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…
Together with Shigezane-san, I went towards the old castle said to have information on Himemiko-sama.
It took all I had to even straddle the horse and Shigezane-san supported me from behind, in an embracing fashion.
[YUZUKI]: (Uuu…… thanks to Shigezane-san, I somehow got on, but the moment I relax–)
When I seemed about to fall, Shigezane-san clutched me to his chest to hold me up.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hey, you okay?”
My heart started pounding somewhat when I felt Shigezane-san’s warmth at my back and heard his worried voice by my ear.
[YUZUKI]: “I’m good…… thank you.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “You gotta be careful ’cause if you fall from a running horse and get your head stepped on by its hooves you could die.”
[YUZUKI]: “P-Please don’t say scary things.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hm? I’m just telling the truth, though?”
[YUZUKI]: “Even if it’s the truth……!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hrmm, is that how it goes.”
[YUZUKI]: (Shigezane-san is a good person but…… sometimes the things he says directly shocks you……)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Anyway, you can’t even ride a horse, isn’t that inconvenient in your old world?”
[YUZUKI]: “In the world I used to be in, most people can’t ride horses.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Really? Must be hard to go to far away places then.”
[YUZUKI]: “Umm, instead of horses, we have vehicles.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Vee-hih-kuls? What’re those?”
[YUZUKI]: “Uhh, things you can ride on made out of iron, and they run on gasoli…… oil.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “By iron, do you mean the iron that makes swords and armors? How does such a heavy thing run on oil?”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s because…… the gasoline powers the engine and that turns the tires…… kinda like that.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Huuhh, I don’t really get it but I wanna try riding one. Hey, try making one next time!”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s absolutely impossible……”
As we chatted easily like this, we ran over the highroad.
Each time I talked about things that were common to me, Shigezane-san’s eyes would glitter and he would excitedly ask about the next thing.
[SHIGEZANE]: “The world you were in is amazing! Aw man, I wanna go too.”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha… I’m sure there’d be lots of things that would surprise you if you were looking around.”
[YUZUKI]: “Because when I came to this world I was surprised by a lot of things.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Oh right, to you this world is another world, huh.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hey, if there’s something about Shinga that you want to know, ask me anything!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, then… rather than Shinga, it’s about you and the others, Shigezane-san……”
[YUZUKI]: “I’d like to hear more details about what was said a while ago, how you guys searched for Himemiko-sama and went around to many places.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Aah, that story, huh. At that time, the Date Army was an even smaller force than it is now.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Me, Masamune, and Kojuurou, just the three of us looked high and low throughout Shinga.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Along the way, we clashed with Takeda and Uesugi. In those days though we had to run away, and that was frustrating.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “But, well, even though there were countless times I thought we were gonna die, that kind of journey was a lot of fun.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m a bit jealous. If I had been together with you guys at that time then I’m sure–“
[SHIGEZANE]: “I’m sure you’d be killed immediately! ‘Cause you can’t even ride a horse!”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Right.”
Without noticing that I was a little depressed, Shigezane-san spoke with a cheery tone–
[SHIGEZANE]: “Which reminds me, did you know? Takeda, Uesugi, and Date too are all separate forces, but in the past everyone used to be in the same werewolf army.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Really?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Apparently there was an age where the Gekka Tribe members that had ears and tails were one army.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “In those days, it was said that they had frequent contact with Himemiko.”
[YUZUKI]: “Oh, then about the information on Himemiko-sama that’s left behind in the Date Army’s territory……”
[YUZUKI]: “Is it because in the past the territory of the werewolf army, who was connected to Himemiko-sama, has now become the Date Army’s……?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Yep, yep! You’re sharp! Well, to be accurate, the place is actually at the very edge of the Date Army’s territory.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “But one day all the places that were the territory of the werewolf army…… no, all of Shinga, will be made ours!”
[YUZUKI]: “If it’s you and the others, Shigezane-san…… I really feel like it can be done.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hehe, right? Once that happens, we’ll build a super huge castle for you!”
…… At that point in our conversation a half-collapsed castle appeared in front of my eyes.
[YUZUKI]: “Shigezane-san, is that……”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Oh! That’s the old castle where we got information on Himemiko before!”
Shigezane-san stopped the horse in front of the old castle and, after getting off himself, he suddenly lifted me up in order to lower me down.
[YUZUKI]: “Wah……!? You don’t have to go that far……”
Being held in the so-called princess carry, Shigezane-san’s face was close, and my heart jumped.
[SHIGEZANE]: “This way is faster to get you down though?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, but I must be heavy so I feel bad……!”
[YUZUKI]: (And, how do I say this, suddenly picked up is bad for my heart too……!)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Nah, you’re really light, you know? I could even run while holding you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, you won’t really do that right……?”
Shigezane-san gently set me down and looked up at the towering and crumbling castle.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Now then, let’s hurry up and go inside!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Let’s seee, the entrance was definitely…… Hm?”
[???]: “Let’s look around more carefully. ‘Cause it’ll be bad if we’re found out.”
[???]: “I have my own way of doing things. Please do not butt in.”
[???]: “Are we even positive there’s clues to be found… in the first place……?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “What’s this……? People are here?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Stay behind me. Looks like there’s earlier visitors.”
I hurriedly stepped behind Shigezane-san at his tense voice.
Shigezane-san quietly peeked into the old castle. From behind him, I also gave a timid look.
[YUZUKI]: (There’s three men…… Huh, but they have ears and tails……)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Those people are… werewolves!?”
Shigezane-san pulled out his sword and, facing the three werewolves inside the old castle, raised his voice.
[SHIGEZANE]: “What are you doing here!”
[???]: “Aw crap! We got found! What do we do!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Which army are you guys from!”
There was Shigezane-san and the three werewolves. A strained tension ran between them.
After a brief period of silence, one of the three werewolves opened his mouth.
[???]: “We are–“