128 At Amur Residence

Hey, hey, what's this all about?
As you can see, it's a reward.
No, I know what it is. It's ......
 I'm talking about the amount. I'm talking about the amount of money you got for going into the cave and for repairing it. When I tell him, Marius chuckles and says.
"You usually talk about gold, gold, gold, but you're so concerned about the legitimacy of receiving it.
It's just that I can't accept money I don't have to.
You sound like an annoying craftsman.
Yeah, I'm a pain in the ass.
That's right. I'm sorry.
 Me and Marius laughed.

"It's not funny money. It's just a tweak.
"Make it up?
 Marius nodded and continued.
"Didn't Eizo once make something important for you?
 The thing ......? Yeah, an heirloom. He wouldn't go into specifics because of Liddy.
I'm sure you're not the only one who's been there. This time there's a lot of cover, and the amount I thought I was missing is on top of it. So it all adds up.
"I see.
 Marius thought that the amount he gave me back then was insufficient, so he's trying to give it to me now. I won't ask too much about how to cheat him.
 However, it's not an ordinary way, so if he took such a step to prepare it for me, it wouldn't be sincere not to accept it.
"Okay. I'll take it this time.
"Please do. It's a fair reward that Eizo should receive.
 I put the small bag of gold coins into my backpack. No one would expect to find enough money in this old man's sack to live comfortably for a while.

Well... Now that we're done talking about the reward, are you just going to leave?
Yeah, I don't have anything else to do.
But you're not coming home today, are you?
Well, yeah. I'm thinking of getting a place to stay.
 I can't force myself to go home, but I don't feel the need to go that far. If I take a room somewhere (separate from Liddy's, of course) and leave the capital early tomorrow, I should be able to reach home on foot by the end of the day.
In that case, you can stay at my place. There are rooms available. Let's talk over a meal.
 It was a good deal. I was a little worried about whether it would be okay to let Liddy stay at an ordinary inn, so I'll take your word for it.
I'm sorry. I'll do it then. Is that okay with you too, Liddy-san?
 Liddy-san nodded, "I don't know much about the city.
I don't know much about the city. I'm counting on you.
 The latter part of the sentence was addressed to the two servants who had come. They nodded and said, "This way, please," and began to lead me and Liddy around.

 Both of them are women, but my cheat tells me that they are skilled in martial arts. If a half-hearted person tried to push them over, he would be the one lying on the floor the next moment. I'm scared, this house.
 Down a corridor that's not glamorous, but sturdy, Liddy and I are invited into separate rooms.
I'll bring you some hot water, so you can relax here.
"Oh, thank you. Thank you very much.
 During the expedition, I had cleaned myself up as much as possible with a cloth or something wetted with water, but doing the same thing in hot water felt much different from doing it in cold water. Maybe I should build a Goemon bath in my house. .......

 I was given hot water and a change of clothes - it was a simple structure, so I didn't need to be changed - and I cleaned myself up and felt comfortable. I was told that if I washed my clothes now, they would be dry by tomorrow morning, and since they offered to wash them for me, I would take their word for it.
 I lay down on the bed. It was the first time in a long time that I had a soft and comfortable feeling. By the way, the carriage ride on the way was terrible. It seems that there is a suspension system with chains and leather straps, but there is no suspension system beyond that yet, so I can say that the ride was unavoidable.
 However, it seems that plate springs have been around for a long time in the previous world, and there was not much development in suspension for a while after that, so it might be a good idea to introduce plate springs a little ahead of time.
 As I was thinking about this, my consciousness disappeared into the darkness before I knew it.

"......, ....... Please come to ....... Eizo-sama!
 I felt a tremor shake my body. I thought I was asleep, so I gently grabbed the hand that was shaking me.
 I hear the sound of a startled voice, and I wake up. My eyes meet those of a servant of the Amur family, who is wide-eyed. I hold his hand on my shoulder from above.

 For a moment I didn't understand what was going on, but then I quickly understood and hurriedly let go.
"I'm sorry!
"No, I was just startled, don't worry about it.
 When I apologized, the servant smiled and said.
How long was I asleep?
"An hour or so, I think. After I showed you to your room, I came here when dinner was ready.
"I see. ....... You could have stuck to your wrist. That would have woken me up.
If Master Eizo is a man of insolence, he will not hesitate to do so.
 The servant chuckled, said, "Excuse me," tousled my hair, fixed it, and began to lead me to the dining room.

 The three of us had dinner together, Marius, me and Liddy. The topic of conversation inevitably turned to the expedition. I gave a detailed account of the events inside the cave. Marius listened attentively, and Liddy occasionally added something.
 Marius talked about the command. I understand that it is very difficult for the top to command.
 Even though there are specialists in supply, management of wounded soldiers, and command and control of each platoon, the overall command is Marius's job. Even if Leroy takes part of the responsibility, Marius is the one who has to make the final decision.
 This time, the goal was clear and the opponent was not likely to change its stronghold, which was good, but if the battle was against demons or humans, Marius said, it would not be so easy.

 Since warfare is commonplace and difficult to avoid, I hope that Marius will become a great commander who can bring back as many people as possible, including himself, safely. That's what I thought.