The next day, Kaede woke up.
"Thanks to you, I feel much better already."
"No, you're still sick, you should rest."
"It's okay, Master, I can move now... Eh!?"
Just as she was about to get out of bed, Frau smacked Kaede on the head.
"The Lord just told you to keep resting. We don't want you to pass out again, okay?"
"See? Panda agrees with Frau-San."
Kaede reluctantly lay back down on the bed.
"Speaking of which, do you remember anything from last night?"
"Well, my memory's a little fuzzy.... Did I do anything?"
"No, I was just asking."
If you don't remember, that's fine.
Anyway, we should let her get some rest today and see how she fares tomorrow.
Unlike me, she's delicate.
There's no guarantee that a simple cold won't turn into a major illness.
She looks at me with moist eyes.
I was about to get up when she calls out to me. She doesn't like the idea of me going away and leaving her alone.
"Frau and Panda will be here with you. I will be back soon."
"Please come back as quickly as you can."
"In five minutes?"
I have to deliver the letter to the Palace that Yabai gave me.
"Jessica, take care of them for me."
"Leave it to me."
The Queen looks at Yabai's letter and then turns to me.
"Manyu Brigade, huh... It's a party I've never heard of."
"I would like your permission to enter the sacred land."
"Fufufufufu, what is a mere human planning to do in our sacred land?"
She tore up Yabai's letter and threw it away.
"I don't know what that ancient court alchemist Yabai was thinking in sending you here, but it's not right to allow an inferior race to enter the sacred land."
A former court alchemist? Surely he was among the elite with other magicians.
Was that old man in such a high position?
"The defeat of the evil dragon is already scheduled to be carried out by the hero Zig. This is not the time for an inferior human to be present. Get him out of my sight."
After saying such words, I was thrown out of the courtroom.
"So they kicked you out of the place..."
"Yes, and tore up the letter you wrote."
"I see that that proud and sedate queen's position has only made her character even worse. When I was taking care of her she was such a cute and obedient child."
Yabai paces around the lab with his hands behind his back, thinking.
"So you're a former court alchemist."
"Hm? Well yes, I used to hold that position, and that's why I was able to send you to the royal family. That's no longer an option though."
What are we going to do about it?
If we can't enter the holy land, meeting the Spirit King won't be an option.
We will have to find the Heavenly Beast on our own.
No... That's too reckless.
This is a vast continent that generates more questions than answers.
"Hmm, if you were a noble, you could enter the holy land without a problem."
"Wait... I think we've found the solution for that."
I pulled out a necklace from my pocket.
I showed it to Yabai and his reaction was; "Huh!? That's...?!" His face suddenly turned pale.
"That's the symbol of the Bilfrell family! How did you get it!?"
"Well, a lot of things happened."
"You didn't steal it, did you!?"
"No, although if it's going to get me in trouble, I might as well give it back."
Although I don't remember Monica's father telling me to return it to him.
Yabai's expression changed from surprise to a smirk.
"Toru, I see you do not understand the value of this object. This is the symbol given to the representative of the Bilfrell family. In other words, whatever you say or ask for, it will be under the consensus of the Bifrell family."
"I see you didn't know this. Although if you had had this information, you would have chosen your words better before the queen. But now everything is different, thanks to this necklace, you are authorized to enter the holy land."
Shit, what kind of power has that old man given me?
I will definitely return it once I finish this trip.
Yabai muttered: should I be careful?
"It can't be helped. It's a name I don't use anymore, but it's for Kuon's son. I'll write another letter now, so wait here."
He sat back in his chair and picked up his pen.
In the meantime, I decided to take a good look around the lab.
Sheesh, there are so many eyeballs stuffed into jars.
There are a lot of bugs around here.
What is this, a palm-sized golem?
"Master Two, please don't touch anything without permission."
"Sorry. By the way, do you have a name? I don't like the idea of just calling you 'maid'."
"Yabai-Sama calls me 'L-Two', so you can call me that as well, Master Two."
"L-Two? Is that an abbreviation of your name?"
"Yes. He has a lousy sense of nomenclatures, but this one is barely above average, so we've adopted it."
I suppose. It's a very good name.
Oops, no time for this, I have to get back to Kaede as soon as possible.
Haven't they finished writing the letter yet?
"Here it is. As the third son of a duke, I wrote this letter. It may not be immensely effective, but it should serve to identify Toru as the owner of the necklace."
"I didn't steal it."
"This country is skeptical of humans, it's better to be safe."
If that's the case, I'll gladly accept it.
"What a strange young man. It almost makes me feel like you can easily succeed in slaying the evil dragon."
"I didn't say I'll definitely defeat him, but okay."
The evil dragon gets in the way of meeting the Spirit King.
I guess we'll have to defeat it after all.
I'm a little hopeful though.
I'm glad I can have a fight that takes me seriously.
"Thank you, old man."
"I should be the one to say thank you. I'm just returning a favor."
"Thank you, I hope to see you again soon."
"I'll be praying for your safety. Master Two."
Well, it's time to go see the king of spirits.