“A freelance mercenary?”
I asked. There, the woman changed the touch display to an empty, white screen.
“Have you ever used an electronic bulletin board before?”
“No, I don’t really use those sorts of things.”
“I see. With these sorts of things, while they can be convenient, you cannot put too much trust into them, so it takes quite a bit of courage to use.”
The female staff said, “But,” as a preface.
“Just as there are soldiers attached to our firm like the ones I’ve shown you, there are people taking on freelance jobs. Unlike our soldiers, hiring a free mercenary won’t cost you any insurance fee, and you can negotiate the price with the individual in question, so you’ve the merit of being able to hire them for less than an employed one.”
“I understand the merits of using freelance workers, but aren’t there loads that you shouldn’t trust?”
I tried retorting, but that was brushed away with a smile.
“Dear sir. There is nothing in this world that costs more money than trust. If you want to hire someone trustworthy, then you’ll have to pay a high fee, and if you don’t want to pay money, then you can only hire someone untrustworthy. With your funding, it will be difficult to hire a soldier from our firm, so I do think it best you take freelance mercenaries into consideration.”
It was a rebuttal so sound I couldn’t even grumble.
To win in the trial, I needed evidence. I couldn’t help but want to investigate Claudia’s house. But that would rack up some costs.
I blame it all on poverty. When it really comes down to it, money is reliable.
If I used a bulletin, then sure enough, I’d probably be able to find a cheap, freelance mercenary who’d take it on. But those who couldn’t be hired by a firm were generally those hiding something dark.
There were swindlers, as well as criminals posing as mercenaries in name alone. It’s true there were some strong freelancers who hated taking a kick from a firm’s contract fee and decided to go independent, but finding such talents was a probability of whether there would even be one in a hundred or not.
… My chances were too low. But I guess I didn’t have a choice.
“Understood. Then could you put up a mercenary recruitment request online?”
“Leave it to me. Our firm’s site has a high access count, so I’m sure you’ll find a skilled mercenary.”
Saying that alone, the woman took out to forms, and put them on the table. One was for the company, and the other for me to keep. She took out a pen and spoke in a cheerful voice.
“Then please fill in your full name, address, and contact information.”
I dispatched the pen, and sighed the contract. After paying a final advertisement fee of ten thousand gold, I let out a sigh.
“Thank you for using our services. We’ll put the request up at once, so if you’ll give us a moment of your time… okay, the request has been successfully submitted to our bulletin. Please wait until you’re contacted with an application.”
“Um, by the way, how long does it usually take until an application comes in?”
The female staff made a business smile devoid of ill will as she tilted her head.
“Even if they’re freelancers, it’s not like they’re always free. It may even take a week. If an application comes in, I’m sure they’ll call the number you provided.”
… Maybe it would have been best I try somewhere else.
When investigation had only just begun, I was feeling terribly tired.