Ch. 98: The Nap
With the report in hand, I headed to the main mansion when I remembered something very important.
Werner: “Oh, that’s right. Hatiー”
Werner: “Hati, place your hand here.”
Hati: “What is this?”
Werner: “Well, you know that only one person could deactivate the barrier from the outside, right?”The Barrier Artifact settings were set to only allow myself to deactivate it.
But that was too inconvenient.
Werner: “I wanted to add you to the list of members who can deactivate the lab’s barrier.”
Hati: “That’s great!”
Hati happily placed her hand on the barrier’s core.
If an enemy decided to infiltrate my lab, they would first go after people who can activate and deactivate the barrier.
Considering that, I had made sure that I was the only one who could do so.
But Hati is strong enough, so she should be okay.
In Lotte’s case, it is more important that she is able to escape to here rather than worrying if she will be taken hostage and used as a key to the barrier.
And most importantly, it would be much more convenient if Hati and Lotte can come and go as they please.
Werner: “I will change the setting to allow Lotte to open and close the barrier as well.”Hati: “Will that not be dangerous?”Werner: “Lotte is also carrying a Barrier Artifact, so she should be fine.”
Hati: “Hati agrees!”
Werner: “Even so, I better think about training Lotte.”Professor Kay asked me to teach Lotte combat techniques.
Hati: “That would be best for Lotte.”
Werner: “Well, anyways, I need to go to the lab on campus and set the barrier there to allow you to open it too.”
Hati: “Hati looks forward to that.”
And carrying Yurlungur who is still sleeping, I headed to the main mansion.
As soon as I instructed the butler to deliver the report, I returned to my lab immediately.
When I arrived, I saw that Hati was already asleep on the bed.
She was snoring very gently.
Hati must have been very tired.
Werner: “Thank you for all you’ve done. I know I asked a lot from you.”
I climbed onto the bed and laid down next to her.
Carefully lifting up Yurlungur so as to not wake him up, I placed him next to my pillow.
Werner: “.......maybe it’s a little too cold. He will need a blanket.”
Thinking it over, I placed Yurlungur on my stomach, and then placed the blanket to cover both of us.
I soon drifted into sleep.
“........my Lord, …………my Lord.”
Werner: “Hati? Oh, no, it’s you, Corally. Why did you call me Lord?”
Corally came by and woke me up.
I glanced at the window and saw that it was still before noon.
I must have been sleeping for about 3 hours.
Corally: “.........Hati calls you, ‘my Lord’, so I thought….”
Werner: “You don’t have to do what Hati does.”
Corally: “.........okay.”Werner: “So, did something happen?”If Corally is here, Hati must have been the one who let Corally inside.
Werner: “Hati, thank you for letting Corally in.”
Hati: “You do not need to thank Hati, my Lord!”
Corally: “..........a letter.”
Corally showed me a white envelope.
Werner: “Ah, a letter. Thank you. Who is it from?”Corally: “......I don’t know. Itーー”
Hati: “Falcon #1 brought it.”
Werner: “Oh? Falcon #1?”Falcon #1: “Fah-ru-fah-ru”
As I sat up, I saw Falcon #1 in the room.
Yurlungur had climbed on top of his back.
I did not realize that Yurlungur had gotten up to play with Falcon #1.
I was glad to see that he was having fun.
Falcon #1 is a large bird that helps my master, Professor Key.
It had come by to deliver a message before.
Werner: “Falcon #1, you must be tired. We should get you some food and water.”
Hati: “Hati has already done so!”
Falcon #1: “Fah-ru!”
Werner: “Ah, I see. Hati, thank you so much.”I thanked Hati, and picked up Yurlungur off Falcon #1’s back.
Falcon #1 must have flown from a great distance.
Though it looks well, it must be very tired.
Yurlungur: “Rya?”Werner: “Yurlungur, Falcon #1 is very tired from its travels.”
Werner: “Now then, let me see the letter Falcon #1 brought.”
On the white envelope, it said in red ink, “Urgent: For Werner and his friends.”
That was all that was written. There was no name of the sender.
Werner: “I guess it means others are welcome to read this too.”
Corally: “.........including me?”Werner: “Yes, I believe so. Hati, would you like to read it too?”Hati: “Hati is cooking, so Hati will read it later.”
Werner: “Oh, thank you.”Hati is always working very hard. I am very indebted to her.
Werner: “Urgent, huh….”
When Professor Key says something is urgent, it is not always the case.
Once, he told me that he had a very urgent and pressing matter, and that I needed to come to the lab immediately. I ran quickly to his lab and found him sleeping.
That time, he wanted to show me a rare reaction from a Mana Stone or something like that.
And on top of that, it was 5 hours before Professor Key woke up to show me that Mana Stone’s reaction.
Corally: “........my Lorー, no S, Sir Werner(?).....who is the letter from?”Werner: “You do not have to call me sir.”
Coally: “........okay, Werner.”Werner: “Thank you.”
Corally is not a servant, a disciple, or my subordinate.
There is no reason for her to worry about any formalities with me.
Werner: “Falcon #1 is my master, Professor Kay’s bird. It sometimes delivers messages to me.”
Corally: “....I see.”
Werner: “Now then, I wonder what Professor Kay wrote.”
I opened the envelope and took out the letter inside.
As I began to read, Corally moved a little distance away.
Though I told her that she could read it, she politely declined.
[ My dear and beloved Strout,
I heard about your sister’s incident.
It worried me deeply, and I was greatly relieved to hear that she survived the incident.”
Do not blame yourself for what happened to her. This was not your fault. ]
Professor Kay wrote down words of concern from the very beginning of the letter.
Though he may not look like it, he is a very kind-hearted man.
I thanked him quietly as I continued to read on.
[ Now then. By the time you are reading this, the world may look as though it is now at peace, and I am certain that you are living leisurely.
The Knights of Lumen have dissolved. The spies from the Galatea Empire have been wiped out.
And you have also destroyed their secret weapon, a Giant Artifact that used a newborn Ancient Dragon as its core.
It is easy to conclude that their organization no longer has the personnel or resources to do anything more.
……….is that what you are thinking? ]
As Professor Key said, those were exactly my thoughts.
I thought the enemy would not have any effective options to threaten this country.
That is because building up an organization like theirs takes much time and resources.
The Royal Magecraft Knights would also share that same opinion.
Werner: “If Master is saying this, does the enemy plan on doing more?”I continued to read the letter.
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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
Original Source Link:https://ncode.syosetu.com/n6749gs/98/