Chapter 16:

A Friendly Wager

Azure Sins (Sin Ver.)


The next morning...

Aisellia could be seen in a sound slumber. Rays of sunshine shone, slightly illuminating her face inside their darkened room. The new dawn shined through the slit in the curtains covering their window. Her face scrunched up in reaction to the sunlight, leading the noblewoman to slowly open her eyes. Aisellia's blurry sight slowly came to focus as she opened them. The first thing she came to notice was the nude male chest that her head had been and even currently resting on while she slept, her hand resting flat on the male's stomach comfortably. Her face grew deeply blushed red, eyes soon promptly seeing an all too familiar pair of breasts resting pressed against the male's chest from the opposite side, Aisellia's eyes shifted around to analyze her situation, quickly moving from the familiar breasts to the face of their owner Miyaura soundly sleeping with her head resting on the male's chest as well. Immediately an electrifying sensation jolted through Aisellia's body, causing her eyes to leave the sleeping Miyaura to the man's face on who they slept only to see it was a sleeping Karna.

(W-what? How did I?....why are we sleeping together?!)

Suddenly another sensation caught her by surprise. Her eyes shifted downward, and although she could not see it from her position she felt Karna's hand stroking her posterior, his hand repeatedly caressing her naturally as he slept. Feeling the sensations of his touch resulted in an unsuspecting physical reaction within her lower region. Feeling the grip he held. Her ass was inside the palm of his hands, his fingers lewdly squeezing her with a slight roughness occasionally.

(Even in his sleep he's still touchy?! Hmph!)

Even under his touch, she did not pull away. In her mind, she hesitantly admitted her own enjoyment with it, resistingly becoming submissive to his touch. Aisellia then to her surprise allowed a lewd sound to escape her lips at the feel of his hands stroking her. Not sure if she wanted his actions to stop, she allowed her eyes to wander. Giving herself an excuse to let him continue fondling her Aisellia fought against her thoughts about how she enjoyed the feeling. In her opinion, she was enjoying it too much but a large part of her did not want to pull away. Her mind and body searched for anything to focus on in order to not convince herself to remove herself from him. More she was enduring guilty pleasure from both Karna and Miyaura being oblivious to her naughty pleasures right beside them as they slept. Finding the next thing to distract herself she saw Karna's other hand wrapped around Miyaura's back and under her arm, groping her breasts as well.

(Mmm...his hands...admittedly they're delightfully warm.)

Aisellia's breath grew slightly heavier, feeling the sensation of his hand fondling her faithfully. Instinctively Aisellia naturally raised and places her leg onto Karna's leg under the blanket covering the lower half of their three bodies altogether.

(It feels...good. In a way, better than good actually...I can feel it, a tingle filling my body, touching every nerve ending from the touch of his skin gliding along my own. This feels like It might- Ah! Tingle all the way down through the tips of my toes!)

Karna's hand would briefly glide along Aisellia's back prior to returning to her butt to fondle it, leading yet another moan to involuntarily escape her lips once Aisellia felt Karna grip firmly squeeze her.

(Ah! Be gentle you...Mmm, this feeling. Is this what Miyaura meant? It really is a euphoric feeling. Saying it just feels good would be a critical understatement.)

She thought to herself as her hand caressed his bare chest, taking her freedom to cuddle closer to him, pressing her breasts gently against Karna's body. As the feeling surging through her body did not cease, she squirmed in place. Attempting to not wake either of her comrades with her movements or from the sounds she began noticing she couldn't help but make. Aisellia's endurance was certainly tested while his fingers squished her plentiful flesh within his grasp. Resting her head next to his neck she found herself snuggling her face under his chin. Simply catching his scent being this close to his neck caused Aisellia to begin breathing more heavily, her breasts pressed and shifted against Karna, sending her into a barely audible sensual whimpering. As if naturally Aisellia surprised herself but did not care, being enveloped at the moment, pressing her body against his as much as she could as if a mysterious force magnetized their bodies against each other, a slightly familiar feeling warmed the nobles core. 

(I-I can...it feels...I've read in my novels about romantically intimate partners...but from just touching my butt? Is this real? I might...I m-might actually...for the f-first t-time...this feeling can't be rea- Mmph!)

Surprised by her own actions she immediately caught herself and quickly removed herself from the bed wearing an embarrassed expression on her face.

(W-what am I doing? W-why did it feel like that? He was only touching my butt yet it felt so...so. Mm, his touch is different...in a good way. It's strange what a difference there is, my ex-boyfriend was nowhere near capable of doing that with just their touch, much less anything else satisfying. All the narcissistic talk of the men in the capital but plenty of us noblewomen can tell none of them know how to do much but satisfy themselves. The girls were so simple-minded back home they accepted that as the standard of men's capabilities...Huh, I guess that might have included me huh? I might have too without knowing it in more ways than one.)

Watching the two soundly sleep, Aisellia questioned her reactions while seeing the sleeping Miyaura take advantage of the newfound space, laying her entire body on top of Karna's, squishing her breasts with his chest while the two soundly slept together.

(Wait why am I even thinking about these things?! I'm a noblewoman and he's just some savage with no sense of decency! He's low class...so why do I-?)

While she was lost in her thoughts Aisellia could witness Miyaura slowly waking up, using her hands to press onto Karna's shoulders and lift herself up to straddle his waist. Miyaura stretched and yawned, her arms reaching to the sky as she did so. Rubbing her eyes, she soon noticed Aisellia was standing beside the bed instead of being in it.

"Oh, you're up already Aisellia? You looked like you were sleeping just as great as us. He's more comfortable to sleep on than he looks huh?" Miyaura said smiling at her friend.

"M-Miyaura how did I end up in bed with you two?!"

"Hmmm." Miyaura hummed putting a finger to her lips while going into her memory

"After you passed out, Karna overloaded me too. Then I started getting really sleepy. We saw you on the floor. You looked really uncomfortable and cold so I put you into bed with us to keep you warm. I couldn't let you get dirty and sick from sleeping on the floor overnight."

Aisellia looked down to the ground inspecting the area where she remembered generally falling. Aisellia took note of how old the wood flooring appeared, and also how slightly dirty and cracked it was. Aisellia looked back up at her friend and folded her arms under her breasts. Closing her eyes for a moment Aisellia let out a deep sigh prior to promptly opening her eyes once again and looking at Miyaura, seeing the demon girl adjusting to seat herself on top of Karna's pelvis. Huffing under her breath, Aisellia addressed the situation at hand.

"Hmph. It could have just been us, I don't feel like he should be so intimately cuddled against me."

"But sleeping on him had to be the best sleep I've had yet! From how comfy you looked, I'd think you would agree! Hee-hee!"

She said cheerfully with a smile on his face, leading Aisellia to embarrassingly look away, and pucker her lips.

"Come on. You know it was great!"

"...Ok fine. It might not have been SO bad. Are you happy now?"

Miyaura giggled, being able to hear her friend agree but just didn't want to admit to it. Just as Miyaura opened her mouth she stopped, something else immediately gaining her attention. Aisellia, seeing her friend open her mouth to speak but stopped prompted her gaze to Miyaura curiously interested in what stopped her. Miyaura's eyes drifted down.

"Hm? Somethings pressing-?"

Without warning a sensual moan escaped Miyaura's lips, making her body grow weak and fall forward. Both her hands were firmly planted onto the bed on each side of Karna's head.

"Oooo, T-the thing-Ah! hard! K-keeps rub-Mmmmmm!"

Aisellia's face could only express her surprise, looking at how she sat on his body both could quickly deduce what was happening. Unlike her friend, Miyaura happily smiled while leaning over Karna, looking down at his sleeping face with a smile as her cheeks blushed red. It was then Karna's eyes slowly opened, seeing Miyaura on him having her breasts resting on his chest. Realizing what he was feeling on his chest, lower body, and the attractive face staring down at him lead Karna to immediately smile smugly.

"Good morning sleepy!"

"Mornin! I would ask why you are straddling me but I'm rather enjoying not knowing so much more right now heh-heh. I hope this is one of the privileges I get?"

"As long as I'm around, you can wake up any way you request more often. Hee-hee!"

"Ooo I hope that's a promise!"

Suddenly Aisellia flailed her arms around cutting the two off.

"Hey hey hey! I'm still in the room people!"

"That just makes things more interesting!"  Karna said quickly in response. Turning his head towards Aisellia, a confident smirk on his face made Aisellia promptly close the distance. Miyaura quickly reacted by reflex and sat up once again, allowing Aisellia room to forcefully deliver a descending chop to Karna's neck, simultaneously choking and knocking the wind out of him with a single swift motion. Karna gripped at his throat, wrenching in pain. Suddenly a single knock on the door gained all three of their attention before it quickly opened without warning.

"Most mercenaries have already left for the big briefing with the Clients for the big mission later this week. I noticed I didn't see you young ladies yet so since you're new I just want to help make sure you make it on time and-"

The elder woman's words quickly stopped as she saw the two girls and Karna together in their positions. Even a woman of her maturity could not stop her cheeks from growing rose red, eyes widening, covering her mouth in the process.

Miyaura: "Hi-Hiii!"

Karna: "Yo!"

Aisellia Rae: "I-I promise it's not what it might look like!"

Elder Woman: "Oh dears it's nothing to be ashamed of! The passions of youth are nigh inescapable. It's completely fine for a lady to have a healthy intimate life, although I see the three of you are closer than most young ones. Hm, even older ones in fact."

Miyaura: "We're getting closer by the day! Today makes three months and two weeks we've all been together!"

Aisellia Rae: "It's not exactly like that! When you say it like that it might give the wrong idea like we're all dating each other."

Elder Woman: "No need to feel embarrassed, he IS quite the handsome young man. Life can be long or life can be short, it's your life, live it in any way that fulfills you, darling. It's a rarity to see such a kind relationship. Too often must I check the rooms of women who stay here after their night. Women who mostly stay with a man or a few in order to rest their head on a pillow or enough coin to eat for the week or feed her children..." 

"That's ridiculous...no. There isn't even a word potent enough."

Aisellia stated. Wanting to say more but knowing she couldn't seem too out of place by not knowing what might be common knowledge. After all, so far since she's left the capital, one thing she had taken notice of, was the audacity and lack of general respect for women as if it were a social practice inside and outside of the capital. They simply were two extremes of the same coin. Although it did bother her, as a woman she has dealt with it since a young age so it was no longer something that invoked her fury but was now simply a general irritation.

In Aisellia's mind, her open minded-ness was also her curse for although it irritated her, she held a complete understanding of it. Not just the strength of physical attraction but their lack of understanding of women in general thus sparking the lack of diversity in how they approach.  In her home capital Freya noble women were under the control of their husbands or fathers. Controlling their daughter's and wives' lifestyles as they see fit. If the business profits were good enough, it wasn't anything unusual for a man to send his daughter on a date or outright marry her off. Like pawns on a chessboard. As a wife, your only expectancy is your wifely duties to your husband and bare him children for his legacy.

(If you can't even find some lord to let impregnate you, you're basically a worthless commodity. Even that's worthy of slander to a family's name.)

She continued to process in her mind. Her eyes trailed off from the old woman as her thought began taking over her focus. Inside the women were restricted from power and used from their position in a socially created power disparity, one Aisellia was aware of and held no particular passionate issues with like the other women in Freya. To the women of Freya, it was simple enough. Be, Appear, and Maintain yourself as a worthy wife and a noble husband drown you in gold and gifts. Unlike them, however, Aisellia accepted it from a similar yet still perspective. Throw away your emotions, sacrifice your dignity, giving someone else complete control over the decisions you make.

(If you're a disgraceful wife you can be just as easily thrown away for someone else and your name along with your family are tainted. A position that seems so insignificant but still so powerful. You just have to be obedient and ensure your daughters know the same. Outside the capital, to Aisellia it only seemed that socially, a woman's worth is based on how much of herself she is willing to give...what she's willing to sacrifice just to survive. To feed herself, to get ahead without risking being a mercenary. With that kind of life, being out there could result in the most horrible by demons or lawless people. Just from the bandits, we've run into getting here I've seen some of them aren't mentally altogether, and how can you with monsters running around?  I've only seen a few and I omitted each time from how horrendous concepts of monstrosities they could be. Both have positions that place women in vulnerable positions but...in the right woman's hands they can control even the most powerful of men.)

Thinking of powerful men instinctually corresponded with her thoughts about her body as she curiously shifted her eyes to Karna. Aisellia is so deep into her critical thought she wasn't entirely conscious of the fact she did this. Her eyes moved there from Karna, to Miyaura, and back to Karna in a repetitive cycle as her thoughts began theorizing a new conclusion.

(Although it's forced, each time a woman can attain security far more quickly and a degree easier than a man. Variables may apply. That's basic knowledge though which I've long accepted. There's no real problem if both parties are using each other, although, for morally questionable means, I've always seen why)

Now her eyes locked onto Karna.

(Then if it's fulfilling the decision to benefit from each other...physical, mental, or whatever. And it's what all parties want, whether it's a promiscuous or exclusive relationship where no one takes advantage of another but each person knows they have something another wants or can utilize.....He's put his cards out on the table upfront.)

Aisellia's sense of sight faded from her conscious focus as they were replaced with her memories, reaching the deepest process in her mind. Racing in what in reality was everyone taking a respectful moment of silence in acknowledgment of the disparity that has left the world so grim. Inside the Noblewomans mind were memories of Karna. Instances when he openly detailed his attraction Miyaura and herself. The itching feeling she held in the back of her mind seemed to slowly relieve itself as she was going through her epiphany. For a while, something had bothered Aisellia, something she could never obtain even an essence of what it was but she could feel something about Karna. He spewed the same perverted bile any man would like about a woman's body, especially given these two women were more than exceptional in their natural figures and beauty. 

(That night we all met. He denied us because even with our lives at stake, he felt he would be taking advantage to get what he wanted until we created and made a choice for ourselves. Saving our lives, honestly, that's far more than the reward he was getting, and he accepted it anyways. Yes, it's of the highest kind of reward for him but also...he wanted to save us anyways. He may have done it on his own until I opened my big mouth trying to offer him money. Knowing him as I do now he could tell how uncomfortable I was. Oh...Miyaura, I think I see now.)

Her eyes left Karna and slowly drifted over to Miyaura who, like Karna, held their eyes towards the elderly woman but through their peripheral had noticed Aisellia's gazes. Just as she had come to know them to a degree, the same logic applied to them, becoming aware of what she gets when her mind is onto something deep or strangely brilliant

(Yet I did it anyway. I knew what I was using my body for, and I chose to give even that little up in exchange for my life  We gave him those moments of enjoyment, even if it were just our chests, the sin in him burns every second. Apparently even in his sleep, so even that brief moment in time was full of personal happiness. It's the fact that we didn't have to, just like he didn't have to. We appreciated being given a chance to continue living and we gave him permission to do what's been scratching away the very core of his being. When there are people who have to give way more for the same or even less. Still, he took us to a safe place where we were able to relax, learn, and prepare for all of this with him as our bodyguard. All for nothing but being to his personal liking, giving our consent for him to satisfy himself with our differing boundaries, and to actually satisfy himself by getting to touch one of us. Yes, he may have been hoping to get lucky but even so, just like back then, it may mean enough to him but really, what's that compared to the danger we've come across and have yet to? The people we meet? The distance? The unforeseen complications? All while missing his own memories. It just doesn't feel...equivalent. Why can't I shake whatever this feeling is?! I just can't figure it out in the end! Damn!))

Suddenly the elderly woman broke the silence of the room. Her words broke Aisellia's thought process. The sudden shift in direction of her eyes to the elderly woman caught both Miyaura and Karna's attention. The second Aisellia's eyes left them, their own simultaneously looked over at the noblewoman from their side.

"Young ladies deserve every bit of respect you would want for yourself and a man deserves his respect as well! Beautiful balance. To be together you all must trust each other greatly. So many people, no matter gender, often use and abuse each other in an endless cycle of hatred, pain, and greed. It surprised me at first but it brings my heart much joy to see you three get along the way you do. Reminds me of my old traveling companions in my day. So young man be gentle with a woman's heart, it's one of the most precious things left in our world today."

Karna sat up completely in the bed, Miyaura keeping her position sitting on him. Wrapping her arms around his neck to stay balanced. Both girls turned to look at Karna who held a smirk on his face.

"Hm, you know what? These two gave me an opportunity to live in fine company. in ways, I could only wish for until I met them. I'm far from the most morally just guy around but...they accept me. I'm honestly pretty selfish so I can say, there's no harm I'd let come to these two. Or anyone I'd let take them away from me. Unless they decide to leave themselves of course..."

All three women were frozen in place, their faces revealing their surprise at his words. Aisellia looked rather saddened by his statement, for the first time she had heard Karna speak seriously. His voice up taking a more serious tone made her begin thinking of how miserable he sounded thinking of his past but she soon blushed, shyly diverting her eyes as she continue thinking to herself.

(There goes his pure honesty again. It's been as if he speaks his heart, even if what he says may be too much. When it comes to how he feels about us, he doesn't hold back, it's actually a little endearing...in a strange way.)

"...That's actually very sweet of you."

Miyaura on the other hand had her surprised expression change into a happy smile, on the contrary, the joyful tears which began flooding from her eyes caught him off guard. She quickly used her arms to latch around his neck to pull herself into him and embrace him in a hug. Her chest pressed firmly against his which brought his goofy smile to light.

"As best girl of paradise, I promise to make it the best paradise ever no matter what!"

Later...

The trio would be walking down a non-busy area of the city. Aisellia let out a depressing sigh.

"Geez, that was embarrassing...You owe me a favor now, got it?"

"Wait why do I suddenly owe you a favor? I had nothing to do with that old woman walking in."

Karna swiftly responded to Aisellia. The two women walked just ahead of Karna yet the statement of the noble prompted the man to walk even closer behind them, 

"You owe me for taking advantage and sleeping with me! If you must know."

"What? As much as I likely enjoyed it I wouldn't say I took advantage, maybe Miyaura since she  actually likes it but that's it."

"Hmph! While you were sleeping you sure had the advantage of being able to feel me up! You're lucky I've decided to let this one pass but you do not have privileges with me other than looking and must respect my boundaries."

"What?!" Karna questioned, suddenly seeming very depressed from the news.

"I wish I was awake to feel it. How could I be so dumb? That's it! I'll never go full sleep mode again! I will teeter on the twilight of life and death!"

He said with determination in his eyes, leading Miyaura to giggle in reaction to his grandeur declaration.

"Maybe if I-" he began, sneakily moving his hand behind Aisellia, attempting to grope her rear end, but his hand was quickly smacked away by Aisellia who without a hint knew what he was up to. Aisellia stopped, turned to face the man then folded her arms all while glaring at him. Her glare into his eyes stunned him with ease. The three of them now stopped in the middle of the street although since it was not busy on this day, there were very few people on the street.

"Hey, I already permitted you to do those pervy peeks you so enjoy, I never said you could touch me freely. Hmph!"

She finished, turning her nose up to the air making it unintentionally obvious she was pouting, her cheeks filling with air after she finished speaking. Karna looked saddened by having his hand swatted away before turning a curious eye over to Miyaura who was minding her own business while they continued walking together. With the rise of a mischievous smile on his face, Karna's other hand slipped behind Miyaura.

"Hm?" Miyaura hummed questionably, being surprised by suddenly feeling a hand groping her plump posterior, causing her eyes to open widely. Her gaze turned over her shoulder to Karna, acknowledging it was him that lead her expression to change to a joyous one. A smile on her face before facing forward once again, happily letting him carry on.

"It continues to amaze me how much you let him get away with things like that."

"Hm? Why? It satisfies my own desires along with his. With a dumpy and booba like these, it feels good to have them massaged every so often along with other muscles and stuff. I'm best girl after all! As long as I'm best girl I don't mind. If I'm being honest I like it whenever he does it! The surprise ones are my favorite! Tee-Hee!"

"Best girl huh? Wait, what does that make me then?"

"Best Princess of course!" Karna answered in response to Aisellia's question. He turned his gaze towards her, smiling happily.

"That doesn't sound much like a compliment considering how negative nobles are out here...But you must speak of my demeanor of class...so I'll accept princess."

"As official best girl I give him all rights and exclusivity to my body!"

"Best girl with the best absolute dumpy!" Karna said joyously with a bright smile on his face, his hand removed from Miyaura's rear.

"Plus he just does it until he's satisfied. I've decided it's a top priority as best girl! 

Miyaura and Karna both nodded simultaneously. Karna soon began speaking as his eyes examined the figures of both women, both walking side by side just a couple of steps ahead. The two girls looked at him from over their shoulders as he spoke to them.

"Think, out of all the people we've seen, we haven't come across anyone with, heh...such entrancing bodies or even personality as you two. Across the regions, the best you see almost commonly is a pretty face at most. It just makes you two stars shine in my dark world!"

"What? Are you an ass and boobs specialist now?" Aisellia sarcastically asked, not being able to avoid laughing to herself a little.

"I prefer enthusiastic observer, in special cases a connoisseur if you will."

(He weirdly has a point. I'm sure I don't look as desperately as him but Angelia's the closest we've seen yet to an endowed woman close to my size, mine are larger than Angelia's but the marks aren't far off though. The difference is much more considering Miyaura's size.)

"It's a double jackpot, no quadruple jackpot. You both have ass, tits, and gorgeous faces, which is already going three for three. I could add your personalities are quite satisfying to be around as well." Karna flinched as a hand of Aisellia rose and smacked the back of his head.

Aisellia Rae: "Don't announce the contents of my figure out loud! Weirdos are everywhere!"

Karna: "Oooo, the knowledge of your body is for me to exclusively know? I have no issue with that. Actually, that's a great idea."

Miyaura: "Ooo, keep it up Aisellia, with enough I can share my best girl status with you BUT only you. We can be best girls together. Doesn't that sound awesome Karna?"

Karna: "Sounds like paradise! Hahaha!"

Aiselia Rae: "Geez you two! Tch. How much do you stare at our butts anyways to be able to tell the difference between ours and other girls?  Well, I knew butts are physically attractive but I thought an ass is just an ass. That was until I saw Miyaura's absolute dumpy...as you guys call it. So tell me, what so particular about our asses that makes them so special"

Karna: "You have a particular bubble butt. Smooth and very round. Others who come close to you, not like anyone actually does, have asses too firm with absolutely no squish or jiggle for that matter. Fortunately for me, yours is as soft as it's round and perky. In all honesty, extraordinarily soft for its size along with your thighs which are also nice on thick and soft. Add that to your small waist, you qualify as Slim Thick in my eyes. Miyaura has what I categorize as a THICC, with two C's. huge booba, her ass rounds out like yours but her ass and thighs are extra thick and soft as we both know. in addition to her slender waist & wider hips. Yours, Aisellia, is perkier than Miyaura's so it's quite distinguishable even through clothes, but Miyaura has more mass to her ass. While you fill your pants in, Miyaura's is filling hers out. Like water forming to water shape contains. I've seen for myself how great her natural bounce back and jiggle is. if I gripped Miyaura's, my hand would sink into its softness while yours would likely do the same but with more elasticity. Aisellia's is bigger and rotund while Miyaura's is thicker, juicier, and bouncier from having just so much ass. From a back view, your skirts hang over your asses by your lower backs, draping over its round figure like a curtain rather than going straight down your backs. Perfect figures princesses!"

Aisellia Rae: "Wow...it's surprising, flattering, and creepy all at the same time that you know our butts to that much detail."
(Even if he enjoys staring, doesn't mind being open with us about it. With such an eye for detail like that, he can't hide from me now that he pays attention to us in great detail. We simply asked about our bodies so that's just the answer we got. Even if it's in a perverted way...I can't recall anyone paying much attention to my body for what can be used for instead me just being appreciated the way I naturally am like this. I'm reluctant to admit it out loud but it's more flattering to me than anything. What else have you noticed about me that you're not saying?) 

"I'm hesitant to know how much you've studied our breasts."

"........I'm not apologizing..."

"Hmph. I guess I'll take the compliment seeing how it was accurately captured with your...observations. Plus...I kind of like being called a princess. Keep that up and I'll let you continue to acknowledge the great aspects of my body the way you please, just keep up the good work of protecting us, and all of your peepings shall be forgiven. Hmph."

"Oh? I'm starting to feel like you get me Aisellia!" Karna said teasing her. Aisellia was left speechless and blushing from his words. Noticing herself she averted her gaze shyly off to the side.

"You hear that Aisellia?!" Miyaura yelled with stars of joy in her eyes. "He likes our booty's a lot! Score one for the best girls!" she said, raising her hand for a high five to which Karna willingly high-fived her in response to her joy.

"I'm on the right path. Just another push"

Miyaura muttered to herself seeming to focus ahead of her but really being lost in her determined thoughts. Aisellia reached into her hip bag and retrieved multiple paper sheets prior to aggressively slapping them against Karna's chest. Holding them against his torso until he took them into his own hands and started looking over them.

"What are these?" Karna questioned while sifting through the multiple papers.

"The favor you owe me."

"Hmm? Bounties?"

"Very close. Bounties you're going to do for us."

"Wait I'm not a mercenary! Why do I have to hunt these guys down? Aren't you two the real mercs here?"

"Because you owe me for getting handsy without my permission this morning, that's why."

"Ugh! Fine. But I don't even know how these things work. Torture them? Figure out where their family live? Convert them to the light through a powerful speech of friendship?"

Aisellia took a finger and placed it on the paper he had in front of the stack.

"See this? It says dead or alive. Which means they're wanted dead or alive."

"So I can-"

"No, you can't kill them. We'll be very busy with this so-called mission and a certain someone has their face plastered on a wanted poster with a huge reward on it. So since we'll be around a lot of different, mercs as you call them, we can't run the risk someone will know you. So I'm making sure you stay busy outside the city but still close to it. Until you meet us back at the inn of course. All the ones I've handed you are local so they can't be TOO far away from here. You can move faster than both of us so getting back to us at a decent time shouldn't be too hard.. My only concern is if you get lost..."

"Oooh! That is right! He got lost on his way somewhere else before finding us. It must have been pretty embarrassing, you ended up just a few days away from your home." Miyaura announced out loud, having forgotten that detail of their meeting.

"Hm, I might get lost but it'll be no issue finding where you two are again as long as you don't go too far."

"Hm? How so?"

"I have my ways, Master!"

Aiselllia could only sigh in response before being able to speak her thoughts, rolling her eyes in the process.

"Whatever, as long as you can get back to us. We're in serious need of money, who knows how long we're going to be traveling. So while we're busy, you'll be helping with that. There are seven in that stack so being someone even as fast as you will probably be able to find two or three of them. After all, if they're still out there they've been pretty hard to find for city officials and other mercs. Likely in abandoned places, people wouldn't typically visit."

"Mmm Nah, I'm not feeling it."

"Nah?!" Aisellia responded in shock, fully turning around to face the male. Prompting the whole group to stop together.

"I'm a bodyguard, I'm sure it'll be a lot easier to kill them than drag them back here from some far-off place. From what this says, we still get paid. Clearly not nearly as much as them alive but I think I can balance out the ratio a little. With more of them, I'm sure it'll be fun."

Karna grew a devilish smile on his face, a creepy laugh under his breath.

"Ugh it skipped my mind, your guy-ish enjoyment of violence swells over time. Killing demons is how you've been taking the aggression out since you woke up if I recall."

"I haven't let out any of this extra energy in a long time. It's sort of killing me inside ya know?"

"It's obvious now. Even if I say don't kill them you'll just say, Oops! How about this...If you can miraculously find a few of them and bring them in alive...Ugh, why do I have to resort to this?!"

"If I can?"

"If you can bring in a few of them within two days...you can have and spend half of the money however you want."

"Oooo what if bring in most of them?"

"Karna...they are criminals from all over who have managed to hide from the law and guilds. Some of them for a short time, others for years. They've found ways to hide and likely powerful people to hide behind."

"Sooo if I get most of them...?"

"...Your ego has no bounds it seems. Hmph! Since you want to make a losing wager for yourself, then I'll humor you. If you can't, then you owe me three favors. If you can...hmm...You get half the mon-"

"WHACK!" Karna interrupted loudly, tossing his head back in disappointment at what she was offering.

"W-what? Okay, how about I let you get a vacation day from my orders and a day doing whatever you want?"

"WHACK! I'd rather follow you two around all day. It's very...satisfying, to say the absolute least."

Miyaura standing beside them started to laugh in response to their conversation. Aisellia continued the conversation as she spun on her toes to face forward and prompted the trio to return walking to their destination.

"W-what the hell do you want then? I bet you'd want some fantasy life where all three of us start sleeping in the same bed from now on. Cuddling together for warmth lewdly in the night so you can wake up to a handful of ass and boob as a reward with my blessing?"

Suddenly Karna stopped his pace, leading Miyaura and Aisellia to take a couple of steps forward, stopping before looking back at him. There he stood with a sinister satisfied grin on his face.

"Oooo you're almost my level of naughty Aisellia, I'm impressed with your lewdness. But seeing how it appears all of us were thinking the idea, great minds think alike! Cuddle buddies!"

Miyaura said teasingly to her noble friend.

"Shush you..." Aisellia said to Miyaura pointing a finger towards her, only bringing about Miyaura quickly covering her mouth, failing an attempt to hold in her laughter.

(This guy really has no shame huh?) "Fine whatever, you can have your little fantasy if you catch them all, and only if you finish before we finish this mission. When you lose you have to follow every absolute order I give no matter what the request is. I will assume we have a deal?"

"Deal!! Now if you'll excuse me I have a bunch of nobodies to hit over and over in the FACE! Haha!"

Karna said wearing a great smile on his face, seeming happier than he'd been in a long time, now immediately walking in another direction from them whistling a happy tune.

"Ara ara! That was a pretty bold deal you made there Aisellia. I have no problem reaching a new level of best girl and letting him feel me cuddle with him. But I wasn't expecting you to be alright with it so soon."

"Of course, I'm not but it should be alright. That's way too many people hiding around for him to catch them all. Some are probably far off in other regions and the guild just hasn't updated what's local. So if anything he'll run out of time before he's forced to give up and come crawling back. I should make him kiss my shoe and praise me for at least letting him try."

Aisellia said, gaining her own mischievous smirk as she envisioned a submissive Karna in her mind.

"You're a kind Princess Aisellia. I think I'm starting to get an idea of your kinks too hee-hee."

"W-what? T-there are no kinks! He just deserves to learn a hard embarrassing lesson is all!"

Aisellia began awkwardly laughing attempting to dissolve the conversation and reject Miyaura's statement.

(I like being submissive most of the time but Aisellia's definitely a non-physical dominant. Having so strong of an influence over someone as powerful as him is probably empowering, and she likes it....a lot Tee-hee! She's barely denying being our master anymore. This is so much fun!)

Miyaura simply smiled and waited for Aisellia to stop her forced laughter. Noticing it wasn't working Aisellia ceased her laugh and immediately pointed her finger enthusiastically in the direction they were walking.

"Anywho let's get going. The meeting's across town and we're already going to be late. The woman at the inn gave me directions before we left. There are only two nobles who stay in this city but the ones who put up the money for the mission from other areas are going to be there too."

From there the two women continued their walk through the town streets.