The Return to the House
For now, I cast a Hardening spell on the wall that led to the palace.
After that, I added a Permanence spell.
Now no one would be able to enter easily.
It should be good enough to last until tomorrow, which was when I would do the serious construction work.
And with that done, we returned down the secret passage. We walked quickly, as it was a path we had already been through once before.
We arrived at the spot with the broken wall that led to the sewers in no time.
“Now, to plug this hole.”
“But how are you going to do it?”
I passed Gerberga over to Luchila.
“For now, we will stack up some rocks and create a physical barrier. After that, I’ll strengthen it with magic.”
“With the rocks that are right here? Some of them are crushed…”
Milka said in a worried voice.
“That’s not great. But we will be doing it again tomorrow anyway. This is just temporary.”
“It is so no one else enters through here, isn’t it?”
“That’s what it is.”
It was one thing to have people invade my house, but it would be a disaster to have them invade the palace.
“Leave it to me! I will stack the rocks.”
“Ah, thank you.”
“I will help too.”
Milka began to pick up the rocks. I did too.
Luchila also put Gerberga on the ground and began to help.
Gerberga began to wander around.
After a while, the hole was sealed.
“There are still some cracks.”
“Yes. It can’t be helped, since some of it was chipped when the wall broke.”
And so I put dirt between the cracks in the rocks. After that, I held it together with Hardening magic.
I really wanted to use magic on the entire tunnel, but it would have to wait.
It was currently in the middle of the night.
“Now, let’s return.”
And so we returned to the basement.
When we got there, Milka said,
“Well, see you tomorrow then. Let me know if there is any work.”
“Milka, what are you saying?”
Apparently, Milka intended to sleep in the basement.
She had snuck into the basement in order to sleep in the first place. That’s why she misunderstood me.
“I-I can’t? Do I have to sleep outside then?”
“No, there is no bedding here. You should sleep in a proper room.”
“Do you mean it?”
“Of course. You are my apprentice now, after all.”
And so Milka came up with us to the first floor.
I told her where the bathroom was before heading to the second floor.
“I wish I could have you choose a room out of the empty ones. But it’s night right now, and there are guests, so it will have to wait.”
“No way. I don’t mind any room.”
Milka seemed very nervous ever since coming into the mansion.
“You can sleep in this room for now. We’ll talk again tomorrow.”
“Thi-this room is so big… Mister Locke, thank you!”
“Don’t mention it.”
After that, I separated from Luchila and Gerberga and returned to my room.
When I opened the door, the wolf, Grulf, was there.
He had been in a deep sleep when I left him, but was awake now.