Blake was in a moment of thrill. He had not heard anyone but the master talk in such a way. She had not only came up with improving ideas on the spot, but had also mentioned an invention of her own that surpasses his. He was not used to this, and the surprise was shown on his face, even slightly. "You are brilliant! I never thought of silk, though." He paused a moment. "Even if I had I would not be able to afford it. I am paid what I need to survive and look good. The rest of my payment goes to master for patenting my inventions for me. See you are right, in my circumstances I would most likely be denied a patent, being catfolk. However master had agreed to patent it for me when I first arrived here. He said if it was under his name, then I didnt have to worry about someone stealing my idea."
At that moment his master had come out of the back room. "Hello Miss, I am sorry if my apprentice has been bothering you. He is supposed to be sweeping the front of the store, he must not want to help me on the finishing touches of my newest invention." Blake frowned. "I am sorry master, but she is nice to me, even though my ears are out. It has been a long time, since I." "No excuses. You know you can not have them out." Blake nodded. He turned to Maia. "I would love to come see your home, and your many inventions, but I owe a lot of money to him for patenting my inventions in his name. "