Chapter 1: The Truth Hidden in Blood–
As soon as she arrived at the castle she was thrown into a prison without a clue as to what to do.
In order to return to her old world, she slipped out of the prison with Imari’s help, and searched for clues on “Himemiko” but…
After finished treating the wounded soldiers, I returned to my prison.
When morning visited my prison, Kojuurou-san came to visit me.
[KOJUUROU]: “Does your injury on your palm still hurt?”
.[YUZUKI]: (Kojuurou-san…… maybe it’s my imagination but his expression seems softer since yesterday……?)
[KOJUUROU]: “Hm……? Is something the matter? You’re staring at my face.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, ah, nothing! And my injury is noth… ow!”
[KOJUUROU]: “Please do not be reckless. I will change your bandages. Your hand, please.”
Kojuurou-san took my hand, unravelled the bandages, applied more salve, and then wrapped new bandages.
His hands were gentle, as if he were touching something fragile, and there was no waste in his actions.
[YUZUKI]: “Kojuurou-san, you’re really skilled at this.”
[KOJUUROU]: “It’s because I’ve had to see after the injuries of Masamune and Shigezane since we were young.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Meaning you three were childhood friends?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Mm, something along those lines. Masamune, Shigezane, and I were raised like brothers.”
[KOJUUROU]: “There, it’s done. Now, we should let you out soon.”
Kojuurou-san pushed open the door to my prison.
[YUZUKI]: “…… Huh?”
[YUZUKI]: (He’s saying… I can come out…? But why……)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Yo! Isn’t it great that you’re a free woman!”
[YUZUKI]: “A free woman……? Um…… wha? Why… are you letting me out?”
[KOJUUROU]: “We understood from seeing your actions yesterday that you are certainly not an enemy ninja. You are someone worthy of trust.”
[KOJUUROU]: “The soldiers who received your treatment, everyone, feels the same way.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Even Masamune said that you don’t have to be looked up anymore and you can come out!”
[YUZUKI]: (Masamune-san said that……?)
[KOJUUROU]: “Shigezane…… Masamune told you to keep that a secret, didn’t he.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “It’s fine. He’s just embarrassed anyway.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “More importantly, you can finally move around freely now! I’ll show you around the castle!”
[YUZUKI]: “Wah…… please don’t pull my hand like that!”
[KOJUUROU]: “Shigezane…… that’s dangerous. You have to treat women more gently.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Yeah, yeah. Anyway, let’s go to the dining hall first! It’s a little far so we’ll be runningg!”
[KOJUUROU]: “I told you not to handle her so roughly…… Good gracious. It seems best that I follow along as well.”
[IMARI]: “Let me go with you too! Please waaait!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “And when you go past here… Oh, just in time!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Masamune-san……”
The sight of Masamune-san who had brought his mouth to my hand yesterday crossed my mind suddenly.
[YUZUKI]: (Oh no, why am I remembering that……)
[YUZUKI]: “Um, ah……”
[YUZUKI]: (What should I say…… Ask him about his injuries? Thank him for letting me out of prison……?)
The words weren’t coming out and, as I stayed silent, Masamune-san approached me with a look of what seemed like anger.
Keeping silent, he thrusted a package that he was holding at me. There seemed to be a delicious smell coming from the package……
[YUZUKI]: “This is……?”
[MASAMUNE]: “If you don’t want it, you don’t have to accept.”
I received the package hesitantly from Masamune-san, who had turned away.
[YUZUKI]: “Umm…… thank you. What’s inside……?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Don’t open it!”
[YUZUKI]: (Eh?! He grabbed my hand!? Why……!?)