Today is a holiday, so after dismantling the deer and having lunch, we decided to spend the rest of the day doing whatever we wanted until dinner.
I decided to make some arrowheads. I'll have enough for Samija, but Deanna might need a bow and arrow in the future, too. Rike was practicing knife making while I was setting fire to the workshop. Samija and Diana were practicing archery in the garden (or rather, in front of the house). I guess they are good friends by nature, since they went out to collect and hunt. I think it's also because both Deanna and Saamya don't care who they are with.
I practice with Deanna for about a quarter of an hour before dinner. There is no way that I can change so much in a few days, but I hope that I can grasp something little by little.
For dinner, I grilled thinly sliced venison with figs and red wine sauce. It was sweet and sour, not bad. It was rather well received by the three of us.
The next day, I went to the city to distribute the goods to Camilo, but I couldn't take Diana with me. I don't know what will happen if she finds out. The best thing to do is to leave Deanna here with me, Samija and Rike. That way, our behavior will be exactly the same as usual, and we'll be exposed as little as possible. However, just in case, I would like to leave one other person here.
So, who should we leave here? I'm out of the question, but I'd say Samija or Rike. Rique is not a good fighter, and he doesn't know this forest well. So it's Camija. If something happens, Camija can escape through the forest. If she wants, she can make it for a few days in her old roost. If we leave her here, she'll be less careful on the road, but I think I can cover for her. I seem to be strong enough.
I explained all this to the three of them. For the time being, all three of them agreed with me.
"Fine, I don't know what else to do.
"I'm sorry, that was for my own good.
"Don't worry about it. It's not your fault, Deanna.
No, it's not. Deanna, you need to take care of yourself.
Thank you, guys.
Deanna is in tears. I hope Mr. Marius will be able to solve this problem soon. Aside from that, we don't know that Deanna, who should have been at Camilo's place at least five days ago, is here, so there's a good chance that Marius is worried about her.
That's why I'm going to take the letter from Marius to Camilo with me.
I'll see you later.
Have a good day.
After being seen off by Samija and Diana, Rike and I left the house.
As I said before, the absence of Saamya makes us less alert, so we must proceed with caution.
It would take about one and a half times as long as usual, as a rough estimate. We're going slowly, slowly through the forest. It's a good thing I didn't tell Camilo when I'd be going, and that I don't seem to mind when I go.
We took two breaks on the way, and finally reached the point where we could exit the forest. It usually takes about two hours, but today it took a little more than three hours. Before leaving the forest, I looked around. I don't feel that anyone is watching me in particular. I quickly exit the forest. That should give you some peace of mind.
Even so, safety is not assured even on the road. There are enough dangers out there, so proceed with caution. Soon, you will come to the area where Diana was attacked. As expected, it has been a week, so there is no sign of anything in particular. There's a good chance that we're the only ones who know where our pursuers are.
Nothing to see here.
I guess so. There's no sign of this or that happening.
I'm glad we're not under any suspicion.
It would be awkward if they said anything now.
I guess so.
While having this conversation, we headed towards the city. In the end, nothing special happened here either, but it still took a lot longer than usual. It looks like we'll just be doing the basic round trip today.
Of course, there was no Marius at the entrance of the city. Since he wasn't my colleague this time, I decided to just say hello to him and go to Camilo's store. If my colleague had been there, I might have been able to find out something about him, but I guess there's nothing to be said about that now.
Once we were in town, we were on our own, and even if our pursuers were wandering around here, there was no way they would ask a blacksmith who was only there to distribute goods. Rike and I soon arrived at Camilo's store.
As usual, we were allowed to put our goods in the warehouse and asked to call Camilo. After the business meeting as usual, I told Camilo.
"I'm sorry, but I need to talk to you.
"Oh, what is it?
"Oh, what is it?" At this point, I glanced at the watchman. Camilo nodded and looked at the watchman. He nodded and walked out of the room. When I saw that he had closed the door quietly, I pulled out a letter from my pocket.
"I'm keeping this. I've asked the owner of this letter for permission, and I've also checked the contents.
Camilo began to read the letter that was sealed. His brow wrinkled immediately. He read it all the way through and sighed.
Can I take that as a sign that you have this and that you came here alone today?
You're right. That's what you think. Deanna's at home, and she knows what's going on. You've known about this for quite some time, right?
Yeah, that's right. ...... I didn't want to involve you in this.
I didn't want to involve you.
I explained that I was there on my way home last time when Deanna was attacked.
"I see. Well, that's fortunate for Marius and the others, isn't it?
Well, they could have come to us directly.
Yeah. I'll take care of this letter.
Yeah, please. And I can't help Mr. Marius directly because I'm not related to him for some reason. No matter how good he is, a blacksmith can't interfere in a nobleman's quarrel.
This is a fact without any falsehood. If there was anything I could do to help, I would, but it would be impossible for a blacksmith to do anything to help the nobles from behind the scenes.
Camilo nodded and said.
Well, that's true.
If there is anything I can do to help you as a blacksmith, I will. But I only come here once a week, right? I'm worried I'll be late getting back to you. I could come here more often, but I don't want to get suspicious. So I was wondering if there was any way I could contact you every day.
Camilo listened to me and pondered. I call out to him.
"Hey, you've been involved enough. Don't worry about whether or not I'm involved.
"......, I see.
Then Camilo told me how to contact him.