“Halt” was the first thing that he heard from the guard in front of the city. “what’s an imperial guard doing away from his post”
James immediately regretted wearing that armor into the city, as it was obviously an imperial armor and sword on his waist. he wasn’t sure exactly how to explain it so as to make sure the guard would let him through, as he wasn’t sure how things really worked for the soldiers when they left for their homes. James decided to try and at least say something in order to make it through, and so he said, “well, I’m going home to see my family. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen them and managed to get some leave.”
The guard looked skeptical at this, and then stood back a little, so as to think about the situation before stating, “Well, normally, I’d question why you still have your armor, but considering the increase of monsters in the area, I guess they’re not going to just let you off without any protection. However, do you have your ID card on you? I can’t let you in without it.”
“Here.” James handed out the small card that they gave him about 2 days before he made his decision to leave.
The guard took it, examined its front and back, and held it to the sun. after doing so, he handed it back to James and said with a smile, “well, that settles that, go head in. Hopefully you find your family well enough.”
“Thanks” James replied before starting to walk through the gate. The city was bustling and noisy, with several merchants calling out for customers to try their wares. slowly making his way through the crowd, he began to look at the several shops that lined the road. They were written in the strange language of the world, but yet, he was able to understand it just fine somehow.
He walked over to the first inn he saw, figuring that getting a room would be the best way to start his journey. When he walked in and asked for a room, however, the receptionist stated that they were booked, even with the stables, and that he would need to try another inn. They were kind enough to point him towards another one on the other end of town. After thanking the receptionist, he left and began walking over based on the instructions that he was given.
James almost got lost along the way, as he missed a few turns and had to backtrack.
[It was almost like an electronics store on black friday…]
he reminisced, smirking to himself. After an hour of searching, he finally stumbled across the building he was looking for. He walked into the building and found that the place only had one or two people sitting at the 8 or 9 tables that were set up throughout the front, all which were made of a nice red wood, with chairs of the same material. there was a door on the far wall that more than likely was the kitchen, given the stairwell to his left. he walked up to the receptionist desk, and saw a sign that said, “ring the bell for service.”
James smirked at that and rang the bell and waited whilst looking around the room. There was an old man drinking out of a tankard, the silver of the metal matching the long hair on his head. There was also a lean female with golden hair talking with him in a hushed tone, quiet enough that he couldn’t hear anything that they said. on the other end of the room, near the kitchen was a stout man, feasting with gusto on some type of meal. Other than those three, the room was empty and quiet. James picked up the bell and began to examine it, when an older woman appeared from behind a door on the other side of the reception desk saying, “sorry about the wait, we are a bit lacking on kitchen staff today. how can I help you?” James panicked slightly and fumbled the bell in his hands for a few seconds, before placing it back on the desk with a ding.
The woman only raised an eyebrow at the reaction, but said nothing else.
“ah yes, I was hoping that you had a vacancy here.” said James, “the other inn was filled to the brim, and the man at the front desk recommended this one to me.”
“Are you talking about Takeshi? Since he sent you, you must be at least somewhat decent with manners rather than the usual rabble that come by, as guards aren’t always the best with that. always so straightforward without thinking about what their words and actions do. You won’t disappoint my expectations, will you?” said the attendant
“N-no. I won’t.” James stumbled over his words, as he wasn’t expecting that she would start ranting about that.
“Good.” she said with a smirk in a tone that just oozed with self-satisfaction.
She dropped the smirk and said in a more serious tone, “we have plenty of rooms on the second and third floors, fourth floor is for staff only.” she paused, and gave him a once over, before continuing, “Given how you look, I’d say you’re more of a second floor type of person rather than a third floor.”
James was taken aback at this, as she wasn’t giving him a chance to speak at all. He tried to speak, “well yes, tha-”
She cut him off, “It’s 5 large coppers per night, how many nights are you staying?”
He smirked at how she mentioned manners, but yet had none for him. He replied, “I’ll be staying for two nights.” before taking a small silver coin out of his wallet and setting it on the desk in front of her.
She immediately grabbed the coin and placed a key in its place, before saying, “dinner is at sundown, and breakfast is an hour after sunrise. Those aren’t included in the cost for the room, and are an additional 5 small coppers.”
James nodded to this and took the key, noting his room number, before putting it into his wallet with the rest of his coins.
He thanked her, and began to head up the stairs to his room. He was wanting to rest a bit in an actual bed, thinking that he would find it easier to take care of shopping tomorrow.