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.
In a midnight wrapped in silence–. I secretly slipped out of the castle, without anyone seeing me.
[YUZUKI]: (Even though I said I was going to search for Himemiko-sama, I don’t have a single clue……)
[YUZUKI]: (For the time being, I came to the place where I first woke up in this world but……)
[YUZUKI]: (Huh? I thought I heard something just now–)
When I turned my eyes towards it, curious, I saw a large dark shape standing in my way.
[YUZUKI]: (N-No way, yakuma!? I-I have to hurry and run……)
[???]: “Oh my, oh my, what’s a girl doing alone at this time~? Huhuhuhu.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh!? W-Who is it!?”
[???]: “Hmm? If I look closely, isn’t this my favorite… pretty girls~.”
[YUZUKI]: (C-Could it be a bandit!? At this time……!)
[YUZUKI]: “There’s yakuma! You have to hurry and run too–“
[HANBEE]: “Puh… ahaha! Just kidding! It’s me. Ehehe, sorry if I surprised you, okay?”
[YUZUKI]: “H-Hanbee-kun? Why’re you here.”
[HANBEE]: “Ummm, there’s no time to explain right now, so let’s do it later!”
Saying this, Hanbee-kun quickly took my hand.
[YUZUKI]: “Eh, um, Hanbee-kun……!?”
[HANBEE]: “Now then, Kanbee, I’m leaving the rest to you~.”
From the darkness, Kanbee-san appeared as if exchanging places with Hanbee-kun, who pulled me away from the yakuma.
[KANBEE]: “I will handle this.”
[YUZUKI]: (Even Kanbee-san came……)
The yakuma’s roar shook the air. But Kanbee-san was unconcerned and suddenly raised his hand.
[KANBEE]: “–Archers, release.”
The rain of arrows that poured down pierced the yakuma’s flesh.
[YUZUKI]: “I-I can’t believe even soldiers were prepared……”
[HANBEE]: “Making the enemy drop their guard, and then a sudden counterattack! That’s Kanbee’s special tactics~.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s just like Kanbee-san…… Ah, then you two knew that yakuma would appear here?”
[HANBEE]: “Mm, that’s not exactly it. More importantly, you aren’t hurt, are you?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? I-I’m okay…… Hanbee-kun and everyone saved me……”
[HANBEE]: “Ew, don’t say such reserved things~. Because helping friends is natural.”
Behind the widely smiling Hanbee-kun, Kanbee-san approached after finishing his extermination.
[KANBEE]: “…… Hanbee, I’ve settled everything on my side. How are you doing?”
[HANBEE]: “Ah, Kanbee. Good work~! Right now, I’m just checking that she’s unharmed!”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you very much for saving me as well, Kanbee-san.”
[KANBEE]: “I do not think this is something to be thanked for though……”
[YUZUKI]: (……? What’s wrong, both of them are staring at my face……)
[HANBEE]: “Yep, I know~.”
[HANBEE]: “Hey, can you hold out both hands for a bit?”
[YUZUKI]: “Both hands? Okay, like this?”
[HANBEE]: “Yep, thanks. Also, sorry for this~.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh…… u-um, Hanbee-kun, what are you going to do with that rope in your hands……?”
[HANBEE]: “I’ll be gentle, so forgive me, okay?”
[KANBEE]: “We will be restraining you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Restrain……!? H-Hold on, wait, please. Why……!”
[HANBEE]: “We’ll talk in detail back at the castle.”
Hanbee-kun bound my wrists with the rope while giving a slightly troubled smile.
[HANBEE]: “Now then, let’s return home for now first~.”
Pulled along by my bound hands, we started walking towards the Toyotomi castle while being confused.
[YUZUKI]: (Why is this happening……)
(T/N: Oops, forgot to mention this, but I couldn’t think of a good way to show it (so I just cropped it out entirely) but at the beginning where Hanbee is joking and trying to sound like someone else, he automatically refers to himself with “boku” but then is like “Oops, I mean ore”. Just thought that was a cute thing I should bring up.)