The Mystery of the Demon Rats
“Welcome. We’re in the drawing room.”
Grulf got up quickly as soon as he heard Shia’s voice.
Then he started to wag his tail and run towards the entrance.
“Oh, Grulf. How are you?”
“Good boy, good boy.”
Her cheery voice rang from the door.
Maybe Grulf liked Shia so much because she was a wolf beastkin.
I felt like he had taken to her especially well.
And the two of them played by the main entrance for quite some time.
And so we just continued our conversation.
“Hmm. If we can’t go to the palace, how will you get the palace alchemists to look at it?”
“I’ll have to ask Eric.”
“I don’t think it’s important enough to ask His Majesty directly. You should tell daddy.”
Goran was a noble and the grand master of the Adventurer’s Guild.
He would surely have some connection to the palace alchemists.
“I guess I’ll go visit your house then. When is Goran likely to be back?”
“Ohh. But I think daddy might try and visit you here. You might just miss each other.”
“I doubt that. Goran is very busy.”
“I don’t think he’s that busy.”
Serulis said seriously.
It was hard to imagine, but I suddenly had the suspicion that Serulis believed Goran had a lot of free time.
I should probably clear things up.
“No. Serulis. Goran is very busy.”
“Oh, that’s not what I meant. I think he would come and visit you no matter how busy he was.”
“I don’t think he would. He’ll probably go home and sleep.”
I did think Goran would come and visit us often.
However, it would probably be during his days off. I didn’t think he would come here on a weekday without any reason to.
“Still, I think daddy will come here.”
Serulis said stubbornly.
As we argued like this, Shia and Grulf entered the room.
Grulf looked so happy to see Shia.
“How did the demon rat hunt go?”
“About that. …There were so many giant demon rats.”
“Ohhhh. What a horrible thing. So, did you find them?”
“Not at all.”
Shia and Serulis began talking about something the rest us did not understand.
Gerberga clucked loudly.
I felt as if he were telling them to explain things clearly.
“Pardon me, Lord Gerberga. I wanted Serulis to see if any of the missing people were hiding in the sewers.”
“That’s right. Do you know how the city guards watch the entrances closely? I think it would be difficult for most people to enter the sewers without there being a record of it.”
“That is true.”
I agreed and Serulis continued.
“I was talking with Shia, and we agreed that the sewers were the perfect place for someone who wanted to hide their whereabouts.”
“Though, there was no one down there…”
Luchila said seriously.
“Is it possible that they were gobbled up by the demon rats?”