After returning home, I ate lunch with Samija, Rike, and Deanna, and began work on the shortsword and longsword in the afternoon. I'll be working on a few less than I was able to in the morning, but at this pace I should have enough for delivery. If I make about half of what I expect to make in a week, including pepper, I can feed four people at the current wholesale price.
It's going to be like this for a while, but I think we'll be okay.
"Yes, it will. There will be a lot of general models, but I don't think there will be any problems.
Rikke will be working on the main models, and I'll be working on the high-end models from day one. This is the same for the knives. This will not change until there is movement in the capital and I no longer need to contact him.
When the "work" is done, I practice with Deanna. I think her moves are getting better. But I think it's going to take her a long time to get one from me. I guess I'll just have to be patient. It would be better if I could teach him well, though.
After practice and dinner, the day is over. I'm scheduled to work again tomorrow after waiting for a call.
In the end, nothing special happened for about three days. After three days of the usual routine of exchanging letters of no particular importance, returning to the forge, training, eating, and sleeping, I have a good number of shortswords, longswords, and knives. The next day, the fourth, was a different story.
As usual, you check the tops of the trees for hidden letters in the bushes, and retrieve the hidden letters. Check the letter in the forest.
"Be ready to go to the capital alone tomorrow. I'll be here to pick you up. If you need anything for your blacksmithing work, bring it with you. I'll explain on the way to the capital. "
It said. That's pretty urgent. The only reason Camillo didn't come directly is because he needs to pick me up tomorrow. There's no way I'm going to the city today. The only thing I need for blacksmithing is a furnace, but I can't bring it with me, and I don't think he's expecting me to bring it. Other than that, there is nothing special. The only thing I can think of is a hammer, which I'm getting reasonably comfortable with, but if you're a cheat, the quality of the tool is not a problem. If you're writing this and calling me, you're probably asking me to do some blacksmithing in the capital. Well, if it will help Mr. Marius, I don't mind.
I wrote a note of approval, hid the letter again, tied the ribbon to a bush, and went home.
When I got home, at lunch, I explained that I was going to the capital.
So the three of you will be staying with me. I'm not sure how long it'll be, but if it's longer than two weeks, I'll see if I can get them to leave.
What about blacksmithing?
Keep working. We're pretty well stocked up, so we should be okay for a while. You still have plenty of meat, right?
Yeah. I'll get it for you if you need it.
Sorry, but you're on it. You can take a break from going into town. Camilo won't be there anyway, and I've been gone two weeks before, so he won't suspect anything.
And, Deanna, don't leave this place.
All right. I'm sorry. It's my house.
I told you not to worry about it.
Deanna is depressed.
"I owe your brother a lot, too, Deanna. I'm just paying it back.
I say cheerfully. Deanna seems to have come to terms with this. She looks much brighter than before.
"Well, now that that's out of the way, let's get to work.
I said as I entered the workshop after lunch. I'm the only one who can make the high-end models. I'll concentrate on the high-end model of the knife. I'm going to focus a little more on speed than usual. Thanks to the cheats, I can complete one high-end model after another without much loss of quality.
Even though I didn't make any models in the morning, I was able to make about 1.2 times as much as I normally make in a day. With such a large amount, I could go to the wholesaler right after I came home.
We had a rather lavish dinner that night, a kind of send-off party before the expedition. I wouldn't have to cook tomorrow.
The next morning, while keeping a watchful eye on the road from the tree tops, I tucked into my breakfast of unbaked bread with thin slices of salted meat. I hadn't brought anything in particular, except my usual self-defense knife. I didn't want to get in trouble if something happened and I had to leave my hammer in the capital.
As I was eating my breakfast and looking at the street, I saw a carriage coming from the distance. I wondered if that was Camillo.
Soon it became clear that it was a rather large wagon (though it looked like a horse pulling a large cart) and that it was approaching. I quickly swallowed my breakfast and stared at the face of the man. It was definitely Camilo. Once I was sure that there was no one around, I climbed down from the tree and continued to watch the carriage from the forest.
Eventually, the carriage stops and Camilo gets out and walks around to the back. I approached it quickly, looking around me.
I called out to Camilo. Camilo didn't seem surprised.
"It's you. Sorry to bother you so soon, but I need you to get in the back.
I jumped on the back of the truck and moved closer to the platform. Camillo saw me and moved to the platform and started to drive the cart. You're faster than I thought.
I'll tell you briefly. I need you to go to the capital and put your sword to work. Today or tomorrow if possible.
Camilo spoke a little louder because he was driving the carriage. I replied in the same loud voice.
"Fine, but how many?
"One is enough. "One is enough. Get the best one you can.
So it's a custom model.
Good. But can I ask you why?
"Yeah. Mr. Marius' house ...... has an heirloom sword that was stolen from the Amur family. You can find a lot of things that you can do to make your life easier.
Why does that mean I have to fall on my sword?
Don't be so hasty. It seems that Karel wants to say that Marius-san is not qualified to be the successor because he stole the family heirloom sword. I'm sure you'll be able to find a lot of people who'll be able to help you out.
I'm not sure how you managed to get your family heirloom stolen, but you're not fit to be the heir, and I'll take it back and show you I'm fit to be the heir. So you're saying... I'm sure you're not the only one who has a problem with that.
"Karel and his lieutenants were nowhere near the capital when the heirloom sword was stolen. This is more suspicious, but as long as there is no connection to the person who stole it and nothing has come out, suspicion is just suspicion, and if they bring it back, it must be an achievement. But I got it back as soon as I started looking for it! That would be too suspicious, so they're probably pretending that they haven't found it yet.
The word "match pump" is so self-made that it makes me embarrassed.
"That's where you come in. Marius-san says that the stolen heirloom sword is a fake.
"Oh, that's .......
A horrible thought crossed my mind. No, that's not possible. But Camilo's words were exactly as I imagined.
Yes, you are going to strike the new heirloom sword of the Amur family. Today and tomorrow.