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.
[HANBEE]: “…… Puhah! Gosh, it’s a good thing the river was deeper than I thought, huh~.”
[YUZUKI]: “*cough cough*…… t-this was way too reckless, Hanbee-kun! To jump off a cliff like that……”
[HANBEE]: “Ahaha, sorry? But we’re safe like this, so isn’t it okay. All’s well that ends well, kinda thing~.”
.[YUZUKI]: “T-That might be true but……”
[KANBEE]: “It appears you two are both uninjured.”
[HANBEE]: “Wah, Kanbee! As expected~. You knew how I would act?”
[KANBEE]: “Heh, I know immediately what you think about.”
[KANBEE]: “In any case, you two should first come out of the river. –Here, grab on.”
[YUZUKI]: “T-Thank you very much.”
Getting pulled up by Kanbee-san’s hand, we were able to feel like ourselves again.
[HANBEE]: “Although it might be temporary, I think we’ve tricked Mitsuhide for a little while~.”
[YUZUKI]: “Then we can rela– achoo!”
[HANBEE]: “Wah, are you okay? You’re a girl so if you caught a cold it’d be a probl– achoo!”
[KANBEE]: “…… Hanbee, you too. First, let us dry both of your wet clothes.”
As we gathered around a fire that Kanbee-san made, we were all pleased again with each other’s safety.
[HANBEE]: “Well then, as soon as our clothes dry, the three of us can search for clues about Himemiko-sama again.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yep! I’m looking forward to it.”
[???]: “Hoooooooold on!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Geez, this a time for good girls to be asleep. When did you become such a bad girl~?”
Hideyoshi-san, who appeared from the trees, sighed with an exasperated look.
[KANBEE]: “…… You read our movements. As expected.”
[HANBEE]: “Guess we really aren’t a match for you, Hideyoshi-sama.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Naturally, right? Well, honestly, I wanted to watch you all a bit more but I can’t let you guys go on ahead from here.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s……! Please, let us through!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Huh? Am I possibly being treated as the bad guy here?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “No way, I’m not trying to bully you guys here. I meant there’s a nest of yakuma ahead, so it’s impossible to go through.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh, ah… I-I see… um, sorry……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ahaha, I’m glad you seem to understand. Now then, next is my turn.”
Hideyoshi-san, who was supposed to be laughing, suddenly took on a serious look.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “–Why did you sneak out of the castle? If you didn’t do that, then I wouldn’t have locked you up in the prison.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s, um… because I wanted to return home to my world……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hm? Your world?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes… I want to look for Himemiko-sama and find clues to go home.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hmmm… your world, huh……”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry for hiding that……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Aah, that’s fine.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well, of course, there’s a lot I want to ask about like why you think Himemiko is a clue to your world.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But, more importantly, there’s one thing I want to ask–“
As if telling me that he wouldn’t let me run away, Hideyoshi-san looked at me with intent eyes.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “In the end…… do you yearn for your own world?”
At my small answer, Hideyoshi-san nodded gently.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Got it. Then, we’ll help you look for Himemiko too.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Is that okay?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hmmmm…… to be honest, it’s sad, and I don’t want to help you go home.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But we’re the same in looking for Himemiko and… above all, we’re comrades, aren’t we?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “In that case, it’s obvious that it’s better to cooperate.”
I felt a warmth gradually spread through my chest at Hideyoshi-san’s words.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ah, but I’m not going to give up on marrying you though.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “It’s my goal to have you say that you don’t want to return home to your world. –I’m definitely going to make you think that.”
[YUZUKI]: “Tha, um, that’s……”
[HANBEE]: “Heehee, that’s exactly like Hideyoshi-sama. You’re really the best schemer, huh~.”
[KANBEE]: “Heh, and that is why he’s interesting.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ahaha~, oh gosh, don’t praise me like that. Well then, we should return to the castle soon.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ah, before that, one more thing…… You can’t hide anything from me anymore, okay?”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay… I understand, Hideyoshi-san.”
(T/N: So, I, uh, think I overworked my arm by typing too much. Probably a combination of a hectic work week and that two updates a day I was trying to do. I’m going to be taking this weekend as a break before returning to updates /o/ in the meantime this is a good place to stop.
AND I got my hands on the Sengoku Night Blood manga which follows the Toyotomi storyline as well but starts to diverge in CH3 with Mitsunari. At the end here, it’s Hideyoshi who jumps off the cliff with Yuzuki and then… well I’ll just let this thread on my twitter speak for itself.)