Ch. 85: A Lazy Morning
After we crushed the enemy hideout and saved Corally and the newborn Dragon, Hati and I slept in the main mansion.
When we finally got to sleep, it was only a few hours till the break of dawn.
Werner: “........must be past noon.” When I awoke, the day was entering the afternoon.
I could tell by looking at the position of the sun.
Werner: “Should I make a clock? ……but would it be faster to buy one….?” Clock Artifacts already exist.
So I wasn’t sure if it was worth trying to redesign an already made Artifact.
Hati: “Pupi～” (*sfx snoring)
“Pi～” (*sfx snoring)
Hati and the newborn Dragon snored gently as they slept on top of my stomach.
They looked very comfortable.
Not wanting to wake them up, I picked them up slowly and placed them next to me.
Werner: “Hati must have been exhausted.”
Even though she is still a Dragon child herself, she worked hard for me yesterday.
I wanted to let her sleep as much as she liked.
As I rose up from the bed, I studied the sleeping newborn Dragon.
It was a newborn, a baby, and yet it was forced to work as the core of an Artifact by some very bad people.
It has only been hours since we rescued it.
Werner: “Good. Looks like there are no issues.” The newborn Dragon also looked to be quite exhausted.
Then I wanted to let it rest as much as it liked.
Werner: “They say those who sleep develop better.”
I petted both Hati and the newborn Dragon gently and then left the room.
I headed straight for the dining hall.
There, I found my sister, Bridget, and Lotte eating lunch together and chatting happily.
Bridget: “Good morning, Werner. You could have slept longer if you liked.”
Werner: “Good morning, sister. If I slept any longer, I wouldn’t be able to sleep tonight.” It’s not good to change your sleep cycle so drastically. Better to be awake during the day and asleep at night.
Werner: “Good morning, Lotte.” Lotte: “Yes, Master. Good morning. I’m curious to hear about yesterday.” Werner: “That’s right. Thank you for your help yesterday.”
I had asked Lotte to pass a message to the Royal Magecraft Knights.
Lotte: “It was my pleasure. I also heard that you saved a very cute Dragon?” Werner: “Yes, it’s a baby Ancient Dragon. It’s asleep right now, but I can show you later.” Lotte: “Thank you! I’m looking forward to it!”
I suspected that my sister told Lotte that the Dragon was cute.
And in truth, the newborn Dragon was cute.
Bridget: “Werner, would you like lunch?”
Werner: “Thank you. I will have some.” My sister gave orders to the butler and had her staff prepare a meal.
Yesterday, I ate some cookies before I slept.
But it’s been at least 10 hours since dinner.
My stomach was quite empty.
Lotte: “Master, are you the type to eat breakfast as soon as you get up?” Werner: “Yeah, I usually do.” Lotte: “I see. Usually, I won’t have an appetite for a few hours.”
Bridget: “I am the same as you, your Highness.”
Apparently, my sister also didn’t eat breakfast right after she woke up.
Werner: “Let me explain yesterday’s events.” Lotte: “Yes, thank you very much.” I recounted the series of events carefully.
As I was speaking, they brought the meal, so I continued my story while eating - taking my time.
It was the same exact explanation as I gave to my sister before we went to bed.
Even so, my sister listened to the story with a very serious expression.
Werner: “So I had something to ask of you, Lotte.”
Lotte: “Yes, what is it?”
Werner: “The assassin’s name is Corally andーー”
I also asked Lotte if she could speak a word on behalf of Corally.
If Lotte, who is a princess, asked them to treat Corally well, Corally should be spared from any mistreatment.
Lotte: “Yes, Master! I will also ask them too.” Werner: “Thank you. Corally was a big help yesterday, and I promised her that nothing bad would happen to her. I know it’s a bother, but I need your help.” Lotte: “Please, I’m glad to be able to help.”
Since I promised her, I needed to do everything I could to keep that promise with Corally.
Once I was done explaining yesterday’s events, I was done with my breakfast/lunch meal.
As we sipped tea, we heard a loud voice.
The Marquis mansion has sound proofing architecture.
Even then, I could hear the newborn Dragon’s cry quite well.
Werner: “The newborn Dragon must have woken. I will go check on him.” Lotte: “I will come with you too!”
Lotte volunteered to follow me back up to the guest bedroom.
She was very eager to see this cute newborn Dragon.
I took Lotte and returned to my room.
As I opened the door, I saw the newborn Dragon crying and Hati looking panicked and concerned.
Werner: “What’s wrong?” Hati: “My Lord! You came at a good time!”
The newborn Dragon flapped his wings and flew into my chest.
And with its small hands and legs, it clung to my clothes.
And as it clung to me, it became very calm.
Werner: “What’s wrong? Are you hungry? Do you need to use the bathroom?”
I checked the bed, but no messes were made.
I guess it hadn’t gone to the bathroom.
Werner: “The bed looks clean. I guess baby Ancient Dragons are not as much trouble.”
Hati: “.............only to a certain extent…”
And Hati seemed to be gazing far into the distance.
Werner: “What’s wrong?” Hati: “It’s nothing! The child woke up and saw that my Lord was nowhere to be seen, and it cried.”
Werner: “It cried because I wasn’t around? But you were here, right, Hati?” Hati: “It’s typical of Dragon children. Even if Hati was here, without my Lord, it felt scared.”
If Hati, who is an Ancient Dragon, says so, then it must be true.
Werner: “I see. ………would you like something to eat?” “Ryaー”
I couldn’t tell from its response if it was hungry or not.
But it is a newborn Dragon, so I suspected that it would be.
Lotte: “Master, is this the child?”
Werner: “That’s right. This is the newborn Ancient Dragon hatchling that we rescued last night. I don’t know what its name is.” I was certain that its parents must have given it a name.
Lotte smiled brightly at the newborn Dragon as she spoke.
Lotte: “My name is Charlotte. It’s nice meeting you.” “...........rya”
It glanced briefly at Lotte and then buried its face into my clothes.
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A Non-Combat Magecraft Artifact Researcher ー actually was an extraordinary S-Rank Mage～ Though he worked overtime without compensation and contributed greatly, he was labeled as incompetent and was fired
Written by: Ezo Gingitsune
Illustrations by Tomozero
Translated by: ChonkyTL
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