Hello. May I help you, ma’am?
Yeah. I want more discount.
Discount on what, ma’am?
On the price of my new life.
Does it matter?
*sighs* Not really, I suppose. May I see your pendant?
Sure. Here you are.
…You already have a discount on your new life, ma’am. For dying before time, apparently.
Well, I want more.
I’m sorry to say you can’t get more discount, ma’am. You have already been given it for dying before time.
But I deserve more.
Now you don’t just want it, but you deserve it? How’s that, ma’am?
First for dying before time. Second for dying to save someone else’s life. Third for dying with unsolved matters. Fourth for dying without anyone knowing the true reason why. Fifth for dying when there are people who still need me. Sixth for dying alone. Seventh for dying in an unfair way. Eighth for dying slowly. Ninth for dying because someone else took my life. Tenth for dying because of something I didn’t have control on.
First, it’s true, so you’ve been given the discount. Second, also true, but ultimately you failed at save that life. Though maybe we can count the intention a bit. Third, true, but everyone does. Fourth… That actually might be worth of further investigation. However, they know the main reason if not all the details. We’ll see if knowing the details would’ve changed anything. Fifth, even if you are reborn today, you are long lost to that people. You won’t be able to help them anymore. Sixth, you wouldn’t have died alone if you hadn’t chased your own death. Seventh, more of the same. Eighth, you died slowly, but not painfully. Ninth, you started the fight, you wanted to kill so you should’ve been ready to die too. Tenth, you shouldn’t have started a fight you hadn’t control on.
That’s… That’s twisted reasoning! The facts are still there even if the reasons aren’t the ones you want them to be!
Calm down, ma’am. I’ll ask a superior and see what we can do for you.
It seems like the second, fourth and sixth actually matter. The eighth, the third and the fifth could mean something if we put the three of them together. So, all in all, there are almost four reasons. But the main reason is still that you died before time, so you won’t gain much more discount, since it’s the main reason that counts the most.
Are you saying to me that the fact that I died trying to save someone and that nobody knows the truth about my death aren’t significant enough?
Well, are you going to answer me or what?
Please, wait a moment, ma’am.
Okay, you’ll get three main reasons and the leftovers of the other reasons that make a fourth one.
*frowns but says nothing*
May I have your pendant again to apply the additional discount?
Here you are.
*looks at the info in it and frowns* It’s not enough.
I can’t give you any more discount, ma’am. Not now, nor never. You’ll have to work so you can pay the rest of your new life’s price.
*pouts unconsciously* But it’s an awfully high price! And there is no guarantee that my new life will make up for my death and all the work in this odd afterlife.
It’s the price you have to pay if you want to live again, ma’am. You can take all the time you want to save up. And, if it seems impossible, you can always stay on here as staff.
I don’t want to become staff on here!
Then you’ll have to save up for your new life.
No more discount.