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…
In the end, I didn’t obtain useful clues regarding the sacred treasures, but…
After hearing about the circumstances of Mouri I felt like the distance between me and everyone had shrunk and I was somewhat happy.
Feeling good, I was about to enter my room when I sensed someone inside.
[IMARI]: “Owawa, phleash shtop!”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh…? Just now, that was Imari-kun’s voice!?)
When I hurriedly opened the sliding screen, there sat Terumoto-kun pulling Imari-kun’s cheeks.
[TERUMOTO]: “Ah! You’re finally back!”
Terumoto-kun gave a bright smile when he saw me.
[TERUMOTO]: “I wanted to play together, but you weren’t in your room so I played with Imari instead.”
[IMARI]: “Uh, I felt like it went over the range of what’s considered to be playing though…!”
Terumoto-kun ignored Imari-kun’s muttering and continued talking.
[TERUMOTO]: “Hey, you two, come play treasure hunting with me right now!”
[YUZUKI]: “Treasure hunting?”
When I asked Terumoto-kun for details it seemed like he found a significant map inside the castle.
[TERUMOTO]: “I’m sure this is a treasure map! So, let’s look for it together while we’re playing!”
[YUZUKI]: (Hmm… I want to find the sacred treasures, but I guess I can’t ignore Terumoto-kun’s feelings…)
[YUZUKI]: “Alright, let’s play.”
Terumoto-kun spread out both his arms widely in joy.
[YUZUKI]: “Ahaha, where’s the treasure place?”
[TERUMOTO]: “According to this map, it looks like it’s in a nearby forest.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh…? Isn’t that a place where yakuma appear often? Will it be okay…”
[TERUMOTO]: “Nope, this forest is a different place. It’s a place where there’s also villagers in the day, so I think it’ll be okay!”
[YUZUKI]: “I see… I guess it’ll be fine then.”
[TERUMOTO]: “It’ll be fine, it’ll be fine! Let’s go now!”
Terumoto-kun jumped up and guided me and Imari-kun to the nearby forest.
[TERUMOTO]: “A small box is hidden somewhere in this forest!”
[TERUMOTO]: “The first one to find it is the winner! Now, ready, set… go!”
We began our search for the small box with Terumoto-kun’s signal.
[YUZUKI]: (Mmm, it really is hard to find. Huh? Did something flash just now…?)
I walked in the direction of the light that I saw for a split second. There, I found a small “hole” beneath an old tree that seemed to be over hundreds of years old.
It was a hole small to the point where a man’s hand couldn’t reach in. When I peered inside, I saw a small box.
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, could this be the treasure?)
Having found the small box, I called over Terumoto-kun and Imari-kun.
[TERUMOTO]: “Wow, amazing!”
[TERUMOTO]: “But I’m a little frustrated—“
At the sudden echoing yakuma growl, we looked around the area. However, we couldn’t see it.
But when we looked up there was the yakuma, looking down at us from atop a thick branch—
[TERUMOTO]: “!! Watch out!”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Ahh…!”
The moment the yakuma tried to attack Terumoto-kun was already shielding me, but because of that he suffered an injury to his back.
[IMARI]: “Oh no, the blood…!”
[YUZUKI]: (What a horrible wound… At this rate, Terumoto-kun’s life is…!)
[YUZUKI]: (But what do I do… the yakuma is coming here too…)
[TERUMOTO]: “Ugh…! Haa, haa…!”
[YUZUKI]: (I know! Motonari-san healed his wound by drinking my blood, so—)
[YUZUKI]: (If Terumoto-kun drinks my blood too, he might be saved…!)
I pulled out Terumoto-kun’s sword from its sheath and cut my finger.
[TERUMOTO]: “What are you… doing…? If you do that… stop… it’ll hurt…”
[YUZUKI]: “Compared to Terumoto-kun’s injury this is nothing.”
[YUZUKI]: “More importantly, Terumoto-kun, drink my blood!”
[TERUMOTO]: “Huh? B-but…”
[YUZUKI]: “My blood has a power similar to Himemiko-sama, so… if you drink it, I’m sure your injury will heal.”
[YUZUKI]: “So… please. I don’t want to see you suffer any more, Terumoto-kun…!”
Even as Terumoto-kun hesitated he stretched out his hand weakly and gently grabbed my wrist.
[TERUMOTO]: “I’m sorry… and thank you.”
Terumoto-kun traced my fingertip with his tongue and, in the blink of an eye, his wound closed and his appearance also changed.
[TERUMOTO]: “… Wow. Power is surging up…!”
[TERUMOTO]: “Alright, let’s go!”
Saying that, he ran towards the yakuma and cut it down with a single stroke.
[YUZUKI]: (Terumoto-kun is amazing…!)
However, the relief was only for a brief moment because Terumoto-kun muttered with a wary voice.
[TERUMOTO]: “… Someone’s coming.”
The person who appeared in his line of sight was—
[MOTOHARU]: “Terumoto, it’s me.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Risking your life to save a woman from yakuma is admirable. As expected of a Mouri commander.”
[TERUMOTO]: “Thank you, Motoharu-sama…”
[TERUMOTO]: “But I… put her in danger…”
[YUZUKI]: “Terumoto-kun, I’m okay. Thank you for saving me.”
I continued on in a bright voice to try and cheer up Terumoto-kun, who was depressed.
[YUZUKI]: “Look, let’s see what’s inside of the small box we found earlier. There might be something amazing in there!”
[TERUMOTO]: “… Oh, that’s right!”
[YUZUKI]: “Let’s try opening it then.”
When I slowly opened the small box, what was in there was—