SNB Mouri ~ Chapter 1.4 ~

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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…!

Chapter 1.4

The next day, early morning before the sun rose, when Imari-kun and I were sleeping soundly…

[MOTOHARU]: “How long are you going to sleep. Get up now!”

[IMARI]: “Hwah!? T-that surprised me…”

[YUZUKI]: “M-Motoharu-san…? Good morning.”

.[MOTOHARU]: “Good grief… even though I was going to teach you to cook rice this morning, you didn’t come no matter how long I waited, and when I came to check on you this is how you look.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh? But yesterday you told me to come to the kitchen at sunrise…”

[MOTOHARU]: “Do you think you can keep going with that attitude?”

[MOTOHARU]: “First, the kitchen is to be tidied, then there’s clean up after breakfast, and then after that is to do the laundry…”

[MOTOHARU]: “There are many things that must be done and because you are doing it all for the first time today, you should be arriving earlier than me, your teacher, to prepare.”

[YUZUKI]: (Motoharu-san is strict…)

[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry…”

[MOTOHARU]: “Good, then let’s go to the kitchen. Hurry up.”

[IMARI]: “Do your best!”

I smiled and waved at Imari-kun, who cheered me on, before I followed after Motoharu-san and left the room.

Focusing myself, I set about preparing breakfast.

But, while cooking rice in a pot, there were other things I needed to prepare at the same time and I was about to grow dizzy.

[MOTOHARU]: “Hey, at that rate all the water will have evaporated. Watch the temperature of the fire.”

[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry…”

[YUZUKI]: (It’s really hard to cook rice in an iron pot…)

I managed to finish breakfast preparations while being scolded by Motoharu-san, and then after the meal was done—

[YUZUKI]: (Next is clean up…)

[MOTOHARU]: “By the way, you…”

[YUZUKI]: “Y-yes! What is it…?”

[MOTOHARU]: “It seems like you can understand our words, but can you read letters?”

[YUZUKI]: (If I remember correctly, the letters in this world are written flowingly with a brush like ancient writing, huh…)

[YUZUKI]: “Erm, I think… I can’t read. I’m sorry.”

[MOTOHARU]: “Then I’ll teach you. If you cannot read, then you’ll continue to do routine tasks in the future. I’m sure Motonari-sama also does not wish for that.”

[YUZUKI]: “Eh…? You’ll teach me? Thank you so much! Please, that’d be amazing.”

[MOTOHARU]: “Yeah. While I’m teaching you the letters, I also plan to search for information related to Himemiko.”

[MOTOHARU]: “As I recall, there should be a book written on Himemiko in this castle’s archives. I’m going to look there. You can go to my room first.”

A book written on Himemiko-sama. This might be a large clue. I waited in Motoharu-san’s room, my chest swelling with hope.

[MOTOHARU]: “I’ve kept you waiting. Here it is.”

[YUZUKI]: “Thank you! I really want to know what’s in there.”

[MOTOHARU]: “Don’t rush. Everything that’s written in this book might not be the truth. Don’t expect too much.”

Saying that, Motoharu-san sat beside me and opened the book. Just as I thought, I couldn’t read the words written there—

[MOTOHARU]: “Listen up. This word here is ‘Himemiko’. I’m going to read slowly, so follow along with your eyes.”

[MOTOHARU]: “… ‘Himemiko held a majesty that overwhelmed those beside her…’.”

[MOTOHARU]: “‘Despite that, she was filled with compassion…’.”

[MOTOHARU]: “… What is this. Isn’t this just a common book of Himemiko worship?”

[YUZUKI]: “Himemiko worship…?”

[MOTOHARU]: “It’s like a manual written by those who crazily support Himemiko.”

[MOTOHARU]: “But… I don’t feel anything special from you.”

Motoharu-san said that and peered intently at my face.

Being stared at in such a close distance made me embarrassed and I unconsciously averted my eyes.

[MOTOHARU]: “Don’t look away. I can’t determine anything if you do.”

[YUZUKI]: (B-but it’s embarrassing when he stares at me like that…!)

[MOTOHARU]: “… Well, whatever. The contents of this book can’t be relied upon.”

[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad he read it… but we didn’t learn anything important related to Himemiko-sama…)

[YUZUKI]: “U-um! The last page… I mean, the place with the drawings, could you show me that?”

[MOTOHARU]: “The drawings?… You mean these?”

[YUZUKI]: “Yes. The mirror, magatama, hairpin, long sword… I don’t know what’s written besides the pictures, but for some reason I feel drawn towards these…”

[MOTOHARU]: “… Ah, the sacred treasures… Like I thought, for you to be drawn to these—“

[YUZUKI]: “Huh…?”

Motoharu-san adjusted the book and told it to me in a way I’d understand.

[MOTOHARU]: “—The sacred treasures are priceless items that Himemiko gifted to the feudal lords who would govern each land. They’re said to have a power resting in them.”

[YUZUKI]: “Does that mean they could be some kind of clue?”

[MOTOHARU]: “I can’t conclude that, but I suppose it’s a step closer. Moreover, it makes sense that you’re drawn to these when you hold a similar power to Himemiko.”

A clue in order to return to my original world… I didn’t know about “Shina” but I wanted to obtain the sacred treasures as soon as possible.

[YUZUKI]: “Um, I… would like to go and search for the sacred treasures right now…!”

However, as if to chide me, a familiar and gentle voice rang out from the entrance of the room.

[MOTONARI]: “There’s no need for you to acquire the sacred treasures, princess.”

8 thoughts on “SNB Mouri ~ Chapter 1.4 ~

    Reggie said:
    December 10, 2018 at 13:33

    I hate being wake up by somebody early in the morning 😒 well, she’d say she do her best so… Yeah

      Ilinox responded:
      December 10, 2018 at 16:36

      For me it’s more the “?? we arranged a time to meet so why are you picking fault at me for not being there 30 minutes earlier?? THE HELL?” |D

    Cey said:
    December 7, 2018 at 11:48

    I have mixed feelings about Motoharu.
    I usually don’t mind strict, but I hate irrational. If you say ‘at sunrise’ then do not expect me to be there a single minute before that. And don’t speak to me about attitudes. I’m the type of girl who likes to complain whenever I had to rise early.

    [MOTOHARU]: “Then I’ll teach you. If you cannot read, then you’ll continue to do routine tasks in the future. I’m sure Motonari-sama also does not wish for that.”

    Interesting that he says: “also”.

      Ilinox responded:
      December 7, 2018 at 20:12

      LOL I was thinking the same thing!! Like if you expected her to get there early then you should have mentioned that…? But if you say sunrise then I’m just going to assume sunrise. Although, to be fair, I do show up like 5-10 minutes early to a meeting because I hate to be late. But I’m still assuming the meeting is gonna happen on the dot at the scheduled time and you shouldn’t expect me to be there 10 minutes earlier or even 30 minutes earlier.

      Nice catch! He definitely used that particle, but now that you brought it up I wonder what he means. I guess he also doesn’t expect the heroine to just do misc. work around the castle?

    AMBER said:
    December 7, 2018 at 03:22

    I never know Motoharu is this strict ;-; but he looks more like a straightforward person who takes everything seriously. I hope to see the relationship development between MC and him :)

      Ilinox responded:
      December 7, 2018 at 20:09

      Haha, yeah, he’s this interesting mixture of not having patience for what he thinks is people fooling around, but he’s also super patient when you’re honestly learning and doesn’t sound TOO mean. I think he definitely is the more serious and straightforward of the bunch though |D especially when he gets closer to the heroine.

    waterinegirl said:
    December 7, 2018 at 01:24

    MOTOHARU at least he’s kind enough to teach us despite being strict

      Ilinox responded:
      December 7, 2018 at 20:08

      He’s a pretty no-nonsense person, but he does take the time to teach someone so that’s good :’D.

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