And so I explained to him how we got here.
“So what you mean is, there is a passage that connects to here from your house, Locke?”
“Well, yes. Though, it was tightly sealed at first.”
“I see. I see.”
“Don’t you think that your security seems very lax recently?”
“I have no words.”
It was only the other day that vampires had invaded the palace.
But now people were able to get close to the king’s bedroom through walking in the sewers.
Of course, you would still have to be a very powerful Sorcerer to break the wall.
But it was unmistakably careless.
“In any case, it is bad that the passage and the sewers are connected, now that the wall is broken. That must be fixed at once.”
“But in the first place, why is my house connected to here? I don’t understand it.”
“As for that… I have an idea.”
“Yes. But it is an embarrassing story.”
So saying, Eric began to explain.
The last, last king, in other words, Eric’s grandfather, had a lover.
She was the beautiful wife of a baron but had been widowed.
And my house was in fact, a mansion that Eric’s grandfather had prepared for her.
“My grandfather likely used this passage to visit her house or to call her over to the palace.”
“Ah, so that is why it was right next to his bedroom.”
Luchila then asked,
“But why did the baron’s house die out?”
“Because they had no heirs. The baron’s wife did have one child, but that child was adopted by a marquis, and took on their name.”
“In other words, that Marquis is your uncle, Eric.”
“…I have to admit…there is a high possibility of that.”
Even if he was an illegitimate child, he was the king’s son. And so he was made a marquis.
The king had enough power to send in a child to be adopted by a childless marquis house.
“I understand. Well then, what should we do about this passage?”
“I do not mind that it is connected to your house, Locke. But I cannot allow it to be connected to the sewers. It must be sealed.”
“Uh, so you want to seal the part that connects to the sewers, but leave the passage itself open?”
“Indeed. I would feel better that way. Would that bother you?”
“It doesn’t bother me. But aren’t you worried in terms of security?”
“I am sure you could do something about it with magic?”
“Well, I could. Yes.”
“I would feel more secure if you did it than if the palace sorcerers did it. And of course, I will pay you.”
“Alright then. I will have it sealed immediately.”
“I’m very grateful. And sorry for the inconvenience.”
I would block the hole to the sewer with rocks and seal it with magic.
And it would probably be best to cover the entire tunnel in protective magic, not just the area around the hole.
With my magic, I could make it even harder to enter than the palace’s treasure room.
I was thinking of ways to reinforce the place when Milka began to pull at my sleeve.
“Mister Locke. You’re going to block the entrance to my sleeping area?”
Milka looked sad. I felt very sorry for her.