Guarding the Mansion
I decided to let the gatekeeper know that I was there, just in case.
“Ah, Mister Asagi. What is it? Are you going somewhere?”
There was a mixture of curiosity and suspicion as he looked at my getup.
“I’m sure you noticed it when inspecting my status card this afternoon, but I’ve accepted a quest to help guard this mansion.”
“Yes, I did see that… I see. So this is about the strangers that have been seen lurking around the Carteraza house.”
Apparently, rumors of it had spread within the military as well. However, it seemed that as nothing had happened, no one was too concerned.
“The army has sent out more men and increased patrol shifts in the area, but…”
“They’re having difficulty?”
“Aye. As you can imagine, the best men would have their hands full on more important missions. The people they can spare are rather…”
He muttered something about training new recruits. I guess they weren’t going to use many resources into investigating a ‘suspicious person.’
“Well, that’s why I’m here.”
“I have a feeling that with you here, Mister Asagi, we’ll see an end to this business.”
The gatekeeper said with a laugh. I laughed too. But it was an awkward, embarrassed laugh. I had no idea how this would go. Of course, I did want to succeed and help Miss Camila find peace. If she thought of Adventurers as tools, then I should at least prove how valuable we were.
“Be careful, Mister Asagi.”
“Thank you. You too.”
I bowed and walked through the gate. Once I was about ten meters away, I activated Presence Block and Legs of the God Wolf and headed straight for the house.
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“I suppose I should tell her I’m here…”
Just let them know that I was about to start.
“Good evening. I’m here to guard the house.”
He was very surprised. Damn it, sometimes Presence Block worked too well. The doorkeeper wouldn’t have noticed me until he heard my voice. So I understood why he was scared…
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to do that.”
He was so shocked that he was coughing now. This equipment was incredible!
“Mmm…gg…haa. It’s you, Mister Asagi. …Please go inside…”
“Thank you. Uh, I really am sorry.”
“I’m quite fine…”
He didn’t look fine. But I could imagine that everyone had been nervous for the last few days. Who knows what was going through his mind when I showed up. Poor guy. But I had no magic to help him, and so I just bowed and went past him. It just took a single jump with Legs of the God Wolf to reach the door. There was no time to walk.
The butler from this afternoon was standing there. He bowed and opened the door, and so I stepped inside. I was then led to the same drawing-room as before. This time, Miss Camilla was already waiting there.
“There you are. Oh, that’s a rather intense change of equipment.”
“I brought it specifically for tonight. How is it?”
“I care not at all. Now, you will be guarding alone tonight.”
There was to be no compliments from her. Daniela had been nice, at least.
“There are no other servants or Adventurers then?”
“Well, there would have been, had anyone but you accepted the request. Of course, no normal person would accept one with the name of Carteraza stamped on it.”
Ignorance was horrifying. It meant even most people who came from the outside knew the eight Great Houses. As for me, I only knew of House Quingeria and House Carteraza. The former was the house that Alenbia Ef Quingeria was from. The noblewoman from the Imperial Sword Tournament.
“So, I shouldn’t expect to have any allies in the area.”