Chapter 3: The Warm Light Dwelling in One’s Heart–
Shigezane was wounded in the yakuma extermination.
She caught a glimpse of their family-like “bond” in how Kojuurou listened calmly to the situation and admonished Shigezane and how, in his own way, Masamune showed his appreciation for others.
The three from the Date Army, me, and Imari-kun, who was safe and lively, were……
Surrounding Masamune-san’s handmade feast.
[IMARI]: “Waaah, this is delicious~!”
.[SHIGEZANE]: “Aa, it’s super tasty! I’ll have seconds!”
[KOJUUROU]: “Shigezane, do you intend to eat all of it by yourself? Consider others when you eat.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Though…… this is truly delicious food. I fully understand your feelings on wanting seconds.”
The handmade feast was highly praised by everyone and Masamune-san snorted, as if embarrassed somewhere.
[MASAMUNE]: “Hn…… this isn’t anything special.”
[YUZUKI]: “But… every dish is really good.”
[YUZUKI]: “I thought so when I received your boxed dishes, but Masamune-san you’re really talented at cooking, huh.”
When I said this and smiled, Masamune-san turned away.
[MASAMUNE]: “…… Shut up and eat.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, that’s right. It’s such delicious food, it’d be rude to talk while eating.”
[MASAMUNE]: “…… Is it that delicious?”
Masamune-san placed several dishes that were before him in front of me.
[YUZUKI]: “Umm…… are you giving them to me?”
[MASAMUNE]: “They’re failures.”
[YUZUKI]: “Really? But they’re good.”
[YUZUKI]: (Masamune-san looks somewhat happy……?)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Which reminds me, today at training–“
[KOJUUROU]: “Shigezane, don’t talk with food in your mouth.”
[KOJUUROU]: “And Masamune, careful, your sleeve will touch the miso soup.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Ah…… that was dangerous.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “You aren’t gonna eat that fish? I’ll take iit!”
[IMARI]: “Ahhh!? I was leaving that to eat last!”
[KOJUUROU]: “Shigezane! Don’t take another’s dish!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Geez, stop nagging at every little thing, Kojuurou. I just have to return it, right? I’m returning it!”
[YUZUKI]: (…… I never imagined that when I came to this world, in such a short time, I would be able to have such a lively and fun meal.)
[YUZUKI]: “…… Ahaha.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Hm? Is something the matter?”
[YUZUKI]: “No…… I just felt happy, so.”
[YUZUKI]: “Everyone in the Date Army is close like a family and when I’m having a meal together with everyone……”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s almost like I’m one of you.”
[IMARI]: “Huuuh! What about me? Am I being left out!?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, of course you’re included, Imari-kun.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Well, yeah, we’re all like one family.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “‘Cause when we were tiny, we were brought up by Kojuurou’s big sis.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “At that time, big sis was like our mother but now Kojuurou is totally the mother!”
[MASAMUNE]: “That’s true.”
[KOJUUROU]: “I’m not intending to take the place of your mothers though……”
[KOJUUROU]: “It’s because you’re both reckless, so I end up having to bother.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “You say that, Kojuurou, but you just really like looking after us, right?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Don’t be ridiculous.”
Even this casual conversation was heart-warming and I smiled again.
[IMARI]: “For a while, I wondered how things were going to go, but–“
[IMARI]: “It’s a nice feeling to be getting along, huh.”
[IMARI]: “This is also thanks to your efforts for everyone.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, no…… I haven’t done anything……”
[YUZUKI]: (When I was imprisoned abruptly I was honestly surprised and unbearably scared.)
[YUZUKI]: (But now I know that these three in the Date Army are kind and fun people–)
[YUZUKI]: (…… When I think on it now, I’m glad that when I came into this world these people were the first ones I met.)
[KOJUUROU]: “Oh, are you not going to eat? There is still much more left.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, yes! Don’t mind if I do!”
[YUZUKI]: (Especially Kojuurou-san who is always concerned about me like this. I’m really grateful……)
It was somehow amusing to be able to understand what everyone said about Kojuurou-san and how “if this were a family he’d be the mother”.
[YUZUKI]: (But if I were really to become a member of this family…… I think I’d definitely be happy.)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Thanks for the food.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Oi, Shigezane, you still have vegetables left.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Che…… I got found.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Don’t be picky and eat properly.”
[YUZUKI]: (Haha, he really is like a mom.)
[SHIGEZANE]: “What d’ya mean, geez. It should be okay leaving this much……”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Geh, Kojuurou, you’re always being noisy and nagging……”
At Shigezane-san’s side, who was unwillingly putting his vegetables into his mouth, Masamune-san brought his face close to Kojuurou and lowered his voice.
[MASAMUNE]: “I just remembered, Kojuurou, come to my room after.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Hm……? Why?”
[MASAMUNE]: “It’s been a long time and I want to listen to that.”
[YUZUKI]: (That……? What’s “that”……)
[KOJUUROU]: “How unusual for you to say that. How many years has it been?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Is it impossible?”
[KOJUUROU]: “No, of course not. I understand, I shall prepare.”
[MASAMUNE]: “…… I’m counting on it.”
Having said that Masamune-san returned to eating but, for some reason, Kojuurou-san watched him for a while with some concern.
[YUZUKI]: (What exactly were they talking about……?)