I was led in the big throne room of the Royal House by a fire knight. It was not the biggest throne room I had seen, but it was still the throne of the third fire king, king Grandon. There were three other chairs next to the king. One for his wife queen Mary and the other two of the two princes.

The knight closed the big door behind me. There I stood on my own on the red carpet. I bowed on my knees for the king.

”Azrael, ” Grandon greeted.

”King Grandon, ” I greeted the king back.

”Please stand up, ” the king told me to stand up and so I did. ”Is this about the murder case with Brocks sword? ”

”Yes my lord. ”

”Tell me what you found out, ” the king had a blank face since the beginning. I heard he never smiled and I believe that now. He looked very strict and serious, had red long hair and a long red beard under it. I did not felt anxious even though I thought he was strict, because I was sure there was no way that he was as strict as my father.

”Yes my lord, ” I grabbed two things out of my pocket, a watch and a letter.

”Thats… Brocks watch? ” Grandons face actually changed a bit, he was not smiling but in shock. ”Please step forward, I want to see the watch at close. ”

I walked to the king and handed him the golden watch of Brock.

”He loved this watch. He bought this watch in West-Vloricus from an archer. The watch was not the reason he bought it, it is a fine watch, but the archer was the reason he bought it. The archer was good with the bow, but he was completely magicless. Brock never learned his name, but he bought the watch to remember the archer. Brock was magicless himself and wanted to become a good swordsman. So every time he felt like giving up, he looked at his watch which gave him hope. And he became the best swordsman in Vloricus, even though he was uncapable of using magic. ” The king must have had a deep bond with Brock. I saw his interest, but yet sadness in his face.

”He sounds like a great man, ” I said.

”He was the greatest. He was not only my best and most loyal knight. He was also my best friend. Please Azrael tell me, how did you find this? ”

”I found it in the victims room under a plank. I figured the victim must have be Brock. ”

”Impossible, the victim was a total different person named Robert Miller. That thief… ” The king had anger in his face.

I knew he would not believe it at first, so I explained my theory very carefully.

”Impossible Brock would never do that, ” Grandon still did not believe me or he did not want to.

”If it was a thief, he would have sold it already. According to this note he lived there for quite a long time. He was a father of a boy. The boy wrote this. I scanned the finger prints on it and it did not match with the victim. However the watch did match with him. ”

King Grandon seemed very confused and asked, ”scanned the finger prints…? ”

”Ever heard of a photo? ” I asked Grandon.

The king shook his head, so I explained. ”This technique is not that old. It was my father himself he found it out. A photo is a short moment that I can establish with light magic. With a flash I copy a drawing in my mind. With this ability, I am be able to make a photo of you and can see your exact position, face, background as long as it is in the photo I made. ” It was the ideal detective ability, I could remember every scene that I want to and can even erase it, if I want it out of my mind.

”That sounds impressive, but how does the fingerprint part work? ” Grandon continued asking.

”Every person has a unique fingerprint and with my photo ability I could draw the fingerprint on items in my mind and can see who touched it. The weakness of this ability are gloves or if someone wash the print off. This is why I always wear gloves. Like this the evidence will not be disturbed. Luckily knight wear gloves too. ”

”But I do not. Did I ruin it now?

The king almost panicked, but I shacked my head. ”I already got it in my mind. ”

”So that man really was Brock? ” Grandon looked sad and betrayed.

”I am afraid so my lord. ”

”Than so it is… What do you know about the murderer? ” Grandon shook his had and went on. He took a lot of my time, but I had more patience than anyone else in the Polyhymnia.

”When I entered the sons room I used my light ability to search the room better. That was when I saw a shadow trough the curtains. I looked inside and found this letter. ” I handed the letter to the king and went on as he read it. ”It is a boy who claimed he was Roberts son. He had a lot of hatred to him and wanted him to stop lying. His name is Reuben. He told he had the feeling that he grew to fast and that he aged to fast. Not only that, he cut himself in the arm to test if his suspicions were true and found himself with an almost fully healed wound. He says he feels like someone else controls his body when he is not. He also said he would try more, but this is the only letter I found. He wrote that he thought that either his father or the other person who controls him steals the letter every night. I do not know if this guy is insane or that he is cursed with something, but I got his fingerprints and could check the murder weapon to be sure it was him. ” I was not hundred percent certain, if it was his son. I was almost certain, but I need to be on hundred percent.

I waited for the king to finish the letter. He gave the letter back to me and replied to me, ”unfortunately the sword is not in the Royal House at the moment. It is in Lori Village to be presented to my son eldest Lucas. It will be his eighteenth birthday tomorrow. ”

I already heard it would be gifted to the Prince on his birthday, but I had to be sure it was not here. ”Are you not going to your sons birthday my lord? ” It felt a bit rude to ask that, but I was too curious.

”I will not. I have some important business to take care of. ”

I was curious about what it was, but I could not ask something like that, so I did not. ”I see… than I have to be on my way after lunch time, if I want to be there tomorrow by noon. ”

”I understand. I will not take anymore of your time. ” Grandon seemed satisfied with my work and gave me permission to leave the room.

I bowed the the king, turned around and walked away. However I got stopped midway by the king himself, ”Azrael wait…! ” I turned around and saw the king standing. I blinked once and now he was walking towards me with the watch in his hands. I blinked twice to make sure this was real and he stood before me. He held the watch towards me and said, ”I want you to except this. ”

”I… I… are you sure? ” It was real, the king wanted to give me the expensive treasure from Brock.

”I want to thank you, for finding Brock for me. It belongs too you now. It worked for Brock to never give up ever, I need you to keep hope as well. ” The king was not laughing though he seemed happy from the inside, that he could hand this to me.

”Thank you my lord. ” I accepted the watch and said one more thing before I left. ”I will use this, but you do not have to worry my lord. There is a reason that I never failed a case yet and not only, because I am a good detective… It does not matter if I do not have any clue anymore… I NEVER GIVE UP. ”


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