“Currently, the only lift working is in sector a03, but mister Odum, are you certain you want to go down?” A worker said as his gaze shifted between Odum and Romaine.
He was leading Odum and the girl deep into the mining tunnels, and behind them were ten-odd soldiers.
Perkins had been completely frightened out of his wits because Kodan was gone for hours. When Odum appeared and requested to venture into the mines, he nearly jumped up in joy as the dwarf was the noble’s final hope to solve this situation.
As for the strange appearance of Romaine?
Perkins did not even realize a girl had appeared beside the dwarf, and even if he did, why would he interfere with his savior’s choice? Who was going to care if the dwarf was willing to bring his daughter into the mines?
Upon hearing the worker’s question, the dwarf snorted through his nose.
“That’s a stupid question. Why else would I come here?”
He glanced at the trembling soldiers behind him; they were obviously frightened from the mine’s rumors.
“You can go back if you don’t wish to follow us.”
The soldiers were relieved to hear that, but someone amongst them asked: “What if Lord Perkins questions us about it?”
“And what has that to do with me?” The dwarf growled.
Bringing these soldiers down was a problem for him since it interfered with his goals, but it was also true that he did not want to go down without any guards. There were many people who claimed they encountered monsters, and he might meet the damned creatures along the way. Even though he was capable of using a weapon, he was not particularly good at it.
“…… Just find an excuse, or is there not one amongst you lot who knows how to lie? I’m not going to expose you—” The dwarf continued after a moment of hesitation.
The soldiers finally nodded: “It’s very thoughtful of you to think of our safety, mister Odum.”
The group quickly reached the lift.
Romaine looked around curiously. If it were not for the fact that there were so many people, she might have fiddled with all the mechanisms in front of her. Just as she was hesitating, the dwarf prodded her and got her to enter the lift.
The worker who led them did not follow: “Mister Odum, I won’t be going any further. Please stay safe.”
“Naturally I’m going alone without the other miners or guards. You humans are really cowards.”
The guards’ expression contorted, but the worker responded with a little embarrassment on his face: “I assume the lifts for all the sectors are the same and there’s no need for me to teach you how to operate this particular lift, right?”
“You do know that you’re talking to a supervisor?” The dwarf rolled his eyes and operated the levers and the machinery started moving. It slowly descended and left the worker and soldiers behind, which then picked up speed and the walls quickly flew past the two passengers. The air was becoming warmer as well.
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