I tried, but the dog kept walking on ahead.
It was as if it were saying that there was no time for that.
“But we’re more likely to get caught with a bloody trail.”
I said as I forced the dog to stop. Then I applied medicine to the paws and wrapped them in bandages. That stopped the bleeding.
“We don’t have much time, so this will have to do. I will fix you up properly later.”
The dog remained quiet but raised its front paw.
That was the only way a dog could communicate silently.
I gently held the offered paw, and the dog’s tail wagged.
We continued to walk while avoiding the servants.
It was as if the dog knew exactly when a servant would pass by.
And so we could hide just in time.
After a while, we stopped in front of a certain room.
It was near the center of the building. It appeared to be a semi-basement.
I asked the dog in a quiet voice,
“Is there something in there?”
The dog raised its front paw again. I took it and patted the dog’s head.
I decided to enter the room.
Even if it was a trap, I would gain some information.
“…Maybe I really am just being arrogant…”
I wondered to myself.
Normally, bursting into a room all alone like this was not a good idea.
Perhaps fighting devils for 10 years all by myself had given me too much confidence.
But if there was an enemy here that was as strong as the horde of devils, then the royal capital would have already turned into their hell.
And so surely, I would be able to deal with this alone.
Maybe that was still a kind of arrogance.
I would have to ponder this very seriously later.
For now, I would enter the room.
I used Magic Search on the door.
There was lock magic. And it was done by a very advanced Sorcerer.
A palace Sorcerer would need an hour to unlock it.
“They must really want to keep me out.”
Or perhaps they wanted to keep something in.
I used Search to see if there was a trap. And then I listened.
There was no trap. But I did hear something. Something was moving inside.
“…Well, let’s see what it is then.”
I cast an unlocking spell on the door. There was a click, and the door was unlocked.
And then I slowly opened the door.