Chapter 2: A Melody of Plots
Although she went to a cave by the invitation of Takakage, who said he knew the whereabouts of a sacred treasure, she was met with an unexpected event.
In a predicament where yakuma could appear at any time, what she thought was…
Several days passed after the incident with Takakage-san and I worked hard at the jobs that were given to me, while practicing the ones that I couldn’t do.
At the beginning I kept failing and I was often scolded, but—
Motoharu-san’s face, as he looked at the meal I cooked, had a rare, broad smile.
[MOTOHARU]: “… Well done. I have no objections about the taste either.”
[YUZUKI]: “Really!? Thank you…!”
[MOTOHARU]: “This is the result of your daily efforts. You’ve gotten much better at laundry and cleaning than before too.”
[MOTOHARU]: “It looks like it’ll be alright to leave more extensive jobs to you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Motoharu-san…! Yes, I’ll do my best! I want to be more and more helpful to everyone!”
[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad I worked hard… I have to clean things next now.)
Even though a pale, orange sunset started to appear, I didn’t want to waste time resting and so I cleaned the halls.
[TAKAKAGE]: “Uwah, just when I thought there was a dirty girl here, it was you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Takakage-san, that’s mean.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “That’s unexpected. I meant to imply that I’m seeing you properly though.”
[YUZUKI]: “If you wanted to say that I think there’s other ways to do it.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “It’s my way of expressing my affection, so accept it.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “If you can’t accept it, then I’ll have to make you nod your head using any means necessary.”
[YUZUKI]: “I understand! I understand it’s your expression of affection!”
[YUZUKI]: “So please don’t put your hand on your sword with such a happy look, it’s scary…!”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Ah, I just remembered. There was something I had to tell you.”
[YUZUKI]: “What is it?”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Motonari-sama has summoned you. He’s in his room so go over.”
[YUZUKI]: (Motonari-san? What for…?)
[YUZUKI]: “Okay, I understand.”
[YUZUKI]: “Motonari-san, are you inside?”
[MOTONARI]: “Mm, I’m here. Come in.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, excuse me.”
[MOTONARI]: “I apologize for calling for you so suddenly. Won’t you take a seat there?”
As was pointed out to me, I sat in front of Motonari-san, facing him.
[MOTONARI]: “Now then, let us bring out the main topic. Regarding the matter of searching for the sacred treasures, won’t you join us?”
[YUZUKI]: “Can I…!? But why…?”
[MOTONARI]: “I’ve reconsidered that it is safer for you to come with us than to remain alone in the castle.”
[YUZUKI]: (Is Motonari-san saying this because he’s worried about how, before, I didn’t come back from the mountains…?)
[MOTONARI]: “Much more dangerous things may occur when you’re together with us, however…”
[MOTONARI]: “As long as you stay beside me, I will protect you immediately no matter what happens.”
[MOTONARI]: “Thus, be at ease and concentrate on searching for clues on Himemiko.”
[YUZUKI]: “Motonari-san… thank you so much!”
[MOTONARI]: “Mm… However, it is already late today, so we will move in earnest starting tomorrow.”
[YUZUKI]: “You’re right. Then, I’ll excuse myself here.”
I said that and stood up to leave this place, but Motonari-san called me to a stop as if he remembered something.
[MOTONARI]: “Ah, wait…”
Thinking he might have forgotten to tell me something, I turned back around and—
Motonari-san stroked my head gently with a soft smile.
[MOTONARI]: “If anything troubles you in the future, discuss it with me right away. Don’t feel as if you have to be reserved, alright?”
Hearing those words, I thought that Motonari-san was concerned about how I had been abandoned in the mountains.
[YUZUKI]: “Motonari-san… thank you so much…”