In the heart of the royal capital lies Highend, a posh residential district home to the elite—nobles and wealthy merchants.
Beyond its walls sprawls Noenth, a district where the common folk reside.
And beyond them is the absolute bottom layer: the slums.
For some reason, I find myself having saved a young girl from Highend in a back alley of Noenth, a place she shouldn’t be. And now, I’m acting as her escort, walking her back to the luxurious district.
「Thank you for your assistance.」
Before I know it, we find ourselves at a restaurant in Highend—a place I couldn’t dream of visiting due to my lack of funds.
As a token of her gratitude for helping her, she offers to treat me to a meal.
The kindness stuns me. My impromptu act of rescue seems worth it, especially considering how this single meal could feed my family for days.
「Oh, think nothing of it. Even if I hadn’t been there, you could’ve defended yourself, I’m sure. You looked more than capable.」
「Actually, I’m not that great with controlling my power… Without a protective barrier, using my magic carelessly could easily kill someone.」
What is she talking about?
I ponder this as we await our meals.
「Regardless, I’m deeply grateful for your help.」
「Should I not ask why you were in Noenth? Or who you really are?」
「Uh, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t.」
「Don’t worry. I won’t pry any further, and I promise not to discuss this with anyone else.」
Digging deeper would likely only lead to complications.
Best to leave it alone.
「Just consider us square with this meal. I wouldn’t want any repercussions for getting involved too much.」
「Thank you for understanding.」
Hearing my words, the girl bows her head.
「Let’s enjoy our meal and move on from the past events.」
「Yes, I agree.」
She nods slowly in agreement.
After finishing the sumptuous meal, I part ways with the girl from Highend. With renewed energy, I start walking back to the slums where my family resides.
「I’m glad I stepped in to help!」
I think of the food I secretly packed away during our meal—a feast from one of Highend’s finest establishments. My family will surely rejoice.