Witnessing such actions, I finally realised what I had misunderstood.
This person doesn’t give a damn about her parent’s dojo or its influence.
All that technique sharing and ‘raising the next generation’ stuff was just a public mask.
(This girl! You just wanted an excuse to invite me to the dojo for a rematch!!)
Not only did she regret losing at the competition, she also couldn’t challenge me directly due to the promise.
She was thinking that as long as she invited me to the dojo, there would be a chance to fight. That’s definitely why she brought out such a story.
This is a battle junkie with unwavering resolve.
“Well, let’s begin. I’m ready at any time.”
“I-Idiot! Who the hell wants to do it this way!? Also put your katana away! People are coming!”
I panicked and looked at my surroundings. Thankfully, there was not many people around, as the place where Hisame unsheathed her katana isn’t that exposed. However, I’m not sure if the guards would come here if they do see this place.
“Didn’t you promise!?”
When I made this hesitating girl remember the word “Promise”…
Vexingly, Hisame put away her katana.
And now, as she cannot fight, she wonders if there is any more business here.
“If you ever change your mind, please do not hesitate to tell me. You’re the only person who I can see as a rival. As I’ve decided that, I’ll never give up.”
With a simple turn of her body, she just went and walked away.
“Jeez, what a nuisance…”
That was unexpected. I never thought that I’d ever be acknowledged as a rival.
It’s kinda depressing to think that every time I’ll encounter her, this kind of exchange will happen.
“…I guess it’s time to go.”
I prompted Ringo, who also had her Golden Sakura sword prepped and ready for battle without my notice.
Even so, Hisame’s the troublesome one. Again, whenever I’m careless, she suddenly turns up and wants to have a match with me for whatever reason.
I thought that was unpleasant, but….
I suppose worrying about it was unnecessary.
“I know. I already know, so don’t say anything.”
From that time onwards, I felt that something strange behind me, no, a strange *someone* was following me.
The pursuing fellow was rather quick, but whenever I looked behind me, they hid behind a street corner or sign, or occasionally above the roof of a tall building.
Their skill was flawless. Their method in hiding their body, erasing their presence, and above all else, their speed in reacting to my movements, their skill is befitting of a master.
Really, why is it?
(WHY ARE THEY HIDING EVERYTHING EXCEPT THEIR CAT EARS!?!?)
Those cat ears were always popping out from the hiding spot.
You probably have already guessed who it is.
(Disregard it, disregard it. If I just pretend I don’t notice it, there ain’t no problem!)
Forcefully convincing myself, I advance down the street.
At great sacrifice, I got lots of money. I’ll make myself forget things like this and spend my time happily.
While I was walking down the street with such thoughts, I unintentionally heard the conversation of a nearby group of girls.
“…..I know, but that’s the eatery.”
“Ah, that eatery at Miss Hisame’s household west of this street. I’ve been there too.”
“Ah, yeah. Indeed. I also thought I should go to Hisame’s dojo as it’s got a good reputation, but…”
Without thinking I stopped walking, but as those two were not paying attention to me, they walked off without stopping.
(What is it now…)
Although I didn’t really hear it that clearly, I felt that their conversation was a little odd, but not only that, I heard a familiar name somewhere in it…
However, even though that conversation was rather uncanny, the surrounding people didn’t really take notice of it.
(Was it my imagination?)
Maybe I’m a little bit too nervous.
I shook my head thinking I was getting tired. When I pulled myself together and continued walking, this time my ears overheard the words of an adventurer.
“Oi oi. No matter how much time passes, shouldn’t you be staying at Hisame’s dojo right now?”
“Bastard. Even I’m thinking about Hisame’s place at the west of the Capital!”
“Huh, what are you talking about? If you want to go to the dojo, that should be in the west!”
No, this definitely cannot be my imagination!
This conversation is obviously strange. Moreover, it’s even more strange that nobody else is aware of how weird this conversation is.
I don’t want to believe it, but there’s no doubt.
Hisame’s chain events have started!