The city of Einark is full of picturesque and elegant buildings.
On the main street, you can see a wide variety of stores, and I was fascinated by the people coming and going.
The carriage passes through the heart of the city and goes directly to the deepest mansion.
Once we arrived at the mansion, we entered the grounds through a large metal door.
The well-marked path is so long that it is hard to believe that it is in a garden, and the lush trees cover it on both sides.
When you think about the fact that you still can't see the mansion, you can't even imagine how big it is.
This is the mansion of a nobleman, for me, who grew up as a commoner, it was something overwhelming.
"It's quite a big courtyard..."
"Really? I think this is still one of the smallest of the upper class. Oh, but I have heard that our family has the largest mansion among the many count families.”
I see, there's no standard, so there's no way to compare them. If this is what you mean by small, I will believe you.
I guess the world we live in is different from the world of the nobility.
"There it is."
Finally, I could see the mansion through the window.
It was a sturdy, ornate stone building.
It has an elegant appearance even from a distance and suggests that a nobleman resides in it. Also, its gigantic size with three floors is overwhelming.
Kaede should be surprised to see this, so I turned to look at her, but as soon as I saw her face, I didn't notice any change.
In fact, she seems quite disconcerted by my reaction.
Maybe she's not interested in nobility. Or she had so much money that this looks like a normal house to her. I'd like to believe that it's the former.
The carriage stops at the entrance with a fountain. Immediately a person set up the stairs and opened the door.
Marianne puts her feet on the ground with grace. She is a lady after all. Her every move is very elegant.
"Come on, Toru-Sama."
Marianne takes the lead and enters the mansion.
"Welcome home, young lady.”
"Sebas, is my father here?"
"He's in his study, doing his job.”
She exchanged words with the butler and then went up the stairs. Next, a servant introduced himself to her and then bowed.
"I'm sorry it took me so long to introduce myself. I am the personal servant of Marianne-Sama, Urara. I will now escort you to your rooms, so please follow me.”
"I am Toru. Pleased to meet you."
"I am Kaede."
Urara took us to a large room, with a big bed and a big carpet. If it were an inn, it would be a space where four people could stay, but it seems to be a place just for me.
"I would be more relaxed if I stayed in the same room as my master.”
"I'm afraid that's not possible. Marianne has asked me to prepare a separate private room for the two of you. If you have any requests, please consult Marianne."
"Then I have no choice."
Kaede quietly entered the room next door.
Being alone in the room, I look at the bed again.
I have to.
I jump into the bed and my body bounces very gently, springs inside the mattress make it softer to jump into the bed.
It feels so good! I've always wanted to try a nobleman's bed! It's as soft as they say! And it smells so good!
I'm glad I saved Marianne, although it was a matter of fate rather than choice.
"Fufu, you seem to be enjoying it very much."
Marianne was standing at the door.
At what point?
My face got very red with embarrassment, she saw me behaving like a child.
"I'd like to give Toru-Sama a tour of the city, but he looks very busy."
"No no, it's okay, I was thinking of going out anyway."
"Perfect, I'll wait here a moment, I'll call Kaede-San."
He bent over very gently and left the room.
I can't wait to do some sightseeing. I want to buy a lot of things.
We left the mansion with Marianne as our guide, and Urara as our companion, and were able to walk freely around the city.
"This is a remnant of a structure built by the Great Race."
A crumbling stone wall suddenly appears in the city. His face was carved on the wall, and Marianne smiled at him happily.
But would it not be careless to have only Urara as a companion?
She is the daughter of a Lord.
Urara answered my question.
"Lady Marianne is loved by the citizens here. Anyone who dares to think about harming her will be captured by the people around her. Besides, she has me with her."
"You have a lot of confidence in yourself, don't you?”
"I've been an S-ranking adventurer for some time now."
When I looked at the face on the wall again, I saw Kaede and Marianne peeking out of the holes in her face.
These two get along very well.
"Kaede-San, that store has a great reputation for having the most delicious sweets"
"Master, I want to try them!"
Kaede's eyes shone after telling me those words.
Oh, honey, you may look like an adult, but inside, you're still a child.
I handed her the leather bag containing the money.
"Will you give me everything?"
"No, it's just a small amount that's in this bag, but, you can use it however you want."
In case you're wondering, I'm saving money for her. You never know what might happen in the future.
And especially at this time, I want to strive to be a good master for her.
...Because maybe, the day will come when she will want to go away alone.
I'm willing to free her from slavery if she ever wants to.
After all, there is only one thing I want.
And that is to fill the hole that is in my heart and feel relief again.
When that is accomplished, and I am satisfied with myself, I am sure I will not have the need to get another slave.
And it will be the day I forget Sain and Lisa, I will live a peaceful life.
"Toru-Sama, look there."
"Wow, that's a big statue."
It was a stone statue in the shape of a man standing in the center of the city.
He wore heavy armor and held a sword in a heroic pose.
"That is the image of my father when he was young, the lord of this city. It embarrasses him, but I am proud to say that it is a very beautiful symbol.
"Yes, I think it is also a beautiful statue."
"Oh, you understand, Toru-Sama, I've been working with the people of the city to create this statue for my father's birthday."
The ground was shaking slightly.
Could it be an earthquake...?
The tremor gradually gets bigger and the stone statue breaks with a roar.
A strange growl and countless tentacles began to reach the people from a drifting cloud of sand.
One of them tangled his tentacles with Marianne and dragged her into the cloud.
The three of us were trapped in the middle without being able to move.
There was a big hole where the stone statue used to be.
Apparently, the enemy entered through the underground and kidnapped people at random. We don't know what he's after, but I bet if we chase him right away, we can get Marianne back in one piece.
"My lady, now I'm coming for you!"
I grabbed Urara by the arm before she jumped into the hole.
"Wait, we're coming with you."
"And what can you do?"
"If you're going to look for her, you'd better have all the help you can get. And you know what we are capable of, you cannot refuse."
"You're right, so let's hurry, we have to rescue Marianne and the others."
Urara agreed with my proposal, and Kaede nodded her head to indicate that she agreed with my idea.
I don't know who did this, but I will make sure she regrets interrupting my tour of the city.
The three of us approached the hole and looked inside.
"Where does this lead?"
"Probably to the subway ruins. Actually, the city is built on top of huge ruins."
"So, there's a maze down there. Kaede, will we be able to find it?”
"No problem. I've already captured Marianne's Rome.”
So, you can also track her down. That's my beautiful slave.
"I follow you."
And the three of us jumped into the hole.