Chapter 10: Depart, Towards Hope!
In search for a clue on Himemiko-sama, they decided to investigate in the outskirts of the capital.
As she prepared for the trip with a mixture of anticipation and anxiousness, the commanders came to visit one after another…!?
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Can I come in?”
In the morning, when I finished my preparations and tried to exit my room, Kamanosuke-kun came to visit.
[YUZUKI]: “Sure, go ahead.”
Kamanosuke-kun held something out upon entering the room.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Mm.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Before you leave… I’ll rewrap that.”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… that reminds me, the scratch on my hand from the expedition hasn’t healed yet…)
[YUZUKI]: “Erm, okay, please and thank you.”
Kamanosuke-kun sat in front of me with a somewhat pleased look.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… It’s weird.”
Kamanosuke-kun muttered this while wrapping the bandages.
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, what is?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Because… if we drink your blood our wounds heal in a flash.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Yet your own injuries don’t heal.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s true.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… It’d be nice if my blood could heal your injuries.”
I was a little surprised at Kamanosuke-kun’s unexpected words.
[YUZUKI]: “Ahah, thank you. But I’m sure it’ll heal soon so don’t worry.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “But… I’d give any amount of blood if it’d heal you right now…”
[YUZUKI]: (Have I ever seen Kamanosuke-kun thinking hard like this before…)
Kamanosuke-kun, who was wrapping the bandages silently, had an unusually insecure look and I felt somewhat uneasy.
However, at that time–.
My hand was wrapped in bandages that were a little bit twisted.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “You can’t… get hurt anymore.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay, thank you.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Mm… then let’s go eat breakfast.”
Kamanosuke-kun took my uninjured hand and started walking.
When I headed to the main hall, pulled by my hand, everyone had already gathered.
[SASUKE]: “Ahh, Kamanosuke! Just when I thought you got up super early today…!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Sasuke and Saizou, you guys were alone together with her yesterday.
Kamanosuke-kun objected to Sasuke-kun’s words and turned his head away.
[SASUKE]: “Wha, how’d you…!”
[SAIZOU]: “You’re a man I can’t let my g-guard down on.”
When the three began to make a ruckus in their usual manner…
[YUKIMURA]: “You guys… are you at it again?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “We’ll return soon with her, so be good.”
The three were scolded and they looked a bit miserable.
[YUKIMURA]: “–Alright. Everyone’s gathered, so we’ll set out after eating!”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s only for a short time but leaving these three lively people feels a bit sad…)
I took my seat at the meal while thinking that.
After leaving the castle and walking for a while we approached a steep mountain road.
[IMARI]: “Himemiko-sama, please wait for us!”
Imari-kun was in high spirits, more than usual, since we might be able to lay our hands on a clue to Himemiko-sama.
[YUZUKI]: (I have more stamina than before too, so I have to try and not bother everyone…!)
[YUZUKI]: “… Haa… haa.”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s a pretty rough journey…)
Although I gave it my all, I gradually started to run out of breath.
[IMARI]: “Fuuh… If we cross this mountain, Himemiko-sama’s clue will be…”
Beside me, Imari-kun did his best to walk while running out of breath.
[YUZUKI]: (Imari-kun looks tired…)
[YUZUKI]: “I know…! Imari-kun, I’ll carry you!”
[IMARI]: “Wawawa, no way! I can’t possibly trouble you…!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ahah. It’s okay and don’t be shy. Here we go… up!”
[IMARI]: “Wow! Thank you so much…!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Aa, I know.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Woah, what a great view. How about we rest here a bit.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “You’re right. We’ve progressed smoothly to her, so let’s take a short break.”
[IMARI]: “Wah, that’s good! It’s a break!”
[YUZUKI]: “Yeah, that’s right…!”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh… but Yukimura-kun and Nobuyuki-san don’t look tired at all…)
Looking at their appearance… I suddenly had a thought.
[YUZUKI]: (I see… they said to take a break for our sake.)
I took a brief rest while being grateful for both of their consideration.