Chapter 24: Ulterior motives…… is there no reason not to have one?
Requested by Papeck-san for an additional 200 toilets, I worked on the same things in silent contempt for a while, then went to Papeck Company to deliver the 200 toilets and 10 purifying magic devices.
It was repetitive work but the levels of Alchemy skill, Earth attribute skill, Alchemist job, and Mage job all went up. Furthermore, because I had been cooking for myself in the mansion, I acquired the Cooking skill. Given that it’s only level 2, its correction value is still minimal, but it is useful enough. There weren’t instances where I could cook for myself when I was a salaryman in my 40’s, but somehow being able to cook is amazing for a skill.
On one such day, a carriage from the Papeck Company stopped in front of my home, and Papeck-san says that there’s a place he wants to bring me to.
「As I had promised previously, I will take you to an acquaintance slave trader.
I would like for Papeck Company to deal in slaves as well, however, slave trading requires a completely different know-how from trading in normal merchandise.」
Also, I received a payment of 30 white gold coins for the delivery of the additional magic devices.
Inside the carriage that was moving along the flagstone path, I received an explanation about the place we were heading to.
The carriage eventually stopped at the outskirts of the commercial district, at a slave shop one house away from the red light district. The building of the slave shop shows a modest facade. To the point that if I wasn’t told that it was a slave shop, I wouldn’t know.
「Takumi-sama, this is the Moulin Slavery Company. Because this is in Volton, it is a company that runs its business very seriously.」
We alighted the carriage, and a voluptuous woman came out of the slavery company to greet us.
「Papeck-sama, it has been too long.」
「Moulin-dono, I must say it truly has. Today we have come in search for a slave that can be be entrusted with assisting in daily matters and a slave that would serve as a guard for Takumi-sama.」
「Thank you very much, Papeck-sama. Takumi-sama, I am the proprietress of this company, Moulin. Thank you for visiting us today.」
「My name is Takumi. Moulin-san, please treat me well today.」
An older voluptuous woman, my heart wont stop beating fast at Moulin-san’s seductiveness. I had lovers when I was in Japan, and I am not a virgin. But my response is no different from the 15 year old boy that I am today.
「Fufu, please come in.」
Urged by Moulin-san, I followed after them into the slave store, all while red in the face.I drank tea in the parlor room while calming myself, and Moulin-san came in with a file in one hand.
「Due to this being a time where there are few debt slaves, the slaves that the company can show are few, however……」
「Moulin-dono, that may be so, however Takumi-sama is intent on war slaves or illegal slaves. 」 
The moment Papeck-san said that, Moulin-san’s eyes narrowed and her gentle aura to dangerous one in an instant.
「Could you please tell me the reason?」
「Yes, Takumi-sama here may be young, however, he is an artisan with techniques that other people can not imitate. There are many among those techniques that must be kept a secret, and it is difficult to choose a slave, such as a debt slave, with the potential to leak those secrets after their release.」
Papeck-san explained it as such, and Moulin-san’s aura returned to a gentle one.
「I see, if it’s a war slave, he will not be released unless a very trusting relationship is built. Conversely, many of the illegal slaves rely on their masters and would hate to be freed. I understand. Then, I will show you to them.」
After that, I looked around the room the slaves that Moulin-san guided us to, but there weren’t many people here. Thinking that it was an invasion of privacy, I had not appraised anyone until today.
「I’m sorry but with Takumi-sama’s requirements, there are few men with combat potential that have become slaves.」
As Moulin-san says, when it comes to war slaves or illegal slaves, the options diminish very much.
Let’s review it again.
One person to help manage the mansion and my everyday needs.
One person to serve as a my guard when I’m foraging.
I want at least two people.
Moulin-san says that the number of war slaves that the Moulin Company currently has is one, just one, and that one has quite a special circumstance.
「In fact, this slave is a prisoner from the war between Triaria Kingdom and Yggurle Kingdom 50 years ago.」
「50 years ago?!」
「Ah, that’s because Yggurle Kingdom is the country of elves.」
Moulin-san said that, in those days, the skirmishes in between those two countries fell into a temporary state of war, and the prisoner wasn’t exchanged at the time and was directly sold as a slave to a third country, Valkyra Kingdom.
Since Volton is located at the western end of Valkyra Kingdom and is close to Yggurle Kingdom, Moulin’s grandfather had successfully bought the slave from Triaria, but due to various reasons, has remained unsold.
I don’t know why an exchange of prisoners wasn’t done, but I knew from just a glance what the reason is for remaining unsold.
The right hand, left leg, and an ear were missing.
「As you can see, she can not fight. She is an elf so she should be able to use spirit magic and attribute magic, but is unable to use magic for some reason. In addition, lacking a leg is fatal if travel is taken into consideration. I have no clue as to what grandfather was thinking when he took this girl in.」
Right, the war slave given a single room is a peerless, beautiful woman. She has long light golden hair, a face so beautiful it was as if it was made by a god, gentle green eyes carrying a strong will, is of tall stature with long legs and arms, and has a figure everyone would probably be charmed by. Above all is her impressive protruding chest that my eyes were nearly glued to.
「Even so, isn’t it strange for there to be no one who wants to buy her?」
「Well, I heard that even with her disabilities, she still has a beautiful face so there were many enquiries from nobles and wealthy merchants. But grandfather seems to have a contract to not sell her as a sex slave, and so she has remained unsold.」
I thought about this for a bit.
My Light attribute magic is currently level 7, to be able to use Extra Heal to return lost limbs, I would have raise its skill level one more time or I won’t be able to use it.
I haven’t obtained the recipe for advanced potions yet so I’ll exclude that.
「Would it be alright for me to buy her?」
「Takumi-sama, are you sure?」
Surprised, Papeck-san asked. I wonder if he thought I’m buying because she’s beautiful.
I’m sorry but her status is ridiculously strong.
She’ll be a battle-ready if the curse and disabilities are resolved.
「(Takumi-sama, your Light attribute magic skill is that high?」
「(I think I’ll reach that point soon.) 」
Papeck-san asked in a whisper.
Papeck-san naturally knew that I could use Light attribute magic. With that being the case, it seems he was surprised that my skill level was that high.
「Her name is Sophia, and it will be 2 white gold coins.」
I don’t know if 20 million in Japanese Yen is expensive or cheap, but there’s also the expenses within 50 years of being unsold. Nevertheless, 2 white gold coins might extremely cheap for a peerless elven beauty.
I later heard from Papeck-san that although Sophia has missing limbs and had an ear which is an Elven trait cut off, because of a contract to not sell Sophia as a sex slave that Moulin-san’s grandfather has, she is a useless slave that has stayed in Moulin Company for many years. Papeck-san said that if she were to be sold as a sex slave, she would be worth 20 white gold coins even with her disabilities. Or rather, that would be the starting price at an auction.
「I would like to interview her and then buy her if there are no problems.」
「Then please wait at the parlor room.」
Papeck-san and I returned to the parlor room for the interview.