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…!?
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder who those two are… They can’t be… enemies…?)
The two commanders were looking intently over here.
Among them, the commander who was showing a fearless smirk released a very intimidating air.
[YUKIMURA]: “… It’ll be okay, don’t worry.”
Yukimura-kun, who was beside me, might have sensed my uneasiness since he placed a hand gently on my shoulder.
[YUZUKI]: “R-Right… Thank you.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Those are…”
Nobuyuki-san appeared to recognize those two commanders.
[YUKIMURA]: “… Do you know them, brother?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Yes, those are… commanders of the Oda army…”
[YUKIMURA]: “Huh… Oda’s!?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “The one in the back is Akechi Mitsuhide. And then…”
[NOBUYUKI]: “The man with the intimidating atmosphere at the front is… the general of Oda… Oda Nobunaga.”
[YUZUKI]: (That’s the Oda army’s…!)
I turned around at the yakuma’s roar which seemed to rumble in the ground. And what I saw in my eyes was…
[YUZUKI]: “Wha… that’s a huge number…!!”
Regardless of me stiffening in surprise, Yukimura-kun, Nobuyuki-san, and the two of the Oda army calmly drew their weapons.
[YUZUKI]: (The two in the Oda army plan to fight too…!)
[YUKIMURA]: “You… can hide over there.”
I did as Yukimura-kun said and hid in the shadow of rubble.
[YUZUKI]: (With this many yakuma… will Yukimura-kun and the others be okay…)
I was worried at the large amount of yakuma. But…
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Hn.”
[YUZUKI]: (Those two are mowing down the yakuma…!)
When I was all eyes at the strength of those two, Yukimura-kun and Nobuyuki-san also stabbed at the yakuma.
[YUKIMURA]: “Those guys are good…!”
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone’s so strong…!)
Just when I thought that, if this was the case, the large amount of yakuma might be managed somehow…
[YUZUKI]: “…! Yukimura-kun, behind!”
Even though Yukimura-kun immediately changed his stance, he wasn’t going to make it to block the yakuma’s attack.
[YUZUKI]: (Phew… But who was that…?)
The person who appeared behind the fallen yakuma was Nobunaga-san with a sword in hand.
[YUKIMURA]: “Th… thank you!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Do not lose focus.”
The two had a short exchange and then returned to the battle with the yakuma.
[YUZUKI]: (To jump in and assist Yukimura-kun in that instant… Nobunaga-san is really strong…)
[YUKIMURA]: “Fuah… is it over with this?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “It appears so.”
When Yukimura-kun and Nobuyuki-san finished exterminating the yakuma, I noticed that the two from the Oda army disappeared.
[IMARI]: “… Eveeeryone!”
At that moment, Imari-kun came casually running from somewhere.
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun…! Are you okay!? A lot of yakuma appeared here–“
[IMARI]: “Whaa… yakuma!?”
[IMARI]: “I’m sorry… I said I’d let you know as soon as I saw them but I was engrossed in looking for clues to Himemiko-sama…”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, no! It’s okay if you’re safe, Imari-kun!”
[YUZUKI]: “More importantly, did you find any clues?”
[IMARI]: “Yes…! I’ve gathered absolutely everything that looked like clues to Himemiko-sama!”
[YUKIMURA]: “Ooh, show us!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Apparently, there doesn’t seem to be anything directly related to Himemiko-sama.”
Imari-kun took out the things he picked up from his tea kettle and arranged them on the ground. The majority of them were things I didn’t really understand though…
[YUZUKI]: (Haha… he must have put in his best to gather things that might be a clue to Himemiko-sama.)
Thinking that, I felt it was charming.
[YUZUKI]: “… Huh? That’s…”
However, when I found a certain something in Imari-kun’s collection, which had become a mountain, I hurriedly reached out my hand.
[YUZUKI]: “… My cellphone…!? W-Why is this here…?”
[IMARI]: “…! This belonged to you!?”
Imari-kun looked at the cellphone in my hand with a surprised face.
According to Imari-kun, although he picked up this cellphone around the time I just came to Shinga, he continued to carry it not thinking it belonged to me.
[YUKIMURA]: “Is this… a pill container?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, this is called a cellphone and it’s a tool to let you talk to someone even if you’re far away.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Huh… that’s quite a convenient thing.”
Nobuyuki-san said that appreciatively, but then opened his mouth in sudden realization.
[NOBUYUKI]: “Then… if you have that, can’t you contact people you know in your old world?”
[YUZUKI]: “I think that’s probably impossible…”
[YUZUKI]: “The battery’s long dead and reception is–”
The moment I talked about that–.
The cellphone abruptly began to shine.
[YUZUKI]: “Eh, huh…!?”
The light that spilled from the screen gradually changed its shape and eventually took on the form of a woman.
[IMARI]: “…!? Hi…!!”
Imari-kun opened his eyes wide and stared at that woman fervently.
[HIMEMIKO]: “–It’s been a long time, Imari.”
The person who suddenly appeared in front of our eyes was the one we were searching for… Himemiko-sama.