Chapter 3: The Shape of Peace
To protect those they should, Motonari and the others chose the path of drawing their swords. After the battle, they passed a short time as they always did, but…
In front of this calm daily life, a small doubt suddenly sprouted.
It was the bracelet I had picked up that was releasing the light.
[MOTOHARU]: “…! This light isn’t normal… so it really is a sacred treasure.”
[MOTONARI]: “Yes. That must be why no one but her could even touch this bracelet.”
[YUZUKI]: “—‘If thou completes the sacred treasures and offers them to the capital, then the path towards unification shall open.'”
[IMARI]: “Huh? This light… isn’t it pointing somewhere?”
After being told that by Imari-kun, I took a closer look and it was true that the sacred treasure’s light became a single line and pointed somewhere.
[TAKAKAGE]: “As I remember, that direction is…”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Yes… it’s probably the area with the lithograph.”
[MOTONARI]: “It could be the case that the lithograph is still hiding some secrets.”
[TERUMOTO]: “Then, if we go to that place again, we might be able to get a clue to granting the peace that Himemiko-sama talked about!”
[YUZUKI]: “Motonari-san…! I’d like to take another look at the stone slab.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “What are you saying? You saw what happened too when we went before, right?”
[TAKAKAGE]: “There’s strong yakuma over there, unlike the ones around here.”
[MOTOHARU]: “That’s right. We killed them all at the time, but they might appear again.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Besides, it’s calm right now, but we’re in an unknown state where the other armies may begin to move at any time.”
[MOTONARI]: “That is true. Seeing that we cannot loosen our vigilance here, it would be difficult for everyone to go to the lithograph as before…”
[YUZUKI]: (What everyone is saying is right. I guess I can only give up here…)
[IMARI]: “I want to go too! I might be able to see Himemiko-sama again.”
[YUZUKI]: (That’s right… The last time we met her felt like an illusion and it can’t be said we actually met her, so Imari-kun must be uneasy.)
[YUZUKI]: (Besides, this light might even disappear and we don’t know if there’ll be another chance to grab a clue.)
I pulled myself together again and was going to ask them once more when Motonari-san opened his mouth before me.
[MOTONARI]: “I know. Princess, your feelings haven’t changed.”
[MOTONARI]: “You are trying to do your best to grant Himemiko’s wish to return peace to Shinga.”
[MOTONARI]: “I also promised to help you return to your original world. I do not intend to go against that.”
[MOTONARI]: “Therefore, we will go to the lithograph together.”
[MOTONARI]: “In addition, Takamoto, will you come with us as well?”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Huh!? I-is it alright for me…?”
[MOTONARI]: “Yes, you were the one who deciphered the old documents leading to that place and the information on the lithograph.”
[MOTONARI]: “If a change has occurred then I believe you would be the first to notice it.”
[MOTONARI]: “And so, I would like your aid.”
[TAKAMOTO]: “… Understood. I’ll do my best to be of use.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Is this going to be okay? I’m a little worried.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Same, I think I should go—“
[MOTONARI]: “No, Motoharu, Takakage, and Terumoto, I would like you three to remain in the castle.”
[MOTONARI]: “Although they received a serious blow, there is more than enough of a possibility that they will come to Mouri territory again.”
[MOTONARI]: “I would like you all to protect the castle.”
Motoharu-san and the others, after being told this by Motonari-san, nodded in understanding.
However Terumoto-kun, even though he was nodding, looked at me with a worried expression.
[TERUMOTO]: “Motonari-sama and Takamoto-sama are with you, but… I’m still worried. Will you be OK?”
[YUZUKI]: “I’ll be fine. Thank you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Terumoto-kun, do you best at the castle too.”
[TERUMOTO]: “… Okay, I know!”
[MOTONARI]: “Let us return to the castle for now then to make preparations.”