I parted ways with Dorgo and headed for the city gates.
The royal capital had a number of them.
“Ah, it’s been a while. How are you then?”
“Very well, thank you.”
I knew the guard at this gate.
He was the guard that gave me clothes when I had nakedly returned from that place between dimensions.
I thanked him again and entered the city.
Then I walked down the streets.
By now, I had become quite accustomed to seeing the Ruck statue in the city square.
I decided to stop by the Adventurer’s Guild before returning to the mansion.
(How were Ario and Josh doing?)
I felt like I hadn’t met them in quite some time.
I hoped they were alright.
When I entered the building,
“Oh, if it isn’t Locke.”
“Good morning Mister Locke.”
Ario and Josh called after me. They looked well, at least.
“How are things recently?”
“Days and days of hunting rats and picking herbs.”
“No goblin hunting quests?”
“There haven’t been any during the last few days.”
If there weren’t any goblin hunting quests, that meant no one had suffered any damage as well.
Which was always preferable.
After that, Ario and Josh went out to hunt more rats.
I decided to give the quest board a quick look.
It seemed quite peaceful now.
Tama and Grulf came running towards me when I arrived at the mansion.
Grulf tried to jump on me.
Tama ran in a circle around us.
“Tama, Grulf. Thanks for the warm welcome.”
I petted both of them.
“Grulf, it’s nice that you wanted to welcome me, but…”
“You’re really big. So you can’t jump on anyone else other than me.”
Not many people would come out of it unscathed.
Even I didn’t particularly like it.
“Mister Locke. Welcome back.”
“Where’s Milka and the others?”
“They are currently in Master Philly’s class. So is Lord Gerberga. Shia said that she was going to the guild.”
So my apprentices were currently studying under our private tutor, Philly.
I was very thankful for that.
As for Shia, I suppose I just missed her.
“I see. And Goran and Eric?”
“Daddy’s gone to the guild. And uncle Eric returned to the palace.”
Well, they were both very busy, so it was no wonder.
“She said that she was going to go and check the ruins.”
As long as the dark ones were targeting them, she had to remain cautious.
“Well, I guess I’ll take Grulf and Tama on a walk then.”
“I’ll go with you!”
And so Serulis and I left the house to take Tama and Grulf on a walk.
“Grulf, not so fast.”
If Grulf ran at full speed, Tama would not be able to keep up.
Perhaps it wasn’t the most satisfying for Grulf, but it couldn’t be helped.
Tama was still too skinny and in the middle of recovering.
After circling the mansion a few times, we returned once to leave Tama at the house and then go out again.
And then we went out of the city so Grulf could run to his heart’s content.
After he had run for quite a bit,
“Grulf, whoever reaches this first wins!”
I threw the wooden stick as far as I could.