Chapter 0 – Charity Brings Its Own Reward
When she woke up, she found herself in a world she had never seen before called Shinga… on top of a tree.
At the end of her jump, it was a werewolf called “Takeda Shingen” who caught her gently.
[YUZUKI]: (………… huh? …… when did I faint……)
[YUZUKI]: (W-Wait a moment…… where is this place!? Am I–)
[YUZUKI]: “ON TOP OF A TREE!?”
[YUZUKI]: (H-How am I supposed to get down.)
As I panicked about the situation I was placed in, suddenly, I heard a voice from below.
[???]: “What are you doing up there–?”
I timidly peered down in the direction of the voice.
[???]: “What’s with that girl. Why is she up in a tree?”
[???]: “Hm, she’s quite gutsy to have climbed that high.”
[YUZUKI]: (Who are these people? They look like… they’re wearing armor…… and there’s ears on their head?)
[YUZUKI]: (Could it be that they’re filming something?)
[???]: “Oi, what’s wrong? You’re just staring at us, is there something on our faces?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, no, that’s not it……”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, is everyone filming something–“
[???]: “–! Shingen-sama, it looks like they’re about to come soon.”
[???]: “Ah crap, looks like we took too long, huh.”
[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “Found you, Takeda Shingen!”
[YUZUKI]: (Wha… who are those people!? Are they playing the bad guys……?)
[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “Don’t think you can return home alive from Ueusugi’s territory.”
[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “Hyaaaah!”
[???]: “Heh, like I’d let you!”
[YUZUKI]: (W-What do I do, the fighting has started.)
[YUZUKI]: (And those names. Uesugi and Takeda were famous Sengoku warlords……)
[TAKEDA SHINGEN?]: “Hey, you the lady up there.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh? Me?”
Having said that, the man called “Takeda Shingen” spread out both arms widely on the spot.
[TAKEDA SHINGEN?]: “Now, come. I’ll definitely catch you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-You’re joking, right1? You’re not saying that seriously, right!?”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN?]: “Nope, I’m serious. I can’t leave a woman alone in such a dangerous place, right?”
[YUZUKI]: (Eh!? That person is seriously being slashed at–)
[???]: “Oi, girl! Hurry up! If you keep being slow, the enemy’s reinforcements will come!”
[???]: “About that…… it may be too late already.”
[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “Prepare yourselves, Takeda soldiers!”
[???]: “Hahaha, reinforcements came! This has become even more interesting!”
[YUZUKI]: (I-Is this really a film!? Or……!?)
[TAKEDA SHINGEN?]: “Come on, what’s wrong? Take the plunge and jump to me.”
[YUZUKI]: (Uuuh…… if it’s come to this then, geez–!)
I closed my eyes, readied myself, and then jumped off the tree.
[YUZUKI]: (Huh……? It doesn’t… hurt…?)
When I hesitantly opened my eyes, I was being held tightly in firm arms.
[TAKEDA SHINGEN?]: “You aren’t hurt, are you?”
[YUZUKI]: “…… ah. N-No……”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN?]: “Although I told you to take the plunge and jump, I didn’t think you’d actually do it. You’re courageous.”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “By the way, what’s your name? I’m Takeda Shingen.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, I’m called Yuzuki……”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “I see…… that’s a nice name.”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Alright. Now then, for the time being, how about running away together back to my house. Because it’ll definitely be safe there.”
Saying that, he gave a bright smile, out-of-place in this situation, and made me feel secure.
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Hey, everyone! We’re going to temporarily retreat from here.”
[???]: “Then I’ll be the rearguard, and I’ll try buying some time for everyone to run.”
[???]: “In that case, I’ll stay behind too! If Nobuharu-san is going to remain, then let’s fight together!”
[???]: “And I won’t let anyone get close to Shingen-sama!”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Geez, you two are energetic when it comes to battles.”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “But, well, I’ll leave this place to Nobuharu-san and Masakage.”
[???]: “Then, we’ll entrust those two with being the rearguard……”
[???]: “But, just to be sure, it may be better to divide ourselves into two groups here.”
[???]: “There’s a possibility that the enemy may be hiding a detached force.”
[???]: “Huh? Is something the matter?”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “No…… sorry… I just realized you were here, Masatoyo……”
[NAITOU MASATOYO]: “…… Ahaha, my presence has always been weak so I don’t mind.”
[NAITOU MASATOYO]: “Anyway, placing that aside, we’ll have Shingen-sama with that girl and then Masanobu and I– we’ll split into two, and escape while drawing the enemy’s attention.”
[KOUSAKA MASANOBU]: “It’s true the movements of a large group would stand out, and splitting up to move might be more reliable.”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “…… Got it. Both of you better come back home.”
[MASATOYO + MASANOBU]: “Yes, of course.”
The place we arrived at, Shingen-san’s “house”, was exactly like a castle! Just that feeling… was more than enough to confuse me.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, where is this place? You’re not filming some sort of drama, are you?!”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Drah-ma? Fihl-m? What’s that?”
[YUZUKI]: (…… It looks like he really doesn’t know anything.)
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Hey, what’s wrong? You seem to be thinking about something?”
[YUZUKI]: (I thought so before too but… he has ears on his head.)
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Hm? What are you looking at? Are you that curious about my ears?”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Ah, could this be your first time seeing a “werewolf”? That’s unusual. Hey, do you want to try touching my ears?”
Saying that, Shingen-san presented his ears in my direction.
[YUZUKI]: (They’re f-flicking around…… can I really touch them?)
I tried touching his ears with a pounding heart. When I did, I could feel the warmth of blood passing through at the tip of my fingers, and I realized they were certainly real.
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Hahaha, that tickles.”
[YUZUKI]: “These aren’t fakes but really a real thing, right…!?”
Maybe he was surprised at my panic, but Shingen-san’s words were full of concern.
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “What’s wrong? You seem to be confused over something. If you’re troubled by anything, try talking about it.”
I didn’t think the man in front of me would believe me, but it hurt to hold all these insecurities alone in my chest……
I spoke honestly about how I didn’t know why I was in the forest, how I climbed that tree, and how I didn’t know anything and was confused…… and that this all happened when I woke.
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “I see. When you woke up, you were in the forest… huh. Hahaha, that’d be surprising and confusing to anyone.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh? U-Um…… you’re going to believe me that easily?”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Aa. I’m confident in my eye for people. Thanks to that, I’ve been blessed with great vassals.”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Well, anyway, you must be tired today, right?”
When he said that, I realized I was more tired than I thought.
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Then tonight you can stay here.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh… ehhhh!? Here…… can I really accept that much?”
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “Aa. Our guest rooms are empty, so you can relax there. And you can rest that tired mind.”
[YUZUKI]: (I’m certainly grateful to get to rest but…… is it really okay to stay the night?)
[YUZUKI]: (I feel like it’s too careless to stay a night at the house of a man whose name is the only thing I know.)
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “What’s wrong? Let’s go.”
[YUZUKI]: (But…… I have no option except staying here, so I have to go with him.)
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “There’s nothing here but you can take it easy for today.”
That being said, he gave me a friendly smile.
[TAKEDA SHINGEN]: “…… Well, you can do whatever you want now. I have some governmental affairs left, so I’m going to finish those.”
Shingen-san said that soon after he lead me to the guest room and then left. Left behind alone, I slowly looked around.
[YUZUKI]: (This… isn’t a dream, right? Why am I here?)
[???]: “Uummm, where is she. I’m sure she entered this room though……”
[YUZUKI]: (…… S-Someone’s coming!)
[???]: “Ah! I’ve finally…… found you……!”
[YUZUKI]: (The t-tanuki is speaking!?)
[???]: “…… Uu, I’m so glad. I’ve finally…… finally met you… *sniffs*.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um… ummm…… you are?”
[IMARI]: “*sniffs*…… I’m called Imari. I’ve been searching for you forever……”
[IMARI]: “I wondered what I’d do if I couldn’t meet you…… uu…… will you listen to me, even for a little bit?”
[YUZUKI]: “O-Okay. Got it. I’ll listen to you, so don’t cry, okay?”
Imari-kun was the close aide to a woman called “Himemiko-sama” who governed this world, “Shinga”.
However, it is said that Himemiko-sama suddenly disappeared.
[IMARI]: “Before she disappeared, I was told by Himemiko-sama to “look for the daughter who came from a parallel universe”…… that’s why I’ve been searching for you forever.”
[IMARI]: “I couldn’t come out before because that warlord was talking to you, so I continued to wait until you were alone.”
[YUZUKI]: “I see……”
[IMARI]: “Please! Please, I beg of you, help me look for Himemiko-sama!”
[YUZUKI]: “Um… ummm…… before that, can I ask one thing?”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Why did this Himemiko-sama person know about me…?”
[IMARI]: “…… I’m sorry, even I don’t know that. But Himemiko-sama made a prediction about you many years ago.”
[YUZUKI]: (…… Himemiko-sama knew about me, huh…… then she might know a way to return me home.)
[YUZUKI]: “I-I see…… I understand. I’ll help look for Himemiko-sama!”
[IMARI]: “T-Thank you!!”
[IMARI]: “Then, I’m going to go collect information on anything related to Himemiko-sama! Please wait until I come back with information!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, wait! I still have a lot of things to ask–“
[YUZUKI]: (He’s gone……)
[YUZUKI]: (Shinga…… and Himemiko-sama……)
[YUZUKI]: (Why did I come to this world? And why did Himemiko-sama predict that I would come?)
[YUZUKI]: (It’s no good. I don’t understand anything. What in the world is going to happen in the future……)