It was only a few hours of reading, but I got a lot out of it. I learned the basics of this world from the books on history, and I was able to understand people's occupations and lives from the specialized book. Moreover, since this was a library near a labyrinth, there was a lot of information about explorers and labyrinths, all of which was very helpful.
As the sun began to set, I
heard someone’s voice. I turned around to see a few people
asking an attendant for directions. I put
down my book, asked for directions too, and succeeded in
gathering information without attracting any suspicion. I walked out
of the library and followed the path that the attendant had told me
to take, until I reached a market. I took
out the leather bag from my “storage”
so that no one would see me, and put it around my waist before
entering the store.
The information I had gotten from the library did
not mention the existence of any abilities
such as the “display” or “possessions”.
There was a high possibility that this
ability was unique to me. As such, I’d
made up my mind to keep it a secret.
The inside of the market resembled what I would call an antique store in my world. Old items and junk were strewn about. I called out to the fat man who seemed to be the owner of the store.
“Excuse me. Can I sell items here?”
At first, I thought about trying to negotiate with him so that he wouldn't scam me, but I decided against it. My main goal was to exchange money, but I also wanted to gather information if possible. Taking such risks and pissing him off wouldn’t be the smartest.
“Yeah, show me what you’ve got.”
“Here, twelve copper coins. Do you have a certificate?”
“No, I don’t.”
“Then fingerprint this.”
As I left my fingerprints on the paper, I wondered about the year in which fingerprints had been invented in my world.
“Are you from a foreign country if you've been going to the labyrinth without a certificate?”
Maybe he was suspicious of my awkwardness. The shopkeeper asked me curiously. I answered as matter-of-factly as I could.
“Yes, I heard rumors about the labyrinth and came from a faraway country.”
“This is quite a catch
for your first time. Where are you from?”
I chose a distant country he was unlikely to be knowledgeable about.
“I’m from Fania. It's pretty far away.”
“Fania... I don't know much about it, but I do know where it is. You've come a long way. What kind of place is Fania?”
He was probably talking to me because the market was empty.
“It’s nothing special. By the way, do you have any recommendations for lodgings?”
“Hmm… Fuziyazu is
a good-looking and safe country, but it's also a very expensive place
to live. There are public accommodations, if you can afford them,
though. Prices here are several times higher than in any of the other
federation countries. Lodgings can cost
hundreds of bronze coins.
This is a country of people who carry around gold
coins casually. It won’t be easy, but if you don't have any money,
you should camp out today and go east to the “Vault”
tomorrow. The country is a bit
unsafe, but it's a good place to explore the labyrinth.” [TN Note:
can be interpreted as Vault, Walt, Wald.]
There must be a place that doesn’t cost that much… I'm not sure what will happen if I put more stress on my mind than I already have.
“Well, let's see, can you take a look at all of my belongings? I want to know how much I can get.”
"Hmm, you still have more?”
I tried to pretend like
I had an acquaintance who was keeping them
for me, but that still made him suspicious.
However, he didn't ask too many questions.
Leaving behind only the bare minimum, I cashed in everything that seemed to be worth money. It added up to 10 silver coins and a hundred copper coins. The magic stone the wolf left behind and the armor were worth 9 silver alone.
With that, I walked out of the cash exchange. My "possessions" had dwindled, but I now had a good idea of where to stay at Fuziyazu. I lodged at the cheapest hotel nearby.
Dinner and breakfast were included, so I went to the restaurant. To be honest, the dinner was not very good. Compared to my world, it was pathetic. There was no such thing as rice, just mashed grains, potatoes, and unusually hard bread.
After dinner, I went
into the room I had rented. It was a simple
room. And not the cleanest. Yet, the attendant had
said this to be one of the better hotels in this world. The
fact made me feel mildly dizzy.
Tired, I immediately collapsed on the hard bed. My mind relaxed and my thoughts wandered off.
I started asking myself questions I’d ignored before.
“What was I doing? When I woke up, I found myself in a labyrinth, attacked by monsters, magic, and in a game-like world. I nearly died too! It doesn't make sense. I don't get it. What is this world? Where is my world? Where is my family?”
I didn't have parents,
but I did have a sister. Did I disappear
from my original world? Was she all alone
in that house now? I couldn’t let that
happen. I had to go back. I had
to wake up early and make breakfast for my sister. I had
to get out of this fake world.
Still, I couldn’t do anything right then. Rest was more important.