Chapter 8: The Light Points to a New Sight–
Binding an alliance, Masamune and the others obtained permission to move freely within Uesugi territory.
They then slipped out to a cave, pointed to by the light emitted from the sacred treasure, and what they found there was…?
Lead by Kenshin-san and the other two, we entered the Uesugi castle.
[UESUGI VASSAL]: “Kenshin-sama, Kageie-sama, Kagemochi-sama, welcome home.”
And then the Uesugi soldiers also lowered their heads to us. But, for a second, I saw their eyebrows furrow.
[YUZUKI]: (Of course they’d be wary of us, huh…)
I thought this while feeling nervous and Kojuurou-san came closer, whispering into my ear as if to reassure me.
[KOJUUROU]: “You do not have to mind them, since it’s understandable that they are cautious of us.”
[YUZUKI]: “Kojuurou-san… you’re right.”
Eventually, Kenshin-san stopped in front of a room and he, Kagemochi-san, and Kageie-san turned back to us.
[KENSHIN]: “Kagemochi, Kageie. I entrust the rest to you.”
[KAGEIE + KAGEMOCHI]: “Acknowledged.”
Then, after Kenshin-san left, Kagemochi-san and Kageie-san opened the sliding screen and showed us the inside.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “We have prepared a room for each one of you.”
[KAGEIE]: “You may spend the night here.”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh, in other words, they prepared private rooms?)
We were only invited by Kenshin-san, but there was nothing to complain about this treatment.
However, Masamune-san didn’t accept that.
[MASAMUNE]: “Sorry, but can you prepare the same room for me and this one?”
Saying that, Masamune-san lightly embraced my shoulder.
[MASAMUNE]: “She’s my wife, so it’s a given.”
[KAGEIE]: “… Hm. What do you think, Kagemochi.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “We have no choice. For Kenshin-sama, we will agree to their request.”
Like that, Masamune-san and I had the same room, and Kojuurou-san and Shigezane-san stayed in the successive rooms.
[MASAMUNE]: “Somehow, we managed to manipulate them.”
[KOJUUROU]: “To be honest, I did not expect to be invited to Uesugi’s castle, but… the contest starts from here.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. We’ll do whatever it takes to cheat the eyes of those Uesugi guys and grab the clue to Himemiko.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “What’re we going to do?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Whatever it takes.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “That’s not an answer, hey.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Shigezane, it’s the same as usual.”
[KOJUUROU]: “The light that extended from the sacred treasure pointed to the Uesugi territory. So, there is no doubt that it is within this territory.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “But we don’t know anything about where exactly it is.”
–In that moment, footsteps from outside the room approached, but Masamune-san did not seem to take notice of it.
On the contrary, he said this with a slightly louder voice.
[MASAMUNE]: “The clue is inside this castle.”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh? Is that right…?)
The light only pointed in the direction of Uesugi territory, and it’s not like it pointed to the castle.
But Shigezane-san and Kojuurou-san received Masamune-san’s eye signal and nodded.
[MASAMUNE]: “That’s how it is so, Shigezane and Kojuurou, you two are going to search the castle. I’m going to sleep with this girl.”
[SHIGEZANE + KOJUUROU]: “Understood.”
–In the room which became just the two of us, Masamune-san quickly lay down and patted the space beside him.
[MASAMUNE]: “What are you doing. Come here.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If we’re married, it’s not strange to sleep together.”
Even if he said that, being a married couple was a lie, so it wasn’t necessary to sleep together.
[YUZUKI]: (So, why…?)
When I wondered about this, Masamune-san grew impatient and pullled my arm, forcing me to lie down beside him.
[MASAMUNE]: “Or is it that you don’t want to be together with me?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, no, that’s…!”
Suddenly, there was a loud sound in the distance and the castle began to become noisy.
At the same time, there was a sound in front of our room, and then a commotion as the footsteps grew distant.
[MASAMUNE]: “… Good, it went well.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? It went well…?”
[MASAMUNE]: “There was a guard in front of our room. They’ve been there since some time ago.”
[YUZUKI]: “Then, Shigezane-san and Kojuurou-san left the room to…”
[MASAMUNE]: “To divert the attention of the guards. They wandered around the castle and probably broke an antique. At this time, they’re likely arguing.”
[YUZUKI]: (I see, so that’s what was going on.)
[MASAMUNE]: “While they’re attracting attention, we will act too. Pull out the sacred treasure quickly.”
I nodded, raised the window lattice, and touched the sacred treasure.
When I did, a dazzling light emitted from the sacred treasure and pointed to a certain mark.
[MASAMUNE]: “Good, I’ve got the approximate mark of where Himemiko is. Hurry and hide that.”
[YUZUKI]: “Got it.”
After a while, Kojuurou-san and Shigezane-san returned and like that we passed the night without sleeping.
(T/N: Honestly, the Date army is such a nightmare LOL look at Shigezane and Kojuurou just go around wrecking stuff in Kenshin’s home. These chapters show just how mean and sneaky Masamune can be and it’s amazing.)