Chapter 6: Two-Faced
The commanders started searching for the “sacred treasure” written in the scroll obtained at Nobunaga’s castle, and which might be a clue to Himemiko.
However, Hideyoshi seemed to be pondering over something…?
[YUZUKI]: (Toshiie-san and the others said they were searching the warehouse, so I’ve left them to it but…… where should I search after that?)
[YUZUKI]: (…… Maybe I should search my room just in case……)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Oh, you’ve fiiinally returned. I’ve been waiting.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, Hideyoshi-san!?”
Hideyoshi-san, who was sitting in the center of the room, beckoned me with his hand as if he were saying “come here, come here”. In response to that, I sat down beside him.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, why are you in my room, Hideyoshi-san?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Who knoooows. Why do you think?”
[YUZUKI]: “W-Why, you say…… even if you ask me that……”
Hideyoshi-san laughed as he looked at my confusion.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now that you’re here, you might as well try guessing my intention. If you guess right, I’ll give you a reward. If you guess wrong– you should be prepared at that time, okay?”
[YUZUKI]: “B-Be prepared……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “The time limit is 5 seconds! Fiiive, fouuuur……”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha? W-Wait a minute, plea–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “–Okay, too baad~, time’s up.”
The moment he said that, Hideyoshi-san’s hand pulled my shoulder and his arm wrapped around my back, letting him embrace me tightly.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I have something important to say……”
His voice, which whispered into my ears, was fervent and it shook my heartbeat.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Sorry…… ’cause, right now, I’m really panicking.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hey…… are you really going to go back home?”
[YUZUKI]: “Tha, um……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I don’t want that. I want you to stay beside me forever.”
[YUZUKI]: (P-Please don’t whisper that by my ear……)
My face steadily became hotter and hotter at his pleading voice and his warmth which I could feel through our clothes.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I need you. So please…… don’t go.”
[YUZUKI]: “G-Geez…… wait a moment, please. Why are you suddenly saying this……”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Ah, is it possible that you’re just trying to trick someone again–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “No. This is…… only this is my true feeling.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You see, I’ve told a lot of lies up to now. You probably don’t know, but my life has been full of lies.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “However…… wanting you to stay beside me…. this feeling is true.”
As if swearing by his words, Hideyoshi-san’s lips dropped on the back of my hand.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Back when we defeated the yakuma, I asked you to always stay by my side, right? Is that…… no longer good now?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh……? B-But, that’s because, that was……”
[YUZUKI]: (Hideyoshi-san’s face is really serious…… what do I do, I can’t look away……)
Because I was confused and at a loss, I couldn’t reply with any good words. But, despite my state, Hideyoshi-san seemed to notice something and looked towards the sliding screens.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Haa, what a shame, it looks like I’m out of time again.”
All of a sudden, at the same time Hideyoshi-san released me, I heard noisy footsteps from outside the room.
[TOSHIIE]: “Heeey! Are you theere!?”
Toshiie-san opened the sliding screen forcefully and was followed by Mitsunari-san, Hanbee-kun, and Kanbee-san, as he entered the room.
[MITSUNARI]: “Toshiie! When you’re entering a woman’s room you need to get permission first…… wha, Hideyoshi-sama?”
[HANBEE]: “Huh? Why are you here, Hideyoshi-sama?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “No reaaason~. I was just looking through her room together with her.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh!? Um……”
[YUZUKI]: (He was holding me up until now…… but that’s embarrassing to say……)
[TOSHIIE]: “Your face looks kinda red, doesn’t it?”
[YUZUKI]: “N-Nope! Really, it’s nothing…… More importantly, did something happen over there?”
[MITSUNARI]: “Ah, yes, that’s right. We found it! Himemiko’s sacred treasure!”
[YUZUKI]: “Whaa, really!?”
[HANBEE]: “Of course! After you left, everyone was searching the warehouse, and then it was found~!”
[TOSHIIE]: “I was the one who found it though!”
[KANBEE]: “Though it seemed like it was practically coincidental.”
Looking at everyone’s bright expressions as they spoke, I felt happiness slowly fill my heart.
[YUZUKI]: “W-We really found it…… I’m so glad…… Everyone, thank you so much.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, what did you just sa–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “It’s nothing. Anyway, we should check out that sacred treasure.”
While feeling like there was something I couldn’t understand, I left the room along with Hideyoshi-san and the others.