Chapter 9: The Calm Before the Storm–
Passing through the cave, we arrived at a ruined town. And just when she had a bad premonition, a massive amount of yakuma descended on them.
In the midst of that, Masamune discovered an important clue.
The next morning I woke up without having overslept.
[YUZUKI]: (Breakfast… it’s still too early, huh.)
Since I was up already I thought about helping out with breakfast and quietly left my room so as to not wake Imari-kun, who was sleeping.
[YUZUKI]: (… Hm? Coming this way is–)
[YUZUKI]: “Shigezane-san, good morning. You’re up early.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Oh, morning. You’re up early too.”
[YUZUKI]: “When I thought about how I couldn’t oversleep, I woke up earlier than usual…”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Ooh, you’re a serious one.”
[YUZUKI]: “Not really.”
[YUZUKI]: “So, why are you up this early, Shigezane-san?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Me? You see… it’s becasue Kojuurou will nag when I sleep in.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “He asked me to wake the other vassals up early.”
Saying that, Shigezane-san scratched at his cheek like he was embarrassed.
[SHIGEZANE]: “But, even though I’m fine with getting up early, just thinking about how there’s a war meeting makes me sleepy.”
[YUZUKI]: “If you doze off, isn’t that what will get you yelled at by Kojuurou-san…?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “I know that, but I’m bad at staying still.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hey, do you know of a good way to keep yourself awake?”
[YUZUKI]: “Hmm… let’s see…”
[YUZUKI]: “I don’t know if this will keep you awake, but I’ve heard that it’s a good idea to eat sour things to refresh your mind.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Sour things, huh… I see…”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Alright, why don’t we try that out now! Wait here for a bit.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh!? Um… Shigezane-san!?”
[YUZUKI]: (He’s gone…)
After I waited in that spot for a while, Shigezane-san came running towards me full of energy.
[SHIGEZANE]: “I’ve kept you waiting! How about this?”
[YUZUKI]: “Wow! That’s a cute jar. What’s inside?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Ta dah! Open it and be surprised! It’s honey!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Heheh. I also brought yuzu. It looks sour, right? If we put honey on this, I think it’ll be sweet and sour and tasty.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Here, this is yours. As thanks for teaching me something good!”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you…!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Anyway, if we eat this honey yuzu then our minds will be refreshed, right?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yep, probably. I haven’t tried it so I don’t know though…”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Oh, then let’s go ahead and test it now! Here I go!”
[YUZUKI]: “Me too then… thank you for the food.”
Following Shigezane-san, I also brought the honey yuzu to my mouth.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s sweet and sour and delicious… I think my head does feel clearer.)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Mm, tasty! Plus, my mind feels refreshed, that’s awesome.”
[YUZUKI]: (Shigezane-san looks so happy eating… Could it be…)
[YUZUKI]: “Shigezane-san, do you like sweet things?”
When I asked, Shigezane-san smiled broadly and nodded.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Yeah! I generally love sweets, but my favorite is mizuame.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Though Kojuurou gets angry if I eat too much so I eat it secretly…”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Ah, keep this thing today a secret, okay.”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, okay. I ate this together with you today, so we’re accomplices.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “That’s right!”
Like that, we placed a finger in front of our mouths like children and grinned mischievously.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hm? You…”
But then Shigezane-san suddenly grabbed my hand.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Shigezane-san?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Here, your fingers… there’s honey on them.”
I was surprised and embarrassed to suddenly be licked, and my mind was thrown into confusion all at once.
However, without minding me, Shigezane-san continued to lick the honey.
A soft sensation ran down my fingers and it was like a ticklish but pleasant and somewhat strange feeling–
[YUZUKI]: (Everything’s become hazy…)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Mm, got it. It’d have been sticky if it was left stuck on like that.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Now, I’m gonna return this jar! Don’t be late for the meeting.”
Saying that, Shigezane-san left but I couldn’t move from that spot for a while.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s because Shigezane-san did that kind of thing suddenly…)
[YUZUKI]: (What do I do, that scene just now won’t leave my head, and my heart’s still pounding–)
[YUZUKI]: (Ack, what am I thinking about…!)
I need to turn my mind to other things, even if by force… is what I told myself.
[YUZUKI]: “T-That’s right! I should also wake Imari-kun and prepare for the war meeting.”
(T/N: I see now that this chapter’s title wasn’t kidding LOL Here I was excited for some more reveals in the war council, but nothing much happened except for everyone getting a character scene. Alrighty.)