Chapter 097 is ninety-seventh chapter of Volume 17. ==Summary==—

Plot Overview

Tomoe lies in a bed of sakura, dreaming of Nanami's, whom he thought was Yukiji, promise to be his wife in the future and wondering when 'future' was. He is awakened by furball who tells him that Yukiji's home is being attacked by Akura-ou

After saving Yukiji, Tomoe brings her to a hut where he says is safe. Yukiji hides her eyes so Tomoe will not realize she isn't Nanami and and tells him that some sparks flew into her eyes during the fire and they are painful. Tomoe offers to get her some water to wash her eyes with, but Yukiji ignores it and asks about the hairpin she had seen Nanami give Tomoe, asking if he still had it. Tomoe doesn't reply but is assured that this girl was really the Yukiji he knew because of her knowledge of the hairpin. However, he still feels something was off.

Meanwhile a boy runs to his mother bringing a large fish. His mother asks where he got it and Tomoe appears, asking the mother to cook some food with that fish. He brings it for Yukiji to eat. He asks if her eyes are better but Yukiji denies it despite Tomoe's persistent wishing. He tells her something felt different since he last saw her 8 years ago. Yukiji replies that it has indeed been 8 years ago and that right now, she could not accept him. Tomoe looks away and wonders if he is going to have to wait forever.

Tomoe visits the peasants who made Yukiji's food. Seeing her leftovers, they exclaim that she didn't eat much but Tomoe retorts that they on the other hand are getting fat, his words especially directed on a woman with a large stomach. The other peasants laugh saying that she isn't 'fat' but rather pregnant. Afterwards, he goes back and finds Yukiji sprawled across the floor. Yukiji tells him that she had just seen her dead husband, explaining that when humans die their spirit continues to wander. Suddenly Yukiji lurches and says that her body might not hold on for much longer. Tomoe panics but Yukiji says that she is carrying a child and wants to give birth to it safely no matter what. Tomoe just looks at her sadly, unable to understand why she prioritizes the child before her own health. 

He goes back to the peasants the next day and they also learn that Yukiji is pregnant. They tell him that if she keeps not eating, she won't have the strength to give birth and will die. Tomoe asks what happened to the girl with the big stomach from yesterday and they say quietly that she died due to blood loss and that the child could not be saved either. Tomoe leaves, thinking to himself that if it was like that it would be better if the child wasn't born at all. 

Tomoe goes to the Dragon King's Palace, determined not to let Yukiji die. He takes the Dragon King's eye, also known as the elixir of life, and leaves a giant burning mess behind him. Behind the rock he suddenly sees a blurry picture of Nanami. He panics, remembering what Yukiji told him of dead people's wandering spirits and rushes back. He is relieved to see Yukiji still well and gives her the elixir, thinking that if she were gone then there would no longer be meaning to his life. He begs her to live with him forever and decides that if he can't live without her, he must then live by her side as a human.



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