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…
As Shigezane-san protected me behind his back, he held his sword out towards the three werewolves we encountered in the old castle.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Which army are you guys from!”
[???]: “Crap…… What do we do? Run?”
[???]: “Hmph, run, you say? Do you think I would do such an unsightly thing?”
[???]: “Listen and be amazed. We are–“
.[???]: “Aren’t with any… army……”
[SHIGEZANE]: “…… What do you mean? As a Gekka Tribe member, you guys are commanders aren’t you?”
[???]: “We were in the past, but…… right now, we’re strays.”
[???]: “What’re ya saying, Kamanosuke, we’re–“
[???]: “Shut up……”
[???]: “Anyway, we…… don’t belong to any army……”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Werewolves that don’t belong to anywhere……?”
[YUZUKI]: “Are there people like that?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Well… originally, the Date Army were stray werewolves too.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “So it’s not impossible.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “…… And? What are your guys’ names?
[KAMANOSUKE]: “…… I’m Kamanosuke.”
[SAIZOU]: “My name is Saizou. Best keep that in your mind.”
[???]: “Hrm? How come you guys didn’t give your names properly? Listen up! My name is Saru– BLUARGH!”
The last person tried to give his name but the other two hurriedly stopped him.
After they whispered something into his ears, they all turned towards us once again.
[SHIGEZANE]: “What were you guys doing?”
[SASUKE]: “M-My bad, my bad! I’m Sasuke, nice to meet you!”
[SAIZOU]: “We’re looking through this old castle and the village ruins, searching for any historical objects or things that can become money.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hmm, in short, something like treasure hunters?”
[SASUKE]: “Yep, yep! We heard there might be a clue to Himemiko in this area.”
[SASUKE]: “And we’re thinking that if we find a treasure like that, we could sell it at a high price to the warlords of each army.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “This is Date’s territory. You can’t just scavenge around.”
[SAIZOU]: “You are completely correct, but…… how about this? If we find a clue, we’ll give it to you.”
[SAIZOU]: “However, in the case that we’re the ones who found the clue, we’ll receive an appropriate reward.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “If we have to reward you guys, we’d rather find it on our own.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Treasure hunting… is our expertise…… We’ll definitely find… hidden treasures.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I’m certain… we’ll be of use.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hmmm…… it’s true that when we searched here before we didn’t find anything important……”
[SHIGEZANE]: “If treasure hunting is their expertise then they might discover something new…… Hmm, hey, what do you think?”
[YUZUKI]: “Umm…… if they aren’t enemies then wouldn’t it be better to have more hands?”
[IMARI]: “If it’ll raise the chances of us catching a clue to Himemiko-sama, then I’d like to work together!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “I see…… alright. We’ll go with your guys’ suggestion.”
[SASUKE]: “Awesome! Then, Saizou, Kamanosuke! Let’s have a contest to see who finds a clue first!”
[SAIZOU]: “Hmph, obviously the first one will be me. I’ll surely find something, in a magnificent way of course.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “…… I’ll do my best.”
Sasuke-san and the other two quickly split in three directions and started their search through the old castle.
[YUZUKI]: “Well…… we should look around too.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Aa…… but don’t get too caught up searching for clues and drop your guard.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “There’s no guarantee those guys aren’t enemies. You too, Imari, if you see them doing anything weird tell me immediately.”
[IMARI]: “Got it! I’ll follow them so don’t worry!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Right, guess we’ll start searching too. And you, don’t leave my side.”
Shigezane-san took my hand and we entered the old castle. The unusually serious expression on Shigezane’s face made him look somewhat grown-up and my heart beat faster.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Anyway…… Sasuke, Saizou, Kamanosuke……? I feel like I’ve heard those somewhere……”
[YUZUKI]: “Wah!? Wha… did something explode just now!?”
[SASUKE]: “Huh? I was trying to use ninjutsu to find clues but……”
[SASUKE]: “Why’d it explode?”
[SAIZOU]: “Hmph, too weak. Treasure hunting is done like this. –Rising Gale!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “This is… bad! Over here!”
Foreseeing something, Shigezane-san clutched me to his chest. Immediately afterwards, a sudden gust broke out and rubble flew through the air.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hey, you’re not hurt, are you!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes… I’m fine……”
I was being hugged hard enough to have troubles breathing and I could feel my cheek, which was pressed against Shigezane’s chest, turn hot.
[SHIGEZANE]: “That was dangerous, you guys! Are you even looking around properly!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Sorry…… I think those two are being serious, even with that……”
[IMARI]: “Kugh, kugh…… there’s a lot of dust…… Huh? AH! Look over there!”
[IMARI]: “That wall collapsed from the explosion and winds and on the other side is……”
[YUZUKI]: “A room……!?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “We didn’t find that the last time we came looking……”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hey, we might have actually found a clue!”
We ran towards the hidden room beyond the wall. Meanwhile, Sasuke-san and the others seemed to be arguing about something.
[SASUKE]: “How ’bout that, Saizou! My ninjutsu found a hidden room!”
[SAIZOU]: “Don’t be foolish. It was my gale that found the hidden room.”
[SASUKE]: “As if a gust can break a wall! It was my explosion that broke it!”
[SAIZOU]: “Hmph, my gale technique can break even boulders. For I am the Sanada Army’s best ninja!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Sanada Army……!?”
Shigezane-san, who had been heading to the hidden room, stopped. Unsheathing his sword, he turned back towardsd Sasuke-san and the others.
[SHIGEZANE]: “…… That’s right, I remember now. Sarutobi Sasuke, Kirigakure Saizou, Yuri Kamanosuke……!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “All of them…… are names of the Sanada Army’s commanders!”
[SASUKE]: “Aah…… he noticed, huh.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Saizou…… you idiot……”
[SAIZOU]: “I’m not an idiot! I’m a genius!”
[SASUKE]: “Well, whatever! We found a room that looks like it’ll have clues, so we just gotta take it by force now!!”
Each one of the Sanada Army members pulled out their weapons and an explosive air started to flow through the area.
[YUZUKI]: (What do we do…… At this rate, a fight will break out……!)
[YUZUKI]: (No matter how good Shigezane-san is…… he’ll be killed with three werewolves as his opponent!)