Chapter 2: All Things Wholeheartedly
“Blood that has power” the same as Himemiko.
The moral within the army rose when they obtained this power in an unexpected place and that unification of the country would not be a dream.
But at that time, Kenshin issued an order.
[YUZUKI]: “Helping you buy something… you say?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Yes. I am going to purchase a gift for the princess of an allied nation, but I wanted to hear the opinion of a lady.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Please, won’t you accompany me?”
.[YUZUKI]: “Yes! If you’re okay with me, then please!”
[YUZUKI]: “Wow, it’s so lively and crowded. This is the first time I’ve come to the castle town, so it’s kind of refreshing.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Oh my, is that so. Then please enjoy yourself to your heart’s content.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um… by the way, Kagemochi-san, there is one thing I’m curious about…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “What is it?”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s about the person following behind us…”
[VILLAGER]: “Oh, Kageie-sama! Are you shopping?”
[KAGEIE]: “Uh, no, rather than shopping I’m… how do I say this… Sorry but don’t call out to me right now! I’m in the middle of tailing that girl!”
[YUZUKI]: “Kageie-san… came even to this place to supervise me, huh…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Well, do not think too deeply about him. Right now, let’s enjoy shopping with me… alright?”
My heart picked up a little at the small sweetness in his words and then Kagemochi-san stopped in front of a general store.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Now then, why don’t we enter this store first.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Oh, also, if there is anything you want besides the gift, please say so without reservation.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh!? That’s too much.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “No. If I do not do anything to thank you for helping me choose a gift for our important allied nation then I will be scolded by Kenshin-sama.”
[YUZUKI]: “… If that’s the case, then I’ll take you up on that offer.”
Kagemochi-san smiled and then invited me into the store with a “Now, please come in”.
[YUZUKI]: “… There were so many pretty accessories it was a lovely shop!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I am glad you seem to have liked it.”
[YUZUKI]: “But I’m sorry I was so undecided that in the end we didn’t buy anything…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “No, no, please do not worry about that. There are still many stores after all.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Now then, let us go to the hairpin store next. It is a popular store in our territory.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, I’m looking forward to it!”
[KAGEIE]: “Ohh, she’s becoming cheerful! Good job, Kagemochi!!”
[YUZUKI]: “Kagemochi-san, thank you for today. I had a lot of fun!”
[YUZUKI]: “Moreover, I even bought such a lovely hairpin…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “No, no, I am the one who should be thankful. I was able to prepare a lovely gift. I am sure the princess over there will be pleased as well.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “It is all owing to you. Thank you very much.”
[YUZUKI]: “No, that’s… but I’m glad to have been of help to you, Kagemochi-san.”
[YUZUKI]: “Lately, I’ve just been getting in everyone’s way…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Regarding that, I recall hearing things about that as well. If I recall correctly, according to Kageie, you have been helping out with everyone recently…”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, but in the end, far from helping them, I’ve just been helped by Kageie-san…”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s why I think it’s natural for Kageie-san to suspect me of being a “suspicious woman”.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sure he came to supervise me today too so that I wouldn’t do anything…”
[YUZUKI]: “… I guess, in the end, I’m not trusted by Kageie-san and everyone else in the castle, huh…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Haha. Kageie-san, doing things like that, seems to like you quite a lot.”
[YUZUKI]: “Is that so?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Yes. Besides, Kenshin-sama believes in you. Of course, I as well.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Or is it that you cannot trust what I am saying?”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s not it, but–“
[YUZUKI]: “That voice just now!?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… It can’t be.”
When we looked in the direction of the scream, we saw a giant shadow charging towards us.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Yakuma…! For it to appear in town…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Please hide in a safe place.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I will help the evacuation of the villagers!”
Saying that, Kagemochi-san ran out and tried to give instructions to the villagers but–
[YUZUKI]: “… Huh?”
The yakuma took no notice of the people around it and rushed at me in a straight line.
Kagemochi-san’s response was delayed and it was unlikely he’d arrive to help.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s going to get me–)
Paling with the fear of death, I tried to crouch down on the spot. At that moment.
[KAGEIE]: “Get down!!”
A broad back abruptly cut in between me and the yakuma…
[KAGEIE]: “… Orah!”
The yakuma’s body was bisected by Kageie-san’s blow.
[KAGEIE]: “Are you okay!? You aren’t hurt!?… Hey, say something!”
[YUZUKI]: “Um… it hurts…”
[KAGEIE]: “What!? It hurts, you said!? Where were you hit!? Shit, that damn yakuma!”
[YUZUKI]: “No, um, the shoulders you’re grabbing, Kageie-san…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kageie, please calm down a little. She is unharmed.”
[KAGEIE]: “I see, oh phew…”
Kageie-san’s expression became relieved and he released his hands from my shoulders.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Kageie-san, why did you help me? Weren’t you wary of me and tailing me…?”
[KAGEIE]: “Huh!?… No, that’s, um, you see…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Actually, he is not watching you today.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “In the first place, at Kageie-san’s request, today’s shopping trip was a plan to cheer you up.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Tailing you was just in name only and, in truth, Kageie was also worried about you and followed us to watch over you.”
[KAGEIE]: “Hey! Didn’t you promise not to say this!?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “If you wished to keep it hidden, then please make efforts to hide it. This girl discovered your presence from the very beginning.”
[KAGEIE]: “Wha… what did you say!”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, sorry, I don’t really understand the situation… He wasn’t watching me because he thought I was suspicious…?”
[KAGEIE]: “I still don’t believe this and that about the power of your blood, but… at the very least, you’re not a bad person!”
[KAGEIE]: “That’s why, um… I’m sorry for making you cry with my strict supervision!!”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? That wasn’t because of Kageie-san’s supervision though…”
[KAGEIE]: “What!? Then why were you crying!? Hey, Kagemochi! What exactly is this!?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Why don’t you ask her directly, without relying on me. Good gracious… I am returning home first.”
[KAGEIE]: “Hey, Kagemochi!? Where are you going?! Don’t go home alone! I’m not good at being alone with a woman… wah, HEY, ARE YOU LISTENING!”
[YUZUKI]: “… He’s gone.”
[KAGEIE]: “Ah… yeah. Um. Uh, so…”
[YUZUKI]: (Kageie-san is really troubled… umm, I guess I should break the ice?)
[YUZUKI]: “Um… Kageie-san, why don’t we return home too?”
[KAGEIE]: “Ah, yeah, ri… right! Alright, let’s go!”
–And then, while continuing an awkward conversation, the two of us went home.
By the time we arrived at the castle, the impression of Kagie-san being “a little rough and scary” which I held up to then had completely changed…
And I started to think “maybe he’s really a nice person?”.