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…
The next day.
[YUZUKI]: (Since Kagemochi-san taught me the letters of “Shinga”…)
[YUZUKI]: (I’m going to try deciphering those old books today!)
I thought that while carrying the texts when, abruptly, a person appeared energetically in front of me.
[YUZUKI]: “Wah…! K-Kageie-san…?”
[KAGEIE]: “Ou, you’re carrying those? Great, leave them to me!”
For some reason, Kageie-san eagerly picked up the majority of the old books.
[YUZUKI]: “Uh, um, okay… thank you.”
[KAGEIE]: “Alright. I’ll keep carrying them! Next–“
[YUZUKI]: “Um… Kageie-san, I won’t be able to read this much all at once… this is more than enough for now.”
Feeling that if I left him alone my room would be forcefully buried by the old books from the archives, I hurriedly stopped Kageie-san.
[KAGEIE]: “I-I see…”
[KAGEIE]: “Then, is there anything else I can help with? Don’t hesitate and just say it. Come on!”
[YUZUKI]: “Uh… then how about deciphering these together with me?”
[KAGEIE]: “Ou! Leave it to me!”
[KAGEIE]: “Mm, mumumu…”
[YUZUKI]: “Kageie-san? Uhm…”
[KAGEIE]: “I-It’s not what you think! It’s definitely not because I can’t read these letters!”
[KAGEIE]: “But… how do I say this… the words are old and said in a roundabout way, so it’s complicated…”
[YUZUKI]: “In that case, you don’t need to force yourself to help–“
However, without even listening to the end of my words, Kageie-san shook his head roughly.
[KAGEIE]: “I can’t do that! I’ll definitely be of use!”
The moment Kageie-san clenched his fist and raised it, we heard a voice from beyond the sliding screen.
[VASSAL]: “Excuse me. There is a matter I would like to inquire about. Have you seen Kageie-sama?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, if it’s Kageie-san then he’s right here–“
When I opened the sliding screen to my room, the vassal said his thanks and then faced Kageie-san and lowered his head.
[VASSAL]: “Kageie-sama. Actually, yakuma were witnessed at a nearby town and the villagers have come to consult…”
[KAGEIE]: “I’m busy right now so go ask someone else!”
[VASSAL]: “Eh, but…”
Kageie-san said this, irrespective of the vassal being troubled, and glued himself to the desk.
[YUZUKI]: (I would think it’s be best to prioritize the discussion with the villagers over deciphering, no…?)
Thinking that, I told Kageie-san this, as if to pacify him.
[YUZUKI]: “Kageie-san, I can do the deciphering. It’ll also be practice for memorizing the letters.”
[YUZUKI]: “So, please let them consult you, Kageie-san.”
[KAGEIE]: “Mrmm, I-I see… Okay. Then I’ll come by and help later!”
[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad that he carried those old books and that he helped decipher, but…)
[YUZUKI]: (What’s with the current Kageie-san…?)
And then after a while passed like that.
I heard the report that Kagekatsu-kun, Kanetsugu-san, and the others who had went on an expedition had returned and so I rushed over to where the two of them were.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I’m home.”
[YUZUKI]: “Welcome home! Kagekatsu-kun, Kanetsugu-san! I’m glad you’re all safe.”
[KANETSUGU]: “As if we’d come back wounded. More importantly, how’s it been. Did anything change while we were gone?”
[YUZUKI]: “Nothing in particular, but Kageie-san is a little…”
When I spoke about Kageie-san’s actions lately, Kagekatsu-kun tilted his head while Kanetsugu-san dismissed it with an uninterested “Hnm”.
[KANETSUGU]: “So what, if he says he wants to help, then why don’t you just rely on him?”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s true but it was so sudden that I was surprised…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Then you should ask Kagemochi-san… I think.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Mm.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Kagemochi-san… watches everyone… so he might… know something.”
[YUZUKI]: “I see… Okay, got it. I’ll try asking.”
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder where Kagemochi-san is. His own room… maybe?)
When I arrived in front of Kagemochi-san’s room I heard someone speaking from inside.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s Kagemochi-san and… Kageie-san?)
[KAGEIE]: “Hey, Kagemochi! Please tell me! What do you think I should do to make that person happy!?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “What’s the matter all of a sudden…”
[KAGEIE]: “Ah, umm… y-you see, it’s like this…”
[KAGEIE]: “I doubted that girl because she was unfamiliar… and all I did was hateful things.”
[KAGEIE]: “Of course, now I think she’s needed person for Uesugi. But–“
[KAGEIE]: “From the standpoint of being harsh at the start, I can’t really figure out how to connect with her…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I see… And so, you want to please her, is what you’re saying.”
[KAGEIE]: “Mhm. But I have no clue on anything like ways to please women…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I see. Then I will think of something.”
[KAGEIE]: “Ohh, really? Thank you! I’m counting on you, Kagemochi!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “However, until I think of something, you must not forcibly approach her.”
[KAGEIE]: “Hm? Why?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “You are tall and large and, how do I put this, your appearance is… uninhibited.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “If you suddenly approach her you may just frighten her.”
[KAGEIE]: “I-Is that so!? I didn’t realize…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “That being the case, please take care from now on.”
[KAGEIE]: “Ah, right, okay. Sorry for this while you’re busy. I’ll take my leave.”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, Kageie-san is coming out…!)
Although I didn’t do it on purpose, I felt awkward in having it known that I had eavesdropped.
Thinking that, I used the corner, and hid my body promptly.
[KAGEIE]: “To think I had frightened her… I did something awful…”
[YUZUKI]: (Alright, now’s my chance…!)
After I confirmed that Kageie-san was somewhat far away, I called out to Kagemochi-san who was in his room.
[YUZUKI]: “Kagemochi-san, it’s Yuzuki. Do you have some time right now?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Yes, please come in.”
[YUZUKI]: “Excuse me.”
[KAGEIE]: “… Hm? I came back because I forgot to tell Kagemochi something, but right now…”
[KAGEIE]: “What kind of business does she have with Kagemochi? I’m curious but… I was told not to approach her… Is it best not to thoughtlessly come close to her…”
When I talked about the strangeness in Kageie-san, Kagemochi-san listened to me while nodding his head.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I see, that is strange, isn’t it… haha.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um… why are you laughing?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “No, it’s nothi–“
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Ah, I apologize. Please do not move for the moment.”
Undergoing a sudden change, Kagemochi-san had a serious expression as he stretched out a hand to my head.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “There we go.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Ah, there was something like dust on your hair.”
[YUZUKI]: “Oh… I see. Thank you…”
In contrast to Kagemochi-san who smiled and said you’re welcome, I was full of embarrassment.
When that happened, Kagemochi-san showed a smile that was more mirthful than ever before–
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Perhaps it would have been better to offer a pet on the head?”
[YUZUKI]: “! P-Please don’t tease me…!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Ahaha, I was joking.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “However, lately it seems you have come to show a variety of expressions.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Is this because you have grown accustomed to Uesugi, I wonder? In any case, that is a joyful thing.”
[YUZUKI]: (Uu… in the end I feel like I just got teased and missed my chance to ask about Kageie-san…)
[KAGEIE]: “In the end I got curious and peeked through the crack of the sliding screen, but those two… so it was something like that!”
[KAGEIE]: “Kagemochi telling me not to approach her too much is because… I see, it’s because he’s given his heart to her!”
[KAGEIE]: “And even more, just from the sound of her voice, she also has feelings for Kagemochi! Mhm, there’s no doubt!”
[KAGEIE]: “If that’s the case– I’ll pitch in and help!”