Chapter 1: A Mysterious Chance Meeting
Motonari welcomed her readily to settle in the castle for the time being.
When she was brought by him to the shrine, where they first met, there was a monster she had never seen before…!
I woke up at the small scream and the sound of something tripping.
[YUZUKI]: “Huh… Imari-kun?”
[IMARI]: “S-sorry. I woke you…!”
[YUZUKI]: “No, I don’t mind. More importantly, what were you doing?”
[IMARI]: “Erm… I was preparing to go looking for clues on Himemiko-sama but I tripped badly…”
[IMARI]: “I’m really sorry…!”
[YUZUKI]: “Oh, that’s what it was. Haha, it’s alright and you don’t have to apologize that much.”
[IMARI]: “Uuu, thank you…!”
[IMARI]: “Um! Then… let’s do our best to look for Himemiko-sama starting today!”
In order to return to my original world there was no way other than to find Himemiko-sama.
[YUZUKI]: (But it looks like Motoharu-san and Takakage-san are cautious about me…)
Especially Takakage-san who also said he’d kill me if I did wrong to Mouri.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s not unreasonable, I guess…)
Because to them I was someone whose origins were unknown.
When I was thinking deeply like that, I heard footsteps outside my room.
[IMARI]: “Wah, an oni is coming here…!?”
[IMARI]: “S-sorry! Please keep me secret!”
Saying that, Imari-kun quickly hid under cover.
[YUZUKI]: “H-huh!? Imari-kun!?”
[MOTONARI]: “May I come in?”
[YUZUKI]: “Motonari-san? Yes, of course.”
[MOTONARI]: “Good morning. It is almost time for the morning meal and I thought about heading there together. Follow me and I will escort you.”
Following Motonari-san I walked through the corridors and every time we passed his retainers I could tell that they were looking over here strangely.
[YUZUKI]: (Um, their stares hurt…)
[MOTONARI]: “Now, now, just because she is unusual she is not something to be stared at.”
[MOTONARI]: “Are you all not troubling the princess?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh… princess?”
[MOTONARI]: “Do you dislike that? I thought I would address you as such though.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ermm… I’m thankful for your feelings but… it’s embarrassing…”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, what do I do… I’m going to be under the care of this man in the future, and yet I…)
[YUZUKI]: “U-um, actually, you can call me whatever you’d like, Motonari-san…”
[MOTONARI]: “Is that so? I’m glad. In that case, hereafter you are our princess then.”
I could feel my ears grow hot at Motonari-san’s sweet words.
[YUZUKI]: (Like I thought, it’s embarrassing…! But I can’t tell him to stop that at this point…)
After that I was escorted to the main hall by Motonari-san and had breakfast with everyone.
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you for the food. It was really delicious.”
[MOTONARI]: “Haha, I’m glad it seemed to suit your taste.”
[YUZUKI]: “By the way, what should I do today after this?”
[MOTONARI]: “Good point… I have a matter to attend to and will be heading to the shrine where I met you yesterday.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yesterday’s place… Um, if it’s not a bother, could I also come along?”
[TERUMOTO]: “Motonari-sama! I want to go too!”
[MOTOHARU]: “You cannot. You have training.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “It’s studying after that too.”
[TERUMOTO]: “Ehhh, whyyy…”
[MOTONARI]: “Haha, that is unfortunate, Terumoto.”
[MOTONARI]: “Princess, you must wish to search for some clue. I do not think you can expect much, but… if you are concerned about staying still then will you come with me?”
[MOTONARI]: “I cannot promise there will be no danger involved. And so, can you promise that you will be sure not to leave my side?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, I understand. Thank you!”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, with this being the case, I need to tell Imari-kun too.)
[YUZUKI]: (—Which reminds me, Imari-kun said to keep him a secret, huh.)
[YUZUKI]: (If it’s like that then maybe I shouldn’t talk about searching for Himemiko-sama…?)