Chapter 258 – The girl listens to the educator and the merchant – Part two
“Stores come in all shapes and sizes.
When it comes to food alone for example, there are ones in large towns that sell only fish, fruit, meat, or spices.
But since there isn’t a single store in this village, we should start with a general store that sells all kinds of things.”
“We are restricted to what we can obtain here in the village as far as things we can sell, and we have to use a barter system.
I would want to send people to Migha and Fairytrof to buy things there, but… I know I haven’t built that much trust here, so I will start by opening a store and earn that trust gradually.”
People in this village don’t think very highly of humans.
They were wary of me too when I first met them.”
Mister Sadda wants to run a general store and earn people’s trust.
He’s right, everyone is wary around him and the knights from Migha.
Those knights caused a lot of trouble for people here.
Gaius feels like he can’t forgive them, and a lot of people feel the same way.
That’s why this is so complicated.
Maybe it will get better with time, but maybe it won’t.
At least Mister Sadda is a merchant, and not a knight from Migha, but there’s that fear some people might let their hate take over them and attack the knights when they’re walking around.
It really is a difficult problem.
“If you’re going to be the one stocking up, tending to the store by yourself would be difficult, right Sadda I think it would be great to improve relations if each group sent out one person at a time to work on it.
That would help the feeling of fellowship grow, and we need that as the population of the village increases.”
“Yes, it would help beast people, elves, and even knights know each other better… But I think we should wait until the general store is well established before we add knights into the mix.
Also, I think we need guards.
I don’t know if there is anything in the village people would try to steal, but the place where we keep the goods could be targeted.”
“Yes… We have been assigning people to different jobs, but if we are going to open a store, we should consider working in stores a job as well.
We can start with a general store and expand and diversify from there.”
Apparently tending to the store is a job.
Doanea tells me it’s about inspecting items in a store and dealing with customers.
I don’t really get it, but talking to people that come to the store sounds exciting.
“Miss Lan, Mister Sadda, can I tend to the store a little too”
“You, Lerunda… I see.
Yes, once in a while would be fine.
And we don’t have to worry about security if the beasts contracted to you are guarding the store.”
It would be great if you could help, but… Are you sure it’s all right for the miko to be helping me”
Asks Mister Sadda.
“I don’t think that’s a problem.
Maybe Lerunda won’t be able to do this sort of thing when this place gets bigger, but it’s still a small village.
It’s important for her to experience this sort of thing while she has the chance.
People tend to not understand what they don’t experience.”
“I won’t be able”
“Yes, because you’re the miko, and we have to draw a clear line.
That’s not a problem for now, but… It could become an issue when this place becomes a town, if people are too close to the miko.”
Says Miss Lan.
Having more people also means having different kinds of people.
Having more people and more buildings too makes it more likely that there will be problems.
I don’t know what’s going to happen.
I can’t imagine what this place is going to look like with more people, but maybe there will be things I won’t be able to experience anymore.
I’m the miko.
It would be different if I was still hiding it, but I decided to accept it.
“Then, I have to experience things, while I can.”
“Yes, I think that would be for the best.”
Says Miss Lan with a smile.
They’re going to decide where this store will be built, and then build it.
Apparently they have a rough idea already.
Once the building itself is completed, they’re going to stock it, and then open the store.
I promise Mister Sadda I’m going to help with those things too.
I can’t wait to help tend to the store.
It’s great how the things I’m looking forward to are increasing.
—The girl listens to the educator and the merchant – Part two
(The miko promises to help tend to the store when it’s built.)