Brita stood there, blinking erratically as the manor appeared in front of her. She felt the solid ground beneath her feet. She was no longer standing on dirt, but a stone walkway. Slowly cranking her head side to side, her eyes drifting with the sights around her.
"What..." She poked her tongue out against her lips. "What just.." She spun around, stumbling as she did so before she vision rested on two friendly faces. "When did we get here!?" She shouted as she placed her hands on the sides of her head.
"Teleportation," Jack said with a casual tone as it was a high ranked spell to this world's standards. Otherwise there would be people teleporting everywhere.
Brita's mouth was hanging low, before she looked over towards the front door. Then up to the sky. The clouds had cleared away, it was bright and sunny. They had jumped from the Cemetery all the way back to the Noble Quarter!
"Now, for your hazard pay..." Jack would take out an empty sack and dropped ten gold coins into it along with seven red lesser healing potions. Then he tied the sack and held it out for her.
"Ha-hazard pay?" She asked as she looked over the sack for a moment before reluctantly taking it into her hands. "What's hazard pay?"
"You hired to show me around and get me connected. You were not hired however to join me in the middle of a conflict zone." Jack snickered at this as she didn't know what Hazard pay was. It was probably because no one really knew what it was or it didn't exist in this world.
Insurance was a luxury, wasn't it?
"So..." Brita weighed the bag in her hand. She could hear the potions moving about. The rare potions that apparently no one else could make. She licked her lips slightly. She had taken this job to get a quick buck and buy a single healing potion.
Now, she had four healing potions and enough to buy food or standard equipment for months.
"If I have a job for you or am in need of your services, I will visit you again, wherever you may be." Jack informed before patting her shoulder, as if dismissing her with a friendly smile on his face as he and his little sister made way for the front door.
Brita turned her head and watched as the powerful man began to walk away. Just why would he need her services? From what she had seen, he could have taken care of everything himself.
Her eyes drifted down to the bag. Sure she wanted money, coins and recognition. He had given that to her, just letting her follow him around. She then looked back up at him as he opened the door, and closed it behind him.
Alone outside, she would smile faintly, hugging the sack to her chest as she made her way out of the property and heading back to the Inn to meet up with her teammates.
As Jack walked into the main foyer, his sister holding his right hand as they strolled inside. He slipped his staff into his item box before stepping into the common room. His eyes rested on all the furniture which was organized in rows and some even stacked on top of one another.
By the windowsill there was a stack of books and what looked like valuable personal effects or relics which belonged to the previous owners.
Sebas Tian gracefully entered the room and bowed his torso to the Supreme Being, "Welcome Home, Jack-sama. Eve-sama." He wore this stoic face that he always had, full of strength and integrity.
"Thank you Sebas, it's good to be home."
"Welcome Home Oniisama!" Jack's eyes darted over towards the strange squeaky voice that shouted out to him from the top of the steps. His eyes rested on the Slime which he couldn't argue was good at acting at this very moment.
He watched as she quickly descended the steps and rushed on up to him. Giving the Supreme Being a hug and nuzzling her face into his chest as if he had been gone for a long time.
Jack's lower jaw was now the one which was falling off its hinges and hanging in shock.
Eve herself was wide eyed seeing the Predator Slime hugging her brother. She was somewhat afraid that she might end up absorbing him or something, but that wasn't happening.
"Sol-Oneesama," Eve said as she reached out and tugged on the sleeve of her dress. "There's Guests in the House," she seemed to let out a little whine indicating that she didn't want her hugging her big brother.
Solution tsk'ed before slowly retracting herself from the Supreme Being, her sizable supple breasts bouncing as she did so after being squished against his chest.
Jack didn't have all that much of a reaction when they were pressing against him. Though it did feel weird, he never had something so substantial press against him. He had to admit, even if it was a weird sensation, it was relatively pleasant. It reminded him of a couple of massive marsh mellows.
When the blonde turned away from him, the tip of his tongue coated his lip slightly, quick enough to avoid detection from just about everyone in the room. Except for Eve who was standing beside him, looking directly up at his face.
Eve raised her leg slightly and shoved the tip of her shoe into his shin. The sound of metal armor resonating with the kick resonated throughout the room.
Solution and Sebas Tian turned their eyes to look over towards the two, still holding hands as Eve was kicking Jack in the shin. Yet he was still not giving all that much of a response. It was like she was fruitlessly kicking his Divine class Armor without making so much of a dent. Even though outwardly it just looked like he was wearing Sturdy Blue Priestly Robes.
"Jack-sama?" Sebas Tian's eyes moved from Eve to Jack and back again.
"It's fine," Jack said with a light chuckle, "She's just jealous."
Solution placed a few fingers over her lips and suppressed a laugh as she went to walk away.
"I am NOT!" Eve she let go of his hand and started to push at him, though he wasn't budging from where he was standing.
"I thought we had Guests in the house." Jack said as he looked down at her, which caused Eve to freeze for a moment. Her eyes wandering over towards the stairs where some of the Swords of Darkness were coming down with ruined furniture.
Clearing her throat, she would cross her arms over her chest and turn away from Jack before roaming off towards the wine cellar. After moseying around a corner and disappearing from sight, she didn't make any further sounds.
"Hm..." Jack just stared at the empty door way before turning to look at Sebas. "Watch after her for me, would you?"
Sebas bowed his head, "Yes Jack-sama." He would then too follow after the girl, disappearing from sight of those around them.
Jack would then look over towards Ninya, Lukrut, Peter and Dyne as they were strolling towards him rather casually. He smiled seeing Ninya, as it reminded him of how his sister could've grown up. "Everything complete?" He'd ask curiously as he raised a brow.
"Yes, Jack-san." Peter said with a wide grin across his lips, his hands at his hips. "It is done!"
Jack nodded seeing him cheerful, his eyes moving to the young man's teammates who were smiling and nodding in agreement. He would take out four small pouches and hold them out to them to take.
"Ten Gold and Fifty Silver each." Jack noted, to make sure they knew what they were all getting.
"Thank you," They said as they lowered their head slightly, feeling the coins in their hands through the bags. They had these smiles across their lips which simply made Jack smile himself.
A day's hard-work was rewarded.
Jack would let them outside, holding the door for them as they left. As they made their way towards the gate, Ninya glanced over her shoulder towards him.
Jack was waving towards them and she gave a small wave in return, before following her friends out of the Noble Quarter of the City and back towards where they've been staying.
Making his way back inside, Jack would look over the damaged furniture that had been damaged by time and the insect menace known as termites. He couldn't help but sigh as he rested a hand on a cracked oil lamp made with strips of metal and stained glass.
The little crank switch was missing, the oil was all but gone. He picked the item up with his hand and stared into it. He remembered having one similar to it, of course with higher quality. Stuffing it into his item box. He then turned towards the valuables which were on the windowsill and began to sift through them. There was a book about birds, there were some tomes and even a grimoire. He picked up a roll of silk which oddly enough hadn't been eaten by moths. He slipped it into his item box as well and started to stuff all the finds into it slowly, after observing each individual item.
Eventually he came across an embalmed elf ear inside a small locked box. He just stared at the item. He didn't even want to appraise the thing. Grabbing it by the tip, he lifted it from the box and held it in his palm.
"Hm..." Jack slowly lowered the ear into the box and then closed it, latching it before tossing it into his item box and continuing to look through the things which were present.
From what he could tell, the people here weren't necessarily ideal. They had some items which indicated they were a military family, at least one of the former residents being a magic user.
When he plucked a ceremonial sword out of a long dark wooden box, he stared at it. It was a sabre with a pearl white handle, golden inlay on the hand guard. Placing it back into the box, he stuffed that into his item box as well. Anything of remote value that held any information, he just put it in.
Once he was finished with the stuff on the windowsill, he turned his attention to the trashed furniture.
The moment he had said this, a gate opened up beneath all of the furniture. Similar to how he had dropped all of the soldiers from the sky. He sent all of the furniture to a location he learned of from Nigun, the commander of the Sunlit Scripture.
He had dropped all the trashed furniture into the center of the Cathedral's conference room which the Six Cardinals typically held meetings.
However just as the Gate was closing, an item came flying through the portal just seconds before it closed completely. Raising a brow, Jack watched the square shape travel through the air and clatter to the ground. His eyes rested on it for a few seconds as he quickly identified it as a Rubik's cube.
"… Is that a … Rubik's cube?" Jack just stared at the item for a few moments before looking to the empty floor which surrounded him now. Walking over to it, he squatted down and scooped the item from the ground. Not only was it a Rubik's Cube, but it was also a completed one.
His eyes drifted over to where he had summoned the gate before raising his brow.
"That… Wasn't expected..." Jack was feeling rather curious of who was on the other side playing with a toy such as this. It was a modern toy and he had yet to have seen someone in this society wearing clothes that reminded him of his origin.