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Chapter 92 – My Home 1
Isn’t it better to buy a home instead of renting one?
That was a sudden inspiration.
Am I particularly sharp today?
Adventurers buy a house when they strike it rich.
To be honest, I’ve always admired that.
With that in mind, I nervously entered the real estate agency with two people, and a smiling lady greeted us.
“How can I assist you today?”
The expected line was spoken, and my heart raced. The response that follows is already decided.
“Well, I struck it rich, you see.”
She smiled broadly and gave a surprised performance. It was a charade, but…
“So, what’s your budget?”
“Yes, I’d like to request it with five gold coins.”
The shop assistant’s smile twitched.
“With that budget, it would only be possible to offer a property with some issues.”
“That’s what I’m hoping for.”
My Extension Magic is extremely compatible with improving the standard of living. Even a cheap inn would quickly transform into a luxurious mansion that would astonish everyone.
A smile brimming with secret plans.
“Do you have any specific conditions?”
Bring on the properties with issues, I say.
Prepare to be amazed by the dramatic before and after.
“Is that so? Well… then let me start by showing you some nearby options. Please follow me.”
I look at the skeptical face of the shop assistant as they observe my confident demeanor.
Hehehe, just you wait, miss.
You’ll be surprised later.
“First, let’s visit this place. It’s called the Cliff House.”
It’s an unsettling word to drop suddenly, but for someone like me, it poses no concern.
“This is a famous property that went back on the market just three days ago.”
Seeing me simply delighted, the shop assistant’s face showed a pained expression.
“Here it is. Flat land, three floors, prime location, a standalone house.”
The house they led me to was much larger than I had anticipated.
“However, there’s just a small… issue.”
With a gloomy face, the shop assistant slowly opened the door, revealing the interior and leaving me speechless.
I was taken aback.
It exceeded my expectations.
I trembled at the property with issues.
Because right before my eyes, what suddenly appeared was… a wall.
It was cramped.
On the flat surface of the wall that immediately caught my eye, for some reason, countless small oddly shaped rocks were embedded, creating the illusion of a cliff.
“Can you actually live here?”
When I stared at the shop assistant intently, she averted her gaze and began her sales talk.
“This is a designer house for beastmen, built with the concept of a cliff. We propose a new lifestyle that incorporates exercise into your daily routine. By the way, the bedrooms are located around the third floor.”
Nitra, the only one who reacted to those words, wagged her tail excitedly and entered the house. She grabbed onto the rocks on the wall and agilely climbed up.
“…The bed seems so far away.”
When I looked up, the height was dizzying. Moreover, as it got higher, there were fewer rocks to serve as footholds. I wondered how I would climb further, but Nitra effortlessly jumped and grabbed onto a rock, swaying back and forth.
Wow, Nitra’s smile is dazzling.
“It’s fun! Come on, nii-san, climb up!”
No, no. Nitra-san, I can’t climb that high.
“By the way, the previous homeowner is hospitalized. What would you like to do?”
“Aw…” Nitra seemed dissatisfied, but it was rejected. I just didn’t feel confident that I could reach the bed.
“I see. Um…”
“I’d prefer a place suitable for humans.”
Beastmen are amazing.
“Oh! There’s a slight concern, but I have a recommendation for you.”
“Please, tell me.”
Confidently following the guide, we arrived at the usual slum district. The shop assistant wrinkled her nose and tilted her head.
“Huh? The usual stench isn’t here. Even the water in the gutter looks clean. I wonder what happened.”
“Did something happen?”
It might because Support Slime +1.
I don’t want to be involved, so I tried to divert the conversation.
“No, I was just worried about the smell, but it seems the concern has been resolved. The next property is well-built for that price range, and I’m sure you’ll like it.”
“I’m looking forward to it.”
With even more confidence radiating from the lady who was guiding us, her legs abruptly stopped as if reaching the destination. She trembled.
“Hehehe. The roof has collapsed. Of course, we’ll offer a discount. It’s a roofless design.”
“It’s… open and airy.”
The lady’s aura of confidence vanished.
So they start with building the roof.
But if it’s just like this…
Just as I heard Nitra’s short warning, something flew right at my face.
Snap! Nitra swiftly caught the small stone and bristled her fur.
It seems there’s another problem.
“Came back to steal our home, huh?”
“We don’t want to give it back.”
“Leave! This is our Slumdogs’ hideout!”
I looked towards the direction of the rustling sound and saw a group of orphan boys who had thrown the stones, intimidating us.
“I apologize, Aix-san. Rest assured, we will hand over the house after thorough house cleaning.”
The lady’s smile was eerie.
She’s not taking it out on them, right?
Lai-nee murmured softly.
“This place used to be our home.”
“Could it be that you’ve taken a liking to it?”
I interrupted the greedy lady.
From the way she spoke earlier, it seems like this place was their dwelling until recently.
“Um, please give me a moment to think.”
As I pondered, the lady smiled at me with the sales smile she had shown when we first arrived.
“Aix-san, if you’d like, would you accompany me to see just one more property?”
The last one.
The place she took me to wasn’t particularly large, and the house had a slightly old-fashioned feel.
As we moved through the rooms, the sales talk began.
“There are three private rooms, a kitchen, and a reception area. The location isn’t bad, with the market nearby. Please imagine what it would be like to live here.”
A subtle house. But I could strongly feel the potential for a tremendous transformation with my magic! This was exactly the kind of house I had been searching for.
“That sounds good!”
Just as my mind was almost made up, the lady apologetically informed me.
“However… here, the budget falls a bit short, so it would require a loan.”
“A loan, you say?”
Choosing a house is difficult.
No cliffs, for sure.
I don’t want to take the hideout from the boys.
I also don’t want a loan.
What should I do?
Wait, more importantly, can I even get a loan when I’m unemployed?
But I can’t help but want to live here since I’ve imagined it. Oh no, I’m in a dilemma.