Chapter 5: Investigation, Believe in Friends!
Obtaining the information of the item Himemiko gifted, called a “sacred treasure”, they were eager to go and search for it immediately.
But just when they were about to, Kamanosuke suddenly went missing.
On a day that was some time after the matter with Kamanosuke-kun.
All the bustle had calmed down and I was eager to try searching for clues about Himemiko-sama.
I thought maybe I could grab some information related to the sacred treasure that I heard about in that one village.
[YUZUKI]: (Well then, I guess I should head out.)
[YUZUKI]: (Yukimura-kun and the others seem to be busy with castle work so I can’t go that far but… I can investigate about the “sacred treasure” in my own way–)
[SAIZOU]: “… Heh, did someone call for me? The miracle that has alighted upon Sanada’s lands…”
[SAIZOU]: “I, Kirigakure Saizou, have arrived.”
[SAIZOU]: “Oh, good day. Hm? You look as if your heart is beating fast.”
[YUZUKI]: “No, you suddenly appeared so I was surprised… why are you here exactly…?”
[SAIZOU]: “You are going to gather information after this, no? And so I have come to be your escort.”
[SAIZOU]: “If I, this genius ninja, am here then not only is gathering information certain but I shall also protect your life without fail.”
[SAIZOU]: “Now, come let us depart together.”
Saying that, Saizou-kun held out a hand towards me.
[YUZUKI]: “Haha. I’m only going to the town today, so I’ll be okay even without something as exaggerated as having a bodyguard, you know?”
[SAIZOU]: “Mgh, is that so? However, if you are alone then I will also worry–“
As we started to have this casual conversation…
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Ah, you’re here at the right time.”
Kamanosuke-kun suddenly appeared, his shoulders heaving unusually as he caught his breath, and came over to us.
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, Kamanosuke-kun, what’s wrong? You look like you’re in a rush…”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I’m tired so… hide me for a bit.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh? W-Wait, Kamanosuke-kun!?”
Kamanosuke-kun went around to my back and made his body small as if to hide.
[YUKIMURA]: “HEY, Kamanosuke! Don’t run away!”
[YUKIMURA]: “My brother told you to help me out for ten days as punishment for what you did before, right?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “No more. Yukimura, you work too much… I haven’t slept at all…”
[YUKIMURA]: “Yeah, yeah, come here! There’s still a lot of things left to do!”
Beside me, who was completely dumbfounded, Saizou-kun sighed as if in deep admiration.
[SAIZOU]: “… Oh dear, Nobuyuki-sama’s commands cannot be called anything but magnificent. Although it’s called a punishment, to be made into helping Yukimura…”
[YUZUKI]: “B-But is it okay? At that rate, wouldn’t their relationship become even worse…?”
[SAIZOU]: “Hah, not at all. In actuality, their relationship has returned to being favorable, has it not?”
[YUZUKI]: “I-Is that how it is…!?”
[SAIZOU]: “Yes. There is no need to worry about those two any longer.”
[SAIZOU]: “Well then, how about we go to the town and collect information.”
[SAIZOU]: “Now then, according to the information you and Yukimura gathered, the special that was gifted from Himemiko-sama–. It appears to be called a sacred treasure, hm.”
[SAIZOU]: “At present, all we know is its name… In any case, first we can only gather information.”
[YUZUKI]: “But how do we gather information… there hasn’t been any progress up to today… hrmm.”
[SAIZOU]: “… Heh, who do you think I am? I am an Iga School ninja, the strongest and most feared man in history, Kirigakure Saizou.”
[SAIZOU]: “Once I become serious, a search for anything is finished in an instant.”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s true when they were fighting the yakuma that Saizou-kun used a lot of different ninja techniques and he was amazing…)
[YUZUKI]: (He also seems very observant of people, so maybe he’s good at asking information from people…)
[SAIZOU]: “Now, you peddler there, have you heard of something called a sacred treasure?”
[PEDDLER]: “Sacred treasure…? Ah, I do have something good.”
[PEDDLER]: “It’s this mirror here. Because it is so very holy there are some who may or may not call it a sacred treasure…”
[SAIZOU]: “Ho… so this is Himemiko-sama’s sacred treasure. Then we will take that.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wait! That’s definitely not it!”
[SAIZOU]: “Mgh, is that so? Hey, do you have anything else related to a sacred treasure?”
[PEDDLER]: “Erm… these aren’t sacred treasures but… ah, how about that over there?”
[PEDDLER]: “This item is called the Pot of Good Fortune and if you adorn your house with this then you should be able to obtain anything you desire.”
[SAIZOU]: “Oh! If we have this then the sacred treasure will come? In that case, I will purchase that pot as it is!”
[YUZUKI]: “W-Wait…! No matter how you look at this, it’s just a pot! Saizou-kun, don’t get tricked!”
[YUZUKI]: (A-Are we going to be okay…?)
[YUZUKI]: “It’s been several days after that… every day we come to collect information but we haven’t gotten any…”
[SAIZOU]: “However, owing to these trips, I bought something good. Apparently, if I blow this whistle good luck will drop in. If we use this then the sacred treasure–“
[YUZUKI]: “We’re going to return that right now, okay!? You can’t believe in those things, they’re typical scams…!”
[YUZUKI]: (… Is it possible that Saizou-kun is really ignorant about the world…?)
Unconcerned about my uneasiness, he showed a satisfied smile.
[SAIZOU]: “Now then, the sun is setting soon. We should end it here today.”
[SAIZOU]: “Heh, illuminated by the evening sun… am I not picturesque. Do you not think the same?”
[YUZUKI]: (Even though we haven’t progressed at all, he’s the same as usual… Does Saizou-kun not get depressed?)
[YUZUKI]: “Saizou-kun, in one way you’re amazing, huh…”
[SAIZOU]: “Hm? Really?”
[SAIZOU]: “Well, it’s natural for me to be amazing. I’m amazing and stylish. That is why I am Kirigakure Saizou. Hahaha, in the end it seems you have also become a prisoner to me.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ha, haa…”
[SAIZOU]: “Alright, I intended to stop for today but… why don’t we go gather information in the next town.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh? R-Right now?”
[SAIZOU]: “If we hurry we will be able to return home before the sun sets. And I happen to be alone together with you. Let me show you more of my amazing figure.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha, whaaaa…!?”
[YUZUKI]: (Is it r-really okay? It’s starting to get pretty dark though…)
[SAIZOU]: “… Hm?”
[YUZUKI]: “Saizou-kun, what’s wrong?”
[SAIZOU]: “Stop for the moment. I feel a terrible presence…”
I stopped as he told me and looked around our surroundings. When I did, the shadows of the bushes shook and then slowly yakuma appeared.
[SAIZOU]: “I see, so it was yakuma. One, two, three… there’s quite a few.”
[YUZUKI]: “S-Saizou-kun, let’s run!”
[SAIZOU]: “No, we won’t. I shall defeat the yakuma here.”
[YUZUKI]: “But this many…”
[SAIZOU]: “… Yes. Certainly, there is just a little too many.”
[SAIZOU]: “However, to run from yakuma here is unsightly. If I defeat them while protecting you, I will look even more stylish. And so I shall do the latter!”
[YUZUKI]: “T-That’s your reason…?”
[SAIZOU]: “What, there is no need for concern. In the end they are yakuma. This amount isn’t enough to be my opponent.”
[SAIZOU]: “Your luck has run out to appear in front of me, Kirigakure Saizou. Allow yourselves to be exterminated here!”
[YUZUKI]: “Wow… it’s true I might not need to worry.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Wah!?”
[SAIZOU]: “What!? They were concealed over there as well!”
The yakuma leapt, aiming for me. In that instant my vision was blocked by Saizou-kun’s back–
[SAIZOU]: “… I-It’s alright. Step back, or you’ll get caught in this.”
[SAIZOU]: “… It ends with this! Earth Release technique!”
[YUZUKI]: (The yakuma went under the ground…!?)
[SAIZOU]: “It is not a technique to be used against these small fries but there was no other way… kugh!”
[YUZUKI]: “Saizou-kun!? Where does it hurt?”
[SAIZOU]: “… It appears my leg took the attack. I don’t believe I’ll be able to walk for a while with this, hm.”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No way…”