Let’s Go to the Palace
The end of the secret passage.
I had already explained to Shia that it led to a room next to Eric’s bedroom.
“So this is the place then.”
I also explained it to Grulf, as he had missed it yesterday.
Both Shia and Grulf knew that Eric was the king.
Perhaps that was why they started to inspect the wall seriously.
Shia and Grufl began a thorough inspection of the wall.
It was no surprise, as Grulf was a wolf, but as a beastkin, Shia also had a sharp sense of smell.
She used not only her eyes, but her nose to check things.
Luchila and I watched them silently. I didn’t want to bother them.
Gerberga on the other hand, seemed to have no interest in the wall. He was searching for bugs and eating them.
After all, to the great God Fowl Gerberga, the king was only human.
Perhaps he did not feel that the king held any authority worth noting.
“I have used my Scout abilities to check the wall. I saw nothing strange.”
It was a relief to have Shia say this.
Shia wasn’t only a B Rank Warrior, but a talented Scout.
“Well, I did cast some spells on it before leaving yesterday. It’s good that it looks like an ordinary wall.”
“I would expect nothing less of your magic, Mister Locke.”
“So, what would you do if you wanted to break through this wall, Shia?”
“I would bring a hammer and smash it.”
I kept a hammer in my magic bag 10 years ago. But not anymore.
I had only just acquired my new magic bag, so it was nearly empty.
“I would have like to test it if we had a hammer with us…”
“Then it cannot be helped.”
“Yes. Oh well. I might as well deactivate the magic now.”
Just as I raised my hand in order to do so, Luchila became frantic.
“Mister Locke! Please wait for a second!”
“What is it?”
“We’re next to the king’s bedroom. Are we really just allowed to open it?”
That was true. And Gerberga seemed to agree.
“But didn’t you tell him yesterday that you would be visiting?”
“Then His Majesty is likely prepared to receive you at any time.”
“That’s right. Maybe it is as Shia says.”
Now Luchila was agreeing with Shia. And so was Gerberga.
“I see. That’s one way to look at it.”
“Then I will deactivate the magic.”
“How very exciting!”
Shia and Grulf’s tails were wagging vigorously.
Once I deactivated the magic, it returned to being a normal wall.
And since it was only rocks that were stacked hurriedly, they could crumble with a push.
Someone would probably get hurt if they were standing on the other side. As these rocks were heavy.
“Shia, Luchila. Let’s carefully remove the rocks and place them on this side.”
I said in a quiet voice. I didn’t want to alarm any maid who might be in the other room.
But then again, this was Eric.
He had probably warned people not to enter the room.
But it didn’t hurt to be careful.