Chapter 4: Forgotten Fragments of History–
Revealing that she came from a parallel universe, they started to search for Himemiko together.
First, they tried to search for the “sacred treasure” necessary for knowing Himemiko’s location, and so she went out with Shigezane but…
[KOJUUROU]: “If you have any troubles, please do not hesitate to talk to us.”
At Kojuurou-san’s words, I resolved myself and held nothing back on what I had kept silent about until now.
[YUZUKI]: “Kojuurou-san. In truth, I’m……”
[YUZUKI]: “Not from here. I came from another world.”
Saying that, I waited for Kojuurou-san’s reaction.
[YUZUKI]: (Even though it happened to me, it’s a crazy story…… if it doesn’t look like he’ll believe me, I’ll give up.)
However, Kojuurou-san’s gentle smile did not break–
[KOJUUROU]: “Please tell me in detail.”
And instead, he urged me to go on.
[YUZUKI]: “…… When I was in my old world, I suddenly heard the voice of a woman I didn’t know.”
[YUZUKI]: “Next thing I realized, I was in that forest and met everyone in the Date Army.”
[KOJUUROU]: “I see. It was those circumstances from which you appeared abruptly out of the air?”
As I spoke to Kojuurou-san, things in my old world were brought back to my mind.
[YUZUKI]: (…… Dad and mom must be really worried……)
[YUZUKI]: (Will I…… ever be able to go home and say “I’m home” like I used to……?)
[YUZUKI]: “I don’t know why I came to this world or how to go home.”
[YUZUKI]: “I didn’t think anyone would believe this story, so I…… didn’t know what to do……”
[KOJUUROU]: “I see……”
Kojuurou-san reached out a hand to my face. The tears that had gathered in the corner of my eyes, unnoticed, were wiped away by warm fingers.
[KOJUUROU]: “I believe you.”
[KOJUUROU]: “You must have been uneasy until now…… I’m sorry for never having asked.”
My tears overflowed at the sense of security from having him believe it.
The tears that continued to flow, no matter how many times they were wiped, was caught by Kojuurou-san drawing me into his broad chest.
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you so much… for believing……!”
[KOJUUROU]: “It’s natural. I would not question the words of family.”
[KOJUUROU]: “From now on, we will work together to return you to your previous world.”
[YUZUKI]: “*sniff*…… thank… you……”
Kojuurou-san’s large palm caressed my head shyly.
[KOJUUROU]: “Cry as much as you want, I won’t mind. Once you’re calm, let’s think about the future.”
Taking him up on his offer, for a long time after that, I continued to cry into Kojuurou-san’s chest.
The next day, when I was called to Masamune-san’s room, there was not only Masamune-san but also Kojuurou-san and Shigezane-san there.
[KOJUUROU]: “You came. Please sit beside me.”
[YUZUKI]: “Beside…?… Okay, excuse me.”
When I sat beside him, bewildered, Kojuurou-san softly whispered to me.
[KOJUUROU]: “Would you mind if I told Masamune and Shigezane here what you told me the other day?”
[YUZUKI]: “I… don’t mind, but… would they believe me……?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Don’t worry. I will guarantee it.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Moreover…… family does not hide things from one another.”
[YUZUKI]: (Family…… right, I need to believe in everyone too. Like how Kojuurou-san believed in me……)
[KOJUUROU]: “Now then…… Masamune, Shigezane. There is something I would like to speak to you two about.”
Kojuurou-san explained the contents of what I told him yesterday to the both of them.
Hearing a story that seems nothing but crazy, Masamune-san and Shigezane-san were silent for a while–
[SHIGEZANE]: “You…… why’ve you been quiet about such a cool thing!”
[MASAMUNE]: “Shigezane speaks the truth. Why have you kept silent until now about something this useful?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Knowledge of a world different from Shinga……! If used well, my schemes could become even more of a surprise to the other armies than they are now.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hey, hey! When you popped out of the air before, that wasn’t ninjutsu, but an art from your world!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ummm…… so you two believe me then.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Of course! ‘Cause it’s more interesting if it’s true!”
[MASAMUNE]: “If it helps in unifying the country, then I’ll believe and use it no matter what it is.”
Kojuurou-san faced me and showed a soft smile.
[KOJUUROU]: “They believe you, haven’t they?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes……! Thank you, Kojuurou-san!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hey, hey, tell me all about the world you were in!”
[MASAMUNE]: “Are there weapons and armor not found in Shinga? What kind of strategies are there in the battlefields of your world–“
[KOJUUROU]: “Both of you, leave your questions until later.”
[KOJUUROU]: “First, we have to search for a means to return her to her previous world.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Return to her old world!? Why!? There’s so much I want to ask her!”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa, it’ll be troubling if she’s goes back to her old world. The power of her blood and her knowledge are necessary to us.”
[KOJUUROU]: “You two…… if you were hurled into an unfamiliar world, could you still say the same thing?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Wouldn’t that just be awesome!”
[MASAMUNE]: “If I was hurled into an unfamiliar world, I’d just have to take over that world.”
[YUZUKI]: “Both of you are optimistic, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: (Maybe I should follow their example a little too……)
[KOJUUROU]: “Good gracious, you two……”
[KOJUUROU]: “In any case, a method to return her home would not be found overnight.”
[KOJUUROU]: “While we are searching for a method to return her home, there will be time to ask questions.”
[MASAMUNE]: “…… If that is the case, very well.”
[KOJUUROU]: “…… Then, to start with, is there anything you know regarding a method to return you home?”
[YUZUKI]: “I don’t know anything about a way, but…”
[YUZUKI]: “Before, Imari-kun said that Himemiko-sama knew I would come to Shinga.”
[KOJUUROU]: “…… Is this true, Imari.”
[IMARI]: “Yes! I’m certain!”
[YUZUKI]: “So, I was thinking that if I met Himemiko-sama, I’d learn something……”
When they heard what I said, Masamune-san and the others’ faces all clouded over.
[KOJUUROU]: “Unfortunately, but…… ever since Himemiko disappeared for quite some time, her whereabouts are unknown.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Himemiko was a person necessary to uniting Shinga. After her disappearance, various forces searched for Himemiko, however……”
[KOJUUROU]: “The only thing they obtained was information on how it was necessary to use these tools called “sacred treasures” to determine the location of Himemiko–“
[KOJUUROU]: “As to the location of these “sacred treasures”, no force has yet to grasp any clues.”
[YUZUKI]: “I… see……”
[YUZUKI]: (Finding Himemiko-sama… is much harder than I thought it’d be……)
[KOJUUROU]: “…… Please do not look so down. There are many ancient documents written about Himemiko stored in this castle that we have collected from every land.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Let us try reading them over again to see if there are any new discoveries.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you.”
[YUZUKI]: (But if Masamune-san and the others have searched and haven’t found any clues up to now, there’s not much hope, huh……)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Instead of reading old books, let’s go looking for clues.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Even if you say that, where exactly would you look?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “When we were looking for Himemiko, didn’t we go around an old castle and village ruins?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “We could look around them again.”
[KOJUUROU]: “However, for there to be a new discovery at this point in time……”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Then you can re-read the old books, Kojuurou. Let’s go.”
Saying that, Shigezane-san took my hand.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Ah, by the way, it’s gonna be a long journey so tell me about your world on the way!”
[KOJUUROU]: “Oi, Shigezane, that wasn’t your goal from the start was it……”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Anyway, I’m gonna borrow this girl!”
[YUZUKI]: “Wah!? P-Please don’t pull me, Shigezane-san!”
[KOJUUROU]: “Good gracious……”
Pulled hard by Shigezane-san, I left Masamune-san’s room.
(T/N: One of my favorite sections in Date’s story and not just because Kojuurou is the best husband LOL. I cracked up at how flippant Shigezane and Masamune are about the thought of being in another world. “Yeah no big deal I’ll just take it over too”.)