The struggling gluttony skill
Having drank my fill of wine until I felt tipsy, I decided to check up on Roxy before heading back to the ragged place I called home . Due to the incident with Rafal and his siblings, I could not stop worrying about her . No matter how crooked Rafal was, I knew he was not the type to start harassing her immediately, yet, the image of his defiant smirk was embedded in my mind . Even if something truly did happen, I would definitely be too weak to protect her so the very least that I could do was act as a meat shield .
In the moonlight, I saw the castle gate where she stood doing her duty as a gatekeeper properly .
I drew a long breath and felt a sense of relief wash over me . It seemed that I had worried for nothing . Then, to the girl who was working so hard, I cheered on for her from my heart, “Roxy-sama, please continue to do your best . ”
However, I was just about to leave when a shadow climbing over the east wall of the castle caught my eye .
That was a blind spot for Roxy and the other guards on patrol, yet perfectly visible from where I stood . They were definitely bandits . For them to climb the wall this late into the night, I could not think of anyone who would do such a thing apart from thieves . Hurriedly, I rushed to where Roxy was standing at guard .
“Roxy-sama, there’s an urgent issue!”
“What’s wrong? You should have returned home by now…”
“I was taking a walk to sober up when I saw people sneaking into the castle . They climbed in over the east wall . ”
“There’s no mistaking it, I saw them properly with my own eyes . ”
Of course it would be difficult to believe given that I had said this so suddenly, and I began to feel anxious . However, Roxy looked into my eyes and said,
“I believe you . I’ll head over there now, so can you stay here and protect the gate in the meantime?”
“Yes, of course . ”
Roxy handed me the spear with the Royal Family emblem .
“May fortune be with you, Roxy-sama . ”
“Please leave it to me . For this, I still have confidence in my own strength . ”
Pulling out a white sword, she ran in the direction I had told her . So fast… After all, she was a Holy Knight . In a blink of an eye, her figure disappeared into the darkness .
Before long, the screams of men could be heard . It was easy to imagine Roxy defeating the thieves one after another . From the number of cries, I could tell that there were quite a lot of them . It was definitely more than just two or three bandits .
Nevertheless, Roxy was a Holy Knight . She would never be beaten by people like thieves . Sure enough, the commotion gradually stopped and it became quiet . Just as I was feeling relieved that it was over, a man with a strong build came running towards me from out of the dark .
There was no doubt that he was one of the thieves who had escaped Roxy . As he approached, the moonlight clearly illuminated his appearance . This… I took a sharp breath .
His right arm was missing, having been completely chopped off . Desperately clutching it with his left hand in the attempt to stop the bleeding, he ran towards me . His complexion was pale, surely caused by extreme anemia from the severe bleeding .
I readied the spear . I could not let him escape . Even if it meant that the man would die, he was a bandit that needed to be dealt with accordingly . Despite the fact that I was acting as a gatekeeper in Roxy’s place, letting him go would definitely cause her trouble . I had to defeat him without fail .
The enemy was wounded . Even for a powerless person like me, I should be able to defeat him . Feeling brave, I thrust the spear forward and pierced it into the thief with as much force as I could muster . By sheer luck, the spear penetrated straight through his heart . The thief reached forward and grabbed ahold of the spear, his glare furious . With heavy bleeding from his chest, he fell backwards onto the ground .
His limbs continued to convulse for a while, until all his movements finally ceased . The thief was definitely dead .
“I did it, I defeated… Eh?!”
At that moment, I felt something flow through my body and I heard a robotic voice in my mind .
Status update? Skills added? What was this voice? What did this mean? And this feeling of satiety that I have never experienced before since birth that until now, no matter how much I had eaten, could never be satisfied . Right now, this feeling of satisfaction was the best .
While I was still immersed in this unfamiliar yet uplifting feeling, Roxy shouted as she rushed up to me .
“Are you okay? Are you hurt?”
As she spoke, she took my hands to make sure there were no injuries .
(I’m worried… His complexion looked pale somehow… Ahh, I was worried . )
What? I heard Roxy’s voice in my head . Even though she was not talking, her voice was somehow clearly there in my mind .
“…No, it’s nothing . I’m not hurt . ”
(Really? Thank goodness… I’m really glad . )
I heard it again, a voice that was relieved for my safety . This, could this be Roxy’s inner thoughts? When her hand released mine, I became unable hear her again .
This was mysterious . Perhaps I had hallucinated it due to the strain from the fight . Either way, I could not so casually touch a Holy Knight like Roxy again just to confirm whether it had actually happened or not .
A total of ten thieves had snuck into the castle, and Roxy had opposed all of them by herself . Just as I had thought, Holy Knights were strong indeed . Of that, I had played but a small part in killing one bandit . This was only possible because she had pursued and injured him so severely, almost to death .
Hence, Roxy should take all the credit for this .
“Roxy-sama, please take all the credit for this matter . ”
“I cannot do that . You defeated one of them, didn’t you?”
For me, I had another issue; my employer, Rafal . If he heard about this incident, that I had assisted another Holy Knight, he would become unreasonably enraged and I had no idea what he might do . Also, Rafal did not think well of Roxy, and he would reprimand me even more for this .
“If Rafal-sama heard about this, my position would be at stake…”
“Ah… that’s true . I understand . I will handle this case as you have suggested . ”
“Thank you . ”
“It is I who should be thanking you . If you had not informed me, I would have had to take responsibility for the blunder . ”
Even for a Holy Knight who was winning at life, the battle for success seemed to be severe . For someone like me at the very bottom, I could not perceive that hardship .
“So, please let me thank you . ”
“No no, for a Holy Knight to say such a thing…”
As I lowered my head, she seemed to think that I did not like her gesture and puffed up her cheeks, pouting . Since she had never made such an expression before, I was surprised . I felt like I had become just a little closer to Roxy .
“Well let’s see… Oh right . ”
Somewhat mischievously, Roxy clapped her hands together . I know I should accept her gratitude, yet what could she be thinking? My heartbeat quickened . And then, from her mouth came an outrageous question,
“Would you like to work for the Heart Family? If I told my father about this incident, he would surely agree to give you a job . ”
“Eh?! But my skill is useless… it would be beyond my capabilities . ”
“There’s no such thing! Did you not just defeat a thief?”
That was simply a stroke of good luck, for next time something like this happened, it would be impossible for me to do that again .
“Nevertheless, for me…”
Losing her temper at my hesitance, she dealt a finishing blow with a final statement .
“There is no need to worry about the Breric Family . Unless, you want to work for them for the rest of your life?”
“Urk . ”
She had seen through me, knowing that I lived in fear of the Breric Family’s harassment . Even with that, she said she wanted to hire me . I felt like my tears would fall .
A future of being overworked to death under Rafal who had the worst personality ever, compared to the rosy life I would have working for the beautiful Roxy . There was nothing I needed to consider . Besides, I was Roxy’s fan . Was this not a dream come true?
“Thank you, I really appreciate it, Roxy-sama!”
“Alright . It’s already late today, so please come to the Heart Family’s house tomorrow at noon . I’ll be waiting . ”
Feeling joyful enough to fly, I bowed my head to Roxy many times before leaving . When I was far away enough that the castle gate was out of sight, I jumped into the air and raised my fist in triumph . Finally, luck has come to me . Somehow, my body felt lighter than usual, and it was a good thing . I hurried back to my run-down home to prepare for tomorrow .