Chapter 4: The Wise Delight in Water
In order to investigate the location of Himemiko, she started to decipher old books in the archives together with Kagemochi.
There she learned certain facts about the “Gekka Tribe” though…
[KENSHIN]: “And just now, we have found information related to Himemiko’s location.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha, really!?”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes, because I heard it is necessary to locate Himemiko in order to return you to your old world–“
[KENSHIN]: “I sent people to every land to search for clues.”
.[KENSHIN]: “As a result, many texts related to Himemiko were discovered in the ruins of an Uesugi castle from long ago.”
[YUZUKI]: “…! Those texts, where are they right now?”
[KENSHIN]: “They have all been carried to this castle’s archives.”
[KENSHIN]: “They have not been deciphered yet, but if you read it then you might obtain information related to Himemiko’s location.”
[KENSHIN]: “The young tanuki that is with you… Imari, was it? It would be best to look through them with him.”
[YUZUKI]: “Is it okay?”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes, you have permission.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you so much…!”
After I bowed my head deeply, I returned to my room once to call Imari-kun.
Hearing that we might be able to obtain information related to Himemiko-sama, Imari-kun was overjoyed.
Pushed by Imari-kun’s words of “Let’s go right now!” we headed to the archives with light steps.
[IMARI]: “Wow…! There’s so many!”
We were greeted by a mountain of old books that were piled high.
[IMARI]: “There might be a clue connected to Himemiko-sama in these, huh! Let’s hurry and read them!”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, uhh… but will we be able to read through this many…?”
[YUZUKI]: “I still can’t read the letters of “Shinga” either…”
As I felt troubled, the archive door suddenly opened.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Ah, as I thought, you are here.”
[YUZUKI]: “Kagemochi-san…? Um, is there something you need from me?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I heard from Kenshin-sama that you went to the archives to look at the books, and so I thought to help you in deciphering them.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you…!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “However, if I only help you, then it would not serve for the future, hm…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Has anyone taught you “Shinga” letters yet?”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No, not yet…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I see. Then this is a perfect opportunity. If it pleases you, would you like to learn how to read the letters?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “–This reads Himemiko. Do you understand?”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes…! Hi-me-mi-ko… right.”
As promised, in the dimly lit archives, Kagemochi-san sat beside me and I was studiously taught the letters of “Shinga”.
[YUZUKI]: (Kagemochi-san’s way of teaching is very thorough and easy to understand but…)
[YUZUKI]: (His face is… close…!)
It was a distance where I thought that if we were to look at each other… our lips would touch. My heart pounded.
[YUZUKI]: (Nope. I need to concentrate right now…)
I desperately learned the “Shinga” letters while telling myself that–
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… With this, I’ve taught you all the letters in this sentence. Now, can you read it?”
[YUZUKI]: “… Umm, “Himemiko appeared in order to end the wars…”?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Yes, precisely.”
[IMARI]: “That’s amazing!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “You are a fast learner, aren’t you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Not at all, it’s because your teaching was really easy to understand, Kagemochi-san.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Haha, thank you very much.”
After Kagemochi-san smiled he picked up a book that had been left open on a desk.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Well then, allow me to read the rest.”
Once, in “Shinga” where the conflicts between humans never ended, Himemiko suddenly appeared–
And, allowing one clan that was worthy of uniting “Shinga” to drink her own blood, she bestowed to them power.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Yes. Those who consume Himemiko’s blood are granted power… Much like your blood.”
Hearing Kagemochi-san’s explanation, I suddenly had a strange thought about Himemiko-sama.
[YUZUKI]: (Himemiko-sama suddenly appeared in “Shinga” and a special power rested in her blood…)
[YUZUKI]: (Isn’t that similar to me…?)
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Us “werewolves” are said to be descendants– of the clan that was gifted blood from Himemiko at that time.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Because the “Gekka Tribe” that obtained Himemiko’s blood was divided between the military government and the great feudal lords.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “After the great lords dispersed to various lands, according to the climate of each region…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “They branched into races like “vampires” or “werewolves” like us.”
[YUZUKI]: “So then, the military government and the great lords of every land were originally from the same “Gekka Tribe” race, huh.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Yes. But, this race was divided with each successive generation, and the original power of the “Gekka Tribe” also weakened.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “However, when Himemiko’s blood is consumed, the original power of the “Gekka Tribe” is revived.”
[YUZUKI]: “In other words, this weakened power regains its original strength when blood is drunk…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Yes. That is “awakening”.”
[YUZUKI]: (Then, when Kenshin-san drank my blood and suddenly had that appearance–)
[KENSHIN]: “What is this. I’m filled with power… it is as if this were not my own body–“
[YUZUKI]: (That was “awakening”…)
[YUZUKI]: (Which means that I really do have the same power as Himemiko-sama in my blood too, huh.)
[KENSHIN]: “… If… the power you possess was known to the other armies then each army would move in order to obtain you.”
… In this moment, once again, I was made aware of just how much value my own blood has during a battle.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Ah, the sun is setting. I will go and bring a candle, so please rest a little.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, no, I’ll get it since you’ve taught me a lot of things, Kagemochi-san…”
[YUZUKI]: “I’ll also make tea.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Thank you. Then I shall accept your kind offer…”
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun, what about you? Will you wait here with Kagemochi-san?”
[IMARI]: “Ah, um… while we were reading this book for a bit, there’s something I want to look up…”
[IMARI]: “So, sorry! I’m going to excuse myself here…!”
Saying that, Imari-kun bowed his head and then went out of the archives.
After I parted with Imari-kun, I returned to the archives alone with tea and a candle.
[YUZUKI]: “Sorry for the wait. I’ve brought the tea and candle–“
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Ah, I forgot to mention this, but that door…”
After I innocently closed the archive door tightly, Kagemochi-san smiled with downturned brows.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… You’ve closed it, haven’t you… That is a problem.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um? Did I possibly do something I shouldn’t have…?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “About that, you see… Please try opening the door again.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay… Huh? Um… wha? I-It won’t open…?”
Looking at me as I tilted my head, Kagemochi-san opened his mouth as if he had difficulties saying this.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… This archive is old, and so its construction is quite poor.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “It happens often that, once you close the door tightly, it won’t move…”
Saying that, this time Kagemochi-san tried opening the door, but–
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… As I thought, it won’t open. Now that it has come to this, it won’t open unless it’s from the outside.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha…! You mean…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “We seem to be trapped here.”
(T/N: HOMETES PLEASE. Uesugi is busting out the complicated stuff now. So, this 4 kanji title is actually part of a long quote from Confucius which goes like “The wise delight in water, the virtuous delight in mountains; the wise are active, the virtuous are tranquil; the wise are joyful, the virtuous are long-lived”. I don’t, uh, actually know what this means and if Confucius is advocating one or the other or both.
From the various analyses I’ve read across the web though (in English and Japanese LOL) it sounds like the proper thing to do is to have both wisdom and virtue. Basically, if you only have wisdom then your brain is working non-stop and you’re like an energizer bunny that’s going to become stressed trying to intake all the change in the world and react to it. But if you’re only virtuous then you’re guilty of being a bystander who doesn’t partake in anything and just watches the changing world.)