Leona and Jed watched as the trio approached. They all wore dark business suits with matching shoes. They looked more like members of an organized crime syndicate than city officials. Leona did not realize how much her hands and feet hurt until she had stopped moving. The men paid her no attention as their gazes turned to Jed.
"You are aware that if your stables are not clean, you will be fined 10,000 Jewels for violating the ordinance?" One of them asked. The man wore brown-rimmed glasses and had jet-black hair. Leona blinked. 10,000 Jewels? No wonder the farmer was so desperate for help.
"Yes sir." Jed said plainly.
"Now... let us see if your stables are clean." Another one said with a critical voice. The trio walked slowly and deliberately to the stables. Jed calmly watched them go about their work. They looked up, down, and around and scribbled feverishly on their clipboards. As the inspection progressed their businesslike facial expressions began to fade.
By the time they had finished the inspection their mouths were about to hang open. They turned to Jed. Jed had a wide grin on his face.
"How... how did you clean it up so quickly?" The glasses-wearing man asked him.
"Simple. When my workers quit, I hired someone else. I hired a mage from Silver Wolf!" Jed proudly answered.
"A... mage?" One of the other men asked. He had brown hair and green eyes.
"Yes sir. Leona here helped me out. She worked and she didn't stop until the job was done!" Jed boasted.
"If I may ask, where did it all go? She did not make it just disappear, did she?" Another one asked. He had brown hair and blue eyes.
"No sir. It was all taken to my field. It'll fertilize the crops!" Jed answered.
"I see." The glasses-wearing official answered.
"You can go to the field if you want. It's all out there." Jed offered.
"That will not be necessary. We only specified that you clean your stables. What you did with it afterward, provided you did not dump it on someone else's property, was not specified. Since the stables are clean, there is no violation here." The blue-eyed man stated.
"I bid both of you good day." The glasses-wearing man said before turning on his heels and walking away with the other men in tow. Jed watched until the men had entered their carriage and it had traveled out of sight. He then turned to Leona.
"We did it, Leona! I don't have to pay the fine!" Jed exclaimed jubilantly. Leona smiled. Her hard work had not been in vain after all.
"You can take the suit and boots off. In the shed, of course. Then go inside and get a shower. You don't need to go back to your guild smelling like a farm!" He suggested. Leona was quick to oblige. She went into the shed and took off the suit and boots, then went into the farmer's house for a shower.
When she came out, the sun was high in the sky. She wore her traditional white t-shirt and desert camouflage shorts. He washed her olive green t-shirt and khaki cargo shorts and quickly dried them in his washer and dryer. He presented them back to her and smiled.
"You're a life saver, Leona! I don't know what I woulda done without you!" He said to her.
"It's no problem, Jed." Leona replied. He fished out a small brown bag and handed it to her. It rattled when she received it.
"You've earned it. It's your payment for a job well done. You did more than clean my stables. You saved my farm. I mean that." Jed stated in all seriousness. Leona clutched the bag and put it into a side pocket.
"You're welcome here any time, Leona." Jed said to her. Leona looked down the road. It was time to go.
"Thanks Jed. Maybe we'll meet again some day. See you then!" Leona said to him before turning and leaving. Her work here was done. Despite all the hard and tedious work, Leona was satisfied.
Dueling Ior and fighting Jacob Goodnight had made her wonder if all she was good for was killing. Today Leona proved to herself that she could do more than fight and kill. She could save people without lifting a weapon.
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