Chapter 0: An Elegant Encounter
When she woke up, she found herself in a world she had never seen before called Shinga.
And, as suggested by the man named “Mouri Motonari” who appeared in front of her, she was invited to the castle where they lived, but……?
Suddenly, I heard voices.
[???]: “Why is there a girl in a sacred place like this?”
[???]: “She’s wearing strange clothes, but maybe she’s a foster child?”
.[???]: “Nah. A woman shouldn’t have been permitted to enter here–“
[???]: “! Hey, come here!”
After that, hearing many footsteps scatter left and right, I slowly opened my eyes.
[???]: “Motonari-sama! And everyone else as well……!”
[YUZUKI]: (Motonari……? I feel like I’ve heard that somewhere……)
[MOURI MOTONARI]: “I heard that a young lady had collapsed. Now then, where–“
[MOURI MOTONARI]: “Oh my? Could this girl possibly be……”
[???]: “Motonari-sama? Do you know this lady?”
[MOURI MOTONARI]: “No…… that is not the case, however, in any case, we cannot leave her alone.”
[MOURI MOTONARI]: “Wake up. If you sleep in a place like this, you’ll catch a cold.”
[YUZUKI]: “Nn… ngh……”
My dim awareness slowly arose. When I raised my head, blinking many times, a man with well-sculpted features leapt into view.
Though the shine of the setting sun had an effect, I was unconsciously fascinated by his otherworldly atmosphere.
[YUZUKI]: (What a beautiful person……)
However, at that moment, I suddenly noticed the horns sprouting from his head.
[YUZUKI]: (Eh… there’s something… on his head?)
When I looked closely, everyone that was around this spot had horns–
The instant I was assaulted by an indescribable anxiety, the wind blew and I gave a small sneeze.
[MOURI MOTONARI]: “Aah, it’s cold here so please put this on.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Ah… thank yo–“
The moment I tried to convey my thanks, my stomach rumbled.
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… I’m sorry.”
[???]: “Are you hungry? If so, here! It’s tasty.”
[YUZUKI]: “Fried dough…? Thank you very much.”
[???]: “For how long have you been here?”
[YUZUKI]: “I don’t know…… I suddenly heard a voice and the next thing I knew I’m here.”
[???]: “Next thing you knew you were here……? It seems you do not remember if something happened. That must make you quite uneasy……”
[???]: “Brother! There aren’t any believable elements in her story.”
[MOURI MOTONARI]: “Calm down, Motoharu.”
[KIKKAWA MOTOHARU]: “However, Motonari-sama, there’s no way such a stupid story, like being here by the time she noticed, exists.”
[YUZUKI]: “But it’s true…!”
[???]: “Mmm…… it is strange but the lady is saying so……”
[???]: “Hrnn, then it’s not like you lost your memories, eh. So, you’re just playing a trick to badger us for a place to stay tonight?”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh!? That’s not my intention…!”
[MOURI MOTONARI]: “Come now, everyone, leave it at that.”
The man called “Motonari-sama” looked around slowly at everyone and then opened his mouth.
[MOURI MOTONARI]: “I will look after this girl.”
[MOURI MOTONARI]: “Takamoto and Terumoto, what do you think?”
[MOURI TAKAMOTO]: “I’m in agreement.”
[MOURI TERUMOTO]: “This girl will be living together with us at the Mouri castle, huh! Yay!”
[KIKKAWA MOTOHARU]: “However, it is too dangerous to have a girl who is not one of our people enter the castle.”
[???]: “But this is an order from Motonari-sama, so we cannot disobey.”
[KIKKAWA MOTOHARU]: “Takakage, even you……!”
[KOBAYAKAWA TAKAKAGE]: “Don’t get so fired up. The moment this girl harms Mouri I’ll kill her.”
[MOURI MOTONARI]: “Do not be concerned. This girl will not harm us.”
Saying that, Motonari-san gently took my hand and brought me to their castle.
[MOURI MOTONARI]: “For the present, please do not worry about anything and rest. Clothing and dinner will be brought to you later, but if you require anything else, please say so without reservation.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay, thank you very much……”
Motonari-san left and I became alone. When I looked around the room, I could only see old-fashioned things that I had only seen before in historical dramas.
[YUZUKI]: (I followed them here like I was told but…… what should I do after this……)
Come to think of it, that beautiful man looked important. Moreover, “Motonari” and “Mouri” were words I had heard somewhere.
[YUZUKI]: (Hm? Mouri Motonari…… No way!)
[YUZUKI]: “Is it possible that I’ve time traveled back to the Sengoku period?”
If that was the case, then I had to return home as soon as possible. Right when I was thinking that, a white and round something came tumbling into the room.
When I looked closely, it was a baby tanuki–
[???]: “I’ve finally found you……!”
[YUZUKI]: “T-The tanuki is spea…… no, it’s crying!?”
[???]: “Uuu…… I’m sorry, but I’ve been looking for you for forever……!”
According to Imari, which is what he called himself, this place was called “Shinga” and it was a parallel universe that closely resembled the Sengoku period of the world I had been in.
Imari-kun seemed to be the close aide to a woman called Himemiko-sama who had governed this world until recently.
This Himemiko-sama suddenly disappeared after leaving behind the words, “look for the daughter who came from a parallel universe”–
[IMARI]: “I relied on those words of Himemiko-sama’s and I’ve been looking everywhere all this time for the “girl who came from a parallel universe”.”
[IMARI]: “And then you just so happened to be there…… but you were surrounded by oni so I couldn’t call out to you……”
[YUZUKI]: “Oni…… do you mean Motonari-san and the others?”
[YUZUKI]: (That’s why Motonari-san and the others have horns on their heads. This place really is different from the Sengoku period that I know……)
[IMARI]: “That being the case, please! I’m begging you, please look for Himemiko-sama together with me!”
[YUZUKI]: “…… I understand. If Himemiko-sama knew I was coming to “Shinga” then she might know something, so I’ll help.”
[IMARI]: “Really!? Thank you so much! Let’s work hard together!”
Saying that, Imari-kun gave a smile that was free from worries.
(T/N: I decided to get the standard Chapter 0 out of the way for Mouri first before returning to Date. Hello new army!!)