Chapter 6: The Light that Leads to the World
At the end of discussions, she received permission to search for a sacred treasure, and headed to the actual place together with Nagahide.
Inside a cave and not knowing when they might encounter the Toyotomi Army… there they saw…!?
The next day after Hideyoshi-san stole the scroll related to the sacred treasure, Nagahide-san, who went out in pursuit of Maeda Toshiie, returned back to the castle.
And then a report began in front of everyone when they gathered.
[NAGAHIDE]: “–This is all the details…… I apologize deeply. I had cornered him at one point but……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You deemed it too dangerous to chase too far, no? Good decision.”
.[YUZUKI]: (He seemed so frustrated yesterday but…… today he’s the same as always.)
When I unintentionally stared at Nobunaga-san, our eyes met.
[NOBUNAGA]: “………… What.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah…… um……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “If this is about the sacred treasure, I already said it yesterday. There is no need to search.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes…… I remember.”
When I nodded, Nobunaga-san removed his gaze from me.
[NOBUNAGA]: “You’re done here. Go to your room.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Okay.”
Not returning any words other than that, I returned to my room obediently.
[YUZUKI]: “Mmmm, it’s no good……”
Ever since I returned to my room, I started my daily lessons but I was gradually unable to concentrate.
[YUZUKI]: (Haa…… he said there was no need to search for the sacred treasure, but I wonder if that means he doesn’t feel like searching for Himemiko-sama either.)
[YUZUKI]: (If I don’t find Himemiko-sama, I can’t go back home to my old world……)
[RANMARU]: “…… Excuse me, are you present?”
[YUZUKI]: “Mhm. Come in.”
[RANMARU]: “Excuse my intrusion.”
[KATSUIE]: “…… Yo.”
[YUZUKI]: “Katsuie-san, you came too…… Did something happen?”
[KATSUIE]: “Ah, no……”
[RANMARU]: “Even though finding the sacred treasure was supposed to be a clue to search for Himemiko, Nobunaga-sama said it wasn’t necessary to search, huh.”
[RANMARU]: “And so, I worried about whether you might be feeling down about that and came to see you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thanks, Ranmaru-kun. You too, Katsuie-san, thank you.”
[KATSUIE]: “Ah…… no, I wasn’t particularly…… I just happened to pass in front of your room by chance.”
[RANMARU]: “No. He came earlier than I did and was loitering in front of your room.”
[KATSUIE]: “H-Hey, you! Don’t say unnecessary things!”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, thank you for worrying.”
[KATSUIE]: “N-No problem…… well, since this is the case, cheer up. I’m sure Nobunaga-sama has a thought in mind and that person shouldn’t do anything bad to you.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… I wonder.”
[KATSUIE]: “Aa. I can see that Nobunaga-sama likes you.”
[RANMARU]: “I think so too.”
[RANMARU]: “Besides, if we obtain the sacred treasure and find Himemiko, you’ll return home to your old world…… that’s sad.”
[KATSUIE]: “…… Nobunaga-sama will definitely unite Shinga. And you should be able to live pretty well as one of the retainers of the ruler.”
After talking for a while, Ranmaru-kun and Katsuie-san left my room.
[YUZUKI]: (Those two have properly accepted me as their friend. I’m really happy about that.)
[YUZUKI]: (But I don’t serve Nobunaga-san from the bottom of my heart like those two……)
As I thought about this alone in a gloomy mood–
[IMARI]: “Fuuah…… I’ve finally made it back.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Imari-kun! Are you okay? You didn’t get hurt, did you?”
[IMARI]: “Yep! I wondered what was going to happen when I was thrown out, but as you can see I’m safe!”
[IMARI]: “More importantly, listen! I chased after the Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who stole the scroll, and heard an amazing rumor in a village I stopped by.”
[IMARI]: “Yes! At a shrine in Toyotomi’s territory, there seems to be a cave where a dragon is guarding a mirror……!”
[IMARI]: “The sacred treasure drawn in the scroll was also a mirror. So I thought the mirror the dragon is guarding might be Himemiko-sama’s sacred treasure!”
[YUZUKI]: “Maybe so……! Let’s look for it immediately……”
When I rose up partway I suddenly realized something.
[IMARI]: “…… Is something wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun, if you and I run into yakuma there’s nothing we can do… huh……”
[IMARI]: “T-That’s true……”
[YUZUKI]: (But I can’t act like I didn’t hear this amazing clue!)
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun, leave this clue about that dragon guarding a mirror with me. I have a bit of an idea.”
[IMARI]: “Really!? Okay then, I believe you!”
With Imari-kun’s words at my back, I hardened my resolve and stood up once again.