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.
The cold and stagnant air that drifted through the room was so lonely that even my feelings darkened.
[YUZUKI]: (Why is this happening……)
I was staring at the floor vacantly, but then I felt someone coming in from the entrance.
[HANBEE]: “Sorry about this~. As soon as we returned you were put in this prison.”
[YUZUKI]: “Hanbee-kun, Kanbee-san…! Why am I locked up……”
Running to the bars, I faced the two and asked this desperately.
[KANBEE]: “…… It is Hideyoshi-sama’s orders.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh? Hideyoshi-san’s……?”
[HANBEE]: “Yep. Kanbee and I were told by Hideyoshi-sama to monitor you.”
[HANBEE]: “He said you were acting strange and there were doubts in your mind.”
[YUZUKI]: (Hideyoshi-san…… knew I was troubled.)
[HANBEE]: “Ah, but the reason for putting you in prison is different.”
[HANBEE]: “Hey…… do you possibly know the location of Himemiko-sama?”
[KANBEE]: “Hideyoshi-sama thinks that you and Himemiko might be connected.”
[YUZUKI]: “W-Why is that!? I’m the one who wants to kno– ah……”
[HANBEE]: “Eh? What, what? You’re also searching for Himemiko-sama? But why?”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s…… w-why are you guys searching for Himemiko-sama?”
[HANBEE]: “Heehee, you’re bad at lying, huh~.”
[HANBEE]: “Oh well. Anyway, let’s talk about our situation first.”
[HANBEE]: “It’ll be fine. Because at this rate we won’t be able to have a proper conversation.”
[HANBEE]: “You see, it’s not just Toyotomi that is searching for Himemiko-sama.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, really?”
[HANBEE]: “Ahaha. You really don’t know anything about this country, huh.”
[KANBEE]: “–Himemiko used to give blood to the rulers of this country.”
[HANBEE]: “Because Himemiko-sama’s blood was special…… it seemed to be able to awaken our power as one of the Gekka Tribe.”
[HANBEE]: “Yep, exactly. Isn’t it the same power that you have?”
[HANBEE]: “That’s why Hideyoshi-sama thinks you know something about Himemiko-sama.”
[HANBEE]: “In order to end these troubled times of warring states, power– Himemiko-sama’s blood is needed.”
[KANBEE]: “Each army has their own thoughts but finding Himemiko, who has disappeared, and becoming the next ruler is a commonality.”
[KANBEE]: “I will ask once more– do you happen to know the whereabouts of Himemiko?”
[YUZUKI]: “I-I don’t! I just…… want to go back to my world!”
[KANBEE]: “Your world……?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, um…… when I realized it, I was here in Shinga.”
[YUZUKI]: “And I thought if it was Himemiko-sama she would know something……”
[YUZUKI]: (…… But there’s no way they’d believe this story–)
[HANBEE]: “I see~. That’s why you don’t know anything about this world.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, you believe me?”
[HANBEE]: “Of course!”
[KANBEE]: “I do not think you are a person who is able to fabricate a story in this place.”
[HANBEE]: “To tell the truth, I thought from the start that there was no way you would know any clues about Himemiko-sama.”
[HANBEE]: “You too, right, Kanbee?”
[KANBEE]: “…… From the beginning may be too much to say, but if you are also searching for Himemiko, then I do not think there is a connection.”
[YUZUKI]: “You two…… U-Um… is it possible for me to get out of here……”
[HANBEE]: “Hmmm… I’d like to do that very much but Hideyoshi-sama also has thoughts of his own……”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… right……”
[HANBEE]: “Hm? Kanbee, did you think of something?”
[KANBEE]: “…… No, not exactly…… –I was thinking this was similar to that time.”
[HANBEE]: “Ah… now that you mention it, you could say that.”
[YUZUKI]: “That time…?”
[KANBEE]: “…… Before, I was arrested on a false charge.”
[KANBEE]: “I had given up on anything like a rescue. I thought I could only entrust my body to a creeping death.”
[KANBEE]: “–It was Hanbee who was the only one to come and save me, not abandoning me.”
Kanbee-san looked at Hanbee-kun, as if fond of that precious memory.
[HANBEE]: “Saving is an exaggeration though~.”
[HANBEE]: “I respected you since long before, Kanbee, and always thought about wanting to be friends. But Kanbee, you normally had an atmosphere that made it hard to get close.”
[HANBEE]: “That’s why, at that time, I thought “this is a good chance to talk to Kanbee!” and just went to see you.”
[KANBEE]: “Heh, but thanks to your actions and you, who disregarded your own life, there is a me now.”
I could see a solid bond called trust between the two who laughed.
[YUZUKI]: (How lovely……)
[HANBEE]: “–Hey, Kanbee, I might have a little suggestion~?”
[KANBEE]: “What a coincidence, me too.”
[HANBEE]: “Heehee, then it’s decided, right!”
Hanbee-kun, who smiled impishly, placed his hand on the keys of the prison.
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? What are you–“
[HANBEE]: “Shhh! Let’s keep what I’m going to do right now a secret from Hideyoshi-sama.”
Hanbee-kun’s white hand opened the cold lock very easily.
[YUZUKI]: “U-Um… is this okay? To let me out……”
[KANBEE]: “It does not matter. Our intentions have already been decided.”
[HANBEE]: “After all, it’s strange to be locked up when you don’t know anything.”
[HANBEE]: “Let us help you find a way back to your world? We’ll go looking for “Himemiko” together!”
I gently grabbed that extended hand which came with a smile. And as I stepped outside the prison, a deep emotion of being moved gradually spread through my heart.
[YUZUKI]: “Hanbee-kun, Kanbee-san…… thank you so much……!”
[KANBEE]: “No thanks necessary. First, let us exit the castle without being found by the soldiers.”