talk and left Camilo's store.