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…!?
At night, when I had laid down in the camp, I suddenly woke up.
[YUZUKI]: (I think I heard some voices just now…?)
When I looked in the direction of the voices…
[YUKIMURA]: “That girl is amazing, isn’t she. Even though she suddenly came to a place she’s never seen before from her world, she’s always bright and cheery.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Yes. There are also times when she’s shown a strength that surprises us.”
[YUKIMURA]: “To me… to us, that girl is an irreplaceable existence already.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Yes… but that is exactly why–“
[YUKIMURA]: “I know. I want to return her home to her own world…”
[YUKIMURA]: “But thinking about parting is a little… no, really… painful…”
[NOBUYUKI]: “That’s true. But I’m sure she wishes to return home to her original world. We need to do it somehow with our hands.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Yeah, that’s right…!”
[YUZUKI]: (Yukimura-kun…! Nobuyuki-san…!)
I felt something hot well up in my heart at both their words.
[YUZUKI]: (To think they thought that way…)
I was happy about Yukimura-kun and Nobuyuki-san’s warm feelings, almost to the point of crying.
We arrived near the capital and felt a tense air.
[YUZUKI]: (This atmosphere… it wouldn’t be odd for yakuma to come out at any time…)
I was nervous but from beside me Imari-kun ran out.
[IMARI]: “I’m going to look for clues to Himemiko-sama!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, wait…! It’s dangerous, Imari-kun! There might be yakuma…”
[IMARI]: “It’ll be okay! I’m quick and my eyes are good!”
[IMARI]: “I’ll let you know as soon as there’s yakuma or if anything dangerous happens.”
[IMARI]: “Please don’t worry! Leave the checking of the surroundings to me!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Then take care not to strain yourself!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, and… you can’t go too far!”
[YUKIMURA]: “… Well then, we should also try looking to see if there’s anything.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Yes. Let’s move cautiously, whether there’s commanders of the Date army or yakuma.”
[YUZUKI]: (We’ve only found things that look unrelated…)
[YUZUKI]: “This is also… unrelated, huh… *cough*… *cough*…”
I lifted up a piece of cloth I saw and coughed hard at the dust.
When that happened Yukimura-kun immediately rubbed my back.
[YUKIMURA]: “Are you alright?”
[YUZUKI]: (Yukimura-kun… He really is nice…)
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you. I’m okay now–“
[YUZUKI]: (… Yukimura-kun? What happened…?)
[YUZUKI]: “Huh… could it be yakuma…!?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “No, these footsteps aren’t yakuma…”
[YUKIMURA]: “The Date army…?”
What leapt into my eyes and both their eyes, as they stood ready, was…
[???]: “–Oh? Werewolves?”