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…!
[MOTONARI]: “Mm? What is it, Motoharu?”
[MOTOHARU]: “… You spoke about the swarm of yakuma, but I’m still concerned about their movements, which were different from usual.”
[MOTONARI]: “Hm. And?”
.[MOTOHARU]: “You said they went straight for that girl… There haven’t been reports of such a thing until now.”
[MOTOHARU]: “… Is there not something in her blood that makes her targeted by the yakuma?”
[MOTOHARU]: “That your appearance changed and you were given more strength than usual, Motonari-sama, is not an explanation I can accept in the present situation—“
[MOTONARI]: “Hmm… there is indeed something in her blood. However, that might not be connected to the eccentric behavior of the yakuma.”
[MOTOHARU]: “That is true, but…”
[MOTONARI]: “Come now, let us end this conversation. You should also sleep early to rest for tomorrow.”
[MOTOHARU]: “… Understood.”
When I returned to my room, I listened to today’s results from Imari-kun.
[IMARI]: “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing from me… How was it for you? Did you find anything out?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes. Actually, today, I was attacked by a horde of yakuma in a cave—“
I told Imari-kun the events of today and how Motonari-san transformed when he sucked my blood.
[IMARI]: “—It can’t be…”
[IMARI]: “Your blood seems to have the same power as Himemiko-sama…”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? What do you mean by that?”
[IMARI]: “You see, ‘oni’ and ‘werewolves’ are part of a species called the ‘Gekka Tribe’…”
[IMARI]: “When their lives are on the verge of danger they’re struck by an impulse to drink blood— in other words, their nature is to want someone’s blood.”
[IMARI]: “But only Himemiko-sama’s blood is special… Not only are wounds healed when her blood is drunk, but the tribe’s true power is brought out.”
[YUZUKI]: “You mean—“
[MOTOHARU]: “Himemiko’s power!?”
[MOTOHARU]: “And what’s with this weird baby tanuki!? What kind of sorcery is being used for an animal to speak!?”
[IMARI]: “A-ahwawa! They found out! What do we do…!”
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun, calm down! Motoharu-san, you too, please listen…!”
[MOTOHARU]: “You want me to listen to when you’ve been having secret talks with this thing of unknown background? You’re asking too much.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Moreover, of all things, to keep silent about having the same power as Himemiko.”
[YUZUKI]: “Please wait! I wasn’t trying to hide it—“
[MOTOHARU]: “Silence! There’s no place for you to make excuses right now!”
[YUZUKI]: (What do I do, at this rate I won’t be able to stay here, to say nothing of looking for Himemiko-sama…!)
[YUZUKI]: (If this is the case, I can only reveal everything to Motoharu-san…!)
Having thought that, I looked towards Imari-kun.
[IMARI]: “… Now that it’s like this, let’s explain everything because I can’t watch you be in hot water without doing anything…!”
It seemed like Imari-kun was also thinking the same thing because he said that while looking directly at me.
[YUZUKI]: (Imari-kun, thank you.)
I nodded with heartfelt gratitude before turning to face Motoharu-san.
[YUZUKI]: “… Imari-kun and I will explain everything! So, please… listen to us!”
[MOTOHARU]: “… You better tell the whole story then, alright?”
And then I told everyone about how I came from another world and that I was searching for Himemiko-sama in order to return home to my original world—
And Imari-kun’s true identity and how my blood seemed to have similar powers to Himemiko-sama.
[YUZUKI]: “… This is everything I’m able to explain.”
[MOTOHARU]: “… It should have been something you told us honestly from the beginning.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry…”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Now, now, isn’t it fine? She disclosed everything to us like this.”
[TERUMOTO]: “That’s right! It’s too much to blame her any more!”
[YUZUKI]: “Takamoto-san, Terumoto-kun…”
[MOTONARI]: “Though it must have been hard, you spoke a lot.”
Motonari-san said that and smiled while stroking my head gently.
[MOTONARI]: “It will be difficult in many ways before you can return home to your original world, so until that day arrives I do not mind if you stay here.”
[YUZUKI]: “—Thank you so much…!”
[YUZUKI]: “But I feel a little bad to just stay here…”
[YUZUKI]: “Isn’t there anything I can help out with?”
[MOTONARI]: “Help out… You are a guest; you do not need to do anything.”
[YUZUKI]: “No, I can’t possibly do that. Please let me help, even odd chores are fine!”
[MOTONARI]: “Hmm… alright. In that case, you may do some routine tasks starting tomorrow by following Motoharu.”
[MOTOHARU]: “!? Me…?”
[YUZUKI]: “Motoharu-san. I’ll do my very best, so I look forward to working with you…!”
[MOTONARI]: “That is how it will be, so I am entrusting our princess to you, Motoharu.”
[MOTOHARU]: “… I will handle this matter then.”