The Book of Hibernation - 3
The next morning, Dong Ji and Ryan were taken to a study by a servant.
After waiting for a while, the mage Kanai walked in, but Aldin didn’t show up. Kanai didn’t say much and started to arrange things about work.
It was not the trading company who hired Dong Ji and Ryan, but Aldin himself. He needed experienced adventurers to take part in the security work of a dock warehouse.
The warehouse belongs not to the trading companu, but to the Harbor City hall, which is leased to those willing to pay according to its location and time. Recently, a batch of important goods have been shipped to the port one after another. Due to various procedures, each batch of cargo has to be temporarily stored in the warehouse for a few days before being shipped away.
The value of this batch of goods was very high. Although it was only stored in the warehouse for a few days, various risks may be brewing. The owner of the transport caravan was afraid that the security guards were not enough and wanted to hire more people.
He did not dare to recruit in public. After all, he did not know the details of the people he recruited. So, he asked friends from all walks of life to recommend someone to him. Among them, he asked Aldin.
Hearing this, Ryan frowned and asked: “Why didn’t Lord Aldin send his own people over?”
Kanai said: “The goods were not under the name of the Ten Sails Street Trading Company. We did not handle it, but only helped to deal with some of the formalities during its entry and stay in the local port. Security work is not within our scope of responsibility. Aldin knows the other boss and was willing to help him in private. He can’t send his subordinates to guard the warehouse. After all, there is not a valid reason to do so.”
Dong Ji immediately understood: “Yes, if Lord Aldin sent his subordinates directly, if something really happened, it would be hard to say who is responsible.”
Ryan was surprised: “So…if we do this, aren’t we responsible if something happens?”
“Otherwise? Are they going to give us money for nothing?”
Listening to the conversation between the brothers, Kanai smiled. Ryan blushed.
“Don’t worry, you’re not the only guard.” Kanai said, smiling at Ryan. “In addition to you, there are also bodyguards who follow the caravan throughout the journey, and two people recommended by other bosses. One is a retired city guard, the other one should be his relative. There are seven people in the warehouse, and there are many soldiers in the dock area patrolling outside the warehouse. With so many people present, it is not your responsibility if something goes wrong.”
Ryan nodded foolishly at first, then suddenly something came back to him. He said solemnly: “I’m sorry, my question was too childish and cowardly. By Lady Daylight…I didn’t say that because I was afraid…”
Kanai sighed and shook his head, but there was still a soothing smile on his face: “There’s nothing to be sorry about. You will ask this to show that you’re willing to take this job seriously. That’s all right. Some people ask nothing and question nothing. They are full of boasting and arrogance; we don’t care about such people.”
Ryan was only nineteen years old after all. Kanai’s words made his eyes shine and his posture became more upright.
Dong Ji pondered for a moment, and then frowned. “I also have a question. Lord Kanai, did you say there were seven people in the warehouse? Counting me, shouldn’t it be eight?”
Kanai replied very quickly: “I didn’t count you. You won’t go to the dock warehouse.”
“Huh? But I…”
Kanai said: “Have you forgotten? There is only one recruit. Yesterday you two had to squeeze in front of Aldin together.”
Dong Ji and Ryan looked at each other, speechless for a while. Kanai then said: “Dong Ji, don’t worry, we decided to hire the two of you, and of course there are places reserved for you. Aldin needs Ryan to be a guard, and I need you to help in the laboratory. Yesterday you still wanted to borrow the laboratory, wouldn’t that be better?”
“Of course! I’m very willing, but…” Dong Ji glanced at Ryan again, with some worry in his eyes, and then said to Kanai: “Do you think this is all right? I will go to the dock with Ryan and go to the laboratory the rest of the time. In fact, this is what I planned.”
Ryan said immediately: “You don’t have to worry about me. I can go alone.”
Seeing their strange reaction, Kanai asked: “What’s the matter? Dong Ji, are you worried about your brother, so you want to go with him? You are not a battle mage, are you?”
Dong Ji said: “We are brothers that have been traveling together and we care about each other. I’m not a battle mage; Ryan is usually responsible for dealing with enemies. I can help a little bit.”
Kanai sighed, stood up, and stepped out of the back of his desk. “After dinner yesterday, Aldin and I had a conversation about some of your experiences with your brother. The enemies you have faced are mountain bandits, road blocking bandits and goblins…”
“It was a group of goblins.” Dong Ji added.
“You didn’t even fight them head-on. You drowned them by diverting water to a low place. As far as I know, there are at least a dozen individuals in a community of goblins. If there is a direct conflict, can your brother protect you?”
“I…” Just as Dong Ji was about to speak, suddenly, a force pushed him back, and he subconsciously screamed, but his throat was strangled by the force, and he was unable to make a sound.
His feet chafed against the carpet, his waist hit the low cabinet by the wall, and then he was lifted out of nowhere, and the top of his head touched the ceiling lightly.
Everything happened in an instant, not only Dong Ji, but also Ryan did not have time to react. When Ryan realized what had happened and wanted to stop Kanai, he made a gesture to stop him and motioned him to look up at Dong Ji.
Dong Ji was hanging in the air, but he wasn’t hurt. The force that controlled him was very restrained, and didn’t really hurt his head, nor did choke him during a long time.
Only then did Dong Ji react and observe the trajectory of the spell. The spell obviously originated from Kanai, a force-field-type high-level arcane spell, intertwined with a rune structure of the two schools…From the perspective of the speed and control of the spell, Kanai was indeed a more experienced battle mage.
Kanai moved his hands and slowly lowered Dong Ji. Dong Ji was very frightened, and his legs were a little weak.
Kanai said: “Dong Ji, you can’t even defend against such a common and simple force field attack. For a battle mage, this doesn’t even need to have a fast reaction speed, it’s enough to rely on a preset trigger counter force field in advance. What bandits and goblins have you seen before…Were there any spellcasters among them? Were there real killers? Were there anti-arcanists who are proud of killing mages?”
Dong Ji and Ryan looked at each other silently again. The answer was obviously no.
Kanai returned to his seat. “I hope you understand that Harbour City is a very complicated place. Whether it’s the trading company or our allies, we often face unexpected challenges. We need combat power and no burdens.”
Dong Ji whispered: “But Ryan is only nineteen years old, isn’t it dangerous for him…?”
Once again, before he finished speaking, he was frightened by bright blue rays passing by.
A huge flash of lightning suddenly condensed in the room, and rushed towards Ryan in a beam. By the time Dong Ji saw that it, the lighting had hit the wall, bursting out in a bright light.
Dong Ji was scared into a cold sweat, and was about to call Ryan, only to find that he was not in the direction of the lighting attack.
Ryan quickly dodged when the ray burst out, jumped aside, and left the path of the lightning.
Ryan wanted to draw his sword out of habit, but it was not by his side, so he raised a hand in the air and assumed a combat-ready stance due to a conditioned reflex.
He looked at Kanai and then at the wall next to him. The lightning had disappeared out of thin air and the wall had suffered no damage.
Kanai smiled and said: “Don’t be afraid. It wasn’t an attack spell, but an illusion that looks very real.”
Ryan noticed his stance, his face flushed, and quickly returned to his normal standing posture. “Why are you doing this?”
Kanai did not answer him but said: “As an apprentice knight during the tour period, you may not have enough actual combat experience, but your foundation is very good. You are strong, agile, and well-trained. These are the most basic things. They are the most important. As for experience, you can accumulate it slowly. Ryan, your quality is excellent, and you don’t need to be overly worried about it. This is what I wanted to show your brother.”
In the face of the sudden shock, Dong Ji not only failed to make effective defenses, but also didn’t even prepare protection spells around him in advance. This was not surprising; after all, he said that he was a refiner, and refiners and researchers were not good at these things.
But if he had to be a guard and face a possible enemy, it would be a bit unreasonable.
As for Ryan, although he didn’t know magic, he could evade attacks with his excellent combat reaction. This is one of his strengths as a fighter.
Dong Ji looked at Ryan and let out a breath. He was so frightened that he had a fast heartbeat, and now it was gradually easing.
Ryan bowed his head and pursed his lips a little sheepishly. Just now, he was not happy because he was tested and offended. After listening to Kanai’s praise, his displeasure was swept away.
Kanai said: “Well, Ryan, you can go back and have a rest, or do something you need to prepare for. Dong Ji, you stay.”
Ryan looked honest: “I don’t need to rest! I’ll stay here.”
“What are you worried about? I won’t do anything to your brother.” Kanai said with a smile. “You are an apprentice knight, and you already demonstrated your ability. And Dong Ji is a refiner, I have not seen what he can do. I’m going to the laboratory with Dong Ji.”
Dong Ji nodded to Ryan and whispered to him: “Go back first.” So, Ryan bowed politely and left Kanai’s study.
After the young knight left, Kanai pointed to the chair in front of the desk: “Sit down.”
After Dong Ji sat down, Kanai poured a cup of tea for each of them.
Dong Ji basically only drank cold plain water along the way. At this moment, the scent of the tea with honey and pomelo made him feel a little uncomfortable for a while.
The two remained silent for a while. Kanai put down the teacup and broke the silence: “I really don’t understand you. We have already said how to cooperate, what’s wrong with you now? Why do you want to go to the warehouse with Ryan all of a sudden?”
Dong Ji pouted aggrievedly. “I didn’t know the specific content of this job before. I thought it was a simpler thing… When you talked about it today, I thought this thing sounded a bit complicated. I’m afraid boss has already guessed that there might be something wrong with the goods.”
Kanai said: “Yes, this job does have certain risks, so you can’t go. Have you forgotten? You are here to provide ‘Hamann’s spell book’, not really to apply for a job.”
Dong Ji sighed. “I know, but I really can’t stop worrying about Ryan. He is only nineteen years old…”
Kanai frowned and said: “You don’t look like his brother at all, you are just like his mother. He is a human, not a half-elf like you. Half-elves are still teenagers when they are eighteen or nineteen years old, but he is already an adult man. He is taller than you and stronger than you, and you will only get in the way if you follow him.”
“That’s too hurtful. I’m not so in the way.” Dong Ji laughed at himself.
Kanai thought for a while and asked: “It seems that your brother doesn’t know that we have known each other for a long time?”
“Mhm, he doesn’t know, I didn’t tell him.” Dong Ji sipped his tea. “Your brother…Anaconda Aldin, doesn’t he know that we have known each other a long time ago?”
Kanai said: “He doesn’t know. Recently, he needed to hire people, but he didn’t know that I had screened out a few people who were more suitable than you. Only you and some wastes that are impossible to be hired were left.”
“Were you so sure he would hire us?”
Kanai chuckled and looked up and down at Dong Ji. Dong Ji also looked down at his clothes, not understanding what Kanai’s eyes meant.
“You don’t know him.” Kanai said. “Either you or your brother. He will at least look at one.”
Dong Ji froze. He suddenly remembered that after dinner last night, at such a close distance, he looked at the anaconda tattoo on Aldin’s chest.
He kind of understood what Kanai meant, but he did not dare to ask for confirmation.
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