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Naruto Hiden - Volume 3 - Chapter 4.5

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ナルトと話した翌日、サクラは綱手に声をかけた。相談に乗ってほしいと。 The day after she spoke with Naruto, Sakura met with Tsunade because she wanted a consultation.
昼過ぎ、食事処がテーブルを挟んで二人は向かい合った。 It was afternoon, and the two of them were sitting on opposite sides of a table at a dining area.
サスケが各地で目撃されていることを、綱手はもう知っていた。里長を退いてしばらく経つが、カカシが配下の者を使って、重要な案件については時々知らせてくれるのだという。 Tsunade already knew about how Sasuke had been sighted in various places. A while had passed since she retired from being the head of village, but Kakashi occasionally sought out his subordinates for advice on important matters.
「目撃されているサスケくんは本物のはずありません。でも、我愛羅くんはサスケくんと同じチャクラだったって。そこにどういう秘密があるのか、 いい知恵が浮かばなくて......」 ’’It can't be that they had sighted the real Sasuke-kun. However, Gaara-kun said that it's the same chakra as Sasuke-kun's. What kind of secret is it? A good explanation hasn't come to mind....’’
サクラがそう言うと、綱手は「うむ」と腕を組んだ。 As Sakura spoke, Tsunade folded her arms with an 'Uh huh' in response.
「顔形だけじゃなく、チャクラまでコピーする方法、か...」 ’’Not only his features, but even a method to copy his chakra, eh?...’’
「暗部にそういう術を使う忍がいることはいるそうなんですが、今は任務中なので、今回の件には関わりないそうです。――なにか思いつきませんか、師匠」 ’’It's true that there are shinobi among the ANBU who use that kind of jutsu, but they're currently on a mission for now. It seems that they wouldn't be connected to the current incident. ――Doesn't anything come to mind, shishou?’’
変化の術ではチャクラまでコピーできず、象転の術だと、術者とサスケ本人に関わりがないと、同一体を作れない。 Even Henge no Jutsu can't even copy chakra. As for Shouten no Jutsu, if the user isn't connected to Sasuke himself, then they can't produce an identical body.

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「......難しいな」 ’’....It's difficult, isn't it?’’
しばらく黙ったあと、綱手はそう言った。 Tsunade spoke after a little bit of silence.
「お前が今言った方法以外で、となると、私にもすぐには思いつかんな。まさか白ゼツが生き残っていたわけでもないだろうし」 ’’Aside from the methods that you just spoke about, nothing else comes to mind for me either. Well, I don't think that it's because White Zetsu survived.
「それはないと、私も思います」 ’’I also don't think that's the case either’’
テーブルに沈黙が下りた。 Silence descended upon the table.
やがて、酒で口を湿らせた綱手が言葉を継いだ。 Soon after, Tsunade moistened her lips with sake and continued her words:
「やはり、一番可能性があるのは、象転の術だろうな」 ’’As I thought, it seems that it's most likely the Shouten no Jutsu’’
「でも、それだとサスケくんと術者につながりがあることに......」 ’’But if that's the case, then the user is connected to Sasuke-kun....’’
「うむ。自分のチャクラが依り代に分け与えられるわけだからな。しかし、術者が、なんらかの方法で、サスケに気づかれずにサスケのチャクラを吸い取り、 依り代に与えたとすれば、 サスケの与り知らぬところで偽者が跋扈している状況というのは生じうる」 ’’Mhmm. It's because his own chakra was distributed to another vessel. However, if the user somehow absorbed Sasuke's chakra without Sasuke noticing him...And if we assume that it was given to another vessel without Sasuke's knowledge, then it could become a rampant situation with an imposter. ’’
「サスケくんに気づかれず......」 ’’Without being noticed by Sasuke-kun...’’
「そうだ。しかし、だめだな、これも」 ’’That's right. But this also doesn't seem plausible either’’
綱手はすぐにそう言った。 Tsunade immediately said so.
「サスケほどの実力者が、知らないうちにチャクラを吸い取られていた、 なんていう状況がまず考えにくい」 ’’For someone as strong as Sasuke to have his chakra absorbed without him noticing it....First of all, it's difficult to think of such a situation where that would happen’’
「確かに、そうですね......」 ’’It's certainly not like that...’’
サクラは小さくうなずいた。だが、今の綱手の意見は掘り下げてみる価値があるような気がした。 Sakura nodded a little bit. However, she thought that it was worth trying to investigate further into Tsunade's current views.
顔形を同じにするのは大した問題ではないのだ。変化の術自体は、さほど難度の高い術でもない。 It wasn't a significant problem that the man had the same features. Henge no Jutsu itself wasn't particularly a very high-level technique.
問題はチャクラを同じにすることだ。そして、綱手が言うように、チャクラは相手から吸い取ることができるし、そのチャクラを誰かに渡すこともできる。 The problem was how he had the same chakra. And then it was as Tsunade had said about an enemy being able to absorb chakra;that chakra could have been transferred to someone else.
受け渡し、入れ替え、移動、 そういうことが可能なのだ、チャクラというものは。 Transmission, substitution, migration...That sort of thing was possible with something like chakra.
サスケの知らないところで、 サスケのチャクラの受け渡しがあった―― Even if Sasuke didn't know about it, Sasuke's chakra was transferred――
そこにどんなカラクリがあるかだった。闇のなかで手探りしていたところ、やつと指先になにかが触れたような感覚がある。 What kind of method was used? She was fumbling around in the darkness. She had the impression that she had seemingly touched something at her fingertips.
「当人に気づかれず......」 ’’So the person himself wouldn't have noticed....’’
サクラは呟いた。うつむいて、考えに集中する。顔の横に垂れた髪を、 そっと耳のうしろに流したとき、はっと閃くものがあった。 Sakura murmured. Looking downward, she was concentrated in thought. Her hair was hanging around the sides of her face. When they softly spilled out from behind her ears, something suddenly occurred to her.
「髪の毛...」 ’’Hair....’’

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「どうした?」 ’’What is it?’’
綱手が怪訝な顔をした。 Tsunade looked dubious.
サクラは言った。 Sakura then spoke:
「綱手様、たとえばですけど、 髪の毛とか皮膚みたいなものから、その人のチャクラを抽出することは可能でしょうか?」 ’’Tsunade-sama, it's only an example...but what about things like hair and skin? Do you think it's possible to extract someone's chakra from them?’’
「髪の毛?それは、まあ不可能ではないだろうな。ごく微量だろうが」 ’’From hair? Well, I think that it's not impossible to. But it would be a very small amount’’
綱手は言った。 Tsunade said.
「要はそこに個人情報物質が含まれていれば、理論上は可能だ。そういう意味では、髪の毛に限らず、血液や汗でもいい。ただしその保存状態や、その人物の体から髪の毛や皮膚 が脱落して、どれだけの時間が経過しているかとか、クリアする条件は多いだろうが...。 サクラ、じゃあお前、今回のこれも...」 ’’The point is that it's comprised of a substance with an individual's personal information. So it's theoretically possible. The meaning of something like this is that it's not just limited to hair. Blood or sweat is also plausible. It depends on the state of preservation, when the hair or skin fell off of the person's body, and how much time has elapsed...But I think there's a lot of requirements to clear...Well for now, Sakura, this is also.....’’
「ただの思いつきなんで自信はないです。でも、サスケくんの知らないところで、サスケくんのチャクラが使われたって考えたら、そういう方法なのかなと」 ’’It just came to mind. I'm not that self-confident about it. But if Sasuke-kun even doesn't know about it, I thought about the kinds of methods that make use of Sasuke-kun's chakra. ’’
「......サスケの髪や皮膚を入手して、そこからチャクラを......」 ’’...By obtaining Sasuke's hair and skin...and from there, using his chakra....’’
綱手は宙を睨んで、言った。 Tsunade stared into space and spoke.
「悪くない線かもしれんな。技術的には相当難しいが、しかし、今まで出た方法のなかでは、一番正解に近いような気かする」 ’’It might not be a bad lead. Technically, it's considerably difficult. But among the methods so far, it seems to be the closest to the best answer’’
「でも、仮にそういう方法でサスケくんのチャクラが作られたとして、それをどうやって依り代に与えたか、ですよね」 ’’But for example...what if Sasuke-kun's chakra was made through a method like that, and it was given to somekind of vessel?’’
「その辺りも考えないとな。外科的手術で与えたのか、あるいはカプセル、薬のような形にしたのか...」 ’’I didn't consider that aspect of it. If the vessel was given surgery, possibly a capsule as a form of medicine...’’
考えを煮詰めなければならないことは多かった。だが、思考のとっかかりはできた。 There were many ideas it had to boil down to. But she was able to start thinking about it.
「師匠、ありがとうございます。もう少し自分で考えてみます」 ’’Shishou, thank you. I'm going to think about it on my own a bit more’’
サクラは綱手に礼を言った。綱手はうなずき、 Sakura thanked Tsunade. Tsunade nodded.
「頑張れ、サクラ。 ......ま、とことん議論に付き合ってやってもいいが、私はもう隠居の身だからな。あとはお前たちに任せるよ」 ’’Do you best, Sakura.....Well, I might be able to keep you company for thorough discussions, but I'm already someone who's retired. I'll leave the rest to you guys’’
「任せてください、師匠」 ’’Please leave it to us, shishou’’
サクラも力強くうなずいた。 Sakura nodded reassuringly.
――お前たちでなんとかしろって、サスケくんも言ってるみたいですから......。 'Do something about it yourselves'. It seems as though Sasuke-kun would also say something like that.....
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もう少しここで飲んでいくという綱手と別れ、サクラは食事処を出た。 Tsunade continued to drink there for a little longer. And then they parted as Sakura left the dining area.
木ノ葉病院に、参考になりそうな文献でも探しに行こうかと歩き出したとき 、「サクラ」と声をかけられた。 In the Konoha Hospital, there was literature that she could use as references. She started walking to go in search of them, but then a voice called out 'Sakura'.

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振り返ると、サイがこちらに向かって歩いてくる。 Looking over her shoulder, she saw that Sai was walking towards her.
「サイ」 ’’Sai’’
「食事してたの?」 ’’Have you eaten?’’
「うん、師匠と。これから病院に調べものに行こうと思って」 ’’Yup, with my shishou. Afterwards, I think that I'll go the hospital to investigate something.’’
「そうか」 ’’I see’’
火影室に用があるというサイと並んで歩き出した。 Sai had business at the office of the Hokage, but she started to walk along with him.
カカシから聞いた話を思い出して、サクラは言った。 Remembering the story that she had heard from Kakashi, Sakura spoke up:
「聞いたよ。大名様が襲われた事件、調べてるんだよね」 ’’I heard about the incident where the daimyo-sama was attacked. You were investigating that, right?’’
「カカシ先生から聞いたの?」とサイ。 ’’You heard about it from Kakashi-sensei?’’ said Sai.
「うん。昨日、いのと一緒に火影室で教えてもらった」 ’’Yup. He informed us about it yesterday when I was with Ino at the office of the Hokage.’’
「そうか。まあ、君たちになら先生も教えるか」 ’’I see. Well if it's you guys, then sensei informed you about it too, eh?’’
サイは呟くようにそう言った。 Sai seemed to respond in a mutter.
調査は捗ってるの、と聞こうとしたが、それは遠慮しておいた。あまり立ち入ったことを聞くのも悪いと思ったのだ。応援や助言が必要なときは、サイが自分からそう言うだろう。 She tried to ask if the investigation had made progress, but she refrained from doing so. She thought that it would be also difficult to, as she didn't want to ask something that would be too intrusive. Whenever he needed help or advice, Sai would probably say something for himself.
「ところで、サスケのこと、もう聞いた?」 ’’By the way, did you also hear about Sasuke?’’
サイが声を落として聞いてきた。 Sai lowered his voice as he asked.
サクラは、うんとうなずく。 Sakura nodded affirmatively.
「でも、実は私といのは、サイよりも先に知ってたの。砂に出張に行ったとき、 我愛羅くんから聞かされてね」 ’’ But frankly, Ino and I heard about it earlier than Sai even knew about the incident. When we went on our business trip to Suna, we were informed about it from Gaara-kun.’’
サクラは、そのときのことを話した。 Sakura then spoke about that occasion.
「チャクラまでサスケと同じだったって?」 ’’You're saying that it's even the same chakra as Sasuke's?’’
サイが驚く。 Sai was astonished.
「うん。我愛羅くんが見たサスケくんはそうだったって」 ’’Yup. Gaara-kun said that about the Sasuke-kun that he saw. ’’
「ボクにサスケのことを教えた情報屋は、チャクラのことまで言ってなかったな......」 ’’The informant who told me about Sasuke didn't even talk about his chakra....’’
サイの顔が険しくなった。 Sai's expression became stern.
「でも、さっき綱手様と話してて、思いついたことがあるの。チャクラは受け渡しができる。だからサスケくんのチャクラが、サスケくんの知らないところで悪用されたのが今回のケースなんじゃないかって」 ’’But a little while ago, I spoke with Tsunade-sama and then something came to mind. Chakra can be transferred. And so Sasuke-kun's chakra is being misused even without Sasuke-kun knowing about it. This could be the case for now, right?’’
「知らないところで...」 ’’Even without him knowing about it....’’
サクラは、今しがた綱手と話していて見つけた仮説を、サイにも話してみた。 Sakura tried to tell Sai about the hypothesis that she had discovered a little while ago when she was speaking with Tsunade.
「髪の毛、皮膚、か......」 ’’Hair or skin, eh?....’’
サイは呟くと、不意に足を止めた。 Sai muttered, and then suddenly stopped walking.
「どうしたの?」 ’’What's wrong?’’
サクラはサイを振り返った。 Sakura looked over her shoulder, and towards Sai.
サイは険しい顔のまま、顎に手を当てている。 Sai had a grim expression on his face. He put his hand on his chin.
ねえ、とサクラが続けようとしたとき、サイが言った。 ’’Hey..’’ When Sakura tried to continue, Sai then spoke up:
「サクラ、一緒に火影室まで来てくれない?」 ’’Sakura, would you please come with me to the office of the Hokage?’’

//End Translation.

//Section 5 completed.



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