◆Mage／A former noble young lady whose engagement was broken up／Tianna, the gambling maniac 3
What followed was nothing short of disastrous.
In the dragon race stadium, their clientele was not composed only of men with bloodshot eyes.
There was a cheerful, bright and safe atmosphere.
Basically, being open only during the day, people who do shady business can’t get in.
Although noisy, it didn’t seem to be a dangerous place like the slums or a mountain pass where thieves normally appear.
So, being relieved, Tianna brought a dragon ticket… In other words, Tianna brought what she thought to be a betting ticket.
Since I bought it, I have to see the race with my own eyes, she thought.
In a terribly crowded venue, the spectators were loud and engrossed in the race.
(It’s completely different to the royal capital… It’s a little too noisy)
Tianna sighed, she was overwhelmed.
Then, along with the rest of the audience, she watched the dragons running around, enthralled.
『The winner of the current race is, Infinite Blue
On second place, Meteor Arrow.
Refunds must be processed at the counter』
A crackly-like announcement was flowed away by the magic sound amplifier.
All at once, the boos sounded up.
It wasn’t a betting ticket with a payout of at least 100 times, but a dragon ticket with a payout of 100 times.
It was a rough race as the dragon that looked like it was going to finish first, crashed.
Most of the humans seemed to have lost.
「Ah… I won…?」
However, Tianna who got carried away by buying the ticket, won.
One silver coin was returned as ten gold coins.
「Ah, t-thank you」
Don’t congratulate me so loudly, Tianna cursed in her mind.
What if a pickpocket shows up… Being wary, Tianna puts the gold coins in her purse with great care.
Then, to avoid attracting attention, she hurriedly left.
Since then, Tianna has been hooked on the dragon races.
Along with the job search, she would immediately head for the dragon race stadium on the given days when there were races.
The purpose of looking for a job on the dragon race stadium had disappeared.
The reason being is that if you become part of their staff, you won’t be able to buy a ticket.
Eventually, she began to think it was useless to look for a job, so she devoted her non-racing days to the study of the dragon racing.
She studied the data on the dragons participating in the race. and began to carefully examine what kind of dragons would run faster and in what conditions.
Tianna was both fortunate and unfortunate.
Tianna was fortunate, because first of all, she had knowledge.
Instead of relying on superstitions and fortune telling, she had the brains and talent to gather data, deduce, and draw out conclusions. That’s why she won moderately and it didn’t end up with her finally being sold to a brothel after a risky gamble with borrowed money…
And the misfortune was that Tianna was halfway strong on gambling.
No matter how many correct conclusions you think you draw, when you miss, you miss, and that’s gambling.
She never lost enough to the point that of falling into despair and making her think, I’ve had enough of this, I’m not gambling anymore. Although having said that, it’s not like she was going to win a dragon ticket and become a millionaire. Rather, little by little, her savings were being chipped away at.
Then, when she finally cooled off, she realized 「This is bad」.
「…I don’t have enough money for lodging」
The inn chosen by Tianna was a crude one for a noble to stay, but it was by no means a dubious inn.
If you don’t properly pay them, they’ll kick you out.
For now, she had paid for the rest of the week’s lodging in advance.
But after that time, her money will hit rock bottom.
You can manage yourself somehow if you are in debt, but you can’t trust your reasoning when you have money on hand.
Tianna thought she had no choice but to go out and make some money.
「Now that it came to this… I’ll just have to become an adventurer…」
Tianna walked to the adventurer’s guild in a gloomy mood.
Now that it’s come to this, everything will depend on my ability.
Since I’ll be exploring the labyrinth, I don’t need to be hired by someone.
However, there was a problem.
You have to put together an adventurer party.
She was told at the reception desk of the adventurers guild that she was not allowed to explore the labyrinth by herself.
「There are other aspiring adventurers just like you, so you might want to seek them out」
The woman at the reception told her so, and she looked around the guild.
The walls were plastered with a number of party-wanted posters.
I see, she thought, and when she was about to examine the posters, she was immediately called out by someone.
「You are a magician, right? Want to join us?」
「Your equipment looks amazing, doesn’t it? What do you think?」
Then a swordsman-like man and a priest-like woman approached her.
At that moment, Tianna’s eyes became grim.
She exuded a intimidating air as if she had just killed someone.
「…Or so I thought, my bad, come to think, my party was full. Sorry!」
「S-See you laterー! Bye bye! 」
「Eh, um, me too, want to… my party…」
The men and women hurriedly walked away before they could say, “We’re recruiting”.
It’s not like they made Tianna uncomfortable to the point she had to glare at them.
It’s just that the combination of a good-looking man and a beautiful woman reminds her of the people who made her fall and as a consequence it makes her wary.
The strength of her wariness was evident in her expression and appearance.
Tianna’s magic skills are the real deal.
It was something she learned at school, but since her teacher was a practice-oriented person, she was also trained to defeat beasts and lower-grade monsters with magic. She is far more skilled than any of those new adventurers out there. Those new adventurers could sense the fear that came with her strength.
As a result, Tianna was not called out by anyone.
Without even being able to put together a party, the adventurers’ guild business hours ended and she was locked out.
Those who had been locked out of the adventurers guild all headed to the tavern next door.
Somehow Tianna couldn’t go against the flow of those people and entered the tavern.
I was already getting hungry, let’s just get this dinner over with.
Tianna said to the clerk, 「Only one」 and was squeezed into a table where other customers were already sitting.
It seems that the counter is full and she has to sit down with other customers.
Sitting there, was a young man.
A skinny guy with dark hair.
From the way it looks, he is wearing a leather armor, probably a light warrior or a bandit.
The fact that he’s in this tavern means he’s a new adventurer, but there is a strange atmosphere around him.
The leather armor stained with monster blood and dirt, which looked like it has been used for a long time, had the air of a veteran warrior.
The way he sits at the table in the tavern is also strangely imposing.
From the looks of it, Tianna guessed that he may be the same age as her, however, he probably went through a lot of difficulties.
The grimness in his eyes spoke for itself.
（A scary face… Well, I’m not one to speak about others）
Before Tianna knew it, two additional solo adventurers were crammed into the table where she was sitting.
One of them was a woman of the rare dragon race and the other was a tall, clerical-looking man.
Tianna thought that they must have had their reasons, too.
Rather, I’m the one here with most problems.
It’s not like I can help them by getting involved with them.
Rather, I’m the one who wants helpーI thought so, and decided to ignore them.
At the other tables, the new adventurers were lively.
But only at the table where Tianna and the others sat, there was an oppressive silence.
Then, to such a table, the clerk finally brought drinks and food.
No one replied to the clerk’s false voice saying, 「Please take your time」.
Tianna drank the lukewarm ale in a gulp.
And the irritated feelings that she had built up so far have slipped out of her mouth.
「「「「Humans can’t be trusted!!!!」」」」