Chapter 096 is ninety-sixth chapter of Volume 17.


Plot Overview

Nanami prepares to time travel for a third time to the past and Mikage tells her her efforts were appreciated and that this time would most likely be the last.

Upon arriving, Nanami notices that it was snowing and feels that something was different, wondering how long it had been since she last came. She sees Kuromaro frozen stiff nearby, who tells her he'd already met Tomoe, who could not spend the rest of his life with Yukiji after all. He says Yukiji had already died and everything was all over. Nanami, horrified at the news, asks what happened and Kuromaro shows her a flashback of what had occurred.

Nanami sees Yukiji when her husband burst through the door with jelly desserts. Yukiji impassively tells him that people behind her back were saying she should not have become the bride of the house because of her weak body and due to that, could not bear children. She tells him that eight years have passed since she came and throughout that time did not have a child, then goes on to say she'd given up on children and that he should marry another who could give birth a healthy child, telling him that she doesn't mind if he takes in a concubine or makes another girl his new wife. Her husband hugs her and tells her he cares for her, then asking if she returned the feelings. She slaps him playfully then leaves the house, wondering if Nanami knew how happy she felt. 

She sees one of the servants who had caught some fish but suddenly feels sick. Another of the servants says happily that she could possibly be expecting a child after all. It is soon confirmed and everyone in the household is elated. Yukiji then silently tells Nanami that she had made a new member of her family, and goes on to thank her because she was able to become happy, believing that she was a messenger from heaven. Yukiji quietly thinks about how even though she was happy, she feared that it could suddenly be taken away, just like long ago. Looking up, she sees sakura fall from the tree even though it was rare for sakura to blossom here and smiles.

Sometime after, Akura-Ou is awoken by furball, who had grown many times bigger than before. When Akura-Ou asks where Tomoe was, Furball says that he went deep into the mountains of the world below. Akura-Ou says that's perfect and decides to stretch some muscles. Furball suggests the small country in the west in the mansion where Yukiji lived.

Yukiji watched as all she loved went down in flames and Akura-Ou appears, bearing the head of the lord of the house. Akura-Ou asks for Yukiji and one of her servants cover for her, giving her time to escape. When she tries to go instead, her servant states that she is carrying the lord's child and that the bloodline could not end like this, begging her to escape. Yukiji blames herself and her bad luck for her husband's death, then she envisioning him hugging her and calling her silly, telling her he loves her and asking her if she loves him back, to which she says a tearful yes. She decides she must protect her only child, no matter what. Suddenly she hears her name called and looks up, seeing Tomoe. She stands up and, determined to save her unborn child, throws away her pride and begs him to save her, tears falling from her face.



Volumes & Chapters
Volume 1 Chapter 001Chapter 002Chapter 003Chapter 004Chapter 005Chapter 006
Volume 2 Chapter 007Chapter 008Chapter 009Chapter 010Chapter 011Chapter 012
Volume 3 Chapter 013Chapter 014Chapter 015Chapter 016Chapter 017Chapter 018
Volume 4 Chapter 019Chapter 020Chapter 021Chapter 022Chapter 023Chapter 024
Volume 5 Chapter 025Chapter 026Chapter 027Chapter 028Chapter 029Chapter 030
Volume 6 Chapter 031Chapter 032Chapter 033Chapter 034Chapter 035Chapter 036
Volume 7 Chapter 037Chapter 038Chapter 039Chapter 040Chapter 041Chapter 042
Volume 8 Chapter 043Chapter 044Chapter 045Chapter 046Chapter 047Chapter 048
Volume 9 Chapter 049Chapter 050Chapter 051Chapter 052Chapter 053Chapter 054
Volume 10 Chapter 055Chapter 056Chapter 057Chapter 058Chapter 059Chapter 060
Volume 11 Chapter 061Chapter 062Chapter 063Chapter 064Chapter 065Chapter 066
Volume 12 Chapter 067Chapter 068Chapter 069Chapter 070Chapter 071Chapter 072
Volume 13 Chapter 073Chapter 074Chapter 075Chapter 076Chapter 077Chapter 078Chapter 079Chapter 079.5
Volume 14 Chapter 080Chapter 081Chapter 082Chapter 083Chapter 084Chapter 085
Volume 15 Chapter 086Chapter 087Chapter 088Chapter 089Chapter 089.5
Volume 16 Chapter 090Chapter 091Chapter 092Chapter 093Chapter 094Chapter 095
Volume 17 Chapter 096Chapter 097Chapter 098Chapter 099Chapter 100Chapter 101
Volume 18 Chapter 102Chapter 103Chapter 104Chapter 105Chapter 106Chapter 107
Volume 19 Chapter 108Chapter 109Chapter 110Chapter 111Chapter 112Chapter 113
Volume 20 Chapter 114Chapter 115Chapter 116Chapter 117Chapter 118Chapter 119
Volume 21 Chapter 120Chapter 121Chapter 122Chapter 123Chapter 124Chapter 125
Volume 22 Chapter 126Chapter 127Chapter 128Chapter 129Chapter 130Chapter 131
Volume 23 Chapter 132Chapter 133Chapter 134Chapter 135Chapter 136Chapter 137
Volume 24 Chapter 138Chapter 139Chapter 140Chapter 141Chapter 142Chapter 143
Volume 25 Chapter 144Chapter 145Chapter 146Chapter 147Chapter 148Chapter 149
Special Bonus Chapter