p>“What will you do?”

I’m asked, but I don’t sell them.

It might be better to negotiate directly with item shops.

“Sorry, but can we stop by item shops?”

I ask, and the two girls say yes.

We’re going to one that was pretty expensive even among the ones we visited last time.

I’m picking this one because the potions they had were of good quality, so they seemed to be good judges.
The old person behind the counter seemed to me like a craftsman with a lot of presence too.
Of course, that’s just what’s in my head, but appearances matter.

“I want to sell these potions.
Can you assess their value and tell me how much you’re willing to give for them?”

I show five different potions.

The owner brings out what looks like a magnifying glass, and starts looking at the potions.
I wonder what he’s investigating.

I don’t want to disturb him, so I quietly watch and wait as he looks into one at a time.
I can hear him groaning from time to time.
I guess carefully assessing their worth takes time.

Ah, Hikari looks bored.
Mia on the other hand is looking around the store like she’s curious about the things here.

“I see.
Young man, where did you get these potions?”

Is the first thing he asks when he finishes.

Of course, I give him the same line as always.
I bought them off a merchant I met on the way.

“I see.
You said you wanted to assess their value.
Are these all the potions you have, or do you have more?”

“I have about fifty of each.”

“I see.
And are they all similar in quality? I can give you seven silver coins for healing potions, eighty silver coins for mana potions, twenty silver coins for stamina potions, one gold coin for poison antidotes, and seventy silver coins for paralysis antidotes.
What do you think?”

Mana potions are actually more than double.
It honestly feels like I’m getting too much, but too much money is never a problem.

“Yes, I will sell them.”

I take the potions out of the Item Box and hand them over.
The owner checks them one by one, but it takes less time than before.

“They all seem fine.
Here is your money, one hundred and thirty five gold coins and fifty silver coins… That is a lot.
Do you have a card?”

Will a merchant guild card do?”

“Oh, you’re a member of the merchant guild, young man? Why not sell them there instead of here?”

“Ah, they were too cheap there, so I prefer to come here.”

“Is that so? Well, I found myself a good deal because of it, so I have no complaints.”

After checking that I received the money, I ask a question that’s on my mind.

“Why are poison and paralysis detoxing potions so expensive?”

The owner looks exasperated.

“You don’t know? You do know that potions in general vary in effect depending on their quality?”


“Then… Poison and paralysis can be weak and strong.
For example, a weak monster’s poison can be healed with a low quality antidote, but such a thing will not work on strong monsters’ poison.
That means that in a way quality is more important in antidotes than in potions.”

“I see.
So that’s why.”

I take out ten silver coins from my Item Box and hold them out.

“What is this?”

“A lesson fee.
That information is invaluable for me.”

“You are a cheeky young man.
I cannot accept that.”

The old man is just as stubborn as he looks.

“If you have a problem with that, use this money to treat the two young ladies over there to something nice.
They seem bored.”

“…All right, I will do that.”

“Nice job grandpa.”

I smile awkwardly, and Hikari gives sincere praise.

Ten silver coins… I can only see a future where they’re gone instantly.

I say thank you and leave, and Hikari pulls my hand towards the sweets shop.
Her steps are light again.

And, oh… The barrier is gone.
What was that, two hours? Next time I’m going to infuse it with some magic energy.


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