Installation of the Door
Eric seemed a little flustered.
He had been running very quickly, but there were no sounds from his footsteps. It was kind of impressive.
“My dear. It is not very proper to run like that.”
“Ah, uh, yes. I’m sorry, I forgot.”
Eric said to Refi. Then he looked at me.
“You said that you would visit today, and so I’ve been waiting all morning! You are very late.”
“Sorry. I was buying materials.”
“I-I see. That would be necessary. I suppose I should have had them prepared myself.”
If Eric supplied them, it would stay in the records.
But this was a secret passage, and it should be kept a secret.
And so I believed that as someone not from the palace, it would be better for me to buy them.
Just as I was telling Eric this, Refi grabbed Eric’s sleeve.
“By the way. What is this?”
“It’s a secret passage.”
“And why is it here.”
Eric explained it to her.
He told her why my mansion and the royal palace were connected.
We both thought that it was highly likely that it was used by the previous, previous king and his lover.
“I see. Yes.”
“And now you understand.”
“But dear, why did you keep such an interesting thing away from me?”
“No…I… How can I say this…”
Apparently, His Majesty was no match for Queen Refi.
I decided to ignore them and begin the task of installing the door.
We would be using the great mithril shield from the smithy.
“Luchila, could you hold the other side?”
“Yes, yes. Thank you. Shia. Pass me that tool.”
Things went very smoothly as we carved away at the wall and put the great shield in place.
I had also bought hinges for the door. And they were also made of mithril.
I just needed to make some holes in the rock with magic and then we could install the shield.
“Just screw this part in and we are finished.”
“…Ruck. You were always very good with your hands.”
I suddenly realized that Refi and Eric had come closer and were watching me intently.
I wish they wouldn’t erase their presence and approach me like that. It surprised me.
“Locke. Thank you.”
“It’s not finished yet.”
“But didn’t you just say that you were finished?”
“No, I need to cast some spells on it now.”
And so I cast spells of Hardening and Permanence.
“I also want to lock it with magic… Who should I allow to unlock it?”
“Refi and I. Also my daughters, if possible. Should I call them now?”
“That won’t be necessary. I just need to make it so that it allows anyone of your bloodlines.”
“You can do such a thing?”
Eric and Luchila said with surprise.
Luchila was also a Sorcerer. And so he knew how difficult such magic would be.
“Most people wouldn’t, but I can.”
“That’s amazing, Locke!”
“I expect no less.”
They all said at once.
“Now your embarrassing me.”
“No, I do mean it!”
“We-well, I will need to prepare. It will take some time, so please wait.”