Dinner and a Pleasurable Evening
When I returned to the mansion, Luchila, Milka and Gerberga were waiting for me.
“Mister Locke. Welcome back.”
“Lord Gerberga, everyone. Thank you.”
“But I’m tired, so I’m going to go to sleep.”
Milka looked surprised when I said this.
“It’s still very early. What about dinner? I’m supposed to be making it!”
“Ah, yes, I will be eating. Just wake me up when it’s ready…”
I returned to my room. Grulf followed after me.
Perhaps it was because I used a lot of magic energy, but I was very drowsy. And so I collapsed onto the bed.
Grulf jumped in too. I patted him on the back.
“Good work today, Grulf.”
Grulf put his chin on my stomach.
He was large, but still a pup. And he liked to be coddled.
I ended up falling asleep while petting him.
“Mister Locke. Dinner is ready!”
I awoke to the sound of Milka’s voice. Grulf was licking my face happily.
It was already dark outside. I had slept for about three hours then.
“…Milka. Thank you. And thank you for waking me up too, Grulf.”
I scratched his head and then got up.
Everyone was waiting in the dining hall when I arrived. Eric, Goran, Serulis, Shia, and Gerberga.
And then Milka and Luchila brought in the food. As host, I helped them.
“You made this, Milka? Thank you.”
“Don’t mention it. It’s my job!”
Everyone took their seats and we ate dinner together.
The taste was definitely interesting. I wouldn’t say it was horrible. But I wouldn’t say it was good either.
But when you think about, it was a wonderful thing to have food that wasn’t horrible.
“Mister Locke. How is it? I don’t have much experience cooking, so I’m not too confident about it!”
“Is that right? I thought it was pretty good.”
“Really! That’s great.”
Milka said happily.
Serulis looked at Milka and said gently,
“Milka. It’s delicious. I like to cook too, so we can cook together next time.”
“Sister Serulis. Thank you!”
Eric, Goran, Shia, and Luchila were all smiling and eating as well.
Even Grulf and Lord Gerberga seemed to be enjoying their food.
After we ate, we finished cleaning up and everyone gathered in the drawing room.
I asked a question that had been bothering me.
“By the way, why did you come, Eric?”
“I had some free time, you see. And I thought I would test the secret passage a little and stop by your house for a visit.”
Once he had arrived, Luchila had told him about Marquis Mastafon, and so he had come running.
“I can imagine the shock of the citizens as they saw His Majesty running through the streets.”
“It’s fine. I was wearing a hood.”
“I see. Well, be careful.”
And then we came to the main subject.
“Eric. Have you decided on how you are going to deal with Kabino’s interrogation?”
“Yes. I decided to set up an investigation headquarters within the privy council.”
The privy council was an advisory body under the king’s direct control.
It answered the king’s questions concerning politics and issued the king’s orders.
But it also acted an intelligence agency for the king.
So the investigation headquarters being inside of it meant that Eric himself would be commanding it.
“What happened to the district manager?”
“He’s been temporarily moved to the privy council. We can’t be too sure he won’t be assassinated.”