This drama CD comes with the soundtrack. It has six tracks in total, each of which features what happens to Kayo and the main characters AFTER the kimi route endings. In a way, they’re like short after stories for the kimi routes. Naturally, they contain spoilers… so be warned if you haven’t finished the game. Full translation under the cut. Commissioned by Mitsu. Enjoy! ヽ(。・ω・。)ﾉ
(Note: The title ,”花信風 / kashinfuu“, means “early spring wind that brings the news of blooming flowers”. I feel that translating it into “Spring Breeze” won’t really deliver the meaning, so I left it be.)
Track 1 – Tsuzuramaru
Oh? Ah, the tempura, right? Hold on, it’s already cooked… but before that. Here, pickles and two servings of otsuzake. You can deliver this first. Also, the customer at the inner table ordered a stew, right? Please take care of that too. I’ll serve the tempura once it’s ready.
Hm? What’s wrong? …no, it’s just that you look really happy. Someone praised my cooking? A customer who came here for the first time? I see, that does make me happy. *laughs* No, no, I’m still inexperienced compared to master. I need to improve more, or else it’d be embarrassing for me as the young master of this restaurant.
*door sliding open*
Oh, welcome! Sorry, let’s save the talk for later. Please serve the customers. Yeah, things should be less hectic once this time passes. Let’s work hard for a little longer!
*insects chirping at night*
Hmm. The taste still hasn’t seeped in, I’ll let it boil a bit longer… Hm? Ah, it’s you. Are you done taking a bath? Yeah, I’ll take a bath too once I’m done preparing for tomorrow. Seems like it’s going to take some more time though… oh, that’s right. Good timing. I actually want to discuss something with you.
It’s about the side dishes. How about if we add three more items to the menu? The customers will be happy too if there’s a lot of food that go well with their favorite sake, right? The chopped burdock root we started selling today seems to be quite popular too… Ah, yeah. Recently some of the customers came directly to see me, telling me that the food is delicious. That really makes me happy. I still have a long way to go, but I’m going to do my best so that someday, I can be a restaurant owner who can make a lot of customers smile—just like master.
Why are you laughing? Did I say something weird? Ah… sorry, I said “master” again. It’s out of habit. I used to call him like that all the time, so I can’t do anything about it… but you’re right. Someday, I want to be able to call him “father” naturally. Because you’re my wife, and he’s your father.
Ah, right. That reminds me… *rustles* The couple from the cotton store came today, right? They gave me this during their visit, saying that it’s to celebrate our wedding. Sure, go ahead. I haven’t seen what’s inside either, because I wanted to see it with you. Open it.
Hm? What’s this? Ah, baby clothes! *laughs* They’re so tiny. So babies are this small… Huh? But why did they give us baby clothes to celebrate our wedding? They can’t be expecting us to wear this, and we still don’t have a child in the first place… ah. Ah… so that’s why.
Ah, but still… it’s supposed to be something that’s given to us. Even if people are rushing us, there’s no need for us to be in a hurry… Ah, nevermind. Let’s pay them a visit and thank them next time, right… Eh? Ahh! Oh no! The pot…!!
*sighs* That was close… Oh, that’s right. Can you please taste this too? Right, I tried remaking our boiled taro into a new one. I want to hear your opinion, hold on a second. The timing is just right too. *blows* Be careful not get burnt.
How is it? …I see, so use bonito for the stock. That does sound better. Hmm, I really still have a lot more to learn after all. Thanks, you really helped. I’ll continue preparing for a bit longer, so you should go to bed first. Just a bit longer, I’ll finish up soon.
Hm? What’s wrong? …ah, so you’re worried about me. It’s true that I’ve been busy lately, but… I’m alright. I have a normal body now, so you don’t have to worry. There’s nothing wrong with me. If anything, I have way too much energy. That’s why even if I work a bit too much, it won’t be a problem. *chuckles* You’re such a worrywart.
Here, doesn’t my body feel warm? Do you feel a bit relieved if I do this? I’m really grateful to you, so much that I can never thank you enough. The reason why I’m alive right now, and how I can hug the person I love like this… it’s all thanks to you.
*laughs* “If you feel grateful, you should rest?” That’s a good way to put it. You got me, I have no choice but to give up now. *sighs* I can never win against you. I understand, I’ll stop and get some rest tonight.
Well then, I’m going to take a bath. You should go to bed… Ah! Sorry, I can’t! There’s a dish that I wanted to prepare! Ah, no. I can actually do it tomorrow, but if I finish the preparations today, we can serve it for the customers tomorrow, right? So…
S-Sorry… A-Ah, okay. I understand, so please don’t be so angry. What you’re saying is right. We have customers who are looking forward to eat my cooking, and it’d be meaningless if I fall sick. Alright, I’ll really stop for today. Yeah, this time I really mean it.
*laughs* Still, you spoke like a young lady just now. It reminds me of the time when I was working as a servant here. I know, you’re just that worried about me, right? I always make you worry in all these years and I do feel bad for that, but… do you understand? I’m no longer a servant.
(Note: By “like a young lady”, he means she used a commanding tone. Like the “young lady” as in the daughter of his master, a person he’s serving / working for.)
I’m happy that you’re worried about me, but similarly to that… I’m also worried about you. You have to move around all day, and the one who sees you the most while you’re working… is me, your husband. I feel really proud of how your smile never fades away, how you’re always watching over the restaurant, and how quick you work. I also love how kind you are, as you’re still concerned about me despite being busy yourself. I think of you as the best wife one can ever have, so much that you might even be to good for me.
But please understand that I want to do my best for you in return. I want you, the person I love, to spend your days with a smile, so I don’t want to lose this restaurant—the restaurant master has built and the place you’ve grown to love. That’s why, will you… allow me to work hard from now on? No, let’s do our best together. We’re husband and wife after all.
Huh? Did I say something weird again? …b-b-but it’s the truth! We’re married now, so it’s only obvious to call us husband and wife… D-Don’t get all embarrassed now.
A-Ahem! A-Anyway, I wanted to say that from now on, we should support each other as husband and wife, and make a better restaurant together… L-Let’s work hard again starting from tomorrow! We should rest for tonight. R-Right, let’s do that! We’re done with work, now let’s go back to our room!
Since I’ve been going to bed late recently, let’s sleep together tonight. Nestling close to each other, so we can do our best again tomorrow, okay?
Track 2 – Kei
*door sliding open*
Ah? Oh, it’s you. Why are you in such a hurry? A letter…? For me? Only a few people know about the location of Kinojou… who is it from? Kuroba…? It’s so unusual for him to send a letter… Could it be that something happened!? Give it to me!
*laughs* Good grief, don’t scare me off like that. Ah, nothing is happening. It’s a letter of celebration. See, he wrote: “Sorry for the late congratulatory message.” Since that Kuroba is sending us a letter, I thought a major incident happened in Edo or something.
Here, do you want to read it together? Let’s see. “According to Enishi-dono, everyone in Edo seems to be doing well.” …hey, so it’s something he heard from someone else! That sounds just like Kuroba though. “There are no serious incidents, and they seem to be living peacefully everyday.” *chuckles* I see. Well, looks like everyone’s doing great as always.
Speaking of which, I wonder how Kamuro is doing. I hope he’s doing his job properly… *sighs* Edo, huh? It feels like we just left Edo yesterday, and yet it also feels so long ago. It’s a strange feeling. Hm? Ah, so you find it nostalgic too. Right… Well, somehow we went through a lot with them, so I understand how you feel. It would’ve been nice if they could come to our wedding, but they couldn’t.
While the content is curt—just like Kuroba himself—receiving a letter makes me happy. BUT. This last sentence. Even if we’re friends, I just can’t let this one slide. That Kuroba, he casually wrote: “It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t see her lovely shiromuku, for she must be as beautiful as those yamabuki flowers.” …don’t flirt with someone else’s wife!
Huh? Why do you look so happy? You know it too, you’re laughing too much! What is it? Do you want to show your shiromuku to people other than me!? Who, you say…? I’m talking about Kuroba and everyone else in Edo. They’ve seen you wearing a shiromuku all the time anyway, back during our Tokaido journey! Why would they see such a thing again now!?
Ah, no. I guess calling it “such a thing” was a bad way to put it. A-Anyway, enough with this letter! Huh? You still want to read it…? That should be enough! Not like an incident happened anyway, and it’s not something you’re supposed to stare at over and over again.
I-I’m not angry or anything. It’s just… anyone would feel annoyed if their wife is reading another man’s letter with such a happy face. Huh!? N-Nothing. Listen, that’s enough talk about Edo! Even if you miss it, it’s not like you can go back there easily.
What is it? Why are you giving me that look? Do you seriously miss Edo? …you don’t? Then why are you making that face? Could it be that you… want to see Kuroba, Suzukake, and the others? You do want to see them a little? What are you saying!
Fine! If you want to visit Edo that much, you should just go back to your hometown or something. Here, take the letter with you if you want it so much. What!? Can’t you shut up!? Now go away.
*footsteps walking away*
*sighs* ………I’ve done it. No, that’s not it. That’s not what I wanted to say. There’s no way I’d want to send you back to Edo alone. Why can’t I say it right after all this time? I just didn’t like it that you look so happy when talking about other men… How should I put it… I was just j-jealous.
I want to chase after her and apologize, but I feel that even if I go now… I’ll just end up saying something unnecessary again. *sighs* Seriously, what am I doing? Even if we’re married, I don’t think I can fix this side of me. Why can’t I convey my feelings honestly? I feel happy too if we receive letters from someone we know.
Besides, Edo is her hometown. If she hears anything about it, it’s only natural for her to feel happy and miss the place. She left the town she was born and grew up in, coming all the way here to Kibi Province… in order to become my wife. That’s why I made a vow. If there’s anything I can do for her, no matter what it is, I’ll do it with everything I’ve got.
And yet, what have I done!? *sighs* Even if I can’t find the right words, as long as I look her in the eye and say it directly, she’ll surely understand. She understands me more than anyone else, but… if this continues, wouldn’t she fall out of love and go back to Edo for real? I definitely wouldn’t want that!
A-Alright! I’m a man too. I should tell her how I feel, fair and square. *deep breath* First, apologize for what I said earlier. Then tell her: “I love you! Please don’t go back to Edo!” *exhales* Okay, I’ll say it.
*door sliding open*
Whoa!! Y-You! How long have you been there!? S-So you just came. Hey, you didn’t hear anything weird, right? What, you ask…? Nothing, nevermind that… Wait, no. What am I doing, I have to apologize! Be a man and look her in the eye!
A-Ahem! Hey, about what I said earlier… um… Huh? Why are you apologizing? Because you were so distracted by the letter and didn’t think about my feelings…? HUH!? I’m not sulking or anything! I’m not feeling lonely either!! Ah, I mean… *sighs*
…hey, come here. Stay still. Don’t worry, I’m only hugging you. So… I’m s-sorry for what I said earlier. It was all my fault. I only got jealous. You look so happy to receive the letter, so it got to me.
I know. No matter what you do, no matter the situation we’re in, I know you… love… me more than anyone else. I feel the same way. More than anyone else, I l-l-l-love… ARGH!! I love you, I really love you!! So don’t go back to Edo.
Don’t laugh!! You’re supposed to get teary-eyed and fall in love with me all over again here! A-Anyway, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to tell you to go home. I want you to stay by my side forever. Since I’m like this, there are times when I really can’t express how I feel, and we might fight too from time to time. But I will never let you go. I’ll make you the happiest person in Hinomoto, so… will you stay with me from now on?
Ah, thank you. *sighs* If a single letter exhausts me this much, I won’t be able to keep up. You too, stop laughing so much! I was so desperate to say those words, and yet you look so calm.
Huh? You’re not calm at all? You felt sad when I told you to leave? …you’re right, I’m sorry. Hm? But now you feel happy that I’m hugging you…? Ahh! Stupid! Don’t say that kind of thing with a smile! …damn it. You’re just too cute. *kiss*
Let me hug you like this. As an apology for what I said, I’ll stay like this until you’re satisfied. Hey, tell me if you ever miss Edo. I’ll take you all the way there. Whenever you’re visiting your hometown, I’m coming with you—it’ll be the two of us.
I won’t let you go, because you’re my precious wife.
Track 3 – Kuroba Saneaki
*door sliding open*
So you’re still asleep after all. You’re being a sleepyhead this morning, it’s rather unusual for you. Ever since we began running this restaurant together, you’ve been waking up earlier than me and lighting up the furnace every morning. Still, it’s not bad for me to wake you up like this for once. The sun is already up though, isn’t it about time for you to wake up?
What’s wrong? Could it be that you’re feeling sick…? *rustles* You certainly don’t look well. Your cheeks are a bit red. It’s easy to fall sick when the season is changing, so you shouldn’t push yourself too hard. You should stay in bed like that for today. Hold on, I’ll put up the closed sign outside.
I understand that you don’t want to close the restaurant. However, I cannot agree. We can’t let you work in that condition. While it’s possible for me to manage the restaurant alone, that means… I would have to leave your side. I’m not exaggerating. The restaurant is indeed an important place, both for you and me. Yet for me… you’re the most important thing. Can you understand?
Thank you. I do feel bad for our regular customers, but it’s unavoidable. Let’s hope they’ll forgive us for closing the restaurant temporarily, just for today.
*sounds of water pouring*
Ah! I’m sorry, did I wake you up? The water in the pail has turned lukewarm, so I replaced it just now… but I guess fresh well water is a little too cold. It seems like you still have a fever after all. No, it’s not good to take a cold lightly. People say that a cold might develop into various illnesses, right? Wait a moment, I’ll change your towel now.
How is it? It feels cold and nice, right? Hopefully the fever will go down a little… The time? It’s nearly 3 in the afternoon. I thought of waking you up once at noon, but you were sleeping so soundly. In the end, I decided not to wake you up. Still, even though you were sleeping, aren’t you getting hungry by now? I’ll make something for you.
Oh, that’s right. We received some turnips from Omatsu-dono yesterday. Let’s boil and soften them up in a soup. That way, you should be able to eat them even if you have no appetite, right? *chuckles* I see, I’m glad to hear that. Well then, I’ll start immediately. I’ll call you once it’s ready, so you should rest for a while longer.
*footsteps walking away*
*door sliding open*
Hm? Oh, so you weren’t sleeping. The food is ready, do you think you can get up? Ah, you don’t have to force it. I’ve brought a tray so you can eat here. How about the chopsticks? Can you hold them? Ah, hold on a second. It’ll be difficult for you to eat like that. I’ll cut them up into smaller pieces first.
Don’t worry. You should rely on me at times like this. It’s only natural for… husband and wife… to support each other, right? Here, it’s done. It’s hot, so make sure to eat it slowly. How is it? I hope the taste seeped all the way through… I see. That’s a relief.
Why, I’m constantly brushing up my cooking skills for the customers everyday. It won’t hurt even if I used those skills just for you today. Yes. If you can eat more, you should do so. There’s no need to force it, but you won’t recover as well without enough nutrition.
…? Ah, I’m sorry. Is it hard to eat with me looking at you? No, it’s nothing serious… It’s just that you seem to be truly enjoying the food I cooked. It made me happy.
People really do change. Before, I never thought of sharing a dining table with someone as something nice… and yet right now, I truly think of it as a bliss—from the bottom of my heart. Ever since I met you, everything around me changed. No, that’s not it. Thanks to you, I must have changed as a person. You made me remember… how wonderful it is to live with someone by our side.
*chuckles* I’m not lying. That’s exactly why I chose the path of living with you. The turnips are getting cold. Can you still eat them? I see, then it’s all good. *laughs* Ah, no. You look so lovely as you eat… I couldn’t help but smile. Yes, I’m sorry. Please don’t mind me and keep eating.
You finished nearly all of your meal. *laughs* I’ve told you not to force it though. You should lie down for a while. If you’re worried, I’ll stay here with you. Yes, good night.
She feel asleep. It looks like she’s smiling in her sleep, is she having a nice dream? *chuckles* Even if it’s only something simple, do you know how happy it makes me feel…? I’m sure you don’t realize it, but it’s alright. True happiness is perhaps something like that.
Peaceful days, a fulfilling life, and with you… by my side. I thought it’s something I could never have, but it feels so warm. *yawns* Did the drowsiness got to me as I watched your sleeping face? No, I shouldn’t sleep.
Even so, it’s so… quiet today. The sunlight is warm too. The flowers in the garden should be blooming as well. You’ll probably be happy if I show them to you. Once you wake up… let’s see them… *drifts off into sleep*
…hm? …ah. You were stroking my head, no wonder it felt pleasant. How’s your condition now? …? …condition!? I-I’m sorry! I completely fell asleep! I-It’s no laughing matter! I left you alone despite your sickness… This thoroughly defeats the purpose of closing the restaurant!
No, the busyness of the restaurant isn’t an excuse. You’re the one who’s exhausted instead, since you’re not feeling well right now. Despite this, I left you alone and… Oh, right! Has your fever gone down? Let me check for a bit. Excuse me as I touch your forehead.
Good, seems like the fever has really gone down. However, your eyes are still moist with tears. Your cheeks are red too. We should take care of your health for a while longer. It’s difficult to say that you’re fine. As you can see, the fever has reached the base of your throat too. I beg you, please rest well.
It’s gotten cold now that the sun is setting. If you get up in your nightwear, your fever would only go up again. I’ll bring something for you to put on.
*footsteps walking away*
Here, put this on your shoulders. Are you cold? I see, that’s a relief. About what happened earlier… I’m sorry. It’s unbelievable that I fell asleep while nursing you… On top of that, you also watched over me despite your sickness… I’m so pathetic.
Overprotective…? That can’t be true. If anything, I want to pay more attention to you. You’re a smart and strong woman. Maybe you don’t need my help, but I want you to rely on me at times like this. Husband and wife… are supposed to support each other, right?
W-Why are you laughing? Am I supporting you enough…? I’m the husband who fell asleep by the time you opened your eyes, remember? Even so, you’re happy that I stayed by your side…? I see. In that case, I think I can understand. I feel the same way.
When I wake up, I see you there… and then you happily smile at me. Right now, I deeply believe that nothing in this world is more precious than that. For a long time, my egoistic assumption had caused me to take the roundabout way. But what’s important in order to reach happiness is actually something really simple.
I always thought that for me, wishing for happiness is asking too much… but now, I want to keep living and be thankful for the days I’m spending together with you. Then for you, the one who brought me to this path in life, you have my deepest gratitude. *kiss*
N-No… I’m sorry… What am I doing to a sick person? It’s about time to prepare dinner. Wait here, I’ll cook something nutritious for you.
Once you’re done eating, let’s take it easy together. For a rare day off, it’ll be just the two of us, okay?
Track 4 – Enishi
*door sliding open*
Heeey, I’m back!
I’m home. Yeah, you too. Good work for today.
*laughs* Ah, no. I just thought about how happy I am. Having my wife welcoming me home is the best feeling ever, no matter how many times I’ve experienced it. As you come out to see me like this, a delicious smell wafts from inside the house. Plus… if I reach out my hands, I can always hug you. There’s no other words to express this other than “happiness”.
What is it? Are you still embarrassed? It sure is taking forever for you to get used to this, even though we’ve been married for quite a while. *chuckles* Nah, I love that side of you too. *laughs* You’re turning red, how innocent.
Hm? Ah, that basket? It seems like the farm next door is in the middle of harvesting too, so they shared some vegetables. Looks like every farm is having an abundant harvest this year. Everyone is happily smiling as they work. I’m still receiving a lot of help, so once the harvest season is over, I’ll have to repay all the people who have helped me out.
Yeah. Of course, I’ll repay them with the soba I’m growing right now. I can’t wait for that day to come. The first bite, however, is going to be for you. That’s the only thing I’ve decided upon. I’m sure you’ll be surprised by how delicious they are~ I’m already looking forward to see what kind of expression you’ll make.
By the way… I wouldn’t mind, you know? You don’t have to stay in my arms like that. Instead, you can link your arms with mine, or kiss me on the cheek… I’m tired, so please pamper me more. Oh? It’s unusual for you to be assertive. If only you’re always like this, it’ll save me a lot of trouble.
Ah… well, it’s true that I’m a bit tired. Everything is completely different from the life I used to lead, so it’s only natural. When I was in Edo, a life where I have to sow seeds or cut grass never crossed my mind. I never thought that it’d be this tough either. But I feel much more fulfilled, so I don’t find it hard at all. I told you, right? I’m incredibly happy right now.
Oh, what’s wrong? Why do you look so pale? My arm? Ah, that’s right. During the harvest, I cut myself a bit with the scythe. It stopped bleeding right after that, so I ignored it… but the wound seemed to have reopened. Ah, it’s fine. It’s alright. I even forgot about it, it doesn’t hurt or anything. This kind of wound should heal quickly if I lick it. Back when I was still wielding a sword, I fought while putting my life on the line. This is just a scratch in comparison.
But… that’s right. If you lick it for me, the power of love might heal it in an instant.
*footsteps walking away*
Ah… I’m just kidding, please don’t leave! *laughs* My princess is so shy. Hey, please don’t be angry. Okay, princess~? Here, I’ve caught you.
*rustles* …alright, fine, okay. I’ll let you go. Do you hate it that much when I hug you? That sure hurts me though. Huh? That’s not it? …sit here? Ah, so you’re going to treat my wound. *chuckles* You really are kind. Well then, I guess I’ll take your kind offer and leave it in your hands.
Wait, I’m grateful that you’re treating my wound… but isn’t that a bit much? You don’t have to be THAT careful. It’s true, it doesn’t hurt at all. It’s not the kind of injury that would cause you to turn pale, so please don’t look that sad. It’s spoiling your beauty.
Besides, rather than my wound, I’m more concerned about your body. The restaurant is busy everyday, right? It’s popular too among the farmers. They were talking about how nice the restaurant is. Yeah, so I confidently bragged about it too. I told them that my wife and her father are the ones running the place, so it’s only obvious. *laughs*
Well, it’s good that the restaurant is doing well… but please don’t push yourself too hard. Make sure to get enough rest, eat your meals properly, and stay fit. Otherwise I’ll be in trouble. What, did you forget? Before we came here, I made a promise to Yohee. I told him that when we see him again, I’ll let him hold our baby… didn’t I? That’s why, I need you to be in good health.
Huh? What’s wrong? Why are you turning red? Ah, hey! Wait, wait! I’m not letting you get away. Ahh, your ears are all red… Seems like you haven’t gotten used to this kind of thing too, even though it’s been a while since the first time I hugged you. Now, don’t look down even though you’re embarrassed. I want to see you face. Look over here, please?
No? Well then, let’s do this. Ooh, you don’t want me to push you down so suddenly? I did it gently, so it didn’t hurt… right? Besides, I can finally see your face this way. The way you’re looking at me with those eyes… You’re so cute, my princess.
Hey. I feel happy everyday. I’m sure it reaches you as well, and I do want our current life to last forever. But if we have cute and healthy children, welcoming me back from work, together with my dearest wife… I’m sure I’ll be able to work even harder.
Of course it’s not limited to one child only. We can have two, or three… no, even four will be okay. After all, it’ll be nice to have a large and lively family. Ever since we left Edo, came to Shirakawa, and became husband and wife… things have really settled down for us. Isn’t it about time for us to think about the next step in life? Right?
*chuckles* Don’t be so tense, I wouldn’t know what to do. Sorry, sorry. I’m so happy that you pampered me that I got a bit carried away. Here, I’ll help you get up, so please forgive me. *laughs* Your cheeks are still red. How cute. No, no, I’m not teasing you. I’m not joking either. I was quite serious, you know?
*laughs* If I go further than this, my princess will probably get angry for real. Well, there’s no need to rush. We’re already married after all, right? Huh? Why are you making that face? Hey, hey. Why are you apologizing? Listen, if you’re concerned about what I said earlier, that’s a big mistake. Yeah, the talk about having children and all.
It’s alright for you to stay that way. I told you, right? There’s no need to rush. Well, it’s true that I can’t stop the urge to touch you. How should I put it… it’s the only thing men just can’t do anything about. Yeah… As for how I said that it’ll be lovely for us to have children, I really mean it.
Still, it doesn’t have to be right now. If we can be like that one day, that’s enough for me. After all, we’re always going to be together from now on. Besides, if I’m making too many wishes, I’m scared of what’s going to happen later. That’s how it goes, right? When I come home, the girl I love is waiting for me. She gets worried if I’m injured—even if it’s only a small wound—and treats it for me.
It’s nearly flowing out already. If I become even happier than this, heaven will punish me for it. It’ll be such a waste too, if I receive so many happiness right from the starting point. That’s why, we should stay like this for now. You’re staying by my side, and that’s enough to satisfy me.
…that being said. A man’s heart can’t take it if you’re looking at him like that. Hey, can I take back what I just said? People say that a man should never turn down a lady’s invitation too… If it’s only for a bit, will you allow me to do it? You’re really cute, a princess only for me. *kiss*
Well then, let’s continue where we left off! O-Ow! Ouch! Y-You! That’s so mean of you to pinch me right after treating the wound! Ouch! OUCH! It hurts! *weeps* …that hurts. My princess is so rough. Huh? Of course, that was really painful. See, even my tears are coming out.
My face looks happy, you say? That’s… well, I can’t help it. It’s permanently impossible to fix this lax expression. Right, as long as I’m with you, for the rest of my life. The same goes to you, right? From now on until forever, let’s live a happy life together with our family.
I love you, my… princess.
Track 5 – Sagihara Sakyou
There you are. I saw that the light in your room is turned off, so I thought you were tired after the long journey and fell asleep. If you’re staying here in the porch, your body will get cold. What are you doing?
I see, so you were watching the fireflies that came to the backyard. There are fireflies too in Edo, right? Well, the area around your house is busy even at night, so you probably can’t see any fireflies there. May I sit beside you? *chuckles* Thank you.
Now that the wedding ceremony is over, we can finally get some rest. Aren’t you tired? *chuckles* You’re so dependable. Later on, I’ll also have to thank everyone for protecting you all the way here to Yamashiro Province.
Fireflies, eh… From this point of view, they look so graceful. Looking back, after leaving this place—my hometown—my days were like waves of rage. Back then, the only thing on my mind was blood revenge. I completely forgot how to enjoy beautiful things upon seeing them. For a long time, I always thought of the light of fireflies… as nothing more than flames of regret of my deceased family.
Now I have accomplished my long-cherished desire and returned to this town… and from the bottom of my heart, I find these fireflies beautiful as they float in the darkness of night. Those transient lights have always been watching over me, lighting up the right path for me… and yet the immaturity in me twisted everything.
If those were my parents and older sister in the forms of fireflies, I wonder how anxious they must have felt to see me like that… but now, they can finally rest in peace.
Everything happened because these small hands were supporting me. Without you, none of this would have come true. Not only that. You believed in me, and came all the way to a faraway place. I haven’t said it properly, so I will put it into words. Thank you very much.
*laughs* You don’t have to bow your head too. I’m really happy. You are now here… If I want to see your face from up close, I can always do this… *chuckles* Are you nervous? Your eyes look slightly worried. It’s understandable though. For you, this place is the same as an unfamiliar house.
Maybe you will feel uneasy for a while, but this house has become your home. Please let the tension out of your shoulders and be more relaxed. Isn’t that true? We have become husband and wife after all. *chuckles* Still not used to how it sounds? You are as cute as always.
Now, come closer. For me to stand on the soil of my hometown, and with you as my companion… I still wonder if this is only a long, long dream, and it scares me. But this is not a dream, because I can touch you like this. You can firmly feel the sensation of my hands too, right?
It’s gotten windy, isn’t it? Some of the fireflies have disappeared as well. Now, let’s go inside. If your exhausted body turns cold, you might get sick.
*door opening and closing*
First of all, let’s light up a fire just to be safe. This moonlight alone is not enough for me to see your face. *flints striking* Now I can see you clearly.
I have been anxiously waiting for this time to come. For the day when you come to my side. As you left Edo and made your way here, it felt like a tremendously long period of time for me. Finally… you’re here. Do you know how much I’ve been looking forward to it…? To the time when I can directly feel you like this…
Oh? It looks like someone in the house came. Let’s see, I’ll go out. Is something wrong? Why are you suddenly panicking… Eh? This is your room, so it’s strange for me to receive visitors? *laughs* Oh, no. Please stay here, Milady.
It’s me, state your business. Understood, then I shall pass it to my wife. Good work. It appears that your bath is ready, so you should drop by whenever it’s convenient for you. *laughs* Just kidding, you heard it too, right? *chuckles* Why, are you concerned about that? Because they found out that I’m staying in your room?
It’s alright. Besides, is it wrong for a husband to visit his wife’s room? It would have been different if we were not yet married, but everyone—perhaps even our ancestors—knows the fact that we are husband and wife.
Or could it be that… you prefer me to hide under your nightwear again? Like how it was before? *laughs* I won’t let you say that you forgot. You pulled off something as bold as shoving me, whose origins were still unclear, under your nightwear. You should remember it clearly as well.
*laughs* Was that a bit mean? You look so cute when you’re embarrassed, so I wanted to tease you a little. *chuckles* Yes, I shall reflect on my actions. Still, it’s so nostalgic. Back then, I was really surprised and ended up scolding you a little.
Yes, of course I understand it well now. It was a spontaneous action, driven by your desire to protect me. You’re always thinking of me, and therefore take the correct actions. For me, that side of you is deeply endearing. Now, come closer to my side. Allow me to take another look at my dearest wife’s face.
*chuckles* For a long time, I had been living with the thought that as long as I can avenge my family, I can die without any regrets. But now… I took you as my wife, and conveniently think that perhaps… my true mission in life is to continue living. I also think about how all the people I’ve killed in order to reach my objective, as they must be cursing me for thinking that way.
But even so… I want to live with you. Forever, if possible. Yes, thank you. I’m glad that it’s you. I wonder why is it that whenever I touch you, my heart feels really warm?
Ah, I’m sorry. I hugged you too tightly. It’s getting late, shall we rest for tonight? That’s right. I haven’t told you the reason why I came to your room. Starting from tonight, when you go to bed, let’s sleep in my room instead. We’re married after all.
Hm? Oh, oops. Ah, did you… fall asleep? She really did fall asleep… Well, it’s inevitable. It’s a long journey from Edo to Yamashiro Province, so she must be tired. *sighs* Though sometime ago, I’ve warned her that she’ll get attacked if she shows a defenseless state. *chuckles* What a troublesome person.
Ah! Wait! If you grab it there, my kimono is going to come off! *rustles* …and even if I say that, you’re soundly asleep. Well, otherwise you would never do something so bold anyway.
Still, what should I do? If you’re leaning against me this much, it would be difficult to lift you up and carry you to my room. On the other hand, I don’t want to make the wrong move and end up waking you up… *rustles* Ah! Hey! If you drop down any further…! You left me with no choice. It seems like I’ll have to stay like this for a while.
*sighs* If I’m lying on top of the tatami like this, tomorrow… my body will surely ache. You’re using me as a bed, and yet you’re sleeping with such an innocent face. I feel slightly bitter towards you, but… oh well, it’s alright for today. I’ll forgive you.
In return, tomorrow… I definitely won’t let you get away. *chuckles* Good night, rest well, my beloved…
Track 6 – Suzukake
*chuckles* That way of hiding won’t do. Yah! *jumps down* *laughs* Sorry, did I surprise you? I heard that everyone’s playing hide and seek, so I came to see how it’s going. Looks like it’s just as I expected. If you’re just hiding under the shade of trees like this, Madara and Hachimoku will find you in no time. After all, those two have been playing hide and seek in this mountain ever since I was small.
Right? That’s why I’ve decided to help you secretly, or else it’d be unfair for you. Besides, I can also stay with you by doing so. I’m really glad that I went back here, to Mount Takao, together with you. Ever since we started running a full-fledged clinic, we’ve always been busy with work, right?
I’m happy to be able to help a lot of people, but… from time to time, I want to take it easy with you. That, and I wanted to visit this mountain after all. This is the mountain I grew up in. For me, it’s my hometown. I wanted to introduce you properly to Karura and the others, letting them know that you’re an important person to me. Now that wish has finally come true, and it makes me really happy.
But maybe I’ve played too much after all this time. Somehow, it feels like I’ve returned to my childhood. You ended up getting dragged into it too, are you okay? *chuckles* That’s a relief. Ah, hey. Should we go somewhere else? We might as well hide in a place no one would ever find, then we can surprise everyone!
Hmm, let’s see… Right now no one knows that I’m helping you, so… Oh, I know! That place is a good one! Come, over here!
*footsteps running off*
Here, hold out your hands. Just a bit more! Great, I’ve reached you! Ready? Make sure to hold onto my hands tightly. Here we go! *relieved sigh* You’ve climbed up. Are you alright? It’s quite high, aren’t you scared? *laughs* Seems like you’re alright.
When I was small, this used to be my best hiding spot. That’s why, they definitely won’t be able to find you so easily. It might be different for me, but… no one would expect you to climb up a tree.
Ahh, the wind feels so nice today. Look, the view is beautiful, isn’t it? We have a nice weather today, so we can even see the mountains in the distance. The one in front of us is… Correct! Yes, it’s Mount Fuji. That reminds me, didn’t we see Mount Fuji too during that fake wedding parade? It looks small from here, but Mount Fuji looked so huge from that highway. It surprised me.
Also, the station towns! There were hot springs, and also interesting food for sale… It was my first time going to a place like that, so I got really excited. Oh, yeah. Saneaki-san and Sakyou-san taught me a lot of things, Kei scolded me for wandering around, and I also ate dango with Tsuzuramaru and Enishi.
Ah, that’s right. You were playing the role of a princess, so you couldn’t go out with us that much—it’s really too bad. I do have a lot of memories with you though. We visited Mishima Taisha, and made our way through a difficult pass together… Besides, we also share a lot of memories after returning to Edo. I was so happy when I met you again.
*laughs* It’s so nostalgic to remember those times. I wonder if everyone is doing well? Even until now, it still feels a bit strange for me. Eh? What am I talking about? Of course it’s about how that beautiful princess in a shiromuku has become my wife by now. But you know, even more than the strange feeling… I feel really happy. Right now, you’re staying here by my side.
Hey, can I go over there? It’s okay, you won’t fall… because I’m holding you like this. *rustles* Suddenly I wanted to touch you. That’s why I hugged you, but was that bad? …it’s not bad, but it’s troubling you? Why? We’re married after all… It’s okay, no one will come. It’ll take a while for them to find this place, so don’t worry.
You feel safer too by holding onto me, right? I definitely won’t fall down. Yeah, trust me. *chuckles* I can hear the sound of your heartbeat. It’s beating really fast. Eh…? What’s wrong? You’re embarrassed? Why would you feel embarrassed that I hear your heartbeat?
I’m really happy though. When I hear your heartbeat, it really lets me know that you’re here by my side. Besides, my heart is also pounding so loudly it hurts. If I think about how you’re going through the same thing, it makes me happy. Hey, how about you? Doesn’t it make you happy? *chuckles* I’m glad to hear that you feel the same way.
As I find more similarities with you, discovering one thing at a time, I feel that my happiness is gradually increasing. We eat the same meals, feel the same breeze, see the same scenery… *wind blowing*
Ah, that’s right! Actually, I have another secret spot at the opposite side of this mountain. I want to show it to you, but keep it a secret from everyone else. Madara, Hachimoku, and even Karura don’t know about the place. Right, it’s the best among the best! Sure, I don’t mind. You’re my wife after all—you’re special. I’m sure you’ll like it too.
It’s really far, but you can see the town of Edo from there. When I was small, I’d go there and gaze at the view whenever I feel upset or sad. Karura, Madara, Hachimoku, and everyone here treated me really well. That’s why I wasn’t lonely at all, but still… I feel that there was always something missing in my heart.
I mean, I’m a human and not a youkai. No matter how hard I try, I can never really be one of them. Deep inside, maybe a part of me was holding onto that thought. After finishing my training here and departing to Edo, I believed that from then on… I’d surely discover something new. I felt a bit worried to leave Mount Takao, the mountain I had been living in… but even more than that, I was really, really excited.
When I reached Edo for the first time, the town turned out to be much larger than I thought. Somehow, it was brilliantly glittering in my eyes. Of course reality isn’t that simple, and it was definitely not all about fun. A lot of things happened, but even so… Edo has become a really important place for me.
I believe that I made the right decision back then, by listening to Karura’s words and left Mount Takao for Edo. Isn’t that true? After all, it brought me to meet you.
Everyday, I go foraging for herbs with you, study medicines, talk to the people of Edo, treat those who are injured… My days with you are truly filled with happiness. That’s why once we leave the mountain today, I really have to draw a line for my feelings. Now that I’ve introduced my wife to everyone here, I have no regrets.
From now on, I’m going to live in the town of Edo—helping a lot of people at the same time. Hey, you’re always going to stay by my side… right? Yeah, thank you. *kiss*
Ah! Shh, keep quiet. Just now, I heard a voice searching for you, blending with the wind. Maybe the “demon” is nearby. Ah, wait! If you’re moving so suddenly…! Look out!! *sighs* …that surprised me. I’m fine because I’m used to it, but it’s dangerous to move like that.
Ehh!? Why are you angry? Me…? Ah, I see. So you’re worried that I might fall down too. Thank you, but it’s okay. As I said, I definitely won’t fall down… because I have you. You’re my precious wife, an important girl for me. That’s why no matter what happens, I’ll always protect you with these hands. Forever.
Whenever that comes into my mind, somehow I can feel power surging inside of me. I really feel that I can do anything. Maybe humans, too, can accomplish great things… that even youkai can’t do.
Shh, stay still. We made a loud sound when the branch shook earlier. I’ll keep you hidden like this, so they won’t find you. I told you, didn’t I? I will protect you. Even from the “demon” of hide and seek.
Again, I’m really glad that I went to Edo. I did find the dream I was searching for. The dream of always being with you, my precious one. I love you.