Chapter 3: Fate Comes Alive
Something was documented in ancient characters on a paper inside the box.
In the middle of the investigation as to whether something about Himemiko was recorded or not, the secret of the sacred treasures was told to her by Takakage.
When I checked the contents of the small box we found in the forest, there was a small, folded sheet of paper inside.
[YUZUKI]: (I can see something like letters… I wonder what this is?)
I spread out the paper and a lot of ancient characters were arranged in lines.
[YUZUKI]: (Is this an… old document?)
I was still only able to read a few of Shinga’s letters and so I didn’t know what was written there.
Meanwhile, Terumoto-kun, who was carrying Imari-kun, peeked at the old document I held.
[TERUMOTO]: “Wow, there’s tons of hard letters!”
[IMARI]: “It’s an old document and the style of writing is pretty ancient…”
[YUZUKI]: “I wonder what’s written here?”
[TERUMOTO]: “Hrmm… I can read the letters we have now, but I don’t know these old letters…”
[IMARI]: “I’m clueless about these ones too…”
[YUZUKI]: “I see…”
[IMARI]: “Uu, I’m sorry for not being any help…”
[YUZUKI]: “No, it’s okay. Look, um… for these sorts of things, I think it’d be rare to be able to read them!”
When I thought about how its contents could be a clue to a sacred treasure, I felt frustrated at being unable to read the characters.
In the midst of my frustration, as I stared at it thinking about a way to decipher it, Motoharu-san called out.
[MOTOHARU]: “Hey, what was inside?”
[YUZUKI]: “It looks like an old document was inside, but we don’t know what’s written… sorry.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Pass it here.”
I handed the old document over and Motoharu-san ran his eyes across it for a while in silence.
[MOTOHARU]: “… This will be difficult to decipher here and now. There’s too many hard words and it’ll take a lot of time for me.”
[MOTOHARU]: “I think Motonari-sama, my brother, and Takakage can decipher it faster, but…”
[MOTOHARU]: “Takakage is away from the castle on business and Motonari-sama appears busy today. For the time being, let’s try asking my brother to decipher this.”
We returned to the castle at Motoharu-san’s suggestion to get Takamoto-san to decipher the old document.
[MOTOHARU]: “—Brother, do you have time?”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Now’s fine. What is the matter?”
[MOTOHARU]: “We’d like to ask you to decipher this old document…”
[TAKAMOTO]: “I see…”
After Motoharu-san handed over the old document and Takamoto-san ran his eyes lightly across it, he returned his gaze to us.
[TAKAMOTO]: “I understand, I’ll try it.”
[YUZUKI]: “Takamoto-san, thank you.”
[MOTOHARU]: “It would have probably taken some time if I had done it, so it helps us a lot for you to do it, brother.”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Not at all… since this is roughly all that I can do…”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Furthermore, you’re accomplished in both the literary and military arts, Motoharu. And you’re very strong when it comes to battling…”
[TAKAMOTO]: “You excel so much that it makes me wonder if I really should be the older brother…”
—I couldn’t stop myself from saying my feelings when I saw Takamoto-san smiling sadly.
[YUZUKI]: “I think you’re an amazing person too, Takamoto-san.”
[YUZUKI]: “Before, you taught me about Himemiko-sama and how Mouri came about in detail.”
[YUZUKI]: “That really helped me then.”
[YUZUKI]: “Besides, when I first came to Shinga, I was saved by your kindness, Takamoto-san.”
[TAKAMOTO]: “R-really…? It’s somewhat embarrassing to have you say that.”
Takamoto-san lowered his head and replied while his cheeks tinted with embarrassment.
[TERUMOTO]: “Takamoto-sama, you’re bright red!”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Wha, t-that’s…!”
Takamoto-san reflexively hid his face with his hands.
[TAKAMOTO]: “Please don’t l-look here much…”
[YUZUKI]: (Takamoto-san can look like this too. It makes me kind of happy to see a new side…)
[TERUMOTO]: “I know a lot of good points about Takamoto-sama too!”
[YUZUKI]: “Really? I’d like to hear about them.”
[TERUMOTO]: “Okay, sure! Some time ago, when we went to the town together—“
[TAKAMOTO]: “W-wait, Terumoto! You don’t have to talk about that now…!”
Takamoto-san tried to block Terumoto-kun’s mouth in a panic.
Even still Terumoto-kun tried to continue speaking, but Motoharu-san came in to stop him before that.
[MOTOHARU]: “Terumoto, leave it at that. You’re troubling my brother.”
[TERUMOTO]: “… Okaaaay.”
Terumoto-kun had a disappointed expression, but he obeyed Motoharu-san and stopped talking.
[MOTOHARU]: “Brother. So, what’s written on this old document?”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Ah, um, what is written first is—“
The moment Takamoto-san started to say that.
[MOTONARI]: “Takamoto. Motoharu. May I have some time?”
Motonari-san appeared as if to interrupt his voice. Behind Motonari-san there was also Takakage-san and the two of them had tight expressions.
[TAKAMOTO]: “Motonari-sama? Did something happen?”
[MOTONARI]: “I would like to speak to something urgent. I apologize, but now would be the best.”
[MOTONARI]: “… Let us change locations.”