I put Lord Gerberga on my shoulder and left the room.
Then, Kathe’s cheerful voice entered my ears.
Kathe was using her tail to play with Grulf and the children.
The children hung on her tail. Grulf ran in a circle around them.
I was glad that they were having fun.
Serulis was with the younger children and read to them.
Then Danton approached me.
“Locke. The men are all going to the baths.”
“Ah, that sounds great.”
Danton and the other male chiefs were headed for the baths.
Grulf ran up to me when he heard this. His tail was wagging.
He preferred to play over long meetings, but he liked bathing more than anything.
That was how much he liked to bathe.
However, I didn’t think it was right to bring a beast into someone else’s bathing room.
“Grulf, not today.”
I don’t know what you are saying. That’s what his expression seemed to say as he tilted his head.
Then he put his paws on my shoulders and licked my face.
I want to take a bath!
“Grulf. I’m sorry, but you can’t take a bath today. It’s someone else’s house.”
Gruld looked dejected. I felt bad for him now.
Danton watched us and said,
“Hmm? Locke. I don’t mind if Grulf comes.”
“Really? You don’t have to worry about us. He doesn’t actually have to bathe every day.”
Danton patted him on the head.
“Oh, it really is alright. I’m not just saying it to be polite. Of course, you may also bring Lord Gerberga.”
“That’s very kind of you… But won’t the other chiefs mind?”
“Perhaps not a dog, but Grulf is a great wolf. And a spirit beast. No one in our tribe will mind.”
“Exactly. Spirit beasts are like close relatives for us.”
Another chief chimed in.
So spirit beasts really were special to them.
“And Lord Gerberga is a god. No one will be angry.”
“I see. Thank you very much.’
And so it was decided that Grulf and Lord Gerberga would go with me to the baths.
I’m still looking for a new series to pick up, so feel free to make suggestions!