Chapter 168: Meeting with Researchers
The day after the business meeting.
I was to meet with Sharga, a leading dungeon researcher.
I went to the research institute where Sharga was working because he seemed to be busy.
"Welcome to the Institute, Tauro-dono!"
A thin man wearing a square hat, purple costume and glasses greeted Tauro in the guest room of the laboratory.
"Long time no see, Sherga-san. First of all, thank you for introducing Count Conowen to us. Thanks to you, there have been many occasions when I have been able to pick up lives."
"No, no, no. I'm sure you may have heard from Count Connoen that he was not feeling good about the disappearance of the Marquis de Vandyne. At that time, the knights of the Kingsguard were assigned to escort the second prince, who had suddenly decided to go to the dungeon, instead of doing their usual job of guarding during dungeon surveys."
That a prince was involved was new to me, and I think it was top secret, but Tauro decided not to mention it.
"I didn't realize that was the case. ...... Still, it helped a lot. Thanks to you, Aeris, the only daughter of the Marquis de Vandyne, was greatly helped. I don't know how to thank you, but please accept this."
Tauro took out a special reversi board made by Giro Sugar from the magic storage and placed it in front of Sharga.
"This is ......! Is this the work by Giro Sugar that the Prime Minister was so proud of?"
Sharga's eyes lit up and he looked at the delicately carved work of art from various angles, impressed.
"In case you are wondering, I am also a disciple of Giro Sugar, and he gave me his work, so I'll give it to you."
"Are you sure! There are any number of rich people who would want this special edition! I tried to buy it on a budget, but my assistant, Joshna, stopped me, so I couldn't get the one that went to auction!"
He said regretfully, and looked at the special discs in front of him again, all of which were one-of-a-kind, precious pieces.
What? You tried to buy it on a budget!
Tauro was inwardly stunned, but did not forget to say something important.
"And I have a favor to ask you."
"What is it? Anything I can do for you, I'm all ears!"
Sharga was already in a groove.
He was going to do whatever I asked him to do, now that he had the special disc in front of him.
Actually, I'd like to go into the dungeon with Aeris. The purpose is to offer flowers at the place where Aeris's father, the Marquis de Vandyne, disappeared. I know it's a lot to ask."
Tauro asked as he bowed his head deeply.
"Raise your head, Tauro-dono! Of course, as I promised before, I will fulfill that promise. However, there are several teams that are already diving at the moment, and we don't have enough knights to accompany them. So it will be at least a week from now, is that all right?"
"Of course! Thank you!"
"I'm glad I was able to fulfill my promise too. Also, since you gave me this special disc, I will have excellent knights to guard you! I will treasure this special disc as a family heirloom!"
Sharga made a gesture of worship toward the special disc.
He seemed to like it very much.
As the creator of the special disc, I'm happy that he's pleased with it, but I want him to use it because it's a special disc that needs to be used, but that is up to him.
Tauro thanked Sharga and left the laboratory.
When he returned to the inn, a carriage had stopped and Aeris had arrived.
Aeris, who now had the Marquis de Vandiyne's household back, already moved to the Vandyne family mansion, and was not happy that Tauro did not come with her.
"Where have you been all day?"
We decided to go separately because I couldn't attend the meeting with the royal family, but Aeris wasn't happy about that either.
"I was at Sharga-san's place. That's right, I need to ask you, I've made an appointment to go to the place where your father died so that I can go there to lay flowers, can you go?"
Aeris answered shortly.
"I'll let you know when the date is set."
"......Mou! You should move from the inn to my place! Ours is free!"
Aeris puffed out her cheeks in anger.
"But I don't like that butler."
"He was taken away as that one's accomplice! I'm in the process of bringing back the former serfs of my household."
"That's good to hear."
"Come on! Come with me! Don't make me say it again!"
Aeris says loudly and unobtrusively.
"......Okay, Okay! Then, I'll pack my bags so wait for me."
Tauro didn't like the idea of a luxurious mansion, but he decided against continuing to refuse.