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]: “There’s no need for you to acquire the sacred treasures, princess.”
When I turned towards the voice, there stood Motonari-san with a slightly troubled look.
My eyes widened at his words.
[YUZUKI]: “There’s no need for me to get the sacred treasures…? Motonari-san, what do you mean?”
[MOTONARI]: “You see—“
[MOTOHARU]: “To put it simply, it wouldn’t be a good idea for you to go walking around.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Because you don’t know anything about Shinga.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Motonari-sama is telling you not to expose yourself to danger for the sake of obtaining a sacred treasure.”
[MOTONARI]: “Yes, as Motoharu has said, there is danger in searching for the sacred treasures.”
[MOTONARI]: “… However, princess, if you are that desperate then we will search for the sacred treasures in your stead.”
[MOTOHARU]: “But, Motonari-sama, if we search for the sacred treasures thenthe possibility of clashing with other armies naturally increases.”
[MOTONARI]: “Indeed, and I intend to act discreetly so as not to alarm them. Therefore—“
Motonari-san smiled at me with a gentle expression.
[MOTONARI]: “Princess, you need not do anything. Just entrust this to us.”
[MOTONARI]: “If you wish to have the sacred treasures, then we will obtain them, and so I’d like for you to wait in this castle.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’d feel horrible leaving everything to you and the others, Motonari-san, and I can’t do that…!”
[MOTONARI]: “I am grateful for your feelings, however… still, I cannot let you accompany us.”
[MOTONARI]: “Because the sacred treasures may be the one and only way to reach Himemiko, the other armies must be unanimously aiming for them.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Yeah, since if they are able to obtain Himemiko as a result then they will close in on uniting the country.”
[MOTONARI]: “In actuality, it appears that violent conflicts over the sacred treasures have started happening in each land. I cannot let you go to such dangerous places, princess.”
[MOTONARI]: “Thus, if you desire the sacred treasures then we will retrieve them. So, won’t you wait until then?”
I felt apologetic for involving Motonari-san and the others in a dangerous situation for my own goals and wasn’t able to nod to Motonari-san’s suggestion.
Maybe becasue he was unable to just watch me, Motonari-san suddenly gave a smile.
[MOTONARI]: “… I apologize for intruding.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Not at all. Even though your suggestion is for my sake… I’m sorry.”
[MOTONARI]: “Don’t be. Well then, I shall take my leave.”
Unable to say anything further to Motonari-san, I resumed my letter studies with Motoharu-san.
[TAKAKAGE]: “… Hmmm. So, that girl is looking for the sacred treasures.”
After finishing the miscellaneous work in the castle, I was told to take a break from Motoharu-san, and so I rested in one of the courtyards.
[TAKAKAGE]: “Yo, are you taking a break? Good work today.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Takakage-san.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Your work looks hard. How is it? Have you gotten used to living here a little?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes. Although I was scolded by Motoharu-san when I was cooking the rice…”
[YUZUKI]: “But I’ll work hard from here and become useful to everyone!”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Haha, you’re a good girl.”
I was a little embarrassed to be told that with a smile.
Takakage-san brought his lips to my ears and whispered softly.
[TAKAKAGE]: “I’ll tell such a good girl something nice.”
[YUZUKI]: “Something nice?”
[TAKAKAGE]: “… I know where a sacred treasure is.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha, really!?”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Shh, you’re too loud.”
[YUZUKI]: “So, where’s the sacred treasure?”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Don’t you think it’d be quicker to go there instead of me explaining with words?”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh? You mean it’s close…? Then—“
[TAKAKAGE]: “That’s how it is, so come out with me.”
The instant I was told that by Takakage-san the troubled look on Motonari-san earlier crossed my mind.
Motonari-san said he wanted me to wait.
[YUZUKI]: “… But I think I shouldn’t—“
[TAKAKAGE]: “You want the sacred treasure, don’t you?”
I wasn’t able to resist those words that seemed to put a pressure on me—
[YUZUKI]: (I’m sorry…)
And so, while apologizing in my mind, I was guided by Takakage-san towards the mountains where the sacred treasure was said to be.