Magic revolution of a Young Noblewoman Starting Over ~ The Executed Villainess restores her Ruined Family ~ Restraint? Prudence? I'm more interested in magic tools than that! - Chapter 13
Leticia’s secret method
”You say we ain’t got any in stock… We use that type of circuit board a lot. Why’s it out of stock?!”
The young man Roland hesitated at Duncan’s reprimand.
”Th-, that is… if we procure too much stock, we won’t be able to pay the craftsmen’s wages, so we only arrange for the portion we used the month before…”
”You 𝚐𝚘𝚍𝚍𝚊𝚖𝚗 idiot! If we’re out of stock, we can’t even do repairs!!!!”
Roland-san shrunk back with teary eyes.
He’s not at fault.
The one at fault,———
”Workshop chief, please stop blaming him. I’ll do something about it.”
Duncan looks back at me, with a face on the verge of snapping.
”[something], you say, Ojou-sama, but what are you going to do? Unless we’ve got stock, this guy’s repair is impossible, and we’ll have to stop all repairs that come in that use this one, won’t we?!”
The workshop chief’s face turns bright red as he rattles on.
I know how he feels. It’s not his fault either.
Essentially, this is a problem of management.
I think Roland-san’s making do quite well in a rather difficult situation.
For that reason, the Ainsworth House has to do something here.
”Roland-san. For now, how many do you think you need to pull through till next month?”
To my question, Roland-san frantically checked the ledger.
”Ten… no, we can manage if we have 5.”
”Understood. Then, make an urgent arrangement for ten, saying it’s for my development’s use please.”
”Eh?! But, that’s…”
”It’s a misappropriation of development costs, but this is no time to be complaining about this and that, you know. If things stay like this, the customers will be troubled. I’ll sign the order and instructions, so please.”
The circuit board workshop in the Owleyes territory has a certain number of completed circuit boards in stock.
If we place the order today, it’ll probably arrive within a week.
Duncan looked at me with amazement.
”With this, the other repairs should be fine for now.”
”Next is the repair for the sword right in front of me, but… I’ll take over this.”
”Eh?! No, you say you’ll take it over, but you don’t have a replacement board!?”
”I know that… Anna, my implements.”
She laid the toolbag flat on the counter, removed the metal fasteners and held up the top side.
In the bag, magic implements for my exclusive use were laid out neatly.
”I’ll fix the broken circuit board.”
””Wh-, what did you say?!””
The loud voices of the three from the workshop harmonised together.
”Fix, you say… but if the circuit board is broken, you can’t fix it, you know?!”
Duncan shouted, after which the other two nodded.
The circuit board, which is a precision part, can’t be fixed once broken.
This is common knowledge in the magic-tool industry.
Our Family’s ancestor, Ethan Ainsworth, developed the manufacturing method for the base of the magic circuit’s circuit board, which is sintered in a special way from slimes, a low-class monster.
The magic circuit’s circuit board is made by carving fine grooves in the resin, which has the property of insulating magic power, and then pouring Mistreel into those grooves.
This slime resin circuit board excels at insulating magic power and its workability, however, its sole weakness is that it melts when magic power and heat are applied simultaneously.
Generally, the only time a magic circuit board breaks other than due to physical impact, is when excessive magic power is applied to the Mistreel line and the line breaks, and in doing so, heat is generated and magic power leaks out, slightly melting the surrounding slime resin.
For that reason, circuit boards have to be single-use. [When they break, replace them]. That is common sense in the industry.
But, well, common sense is there to be overcome———
I answer Duncan’s question.
”Yes, it is. It’s more like [redrawing the lines] than fixing them.”
”Redrawing the lines, you say… isn’t a circuit board’s line width no more than half that of a normal line? How’re you going to draw a line like that?”
”Well, with skill.”
Fifteen minutes later.
”There we go, how’s this?”
I shifted the magnifier away from my right eye and handed the repaired circuit board to Duncan.
The workshop chief inserted the received circuit board into the circuit inspection machine, and switched it on.
There was a pause, then———
Duncan murmured, dumbfounded.
”Hey, let us see too please!”
Subsequently, the young man Roland-san and the young boy Jack peered at the results display screen.
”Seriously! All Functions Normal!”
Roland-san shouted excitedly.
Jack stared at the perfectly repaired circuit board, frozen stiff.
Duncan looked at the smirking me.
”Can’t believe it. No way, to do something like repairing a circuit board by hand… by any chance, is this a technique being handed down in the Count’s Family?”
”Unfortunately, it’s not. What’s being handed down in this Family is mainly design techniques. My teacher for magic-tool manufacture was the Owleyes workshop’s chief, Godwin.”
”That stubborn old man!!”
I almost unconsciously burst out laughing.
”Stubborn, you say… well, he does have a strict side. But if you face him earnestly, he’ll properly teach you, you know?”
”Before getting to that point, most guys’ll probably get frustrated though.”
Having found a strange common point, I laughed, and Duncan too laughed, his one cheek raised into a grin.
With the circuit board’s repair taken care of, Duncan inserted it below the sword’s guard, and assembled it with great deftness.
I picked up the spent magic stone taken from the pommel that had been replaced.
That stone had a slightly muddy glow.
I called out to the male customer who’d been watching the repair work with great interest.
The swordsman straightened their back, standing up straight.
”With this, the re-repair is concluded, but…”
I opened the palm of my hand, showing him the magic stone that had been in the repaired magic sword.
”This magic stone, it was bought from another workshop, wasn’t it?”