Chapter 4: Probe
She snuck out of the castle in order to find a way for her to return back to her world… but she was immediately found and confined.
However, Hanbee and Kanbee, who learned of her circumstances, took action.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Start the flood–!”
Along with his command, the water that was restrained went and swallowed the thieves’ stronghold.
Hideyoshi-san and the others rounded up the thieves with barely any sacrifices.
.[HIDEYOSHI]: “Good work everyone~, today was a huge victory!”
[TOSHIIE]: “Yah, also the strategy this time was amazing! The water just went CRASH!”
[MITSUNARI]: “Yes, as expected of Hideyoshi-sama.”
[KANBEE]: “The sacrifices on our side are few in number. This can be said to be the best result.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Alriiiight, in celebration of our victory today, let’s have a banquet when we return to the castle!!”
[HANBEE]: “Awesooome! The soldiers will be happy!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Heh heh heh, then as thanks to everyone, we’ll have a magnififcent banquet, so much of it!”
[MITSUNARI]: “U-Um, Hideyoshi-sama. I am greatly thankful for your consideration, but if the banquet is too grand then the army’s funds will……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Don’t worry about such small things. Mitsunari, I’m counting on you for the preparations~.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Of course, you’ll be participating too, right? Well, even if you say no, I’ll be bringing you along.”
Suddenly hearing my name, I returned to myself and raised my head.
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, ah…… I-I…… um, that is……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hm? What’s wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No, I’m okay. It’s nothing.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Really? If you’re troubled over something, I can give you advice, you know? –Of course, alone with just the two of us.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha! I-I’m okay. Really, I’m fine. Look, if we don’t hurry home then the sun will set.”
I gave a fake smile and left Hideyoshi-san, as if running away.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Kanbee, Hanbee. Come here. I have something to ask of you two–“
[IMARI]: “Did you just return?”
[YUZUKI]: “Wah, Imari-kun! I haven’t seen you at all so I was worried.”
[IMARI]: “I-I’m sorry…… I did come close but I couldn’t find any chance to talk to you……”
[YUZUKI]: “I see……”
[IMARI]: “Huh? What’s wrong? You look a little tired……”
[YUZUKI]: “Mm… just a bit……”
[IMARI]: “Then how about I massage your shoulders? Even though I don’t look like it, I’m really good!”
[YUZUKI]: “I-I’m okay. I’m not that tired.”
[IMARI]: “Really? But… if something happened, I’d like you to talk to me……”
[YUZUKI]: “Umm… it’s nothing important but I can’t quite get used to living in this world…… ever since I came it’s just been battles……”
I felt a little apologetic when Imari-kun’s face clouded over with worry.
[YUZUKI]: “I’m happy that I’m getting along with everyone in the Toyotomi Army, and it’s been fun but……”
[YUZUKI]: “In the end, my own world is special…… I want to eat my mom’s cooking and watch television with my dad……”
[YUZUKI]: “I guess you could say I miss that kind of normal life……”
[IMARI]: “Then… we really do have to find Himemiko-sama, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh, Himemiko-sama…? A-Ah, that’s right, yeah.”
[IMARI]: “…… Huh? Did you completely forget my request?”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No, not at all! I was even thinking of going searching today.”
[YUZUKI]: “Really really. It’s just……”
[YUZUKI]: “I’ve been wondering… if I were to say I wanted to go home back to my world, how would Hideyoshi-san react?”
[IMARI]: “Hmmm, that’s right…… even I can see that he seems to reaaaaally like you……”
[IMARI]: “Who knows, he might say something crazy again and keep you close. This time, he might go through an engagement without giving you a choice or something……”
[YUZUKI]: “H-He wouldn’t possibly go that far…… but, just in case, I guess I should keep it a secret from everyone.”
[IMARI]: “Then it might be better if I don’t go together with you……”
[IMARI]: “If someone in the Toyotomi Army were to see me with you, there’ll be a lot of trouble……”
[YUZUKI]: (Come to think of it, Imari-kun has been hiding from Hideyoshi-san and the others, huh……)
[YUZUKI]: “I’ll try looking for clues alone then.”
[IMARI]: “Okay! Please and thank you!”
As I returned a smile at Imari-kun’s energetic reply, everyone’s faces from the Toyotomi Army appeared in my mind.
[YUZUKI]: (…… If I found a clue about Himemiko-sama and returned home to my world, I wonder how everyone would look.)
[YUZUKI]: (Would they be angry, or……)
[YUZUKI]: (…… It’s meaningless to think that right now, huh. First, I have to find any kind of clue–)