Chapter 40 – I dug up a winery!
That morning, I was digging in the cave with Ril.
As I watched, a rock that was much bigger than her crumbled away in front of her.
“Woah. You can already dig that much!”
Upon hearing this, Ril hopped around happily.
Only a day had passed since I taught her, but she was already able to dig by herself.
That being said, it was still dangerous with all of the rocks flying around, and so I had several slimes nearby to protect her.
“I bet you could mine by yourself now… But no, we should probably stick together for a while.”
Last night, Rienna had told me to keep an eye on Ril, as she was still small.
Ril wasn’t as unpredictable as human babies, but it was still necessary to watch over her for a while.
And so I occasionally glanced in her direction as I continued to dig.
While it slowed down my pace, there really wasn’t any reason to rush now. And so I didn’t mind working a little slower than usual.
Just then, I heard my stomach grumbling.
…I wonder what’s for lunch today…?
I had never really cared for the food that was served back at the palace.
Though, my inability to enjoy it probably had something to do with the looks my brothers would give me.
But now, there was no need for that. I had a great time eating with the others.
After all, Rienna’s cooking was delicious.
Not much time had passed since breakfast, and yet I was already hungry. That meant that my body desired more of Rienna’s cooking.
And while we didn’t have much variety when it came to food, Rienna’s skills more than made up for it.
Still, things had improved greatly from when I first arrived here. Back then, I was lucky to be able to catch some fish…
Currently, there wasn’t anything in particular that troubled us…
“…Ahh. Peace! So peaceful!!”
As I muttered to myself, the area in front of me suddenly began to shine brightly.
The crumbling rocks were automatically put into storage, and at the same time, a golden wall appeared before me.
I was no longer surprised at finding something like gold. However, when it came to something of this size, I had no idea how many ingots it would be.
If everything I was looking at really was gold, it might be more than all of the gold within the kingdom.
However, why was it in a place like this?
After all, this was clearly a man made wall of gold.
What if there were more Golems… Hmm, I was able to sense some magic, although it was weak.
“…I guess I should try digging.”
I gestured for the Mithril Golem, Number 15, to come.
I wanted it to protect me, Ril and the slimes if we were attacked.
Of course, I also set up a shield around us.
“Alright… I’m counting on you, Number 15.”
The Mithril Golem bowed. And then I swung my pickaxe.
Then the wall of gold crumbled away, and opened up into a very bright area.
As it all happened so suddenly, I had to cover my eyes with my arm.
And then I slowly opened my eyes again…
“…What? What is this place?”
The walls were so bright that I thought I was outside.
The reason for this was the Shining Stones on the walls and ceiling…
And the reflectiveness of the golden floor and walls.
On the right sight, there were shelves that were also made of gold. And they were stacked with what appeared to be golden barrels.
And on the left side, there were metal pipes that looked just like the ones that Mappa had made. And there were also things that looked like glass bottles.
The wall in the far back seemed to be made of glass, and the space behind it was filled with a purple liquid.
Hesitantly, I entered the room.
“Shiel. Can you tell one of the slimes to go back to the surface and let them know I’ll be investigating this place?”
And then Shiel started doing gestures to a different slime.
After seeing this, the slime started hopping away.
“Alright, let’s go then. Ril, come over here.”
I squatted down and offered my hand. Ril nodded and jumped up onto my shoulder.
Then I stood up and started to search the room with Shiel and Number 15.
First, it seemed like the magic was coming from the table near the pipes.
This table had several handles and bumps. And on the other side of the glass, I could see a wheel.
…What is this?
A long time ago, a foreign king had visited the palace in Sanfaris. And he had shown us a strange table.
Apparently, it was used for alchemy, which was an art that was quite different from magic…
And from what I remembered, he had pushed these bumps that he called ‘buttons’ and created a plant.
However, he had only been working with very small glass bottles.
But the glass bottles here were large enough for a human to fit inside.
Was it for making a large amount of medicine? Also, this shape…
I couldn’t explain why, but my hand started to move towards the bump.
It was odd, but it just made you want to press it…